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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Highlights of the news

It's summer and Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: 50 years ago today, the Cleveland Fire Department put out a debris fire atop the Cuyahoga River. The river didn't burn, but a legend was born. The truth is always the first casualty of war.

ITEM 2: The Associated Press reported, "A North Carolina soldier who was declared dead in the Korean War more than 60 years ago was remembered in a ceremony at the State Capitol.

"Pfc. William Hoover Jones was honored on Friday. Gov. Roy Cooper laid a wreath in his memory and present his family with the U.S. and North Carolina flags were flown over the State Capitol. Both flags flew at half-staff from sunup to sundown on Friday."

Private First Class Jones was an African American soldier. Because of this, he would not have been welcomed at the state capitol when he died, except as a janitor or busboy in the kitchen.

Kim Jong Un sent the remains of American soldiers as a gesture of goodwill. While peace negotiations have had a setback since, Hoover Jones gives us hope for making peace in Korea. His burial also shows us how far we have come toward making peace in our own land.

ITEM 3: Bloomberg reported, "A divided U.S. Supreme Court made it easier for landowners to sue for compensation when a government regulation reduces the value of their property, overturning a decades-old precedent that had limited lawsuits in federal court.

"Voting 5-4 along ideological lines, the court said Friday that property owners could go straight to a federal judge without first seeking compensation through state proceedings. The decision reversed a 1985 Supreme Court ruling, prompting a sharp dissent from the court’s liberal wing.

"Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said the 1985 ruling placed an unjustifiable burden on property owners, preventing many of them from ever reaching federal court. That’s because resolution of a state court proceeding generally precludes any federal lawsuit over the constitutional ban on government taking of private property without just compensation, Roberts said."

Now do Kelo.

And by do, I mean undo.

ITEM 4: Celine Ryan reported, "A year after students began a petition to remove the traditional California “mission bell” from campus, the University of California Santa Cruz has capitulated to demands, announcing Friday that the bell will be removed.

"California mission bells mark the path of the historic El Camino Real, the 700-mile trail that connected the 21 California Spanish missions. The bells are a common way of recognizing state history and have marked the route of the El Camino Real since 1906. Hundreds of them line the trail to this day.

"However, in UCSC's announcement of its decision, the university emphasized that the bells are 'viewed by many populations as a symbol of racism and dehumanization of their ancestors.'"

Their ancestors? They were from Milwaukee.

What next? Rename the town Lewinskystad because it was originally named for a saint?

ITEM 5: The Associated Press reported, "Inside an Indiana aquafarming complex, thousands of salmon eggs genetically modified to grow faster than normal are hatching into tiny fish. After growing to roughly 10 pounds in indoor tanks, they could be served in restaurants by late next year.

"The salmon produced by AquaBounty are the first genetically modified animals approved for human consumption in the U.S. They represent one way companies are pushing to transform the plants and animals we eat, even as consumer advocacy groups call for greater caution.

"AquaBounty hasn’t sold any fish in the U.S. yet, but it says its salmon may first turn up in places like restaurants or university cafeterias, which would decide whether to tell diners that the fish are genetically modified."

Captain D's, please, get this salmon. Science gives us cheap, clean food.

ITEM 6: USA Today reported, "A test conducted by California nonprofit Center for Environmental Health finds that two bottled water brands — Peñafiel, owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper and Starkey, owned by Whole Foods — contain levels of arsenic that are higher than tap water, violating state guidelines as a result.

"High levels of arsenic, California law states, can cause reproductive harm and cancer.  Products that violate recommended state levels of arsenic have to be labeled with a warning."

I get that arsenic is bad. But when did California law become science?

ITEM 7: Cassandra Pollock reported, "Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that the state will deploy 1,000 troops from the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to aid the federal government with border security efforts."

He's the most Texan governor of Texas since Sam Houston.

ITEM 8: The Chicago Tribune reported, "In a surprise move, a Cook County judge ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the controversial decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett. Judge Michael Toomin ruled that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx had the right to withdraw from the prosecution but could not legally appoint her top deputy to handle the case in her place.

"The special prosecutor could end up charging Smollett, Toomin said, and if the investigation uncovers suspicion of wrongdoing by others, additional charges could be brought. Toomin made the decision even though the county’s inspector general’s office is already investigating the decision by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office to look into the controversy. Foxx herself, however, agreed to that probe."

