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Friday, June 05, 2020

Highlights of the News

Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: The New York Post reported, "Business mogul John Catsimatidis is laying the groundwork to run for mayor again next year.

"Catsimatidis, 71, a Republican whose Red Apple Group owns the Gristedes supermarket chain, a slew of energy companies and 77 WABC radio, said he’s forming an exploratory committee for a 2021 mayoral bid.

"He ran for mayor in 2013, narrowly losing in the 2013 Republican primary to former MTA boss and deputy mayor Joe Lhota. Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, won the general election and was reelected in 2017."

Remember the song To Know Him Is To Love Him?

A reader said, "I've known Bill de Blasio since the '90s and would never vote for him for anything."

De Blasio was an aide to Mayor Dinkins. He learned from the worst.

ITEM 2: United Press International reported, "A new law allowing public school districts to offer elective social studies classes on the Bible to students in ninth grade or above took effect this week in West Virginia.

"The law — as well as similar statutes introduced at state legislatures around the nation in recent years — sparked a debate over whether the classes will be an objective study of the Bible’s impact on American history or unconstitutional religious instruction, typically about Christianity.

"Under the West Virginia law, county boards of education may offer courses that familiarize students with the Bible. The purpose is 'to teach students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding the development of American society and culture, including literature, art, music, mores, oratory and public policy.'"

Liberals have told us the Bible is just a book. Why not study it as literature then?

I would prefer tougher requirements on actual science and actual American history in the classrooms.

ITEM 3: Post Millennial reported, "While protesting the unlawful death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, vandals unwittingly desecrated a statue that honours brave African-American soldiers who fought and died in service to their nation.

"There were 16 monuments that were defaced in and around the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall on Sunday night. This destruction of public property was in protest of racial discrimination, but in so doing, they vandalized a monument dedicated to the memory of those African-American soldiers who fought to end slavery during the Civil War."

Unwittingly? They think this was done unwittingly?

Well, post-millennials are young.

They will learn.

ITEM 4: Maggie Haberman retweeted this.
After she retweeted this.
What is Old Mags saying?

DC is 6th in covid-19 death rates. South Dakota is 39th.

ITEM 5: Brian Fallon spokesmanned for Hillary's campaign, which was the biggest failure in American political history.
Let's start by defunding Secret Service protection for ex-presidents.

ITEM 6: Just the News reported, "Most Americans support a proposal from the Trump administration to pay U.S. companies to remove operations from China and Hong Kong, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

"The poll found that 52% of respondents support the idea of helping cover the cost of moving American companies home. 30% are opposed."

Why stop at those factories leaving Red China?

ITEM 7: Could this be your tax dollars at work?
Soooooo, some of the stimulus may have gone to BLM indirectly. Nice to know.

ITEM 8: Fox reported, "New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was drowned out by booing at a memorial for George Floyd in Brooklyn on Thursday, as the preacher who introduced him pleaded with attendees to show respect.

"'Let us welcome with respect the mayor of New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray,' Rev. Kevin McCall said.

"Loud booing then broke out as the mayor took the stage, forcing McCall to add: 'Again, again, again, we said respect! We said respect! Say it with me, respect!'

"When McCray took the microphone first, the booing subsided."


Even Aretha Franklin wouldn't give him any.

ITEM 9: Breitbart News reported, "NBA star LeBron James piled on Drew Brees for his comments against disrespecting the national anthem. Yet James has remained silent as Hong Kong criminalized disrespect for the Chinese national anthem, to the benefit of his benefactors in Beijing."

One of my fondest memories with my late son was being there when Mister James sank a trey at the buzzer to win a playoff game, but really, LeBron should go play for the Hong Kong Lakers.

ITEM 10: CNBC reported, "The Lancet, one of the world’s top medical journals, on Thursday retracted an influential study that raised alarms about the safety of the experimental Covid-19 treatments chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine amid scrutiny of the data underlying the paper.

"The retraction came at the request of the authors of the study, published last month, who were not directly involved with the data collection and sources, the journal said."

The damage is done.

As with its anti-vaccine propaganda, Lancet's mission was to undermine public confidence in a medication for financial or political purpose.

Mission accomplished because casual followers of the news will remember the lie, not the retraction.

That is how media lies work.

