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Thursday, July 09, 2020

Highlights of the News

July is Patriot Month. Jimmy Cagney sings and dances his way to an Oscar in "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in 1942.

ITEM: Rolling Stone reported, "With concert tours almost completely shuttered through the ongoing covid 19 pandemic since March, some of the biggest acts in music — including the Eagles, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses and Green Day — have received federal funding to support their crews for any current and future postponed tours, according to data released Monday by the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department. The financial support is part of the government’s recently enacted $2 trillion CARES act intended for relief to small businesses impacted by the corona virus.

"The Eagles, Pearl Jam and Disturbed took out some of the larger loans among the listed touring musicians, being granted somewhere between $350,000 and $1 million, and many of the other artists received between $150,000 and $350,000. Rolling Stone has identified more than 50 musicians and groups across all genres among the 660,000 recipients who were granted a loan for more than $150,000, according to the data, joined by small businesses such as restaurants and bars along with construction and plumbing companies.

"Tool, Nickelback, Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, Wilco, Weezer, Cheap Trick, Tim McGraw, Chainsmokers, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Disturbed, Gary Clark Jr., Papa Roach, Ryan Tedder and the Head and the Heart have all received similar loans of varying amounts. Rappers Wiz Khalifa, French Montana and Lil Jon also received loans alongside country and Americana stars Rascal Flatts, Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs, Kip Moore and Jason Isbell."

Congress told us the money would go to mom-and-pop stores.

Instead it goes to guys like Axl Rose, whose net worth is $200 million. Oh, sweet pile of my-yine.

ITEM: The Hill reported, "The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Trump administration's expansion of ObamaCare birth control exemptions for employers, marking the third time in about a week that the court has issued decisions broadening religious rights.

"Two of the three cases were decided Wednesday by a 7-2 margin. Those majorities included two liberal justices — one of whom was nominated by former President Obama — as well as the court’s ideological center, Chief Justice John Roberts, suggesting religious protections enjoy durable support on the bench."

They did not broaden religious rights.

They upheld them.

ITEM: NBC reported, "A coalition of Democrats has presented Joe Biden with a roadmap for an ambitious, progressive agenda in the White House that would include proposals to immediately address ongoing crises, reflecting areas of consensus reached after weeks of deliberations between allies of the presumptive nominee and Bernie Sanders.

"The former primary rivals, whose sharp differences were on display throughout the year-long Democratic nomination battle, will jointly release the specific policy recommendations made by the so-called Unity Task Forces they appointed in April to find common ground on six key areas: climate change, criminal justice reform, the economy, education, health care and immigration."

Biden won the nomination, the communists won the party.

ITEM: CNN reported, "Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday sued the Trump administration over its guidance not allowing foreign students to take online-only courses in the US this fall semester.

"Harvard announced earlier this week that all course instruction will be delivered online, including for students living on campus. In a statement provided to CNN, the university said the guidance stands to affect approximately 5,000 international students.

"'The order came down without notice — its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness. It appears that it was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others,' Harvard University President Larry Bacow said."

The New York Times reported, "Nearly 1.1 million international students attended American colleges and universities in 2017. They generated $42.4 billion in export revenue."

5,000 international students pay Harvard about $2 billion a year.

You can see why Bacow is pissed.

ITEM: The Hollywood Reporter reported, "On June 11, the band announced it was dropping the name Antebellum from its name after reflecting on the Black Lives Matter movement and in an effort to be more inclusive.

"Attorneys for Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, have filed a suit against blues singer Anita White who goes by the name Lady A.

"According to the suit, filed Wednesday in Nashville’s U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the case arises from White’s 'attempt to enforce purported trademarks rights in a mark that plaintiffs have held for more than a decade.'"

White privilege.

ITEM: CNN reported, "Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, is retiring from the US Army after more than 21 years of military service because he determined that his future in the armed forces will forever be limited due to political retaliation by the President and his allies, his lawyer told CNN Wednesday."

War College dropout.

Don't worry about him. He'll get a book deal and Netflix bio.

ITEM: The Associated Press reported, "A press secretary for U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford of Nevada is no longer working for the Democratic congressman after a conservative website published an article detailing old tweets in which she used racial and anti-gay slurs.

