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Friday, February 14, 2020

Highlights of the News

Find someone who looks at you like President Donald John Trump looks at America.

ITEM 1: The Department of Justice announced, "A superseding indictment was returned yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (Huawei), the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and two U.S. subsidiaries with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)."



The announcement also said, "The 16-count superseding indictment also adds a charge of conspiracy to steal trade secrets stemming from the China-based company’s alleged long-running practice of using fraud and deception to misappropriate sophisticated technology from U.S. counterparts."

And it said, "As revealed by the government’s independent investigation and review of court filings, the new charges in this case relate to the alleged decades-long efforts by Huawei, and several of its subsidiaries, both in the U.S. and in the People’s Republic of China, to misappropriate intellectual property, including from six U.S. technology companies, in an effort to grow and operate Huawei’s business.  The misappropriated intellectual property included trade secret information and copyrighted works, such as source code and user manuals for internet routers, antenna technology and robot testing technology.  Huawei, Huawei USA and Futurewei agreed to reinvest the proceeds of this alleged racketeering activity in Huawei’s worldwide business, including in the United States."

This went on for decades. That means it goes back to Presidents Clinton, Bush II, and of course, Pay-2-Play Obama.

We now have a president who will take on Red China.

ITEM 2: The Daily Telegraph reported, "MPs have demanded that the Government reconsiders its decision to allow Huawei to help build the UK’s 5G networks after the US government claimed that Huawei had been able to access backdoors in networks for more than a decade.

"Robert C O'Brien, the national security adviser to Donald Trump, claimed that his government had concrete evidence that the Chinese company could covertly access equipment used in national phone networks across the world."

Red China spies on their own people, why not us?

The leader of the free world is just that: the leader. Boris Johnson should get on board the train.

ITEM 3: Yahoo Money reported, "The number of 401k and IRA millionaires again reached record highs, according to Fidelity Investments, thanks in part to good returns from stocks in the fourth quarter.

"The number of 401k accounts with balances of at least $1 million hit 233,000 in the fourth quarter, up from the previous record of 200,000 in the third quarter and 212,000 more than a decade ago when stocks were just beginning to dig out from the financial crisis crash.

"IRAs — or individual retirement accounts — saw a similar trajectory. The tally of IRA millionaires jumped 14% to 208,000 at the end of 2019. This beat the previous record of 182,400 IRA millionaires, reached in the third quarter of 2019.

"Fidelity’s statistics are based on the 17.3 million 401k and 9.9 million IRA retirement accounts it oversees."

The Forgotten American is becoming a millionaire under President Donald John Trump.

ITEM 4Yahoo News reported, "Legal experts and former federal prosecutors say the Justice Department’s reversal of the sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s former campaign adviser is an extraordinary development that could have a long-term impact on public perception of federal law enforcement’s independence from political interference.

Roger Stone, a longtime friend of Trump, was convicted last November for lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. The Justice Department overruled the seven-to-nine-year sentencing recommendation prosecutors made in the case."

The sentencing recommendation was wrong, immoral and an abuse of power.

God bless President Donald John Trump for speaking up for justice.

And that is what this agency is supposed to be, a department of justice, and not a department of politics and insubordination.

ITEM 5: ABC reported, "In an exclusive interview, Attorney General Bill Barr told ABC News on Thursday that President Donald Trump 'has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case' but should stop tweeting about the Justice Department because his tweets 'make it impossible for me to do my job.'

"Barr’s comments are a rare break with a president who the attorney general has aligned himself with and fiercely defended. But it also puts Barr in line with many of Trump’s supporters on Capitol Hill who say they support the president but wish he’d cut back on his tweets."

If you can't stand the tweets, get out of the Cabinet.

ITEM 6: Miranda Devine reported, "The Democrats’ white knight, Michael Bloomberg, might be a good businessman, but he has exposed fatal political weakness even before his presidential campaign is off the ground.

"At the first whiff of criticism, he folded, apologized and repudiated the law-and-order policies that were his greatest legacy as mayor."

She also said, "Why apologize for policies that took guns off the streets and saved black lives?

"Now, in the name of anti-racism, those policies have been dismantled and, presto, shootings are up 30%. Those who suffer most are in black neighborhoods, where an innocent child like 14-year-old Aamir Griffin was killed by a stray bullet last year while playing basketball in Jamaica, Queens."

