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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Highlights of the News

Donald John Trump is still your president.

ITEM 1: CBS reported, "President Trump briefly stopped by a daylong summit of world leaders meeting to discuss climate change at the United Nations General Assembly in New York before leaving to address a meeting on the persecution of religious minorities and his administration's efforts to support religious freedom."

The story also said, "Seated with new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft and Vice President Mike Pence, the president listened intently for about 10 minutes before departing for his religious freedom event."

That is 10 minutes more than it deserved.

Meanwhile, Real Clear Politics reported, "Greta Thunberg Stares Silently As President Trump Walks In And Snubs UN Climate Summit."

Oh no!

The death glare of Wednesday Addams!

In January, a group of kids from the heartland waited for the tour bus at the National Mall, where bums hang out harassing tourists. A group of black men yelled at them to go back to Europe. An Indian got in the face of one of the kids, then sent a video to the media with instructions to label the kid a bigot.

The media complied and made life hell for a 16-year-old kid who did nothing wrong. Confronted by a taller and older menace, he smiled back.

Because of media propaganda, he suffered death threats and his school considered expelling him.

All he did was smile. This somehow disrespected a big old bully. Only when a full video appeared which discredited the story did some media outlets issue small corrections but no apologies. Newspapers are protected from product liability lawsuits -- libel -- in a manner the tobacco industry would envy. They know it and behave that way. They dare turn around and "fact-check" politicians, often getting basic facts wrong in the process.

Now they demand that we not mock a 16-year-old who thrust herself into the climate change nonsense.

No thank you.

ITEM 3: Helen Raleigh wrote, "China already lost in the trade war with the U.S. Although you will never hear Chinese authorities, especially President Xi Jinping, admit it as such, the evidence is everywhere and only becoming more compelling by the day.

"Reuters recently reported that based on the Chinese government's own data, China's economic slowdown has worsened in August, with 'growth in industrial production is at its weakest in 17-1/2 years amid spreading pain from a trade war with the United States and softening domestic demand. Retail sales and investment gauges worsened too.' Despite such poor readings, Premier Li Keqiang insists that China is still on track to achieve 6 to 6.5% growth rate this year.

"Given the Chinese government's tendency to present a rosier economic picture to satisfy political goals, most China watchers believe that Li's statement was an about-face, and that the actual economic situation is much worse.

"Researchers at the Brookings Institute estimated that China had inflated its GDP growth rate by close to 2% every year between 2008-2016. So in reality, China hasn't seen a 6 percent growth rate for nearly a decade (someone should send a copy of this to Premier Li). Moreover, the actual size of the Chinese economy was an estimated $10.9 trillion, 18% lower  than the officially stated $13.4 trillion, as of 2018."

They need us more than we need them.

A lot more.

ITEM 4: Via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, an interview with Biden.
Reporter: Well, In Iowa, the unemployment rate is 2.5%; people say they are employed in Iowa and their small businesses are growing; Iowa picked Trump by —
Biden: They were employed before he got elected.
Reporter: The president won by 10 percentage points in Iowa.
Biden: I’m not suggesting that he didn’t win by 10 percentage points; what I’m suggesting is he’s not the reason for that employment rate being down.
Reporter: But why should people want to make a change, though?
Biden: Well, that’s up to them to decide.
Reporter: Why should they?
Biden: It’s for them to decide.
Reporter: Well, make your case.
Biden: I’m not going to.
He won't say because he does not want you to know. My guess is Hunter Biden has spent all his dough on hookers and blow again.

ITEM 5: Breitbart News reported, "Transgender star Angelica Ross is going on a social media hiatus following backlash from supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)."

The story also said, "The actor-activist hosted the LGBTQ presidential forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday, which featured all of the Democrat presidential candidates except Sanders.

The actor's crime was telling a reporter, "I was disappointed to not see all of the candidates here. I was further disappointed to hear this was not the only LGBTQ event Bernie was making other commitments for. You don’t show up for both of our LGBTQ events? That’s obviously telling us all we need to know."

