News of the week…

SOME STORIES THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION

THE SUPREME COURT:
Remember all the talk from the left that if we approve these conservative judges the ACA will be overturned, abortion rights will cease and every other civil right would be gone?
Well the court has proven to be pretty pragmatic and ruling almost down the middle and pretty much together. Two examples:
It voted 9-0 in favor of religious organizations allowing them to have a First Amendment right to turn away same-sex couples adoptions. Now they can still do adoptions and not break their religious beliefs. Kind of makes sense, doesn’t it? The government had wanted them to cease all adoptions if they couldn’t do same sex couples. The court thought of religion and the kids 9-0.
Then it voted 7-2 to preserve the Affordable Care Act, saying the Attorney Generals (Republican) did not have the legal standing to bring their lawsuit.
So, one liberal decision and one conservative. No 5-4 as they all feared. Just sanity.

ANOTHER COURT RULING THAT MADE SENSE:
Remember when the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act passed earlier this year?
The Department of Agriculture offered assistance to “socially disadvantaged” farmers and ranchers who are black, American Indian or Alaskan native, Hispanic or Latino, and Asian American or Pacific Islander. The USDA said those producers face “systemic discrimination” and, therefore, apparently deserve systemic favoritism and no white farmer was eligible.
That raised a question, is racism still racism no matter who it is against?
It went to court and Judge William Griesbach of Wisconsin’s Eastern District said that this discriminatory practice must stop. He ruled strongly in favor of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which filed suit in April on behalf of farmers in Wisconsin, as well as Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and South Dakota.
Griesbach halted the $4 billion program, saying the plaintiffs “are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim” that they have been denied pandemic relief dollars simply because they’re white. Indeed, the USDA’s “use of race-based criteria in the administration of the program violates their right to equal protection under the law,” Griesbach said. “The Court recognized that the federal government’s plan to condition and allocate benefits on the basis of race raises grave constitutional concerns and threatens our clients with irreparable harm,” said Rick Esenberg, president and general counsel for WILL. “The Biden administration is radically undermining bedrock principles of equality under the law.”

NOT MUCH COVERAGE:
I didn’t see the coverage but the House dropped their investigation against three Republicans that they accused of “instigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.” You know, the only riot and protest that mattered because it was against them. They made a big deal that the rioters had inside help from Republicans and now are forced to admit there is no evidence.
You heard the charges. Did you know this?

THEY CAN MOVE FAST:
The Senate and House passed in back to back days and President Biden signed a bill to make Juneteenth (June 19th) a federal holiday. It will be the first new holiday since 1983, when Congress made Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday. It is the twelfth federal holiday we will have.
Juneteeth will be a day that marks the end of slavery in the U.S., and the holiday will be celebrated as Juneteenth National Independence Day.

THE CHANGE IN ISREAL:
You saw the change in Isreali leadership as the era of Benjamin Netanyahu came to end. Did you know the vote in the Israeli parliament was 60-59 to elect Naftail Bennent? After four elections it was that close.

WAIT, ARE WE FAIR?
You’ve heard of the Congressional Black Caucus, right? It’s made up of members of congress who are minority and want to discuss and fight for rights and legislation. Sounds good, right? Well a black Republican congressman wanted to join (Rep. Byron Donalds, Florida). He made several overtures to join. Rep. Donalds was a Trump supporter. He has been denied.
Why would that be, are conservative views not allowed? Wouldn’t they want all members and all views? Maybe they should change their name adding Liberal to it.

A FEW STORIES THAT MADE ME SAY “WHAT?”
– The administration has lifted sanctions on more than a dozen former Iranian officials and energy firms. Why? Iran is more active than in years and soon we’ll see their activity in Afghanistan. Shouldn’t sanctions lifting be a reward for positive behavior?
– The U.S. budget deficit grew to a record $2.1 trillion during the first eight months of the fiscal year.
Does anyone care about the debt of our children and grandchildren, or is all we care about is us and today?
– China has slowed its efforts to cut emissions. Here’s a direct quote: “China’s top economic planners have put the brakes on attempts by environmental officials to reduce carbon emissions.” Wait.
They’re the largest polluter, and now they’re slowing efforts to be better? Aren’t we all in on this Green Deal, no matter the cost? Does this make sense?
Is anyone surprised by this story other than maybe Biden, Harris and climate czar John Kerry?
– On that same score, gas prices rose 56.2% since last year. That’s the highest increase since Jimmy Carter’s last year in office. This is before we became an importer again.

THERE WAS A GLIMMER OF HOPE
A story that did not get much coverage but offers some hope was this one.
A federal judge in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Biden administration from pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land. Judge Terry A. Doughty of the U.S. District Court in Monroe said the administration doesn’t have the legal right to stop leasing federal territory for oil and gas production without approval from Congress.
Of course, Congress in its current format, may agree we should stop.

ANOTHER RULING, BUT WHY FIX A PROBLEM AT THE BORDER?
Homeland Security officials said they are “legally required” to spend billions of dollars Congress allocated to Mexican border wall construction, but said they will focus on projects that “mitigate” damage from previous construction rather than on finishing the wall President Trump had planned.
Sure, why fix the problem, that might make too much sense.

INFRASTRUCTURE:
There is much push back here and over 20 senators have signed on to a bipartisan compromise.
“We support this bipartisan framework that provides an historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure needs without raising taxes,” the group of 20 senators — 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats — said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our Republican and Democratic colleagues to develop legislation based on this framework to address America’s critical infrastructure challenges.”
The group is closer to a $1trillion dollar plan than the proposed almost $3 trillion. In addition, they are proposing no new taxes to pay for it. They want to take from spending already approved and not used.
Imagine that. Let’s see what happens.

THE FILIBUSTER:
It is becoming clearer that there are more Democratic Senators other than Manchin and Sinema who are against changing it. Senator Tester is another, and there are a number of quiet members who are afraid to speak out. One who was, Senator Rosen (NV), told the Washington Post she was opposed to changing the 60 vote threshold. Within two days she was forced by the left to backtrack and say she was still open.
But, you get the idea, the support is not there. This upcoming week will see this issue front and center.

FINALLY, HOW MUCH HAVE WE CHANGED FROM OUR PARENTS GENERATION?
Here’s an example. This month in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure adding the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.
Couldn’t possibley be done today. In fact there are factions that want to take it out.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

The President’s trip…

SO WHAT HAPPENED?

Depending on who and what you listen to it probably impacts your thoughts and observations about the President’s trip. There are factions that will praise the administration no matter the outcome. On the other side there are factions that will cede nothing he accomplishes. With that, here’s some thoughts:

Let’s start with the G7 and skip over the visit to England and the meeting with the Queen.
A simple question about the G7 meeting. What do you remember about it?
What you just remembered, was that an accomplishment for the world or more personal interaction?
If it was “America’s back,” what does that mean? Back to what? World leadership? Paying the bills?

What were the accomplishments for policy at the G7? The hope I had was they would take on China’s human rights violations and demand from them the truth about Coronavirus. It didn’t happen. In fact, I remember more China saying, that the days of small groups of countries controling the rest of the world is over.
I was hoping they would mount a united and clear front to confront ransom attacks. I didn’t see it.

In answering the question, ask yourself what came out of the conference and what is memorable. If you need help, remember the former President’s first G7. Whether you agreed with him or not, you remember him telling them they needed to pay their promised share of NATO costs.
This time I remember them all saying “America is back.” Back to what is still the question.

The summit:
I ask the same question here. What is the accomplishment or forward movement that you recall?
If it’s that President Biden and President Putin sat and talked, is that what you wanted and expected?
What is the take away from the summit that stands over time?
When you watched the post press conferences did either say they would change a policy, or the other would? Did either say they had made progress on the issues of the day?
Putin took 55 minutes of questions from one and all and countered every one. On ransom, a big issue today, he called the U.S. the number one country in the world for cyber attacks. He didn’t appear like a leader who was walking away with a new attitude to me.
President Biden’s conference as I watched was scripted. He read a statement on the meeting and took limited questions from reporters. In fact, the most memorable moment was when he went off script to get angry at a CNN reporter for a question she asked.

IN SUMMARY

The President was in Europe for a week. If you’re like me and the most memorable comment from the G7 was “America is back”, and the CNN incident from the summit, then I have to question what we accomplished. I realize though, that depending on what you see or watch could influence your thoughts.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

Wrapping Up ….

WRAPPING UP A WEEK OF WOW

RANSOM AGAIN?
I couldn’t believe when I read that JBS, our largest meat supplier who when faced with a ransomware attack this week, actually paid money. $11 million in ransom payments!
What is going on? Since when does the U.S. allow ransom payments? Since when do we cower to anyone or anything?
What is going on here?
On top of the Colonial Pipeline payment that’s back to back rewards for wrongdoing. Does anyone think paying for this behavior is going to cease it from happening?
I know our press touted the $2M recovered from the Colonial payment, but $11M plus $4M is $15M. We are down $13. Kind of like our federal budget.
This has to cease.

Russia Again.
Since this hacking came from Russia too, and since the administration allowed the pipeline to Germany from Russia to go forward, are you surprised that Putin would allow this? Did we get nothing back for approving the pipeline for them? Was this just another Trump said no, so we say yes?
To me, it just shows a lack of respect for the new administration to allow this. No respect in fact.
With that in mind, spare me the media stories this upcoming week on how tough President Biden was in the face to face meeting with Putin.
How about the media doing some fair reporting for a change?

Wait now, that was a lie too?
It seems every week we get another story that receives little coverage but goes back to wide spread reports about what President Trump and his administration did, but we find out it was media misinformation.
Yesterday a federal report cleared President Trump of accusations that he ordered disbursement of Black Lives Matter protesters at Lafayette Park last year so he could walk from the White House across the street to a church.
You remember that coverage no doubt. The President gassed and beat his own citizens for a photo op, right?
Forget this same group set a fire in this historic church the day before and almost burned it down. Forget the park department was charged with building a fence to protect the White House. We were told this was the President’s doing.
Well, well.
The report said that the U.S. Park Service had the authority to disperse the protesters and did so to construct a fence, which was completed by 12:30 a.m. the following day. “We found that the USPP had the authority and discretion to clear Lafayette Park and the surrounding areas on June 1,” said the report from the Interior Department’s inspector general.
That, it turns out, was long before the President decided to make the walk across the street.
But, as is often the case, the lie is around the world before the truth gets out the door. If you surveyed America today how many would say Trump did this for a photo op? A great majority, because they were told it constantly and for a year.
Shameful performance from the media and just the latest example of how they mislead on the former President.
Now, he did enough to put himself in a negative light with his mouth and tweets. The media reporting falsely is just unacceptable. I didn’t think they could lose more respect, but they continue to surprise me.

