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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Highlights of the news

Meanwhile, in Oregon, where the governor has sent the state police to arrest Republicans...

And Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: Reuters reported, "A surge in India's oil imports from the United States outpaced growth in shipments from its traditional suppliers in the Middle East, after Washington imposed sanctions on Tehran in November, according to tanker arrival data obtained from sources.

"President Donald Trump's administration renewed sanctions against Iran last year over its nuclear program, although some buyers were allowed to continue taking limited volumes of Iranian oil under a six-month waiver.

"In May, the United States ended those exemptions and said countries that continued to buy Iranian oil would face sanctions, but India buyers had already begun shifting some of their sourcing away from the Middle East.

"India, the world's third-biggest oil importer, bought about 184,000 barrels per day of oil from the United States over November 2018 to May 2019, compared with about 40,000 barrels per day in the same period a year earlier, the tanker data obtained from shipping and industry sources showed."

Drill, baby, drill not only is good domestic policy but good for foreign policy. India hardly can side with Iran, can it?

ITEM 2: Tristan Justice reported, "The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum released a statement Monday rejecting comparisons between migrant detention centers in the United States and the events that took place in the early 20th century.

"'The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum unequivocally rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other event, whether historical or contemporary,' the Museum stated. 'That position has repeatedly and unambiguously been made clear in the Museum’s official statement on the matter – a statement that is reiterated and reaffirmed now.'"

Once again, Democrats downplay the awfulness of Hitler and Germany. By calling Republican presidents Hitler and their followers Nazis, Democrats have downgraded Hitler and Nazis to just someone we disagreed with.

Now Democrats want to downgrade the Holocaust's attempt to kill all Jews to a holding facility for deporting illegal aliens.

They want the world to forget. Judging by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's statements, the Democrat plan is working.

ITEM 3: Hanna Trudo reported, "A few weeks ago, a prominent black leader posed what seemed like a simple question to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a private meeting: Who in the African-American community back home supports you?

"'He didn’t name anybody,' the leader said in an interview with The Daily Beast. 'If he’s got young black supporters, they do have names.'

"That leader, who requested anonymity to speak openly about a private meeting, was not only referring to young supporters but expressing a sentiment that was apparent in talks with several African-American lawmakers: that Buttigieg’s interactions with the black community in recent weeks were naive and that the national perception of him as genuine and authentic was not always translating when it came to their concerns."

In the political tournament of victimhood, black politicians do not want black primacy challenged. California's Proposition 8's ban on gay marriage passed because of support from black voters and Hispanics. White people voted against it.

Democrats cannot win the presidency without the black vote. The gay mafia will have to find another pony to back.

ITEM 4: Ellie Bufkin reported, "Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., reintroduced a bill on the campaign trail this week, which could mean $57 million in tax refunds for married LGBT couples.

"The Refund Equality Act, which was originally introduced in 2017, would allow LGBT couples who were married prior to the 2013 Supreme Court strike-down of the Defense of Marriage Act in U.S. v. Windsor to amend tax returns from the time that they were married. Prior to 2013, 10 states had legalized same-sex marriage, but were required to file their federal taxes as individuals.

"Following the 2013 Supreme Court's decision, married same sex couples from those 10 states were permitted to change their previous tax returns from individual to joint, which entitled them to some federal tax relief. However, the tax return amendments were only permitted for the previous three years. The Refund Equality Act would remove those time limits."

She wants the gay mafia money.

My guess is nothing will anger black Democrats more than a call for reparations for a competing group of victims.

ITEM 5: Robby Soave reported, "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) unveiled his latest policy proposal on Monday, and it comes with an eye-popping price tag: The democratic-socialist presidential candidate wants to erase all student debt and make college completely free—at a cost of $2.2 trillion over 10 years.

"'This is truly a revolutionary proposal,' said Sanders, according to The Washington Post. 'In a generation hard hit by the Wall Street crash of 2008, it forgives all student debt and ends the absurdity of sentencing an entire generation to a lifetime of debt for the 'crime' of getting a college education.'

