Saturday, July 13, 2019
Highlights of the News
Let's start the day with a feel-good story about André the Giant.
ITEM 1: Fox News reported, "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is celebrating his family history.
"The action star, 47, posted a black-and-white photo as a tribute to his grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia of Samoa, on social media and the family patriarch was smiling alongside none other than French wrestling star, André the Giant.
"'What a crazy throwback from the 70s,' Johnson wrote. 'Here’s the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ André the Giant, using my 315lb grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia as a booster seat and making my granddad look like a little boy."
Johnson said in his Instagram post, "They were the best of friends, wrestled nightly, tough as hell and as you can see by their smiles and open energy -- they lived life to the absolute fullest.
"My grandfather died when I was a boy so I never got to know him as a man. Would’ve loved to have raised a tequila with these men. Would’ve also loved to have wrestled them too -- those would’ve been fun ass kickin’s for me to take."
I wish I could start every day with a feel-good story about André the Giant.
ITEM 2: Keith Koffler, a senior editor at the Washington Examiner, wrote, "That clattering noise you’ve been hearing for years is the sound of previous U.S. presidents, from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush to Barack Obama, kicking cans down the road for someone else to pick up. Now, a heavyset older man with orange hair has set about collecting them — not to recycle for another president, but to ensure no future U.S. leader will trip over them."
That paragraph is beautiful because it is accurate and clear.
President Donald John Trump handled with aplomb Red China, Iran, North Korea and Syria — all with a witch hunt tying one arm behind his back. He could have completed his mission in one term, but no, the ignorant Deep Staters and Obama the Unwise decided not to honor tradition with a peaceful transition of power. They tried to deny him his term.
Now he may very well get two terms.
Koffler ended his column, "Trump’s administration, Foreign Policy explained, 'has held a tough line on Russia, building on his predecessor’s policies by layering on further sanctions, expelling dozens of Russian diplomats, and providing lethal weapons support to Ukraine — a step that former President Barack Obama had been unwilling to take.'
"Trump’s demand that European nations pay their North Atlantic Treaty Organization obligations — another can regularly kicked down the road — might seem hostile toward long-time allies, but ensures they have skin in the game when it comes to confronting Russia.
"The Washington establishment, so used to conventional ways, is aghast. But business as usual has strengthened our enemies. Trump’s iconoclasm is worth a try."
He has cleaned up the foreign policy blunders of four administrations that were inept, incompetent, and inferior to the world leaders they were pitted against. They played politics. He means business.
Not only did he do all this with a witch hunt on his back, but he also advanced the most conservative and pro-business domestic agenda in decades.
On top of that he exposed the two-faced Fake Conservatives in Washington as well as the frauds in the media.
In his spare time he tweets, holds rallies, golfs, and kisses a super model goodnight at the end of his day.
ITEM 3: The Wall Street Journal reported, "The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to approve a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook Inc. over a long-running probe into the tech giant’s privacy missteps, according to people familiar with the matter.
"The 3-2 vote by FTC commissioners broke along party lines, with the Republican majority lining up to support the pact while Democratic commissioners objected, the people said. The matter has been moved to the Justice Department’s civil division and it is unclear how long it will take to finalize, the person said. Justice Department reviews are part of the FTC’s procedure but typically don’t change the outcome of an FTC decision.
"A settlement is expected to include other government restrictions on how Facebook treats user privacy. The additional terms of the settlement couldn’t immediately be learned.
"An FTC spokeswoman declined to comment, as did a Facebook spokesman."
Democrats sided with Facebook.
Republicans sided with the people.
ITEM 4: Kyle Olson reported, "Perhaps Sleepy Joe Biden’s new nickname should be Shaky.
"The Democrat frontrunner — according to polls — delivered what was billed as a foreign policy speech, and delivered what he likely thought was going to be an applause line.
"Except no one clapped, only responding with silence."
ITEM 5: Olson also reported, "Biden repeatedly stumbled through his speech, slurring words, struggling with the teleprompter and saying things multiple times.
"'Donald Trump and the democrogs— demagogues around the world are learn— leaning into these forces,' Biden said.
"After slurring 'fascism,' he mistakenly said 'process' instead of 'progress,' being forced to correct himself.
"Biden said President 'Tump,' and suffered an awkward coughing fit."
He's two -- 2 -- two losers in one.
ITEM 6: The Dow broke 27,000 and the S&P 500 broke 3,000 on Thursday. Both finished above that on Friday as they continue to set records in the nearly 3 years since we elected Donald John Trump president.
Yahoo News headlined its report, "The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Set Records, Yet Investor Sentiment is Low."
That makes no sense. If investor sentiment were low, stocks would be too.
Democracy dies in darkness. Which is why the media keeps throwing shade on President Trump's many, many, many accomplishments.
ITEM 7: Dylan Stableford reported, "President Trump’s embattled labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, resigned on Friday amid a firestorm over the sweetheart deal he struck with accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in Miami 11 years ago.
