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.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

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.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

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!” 

YOUR VOTE, YOUR CHOICE. HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE

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.”

YOUR VOTE, YOUR CHOICE. HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.


Mistruths and real news…

A digitwere written by myself.

THE JOBS REPORT

The job numbers reported this AM were surprising. A little improvement but not the robust numbers expected. Why?
The positive is simply because states are opening their economies again and ceasing with Covid restrictions.
In fact, employers are finding it hard to find employees to fill jobs. They are looking for people, and some are too willing to take unemployment rather than work.
All of the above is true.
What’s not is what you will hear from the administration and media. They will tell you the Biden program is working. Now maybe it will work, but this report is because we opened the economy not because we are promising increased spending and taxes. In fact their benefits program is hurting the recovery.
Axios wrote today: The job numbers ” would be even bigger if employers could find all the workers they need.”
The WSJ reported it this way: “Analysts say the labor shortages should ease as more potential workers are vaccinated, schools fully reopen and federal benefits expire, though the process could take months and the impacts are already being felt.”

DID YOU SEE OR HEAR THIS?

The Federal Election Commission said it won’t pursue a complaint that former President Donald Trump violated campaign-finance rules when his lawyer tried to buy an adult-film actress’s silence before the 2016 election.
We sure heard a lot about it at the outset. Now that they close it, did you know?
Goes back to the old, “where do I go to get my reputation back” question.

SOME NEWS TODAY SURPRISING AND SAD

There was a surprising announcement from Mayor Bottoms of Atlanta last night. As you may recall she was mentioned as a possible VP for Biden last year. Well she announced that she will not seek a second term. it took everyone by surprise. She can’t be running for the Senate since both seats are held by Democrats.

The other surprise was Press Secretary Jen Psakwho said she will leave her role at the White House a year from now. “I think it’s going to be time for somebody else to have this job, in a year from now or about a year from now,” she revealed yesterday in the interview with David Axelrod.

The last remaining sibling of former President George H.W. Bush (41) passed away last night. Jonathan Bush was 89.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL CELEBRATING. HAVE A GREAT DAY AND WEEKEND.

2022 Ramifications and Thoughts…

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THINKING ABOUT 2022 AND RAMIFICATIONS

In any normal election cycle the 2022 elections would see the out party (Republicans) in position to reclaim control of the the House and Senate. The party out of office votes in higher numbers. By mid term time, barring a national crisis, the party in office suffers from fatigue. Add the anger over the 2020 election, the spending, the socialist drift and you are all set for a massive turnover. In fact, the congressional election in Texas on Saturday was the latest sign. A three point district in 2020, they voted 63-37 for the Republican candidates. Today, all the signs point that way. What could go wrong?

I will give two things, the second being the bigger threat.

First, as you follow the current infighting in the party you see potential division for the Republicans. Clearly the movement to oust Rep. Liz Cheney and put Rep. Elise Stefanik in her place is a division. Cheney and her supporters will be covered big in the media as they claim she was replaced because she has called Donald Trump a liar. The media, who despised her and her Father (former VP Dick Cheney), will make her a hero and tell the public how bad the Republican Party is.
The move will drive the other nine congressional members who crossed lines and voted to impeach to increase their activity and defense in expectation of a primary. They will make noise and get coverage. Add Lisa Markowski in the Senate and the media will love covering the division.
My feeling is with the Cheney event happening now, it will likely die down by next year and the bigger question and news is, can she hold her seat in Wyoming?

Which brings to the second issue and the real threat to the party. Donald Trump.

The ex President has been pretty clear he is running in 2024. Thus, in 2022 he will be out on the stump for candidates he endorses. That is the party’s threat.
Think about Donald Trump out there. Will he motivate Republican voters? Of course, but in an off year election the party out of power does not need that much motivation. Ask yourself, will Trump motivate the Democrats to vote? Will more vote because he is out there than would otherwise? The answer to me is clearly yes. I think he will motivate more Democrats than Republicans.
Then add this. What will he say?
Since he is planning to run in 2024 he will be talking about the “stolen election” as he sees it. His ego won’t allow anything else. Now that will drive media coverage on what they call the “Big Lie” and motivate opposition voters.

So, the threat in 2022 is Donald Trump on the stump motivating the other side. That’s my thought, and I am curious how our readers feel.

A THOUGHT ON FACEBOOK’S DECISION

A day later and I still can’t understand how Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey are more powerful than a former President and can stifle free speech. There are no alternatives to their services; how can they get away with it?

Now they say he was spreading lies about the election. Okay, so that’s your criteria?
How come no one was banned for the two year charade of Russian Collusion? That was as much a movement to deny an election outcome as the last one. It cost us $50 million dollars to find out it was a lie.

How come Adam Schiff is still on these platforms? He, who continually said and wrote “he saw the evidence” that wasn’t there.
Who punishes them for a falsehood?
After all, both platforms banned the NY Post story on Hunter Biden in the closing weeks of the campaign denying coverage along with the MSM. There was a good per cent of people who never heard the story and said if they did it would have changed their mind.

How do they get away with it? Fifty years ago when we had one telephone company did we give them the right to deny coverage to some people? No, we couldn’t, because it was biased.
Social Media is the new form of communication and we are allowing them to do this? Someone explain that.

IT’S A CORPORATE TAX YOU WON’T PAY”

I keep hearing this from the administration and their supporters and the media. Are you serious? Does any reader of this blog think they are going to raise the corporate tax by 33% and the company is not going to make up the loss?
If you believe that, then that bridge in Brooklyn that was for sale just dropped its price and you should buy it now.
The corporations will do things. Reduce headcount and raise prices. They may even relocate.
Thus, your tax did not increase, but your cost of goods will. Does it make a difference how they take your earned income? Your tax might not go up, but your job may go away.
Before you believe what they say, think about it. Corporations are judged on profits. They are not going to eat the increased taxes. You will pay.