ITEM 11: The New York Post reported, "Journalists at the Philadelphia Inquirer staged a partial walkout Thursday in outrage at a headline over the George Floyd protests that twisted the name of the group Black Lives Matter to read, 'Buildings Matter, Too.'

"'On June 4, we’re calling in sick and tired,' stated a letter signed by at least 44 'Journalists of Color of The Philadelphia Inquirer.'

"'Sick and tired of pretending things are OK,' added the letter, tweeted by many of those stating they were staying home in protest. 'The carelessness of our leadership makes it harder to do our jobs, and at worst puts our lives at risk.'

"The headline — comparing the vandalism to buildings to the international outrage sparked by deaths in police custody — appeared on Page 12 of Wednesday’s print edition."

In all sincerity, if they are this unhappy, they should find another job.

Newspapering is not worth it.

ITEM 12: Zero Hedge reported, "As the ninth night of demonstrations began, Americans gathered in Minneapolis, New York and elsewhere for what were mostly peaceful protests, as the decision to charge all the officers involved in restraining Floyd has assuaged public anger somewhat.

"Bloomberg reports that it has been largely peaceful in most cities so far. Gov Cuomo urged protesters in NYC to get tested for covid-19, while the mayor urged them to protest during the day.

"Washington and Los Angeles lifted their curfews, while a bipartisan pair of lawmakers asked for a briefing on violence at the protests.

"NYC's Police Commissioner Dermot Shea replied that the city absolutely doesn't need the military to come help suppress the violence.

"Asked by CNN if he thought statements by the president criticized as divisive – that the authorities needed to “dominate” protesters-- were helpful, Shea said, 'No, I don’t.'

"Meanwhile, the push to cut police department budgets is beginning with NYC Comptroller calling for a $1.1 billion reduction in spending on the NYPD over the next four years. Given the drop in local tax revenue, we imagine that many departments -- though mostly urban departments that probably could use the manpower, while suburbs continue their longtime trend of overpolicing."


It beats underpolicing.

Democrats want to make cities unlivable for everyone except millionaires and criminals..

ITEM 13The Associated Press reported, "A West Virginia woman and her husband faked her disappearance by pretending she plummeted from an overlook as part of a scheme to keep her out of having to go to prison, authorities said.

"Julie Wheeler and Rodney Wheeler were arrested Tuesday on multiple charges including conspiracy and giving false information to West Virginia State Police."

The family that commits crime together should serve time together.

She pleaded guilty to federal health care fraud in February.

By the way, Joe Manchin's uncle got Bob and June Wheeler kicked out of West Virginia in the TV series Night Court. They were fictional characters. Sadly, Julie and Rodney Wheeler are not.

ITEM 14: CNN reported, "Republican senators shrug off Mattis' criticism of Trump: 'It's his opinion'."


ITEM 15: The Associated Press reported, "President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday directing agencies to look for ways to speed up building of highways and other major projects by scaling back environmental reviews, invoking special powers he has under the corona virus emergency.

"Separately Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency formally proposed overhauling how the agency evaluates new rules on air pollutants, a move critics say will make it tougher to enact limits on dangerous and climate-changing emissions life-sustaining carbon dioxide in the future.

"The actions are the latest efforts from the Trump administration to emphasize the economy and jobs over the environment and public health. bureaucratic insolence."

There, AP. Fixed it for you.

That he is using covid-19 to do this is icing on this cake.

ITEM 16: Politico said, "For months, public health experts have urged Americans to take every precaution to stop the spread of covid-19 — stay at home, steer clear of friends and extended family, and absolutely avoid large gatherings.

"Now some of those experts are broadcasting a new message: It’s time to get out of the house and join the mass protests against racism."

America is run by communists who want to control us by any means at hand be it a disease that kills old people with comorbidity or white guilt about civil rights that were granted 55 years ago.

We cannot trust our media, our government, our churches, our colleges, and now, our doctors.

ITEM 17: Law Officer reported, "Minneapolis Disaster: Fentanyl, Methamphetamine & Excited Delirium."

The report said, "According to the autopsy, Mr. Floyd had two specific drugs in his system, methamphetamine and fentanyl.

"A narcotic that is 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin, fentanyl is associated with more drug overdoses than any other opioid."

An OD?

