News Roundup! Best Recession Ever, The Panda Doesn’t Want To Become Dinner, Wilburine Drops the Hammer On China’s Ceramic Tiles, PDJT Tweets An Article About His Judicial Armada, Over 100+ Vacancies To Go, Thankfully Presidential Democrats Want To End Coal & Fracking…..

The Commerce Department and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) delivered more excellent economic results from August that continue to exceed MSM expectations.

The Commerce Dept. announced that retail sales climbed by 0.4% in August, twice as high as the 0.2% analysts had predicted. The result highlights retail sales strength of more than 4% year-over-year.

From the article linked above:

The better-than-expected number stemmed largely from a 1.8 percent jump in spending vehicles. Online sales, meanwhile, also continued to climb, rising 1.6 percent. That’s similar to July, when Amazon held its two-day, blowout Prime Day sale.

From the article linked above:

Retail sales rose 0.4% last month, lifted by spending on motor vehicles, building materials, healthcare and hobbies. Data for August was revised slightly up to show retail sales increasing 0.8% instead of 0.7% as previously reported.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales would gain 0.2% in August. Compared to August last year, retail sales advanced 4.1%. Retail sales have increased for six straight months, the longest such stretch since June 2017.

Because the EU and China are driving up the value of the U.S. dollar, everything we are importing has become cheaper. Not just imports from Europe and China, but actually imports from all over the world. All imports are entering the U.S. at substantially lower prices.

This means that we are importing deflation.

From the link above:

[…]  Prices for imports from China edged down 0.1 percent in August following decreases of 0.2 percent in both July and June. Import prices from China have not advanced on a monthly basis since ticking up 0.1 percent in May 2018. The price index for imports from China fell 1.6 percent for the year ended in August.

[…]  Import prices from the European Union fell 0.2 percent in August and 0.3 percent over the past 12 months.

From the article linked above:

The U.S. Census Bureau reported business inventories gained 0.4% (±0.1%) to $2,042.6 billion in July, edging out the forecast in a positive sign for third-quarter (Q3) gross domestic product (GDP). Inventories were up 4.8% (±0.4%) from July 2018.

Forecasts for July ranged from a low of 0.1% to a high of 0.4%. The consensus forecast was 0.3%. Estimates are adjusted for seasonal variations but not for price changes.

From the article linked above:

More than 1.2 million American households moved to above $50,000 in annual income between 2016 and 2018, according to Census Bureau data released on Sept. 10, a sign of a growing middle class.

The data is a boon to President Donald Trump, whose platform is centered on a strong economy and promises of increased prosperity.

While in 2016, some 58.5 percent of households enjoyed more than $50,000 in total money income, the share rose to more than 60 percent in 2018. The median household income, meanwhile, rose by nearly 2.3 percent—with all figures adjusted for inflation.

The Panda is frightened that if 1.4 billion people can’t afford to eat because of his actions, they will eventually decide to eat him.

From the article linked above:

Privately run Chinese firms bought at least 10 boatloads of U.S. soybeans on Thursday, the country’s most significant purchases since at least June, traders said, ahead of high-level talks next month aimed at ending a bilateral trade war that has lasted more than a year.

The soybean purchases, which at more than 600,000 tonnes were the largest by Chinese private importers in more than a year, are slated for shipment from U.S. Pacific Northwest export terminals from October to December, two traders with knowledge of the deals said.

Also on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported China bought 10,878 tonnes of U.S. pork in the week ended September 5, the most in a single week since May.

U.S. meat traders have been anticipating a pork shortage in China due to an outbreak of African swine fever, a fatal pig disease that has reduced the Chinese herd by a third since it arrived in the country more than a year ago.

The Chinese government is trying to frame it that because our President pushed back the tariff increase timeline from October 1st to October 15th, they decided to purchase our soybeans and pork.