MEN IN WOMAN’S SPORTS

With Caitlyn Jenner coming out and saying trans men should not compete in woman’s sports the noise was loud from the left and media. Forget, of course, that a large majority of Americans think that is right. The issue is destined to be a bigger one. With that in mind here’s a story of an athlete who passed this week and may or may not be related to the very issue:
Tamara Press, a gold medal winner at the Olympics, died this week at 83. She long was the focus of speculation about her gender back in the 50’s and 60’s. The story:
Tamara Press was a Soviet athlete who dominated the shot put and discus throw in the early 1960s. She won three gold medals and one silver medal at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics and three European titles in 1958–1962.
Between 1959 and 1965, she set 11 world records: five in the shot put and six in the discus.
Press, who was 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, began to attract international notice in 1958 when she won the gold medal in the discus and the bronze in the shot put at the European Athletic Championships in Stockholm.
She was dominant in the sport.
Then in 1966, when Press was 29, her career came to a near-total end when she decided to withdraw from the European Athletics Championships in Budapest.
For the first time there was a required a gender test at the event. There had long been speculation about Press’s true gender. At the time rumors were rampant and it was thought that Press feared failing a new test instituted at the athletics championships: the so-called nude parade, which required female athletes to appear before a medical panel that would determine their eligibility.
After skipping this event she stayed active into 1967 at non test events. At one of her last meets — the Moskow Spartakiad, an all-Soviet event that did not require gender testing — she won the shot put. She retired that year.

Fifty three years later we are about to debate the issue without the sex tests. We know the sex.

Have a Great day. Cancel the cancel culture.

Thinking About The News Today…

FIRST A BIT OF HISTORY

I didn’t see much coverage today and that’s a shame, but 60 years ago on this day America entered the space era and race. Astronaut Alan Shepard’s 15-minute Mercury flight made him the first American in space. It was May 5, 1961 and we should remember.
Shepard was chosen first from the class of seven who began the program. Always tough and impatient he is remembered for many comments. Here’s one as he sat atop that ship awaiting lift off and delays in the count down continued. “Why don’t you fix your little problem and light this candle?”
An example of America’s attitude then.

REPUBLICANS APPEAR READY TO SEND CHENEY PACKING

It appears the Republicans may be ready to move Rep. Cheney out of her Republican House leadership role. (Number three House Member)
A month ago they voted to keep her, but internal strife has continued and even their leader (Rep. McCarthy) was heard on a live microphone saying he’s “lost confidence” and “has had it with” her.
This morning the number two Republican, Steve Scalise, released a statement backing Elise Stefanik who is running against Cheney.
Stefanik gained national attention going against Rep. Schiff at the first impeachment trial and ended up a defense team member at trial two. She is a rising GOP star, elected at age 30 in 2014. At the time she was the youngest woman ever elected to the House.
A large part of ousting Cheney was her vote to impeach President Trump and continued statements calling him a liar.
One interesting tidbit is this. Rep. Cheney voted with former President Trump’s position 92.9% of the time, while Rep. Stefanik did so 77.7% of the time.

FACEBOOK

Facebook decided this morning not to lift its restrictions on former President Trump, so he is still barred from posting there. Their Oversight Board said it is not a permanent suspension and a review later will be done. That is thought to be in November.
Now the question to me is this. Who decides what is right to post on the site and can do this? Isn’t this still the U.S. of America? Mark Zuckerberg can decide a President (now former) cannot have a voice? I have no idea how we rationalize this.
With Twitter and Instagram having a Trump ban too, are we now limited in free speech on three platforms open to all?
I would think 75 million voters should be very angry and determined to have their voices heard.

Now for his part the former President announced a new means to reach people. A website: From the desk of Donald J. Trump. His spokesperson Jason Miller said this about the site: President Trump’s website is a great resource to find his latest statements and highlights from his first term in office, but this is not a new social media platform. We’ll have additional information coming on that front in the very near future.”

HERE WE GO AGAIN

President Biden set a new goal for 70% of the adult population to have at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot by July 4. Does anyone in the administration know how to set real goals? A leader would say on May 5th, “I want every American who wants a shot vaccinated by July 1; and I want a full effort to convince the reluctant to get the vaccine.”
Biden’s goal is 100 million shots over the next 60 days. Far below the current pace of almost 3 million a day, the average for his first 100 days (220 Million shots).
How about someone in the media challenging the phony goals instead of praising their accomplishment.

THE OLYMPICS AND COVID

Japan is preparing to host the Olympics this summer. Here’s some interesting information on Covid in the country.
Japan’s Covid response has been very successful. Overall deaths declined in 2020, even as they were increasing elsewhere. Japan kept their Covid toll low, and its pandemic measures caused a decline in some other fatalities, like those from the flu and vehicle accidents.
That success has led to one potential Olympic problem.
Japan has been slow to vaccinate its population, with only 2 per cent of their nation having received a shot. There was less urgency to do so in a country where fewer than 11,000 people have died of Covid. In fact they are still approving drugs like Moderna and Asta Zeneca.
Now comes the Olympics.
The first safety measure they have taken is barring fans from outside Japan. At a typical Olympics fans make up the great majority of visitors to the host country. By barring them they are impacting the economic impact for sure.
However, the entry to athletes, coaches, journalists and Olympics officials, many of whom will probably have been vaccinated could impact the population anyway. Japan announced they will all need to take several Covid tests before coming, and athletes will be tested every day during the Olympics.
It will be interesting to see how they fare this summer.

AMERICAN BIRTHS

The number of babies born in America last year was the lowest in more than four decades, according to federal figures released on Wednesday that show a continuing U.S. fertility decline.
It will be interesting to see the numbers for the next year as the Covid lockdown timeframes will be covered.

IS NETANYAHU DONE?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu missed the deadline to form a new government. This now allows the opposition a chance to form one. If they do so then the 15-year rule he has enjoyed will end. This would delight the current administration who think Netanyahu is too tough. You may remember President Obama intervening to try and defeat him and President Trump doing the opposite in his time.
There have been four straight close elections in Isreal with no one winning a majority. If the opposition does reach an agreement it will lead to a fifth. Makes you wonder if America is so divided we are heading to these types of elections.

THIS IS JUSTICE?

In NY Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver who was convicted of taking bribes (in excess of $4 million dollars), was sent to prison for 6 1/2 years. Yesterday he was furloughed after serving less than a year.
Even when you convict a corrupt politician, in this case a Democratic leader who wielded power for decades, while he enhanced himself as the city and state declined, you get no real justice.
Let’s see how they treat a former Mayor of the city who was a hero for cleaning the city up and leading it through 9-11 (Rudy Giuliani).

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

IN THE NEWS…..

WHEN IS A TRAVEL BAN RACIST?

