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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Highlights of the News



Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: Judicial Watch announced, "In a major development, Judicial Watch forced the declassification and release of an FBI memo or electronic communication (EC) that officially launched the counterintelligence investigation, termed“Crossfire Hurricane, of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign."

The announcement said, "The redacted document details seemingly third hand information that the Russian government “had been seeking prominent members of the Donald Trump campaign in which to engage to prepare for potential post-election relations should Trump be elected U.S. President.” The document also alleges Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos claimed to an unnamed party that 'they (the Russians) could assist the Trump campaign with the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton.'"

The document is dated July 31, 2016. You can read it here.

This should be front page news in America. Sadly, Democrats control the press.

ITEM 2: Earlier this week, a Taiwan company (TSMC) announced it would make semi-conductors in Arizona.

Democrats are livid because this helps Taiwan and America at the expense of Red China.

Semiconductor Engineering reported, "Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) have sent a letter to officials from the Trump administration, demanding answers about TSMC’s recent announcement to build a fabrication factory in Ariz. As reported, TSMC has announced its intention to build and operate an advanced semiconductor fab in the U.S. The fab, to be built in Arizona, will move into production in 2024.

"The senators believe that it’s important to have a strong U.S. semiconductor industry, but they want to know if TSMC was offered incentives. They also contend that TSMC’s proposed and one-time fab is inadequate in terms of rebuilding the technology base in the U.S."

When I said AOC was the soul of the soulless Democrat Party that was not hyperbole. Her success in blocking Amazon in New York City was just one of many attempts by Democrats to sabotage capitalism in America.

Think not?

Look at who runs most of the cities and states that refuse to re-open.

ITEM 3: MLive.com reported, "Owners of a collapsed dam that caused major flooding in Michigan say they were pressured by the state to maintain elevated water levels on Wixom Lake behind it, despite concerns about the structure’s ability to handle flooding. It is an accusation a state agency spokesperson calls misinformation.

"Boyce Hydro Power LLC owners accused Michigan regulators of being more concerned with preserving aquatic life and appeasing property owners than ensuring public safety in a statement following the catastrophic Edenville Dam collapse on Tuesday, May 19.

"The resulting flood has displaced about 10,000 people and focused national attention on Michigan as floodwaters inundated the Midland area. Federal energy regulators have ordered Boyce Hydro to conduct a third-party investigation.

"The dam’s license to generate power was revoked in 2018.

"(Democrat) Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vowed the state will 'pursue every line of legal recourse' against those responsible for the calamity. On Thursday, she suggested that such critical infrastructure should not be in private hands."

Legal recourse? Is she going to sue or jail the regulators who did this?

Government ran Flint's water system. Its water still isn't safe.

ITEM 4: His press spokeswoman said he was joking.
But Biden later apologized. Dang. We missed hearing Obama defend Biden with one of O's huffy this-is-not-who-we-are-as-Americans scoldings.

ITEM 5: The Fabulous Thunderbirds need to rewrite their biggest hit to "Am I Black Enough?"
Give the Trump Campaign props for their deftness.

ITEM 6: Journalists learned nothing from 2016.
Call him Joe Hare. He has Tortoise Trump by a country mile.

ITEM 7: BBC reported, "Captain Tom Moore said he was overawed to find out he was being awarded a knighthood for his fundraising efforts.

"The war veteran raised more than £32 million for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April.

"Captain Tom's initial reaction was 'this can't be true' when told about the honor."

"The centenarian received the special nomination from the prime minister."

He walked into history.

ITEM 8: KGO reported, "Doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek say they have seen more deaths by suicide during this quarantine period than deaths from the covid-19 virus.

"The head of the trauma in the department believes mental health is suffering so much, it is time to end the shelter-in-place order.

"'Personally I think it's time,' said Dr. Mike deBoisblanc. 'I think, originally, this (the shelter-in-place order) was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of covid patients.We have the current resources to do that and our other community health is suffering.'

"The numbers are unprecedented. He said, 'We've never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time. I mean we've seen a year's worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks."

California had 4,491 deaths by suicide in 2018 (latest year I could find). It has had 3,683 covid-19 deaths.

Add the extra cancer deaths because the states suspended early detection as non-essential, and you have one helluva mess.

ITEM 9: On that note, there are 58,000 names on the Vietnam War memorial wall. But the number of soldier deaths because of the boneheaded decision to enter Vietnam is double that because of suicides.

Let us be more judicious with the use of our military.

ITEM 10: Sarah Sanders has nothing on her.
The WHCA is glad school is out for the Memorial Day weekend. The substitute teacher is tougher than Mrs. Sanders.

