After The Weekend…

Remarkable the speed with which this impeachment movement has gained momentum. Makes you wonder what people knew and when they knew it.

We won’t dwell on it today, but it comes down to this. It’s a gamble for everyone. For the President, his legacy, future and time in office is on the line. For his accusers they run the risk of overstepping. For the nation. we could be headed for a divide that magnifies and leaves us as such for a long time.

So it comes down to this. If the Democrats prove Trump tried to subvert America, they will win the White House and both houses of congress. If they are wrong they could lose it all.

For Republicans the bad news is the house passes impeachment and Senate candidates in key states like Georgia, Arizona and Maine are on the spot.

For Democrats the house members in districts Trump won are on the spot to vote for impeachment as well as senators from states like Alabama.

It’s a political tightrope for both sides.

For the nation, it’s truly an issue we don’t need. We had the Russian collusion controversy for two and a half years and now this. Why not just let the American people vote in 13 months and decide?

It’s exactly because that election is so close the House is moving so fast. Is that right?

Finally the joke of the weekend was the Biden campaign asking the MSM not to out Rudy Giuliani on TV because he was spreading “false, debunked conspiracy theories”‘ on behalf of his client.
Really? So how come the man “with proof” Adam Schiff is front and center for the Democrats?
That was an incredible request and shows the comfort level between Biden and the press.

Here’s a response from Nikki Haley on those attacking Biden.
“Leave Joe Biden alone? So are you telling us that what Biden did was ethical and moral? Where are the questions about the conflict of interest that occurred from Biden’s actions and the issues with his son? This response is embarrassing.”

And the battle goes on

What’s Next?

Today is no different than the rest of the week, if you listen to the liberal MSM you are ready for impeachment. If you listen to others it’s “what is this all about?”

Me? I see no grounds for impeachment for what we have seen so far. Is there more stuff hidden that might come out? That’s possible. This President is free with his words and it would not surprise to see a demand for more releases that add to this. But how can you impeach on the conversation released this week?

Read the transcript in it’s entirety and you get a feel of how it went. The election of 2020 was never mentioned, the references were all to what happened, referring to 2016. You can put me in the line of wanting to know what really happened in 2016, and how that whole collusion investigation came about. Why can’t we know that? I was told it was Trump and the Russians, but after two and a half years it turned out not to be.

It appears to me that the Nadler and Schiff’s are intent on going forward with impeachment charges. They better have more, or this could come back to hurt them if Americans suddenly realize that time, effort and resources were wasted on it.

You don’t see any widespread Republican support from elected officials, Why is that? I think it’s because they don’t trust the President. Think of the names he has called people like Mitch O’Connell. They don’t have the blind loyalty that a Bill Clinton had from his party, with far more obvious actions. The Republicans simply don’t trust that the President didn’t say or do something, or will have their back later. He’s close to a man without a party. If you’re like that, then you need the people. He has a base, but is it enough?

Finally, the best thing he has going for him is the people out to get him. Nadler with his pompous attitude, Schiff telling lies and others like Senator Blumenthal calling him a liar and cheat, just reinforce the President’s base. You get no sense of fairness. Schiff’s opening at yesterday’s hearing was “deplorable”. Every time Blumenthal talks and calls the President a liar, I just look at him in disbelief. The man who lied for years about serving our nation in Vietnam is calling someone a liar. Spare me.

On to the weekend, and let’s see what the Sunday shows conjure up.

Momentum is…

So out comes the transcript and the end result is once again what you watch and read. The MSM print and television saw “impeachable” offenses. The right leaning media saw total exoneration. What did we see?

We saw two non life career politicians having a conversation. I didn’t see “the Mafia” pressure that Adam Schiff did. In fact, after reading the entire transcript, I saw a conversation I understood and no smoking gun.

Now I ask you this. If you were investigated for two and a half years on the charge you “colluded” with the Russians and the day before this call the Mueller report said it didn’t occur, how would you feel? I think I would be determined to find out how that whole escapade occurred and began. If I was told the server that contained thirty-three thousand deleted emails was in the Ukraine and there was a widespread tie back to the whole mess, I might ask about it too. Wouldn’t you?

Why is the MSM not interested in any of that? Why is it they go after the Trump kids who have ceased all international expansion of their business, their livelihood, while their Dad is President as fair game; but they care nothing about what the former VP’s son did? Does that bother anyone else?

