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Things That President Trump Never Did

For five years running, the Left has been pumping out misinformation about Donald Trump.

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The forthcoming, second sham impeach trial is merely the latest in a long line of bogus Leftist narratives about Donald Trump. Consider this whopper from two years ago: Daniel Drezner, PhD, a professor of international politics at Tufts University and a regular contributor to The Washington Post, proudly asserted on September 10, 2018, “Trump is unlikely to trigger World War III because his warlike impulses are usually ephemeral, and his staff knows it.”

Warlike impulses? More so than any president in recent memory, Donald Trump sought to not only keep the U.S. out of war, but to recall U.S. troops from war zones around the globe. Echoing sentiments pervasive among the Left, for good measure Drezner added, “Trump’s foreign policy instincts are awful… his advisers can handle him in this arena. Which is one reason the world has not ended yet.”

Venting Their Spleens

While media bias is obvious to those on the right, those on the left dwell in a sea of misinformation and exaggeration related to the activities of President Trump. He did not start war in the Middle East with Iran. The Chicken Little “reporters” and “journalists” on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC, and the usual suspects in the newspaper business squealed on and on about the imminent possibility.

Trump did not start World War III with North Korea, although pundit after pundit on television, and innumerable journalists, at what used to be prestigious newspapers such as The Washington Post and The New York Times, vented their spleens to convince you that war was right around the corner.  You want a war? Look to Joe Biden.

Now widely known, except among tinfoil hat leftists, Donald Trump didn’t collude with Russia to get elected, or for anything else. Robert Mueller and his Democratic operatives, eager to bring down Trump by any means possible, spent multi-millions of dollars seeking anything that would make their case. Although after a couple months they knew they had nothing, they persisted for another two years, blatantly intimidating and harassing Trump appointees, sometimes for hours on end, over many weeks and months, specifically to inflict damage on Trump and his administration.

Donald Trump did not cause a recession. The so-called mainstream media tried to propagate this many months back. Phony prognosticators claimed that the U.S. maybe, could be, possibly might be… dipping into recession. Newspapers ran with this shred of a feature repeatedly. The usual gang of talk show hosts babbled on about the topic.

No Litmus Test

Donald Trump did not appointed judges who had to pass ideological, abortion litmus tests, as all recent Democrat presidents have done. Trump’s major criterion, and it’s the best that our nation has known, was that the individuals selected interpret the U.S. Constitution as written: nothing more, nothing less. His 48 month record has shown conclusively that his appointees, approved by legislative bodies, have done just that.

Donald Trump did not exhibit anti-Semitism in any way. The charge is ridiculous on its face. His daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism to marry his son-in-law Jared. His three grandchildren from his daughter are all Jewish. He was more supportive of Israel than any other president in the last 50 years. Donald Trump has many close Jewish friends, who’ve known him for decades. If he made remarks here and there about the shrewdness of Jewish businessman, it was not anti-Semitism. Sorry folks, the label simply won’t stick.

Trump did not praise white nationalists and supremacists during the controversy in Charlottesville, Virginia. He condemned them. Your mainstream media and fake news websites selectively edited the video of him addressing the issue.

Visit a conservative site such as FoxNews.com or Whatfinger.com, or visit Youtube directly. Watch the entire video of Trump’s response to the Charlottesville incident. You’ll discover that when he said, “There were good people on both sides,” he was not referring to the white supremacists. Anyone who can see and hear with their own two ears will figure this out in seconds. To this day, however, the mainstream media, Joe Biden, and a host of others continue to perpetuate the lie.

Seems Fishy

I’ll close with a small event which illustrates a major point. In November, 2017, the Japanese Prime Minister and President Trump were ceremoniously feeding koi fish. Contrary to portrayal in the media, the President did not dump all of his fish food into the pond arbitrarily, and in haste. He followed the Japanese Prime Minister’s lead.

NBC deleted that part of the video, then aired it as such to knowingly mislead you. ABC NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and many other TV networks who should know better, and a variety of other media sources continue to propagate the lie, to this day. You’ve been had, repeatedly, for years now.

If you’re on the Left, you’re certain that everything above is not true. And yet, it is true. Will you ever find your way off of the Democratic plantation? Can you burst the liberal media bubble in which you find yourself permanently ensconced? If you’ve read this far, you have a fighting chance.

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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.

[ ] 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.

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.

 

P.S. Yes, this is a new pen name but you probably know me. I’ve a new Twitter profile, too… please consider giving me a follow their and we’ll get this train rolling.

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