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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Highlights of the News

GOOD MORNING! Went to the Courthouse on Monday to pay the annual property taxes. It went as expected.

ITEM 1: Politico reported, "Mike Pence was met by a respectful, even warm, crowd in his first trip back to Iowa since the election. Republicans at a picnic in the northwestern corner of the state stood and clapped for him on Friday. In Des Moines later that afternoon, a ballroom full of Christian conservatives did the same.

"He was 'honorable,' a 'man of faith,' attendees at the annual Family Leadership Summit said. Evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats called him 'a very consistent conservative voice in Congress and then as governor, and then as vice president.'

"What few people said they saw in Pence, however, was the Republican nominee for president in 2024.

"Many Iowa Republicans had seen the results of the most recent Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, released just days earlier, in which Pence flatlined, drawing no more than 1 percent support. Before that, they’d watched the video of Pence getting heckled and called a traitor at a major gathering of conservatives in Florida last month."

He played the vice presidency wrong. He wasn't that popular as a governor and in 2016, Republicans expected to lose that state's Senate race. Donald Trump's election rescued that seat.

ITEM 2: CNBC reported, "Nike is at risk of running out of sneakers made in Vietnam as the Covid crisis worsens around the global, according to a new report from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

"The warning comes after two of Nike’s suppliers in Vietnam, Chang Shin Vietnam Co. and Pou Chen Corp., recently halted production due to a rapidly growing Covid outbreak in the region. In fiscal 2020, Nike said contract factories in Vietnam made roughly 50% of total Nike branded footwear.

"A new analysis from Panjiva, a business line of S&P Global Market Intelligence, found Vietnam accounted for 49% of U.S. seaborne imports linked to Nike and its products in the second quarter of 2021.

"Nike’s imports from Vietnam are led by footwear, Panjiva said, which was included in 82% of shipments in the 12 months ended June 30."

Red China is using covid 19 to wipe out the competition.

ITEM 3: I am torn. On the one hand, Nike and its top management can go to hell because they use slave labor.

The Irish Times reported on December 10, "The Qingdao Taekwang Shoes Co. turns out eight million pairs of Nikes per year. Its factory in the Chinese city of Laixi resembles any other sprawling production facility, apart from the six-foot high barbed wire fences that run along the perimeter walls, watchtowers standing sentry at various corners, and an in-house police station, replete with facial recognition technology, that also serves as a surveillance hub. The prison-style security is necessary to ensure that upon shift’s end, the Uyghurs working there return quickly to their segregated dormitories to prepare for mandatory patriotic re-education classes run by the Beijing government."

On the other hand, I hate seeing the Vietnamese suffer because they actually pay their workers.

It may not be $15 an hour, but the money is enough to pay the bills.


The New York Post reported, "Big Apple supermarket chain Morton Williams has decided to severely curb its sales and marketing of Ben & Jerry ice cream after the popular brand took sides in a long-running Middle East controversy.

"Following a board meeting on Monday, Morton Williams Supermarkets resolved to reduce the Ben & Jerry’s products it sells in its 16 stores by 70%, the Post has learned.

"The supermarket’s board also agreed to stop promoting the ice cream in its weekly circulars, and to demote Ben & Jerry’s to the least desirable locations of its freeze aisles, co-owner Avi Kaner, told the Post."


Too bad they cannot drop the virtue signaling carbuncles altogether.

ITEM 5: Bloomberg reported, "Investment strategists are starting to consider a new bearish scenario: the economy has already hit its speed limit.

"With the ferocious spread of Covid-19’s delta variant and central banks already talking about tighter monetary policy to bring inflation under control, there’s a sense of worry that financial markets have become too optimistic.

"The shift in narrative was evident across assets on Monday. The S&P 500 sank 1.5% and benchmark Treasury yields tumbled to the lowest level since February. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index fell 2.3%."


Stocks are overdue for a correction of 10%.

ITEM 6: PJ Media reported, "The decision of 60 Democrats to walk out of a special session and flee the state could be costing taxpayers a pretty penny.

"Between their per diem and salary, they are costing taxpayers $723 per legislator per day during the 30-day special session—roughly $43,000 a day—according to Texas Rep.  Jared Patterson.

"Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan is demanding that the fugitive Democrats return their $221/day per diem."

They fled to DC on a private jet.

Wake up the prosecutor.

ITEM 7: ABC reported, "A Florida man who breached the U.S. Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag was sentenced Monday to eight months behind bars, the first resolution for a felony case in the Capitol insurrection.

"Paul Allard Hodgkins apologized and said he was ashamed of his actions on Jan 6. Speaking calmly from a prepared text, he described being caught up in the euphoria as he walked down Washington's most famous avenue, then followed a crowd of hundreds into the Capitol."

Ah, the show trials have begun, complete with the mandatory reading of a confession.

Comrade Florida Man read, "If I had any idea that the protest ... would escalate (the way) it did ... I would never have ventured farther than the sidewalk of Pennsylvania Avenue."

And he read, "This was a foolish decision on my part."

The judge sentenced him only to 8 months for felonious entry of the People's Palace of the Politburo.

ITEM 8: The Daily Beast exclaimed, "Wildfire Ravaging Oregon Is Now the Size of Los Angeles!!!!!!!!!!"

I added the exclamation points.

Well, how big is LA?

322,000 acres.

And how big is the United States?

1.9 billion acres (excluding Alaska and Hawaii -- or 5,900 times as large as LA.

I mean, it is a big fire, consuming 1/2 of 1% of Oregon. But how about less hype, more facts.

God bless the firefighters and pilots.

The Daily Beast? Not so much.

ITEM 9: Newsweek reported, "Spain’s Prime Minister is spending several days in the United States this week but he won’t be meeting with President Joe Biden—a notable departure from the expected protocol when world leaders cross paths.

"For Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez, the U.S. Capitol is not on the agenda. He is instead traveling to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Cupertino in an effort to promote Spanish businesses, according to local reports."

That burn on Biden is bigger than LA.

ITEM 10: The New York Post reported, "Runaway tortoise reunited with owner after a year was only half-mile from home."

Homeowner Ruaidhri Jukes has to be the slowest man on Earth. And he did not even catch up to the tortoise. Two neighbors did.

ITEM 11: HuffPost reported, "A senior federal judge has gutted a criminal case championed by a Trump-appointed top federal prosecutor against a rock musician who posted promotional photos for his band on Facebook and had his home raided as a result.

"Justin Coffman, a member of an anarcho-punk band called The Gunpowder Plot, was the target of a June 2020 home raid in Jackson, Tennessee, after he posted three professionally shot images on his band’s Facebook page. The photos showed him standing in front of a police vehicle and posing with a fake Molotov cocktail behind his back.

"Months after the raid, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee charged Coffman under a rarely used statute that makes it unlawful to possess weapons as a user of an illegal drug. The charge has sometimes been used against white supremacists who espouse violence, but it was used here to target a member of a rock band with an antifascist theatrical motif."

Looks like prosecutor Mike Dunavant proved Coffman's point about fascism in the USA.

This happened under Trump.

Imagine what life will be like under Josef Biden.

A Bush 43 judge sprung Coffman.

I notice the feds use every tool in the book to get people they label white supremacists but give the Democrat Party's BLM and Antifa a pass.

ITEM 12: The New York Post reported, "President Biden on Monday insisted that his massive spending plans aren’t causing price hikes on everything from bacon and bread to gas and electricity, saying inflation is temporary and expected after the covid 19 pandemic.

"Biden argued that about 60 percent of price increases are caused by transitory effects linked to covid 19, such as shortages of lumber and semiconductors, and aren’t a sign of substantial long-term inflation linked to deficit spending."

Lumber prices are back to normal.

This is what happens when you elect a lifer senator who has not worked outside government in at least 50 years.

ITEM 13: Politico reported, "Senate Democrats are proposing a sweeping rewrite of the military draft laws aimed at requiring women to register for the Selective Service System, according to a draft authored by Senate Armed Services Chair Jack Reed."

How about no one registers for the non-existent draft?

ITEM 14: Just the News reported, "A new poll from Convention of States Action shows nearly 60% of those surveyed are not confident about Vice President Kamala Harris becoming president.

"The poll, in partnership with the Trafalgar Group, shows 58.6% of the electorate is "not confident at all" that Harris is ready to be president. Five percent said they were "not very confident."

