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Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: NBC reported, "President Donald Trump authorized the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani seven months ago if Iran's increased aggression resulted in the death of an American, according to five current and former senior administration officials."

So much for the Democrat media narrative that Our Beloved President acted impulsively.

NBC also said, "The timing, however, could undermine the Trump administration's stated justification for ordering the U.S. drone strike that killed Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3. Officials have said Soleimani, the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force, was planning imminent attacks on Americans and had to be stopped."

No, actually it proves his point. The president set conditions for sending a missilegram to him. Iran crossed the line by planning to attack 4 embassies.

ITEM 2: Josh Kraushaar reported, "The Most Important Senate Race in the Country. Georgia’s special election is unlikely to determine who controls the Senate. But it’s a tantalizing test to determine which party is better equipped to win the future."

Win The Future means Democrats have given up on 2020.

Maybe Democrats should run Stacey Abrams, seeing how they still pretend she won the governor's race in 2018.

ITEM 3: The Hill reported, "Protesters with a local Black Lives Matter group disrupted an event being held in Des Moines, Iowa, by former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) on Sunday.

"Videos showed demonstrators wearing Black Lives Matter shirts being led out by security while chanting anti-black, anti-poor, apparently referring to Buttigieg. Earlier, they had engaged in a brief discussion with the presidential candidate from the audience during his speech onstage."

Black people in South Bend apparently were not happy with Buttigieg's mayoralty. Democrats have a lousy record on helping black people once in office.

Under President Deplorable, black employment and wages are at an all-time high.

ITEM 4: Pew Research polled people in 33 countries so it could report, "Little support for Trump’s international policies."

The response was as predictable as Men on Films reviewing Little Women.

But while Pew asked people in 33 about building the wall, tariffs and the like, when it came to moving our embassy to Jerusalem, Pew only reported the results from 4 countries. And it was the only question that showed a subset in a country, breaking it down to Arab Israelis and Jewish Israelis.

Polls are not reports on public opinion. They are attempts to shape it.

ITEM 5: The Daily Mail reported, "Harry and Meghan may settle in the US eventually — but not while President Donald Trump is in charge.

"Friends have told the Daily Mail that while the couple plan to live in Canada at first — although probably not on Vancouver Island — their ultimate aim is to have a home and business in Los Angeles.

"Meghan grew up in the city and her mother, Doria Ragland, still lives there. Miss Ragland, 63, was seen walking her two dogs near her home last week after the royal couple's bombshell news.

"However, staunch Democrat Meghan, who has openly been critical of Mr Trump and missed the President's state visit to the UK last year, has said that she will not move to the US while he is in charge."

One more reason to re-elect the greatest president in my lifetime.

ITEM 6: The Social Security Administration announced, "The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public that telephone scammers may send faked documents by email to convince victims to comply with their demands. The Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has received reports of victims who received emails with attached letters and reports that appeared to be from Social Security or Social Security OIG. The letters may use official letterhead and government jargon to convince victims they are legitimate; they may also contain misspellings and grammar mistakes.

"This is the latest variation on Social Security phone scams, which continue to be widespread throughout the United States. Using robocalls or live callers, fraudsters pretend to be government employees and claim there is identity theft or another problem with one’s Social Security number, account, or benefits. They may threaten arrest or other legal action, or may offer to increase benefits, protect assets, or resolve identity theft. They often demand payment via retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency such as Bitcoin, or pre-paid debit card.

"Inspector General Ennis urges continued vigilance against all types of phone scams no matter what proof callers may offer. As we continue to increase public awareness of phone scams, criminals will come up with new ways to convince people of their legitimacy.

"Social Security will never:
  1. Threaten you with arrest or other legal action unless you immediately pay a fine or fee;
  2. Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment;
  3. Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, Internet currency, or prepaid debit card; or
  4. Send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email."
Also, Social Security is never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.

Retirees have money. Bad people want it. Be careful.

ITEM 7: The Atlantic reported, "Is college worth it? As the cost of American higher education soars, inequality widens, and wages stagnate, millions of Millennials and Gen Zers have asked themselves that question. The answer, at least from economists, has remained a resounding yes. One study found that college graduates earn nearly twice as much as their peers without a college degree."

