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Monday, September 21, 2020

Highlights of the News



Good morning. Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: Regarding filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court, the American people have already voted on the matter. In 2016, they elected a president to nominate a successor. In 2014, 2012, and 2018 (and a few special elections) they elected a Senate to either confirm or deny that nomination.

As Ruth Ginsburg told the New York Times in 2016, "There's nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being the president in his last year."

That year, Obama nominated Merrick Garland. The Senate refused to confirm him. That is the precedent here. Those who say we should wait until a new president takes office are unprincipled partisans. That some are Never Trumpers makes me laugh and laugh at their impotency.

Again.

ITEM 2: Fox reported, "An envelope addressed to the White House and containing the deadly substance ricin was reportedly intercepted on Saturday, according to reports.

"A law enforcement official told The New York Times that investigators believed it came from Canada. The letter was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Trump, a law enforcement official told AP.

"The incident occurred just a day after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, opening the door to a substantial shift in power on the Supreme Court."

As a reader said, lead will be next.

The Washington Times reported police arrested a woman suspect as she tried to cross from Canada to the USA.

ITEM 3: Via Citizen Free Press, the Duluth News reported, "Biden uses union hall to take on Trump outside Duluth."

The story said, "Biden said in front of a crowd of less than 50 people, only a portion of them civilian guests and union carpenters — the rest media, staff and U.S. Secret Service."

Like Biden, his voters are hiding.


But sure, it'll be a landslide for Democrats.

ITEM 4: A reader wrote to DonSurber@GMail.com, "My name is Joan and I am one of the silent readers of your site. 

"I have Directv and a news channel many don't, One American News.  They ran/are running a segment on these acts of kindness this weekend..  It has been running about 10 minutes before the hour. I am not sure how long it will run. 

"I could not find it online but found a Twitter link that has them.  All seem to be correct except paying the mortgage of the man who fixed his flat tire. I think news articles can be found to support and expand on the others. 

"To me, these acts, most long before he thought about entering politics, show the real man. They show he did not discriminate and how he feels for our military."
There are 23 examples in the tweet thread. I knew about many of them but not all. Awesome.

ITEM 5: Andy McCarthy of National Review wrote, "The best play, particularly if Republicans lack the Senate votes they need anyway, would be to use the vacancy as a core issue in the 2020 campaign. This worked for Trump in 2016 — indeed, it got him elected, ever so narrowly.

"To be sure, Democrats are going to be more galvanized this time because the shoe is on the other foot: The prospect of a Republican replacing the Court’s leading liberal will alarm them as much as the prospect of Clinton choosing Scalia’s replacement alarmed Republicans. Nevertheless, as a political issue, the Court cuts in favor of Republicans. That is why Trump is already touting a list of potential nominees.

"For all the Democrats’ hysteria about the purportedly imminent reversal of Roe v. Wade (that never happens), every time a conservative is appointed, the fact is that Republican judicial nominees are forces of stability who favor judicial restraint, enabling Americans to determine democratically how they wish to live. By contrast, the public rightly sees Democratic judicial nominees as forces of radical change, imposed by judicial fiat at the expense of democratic self-determination. That is why Biden does not want to release his list of potential Supreme Court nominees. Democrats prudently fear that it would frighten voters and hurt his chances.

"For now, President Trump is signaling (by tweet) that he intends in short order to announce a nominee to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ginsburg’s passing, and that he will push for Senate consideration. There is a good chance that he won’t get Senate consideration before the election . . . but that the nomination of a solid prospective justice, and the inevitable comparison of the kinds of jurists a Biden administration would appoint, will help the president’s reelection bid."

Typical Republican loser talk.

The reader said, "Andy speaks with a forked tongue like all his Never Trump breed. If President Trump doesn't go all out he will lose his own support. That will hurt him more than any left enthusiasm for stopping him. "

ITEM 6: OK, we have had boat parades for President Trump.

Biker parades.

Pickup parades.

My best proofreader reader sent me the best parade of all.
All we needed was Al Yankovic singing "Amish Paradise."

ITEM 7: Another reader request. Via the Connecticut Post, the Washington Post listed, "Five myths about Antifa."

The first myth the Post promoted, "Trump cannot designate Antifa as a terrorist organization because Antifa is not an organization."

