BARR NONE

There was a remarkable interview of Attorney General William Barr with Ted Cruz and Michael Knowles. Following is a link to the actual podcast. It is remarkable:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-34-bill-barr-is-honey-badger-ft-attorney-general/id1495601614?i=1000479561748

It is very important to understand why Barr took the job in the first place.

“Because I didn’t want to. And I resisted it for a long time and I suggested other people. But at the end of the day, I saw the department being used as a political weapon in our system. I thought it was injurious to the rule of law and injurious to our important institutions in our country. I thought this idea of resisting a duly elected president of the United States and using every devise to impair his administration was disastrous. And I thought he needed an attorney general and I agreed to do it.”

Michael Knowles asked Barr how politicized the DOJ was when he returned as Attorney General. The response is stunning:

“I think there were many examples of political decisions, but I think one of the things that has perplexed me about this is that we had one of the largest frauds and injustices in American history conducted by the Justice Department and the FBI right in the center of it. And that was turning the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of the government against an opponent’s political campaign.”

That comment should send shock waves through the main stream media. Either Barr is hopelessly corrupt, totally incompetent, or he is right. This simply cannot be ignored. When the Attorney General of the United States says we have one of the largest frauds and injustices in American history, people should start paying attention. When he says the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of the government were turned against an opponent’s political campaign that is an extremely serious charge. It is not a charge that someone like Barr would make unless he was absolutely sure of his facts. It is not the type of comment he would make unless the investigation was already complete. When an Attorney General starts making statements like this, in a public setting, this is a red flag warning that indictments are on the way, sooner rather than later.

Now combine this with the shocking results of the investigation by Special Prosecutor Gerard Carmody. He was appointed by St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Mullen. If the following report is accurate, Carmody has made a compelling case that should also send shock waves through the main stream media.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/exclusive-police-source-woman-framed-former-missouri-gov-eric-greitens-guilty-perjury-bribed-cash-payment/

The case brought against Governor Greitens by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, had already been dismissed, but not before it cost him his reputation and his position as Governor of Missouri. This sure looks like another example of liberal Democrats abusing the legal system against political opponents. If this prosecutor was funded by George Soros, as claimed in this article, then an ugly pattern starts to emerge. One that wise reporters ignore to their peril.

For over three years we have been hammered by the main stream media with constant accusations against Donald Trump. We are told that he is a serial liar, but if you ask for his top ten lies the answer says a lot.

The biggest lie is that Trump says three to five million people voted illegal for Hillary Clinton. This was dismissed as undocumented conspiracy. We were arrogantly told that there is no evidence of wide-spread voter fraud. But that ignores the fact that Democrats in Orange County, CA literally bragged about ballot harvesting, which would be illegal in most other states.

His second biggest lie was bragging about the size of the inauguration crowd. Seriously? A politician lied about the size of a crowd? CRUCIFY HIM!

Trump also bragged about being a successful president. No other politician has bragged about accomplishments. Of course not!

This third biggest lie was saying President Obama tapped his phones during the election. Duh..this looks like Trump actually was right about that.

Finally, the biggest lie, Trump said it started to rain during his inauguration but it ended quickly. Watch for yourself. Here is the full video of his inauguration. Does this look like a downpour to you? It had been raining off and on all day. If it rained during his inauguration, it sure doesn’t look that way in this video:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=video+of+trump%27s+inaugaration+speech&docid=608046018932704247&mid=6B70864892FFFF84295C6B70864892FFFF84295C&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

A lot of people are wearing ponchos, but during the speech a lot of people are not even wearing hats or holding umbrellas. Yet, the main stream media viewed this as the crime of the century. Partly because they were literally praying that it would rain on Trump’s campaign. When that didn’t actually happen, they just pretended it did anyway.

Soon, and very soon, hard cold facts are going to come out and none of them support the narrative we have heard for the last three and one half years from the main stream media. Instead we are going to see overwhelming evidence, not against Trump, but against those who were willing to destroy him, without regard to the facts and without regard to the impact on the country.