ITEM 11: Hertz may be headed for bankruptcy court to seek protection from creditors.
My late father-in-law worked his way up from parking cars to managing Hertz at Hopkins International Airport.

"Good Neighbor Sam" is an underappreciated classic.

ITEM 12: The New York Post reported, "(Democrat) Mayor Bill de Blasio insists city businesses forced to close because of the corona virus outbreak are doing just fine and will be able to stay shuttered for months to come — despite a new report that found the Big Apple’s private sector has shed one in four jobs.

"'I’ve talked to lots and lots of business leaders, especially the smallest businesses. They’re very worried about their futures understandably, but they also are hanging on and they know it can be a matter of months until they’ll be back in action,' de Blasio said on WNYC Friday.

"A caller named Cassius from Brooklyn urged Hizzoner to take a more surgical approach to the city’s covid-19 response by finding a way to protect the elderly and health care workers while allowing businesses to reopen."

Cassius said, "We’re on the precipice of destroying the whole city basically."

De Blasio said, "I couldn’t disagree more with that core analysis. Rushing back is consistently proven to have the boomerang effect and make things worse and cause bigger shutdowns because it’s not just about a small number of particularly vulnerable people."

The mayor has no clue.

And frankly, I don't care what happens to NYC. It elected and re-elected this Marxist Mayor. Let it go without dry cleaners, restaurants, and barber shops. They refused to shut down their subways or even disinfect the cars.

ITEM 13: The New York Post reported, "President Trump announced Friday that all houses of worship would be considered essential services and urged governors to do the right thing and reopen them immediately — adding that he would override them if they didn’t.

"'Today, I am identifying houses of worship, churches, synagogues, and mosques, as essential places that provide essential services,' Trump said in a sudden White House briefing.

"'Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship, it’s not right. So I am correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow churches and places of worship to open right now,' the president said, adding that he’d overrule governors who don’t comply."

In times of trouble, the nation has always turned to God.

This time it hasn't.

The president is leading our way to correcting that.

ITEM 14: The New York Post reported, "A probe by the Department of Education into colleges that accept foreign investments and donations has uncovered $6 billion in previously unreported foreign donations from US adversaries including China and Russia.

"House Republicans were monitoring the investigation into the schools to determine if they were violating Section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which prohibits an Institution of Higher Learning from failing to properly report foreign gifts of $250,000 or more.

"In a letter from the department, general counsel Reed Rubinstein said that while some colleges recognized that foreign cash from US adversaries could pose a security risk, others had become addicted to the money."

$6 billion unreported?

This smacks of money laundering, and I wonder how much of the money went to buy Democrat congressmen and presidents.

Lori Loughlin went to prison for a half-million bribe.

At that half-million bribe rate, 12,000 administrators, professors, and bribers ought to be in prison. We are going to need a bigger Super-Max.

Oh, and now you know why Democrats were so adamantly opposed to Betsy DeVos heading the education bureaucracy. Their gravy train is being stopped.

ITEM 15: United Press International reported, "FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday ordered a review of the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

"Wray directed the bureau's Inspection Division to conduct an after-action review of its probe related to Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. The review will determine whether current employees engaged in misconduct and if any changes should be made to the FBI's protocols."

I liked the part where he said round up the usual suspects.

Ric Grenell, FBI director, has a nice ring to it.

ITEM 16: United Press International reported, "The U.S. Military Academy announced plans Friday to ensure the safety of cadets at their June 13 graduation ceremony.

"The cancellation of the remainder of the semester was announced March 19, when cadets were ordered to return home instead of the West Point, N.Y., college and officer training school. They have not been back since.

"President Donald Trump has indicated he plans to attend the ceremony.

"There has been criticism over the demand that West Point's 1,000-member Class of 2020 return, citing travel complications relating to the covid-19 pandemic, the necessity of many returning cadets passing through viral hot spot New York City and the possibility that a large gathering of future Army officers could promote transfer of the virus."

The sound you just heard was the eyes of every veteran rolling.

They have more than 2 weeks to get there.

ITEM 17: Just The News reported, "While former Vice President Joe Biden leads among registered voters nationally, President Trump holds a significant advantage in battleground states key to election victory, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

"51% of registered voters indicated that they are more likely to vote for Biden, while just 46% indicated that they would more likely vote for Trump.

"However among battleground state voters the tables turned — just 45% said they would favor casting their ballot for Biden while 52% indicated they would more likely choose Trump."

