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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Highlights of the News

Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1The Associated Press reported, "The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people familiar with the deliberations.

"A document outlining the plans — timed to coincide with the third anniversary of Trump’s January 2017 executive order — has been circulating the White House. But the countries that would be affected if it moves forward are blacked out, according to two of the people, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the measure has yet to be finalized.

"It’s unclear exactly how many countries would be included in the expansion if it proceeds, but two of the people said that seven countries — a majority of them Muslim — would be added to the list. The most recent iteration of the ban includes restrictions on five majority-Muslim nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as Venezuela and North Korea."

By much-litigated, AP means the victim of frivolous lawsuits before Obama judges aimed at kneecapping an incoming president. By ban, AP means a moratorium that is temporary.

The law requires the president to issue such moratoriums. Obama issued them, sometimes to these same countries.

ITEM 2: The Associated Press reported, "Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday.

"Abbott’s announcement could have major implications for refugees coming to the United States. Texas has large refugee populations in several of its cities and has long been a leader in settling refugees, taking in more than any other state during the 2018 governmental fiscal year, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

"Since the 2002 fiscal year, Texas has resettled an estimated 88,300 refugees, second only to California, according to the Pew Research Center."

Texas just became a sanctuary state for bonafide citizens.

ITEM 3: reported, "'As we begin this new year, our economy is booming,' President Trump told a rally in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday night. 'Wages are soaring, workers are thriving, and America’s future has never looked brighter.'

"Friday brought more good news, as the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the number of employed Americans -- 158,803,000 -- set a 25th record under President Trump.

"Year to  year -- since December 2018 -- 1,858,000 more workers have been added to American payrolls.

"The unemployment rate in December remained at its 50-year low of 3.5%."

At this point in his presidency, Obama's unemployment rate was 8.5% -- higher than the rate President George Walker Bush left him. That was despite a $787 billion stimulus.

Reuters reported, "A wider measure of unemployment - which counts Americans out of work, people involuntarily working part-time, and those just marginally attached to the workforce - fell to a record low in December. This so-called U-6 rate is down to 6.7% from a record-high 17.1% as the decade began."

So even people who do not want jobs are getting them.

Capitalism rocks.

ITEM 4: PJ Media reported, "On Thursday, controversial immigration hawk Peter Brimelow, who runs the anti-immigration website VDARE, filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against The New York Times, claiming America's newspaper of record maliciously attacked his character by branding him a "white nationalist" and citing the disreputable far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to bolster the charge.

"On January 15, 2019, the Times branded Brimelow an 'open white nationalist' in an article published online and in print. In opposition to its stated journalistic standards, the paper did not reach out to him for comment first. When his lawyer sent a letter demanding it retract the claim, the Times made a 'stealth edit,' removing the word open from the online article and — again in violation of its own stated journalistic standards — not appending a correction to the article.

"The online version of the words 'white nationalist' link to an SPLC article accusing Brimelow of 'hate' and 'extremism.'

"According to the lawsuit, Brimelow's legal team reached out to the Times on February 15, 2019, September 27, 2019, and October 16, 2019, claiming that the 'stealth edit' did not reverse the defamatory act. Brimelow also sent the Times multiple 'letters to the editor' rebutting the 'white nationalist' accusation. The paper did not respond to these messages."

Glenn Reynolds wrote, "I would have added a zero to the claim, though to be fair he’s also asking for punitive damages."

Fake News is getting expensive. Eventually, it will price itself out of the market.

ITEM 5The South China Morning Post reported, "China’s manufacturing exodus set to continue in 2020, despite prospect of trade war deal.

"China’s rising costs, tricky regulations and increasingly unstable geopolitical situation are forcing more manufacturers to move production elsewhere.

"First and second wave of leavers underway, with more to follow, despite the prospect of a minor US-China trade truce."

No one wins a trade war.

Except Donald Trump.

ITEM 6: Jane Fonda said, "Did we once again not learn the lessons of Vietnam, not bother to understand the people that we were shaming and insulting, not to mention killing, and the environments there that we are destroying and the children that are dying of toxins because of the gassing and all of the things that the U.S. has been doing."

With her experience, she should take over the anti-artillery forces in Tehran, and teach them a lesson from Vietnam: don't shoot down airliners.

But keep your wits about you, dearest readers. That Ukrainian airline crash story may have another chapter and twist.

Fonda? It's the same old, same old. She hates America because her childhood wasn't happy. Plus embracing lefty politics is an easier way to advance your career than by sleeping with Harvey Weinstein.

ITEM 7Salena Zito reported, "COLUMBIANA, Ohio — The thing about a city earning a title such as the 'nicest place in America' is that outsiders often assume the people who live there don’t have to work at being nice.

