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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Highlights of the News

Donald John Trump is still our president. 24 items today as Wednesday was busy, busy, busy.

ITEM 1: CNBC reported, "Democrats and the Trump administration are miles apart on the next round of corona virus relief, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, as the impasse in Washington threatens to send millions into financial ruin.

"Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have not met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to hash out a pandemic aid package since Friday. Talks fell apart even as the virus spreads around the country and Americans struggle to find work after two financial lifelines lapsed last month."

Democrats show their true colors.

And they ain't red, white, and blue.

ITEM 2: Fox reported, "Walt Ehmer, Waffle House president & CEO, told Varney & Co. on Tuesday that most of the restaurants that were closed during the corona virus pandemic due to stay-at-home orders in an effort to slow the spread have reopened.

"'At our peak, we had about 750 restaurants closed,' Ehmer said in the exclusive interview. 'We’re down to less than 20.'"

FEMA uses its Waffle House Index to determine when it is safe to return after a natural disaster because Waffle House is the last to close and the first to re-open.

End the national emergency for pity's sake.

ITEM 3: Yahoo Finance reported, "Billionaire bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach, who accurately predicted Donald Trump's presidency in early 2016 before the Republican primaries concluded, believes the president will win re-election.

"'My base case is actually that Donald Trump will win re-election,' Gundlach said during a Q&A on a webcast for his firm DoubleLine Capital's closed-end funds on Tuesday afternoon.

"The 60-year-old billionaire said he'd 'bet against' former Vice President Joe Biden defeating Trump in November.

"'I think polls are very, very squishy right now because of the highly toxic political environment in which we live,' Gundlach said. Gundlach said he’s come across data suggesting that about 'two-thirds of conservatives or moderate conservatives say that they have lied about their support for Donald Trump either directly or by omission.'"

37 states.

ITEM 4: Politico reported, "Joe Kennedy was once thought to be such a lock to defeat Sen. Ed Markey that there was widespread speculation in Massachusetts that Markey might just retire to avoid a humbling end.

"But Markey is piling up endorsements and closing in on the young congressman in the polls by running a policy-heavy campaign that seems tailored for the moment. There's growing sentiment that Kennedy underestimated the backlash he'd face for challenging the veteran incumbent, who has become beloved among progressives for his work on the Green New Deal."

Kennedy's campaign is sinking like a 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88.

ITEM 5: Just the News reported, "The Ukrainian natural gas firm that appointed Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter to a lucrative board seat relentlessly pressured the State Department throughout the 2016 election in an effort to get corruption allegations against it dropped and its badly damaged reputation rehabilitated, newly released government memos show.

"'They keep trying through every channel they can,' a State Department official lamented in summer 2016, describing a nonstop lobbying campaign by Burisma Holdings and its American representatives.

"The memos, released to Just the News under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit assisted by the Southeastern Foundation, add new significance to a long-running Senate investigation into the Bidens' activities and perceived conflicts of interest in Ukraine."

Biden is a bigger crook than Agnew, and Obama was a bigger spy than Nixon.

ITEM 6: Emerson Polling announced, "A new Emerson College Poll finds Minnesota is competitive again in 2020, with 50% of voters planning on supporting former VP Joe Biden and 47% intending to vote for President Trump. While the race is close, only 3% of voters remain undecided. Of voters who plan to vote by mail, 91% plan to vote for Biden, and of those who plan to vote in person, 68% plan to vote for Trump."

Minnesota is one of the 37 states in my prediction.

ITEM 7: News Thud reported, "A 5-year-old boy was shot in the head at point-blank range execution-style by a convicted felon, without warning, while the child was playing with his sisters outside his house on Sunday evening in Wilson, North Carolina — and the national media is refusing to report on the incident.

"The establishment media will blow up every story of a thug getting shot by police to help trigger rioting and looting across the country but when a criminal thug reportedly shoots a five-year-old white child in the head all we hear is crickets."

Sad. Pray for the family of the boy who witnessed this horrific murder.

I would guess drugs were involved.

ITEM 8: Ace of Spades reported, "In Chicago, a Two-Year-Old With Brain Cancer Misses Trip Home to Celebrate His Birthday... Because Black Lives Matter Attacked the Ronald McDonald House Where He Was Staying."