If true, this case may be harder to convict than Trayvon Martin, Rodney King, or Freddie Gray. Wow. The left keeps picking hills to die on that are valleys instead. It is almost as if they do not want a conviction because that would remind people that America is relatively free of racism and police brutality.

FINALLY, June is National Accordion Awareness Month. Last year I mocked it. Readers set me straight. I now appreciate the instrument. Enjoy Sergei Teleshev bringing Bach memories.


  1. Obama needs his Image on the Black Hills. No one goes there.

    1. No, please. Don’t desecrate where my grandfathers ashes were spread.

    2. Neck no. Chiraq deserves it after inflicting him on the rest of us.

    3. Obama, Slick Willie and the two Bushes would form a Mount Rushmore of incompetence.

  2. ITEM 6: Let me guess, the people that want this is the COC. These companies screwed over American workers and want to screw them over again by have YOU pay for their return. Screw them. Just don't by things made in China.

    1. Sometimes, one doesn't have a choice. I needed sunglasses. Though I ordinarily refuse to buy Chinese goods, every pair of sunglasses I could find at Walmart was made in China. Being lazy and not wanting to look further for a mundane item, I donated another $10 to Walmart and China. Ugh.

  3. More racist news. He was heard saying I can't Breed!

    1. LOL.
      Catchy slogan. Just like "Hands Up Don't Loot"

  4. ,#16 Speak for your own church there Don. Ours is very constitutionaly conservative. Still, for all the rest, "trust, but verify."

    1. I am sorry to say, mine is more take things with a salt shaker rather than a grain. There are so few without out an agenda, that Trust but verify leaves you in a hole to dig out of.

  5. Item 12: Is it missing the word "unlivable" between "cities" and "for" in the following: "Democrats want to make cities for everyone except millionaires and criminals?"

  6. The coroner released the report that George Floyd had the wu-flu when he died. So per the CDC guidelines, I guess that means it was coronavirus and not the cop that killed him.

    Jokes aside...

    I remember a time when we looked to men of peace for guidance and inspiration. People like Martin Luther King and Jesus Christ.

    George Floyd had meth and fentynal in his system while he was trying to pass counterfeit bills, so that makes him a drug addict and a criminal.

    He also had multiple arrests and convictions including an armed robbery where he shoved a gun into a pregnant black woman's stomach while his buddies ransacked her apartment. That makes him a violent career criminal.

    But George was killed by a white cop, so that makes him a martyr worth looting and rioting for.

    It's a truly dizzying logic being applied by the woke mobs when they elevate a criminal on a pedestal.

    Watch Candace Owens
    "I DO NOT support George Floyd! " & Here's Why!

    1. So true. Owens is amazing as was her message.

      It’s getting worse than ever where people who speak the truth or have an opinion different from the mob are targeted for destruction.

    2. Yeah absolutely watch that video. She introduced a new thought that changed how I look at all this. Such a beautiful brain. Also how she describes the role she sees for herself at the end is an image that will always stick with me whenever I think of her.

    3. This Floyd case is looking more and more like the Trayvon story. The truth always get out. If one wants to read it. I did not know about Floyd's criminal past, but have read of the other stuff. Surprising, none of this made it into the leftists news narrative. Yeah, I'm kidding.

      One day, some of the leftists who have been continuously been manipulated since their school days, are going to wake up. And when they do, they had better be angry. Very angry. Not only at themselves, but at those who mislead them.


  7. Zamfir master of the pan fluteJune 5, 2020 at 8:31 AM



  8. If Democrats were writing the Bill of Rights today, it would contain only the 3rd Amendment and even that would have an asterisk by it.


    Let's polka!

  10. 17 - by design. Keith Ellison is presenting a case he can’t win (especially by upping the charges to 2nd degree).

    Even more violent riots will ensue.

    I’m sure he is trying to fast track the trial to hold it before the November election.

    1. Exactly. Many people forget the LA riots of '92 started *after* the acquittal of the cops who beat up Rodney King. so there is precedent for this sort of sequence.

    2. Clever insights.

      SL: I just looked at it a over reach to satisfy the mob. My bad.

      MD Teach: The riots will be all the more interesting if they've defunded the police by then.

    3. If having no police or no jails would work, there would be no police or jails anywhere. Its not. Having no policing never works. Appeasement / soft on crime never works. do I believe the rules/laws need to be applied more evenly yes.

