After The Sunday Shows …

After the Sunday news shows and coverage I came away with some questions:

Do the Democrats and MSM who are blaming President Trump for everything realize he has only been in politics for two and a half years?
The potential candidates against him have been in Washington for up to forty years.
How are these long term problems he inherited his issue and not yours?

The Sunday News shows made it seem like it was all Trump’s fault on things like North Korea.
Do you realize it was 40 years of doing nothing that he inherited and he is coming closer to a solution than the others who claimed “peace in our time” did?
If Obama was doing things like meeting Kim at the border would they be saying the policy has been a failure? I doubt it, in fact they gave Obama a Nobel Peace Prize for a lot less. For this they would create the Nobel/Nobel Peace Prize.

Now while on past President’s, Jimmy Carter reminded me again this weekend why he was the worst President of my lifetime. Saying the Russians won the election for Trump and he is an illegitimate President was despicable. Actually Watergate won the Presidency for you and look what a disaster that turned out to be.

How come there was no coverage all weekend about Kamala Harris saying that she had misinterpreted the debate question about eliminating private health insurance in favor of a government-run health insurance plan?
That night on stage she raised her hand alongside Bernie. She had already flip flopped once before, so when asked the next day, she said she “misinterpreted”. She thought they were asking “about her giving up private insurance”, not forcing all of the country.
Well Kamala, that’s a lie and I respect your intelligence to much to even consider that. This weekend I saw the play “Barnum” and your comment reminded me of his famous saying. “You can fool some of the people …. all the time”. Maybe you can, but not all of us.
And again I ask if this were Trump would the MSM be playing it up over and over?

Remember when Joe Biden was lauded for calling Republicans racist (“they’re going to out you all back in chains”)? Well Joe, how does it feel now your own party is calling you a racist? I know you’re not, you know it, but it hurts doesn’t it?

Did you see this post debate poll?
“New polling from Morning Consult, conducted starting at the end of the debate Thursday night and running through all of Friday, now has Kamala Harris in a dead heat for third place with Elizabeth Warren. Both senators are at 12 percent, behind only Joe Biden (33 percent) and Bernie Sanders (19 percent). It’s only a roughly day-long chunk of Morning Consult’s weekly tracking of the Democratic primary, and the next full update won’t be available until Tuesday morning. 
“But, compared to the results from the week ending June 23, the post-debate data show Biden losing 5 points, while Harris had gained 6 points. Sanders and Warren were mostly steady, but there is a red flag for Bernie: He was the only major candidate to see a significant drop in his favorability.”

China:
President Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, met on the
sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, and agreed to a cease fire on their
tariff increases. This is good news for the market and I wonder if the
media will ever realize he is using tariffs to negotiate.

The President needs some deals with the new N.A. agreement, China
and/or N. Korea as he heads toward 2020. The question is do the other
countries use that leverage to get a better deal and what does the
administration do?
G-20 leaders unite against social media. A statement signed by all members at the summit demands operators of online content-sharing platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, step up efforts to ensure violent terrorism-related imagery can’t be streamed or uploaded.



Take Two …

Debate two was like watching the varsity with day one being the JV. The voices were louder, clearer and far more confrontational. There were clear winners and losers.

As long thought and written here, Kamala Harris is the one we expect to emerge as the nominee. She decisively took Joe Biden apart and won the night. With the California primary moved up, she is in great position.

Mayor Pete had a good night and gets to move on. That’s it for winners last night.

Joe Biden was exactly what we thought he was. Hesitating, stumbling at times and unable to answer charges against him. He may not know it yet, but he is not getting the nomination. Imagine Rep. Swalwell saying to Donald Trump that it is time to pass the torch, that he is too old. Joe’s response, “I still have that torch”. Trump would have said something like “There are people to pass the torch to, but they aren’t on the end of this stage, I can tell you that”.
Biden also got beat up on school busing in a moment that will live on. Well here’s a question. Does America favor forced school busing even today? Let’s see, you work hard, often at two jobs, to save and be able to buy a home and raise a family. Then the government comes along and says you have a decent school here, but somewhere else we don’t like that school. We are going to bus your kids there. What? Do the Democrats on that stage think we want forced busing? We want raising the standards so all schools follow rules, have discipline and teach.

Bernie had a bad night. He has won because he moved the party all the way to his socialist thought process. They may not win the election with his thoughts, but he took them there.

With the others, Kirsten Gillbrand just turns me off. The woman who changes positions, depending on the office she is running for, is obnoxious. No chance.
Senator Bennet, Gov. Hickenlooper, Andrew Yang, Rep. Swalwell and Author Marianne Williamson (oh vey) thanks for stopping by.

One last thought on debate one. Eleven to go. The fear the party should have is that to win the primary you go so far left you can’t win in November. Open borders, government run health care, free health care for illegals paid for by working Americans, school busing, free college, and higher taxes may not be a winning message.
The question being formed for 2020 is this:
Is America a place where you work hard, pull yourself and family up by your bootstraps and achieve your dream; or is it a place where the government does for you?
I grew up in the former and want my kids and grandkids to do the same. Each person must decide what America they want.

News

Justice Roberts:
When Justice Kennedy retired we predicted here that Justice Roberts, in his desire to maintain the integrity of the court, would be the new five in any five to four vote.
Well he came through again yesterday when he said the government in doing its census cannot ask if you are a citizen. Not because it was wrong he said, but because of why they may be doing it.
He looked for a loop around the issue as he did when he was the fifth vote okaying Obamacare. He alone found it was a tax, and the government could tax he said.
Again we ask, ever see the Clinton or Obama justices being the five in a five to four vote?
The NYT finally caught up to this today. Here’s their headline and story:
After 14 Years, Chief Justice Roberts Takes Charge
A pair of stunning decisions on Thursday showed that the chief justice has replaced Justice Anthony M. Kennedy as the court’s swing vote.

They should have been reading this blog for the last two years.

US Women Soccer:
Megan Rapinoe, did you have to ruin it for so many of us by bringing politics and your personal hate into the games? We know you don’t like the President and you don’t want to go to the White House. That’s your business. How about winning the cup first and then you and whomever else doesn’t want to go not go? Let the others who want to go have the opportunity. In the quarterfinals you have to be using the language you did and causing this disruption?
What a great example for the kids you are trying to influence.


My Take …


Okay, round one of twelve (Democratic debates) is in the books. Here’s one person’s take on what I saw and heard. 

The Democratic party has truly moved left. Positions every candidate took would have been unthought and unheard of just a few years ago. You never know, as seventeen months to the election is a long time, but I didn’t see winning positions last night. 

