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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Highlights of the News

Donald John Trump is still our president. And today really is Saturday. Of course, every day is Saturday when you are retired.

ITEM 1: BBC reported, "Millions of Americans face going without unemployment benefits after Saturday amid a political standoff over a $900 billion stimulus package."

The Wall Street Journal reported, "It was a banner year for hedge funds that bet on and against stocks. Two of that industry’s more prominent names, William Ackman and Chris Hansen, deftly navigated the market carnage and subsequent rally to gain 62.8% and 48%, respectively.

"For the year through November, stock picking hedge funds posted their best performance relative to the total-return of the S&P 500 since 2010, according to data provider HFR, earning 11.9%. Their strong showing in 2020 partly reversed their underperformance relative to a portfolio of stocks and bonds over a one, three, five and 10-year period, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc."

The disparity comes from Democrat and RINO governors across the land shutting down bars, restaurants, and other small businesses.

Number of small businesses governors killed: In the millions.

The number President Trump closed: Zero.

Wall Street thrived while America struggled.

Sure, blame President Trump. Why not? He only gave us the best economy in 50 years. The Swamp and Wall Street took care of that.

ITEM 2: The New York Post reported, "A staffer in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan offices was bashed in the head with a cinder block on a Midtown street in a random and terrifying attack on Christmas Eve, police and sources said.

"Lisa Cavanaugh, 51, had just left work and was passing a construction site at Third Avenue near 48th Street at around 2:15 p.m. when a stranger crept up behind her, according to the NYPD and the sources.

"The man hit her in the back of the head with the concrete block before fleeing west on East 48th Street, cops said.

"Cavanaugh was temporarily knocked unconscious by the assault, law enforcement sources said."

It was a mostly peaceful protest, however.

ITEM 3: The Sante Fe New Mexican reported, "New Mexico sends relief checks to 15,000 low-income residents."

The money went to illegal aliens.

Here is how the newspaper phrased it, "Legislators earmarked $5 million from existing federal CARES Act funding for mostly immigrant families without work authorization who did not receive a federal economic impact stipend. An additional $2 million also was made available from CARES Act funds."

Fake News.

It is nothing but Fake News all the way down the line.

ITEM 4: The Post Millennial reported, "Four suspects, including a journalist, from Little Rock, Ark. with extreme far-left ties were taken into custody and charged by federal authorities last week in connection to coordinated firebombings of police cruisers over the summer.

"The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced that Brittany Dawn Jeffrey, 31, Renea Baek Goddard, 22, Aline Espinosa-Villegas, 24, and Emily Nowlin, 27, were arrested following a months-long ATF investigation."

The story also said, "Goddard attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and studied mass communication. She interned for the statewide news organization Arkansas Public Media, reported for KUAR Public Radio, and contributed to LGBT online magazine Autostraddle."

ITEM 5: The Associated Press reported, "A recreational vehicle parked in the deserted streets of downtown Nashville exploded early Christmas morning, causing widespread communications outages that took down police emergency systems and grounded holiday travel at the city’s airport. Authorities said they believe the blast was intentional.

"Police were responding to a report of shots fired Friday when they encountered the RV blaring a recorded warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said. Police evacuated nearby buildings and called in the bomb squad. The RV exploded shortly afterward, Drake said at a news conference." 

The story also said, "Surveillance video published on a Twitter account Friday that appeared to be across the street from the blast captured the warning issuing from the RV, 'if you can hear this message, evacuate now,' seconds before the explosion."

It looks like a dry run.

Beware of parked RVs from here on out.

ITEM 6: The Supreme Court scheduled a hearing on the legal challenge to Pennsylvania's handling of its election.

The Epoch Times reported, "The top court’s docket shows a Jan. 22, 2021. deadline—two days after the presidential inauguration day—for when the state is required to respond to the request for appeal."

Translation: The court will hear the case when the point is moot.

ITEM 7: Just the News reported, "A majority of American voters have no plans to get the COVID-19 vaccine right away, with a sizable percentage of that group saying they will never get it at all, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

"Among voters, 65% said they will either wait and see how it works, that they're in no particular hurry, or that they will never take the covid vaccine

"Just under a third, meanwhile—31%—expressed a wish to be vaccinated as soon as possible, while 4% were undecided."