      Amazing there were no violent riots when that Somalian killed the white woman while investigating a rape call, amazingly in Minnesota. He was 8 months getting a paycheck and got one until the day he was arrested. So by all means, lets reduce / defund the police force instead of fixing it. See how quick everyone who can moves and we have several areas that become "Escape from New York"

    4. I guess since they follow catch and release the police are superfluous. Need to brick up the tunnels.

  11. Huzzah for a Night Court reference! The Wheelers were my favorite recurring guest criminals.

    1. And who played Bob Wheeler? Brent Spiner, better known as DATA on Star Trek: The Next Generation!

  12. #7 What happens when you donate money to BLM? Who gets it? Who distributes it? Who takes their cut? Who gets kickbacks? Would love to see the details on that. - Gary B

    1. Well, when BLM has their IPO, we'll find out, won't we? (Sarcasm).

  13. Trump needed the stock market to go on a little run -- and jobs and unemployment numbers are better than expected. Democrats are hating it the idea was to crush the economy didnt work.
    Really liking Gov Noem from SD

    1. What, you expect a progressive to like anything about employment?

    2. Don't be liking her to well, I am recently from SD, living in the free state of Idaho and she is a Karen of the progressive persuasion...

  14. Item #10: "The Lancet, which was once one of the world’s top medical journals…” FIFY

    Like a lot of scientific journals--and researchers, they've been corrupted by political poison.

  15. Item 1 - Catsimatidis may not be the great conservative hope. I saw he owns WABC radio which used to be the conservative blowtorch of the NYC metropolitan area. The conservative shows such as Rush and Mark Simone have moved to WOR.

    Item 17 - I listened to an interview of a Minneapolis EMS worker on Dave Carter. He suspects that Floyd was hyperactive and the position he was in caused extreme delirium, a condition where the panting of extreme exertion isn't enough to remove the carbon dioxide because of his body position. One of the officers on the video suggests Floyd may have that condition, but Chauvin refused to change is position. Scott Adams speculates that if the position was changed, Floyd would then be breathing on the officer. We also found out Floyd had Covid, although the officer wouldn't know that. The officer may have been concerned that he would be directly exposed to Covid. Adams often says never ascribe to malice that which could be ascribed to incompetence. Adams also noted that moving the charge from 3rd to 2nd is almost a guarantee of acquittal and a second wave of riots.

  16. In re the statue honoring black soldiers:

    Give us a break. It was dark and the crew doing that one was shorthanded because the guy who could read called in sick.

  17. 2: You are not literate if you don't know the Bible. Of course, the Lefties don't want literate kids.

    5: And ex-VPs.

    9: They don't call him LeBum for nothing.

  18. 11: The Inky is one of the Leftiest papers anywhere.

    12: Overpolicing is what you call it when people don't need bars on the windows.

    16: And the "protests will backfire, too".

    17: Toldja.

  19. ITEM 5 - "Defund the police" makes "A well regulated militia" all the more attractive.

  20. I'm convinced the NRA is behind the riots. Maybe with funding by Glock and Remington

    1. The NRA was founded to protect the 2A rights of black freedmen. The descendants of which just had their residences and places of business burnt to the ground by their fellows. Just sayin'.


  21. Re Item FINALLY

    Thank you thank you thank you. Why does the accordion have such a bad rep? It sounds great. The accordion is difficult to play. The music is amplified by the muscle of the accordionist and not enhanced artificially through that newfangled electricity. The accordion is a key component of great music all over the globe, from Polish and German oom-pah bands, to Cajun zydeco, to Mexican Norteno, to Brazilian forro, to French cafe jazz, to the polkas of the Balkans, and more. Viva Le Accordion!

    1. As well as the tango of Argentina and Scandinavia. Yes, they tango there too. (It's one of two things they do during those long cold winters)

  22. 2. They can teach islam even to the point of dressing and praying but can't teach the Bible? Who the hell do we cater to?

    5. And, let's make body guard salaries and expenses non tax deductible.

    7. Money laundering tax dollars. Works for politicians why not their favored "charities?"

    10. I read the author of the study was a science fiction writer. Now, the lancet publishes fiction. Generally scientific studies are peer reviewed before publishing. I guess if it appropriately TDS, they are not.