From the article linked above:

China has announced that it will exclude imports of US soybeans, pork and other farm goods from additional trade war tariffs, opening the door for significant purchases of agricultural products.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday that China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce made the exemption in response to the US’ decision of postpone an increase in the tariff rate on $250 billion of Chinese goods from October 1 to October 15.

It comes after US President Donald Trump spoke on Thursday of the possibility of an “interim trade deal” over the coming weeks.

Beijing will allow Chinese businesses to purchase a “certain amount of farm products such as soybeans and pork” from the United States, according to the Xinhua report. “China’s market is big enough and there’s great potential to import high-quality US farm products.”

Meanwhile our Wiburine decided to drop the hammer on China’s ceramic tiles.

I love the fact that our President tweeted this yesterday. With the Democrats stating they want to take away our 1st and 2nd Amendments, the Federal Courts become even more important to a majority of Americans. Keep in mind that 20% of Americans that voted for our President in 2016 did so because of the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

From the article linked above:

The Senate confirmed President Trump’s 150th judicial nominee, continuing his and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s goal of shaping a more conservative judiciary.

A total of 152 judges have been confirmed since the beginning of Trump’s presidency, as of Wednesday.

“This is a historic milestone,” Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said in a statement Wednesday. “These conservative judicial appointments will impact our nation for years to come.”

Graham, 64, said the Judiciary Committee plans on continuing to “push through highly qualified, conservative judges.”

The latest nominations mean Trump has seen over 100 district court judges confirmed, along with over 40 circuit court judges and two Supreme Court picks.

The great news is that there are still over 100 vacancies to fill.

From the link above:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 4 vacancies
  • U.S. District Courts – 91 vacancies
  • U.S. Court of International Trade – 2 vacancies
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims – 9 vacancies
  • TOTAL – 106 vacancies

I love that the Democrat Presidential candidates continue to push the end of coal and fracking if they are elected President.

From the article linked above:

All Darrin Kelly wanted for the energy workers in Western Pennsylvania was that the Democratic presidential hopefuls would talk to them before going to war against shale.

That opportunity slipped away last Friday when Elizabeth Warren joined Bernie Sanders in calling for a total fracking ban.

“On my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that puts a total moratorium on all new fossil-fuel leases for drilling offshore and on public lands. And I will ban fracking — everywhere,” Warren tweeted.

“It is disappointing that any national candidate would not come in here and want to talk to the men and women of this area first before unilaterally making that decision,” said Kelly, a charismatic Pittsburgh firefighter who is also the head of the powerful and influential Allegheny Fayette Labor Council. They represent workers stretching from Pittsburgh to the borders of Maryland and West Virginia.

“The natural gas industry employs well over 40,000 people just in this region alone,” Kelly said. “Countless more indirectly, providing economic opportunity for generations of families and communities that had been hollowed out by the demise of manufacturing and coal in this area.

Donald Trump won Pennsylvania with just over 40,000 votes in 2016.

He knows what happens when the energy labor force in Western Pennsylvania isn’t behind the Democratic nominee.

“You cannot win the presidency if you are a Democrat without Pennsylvania,” Brauer reminds bluntly.


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              1. Did you read about the iceman Richard what’s his face. He had a spot in the wilderness where a wild rat colony was and there was a rock shelf. He drilled and attached rings. When the mob wanted a special death he would take them there. Handcuff them spread eagled,naked, set up his video camera on a tripod. Would return a week later and collect the bones in a bag and the DVD for the clients viewing.

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              2. He was the most ruthless guy but wouldn’t sleep with anyone but his wife. Contradictions. Would kill over a traffic annoyance. Always looking for new ways to kill. Developed a thing where he mixed cyanide into a spray bottle, would let down someone’s tire and whilst they would change it offer to help. He would spray them in the face. They would inhale enough to die. He’d wipe their face and go on his way. No cyanide found in stomach. It would be written off as a heart attack


  2. “The Commerce Dept. announced that retail sales climbed by 0.4% in August, twice as high as the 0.2% analysts had predicted. The result highlights retail sales strength of more than 4% year-over-year.”