From what I can tell, the vaccines are safe. People may feel ill a day or two afterward, but that is normal.

I won't take the vaccine for the same reason I do not take flu shots.

I do not want to.

ITEM 8: Just the News reported, "The Justice Department's Operation Legend, started this summer in several U.S. cities to fight violent crime, has resulted in over 6,000 arrests, according to the agency.

"The department in a release Wednesday described the operation as a 'sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.'

"Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and St. Louis are among the nine cities included in the effort."

What a way to remember LeGend Taliferro, 4, who was shot and killed in his bed on the night of June 29 for no apparent reason.

This operation honors him and surely will have prevented another travesty like the one he suffered.

ITEM 9Reuters reported, "Red China will suspend direct flights to and from Britain indefinitely over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus, Wang Wenbin, a foreign ministry spokesman said."

They thought we forgot.

ITEM 10: United Press International reported, "Judge says Trump admin can't set execution for only woman on federal death row."

Obama appointed the judge.

The story said that the murderer "was convicted in the 2004 death of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a pregnant 23-year-old woman. She strangled the woman and cut her baby out of the womb, but the child ultimately survived."

This is an example of the barbarianism Democrats want to normalize.

ITEM 11: The Atlantic reported, "Trump Is Losing His Mind."

This comes from a media that has insisted since June 2015 that he is crazy.

ITEM 12: NBC reported, "Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday pardoned a couple who were convicted of staging a hoax that captivated the nation more than a decade ago.

"Richard and Mayumi Heene reported that their 6-year-old son — who became known as balloon boy — had floated away in a homemade, duct-taped silver helium balloon shaped like a UFO above Fort Collins in 2009.

"The incident temporarily shut down Denver International Airport and prompted local authorities and the National Guard to deploy military helicopters on a rescue search that cost at least $14,500.

"Falcon Heene was later discovered unharmed, hiding in the attic of his family’s home in Fort Collins, about 60 miles north of Denver."

The pardon makes sense given that we spent $24 million on the media's Russian Collusion hoax and no one in the media went to prison for it.

ITEM 13: The New York Times alleged, "She Chronicled China’s Crisis. Now She Is Accused of Spreading Lies."


The story said, "Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old former lawyer turned citizen journalist, embodied the Chinese people’s hunger for unfiltered information about the epidemic. Now, she has become a symbol of the government’s efforts to deny its early failings in the crisis and promote a victorious narrative instead.

"Ms. Zhang abruptly stopped posting in May, after several months of dispatches. The police later revealed that she had been arrested, accused of spreading lies. On Monday, she will go to court, in the first known trial of a chronicler of China’s coronavirus crisis.

"Ms. Zhang has continued to challenge the authorities from jail. Soon after her arrest, Ms. Zhang began a hunger strike, according to her lawyers. She has become gaunt and drained but has refused to eat, the lawyers said, maintaining that her strike is her form of protest against her unjust detention."

This is coming soon to America because we import everything Red China produces.

Times reporters believe they will be immune.


ITEM 14: Breitbart reported, "In a Washington Post editorial published Wednesday, authors Deborah E. Lipstadt and Norman Eisen argue for the radical comparison of challenging recent election results with denying that a Nazi Holocaust, the 'best-documented genocide in the world,' ever occurred. 

"The essay, titled 'Denying the Holocaust threatens democracy. So does denying the election results,' makes several comparisons while suggesting how to combat such denial."

Ah, Jeff Bezos's rag will do anything for attention these days.

President Trump should cancel all the U.S. government subscriptions -- both online and in print.

ITEM 15: Zero Hedge reported, "Roughly 500 GoDaddy employees failed a company-wide phishing test this month that was disguised as a message that they would be receiving a $650 holiday bonus.

"Yes, you're reading that right: GoDaddy purposely emailed its employees during a year in which the U.S. economy went into recession, promising them $650 for the holidays, as a test to see if they would click certain links embedded in emails."

You're a mean one, Mister GoDaddy.

ITEM 16: Bloomberg reported, "Oberlin College, in Ohio, has cut its tuition by $10,000 for all new students. Nearby Denison University is offering an even better deal for Ohio residents: a $100,000 scholarship over four years. And Davidson College, in North Carolina, has frozen its tuition for the first time in a quarter-century. The Covid-19 pandemic has upended college life -- and college finances -- for millions."

