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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Highlights of the News

Donald John Trump is still your president.

ITEM 1: Market Watch reported, "What retirement crisis? Number of 401(k) and IRA millionaires hits record high."

375,000 people now have a million bucks or more in these personal retirement accounts.

The number of 401 k millionaires was 72,000 four years ago. Today it is 196,000.

Credit The Donald. Also credit people with faith in the stock market. For every 2018, there are three good years.

ITEM 2: The Washington Post reported, "Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Wednesday she was surprised that President Trump canceled a planned two-day state visit to Copenhagen next month over her refusal to entertain the sale of Greenland … Frederiksen said Trump’s response would not ‘change the character of our good relations,’ adding that an invitation ‘for stronger cooperation on Arctic affairs still stands.’"

Frederiksen should learn to be more diplomatic when dealing with our president. He viewed her earlier remarks on Greenland as nasty.

ITEM 3: Fox News reported, "New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio got some laughs -- though not for the reasons he expected -- when a top labor union played his video message to a crowd in Iowa on Wednesday.

"The 2020 hopeful sent a video message because he couldn't make it to a labor forum held by the AFL-CIO's Iowa Federation of Labor. When it played, the audio sounded abnormally high-pitched, prompting Washington Post reporter Matt Viser to crack that the mayor 'sounded like he’d gulped a canister of helium.'"

One wag said, "The Mayor’s voice is higher than his poll numbers."

I suspect sabotage by a groundhog. They have not forgotten who killed their pa.

ITEM 4: CNBC reported, "Home Depot’s suppliers are trying to head off some of the increased costs from rising tariffs by moving at least some of their production out of China, executives told investors Tuesday.

"'I’m not aware of a single supplier who was not moving some form of manufacturing outside of China,' said Ted Decker, executive vice president of merchandising. 'So we have suppliers moving production to Taiwan, to Vietnam, to Thailand, Indonesia and even back into the United States.'

"CEO Craig Menear said the tariffs on Chinese goods are projected to have a cost impact on U.S. sales of about 2%, or $2 billion. With suppliers moving at least some of their manufacturing outside of China, that reduces that impact to roughly one percentage point, executives said."

Tariffs rock. They made America great by protecting our industries. Every Republican president not named Bush encouraged them. Reagan imposed them 18 times. President Trump brought them back.

ITEM 5: Reuters reported, "The Trump administration is appealing a court ruling that struck down its plan to compel pharmaceutical companies to disclose wholesale prices of their drugs in televisions advertisements.

"The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) filed a notice of appeal on Wednesday, as it prepares to challenge the July federal court ruling.

"'If the drug companies are embarrassed by their prices or afraid that the prices will scare patients away, they should lower them,' said Caitlin Oakley, a spokeswoman for HHS.

"In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington said that HHS lacked the authority from U.S. Congress to compel drug manufacturers to disclose list prices."

Once again, a judge appointed by Obama plays politics from the bench.

Fact check: TRUE.

God sent us a perfect man once. We crucified the man. He went back to sending sinners. This time, God sent us a thrice-married adulterer.

Evangelicals do not expect perfection, which differentiates them from the Woke Crowd.

By the way, the media knows he was clowning around. They report jokes as straight news all the time. It keeps backfiring. Geniuses they are not.

ITEM 7: The Hill reported, "President Trump on Wednesday said his administration is once again seriously considering an executive order to end birthright citizenship months after several lawmakers cast doubt on his ability to take such action.

"'We're looking at that very seriously,' Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Kentucky. 'Birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land -- walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations, the baby's now a U.S. citizen.'

"'We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously,' he added. 'It’s, frankly, ridiculous.'

"The president proposed ending the practice that grants citizenship to those born in the United States during his 2016 presidential campaign. He revived the idea last year, saying he would sign an executive order to enact the change.

"Numerous lawmakers, including several Republicans, quickly pushed back on the idea and argued Trump lacked the authority to make such a change using an executive order. They cited that birthright citizenship is a right enshrined under the 14th Amendment."

Not true. For 38 years after passage of the amendment, Indians born in America were not Americans. Citizenship was granted by law in 1924.