They need the money.
Now we hear that criminals may have stolen as much as half of the unemployment benefits the U.S. has been pumping out over the past year, experts say.
Half the money was stolen? How much is that?
The report said unemployment fraud during the pandemic could easily reach $400 billion, according to some estimates, and the bulk of the money likely ended up in the hands of foreign crime syndicates — making this not just theft, but a matter of national security.
Oh, so now we’re passing on our debt to the kids and half the money is going overseas and to criminals? Is that why the left said we needed more?
Now I know they’ll blame the former President and his administration deserves some of the blame, but let’s not forget Pelosi and Schumer and all their charges of not caring for the starving people.
Maybe they should check closer on how they’re spending our kids future.

Speaking of your kids debt:
The President, yesterday while overseas, promised to deliver vaccines to the world, that totals a cost of $4 billion for us. Ask others to help pay? Come on Man, what’s wrong with you?
Not a problem, our kids will pay the bill.

A Democratic Spilt:
It started with Rep. Ilhan Omar’s statements equating the U.S and Isreal to Hamas and the Taliban. Basically she said we were terrorists. The other members of her squad supported her. When a group of 12 Jewish congressional members attacked back the party spilt became public.
Speaker Pelosi spoke up in the afternoon and sided with the Jewish members, but stopped short of taking official punitive action against Rep. Omar. (Action like that is reserved for members like Republican Majorie Taylor.)
Speaker Pelosi said:
“Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate. And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies. But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Isreal and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all.”
Now that got a reaction from a new squad member Rep Cori Bush:
“Stop attacking @IlhanMN. Stop attacking us, I’m not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights. But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly. Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia. “
Then came AOC:
“Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus. They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.”
We heard a lot from the media on Liz Cheney dividing the Republicans. Did they cover this like that?

Let’s close the week with this: The world loves us again since we changed Presidents.
This is from a Pew Research Center survey:
The United States’ image around the world has sharply improved since President Biden took office after dipping during the Trump administration, according to a 16 country survey. (Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan and the U.K.)
Here are some top line numbers:
Over 60% in the surveyed countries said they have confidence in Biden to do the right thing in world affairs.
In 12 of the surveyed countries, a median of 75% expressed confidence in Biden, compared with 17% for Trump in 2020.
A median of 62% across 12 nations now had a favorable overall opinion of the U.S., while only 34% held that view last year.

Now isn’t that interesting. What was it about Donald Trump that had them so angry?
Was it standing up to China?
Asking NATO to pay the share of costs they promised?
Maybe telling them to do their share in climate control and good bye to Paris Accords?
Changing the North America agreement so America got a better deal?
Destroying ISIS for real?
Making America energy independent?
Telling Iran no more and putting sanctions on them?
Trying to solve the North Korea problem?
Or maybe – just maybe it’s:
They didn’t like America’s President saying I am going to represent my country (America First) in our negotiations.

The VP and the border:
What a joke. The border is closed? Oh, so those numbers we hear about are at what border then? I heard this AM that about 1 million people will have tried to cross in the first six months. Someone enlighten me or them.

Then she keeps getting asked when she is going to the border since she is in charge. Why does she not want to visit the closed border? She had no trouble when the previous administration actually closed it. Does she want to go to Europe first? Does she think she really is the President and should be at the G7 meeting in Europe? Is that what she meant?
I am confused. Who is in charge here? Too bad the MSM doesn’t see the story here.

A stat on the G7 that says a lot:
When the G7 was formed in 1975, its members made up 70% of the global economy.
Today its members account for 40%.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

More of it…

I GUESS IT MAKES SENSE TO SOMEONE

California seems to be developing a new game.
Elect someone who espouses far left policies and then after they start doing them, well, then recall them. The latest is Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon. He is facing a recall drive just six months after he took office!
Why?
He is being criticized as being soft on crime. Now he was one of a number of George Soros backed Democratic prosecutors who won election promising to deal with crime by employing social justice tactics such as reducing charges and sentences against accused or convicted criminals, ending gang task forces and easing parole requirements.
Well.
Six months in and the outcomes have been less than encouraging. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore has reported a 73% increase in shootings during the first four months of the year. The city is on pace to end the year recording its highest crime and death tally in more than a decade.
Well, what did they expect?
The man was doing exactly what he said he would. I guess hearing it and living it are just different things.

The Progressives still think this is the solution though:
Here’s what Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez had to say about New York where violent crimes are also at alarming levels. Shootings are up 75%, robberies 46%, grand larceny 35% and felony assault 20%.
AOC has a reason, we don’t do enough for people.
“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so you… maybe have to… they’re put in a position… they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.” 
Get that? It’s not that we reduced police activity and support or we defunded them. It’s not the repeat offenders with reduced (or no) bail. It’s not the reduced sentences. It’s not drugs or gangs running free on the streets. No, they’re hungry, we don’t provide them with enough.
Her solution is even better.
“If we want to reduce the number of people in our jails, the answer is to stop building more of them. … It’s to support communities, not throw them away. It is not acceptable for us to use jails as garbage bins for human beings. We need to treat people and see them as human.” 
In todays America it’s never the person, the act and personal responsibility. It’s society’s fault. The same society and system that people around the world are risking their lives to get to. Maybe we should ship them out, like a baseball team sends players to the minor leagues for a while. I bet that short visit might cure a lot.

By the way think of this with New York.
In 2014 when DeBlasio was elected the city was considered the safest big city in America. This was following the terms of Bloomberg and Giuliani. The safest big city in America. How did two terms of progressive leadership work out there? You get what you vote for.
They have a primary this month to elect a new Mayor.

Taxes get leaked and released.
With perfect timing as the bipartisan infrastructure discussions ended with no agreement, mostly over additional taxes the Republicans would not support, comes a tax leak.
What does it show?
Well, the big guys with the money, who all talk that the rich can pay more, are not paying now.
Warren Buffett who is famous for saying he pays a lower rate than his secretary was on the list. So was Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mike Bloomberg, Carl Icahn and George Soros.
From that list, with the exception of Icahn, I can recall the others saying higher rates were fine. Isn’t that ironic? Maybe we should tell them anything they will pay is higher than zero.
The next time you hear them spouting progressive policies and increased taxes for you, remember this leak.
Remember this too:
It’s not the rate, it’s the deductions. You can raise their rate to 90%, but if you don’t take the deductions away, they will do the same.
Nice timely release, though, considering the talks breakdown, right? A coincidence? I don’t think so.

The Supreme Court this week ruled:
The Court ruled unanimously that non-citizens who entered the U.S. unlawfully can’t obtain permanent residency even if the government has permitted them to stay under temporary protected status.
The decision was written by left leaning member Justice Elena Kagan. In it she said current immigration law only permits those who were admitted lawfully to the U.S. can apply for permanent residency.
Now doesn’t make complete sense?
Let’s see how long before the left tries to change the law or stack the court.

Really, how is this not a lead story on every station and in every publication?
This Hunter Biden story shocked me. Leaked conversations from his computer with attorney George Mesires, were shocking to me. The racist exchanges were stunning. The lewd sexual talk have come to be expected from him, but the use of racist words?
Here’s a few direct quotes:
“Because n—a you better not be charging me Hennessy rates.”
“That’s what I’m saying n—”
“OMG n—-a,” 
The more I read the more upsetting it was. How could the President’s son be talking like this? If any of my kids or grandchildren were the ones saying this I would feel like I failed in life.
Then it got worse.
Biden had a meme on his computer. The only way to explain it, I think, is for you to read it.
He kept a picture on his laptop of President Biden and Mr. Obama embracing, according to the NY Post and the Daily Mail. The meme’s text reads:
“Obama: Gonna miss you, man.
Joe: Can I say it? Just this once?
Obama: *sigh* go ahead.
Joe: You my n—a, Barack.”
Folks that turned my stomach and I bet yours. How could this not be headline news in a nation so race conscious?

The President shares the vaccine:
The administration announced it will buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to share with the world, with the option to buy 200 million more.
Once again the U.S. comes to the rescue of those in need in the world. Aren’t we always the one who does the most? Yet our people walk the streets bringing down the nation. No one does more to feed, support, and help the world. No one.
On the vaccine, remember the President’s announced goal 70% of the population vaccinated by July 4th? This is the first goal that’s his with this vaccine. This administration did not develop the drug or set up for 200 million to be vaccinated in the first one hundred days. The vaccine and rollout were in place, though they have taken credit. This goal they own. Let’s see if we achieve it. I have my doubts.

While the Pipeline is officially canceled.
The developer of the shuttered Keystone XL pipeline announced yesterday that it has pulled the plug on the project, citing President Biden’s decision to rescind its cross-border permit, bringing the 13-year battle over the major infrastructure project to an end.
That takes care of that. In the end, Germany gets approval for a Russian pipeline, we get higher gas costs and the loss of energy independence. if you can explain it, let me know.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

The Humor In It…

IN FACT IT WOULD BE FUNNIER IF NOT TRUE:

Infrastructure:
Let’s see, if you’re surprised that the President called off the bipartisan infrastructure negotiation, then you haven’t been following things too closely.
There was never a chance the Republicans would agree to all the administration wanted, especially with much unrelated to what you and I might call infrastructure. Then add the taxes they wanted and you know Republicans are not approving any tax. It would be political suicide.
Now, I know the administration made a gesture of cutting some spending, but never near where the Republicans were willing to go, and no compromise on the taxes. So it was all for show.
In the end the administration gets to say the other guys are unreasonable. The left got the chance to yell when the President went down on his spending demand a little. The Republicans get to say we cannot agree to raise taxes.
They all won with their constituents.

Psaki explains D-Day miss, or at least thinks she does:
Now the White House communications office just forgot (or didn’t care enough) to issue a statement on D-Day. It was terrible and a mistake. No President since that fateful day has failed to remember and honor.
It’s a joke how they tried to explain it.
Press secretary Psaki says World War II veterans should not consider silence by President Biden on D-Day as a slight. Oh? I’m sure they’re happy you remembered Pride Month so bright and early.
Psaki added that the President’s D-Day commemorations of years past should allay concerns about his “reverence for those who stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.”
I see, the old Biden spoke up, just not now. By the way, what happened to the old Biden?
She added, “It’s close to his heart and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more we would have to say on it.” I see. Just not on the day, uh?
Maybe he was enjoying the “long weekend” in Delaware as VP Harris told us all to do.

