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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Highlights of the News

Not everybody has an ocean
Across the continent
But Donald John Trump
Is still the president.
ITEM 1: The Miami Herald reported, "With no resolution in sight for Venezuela’s leadership six months after the leader of the national assembly declared himself president, the Trump administration appears willing to offer guarantees to Nicolas Maduro that the U.S. will leave him alone if he leaves Venezuela.

"A senior Trump administration official suggested that the U.S. would consider not indicting Maduro if he leaves power."

We should have offered the Taliban a billion for Osama bin Laden and his crew. The 18th anniversary of that war comes this autumn.

ITEM 2: Jeffrey M. Jones reported, "After hitting a new high last month, mentions of immigration as the most important problem facing the U.S. increased further to 27% in July. Since Gallup began regularly recording mentions of the issue in 1993, immigration has been cited by an average of 6% of Americans, though it has been higher in recent years. There have been occasional, typically short-lived, spikes when major immigration events were occurring."

Donald John Trump was ahead of the curve.

This is why he is president.

ITEM 3: Brent Kendall reported, "The Justice Department is opening a broad antitrust review into whether dominant technology firms are unlawfully stifling competition, adding a new Washington threat for companies such as Facebook Inc., Google, Inc. and Apple Inc.

"The review is geared toward examining the practices of online platforms that dominate Internet search, social media and retail services, the department said, confirming the review shortly after The Wall Street Journal reported it.

"The new antitrust inquiry is the strongest signal yet of Attorney General William Barr’s deep interest in the tech sector, and it could ratchet up the already considerable regulatory pressures facing the top U.S. tech firms. The review is designed to go above and beyond recent plans for scrutinizing the tech sector that were crafted by the department and the Federal Trade Commission.

"The two agencies, which share antitrust enforcement authority, in recent months worked out which one of them would take the lead on exploring different issues involving the big-four tech giants. Those turf agreements caused a stir in the tech industry and rattled investors. Now, the new Justice Department review could amplify the risk, because some of those companies could face antitrust claims from both the Justice Department and the FTC.

"The FTC in February created its own task force to monitor competition in the tech sector; that team’s work is ongoing.

"The Justice Department will examine issues including how the most dominant tech firms have grown in size and might — and expanded their reach into additional businesses. The Justice Department also is interested in how Big Tech has leveraged the powers that come with having very large networks of users, the department said."

They should not have messed with conservatives.

Now they pay.

The purpose of government is to protect my God-given rights. Treating us like second-class citizens cannot be tolerated.

Get woke -- and broken up!

ITEM 4Zheng Yangpeng reported, "In A First, China Has More Companies On Fortune Global 500 List Than The USA."

The story said, "The number of US companies on the list has declined to 121 from 126 last year

"The contribution of state-owned enterprises has risen to 80.2 per cent of Chinese companies on the list from 76.3 per cent last year

"In a first, more Chinese companies have made it to Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s top 500 firms this year, than from the United States.

"A total of 129 companies, including 10 from Taiwan, were ranked among the world’s biggest firms by operating revenue, according to a list released on Monday. Their number rose from 120 last year, while the number for the US declined from 126 last year to 121 this year."

Khrushchev said we will bury you. He didn't.

Chairman Xi will, and will bill us for the funeral.

ITEM 5Brett Samuels reported, "President Trump took aim at Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Tuesday, deriding the congresswoman as a lunatic after video resurfaced of her protesting a Trump speech in 2016.

"'I watched just this morning this Tlaib from Michigan,' Trump said at Turning Point USA's Teen Student Action Summit, a gathering of young conservatives and supporters of the president.

"'There is no way she stands for the values of the people of Michigan,' Trump continued. 'But I watched her this morning. She’s vicious. She’s like a crazed lunatic.'

"Trump was referencing a video resurfaced by conservative websites over the weekend of Tlaib protesting when the president delivered a speech at the Detroit Economic Club during the 2016 campaign. Tlaib can be seen yelling 'You guys are crazy!' at those in attendance."

She also had to be escorted out of a Trump rally. Now she is obsessed with impeaching the MF, as she put it. Maybe he should get a restraining order.

ITEM 6: Thomas Colson reported, "Boris Johnson's long list of gaffes, offensive comments and controversies."

My favorite was this, which he wrote in the Telegraph, "If you tell me that the burka is oppressive, then I am with you. "If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree -- and I would add that I can find no scriptural authority for the practice in the Koran.

