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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Highlights of the News

Happy Bastille Day. It celebrates France's victory over the French.

ITEM 1: Marine Link reported, "U.S. Oil Makes it to Ukraine, a blow to Moscow."

Its story said, "U.S. crude exports are gaining traction in Europe as even Ukraine turns into a significant consumer of American barrels at the expense of Russian supplies amid heightened U.S. political pressure on Moscow and problems over contaminated Russian oil.

"Ukraine this month received its first ever barrels from the United States, according to Refinitiv Eikon flows data, as the tanker Wisdom Venture unloaded 80,000 tonnes of Bakken crude in Odessa on July 6 for the Kremenchug refinery, the port said.

"Russia often struggles to export oil from the Black Sea via the narrow Turkish Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits due to congestion, making the arrival of the U.S. crude into the Black Sea from the Mediterranean even more extraordinary."


Not only is Donald John Trump not a Putin Puppet but he is sticking it to Vlad.

Obama bent over backward. Oh he talked a good game but he did nothing in America's interest on foreign policy.

ITEM 2: Tim Carman reported, "The national restaurant industry is bracing for a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that could round up hundreds of migrant families that have received deportation orders. Restaurant owners and worker advocates hope the operation, planned to start on Sunday, will not disrupt an industry already hurting for staff, or broaden into a wider investigation of employees not on the Trump administration's deportation lists.

He also wrote, "Restaurant associations and immigrant advocacy groups across the country were sending out mass emails to members and workers this week, alerting them to their rights should ICE agents knock on their doors. The California Restaurant Association, the Illinois Restaurant Association, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (which advocates for restaurant workers), South Asian Americans Leading Together (which advocates for the rights of South Asians in the United States) and the Restaurant Law Center (the legal affiliate of the National Restaurant Association) were among the groups alerting constituents about the expected ICE actions."

So because rich elitists in San Francisco and Washington want fancy but inexpensive dinners, the middle class must put up with millions of people living here illegally in a lawless underground economy.

Let them eat Big Macs.

ITEM 3: Jon Levine reported, "The president said Friday he would freeze fines imposed by his predecessor on automakers who produced new cars which violated stiff fuel efficiency standards, Reuters reported.

"The Obama-era regulations intended to reduce harmful fuel emissions had been fiercely opposed by the auto industry, which argued the fines could add a billion dollars in additional costs to the industry.

"In a statement, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an industry trade group, praised President Trump’s decision.

"The Obama administration 'failed to take into account the significant economic harm that would result,' an Alliance spokesperson said, adding the 'significant economic harm' of the fines would have been passed on to 'auto manufacturers, workers, and ultimately consumers.'"

I want a Chrysler that seats about 20 and is as big as a whale. What happened to my car body, my choice?

ITEM 4Politico reported, "Two mystery litigants citing privacy concerns are making a last-ditch bid to keep secret some details in a lawsuit stemming from wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein’s history of paying underage girls for sex.

"Just prior to a court-imposed deadline Tuesday, two anonymous individuals surfaced to object to the unsealing of a key lower-court ruling in the case, as well as various submissions by the parties.

"Both people filed their complaints in the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which is overseeing the case. The two people said they could face unwarranted speculation and embarrassment if the court makes public records from the suit, in which Virginia Giuffre, an alleged Epstein victim, accused longtime Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell of engaging in sex trafficking by facilitating his sexual encounters with teenage girls. Maxwell has denied the charges."

Unless they are victims of the alleged crimes, name them.

ITEM 5: Fox News reported, "Rep. Jesus Garcia and the former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director, Thomas Homan, got into a testy exchange Friday during a House hearing. In it, Garcia, the Illinois Democrat, asked the ex-ICE chief if he didn't care about migrant children under his watch 'because the children don't look like children that are around you.'

"Homan spent much of his testimony before a House Oversight Committee hearing on child separation arguing with Democratic lawmakers who've accused Border Patrol agents of mistreating migrant detainees.