I want to know what Trump did with the Ukraine. I also want to know what Joe Biden and his son did in the Ukraine and China. I want to know if Trump colluded with the Russians, but also what Hillary did with Britain and other foreign countries to initiate the investigation. I want to know what is in the documents they are releasing, but I also want to know what Hillary deleted, bleach bit and destroyed on her phones and computers.
I don’t think I am alone in this and I am not sure Washington realizes that.

Finally, main stream media sites like the Washington Post printing a story that turned out to be false yesterday about Joseph MaGuire, the acting DNI, saying “he threatened to quit” does not help their credibility at all.

Let’s see what he says today and what else comes out.

Impeachment Inquiry…

We are not going to comment on the planned release, simply because by the time you read this it may well be out and we have no idea what is in it anymore than anyone else. What we will present is just some of the questions and off shoots of this action to do the inquiry:

First, what does Nancy Pelosi know about this that suddenly she is willing to proceed? After being cautious the entire time, why now? There is something there. The argument is, was it wrong?

Second, what does this mean for congress doing real work? Are they really not going to pass USMCA? Are they really going to focus here and not on gun control?

Third, if you were China or North Korea would you want to make a deal now? You know the next person will not be as tough as Trump.

Fourth, what does this release do to future presidential calls knowing the content may be released? In the past leaders could have straight talk. This will harm that.

The risks for both sides here:
The thought now is this will likely bring a set of articles charging the president with high crimes and misdemeanors. This will end up with a vote on impeachment articles on the House floor. Thus the full House will get a chance this year to cast a vote or a set of votes about whether the president committed crimes worthy of his removal.
This could be dangerous for the Democrats if the evidence is not solid and it comes across as partisan.

Let’s see what the release brings. Maybe it’s like we said last week, both sides are right. There was a discussion of something, and what did Biden and family do? Does anyone care about the latter from the left? I haven’t seen it if they do.

other news

Though not related to today’s release, this is related to the whole Mueller investigation and charges from the outset.
A judge overturned guilty verdicts against Trump transition adviser on foreign-agent charges. The federal judge overturned guilty verdicts a jury returned against a business partner of Gen. Michael Flynn over work the pair did for Turkish interests during the Trump presidential campaign in 2016.
He ruled that prosecutors put forward insufficient proof to sustain the finding that (Rafiekian) knowingly operated as a Turkish government agent and intentionally failed to notify U.S. officials about his work.

It’s All Ukraine…

It’s All About the Ukraine

Yesterday we said it was all about which media you watched if the President was being impeached or Joe Biden was in big trouble. Today is no different and you need to see are the headlines from the liberal NYT and conservative Washington Times. Here they are beginning with the NYT:

Trump Said to Have Frozen Aid to Ukraine Before Call With Its Leader
The revelation came as leading congressional Democrats demanded that the administration turn over documentation about the matter and calls for impeachment grew.

The Washington Times leads with:
Trump flips Ukraine furor on Biden, son
President Trump accused Democratic presidential front-runner Joseph R. Biden on Monday of enabling his son to profit from foreign connections 

So take your choice. Politico (left leaning has this today:
“IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, the political ground has shifted quite drastically on impeachment. The operative question seems to have shifted from “Will the Democrats impeach President DONALD TRUMP?” to “When will they impeach the president?” — and what approach they will use to begin those proceedings.

So does impeachment seem more real? Let me ask you, do you think the American people want impeachment today?
I don’t think so.

In fact I would say we are tired of congress doing nothing but this. How about some action to help the country? Here’s another story on their plans today:
“THE HOUSE WILL vote on a resolution condemning TRUMP. Senate Minority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER will take to the floor of the Senate this morning to try to pass, by unanimous consent, a “simple one-sentence resolution urging the release of the whistleblower complaint,” an aide told us. 
Is this what we sent people to congress for?

How about passing the USMCA congress? It’s a good deal for America, why are you not passing that? The estimate is 180,000 jobs.

IN REAL NEWS:

The President said he won’t accept a partial trade agreement with China.“China has been starting to buy our agricultural product,” he said. “But that’s not what I’m looking for; we’re looking for the big deal” he said.
China is trying to remove tariffs from IP discussions and despite the looming election the President has said “no.” How many people know this and what a tough line he is taking?

Did you see this reported?
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg referred to her colleague Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a “very decent” person as she lamented what she characterized as the “dysfunction” surrounding the confirmation process for new justices. 
After delivering a speech on the 2018 Supreme Court term and the late former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Ginsburg participated in a question-and-answer session with Duke Law professor Neil Siegel at an event for prospective law students held by Duke University. 

Remember last week when it was all about Kavanaugh and impeaching him? What happened to that story? Oh, it was another false one.

