October 14, 2022

Red hot inflation, new chips rules / China, Zeldin's crime message hits home, Turkey burgers & more

Red hot inflation, new chips rules / China, Zeldin's crime message hits home, Turkey burgers & more

WTF Happened This Week?

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See below for:

1.     what’s going on with us,

2.     the top political stories we’re following,

3.     the top policy and business developments we’re watching,

4.     the recipe and drink of the week, and

5.     the “WTF Moment of the Week"

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, comments, or content suggestions by visiting our website or by emailing us at Victory@wtfstrategies.com.

(1) Top WTF News

This week, we ran the Army Ten Miler to support Army family morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) programs. It was a lot of fun, and the soreness went away after only a couple days!


We’re also continuing to promote our new book, Vignettes & Vino: Dinner Table Stories from the Trump White House with Recipes and Cocktail Pairings.


The book is available for pre-sale in the biggest retailers in America! Order your copy today at one of these fine choices:




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(2) Top Political News of the Week

Midterm Elections

Some more interesting polling data came out this week:

  • Ohio Republican candidates appear to be surging albeit with significant split-ticket voting: J.D. Vance leads by 3 in the Senate race and Gov. Mike DeWine is cruising to reelection by 18 points. 
  • Wisconsin Republican candidates continue doing well with Sen. Ron Johnson expanding his lead to 6 points and Tim Michels narrowing the governor's race to 1 point.
  • Georgia and Arizona voters continue to split their ballots, favoring the Republican candidates for Governor (Kemp and Lake, respectively), but the Democrats for Senate narrowly (Warnock and Kelly, respectively). 

(3) Top Policy & Business News of the Week

Inflation & Interest Rates

Unfortunately, our predictions regarding tough economic sledding are continuing to come true.

Business & National Security

We're seeing enhanced coverage of the new rules issued by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to require licenses to export high-performing chips to China. This is considered a serious escalation in the power competition involving the all-important semiconductor industry.

(4) Recipe & Drink Pairing of the Week

All-Time Greatest Turkey Burgers with the Golden Gentleman

This is another favorite from Vignettes & Vino!

To Eat: All-Time Greatest Turkey Burgers

Makes 6 patties 

2 packs (about 2 to 2½ lbs.) ground turkey

½ yellow onion, finely chopped

2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped

1 Tbsp. garlic salt

1 Tbsp. garlic marinade (Garlic Expressions preferred)

1½ Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 egg yolk

6 brioche buns


Dijon mustard


Bread-and-butter chip pickles

Place the ground turkey in a bowl, and then add in all of the ingredients (except the mayo, mustard, lettuce, and pickles). Using your hands, combine the ingredients. Let the meat soak up the marinade. If you have time, cover the dish and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so. Then pack the meat into six individual patties.

These are great to cook on the grill or the stovetop. Make sure they cook through thoroughly, usually at least 4 minutes on each side, until the patties reach an internal temperature of 165°F. We usually serve them on brioche buns with mayo, Dijon mustard, lettuce, and bread and butter chip pickles.

To Drink: Golden Gentleman

2 oz. whiskey (Gentleman Jack preferred)

3 oz. ginger ale

½ oz. lime juice

Lime wedge, for garnish

Pour all the ingredients except the lime wedge in a glass over ice and stir. Add the lime wedge to the rim for garnish.

(5) WTF Moment of the Week

Rep. Lee Zeldin, friend of WTF and candidate for Governor of New York, reported a shooting occurring on Sunday outside his home while his twin daughters were home. He, naturally, cited it as a prime example of why the state needs a law-and-order governor. The Buffalo News had the audacity to claim that Zeldin was "seizing" on the shooting for political expediency. Really?! 

As always, you can reach us by visiting www.winthefuturestrategies.com or by emailing us at Victory@wtfstrategies.com. Have a great week!