So? The Ku Klux Klan also wasn't a single organization.

Two: "Antifa groups are simply not numerous enough, nor their memberships large enough, nor their politics influential enough to have achieved such massive destruction. Militant anti-fascist groups heavily vet potential members to prevent infiltration from law enforcement or the far right."

And yet city after city smolders.

Three: "Antifa is not affiliated with the Democratic Party."

Is there a Trump supporter in the bunch?

Four: "Antifa is funded by such liberal financiers as George Soros." And yet millions poured in to post bail for them. 

None of the money came from Trump supporters.

Five: "Antifascists are not fascists." And yet they've destroyed cities, looted businesses, and beat people up. That they do it to promote the Posts's ideology is the only reason the Post won't call them out as violent terrorists.

Democrats did this. It is a myth to say it was spontaneous or a grassroots effort.

ITEM 8: The Independent reported, "Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday did not dismiss the idea that House Democrats might impeach Donald Trump again in order to force the Senate to hold a trial in removing him from office in order to delay a battle over the president’s coming nomination to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court."

Her argument is the Senate would have to halt everything to handle an impeachment.

That is not what the Constitution says. It merely states, "The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present."

But whatever. Is there a Democrat leader who is not suffering dementia?

ITEM 9: NPR reported, "President Trump has given tentative approval to a deal that will keep TikTok alive in the U.S., resolving a months-long confrontation between a hit app popularized by lip-syncing teens and White House officials who viewed the service as a national security risk.
"TikTok downloads were set to be banned in the U.S. starting at midnight Sunday, but that has now been averted."

Walmart and Oracle will take over.

I still won't use it because of its connection to Red China.

ITEM 10: CNBC reported, "The Trump administration is set to announce a slew of fresh sanctions and additional measures in support of Washington’s maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime.

"As early as Monday, the United States could sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile and conventional arms programs, a senior U.S. official told Reuters. 

"On Saturday, the United States unilaterally re-imposed U.N. sanctions on Tehran through a snapback process, a process that other U.N. Security Council members have previously said Washington does not have the authority to execute."

I remember when the UN opposed war and dictatorships. Now the UN supports both.

ITEM 11: Just the News reported, "White House coronavirus adviser and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci will speak at a virtual festival this year alongside numerous Democratic and progressive figureheads, including Hillary Clinton. 

"The Atlantic Festival, an event that promises to 'bring brave thinking and bold ideas to life with four days of can’t-miss conversations, evening headliners, and more,' will feature a marquee lineup of numerous liberal luminaries, which aside from Clinton include former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza, and television host Samantha Bee. "

No collusion here, comrade.

By the way, Bee called Ivanka Trump the C-word. And yet the self-styled first woman president and other feminists will appear with her publicly. Liberals no more care about women than they do any of the minorities they say they support. 

People are toilet paper to Marxists to be used and flushed down the drain.

ITEM 12: The New York Post reported, "Most Americans, regardless of whether they are Republican or Democrat, believe the Senate should move forward with confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court Justice this year, a new poll says.

"The Marquette University Law School poll found 67% of respondents believed confirmation should proceed in 2020 while just 32% said the chamber should hold off.

"The survey was conducted between Sept. 8 to Sept. 15 — just days before the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from cancer Friday evening."

Two-thirds of America believes the Constitution means what it says.

ITEM 13: Breitbart reported, "Tech industry elites have endorsed Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, citing their opposition to President Trump’s efforts to prioritize Americans for high-paying tech jobs in the United States.

Twenty-four winners of the Turing Award, considered the Nobel Peace Prize for computer science, have endorsed Biden on the premise that the former vice president will allow the tech industry to import more foreign workers, specifically those on H-1B visas, to fill coveted U.S. jobs."

It turns out Biden is the one who will have you in chains by importing cheap labor to replace you.

ITEM 14: Rob Reiner tweeted, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s body isn’t even cold and Mitch McConnell is dancing on her grave. This is war. Dems have powerful weapons. Now is the time to use them."

War?

What is a fat celebrity going to do? Try to crush people? That's not what is meant when soldiers say, "Let's roll."

Michael Moore said, "What I’m encouraging people to do this weekend is, umm, we need to be out in the streets. We need to be in front of the local offices in your states, where the U.S. senators have their local offices. We need protests out there every single day."