Unless Willaim Barr is hopelessly delusional, a lot of people who naively thought they were above the law are about to learn that the opposite is true, Barr None. The only real question is whether Democrats or their fawning supporters will even notice and if they do notice, will they care?

TDM

OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE?

The self-righteous hate-filled bigots in San Francisco toppled and defaced a statue honoring Francis Scott Key. They also tore down a statute of General Ulysses S. Grant and Father Juniper Serra.  Naturally, the liberal leaders in San Francisco were supportive.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article243696912.html

Mayor London Breed said she understands:

“the very real pain in this country rooted in our history of slavery and oppression, especially against African-Americans and Indigenous people.” She did have one minor complaint:
“Every dollar we spend cleaning up this vandalism takes funding away from actually supporting our community, including our African American Community.”

Apparently, none of these people realized that General Grant was a major factor in freeing all those slaves. But they also ignored a few facts about Francis Scott Key. Yes, he did own slaves. But there is a lot more to the story.

http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2014/07/a-friend-of-men-of-color-francis-scott-key-slavery.html

Even though he came from a large slaving owning family, he was an early opponent of slave trafficking. By all accounts, he treated his slaves fairly and freed several of them during his lifetime. He also had a reputation for providing free legal advice to impoverished free blacks and slaves in Washington.

But in June 1842, Francis Scott Key did something remarkable. William Costin died. He was a respected leader of the free African American community in Washington, D.C.  There were more than 70 carriages filled with people who trailed his casket to the cemetery. Some of the people in those carriages were white. But following this was a long line of men on horseback, all of them black, with one exception. That exception was Francis Scott Key.

I doubt that many people in the angry mob that tore down his statue knew any of this. Francis Scott Key, like everyone else, was far from perfect. He lived during a time when racial prejudice was a reality in the United States. But it was people like Francis Scott Key that were an important factor in ending slavery and at least attempting to be part of the solution.

Sadly, facts do not matter to an angry mob. This represents a lot of things, but justice for anyone is not on the list. In addition, I couldn’t help but notice that all the anger is directed at everyone else but themselves. There is racial prejudice in this country, but it is a lot better than it used to be. Other people have experienced extreme prejudice with very different results. One could argue that few were treated worse than Chinese immigrants to the U.S. They were the men who built our railroads and often died in the process. They also were treated as subhuman. If anyone had a right to be bitter and angry, they were near the top of the list. But, instead of focusing on what was being done to them, they focused on lifting themselves up. Today, Asian Americans are at least equal in personal wealth to white Americans. They didn’t do this by blaming everything on white people, although they would certainly have been justified in doing exactly that. They were too busy working on what they could do themselves to build a better future for them and their children.

Francis Scott Key was originally opposed to the War of 1812. But while on a British ship, watching the bombardment of Ft. M’Henry he was inspired by the “Star Spangled Banner” and he saw clearly what it meant. He realized that preserving the land of the free and the home of the brave required courage and sacrifice.

O say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

It is too bad that those filled with media fueled rage can’t see this at all. They also don’t realize that in toppling statues of men like Ulysses S. Grant and Francis Scott Key, they are not building bridges to a better future, they are instead fueling the exact type of racial prejudice they pretend to oppose. I greatly fear that while screaming the need for racial tolerance, they will ultimately achieve the exact opposite. It is really this simple. If you keep telling white people that you blame all your problems on them because of the color of their skin, at some point they are going to agree with you. It is important to realize that this can have no other result than an increase in racial prejudice.

We are starting to see a lot of things clearly now. We are seeing that all the violence and racial discount is happening in major cities run by Democrats. If Democratic policies were so marvelous at helping minorities, how did this happen?  We are seeing criminals elevated to saint hood, because they were killed by police, with little or no regard for police killed by criminals. We are seeing a Democratic Party and its supporters in the MSM promoting ludicrous conspiracy theories about Donald Trump while refusing to consider the blatant abuse of power by Barrack Obama and the mind-boggling corruption of Joe Biden. They would have us seriously consider electing someone showing serious signs of dementia to be Commander in Chief of the greatest military in the history of mankind.

Oh, say can you see? I sure can see, and my hunch is that a lot of other people are seeing the same things.

