All errors should be reported to DonSurber@gmail.com

Monday, February 17, 2020

Highlights of the News



Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: Breitbart News reported, "Florida’s E-Verify bill will likely push 140,000 illegals out of Florida jobs and make it difficult for employers to hire replacement workers at current wages, says a university study funded by the investors who are trying to block the E-Verify bill.

"If 'existing undocumented workers were to exit the Florida economy in the number anticipated were E-Verify adopted, the adequate numbers of native workers would not be available at current wage rates,' says the draft report funded by FWD.us, an advocacy group for billionaire investors, including Mark Zuckerberg.

"'This is basically making the case for us that employers are employing illegal workers to keep wages low and to increase their own profits,' said Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations at NumbersUSA. 'If they can’t replace those workers at the same [pay] level, then, oh my gosh, then they are going to have to increase wages [for Americans]. … It is exactly what should happen.'

"Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) proposed E-Verify bill would penalize companies that hire illegals. A narrow version has passed one committee vote, but business groups will try to kill the bill before it can get to DeSantis’s desk.

"The biggest winners from the E-Verify bill would be the least paid, least educated workers in the economy, said the study by Rick Harper, an economist formerly at the University of West Florida."

Hey Republicans.

This is how you get black votes and Hispanic votes. Not by pandering, but by delivering.

ITEM 2: The New York Times reported, "More than 1,100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday to step down after he intervened last week to lower the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr.

"They also urged current government employees to report any signs of unethical behavior at the Justice Department to the agency’s inspector general and to Congress."

Thus these lawyers proved A) there is a deep state, and B) it is working to destroy President Donald John Trump.

ITEM 3: NBC reported, "Trump pushed CIA to find, kill Osama bin Laden's son over higher priority targets."

Wow.

Breaking news: President Donald John Trump is the commander-in-chief.

Maybe if the American intelligence community stopped spying on political opponents for Obama long enough, we would have won the war on terrorism by now.

Instead of protecting the country, the agency is leaking to cover its, err, assets.

Meanwhile, the press once again mourns the death of a terrorist. CNN complained that we sent a dog after al-Bagdadi, and ABC sent Martha Raddatz to Soleimani's funeral.

ITEM 4The Daily Wire reported, "The United States led the entire world in reducing CO2 emissions last year while also experiencing solid economic growth, according to a newly released report.

"'The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis – a fall of 140 Mt, or 2.9%, to 4.8 Gt,' The International Energy Agency reported. 'U.S. emissions are now down almost 1 Gt from their peak in the year 2000, the largest absolute decline by any country over that period.'"

The story also said, "The IEA noted that 80% of the increase in CO2 emissions came from Asia and that China and India both contributed significantly to the increase."

President Trump is dropping carbon dioxide emissions below Obama's levels. And the president does not even believe in this climate change nonsense.

ITEM 5: NASCAR held a race at a Trump rally on Sunday.
He already has the South, but that swoop could flip New Hampshire because New Hampshire Motor Speedway has hosted NASCAR races since the early 1990s. That means there are NASCAR fans among the Yankees. And they vote.

Plus, the swoop was a fun way to arrive.

In 2011, the crowd booed Jill Biden and Michelle Obama at a NASCAR event.

ITEM 6The Associated Press reported, "The number of people receiving opioid prescriptions for pain relief in Missouri's Medicaid health care program has declined significantly in the past couple of years amid increased attention to opioid addictions.

"New figures provided to The Associated Press show that 2019 was the second straight year of double-digit percentage drops in the number of Medicaid participants prescribed opioids, the quantity of pills they received and the overall potency of those doses."

The story also said, "The decline in Medicaid opioid use far outpaced the slight decline in the average monthly number of Medicaid participants during that period. In 2019 alone, the number Medicaid participants receiving opioid prescriptions was down 12%, the quantity of pills prescribed was down 25% and the overall potency of those prescriptions was down 30% from the previous year."

The press has long ignored the role of socialized medicine (Medicaid, Medicare, and other government health programs) in the rise of opioid use and abuse. Taxpayers buy the drugs that are then abused.

Missouri is fighting back. The story ended, "Preliminary data indicate a 10% reduction in opioid overdose deaths in Missouri in 2019." That was the real news.

