Sunday, January 22, 2017

When the government misbehaves...

Highly respected journalist Sharyl Attkisson writes about the fact that the FBI is improperly withholding her FBI file. She also has a separate lawsuit
against the federal government over illegal surveillance of my work and home computers by intruders using software proprietary to a U.S. intelligence agency. The intrusions were detected and confirmed by three independent forensics exams in 2013.
Read more here.

Mattis went to work today. Had a good day!

General Mattis did not wait until tomorrow to begin his work week. He oversaw bombing strikes in 25 different places in Syria and 6 places in Iraq today. Russ Read reports at the Daily Caller,
Mattis entered the Pentagon Saturday with a smile for his first full day of work, and for good reason, considering the significant bombardment ISIS forces received.

A variety of fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft engaged in the bombing run, which saw 25 strikes in Syria and six in Iraq. In Syria, two strikes destroyed ISIS units and artillery near the town of Bab. ISIS forces in Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital, took a heavy beating, as 22 strikes destroyed 12 tactical units, nine fighting positions, two underground improvised explosive bomb factories and an ISIS headquarters. The final strike targeted two ISIS oil wells in Deir ez Zour.

Read more here.



"A massive temper tantrum"

I am not alone in wondering about feminists like Gloria Steinham raising their voices (and fists) in support of Islam. Bookworm writes,
The entire march was an “intersectional” melange with feminists loudly advocating for Muslims, apparently unaware that the latter’s idea of feminism involves burqas and driving restrictions, and LGBT activists also siding with those same Muslims (including refugees), apparently unaware that homosexuality is a capital crime under Islam.

Typically for the Left, the real common denominator was abortion. As I figured out years ago, abortion is the Holy Grail for the Left. It is the one thing that ties white middle-class women to disparate groups such as Muslims (who hate those same women), black supremacists (who hate those same women), homosexuals (who hate breeders), and so on. Nancy Pelosi, the alleged Catholic, said it best when she insisted that abortion, especially late-term abortion (i.e., aborting a viable baby) is “sacred ground.”

Bookworm ended her post with this poster.

Read more here.

US withdraws from Trans Pacific Partnership

TheConservative Treehouse links to a report from Nikkei,
Soon after President Donald Trump was sworn in, his administration announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact championed by former President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The White House on Friday also wasted no time in declaring a renegotiation of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Will it happen?

ChrisWallace interviews Reins Preibus

Some questions and observations as I watched this:

Does Chris Wallace have an anger management issue?

What is it about Islam that Gloria Steinham likes so much?

Preibus: "I've never seen anyone work harder and have more energy than this president! I can promise you he wants to make people proud."



Hat tip The Conservativetreehouse

"If you don't dictate events, events get dictated to you!"

"You voted for me, and I am going to deliver."


hat tip Conservative Treehouse

Celebrity politics explained



hat tip Mike Miles

Meryl gives standing ovation to pedophile



hat tip Mike Miles

Soros cheers on the hate groups (and funds many of them)



hat tip Hawaiian Libertarian

Melania Trump moved by "How Great Thou Art" solo

An emotional moment came Saturday morning at the National Cathedral. Melania Trump repeatedly wiped away tears as a woman sang "How great thou art!" Then, Melania is the first to stand for the standing ovation given the singer. Watch beginning at about the 28 minute mark through the 33 minute mark, during which Donald Trump lovingly pats her on her leg.

Go Steelers!

The Steelers may not be facing off against the Patriots on a full night's sleep. Fire alarms went off at 3 a.m. in the hotel where they were staying. T.V. station KDKA reports that it was 30 minutes before people were allowed to return to their rooms.
ESPN reported around 8 a.m. that Massachusetts State Police have arrested a 25-year-old Boston man who allegedly pulled the fire alarm. Sources told ESPN the man pulled a fire alarm in a stairwell near an exit, then ran out of the building to a waiting car with two other men and fled the scene.
Read more here.

Obama: "demogoguery with a graduate degree"

At Commentary Andrew Ferguson made it a point to listen tomost of Obama's exit interviews the last several months.
Here was the essence of Obama’s rhetorical style as chief executive: a feint toward common ground while pushing his opponents still further away. It was dramatic, delivered in an exasperated, put-up-or-shut-up tone. It was utterly insincere. It gave an impression of boldness where there was none. It limned a meaningless proposal to make him appear flexible and bipartisan while scoring a partisan point. And it displayed his sly understanding of how public policy should work. A “public option” in a national health-insurance program would bring us closer to the socialized medicine that Obamacare supposedly made unnecessary. And the way to make national health insurance “cheaper,” in the president’s view, is to make it cost more, by giving more people more subsidies.

...By now Obama has refined his demagoguery so that it perfectly suits the modern partisan of the left—that is, a partisan who refuses to see himself as partisan. This isn’t the traditional populist demagoguery of William Jennings Bryan or even Lyndon Johnson, aimed at the unschooled, the unlucky, the desperate. This is demagoguery aimed at the well-to-do audience of Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee: the overschooled and undereducated, the self-certain and self-satisfied, who see ideological deviation as a moral lapse rather than a difference of opinion. It’s demagoguery with a graduate degree. It’s boob bait for pseuds.

...He talked with Axelrod about his upbringing by a loving mother. “For all the ups and downs of our lives,” he said, “there wasn’t a moment that I didn’t feel as if I was special—that I was just this special gift to the world.”
Read more here.

Women rallying yesterday "overlooked the fact that they should’ve backed a better candidate. One who was trustworthy, charismatic — and not under FBI investigation."

At the Boston Herald Adriana Cohen writes,
Hundreds of thousands of women who still can’t get over Hillary Clinton’s crushing defeat marched in women’s rallies around the world yesterday in protest of President Trump’s policies and overlooked the fact that they should’ve backed a better candidate.

One who was trustworthy, charismatic — and not under FBI investigation.

...Bottom line: If you want to empower women, you need a robust economy that produces quality jobs for women. President Trump will do just that. Liberal women should stop protesting and give our newly elected president a chance. Every newly elected POTUS deserves one.
Read more here.

Next up for rioters: prison!

Stephen Kruiser tweeted,
Dems: "We have huge crowds for protests!"
America: "We have the White House, Congress, most state houses and most state legislatures."

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. rioters smashed windows, set fires, wore black masks to hide their faces, kicked in car windshields, hurled projectiles, threw bricks at police, and now face prison time.

Headlines of coverage at the Daily Mail:
Majority of 230 protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will face 10 years in prison and $25k fine as US attorney says they will be charged with felony rioting
230 people have been arrested and six police officers injured in the D.C.protests against President Trump
Many any of those arrested will reportedly face up to a 10 year prison sentence and $25,000 fine
A violent rampage started two blocks from the White House in McPherson Square and along K Street
A limo was set on fire after destructive demonstrators threw a flare into its shattered windows
Police with shields lined up and blocked the parade route as riots broke out around the city
Officials have used tear gas, pepper spray and flash bang grenades on the mob
Windows have been smashed at Starbucks, McDonald's and Bank of America buildings
Broadcaster Larry King said the windows of his SUV were smashed by protesters while he was in studios



Read more here.

"Demanding that the government get very involved in women's bodies."

Ann Althouse disputes the claim of the women marchers that they want the government to go "boy bye."
Here's a list of the Women's March "unity principles," and it is not a "boy, bye" to the government. It's demanding that the government get very involved in women's bodies:

We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.
It's more of a "hi" than a "bye" — more of a hi, get in here and never go away.
Read more here.

The "I'm a victim" excuse didn't work this time

Jim Hoft has a classic this morning at Gateway Pundit. An angry leftist was verbally abusing a man who was boarding a plane to Seattle after attending the Trump inauguration. Her meek little husband sat there and did nothing, while she spewed hatred on the Trump supporter. When she was removed from the plane, people cheered and shouted USA, USA! The stewardess was very cool, as was the man who informed the woman she was being ejected.

The woman, of course, tried to excuse her behavior by saying she had been attending a funeral of her mother-in-law. Portraying herself as a victim of a traumatic event. Don't they always try to flip it to the victimhood button?

Go here to see two videos of the event, taken by passengers sitting nearby.

Kellyanne Conway demolishes NBC's Chuck Todd, who accuses Spicer of falsehoods in estimating crowd size at inaugural event

Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit has the video here from this morning's Chuck Todd "interview" ("attack") on Kellyanne Conway. This woman is a genius. I have never seen anyone so cool and able to think on her feet when under attack from Leftists.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

General Mattis: No better friend; no worse enemy!

"Day 1 means the restoration of freedom and the end of tyranny."

Daniel Greenfield writes at Front Page,
...Day 1 means the restoration of freedom and the end of tyranny. It means security at home and respect abroad. It means change.

...An old era has ended. A new one has begun.

First day on the job

At the Conservative Treehouse Sundance reports that the president and vice president and their wives attended an Interfath prayer service.

"Calcified stupidity"

Sarah A. Hoyt thinks she understands what problems the "resisters" might be having.
They don’t get the bill of rights or the importance of negative rights. The long list of things the government is NOT supposed to impinge on. (To be fair, our school system never taught them that, or the importance of keeping a system that can put you in jail from sticking their nose into everything you do. They also never taught them that countries who don’t have that protection end in mass graves.

