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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Highlights of the News

July is Patriot Month. John Denver got honorary West Virginia citizenship when he played at the opening of WVU's new Mountaineer Field on September 6, 1980.

ITEM: The lead story for Caturday is Fox reporting, "An Atlanta family said it received a voter registration form this week for their cat Cody Tims – who died 12 years ago.

"'There's a huge push but if they're trying to register cats, I'm not sure who else they're trying to register,' the late feline’s owner, Carol Tims, told Fox5 Atlanta. 'I'm not sure if they're trying to register dogs, mice, snakes.'

"The Tims say they found the form addressed to the cat in their mailbox on Wednesday.

"Carol Tims described Cody as a 'great cat, indoor and outdoor' who 'loved his family, loved his neighborhood' and lived to the age of 18."

Where in the Constitution does it say you must be HOOMAN to vote? Or alive, for that matter.

ITEM: Fox reported, "The White House announced Friday that President Donald John Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the "unjust sentence" of Roger Stone, just days before the longtime political operative was slated to report to prison to serve more than three years for charges stemming from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

"In a lengthy statement released late Friday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president had made the decision to commute Stone's sentence 'in light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial.'"

They arrested him in a pre-dawn raid with CNN cameras rolling.

McEnany said, "Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency.

"There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia.  Such collusion was never anything other than a fantasy of partisans unable to accept the result of the 2016 election.  The collusion delusion spawned endless and farcical investigations, conducted at great taxpayer expense, looking for evidence that did not exist."

Fact-check: TRUE.

ITEM: I have said Biden won the nomination, the communists won the party.

President Trump agrees.

The Washington Times reported, "President Trump attacked rival Joseph R. Biden on Friday at a forum on Venezuela, saying 'nobody will be safe in a Biden America' because the Democrat would hand over the country to a 'socialist mob.'

"Saying that many people in Venezuela and central America have fled failed socialist countries for the U.S., the president said 'Joe Biden and the radical left are trying to impose the same system, socialism-plus, in America.'

"'Biden is a puppet of Bernie Sanders, AOC and the militant left,' Mr. Trump said, referring to liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. 'The people that want to rip down statues and monuments to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Jesus — they want to rip down statues to Jesus.'

"Accusing Mr. Biden of siding with leftists who want to defund police departments, Mr. Trump said, 'Nobody will be safe in a Biden America, but Biden doesn’t know what a Biden America is.'"

The president does not engage the battle until he has won the war.

Battle engaged.

ITEM: The Wrap reported, "Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s top writer, Blake Neff, has resigned after CNN Business discovered that he had been posting racist and sexist material in an online forum under a pseudonym.

"A Fox News spokesperson confirmed to The Wrap on Friday that Neff had resigned but did not elaborate on the reason why."

Hey, remember this headline from July 3, "Tucker Carlson Is Taking on Cancel Culture....and Winning"?


He's hypocritical.

ITEM: CNN reported, "The hashtag #Goyaway was trending on social media Friday after Robert Unanue, CEO of Goya Foods, appeared in the White House Rose Garden Thursday afternoon and praised President Donald Trump.

"'We are all truly blessed ... to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder,' Unanue said during the Rose Garden speech. 'We have an incredible builder, and we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president.'

"The fact that Unanue would associate with Trump was sufficient to anger some of America's most prominent Hispanic leaders. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested in a tweet that she'd boycott Goya."
How does the saying go?

Ah yes, in Red China, you cannot criticize the president. In America, you cannot praise the president.

ITEM: The Associated Press reported, "The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed corona virus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.

"The church’s haul may have reached -- or even exceeded -- $3.5 billion, making a global religious institution with more than a billion followers among the biggest winners in the U.S. government’s pandemic relief efforts, an Associated Press analysis of federal data released this week found.

"Houses of worship and faith-based organizations that promote religious beliefs aren’t usually eligible for money from the U.S. Small Business Administration. But as the economy plummeted and jobless rates soared, Congress let faith groups and other nonprofits tap into the Paycheck Protection Program, a $659 billion fund created to keep Main Street open and Americans employed."

Nonprofits take government money all the time.

In this case, the government unconstitutionally shut churches down. It was a taking. Pay 'em.