"I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes."

Rather than argue the merits of what he said -- that burkas oppress women -- the loud crowd went on and on about the letter boxes. Somehow this was worse than forcing women into burkas.

ITEM 7Ronn Blitzer reported, "Rudy Giuliani pointed the finger squarely at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after videos surfaced Monday of people attacking NYPD officers by dousing them with water, saying this 'would never happen in a million years when I was mayor of New York City.'"

How far New York has fallen.

The city has gone from America's Mayor to the Dummy Who Dropped a Groundhog.

ITEM 8: Zack Budryk reported, "Cory Booker: 'My testosterone sometimes makes me want to' punch Trump."

Fortunately for the president, Booker's estrogen level is much higher than his T-level.

Now for the kicker. While Booker was talking about punching President Trump, host Seth Meyers praised Booker.

Meyers said, "You talk about, in all seriousness, insofar as we talk about politeness, which will be an interesting thing in this campaign going forward. You talk about civic grace and you talk about courageous empathy."

Courageous empathy is liberalese for punch him.

ITEM 9: Katrina Trinko reported, "Interior Secretary Bernhardt Shares How He’s Promoting Federalism, Opening Up Land for Hunting."

It is a lengthy and insightful interview.

I have never hunted for anything other than my glasses and remote control, but I fully endorse letting hunters hunt on public land. Thinning the herd is necessary when you have wild turkeys taking over sidewalks in suburban New Jersey.

ITEM 10: Variety reported, "Sylvester Stallone Feels Robbed of an Ownership Stake in Rocky: ‘I Was Furious.’"

Ah, gratitude. He went from being a down-on-his-luck soft porn actor to being one of the biggest stars in the industry thanks to Irwin Winkler taking a chance on him.

The story also said, "He discloses in our interview that he is working on a new Rocky movie for Winkler’s production company and MGM (which co-own the franchise) about the onetime boxing champ befriending a young street fighter living in the U.S. illegally. 'We’re very high on it,' says Winkler, noting negotiations are underway for Stallone to write and star in the film. 'We’re very anxious to make it.' Stallone divulged that there are also ongoing discussions about a Rocky prequel as a TV series, likely for a streaming platform."

His virtue signaling nearly blinded me.

ITEM 11: Allum Bokhari reported, "Ted Cruz Urges FBI To Investigate Antifa Under RICO Act."

The story said, "Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) called for the FBI to launch a criminal investigation into the extremist Antifa movement, which is responsible for numerous acts of violence and vandalism in the United States.

"'[Antifa] engages in the conduct of fascists,' said Sen. Cruz. 'They engage in violent protests, masked men and women engaging in physical violence — we saw recently the Rose City chapter of Antifa in Portland, Oregon, that was assaulting citizens … violently assaulted one journalist so severely that he was hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage.'

"The journalist Cruz referred to was Andy Ngo, who is currently raising money for a lawsuit to bring Portland Antifa members to justice."



ITEM 12: Christina Marcos reported, "The House on Tuesday passed legislation to oppose the global boycott movement against Israel, laying bare Democratic divisions on relations with the key U.S. ally.

"The resolution to put lawmakers on the record opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to press Israel on human rights issues in its conflict with Palestinians passed easily on a 398-17 vote, with five members voting present. Sixteen Democrats, mostly progressives, voted against it.

"The resolution’s opponents included progressive freshmen Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who support the BDS.

"House Democratic leaders brought the resolution to the floor under a fast-track process that required a two-thirds majority for passage and limited debate to 40 minutes. No one spoke in opposition to the resolution during the allotted debate, but the two progressives delivered floor speeches earlier in the day to express why they’d vote against it."

Next Democrat president will pass it.

The Squad is the party's future.

ITEM 13:

The story said, "British comedian Ricky Gervais defended a group of Canadian women who refused to complete a Brazilian bikini wax procedure on a trans woman’s male genitalia."

Gervais jokes about President Trump all the time.

I don't care. (In Jessica Rabbit voice) He makes me laugh.

ITEM 14: AP reported, "Mexico set a new record for homicides in the first half of the year as the number of murders grew by 5.3% compared to the same period of 2018, fueled partly by cartel and gang violence in several states.