"Sanders' plan is indeed revolutionary. It goes much further than his previous free-college plan, which eliminated tuition costs for only those making less than $125,000. It also goes much further than the debt-relief plan currently being touted by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.), which is means-tested and takes earnings into account. Under the Warren plan, those making less than $100,000 would receive up to $50,000 in loan forgiveness, while those making substantially more would receive less."

Democrats cannot win without peeling off some Trump supporters. This is not how you will win the votes of Trump supporters who worked their way through college and got usable degrees in engineering and science.

ITEM 6: The Hill reported, "President Trump, in an executive order issued Monday, directed the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies to put out rules requiring hospitals disclose prices that reflect what patients and insurers actually pay for services.

"The rules aim to bring more transparency to a health care system where patients usually don’t find out how much a procedure costs until they get the bill in the mail.

"This will 'go down as one of the most significant steps in the long history of American health care reform,' said Alex Azar, the secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services.

"The rules will also require health care providers and insurers to tell patients about the out-of-pocket costs they’ll face before they receive health care services.

"Azar said the rules would drive down prices because it would empower patients to shop around for the best costs."

Third party payment drove profits (and prices) sky high in the medical industry. Most of it went to an ever expanding hospital bureaucracy. I trust this will reverse that trend, or at least stop it from growing.

ITEM 7: Lexy Perez reported, "Roseanne Barr is hitting the road with her friend and fellow comedian Andrew Dice Clay.

"Speaking about their upcoming comedic venture, Clay told Fox News that the 'Mr. and Mrs. America' tour was inspired by the national obsession with political discourse and the alleged policing of comedians' language.

"'She's a comic because she's wacky. I've known her since we were kids,' Clay told the news channel. 'When people ask about what she said, I say, 'She's a comic!' We got to stop policing comedians. This is America!'

"ABC canceled the Roseanne reboot in May 2018 following the 66-year-old actress’ controversial tweet comparing Barack Obama's advisor Valerie Jarrett to both the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. Barr had blamed her remark on the sedative Ambien. ABC proceeded to launch a spinoff, The Conners, which ultimately killed off Barr’s character from the original series."

One bad joke killed the network's top-rated TV show.

By the way, Clay's movie, "Ford Fairlane," was good.

I wish them luck on their tour but the 1990s called and I hit the ring mute button.

ITEM 8: Alum Bokari reported, "Undercover videos recorded by Project Veritas reveals that Google is determined to prevent the re-election of Donald Trump in 2020, and is altering its products with this aim in mind.

"The report includes undercover footage featuring a top Google executive, Jen Gennai, discussing how Google might prevent an electoral outcome like 2016 from happening again. Here’s what Gennai says in the undercover video:

"'We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again.

"'We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?

"Gennai also declares her opposition to Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up Google. Why? Because, says Gennai, if Google is broken up it can’t prevent another 'Trump situation.'"

The FCC needs to regulate social media and Google because of their anti-American censorship. The purpose of the government is to protect our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Free speech must be protected.

ITEM 9: Matt Vasilogambros reported, "People are leaving Illinois in droves. Republicans blame the state’s high taxes and its unfunded pension liability, which tops $130 billion. Democrats believe it’s the state’s lack of investment in education and infrastructure."

Spending per student tops the national average by nearly $1,000. It ranks 13th in taxes. It ranks 2nd (only to New Jersey) in unfunded pensions per resident.

None of these easily researched facts were in the 2,000-word piece.


ITEM 10: Bloomberg News reported, "Turkish opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won the redo of the Istanbul mayor’s race by a landslide on Sunday, in a stinging indictment of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and increasingly autocratic ways.

"According to state-run Anadolu news agency, Imamoglu of the CHP party won 54% of the vote, and the ruling AK Party’s candidate, former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim captured 45%, with more than 95% of ballot boxes opened. AK Party had narrowly lost the March 31 election, and the broad margin this time for the political upstart telegraphed undeniably that voters are concerned about the crumbling of Turkey’s democratic foundations and an economy reeling from a spike in consumer prices and unemployment."

Failure has consequences even for dictators.

