Cognitive test for Biden; Juneteenth; masks analyzed; ‘wokeness’ on campus; liberal media’s biggest lies

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (06/18/21): WI Congressman cosigns letter asking Biden to take cognitive test

Today’s highly interesting read (06/17/21): The Politics of Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

Today’s highly interesting read (06/16/21): A Group Of Parents Sent Their Kids’ Face Masks to A Lab for Analysis

Today’s highly interesting read (06/15/21): Saving America’s Colleges and Universities From ‘Wokeness’

Today’s highly interesting read (06/14/21): Top 10 biggest lies liberal media has been caught peddling — and why it matters

Today’s highly interesting read (06/18/21): WI Congressman cosigns letter asking Biden to take cognitive test

Today’s read is from Douglas Andrews of The Patriot Post. Here’s an excerpt:

First-term Texas Republican Congressman Ronny Jackson penned a letter to Biden, cosigned by 13 fellow House Republicans, that urges the president to submit to a cognitive test and share the results with the American people.

Jackson, perhaps more than any other American citizen, is best suited to write such a letter. After all, he was formerly the White House physician to both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. If anyone understands the great strain and the awesome cognitive demands of the American presidency, it’s Jackson.

Read the entire column that includes the letter here.

Today’s highly interesting read (06/17/21): The Politics of Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

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Milwaukee celebrates Juneteenth Day in 2019. Photo: Milwaukee Independent

This week US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) dropped his objection to designating Juneteenth Day as a national holiday.

“Resolutions recognizing the significance of, and celebrating, Juneteenth have unanimously passed with my support in Congress every year I’ve been a U.S. senator. Last year, a bill was introduced to celebrate Juneteenth by providing an additional paid holiday for 2 million federal employees at a cost of $600 million per year. They attempted to pass the bill without debate or amendment process. Although I strongly support celebrating Emancipation, I objected to the cost and lack of debate.

“While it still seems strange that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is now required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter. Therefore, I do not intend to object.”

Congress moved quickly. The vote to make June 19th a national holiday was by unanimous consent in the Senate on Tuesday and it passed 415-14 on Wednesday in the House. President Biden signed the bill today.  

Racial commentator and columnist Juan Williams reacted:

It took over a century after emancipation, for the civil rights movement to undo legal segregation by race. It took almost a half century after that for America to elect and reelect its first Black president.   

Now a new federal holiday has come to America. The spirit of Juneteenth has always been, to my mind, to unite Americans and celebrate this remarkable historic progress.  

Happy Juneteenth to all!  

Today’s read is from Nate Jackson, managing editor of The Patriot Post. Here’s a brief excerpt:

It’ll be a federal holiday celebrating Republicans freeing Democrat slaves. So why are Democrats so intent on memorializing a Republican accomplishment?

The unfortunate thing about a unifying thing like this is the divisive politics. Democrats have spent the last several decades falsely insisting that the parties “switched” sides, especially on the issue of race. The entire reason for this phony narrative is that Democrats see political advantage not in debating ideas but in casting their opponents as racists.

Read the entire column here.

Today’s highly interesting read (06/16/21): A Group Of Parents Sent Their Kids’ Face Masks to A Lab for Analysis

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Today’s read is from Scott Morefield who spent three years as a media & politics reporter with the Daily Caller, another two years with BizPac Review, and has been a weekly columnist at Townhall since 2018.

Here’s an excerpt:

Millions of people, particularly children, have been forced to wear and carry around pieces of cloth they’ve continually breathed through for hours on end. What lurking pathogens might be found on these disgusting contraptions being incessantly handled, stuck in pockets, and mindlessly tossed on books, tables, and desks? Well, one group of Florida parents sent a batch of masks worn by their children to a lab to find out. And yeah, you’ll probably need to make sure you aren’t eating dinner anytime soon before you digest THESE results. 

For all the details read the entire column here.

Today’s highly interesting read (06/15/21): Saving America’s Colleges and Universities From ‘Wokeness’

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Today’s read is from Oliver North and Oliver L. North and David L. Goetsch. North is a Marine Corps veteran, member of the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame, professor of business, Christian counselor and author of 76 books. Goetsch is a Marine Corps veteran, member of the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame, professor of business, Christian counselor and author of 76 books.

Here’s an excerpt:

Too many college graduates have spent four or more years in adult day care rather than higher education. As a result, disillusioned graduates now ask themselves if pursuing a college degree was worth it. Many now believe they paid too much, got too little and wasted four or more years of their lives majoring in pseudo-degree programs of no value except in the minds of leftist indoctrinators masquerading as college professors.

Can America’s colleges and universities be saved from the left? Perhaps, but major changes will be necessary.

What are those changes? Read the entire column here.



Today’s highly interesting read (06/14/21): Top 10 biggest lies liberal media has been caught peddling — and why it matters

More media lies about Donald Trump and Bill Barr debunked

Today’s read is from Michael Goodwin of the NY Post. Here’s an excerpt:

Another one bites the dust. Another media lie, that is. 