"The flagging numbers for the vice president cross partisan lines, as 42.6% of Democrat voters say they are not very confident or not confident at all that Harris is ready to become the county's next commander in chief."

A woman president? Kamala is not the problem.

Let us review the antics of Nancy Pelosi and her Off With His Head impeachments, back clap at the State of the Union, and her ripping a State of the Union address.

Then there is the detestable Hillary.

Sorry, but women will have to do better before I vote for one for president.

ITEM 15: DPA reported, "A 25-year-old Super Mario 64 video game from 1996 that was still in its sealed cartridge set a new record after netting $1.56 million at a weekend auction held by Heritage Auctions in Texas."

I am going on a scavenging hunt in the old bedrooms of my sons.

Finder keeper.

ITEM 16CNN announced, "CNN is hiring hundreds of people and developing dozens of programs for a subscription streaming service that will launch early next year.

"The new venture, called CNN+, was formally announced on Monday morning. It will exist side by side with CNN's existing television networks and will feature eight to twelve hours of live programming a day.

"Jeff Zucker, the chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports and president of CNN Worldwide, portrayed CNN+ as the evolution of video news and the start of a new era for the company."

So CNN will become a Vlogger. 

Maybe Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper can start Only Fans accounts.

I'm thinking of starting Don Surber+

I won't charge anything. It will be the same content. But with a plus sign!

ITEM 17: Via Paul Farhi of the Washington Post, media online traffic is down without President Trump to kick around anymore.

My traffic is up. 

Thank you, readers, and Kane at Citizen Free Press.

FINALLY,  Via the Epoch Times, Republican Congressman Byron Donalds of Florida said, "Listen, I’m 42 years old. I had COVID-19. I’m not getting vaccinated, because I don’t want to. That is my own decision as a free-thinking human being. I don’t want to do it. I don’t want the shot. You have millions of Americans who are like that. Leave us alone."

To use the vernacular, he is a grown ass man.

Live free or die.

I got vaccinated. You do you.


  1. While I admire Mike Pence's faith we don't need a milquetoast president. We had that with Bush 41 and Bush 43. The only choice for 2024 is Trump or DeSantis. Nothing else will do for the country.

    1. Agreed. Pence is a Walter Mitty type. Trump proved he's got the brass to do the job.

    2. Had the same feeling with Paul Ryan and his Catholic "social gospel." If you are THAT into your faith, drop out of politics, join a religious order and go live in a monastery. Don't be a politician.

  2. Item 10. If he ran like Achilles, he would never be able to catch the tortoise 🐢

  3. I think the mistake is in the $7230, no way state legislators cost that much per day. $7,230 X 60 = $433,800 not $43,000

  4. #12 lumber prices are back to normal!? Lumber futures prices might be but our local Lowes still wants $75 for Plytanium 23/32-in x 4-ft x 8-ft Pine Plywood Subfloor. That ain't normal.

    1. The Lowe's I work at has 5/8" OSB for $56+ a sheet.

      seems high still

    2. Robin Banks, I apologize. I skipped over your first post because I saw all those dollar signs and thought you were telling me how much you were making working from home! True story...

    3. I read that the retailers are stilling try to get rid of their higher priced inventory.

    4. A 4 ft x 16 in board was $20 in December, its $40 still, hasn't dropped back down. Lets me put off wife's book shelf though. 2x4s are still $10 when they used to be $2.50 each.

  5. Item 16...shouldn't it be CNNminus?

  6. Media online traffic is down without President Trump to kick around anymore.

    "My traffic is up." And podcasts are everywhere.

  7. 12: Beijing Biden was not elected in any meaningful sense of the word.

    Say the name - Lt. M.L.Byrd!

  8. Pence should retire and stay retired. (I don't know what his status is.)

    1. Never Trumper.

    2. Hard to differentiate between him and Barry, they're both empty suits.

    3. Nah, Pence is a decent man, and in another age we would be more than happy with him. But he never quite got the rules the radical left plays by in these times. He did a nice job behind Trump, let's leave it at that. Asking him to not certify the EC vote was a bridge too far. And while we all know there was something wrong, he would have had no evidence at that time to support doing so, the courts had mostly abandoned any sense of decorum in order to save themselves. Pence would have been quickly overruled by the SCOTUS.