The Smollett case is a test of celebrity justice in which the famous walk.

ITEM 9: Malachi Barrett reported, "Michigan automakers, parts suppliers and advanced manufacturers have worked hard to innovate, Peters said, but need a strategy backed by policy guidelines and federal investment to remain world leaders in manufacturing."

Government can no more create jobs than it can control the weather. Lower taxes, fewer regulations, and fair trade are the keys, not another bureaucracy.

ITEM 10: Jessica Campisi reported, "A student accused of opening fire at a Colorado school reportedly told investigators that he targeted peers who made fun of him for his gender identity, court documents show.

"Alec McKinney, 16, and Devon Erickson, 18, allegedly decided to carry out the shooting after exchanging messages on social media the day before the May 7 attack at STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver, the documents show.

"The shooting resulted in the death of 18-year-old Kendrick Ray Castillo; eight others were injured."

Had the victims been transgendered and the shooter straight, the story would not have died nationally the next day.

ITEM 11: Brian Min reported, "Earlier this month an anarchist group that consists of UT Austin students called the Autonomous Student Network shared a tweet threatening to dox students who considered joining the Young Conservatives of Texas and Turning Point USA during freshman orientation."

This is intimidation. Perhaps the anarchists need doxxing first.

ITEM 12: Peggy Noonan wrote, "It was four years ago this week, June 16, 2015, and a great professional gift was given me. I had just watched Donald Trump’s announcement speech and was pondering its impact. This guy isn’t going to be president; we’ve been reading about his tabloid antics for 30 years. But he’ll have some impact, some support. Who? How much?

"At this point my phone rang. It was my elder sister Cookie, formerly of Staten Island, N.Y., now living down South, a person who’s lived a hard life and gotten through it with a spirit she does not fully see or credit. She’s not particularly political, not at all partisan.

"She didn’t even say hello. She just said, 'I loooooove him.'

"I was startled. Who?

"'Donald Trump. Did you see it?' She’d watched the announcement live. 'He’s going to win.'

"Cookie had voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and told me he would win, so I knew I was hearing something...."

Fire Peggy. Hire Cookie.

ITEM 13: Veronica Stracqualursi and Zachary Cohen reported, "A group of US senators, including the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence committee, received a classified briefing Wednesday about a series of reported encounters by the US Navy with unidentified aircraft, according to a congressional aide."

If they are an intelligent life form, they will steer clear of this crazy planet.

ITEM 14: KTVU reported, "San Francisco school board considers covering up mural that some find offensive and racist."

But people pooping on the sidewalks does not bother them.

ITEM 15:
Amend the 22nd Amendment, adding the words: "except Donald John Trump."


  1. So keep the fire burning tonight
    See just what comes into sight
    Don't take forever
    Take it through the night
    And believe the sun
    Will rise with the dawn
    That's all you need to go on
    But for tonight
    Just keep the fire burning bright

  2. The decision making it easier for landowners to appeal to federal court is the biggest thing here. This kind of theft happens all the time and no one gives a damn because it isn't their property that has been stolen or devalued. It is part of human nature. Unless you have been a victim of this kind of nefarious activity yourself, you have no way of understanding what is happening. It is like being robbed on a public street and there's nothing you can do about it. And everyone decides to look the other way. Have you ever watched someone tell about this happening to them and watched the eyes of their listeners glaze over? It is hideous.

    After having been a victim of this myself at a young age I have spent half of my lifetime watching similar instances of legalized plunder taking place, usually as a result of zoning abuses.

    We have all seen prime pieces of property sit idle for years because potential buyers know that they will be prohibited from making use of the property because of arbitrary restrictions and the futility of fighting city hall.

    Only after you realize that it is a deliberate strategy to drive the price of the property down in order that it can be acquired by a crony and then used to high profit to benefit someone of the right political persuasion do you see how evil the system is.

    1. This is very well said. Not uncommon in NYC. The present communist Mayor tried this very thing to pay off a donor in his very first month of office.

    2. That's the good ole boy network. They made billions buying land along proposed new roads since they decided where the roads would go.

      Letting them control roads and utilities has been costly

    3. My property a decade ago could have been divided into 19 home sites with 1 acre each. Now I have additional home site allowed and I have 4 children that could have had a house there; now just one. And my property has lost value because of that change. I always thought that keeping 6 acres and selling the rest was part of my retirement. I "lost" $750,000 based on an offer just before the rules changed. CA tried to take away, put in preservation against my will, my 40 acres there. I won the battle but others didn't.

