UPDATE: Here’s what you can expect from the DNC next week in Philadelphia

Previously on This Just In…

The update:

Five Ways the Media Can Prove They’re Fair and Balanced

ALSO: The Media Research Center has a message for the media: “Cover Clinton like you’re covering [Donald] Trump.” The MRC is spending some $200,000 on billboards, taxi tops, taxi tv ads, sidewalk graphics and mobile building projections during the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia.


My Most Popular Blogs (07/25/16)

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:

1) Asinine question by PBS at the RNC

2) Best Cartoons of the Week (07/23/16)

3) The Franklin School Board: So predictable, so disappointing

4) “Trust me, I’d love to write something positive about Franklin alderman Steve Taylor on my blog”

5) An amazing 2016 story: Instead of shouting, police and people share supper

6) Something to keep in mind regarding the NEXT Franklin school referendum – Part 2

7) Here’s what you can expect from the DNC next week in Philadelphia

8) The end of Christian education in America?

9) God bless you Mom…we love you and miss you

10) WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER RERUN: When is a 5.9% property tax increase NOT a 5.9% property tax increase?


Culinary no-no #481


My wife, Jennifer loves wine. She even possesses this  Christine Alexander top.


Jennifer’s female friends also have an admiration for wine. They get absolutely gleeful on Facebook when they share memes and what not about their favorite adult beverage.




The above, Chai Vin is an actual wine truck in Quebec that can’t travel around town but can be rented for private parties.

And if you can have a wine truck…


Why not a wine bike? The entrepreneurial vehicle also hails from north of the border.

I’m sure when Jennifer reads this she’ll start a conversation about moving.

Relocating to Canada is not necessary. Lots of superb vino to satisfy Jennifer’s taste buds right here.

Now here’s a wonderful gift item that would certainly endear me to my darling until I die…

Danby 50-Bottle Designer Wine Cooler, Black and Stainless Steel

That would be your Danby Black and Stainless Steel 50-Bottle Designer Wine Cooler. It has temperature range of 39.20F – 64.40F. The digital thermostat has an electronic LED display unit. You can program and monitor the temperature of the cooler at all times as it can be seen through the tempered-glass door. An incandescent light bulb keeps the wine cooler. The cooler features seven sliding black-wire shelves. The door also features a stainless steel handle and frame and a reversible hinge allows you to set it for either left or right hand opening.

Danby 50-Bottle Designer Wine Cooler, Black and Stainless Steel
Danby 50-Bottle Designer Wine Cooler, Black and Stainless Steel

Available at, of course, Walmart.

Was $724.00. Now 578.95.

I can hear my wife right now. But Sweetheart, you’d be saving $145.05! (Hug,hug, kiss, kiss).

Seriously, I would venture to guess the majority of homes inhabited by wine aficionados aren’t equipped with the above commodity. However for many small businesses that depend on wine, this is a must have, probably more  than one.

You’ve heard that often-repeated, generally accepted description of small businesses. They are the backbone of the economy in just about every city, town, village. They employ a large number of workers. The more they enjoy success, the greater the benefits are to those living in their communities.

So it naturally follows that we would want to create a climate that would be as friendly and advantageous to small businesses as possible, right? You’d be surprised, no maybe you wouldn’t be surprised at how many simply don’t grasp the previous paragraph.

Enter the feds…


This month the US Dept. of Energy issued a rule regulating wine refrigerators that goes into effect in August.

Manufacturers of wine refrigerators are now mandated to test the energy efficiency of the products to ensure they meet over-regulating Uncle Sam’s requirements.

Seems wine refrigerators according to the nannies of Big Government fall under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (‘EPCA’), as amended. Sounds like something out of an old M*A*S*H  episode.

Why the new rule going into effect? C’mon people! These wine refrigerators are…different!

“These products include different types of refrigeration devices that include one or more compartments that maintain higher temperatures than typical refrigerator compartments, such as wine chillers and beverage coolers,” said the department.

Dear Lord, those doggone refrigerators can go up to 64 degrees F. Can’t have that. They’ve just gotta be regulated. Out come the bureaucratic pencils as noses scrape the ceilings.

The department’s definition of a wine refrigerator or ‘cooler’ includes as a cabinet, used with one or more doors. That’s key because that basically includes every possible wine refrigerator imaginable, creating even more prey for the business-hating bureaucrats to go after.

The rule issued by the department, are you ready for this, is 159 pages long.