If Ross did not get the message from the snub, the actor got the message on Twitter.

ITEM 6: The Associated Press reported, "President Donald Trump said Monday that a fourth summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un 'could happen soon' amid stalled nuclear diplomacy.

"Trump didn’t elaborate in comments to reporters ahead of the start of U.N. meetings in New York, and it was not clear if concrete plans were in the works for another meeting meant to address a growing diplomatic impasse over the North’s development of nuclear-armed missiles targeting the U.S. mainland.

"The stalemate comes despite past high-profile meetings between Trump and Kim. Trump has played down a series of recent North Korean tests of short-range missiles and artillery systems that could strike U.S. allies South Korea and Japan, which host tens of thousands of U.S. troops."

A good salesman is persistent.

ITEM 7: The Washington Times reported, "White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed Monday daily press briefings will not be reinstated under her leadership, citing the behavior of journalists who 'weren’t being good to' President Trump’s administration.

During an appearance on Fox & Friends, Ms. Grisham said briefings would not be returning 'right now' and wouldn’t come back unless the president felt they were necessary.

"'He’s doing just fine,' she said, 'And to be honest, the briefings have become a lot of theater and I think a lot of reporters were doing it to get famous. They’re writing books now, they’re all getting famous off of this presidency.'"

Jim Acosta hardest hit.

Good. If you cannot act like an adult, you lose your privileges.

Ask any kid who has been grounded.

ITEM 8: Meanwhile, at Impeachment Central CNN, the entertainment is never ending.
ITEM 9: The Associated Press reported, "Cree Inc., a Durham, North Carolina-based semiconductor manufacturer, will invest $1 billion in a new factory in upstate New York, company and state officials announced Monday.

"When completed in 2022, the nearly 500,000-square-foot facility in Marcy, near Utica, will be the world's largest silicon carbide fabrication facility. State officials say the factory is expected to employ 600 workers within eight years. The workers will make an average salary of $75,000.

"The state will chip in $500,000 in incentives."

Congratulations, Democrat Governor Andrew "Michael" Cuomo.

ITEM 10: The New York Post reported, "Mayor de Blasio blamed his lawyers for an improper loan between his political fundraising accounts that drew scrutiny from federal regulators.

"On Friday — the same day de Blasio quit his quixotic presidential bid — the Federal Election Commission sent the mayor’s campaign treasurer a letter demanding answers about why he billed $53,000 in campaign expenses to a state account he controls, NY Fairness PAC.

"De Blasio’s 2020 campaign reported the transfers as debt, effectively allowing it to circumvent strict limits on federal political campaigns."


No excitement without an indictment. See McCabe, Andy.

ITEM 11: Fox News reported, "Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who is challenging President Trump in the Republican primaries, proclaimed Monday that the president committed treason through his controversial phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky -- adding that the punishment for treason is death."

OK, I am invoking the What Did He Actually Say? Rule before responding.

Weld said, "Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election, it couldn’t be clearer. And that’s not just undermining democratic institutions, that is treason. It’s treason pure and simple. And the penalty for treason under the U.S. Code is death. That’s the only penalty."

The Secret Service should pay Governor Weld a visit and explain that threatening the president's life is a felony.

ITEM 12: The Blade reported, "In an unexpected role reversal, President Trump is trying — for a second time — to confirm a gay U.S. prosecutor to a federal appeals court despite objections from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) over his qualifications for a lifetime judicial appointment.

"The White House included on Friday Patrick Bumatay, a gay Filipino who serves as a U.S. attorney in Southern California, on a list of six individuals intended for nominations to the federal bench.

"Trump tapped Bumatay to serve on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Upon Senate confirmation, Bumatay would become the highest-ranking openly gay federal judge in the country."

Gay, schmade. Who cares? He's good and should be confirmed.

ITEM 13:
Scott Presler, the man you want your sons to be.

ITEM 14:
Like I said, Donald John Trump is still your president.

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