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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Highlights of the News

BREAKING NEWS: Joe Manchin's price was revealed. Biden agreed to let taxpayers pay it.

ITEM 1: The Daily Caller reported, "The White House announced Friday that President Joe Biden will nominate Gayle Manchin, wife of Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, to serve as the federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission."

Paragraph 5 said, "Meanwhile, the president himself has signaled both publicly and privately that, despite past misgivings, he is prepared to kill the Senate filibuster in order to pass his economic agenda and gun control measures."

Gee, wonder how Quid Pro Joe Manchin, D-Manchin, will vote.
The ARC is the perfect boondoggle to appoint her to. Created to end poverty in Appalachia, 56 years later it is still fighting poverty but not very hard. If poverty ever ends, the commission will go the way of the Freedmen's Bureau.

ITEM 2: Jayme Metzgar reported, "Once Held Hostage By Teachers’ Unions, West Virginia Just Passed The Nation’s Broadest School Choice Law."

Her report began by recalling how a Republican legislature caved to an illegal teachers strike 3 years ago that frankly had me no longer caring about a Republican Party that I had defended for decades, going back to when only one of the 34 state senators (Donna Boley) was a Republican.

Now they may have redeemed themselves.

Metzgar reported, "Last week, with very little noise or fanfare, the West Virginia legislature passed the most expansive Education Savings Account program in America. While ESAs in most states are only open to a small percentage of children, the new West Virginia Hope Scholarship will be available to 90% of schoolchildren in the state. Every child currently enrolled in public school is eligible, plus those newly aging in."


She reported, "Applicants for the Hope Scholarship will receive 100 percent of their state education dollars — $4,600 annually — in lieu of public schooling. (County and federal funds will remain in the system.) The scholarship is usable for private school tuition, homeschool curriculum, or other education expenses. Gov. Jim Justice, a vocal opponent of ESAs as recently as 2019, has signaled he’s likely to sign."

I am not a fan of Jumbo Jim but the 180 degree turnaround from letting teachers run the state is encouraging. Look for teachers unions try to unleash a backlash from hell upon the state in the 2022 election.

ITEM 3: Breitbart reported, "A British teacher who showed his class cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed has reportedly been moved to a safe location and is under police protection.

"This week, the headteacher of a school in the north of England made a groveling apology to parents after one of his teachers showed an image of Mohammed to his class during a religious education lesson. Media reports claim the cartoons were shown during a discussion on freedom of speech and blasphemy laws.

"Gary Kibble, the headteacher of Batley Grammar School in the West Yorkshire town of the same name, which has a large Muslim population, had written that the pictures of the religious figure were completely inappropriate because they 'had the capacity to cause great offence' to certain members of the school’s community. Kibble also had a meeting with a local imam before announcing the suspension of the teacher."

The global war on terrorism ended.

Terrorism won because people like Kibble grovel to apologize when they dare offend Muslims.

ITEM 4: The Daily Wire reported, "The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a resolution authorizing an investigation into the 2020 presidential election that President Joe Biden won, but former President Donald Trump sued over, forcing the state into a recount.

"In the end, Biden won by 20,682, or 0.63% of the more than 3.2 million votes cast.

"The resolution, opposed by every Democrat, gives Republicans, who control the chamber, authority to issue subpoenas to compel testimony and gather documents, said Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, the vice-chairman of the Assembly elections and campaign committee."

Landslide Biden.

ITEM 5: The dumbest idea in Washington. He already has Joe Manchin's vote!

This is not about a tax. Washington does not need money because it simply prints up however much money it wishes to spend.

This proposal is about tracking where you go.

ITEM 6: The Houston Chronicle reported, "Editors of Kansas City's Northeast News opted for an unusual choice for the front page of Wednesday's issue: They left it blank.

"It was not a printing error, they assured confused readers who called and emailed their newsroom. Like many other local newsrooms, the News has lost advertising revenue at an unprecedented rate during the coronavirus pandemic. So the six-member staff kept its front page empty, a warning sign to the community about what might come if it ceased publication."

What do newspapers expect?

They championed draconian and unnecessary covid restrictions that devastated the local businesses that advertised in newspapers.

I feel sorry for the restaurants and theaters that went belly-up because of this madness.

