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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Highlights of the News

Happy Thanksgiving. The Lord has blessed me in so many ways. I am grateful for our grandson, our children, our son-in-law and our daughter-in-law, and for my many, many readers. I won the lottery when I was born in America, and I hit the jackpot when I married Lou Ann.

Still want a Bentley. That mean old wife won't let me buy one.

ITEM 1: Via Paul Bedard, Rasmussen announced, "Only 69% of those who say they voted for Biden last year would vote for him again if the election were held today. And 8% of Biden’s 2020 voters would switch to Trump, who would get 83% support from those who voted for him last year."

I don't recall any Trump supporters saying they regretted the vote a year later.

Nearly a third of Biden voters do. 

Overall, the poll said for 2024 it's Trump 45%, Biden 32%.

ITEM 2: Faith Karimi of CNN wrote, "Why some US cities are facing a spree of 'smash-and-grab' crimes."

She blamed police. ("Such cases aren't always a priority for law enforcement.")

She blamed the courts. ("Thieves may face few consequences.")

She blamed Santa Claus. ("The holidays provide more opportunities for theft.")

She blamed ecommerce. ("There are numerous places to sell stolen items.")

She did not blame the looters. In fact, loot, looting, and looters were not used in her story.

ITEM 3: TMZ reported, "Arizona Cardinals' defensive end J.J. Watt is stepping up in a major way by offering to pay for the funeral expenses of all the victims of the Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy.

"Watt was devastated after learning of the deadly incident calling it horrific and expressing concern for those who had been injured and killed.

"The incident hits close to home for Watt, especially since he's a Wisconsin native and Badger alum. He also went to high school in nearby Pewaukee, just a few miles from Waukesha."

He is a good man.

The story reminded us, "In 2018, he also offered to cover the funeral costs of the people who died in the Santa Fe High School shooting, and he raised $37 million in an effort to help rebuild Houston and the Gulf region after they had been ravaged by Hurricane Harvey."

Hall of Fame talent, Hall of Fame heart.

ITEM 4: I got nothing.

ITEM 5AP reported, "Hours after being tapped as Sweden’s first female prime minister, Magdalena Andersson resigned Wednesday after suffering a budget defeat in parliament and her coalition partner the Greens left the two-party minority government."

A one-day wonder.

Kim Kardashian's second marriage lasted longer.

ITEM 6: Robby Starbuck reported, "A pilot at Southwest tells me the company just approved their vaccine exemption and all the exemptions from other pilots they know on the same day. Automakers also just agreed with unions to not require the jab. We’re winning. Biden’s medical segregation policy is falling apart."

The mandate is not only unconstitutional, it is ineffective in stopping a virus.

ITEM 7: The Epoch Times reported, "A Missouri judge on Tuesday ruled that local COVID-19 orders violated the Missouri Constitution, ordering local health officials to rescind them.

"Judge Daniel Green of Cole County wrote that the Department of Health and Senior Services unconstitutionally gave too much power to individual local health officials and directors. As a result, he ruled, those orders must be lifted, meaning that local health orders must be rescinded."


Make Missouri Florida.

ITEM 8: AP reported, "A former Kansas police detective, who last year sued a sheriff's deputy for running over him in a rural field, has been fatally shot by a police officer in Kansas City after disarming another officer and pointing the service weapon at both of them, police said Tuesday.

"Lionel Womack was killed during the encounter Monday after police received 911 calls about a man standing in a road pointing at the sky and trying to jump in front of traffic."

Suicide by cop.


ITEM 9: Time magazine reported, "A jury on Wednesday found three white men guilty of murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black jogger who was chased down by the defendants as he jogged through their neighborhood.

"Travis McMichael, 35, his father Gregory McMichael, 65, and their neighbor William Roddy Bryan Jr., 55, were convicted of nearly all the charges they faced. The younger McMichael was found guilty of malice murder, the most serious of the charges each man faced; Gregory McMichael and Bryan were acquitted of that charge but convicted of felony murder. All three men were found guilty of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal intent to commit a felony.

"As the first of many guilty verdicts was read out in the courtroom, someone in the spectator section let out a loud Whoop!

"The jury had deliberated for just two days before reaching a verdict. All three men face possible death sentences or life imprisonment with or without the possibility of parole."

Execute, execute, execute. 

And by year's end.

ITEM 10: CNBC reported, "Fed members ready to raise interest rates if inflation continues to run high, meeting minutes show."

But that will hurt the stock market. Oh noes! Think of the billionaires who will be downgraded to multi-millionaires.