Apparently it is racist when the Trump administration does one. After all, immediately after imposing the China ban (when and where the virus initiated from) he was called biased, racist and a xenophobe. Yet, when President Biden puts a ban on travel to and from India, you don’t hear a word.
Why is that?
Well first of all both bans were right.
So why was one biased and the other not?
Republicans in congress supported both. It was the Democrats who leveled the xenophobic charges. They are not about to call Biden names, are they?
And the free press? They have covered the India ban so little most people do not even know it was announced. The biased press is the problem. The ban begins tomorrow.

A SPECIAL ELECTION

This weekend there was a special election in a Texas congressional district to replace Republican Ron Wright who died of Covid. It was a district that was trending more Democratic. Trump had won it by 12 four years ago and only three last year. There were 23 candidates running and Democrats had big hopes that this would their break-thru year.
The way it works, unless one candidate gets 50% there is a run off. With the large number of candidates no one would get there.
However, when the votes were counted the the top candidates were both Republicans. The Democratic base did not turn out as expected. In fact the Democrats only got 37% of the overall vote.
This will be studied by both sides as a possible barometer to 2022. Are Republicans so riled by the Biden policies that they are turning out big and some Democrats not so pumped to support the leftward move of their party?
Keep an eye as other votes happen. Did you know this, or did the free press not cover it as it should have?

ROMNEY BOOED IN UTAH

Sen. MITT ROMNEY was “lustily” booed at the Utah Republican convention Saturday, and narrowly survived a censure vote over his support for Trump’s impeachment.  This was the first State Convention and meeting since Romney’s vote to impeach. The audience was vocal and a censure vote taken to chastise him.
Romney survived that embarrassment but only by a 798-711 vote.
The Republican party divide is still wide with Rep. Lynne Cheney, and there is a new move afoot to removed her leadership. It is gaining momentum. Don’t be surprised if it happens.
You will hear about this. The free press will love reporting this.

YOU’RE CLAIMING VICTORY?

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said his department has cut the number of children in Border Patrol custody by nearly 90%. He did this as part of taking a 100-day victory lap even on immigrant policy. Think about what he is saying.
It’s not that he fixed the crossings and the mess he created. No, not that. What he is claiming victory on is that they are now processing them in 20 hours and sending them into the country.
I’m sure the press is telling everyone the full story.

HERE’S A CHART ON YOUR SYSTEMIC RACIST COUNTRY THAT SAYS A LOT:

A FINAL THOUGHT ON THE PRESS … CONSIDER THIS

Exactly one year ago the sages at the New York Times analyzed the data and suggested that a COVID vaccine wouldn’t be available until at least 2024. Operation Warp Speed blew that away.
See if you they tell you that in the paper today.

HAVE A GREAT DAY AND CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

Food for thought…

just wondering how come

How come we never hear anymore the daily drumbeat of how many have perished from Covid? Didn’t that daily drumbeat of reporting seem to disappear with the Presidency change?
To prove that point we just passed one of those milestones that they led broadcasts with and left on the screen this week. That number, 575,000.
Did you know that? Hear it? Wonder why?

the nielsens on the sotu

Did you see the numbers from Nielsen on the audience for the State of the Union?
It was 23 million. The lowest audience since 1993. By contrast President Trump’s first SOTU had 43 million viewers.
Where were the 81 million who voted for Biden?

Even more amazing, a CNN poll of an audience which overall “leaned” Democratic gave Mr. Biden a lesser score than Mr. Trump received when he delivered the same traditional speech in 2017.
The CNN poll found that 51% of the respondents gave Mr. Biden a positive review of his speech. (Mr. Trump received a 57% positive rating in 2017.)

the moving Tax Income target

A White House official, yesterday, when questioned said a married couple collectively earning up to $509,300 wouldn’t see a tax increase. Wait, we thought it was $400,000 per person.
Remember the old song from the show Cops? “Sooner or later they will come for you.”

the president speaks

“It’s only been 100 days, but I have to tell you I have never been more optimistic about the future of America,” Mr. Biden said at a car rally in Duluth. “America is on the move again!”

the people are polled

A recent NBC News poll found that 53% of adults — including 90% of Democrats, 61% of independents and just 9% of Republicans — approve of the job the nation’s 46th president has done over his first 100 days, compared to 39% who disapprove.

Mr. Biden gets his highest mark, 69% approval, for his coronavirus response and lowest mark, 33% approval, for the way he has handled border security and immigration.

does anyone care about police deaths?

Yesterday two deputies were killed and three other people, including a suspected gunman, were found dead after a lengthy standoff in North Carolina.

In Delaware, an officer declared clinically dead Wednesday after he was brutally beaten while responding to a 911 call, police say.

Through the first four months of the year, 111 officers lost their lives in the line of duty, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. That is an 11% increase from 98 during the same period last year.

A total of 360 officers died in the line of duty last year, according to the fund, the deadliest year for law enforcement since 1974.

How come we never see the coverage for them?

have a great weekend. Cancel the cancel culture.

The President Speaks..

the state of the union

The President presented his vision in a clear, well delivered speech. He outlined his programs and plans to get there.
He appealed to the people who believe government is the solution. In fact he proposed $6 trillion dollars of additional spending, spread across various programs.
Begin free education with three and four year olds, continue it through two years of community college. Additional child care support. Rebuild the roads and bridges. Healthcare subsidies.
The list was endless.

How would he pay for it? Raise tax rates on what he called the rich (anyone earning over $400K). Raise tax rates on corporations.

So what it comes down to, in my opinion, is a philosophy of government.

In America do you go out earn and achieve what you can, or do you think the government should do it for you? If your answer is the government should give it to you, then you can’t say others who toil and create have too much. We are built on individuals doing for themselves and family.

We’re one proposal from guaranteed income, an idea the generations before us would never consider, but a socialist society would.

Now you and I know that the tax increases will not cover the $6 trillion bill by raising the federal rate to 39.5% and increasing the capital gains to the same number.
What happens is, the spending never ends, and when the revenue falls short the added burden begins on lower and lower brackets. You can count on that. Check history. Remember, when the income tax was created people were laughed at who said “why someday the government might take 10% of your salary.”

Why is it that no spending programs ever go away? Why is it when new programs are introduced they are always additives? Don’t you in your household eliminate some things to do others? With the government every program only grows. Why? Because it’s your money. It’s always easier to spend other peoples money.

