Evening Edition - June 5

June 5, 2019

With Thursday’s 75th anniversary ceremonies for D-Day getting so much press, it would be easy to overlook the June 3-4 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and massacre in Beijing, China. This is what China hopes the world will do.  Indeed, the government has worked very hard over the years to try to memory-hole that entire atrocity by clamping down on any information about what happened, and how many innocent people it happened to.

In a way, Tiananmen Square is much like D-Day, only the bad guys won.  A group of brave young freedom fighters, many still of student age, risking their lives to stand up against a brutal, violent totalitarian regime. They faced head-on a military armed with machine guns and heavy artillery, but unlike the soldiers of D-Day, they didn’t even have rifles.  All they had was incredible courage and the hope that the government leaders commanding that military would have either enough basic human decency or fear of worldwide condemnation to order their troops to stand down.  Tragically, neither was the case. 


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Before we turn our attention to D-Day, let’s take just a moment to remember the unknown victims of Tiananmen Square, the incredibly brave student who faced down a tank unarmed, and the demand for freedom that was brutally crushed by a government that still hides the truth today, even as we continue to enrich them by doing business with China on its own unfair terms.  We must commemorate it because doing so in China is banned.  Beijing even imposed an “information lockdown” Tuesday to insure that nothing was said or if it was, that nothing could be heard. 

Vice President Mike Pompeo, the government of Canada and other world leaders called on China to make a full accounting of the victims of Tiananmen Square, but China responded as expected, by condemning critics for "grossly" intervening in their internal affairs, calling that "an affront to the Chinese people and a serious violation of international law."  As if turning tanks and guns on unarmed Chinese students was not. 

https://www.foxnews.com/world/the-latest-china-attacks-pompeo-statement-on-tiananmen

Some brave pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong did dare to commemorate the anniversary, as they worry about how long they will have enough freedom to do so under Chinese rule.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/hong-kong-activists-prepare-for-tiananmen-candlelight-vigil

This is a must-read article by Fred Gedrich, who was on assignment for the State Department in Beijing when the massacre happened.  He, at least, has the freedom to tell us what he saw on that infamous day.

https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2019/06/02/gedrich-tiananmen-square-30-years-later-what-i-saw-and-what-happened-afterwards/

 


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Finally, kudos to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham for noticing something that also infuriated me when I saw it on TV during the coverage of President Trump’s visit to London.  Naturally, the anti-Trump protesters got plenty of TV face time, including a woman who spoke for a small contingent of self-described communists.  Laura picked the perfect word to describe them: “clueless.”

These people brand Trump as an autocratic dictator without giving the slightest thought to the fact that they had the freedom to protest in the streets and denounce leaders in public with no fear of being gunned down or crushed by tanks – and they were doing this on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre – while pushing the very same toxic philosophy represented by the actual communist dictators of China who gunned down unarmed protesters for criticizing them. That represents so many layers of foolish obliviousness, it’s like making a wedding cake out of stupidity.  That woman’s Trump nickname should be “Betty Crock.” 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/laura-ingraham-blasts-uk-communist-protesters

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The 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion is tomorrow, June 6th.  But on Wednesday, the President and First Lady joined British Prime Minister Theresa May and other world leaders for a a 75th anniversary commemoration of the departure of British troops from the south coast of England to join the D-Day forces.  The Royal British Legion brought about 300 of those surviving veterans, now aged 91 to 101, to the ceremony in Portsmouth. 

https://www.foxnews.com/world/world-leaders-trump-d-day-75th-anniversary

Since the survivors are now few and very advanced in age, it’s likely this will be the last major anniversary that they will be able to attend, so Great Britain has vowed unprecedented events and ceremonies to honor them.  You can read more at the link, see some terrific photos, and watch video of the ceremony (streaming live at this writing, it should be archived there by the time you see this.)  You can also read about an amazing event that already took place in France, where U.S. Army Rangers climbed the jagged cliffs of Normandy's Pointe du Hoc to honor the soldiers who scaled them 75 years ago, with the Germans shooting at them as they climbed.

Worth noting: French President Emmanuel Macron was at the Portsmouth ceremony and is taking part in various D-Day events, but he’s spurred a furious backlash by declining to attend the main event at the center of the Juno Beach sector where British and Canadian troops joined the Allies storming ashore to liberate France.


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Among the reasons (or excuses) for his absence: he’s concentrating on events focused on the French contribution to defeating the Nazis (fine, but can that not be done some time other than on the 75th anniversary of D-Day?); French Presidents normally only attend on 10-year anniversaries (as already noted, this is likely the last time veterans will be able to attend; they can’t wait until the 80th); and as the French Armed Forces Minister said, "I think it’s a question of planning, and it’s not that simple for the President to do everything, from a financial point of view.”