TDM

2020 VISION

I have always had pathetic vision. In grade school my parents took me to a stock car race. They were shocked to realize I could not see the numbers on the cars. They also learned I couldn’t read what the teacher was writing on the blackboard. I got my first pair of glasses. I still remember the first time I put on those classes and walked outside. Holly crap, trees have leaves on them. For the first time, I actually saw things. It brought everything into focus. Sometimes things looked a lot better while wearing my glasses. But somethings the glasses allowed me to see things that were not beautiful. They were, in fact, ugly. That is the whole point of 2020 vision. You see things for yourself and it changes your perspective of everything.

2020 has been a really bad terrible year, but it is also a year that is providing 2020 vision to a lot of people. Nearly every major metropolitan area in the United States is and had been controlled by Democrats for decades. All those racist cities are run by Democrats. All those racist police departments report to Democrats. All those terrible inner-city schools are in cities run by Democrats. All those cities ravaged economically by irrational lockdowns are run by Democrats. Every major metropolitan area is in serious trouble.

George Floyd is now an international hero. He is an important symbol of police brutality. But there is a lot more to the story: You can read this for yourself:

https://thecourierdaily.com/george-floyd-criminal-past-record-arrest/20177/

George Floyd should have been treated fairly by the police. Everyone deserves that. But it is insane to assume that everything that happened to him was because police were racist. It is even more insane to assume that this is proof of systemic racial profiling and abuse of power by police all over the United States. Insane, but repeated over and over again by the main stream media. While we all agree that police should avoid profiling people just because of the color of their skin, nothing about this case suggests they did that.

Rather than reporting objectively the news media is fanning the flames of outrage by pretending George Floyd is the symbol of all that is good and righteous and police the symbol of all that is evil and despicable. Since the truth is well documented the media either ignores this because they are afraid to tell the truth or ignores it because they want to encourage outrage. Either way they have done enormous harm to race relations in this country. A lot of people really believe George Floyd is a symbol of racist police practices. That will increase, not decrease the potential for similar incidents. Others realize that the main stream media is simply lying to us, again. They are appalled at the blatant and irresponsible attacks on police.

A lot of people, who aren’t participating in silly and potentially violent protests, are buying guns for self-defense. Blacks and other minorities see it too. They are all too familiar with people like George Floyd and what happens if police are not available to deal with him. Most victims of black criminals are black. They know first-hand what happens if you call 9-11 and no one responds. The media is oblivious to this, but a lot of black people are getting 2020 vision too.

Finally, a lot of Republicans are getting 2020 vision. Prior to now a lot of Republicans did not want to believe that the Obama administration really did abuse power. They could not bring themselves to believe that people would shred the constitution in order to destroy Donald Trump. They did not want to believe that there really was a conspiracy to remove Trump from office. But so many documented facts have been released that they can no longer ignore this. Not only are they aware of the reality of this, they are aware of the seriousness of this. That changes EVERYTHING.

A lot of people got 2020 vision and no one should underestimate the significance of that.

TDM

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!

I have zero sympathy for Derek Chauvin. I also have little sympathy for his fellow police officers who stood by and watched this happen. However, a lot of people in their zeal to punish him are potentially making it more difficult to see real justice done. Ironically, this is all too similar to the Jim Crow days when a black man in the South literally risked being lynched by an angry mob. That wasn’t justice then and this isn’t justice now. Angry mobs are incapable of justice.

Derek Chauvin has been tried and convicted in the press. I can’t begin to count the number of news anchors who have arrogantly pronounced him guilty of murder. I have also heard politicians do that and some protesters were demanding his arrest for first degree murder as a condition of ending the protests. Many “experts” are explaining why the video alone is enough to justify a conviction for first degree murder.

Derek Chauvin, like everyone else in this country, regardless of what the crime they allegedly committed is entitled to a fair trial. It is quite simple. The rule of law requires a fair trial, even for people we despise. It requires a fair trial even for people who appear to be obviously guilty. It requires a fair trial even when the suspect was anything but fair to his or her victim(s). That is the way the system works. That is the way the system must work. It is the rule of law that protects all of us.