Open borders, federal tax rates of 70% (add state, city, social security and medicare on top of that), do away with private health insurance, free college and an economy not doing well, were examples of the positions. 
I just don’t see America in agreement with this. In fact their own party wasn’t here eight years ago. They began the drift to the extreme in 2016 and last night, at least, they were all there.

By the way, since so many voted for Obamacare (without knowing what was in it) are they now saying they were wrong? Obamacare is still the law of the land, what happened? 
Also, aren’t manufacturer jobs up on average of 16,000 a month? Listening last night you would think they were still disappearing at a greater rate. In fact I suspect the Republicans will play the tape of Obama saying you need a “magic wand” to bring jobs back.

Now the candidates. 
Beto continued his dive down. The man the MSM made a hero against Senator Cruz looks like an empty suit. He is done. 
Delaney and Gabbard made the most progress. You know why? They were as close to the center as Democrats are allowed to get in a primary. 
DeBlasio went all out as far left as you could and probably won some converts in this primary. By the way, while he was talking about the police in NY, they were tweeting their distaste for him. 
Booker appealed to his base and moves on. 
Castro will survive to another day. 
Inslee had his moment in the race. Ryan is not ready. Both are done. 
Warren didn’t gain or lose. She didn’t stand out, but her standing going on allows her to move on. 
Amy Klobuchar disappointed. We expected more from her. 

Notes

I keep hearing on the MSM how mean this administration is for the “migrant camps”. Really? Let’s see, people coming across our border illegally in record numbers. Congressional members called it a “manufactured crisis” and refused to provide finances or assistance. Now it’s Trump’s fault?
Imagine a fair media and how public perception might be.

On the same theme, what are the Wayfair employees in Boston doing? They walked out over sales to border camps. They are protesting the retailer’s sale of $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture to a southern border facility for migrant children seeking asylum in the U.S.
What? They are protesting their company’s sales? They are protesting bedding sales for illegal migrants being held pending investigation?
They want open borders. Can you believe that? Now if people boycott Wayfair and they lose their jobs then what?

Finally, today did you see that two more Police Officers were fired over their failure to act during the Parkland School attack? Remember the arrogance of that Police Chief blaming the President in the immediate aftermath? Since then we learned his department failed to take action despite warning signs, and when it occurred they cowered under.
Any MSM coverage that maybe there was more to the story?

Short Takes …

Mueller:
The never ending drive to make the President look bad goes on as Robert Mueller will testify in open session on July 17. He will testify before two committees. The chairs are Representatives Nadler and Schiff.
Democrats will try and get him to say he would have prosecuted the President if he could.
Republicans will press him on his staff and why he didn’t investigate the dossier and its origins.
Mueller will want to say nothing and refer to the report over and over.
How do you think these ratings will be?

The President:
Heads to the G20 and there will be lots of news over the next week.

First South Korea:
He’s stopping in Seoul first to meet with President Moon, who today said:
“The U.S. and North Korea have been engaged in informal talks about a third nuclear summit between the two countries’ leaders”.

The President really wants a deal with N. Korea before the election, and the Democrats really hope he doesn’t succeed.

Then on to China:
“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC Wednesday that the U.S. and China were almost there on a trade deal. “We were about 90% of the way there (with a deal) and I think there’s a path to complete this”.
He added:
That he’s confident President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping can make progress in stalled trade talks at the forthcoming Group of 20 (G-20) meeting this weekend. ‘The message we want to hear is that they want to come back to the table and continue because I think there is a good outcome for their economy and the U.S. economy to get balanced trade and to continue to build on this relationship.'”

Meanwhile:
THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC DEBATE is tonight in Miami at 9 p.m. on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. On night one the debaters are:
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Julián Castro, John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Good Luck To:
Stephanie Grisham has signed up to be the new administration Press Secretary.
Imagine you wake up everyday and your job is to be the person between the President and the Press.

Backing Down:
Steny Hoyer the Democrat Majority Leader announced yesterday he was cancelling the plan to vote on a pay raise for congress. He said he “didn’t have the votes”.
We asked weeks ago if he thought the American people thought congress deserved a raise. Now even their own members know better than to pass it. They’ll wait until the election is over and do it.

There is a crisis:
Five months after calling the border a “manufactured” crisis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led Democrats on Tuesday to approve a $4.5 billion humanitarian assistance package that the President had requested to deal with the record surge of illegal immigrants.

But Democrats took their pound of flesh in the vote, deleting some of the president’s priorities from the final bill, such as money for investigators to stop human traffickers or more detention beds for ICE. Instead, they packed the measure with new rules on how the administration can spend the money, and on the conditions migrants can face when they arrive at the border.





Events Unfolding …..

Let’s start with Iran again.
Since 1978 when President Carter failed, they have been an issue. The number one exporter of terror and unrest in the world.
So now they attack tankers in the open seas. Destroy a $130 million drone over the international water and the President shows restraint. He doesn’t retaliate and cause them loss of life and harm. He adds some sanctions as an answer to their war like acts and offers dialogue. Their reaction?
Iran’s President Rouhani mocks President Trump, saying the White House is “afflicted by mental retardation.” He added, that the sanctions are “outrageous and stupid.” They “threaten global security”.

That, my friends, is an example of allowing terrorists to do what they want for 40 years. At some point Iran will have to be dealt with. This administration is hoping the change comes from within and the people arise. We’ll see.

By the way, did you see this tweet from the President? It is what we have been asking for a week:
President Trump called upon countries to protect their own ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, and questioned why the U.S. has provided such protection for years “for zero compensation.”

Mexico and a little reported story in the NYT:
“Mexico’s Crackdown at Its Southern Border, Prompted by Trump, Scares Migrants From Crossing.” 
THE STORY SAYS: “Mexico’s mobilization of its security forces has been halting, and for most of the past two weeks it seemed to fall short of the dramatic show of force that the government had promised. Still, the deployment has already disrupted the usual flow of people and commerce passing over this historically porous border, and sown fear among migrants and their smugglers alike.” 
So a negative followed by praise — which is about all the President will ever get from the NYT.

Think of the reporting on the Trump kids:
Now consider the continued stories on Hunter Biden and how little coverage it is getting. This week we hear of an Arkansas woman who is suing him for child support, claiming he is the father of her 10-month-old baby.
The woman said he fathered the child “during his relationship with his late brother’s widow”.
This on top of the announcement he has left his brother’s widow, for whom he divorced his wife to be with, and now after a ten day courtship has married an Australian woman.
Oh, if only this were a Trump kid what juicy headlines and stories we would have.

One day before debate one Move On.Org released a straw poll:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren leads her 2020 Democratic rivals both nationally and in early presidential states in a straw poll of MoveOn members released Tuesday by the liberal advocacy group.
Ms. Warren of Massachusetts was the first choice of 38% of MoveOn members nationwide, followed by Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont at 17%, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden at 15%, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, at 12%, and Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California at 7%.