Please, enjoy watching the veins in their skulls throb as the people who DEMANDED billions for Planned Parenthood over the years now claim nonprofits deserve no tax money. Those are the rules they chose.

ITEM: RealClear Investigations reported, "The unnamed FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst cited by the Justice Department's watchdog for failing to properly vet the so-called Steele dossier before it was used to justify spying on the Trump campaign teaches a class on the ethics of spying at a small Washington-area college, records show.

"The senior FBI analyst, Brian J. Auten, has taught the course at Patrick Henry College since 2010, including the 11-month period in 2016 and 2017 when he and a counterintelligence team at FBI headquarters electronically monitored an adviser to the Trump campaign based on false rumors from the dossier and forged evidence.

"Auten, identified by congressional sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, never confirmed the most explosive allegations in the dossier compiled by ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, cutting a number of corners in the verification process, Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz pointed out in his December report on FBI abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"By January 2017, the lead analyst had ample evidence the dossier was bogus. Auten could not get sources who provided information to Steele to support the dossier’s allegations during interviews. And collections from the wiretaps of Trump aide Carter Page failed to reveal any confirmation of the claims. Auten even came across exculpatory evidence indicating Page was not the Russian asset the dossier alleged, but was in fact a CIA asset helping the U.S. spy on Moscow."

Ethics in Washington means not getting caught.

Defund the FBI.

Better yet, just get rid of it entirely.

ITEM: The Chicago Tribune reported, "A 58-year-old man was found dead Thursday morning in Grant Park with stab wounds to the neck and back, after a woman called police when she saw him on the ground in the same spot for a third day in a row, according to police.

"Around 9 a.m. Thursday, Chicago police responded to a call of a man found unresponsive in the 1100 Block of South Michigan Avenue, near the south end of Grant Park. The man was pronounced dead on the scene around 9:30 am according to officials. Chicago police have since updated the incident to a homicide."

No one else saw him? Just her?

Forget it, Jake. It's Chiraq.

ITEM: Via Jeremy Frankel, CNN's Fredo Cuomo on homicides rising: “But let’s see how ‘Ms. I won’t lie to you’ [White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany] and the rest of ‘Team Trump’ feel after we drop some truth on their roof.  Increases started in June. You say, ‘hey, wasn’t that about the same time as the protests, all those calls to defund the police? That’s gotta be the reason. See, you turn on the cops and the criminals run wild.’ That’s why she wants questions about it, to say that, right?

“But what else started in June? Well, states started lifting stay at home orders, now, didn’t they? Well, you don’t know that that’s what it was. Okay. Why, in April and May, when businesses were closed and we were forced to stay home, were homicides down?”

Because we all know murderers and criminals obey orders to stay home.

ITEM: David Rutz reported, "An NBC medical expert who was brought on air nearly a dozen times to detail his struggle with covid-19 never had the virus, he revealed this week.

"After believing he had the corona virus in spite of getting negative tests, virologist and NBC News science contributor Dr. Joseph Fair tweeted Tuesday that he had tested negative for the antibodies and that the illness that hospitalized him in May 'remains an undiagnosed mystery.'"

The story also said, "Today host Hoda Kotb noted during the interview that Fair had received four negative tests for the virus but said, 'clearly you have it.' Fellow host Craig Melvin called Fair's 'false negative' tests 'scary,' and co-hostess Savannah Guthrie called it a 'cautionary tale.'"

Doctors Kotb, Melvin, and Guthrie should have gotten a second opinion from Alan Alda.

ITEM: Chrissy Clark reported, "A university residential college named after James Madison may change its name in order to promote sustainable racial change.

"The interim dean of Michigan State University's James Madison residential college announced that the internal college is considering a name change in an attempt to advance racial equity. In a letter addressed to James Madison students, alumni, and friends, interim dean Linda Racioppi and assistant dean Jeff Judge presented ways the residential college plans to address policies and practices that disadvantage people of color, including a commitment to consider the removal of the founding father from campus."

It isn't his owning slaves that they object to.

It is his writing the Constitution.

ITEM: CNBC reported, "Gilead Sciences announced new findings Friday that its antiviral drug remdesivir reduced the risk of death for severely sick corona virus patients by 62% compared with standard care alone, saying more research is needed.

