Election Preparations, Immigration, Protesters, and Will Rogers’ Foresight for WWII.  

Election season is heating up. Here’s Will Rogers before the 1932 election, “With the elections coming on you are going to be fed a lot of hooey about a lot of things. [Both sides] are to put their best side forward. They are just trying now to figure out which side is their best.” (WA #492, May 29, 1932)

This year both sides want to get their “worst” side behind them quick. A Trump trial ended in May. The Hunter Biden trial may end this week. President Biden and Donald Trump are both hoping the debate on June 27 will showcase their “best” side.

Hunter Biden is charged with illegally buying a gun. Lord knows he needed one with all the time he spent in dark alleys buying crack. The biggest news, other than hearing from 3 or 4 of his exes, is that Hunter’s laptop computer is authentic.

You will remember that just before the 2020 election, 51 top officials from the CIA and other “intelligence” agencies signed a letter saying the laptop was “Russian misinformation.” Candidate Joe Biden repeated that claim forcefully in the final debate with President Trump. That “big lie” kept a lot of Democrat voters from switching to Trump. Instead of apologizing for the lie, the 51 so-called intelligence experts are proud of their role in swaying the election.

Attempting to put his best side forward, President Biden announced, with great fanfare, a big change on the border. He said that if more than 2500 per day cross illegally from Mexico, he will close the border. This comes after he has welcomed over 10,000,000 immigrants, flooding our cities and states with more crime and fentanyl, and a shortage of funds for housing, police, and education. However, he has ordered the Border Patrol and ICE to continue letting them all in. No change in policy. No deportations.

Are you frustrated with the “pro-Hamas” protesters? While they shout for Palestine to be free, they ignore that Palestinians have been “imprisoned” by Hamas, not Israel. They surrounded the White House yesterday, vandalizing a statue and fences with red paint, and deriding the President as “Genocide Joe.” It is Hamas that is intent on genocide, vowing to kill ALL Jews. And for any citizens of Gaza that die, Hamas is responsible. The main criticism President Biden deserves concerning Palestinians is for restricting how Israel conducts the war on Hamas.

Concerning protesters and rioters, a State Senator in Ohio introduced a bill that would require them to pay for any damage. That may sound complicated, and maybe even unfair if a “peaceful” protester gets caught up in a riot. If individual rioters couldn’t be identified, or they are broke, we all know there are big funders paying protesters. Send the bill to them. Triple the repair cost.

The 80th anniversary of D-Day in France was a great tribute to all who served in WWII, and especially to the ones who climbed the cliffs on June 6, 1944, and are still living today.

Remarkably, in the quote below, in 1925 Will Rogers foresaw America, 1940-45.

Historic quote by Will Rogers:

“Even when our next war comes, we will through our shortsightedness not be prepared, but that won’t be anything fatal. The real energy and minds of the normal majority will step in and handle it and fight it through to a successful conclusion. A war [World War I] didn’t change it before. It’s just the same as it was, and always will be, because it is founded on right and even if everybody in public life tried to ruin it they couldn’t. This country is not where it is today on account of any man. It is here on account of the big normal majority.” WA #115, Feb. 22, 1925

Weekly Comments:  Celebrate June. A Family Gathering.  Other News  

June is a month for celebration. Eat ice cream, drink a big glass of chocolate milk, enjoy a double-cheese burger, and add real cream to a bowl of strawberries. Yes, June is National Dairy Month. It has been celebrated since 1939.

Yesterday, our family had a celebration of a different kind. Every year a lot of cousins and “semi-related” wonderful people on my mom’s side of the family gather on a hill at Wildcat, West Virginia. On the first Sunday in June we hold our own “Decoration Day”, placing flowers on graves (and flags for veterans) in the Lowther Cemetery. And we celebrate with food. Plenty of home-grown dishes prepared from old family recipes. Yum.

Has your life improved in the last few weeks? While that may seem like an odd question, think about it. Has the cost of groceries for your family decreased? How about a hamburger meal at Wendy’s or McDonald’s? Is it cheaper to fill your gas tank or to pay your car insurance? Is your rent (or mortgage payment) less?

I’m guessing your answers are: no, no, no, no, and no. So, while inflation was the big story in our lives, what was the big story for the national News? The Stormy Daniels/Donald Trump trial fascinated TV Network commentators. The ending reminded me of a Jerry Lewis Labor Day weekend telethon: “We just raised One Hundred Fifty Million Dollars!”

The Donald Trump trial ended just in time for the Hunter Biden trial to begin. As with Trump, it’s easy to predict the verdict based on the location. Hunter will be found innocent of all charges in Wilmington, Delaware. That trial will end just in time for the June 27 debate on CNN, Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden. Or, as a comedian dubbed it, “Convicted Felon vs. Confirmed Senile.”

Historical quotes by Will Rogers:

“It’s no disgrace not to be able to run a country nowadays, but it is a disgrace to keep on trying when you know you can’t.” Letters of a Self-Made Diplomat to his President. 1926

“We are a good-natured bunch of saps in this country… When a judge convicts a murderer that’s cruelty… Everything is cockeyed, so what’s the use kidding ourselves.” DT #1226, June 30, 1930

Memorial Day. The President Speaks. Electric Policy Sparks Concerns.

Will Rogers wrote, “Another Decoration Day passed and Mr. Abraham Lincoln’s 300-word Gettysburg Address was not dethroned. I would try to imitate its brevity if nothing else.”  (May 31, 1927)

President Biden’s speeches are imitating its brevity (if nothing else). He keeps ‘em short.

If you are in a Toastmasters Club you know we count ahs, ums, and other word fillers used during a speech. For the President we count the number of words he misread or mispronounced off the teleprompter. In a short speech to the NAACP, he messed up 9 words.

President Biden also messes up facts. When he took office inflation was 1.4%. He claims it was 9%. He claims he created 15 million jobs when, compared to March 2020, we have only added about 3 million jobs. (The other 12 million were shut down temporarily because of Covid, then returned naturally.) He says the border is secure while welcoming more than 10 million immigrants into the country illegally.

In his speech to the graduating Cadets at the U. S. Military Academy, he told them he was recruited to the Naval Academy to play football. He never received any kind of appointment offer to the Naval Academy.  He challenged them to keep fighting for Democracy. Of course, they will fight abroad for democracy. But the President wants them to “fight for democracy” at home by voting for him and other Democrats. I’m surprised he didn’t accidentally brag about canceling student debt. That would have gone over big for West Point grads who are committed to 8 years of service in the Army and Reserves to “pay off” their debt.

Words matter. And we can joke about misused or mispronounced words.

But policies are what counts for most of us. The federal government is shutting down power plants at the same time the demand for electricity is growing faster than any time in recent history. Do you remember the first time you heard that instead of our personal computers storing everything, it would instead be stored in the “cloud?” I bet you looked up. We thought it was a magical storage system in the sky. But the “cloud” is actually huge Data Centers that use vast amounts of electricity. More than 5000 are in the U.S. And Artificial Intelligence (AI) services are adding vast electricity demands to these data centers. Data centers require electricity constantly, not just when the sun shines or the wind blows.

Add the push for Electric Vehicles and pressure to ban gas stoves and furnaces in favor of “all electric” homes. While environmentalists, led by John Kerry and Energy Secretary Granholm, are shutting down coal and natural gas power plants, they pretend that solar and wind energy will provide 100% of our electricity.

This nutty policy for electricity would be like convincing us to eat more vegetables while forcing farmers to grow less vegetables by cutting irrigation, fertilizer and pesticides.

NOTE: One of many tornadoes this weekend hit Claremore, Oklahoma. A lot of damage. Electric lines are down. Fortunately, the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and the immediate vicinity were not hit.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

 (Many politicians in both Parties suggested Will run for President.) “I would be the only President this country ever had that was funny purposely!” Republican National Convention, 1928

“The President [Roosevelt] made one of his best speeches in Tupelo, Miss., Sunday. He told that the people could make their own electric energy cheaper than they were getting it.” [promoting the Tennessee Valley Authority], DT #2586, Nov. 19, 1934

“Scientists say that the next war will be fought with electricity. I’m glad to hear this as it means it will be a light war.” WA #59, Jan. 27, 1924

Weekly Comments:  A Wedding and a Funeral, but no Divorce

Columbus: Sometimes when I’m exhausted and it’s late as I sit down to write Weekly Comments, I look to Will Rogers to fill in with funny, provocative, and inspiring thoughts.

