Oscars See All-Time Lowest Ratings as America Says, “No Thanks”

The 90th Annual Academy Awards experienced their lowest ratings ever Sunday night. The nation largely ignored the biggest film awards ceremony of the year.

The broadcast, which sported yet another ill-advised appearance of Jimmy Kimmel as host, got only an 18.9 rating from Nielsen for its timeslot of 8-11pm EST. That’s down a full 15.6% from last year’s show. Less than a fifth of the country bothered to tune in.

Self-Congratulating Themselves…

This year, there weren’t any standout movies nominated for Best Picture. The Shape of Water won for Best Picture, but the nomination field was largely filled with movies that made many Americans ask “huh?”

As Breitbart reports, seven of the nine nominees averaged only $47 million at the box office. Only about 5 million Americans saw them. This is more proof that the Oscars is only an internal award meant for Hollywood to congratulate itself, not reward the ‘best’ or most popular films.

As expected, the show was a constant refrain of anti-gun rhetoric, pushed by a demographic that literally had hundreds of armed police to ‘protect’ them at the show and on the red carpet. The ultra-rich celebrities also congratulated themselves on their own bravery in the #MeToo movement. They were completely oblivious to the fact that many of them were perpetrators or enablers of the very conduct they were condemning.

Host Jimmy Kimmel made several cracks at President Trump and set the ultra-left tone of the show.

Kimmel started jabs at the President right away, opening with,

“The stunning Lupita Nyong’o, she was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya. Let the tweetstorm from the president’s toilet begin!”

The late-night host also made sly references to the left’s belief that Russia rigged the election for Trump.

All in all, the show did nothing to dispel America’s belief that it would be a self-congratulatory fest for celebrities. Maybe that’s why no one watched it.

Shani Davis Forgets the Meaning of Sportsmanship

U.S. Olympic speed skater Shani Davis got international attention last week for insinuating that the coin toss used to determine the flag carrier in the opening ceremonies was somehow racist. Davis boycotted the ceremonies in protest.

In the voting among the U.S. team, female athlete Erin Hamlin tied with Davis for the honor of carrying in the flag. Officials used a coin toss to break the tie. Hamlin, the first American female to ever medal in luge, won the toss.

Dishonerable Coin Toss?

Davis has won four medals in a previous Olympic Games. He was also the first American to repeat his medal performance in the 1000m race. Davis tweeted about his medals and added that the U.S. Team “dishonorably tossed a coin” to choose the flag bearer. Davis’s twitter has since been made private to the public.

What exactly was dishonorable about the coin toss Davis never said, but he did add the hashtag “#BlackHistoryMonth2018” to the end. He implied this “dishonor” came from tossing a coin at all, instead of simply letting him have the coveted flagbearer position in place of Hamlin.

Twitter predictably erupted, with many users telling Davis that his actions made him look like a child. Even U.S. Bobsled Team athlete and fellow Olympian Nick Cunningham responded on Twitter, telling Davis that he was “only proving the coin flipped to the correct side.”

One commentator pointed out that Davis “disgraced himself and his teammates by making the start of the Olympics all about Shani Davis.” He added that Davis’ boycott of the opening ceremonies was an example of “good riddance.”

Rev. Jesse Jackson, however, came out in support of Davis’ act. He tweeted that the flagbearer position should never be determined by a coin toss. Instead, said Jackson, “The [U.S. Olympic] Committee should immediately institute a more appropriate system to make such a significant determination.”

Lincoln’s Most Memorable Quotes

Happy birthday to the Great Emancipator! Today is the President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, who led the way to end the Civil War and free the slaves. Here are some of Lincoln’s most memorable quotes, that still inspire people today.

On Character

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

On America and Patriotism

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”

The Gettysburg Address

Let’s not forget one of the most memorable speeches from Lincoln, that is etched upon his memorial in Washington, DC.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

November 19, 1863

Reagan’s Most Memorable Quotes

Happy birthday, Ronald Reagan! Today would have been the late President’s 107th birthday. Reagan’s wit and wisdom continue to inspire Americans. He certainly earned his nickname, The Great Communicator. In honor of one of our nation’s most respected former presidents, enjoy some of Reagan’s most memorable quotes.

On Freedom

Reagan frequently spoke of freedom as America’s highest ideal.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

When the spread of Communism threatened the world, Reagan knew that American freedom became even more important. “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”

On Faith

Reagan viewed faith as a major component in any thriving society.

“The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.”

“If we ever for get that we are one nation under God, we will be one nation gone under.”

On Government

In his First Inaugural Address, Reagan charted the course for a smaller government. He told the crowd, “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.”