    0.4% doesn’t sound like much, and maybe 4% doesn’t sound like much either …

    But even though media makes a big deal out of it – Retail normally doesn’t budge much.

    Even 1% over median growth would be seen as cause to celebrate. Margins are RAZOR THIN and that would directly translate into PROFIT.

    When the GDP is growing Q over Q at 2% to 3.2% – which is huge by itself – 4% Y over Y is HUGE!!!

    And more and more are buying Main Street not China – either intentionally to support the President’s policies or by virtue of shifting supply chains.

    This is a prescription for long term economic winning!!!

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  3. Great Economic News, Fabulous Flep!!! Yay on the Judges – Nay on the unhopeful Democrat Presidential Candidates – notice they did not talk about abortion – just guns and climate change and Medicare for All and how bad Trump is for America – these people are stupid if they think the American people are buying what they are selling…did they pay the ‘clappers’ in the audience? Just asking…

    China…China…China – beginning to see the light? If they do not feed the people – who is going to work for the state? On the global scale, China is not looking good either – businesses leaving for other Asian locales – imports are cheaper while exports are costly – who will trust them if they cannot keep their trade agreements – how good is their word – we know when our President says he is going to do something – he does it – bad precedence set by China – finally, after so many years of stealing from America – America is getting PAID in spades!!!

    God Bless You, Flep – for all you do to compile the daily News Roundup – we are blessed – and God will bless you!!!

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        1. Bwahaha. We give in on the things that mean the most to each other in our home, at least that happens after our DHs have been very well informed on what matters the most to us.

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    1. Will watch later as I am headed out, but earlier, I watched a different youtube guy who was complaining about toxic femininity. It basically has to do with how we all think. Same main points as the book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.”

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  4. The Chinese government is trying to frame it that because our President pushed back the tariff increase timeline from October 1st to October 15th, they decided to purchase our soybeans and pork.


    Notice that “Trump Tzu” offered them a burning exit through their own lies. It’s like putting grease on their fire extinguishers as a final lesson.

    Mercy with a final BUTT-KICK!

    TRUMP TZU for the WIN!

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  5. Seems as though the pundits (Rooster Cone, Solomon, et al) are trying to tone down our expectations regarding the IG Horowitz FISA report. It has apparently gone from devastating to merely demeaning.

    Of course, Comey and MSM totally misinterpreted the IG Comey report, so we will just have to wait and see! And apparently, the IG only dealt with the abuses of Carter Page, who got charged with nothing from Mueller. Of course, Page was a FBI asset a few months before they include him as a key player (Russian operative) in the FISA warrant!

    I’d bet my farm they had a FISA on Flynn way back in 2014–15. Hopefully, Powell will expose that!

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    1. “I’d bet my farm they had a FISA on Flynn way back in 2014–15.”

      I bet they were surveilling him as if they had a FISA warrant on him. I’m not sure there was any warrant. And if there was, it was probably based bogus “evidence”.


  6. A trip down memory lane…

    The new Cold War on Business
    By Ian Bremmer
    October 8, 2014

    After authorities cracked down on the massive pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that began in late September, a British firm that provides tear gas to Hong Kong’s police decided to review its sales policy. The optics of the situation, perhaps, made that an obvious public relations decision. But the underlying risk of spreading tensions isn’t limited to traditional politically sensitive industries: In the wake of recent crises every globally oriented Western company should be rethinking its strategy too.

    For nations, the geopolitical fireworks—the most incendiary since the fall of the Berlin Wall—don’t add up to a new East-West conflict. No one is talking about a nuclear standoff with Moscow, and Beijing lacks Vladimir Putin’s inclination for conflict with the West.

    But corporations face a different reality, as political shifts in China and Russia drive an emerging Cold War on business. China and Russia are intruding into the marketplace on a scale unseen since “globalization” became a buzzword. Beijing has initiated state investigations into dozens of Fortune 500 companies for “monopolistic activity.” In Russia, ratcheting up sanctions over the escalating Ukraine conflict has prompted a frantic unwinding of U.S. business ties. Capital flight from Russia hit $75 billion in the first half of this year, outpacing all of 2013. Moscow has banned food exports from the West and floated legislation that would allow the seizure of foreign assets.

