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JUNE 19,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

TRANSITION – FROM MRC:  And so it ends.  On Friday, June 18, 2021 the Rush Limbaugh Show officially shut down the Golden EIB microphone.  As it happened, it fell to my local Harrisburg radio host, WHP’s Ken Matthews, to be the last “guide” host that had shepherded the show since Rush departed to give back the talent he had on loan from God.  The realization that Rush’s show - which had continued since his death with guide hosts and taped Rush playbacks on various topics - was now, in fact, irretrievably over and never to return was both poignant and a tad unnerving for his fans.  The Rush era was, in fact, truly over for once and for all and for good. What began almost a full 33 years ago and had quickly become an American institution was, as all things must, turning to memory. Whether some liked him or not, he was one of the founders of modern talk radio.  For conservatives, he was a source of comfort and common sense in an age when the media was heading left. 

IRAN'S HARD LINE GETS HARDER – FROM THE JERUSALEM POST:   Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge under US sanctions for human rights abuses, secured victory as expected on Saturday in Iran’s presidential election after a contest marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions.With all 28.9 million ballots counted, Raisi was elected with a tally of 17.9 million, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on state TV.  Turnout in Friday’s four-man race was a record low of around 48.8% and there were 3.7 million invalid ballots that were likely to have been mostly blank or protest votes.  Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called Raisi the “Butcher of Tehran” and “an extremist responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians.”  “His election should prompt renewed determination to immediately halt Iran’s nuclear program and put an end to its destructive regional ambitions,” Lapid tweeted.  The Israeli Foreign Ministry said Raisi has “been rightly denounced by the international community for his direct role in the extrajudicial executions of over 30,000 people.  I'd like to see Joe Biden try to make a deal with this madman, and then justify it.  Maybe only Barack Obama could pull that off.

June 19, 2022      Permalink

 

THE MESS – OVERNIGHT:  You know we're in trouble when an all-black school council is accused of upholding white supremacy.  But, of course, it's Chicago we're talking about.  From College Fix: 

Public school officials in Chicago will let each campus decide if it will keep school resource officers for the fall.

But at least some majority black schools have indicated they want the cops in the building, with one council being accused of “upholding white supremacy.”

Ahead of the discussions and votes that will likely take place throughout the coming months, Chicago Public School students rallied to demand that the police be removed from the schools. CPS board members are appointed by the mayor, but schools have councils that can make some decisions.

One student from Kenwood Academy, on the city’s South Side, said her school council’s decision to keep SROs last year “enforces trauma on students and conditions us to be criminalized.”

“The decision was not made on any basis besides adultism and internalized racism,” Judai Smith said, according to DePaul University’s paper, The DePaulia. “The decision really emphasized for me how this current educational system does not serve the wellbeing of youth but to uphold white supremacy.”

The College Fix could not locate contact information for Smith and The DePaulia did not respond to a request for her information.

The entire council appears to be black and 83 percent of the students are “Afro-American” according to the demographics page for the school.

The College Fix reached out to council members Montel Gayles and Ramona Burress several times through email to ask about their response to the accusation and if they planned again to keep the Chicago Police Department members in the school.

COMMENT:  So, even black kids stand accused of promoting white supremacy.  That's how sick our educational system has become.   Only voters at the polls can stop this, if the election count is legitimate.

June 19, 2022      Permalink

 

 

 

 

JUNE 18,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

AN UNSURPRISING POLL RESULT – FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER:  A new poll reveals that the majority of people in the United States have an unfavorable view of critical race theory.
A majority, at 58%, expressed an unfavorable view of critical race theory, while 38% expressed a favorable view, according to the results of a YouGov/Economist poll released Tuesday.  The poll comes as debate rages across the country in recent months about critical race theory, with several Republican-controlled states moving to ban the teaching of the theory in public schools.  “Critical race theory is basically teaching people to hate our country, hate each other,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has vowed to ban the teaching of the theory in his state. “It’s divisive, and it’s basically an identity politics version of Marxism.”  CRT, as it's now being called, is very bad stuff, the exact opposite of what Dr. King taught.  It also represents an opportunity for our side to counter it and propose far better policies, which is what Gov. DeSantis is doing.