"'Have you ever held a deceased child in your arms?' Garcia asked Homan.

"'First of all, your comments are disgusting....and yes I have held a 5-year-old boy in my arms and said a prayer for him knowing what his last 30 minutes was like,' Homan replied.

"'For you to sit there and insult my integrity and my love for my country and for children ... that's why this whole thing needs to be fixed. And you're the member of Congress. Fix it,' Homan added."

Fix the problem? How absurd. Then what would Garcia have to complain about?

ITEM 6Jonathan Blitzer reported, "Early next week, according to a D.H.S. official, the Trump Administration is expected to announce a major immigration deal, known as a safe-third-country agreement, with Guatemala."

Illegal aliens seeking asylum would be sent to Guatemala while they await a decision.

Blitzer wrote, "From the start of the Trump Presidency, Administration officials have been fixated on a safe-third-country policy with Mexico — a similar accord already exists with Canada — since it would allow the U.S. government to shift the burden of handling asylum claims farther south."

Congressman Garcia said we mistreat illegal aliens. This is the solution.

ITEM 7: Fox News reported, "The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to lift an injunction imposed by a lower court that blocks the administration from using $2.5 billion in military funds to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

"The filing went to Justice Elena Kagan, who has given environmental groups who brought the original lawsuit until 4 p.m. July 19 to respond with their own brief.

"Kagan will also likely ask all her colleagues to weigh in, but it’s unclear when an order will be issued.

"Earlier this month, a divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agreed with a lower court ruling that prevented the government from tapping Defense Department counterdrug money to build high-priority sections of the planned wall in Arizona, California, and New Mexico."

The money is supposed to counter drugs crossing the border. How is a wall not part of such a plan?

ITEM 8: Politico reported, "Protesters disrupted Joe Biden‘s first campaign event Friday at the start of his weekend swing through New Hampshire.

"Frustrated by immigration policy under the Obama administration, a dozen activists led by national immigration group Movimiento Cosecha derailed Biden’s post-speech meet-and-greet with chants and signs, and called on Biden to apologize for mass deportations that occurred during his time as Barack Obama’s vice president.

"Biden has come under fire for the 3 million deportations that occurred under the Obama administration, and Movimiento Cosecha recently held another protest at the former vice president’s campaign headquarters in Philadelphia."

They waited five years to complain.

Five years.

12 clowns (payasas) do not a majority make.

ITEM 9: Fox News reported, "Governor Bill Lee has signed a proclamation for Saturday to be observed as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in Tennessee, in accordance with a previously signed state law.

"The day honors Forrest, a Confederate general and a former grand wizard of the early Ku Klux Klan.

"Nathan Bedford Forrest Day is among six separate days of special observation included in the law, which includes two others pertaining to the Confederacy.

"Robert E. Lee Day (Jan. 18) and Confederate Decoration Day, also known as Confederate Memorial Day and the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis (June 3) are also recognized in accordance with the state law."

Democrats are fake outraged over this. Forrest was a Democrat. The KKK was the Antifa arm of the party in the South.

In 2006, Obama campaigned for the Exalted Cyclops Bobby Byrd.

I don't want to hear about it from Democrats.

ITEM 10: Republican Senator Ted Cruz tweeted, "This is WRONG. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general and a delegate to the 1868 Democratic Convention. He was also a slave trader and the 1st Grand Wizard of the KKK. Tennessee should not have an official day (tomorrow) honoring him. Change the law."

I thank him for speaking out. Change the law. Make it Michael Donald Day.

ITEM 11: The Wall Street Journal reported, "During a meeting with Angela Merkel, Vice President Mike Pence praised Richard Grenell, the blunt-spoken U.S. ambassador to Germany, eliciting a characteristically dry comment from the chancellor.

"Turning to Mr. Grenell, Ms. Merkel said his style 'took getting used to,' according to participants of the February meeting in Munich.