What should have happened is a quick but thorough investigation. The evidence should have been suppressed, like it is on most criminal investigations. That is to protect the integrity of the investigation. It is also to increase the odds of a fair trial and a conviction.

In this case a video of this went viral generating nationwide outrage. If the intent was to hold Chauvin accountable, it may instead make it nearly impossible to give him a fair trial. Can you imagine being a judge asked to give Derek Chauvin a fair trial? How would that happen? How would you ever find 12 people who don’t know everything about this case, who have not seen that video, who have not heard him declared guilty over and over again. Who, exactly, could we find to be on such a jury that would be remotely capable of looking at the evidence objectively, without prejudging the outcome?

In addition the widespread public release of information will be used by skilled trial attorneys hired to put on his defense. It is a big mistake to underestimate these people. We can be sure of one thing; the evidence put on during the trial will not resemble the story being told in the main stream media.

Shouting is a poor substitute for the rule of law. Similar pre-trial publicity and public outrage was at least one factor in why the police involved in the Rodney King arrest were acquitted. That acquittal, predictably, resulted in more outrage and more violence.

No justice, no peace. Sounds good, unless you really do want justice.

TDM

ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER

I don’t know of a single person, white, black or any other color, who thinks the situation with regard to George Floyd was remotely acceptable. There are many demands for a conversation about racial inequality in this country. So far, they all seem to be focused on the problem with white cops assaulting black men. There is no doubt that race should not be a factor in how police treat suspects. No one wants people treated unfairly solely because of their race. But that is only part of the conversation and failure to discuss other equally if not more important issues is a huge mistake.

For me the best example of racism in this country is abortion. Most reports are that black women have the highest abortion rate at 27.1 per 1,000 women. The number is closer to 10 per 1,000 for white women. There are disputes regarding the actual numbers, but by any measure a much higher percentage of black babies are aborted then white babies. What could be more racist than denying an unborn child even the chance at life? Even if you consider yourself pro-choice, this statistic should trouble you. Regardless of why this happens, it does happen and the impact is horrific.

In 2018 there were 14,123 murder victims in the United States. 7,407 of them were black. 6,088 were white. Every study shows that most people are killed by members of the same race. White people tend to kill white people and black people tend to kill black people. This means black on black crime is resulting in a disproportionate number of deaths in this country. Those lives also matter.

In 2015, the life expectancy of a white female was 81.3. For a black female it was 78.5. The life expectancy of a white male was 76.6. For a black male it was 72.2. This is a significant improvement from 1990. Then the life expectancy of a white female was 79.6 and a black female was 73.6. The life expectancy of a white male was 72.7 and a black male was 64.5. So, things have improved, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Those black lives matter too.

Let me be blunt. If doctors feel threatened when they are in high crime neighborhoods, don’t be surprised when they open up their practice in an area they consider to be safer. If store owners feel threatened when they try to operate in high crime neighborhoods don’t be surprised if they chose to open their next store somewhere else. If police feel threatened responding to reports of crime in a high crime neighborhood, don’t be surprised to see a reduced police presence. If school teachers feel threatened to teach school in a high crime neighborhood, don’t be surprised if they choose to teach in another school district. If there are fewer opportunities for a job, don’t be surprised if people turn to crime. The people most impacted by this will be the people who need the most assistance. It is a vicious cycle that will not change until everyone becomes united on solutions that actually work.

Yes black lives matter. All black lives matter. And it helps almost no one to focus only on one area of concern while doing close to nothing to fix other, far more deadly, problems. I don’t know the solution to this. But I do know of historical examples where real change was made possible.

My wife and I recently watched the Baseball Documentary on PBS. It reminded me of the story of Jackie Robinson. If anyone had a right to complain about unfair treatment it was Jackie Robinson. He was not even allowed to stay in the same hotel as the rest of the team. Before he even joined the Brooklyn Dodgers some players threatened to boycott the team to stop him. He was subjected to racial slurs we couldn’t even imagine today. He was sometimes deliberately injured by white players who hated him because of the color of his skin. The odds were stacked against him, but Jackie Robinson knew that if he succeeded, he would change the world, at least with regard to major league baseball. Incredibly, he did succeed. He didn’t succeed because he was given special privileges or concessions. He succeeded because he made it impossible for anyone to even argue that he was not up to the challenge.