    . . . Western companies benefit from a globalized marketplace backstopped by universal values that allows them to improve supply chains and reach new customers. They are engineered to compete with other corporations, not governments. Clashing states will force many companies to make painful choices about how they do business—and where.

    An uneven playing field in China isn’t new, as anyone who has experienced China’s intellectual property “protections” can attest. Nonetheless, investing in China’s growing consumer class and deep labor force has felt like an overwhelming win-win for Western companies and domestic challengers. But that is quickly changing. After 35 years of unabated growth in China, foreign companies are becoming more expendable. The country’s domestic firms are more sophisticated and competitive in more industries. China is not as hungry for cash or lower-scale technology; foreign competitors have to pay a steeper price for access. In a recent poll, 60% of foreign companies “feel less welcome in China than before”—up from 41% just last year. Foreign direct investment in China plummeted to its lowest level in four years last August. (See “Beijing Pulls Back the Welcome Mat“)

    Against this backdrop, President Xi Jinping’s transformational economic agenda is a shock wave for Western firms. Structural reforms, anti-corruption efforts, and financial liberalization could one day make the Chinese market more attractive to foreign companies. For the moment, though, they’ve made the business terrain far less certain.

    A New Axis of Energy: Russia’s Gazprom is building a pipeline to China that will move $400 billion of natural gas over 30 years.

    . . . Russia and China, the two most important points of resistance to a rule-based global marketplace, are now working more closely together. As China and Russia pivot toward each other, American businesses—and their universal economic values—will struggle to maintain a global foothold.

    The Soviet-American clash forced nations to choose sides, even if they would have been better off collaborating. The emerging Cold War on business will leave many companies in a similar bind. For companies hardwired to “go global,” these new threats to their very existence in crucial markets should sound major alarms.

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    1. Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
      Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
      Oh, I believe in yesterday

      Suddenly I’m not half the nation I used to be
      There’s a shadow hanging over me
      Oh, yesterday came suddenly

      Why they had to go
      I don’t know, they wouldn’t say
      I said something wrong
      Now I long for yesterday

      Yesterday theft was such an easy game to play
      Now I need a place to hide away
      Oh, I believe in yesterday

      Why’d they have to go?
      I don’t know, they wouldn’t say
      I said something wrong
      Now I long for yesterday

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  7. 39m
    Lonestar @Lonestar
    Tom Fitton

    Looks like Mayor @PeteButtigieg has another corruption problem — this time related to his pro-abortion fanaticism. Buttigieg’s criminal abortionist ally kept 2,246 remains of unborn babies in his home.

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  8. TANKER GANG INC. 🚢 ⚓️ ⛽️

    Local source predicting air strikes in Sana’a tonight.

    TANKER GANG INC. 🚢⚓️⛽️ on Twitter
    “Local source predicting air strikes in Sana’a tonight.”
    Sep 14, 2019, 15:53 · Web · 1 · 1

    JohnCParnell @JohnCParnell
    Saad @SaadAbedine

    Suspected #Yemen 🇾🇪 #Houthi drone attack targeted 2 major oil facilities in #Saudi 🇸🇦, sparking fires

    1 attack struck Abqaiq oil facility near Dammam in the kingdom’s Eastern Province

    2nd attack was on Khurais oil field 250 km southwest of Dhahran

    Saad on Twitter


    JohnCParnell @JohnCParnell
    Babak Taghvaee @BabakTaghvaee

    #BREAKING: Largest ever attack against Oil facilities #SaudiArabia’s #Aramco is carried-out by Loitering drones launched from #Iraq in support of #Houthi rebels in #Yemen. As its result two Aramco’s facilities were hit 4 times in #Buqayq/#Abqaiq early morning. Here is the video

    Babak Taghvaee on Twitter


    JohnCParnell @JohnCParnell
    The Wall Street Journal @WSJ

    Saudi Arabia is shutting down about half of its oil output after drone strikes hit production facilities, people familiar say

    The Wall Street Journal on Twitter


    Princessjasa @Princessjasa

    it’s a good thing we are energy independent👍🇺🇸


    JohnCParnell @JohnCParnell
    Secretary Pompeo @SecPompeo

    Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy. Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.

