President Trump on the midterms: Never give up!

Politics – Down and Dirty

I just heard that President Trump is doing an election blitz over the next six days when he will hold 11 MAGA rallies in eight states. Wow! Imagine that — a Republican president who actually fights for what he believes in! Or maybe I should say “A Republican president who actually believes in what he

Trump signals plan to end birthright citizenship

Politics – Down and Dirty

Big news this morning, as President Trump announced in an interview with Axios that he intends to end birthright citizenship via an executive order. This raises lots of questions, which I won’t try to address in this post, but suffice it to say that there will be constitutional challenges raised. The 14th Amendment was interpreted

My first column on Real Clear Politics is now available

Politics – Down and Dirty

Hi friends: My first column for Real Clear Politics is now available! The topic is the border caravan (yes it is still headed inexorably toward our border despite intervening tragedies and news) and why it qualifies as a national emergency. Here’s the start. Please follow the link to Real Clear Politics to read the rest,

First- (and second-) hand observations from the Don Jr. rally in Kalispell

Down HomePolitics – Down and Dirty

Well, I thought I would have more first-hand observations about Donald Trump Jr’s Kalispell rally in support of Senate candidate Matt Rosendale and Rep. Greg Gianforte, but life intervened and I missed the entire rally except for the National Anthem (sung remarkably well by three local girls accompanied by a fourth on violin) and Trump’s

When anti-Semites strike, we must all be Jewish

Down Homeanti-Semitism Jewish bigotry Jesus bullies

Today’s dreadful attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue reminds us once again of just how fragile life is, and how easily it can be robbed by those who don’t recognize how precious it is. More to the point it reminds us of an ancient sickness that still haunts us today — the sickness of anti-Semitism. I’ve

NBC does the impossible and makes Megyn Kelly a sympathetic figure!

Politics – Down and DirtyThe Media Mess

Megyn Kelly has few friends left among conservatives after her abysmal performance in the first GOP presidential debate when she tried (unsuccessfully!) to ambush Donald Trump, but leave it to NBC to make Kelly a sympathetic figure by crucifying her on a cross of political correctness. Kelly naively defended blackface being used in Halloween costumes,

Huge story suggests worst smear against Kavanaugh was known to be false all along

Politics – Down and DirtyThe Media Mess

John Nolte breaks down the bombshell admission by NBC that they withheld exculpatory evidence that cleared Justice Kavanaugh of the outrageous rape claim publicized by the Creepy Porn Lawyer, Michael Avenatti. Julie Swetnick disowned the story and basically said it was Avenatti’s idea all along. Great job by Breitbart! Shoddy work by NBC! https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2018/10/26/nolte-nbc-news-hid-info-wouldve-cleared-kavanaugh-avenatti-rape-allegations/

Assassination is always abhorrent

Politics – Down and Dirty

On first look, it appears the mail bomber was a typical “lone nut.” Thank God he was also apparently incompetent or the story could have been much worse. No one of sound mind can possibly think violence is an appropriate response to political disputes. Assassination is always abhorrent. Let’s make sure we use the appropriate

Breaking Fake News: Trump is to blame for bomb attacks

Politics – Down and DirtyThe Media Mess

I’m sure it was no surprise to anyone that the mainstream news pundits (I can’t really call them news reporters since all they do is opine!) have been quick to blame President Trump for the mail bombs sent to his critics. It’s so sad that the 24 hour news cycle forces these cable mavens to

‘I am part of the resistance inside the news media,’ and I’m not anonymous

The Media Mess

This is one of the last columns I wrote as editor of the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Montana, where I worked for 34 years before retiring at the end of September, 2018. As you can see, I marched to a different drummer than the stereotypical liberal journalist! By FRANK MIELE Over the years, I’ve