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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Highlights of the News

ITEM 1: Citizen Free Press posted the video of Putin asking an NBC interviewer, "Did you order the assassination of the woman who walked into the Congress and who was shot and killed by a policeman?"

No Republican has raised this question of whether the Capitol Police targeted Ashli Babbitt.

Indeed, the media rarely mentions her name because the Capitol Police shooting and killing her ruins the unfounded narrative of an insurrection by white supremacists terrorists.

Putin laughs at our hypocrisy. We are so smug. This happens in lesser countries, we tell ourselves. 

But Putin casually pointed out that Josef Biden is punishing dissidents.

Republicans in DC should realize that what happened to Ashli Babbitt will happen to them. No one is safe.

Bob Dylan has the song, sadly, of America in 2021:

Once upon a time you dressed so fine

Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?

People call say 'beware doll, you're bound to fall'

You thought they were all kidding you

You used to laugh about

Everybody that was hanging out

Now you don't talk so loud

Now you don't seem so proud

About having to be scrounging your next meal

Yes, how does it feel to be a complete unknown in your own home?

ITEM 2: Breitbart reported, "President Joe Biden’s administration announced their plans to create ways for Americans to report radicalized friends and family to the government, in an effort to fight domestic terrorism."

By domestic terrorism, they mean voting for Trump.

ITEM 3: CNBC reported, "Inflation is likely temporary, and trades built around it being longer term are now the most overdone in the market, according to Bank of America’s June Global Fund Manager Survey.

"The closely watched gauge of professional investors indicates that Wall Street is in line with the Federal Reserve’s view that recent price pressures will lighten up as the year goes on and eventually recede to normal levels.

"Some 73% of respondents said they see inflation as transitory, while just 23% say it is permanent."

Forget what they say. Watch what they do.

ITEM 4: The New York Post reported, "The controversial directive for New York nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients increased the death toll among residents — and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s claims otherwise have been disproven, according to a New York State Bar Association report exclusively obtained by The Post.

"The 242-page report by the NYSBA’s Task Force on Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care also blasts Cuomo for not reversing the Department of Health’s unreasonable mandate sooner than he did, saying it remained in effect weeks longer than necessary."


That means the State Bar believes Cuomo is responsible for thousands of covid 19 deaths.

Attorney General Letitia James should drop her witch hunt on Trump's taxes and start a criminal investigation of Cuomo turning nursing homes into death camps.

ITEM 5: Business Insider reported, "Steve Bannon racked up more than $1 million in legal fees during the Russia investigation — then asked Trump's DOJ to reimburse him." 

Of course.

The politicization of DOJ by Democrats is aimed at bankrupting the opposition.

Let us review. Obama spied on Trump, trumped up charges, got a witch hunt, and cost Bannon $1 million.

The government should reimburse Bannon -- and garnishee Obama's presidential pension checks to pay for it.

(No link. Pay site.)

ITEM 6: The New York Post reported, "Public school students in Florida will now have a minute of silence to pray, meditate or daydream under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

"The measure requires 'principals to require teachers to set aside time for a moment of silence' at the start of every day.

"Under the law, teachers are prohibited 'from making suggestions to the nature of any reflection during the moment of silence,” but the Republican leader had prayer on his mind when he signed the bill, according to News 4 Jax."

DeSantis said, "The idea that you can just push God out of every institution and be successful, I’m sorry, our Founding Fathers did not believe that."

The story said, "A Democratic leader said the law blurs the lines between separation of church and state."

Democrats believe atheism is the state religion. Just as it is in Red China.

ITEM 7: The Telegraph reported, "Viktor Orbán stepped up his war on LGBT rights on Tuesday as Hungary’s parliament passed legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality in schools.

"Mr Orbán’s government claimed that the latest in a string of anti-gay measures was aimed at protecting children and fighting pedophilia.

"The bill outlaws LGBT people from featuring in educational material or TV shows for the under-18s. It means that films featuring gay character or seen as promoting homosexuality could only be shown at night with an 18-plus certificate.