ITEM 8: The Washington Examiner reported, "President Trump is canceling federal student loan debt held by disabled U.S. veterans.Trump announced the new executive memorandum at a speech in front of the American Veterans organization in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday."

They already paid their debt.

ITEM 9: The Associated Press reported, "President Donald Trump challenged France, Germany and other countries on Wednesday to take back citizens captured fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Otherwise, he warned, the U.S. 'will have no choice but to release them into the countries from which they came.'

"Trump said the U.S. and its allies are holding thousands of Islamic State fighters after forcing the extremist group to abandon the last territory it held in Syria."

How is this a problem? France and Germany say Europe should take in all the Muslims they can. Have a few more.

ITEM 10: The Daily Caller reported, "The head of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee has put fencer Race Imboden and hammer thrower Gwen Berry on probation for their political protests at the Pan-American Games.

"The letters of reprimand, sent Tuesday, chastise Imboden for kneeling and Berry for making a defiant fist during the playing of the national anthem during medal ceremonies, the Associated Press reported Wednesday."

The time has come to stop this nonsense. Anyone who hates America should not pretend to represent us.

ITEM 11: The Chicago Tribune reported, "South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a self-described grassroots campaign rally in Bronzeville on Tuesday night, but the overwhelmingly white audience he drew to the event in a historic black neighborhood reinforced the difficulty the Democratic presidential hopeful has had in connecting with African American voters.

"Buttigieg did not acknowledge the makeup of the audience in his remarks or in answering questions from the 1,000 people at the sold-out event, but did touch on it briefly as he closed the hourlong rally with a plea for his supporters."

Black voters are looking for a winner not a novelty act.

ITEM 12: Michigan Radio NPR reported, "Lori Carpentier, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Michigan says the decision to leave Title X will affect more than 42,000 people in Michigan.

In 2017, Planned Parenthood of Michigan received $4.3 million from Title X funding, Carpentier says. The withdrawal will cut approximately 20% of the agency's fiscal budget. Carpentier says that Planned Parenthood has been the backbone of Title X since the Nixon administration created the program."

Actually a Democrat Congress created the program.

The story also said, "As for how Planned Parenthood of Michigan will make up for the loss of one-fifth of their budget, Carpentier says they’re still figuring it out."

So she cut off a revenue source without figuring out how to replace it. That's not a good way to promote hiring women CEOs.

ITEM 13: The Wall Street Journal reported, "The risky mortgage is making a comeback.

"More than a decade after home loans triggered the worst financial crisis in a generation, the strict lending requirements put in place during its aftermath are starting to erode. Home buyers with low credit scores or high debt levels as well as those lacking traditional employment are finding it easier to get credit.

"The loans have been rebranded. Largely gone are the monikers subprime and Alt-A, a type of mortgage that earned the nickname 'liar loan' because so many borrowers faked their income and assets. Now they are called non-qualified, or non-QM, because they don’t comply with postcrisis standards set by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for preventing borrowers from getting loans they can’t afford.

"Borrowers took out $45 billion of these unconventional loans in 2018, the most in a decade, and origination is on track to rise again in 2019, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, an industry research group. Such mortgages aren’t guaranteed by government agencies and typically charge higher interest rates than conventional loans."

This time it will be different because the government will butt out. The riskier the loan, the higher the interest rate.

ITEM 14: Bloomberg News reported, "The U.K. and South Korea on Thursday are due to sign a continuity deal to ensure the two nations continue to trade on preferential terms after Britain leaves the European Union.

"The new free trade agreement replicates 'as far as possible' the terms of the existing EU-South Korea deal that was signed in 2011, the U.K. Department for International Trade said in an emailed statement. Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Korean Minister of Trade Yoo Myung-hee are due to sign the deal in London, it said."

Boris Johnson may discover Britain does not need Europe at all.

ITEM 15: New York Times reported, "Giuliani Renews Push for Ukraine to Investigate Trump's Political Opponents."

Oh no. He's becoming Obama!

ITEM 16:
They cannot keep up with a 73-year-old man.