    Oh my goodness.

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  9. John Roberts is the Supreme Court’s James Comey”

    Report: John Roberts initially sided with Trump in the census citizenship question case — then changed his vote
    Report: John Roberts initially sided with Trump in the census citizenship question case — then changed his vote
    Hot Air

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            1. It’s a very credible theory with me. I’ll take the speculation. Roberts may indeed be playing “court center”, or he may have truly been convinced, or the conservative position may have been lazily argued, or something else.

              One of the best descriptions ever of Roberts was “a squish”. I love that – it’s PERFECT.

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              1. Wictor is anti q because he doesn’t trust anonymous sources. Same with Brian cates but I feel they have a very good grasp of the political/legal progression. I trust Sundance on economics but he’s lost it otherwise.(or lost me)

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  10. Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic

    Trump has gamed it all out.

    Roberts doesn’t matter.


    Duane Cates boosted
    Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic

    This is true.

    The Taliban is made up of people who traditionally cause a lot of damage before negotiations.

    In THEIR culture, this gives them leverage.

    Trump is showing them that since the beginning, we’ve fought them with one hand tied behind our backs.

    So they’re finally getting to see what we can do to them when the president releases the Kraken.

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  11. Rockin news roundup as usual Flep thank you.
    I do believe the bad guys are fixxin to feel the pain for messin with Saudi’s and President Trump.

    Were back, can you feel it? American greatness is back and we Patriots have our Presidents back, what a great time to be alive.

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    1. Thank you for that post, Duchess. It’s good to reinforce the hope that all of us here have. At times, I admit, I am challenged and I lose that hope.

      And, to make it even better, that boy is wearing my team’s colors. Go Pack! 😊

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      1. Awww…then, that makes it extra special, Chimpy!

        It is easy to get discouraged with all that has been happening of late – but, we know how this story ends – and someday – we will be so happy it will no longer matter!

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  14. DiGenova… Will John Durham examine the ‘sedition question’…

    Posted by Kane on September 14, 2019 5:52 pm

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  15. U.S. Blames Iran for Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities
    Saudi Arabia shuts down about half its oil output after strikes

    By Summer Said, Jared Malsin and Jessica Donati
    Updated Sept. 14, 2019 8:26 pm ET

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for coordinated strikes on the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, saying they marked an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.

    The strikes shut down half of the kingdom’s crude production on Saturday, potentially roiling petroleum prices and demonstrating the power of Iran’s proxies.

    Iran-allied Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen claimed credit for the attack, saying they sent 10 drones to strike at important facilities in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. But Mr. Pompeo said there was no evidence the strikes had come from Yemen.

    In a tweet, he said the U.S. will work with allies “to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression.” He added that the strikes showed Iran wasn’t serious about diplomacy.

    [Excerpt] Read more at the link above…

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    1. Beto just ensured that Texas will stay red in the near term.

      I know die hard Democrat’s who would lose their jobs, their homes and the futures if fracking ended nationwide. No way will they vote for that. One liberal friend of mine actually owns a frack supply company. LOL.

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      1. Agree – out in front of God and everybody – he proclaimed what the Dims will do – AND – gun sales went up, again.

        Don’t mess with TEXAS!!!

        So many people have financially benefitted from President Trump’s policies – it is unconscionable to believe – they would want what the Dims are selling…that lady in the nursing home emphatically told Kamalamaadingdong – not to mess with their healthcare!

        People are wise to this nonsense – more than we think are getting on the Trump Train!!!

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