"Mexico saw 3,080 killings in June, an increase of over 8% from the same month a year ago, according to official figures. The country of almost 125 million now sees as many as 100 killings per day nationwide.

"The 17,608 killings in the first half of 2019 is the most since comparable records began being kept in 1997, including the peak year of Mexico’s drug war in 2011. Officials said 16,714 people were killed in the first half of 2018."

That is at a pace to hit 35,216 homicides by year's end.

The record in the USA is 24,700 set in 1991.

Our population is triple Mexico's.

Mexican gun laws are among the strictest in the world.

It is drugs. American consumption of illicit drugs did this. Legalizing all drugs in the USA would not stop the carnage.

The same people who say prohibition doesn't work on drugs want to place a prohibition on private gun ownership.


NOTE: Due to inappropriate language, I closed comments on "Esper vote is a rebuke of Warren." You are in my house. Wipe your feet before entering.


  1. The purpose of government is to protect my God-given rights.

    Here we go again! What right to you have to use the private property of someone else? You have none. Its clear you don't respect private property rights that created western civilization.

    Like a petulant child you want Uncle Sam to punish people you hate. That's fascism.

    If Americans were really concerned about this they'd boycott those companies. You just walk away.

    Jesus explains property rights in Matthew 20 when he said he has the right to discriminate however he wants with his business. And the people who didn't like it he called evil.

    1. That’s such a bad misread of Matthew 20. “The kingdom of heaven is like...” It’s called a parable, Dude. Those who accept Christ late in life will be as welcome - if not MORE welcome - than those who have believed since childhood. And the latter group shouldn’t grumble about that but accept it as one of God’s rules. I wouldn’t try to twist The Word to my own ends, brother. Much danger there is.

    2. What news item was that for?

      God given right to terrorize physically and with harrasment like antifa?

      God given right to be oart of Chinese government owned companies?

    3. Nice try Z but you are so focused on the next life that you surrender the present life to statists.

      Mat 20:15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?'

      He just outlined fundamental private property rights and that led to Western Civilization.

      It also destroys fixed wage rates like the unions so love. This parable is about now and forever. Emphasis on NOW.

      Its why the inscription on the Liberty Bell comes from the Bible.

      "proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants"

      Jesus came to set us free his words are the foundations of liberty

      Case closed.

    4. Maybe it has to do with the FACT that they are required to operate within certain parameters and are instead crushing free speech.
      Don allows idiots like you to comment as long as you refrain from using certain language which if you have a third grade education you can do.

    5. Okay.


      You have summoned the Parser:

      AnonymousJuly 24, 2019 at 10:42 AM (We are all anonymous. We do not even know ourselves, let alone any other, let alone God.)

      Nice try Z but you are so focused on the next life that you surrender the present life to statists. (Ahhhh. An insistence most common amongst the meat bags. Surrender? Submission? Compliance? Gravity chuckles. Belly aches. Lungs gasp for breath. Meat bag shivers, sweats, itchings demanding to be scratched..... And you fancy yourself experiencing liberty, do ya? Wipe your ass, it beckons you to do so.)

      Mat 20:15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?' (Oh, buddy, you took a huge bite out of that apple!!!! What, pray tell, belongs to you? Only that which youncan keep. What can you keep? Not a fucking thing. Nada. Did you not get the memo?)

      He just outlined fundamental private property rights and that led to Western Civilization. (Hoo boy. Funnymental property rights, huh? You got something, someone else wants that something, guess what? They takes it. Or you stop them from taking it. Period. AND, eventually, you die, and what you had, it be gone, by you being gone.)

      It also destroys fixed wage rates like the unions so love. (Unions negotiate with those who employ their members. Agreements are agreed to. By both sides of the negotiations. That is how to avoid conflicts of perspectives becoming conflicts of meat bags rendering meat bags bloody. That is as close to liberty as the design of the world allows in this matter.)

      This parable is about now and forever. Emphasis on NOW. (You emphasize now. Because now is all you experience. You emphasize now concerning your liberty to do whatever the fuck you damn well please. The world is amused by your stupidly focusing upon the meat bag. You are not alone in this. You got plenty of company. You want. You need. You bemoan what wants and needs you find impediments to getting. You do get all that you need, for, if you did not, even for an instant, you would have already died. It is the wants that you want that are impeded which bunches your panties. Where did you imagine those many impeding forces were gonna be coming from? Merely from Mother Nature? Only from the forces of physics imposed upon your bag of meat you animate? Silly wabbit.)