But, the story said, "But the wealth premium has collapsed precipitously over the past 50 years. White graduates born in the ’30s were worth 247 percent more than their non-college-educated peers; white people born in the ’80s were worth just 42 percent more. Among black families, the wealth premium sat at more than 500 percent for those born in the ’30s and fell to zero — yes, zero — for those born in the ’70s and ’80s."

It depends on the major. Petroleum engineers do well decade after decade. And an Ivy League degree certainly is a passport to opportunity. West Point and Annapolis also are advantageous to one's career. We swung too far in the direction of the higher education industry. Apprenticeships and learning a trade deserve more consideration.

ITEM 8: Killing General سم سلیمانی‎ pays dividends.
Step on an American flag, break your mother's back.

It rhymes in Persian. OK, I made that up but they won't step on the Israeli flag either. Anti-Israel fever has left the Middle East and Persia, and landed on America's college campuses.

ITEM 9: The Texan reported, "'Have you ever made a permanent bad decision on a temporary emotion? Most abortions are made on just that — the emotions of fear and worry,' Amy Blackwell told the Rusk city council on Thursday night. 'I was once in that moment, visiting an abortion clinic to have my worry terminated …. My emotions then almost killed my now eight-year-old daughter.'

"Blackwell, who was born and raised in the community, pleaded with the council to do the right thing and vote in favor of the proposed Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance that would effectively abolish abortion within city limits.

"Late in the evening, after dozens of supporters in the crowded room spoke in favor of the ordinance, the Rusk city council approved the measure in a 3-2 vote.

"Cheers erupted from the audience at the decision."

The county commission should make Putnam County, West Virginia, a sanctuary for carbon dioxide to protect the John Amos Plant.

ITEM 10: KUT radio reported, "Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas have been told they can no longer receive charitable donations directly from state employee paychecks.

"For at least the past decade, state employees could donate to the chain of women’s health care clinics through the State Employee Charitable Campaign, which automatically deducts the money from their paychecks.

"Officials with the campaign asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton if Senate Bill 22, which prohibits local governments from contracting with abortion providers or their affiliates, disqualifies Planned Parenthood from getting donations.

"Last week, Paxton said yes."

They can still donate, just not with the state's help.

ITEM 11: Fox News reported, "The Trump administration has 'reached out to the North Koreans' to ask them to resume diplomacy since the two sides broke off talks last October, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien told Axios Sunday.

"'We've reached out to the North Koreans and let them know that we would like to continue the negotiations in Stockholm that were last undertaken in early October,' he told the news service.

"'We've been letting them know, through various channels, that we would like to get those [negotiations] back on track and to implement Chairman Kim's commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,' O’Brien added."

I still say we offer Kim a McDonald's in Pyongyang.

ITEM 12: CBS reported, "For the first time, a judge has denied a request to take away a man’s guns under Colorado’s new red flag law. A Limon woman claimed a man who she had a relationship with threatened her with a gun and filed the request.

"Since the law took effect, the red flag law has had many gun owners seeing red. At least four requests have been filed since the first of 2020; CBS4 is aware of them being filed in Denver, in Larimer County and this one — in Lincoln County."

Red flag laws need a companion called the False Flag Act, which gives jail time to anyone who makes a false claim, including government officials.

ITEM 13: BBC reported on "The fight to get citizenship for descendants of German Jews."


ITEM 14: NBC News reported, "Supreme Court won't consider topless bans."

Does that mean RGB will let it all hang out?

ITEM 15: The Washington Post editorialized, "Trump has had a lot of policy successes. You just don't hear about them."

If only there were some way for the newspaper to get the word out.

ITEM 16: California Healthline reported, "Fecal Bacteria In California’s Waterways Increases With Homeless Crisis."

Anti-vaxxers. Pooping in the street. Needle exchanges. Homeless tents. Ignoring shoplifting. Banning plastic straws. Banning plastic bags. Releasing violent criminals without bond. Legalized pot, infanticide, and euthanasia.

Democrats are hellbent on destroying civilization.

ITEM 17: The Daily Beast reported, "MSNBC talent and staffers are bracing for a major 2020 shakeup amid discussion of moving ratings-challenged Chuck Todd to a morning slot and execs talking with Fox News escapee Shepard Smith.

