Wednesday, December 7, 2016

He hasn't even been sworn in yet but President-elect Donald Trump already is actively engaged in creating jobs. He persuaded Carrier to keep 1,100 employees from losing their jobs in Indiana. And after a meeting with a Japanese bank CEO, Masayoshi Son, he announced that Son would invest $50 billion in the U.S. and create 50,000 new jobs.

John Kasich finally did something right. The Ohio governor, one of the 16 Republican candidates who lost to Donald Trump in the primaries, broke his loyalty pledge and refused to endorse him. He boycotted the Republican National Convention held in his state. But as members of the Electoral College prepare to gather later this month with anti-Trump feelings still running high in some circles, Kasich sent a message: "I am not a candidate for president and ask that electors not vote for me..."

Vice President Joe Biden's mouth is still putting him in the news. Asked about his political future, Biden told a group of reporters, "I am going to run for president in 2020. What the hell man, anyway." Asked if he was kidding, he replied that he is "not committing not to run."  .

Monday, December 5, 2016

A $1.4 billion casino and resort with a 24-story hotel and 3,000-seat theater is opening in the Washington area - on the Maryland shore of the Potomac River -  and it's not a project of real estate tycoon Donald Trump.  Earlier this year, before being elected president, Trump opened the doors to a new Trump hotel in the historic old post office building a few blocks from the White House.

After deliberating since before Thanksgiving on the matter, brain surgeon Ben Carson accepted President-elect Donald Trump's offer to be nominated for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. We can be glad Trump and the rest of his cabinet officers don't take this long to make decisions.

Fidel Castro's final trip to eternity was marred by an embarrassing incident. The Russian-made jeep carrying the ashes of the long-ruling Cuban dictator broke down in the middle of his funeral procession.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Schumer and Chelsea Handler broke their promises about leaving the U.S. if Donald Trump won the election, but Wole Soyinka kept his word. The Nobel Prize-winning author threw away his green card and went back to Africa.

President-elect Donald Trump did more than thank voters for their support in a "thank you" tour that began in Ohio, following a stop in Indiana where he spoke at a Carrier plant he kept from closing, saving 1,100 jobs. He also announced he will appoint retired Marine Gen. James N. "Mad Dog" Mattis to be Secretary of Defense.Well, it's California.

 It's now okay to urinate on the sidewalk in San Francisco. A Superior Court judge said he and his colleagues tossed out 66,000 arrest warrants because they felt it made no sense to lock people up for fines they couldn't afford to pay.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Democrats did it for themselves and now Republicans can do it as well." - CNN's Kate Bolduan, referring to a Senate rules change that makes it easier for a majority party to nuke a filibuster on presidential appointments.

Would-be vice president Tim Kaine automatically took the Democrat party line on Twitter when a Somali-born student at Ohio State University went on a bloody rampage. The Virginia senator tweeted that he was saddened by the "senseless act of gun violence." The attacker used a car and a butcher knife in his apparent act of terrorism.

California, in its campaign against global warming, is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by livestock, the Associated Press reports. To put it bluntly, California is regulating cow farts.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Reaction to the death of Cuba's brutal dictator, Fidel Castro, was mixed:

President Obama: "History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him."

President-elect Trump: “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights ... our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty."

Former president Jimmy Carter - "Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country."

MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthew recalled that when Castro led a revolution and "knocked off the corrupt dictator Batista" he was regarded as a "romantic figure" and "almost like a folk hero." But he acknowledged that when "he began executing people" and turned pro-Soviet, "he was not a friend of the United States by any means at all."

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Donald Trump isn't the type to let Michele Obama tell him what he should eat, And he and his family had their choice of 24 items on the menu at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. They included "Mr. Trump's Wedge Salad", turkey, beef, lamb or seafood, and "Three-Layer Trump Chocolate Cake."

While Trump's meeting with Mitt Romney triggered speculation about a possible cabinet post for his former critic, the president-elect made a surprise announcement about two women - charter school advocate Betsy DeVos and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley - for high posts in the new administration. Did Trump find them in one of Romney's "binders"?

Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto, stated flatly his country would not pay for the wall Trump wants to build on the south Texas border. But one Mexican firm, a cement maker, has offered to help on the project.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

During two campaigns and eight years as president, Barack Obama has been called a lot of names ... but "manspreader"? That's the term a Russian TV anchor used in excoriating Obama for acting in an "uncivilized" fashion toward President-elect Donald Trump. While Trump was behaving "humbly" in their recent meeting in the White House, "Obama sat with his legs wide open ... (manspreading) a demonstration of male domination," said Dmitri Kiselyov.

Trump, a harsh critic of Hillary Clinton in the campaign, now is saying kind words about her. But a shopping mall Santa in Sanford, Fla., told children she is on his "naughty list." He was reassigned and required to take training on being a symbol of goodwill for all.

 Have you heard the Trumps are separating? The president-elect told reporters he would live in the White House. His wife Melania will continue to live in the Trump Tower in New York with their young son Barron.