Common Sense

This is leadership?


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


It Depends On Where You Stand…


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.


More On Where You Stand…


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?


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!” 


Choose Your Governor…

person dropping paper on box
Photo by Element5 Digital on


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?


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.”


Mistruths and real news…

A digitwere written by myself.


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.”


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.


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.


2022 Ramifications and Thoughts…

man standing on stage
Photo by Brett S


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 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.


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.


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…


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.


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 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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).




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.


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?


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.


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.



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.


Let’s Talk Joe Biden

how to shoot yourself

Yesterday we talked about the President’s words upon returning to the White House and how damaging they were. Coming off that disastrous debate fiasco it was self inflicted shot number two.
You can now add number three.
Why did he announce he cut talks with Nancy Pelosi? For once he had her on the defense. She went from $3.4 trillion to $2.4 to $2.2 for a stimulus. All he had to do was say I am trying. I want relief for the people, a stimulus check today. I want extended unemployment approved – today. I want funds for the airline industry to keep them afloat. You (Nancy) say you want this too, I challenge you to agree and provide Americans this relief today. I promise we will stay at the table and discuss the areas we don’t agree on.
Instead he goes off the rail, tweets he is walking away and who looks bad?

For a deeper read into what Pelosi has in the bill I have included a link to a column today by Betsy McCaughey on the details at the bottom of this blog.

I would like to know where Joe Biden stands on funds for what both sides agree on. While on VP Biden I have some questions the press seems to avoid:

before the vp debate let’s talk biden

We’ve attacked the President for many of the things he has said, but let’s take a moment now to talk about former VP Biden, and what he hasn’t said.
How is it he has gotten within 26 days of the election, is the clear favorite and hasn’t answered the questions we (or at least I) want to know?

He had a debate where the President and the moderator let him off the hook on a question like “Will you stack the court?”
He said he would not answer the question in the debate right before the President cut him off and the moderator never followed up.
Why don’t we deserve to know that answer? Why has no reporter pursued asking it? Why is it in his power puff Town Halls has no one asked?
Are we ready to make him President if he supports Schumer and team to stack the court?

Where does he stand on fracking? I love low gas prices and plentiful supply. I have heard him say more than once he was going to stop it. I have heard him say he wasn’t going to stop it. I have heard him say he was going to allow what there is, but allow no more new sites.
Don’t we deserve to know where he stands?

On taxes I heard him say he was going to raise taxes on those making $400,000 and above. I have also heard him say he is going to rescind the Trump tax cuts. Well those cuts were a larger percent in the lower income brackets.
Which is it? Am I the only one who wants to know?

I heard him say, and read on his position paper, he is for the new Green Deal. Then I heard him say he is not for it but for the Biden Green Deal. Well what is it? And what is the Biden Green Deal? How is it different from the far left Green Deal?
I’d like to know, wouldn’t you?

I heard him say he wants to raise the corporate tax rate to 28%. (The President reduced it to 21%, to bring back jobs.) Does he think the 39% it was before the President lowered it was too high? Why did he allow that when he was in office? How does he know 28% will not reverse job growth? Most competitive countries are below that.

I heard him say he gave the President a booming economy and jobs returning. But I heard President Obama say he needed a magic wand to bring jobs back. Well the record says that in 8 years the Obama/Biden administration produced 192,000 manufacturing jobs. The first three years of the Trump administration produced 475,000. What am I missing? Can someone ask him please.

By the way, it was the same with construction jobs. 280,000 in eight years versus 746,000 in the past three.

Can someone please ask why he was against the Bin Laden raid and the actions against Solemani and Al Bagdahi? Does he think the actions were right now? I think if they were still around they would killing more Americans. Does he?

While on that, then Secretary Gates, among others, has said you were on the wrong side of every foreign policy issues for the past 40 years. Did that surprise you? Why was he wrong?

You thought NAFTA was good and canceling it would be wrong. Now you say the USMCA is better. If you were President we would still have NAFTA, be in the TPP and funding NATO at the record levels we were. Would that have been better for us?

Many in your party talk of allowing abortion even after birth. Most up to the moment the baby is born. You talk of your catholicism, where do you stand?

You said as late as March of this year that China is no competitor to us, “c’mon man.” Now you said we must deal with China. When did you change your mind?

Do you think Iran is more of a threat today than the day you gave them $1.5 billion in cash, because the middle-east countries don’t think so. You really want to put the Iran agreement back in place?

The St.Louis couple that defended their home were indicted yesterday by a Grand Jury. The same jury that dropped all charges against those who came on their property. Do you see this as justice? Would this couple have come out of their house with guns if their property was not invaded?

While senator you passed the toughest law to lock up minorities. Were you wrong then? When did you change your mind?
In a debate over desegregation you said you didn’t want your kids growing up “in a racial jungle.” What did you mean and when did you change your mind on that?
While answering those, do you still feel someone who is black and not voting for you isn’t really black?

I have many more, but the VP has skated by to within 26 days of the election. How is that possible?

finally the debate tonight

The pressure is on VP Pence to stop the Biden/Harris momentum. A CNN/SSRS poll released today shows that 56% of registered voters said they were planning to support Mr. Biden while only 41% said they backed Mr. Trump.
The 15-point lead is the largest advantage yet for the former vice president for this survey.
Biden is pulling away and taking the senate and house with him.

The betting odds are up to 65% for Biden.

