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31 December 2019
Illinois loses population for 6th straight year
30 December 2019
— and it lost more residents than any state this decade
Democrats search for ways to retake the courts
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun
Biggest military pay raise in years takes effect Jan. 1
29 December 2019
Ex-NFL star predicts 'black awakening' will give Trump unprecedented support in 2020
U.S. rolls back standards on energy saving light bulbs
28 December 2019
Twitter Admits to Removing Pro-Trump Twitter Accounts After Trump Tweeted Them!
see the news about Twitter CENSORSHIP here.
PRISM - the NSA's surveillance program
27 December 2019
Trump deserves credit for strong economy
– ‘expert’ predictions of disaster were all wrong
Global stock markets gained $17 trillion in value in 2019
Democrats claim most Americans don’t benefit from booming Trump economy
26 December 2019
– But voters know they do
Trump's stock rally far outpaces those of past presidents
Trump’s 2020 campaign created a website offering talking points
25 December 2019
for debating ‘that liberal snowflake relative’ over the holidays
Pelosi's 'game' of withholding impeachment articles
22 December 2019
'is being exposed as not having much to stand on'
Trump is remaking the federal judiciary
187 Federal judges for Trump - one in every four
"It is not one party or the other that benefits when our federal courts consist of men and women who understand that a judge’s job is to follow the law, not to make the law."
Boeing capsule returns to Earth after aborted space mission
China slave smuggles plea for help into Christmas card
Mexico danger map updated as US warns of 'widespread' crime
amid rise in murders, kidnappings, carjackings and robberies
California growth slowest since 1900
21 December 2019
Pelosi stalls - impeachment not impeachment yet
20 December 2019
and trying to tell the Senate how to operate - unconstitutional!
UK lawmakers pass Johnson's Brexit bill, pave way to EU exit
Lawmakers voted by 358 to 234 pass the second reading of the legislation, underlining Johnson’s large majority in parliament that should ensure a smooth ratification of the divorce deal to implement Britain’s biggest policy shift in more than 40 years.
Boeing's Starliner launch malfunctions en route to International Space Station
401(k) changes part of bipartisan bill heading to Trump's desk
Thought for the Day:
19 December 2019
McConnell rips Pelosi for impeachment delay,
18 December 2019
says Dems 'afraid' to transmit 'shoddy' articles
"a toxic new precedent that will echo well into the future"
"Democrats were pursuing an outcome they have preordained
before Trump was even sworn into office."
A Dozen Mystery Objects Suddenly Popped Out Of Hangars
At Tonopah Test Range Airport
16 December 2019
Dow gains 10,000th point since Trump's election
The stock market has been unstoppable under the influence of President Trump.
Read why:   Politics Trumps Economics.
"You should be wearing the prison uniform,"
said former Congressman Trey Gowdy to former FBI director Comey
'Could it be years in jail?'
President Trump asks after Comey admits he was wrong on FISA conduct
Dem Rep Schiff admits FBI committed 'very serious abuses of FISA'
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) conceded a federal law enforcement agency committed a major abuse of power while monitoring a campaign adviser to a presidential candidate back in 2016, admits the FBI made an error of judgment when it repeatedly extended 90-day search warrants through the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in order to conduct surveillance on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign adviser, Carter Page.   "The inspector general found serious abuses of FISA."
14 December 2019
China is not as strong as it seems
China flaunts common trade practices, steals technological secrets on a huge scale and spies outrageously.   China suffers from a number of economic vulnerabilities and weaknesses it has little chance of returning to its former, stellar rates of economic growth.   Particularly in light of its trade war with the United States, its dependence on exports and its top-down approach to economic management will become increasingly ineffective.   Its failure in Hong Kong will further limit the country’s economic potential by choking off the conduit for much of its investment capital.   Many financial firms have already begun to transfer their operations to Singapore.   China’s aging demographics will constrain growth and cause financial strains.
Four percent to be purged from Georgia's voter rolls
See exciting photos of America's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford!
Libya's civil war continues - Fighting has raged on around the country's capital city of Tripoli between forces loyal to the two main competing governments.   The eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) has continued to consolidate footholds around the capital, but still hasn't managed to turn the tables enough to capture the city itself from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).   Meanwhile, forces of the so-called "Islamic State" (formerly ISIS/ISIL) are still present in the Libyan desert despite the death of their organization's leader in Syria.
13 December 2019
Obama Wanted To Know Everything His Trump Spies Were Doing,
And It Looks Like He Did
The Sept. 2, 2016, text message from Lisa Page to her paramour Peter Strzok saying “POTUS wants to know everything we are doing.”
IG report is a big, big problem for CNN, others
– They are exposed as liars and know-nothings
Porch pirates get boxed-up trash - for the third time
Boris Johnson promises ‘closure’ over Brexit & NHS as a new top priority so Britain can heal after landslide poll win
UK’s Johnson claims Brexit mandate as Tories secure majority
Boris Johnson vows to resolve Brexit by Jan 31,
European markets hit record high after Conservative sweep
Shattered dreams of global far-left revolution
- Tyranny Begone!
Corbyn's bloodbath defeat in UK election sends 'catastrophic warning' to 2020 Dems
"Even a populist incumbent as irreverent and contentious as Johnson could ride to victory when the alternative is an equally controversial leftist vowing massive government expansion.
The election result "hands the Conservatives their biggest majority since the days of Margaret Thatcher and marks the worst showing for Labour since the 1930s. [...] Corbyn had taken over the party leadership in 2015 and dragged it to the left in a rejection of the kind of centrism embodied by three-term Prime Minister Tony Blair."
MSNBC host Chris Hayes pointed out that Corbyn is running in a way that many Democrats would like to see.   “One thing you can’t say about the Corbyn campaign was that he was ‘Tory lite’ or too neoliberal or too establishment.   He ran unabashedly from the left in a way many leftists want Democrats to run here in the U.S.," he tweeted.