His problem is his people already are on the streets and have been on the streets for 4 years.


ITEM 15The Ohio Star reported, "As bad as the covid 19 lockdown has been in any number of sectors of the US economy, colleges and universities have been hit particularly hard. Restaurants and movie theaters have physical plants that continue to cost them money regardless of whether they are serving food or showing movies. Hotels have it even worse, because they are far more expensive to maintain. But colleges and universities have it worse still. Their physical plants include not only housing and dining facilities, but also recreation areas, classrooms, and expansive grounds. In addition, colleges and universities have staff that often number hundreds of times that of hotels.

"Unlike restaurants, movie theaters, and hotels, colleges and universities do have the ability to offer their product remotely. Students with their faces planted firmly into Zoom calls have become the new normal pretty quickly. But when a quarter to almost half of a university’s income comes from room and board, it becomes pretty clear pretty quickly that those Zoom classes are gutting college and university revenue streams.

"Making matters worse, foreign students are staying home in droves because of both the virus and US policy. This might not sound like much, but universities obtain more than twice the revenue from the typical foreign student than from the typical American student. Foreign students have been subsidizing American students for years. And now they aren’t."

The story estimated 20% of universities may permanently shutter.

60% of small businesses have.

Overreaction has consequences.

ITEM 16Joe Biden said on Sunday, "It's estimated that 200 million people will die probably by the time I finish this talk."

Oh come on. 

Not that many people listened and I really doubt many of those who listened committed hari-kari.

ITEM 17: The Associated Press reported, "A Michigan resident's apparent joke showing disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one election official. The resident put a toilet on their lawn with a sign that says, 'Place mail in ballots here.' Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, filed a complaint with police over the display, saying it could mislead people who aren't familiar with the voting system."

Anyone dumb enough to put their ballot in a toilet is too dumb to be trusted with a vote.

ITEM 18Just the News reported, "Mississippi's Supreme Court has ruled that voters don't automatically qualify for absentee ballot just because they suffer from pre-existing conditions making them more vulnerable to covid 19. 

"The high court's decision on Friday partly overturned Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens, who ruled earlier this month that state law allows any voter with preexisting conditions impacting covid 19.

"The justices ruled the local judge too broadly interpreted state law."

Another Democrat loophole is closed.

FINALLY, don't speak ill of the dead but don't fluff them either.

18 comments:

  1. “But sure, it'll be a landslide for Democrats.”

    Wrong preposition. Try another.

    Like “on”.

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  2. What the Colonel said.

    My first good thought after hearing the news was flashing back to Otter and D Day in Flounder’s formerly Sweet Ride, now repurposed for battle, looking at each other, and Otter goes, “Let’s take the cheese.”

    Stephanie Dawkins Davis would be a nice play, but ACB is The Choice For Life. And NOTHING matters more to this guy. Our first grandchild, Claire Elizabeth, had an expected due date of 5/8/18. She was born on January 26th of that year. Abortion is murder.

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  3. Was RBG a white supremacist?
    Eventually she did break down and hire one black guy

    https://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/is-ruth-bader-ginsburg-a-white-supremacist/

    Way back in 1993, as a Senate Judiciary Committee staffer to Orrin
    Hatch, I prepared him for Ginsburg’s confirmation hearing. As part of
    her submissions, Ginsburg sent in a form that revealed that over the
    course of her 13 years on the D.C. Circuit she had never had a single
    black law clerk, intern, or secretary. Out of 57 employees, zero blacks.

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  4. Best line was in ITEM 3: Like Biden, his voters are hiding. LOL

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  5. #5 "Typical Republican loser talk."

    Forget it, Jake, it's National Review.

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    1. So long as that seat is open, the democrats can count on the support of their unhinged base and are free to make moderate noises to reassure the center.

      Once GEOTUS fills it, their unhinged base will be demoralized, and any moderation will lose as many moonbat votes as they might hope to gain from LIVs.

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  6. #9. I'm in complete agreement regarding Walmart. Or did you mean TicTok?

