American Report

The American Report – Sat. 8-22-2015

The American Report

The American Report, a round-table news program, heard weekly on Saturdays at 8:05 am Eastern at www.jjmccartney.com.

Panelists are from TheAmericanReport.org and include Andrea Shea King, William Palumbo, Mary Fanning, Denise Simon, Terresa Monroe-Hamilton and Wallace Bruschweiler.

Trump and Cruz

The Council Has Spoken! Our Watcher’s Council Results – 08/21/15

The Watcher’s Council

Donald Trump

Trump Time

The Donald has Landed – Deal With It! – Time Magazine


Trump and Cruz

By: Tom White – VA Right!

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

This movement is turning our campuses into hostile environments for free expression and due process. And so far, university officials, political leaders, and the White House are siding with the mob. – Christina Hoff Summers

Why can’t a woman/Be more like a man? – ‘Hymn To Him’ from My Fair Lady

“Feminists at Occidental College created an online form to anonymously report rape/sexual assault,” a user wrote in a Tuesday post on Reddit’s Men’s Rights group. “You just fill out a form and the person is called into the office on a rape charge. The ‘victim’ never has to prove anything or reveal their identity.” – Quoted In Los Angeles Times, December 20, 2013.


This week’s winning essay, Bookworm Room’s The coming perfect storm on American college campuses — one that feminists and other professional victims will hate is pretty much about what the title implies it is… an examination of the current anti-male politically correct malaise with a surprise ending! Here’s a slice:

Several bizarre trends are burgeoning on American college campuses, all of which have the potential to backfire in spectacular form against the hardcore Leftists who are promulgating these ideas. This post focuses on three of the worst ideas in modern academia:

(1) The next generation of political correctness, which classifies any speech that hurts a student’s feelings as either a microaggression or a form of triggering. Older generation Lefties are slowly figuring out that these concepts are a form of censorship — but pointing that out, of course, is a form of microaggression that can trigger feelings of persecution in women, members of the LGBTQRSTUV community, people of color, people with handicaps (including young lawyers who demand corner offices at large law offices because they suffer from claustrophobia, something that really happened), victims of rape, victims of bad haircuts, people traumatized by reading about Cecil the Lion, etc.

(2) The bizarre pretense that a person’s sex is no longer a biological matter (as in X and Y chromosomes, which manifest themselves in different reproductive systems, hormones, musculoskeletal systems, etc.), but is simply a matter of preference, so that students can now claim to have a “fluid gender identity” that changes depending upon the person’s mood. On Tuesday, feeling manly, you can put on jeans and a baseball cap, and manspread over a couple of seats at a campus coffee shop; then on Wednesday, to explore your feminine side, you can put on a nice sun dress, put conditioner in your beard to make it soft and silky, and participate in the Womyn’s Group’s latest protest against male hegemony.

(3) The rabid attack on all men as rapists. The most recent examples of this campus pathology range from a manifestly delusional confabulator (as happened at the University of Virginia), to a pathetic woman desperate for attention (as seen with Emma Sulkowicz), to a scorned woman (such as the one who fell into the clutches of one of academia’s professional man haters, and then managed to drag an innocent man into a kangaroo court beyond even Kafka’s imaginings).

The last of the three trends, incidentally, is a direct by-product of the virulent misanthropy that incubates in “womyn’s studies” departments and that thrives on American campuses. If you’re interested in learning more, I highly recommend Robert Stacy McCain’s Sex Trouble: Essays on Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature. The book, which is by McCain’s own admission a work in progress, provides chapter and verse on the man-hating lesbians who occupy academia and churn out academic bestsellers. One of the more prominent examples of these “scholars” was the late Andrea Dworkin who, in 1987, published Intercourse, which asserts that all male-female penetrative sex is by definition a form of rape.

You do realize, of course, where we’re going with these three trends? One day, it’s going to happen that a young woman, whether because she’s delusional, an emotional exhibitionist, or simply vindictive, will file a complaint with her university’s sexual harassment squad claiming that, even though she consented for months to have sex with her boyfriend, she’s concluded in retrospect that her erstwhile boyfriend raped her. Being familiar with the Stalin-esque administration of her campus, she rightly assumes that, once she’s filed her complaint, her boyfriend will be summoned before a kangaroo court and run out of campus on a rail, with his entire future destroyed. Ah, sweet revenge!