Thus, the Biden proposals are for bigger government, more support and less individual initiative. If you think that is the right way to make the America of tomorrow right for your children then you are for the spending.

A question one might ask is this. If the opportunity out there is so great and we are heading to new heights, why don’t we let people do what they do best and go out, get jobs and create? I keep seeing and hearing help wanted signs and establishments saying they can’t hire people because they are getting paid not to work. If we give out more does that drive people to work? We’ve created more millionaires and success than anyone because people were doing for themselves.

One thing I did learn last night was a partial answer to the question we have long asked, what is fair share?
I heard the President say those making under $400K are paying their fair share, it is those above we still need to define what it is.
I do know when we had tax rates in the 70% area in the 1970’s that our nation stalled. It was only the release from those rates that drove a boom. People invested again and individual drive was reborn.
Maybe we’re different today. I doubt it though.

Take note too, that there was no mention of lifting the SALT limit that many blue states have demanded. Lifting it would benefit the higher income individuals and cost the federal government too much revenue. Keep an eye on this because the blue state Democrats are on record as saying this must go. Any lifting of SALT makes the higher rates a fraud.

Lastly, the term “corporate welfare” and they “are not paying their fair share” has a recent example.
When we raised those rates to 35%, because after all they are only corporations, what happened? They left the U.S., and our jobs went to China, India, S.Korea, Mexico and Taiwan, among others. When we went to 21% and were competitive, what happened? We saw our manufacturing base grow.
It might sound good to say “corporate welfare,” but the reality is we compete in a global economy and raising rates is not in a vacuum, no matter how you present it.
Add this, you raise corporate rates and consumer prices go up. The people pay in one way or another.

have a great day. cancel the cancel culture.

Before The President Speaks..

the president speaks tonight

A speech to a (limited) joint session of Congress at 9:01 p.m. ET. Elements of his plan are coming out.
Spend more and tax the rich are all we hear. As you listen to the speech remember that and ask yourself these questions.
Is this class warfare?
Is this something a socialist country would do?
Does this fit the American dream of doing for yourself?
Does this plan encourage investment and innovation?
Are those about to be taxed just going to pay this or do you see them taking creative actions to avoid?
Are you hearing anything about cutting deductions and loopholes or just rate raising?
Is the answer really funding the IRS with 80 billion additional dollars (over the next decade) to collect trillions? If you believe that, then I tell you that bridge in Brooklyn is still for sale.
Do you think the new “free” services appeal to some voters, assuring votes?
The Republican response to follow is from Sen. Tim Scott (R., S.C.).

is this possible?

Wait, Hunter Biden is getting a gig at Tulune University and his lecture is on “Media Polarization and Public Policy Impacts.” (Basically fake news)
The same Hunter Biden who told CBS he didn’t know if the laptop with his notes and private pictures was his.
How does he rate this?  Really, Tulune?

international news that deserves covering

Did you hear that in Afghanistan the U.S. Embassy has ordered all nonessential staff to leave the country? Why? We are concerned that the Taliban will mount an escalation of violence after we failed to meet their deadline for all troops to withdraw. Remember last week that President Biden changed the date to September 11th (a poor choice of dates for sure) and our citizens are threatened.
My question is what’s going to happen between now and September 11th that didn’t happen the past twenty years that will change the atmosphere? I can’t imagine what it is, so why risk any life if you’re leaving?

The second place is Iran. I guess John Kerry’s buddies are getting aggressive again because they respect him so much.  
Things are so out of control that the a U.S. Navy patrol boat actually fired warning shots this week during a confrontation with three Iranian vessels.
But don’t worry, the administration is seeking to renew the nuclear agreement with Iran.

politicio has a poll

“Eighty-five percent of Democrats polled gave Biden an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade for his first 100 days in office, while 44 percent of independents surveyed gave Biden the same marks. That’s more independent and intraparty support for Biden than former President Donald Trump got in his first 100 days, when just 32 percent of independents surveyed and 72 percent of Republicans polled gave Trump either an ‘A’ or a ‘B.’”

wait, that was wrong too?

Prosecutors told a federal judge Tuesday that U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was assaulted with Mace — not the more dangerous bear spray as originally reported — debunking another false narrative that emerged after the officer’s death the day after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Remember the NYT first reported he was killed by the rioters with a fire extinguisher, only to learn later he died of natural causes. Oh yea, Nancy Pelosi used this as part of impeachment two. Anyone in the press asking for an explanation or apology? (If you think they are, remember that bridge I referenced above.)

oh sure

The Washington Post is canceling and closing its now famous presidential fact-checking database. The database that they reported daily on for former President Trump. They do this only 100 days into the Biden administration.
Why? Nothing to see here. Yeah, right.

have a great day. cancel the cancel culture.

Some Quick Hits…

the oscars crash


So the Oscars had an historic low viewership. In fact, the Nielsen numbers said under 10 million tuned in. Viewership among the younger ages was the worst.
Pointing out once again, maybe Hollywood actors (and sports stars) should stick to their craft and stop telling us how to live our lives.

john kerry, did you?

Tapes of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were leaked to the public yesterday, and they implicated former Secretary of State John Kerry as  allegedly sharing sensitive information about Israeli military operations in Syria. This morning Kerry denied this.
Here’s the issue.
Normally we all discount anything the Iranians say as untrue, but John Kerry’s past denials leave many of us doubting his denial. Isn’t it a shame when your credibility is no better than the Iranian government officials?

california goes to a recall

California state officials confirmed that the campaign to oust California Gov. Gavin Newsom has gathered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. The Secretary of State announced that 1.6 million of the 2.1 million signatures submitted to recall Gov. Newsom have been certified as valid, exceeding the threshold of 1.49 million required to trigger a special election..

A few candidates have already announced, but it will still be tough to beat the Democrat Newsom in the state. The latest polls show support for him at 40%.

electoral college switch

Political power shifted further to states in the South and Mountain West—with Texas picking up two House seats and California losing one, as the Census Bureau released their data.
Two implications of the change. States that voted for Donald Trump picked up three electoral votes over blue states. That’s equal to an Hawaii in an election.