      Its why the inscription on the Liberty Bell comes from the Bible. (So, you historian!!! You well versed!!! You got the whole thiing all figured out!!! Yippeee for you!!!)

      "proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants" (The perfection of liberty does not exist in substance you are currently confined within, contained by and constrained to serving. Try proclaiming your liberty in the middle of a desert.)

      Jesus came to set us free his words are the foundations of liberty (Stop breathing. Just stop. You will then be free. And know what liberty is.)

      Case closed (It will be. Sooner or later for each one. Until then, tick tock tick tock tick tock....)

      (You can thank the Parser after you stop breathing.)

  2. how lucky Mexico is that Eric holder stepped up to address the shortage of automatic weapons amongst the cartels.



  3. more Chinese companies have made it to Fortune magazine’s list

    Reaction to this story reveals your worldview. Surber sees this as FRIGHTENING news. I see it as great news.

    Surber thinks this means China will get so rich they will conquer and run the world. Kinda like America does now huh? I beg to differ.

    I see this as great news because they are learning capitalism and leaving communism. Xi can't even get his way in Hong Kong without massive protests occurring.

    The Chinese people are seeing that capitalism breeds prosperity and peace.

    At this rate they will reject communism within another generation. Their military will side with the people that was settled 30 years ago and they are so much richer today. And Christianity is blossoming there as well although there is still a lot of persecution. Just like there was in Rome before the Romans fell.

    But neo cons want Americans to run the world. They adore the status quo. They don't want true freedom to spread across the land because it scares them. They want power.

    The Bible teaches God does not long abide any world empire. And Afghanistan is well known as the graveyard of empires.

    1. Chinese have zero use for capitalism unless it enriches them. They are godless communists who will rob you blind. Their success is built on theft of other's IP and slave labor.


    2. Seriously BSG your full of it. There is now a middle class emerging there. They are getting richer too. They outnumber the commies by ten thousand to one.

      And its not slave labor if it was they would return to their farms. Duh.

      As for IP rights those will not last much longer even patents. Its how the elite remain elite. Patents grant monopoly powers yet y'all are moaning and groaning over the social media giants monopolizing the internet?

      Try to be more consistent.

    3. try to learn the difference between your and you're.


    4. Twitter and Facebook: publicly traded on NASDAQ
      Google: publicly traded on NYSE
      Not private companies, nony.
      Regardless, facebook violated it's own privacy agreements with it's subscribers and shared/datamined data without user consent.
      Gov't regulations are a balancing act. Too much regulation stifles innovation and growth. Too little leads to unscrupulous business practices.
      And while Surber's God given rights comments may be a bit much, you flying off the handle and going full retard is also a bit much. (You NEVER go full retard.)
      Let's move on to your next silliness -the U.S. wants to control China and the world-
      No, numbskull, much like we want companies to be honest brokers, we demand the same ethics with other countries as well. China is notorious for stealing technology. That isn't capitalism, that's piracy.
      -The Feds have no constitutional grounds for owning all that land. It should be put up for auction asap.-
      So goodbye Yellowstone, goodbye Grand Canyon, no more painted desert, it's all condos now.

      Yep, you went full retard.

    5. I seem to have upset the Chinese troll!

      Godless Communists run China, obey or take one in the head and your family gets the bill.

    6. "Ignore the message and attack the messenger."
      Sound familiar? It should. You posted that on july 22nd at 12:08pm.
      From crow beak to crow feet, you just ate your own words.

    7. I am amazed anyone would defend China, simply astounding considering their track record... on everything.


  4. How on earth can you equate Matt:20 with property rights? All we have is God's It is up to us on how to spend/use it.or even abuse it.It was about work and contract. Outfits like twit-er,and Fakebook void their contract by censorship ANTIFA gets far better treatment than Candace Owens. or in your mind is Candace a bigger threat? Public platforms are for the public's use or non use, but when there is an agenda and violation of the 1st amendment,you are now in territory to be scrutinized..
    Rendering unto Caesar does not give companies the right to render their clientele and their rights..

    1. The closing verse...

      Mat 20:15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?'

      Western Civ hasn't been taught in 40 years. So people don't know how the Bible inspired liberty to build the kingdom.

