Catching Up After Storm…

we were out but news continueD:

The storm that hit the Northeast knocked us off the grid, and though we’re still down, we want to catch up on some real news from the week. I hope those of you who were also in the storm’s path are all well.

here’s what we missed with some comments:

Judy Woodruff interviewed Nancy Pelosi yesterday and asked a tough question. The reply from Pelosi was to call Woodruff an advocate for the Republicans.
Woodruff backed down and said she was being a devils advocate.
Really? The question was nothing. It tells you all you need to know about the state of the media today and why their ratings are so low.

The jobs report this morning beat expectations. Filings for jobless benefits fell to 1.2 million. A sign that layoffs declined as the labor market tries to recover. An additional 1.8 million jobs were added in July. There was a fear with states closing we may have lost jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 10.2%. We have now recovered 40% of the jobs lost with the close down.
The hope is, as states like Florida and Texas recover, the next few months could be good ones.

Meanwhile, because it’s an election year the parties cannot agree on what the next stimulus should be. Both sides accuse each other of not moving enough to bridge the gap. The Republicans have a $1 trillion proposal and the Democrats $3.5 trillion. You can pick your side. There are two major issues:
The Democrats want to keep the extra $600 through the first quarter of 2021. The Republicans offered $200. Here’s an example. In North Dakota the state pays $540 unemployment. Add the $600 and the total is $1,140 a week. For that state it works out to $28 per hour for a 40 hour workweek. In some cases, far more than going back to work.
It was reported that the Republicans moved to $400 per week until Dec. 15 (Post election). Democrats are holding at $600 per week.
The second area is state aid. The Republicans believe states like NY and Illinois, as an example, are trying to solve their long time issues by having the federal government borrow and pay them now.
You decide which side you are on. Me, I favor people going back to work and states paying their own bills.

Joe Biden was in the news a lot this week. Here are some highlighted positions:
1. His comments yesterday on hispanics and blacks was a total disaster. If you missed it (because the media like the NYT hid it), he said that with “notable exceptions” the Black community lacks the kind of diversity in attitudes he sees among Hispanics. He could have used a better choice of words for sure.

2. In a clip released Wednesday, Biden asked CBS’s Errol Barnett, who is Black, if he was a “junkie.” The former vice president was trying to ridicule the idea of taking a cognitive test, which President Trump has pushed him to do. “No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man,” Mr. Biden said. “That’s like saying before you got on this program, you’re taking a test whether you’re taking cocaine or not,” Mr. Biden said. “What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”

3. He made the comment as he vowed to reengage the U.S. in the country’s relations with Cuba.

4. He said that if elected, he would cease construction of the southern border barrier but would not tear down the parts of the barrier built during the Trump administration. Wait, is the wall good or not?

Biden needs to drive his base’s enthusiasm and some of these comments won’t do the trick. Maybe voting against Trump is enough and the polls are right, but that is a dangerous path.

How far does the left want to Go?

An Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford (Democrat), said the current school curriculum in the state is “miseducating” children and overlooks the contributions to society by women and people of color.
Thus, he said the schools should stop teaching history until the lessons are changed.

The New York attorney general, Letitia James, filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA. She said that years of corruption and misspending had irreparably undermined its ability to operate as a nonprofit, and accused its chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, of raiding N.R.A. funds to bankroll an extravagant lifestyle that included frequent trips to the Bahamas.
There have been a record number of people applying for licenses and guns as a reaction to current affairs (in full disclosure I am one of them). Doesn’t a move like this now just fill the right narrative that first they would come for the police and then your guns?
I was never a gun advocate, but now after witnessing the handcuffs on police and defunding in some cities, I am changing my mind.
This will be an election issue, especially after VP Biden’s promise to make Beto the gun czar after he said he would come to your house to get the weapons.
The A.G. maybe should have just gone after Wayne LaPierre and not the whole organization.

On guns, did you see this?
The husband of the Los Angeles district attorney has been charged with pointing a gun at Black Lives Matter members who demonstrated outside the couple’s home the day before the primary election in March.
Authorities say Lacey, 66, pointed a gun at demonstrators who protested outside the couple’s home before dawn on March 2, and said “I will shoot you.”
District Attorney Lacey offered a tearful apology at the time, saying she and her husband were awoken by the protest and were frightened.
Lacey is the first Black person and first woman to hold the role in LA.

The latest in portland:

The Portland Mayor (Ted Wheeler), who for weeks had blamed President Trump for fueling riots in the city, yesterday acknowledged that the violence has continued even after the federal presence was curtailed.
He is now authorizing the police to “do whatever is necessary” to gain control after another night of rioting.
He even tried this trick in his appeal for calm:
He told the protesters and rioters they are inadvertently helping Mr. Trump.
“Don’t think for a moment that if you are participating in this activity that you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign for Donald Trump, because you absolutely are.”

short takes

Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of the first atomic bomb in 1945, hastening the end of WWII.
Survivors gathered near an iconic blasted dome Thursday to mark the attack’s anniversary, many of them urging the world, and their own government, to do more to ban nuclear weapons. The average age of those surviving was 83.

Did you see the Supreme Court rating (58% approval) for its handling of cases? It was it’s highest rating in over a decade.
Meanwhile, Vice President Pence spoke for conservatives when he said that Supreme Court Chief Roberts, Jr. has been “a disappointment to conservatives.”

President Trump signed a long-promised executive order Thursday that compels federal agencies to “Buy American” when it comes to a list of essential medicines and supplies, saying the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the need to bring supply chains home.
You will hear more about this and the jobs it will bring back.

finally election news:

After being out raised two months in a row, the Trump campaign raised a record of $165 million in July, surpassing $1 billion for the election cycle. They reported more than $300 million cash on hand.
VP Biden’s campaign reported raising a $140 million in July, and said their cash-on-hand total was $294 million.

Finally, in case you missed the results of the primaries this week, take note:

The squad kept one member, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (easily winning) and added another, Cori Bush. She unseated Rep. William Lacy Clay, a 10-term congressman from St. Louis.

For the Republicans, they avoided a disaster as Rep. Roger Marshall defeated former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

have a great weekend, and it was good to catch up.

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