Harris didn’t bake the cookies:
The White House said that Vice President Kamala Harris didn’t bake the cookies in her likeness that she handed out to reporters. The “cookies that were provided to passengers on Air Force Two were a gift from a member of the staff.”
Don’t you wonder who made the judgement to give the cookies with her likeness out to reporters? Do you trust whomever that was to negotiate for us?
Maybe it’s the same person who told them that the border is closed.
By the way, can you imagine some of the comments as they gave out Kamala Harris cookies? Oh boy!

The White House Budget Office Chief – Another Administration Gem.
The White House’s acting budget office chief said that President Biden’s agenda is in jeopardy if Congress won’t go along with his trillions of dollars in proposed tax hikes. Oh, so if Republicans don’t want to raise taxes you can’t do what you want? Sort of like not giving someone money to build a wall, right?
She added, “My guess is if the Senate doesn’t pass the offsets that the spending is in danger.”
No kidding?
Is that what they call checks and balances? I remember hearing something about that.

And these are the people who write about it:
How about this gem from a New York Times editorial writer. You know the paper of record, all fairness.
Well this representative, Mara Gay, said that “dozens of American flags” flying on Long Island during the anniversary of D-Day left her “really disturbed.” She explained, “I was on Long Island this weekend, visiting a really dear friend, I was really disturbed…”
I see, poor writer.
If you ever wonder why the last time the NYT endorsed any Republican Presidential Candidate was in 1956, remember this editorial writer is an example of those choosing.

Harris answers on visiting the border:
What a great response she had to Lester Holt.
Sure, she didn’t go to the border, but she didn’t go to Europe either. I see. Well that clears that up.
One thing for sure. She didn’t insult any European leaders, I am not sure about the Guatemala leader. Plus, wait until he finds out she didn’t give him a Kamala cookie.

i was going to share the crime numbers but:
Everyday the numbers come out on crime increasing. The excuses are laughable, though none more that the lost Mayor of New York.
He says the reason is because people were locked in due to the virus.
So freedom let them loose and they are robbing, attacking and shooting others. I see. I would never have guessed that.
Silly me, I thought it was the defunding of police, the lack of bail, the release of criminals and the see no crime attitude.

About that unemployment and job openings:
Yesterday I wrote about the 8.1 million job openings, which was a record, and how the left is still saying there is no proof that the enhanced unemployment funds are contributing. I thought that was laughable.
Well after we published came the latest numbers. Unfilled jobs is now 9.2 Million. Another record. I want to shout a borrowed (and slightly changed phrase) – Can You See It Now?

This would all be funny if it wasn’t so true.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

Backing Up….

MESSAGING AND A NOVEL IDEA:

Only a few months ago the Democrats and their friends in the media were calling the Republicans cruel, uncaring and insensitive. Why that time?
Because they wanted to cut the long term extra unemployment to “only $300 per week” and not extend it as Democrats wanted for the balance of the year. Now take that in for a second and apply it to all you are hearing today that businesses cannot hire workers because people are getting more not to work.
My first reaction is:
Shouldn’t the Republicans be messaging how they were called those names and look at how wrong and irresponsible the Democratic left is. Shouldn’t they be painting the Democrats with their own words that were so misguided? Shouldn’t they be painting the left as nothing more than big spenders who are passing a debt of unimaginable numbers to your children and grandchildren?
If the situation were reversed wouldn’t Schumer and Pelosi be all over the airwaves? Where are the Republicans? Don’t they know how to message a winning argument?

Even the President gets the message on this. Here is what he is saying now. “It makes sense to let supercharged federal unemployment benefits expire as scheduled in September.” After the new employment numbers were released last week he got the message.

Well, twenty five governors are ending it now, because they see what the extension caused. The White House refused to denounce them to the media. Even though all 25 are Republicans and not one Democratic Governor has done it. They said the governors have “every right” to end the supercharged unemployment benefits ahead of the September expiration date. “Those governors, who have made the decision have every right to pull back on unemployment benefits,” said press secretary Jen Psaki.
You can be sure if they weren’t sure those governors weren’t right they would be attacking the mean and uncaring right.

Shouldn’t the MSM be asking some tough questions of those they called heroes for the downtrodden when the extension fight was on? Shouldn’t the MSM be taking some tough questions themselves for their failed reporting and failure now to do the right thing? In fact, here’s a good challenge for the media.
We have 25 Republican Governors ending the added benefit (only 2 aren’t). We have 23 Democratic Governors keeping them in place. Why don’t you measure jobs, unemployment and work place participation in those states come the fall and winter? It would be a great measure of the question, are we better off when people do for themselves or the government does for them.

By the way, the unemployment number declined in May, but labor force participation dropped. There was a 1.7 decline in this key number from the pre epidemic in Feb. 2020, and the number on unemployment benefits was higher than two months ago. How can that be? Aren’t there 8.1 million jobs open?
The best explanation is, of course, the obvious one: if you pay people to stay unemployed, guess what, millions of workers stay home. 

Here’s a novel idea. Maybe instead of just more and more spending how about we begin to focus on living within our means and try balancing the budget again? How about something really radical, like balancing the budget and then begin paying the debt back so we can give our children a country?

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

Is this progress?

Are we headed in the right direction?

A year ago, for the first time in a seventy years, the United States became energy independent and a net exporter of oil and gas. Anyone remembering the shortages and gas lines can appreciate that.
Well it hasn’t take long to begin seeing the reversal of that accomplishment. Oil prices are rising again and so are imports under the new administration. Take a look at this chart. It illustrates oil imports from Jan. 1, 1950 to Jan. 1, 2020. Then in red you see the change underway now.

Higher costs and dependence on the middle east? Is this what we want? I don’t think so.
Can the “free press” please report this to our citizens.

Add One More.

Maryland’s Governor Hogan is the latest governor to suspend $300 a week bonus unemployment benefits. He is the 25th to do so. Interestingly, they are all Republican.
Why did he do it? Like most states, Maryland’s small businesses are suffering the consequences of labor shortages.
There are now only two Republican governors not ending the unemployment bonuses earlier than the federal expiration on Labor Day. They are Gov. Baker in Massachusetts and Gov. Scott in Vermont.
The other 23 states have Democratic Governors. None of them have reduced the payout.

Interestingly this morning it was announced May saw 559,000 new jobs created. This was below expectations, as some thought we could have had a million new jobs. What is interesting is there are 8.1 million open jobs.
Keep a watch on next months number as those now 25 governors have cancelled the increased unemployment.

How Do People Support This? What if It Were Their Mother?

By now I assume you heard of the latest attack in NYC on a person of Chinese descent. A 55 year old woman simply walking home was cold cocked with a vicious punch from a 48 year old man. It was brutal to watch, and my first reaction was, how could this continue?
Then a day later I learned about the attacker.
He had 17 prior arrests, including several for assault. Oh what a surprise he committed another, right?
He was arrested just two weeks prior for back to back incidents on the Upper East Side. Oh, yet he was still out walking the street. I guess they thought he was rehabilitated.
After reading about his arrests and seeing his record, I am not surprised this incident happened. I just remain surprised the “enlightened people” of New York City continue to support politicians of no bail, no jail and defund the police fame. Maybe as long as it’s someone else’s mother it is okay.

Remember The Fireworks At Mount Rushmore – Well Not This Year.

Remember that big show at Mount Rushmore last year? The Biden administration denied a permit this year. Why? No, not because Governor Noem was such a leader in fighting mandates last year, don’t be a skeptic. This administration wouldn’t do that — would they?
No, this year it is denied because there could be “COVID, fire and environmental concerns.”
The judge, an Obama appointee, said this in denying to overturn the ruling:
“It would be improper judicial activism for this Court to disregard settled law on how federal agencies operate.”
Imagine that, a liberal judge saying it would be “judicial activism” to act!
Hey judge, the President has a commission to study adding Supreme Court justices to do exactly that for liberal causes.
He also wrote this:
“This country could use a good celebration of its foundational principles of democracy, liberty, and equal protection of law, after a pandemic that has disrupted society and business and has killed nearly 600,000 United States citizens to date, after an insurrection and physical incursion of the United States Capitol while Congress was convening to certify the outcome of the presidential election, and after this nation has become so sadly divided by the politicization of so many issues, likely to include even the outcome of this case.”
Well Judge, you got that last part right.

You Can’t Make This Up. Follow This

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government is not holding and prosecuting illegal immigrants. Instead, it is either catching and releasing or quickly expelling them to Mexico by busing them to the border and ushering them through a border crossing.
Okay, so now ingenious migrant smugglers have figured it out. They use this as a means to cut in half the time it takes to get back to Mexico and prepare for their next load of people: They simply turn themselves into the Border Patrol. They quickly get a ride back home and prepare for their next escort. How long was the walk into the country? Sixteen hours they said. Nice to get a ride home on an air conditioned bus I’m sure.
In one case we know about, Border Patrol agents nabbed the same individual six times from mid-April to mid-May, each time at the same part of the border.
Hard to believe as the administration keeps telling us there is no border issue and that it is “closed”.

Is Age Now An Advantage?

The sports world has always belonged to the young and the next generation. All of a sudden in 2021 we see a reversal at some major events. What’s going on here? Examples:
Tom Brady is MVP and wins the Super Bowl at 43. More than that he was the oldest player ever to appear in the game.
Bruce Arians this year became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl. He was 68 years old.
Then Phil Mickelson last month won the PGA Championship. In doing so at the age of 50 he became the oldest winner in the 161 years of major championship golf.
Last week we had the The Indianapolis 500 Helio Castroneves at age 46 win the race.
Of course this is all on top of President Biden at 78 assuming the office as the oldest President in our history. (On his first day he was older than President Reagan on his last day.)
Interesting isn’t it?

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

Today’s world. Real and Hard to Believe…

THINGS KEEP HAPPENING

Let’s start with this:
Do you know the President’s schedule today coming off the three day weekend?
He has no public events planned. He is in Rehoboth Beach, Del. to celebrate his wife’s birthday.
Remember when the press kept telling us Donald Trump didn’t work hard and played too much golf?

Discrimination is discrimination in any color or means:
An appeals court has ruled that the administration can’t use race and sex as factors when distributing coronavirus relief funds.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that the Small Business Administration was violating the Constitution’s equal protection clause by giving priority to minority and female-owned restaurants seeking coronavirus relief funds.
“Government policies that classify people by race are presumptively invalid,” Judge Amul Thapar, a Trump appointee, wrote for the court. “Like racial classifications, sex-based discrimination is presumptively invalid. The suit was brought by Antonio Vitolo, an owner of Jake’s Bar and Grill in Harriman, Tennessee. He is White, and his wife is Hispanic. They share ownership of the restaurant 50-50. They challenged the Biden administration’s allocation to restaurants owned by at least 51% minorities or women. At 50/50 they didn’t qualify, at 51-49 they did.
The court got it right in my opinion. Discrimination at any level is wrong.

