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Saturday, August 08, 2020

Highlights of the News

Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: Unemployment dropped to 10.2% as the United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, the third-most ever.

The second-most was in May, and the most was in June.

How good was the news for President Trump?

The Drudge Report barely mentioned it, reversing two decades of bannering the unemployment rate each month.

Dropping the unemployment rate below 10% will help re-elect President Trump. It was 7.2% when we re-elected President Ronald Wilson Reagan who took 49 states. And of course, FDR was re-elected in 1936 despite 16.9% unemployment.

Reagan and FDR were elected on bad economies which they were turning around. Likewise, the public does not blame President Trump for the collapse in the labor market, but people do credit him for the rapid recovery. If not for covid 19, unemployment would remain its lowest in 50 years.

This is not difficult to figure out.

ITEM 2: Bloomberg reported, "Former national security adviser Susan Rice, a Netflix director, sold some of her shares of the video streaming company worth $305,323 this week as speculation swirls that she is among the candidates to be Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate.

"A spokeswoman for Rice said the sale was unrelated to politics and was made under a stock trading plan she filed more than three months ago under Securities and Exchange Commission rules."

Why did Rice and the Obamas rake in millions from Netflix?

What is the Quid for their Pro Quo?

What could Netflix have gotten during the Obama administration for this multi-million-dollar payoff?

ITEM 3: Barron's reported, "Media redundancies, partial layoffs and managerial wage cuts are on the rise as advertising markets implode, despite customers showing an ever stronger appetite for information on the corona virus crisis."

The story also said, "According to a New York Times analysis, the pandemic has seen 36,000 media workers either laid off, furloughed or forced to take a wage cut in a sector which had already endured years of belt tightening.

"More than 50 local newsrooms across the United States, some of which had been operating for over a century, have been shuttered, according to a list updated by the Poynter site."

What did they think would happen?

I know of not one newspaper that opposed the lockdowns, which have killed the small businesses that still advertise in newspapers.

ITEM 4: I don't know who this celebrity is but this made me laugh.
But it is nice that she supports the biggest Hispanic-owned company in the land.

ITEM 5: Breitbart reported, "Former President George W. Bush painted and profiled 43 immigrants in his latest book, Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, slated for release on March 2, 2021."

Did he include Trump's grandparents?

His mother?

Two of his wives?

Americans love immigrants. The ones we don't like are the illegal ones. I suggest Bush 43 quit trying to be a mini-Obama.

ITEM 6: The NBA stands for National Basketball Association. That nation of course is now Red China.
I would rather hear LeBron James explain why he calls NFL team owners slave owners while actual slaves make the shoes he peddles for Nike.

ITEM 7: Fox reported, "Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Thursday evening condemned the actions of rioters who attempted to set fire to a police precinct and blocked the exits while officers were inside.

"'When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder,' Wheeler said in a news conference with Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.

"'Don’t think for a moment that if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump — because you absolutely are,' he said. 'You are creating the B-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during this campaign. If you don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up.'"

That is some mayor they elected.

He is more concerned about President Trump's campaign ads than protecting his police.

ITEM 8: United Press International reported, "The U.S. government on Friday sanctioned Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and 10 others for complying with Chinese policies it says restrict the island's freedoms.

"The Treasury Department said the sanctions are part of an executive order from President Donald Trump that addressed Hong Kong last month after China imposed the national security measures.

"The order promised sanctions for businesses and individuals that aided Beijing with the law that criminalizes secession, sedition, subversion, terrorism and working with foreign agencies to undermine the national security of China in Hong Kong."

There is not much President Trump can do about Red China rolling over Hong Kong, especially after Bush 43 allowed Red China to join the World Trade Organization.

But something is better than nothing.

ITEM 9Breitbart News reported, "New York’s civil lawsuit against the National Rifle Association is a political stunt that will backfire on Democrats and the broader left in the presidential election, said Mark W. Smith, a lawyer and author, whose latest book is First They Came for the Gun Owners: The Campaign to Disarm You and Take Your Freedoms.

"New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit on Thursday calling for the NRA’s dissolution and accusing its executives of mishandling funds."

Another Democrat stunt. It is all they do anymore.

Pelosi is the queen of stunts. She refused to let the president give his State of the Union, then relented and clapped back, then impeached, then took her time sending it to the Senate, and finally she ripped up his next State of the Union speech.

Botox must cause brain damage.

ITEM 10: Axios reported, "New Hampshire is touting itself as the first state in the country to authorize flying cars, which is a bit of an overstatement.