McConnell says 'zero chance' Trump is removed,
'one or two Democrats' could vote to acquit
Nancy Pelosi seems to be rejecting impeachment 'like a bad organ transplant'
Some moderate Democrats expected to defect when full House votes on impeachment
"I don't see anything there worthy of actually taking a president out of office.   I'm concerned about splitting our nation apart."
— U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.
NYC student’s murder stems from liberals' reversal of Rudy Giuliani's anti-crime policies, ex-police chief says
12 December 2019
FBI Uncovers New Clinton Emails - turned over to the State Department for review
The FBI uncovered 72,000 pages of documents Clinton attempted to delete or did not otherwise disclose.
Hunter Biden wants his financial records kept secret in paternity suit with DC stripper
Companies are sick of "moving to China and having them steal our goods"
Trump secures 50th appellate court appointment, with another 9th Circuit judge confirmed
"The president has nominated a highly qualified and experienced individual, committed to supporting and defending the Constitution – rather than seeking to legislate from the bench."
The Senate confirmed Lawrence VanDyke to the Ninth Circuit, marking President Trump's 50th appellate court and 2nd Ninth Circuit appointment.   Judge VanDyke is an NRA member and a strong protector of the Second Amendment.
"Generations from now, Americans will know that Mitch McConnell helped save the constitutional rule of law in America -- it's true," Trump said.
Bombshell: FBI Caught Altering Evidence To Link Trump Campaign With Russia
11 December 2019
British PM seeks Brexit breakthrough as polls tighten
10 December 2019
Is this the end of recycling?
When the villain is Obama, not Trump, news suddenly becomes not worth reporting
FBI told FISA court Steele wasn't source of report used to justify surveilling Trump team
Schiff's report is 100% empty when it comes to evidence
Trump impeachment hearing becomes a shouting match
Read the IG report on the FBI's surveillance of the Trump campaign
CNN's ratings plummet to embarrassing multi-year record lows amid impeachment focus
China's library officials are burning books that diverge from Communist ideology
Thoughts for the Day
9 December 2019
Democrats have tried to impeach every elected GOP President since Eisenhower
Two weeks before the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton tweeted, "Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election.   By doing that, he’s threatening our democracy."   As a Democrat she should know something about not respecting election results.
Enjoy this video of the
6 December 2019
Thought for the Day
5 December 2019
Obamas pay $11.75M for Martha’s Vineyard home on nearly 30 acres: report
4 December 2019
Obamas worth $135 million
Bill Barr Indicts 8 People For Illegally Funneling Millions In Foreign Money To Hillary’s Campaign in 2016
US to stiffen work rules for food stamps
3 December 2019
"The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for food stamps eligibility for able-bodied adults without children, a move that could push almost 700,000 people from the program while saving $5.5 billion over five years.   The food stamp program was meant to provide 'assistance through difficult times, not a way of life.'"
Germany's Merkel claims freedom of speech must be limited to maintain a free society
2 December 2019
... another nail in the coffin of freedom in Germany
Supreme Court to take up first gun rights case in nearly a decade
After Florida county becomes '2nd Amendment sanctuary,'
others in state want to follow suit
"The Second Amendment is the one that protects everything else.   This is a right that we have that distinguishes us from almost every country on the globe."
1 December 2019
China Financial Warning Signs Are Flashing Almost Everywhere
29 November 2019
Beijing threats over bill supporting Hong Kong ’laughable,’ China expert says
Hong Kong sings "O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!"
New York Times columnist’s Republican brother pens column blasting 2020 Dems, praising Trump
See her brother's column here
Lifelong Democrat billionaire says 2020 election is Trump's to lose
How Trump’s Thanksgiving Afghanistan trip was kept under wraps amid extreme security
"There's nowhere I'd rather celebrate Thanksgiving than with the best and bravest warriors on this earth."
Rebranding "climate change" to scare you
Climate change remains a political issue - to control you - not a scientific issue
Meanwhile, San Francisco ties all-time low temperature for this date
President Trump's Judiciary - defenders of the Constitution!
New Benghazi Documents Confirm Clinton Email Cover-Up
26 November 2019
Newly Elected Councilors Step Up Challenge to Hong Kong Leaders, Beijing
Hong Kong Election Landslide Signals More Frictions With Beijing
The city’s Beijing-backed establishment camp suffered a staggering defeat in elections.   Democracy supporters were emboldened by capturing most of the seats in local elections, but Beijing and its allies are reluctant to compromise.
In Hong Kong elections, big defeat for elites pressures Beijing to rethink approach
Hong Kong elections: Carrie Lam promises 'open mind' after election rout
What is Hong Kong's political unrest about?
Hong Kong, once a British colony, is part of China, but it has some autonomy and people have more rights than on the mainland
That special status is set to expire in 2047, and many in Hong Kong do not want to become "another Chinese city".
The current protests started in June against a planned law which would have cleared the way for criminal suspects to be extradited to the mainland.   Many feared this would undermine the city's freedoms or be used to silence anti-Beijing voices.
The bill was withdrawn in September, but demonstrations continued.
Clashes between police and activists have become increasingly violent, with police firing live bullets and protesters attacking officers with bows and arrows or throwing petrol bombs.
The demands of the protesters, mostly young people, have expanded to include genuine universal suffrage and an inquiry into allegations of police brutality.
Analysis: Hong Kong election shows desire for change
US Senate unanimously passes Hong Kong rights and democracy bill
Dems’ doomsday scenario: Could anxious moderates scuttle impeachment push?
Top Democratic strategist pleads with party to abandon impeachment
25 November 2019
Transparently a Democrat witch-hunt ...
Regretful Democrats locked into Trump impeachment – and paying a price for it
23 November 2019
California's Restrictive Gun Laws Still Can't Prevent Shootings
Instead of reducing the dangers posed by criminals, California's gun restrictions have increased the threat posed to decent people by the law itself.