"An article posted by The National Pulse last week identified more than 20 tweets made by Shelbie Bostedt in 2012 and 2013 that involved use of racial or anti-gay slurs or racial statements. The article included screenshots of five tweets, which are no longer publicly visible on Bostedt’s feed because her account was set to private."

The Pulse said, "Bostedt, who served as the two-term African-American Congressman’s Press Secretary since June 2019, tweeted the word n*gga or n*ggas over 20 times, as well as tweeting the hashtag “#DirtyMexicans.”

"Bostedt also used the pejorative of gay” and super homo.

"She previously worked for the left-wing Foreign Policy magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and is currently enrolled in a Master’s program at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C."

She seems civil.

ITEM: The Wall Street Journal reported, "CNBC has signed former Fox News journalist Shepard Smith to anchor a new one-hour evening news program, the network said Wednesday.

"The News with Shepard Smith will debut this fall in the 7-8 p.m. time slot on the cable news business channel. The Monday through Friday newscast marks a significant shift in the evening programming strategy for CNBC, which currently relies on light, unscripted fare.

"CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman said Mr. Smith’s show will try to be a counter to news and commentary programming."

Shark Tank reruns hardest hit.

ITEM: The Texas Tribune reported, "The Republican Party of Texas' in-person convention next week has been canceled, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Wednesday.

"The news came after Turner directed the city's legal department to work with the Houston First Corp., which operates the George R. Brown Convention Center, to review the contract with the state party.

"Turner said officials with Houston First sent a letter this afternoon to the State Republican Executive Committee, the state party's governing board, canceling the gathering, which was set to happen July 16-18 and was expected to draw roughly 6,000 attendees."

Turner is a Democrat.

He supported the BLM protests and gigantic funeral for George Floyd, which turned Houston into Texas' epicenter for covid 19.

I suggest the party find a Trump judge to get an injunction. Failing that, call it a funeral.

ITEM: Jeffrey Lord reported, "Jonathan Lopez, an Umatilla County commissioner candidate in Oregon received an anonymous, hate-filled racist letter in his mailbox. Vicious comments suggesting Mexicans were not welcome here and that 'America is for the God-fearing, pro-gun, pro-life humans who refuse to be controlled by the government.'"

Readers know what is next.

The story said, "Police Chief Jason Edmiston said Lopez confessed to writing the letter himself and the case would now be headed to the County District Attorney’s office 'for review for initiating a false report, a Class A misdemeanor in Oregon' reported the East Oregonian. According to Lopez, things “'just kind of spiraled out' of control after he posted a photo of the typed letter to Facebook where he also announced his lack of 'resentment.'"

Meanwhile, the Jussie Smollett case has gone nowhere. No time? Expect more hoaxed crime.

ITEM: The Hollywood Reporter reported, "Tyler Perry has offered to pay the funeral expenses for an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot in Atlanta over the weekend, a representative for the actor and filmmaker confirmed Wednesday.

"'I’m outraged today because I’d rather be paying for 8-year-old Secoriea Turner’s college than her funeral,' Perry said in a statement to People magazine. 'When does this end?'

"Secoriea was riding in a Jeep Cherokee with her mother and another adult on Saturday night when they encountered 'a makeshift roadblock that was manned by numerous armed individuals,' Atlanta police Lt. Pete Malecki said. When the driver tried to go around the roadblock, shots were fired and the girl was hit, Malecki told reporters at a news conference Tuesday.

"Police released a short video Tuesday of an armed man who they described as a person of interest in the girl’s shooting. Malecki said the video comes from a surveillance camera near where Secoriea was shot. It shows a black man in a white shirt and dark pants carrying an AR-15 rifle with a tan stock and grip."

Forget Kanye West.

Tyler Perry is the future for African Americans. He helped Hollywood move to Georgia.

Speaking of Hollywood, whatever became of that boycott over Georgia's abortion law?

ITEM: Yahoo News reported, "The USA has 3 million documented cases of covid-19, the disease caused by the corona virus, a virulent bug that crawled into the national consciousness early in the year and is likely to consume the rest of it.

"The grim milestone reached Wednesday represents roughly a quarter of the world’s cases and the same percentage of its deaths."

Four months in, and still, less than 1% of the population has it.

But at the rate we are going, everyone will have it in 15 years.

By the way, weren't 2 million people supposed to be dead by now?

