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  1. The Corona virus originated in China possibly after mutating in an animal and then contaminating a human. Chinese New Year, the year of the rat, is January 25, 2020. Over 200,000 mainland Chinese people travel to Las Vegas yearly and many will be there on Chinese New Year . . . as usual. A guy from Vegas on Fox just said there are a lot of Chinese tourists in Vegas right now, and it is so many you really notice just walking down the street. China says they're checking people for a fever before they board planes. So, are we checking them before they leave the airport? Put it all together . . . . Stay away from Vegas!!! But don't panic! Don't they have a shot for the virus? What? They don't? Oh crap. Panic now.
  2. Terry Jones, aged 77, of Monty Python died. One of his film quotes from around the time of our liberation of Afghanistan after 9/11: “We are, of course, now against any other group burning Qurans. We would right now ask no one to burn Qurans. We are absolutely strong on that. It is not the time to do it.”
  3. A two thirds majority of Senators is required to convict. How many senators is that to convict? 67. Soooooo . . . 20 Republicans and all the Democrats would have to vote for conviction and that is not going to happen. Some mashed up notes follow. Peter The U.S. Senate has 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats (including two independents). Which Senators Are Likely To Vote For Trump’s Removal? By Percy Bacon Almost certain to vote for removal: 44 Democrats. There are a lot of competing incentives at work in the Senate regarding impeachment. The way it all shakes out, however, is that the removal vote is at about 56-44 in Trump’s favor. Swing votes based on centrism: 2 Democrats There are two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who are not up for re-election in 2020 but who might still vote against removal. Swing vote based on electoral considerations: 1 Democrat Like Manchin and Sinema, Doug Jones of Alabama also voted for Barr. Unlike Manchin and Sinema, Jones is up for re-election in 2020. My read on Jones is that he’s not that personally centrist; instead, he seems to be trying to figure out how to stay in his seat in pro-Trump Alabama Trump-skeptical, limited electoral considerations: 2 Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah are among the most Trump-skeptical Republicans in Congress Trump-skeptical, significant electoral considerations: 2 Republicans Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of Maine are both up for reelection in 2020 in Democratic-leaning states. Both have a history of breaking with Trump Trump-skeptical, huge electoral considerations: 1 Republican Ben Sasse of Nebraska was among Trump’s most vocal GOP critics during the president’s first two years in office. But as Sasse’s 2020 re-election bid has neared, the Nebraska senator has changed course — not quite embracing Trump but not going out of his way to emphasize their disagreements either. Pro-Trump, retiring (no electoral pressure): 4 Republicans This group includes Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Pat Roberts of Kansas.2 Pro-Trump, with significant electoral considerations: 4 Republicans This group of Republicans — John Cornyn of Texas, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Martha McSally of Arizona, Thom Tillis of North Carolina — has a lot in common with the previous group (neither particularly anti-Trump nor especially pro-Trump), except they’re all up for reelection in 2020 in relatively swingy states. In other words, this is a bit of a complicated vote for them. Always Trumpers: 8 Republicans These Republicans — Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Braun of Indiana, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia3 and Rick Scott of Florida — either rose to power post-Trump or are closely allied with the president on immigration issues in particular (Cotton and Perdue). I don’t think they will ever, ever break with the president.
  4. I went to college after I was discharged from the army and I worked nights at Pomeroy's Liquor Store in Selbyville, Delaware. The Dems used to buy whole cases of half pints and hand them out in the parking lot to potential voters and then a van picked those people up to vote Democratic.
  5. I think I still have those basic Objectivist tapes narrated by Barbara Branden. She had a very nice voice.
  6. Egad, we are in agreement. Though we recently had some old US bonds that were difficult to cash in but a third party excelled in finishing the deal, edit. Buyer deceased. and in someone else's name as cosigner.
  7. Impeachment is meddling with the 2020 election. When I watched the Democratic House mob walking through our government building yesterday they looked like some medieval catholic procession. I think investors have already labeled impeachment as BS. Will we top a 30,000 DOW soon?
  8. I do apologize. I thought his enthusiasm for President Trump was feigned. Is Canadian Duance still around? I wonder what she and other Canadians think of Harry and Meghan immigrating to Canada? I think if they arrived on Delmarva we would be thrilled.
  9. Marc, I know you are Canadian but are Americans safer under President Trump? Are we freer under President Trump? Are we better off under President Trump? Are we closer to a laissez-faire economy under President Trump? Would Ayn Rand approve of President Trump? Would Ayn Rand approve of President Trump more than she approved of Dewey, Goldwater, or Reagan? Should Objectivists and lower “o” objectivists be proud Americans under President Trump? If Americans are happier now than you were under Obama . . . re-think your position. Drop the “snide.” Use reason. Peter
  10. Harry, Meghan, and the wee bairn, are going to live on Vancouver Island which is just north of Seattle in Washington State. There are no bridges to the mainland. You take a ferry or you fly in. Vancouver Island seems somewhat remote with less than a million inhabitants but probably fewer paparazzi will invade. Will they stay? Any predictions? I remember Harry from the military, standing nude in a hallway with his hands over his genitalia, with a young lady. I forget why but he seemed to fancy the ladies of his own age. Maybe they were playing take a shot of Scotch Whiskey, strip poker. I don't think Harry is like his infamous relative who was recently in the news for being friends with Epstein.