Never apologize for being right.

Mini Mike believes Donald Trump won because he is a billionaire. No, he won despite it.

ITEM 7: Here is what I mean.
The problem is not that he got the town's name wrong. No, his problem is he is boring. Most people are. That's why we elect people who aren't boring.

ITEM 8: Masha Gessen reported, "By now, you may have heard that some queer people think that Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a current contender for the Democratic Presidential nomination, is not gay enough. Unless you are immersed in this conversation with other queer people, you may have thought, 'That’s ridiculous.' I am here to explain."

He then gave an explanation that was ridiculous.

Gessen wrote, "As part of his campaign, and in developing his political persona, Buttigieg has repeatedly told a compelling story about his coming out. His is the story of someone who blended in and was therefore able — or, one might say, forced — to choose the circumstances and timing of his coming out. He chose to wait a long time: until after he graduated from college, after he had served in the military, after he had been elected mayor. He has made it clear that he feared that, if he had come out sooner, his political career might have suffered."

12 years ago, some fools discussed whether Obama was black enough.

It is nice to know that just as black people are can be as foolish as white people, gay people can be just as ridiculous as straight people. Equality isn't always a virtue.

ITEM 9: Breitbart News reported, "Americans are paying far less for televisions despite a hike on imports from China, indicating that critics of the Trump administration’s trade policies were badly off course when they claimed consumers would pay higher prices.

"New tariffs on televisions imported from China took effect in September. The rate was originally set at 15% but the U.S. agreed in January to half that under the phase one trade deal. That cut takes effect Friday.

"Television prices have fallen in every month since the tariffs were applied, including a 1.5% drop in October, a 2.2% drop in November, a 1.8% decline in December, and a 1.7% decline in January, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Thursday. Compared with a year ago, television prices are have plummeted 20.8%"

So much for the Fake News claim that tariffs are a huge tax increase that will hurt consumers most.

ITEM 10: Tristan Justice reported, "YouTube removed a video clip of Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul reading the question Chief Justice John Roberts suppressed during the Senate impeachment trial naming Eric Ciaramella, a man identified as the whistle blower by Real Clear Investigations.

"'It is a chilling and disturbing day in America when giant web companies such as YouTube decide to censure speech,' Paul told Politico, which first reported the story. 'Now, even protected speech, such as that of a senator on the Senate floor, can be blocked from  getting to the American people. This is dangerous and politically biased. Nowhere in my speech did I accuse anyone of being a whistle blower, nor do I know the whistle blower's identity.'"

Even if he named the whistle blower, so what? That is no crime and it places no one in danger. This is America where you have the right to face your accuser.

You also have the right to free speech.

ITEM 11: The Daily Caller reported, "A former Democratic congressional candidate revealed Wednesday that she was the foreperson on the jury that convicted Roger Stone.

'Tomeka Hart said during the jury selection process that she did not 'pay that close attention' to developments in the Russia investigation. She also said that Stone’s links to President Donald Trump would 'absolutely not' affect her views at trial.

"But Hart’s social media posts show that she was closely tuned in to the Russia probe and that she considered Trump and his supporters to be racist."

Department of Justice needs to prosecute her for perjury because after the Russian Collusion witch hunt, its reputation is in tatters. If the Department of Justice is just going to provide muscle and cover for Democrats, then to hell with it.

ITEM 12: The South China Morning Post reported, "Beijing’s purge of officials in Hubei province picked up pace with the removal of the top Communist Party leaders in the region as the central government responded to public anger over what is seen as the botched handling of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

"China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that Hubei party secretary Jiang Chaoliang had been replaced by Shanghai mayor Ying Yong, 61, a close ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"The Communist Party leader of the city of Wuhan, Ma Guoqiang, 56, also lost his job, Xinhua said. He will be replaced by Wang Zhonglin, 57, the party secretary of the city of Jinan, in the eastern province of Shandong."

The deck chairs have been rearranged, so don't worry about that iceberg we just hit.

ITEM 13: The Daily Mail reported, "A North Korean official was executed for going to a public bath while he was meant to be in quarantine, a report in the South has claimed.

"The trade official was arrested and immediately shot after risking the spread of coronavirus by visiting the public bath, the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported.

"The official had been placed in isolation after travelling to China with Kim Jong-un imposing military law to enforce the lockdown, sources said."