Some More Craziness:
You’re aware that 24 states cut off extended unemployment to get people back to work, right?
Well Democrats on a congressional panel said that “local economies across the country stand to take a collective hit of more than $12 billion” because they did that.
They added that those twenty-four states are foregoing an average of $756 million worth of weekly unemployment benefits by choosing to end them early.
You see the reasoning here? Telling people to go to work is no longer a Democratic ideal.
Now, unemployment is lower in those states and we are saving dollars, but they see it as wrong.

Related to this in the WSJ today:
With millions still out of work and job openings at a record high, policy makers are dealing with an unexpected problem: How to coax people back into the labor force. 
Imagine that, how to coax them back. I have an idea, stop paying them to stay home.

I was surprised to see and hear:
The President, talking about his agenda, said:
“I hear all the folks on TV saying why doesn’t Biden get this done? Well, because Biden only has a majority of effectively four votes in the House and a tie in the Senate, with two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends.” He was calling out Senators Manchin and Sinema.
He was upping the pressure on them for the infrastructure and voting bills. I would tell the President the Democratic party is far more united and vote in line than the Republican party, and far more than the past, when people had open minds.

Speaking of Democrats:
How about the news on Gov. Cuomo today? His office signed a $2.5 million contract with a Manhattan law firm for its legal services in connection to a federal investigation into the Cuomo administration’s handling of Covid-19 deaths at nursing homes.
When asked if he was personally paying any lawyer today, his answer was “no.”

is there a connection?
So we paid a ransom in the Colonial Oil cyber attack. I heard the President say the people who did it were disbanding as part of the agreement. Did anyone reading this think that would be the end? As we said at the time, if you do, that bridge is still for sale.
Well here we are, two weeks later and JBS, the countries largest meat supplier, was hit with a ransomware attack. We expect some shortages and higher meat prices.
A few hours later we hear that the company which operates the largest ferry service to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket was targeted by hackers causing delays for some travelers.
Then late last night we hear the NYC subway and bus system was hit.
There will be more. Now a question.
Do people attack us when they think we have a strong President who will act, or do they do so when they perceive weakness?
Hey MSM, how about some real coverage of the attacks, why and what it is costing our citizens.

Oh yea, another great idea:
The Biden administration will suspend all oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Add that to cancelled pipelines and regulations on fracking. The result?
Gasoline which was $1.98 last year is $3.05 today.
Self sufficiency in the U.S., with us being an exporter is resulting in added importing of foreign oil. The OPEC companies are increasing production.
Where’s the MSM on this? Remember the stories when the price per gallon went up and the hardship on people?

So what’s the truth on Covid 19?
The President has ordered to the U.S. intelligence community to “redouble” efforts to find out whether Covid-19 originated in a Chinese lab. You heard that, right? Did you know this?
The State Department had such an investigation going when President Biden entered office, but his team killed it. They killed it for the same reason they’ve made so many other bad decisions. That is, if Donald Trump was for it, they are against it, and if Mr. Trump was against it, they are for it.
Only the pressure is building now, and the real possibility that this was not a natural “bat induced” virus is causing them to backtrack.
You see they continually say, “we are following the science”, but they really mean it as a dig at the former President.

Did you see the attack on Rep. Nancy Mace’s home?
Now Mace is a South Carolina Republican, had her home was vandalized with political and profane messages spray-painted on and around the residence. She has small children.
She shared images on social media showing graffiti painted on the property.
“All politicians are bastards” was painted in black on the sidewalk leading to the home, and the words “no gods” and “no masters” were painted on the steps leading toward her front porch. “Pass the pro act,” a reference to Democratic-proposed labor-law reforms, was also painted on the side of the house, while “F—- you Nancy” was painted on the pavement on the street outside the home.
Not much coverage, right?
Now imagine if a right winger had done this at a liberal congressional member’s house. How much coverage would it have gotten?
The press is the problem.

Finally — An early look at 2022 this week with an election in New Mexico.
There was a vote on Tuesday to replace a congressional member who took a role in the Biden administration. As all elections like this, the thought was this would be a guide to what we can expect in 2022.
The district is Democratic leaning. President Biden won it by 23 percentage points in 2020. The departing congressman had won re-election by 16 points. No Republican has held the seat in more than a decade.
The question was how narrow would the margin be this time.
Well the Democratic candidate won even bigger than in 2020. The final tally was 60% to 36%. Not a good sign for the Republicans and encouraging for the Democrats.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL THE CULTURE.

It’s Memorial Day Weekend…

A TIME TO REFLECT AND REMEMBER

Memorial Day is special to me and I hope to most Americans. It’s the day we set aside to remember those who left their homes, lives and families to defend our nation and never returned. We set aside this day to remember them, pray for their souls and say thank you.
We remember that they never had the chance to come home and live their lives. They sacrificed it all for their fellow citizens. Thus, they were never able to pursue their personal dreams, marry, have families of their own, or grow old enjoying the freedom they fought for.
You can visit their gravesite in countries around the world from the beaches of Normandy France, to Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Panama, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, and Tunisia.

If you do visit, the moment will be forever scarred into your memory. You will stare in awe at their ages and the bravery they showed as you scan the grounds around. You will wish every American who enjoys the fruits of their service could understand the price they paid.

Sometime this weekend, with Covid restrictions lifted in many places, you may come across a veteran handing out or wearing a Poppy. Do you know the story of the Poppy and why they are a symbol?
Red poppies represent respect and solemnity for fallen soldiers. The poppy is the enduring symbol of World War I. The symbolism of the poppy is captured in a poem you have heard about entitled: In Flanders Field.
It was written by a World War I brigade surgeon who was struck by the sight of the red flowers growing on a ravaged battlefield where the fallen were laid.
As red poppies grew in large quantities on the battlefield, their stark red color became associated with the blood of fallen soldiers. In this way, they represent the lives of those who died in battle, and a symbol of remembrance and commemoration.
Flanders Field is the largest military cemetery of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the world. There are 12,000 buried there. White crosses are visible in row after row.
Here’s the poem:
In Flanders Fields
     In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
          Between the crosses, row on row, 
        That mark our place; and in the sky
        The larks, still bravely singing, fly
     Scarce heard amid the guns below
We are the dead. Short days ago 
     We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
        Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
                               In Flanders fields,
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
     To you from failing hands we throw
        The torch; be yours to hold it high.
        If ye break faith with us who die
     We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                                 In Flanders fields.

Somewhat less known is that after reading this an American woman (Moina Michael) came across the poem and was so moved she wrote this now famous reply. It’s entitled. We Shall Keep The Promise.

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

This weekend we remember and honor all those who took up those arms and never had the tomorrows they gave to us all. Pass that message on to your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and all you can. They need to know they stand on the shoulders of these heroes and that’s what we celebrate today.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY TO ALL.

How did we get here?

Close up of colorful “We are hiring” on little wood cubes in the middle of paper with blue background. Recruiting and Employment concept.

SO WHAT ONCE WAS IS NOW THIS?

Think back to your grandparents time, your parents, your youth, even a few years ago. What did people want to support their families? They wanted a job.
We see the sad pictures from the great depression of our grandparents. “I need a job” was a familiar sign they held. We see the movies, hear the stories, they would do anything. Any job would do, “I just want a chance to work” was the refrain.

You remember your own beginnings. You wanted a chance to prove yourself. You knew your ability, your drive and pride would assure that you would be successful and move up in any endeavor. Just the chance to start is what you wanted.

You remember how proud you were to get that paycheck. You stood tall, you earned it and now can begin planning for the future. You had dreams of homes you wanted to own, vacations to take, things to try. It was all possible because you had a job. You had a chance.

That was, after all, the American dream. You started at the bottom, worked hard, proved your value and moved up in the organization. Why some even rose to lead the company, but all had pride. This was America and the promise of this land. In America you become anything, the streets were paved in gold they said.

How did we end up where we are today? People don’t want a job. Companies can’t fill their openings to the point they have to offer incentives.
Now to be sure there have been times in the past where there was a shortage of workers and companies had to offer incentives and opportunity to people. That was because the economy was booming and the job market was full. How many nations ever produce that opportunity? In America it was possible.

That’s not the case today. Unemployment is high but the active participation of adults in the workforce is low. We are paying as many people unemployment benefits as we have job openings. The difference is that today people don’t want the job. Don’t want the job? They are getting paid by our government not to work so well, they are no longer seeking opportunity. They are not worried about getting a job later either. Why? They believe the government will take care of them. Thus, jobs go so unfulfilled that companies are offering incentives and perks to “please come to work.”

Is this the America you want? I don’t. Our greatness is in the ingenuity of our people. Our greatness is individuals making things happen. Our greatness was in people working for hat they want and appreciating what they had. A socialist state produces a lack of incentive, a capitalist state produces individual drive. I would prefer to see our nation turned over to future generations still driven by individual opportunity.

Now many of the people running our government today don’t see it that way. They see some who have too much and many who have nothing. They want those earning to pay a “fair share” they say. I guess to pay those who don’t want to do a fair share anymore. Today they’re talking of taking more from the producers and providing more to those “in need.” In need is fine, but not having the initiative to earn does not create a need.

As we prepare to honor those who never had the chance to live their lives because they supported the values of our nation, let’s get back to those values. They, who paid that ultimate price for the generations alive today, never had the chance to live, to raise a family, seek opportunity in the workplace. They risked their tomorrow’s because they wanted future generations to have the chance to live the American dream. If they had decided to stay home, where would we be today?
Last night I joined others in laying flags on the gravesite of these brave warriors as a form of remembrance and gratitude. The least we can all do is preserve the heritage for which they gave that full measure.

That’s my thoughts. I’m interested in yours.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

What a time…

POLITICAL NEWS OF THE DAY

Former President Trump told Dan Bongino on his new show that his supporters will be “very happy” with his decision on a 2024 bid for the White House. Bongino replied happily that we needed him.
Maybe a good part of the party will be happy, but as stated here before, his running is the best news the 2022 and 2024 Democrats can get. He doesn’t get yet that people voted against him, not for Joe Biden. He doesn’t get his policies have support, but his personality doesn’t.
The best he could do for his party is not run and campaign in selected races only, keeping a lower profile. Those last two words – lower profile – and Donald Trump cannot be in the same sentence.