Some news on Iran from the WSJ this AM:
“The leaders of Britain, France and Germany joined the U.S. in blaming Iran for this month’s attacks on Saudi Arabia and said the time had come for Tehran to start talks on a new, long-term agreement dealing with its nuclear, regional and missile activities.
Iran needs for the U.S. to be seen as the aggressor. So far, that strategy hasn’t worked. But the stakes in this international poker game are growing higher, and the costs of losing the bet are rising. Under U.S. pressure, Tehran could give in—or strike back with force.”

Meanwhile the President speaks at 10:15 before the U.N.

Let’s close with this quote from Joe Biden: “Donald Trump asked a foreign leader to investigate me and my family. Why? Because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum”.
I would differ with him on that. I think the only one beating Joe Biden like a drum is Joe Biden.

Let’s see what that and today brings.

The Next Issue…

We’re on to the next issue, Ukraine.

Now depending on what media you watch this is either (MSM) the next reason to impeach the President as he conspired with a foreign government to get information on Joe Biden and his son, or if you watch conservative stations it’s all about Biden’s shady deals to make money for his son.

Which is right?
What if both are? What if the President did say to the new Ukraine President “can you please find out what deal Joe Biden made to get his son paid $50K a month.” If it were a Trump son (or daughter) we would want to know. I think this happened.
Did he tie future aid to getting that information? That was first charge, but they seem to be backing off that. So if he asked, I have no issue; if he tied it together then there is a problem, but not an impeachable one.

Now on the other side the question is how did Hunter Biden with his storied past get this deal and the one in China for billions? I think we have a right to know this in the era “of privilege.” Don’t you? I think something happened here too.

So in both cases I think something happened that each media is covering one sided. Why the MSM won’t acknowledge the Biden side is really disturbing. Conservative outlets are at least acknowledging the charges against the President but concentrating on the Biden side.

We just want to know. We think there is truth to both, and if we can get it then the end result might be far more damaging to the Biden family than the President. There is no impeachment here. Just add it to the list of things Schiff and Nadler have seen and didn’t exist.

KAVANAUGH

I don’t know anything that shows the liberal bias anymore than the coverage and stories about Brett Kavanaugh. It’s well past the point that fair minded citizens should take notice, demand accountability and stop this.

We went through that hearing where the left raised three witnesses, only one of whom appeared. The other two had holes so large in their stories that they could not appear. The one who did said there were four people at the party, including her best friend. All four had no knowledge. Yet the media and left played it up like there was absolute truth.

Well now one of the four, the main witness, the accusers best friend has spoken for the first time. What did she say?
“I don’t have any confidence in the story,” Leland Keyser said. “Those facts together I don’t recollect, and it just didn’t make any sense,” she added. Can you imagine that? Her best friend, the one she said was at the party and could offer more, said that.
Want more from her? She said this,
“It would be impossible for me to be the only girl at a get-together with three guys, have her leave and then not figure out how she’s getting home. I just really didn’t have confidence in the story.”

Where did she say all this?
In that same book that you heard so much about this week where the media played up the now pulled story about Kavanaugh doing something to another woman who had no clue it happened. That story they got from a third source who heard it somewhere.

Yet the real news of Keyser saying what she did in that same book got no news. Yes, the same book. Think about that. Did the NYT and the media play that up, or the false story?

Now add this from the same book. She was threatented to back the false story. The authors say Keyser told them, “I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn’t comply.’’
“Maybe one of you guys who are friends with her can have a heart to heart. I don’t care, frankly, how f–ked up her life is. A lot of us have f–ked up lives in one way or another.’’
Another, apparently referring to what the book called Keyser’s “addictive tendencies’’ said, “Perhaps it makes sense to let everyone in the public know what her condition is. Just a thought.’’

So wait, she was threatened to back a false story? Where is justice in America these days?

This is incredible and the lack of coverage is concerning.

SOME OTHER THOUGHTS

Jimmy Carter said “he couldn’t have been President at 80”, meaning he didn’t have the energy. I know a lot of people who thought he couldn’t do the job at 40.

John Bolton spoke yesterday:
Bolton said “that any negotiations with North Korea and Iran were doomed to failure. All the North Koreans and Iranians want to do is negotiate for relief from sanctions to support their economies”.
He seemed to attack the President without using his name by saying the failure to respond to the Iranian attack on an American drone earlier this summer set the stage for the “Islamic Republic’s aggression in recent months.”