ITEM 7: MSN reported, "The annual 2019 trade figures for the United States came out last week, heralding some encouraging news. America’s enormous international trade deficit actually declined slightly from 2018. This was the first decrease in six years, with the deficit in goods and services dropping 1.7%, to $616.8 billion.

"Better yet, America’s bilateral trade deficit with China fell for the first time in four years, dropping a hefty 17.6%, to $345.6 billion.

"These are promising numbers and they show that tariffs on Chinese products are successfully moving the needle on U.S. trade flows. In fact, America’s 2019 imports from China actually fell $87.4 billion from the all-time high set in 2018."

The American economy is growing and imports from Red China are shrinking. So much for the Chamber of Commerce's propaganda that tariffs sink our economy.

President Trump said we would Make America Great Again. We are.

ITEM 8Reuters reported, "The foreign ministers of the Vatican and China met on Friday, the Vatican said, in what is believed to be the highest-level official encounter between the two sides in decades. The meeting between Archbishop Paul Gallagher and Wang Yi, something unthinkable in the past, took place on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference."

The bottom line is, "If they resume full relations, the Vatican would have to break full relations with Taiwan, which Beijing considers a wayward province. The Vatican is the only state in Europe to still recognize Taipei."

Journalist Chris Horton tweeted, "Vatican inching closer to cutting ties w/Taiwan - where 23 million people enjoy religious freedom - in order to establish relations with China, where the Chinese Communist Party relentlessly persecutes Christians, Muslims, Jews and Falun Gong."

Money talks. This is some of what that billion-dollars-a-day trade surplus America gives Red China buys.

ITEM 9: The Wall Street Journal reported, "House Democrats are grappling with whether to pursue further investigations of President Trump following his acquittal in the Senate, facing both an election in nine months and fresh White House actions that they say demand scrutiny.

"Democrats want to look into whether the president improperly influenced the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for a Trump confidant, casting Mr. Trump as emboldened by the end of the impeachment process. At the same time, party leaders are eager to focus on pocketbook issues for voters, such as health care, and Democrats are wary of launching another drawn-out fight with the White House that could backfire in November.

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) staked out a middle ground Thursday. She said the House should investigate any role Mr. Trump played in federal prosecutors’ decision to reduce the initial sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering. Mrs. Pelosi called such alleged meddling an 'abuse of power,' echoing the charge in the first of the two impeachment articles."

There was a time when the Journal would have the guts to call out these unconstitutional witch hunts. The last Fake Impeachment alleged no crime despite a constitutional requirement to do so. We have a sham media that was complicit in this miscarriage of justice, as well as the injustice of sending Roger Stone to prison.

ITEM 10: Fox News reported, "Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign on Saturday downplayed a report that he is considering 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as his pick for vice president. The Drudge Report, citing a source close to Bloomberg’s campaign, reported that Clinton was under consideration after internal polling found that a Bloomberg-Clinton ticket would be a formidable force."

It was a trial balloon made of lead. But it lasted long enough to get in a few Arkancide jokes.

Meanwhile, the Daily Beast reported, "Newly unearthed lawsuits against Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg that have either been settled or dismissed paint a disturbing picture of misogynistic behavior.

"The never-before-seen legal briefs were provided to the Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act and include complaints by a number of women that were followed up by attempts to keep them quiet.

"In one high-profile complaint, saleswoman Sekiko Sakai Garrison alleges that, when told of a male colleague’s impending marriage, Bloomberg suggested to female salespeople, 'All of you girls line up to give him [oral sex] as a wedding present.' That suit also alleges that, on a number of occasions, Bloomberg said, 'I’d f--- that in a second' when he saw certain women."

Mini Mike has a Maxi Problem.

ITEM 11: Breitbart News reported, "Boris Johnson cancelled a planned visit to the White House after a row over China in which President Trump slammed the phone down on him, according to reports.

"Prime Minister Johnson was originally due to visit the White House last month following his election win, before postponing the meeting until February.

"However, following a heated phone call with the American leader, the Prime Minister has cancelled his trip for fear causing a deeper rift, according to Business Insider."