Speaking of polls, here’s a Politico one on canceling the military strike:
Most voters agree with President Donald Trump’s decision to call off airstrikes in Iran last week, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll that also shows little public support for U.S. military action in the Persian Gulf.
According to the poll, just over a third of voters, 36 percent, support military action in Iran after the Iranians shot down an unmanned U.S. drone aircraft — fewer than the 42 percent who oppose it. Roughly two-in-10 voters, 22 percent, said they have no opinion.
A majority of self-identified Republican voters, 59 percent, do support further military action in Iran. But support for striking Iran is much lower among Democratic voters (23 percent) and independents (28 percent).





Post The Decisions ….

Update Iran

Let’s start with Iran today. We still don’t get the whole policy decision here.
We were clear in that we questioned why it was our fight if the countries of the tankers attacked were “unsure” it was Iran who did it. Why was it our fight if Iran was blocking the strait? We are energy independent.

Someone responded here that it was because we are part of NATO. Really, that’s it? Well then, how about first these countries admit Iran is the culprit, and second pay their agreed to share of NATO costs?

Then the President sent ships, planes, drones and troops to the area. We disagreed with that. Once you put them in harms way, harm can come. So if you make that move, then you must be prepared to act if attacked.

We were attacked. The President promised swift action. Then he cancelled it. The ramifications:
– When you draw a position and fail to act you lose respect for what you say.
– When you build your reputation on decisiveness and toughness and fail to act you lose respect.
– Then you embolden other bad actors to test you.

The bottom line is that Trump is anti war and knows any action in the middle east is never ending. His instinct is to avoid conflict. His mistake was to take control of allies who refused to see wrong and send the ships, planes, drones and troops.

His backdown did him nor us any good. If he thought Iran would suddenly be happy he was wrong. Look at their parliament yesterday chanting “death to America”.
His actions this weekend on cyber activity, adding sanctions and sending Pompeo to put together a coalition, could have been done without our losing a $130 million dollar drone.

What’s next?
Expect our “allies” to continue to waiver. Expect Iran to act again.

immigration raids

The President also backed down and called off the raids after a conversation with Nancy Pelosi.
Now let’s cut through the liberal and MSM noise of what was planned. From the Washington Post:
“President Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that is likely to begin with predawn raids in major U.S. cities on Sunday, according to three U.S. officials with knowledge of the plans”. 

So it was directed at people who had received a court order to leave the country. Did you know that? A minor fact they failed to tell.
The President tweeted this:
“The people that Ice will apprehend have already been ordered to be deported. This means that they have run from the law and run from the courts. These are people that are supposed to go back to their home country. They broke the law by coming into the country, & now by staying.”

Now does that sound like a crazed round up?
Yet we halted that, as if suddenly the dire situation will be recognized and congress will act. Let’s hope.

I think people don’t realize this President wants to get along and wants people, (even opponents) to like him, and he is more than willing to compromise.

Politics

Roy Moore announced he is running for the Republican nomination for senate in Alabama again.
Are you kidding Roy? You had no defense of the charges a year ago and now you want to cost the party a seat again? We think the Republican voters will have more sense this time.

In Queens NY, the home of AOC, there is a primary race for District Attorney tomorrow. (The winner of the primary is assured of election in November). It is between a “traditional” Democrat and an AOC backed socialist. One traditional liberal NY Democrat backed out to back a party candidate because of the AOC challenge.

Tiffany Cabán, is the AOC backed candidate. She pledges to “prosecute” ICE, end cash bail and legalize prostitution. She wants to close Rikers Island while opposing any new jail openings.
In addition to AOC she has scored endorsements from presidential hopefuls Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.).

Now they call Caban’s opponent “traditional”. Here’s a summary of a recent study of the Queens DA office:
According to data provided by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, more than one-third of people charged in Queens with either homicide or robbery were on probation, parole or had a pending case at the time of their arrest. These numbers indicate that the criminal-justice system is not keeping the public safe, because people already known to be dangerous are roaming free.
But given the field of candidates vying to become Queens district attorney in Tuesday’s primary election, it seems likely that whoever gets the job will only make the problem worse.
The picture that Cabán paints of New York City and state — punitive governments, over-incarcerating legions of nonviolent offenders — bears little resemblance to reality. Less than 2 percent of NYPD arrests result in a prison sentence, and only about 10 percent of NYPD arrests result in a jail admission. Between 1999 and 2016, the state’s prison population decreased by 31 percent; between 1998 and 2018, the city’s jail population fell by about 50 percent.
According to Cabán, that’s not good enough — more inmates need to go free. The problem, though, is that the only way to expand decarceration in New York any further is to start turning loose the most violent and chronic offenders. Unfortunately for Queens residents, Tiffany Cabán seems willing to do that. She wants to close Rikers Island while opposing any new jail openings.

The Democratic debates begin Wednesday.
It will be interesting to watch how Beto and Warren handle each other in their debate, and then how the others go after Biden in the second.

How about this in Virginia?
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said Thursday that he is ‘very hopeful about the future’ and ‘thinking very seriously’ about a gubernatorial run in 2021.
“Fairfax, who faces sexual assault allegations by two womensaid the scandal has raised his public profile for good. Many people a year ago would not have recognized me, now they really do”, Fairfax said. “People come up to me at gas stations, they say, Hey, we recognize you. We love you. We know what they are saying about you is false.”

Did you hear about his in SF? From the Washington Times:
Historical images of George Washington’s life will soon vanish from San Francisco’s Washington High School over accusations of racism.

“It is a racist mural. My history should not be racist but it is. I came from slaves,” said Virginia Marshall with the Alliance of Black School Educators.





Iran Escalates …

Yesterday we wrote that the Iran fight wasn’t ours and that others needed to step up. Over night the Iranians made it our issue.

Now we can argue sending our ships to the area then flying drones to try and prove to France, Germany and Japan, that Iran was a threat put us into a position to be attacked.

Well Iran was foolish enough to attack one of our assets. Why they think that is smart is beyond me.
It puts the President in a position that he has to act. Trump has walked and acted with bravado since taking office. He has been tough in words and now must do something or risk losing that image. A failure to act would send a message to North Korea that they can do what they want. It will tell others that America is a paper tiger. In fact we think the President must take a definitive and strong action. He must send a message to prevent any future threats.
So buckle up and watch what happens, and what happens because of our action. After 40 years of supporting terrorism Iran is about to be called for its actions. What do they do when pushed back?

