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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Highlights of the News

Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced, "its intention to build and operate an advanced semiconductor factory in the United States with the mutual understanding and commitment to support from the U.S. federal government and the State of Arizona.

"This facility, which will be built in Arizona, will utilize TSMC’s 5-nanometer technology for semiconductor wafer fabrication, have a 20,000 semiconductor wafer per month capacity, create over 1,600 high-tech professional jobs directly, and thousands of indirect jobs in the semiconductor ecosystem. Construction is planned to start in 2021 with production targeted to begin in 2024.

"TSMC’s total spending on this project, including capital expenditure, will be approximately $12 billion from 2021 to 2029. This U.S. facility not only enables us to better support our customers and partners, it also gives us more opportunities to attract global talents. This project is of critical, strategic importance to a vibrant and competitive U.S. semiconductor ecosystem that enables leading U.S. companies to fabricate their cutting-edge semiconductor products within the United States and benefit from the proximity of a world-class semiconductor foundry and ecosystem."

$12 billion in an investment will do more good for the economy than $1.2 trillion in handouts (stimulus) from Washington.

ITEM 2: The FBI announced, "A former Cleveland Clinic employee was arrested Wednesday without incident by law enforcement. Dr. Qing Wang is being charged with false claims and wire fraud related to more than $3.6 million in grant funding that Dr. Wang and his research group at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation received from the National Institutes of Health.

"Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, conducted law enforcement activity at Dr. Qing Wang’s residence in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Dr. Wang was placed into custody at approximately 12:30 p.m."


U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman of the Northern District of Ohio reported, "As alleged in the complaint, this defendant misled the National Institutes of Health about support he received and research he conducted in [Red] China.

"Federal law enforcement remains vigilant to fraudulent claims for grant support from any researcher who fails to disclose support from foreign governments and competing research interests in other countries. We appreciate the cooperation of this defendant’s former employer, the Cleveland Clinic, in the investigation and highlight the important partnerships between federal agencies, law enforcement, and the private sector demonstrated in this case."

So before Red China gave us covid-19 it put a researcher at Cleveland Clinic on its payroll.

I have noticed stories like this keep popping up.

ITEM 3: Court Anderson reported Tony Fauci has headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, nearly half his 79 years.

Anderson wrote, "It would seem that he enjoys the freedoms and power the position affords him. Fauci has grown the NIAID budget from just under $320 million in 1984 to nearly $3 billion last year. He has done so in a methodical manner that consists of five steps:
  1. Identify a disease or syndrome
  2. Request funds to study the disease
  3. Build labs to study the disease
  4. Study the disease
  5. Don’t cure the disease, but create new drugs to treat it
"As the saying goes, there’s no money in the cure, and Fauci is no dummy. He graduated at the top of his class in medical school at Cornell before interning at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, then in 1968, he joined the NIH where he rose quickly through the ranks. He has worked under the NIH umbrella through 10 presidential administrations."

Fauci does not work for the government. He works for Big Pharma.

ITEM 4: Jay Greenberg reported, "A Bill Gates-funded COVID-19 tracking program has been shut down by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to reports. The Seattle-based initiative, Seattle Corona virus Assessment Network, or SCAN, has been ordered to halt its at-home corona virus testing scheme by the federal authorities.

"The FDA has ordered SCAN to stop screening for the virus, putting the program, that has been providing hundreds of home testing kits each day, on pause. As of Wednesday, all links to the project’s website now redirect to a notice stating its operations are 'currently paused' due to a conflict with the FDA."

Gates has used his billions to gain a foothold in the medical community dealing with pandemics. Through his tax-exempt foundation, he is the second-largest donor to WHO after the United States.

Money is power. WHO sided with Red China. That Gates did not side with our country is telling.

The FDA fight is odd. Usually the bureaucracy rolls over and plays dead when it comes to the rights of citizens.

ITEM 5: The Political Insider reported, "Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked Rand Paul on Tuesday, 'Do you think that it is right to let the American people know who decided to unmask General Flynn from those phone call transcripts?'"

Senator Paul replied, "Absolutely and I don’t believe any of this could have happened without President Obama. I completely believe that not only did he know — and others have already said that he knew about the conversation, he knew about trying to go after General Flynn and that it was being directed from the White House.

