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Friday, September 25, 2020

Highlights of the News, the Musical

Good morning. Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: As President Trump packs them in at rally after rally, he should make this his closing song.

A Chuck Berry song sung by Elvis! It doesn't get much more American than that. And it fits. Two hourlong rallies, plus his day job? James Brown was the hardest working man in show biz, but keeping up with Donald John Trump would have worn him out.

ITEM 2: Faithwire reported, "Abortion survivor and pro-life activist Gianna Jessen is praising President Donald Trump for signing an executive order ensuring babies who survive botched abortions receive medical care.

"'Thank you, sir,' she said. 'You are by far the most pro-life, demonstrably pro-life president we have ever had. In recent times, the most courageous.'

"Jessen, who has cerebral palsy, went on to say: 'As someone born in an abortion clinic who did not die, I want to thank you. You are mocked all the time. And I will tell you, I will stand up for you.'" He would.

He has.

Cue Patrick Hernandez.

ITEM 3: Politico reported, "Republicans have closed the traditional voter registration gap with Democrats to an historically small margin in Florida, triggering a wave of Democratic apprehension in the nation’s biggest swing state.

"Top Florida Democrats and longtime activists have increasingly groused in private that they feel pressure from Joe Biden’s campaign to refrain from door-to-door canvassing or holding voter registration drives due to the potential spread of the corona virus and fears of muddying his messaging on the pandemic.

"In the absence of such efforts, a concerted drive by President Donald Trump’s Florida campaign to register voters has helped cut the state’s long-standing Democratic advantage to fewer than 185,000 voters, a gap of just 1.3 percentage points, according to data from the Florida Division of Elections released this week."

Covid 19 is the Democrat all-purpose excuse this year.

The headline said, "‘Something’s in the water’: Florida Republicans see surge in voter registration. Democrats say they feel pressure from Joe Biden’s campaign to refrain from door-to-door canvassing, which is hindering their efforts."

It's not what's in the water. It's what's on it: smoke.

ITEM 4: Kayleigh McEnany figured out how to best use the media to report on Russia bribing Biden's coke-addled son. Cue the theme from the Fred Dryer series.

ITEM 5: Just the News reported, "Federal investigators have discovered discarded military mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, all of which were made out in favor of President Trump, a U.S. attorney said Thursday.

"David Freed, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, said in a press release that 'a small number of military ballots' were discovered discarded in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania."

A small number of ballots?

One is too many to lose.

And we know whose ballots were dumped. There is only one way to calm me down. I need some Karen Carpenter.

ITEM 6: Just the News reported, "Three-quarters of all voters believe that Americans generally get along regardless of race, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen, a sharp counterpoint to the rhetoric presented by Black Lives Matter and other identity politics activists over the last several months."

Now for the killer paragraph: "Rasmussen noted that large percentages of American racial minorities — 69% of black Americans and 64% of Hispanic Americans — agree."

That truth does not fit the Democrat media's narrative.

There is only one song worthy of this news.

ITEM 7: The Daily Wire reported, "The Department of Justice is reportedly investigating how the FBI dealt with claims of political corruption at the Clinton Foundation, according to The New York Times.

"U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was assigned to lead the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, 'has sought documents and interviews about how federal law enforcement officials handled an investigation around the same time into allegations of political corruption at the Clinton Foundation, according to people familiar with the matter,' the Times reported."

Judas Priest!

They finally may put her in jail for accepting foreign emoluments as secretary of state.

ITEM 8: NBC reported, "Florida prosecutors are dropping charges of soliciting prostitution against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, according to court papers filed Thursday.

"Kraft, 79, was accused of paying for sex acts at the Orchids of Asia Day spa in Jupiter, Florida, on consecutive days in January 2019. Kraft pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology for his actions.

"Palm Beach County prosecutors lost a key court decision this week that led to the court tossing video and audio surveillance of Kraft allegedly soliciting a woman at the Orchids of Asia Day spa."

Finally, some justice. An old widower goes to the massage parlor and the Palm Beach police go snake. Taking hookers off the street is a good thing. But this was stupid.

Paging Billy "Crash" Craddock.

ITEM 9: Via Instapundit, Gazeta Express reported, "It all started as an idea to relax negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia delegations, but the idea to name the Gazivoda/Ujman Lake 'Lake Trump' as seen in the photo seems more serious than initially thought.