America's Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement Is Alive and Well
22 November 2019
Horowitz reportedly finds FBI lawyer falsified FISA doc;
20 November 2019
WaPo stealth-deletes Strzok connection
Founding Fathers had 'grave concerns' House would go 'rogue' with impeachment
10 November 2019
Donald Trump Jr. hits media for hypocrisy
Mueller probe led to eye-opening revelation about Dems
Democrats 'used' Robert Mueller to try to damage the president
"They're trying to, you know, reverse the results of an election that they didn't agree with, though the American people obviously agreed"
President Trump has "shown conservatives that you can actually fight back.   You don't just have to turn the other cheek.   We've done that for 50 years and all we've done to cede ground to the lunatic fringe of the left and their policies."
Nikki Haley reveals Tillerson, Kelly privately discussed resisting Trump:
'It was offensive'
Florida county first in state to enact 'Second Amendment Sanctuary' in support of gun rights
9 November 2019
Trump wants Pelosi, Biden to be called as impeachment inquiry witnesses,
7 November 2019
says he'll release second phone call transcript
US, China agree to roll back tariffs if phase one deal reached
Socialism guarantees failure and suffering – So why do so many Americans support it?
2 November 2019
High-tax New York in 'death spiral,' Florida Sen. Rick Scott says
"What are these states thinking? If you keep raising taxes, what's going to happen to their citizens?   They're moving."   Florida has no statewide income tax or estate tax.
US added 128,000 jobs in October vs. 75,000 expected
The unemployment rate ticked higher to 3.6%, in line with estimates, but remains around the lowest in 50 years. [...] "This report is yet another sign that the economy is still strong right now and adds to a list of indicators that are looking optimistic of late."
Want to destroy the strong U.S. economy?
Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all would do that.
She targets "the financial sector, large corporations, and the top 1 percent."
In other words, the people whose investments drive the U.S. economy.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos would pay nearly $7 billion to Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all tax
But Medicare-for-all taxes would also hit the middle class.
"Senator Warren would place a new tax of nearly $9 trillion that will fall on American workers."
1 November 2019
Trump impeachment vote is Democratic declaration of war
31 October 2019
Speaker Nancy Pelosi targeted in ethics complaint filed by 40 conservative groups
– Republicans must declare war on Dems
"If Democrats want to investigate phone calls, President Trump should release transcripts of calls by former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Biden with world leaders from countries such as Russia, Ukraine and Iran."
"weaponized" impeachment proceedings
House Dem opposing impeachment inquiry slams 'failed' process
30 October 2019
29 October 2019
Falling Rates Boost Mortgage Market to Precrisis Levels - the most in 14 years
28 October 2019
MSNBC made the best possible case for the 2nd Amenedment without meaning to
27 October 2019
ISIS leader al-Baghdadi confirmed dead after apparent suicide during U.S. operation
Trump says he kept details of ISIS operation from Pelosi to avoid leaks
Al-Baghdadi kill: How the daring military operation went down
Trump: US securing Syrian oil for three reasons
26 October 2019
How the FBI entrapped Michael Flynn
Trump No Longer Backing 'Red Flag' Law, Background Check Changes
The silly, silly Left
25 October 2019
Investigation into possible FBI misconduct is now criminal probe
Russia Will Test Its Ability to Disconnect from the Internet
Democrat Congresswoman sex scandal ethics inquiry
24 October 2019
GOP reveals new Strzok texts concerning 'crescendo of leaks,' demands watchdog investigate
Dems leading Trump impeachment probe bring their own baggage
22 October 2019
Probe into possible FBI misconduct expanded based on new evidence
Permanent bureaucracy a mortal threat to America
"If you elect Hillary Clinton, then I'll implement all of her policies very faithfully, and if I see massive evidence of corruption on Hillary Clinton's part, then I'll keep it all a secret.   If you elect a candidate I disagree with, then I'll lie, I'll leak, I'll cheat, I'll smear, I'll attack, I'll persecute, and I will refuse to implement, and I will obstruct at every single step of the way."
Tens of thousands of people with a vested interest in the growth of a bloated Federal bureaucracy.
'Victims of Socialism' campaign with firsthand accounts of its consequences
Victims of Socialism - first-hand accounts
Heritage Foundation readies to battle socialism
21 October 2019
Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban
"You can’t give up because Hong Kong is your home."
Watergate on steroids:   Trump's phone was tapped.
Anticipation builds as DOJ watchdog’s long-awaited report on FBI’s FISA abuses looms
Chinese govt. killed CIA spies after hacking Hillary's emails
Rise of the Midwesterner Democrats?
These 3 countries tried socialism.   Here's what happened.
Venezuela Assemblyman Dares Bernie Sanders to Visit His Socialist Country Without Bodyguards
Last year the Democrats wrote to the Ukraine last year, demanding they investigate Trump
Britain stands on the bring of Brexit victory
The news in pictures ...
20 October 2019
SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution
JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon says controlling capitalist companies is socialism not social democracy, sets record straight
Capitalism is "freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of enterprise" and that socialism does not work in business.   "Governments taking control of assets and companies, they start to use companies for one thing only – keeping themselves in power, using the company’s assets to get votes."
To Hillary - the "embodiment of corruption" - everybody is a Russian asset.
GOP Sen. Rand Paul harassed by NY couple while eating lunch in California
The left blames incivility on @realDonaldTrump.
Watch this video and decide who the rude ones are...
The only constitutional crisis right now is the lawless attempt to impeach the sitting president
Thought for the Day --
Remember ObamaCare?   "You have to vote for it to read it." - Nancy Pelosi
"Democrats are now the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, socialism, and blatant corruption.   The Republican Party is the party of the American Worker, the American Family, and the American Dream!   #KAG2020"
-- President Donald Trump
19 October 2019
38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe
British PM Boris Johnson’s frantic fight to win over 30 Tory and Labour rebels with his 'great' deal before super Saturday showdown
18 October 2019
Elizabeth Warren tells voters economy not working for them – Most voters disagree
17 October 2019
Senate Republicans not at all worried about Impeachment
The senior Texas senator, Republican John Cornyn, told the Daily Caller that the process is "a complete kangaroo court".