This may be a special circumstance. Oberlin got walloped in court for libeling and waging a Woke Protests against a local bakery after a store manager had an Oberlin student arrested for stealing wine. Oberlin needs cash flow quick.

But maybe college fever finally has subsided.

The story said, "This year has already been one of unrivaled chaos for admissions offices, with many devising workarounds for students unable to visit campus in person and waiving standardized-test requirements. Freshman enrollment is down 13% this year, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which called the decline unprecedented."

Supply and demand set price, and when you have a third-party pay, the customer does not bicker. 

Medicaid and Medicare drove health prices through the roof. Student loans drove college inflation.

In both cases, the extra money went mainly into expanding the administrative staff rather than improving services.

ITEM 17The Hacker News reported, "Internet-connected technology, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT), is now part of daily life, with smart assistants like Siri and Alexa to cars, watches, toasters, fridges, thermostats, lights, and the list goes on and on."

Blah, blah, blah. The writer took forever to get to the point.

The story said, "Nicole Eagan, the CEO of cybersecurity company Darktrace, told attendees at an event in London on Thursday how cybercriminals hacked an unnamed casino through its Internet-connected thermometer in an aquarium in the lobby of the casino.

"According to what Eagan claimed, the hackers exploited a vulnerability in the thermostat to get a foothold in the network. Once there, they managed to access the high-roller database of gamblers and then pulled it back across the network, out the thermostat, and up to the cloud."

Why do you need your fish tank thermometer connected to the Internet?

Your toaster?

Your thermostat?

Maybe it is time to buy pre-Internet cars, watches, and fish-tank thermometers.

ITEM 18: Andrew Malcolm tweeted, "Twitter is wiping Trump's 59 million followers on the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts. But Joe's upset they're not just transferred over to him.

Why should Biden have more Twitter followers than he got votes?

By the way, President Trump's personal account which he uses 99% of the time has 88 million followers.

Biden has 21 million.


  1. Good story: My wife got me a TERRIFIC Christmas present. 500 rounds of 22 LR hollow point ammo. God love that woman! She said she found a local store - NOT Walmart - and walked in, and somewhat nervously explained to a clerk that she was looking for ammo because her husband thinks that a Second Civil War is imminent. She said he nodded at her as if she’d just said it was cold outside. HAHAHAHA! “Drivin down the road, I get a feeling that I should have been home yesterday, yes-ter-DAAAY...”

    1. Heart warming story!
      Thanks for sharing.

    2. I did the same thing in reverse. I got my wife a bunch of ammo for her S&W 9. With ammo shortages being what they are, she was thrilled.

    3. Awesome! Here in CT, even my make-believe wife wouldn't be able to buy ammo without a certificate of eligibility. Then again, there is none for sale anyway.

    4. Excellent Z & Unknown.

      I am sure that if any guns I might have owned had survived that unfortunate boating accident, my wife and I would have bought each other a nice varietal selection of ammo for Chanukah.

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    6. Thanks for the reminder going to local Farm Co-op today. Coyotes, you know.
      Had one of the best friendly Christmas dinners ever. Loved it
      we were a mixed bag as a group, Catholics, LDS , Baptists.
      actually had an intelligent discussion about religious belief and why we are all in this together

    7. Good. I hope they pass those conceited scumbags at Verizon soon.... 𝐞𝐟𝐚𝐫𝐦𝟑.𝐜𝐨𝐦

  2. 10 - I thought women were to be treated like men. Like item 4 - four women terrorists. Execute that butcher.

    15 - who’s your Daddy?

    1. #10--This was one of my favorite scenes in "The Hunt." Don tried to stop deplorable Crystal from killing elitist Liberty because she was a woman. Crystal didn't flinch when Liberty answered the question.

  3. Item3: can the NM Gov be arrested?
    Item15: I approve the GoDaddy test. Too many companies do a poor job of computer security and then just pass along losses to customers as higher prices.

    1. Item #15: The company I work for (a HUGE defense contractor) does the same thing all the time (though without the promise of Christmas bonuses!).