"Movies that could be affected include Bridget Jones’s Diary, the Harry Potter films and Billy Elliot, broadcaster RTL Klub Hungary said."

Good for Hungary for protecting children.

ITEM 8: Deadline reported, "Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is calling for NBCUniversal to urge the International Olympic Committee relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing, citing the Chinese government’s human rights abuses.

"Scott said in a statement that NBC News own reporting 'has detailed the horrors faced by Uyghurs in Xinjiang and the genocide being committed against them by the government of Communist China. Yet this American network continues to turn a blind eye to Communist China’s atrocities when it comes to allowing Beijing to host the 2022 Olympic Games, apparently preferring instead to give General Secretary Xi a platform to whitewash his horrific crimes with the grand spectacle of the 2022 Olympic Games.'

"Scott had fired off several letters to the network several times, most recently calling on the network to not just call for moving the Games but to threaten to not air it."

What good is a cancel culture if we cannot cancel a slave country?

ITEM 9: Hamas-Shielding AP reported, " The Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana, who ordered that plans be resumed for lease sales that were delayed for the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.

"U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty's ruling came in a lawsuit filed in March by Louisiana's Republican attorney general, Jeff Landry and officials in 12 other states. Doughty's ruling granting a preliminary injunction to those states said his order applies nationwide.

"The 13 states said the administration bypassed comment periods and other bureaucratic steps required before such delays can be undertaken. Doughty heard arguments in the case last week in Lafayette."

Trump judge.

ITEM 10:  The Hill reported, "The Associated Press said Tuesday that it will no longer name suspects in minor crime stories that only cover an arrest with no follow-up.

"John Daniszewski, AP’s vice president for standards, said in a statement that in such stories, the news outlet will likely not report on whether charges were later dropped or if the suspect was acquitted.

"He said that these stories have 'long lives on the internet,' adding that the news outlet’s distribution network can make it difficult for suspects in these cases to later gain employment or 'just move on in their lives.'"

More Black Lives Matter garbage.

Good reporters don't make news, they report it.

Once again, Hamas-Shielding AP has made the news.

ITEM 11: The New York Post reported, "Former President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he will visit the US-Mexico border region with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the end of this month to draw attention to what he called 'grave and willful dereliction of duty' by his successor."

Trump has been to Europe, too.

ITEM 12: The Foundation for Economic Education reported, "Curb Public Health Agency Powers Following Lockdown Carnage

"More than a dozen states have passed or advanced legislation to place new checks on the powers of public health agencies in the wake of the pandemic."

The 15 states include West Virginia.

The horse may have fled the barn, but the door still needs closing.

ITEM 13: The Chicago Tribune reported, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot says email ripping aide over lack of ‘office time’ that drew comparisons to a scene in ‘The Shining’ was ‘born out of frustration.’"

The Shining? I thought her movie was Beetlejuice!

Meanwhile the death toll from homicide hit 308 so far this year.

ITEM 14: The Senate voted unanimously to make Juneteenth a national holiday. 

Why not D-Day?

Why not Lincoln's birthday?

Why not December 6, the anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment?

Memorial Day already commemorates the sacrifices young American men made from 1861 to 1865 to abolish slavery in the United States.

Making Juneteenth a national holiday promotes the notion that somehow slaves liberated themselves. That is the narrative. It is an alternative to reality.

That Republicans went along with this shows once again how easily they get played. No one dares stand up for the truth for fear of being labeled racist.

ITEM 15: The Washingtonian reported, "As you undoubtedly now know, President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden has a new career as an artist. And it may be on the verge of becoming a very lucrative one.

"Artnet reports today that the George Bergès Gallery in Soho will mount a solo exhibition of Biden’s art in the fall. According to George Bergès, Biden’s art dealer, prices for a Biden original will start at $75,000 and go up to $500,000 for larger paintings. 

"Although he’s been making art since he was a child, Biden has not had any formal training. He told Artnet his new studio is in a three-story garage on his property."

Buy his paintings, get access to the White House. This is even more sleazy than his million-dollars-a-year no-show job in Ukraine. 