By the way, the moderator tonight is Susan Page, She is the USA Today’s Washington Bureau chief. You should know she is currently at work on a book titled “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi / Lessons of Power,” a 432-page biography set to be published in a few months.

have a great day

Link to column by Betsy McCaughey:

Even Good is Bad…

When Good is bad

The President gets released from the hospital and then he and his media adversaries manage to mangle a positive moment. Oh what we’ve come too!

First the President.
He wanted to portray strength and leadership. No doubt he was thinking back to President Reagan and how he handled being shot and subsequent hospitalizations.
He wanted to portray that we can beat this virus. That recovery rates are high and medicines being utilized now are increasing that number.
All good.
By doing that he wanted to convey it was necessary for him as President to be out and be an example for the people. To be locked in would send the wrong signal. A subtle comparison of leadership to VP Biden.
Okay, I get that too.
Now his words and actions brought that “oh no” look to my face.
You can’t say “don’t be scared of the virus.”
The right words were the progress we were making with therapeutics and a vaccine. He could have said “I am an example. Six months ago this virus was an unknown, today we have learned much on how to treat it.”
Then he could have explained how the elderly and those with pre existing conditions must continue taking extra precaution as we move toward a release of the vaccine.
Leadership in words and actions, not telling me you are the leader.

That said, the media was ridiculous.
They attacked. Called him every name possible from Mussolini to a despot dictator. They took such joy in attacking you wondered if they were happy he was alive and released. They didn’t celebrate the progress we made as much as the President is the cause.

Let me say this one more time. China is one hundred percent responsible for every death from this virus. They could have prevented it from spreading. They lied. To see a poll today that Americans blame America for the spread is appalling.

Let’s just do a few fact checks here:
Who closed the China border, and who called that racist?
Who closed travel to Europe, and who called that wrong?
What Governor on the calls with the VP and task force ever said the President and team did not give them what they wanted and needed?
What did Dr. Fauci say except that the administration did everything they wanted?

The media has misled Americans.

have a great day

Under A Month…

As The President Recovers

As the reports appear positive on his fight against the Coronavirus we are all (well most of us) grateful for that. We keep in mind all those also inflicted last week and hope they too are recovering well. Governor Christie in the hospital with both asthma and high BMI is of the most concern.
Let’s continue to pray that they, and all inflicted, recover and we make progress as a nation and world to find therapeutics and a vaccine.

The President’s Campaign is not recovering

What appears to not be recovering is the President’s campaign. As predicted here last week, no matter what spin they were putting on it, the President’s outrageous debate performance was going to show up in the polls. Over the weekend it has. He is down 14 points in the NBC/WSJ poll.

It has gotten so bad that the betting odds after reaching 61-39 for VP Biden have gone off the board.

Whoever advised the President to be so aggressive in the debate is up there with those who advised leaders that we should appease Hitler and he will be happy. The strategy should not have been interrupt Biden, but let him talk. The President needed the debates to turn the election, and all he did was the opposite.

Can he recover?

The days are dwindling and the mail in votes are being cast. The strategy to knock mail in voting was another ill advised move. It took too long to separate absentee requests from unsolicited mailed ballots. Depending on one day, with weather, the virus expansion and all that goes with it was another mistake.

If you would have told me that the Joe Biden we saw in the early Democratic debates would be elected President I would have thought you lost judgement. It appears now we are on the verge of that happening.

The questions the Republicans better raise are these.
Do you want to wake up on November 4th and have Joe Biden as President, Chuck Schumer as Senate Leader and Nancy Pelosi as Speaker?
Do you think the answer for the economy now is to rescind the Trump tax cuts?
Do you think the way to get jobs back is raise corporate taxes again? (Trump reduced it to 21% to bring jobs back, Biden promises to raise them to 28%.)
Is Joe Biden, who as late as March of this year said, “China is going to eat our lunch. C’mon man,” the answer to solve the issue now?
Don’t we deserve to know if he (Biden) agrees with his party leaders to stack the Supreme Court? To change the rules again in the Senate and eliminate the filibuster?
Don’t we deserve to know if the report that the Clinton campaign began the Russian collusion story is fact? After all we have spent 4 years on a false story.

You get the idea. They have to stop the noise and get to facts. The longer they don’t, the less sand is left in the glass on the days to election.

have a great day


today we simply pray

With the news of the President and First Lady coming down with the Coronavirus we simply pause and join with millions of our fellow national and world citizens in praying for their quick and full recovery.

We pray for them as we do all the Hope Hicks of the world who learned and continue to receive the news of their contraction of this virus. As we also remember those impacted by it and the souls we lost in the past nine months.

A vaccine cannot come quickly enough to lift the world from the clutches of this unnecessarily spread deadly virus.

The Aftermath…

the spin

Both sides were out spinning they won. Biden called the President’s debate antics a “national disgrace.” The Trump team said he won and were emphatic that he attacked Biden on the issues.
I made clear my thoughts yesterday. All I will say today is this. I don’t think VP Biden lost any votes from watching the debate. I think the President did.
We’ll see what the polls say.

In any case the commission is going to change the rules going forward. One more outcome of the Trump era!

Now the media must review

The media should be out more with fact checking on the parts we could hear.
We heard them say the Portland chief did not endorse the President as claimed.

We saw the NYT call Joe Biden on his claims of the economy turned over to the Trump administration. They actually said Biden was wrong on his claims.
They also called him on blaming the President for the recession. They know what I do and you do, the recession was because of the Coronavirus.

Further there were claims on whether Biden was truthful on the Green Deal. He said he did not support it. His website has this:
“Biden believes the new Green Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face.”

