Ongoing…

the noise

The noise continues about impeachment and dominate the news.
What is starting to emerge are questions about the secrecy of the hearings.

In our lifetime we had the Nixon and Clinton impeachments. They were open books for all to see. This behind closed doors secrecy is new to us and once the MSM catches up to the people beginning to ask questions, they may report this.

Now Congressman Schiff said he “may not” call the whistle blower to the hearing. Why? Well he says, he “has the transcript”.
Don’t you wonder why they want to keep the identity secret? If the person colluded with Schiff’s staff and worked for a Democratic Primary candidate shouldn’t we be able to understand his/her motive?
Don’t we want to know why the whistle blowers report was so much more damning than the actual words in the transcript?

There’s a lot here we don’t know here. This much I do. I read the transcript and if both sides say that’s it, then there is no case except a political one.

What happened with trey gowdy?

First we heard from the President that Trey Gowdy was joining his legal team. Then we heard Fox had ended their relationship with Gowdy since he was joining the administration. Now we hear it won’t happen. So what did happen? Here’s what we hear:
Advisors to Gowdy and the White House were shocked to see the announcement come out. They were still wrestling with lobbying rules that prohibited Gowdy from starting until January. That would be far too late to assist in the impeachment inquiry. So now it appears as if there is no deal.

Just another example of the lack of discipline in the White House.

Biden’s Son

I watched the short released interviews with Hunter Biden this AM. It seemed to me to be more about the President and his children than Hunter and his actions. Let’s see what the rest looks like as they release more.

The next debate is tonight

There will be twelve candidates on stage and that is way too many for a debate. The interesting thing will be to see how candidates three to twelve go after Biden and Warren. They can attack the President, but they need to beat those two to win the nomination. Maybe this is the debate they take off the gloves internally in the party. We’ll see.
Bernie may have indicated this with his “she (Warren) said she is a capitalist to the bones, I am not”. If he takes that path he will drive this party even further left and that is not good for them.

Syria, Turkey and the middle east

What a mess. Now we are putting on sanctions. The entire area is a quagmire if you get involved. Let me explain it as simple as I can.

The area had long time despot leaders who kept the factions under control in their countries through strong military action without any dissent.
Think the Shan of Iran, Gaddafi in Libya, Saddam in Iraq, and Bashar in Syria.
So, when you overthrow one and try to install a democratic government all the factions arise, infighting begins and no one can control anything. They all think they should be in charge and won’t be treated fairly. It’s that simple.
So when President Carter let the Ayatollah Khomeini over throw the Shan, the unraveling began.
What you have now are multiple countries in states of internal strife with no means to control it. Any involvement has no solution because the factions will not get alone with each other.
The best thing we did was become energy independent and are able to walk away from direct in country involvement.
Now with Syria factions joining the Kurds to fight Turkey the area got even worse. Russia was in Syria supporting Bashar, does that mean they will have to take on Turkey? But, Turkey was buying military equipment from them. See what a mess every move creates?

Just a few tidbits…

Congressional member Nita Lowey of Westchester, NY announced she will not be running for reelection. She represents the area that Bill and Hillary reside in. You know what that means? One person looking closely at running is their daughter Chelsea.
In fact, last year when asked if she saw herself running for elected office she answered “if someone were to step down or retire” she would “have to think if it’s the right choice for me.”
Well someone just stepped down.

You heard the news that Trey Gowdy is joining the President’s legal team. Two things you should know. First, he cannot become active until sometime after January because of the lobbying rules and regulations. The question is can the President wait that long with all the impeachment action underway.
Second, the rumor within the White House is that they want Trey to replace Rudy. One undisclosed source said that every time Rudy goes on TV they are “pulling their hair out”.
Add the arrests yesterday of some associates of Rudy and you can see why this all might be true.

This AM you awoke to news of an attack on an Iranian tanker. This points clearly to the unrest in the Middle East these days. With the US puling back there is really no one stepping up to try and control things. The Europeans who need the oil have always relied on the U.S.. Will they do more now? Will Russia try and step in to control the area? All unanswered questions that will unfold over the months ahead.
This much is true. If we had not become oil independent the attack this AM would have driven oil prices way up and destabilized a lot of markets. It would also have forced more U.S. surveillance and interaction in the area.
No one will talk about this today but the drive for energy independence, accomplished despite pushback from many, was a major move for us.

Finally as we write this there is optimism that the U.S. and China are approaching a mini deal at least on tariffs. The details of this agreement, if reached, will have a major impact on the news and election ahead.

