Scene above:  Constitution Island, where Revolutionary War forts still exist, as photographed from Trophy Point, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York


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JULY 22-23,  2024

MADNESS:  You've seen the Democratic Party descend into hysteria.  A week ago Kamala Harris was an unpopular vice president whose approval ratings were sometimes even lower than Joe Biden's.   Today she is the presumed presidential nominee of her party, having not gotten a single voter's vote for that position.  She got there the old fashioned way – backroom politics.  So much for the Democratic Party's commitment to "democracy."  This is more like the Iranian regime than the US election system.  But the press doesn't care.  "Journalists" have started to protect Harris the way they protected Obama. 

One of these days, maybe two weeks from now, the craziness will start to subside and the Democrats will be left with a candidate with no real record of accomplishment, no great ability at campaigning, and someone who ran for the Democratic nomination for president but who had to withdraw before the first vote was cast.  She was polling at one percent. 

We will watch.  And first we want to see who Kammy chooses for her vice presidential  candidate.  And she will have to grab control of the party's platform from the lunatic fringe. 

This will be brutal. 

July 23,  2024


SHE'S IN:  And so is the fix.  We have now learned that Kamala Harris, who told us just a few days ago that she wanted to "earn" the Democratic Party nomination for president, has amassed enough convention votes to make her the nominee.  I am so impressed.  All those phone calls she put in only three days after Biden pulled out of the race.  Such democracy.  Why, the voice of the people must have whispered right into Kammy's ear. 

So I guess she did earn it.  Making phone calls can be difficult, boring, and expensive.  But, at the end, you are rewarded with a presidential nomination. 

We also learn that the nominee is vetting vice presidential choices and has already asked some for financial records.  The top three choices apparently are Governor Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania, Governor Andy Beshear of Kentucky and Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina.   The problem with being Kammy's vice president is Kammy.  Anyone want to work for her?  Maybe her vice president can work remotely.

There is great clapping and yelling in the Democratic Party over the demise of Joe Biden and the rise of his female vice president.  Judging by Kammy's activities in the last three days, you get the feeling she had it all planned out. 

Of course, Kammy is not yet president.  Her official status hasn't change at all.  Biden says that, although he has withdrawn his candidacy for re-nomination, he will stay as president until inauguration day.  There is great buzz around this and considerable anger.  The Kammy crusaders want her to fly to the convention as president, Air Force One and Hail to the Chief and all that stuff.  Will Biden help her?  Ah, that is the question. 

More later.

July 22,  2024



JULY 20-21,  2024


You've got the same info I have.  Leave us we should review:

1.  Biden withdrew from the presidential race, but did not resign.  Says he still wants to hold the presidency until the end of his term on January 20th. 

2.  This means that Kamala does not immediately become president.  She can't go into the convention as "Madam President."  She keeps the same stationery. Probably cursing.

3.  Biden has endorsed Kammy for president, but not in his withdrawal letter.  The endorsement came later in a separate not, a kind of presidential P.S.

4.  Kammy is the odds-on favorite to get the presidential nomination.  Most of the delegates at the Dem convention in Chicago in August are Biden delegates.  I think it's unlikely they'd turn against Biden's choice, but you never know with this party.

5.  Most of those names that come up for a vice-presidential choice on a Harris ticket have suddenly decided they love Harris and have today endorsed her.  That makes them politically eligible to be considered.  I don't know what they actually think of Kammy, but I can imagine.  She doesn't rank high on the party popularity list. 

6.  There's talk of a two-woman ticket, but just talk. 

7.  That's just today.  Be prepared for some dramatic action in the next week.  Many of the party's donors are apparently lukewarm on Harris.  They may want an open convention, and may withhold checks unless they get it.  The convention itself may be menacing, and disrupt plans.  Chicago.  Hot August.  Memories of the out-of-control 1968 Dem convention in the same city.  Loads of demonstrators on the political fringes.

8.  Stand by.  As Bette Davis said, "It's going to be a bumpy night."

If I learn something new and important, I'll let you know. 


SHIFT IN EMPHASIS:  Remember the GOP convention?  I think it ended a few days ago. 

As Johnny Carson used to say, "How quickly they forget."  The convention ended, and, almost immediately, attention shifted to the Democratic Party, where the drama is much greater.  Will the Dem protesters politically decapitate their sitting president and candidate for re-election?

I have no idea.  As I've said before, speculative journalism is the entertainment of the moment.  Have you noticed how few real news stories we're hearing and seeing?  All the TV reporters claim they have "sources," but, if the "sources" are any good, why are there so many different stories out there?  Bill Goldman is still right:  Nobody knows anything.

We shall have to wait out the week to learn – I hope we do – whether the president is or isn't. 

With the working hours he keeps, he could slip into a good job as a nanny.

More tomorrow.

July 20,  2024 



JULY 18-19,  2024

A few early words about President Trump's acceptance speech, with more tomorrow.  I will also get to an analysis of J.D. Vance and his speech.

As just about everyone we've checked has said, the Trump speech began well, sagged in the middle, and came up a bit toward the end.  Critics are right in saying that Trump started his speech - which ran the length of a Hollywood movie - quite movingly, and carefully, with a description of his being shot, of the sacrifice of a fire chief in the crowd who was killed by a bullet fired by the assassin, and with a call for national unity and a more civilized kind of public debate.  Okay so far.  People had reason to ask, "Is there a new Trump?"  In the 1960s they were asking, "Is there a new Nixon?"  People always look for "newness" in those who have acted badly in the past.  Many last night were looking for a softer, more gentle Trump.  And they got it at the start.  But eventually, Trump moved on to issues.  At first, he handled them well, and thoughtfully.

And then...bam.

Trump started going off message, deviating from the written speech in his teleprompter, starting to brag about himself, and expressing his personal bitterness...and he started rambling.  One commentator estimated he went off the reservation about 30% of the time.  These lapses essentially reminded the audience of what they disliked in the "old Trump," and suggested that, left on his own, he hadn't changed much at all.   The episodes drastically diminished the speech.

WRITTEN TODAY, JULY 19th:  Does that mean that the speech was a failure?  No, not at all.  I felt it was less than it should have been, but I'm not the target.  Trump's target viewers were those working stiffs out there who are making a decent salary but are barely surviving.  His target viewers were the people who used to be the core of the Democratic Party, but are disillusioned.  The Republicans have made it clear that they want to become the party of working folks, few of whom live in Washington, Manhattan or Beverly Hills, and none of whom have Ivy League degrees. 

Trump is attempting the greatest flip in modern American politics – to make the MAGA Republicans the party of those who can run a bulldozer, or want to be stay-at-home wonderful moms.  And Trump may well succeed.   The Dems are not exactly pushing back on the change.

We will only know if Trump's less than perfect speech worked when we see the polling numbers.  I would not be shocked to find that Trump's was a good-enough effort and did its job.

July 19,  2024


JULY 16-17,   2024

A SURPRISING DAY:  But the surprise wasn't J.D. Vance's acceptance speech.  It was the news, dripping out all day, about President Biden's abandonment by Democratic leaders, one by one, and by the news that his campaign contributions were drying up.

The president has Covid, which symbolized the day.  He canceled appearances.  He looked pale and gaunt on the stairs of his aircraft.  He was quoted as asking aides whether they thought Kamala Harris could win the election.  All signs are pointing in one direction.  All eyes are on Nancy Pelosi, who, it is felt, will administer, privately, the final blow, telling Biden that he cannot win the election against Trump, and may bring down the rest of the party.

How would it work?  Biden can resign the presidency, allowing Kamala Harris to become president.  Or, he can hold on to the office, telling America that he will not run for re-election, meaning the party convention in August would pick a new presidential candidate. Biden would then continue as president until inauguration day in January.  Of course, he could, in that circumstance, endorse Kamala Harris for the nomination.  But the key would be whether he releases his delegates to vote for anyone.  Anyone might win, as the name Kamala Harris fills many Democrats with dread.   This is incredible history.

I'll discuss the Vance speech tomorrow, Thursday.

July 17,  2024


AND NOW FOR THE MAIN EVENT:  Up to now, the Republican convention has been, like most political conventions, stretches of tolerable routine interrupted by a few moments of drama.

Tonight will be different.  J.D. Vance, not exactly a household name, will give his acceptance speech for the vice presidential nomination of the Republican Party.  It better be good.  Vance is little known around the country.  I've detected, as other commentators have, a certain lack of enthusiasm among Republicans over his nomination.  Yes, he's attractive and he certainly speaks well.  His life story, truly rags to riches, is inspiring.  But he's only been in politics two years, and when some Republican officeholders were asked whether he could step into the presidency if required, the question was dodged. 

Many Republicans and journalists seemed to ask, when informed that Vance was selected, "For who?"  He comes from Ohio, an already safe Republican state.  Could he actually do anything to help Trump win the election?  It's hard to find something.  He has made a number of controversial statements, and some feel that explaining them will actually hurt the campaign.

Vance was apparently chosen because Donald Trump likes him and feels he'll be a team player, and because he's become a trusted friend of Donald Trump Jr.  Okay, I get it.  It's good that the president has known his vice president and feels comfortable with him.  But that's not really enough.  After the attempted assassination last Saturday, people have a right to expect that the vice president can step into the Oval Office with the confidence of the people behind him. 

He was not my first choice, or the first choice of anyone I've met.  I wanted Glenn Youngkin, the governor of Virginia.  He hits all the right buttons.

But Vance is a bright guy.  This acceptance speech will be his greatest challenge – to win over the American people.  I hope he knocks it out of the park and proves the skeptics wrong. 

Thursday night will feature former President Trump, giving his acceptance speech.  It will be his first speech since the attack on his life last Saturday.  Will he be defiant or subdued, or both?  Did the attack change him?  The audience will be huge.  Mr. Trump has the chance to make a speech for history.  We await.

July 17,  2024



JULY 14-15,   2024

VANCE IS THE ONE:  J.D. Vance, 39, Republican senator from Ohio, is former President Trump's choice for vice president on the Republican ticket.  Vance was quickly confirmed by the Republican convention after Trump made his selection known.