He continued to advance freedom as an economic policy. In his 1986 State of the Union Address, Reagan told the nation, “The most powerful force we can enlist against the Federal deficit is an ever-expanding American economy, unfettered and free.”

Reagan, The Comedian

In 1992, Bill Clinton was running for president. Clinton famously admitted to smoking marijuana, but claimed, “I didn’t inhale.” In a speech later that year, Reagan used that line to persuade voters.

“When you see all that rhetorical smoke billowing up from the Democrats, well ladies and gentleman, I’d follow the example of their nominee; don’t inhale.”

Reagan also had a sense of humor about religion. In his book Speaking My Mind, Reagan explained one reason why he believed in God.

“Sometimes when I’m faced with an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there’s a cook.”

NFL Player Killed by Twice-Deported Illegal Immigrant

The drunk driver who killed former Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe was living in the United States illegally. The suspect, Manuel Orrego-Savala, did not hold a drivers license when he drunkenly killed two innocent men.

Criminal History

Orrego-Savala illegally immigrated to the United States three times. Authorities first deported him in 2007, and then again in 2009. Police do not know when Orrego-Savala crossed the border the third time. A breath test shows that Orrego-Savala’s blood alcohol level was at 0.239 – nearly triple the legal limit in Indiana. He tried to run away from the scene of the crime. When confronted by police, Orrego-Savala claimed that his name was Alex Cabrera Gonsales.

A Miserable Car Crash

Jeffrey Monroe was driving Edwin Jackson down Interstate 70 early on Sunday morning. Jackson, 26, fell ill, and Monroe, 54, pulled over onto the shoulder to help him get his bearings. The two men were standing outside the parked car on the shoulderwhen Orrego-Savala plowed his Ford F-150 straight into them. The only survivor – Orrego-Savala – failed to call 9-1-1. A state trooper saw the wreckage while driving and attended to the scene.  As the state trooper pulled over at the scene of the crime, he saw the body of one of the victims, which had been thrown into one of the highway lanes.

An Outpouring of Support

The Indianapolis Colts organization offered their deepest condolences to both of the victims’ loved ones. In a tweet to the team’s fans, the Colts wrote “Edwin Jackson always brought a smile to our locker room and the community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We will miss him greatly.”

Jackson’s teammates have shared their fond memories of the young athlete taken from this life far too soon. Jacksonville Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton said, “Your love for life, passion for the game & heart to serve was contagious. Continue to shine your light from above brother! We love & will miss you.”

Hillary Clinton Appears at Grammys for Anti-Trump Skit

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a surprise taped appearance at the Grammy Awards Sunday night. She read excerpts from the controversial anti-Trump book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House in a comedic skit ridiculing President Donald Trump.

Fire and Fury contains information that has been disputed by many who claim they were misquoted or lied about. There is a particularly damaging accusation that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slept her way to the top.

Clinton Praised by Attendees

Clinton’s appearance was lauded by attendees, who cheered as she lowered the book to reveal her face. As she read lines regarding Trump’s love for fast food, Hillary smirked.

During the skit, Ambassador Nikki Haley took to Twitter to pan it.

“That part ruined the Grammys,” tweeted Haley. “Such a shame.”

The annual music awards show was rife with liberal politics and anti-Trump sentiment. The Washington Post dedicated an entire article with the political references from the Grammy show. Meanwhile, other media outlets admitted that viewership was down 20%, possibly due to the overwhelming amount of political statements by celebrities who many Americans see as out of touch.

The Fire & Fury skit wasn’t the only political rhetoric seen Sunday. Singer Camila Cabello went on a diatribe about Dreamers and immigration, a clear potshot at President Trump’s controversial immigration policies.

“I’m here on stage tonight because just like the Dreamers my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope,” she stated.

She then declared that Dreamer children “can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting before.”

Following Cabello’s speech, U2 performed. During their performance they tweeted ““Blessed are the S***hole Countries, for they gave us the American Dream.”

Advocates Call for New California, Breaking Away from “Tyranny”

Concerned citizens in California came together to form a separate state called New California. They issued their own Declaration of Independence on Monday.

Proponents seek to split most of the state’s rural regions away from Los Angeles and San Francisco due to poor management from Sacramento.

New California: Breaking Free From Tyranny?

“The current state of California has become governed by a tyranny,” the group writes.

California is suffering due to high taxes and increasing government spending. This plan is not the same as the secession movement from 2017.

Advocates of the new state believe California is poorly governed. For this reason, supporters are hopeful their new state will oversee things better.

“It’s been ungovernable for a long time,” said New California founder Robert Preston.

“High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” he finished.

Proponents believe this is possible by invoking Article 4, Section 3 of the Constitution.

A new state can be created from an existing state with permission from Congress and the state’s legislature. This has not been done since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.