Short Takes…

just thinking and wondering today

I agree so strongly with the President when he says, “Why is it always our war?” In fact I have asked that question any number of times with the current Iran situation. We act now and we are there forever, when others need them more.
But, with the Kurds who bet it all on us, we had made it our affair. How do we abandon them now?

Now the issues here are bigger than that, too.
It does provide an opportunity for ISIS to regroup and thousands of their soldiers to possibly be freed from captivity. If they do reform, the President would own it. There are an estimated 10-12,000 of them in captivity.
But there is something else here.
The President tried to get the countries these ISIS prisoners came from to take them back and deal with them. They wouldn’t do it. It reinforced his “why is it always us” thought. When our allies refused to help in the area or take prisoners back he decided to walk.
We did take two ISIS individuals responsible for beheadings with us.

Watching the NBA leadership and players waffle around in China is laughable. Remember when they moved the All Star game out of Charlotte until North Carolina changed its bathroom gender law? They wanted gender free bathrooms and moved the game. They had no trouble standing up then. 
Their teams have refused to go to the White House for political reasons. Any number of coaches and players have spoken out on current administration stands. 
So how come now, in this free speech moment, they won’t speak up? (Answer: follow the money). Let’s hope the NBA does not apologize for free speech rights.

This week Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for all prisons to be closed and those committing crimes to get alternative service in the community. There’s been a movement to cut prison for some crimes and to reduce sentences. NY, in fact, is moving toward closing their infamous Rikers Island Prison. 
Do you think this hurts AOC? Well she has raised $1.4 million for her re-election. An incredible amount. 

Along those same lines did you see this? The person who killed four NY Homeless people was out on bail courtesy of a do good group. The group posted his bail money and he got out of jail. So he killed four people. I guess if we follow AOC’s recommendation we won’t need these do good bail groups in the future. 

In this era of fairness the Minneapolis Mayor wanted to charge the Trump campaign $530 000 for their rally costs tonight. They charged $26,000 to the Dems last time. 
They say the higher costs were because of Trump’s hate and actions. 
Now think about it, they don’t see hate in their action. 

Some news we don’t hear is this.
Republican senators are pressing the Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against women who made false rape allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing last year.
Nine of the Republican members on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent letters to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for an update to their four referrals for criminal investigation.
It’s important to note what they said to protect people into the future:
“We are grateful to citizens who come forward with relevant information in good faith, even if they are not entirely sure about the accuracy of that information. But, when individuals intentionally mislead the committee they divert important committee resources during time-sensitive investigations and materially impede its work. Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal.”
I agree, don’t you?

So Hillary says about the President and 2020, that “obviously I can beat him again”. And there folks is all you need to know about the impeachment efforts since the day after the election.

On It Goes…

on impeachment

You don’t need us to tell you what you see and read so we will continue with limited comments on the issue, concentrating on some side issues:

Those saying that this isn’t hurting Joe Biden are blind. Have you seen the polls where Elizabeth Warren has caught and passed him?

Every time the MSM or some politician says we have a new whistleblower report about the call, I wonder, “Why do you need that since you have the transcript?” Am I missing something? Isn’t the transcript better than someone’s recollection of the call?

Those (like Congressman Schiff) who say the President is not cooperating, we ask this. Who released the call Transcript and Whistleblower Complaint? Isn’t that outside the norm?

Now Congressman, who made up lines from the transcript, lied about contact with the Whistleblower, and will not release the Volker transcript?
This despite selective leaks from Volker that out of context made you look good?

It makes you wonder who is the one trying to hide something?

It is becoming clearer that congress may have acted too hastily thinking there was more to this story after hearing from the whistleblower. The question remains how do we get out of this?
I remain with the thought they just drag it out and then say we are going to let the people decide with their vote in November.

the president

The President is facing major pushback from both sides on his Syria decision. If Turkey attacks and slaughters the Kurds, this will cause permanent damage for him.

On the positive side China is in the country today and trade negotiations are underway. If the administration can make a positive deal, it will be a great boost for the President.
China, by the way, showed the world some colors with their NBA action all because a General Manager in San Antonio supported the Hong Kong protesters.

Just another interesting week.

Trump and Foreign Policy

Just a reminder to long time readers that we have long said the President is a reluctant warrior when it comes to foreign policy and not the war monger the media presented him as during the campaign.

The move in Syria is in harmony with his distaste for war and sending our military into harms way. He does not want conflict and his instinct is to avoid it.

