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JUNE 7,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

THE NERVE! – FROM FOX:    Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Monday appeared to place America in the same category as the Taliban and Hamas, saying the U.S., Israel and the terrorist groups have all committed "unthinkable atrocities." Omar, a member of the progressive "Squad," posted a tweet that said that the U.S. needs to "have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity." The Minnesota Democrat then claimed America and Israel have committed "unthinkable atrocities" like those committed by the terrorist groups. "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban," wrote Omar. "I asked [Secretary of State Antony Blinken] where people are supposed to go for justice." The post also included a video of the congresswoman questioning Blinken during the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Monday hearing on the State Department's budget request and foreign policy strategy.  This woman should be censured by the House.  Our country saved her, a poor Somali immigrant, and has allowed her to sit in our House of Representatives.  She's returned the favor with repeated insults launched at her new home.  I certainly wonder if she can be trusted with national secrets. Maybe the voters in her Minneapolis district will become truly woke and throw her out.

THE PLOT THICKENS – FROM DAILY MAIL:    A Chinese military scientist with ties to the United States reportedly filed a patent for a COVID-19 vaccine well before the disease was declared a global pandemic. Yusen Zhou, who worked for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), lodged the paperwork on behalf of the Chinese political party on February 24 2020, according to The Australian newspaper.  That date was just five weeks after China first confirmed human transmission of the coronavirus.  Zhou is also said to have 'worked closely' with scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), including Shi Zhengli - the deputy director of the lab who is famous for her research on coronavirus in bats.  Their relationship is likely to strengthen speculation that the virus leaked from the lab and that China was aware that it was spreading between humans long before they alerted the international community.   Zhou mysteriously died less than three months after he filed the patent. The New York Post claims his death was only reported in one Chinese media report, despite the fact he was one of the country's most prominent scientists.  If this story is on the level, it can be explosive, very close to a smoking gun.  We'll watch to see if the story is expanded and pursued, or suppressed by the "move on" crowd.

June 7, 2021       Permalink 

 

BACK TO THE REAL WORLD – OVERNIGHT:  A funny thing happened to Biden's Iran nuclear deal on the way to completion:  it ran into Iran.  Stubborn, those Iranians.  Not quite the reasonable, misunderstood peacemakers advertised by the left wing of the Democratic Party.  Reality has intruded.  From the Jerusalem Post: 

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that Iran has not given indications that it’s willing to return to compliance of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

In a wide-ranging hearing at the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Blinken said that the sides are “not even at the stage of returning to compliance for compliance” with the 2015 nuclear agreement.

“We don’t know if that’s actually going to happen,” Blinken emphasized. “We’ve been engaged in indirect conversations for the last couple of months and it remains unclear whether Iran is willing and prepared to do what it needs to do to come back into compliance.”

“What we do know, unfortunately, is that meanwhile [Iran’s nuclear] program is galloping forward,” he said. “It has lifted restraints imposed on it by the agreement including the amount of enriched material that it has; material that’s now, in some cases, enriched up to 20% and even a small amount to 60%. It has started to deploy some more advanced centrifuges.”

He went on to say that “the longer this goes on, the more their breakout time gets down.” The agreement had pushed it to a year or more, Blinken said, “it’s now down – by published reports – to a few months at best. And if this continues, it will get down to a matter of weeks, exactly what we sought to avoid and what the agreement stopped.”

“We have a real incentive if we can to at least put that back in the box, and then to use it as a platform, both to look at whether the agreement itself can be lengthened and if necessary, strengthened, and also to capture these other issues. We’re going to be in a much better place with our allies, with our partners who wanted to stick with the agreement for all this time to do exactly that, to insist that Iran engage on these other issues. And there will be a united front to hold them to account.”

COMMENT:  I think that's a reasonable statement.  Blinken is emerging as one of the grown-ups in the Biden administration.  I'm surprised he's lasted this long.  

Iran has been cheating repeatedly.  Even the UN, not known for its spine, has expressed alarm at how far along Iran is to a bomb. 

The signs don't look good that Tehran will suddenly change policy and give us the guarantees that we want.  And so we will be stuck with a nuclear Iran, as we would have been anyway.  Reagan urged us, in his talks with the Soviet Union, to "trust but verify."  We cannot trust the Iranians because they won't verify a thing.

