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Friday, November 26, 2021

Highlights of the News

Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, we can get down to business. 'Tis the season for Hallmark movies. Fa-la-la-la-la.

To critics of Hallmark movies, I offer this from the script of "As Good As It Gets."

Carol Connelly: OK, we all have these terrible stories to get over, and you...

Melvin Udall: It’s not true. Some have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that’s their story. Good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you’re that pissed that so many others had it good.

ITEM 1: NPR reported, "Canada taps into strategic reserves to deal with massive shortage...

"of maple syrup."

Biden has us running out of oil. Trudeau has Canada running out of syrup. That's how they designed socialism to work.

ITEM 2: Black Friday took on a new meaning this year.

6Park News reported, "Police and law enforcement experts in California argue that 'looting' should not be used to describe recent large-scale robberies in California because it has racial overtones."

All looters are not black. But has the black community considered stopping black people from looting as a way of removing the racial overtones of the word looting?

ITEM 3: Citizen Free Press reported, "General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler announced Wednesday they will withhold Vaccine mandates for thousands of employees, but will require on-site masking after negotiations with the UAW, according to a joint statement.

"The declaration also encourages unionized workers to report their vaccination status at their own discretion but does not require it.

"'The Task Force continues to urge all members, coworkers, and their families to get vaccinated and get booster vaccinations against COVID, while understanding that there are personal reasons that may prevent some members from being vaccinated, such as health issues or religious beliefs,' the statement read."

The workers did this.

The big climb down continues. Americans have had enough of being bullied by people who have no idea how a virus actually works.

ITEM 4: Fox reported, "GoFundMe has removed a fundraiser for Darrell Brooks Jr., who has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide after Sunday's Christmas parade massacre in Waukesha.

"A GoFundMe was created for Brooks in an effort to raise $5 million, the bail amount Waukesha Court Commissioner Kevin M. Costello set for Brooks."

Maybe Kamala can raise money for him.

Or Soros can bail him.

But it is nice to see GoFundMe play by its Rittenhouse Rule, a rule that makes no sense because as long as something is legal, it should provide service.

ITEM 5: The Wrap reported, "The Washington Post on Thursday deleted a tweet that said the Waukesha tragedy was 'caused by a SUV.'"

Grammar Nazis win one. The correct phrase is "caused by an SUV."

A reader wrote, "If and when Biden gets around to the Waukesha families, how many sentences do you think it take him to get to Beau. I'm betting on 3."

ITEM 6: The New York Times reported, "Waukesha Suspect’s Previous Release Agitates Efforts to Reduce Bail."

Bond was set at $1,000 for a career criminal whose criminal record covers more than 50 pages.

The Times said, "The backlash raised fears that the fatal episode would set back efforts across the country geared at reducing the incarceration of poor defendants awaiting trial because they cannot afford bail."

NYT's "fears" are the rest of the nation's hope.

ITEM 7: The 21st century is the biggest disappointment since Geraldo opened Al Capone's vault.

Women with penises, men without them. This is how civilizations die.

The story is here.

ITEM 8: Sara Carter reported, "President Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has received an ethics complaint for promoting an electric bus company she sat on the board of and held over a million dollars of stock in. She did so all while being a part of the executive branch in Biden’s administration.

"Breitbart reports Granholm, 'who oversees moving the country toward an electric vehicle transportation system and enjoys newfound powers after the passage of Biden’s infrastructure package — is facing scrutiny for promoting Proterra, a Burlingame, California-based electric bus company she sat on the board of and held 240,520 shares of stock in, which garnered her $1.6 million when she finally divested them 157 days after her nomination.'

"Critics say Granholm has promoted Proterra in her official capacity as energy secretary and for hyping grant access to companies with connections to Proterra. Additionally, they say Granholm’s promotion of Proterra has increased its visibility and therefore the value of her stock before she was required to sell her shares due to ethics rules."

A reader called Granholm, "Clueless and corrupt. The perfect Bidenite."

ITEM 9: Breitbart reported, "Biden tweeted Wednesday that supermarket shelves are well stocked across the country while grocers ration food."

The story also said, "Meanwhile, Publix Supermarkets, a Florida-based grocer, warned customers this week to expect food shortages in all 1,280 stores across the southeast."

It will get worse because that's the plan. We used to laugh at the Soviets. We are being Sovietized.

ITEM 10: The Epoch Times reported, "A conservative think tank filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against California to halt a law that will force quotas on publicly held corporations headquartered in the state, requiring them to appoint board members based solely on their race and sexual orientation. 

"The legislation at issue is the fruit of last year’s race riots that caused more than $2 billion in property damage and were organized nationwide by Black Lives Matter and Antifa. The lawsuit, National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) v. Weber, was filed on Nov. 22."