The pick was not a surprise.   Despite early criticism of Trump, some of it stinging, Vance has evolved into a MAGA Republican and a firm ally of the former president.  He is known to be close with Donald Trump Jr, who apparently recommended him.  The former president himself obviously likes him and sees him as a man who can carry on the Trump legacy.

Vance is married to Usha Vance, daughter of legal immigrants from India.  His children are bi-racial.  That will drive Kamala Harris absolutely crazy.  How can Vance be accused of being a white supremacist, Kammy's standard label for opponents?  The Dems will find a way, believe me.

Vance is considered thoughtful and brilliant by many who know him.  He is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he met his wife.  Vance is Catholic, his wife converted to Catholicism.  Vance enlisted in the Marine Corps right out of high school, and went on to Ohio State before going to Yale Law.  He is an entrepreneur who started several successful businesses.  He is also a best-selling author, who wrote the autobiographical "Hillbilly Elegy" in 2016.   A true rags to riches story, Vance's book was turned into a movie for Netflix. 

Vance has been in politics less than two years.  He will be hit hard for his lack of political experience, a legitimate concern, but he is incredibly articulate, and I'm sure he's handled this many times.  I can't wait for him to debate Kamala, whose completion of an English sentence is cause for national celebration.

More about this tomorrow. 

July 15,  2024


I've never seen a national political convention so anticipated, and potentially so important, as the Republican National Convention that starts tonight, July 15th.  It comes against the backdrop of an attempted assassination of the certain Republican presidential nominee, former President Donald Trump. 

I agree with many observers who say the convention comes down to two questions:

1) Will Trump use the occasion to present himself as a capable unifier who actually gets the job done for the American people?  It is his opportunity to become the picture of an experienced, tested, statesman. 

2) Will the attempted assassination convince the American people of the importance of the vice presidential nomination?  Americans know that if a president dies or is killed, the vice president becomes president.  They now, after last Friday's horror, can vividly imagine Kamala Harris raising her right hand to take the oath as president if something happens to Joe Biden.  Trump has this one chance to select a vice president who has the background, reputation and style, to be president.  There will be a vice presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mr. Trump's choice that can actually decide the election.  Will Trump rise to the occasion?  Let us hope so.

July 15,  2024


ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT – LATEST:  This is written at 9:00 a.m. ET:  The FBI has identified the alleged assailant of Donald Trump as Thomas Matthew Crooks, age 20, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.  Agents have already examined his home.  Bethel Park is in the western section of the state.

Little is known about Crooks.  He registered as a Republican, but later gave funds to a Democratic cause.  His father was reached by a reporter, but refused to answer any questions until he had spoken with law enforcement.  We don't yet know if Crooks had a website.  We expect more information about him later in the day.

More later.

July 14,  2024


JULY 12-13,  2024

THIS IS WRITTEN AT 12:55 A.M.  We know that the attempt to assassinate former President Trump in Butler, Pennsylvania, was made by a sniper firing from the roof of a building of about four stories to Mr. Trump's right.  The shooter's distance from the former president is not yet clear.  Some said it was more than two football fields, but another reporter said it was only about 500 feet.  This will have to be clarified.

Butler is about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Trump was slightly wounded in the right ear.  Blood on his ear and face was clearly visible.  But his campaign announced that he was not seriously hurt and is operating as close to normal as possible.  He and President Biden have spoken.

The shooter was a male carrying an AR style rifle.  He was killed by return Secret Service fire.  He has not yet been identified publicly, but an FBI spokesman said that the identification should come within hours.  The shooter carried no I.D.

The major question, apart from the identity of the would-be assassin, is this:  How did the individual get to a rooftop with a direct line of sight to Mr. Trump?  There were no law enforcement officers on that rooftop at the time of the shooting.  We don't yet know if it was swept by the Secret Service beforehand.  But this issue is key to the investigation.  Several attendees said that they saw a man climbing up the side of the building, and that they alerted police officers.  That has yet to be confirmed.

One attendee was killed by gunfire from the lone shooter, and two were seriously wounded.

We don't know whether the shooter had any assistance.

COMMENT:  Because the shooter is dead, there obviously will be no trial.  All public information will come from an investigation launched by federal and state agencies.  The lead agency is the FBI.  I would much prefer that a bipartisan commission be formed to monitor the investigation, and assure us that nothing is being withheld or altered.  The FBI is under the control of President Biden, Mr. Trump's political opponent.

More coming.

July 14,  2024 


THE ATTEMPTED MURDER:  You are watching the same coverage I am.   First, I must compliment most of the journalists for excellent, calm and informed coverage.  The good work is appreciated.

Stand by for more. 





It's true.  Midday Saturday and nobody in presidential politics or the media thereof knows anything about the race.  Don't know who Trump's VP guy is.  Don't really know what Biden ultimately will do.  We don't anything more than we did a week ago.

So relax, enjoy yourselves.   Sit in front of a TV set and watch the greatest flow of speculation since the sex of Lucy's baby in the 1950s.

We'll let you know if something happens.  Meanwhile, I'm going to Trader Joe.  Love their chocolate ice cream.

July 13,  2014



Campaigners have uncovered worrying teaching materials for the Pentagon's160 military schools that many service members may see as unpatriotic and even scary.

Training manuals for its 8,000 teachers advise that Thanksgiving feasts have no historical basis and that America was founded on land 'stolen' from natives.

Though uncontroversial for some, Adam Andrzejewski, who uncovered the documents via public records requests, calls it a 'perverse' way to teach kids of service members.

His revelations come as Republicans and Democrats clash in the Senate over LGBTQ troops and other controversies in the $886 billion defense bill.

Andrzejewski, head of the conservative watchdog OpenTheBooks.com, described a 'secret push within the Pentagon's K-12 public schools to institute radical ideologies in classrooms.

Encouraging kids to place complex identities ahead of their shared American ideals is particularly shocking when it's happening to military families,' he told DailyMail.com.

'It's a perverse way to approach children of service members who are deployed around the world defending American ideals and principles.'

Aguilar's book says the 'brutality of colonialism has been erased.'

The military's education wing, DODEA, which runs schools across seven states, 11 foreign countries, Guam and Puerto Rico, declined to comment on the report.

Its annual $2.26 billion budget educates some 64,000 students and pays the salaries of 14,000 employees.

OpenTheBooks.com asked the Pentagon for copies of education and training materials related to its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) program.

Department of Defense educators replied with a range of its texts, including Coaching for Equity by the California-based consultant, Elena Aguilar.

Aguilar's 416-page book tells teachers that America was founded on 'stolen lands' through the 'genocide' of native people.

On the annual Thanksgiving celebration she writes that there is 'little evidence this historical feast actually occurred' in the Plymouth area in the early 1600s.

But there is 'plenty of evidence of the massacres that the white settlers perpetrated on the native peoples,' she adds.

'History has been sanitized, and the brutality of colonialism has been erased,' says her teaching guide.

'This perpetuates the power of white supremacy.'

COMMENT:  How do people like this get jobs in the Department of Defense?  And, once again, why isn't the mainstream media even marginally interested?

Programs like this were largely started in the Obama administration, reflecting Obama's goal to "fundamentally change" the United States.  I don't recall a single mainstream reporter who pressed Obama on what he meant by that.   I wonder why.

July 13,  2024


JULY 10-11,  2024

SO, THE MOTHER OF ALL PRESS CONFERENCES IS OVER:  Could you believe the hype preceding last night's Biden press conference?  Some commentators sounded like Jackie Mason:  "This is the most important press conference in all of history!!  Never have I seen such an important news conference!!  The whole fate of the world depends on it.  Kiss your family good-bye just in case!!"

Of course, what the press was looking at was an attempt by Biden to show that he's just as sharp as ever.  Well, maybe "sharp" isn't exactly the right word.  Maybe "slightly above average" would be better.

The night did not start off well for Mr. Biden.  Just before his press conference began, he referred to President Zelenskyy of Ukraine, in his presence, as President Putin.  So Joe is still Joe.

Joe did fairly well at the press conference, but certainly not well enough to satisfy his doubters.  I mean, when he refers to Vice President Harris as Vice President Trump, how good could the rest be?  I can't imagine any Democrat coming away relieved.  Biden is still sinking.  The band is playing "Auld Lang Syne." 

July 11,  2024


NEWS OF THE DAY:  Yesterday we were told by most media outlets that President Biden was winning his fight to remain the Democratic nominee for president.  Today we were told that the forces that want him out were closing in on the president.  Nancy Pelosi will not commit to him.  We were informed that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is saying one thing publicly, that he backs Joe, and another privately, that he wants him gone.

We will announce in several weeks the winner of our Lifetime Achievement Award for hypocrisy.  It's such a difficult decision.

At the top today, and leading the news, was George Clooney, actor and major Democratic fundraiser.  He has decided to join the "get out, Joe" crowd.

It's pretty clear that, as of the minute, leading Democrats are bailing.  But don't call your friends to tell them.  On Friday they may be bailing the other way.  As Groucho Marx used to say, "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them, well, I've got others."

We were once told in school that George Washington cut down a cherry tree, and, when confronted, said, "I cannot tell a lie," then admitted what he had done.  Today he would say, "It depends on what you mean by lie.  My narrative is that I did not cut down the tree, and no legally convincing evidence has been presented against me." 

And, in my elementary school, at the end of the day, the class would line up at the teacher's desk.  If you were a good boy or girl that day, teacher would stamp the word INTEGRITY in your composition book.  Yes, we wrote compositions, in English, even though it was the language of the white oppressor class.  And INTEGRITY was still used. 

I want to go back and study in that school.  I'll bring my own, larger chair.

July 10,  2024


JULY 8-9,  2024

NIKKI THE LOYAL PLAYER:  Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and UN ambassador for President Trump has done the right thing and released the primary delegates she won.  From Red State: 

Former ambassador to the United Nations, South Carolina governor, and '24 GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley says she has not been invited to the Republican convention which starts July 15, but she’s releasing her 97 delegates and urging them to vote for presumptive nominee Donald Trump anyway.