On the other side, can you believe the support in NY that his party still gives their Governor? A new poll from Siena College showed Gov. Cuomo holding onto his base in the state. Among Democrats, 56% want Mr. Cuomo to win a third term, including 61% of Black voters.
Let’s see, a covid senior policy that led to deaths, lying about the numbers, writing a book (earning $5M+) that said you did it right, and now sexual charges from multiple individuals and they want you reelected?
What does a Democrat have to do for his party to say that’s too much?

As we begin to remember and honor our fallen warriors for their service and reflect upon the price they paid under the most dire of circumstances, I reflect on our leaders in Washington and the Jan. 6th activity at the capitol. I keep hearing how they were traumatized. Really? You are the ones who vote to send our troops to face real bullets in far away lands. Remember that.
Anyway, I was thinking about that as I heard that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a very vocal congressperson before the microphones and press, reveal in a new interview that she’s attending therapy sessions to help herself cope with the “extraordinarily traumatizing” events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
I see, we used to have leaders who were actual veterans and faced down real situations. Is this the new American Leadership profile?

One more politician deserves special note today. The Governor of Michigan, who was touted a year ago as a rising star in the party. You would think after her husband used her name to take a boat out while she (the Governor) banned such activity, and then had the scandal of flying to Florida – undisclosed – while the state was on her lock down order would be enough. Now she’s found with other people at tables pushed together against her own orders limiting gatherings to six people.  
She’s apologized (again) for her transgressions and then rescinded the order she violated. Of course if she wasn’t caught the order would still be in place.
The Michigan Freedom Fund issued this statement: “Michiganders deserve more than a hollow apology” and recommends that she rescind fines that have been levied on businesses that violated the same order. She has declined to comment on that suggestion. Don’t worry though she’s a Democrat. In the latest poll released last week she is up (48-42) over her leading election opponent.

A FEW OTHER ISSUES AND THOUGHTS

Yesterday it was announced that 50 percent of U.S. adults have been fully vaccinated. This was celebrated in the White House, as it should have been. Now,the President set a goal of 70 percent vaccinated by July.
Wrong goal again. It should be: By July 1 every American Adult who wants to be vaccinated will be.

I found this interesting. President Biden and supporters in congress want to spend in excess of $1 trillion to combat climate change.
The media, of course, has long touted this and is fully on board for the campaign to get it done.
Well yesterday a poll was released on this. Guess what, 35% of Americans are unwilling to chip in a single dollar. Read that again. Over one third refuse to spend a dollar of their money to support this.
Now whether they realize it or not they are already spending more than that by the regulations and restrictions put in place. Look no further than gasoline. They are spending over a dollar more per gallon already.
More results from the poll. Only 15% would be willing to spend $10.00 a month.
Bottom line, you know this is going to cost every one major dollars. Now, in the poll 1% of our population supported paying up to $1,000 per month.
The question I have: Is there support for the trillion dollar spending out there?

We’ve heard and seen much about the divide in the Republican party because of Donald Trump and Liz Cheney. Coverage has been broad and constant. Hear much about a Democratic divide? Here’s one: With antisemitism on an upswing in recent months, a group of Jewish Democrats has sent a letter to President Biden, drawing his attention to the issue and urging him to appoint a “United States Ambassador-at Large to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.” 
The letter also calls out some progressive Democrats who have criticized Israel in recent weeks, as well as Rep. Marjorie Greene (R-Ga.), who likened U.S. vaccination policies to Nazi Germany. Greene provided the Democratic congressional members cover allowing them to link a Republican in.
Here’s a part of the letter.
Elected officials have used reckless, irresponsible antisemitic rhetoric. These include repeated, unacceptable, and blatantly antisemitic statements made by a Member of Congress comparing facemasks and other COVID-19 public health measures to “what happened in Nazi Germany” during the Holocaust.
We also reject comments from Members of Congress accusing Israel of being an ‘apartheid state’ and committing ‘act[s] of terrorism.’ These statements are antisemitic at their core and contribute to a climate that is hostile to many Jews. We must never forget that less than eighty years ago, within the lifetime of our parents and grandparents, six million people were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust because they were Jews. Israel has long provided the Jewish people with a homeland in which they can be safe after facing centuries of persecution.
Sadly, we have learned from our history that when this type of violence and inflammatory rhetoric goes unaddressed, it can fuel increasing hatred and violence, and lead to unspeakable acts against Jews. That is why we need a united, bipartisan, national-level commitment to confront and address the threat of antisemitism head-on. Antisemitism is wrong, and it deserves to be unequivocally condemned by all.
This letter was organized by Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer (N.J.) and signed by Reps. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), Kathy Manning (D-N.C.) and Dean Phillips (D-Minn.).


You think maybe there is division there too? See if the media tells you that.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

And Who’s Surprised?

STORIES THAT MADE ME SHAKE MY HEAD

The NYT has this story today:
A year After George Floyd: Pressure to Add Police Amid Rising Crime Los Angeles, like other cities across the nation, is facing a rise in gun violence. And the police budget is growing.
Now who is surprised that less police means more crime and that those cities who cut them would be forced to add them back? It’s an example of liberal experimental policy gone wild.

I watched some of the Sunday shows and reporting on this. You know what their focus was? Guns. it was all about the guns, even in Minnesota where they truly lessened police funding, presence and actions. The increased crime was blamed on guns. They never mentioned the “reform” they put in place.
Here’s one more question for them.
Since you’re focused on the gun, how many of those crimes were done with a legal gun? Who do you think can best take illegal guns off the street? It’s certainly not your laws.

One of those cities was Rochester, NY. Well here’s a story from there you may not have heard.
The husband of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren pleaded not guilty to criminal drug and weapons charges, following a seven-month investigation that authorities said involved wiretaps and a search of the home he shares with the mayor.
Timothy Granison appeared in Rochester City Court via video from the Monroe County jail, where he spent the night after investigators seized what State Police Maj. Barry Chase described as “a large quantity” of cocaine from his car. Two guns were seized from the couple’s house.
Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said Mr. Granison, 42, is among seven people charged so far with being part of “a midlevel drug organization that was infecting the city of Rochester. Mayor Warren was not charged.
D.A. Doorley refused to answer questions about whether investigators believe the mayor, a Democrat, knew about or was involved in drug dealing. The arrest comes just a month before Ms. Warren faces off with City Council member Malik Evans in a primary. Ms. Warren characterized the arrest as politically motivated. She said she signed a separation agreement with Mr. Granison years ago but the two were co- parenting their daughter. “There’s nothing implicating me in these charges today because I’ve done nothing wrong,” she said. Ms. Doorley denied that politics played a role in Mr. Granison’s arrest. 
Okay, so she says they are separted, but living in the same house? And the drugs and guns belong to who?

Wait, now they got what?
The prison workers who were tasked with guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he committed suicide admitted to falsifying records. They lied about checking on him. One actually slept.
However, they will avoid jail because of the deal they struck with federal prosecutors. It was announced that Tova Noel and Michael Thomas struck a deferred prosecution agreement with prosecutors after being charged with lying on prison records.
Do they get to keep their jobs too? It wasn’t reported. What do you have to do these days to pay a price?

Oh yea, this is going right.
We know Iran supplied Hamas (since Hamas publicly thanked them last week) for the missiles and weapons in their battle with Isreal. The U.S. response? Silence.
Yesterday Iran’s parliament speaker said that international inspectors may no longer access surveillance images of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear sites. What this does is escalate tensions as diplomatic efforts continue in Vienna on Iran’s atomic accord with world powers.The comments also add pressure to the Biden’s administration effort to reach terms with Iran on the 2015 nuclear deal.
Here’s a question.
Have you already heard more from and about Iran in the new administration’s first 120 days than the four years prior? Why is that?

Who knows truth, sir?
So, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that his department is working to create tools to help America’s children figure out when they’re being fed dangerous “disinformation. ” A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson declined to divulge details, suggesting more would be known “in the coming weeks.”
How’s that now? Who is going to decide what is truth? Is it the same people who told us there was Russian collusion? If the Trump administration were doing this would it be big news? How come you didn’t know this?

Speaking of Trump. This from the Washington Times this AM:
Georgia state investigators have long been working, under the radar, at going through scores of voter fraud claims from the Nov. 3 election, and to date have found nothing to change the state’s final 11,779 vote victory by President Biden, officials tell The Washington Times. The examination is focused on Fulton County, Georgia’s largest, where Mr. Biden rang up a big margin, 72% to 26%, and where Donald Trump supporters claimed the most ballot irregularities. After six months, a state official told The Times, “We found nothing that would lead us to believe the outcome wasn’t what it was reported as.”
Kind of reminds me of the released conversation with the former President where the Secretary of State said they investigated and did not find the dead people voting as he claimed. Remember they asked him to give them proof and they will investigate? Of course he never did.
That is the reason the Republican Party must move on from the former President. His polices, yes, his demeanor and ego, no.

THE GIANT DIVIDE ILLUSTRATED AGAIN:

A Gallup poll reveals that President Biden has a 54% job approval rating at the moment.
Here’s the partisan breakdown: 8% of Republicans give Mr. Biden the thumbs up, as do 54% of independents and 92% of Democrats.
Congress, meanwhile, has a 31% job approval rating; 8% of Republicans, 28% of independents and 54% of Democrats agree.

WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE?
Where’s the outrage, coverage and all those stories about how people have to decide between gasoline to go to work or medicine as the price rises above $3.00 a gallon?
The price at the pump is $1.05 higher than it was a year ago. Why is the media so silent on this?
By the way, the highest average price in the nation right now is $4.23 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Remember the stories about the administration wanted the U.S. to be more like California? Well, the lowest average is $2.53 in Houston. Let’s be more like Texas.

WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?
On May 24th 1844, America’s first telegraph line, between Baltimore and Washington, became operational when Samuel Finley Breese Morse, a portrait painter and co-inventor of the telegraph, transmitted this message to the floor of the U.S. Senate at 8:45 a.m.: “What hath God wrought.”
Today we communicate instantaneously across the world and often find ourselves saying “what the…”

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I KNOW IT, YOU KNOW IT, THEY DON’T…

FIRST THE MEDIA

Here’s an interesting poll/survey from the  Morning Consult/The Hollywood Reporter that was released on how the public perceives media credibility. Now, I have been clear in this blog that the media is the problem.
Well, the survey found that only half of those asked (51%) viewed television news outlets and newspapers as at least “somewhat” credible. This was down from 61% in 2017.  Remember “at least” somewhat credible.

Then, only 13% pay attention to newspapers and only about one in four regularly watch TV news media.
Pretty damning right? To you and me, the answer is yes.