Thought for the Day
The people teaching our kids are the biggest threat to Americans' freedom.
11 October 2019
'Dreams really do come true' - Star sworn in as an American citizen
NASA advances Trump-led manufacturing push with six innovative technologies
9 October 2019
Former SC Rep. Trey Gowdy joins Trump legal team
8 October 2019
Brexit deal is 'essentially impossible,' Brit PM says, if EU stands by trade demand
5 October 2019
FBI - Violent crime dropped in 2018
28 September 2019
Humor for the Day:
26 September 2019
Why the Hong Kong protesters keep marching
By their bravery, the people of Hong Kong are showing that man has two sides—economic and noneconomic—and that the noneconomic side is just as important as the economic.   Hong Kong residents understand how precious their freedom is and how easily it can be lost.   They are willing to risk everything to preserve it.   The Hong Kong demonstrators are the tip of a giant iceberg: the Chinese people, who are no longer satisfied with just a "full rice" but seek basic human rights and some form of democracy.
Will "Red Flag" Laws Stop Suicide?
Rubio and other leftist Republicans: You should go to the other side.   Join your totalitarian brothers and sisters in the Democratic Party who want simply to force everyone to hand over their guns.   These leftists are MORE interested in forcing the peaceful to hand over their guns than they are about controlling criminals.   They don’t care about crime.   Most politicians are criminals themselves.   They just want to be the winners in the criminal game.   That’s the government too many of us have created for ourselves … in what started out as a land of liberty and individual rights!   Shame on most of us for letting that happen.   But let’s not intensify the evil by pretending that suicides will go down if we only hand over our guns.
The scandal in Washington no one is talking about
New State Department Documents Reveal Last-Minute Efforts by Obama State Department to Undermine President Trump
25 September 2019
Thought for the Day:
24 September 2019
Controversy Flares Over F-35 Air Combat Report
23 September 2019
A Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter was outperformed in the type’s first basic fighter maneuvering exercise by a 20-plus-year-old F-16 fighter, primarily due to inferior energy maneuverability.
The F-16 was able to get into both missile-launch and gun parameters over the F-35.
The most noticeable characteristic of the F-35A in a visual engagement was its lack of energy maneuverability.
The size of the helmet-mounted display system presented a problem.
The F-35A has a smaller wing than the F-15E, similar weight, and 15,000 lb. less thrust - i.e., less maneuverability and less energy available when needed.
"The F-35 goes out against something like a Sukhoi or a Typhoon and they’re going to eat his lunch."
"The F-35’s technology is designed to engage, shoot, and kill its enemy from long distances, not necessarily in visual dogfighting situations," Lockheed says.
Reliance on deciding the fight beyond visual range may not always be possible.   "My belief is that the tactics against the F-35 will be: If you see one — get close."
Just like against the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam, 50 years ago.
Pastors praise Trump for skipping UN panel on 'imaginary' climate crisis for 'real' problem of religious persecution
America 'isolated' at UN? General Assembly breaking with US on most votes, report finds
The UN is so corrupt, so warped by bias, that it needs a disinfectant. It's met its match in Trump.
The U.N.'s founding principles of peace, freedom, and equal rights are universally hailed.   But in practice, they have been subordinated to the U.N.'s own institutional power and interests.
Antifa members caught on camera harassing Portland police near climate rally
19 September 2019
Decades of failed 'eco-predictions' more about politics than climate
13 September 2019
Pension funds in Iran on brink of collapse amid US 'maximum pressure' campaign
"eco-pocalyptic predictions" have often been used to advance a political agenda
"Crippling sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran since President Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal last year have left pension funds throughout the country on the brink of collapse. [...] That includes the pension funds for all of Iran's armed forces."
"We think the Iranian [...] GDP will shrink by as much as 12 or 14 percent this year."
12 September 2019
Gowdy calls DOJ's rejection of McCabe appeal a 'celebration of our justice system'
Judge Jeanine on McCabe: 'The ultimate test of the American justice system'
EPA announces repeal of controversial water regulation from Obama era
SCOTUS allows Trump asylum restrictions to take effect, ending 9th Circuit injunctions
Trump administration announces major crackdown on asylum seekers
'Historic milestone': Senate confirms 150th Trump judicial nominee
"We are stopping them."
Britain's last chance to reembrace free-market democratic world it helped create
"Socialist" Elizabeth Warren is worth $12 million, makes $900,000 a year
Satellite image shows 'ISIS-infested' island bombed by US reduced to smoking craters
Thought for the Day:
11 September 2019
Dems admit Trump helped GOP candidates sweep North Carolina special elections
We’ve all heard of the Rorschach test - you know, the one where you look at an ink blot and say what you see.   The theory is that it’s a tunnel into someone’s subconscious thoughts or desires.   If you’re obsessed with hockey you might look at an ink splotch and see hockey sticks, or pucks, a Stanley Cup, or even Bobby Orr; if someone is obsessed with outer space, she could look at the same picture and see flying saucers or aliens.
These tests come to mind because lately, three dominant types of economic thought seem to analyze every data point and come to conclusions that always support their particular interpretation of the US economy.
One group is obsessed with President Trump’s tariffs, thinking they are slowing the economy.   They even search the internet and earnings calls to find mentions of “trade uncertainty” to prove their point.   But uncertainty is one thing, data are quite another.   Total US trade in goods and services (exports plus imports, combined) was $4.9 trillion in 2016.   In the past twelve months, it’s been $5.7 trillion, an increase of 14.5%.   In other words, trade has grown faster than the overall economy.