THOSE LITTLE DETAILS – FROM DAILY MAIL:   Middle income families are lashing out against Joe Biden's punitive new tax plan that would claim a large chunk of the amount someone leaves to their kids when they die just because it has gone up in value over the course of their lifetime.   The harsh new tax - dubbed Biden's 'death tax' - is hidden in his American Families Plan and it's receiving ferocious backlash. It proposes that when someone dies, any asset they leave behind that has appreciated in value to more than $1million since the time they bought it should be taxed.   The tax rate would go as high as 40% - double what it is now - and it applies to how much the asset has appreciate. So someone who inherited a house their mother and father paid $250,000 for but that's now worth $2.5million would have to pay tax on the difference.   Currently, the only capital gains taxes people pay on inherited assets is what they pay when they sell it, and even then it is 23 percent.   The current law allows families with few cash assets to keep valuable property, stocks or businesses in the family, passing them down for generations without anyone being given a huge tax bill.  I know very little about the details, but they do suggest that everything this administration proposes should be looked at with two eyes.  There seem to be a number of hidden taxes, and hidden policies that will lead to higher prices, which are a kind of tax themselves.  Biden says he's protecting the middle class, but the middle class is already being hit at the pump and at the supermarket.  And don't try to object.  You'll be called a racist or a destroyer of Earth.

June 18, 2022      Permalink 

 

THE KAMMIE CRISIS, COMING TO A TV SET NEAR YOU – OVERNIGHT:  The Republicans have finally realized that Kamala Harris is not Ms. Popularity.  In fact, she had to get out of the recent Democratic presidential primary race before a single ballot was cast because she registered three percent in the polls after months of campaigning.  Once nominated for vice president entirely on the basis of her race and gender, she was kept in the basement like Joe, maybe working on the oil burner.  Someone has to do these things.  And Now, as vice president, she punches a time ticket saying IN 9:00 a.m.  OUT 9:02 a.m.  And that's on a heavy day.

So the Republicans, awakening from their usual slumber, are making Kammie a news subject.  Well, good for them.  Lollipops for all.  From Fox:  

More than 50 House Republicans are urging President Biden to remove Vice President Kamala Harris from her role dealing with the migrant crisis that has overwhelmed the southern border in recent months -- accusing her of "inaction" on the crisis due to her failure to visit the border.

"Despite being in the midst of a border crisis this country has not seen in two decades, Vice President Harris has not yet shown adequate interest in observing this crisis first-hand," the 56 lawmakers, led by Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., wrote. "In the 85 days since the Vice President has been tasked with solving this crisis, she has yet to visit the border and meet with Border Patrol agents, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and local law enforcement officials."

Harris was appointed more than 80 days ago to lead diplomatic talks to solve what the White House described as the "root causes" of the migrant crisis -- such as poverty, climate change, and violence in Central America.

Harris recently visited both Guatemala and Mexico as part of her responsibilities, meeting with leaders and announcing a number of investments in both countries to tackle those root causes -- while urging migrants not to come to the border. Harris described her trip as a success, though she was dogged by questions about her failure to visit the border

The White House and the administration have sought to clarify that Harris is not in charge of the border per se and is instead focused on diplomatic talks, but Republicans have said it is still important for her to visit the border to truly understand the crisis that saw more than 180,000 migrant encounters in May.

Republicans have blamed the crisis on the administration’s policies -- particularly the rollback of Trump-era policies like border wall construction and the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).

The lawmakers who wrote to Biden this week said that, even if root causes are to blame, "the exclusive focus on Central American countries ignores the fact that we see many migrants attempting to illegally cross our southern border from countries all over the world, including Russia, Brazil, Cuba and Haiti."

COMMENT:  And also "migrants" from the Mideast and Asia.  I guess they just didn't like life in Iran.  The Biden border policies are colossal failures.  Harris is the point woman.   She takes the heat.  Maybe it's part of Joe's self-protection plan.  But ask most Americans if they think Kamala Harris is ready to step into the presidency, and don't be surprised at the blank expressions.

June 18, 2022      Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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