Then there was the question if Hunter Biden received $3.5 million from the wife of Moscow’s mayor at the time. VP Biden was empathic that was a lie. This from the Washington Times today:
Hunter Biden received a single wire transfer of $3.5 million from Elena Baturina. The Senate report said she became a billionaire through illegal construction contracts awarded by her husband, since deceased. This is based on Treasury Department reports.
The Senate report says, “On Feb. 14, 2014, Baturina wired $3.5 million to a Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC (Rosemont Seneca Thornton) bank account for a ‘Consultancy Agreement.’ Rosemont Seneca Thornton is an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Bidenthat was incorporated on May 28, 2013 in Wilmington, Del.”

We want to know the truth. The press needs to do their job (fair and balanced for once) as they have in the past. BTW, Russia invaded Crimea in Ukraine the month Ms. Baturina sent the money.

Chris Wallace

A good number of people are blaming Chris Wallace for the debate getting out of control. I wouldn’t put myself in that camp, though I think he left some things on the table.

He never got back to asking VP Biden to answer the question about court stacking and getting rid of the filibuster. Why not?
I am even more concerned about this today after hearing Chuck Schumer clearly say he was in this camp and wanting to add Washington DC and Puerto Rico as states.
Those three moves could foster a Democratic Government far into the foreseeable future. If that’s a possible outcome of this election I want to know.

He didn’t press the explosive charges of the President on Ukraine and Moscow dollars to the Biden family, why not?

Now he did press the President on white supremacy. I went back to see the transcript and found it interesting. Take a look. If you were the President do you think you might have answered the question here, and who said the words “stand down” first?


Now Wallace in introducing this mentioned Charlottesville Va. He used that to paint the President in a corner. Here’s the Washington Post talking about what he said back then in Charlottesville. (And remember the Washington Post is no friend of the President.)
While he condemned right-wing hate groups — “those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans” — he appeared to believe there were peaceful protesters there as well.
“You had people — and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists — because they should be condemned totally,” Trump said on Aug. 15, several days after the rally. “But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists.”
He added: “There were people in that rally — and I looked the night before — if you look, there were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I’m sure in that group there were some bad ones.”

I’ll let you decide if that is the racist statement the media is portraying.

Jim Comey Yesterday

So Jim Comey testified yesterday, and under Republican questions said he didn’t know a lot or couldn’t recall. He was able to answer all the Democratic questions. He also recalls enough that he is now writing book number two.
Anyway, not knowing there was a report the Clinton campaign was accused of in his department in July 2016 with plotting the Russian Conspiracy story, and not knowing the Steele Dossier was a fake, was incredible.
Senator Mike Lee said this to him:
“With all due respect, you don’t seem to know anything about an investigation that you ran, so how can you now as a private citizen and former FBI director show up and then speculate freely regarding any alleged ties between President Putin and President Trump?” he asked.
Commitee Chair Sen. Lindsey Graham, asked Mr. Comey what he would make of a situation involving a candidate who had a family member who “was receiving millions of dollars from a corrupt company in the Ukraine” and “was getting a million and a half dollar investment portfolio from the China bank.”
“I’d be concerned about any effort to exert leverage over a government official, potential government official or someone close to them in an effort to influence them,” Mr. Comey replied.

But he didn’t know anything. I have to tell you I had more respect, all my life, for the FBI than this.

news of the day

The President signed the continuing resolution to keep the government open until Dec.11. Both sides saw too much to lose not to agree.

A stimulus agreement? The Democrats moved from a $3.4 stimulus to $2.4 and now to $2.2. Republicans have not moved yet. It just points out that Nancy Pelosi over played her hand early asking for all that, and today there’s hope we can reach an agreement.

Early voting is clearly favoring the Democrats. Now Republican leaders are concerned that the President’s early knocking of mail in voting is hurting their efforts to get out the vote. Another mistake made early on giving his supporters the thought all mail in voting was wrong. Just like debate expectations.
This from the Washington Post:
“Democratic voters who have requested mail ballots — and returned them — greatly outnumber Republicans so far in key battleground states, causing alarm among GOP party leaders and strategists that President Trump’s attacks on mail voting could be hurting the party’s prospects to retain the White House and the Senate this year.
Of the more than 9 million voters who requested mail ballots through Monday in Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maine and Iowa, the five battleground states where such data is publicly available, 52 percent were Democrats. Twenty-eight percent were Republicans, and 20 percent were unaffiliated.
Additional internal Democratic and Republican Party data obtained by The Washington Post shows a similar trend in Ohio, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Even more alarming to some Republicans, Democrats are also returning their ballots at higher rates than GOP voters in two of those states where that information is available: Florida and North Carolina.”

some quick notes you won’t hear on the msm

One was the Comey story above. Neither ABC, CBS or NBC thought it worthy for a second of coverage last night.

Lots of “Russian involvement” in the election, but yesterday Chinese hackers attempted to break into the private email account members of President Trump’s family and also tried to steal emails from campaign and administration officials, said White House National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien. Mr. O’Brien said Microsoft disclosed the hacking attempts. The company posted a report on election hacking by Chinese, Russian and Iranian by cyberactors earlier this month.
Not newsworthy for the MSM either.

have a great day.

Trump saves Biden…


Having witnessed every televised presidential debate, I can say this was the most outrageous, out of control and saddest display I have seen.

The President came in trailing and he left trailing by at least as much, if not more. His demeanor cost him a golden opportunity. It was disturbing and disgusting how he interrupted and stopped every answer and dialogue. In the end he saved Joe Biden from himself by not allowing him to talk.