Yes, we know trade tensions with China are real and important for some companies.   And yes, we look forward to the US reaching an agreement with China.   But the Middle Kingdom is not the be-all end-all when it comes to world trade.   Supply chains are moving - trade is dynamic - which is why the costs to the US economy have been far less than static analysis predicted.
So far this year, US imports from China are down 12.3% from the same period in 2018, but imports from Vietnam are up 33.2%, and they are up 20.2% from Taiwan, 9.8% from South Korea, 9.7% from India, and 6.3% from Mexico.   Meanwhile, we’re confident that Congress will pass the new version of NAFTA by early 2020, facilitating stronger trade ties with Canada and Mexico.   Trade is moving forward, not dying.
The second major thought group consists of those who oppose the president’s policies in general and are looking for any way they can to discredit the tax cuts and deregulation.   They love to focus on supposedly weak business investment, which they say signals the ineffectiveness of the president’s policies.
The problem with this theory is that, since the tax cut was enacted at the end of 2017, “real” (inflation-adjusted) business investment in equipment has grown at a 3.4% annual rate, while real business fixed investment (equipment, structures, and intellectual property) has grown at a 4.5% annual rate.   These are respectable numbers.   It was inventories that held down GDP growth back in Q2, and this can’t last with a strong consumer.
Moreover, productivity growth (the growth in worker output per hour) has accelerated, growing at a 1.7% annualized rate since the start of 2018 (and up at a faster 2.9% annualized rate so far in 2019), versus a 0.9% annualized rate for the four years ending in 2016.
The last of the three thought groups have been obsessing about the next recession since the moment the last one ended.   Any day now they expect the “sugar high” to end.
They celebrated when the ISM Manufacturing index dropped to 49.1 last week, but then the ISM index for the much larger service sector surprised on the high side at 56.4.   For every data point that signals a slowdown, there are nine that don’t.
For example, a soft 130,000 gain in headline payroll growth for August dominated headlines, but civilian employment (which includes small business) surged 590,000, wage growth picked up, labor force participation moved higher, initial claims remained low, and auto and truck sales rose.   Not exactly negative news.
If someone has an axe to grind about the US economy, we’re sure they’ll see a recession in whatever blot or piece of data they look at.   They can always find something to worry about.   Nonetheless, we continue to believe that optimism should be the default position for investors when it comes to the US.
Brian S. Wesbury - Chief Economist
10 September 2019
Dramatic evidence about dinosaur-killer asteroid
George Soros praise for Trump on China foreign pollicy
9 September 2019
NY Times cheats, puts Michelle Obama's book ahead of better-selling Conservative book
Robert Stein, CFA – Deputy Chief Economist
"The New York Times bestseller list appears to have denied Judge Jeanine Pirro the number-one slot on its ranking system, despite the fact she sold over 17,000 more copies than Michelle Obama, and 6,000 more copies than the author who led the list."
Thought for the Day:
5 September 2019
AOC tries to post bail for ANTIFA attackers of Boston parade
4 September 2019
San Francisco officials brand NRA a 'domestic terrorist organization'
Falsely accuse the NRA of inciting "gun owners to acts of violence."
Considering the Democrats' position on human rights - abusive, disrespectful, disregard for them - I think the Democratic Party should be a primary candidate for anti-rights terrorist organization.
To attack the nation's oldest and biggest human rights organization - the NRA, of which I am a proud life-time member - is perversity and twisted thinking incarnate.
Senate Republicans Rebuke Colleagues for Threatening SCOTUS
3 September 2019
A Feminist Capitalist Professor Under Fire
The students who demand her firing, Camille Paglia argues, take prosperity for granted, are socially undeveloped, and know little about Western history.   Who’s Moses?
Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror
Google target of new U.S. antitrust probe by more than 30 state attorneys general
Major defeat for British PM as lawmakers seize Brexit agenda
31 August 2019
"I am at the center of a lawsuit that is about everyone's freedom of speech"
Thought for the Day:
has unconscious bias?
30 August 2019
IG report says ex-FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies
IG report highlights apparent inconsistencies in Comey's testimony about Trump memos
James Comey used his power for political ends. There's nothing more corrupt than that.
Comey admitted that he hid the origins of the Steele dossier from his boss, the President.
Some 2020 Dems want a 'wealth tax' - what you should know
It has not worked for other countries; what makes them think it would work in the US?
Thought for the Day
29 August 2019
Democratic Party embraces nonreligious voters,
criticizes 'religious liberty' in new resolution
Judicial Watch Demands House Ethics Investigation of Rep. Ilhan Omar
"The evidence is overwhelming Rep. Omar may have violated the law and House rules.   The House of Representatives must urgently investigate and resolve the serious allegations of wrongdoing by Rep. Omar"
Trump can change history by declassifying three Obama-era documents
Dems: Trump Is 'Carpet-Bombing' Us in Key Battlegrounds
Mark Levin confronts Yale psychiatrist who’s been making wild claims about Trump’s mental health
national security assessments that the U.S. intelligence community conducted under President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concerning the Russia nuclear giant Rosatom’s effort to acquire uranium business in the United States
Obama’s private correspondence with Iranian leaders — Obama promised Iran it could have a "domestic enrichment capacity" and that Tehran could be restored to a nation "in good standing" under the world's nuclear non-proliferation treaty, even though U.S intelligence had corroborated an extensive weapons program that violated that treaty for years.
Hillary Clinton’s email controversy — a highly classified set of documents that FBI agents identified as important and necessary in the investigation into whether she violated the law by transmitting classified emails on her unsecured private server.
She "has never made a diagnosis."
5 things to know about Republican candidate Catalina Lauf, who’s stormed national media
Thought for the Day:
The Left Is NOT About Liberalism.   It’s About De-Civilization.
28 August 2019
China’s Potential New Trade Weapon: Corporate Social Credits
It's easier to be a dictator over ignorant, illiterate hordes.