Following Up…

Just following up on yesterday’s story about the NYT and its character assassination of Brett Kavanaugh. Here’s what the times said:
Editorial page editor James Dao:
“The Opinion section, like other parts of The Times, has a process for writing and editing social media copy. In this case, the process was not followed properly, resulting in a story that fell well below our standards. The department is reviewing with everyone involved — including me — what went wrong to determine how we can avoid similar mistakes.”

In their Editorial they said:

This was nothing short of a character assassination and heads should roll. If the NYT wants to remain a reliable source they must take politics out of their coverage. It was reported this morning that sources say that the reporters initially pitched their reporting to the news side, but top editors ultimately felt that there wasn’t enough juice to warrant a story there. It ended up moving “the scoop” to the Sunday Review section.

Two tweets I saw on this matter I want to share, as I think they capture the right’s thought on this.

“Believe Women!”
“But the woman says she doesn’t remember it.”
Oh well, then Believe Men Who Tell Stories About What Happened To Women 30 Years Ago At College Parties!”

Believe facts, believe evidence, believe corroborating witnesses.  Don’t believe the NYT.

Meanwhile, while the Presidential candidates were calling for Kavanaugh’s impeachment on the false story (which again calls into question their leadership and judgement abilities), the person who would lead the house inquiry (Jerry Nadler), said “he has no time”. He has “no time” because he is leading the “Trump impeachment” inquiry. Can you believe all this? Imagine if we had a fair media how much of a laughing stock this would be. Wouldn’t the late night comedians have a field day if this were reversed and Republicans were doing what the Democrats are? Instead we get crickets.

But don’t worry, Nadler’s committee has former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski today.  They want to know whether the President obstructed justice. Mueller wasn’t enough you know.
And oh yea, New York State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed eight years of President Trump’s tax returns as part of a probe into whether a payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels violated a law against falsifying business records.

FOLLOWING UP ON IRAN:
Yesterday the President seemed to back off his “locked and loaded” comments to say he was awaiting reports. Why?
Well first he needs to be careful. Second, he really doesn’t want war. Third, he realizes as we wrote this it is not our fight alone. Fourth, there is a question about who did it. Check these two thoughts out:
1. American intelligence indicates Iran was the staging ground for a debilitating attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.
2. The timing of the attacks is deeply suspicious. The attack came just as President Trump has been considering taking a small step back from his campaign of harsh economic sanctions on Iran. But there are plenty of people who don’t want an outbreak of diplomacy.

There could be a question now. Better to get the right answers before locking, loading and bombing.

Finally, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, says there won’t be any talks with the U.S. at any level.
Iran plays by different rules and this is going to be a challenge for the
administration.
ENJOY YOUR DAY.

Iran, The NYT, and GM…

Three Topics Today

IRAN:
This blog has consistently said Iran is problem number one in the world. They may likely be behind the oil attack in Saudi Arabia. Why? Because they support terrorism and understand nothing except power. When offered an olive branch they look at it as weakness and go on the attack.
This goes back to 1979 and the weakness of President Carter who allowed the over throw of the government and Ayatollah Khomeini and team to take control. That was followed by taking our hostages and the release of worldwide terrorism.
Remember the day Ronald Reagan raised his hand to be sworn in? At that very moment the Iranians released the hostages. They knew he meant business.
Well last week John Bolton was fired. The story was the final straw of difference between him and others was the administration planning to let up on some of the sanctions imposed on Iran. After the cancelling of retaliation for the downing of our drone, Bolton warned the Iranians would not see it as peace move, but a sign of weakness.
Well if they are behind this drone attack on the oil fields, then what?
First of all I hear the President this AM saying “we are locked and loaded”. Well I ask again, why us? Why do we have to do this? Where is Europe and Japan who get their oil from Iran? Where are they saying “locked and loaded”? Since we are self sufficient on oil today, they need to lead, not us. Let’s see Macron of France demand action. We’ll be happy to be part of it, but where are they first?

The NYT:
The “newspaper of record” is no more. They are now so political that any semblance of fairness is gone. Their report yesterday that another “accuser of Brett Kavanaugh” was out there was so misleading.
It turns out the woman has no recollection of the event, which I would think if she was attacked she would. It turns out the book is written by an attorney who helped defend Bill Clinton in the Lewinsky affair.
To have them print this story (and slightly backtrack today) is a character assassination. To have the MSM run it as if it were fact is to further soil the reputation of the man. Every charge against him was unsubstantiated by anyone, including the four people Chrissy Ford said were at her party.
No one deserves to be mischaracterized as Brett Kavanaugh has been. Think if it were you, your child or family. How angry would you be? The NYT and their MSM friends should be completely embarrassed.
The other thing that is beyond deplorable is the immediate reaction of the Democratic candidates for president, who have publicly called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment over the new charges. With the NYT even pulling back this AM what does make them? Now think about this, do you want a commander in chief who rushes to be judge and jury so quickly? I think this disqualifies them from being the countries and in turn free world’s leader. Who were they?
Kamala Harris, Julián Castro, Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke were first out of the blocks calling for impeachment. Their actions are despicable and unacceptable for any future leader.