Tonight is one of those nights. I just returned home to Ohio after a long weekend in West Virginia. I was invited to a wedding yesterday, one that had been planned for more than a year. And a couple of days ago, a relative passed away after a long battle with a debilitating disease, and the funeral visitation was today.

Will Rogers did in fact write about weddings, especially royal weddings in Europe and among his fellow actors in Hollywood. And he wrote poignant, deep thoughts about death.

But if I wanted to use really funny comments from Will tonight, in addition to a wedding and funeral, I should have also attended a divorce.

You may be wondering, what’s funny about a divorce?

Unlike today, back in the 1920s getting a divorce required planning and determination. And money. The only state that allowed a divorce in a reasonable time was Nevada. And by 1930, Reno was known as the “Divorce Capital of the Country.” A wife looking to get away from a husband permanently, could travel to Reno, stay for 90 days, walk into the Courthouse, and be freed from a husband. No reason required. And if desired, the next day she could return to the same Courthouse with a new guy, and start another marriage. So, with hordes of desperate housewives and Hollywood actresses lounging around Reno for 3 months at a time, Will Rogers found plenty to joke about.

But the fun for Reno began to end in 1931. Arkansas, Idaho and other states saw how lucrative this divorce business was. So, they passed laws that an angry wife could also petition for divorce in Little Rock or Boise, or anywhere in these other states after only 90 days. Nevada got wind of this intrusion on their divorce business and reduced the residency to 42 days. Competition among states kept the days of residency spiraling down. Today, no state has an advantage and the economic boost for hosting a divorce is almost zero. Except for the lawyers.

I’ll end on a high note. The wedding was held in the “Almost Heaven Barn.” Can you imagine a nicer facility for a young couple to begin their lives together as one? (It’s located a few miles off I-79. Yes, it’s on a… Country Road.)

The visitation at the McCulla Funeral Home was a chance to meet and share stories with friends, co-workers and relatives as we celebrated a life taken too soon. Talking with his successful adult sons and daughters, and seeing his bright, young grandchildren assured us that his legacy will live on and on and on.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“It’s kinder like Hollywood weddings.  I get a bundle of invitations every day to attend the weddings, but I would always rather wait a few weeks and take in the Divorce.  Weddings are always the same, but no two Divorces are alike.” Letters of a Self-made Diplomat to his President, 1927

“I maintain that it should cost as much to get married as it does to get divorced. Make it look like marriage is worth as much as divorce, even if it ain’t. That would also make the preachers financially independent like it has the lawyers.” DT #562, May 15, 1928

“(My sister, Maud Rogers Lane) has passed away. But she had lived such a life that it was a privilege to pass away. Death didn’t scare her. It was only an episode in her life. If you live right, death is a Joke to you as far as fear is concerned.” WA #128, May 24, 1925

“What constitutes a life well spent, anyway? Love and admiration from your fellow men is all that any one can ask.” WA #139, Aug. 9, 1925

Weekly Comments:  Ham for Mother’s Day, Chaos for College Commencement

Columbus: The anti-Jewish protests/riots interfered with students’ rights to attend class in peace. Then the presidents of several universities let the chaos damage a highlight for students and parents: graduation day.

Columbia and USC canceled graduation. Emory and a couple others canceled their controversial commencement speaker.

And Ohio State University wished they had canceled their speaker. He wrote his speech while hallucinating on a psychedelic drug. Then, in Ohio Stadium, in front of 70,000 people (new grads, their moms and other family members), he delivered it as if he was auditioning for a diabetic drug commercial. He was booed more than a Michigan quarterback.

Those Ohio moms and Mothers everywhere are celebrating. The one day a year when mom might get breakfast in bed and not have to wash the dishes herself.

        Will Rogers paid tribute to Mothers twice on his Sunday night radio programs: on Mother’s Day in 1930, then again in 1935. Here are a few excerpts:

“My own mother died when I was ten years old.  My folks have told me that what little humor I have comes from her.  I can’t remember her humor but I can remember her love and her understanding of me. Of course, the mother I know the most about is the mother of our little group.  She has been for twenty-two years trying to raise to maturity four children, three by birth and one by marriage. You know, there ought to be some kind of a star given to any woman that can live with a comedian.” 