It is the art of the deal. BoJo wants to use Red China as leverage in trade negotiations. The Donald is having none of that. They will end up golfing at Mar-a-Lago.

ITEM 12: The Independent reported, "In an extraordinary ruling, a state supreme court judge has ordered the developers of a nearly completed 668-foot block of flats in New York to remove as many as 20 or more floors from the top of the building.

"The decision is a major victory for community groups who opposed the project on the grounds that the developers used a zoning loophole to create the tallest building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. A lawyer representing the project said the developers would appeal the decision.

"Justice W. Franc Perry ordered that the Department of Buildings revoke the building permit for the tower at 200 Amsterdam Avenue and remove all floors that exceed the zoning limit. Exactly how many floors might need to be deconstructed has yet to be determined, but under one interpretation of the law, the building might have to remove 20 floors or more from the 52-story tower to conform to the regulation."

The developer got the city's permission.

No one should build so much as an outhouse in Manhattan after this.

ITEM 13: Katie Couric bravely spoke out against Fox News.

The former CBS anchor said, "Sometimes I watch Fox just to see how they’re covering things. And I don’t know why I’m shocked every time I watch it, but it’s just an alternate universe. And it is crazy to me,” she added. “And anyway, it just, it makes me crazy."

Her last appearance on TV as a morning host was filling in for a friend on Good Day New York in October 2018. The New York Post reported at the time, "Couric landed [exclusive interviews with] Michael Avenatti and Bobby Flay."

Hers was the 203rd exclusive with Avenatti, and it came days after Tucker Carlson labeled Avenatti the Creepy Porn Lawyer over at that alternate universe called Fox.

ITEM 14: What a fool believes...
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Cody Todd asked and answered the question, "Why Do Farmers Use Satellites and Computers for Farming?"

Todd wrote, "Farming practices today hardly resemble those of a generation ago. Gone is the simple tractor and combine. Farming today is about using advanced technologies to maximize crop yields and maximize profits for the farmer. Computers and satellite imaging are valuable tools for the modern farmer.

"Satellite imaging gives a farmer an accurate picture of what is happening on his farm. Gone are the days of surveying the health of a crop by driving through the fields. By getting an overall view of the entire crop field, a farmer can get a much better idea of how to best spend his time and money on fertilizers, irrigation and pesticides."

Ee-I-ee-I O!

ITEM 15: I pay no attention to the Oscars.
The film was a success. You might say, a Bong hit.

ITEM 16: Business Insider reported, "Topless protesters crashed the stage at a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday afternoon to protest his involvement with the dairy industry.

"The Democratic presidential hopeful was taking the microphone from his wife Jane, whom he called "the next first lady, at a rally in Carson City, Nevada. But then protesters took the stage."

Lefties oppose everything that is normal.

ITEM 17: The Post-Bulletin reported, "Thursday was a confusing roller coaster for students applying to Rochester's Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. Students who had been interviewed by Mayo Clinic all received emails saying they had been accepted into the school, which accepts about 50 students a year in the Minnesota program.

"The good news caused many of the recipients to start celebrating and even to withdraw their names from consideration at other medical schools. Then, more than three hours later, another Mayo Clinic email was sent that changed everything.

"This one notified the applicants of a glitch and that the first message was a mistake. Jubilation became disappointment."

And disappointment will become lawsuit. This is America.

ITEM 18: The Daily Caller reported, "Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed President Donald Trump wasn’t really acquitted in the impeachment trial during an interview that aired this week with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

"'What about, though, the fact that the president seems liberated, and this is about democratic politics so I’m not asking you to criticize here, but he was acquitted, his poll ratings are high' Amanpour said.

"'He was not. There was no,' Pelosi interrupted."

Then she threw herself on the ground and began kicking the leaves.



ITEM 19WKYC reported, "Last month, an Ohio man sent a petition to the state's medical board seeking that Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals fans qualify for medical marijuana.

"On Wednesday, the State Medical Board of Ohio ruled against Vincent Morano of Cincinnati's half-hearted request.

"While Browns and Bengals fans won't be able to obtain medical marijuana cards on the basis of their fandom, the board did vote to move autism, anxiety and cachexia to the expert review stage as qualifying conditions, according to Orie Givens of Spectrum News. In September, the board initially voted against making anxiety and autism qualifying conditions for medical marijuana."