But wait!

More (and the surprise ending) at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was the brilliant Mark Steyn with The Party of Why Nothing Can Be Done submitted by The Watcher.

Steyn’s characterization of the GOP is hilarious and unfortunately right on target. Recommended.

Here are this week’s full results. Ask Marion and the Razor were unable to vote this week, but neither was affected by the 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners:

Non-Council Winners:

See you next week!

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NoisyRoom Article Recap – 08/17-20/15

Iran Israel

They’re Joking, Right?

Arlene from Israel

Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the UN agency that normally carries out such work…”

This? Surely a joke.  But it is not!

The above is according to a document seen by the Associated Press (AP) and exposed on Wednesday.

This is how low the situation has sunk.  Beyond anything even remotely rational, and making a total mockery of everything that is decent and ethical.  See more, continuing (emphasis added)


The agreement, for an investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is linked to persistent allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons. That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear-limits deal, the news agency said.

“The agreement was worked out between the IAEA and Iran. The United States and the five other world powers with whom Iran negotiated were not party to it but were briefed by the IAEA andendorsed it as part of the larger package, according to AP.

The agreement diverges from normal procedures by allowing Tehran to employ its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence of activities it has consistently denied – trying to develop nuclear weapons.

“The While House has repeatedly denied claims of a secret side deal favorable to Tehran.  IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told Republican senators last week that he was obligated to keep the document confidential, and Iran has declared that the Senate must not be allowed to review the agreement due to its secret nature.”


Got it?  Iran has been accused of having worked on developing nuclear weapons at its secret military compound at Parchin.

And so, in a confidential side agreement worked out between the IAEA – which is responsible for monitoring possible nuclear weapons activity by Iran as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action –and Iran, Iran is going to be permitted to monitor itself.

The P5+1 nations were not privy to the negotiation of this agreement, but they were briefed on it, and and endorsed it.  This, in spite of the fact that the Obama administration has denied there are any secret side deals.


So, maybe this is a joke.  A very very sick joke levied at all of us.  For sure the Iranians are collapsing with laughter at what they have accomplished.

Run, my friends, do not walk. Run to the nearest telephone.

Place a call to every single one of your Congresspersons and Senators who has not declared publicly against the Iran deal.  Share the above information and demand that they take a stand to stop the deal, which is a cruel farce that will bring no good.

For your Congresspersons:


For your Senators:



According to one of my readers (thank you!  Fred E.), this critical information did not even make it into the NY Times.

And so, clearly, if the news is being buried, it falls to all of us to get it out.  Share this posting with everyone you can. Put it up on Facebook and on your website.  Share it with discussion lists. Write letters to the editor. Talkbacks on the Internet.  No need for anything extensive.  Simply cite the information above.


In a statement yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner referred to the briefings that have been provided as “totally insufficient.” “…it still isn’t clear whether anyone at the White House has seen the final documents.” he said.


My best guess is that the White House has not seen the documents.  I ran a video recently of a hearing in the Senate with Kerry testifying.  When asked if he had read certain documents connected to the deal, he hemmed, and hawed, and said no, he had not, but maybe someone on the negotiating team had – he wasn’t sure, maybe it was just a summary.
He wasn’t sure?


And in case the above is not enough, allow me to share more information about secret deals:
“Two leading U.S. senators are calling on the Obama administration to release secret letters to foreign governments assuring them that they will not be legally penalized for doing business with the Iranian government, according to a copy of a letter sent Wednesday to the State Department and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

“Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) disclosed in the letter to the State Department that U.S. lawmakers have been shown copies of several letters sent by the Obama administration to the Chinese, German, French, and British governments assuring them that companies doing business with Iran will not come under penalty.”

‘The Obama administration is purportedly promising the foreign governments that if Iran violates the parameters of a recently [concluded] nuclear accord, European companies will not be penalized, according to the secret letters.”


Guaranteed, we have not seen the end of this.  There’s a whole lot more that we do not know about yet, I am confident: Because it’s “secret.”