ITEM 11: The Epoch Times reported, "Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is asking President Joe Biden to restart construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as gas prices continue to skyrocket across the country."

When Manchin loses the Senate race in 2024, President DeSantis should appoint him energy secretary. Manchin knows his stuff on energy, and his gubernatorial experience should serve him well in running a federal agency.

ITEM 12: AP reported, "A university professor in Virginia announced Wednesday they will resign in the wake of threats made over their recently published book, which includes interviews of more than 40 adults who are sexually attracted to minors.

"The book argues that destigmatizing that attraction would allow more people to seek help and develop coping strategies against committing crimes and ultimately prevent child sexual abuse.

"'That research was mischaracterized by some in the media and online, partly on the basis of my trans identity,' Old Dominion University professor Allyn Walker said in a statement."

I have one question for Professor Nambla: Who hurt you when you were a child?

ITEM 13: Axios reported, "President Biden will start turning asylum seekers back to Mexico as soon as next week under a reinstated Trump-era Remain in Mexico program — but will offer them the option to receive the covid-19 vaccine, Axios has learned.

"Why it matters: Under court orders, the president will officially undo a key immigration promise, which will force asylum-seekers to wait months in Mexico ahead of their immigration court hearings in the U.S. — as long as Mexico accepts them."

Trump got Mexican cooperation by telling them they either did it or he would slap a tariff on them.

They said "si senor" before the phone call ended.

ITEM 14Newsweek reported that BLM leaders distanced themselves from Kyle Rittenhouse after he said he supports BLM.

The group has not distanced itself from longtime supporter Darrell E. Brooks Jr., who plowed into a Christmas parade. He killed 6 people and injured scores of others. He's a violent career criminal and sex offender.

To Rittenhouse, I ask, what do you expect from a racist terrorist group? "Welcome, sonny"? "Make yourself at home"? "Marry my daughter"? You've got to remember that these are just simple looters. These are people of the streets. The common clay of urban America. You know. Morons.

ITEM 15: Just the News reported, "Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced a bill on Tuesday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Kyle Rittenhouse, saying that he "protected the community of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot on August 25, 2020."

"The medal is the highest honor that Congress can bestow upon a person or institution.

"The bill has no cosponsors."

Ah, the things you can do when they don't give you a committee assignment.

ITEM 16: Axios reported, "Five Democratic senators have told the White House they won't support Saule Omarova to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, effectively killing her nomination for the powerful bank-regulator position."

She's a 1989 graduate of Moscow State University.

Why are we importing a Soviet communist when we have so many domestic ones to chose from?

ITEM 17: Newsweek reported, "As The Salvation Army launches its Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season, some of its long-time donors are withdrawing their support from the 156-year old charitable organization citing its newly embraced 'woke' ideology as the reason.

"Of great concern to loyal supporters and faithful Salvationists is the initiative dubbed 'Let's Talk About Racism.' In a nutshell, its curriculum outlines the Christian church's alleged racial collusion and provides action steps to analyze and combat racism through an 'anti-racist' lens while incorporating Critical Race Theory."


Sooner or later covid-CRT contaminates everything good in the world, doesn't it?

ITEM 18: The New York Post reported, "The man accused of randomly shooting a 13-year-old boy in the Bronx had posted bail in a gun case just months earlier — while also being out on parole for a weapons conviction, according to officials and records.

"Hubert Wiggs’ prior arrests were revealed after the chilling Tuesday attack, which NYPD Assistant Chief Kenneth Lehr said 'should not have happened.'"

Democrats want a rapid increase in violent crime because every thing they do increases crime.

ITEM 19: Time reported, "JPMorgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon knew as soon as the words came out of his mouth that the joke about China could land him in hot water.

"'I was just in Hong Kong, I made a joke that the Communist Party is celebrating its 100th year. So is JPMorgan. And I’ll make you a bet we last longer,' he said on Tuesday at a Boston event. Then he added: 'I can’t say that in China. They probably are listening anyway.'

"Dimon, no stranger to brashness, also knew the bank would have to engineer a hasty retreat. Soon, members of the firm’s government-relations team and China offices were corralled to discuss the remarks and decide whether to acknowledge them or let them lie. Some 18 hours later, when it became clear that the comments attracted global attention, Dimon issued a statement of regret."

Well, that certainly makes clear who runs JPMorganChase.

And it ain't Dimon.

FINALLY, a reader wrote, "You mentioned you put the top down sometime in pics and drove around. Got me to thinking ...damn, I'd like rag top. But I already have 3 cars ( I know don't ask) and no real room to park another but not if it's on water. So me and my buddy Capt Jack went and bought 'Rag Top' a 1980-ish Precision 21. Nothing cheaper than a 40 year old sailboat."