This is not about black lives.

This is not about race.

This is about Democrats destroying everything that is decent about America from the statues of abolitionists to charities that comfort children with cancer.

ITEM 9: The Police Tribune reported, "Hundreds of rioters arrested during the violent uprisings that have taken place in Portland over the past 75 days will be given a free pass under a new policy unveiled by the district attorney’s office on Tuesday.

"Rioters have repeatedly attacked federal, state, and local law enforcement officers with explosive devices, rocks, ball bearings, golf balls, and other projectiles during the nightly chaos.

"They have blocked traffic on countless streets, looted and torched businesses, destroyed historic landmarks, and repeatedly attempted to burn down police precincts, the federal courthouse, and the Police Protective Association building, among others.

"At least 11 officers have been injured in various attacks since Friday night alone.

"The rioting and looting have also cost local businesses tens of millions of dollars."

Bailing out Portland is an affront to American justice.

Portland city officials did this to their own city and police officers.

Ignore their pleas for help.

ITEM 10: Vanity Fair reported, "Could Kanye West Be Charged With Electoral Fraud?"

The story said, "Given that he didn’t announce his candidacy until July, Kanye West’s presidential bid has been an uphill battle from the start. But now, his campaign is facing a brand-new hurdle to appear on ballots in November, in the form of suggestions of potential electoral fraud.

"The rapper has filed petitions to appear on the presidential ticket in 10 states, but so far has only managed to secure a spot on Oklahoma’s ballot, although he has many petitions pending review. While he managed to meet the filing deadlines for Illinois and New Jersey, the two states are now throwing West’s eligibility into doubt after both announced that the majority of the signatures submitted as part of his petition are invalid.

"The latest issue has come in West’s home state, where Chicago’s WTTW reported that he was 1,300 signatures short of the necessary 2,500 needed to appear on the Illinois ballot. A hearing officer determined that only 1,200 signatures submitted were valid after the 46th Ward Democratic committee member, Sean Tenner, was inspired to take a closer look at the rapper’s petition. WTTW reported that the petition submitted by his campaign with the help of GOP officials in Wisconsin is also being challenged."
White liberals demand: How dare that uppity Negro run for president?

ITEM 11: Nate Silver wrote on Election Night 2016, "Clinton is a 71% favorite to win the election according to our polls-only model and a 72% favorite according to our polls-plus model."
N8 Ag is consistent.

ITEM 12: Via Instapundit, the Albuquerque Journal in an exclusive, copyrighted, story said, "Beaming solar power from space to Earth is becoming practical."

The Sun has only been doing this from Day One.

ITEM 131010 WINS reported, "Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city still plans to lay off 22,000 workers in October if it can't get funding from Albany or find savings through unions now that the federal stimulus 'appears to be dead.'

"'If you’ve got to keep cutting and keep cutting, it has to at some point reach personnel,' de Blasio said at his daily briefing Wednesday. 'It’s just pure logic of budgets — and it’s very sad logic. I don’t like it one bit. And I want to avert this at all costs.'

"The mayor said the potential 22,000 layoffs is a painfully real possibility on Oct. 1 as the city projects a two-year revenue loss of $9.6 billion."

Too bad.

He shut down the city. He forced taxpayers into bankruptcy. His friends and family can now stand in the breadline with everyone else.

ITEM 14: The Kansas City Star reported, "In an email to employees sent out on July 31, the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources not only reminded employees of Gov. Tony Evers’ mask order going into effect on Aug. 1, he also said that every DNR employee must wear a mask … even while on a teleconference."

Also, they should wear bike helmets at all times.

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Megan Sheridan told McClatchy News, "By wearing a mask while video conferencing with the general public, we visually remind folks that masking is an important part of navigating the business of natural resources during this tumultuous time."

The public does not see the teleconferences.

Junk like this happens when decent people elect a Democrat governor.

ITEM 15: The Washington Times reported, "A U.S. Air Force helicopter had to make an emergency landing in Virginia Monday after a person had shot at the aircraft and injured a crew member. The UH-1N Huey helicopter was conducting a routine training flight before it was forced to land at an airport in Virginia, McClatchy reported. The aircraft is assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, where presidential aircraft Air Force One is housed."