"An idea that started as a joke for the Ujman Lake, which Serbs refer to as Gazivoda, to find a compromise name seems to be taking shape. During the negotiations at the White House, the US Presidential envoy for the dialogue, Richard Grenell, gave the idea to name the lake after Trump.

"Initially everybody laughed with the idea. But not today. Gazeta Express has learned that Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti expressed his readiness to support Grenell’s idea at a meeting with him. The same idea was endorsed also by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at another meeting."

The Trumptilla will be lit.

I was thinking of running that old Rolling Stone hit, "Water Drag It Is Getting Old," but the actual name of the song is "Mother's Little Helper."

ITEM 10: The Washington Free Beacon reported, "The Biden campaign, which has bombarded President Donald Trump with attacks about his respect for U.S. soldiers, will be campaigning this weekend with Jane Fonda, a celebrity best known for fraternizing with enemy troops during the Vietnam War.

"Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris is set to join Fonda at a Saturday virtual event held by progressive advocacy group Supermajority. The event — titled Supercharge: Women All In — will 'bring together thousands of women to laugh, sing, dance, and celebrate women's political power,' according to the group's website.

"Fonda traveled to North Vietnam in 1972 as part of an anti-war protest that saw her pose for photos with enemy troops on an anti-aircraft gun. The photo sparked outrage among Vietnam veterans, earning her the nickname Hanoi Jane. Fonda's public appearances remain subject to controversy — a group of Ohio veterans called on the actress to donate her $83,000 speaking fee to the families of fallen soldiers ahead of a May appearance at Kent State University.

"Harris and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have criticized President Donald Trump on veterans' issues in recent weeks."

And Cindy McCain approves of this?

ITEM 11The Associated Press announced its poll "finds 44% of Americans disapprove of protests in response to police violence against Black Americans, while 39% approve. In June, 54% approved."

America comes to its senses.

I know this song is about David Byrne's self-destructive coke habit, but it fits my mood.

ITEM 12: Democrats cannot control themselves. Literally.

Cue Koo Koo Kanga Roo.

ITEM 13: Liberals: Guns should only be used for hunting.

Also liberals: Ban hunting. Cue Aerosmith.

ITEM 14: The correct answer is Jared Kushner. I like the theme to Exodus better but this song is more appropriate.

Oh what the heck.

Exodus, too.

This land is mine. God gave this land to me....

ITEM 15: The Hill reported, "Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Wednesday that American households should receive two $1,000 stimulus checks per month for the next two months.

"Cuban first proposed the idea in May and maintained the same notion that 'those without are struggling badly,' as he told CNBC. 'We need to get them help.'

"The corona virus pandemic has brought devastating outcomes to many families struggling to provide for themselves and loved ones as the national unemployment average remained above 10.2 percent from March until recent reports from August show it fell to 8.4 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported."

If he thinks it is a good idea, he should write the checks. He has billions. Checks for $1,000 to each household in America would only cost him $110 billion.

FINALLY, the video provided its own music. Sorry Alex Mooney. I'm writing in Dan Crenshaw.


  1. That is probably the best campaign ad I have ever seen!!!

    1. Agreed. Dan fights. Maybe get him for 2024?

    2. Yes, that is indeed one hell of an ad!

      However... Dan Crenshaw, back in August 2019, said he supported Red Flag laws. That sent shock & horror among a great many of his supporters, who had assumed that he also stood for the 2nd Amendment's "shall not be infringed."

      Shortly thereafter, he explained that this infringement isn't really an infringement: “At its heart what we are talking about is the ability to confiscate weapons where there is evidence that violence is about to be committed. It’s that simple, and this isn’t that controversial.” (Breitbart 8/11/19) Left unanswered is how exactly anyone will know in advance "when violence is about to be committed." Do we now have psychics in swimming pools a la Minority Report?

      As we know, ANY loophole will be exploited by the Left, so whatever Dan means by "evidence" doesn't matter at all. "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."

      Wherever Red Flag laws have been passed, they've been misused. Who's going to pay for the lawyers, when it's found that the person who's guns were taken is found (after long and gruelling court battles) to be innocent of anything but being a gun owner? Will the accusers who falsely raised the Red Flag go to jail, or get a fine?