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  7. General Observation here. I came away with hope for our future. had a conversation with a youn lady who works at a coffee stop that i get a Mocha for my wife-every day. She's a Dem -or-was.She likes Trump but wen independent Her reason-Joe Biden and Kamela Harris- Joe's senile and Kamal wants to be dictator of the United States. she came to the conclusion that the Dems wan to control but not build.
    Number two-the Med aide at my wife's residence facility.She she's full blown 100% MAGA and she's Hispanic born in Mexico came here for college,married a Gringo, stayed. Hates Illegals. Did everything by the book.She told me that here is far more Hispanic support than th eDems think-for Trump. She's not wanting Joe or whomever survives Joe's impending meltdown, to flood the country with "refugees and Illegals."
    As she could lose her job. "I left Chihuahua be cause it was dangerous where I lved-the Dems wan to bring it here."
    This was what I heard yesterday. My Lefty Lib neighbor was complaining about the "Bochty Little Marxist sign and the F**k the Cops signs on the local "Animal House" down the street. Don't know wheather he'll vote for Trump, but I get the felling he isn't going to vote for Biden.. These are good signs..

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  8. 12. The people who supported appointing a supreme court justice in 2016 are the same people who are opposed this year which proves that the decision is political not principled.

    13. I have alot more faith in the intelligence of the US population to believe they will not elect a senile idiot pedophile to be president. I hope I am right.

    14. Those idiots do not understand the definition of war or the consequences.

    15. And the downside is? Less indoctrination? I can go for that.

    16. I wonder how that will affect the 750,000,000 women who will go to work under biden?

    And, Kurt, aren't they all?

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    1. Jim: I would seek nuance in the word "principle". Of course it is political. As McCarthy has noted, the Constitution doesn't go very far in this area. The result seems to be that the prez and senate both have to agree whether or not to move forward on a new justice...whether near an election or at any other time. In 2016, the two did not agree; today, they do (both Republican). So yeah, politics, and the only other way to go would be something like an amendment to spell out dates and necessities.

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    2. #15 - you beat me to it! Also, I am encouraged by the number of people re-thinking K-12 "public" schools.

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  9. Trump is the real deal - a genuine person and not a plastic politician.

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  10. 1: Including RBG?

    5: (that never happens)

    Just because it hasn't doesn't mean it can't. I'm sure lots of people thought Plessy was forever.

    If President Trump doesn't go all out he will lose his own support.

    Bull. The Trumplicans won't dump him over one issue.

    8: Can't believe she wants to try this again. And the Senate can simply ignore it. No trial.

    11: numerous Democratic and progressive figureheads, including Hillary Clinton, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza, and television host Samantha Bee.

    Pretty much says it.

    14: Where was Fathead during 'Nam?

    16: hara-kiri

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  11. Item 15–My daughter is a professor at a University. She is able to hold some in person classes as long as the auditorium is large enough and is half filled. She tells me that the university has a quarantine detention facility and contact tracing policy.

    One day she experienced this procedure. A student received a text from some important staff member that he was to pick up his toothbrush and a few personal items and report directly to the detention center (a form set aside for quarantine). The look on his face was so sad and frightened. Here was a young man who was enjoying class and campus life but because of contact tracing was forcibly quarantined.

    Students in quarantine receive three meals a day placed OUTSIDE of their prison—er— dorm room. No one sees them for 2 weeks. This is insanity.

    BTW the quarantined boy’s roommate was in my daughter’s class also. He got the same text moments later that he’d been quarantine designated. Again. This is insanity.

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  12. Ruth Bader Ginsburg on abortion and population control" "“Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of." Which population was she worried about?

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  13. #5 - Why is it assumed that the left will continue to have enthusiasim if the GOP places a judge before the election? Seems to me after it's done there is nothing to be excited about. I'd argue that the GOP must place a judge as soon as possible to not only shore up the GOP base but demoralize the Left. However, I only see scribblings about how the GOP needs to wait or for some reason they will lose.

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    1. Yes, yes, YES! ^^THIS^^

      The Left might still go on rioting, but they'll have lost enthusiasm; and after his reelection, Trump will gleefully lock them up, so it'll quickly stop!

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  14. Biden (and Harris agrees) said that he would first appoint a black woman to the SCOTUS. No list yet, just the affirmation that (like his VP pick) it will be a black woman. She may be the best person qualified, but will be perceived as a "token" choice.

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