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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Highlights of the News

ITEM 1: Robb M. Stewart reported, "Nucor Corp. has picked a site on the Ohio River in West Virginia for a roughly $2.7 billion sheet mill that will have the capacity to produce 3 million tons of steel a year."

800 jobs in Mason County. In my nearly 40 years as a West Virginian, Mason has always been poor and a leader in unemployment.

West Virginia has led the nation in drug overdose deaths for 20 consecutive years.

The way you fight opioid abuse is spelled J-O-B-S.

Helps cure poverty, too.

ITEM 2: Newsweek reported, "Donald Trump has taken a swipe at 'gutless' politicians who refuse to say whether they have received a COVID-19 booster shot, a group that includes one of his biggest allies in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

"Speaking to the One America News Network, the former president said that many public figures do not have the 'courage' to state either way if they have got the third dose to protect themselves and others against the virus."

The old lion fears the new lion will replace him. It would cost him his pride, in both senses of the word.

ITEM 3: The Brick Fan reported, "Lego Overwatch 2 Titan Release Delayed."

The company said, "We are currently reviewing our partnership with Activision Blizzard, given concerns about the progress being made to address continuing allegations regarding workplace culture, especially the treatment of female colleagues and creating a diverse and inclusive environment. While we complete the review, we will pause the release of a Lego Overwatch 2 product which was due to go on sale on February 1, 2022."

How woke.

You know what the next paragraph will say.

Lego has a factory in Red China.

That was the first thing I checked.

Calling a trans the wrong pronoun has consequences. Using slaves does not.

ITEM 4: BBC reported, "The Canadian province of Quebec will charge a health tax to residents who are not vaccinated against Covid-19."

File this under the Dissidents Tax.

Remember, governments no longer tax to pay for programs because they can print up all the money they want. Taxes now are just punitive.

ITEM 5: Muddy River News in Illinois reported, "Judge Bob Adrian threw Josh Jones, lead trial attorney for the Adams County State’s Attorney’s office, out of his courtroom Wednesday morning for a 'comment' Jones recently made on social media.

"Jones and Adrian were in courtroom 1B for status hearings on a series of felony cases in Adams County Circuit Court. After Adrian entered the courtroom and was seated, he immediately turned his attention to Jones.

"'Mr. Jones, get out,' he said.

"Jones didn’t immediately react to Adrian, so the judge continued.

"'I’m not on social media, but my wife is,' Adrian said. 'She saw the thumbs up you gave to people attacking me. I can’t be fair with you today. Get out.'

"With a quizzical look on his face, Jones walked out of the courtroom without saying a word."

The public does not like the judge's decision to let a rapist get out of jail after 148 days. Imagine that.

ITEM 6: The Defender reported, "A 26-year-old South Dakota man who died Nov. 12, 2021, of myocarditis — four days after his booster dose of Pfizer’s covid vaccine — had no idea he was experiencing a rare and supposedly mild heart problem after the shot.

"Joseph Keating’s only warning signs were fatigue, muscle soreness and an increased heart rate, family members said.

"In an exclusive interview with The Defender, Joseph’s father, mother and sister said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not investigated Joseph’s death.

"The CDC also did not contact the pathologist who performed the autopsy or request the documents which confirmed Joseph’s death was caused by the Pfizer vaccine."

The statists will say he didn't die from covid, so the vaccine worked.

ITEM 7: Matt Vespa wrote, "Biden's Epic Collapse Has Democrats Desperately Looking to Hillary Clinton for Salvation."

Epic collapse? He was elected. She blew a 10-point lead in 10 days.

Maybe she can run against Dick Cheney and Bill Kristol, the ultimate grift ticket.

ITEM 8: The New York Post reported, "The grandfather of the newborn who was tossed into a New Mexico dumpster by his teen mom has revealed that his 16-year-old son is the child’s dad — and that his family is seeking custody.

"Oscar Astorga, 50, said that his son Stephen is the boy’s father — and that the 16-year-old, who broke up with Alexis Avila, 18, in August 2021, had no idea that she had been pregnant."

As a paternal grandpa myself, I am rooting for Astorga.

ITEM 9: Francis Menton wrote, "The big front page story in the New York newspapers the past couple of days has been the fire on Sunday in an apartment building in The Bronx that has killed some 19 people so far — with as many as 30 more in the hospital with life-threatening injuries."

Worse tragedy in NYC since 9/11.