"So I have every expectation that President Obama is in the middle of this. But I think it’s worse. I think you go back to Operation Crossfire Hurricane, the whole fake dossier and all the stuff, all of the FISA warrants that were I think improperly and illegally gotten started on the Trump campaign, I really strongly believe that President Obama gave specific and direct oversight and direct permission for this."

The list of unmaskers would be damning to Obama if our nation still had a free press.

ITEM 6: Gee, I wonder why people homeschool.
As a kid, I was told the Soviet schools indoctrinated kids with anti-capitalist propaganda.

Tell me again, who won the Cold War?

ITEM 7: The Associated Press reported, "They carry high-powered rifles and wear tactical gear, but their Hawaiian shirts and leis are what stand out in the crowds that have formed at state capital buildings to protest covid-19 lockdown orders. The signature look for the boogaloo anti-government movement is designed to get attention.

"The loose movement, which uses an ’80s movie sequel as a code word for a second civil war, is among the extremists using the armed protests against stay-at-home orders as a platform. Like other movements that once largely inhabited corners of the internet, it has seized on the social unrest and economic calamity caused by the pandemic to publicize its violent messages.

"In April, armed demonstrators passed out 'Liberty or Boogaloo' fliers at a statehouse protest in Concord, New Hampshire. A leader of the Three Percenters militia movement who organized a rally in Olympia, Washington, last month encouraged rally participants to wear Hawaiian shirts, according to the Anti-Defamation League. On Saturday, a demonstration in Raleigh, North Carolina, promoted by a Facebook group called Blue Igloo — a derivation of the term — led to a police investigation of a confrontation between an armed protester and a couple pushing a stroller.

"Another anti-lockdown rally is planned for Thursday at the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, site of an angry protest last month that included armed members of the Michigan Liberty Militia. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has been the target of violent threats on Facebook forums, including a private one called The Rhett E. Boogie Group.

"One user said Whitmer should be 'guillotined' after another suggested the governor should be hanged from a noose, according to a screenshot captured by the Tech Transparency Project research initiative.

"The corona virus pandemic has become a catalyst for the boogaloo movement because the stay-at-home orders have 'put a stressor on a lot of very unhappy people,' said J.J. MacNab, a fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. MacNab said their rhetoric goes beyond discussions about fighting virus restrictions — which many protesters brand as tyranny — to talking about killing FBI agents or police officers to get the war going."

Compare and contrast to media coverage of Antifa.

ITEM 8: The New York Post reported, "Voters concerned by the sexual assault allegations of his former Senate staffer, Tara Reade, should 'vote their heart,' Joe Biden said on MSNBC — and if they believe her, they shouldn’t vote for him at all.

"'If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn’t vote for me,' the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee told host Lawrence O’Donnell.

"'I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade,' he added.

"Biden continued to strongly deny Reade’s account — that in 1993 he pinned her against a wall and sexually assaulted her."

That was a good way to deny it and get the conservative media to cover it. As Lee Iaccoca said, if you can find a better car, buy it.  Sure, people mock Biden but the mockers were never going to vote for him anyway. This helps him reassure doubting supporters.

ITEM 9: CBS reported, "A North Texas mother and father are celebrating a rare blessing, growing their family by four during the corona virus pandemic.

"Hudson, Harrison, Henry and Hardy were born at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on March 15, just one day before the mandatory stay-at-home and social distancing regulations began in Dallas County."

This is what happens when you cannot decide on a baby's name.

ITEM 10: Business & Politics Review reported, "Questioned Thursday morning by a Democrat-friendly CNN reporter about the three unmasking requests he made in late 2016 and early 2017, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper essentially pleaded the fifth by claiming someone else had made the requests on his behalf and alleging that he doesn’t even remember why.

"His answers were difficult to believe."

Clapper is a spook.

Spooks lie.

In fact, that is their profession, They lie, a skill they share with many journalists.

ITEM 11: Breitbart News reported, "Speaking Friday to Spectrum News’s 1 SoCal podcast, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) urged black Americans to 'keep your ass at home' to prevent the further spread of the Chinese corona virus."

Her full quote was, "Some people may be offended by what I’m about to say, but this is aunty Maxine and she keeps herself permission to say what’s in her heart and I want black people, my people, to keep your ass at home, and don’t be out on the street. Don’t be socializing, because in the final analysis, you’ve got to take care of yourself. A lot of people out there don’t care about you."