Readers know I am anti-pot, but if anything qualifies for drug use, being a Browns fan does.

The Browns remind me of the W.C. Fields line, "I was in love with a beautiful blonde once. She drove me to drink. It’s the one thing I’m indebted to her."

36 comments:

  1. 14-Yeah right. And we still fightin' them injuns raidin' the sod house homestead, too.
    Thanks a lot for the stereotype, mental-midget-mike.
    16-first, gently massage the udders to increase milk flow...
    18-Skeletor invented a new reason why she pre-ripped the sotu address. It was to mark a page she had an issue with. Hmmm, you'd think she could've just used a pen???

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, she had issues with all of them. Aww hell, she has issues period.

      Delete
    2. LG, I think she already gave all of her pens away. Souvenir items, don'tcha know.

      (Just wondering, did your reference to p-e-n trigger the first response here?)

      Delete
    3. Any good fisherman will tell you...It's not how deep you fish, it's how you wiggle your worm.

      Delete
    4. Maoz; I'm not sure. I thought it was either a-nony-mouse staging a comeback or an old South Park reference.

      Delete
    5. BTW,I notice the item to which my parenthetical question applied has disappeared. Clean-up in Aisle 7! Thanks, Don!

      Delete
  2. ITEM 3: Isn't it smarter to make sure they do not BECOME a priority target? Why wait for them to become another Bagdaddy or Salami? Perhaps they enjoy watching innocent people being killed?

    ReplyDelete
  3. The short knives are coming out for Mini Mike.

    PDJT owned NASCAR yesterday. Drivers loving him on pit row. The lap around the track. The fans going wild. What a rally! What a president!

    2 - “ They also urged current government employees to report any signs of unethical behavior at the Justice Department to the agency’s inspector general and to Congress." - so they can continue to ignore the crimes Of the deep states and make a mockery of the justice system? We are angry and awaiting action on the crimes of Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Strocz, Page and more.

    ReplyDelete
  4. as to #16, in this day and age when the left tries so hard to disconnect sexuality and biology, the topless protest against dairy is actually pretty funny

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. PETA is a domestic terrorist organization. An offshoot of PETA -and supported by them back in the late '90's darn near incinerated Redmond , Oregon when the torched a packing plant. Had it gone on for another oh 20m9n. or so the Propane Storage facility ( a big one) next to the plant was starting to cook off. A local rancher here in NE Oregon has his calves shot by a local PETA rep (and doctor)- because it was "More humane than having them butchered " He with his greenie soy boy kid would drive around the area cutting fences both ended up in jail/juvenile..He was lucky that a couple of ranchers didn't find him first.. As they would never find the bodies..
      MiniMi has a lot to learn-btw who is going to gro w our food -the Chinese?

      Delete
  5. If Donald Trump is still my president, then he should act like it.

    If he thinks doing nothing but dividing is going to get him above 50%, he's not paying attention.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A:He doesn't care if he is YOUR President. Vote for Bernie or Mikey, get an engraved electric collar free.

      Delete
    2. ninny mouse needs a new job.

      he underlines the chump in "chump change."

      ~xy

      Delete
    3. If you think he is doing nothing but dividing, you clearly are not paying attention.

      Delete
    4. I see Nonny is in one of his cheeseballs and gator aide haze again..Must still be winter outside mom's basement..

      Delete
    5. You wouldn't know a real president if it bit you in the ankle. Your idea of a president is the apologist and freedom hating Obama. Time to grow up

      Delete
  6. ITEM 10: Bloomberg may want to rethink putting himself between Hillary and the White House.

    ITEM 13: Katie Couric said: Sometimes I watch Fox just to see how they’re covering things. And I don’t know why I’m shocked every time I watch it, but it’s just an alternate universe.
    That reminded me of this…
    Manhattanite Nora “When Harry Met Sally” Ephron said about the 2010 elections which resulted in Republican control of 26 state legislatures and 29 of the 50 state governorships: I watched the elections returns come in, the endless babble about how angry people were, and I have such a sense of how insulated we are in New York City from whatever is going on out there.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Good start to the week, Big D! The Prof links you at 7:30, comments on that post are YUGE, plus you already got a post here for guys with small johnsons. AND it’s President’s Day! I love the smell of The Train rollin out in the morning.