"The goal of any reshuffle would be to shed ratings dead weight in the lead-up to the election. Sources at the network cautioned that a new look for the lineup is still up in the air, but brass have been batting around several options.

Shed ratings dead weight in an election year. Oof.

Todd is the host of NBC's premiere political show and they may dump or demote him in a presidential election year?

Smith was a ratings hole at Fox News as people saw him as a CNN reject. As with Megyn Kelly, what fans are going to follow him to MSNBC?

Attention Washington: Real Americans are proud of our president.

ITEM 19: The Hill reported, "A Harvard law professor is suing the New York Times, accusing the paper of publishing 'false and defamatory'information and employing clickbait in an article about him.

"Lawrence Lessig, the legal scholar and political activist, filed his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Monday.

"'Defendants’ actions here are part of a growing journalistic culture of clickbaiting: the use of a shocking headline and/or lede to entice readers to click on a particular article, irrespective of the truth of the headline,' he wrote in the lawsuit. 'Defendants are fully aware that many, if not most, readers never read past the clickbait and that their takeaway concerning the target of the headline is limited to what they read in the headline.'

"He contends that the Times published false information about him in the headline and lede of an article about an essay he had written regarding Jeffrey Epstein's donations to MIT."

Juries can make Fake News so expensive, the media will abandon it.

ITEM 20: The Associated Press reported, "A U.S. judge ruled Monday that the Trump administration is operating within its authority when separating families stopped at the Mexico border, rejecting arguments that it was quietly returning to widespread practices that drew international condemnation.

"The American Civil Liberties Union argued that the administration was splitting families over dubious allegations and minor transgressions including traffic offenses.

"It asked the judge in July to rule on whether the government was justified in separating 911 children during the first year after the judge halted the general practice in June 2018.

"U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw indicated he was uncomfortable second-guessing government decisions to separate children on grounds that parents were considered unfit or dangerous, or in other limited circumstances like criminal history, communicable diseases and doubts about parentage. He found no evidence that the government was abusing its discretion."

He is a Bush 43 judge, which is why he showed restraint.

Judge Sabraw has an interesting background. His parents met in Japan when his dad was stationed there in the 1950s, which means he is an immigrant's son. He worked his way through college with a variety of jobs including lifeguard. He got his JD from University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.

An Ivy Leaguer would not hesitate to second guess.

ITEM 21: Some readers have had malware alerts pop up (and even block) this site. I tried to see if there was something to it. Google owns Blogspot so I figured they would protect the blogs. If there were malware, I would shut the site down and explain on Twitter

Well, a reader took it on himself to get to the bottom of this and the good news is no malware.

He emailed:
I've been enjoying your editorials for a while now, and was dismayed when MalwareByte Professional began blocking my access to your site about a week ago on my Windows PC with a pop-up warning that your blog was a "malicious" site infected with a Trojan.
I scanned my system first with several security utilities to confirm that my PC was not infected.
Then I found I could access your site without a hitch on my iPhone. 
I opened a ticket with MalwareBytes Support asking if this block was their utility actually detecting a Trojan interactively on your site, or simply the result of an internal list of blocked sites their utility consults -- which obviously could have been influenced by some lefty troll reporting your site to them as a "malicious".  (I didn't phrase it quite that way to them.)
They responded by having me download a diagnostic utility that scanned my system and among other things (who knows what all it did, really) uploaded the MalwareBytes logs to their server for analysis.
They just sent me an email that they have "unblocked" your site.  I am now able to access your blog once again from my Windows PC.
So obviously their security utility blocked your site not because it detected a Trojan interactively, but rather because it consulted a "blocked sites" list which they apparently maintain on their servers and which must have been updated recently in response to someone asshat reporting your site as being infected. 
Anyway, thought you'd be interested to hear that MalwareBytes had been blocking your site -- and now they aren't.
As an old Berkeley grad (I'm slightly older than you are, and came along on the Berkeley scene a couple of years after David Horotwitz) I can't say that I'm in the least surprised by the Left's tactics but that's only my theory as to how this happened.

I have the best readers. I have tried to up my game to meet their -- your -- standards. Thank you so much. You make retirement fun.

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