ITEM 16: CBS News reported, "The Biden administration on Tuesday made tens of thousands of Central American immigrants in the U.S. eligible to petition for their children to come to the country legally as part of an effort to discourage youths from journeying to the southern border. Shortly after taking office, President Biden ordered officials to revive the Obama-era Central American Minors program, which originally allowed certain at-risk children in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to come to the U.S. as long as their parents had secured legal status in the country."

The erasure of our border continues apace as the enemy from within controls the Oval Office.

ITEM 17: The Union Leader reported, "A school board meeting turned into an anti-administration rally Monday night, with calls for the superintendent to resign over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the controversial decision to write numbers on the hands of unvaccinated students to track them at Exeter High School’s prom. 

"More than 150 people filled the high school’s cafeteria for what was supposed to be a routine meeting of School Administrative Unit 16's joint board, which has members from the six towns in the SAU."

They gave Superintendent David Ryan 3 hours of hell.

He gets $168,136 a year to make bone-headed decisions like this. He just finished the first year of a three-year contract.

ITEM 18: Roll Call reported, "The U.S. Capitol Police had potentially deadly training deficiencies on one of the force’s most lethal weapons, yet another issue that has come to light since the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

"The Containment Emergency Response Team (CERT) failed to comply with weapons certifications."

It will be interesting to see if the Capitol Police Barney who shot and killed an unarmed Ashli Babbitt was among those who failed to comply with weapons certifications.

In fact, it will be interesting to learn his name.

FINALLY, Politico reported, "Senate Republicans are mulling support for a massive amount of new spending on infrastructure — in part because they think it’ll help kill President Joe Biden’s liberal agenda.

"Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to tip his hand on whether he supports the bipartisan negotiations on Biden's plan for roads and bridges that are being led by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). But a growing number of Senate Republicans are betting that if a deal is reached on that sort of physical infrastructure, Democrats won’t have the votes needed to pass the rest of Biden’s soft infrastructure priorities, such as child care and clean energy.

"Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) surmised Monday that if a bipartisan package comes to fruition, the only remaining ways for Democrats to pay for a second bill on social spending programs are tax increases — too toxic to pursue. Democrats can pass a spending bill with only Democratic votes, but they need all 50 of their members to be on board."

The thing about a 50-50 Senate is it serves more as a hobble on the party technically in the majority than on the party in the minority.

Republicans do not have to deliver squat.

Democrats do.


  1. My prayer time this morning ended with urgency and pleading: Manifest, Lord, manifest. And make Your will so clear that even the evil will see it, and tremble.

    1. There is an awful lot of evil bubbling to the surface. The media. The intelligence agencies. The democrats. They are all one in the same. Evil hitting us on multiple fronts.

    2. You forgot the Republicans.

  2. 14: "No one dares stand up for the truth for fear of being labeled racist."
    True dat and ironically they will still be called racist for some other reason.

    Who killed Ashli Babbitt?

  3. Will Juneteenth be a holiday for blacks only? It will if the Biden administration runs true to form.

  4. #8 didn't the US boycott an Olympics in 80s because Russia invaded Afghanistan? We'd never go into Afghanistan!
    And we don't have political prisoners either. Ask Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, Ashlie Babbit and the rest of the January 6th real peaceful protesters rotting in jail.

    1. They are just at the beginning of there being massive conservative political prisoners - if we don’t wake up.

    2. That evil judge on the Flynn case is now running roughshod over many of the January 6 demonstrators. He's one of the 1st 'we' need to wake up to.

    3. He should have been impeached over the Gen Flynn case. I guess the Dems love him so nothing will ever happen.

  5. Despite what you think of Putin and what we know of him, he had quite the pair to ask who killed Ashli Babbitt during that interview. Asking better questions than American reporters and politicians! Is this what it has come to?

    1. Well in Putin's defense, he didn't get the daily briefing talking points the rest of our media gets and obeys.

    2. Putin didn’t invade Iraq on a lie, killing a million people.
      Putin didn’t destroy Libya and leave it riddled with slave markets.
      Putin didn’t arm Al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorists in Syria.
      And Putin didn’t start a genocide in Yemen, where millions are currently starving to death.

