Not much of a Monday morning, when comes down to it.

A few words about the French election in the Coping section since it’s more opinion than “straight news.”  (Unlike some, we do try to differentiate a bit…)

Other than getting the lawnmower out today the rest of this week will be about as non-exciting as you can imagine until Thursday, or so.


Come then, we’ll get the producer prices and then Friday it will be Consumer Price Index data along with retail sales.  Everyone will be watching that to see how Trumponomics is working.

Mostly, unless you like murder mysteries like the mess up in Boston, it’s not much of a week.

Sanctuary Cities Out in Texas

Skip the networks is blooming in Texas.

This as Texas Governor Greg Abbott went on FB live last night to sign the bill banning Sanctuary Cities and authorizing the removal from office of those who spend public money on ’em.

The measure, which provides fines of up to $25,500 per day for failing to cooperative with immigration officials, was expected to have resulted in lots of demonstrations come signing time.


All part of the Trump-pioneered “newsmaker to public direct” channel and that left media like this Washington Post report looking more historical than anticipatory.

Aw, gee, gosh.

All goes to a common theme around here:  In a world of instant communications, things like the Trump Tweets and now Abbott going FB live (and another example was the Buffett/Munger stream for 7-hours Saturday on Yahoo) who needs the news channels?

It is becoming the “thinking person’s long form” to watch more streams of real events.  And the funny thing is, the more you watch the in-depth streams the more the bias of the old line press comes through.

So we look for a lot more of the newsmakers-direct to pop up.

Immigration in Court

As you read how Trump travel ban challenge in appeals court Monday, to look up which president picked the judges.

Flynn is Still News?

Oh boy.  No crimes have been charged yet….

Here we go again.  Now Sally Yates is said to be saying that she gave a forceful warning to the Trump administration about Michael Flynn’s involvement with Russian interests.

Whether she did, or didn’t seems to matter little (except to liberal critics) since if there had been illegal activity, we would have expected charges to have come by now.  But no telling how this will be spun and re-spun…

Fake Warming

Oh, yeah.  That.  While Gore et al have pivoted over to “climate change” the collapse of the ice panic is at hand.  Suggested read over on the NotALotofPeopleKnowWhat blog is here.

Meanwhile, in the latest of the solar cycle progressions, please note how the Sun is continuing to under perform on sunspots, a sign of cooling…

But hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of another growth industry .  We need all of them we can get, even if they are partly based on BS.

With president Trump set to make a decision on the Paris climate accord this week, I’m guessing he’ll be disinclined.  But like I said, we need jobs and the invention of social justice “causes” is one way to create them, crooked or not.

Life Beyond Stupid

The story in the WSJ this morning about how “Beef Stroganoff for Your Dog? Pet Food Goes Upscale” is worth reading if you like to see how nutty we have become.

While a significant fraction of the world lives on less than $2 a day, we pointed this out shortly after the cat food makers introduced seafood primavera.

Got the Shakes?

Up in Alaska they do as three moderate ones were felt over the weekend.

Here’s the point (since you probably don’t have the full load of bean on yet):  Flip over to the USGS website here and zoom out a bit.  Setting for all quakes, all magnitudes will get you something like this:

See my highlighted area?

Simple crackpot theory of the day (SCpTotD) goes like this:

When there is a lot of shaking at one end of a major fault line (see SoCal) and lots of shaking at the other end (Alaska) isn’t it logical that pressure is building for something big to happen somewhere in the “Empty Zone” of activity?

Crackpot theory, sure.  But I will be sending this out to my kids this morning with the usual “Have a couple of weeks of water on hand…”

Thumbing Through Press Releases


“EASTON, Pa., May 5, 2017 — Crayola, the brand that inspires creativity through color, announced today that it is introducing a new blue crayon color inspired by the discovery of a “new to the world” blue pigment. YInMn Blue, the vibrant pigment discovered in 2009 by chemist Mas Subramanian and his team at Oregon State University, is the inspiration behind Crayola’s newest crayon color. ”

Census Bureau

“On May 7, 2017, at 6:13 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the U.S. population clock is projected to cross the 325 million threshold. That’s according to Vintage 2016 population estimates produced by the U.S. Census Bureau. Short-term projections for the resident population of the United States use a monthly series of population estimates starting with the April 1, 2010, resident population from the 2010 Census. These projections do not include members of the U.S. armed forces overseas or other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. ”

Polarity Check

And what Monday would be complete without what we used to call in the newsroom the “Game of Dueling Press Releases?”

Here are is this morning’s pick of the litter:

CALGARY, May 8, 2017 /CNW/ – With knives sharpened, chef coat pressed and apron tied, Abe Van Melle prepares to make Canada proud in a competition celebrating the lost art of butchery. Van Melle, Technical Manager for the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence (CBCE) and a team of talented chef instructors from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) will travel to Hong Kong to face-off with global competitors in one of the world’s most revered culinary competitions.

And we’d pair that off with…

LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2017 / — Emmy® and Tony®-winning, Academy Award®-nominated actress and animal advocate Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) joined actress June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), Craig Ferguson (The Craig Ferguson Show) and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) to bring the laughs to Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me!,” a night of unforgettable comedy and entertainment benefiting Voice For The Animals Foundation (VFTA)…

Meantime, futures down about 30 on the Dow.

Maybe Marine Le Pen isn’t the only one disappointed in the French elections?  The E.U. hoax continues…

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