Biden gets hit

We continue to believe there is no way Joe Biden survives the primary season and wins the nomination. He got himself in a heap with the left wing of his party again last night.
Marc Caputo captured our thoughts with this in Politico today:
“But rather than bolster his image as an effective pragmatist, Biden’s parables of working with long-dead Dixiecrats have started to reinforce two of his biggest liabilities: his age and his record on race. A 76-year-old centrist who spent 36 years in the Senate before serving as vice president, Biden was already out of step with the Democratic Party’s left wing, which wants a fresh face, a woman, a candidate of color or at least an unapologetic progressive torch-bearer.”

And there’s more. This story today too:
IT’S NEVER A HEALTHY SIGN when a campaign is airing its dirty laundry in the press. And there are reams of old Biden remarks that don’t jibe well with contemporary liberal views on race in America. Consider his favorable comparison of the late Sen. John Stennis to Confederate general Stonewall Jackson, unearthed by CNN last month. Or his eulogy for Strom Thurmond, when he hailed the segregationist senator for holding what was once the longest filibuster in Senate history … without noting it was to block the Civil Rights Act. 

Joe’s reaction this AM when asked if he wanted to apologize was “What for”?

And, this AM I saw a story on a MSM channel beginning to question Joe and his son’s deals with the Ukraine and China. The story was not kind, and they went after Joe who didn’t answer any questions.

The president

We know his base is loyal, the question has always been is that base big enough to get him over the top.
Well after his announcement on Tuesday in Orlando that he was running he raised almost $25 million dollars in donations. You saw how loyal his supporters were and they reinforced it with their wallets.
Is it enough of the population?

One place they are looking to grow is with the Latino vote. From the WSJ:
President Trump beat expectations with Hispanic voters in 2016 and now his re-election campaign is launching a national effort to win over more, beginning in Florida. The “Latinos for Trump” rollout will take place in Miami on Tuesday—a day before the city hosts the first Democratic presidential primary debate.

Finally this Friday, remember we told you how he had reached highs for approval in the Rasmussen daily poll? Then the ABC interview fiasco destroyed all that, and he was back in the disapproval area.
Well after his speech on Tuesday he was back up a little. This Friday he is at 50-48 plus on approval/disapproval.

What he does with Iran will be a key to this in the weeks ahead.


Why Us?

I was wondering, why is it us (the U.S.) that is doing this face off with Iran? We used to be involved in everything middle east because of the oil supply. Well we are now self efficient and independent, we don’t need middle eastern oil.
So:
Why, if European countries like France and Germany are “not sure” it was Iran who hit those tankers, should we have to prove it?
Why, if one of the tankers hit was a Japanese rig and their leader was in Iran at the time and he isn’t speaking up, should we?
If we backed out of the Iranian deal that Obama and Kerry orchestrated , but everyone else stayed in because they trusted Iran and now Iran is going to break it by moving closer to nuclear capability, why is it our issue?

I don’t understand why we are sending 1,000 more troops. Why is it our battle? It seems like everyone else has more at stake than we do, so why aren’t they doing more? Why are they making us look like the bad guy?

Why aren’t we just saying to the others, you know where we stand, we think Iran leads the world in terrorist support and activity. This is your fight to lead. If they attack us or our interests we will take immediate and sure action. In the interim you lead and deal with them as you see fit.

We have learned through blood and costs that regime change in the middle east is not easy, maybe not possible. There are too many factions and overthrowing despots just leads to civil unrest and never ending chaos. Afghanistan and Iraq were lessons learned.

The President to Announce

The President is set to announce his reelection bid tonight in Orlando, Florida. That state of course, as always is a key. Here’s a story from the Orlando Sentinel this AM that says it all:
“Trump supporters line up 42 hours early for Orlando campaign rally at Amway Center, with tents, sleeping bags and coolers of water in tow. Donald Trump supporters began lining up early Monday for Tuesday’s campaign rally in Orlando, nearly two full days before the event.
Then they wrote:
“The line had grown to about 50 as of 3 p.m. By 9:30 p.m., the line “ballooned to about 250, with people snaked around to Central Boulevard”.
A good story right? Something that should get positive coverage. So what does the President say and do?
“Around the same time”, Trump tweeted, “there were thousands of people already lined up.”
Why? It has to be bigger and better for Trump.

Tariff Watch – From the WSJ

The New tariffs on goods from China are getting closer. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office is holding hearings this week on the 25% levies for $300 billion worth of products.
For the first time, many consumer goods, like cell phones, could get hit.

Economists (surveyed by the WSJ) think that will outweigh any potential long-term economic gains. Tariffs “don’t benefit anyone—the U.S. economy, revenue into government—and they certainly don’t benefit the Chinese,” said Ameriprise Financial chief economist Russell Price.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross doesn’t expect leaders from the U.S. and China to strike a trade deal later this month. President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping may meet at the Group of 20 summit in Japan, but “I think the most that will come out of the G-20 might be an agreement to actively resume talks,” Mr. Ross said.

Also on tariffs did you see or hear that we are restoring the aid we cut off to the Central American countries because of their failure to control immigration?
Makes you wonder if this was part of the “Mexico Deal”. If it was then the question arises. Was the cutback a success? Did it lead those countries to take action; or was the cut a failure?
The argument from the administration was “if you don’t take action there is no aid”. The argument on the other side was, “we need to build up their countries so people stay”.
Let’s see what unfolds over the next day or two.

Finally on tariffs, it appears this AM that there may be an agreement for Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping meet at the G20.
If so watch the market react today.

Last Word

The Broadway Show Bill and Hillary is closing early. There was lack of demand for tickets. Can you imagine that?

A Negative Period …

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot, the 30 hour access the President gave George Stephanopoulos is still biting him. The MSM is still:
– Replaying his comments on accepting data from foreign governments.
– Showed him embarrassing his chief of staff for coughing!
– Announced he fired three pollsters for showing him trailing.

Wow, what this shows clearly is his ego is truly dangerous to running the country. A key staffer coughs and you berate him because you must look pristine in your interview? The pollster data gets out and you fire them because the data shows you are behind? Really?

This President has policies we agree with and taken some positions that this country has long needed. We applaud that.

But the danger of his ego that needs constant fulfillment and stroking is incredible. He must be told he is “the best”, “the greatest” or “the smartest” constantly. If he thinks you disagree and don’t idolize him he goes off the deep end.

He allowed ABC in thinking he could handle George. He forgot two things.
First, George and his friends are “never Trumpers”. Remember when George’s wife said her kids couldn’t sleep because they were so scared that Trump won. Where did the young kids get that from?
Don’t forget too that his wife Ali had announced they were buying property and moving to Australia if Trump won.

Second, ABC had the power of the edit and time release. The President may well have given as much as he got with George, but the station controlled what people saw, when and how much. His ego may tell him he can control “them”, but he can’t when it’s not live. He got destroyed this past week.

Why give this man and station the access he did? Because he was sure he could handle it. If one of Trump’s advisors had done this, he would fire them and call them “stupid”.