GM Strikes:
You only get strikes like this in good times. You see, when the economy is good people buy. When people buy, jobs are created and sales and profits go up. The problem has always been that in good times everyone assumes they will last forever and strikes happen for more pay, better benefits and other concessions. Then when the downturn hits everyone gets hurt. This is an example. Here are the issues, just read them and you’ll see. As you do, think about the downturn and what happens:

Main areas of disagreement

  • GM is making big money, $8 billion last year alone, and workers want a bigger slice. The union wants annual pay raises to guard against an economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. Automakers don’t want higher fixed costs.
  • The union also wants new products for the four factories GM wants to close. The factory plans have irked some workers, although most of those who were laid off will get jobs at other GM factories. GM currently has too much U.S. factory capacity.
  • The companies want to close the labor cost gap with workers at plants run by foreign automakers. GM’s gap is the largest at $13 per hour, followed by Ford at $11 and Fiat Chrysler at $5, according to figures from the Center for Automotive Research. GM pays $63 per hour in wages and benefits compared with $50 at the foreign-owned factories.
  • Union members have great health insurance plans, but workers pay about 4% of the cost. Employees of large firms nationwide pay about 34%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The companies would like to cut costs.

That’s the three issues I see today.

Debate…

My thoughts on the debate was status quo.
Biden started strong and hung on to survive the night. Not losing was a win.
Warren played it safe, hoping to maintain her growth momentum.
Bernie played to his crowd, which is not a general election one.
Mayor Pete marched in place. He has lost momentum.
Klobucher appealed to the middle. Usually good, but not in this primary.
Harris was hurt. She looked mean, and oh that laugh.
Beto took advantage of home field, appealed to far left. Progress.
Booker played the role of grown up. Good, but won’t help here.
Castro lost by his attacks on Biden. Bad night.
Yang offered free money and a questionable contest. He may gain.

Not much on the economy as ABC avoided the tough questions. Like who is for healthcare for illegals? No way George and team put the Democrats on the hot seat. Ramos did with his immigration questions. He made it so that if you were for a border or control of who is in the country you are a racist.
By the way, they said that. If you support the administration’s border position you are a racist.

Another word not spoken once – “Impeach”. Why? With congress, yesterday voting to move forward, why was this not raised? Answer, because America is against impeachment; only the far left wants it. So why ask and put the candidates in a bad spot?

The President, for his part, was speaking at a Republican Party event and said this: “We’re fighting two battles: the Democrats and the media.” What do you think?
He also said, the Democrats want to “take your money” and “hurt your family.”

One Other Thought

Did you see this in the news? Does the Tabiban realize it made a mistake?
The Taliban called on the U.S. to restart talks on ending the 18-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, urging the Trump administration to revisit a nearly completed deal after it abruptly withdrew from the process last week.

Also, most interesting was this after forever refusing:
The Trump administration turned over a key piece of new information to lawyers for 9/11 victims’ families, a move that could cast light on reports of Saudi government involvement in the attacks. The FBI provided the name of a Saudi official contained in a 2012 report that the bureau has sought to shield.

Quick Notes…

An example of media bias:
The Supreme Court ruled that the administration is okay enforcing its new asylum directive. The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. without seeking protection there. So the first free country is where you must apply before coming to the U.S.. The decision reversed a 9th circuit ruling that said the administration was wrong.
Now, when the 9th circuit made its decision this was big news. Yesterday it was not presented as such. And the MSM (outside of Fox) failed to tell listeners that the Supreme Court vote was 7-2. Not 5-4, but 7-2, which means two liberal judges agreed the policy was legal.
Don’t you think the media should have told you that?

China:
The administration announced it will delay by two weeks a planned increase in tariffs on some Chinese imports. They said it was to mark China’s 70th anniversary.
Now the questions are: Is this part of a larger deal? Was it a move that met a China move and opens avenues of agreement?
There was a report that China is looking to narrow the negotiations next month to trade only. That would put the tough issue of IP and national security on a separate track.
I don’t think the administration should or can agree to this.