I have often thought about this. What if Jackie Robinson had been given special privileges? What if he was allowed four strikes or a head start to first base? That would have been the ultimate insult. It also would have made it impossible for him to revolutionize professional sports in this country. He shouldn’t have had to endure any of this. He deserved better. But he did endure and we should all be grateful. We should do more than that. We should learn from his example.

Branch Rickey deserves credit for giving Jackie Robinson a chance. Jackie Robinson deserves credit for taking advantage of opportunity. But we all benefited from two people who showed enough courage to recognize the problem and more importantly make the sacrifices necessary to fix the problem.

The problem between police and black males will change when and only when two things happen. One is that police believe that the color of one’s skin has nothing to do with whether or not someone is guilty of a crime. It is when police treat everyone the same, regardless of race. The other is when black males learn that police have a difficult job and dangerous job. The less police feel threatened by someone the less likely they are to respond with violence. It is when both sides learn to appreciate and respect each other.

Some of the protesters get it. They are the ones walking toward police with their hands in the air, showing they are not a threat. Some protesters have even prayed with police. Others do not. They are the ones standing in the back throwing things, setting fires and looting stores. It is time to focus on those capable of being part of the solution and not those who insist taking actions that will only make the problem worse.

It is critical to note that some of the worst offenders are not even black. To them, race has nothing to do with this. They thrive on chaos without regard to the impact on others.

Ultimately, if we want to end racism, we need to listen to people like Martin Luther King:

https://ourlutherking.com/i-have-a-dream-speech-text/

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Martin Luther King changed the world, not with violence, but by rejecting violence. It still not perfect, but it is much better than it was. Incredibly he even dreamed of sitting down at the table of brotherhood with those he could hold most responsible:

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood

True on August 28, 2963. True today.

TDM

ANGEL DUST

Donald Trump is going where Angels fear to tread. When he says he thinks the Russia Collusion investigation was a hoax designed to overturn the results of an election, he means it. When he says this must never happen again to a U.S. President, believe him. He has gone completely away from defensive and is now on offense. It is important to remember that the President of the United States is the most powerful person in the world. This is why the alleged abuse of power by the Obama administration is so serious.

This reminds me of when President Clinton bombed Iraq on December 16, 1998. I remember Ted Koppel pointing out the “coincidence” of this taking place two days before the scheduled House vote to approve two articles of impeachment. He then said he refused to consider the possibility that Clinton did this for any reason other than a threat to national security, because that would be “unthinkable.

Other than the Democrats and the MSM who colluded to remove Richard Nixon from office, Presidents have always been given the benefit of the doubt. That is the way it should be. It is truly unthinkable for a President to abuse power for political purposes.

Yet, incredibly, more and more evidence is being produced suggesting that President Obama did exactly that. There are allegations that he used our intelligence agencies, the DOJ, and the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign during an election year. It is increasingly obvious that this happened, the only real question is what did President Obama know and when did he know it? Now there are serious allegations that the Obama administration tried to obstruct Donald Trump from fulfilling his duties as President of the United States and literally set in motion activities that in retrospect look like an attempted coupe. It frankly does not get any worse than that.

The MSM has ignored this story. Partly because they adored Obama. Partly because they hate Donald Trump and partly because it is indeed, unthinkable. But, in spite of the best efforts by a lot of people to avoid even considering this, the day has indeed arrived. William Barr just appointed a U.S. Attorney to investigate why the Obama administration unmasked Michael Flynn and other members of the Trump campaign and administration. It is important to note that this moves beyond investigating what happened and has now moved into investigating motive. That is what happens just before people are indicted.

We can expect the Obama administration and their fawning supporters in the MSM to try and keep this under wraps. But things have changed. Last week Kayleigh McEnany literally challenged reporters to do their job and ask questions about this. The usual suspects and their RINO supporters in the MSM were outraged. But the people watching this with a grain of common sense realize that McEnany has a point. Why is the press so focused on questioning everything said or done by Donald Trump while turning a blind eye to far more serious things allegedly done by Obama?