Hat tip: Sundance.


  1. #11 The black community generally does not care for gay men.

    #16 Trump stands out in the heat as long as they do in a suit and no doubt a ballistic vest.

    Cry me a river.


  2. 8 - veterans deserved this long ago. Thank you PDJT for making it happen.

    11 - how did they convince 1,000 people to attend a Buttigieg event? At gunpoint?

    12 - they will have to sell more baby parts to make up for the funding loss.

    16 - pansies.

  3. #10 illustrates the divide between privilege and right.

  4. God sent us a perfect man once. We crucified the man. He went back to sending sinners. This time, God sent us a thrice-married adulterer... And they want to crucify him as well.

    1. Actually, they've been crucifying him since he came down the escalator.

    2. Or since he questioned Teh Won's birth certificate...

  5. Mr. T = Captain Chaos. (Hat tip Chris Cooley) The man is relentless. We’ll never see another President like him, ever again. Defunding Planned Infanticide by itself would compel me to vote for him again - the rest is great gravy. Very Stable Genius. The Chosen One. Covfefe. HOW GREAT IS THIS???

  6. #7 You are correct about Native Americans. My research shows that the SCOTUS has never actually ruled on this tradition as the Dems call it. It is not in the Constitution either. One wonders about the courts, since thy can find almost anything in the Constitution they want.

    1. They haven't found a right to keep and bear arms....

  7. Not true. For 38 years after passage of the amendment, Indians born in America were not Americans. Citizenship was granted by law in 1924.

    Wrong, Don.

    Indians born in the United States of America have always been 14A citizens.

    Indian reservations were and, I think, still are, "sovereign nations" sort of but not quite like Canada or Japan. Indians, or even non-Indians, born on a reservation before 1924 was not "born in the United States" under the clear words of 14A. Thus they were not US citizens but tribal citizens under tribal law.

    John Henry

    1. Sorry, but they were not all born on reservations and those that were not, did not receive US citizenship. So Don is correct.

    2. Wrong. 1884 in Elk vs. Wilkins, when citizenship was denied to an American Indian because he “owed immediate allegiance to” his tribe and not the United States.

      American Indians and their children did not become citizens until Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924. There would have been no need to pass such legislation if the 14th Amendment extended citizenship to all people born in America, no matter what the circumstances of their birth, and no matter the legal status of their parents..

      The amendment was intended to give citizenship only to those who owed their allegiance to the United States and were subject to its complete jurisdiction. Sen. Lyman Trumbull, R-Ill., a key figure in the adoption of the 14th Amendment, said that “subject to the jurisdiction” meant not owing allegiance to any other country.

      Universal birthright citizenship attracts illegal immigration. By granting immediate citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil, regardless of the legal status of the parents, we reward and encourage illegal and exploitative immigration.

    3. Expanding on Poopsie's excellent summary, the 14th Amendment was supposed to ensure that the newly-freed slaves and their children were recognized as US citizens.

      It was never meant to apply to foreigners, and shouldn't!

  8. Item 12 - need a [sic] after “effect” so we know it’s NPR’s error. :)

    1. Thanks. I will fix. It is on my blog. It is my error. Unless the typo is pertinent, it is a distraction and should be fixed.

  9. Don,

    I am 100% in favor of birthright citizenship as enshrined in 14A. I do not think it can be changed without replacing 14A. 14A would have to be replaced because we have no provision for amending amendments.

    1) All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. seems pretty clear. It does not say “subject to the sole jurisdiction…” Anyone in the US, legally or illegally, temporary or permanent, is subject to US jurisdiction (except diplomats). So that baby born to an illegal Chinese mother might, or might not, be subject to Chinese jurisdiction. Though we could argue that unless the baby returns to China, China has no jurisdiction over it.

    2) Some countries, Germany is one, make it nearly impossible to obtain citizenship unless one is ethnically German. So you have people whose families have been legal residents of Germany for 3-4 generations who are still not German citizens. Japan is even stricter. The idea of a bright line for citizenship, you either are or you are not, is appealing because it avoids a sub-class of non-citizen Americans.