ITEM 7: The Miami Herald reported, "On the second evening Miami Beach imposed its 8 p.m. curfew as part of a crackdown on spring breakers, an elite police unit crashed one pulsating street party packed with 400 or more people. Police reports describe an out-of-control scene after curfew in a residential area of South Beach — some people jumping on cars, others shattering glass, vandalizing property, trespassing, blocking roadways and smoking weed.

"Yet the few arrest reports from that Sunday night incident show police singled out one person as a chief instigator, charging him with inciting a riot — Javon Washington, a 30-year-old from Indiana who recently moved to Miami.

"His arrest report, summed up: He was playing music."


For a year now, the Miami Herald has demanded that the state be locked down because of covid 19. It has ignorantly mocked and opposed Republican Governor Ron De Santis and his efforts to keep the state open.

Suddenly, the Miami Herald cares about individual rights because a musician was arrested?

Oh and he calls himself Jae Murder.

ITEM 8: Business Insider reported, "Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren clashed with Amazon on Twitter on Thursday night, calling the tech giant out for exploiting "loopholes and tax havens," opposing unionization, and heckling senators on Twitter.

"Tensions between Amazon and some Democratic lawmakers, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, are running high just as Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, vote on whether to unionize. It would be the first Amazon union in the US."

After Pocahontas decried how low its taxes are, Amazon dared to tweet, "You make the tax laws Senator Warren; we just follow them."

I have a feeling the Washington Post might just call her out on this one.

But while owning the local newspaper is nice, for real security Jeff Bezos should hire Warren's hubby for some no-show job. It is called Manchining.

ITEM 9: The Associated Press reported, "Ambitious Republicans are starting to make moves in Iowa, long a proving ground for future presidents. Their first step is finding out whether activists there have gotten over the last one.

"Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the first to confront that obstacle, portraying himself Friday to Iowa GOP activists as a loyal champion of former President Donald Trump’s agenda but in his own brand of plainspoken, Midwestern conservatism.

"Trump remains a hulking presence in Iowa, where he won twice by healthy margins. He’s hinted he’ll run again, and his false claims that the last election was stolen still dominate Republican circles."

The Associated Press cannot quit him.

You know they're gonna have to face it, they're addicted to Trump.

ITEM 10: John Bursch reported, "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled Friday in favor of Dr. Nicholas Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University, reversing a district court’s dismissal of his lawsuit against university officials. The university punished Meriwether because he declined a male student’s demand to be referred to as a woman, with feminine titles and pronouns. The court ruled that, based on the allegations in the complaint, the university violated Meriwether’s First Amendment rights."

The First Amendment doesn't care if you are offended.

In fact, it exists to protect speech that offends you.

Bwahahaha, snowflake.

ITEM 11: Zero Hedge reported, "Another Round Of Toilet Paper Shortages Looms Amid Global Shipping-Container Crunch."

Once upon a time, America made everything it needed and exported a lot of stuff.

Then Nixon opened Red China....

ITEM 12: Bloomberg Law reported, "The federal ban on bump stocks—devices that increase the rate of fire for semiautomatic weapons—is likely unlawful and must be put on hold, a divided Sixth Circuit said Thursday.

"Bump stocks harness a gun’s recoil energy to rapidly move the firearm back and forth, bumping the shooter’s stationary finger against the trigger. In the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, in which a gunman using semiautomatic rifles with bump stocks killed 58 people, President Donald Trump ordered the Justice Department to quickly ban 'all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.' "

Bump stocks are not machineguns.

That's good to know.

By the way, did the Department of Justice ever get around to investigating the motive behind the mass shooting? 

ITEM 13: The American Prospect whined, "Trump Appointees Are Sabotaging Biden’s Stimulus Checks."

If true, paybacks are a female dog.

Deal with it, resistance.

ITEM 14: The Boston Globe reported, "Union president says MLB players ready to discuss moving All-Star Game from Georgia in wake of voter-restriction laws."

I thought they already boycotted it over Georgia's abortion law.

ITEM 15: USA Today reported, "Starting Friday, New Yorkers will be able to pull up a code on their cell phone or a printout to prove they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative for the virus that causes it.

"The first-in-the-nation certification, called the Excelsior Pass, will be useful first at large-scale venues like Madison Square Garden, but next week will be accepted at dozens of event, arts and entertainment venues statewide. It already enables people to increase the size of a wedding party, or other catered event.

"The app, championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support the recovery of industries most affected by the pandemic, is funded by the state and available for free to businesses and anyone with vaccination records or test results in New York."