Four years ago, in May 2016, CNN reported, "As Donald Trump captures the mantle of presumptive Republican nominee, a new poll finds he begins his general election campaign well behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

"The new CNN/ORC Poll, completed ahead of Trump's victory last night, found Clinton leads 54% to 41%, a 13-point edge over the New York businessman, her largest lead since last July."

Which is more accurate, presidential polls or covid-19 predictions?

40 comments:

  1. Item 17: Oversampling of likely Democrat voters as always, will lead to the media being clueless once again when Donald Trump spanks Sleepy Creepy Joe at the ballot box. This time, however, Trump is being aided in battleground states like MI, WI, and PA by idiotic Democrat governors refusing to end the shutdowns. I also believe, after the passage of unconstitutional 2A legislation in Virginia that the Commonwealth may just be in play.

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    1. 50-0, Dave. My prediction stands.

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    2. Agreed on all counts. Also they are polling "registered voters," many of whom do not vote. This always produces better results for Democrats because low-information people are more likely to know only what they glean from media.

      As the election gets closer, they usually shift to "likely voters" to get more representative samples so that they can save some shred of credibility.

      This year the bias is so extreme though, they may shift to the even more un-representive "adults" plus Dem oversampling to get the results they want.

      Whatever. The only poll that counts is the ballot box. I'd just as soon then Dems live in a fool's paradise until then..

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    3. registered voters would include dead people, right?

      a HUUUGE chunk of the Democratic base.

      waterman

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    4. biden is slowly pissing off his constituency segment by segment. First old people, then fat people, then dog faced pony soldiers and now blacks. If he ever pisses off dead people he's toast.

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    5. Trump is really reaching out to the dog faced pony soldier community too!

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    6. The polls predicting a Biden victory are black ops. It's to provide cover for the charge of 'he cheated again' because polls and models predicting Orange Man's demise cannot, I mean CANNOT be wrong. Ever.

      TarsTarkas

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  2. Nessel sued to raise the water levels against the wishes of the dam owner. Then sues when the dam fails. She's the typical corrupt idiot politician unwilling to take responsibility for her own actions.

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  3. Talk about trying to influence elections! These popularity polls of majority Dems are meant to suppress the Repub vote. May as well stay home! No point in voting! Hillary up by insurmountable margin!

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    1. Bingo, front row! (Was going to say basically this but you beat me to it.)

      Think about it. What do the donks really have on offer? Squat! They don't even try to convince anyone to change over and vote for them anymore.

      So "the polls" are basically psy-ops to suppress voting on our side - "Why bother, you can't win?" (Close cousin to "You shouldn't vote for anyone who doesn't measure up to your high moral standards - stay home.")

      Remember, in our system, getting two opposing voters to stay home is as good as getting one to change over.

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    2. They've been doing it at least since 1972. It's been a long time, but as I recall I all the newspapers pontificated how close the race was and McGovern had such a chance to take down Tricky Dick. And then when the results came in they were shock, absolutely stunningly shocked. And then the collusion to take Bad Man Richard between Felt and Sirica and company switched into high gear.

      TarsTarkas

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  4. Item 9 - Vietnam was the war of my generation. Returning veterans were treated horribly, spat on when in uniform and portrayed as crazy misfits in movies. That had to take a toll and contribute to their suicides and other problems.

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    1. It depended upon the jurisdiction. As I recall those coming home to more rural destinations were treated much more honorably.

      TarsTarkas

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    2. When I returned home to New York from Vietnam, my family welcomed me with hugs all around, and that's all that mattered to me.
      NB

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  5. Item 11: Thanks for the clips from "Good Neighbor Sam," Don. I saw that in the theater when I was a kid. What's funny is that those scenes are interspersed throughout the movie, so it's a running gag that builds. They've always made me laugh. I also loved the weird Rube Goldberg contraption that Sam built in his backyard.

    Underappreciated, yes.

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  6. 12. I hope when this quarantine business finally runs its course, voters in blue states will have learned their lesson. Probably just in time for the presidential election. I am not sure about places like nyc, which elected de blasio twice.

    14. This may explain why the higher education system tilts left.

    15. I can't wait for christopher wray call for an investigation of christopher wray. It certainly didn't take him long to join the swamp. He might be Trump's worst appointment. I like your suggestion. Ric Grennell for anything that needs cleaning up. I hope Ratcliffe doesn't disappoint.

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    1. Ric G is a freakin Honey Badger, man! “Ric Grennell don’t give a shite.”

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    2. Lol! You got that right!!

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    3. Fook yeah! Ricky G does not need to go back to Germany, he needs to stay home and clean house!!!