"Why it matters: The bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu, dubbed the Jetson law, makes it legal for 'roadable aircraft' to drive on the state's roads.

"That's not the same as authorizing urban air taxis to fly above those same roadways, something only the Federal Aviation Administration can do, and remains a long way off.

"Yes, but: It's still an interesting development on the road to future mobility."

2065 will be here before we know it.

ITEM 11: United Press International reported, "New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday all New York school districts can reopen in the fall after meeting seven-day rolling infection rates in all 10 regions of the state, but officials still have to sign off on individual plans.

"New York has been one of the few corona virus success stories after having the worst rates in the country at one time. Currently, all 10 regions in the state have a test-positive rate of well under 5%.

"Cuomo said schools could be shut down again if that rate increases to 9%. New York City is operating at a much stricter shutdown test-positive rate of 3%."

The national rate is 5%.

Open them all.

ITEM 12: Politico reported, "In the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid for the opposition research book on Donald Trump compiled by the liberal Super PAC American Bridge.

"In 2020, American Bridge is putting it online for free.

"The group on Friday is publishing 1,043 pages of its research document on Trump on a new website that was used internally before. It wants the material in public view not so much for voters, but for other Democratic groups to use to campaign against the president."

Free means it is worth nothing.

And it is worthless. If the Bill Bush tape did not bring him down, nothing will. His voters see oppo research for the garbage it is.

And without Trump supporters, the Democrat nominee will lose.

ITEM 13: HuffPost reported, "Joe Lieberman’s Son Is Running For Senate. He Also Wrote A Book Filled With Racist Tropes.

"The president of the Georgia NAACP called the novel disturbing, and said Matt Lieberman should drop out of the contest."

They will never forgive Joe for losing Florida. They thought because he is Jewish, Jewish voters would give him Florida. This was why Democrats denied him a re-nomination to the Senate. He ran independently and won.

ITEM 14: The Daily Mail reported, "Lachlan Murdoch appears to have fired back at younger brother James in a memo to Fox staff Thursday in which he praised the network's news coverage.

"James, 47, quit the board of News Corp at the end of last month blaming 'disagreements over certain editorial content published by the company's news outlets'.

"On Thursday Lachlan, 48, who is the CEO of Fox Corporation and Rupert's 'golden child,' told staff: 'More than ever this year, our audiences turned to us for the best in national and local news.

"'FOX News, which ended fiscal year 2020 with record-breaking viewership, was also the leading prime-time network in all of television among total viewers in June, marking the first cable network to ever lead all broadcast networks in ratings for an entire month.'"

Can anyone get me an invite to the Murdoch Thanksgiving Reunion?

ITEM 15: The Washington Free Beacon reported, "More than one-sixth of the mail-in ballots sent to voters in Nevada's largest county during the 2020 primary went to outdated addresses, according to a new watchdog report.

"The Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity group, reviewed the 1.3 million mail-in ballots Nevada's Clark County sent during the June primary. It found that more than 223,000 of the ballots were sent to outdated addresses, leading the postal service to designate them as undeliverable.

"The undeliverable ballots accounted for 17% of all ballots mailed to registered voters. Nearly 75% of Nevada's total population resides in the county, which includes Las Vegas."

Hmm, if they have the addresses wrong, how can we trust their registrar?

ITEM 16Andrea Widburg wrote, "It looks as if this fall's hit show will be called 'Obamagate.'"

She believes John Durham will indict someone soon because the timing is right.

She also wrote, "Don Surber is so often correct that I hesitate to contradict him.  (By the way, if you're not checking out Don's blog every day, you're missing some of the best political analysis in America.)  However, maybe because I'm a cockeyed optimist who desperately needs to believe that things are heading in a better direction, I think the Trump administration is telegraphing something big for this fall.

"Keep in mind that Donald Trump ran a hugely successful reality show.  He understands the importance of a narrative arc for any successful broadcast.

"If Durham's report had broken six months ago, it would have been old news by the summer.  Worse, the media would have explained away almost everything and deep-sixed what they couldn't explain.  Various criminal cases would be grinding their way through the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, with motions and cross-motions.  By October or November, the story would be stagnant and stale.

"Instead, the Trump administration is putting out what would be, in the world of television, previews of coming attractions for the fall season.  The first "promo" was Trump's surprise statement to Lou Dobbs on Tuesday night."

I hope I am wrong.

ITEM 17: The New York Post reported, "Rape suspect freed from jail amid covid 9 allegedly kills accuser."

This happened in Virginia. The suspect is Ibrahim Bouaichi.