    4. Yes, and the courts would have still done it by procedural rules so no one could present evidence. None of them wanted evidence, the would have had to act then.

  9. #13: If a young person has male genitalia but has chosen female pronouns & a feminine identity & name, wouldn't it be wrong to make he/she/it register for the draft?
    (As if this web weren't tangled enuf...)

  10. Item 4: "Ben & Jerry’s will end sales of our ice cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Read our full statement:" Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Soooo; no B&J in "Palestine", or no B&J in Israel. Do Palestinians have the money to pay for B&J, other than the "rulers"?

    item 6: Ride in, round them up, and brand them as LOSERS, Texas!

    Item 8: It's not burning Portland?????

    Item 9: Don wrote, "That burn on Biden is bigger than LA." Don has a WAY with words.

    Item 16: I only watch CNN-ZERO...when my TV is OFF. (It's so calming,)

    Item 17: Media traffic is down? I am SOOOOOOOOOOO
    not bummed!

  11. 4 - may they be the first of many. I’d love to see their sales melt away.

    8 - I hope our friends here from Oregon are out of harms way.

    11 - I’ve noticed that trend too.

    16 - CNN+ will have bigger lies than regular CNN. Plus sized.

  12. #5 This brilliant move by Ben & Jerry’s is sure to increase the shelf space they occupy in Nancy Pelosi’s freezer.

  13. #7 So the House votes on a 1/6 Commission and it doesn’t pass. Then Nancy says “We’re doing it anyway.” McCarthy says any Republican who participates loses their committee assignments. Now, Republicans are participating, pretending the Commission was never voted down. More outrageously, McCarthy appointed them!! And I’m supposed to go vote for Republicans next year? I pity anyone who sees themselves as a traditional conservative who is also fantasizing about winning at the ballot box. Worse is thinking your interests are being represented by a Republican politician. Maybe we really are the stupid rubes the Left think we are.

    1. In America, we have two political parties: the Evil Party and the Stupid Party...

  14. #8. Proper forest management, opposed by liberals, would have prevented this.

    1. This mismanagement goes back to the late 1970s. At one time they select cut the forests to thin them and the contractors removed tree falls and brush It didn't stop all fires but certainly helped reduce the intensity. Some trees need fires to all seedlings to sprout. Some of the rules made it impossible to do much of anything. In wilderness areas bulldozers could not be used to fight fires; no mechanized equipment. I wonder what the new rules will be.

  15. 'Morning, fellow curling enthusiasts...

    2 - Vietnam is very anti-China and has been for a long time - they fought a brief-but-very-vicious border war with China back in 1979 (Vietnam won) that deserves more attention than it gets. Vietnam is actually in on the idea of an alliance in the region to constrain China.

    4 - Best advice on ice cream is to make your own. Seriously. And there's now a new generation of ice cream makers that don't use the freeze-bowl but instead have their own compressor. Just do it.

    8 - Interestingly, all that smoke has traveled all the way across the continent. Check out a satellite photo - or in Don's case :-) just look out the window at all the haze. Enough is mixing down to the surface to likely trigger air quality alerts for particulate matter today in places.

    12 - I've mentioned this before, but that's actually "the Party line" - that all this inflation is due to economic recovery. Seriously, stumbled across this in a financial article this morning: "The extraordinarily strong demand of late, combined with supply constraints and shipping obstacles, are leading to inflation." Yep, got nuthin' at all to do with what's going on in DC. As the late Jack Kemp put it in his beatdown of that moronic idea, these people really do believe that "inflation is caused by too many people working and too many producers producing."

    13 - Funny how we haven't had an actual draft since 1972, but we're stuck with yet another carter relic from 1979 that requires all men who hit 18 or 20 (forget which) to register for selective service.

    14 - Funny how none of the propaganda applied to Sarah Palin back in 2008; don't remember much hype about the chance to have the first woman VP. I wonder why.

    1. 13 - It's 18. And males are required to acknowledge they signed up in order to get any financial aid for college, or at least needed to.