Considering that without the D-Day invasion and the soldiers who sacrificed their lives and limbs to liberate France, President Macron might today be a low-level bureaucrat in the German government of Paris, if he were alive at all, I would think he would be able to find the time to attend.

There’s more on this story at the link, along with some great photos, maps, actual D-Day invasion video footage, and fascinating background on D-Day that you might not know, including why it was called “D-Day” and what the “D” stands for. 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9212369/macron-snib-d-day-commemorations-brit-heroes/

 

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If a liberal politician gets famous enough, he or she never has to worry about being voted out of office because friendly liberal Hollywood studios and New York book publishers will always be there to offer fat contracts to continue supporting them in the lavish style to which they’ve become accustomed, all at stockholder expense.  And so, it’s reported that “unnamed studios” are in talks with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton about forming a production company to create film and TV projects.  Because they have such a fantastic track record in that highly-competitive field.

Well, even if they have zero experience at coming up with stories that would make great movies, they can always let other people pitch ideas to them.  In fact, they’ve already had a great idea for a movie plot come in over the transom, but I doubt that Hillary will greenlight it.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/juanita-broaddrick-brings-roof-hillarys-production-company-brutal-suggestion/

 

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Must-see story and video: This is both a tale of the miraculous survival of a Christian believer targeted for a horrific death by ISIS, and a needed reminder of the undiluted evil and depravity of that particular enemy.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/miracle-isis-covered-christian-20-gallons-gas-lit-fire-3-times-never-burned-report/

 

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Comedian Tracy Morgan bought a $2 million Bugatti Veyron supercar in New York City and 30 minutes later, less than half a mile from the dealership, he had a car wreck.  Fortunately, neither car was badly damaged.  It was just a fender-bender, so to fix it, I estimate labor should run about $200 and parts, about $250,000.

https://www.foxnews.com/auto/tracy-morgan-crashes-2-million-supercar-half-mile-from-dealershup-report

Here’s my question: if it takes 30 minutes to go less than half a mile, why do you need a car with a top speed of 268 mph?  In New York City traffic, you could get there faster on a skateboard.  Plus you wouldn't have to pay Mayor DeBlasio's "congestion pricing" traffic tolls. 

 


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Leftist politicians and celebrities might have blamed the NRA for the Parkland school shooting, but fortunately, Florida officials had enough sense to put blame for that preventable atrocity where it actually belongs.  First, with the replacement of the incompetent, lying, blame-shifting sheriff.  And now, former deputy and school resource officer Scott Peterson is being made to face the music.

Peterson was dubbed “The Coward of Broward” for sitting outside the school in safety, doing nothing while the shooter mowed down children inside. He even directed other arriving officers not to go in. Tuesday, Peterson was fired and slapped with 11 charges, including neglect of a child, culpable negligence and perjury.  If convicted on all counts, he could receive over 96 years in prison. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/coward-broward-stood-children-shot-now-faces-96-years-prison/

Peterson made Barney Fife look like Captain America. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who chaired the commission that investigated the shooting and made recommendations for reforms, said, “Scott Peterson is a coward, a failure and a criminal” whose arrest was “absolutely warranted,” adding, “There is no doubt in my mind that because he didn’t act, people were killed.”

Let’s all hear it for the Florida officials who are showing the rest of the nation how to respond to a heinous act like this: not by falling back on partisan clichés and irrelevant political talking points that will do no good, but by identifying what actually allowed it to happen and fixing it, and by identifying those who were really responsible and holding them to account. 

 

 

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  • James Elias

    06/06/2019 03:04 AM

    You seem to dig into things the lame stream media ignores. Here are what I believe to be two situations that you might want to consider looking into.

    The homeless population has exploded. Who paid for their transportation to our major cities? Who paid for their meals along the way? Who paid for the tents?Who is supporting them now? I know taxpayers are footing some of the bill but there has to be another source as well.

    Now the folks streaming across the border. Who paid their transportation? They surely didn't walk the entire distance. Who paid for their meals and lodging along the way? And their clothes, they look well dressed.

    I think the answer to both is George Soros. He would like nothing better than to destroy the country as he has done to other countries.

    I hope you believe as I do there is a story here and hope that you will go after it. I think if you decide to do this and ask for financial support for the task from your readers you will get it.

  • NORMA CARICO

    06/05/2019 11:57 PM

    Please keep this extremely valuable service alive, thereby keeping American brains at least treading water. We need your accomplishment.

  • DEBORAH R HELMS

    06/05/2019 11:06 PM

    I believe you meant to say VP Mike Pence

  • albert behrens

    06/05/2019 09:52 PM

    Bernie Sanders, a socialist/communist, a clone of former east German leader Erich Honecker, lecturing Wal-mart on capitalism and wealth? Ha! Ha! Ha!

  • Marvin Robinson

    06/05/2019 09:50 PM

    Mike Pompeo is not vice president.