    12. But the millionaires are moving out!

    17. I read that the method of restraint is one used by Israeli police. If that was part of their training, it will be harder to convict. Also, by overcharging, the plan may be to create a second round of riots just in case there is no second round of chinese virus.

  23. Don, now you're saying that Sebastian Bach has colluded with the Russians.

    1. Paul McCartney beat me to it with his song Bach in the USSR

  24. Trad Irish band member introducing accordian player: "Welcome to Hell. Here's your accordian."

  25. 1 – DeBlasio is a white Obama. Lazy, shiftless, hypocritical, preachy, and narcissistic. He’d rather lose weight than do the right thing, for anybody or anything except his suckups.

    2 – It will be struck down. Unconstitutional. And I agree, reluctantly. Now if it had been the Quran that was being taught . . .

    3 – The Buffalo soldiers were fighting to preserve White Straight Male Patriarchy. So their monuments deserved their desecration. That is how the Woke will spin it.

    4 – She’s thirteen. She’s a minor. Engaging in recreational protesting because she’s too young to understand what her mother’s dragging her into her. I don’t look forward to her experiencing a struggle session down for questioning the ever-shifting doctrine of Wokeness.

    5 – Let’s direct riot mobs to Fallon’s house and deactivate his cell phone and see how he likes having no police around to rescue him.

    6 – I’m surprised it’s only 52%. Depends on how the question was worded, of course.

    7 – Don’t they realize that the only way they’ll be left alone is if they turn over all their stock and bank accounts and board memberships to BLM and ANTIFA?

    8 – DeBlasio at times makes Biden look sane. He’s the poster boy for the word a**hole.

    9 – Brees turned coward. LeBron is a coward.

    10 – TWO anti HCQ+ studies have been retracted, not just the Lancet one.

    11 – Let’s make the Philly Inquirer staff work at home since they seem to be fine with having their building burnt down.

    12 – Community policing! That’s the way to go! And who decides who will be the community police and how will be they chosen? By fists and clubs and threats! That’ll really work to keep the peace! And if a woman shows an inappropriate portion of her body, like her ear, and gets beaten into a pulp for it, the shameless whore deserved it for tempting men to act on their worst impulses! Coming to parts of Minneapolis soon!

    13 – The inner Attila in me thinks they both should be made to take the plunge.

    14 – Mattis’ statement was a signal to Obama-promoted officers still in uniform to be prepared to mutiny or worse. For the good of the country, of course.

    15 – Environment good, Man bad. Always. Except when it’s my power that went off, then PP&L get it back on pronto so I can continue charging my devices and checking my account balances and writing polemics against your desecration of Mother Nature!

    I write this as a field botanist who has performed many many Threatened and Endangered surveys in my state and others, while simultaneously working in the Truck Equipment trade. Which has given me a view of both sides of the equation. Explaining to people that they can't do something with their land because of a f**kin weed is not my favorite part of the business.

    16 – Obama told Kung Flu to pause while the entire nation is forced to mourn George Floyd. Brought to you by Crump and Sharpton, LLC. The pandemic will resume once the riots subside. If they ever do.

    17 – My dad used to play the accordion. And the fiddle. And the guitar. And the harmonica. And several instruments as well. A Beckley boy who grew up in the days when one had to provide your own entertainment. It’ll be thirteen years this July, and I still miss him.


  26. How could anyone knock the accordion when it was James Stewart's instrument? See "Night Passage" where he plays one in several scenes.

  27. Good! Can Ohio trade governors with SD?

    1. I'd be all in favor of that! Only problem. SD ain't dumb enough to trade an all-star for a has been, wannabe, never was. Plus Ohio doesn't have any prospects to throw in to sweeten the deal.

  28. 1. De Blasio pulls a Bloomberg, runs again and wins. It's not who votes, it's who counts.

    2. Is it really the government's job to decide what kids get taught. They've been doing that for over half a century and the lesson is they suck at it. School vouchers. Let the parents decide.

    3. Black Union soldiers fought against the Democrats of the Confederacy. Obviously race traitors.

    11. For every black killed by a cop 37 are killed by other blacks. Where's the outrage? The Only Lives That Matter are the ones Democrats think they can use for political gain.

    12. The military will be needed to surround and contain people trying to Escape New York.

    17. I'm still not supporting thug cops.

    Finally. And when is Bagpipe Appreciation Month. Heh? Heh?

    J in StL