Why did he do that?
Well all week when he said he didn’t need to prepare, I didn’t believe him. I do now.
If he had conducted one prep debate session and done what he did last night they would have stopped it and lambasted him (as best as any aide can do that to him). It was the absolute wrong strategy and may have cost him reelection.

Here’s an example. Biden was asked about stacking the court and getting rid of the filibuster. The former VP was burying himself by refusing to answer. Rather than letting Biden finish and then saying: “So, Mr Biden, you are not going to tell the American people if you support stacking the court? You can’t say if you favor changing a history that has lasted 150 years, in the third pillar of our government — all because you lost an election?
Is that what you are telling America?”

But no, he had to interrupt the answer, allow it to delve into noise and the issue go away. Not very genius from the self proclaimed genius.

Think of that and ask yourself this. What was memorable of Joe Biden’s performance? What policy issues did he say that stood out? What lines do you remember? Clown? Shut Up? What else? Joe Biden didn’t impress as much as Trump unimpressed.

Now Trump for his part, besides his demeanor, missed the chance to answer the far right, white extremists question. All he had to say was “Yes I do condemn actions from the right and the left. I condemn anyone and anything disrupting life, people and destroying the values of our nation.” Now ask him if he condemns Antifa.

By being unprepared and disruptive instead of debating, the President missed so many opportunities.
First of all if I were advising the President it would have been let Biden talk. The more he talks, the more he seems to wander, let him go on. That’s our best asset. Instead, one sentence in the President was all over interrupting. The exact opposite strategy.
So many missed opportunities to listen and then reply. Examples:
They were arguing the Green Deal and Biden was talking about the money he would invest and jobs they would create.
All Trump had to say was: “Oh yea Joe, like Solyndra, where you wasted $535 million tax payer dollars when you ran it in the Obama administration?”
That’s called being prepared, which the President was not.

Other areas the President’s shouting and disruptions missed opportunties:
– Do people really want to shut down the country again?
– Do people not want school open?
– Was closing the border something that saved lives or not?
– Biden’s policies on minorities for crime, jail and busing.
– Trump’s accomplishments in 47 months vs. Biden’s 47 years.
– Antifa is “an idea”?
– The stats on unemployment for each group before the virus.
– Real income growth last year vs. the Obama years.
– Allowing Biden to answer about Hunter’s income from Moscow.
– The loss of jobs under Biden to China.
– Biden’s support of NAFTA, TPP, and the China deal.
– Joe, you still want to stop the wall being built and have open borders?

In the end I don’t think Biden said or did anything to win. In fact he looked a little like we should be concerned. Yet he wins the night, because the President fell into every stereotype portrayed about him.

How does he recover now?
Well Presidential elections have a way of turning issues every which way the last month. We’ll see about that, and the next debate is a Town Hall forum which limit interruptions. But if I were on the Trump campaign today I would be asking one question on every airwave today:
“You saw both candidates on stage last night, ask yourself this. Which one do you want negotiating with China? Which one do you want staring down Iran eye to eye? Which one will stand for America and fight for what we need? ,

Other than that I have no idea.

have a great day.

No Blog Needed…

today is all about the debate

Nothing needs to be said today, the debate tonight will be all the news.
Some pre thoughts from me:
For three months I have been writing the President was wrong to diminish VP Biden’s mental capacity to the point he can’t put sentences together.

You have read me saying, that life is about expectations and all Biden needs to do tonight is stand on the stage, answer questions and not lose any train of thought. He does that, he wins.

If he does that people walk away saying Biden was fine, not like they said he was, and he wins the night.

If he wins the night with the lead he has today he is on the inside track to win in November.

How does Trump win?

He has to be simple in explaining to people what he has done in 3 1/2 years versus what his opponent did in 47 years.

He has to tie that to all demographic groups and where we were before the Coronavirus. He has to place the blame squarely on China and that he is best to fix it.

He has to convince people that his opponent was part of creating the trade and job loss problem, that he now says he can solve.

On taxes he needs to tie the tax breaks to the laws Joe Biden passed allowing them. He has to explain he has been audited X amount of times and every time the IRS found no wrong doing.
Just as the NYT found out this time. But, isn’t it funny they do this story now?
And isn’t it convenient that his opponent had a campaign ad ready to run one hour after the story broke?
Of course the NYT last endorsed a Republican in 1956, maybe that explains things.

In the end he has to stick to the issues. The issues are on his side. When Biden attacks, go back to the record. Where were you when the events happened? Not what you would have done today with the history, what did you say then?

Bottom line is this:

Biden needs to stand, answer and be coherent. The MSM will call the winner, and because of expectations many will side with that.

The President must be fact based and present the record of what was, placing the current issues on the Coronavirus, that China is responsible for, and outlining how he is best to recreate what we had.


enjoy the debate.

One day to debate one…

with one day to the DEBATE the nyt STRIKES

The President’s taxes dominated the MSM news today as the NYT reports that he paid little and is facing staggering losses.
I know there is an obsession on the left with the President’s taxes, but I didn’t care four years ago and do so even less now. Why?
That’s the IRS job to review taxes and get what is due. If anyone reading this is concerned, here’s a question. Do you take advantage of deductions? Why is it all right for you and not others?

Now if it comes up tomorrow here’s what I tell Chris Wallace or Joe Biden:
First, for the past four years I have donated my total salary as President to charities. Am I not allowed to deduct that, or should I pay taxes on that too?