ITEM: The Hill reported, "Teachers union president dares Trump to sit in classroom amid corona virus 'and breathe that air.'"

I dare her to go without a paycheck for a year while governors mess around with unconstitutional covid 19 edicts.

ITEM: USA Today reported, "President Donald Trump has made his share of attacks on Mexico over the years, but on Wednesday he couldn't have been nicer to visiting President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

"After a series of meetings at the White House, Trump praised his Mexican counterpart over a new trade deal that also involves Canada, and lauded López Obrador, known as AMLO, for his efforts to stop drug trafficking and illegal border crossings."

President Trump has not changed, Mexico has. It is protecting our border, something Congress won't do.

ITEM: The Appeal reported, "The burgeoning national movement to abolish criminal disenfranchisement reached a major milestone on Tuesday, when the D.C. Council approved an emergency bill that would end the practice of stripping people convicted of a felony of their voting rights.

"If the mayor signs the bill, Washington D.C. will join Maine and Vermont as the only jurisdictions to allow all incarcerated citizens to vote."


Now do restoration of Second Amendment rights.


  1. With Shepard Smith, instead of Shark Tank, they'll see ratings tank.

    1. Martha MaCallum has little to worry about. Great interviewer plus she's HOT!

    2. You're a lying dog faced pony soldier.

  2. ITEM Harvard MIT Snit

    Hmmm. No wonder so many high achieving Asian American students get aced out of Harvard by lower achieving "others" due to racial quotas. Communist Chinese are taking their spots! If you eliminate the foreigners there would be room for plenty more highly qualified Americans who aren't spying for Xi. They just wouldn't be paying full freight so they aren't as attractive to Harvard et al.

    1. "Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday sued the Trump administration"
      Obviously, you do NOT need to be in-country to attend a ZOOM online claw.
      But I predict an Obama judge will read Trump's mind and say it was done to be mean.

  3. I dare the head of the teachers union to sit in an inner city classroom and breath in the rot they teach and savor the disgraceful conditions.

    Disgraceful for the musicians to dip into those funds.

    1. Most of those "Disgraceful musicians" wrote and sang songs about the unfairness of the haves and have nots. I smell hypocrisy.

      Ain't it funny how everyone, especially the haves, love to spend other people's money? Yeah, I know, those are loans. But they are low, low interest loans. With generous pay back terms.

      It's a great example of how corrupt this country has become.


    2. I want to see teachers man a CostCo or Home Depot cash register. Instead of interacting with the same set of kids each day, deal with an endless stream of unique strangers every day.
      Do you see them stacking up dead cashier bodies? Me either.

  4. Somebody (American Thinker?) posted a piece the other day that framed the upcoming Civil War as a battle between the grateful and the ungrateful. Boy, was he ever right!

  5. Mr. Lopez "Smolletted" himself . Umatilla county is largely
    Very mixed always has been. No one cares if you are,Hispanic Native, Basque or Anglo. Has been that way for quite a while.

    Harvard is losing their ChiCom Egg Roll..
    I think this is a set up by Trump to get the nation to see
    how much of Academia is paid off by China.

    I can't wait for the next hurricane and Shep's Mascara running. S/o

    1. Bet you are right on The ChiCom Egg Roll. Trump plays 3-d chess, everyone else is still playing checkers.

      Lady A. I would have more sympathy if she hadnt demanded $10 mil. She works in a copyright heavy industry and she didnt copyright her name? She has been using it for 20 yrs. That's an awful lot of time to procrastinate.

    2. Playing checkers? More like chewing the lead based paint off those made in communist China pieces.

    3. Lady A will likely lose the use of the name. Lady Antebellum put out an about about 10 years ago titled "Lady A" and she did nothing about it. That will cost her her name.

  6. Love that Don removed the numbers... now people need to mention something about what they are commenting on instead of the number reference, so I don't have to keep scrolling up and then back down. Love Don's blog and comments after! You all rock. Especially the guy who tells us how much his mother makes each month.

    Regarding Covid-1984 ... I'm listening to music instead of my normal talk radio station. I've gotten so tired of the nonstop Covid stats of people infected every 15 minutes. It's worse than Walter Cronkite's Vietnam death count of the 70's

    1. Amen, on both accounts.

    2. All these infections are going to do is bring down the death rate to such a low level that the CDC will have to acknowledge this is no longer qualifies as a pandemic. Because most of the sick are the young. Thanks to the idiot Cuomos of the world, they already took out a major part of the population that adds to the death toll.