"Well, ask anyone in this lovely city that straddles both Mahoning and Columbiana counties, and they'll say you do have to work at it. But like anything worthwhile in this world (including warmth, generosity, common courtesy, and the selfless notion of paying it forward), it starts to come more easily with time.

"It also helps that Columbiana has a deep sense of community, which means it is deeply committed to its success. People here are involved in church, civic groups, and the general betterment of the city.

"It’s not because it is a small city or because it oozes the type of charm Hallmark aims to capture in its Christmas movies. It's because everyone in town has a hand, large or small, in the community's health and well-being.

"Spend less than five minutes with City Manager Lance Willard, and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Just before the annual Christmas parade, ask for his rundown on why his city earned the status of 'nicest place' from Reader's Digest, and you'll get a pretty vivid picture.

"Spend an additional five minutes with Willard, and you’ll find out why this city of 6,200 is prospering economically, growing in population, and expanding its charming Main Street with innovative retail opportunities such as pop-ups and shared retail spaces. Its success has attracted the attention of nearby Rust Belt towns looking to replicate."

Columbiana is someplace in that vast land between the interstates.

Zito travels the back roads to get to places like that. What rewarding work.

ITEM 8: John Kerry wrote in the New York Times, "Our diplomacy should not be defined by bluster, threats and brinkmanship, tweets or temper tantrums, but by a vision for peace and security addressing multiple interests of the region."

Kerry wants it defined by bribes and kickbacks to the foundations, progeny, and stepchildren of Obama's vice president and both his secretaries of state.

And bombing. Never forget "we came, we saw, he died, hahaha."

ITEM 9: The best revenge is watching them beat themselves up.
Experts gave us endless wars. The Donald is extricating us from them.

ITEM 10: Ace of Spades reported, "Iranian National Carrying a Machete and a Pick-Ax Arrested on Bridge to Mar-a-Lago.

"Not sure why he was carrying these implements. I guess he was planning on hacking through the Jungles of Palm Beach and then starting a diamond mine.

"This article says he was also carrying knives. So his plan was to hack through the jungle, dig a diamond mine, and then try his hand at amateur sushi-making."

This explains John Kerry's long face on Friday night.

Oh wait, he always has a long face.

ITEM 11: Fox News reported, "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has already topped the fundraising charts in her short time in Congress, but the liberal darling won’t donate a cent of her millions to Democrats' House campaign organization -- a position that has rankled some of her colleagues, Fox News has learned.

"Instead, Ocasio-Cortez is building her own fundraising operation for fellow progressive candidates to bypass the official Democratic Party infrastructure. Already, she's actively funding primary challengers to oust certain Democratic colleagues."

Meanwhile, President Trump has been the biggest fund-raiser in the history of his party, helping the RNC achieve new records. The DNC is broke.

The capitalist shares while the socialist is selfish.

ITEM 12: Tulsi Garbage.
Democrats consider her a conservative.

ITEM 13: The Daily Wire reported, "No Senate Democrats Support Measure Praising Military For Killing Soleimani. All GOP Senators Supported Same Resolution About Bin Laden During Obama Years."

It is not President Trump they hate. It is the country.

ITEM 14: U.S. News & World Report reported, "Sheriffs across much of New Mexico are opposed to a proposal from Democratic lawmakers that would allow police or relatives to ask a court to temporarily take away guns from people who might hurt themselves or others, a New Mexico Sheriffs' Association official said.

"Sierra County Sheriff Glenn Hamilton, a legislative liaison for the group, said Wednesday that members want to ensure gun owners keep their due process protections. He said no compromise was reached so far with lawmakers on the so-called red flag legislation.

"Opposition from elected law enforcement officials may portend a repeat of last year's caustic debates about gun control at the Statehouse, where the annual 30-day legislative session begins Jan. 21. Gun control proposals in 2019 spawned a Second Amendment sanctuary movement in mainly rural areas of New Mexico, where sheriffs presented resolutions to their county commissions saying they would not be required to enforce the new laws."

Cold. Dead. Fingers.

ITEM 15: Reuters reported, "GM will revive the Hummer name to sell a new family of electric pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles and will tout the return with a Super Bowl ad featuring NBA star LeBron James, two people briefed on the matter said on Friday.

"The vehicles will be sold under the GMC nameplate. Reuters reported in October that GM planned to build a new family of premium electric pickup trucks at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant beginning in late 2021 and was considering reviving the Hummer name, citing several people familiar with the plans."

A Hummer that doesn't guzzle gas does not seem right.

ITEM 16: Breitbart News reported, "Immigration makes all of America richer, but it can make some Americans poorer, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says in a report issued January 9.