How do you impose martial law when the people already are under martial law? I do like how he fires people. No severance pay or pension top worry about.

ITEM 14: The Daily Mail reported, "New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has indicated that he will make concessions to President Donald Trump in a long-standing dispute over the state's pro-immigrant 'sanctuary' policies.

"In radio interviews on Wednesday, Cuomo said he would allow federal officials limited access to a Department of Motor Vehicles database if the Trump administration reverses its move to block state residents from Global Entry and other programs that allow travelers to avoid long border security lines."

President Trump knew which button to hit. He usually does.

ITEM 15: Happy Trumpenfreude Day.
Every day is Trumpenfreude Day.

ITEM 16Bloomberg News reported, "Charles Munger, who’s a newspaper company executive as well as a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. vice chairman, said U.S. newspapers have no future.

"'Technological change is destroying the daily newspapers in America,' Munger, 96, said Wednesday in Los Angeles at the annual meeting of Daily Journal Corp., the publishing company where he is chairman. 'The revenue goes away and the expenses remain and they’re all dying.'"

Gee, that's a shame.

I get my news online. Craigslist provides the classified ads. And the post office delivers the weekly ad from Poca Food Fair. Tell me what I am missing. I can get anti-Trump editorials anywhere, and besides, most of the editorials in the local newspaper are reprinted from other newspapers.

Newspapers had their opportunity to be the vanguard on the Internet. The London Daily Mail was one of the few to do so. It will survive and thrive. The rest, well, they had a nice run.

ITEM 17: I love it when a plan falls apart.
My one fear is someday Acosta will figure this out.

ITEM 18: Best economy in 50 years.


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  2. May I steal that "Highest Paid Person at CNN" line?

  3. What was the average unemployment rate in the first 35 months of the Carter administration? Just looking for trends.

  4. The wife and I take quarterly withdrawals from the retirement account. It was clear in 2017 that we were seeing balances BIGGER at the end of a quarter than at the start. It’s not loaves and fishes exactly, but it’s pretty darned close. KEEP ROLLIN THAT TRAIN, MR. T!!

  5. "Find someone who looks at you like President Donald John Trump looks at America."

    So you're telling us to find a pimp?

    1. michael Kenyon spews again.


    2. Ok Boomer!

    3. The pimps were all US presidents since Reagan. All of them save for Trump.

    4. If Trump is the pimp, then Obama is the whore.

    5. If Trump is a Pimp, he's the worst one in history. All of his people are working and yet he is losing money. Even more, he is giving it away.

  6. "Mini Mike believes Donald Trump won because he is a billionaire."

    Nonsense. Bloomberg challenges the notion that Trump is or ever was a billionaire.

    1. Mini Mike spends like a Democrat.

    2. Why lie? Anyone can see for themselves on the web. Are you really pretending to be more qualified than Fortune Magazine?

  7. If there are no indictments (and fair trials) of the democrats and liberals, the Department of Justice will be no more. Frustrating to read, but still hopeful that they will live up to their name.

    1. like the ministries of truth, love, peace, and plenty in 1984.

      someone should name their blog,

      The Orwellian Times.


  8. The Stone trail takes a new turn. The four prosecutors pulled a bait and switch on sentencing recommendations. This is public but not shared by the MSM of course. The prosecutors laid a trap for AG Barr and had the Judge and Ms Liu covering their backs. But.... things quickly turned to crap for them when the DOJ saw the actual recommendations, not the fake ones. Barr quickly am=mended the recommendation without warning Ms Liu. He then immediately backfilled her old job as she was waiting for confirmation for the big Treasury Posing. Then the Trumpster withdraws Ms Liu's nomination and she's left without a job and out in the cold. The prosecutors are left hanging. They quickly realize they are screwed so they all resign before they are fired.

    Now we find out the jury chair is a rabid Dem with a history on Twitter. Good chance charges will be filed against her by DOJ for lying to the court. Now Stone will file for a new trial and not in Barretts court as she will recuse herself. You just can't make this stuff up. BTW: the tiff between Barr and the President on tweeting is just for show.

    1. The tiff is classic good cop/bad cop routine. I’ll leave you to figure out which is which, as long as it does the job, greasing the wheels of the DOJ, I’m fine with it.