Prosecutors Near Decision on Whether to Seek an Andrew McCabe Indictment
whether he failed to be forthcoming with investigators re FBI’s dealings with media
Court battle on YouTube Restrictions of PragerU’s Educational Videos
Asteroid probe returning to Earth with rock samples
27 August 2019
Obamas' $15M House of Hypocrisy
If we get socialism, will everyone be given a multi-million-dollar house?
26 August 2019
Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system
25 August 2019
China vs. Democracy - Every American Should Hope Trump Prevails Against China
"Living in a fancy house is admirable, but living in a glass house is contemptible."
"The spending is perfectly aligned with the hypocrisy and envy that continues to permeate the Democratic party.   Whether it is Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with his multi-million dollar net worth and three homes or Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who earned well into the six-figures teaching at Ivy League institutions, their definition of “too rich” seems to be one dollar more than whatever they happen to be worth at a given point in time."
China seems to be gambling on its ability to turn American democracy against itself.
Thought for the Day
23 August 2019
Bernie Sanders Calls To Seize the Means of Electricity Production
So it can be run as poorly as in Venezuela?
Barack and Michelle Obama are buying a $15M estate in Martha’s Vineyard
... and buys a $15M estate.
Actions speak louder than words.
Thoughts for the Day
So every morning in 1st period they do the pledge.   I am the only one in my first period class to stand and to put my hand over my heart.   It's sad and it makes me mad and irritates the crap out of me.   Such disrespect to our country and the people that have served and lost their life in battle for us to have freedom.   I will continue to stand because I love this country and I respect it, our flag, the pledge, and all the men and women who are veterans, active duty.   And the fallen ones.   I am forever thankful.   If I was allowed I'd be going into the Air Force which is a dream but it won't happen.   Anyway I'm done with my rant.   #OnenationunderGOD
22 August 2019
21 August 2019
Holders of a concealed-carry permit are 1/6th as likely as police to commit a misdemeanor or felony.
Trump takes aim at automakers that ignored his emissions proposal
-- a 12th-grader named Hope
On the lighter side . . .
18 August 2019
Americans will soon learn how ‘off the rails’ FBI was on Russia probe
IG's report on Russia probe will be 'ugly and damning' for DOJ
"Every time you turn around you find something new."
Hong Kong protesters gather for mass rally despite warnings from Beijing
organisers are hoping to mobilise a million people
Khartoum crowds celebrate Sudan's transition to civilian rule
House Democrats will retaliate after Israel block of Tlaib and Omar
Congressional Democrats are said to be considering legislative action
"Anti-Semites have found their home!" - Mark Levin
The media are mum on the virulently anti-Semitic group behind Rashida Tlaib’s and Ilhan Omar's since-canceled Israel trip
17 August 2019
16 August 2019
Here’s How the Mass Shootings Have Affected Gun Sales In El Paso
Google EXPOSED As Whistleblower Leaks Hundreds of Pages To DOJ Showing Interference In 2020 Elections
Americans Apply for Jobs at Koch Foods After ICE Raid
Omar, Tlaib Planned To Meet With Terror-Promoting Groups, Including One That Promoted Neo-Nazi Screed, On 'Palestine' Trip
Dem. Rep. Tlaib's hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother
Obviously, Tlaib is not above duplicity and betrayal
13 August 2019
Senate hearing - Google, Facebook, Twitter can swing millions of votes
Senate hearing - Google censorship
Blue-collar wages - and savings - growing much quicker than thought
"Recall how liberals blamed 'secular stagnation' as the reason worker incomes weren't growing faster during the latter years of Barack Obama's Presidency.   Yet employee compensation has increased by $150 billion more in the first six months of 2019 than all of 2016.   Compensation increased 42% more during the first two years of the Trump Presidency than in 2015 and 2016.   This refutes the claim by liberals that the economy has merely continued on the same trajectory since 2017 as it was before."
Democrats use fear tactic on the U.S. Supreme Court, threatening its "re-structuring"
*   An institution beyond their control — an impediment to their Socialist agenda?
*   This is how tyranny begins.
But Biden called court packing a ‘bonehead idea’ during 1983 hearing
Trump campaign's small-dollar donations surge (61%), marking major shift for GOP
Similar to Trump's campaign in 2016 — 65%.   In contrast, Mitt Romney raised only 26% of his direct contributions from small donations in 2012, and John McCain only raised 25% from small donations in 2008.
12 August 2019
Docs show Comey's FBI was running secret counterintelligence operation against Trump
James Comey’s FBI was running a secret and corrupt counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 and repeatedly deceiving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) thereafter in order to wiretap a Trump campaign associate.
Another typical weekend for Democrat-stronghold Chicago: 5 dead, nearly 50 injured
11 August 2019
In 2020, socialism could flip Minnesota — and the election — to Trump
Elizabeth Warren’s Ferguson Lie
Michael Brown was shot by officer Darren Wilson in an act of self-defense.   This is why the grand jury declined to indict Wilson for murder or manslaughter, and it was also the conclusion of the Obama administration’s Department of Justice.   "Holding a would-be cop killer out as some sort of victim or worse yet, a hero, does no justice to the truth or to reconciliation."
Voter ID Opponents Lose Again.   This Time in North Dakota.
State Dept. updates ‘anti-Semitism’ definition following Omar’s anti-Israel resolution
Also, call by the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice recently launched an online petition, calling for Congress to censure Omar as well as her Democratic colleague, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, over rhetoric that the ACLJ describes as anti-Semitic.
Onetime Miss Iraq clashes with Rep. Omar after saying lawmaker doesn't represent her as Muslim
Thought for the Day
On the Lighter Side . . .   I think.
CDC: People With Dirt On Clintons Have 843% Greater Risk Of Suicide
Prison guards skipped the 30 minute required checks on Epstein’s cell.
