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Monday, June 03, 2019

Highlights of the News



"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."
-- Satchel Paige

Here is the news with my views.

ITEM 1: Reuters reported, "China on Friday threatened to unveil an unprecedented hit list of 'unreliable' foreign firms, groups and individuals who harm the interests of Chinese companies as a slate of retaliatory tariffs on imported U.S. goods was set to kick in at midnight.

"The commerce ministry did not single out any country or company, but the threat could further heighten tensions after Washington this month put Huawei on a blacklist that effectively blocks U.S. firms from doing business with the Chinese telecoms equipment giant."

Red China makes a profit of $1 billion a day doing business with the United States, in large part because it bought off American presidents and the Chamber of Commerce.

We are not engaged in free trade because Red China is a communist country that uses slave labor. We should never have let it enter the World Trade Organization.

Real Americans should have no sympathy for those "American" companies hit by this. They sold us out.

And remember, tariffs are a voluntary tax. Buy American and avoid them.

ITEM 2: The Washington Post reported, "Amazon could face heightened antitrust scrutiny under a new agreement between U.S. regulators that puts it under closer watch by the Federal Trade Commission, three people familiar with the matter said.

"The move is the result of the FTC and the Department of Justice, the U.S. government's leading antitrust enforcement agencies, quietly divvying up competition oversight of two of the country's top tech companies, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the government's work is confidential. The Justice Department is set to have more jurisdiction over Google, The Washington Post reported on Friday, paving the way for a potential investigation of the search-and-advertising giant."

Jeff Bezos owns the Post. He is the founder and chief executive of Amazon. He bought the Post to get in the good graces of the Washington Establishment. On November 8, 2016, the American people pulled the rug from under him. Bigly.

ITEM 3: The Hill reported, "YouTube is investigating conservative commentator Steven Crowder after Vox host Carlos Maza accused him of harassment and making derogatory comments about his ethnicity and sexuality.

"YouTube responded to Maza's tweet thread detailing his allegations, saying that it was 'looking into it further.'"

That is not You Tube's job.

It is a public accommodation. Civil rights legislation makes it clear that such discrimination is illegal.

If Maza has a criminal problem with Crowder, let him take it to the police. He also could sue. You Tube should butt out.

Such abuse has deteriorated Google's support among conservatives, who are naturally against antitrust lawsuits except in extreme cases.

Google now must rely on support from the communists on the left to win this battle.

ITEM 4: Fireams Policy Coallition reported, "The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court issued a significant 53-page majority opinion in the criminal appeal of Commonwealth v. Hicks. Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF) filed an important coalition amicus brief cited by the Court supporting Hicks in December of 2017, alongside Firearms Owners Against Crime (FOAC) and seven Members of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly. The Court’s decision, concurring opinions, and the FPC/FPF amicus brief can be viewed at www.firearmspolicy.org/legal.

"At issue was whether someone’s carrying of a firearm could be used as reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct, and thus justification for police to conduct a stop-and-frisk of the gun owner. The court ruled in Hicks that such searches and seizures, in the absence of other evidence are completely unlawful."

The appellant is Michael J. Hicks, who had a concealed gun permit, who was caught on a surveillance camera showing off his gun in June 2014. Officers stopped and frisked him.

The Morning Call reported, "after officers smelled alcoholic beverages on Hicks’ breath, he was charged with drunken driving, among other misdemeanor offenses.

"Hicks, then 35 and living in Allentown, asked a Lehigh County judge to throw out the charges on grounds that the stop was illegal, but the judge found his arrest was justified. He was convicted of driving under the influence of a high rate of alcohol for a second offense and sentenced to 30 days to six months in jail."

Such a conviction would cost him his concealed gun permit. Justice was done. It took five years.

ITEM 5: The Manchester Evening News reported, "A would-be police officer whose application was rejected because he is white and heterosexual is finally being allowed to become a copper after a force accepted it had discriminated against him.

"Matthew Furlong, 25, from Frodsham, will join Cheshire Police, following in the footsteps of his detective father Liam, 52."

He applied for a job with the police in Cheshire, England, which is 97.3% white. He has a degree in particle physics and cosmology from Lancaster University

It's OK to be white. Really.

ITEM 6: Boston radio talker Howie Carr wrote, "Elizabeth Warren, the fake Indian, has an annoying yet revealing verbal tic – whenever she’s about to tell a lie, she prefaces her whopper with the word 'So.'"

There is always a tell because despite their extensive training and years of practice, modern Democrats are just not that good at lying.

Warren went on black radio in New York City where Charlamagne tha God ate her up and spit her out.

Charlamagne said, "You had a lot of confusion back in the day, Ms. Warren. You thought you was Native American, you thought you was a Republican. When’d you get on the right track? You got to a fork in the road at some point?"

Charlamagne dismissed her as another Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who said she was black and got a gig as an NAACP chapter president.

John Kerry lied about Vietnam veterans and rode the lie to the Senate but it cost him the White House. That is Warren's trajectory. Democrats need to stop offering so-so candidates.

ITEM 7: Kevin Poulsen of the Daily Beast reported, "We Found The Guy Behind the Viral ‘Drunk Pelosi’ Video."

After naming and shaming the man, Poulsen wrote in Paragraph 6, "It’s conceivable that someone else actually edited the clip. But a Facebook official, confirming a Daily Beast investigation, said the video was first posted on Politics WatchDog directly from Brooks’ personal Facebook account."

As with CNN's doxxing of a man who "made" a video, this fellow merely uploaded something someone else made. But he cannot fight back, which is why Poulsen doxxed him. It's not journalism. It is cowardice.