  • Amelia Little

    06/05/2019 08:34 PM

    I have not read Broward County Sheriff's office policies. I don't recall the specifics of the airport shootings, but I do remember reading and/or watching israel afterwards saying that there is no way to stop a shooter. That makes me wonder, regardless of what the policies state, whether or not their illustrious leader talked to the deputies about his belief. And, did he encourage the deputies to stand down in situations of mass shootings. Not to excuse peterson and the others, but were they given the idea that it's best to stand down? israel dodged any responsibility for any part of this tragedy--I guess it wasn't his fault he didn't follow through on the number of calls made in relation to the shooter. And, the buck DOES stop there--as the head of the department, it's his job to know what the heck goes on. Not every little traffic ticket, but the shooter was so much more than that.

  • Carl Smith

    06/05/2019 08:33 PM

    So much to comment on! Having a Gun and a Badge does NOT designate Honor, Integrity or Duty. The Armed Citizen who applies for Concealed Carry is more likely to "Have What it Takes" to Run TO Danger rather than FROM. Honoring the remaining WWII Vets with this type of Pomp and Circumstance will vanish from the public eye if the MEDIA has it's way. I believe it was Eisenhauer who demanded that every aspect of the Concentration Camps be documented widely because in a 100 years some will deny it ever occurred. He was only off by 50 years. Until America decides to START teaching American HISTORY and Civics again and the media decides to start doing actual Journalism again our youth will continue to be Dumbed Down to become Lenin's 'Useful Idiots'. America is already half way there. I offer the current crop of Dim Wits running for President

  • John H Stoufer

    06/05/2019 07:48 PM

    Vice President Mike Pompeo?? Bet you get this a bunch!

  • Joseph Arena

    06/05/2019 07:33 PM

    Governor, in your item on Tiananmen Square you referred to Mike Pompeo as Vice President and not Secretary of State

  • Philip G. Dixon

    06/05/2019 07:30 PM

    Governor a correction is needed. At the beginning of the 4th paragraph either a comma is missing or a title needs to be changed as Mike Pompeo is NOT Vice President!

  • Clara Herrin

    06/05/2019 07:15 PM

    Since when is Mike Pompeo our Vice President? Was there another election between the time I went to bed last night and when I woke up this morning?

  • gary stilwell

    06/05/2019 06:50 PM

    I fully expect this comment will never make it to the web-just like the rest of them-don't know who your screeners are, but they sure don't allow any borderline controversial comments.
    I voted for Trump. I fully expected this guy to indeed 'drain the swamp' He has done a so-so job of doing this--if he would just shut his stupid mouth and use the energy to go after the root cause of our political divide-The man reminds me of a person drinking beer all day and watching the news play out on the computer--he blasts the respondents with inaccurate information and finger-pointing--his intentions are pure, but the expression of these is lost due to the attack-
    I DO NOT want to see the dems apologizing and posturing to do better(that will never happen--and it would be in genuine if it did)) ---I have never heard of a leopard changing it's spots--trying to do this is folly. They need to be removed from the barrel of rotten apples--it's doubtful even now that emptying the barrel will fix the problem--it has spread outside the barrel--much like a cancer. It is NOT selective--the Republicans are just as much in this.
    This man needs to get a grip--global warming/ocean acidification is a fact--trashing the EPA rules is a step in the demise of this planet(not the US--our carbon footprint is on the decline, and has been for the last 2 yrs at least)--keep our oil, and convert to more wind/solar(maybe) and invest in new tech(Nuclear is a pretty good option, if you really,really think hard about the waste issue)
    We then will be able to control the oil market for the rest of the planet due to our massive production ability--you want a hammer?? this is a big one-
    --telegraphing our intentions through dumb-ass tweets is tantamount to telling the Nazis where we were going to land on Normandy(to give a perspective to the current time)
    French politicos have a penchant for claiming "reparations" to their country for the crap they suffered during WWII--amazing the French Underground' detests this sort of pompous attitude from their leaders, and understands the US liberation was significant---we owe the French Gov't $--??????

    Sanders is sick--
    Biden is squinty-eyed
    Pelosi is a danger you havn't even contemplated
    schumer should be incarcerated right along with clinton

  • James Hoppe

    06/05/2019 06:31 PM

    When tariffs are put on products coming in ....who gets the money????

  • David Kottwitz

    06/05/2019 06:07 PM

    Just for clarity; Mike Pence is Vice President, Mike Pompeo is the Secretary of State. Sorry, gotta call you out on that one. :))

  • Suzanne Stapler

    06/05/2019 05:45 PM

    Great newsletter and lots of fun to read! It's always nice to hear friendly comments about our wonderful President.

  • JC Holland

    06/05/2019 05:42 PM

    Still no charges. Why? All the basic info is out there. Hillary and the rest should already be under arrest.