    3. And Putin talked about the 415 political prisoners in jail over Jan 6th. No bail for simple trespassing and the ANTIFA/BLM thugs get nothing. This reminds me of President Adams and Wilson who went after political opponents.

    4. Agreed. The corrupt propaganda media can't walk that one back.

  6. Until the pubbies stand against the Demmunists.
    This is not going to stop.

  7. Even if schools in NJ were still in session for Juneteenth, the calendar would just say “day off”. So what is the point? Shame on our 50 spineless Senators for caving to this ridiculous pandering.

  8. speaking as a 40+year career bureaucrat: WTF, another Federal holiday? I thought it was stupid when they added the last one to "honor" MLK, but now this? And, for what? Lemme see...that will make 11 Federal holidays now - almost one a month - plus 26 days off for those who have "worked" at least 15 years. 37 days off each year for those who serve us so well! (hope the sarcasm is coming thru loud & clear)

    If you deplorables only knew how much time is wasted by Federal bureaucrats, sigh...and at such high pay rates! Plus this new "holiday" will be ushered in with extravagant ceremony and ceremonies that requires weeks of "planning" instead of actual job accomplishment...SMDH

    I often thought that the only "solution" for the holiday problem would be to designate a "roving" day off that would change annually or allow employees to take one of these "holidays" off each year as they so desire, but now the situation is hopeless - any attempt at compromise will be met with charges of racism...can anyone doubt that a "gay" holiday is not to far behind - June 28th anyone?

    But mostly I'm just disgusted and no longer try to be amused (h/t Elvis Costello)

    1. HH - much of my contempt comes from consulting to many many state agencies in multiple states. And knowing a few federal employees who thought the earth wouldn’t rotate on its axis if they were jot doing their amazing, difficult and very very critical job.

    2. 35 years ago when I worked for PA government we had 13 holidays, 6 personal days and I had 20 vacation days because of my length of service. If I worked another 5 years I would have been eligible for 5 more vacation days. That's 44 days off a year. I was thinking about staying there to see if I could earn 52 days off. But, Florida was more tempting.

    3. I worked for a company that gave "earned time off" Basically it amounted to 2 weeks vacation and 2 weeks sick per year. The maximum "earned time off" was 400 hours. Any time accumulated after that was paid as part of your regular salary. Imagine taking all that time off as a single "vacation". (Most of the time you could take up to a maximum of 200 hours at one time.)

  9. Item 2: Every time this is tried people have fun with it. Look for I.P. Freely and Harry Butts to be on the most wanted list. I plan to report at least 10 members of Congress.

  10. item 3: I'd say, do not trust what they say.

    Item 14: As I keep saying the GOP is the "GO Along to GET Along with the Dems" Party.

  11. Let’s call Juneteenth “The day a White Republican freed the slaves.”

    1. Lincoln did not free the slaves in TX. Simon Buckner, Sr, and Edward Canby freed the slaves in TX, Jeffery.

      Buckner was a Confederate general, so he was likely a Demo. His son commanded the Aleutian Campaign and the US 10th Army on Okinawa.

      Canby was the Union general who took his surrender. Over lunch, they say. Also the only general killed in action during the Indian Wars.

      No idea of his political affiliation.

      You might try reading before making your faux provocative comments.

    2. I'm so old I don't remember the Declaration saying that the slaves were freed in the states in rebellion except for TX.

    3. Canby was killed in the Modoc war in southern
      Oregon Northern CA.
      One of the Descendants of the Modocs who fought Canby is an old friend of mine Retired Rockwell
      Engineer worked on several projects for NASA.

    4. You might want to work on your reading skills also, ed. I’m sure this will come as a shock to you, but not everyone here is named Jeffery.

    5. Texas declared its secession from the Union on February 1, 1861. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation changed the legal status under federal law of more than 3.5 million enslaved African Americans in the secessionist Confederate states from enslaved to free. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

      Texas was a secessionist Confederate state; therefore, it was included in the Proclamation. (Slaves in the Union states were not freed until the passage of the 13th Amendment.)