She said we can’t afford to continue watching our country’s decline under a befuddled leader:  “The nominating convention is a time for Republican unity,” Haley will say in a statement. “JOE BIDEN is not competent to serve a second term and KAMALA HARRIS would be a disaster for America. We need a president who will hold our enemies to account, secure our border, cut our debt, and get our economy back on track. I encourage my delegates to support Donald Trump next week in Milwaukee.”

She also posted to social media Tuesday, saying, “If you vote for Joe Biden, you really are counting on a President Harris."

COMMENT:  She's a fighter, but in the end she showed her loyalty to the Republican ticket.  I hope there's a useful place for her in the political world.

July 10, 2024


LEAVE US WE SHOULD CALM DOWN:  We now begin what almost surely will be one of the most dramatic two weeks in recent American political history, containing both the chaos at the White House and the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.

But, caution please.  Virtually every political story you're reading or viewing is speculative.  It reminds me of William Goldman's observation about Hollywood:  "Nobody knows anything." 

The stories you're getting are speculative because "nobody knows anything."  There's actually a shortage of real news.  No one knows how the suspense over who will be the Democratic nominee for president will turn out.  And you may be sure that only one man knows who the Republicans will nominate for vice president.  And maybe he doesn't yet know either.

I've never seen such a surplus of speculation in my political life.  But I know this:  It is bad for the country and for America's image among crucial allies, who need American leadership and American stability.

July 9,  2024



JULY 6-7,  2024


There is a raging debate in corporate America on the future of DEI, aka Diversity ­Equity and Inclusion, because it is literally destroying businesses that go there. 

And yet the American public may soon be subjected to DEI writ large in the next president of the United States, if Kamala Harris finds her way to the top of the Democratic ticket while Joe Biden wilts away as the party’s presidential nominee after his horrific ­debate performance. 

Yes, maybe the most irrepressibly fatuous politician in America may become the leader of the free world because the Democratic Party is unable to break its DEI stranglehold. 

Harris is already being hailed as the president-in-waiting as her boss Sleepy Joe — despite his defiant TV vow to George Stephanopoulos Friday night to stay in the race — increasingly faces reality that his chances of besting Trump are slim. 

Calls that he should step down are mounting, paving the way for his VP to land at the top of the ticket.

Even he if does stay and achieves the near impossible by pulling out a victory, you can bet he won’t survive four years. Harris becomes the nation’s first DEI president by default. For the American people it would be such an unfair and odd coronation. 

Remember, she’s part of an administration that gave us inflation, world chaos and an open border that literally invites terrorists to enter the country and kill people. 

She has spent nearly four years as Biden’s No. 2 flubbing every assignment given to her, including the border mess. 

That’s on top of her manifest ­unlikability; her word salad whenever she tries to sound smart; her cackle when she laughs; her vaulting ambition. 

She once suggested during a 2020 primary debate that her current boss was a racist for being against federally mandated busing. 

But Biden’s busing stench wasn’t nasty enough to stop her from jumping at the chance to serve as his VP when DEI came calling. 

COMMENT:  Prepare yourselves for Trump's campaign against her.  He will hold nothing back.  Read the rest. 

July 7,  2024


IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE CAPITAL?  The president has now experienced what Washington was waiting for – an interview by ABC's George Stephanopoulos, with no opponent.  Yes, it is certainly true that Stephanopoulos has a background in the Clinton administration and the Democratic Party, and probably wants Biden to win.  But he also wants to maintain his reputation as a journalist, and he did.  The questions may not have been brilliant, but they were reasonably fair. 

The outcome, however, was pretty much the same as other attempts by Biden to set the record "straight," whatever that means in his mind.  Here is a good critique from the responsible New York Sun: 

The White House is celebrating a “strong” interview by President Biden on ABC News. Like Mr. Biden, they’re denying realities and creating sunnier ones. Americans, who don’t have the luxury of rose-colored glasses, are left with a president — and Democrats with a candidate — whose stubbornness verges on obstinance.

The former Clinton War Room operative, George Stephanopoulos, gave Mr. Biden every opportunity to allay America’s concerns. Mr. Stephanopoulos is still plugged into Democratic poohbahs, so his soft touch indicated that the president hasn’t yet lost them, but the interview may have changed that.

Mr. Stephanopoulos asked questions that were tough only in the sense that Mr. Biden didn’t want to answer them. But Mr. Stephanopoulos seemed to know what the president denies: Questions by the American people, even if they make a commander-in-chief squirm, must be answered.

“Have you had a full neurological and cognitive evaluation?” Mr. Stephanopoulos asked. “I get a full neurological test every day,” Mr. Biden replied. Mr. Stephanopoulos didn’t let him off the hook. Has he had “specific cognitive tests” by “a neurologist, a specialist”?

“No,” Mr. Biden said. “No one said I had to.” Of course, plenty of people have said that the president ought to take a test to settle the issue. Asked if he’d undergo “neurological and cognitive tests and release the results to the American people,” Mr. Biden skirted again.

“I have a cognitive test every single day,” he said. “I’m running the world.” Indeed, and that’s what has people concerned.

COMMENT:  Yes indeed.  That's what has people concerned.  And they are no less concerned today than yesterday. Mr. Biden did himself no good with the interview.  It may well take his agreement to undergo medical tests from a politically neutral group of distinguished specialists to satisfy the public's concerns, and that he has refused.  If the refusal continues, it may be definitive to a questioning people.

July 6,  2024



JULY 4-5,  2024

IT'S BECOMING A MOVING TRAIN WRECK:  Nothing Biden is doing is changing the growing feeling within his party that he cannot remain at the top of the ticket.  Obama loyalist David Axelrod would not have made the following comments without Obama's okay.  Posted by Fox:

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod says President Biden is “dangerously out-of-touch” with the concerns Americans have when it comes to his capacities as president and his standing in the race.

ABC News aired a taped interview between host George Stephanopoulos and Biden on Friday night, during which time the president boasted about his accomplishments as president.

For example, the president said during his presidency, he put NATO together, shut Putin down, helped Ukraine, and most recently, created 200,000 jobs.

“The president is rightfully proud of his record,” Axelrod posted on X, after the interview. “But he is dangerously out-of-touch with the concerns people have about his [capacities] moving forward and his standing in this race. Four years ago, at this time, he was 10 points ahead of Trump. Today, he is six points behind.”

During the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Biden about two polls conducted by the New York Times and NBC, both of which put the president nearly six points behind the popular vote.

COMMENT:   What is choking Biden is the lack of enthusiasm for him through much of the Democratic Party.  His debate performance is only part of the story.  It is absurd is for Mr. Biden to claim that the debate bomb was a one-time thing, an aberration.  Any viewer watching who's seen that deterioration in an older relative knows that it goes in only one direction - down.   

My great fear is that, if Biden finally leaves the campaign, the country will get either Kamala Harris at the top of the ticket or someone much worse.  The hard leftists wait for their moment.  Maybe that, ultimately, will be what this whole commotion is about, and that would be a tragedy. 

July 5,  2024


HAPPY FOURTH!   An unusual Fourth, wasn't it?  We were celebrating the birth of the United States while the current government thereof is falling apart.  Glad Tom Jefferson didn't live to see it.

The president and first lady paid a visit to the White House balcony with other members of the family to watch the fireworks.  The president's appearance was passable, but he looked tired and old because he's old and tired.

The next two weeks will be critical in deciding Mr. Biden's future.  Those two weeks will end with the opening of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee on Monday, July 15th.  Unless something truly unexpected happens, Donald Trump will be nominated for the presidency, and we will know who his choice for vice president will be.

Trump cannot be sure that he will be opposing the incumbent president in the general election, which makes it doubly hard for him to pick the right V.P. candidate.  But he has a strong group from which to choose.  No one person stands out as the inevitable s this time.

Trump, who is coarse but not stupid,  must also be concerned about his own poll numbers.  Yes, he got a polling boost from the Biden debate disaster, but it is not enough to guarantee him a victory.  The numbers, although showing him in the lead, also show that millions of Americans intensely dislike him for his behavior, or alleged behavior.  If Trump makes a serious error of judgment during the campaign, especially if it involves a question of character, he could have his own version of Biden's debate disaster. 

Republicans who are already measuring the drapes in the White House and ordering furniture for new offices in the House and Senate should forget their dreams and go out and fight for them.  This can turn into a very nasty battle, with half the country ready to start a revolution.

July 4,  2024


JULY 2-3,  2024

MORE CLOSINGS - BAD SIGN.  America's pharmacy chains are experiencing the pain of contraction.  From Fox Business:

The major U.S. pharmacy chains have closed locations around the nation in recent years amid the rise in online pharmacies. 

It’s a trend that Jonathan Palmer, senior health care analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, projected will continue especially as the dependency on online services continues to grow. 

Just this week, Walgreens announced that it would close a "significant" number of under performing stores across the U.S. due to ongoing challenges with profitability and declining margins.

Earlier this month, Rite Aid announced that 27 locations in Michigan and Ohio have been added to the growing number of stores it plans to close while it restructures under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The initial list of store closures stood at 154 and has continued to grow throughout the bankruptcy proceedings which involves footprint optimization.

In 2021, CVS announced that it was shuttering 900 of its 10,000 retail locations over a three-year period. 

CVS and Walgreens declined to comment on specifics of the closures. Rite Aid has not immediately responded to FOX Business' request for comment.  

Palmer told FOX Business that the closures were the result of a culmination of a couple of different things, but online pharmacies have contributed to this downfall. 

"More consumers buy online than ever before and with next-day delivery in many cases - the value proposition of retail pharmacy isn't as compelling," Palmer said. 

He argued that while pharmacies are convenient for household products, they aren't cheap. 

"They're at a significant premium to a Walmart or a Target," Palmer said. 

