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Friday, January 19, 2018

Trump's got them by the tweets

I was going to put this out there on Twitter, but why monetize my writing for people who hate me and my readers?

Doctor's report on Trump reveals craziness -- in the media

The media is quacking up.

Rising economy may save Republicans

The Blue Meanies think they will take the House and make the doddering Nancy Pelosi speaker again. They even think they will win 27 of the 33 Senate races this year and control both houses of Congress.

I have no idea what will happen on Election Day.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Protecting consumers for zero dollars

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- a Democratic Party creation to put more limo libs on the federal budget -- finally protecting consumers from a predator: itself

Mick Mulvaney, the new director of the agency, just requested zero dollars from public money in his budget.

Where is the media's shame?

Last night, the president of the United States cited 11 stories that the media got wrong, as he held his first Fake News Awards -- or as I call them the Foolitizer Prize.

Most of the stories represented bad journalism in which reporters did not independently confirm what their sources said, or even seek the president's side of the story.

Without any introspection or reflection on this bad journalism (which has hounded him since he was elected) the media blamed the messenger.

Pipelines get around environmentalists

The nearly decade-long delay in approval for the Keystone XL pipeline taught pipeline companies a lesson in conservation.

Instead of begging for permission to build new pipelines, they will expand existing ones.

The poll that should scare Democrats

As the week began, Mike Allen of Axios had it all figured out. Democrats will retake the House, elect Nancy Pelosi as speaker, and impeach President Trump. Yay!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Grading Trump's Fake News Awards

President Trump unveiled his Fake News Awards tonight after an hourlong glitch by Republicans. Earlier today, I received my manuscript back from the book editor for "Fake News Follies of 2017," which I will publish next month.

Let's see how Trump did.

Apple to create 20,000 jobs, and give Uncle Sam $38 billion

The key to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was cutting the corporate tax rate from 35% -- the heaviest tax burden in the industrial world -- to 21% which is just over the European Union average of 20.9%.

But almost as important is the Repatriation Tax, which allows corporations to bring overseas profits into the USA by paying a 15.5% tax instead of the 21% tax.

President Kasich's first year

I see where Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio -- his father was a mailman, you know -- plans to run for president again. Well, running for president can be quite lucrative as Harold Stassen discovered. Many are the rich people who will lavish money on a celebrity politician.

But what if Kasich were seeking re-election as president?

99th Amazon review of "Trump the Press."

99 luftballoons. 99 problems. 99 bottles of beer on the wall. And now 99 Amazon reviews of "Trump the Press."

Need just one more.

Trumping the Korean War

The Korean War, now in its 68th year, is the longest war in American history, although it has been on hiatus for 65 of those years.

President Trump may have ended it.

QB Trump vs. Crybaby Cory

Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey is a perfect example of the eternal adolescence that is destroying our country from within.

Booker questioned Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about a discredited report that President Trump privately called some s***hole countries s***holes.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Thank you, Teresa G. Warren

Teresa G. Warren has written the 98th Amazon review of "Trump the Press." Like my wife, it is short and sweet:
I'm not Trump's biggest fan by any means, but I'm glad I bought and read this book. Great book. Very well researched, in depth, and lots of details. Mr. Surber did a great job here.
Two more! I need two more reviews to make 100.

Americans deserve a better press than this

The White House physician released the results of his examination of the president. There is nothing wrong with the 71-year-old president.

The press is as disappointed as Kim Jong Un is. CNN trotted out its in-house quack to argue with the doctor.

S***hole liberalism

One of my dearest readers reminded me that Melinda Byerley, a coastal liberal tweeted on January 2017 that Middle America is “a s***thole with stupid people.”

Byerley is the CEO of a company that does marketing for Silicon Valley companies.

Who needs Europe?

President Trump is taking his wife and most of his Cabinet to Davos, Switzerland, for the annual economic summit.

The European Union bureaucracy wants to use this to get The Donald. They read the New York Times every day, and therefore, they think he is this great big dumb orange ogre. It's a new riff on their usual and predictable anti-Americanism.

Don't sell the NYT

Jack Shafer has advice for the new publisher of the New York Times, Arthur Sulzberger, who coincidentally is the fourth man with that name to become publisher.

Shafer's advice is to sell.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Why the stable genius took on North Korea

How a man treats his exes (be they in Texas or New York) will tell you something about him (and of course, them).

The first Missus Donald Trump told Fox News:
Remarking on a much-criticized tweet in which Donald Trump called himself a "stable genius," Ivana Trump echoed the sentiment.
“I don’t think Donald is going to do anything irrational. He is a stable genius, definitely," she said.