This was a rehearsal for Democrats.

I won't use the A-word.

But that is what I am thinking.

ITEM 16: KIRO-TV reported, "Some members of the African American community say racism prompted Seattle's first Black female police chief to retire. They are blaming one of Seattle's most diverse city councils ever. They point out there are no Black people on the City Council for the first time since the 1960s. And they believe racism forced Carmen Best to leave her job as the city's top cop. Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best wouldn't call out the Seattle City Council."

This is a follow-up to an item in yesterday's highlights.

I remind readers that none of the city council members are black.

ITEM 17Andrea Widburg wrote, "This post could have discussed headline-grabbing issues, such as the Black Lives Matter riots in Chicago (where looting now equals reparations), schoolteachers refusing to teach while demanding pay, or any other leftist retreat from reality. But frankly, I'm bored. I have had it up to here and beyond with the leftists' dystopian flights from reality. I want normal life back again, and I think a lot of other people do, too. Therefore, I'd like to propose a new Trump/Pence campaign slogan: Make America Normal Again."


Sounds good.

ITEM 18: The Post Millennial reported, "Tuesday night, construction crews arrived under orders from Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington DC, in order to pave over the portion of the mural painted at the recently inaugurated Black Lives Matter Plaza that said defund the police."


The tide is turning.

ITEM 19: Science Daily reported, "As the world awaits vaccines to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, UC San Francisco scientists have devised a novel approach to halting the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease.

"Led by UCSF graduate student Michael Schoof, a team of researchers engineered a completely synthetic, production-ready molecule that straitjackets the crucial SARS-CoV-2 machinery that allows the virus to infect our cells. As reported in a new paper, now available on the preprint server bioRxiv, experiments using live virus show that the molecule is among the most potent SARS-CoV-2 antivirals yet discovered.

"In an aerosol formulation they tested, dubbed AeroNabs by the researchers, these molecules could be self-administered with a nasal spray or inhaler. Used once a day, AeroNabs could provide powerful, reliable protection against SARS-CoV-2 until a vaccine becomes available. The research team is in active discussions with commercial partners to ramp up manufacturing and clinical testing of AeroNabs. If these tests are successful, the scientists aim to make AeroNabs widely available as an inexpensive, over-the-counter medication to prevent and treat COVID-19."

I have no idea if this will work.

But I do like the out-of-the-box thinking.

A world of 8 billion people has 8 times the dummies a world of 1 billion has, but the 8 billion world also has 7 more one in a billion geniuses.

ITEM 20: Yahoo Finance reported, "Stocks jumped Wednesday, and the S&P 500 briefly rallied above 3,386.15 Wednesday afternoon to eclipse its record closing high from February 19. The blue-chip index has now climbed more than 50% from its March low."

I am one day closer to that 12-cylinder Bentley Continental GT convertible.

ITEM 21: United Press International reported, "A federal judge on Wednesday refused to block the Education Department's new rules on reporting sexual misconduct, allowing them to go into effect Friday.

"Washington, D.C., District Court Judge Carl Nichols said a lawsuit filed by 17 states and the District of Columbia should be heard in court, but he wouldn't impose a temporary injunction blocking the new rules in the meantime.

"The new guidelines released by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in May add protections for suspects accused of sexual assault and misconduct."

President Trump appointed him. He's 50. He will fight to protect basic rights that date back to the Magna Carta and are given to us by God.

ITEM 22: Reuters reported, "Protesters formed human chains and marched through the streets of Belarus carrying flowers on Wednesday in anger at a crackdown by strongman President Alexander Lukashenko that has prompted the European Union to consider new sanctions against Minsk."

Great marketing by the Minsk Florist Association.

ITEM 23: Bloomberg reported, "A key supplier to Apple Inc. and a dozen other tech giants plans to split its supply chain between the Chinese market and the U.S., declaring that China’s time as factory to the world is finished because of the trade war.

"Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Young Liu said it’s gradually adding more capacity outside of China, the main base of production for gadgets from iPhones to Dell desktops and Nintendo Switches. The proportion outside the country is now at 30%, up from 25% last June.

"That ratio will rise as the company -- known also as Foxconn -- moves more manufacturing to Southeast Asia and other regions to avoid escalating tariffs on Chinese-made goods headed to U.S. markets, Liu told reporters after his company reported financial results."

The Trump Revolution is on.

ITEM 24: New York Times (no links to pay sites) reported, "2020 Election Live Updates: After Harris Pick, Sexist and Racist Attacks From Trump and Fox News Hosts."

Payback for Palin, Democrats.

Obama called her a pig when he said, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."

Their rules, our turn at bat.


  1. Item 20-
    Cricket ball hide seats...
    That's a looooot of crickets.

  2. Item 16: "They are blaming one of Seattle's *most diverse* city councils ever. They point out there are *no Black people on the City Council* for the first time since the 1960s. And they believe *racism forced* Carmen Best to leave her job as the city's top cop."

    How can the City Council be the *most diverse*, if *there are no black people on* it?
    Racism didn't force her out--stupidity, greed, and arrogance did.

    1. In my personal experience, ther eis nothing more racist than a Liberal Dem. Woody Wilson was progressive but supported the KKK.
      they haven't changed-just with ANTIFA and BLM they don't have to wash the sheets...

    2. Nine slots, six women. One is Indian, One Native American three are Hispanic. Three white guys. No family mentioned for two indicative of them being possibly gay which would make them diverse as well. If they are straight, the council is two thirds divisive err diverse.

  3. 15) It's very much like Caesar. He too, was head and shoulders above his opposition. No matter what the "optimates/Boni did, they couldn't keep Caesar down.
    As the disloyal opposition is doing today, the Optimates would double down on their failures. They wanted to remove Caesar BAMN. The disloyal opposition continues to normalize violence. They're hoping someone will take their cues and do their dirty work for them. Trump needs our support and prayers.

  4. Yo, Big Apple:

    Been down one time
    Been down two times
    Never goin back again

  5. Item 13: "And I want to avert this at all costs.'" Really, Billy? You really want to avert this? The "at all costs" part I can believe, but not the aversion. If you want to avert this why not stop your stupid anti-small-business laws? Why not try to reduce crime instead of backing the criminals? Why not remove those plastic chains and sheeting from the public buses so we can access those seats, and start charging money to ride again? Free is nice, but not sustainable. And don't raise the fare on us now because YOU chose to destroy and bankrupt your city.

    Item 15: Puts a different light on the shooter outside the WH the other day.

  6. I think I've finally connected the dots on Nate Silver. I think he probably is pretty good at data analysis, and if he has good data, will probably do a fair job of predicting the win.

    On the other hand, if the data he's getting is bogus, his calculations will be off.

    If I'm right, this would mean that, in 2016, the pollsters were lying to Silver just like they were lying to everybody else.

    In 2020, is there any reason to suspect the same thing is not happening?

    1. Actually in 2020 it is worse since the libs dox anyone that doesnt agree with them. No guarantee that the poll data stays anonymous. Iw wouldnt run the risk of answering truthfully and that was before this year.

      Garbage in, garbage out still is a hard fast rule.

    2. I will not give an honest answer to polls. Even in my Red Sea of NE Oregon community. Phone polls I hang up on now because i do not want to give any info . Online polls are suspect anyway. th epoll are being lied to.
      Again. 42 States with Oregon ....

    3. Great insight. Appreciate that. Another NE Oregonian here too.

    4. I don't answer calls when I don't recognize the number on caller ID. If it is important they can leave a message. I also like my phones "block number" feature.
      Here in SE Oregon, we're reaching a flash point. Some Karen turned our local pharmacy in to OHSA for not enforcing the face diapers and it's been shut down. Prescriptions are available as curbside only. This is the only pharmacy within 90 miles--unless you count Alturas, 50 miles away in another state.
      Our local sheriff won't support unconstitutional mandates, but state regulatory agencies are out of his hands. I've been told there's a GoFundMe in support of the business, but I'll be donating directly to the owner to help with legal fees and keep the business alive.