On top of that, the "reimbursement for dispensing drugs has been pressured by managed care and payers for years." There have also been more alternatives than ever before, such as the likes of Amazon Pharmacy, GoodRx or Mark Cuban's Cost Plus, he noted.

COMMENT:  Yeah, online outlets are more convenient, etc., etc.  But with these retail pharmacies comes the local pharmacist – an old American tradition.  The local guy seemed to know everything.  Some of them became legends, staying open all night to fill the needs of one emergency patient.

We are losing human contact, and I think it's too bad.  And yes, I miss the neighborhood news stand and the ice cream trucks with jingling bells.

July 3,  2024



JUNE 30 – JULY 1,  2024

ADVICE FROM A FRIEND:  One of Joe Biden's closest friends in the Senate is giving him some solid advice.  From Fox: 

Former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who served with President Biden in Congress for over 20 years, is calling on Democrats to pressure the president into bowing out of the 2024 race following his widely panned debate performance.

Harkin told Julie Gammack's Iowa Potluck following the debate that voter perception is that Trump is the candidate best "able to take command of a situation and control the outcome."

"Of course, Trump’s answers were meandering, gobbledygook, and full of lies, BUT they were said with force and directness," the 84-year-old Harkin said.

"I also think all incumbent Democratic Senators should write to Biden asking him to release his delegates and step aside so the convention can choose a new candidate," Harkin added. "A couple of governors may need to do the same."

"Last night was a disaster from which Biden cannot recover," Harkin said.

The Iowa Democrat said that the president "has gone downhill since his State of the Union speech."

"Look how he walked and handled himself on the House floor even after the speech, and watch how he walks and uses his arms now," Harkin said. "Startling!"

COMMENT:  Other Democrats are rallying behind Biden, but several commentators have said that, in private, many of these are actively planning for Biden to leave the ticket.  Such a development would throw the Democratic Party into chaos. 

July 1,  2024



For months before the first debate, the nation's voters repeatedly expressed doubts over whether President Biden had the cognitive health enough to serve. 

Today, those doubts have grown even more: now at nearly three-quarters of the electorate, and now including many within his own party.

And today, after the debate with former President Trump, an increased number of voters, including many Democrats, don't think Mr. Biden should be running for president at all. Nearly half his party doesn't think he should now be the nominee.

(Trump, for his part, does better, but still only gets half the electorate thinking he has the cognitive health to serve.)

The move came across the partisan board, but it includes a double-digit movement among Democrats, and movement among independents.

Given that, today nearly three in four voters also don't think Mr. Biden should be running for president in the first place. That's a higher-percentage sentiment than in February, when almost two-thirds said he should not run.

Most voters who say he shouldn't run say it's both about his campaigning and his effectiveness in office, along with his age.

But Democrats' concerns, when expressed, lean more toward the strategic. They are worried more about his ability to campaign than his decision-making as president.

COMMENT:  That last point shouldn't shock you.  The Dem party today is all about power, and who has it.  In the age of Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy the party was a major cultural and political force.  In certain groups, most of them struggling to break through, the Dems truly were the party of the people, or something close to it.  Today many of those "people" are drifting away.  I mean, how big is the wanting of Biden?

June 30,  2024 



Confidence in colleges and universities has reached a new all-time low, according to a recent poll commissioned by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) and conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. 

"In two AmeriSpeak panels representative of the U.S. household population, we asked Americans: ‘How much confidence, if any, do you have in U.S. colleges and universities?’" a press release from FIRE reads.

The question is similar to one asked by Gallup last year, which found that Americans who had a "great deal" of approval for institutions of higher education had plummeted from 57% in 2015 to 36% in 2023.

By comparison, FIRE's report indicated only 28% of Americans had "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in higher education as of May 2024.

Thirty percent similarly said they have "very little" or no confidence at all in higher education. 

Democrats, women and younger Americans aged 18-34 saw "some of the largest drops," according to the report, while the level of confidence among conservatives – which was already low in the past – has "reached a floor."

On one hand, some say colleges and universities have lost their credibility as many Americans realize their return-on-investment in higher education failed to meet their expectations.

"Those of us who attended college or University in the mid 2000s (when quality started really dropping) have seen that it had little or no impact on our careers and that most of what we were taught ended up having very little value in the real world," Bobby Kittleberger, a web designer and founder and editor of Guitar Chalk, told Fox News Digital.

"Colleges are now viewed as having primarily a social agenda and not an economic or even an educational agenda. Even if you want an education driven by a social agenda, the asking price is incredibly high," he added.

COMMENT:  Please read the whole thing.  Many Americans are fed up with the educational system generally, and are building the courage needed to fight back.  There is hope, after all.  But the educational establishment will not capitulate easily. 

If you're a parent, get involved in your child's education.  Concerned parents are our most potent weapon.

June 30,  2024



JUNE 28-29, 2024

THE DAY AFTER:  Remember all those predictions early in the week that Donald Trump would launch some major event just before or just after the big debate?  Maybe the naming of his vice-presidential choice.  The predictions came from "well informed sources" or "high  former officials" or "people close to the former president" or "a constant golf partner."  Well, nothing happened, and the "sources" will remain anonymous, to fake it again some day.  Be careful about all predictions, and assurances that the sources are solid.  It's Washington we're talking about.  Not a real place.

Now, the day after the debate:  Right now, but not necessarily a month from now, the debate stands as hugely consequential.  Biden had to demonstrate that he was mentally capable of being president for four more years, and he showed just the opposite.  Instant polling revealed a devastating loss for the president.  Yes, there are those who are standing by Biden, claiming his kamikaze suicide run really was the result of a cold.  Bill Clinton is standing by Biden.  So is Barack Obama.  Their words mean nothing.  Of course they're standing by the president.  It is the traditional thing to do, and it costs nothing.  But I would not be shocked if both men privately are conferring on who should replace him.  That would be an urgent matter if the big polls, due this week, show Biden losing major points and sinking further. 

It is a unique situation.  The president's problem is medical, not political.  The people of the nation know that.  They've seen it in their own families.  How do you fix mental decline?  I don't think you do.

The replacement names are starting to circulate.  One name that doesn't come up is Kamala Harris, and she is reported by those informed sources to be livid over that.  But what could she do if Biden decides to decline his party's nomination, citing health issues, and calls for an open convention to choose his successor?  Harris would then simply be a lame duck vice president.  Remember, Barack Obama did not endorse Joe Biden, his vice president, in 2016, but chose to back Hillary Clinton. 

The Democratic Party is extremely short on talent.  The elders have made sure that the younger ones have not gained too much traction.

Gavin Newsom is being mentioned most often as Biden replacement, but his governorship of California is so bad that Trump would quickly name him as "the worst governor in the country."  I can already see those Trump campaign ads showing the crime-ridden, homeless-filled streets of San Francisco. 

Gretchen Whitmer's name is also starting to circulate.  She is the governor of Michigan, is popular at home but associated largely with local issues.  Zero foreign-policy experience. 

There is no particular "wanting" of any of the people mentioned as a Biden replacement.  Even the anciently Marxist Bernie Sanders gets little more than polite applause. 

More tomorrow.

June 29,  2024 



JUNE 26-27, 2024

THE DEBATE, IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT:  I very rarely watch full presidential debates.  They're usually boring, over-rehearsed, and free of thought.  The only things I normally care about is who won, how, and did the polling needle move.

I made an exception last night because of the unusual, historic circumstances.  I'll provide a brief response now and add more tomorrow, as polling data comes in.

This was a debate between two men who, according to many polls, most Americans don't even want to run.  In Hollywood this used to be called a B movie.

The most talked about issue before the debate was whether Joe Biden could stand up and get through the debate without the coroner being called.  He did, but not well.  From the first moment he sounded weak, and old.  He stumbled a bit.  You could hear the alarm bells at Democratic headquarters.  Biden was disappointing to those who wanted him to prove that he was Son of Superman, but he didn't fall down, and he did force himself through the awkward moments.  He gets a pass, barely.

Donald Trump was strong from the beginning, knew his issues, but probably did not actually gain much from Biden's weakness.  The question was whether he, a former president, could sound presidential, and yet compassionate.  He didn't try particularly hard.  After about 10 minutes we got too much of the old Trump.  Often mean, always demeaning toward the current president, and generally obnoxious.  He needlessly drives people away.  He's too good at that.  On the issues that people care about – crime, money, peace and war – he won.  On personality, he blew it.

Neither man won the debate.  Biden lost a little more badly than Trump did.  We should know within days what the public thinks.

We are a bit more than four months from the election.

June 27,  2024


CAUTION - ROAD HAZARDS AHEAD:  Now don't get me wrong.  As a resident of New York's now-famous 16th Congressional District, I'm in political ecstasy over the defeat of Jamaal Bowman last night.  He disgraced our district by his very presence, and he will not be missed.

However, don't assume that Jamaal is gone forever.  He is a hard leftist, and they generally don't give up.  There is a leftist network that will take him in and give him a new home.  He was a professional educator, whatever that means these days, and you can almost bet that he'll wind up at some wokish, Marxist school, maybe as a visiting professor or lecturer.  He might even move to another district, and run for office once more.  He will never admit being wrong.  The left just doesn't do that.  The left will find an excuse for Jamaal's downfall. 

We are now focusing on Congresswoman Cori Bush of Missouri, another member of the "Squad," and about as nutty as her pal, Jamaal.  She is running for re-election but is being challenged for the Democratic Party nomination by Wesley Bell, the prosecuting attorney of St. Louis County.  The primary election is August 6th, and Bush and Bell are in a dead heat.  If two members of the Squad can be knocked off this year, it would be a major step forward in the hunt for Washington sanity. 

But be careful.  The left is putting up a ferocious battle.  It has contempt for the United States as a nation, and has little interest in following our customs and restraints.  Win at any price.  Expect to see new alliances formed between leftist groups, probably based on their hatred of Israel.  Expect also to see a number of mainstream "journalists" going very easy on their left-wing friends.

I'll have much more on this as the campaign develops.