"The company said its analysis also found that remdesivir treatment was associated with 'significantly improved clinical recovery.' The findings are being presented at the Virtual Covid-19 Conference as part of the 23rd International AIDS Conference, the company said.

"Shares of Gilead rose more than 2% Friday on the news."

Gilead will charge 30 times the price of an anti-malarial drug treatment.

ITEM: President Trump again took and aced the Montreal Cognitive Assessment used to detect mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. The media mocked him because the test is so easy.

Here is what it is according to Media-ite:
  1. Connecting lettered and numbered dots in order
  2. Drawing a cube
  3. Drawing a clock (These tasks are worth up to five points)
  4. Correctly identifying pictures of a lion, a rhinoceros, and a camel (up to 3 points)
  5. Recalling a list of five words (no points)
  6. Reading a list of numbers (2 points)
  7. Reading a list of letters (1 point)
  8. Counting backwards from 100 by sevens (3 points)
  9. Repeating the phrases “I only know that John is the one to help today” and “The cat always hid under the couch when dogs were in the room. (2 points)
  10. Explaining the similarities between objects like “train – bicycle” and “watch – ruler” (2 points)
  11. Recalling the five words from earlier in the test, in any order (5 points)
  12. Knowing where you are, and what the date, time, and day of the week are. (6 points)
The ease of the tasks is the whole point of the test. If a person struggles with the test, then you know he is having problems.

If they ever debate, President Trump should ask Biden to count backwards from 100 by sevens.

ITEM: Bloomberg News reported, "Facebook Inc. is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its social network in the days leading up to the U.S. election in November, according to people familiar with the company’s thinking.

"The potential ban is still only being discussed and hasn’t yet been finalized, said the people, who asked not to be named talking about internal policies. A halt on ads could defend against misleading election-related content spreading as people prepare to vote. Still, there are concerns that an ad blackout may hurt get out the vote campaigns, or limit a candidate’s ability to respond widely to breaking news or new information.

"This would be a big change for Facebook, which has so far stuck to a policy of not fact-checking ads from politicians or their campaigns. That’s prompted criticism from lawmakers and advocates, who say the policy means ads on the platform can be used to spread lies and misinformation. Civil rights groups also argue the company doesn’t do enough to remove efforts to limit voter participation, and a recent audit found Facebook failed to enforce its own voter-suppression policies when it comes to posts from U.S. President Donald Trump."

Bloomberg is owned by anti-Trump billionaire Mini Mike.

If the tale is true, however, then Facebook has my blessing to take the sneaky coward's way out. It takes guts to stand up to bullies. Zuckerberg looks like he had his share of being bullied.


  1. I wonder if the Catholic Church story is cancel culture coming for us papists. Don Lemon saying that Jesus wasn't perfect was another tell. How long before the mob starts screaming that Jesus was pro-slavery?

    On Twitter, I looked at the follower counts for the pro- and anti- Church commenters. The big Catholic accounts have 10K and the big anti-Catholic accounts were in the millions. The Church is about to get steamrolled and our social justice wing might just help the steamrollers.

  2. Looks like we’ll be buying Goya products.

    Is Fredo in a contest with Governor Fredo’s Brother to see who is the dumbest in the family?

    Fake doctors fake illness for fake news.

    1. It's hard to believe that Fredo is that dumb. But he is Fredo.

    2. And now we have fake weather. Trump's New Hampshire rally got postponed because of sprinkles. I think the breeze kicked up to 30 mph for a bit.

  3. I find it interesting that President Trump can take the test and get mocked for how easy it is, yet Biden who claims he is tested all the time won't release his results. Imagine that. Biden must be doing horribly on those tests. Even though they are "easy".

    There is a "BUYcott" for Goya foods that is getting started. The appeal is to buy Goya foods, even if it's only to donate them to food pantries. Goya isn't a top company I've bought food goods from, but I have bought their products. They are good. Buying foods to donate to food pantries from Goya would also have the added benefit of making the lefties in those food pantries getting upset because they would have to pass them on to needy families. I would love to see Goya have a banner quarter after the calls for the lefty boycotts.