Dog Days

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Dog Days Edition

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Ah, the sultry days leading up to the end of summer, when the warm weather brings out the torpor and laziness in all of us and little gets accomplished except by the determined and the desperate.

Of course, these days that group would include the members of the political class and their veritable army of servants, Praetorians, hangers on and staffers.

The Romans were the first to label this time of year the Dog Days (diēs caniculārēs), noting that the skies were ruled by Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star in the night sky at this time of year. And Herodotus, Plutarch, Caesar and Thucydides all noted the effect this time of year has on men… the influence of the days of Dog Star giving rise to tempers, frustrations, gambles and many times, war and rumors of war. Some things never change. Or at least that’s what the smart money in Vegas, DC and other oracular venues where the entrails, the Dow or the polls get read for what the omens reveal. The mood can get ugly very quickly.


This week’s contest is dedicated to letting sleeping dogs lie… at least for the moment.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

After a decade on the Council, Greg of Rhymes With Right has decided to drop full time blogging to pursue other interests. The Watcher’s Council among other things is a community and while Greg may be leaving us as a full time voting member, like other former Council members he will remain connected with us and no doubt continue to contribute to features like the Forum and stay in touch. Happy trails, Greg… it’s certainly been quite a ride, hasn’t it?

Vacancies on the Council don’t come up often. If you’re interested in being considered to fill this one and want further details on what’s involved, please leave a comment and your contact information (which of course won’t be published) under any story on Joshuapundit and I’ll get back to you.

This week, Palestinian Media Watch, Maggie’s Notebook, and Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an email address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

Council Submissions:

Honorable Mentions:

Non-Council Submissions:

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that! And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

Rev. Johnson

Weekly Featured Profile – Rev. Johnson


Rev. Johnson

Rev. Nelson Johnson is a North Carolina church leader, social activist and a former Communist Workers Party leader.

Johnson has been active in the movement for “social and economic justice” since high school, in the late 1950s. He served as a student leader for the Student Government Association at A&T State University, in Greensboro, NC in 1970. Between high school and college, Rev. Johnson served four years in the United States Air Force. He continues to work for “social and economic justice” in Greensboro as Pastor of Faith Community Church and Executive Director of The Beloved Community Center of Greensboro.

Guided by his three-part emphasis of “diversity, justice and democracy,” Rev. Johnson is actively building relationships with and providing leadership within organized labor, faith groups and other public and private community organizations. He and other local ministers of the Greensboro Pulpit Forum led an active support effort in 1997 that resulted in a significant contract settlement for workers at the Greensboro K-Mart Distribution Center. As a result, he is frequently invited to share that success story at workshops and meetings, including those sponsored by the George Meany Labor Institute, the AFL-CIO of New York,and the Michigan AFL-CIO.

Because of his “extensive experience in community organizing and socio-political analysis,” Rev. Johnson is routinely invited to speak on university campuses around the country to share his vision of community building. He has written articles for the University ofPennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law and The Witness Magazine, published by the National Episcopal Church. Rev. Johnson is also a former Contributing Editor for The Black Scholar magazine, National Chair and Contributing Editor for theAfrican World Newspaper and Assistant Editor for the Carolina Peacemaker of Greensboro, NC.

The New York based, pro-China Communist Workers Party was formed in 1979 out of theWorkers Viewpoint Organization and Nelson Johnson‘s Greensboro, NC, group, the Youth Organization for Black Unity. Nelson Johnson became the CWP’s chairman, while Jerry Tung served as general secretary and as the real leader.

Within a few weeks, Johnson was involved in the infamous “Greensboro Massacre,” when armed communists were involved in a street gun battle with the KKK. Five CWP supporters were killed, and 9 were wounded:

Footage from 1979 “Death to the Klan” Rally

In the early 1980s, Johnson was involved in the CWP’s main front group – Federation For Progress – as was current leading California Congress member Judy Chu.

At the time, Nelson Johnson was a leader of the Organizing Committee of Coalition Against Black Genocide.

In recent years, Johnson has worked with former CWP comrade and “Greensboro Massacre” survivor, Roz Pelles, to build the very radical Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II‘sMoral Mondays movement.