The bigger shame of it was this. He was coming off his Mexico victory. He was riding a high. In the daily Rasmussen poll he was at highs for approval versus disapproval. For one of the few times in his Presidency he was positive and for the first time I remember that positive was four points.
Well in their poll to be released today he is back under the number with disapproval at 50%.
He has no one to blame but himself and as he heads to 2020 has to overcome the economy, world events, and himself to win. He should be hoping beyond anything that the Democrats go far left and people see that candidate a bigger threat than him.

Here’s a quote from today that illustrates his ego.
“If you can believe it, Abraham Lincoln was treated supposedly very badly. But nobody’s been treated badly like me.”

Well, Mr President, I don’t disagree you have had some negative coverage, but believe it or not, your ego has contributed to it.

Some other news

Iran:
We clearly have a world crisis with Iran and the actions they are taking. You agree right? Now think about this.
Allies like Germany and France are not sure that Iran is acting up or even hit those tankers last week. The Japanese Premier was in Iran for a meeting, and one of his tankers was hit, yet he did not criticize, act or leave.
What does that tell you? Either the U.S. is lying or the world still refuses to stand up for what is right. It means they want and need the oil and are hoping, almost begging Iran to cease the activity. Now think about this too.
The U.S. used to be dependent on middle east oil too. We have made the U.S. energy independent, fighting the left every step of the way to do so.
Any coverage of this on the MSM?

Now there’s another element to this. Congress in both chambers was moving to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
The attacks on the oil tankers have supplied a new sense of urgency to debate.
The President is for the sales. He has argued that the enemy of our enemy is our friend as Saudi Arabia is squaring off against Iran. He also argues that if he cancels the sales, Saudi Arabia will simply turn to Russia and buy from them.
Congress still seething over the Khashoggi murder wants to cut Saudi off.

Let’s see if the events this week makes congress change its stance.

Here’s who made the first Democratic debate:
Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Bill de Blasio, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Eric Swalwell, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang.
One who didn’t make the debate, and President Trump should be happy he didn’t, is Montana Governor Steve Bullock. He is the middle of the road kind of Democrat who could beat the President.

A question: Why is it that more Americans favor impeachment proceedings today than the day Mueller’s report was released? If it was about collusion and there was none, why have the numbers gone up? From the WSJ this AM:


Really …..

Really, after all the Democrats and MSM have hit him over the head with Russian collusion, did President Trump really respond like that to George Stephanopoulos?

He said he would accept a foreign government’s assistance in an election. “It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research, oh let’s call the FBI.”
How, how could he answer like that and give them so much ammunition?

This just proves no matter how great the economy is or how much progress he makes in foreign affairs, this election will be close because of his mouth.

And Mr. President, no complaining about the fake news today. You gave George, a “Never Trumper”, full access for two days. Did you expect good coverage from him and ABC?

Did you see a House panel backed contempt charges for AG Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross? 
This move proves how much tougher the Democratic congress members are than the Republicans were. Remember when the Republican Congress held AG Eric Holder in contempt for not providing information? Did they go the next step like the Dems are? No. This congress is changing the game.

The Democrats are so intent on not giving the President any victory that they are now stopping his plan to paint the new Air Force One red, white and blue. Think about that. Red, White and Blue is not good for them.
Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney on Wednesday threw a big wrench into President Donald Trump’s plans to paint the iconic Air Force One jets red, white and blue. During a marathon hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on a bill that will authorize Pentagon spending for 2020, Courtney introduced an amendment that restricts spending on any changes made to the white and sky-blue Boeing airplane.

“Courtney’s amendment, adopted by committee members on a 31-26 party line vote, would require congressional approval for excessive spending on ‘interior, paint and fixtures.'”

You know all the charges against the President from the left and MSM that he is running the government to profit his businesses? They ignore he donates his salary, and ignore that those business were worth less since the 2016 election. It was a straight out lie that they were allowed to get away with. Here’s an update from yesterday from Bloomberg that says last year the business reversed two years of declines. Look at how they presented it:

“Trump’s Net Worth Rises to $3 Billion Despite Business Setbacks. President Donald Trump’s net worth rose to $3 billion, a 5% gain over the past year, thanks to a jump in the value of an office-building deal he once sued to prevent”. 

“The increase in Trump’s wealth reverses two years of declines and brings his net worth back to 2016 levels, according to figures compiled by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index from lenders, property records, securities filings, market data and a May 16 financial disclosure. It comes despite setbacks at his family company, including the cancellation of two new hotel chains and reduced business at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and seven golf courses.”

Now considering the business and market growth shouldn’t his businesses be well beyond 2016 levels? Being President has cost him growth. It’s not him using the Presidency to grow his business.

Remember when Howard Schultz of Starbucks fame was the darling of the media and going to run for President? Today’s story about him:

 “Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz told campaign staff that he is making significant cuts to his team, as he suspends his political plans for the summer.” Schultz came into the office Wednesday for the first time in months and met with the staff, according to a person in the room. He announced that he was letting everyone go except those in senior leadership positions, adding he would not make a decision about running for president until after Labor Day. 

A big story tonight will be about Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter. His wife, Margaret, who is facing a number of federal criminal charges (along with him) over allegations of diverting more than $250,000 in campaign funds to personal use, is set to plead guilty.



John Dean – Really?

What a fiasco


John Dean really? Except for going to jail for Watergate what has he done? Why was he called? Did he have facts and information on this case?
No. In fact the first thing he said was he was not a “fact witness”.
So, if you are not a fact witness what are you?
A TV show is what, and guess what, the helicopter crash occurred at exactly when he was to be covered.
Coverage – zero.

Now John Dean to be sure, yesterday called the current investigation akin to Watergate. Really?
Where was the break in? Cover up? Money payments?
Oh wait, it may be worse said John Dean.

Well John, the only convicted person testifying was you. The only disbarred person testifying was you. The only one testifying who said when Reagan was President that Iran Contra was worse than Watergate was you. The only one who said the War in Iraq coverup was worse than Watergate was you. The only one testifying who had sent close to one thousand tweets about President Trump, with all of them negative was you.
What about Democratic Presidents like Clinton, anything there? Not that you saw.
I think you may be a little prejudice and biased and your role on CNN as an anti Trump is clear.
Why that makes you witness one for Jerry Nadler just illustrates what a joke this is.

Speaking of Nadler after weeks news coverage about subpoena and impeachment threats did you see that he is backing off “for now” as the AG is providing documents?
The WSJ today:
House, DOJ reach deal on Mueller probe evidence. The House Judiciary Committee has reached an agreement to gain access to evidence special counsel Robert Mueller collected on whether the president acted improperly, backing off a plan to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for blocking the release.

It was all noise as usual.