June 26,  2024



JUNE 24-25, 2024

10:50 ET:  WE KNOW:   In the 16th Congressional District of New York, crazy Democratic Congressman Jamaal Bowman has been defeated for re-nomination in the Democratic primary by Westchester County Executive George Latimer, a relative moderate.  Bowman is the first member of the famous leftist, radical Squad to lose his seat in Congress.  May there be many more.

WE WAIT.   Urgent Agenda is based in New York's 16th Congressional District, just north of New York City.  I am writing this at 8:25 p.m. ET.  Our district has just witnessed the most expensive Congressional primary race in American history.
  The contest pitted thoroughly obnoxious Democratic incumbent Jamaal Bowman, a proud member of the equally obnoxious "Squad" in Washington, against moderate Democrat George Latimer, our Westchester County Executive.  Whoever wins in this heavily Democratic district is almost certain to win the Congressional seat in November.

Even we non-Democrats are passionate about the race.  We want to get rid of Bowman, who is a so-called "progressive," meaning anti-American, anti-Israel and anti almost anything good that you can think of.  If he is defeated tonight he will be the first member of the Squad to lose re-election.  We will take that as an omen.

Polls close in about 35 minutes. 

You may recall our Congressman Bowman as the pathetic soul who pulled a fire alarm in the House of Representatives to stop a vote in progress.  He should have been expelled and prosecuted, but got a slap on the wrist.  It's who you know.

Stand by.  We should have the result by 11 E.T.



The first 2024 presidential debate is on the way, but already controversy has emerged over the television network that will conduct the presidential face-off and those selected to ask the questions. Some Americans, it turns out, aren’t exactly thrilled about CNN anchors serving as moderators for the debate, the latest I&I/TIPP Poll shows.

The national online poll, taken from May 29-31, included 1,675 registered voters who were asked the following: “CNN will host the first general election presidential debate on June 27, 2024, moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash. What is your opinion of the debate moderators and the host?”

The possible answers, given for CNN, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, were “very favorable,” “somewhat favorable,” “not very favorable,” “not at all favorable,” and “not sure.” The poll has a +/-2.5 percentage-point margin of error.

First, CNN. It was viewed favorably by a small plurality of voters, at 45% favorable versus 36% not favorable. Another 20% were “not sure.” So a total of 56% either didn’t approve of CNN or were unsure...

...But the public opinion is by no means monolithic. Start with voters’ responses based on their political affiliation.

Ask Democrats, and 70% have a favorable opinion of CNN, just 12% unfavorable. For independents, it’s 35% favorable, 40% unfavorable. And for GOP voters, it’s 27% favorable, 56% unfavorable.

Another major divergence: Male and female. Men are at best ambivalent about CNN, with 42% favorable, 42% not favorable. For women, it’s 47% favorable, but 30% not favorable.

Then there are the questions about the individual TV journalists selected to query Joe Biden and Donald Trump during the debate (really, a moderated Q&A session): Dana Bash and Jake Tapper.

Tapper, CNN’s main news personality, received a slightly positive score: 30% favorable, 25% not favorable, and 45% not sure.

Bash, another CNN news mainstay, gets slightly lower favorability ratings, at 26% unfavorable to 24% favorable, with 49% not sure.

COMMENT:  CNN is hosting the debate, at a time when its own fortunes are low.  Its ratings are abysmal, and it is seen by millions as the "anti-Trump network" or simply another network pushing the liberal journalistic line. 

You'd think CNN would take advantage of the debate, and its likely large audience, to bring in esteemed senior journalists from outside their own stable, men and women of impeccable reputations, showing a high level of responsibility, and saying to viewers, "We can be the best also."  Apparently, CNN saw no need for that, and I suspect it will continue to sink in the ratings.  Too bad.  There are many good people at CNN, but they deserve a more elegant and imaginative management.

June 25,  2024



JUNE 22-23, 2024

EXECUTE THEM!  EXECUTE THEM!  HOW DARE THEY INSULT BIG BROTHER!  Americans just won't follow the party line on EV's.  From HotAir: 

To listen to the Biden administration, the situation with electric vehicles is going swimmingly. People love them. Government subsidies make them more affordable. As a bonus, you get the pride and satisfaction of knowing that you're doing your part to rescue Mother Earth from carbon emissions or whatever. But according to a recent survey from McKinsey and Co. conducted this month, people remain unconvinced, particularly in the United States. They polled EV owners in nine countries and found that 46% of American owners of EVs want to switch back to gas-powered cars with internal combustion engines. There were lower levels of dissatisfaction in some other nations, but nearly half of American owners are experiencing regret. (Washington Times)

The survey asked owners about the primary reason leading them to want to switch back. The responses were the same ones we've been hearing about ever since the EV mandates began rolling out. The largest percentage cited a lack of charging infrastructure. Nearly as many said that the vehicles are too expensive to purchase and maintain. Others said that planning long trips was too difficult or that they were unable to recharge their vehicles at home.

Current economic conditions both in the United States and abroad are also impacting people's decisions when it comes to whether or not to purchase an EV. Everything is too expensive for many people these days, including vehicles and electric utility costs. (Not to mention food and everything else.) Driving up their costs further just for the privilege of having an EV simply isn't an option. A significant percentage of the drivers who were surveyed said that they planned to "downgrade" to a less expensive vehicle when making their next purchase regardless of which type of car they currently own.

COMMENT:  Of course, our betters understand that if these small-thinking people get their way, the Earth will burn up, and with it the best coffee houses.  But they will never learn, which is why we must never let the peasants take power.

June 23,  2024

MAJOR REAL ESTATE NEWS:  The sheer excitement of moving to California.  From the Federalist: 

Los Angeles just opened a state-of-the-art luxury hotel for the city’s homeless and, unlike voting, will require a photo ID to participate.

On Wednesday, city officials opened the brand new 19-story residential high-rise with 278 units that cost as much to build as a five-star resort. To lease an apartment in the downtown luxury tower, however, homeless residents must provide their “photo identification, and social security card.” Repeat Los Angeles voters, however, don’t need any photo ID to turn in their ballots.

California is one of 12 states, plus the District of Columbia, with no voter ID law on the books. Residents must only present their identification for their first-time voting.

According to the California Globe, a conservative statewide paper, “The project cost about $165 million dollars and the studio apartments are essentially the equivalent of what one would find at a decent ‘extended stay’ hotel — large room kitchenette, bed, tables, chairs, bathroom, TV, etc.”

“At $594,000 a unit, that works out be a bit over $1,000 per-square-foot to build,” the Globe reported. 

Residents will enjoy access to all of the premium amenities guests can expect at high-end hotels, including a gym, café, soundproof music studio, art room, business center, and a library.

L.A.’s far-left Mayor Karen Bass acknowledged the controversy around the homeless perks in a press conference at Wednesday’s ceremony to inaugurate the project. 

“The amenities that are here I know are going to be talked about in a way that is not so positive,” she said. “A gym, music, art, recreation are all the things that are needed to heal that are all a part of mental health.”

The Los Angeles homeless problem has become a national embarrassment for California’s largest city, with open-air drug use and tent encampments saturating the city of nearly 3.9 million.

In December, Bass, a former Democrat congresswoman from the area, pledged to “build a new Los Angeles.” But according to the Associated Press, “Homeless numbers in Los Angeles could surge again, even as thousands move to temporary shelter.”

COMMENT:  I'm afraid the response of millions to this story will be, "Why work?"  This is another step in making citizens completely dependent on government.  We know where this will eventually lead.

June 22,  2024


JUNE 20-21, 2024

IT'S NEW YORK.  WHAT DO YOU EXPECT, JUSTICE?  District Attorney Alvin Bragg of Manhattan, who ran for office with a promise of getting Trump, which he did, has now taken on the "prosecution" of the recent out-of-control Columbia University "demonstrators."  Bragg, largely financed by George Soros, did the expected.  No one should be surprised.  From Daily Mail: 

Progressive Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office let dozens of anti-Israel protesters arrested at Columbia University in April off the hook, dropping criminal charges against them Thursday. 

Columbia University protestors who stormed Hamilton Hall were marched onto awaiting NYPD buses last night to applause from cheering locals on April 30. 

Police arrested the demonstrators after they barricaded themselves inside the building, and cleared a weeks-old tent encampment on a nearby Columbia lawn that has inspired similar anti-Israel protests at universities around the world.

All 46 protesters, who were arrested on the night of April 30 about 20 hours after taking over the academic building, were initially charged with trespass in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

Stephen Millan, a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office, told the court on Thursday his office would not prosecute 30 protesters who were Columbia students at the time of the arrest, nor two who were Columbia employees.

He cited prosecutorial discretion and lack of evidence. A case against another student was dismissed earlier in the month.

Millan said protesters had covered surveillance cameras, and there was insufficient evidence to show that any individual defendant damaged property or injured anyone. 

No police officers were injured during the arrests, the prosecutor noted. 

Pictures and video taken of the aftermath show the hall's trashed interior strewn with activists' belongings.

Columbia's President Minouche Shafik called in the NYPD in to 'restore order and safety' to the campus amid the escalating protests.

A similar raid saw demonstrators arrested across at nearby City College New York, where similar protests unfolded.

Protestors at City College in Harlem had raised a Palestine flag on the campus, which officers last night replaced with the stars and stripes.  

COMMENT:  Please read the whole piece, which describes the background and philosophy of one Alvin Bragg.  Then cancel any plans to move to New York.

June 21,  2024



JUNE 18-19, 2024

THIS IS GETTING SERIOUS, AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE NOTING IT:  Now China is militarily confronting the Philippines, which has a mutual defense treaty with the United States.  We could be dragged into this if Manila feels seriously threated by China.  From AP via NBC News: 

MANILA, Philippines — The United States renewed a warning Tuesday that it is obligated to defend its close treaty ally a day after Filipino navy personnel were injured and their supply boats damaged in one of the most serious confrontations between the Philippines and China in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, officials said.