ITEM 11: Monica Showalter reported, "Leftists, particularly in Bill De Blasio's New York, are always trying to shove people into public transportation. Never mind that the subways are full of robbers, gropers, stinkers, and pushers, never mind that the public buses are horrible to ride, crowded, jerky, slow, complete with atrocious customer service. (An exception, of course, is made for illegals, with drivers licenses now being issued to that crowd, the better to get their votes). But everyone else is expected to ride the bus.

"And sure enough, bus conditions are pretty horrible even as New York's bus service is now losing money.

"The problem? A quarter of the commuters crowding up and sometimes stinking up the bus aren't paying the fare."

Little crimes lead to big ones. Democrats know that; that is their goal.

ITEM 12: The Associated Press reported, "Chicago police on Monday released hundreds of files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim he was attacked by two men, including releasing video footage for the first time of the Empire actor wearing a thin white rope wrapped around his neck that he told detectives was a noose."

Hundreds of files? They had hundreds of files? Chicago had more than 600 unsolved murders last year. How dare they have hundreds of files on some lying celebrity's hoax!

ITEM 13: Brent Scher reported, "A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee official tapped last week to lead a new multimillion-dollar initiative to connect with 'people of color and younger Americans" deleted thousands of old tweets after the Washington Free Beacon reached out regarding many homophobic and racially insensitive posts.

"Tayhlor Coleman, a longtime staffer at the committee, was named the DCCC's first director of the cycle of engagement, a role DCCC chairwoman Rep. Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.) said would be a 'tremendous challenge.'"

Joe Biden said she has civility and they can work together on big things. Like getting him elected.

ITEM 14: Mother Jones reported, "Federal Judge Opens a Longshot Path to Striking Down Census Citizenship Question.  The judge could reopen the case to determine whether the question was intended to discriminate against Hispanics."

Obama judge.

Mitch McConnell stopped the appointment of about 170 more of them. Like I said, Cocaine Mitch saved the Republic.


  1. Set a $100,000 limit on student loan debt going forward. Set up a remediation fund for help in paying off student debt above this ceiling for those with debts this high or higher funded by a tax of 5% of university endowments and foundations which will be invested and the loans paid out of the earnings on this tax.

    1. Before imposing any tax on people who were not involved in causing the debt, look to those who were.

      The colleges that admitted these students, and charged for these degrees should have to bear the burden in at least half of the write down. Private schools have endowments growing tax free that can be accessed.

      If these are public schools, the administrative budget should be tapped to cover the debt relief.

      In any case, no student should have their loan forgiven. Our best lessons come from our failures. They need to learn how stupid it was to take on so much debt and be responsible for their actions if they are to be productive members of society.

    2. I think this is a problem that will demand a solution sooner or later. The trick will be to place at least some of the burden on those who benefited from the loans the most. It makes no sense whatsoever to let the universities, who walked away with all of the money get off Scott-free and leave the taxpayers, many of whom never had a university education, holding the bag.

      The universities saw more money in the system and raised their prices accordingly, all the while lying to students about the supposed benefits of a university education. It is actually worse than loan sharking, and this is an opportunity to let the very people who preach about predatory lending take responsibility for their role in the biggest predatory lending scan in history. It is a case of someone talking another person into taking out a loan and then taking the money away from them. The loans were a subsidy for the universities. Let them share in the burden of paying the bills.

    3. Think back to when you were 18. How mature were you? Not mature enough to be allowed to drink alcohol legally! The crime is allowing immature 18 year olds to borrow the kind of money it takes to go to some of these Universities. Many of my cohorts went to college to avoid the draft and to party. So now Bernie wants us to pay for that?? Not bloody likely.

      I could support scholarships in fields of study we are short of like STEM. Get the scholarship, complete the course requirements and graduate. Failure to graduate means you gotta pay it back. Gotta be a penalty for stupidity.

    4. I first borrowed money for college when I was a 16 year old freshman so age is not the issue. I had to show the bank that it was a reasonable amount to borrow.

      When Obama had the government take over college loans they issued me a check for the total amount the government was willing to loan and asked me to send back what I thought was more than I needed.

      That's the story that isn't told and the reason so many over-borrowed. Kids thought the government WANTED them to have this money and it never occurred to them they'd have to pay it all back.

      Many student spent that money on cars or spring break vacations - not just tuition, books and housing.