Menton wrote, "Do a little research, and you quickly learn that this is a heavily-subsidized building, built according to the socialist model, for low income people. It was erected in 1973 (and thus is 48 years old), with funding provided by New York’s Urban Development Corporation (since re-named Empire State Development Corporation). As is inevitable in the socialist model, the building has been inadequately maintained. Nobody has had any incentive to keep it nice, let alone safe.  Now, everything had become ripe for disaster."

He made a good case that socialism kills.

So does its twin, corruption. 

ITEM 10: The Daily Mail reported, "A 'poisonous' ex-girlfriend who sent herself threats from fake Instagram accounts to get an innocent man locked up has been jailed for 10 months.

"Courtney Ireland-Ainsworth created up to 30 false profiles, then told police her former partner Louis Jolly was behind 'vile' messages that she said had been sent to her.

"The DHL worker, who was 19 at the time, reported him for supposedly threatening to stab her and warning: 'She is getting a f***ing blade in her chest.'

"She made 10 police statements claiming Mr Jolly was harassing and stalking her, leading to him being arrested six times and spending 81 hours in custody, including being remanded overnight.

"Mr Jolly was arrested six times, charged with assault and stalking, hit with a stalking protection order, bailed on a home curfew with an electronic tag, and even lost his job."

Gee, I wonder why he broke up with her.

ITEM 11: The Quinnipiac Poll has FJB's approval at 33%.

Among Hispanics, it is 28%.

Among whites, 32%.

Among blacks, 57%.

Increasingly, Democrats are the black party, turning off other races.

ITEM 12: I still tweet. When GETTR pays me, I'll move.

No, inflation hits were what Joe took when a nickel bag became $10.

ITEM 13: True North reported that a Ronald McDonald's House evicts family of child with leukemia.

Vaccines do not stop the spread of the virus. Nothing does. Ray Kroc would have personally kicked the ass of Leslie Louie, the official who evicted the very families the house was built for.

ITEM 14: CWB Chicago reported, "Days after $1 million smash-and-grab, Lightfoot walked out of meeting with 'idiot' luxury car dealer — then a city inspector showed up with a ticket book."

The story said, "The inspector allegedly saw three employees and one customer not wearing covid  masks inside the dealership. She issued a ticket for two violations: failing to comply with the commissioner of health’s mask order and failing to comply with BACP’s order to comply with the commissioner of health’s mask order."

Complaining brought a fourth ticket for "interfering with or obstructing the commissioner’s designee in the performance of duties."

Democrats side with the criminals now.

Obviously, they get kickbacks from gang-bangers.

Democrats will shut down anyone who complains.

When you vote Democrat -- at any level -- you vote freedom away.

ITEM 15: Marco Rubio said on the Senate floor, "I don't care how many candlelight vigils and musical performances you have from the cast of Hamilton, you're not going to convince most normal and sane people that our government last year was almost overthrown by a guy wearing a Viking hat and speedos."

Good to hear.

Republicans are growing a spine a year after they allowed Democrats to turn riots into protests, and a protest into an insurrection.

FINALLY, Channel 4 in DC reported, "The psychosexual evaluation of a teenage boy convicted of two separate sexual attacks in Loudoun County Public Schools scares the judge who on Wednesday sentenced him to undergo treatment at a residential facility and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

"Loudoun Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge Pamela Brooks ordered the teen to receive treatment, counseling and full rehabilitation at a locked residential facility until he turns 18. Then, on his 18th birthday, he will return to court for next steps, she said.

"Before the sentencing, the teen had to undergo a psychosexual evaluation, which evaluates a person's sexual interests to see if there is a deviation from generally accepted behavior and the risk of sexual reoffending in the future.

"Brooks said she had read countless psychosexual evaluations, but found the teen's results particularly disturbing.

"'This one scares me,' she said."

This is the boy in the skirt who was allowed to use the girls restroom, where he raped girls on separate occasions. He may have raped a third girl but she won't testify.

The father of one of the raped girls complained to the school board. They had him arrested. Democrats used the occasion to label all parents domestic terrorists. Biden now is setting up a domestic terrorist SWAT team within DOJ.

Folks, it is no exaggeration to call ours a fascist nation. Dissidents will be sent away for protesting the election, or not getting a vaccination, or refusing to pretend boys in skirts are girls.

But God watches over children, drunks and the USA, right?

Pray for America every night.


  1. I worry about DeSantis. While I think he is doing great as a Governor, I am not convinced he is quite ready for the international requirements and would lean on the establishment too much. Plus, in case you haven't noticed, he is being promoted while Trump is being demoted. Ask yourself why?