Coming up next, apps that verify you voted Democrat so you can do online banking, order food online, and tweet.

ITEM 16: Disrn reported, "U.S. murder rates increased by 30% in 2020."

Congratulations, Defund the Police. Mission accomplished. 

ITEM 17: The Associated Press reported, " Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed into law legislation allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone because of religious or moral objections, a move opponents have said will give providers broad powers to turn away LGBTQ patients and others.

"The measure says health care workers and institutions have the right to not participate in non-emergency treatments that violate their conscience. The new law won’t take effect until late this summer."

The key word is non-emergency.


  1. Speaking of restaurants, Don, I played golf yesterday with a managing partner of a popular barbecue restaurant in Broward county. Last May his business was down 20%, as of yesterday his restaurant is "killing it." Thank God for Ron DeSantis.

  2. 12: All a bump-stock is good for is running thru a clip of ammunition lickety-split without being able to hold on target. Considering the price of ammo today, if you can even find it, a bump-stock is a bad choice.

    Justice for Ashli Babbitt!

    1. It's a magazine and they are quite controllable. It takes effort to not overpower the bump stock so that the recoil can do its job. I've had a lot of fun with them but it's not something one does except as an occasional lark.

  3. FWIW

    ZOOM to pay $0 in taxes on $660 million in profits….

    USA Today: Christian Values Are “Archaic”; Oral Roberts U. Should be Banned

    The Denial of Evil

    What if Hunter Biden was Black?

    Study: Chemical That Causes Penises to Shrink Found in Face Masks

    California Foster Parents Being Asked to Take in “26 or More” Migrant Children From the Border — “I Consider it Human Trafficking”

  4. 6 - that is probably the first non-fake news front page they've produced in decades.

    I retired four years ago - self employed. If I was still working last year, I’d have been put out of business. I am angry and disgusted over what the gubment bureaucrats did to small businesses.

    12 - the Las Vegas shooting is another case buried by our department of injustice.

    15 - I will buy a counterfeit code. I’m sure the market for them will be large.

    1. Item 15. There is left wing outrage any time someone suggests voters show ID when voting, but they’re cool with vaccination IDs which require a smartphone??? Those without such a device are likely the elderly and/or poor. Where are the cries of outrage??

    2. Maybe Gov Cuomo plans to hand out free smartphones to the dumb voters in NY, like Obama did.
      That would certainly help him in his battle against being impeached.
      Call it Cuomophones

    3. I live in upstate NY and have decided to boycott any business, event, mode of transportation, etc. that requires an excelsior pass. Unless they can produce a certificate of noncompliance to this ridiculous rule.
      BTW, Excelsior: from Latin "higher." Longfellow used it as the title of an 1842 allegorical poem about doomed idealism. Oh, we're doomed alright, though it's not ideal.

  5. I emailed Patty Rucker two days ago and told her, “Way to lead!” Big D, you’ve been through the wars here in Almost Heaven and I am grateful that you’ve kept your head up and spine straight so that adopted Yankees like me have a warm safe place to call home.

    But, I mean, can ya feel it? MISTER DUB VEE RISIN’!! GO RISIN’! RISIN’! In two years this state may be pushing five million people. Surber Blog-type growth.

    1. DUB VEE ??? clear as mud. What part of yankee land did you come from?

  6. As media in both the U.S. and Canada have championed lockdowns, they forget that it takes local advertising to keep them afloat. It has been weird hearing reporters agree with what governments have done. What happened to challenging and questioning authority? That my friends was yesterday.

    1. Exactly correct, the newspapers are puppets, their leader is PINO Howdy Doody and he is completed controlled by the CCP. America Matters.

    2. Though, I'll give 'em credit, a blank front page is a thought provoking image. Wonder if it is also introspection provoking?

  7. Item #6
    Having spent a career in radio where we actually had to produce results for advertisers, I have no sympathy for newspapers. Their liberal bias has not only put us in our current culturally divided and economically unsustainable position, like all on the left, they have not been held accountable for their failures. It’s time.

    1. Exactamundo. You nailed it to the clubhouse wall.

    2. I did 7 years in radio sales out of college. And yes you had to prove results with every campaign. Yet the bird lining ads news print received was probably 8x the share radio got.
      Ironically with fragmentation of TV from cable, demise of newsprint and fierce competition from online, radio is still viable I think, of the "big three" from way back when. Big four if you count billboards or yellow pages.

