Eat, Drink and Smoke – Episode 23 – Trump’s National Emergency, The Great French Fry Debate and Rep. Cortez Gives Her Boyfriend Access

President Trump has declared a National Emergency on the southern border. Is it an emergency, and will the country go along with it? Tony Katz hosts Eat! Drink! Smoke!, and discusses how the emergency breaks down and where the real arguments for and against are.

Along with April D. Gregory and Fingers Malloy, they review the Le Careme cigar from Crowned Heads and a mystery bourbon which turns out to not be a bourbon at all; catch the review of the Auld Blow In single grain scotch from the guys at Backbone Bourbon.

Fingers Malloy has learned that you can lose weight if you don’t eat garbage. The LA Times starts a fight by ranking the best fast food french fries in America. Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gives her boyfriend Congressional email priviliges….is that normal?

Eat! Drink! Smoke! is availale on iTunes, and was recorded live at Blend Bar Cigar in Indianapolis, IN.

KATZ: For Blackface We Have Outrage. For Infanticide We Have Silence.

The blackface photo on Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page is ugly. It’s a photo of person in blackface, standing next to a person in a KKK robe and hood.

As Tony Katz says, “I don’t defend that. It’s ugly. And that’s being kind.”

However, the outrage over the photo was met by nearly equal silence over his endorsing if not advocating infanticide as part of an abortion bill bring proposed in Virginia.

Tony wonders why one gets outrage and one gets barely a mention?

Eat! Drink! Smoke! – Episode 21 – Explaining The Whole Twisted Gov. Ralph Northam Story, $50,000 Bar Mitzvahs, Avo Cigars and Stagg Jr. Bourbon

It’s rare that we are recording the podcast as breaking news is happening, but that’s how it went this week as the Saga of Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam was unfolding as we were recording.

A photo of a man in blackface standing next to a person in a KKK robe was discovered on Northam’s medical school yearbook page. At first Northam admitted to taking the photo. The next day, he said it wasn’t him. And, while we were recording, Gov. Northam was holding a press conference to profess his innocence…while admitting to doing blackface another time in his life!

As Tony Katz notes, the photo is unacceptable. But why is this the story, as opposed to Gov. Northam’s acceptance and support of infanticide?

It’s a busy Eat! Drink! Smoke!, recorded live at Blend Bar Cigar in Indianapolis. Tony, joined by April D. Gregory and Fingers Malloy, review Stagg Jr. bourbon and the Avo Classic cigar.

When you go out to eat, do you do it for the food or for the experience? And why spend $50,000 on a bar mitzvah?

The differences between Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials became most obvious at a recent Fleetwood Mac concert.

QUICK HIT – An Inside Look At Dem Rep. Eric Swalwell’s Dystopian Fantasy Of Forced Gun Confiscation In America

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA) wrote an op-ed at USA Today where he called for a mandatory gun buy-back on “assault weapons.” In his headline, he also stated that America should go after, “resisters.”

When Twitter users pushed back against this idea, Rep. Swalwell chided them, saying the US government has “nukes,” so it’s not like Americans could fight back.

Tony Katz takes a look at this idea, and explains how Rep. Swalwell has never thought through his idea. Tony explains the pitfalls, impossibilities and flat-out madness of his ugly, anti-American idea. Then, Tony takes us down the ‘what if?’ road. If Rep. Swalwell tried to take America’s guns, here’s the dystopian reality he would bring to the nation.

253 – Is Sen. Sherrod Brown Held To The Kavanaugh Standard Of Guilt and Never Accuse Tony Of Fake Outrage

Ohio Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown is being accused of sexual impropriety, based on an accusation (maybe more than one) from many years ago. Tony Katz asks, if we use the Kavanaugh Standard of Guilt, should Brown have to withdraw from his re-election campaign? Is this the world we really want?

The caravan continues to head to the United States from Honduras, and President Trump is putting pressure on Mexico to prevent their entry.

And someone accused Tony of peddling “fake outrage.” Yeah….that didn’t sit well. Mostly because it was nonsense.

252 – More Examples Of Political Violence, ESPN Learns Their Political Lesson and Wasn’t President Trump Supposed To Hate Gay People?

Tony Katz has more examples of violence in today’s politics. A GOP campaign manager was attacked in Nevada by a man who was arrested earlier this year for attacking the press secretary for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

President Trump has nominated an openly gay man to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. What? Did you think he hated gay people?

ESPN may have learned their lesson about politics and programming, and a caravan of people from Honduras and other countries is allegedly making its way to the United States.

Radio Host Tony Katz Gives Rep. Alan Grayson the MSNBC Treatment

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) was accused by his estranged wife of throwing her to the ground, and stating that he would leave her “in the gutter” after the divorce.

Rep. Grayson has a long history of malicious statements, including comparing the Tea Party to the KKK. He also uses the “war on women” meme to attack Republicans at every opportunity.