    4. The Kelo case is one of those legal precedents that Justice Thomas wants revisited with the Constitution in mind.
      I'm old enough to remember I-5 being built through my hometown. Years later I learned of some of the land battles over it--farmers being arrested at gunpoint, etc. This gummint overreach is not new, but if the ninth and tenth amendments were to be strictly observed, it would go a long way toward curbing the abuse.

  3. 3 a a divided Supreme Court? I’m shocked. Chief Justice Roberts said that wasn’t so.

    4 - correct last point. Entire towns will be renamed. I left my heart in TurdFranciaco.

    6 - Since when did California care about reproductive harm.

    11 - you would think anarchists would target liberals before conservatives as liberals want more government. Guess that shows how our education system has failed.

  4. liberals want more government? Not really.

    Trump's spending puts that idea to bed.

    Liberals just want more welfare conservatives want a more powerful military empire. So we get both

  5. What a monstrous idea with the 22nd amendment. Just monstrous.

    It creates a precedent for them to do just the same thing except they would do it with a forty year old. And that would give us forty more years with a king in power it would lead to massive civil unrest.

    But soy boy so adores Trump he no longer thinks straight he's like a liberal fawning over Obama 11 years ago.

    1. Bless your heart. Everyone realizes this is a joke except the Unhinged Left. But then again, the NPC's aren't really known for having a sense of humor.

  6. Item #4 - I don't hold the poor little offended brats to blame as much as I do those who knuckle under to this crybaby stuff. Local & state governments and CEOs cave on issues like this at the drop of a hat. In some instances wiping out history, like this mission bell case. I'm especially disappointed with CEOs of public companies who damage shareholder value with their pathetic, personal virtue signalling. Why these dopes have jobs the next day is beyond me. So, it's not really the whining twits who make stupid demands (they will always be with us), it's people who should know better that allow the tail to wag the dog. This is why Trump's judges are so important. They do know better. - Gary B

  7. The arsenic is all about Ca’s prop 65, and prepping for a lawsuit.

    Prop 65 says a warning is needed for any detectable amount.

    The relationship between the so called environmental testing labs and lawyers Dems like corruption...

    1. Everything was fine until we could detect parts per billion. When that happened, everything turned out to be toxic. - Gary B

  8. About item #5 - the salmon that is genetically modified to grow faster. If cancer is a disease of cells growing out of control, it just seems not wise to ingest food that has been modified to grow faster.

    1. Stick with Atlantic salmon. It's not GM and it doesn't glow in the dark, like Pacific salmon contaminated by Fukushima radiation. - Gary B

    2. Ditto. The Fukushima reactor is still leaking. I'd take my chances with GM salmon over Pacific salmon any day.

  9. The bells are a common way of recognizing state history and have marked the route of the El Camino Real since 1906.

    That's anonther reason you can't take them down. They teach a moral lesson.

    There she stood in the doorway;
    I heard the mission bell
    And I was thinking to myself
    'This could be heaven or this could be Hell'

    1. Yes!

      And later in that same song:
      Last thing I remember
      I was running for the door
      I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
      "Relax," said the night man
      "We are programmed to receive
      You can check-out any time you like
      But you can never leave!"

      Boy, I hope that isn't true...

  10. "However, in UCSC's announcement of its decision, the university emphasized that the bells are 'viewed by many populations as a symbol of racism and dehumanization of their ancestors.'"

    Saint Junípero Serra (he was upgraded to sainthood four years ago) gets a bad rap. His alleged crime was in trying to bring the benefits of civilization and Christianity to peoples living in Neolithic cultures.

    The modern Leftist position is that all cultures are created equal, except that non-western cultures are more equal than others. This is what we call "multiculturalism." St. Serra's sin was in thinking that Western Civilization was superior to the pre-Columbian civilizations and cultures in the New World.

    All civilizations have had to deal with the issue of uncivilized people. One approach was to bring them in and assimilate them into civilization. This was the favored approach of the Spanish.

    The other approach (favored by the English colonies in North America) was to drive the uncivilized people out.

  11. Funny you had this. I'm another former Clevelander, and I wrote about it, too.