      Dan is still heads & tails above his opponents, but this Texan isn't about to trust him one inch. He doesn't seem to understand the limits on the powers of the Government or the range of the rights of the individual in our Republic. Which I find very sad, and very disappointing.

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    1. Gotta give Steve Tyler and the boys the top prize. Wife was dancin around the living room and whatnot. Instant memory!

  3. Mark Cuban said on the record that the drop in woke sports ratings might be due to the professions "not going far enough" in pushing their politics. His words, right out of his mouth. It makes me think he is one of the leading pushers of wokeness among the sports billionaires, otherwise he wouldn't be attempting to defend against "go woke go broke."

  4. #3. Dang that old Deep Purple song sounds like today's democRATs.... Best place around till some stupid with a flare gun burned the place to the ground .... Joe did a rally at the Grand Hotel it empty cold and dead.

  5. Politics is supposed to be Hollywood for ugly people. Crenshaw and Company did not get the memo.

    1. He does have beautiful eye

      (Oh it's a JOKE! Get over it!! )

    2. Crenshaw is our Moshe Dayan.

  6. I never get tired of seeing PDJT dancing to "Happy."

  7. #10 I had the great displeasure of seeing the lovely Hanoi Fonda throw a snit fit in an airport Terminal over an unpaid bill.The Turner family Gulfstream was locked down by a mechanic's lien and Hanoi threw a fit that was Classic I was paying a fuel bill for our Airtanker at Billings, Mt. She used language that would make a Tanker Captain blush.
    \ Told the Captain about it He was 7th air Cav. He loved it. Vile woman.
    Finally- Dan Crenshaw gave me an idea about throwing congresscritters
    out of a twin Otter but I'm afraid parachutes would be optional.
    loved the ad BTW.
    Another Varion of "Promised Land." T-62,66,and 60 I have co-piloted.
    Fire Pirates-Arrrgh!

  8. Way to go Big D! I have been reading you for over two years and this is the first time I have commented. The music did it and I am not saying this to diminish your commentary. I burst out laughing several times and in these times we need more laughter. Like you I am a retired journalist, and I am based in Montreal. My name is also LuAnn, spelled differently from how your wife spells her name. Keep up the great work! We need it.

    1. Don's blog is the best! And the regular commenters on here make it even better! Thanks for sharing

    2. Thanks, TO
      LuAnn it was a Jiffy Pop post judging by the comments -- as much fun to write as it is to read.

  9. Big D, in finest form this slowly-turning-gold Friday morning in Damn Near Heaven! He got this, so we got this.

  10. 14 - Elena Kagan and Barbara Streisand are nominated. Sad.

    FINALLY -Republicans have a deep bench. Crenshaw is near, if not at, the top.

    Love the music theme.

  11. #9 Seems like a newly named lake is in need of a Trump Boat Parade.

  12. Don:

    * If you like the Dan Crenshaw ad, you will love this one:

    * If Team Trump wanted to have even more fun with the press, then it should play "Camelot" during the rallies.

  13. I would favor "Wake Up, Everybody" by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes as the closing theme of the rallies. This 45-year-old song expounds the domestic MAGA agenda in less than eight minutes, and we can dance to it. The YouTube video even features a cameo by our illustrious Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

    ITEM 10 - When I served in Vietnam 50 years ago, I got to meet a real woman of valor, Col. (Res.) Martha Raye, who set aside her Hollywood stardom to learn nursing and served our country in three wars. I have pictures of her entertaining us, and if Don would like, I would happily scan one or two and email them to him for publication.

    ITEM 14 - Besides Jared Kushner, another worthy recipient of the Genesis Prize is the Israeli-born chief scientist of Moderna Pharmaceuticals, who developed the covid-19 vaccine.
    your video of "Hatikvah" sounds like the orchestral arrangement by Kurt Weill (better known for "Mack the Knife") written shortly before his untimely death.

    1. Please do. Bette Midler and James Caan trashed her in a trashy movie.

  14. 7. I think I read somewhere "No excitement without an idictment."

  15. "Water Drag It Is Getting Old,"

    (slow golf clap) - for 'water'. :)

  16. #4-But, but, but did he pay income taxes on the foreign payments. Asking for a friend. Ha, ha.

  17. Wow! ELvis sings Chuck Berry and a rendition of Hatikvah all in one post--the best ever.

  18. An EXCELLENT assembly of news items and music pix. Thank you!

    Don Reed