Fight the systemic racism and heterophobia of California state government.

ITEM 11: CNN reported, "General Mills notified retail customers that it's raising prices in mid-January on hundreds of items across dozens of brands. They include Annie's, Progresso, Yoplait, Fruit Roll-Ups, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Wheaties, Reese's Puffs, Trix and more, according to letters General Mills sent to at least one major regional wholesale supplier last week.

"For some items, prices will go up by around 20% beginning next year."

Bidenflation may skyrocket next year.

ITEM 12: The war on Christmas continues.

Breitbart reported, "The Norwegian postal service Posten has released an annual Christmas video featuring Santa Claus falling in love with another man to mark the 50th anniversary of Norway’s decriminalization of homosexuality.

"The video, entitled 'When Harry Met Santa,' is a four-minute short film in which the main character interacts with Santa Claus several times, before writing him a letter stating: 'Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is you.'"

In the 21st century, they have changed the song to "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus."

ITEM 13The New York Post reported, "Groom-to-be Gannon Karmire got hit with severe food poisoning on the day of his wedding to then-fiancé Christine. So their North Carolina reception hall came up with a creative way to save the celebration — and a video showing what transpired has so far garnered more than 888,000 views on TikTok.

"'When the groom suddenly becomes sick & goes to the hospital on wedding day,' reads the text superimposed over a montage of the Karmires’ wedding footage. The event took place earlier this month, and the video was subsequently posted by the venue, the Victorian: Youngsville.

"The viral video features Christine, 26, slow dancing and cutting cake with a long, slender pole attached to a rolling device that the venue’s staffers had dressed in a man’s suit. Mounted atop the structure was an iPad, its screen emblazoned with Gannon’s smiling face."

This was their third attempt at a covid wedding. Something tells me they will make it.

ITEM 14Headline of the day from Kane at Citizen Free Press, "Germany — You must be Vaccinated to receive Euthanasia…"

Bad news, Germany. No Americans will land at Normandy to save you from yourselves this time.

ITEM 15: France 24 reported, "An Emirati general accused of torture was elected president of Interpol Thursday, the global police agency said, despite the concerns of human rights organizations and members of the European Parliament.

"'Mr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates has been elected to the post of President (4-year term),' Interpol said on Twitter. 

"General Al-Raisi, head of the United Arab Emirates' security forces, will take on a largely ceremonial and voluntary role.

"It is Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock who handles day-to-day management of the organization. Stock was given a second five-year term in 2019."

Who thought this was a good idea?

FINALLY, a reader wrote, "I'm a retired school teacher of the old school. Been retired ten years now. I taught JoJ refugees and immigrants for the public schools here in Florida. I worked closely with Lutheran Social Services.

"JoJ stands for Just Off the Jet.  These were legals. I would have classrooms full of kids from Southeast Asia, South and Central America, Eastern Europe and Africa teaching them Geography, Civics, etc. The kids would usually go on to make wonderful citizens and all of them are uniquely aware of having won one of life's lotteries by landing in America. Here is a 15 year down the road of life letter from one Emmanuel from Liberia. It made this crusty old retired teacher choke up. I thought I'd pass it along to you this Thanksgiving."

I would think civics would be the most important class they would take.

Emmanuel wrote him, "Hi there Mr .(teacher's name)! You probably won’t remember me but its so exciting to have come across your profile on Facebook. In 2004, I was one of your geography students who had just moved from Africa and while I was only 13 years old and I’m thankful for all of the things you taught me, being there for me when there where kids who bullied me due to the fact I was new. 

"As I’m writing this playing [Ray Charlie's] music 'I Can’t Stop Loving You' -- a song that you used to play in class during quiet time, from the globe that sat on your table or the guitar you had in class, you made Geography fun. :) 

"Me, Butros and all those other kids who loved you appreciated you. And how I came across your profile is funny, I woke up at 7 this morning thinking of one of my social workers at Lutheran Social Services and you came to mind thinking about the last time I saw you which was probably 2008. 

"At that time I was only 17 and now currently 31 yrs I can see how life and time has gone by so fast. I hope you are in good spirit and doing well in health, professor. I’m so glad to at -- least see you once more, but I wish you the best and I hope to hear from you sometime. Have a blessed day."

They now are Facebook friends. They should do some facetime.


The teacher added, "When I started teaching in the mid 1970's all my principals and Administrators were WWII and Korean War vets and after charging through German and Jap bullets they were not scared of 15 year olds. Times change."


