Life follows art – how is this a surprise?

*How can anyone be surprised at the shooting of House Majority Whip Steven Scalise by a crazed Bernie Sanders follower with images like these circulating?*

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Rapper Snoop Dogg shoots the President in the head. 

New York city’s Shakespeare in the Park shows Julius Caesar in the  form of  President Trump being assassinated on stage. The New York Times, CNN and New York City sponsor this ‘art.’14029.jpg

 

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In the name of comedy Griffin holds up the severed head of President Trump

Both Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi have condemned the shootings in the park of the Republicans and others.

For some reason the left wing idealogues feel that they need to commit violence against people who follow Donald Trump or who disagree with them. Somehow individuals on the right side of the political spectrum forfeit their rights by their beliefs according to left wing extremists.

Tony

Judge Jeanine Pirro on the first 100 days of President Trump

*With the annoying misdirection of the Mainstream Media (MSM), it is difficult to get a handle on just what transpired in the first 100 days of President Trump. We know that stock market advanced something like 12% and consumer confidence has risen to its highest level in 16 years although the MSM doesn’t mention those kinds of new items. Here is Judge Jeanine Pirro discussing the President’s first 100 days.*

Tony

U.S. Consumer Confidence up sharply since election

*Consumer confidence remains high, according to the latest figures from The Conference Board. The readings remain around their highest levels in over a decade. For some reason the mainstream media doesn’t report much on this.*

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“Consumer sentiment continued to travel along the high plateau established following Trump’s election, with only minor deviations from its five month average of 97.4. There was widespread agreement among consumers on their very positive assessments of the current state of the economy as well as widespread disagreement on future economic prospects. Although the partisan divide has slightly narrowed in recent months, it still reflects a very pessimistic economic outlook among Democrats and a very optimistic outlook among Republicans. The partisan divide on the Expectations Index was 51.0 points in April (61.4 vs. 112.4), down from last month’s 63.1 (59.4 vs. 122.5), with Republicans moderating their optimism more than Democrats reduced their pessimism,” Surveys of Consumers chief economist, Richard Curtin noted.

 

 

Our Gunslinger – President Trump

I love riding my bike every day. I experience a wonderful physical pleasure pressing down on the pedals and feeling myself flying across the path. In addition, I am very happy that bike riding has also helped me to attain a level of good health higher than I ever enjoyed in my life. Those are the physical things. Very important to me. There are also other aspects of riding that I enjoy very much. I can’t tell you how many times that I have pedaled across the pavement and found myself bouncing around ideas for a blog post. Ideas connect, I do some phrasing and by the time I get home it is like I can dictate the post from my head.

This is one of those posts. I love John Fogerty and his wonderful upbeat music. Here is one he performed about ten years ago during the last administration.

*I grew up in the ’40’s. As kids we went to the movies on Saturday and saw double features of cowboy movies. Lots of gunslingers. There is something archetypal about them. A loner, quiet, deadly, mysterious, a scary guy.* Continue reading

Syrian survivor thanks President Trump on CNN

*Here is an interview by Brooke Baldwin of CNN. The interviewee is Kassem Eid, a survivor of the 2013 Syrian chemical attack. He was brought to CNN to express his anxiety about the Syrian innocents. Baldwin brought Kassem back to CNN to try and frame a narrative about President Trump’s airstrike in Syria, but being unwilling to accept Syrian refugees. CNN did not expect the candor it got from this survivor.*

Tony

 

A lesson in media distortion of facts …

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and apparently, according to the mainstream media, so is economic growth.

*In Friday’s New York Times, Nelson D. Schwartz wrote a piece headed “LIttle sign of a Trump Bump in the Economic Forecast.” He says that consumers are more confident, but doesn’t say why. Nor does he go into the detail that consumer confidence reported two days ago hit their highest levels in 16 years. No, in the Times, consumers are just “more confident.” That’s what I call damning with faint praise. AND giving a very distorted picture of the situation.*

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This is the closest chart I could find and it indicates at 6.6% rise from just before the election till the second week in December. It closed at 2368 today, a further 6+% gain.

Schwartz continues in his opening paragraph that “stocks are up five percent since the start of the year.” That’s factual, but, again a distortion. Why start at the beginning of the year? President Trump was elected November 8, 2016. Since then, stocks have risen something like 12 percent. Not quite the same picture, but the same result. Somehow five percent doesn’t sound nearly as impressive as 12 percent. Additionally, this stock market gain has put something like $3.0 trillion into the accounts of investors. A lot of people are a whole lot better off in their IRA accounts since the election.

Elsewhere, I saw news stories on the fact that stocks had declined for eight straight days as signs of the President’s failure. But, in that recent selloff prices only declined less than two percent. Remember, this followed a run up or around 12 percent. Clearly, a two percent decline after a 12 percent gain is not unwarranted.

The Trump presidency is 70 days old. I think the economy has already benefitted greatly and his policies are still in the process of being implemented.

Tony

Mainstream media on another Republican President

*It just never ends, does it? This is a Time cover from 2006 when George Bush was President. Clearly Time didn’t care for him any more than it and the rest of the mainstream media does for President Trump.*

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