    ReplyDelete
  8. #1. "the draft report funded by FWD.us, an advocacy group for billionaire investors,"
    They are worried, if they pay people normal wages, will they still be billionaires?

    #5. What was the weather in Daytona? Why do women feel they have to wear sleeveless clothing 12 months a year while men wear suit jackets? Put on a sweater, Melania, your mother feels cold.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mid 70s. Jes fine for sleeveless. And Mr. T don’t roll like The Black Jesus, with his gay tieless sport coats. Thank the Lord.

      Delete
    2. Thanks for the answer! Ok, as long as it was warm.
      I like that POTUS wears a suit. He maintains the dignity of his office (so much for his being "rude and crude.") Just the imbalance of multi-layered clothing to less than one layer, bothers me. My peeve.

      Delete
  9. #1: Where are all the Liberal protesters screaming for higher min wage? Why aren't they backing a bill that would force companies to pay higher wages? Oh, right, Soros funded protesters will never show up for anything that stops illegals from violating our laws.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Seeing the "Beast" take a lap at NASCAR is the coolest thing I've seen in months. BIGLY YUGE!

    ReplyDelete
  11. #6 "Missouri is fighting back. The story ended, "Preliminary data indicate a 10% reduction in opioid overdose deaths in Missouri in 2019." That was the real news."

    Yeah, if you're old and in pain, convincing you that suicide is painless is a winning strategy. After all, we know it is the law-abiding who should suffer for the actions of the lawless. Don't worry, folks, the same logic justifies all the gun control you can eat.

    ReplyDelete
  12. mini-Mike's diatribe on farmers reminds of Dems suggestion coal miners should learn how to code.
    I thank you, Don, for pointing out that today's miners don't stand around with a pickax on their shoulder and a smudge of dirt on their face. Mining is full of expensive high tech gearing requiring careful workers with high tech skills.
    JimNorCal

    ReplyDelete
  13. #11 Thanks for the insight on Bojo's juking the Master of the Art of the Deal....Boris needs the US more than we need the UK. If the UK wants to get rich becoming the US' port of entry/exit for goods going to/from the EU to the US, we can wait.....Boris started the clock and he's only got 10 months to go before they have to go WTO rules....

    ReplyDelete
  14. 5:That's why he wins. Marketing.

    9: Actually, Manafort is in the prison The Hildabeast should be in.

    14: Looks like Middle America's going to ban Bloomie before he bans their soda and guns.

    ReplyDelete

  15. # 5.

    That is hurtful,, it really should be me on that plane.

    *hic*

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You? Her Odiousness? Go to a NASCAR race? You really want to court the deplorables you despise so much? Go away and finish your fifths / sarc

      TarsTarkas

      Delete
  16. #5 Trump should have told his staff to paint "45" on both sides and on the roof of The Beast before he took a lap at Daytona.

    #11: When you slam the phone down the person on the other end doesn't hear the slam, they just hear the line go dead.

    #13 Katie Couric's career has been on a downward trajectory ever since her ambush interview with Sarah Palin. #Palinfreude.

    #14 Both of my grandfathers used to test soil by tasting it. Nowadays most farmers have at least a few semesters worth of college units in STEM subjects. The ones who don't rely on experts who do.

    #16 It's never the ones you would like to see topless that do that stuff.

    ReplyDelete
  17. #4 Oh dear God, this can't be that capitalism is working under Trump by dropping carbon dioxide emissions, oh the horror.
    #5 Love NASCAR especially after yesterday.
    #10 If Bloomberg does pick Hillary as his vice president, he will deserve every thing he gets from being stupid.
    #13 Katie Couric is part of the deranged nutty press.
    #15 I don't watch movies or television, keep my blood pressure even plus saving money.
    #18 Yup, that is Nancy on the ground screaming and crying for attention, she said it was so when she tore up the SOTU speech.

    Kate

    ReplyDelete
  18. Parasite - I saw it over the weekend, it was excellent.

    Highly recommend it.

    ReplyDelete
  19. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete