Don Surber

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

No, Trump did it first last May

"Saudi Arabia opens airspace to Israel for first time ever for Air India flight bound for Tel Aviv," the headline in the Independent read.

While that is big news, and certainly a milestone in the normalization of relations between Mecca and Jerusalem, the fact is one man already flew directly from Saudi Arabia to Israel without bothering with the side trip to Cyprus.

Donald John Trump.

Football player feels the Trump Effect

Never bet against Donald John Trump.

Never get in a feud with him.

Bad things happen to people who do, as NFL defensive end Michael Bennett is discovering.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Man threatens to kill Republican congressman

Nine months after a Bernie supporter shot and severely wounded the No. 3 Republican in the House, Steve Scalise, another man threatened to do the same to Republican Congressman Scott Taylor.

Fortunately, police stopped the man.

On the budget: You fight the battles you can win

Paul Ryan just won his last budget as speaker before he hands over the gavel to Pelosi in January. Ryan is a DC lifer who spent only one year in Janesville after graduating in high school -- and that was only to establish a residency to run for Congress. He no more represents Wisconsin than "That '70s Show" does.

There. Got that off my chest. Now to discuss why President Trump did not veto the budget bill.

No job, but cheap junk

"Think twice about tariffs, President Trump. Cheap imports keep your voters afloat," Matt Bai, a blogger for Yahoo News wrote.

The sneering, condescending economic ignorance of Bai holds that cheap goods at Dollar General are better than $75,000-a-year jobs building television sets.

No, Citigroup, you must bake the gay wedding cake

Credit card oligarch Citigroup thinks it can block the sale of guns.


It's a legal transaction. I am pretty sure that the courts will tell the bank to stick to banking, and disarm its politicking.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Why Trump's lawyer is out

Here at the Institute of Trumpology, everything is done in real time. The departure of John Dowd from Trump's legal team is no exception.

In figuring out why, we need reliable information from the news media.

Class act at the Naval Observatory

Charlotte Pence, 24, the oldest daughter of Vice President Michael Pence and his wife, Karen, wrote a children's book, "Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President." Her mother drew the pictures to accompany it. The Naval Observatory is the official residence of the vice president.

Proceeds from the book go to charities.

Time-Warner's John Oliver savaged the book on his weekly show. Like the people at CNN, he knows which side his bread is buttered. He wrote a parody about a gay bunny because the LGBT crowd has targeted Pence because of his religion.

Oliver said his proceeds will go to charity as well.

Virtue signalling doesn't pay the bills

Dick's stopped selling assault rifles and imposed a ban on selling guns to anyone under 21 at its Field and Stream stores.

That's like McDonald's going vegan.

And the results are predictable.

Why Creepy Uncle Joe attacked Trump

As Creepy Uncle Joe Biden seeks the presidency for a third time in 30 years, he has a problem.

He's Creepy Uncle Joe. He touches little girls. He cannot keep his hands off them.

Which is why Creepy Uncle Joe dragged out from yesteryear what Trump said to Billy Bush.

The McCabe Mutiny

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was a constitutionally suspect proposition from the beginning. Law enforcement is best handled at the local level. But Prohibition brought graft and corruption, followed by violent crime.

Enter the FBI.

But 75 years after Prohibition ended, the FBI is still here -- spying on Americans, trying to frame President Trump, and even investigating Jeff Sessions, who is the boss of the Department of Justice.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

God bless the heroes who restore civilization

Our electricity went out for 59 minutes last night. The lights of the coal-fired electric power plant across the river from Poca kept the town from being completely blacked out.

Brave men went into the cold and rainy night, climbed poles, and connected wires, and the normal returned for everyone.

President congratulates Putin, a tale of media bias

The Washington Post ran a story today, "Trump's national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin.  He did it anyway."

Never mind that we did not elect his advisers; we elected the president. No this is Donald Trump, rogue elephant.

Gay Mafia attacks its own

Cynthia Nixon co-starred on Sex in the City. She came out of the closet in 2004, but she has discovered as many people do that the Gay Mafia is fierce.

First, she said being gay is a choice.

Who gets indicted first? Trump or Obama?

John O. Brennan, Obama's second-term CIA director, threatened President Trump after the Department of Justice  fired Andrew McCabe for leaking classified information and for lying to investigators, the latter is a felony.

"When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history," Brennan tweeted.

For the sake of accuracy, the sentence better applies to Obama, who corrupted every tentacle of the federal government, including the IRS, to go after middle class Americans and their supporters. Instead of spying on foreign threats, Obama turned the telescope around and spied on the political opposition.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

DC economy slows, America's speeds

The Washington Post published 17 words that brightened my day:
The D.C. area’s employment base grew by 1.3 percent for the year, compared with 1.7 percent nationally.

Fake News suckers in more journalism students

I would never discourage students from enrolling in journalism school. Fools should be parted from their money.

"The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California  saw its highest-ever number of first-year applicants this year," MarketWatch reported.

Just Say No Again

President Trump's efforts in to stem opioid abuse brought the usual trite calls that the War on Drugs failed. They point to Prohibition.

I point to smoking. In 1954, 45% of the nation's adults smoked. The most recent figure is 15%. Shunning smoking worked.

As for the War on Drugs, let us not forget Nancy Reagan.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Why conservatives enjoy Facebook's pain

In January, John Hawkins of Right Wing News wrote, "How Conservatives Are Being Destroyed by Facebook, Twitter and Google Without Even Realizing It." A tad hysterical (he said he was shutting down his site but it is still there), nevertheless Hawkins understood that the Social Justice Fascists had turned social media sites and Google's You Tube into censors of conservatism.

Today, Facebook (and sadly Standard and Poor's 500) paid a price for its politicking. Its share prices tumbled.

The bad news is the swamp is deeper than we knew

So we had a terrific weekend in which Jeff Sessions canned Andrew McCabe. The swamp is draining.

But let us face the reality: the swamp is larger and deeper than we thought.