Second, in business I took advantage of every deduction Joe Biden allowed in his 47 years in office. If you think the deduction is wrong look at who allowed it, not who used it.

Third, I paid high NY state and local taxes. Every dollar of that was allowed as a deduction. That was legal, but I thought wrong. I was the one who put a limit. A limit you want to undo.

Fourth, isn’t it interesting that for four years they said “Trump is profiting from his time in office,” and now the NYT is saying I am going to be in trouble paying bills in a few years. And Forbes magazine says I am worth less today than the day I took office. How can both the charges and facts be true?

Fifth, this is from the NYT and not accurate. The same people who won a pulitzer for the Russian Collusion that turned out to be a lie. The same paper that said I disparaged the military a month ago, with no witnesses. The paper that said I had four mini strokes and a hundred other false stories.

the amy barrett nomination

How come we have to go through this every time a Republican President nominates someone?
It all started with Robert Bork and Ted Kennedy’s deplorable attack on “Robert Bork’s America.”
Then we had the Clarence Thomas fiasco under George Bush 41.
Think of every court hearing you remember as nasty and in the gutter. They were all from a Republican President.
Want proof?
After Bork and Thomas, how come Ginsburg was approved 96-3?
Sonia Sotomayor (nominated by Obama) was 68-31. Elena Kagan nominated by Obama was 63-37.
Why is it we had the nastiness of Bork and Thomas (a 51-49 vote) and then Democratic nominations slide through? Is it because they are such superior candidates or one side seems fairer in respecting the law and process?

After that comes the Brett Kavanaugh charges with even the witness the accuser named saying she had no idea about it. It didn’t matter did it?

Why do Democrats insist on doing this? Now we start with Amy Barrett.

The charges going that she will put women back in chains is just laughable. A woman we should celebrate is demonized. For real?
As is the charge she adopted two children from Haiti in that trying time down there, to prove she is a not a racist. What? Here’s a piece of an old story on her:
When the Barretts were preparing for their marriage, their priest encouraged them to interview another married couple. This couple had decided to adopt a special needs child. After the Barretts spoke to them, they began to consider adoption as a way to form their family and help children. Amy Coney and Jesse Barrett eventually adopted two of their children from Haiti—Vivian and John Peter.
That was a racist plan by some on the left. I cannot relate to that.

She’s going to destroy the Affordable Care Act is another charge.
I think the President should say this in the debate. “If the court strikes down the ACA, we will keep it 100% in place until a replacement that guarantees pre existing conditions, does not drive up individual costs, and is agreed upon as a replacement. There is no way we will allow 100 million (their number) to go with no coverage. It’s about time both sides sat down and ended phony promises— remember when the ACA was going to save each family $2,500 a year? Well its time to do the right thing for our citizens.”

The ACA charges remind me of the Harry Reid charges that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for ten years and after the election when challenged about the lie said: “He didn’t win right?”

If I were running, I would be saying my opponent would vote against Amy no matter what. It’s nothing to do with the timing, it’s her judicial philosophy to follow the law and not make law. Ask my opponent if he would vote for Amy in another year.

As for the outrageous charges of catholic dogma, how disgusting. Do you know 5 of the 8 current justices are catholic? Now we have “dogma.”

No more lies about Amy Barrett. Judge her on her true character and stop the deplorable charges on every Republican nomination.

here’s a nyt opinion piece

How to Debate Someone Who Lies 

Truth sandwiches, ridicule and other tactics for Joe Biden when he faces President Trump

Wait, only Donald Trump has said things you think are lies?
Just last week I read a story about Joe Biden on his academic claims:
“Joseph R. Biden declared on the campaign trail that he began his academic career at Delaware State University, a historically Black college, a claim that the school refutes.”
The school claims that is a lie.
As was his claim that he graduated from law school at the top of his class. Top if you were reading from the bottom up.
I saw him say no fracking, and yet I heard him say Donald Trump is lying that he is against fracking.
I heard him say he will not raise taxes on all the people, only the rich. Yet I heard him say he was going to repeal the Trump tax cuts. Well they went to all the people.
There are so many more, including personal stories about tragedies that had to be changed, that if Donald Trump had done would be front page coverage.

Once again the NYT, the paper of record, has taken a side. What a sad demise for this newspaper.

have a great day

Closing out the week…

on the court

The reaction to the filling of this court seat has brought threats like “packing the court” that we addressed yesterday. Well here’s another one:
Democrats plan to introduce a bill next week that would abolish life tenure for Supreme Court justices.
The bill would give each president the right to pick two justices per 4-year term and limit those choices to 18 years on the high court.

I guess if you don’t win, after 50 years of control, just change the rules is their motto.

Did you see a number of Democrat senators have said they will not meet with the candidate, no matter who she is? Oh that’s a solution. Is that Senatorial or kid stuff?

One was stolen valor himself, Senator Blumenthal, who said, “I refuse to legitimize this broken, weaponized process by meeting with any nominee put forward before the inauguration.”  

Well senator, there is no law being broken here. This person is going on the court. How about you doing your duty? Speaking of duty, the constant moralizing coming from you is sickening. You, who ran for office telling people you served in Vietnam, when you never left the shores of the U.S.

stimulus possibility?