The story said, "Less than a month after Bouaichi’s release from the Alexandria jail, he was arrested May 8 for allegedly ramming a K-9 officer’s vehicle in Greenbelt, where he lives with his parents, the Washington Post said.

"He was charged with first-degree assault, harming a law enforcement dog and other counts and released May 11, Maryland court records show.

"Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter told the Washington Post that at the time, local authorities there were not notified of the charges Bouiachi faced in Prince George’s County. They would have tried to revoke bond for him if they had been, Porter said."

Excuses, excuses, excuses.

ITEM 18: The president is holed up in New Jersey playing golf this weekend. He brought his clubs and his sense of humor.
And of course, there was a Dear Diary moment from CNN's can of ham.


So naive.

ITEM 19: NBC reported, "The Biden campaign is hoping Republican [CNN] commentator Ana Navarro, a Trump foe known for her salty quips, can help drive Latino and other voters to the presumptive Democratic nominee.

"Navarro was born in Nicaragua and came to the United States after the 1979 Sandinista revolution 'when my family fled communism and we settled in Miami.'"

Now she openly belongs to the party that helped the Sandinistas.

Navarro raised money for Democrat Bob Menendez in New Jersey in 2006, which helped Democrats retake the Senate. She is about as Republican as CNN is a news organization.

FINALLY from the Grandpa of the Internet.
Malcolm is a national treasure.

Have a great weekend, but don't feed the bears or the trolls.


  1. Bush painted immigrants. Two coats, one afternoon.

  2. Fascinating that Trump remarked Thursday he has many powerful enemies and that we might not see him for a while. Then he moves to his Bedminster golf club where he went in 2016 after brave Admiral Mike Rogers, head of NSA told Trump of Obama spying. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Durham report come out next week - or something else big. Trump knows what he is doing.

    1. This is going around. white House staff waved goodbye to the president when he left for Ohio.

      "Something's about to happen.
      "Trump needs to be in a tightly controlled environment while whatever this is goes down. A lot of people have access to the White House that will NOT have access to him at Bedminster.
      "The Optima FBI raids in Cleveland and Miami 3 days ago sent a CLEAR SIGNAL to the President's enemies that yes indeed, he and Barr and Rudy are going to see this through."

  3. GW should have fired everyone who was involved in the hoax about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. He also should have fired Rummy long before he did, and the FEMA Director. Now we elected a president who fires people who fail, and I'm waiting for the pandemic to lessen so he can fire the CDC Director and FAUCI!

    1. omg yes. If I had done even a quarter of what Fauci has done, I would have been fired 30 yrs ago.

  4. We are in the midst of The Great Realignment. At times I get so lost in the trees that I can’t see that Mr. T has led me to the edge of the forest. There is a YUGE expanse of open alpine meadow just over the next ridgeline. Press on, he says, press on...

    - The LibCommie Party is disintegrating. Play the Stones’ Shattered as a soundtrack. She Doo Be...

    - Commie China is imploding. Saw a documentary called Angel of Nanjing last night, about suicides (5/week) on the Yangtze River bridge in that town. Those folks need Jesus. No Jesus, no Peace. Their currency is basically Monopoly money also. This is how The Nooch and Robert Of Lighthizer are bringing them down, as Ronaldus did. China is WAY overextended.

    - Abortion is histoire. Roe will be overturned by the end of next year. Baby murder is gruesome, but it will become passé.

    - Trump will get HALF of BOTH the black and Hispanic vote in three months. Those who are closest to the action KNOW police are needed. This is by far the biggest gaffe of the LibCommie campaign this year.

    He got this, so we got this. But take only a few moments to rejoice on Nov. 4th. Then resume pressing. “Stay on offense,” as The Black Jesus used to say. Press Virginia. 40 more minutes of hell, right Nolan?

  5. #10 Presumably this will allow an aircraft owner to get a license plate for a dual use aircraft. Normally it's next to impossible to register a vehicle that doesn't meet safety standards. Of course three wheeled can be registered as motorcycle.

    1. Flying cars are called 'airplanes'. Until there is some kind of anti gravity they will always be airplanes. I'd rather ride in a helicopter than an airplane. Done both many times.

  6. 4 - if you can count on liberals for anything, it is being hypocritical.

    7 - shocked mayor wheeler didn’t apologize for appearing better to the Police Chief.

    16 - I hope you are wrong too, but great to be prominently named in her post.

    1. #7 Wheeler is cruising for a Beirut Style disaster. The Antifa Klowns do not know what they are can happen at any time..If it happens, he'll be the first to scream:"Help us, Donald Trump you are our only hope!'