    2. I suspect that AG Barr discussed his issues with those Tweets by DJT prior to making a public statement. Smart.

    3. RE: Item 11. I believe Tomeka stated on the juror questionnaire that her profession was "School Board member." This was not a lie, like some of her other answers, but what is Tennessee coming to if you can make a living serving on the school board? Was she avoiding stating her real source of income/support?

    4. Totally agree with you edr, it seems the advanced chess plays are out maneuvering the silly Dem's.

  9. "when giant web companies such as YouTube decide to censure speech"
    Someone can't spell "censor". I'm guessing the Senator can. My money is on the Politico reporter and his vast array of editors and fact checkers.

    1. It might not be a spelling error. Censure is used in Congress to indicate an official reprimand.

  10. We should require Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecoms and social media platforms to follow the same rules as state and local governments when it comes to free speech and freedom of the press. Any policies or rules that place restrictions on free speech should be given "strict scrutiny" which means there must be a "compelling interest"; that the restriction is "narrowly tailored" to achieving this compelling purpose; and that the policy uses the "least restrictive means."

    Make them civilly liable for damages and attorney's fees.

    No more banning conservatives because they are conservatives. No more shadow-banning or demonetizing.

    Also: Remove the block function from elected officials and candidates, business accounts, and accounts used by the media.

    1. I think they should follow the rules of the phone companies. Just let people say what they're going to say with zero interference.

  11. ITEM 16: I do believe the future is the "citizen journalist" with regional/national aggregators. EVERYBODY has a camera and people are as close to current events as anyone since they may actually be the ones calling 911.

  12. To be fair, A.G. Barr also included comments made by congress and others (let's assume media pundits) as well.
    So we could expand the list to include pelosi, schumer, Graham, McConnell, cnn, msnbc, Fox, etc...

  13. #5 - Trump wouldn't have to tweet about the DOJ if Barr was going his job. The place is fully of traitors, and they left a trail a mile wide behind them. Root them out. And start indicting the coup plotters. Trump authorized Barr to declassify the documents over 8 months ago. Let's roll, Mr. Barr. Time's a wastin'

  14. I voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and will again in 2020. But I have to disagree with Surber suggesting Barr should step aside if he doesn't like Trump tweeting and making the job of AG harder. It is not helpful for Trump to make it look like Barr might be unduly influenced in his role as AG. Why give the Democrats ammunition to use in their efforts to overturn the 2016 election? It weakens the argument for undue political influence by the Deep State against Trump with independents when Trump appears to do the same.

    1. Barr is a cabinet officer and is subordinate to Trump. If he doesn't like the way Trump conducts himself, then it's time for Barr to leave. So far, there are serious problems with the manner in which Barr has conducted himself.

    2. Support in public and counsel in private. Going on fake news to disparage your Boss is reprehensible. It's like Sessions recusing himself without talking to the President first.

  15. Criminal charges against McCabe for lying to investigators were dropped today. So I suspect the DOJ is definitely down the toilet, like the FBI and the CIA. Don't expect any investigation of that juror either.

  16. "RICO! Youngblood!"

    -- Robert Stack, as Elliot Ness

  17. #3 The American people would be extremely foolish not to vote for Trump in Nov. I don't believe we are foolish.
    #4 Burr take heed and weed out the radical's in the DOJ soon.
    #5 Mini Mike's brain is mini also.
    #9 This is why Fake News is called Fake News.
    #10 Evidently American's have no right to free speech unless we are leftists.
    #11 What a dummy, Tomaka outed herself and I hope she will pay a penalty for it or being dumb.


  18. 5) What Barr did was outrageous. Honorable men support in public and counsel in private. It may be no coincidence that many general and former Trump officials are all coming out against the President. I'm hoping Barr isn't part of that. But as Mr. Surber says, "no excitement without indictments".
    We should have seen some by now.

  19. Miranda Devine had it right. Even funnier was a prior clip where mini-Mike said it was ridiculous for politicians to go on apology tours. Maybe he'll employ the Cenk Uygur defense. When called out for previous misogynistic remarks, Uygur blamed it on the fact he was a republican back then.

  20. Re #10, Rand Paul’s question mentioned Eric Ciaramella and his pal (and Schiff staffer) Misko’s having been heard discussing taking out Trump. There was no mention of “whistleblower”. The identity of the whistleblower is officially known to no one, even Schiff (another lie), so how would Chief Justice Roberts know of the connection and zap the question because it mentioned Ciaramella. Roberts in cahoots with Schiff?