As it’s become clear that the economy (and people) can use a new stimulus injection and the blame is beginning to fall on the house leader, we get movement.
The House Democrats are readying a new, scaled-down package of coronavirus aid. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is aiming for a price tag of around $2.4 trillion, which is still larger than what Republicans said they will support, but begins to narrow the gap. Will they get there? Let’s hope so.

trump stories to close out the week

Two months after she claimed in a tell-all book that her family cheated her out of her inheritance, Mary Trump is suing the family for millions in a civil suit in Manhattan. I guess her book didn’t produce the money she wanted!
The NYT headline was: Mary Trump sues President and family.

Another NYT story had this sub headline:
“Close races in Georgia, Iowa and Texas show President Trump’s vulnerability and suggest that Joseph Biden has assembled a formidable coalition, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll.”
Now I ask you, do you think they are flocking to Biden or voting against Trump?

a thought on ENTHUSIASM and ballots

When you look at enthusiasm for the candidates in this race you see one side has an overwhelming advantage.
I think that’s why the Democrats are pushing hard for mailing out ballots. Get ballots in people’s hands and then work to get them in.
If this were a show up at the polling place to vote I think Trump would likely prevail. The mail ballots change that to a Biden advantage.
I think that’s why there is the mailing push.

Speaking of mail in ballots, how concerning (and discouraging to Democrats) was that find of nine ballots discarded in Pa.? When they found them in the garbage they opened seven, and all were for Trump.

Texas investigated a fraudulent mail in ballot scheme this week and found a county official harvested ballots and votes were illegal.

Just remember the media told you nothing to worry about or see here with mail in ballots.

Here’s a california Guarantee for 2035

I see where Governor Newsom in California announced he will ban all new gas cars beginning in 2035. Every car sold in the state from Jan. 1, 2035 must be a non gasoline one. You can keep the gas car you have until it breaks down, but not buy a new one.
The goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

I don’t know if he will be able to reach that goal but I do know this. California has the highest state gas tax at 61 cents per gallon. (Add the federal tax and you get just about .80 cents per gallon.) Anyway, as they go electric, the state will say they are losing revenue from the gas tax and raise other taxes.
It’s inevitable that as they plan for electric cars they will not plan for the reduced revenue and thus end up with a deficit, necessitating a tax rise.

on the virus

Rather than take pride on how our government and private sector companies came together to produce possible virus vaccines in record time, we are disparaging it. The actions of those doing so are a disgrace. They are doing it to create the impression that the President is doing this, as if he is brewing up the solution in the White House basement. We should hope the Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and others are successful as soon as possible.
For people who claim to care about the lives impacted, they sure are destroying confidence in the only solution there is.
The latest was the Governor of New York who won’t answer questions about nursing homes or provide data. But he can criticize those working to bring the solution. Here’s what he said yesterday:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would not automatically accept the federal government’s recommendations on vaccines. “Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion.”

Okay Governor, let me paraphrase you, how many have to die before you do?

the census

Like everything else in the Trump era the fight over the census (remember the citizen questions court fights) goes on and on. The census was to end next week. Now a California judge ruled a federal judge has ordered it to continue for another month through the end of October, saying a shortened schedule likely would produce inaccurate results.
Really, people didn’t have three minutes to answer the questions the past six months?

health care

Health care has emerged as an issue over the past few weeks as it will be an issue before the court in November. Remember John Roberts in a 5-4 vote called Obama Care a tax and thus legal because people had to buy the insurance.

When the buy mandate was dropped states went to court and said now Obama Care is illegal.

Now the Republicans, despite promises, have not come up with a plan to replace it. I will repeat here what we have said for years. You simply cannot provide free coverage to 30-40 million people, cover pre existing conditions for those who didn’t buy and reduce costs for those that pay. It cannot be done.
So yesterday President Trump signed an executive order that says it is the “policy of the United States” that health insurers cannot deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions, even if the Supreme Court strikes down the same protections in Obamacare.
That takes away one line of attack that said he wants to do away with coverage for pre existing conditions. It was the right thing to do.
Now if his favored nation treaty clause actually works we may see some drug price drops.
Add this, he announced a $200 drug discount card would be sent to 33 million seniors.

have a great weekend.

Understanding the news…

making sense of the news

Let’s start with Louisville and the A.G. report yesterday.
I watched his review in full and he provided new details as well as changes in the public reports.

First of all he said the police did knock, and a witness above the apartment verified that. We were told it was a no knock entry. So make sure we get this right. They had a no knock warrant, but did knock and identify themselves.

Now the boyfriend in the house said he did not hear the knock nor identity and thought it was a house intrusion.

Right there we have a setting for what was about to happen.

The police, in accordance with their warrant knocked the door in. The boyfriend, using a legal gun he had, shot at them and hit an officer. The two officers at the door hearing this shot and having one hit opened fire back. The end result was Taylor standing, not in bed as first reported, was hit six times and died.

Here’s the question. What would you have done differently on either side?
If you had a legal gun and thought you were being attacked would you have fired?
If you were the police with a warrant and after knocking were being shot at and one of you hit, would you have fired back?
If you answer yes to both those then you agree that neither the boyfriend or two officers at the door were guilty of anything.
That is the ruling.

The other question is were police at the wrong house?
We were told they were. It turns out they were not. This apartment was related to the house they were watching. Both were under surveillance for drug trafficking. It turns out that apparently Breonna Taylor’s old boyfriend was using the apartment to get packages (suspected to be drugs) delivered to it. Thus it was under observation tied to the suspected drug house.

So, from an outside view, what went wrong here was a warrant to be executed at midnight. That led to the situation we had.
If you don’t hold the boyfriend responsible for shooting at the police, how can you hold the police responsible for firing back after getting shot at and one wounded?
Now the third officer who, according to the A.G., fired at a back window with no clear line of sight and even fired into a second apartment is charged with reckless use and endangerment, who can argue with that?

