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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Charles Krauthammer, RIP

He could have given up upon paralysis from an accident in medical school, but Charles Krauthammer did not given in to self-pity. He worked and graduated -- from Harvard Medical School.

He distinguished himself as a psychiatrist, and as a columnist he won a Pulitzer.

UN accidentally rips Obama

"UN poverty report blasting Trump, US for ‘hatred for the poor’ uses data from last year of Obama’s presidency," the Fox News headline said.


This happened on Obama's watch, UN.

NFL cannot find one person to pardon

President Trump on June 7 offered an olive branch to NFL players demanding social justice. The president of the United States said he would consider pardons for anyone the players requested.

Two weeks later, not one NFL player has come up with one victim of injustice to be pardoned.

That is amazing. That shows two things. One, our criminal justice system is nearly perfect because despite millions of trials and plea bargains over the years, not one social justice warrior in America can find a case of injustice to present the president.

What part of "president" do they not understand?

Robert Costa, national political reporter for the Washington Post, is alarmed because President Trump is setting federal policy.

"Bannon is gone. Miller gave a quote and is a force behind the scenes. Sec. Nielsen is a spokesperson for the policy. But like so many issues in this admin., it's not about the players but about the president. He is the one insisting, the one pushing others to hold the line," Costa tweeted.

Kim to destroy missile site

Having destroyed tunnels to his nuclear testing facility last month, Kim Jong Un has identified a missile test site he will destroy, as Kim scrambles to keep the promise he made to President Trump.

"Bob Carlin, a former North Korea intelligence adviser for the State Department North Korea, tells CBS News it is significant that the North is destroying this testing site because it is one of the largest in the country," CBS News reported.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Meet the Republican justice who was indicted today

The U.S. attorney charged this Republican state Supreme Court justice with 22 counts related to fleecing taxpayers and stealing antique furniture from the state Capitol.

It's pronounced "law free," which apparently means he thought he was free from the law.

Every newspaper in the state endorsed him because he said he was a reformer. After all, he wrote the book on corruption. Journalists did not realize it was a do-it-yourself tutorial.

I wrote about this earlier. He has four law degrees.

Germans capitulate to Trump

We learned in school that tariffs are bad for the economy. Teachers blame the Depression not on the bad monetary policies of the Federal Reserve (which was designed to avoid recessions) but on the Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act. Conservatives and liberals alike now parrot the pap of Free Trade, as if it magically improves the economy.

The economy under the Bushes and Obama show that was a fallacy. Other nations have tariffs (and we do too) and Europe uses regulation as a barrier to trade.

In fact, protective tariffs work. The United States has had tariffs since 1816.

Peter Fonda wants Barron Trump raped. No Democrats denounce Fonda.

If you thought the attempted assassination of nine congressman last year by a Democratic resistance gunman was an anomaly, you are wrong. The resistance is fascist. They want to destroy President Trump, his family, and every one of his supporters.

They would have done this regardless of the election.

Consider last night's harassment of Kirstjen Nielsen, who as secretary of Homeland Security is 17th in the line of presidential succession.

Trump shows he, not Obama, is the real hope and change

Capitalism is back. No more unnecessary regulations, a corporate tax rate in line with Europe, tax cuts for everyone, and the end to the exploitation of immigrants bu the Chamber of Commerce, and the phony residents of Hollywood, Manhattan, and Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

No more under-the-table landscapers and nannies. You want your lawn mowed, you must hire a real American. Not surprisingly, real Americans are happy.

"Economic confidence among lower-income Americans has taken a recent leap, the latest evidence that benefits of the economic expansion are reaching a broader swath of workers," the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a poll.

Look who mocked a disabled Marine

Talia Lavin is a fact-checker at New Yorker who occasionally sells a column to the Village Voice.

Over the weekend, she tweeted that Justin Gaertner, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent had a Nazi tattoo.

Happy West Virginia Day -- the sanest state in the nation

Today is the 155th anniversary of statehood for West Virginia. That's the New River Gorge. I have some good news. A study by a professor at Southern Methodist University found that West Virginia is the least psychopathic state in the lower 48 states.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Proof Trump's tariffs will work

President Trump's warning that he will slap $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods led to a small decline in stock trades in New York. The Standard and Poor 500 index was down 0.4%.

However, China's stock market plunged. It was down overall by 5% at one point. Some stocks recovered. Many did not.

Add a mayor to the Trump Schadenfreude List

Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of San Juan milked Hurricane Maria for all the publicity she could get by attacking President Trump. The media let her slide, even overlooking the irony of complaining about receiving no aid at a warehouse filled with supplies from the federal government.

But the media should have paid attention. Cruz may have sabotaged efforts to help Puerto Ricans.

Proof that Hillary, Laura, and Michelle lie

The wives of ex-presidents -- women who married into fame -- are bitching about immigrant children

The facts show 10,000 parents sent their children north unaccompanied and illegally. Another 2,000 accompanied their children as they tried to cross our border illegally.

The facts also show the husbands of Laura and Michelle enacted and followed this law. Not policy, law. Hillary supported this law in 2014.

The silence of the scams

What a difference a year makes. The press rolled out red carpet in June 2017 when Jimmy the Weasel testified before a Senate committee. His testimony was supposed to bring President Trump down.

CNN had a countdown clock to the hearing.

The neocon job explained

Robert Kagan is a neoconservative who openly supported Hillary. He is upset because President Trump is dismantling the obsolete foreign policy designed to contain the Soviet Union -- an entity that no one under 40 should remember. It died 27 years ago.

NATO and the rest should have died with it. Trade agreements designed to prop up economies struggling to rise from the rubble of World War II should have been buried alongside.

But George H.W. Bush decided not to rock the boat. It wouldn't be prudent.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Supreme Court upholds democracy

Elbridge Gerry (pronounced with a hard G) was a patriot and believer in liberty to the extent that he was one of three convention goers who refused to sign the Constitution. He said, "I am exceedingly distressed at the proceedings of the Convention-being ... almost sure, they will ... lay the foundation of a Civil War."

He was prophetic, and his reward was to have redistricting by legislators to be branded "gerrymandering" with a soft G. Nobody likes a prophet.

Trump may decide control of the House in Duluth

President Trump's rally in Duluth this week has Steven Schier, a professor emeritus at Carleton College, wired.

"You'll be the center of the political universe. Duluth will be in the bright lights, center stage, internationally," he told Brooks Johnson of the Duluth News Tribune.

Laura Bush shows Democrats are desperate

Many readers likely are wondering why Laura Bush put her name on an op-ed condemning President Trump for enforcing a border protection law that her husband signed into law.

The short answer is she is all the Democrats have left.

5 in 6 murders in Chicago go unsolved

So we are to look down our American noses at London because their cops solve only one in 20 burglaries or robberies.

Not so fast. What about Chicago?

"In 2017, the police solved 114 of the 650 murders that occurred in that same year — just 17.5 percent," the Chicago Sun-Times reported.