Now think of his image in the media and then think of recent events like Iran shooting down the drone. He stopped retaliatory action. When Iran attacked the Saudi oil fields, what action did he take? Look at how he apologies for North Korea’s shooting rockets.

The bottom line is he does not want conflict. The President talks tough and has this warrior image, but it is not in his DNA to do anything.

That is separate from his other deep belief that other countries should be paying their fair share of defense and military costs. He believes in having a military so strong that no one would dare challenge us, but if we are defending you, then pay your share.

Thus the decision in Syria to get out. The variable here, as noted yesterday is the Kurds. Loyal fighters with us in the middle east, leaving them to be slaughtered is not defendable.
You can be for peace and want to avoid conflict and never send a soldier into a situation that does not involve our security, but when you commit to someone and they to you, then you must meet your obligation.

Impeachment Weekend…

The weekend news and Sunday shows were all about impeachment and whistler blower number two.
Like you we heard enough about this. Our only comment is this:
You can have ten whistle blowers, but what does that matter since the transcript of the call is out? We read it. What does any additional whistle blower add?
It’s the add they better have, or all the time on the news and Sunday shows was a wasted time. We read the transcript.

The week ahead promises more of the same.:
More Depositions.
More Whistleblowers
More Deadlines from Congress
More Noise In The Media.
More Counter Tweets From The President
More Pressure From The Media On Republicans To Speak Out.

One other thought today

The President’s move to leave the Kurds isolated is a blow to U.S. integrity and trust from foreign countries and leaders. The Kurds were the ones who stood up beside us to fight ISIS and were defenders of the U.S. in the region. When we walk away we leave them at the mercy of those surrounding them and who are dedicated to their demise.
The President at heart deplores war and wants to bring the soldiers and sailors home. It’s his gut reaction and he wants to avoid conflict. This is in line with that, but leaving a loyal ally to face certain destruction sends a message to others. If you are North Korea and they are telling you to get rid of your weapons can you trust the U.S. five or ten years from now? You know your weapons protect you, you can’t be sure about the changing whim of the U.S. government.

We’re Still…

We end the week where we started and it basically comes down to this:
If you watch most of the MSM and read the NYT and Wa Post, you are convinced that the President has done an impeachable act.
If you watch and read the more conservative outlets you are convinced this is backfiring and the President will emerge stronger.

So the question to me is how are we going to get out of this?
If the Democrats bring the current charges to an impeachment vote can they prevail?
I would guess those anti the President will stand with them, and those for the President with him. That leaves the great middle. Do they think this is enough for impeachment?
My thought today is I don’t think so.

Now consider this.
What we have is an impeachment inquiry which some 225 members of congress are for. Do you know how many of them have committed to voting for impeachment? Only twenty-five (25) so far.
There’s a difference between inquiry and impeachment. It’s not talked about much in the media, but is a key number to watch.

If more doesn’t come out, (and don’t discount the free wheeling President saying or doing anything to aid that) my question is how do both sides get out of this?

The Democrats can’t take this to a vote, sure to lose in the senate if the house votes impeachment and leaving many in jeopardy.
So here’s what I think happens barring some new disclosure.
The President refuses to supply the documents they want.
The Democrats go to court and may win.
The President’s team files an appeal and time passes.
Finally Nancy Pelosi announces that the administration has stonewalled and with the election upcoming we’ll let the people vote the man out.

That scenario avoids a vote on the charges we see to date which are weak, and avoids the chance for the house or senate to say “innocent”.

Just our thought. Now who wins and loses?
Joe Biden will be the biggest loser. His reputation and campaign are damaged, and his less than out-front defense these two weeks has not done him any good.
No matter how they handle the outcome both sides will be disliked even more by the other.
The President will take another hit on his style.
Pelosi and Schiff will feel the scorn of the right more than ever.
The American people are losers. Where is USMCA?
Elizabeth Warren is the winner. Biden is damaged, the is President mired in more mud, and Bernie had a heart procedure (we think he had a heart attack). So she gains in the Democratic primary as we see it.

BUT, in November 2020 the people get to vote and decide. You own the ultimate judgement.

Politico put it this way this AM:
The only difference of opinion now is not over the facts, really. Republicans say there’s nothing to see here; it’s just Trump trying to root out corruption. And Democrats say his own words are evidence that the president is deeply unfit for office and deserves to be impeached.

Some other news

An example of the impact on Biden’s campaign was the announcement he raised $15.2 million for his presidential campaign during the past three months. This was a drop from before and well behind Bernie, Warren and Mayor Pete.