    1. Great idea Goat! I'm shopping this morning and Goya will be in my basket.

    2. I buy Goya Cannellini beans to make a white-bean chicken chili. (with cumin, garlic, etc.) Good stuff.

    3. Biden has not been visible the past few months, not because of Covid-1984 but because he's been studying for his Cognitive test (and maybe an eye test too). He wants to finish in the top of his class like he did in Law School. Come on man, it's a big F'ing deal!

    4. Already got Goya in the cupboard. All this talk of beans,Spanish rice etc. has made me hungry.
      I'm going to make Huevos Rancheros for breakfast.

  4. in the end John Denver made quite a splash didn't he?

    1. Why would anybody leave the plane's fuel system selector switch unmarked and put it where the pilot would have to turn around in his seat to engage it?


    2. Denver has just aquired the aircraft, as I recall. The Vari-eze design haad some quirks.
      Efficient, yes but Canards have their own set of techniques to fly. The fuel system is located behind the pilot because the tanks have to be within the center of gravity for the aircraft -with most of the weight behind the pilot-the pilot weight is restricted too.I'm a big proponent of homebuillt aircraft,I belong to the SAA, but
      Denver never had a thorough check out with his craft and may even had alcohol in his system when he crashed..
      Canard is a french word for "Duck" but ducks have their tails at the back.

    3. Not SAA-EAA -Experimental Aircraft Association

  5. You will find if you look that Most Large and small Non Profits are fraudulent. The Large ones it seems are setup to launder money. Proof is there if you look. BTW, You need to read ‘Sex slave’ priest Peter Miqueli found dead at New Jersey home on today's NY Post.

    1. The largest Non Profit Fraud in the World appears to be the Clinton Foundation. It was never registered as one. They carried themselves as one but never did the very careful requirements to be one. That info is also there if you look for it. Their IRS forms were all frauds but no one in Just Us will touch this 3rd rail.

  6. Big D, as a hardcore capitalist I feel it’s my duty to give the other Surberites a heads-up on this opportunity...

    Iowa Electronic Markets has a winner-take-all auction in progress for Prez winner this year. Mr. T’s shares are currently asking at $.23, roughly. Meaning that this is a slam-Dunkie, the easiest money I’ll ever make in my life. Payout is a buck a share, and max investment is $500 (bummer). Paperwork and snail mail are required also (MAJOR bummer) but for a couple hours of time I’ll definitely take that $2200 hundie or so, four months from now. Plus, you’ll feel the rush of MOVING THE MARKET, and it’s also a great learning tool for youngins. Make those Joe Mama tools suffer in a tangible way: hit em in the wallet!

    1. Damn Z, You just got scolded by Mortimer Duke!!! Don't worry Brother, I see you as a role model!

    2. ^^ It was the Dukes! It was the Dukes! Great Movie plus Jamie Lee's tata's to boot!
      In my old radio days, we had a fake caller to the station, Richard Hertz from Holden, DE. (Dick hurts from Holden) Sophomoric for sure, but always made me laugh.

    3. I like the "Holden" T.O. Gonna steal that from you.. with your permission of course!

    4. Seems that Get Rich Quick Schemes are going to be allowed and anyone calling them out are going to be removed.

      Mortimer Duke!!!

    5. Well, I fooked up...didn’t read the prospectus. Fook. This is a TOTAL POPULAR VOTE market and not Elec College. Odds of Trump winning EC: Stone cold lock. Odds of Trump winning PV: Doable, but I’d want more ROI than they’re offering. Just tore up the check, metaphorically. Mea culpa guys.

  7. I contacted the Trump campaign that DACA amnesty would be a mistake.

    1. It is another of Trumps 4D chess genius plans. If the courts knock it down then all of Obama's must also go.

  8. "Melania Trump Statue Set On Fire In Slovenian Home Town"

    She certainly did not need that. She is already the hotest \Presidents wife in history.

    Sorry Michel Obama you just didn't position your jock strap right for that best ever photo.

  9. Item: Cognitive test:
    I have NEVER been able to count backward from 100 in 7's ( I don't do 8's either). I guess I ain't presidential or governmental material.

  10. Off topic, why has no one, almost no one, said a word about the Supreme Court deciding a rapist has to go free because half the state of Oklahoma belongs to the Natives? WT..?