Bolton Goes:
John Bolton was clearly a hawk and wanted action. He differed with the President’s instinct and Pompeo’s belief. The internal strife left the President with a decision to make, and he chose Pompeo.
Now no other president has had four national security advisers in his first three years in office. Maybe because he came from outside of Washington the President has had trouble filling jobs; or maybe he is just tough to work for, but the turnover is astounding.

Obamacare:
The ACA required everyone to buy (or get for free) healthcare. You may recall the President cancelled that provision. Well here’s some news on that. The number of Americans without health insurance climbed to 27.5 million in 2018, according to new federal data. This is the first increase since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Have a great day.

Just My Opinion…

Why doesn’t the media hype things like this?
There are 5.2 million more people in the United States with jobs than at the end of 2016, and 4.5 million of them are minorities.

With the U.S. unemployment rate near a 50-year low, openings at companies like Amazon keep growing. Yesterday it was reported they have 30,000 open positions. How come we only hear negatives?

Really, on the first day back for Congress Jerry Nadler laid out impeachment parameters?

With North Carolina letting 500 illegals go it raised a question for me. Why do we have sanctuary cities? Can someone explain the reasoning to me.

Why were we talking to the Taliban? They allowed Osama to foster his actions, have continued killing Afghans and U.S. military. What made anyone, outside of a false peace agreement, think they could trust them?

The NYT today has this headline:
Trump Had Deal With Scotland Airport That Sent Flight Crews to His Resort.
But the story is a little different. It started in 2014, when after acquiring a golf resort in Scotland, Trump entered a partnership with a struggling local airport there to increase air traffic and boost tourism in the region.
The next year, the Pentagon decided to up its use of that same airport to refuel Air Force flights and gave the local airport authority the job of helping to find accommodations for crews who had to remain overnight.
So the two separate arrangements intersected and now years later the Democrats want to investigate Trump on this.
Crazy. Did any of them ever run a business?

Here’s an American story that with 9/11 tomorrow is heartwarming.
The children of FDNY firefighters who perished on 9/11 are blossoming into a new generation of the Bravest. On the eve of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, the current FDNY Academy class, set to graduate in two weeks, includes 13 members — 12 men and one woman — whose firefighter fathers were murdered on 9/11.
The historic group of at least 16 “legacy” probationary firefighters also includes the son of a NYPD officer killed on 9/11, and the sons of two firefighters who died due to illness linked to their rescue and recovery work at Ground Zero.
The NY Fire Commissioner said this:
“Bravery runs in these extraordinary families who have sacrificed so much for our city. I’m proud of the commitment these probies have already demonstrated to the department and look forward to celebrating with them at their graduation.”

Have a great day.

After the weekend…

Let’s start with congress is back in town. They have 21 days in session before they close for the year. So the noise will be up. Impeachment is front and center for the House Judicary Committee. How Nancy Pelosi handles this is worth watching. If she allows them to go forward the hearings end next year–a Presidential election year. It will have an impact one way or another.

Speaking of elections, tomorrow is that special congressional election in NC. A Republican district, the polls say this is a toss up. The President is there tonight to try and drive the vote.

ON GUNS, it is clear that President owns this now. Speaker McConnell has been clear that he is not going to move unless the president gives him something to move on. The Democrats say they are ready to move but need to understand what the administration wants. So let’s watch and see what the President does and if he takes on the NRA.

Mark Sanford, the former Governor and Congressman from South Carolina announced he is running against the President in the Republican primaries. Well it looks like the states are cancelling any Republican primaries. What are the thoughts of these people? Maybe a play for the future if Trump falters? “Don’t blame me, I ran against him”?

The Democrats have their debate this week and ten qualified, so it is down to one night and three hours long. We wonder about Biden in this environment, and if the others come after him.
Plus this news you may not have heard:
Billionaire Tom Steyer said he had qualified for the Democratic Party’s October presidential debate, a development that would split the next round of debates over two nights. The DNC’s cutoff for reaching 130,000 individual donors and notching at least 2% support in four qualified polls came and went, with Mr. Steyer needing one more poll at 2%. He got it this morning when CBS/YouGov released a poll showing him with 2% support in the early-voting state of Nevada. It came out too late to put him on the September debate stage but secures his spot in October.
The next one to watch is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard who is also on the cusp of qualifying for the October debate.
Now some may drop out, too, so maybe they stay at ten. We’ll see.