You ruined the night for Samantha Power

Samantha Power, Obama's final UN Ambassador, had Election Night 2016 all planned. She invited 37 other UN ambassadors to a party -- women only -- to celebrate the shattering of the glass ceiling in which no woman had ever been elected head of state.

Well, except if you disregard the 19 female heads of state at the time, as well as Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher.

How to keep Twitter from seeing your sexy pictures

The scandal du jour is that Twitter employees spend all day looking at pictures of nekkid people. The headline at the Drudge Report read:
PERVY TWITTER SORTS THROUGH SEX MESSAGES, PICS

Almost trigger World War 3, keep your job

Charles Peters, the founder of Washington Monthly magazine, regularly chastised the government for not firing its incompetents. Unfireable, he moaned.

Which was odd since Peters is a believer in the great patriarchal government that takes care of everyone from cradle to grave -- whether they want it or not.

Importing poverty

"Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?" asked the headline in the Los Angeles Times.

It's imported.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

200 people in Haiti see that Trump is no racist

Bill and Hillary Clinton used the earthquake in Haiti to raise millions for their sham charity. They also used their connections to scam a mining permit from the Haitian government for her worthless brother.

Meanwhile, Republican Senator Rand Paul was among the eye surgeons who went to Haiti to restore the eyesight of 200 people in 2015.

Trump vs. Obama, or capitalism vs. communism

The announcement this week that Mazda and Toyota that they will invest $1.6 billion in a plant to make automobiles and SUVs in Alabama is the latest erasure of the Obama legacy of closing factories, and moving work to foreign soil.

The new plant will mean employment in Alabama until at least the middle of the century, creating 4,000 direct jobs and up to five times as many jobs for suppliers.

Things journalists believe that are untrue

As I await the editing of "Fake News Follies of 2017," I re-read it and think disquieting thoughts about why Fake News replaced the real stuff.

Blaming Trump for a false alarm

The American news media is so dead set against Donald Trump that it is comical. The late-night hosts are ex-comedians who give somber, Howard Beale-like monologues each night. Meanwhile, the newspaper editorials are a scream.

The latest is the false alarm in Hawaii. Someone threw the switch that said the state was under a ballistic missile attack, and understandably everyone panicked.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Wall Street Journal is as Fake News as the rest

From the Wall Street Journal: "Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star’s Silence"
They say never write in anger, so I will just stop here.

UPDATE:



Trump delivers. On time. Under budget.

"Trump didn’t win the presidency in 2016 because of his policy ideas. And he didn’t win because of James Comey or Russian interference or fake news on Facebook. Trump won because he connected with voters who are fed up with political elites who mostly serve their own interests. Many candidates promise change, but Trump’s blunt style and disregard for norms made him seem like he meant it. Judging by his performance in office so far, he did."

-- Rick Newman, Yahoo Columnist

Bloomberg wins Fake News of the week

Bloomberg broke a story just as the New York Stock Exchange began trading on Wednesday:
China Weighs Slowing or Halting Purchases of U.S. Treasuries
The story turned out to be the latest in a string of Fake News reports by a news organization owned by Mike Bloomberg, whose opposition to President Trump knows no bounds

Thank you for being deplorable

"A deplorable from TN": has posted the 97th Amazon review of "Trump the Press."

It is delightful.

Men are expendable

Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit linked a story at The Chive: "These are the most dangerous civilian jobs in the United States."

He saw a gender gap. These jobs are dominated by men.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thank you, Lizzz

Lizzz has written the 96th Amazon review of "Trump the Press." I need four more to make 100, folks.

I am overjoyed.

Liberal study claims U.S. has the most partisan press

A new Pew Research Center survey of 38 countries found the United States has the most biased media in the Western world, according to readers and viewers.

Proof they are s***hole countries

Citing two people who were not at the meeting, the Washington Post reported that President Trump decried immigration from s***hole countries. The Fake News press reported this as gospel last night. This morning the president denied calling them s***hole countries.

But this does not mean they are not s***hole countries. Many countries have open defecation. Chief among them are India, where 48% of the people defecate in the open.

Trump's gift for King Day

President Trump signed a bill making the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a national historic park this week.

That's nice. But in Trump's first year as president, he has given African-Americans a greater gift: economic independence.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Tax reform means a Mexican truck plant will move to Michigan

Fiat Chrysler is relocating its Ram Heavy Duty truck manufacturing from Saltillo, Mexico, to Michigan following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Another 2,500 of those jobs that Barack Obama said are not coming back are.