...the majority of people in America, whatever their color, still trusts our form of government, still wants rule of law and a “fair go” as the Austrians say, and simply want someone who doesn’t actively hate America at the helm. If you keep up dividing Americans into arbitrary groups and assigning victimhood and blame to groups not people (Yeah, you think Obama’s daughters are more oppressed than a the white son of a single, unemployed mother? You have rocks in your head. They’re made of calcified stupidity.)

...But you can find affirmation and love and purpose in your own life. It’s under that “right to the pursuit of happiness” thing. Go and pursue.
Read more here.

Passing the baton

Washington Post fake news

At Powerline Steven Hayward is furious about a piece in the Washington Post. Hayward calls for both the author and the headline writer to be fired. The Washington Post article is here. Hayward's blog post is here.

Sean Spicer's press briefing today

Ace of Spades has a video of a press briefing by Sean Spicer today. He scolds the media for "irresponsible," "shameful," and "wrong" reporting of the inauguration, and gives examples. He points out that CIA emplyees gave Trump a five minute standing ovation, Democrats are stalling on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be the new CIA Director, Trump will continue to take his comments directly to the people, the UK's Theresa May will be coming to the White House Friday, and there will be a reception thanking law enforcement and first responders who protected the Inauguration events. With that, Spicer left the stage without taking any questions from the press.

"Grow up, get real, and perhaps rethink the decisions to cling to the calcified leadership that led you into your political dead end."

Ed Morrissey writes,
Those who lose elections in free countries are the opposition, and can fix that by winning the next election. Instead of asking why they lost, the “resistance” decided to pretend the loss of an election amounts to oppression and have adopted the language of revolution to rally themselves.

That incendiary language didn’t just get adopted by a few on the fringe, but by many on the left, including some in the news and entertainment media.

Rather than take on the honorable and difficult task of the opposition party and rebuild themselves for future success, some on the Left have decided that they’re victims of oppression. To excuse that and their actions that have followed, they now wrap themselves in the mantle of the free French in World War II, or perhaps more relevantly, those few and brave dissidents in actual dictatorial regimes like Cuba. That’s not only ridiculous, it’s an insult to those who have had to fight true oppression and who had self-governance stripped from their hands, to the extent they had it at all.

...You’re not a “resistance,” you’re an opposition, and your arrogance and self-regard are at least part of the reason your side lost in November. Grow up, get real, and perhaps rethink the decisions to cling to the calcified leadership that led you into your political dead end.
Read more here.

Whom shall we worship?

Bookworm writes,
The Left has happily worshiped at Obama’s altar, complete with demons (white men, conservatives, conservatives minorities who wandered off the plantation, etc.) and angels (the LGBT crowd, women en masse, docile minorities, BLM, etc.). No wonder that his departure leaves them so shattered. It’s as if Zeus were to announce to Romans his coming retreat from Mt. Olympus. There is no place in this Obama-centered faith for actual people, the ones who refuse labels, who work hard, who believe in America and its values — most especially a belief that we are all created in God’s image and come equipped with certain inalienable rights.

...Normally a new president has someone backing him up, someone publicly behind him. Mr. Obama had the mainstream media—the big broadcast networks, big newspapers, activists and intellectuals, pundits and columnists of the left—the whole shebang. He had a unified, passionate party. Mr. Trump in comparison has almost nothing. The mainstream legacy media oppose him, even hate him, and will not let up. The columnists, thinkers and magazines of the right were mostly NeverTrump; some came reluctantly to support him. His party is split or splitting. The new president has gradations of sympathy, respect or support from exactly one cable news channel, and some websites.

He really has no one but those who voted for him.

Put another way, Trump is a man, not a God. Thankfully, his supporters do not worship him. Instead, they recognize that he is, and knows he is, a man among men — decidedly imperfect, but striving, and determined to serve his fellow man. What a refreshing change from the President who would be God. And what a perfect form of leadership for a nation that, at the end of the day, still functions within the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Read more here.

All you need to know!



hat tip Bookworm

Fix America first!

Bookworm is back! She writes,
...George Bush focused his efforts outside of America’s borders because he believed after 9/11 that America’s national security rested on fighting the enemy abroad rather than letting the enemy bring its fight to America. Things did not turn out as planned, of course, although I place most of the blame on the Democrats’ ferocious re-enactment of their Vietnam War opposition (which consigned so many southeast Asians to death and misery) and on Obama’s abrupt withdrawal from Iraq and inept handling of the “Arab Spring” for this failure. The fact is that, when George Bush left office, Iraq was pacified and Iran out of the picture.