Now to show you how the media viewed this, look at the headline for the story:
U.S. Media’s Credibility Rating Stabilizes After Years of Decline Talk about “fake news!”
How is a 10% point decline in trust a “stabilized” rating? A 10% decline in anything is a problem.

The reporters then tried to blame the public’s mistrust on guess who? Yes, Trump. However, the latest decline happened AFTER Trump left office.

So you and I know the media’s trust just continues to decline. They are the only ones who don’t realize it. They are reading their own headlines while their reputations plummet.

IT’S NOT REVENUE, IT’S SPENDING

Another area we’ve harped on here is the budget deficit and how spending is the problem, not revenue. Here’s a chart that will back that position. Notice the blue revenue line. Up close to 19%. Yet the deficit has grown to almost $29 trillion. Why? Well, just look at the red spending line.
With the government nothing ever goes away, we just add on. We have a spending problem and the administration is trying to add trillions more.

Imagine a fair press reporting the facts instead of supporting the spending. Do you think public sentiment might be different?

DO YOU KNOW THIS IS BEING PROPOSED TOO?

The administration is proposing that the child tax credit be moved from a credit to a direct cash payment to families, permanently. They are proposing all eligible middle and working-class families receive a payment of $300 per month for children under the age of 6 and up to $250 a month for each child above the age of 6. 

The Treasury and IRS said that the increased CTC payments would be made on the 15th of each month, through direct deposit, paper checks, or debit cards.

You might say, oh they want to do this temporarily. You could say that, except, this story in the Washington Times:
Top congressional Democrats are pressing their campaign to make permanent the child tax credit, advancing another front in the party’s quest to expand the welfare state as they essentially dared Republicans to try to roll back the new benefits. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats began the offensive immediately after the Treasury Department announced Monday that the first round of payments from a one-year extension in the $1.9 trillion relief package will go out starting in July. “We must make this lifeline permanent,” said Speaker Pelosi.
“Now that nearly 90% of our nation’s children will benefit from this critical lifeline, we must make this change permanent,” said Rep. Neal, (Ma). “Millions of families are counting on us, and the Ways and Means Committee stands ready to make it happen.” Mr. Neal and Ms. DeLauro of Connecticut are among the key congressional Democrats who have been lobbying for a permanent extension to the expanded child credit. The temporary COVID19 relief package increased the typical $2,000-per-child credit to $3,000 — and $3,600 for children under age 6.


Proving once again any temporary government program becomes a permanent one.

THEN CONSIDER THIS

Here’s another survey released that asked people who they trust. Can you believe people trust their employer, business and non government organizations more than they do the government?
Guess who they trust less than the government?
Yup, the media. But don’t worry, they stabilized!

IS THE TIDE STARTING TO TURN?

The reporter for the NYT who wrote the 1619 Project story and kicked this whole controversy off just got some news yesterday.
The University of North Carolina’s board of trustees has offered a five-year teaching contract instead of tenure to journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, lead author of The 1619 Project, overturning a recommendation by the school’s faculty to grant her a permanent post.The decision came after conservative pushback against the university over Ms. Hannah-Jones’ role in the controversial New York Times project that redefines U.S. history through slavery’s impact on the nation.

CUOMO IN THE NEWS

According to reports there is a second investigation underway of Governor Cuomo. Federal investigators are now examining whether New York state officials gave priority access to Covid-19 testing to some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s close associates and his brother during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. The review of the testing marks an expansion of the probe that the investigators, based in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, opened in February to look at how the Cuomo administration handled Covid-19 in nursing homes.
Then last night CNN announced that one of their anchors, Chris Cuomo, had acted as an advisor to the Governor on how to handle the sexual charges. That didn’t go over well for journalistic ethics and the station and anchor said it would cease.
Not much coverage of course, but then again they are left leaning Democrats so why should there be.

Oh yea, I saw a report that was based upon the number of books he sold, and the payment he got ($5M) he earned a $100 per book. Since they are not selling in the bargain department for under $5, someone lost a lot of money here. Don’t worry, though, because the publisher won’t print Senator Hawley’s book (#15 this week) and no one’s memoirs from the Trump administration. They are worried about backlash and maybe losing money!

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And The Beat Goes On…

SOMETIMES ITS HARD TO BELIEVE

Wait, now this is not racist?
Chicago’s  Mayor Lori Lightfoot confirmed that she is currently “prioritizing media requests” from black and brown reporters in an effort to “break up the status quo.” Her remarks confirmed comments made by several Chicago area based reporters who said the mayor is granting one-on-one interviews only with black and brown journalists.
MSM where are you on this? Are you okay with bias against your industry?

How about this?
Five eastern Oregon counties voted yesterday in support of considering becoming part of Idaho. The counties (Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur and Sherman), joined Union and Jefferson, which voted last year to require county officials to study or promote joining Idaho.
Why this request?
The grassroots group (Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho) wants to move their mostly rural eastern and southern counties into Idaho. They believe that they’d be better served in Idaho’s more conservative political environment.
Now, it won’t happen, but it does show you how upset many are, and how divided America is.

Here’s a study from Pew Research Center, who have polled and tracked people over the decades. I think that tells you how much we’ve changed over the last generation or two.
As you review it ask yourself, whose fault is this?
In 1958, (Dwight D. Eisenhower was the president) and 73% of U.S. adults — including 79% of Republicans and 71% of Democrats — said they trusted the federal government “to do what is right” almost always or most of the time.
In 2021, only 24% of Americans say they trust the government. That includes 9% of Republicans and 36% of Democrats who now say they trust the government.

How can this be possible?
Germany officials were celebrating yesterday and many on Capitol Hill were fuming as the Biden administration confirmed it was effectively dropping U.S. efforts to block the Nord Stream 2 pipeline supplying Russian natural gas directly to Germany. Think about that for a second. The administration is pulling the Trump era sanctions and supporting the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.
This despite earlier vows to block the project, the administration they have now decided that it will waive sanctions for the German company overseeing construction of the pipeline and its CEO.
This is the same administration who on day one stopped the Canada to U.S. pipeline, costing us jobs and threatening our energy independence. They did so taking the high moral ground of environmental damage.
What now? How can you support this pipeline? Doesn’t the wind blow in Germany?
It goes back for me to this. We need Trump policies, without Trump demeanor and tweets. Because now, it is not America First.

Donald Trump reacts to NY A.G.
The former President reacted to the NY attorney general office’s decision to work alongside the Manhattan district attorney in a criminal probe of his business dealings. He said it is nothing more than a “continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of the United States.”
He added: “Working in conjunction with Washington, these Democrats want to silence and cancel millions of voters because they don’t want ‘Trump’ to run again.” As I wrote yesterday, he is the best Democratic chance to win.
He also supported another comment we made yesterday: “As people are being killed on the sidewalks of New York at an unprecedented rate, as drugs and crime of all kinds are flowing through NYC at record levels, with absolutely nothing being done about it, all they care about is taking down Trump.”

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Just Another Day…

SOME QUICK HITS IN THE NEWS TODAY

Remember that DA election in Philadelohia we mentioned yesterday? The one where the current DA had taken far left positions on releasing prisoners, getting rid of bail, etc, and was facing a challenge? Crime had spiked. We said it would be a barometer?
Well he won easily. He had 65% of the vote when the AP called the race. Since Philly has a 7-1 Democratic voter edge this primary was the election.
Can we expect increased crime in Philly now? I would think so.

In a nearby city, Baltimore, they are doing an about face. They defunded the police last year (by $28 million) during the whole defunding frenzy. Guess what?
Crime soared, murders increased and the cry for more police arose. They are now refunding the defunding.

While on big cities and crime there was a big announcement from the New York A.G. last night. Now you know NY has a soaring crime rate, unridable subways and increased murder rate. What is the A.G’s office doing?
They announced that they have informed the Trump Organization that its investigation into the company “is no longer purely civil in nature,” and is now also a criminal one. “We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA.” Thus the beat goes on for attacks on the former President and all he touched. Don’t worry, the streets will be safer once they get the Trump organization.
I am not sure this is the smartest move for the Democrats. Their best bet to hold seats and win in 2022 and 2024 is an active Donald Trump. If they knock him out of the race, they will have the pleasure of going after him, but lose their ace in the hole. They won’t care, their anger at him is too great to see that picture.

Speaking of the former President, here’s an example of his danger to his own party.
Yesterday he was celebrating the news that Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced he will not seek re-election. As you are aware he has had Mr. Duncan and the other top party leaders in the state (Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger) in his crosshairs since they refused to bow to his demands regarding his stolen election claims. Here’s a quote from the former President:
“He (referring to Duncan) was the one who, along with Governor Brian Kemp, stopped the Georgia State Senate from doing the job they wanted to do on the 2020 Presidential Election Fraud.” That, said Trump, “made him unelectable.”
We say again, this might work in a primary, but will be catastrophic in a general election.

On elections, do you ever wonder why the Jewish vote is still so overwhelmingly Democratic? (The 2020 post analysis said it was 77% for Biden to 21% for Trump.)
At one point support for Isreal was a price for the Jewish vote. I guess that doesn’t matter anymore. Here’s a poll released yesterday that is interesting.
Democratic voters are equally sympathetic toward both sides (36%); 12% are more sympathetic toward the Israelis, and 18% are more sympathetic toward the Palestinians.
Republican voters (51%) are more sympathetic toward the Israelis, while only 3% are more sympathetic toward the Palestinians; 19% are equally sympathetic toward both sides.
When you consider, the movement of the embassy, the stance against Iran and the accomplishment of the Abraham accords, it makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

Put this in the column that asks, are you surprised, what did you expect?
Border Patrol agents in the San Diego area nabbed 25 illegal immigrant sex offenders in all of 2020. Now they have arrested 12 in just the past two months.
What else is coming across that border that we are not being told and the MSM is not covering?

Meanwhile the House remains fixated on a Jan. 6th commission to investigate what happened (focusing on Trump) and not what happened in the rest of the country with riots. Oh yea, the commission should not, according to Pelosi, look in what was missed in preparing for the day, only what happened and how much the former President was responsible. When would they like the commission report? Of course in time for the 2022 elections.

Nationally we’re lifting restrictions and clarifying that vaccinated individuals can begin ditching masks, right? Well as the Nation reopens, Speaker Pelosi just extended proxy voting in the House until July 3. Roughly 75% of the House has gotten the Covid-19 vaccine. That’s called leadership.

