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The Leftist Hoax Machine Cranked Up During Trump’s Presidency

No amount of Democrat hoaxes will deter our ultimate progression to the truth.

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The Democrats, for the most part, seek to tear down our republic and replace it with socialism, which is one step removed from communism. The Democrats have become a threat to our civilization and to the free world. Of note, the launch of the Mueller Investigation was a brazen effort to subvert democracy.

For two+ years, Robert Mueller and 14 angry Democrats explored every aspect of Donald Trump’s candidacy and subsequent presidency. They collected more than 1,500,000 documents, they spent nearly $32 million, and they subpoenaed more than 500 witnesses.

Mueller’s committee grilled members of Trump’s staff, in some cases multiple times and in some cases for as much as 30 hours. No one in the history of the United States and, quite possibly, in the history of the world, had ever been as thoroughly put under the microscope in such a concentrated and concerted manner as Donald Trump.

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Nothing Times Nothing

The conclusion culminated in a bumbling Robert Mueller who testified that he could not find a shred of evidence that Trump colluded with Russia or for that matter with anybody. Mueller’s lead attorney was Andrew Weissmann, described by the Right as a pitbull prosecutor, whose career-long prosecutorial misconduct and lack of ethics was roundly exposed years earlier by author Sidney Powell in her book Licensed to Lie.

Weissmann was vehemently seeking to find anything to pin on Trump, but could not. Weissmann had to settle for some process crimes and perjury traps on Trump related advisors and associates, each of whom had zero to do with Russian collusion. All the while, Trump knew he was innocent. Yes, he ranted and raved, and lamented about the committee. He asked people if he could prevent this or that from happening.

In the end, Trump committed no obstruction, whatsoever: Not a single witness who was summoned was prevented from testifying in front of Mueller’s group. Not a single document was withheld by the Trump Whitehouse. Not a single executive privilege was invoked. Case closed. End of story, or it should be.

On Deck, The Next Hoax

A few weeks after the Mueller testimony, a phony Ukraine quid pro quo case emerged, backed by George Soros funds. The Ukraine controversy was based on nothing, as was the Russia hoax. The Democrat party, along with its liberal media and leftists cabal, perpetrated hoax after hoax after hoax, whether it was Russian collusion, the Japanese Koi fish pond, the Covington Catholic kids, the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the “attack” on Jussie Smollett, and the Ukraine “quid pro quo.” There is nothing behind any of these claims. Nada. Concurrently, the record is beginning to reveal that Obama, Biden, and Clinton were involved in virtually non-stop quid pro quo.

Moving right along… As everyone now has learned, the Department of Justice probe into the origins of Russiagate has turned into a criminal investigation of the investigators. On cue, CNN and MSNBC are leading the chorus of spinmeisters alleging that the investigation is “Trump’s revenge” and purely political. It is not. Voluminous evidence suggests that serious crimes were committed by high-ranking officials across a broad swath of government agencies.

No amount of leftist spin and no new round of Democrat hoaxes will deter the ultimate progression to the truth. Still, if John Durham ever presents solid evidence of Deep State malfeasance, and perhaps treason, on cue the Left will attack him personally and will seek to minimize the value of the evidence. Their efforts will fail to persuade anyone but zealot leftists, of which there are many.

Lawless and Socialist

Impeachment #1 was a sham, and impeachment #2 follows suit. If Trump had not been the 45th president, and it had been Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio elected, or for that matter, third party-candidate Jill Stein, the Democrats would have persecuted that person, not as easily because no one in high office was as crude as Donald Trump. Nevertheless, nobody would be able to hold the office of president unscathed.

Too many people on the Left reside in a liberal media bubble and never consider anything but the columns and opinions and made-up fantasy created by The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and everyplace else that is in on the game.

Trump is a highly flawed man with many of the personality disorders that numerous pundits have ascribed to him. His tweet attacks on others were juvenile, and many of his tweets were cringe-worthy. He inconsistently upheld the dignity of the office. That did not make him any less concerned about America, and any less effective in accomplishing a great deal during his four years.

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How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Throughout their lives, great minds ask confounding questions with child-like intensity

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Author Michael J. Gelb wrote a wonderful book titled How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, which contains many insights.

