Amid all the bad news, how about something uplifting? First Lady Melania Trump announced plans to restore the White House Rose Garden to the elegant design created under President Kennedy, and repair 60 years of wear and tear.
Mrs. Trump tweeted, “Even in the most difficult times, the @WhiteHouse Rose Garden has stood as a symbol of strength & continuity. Today, it is my pleasure to announce our plans to renew & restore this iconic space so that we preserve its history & beauty for generations to come.” And before anyone can object, note that it will be paid for through private donations.
What a wonderful idea, in a time when so many people are vandalizing and destroying beautiful symbols of American unity. I can’t wait to see the results, and I hope the Trumps enjoy it for the next four years.
THE REVIEWS ARE IN
The reviews are in for the House Democrats’ “Crucify Barr” show, and it should have closed out of town. Some of the critics’ comments: “A moral absurdity”…”Triggered my gag reflex”…”Disastrous”…”Just ridiculous from beginning to end”…And the New York Post’s Michael Goodwin wrote that Barr “ate (Jerry Nadler’s) lunch.” Well, no wonder Nadler was so out of sorts.
A DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS
This is probably the most obvious sign yet that all the laughable “peaceful protesters” propaganda isn’t fooling the voters and that Democrats are privately panicking as they realize they’ve placed themselves between a group of angry, anti-American vandals, radicals and racists and a much larger group of angry voters who are fed up with the bullying of law-abiding citizens. Even as Rep. Jerrold Nadler and his coterie of Congressional clowns were berating Attorney General Bill Barr for holding the violent “peaceful protesters” accountable to the law, their Party’s Presidential candidate was declaring that violent protesters should be “found, arrested and tried.”
That would be a lot easier to believe if his party weren’t trying to defund or dismantle the police departments that would be in charge of finding and arresting them, or if their DA’s weren’t releasing them as fast as they can be arrested. Still, the very fact that he’s admitting there are violent protesters and actually calling for them to be arrested is a major shift in the political landscape. To quote Bob Dylan from an earlier era of widespread protests, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
KAMALA HARRIS FOR VP?!?
Could the cat already be out of the bag about who will be Joe Biden’s black female running mate? Politico mistakenly posted a story reporting that Biden announced on August 1st that it's Kamala Harris. Problem: August 1st was still three days away.
Does Politico have a crystal ball? Did they have inside info and were just stilling on it instead of reporting it, as if they were a DNC PR organ and not a news outlet (perish the thought!)
Most assumed that Politico just wrote up stories in advance about all the Biden veep possibilities to have them ready to run at a moment’s notice, like obituaries, appropriately enough, and they posted one by mistake. However, that same day, an AP photographer with a telephoto lens snapped a shot of Biden’s speech notes, and they included five positive talking points about Harris.
Harris was one of Biden’s harshest opponents when she was running. She even accused him of being a racist who opposed busing black girls like her to school. The only likely explanation for him listing positive points about her now would be if she’s the veep pick and he has to smooth over their history. (FYI: the positive points were: “Do not hold grudges.” “Campaigned with me & Jill.” “Talented.” “Great help to campaign.” “Great respect for her.” One joker on the Internet noted the absence of “Her hair smells good.”)
So these are some signs that Harris may be the pick, but there are also plenty of negatives beyond their rocky personal history. She’s from California, a state Biden needs no help from his running mate to win. She’s mostly known for being a prosecutor and attorney general at a time when many Dems have opted for abolishing law enforcement altogether. With her record, black voters might consider that if they were falsely accused of a crime, they’d get a better shake from Donald Trump than Kamala Harris. And as a first-term Senator, she’s never been a top executive (but then, Biden has only come close…literally.) Never has the phrase, “The Vice President must be ready to assume the Presidency on day one” been so true.
Still, I will reserve any further comments about Biden's running mate until he is officially told who it will be.
TLAIB WON'T ENDORSE BIDEN
Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib of the radical left “Squad” announced that she will not endorse Joe Biden for President.
Tlaib, a socialist Bernie Sanders supporter, said she doesn’t want to argue with her constituents: "Residents come up to me and say, ‘Rashida, I don't know. I hear Joe Biden this, Joe Biden that.' I say, ‘Listen, do we need another four years of Trump? No. Then what I need you to do is go out there and focus on that.' If the ultimate goal is to get rid of Donald Trump, that doesn't have to involve me actually endorsing Biden."
She’s right, leftists can make just as strong a statement about wanting to get rid of Trump by writing in Bernie. So go to it!
Of course, I'm just kidding, but at least I’m telling you I am. Somehow, I can’t help thinking this is a phony propaganda tactic meant to distance Biden from the far-left radicals who are taking over the Party and will be running the show if he’s elected (AOC and Bernie are actually Biden campaign advisers.) I’m reminded of a story, possibly apocryphal, about Richard Nixon telling a Republican candidate that he would gladly endorse or denounce him, whichever one he thought would get him the most votes.
MY GRANDSON THE TERRORIST
Portland Police reported that over the weekend, they confiscated a bag near the besieged federal courthouse that contained loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails. Then on Monday evening, the "peaceful protest intensified" (thanks, ABC) when a radical Antifa terrorist (oh, sorry, Rep. Nadler…a “peaceful protester”) hurled an IED (bomb) inside the courthouse fence, where it exploded in a fireball, sending the crowd scattering.
Now, in a deliciously ironic twist of fate, it appears that the bomber may have been identified, thanks to his proud grandmother. Some hackers from the 4Chan site searched the Internet for the distinctive military-style jacket that the bomb thrower was wearing in a video that caught him in the act. They unearthed a review of the jacket on the site where it was allegedly purchased – by his grandmother. She gave the jacket five stars and wrote, “I got this for my grandson who’s a protester downtown, he uses it every night and says it does the job.” (Warning: Bad language and nudity at the link.)
She’s also so proud of his extracurricular activities that she included a photo of him wearing the jacket at the “protest.” I love the comment by Anime Gorilla: “This might be the most embarrassing defeat of Antifa yet. Grandmas li’l revolutionary.”
Speaking of dumb decisions that come back to haunt you: Edward Thomas Schinzing, 32, has been charged with using fire to maliciously damage or destroy the Justice Center in Portland. Surveillance video captured three protesters breaking in through a window, spraying paint, damaging and destroying furniture and computers, and setting fires. One of the protesters was caught on video shirtless. Authorities recognized him from a jail booking photo that showed a distinctive feature: the name “Schinzing” tattooed across his upper back and shoulders in letters several inches high.
I’ll bet when he got that tattoo, he thought, “Nobody else has a tattoo like this! Now, people will remember me!” If so, he was right.