In addition it means three additional congressional house seats. Often the redistricting can add additional. Well, with Democrats holding a 222-213  (Full house) edge, three seats gets it very very close (219-216). It makes a house switch to Republican hands more likely in 2022.

police and criminals

Yesterday we wrote about the police encounters that have occurred are not because the police initiated them for fun, but because they were called. Well the Washington Times has a front page story on this today. Here’s a breif from them and a link to the article if you want to review it:
The “systemic racism” narrative touted by Black Lives Matter and the Biden administration to explain police use of force against Black victims is drawing pushback as resisting arrest emerges as a factor in many if not most high-profile cases.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/apr/26/daunte-wright-george-floyd-and-rayshard-brooks-bla/?utm_source=Boomtrain&utm_medium=subscriber&utm_campaign=newsalert&utm_content=newsalert&utm_term=newsalert&bt_ee=gLKRSSwZv6iyn7iHz7PExbPLkKJAPbli9fhr0EGZkhQ%3D&bt_ts=1619481563657

another surprise in georgia

Former Rep. Doug Collins said Monday he is passing on the chance to run next year for Georgia governor or the state’s U.S. Senate seat. It was thought he was going to run for one. In fact former President Donald Trump floated the prospect of Mr. Collins returning to the fray to challenge GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.
However, Collins released this statement:
“I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for any office in the next election cycle, for those who may wonder, this is goodbye for now, but probably not forever.”

The Republicans appear to be running uphill in Georgia and need a united party in 2022 to have a chance of holding the Governorship and defeating Senator Warnock.

have a great day and cancel the cancel culture.

Let me ask…

the war on police

Every time I see a police incident covered by the MSM they cover what an officer did when he/she arrived at a scene they were called to for assistance.
Do people realize that?
The officer didn’t go looking for trouble.
They were called because someone was doing something that threatened others. Someone called the police because they couldn’t handle a situation.
A crime was being committed or a person/situation was out of control.

The MSM makes it seem like the police are old west outlaws riding into a situation and firing away. Do they realize a crime was being committed, one that couldn’t be handled and police were needed?

Maybe they should start explaining things with that and not so one sided.

And how about covering the lives and families of officers killed in the line of duty. These families are parentless, not because their parent committed a crime, but because they rushed to one who did to protect the innocent.

The media is the problem.

What did i see?

The global leaders hold a zoom conference to discuss climate change.
One leader is on the zoom call with a face mask. One, among the twenty or so on screen.
Why was President Biden wearing a face mask on this zoom call? What impression did he give the other leaders by doing so?

While on that conference, why did every other leader have their national flag behind them except President Biden? I can’t even fathom why it wasn’t there.

Next he will tout his Covid vaccine success. He will again say his goal of 100 million people in 100 days was doubled.
I am going to repeat again, that is failed leadership. FAILED.

We were clear here that 200 million was low and 225- 250 million was a real goal. Well as we write this, with two days to go, the number vaccinated is 225 million.

Claiming victory for a bar set so low is a disgrace and the fact the media will allow them to get away with it doubles that.

while on covid

Remember all the media coverage about how Republican Governors were going to kill people with their covid approach and Democrats (like Cuomo) were heroes? Well what are you hearing now? Almost nothing, right? Here’s why:

Post covid, of the 20 states with the lowest unemployment rates, 17 are led by Republican governors.
The average unemployment rate for the nation’s 27 states with Republican governors is 4.6%; the average rate among Democrat-led states is 6.4%.

The 11 states with the highest unemployment rates are all run by Democratic governors: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Eight of the top 10 states for economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2020 were led by Republican governors, according to the data, while the average growth for red states in the fourth quarter was 5.1%, more than a full point higher than the average of 3.7% for Democrat-run states.

Two Republican-led states, Idaho and Utah, actually have more jobs now than when the pandemic began. Also, 25 Republican-led states have recovered at least half of their jobs lost, and 17 at least two-thirds of their lost jobs.

Here’s a chart:
States with Fastest Economic Growth in Q4 of 2020

On the other end of the spectrum, all bottom ten states (and DC) with the slowest growth in the 4th quarter of 2020 were led by Democrats.

have a great day and cancel the cancel culture.

Following Up…


EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next few weeks we will be enjoying spring break and this blog will publish only periodically.

a follow up on two stories

Yesterday we said there was a deal behind the scenes for a lower corporate tax and that the 28% was just a conversation balloon.
Well, this from the President:
President Biden said that he is willing to scale back a proposed corporate tax increase in his massive infrastructure plan amid resistance from a key Senate Democrat and a new study that said the plan would sap wages and economic growth in the long run.

The key Senator, of course, was to make Joe Manchin look good, because his polls in W. Va. have been declining.

Speaking of Manchin, he came out today to say he will not vote to change the filibuster. Pretty strong, uh? Oh yea, yesterday Senator Sinema (AR.) took that position. When she did the chance for a filibuster change was zero.

Story two was the talk of an Olympic boycott of the China games. Well here’s what happened with that when China spoke up:
The Biden administration sought Wednesday to tamp down speculation it is considering a boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in China, amid growing pressure from human rights groups and the threat of a “forceful” response from Beijing if Washington tries to rally countries to pull out of the Games.

i still say failed leadership

I have railed here about the failed vaccine leadership goals that they keep touting beginning with 100 million in 100 days. It should be 250 million and how anyone could call 100 million leadership is like giving everyone a trophy.
Anyway, remember a few weeks ago the administration announced the goal of everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be by May 1?
Well guess what. Not two weeks later they announced this:
President Biden said all U.S. adults should be eligible for Covid-19 vaccines by April 19, speeding up a timeline he set out, as he urged Americans to be patient and take precautions as the rollout continues.

Leadership is not setting makable goals, claiming success and moving dates up. Leadership is motivating people to do what seems the impossible. The press calling this a success just shows how far they have fallen.
These “goals” are a far cry from John Kennedy’s challenge to place a man in the moon and bring him back safely before this decade is out.

Congress

Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democrat from Florida, passed away this week. He was 84 and had been suffering from cancer. His death and open seat makes the current congress 218 to 211, with several vacancies. It will become 218-212 in a week when Republican Rep.-elect Julia Letlow of Louisiana is sworn in.

The way things are moving through congress you would think the numbers would be larger in the House and Senate (50-50), wouldn’t you?

Hastings, by the way, was the first Black federal judge in Florida. He was a trailblazer. However, he was impeached and removed from his judgeship and then ran for Congress. He won and was reelected every two years.

the border

What is going on with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas? On top of saying he may close the border fence holes, he now says he is preparing to take on sanctuary cities that refuse to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he wants more illegal immigrants to face criminal prosecution for jumping the border.