The Senate is holding hearings next week and the first witness will be Rod Rosenstein. Lindsey Graham will ask Rosenstein if he would still sign the Carter Page FISA warrant if he knew then what he knows now. Don’t expect Rosenstein to take one for the team on that question. Rosenstein is also going to be asked about the reason for authorizing the Mueller investigation. He has no choice but to say he relied on information provided him by people in a position of responsibility. He is equally unlikely to take a bullet for anyone on that either. Rosenstein is between a rock and a hard place. He knows Republicans are out for blood. He also knows he has no friends on the democratic side of the aisle. No one has ever accused him of being stupid. When he left office he rather deliberately did not take a personal shot at Donald Trump. The only safe thing for Rosenstein to do at this point is to tell the truth and stick to the facts. If he does that, the results could be catastrophic for a lot of people. One thing is certain; this is unlikely to be boring.

It is obvious that President Trump is now on full offense. He finally has his full team ready, willing and able to take this on. Unless many of the documents being released through various sources are all forgeries, it is Trump who has saved up all of his ammunition. Trump has field commanders like William Barr, Trey Gowdy, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and John Ratcliffe. His opponents are led by people like Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden and a cast of thousands. Both teams frighten people but for opposite reasons. No sane person wants to be investigated by someone like William Barr. No sane person wants to trust his defense to someone like Adam Schiff.

This reminds me of when General Grant captured Fort Donelson. Confederate Generals Floyd and Pillow fled the fort when defeat was inevitable. They considered themselves too valuable to be captured. When Grant learned about General Pillow “evading capture” he said Pillow was right where he wanted him, leading a confederate army. I suspect Donald Trump is equally thrilled at the quality of the people assaulting him.

Trump is now going where angels fear to tread and he is kicking up a lot of dust. Fasten your seat belts, this is going to be a bumpy ride.

TDM

MEMORIAL DAY

 

Few people know the real history of Memorial Day. This actually dates back to the Civil War. It was called Decoration Date and was to commemorate the deceased of the Civil War. It was first observed on May 30, 1868. It involved a large ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Most southern states refused to honor Memorial Day until after World War I. After World War I, Memorial Day was adjusted to celebrate the deceased in all wars. Memorial Day became a national holiday in 1971.

https://www.inthelighturns.com/history-memorial-day-infographic.html?msclkid=9ba484a4bdae1c652345da6c87cffbf1

For those of us who are combat veterans, this day holds special significance. Many of us had friends who never made it home. I will never forget.

I graduated high school in 1965. That was the class that went to war. Our class lost a lot of people in Vietnam. Few of us would have predicted that on graduation day in 1965. I certainly had zero intention of pursuing a military career. Like a lot of other people, it was the military draft that motivated my decision. Most of the people I flew with in Vietnam did not consider themselves to be heroes. They were just people who realized it was our turn to answer the call and while we didn’t want to go, we couldn’t consider asking someone else to go in our place.

I still remember getting on an airplane in Seattle and taking off for my second tour in Vietnam. I looked around the plane and there were a lot of solemn faces. Few looked like they considered this a great adventure. Instead they looked like ordinary people, more than a little terrified, but grimly prepared to do their duty. Prior to boarding that plane I had watched wall to wall anti-war demonstrations on TV.  These naïve and selfish people thought they were showing great courage and saving the world. They had no clue regarding the reality of who and what we were fighting in Vietnam. In my mind, this was the opposite of courage. The real demonstration was by all those men who quietly kissed their loved ones goodbye and got on that plane.

So while I have special memories for the friends who did not survive the war, I also remember the men on that and many other similar planes. They get little or no publicity and few even notice. But they are the ones who demonstrated what courage looks like and why it is so important.

TDM

WILD FIRE

California is about to enter wild fire season. We have already had some small fires even before the hot summer weather hits. So far these fires have been small. But they are a warning of what is to come. But the real wild fires in California this summer will be political.