    1. Alger is probably right. There are a lot of people who don't want DeSantis governing Florida anymore, and I'm sure there are more than a few RINOs in that group. Florida needs DeSantis for now and for the near future at least. He's young; he's got time to get in shape for the White House.

    2. I think he learned a lot watching PDJT. He won’t rely on the good old boys. Or on the corrupt advisors that sabotaged PDJT. I hope.

    3. DeSantis is term-limited as Florida’s Governor. He can serve two consecutive terms, then skip a term, then run again. His 2022 run as Florida’s Governor will be his second consecutive term. That is his focus right now, as it should be. After he secures the governorship, he can spend 2 years (or maybe 6, if he’s Trump’s VP) focusing on getting up to speed on international affairs.

      One of Trump’s biggest problems in 2016 was that he was not a politician, so he didn’t know the players in the DC swamp. He had to rely on others’ advice on who to choose for various positions in his administration, and the advice he got was not always in his best interest.

      Ron DeSantis, having spent 6 years as Florida’s representative in the U.S. House, knows how Washington works and who the players are. He won’t make the same mistakes Trump made during his first term. Of course, Trump won’t make the same mistakes he made during his first term, either.

    4. Item 6: In regard to the jab.

      Dr. Robert Malone has a great short piece on his own vaccine story and how you can check your batch number against the VAERS database.

      Read it here. 👇

    5. Speaking of DeSantis... Does anyone know how is wife is doing?

    6. DeSantis has plenty of time to run for president. Let's have a Hillary vs Donald rematch!

    7. Randy, Trump's repeated belief in the "system" suggests he has not learned the most important lesson. He's angry and wants to settle scores - which I get - but I am not convinced he has learned the right lesson.

    8. "He had to rely on others’ advice on who to choose for various positions in his administration, and the advice he got was not always in his best interest."

      Don't forget that anyone Trump picked had to make it through a "background check" run by the CoupBI, and then through a Senate run by RINOs. DeSantis will have exactly the same issues.

    9. Well PDJT said he was afraid to fire Fauci for fear of a Dem firestorm. When he was in office he spent money like a drunken Democrat. When the fed hinted that they might curtail bond buying he had a fit. He was all for stimulus, the more the better. We need a fiscally responsible President that will cut spending and government and fire all the Fauci types. DeSantis 2024

  2. Big D, if it’s the Lord’s will and plan that these are in fact The End of Days, I’m good with that. In fact I’m GREAT with that!

  3. 9. 72 people died in the Greenfell Towers fire. The UK is supposedly a First World Country

  4. If you want to post comments using Safari go to settings and allow cross-site tracking

    1. I type my posts in Safari, hit Publish. Click on Back arrow, hit Publish again. Usually will publish, occasionally takes 3-5 Back/Publish steps to work.

    2. Download the Brave Browser. No cross site tracking, no ads and no issues publishing.

      I’d also set my default search engine (in the preference pane) to Duck Duck Go.

    3. Yes Rock. I did that some time ago, also to avoid Google.

    4. Yes Rock. I did that some time ago, also to avoid Google.

  5. He made a good case that socialism kills.

    So does its twin, corruption.
    corruption is the older twin

    1. True, Corruption existed long before Socialism, However, Socialism cannot exist without Corruption. They go hand-in-hand. While Corruption can exist in any political system, it is guaranteed with Socialism.

  6. Forty years ago I was a partner in a bar in a good sized city. I have some good stories about dealing with inspectors, but this is my favorite.

    I was used to my partner asking me for bribe money - always nice round numbers like $50 or $20. Once he asked for $37 and ran out again. I later asked him what the $37 was for. He said the inspector was honest - $7 for the permit and $30 for him.

  7. 8 - I hope they get the kid too.

    9 - when I first read about the fire, my first thought was how many inspectors have been paid off in the building’s lifetime.

    13 - that is a horrible story. Shame on the Ronald McDonald house. Shame on Canada. So sorry for LuAnne (Item 4 as well).

    14 - I read the linked article. Congratulations Chicago. Mayor Beetlejuice is an even bigger disaster than I thought. Why would any sane business owner stay on that hell hole of a city?

    15 - again, nice to hear, but Rubio is another from the Lindsay Graham/Trey Gowdy school of big talk, no action. And occasionally, stupid talk.