If Rep. Grayson were a Republican, networks like MSNBC would have already called for his resignation. So, radio host Tony Katz decided to do the work that the liberal media refuses to do against one of their own, even if they hit women (or are accused of doing so.)

Democrat Congressman Attempts to Silence Cancer Patient over Obamacare

Congressman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) is sending letters from his lawyer to a local television station to get them to stop running an ad about Obamacare from Americans for Prosperity.

Peters claims the ad is misleading. The letter demands that the station require AFP to provide documentation to prove their claim from a mother and cancer fighter who has lost her healthcare for the sake of, “FCC licensing requirements and the public interest.”

Yes, Rep. Peters has threatened a TV station over running an ad opposing Obamacare.

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The ad focuses around Julie Boonstra, a resident of Dexter, Michigan who claims that her fight against leukemia has been stifled because of Obamacare. Because of the rules and regulations of Obamacare, her insurance has been cancelled. Without the medication, Boonstra says in the ad, “I will die.”

Boonstra goes on to say, “I believed the President…I feel lied to.”

This is the feeling of many Americans, who believed President Obama when he said if you like your plan that you can “keep” your plan. As the ad points out, this was Politifact’s Lie Of The Year in 2013.

Boonstra then directs her words at Rep. Peters, who voted for Obamacare:

Congressman Peters, your decision to vote for Obamacare jeopardized my health…It’s time to listen to me…This is serious. Its not a game…Congressman Peters, Obamacare is not the answer.

Through his lawyers, Perkins Coie in Washington, D.C., Rep. Peters claims that the ad is unsubstantiated, and demands that AFP provide documentation to prove their claims and those of Boonstra:

Specifically, there does not appear to be any evidence that the Affordable Care Act has made Ms. Boonstra’s plan, or health plans generally, “unaffordable.”

Ultimately, as the Washington Post concludes “a fuller accounting is necessary is AFP is going to run ads like this.”

Unlike federal candidates, independent political organizations like AFP do not have a “right to command the use of broadcast facilities.”

Moreover, you have an obligation “to protect the public from false, misleading or deceptive advertising.” Licensee Responsibility With Respect to the Broadcast of False, Misleading or Deceptive Advertising 74 F.C.C.2d 623 (1961). Failure to prevent the airing of “false and misleading advertising” may be “probative of an underlying abdication of licensee responsibility” that can be cause for the loss of a station’s license.”

Translation of Rep. Peter’s lawyers – That’s a nice TV station you’ve got there. It would be a real shame if anything bad happened to it….you know, unfortunate or something. Luckily, I know a way you can keep your station safe and sound. Wink. Wink.

Recently, the FCC floated an idea of putting monitors in radio and television newsrooms to see if they are providing the public the right information. Rep. Peters, via his lawyers, thinks old school threats are far better plan of action.

AFP has responded by putting together a protest at Rep. Peters residence. According to the release:

With some of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan’s most dedicated activists supporting her, Boonstra will stop by Gary Peters’ residence in Bloomfield Hills today in an effort to confront him directly about his attempts to intimidate and silence her. The media is invited to attend.

Luke Hilgemann, COO of AFP, when asked about Rep. Peter’s actions, stated:

Attempts by Congressman Peters to silence Julie are despicable and low. As if it wasn’t bad enough that he continues to support the Obamacare disaster, he now resorts to bully tactics and dispatches his lawyers to put a muzzle on strong women like Julie who have the courage to speak out. The Congressman owes Julie – and the thousands of other Obamacare victims – a very serious apology.

It is worth noting that the same level of scrutiny that Rep. Peters and his capos want put to an advertisement is exactly the scrutiny they sought to avoid in passing Obamacare. A “fuller accounting” would have led to the understanding that millions would be cancelled, lose the ability to keep their doctor or end up paying higher deductibles and premiums.

If Congress had an obligation ”to protect the public from false, misleading or deceptive advertising,” they would have talked openly about the part-time economy Obamacare would create. They would have been forced to speak out about the “like your plan, keep your plan/like your doctor, keep your doctor” lies. Certainly, there would be a more complete analysis of how much taxpayer money was wasted to build a website that doesn’t work.

Rep. Peters has no interest in his culpability. His move here is to intimidate a television station, slander 2.6 million American activists and silence a woman fighting for her life.

This article originally posted on Rare.

Schumer is a failure

I direct you to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and an email he sent out (see below) on behalf of Martha Coakley, a Democrat running for the vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts.  The seat came vacant when Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) passed away last year.  She is running against Republican Scott Brown.

I specifically direct you to the way that Scott Brown is described as, “…a far-right tea-bagger Republican.”

Sen. Schumer is a fool, and so are the people who vote for him.  However, his crass comments highlight something far worse than his inability to be a mensch.  They show that he simply doesn’t understand the American people.

