Month: May 2021

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.