"'Immigration, whether legal or illegal, expands the labor force and changes its composition, leading to increases in total economic output,' said the non-partisan report, titled The Foreign-Born Population and Its Effects on the U.S. Economy and the Federal Budget —An Overview.

"But this national expansion does 'not necessarily [deliver] to increases in output per capita,' or income per person, the report said:

"For example, business leaders say the nation’s enormous population of immigrants has expanded the nation’s workforce, increased consumption, and driven up housing prices. But that inflow has also shrunk the wages of less-educated Americans, the report said."

The rich get richer. The poor get replaced.

ITEM 17: The National File reported, "ADL Adds ‘Boogaloo’ to Online Extremist Lexicon."

The Fantastic Johnny C hardest hit.

ITEM 18Ken Fuson died but not before he wrote his obituary, which ended, "In lieu of flowers, Ken asked that everyone wear black armbands and wail in public during a one-year grieving period. If that doesn't work, how about donating a book to the public libraries in Granger or Indianola? Yes, this obituary is probably too long. Ken always wrote too long. God is good. Embrace every moment, even the bad ones. See you in heaven. Ken promises to let you cut in line. Memorial services will be Saturday, Jan. 11, at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines."

I like that armbands thing.

ITEM 19: This is why God created humans: to help one another.
Aussies would do the same for us.


  1. #14 There is already a process in place to remove guns from suspected mentally unstable persons. In Florida it's called the Baker act. Other places other names. Involuntary committal for psychological examination. Separates the individual from guns as well as rope, automobiles, high buildings and gasoline and matches.
    If it's a mental issue focus on the person, not the tools.
    They're just doing it this way to demonize the guns and further erode the second ammendment.
    Always bad intent from leftists.

  2. Ha. Haha. Hahaha!!

    “The Chair acknowledges the Honorable Representative from Hawaii, Ms. Garbage.”

    1. The Iranians just admitted it was a mistake,er technical malfunction,er the crew were only followink orders...
      This is not going to go away for Tehran literally back filling the site...
      Tulsi may be the best looking of the Dem women candidates, but she still has not a clue..

  3. higher than the rate President George Walker Bush left him

    Geesh you neglected to mention what Bush did to the economy! Trump wasn't hampered by a disastrous recession when he took office now was he.

    No one wins a trade war.

    Except Donald Trump. Yep neocons love war they really can't live without them.

    teach them a lesson from Vietnam: don't shoot down airliners

    Ya mean like the time the Navy shot down a civilian plane?

    Kerry wants it defined by bribes and kickbacks

    Kinda like McConnell does with China huh. He didn't marry a Chinco for nothing. Plus her family is the major Chinese shipping conglomerate which is precisely why his wife was made the US Transport. Secretary.

    Its the most glaring conflict of interest today.

    So spare me with acting like only democrats are corrupt especially when the top dog in the Senate is clearly as corrupt as any of them. And he doesn't even try to hide it like Kerry does.

    The Donald is extricating us from them.

    Wow another blatant CNN style lie! He just sent thousands of more troops. None have come home. Only a neocon could make such a claim right after they sent bombs into a ally's borders and killed their soldiers too. The Koolaid is thick today!

    It is not President Trump they hate. It is the country.

    So if you don't support dropping bombs you hate the country! In other words, if you disagree with us you hate us. This is why the nation is so divided the hate is everywhere.

    This is why God created humans: to help one another.
    Yeah Trump helped a lot of people last year when he dropped those 40K bombs on them! Not to worry he's extricating us from war. Real soon now.

    And you neocons love how he's helping Iranians with all those sanctions too. Peace through bombs and sanctions! That's what God created neocons for.

    1. Susan should learn something from Ken Fuson - she writes too long.

    2. The first black president was a corrupt dud.

    3. Do you imagine that anyone reads your lengthy screeds? Seems a waste of your time...

  4. 7-years ago I read a great book “Blue Highways: A Journey into America” by William Least Heat Moon. He traversed America on the blue highways and backroads, not the interstates. Zito
    Carries on the tradition.

    8-blue nose Kerry wouldn’t know blue highway America if it slapped him in the face. He, like Biden Have been consistently wrong about foreign and domestic policy.

    11-“ The capitalist shares while the socialist is selfish.” - truer words were never written.

    15-James has alienated half the country with his big mouth and “hands up, don’t shoot” bs. Bad choice of spokesman.

    18-love a sense of humor

    19-brave men. May they all return home safe once their job is done.

  5. #1. As long as California is on the list, I'm cool with it.

  6. #15 Are you kidding... An electric Hummer guzzles coal!

    1. Then you could measure fuel economy by gallons per bucketload!

    2. and the environmental impact of making and then disposing of those unrecyclable batteries and electronics makes every hybrid and EV far worse for the planet than any Hummer ever was.