Here It Is… Complete List of Clinton Associates Who Allegedly Died Mysteriously or Committed Suicide Before Testimony, Including Jeffrey Epstein
10 August 2019
Anti-Trump Rep. Castro taught a lesson by Texas barbecue lovers who support President
"We found that our fundraising actually has gone up since the congressman tried to out those people and shame somebody for supporting President Trump," said Lara Trump, Castro’s hate-tweet was "sick and twisted.   People don’t like this.   This is not acceptable.   When has it ever been OK to harass people and try and silence them and make an effort to stop them from contributing to a political campaign just because you disagree with it?"
8 August 2019
Majority of Blacks and Hispanics Support Presidential Candidates Who Are Against Illegal Immigration
7 August 2019
Dayton shooter may be ANTIFA's first mass-killer
“Kill every fascist,” the shooter declared in 2018 on Twitter, echoing a rallying cry of ANTIFA ideologues.
Only 4 of 14 FBI Staff Who Misused Classified Info Were Fired
Federal Court orders hearing about whether to speed up release of Strzok-Page documents
George Soros — crony capitalist with secret access to the Obama Adminstration and to Hillary Clinton
Just the kind of person the Democrats publicly
5 August 2019
President Trump's China stance 'woke America up' to potential 'Cold War II'
4 August 2019
President Trump negotiates with EU to remove EU tariffs on US beef, other farm products.
"We also opened markets in Tunisia, Morocco, and Australia."
AOC aide faces Fed investigation for illegal fund-raising
3 August 2019
Rewriting history . . .
California Removes Arrest Reports From Kamala Years
— see also here
Routine website redesign obscures Democrat's record on criminal justice;
at least 127,000 Black and Hispanic Californians were incarcerated
Harris has cast herself as a progressive on issues of racial justice and equity.
See today's great news about NASA's mission to 'touch the Sun'.
Baltimore's undeniable truths — I grew up on welfare.
Liberal policies have failed the people of Baltimore and inner cities everywhere.
Feds' crackdown on Baltimore drug trade nets 90 indicted, 51 guns, $1M cash
Baltimore's U.S. House Rep. Cummings calls Baltimore 'drug infested,'
likening residents to 'zombies'
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., previously referred to his community of Baltimore as a "drug-infested" area, using a term that President Trump included in a tweet widely panned as a racist attack on the city.
Google To Try To Prevent Trump From Being Reelected?
Google is using internal algorithms to shape what Americans see online
2 August 2019
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31 July 2019
CNN’s debate coverage slammed after it omits story it spent two years trumpeting
This is CNN? Primetime shows filled with liberal opinion, not straight news as network claims
CNN mired in a credibility crisis as ratings continue to collapse
30 July 2019
Why the left wants Trump to shut up about urban suffering
Baltimore's Democratic machine has failed the city.
Trump is about to execute a white supremacist.
Trump is trying to free a black rapper from a foreign jail.
Trump has presided over historic levels of low unemployment among minorities.
Trump is pushing prison reform that directly benefits families of black men.
Trump calls out absent leaders of a city where minorities are the main victims of crime and blight.
Wow, Trump utterly fails as a bigot.
It's the liberal machine inflicting the suffering.
No wonder they want Trump to shut up about it.
Swing-state households would lose at least $70,000 within first year of Green New Deal, study finds
Senator Daines introduces resolution condemning socialism
saying 'pivotal' moment has arrived
29 July 2019
MSNBC Host Donny Deutsch:
Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines introduced a resolution forcefully condemning what he called the "failed experiment" of socialism on Monday, warning that the United States had "two paths to take" — with one leading to "freedom," and the other, "complete government control, undermining our constitution and our American way of life.”
54 percent of voters think the U.S. moving from capitalism toward socialism would be a "bad thing"
"Radical Democrats are advocating for disastrous policies that would wreck our economy."
"We Are at War, We’re Not Going to 'Play Fair'" to Put Trump in Jail
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Democrats struggle to figure out next move against Trump after Mueller hearing falls flat
Transcripts Obtained of Former FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki Testifying
"Anyone who was looking for the smoking gun yesterday didn’t get it," said Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.)
"It’s time to move on and focus on getting some bills passed here that can get signed into law."
Only 42 percent of the Democratic caucus have backed impeachment
Russia Conspiracy Came from Obama’s White House
388,000 Slaves Were Sent to America from 1525 to 1866
— But Today There are Still 9.2 Million Slaves in Africa Alone
And 30 million world-wide
Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings
"Apple is subcontracting out, there’s a high turnover.   It’s not like people are being encouraged to have consideration for people’s privacy, or even consider it.   If there were someone with nefarious intentions, it wouldn’t be hard to identify [people on the recordings]."
"Ask the personal assistant 'are you always listening', for instance, and it will respond with: 'I only listen when you’re talking to me.'   That is patently false, the contractor said. They argued that accidental triggers are too regular for such a lighthearted response."
"Apple is not alone in employing human oversight of its automatic voice assistants.   In April, Amazon was revealed to employ staff to listen to some Alexa recordings, and earlier this month, Google workers were found to be doing the same with Google Assistant."
Thought for the Day
27 July 2019
Supreme Court paves way for Trump administration to use military funds for border wall
"Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall.   The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed.   Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!"
Democrats dub Supreme Court's border wall ruling 'regrettable' and 'nonsensical'
New York City Makes Second Bid to Shake Off Supreme Court Scrutiny
of Their Restrictive Gun Laws
Antifa victim Andy Ngo:   Far-left Antifa "working toward a political revolution."
"these acts of violence and vandalism ... not only target citizens but they're meant to polarize society."
- standard Fascist and Socialist tactics: polarization and disruption, then work to pick up the pieces, while keeping any opposition and the populace disoriented.
26 July 2019
Fake news at work:
And now, the news:
25 July 2019
Boris Johnson's first day as Britain's Prime Minister
Tells MPs who’ve failed to deliver Brexit their 'first job is to restore trust in democracy'.