    1. RE: 15. Even a blind pig finds a acorn in the woods every now and then.

    2. Saddened by what is happening where I live. I don't even know what to say right now. re: item 4

  8. FINALLY - we are in the fast lane to fascism. We are inside the city limits but haven’t yet arrived at our destination.

    I fear the Covid insanity will only get worse - witness Australia and Canada. DC now requiring picture ID and Covid papers. Coming to a state/city near you.

    1. WWII made fascism inevitable, as Ike warned.

      First Ike warned, then JFK shot, then LBJ sends 500,000 troops to Vietnam.

    2. Agree totally. We are already in the fast lane. I don't even recognize the world, country, province that I am living in. What price "safety?"

    3. It's so bloody irrational. Mass formation hysteria.

    4. The CCP puts an app on its citizens' cell phones. When you enter many places (like grocery stores), the app shows either green (if you have been "good") or red (entry forbidden.

      That's the model California Dims praise and want to follow.

    5. It seems to me that many of our leaders in democracies would love to do that. This pandemic has exposed many people and our leaders for who they are.

  9. #9. Corruption is not socialism's twin, it's the other cheek of the same evil face.

  10. Item 1: “800 jobs in Mason County” Is WV a right-to-work state? Hope so. The steel mill will probably be unionized, but if the workers are not forced to join, the union will have to attract members, rather than just coerce them.

    Item 2: “Donald Trump has taken a swipe at 'gutless' politicians who refuse to say whether they have received a COVID-19 booster shot” If Trump has an Achilles heel, it’s this: He continues to promote the GMO shot because it was developed on his watch. It is literally killing people, as the VAERS reports show. That fact was unknown when he was President, but it’s well-known now. He needs to adapt to the new information and stop mindlessly promoting it, because his followers aren’t as stupid as FJB’s.

    Now Trump is blasting politicians who will not reveal to reporters whether they’ve had the booster, as if a person’s medical history is public property. DeSantis simply says it’s an individual’s private decision, which is exactly right.

    Item 9: “Worse tragedy in NYC since 9/11.” Nope. Not even close to the number of old folks killed by Andrew Cuomo in NYC nursing homes March-May, 2020.

    Item 13: “Ronald McDonald's House evicts family of child with leukemia.”
    “No Happy Meal for you.” — The Vax Nazi

    Item 15: “Republicans are growing a spine” It’s just an apparition. Rubio is up for re-election in 2022, so we’ll be treated to big talk and great promises from now until Election Day, when his spiny apparition will disappear for another 5 years.

    1. It's so blatantly obvious that Biden is a sinking ship that even Rubio and McConnell have figured it out.

  11. Trump does not need to be dissing DeSantis, and I don’t care about either’s vax status.

    1. Agree. He should remember Ronulus Maximus 11th commandment.

    2. I wish other Trump-hating Republicans had remembered that rule.

    3. They won't. That's for sure.

  12. 2 Chronicles 7:14...
    If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

  13. Would it matter if Twitter was a Chinese company?

  14. Florida needs DeSantis more than the country does. If he goes national, his power and effectiveness will be diluted and diminished. Florida is currently one of the few remaining bastions of freedom in the United States. If he goes, maybe that goes with him.

    1. I think he has a good Lt Governor. I don’t know much about her, but if DeSantis picked her, that’s good enough for me. When DeSantis wins a second term in 2022, she will ascend to governor if/when he moves to Washington in 2025.

  15. wva.#1 when Nucor tried to locate in North Bend Oregon back, oh 20 years ago they were run out of town on a rail.
    Just like the proposed LNG port. They also voted out the drug enforcement task force. Bet NUCOR doesn't get the same reception in WVa.

  16. 1 - Add to that that Nucor is an excellent, very-well-run company. (Full disclosure: I have some NUE shares in my portfolio - but the above observation is the reason why.)

    4 - Actually, this "tax" sounds much like the "jizya" tax that the Ottomans imposed on non-Muslims (reviving an older Muslim practice) in their empire, particularly in the Balkans. The Quebec thing is the same thing - a tax for religious non-compliance, in the hope that the punishment will "adjust" behavior. (Funny thing though is that things got to the point where the Ottomans banned conversion from Christianity to Islam in the Balkans, as if that happened, they loss of revenue would have been catastrophic. The same thing has happened with state-level tobacco taxes - "Thank You for Smoking" and all that. Let's see if the frogs (!) end up banning vaccinations to prevent a sharp loss of revenue.)

    9 - Socialism is corruption with better marketing...