He also rejected calls from some in President Biden’s political base to abolish or split up the government’s deportation agency.

He revealed theses hard-line stances last week during a virtual town hall forum with ICE employees. 

The Washington Times has reviewed notes of the conversation in which Mr. Mayorkas said he is working on a set of deportation guidelines to govern how and when officers can arrest and attempt to deport illegal immigrants. Pressed by ICE employees worried about public resistance to the agency’s work, Mr. Mayorkas said ICE has a “noble mission.” Noble? The VP called them the KKK.

“I’m 100% opposed to the abolition of ICE,” he told the employees. “It is the opposite of what I think needs to occur. I think we need to strengthen our policies and practices and communicate more effectively what we do and why we do it.”

but not all changed

Homeland Security removed a press release announcing the arrest of two terrorism suspects along the southwest border because it wasn’t approved by higher-ups, and revealed sensitive information.
The Border Patrol had announced Monday that agents arrested two Yemeni men who were on the FBI’s terrorist watch list over the past two months, confirming lawmakers’ reports that terrorism suspects were attempting to sneak into the country as part of the migrant surge.
One of the men was nabbed last week near Calexico, California, after he jumped the border.
The 26-year-old was found to be on both the FBI’s terrorism watch list and the No-Fly list.
The other man was arrested near Calexico, California, early in the morning on Jan. 29, just days after President Biden was inaugurated. That 33-year-old was also on both the watch list and the No-Fly list.
Agents also said they found a cellular phone sim card concealed under the man’s shoe insole.

Why are we removing this information? It’s been said at least six believed terrorists have been caught so far.

have a great day. cancel the cancel culture.

Really, this is what…


EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next few weeks we will be enjoying spring break and this blog will publish only periodically.

The $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan 

Well so much for you can only use budget reconciliation once a year.
The Senate’s parliamentarian just cleared the way for Democrats to use it two more times this year. That will give the Democratic leadership more maneuvering room with President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan and an expected child-care and antipoverty package.
I guess when you’re on a spending roll, you keep on spending!
Who pays the bill?
Your kids, grandkids and their kids. Wait until it comes due and they pass judgement on us.

Senator Joe Manchin (a favorite here) said he does not approve of President Biden’s infrastructure bill as it is written. He specifically does not support the 28% corporate tax rate and thinks it should be lowered to 25%. It is 21% now.
Here’s a thought.
The cynical part of me says that the 28% proposed was done on purpose. They know it would make us uncompetitive again. As an example, it would take our tax above China. Not a good idea at this time. Thus, propose 28%, let the Manchin’s say no and take credit for 25% and fool the people again. (China’s rate is 25%.)
Don’t be fooled.

meanwhile our leaders are proposing

Treasury Secretary Yellen, said the U.S. was in talks with G-20 nations on a global minimum corporate tax. Imagine that, a global corporate tax rate.
She said this could help stop “the race to the bottom” on tax policy.

The chances of passing this are too slim to bet on. Lower tax rates are how countries attract businesses. I don’t see them wanting to raise their rates so the U.S. can raise their’s and keep business.
Just not going to happen.

new york back on top

Of what you ask?
The new taxes proposed by the Governor and supported by the legislators will put them ahead of California for the highest state taxes.
This from the NYT:
“Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders were nearing a budget agreement … that would make New York City’s millionaires pay the highest personal income taxes in the nation.”
How high?
The city’s top earners could pay 14.8 percent in state and city taxes, when combined with New York City’s top income tax rate of 3.88 percent — more than the top marginal income tax rate of 13.3 percent in California.
The President is proposing the Trump federal tax cut to 37% for these earners be raised back to 39.5%.
So add them together and a rate for high earners is 54.3%.
That, of course, doesn’t include social security and medicare taxes, not to mention all the taxes we pay on gasoline, cable and cell, etc.
You wonder how we save anything.

the olympics

There is a drumbeat to boycott the Olympics this year because they are in China. It is picking up momentum.
I don’t favor any boycott.
It hurts the athletes who generally have one shot at a magical moment they trained for all their lives. Why agree to China then boycott them?
I realize even our President didn’t see the China threat a year ago (C’mon man, China is going to eat our lunch?”), but why punish the dedicated athletes?
I thought it was wrong when President Carter did it in 1980 and I don’t support the drive to do it today.
One country has announced they are not going. Who? North Korea.
They cited the pandemic as the reason.

A republican senator in trouble

Senator Lisa Murkowski who has prided herself on being “independent” to the point she angered many just saw her polling results in Alaska.
The pollster said she has a “very weak image with voters.” How weak?
Well, a 63% unfavorability among all the voters, and 87% unfavorability among GOP voters. Why so unpopular with Republicans?
Her vote to convict President Trump in the impeachment trial, opposition to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and ranking as the second most liberal Republican Senator.
Last time out she lost the Republican primary, but won reelection as an independent. That may not work this time.

can this be real?

This story in the Washington Times yesterday:
“Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told department employees that he may restart border wall construction to plug what he called “gaps” in the barrier. Mr. Mayorkas was asked about his plans for the wall during a conversation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees last week. Although Mr. Biden canceled the border emergency order and halted Pentagon money flowing to construction of the wall, he said, “that leaves room to make decisions” on finishing some “gaps in the wall.”

Have a great day. cancel the cancel culture.

Does it make sense?


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does any of it make sense?

Last year we had a rash of “defund the police” shouts and actual actions in some cities.
This year we have those same cities “concerned” over their increased homicides.
Well isn’t that a surprise?
Here’s some numbers:
Police data and public reporting found that in the first three months of 2021, the homicide rate in 20 major cities across the country rose by 28% last year.

In nine of the cities that made the most dramatic cuts to police department budgets, homicides rose by nearly 68%.

Portland, Oregon, you have heard of them, has seen its homicide rate soar a staggering 1,900% in 2021. They carved $16 million out of its police budget.

Austin, Texas cut $20 million, 23%, from its department budget and shifted another $80 million by moving certain services to other departments.
Police reported a 35% rise in their murder rate.

Philadelphia reduced police funding by $33 million and saw homicides climb 25% in early 2021.

Minneapolis has had a 46% jump in the first quarter of 2020. The city council has shrunk its department’s budget by more than $9 million.