Governor Newsom has arrogantly sowed the wind and is about to reap the whirlwind. His heavy handed approach to COVID 19 has done incredible damage to the California economy. What makes this more devastating is that Newsome did this state-wide, including areas where there is virtually no COVID-19. He is still arrogantly trying to micromanage reopening California, with catastrophic results. We are getting new cases in California, but so far they are coming from areas which are and have been shut down.

California was already in serious financial trouble because of severely underfunded pension programs. A lot of people realized the state budget looked like a Ponzi scheme. Well now the Ponzi scheme has run out of new income in part because of unforced errors. Like every other Ponzi type scheme, once new income stops the scheme collapses almost immediately.

This all could have been prevented. All Governor Newsome needed to do was let counties make their own decisions. They would have reopened large portions of the state weeks ago. But instead he arrogantly chose to be “the man” and “the man” botched this big time.

In March Newsom was predicting that 56% of Californians (25.5 million people) would get COVID-19 over an eight week period. That eight week period is now over and this is beyond absurd. He even hinted that martial law could be used, if necessary. He did activate the National Guard, but only on humanitarian assignments.

Newsom: “If we’re to be criticized at this moment, let us be criticized for taking this moment seriously. Let us be criticized for going full force and meeting the virus head on.”

Governor Newsom, you got. You deserve all the blame for over-reacting to a virus that has a mortality rate of less than 1% and which has impacted 80,430 people. That is just slightly less than your estimate of 25.2 million people.

Everyone in California is paying a steep price for this major miscalculation. Newsom remains oblivious. When Jake Tapper asked: “how much of the state’s financial crisis is the result of pre-existing financial obligations?” Newsom responded by saying: “None.” Even Tapper did not buy that. Note to liberals: “When you’ve lost people like Jake Tapper, you’ve lost the country!”

Newsom estimates there is already a $54.3 billion deficit. Ironically, Newsom admitted there was a serious pension liability problem, but pretended it was under control.

That $54.3 billion is a direct result of COVID-19. Just a few months ago, I introduced my January budget but, with, again, a projected surplus. We paid off 100 percent of our debt we had inherited over seven or eight years ago. We were using $9.13 billion of the surplus last year to pay down long-term pension obligations,”

Newsome has already announced cutting state funding for education and other programs. He has cut the wages of California State employees by 10%. He is hinting at cutting first responders. Yet, at the same time, California has miraculously found the money to pay benefits to illegal aliens. He has found the money to pay hotels to house the homeless. This won’t fly in Peoria or anywhere else.

Newsom needs to submit a balanced budget by July 1. He is out of time. Every week, every day, every hour there is a delay in getting the state re-opened makes the problem worse. It may take years for California to recover. Newsom has to cut spending NOW! No one is going to loan California enough money. The federal government is not about to bail out California, regardless of what Nancy Pelosi thinks.

Democrats will predictably try to solve the problem by cutting the things that matter most to people. They always do that. They will also respond by trying to increase taxes. There already appears to be another stealth attempt to overturn Prop 13. They will also try to blame Republicans, but Democrats dominate California and every statewide office is held by a Democrat. This time the blame game won’t work. None of this will work. California already has extremely high taxes. People are fed up.

California recalled a governor once before, unless far less troubling circumstances. But that will take months and will result in a free-for-all similar to when Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor. In the meantime people are getting more frustrated and angrier. The liberals who have been trying desperately to convince themselves that COVID-19 was the worst risk to mankind in world history will find themselves shrieking to a rapidly shrinking audience. COVID-19 deaths are down, COVID-19 hospitalizations are down, but the deaths from other causes did not miraculously go away.

As COVID 19 fades quickly into the background, the economic destruction including the inevitable deaths will become increasingly impossible to ignore. There is a political wild fire, already burning, that will soon envelope this state. This will be hotter than you can imagine. It will be more destructive than anyone thought possible. It cannot be stopped; nothing can even slow it down. Soon the question will be who will survive and then the focus will be on how to prevent this from ever happening again.