“Mothers, it’s a beautiful thought.  I was just in here listening to a friend of mine, Rabbi Magnin, a very popular Jewish rabbi.  He was delivering a beautiful thing over the radio about Mother’s Day, and I felt ashamed to come in with my little words.  I mean well, but I ain’t got the words.

 But Mother’s Day, it’s a beautiful thought. And someone said, ‘Let’s give Momma a day. We’ll give her a day.’  And then in return, why Mother gives you the other 364.

I doubt even then if the thing would have gone through if it hadn’t been for the florists. Of course, florists, they got mothers, too. But they’ve got more flowers than they’ve got mothers. And they’ve got a great organization.

The florists, they’ve just practically corralled this Mother’s Day business. They have led us to believe that no matter how we have treated our mothers during the past year that a little bouquet of hyacinths or daisies will square it, not only with mother but with our conscience, too, when as a matter of fact you don’t have to be squared with your mother. She knows you better than you know yourself.

A mother is the only thing that is so constituted that they possess eternal love under any and all circumstances. No matter how you treat them, you still have their love.

But to get back to this flower business, there’s nothing in the world more beautiful than flowers. And every home that can possibly afford ’em should have flowers. But they’ve just got one drawback. You can’t eat ’em. And I imagine an awful lot of mothers today would not have rebelled if you’d sent ’em a ham. Yeah, a cut of beef or a whole lamb. Suppose the meat growers had been on the job and linked Mother’s Day up with their organization like the florists have. If they’d done that, instead of receiving a bunch of hollyhocks, she’d receive a cluster of pork chops. 

Father had a day, but you can’t find anybody who remembers when it was. It’s been so confused with April the first.”

Hamas Protests Continue. FFA Students Excel. Horse Racing and Women

I’m sorry to have to write again about Hamas/Palestinian protesters on university campuses. They harassed Jewish students and professors, and interrupted classes and final exams.

After forcing the University of Southern California to cancel graduation, the protesters moved across town to UCLA. They built a “fort” of plywood and lived in tents. If you have bought any three-quarter inch plywood recently, you probably wonder where they stole a hundred sheets of it.

Several professors at colleges across the country support the radical minority of students who are making life miserable for the 98% who are studying for an education leading to a valuable career.

As the semester ends, protesters are focused on graduation ceremonies. At the University of Michigan yesterday, several graduating students stood up, yelled and waved Palestine flags. I’m guessing they waited until after they got their diplomas. Any job offers may be rescinded.

Over 2000 protesters have been arrested at 50 colleges. You might think the city jails are full of protesters. But no, they have all been released so they can return to campus and continue protesting. At the very least, protesters should be held for 24 hours and forced to watch over and over the videos recorded by the Hamas terrorists as they slaughtered, tortured, raped and captured innocent people in Israel on October 7, 2023.

It is curious why so many female students and professors are foolish enough to support the Hamas terrorists. Hamas forces its own Gaza citizens, mainly women and children, to suffer the brunt of the war (living in tents, starving) while the terrorists are safe, secure (and well fed) in tunnels under Rafah. Hamas continues to hold more than a hundred hostages, including Americans.

Meanwhile, in many states high school students who belong to FFA are attending state conventions this month. (Until a few years ago FFA was officially Future Farmers of America.) Students are being honored for their years of work in various business, science and engineering categories. New leaders are elected for next year. Their agriculture science teachers have prepared them well for a stable, successful future.

Many graduating seniors in FFA will enroll in a college in their state and study for an agriculture-related career. Others will go to a trade school or continue on the family farm. These FFA members, whether in high school, college or throughout their lives, will be serving their communities. They will serve as leaders and as servants. Instead of yelling insults at Jews or other minorities, their loudest debate may be whether red or green tractors are the best.

In the Kentucky Derby yesterday, Mystik Dan, an 18-1 longshot, won by a nose over two other horses. Fierceness was the favorite but finished far back in 15th place.