  7. RE#20: (paraphrasing) 'The best ever looking car built as said by Mr. Enzo F.; was and still is. The only thing hat ended my relationship with the pale yellow 1972 model, was her evil father "Lucas" --- "The Prince of Darknes!" ZB

    1. Wow. I'll take the Bentley in azure-purple.

    2. Joseph R. Lucas broke up many love affairs..
      Mine was with an MG ...
      she was not nearly as reliable as-wait for it.
      my Fiat 124. No kidding, like a lot of beautiful
      Italian girls she was expensive to maintain, but you
      could see it coming..
      Unlike the MG. Seeing was an issue when the light suddenly go out on a dark high desert highway..

    3. ...My MG Midget (1st high school car) illuminated a dark night with an ozone smell as I looked down at a glowing orange wire that had burned through its insulation and had begun to cook the carpet along the set...My empathy. ZB

    4. I had a Fiat 124 and an MGB GT. I bought the Fiat (from a lawyer) on an as-is contract; it turned out to have terminal body rust. I repainted a brighter red and sold it to an even greater fool than myself (using the same contract word for word). He drove it to Buffalo NY in late fall and was never heard from again. The MGB, a British car, would not start in wet conditions. Lucas Prince of Darkness indeed. A fuel pump on it failed and pumped gasoline into the cabin and sprayed it onto the engine at the same time. I was able to turn the engine off before the car exploded.

  8. 7, 8, 9: Savages. And then there are the rioters.

    10: Clarence Thomas, then Cos, now West. Got to start stringin' up them runaways.

    15: Too bad the "person" didn't get a Hellfire or a minigun burst up the ass.

    17: MANA. From Heaven.

    20: Almost basck to where we were when all this started.

  9. #12 - "The Sun has been doing this from Day One."

    Or maybe Day 4.

    #17 - MANA. I agree, sounds good. A) Like what Gd sustained us with as He brought us through the desert. (Although in English it's usually spelled with 2 n's.) B) The Hawaiian word for spiritual power.

    #15 - what rbbr said.

  10. Item#13. Maybe De Blasio can find the 800 million his wife has to keep city employees working.

  11. 15 - If anything, from a lightning strike all the way up to a flying saucer with Elvis at the helm, hurts this President, I'm going to blame the Democrats.

  12. Item 8: This is the Democrats plan for America as long as there is any resistance to their evil schemes.

    Item 9: Give them the government they voted for, good and hard.

    Item 13: Trump is allowing the cities to demonstrate unimpeded their disastrous governing. When the cities die, they will be ready for resurgence. Trump knows how to do this. Golden Age.

    Item 19: Or use HCQ+Z as prophylactic just like Dr's and nurses do.

  13. MANA - can you imagine the screeching from the left when they see the dreaded MAN word in there?

  14. 2. If the national emergency ended and everyone could go back to work we wouldn't need the emergency funding bill the democrats are holding hostage.

    13. His friends and family will be the last ones to feel any adverse effects. Only the "little" people.

  15. Jeffrey Gundlach's Wikipedia Page (ha!) does not allow it to be known (from them, at any rate) that he had successfully predicted long before the election that Trump would win in 2016.

    I looked into the matter. He is a very, very secretive, "shadowy" guy. Reminds me of the old master handicapper, Steve Crist (Saratoga, now retired). Opposition? They've figured out an exit and a way around you before you blink. All by instinct.

    Don Reed

  16. #16
    Democrats are the same racist Jew haters their grandparents were. They think because they now paint their targets on a new skin color no one will notice

  17. 37 states! The latest chant from the ever Trumpers among many.

    Of course, if they really believed it they'd place large wagers on the race. They never do of course. They're all hat and no cattle. And scared to death to act on the courage of their convictions.

  18. End the national emergency for pity's sake

    Trump started this emergency. He's a fool who thought he could end it just as quickly.

    1. don’t end it yet. it gives him sweeping powers i.e exec orders more powerful, move $$$ around, etc. end the lockdowns yes. but emergency powers act might get mail in crap stopped.

  19. #7. not drugs. the 6 year old was shot in the head when he rode his bike on the guys lawn. Period.