You get the idea. Did “defunding” make sense to anyone?

moving the all star game

Did moving the all star game out of Atlanta make sense to you?
First of all, even Atlanta officials, like their Mayor, said it was a bad decision that would hurt their average citizen and business owners.

Why did they move the game?
It gained momentum when President Biden went in ESPN and supported the move. Then local CEOs from Coke and Delta supported that too.

Wait, didn’t anybody see the Washington Post (the newspaper that has never, as in never, supported a Republican for President) say Biden lied?
They gave him four pinnoccio’s. Their highest lie rating.

Exactly where are they going to move the game? New York, where MLB is headquartered wants the game.
Except that NY has more restrictive voting laws than the new Atlanta one.

The new law requires voters to provide ID to vote by mail, a change that critics say will disproportionately affect some voters. Wow, you need an ID to vote.

It shortens the time during which voters can request early ballots, but from six months before Election Day to 78 days.

Counties can begin sending ballots to voters 29 days before Election Day, rather than the previous 49 days.

So let’s see.
You need an ID to vote, you can request a ballott 78 days before the election (Mid August), and you get the ballot 29 days in advance.
Why is that restrictive?

Polls don’t close at 5:00 as President Biden said, and water is allowed on line, just not by political campaigns trying to sway your vote.

With the expected announcement today of Colorado as the choice, watch the comparisons between their voting laws and Georgia.

I think MLB made a mistake here, a big one.

the salt argument

Five Governors, all Democrats, appealed to President Biden to undo a cap on state and local tax deductions enacted by the Trump tax program.
Now what this means is they want their state citizens to be able to deduct all their state taxes and not just $10,000.
You see by doing that they can raise taxes, and citizens in the low tax states can just pay more. So if your state kept taxes down locally you should pay more to support the New York’s, California’s and Illinois.
Some questions.
Who pays the highest taxes in those Democratic states?
Isn’t it the same rich who they say don’t pay their fair share?
So why do they want to give them a huge deduction?
In fact, I bet the top 10% would get 90%+ of this deduction.

Does that stand make sense?
Will the media point this out? Of course not.

have a great day. cancel the cancel culture.

Understanding is…

on taxes – does it all make sense?

So, Nancy Pelosi and team say they want the SALT (State and Local Taxes) deduction of $10,000 lifted. They say it is unfair to high tax states. Now aren’t they the same people who say “tax the rich?”
Well, how does lifting it square with this fact:
Removing the cap would mainly benefit wealthier taxpayers. The Tax Policy Center has projected that if the cap were repealed, more than half (50%+) of the benefits would flow to the top 1% of earners and more than 80% of the benefits would go to the top 5% of earners.
Did that limit benefit the wealthy as they claimed, and is lifting it hurting the wealthy? What am I missing?

On taxes, President Biden says, “We’re going to raise the corporate tax. It was 35% which was too high.” (Forget the fact it went that high under his watch). “We all agreed five years ago it should go to 28%.” (No we didn’t, some of us thought 21% was too high.) “But, they reduced it to 21%. We’re going to raise it back to 28%. No one should be able to complain about that.”
Yes they can and they should. In fact, as the Tax Foundation showed in a comprehensive report on global corporate rates, a national rate of 21% puts the U.S. rate at about 25.8% when state and local corporate income taxes are added in, and that’s still slightly above the world average.
Some think the tax hike would send jobs, factories and capital out of the U.S. by again saddling our businesses with one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world — while the trend everywhere else has been toward lower rates for decades.

on trust in the government

Here’s a report/poll from Morning Consult on trust in the government.
Republicans polling in October had a 67% trust vs. 41% among Democrats.
In the first poll after Election Day, Democrats shot up to 54%, while Republicans dropped to 51%.
Following Biden’s inauguration, 65% of Democrats said they had at least some trust, while only 42% of Republicans echoed the sentiment.
Current numbers stand at 60% for Democrats and 34% for Republicans. 

The divide is on all issues. Take a look:

HAve a great weekend. cancel the cancel culture.

Miss Mash….

Just the news – but

Congressman Matt Gaetz broke news that he’s under federal investigation for sexual misconduct.
The charge involves sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old girl. His television interviews didn’t do much to clear anything up.
I was wondering why there was a story quoting him in the past 48 hours that he may resign and take a role at Newsmax.
Keep an eye on this, and watch how Democrats will want him removed from committees. The same people who voted that it was fine for Swalwell to stay on the intelligence committee.

President Biden’s dog Major bit someone again yesterday while on a walk at the White House. He had just returned from training in Delaware, and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden still maintains that “he’s a sweet dog” who is still acclimating to the busy environment and new faces of The White House. 
I see.
A reader suggested we should send Major to the border. He might help there, and since no one in the White House wants to go, it might be good!

Those of you old enough may remember G. Gordon Liddy from the Watergate activity in the 70’s. He was the leader of the “plumbers” conducting the break-in. He died yesterday at age 90.

He was one interesting character. I read his book, and upon being caught in the caper, he asked his superiors which corner he should be on.
He was prepared to be assassinated.
As a young man he felt he had many fears and decided to confront each.
As an example, he had a fear of rats. At age 11, he roasted a rat and ate it to overcome that fear! Like I said, he was an interesting character.

Amid March Madness, the Supreme Court is hearing a case on NCAA compensation for athletes.
The contention is that scholarships for free education and room and board are inadequate payments.
The decision could change college sports in a big way.

While Pfizer announces that its vaccine is 100% effective in children between 12 and 15, the virus numbers are climbing a little.
There were 60,000+ new cases for Tuesday. That was down from Monday (69,419), but up from 53,578 a week earlier.
As you hear this on the news remember that daily tallies are still far lower than January’s peak of about 300,000 per day.
The question is, if schools require a vaccine what will parents do?

It will be an interesting afternoon as President Biden unveils his new spending and tax plan.
The spending is estimated to be between 2 and 3 trillion dollars.
It will be infrastructure and climate initiatives.
Taxes to pay for it are widespread. Examples:
Corporate tax rate back up to 28%.
Raising the Trump tax rates for higher earners back to 39.6%.
Adding social security tax on earnings above $400K.

The question is will he repeal the SALT limitation of $10k?
If he does, that provides a major reduction to high earners. Some moderate Democrats say that if not included they will not vote for any program.

Now on the other side, the spending on top of the other trillions recently spent is too little for some. An example:
Rep Ocascio- Ortiz said, it’s “not nearly enough and needs to be way bigger.”
She’s not alone: Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) proposed a $10 trillion climate plan this week.