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JUNE 6,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 11:45 P.M. ET:

ALWAYS HAPPY TO GIVE THE GOOD NEWS – FROM FOX:   Republicans celebrated Javier Villalobos's narrow win in the mayor's race in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday even though the race is technically nonpartisan.  "Javier Villalobos is a proven leader who cares deeply about the people of the Rio Grande Valley.  Congratulations on becoming the next Mayor of McAllen!" Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote on Facebook.  Villalobos, an attorney, was appointed to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board by Abbott in 2018 and is the former chair of the Hidalgo County GOP.  "Amazing news! McAllen, Texas is a major border town of 140,000 people. 85% Hispanic — and just elected a Republican mayor. The macro realignment accelerates in South Texas, and elsewhere, as Hispanics rally to America First," former Trump 2020 campaign adviser Steve Cortes wrote on Twitter.  Villalobos defeated opponent Veronica Whitacre by a little more than 200 votes in a runoff election, KVEO reported. He is currently a McAllen City Commissioner.  "Let me start by thanking the voters, my team, my family [and] everyone who helped run this campaign. Thank you McAllen for trusting [and] believing in me. I promise to not let you down," Villalobos wrote on Facebook this weekend.  He received praise from conservatives across the country. Hidalgo County, home of McAllen, went to President Biden by roughly 17 points in the 2020 election.  "Holy cow... Republicans just flipped the mayorship of McAllen, Texas. This was not expected and shows Hispanics in South Texas may have shifted with the GOP even post Trump," author Ryan Girdusky wrote on Twitter. May many more like this follow.

LARA BOWS OUT – FROM FOX:  Lara Trump said during North Carolina’s Republican Convention Saturday night that she would not seek the state party’s nomination to run for U.S. Senate, citing her young children – but she left open the possibility of a future run.  "No for now," she said, thanking the supporters in her home state. "Not no forever."  After she left the state, former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C, as "your next senator" to the crowd.  "A lot of you don’t know him that well, but you’re gonna know him probably within a few minutes," he said. "Ted Budd."  Then he called Budd, of North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, to the stage.  "I am giving him my complete and total endorsement," Trump said.
Budd thanked both Trumps for the help on his 2018 and 2020 campaigns, in which he overcame deep-pocketed Democratic challengers.  I've seen Lara Trump speak at a meeting in New York.  She is just superb - knowledgeable, reasonable, dynamic.  I hope she does get involved in electoral politics, and wins.

June 6, 2021       Permalink


This is is the 77th anniversary of D-Day, the 1944 invasion of Normandy, in northern France, by troops of the Allied Expeditionary Force.  Actually, every invasion day in World War II was called D-Day, but the name came to symbolize that particular invasion, which marked the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

There are a small number of American veterans left from that heroic day.  The youngest soldier on D-Day would have been 18, and would be 95 now.  Soon, the Greatest Generation will be gone. 

Here is a wonderful remembrance of D-Day, and the story of a returning American soldier.  From American Military News: 

Charles Shay, a 96-year-old U.S. Army veteran, was the only veteran to attend a D-Day anniversary remembrance ceremony in Carentan, France on Saturday, 77 years after U.S., British, Canadian and French forces landed on the beaches of Normandy and parachuted inland to invade France.

The New York Post reported Shay is also expected to be the lone veteran to attend Sunday’s June 6 anniversary day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer.

Shay is of Native American descent from Indian Island, Maine. He took part in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 as a 19-years-old U.S. Army medic. He now lives in the country he helped liberate from Nazi German occupation.

Shay’s lone presence at the D-Day ceremonies is due in part to coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

The Associated Press reported travel restrictions have barred other surviving participants of the battle as well as the families of the 4,414 allied service members who died storming into Normandy.

2,501 of those killed on D-Day were Americans. About 5,000 more allied troops were wounded in the fighting on that single day. Several thousand German troops were killed or wounded in the fighting that day.

This is the second year in a row coronavirus restrictions have limited those wishing to commemorate the landings in Normandy.

“We have no visitors coming to France this year for two years now. And I hope it will be over soon,” Shay told the Associated Press during the ceremony in Carentan on Saturday.

France’s coronavirus related travel restrictions are due to be lifted next week, but that will be too late for the D-Day anniversary ceremonies.

The limited attendance at this years D-Day anniversary ceremonies is also a reflection of the dwindling number of veterans remaining who served on that historic day.

The Associated Press reported only one veteran remains from the French commando unit that joined the allied forces to invade Normandy. Only about 2,600 U.S. D-Day veterans are still alive today, according to The National D-Day Memorial’s latest estimates.

Making up for the limitations on attendance from veterans of the D-Day fighting, local residents are reportedly attending in greater numbers than usual, some arriving in restored jeeps and dressed in old uniforms and creating a celebratory atmosphere at the commemorations.

Pascal Leclerc, a member of the Remember Omaha Beach 44 group, said, “We missed it a lot. That’s just fun, happiness, and also being able to pay tribute to all the veterans. That’s the main goal.”

“In France, people who remember these men, they kept them close to their heart,” Shay said. “And they remember what they did for them. And I don’t think the French people will ever forget.”

COMMENT:  Our job now is to be sure young Americans know about D-Day, and all the other sacrifices our servicemen and servicewomen, and their families, have made.  It is a difficult task.  These days most Americans probably have never met a soldier.  Our schools, and especially our colleges, are populated with poisonous elements who despise the military and don't think America is worth defending. 

I have to be optimistic and believe that underneath the current gloom is a new generation of loyal patriots waiting to get their chance.

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