  7. #11 - AOC didn't share her tips like all the other employees and reportedly was caught stealing theirs. She's always been a true socialist.

  8. #15: Electric Hummers touted by LeBron James. I have never seen marketers more out of touch with their intended market. Maybe some Hollywood types will buy them, I guess.

    1. Hummer? I thought she usedta be married to Anthony Wiener.

    2. Note: my neighbor, down the street-his daughter's Nissan Leaf is buried under 2ft. of drifted snow..
      It will probably be there until spring...
      One of the many flaws of Electric vehicles..

  9. Item #14 - Responsible family members can do this instead of making it the government's responsibility. In fact, society could be a lot safer and nicer if families took and taught personal responsibility leaving the government to do those very few things it does well.

  10. Item #16 - We recognized this in the immigration law passed in 1924 and Eisenhower's "Operation Wetback" in 1952. It seems every 75 years or so Congress needs to be reminded that the laws of supply and demand apply also to a surplus of labor and that their responsibility to dance with the ones that brung ya - not the guys in the alley making goo-goo eyes.

  11. The Dens are thinking of cutting back on anti-Trump rhetoric but Paul Simon says they can’t use his song‘The Sound of Silence’ for the new message.

    1. Actually, methinks that the Dems are negotiating a copyright/licensing agreement with the Iranians so that they can use "Death to America!" as their official 2020 campaign slogan.

  12. 17 state Red Flag laws have been passed and from my limited research none protect one's 5th Amendment rights to due process. In November 2019 a 62 year old MD man overrated when at 5:45 AM the police came to take his firearms and he was shot an killed. It was reported that a relative, he did not get along with, turned him in. In another situation a waitress overhead part of a conversation, jumped to conclusions and turned the elderly man into police and his firearms were taken; a former deputy and school cross walk guard. That one turned out OK.

  13. Item 6
     'Plus embracing lefty politics is an easier way to advance your career than by sleeping with Harvey Weinstein.'

    Put it that way, the harassment lawsuits turn into prostitution charges.

  14. Item 1 -- expand the ban, but consider a special path for the folks in Hong Kong.

  15. 3: Guess where Trump sticks his magic wand when he's done with it.

    4: 50 years late, but here it comes. Somewhere, Georgie Jessel and Maggie Raye are smiling.

    6: Maybe this time, she'll be charged with treason.

    8: Lurch is the patriarch of another of those Democrat crime families that got rich off brokered deals.

    12: She's gonna regret that. Starting to look like the crazies shot it down on purpose.

    18: I like the "Ken promises to let you cut in line" line.

    Sounds like a cool guy.

  16. #17 - Thanks for the Boogaloo Down Broadway! It's been a long time...

  17. 18. found out one of the Overhead managers in the firefighting contingent to Australia- is the son
    of a well known fire fighting family in the USFS
    He's a survivor of Storm King mtn.
    Aussies have come here to help, in Years past.
    good in a barfight too.-personal experience here..

  18. #1 - "By ban, AP means a moratorium that is temporary."

    Thank you. Anyone describing this as a ban is simply being ignorant or dishonest. Either way, they abuse the truth.

    #2 - "Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees"

    You mean Minnesota, long known for it's Nordic roots, isn't the model for Muslim resettlement? Who would have thought those "happy to please" Minnesotans would be well represented by Ilhan "married my brother" Omar.

    #8 - My lasting memory of John Kerry is him fake grooving to James Taylor's "You've Got a Friend" after the Charlie Hebdo attack. Words fail me...

  19. Item #15:

    I thought GM sold the Hummer brand to back in the Obama bailout dates. The fact that Chi-comm apologist Lebron James is now the spokesmodel for Hummer sort of corroborates that fact.

    I heard a rumor that Lebron James uses harvested organs from PRC-enslaved Uyghurs to stay young and healthy. I'm sure it's a vicious false rumor. I'm sure Lebron James has other lucre-based reasons for playing kept beyotch for the People's Republic. I'm sure.

    1. Weird that the word "China" disappeared somehow in the first sentence that I typed something like: "I thought GM sold the Hummer brand to CHI-CHI-NA-NA-NA back in the Obama bailout dates."

  20. And Hillary Rodham Clinton will NEVER be the President of the United States. Thanks be to G-D!

    Now we have to pray for Virginia. If they continue this attitude of confrontation with gun owners and with such disdain, there will be trouble and the Virginians will receive lots of assistance from up and down the coast.

    This could be the same arrogance that led the British to think they could march inland to Lexington and Concord to seize their weapons. They were stopped and fired upon when they persisted.

    The situation in Virginia has all the makings of a deadly encounter at some point.


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