The Brew: The Sun Rises on the Reign of King Charles, While You Stream Readers Bring Health & Joy This Christmas

By Al Perrotta Published on September 9, 2022

Good Morning,

A grieving England wakes up for the first time in generations without Queen Elizabeth as their monarch, and with a new king.

Here, flags are flying at half-staff across the United States and shall remain at half-staff until the Queen’s at Westminster Abby. Elizabeth passed away Thursday, at age 96, just two days after meeting with Britain’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss. Reaction from around the world has been intense.

See our article “The Queen is Dead. Long Live the King.”

Charles has taken over the throne and will reign as Charles III. Charles III becomes England’s first new ruler since before the birth of rock-n-roll.

Adding to the sadness, it seems Prince Harry didn’t make it to Scotland in time to say goodbye to his beloved grandmother. As I mentioned in my article, “The Queen is Dead. Long Live the King,” we need to pray for Harry. Having left behind England for his bride and the lights of L.A. and missing the Queen’s last years … and now, not getting there to say goodbye could very well leave him embittered.

But the loss of Elizabeth could also bring healing. Harry’s father is now King and has the impossible task of following Elizabeth. He’s going to need his youngest son. And yeah, even the actress wife.

Biden Visits the British Embassy: ‘We Mourn for All of You.’

On behalf of the people of the United States, Joe and Jill Biden paid respects late Thursday afternoon with a visit to the British Embassy in Washington. Biden told Embassy staff “We mourn for you. She was a great lady. I’m so delighted I got to meet her.”

He signed the guest book … though for some reason he needed a cheat sheet.

The White House released a photo of Biden’s message to the British people.

We can look forward to a host of memes by morning.


Bernard Shaw, the Face of CNN When CNN Was CNN, Has Passed

Perhaps it’s hard to remember, but there was a time when CNN was impressive. The first 24/7 cable news channel revolutionized TV news, and while slightly left-of-center the network was, for the most part, balanced and engaging.

The most prominent face was the somber, measured Bernard Shaw. Shaw was CNN’s chief anchor from day one and manned the chair for two decades. Shaw passed away Wednesday at the age of 82.

Shaw is perhaps best known for his steady anchoring hand at the start of the Gulf War.

“In all of the years of preparing to being anchor, one of the things I strove for was to be able to control my emotions in the midst of hell breaking out,” Shaw told NPR in 2014. “And I personally feel that I passed my stringent test for that in Baghdad.”

Said former CNN CEO Tom Johnson:

As a journalist, he demanded accuracy and fairness in news coverage. He earned the respect of millions of viewers around the world for his integrity and independence. He resisted forcefully any lowering of ethical news standards or any compromise of solid news coverage. He always could be trusted as a reporter and as an anchor.

In other words, he wouldn’t even be allowed inside the door at CNN today. But for those who remember what CNN was and what cable news can be, a tip of the cup to Mr. Bernard Shaw.

Democratic Politician Arrested for the Murder of Las Vegas Journalist Investigating His Antics in Office

Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles has been arrested for the murder of journalist Jeff German. Police say they found Telles’ DNA at the scene of the crime. Telles was reportedly upset at a series of articles German was writing exposing the Democratic politician’s bullying, hostility and alleged affair with a staffer.

Executive Editor Glen Cook of the Las Vegas Review-Journal said in a statement, “We are relieved Telles is in custody and outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for reporting on an elected official.

Me thinks this counts as political violence. More political violence from the Left.

The Stream Readers to the Rescue!!

But for the Queen’s passing, this would have been our top story. We need your help. We need your help to buy shoes for impoverished children. We’re not talking about fancy sneakers so kids can look cool going to school. We’re talking about shoes that can mean the difference between life and death. Shoes that cost less than four bucks and can bring joy this Christmas to a child.

The Stream’s Aliya Kuykendall has the story of our parent organization LIFE Outreach’s Christmas Shoes Project. “Impoverished Children Shouldn’t Have to Suffer Injury and Disease From Lack of Shoes.”

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Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream, chief barista for The Brew and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl at GETTR, Gab, Parler, and now at TRUTH Social.

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