I love it!

I say T-O
Top Top Top Top
I say R-A
Rag Top


  1. Item 4: Another racist dog whistle.

    1. Promoted from Item 8. Soon it’ll be at the top of the agenda.

  2. Back in 2003, I wrote about my admiration for my ancestors in a piece called Pilgrim’s Progress.
    I would have made the sorriest excuse for a Pilgrim. I stood there wondering, “How did they do it?” With nothing but primitive tools, how did those Pilgrims fell full-grown trees and split them into logs in order to survive that first winter? I couldn’t chop a single piece of rotten wood. How would I have possibly managed hardwood trees?

  3. Replies
    1. I think Kyle punked blm, he s smarter than most give him credit for and I think he s got an anger burning in him

    2. KR is the savviest 18 year old Master Gaslighter in the country right now. And he’s got a SHITE TON of LibCommie competition in his age bracket!

    3. I watched Kyle's interview with Tucker, and he made it clear, at least to me, that his support for BLM extended only to their 1st Amendment right to peacefully protest.

  4. ITEM 11: President DeSantis??

    You don't think President Trump will run again?

    Btw, I think your idea for Manchin, as sec of energy, is a good idea. He'll have skin in the game. President Trump should consider him in 2025.

  5. Don,so instead of 8 you are leaving 4 blank now?

  6. Item 7: As a sapiens missouriensis it would be best for everyone if the state were simply forgotten so that we can live peacefully in our time warp.

  7. "The Lord has blessed me in so many ways."

    And we lived through the golden age of popular music, not realizing it. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone.

    1. You mean like Trump? The country was running like a Swiss watch, then the Big Cheat. Do we know better now? I hope so. We certainly know a lot more about the DC crime syndicate.

  8. Item 17: “Let's Talk About Racism.”— Salvation Army Maybe they’re trying to encourage black folks to donate more money, or at least not shoot the bell-ringers and run off with the kettle.

    1. Looks like one local faction of the Salvation Army going woke. If the whole organization goes woke they will cease to exist. Jesus is not woke! God will take away their lamp stand. But I hope not because many chapters do the really fine work of God.

    2. Did someone sell them on committing suicide? Their slogan is "Doing the Most Good." Maybe their top management in London should revisit that. They are plumbing the depths of dumb."

    3. If "Let's talk about Race!" scrawled on my Americano cup at a Starbucks in Porlantifa some years back by a Barista that fit the personal pronoun of "It" perfectly, I looked at the cup, at the person of indeterminate race,sex,and species and said: "Which one? I'm all three."
      I swear smoke came out of its ears from brain malfunction.

  9. As the militant wing of the Democrat regime, BLM is treating Rittenhouse as the enemy.

    If BLM were interested in how black people are treated by law enforcement and the justice system they would embrace Kyle as an example. Every sleazy prosecutor's trick we saw must have been used on countless defendants before Rittenhouse showed up.

    How many people copped a plea, for example, when blurry, cropped video evidence shared by the DA failed to confirm innocence. How many black defendants with public defenders couldn't fight against that office.

    BLM should welcome Kyle, but of course they do not, because they are nothing but the Dem's brownshirts.

  10. 18# Black Privilege has consequences. I life you get what you tolerate. Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. Paraphrasing the great Mel Brooks and Blazing Saddles.


  12. "You've got to remember that these are just simple looters. These are people of the streets. The common clay of urban America. You know. Morons.”

    Turkey Day Platinum, Big D. May God richly bless you, Lou Ann, and the family. And if that includes a Bentmobile, well, so be it.

  13. I wonder why there are comparisons between DJT and Brandon for the next presidential election. I would be surprised if ole Joe makes it another year. He is deteriorating quickly and everyone can see it. They are trying to get Kamala out of there and plug in Michelle or Petey before the hammer comes down on Joe. Ergo, they should be comparing President Trump to Michelle or Pete..... Same goes for Gov Desantis against those two.

  14. Trump in 2024, Desantis in 2028. The vaccine has affected your brain cells.

  15. #2 She did not want to appear racist. The word "looting" is now considered racist by many on the Left.

    #4 Wrong. You have plenty on this Thanksgiving Day as you noted at the top.

    #11 Your opinion of Manchin is very generous. President DeSantis could do much better.

    1. Gotta disagree with you on number 4, Ep. I think Don nailed it.

  16. #14. You deserve a Pulitzer for this comment alone. Well actually it isn’t a lie so maybe a Nobel instead. Happy Thanksgiving.