“Leonardo da Vinci lived to age 67 and during his life pioneered the sciences of botany, anatomy, and geology. He drew up plans for a flying machine, parachute, and helicopter, and he invented the telescoping ladder that’s still used by firefighters today. He also painted The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.” Here is what Gelb said about da Vinci and the topic of creativity:

[ ] Ask Questions. Throughout their lives, great minds ask confounding questions with child-like intensity. For instance, “How do birds fly?” “What makes the sky blue?” The answers can lead to discovery.

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[ ] Carry a notebook at all times so you won’t forget your brilliant ideas. By the way, da Vinci’s wrote many of his notes backward. Some people think it was because he was protecting his ideas from being stolen.

[ ] Challenge your long-standing opinions. You might have formed many of your views during or immediately after important childhood events. Ask yourself whether those conclusions still make sense.

[ ] Use your eyes and ears. Focus on the various parts of an object or scene, not just on the whole. This can help expand your perception. Instead of simply looking at a mountain, notice the rock formations and trees.

[ ] Try to write with your non-dominant hand. Taxing the opposite side of your brain can help you to think in a different way. And some people will think you went to medical school!

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BBQs Cook Fish, Too – Beware the Weber, Traeger IPOs

BBQ company insiders are trying to put all you fish directly onto hot coals via their IPOs.

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BBQ Fail

As we all know, Covid-19 policies have created an interesting array of winners and losers. Restaurants, travel and mall-based retail? Wah, wah. Meanwhile, any company remotely tied to housing, remodeling or recreation has been on absolute fire.

So what if your traditionally slow-growth, low-margin business suddenly had its best year ever by a wide margin? You’d probably think very seriously about trying to sell it.

That is exactly what is happening with the spate of BBQ-related IPOs that are about to pour onto this market.

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Are the upcoming initial public offerings of Traeger Pellet Grills and Weber good ideas for your investment portfolio? Be very careful.

First, it’s highly likely they’ve taken the route of public markets because they have nowhere else to go. Truly, who is Traeger’s logical acquirer? In a bygone era, Sears might have represented a possible exit but such buyers no longer exist. Maybe one of the few large competitors in this highly-fragmented industry like Weber? Whoops – they’re going public, too!

Focusing on Weber, what a story they seem to have on their hands, being able to claim 6-month revenue growth rates of over 60%! Wow!

Problem is, IBIS says annual growth of the bbq industry over the last 5 years averaged 4.7%, which means Weber caught lightning in a bottle thanks to this pandemic and they’re trying to cash in. Same with Traeger.

Unfair assessment, you say? Then why are roughly 2/3 of Traeger’s IPO shares being sold by insiders? That’s right, only 1/3 of this offering is to raise working capital for the company. The rest is insiders cashing out.

Hey, I’ll be the first to admit that Traeger grills are pretty cool. And these are familiar names so they may catch a bid based on that familiarity for a while, particularly if this housing market keeps steaming ahead. But by no means are these 10-year investments. If you just can’t help yourself and absolutely have to play with these shares, think more in terms of 10 weeks. Or 10 days.

Truly, how much longer can the explosive growth in our world of economic distortions last? Regardless, is there any way companies like this are going to keep posting 50%+ growth numbers? Pfffffffff.

Heck, as recently as 2019, Weber’s y-o-y revenues declined by 3%. That’s the nature of this industry – a little growth here, a little step back there… slow, stodgy, boring.

Even in Weber’s bounce back year of 2020, when revenues rebounded 15% compared to the prior full year? They made a paltry $88 million on $1.5 billion in revenues. Those are grocery store margins.

Yet despite this industry’s historically slow growth and non-existent margins, Weber’s market cap at IPO next week will be roughly $5 billion, meaning the shares will trade with a P/E of close to 60 like they’re some high-flying tech unicorn! Truly amazing stuff, but par for the course in today’s everything bubble.

As an aside, by the way, don’t even think about looking elsewhere in this sector, like to VELO and its recent announcement that the SPAC is taking BBQ Guys public. Does anyone recall what happened to BBQ retailers in the last economic downturn? If the phrase, “buh-bye,” doesn’t come to mind, you simply weren’t paying attention.

Make no mistake, all these BBQ industry IPOs are ‘greater fool’ investments at their finest. Sorry, but you’re the dumb money the insiders and their private equity backers are asking to buy their shares after one-time growth surges that probably surpassed even their wildest imaginations.

There’s an old saying in poker: if you look around the table and can’t figure out who the fish is, you’re the fish.

In this case, the BBQ company insiders are trying to put all you fish directly on their hot coals.

No, thanks. I’ll have a salad this time instead.

 

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