  4. "And today really is Saturday. Of course, every day is Saturday when you are retired." Both are true. But when every day is Saturday, then Saturday isn't terribly special.

  5. 6: If the challenge is considered valid, I would think the date would have little to do with its being moot.

  6. Item 15: I’m guessing the average age of GoDaddy’s employees is around 25, with an average IQ about double that.

  7. Item 5. Can we consider this a false flag operation to prevent RVs from getting close to DC for the Trump rally 1/6? Seems like a timely explosion, if that is the end result.

    1. The dots are being connected, eh?

  8. Item 1: Now we know how to vote against those governors who shafted us...

    Item 4: The Little Rock newspaper did not mention Goddard's Occupation. Nor any of the others, I see from the link.

    Item 5: Intentional? My Magic 8-Ball tells me, "Signs point to YES".

    ITEM 11: The Atlantic reported, "Trump Is Losing His Mind." Yeah, them and National Review, allows me to say, The STUPID is STRONG in these ones.

    Item 13: NYTers won't starve themselves, not with all the fat of the land around them.

    Item 14: The WaPoo WaPoops, again. (Not copyrighted, free for all to use when you get the notion.)

    Item 16: Oberlin shot itself in the foot. Stupid IS as Stupid does.

    Item 17: You might as well have a cable connection to Red China. A Faraday Cage would be better...

    Item 18: I was going to say, who cares what Biden says, but really, who can UNDERSTAND what Biden says?

  9. There seems to be a lot of nothing on the "mostly peaceful" bombing in downtown of a major city yesterday. Can they really know that little about what happened?

    1. Remember the Vegas shooting. OFFICIALLY, at least, we still don't know why that happened.

  10. They are wiping @POTUS to save Biden the embarrassment of watching the followers dwindle to zero

  11. Item 7,
    I won't take the vaccine for the same reason I do not take flu shots...

    Flu? What flu? There is no flu. I have not heard of any person catching the flu this year! What a crock!!!

    1. My wife went to the Doc, thinking COVID. Nope, "Just the Flu". I had the Flu, waaaaaaaaay back when I was in early high school, took me out for two weeks, lost 10-12 pounds, took the rest of the school year to gain that back, and never since. (I AM the herd...)

  12. ITEM 8 - "Travesty" is a poor description of what happened to LeGend. "Atrocity" is more like it.

  13. ITEM 5 - For a probable motive for the Nashville blast, I recommend Roger Simon's column in the Epoch Times. He says it has to do with AT&T's surveillance activities. Even Don, after some research, might confirm Simon's speculation. Simon himself is a resident of Nashville.

    1. AT&T owns CNN so it must be one of CNN's competitors who wants to be bottom of the crapper.

  14. ...including a journalist, from Little Rock, Ark. with extreme far-left ties

    Only ONE?

  15. Freshman enrollment is down 13% this year...

    It won't get better soon, COVID or not.

    Demographics rule, and there are no kids. Any honest State would be closing a State College or two in the next 12 months, but we all know that will never happen.

  16. Item# 1

    BBC are either stupid or liars. The individual states manage their unemployment benefits programs. No one will go without unemployment benefits.

    The only thing that has happened is that the $300 Federal addition is no longer added.

    Fake news strikes again.

  17. I still maintain that whichever Federal Agency was behind the explosions should be in charge of the investigation under the provisions of the Federal Paperwork Reduction Act of 1994.

    Seriously, I think its pretty clear already that there were two explosions; an EMP blast from inside the wire and a secondary covering blast from the Patsy Wagon outside. 17 Intelligence Agencies All Agree(tm)–It Was a Real Blast!

    The question is motive. Dominion? Solar Wind? the Georgia “Election”? Or some combination thereof? Maybe they were trying to stop and erase NSA collection on themselves and their Perma-Coup Attempts.

    Whatever it is, it’s not the Disgruntled Employee(tm) Ruse–this stinks of CIA or the like.

    1. The more we know....the less it looks like the FBI crock'o'crap 'paranoid about 5G' excuse.

      How about another AT&T IT guy who was shoved out and replaced by an H1-B costing about 1/3 as much? So the AT&T guy had to go to work as a contractor playing with PC database stuff for realtors?