It will cost small businesses on average about $12,500 to see if tests show the wine refrigerators they’re using meet government stipulations, all in the interest of energy conservation. Because if that wine is set at a temperature too high, imagine the chaos that could do to the planet.

I love this. The department says about the $12,500 cost that it will be “unlikely to represent a significant economic impact for small businesses.” Typical of the nanny state. They think they know best when they have no idea whatsoever how to run a business or what the impact of over-regulation would look like.

Once again Uncle Sam gives the middle finger to small businesses. These massive regulations kill the job-producers, and that kills jobs.




Plagiarizing, from of all places

Plagiarism was quite the story (over-hyped) at last week’s Republican National Convention. The issue comes up every now and then in music.

I recall Paul McCartney in an interview stating he wasn’t all that upset if someone stole a bit of a lyric or melody of the Beatles (or of his) since they, too, in his word, would occasionally “pinch” from others.

If you’re going to, ahem, pinch, why not pinch from the very best?

At Sunday Mass today, from the Gospel according to Luke:

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Ray Winkler and John Hathcock wrote this song back in the very early 1960’s, done here in concert in Hawaii by Elvis.

Photos of the Week (07/24/16)

1) Jim Darnell, of Darnell Home Improvement, waits in the shade as a co-worker cuts another piece of siding for a home improvement job on July 21, 2016, in Quincy, Ill. Outdoor workers had to take more breaks than usual with the temperature in the upper 90’s and the heat index in the 100s. Photo: Michael Kipley / The Quincy Herald-Whig via AP / AP

2) Isaac Howard, 5, plays in a water feature during a visit with his family to the splash pad at Elver Park in Madison, Wis., on July 21. The danger with heat domes is the prolonged nature of it. Although it won’t reach record-high temperatures its constant days full of heat which will continue into the nighttime that don’t give people a chance to really cool off. Photo: John Hart / AP

3) Delegates pose for an official convention photograph on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18. Photo: ROBYN BECK / AFP – Getty Images

4) Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, bangs the gavel during the convention. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

5) A Florida delegate holds a sign in opposition to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP – Getty Images

6) Delegates yell after the temporary chairman of the Republican National Convention announced that the convention would not hold a roll-call vote on the Rules Committee’s report and rules changes, and rejected the efforts of anti-Trump forces to hold such a vote.
Photo: MARK KAUZLARICH / Reuters

7) Delegates react as some delegates call for a roll call vote on the adoption of the rules. Photo: Mark J. Terrill / AP

8) A delegate is well-decorated at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.Photo: Getty Images

9) A delegate holds a Donald Trump doll as she sits in her seat at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. Photo: Reuters

10) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker takes a photo with his wife Tonette on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo: Getty Images

11) Ira Birch, of Richmond, Virginia, holds two pictures of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with money in their mouths in Cleveland Public Square during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 20, 2016. (Photo: JUSTIN LANE/EPA)

12) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie react during Donald Trump, Jr’s speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Photo: Getty Images

13) Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani speaks on stage during the Republican National Convention Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. Photo: Chad Rachman/New York Post

14) Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., center, beneath the New York sign, stands with his siblings as he announces New York’s votes officially putting Donald Trump over the top during the roll call of states for the nomination of Donald Trump. Photo: EPA

15) Speaker of the House Paul Ryan bangs the gavel after officially recognizing the nomination of Donald Trump following the roll call of states on the second day of the 2016 Republican National Convention.  Photo: MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EPA

16) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands after arriving near the site of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, July 20 in Cleveland. Trump will formally accept the nomination of the Republican Party on Thursday, the last day of the four-day convention. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

17) Convention delegates hold up signs that read “America Deserves Better Than Hillary.” Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

18) Police took about a dozen people into custody Wednesday as scuffles broke out during a flag-burning protest in the streets outside the Republican National Convention. As the most turbulent protest since the four-day convention began on Monday got underway, chaos briefly prevented delegates and members of the media from getting into the Quicken Loans Arena for the evening’s proceedings.

At one point in the protest, which took place just outside an entrance to the arena and near a row of popular restaurants where cable news networks had set up for the week, a flag-burning demonstration began, which, according to the Cleveland Police Department, culminated with a man setting a flag on fire, then setting himself on fire before firefighters extinguished the flames. “You’re on fire! You’re on fire, stupid!” a Cleveland officer shouted as he wielded a can of extinguishing spray, according to the Los Angeles Times. Photo: http://www.theblaze.com

19) Attendees boo Sen. Ted Cruz as it became clear that he was not going to endorse Donald Trump. Cruz urged the nation to vote for “freedom” up and down the ballot but offered no direct endorsement. Photo: Matt Rourke / AP

20) Political talk radio host Laura Ingraham speaks at the Quicken Loans Arena. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

21) Trump kisses his daughter Ivanka Trump after she introduced him at the fourth day of Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Photo: RICK WILKING / Reuters

22) Donald Trump accepts his party’s nomination for the president of the United States on the last day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 21. Carolyn Kaster / AP

23) Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

24) Police officers search a man’s belongings outside a Munich shopping center during the manhunt for a shooter who left 10 dead.  Photo: Joerg Koch / Getty Images

25) The Eiffel Tower in Paris is illuminated in the national colors of Germany to pay tribute to the victims of the Munich shooting attack the day before. There were “no indications” that the teenage gunman who killed nine people and then himself at a mall in the German city of Munich had links to ISIS or any other terror group, police said Saturday. Photo: IAN LANGSDON / EPA

26) Police officers patrol after 3 police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to reports, one suspect has been killed while others are still being sought by police. Photo: Sean Gardner / Getty Images

27) Baton Rouge Police Officer Markell Morris holds a bouquet of flowers and a Superman action figure that a citizen left at the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital where the police officers were brought on Sunday. Photo: Henrietta Wildsmith / AP

28) A bullet hole on a cracked window at a gym next to the scene where three police officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo: JONATHAN BACHMAN / Reuters

29) Law enforcement personnel walk on July 18 near the scene where police officers were shot in Baton Rouge. Phot: JONATHAN BACHMAN / Reuters

30) A child puts flowers next to traces of blood on the ‘Promenade des Anglais’ where a truck crashed into the crowd during Bastille Day celebrations, in Nice, France. Photo:  IAN LANGSDON / EPA

31) An aerial view of the Promenade des Anglais boulevard where thousands gathered to observe a minute of silence in tribute to the victims of the Nice truck attack, in Nice, France. Photo: VILLE DE NICE / HANDOUT / EPA

32) President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles of Michigan during a ceremony at the White House. Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations in Vietnam, and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members. Photo: Susan Walsh / AP

33) A newly arrived Jewish immigrant coming from North America kisses the tarmac after disembarking a plane upon her arrival at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. Photo: JACK GUEZ / AFP – Getty Images

34) People rally to support the Black Lives Matter movement in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Scott Barbour / Getty Images

35) An Indiana State Police officer runs through a fountain with a child in Cleveland. Photo: AP

36) A swan is examined during Swan Upping, the annual census of the swan population on the River Thames, at Sunbury, Southern England. The week-long exercise ensures unmarked, mute swans are counted, rather than eaten, in a tradition exercised by the British Crown for nearly 900 years. Photo: TOBY MELVILLE / Reuters

37) Panda triplets snack on bamboo in Guangzhou, China. Photo: Feature China / Barcroft Images

38) Visitors look at tropical fish transported from Japan’s southern island of Okinawa displayed in a giant 14-ton fish tank in Tokyo. Photo: KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP – Getty Images

39) Divers play Mahjong, a game similar to the Western card game Rummy, in a swimming pool during a hot summer day in Chongqing, China. Photo: CHINA STRINGER NETWORK / Reuters

40) A boat load of whale watchers missed a humpback’s spectacular show off Sydney’s northern beaches because they were looking in another direction as the huge animal launched itself out of the water. Photo: J P Goodridge / Whale Watching Sydney

41) Some are calling it a chipmunk explosion .According to wildlife biologists, a mild winter and an abundance of acorns and maple seeds has led to a surge in the chipmunk population throughout the state of Connecticut. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection biologist Paul Rego says chipmunk populations are driven by hearty food supplies — combined with a favorable temperatures, this combination can lead to a surge in chipmunk population growth. Photo: CBSNewYork

42) A seal rocks earphones at a study station in Friedrichskoog, Germany. Photo: EPA

Beating the heat?

Last week when the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for our area it also urged precautions:


So what gives with this?

People sunbathe during a heat wave in New York City. On Saturday, a “heat dome” — a ridge of high pressure that traps hot air for an extended period of time — had 110 million Americans under heat advisories. Photo: EDUARDO MUNOZ / Reuters

Recommended Reading (07/23/16)

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

Five ways Trump’s convention was a success

“The bottom line is, there is no question we have more unity, more unanimity of thought, more enjoyment, more camaraderie, and the progression is peaking perfectly,” said Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. “If I had to imagine what he’s thinking and wanted, he got pretty much everything he wanted.”

Stop calling these murders “senseless”

An online dictionary defines senseless as “unconscious” or “without discernible meaning or purpose.” By this definition, the acts commonly designated as senseless by our leaders are anything but.

I rejected my parents’ WASP values. Now I see we need them more than ever.

Visiting home between assignments, I found myself noticing and appreciating things I had always taken for granted — the tamed greenery and smooth streets, the absence of fear and abundance of choice, the code of good manners and civilized discussion. I also began to learn things about my parents I had never known and to realize that I had judged them unfairly. I had confused their social discomfort with condescension and their conservatism with callousness.

The NBA is the National Bullying Association

Let us not forget that when the NBA decided to bring the All Star game to Charlotte, the laws were just as they are today: Men were expected to use men’s bathrooms and locker rooms and women were expected to use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms.

If this was so terrible, why did the NBA agree to bring their annual, week-long, festive event here?

Nostalgic for the drive-in theater

Here’s something I miss more each summer: the drive-in movie theater.

It’s a uniquely American creation, after all.

According to Kerry Segrave, author of “Drive-in Theaters: A History from Their Inception in 1933,” only two other countries, Canada and Australia, were able to come close to America’s “intense love affair with drive-ins.”

In order for drive-ins to spring up over America during the post-World War II boom, a unique blend of conditions had to exist.

Week-ends (07/23/16)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…


Lauren Roach and Landry Nelon

Charles Kettles



Munich shooter

April Corcoran


Lynn Adelman


“Come up and talk to me: the black guy in the white hat and the white shirt — the dark-skinned black guy in the white hat and the white shirt. If you have a different agenda, then we got an issue, we got a problem and we’re going to do everything we can to disrupt that agenda if it’s pertaining to violence and property disruption in the city.”
Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams warned agitators against violence at the Republican National Convention and said he was prepared to do anything he needs to do to prevent damage to the city

“Groups like Black Lives Matter, blessed by the progressive left and most recently our own President Obama, need to be exposed and condemned for their true aims: revolution. Black Lives Matter organizers hold the same values of America’s age-old enemies, who have always fought the ideals of our Constitution and our nation. That they have now taken on as their costume a false concern for Black America only adds to their depravity.

“This president will not name Black Lives Matter the enemy. Instead, the White House proactively defended the revolutionary group in the most unfitting of contexts: the eulogies for fallen police officers in Dallas, Texas. He has invited those who speak hate against our rule of law and police officers, in some cases the only element that stands between the violence-plagued communities and their utter destruction, into his fold. The Democrats and their leaders have made their choice known to the American people: utter capitulation.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

“There’s a school of thought that Trump, who’s gonna get crushed, will somehow teach the party a lesson and they’ll get it out of their system. I don’t have confidence in that.”
Stuart Stevens, who was Mitt Romney’s chief strategist in 2012

“The day after the election we’ll get back to being the anti-Clinton party. Which we’re actually good at being. We’ll have a really good midterm” and a deep bench for 2020.
Alex Conant, a veteran Republican strategist and longtime Rubio adviser


“Everyone wants change. Donald is the only one that can deliver it.”
Melania Trump

“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These are common words and values that she cares about her family, things like that. I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy. This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work.”
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Melania Trump “hit it out of the park” Monday night with her address to the Republican National Convention, remarks that Manafort said were not plagiarized in any way

“We’re going to win, we’re going to win so big.”
Donald Trump

“War is not about bathrooms. War is not about political correctness or words that are meaningless. War is about winning.

“I have called on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race because she put our nation’s security at extremely high risk with her careless use of a private email server. Lock her up, lock her up … Damn right.”
Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn

“When they come to save your life, they don’t ask if you’re black or white, they just come to save you,” he said of law enforcement officers
 Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani

“Ladies and gentleman, I would like to make something very clear — blue lives matter in America.”
Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

“I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son … If Hillary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency? That’s right, Hillary for prison. She deserves to be in stripes.”
Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, who died in the Benghazi attack

“It’s been a rough year for the media experts. It must be humbling to be so wrong about so much for so long.”
Willie Robertson, star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty”

“They want to run everything top down from Washington.  They tell us they are the experts and they know what’s best.  The other party gave us a regulatory state on steroids.  Dodd-Frank was a thousand pages long and it has already spun off 22,000 pages in regulations. Imagine trying to digest all that before you even open your doors for business.  That doesn’t help consumers.

“We’ve actually started to believe the solving our great problems is an impossible task, and that’s why we need to elect a man who has a track record of accomplishing the impossible.

“A president who speaks his mind and not just when it behooves him to do so.  Who doesn’t have to run a focus group or use data analytics to form a simple opinion who says what needs to be said, and not just what you need to hear, a president who will unleash the greatness in our nation and all of us.”
Donald J. Trump Jr.

“So we must ask this question, HIllary Clinton as an awful judge of the character of a dictator, a butcher in the Middle East.  Is she guilty or not guilty?”  Crowd chants “Guilty!”

“We need to ask, as a flawed evaluator of dictators, a failed strategist, who has allowed Russia back into the Middle East.  Is Hillary guilty or not guilty?”  Crowd chants “Guilty!”

“Let’s face the facts, Hillary Clinton cared more about protecting her own secrets than she cared about protecting America’s secrets.”
Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor

“My father is good with advice, as you might guess, but he keeps it short, and the takeaway is usually the same.  To help us find our own way and our own gifts.  If you do what you love, hold nothing back, and never let fear of failure get in the way, than you’ve pretty much figured out the Trump formula.”
Tiffany Trump   

“I’m here to tell you Hillary Clinton will say anything, do anything, and be anything to be president and we cannot allow it.”
Mitch McConnell , Senate Majority Leader

“I like to look at it this way, the next time there is a state of the union address, I don’t know where Joe Biden and Barrack Obama will be, but you’ll find me right there on the rostrum with Vice President Mike Pence, and President Donald Trump.

“Watch the Democratic Party Convention next week, that four-day infomercial of politically correct moralizing, and let it be a reminder of all that is at stake in this election.  You can get through four days of it with a little help from the mute button, but four more years of it, not a chance, not a chance.”
Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House

“In case you are wondering where Hillary Clinton stands, she said quote, SCOTUS is wrong on the second amendment.  Think about that, all the Supreme Court said is that you have the right to protect our life in your own home.  But Hillary Clinton says they are wrong.  It’s that simple.  A Hillary Clinton supreme court means your right to own a firearm is gone.”
Chris Cox, Exec. Dir. of NRA Institute for Legislative Action

“It doesn’t have to be like this, we shouldn’t have to live in fear, but if we want to change that reality.  We have to understand exactly what is at stake.  This is a fight for Freedom.  This is not somebody else’s fight.  This is our fight.  This is a fight we absolutely must win.  Donald Trump and Mike Pence understand that these must be America’s top priorities.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin

“Sometimes Hillary Clinton speaks with a New York accent, sometimes with an Arkansas accent, but y’all this is what a real Arkansas woman sounds like.  Hillary may not know where she’s from, but Arkansan’s know exactly who she is.

“Deception and dishonesty are all second nature to Hillary.  As my daddy likes to say, Hillary will lie even when the truth will serve her better.”
Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General, Arkansas

“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order.

“He’s [Trump] a man known for a large personality, a colorful style, and lots of charisma, so I guess he was just looking for some balance on the ticket.

“We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends.”
Gov. Mike Pence, Vice Presidential Nominee

“To those listening at home: Don’t stay home in November. If you love our country and love your children as much as I know you do, stand and speak and vote your conscious, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the constitution.”
Ted Cruz, Former Presidential Candidate

“Now I think you misunderstood one paragraph Ted Cruz, who is a superb orator said, and I just want to point it out to you.  Ted Cruz said you can vote your conscience to anyone who will uphold the constitution.  In this election there is only one candidate who will uphold the constitution.  So to paraphrase Ted Cruz, if you want to protect the constitution of the United States, the only possible candidate this Fall is the Trump/Pence ticket.”
Newt Gingrich, Former Presidential Candidate

“Oprah Winfrey once famously asked my father if he ever envisioned running for the President of the United States.  His answer, only if it got so bad that I had no choice.  Only if it got so bad that I had no choice.  Well ladies and gentleman that day has come.”
Eric Trump

“Last August, right here in Cleveland, and I said that any Republicans running for office would be better than Hillary Clinton, I meant it then and I mean it now.  So let me be clear, a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump in November, is a vote for Hillary Clinton.

“The simple truth is liberal, Washington insiders created our problems. And Hillary Clinton is the ultimate Washington, liberal insider.  If she were any more inside, she’d be in prison.”
Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin

“Oh and then there is this, Hillary believes our enemies, this is unreal, deserve our respect and empathy. Donald Trump believes terrorists deserve to die!”
Attorney General of Florida Pam Bondi

“To all my friends way up there, in the press, hello, hello. To all my friends up there in the press, you all know why in your heart, Donald Trump won the Republican nomination, you know it.  You know why he won it? Because he dared to call out the phonies, the frauds and the corruption that has gone unexposed and uncovered for too long. Too long! Do your job!”
Laura Ingraham / Conservative Commentator

“Like many of my fellow Millenials I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat…I vote what is right for my family and my country.  Sometimes it is a tough choice, that is not the case this time.

“I have seen him fight for his family, I have seen him fight for his employees, I have seen him fight for his company and now I am seeing him fight for our country.

“Words and promises no matter how visionary they sound will only get you so far, in our business you’re not a builder unless you’ve got a building to show for it, or in my father’s case, city skylines.”
Ivanka Trump

“The dirty little secret Democrats don’t want you to know is they are the same old party, do the same old thing…we are the party of new ideas in a world changing faster than ever before.

“She lied, she lied, over and over and over, she lied.  She lied. Perhaps worst of all, perhaps worst of all, Hillary Clinton has perfected the art of politics for personal gain.

“So I have a message for America, hold on, help is coming, with Donald Trump and Mike Pence. America is ready for a comeback after almost a decade of Clinton/Obama failures.”
Reince Priebus / Chair, Republican National Committee

“Its time to end the era of stupid wars and rebuild our country.

“Now we are told the great debate is who gets to use which bathroom, this is a distraction from our real problems, who cares?

“I am proud to be gay. I am proud to Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American.

“I don’t pretend to agree with every plank in our party’s platform, but fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline and nobody in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump.”
Peter Thiel, Co-founder of PayPal

“In the days before my father passed away in 2007, he joked with CNN that he dreamed Chelsea Clinton had interviewed him about the three greatest threats facing this nation.  He replied that the three greatest threats are Osama, Obama, and Yo’ Mamma. Well Osama is now gone, Obama has six months left in his term, and the only way to make again, and one again, is to tell Chelsea’s momma, you’re fired.”
Jerry Falwell Jr., President, Liberty University

“Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton:  Death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.

“A change in leadership is required to produce a change in outcomes.

“Our plan will put America first!

“And when a Secretary of State illegally stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them so the authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it in every different form and faces no consequence – I know that corruption has reached a level like never ever before in our country.

“When the FBI Director says that the Secretary of State was ‘extremely careless’ and ‘negligent,’ in handling our classified secrets, I also know that these terms are minor compared to what she actually did. They were just used to save her from facing justice for her terrible terrible crimes.

“In fact, her single greatest accomplishment may be committing such egregious crime and getting away with it – especially when others, who have done far less, have paid so dearly. When that same Secretary of State rakes in millions and millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests and foreign powers I know the time for action has come.”
Donald Trump, GOP presidential nominee


The Munich shooting


Barack plagiarized. Michelle plagiarized.Joe Biden plagiarized.


The Wall Street Journal has a piece that is only available on-line to subscribers. Here’s an excerpt:

Five years ago this summer, Wisconsin’s budget-repair law, better known as Act 10, went into effect. The legislation, which significantly curtailed collective-bargaining rights for public employees, was a signature part of Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to close the state’s $3.6 billion budget deficit. It sparked chaos in Madison: Tens of thousands of protesters occupied the capital. Fourteen Democratic state senators fled across state lines in an effort to stop the bill from passing. When it became law anyway, opposition culminated in a failed effort to recall Gov. Walker in 2012.

Looking at the law’s results half a decade later, it is safe to say that it was worth the trouble. Wisconsin’s example ought to embolden reformers everywhere: It’s possible to reform spending on public employees without damaging the quality of services.

Act 10 has saved taxpayers $5 billion since June 2011, according to the John K. MacIver Institute, a free-market think tank in Madison. Local school districts, government agencies and municipalities have acquired more affordable health-care plans, allowing them to put money into classrooms and critical services. Even Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Gov. Walker’s opponent in the 2012 recall election, used Act 10 to save his city nearly $20 million.


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