Fact-check: True. Socialists don't care about anyone but themselves.

ITEM 12: Rachel Uranga and Sam Blake reported, "Studios, theaters, production companies and entertainment venues have laid off or furloughed more than 14,000 workers in Los Angeles County over less than two months, according to state filings. The April and May records reflect only a sliver of the job losses in the entertainment industry, but they provide a window into just how widespread the pain has been felt by workers from Disney to independent production studios and sports networks.

"One of the hardest hit employers, according to documents from the state's Economic Development Department, was the Los Angeles office of Fox Sports Productions, where 3,595 people were temporarily laid off at the end of April. The Labor Department reported Thursday national filings for unemployment claims totaled just shy of 3 million for the most recent reporting period, bringing the total to 36.5 million since the pandemic forced states into lockdown.

"At Paramount Pictures, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS, 638 people were furloughed in late April and early May.

"The long list also includes Sony Pictures and NBC Universal. Even one of Tinseltown's strongest unions, the 160,000-member Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Arts, had to temporarily let go of 27 workers."

Even the union laid off workers.

Instead of doing PSA propaganda to stay home, celebrities should hit the streets and demand that California re-open.

Georgia re-opened. It passed Hollywood in film production 4 years ago. This should widen its lead.

ITEM 13: The Daily Mail reported, "5% of New York City's population has fled since the corona virus pandemic gripped the city, new smartphone data reveals.

"From March 1 to May 1, about 420,000 residents of the Big Apple -- home to nearly 8.4 million people -- particularly from the wealthiest neighborhoods left, reported The New York Times.

"While there was relatively little change in some zip codes, others such as SoHo, the West Village, Morningside Heights, the Upper East Side, the Financial District, Midtown, Gramercy and Brooklyn Heights emptied by at least 40 percent.

"Meanwhile, Manhattan's overall population has fallen by almost 20% as the lockdown enters its third month."

The question is not will they return?

The question is why would they?

ITEM 14: News Busters reported, "Sky News Australia definitely didn’t pull any punches in its criticisms of CNN’s nutty idea to put Greta Thunberg alongside health experts on a corona virus town hall Thursday night.

"Sky News Australia’s The Bolt Report host Andrew Bolt took CNN to task along with guest commentators Gemma Tognini and Jenna Clarke, both of whom write for the newspaper The West Australian.

"Bolt began the segment: 'Greta Thunberg, right? She’s just 17. She’s most famous for NOT going to school. She’s a priestess of the global warming movement, of course.' Bolt continued, with him and his guests barely able to contain their laughter at the humor of it all. 'But now it seems she’s actually a guru of the corona virus — tragedy — whatever as well. CNN has put her on its panel tonight to discuss the corona virus crisis.'"

CNN is the world leader in being a journalistic joke.

ITEM 15: ABC reported,"The Trump administration announced Friday that it is waiving several regulations in order to fast-track construction of nearly 70 miles of border barriers and roads in Webb and Zapata counties.

"The move marks a significant step in fulfilling Trump's election-year goal to have hundreds of miles of fencing or wall in place by the end of the year. The waiver allows the Department of Homeland Security to circumvent regulations mandated in the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, among others, according to text of the notice posted in the federal register Friday.

"The White House said in February its goal was to build 450 additional miles of barrier by the end of 2020. The 69 miles would be in addition to a 52-mile project also underway in Webb County, according to a Customs and Border Protection wall tracker...

"The 69-mile area of the proposed project begins in Webb County at the Columbia Solidarity Bridge and extends southeast to San Ygnacio in Zapata County."

We started construction of the first transcontinental railroad amid a civil war.

ITEM 16: Covering the news is the last thing the media does.
Time to open the country.

Alpert is one reason the 20th century was better than this one.

Taste of Honey.

Green Peppers.


Bittersweet Samba.

Lemon Tree.

Whipped Cream.

Love Potion No. 9.

El Garbanzo.




Lollipops And Roses.

If that doesn't make you happy, you don't want to be happy.


  1. Item 13: Two of my neices work in Manhattan and both are elsewhere now. One may move to Florida as her law firm has discovered that she is just as productive working remotely.