Sessions to clean up Obama's drug mess

Josh Meyer of Politico detonated a bombshell last month that explained a complicated plan in which Iran sold drugs here, used it to buy cars to sell used in Africa, and then funnel the profits to fund Hezbollah.

President Obama stopped federal prosecutors from prosecuting the cases.

The press responded by attacking Meyer.

Wal-Mart does what no newspaper does

More than a million workers are receiving bonuses thanks to President Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. But as I look at the list of employers sharing the wealth, I see no newspaper owner sharing the the wealth with his workers. All I see are editorials saying the cuts help only rich, greedy bastards.

Well, when you act that way, they do.

Trump saves 1,100 jobs -- and adds 4,000 more

In 2016, Carrier announced it was closing a furnace factory in Indiana and moving it to Mexico.

Barack Obama was cool with this, telling people, “What we have to do is to make sure that folks are trained for the jobs that are coming in now because some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back.”

Doesn't look like amnesty is happening

Sometimes I get ahead of readers, so I must apologize for not freaking out over President Trump's meeting with congressional leaders over granting amnesty to 800,000 illegal aliens who claim they were abducted and brought here as children.

I went over all this on Saturday, and I thought everyone understood. But OK, let us go over this again.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Trump's NATO policy pays off

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg popped by the White House today. According to some press accounts, it was to lecture the president on the imaginary green economy.

Nope, it was to announce her 52 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin. The price is about $10 billion. Delivery began in November.

Press plays to one-third of America

For more than a year, the American media has described President Trump as chaotic.

Before he took office, the Los Angeles Times reported: "Trump has the habits of a showman, not a manager. Get ready for chaos."

Instead of policy, Democrats decide what color to wear

The Democratic Party's problem with relevancy can be seen in black and white.

From NBC News today: "Democratic women plan all-black fashion statement for State of the Union."

From CNN last March 1: "Democratic women wear white to Trump's address."

Can Democrats survive 2018?

As Democrats met with President Trump on Tuesday, Democrats showed all they have to offer voters: nothing.

Theirs is a failed party that has for more than one year refused to accept the results of the 2016 election. The Russian dossier disintegrated like a cardboard box in the rain. The late-night jokes now are stale and moldy. The media's cries of wolf are desperate and shrill.

Liberals think you hate tax cuts

The people at The Nation magazine think Americans want to pay more in taxes, and hate the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Trump just showed Congress it is his town

President Trump just did something no other president nor the Founding Fathers could pull off.

He negotiated a major piece of legislation right before the nation's unblinking eyes, live and in living color.

Sloppy Steve loses Breitbart

If only he had kept his big, fat mouth shut, Steve Bannon could have had the world on a string even as he departed the White House.

But no, he had to be a big shot, didn't he?

He had to be the star of Michael Wolff's new book on President Trump, and so Bannon talked and talked and talked and talked.

Banning earmarks failed

Two things happened in March 2010. The House Appropriations Committee banned earmarks to for-profit corporations, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed without a single Republican vote.

The move to ban earmarks was on, ostensibly to balance the budget.

$8 trillion of added debt later we find that supporters of earmarks were right.

Fake News of the day



The mainstream press cannot cover a ballgame without blowing it.

Trump cuts utility rates in DC

Now this is awkward. A town in which he received only 4% of the vote is about to become a big beneficiary of President Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Not only will DC residents enjoy huge federal income tax cuts, but their electric bills will shrink thanks to Trump's actions.

Trumphobia hits Yale

This headline in Newsweek -- "Trump Could Destroy the Entire Human Species, Says Yale Psychiatrist Who Warned Congress Members" -- is a reminder that ending involuntary commitment to state hospitals had its downside.

Rocket Man kneels

For the last quarter-century, American presidents have paid the Kim dynasty off just to shut it up.

President Trump does not play that. He stood up to Rocket Man and his nukes. Trump pressured China to pressure North Korea, and China closed the Friendship Bridge. (That is a big deal.) I suspect some sabotage here and there as well regarding the nuke program.

Now we are seeing concrete results.

Monday, January 08, 2018

President Oprah is Fake News

"Minutes after giving a rousing speech at the Golden Globes Awards that promised 'a new day' for women, minorities and the downtrodden, Oprah Winfrey said she has no ambitions to run for president," Anousha Sakoui of Bloomberg News reported at 12;01 a.m. today.

The categorical denial did not stop CNN and other Fake News organizations from assuring Americans that Oprah was running for president.

Hungary: No Muslims

Viktor Orbán, prime minister of Hungary, re-iterated his nation's opposition to Europe accepting millions of Muslim migrants.