China and the Philippines blamed each other for instigating Monday’s hostilities in the Second Thomas Shoal, which has been occupied by a small Filipino navy contingent aboard a grounded warship that has been closely watched by Chinese coast guard, navy and suspected militia ships in a yearslong territorial standoff. There is fear that the disputes, long regarded as an Asian flashpoint, could escalate and pit the United States and China against each other in a larger conflict.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell discussed China’s actions with his Philippine counterpart, Maria Theresa Lazaro, in a telephone call. Both agreed that China’s “dangerous actions threatened regional peace and stability,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said.

Campbell reaffirmed that the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty, which obligates Washington and Manila to help defend the other in major conflicts, “extends to armed attacks on Philippine armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft — including those of its coast guard — anywhere in the South China Sea,” according to Miller.

COMMENT:  China might very well be testing the United States, to see how far we would actually go to honor our agreement with the Philippines.  But this is dangerous stuff, with the possibility that we could slip into a war accidentally.

June 19,  2024


ANOTHER WARNING:   We return to this basic story often, but we still don't see the kind of response needed from the American people or government to prevent an increasingly expected tragedy.  From the New York Post:

Another member of Congress has warned a terrorist attack is imminent. This latest warning comes after a former CIA director argued that similar warning signs exist today that did just before the 9/11 terror attack occurred.

U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, told CBS News’ Face the Nation Sunday, “We are at the highest level of a possible terrorist threat” resulting from Biden administration policies.

He issued the warning after eight foreign nationals traveling from Tajikistan with ties to ISIS were arrested. The men were released into the country by U.S. Border Patrol agents after they were apprehended for illegally entering the U.S. through the southwest border.

Under current administration policy, instead of processing inadmissible illegal foreign nationals for deportation, they are released into the U.S. with “notice to appear” documents for a future immigration court date. The agents claimed they didn’t have information tying them to ISIS when they “vetted” and released them. However, “law enforcement subsequently became concerned with their presence in the U.S. and took action,” CBS News reported.

FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces and Department of Homeland Security agents arrested the eight alleged terrorists in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York. They are currently in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody pending removal proceedings.

Turner said, “what’s important about these reports” is that a terrorism threat is “no longer speculative, no longer hypothetical.”

He also referred to warnings issued by FBI Director Christopher Wray, who in April testified before Congress that Islamic terrorist threats and national security threats were coming through the border. In March, he testified that smuggling organizations with ties to ISIS were coming through the border and the FBI was investigating,

COMMENT:  There is no evidence that most of the American media outlets take the threat seriously.  They are too busy getting the author of these reckless policies re-elected.

June 19,  2024


FAREWELL TO SOME FAMOUS NAMES:   Something very bad is happening to American business, but the Biden administration doesn't seem to care.  From the New York Post: 

More companies are declaring bankruptcy and shutting down operations, citing inflation and high costs. 

Inflation and the economy remains a top issue among all voters, according to a recent The Center Square Voters’ Voice Poll.

Retailers are closing nearly 3,200 stores this year, according to a recent analysis from CoreSight Research. 

The closures are a 24% increase from 2023.

US drug stores and pharmacy closures led to 8 million square feet of shuttered retail space this year, the research company said. 

It also notes that retailers are losing inventory and customers due to retail theft. “Retail shrink” is closely connected to “organized retail crime,” it notes.

Out of the 3,200 being closed, the majority are being closed by roughly 30 retailers, with Family Dollar closing the most of over 600, according to the data, CBS News reported.

Tupperware is the latest to announce it’s permanently closing its last operating production plant in the US in Hemingway, South Carolina. 

All of its 148 workers will be laid off, the first in September, followed by others in waves through next January. 

Tupperware announced its plans last week, stating it would continue to produce its products in a plant in Lerma, Mexico.

COMMENT:  Read the rest.  Of course, you don't have to believe it.  Biden says the economy is booming, and he would never lie to us.  These people who are laid off will get benefits almost as good as illegal immigrants.  What are they complaining about? 

The closings, and the layoffs, send a grim message about the real state of the economy.   Will Americans get that message before the election?  Will the American press allow them to get that message?

June 18,  2024



JUNE 16-17, 2024

AND WHERE WAS AMERICA?  The UK, France, and Germany have condemned the Iranian nuclear program.  Where was the United States?  From Reuters: 

PARIS, June 15 (Reuters) - France, Germany and Britain on Saturday condemned Iran’s latest steps, as reported by the IAEA, to further expand its nuclear programme.

"Iran has taken further steps in hollowing out the JCPoA, by operating dozens of additional advanced centrifuges at the Natanz enrichment site as well as announcing it will install thousands more centrifuges at both its Fordow and Natanz sites." the joint statement said, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed with Iran in 2015.

"This decision is a further escalation of Iran’s nuclear programme, which carries significant proliferation risks," it added.

The joint statement stressed that "Iran’s decision to substantially increase its production capacity at the underground Fordow facility is especially concerning".

"Iran is legally obliged under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to fully implement its safeguards agreement, which is separate to the JCPoA."

COMMENT:  Not only did the United States refuse to join in this condemnation of Iran, it reportedly put pressure on the UK, France, and Germany to cancel the condemnation altogether.  But why?  Because the Obama crowd, which runs American foreign policy, has an affection for Iran and dreams of it someday becoming an American ally, replacing Israel, for which it has no affection at all.  This is fantasy, of course, but many Americans may die because of this fantasy.

June 17,  2024


HOW LONG CAN THIS GO ON?  At what point does Biden's physical condition become such an embarrassment that party elders have to consider the unthinkable – dropping him from the ticket?  From the New York Post: https://nypost.com/2024/06/16/us-news/biden-appears-to-freeze-up-has-to-be-led-off-stage-by-obama-at-mega-bucks-la-fundraiser/

President Biden appeared to freeze up on stage and had to be led off by Barack Obama at the conclusion of a star-studded campaign fundraiser in Los Angeles Saturday night.

The awkward moment took place after Biden and his predecessor sat for a 45-minute interview with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel at the Peacock Theater.

As the men stood for applause, Biden’s gaze seemed to become fixed on the crowd for a full 10 seconds until former President Barack Obama took his wrist and led him offstage.

The incident follows a spate of caught-on-camera moments where Biden appeared dazed or confused about where he was, including when he appeared to wander off at the G7 summit in Apulia, Italy, during parachute exhibition.

In that instance, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni stepped in to gently take Biden’s hand and lead him back in time for a group photo with other world leaders.

The Biden campaign raised more than $30 million at the event, which was attended by Hollywood luminaries like George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Barbra Streisand.

The event was also swarmed by hundreds of anti-Israel protesters, who attempted to block entry to the ritzy gala — tickets for which ranged from $250 to $500,000.

COMMENT:  What will the Dems do with Biden?  Will they hide him in the basement, as they did in 2020?  Will he be limited to controlled speeches, with no press questions allowed?  Or will, finally, some senior committee visit him and perform the political execution?  And if they do that, who takes his place?  That's where the bug is in this machine. 

June 16,  2024



JUNE 14-15, 2024

SUCH CLASS:   The Democrats never hesitate to embarrass the United States.  From Breitbart: 

Democrats plan to disrupt Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a special joint session of Congress on July 24 in an unprecedented show of hostility to the democratically-elected leader of a close American ally.

56 Democrats boycotted Netanyahu’s speech in 2015, when Republicans invited him to argue against then-President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. This time, Axios reports, “Democrats plan to go bigger than a boycott”:

The proposals include a press conference, a vigil, or an event with families of those taken hostage by Hamas, many of whom feel Netanyahu hasn’t done enough to free their loved ones.

In a sign of how extensive and high-level some of these discussions are, former House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told Politico he was participating in one counter-programming meeting.

Several progressive House members are planning to attend the speech but disrupt it, one lawmaker said.

The speech may be especially awkward, given that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called earlier this year for Netanyahu to be ousted in new elections. The Biden administration has been trying to undermine the Israeli leader since he was elected in November 2022, with the exception of a brief period when Israel and Saudi Arabia were near a peace deal before October 7 last year.

COMMENT:   The little kids who run the Democratic Party have no interest whatever in showing a united front with our allies.  Immature behavior like this sends a message throughout the world that America is an unreliable ally that can turn on its friends in a minute.  Great way to run foreign policy.

June 15,  2024


DREADFUL YOUTH.  THEY'RE THINKING FOR THEMSELVES. UNGRATEFUL FASCISTS:   Young voters seem to be moving rightward, indicating that their brains have been turned back on.  From Breitbart: 

Former President Donald Trump could win the young vote in 2024, polling trends show, upending the nearly 30 year reign of Democrat hegemony among the demographic.

A Republican presidential candidate has not won the young vote since 1988, the year a federal smoking ban was introduced during domestic airline flights of two hours or less and the James Bond film License to Kill began shooting, Michael Jackson led a rock concert in West Berlin, and the space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Trump is within two points of Biden among young voters between the ages 18-29, a recent New York Times/Siena Poll found. The vote has not been that close since George W. Bush defeated global warming activist Al Gore in 2000.

Another poll, conducted by Quinnipiac, found Trump leading with registered voters between 18-34 by one point. In 2016, two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won that demographic by 19 percentage points. President Joe Biden won the demographic in 2020 by 24 percentage points, according to CNN exit polling.

Trump’s inroads with young voters appear to turn on a couple of factors:

  1. Biden’s economy crushed young voters with high housing costs and overall price spikes by about 20 percent — just as they graduated college, intended to buy their first home, or wanted to start a family.
  2. Trump is an advocate of cryptocurrency, an area to which the Biden administration has been hostile. Trump boosted NFTs, promised to end regulatory hostility, and endorsed U.S.-mined Bitcoin.
  3. Healthcare, Biden’s number one issue, is of less concern for young voters than the oldest voting bloc, which appears more sympathetic to his political pitches than younger voters. In eight sets of data encompassing the nexus of “cross-pressures,” Trump’s immigration policy sabotages and undermines the attraction of Biden’s most popular issue and thus essentially diminishes Biden’s political appeal, according to Ruy Teixera, a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Biden, meanwhile, is desperately trying to shore up the young vote. He offered them “free beer, free contraceptives, music concerts, free food, manicures, rent check sweepstakes, boot shines, comedy shows, and dance parties,” the Washington Examiner reported.