The media coverage of this was as biased as ever. They should answer the question of what they would do if fired upon.

One final thought here. What do all the cases we have seen recently have in common? The answer is drugs. They all involve drugs in one manner or another, and that is the bane of our crime today. If people stopped using illegal drugs think about what kind of state the nation would be in.

the hunter biden report

You didn’t hear on the MSM about the report the senate released. Why?

Basically the report said it wasn’t clear whether Hunter Biden’s lucrative gig on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings affected U.S. policy, but that the issue nevertheless percolated in the background when his father led Obama administration efforts in that graft-riddled country.
So, no smoking gun, but if Joe Biden wasn’t VP would Hunter be on the board with no experience?
The document said:
“The Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board was problematic and did interfere in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine.”
The Biden campaign called the report a desperate political stunt and part of foreign interference efforts by Russia and others to aid Mr. Trump.

The other new news and question was why the wife of Moscow’s Mayor gave Hunter $3.5 million. It wasn’t answered here.
We’ll leave all the questioned money transfers tied to prostitution alone.

Just think if it were Eric, Ivanka or Donald, would it be covered?

one final report today

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad F. Wolf said Wednesday that attempts to influence the U.S. election run well beyond Russia, with China and Iran also deeply involved — though, unlike Russia, they are working against President Trump.
Testifying to the Senate for his nomination to become the fully confirmed secretary, Mr. Wolf was peppered with questions from Democrats about Russian attempts through disinformation to hurt the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden.
Mr. Wolf confirmed the threat but said it goes beyond Russia and beyond attacks on Mr. Biden.
“I know that there continues to be a lot of focus on Russia, as there should be. You cannot do that at the exclusion of making sure that we continue to address the threats that are from both China and Iran,” he said.
He acknowledged that Russia is looking to attack Mr. Biden but said China “prefers” Mr. Biden, as does Iran.
Mr. Wolf, though, said “all three are a threat” and operate in different ways.

How come the MSM only talks Russia?

have a great day.

It’s on…

it’s on

“The Constitution vests in the president the power to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. It’s a duty that I take seriously, and one that I will fulfill in the weeks ahead.”
And the battle is on, right?
Reading those words probably results in Trump supporters saying “that’s right,” and truly angers Biden supporters for the arrogance of the President.

I get it, and by the way that quote is from President Obama in 2016.

Just a daily reminder that both sides changed sides on the supreme court, no matter what the MSM and print leaders are telling you.

Here’s some more for you:
“The president has the constitutional duty to nominate; the Senate has the constitutional obligation to provide advice and consent. It is written plainly in the Constitution that both presidents and senators swear an oath to uphold and defend. No meetings. No hearings. No votes. Nothing. It is an unprecedented act of obstruction. And it risks a stain on the legacy of all those complicit in carrying out this plan. I would go forward with a confirmation process as chairman, even a few months before a presidential election.”
Who said that in 2016? Joe Biden.

now the arrogance

Republicans are using the power of winning the elections for the Presidency and Senate to push this through. They are taking delight in repeating another Obama phrase: “elections have consequences.” It hurt them when he said that to Senator McCain, and it hurts Democrats to hear it now.

So we hear them threatening to “pack the court.” Add six new members to turn it left again. That is the height of arrogance. The court has been nine justices for 150 years, and your reason to change is because it might be right leaning for the first time in 50 years? You better not run on that.
And by the way, where does it say the court must be liberal?

Then saying they can impeach the President for this? For what reason is that? Doing his job is why he is paid. (All of which he gives to charity.)

A final point that struck me as arrogant yesterday was former A.G. Eric Holder. He said beating Trump is paramount because Barr must be removed. He claims the A.G. has weaponized the office and that supports the President. ” The department has to be restored,” he said. “There is an obvious morale problem that has to be dealt with and the department has to be righted.” He called Barr out for supporting the President and noted the A.G. should be neutral.

Coming from the A.G. who called himself Obama’s “Wingman,” I find that highly laughable.

in his united nations speech

The president addressed the Coronavirus (he called it the China Virus in his address) and said this:
“In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world. The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.”

In that simple sentence he places blame squarely where it should be – on China. They lied to the World Health Organization, too, and to blame anyone or anything else is wrong.
China owns the deaths in 118 countries and the turmoil in the world. End.

avoiding a shutdown

The House passed an emergency short-term funding bill Tuesday night.
This was interesting because they added the farm support back into the bill just hours after Mitch McConnell took to the floor and said Pelosi “told the famers to drop dead.”
The bill passed 359-57 and funds the government until December 11. It goes to the senate now for approval.
In addition to funding the government, the bill includes $8 billion in nutrition assistance, a Democratic priority, and billions of dollars for trade-relief payments to farmers hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which was a top priority for the White House.
Interesting isn’t it?

the senate report on ukraine and biden

The report was released this AM as we went to press. Early reads said that some Obama officials raised concerns to the White House in 2015 about Hunter Biden serving on a Ukrainian natural-gas company’s board while his father, then Vice President Joe Biden, led U.S. policy efforts toward the country.
I don’t think it had any wrong doing concerning the Burisma controversy.

No doubt there will be coverage during the day and tonight on this.

louisville on edge

Louisville was awaiting the decision by Kentucky’s attorney general about whether his office will bring charges against the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor inside her home in March. In preparation the town was bordered up, police vacations and off days cancelled and businesses closed.