  1. I think the Hallmark Christmas movies are actually treacly commercials for Christmas lights and decorations. But mostly lights. I could never use that many lights because it would take forever to string them up and and I couldn't afford the electric bill. And who has that many outlets anyway?

  2. Lori Laughlin musta had a helluva Thanksgiving, I’m tellin you THAT, son.

  3. "charging through German and Jap bullets"

    Only a tiny percentage of Americans saw hostile action. It was the Russians who suffered more than anyone.
    D-Day was a tea party compared to the German invasion of Russia.
    Stop watching Hollywood movies.

    1. It was plenty real for those who were there in North Africa, Italy, Western Europe, China-Burma-India, and at sea and in the air.

    2. Do not denigrate any American WW II veterans. My father lived as about 3/4 of a man because of Nazi artillery. They did more for worldwide freedom than you'll ever do.

    3. Do you know the meaning of FU? You should.

    4. More Russians died because of Stalin than Hitler. Stalin executed Commanders who retreated when they ran out of ammo or were overwhelmed. In several instances he executed entire units. My nephew was married to a Russian lady who lost numerous relatives in Stalin's purges. She is 61, so heard the stories from survivors.

    5. Gee My Late Father in Law would probably want to debate that point with you Nerfy. His government
      paid tour of Europe Included Utah beach, St.Lo,
      the relief of Bastonge, Aachen, the bridge at Remagen,(Ludendorff) and the liberation of Dachau. He would have been glad to give you a tour-if he gets to wear his combat boots..
      I miss him to this day.

    6. My late Dad was in the Army Corps of Engineers in the European theater in WWII. He rarely talked about his experiences there. Wars damage everyone who participates.

    7. Yeah, "only" 405,000 Americans were killed.

    8. And "the Russians" never appreciated the efforts (and heavy casualties taken during it) of the air campaign of 1941 - 1944; something like 1/4 - 1/3 of American KIA during WW2 were air crew.

      And never forget that Stalin was at least as big a bully as Hitler - and was Hitler's close ally for two years, AND was Germany's key supplier of raw materials without which the German gains of 1939 - 1941 would not have been possible. AND Stalin used a flimsy pretext to annex the three Baltic states, and to bully Romania and Finland to extract territory; the latter war was so disgusting to the civilized world that the civilized world nearly went to war against *both* socialist aggressors during the early spring of 1940. With Stalin and Hitler, each was planning to stab the other in the back eventually, and Hitler beat Stalin to the punch. AND Stalin expanded the Russian Empire into eastern Europe WAY past what the tsars had managed, and installed local psychopaths to terrorize the populace into submission.

      I'll stop there. The Soviet Union was a fascist police state that should not be mourned, and the world would have been a much better place if had disappeared long before 1991.

    9. A horrible post from an obvious troll.

    10. My Uncle Frankie made flyable airplanes out of Bullet holed sheet metal in the Pacific during WWII. He came home and continued his service to others the rest of his life, living quietly in a small north New Jersey town.

    11. Snowgander: "...and installed local psychopaths to terrorize the populace into submission."

      Yes, we're learning about that ourselves here.

    12. And we all know why, they tried to join Hitler to carve up Europe. Had Germany made just one little strategic change the Soviets would have disappeared right then. Lay down with dogs and you get fleas.

      I'm not Russian, so their losses due to the madness of their own leaders is not my concern. It's still a third world economy sitting on a bunch of oil with a slowly deteriorating military that doesn't have enough population to defend their western border if Germany ever gets frisky again. Nukes are their only leverage anymore, as the Chinese have been explicitly reminded.

  4. Anger at Hallmark movies - Anger at the thought that someone somewhere may be happy.

    1. That pretty much sums up the left doesn't it?
      Leftists, they're not happy until you're not happy.

    2. Yes, JeremyR. That does sum it up. I've been meaning to ask a progressive, "What is it about your neighbor's freedom that makes you so angry that you're hard at work seeking some sort of revenge?"

    3. Excellent last sentence JR. I shall steal it.

    4. LOL, SL, I borrowed it from despair dot com.

    5. "Leftists, they're not happy until you're not happy." Then they're not happy because your not not happy enough. FIFY

  5. Western civilization will truly die from within. The decisions that so-called enlightened and educated people make are beyond stupid. Let's hear it for common sense. (re: gay Santa, no cash for bail, Interpol, appointing board members.)

  6. #7. Lorena Bobbitt had a penis, John Wayne didn't. This trend seems to have it's roots in the insanity of the 1990's.

  7. Stellar list today, Don. Love the Melvin Udall quote. There's a reason 'envy' is one of the seven deadly sins. I saved a contemporary list a wise poster left somewhere last week:

    Pride - LinkedIn
    Greed - Amazon
    Gluttony - UberEats
    Lust - Tinder
    Wrath - Facebook (and I would add Twitter)
    Envy - Instagram
    Sloth - Netflix

    Another great Udall line to Carol" "You make me want to be a better man." Now that's love.