While on that subject, another Republican Gov., Charlie Baker (Ma) announced that all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in the commonwealth will be lifted on May 29 ahead of Memorial Day weekend. The order also rescinds Massachusetts’ face covering order. That makes 22 states doing this, all Republican led.
On the other hand, California Gov. Newsom  has delayed lifting the Golden State’s mask mandate until mid-June.
Imagine if we had a fair press and they presented the facts and actions to the people.

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Starting to crack?

THE PRESSURE IS BUILDING, IT SHOULD BE GREATER

The noise about people not wanting to go back to work because they are making as much (or more) by staying home is getting louder. As much as the administration tried to down play it the evidence is clearly building.
I have a bigger question.
Why and who is the spokesperson for the Republicans, to talk not about this, but what didn’t happen?
What do I mean?
Think back to when the stimulus bill was approved. The Democrats wanted $500 extra unemployment (it is $300 now), and for the rest of the calendar year (it now ends in September). If they were so wrong at $300, how wrong would they have been at the higher level?
Why isn’t the Republican Party out talking about this? Why aren’t they pointing out to the American people that the Democrats want to raise your taxes because they are so irresponsible with your current tax dollars?
What about using some talking points like the left often does? Example:
They said we were not caring and wrong – Turns out they were wrong on betting against you and America.
The best stimulus is a job, so people have pride. The left never got that message.

THE ADMINISTRATION’S SALT PROBLEM

The media is not covering it, but there is a divide and issue in the Democratic party over this. Congressional members in the high tax states are saying they cannot vote for any program that does not take away the SALT limits imposed by the Trump tax cuts.
Other members, including Senator Bernie Sanders are against any cut in it. “It sends a terrible, terrible message when you have Republicans telling us that this is a tax break for the rich. You have got to make it clear which side you are on — and you can’t be on the side of the wealthy and powerful if you’re going to really fight for working families,” he said.
He’s not alone, look at what AOC had to say. She said “any” SALT deduction is a “giveaway to the rich” and “a gift to billionaires.”
Want more? The Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, published an analysis last month that found restoring the SALT deduction would provide no benefit to 96 percent of middle-income households earning between $52,000 and $93,000 annually. The four percent of middle-income households that would benefit would receive an average tax cut of $400. The analysis found that 93 percent of households earning $1 million or more would get a tax cut averaging about $48,000.
Howard Gleckman, who authored the analysis, says a SALT cap repeal would “overwhelmingly benefit the highest income people.”

Now, the administration can’t pay for any of the programs they want by rescinding this tax and allowing a full deduction. Despite all the claims they made that the (Trump)tax cut was all for the wealthy, this lost deduction was a real hit to that group.
What can they do? I see two options to try and close the divide:
1. They increase the current limit of $10,000 by 50% to $15,000.
2. They do another divide. Income over $400K, you get no deduction. Under you get full deduction.
The second option is added class warfare, and the administration is getting into dangerous territory there and enhancing the movement of those with means to leave the blue big cities and states.

THE NEWS NOT COVERED

With the media it’s not only what they cover, but what they don’t. Did you know this?
President Biden on Friday cancelled the ‘National Garden of American Heroes’ that former President Trump had announced we were building? You may recall that it was an attempt to assure we remembered our history and the heroes who helped America become the beacon of light it is. Cancelled.

Do you remember when our current monuments were being vandalized, defaced and destroyed? President Trump put in place another order protecting U.S. monuments from damage. It required prosecution of anyone destroying a monument. On Friday, President Biden cancelled that.

He also revoked a healthcare order that was in litigation. It would have required green-card applicants abroad to show they can afford healthcare before coming.
Did you hear any of that in the media? Do you think most Americans were for things like monument protection? Makes me think they didn’t cover it for that reason.

Here’s one more. Remember Neera Tanden? She had to withdraw her nomination to serve as President Biden’s budget director amid opposition in Congress. She couldn’t get the 50 votes needed because of some past utterances and activity. On Friday the President appointed her to serve as a senior adviser to him. No confirmation is required. Shouldn’t that be news?

There’s a major big city election tomorrow that you never heard about. It’s in Philadelphia.
Their District Attorney Larry Krasner, one of the highest-profile progressive prosecutors in the U.S., faces a re-election challenge that will test support for his reformist policies at a time of soaring homicide and shooting levels in the nation’s sixth-largest city.
He is being challenged by a former prosecutor backed by the local police union.
The first real test of a prosector who has let criminals walk, cancelled bail and been anti police. Let’s see what happens.

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This is leadership?

NOT TO ME IT ISN’T

I have been clear here on questioning this administration’s “leadership” claims on Covid19. You will recall I could not accept the 100 million shots in 100 days as leadership.
Not when they did 1.2 million shots on the day he took office. He was lowering the standard. That’s not leadership, it’s lowering the bar. We said two hundred million is the real goal.
We didn’t celebrate when they claimed victory with 100 million shots in under sixty days and then set 200 million as the goal. 225 would have been right for the pace we were at. Lowered goals is not leadership.
We didn’t support their claims there was no vaccine and plan before they took office. The President himself was vaccinated weeks before he took office. Misleading and not giving credit to others is not leadership. In fact, it is the antithesis of it.
Yesterday we added another chapter to this story. The president strode out in the Rose Garden to again claim victory and leadership. The President who alone wore a face mask on a Zoom call with world leaders said we could take it off. The same President who told us “maybe on July 4th” we could have a small family gathering. Wait, you missed that date by seven weeks! That is not leadership.
If you look at the image on top of this page you will see characteristics of leadership. How does anything you have just read meet that criteria?

Not to worry though, the media has the administration’s back and telling our fellow citizens this is great leadership.

WHILE ON THAT TOPIC

Where’s the “fair and unbiased” media on a promise made concerning schools, science and the virus? We were promised this administration would be “science focused” and “follow that science.” So why aren’t the kids in school? The science has been clear that its safe for them to be there.
Oh, the union has said no, and the union is a supporter of the party in office. I see.
Thus, the administration’s “Promises Made and Promises Kept” is just another ploy for the media? Because in this case its Promises Made, Promises Kept, Unless our Supporters Say Otherwise.
You call that leadership?

WAIT NOW

To encourage fellow citizens to get vaccinated Governors are now offering an incentive. They range from five prizes of a million dollars each to free fries from Shake Shack. Two thoughts from me on this.
First of all, any offer and incentive should apply to the responsible citizens who actually went and got vaccinated already. Any offer that applies to only those not vaccinated is another reward for anyone not doing the right thing. We have enough of that. Reward the responsible.
Second, if you saw New York’s failed Mayor DeBlasio eating a hamburger and touting the free fries and you’re like me, you got sick. That was a stomach upsetting announcement.

INFLATION AND HISTORY

The inflation concerns that drove the markets down earlier this week are real no matter what Janet Yellen says. Food prices, oil, lumber and supplies, are the basics that drive all costs up. You increase lumber, the price of housing goes. You increase oil, the cost of transported goods go up.
Here’s a thought.
You know why things are suddenly going up? The answer is the money the government is throwing into the market and people’s hands. People get money they go out and spend. Think of the trillions we are throwing out there. No surprise the price of goods are going up.
Now think about that for a second.
Isn’t that what socialist countries do? They redistribute wealth and for a short time it’s beautiful. Then prices go up and up and eventually “you run out of other people’s money” to continue the charade.
We should all be concerned, very concerned.
Unfortunately the media won’t report this.

THEY PAID A RAMSOM?

How in the world could this administration have allowed a ransom to be paid for the pipeline? Now we are rewarding misdeeds and encouraging more? How in the world did this happen?
How did the administration that was going to be tough on Putin allow this money to go to Russia? I thought it was Donald Trump who was a Russian spy?
I’m sure the media will recognize this folly and be all over it. Oh wait, Trump is not President. Maybe not.

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It Depends On Where You Stand…

ISSUES IN THE NEWS

Gasoline prices were rising already and then the pipeline hacking came and they rose more. Do you know when they started rising? November 7th, four days after the election. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Now as we cut pipelines what are the chances of staying energy independent and getting costs down?
By the way, gasoline prices are now the highest they have been since 2014.
If the administration is so concerned with the middle class, higher gasoline costs really impact them.
How come we don’t hear that?

One more thing on this.
Yesterday the Secretary of Energy said if we all had electric cars this pipeline hack wouldn’t matter. Is she serious? What’s the difference between hacking a pipeline and electric grid? A grid hack would stop electricity and driving. How can the media allow her to get away with saying that?
It’s the media folks.

Help” is on the way, though.
Yesterday the administration announced the first major offshore wind farm.
It’s called the Vineyard Wind Project and calls for up to 84 turbines to be installed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. Together they could generate about 800 megawatts of electricity and power 400,000 homes.
Aren’t you excited?

It took 15 minutes
That’s all it tool for the Republican Caucus to vote Rep. Liz Cheney out. The media will tell you this was simply because she voted to impeach Donald Trump, but there is more to it.
If she voted that way and stopped going around (as a party leader) attacking the party, she would have survived. She chose to be front and center.
Her feud with Trump goes back to 2016, when he attacked her Dad (the former VP) for his decisions while in office.
Tomorrow (Friday) is the vote to replace her. Rep. Elise Stefanik is the odds on favorite, but some contenders are emerging. Remember the other day we reported Stefanik’s voting with the past President was 20 points below Cheney’s.
Minority Leader McCarthy wants this vote tomorrow and get the issue behind him and the party. The sooner it ends, the quicker the noise dies down. Expect Stefanik to emerge.

Meanwhile in a poll
The Trafalger Group released a poll yesterday. In it, roughly half of GOP voters would “absolutely” vote for former President Donald Trump in a Republican primary. That’s the parties biggest issue. Trump can win a primary, but in my opinion, not a general election.
I repeat my belief, that he will be out on the trail in 2022 claiming his election was stolen and drive opposition votes.
In the poll, if Trump were not running, the clear leader was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with 35% preference.
He was followed by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (15%), Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Mitt Romney with 10% each. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley registered 6%.

Israel is on the brink of war 
With Palestinian militants in Gaza, what is the man who had all the answers doing now? It doesn’t appear much as the administration didn’t send their top diplomats there to negotiate.  
Now we know Iran is supporting the actions and yet we continue to negotiate with them in reentering the nuclear agreement. I can’t help but think of those released tapes where the Iranians are saying to themselves don’t mention this deal we are getting from Obama and Kerry, because it’s too good to be true.