      Look at Jesus very first reading in Nazareth...
      Luk 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

      To set at liberty is the relevant part here.

      Finally they are not public platforms! They are private property. Their shares are privately owned and traded on privately owned stock exchanges.

      Anyone who wants government to regulate private enterprise is a fascist.

      Of course, they don't know that because its gone on so long. BTW I like Owens. Antifa is an anarchist group that reminds me of the 1960's.

  5. Opening Up Land for Hunting

    The Feds have no constitutional grounds for owning all that land. It should be put up for auction asap.

    global boycott movement against Israel

    Wow its going global its about time. What the Jews are doing to Palestinians is indecent and cruel.

    Neo cons say that's ok! God demands they be treated like this!

    The Squad is the party's future

    How ludicrous is that thought. 4 women are a threat to over 200 democrats! Hardly. Surber always presumes the worst. The squad was created by the media for clickbait. That's all they are. But they sure send Surber's knees a jerking.

    Legalizing all drugs in the USA would not stop the carnage

    Of course it would! Just go back and see the stats before Prohibiton began. The cartels would vanish overnight and have to find honest work.

    You are in my house

    Ya mean this is YOUR private property?? You mean you get to censor us???

    I agree you do. So does Facebook, Google and Twitter. I am consistent. You aren't.

    1. I also have the right to boycott this blog. Teapartydoc already has though I haven't.

      But try boycotting Israel and look out!!!
      LOL I just had to throw that in there.

    2. "what the jews are doing to Palestinians is indecent and cruel"

      unlike Egypt and Jordan, Israel has never denied citizenship of Palestinians.

      unlike Egypt and Jordan, they are allowed to work, own property, and receive social benefits.

      so your position is that Israel should treat Palestinians like Egypt or Jordan does?

      is that your final answer?

      share your pecksniffian wisdom, oh high priest of hypocritical speech.


    3. in fact, 100,000 Palestinians cross the border to work in Israel every day from the Arabic countries that deny them that right.


  6. #11 I don't like RICO, but it is the law and can be used. Better yet declare Antifa a domestic terrorist organization and round them up. Even better is arrest some mayors for participating in a RICO action if it can be shown they told the police to stand down and a riot ensued.
    I take the same position on the guilt of mayors in sanctuary cities. The are breaking federal law by aiding and abetting illegal aliens against federal law. Round up a few of them and then let us see where it goes.

  7. Don, I respect your decision to close comments when the trolls get too obnoxious, but IMHO that's a win for the trolls.

    It's very similar to the gun-banners, who want to take guns away from the people who haven't committed any crime, obstensibly because of those who do commit crimes. Problem is, those criminals won't change their ways, it merely makes it easier to mug, rob & murder those who are now disarmed.

    Your decision unfortunately punishes the people who actually love & support this blog, by shutting down all our comments instead of just the troublemakers; so I'd much prefer for you to ban those causing the problems instead of painting us all with the same brush.

    Whatever you do, I'll honor & respect your decision, but I find it sad that these jerks are ruining your excellent blog for all of us, while revelling in their new-found power to stop all discussion.

    1. It was not the trolls. I don't care about them. The discussion got vulgar.

    2. OK, thanks for the explanation. There's no excuse for vulgarity.

  8. I do believe I had a chuzzle witticism struck down.


    1. Seth pecksniff is a character in dickens novel, Martin chuzzlewitt. its listed in Rogets as a synonym for deceiver. entry 548.


    2. I wondered where WC Fields came up with his characters names.

  9. So Esky what makes you think it was a "troll" who made the offensive remarks? More likely it was someone who was triggered when reading ideas he disagrees with. Ideas that create cognitive dissonance which then can trigger immediate reactions.

    So you contend that trolls are ruining this blog? I presume you mean me Susan. But I could say the same thing about you ruining this blog.

    There is nothing worse than to watch groupthink inside a bubble where no dissent is allowed. And that is clearly what you desire.

    As I said Surber has the exclusive right to ban anyone and everyone. He can censor anything he wants.....see Mat 20:15

    But I could contend this blog is a Public Platform and call for regulatory powers to be inflicted here. That is if I follow the fascist line of thinking.

  10. "Gervais jokes about President Trump all the time"

    Yeah, making jokes about Trump is not the problem. The problem is when they ONLY make jokes about Trump but not others. Or, when the "jokes" are not funny. IMO.