      The slaves in Texas were legally freed on January 1, 1863, even though they didn’t know it. It took 2-1/2 years for their emancipation to be announced in Texas. The slaves in Texas, like the slaves in all other Confederate states, were freed by a presidential executive order, not by a couple of generals over lunch.

    6. Texas declared its secession from the Union on February 1, 1861. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation changed the legal status under federal law of more than 3.5 million enslaved African Americans in the secessionist Confederate states from enslaved to free. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

      Texas was a secessionist Confederate state; therefore, it was included in the Proclamation. (Slaves in the Union states were not freed until the passage of the 13th Amendment.)

      The slaves in Texas were legally freed on January 1, 1863, even though they didn’t know it. It took 2-1/2 years for their emancipation to be announced in Texas. The slaves in Texas, like the slaves in all other Confederate states, were freed by a presidential executive order, not by a couple of generals over lunch.

  12. Juneteenth, just what government workers need, more paid time off. Will it end with 365 holidays per year?

    1. The Juneteenth holiday is a Democrat bribe to government workers to keep them voting Demoncrat. No private employer will add an additional paid-time-off holiday, nor will they likely be required to. No private employee will ever see a Juneteenth holiday.

  13. 'Morning, fellow curling enthusiasts...

    3 - Ah, another relic of the 70s - the idea that inflation is caused by too many people working and too many people producing. Thus we once again sleepwalk into a stagflation that the theorists say is impossible...

    6 - "Founding Fathers" - props to Gov. DeSantis for saying this (as I do).

    7 - Note that RTL is a German network - and there is MUCH resistance in eastern Europe to the kind of garbage that the clapped-out "old europeans" are trying to push onto them.

    14 - In practice, all this means (as someone pointed out above) is that government employees will get another paid day off. Note how many "national holidays" only those folks have as paid days off while the rest of us work...

    1. I'm amused by the received notion that "not working" means paying tribute to something.

      I like the idea of Lincoln's Birthday being Lincoln's birthday. And I will pay respect by working and loving.

    2. Lincoln's birthday and Washington's birthday were combined to create President's day when MLK day was created.

  14. Item 14, Juneteenth: Eh, Texas is the home of Juneteenth, and big celebrations have been held for more than a hundred years. The day has been an Official State holiday since at least 1980. The rest of the country is nearly half a century behind the times.

  15. Donald John Trump is still our president.

    1: It's sad when you have to admire a KGB colonel more the the PUS.

    2: Just like the Gestapo and the NKVD.

    5: They did the same to Sarah Palin.

    6: That sound you hear is Madalyn Murray O'Hair spinning.

    Kind of like a rotisserie.

    10: There goes Guess The Race.

    14: To what purpose is this? Until a few years ago, nobody outside TX ever heard of Juneteenth.

    15: That, however, is how they nailed Jim Wright.

    18: David Bailey.

  16. when is inflation ever temporary?

  17. 2. I need their address. I want to report everyone in the biden administration.

    4. This opens the door for lawsuits by the 15,000+ families who had a relative killed by cuomo using the 242 page report as ammo.

    7. We would not even have commercials on TV if they passed that law in the US.

    9. Wow! A judge supports states rights and enforces it nationalaly. They started it!

    13. hunter has a job in chicago. Who knew?

    14. Another holiday so when supplemented unemployment benefits end people still have an excuse to not work.

    15. hunter has to cash in before biden is "25th amendmented."

    17. Hopefully he is fired for the cause of being stupid so they don't have to buy out his contract.

    Finally, the republicans deliver "squat", too.

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  21. Sadly, PA didn't curb the Health Department but we did curb the Governor. The Governor can no longer keep an emergency going because the Legislature can vote to end it with a majority vote.

    They still have the powers they originally did they just can't keep declaring and emergency and refusing to sign legislation to end it. Now they can vote for an end with a simple majority.

    Better than nothing we'll see how it works.

    What I want to see is some meaningful election reform. And by that I mean some actual penalties for fraud of any kind and punishment of the SEC STATE who's in charge. Also how votes are cast, the machines (or not) used and how the integrity of the ballots and the count can be assured.

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