Some News Headlines

Can you believe this in the WSJ today about Kim Jong Un’s brother?:
Kim’s slain half brother was a CIA informant. Kim Jong Nam, the slain half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was an informant for the CIA who met on several occasions with agency operatives. Mr. Kim was killed at an airport in Malaysia in February 2017, when two women smeared his face with nerve agent VX.

Did you see that Iran is releasing a U.S. citizen?
With tensions heightened and all the threats they are making does it surprise you too that they would release someone now? Makes you wonder what is going on behind the scenes doesn’t it?

What Joe? So Joe Biden skipped the Iowa forum where all the other Democratic candidates spoke. As the front runner he made a strategic decision and of course was attacked by the others. He provided a reason, his granddaughters graduation. Good enough, but then he added this:
“‘One of my competitors criticized me for not going to Iowa to talk for 5 minutes. … My granddaughter was graduating. It was my daughter’s birthday. I would skip inauguration for that.'”
You would skip the inauguration for that? Ah Joe, the country might come first if you are running for the office and win.

Buckle up for a new book release:
General James Mattis, former Secretary of Defense, on his brand new book, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead (Publish Date: July 16, 2019). 
What is he going to say?

The NYT Today

Op-Ed:
Congratulations on Fixing the Border, Mr. President!
By MICHELLE GOLDBERG
Should we pretend that Donald Trump made a real deal with Mexico?

Pelosi and Schumer Are Playing Too Nice
By JAMELLE BOUIE
Maybe they are right to be cautious, but keeping the base at a distance
could make it easier for Trump to win again.


Holding Up Trump …

As I watched the news reporting over the weekend, the Sunday shows and coverage of the Mexico tariff situation it dawned on me. Without FoxNews the President’s ratings would be in the lowest range possible. There was not one positive presentation of his actions or week.

Did any show or station praise his speech and results in Europe this week?
Not that I saw. In fact they ripped him for giving an interview at the cemetery and attacking Nancy Pelosi.
They knocked him for fighting back against the London Mayor and once again brought up the charge he called Megan Markle “nasty”.
There was not one positive about a successful trip to Europe and best speech of his presidency.

Then we had the whole Mexico deal being ripped as a ploy.
Nothing about how he may have negotiated some help from Mexico. Nothing about their whole week of false alarming reports that he was going to drive up prices and destroy relationships.
If he used the threat to even slightly improve the situation, he won.
Any word on that? Of course not.
Any knock on congress for not acting? Of course not. It was all Trump.

On Mexico let’s watch what happens over the next 60 days to get a feel on what he did. One thing for sure. Mexico was concerned enough about the potential tariffs to rush to Washington and negotiate in days. If we improve at all, will the MSM give the administration any credit?
To answer that question here’s another. Did they (the MSM) apologize for two years of telling us that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians? After all, they told us that daily for the entire period and that Robert Mueller would have the proof. When Mueller said he didn’t, and in fact cleared him of collusion, did they apologize?
No they converted to obstruction of the crime that wasn’t.

So I came to the conclusion that the only place he gets a fair deal is Fox, and his supporters can go there to at least hear the other side. If Fox did not exist the constant MSM drum beat would have driven his numbers so far down his reelection would not be possible.

Impeachment

In what can only be the absurd, today the Nadler team is calling John Dean, the disgraced former Watergate figure and anti Trump CNN commentater to testify. Now ask yourself one question. What does John Dean know about the whole probe? He knows about being disbarred and facing jail time. He knows that Trump should not be President, as he knew that Kavanaugh should not be on the court. He knows CNN pays his salary. But what value is he here?
The value is a name from a White House scandal can get television time and attack the President.

Folks it’s up to you and me in 2020 to decide what America is going forward.

Look at this story in the WSJ. WOW.

The standoff over special counsel Robert Mueller’s report echoes a 1982 fight involving the late Anne Gorsuch Burford, the then administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Then, like now, a Democratic House of Representatives wanted access to documents that a Republican president said were privileged law-enforcement materials. As a result of the Reagan administration’s refusal to comply with a congressional subpoena, Ms. Burford was cited for contempt, sparking a legal battle that culminated in her resignation.

The thorny legal questions about relations between Congress and the executive branch that were in play then and today could end up being decided by a Supreme Court that now features her son, Neil Gorsuch.

Now Look at the NYT headlines and stories this weekend and today:

These need no explanation from me and the you decide if the paper that says its fair is practicing that:

Saturday:

Trump Mixes Economic and National Security, Plunging the U.S. Into Multiple Fights

By ANA SWANSON and PAUL MOZUR

The Trump administration has argued that economic security is national security. But as a consequence, it now finds itself in an economic war on nearly every front.

Op Ed:

The Worst President Hails the Greatest Generation
By BRET STEPHENS
Trump mouthed the right words in Normandy. He didn’t mean them.

Why Should Immigrants ‘Respect Our Borders’? The West Never Respected Theirs
By SUKETU MEHTA
Immigration quotas should be based on how much the host country has ruined other countries.


Sunday:

OPINION 

4 Disturbing Details You May Have Missed in the Mueller Report
By QUINTA JURECIC
Some troubling-to-outright-damning episodes have been lost in the noise around its release.

Mexico Agreed to Take Border Actions Months Before Trump Announced Tariff Deal
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN
President Trump announced an agreement just before punishing tariffs went into effect, but it was unclear whether he saw it as truly new concessions or a face-saving way to defuse his tariff threat.

A Drama of Trump’s Own Making Ends With a Familiar Hero
By PETER BAKER
The threat to impose tariffs on Mexico was a case study in President
Trump’s approach to some of the most daunting issues confronting him
and the nation.


EDITORIAL OBSERVER

Trump Hijacks the 4th of July

By MICHELLE COTTLE

The president decided that the one thing missing from the capital’s celebration was himself

Editors’ Picks

U.S. Death on the Rio Grande: A Look at a Perilous Migrant RouteBy ZOLAN KANNO-YOUNGSPresident Trump’s immigration clampdown has pushed an increasing surge of migrants into the harsh river current as the fastest route to American soil.


Wrapping Up The Week …

An eventful and busy week comes to end with much still on the table. It’s the era of Trump. Let’s close out with a quick look at some.

Nancy Pelosi, as we reported yesterday, said she wants the “President in jail”. That statement alone is unacceptable but I have a question.
How come two weeks ago when the President commented overseas on Kim Jong un calling Joe Biden a light weight it was major news. They said the President had no right speaking about domestic politics while overseas. Well, wasn’t the President overseas this week? How come the MSM is not knocking Nancy for speaking about him, going to prison nonetheless, while he was?