Rev. Nelson Johnson was a member of that first group of seventeen people arrested on April 29th, 2013, on the very first Moral Monday. “People see the great crowds on Mondays,” he says. “What they don’t see is all the work that came before that.”


Ted Cruz

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to be President? Yes He Is!

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Ted Cruz

I’ve strained relationships with  some friends over this issue.

Many people, desperate to prove President Obama was ineligible for the presidency, looked to the “natural born” argument in a futile attempt to remove the Marxist-in-Chief from office. I never supported this approach ( for several reasons), but I did appreciate the great work many of these people did exposing Obama’s very shady background.

When I came out in support of Texas Senator Ted Cruz for President two years ago, some of  these friends were offended. The logic was that while Ted Cruz was a good man, supporting him was akin to trashing the U.S. Constitution – as bad in their eyes as supporting the “usurper” Obama.

Some believe that Ted Cruz is not eligible to run for President of the United States due to the fact that he was born in Canada, even though his mother is a U.S. citizen.

My argument is simple.

Marco Rubio is eligible because while both his parents were non-citizens at his birth, he was born on U.S. soil, making him a citizen at birth – an “anchor baby.”

Ted Cruz is eligible because one parent was a U.S. citizen, which granted him automatic rights of citizenship, regardless of being born inside, or outside U.S. borders.

Barack Obama is eligible for exactly the same reason.

“Natural born” simply means being a U.S. citizen at birth, rather than becoming a “naturalized” citizen later in life.

As noted at USAToday by “two former top Justice Department lawyers:”

“Despite the happenstance of a birth across the border, there is no question that Senator Cruz has been a citizen from birth and is thus a ‘natural born citizen’ within the meaning of the Constitution…”


As noted at TownHall:

“But there are only two types of citizens under the law: Natural born Americans (from birth), and naturalized Americans, who undergo the legal process of becoming a US citizen. Cruz never experienced the latter proceedings because he didn’t need to; his mother was born and raised in Delaware, rendering Cruz an American citizen from the moment of his birth abroad.”


As noted at National Review:

“Of course he’s eligible,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz tells National Review Online.


Also at National Review:

“My conclusion would be that if you are a citizen as a consequence of your birth, that’s a natural-born citizen,” says Theodore Olson, the former Bush solicitor general who defended John McCain in a 2008 lawsuit alleging McCain was ineligible to be president.


This is perhaps the most compelling:

On the Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen”

“The Framers did not fear such machinations from those who were U.S. citizens from birth just because of the happenstance of a foreign birthplace. Indeed, John Jay’s own children were born abroad while he served on diplomatic assignments, and it would be absurd to conclude that Jay proposed to exclude his own children, as foreigners of dubious loyalty, from presidential eligibility.”


Here is the relevant Clause: Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5

“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

Did the founding fathers really believe that any pregnant American woman who happens to be on holiday or business outside of America could be jeopardizing her child’s future chances of becoming the president of the United States?

For those who will not be swayed by the founding fathers likely intent or the numerous legal opinions by very credible scholars, I would opine that the onus is on you to present your case to the appropriate authorities.

Top lawyers: ‘No question’ Canada-born Cruz eligible for presidency

Lawyers for Obama and Bush dismiss ‘specious objections’ to Ted Cruz because he was born in Canada.

The “Founding Fathers” wanted to ensure that any future U.S. President was loyal both to the country and the Constitution.

Is there any candidate in the race more committed to the Constitution, and more loyal to the country than Senator Cruz.

I believe, that if the “Founding Fathers” were here today, most of them would be wearing Ted Cruz badges.

* MARK LEVIN explains that Ted Cruz IS a natural born citizen…


NoisyRoom Article Recap – 08/14-16/15

Conservative Heart

The Conservative Heart – Book Review

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Conservative Heart
Purchase at Amazon.com

I had the pleasure of reading Arthur C. Brooks, The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America. His book lays out an optimistic and uplifting vision of conservatism. Something that weary conservatives hunger for.

Mr. Brooks is a renowned economist and the president of the American Enterprise Institute. In his book, Brooks puts forth that it is time for a change. A time to switch from the traditional focus on economic growth and social values, to a new focus on helping the needy and those in want without bankrupting us and our children’s future. The book goes into fighting poverty, promoting equal opportunity, celebrating success and the importance of religion and faith.