  2. The "Deaths per Million" gif needs a slight correction. Move the decimal points one place to the left.

  3. Item #6 Made me instantly mad and caused my blood pressure to skyrocket. Thanks for the morning pick me up.

    Item #9 At least one wasn't name Hunter.

    1. Donald needs to be more like the Gretard. Any time a reporter asks a stupid question, reply with "quit stealing my golden years."

  4. Personally, this past week was the most difficult for me since the Wuhan Shite began. Highs (like on drugs) and lows (like on other drugs) that I’ve never experienced in my life. Two things (in this order) kept me centered: Daily time with God, and Mr. Don Surber’s blog. Thank you brother. I have to remind myself what I told every Trump supporter I ran into at CPAC 2016: “WE GOT THIS.”

    1. It’s all in God’s hands. That brings peace. And this blog is a safe harbor.

    2. Amen, Schlongy. Amen amen amen.

    3. It kind of strips you down to faith in G-d giving us our daily bread, and knowing who is really in charge...

    4. SL, tall ships in a harbor are safe, but that is not what tall ships are made for.
      Likewise, we were created by GOD, not to hide from evil but to stand as witnesses to the world of his glory.
      I come here for fresh batteries and more ammunition. Don and commenters like you rival Remington and Winchester combined in that regard.
      Bonus, nonny the ninny gives comic relief.

  5. And Herb Albert spread even more joy with the formation of his new label A&M. I can't count the number of artists I have who recorded under that label. Thanks Herb.


    1. I heard Brian Williams wrote all of the lyrics on that Herb Albert album, but I don't know if he's lying about that too

    2. Off the top of my head, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, Wes Montgomery, Joe Cocker, and The Carpenters. And that's just a start...

    3. Few of Alpert's albums have bad songs on them, either with the Brass or afterwards as a founding father of smooth jazz. He is now 85 and still performing and recording.

  6. 4 - I don’t trust Bill Gates or his wife one bit.

    10 - clapper seems like a prime candidate to turn on his co-conspirators to save his skin. If there ever are indictments.

    11 - finally some good advice from Mad Maxine. Keep YOUR ass at home and your mouth shut. Permanently.

    16 - Georgia. Georgia. Beuler. Beuler.

  7. Herb Alpert's "The Lonely Bull" doesn't have any bad songs either.

    -Mikey NTH

  8. Album without a bad song: UFO - Strangers in the Night

    1. Gotta go with Steely Dan, AJA.

    2. Frank Sinatra's "Only the Lonely."

    3. IMHO, Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones

  9. Item 16: Of course the media (or should we say the Medea?) covers the news. As Iowahawk puts it they cover the news with a pillow - until it stops moving.

  10. ITEM 10: Clapper is so stupid, he doesn't realize that if he didn't do it, he is admitting there is something WRONG with the system and people are definitely breaking the law by forging his signature!

  11. The Herb Alpert songs all sound the same, kinda boring after the third one.

  12. Clapper is my prime candidate to turn.
    Brennan better make sure his cyanide filling is ready.

  13. 3 - the link is to an excellent, damning article about Fauci and the system.

    I had never heard of CDMedia before. I will return. CD stands for creative destruction.

  14. #6 so the education system wants out kids to be
    a mentally challenged teenager who imagines she sees CO2? Who is a vegan and is obviously developmentally challenged too? who is used by the adults around her? CNN ought to be asha..oh never mind.
    So don't be like Trump? who questions authority, challenged the status quo and makes the MSM have yipping fits anytime he opens his mouth??
    Kids-stand up be your own person be Trump not Greta the finger puppet..

  15. Here's an album from a band that I don't think gets proper respect:

    Matchbox 20 - "More than you think"

  16. I agree about Herb Alpert and the TJB, happy music. I remember buying the Whipped Cream album when I was a kid, and I’ve recently been listening to TJB as a welcome distraction from the news.

  17. FBI, May 14, 2020:

    “A former Cleveland Clinic employee was arrested Wednesday, May 13, 2020, without incident by law enforcement. Dr. Qing Wang is being charged with false claims and wire fraud related to more than $3.6 million in grant funding that Dr. Wang and his research group at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, conducted law enforcement activity…
    “This is not a case of simple omission,” said FBI Cleveland Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith. “Dr. Wang deliberately failed to disclose his Chinese grants and foreign positions and even engaged in a pervasive pattern of fraud to avoid criminal culpability. The collective efforts of the FBI, HHS-OIG, and Cleveland Clinic officials demonstrate our commitment to hold those like Dr. Wang accountable.”