The Tea Parties aren’t a bad thing.  They are a great thing!  The members of the Tea Party Movement aren’t renegades, terrorists, hate-mongers, misogynists, racists or any of the other lies that Janeane Garofalo, MSNBC or the New York Times like to throw out every day.  The members of the Tea Party Movement are the voice of America!  They demand common sense in Washington D.C.  (Which is too bad for Sen. Schumer!)  They demand fiscal responsibility, they demand smaller government, they love Capitalism, they believe in the Constitution.

Sen. Schumer doesn’t recognize that he is on the wrong side of destiny.  Sen Schumer is the past, and he is a failure.  Him, his ideas, and those of the like-minded Statists who hate it when Americans remember they have a spine, and won’t allow it to be bent in submission.

“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Principle. Not Party.

Who would have ever thought that high noon would take place in Oswego, NY?  Who would have ever thought that in a place known as the New York 23rd Congressional District – which borders Vermont, Canada and Lake Ontario, that includes such big cities as Potsdam, Watertown, and Plattsburgh – the true story of tea parties would be told,  Americans would realize their undeniable power and politics as we know it in America would be knocked on its ear.

The backstory is simple.  The NY-23rd is a Republican stronghold, and has been for a number of years.  The previous US congressman, John McHugh, resigned in September to be come the new Secretary of the Army, and a special election is scheduled for November 3rd.  Two weeks before the election, in this highly Republican district, the Democrat, Bill Owens, has 33 percent of the vote.  Why is it that a Democrat is leading the way?  Well, that is a question for the GOP in the NY-23rd.  Their candidate, Dede Scozzafava, has 29 percent of the vote.

Enter Doug Hoffman.  He’s an accountant.  He’s running on the Conservative ticket.  Two weeks out, he has 23 percent of the vote.  And over the past week, he’s been endorsed by former Congressman Dick Armey, Steve Forbes, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (R-MN), former Senator and presidental candidate Fred Thompson (R-TN), Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK).

Republicans not endorsing the Republican candidate?  Strange?  Odd?  A total collapse of GOP politics in the US?  No.  It’s very simple:

Principle.  Not Party.

The concept of “Principle.  Not Party.,” has been a central tenet of the Tea Party movement.  It requires us to view all candidates for elected office based on their words, their plans and their values.  No longer are Americans going to be dependent on an (R) or a (D) in front of the candidates name, nor will we feel any pangs of guilt or anguish for voting “third party.”  The Tea Party movement has emboldened, and enabled, every American to take serious stock of their candidates, and to vote for those who best represent their ideals.

The concept has confused as many as it has enamored.  Those who live with their head in the sand, in a politics as usual world, are shell-shocked – like the GOP in the NY-23rd.  They believed, through a veil of ignorance, and navel-gazing ego, that they could nominate anyone, and the vote was assured.  It didn’t matter that, like in the case of Scozzafava, the candidate has ties with ACORN through a group called the Working Families Party (she sought their endorsement in 2004 as Assemblywoman,) and is rumored to have discussed switching parties for this special election.

What mattered to the GOP is that they nominated a Republican, and that everyone will fall in line to vote for her.  Ignorantly, they paraded like The Queen in “Snow White”, claiming their candidate to be the fairest of them all.  None of them, however, dare look into the mirror.  They are victims of an ego driven past, worrying not about the voter, but rather their ill-timed sense of “getting along.”  So, they nominate a terrible candidate, and then sit back, believing that their base will once again do what they are told.  After all, what are you going to do – vote for the Democrat?

Principle.  Not Party.

However, those who have been aware, and awake, are not surprised at all.  They recognized that the GOP in the NY-23rd was playing in the realm of politics as usual, and reminded them that these are not politics as usual times.  The surging that  followed by the Conservative candidate Hoffman is not something of a miracle.  It is something of sheer will, total common sense and an undeniable reality, inspired by the power of the Tea Party Movement.  So undeniable, that it will forever shape the landscape of the GOP – and politics for all parties in the United States.  The American people are done with politics as usual, and the Tea Parties are the sole catalyst for this change.  A change that started in February of 2009, continued to April 15th, 2009, through the Town Hall Summer of 2009 and has continued since the march on DC on 9/12, the West Coast rally of 912West and the hundreds of Tea Parties throughout America since that first one in February.

This change is quantifiable, as opposed to simply a catchy slogan.  The Tea Parties demand an observance of (what I refer to as) The Four Basics:  The Constitution, Capitalism, Fiscal Responsibility and Smaller Government.  When a voter within the Tea Party movement looks at a candidate, they first look to those four basic principles.  If the candidate follows The Four Basics, then they are acceptable (but, by no means is a vote assured!)  From there, we look at other factors, and other candidates who also follow The Four Basics.  Candidates, elected officials and current “party” leaders who fail to recognize, and accept this as the new reality, will be tomorrow’s footnote.

One week out from the vote in the NY-23rd, the Conservative Hoffman is in the lead with 34% of the vote.  The Democrat Owens has 29% of the vote.  The Republican Scozzafava has 14% of the vote.  The reality is deafening, as the American voter is screaming.

Principle.  Not Party.