The media attracts bullies like moths to a flame. One of the joys of Donald John Trump is that we have someone willing to shove these cowards right back till their seats hit the concrete.

ITEM 8: Big League Politics reported, "Big League Politics can confirm that several wealthy benefactors are attempting to contact Shawn Brooks, the user who uploaded the viral Nancy Pelosi meme in which she appeared even less coherent than usual, to help him sue Daily Beast, CNN, Facebook, and others involved in his recent doxxing as he announces his legal defense fund on GoFundMe.

"Brooks was doxxed by Daily Beast writer and former black hat hacker Kevin Poulsen after he uploaded the viral clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appearing to stammer and slur her words more than usual.

"Poulsen apparently colluded with Facebook to dox Brooks, a story that was picked up and repeated by CNN.

"Reports initially indicated Brooks also created the viral meme, but Brooks denies this. Brooks also denied he is the user who posted the video to his Facebook pages, though Poulsen, quoting Facebook, claims Brooks used a sock puppet account to post it."

Keep an eye on this case. The First Amendment gives us the right to mock the Speaker of the House.

ITEM 9: The New York Post reported, "President Trump ripped conservative columnist Peggy Noonan in a tweet Sunday for suggesting that Congress censure him for attempting to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation instead of trying to impeach him.

​"'Peggy Noonan, the simplistic writer for Trump Haters all, is stuck in the past glory of Reagan and has no idea what is happening with the Radical Left Democrats, or how vicious and desperate they are​,' Trump wrote in a posting. 'Mueller had to correct his ridiculous statement, Peggy never understood it!​'"

Conservative?

She ditched that tag to win a Pulitzer.



ITEM 10: Fox News reported, "Maybe it's John Bolton clutching a gun. Maybe it's Mike Pompeo setting down his binoculars to stare into the distance. Maybe it's the gators.

"But a newly unveiled painting meant to depict President Trump and his team navigating the Washington swamp has something for everyone.

"Utah-based artist Jon McNaughton touched off a social media frenzy as he shared his painting, 'Crossing the Swamp,' Tuesday on Twitter. The painting is a riff on the classic 'Washington Crossing the Delaware,' only it replaces George Washington's crew with members of the Trump administration."

Well, it beats Obama's out-in-the-weeds official portrait.

[UPDATE: Fox News doesn't like my links. I don't know why. Maybe I will stop linking it.]

14 comments:

  1. Reagan never had to withstand a sustained Coup Attempt like this president has done.

    President Trump is carrying the legacy of Reagan in our time, not Noonan. She stands for Elite America, who have run this country into a ditch. President Trump is standing up for Main Street America--and winning.

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  2. I’m sorry, but that painting of the Black Jesus is not just gay, it’s super gay. No, it’s not just super gay, it’s megagay. Wait, it’s not just megagay, it’s ultragay. What comes after ultragay?

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  3. "Red China makes a profit of $1 billion a day doing business with the United States"

    That's called Fake News. A trade surplus is not all profit. Its gross revenue before expenses. You protectionists are sure dense. You even think taxes are voluntary. Your like liberals you want to limit the free choices available to Americans.

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    1. The liberals want to limit the free choice of employment and send all of our manufacturing jobs to Mexico and china....fixed it for you

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    2. When you employ local, in a capitalist economy, you have a multiplier effect in which even more people are employed in various ancillary industries that supports the initial industry.

      H. Ross Perot was correct.

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    3. Take Nebraska Furniture Mart, a Warren Buffet supported company, for example. Warrren Buffet does not likens Trump and tried to confuse the public in federal taxes on investment income versus wage income.

      Thing is, NFM, got a sweetheart deal from the City of The Colony in Texas. It rakes in milions upon millions that does not directly contribute to local, city coffers, but some does go to develop the surrounding area.

      The local city, it's employees, and citizenry have benefited from a plethora of supporting restaurants, bars, hotels, and other business.

      NFM employs a lot, contributing nationally to federal coffers via federal taxes.

      NFM indirectly contributes locally by attracting countless businesses employing note than NFM itself, which is locally taxed.

      The outsourcing of US jobs ultimately hurts US citizens by this effect.

      Sure, it's cool to buy $35 tennis shoes made by virtual slave labor in China or in other parts of Asia, but the result it further stratification of the US populace with the middle class being squeezed out of existence.

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  4. I 100% agree with the ruling on #4. BUT I am glad a drunk driver was taken off the road. That was the second time he was caught. Who knows how often he drives drunk. Drunk driving is a yuuuuuge problem and I hope that Mr. Hicks seeks help.

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  5. Also, when you outsource entire industries that have national security implications, you, in effect, give military and political leverage to other countries who may or may not have our national interests factoring in their decisions.

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  6. Peggy Noonan is a conservative to the same degree that I am a brain surgeon.

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  7. McNaughton has a number of political and religious paintings.
    Take a peek at his web site (not the best organized, but some interesting stuff there):
    http://jonmcnaughton.com/

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  8. Don, Charlamagne tha God isn't a "hostess." He's a guy named Lenard McKelvey.

    Also, the video clip of that interview is worth watching, esp. if you like cringe; Warren is totally unprepared for the treatment she got there. Charlamagne compared her to Rachel Doezal!

    https://youtu.be/fSLFLwsoISI

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    1. She's rather condescending in her answers in the beginning. White people mistake black media for inferior. That's not my experience.

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  9. Noonan once said her favorite boss was Dan Rather. She has never, to my knowledge, revised that statement. Tells you all you need to know.....

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