Germany “wanted migrants, and we didn’t,” Orbán told Bild, a German newspaper.

Liberals are ape over Trump

Over the weekend, Michael Wolff conned liberals into shelling out $30 for "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," a work of fiction that reassured liberals that President Trump is every bit as evil, incompetent, angry, childish, petty, and unpresidential as they wanted him to be.

Oprah's fake cry of racism

NBC declared Oprah Winfrey "our future president" in a tweet after she gave a speech at the Oscars or whatever the hell it was that Hollywood held last night.

Liberals fall for the smooth talker every single time.

Liberals paid dearly last week for global warming hysteria

Usually when liberals are wrong about something, they pay no penalty for their error. For example, their false claim that Trump's election led to more hate crimes went unpunished because by the time the truth arrived, liberals had changed subjects to a whole new set of lies: Russian dossier.

For decades, liberals got away with global warming lies -- even changing the name to climate change in an effort to obscure the falseness of their prophesies.

Legalizing pot is not libertarian

Libertarians claim that we should legalize pot because adults should be allowed to inject whatever they want into their bodies.

That's a sound argument, but that is not why we are legalizing pot. We are legalizing pot to expand the powers of the government, and to increase the coffers of the state.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

The Left's gift to The Donald

Having ended 2017 on a high note with passage of the tax cuts (wrapped around the best overall economic news since Clinton was president), President Trump emerged from hibernation at Mar-a-Lago to begin the second calendar year of his presidency.

Waiting at the doorstep at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was a Christmas gift sent after Christmas, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," a new book by Michael Wolff.

Connecticut learns the rich can leave

Tax the rich, feed the poor
'Til there are no rich no more.
--Alvin Lee of Ten Years After
"I'd Love to Change the World"

Arabs don't care about Jerusalem

For all its pretension, prestige, and Pulitzers, the New York Times knows less about the Middle East than I do. And the closest I ever came to the Middle East was one night in Fulda.

Its breaking story this weekend was "Tapes Reveal Egyptian Leaders’ Tacit Acceptance of Jerusalem Move."

Saturday, January 06, 2018

"Very stable genius"

Donald Trump got up this morning. For the 351st day in a row, he was president. He had meetings to attend with Republican congressmen at Camp David all day, so he decided to throw some crumbs to keep the birds on press row occupied.

Media lacks Trump's morals

I have already submitted my predictions for the Fake News Awards of 2017 that President Trump will unveil on Monday at 5 p.m. p.m. on Fox News.

Media Research Center's News Busters has its list -- "Eight Times the Liberal Media Screwed Up on Trump-Russia in 2017" -- which is pretty impressive.

Trump just won on DACA

Ann Coulter is livid about President Trump negotiating with the swamp critters over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Why?

Donald Trump is the best negotiator in American politics because he is a student of Sun Tzu.

Bill Clinton almost cost a Secret Service man his life

The book identified the man only as “Reverend.” He was one of a group of Secret Service agents who clandestinely chauffeured Bill Clinton around the capital in the 1990s so he could meet with his mistresses.

Friday, January 05, 2018

How the Russian dossier may lead to locking her up

Reading the transcript from the debate more than a year later, I realize it was America's Margaret Dumont-Groucho Marx moment.

Hillary: "It's just a good thing that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country."

Trump: "Because you'd be in jail."

What to expect from Trump's Fake News awards

As I twiddle my thumbs waiting for my upcoming book, "Fake News Follies of 2017," to be edited, I notice that the president is presenting his Fake News Awards on Monday at 5 p.m.

Well, based on my yearlong research, here is what to expect.

Reporters know Wolff's book is baloney

Fabulist Michael Wolff's book on President Trump is a bunch of baloney. The press knows this, just as a year ago they knew the Russian dossier was baloney. Urinating hookers? Come on.

But Jack Shafer of Politico blamed the victim -- President Trump -- for Wolff's book of lies.

2018 on pace to be the hottest year ever

1998 was the hottest year ever. No, 2005. No, 2014. No, 2016. No, 2017.

But now 2018 is on pace to be the hottest year ever.

Inappropriate behavior the media accepts

CBS News fired its political director, Steve Chaggaris for "inappropriate behavior."

The story carried no details. But we know from the Charlie Rose dismissal that goosing a colleague, groping her breasts, and touching her genital area will get you fired. Eventually.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Drill, baby, drill

Even with passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, actual drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could be a decade away.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today began the move to open drilling offshore in the Atlantic and Pacific. States along those coasts already enjoy oildrilled offshore in the Gulf of Mexico

Trump may slap 30% tax on newsprint

I have great news for newspaper editorial boards who railed against the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

President Trump may give you a nice new tax to pay.