"She encapsulated the sentiments of Berlin’s political class, which has been struggling to come to terms with Mr. Grenell’s unorthodox diplomacy since he arrived last year, delivering to Berlin a shock similar to President Trump’s own disruption of establishment Washington."

Unlike Sir Kim Darroch, he has not called Merkel inept or incompetent in cables. He has simply been a blunt and tough negotiator. Among his accomplishments were getting Germany to keep its word to NATO on military funding, getting German companies to honor sanctions against Iran, and getting the Germans to finally accept a Nazi war criminal we wanted to deport.

I like how our foreign policy experts keep getting everything wrong, while amateurs like President Trump and Grenell succeed.

ITEM 12: Cole Carnick reported, "‘We’re holding a gun to our own heads,’ said Sen. John Cornyn in June. He was talking about President Trump’s threat to impose tariffs in order to force Mexico to crack down on illegal immigration into the United States. Many congressmen agreed, fearing, as establishment figures are prone to do, that Trump was risking the whole economy for some nebulous border demand.

"A month later, it seems Trump’s tariff gambit has worked. After Mexican officials agreed to crack down on illegal immigration to avoid US-imposed tariffs, the Department of Homeland Security reports that border apprehensions dropped from 144,278 in May to 104,344 in June — a 28 percent decrease.

"Some have attributed the drop to warmer weather, not the 20,000 Mexican National Guardsmen sent to the country’s borders with the US and Guatemala. It couldn’t possibly be that Trump’s plan worked, surely not."


Mexico has more men protecting our border than we do.

ITEM 13: Agence France-Presse reported, "Serena Williams delivered a stinging rebuke to fellow tennis legend Billie Jean King who said she should focus on tennis and stop behaving like a celebrity and fighting for equality."

Williams said, "The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me will be the day I'm in my grave."


Don't you love it when a liberal gets put in her place?

ITEM 14: Quote of the Day from a certain president who speaks with an outerborough accent, "Do you ever notice antifa's never there when we have a biker's rally?"

That's my president.


  1. #12. Proof that Sheila Jackson Lee isn't the only moron from Texas.

  2. Bastille Day is a classic example of "Be careful what you wish for."

    1. That may have been the first time the French Army dropped their rifles, which became a tradition.

      The other tradition is that lots of French people lost their heads discussing the matter; excitable people, the French!

    2. The peasants are revolting!

      Bastille Day erupts: Riot police drag protesters away as they heckle Macron during parade

      Amusingly the rioters burned a portable toilet. I'm not quite sure what message that sends to Mr Macron.

  3. U.S. Oil Makes it to Ukraine, a blow to Moscow.

    So we can sell to anyone we want but Iran cannot.

    Its hubris on a scale seldom seen. So Orange Man Bad is met by Persian Men Bad.

    History shows oil embargoes lead to war. Its why the Japs bombed Pearl a fact FDR knew was coming from intercepted intel.

    FDR wanted the Japs out of China to protect Standard Oil interests. We always go to war over corporate interests not national security.

    1. What are you smoking and where can I get some?

    2. After he inadvertanly put his stash in a green salad (H/T Cheech and Chong.)

    3. No, the Nips wanted the oil in the Dutch East Indies and Malaya and somehow got the idea in their heads that, since Roosevelt did nothing when they bombed a US gunboat (Panay) in Chinese waters evacuating American nationals from the Rape of Nanking, he would, using our bases in the Philippines, jump all over the Nips because they attacked European colonies in the Far East, so they had to bomb Pearl Harbor to keep it from being reinforced when they attacked the Philippines.

      Yet another classic example of "Be careful what you wish for."

  4. #3 "significant economic harm" was a feature not a bug.

  5. lawless underground economy.

    So legalize drugs and the lawless is almost gone overnite. Then use those cops to go after trafficking crimes. And sex crimes. Remember those thousands of untested rape kits sitting around WV?