Let me understand this.
Attorney General Garland yesterday acknowledged that the Justice Department is prioritizing prosecuting those who participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol over those who rioted and looted during last summer’s social-justice demonstrations.
Why is that? Is the four hour mayhem of that day more important than the summer of riots because it was Washington DC, and not against Donald Trump?
I would think if someone in your family was beaten or killed; or your business destroyed, that you might consider that more pertinent. For the government though, when you attack them, then they want police, fences and prosecutions.

Finally today
Did you see the JFK Profiles In Courage Award Winners for this year? If you didn’t, here they are in line with the leftwing supporting media:
Winner one: Mitt Romney of Utah for being the “only Republican to vote for Trump’s first impeachment” – the Russia hoax one, when insurrection Democrats tried to oust a legally elected president with discredited charges. (Do you think these people gave Romney the time of day in the 2012 election?)
Winner two: Michigan’s Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer for “standing up to harsh backlash” against her ineffective lockdown orders. (Whitmer is one of the governors like Cuomo who put COVID patients in nursing homes – which led to deaths and hospitalizations). So not the governors who got it right, but a profile in courage is one who got it wrong!
Winner three: Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, who took “aggressive actions” to make Ohio “the first state to close the schools.” Now, nearly every study documents that school closings caused severe developmental damage to America’s youth with no offsetting health benefits. 

I am just surprised they forgot Cuomo and Fauci.

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More On Where You Stand…

DOESN’T THIS SPEAK FOR YOU?

Yesterday we shared a positing by Governor DeSantis that contrasted his position on some issues with a number of other Governors and asked you to consider your feelings and position.

Today we are going to do the same with another story. This one deals with an issue highlighted yesterday. Policing. The story deals with the funeral of Officer  Cpl. Keith Heacook, who was killed last week when called  to a domestic dispute.

Domestic disputes are daily occurrences for officers and one of the leading causes of injury and death for them. They are running into a situation that others are fleeing, and those that can’t flee are calling them for assistance. Well, Officer Heacook was murdered on this call.

His cousin gave the eulogy at the funeral this week. His words are a challenge for us to take a stand. Look too at what he says would have happened if Officer Heacook had survived and the murderer did not.

Finally as you read it ask yourself where was the coverage of this by the media? Why wasn’t it newsworthy?
If they did cover as they do other events what would the nations attitude be? If we had a fair media what would the state of the nations attitude be on crime, police and fairness?

THE STORY

Delmar Police Department Cpl. Keith Heacook’s cousin tore into the media during Heacook’s funeral.

The fallen officer — a 22-year veteran of the department who was weeks away from retirement — was laid to rest on Monday after Randon T. Wilkerson reportedly beat him to death during a late April domestic call in which Heacook was the only officer to respond.

Heacook was rushed to Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was placed on life support. True to the officer’s prior wishes, he was kept on life support for organ donation.

Grave understaffing has plagued the Delmar, Delaware, police department for years.

The town of Delmar straddles the Delaware-Maryland state line.

During the Monday funeral, Heacook’s cousin Larry Schwartz — a retired law enforcement officer — took to the church’s platform to memorialize his fallen family member.

“On April 24, Keith was getting ready for his midnight shift,” Schwartz said. “Your thoughts are not, ‘What’s going to happen to me today?’ It’s, ‘Does the kid have a game? Do I gotta go to the bank? Am I getting enough sleep for my side job?'”

Detailing the call that took the well-loved officer’s life, Schwartz continued, “In that home, he met an attacker, an unarmed man. Keith fought hard for his life. He had so much to live for. Was he thinking of his wife Susan? His son Matthew? His mother Anita?”

“Giving everything he had to make sure he could get back to his family, but that didn’t happen because in the real world, criminals don’t always comply and unarmed criminals can kill you,” he added. “This caused a nightmare these first responders will have for the rest of their lives, but here we are today paying tribute for our hero.”

Pointing to how the media often covers police officers’ deaths when compared to suspects’ deaths, Schwartz added, “If Cpl. Heacook had to take the [bad] actor’s life, what would have happened to his life? It would’ve been hell. The media would’ve been here in full force … ‘Unarmed this, unarmed that’ every night without fail.”

“Keith would have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation was conducted,” he continued. “That investigation would have taken weeks, if not months, to complete. During that time, Keith’s life would have been put under a microscope, as it’s easy for folks who have no idea about police work. His family would be shunned. Even when Keith was cleared, that does not generate enough news.”

Speaking directly to Delmar leaders, Schwartz demanded, “Are you going to make changes so this doesn’t happen again, or are you going to let it roll the dice? Because I can assure, this can happen again.”

Calling out Delmar Police Chief Ivan Barkley, Schwartz said, “Chief Barkley, you’re the leader, this is the time for your voice to be heard. I heard your newscast when you said you needed more manpower. Chief, stand up and fight for your officers. Don’t be silenced, they deserve it.”

“To the federal and state politicians — what are you saying to the men of law enforcement when you shout, ‘Defund the police’ and ‘Strip them of qualified immunity,’ yet you keep qualified immunity for yourselves,” he added. “Stop listening to the loudest voices. Listen to the voices that law enforcement protect. … FYI you know who hates bad officers the most? The good cops out there doing the job every day of the week.”

“Let his name be a beginning, not an end,” Schwartz concluded. “Good change can come from this. Let it happen.”

Leaders weigh in

Delmar Police Department Cpl. Kevin McCahill said that Heacook was an ideal police officer with the “true heart of a servant.”

“He fought the good fight with dignity and grace,” McCahill said.

McCahill also said that the fallen officer was a “gentle giant, strong as an ox, a giant teddy bear, and a happy-go-lucky fellow” who was “always smiling” and “would do anything for anyone.”

“Keith helped anyone who needed help,” he added. “That was Keith’s way — he never wanted credit.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), also in attendance at Monday’s service, said that his family, friends, and co-workers should focus on the legacy Heacook left behind in the wake of his death.

“We pray that you find solace knowing that his sacrifice will not ever be forgotten and that he’s a true hero,” Hogan said. “Keith’s legacy will forever live on through the countless lives that he touched throughout his incredible life.”

“There was nothing he wouldn’t do for the residents of his community,” Hogan continued. “Keith spent more than two decades serving and protecting others, and he brought honor to his badge each and every day. He acted immediately without regard for his own safety. The heinous crime that followed which resulted in unspeakable tragedy is a reminder of the risks that our men and women in blue face every single day. And it’s on the worst of days that we ask the very best of them.”

The Maryland Republican added, “Cpl. Keith Heacook will have the eternal gratitude of two states that will forever be in his debt.”

Delaware Gov. John Carney (D), who was also at Heacook’s funeral, said, “Thank you for sharing your husband, your brother, son, your father with us, and for making him the kind of man willing to put his uniform on every single day to protect his neighbors and be a peacemaker for this little town too big for one state.”

Carney continued, “To Cpl. Heacook’s family and the Delmar Police Department, we know you’re feeling the collective grief of this whole community right now on both sides of the line. I hope you also feel the collective support, and the pride, and appreciation that we all feel when we think of you and when we think of your fallen brother. Put simply, you represent the best in all of us, and your courage and dedication to service lifts us up today during this very difficult time.”

“He wasn’t just doing his job, he was trying to help his neighbors. He was running toward the danger to protect his neighbors from that danger; he went to hat residence to be a peacemaker,” Carney said. “I find that my only consolation is knowing the incredible good in peacemakers like Cpl. Heacook and other law enforcement officers, who are willing to risk their lives to keep the rest of us safe, and in the end, that that good will prevail.”

‘It comes from the heart’

According to WRDE-TV, the service featured several voicemails from Heacook to his family members.

One such message featured a cheerful Heacook leaving a message that said, “Hi honey! Enjoy your day at work. Have fun, work hard, earn that dollar, so you can take me out somewhere, ‘bye!”

In another recording, Heacook could be heard saying, “I’m sorry you missed my call too because I was bringing sexy back, ‘bye.”

“Love you!” a third message relayed. “Mean it! It comes from the heart!” 

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Choose Your Governor…

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YOUR VOTE, YOUR CHOICE

I often use this term when to point out the differences between parties and candidates. If it was ever unclear that your vote makes a difference, just look at our nation, states and cities. Do a contrast between state leadership in the Covid crisis, spending policies, policing and support. Then decide which is best for the nation, your children, and future generations.

Today I am going to share a positioning by a Governor and ask you to contrast it with some others and decide which is right for you, and which you would rather live under.

The story is from a speech and clear position that Florida Governor DeSantis has taken on “anyone who would harm a person, their property, or police officers,” in the state of Florida. I would ask you to read his words and contrast them with what has gone on in places like Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, NYC and other more liberal run cities and states. Places where, property has been destroyed, businesses attacked, protests allowed to turn violent and chaos rein.
As you read it, decide which approach is right for your vote. Decide under which leadership position do you want your place of residence managed. Do you support accountability for misdeeds? Then make it your business to vote your beliefs and encourage those around you to register and do the same.
Finally answer this question to yourselves.
What do you think Americans feel about this? Do they vote the way you think and feel?

THE STORY AND ARTICLE

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says that anyone who would harm a person, their property, or police officers needs to stay out of the state — or face “swift” and “severe” consequences.

What are the details? 

DeSantis warned that if rioters begin demonstrating in Florida — as they do in various places in Oregon — they will be met with severe consequences. 

During last week’s press conference revealing that the state would apportion $1,000 bonuses to first responders, the Republican governor vowed to protect police officers and residents from rioting, vandalism, and violence. 

“I think if you look around the country, what happens is, like in Portland, these people riot every night,” he said. “They go, they get their mug shot, and then they get put right back on the street to do it again. That’s what we don’t want.”

He added, “The minute you harm somebody else or you harm somebody’s property, you do those types of things, the only way we’re going to put a stop to it is to have very swift penalties for it.” 

Pointing to areas such as Portland, Oregon, DeSantis added that crime is spiking in areas across America due to a lack of support for police. 

“There’s a lot of places around this country that have not stood by law enforcement, and the tragedy of it is, you’re seeing crime spike in certain parts of our country like we haven’t seen in decades,” he explained. “The people that are going to be most affected by that are the most vulnerable members of our society.” 

He also added that he is issuing the statewide bonuses because it is imperative for law enforcement and first responders to function and serve the country as they always have. 

“One of the reasons we are here today with the bonuses is because we know just how important that is. It tells people, ‘Hey, if you are in Portland and you think you can come down to Florida and do this, stay out of our state!’ We don’t want you coming down here and causing problems,” DeSantis insisted. “If anyone does cause these problems, if you try to burn something down, try harm anybody, but particularly a police officer during one these violent assemblies, there will be consequences. They will be swift and they will be severe. They will be such that people who see that happening will know that’s not something that we want to do going forward.”

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