Happy?

Not a regular president? GOOD

President appeared via video at the White House briefing today to avoid questions from reporters.

Reporters tweeted, hey, he's trying to avoid questions. Sharpest crayons in the box, these reporters are.

The pro-wrestling presidency

One theory making its rounds is that the Bannon-Trump feud is for show.

Democrats for fascism

Barack Obama's refusal to lead his party to a peaceful transition of power a year ago has inspired an increasingly violent "resistance" both within and without the government. The best example is Sally Yates who refused a legal order as acting attorney general. That act of insubordination should disqualify her as a lawyer. But we no longer have a rule of law in this country. Witness Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin not being tried for their national security breaches.

Now Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, the No. 2 man in the DNC, has embraced the Antifa fascists.

Trump triggers a half-billion in bonuses for workers

Senate Republicans are boasting: "Millions In Bonuses For More Than 500,000 American Workers Have Already Been Announced."

Welcome to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

NFL ratings take a knee

The final ratings are in for the NFL's regular season, and the TV audience shrank 10%.

Breitbart News dies of lack of credibility

Steve Bannon killed Breitbart News today. It wanted to be a mainstream media contender, and so it died a mainstream media death by squandering all its credibility trying to bring down President Trump.

America First instead of diplomacy

After a year of President Trump heckling Rocket Man on Twitter instead of sending a special envoy to North Korea to appease the Kim dynasty again, Kim Jong Un finally is willing to negotiate with South Korea.

But wait, there's more.

Trump Effect: the good

Bloomberg: "Manufacturing in the U.S. Just Accelerated to Its Best Year Since 2004."

As Barack Obama said, those jobs ain't coming back.

Hillary's economic plan was to retrain coal miners to become computer programmers.

NYT discovers Trump knows business

The New York Times had an epiphany as the new year dawned.

Donald Trump may actually know what he's doing with the economy.

Three reasons Hatch is retiring

Orrin Hatch has represented Utah well in the Senate for more than four decades. The experts are going on about how his decision not to seek another term will put Mitt Romney in the Senate to give President Trump a hard time.

That is unimportant for now.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Fake News means never learning a lesson

Is Fake News a new category in the Pulitzer Prize awards?

Iran's fellow traveler is the New York Times

Want to know why the New York Times is so hostile to President Trump's bans on travel to Iran, or why it is so reluctant to report on protests against the theocratic dictatorship?

Well for as little as $7,895, you can find out why.

That is how much the New York Times is charging per person for its trips to that nation that is part of the Axis of Evil.

The rest of the story on coal-mining deaths

The Hill headline said: Coal-mining deaths skyrocket in 2017

Now for the rest of the story.

Playboy learns the hard way not to mess with Trump

Playboy heir Cooper Hefner decided to be one of the cool kids this summer, and dumped on Trump.

The heir may regret that error of airing a complaint about President Trump.

AP notches first Fake News of 2018

The Associated Press could not make it to noon on New Year's Day before posting the first Fake News of 2018.

How we know Trump understands Iran

The world got safer over the holiday weekend as the final two legs of the Axis of Evil appear to be buckling.

In Iran, people are taking to the streets to get new leadership.

In North Korea, the leader is trying to talk peace and an end to the Korean War after 64-plus years of a cease-fire.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Another anti-Trumper gets his

H. Brandt Ayers is a self-righteous Southern liberal. He spent his life moralizing from his perch in Anniston, Alabama, where for decades he published the Anniston Star.

He won that job in the oldest of newspaper traditions -- by being the son of the previous publisher.

Retired, he still wrote columns published by other newspapers near and far.

Media regrets creating Fake News canard

Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed News Media Editor, said he helped popularize the term Fake News, which he now regrets.

Do tell. BuzzFeed is the site that pushed the Fake News that President Trump hired hookers in Russia to pee on a bed Barack Obama slept in.

Playing the Trump card in the 2018 mid-terms

I will give it to readers straight.

History shows a president's first mid-term is tough on his party. In the past 18 presidencies, only FDR in 1934 and Bush in 2002 were able to gain seats in the House. And absent a depression and another 9/11, the odds favor Republicans losing the House.

2017, Greatest Year in American History: A Day By Day Review




Happy New Year.

Today concludes my month-by-month, day-by-day review of 2017 with December.

For the convenience of readers, I am re-posting the previous 11 months, and then adding December. This way, everyone can catch up and re-live the greatest year in American history.

Happy New Year



Coming in February.

Cover by Ben Garrison.

Watch this space.