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Happy Wednesday, welcome to your morning round-up.

President  Trump's schedule today:

  • The president will meet with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin.
  • Later, the president will sign S. 544, the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act.
  • In the afternoon, the president will greet the Super Bowl Champions: The New England Patriots.
  • Finally, the president will meet with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster.

Hopes, Dreams Shattered in Georgia

As I predicted in my morning update yesterday, Democrat Jon Ossoff did not garner 50+1 of the vote so there will be a run-off in Georgia's 6th congressional district. The anti-Trump wave of repudiation has yet to materialize, crushing the hopes of the progressive Democratic Party.  For some unthinkable reason, the Democrats believe that a mere 5 months after he was elected president, Trump voters had a massive change of heart, perhaps after exposure to the left's tools of persuasion like violence, more violence, genital marches and name-calling.

Ossoff, who is 30 years old and a carpetbagger who was not able to vote for himself, will face Republican Karen Handel in a June run-off.

The media will be spinning the loss, so be on guard and remember Lizzy's talking points:

  1. Ossoff had, at least, an $8.3 million war chest
  2. His financial support did not come from inside the district; 95% was from outsiders and outside interests
  3. More than half the voters in the district rejected Ossoff, voting for some other candidate
  4. This is the second time that voters have not "repudiated" Trump

It's entirely possible that Ossoff wins his run-off in June, but there was no mandate last night.

The WaPo's Chris Cillizza writes:

While Ossoff and national Democrats acknowledged that they hoped to win the seat outright Tuesday due to the crowded and fractured GOP field, Ossoff will likely enter the runoff with Handel as a slight favorite. The question for Ossoff, and Democrats more broadly, is whether they can successfully link an establishment Republican like Handel to the less-than-popular Trump over the course of a two month, one-versus-one runoff slog.

President Trump even pitched in to fight off Ossoff.

Don Lemon at CNN was so giddy about the great Hope Ossoff, he asked on his show “Am I the only who said he sounded like Barack Obama? No? Did that sound like Barack Obama?”

Fresno shooting soon to be memory-holed

Kori Ali Muhammad is in custody after going on a murder spree in Fresno, California, yesterday.  Muhammad "set out to kill as many white people as he could on Tuesday, gunning down three men on the streets of downtown Fresno before he was captured and admitted to the shootings, authorities said."

Are you beginning to see the inconvenience of the story? It's gets worse. The maniac shouted "Allahu Akbar" as the police tackled him.

We have a trinity of narrative-kills: black, white-killer and Muslim.

There was some "confusion" in the reporting of the murders. The Associated Press tweeted out that the killer shouted "G-d is great" before he was taken down by the cops. But that's not what he yelled. Remember back to another inconvenient event, the Orlando shooting, and the transcripts released by the Obama administration. They also "translated" what the murderous maniac said to the 911 dispatchers.

My buddy Raheem explains it well:

Muhammad was also wanted in connection with the killing of a hotel security guard last week in Fresno.

The New York Post has a nice round-up of all of Muhammad's anti-white statements. Will there be calls for the progressives to tone down their anti-white rhetoric lest they incite someone like Muhammad to undertake a killing spree? It's not that I believe there should be such calls, but the public is often chastised and warned that we need to watch what we say because we might cause a specially designated group or persons to action.

The media only discredits itself when it sanitizes the news for its own political purposes. People notice and that's why the media has little credibility. It's not so much a question of what they report but how they decide to "frame" it for the viewer. We don't need the narrative, we just need the facts.

Revolucion in Venezuela

Socialist paradise Venezuela is in disarray.

The starving citizens have been agitating for months, crossing the border looking for food and eating their zoo animals. (No joke.)

Jazz Shaw over at Hot Air asks:

On Monday I found myself asking what the end game in Venezuela might look like, with one sad possibility being that the starving citizens might eventually have to rise up and overthrow President Nicolas Maduro by force. I’m not going to suggest that the dictator reads the Spanish language version of Hot Air with his coffee every morning, but somebody seems to have put that same idea in his head. Fox News reports that Maduro is getting ready to make a major investment in his regime, but it has nothing to do with feeding the hungry masses. He’s preparing to arm up to 400,000 loyalists to serve in his “militias.”

This will get bloody. As Jazz writes:

As was reported over the weekend, Venezuelan protesters are already having a tough time of it, with as many as a half dozen having been killed during clashes with government forces in the past week. If Maduro can manage to arm up nearly a half million more in the major population centers the protesters likely won’t stand a chance if they’re looking to attempt an actual uprising. But this isn’t going to make Maduro any more popular. The average citizen should already be asking where he’s getting the money for all of these weapons and stockpiles of ammunition, followed by the inevitable question of why he wasn’t spending it on food and medicine for his people.

Maybe we should send Bernie Sanders over there to let them know how good they really have it?

Putting your foot in your mouth

Athletic company Adidas sent out an email following the Boston Marathon congratulating its customers who "survived" the event.