Distraught Dems turn on Mueller after stumbling in hearing
— viciously turning on one of their own.   Forget teamwork
Thought for the Day
24 July 2019
President's approval up, economy ratings best in decades
Watch House Republicans Tear Mueller Apart At Hearing
Former Special Counsel couldn't remember details, deflected questions, appeared lost
Trump says Mueller did 'horrible' job at hearings, but had 'nothing to work with'
Anti-Trump Harvard Law prof Laurence Tribe calls Mueller hearing 'disaster' that helped the president
22 July 2019
What substance and facts reveal about Trump and his populist revolution
20 July 2019
Apollo 11: 50 years on, the world celebrates the Moon landing
18 July 2019
'Send her back' chant at Trump rally prompts outcry; Omar responds
16 July 2019
Trump has nominated over 125 judges, solidifying his judicial legacy
"There's no question that President Trump has been incredibly effective at putting people on the appellate courts — in fact, he’s gotten more than twice as many appeals court judges than most of the other presidents."   His picks have been praised for their bent on religious liberty.   Trump has flipped the Third Circuit Court of Appeals from a Democratic-nominated majority to a Republican-nominated one, and other nominees have strengthened Republican-nominated majorities in the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Courts of Appeal.   The Ninth Circuit, with Bress' nomination, has narrowed its Democratic-nominated majority to 16 compared to 12 Republican-nominated ones.   Democrats want judicial nominees who will "be second guessing everything our elected representatives do in pushing the nation as far to the extreme left as they can. I don't think that's what the average American wants.   We want judges who are going to be faithful to the law first, to the Constitution and what it actually says."
GOP leaders dismiss Dem outcry over Trump tweets as 'all about politics,' impeachment
15 July 2019
Today is Made in America Day, and the 14th through the 20th is Made in America Week.
China's economy growth cools further amid US tariff war
China's economic growth sank to lowest level in at least 26 years in the past quarter
Pelosi's isolation gambit leaves four liberals struggling
EU's GPS satellites have been down for four days in mysterious outage
The Galileo satellite system was launched by the EU as an alternative to the US Air Force's Global Position System (GPS) and the Russian government's GLONASS.
Trump Says Ilhan Omar Should Go Back to Africa: 'You Can’t Leave Fast Enough'
"So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run."
Democrats and Republicans agree — Donald Trump will be re-elected
"I Went to a Socialist Conference.   Here Are My 6 Observations."
Thoughts for the Day
12 July 2019
Dems lose patience with 'complete fraud' AOC, rally to Pelosi’s side
"She is a nobody.   She is a freshman member of Congress with no power.   [She is] skipping meetings and conference calls in favor of media interviews, tweets and glamour.   In this building, it is about how many others you can bring along to your side.   She maybe has two members — sometimes four."
"Even President Trump, who has clashed with Pelosi repeatedly since taking office, sided with her on Friday — calling Ocasio-Cortez disrespectful, and maintaining that the speaker is not a racist."
"Justice Democrats don't have the ability to primary anyone.   No one is afraid of those nerds."
House Dem blasts 'juvenile' Ocasio-Cortez, chief of staff: 'Ignorance is beyond belief'
9 July 2019
Trump says Green New Deal would 'crush' poor Americans, touts environmental record
"It'll kill millions of jobs, it'll crush the dreams of the poorest Americans, and disproportionately harm minority communities."
Florida fisherman says Trump's environmental moves helped turn his business around
8 July 2019
Democrats confront the unthinkable — Trump's reelection
*   "The party has moved left, and further left still, leaving the majority of Americans behind as they try to placate Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and other noisy progressives."
*   Well, the Dems are hearing what they have always wanted to do, in unequivocal terms — and now they must face the the implications and consequences of their political beliefs.
*   "The better-than-expected June jobs report confirms the economy remains strong, dampening ceaseless speculation (and left-wing hope) about a pending recession."
*   Because unlike the ambiguous, conflicting actions of past GOP Presidents, Trump is pro-freedom and pro-economic freedom — and has laid bare the truth that both are one and the same thing.   In so doing, he continues to increase freedom in America.   Economic growth is the consequence.
*   "Here's the bitter truth for Democrats: the unending slamming of the President is not working."
Comey basically 'went through red stoplights' trying to 'get' Trump
6 July 2019
Strong job growth is back: Payrolls jump in June well above expectations
payrolls rose 224,000 in June, well above market expectations of 165,000
5 July 2019
President Trump July 4th speech is a salute to the American spirit
4 July 2019
Left 'scared out of their wits' about Trump's July 4 parade
"The flag makes people tend to think more like a Republican.   It tends to make people support Republicans.   It tends to inspire patriotic thoughts," said Limbaugh, citing a Harvard study.   "What will be on display at Trump’s joyous Independence Day bash ... will be a celebration of freedom, which is the real threat they face," Limbaugh said.
Violent clashes in Portland, Oregon, prompt call for anti-mask laws
"We cannot allow people to continue to use the guise of free speech to commit a crime,."
— Portland Oregon Police Chief Danielle Outlaw
Thought for the Day -
3 July 2019
Dem. House Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida deserves to be ridiculed, mocked, and kicked out of Congress for her attack on America's freedoms.   What a disgusting FOOL!
Thought for the Day -
Marxist economics have been blasted, refuted, and discredited quite thoroughly.
Capitalist economics have never been refuted.
— Ayn Rand
How-to Explanation -
This is the Democratic Party -
On the lighter side ...
1 July 2019
Portland Mayor turns his city over to ANTIFA thugs
Crisis in Portland compared to the Ku Klux Klan
"This was a pre-meditated attack on someone" by "intolerant radicals"
The law-abiding "should be warned that there is anarchy in the streets of Portland.
It is not safe for you or your families to visit that city or do business in that city."
Not a good time for Jews in Britain — and elsewhere
AOC gets mocked for criticizing Ivanka Trump's Diplomatic job
Well, AOC provides so much opportunity
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