Did you see Joe Biden this week reverse himself on the Hyde Amendment? He went from it was against his religion to support public funds for abortion, to he would likely reverse. My first thought was, wouldn’t it be great to have a president that actually said what he believed and acted against it?
Then I remembered, we have that now. So we can criticize the President but he does say and do what he says and means.

Which bring us to the Mexican tariffs. Depending on what you believe, we are either on the verge of instituting the tariff, or a breakthrough with Mexico to take action.
One report said that the Mexican delegation proposed putting troops on Mexico’s southern border. The reason for that is people are supposed to seek asylum in the first country they enter. With Mexico they are allowing people to march through it and get to the U.S. Since most recent asylum seekers are coming from El Salvador and Honduras, this would be very effective if implemented and executed.

How is this going to go over in the country? The congressional leaders are preparing to raise their salaries (currently $174,000) by $4.800. You can be the first to raise your hand if you think this congress deserves a raise.

Britain’s Prime Minister Teresa May steps down today. She could never get the country through the Brexit change. She was the second woman to serve as PM and history will be her judge. The first woman PM, Margaret Thatcher was a partner with Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, to change the world.

Some Political Updates

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced he won’t be running against Donald Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020, nor will he be running for the Senate. He was rumored to be the candidate for a primary.

Senator Michael Bennet  is the 20th Democratic candidate to meet the threshold for inclusion in the first round of debates later this month. The DNC has announced that 20 will be the limit for the debate.
So what happens if another candidate qualifies? They will go to their tie-breaking procedure which will be interesting for anyone disqualified.

A disappointing jobs report this AM. Only 75,000 jobs added. The expectation was for 175,000. This makes watching the fed closer more important. That rate cut by September is now more likely

A Day To Remember …

June 6 will always be associated with the year 1944 and what they did. They being the young soldiers who were prepared to risk and sacrifice all to take back a continent and protect freedom into the future.
As we said yesterday, all you need to do is walk those hallow grounds, read the burial markers and realize the lives un-lived. The President was as close to Reagan-like today in his remarks as he could be, and seeing the “boys” still with us behind him was most moving. We must teach the next generations that lesson, the price someone paid for them and the cost of freedom. People need to know that what we have and enjoy is not free, it was paid for by some young kids willing to storm a beach knowing it could likely be their last moment on this earth. All you have, they need to be told, is not because you earned it, but because someone else did for you.
From here, this 75th anniversary, we will move to other celebrations and remembrances. The Battle of The Bulge, and Okinawa are two of the others that such a price was paid. I read a book this week and what sticks with me is the bravery and belief in cause of the young soldiers, fully knowing the price that lie ahead. One that stuck with me was in Okinawa as the first wave came upon land and took a few steps up a hill. A young solider turned to his friend looking up and said, “Let’s go, I’ve already lived longer than I thought I would”. That was the task our fathers and grandfathers faced. They did it so we could live in freedom. If we ever forget we will have failed those upon whose shoulders we stand.

Other news

As we honor and remember this was also in the news today:

As her caucus pressed her on impeachment, here was Nancy Pelosi’s reaction. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi told senior Democrats that she’d like to see President Donald Trump in prison”, as she clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler in a meeting on Tuesday night over whether to launch impeachment proceedings.

That needs no comment.

The President in Ireland said, “‘Mexico was in yesterday. They’re coming back this morning … I think a lot of progress was made yesterday, but we need to make a lot of progress”.
So there is still hope for no tariffs and Mexico help on border control. Let’s see.
On the tariffs the President was clear on his view. He said, “We’ve told Mexico the tariffs go on, and I mean it too. And I’m very happy with it. And a lot of people, senators included, they have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to tariffs. They have absolutely no idea. When you have the money, when you have the product, when you have the thing that everybody wants, you’re in a position to do very well with tariffs and that’s where we are.”

A story that did not receive much coverage on Venezuela:
Russia has removed “most of their people” from Venezuela, where President Nicolás Maduro continues to cling to power despite an ongoing humanitarian crisis, according to President Trump.
Russia, which has energy investments in Venezuela, Cuba and China, has come out in support of Maduro, while the United States, Britain, France, Spain and 50 other countries back Juan Guaidó, the opposition-party head who declared himself the rightful leader in January.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Russia for propping up Maduro.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Russia was pulling defense advisers amid questions about whether Maduro could survive in the face of mounting pressure from Washington.
Interesting.

Another place that the President has taken a tough stand is Cuba. This too received little coverage this week:
Americans will be barred from taking cruise ships to Cuba, as the Trump
administration ratchets up pressure on Havana to abandon its support of Venezuela’s Maduro government.

Meanwhile some stories in the “fair and balanced” NYT this AM:

Trump’s Split-Screen Persona on Blaring Display in Britain Visit
By MAGGIE HABERMAN and MARK LANDLER
Over his three-day trip, the president embraced regal respectability on one side, and settling scores on the other.
EDITORIAL OBSERVER. A Chance for ‘Dreamers’ By CRISTIAN FARIAS. Congress should do its job and pass a bill to protect immigrants brought to the United States as children.
OPINION The Articles of Impeachment Against Donald J. Trump: A Draft By IAN PRASAD PHILBRICK We edited the articles against Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and came up with articles against President Trump.
I Want to Live in Elizabeth Warren’s America. By FARHAD MANJOO. The Massachusetts senator is proposing something radical: a country in which adults discuss serious ideas seriously.
Let’s Ditch Mitch By GAIL COLLINS The Senate majority leader comes out of his shell.

In A Nutshell ….

I think the current situation with Mexico explains the Trump presidency in a nutshell. Here’s why:

First, it shows the failure of government today to do right for the country.
Second, it illustrates the sorry state of politics and why disagreement doesn’t end at the water’s edge.
Third, it shows the thing we have long written about, the President has no party loyalty.

The Situation:

The President announces he is imposing a 5% tariff on Mexican goods into the country because our congress has failed to act on the border crisis. Even after admitting there is a crisis now they still refuse to act. They refuse to give the President any victory, so rather than do that, they allow the border to remain porous.
Thus, the President comes up with a tariff on Mexico to try and force them to do what they should be doing anyway, protect their border.

The Issues:

Mexico does not want the tariffs imposed and decide to send a delegate to Washington today (Wednesday) to discuss. The first reaction is “Hey this is positive, maybe we can get some help”, right?

But yesterday the House leader Nancy Pelosi met with that delegate and had a private meeting. If you think she met to support the President, you can stop reading now, because you are living in another world.
So now Mexico knows the Democrats are on their side.

Then the Republican Senate Leader Mitch O’Connell meets the press with his leadership team and what does he say? “Senate Republicans told senior White House officials that they are prepared to resist tariffs on Mexico if President Trump pushes forward”.
So the Republicans are not backing their President. Proving what we have long maintained, the President does not have a party behind him.