  7. ITEM 4 - Chrissy Teigen first made a name for herself as a Sports Illustrated model, strutting her stuff in bikinis and sometimes less. Since then, she became famous for being famous.

    ITEM 14 - Whatever his own political beliefs may be, Lachlan Murdoch knows which side of his bread is buttered.

    ITEM 16 - In praising this site for "some of the best political analysis in America," I would like to think that Ms. Widburg has some kindly feelings for us humble amateur commentators.


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    1. Does that make BO. a big can of black for-us-t' ham?

      That reminds me… gotta remember tell the grandson to bring another ham in from the smokehouse if he wants some w/eggs tomorrow....

  9. Item #11 Schools (& Teacher Unions) - No Work No Pay Open Schools Today...
    or refund my taxes


  10. If that was a genuine question about the link between Netflix and the Obamafia, then consider that Netflix sells streaming subscriptions in Iran for the equivalent of US$10 per month.

    Their internet infrastructure is about what you'd expect for a country run by moon-rock worshipers, the catalog of streamable titles is nearly empty thanks to the mullahs, and the median household brings in about US$2 more than they need each month to stay afloat.

    If anyone can ever get a glimpse of how many paying Netflix streaming subscriptions are active in Iran, then the nuclear deal, unfrozen assets, and pallets of cold, hard cash could suddenly make perfect sense as yet another tawdry case of simple venality.

  11. he public does not blame President Trump for the collapse in the labor market

    Sure they don't! Its the daily chant at this cult blog. Who imposed the first lockdown? Who extended it beyond its original 2 weeks?

    Trump started this and will soon be finished. But that thought is far too painful for cult members to ever discuss.

    And anyone who believes unemployment is 10% while 32 million draw unemployment is drinking koolaid again.

    Visiting this blog now and then is like going to a picnic where you never run out of koolaid.

  12. Btw, Don, how are you holding up there with the Zombie Cicadas?

  13. What could Netflix have gotten during the Obama

    That one is easy. Has your internet bill been going up the last few years? Mine almost doubled as most have across the country.

    The reason is Netflix who carved into law called 'net neutrality' remember that? It was passing the costs of streaming to everyone regardless whether you used the service or not.

    But they deferred the raise in internet fees past 2016 so it wouldn't appear Barry Sotero had anything to do with it.

    Just like they deferred the Obamacare rising premiums past 2012.

    Naturally the Bible's law of liberty condemns those who "craft injustice by statute".

  14. I suggest Bush 43 quit trying to be a mini-Obama.

    Can a leopard change its spots? Bush is a neocon and he will die a neocon. He started 2 wars, appointed the traitor Roberts to the high court, got Medicare part D passed in true LBJ form, and gave the usual lip service about abortion. There isn't an ounce of genuine conservatism in him.

    When Reagan appointed Bush as VP, after promising not to do so, it was a poison pill that led to Iran Contra and gave us Clinton. Bush was a former CIA director! Never elect a spook their expertise is in lies, deception, and subterfuge.

    Then like father like son Bush 2 gave us Obama. Face it the conservative movement is dead. It was already in the coffin so Trump just nailed it shut with his March 15th lockdown order.

    By doing that he legitimized everything he had been criticizing about the flu virus.

    We are on the point of no return. Which means any type of genuine reform in DC will be extremely painful. The economy is now running on funny (fiat) money and $3 trillion deficits.

    So as soon as anyone pulls back from that we will get a depression which will cleanse the economy of most of the crony capitalists.

    Nobody is about to run on that campaign platform! Ever.....unless there is a genuine economic crisis so painful that it will be the only choice left save totalitarianism.

    BTW, Trump has an opportunity for a great campaign slogan. Its based on the politics of Melbourne Australia which has become a totalitarian nightmare.

    You'll have to search for that news as its not being reported here as far as I can tell.

    Trump should just tweet that if he loses that is what will arrive here. I'd tweet this right in the middle of the DNC convention.

    Coming to America with Biden: Americans Down Under!

  15. “Botox must cause brain damage.”

    This is true. Just ask John Kerry. Or Joe Biden.

    1. Didn't CA Senator Horizontal Harris "have some work done" recently too?

      Probably it'll make her even more wooden.

  16. #4 Good. She needs to clean up her foul mouth too.
    #5 No mention of First Lady?
    #6 Loved your comment.
    #7 What a sad sack he is.
    #18 Ha, ha. Trump telling it like it is re Acosta.


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