Meanwhile, a Washington Post/ABC poll released yesterday showed the three top candidates in the field are the only contenders polling in double-digits. Joe Biden at 29 percent, Bernie Sanders at 19 percent and Elizabeth Warren at 18 percent led the way. Kamala Harris was fourth with 7 percent, followed by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 4 percent.

Some good news for the administration you might not have heard:
Border arrests for illegal crossings plummeted to 51,000 in August, down more than 60 percent since a peak in May. And border watchers say it’s largely because of an agreement Trump struck with Mexico in June.
Remember when the threat of Mexican tariffs was sniffed at?

We mentioned the unemployment numbers Friday, and the MSM actually reported it as a negative. Here’s a story from Fox Business that tells you about a lot of available jobs and its impact on wages:
In an interview with Stew Leonard Jr., in which he says that the low unemployment rate is creating problems as his eponymous company hires for a new store scheduled to open in New Jersey.
We opened a store in Farmingdale, [NY,] back in 2016, [and] we hired 400 people,” Leonard said. “We had one job fair, filled it up … The new store we’re opening in Paramus, we’ve had to have three job fairs, and the average rate of everybody we’re hiring is $15.50 an hour or more,” Leonard said.

A China Update from the AP:
“China’s trade with US shrinks as tariff war worsens. China’s trade with the United States is falling as the two sides prepare for negotiations with no signs of progress toward ending a tariff war that threatens global economic growth. Imports of American goods tumbled 22% in August from a year earlier to $10.3 billion, customs data showed Sunday. Exports to the United States, China’s biggest market, sank 16% to $44.4 billion.”
And this from the WSJ:
U.S. manufacturers are investing less in their factories and workforces as the trade dispute with China makes it more difficult for executives to anticipate costs and demand. The shifting contours of the tariffs that the U.S. and China have applied to each other’s goods are prompting some companies to put business plans on hold. Others are cutting back investments as trade volumes and economic growth slow around the world.

Have a great day.

Updates…

Well, Iran did escalate the face off yesterday and remains as problem number one.
They announced they will “No Longer Honor Limits on Nuclear Research, a Core Principle of the 2015 Accord”: This was Iran’s third retaliatory suspension of compliance with a provision of the accord since President Trump renounced it last year and reimposed severe sanctions aimed at crippling Iran’s economy.
Their foreign minister (Mohammad Javad Zarif), conveyed the country’s latest step in a letter to Federica Mogherini, the top foreign policy official of the European Union, who has been trying to save the nuclear deal from unraveling.

So the pressure builds and Iran, despite Europe supporting the agreement and working with them, chooses to escalate and blame the U.S.

IRANIAN LEADERS have said they will not start talks with the United States unless sanctions are dropped. President Trump, for his part, reiterated that “dropping sanctions against Iran is not going to happen at this time.”

It’s a standoff and one that is causing Iran pain. They are so used to getting their way that they are — in my opinion — putting themselves in a corner. I guess they are counting on Europe and Japan to pressure the U.S.. I hope they realize this is President Trump and not Obama and Kerry they are dealing with.

I think the meeting yesterday at the White House between President Trump and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to discuss a policy response to mass shootings is interesting. Manchin is one of the few Democrats the President can work with and if the two of them craft a policy it would be interesting. I for one, hope they come up with something. We need some action for sure.

Doug Collins, the Republican leader on the judiciary committee, announced yesterday he is going to run for the open senate seat in Georgia. A strong ally of the administration he will be an asset in the senate for them, but missed in congress.

The jobs report this AM should be soothing for the market. The number of new jobs created (130K) was not to the levels expected, but all other aspects were. Unemployment stayed at 3.7%, black unemployment was an all time low at 5.5%, Hispanic unemployment stayed 4.2% and Asian unemployment was 2.8%.
With manufacturing jobs up 3.8%, it doesn’t say “recession”, the word the left and media have been bantering about so much lately.

Have a great weekend.

Getting Petty…

Don’t you think the MSM going after the President on a statement a week ago that Alabama could be hit by the hurricane is beyond petty? ABC even said its a federal crime to put up a false weather map. Really? The President has been out front on this and there is plenty to criticize, but his leadership here is not and it makes the media look small.

A NYT headline story today:
Trump Heads Into 2020 With No Clear Policy Agenda. But It May Not Matter.
Mr. Trump’s primary focus, according to one Republican pollster, is to connect his actions as president to positive economic news “in such a way that people understand and see how it’s personally translating in their lives.”
Do you think the President has no agenda? Hey NYT, you have criticized his policies and positioning of “America First” from the outset. Really, with this headline?