    Where's the outrage over that. Thousands of rapists got away.

    Cops focus on the drugs to get a piece of the action and let the violent sex and trafficking crimes go on and on year after year.

    History has shown the police agencies of Philly, LA, and NYC have all been proven to be corrupted by drugs in the past. Only naive people think that's not the case today.

    Watch the movie Serpico with Al Pacino about NYC. He was practically the only honest cop among thousands of them.

    1. A long loving (last?) look back at Mad Magazine and their parody of Serpico, entitled Serpicool:

      “They’ve shot Serpicool, The Honest Cop!”

      “Well, it could’ve been worse! They could’ve missed!”

    2. I always get my facts from the movies. Not.

  6. What happened to my car body, my choice?

    Thank FDR who began the fascist regulatory powers over private enterprise. Y'all like regulation too you wanna go after social media firms.

    People have the right to be an idiot and alienate their customers.

  7. The money is supposed to counter drugs crossing the border. How is a wall not part of such a plan?

    A wall will NEVER stop the drugs. Drones will easily fly over it and make deliveries and secret drops. At best a wall will slow the illegals but certainly not the drugs. Drugs are like gold they are so valuable, thanks to Prohibition, they will get here one way or another.

    1. Nobody said anything about drugs.

      But they sure do stop people.

  8. Ms. Merkel said his style 'took getting used to,'

    Its past time to write Europe off. We've saved their bacon twice and have been protecting them for 75 years since.

    And recent news said Germany is still not paying their share of NATO. Let them deal with Russia on their own.

    Spend that money here at home not over there!

  9. Do you ever notice antifa's never there when we have a biker's rally?"

    That has to be the best line EVER at least since

    Lock her up

  10. 10: I think senators should focus on their own states. Let the voters in TN worry about TN. What will Cruz have to say when Blumenthal tweets him to give back half of Texas?

    1. Ted’s trolling, in the finest Trumpian tradition...

  11. Bastille day also celebrates the last time the french won a war.
    1. Strike "foreign policy." "obama...did nothing in America's interest." There fixed that.
    5. If they fixed problems instead of perpetuating them or exacerbating them they would not need to be full time in dc and need (want??) $174,000 per year salary.
    6. If we made it uncomfortable for illegals, maybe we would have less of them. Maybe some of that comfort could go to OUR homeless and Vets.
    8. They are probably hired by kamala's campaign.
    9. They want everyone to have short memories so they can rewrite history.

    1. The French have won wars since then. It should also be said that the wars that storming the Bastille would eventually kick off, the French lost.

    2. They won side and lost the other.

  12. 4 - the privileged will hopefully be exposed. About time.

    6 - exactly. Until PDJT, politicians could complain endlessly about problems and never try to fix them. Constant camping issues.

    7 - ugh. Kagan. I guess better her than the wise Latina.

    10 - if they studied the last years of Forrest’s life and learned how he changed, maybe there would be some value in honoring him.

    14 - quote of the month. So far.

  13. As a POC/person of color (Cuban/hispanic/latino) Cruz has standing to criticize the Forrest Day bill.

    John Henry

  14. Regarding Item #3:

    If you see a faded sign at the side of the road ...


  15. Movimiento Cosecha demanded that Joe Biden apologize for all the deportations under Obama. Joe Plugs refused, saying those commies he did nothing wrong.

    First time I agreed with Plugs since . . . ever.

    1. It won't last. Within a week he will apologize


  16. I had not heard about the contaminated oil.
    That in part explains why gas prices have been going up. If we didn't have contracts for our oil we would be self sufficient, but oil price surges are based on international pricing considering supplies/fears of reduced inventories.
    This from the link: "The piped oil became tainted by organic chlorides that, when refined, become hydrochloric acid that can damage the plants (refineries final stage equipment, piping, inline valves, pumping stations and the end use facilities)"

  17. > Happy Bastille Day. It celebrates France's victory over the French.

    I am so stealing that!