Fox News is losing two of its top female commentators to key security posts on Donald Trump’s team, observed Grumpy Editor.
Monica Crowley will become senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council. She will work under retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, selected to be national security adviser.
Crowley will join former Fox News national security analyst, K.T. McFarland, selected earlier to serve as deputy national security adviser.
Crowley also was a columnist and online opinion editor at The Washington Times and a syndicated radio host.
McFarland’s national security experience dates back to the Nixon administration.
She was an aide to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, a speechwriter for Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs.
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Like a war zone...
In San Francisco, gunfire erupted across the street from where San Francisco’s KPIX 5 reporter Susie Steimle was working another story, leading to some shaken nerves. The shooters are being sought.
A number of stock market watchers warned about a major drop in the stock market if Donald Trump wins the election, reminds Grumpy Editor.
So what happened?
The Dow Jones industrial average jumps 1424 points in the month since elections on Nov. 8.
The Dow starts today at 19756.85, with only about 243 points more to reach the 20000 level.
Investors placing their funds into companies that will benefit from stronger economic growth and fiscal stimulus fed the month-long rally.
Traders see this week’s meeting of the Federal Reserve, last of the year, to end with an interest rate increase, something that is expected to be received well by financial stocks.
Talk that Trump plans to lower income tax rates, giving consumers more disposable income, coupled with a hike in fiscal spending could continue to give the stock market a boost.
Lower corporate tax rates will lead to higher earnings, lifting stock prices.
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What’s going on? After reading that nearly 240,000 tons of blueberries a year are produced in the U.S., with 10 states (Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Indiana) accounting for more than 98 percent of the U.S. crop, Grumpy Editor buys two containers of blueberries. Half way through munching them, tiny print (requiring a magnifying glass to read the label) reveals the tiny berries come from --- Lima, Peru.
Name of Rebel Yell, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas student newspaper since 1955, next semester will appear as the mouthful The Scarlet & Gray Free Press.
What triggered the change?
Complaints that the 61-year-old masthead reflected a Confederate Army battle cry.
President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t the only one to suggest getting tough on those who burn U.S. flags, observed Grumpy Editor.
First, Americans who served in the military during bloody wars, “fought for the flag,” something today’s protesters apparently did not learn in school. And who can forget Marines raising the U.S. flag on Feb. 23, 1945, atop Mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.
So Trump last week suggested loss of citizenship or jail for those who burn the American flag, saying such protests should carry “consequences” and “nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag.”
A few days earlier, Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., decided to stop flying all flags, including U.S. flags, after someone there burned a U.S. flag to protest Trump’s election victory over Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Hundreds of veterans and others protested the decision by the college to remove Old Glory.
Few recall that Clinton in 2006, while serving as U.S. senator, termed flag burning “deeply offensive.”
Strangely, flag burning was ruled to be constitutionally protected speech under the First Amendment in a 1990 Supreme Court case.
Standing with Trump on the issue last week was American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt. He praised Trump for his support of the American flag.
As the leader of the nation’s largest veterans service organization, Schmidt said, “Our brothers and sisters in arms have shed blood, even paid the ultimate sacrifice, in defense of our nation. The American flag represents their sacrifice and our nation’s way of freedom. No one should tolerate desecration of the American flag.”
The American Legion strongly advocates for a constitutional ban on flag burning, and calls on the new commander in chief to support such a ban with the following wording, “Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”
Schmidt said there is “strong support for such a law. Every U.S. state has passed memorializing resolutions to ratify a constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. Additionally, the House of Representatives has passed an amendment six times by supermajorities, only to see it fall short in the Senate --- by just one vote the last time it reached the floor.”
Schmidt added, “It’s time to protect Old Glory from being burned or otherwise desecrated by protesters. “We are not against civil protest or demonstrations. However, these protesters are not burning a piece of cloth. They are desecrating the sacrifice and honor of all past, present and future service members and their family members, who have given so much to this great nation.”
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