    1. It is totally On Topic. Native Americans need reparations right along with 13% of the population. Forget that the injuns were already repaid by granting them the right to run Gambling Casinos (skim) on their Fed Free reservations. Whites need a Pow Wow to think this through fully.

    2. Jurisdictional issue.Tribal land is sovereign
      territory. Oklahoma has a patchwork of Tribal lands. It was,known as "Indian Territory"
      before the OKlahoma land rush era. As for reparations, my white ancestors were anti slavery, fought for the Union. My Inidian ancestors held slave, had plantaions, and fought for the south (with a notable exception. Wife has the same back ground she's a blood relative to Stand Watie-the last Confederate general to give up in the wast.He held slaves and commanded the "Cherokee Cavaliers. Reparations get bit sticky here... Wife and I would have to write checks to each other.

  11. "If they ever debate, President Trump should ask Biden to count backwards from 100 by sevens..."

    That's tough even for me. I get stuck after 84.

    1. actually, RB, you got stuck after 93.

    2. The older one is, the more likely one learned the multiplication tables in school. Just do the sevens in reverse and you should do well.

    3. 93, 86, 79, 72, 65, 58, 51, 44, 37, 30, 23, 16, 9, 2

  12. 6: Uncle Saul weeps.

    13: The clock is the killer.

  13. PS Isn't the whole OK thing kind of like OH didn't officially vote to become a state until the early 1950s?

  14. They had to do that to make Ohio Tax Cattle for the Federal System.

  15. If they do a blind test of remdesivir they should not only compare it to a blind test of a placebo but, also agains the HCQ protocol with zinc and Zpak. Personally, I would be afraid to get an anti virus vacine that has been rushed through due to the pandemic, especially, if it is only "62% effective." Rushing the process does not fully explore any long term effects. From the govenments website: "It usually takes about 10 years for a drug to be developed and approved for prescription. Many people would like to take the newest medicine as soon as it is proven to work. However, even after a drug has been successful in a Phase III trial, it still may take six to 12 months before that drug is approved for prescription." Most drugs go through Phase I, Phase II and Phase III trials costing billions of dollars which "usually take about 10 years" and explains why new medicines cost so much.

  16. Tucker's hypocritical because one of his writers was cancelled when CNN Business discovered that his writer had supposedly been posting racist and sexist material in an online forum under a pseudonym?  Gee, CNN Business just discovered by magic that about the writer.  I suggest that Tucker Carlson taking on cancel culture and winning is true and that is why the left is after him.  I don't always agree with him or you, Don,  but I don't go looking for dirt on either of you to try and cancel both of you.  I have had this done to me before it was called cancelling and lost a well paying job because of it.  It happened again 4 years ago and I refused to apologize for the supposed sexual harassment I did not do.  Not agreeing with young a female on a multi-billion dollar construction job related policy after over 30 years working in startup and construction management is now sexual harassment.  And I didn't even yell at her or use profanity as I might have with another old fart construction guy.  The charges just disappeared for some reason. 

    1. My father had to take early retirement in late 90s when he asked one of his sales execs why she was being so bitchy lately. He was an old school radio sales rep the GSM for nearly 30 years at same station his entire career. Oh well. Woke business culture is for the young. They can have it!

  17. I had to go to the market this morning. Was able to get 5 Goya items. Two shelves were totally empty and the others were on their way to being cleaned out. Take that, boycotters!!!

  18. I feel it is in the best interests of the Trump campaign to include in its platform remedies for abuses by the media, academia and the coterie of foundations and nonprofits. These abuses are there for all to see and have been mentioned by Don, me and other good people here.

  19. the government unconstitutionally shut churches down. It was a taking. Pay 'em.

    Only a neo con would demand tax funded churches. No surprise here!

  20. Auten-da-fé, what’s an Auten-da-fé?
    It’s what you oughten to do, but you do anyway.

  21. When my father took the test he only got about half the question correct. A few months later though he was routinely passing the test. He would write the answers on his wrist. He got a real kick out of rattling off the date every day.

  22. A better medical expert might have been Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing AKA Jack Elam. Alda played a meatball surgeon, Jack played a proctologist so he knows a thing or three about that cavity where liberals rest their heads as proven by nony the ninny above.


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