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    4. Now he wants and investigation? Wray is like that guy who shows up really late to the party with half a six pack of low quality beer.

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    5. Mikey, I've never met the man but the way you have so eloquently put it, he is very hateable. Plus no one buys six packs anymore, so I hate him double...

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    6. I hope I can quote this exactly from Robert Heinlein:
      "There is one, and only one, universal capital crime, and that is stupidity. Sentence is usually carried out immediately, and without appeal."

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  7. 15 - Wray has been horrible. With him in charge, this probe will run out the clock and find nothing. Grenell would be excellent. Another acting role, clean house, force the senate to approve one of PDJT’s men and then he can move on to the next swamp. Grenell is giant.

    16 - good for them holding graduation. I saw a comment somewhere that graduations should be held in Walmart’s and Home Depot’s since people are allowed to assemble there.

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  8. "And frankly, I don't care what happens to NYC. It elected and re-elected this Marxist Mayor. Let it go without dry cleaners, restaurants, and barber shops. They refused to shut down their subways or even disinfect the cars."

    Understandable, albeit shitty sentiment. Roughly, the equivalent of saying Fuck America for electing Obama.
    NYC is a big town, machine politics have led most to think their vote doesn't matter. Rudy was a god send, and Bloomberg kept it clean. Maybe this is end, but you do yourself a disservice mocking some good folks on a sinking ship.

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    1. Yeah, those fine folks at Lehman Brothers and J.P. Morgan really deserve our sympathy right now.

      Sorry, bruh, but the pass was above the rim and instinct took over...

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    2. ...Was lucky to have been sent by my banking company to live in Manhattan for a short time, during Mr. Guiliani's heydays of the mid '90's. NYC was a good town, cops out everywhere in the evenings; my local bar in Midtown was by chance, a firefighters/ police hangout...Got into town just in time for the Rangers' Cup win that Spring. I weep for the DeBlasio prisoners and the Cityfolk now; his voters not at all! ZBest

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  9. Item 17: I am voting Trump but always tell pollsters I'm voting Biden. I don't want them to know how many extra votes they need to cheat.

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  10. #15. Michael Flynn, FBI director, has a nice ring to it. FIFY. - GOC

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  11. #13) In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Congress amended the Insurrection Act of 1807. The Act enables the President to deploy the military “to suppress, in any State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy.” The amended Act expands the language of the original Act to include natural disasters, epidemics, or other serious public health emergencies, terrorist attacks or incidents, or other conditions.
    Since the 1st, 4th and 14th Amendments are being violated in the name of an emergency that was meant to bend the curve and safeguard our health system, POTUS could invoke this Act. He won't do it because of political fallout, but it would be nice if this and the Title 18 Section 242 US Code violations and the 1905 SCOTUS strict scrutiny decision were explained to the governors and the public.
    A little friendly persuasion can go a long way to amend situations.

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  12. #15: Surely Michael Horowitz is on the case. No need for Wray to lose sleep. Horowitz is still employed, yes?

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  13. I watched a well known former Secret Service agent on his YouTube program yesterday and agreed with his assessment about forgetting New York and California. My belief is tgat they've gone past the point of no return.
    Let them sink.
    They deserve it.
    Note: I live in California.

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  14. POTUS has no constitutional authority to force governors to open churches or anything else.

    Remember, don't assume for yourself powers you wouldn't give your worst enemy.

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    1. "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."...Pretty sure those pesky Bill o' Rights which include. 'freedom of religion and assembly' are part of the: "...preserve, protect and defend" part of the Constitution." ZB

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    2. Johnny boy, methinks xxx just posterized yer ass.

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    3. > POTUS has no constitutional authority to force governors to open churches or anything else.

      As xxx notes: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"

      And yes, it was extended to the states by the 14th amendment. See https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/incorporation_doctrine

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    4. Yet again, Trump has focused attention on the (mostly) democrat governors' / bureaucrats' overreach, while making said leftists take responsibility for the lockdown oppression by them vigorously insisting that Trump has no power to do anything in *their* states, only *they* do.

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  15. Aren't those USMA Cadets soldiers until they resign or are released from their military obligations? Army bases didn't empty because of the Virus, so why did Westpoint. Asking for my USMA alum brother. ZB







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  16. > Ric Grennell, FBI director, has a nice ring to it.

    General Michael Flynn, FBI director, sounds even better.

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  17. ""However among battleground state voters the tables turned — just 45% said they would favor casting their ballot for Biden while 52% indicated they would more likely choose Trump.""

    Hands off the Electoral College! It was sheer genius by the Founders.

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