You just can’t please them all.

Did you see the photos from the first two reporters allowed to view the children being held in Texas?
If you did, answer these questions.
Where’s the uproar? Where’s the media with their outrage?

have a great day. Cancel the Cancel culture.

May I Ask Why?

WHY?

Why would Democratic lawmakers in Maryland want to pass the first-in-the-nation legislation that would limit police access to popular DNA genealogical databases that have been used in recent years to solve decades-old rape and homicide cases across the country?
Using DNA analysis from crime scenes, authorities have been able to identify suspects such as the “Golden State Killer,” who terrorized Californians in the 1970s and 1980s. The genetic samples came from relatives who submitted to genealogy-tracing companies such as GEDmatch and Family Tree DNA.

Why do they not want criminals apprehended and the public protected?

Why is the filibuster now racist?
Last year Democrats used it 317 times and Republicans once.
When did they discover it was racist?
Sounds like a case of “I was for it before I was against it,” depending on who was in office.

Why is no one talking about the diversion from the filibuster they are using?
Reconciliation is a process that generally can be used only once per fiscal year, according to the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974.

Majority Leader Schumer is maneuvering to pass a third bill this year using this.
You see, reconciliation is a procedure that sidesteps the filibuster and lets you ram through an agenda without the support of a single opposition member.

They have used this process twice this year, and now are talking a third.
“It is hugely irresponsible for Schumer to consider undermining the few remaining rules that might bring discipline to federal budgeting,” said Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute.

Why are they getting away with not allowing reporters at the border?
How can a free press that so condemned the last administration on the border accept not being allowed in to do their job and report on conditions?
How can they see the congressional pictures and videos and not demand access?

Why didn’t they report this Gallup Poll finding?
Over a quarter of the population from 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (120 million), would like to permanently move to another country.
42 million named the U.S. as the place they want to come. 

Why do we talk often of lost values? Here’s one example from Gallup.
American membership in houses of worship dropped below 50% for the first time in the 83 years that Gallup has been asking the question. 

In 2020, 47% of U.S. adults belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque — down from 73% in 1937, and 70% in 1999.

Now religions have contributed to the decline, but from 73% to 47% tells you a lot. Here’s a graph of the decline from Gallup.

Take note this holy week.

have a great day. cancel the cancel culture.

The Press Conference…

a view of the presser

There are plenty of views on the first President Biden press conference. Some praising his grasp, some saying he was confused and lost. Here’s mine:

I thought he was coherent enough to get by.
He had clearly prepped much.
In fact you could see him reviewing his cards once when the door opened.

He avoided any pitfalls and can breathe easier today that he did so.

It was also the first time I ever saw a President have talking notes for issues.
It was the first time I saw a President read answers to some questions.

He avoided a potential catastrophe, but he did enough for people to wonder.

now for the press

Let’s start with the control over the press that was exhibited with no complaint.
Did you see people raising their hand and shouting?
No, they sat there sheepishly as the President looked over his pre determined chart on who to call.
Would this have flown a few years ago with a different President?

Did anyone challenge the President as they did the past one? (In fact, the first question at President Trump’s first press conference began with, “Mr. President, you lied to the American people, how can they ever believe you…”

Now Chuck Todd (MSNBC) said last night there were no negative questions yesterday because there is nothing negative to ask.
If you believe that, you must work in the press.
The tone of questions, the words used, the supporting nature of each all provided the President an easy walk.

I repeat again, we have lost a free, unbiased and open press. They have chosen sides, and that is bad for the nation’s future.

final thoughts on the presser

Readers here must have laughed at the President’s new goal of 200 million shots in the first 100 days.
The press praised his new goal, as if he accomplished something.
We have written numerous times, his original goal of 100 million was an example of failed leadership.
In fact, his new goal is low today. At worst it should be 2.25 million if not 2.5.

President Biden said “yes” when asked if the filibuster was a remnant of Jim Crow activirty.
Now that’s interesting since he was in office for 47 years and not only never said a word about it, but actually utilized it.

As Chuck Todd said, nothing to talk about here.

some other news to think about

You are aware of the drive to move everyone to electric vehicles.
Well, are you aware the drumbeat has begun to create a new tax based upon the miles you drive?
How would it work?
Drivers would report their mileage electronically, using a plug-in device in their cars or a smartphone app.
Each mile you drive becomes a tax.
Ready?
Don’t worry, your taxes won’t go up, only the wealthy will pay! I bet your electric rates go up too!

I continue to be astonished how President Biden gets away with now saying he is taking on China.
He was part of Washington when the problem developed, festered and reached this point.
A year ago his famous “C’mon on man, China is going eat our lunch?” comment was made. He didn’t recognize it then.
Last I heard his son was still getting paid by a Chinese company.
Yet, yesterday he sounded the alarm about China and our children’s future.
Did he get any questions about it? No.
Wouldn’t a legitimate question be – Mr President when in the last year did you realize China was real threat to the U.S.?

How about this story, not worth asking a question on it?
The Biden administration claims to be upholding the Trump-era pressure campaign on Iran, but there are clear signs sanctions are crumbling as China dramatically increases its purchases of embargoed Iranian crude oil. A tripling of Chinese purchases since President Biden took office has given Tehran a financial lifeline and new leverage to fend off outside pressure, complicating the administration’s hope for a quick revival of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal that President Trump repudiated.

Remember the press and left uproar a few weeks back when Texas and Mississippi relaxed their mask mandate and opened their states?
They were all over the news on their callousness and disregard for health.
Did you hear this now?
Mississippi cases are down and trending lower.
Texas reported yesterday that the state has not witnessed a surge in new cases, and in fact, infections continue to decline statewide.

Meanwhile the past left hero Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in more trouble.
The latest report :
“As the coronavirus pandemic swept through New York early last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration arranged for his family members and other well-connected figures to have special access to state-administered coronavirus tests, dispatching a top state doctor and other state health officials to their homes, according to three people with direct knowledge of the effort.

This was the Governor who said, “My Mother’s Life matters and your Mother’s life matters.”
I guess his did a little more, as he got her tested and said he would not place her in any nursing home that he sent covid patients too.
But don’t worry. The NY Polls still show people want him to stay in office and he still plans to run for reelection.

have a great weekend. cancel the cancel culture.