      Paging the left wing hippie reporter for the RS, Matt Taibbi. There is a story here for you.


    3. Agree, Covid-1984 news has jumped the shark, music is much better to preserve my sanity. Funny you mention the Vietnam body count, I used that the other day in response to our county’s daily posting of (inaccurate) Covid stats.

    4. Saw a meme this morning said
      "If IQ tests were given as frequently as covid tests, there'd be a spike in morons too.

    5. In re the guy who's mother/ sister/wife is making a mint, are those links to web cam performers? I'm afraid to go look

  7. Lady Antebellum registered the name Lady A a decade ago.

    1. Yes they did and the black woman, who used it for 20 years did not. She is trying to extort Lady Antebellum for 10 mil which is why they are suing her. If she wanted her name, she should have protected it.

  8. Cagney had some great movies. This, to me, was his worst. This movie ranks right up there with Accordion Appreciation Month. Nothing personal DS.

    1. The Gallent Hours is probably my favorite Cagney movie with Mr. Roberts a close 2nd.

  9. "A coalition of Democrats has presented Joe Biden with a roadmap for an ambitious, progressive agenda in the White House that would include proposals to immediately address ongoing crises, reflecting areas of consensus reached after weeks of deliberations between allies of the presumptive nominee and Bernie Sanders."

    This is exactly what the Republicans did when Trump was elected and they controlled the legislature!

    Oh, wait. They didn't do that. They sat on their butts, planning their post-Congress lives at K-Street lobbying firms.

    1. Republican voters must be the most betrayed group in modern history. - Gary B

    2. Next to Blacks who vote Democratic.


    3. Tars, Democrat politicians pursue the exact ideology in office that they tout during their campaigns - more free stuff and struggle against the white establishment. Yes, blacks suffer because those are the wrong promises for raising people out of poverty. It's a message of instant gratification. "Teach a man to fish..."

      Republicans do the opposite of what they promise in their campaigns. They promise to push the message in the Constitution, while joining with Democrats to pay back back their private-client donors. When called on it, their usual excuse goes something like this: "Well, these things are a lot more complicated that you think." Or, "These things take time." Or, we'll make more progress next time." That's why Pat Buchanan wrote the book, "Conservative Votes - Liberal Victories" because, until Trump, conservative votes never, never mean conservative victories. This betrayal continues today, as Trump is getting zero support from "Republicans" in Congress. It's worse than pathetic. - Gary B

  10. Item …ObamaCare birth control exemptions for employers…

    “There’s an old, old rule of law, Mr.Bunker. They say it dates back to before the turn of the a Court of Law, you can’t beat a station wagon filled with nuns!”

  11. 13: Never forget the words of Albert Shanker, “When school children start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of school children”.

    She does want to get paid, but she's probably more worried abot the 60% of people who now are seriously interested in homeschooling.

    It was the teacher unions and university teacher colleges, "A learning reversal of this magnitude could hobble an entire generation".

    All that hard work teaching kids what to think instead of how to think shot to Hell.

    (what happened to the numbers?)

    1. I forgot

      Apparently some people like the numbers, many don't. Let's see how it works without them

    2. The numbers help if I am scrolling up and down to find where I left off at. Keeps me from missing good stuff .

  12. About twelve thousand Americans die every day. That's the normal rate, day in, day out. It's easily calculated from figures for the population and average life expectancy.

    Until Wuhan virus can be implicated in some number approaching that, American health is just business as usual, virus or no virus.

    1. I actually read an article talking about excess deaths over the last several months in the aggregate suggesting that it showed that covid-19 deaths are under-reported. Of course the author left out the other sources of higher aggregate death tolls: postponement of normal medical services, isolation of the elderly from familial support, and increased addictive and suicidal spirals aggravated by isolation. When the "cure" is worse than the disease, and you blame the deaths from the "cure" on the disease by statistical slight of hand, you have an excuse to demand more of the "cure".
      In my state, Covid-19 deaths have not yet exceeded the normal flu/pneumonia mortality. But I can't find stats on how many the "cure" has killed. At least our governor (in OK) didn't put covid-19 patients into nursing homes...