  11. 28,939.67 ▲ 32.62 (0.11%) Bazinga!
  12. Ta-Da! January 14, 2020 12:30. DOW at 29,027. No wait! 29030 at 12:31, an all-time high, and rising. Time for a mixed metaphor? The caged bird sings as she loses her shackles! Hold on. 29,030.37 at 12:33.
  13. Freedom works Iran. Free yourselves! It feels good.
  14. I liked the video of 99 percent of Iranians avoiding / not walking on the "painted on" American flag on the sidewalk as about five shills for the administration yell at them to tromp on our flag. Perhaps there will be a change there, if so many of the people despise their rulers.
  15. Trump's Average Unemployment Rate is the Lowest in Recorded History. “President Trump starts off 2020 having presided over a lower average unemployment rate than any president at a comparable point in office in recorded history,” Philip Klein reports in the Washington Examiner. “Since February 2017, Trump's first full month in office, the monthly unemployment rate has averaged 3.9%. No prior president has averaged less than 4% over the first 35 months of his presidency. The closest was Dwight Eisenhower.” The unemployment rate for December held steady at a historically low 3.5%, according to Friday’s jobs report. end quote And the DOW keeps getting close to 29,000 as the day goes on but hasn’t reached it yet. I think a dem debate is going to happen soon, but only with 5 candidates including the legendary Indian princess Poco-hauntus. If she had lied and said she was of the other "Indian" blood we could call her Rani. Isn't that east Indian for Princess?
  16. Some of the best investigative journalism ever? The picture of that humongous pile of cash sitting on a pallet on its way to Iran, should have won a Pulitzer Prize. I would have preferred the traitors be executed via La guillotine over a firing squad. What traitors. What monsters.
  17. I agree. Something stinks. And the fact that there is out-cry, stinks.
  18. Who do you think you are fooling? You are trying to give him a heart attack. Admit it!
  19. February 3, 2020 Iowa primary. CBS Iowa Democratic poll: Butt, Sanders and Biden tie with 23 percent. Iowa State University poll has Butt at plus 3. Emerson: Biden 23 Sanders 22. February 11, 2020 New Hampshire primary. Democratic polls: Sanders with a 2.7 percent lead over the other Democratic contenders. The Nevada Democratic Presidential Caucus on February 22, with 36 delegates has Biden averaging 8.6 percent over all other contenders. Feb. 29 has Biden with a lead in South Carolina. Massachusetts: March 3. WBUR/Mass/INC has Warren plus 15 percent while the Boston Globe has Biden at plus 2.
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  21. Those four February voting dates should prime things for Super Tuesday and then I bet the Dem's will begin to focus in that Old Hickory Clingon way. Is the President's skin thick enough to withstand the onslaught? Yuk!
  22. I don't feel hypocritical when I wish someone a Merry Christmas. It just seems fitting in a cultural sense even if I am not a Christian. Oh, and happy Festivus. Remember, there is the same amount of evidence to prove the existence of all the "old gods" too, so don't mock the old Greek, Roman (or Navaho for that matter) gods either, by Jove.
  23. Oh yeah. The young man who was in a face-off with the Indian activist. I corrected the spelling of one word below. They had “demonstraction” instead of “demonstration.” Yet when you think about it, “demonstraction” should be a real word. It would be a demonstration of such little consequence that it is a distraction! From USA today. CINCINNATI – The CNN has reached a settlement with Nick Sandmann, a northern Kentucky high school student who had sued the news outlet saying it defamed him. A CNN spokesperson confirmed Tuesday with The Enquirer that a settlement was reached. The network would not comment on the details of the settlement. Nick’s lawyers did not respond to phone calls or emails at the time of this report. Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School, became part of a social media firestorm last January when he was filmed with Nathan Phillips at a demonstration in Washington, D.C. A video shows Nick and Phillips standing close to each other in a crowd. Nick stares at Phillips as he plays a drum. The situation unfolded after the March for Life on Jan. 18, which Sandmann and his classmates attended. Phillips was attending the Indigenous Peoples March.
  24. Senator Hawley did what he promised on Friday . What a great guy! From The Blaze: Republicans in the U.S. Senate introduced a resolution that would change the congressional rules in order to allow them to dismiss articles of impeachment that are not sent for a trial in the Senate. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.) defended the resolution in a statement on Monday, saying that the founders did not envision the eventuality of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refusing to send articles of impeachment to the Senate. "The Constitution gives the Senate sole power to adjudicate articles of impeachment, not the House," Hawley said in the statement. "If Speaker Pelosi is afraid to try her case, the articles should be dismissed for failure to prosecute and Congress should get back to doing the people's business," he added. The resolution would allow for 25 days for the House to send articles to the Senate after an impeachment vote. After that, a simple majority could vote to dismiss the impeachment vote "with prejudice for failure by the House of Representatives to prosecute such articles." Pelosi has indicated that House Democrats will withhold from sending the articles to the Senate until Republicans agree to rules that they say will result in a fair trial on impeachment. "Let's be clear, this has never been done before, it's not even been thought of before!" Hawley said on the floor of the Senate about the Democratic maneuvering.