It is unclear is California will take this movement seriously. However, New Californians think the process, if successful, will take over a year.

Hillary Clinton Ignored Warnings of Harvey Weinstein’s Misdeeds

Hillary Clinton knew about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct when she accepted his donations to her campaign. Lena Dunham, Tina Brown, and Linda Bloodworth-Thompson all warned the Clinton campaign about associating with Weinstein.

Lena Dunham recalls telling Hillary’s deputy communications director, “I just want you to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist and this is going to come out at some point. I think it’s a really bad idea for him to host fund-raisers and be involved because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault.”

In addition, Hollywood insider Linda Bloodworth-Thompson warned 3 top Democrats not to let Weinstein affiliate with the campaign. Bloodworth-Thompson has been friends with the Clintons since the 1980s. Bloodworth-Thompson even helped Bill Clinton write his public apology for lying about the Lewinsky scandal. She knows, perhaps better than anyone, the deeply damaging ramifications of a powerful man’s sexual misconduct.

Despite the warnings, the Clinton campaign embraced Weinstein. He hosted two fundraisers for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election cycle. The second event, held in June, raised $1.8 million for the campaign. Weinstein also donated to the Clinton Foundation. Tax filings report that he donated somewhere between $100,000 and $250,000 to the organization.

Clintonian Hypocrisy

While Hillary took Weinstein’s campaign cash, she campaigned on being an advocate for women. On November 22nd, 2015, she tweeted, “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.”

This begs the question, what about Harvey Weinstein’s victims? Do they not count as survivors of sexual assault? The Clinton Foundation announced it would not return the donation from Weinstein. Hillary personally stated that she would donate the campaign money to charity at the end of the year.



Jimmy Kimmel and Roy Moore Face Off in Spat

The Twitter war between Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is reaching the level of ridiculous, as both men are taking turns insulting and poking each other, with Kimmel finally saying “If you’re challenging me to a fight…I accept.”

It all started last week when Kimmel sent a writer from his late night show to a church in Alabama, where Moore was giving a speech. As a protestor tried to heckle the judge, Kimmel’s writer, pretending to be a supporter, stood up and yelled statements like “That’s a man’s man! Does that look like the face of someone who hits on teenage girls?” The comedic writer was escorted out, and Moore took to Twitter to respond to the heckling.

“If you want to mock our Christian values,” Moore tweeted to Kimmel, “come down here to Alabama and do it man to man.”

Kimmel wasted no time in responding. “Sounds great, Roy,” Kimmel wrote, “let me know when you get some Christian values and I’ll be there!” The host added another answer a bit later, telling Moore he would be “leaving my daughters at home” and telling the judge to “wear that cute little leather vest.”

It only escalated from there, with Kimmel frequently using his show’s opening monologue to ridicule and mock the Alabama judge. Moore responded with invitations for Kimmel to attend his church in the southern state, saying he would save the host a seat “on the front pew.”

Finally, Kimmel’s mocking reached epic proportions when he announced to Moore that if the judge’s invitation included a fistfight, Kimmel was fine with participating.

“The bottom line is this,” said the host. “I accept the invitation. I will come down there.”

Melania Trump Unveils White House Christmas Decorations

All images in this post are credited to SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images.

First Lady Melania Trump has debuted the 2017 White House Christmas decorations. Over the past few weeks, staff and volunteers have transformed 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue into a Winter Wonderland. Melania selected this year’s theme, “Time-Honored Traditions,” to celebrate the season with classic style.

Decorators brought in 53 Christmas trees to the White House this year, and stationed many of them in the Grand Foyer. They’re draped in “faux snow” and lights. Decorating the trees takes time and patience. The White House used over 18,000 lights to create this year’s display.

At the unveiling of the Christmas decorations, ballerinas performed scenes from The Nutcracker.

This White House is really a gingerbread house! Bakers created this showpiece with great attention to detail. They molded everything – including the intricate lower windows and top railing – to match the real building exactly. The house weighs 350 pounds and is on display in the State Dining Room.


A group of lucky kids from local schools were invited to the White House to enjoy the decorations, while adding their own special touches. Here, Melania greets children and helps them craft a garland.

When she entered the room, the kids reacted adorably. One asked “Are you the First Lady?” Another told a friend, “She looks like an angel!”

Additional decorations include intricate nativity scenes, and a major hallway in the East Wing made to look like a winter forest. 


In contrast to the bright white trees, the China Room stands apart for its poinsettia theme. The red and gold place settings contribute to the room’s rich colors.

Even the entrances to the White House got spruced up for the season. Over 3,100 yards of garland were used to decorate the nation’s most famous house.

What do you think of the 2017 Christmas White House?