READ THE REST:  We always caution that polls are snapshots in time, and that we have months to go before the election.  But if this youth trend continues, Mr. Biden will be looking at retirement options in Delaware.

June 14,  2024



JUNE 12-13, 2024

WHY SHOULD WE BE SHOCKED?  Something odd happened today.  Part of the absurd text of the Hamas reply to President Biden's ceasefire proposal became public, and what it calls for is a permanent truce to be verified by, get this, Russia, China, and Turkey. 

That is no joke.  That is what it said.  We know, of course, that Hamas is a creature of Iran.  We know that Iran is deeply involved as an ally of Russia, even supplying missiles to Russian forces fighting Ukraine, an ally of the United States.  We know that China is seriously looking to become a major factor in the Mideast, where the oil is.  Turkey, although a member of NATO, should be thrown out because its policies have nothing in common with the NATO nations. 

We must finally face, and say it loudly, that the United States is now involved with a new Axis, consisting of large nations like China and Iran, and extensions of those nations like Hamas, and the vast network of Chinese commercial institutions in the West.  We are in direct confrontation with Russia in Ukraine. 

President Kennedy called this arrangement a "twilight conflict."  He was right, but a conflict it is. 

But we are not fully awake to the reality.  The press is not much help, to put it mildly.  I fear it will take another 9-11, probably perpetrated by illegals coming over the Southern border, and originating in the Mideast or Asia, to bring us to attention.

The day is not far off.

June 13, 2024 


THEY'RE BACK!  Wait a second, wait a second.  I thought the academic year was over.  Wasn't it?  Apparently, not at UCLA, where the campus creeps want one more chance to embarrass themselves and their school.  From HotAir: 

Pro-Palestinian protesters tried to set up several new encampments on the UCLA campus Monday. The result was chaos. Eventually 27 people were arrested but half-a-dozen UCPD officers were injured in the process.

A total of 27 people were arrested after setting up multiple pro-Palestinian encampments on UCLA’s campus Monday that police said were unlawful...

At least six University of California Police Department personnel and other safety officers were injured during confrontations with protesters, including one person with a head injury, said Rick Braziel, UCLA’s associate vice chancellor for campus safety, in a statement Tuesday.

UCLA's police department put out a statement justifying the arrests. The statement depicted the protest as a kind of moving riot that, in addition to injuries and disruption of finals, also resulted in vandalism to the campus.

On Monday, June 10, 2024, at about 3:15 p.m., a group of approximately 100 people affiliated with a UCLA registered student organization marched to the walkway at the top of the Janss Steps and set up an unauthorized and unlawful encampment with tents, canopies, wooden shields, and water-filled barriers. The group also restricted access to the general public in violation of University policy. University officials advised the group that they were violating University policy and California law; however, the group refused to leave. The group’s conduct, which included the use of amplified sound, also disrupted nearby final exams. After UCPD issued multiple dispersal orders, the group began to leave the area.

The group then marched to the Kerckhoff patio, where they set up an unauthorized and unlawful encampment with tents, canopies, and barricades with patio furniture. The group also restricted access to the general public in violation of University policy. The group’s conduct, which included entering Moore Hall, also disrupted nearby final exams. After UCPD issued dispersal orders, the group began to leave the area.

The group then marched to the courtyard between Dodd Hall and the School of Law, where they set up another unauthorized and unlawful encampment. The group restricted access to the general public in violation of University policy and also disrupted nearby final exams. At around 8:00 p.m. approximately 25 members of the group were arrested for California Penal Code section 626.4(d) – Willful Disruption of University Operations. 

COMMENT:  Please read the whole thing.  Apparently, we're in for more of this.  Isn't it inspiring to see these "protesters" giving up their summer vacation to try to advance society?  Why, we're looking at tomorrow's leaders.  (Yuch!) 

This only a warm-up.  The Republican National Convention takes place next month in Milwaukee.  The Dems meet in glorious, peaceful Chicago a month later.  I'm sure there will be many more practice sessions before these events, some on college campuses.  A return to the 1960s. 

June 13,  2024


JUNE 10-11, 2024

ASSESSING THE DAMAGE:  The pollsters are already asking about the damage from the latest politically connected conviction, the president's son.  From Daily Mail: 

Hunter Biden's dramatic conviction in his gun and drugs trial will cause more political fallout for his father than Donald Trump saw from his guilty verdict, according to a snap poll for DailyMail.com.

When likely voters were asked whether it affected their view of Joe Biden, the results suggest a seven-point negative impact for the Democratic candidate in the election. In contrast, Trump saw a six-point bump in an equivalent question.

The results come with caveats. They are not an indication of voting intention but instead offer an insight into how the verdicts may factor into voters' views of the two runners.

In Biden's case seven percent said they would have a 'more positive' view of the president but 14 per cent said it would be 'more negative'.

That meant a net negative impact for Biden of seven percent.

Among all-important independent voters there was a similar negative shift for the president of seven percent.

Three percent of independents said a guilty verdict meant they would have a 'more positive' view of Joe Biden and 10 percent said 'more negative'.

The negative impact was slightly higher among men than women.

J.L. Partners surveyed 500 likely voters on June 10 and 11 for the poll.

On June 11 Hunter was convicted of three felonies relating to lying on a government form.

He said he was not a drug user when he bought a gun in Wilmington, Delaware on October 12, 2018.

But prosecutors proved he had in fact been in the midst of a crack addiction. 

COMMENT:  These snap polls offer more amusement than wisdom.  We have five months to go before the ultimate poll, a national election. 

Today's conviction, however, could do President Biden some real harm if it leads to further, extensive inquiries about Hunter's business dealings and how they might have involved Joe Biden.   I doubt if the Bidens got rich on Joe's government salary.

June 11,  2024



GOOD NEWS FROM HARVARD?  Yeah, really.  Maybe there's some common sense remaining up there after all.  From College Fix: 

Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences will stop requiring a diversity, equity and inclusion statement as part of the hiring process and instead ask for information about how candidates contribute and serve “academic communities,” the Harvard Crimsonnewspaper reported Monday.

The news comes roughly one week after Harvard also announced a new institutional neutrality policy.

Deans Nina Zipser and Hopi Hoekstra made the change in response to faculty feedback voicing concern the DEI requirement was “too narrow,” according to the student newspaper.

“Instead, the FAS — the University’s largest faculty — will require a service statement about an applicant’s ‘efforts to strengthen academic communities’ and a teaching and advising statement about how an applicant will foster a ‘learning environment in which students are encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas,'” the Crimson reported.

The development at Harvard comes roughly one month after leaders of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology told faculty to discontinue the practice of requiring mandatory diversity, equity and inclusion statements in faculty hiring.

As The College Fix reported this week, scholars continue to debate the legality of diversity, equity, and inclusion requirements in hiring as some legislatures in Republican-controlled states ban the practice, such as in Florida, Texas and elsewhere, calling them ideological litmus tests that favor progressives.

In other states, such as Arizona and North Carolina, the trustees who oversee public universities have told their campuses to end the practice.

COMMENT:  DEI is an ugly, essentially racist practice that clearly stands in opposition to real equality and freedom.  It also guarantees mediocrity since it disposes of merit as the major factor influencing an admissions decision, and replaces it with group identity. 

June 10,  2024


JUNE 8-9, 2024

EUROPE VOTES:   Every major vote in Europe affects the United States in some way.  That includes today's elections.  From AP:

Far-right parties made big gains in the European Parliament in election results that rattled the traditional powers and made French President Emanuel Macron call snap legislative elections. 

Macron’s party suffered a heavy defeat from the far-right National Rally party, while in Germany support for Olaf Scholz’s center-left Social Democrats sank to a projected 14%, behind the extreme-right Alternative for Germany, which surged into second place.

Millions of Europeans voted for candidates to serve five-year terms in a new European Parliament, the legislative branch of the 27-member trade bloc. Provisional results from the voting that ended Sunday showed the Christian Democrats would have 189 seats, up 13, the Social Democrats 135, down 4 and the pro-business Renew group 83, down 19. The Greens slumped to 53, down 18.


— France’s Macron calls a snap election after heavy defeat

— Italy’s Meloni gets domestic and European boosts from win 

— Far-right Alternative for Germany make gains

— Orbán’s party takes most votes, but challenger scores big win

— Complex coalition talks loom after Belgium’s federal election

— Bulgarians vote for new national parliament and for EU lawmakers

COMMENT:  We want to see Europe move rightward, but please read the fine print on what individual parties and candidates stand for.  Victories on either the fringe left or fringe right will not advance the U.S.-Europe relationship.  That relationship is going to be sorely tested in the next year over Ukraine.

More coming on the European elections.

June 9, 2014


HOW NOSTALGIC!  Back to 1962 and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  From the Miami Herald:

Three Russian Navy ships and a nuclear-powered submarine will arrive at the Port of Havana for an official visit next week, the Cuban armed forces said in a statement Thursday, confirming the military exercises first disclosed by U.S. officials on Wednesday.

The Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces said the Russian missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov, the nuclear sub Kazan, the oil tanker Pashin and the salvage tug Nikolai Chiker will arrive on June 12 and stay for a week.

The Cuban military said the visit by the Russian Navy ships is part of the “friendly” relations between the two countries, complies with international law and does not pose a security threat to the region because “none of the ships carry nuclear weapons.”

A U.S. official told McClatchy and the Miami Herald on Wednesday that the exercises are expected to include “heightened naval and air activity near the United States,” involving both Russian aircraft and combat naval vessels – the first coordinated air and sea exercise by Russia in the Western Hemisphere in five years.

“While we are disappointed that Cuba has likely agreed to host visiting Russian ships, we are not surprised,” the official said Thursday. While one of the ships is a nuclear-powered submarine, the official said that the U.S. intelligence community “assesses it is not carrying nuclear weapons, and poses no direct threat to the national security of the United States.”