  2. Mr. Surber, are you afraid of the number 13? (You skip from item #12 to #14)

    Will trade schools also be tuition free?

    The Democrats can offer free college education, but the teachers and administrators should all be unpaid volunteers. And when these tuition-free students graduate, they too can get salary-free jobs. There's a lasting plan!

    1. I'm like a hotel aren't I? thanks, I shall fix.

  3. #5 - In 6 months I will have paid off my second college loan (I took a break between degrees).

    Bernie's plan would deprive young people of a valuable lifetime financial cost vs benefit lesson. They are are young enough to repay their college loans without lifetime repercussions. Most have loans, for the most part, less than the cost of a new car. While paying the loans off as they earn a living and provide for themselves, they learn how evaluate future debt vs equity decisions. What did they do wrong this time? What should they have considered before signing the papers? How will they carry that forward in the personal and business decisions?

    Democrats want to infantilize American adults, save them from the consequences of their own ignorance so they never learn critical thinking and they're easier to manipulate. Bernie's is another example.

  4. Asking all Americans to cover the bill for student loans, would be for us all to pay for the Marxist / PC indoctrination of a generation-- to pay for the very destruction of our form of government. Either have the colleges cover it out of their endowments, or let the students begin to wake up to the fact that what they were indoctrinated into is Anti-American, and let them turn on their universities. The students need to be awakened to how Marxists are trying to use them. That awakening could help reverse some of the indoctrination.

  5. Maybe if the federal government wasn't in charge of student loans (thanks barry!) we wouldn't be having this problem? This is just ANOTHER plan of barry's coming to fruition.

    BTW, you do know that the last time Oregon Legislators walked out to stop their government, the current governor supported them? Because it was alright when democrats did it the first time.

  6. I have no sympathy for someone who racked up 100k plus in college debt. They could have gone to a community college for the first two years. They could have gone to an in-state State school instead of a 50k per year private school. They could have majored in something employable instead of a grievance studies major.

    1. amen sir. agree completely with an addition.
      trade some time for America in the military, and avail yourself of the g.I. bill. then you would be a grown up when you enroll. and veterans are much less inclined to be intimidated by Marxist professors who's biggest regret is being too young or female to have been draft resisters during Vietnam.
      I used community college and g.I. bill. in fact I lived in the barrio nearby and rode a mountain bike to jump the tracks and to save rent and parking fees. and with l.a. traffic, I would be smoking and joking outside the chem lab while others were still cruising for a parking space. there's often a thousand ways to solve a problem. that is a match to the 10 thousand wrong ways. did I ride a bike to save the planet?
      hell, no. I can't do that. but I can save me. or my family.

    2. ditto waterman. I was not fond of the military, but it is an education like no other, and I've recommended it ever since to any kid who isn't sure what to do after high school. In my case, Uncle Sugar told me I was going to be a Medical Technologist, to which I replied "what is that?" Now retired after 36 years of a very rewarding career at it.
      J.D. Vance in Hillbilly Elegy explains very eloquently how the Marine Corp saved him from flunking out of college after high school.
      The hardest thing to convince any 18 year old is that the four year commitment will be the fastest four years of your life; over and done with almost before you know what happened.

    3. and you can attend college while you are active duty. if you got the smarts and gumption, they will put you through college and med school. or other post grad work. biology, engineering, whatever. you just have to pay them back with time in service.
      you could spend your whole 20 doing research in mycology or biology, medicine, electronics.
      lots of useful fields, without touching an m16 after basic. I saw ghetto kids, even a guy with only 6th grade from Appalachia, pulled out to go to officer candidate school. easy to switch that to regular four year. just pay them back with time for their investment.
      and that could be part of a package. you work for govt at minimum, and every year a % is forgiven. work for cdc, or corp of eng. or law enforcement, forest service, agriculture

  7. 6. there is a long term practice in the medical field. any patient who is knocked out is visited by random stray doctor who ask the nurse, how's he doing? this precipitates a 5k bill from the aforementioned stray doctor.
    couple dozen stray dog doctors can zap those costs into the twilight zone muy pronto.

  8. "ITEM 14: Mother Jones reported,"

    I stopped reading after "Jones."