  17. #14. You deserve a Pulitzer for this comment alone. Well actually it isn’t a lie so maybe a Nobel instead. Happy Thanksgiving.

  18. #14. You deserve a Pulitzer for this comment alone. Well actually it isn’t a lie so maybe a Nobel instead. Happy Thanksgiving.

  19. Item 0:
    I too hit a home run with my wife.
    3 rag tops. Triumphs
    Also we are done with the salvation army. Future donations go to St. Jude's

  20. #1. 69% would still vote for the Imbecile in Chief????? The (D)umbing (D)own of America!!!!

    1. This is only after 10 months in office. He's got plenty of time to screw up even further.

  21. "The first Thanksgiving occurred 400 years ago. We are still bearing the fruits of the labor of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag. They did not realize what they were cooking that November day, but it resulted in an entrée that would revolutionize the world. It is why we should honor those from the first Thanksgiving. It is the quintessential American holiday."
    -- Washington Examiner

    1. Yes, it is. So, of course, Democrats are targeting it as silly. They always go too far, which will be their undoing. Eisenhower said something like, "To solve a problem, sometimes you have to let it get worse." Today's situation is an excellent example of that.

  22. 10. If you've never worked for a company with pension plan but only a basic 401k . you would have been wise to invest that in the stock market. Countless middle class Americans depend on the stock market for their retirement.

  23. Looks like Biden is going to have to cancel all those government contracts with the auto companies as well as all the suppliers with UAW representation. Isn't that the requirement that all Government contractors have 100% jabs or lose them? Yes....but...

  24. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    10 - The strange thing is that the "Wall Street view" (which seems, notably, to come from Wall Street economists rather than Wall Street traders) remains that if Congress just keeps printing money and the Fed just keeps interest rates at zero, all will be well - and that the biggest threat to the economy is if the Fed respondes to inflation by raising interest rates. Economists are further out in lunar orbit than are "climate scientists" (sic). Funny thing is that equities have always been one of the better hedges against inflation...

    11 - I'm only on board if the next GOP President (whoever he is) finally delivers on the 1980 promise and abolishes the Department of Energy - AND the Department of Education. The downsizing of the federal government was supposed to get rolling in 1981 - it's overdue, so in 2025 let's get on with it.

    12 - "...their recently published book..." Um, someone tell the language-crushing AP that "their" is the plural form... and that is should be "HIS recently-published book." (Yes, I know - but I'm tired of this "their" nonsense attempt to create a gender-neutral singular term.)

    16 - The weird part about that fruitcake is that nearly everyone who actually lived in one of those societies absolutely loathes communism/socialism. Where did they dredge up this lunatic?

  25. I'm thankful for The Daily Don!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. Happy Thanksgiving all. One year ago yesterday I lost my dearest Gloria. I will see her again, I have been blessed by friends and family, my health is better, still on the
    mend from the car wreck that happened but I've gained back all the weight I lost and should be done with therapy by Christmas..doing thanksgiving with My friend ,Adrie, like Gloria and I we bring our own Indians.
    I know Gloria is looking upon all this and smiles..

    Finally "To go down to the sea again to the lonely sea and sky, and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." I've two sailboats did a bit of blue water. It's in my blood on my Mom's side New England whalers and clipper ship captains and all that.

  27. Happy Thanksgiving! Have a great day!


  28. Donald John Trump is still our president.

    Masthead: Love the clipping.

    Glad you and Lou Ann are still honeymooning.

    1: Buyers' remorse, it's not just for the used car lots anymore.

    2: She did use theft.

    3: Classy.

    4: You got Lou Ann.

    6: Rebellion. It's not just for 1775 anymore.

    14: The Waco Kid rides again.

    16: Could be Moscow, ID.

    17: You'd they'd have learned from Coke.

    19: I'll bet he's right, though.

  29. Mr. Surber, your mean old wife seems to know about budgeting:
    "The Bentley is a popular car among celebrities and sports stars. Yet you may need the salary of a celebrity or sports star to own one. Oil changes alone for a Bentley Continental GT cost $500 for the year, and other required service runs about $1,400 to $2,500 per year. If you don’t need any repairs, you’ll pay about $3,200 per year just for the pleasure of driving this luxury model.
    Happy Thanksgiving! Love your blog.

  30. "Salvation Army — White donors need to offer ‘Sincere Apology’ for their Racism…"

    I'm looking forward to telling those bell ringers to GFT.

  31. #1. 69%? That means he loses like thirteen votes. The people running the voting machines can adjust for that with ease.
    Happy Thanksgiving. In spite of all the bad, we have a lot to be grateful to GOD for.

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