Here’s a case of double fault. Border security.
First, congress has failed in it’s role of securing the border. Totally failed.
Then the President promised a wall and that “Mexico will pay for it”.
So now we face a crisis and how to fund the wall. So the administration, since Mexico won’t pay and Congress refuses to give support, is finding ways to fund.
Yesterday it announced a plan to move $3.6 billion from military budgeted construction projects to build part of the border wall.
NANCY PELOSI who has been against the large increases in defense spending immediately said this: “My view of it is that stealing money from military construction, at home and abroad, will undermine our national security, quality of life and morale of our troops, and that indeed makes America less safe”.
Wait, you voted against any increased spending to start. We are already spending more than you wanted. What hypocrisy.

Shifting funds for the wall projects would delay as many as 127 military projects. Yesterday the Pentagon released a list and several are in states with Republican senators facing competitive re-election races in 2020—opening up a fresh line of attack for Democrats.
Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina are among the 23 states that will see military projects defunded under the move. Sens. Martha McSally (R., Ariz.), Cory Gardner (R., Colo.), and Thom Tillis (R., N.C.) each supported Mr. Trump’s emergency declaration, and they are each up for re-election this year in the closely contested swing states.

Some positive news for the market today:
China said Thursday its trade representatives will fly to Washington in early October to resume negotiations with the United States, raising the possibility that both sides might arrest a recent deterioration in the bilateral relationship that has cast a shadow over the world economy.
China is going to monitor the election and if they think Trump will win we will see a deal.

Iran Saga Continues. This from Politico:
Iran ratchets up pressure ahead of weekend nuclear deadline: Iranian
officials ratcheted up pressure Wednesday ahead of a weekend nuclear
deadline for European nations to come up with a solution for Iran to sell
its oil abroad in the aftermath of escalated U.S. sanctions. President
Hassan Rouhani reiterated a threat that Tehran would take additional
steps away from the 2015 nuclear accord on Friday and accelerate its
nuclear activities if Europe fails to provide a solution, calling it Iran’s
third, ‘most important step’ away from the deal.‘Iran’s third step is of
an extraordinarily significant nature,’ Rouhani said, without detailing
what that would entail, but saying a ‘decree will be announced today or
tomorrow.’
Iran remains issue one in the world today.

An illustration of the problem with gun regulations.
It was reported yesterday that the Texas shooter from this weekend was banned from buying guns. Gunman Seth Aaron Ator was barred under federal law because he was mentally unfit, according to law-enforcement officials. 
Yet he was able to do so. That is a problem, and we favor personal to personal gun sales also go through the approval process that buying a gun at dealer does. Doesn’t that just make sense? Yet it doesn’t happen today.



A Few Quick Thoughts…

Just a few thoughts this Monday morning:

The news over the weekend was dominated by three major stories: the Hurricane in the Atlantic, the mass shooting in Odessa and the tragic boat accident in California. Isn’t it amazing when the news has something else they don’t find it necessary to tell us how bad President Trump is?

You know he cancelled his trip to Poland to stay back and monitor the storm. Now imagine if he didn’t, they would have been crucifying him as not caring. So you know what they are saying this morning? Here’s a direct quote from two sources: “… and since Saturday morning he has pelted the American public with 122 tweets” on the storm. They are calling him “the weatherman” now. Shameful.

I’m sure, too, you saw the continued stories about the administration moving funds from FEMA to border security. The MSM played this over and over with the question, “Is this going to inhibit your ability to do your job”?
Well first of all, the FEMA budget was upped to $18.4 Billion this year. The transfer was $155 million. Since this is hurricane one for this year, does anyone think this will impact FEMA performance? Of course not, but the manner in which the media presented it was to damage the administration. (Though the timing I will tell you was plain dumb).
And by the way, such transfers are not uncommon. Ready for this? President Obama did the same thing in 2014 with $277 million in FEMA funds. Do you remember hearing anything about that then?

The House Judiciary Committee is intent on impeachment. They are now preparing to hold hearings and call witnesses involved in hush money payments to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult-film star Stormy Daniels.

Last, another shooting and we wonder still why anyone needs such high power weapons. But that said, short of going to homes and taking them, how are you going to get them out of the hands of criminals? What have we outlawed and stopped? Not drugs, which is part of the problem. Did alcohol prohibition work? I don’t know the answer, but it certainly involves closer control over who gets access, and mental health approaches.
One thing that stands out is coverage. Seven more tragic deaths and we have wall to wall coverage on it and the shooter. Yet in Chicago this year we have had 1,800 shootings. Why the silence?

Keep an eye on that storm today.