NBC reported this about what happened prior to Ukraine meeting:
“‘Heard from White House – assuming President Z convinces trump he will investigate / ‘get to the bottom of what happened in 2016, we will nail down date for a visit to Washington’, former U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker wrote the top Zelenskiy aide on July 25, just before Trump spoke by phone to Zelenskiy. That phone call led a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower complaint that set off a cascade of fast-moving events, ultimately leading to an impeachment inquiry into the president.

My question about this is, do you want to get to the bottom of 2016 and what happened? We spent $45 million on the Mueller probe because we said Trump colluded with the Russians. If he didn’t, as Mueller said after two and a half years, don’t we want to know what happened? I do.
Then add this from the WSJ today:
Trump’s administration is browbeating u.s. allies –– Australia, Italy, Ukraine, the United Kingdom — to investigate the origins of the Mueller probe”.
Still no problem for me. We spent years and millions on a charge that wasn’t. How about the truth?

From the surreal

Kellyanne Conway’s husband George:
George T. Conway III, husband of White House aide Kellyanne Conway, writes that President Trump’s “ingrained and extreme behavioral characteristics make it impossible for him to carry out the duties of the presidency in the way the Constitution requires.” 

Maxine Waters yesterday said how dangerous Trump was with this :”He is setting some of us up to be killed”.
Funny coming from her who told people to harass and go after Trump supporters in restaurants, on the streets, where they shop and all.

Finally

Unemployment numbers today showed:
3.5% unemployment – lowest in 50 years
African-American unemployment at all time low 5.5%
Hispanic unemployment at – 3.9% also a record low
Asian American employment at 2.5%


With Impeachment…

Since its impeachment all the time on the airwaves and in print we don’t want to add to the noise and will limit what and how often we say it.

So let me start with this. In introducing the “inquiry” Nancy Pelosi said this:
“This is a very sad time for our country. There is no joy in this,” said Nancy Pelosi Saturday. “We must be somber. We must be prayerful. … I’m heartbroken about it.”
Does anyone join me in doubting the sincerity of that statement?

My next question is this:
So now we all agree it’s okay for AG Barr to be seeking information since he is assisting the prosecutor (Durham) on gathering information, so impeachment is all about getting Rudy Giuliani involved? Are they going to vote impeachment on that? Really?
What if Rudy says I was the President’s lawyer and congress was trying to impeach him and I was investigating how the charges started, because I saw an issue?

Then there is no direct link to holding funds tied to the request. If you see that in the transcript you see something I didn’t read.

I did hear VP Biden say he did that. Does it matter to anyone?
By the way, Biden is done. He was done before this, but this finishes him.
I bet Obama is really angry. He is being dragged into this and took pride in “no scandals” during his time. Hmm.

Is there a difference between the President asking the Ukraine President to investigate something than the three Democratic senators asking them to do the same, or face possible financial implications? I know the MSM said there is but I wonder. Here’s what was in their letter:
“Ukrainian efforts abetted by a U.S. political party to interfere in the 2016 election should not be ignored,” the senators wrote. “Such allegations of corruption deserve due scrutiny, and the American people have a right to know when foreign forces attempted to undermine our Democrat processes.”
How come now that the Mueller probe (which that was about) is over, that now understanding what Democrats might have done in that same election is not important?

Why the haste of this investigation? Is there a connection here to the I.G. and Durham reports about what happened in 2016 are coming out soon? Is this a cover for that? Might they be connected?

Are we rushing this because the first primaries are in four months and they don’t want people asking “why are we doing this for in an election year?”

What about business for the good of the nation? This AM:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is sending a letter to all House members urging the prompt approval of the deal, known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “While many parts of the economy are strong, such as employment and wage growth, others are weakening, such as manufacturing and business investment,” the letter reads. “To keep our economy growing it is imperative that our nation’s elected leaders take steps to restore certainty and boost business confidence.”
Might be a good idea to take time out of impeachment I would think.

Finally today the impeachment mess is taking away from a great story out there. This week John Bolton spoke publicly for the first time. We all know he did not see eye to eye with the President and he made that clear. Here’s what he said about North Korea:
“It seems to be clear that the DPRK has not made a strategic decision to give up its nuclear weapons. In fact, I think the contrary is true. I think the strategic decision that Kim Jong Un is operating through is he will do whatever he can to keep a deliverable nuclear weapons capability.”
He outlined some possible approaches but did appear confident that North Korea would never comply. He closed with these words:
“If you believe … that it is unacceptable for North Korea to have nuclear weapons, at some point military force has to be an option.” 

His speech should have been big news, but impeachment is all we hear.

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.