  8. item 12. No one cared about the Las Vegas massacre. It was mostly white person shooting white persons. No racial component no interest. And by the way Epstein didn't kill himself.

  9. Item 6: KC north east? Must be in Missouri, not Kansas. I was born in a suburb of that area.

    Item 8: Don commented, "I have a feeling the Washington Post might just call her out on this one." I say, NOT A CHANCE. That's because, as I keep saying, I don't KNOW if the media is/are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dem Party, or if it's the other way round, but it's OBVIOUS that they are in CAHOOTS.

  10. 16. Black’s are murdering people at an alarming rate.

  11. It is hard to believe that any senator would sell out his country for a job for his wife. With majority rules in the senate our constitution will mean nothing with our cowardly courts we saw during the 2020 election..

    1. They already sold out for Epic-Pens. Why not go for the gold.

    2. Hell, #DitchMitch couldn't be bought off to be LOYAL to his country through his wife getting an Admin gig. Corruption is the default setting for these people.

    3. In Chicago, an "honest politician" is one who stays bought.

      Legendary California politician Jesse Unruh (D) infamously said, "If you can't eat their food, drink their booze, screw their women and then vote against them you've got no business being up here."

  12. Item #2

    Another future-tense report about something great that gets everyone's hopes up. There are probably ten ways to sabotage this, especially since Republicans are involved. Wake me up then parents are actually getting the checks. Until then, it's propaganda to keep you from burning down the nearest public school and sending "teachers" packing.

  13. #14 Yeah baby!!!Georgia Legislature did good! I haven't watched a baseball game since my beloved Boston Red Sox unfurled a "Black Lives Matter" banner on the walls of Fenway Park last spring. So go ahead make my day! Screw the left wing Atlanta outta their dough! Keisha Lance Bottoms can kiss my bottom.

    1. And as an aside note. I heard a very loud "click" in Atlanta last week when Rush Limbaugh fans turned off WSB radio as "Never Trumper" Erick Erickson slide into Rush's noon to 3 spot. No longer do I have to endure the lefty news during the breaks.

    2. KTRH 740 in Houston has a great news break team. Definitely right of center.

    3. Tunein Radio is another good app

  14. Item 7: “Javon Washington”? Sounds like a good ol’ Irish Catholic name, right? The media has stopped publishing perps’ photos because people might get the right idea. But as long as they publish the names, people will figure it out. “Javon”? Maybe he’s Scandinavian? Italian? There must be some reason the Miami Herald supports him.

    1. 'Specially if there's a couple of apostrophes in his first name...

    2. J'Avon - must be another friggin Amish! I wonder WHERE they get these names? I used to sell insurance door to door on a DEBIT! That's an old practice of selling insurance on a WEEKLY basis and then you COLLECTED the premiums! I had many clients who would put their money in a pouch hanging on the door or in the mail box. One of our other agents said he had written a policy on a little black baby girl named FAH MA LEE. He asked the Mom who named her and she said the HOSPITAL did. Said it was right there on the baby's bracelet - FEMALE ! I had one whose son was named LAQUINTHEAUR. I figured he was named after his daddy - either Larry, Quinton, Theotus, or Aurthor! I remember how proud we were when we printed our names in the FIRST grade. It's a burden on little kids to try to spell their names sometimes. It's not RACIST - it's A FACT!

  15. Item 3: Muslims need to get over themselves. Apologies for the awkward phrasing: You don't have a right to not be offended.

    As for firearms, I keep saying we need an Assault Muslim Ban. The guns aren't doing anything on their own.

  16. Donald John Trump is still our president.

    11: Don't blame Nixon. Bucketmouth gave them diplomatic recognition.

    He said we could proceed without an inordinate fear of Communism.

    Right before the Russkies invaded Afghanistan.

  17. "taxing drivers by the mile"

    we already pay a tax by the mile, and gas guzzlers pay more per mile than efficient cars. Gas tax.

    1. Tax bicycles. Geez, they have their own lanes all over the place. Tax on basis of cost and miles per year ridden. Extra tax if they ride while wearing silly outfits.

    2. In California, tax by the mile is being pushed by ticked-off bureaucrats. They put in all the subsidies for electric cars, sold some, and then their gas tax receipts went down. Who knew?

  18. The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a resolution authorizing an investigation

    The current AG of Wisconsin is a Perkins Coie alumnus (could be alumna, hard to tell.)

    So that's going nowhere fast.

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