  8. And I would be remiss as a Canuck(in Quebec) not to comment on the maple syrup story. It always seems overly present to me, but I understand that a lot of it gets exported. You can't beat quality maple syrup. We always know it is spring here when it starts being tapped and the sugaring off parties and events begin. What I have noticed is the price increase. Not cheap. Yeah, I know it's not like increasing oil reserves....

    1. I grew up on toast with maple cream.

    2. My Grandma on my Mom's side had New England roots.
      She instilled in all of us grandkids an appreciation of real Maple Syrup.

  9. There is also a version of "Santa Baby" with a man singing it, urging Santa to "hurry down the chimney tonight."

  10. Finally - Beneath the nice story is the truth of how destructive elements in the government who hate us are using our money to destroy our country.

    Under the guise of good intentions, they captured religious organizations like Lutheran, Methodist and Catholic Family Charities to process and dump millions of illegals into our country.

    It started as it always does - with the children. Obama enlisted the charities to accept the under 16 illegals coming from Central America who, according to a law passed by Congress that they have yet to repeal, says unaccompanied minor children from Central America must accepted at the border. That has now expanded to everyone from everywhere.

    This program has grown into a well oiled conveyor belt and giant money maker for the religious charities. In McAllen, Tx and elsewhere, they take groups of illegals from government agents who have given them documentation to function in the US and fly or bus them all over the US. Hotels across the nation are under government contract to house these thousands of illegals.

    This is how the government uses our tax money, our children's tax money and our unborn grandchildren's tax money. Not to improve our country, but to destroy it.

    As we erase our borders to allow entry and education to all, our children's educational performance has dropped from the best in the world to 3rd world country status as have our cities.

    Compassion from individuals is good. If the religious charities had to depend on donations from their congregations, they would accommodate only a handful of immigrants who arrived legally.

    Government "compassion" is always a smokescreen to justify confiscating middle class wages to grab and solidify power.

    Immigration. Healthcare. Education. Whenever the government inserts itself, elites win and everyone else loses.

    1. Amen Poopsie, ask me why I left the Lutheran Church..A Somali Christian I know vehemently
      Warned Lutheran Family services -"Do not let the
      Somali Islamists in-they hate America and YOU!"

  11. ITEM 5: Call it for what it is...a HATE CRIME...

  12. #10 "Fight the systemic racism and heterophobia of California state government."

    Or just leave.

  13. My wife loves the Hallmark movies. I don’t watch them, but if I’m in a room where she is watching, I do stop and look for a few minutes. Most of the women in them are very attractive. I expect that to change with the current environment being what it is.

    8 - the corruption has been there for a long time. Now, it is blatant because they don’t care that we know.

    14 - utterly insane!! I read that as another Covid panic is trashing world markets today - stocks, oil, Bitcoin, everything!! Stop the madness.

  14. Donald John Trump is still our president.

    Masthead: Lou Ann watches, doesn't she?

    2: They thought it would save them.

    3: I love it when a plan comes together.

    5: Actually, the Grammar Nazis lose one if they can't spell.

    9: No, The Lefties are about to become Trumpized.

    You really think people will stand for this? It's going to be just like the lockdown and the shot.

    11: See 9.

    12: They've always been a little weird up there.

    14: In the immortal words of Maxwell Smart, "Would you believe Anzio?".

  15. Just watched the latest version of the Battle of Midway. Put your selves in the shoes of those pilots who had survived the first attack only to be told they were going back for that last carrier. They knew what hell they were going into and they probably wouldn't make it. They went anyway and helped to change the war in the Pacific and save our country. Hard to watch without tearing up.

    1. My Uncle Frankie made their bullet holed sheet metal flyable again, so they actually could go back to what the hell they were going into. He NEVER said anything about his time in the Pacific but lived the rest of his life in service to others.

    2. As a little boy, I watched all 26 episodes of "Victory At Sea," the greatest war documentary ever. They are now all available on YouTube.

      And when I was in high school, I read all 14 volumes of Samuel Eliot Morison's "History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II," which he wrote between the end of the war and 1961. Volume 6 has the first published account of the PT-109, written when JFK's political career was just beginning.

  16. #2: At least no shortage of beer or good Canadian whiskey yet. Priototies folks. LOL

  17. #9 I bought a 24 pack of Pepsi last week and the price was $7.99 at Walmart. Happened to be in Walmart Wednesday and saw the price was $10.99. What inflation are they talking about--nothing to see here!

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