COMMENT:   The Russkies are showing the flag, and demonstrating what they can do, even when under pressure from American-supplied weapons in Ukraine.

It may be significant that one of the ships Moscow has sent is the Admiral Gorshkov.  Admiral Sergey Georgyevich Gorshkov was head of the Soviet Union's Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  He later built the modern Soviet surface Navy of today.  Are we being given hints?

June 8,  2024 


A GOOD ONE FOR OUR SIDE:  Israel rescued four of its hostages in a spectacular operation in Gaza this morning, showing that it can be done and should be done.  The Israeli military excellence even won praise from President Biden during his visit to Paris. 

But there is dissent.  Hamas is deeply upset that some of its fighters were neutralized when they tried to prevent the Israeli raiders from getting back home.  And some leftist TV reporters were more than distressed that Israel tried to get its citizens back at all.  I mean, how dare they!  Don't the Zionists know that they must not do anything without approval from the entire human race?  Pushy.  So pushy.  Just like Trump supporters!

We will await further reaction.  I'm sure there'll be an "emergency" meeting of the UN Insecurity Council, which has brought peace to all of us.

June 8,  2024 



JUNE 6-7, 2024

D-DAY:   I was too young to remember D-Day, the invasion of Western Europe in 1944 by the United States and its main Western allies.  I say "Western" because the Soviet Union, the giant in the East, played a major role in the Allied victory in Europe, and we must always remember that.  The Russians became an enemy after the war, and a fearsome one.  We knew from our own experience with them that they were, and remain today, vicious fighters who are willing to take casualties.

The war in Europe ended only 11 months after D-Day, and that I do remember, if only vaguely.  We lived in Brooklyn, unofficial capital of the world, and my father yelled up from the street four stories below that the Nazis had been defeated.  He must have heard it from a neighbor or a car radio.

Celebrations, as I recall them, were far more subdued than what we're seeing in the retrospective television coverage of D-Day today.  Japan was still to be defeated, and Americans instinctively knew there was more deadly fighting ahead.  We hadn't heard of something called the atomic bomb.  This was May, 1945.  The bomb would be used in early August.

The voice that had guided us through the war, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had been dead only three and a half weeks when the Nazis surrendered. Many Americans had loved him; others had hated him.   But he was the central pivot of 12 years of momentous American history, and for many citizens, he was the only president they'd ever known.  The new man, Harry S. Truman, seemed at the time a shadow of the president he had just replaced. 

It was the NBC commentator Tom Brokaw who coined the term "the greatest generation" to describe the men and women who fought on D-Day and in all the other battles, and fought through the awful poverty of the Great Depression in the decade and a half earlier.  We commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day today in their honor, knowing that the 90th will probably have present not a single survivor of what the author Cornelius Ryan called "the longest day."

June 6,  2024



JUNE 4-5, 2024

BE CAREFUL, MR. BIDEN.  CONGRESS SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN EVERY FOREIGN MOVE:  I believe we should support Ukraine, but let's not make the kind of mistake that would suck us in with ground troops.  From UPI.com: 

June 4 (UPI) -- A strike by Ukrainian forces on a Russian air-defense missile battery inside Russian territory was likely carried out using a U.S.-made weapons system, a leading American think-tank said Tuesday.

The attack on the Russian S-300/400 battery north of Belogorod city about 25 miles from the Ukraine border over the weekend was probably conducted with a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, the Institute for the Study of War said in a post on X.

The Washington-based non-profit research group said the strike picked up on geolocation images of two destroyed launchers and a damaged air defense command post in a field near Kiselyovo village "was likely with HIMARS."

If confirmed, the strike would be the first time Ukraine has used U.S.-supplied weapons to strike at targets inside Russia since U.S. President Joe Biden cleared their use last week for limited strikes against military targets on Russian territory that pose an imminent threat amid Russia's offensive in Ukraine's northeast.

"Russian sources have increasingly claimed that Ukrainian forces are using HIMARS to strike Belgorod oblast since the United States partially lifted its restrictions on Ukraine's ability to use U.S.-provided weapons to strike military targets in Russian border areas with Kharkiv oblast," The Institute for the Study of War said.

"Russian sources will likely continue to characterize any successful strike in Belgorod Oblast as a HIMARS strike regardless of the system used."

The HIMARS launch system fires either Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System rockets or a single long-range Army Tactical Missile System missile making its use a potential breach of Biden administration's waiver which made it clear that its "policy with respect to prohibiting the use ATACMS or long-range strikes inside of Russia has not changed."

A Ukrainian government official alluded to the new permissions but did not explicitly state U.S. weapons were used.

"It burns beautifully. It's a Russian S-300. On Russian territory. The first days after permission to use Western weapons on enemy territory," read the caption to a photo posted on social media by government minister Iryna Vereshchuk.

ISW warned authorization to use Western-supplied weapons against Russia was "crucial for Ukraine to to repel Russian glide bomb and missile strikes against Kharkiv city," backing plans by Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to push Ukraine's Western partners harder to ease restrictions on how arms can be used and give the green light to hit targets inside Russia.

COMMENT:  Our cause is just, but the world is not completely rational.  I would hope that the president would seek authorization from Congress for every important move we make in Ukraine.  It is well within reason to wonder whether the use of American supplied weapons in certain circumstances would trigger Moscow to retaliate by hitting a soft American target somewhere in the world.  Or, Russia might pull something like the Cuban Missile Crisis as a matter of pride.  Pride is very important to the Russians. 

It is far better if we present a united front.  We're in very dangerous and uncharted territory.

June 5,  2024


SHORT TAKE ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE:  From PJ Media:  "David Hilliard, 82, a founding member of the Black Panthers, is openly supporting Donald Trump in the 2024 election. Hilliard wasn't shy about his enthusiasm for Trump, which he revealed during an interview with writer Carol Mitchell. "I knew Trump when Trump was a college student in New York and he supported the Black Panther Party," Hilliard recalled.   He was just getting started on his praise for Trump. "Trump is a person who's a decent man, and he supported the Black Panther Party," Hilliard quipped. "He was someone who gave us money."  "Trump's a friend of African Americans, and I knew Trump from the 1960s in New York, where he comes from, and he's a friend to African Americans," Hilliard continued. "I mean, he's not a racist. He's not a racist, fascist, white man. He supported Black people."  If you hear Trump whisper, "Hilliard for vice president," remember you read it here first.

June 5, 2024


THE HINTS ARE OUT THERE:  You can't avoid the buzz in political circles.  Even some Democrats are suggesting that Joe Biden drop out of the presidential race. With a presidential debate coming up, they fear disaster.  From the New York Post:  

President Biden’s cognitive decline is readily apparent and a concern for dozens who have interacted with the 81-year-old commander-in-chief in recent months, according to a shocking report Tuesday.

Some of the more the 45 Republican and Democratic lawmakers and staffers interviewed by the Wall Street Journal described a president who spoke so softly during meetings that participants struggled to understand him. 

Others noted that Biden’s demeanor and grasp of policy details varied by the day and he frequently relied on notes and deferred to aides during conferences.

“You couldn’t be there and not feel uncomfortable,” one person, who met with the president during critical negotiations over congressional funding for Ukraine aid in January, told the outlet.

“I’ll just say that.”

Others in attendance recalled that it took Biden about 10 minutes from when he entered the room to get the meeting started, and when he did, he used note cards to make obvious points that everyone was already in agreement with and participants could barely hear him. 

“Much of the conversation didn’t include him,” the report states, noting that the president asked his staffers to answer some questions posed directly to him. 

In a February follow-up with House Speaker Mike Johnson, the Louisiana Republican expressed his concern to the president over the administration’s liquid natural gas export policy — fearing it was benefiting Russia. 

Biden didn’t seem to know the policy was actually in effect and falsely claimed it was “only a study,” according to the report. 

The exchange “dismayed” Johnson, according to individuals who witnessed it. 

Biden would “ramble,” mumble and his ability to command the room varied from day to day during tense negotiations over raising the debt ceiling last May, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) recalled.

COMMENT:  The timing of the above article is no accident. The Democratic National Convention in peaceful Chicago is about two months away.  The party faithful who believe Biden must go have got to act now, and decisively.  Frankly, I don't think they have much of a chance unless there is one dramatic event that jolts the nation.

And then there is the problem of a replacement.  President Harris anyone? Get me my pills.  Order more.

June 4,  2024


JUNE 2-3, 2024

A TREND OR A MOMENT:  We don't know, but I'd rather have things go this way than the opposite.  From Fox:

 A group of what's been described as "Never Trump" voters are suddenly backing the former president following last week's historic conviction

The Free Press spoke with several voters from across the country whose opinions were significantly impacted by the guilty verdict in the New York trial against former President Trump.

Shaun Maguire, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist and a former Hillary Clinton campaign donor, declared on social media that he donated $300,000 to the Trump campaign within an hour of the verdict, and wrote in an essay that "the double standards and lawfare that Trump has faced" "boiled my blood."

He told The Free Press, "We were told that Donald Trump would be the end of democracy, but it turns out that lawfare tactics have been escalated by the Democrats and not by the Republicans. And so it’s from that backdrop that I believe the Republican Party is less of a danger to democracy than the Democratic Party right now." 

University of Chicago Law School lecturer Adam Mortara similarly donated $3,300 to the Trump campaign after not voting in 2020 and opposing him during the 2016 GOP primary, hoping a Trump victory would have a "deterrent effect" on weaponizing the legal system against political foes. 

"What’s gotten me off the sidelines is that if he does not win, and by a rather sizable margin, that will validate this type of weaponization of the judicial system in the future," Mortara told The Free Press. "Before, I would’ve said it’s not a danger to America if Joe Biden wins the election. Now, I kind of think it is." 

COMMENT:  Read the rest.  Well worth it.  The Trump campaign has been excellent in getting its message out since the verdict last week.  In fact, it's very disciplined and well organized.  Keep this up, and Joe and Kamala will be doing a Vaudeville act at this time next year.

June 3,  2024

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