TDM

THE LONG HOT SUMMER

We are only days away from hot weather. The high-pressure ridge will move in, California skies will clear, and temperatures will soar. This happens every year.  But this year is going to be much hotter than normal, because of factors not involving the weather.

The California economy has been absolutely shredded by the extended lock-down. This is being exasperated by unnecessary fear. If the intent were to get everyone terrified by COVID-19, that worked brilliantly. Every decision is based solely on fear of COVID-19. We are arrogantly lectured about listening to the science, but there is little if any real science involved. They are frankly guessing.

We don’t even know if the lock-down and social distancing accomplished anything. It certainly did not stop the spread of the disease. We were told this was necessary to flatten the curve so our hospitals would not be over-whelmed. Our hospitals were not overwhelmed, and no one predicts they will be overwhelmed in the future. There is plenty of PPE and we are selling excess ventilators to other countries. Have you seen that flatten the curve graph lately? Me neither. You won’t see it because the original graphs based on computer models now look absurd.

If you think 2020 started out bad, we have only just begun. California is running out of money. It had to borrow money from the Federal Government to pay unemployment checks. Governor Newsom just cut the pay of every state employee by 10%. It won’t end there. Soon he is going to be announcing a hiring freeze and massive layoffs. Wait until they start cutting pension benefits. California is rapidly running out of cash. Income is way down, and expenses are skyrocketing. No business, no government, no state, no country can survive that kind of economic meltdown. The state must find a way to rapidly increase revenue while drastically cutting expenses. Instead our Governor is giving money to people here illegally. If you think people are angry and frustrated now, give it a week.

This is stupid and painful, and no one seems to consider what will happen when the California runs out of money. Who is going to loan this state money? The federal government? China?

So far, people have gone along, because the pain is not yet obvious and because they bought into the fear of the virus. That is about to change, quicker than the weather. At some point the truth will become too obvious to ignore. Sacramento remains shut down. As of today, they have had 1,211 confirmed cases and 54 deaths. California has had 74,396 confirmed cases and 3,108 deaths, and about half of them came from nursing homes. Los Angeles County has had 36,529 cases and 1,755 deaths. Fresno has had 1,156 cases and 16 deaths. San Francisco has 2,026 cases and 36 deaths. Only five counties have had more than 100 deaths: Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, and Santa Clara. El Dorado has had no COVID 19 deaths. Placer has had 8. Yet the entire state is hunkered down in fear, At some point, when the devastation from a collapsed economy becomes all too real, even liberals will realize this is insane.

Look around you. What is obviously true is obviously true. Eventually what is obviously true becomes obvious to everyone.

TDM

A BURR LESS SHOW

Richard Burr has been Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for a long time. He is very good friends with Democrat Mark Warner. The main stream media considered this to be great bi-partisan cooperation. In reality it was a RINO Republican coordinating his activities with ranking Democrat, Mark Warner. While Burr pretended to be “bi-partisan” Mark Warner was and is completely partisan.

The result was that the Senate Intelligence Committee refused to investigate anything Obama while green lighting investigations of the Trump administration. Recently this committee approved a statement saying that the ICA conclusion that Russia had interferred in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump was substantiated by the evidence. That is clearly not true and documents recently released, over the objection of Chairman Burr, prove that this is not true. Actually it looks like there was better intelligence indicating that Russia wanted Hillary to win.

Well Richard Burr was caught selling stock shortly after learning about COVID-19. Yesterday his phone was literally seized by the FBI yesterday. Today Richard Burr stepped down as Chairman of the Senate Inteligence Committee. He called Mitch McConnell who said that was the right thing to do. It will be interesting to see who replaces him. That decision is up to Mitch McConnell. This new person is almost certain to start asking some serious questions. We can be certain that the new Chairman is not about to let Mark Warner continue to call the shots.

This couldn’t come at a better time for Trump and a worse time for his opponents. The John Durham investigation is heating up and now the Senate Intelligence Committee is unlikely to participate in the cover-up.

Burr is likely to find little support from anyone, including the remaining RINO Republicans. Those who are afraid to stand up to Democrats will be equally afraid to stand up for people who foolishly considered them to be friends.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will be a “Burr less show” and that is a very good thing.

TDM