Historic quotes:

“Money, horse racing, and women: three things the boys can’t figure out.” DT #2679, March 7, 1935

“Of all the cockeyed things we got in this country at the present time, it’s some of our judges, and courts, and justices. We got more bandits out on bond than we got people for ’em to rob.” DT #1374, Dec. 18, 1930

“You can take a sob story and a stick of candy and lead America right off into the Dead Sea.” WA #51, Dec. 2, 1923

“A fool that knows he is a fool is one that knows he don’t know all about anything, but the fool that don’t know he is a fool is the one that thinks he knows all about anything. Then he is a dam fool.” DT #325, Aug. 7, 1927

“There was 1700 young Boys and girls brought there by that great Paper, the Kansas City Star, from over 30 states. They were taking vocational training [FFA] and had led their various districts back home in the studying of farming, and stock raising.” WA #207, Nov. 28, 1926

Hamas Protesters Disrupt Serious Students. Humor at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Weekly Comments:  Hamas Protesters Disrupt Serious Students. Humor at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

#1204 Apr. 28, 2024

Columbus: The president of Columbia University has turned leadership of the school over to Palestinian students and outside Hamas agitators. The 95% of students who are Christian or Jewish have no role in this newly designated ruling body.

Tomorrow is the last day of classes scheduled at Columbia, followed by three days allocated for unlimited protesting. Final exams begin on Friday. Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for May 15. No word yet on whether Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran has accepted an invitation to be the Commencement speaker.

Anti-Israel protests have sprung up across most of the country. At the University of Texas, the Palestinians were met by officers on horseback and quickly disbursed. UCLA has their police officers riding bicycles.

Right here at Ohio State University it’s already Finals Week.  Protesters were disrupting the serious students and 35 were arrested. Not surprisingly, 20 were outside troublemakers.

For parents of college students, you had better warn them to be careful who they follow. If they hear loud chants of “From the river to the sea,” they should know this doesn’t mean “From the Ural River to the Caspian Sea.”

The White House Correspondents’ dinner was last night. President Biden spoke, taking a few digs at Donald Trump, joking about his own age, and made serious comments about the essential role of journalists.

Since most of the 3000 attendees like President Biden, I think he missed a great opportunity to end his speech with the audience joining him in unison, “Four more years pause! Four more years pause!”

The President was followed by comedian Colin Jost of NBC who introduced himself as providing the “Republican Response.” He was pretty balanced in roasting both Biden and Trump.

Every humorist knows to pause after a punchline. I think Colin took that advice too far. Yes, he paused when the audience was roaring with laughter. But when a punchline got little or no reaction, he still paused for several seconds before reading the next joke.

Colin ended by telling how his grandfather who died recently had voted for Biden and added, as a Democrat he will likely continue to vote for him.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“The real power (of small-town newspapers) is greater than all your metropolitan dailies combined. Any person that don’t read at least one well-written country newspaper is not truly informed.” DT #1865, July 27, 1932

“People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.” DT #1761, March 16, 1931

“This is dispatched just before the President (Roosevelt) goes on the air tonight. I am anxious to hear the comments in the press. Even if it’s good there is plenty of ’em won’t like it. He can speak on the Lord’s supper and get editorials against it. Never in our history was we as willing to blame somebody else for our troubles.” DT #2723, Apr. 28, 1935

Pro-Hamas Protests on Campus. Having Fun with Biden.

The anti-Israel pro-Hamas protests by college students and outside troublemakers are getting worse. When a few hundred students can take over an Ivy League university, threatening their fellow students, it makes you question their intelligence. They may have a high IQ, but zero common sense.

Where are the parents of the Columbia protesters? Can you imagine being a dad and mom who have paid $90,000 a year, and now their precious son or daughter might get kicked out? And even if they graduate, who will hire ‘em?

I read that Columbia gives so much financial aid, the cost to most students is minimal. The administrators who awarded huge sums to ungrateful protesting students should be preparing to demand full repayment of their scholarships.

Secretary Mayorkas was impeached by Republicans in the House. The Republican leaders then solemnly walked the formal indictment past the Will Rogers statue, through the Capitol rotunda, and through the front door of the Senate chamber. Senate Leader Chuck Schumer accepted the 1000-page impeachment document, immediately ripped in two, placed it on the altar, and burned it like a sacrificial lamb. Case closed! Trial ended before it started.