"Trump, who was joined by Acosta, announced the secretary’s resignation to reporters on the South Lawn before departing to Wisconsin for a fundraiser.
"The president said Acosta called him Friday morning to inform him of the decision. Trump said Acosta did a great job as labor secretary."
Great labor secretary. Lousy prosecutor.
ITEM 8: President Trump tweeted, "Tennessee loving Bill Hagerty, who was my Tennessee Victory Chair and is now the very outstanding Ambassador to Japan, will be running for the U.S. Senate. He is strong on crime, borders and our 2nd A. Loves our Military and our Vets. Has my Complete and Total Endorsement!"
One key to keeping and expanding the Senate majority is recruiting good candidates who support our president.
ITEM 9: Paul Joseph Watson reported, "The CEO of Volvo warns that the company is considering moving its headquarters out of Sweden in the future, partly due to a rise in violent crime.
"Håkan Samuelsson told a conference that the car maker was losing its appeal to foreign experts and engineers and further explained his concerns during an interview with SVD Näringsliv."
Sweden can have Muslim refugees or it can have Volvo. It cannot have both.
ITEM 10: Bowen Xiao reported, "About 50 miles of brand new wall has been completed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the United States’ southwest border, with more expected to be constructed, according to acting Commissioner Mark Morgan.
"'Fifty miles of new border wall on the Southwest border and construction continues every day,' Morgan announced in a July 10 Twitter post. 'Construction is underway for more than 50 additional miles and more contract awards are anticipated by the end of the year.'
"Accompanying Morgan’s Twitter post were a few photos, some showing the construction process—others depicting the finished product. It didn’t say exactly where the new wall was being built."
The Wall rises while Washington's food fight over immigration continues.
ITEM 11: Jon Miltimore reported, "Restaurants Unlimited, a Seattle-based chain with restaurant locations in 47 US cities, announced on Sunday it was seeking Chapter 11 protection, citing 'progressive' wage laws.
"The company, which has operated since the Lyndon Johnson Administration, said rising labor costs—part of a national trend of government-mandated minimum increases—were part of its decision.
"'Over the past three years, the company’s profitability has been significantly impacted by progressive wage laws along the Pacific coast that have increased the minimum wage,' Chief Restructuring Officer David Bagley said in court filings, The Seattle Times reports. 'As a large employer in the Seattle metro market, for instance, the company was one of the first in the market to be forced to institute wage hikes.'"
Bankrupted by government?
That is the plan, comrade.
ITEM 12: Kirsten Gillibrand was asked what she would tell a coal miner if she ever met one.
She replied, "Well, I explained to him that the Green New Deal is just some bipartisan ideas that will actually help the economy and his state grow. It’s involved with infrastructure, more mass transit, more high-speed rail, more rural broadband, more efficient electric grid, all things that will help Pennsylvania. It’s about green Jobs.
"It's about teaching young people STEM subjects so they’re ready to take green jobs, but also investing in industries like wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower and biofuels to create opportunities for innovation and growth in those sectors. And last, it's about clean air and clean water, something that they desperately need in Pennsylvania.
"So what I would commit to as president is I would make sure we take any worker who’s underemployed or unemployed, anyone who is displaced, by trying to tackle climate change head on with more manufacturing jobs in the energy sector. So why not replace coal mining with green energy manufacturing in that state, with wind turbine manufacture, with solar power manufacture or even with manufacturing building materials that are LED-certified and helpful to tackle climate change?
"Because the truth is — and he knows this, I’m sure — is it’s the greatest threat to humanity. And when we have the wildfires in California and the droughts and the tornadoes in the Midwest and flooding everywhere, people are dying. And you have to address this challenge as the great threat to humanity it is."
They really think coal miners are dumb.
Hillary ended Democrat control of the coalfields for at least a generation.
ITEM 13: CBS reported, "Hundreds of protesters gathered in Aurora, Colorado. on Friday evening to march to the ICE detention facility where illegal and undocumented immigrants are being housed. They also removed the U.S. flag, replaced it with a Mexican flag, and spray painted graffiti on a Blue Lives Matter flag before it was seen flying upside down on the flag pole."
Democrats will salute the Mexican flag but not the American one.
This is not a protest. It is vandalism. They spray painted the American flag and ran it up the flag pole upside down.
This "protest" was a preview of the Democrat Party platform for the 2020 election.
ITEM 14: Roll Call reported, "Kentucky Senate candidate Amy McGrath’s three-minute campaign launch video retells her personal story of getting no answer to letters to members of Congress, then features four Kentuckians writing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for help with personal crises.
"The video implies that McConnell never responded, but it appears the letters were sent Tuesday, the same day that McGrath announced her bid for the Democratic nomination to challenge him."
I wrote her a letter that I will mail next week and she still has not replied!
Don Surber at Saturday, July 13, 2019