Please note that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is backing the President. He said, “the House Republicans will sustain a veto-proof majority for Trump’s tariffs”. So, as long as McCarthy and House Republicans have the president’s back, the Senate can gripe.

The other issue is this. Do you think the President told McConnell and others he was going to impose this tariff before he did it? He didn’t. With no loyalty back to them, they feel no loyalty to support ideas not discussed. It goes both ways.

With All That:
The questions do remain.

Why would congress undercut the administration the day before the meeting? Does that make sense?
Mexico was worried enough to send someone immediately and you undercut the U.S. position? Whose side are they on?
Why don’t you in congress stop what you are doing and actually solve the crisis you now admit exists?
Having encouraged Mexico to stand tall the day before they meet with VP Pence and Secretary Pompeo, what do they expect now? You undercut our negotiation.
Don’t you in congress think Mexico has failed to control their own borders and drug traffic? If so, why would you side with them a day before this meeting?
And, Mr President, doesn’t this tell you to work with congressional leaders before announcing polices? Why can’t you learn that if you are so smart?

What a mess as the meeting happens today.

Parkland

Seeing Scot Peterson, the former Broward County sheriff’s deputy, facing charges of neglect in the Parkland shooting adds another element to that whole situation. Peterson is charged with failure to do his job and they are saying he could have saved lives if he had done it right.
The lesson here is that, the lesson is multi faceted. The mental illness of the shooter and failure to act is one part. The failure of security assigned for just such a situation is another. Guns are just another element. All areas must be addressed.

Updating …

It seems to be the President is more at ease in this trip to England than he was in previous visits abroad. Maybe it’s just time in office, as we should all remember he had no political experience prior to the presidency. He just seems more at ease in the role.

That hasn’t prevented the MSM from looking to attack on any issue.
The Megan Markle controversy they manufactured yesterday didn’t have legs. Let’s see, she attacked him in 2016 and when after he praised her they played the tape. He said he didn’t know she was nasty (meaning to him he says) and they run over and over he called her “nasty”.
Then the fight with the London Mayor who attacked him and the President hits back and he is the villain to our media. Well how about the Mayor of a foreign city having some class and not attacking the U.S. President visiting? Would our media support a Republican Mayor in the U.S. attacking a visit from the Mexican President?
Today we’ll hear and see all the news about the protesters in the streets. Anything to make Trump look bad.

I still cringe at some things he says. Like this AM at the meeting with PM May when he said we can make a trade deal and she should “stick around”. The poor woman cried last week announcing she would resign on Friday. Instead of “sticking around” shouldn’t he just have praised her and said she will have had a part in the final agreement?

Here’s my thoughts on the media and their liberal bent. Think about this:
When Reagan was President they called him a dunce, and stated he needed cue cards to speak the words his handlers wrote.
History has proven them wrong.
George Bush Sr. was next. They called him a “wimp”. The youngest fighter pilot of WW2, shot out of the air, his plane mates killed. To the media this Republican was a “wimp”.
Bill Clinton was next. He was portrayed as brilliant, a great communicator. Republicans wanting to impeach him were the bad guys.
Then comes George Bush Jr. He was dumb and stole the election.
Along comes Obama and once again we have a ” brilliant” President and leader.
That brings us to Trump and you see how they portray him.

So what’s the connection between the good and bad? All the dumb and should not be presidents were Republican. The brilliant ones were Democrats. We know the media votes 80-95% for the Democratic candidate in any national election.
Remember that as you watch coverage into 2020.

Impeachment Update

The NYT this morning says that 56 Democrats are now saying they are ready to impeach Trump — that’s still less than a quarter of the caucus, but more than it was last week.

I ask again what are the charges? What are the articles they intend to bring up? I still don’t know.

D-Day

After the press conference this AM and additional meetings, the President heads tomorrow to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day. From the ship launching site to the beaches on Thursday. He will meet a number of the warriors who were there that day and are returning for this 75th anniversary.
If you have ever visited the grounds, walked to see the guns shooting at them and visited the cemetery steps away, it is an experience you will never forget. The men who made that invasion led the way for freedom to take back a continent. Their bravery cannot be overstated and they paid an incredible price for what they did. We should always remember and as that generation passes from our midst, we should assure our children know their story and never forget.

With D-Day today and the Battle of The Bulge remembrance in December we must never forget.

Trump Bashed …..


If you watched the MSM this weekend it was an end to end bashing of the President. On every Sunday news show it was a tough day for the administration (though this is not unusual because even FoxNews Sunday Chris Wallace is not a fan). The administration was pillared end to end.

Yet we find the President’s favorability rating in the polls holds in the 42-45% range. His supporters have seemed to have come to expect the negative reporting and not pay attention to it.

What were the attacks on? Let’s just look at one this Monday AM, Mexico.
They beat on him for the tariff threat. It was going to raise prices for Americans, bust the economy and destroy growth.
Did anyone say this may be a negotiation ploy to get Mexico to act? No.
Did anyone say this is a result of congress failure to address the border crisis? No.
It was all a negative for the President and the administration. Except for one thing. The people of our country think their is a crisis at the border. The MSM doesn’t understand that.
Oh yea, I bet you didn’t hear this either:
Mexico’s president on Saturday suggested he was open to tightening immigration controls following a threat from President Trump to impose tariffs if the US’s southern neighbor doesn’t put an end to illegal immigration to the States.
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also said that a delegate would explain what his country is doing to deal with illegal immigration in an upcoming meeting with US officials this week in Washington, DC.

Hmm, think something might happen before we get too far into this? We think so too. And yes, Mexico can do more to protect its border. But relaying on Mexico to solve a problem that congress should is a disgrace.

This morning the MSM was on another negative story, the President’s visit to England.
Now the President is getting the red carpet treatment (A State Visit) from the Queen and family. That is not the norm. He will be only the third of twelve President’s the Queen has met to get such treatment. The press won’t tell you that. What they will tell you is:
The Parliament denied the President a speech before it.
The Mayor of London despises the President and is attacking him.
There are protesters in the street.

This President is a friend of Britain. He has promised them a trade deal negotiation and agreement as soon as they exit from Brexit. The previous President told them they would go to the bottom of the list if they exited.

One final thought this AM. This President is different in every way. You attack him ala the Mayor of London and he is right back in your face within minutes.
We complained for decades about jobs leaving for China and Mexico but did nothing. He has now gone eyeball to eyeball with both to take action. The MSM can beat him up, but he is not backing down. If he’s right and they back down, then he wins. If the world calls him on it and refuses to give him anything I can promise he is not giving in.
Stay tuned to see if China and Mexico are willing to endure in hopes the President is defeated in 2020. It would a foolish move on their part, but they may believe driving our economy down is better for them in the long haul.