The subject line of the email sent Tuesday by Adidas Running read: "Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon!"

On social media, customers quickly reminded the company about the real survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were wounded when two bombs exploded near the finish line in that attack.

The company immediately apologized, saying it was "incredibly sorry" for the "insensitive" email subject.

Get your giraffe on while you can

Animal Adventure Park, home to April the giraffe and her much-anticipated baby boy, will be pulling the live feed that allows internet users to watch the mother and child. Millions of people waited for April to birth her calf and watched her give birth.

I was one of those people watching April forever, it seemed.

According to News 10, one of the reasons behind this decision is the reaction to an injury April sustained on Monday. The 15-year-old giraffe twisted her leg, causing her to noticeably favor one of her other long stalks. The zoo said this type of injury is normal for a long-legged animal and is the equivalent to a human rolling their ankle, uncomfortable but temporary.

On Tuesday, Animal Adventure Park announced that the mother giraffe’s stance and gait was almost back to normal, but this hasn’t stopped an onslaught of concerned emails.

“We appreciate concern but the bogging down of email servers and other platforms is the exact reason the giraffe cam will need to be pulled,” the zoo responded on Facebook. “While we appreciate the concern, it is interfering with normal park operations and preparation for opening; at a period when our resource of time is limited and cannot be hindered.”

I will miss watching April and her baby. You can suggest a name for the young boy with a donation to the park.

That's your morning round-up. Have a great Wednesday, it's almost the weekend!

Disrespectful breach of hat etiquette:


The rules are plain:

  1. a gentleman always takes his hat off in the presence of a lady.
  2. a gentleman never wears his hat indoors, except in the presence of other men of equal rank/standing.
  3. a gentleman never wears his hat in the presence of a superior.


Ha ha ha ha ha ha.


The egg-on-face original tweet from the Times:

In honor of the overly-aggressive translator-propagandists at the Associated Press:

Is it meme-magic time yet? Okay then, I'll go first.

To be fair, he does have another chance to fail in June.

NEWS AND POLITICS DESK UPDATE: Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were both in Riyadh today. Mattis got the high-profile meetings with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud, while Tillerson delivered remarks at the U.S.-Saudi CEO Summit.

The defense minister, noting he had "great trust" in Mattis, said the kingdom would work with Washington "in order to curb and counter all the challenges in the region, either when it comes to fighting terrorist organizations or the malign activities of Iran that continues to unsettle the world."

Mattis said the two had "come to conclusions about our cooperation for the future" and would "actually do something as we reinforce Saudi Arabia's resistance to Iran's mischief and make you more effective with your military as we work together as partners."

"We are not leaving this region, but at the same time, it is in our interest to see a strong Saudi Arabia military security service and secret services," Mattis added, saying talks "could actually open the door, possibly" to President Trump visiting Saudi Arabia.

The Defense secretary later told reporters "it's very clear that Saudi Arabia is stepping up to its regional leadership role out here right now at a key time in terms of trying to restore stability in this key region of the world."

"The meetings could not have gone better. They were frank. They were candid. They were honest," he said. "They were highly productive in terms of outcomes, to include how we're going to work together with one of our best counterterrorism partners against the enemy."

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in Riyadh on April 19, 2017. (DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley)

Sometimes it snows in April.

Prince 'Deliverance' EP Hit With Legal Challenge.

I'm still looking forward to this, but:

Social media lit up Tuesday with the news that a six-song EP of previously unreleased material called Deliverance will drop April 21 to honor the one year anniversary of Prince's death. To help get the word out, its title track went up early on iTunes and Apple Music (though it's notably absent from Spotify or Tidal).

Just hours later, reports emerged that Prince’s estate and Paisley Park had filed a federal lawsuit against sound engineer George Ian Boxill for control of the Deliverance tracks. The lawsuit estimates the value of the recordings at more than $75,000.

According to St Paul’s KSTP, the lawsuit accuses Boxill of refusing to return the tracks in violation of a contract he made with the late artist. The lawsuit was initially filed in Carver County district court Friday, but was re-filed in federal court Tuesday because Boxill, who has worked with 2Pac, Gladys Knight, Janet Jackson and others, works in California.

A press release announcing the Deliverance collection claims the “undiscovered studio recordings” were cut from 2006–2008 and will be released via RMA (Rogue Music Alliance), with a physical version of the set scheduled to drop June 2.

The $3.99 preorder is still available on the iTunes Store, at least for now. The title track -- available for download -- is good, old-fashioned, Gospel-influenced R&B.

Michael: At this point it's "he said/she said" regarding O'Reilly and his accusers. We don't know what the truth is and may never know. Right now we have O'Reilly's lawyer alleging a vast left-wing conspiracy, but no one's offered any proof that all the women who have accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment are lying leftist plants involved in a surreptitious plot to destroy him. It seems just a teensy bit premature to go out on that conspiracy limb at this point.