    3) The real problem is anchor babies and that has nothing to do with 14A. It is the baby, not the mother, who becomes a citizen. It is the anchor baby law that makes coming to the US to give birth so attractive. Sure, some would still do it to get US citizenship for their children. But probably not all that many if they knew it would not get them and the rest of the family in.

    4) Change the anchor baby laws “The baby can stay because s/he is a US citizen, but you will have to go because you are not.” and get control of our borders and this would become a much more manageable issue. We might wind up with 100,000 or so babies a year, most of whom would leave with the mother. Some of who might return as adults. Seems like a manageable problem to me.

    5) Finally, get control of our borders to prevent that illegal mother from getting in to give birth in the first place.

    No, Don, and PDJT if you are listening, 14A birthright citizenship is not a problem.

    John Henry

    1. What you quote in 14A applied solely to the children of slaves which was made clear in the Federal record when the amendment was under debate.

      The current practice of birthright citizenship was never passed into law or ruled upon by the Supreme Court. Supporters rely on a footnote to a decision (not dealing with citizenship) by liberal Justice Brennan in 1982.

      The Constitution says if the parents are citizens of another country, their children cannot be "natural born citizens" of the US. That's why children of foreign diplomats are not automatically US citizens when born here.

    2. The Constitution says if the parents are citizens of another country, their children cannot be "natural born citizens"

      Sorry. I'll need to see the clause that says that. Can you tell me which one it is? Or is it one of those penumbras like the one that gave us Roe v Wade?

      And see my comment about anchor babies. That has nothing to do with 14A.

      John Henry

    3. I gave you one link. Here's another that goes into detail of 14A and subsequent Supreme Court rulings:

    4. The Heritage Foundation explains it well:

      "Many Republicans, Democrats and independents believe the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil, even if their parents are here illegally. But that ignores the text and legislative history of amendment, which was ratified in 1868 to extend citizenship to freed slaves and their children.

      Contrary to popular belief, the 14th Amendment doesn’t say that all people born in the U.S. are citizens. It says that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” are citizens. That second, critical, conditional phrase is conveniently ignored or misinterpreted by advocates of “birthright” citizenship." RTWT!

  10. Item 4: Left wing math. US consumer purchases are $14 TRILLION per year. How are tariffs of $2 billion 2% of $14 TRILLION?

  11. And, since there are NO circumstances where citizenship, lawfully obtained, can ever be revoked, all those birthright citizens would remain birthright citizens.

    Citizenship can be surrendered by the citizen though there are a lot of hoops to jump through. It can't be revoked by the govt under any circumstances. See Afroyim v. (Sec State), Nishakawa v. (Sec State) Perez v. (Sec State) and other Supreme court cases.

    Nishakawa, for example, served in the Japanese army in WWII and the Supremes reinstated his citizenship.

    John Henry

    1. Obama revoked the citizenship of ISIS bride Hoda Muthana. Naturalized citizens can have citizenship revoked

      Further, your premise that birthright citizenship is law or ever intended is refuted by legal scholars. Here's one:

  12. Item 12: Planned Parenthood gives about $40 million per year to Democrats. It is losing $60 million in taxpayer money. Democrat politicians hardest hit.

  13. 1 - This refers only to Fidelity customers. The actual number is likely MUCH higher.

  14. In general (the great Margaret being the exception) women leaders are the ruin of a country. So are women voters...

    1. Golds Meir was the "iron lady before Mrs Thatcher. after the black September massacre of Israeli athletes, she sent the mossad out to hunt down and kill the terrorists. they did.

      she also led Israel through the Yom Kippur war. she was described as " the best man in government" by David Ben-Gurion

  15. A lot of good commentary about the 14th ammendment.
    All of the scotus opinions I could find about the birthright portion were written in the late 1800's and related to the children of freed slaves.
    I haven't found anything newer.
    I think we're all in agreement that the supreme court should take another look at 14A and clarify what qualifies as birthright citizenship going forward.

  16. 14A does not grant birthright citizenship to fence jumpers anymore than it grants it to a child of a foreign diplomat who is in the United States. Rubbish on its face.


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