The latest lie to die is the false claim the feds cleared Lafayette Park of protesters last year so then-President Donald Trump could hold a photo op.

If the debunking feels familiar, it’s not your imagination. Only the details differ from earlier cases where the media mob got it all wrong. Sadly, the truth usually emerges not because of the press, but despite it. 

The pattern is so pronounced that it’s easy to assemble your own list of Top Ten Media Lies.

Read about the Ten Media Lies here.

Most evil act of mass murder; Commies; pointless mask-wearing; dopy experts; conversation is dead

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (06/11/21): Commie goals to take over America


Today’s highly interesting read (06/10/21): MAGA Is America’s Future

Today’s highly interesting read (06/09/21): The dying art of conversation

Today’s highly interesting read (06/08/21): Was mask-wearing pointless after all? Fauci must be forced to answer

Today’s highly interesting read (06/07/21): Why Are All the Experts Such Dopes?

Today’s highly interesting read (06/06/21): The Most Evil Act of Mass Murder Since Hitler, Stalin and Mao Zedong

Today’s highly interesting read (06/11/21): Commie goals to take over America

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Today’s read is from columnist Kevin Downey, Jr. Here’s an excerpt:

The 1958 book by Cleon Skousen, The Naked Communist, set forth 45 goals communists need to achieve to take over the United States without firing a shot. Some of them are outdated and immaterial. Some are debatable. Let’s see how many commie goals have been achieved.

Read the entire column here.

Today’s highly interesting read (06/10/21): MAGA Is America’s Future


From CBSnews.com, May 28, 2021:

The former speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, sounded a pointed warning to the GOP in a speech about its future, arguing that voters will have little patience for a party built on fealty to former President Trump. He told conservatives gathered at the Reagan Library, in Simi Valley California, Thursday night that they were at a crossroads.

“If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or on second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere. Voters looking for Republican leaders want to see independence and mettle,” he said. 

And leaving no doubt about who he was talking about, though he did not name Mr. Trump, Ryan continued, “They will not be impressed by the sight of yes-men and flatterers flocking to Mar-a-Lago.”


Ryan, who had his disagreements with Mr. Trump, also expressed deep dismay at the way his presidency concluded. “It was horrifying to see a presidency come to such a dishonorable and disgraceful end,” he said.

Today’s read is from Vernon Jones, who was a member of Georgia’s legislature from 2017-2021. He is now a 2022 candidate for governor of his state. Here’s an excerpt:

President Trump fulfilled all his promises in only one short term.

Every Republican running for office right now should keep that in mind. You’re either for the American people, or you are against us. MAGA is rightfully the future of the Republican Party and the future of our great nation. In fact, it should be a litmus test for every single candidate running for office. You have no business running for office if you have no interest in representing the American people.

Read the entire column here.







Today’s highly interesting read (06/09/21): The dying art of conversation

Maybe 15 years ago (the timing is important) Jennifer and I vacationed at Universal Orlando. In 2010 I blogged about an experience we had on that trip. Here’s a portion:

We paid a visit to the Islands of Adventure Theme Park.

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LUNCHTIME!

Naturally, we head over to the Lost Continent section of the theme park because it boasts having…

If you can’t read the sign, Mythos has been awarded the #1 restaurant in any theme park.

So, Jennifer and I are seated and we look over to a nearby booth.

And there is a gentleman in the 40-45 year old range seated on one side and across the booth from him are what we assumed to be his two sons, both in their teens.

They had been seated before us, and dad had a phone in his ear.

And though I don’t make it a habit of staring at another restaurant table, it was difficult not to notice that the “Father of the year” rarely made eye contact with his two sons and said literally nothing to them because he never, ever was off his cell phone.

This went on for 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45 minutes and more.

This poor sap of a parent completely ignored his sons, giving more attention to the waitress. My heart went out to those two teenage boys. They sat sullenly for the entire lunch, appearing as though they had been grounded for the rest of the year.

Interaction between the family members: Extremely close to nothing. The man’s cell phone was damn near glued to his ear.

 When dining out or at the dining room table at home, unless there is a stop the world emergency erupting, texting should NEVER be permissible.

However, if you simply can’t survive without making that text because goodness knows the world revolves around you and some other person that was not invited, kindly excuse yourself from the table, leave the room, and do your business elsewhere.
—This Just In, April 4, 2010

Have conditions improved, 10, 12, 15 years later?

Today’s read is from Tom Purcell. Here’s an excerpt:

According to a recent survey by OpenMarket, 75 percent of millennials chose texting over talking when given the choice between being able only to text versus call on their mobile phone.

To be sure, the powerful digital devices almost everyone is carrying around these days have changed the art of human conversation and the way we relate to each other — and not for the better.

Psychologists say texting can cause “infomania,”which Dictionary.com defines  as “an obsessive need to constantly check emails, social media, online news, etc. …infomania can actually cause you to temporarily lose twice as many IQ points as smoking marijuana.

Read the entire column here.