Brooks focuses on four “institutions of meaning” — faith, family, community and meaningful work. They are the bedrock for personal happiness and national well-being. The book combines not only reporting, but research and case studies.

For as long as I can remember, the Republican Party has been viewed as being comprised of rich Republicans who are just shy of being a collective community of Scrooges. That has never been true and if you look at the Democrat Party closely, you will see that the wealthy in both parties tend to be the most powerful. The Dems are wealthier than the Republicans in many, many cases. They just have a different letter after their names.

Brooks is advocating a conservative approach to addressing income inequality. Here’s a taste:

The Conservative Heart

Brooks argues in favor of conservative principles such as not increasing the minimum wage. Raising it as the Progressives are doing (massively, I might add), causes businesses to hire fewer workers, raise their prices and in many cases, close their doors. People should have to earn their success and I absolutely agree with that. It does indeed lead to personal happiness and fulfillment. In the end, the ones that are hurt the most by raising the minimum wage in this manner are the poor, who wind up having no job at all. Brooks promotes the earned-income tax credit for the poor. And I agree with him on that point.

It is issues like this in which Brooks is calling for a conservative rebranding of social issues. They are still conservative in nature, but put forth in a more attractive package that appeals to more people.

The final chapter in his book is entitled, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Conservatives.” The chapter goes to the heart of conservative language and how politicians can utilize it to show that conservatives are just as compassionate and have just as much empathy for the downtrodden as the Left has. The Right needs to be seen as the moral champion of Americans and that they stand for a better opportunity for success and way of life for everyone concerned.

Brooks believes that first impressions are everything. You can argue politics and logic later, but first you have to win someone over, heart and soul. The mind comes second, emotions come first. He promotes that you have to address what people feel first, because whether you win over someone or not, it is decided in the first few seconds. It’s an instinctive and quick judgement. Brooks believes approaching politics in this fashion will win the White House.

As a Constitutional Conservative, a number of these issues are hard for me to accept and deal with. The book makes for compelling reading, especially if you are into politics. Considering the fight we face for the presidency in 2016, I would recommend you read this book and consider Brooks’ arguments carefully. The book is well-written and a good read. It’s full of issues that deserve consideration and pondering.

I want to close with the a promo on the last chapter of the book – it is excellent:

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Conservatives: How to Talk So Americans Will Listen

According to Brooks, the term “conservative heart” is often believed to be an oxymoron. Through his research, he found that despite conservatives giving more to charity than liberals, though they have less income on average, ordinary Americans believe conservatives don’t care about them. In fact, Brooks found that “conservatives have the right stuff to lift up the poor and vulnerable – but have been generally terrible at winning people’s hearts.” In essence, conservatives have a problem with messaging.

To help combat this, Brooks has come up with seven lessons to help conservatives relay their thoughts properly so Americans will listen. They include:

1. Be a moralist. No matter the topic, never start with what you want to talk about; start with the why. If you lead with your heart you’ll have a better shot at winning people over.

2. Fight for people, and against things. Conservatives should stop selling data, facts and figures, and start selling happiness and better opportunities.

3. Get happy. Good humor has to be authentic or people see through it in an instant. To be a happy warrior, you must genuinely be a happy person.

4. Steal all the best arguments. Most Americans don’t want to choose between compassion and morality, or between leadership and empathy. They want leaders who have all these traits, so expand your moral imagination and trespass on your opponent’s traits.

5. Go where you’re not welcome. Our goal for conservatives is not to remain a motivated minority. To do this you have to get out of your comfort zone, attract people who don’t see things the same way and enlist them to the cause. This includes the true believers, the persuadables and the hostiles.

6. Say it in 30 seconds. A great speech treats the first opening seconds like the scarce and valuable commodity they are. First priority in making a good impression? Don’t blow your opening lines.

7. Break your bad habits. The old way isn’t working. It’s not time to change the message: it’s time to change the way it’s delivered. Don’t be afraid to give up what’s comfortable for something that is scary, but has an opportunity for success.

American Report

The American Report-Saturday August 15th 2015

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Obama’s dangerous and reckless closing of Gitmo
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U.S. Congressmen by harassed by Muslims in Jerusalem
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