Despite the defeat in the Senate, which everyone knew would happen, don’t be surprised if Republicans call back Secretary Mayorkas to testify in the House. I hope a House member will ask him this: “Of the 8 million immigrants seeking asylum that your Border Patrol has processed into the country, how many have appeared before a Judge and been granted asylum? And how many have been denied asylum and sent back to their home country?

While we’re in a mood to ask questions, I have one for Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. She is determined to get rid of Speaker Mike Johnson so I hope a journalist will ask her this: “If you were Speaker, and you were in a meeting with Senator Schumer and President Biden, what legislation would you demand they pass and sign? And do you think you would be any more successful at persuading them than Speaker Johnson?”

The Biden campaign has a new ad promoting him as “sharp as a knife.” Please give me a little comedic freedom with this story based on fact. I have a prized knife that I will keep around as long as I can. It’s a Case knife that my dad received as a gift about 80 years ago. He passed it down to me. The blade is well worn, not nearly as strong as it used to be because it has had quite a life. Whittling, carving initials in oak trees, sharpening pencils, cutting strings off hay bales, removing screws, peeling apples, castrating bull calves. Not necessarily in that order. It has been sharpened on a grindstone several times, but not recently. It’s kinda dull. That’s ok because I have newer knives with multi-purpose blades that are ideal for the tasks listed above. (No cows, so no need to cut a calf.) I keep this precious 80-year-old Case knife tucked away on a velvet pad in a desk drawer where I can pull it out, admire it, then put it back. No one cares if it is sharp.

Here’s a puzzling announcement. As the Biden-Harris campaign gears up for the big push to November, all hiring will be based on DEI. This decision is a gift to Republicans who will hire based on merit, and could still lose. Considering the main issue for Democrats, I suggest you contact the Biden campaign immediately if you are a Black or Hispanic man who had an abortion after 20 or 30 weeks.

I’ll close on a high note. Happy Earth Day tomorrow. And happy birthday to my favorite daughter, Marcia, born on the first Earth Day.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“I generally give the party in power, whether Republican or Democrat, the more digs because they are generally doing the country more damage, and besides I don’t think it is fair to jump too much on the fellow who is down. He is not working, he is only living in hopes of getting back in on the graft in another four years, while the party in power is drawing a salary to be knocked.” WA #100, Nov. 9, 1924

“I don’t think I ever hurt any man’s feelings by my little gags. I know I never willfully did it. When I have to do that to make a living I will quit.” WA #36   August 19, 1923

Weekly Comments:  Your Taxes Pay Your Student Debt. Despite “Don’t”, Iran Attacked Israel

More than 150 million Americans will file an Income Tax Return by tomorrow. If you paid any income taxes for 2023, congratulations. A portion of your taxes paid your college student debt.

What? Even if you have no unpaid student loans, or did not even attend college, you just paid your share of $7,400,000,000 in student debt. This is in addition to your share of the $145,000,000,000 student loan debt you paid in 2021 and 2022.

Several former students with outstanding loans had illnesses or other mental or physical issues and they legitimately deserve our compassion and contributions. They deserved relief.

But too many signed a loan for a “new Cadillac Escalade education” and all they got after 4 or 5 years was a “1999 Chevy Vega career.”

Did Congress vote for this $152 BILLION transfer from you to the former students? No. Did you vote for it? Of course not. (But, in a way you did if you voted for Joe Biden in 2020.) The Supreme Court DID vote, and they voted NO!

But President Biden defied the Supreme Court and did it anyway. A Democrat Congresswoman applauded the President’s move, saying the debt relief for 4,000,000 former students could allow them to “get another degree.”  Believe it or not, Will Rogers made a similar point on his radio program, June 2, 1935, “The only salvation I can see for the young is to increase the college term to an additional four years. You’ll say, ‘Well, what could they learn in another four years?’ Well, there must be something about making a living that they haven’t learned yet, and they could kind of work on that for the next four years.”

But what loan relief really does, and the President’s original purpose, is to get 4,000,000 more votes for Democrats. An even worse consequence is the effect it has on current and future students. They will sign for a college loan and assume that after getting a degree, they won’t have to pay any of it back.