    “As alleged in the complaint, this defendant misled the National Institutes of Health about support he received and research he conducted in the People’s Republic of China,”
    According to the criminal complaint, Dr. Wang knowingly failed to disclose to NIH that he held an affiliation and the position of dean of the College of Life Sciences and Technology at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) and received multiple grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (CNSF) for some of the same scientific research funded by the NIH grant. As a result, Dr. Wang’s false representations and promises led NIH to approve and fund grants to Dr. Wang and his research group at CCF.
    It is also alleged Dr. Wang participated in the Thousand Talents Program… This also occurred at the time Dr. Wang was receiving NIH grant funds yet failed to disclose this affiliation to the NIH.
    This case was investigated by the Cleveland Division of the FBI, the United States Department of Health and Human Services…”

    What did you learn from that statement? Here’s what I learned:


    They said it a half-dozen times. It seems to be the real purpose of the press release.

    If Fauci’s agency was funding the Wuhan Bat-Lab in China for $8 million and counting, why would they have any problem at all funding a Chinese researcher here in America? As far as anyone can tell, the NIH is in business with China.

    This seems more like Capt. Renault’s round-up of the Usual Suspects. I’m shocked, shocked, there is gambling going on with the lives and health of the American people–and with their own money!

    I don’t believe them.

    1. Good catch. I've read somewhere a listing of researchers who have been arrested and charged recently. It's flying under the radar since the MSM won't report anything antichinese related. Wondering if this isn't the tip of an iceberg that the Feds are pursuing??? Looks like a trend especially in college research centers funded by the Chinese.

  18. FINALLY - You know there are many fascinating stories of individuals from the last century and Herb Alpert is one of them. Greatest marketing in the world, son of Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe becomes a star as the lead of a "Mexican" group. Becomes one of the biggest stars of the 60's and 70's. Then the man creates his own record label and makes it one of the most profitable labels and then sells it. Truly amazing, only in America!

  19. 3: Fauci has been working for the Feds since '68.

    6: Homeschooling is going to cost the Lefties the next generation. Even the William Ayers types are saying so.

    7: Antifa has clocked all sorts of people. I have yet to hear of these guys in any kind of trouble.

    11: In war, if your patrol takes prisoners, isn't it SOP to keep them separated?

    1. Fauci may have been on the payroll since 68, but it looks like he's been working for China the whole time.

  20. #14- Sky News Australia is a great channel, look them up on YouToob. They are straight-shooters, & they've got some fantastic commenters including Andrew Bolt & Rita Pahlavi.

    I wish I could get a subscription, but alas! only in Australia. I reckon they're better than Fox News most of the time!

  21. For albums, Tapestry by Carole King, 'nuff said. Absolutely amazing performer, singer and songwriter. Just my two cents worth.

    1. Debut album too. She had one of the most successful songwriters of the preceding 10 years


  22. YouTube's got the whole album out there as a playlist:

    First heard it in sixth grade. Changed my life.

  23. #10) I've read, but cannot confirm as true, that giving out your log-in information to others for unmasking is criminal. Just saying. Just like leaking to the media is criminal. Still waiting for an indictment on anything having to so with spying on Trump and his associates. Waiting and waiting . . . .

  24. #13 --- "From March 1 to May 1, about 420,000 residents of the Big Apple... particularly from the wealthiest neighborhoods left... SoHo, the West Village, Morningside Heights, the Upper East Side, the Financial District, Midtown, Gramercy and Brooklyn Heights emptied [out]."

    A) These are the people who have attained infamy with their sermons about what OTHER PEOPLE should do (not themselves);

    B) A LOT of them, if they ever return to their homes, are going to find their poorly guarded residences robbed and trashed. Crooks are doing better business today in NYC than the black market thugs in London and Paris during WWII.

    C) GoFundMe sites will be started for these poor rich unfortunates. Later, we'll discover that with the personal information stolen from the residences, the thieves themselves set up the GFM sites and pocketed the donated funds (sarcasm).

    "Finally": You forgot about Herb Alpert's "Rise"!

    Don Reed (05/19/20)