    2. Yep Black JEM, back in the day in S.C. you could buy beer at 18 and your draft card was used as an ID. This was long before photo IDs. Liquor stores here were required to close at sundown and in my small town they seldom carded me, even though the age for buying liquor was 21, whereas I was almost always carded for beer. Strange times.

    3. “Best advice on ice cream is to make your own.” I would if I had the recipe for Abbott’s Frozen Custard from Rochester.

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  17. #16. CNN is already vulgar. Does that plus mean they are adding vile, vicious and vane?

    1. The word, Susan, is go away. I personally am tired of your name calling. Go away and get a life.

  18. Donald John Trump is still our president.

    1: They may like him in IA, but to the rest of the country, his name is Benedict, and I don't mean Pope.

    2: Slave labor ain't what it used to be.

    4: Collaborators gotta collaborate.

    7: The Full Court Alinsky. A grovel is required .

    9: In the immortal words of El Kabong, "HO-Laaaaayyyyyy!!!!!!!".

    12: Guys like him went from law school to DC.

    13: This will go over well with the wxmyn.

    14: Repeal the 19th Amendment. A bigger mistake than Prohibition.

  19. Item 3-- Facial recognition technology? What good would that be? Don't they all look the same!

    1. Bwahahaha. I thought the same thing but didn't post because I'm prim and proper

  20. 4. I don't think I've ever had Ben & Jerry's, and this is a guarantee I never will.

    6. Why should the taxpayers foot the bill? Make them pay it back.

  21. "This is what happens when you elect a lifer senator who has not worked outside government in at least 50 years."

    He was installed after a stolen election. Let's not gloss over that!

    1. We have to gloss over it. We’re gonna elect our new GOP saviors in 2022, remember.

  22. #8 smoke has lifted looks like rain here.But we have two months of summer left.
    September is one more month of summer here

  23. 4. I never ate the communist ice cream so unlike the nfl, I couldn't quit.

    5. Had my 5% correction last week and yesterday and a 2 1/2 % bounce today. Hopefully, not a dead cat bounce!

    7. Well past time to reign in the doj, fbi and judiciary. They are the criminals! They should count time served in solitary as double and maybe he can walk.

    9. No sense meeting with someone who's not there.

    11. And democrat legislators.

    14. With the attacks on kamala by the democrats and media, I believe they are trying to force her out before they declare biden incompetent. Maybe hillary as a replacement? Anyone else contemplating that position will be in danger of arkanicide.

    15. Now they have to pay $6 million for the game boy or the cartridge is useless.

    16. No one watches cnn for free, how, do they expect people to pay for their content?

  24. All it takes is balls. In 2000 the Speaker of the House in Florida was the person designated to certify the electors. He said he didn't care what any court ruled. As far as he was concerned w won and those were the electors he would certify. pence could have done the same. "Enough questions about corruption, I won't certify until those issues are resolved." He could have done that if he had the balls.

    1. I agree, but the VP was not a risk taker, IMO. In general, our elected officials seem to think they are entitled to a career in office, so why risk doing something different. I lost contract jobs for refusing to ignore intentional serious violations of properly required government regulations; yes, the US Constitution was violated by the swing states' executives but to not certify the electors would have caused a possible constitutional crisis and/or mob violence as Time Mag outlined if Trump has won. Pence was not the man for the hour.

  25. We are seeing a hostile takeover of America by democrat terrorists and their master plan is horiffic
    .,.Look at this video ASAP!!!'

  26. Item 4: “Big Apple supermarket chain Morton Williams has decided to severely curb its sales and marketing of Ben & Jerry ice cream” Great! Now do Coca-Cola.

    Item 7: “The judge sentenced him only to 8 months” Since they’ve been locked up since January, I’m guessing his sentence amounts to time served + 30 days.

    Item 8: “Wildfire Ravaging Oregon Is Now the Size of Los Angeles!” Too bad it’s not Los Angeles!

    Item 16: “I'm thinking of starting Don Surber+. I won't charge anything. It will be the same content. But with a plus sign!” As long as it’s not “Don!” A plus is better than an exclamation point, as “Jeb!” discovered.

  27. We are seeing a hostile takeover of America by democrat terrorists and their master plan is horiffic
    .,.Look at this video ASAP!!!'

  28. Item 16: Does this mean we can start calling the network
    "CNN minus"?


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