This case has been in the forefront following the George Floyd case. Here’s a thought. An innocent woman was killed. Why? The police were given a no knock warrant and went in. Taylor’s boyfriend, hearing the break-in, shot at the police (wounding one), and police fired back killing the innocent woman.

In my opinion the person responsible is whoever designed that warrant and sent the police to the wrong house. Of course the residents are going to protect themselves. Of course the police thinking they are in the right place would shoot back.
It would seem to me if you are going to assign and send police on a no knock arrest you better have the right information. It would seem to me that the person who failed there is at fault.

one final story

I keep hearing on some stations that the stories about NYC being dangerous these days is a right wing conspiracy. Then I see the shooting and murder numbers and don’t think so. We’ve talked here of the no bail, let prisoners out of jail and police reduction. Well here’s another NY (or California) story.
Federal agents say they finally have caught an undocumented immigrant they’ve been after for several years but who was released 10 times by police in New York under sanctuary city policies.
ICE says New York police departments had Mr. Soto-Ubaldo in their custody at least 10 times dating to June 2018, when he was first arrested in Queens. But he was released despite an ICE request that he be turned over.
Two months later, he was again arrested on local charges and then released without ICE being notified. In 2019, he was arrested six times, with ICE requesting notice each time of his release and authorities defying the requests.
Two more arrests came this year on charges of possession of stolen property and assault.

The question is are you for Sanctuary Cities that do not turn over criminals?

Your vote counts and decides what the future of our nation is.

have a great day.

Quick Hits..

some quick hits today

No matter how much you hear on television and read in print both sides have changed sides on nominating and voting for a new justice. There’s no innocent virtue here, no matter how loud they shout or the media supports any side.

By early afternoon we’ll know how and why Mitt Romney will vote. His vote appears to mean either a 51-49 0r 50-50 vote, with VP Pence casting the decider. My gut is he votes to go forward. He needs to rebuild some conservative trust.

The President, for his part, announced that on Saturday he will name the nominee.

this october may be different

We often hear about October Surprises in national elections that never develop. I think this year may be different.
– First, I think the senate committee is going to produce a Ukraine report that will contain some strong allegations against Hunter Biden.
– Second, we are likely to hear more from the Durham Report.
– Third, there are the House hearings where Comey and likely McCabe will testify.
– The hearing on the nominee will produce explosive moments. The left will go after the nominee – maybe harder than they did Kavanaugh. How will that impact the vote? Another hearing like that could drive people. The Kavanaugh hearing was a disgrace.
– Then the virus and what happens with it and the vaccine.

biden announces plan on Border walls

The Biden campaign yesterday revealed details of his immigration policy, if elected. The proposal calls for halting construction on border barriers, eliminating detention of illegal immigrants and scaling back workplace enforcement — among other things. It supports increased immigration.
Not much coverage right? You would think no more wall building would be news.

a government shutdown

Both parties say they are working and close to producing a stopgap plan to get the government funded until December 11th. Now you didn’t hear much about this, maybe because its the Republicans who wanted more funding.
According the WSJ, Republicans fought for the money and Democrats resisted.
The House will vote today on a smaller bill taking out the funding they said the President wanted to buy off rural voters. (Farm Aid)
That vote will move the ball into Mitch McConnell’s court. He then has to accept the bill or try to amend it.
If he amends it, Senator Schumer will certainly block his attempts, and that opens the government to pressure with only 8 days to a shutdown.

The guess here is that McConnell accepts as is to avoid the shut down, and the farmers lose. Who would have thought that Republicans here and in the stimulus bill they passed would be the ones trying to spend and Democrats saying no?
One thing for sure, if this were party reversed you would be hearing a lot about it from the MSM.

here’s an interesting story

Remember that hearing when A.G. Barr went before Rep. Nadler’s committee and it was one of the most insulting hearings ever? They wouldn’t let him answer, reply or even go the restroom?
Well Nadler has asked the DOJ to appear again.
The response to the request is in this story:
Democrats were so “insulting” to Attorney General William P. Barr during his last appearance on Capitol Hill that the Justice Department won’t send witnesses to two upcoming hearings, the department informed lawmakers on Monday. Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler had asked for top officials to testify at hearings over the next 10 days on civil rights and on prison operations. But Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd delivered a withering rebuke, writing Mr. Nadler to say the committee had a chance to ask Mr. Barr about those subjects when he appeared for a hearing in late July, and instead Democrats “devoted their time entirely towards scolding and insulting the attorney general.” They also refused to give Mr. Barr a chance to respond, and indeed some made clear they didn’t want to hear what he had to say.“All told, when the attorney general tried to address the committee’s questions, he was interrupted and silenced in excess of 70 times,” Mr. Boyd wrote. “One member interrupted him and admitted, ‘Well I don’t want you to tell your story.’”

This should be covered on the news too shouldn’t it, because to me that was a disgusting display by that committee.

here’s a link to three WASHINGTON TIMES stories that you may find interesting.

DOJ declares New York, Portland and Seattle ‘anarchist jurisdictions,’ moves to cut federal funding:

China attempted to cover up scope of COVID-19, could have largely prevented outbreak. (THIS EXPLAINS HOW CHINA IS TO BLAME AND COULD HAVE AVOIDED THE DEATHS).

Speaking of QAnon conspiracies, check out these gems from liberal establishment. (OVER 35 FALSE CHARGES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ON ADMINISTRATION AND GOTTEN COVERAGE. YOU WILL RECOGNIZE MANY).

have a great day.