  17. Item 4 - Obese people are the most likely to be hospitalized with COVID. Will those with a body mass index above a certain level also be charged a fee for their irresponsible eating and the resulting hospitalization needs?? Just asking…..

    1. Agree. Until obesity costs something, it will remain epidemic. They should pay more for health insurance as they would for life.

    2. The problem there is that they have already flipped the script on that one - that non-governmental insurers cannot set rates based on things like health status or even age. This the law in many states to varying degrees.

    3. People take risks. Rational people, which is to say not democrats, calculate the risk/reward ratio for themselves. It’s called “living your life.” If the government starts penalizing people for taking risks, the risk/reward ratio changes, but we’ve moved into tyranny.

      And where does it end? No medical care if there’s alcohol or nicotine in your system? The ER won’t accept you if you weren’t wearing your seat belt when you had an accident? If you’re jaywalking and get hit by a car, they just let you lie there? It’s not a slippery slope; it’s a sheer cliff.

    4. Randy, that's all true. People take risks and calculate risk/reward.

      The problems start when the costs related to those risks go beyond the person choosing to take certain risks or behave in certain ways. The free-market (and generally free) way of coping on that count was to allow underwriters to judge risk before setting premiums. But then the lefties got in on things (particularly in so-called "health insurance") and began mandating that this couldn't be done - so insurers had to either set premiums at basically one rate for everyone, or just not underwrite policies.

      Then when insurance disappears and costs go through the roof, then the lefties start making requirements banning "risks" or else.

  18. #5. I don't advocate for violence. But this crappy judge does deserve every bit of criticism coming his way. (BTW words are just words.) I hope he can be recalled.

    #8 Good luck to that young man and his family and good for them for stepping up. Hopefully that little baby will have a good and loving home. But, what is a 16 year old boy doing dating an 18 year old young woman? (I would ask the same question if the 18 year old was male and the 16 year old female).

  19. Donald John Trump is still our president.

    1: That 3 letter word.

    2: He does, however, have a point.

    6: The operation was a success..., as they say.

    7: Epic collapse? He was elected.

    No, he was first selected and then the election was stolen for him.

    11: He's only at 57% with blacks?

    They may be slower than everybody else, but the Demos are losing blacks, too.

    FINALLY: Folks, it is no exaggeration to call ours a fascist nation.

    It is an exaggeration. Call the Demos a fascist party, say their government is a fascist government, but they certainly do not have the consent of the governed.

    1. Did Hitler have the consent of the governed? He rose to power by fatiguing the voters then outlawed all the other parties.
      That is what these neofascists are pulling here.

  20. re: item 4 - I now live in a totalitarian place. I don't know how else to describe it. People are willing to trade their freedom for "safety." My anger has given away to sadness about this. I have family members and friends who will be directly affected by this tax. I don't think there is any chance of it being declared unconstitutional because, after all, we are in a public health "emergency" in its third calendar year here. (Sarcasm). Overall, no one has got any balls to do anything about it.

    1. We’d love to have you here in the Free State of Florida, LuAnn.

    2. Are they now ready to revisit their bad choices that led to the bad outcome on December 31, 1775 at Quebec City?

    3. Snowgander: I don't believe that they are ready to revisit those choices and the bad outcome from Dec. 31, 1775, at Quebec City. Why would they when you can be "safe" from COVID.

  21. re: Ronald McDonald House -- What is wrong with people? Has this virus taken our compassion and our humanity? I guess the answer is yes. It makes me sad. I think I was happier when I was just angry about news like this.

  22. I don't always agree with DJT and this is one of those times. It's no one's *&#%^)&%!$Y%^# business what a person's jab status is!!! Period! Full stop!!

  23. Item 7 (Hillary):
    As two noted Democrats sang in 1968 -
    "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio
    A nation turns its lonely eyes to you"

    Unfortunately for the Dims, Hill-dog is no Joe DiMaggio...

  24. re: item 1 which I had forgotten to comment on earlier -- That is great news. It is now more important than ever for countries to return to manufacturing and to decouple from China. We can't have countries where people only answer the phone in call centres. Services are fine, but we need to have people who can build things. We can't outsource all of these jobs and their skills any longer.

  25. Item 2. I read the Newsweek article. Trump did not mention DeSantis. Trump said he did not think young people or children should get it. Peyer Navarro said that they developed ot mainly for old people and compromised people. Trump geys 80% support and deSantis 8%. To imply he is afraid of DeSantis is over the top spin from you Don and very disappointing.