Iran attacked Israel with about 300 drones and missiles Saturday night. Iran’s radical Islamic leaders really hate Israel. Iran is 75 times bigger than Israel and is separated from little Israel by two other big countries, Iraq and Jordan. Here’s Will Rogers in his newspaper column (DT #2189, August 9, 1933), “I don’t care how little your country is, you got a right to run it like you want to. When the big nations quit meddling then the world will have peace.” (This also applies to Ukraine and Taiwan.)

Has there ever been a more peculiar attack? Iran announced a week ago they would attack. They even waited on Saturday for President Biden to return from Delaware to the White House Situation Room so he could watch on TV as it was happening. Israel, with help from us and other allies, destroyed 99% of the drones and missiles.

I’m wondering if Iran had a slew of older, out-of-date drones and decided this would be a way to get rid of them and have Israel use up valuable resources to shoot them down. And half of the Iranian ballistic missiles misfired, never got off the ground. This could have been a strategic maneuver by Iran to learn how Israel might react to a real attack. Let’s hope our CIA has a few spies who know the truth.

The attack came after President Biden warned them using one of his favorite words, “Don’t.”  I think Webster should declare “don’t” as the Word of the Year. It has two definitions. 1. When a parent or teacher tells a child “Don’t” it means you better not do that! 2. When President Biden tells a country “Don’t”, well, it is meaningless.

Tomorrow Donald Trump goes on trial in New York City. It will be unique. Never in history has a misdemeanor trial lasted two months.

Weekly Comments: Eclipse, Basketball, Hamas, and Taxes

The Solar Eclipse and college basketball are dominating headlines this weekend. The South Carolina women’s team finished a perfect season by defeating Caitlyn Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes today, 87-75. The depth of the SC team is unbelievable as subs outscored Iowa subs 37-0.

The men’s championship will be tomorrow night, Purdue vs. UConn. Both were top teams this year. The winner will be a true champion.

Ohio is in the band of “Totality” for the solar Eclipse. It will reach from Texas to Maine tomorrow afternoon. I’m on the edge of the total darkness band and plan to watch from my back yard. I hope the clouds part for a few seconds at about 3:10 pm.

President Biden insists on telling Israel how to fight a war. So, Israel is pulling all their troops out of southern Gaza where the Hamas terrorists are hiding in their tunnels with over a hundred hostages, including Americans. Those hostages are not silver and gold to Hamas, they are PLATINUM.

I would like to tell our President to get on the phone with the Hamas leaders in Qatar and their backers in Iran and, in the same harsh terms he uses with Trump supporters, lay out the risk to their personal safety and their friends unless Hamas surrenders and returns all hostages. I would like to do that, but I won’t waste my time.  Unfortunately, our President is more interested in votes from pro-Hamas Palestinians in Michigan and Minnesota and misinformed college students across the country than he is in the future of Israel.

We’re into the final week to pay our income taxes. This is courtesy of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, “The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived…” This was passed in 1913 and the first taxes collected were at a rate of 1% to 7%. I wonder if the Amendment would have been approved by three-fourths of the states if it had included the phrase, “up to 75%.”

Here are a few quotes by Will Rogers to ponder as you finish your 1040 (or wait eagerly for your refund):

“You can’t legitimately kick on income tax, for it’s on what you have made. You have already made it. But, look at land, farms, homes, stores, vacant lots. You pay year after year on them whether you make it or not.” DT #1798, April 28, 1932

“The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.” WA #17, April 8, 1923 (also WA #99, Nov. 2, 1924)

“There is some talk of lowering (the income tax), and they will have to. People are not making enough to pay it.” WA #17, April 8, 1923

“It costs ten times more to govern us than it used to, and we are not governed one-tenth as good.” DT #1770, March 27, 1932

“The crime of taxation is not in the taking it, it’s in the way that it’s spent.” DT #1764, March 20, 1932

“If your Income Taxes go to help out the less fortunate, there could be no legitimate kick against it in the world.” WA #421, Jan. 18, 1931

Another Historic Quote by Will Rogers:

“I can’t see any advantage of having one of your own Party in as President. I would rather be able to criticize a man than to have to apologize for him.” WA #14, March 18, 1923