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In The News for Monday, May 20
Posted May 20 2019 7:13AM

·        Atty. Gen. Barr sat down for a fifteen-minute interview on Friday morning with Fox News. The whole thing is worth watching. It certainly appears that he intends to get to the bottom of things. Inadequate answers and explanations that done hang together? PowerLine had some comments.

·        The Administration has withdrawn almost $1 billion in grants for the California high-speed rail project that has gone nowhere and indicated that they will come after the remaining $2.5 billion. The project is years behind schedule, billions over budget and there is no realistic date for completion. Seems like a perfectly logical thing to do, but the governor has vowed to fight it. Good luck.

·        President Trump has gotten another judge confirmed to the Ninth Circuit as he has gradually shifted the court’s uber liberal bias. He is on track to flip the court entirely by 2020. Things just keep getting better.

·        Is it any wonder that CNN has plummeted in the ratings? Jim Acosta purposely misquoted the President, and when called on it made no effort to correct the mistake. The press in general holds about a 20% approval rating, lower than even Congress, and doesn’t seem to be making any effort to shore up their credibility.

·        Politicized insanity is what this bill is. H.R.5, misleadingly called the “Equality Act” by the Democrats passed the House on Friday with every Democrat voting for it. Hopefully, the Senate will show some sanity.

·        OK. I’m in. Three glasses of champagne a day has proven to potentially prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.

·        Interesting election results from Australia. Shades of 2016! “The Australian result continues a clear pattern: with only a few exceptions, left-leaning parties have been in retreat about everywhere. Climate Change was the issue the challengers hung their hat on. Voters sent them a message that it didn’t work. Trump-supporting Conservative Prime Minister pulled off a “surprise” win in Australia.  

·        But we’ll get it right this time, won’t we? Venezuela’s collapse is the worst outside of war in decades, economists say.

·        What’s going on here? Stanley Black & Decker is investing $90 million in a plant in Ft. Worth, TX to shift more production back to the U.S. I listened to Uncle Joe’s kickoff on Saturday while clutching a stiff drink. I almost blew it out my nose when he took credit for the good economy we are enjoying, saying President Trump inherited it from him and Obama. That’s a classic case of the Dopeler Effect being attempted. If Joe wants to run on  the economy, he’s got his work cut out.

·        A treatise on the song God Bless America. The New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers are on my permanent restricted list.

·        The Coming Democrat Civil War. First, the Democrat-Media Complex, especially the party apparatchiks at CNN and MSNBC, have spent the last two-plus years ginning up hopes that Trump would be impeached, frog-marched out of the White House by Marines, and then tried for treason. That's akin to promising a spoiled-rotten three-year-old candy for dinner, then serving stewed prunes -- you can expect the resulting temper tantrum to be a nasty one.” What a great metaphor! 

·        The situation at the border is way past being an “emergency”. Congress should be called into session and the doors locked until a solution is forthcoming. Thousands are being flown to Florida and California or bused to Colorado to relieve pressure at Texas border. Catch and release is absolutely insane unless the release part is in Mexico, San Salvador or Ecuador. Here’s an example of how we are being taken advantage of. “Rapid DNA testing reveals a THIRD of migrants faked family relationship with children to claim asylum during IDE pilot of the procedure in Texas.” At some point the pendulum is going to swing back hard.

·        Texas asserts Sovereign Immunity against Congress. The author takes Texas and gives away two touchdowns.

·        The Commencement Address that every high school and college student should listen to.

·        The Peculiar Blindness of Experts. Excellent article on why not to listen to “experts”. Remember Paul Erlich? Unfortunately, the world’s most prominent specialists are rarely held accountable for their predictions, so we continue to rely on them even when their track records make clear that we should not.” As John Kenneth Galbraith said, “The function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.”