Obama also turned his efforts away from protecting both America’s economy and its external and internal national security. I don’t need to detail the broken border, the blind eye turned to Islamic terrorism, the healthcare money hemorrhage, the job-killing regulations, the climate change boondoggle, the Middle East malfeasance, the support for Europe’s disastrous Merkel-led immigration policy, or the enthusiasm for racism driven narratives that knee-capped America’s law enforcement. Just as I have, you’ve watched those disastrous policies play out in real time.

After sixteen years of these policies, whether they were well- or badly-intended, America is like the person who’s been fumbling with someone else’s oxygen mask while neglecting his own: She is slowly dying. Until she can remedy her own situation, she is incapable of helping others.

Americans who support Trump understand that he’s the oxygen mask this nation desperately needs. He may be crude, bombastic, and narcissistic (in the traditional sense of loving himself, not in the psychiatric sense of destroying others to elevate himself), but his belief in America’s greatness and her dire need for political oxygen is genuine. The Trump inaugural speech reflected these beliefs and his proposed (and very reasonable) remedies.

Trump’s cures for America’s “Code Blue” are sensible ones: Decreasing job stifling regulations, implementing tax reform, destroying Obamacare, securing America’s borders, reinforcing the rule of law, ending the climate change scam, and rebuilding a military rendered weak through social justice policies. In addition, he’s insisting that any money America spends outside of its borders still needs to benefit America. NATO needs a re-do and the UN needs to change its ways or say good-bye to America’s essential economic support.

Oxygen. It’s all desperately needed political oxygen.

As the decidedly non-fascist Trump inaugural speech revealed, with Trump’s common-sense help, America just might survive this flight. Moreover, if Trump’s focus on America’s needs do indeed stabilize her, only then will she again be in a position to help others.
Read more here.

Populist-nationalism

Virgil writes at Breitbart,
The idea of Donald Trump is more popular, and powerful, than the man himself. Yes, he’s an alpha male of the highest order, and yet he has always been careful to situate himself within the larger populist-nationalist current. As Trump told Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle back in July, “I’m the messenger to the movement.”

Yes, the movement: the deep forces that propelled Trump to victory last year, no matter what was thrown at him. This movement is populist-nationalism, as has been argued many times here at Breitbart. Populist-nationalism, as seen also so vividly with the Brexit vote, is the story of the year—and, indeed, the story of our era. As has been said, nothing can stop the power of an idea whose time has come.
Read more here.

Juxtapose these two stories!

President Donald J. Trump has restored the bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the Oval Office during his first day as president.
Read more here.

Meanwhile, in London women took to the streets in a well-funded protest by Leftist groups to express their hatred for Donald Trump and their love for vulgar language.
Read more here, and see the vulgarities.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Accuracy in media

Smashing property = "protestors?"... "activists?" How about vandals, thugs, criminals, rioters? Craig Schmuckatelli on twitter: "Gotta love people running around in dark shirts, throwing a kristallnacht to protest fascism." Or, as Iowahawk suggests, should they all just be called "The Committee to Re-elect Trump?'

Prediction: we shall see much more of Obama the radical leftist

Charles Krauthammer writes at National Review,
Obama considered Manning’s 35-year sentence excessive. On the contrary. It was lenient. Manning could have been — and in previous ages, might well have been — hanged for such treason. Now she walks after seven years.

What makes this commutation so spectacularly in-your-face is its hypocrisy. Here is a president who spent weeks banging the drums over the harm inflicted by WikiLeaks with its release of stolen materials and e-mails during the election campaign. He demanded a report immediately. He imposed sanctions on Russia. He preened about the sanctity of the American political process.

Over what? What exactly was released? A campaign chairman’s private e-mails and Democratic National Committee chatter, i.e. campaign gossip, backbiting, indiscretions, and cynicism. The usual stuff, embarrassing but not dangerous. No national-security secrets, no classified material, no exposure of anyone to harm, just to ridicule and opprobrium.

...This is Obama being Obama. He leaves office as he came in: a man of the Left, but possessing the intelligence and discipline to suppress his more radical instincts. As of November 9, 2016, suppression was no longer necessary. We’ve just gotten a glimpse of his real self. From now on, we shall see much more of it.
Read more here.

"Spare us the outrage!"

Victor Davis Hanson writes at National Review,
It’s No Revelation That Intelligence Agencies Are Politicized.

After Barack Obama won the 2008 election, George W. Bush intelligence adviser John Brennan stayed on as Obama’s homeland-security adviser. He is currently the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Under Obama, Brennan loudly criticized the use of enhanced interrogation techniques under the Bush administration. Brennan praised his new boss for his superior approach to combating terrorism.
Brennan, who had served a year as the director of the National Counterterrorism Center under Bush, later assured the nation that enhanced interrogation techniques had helped “save lives” and were an important tool in combating terrorism.
In 2010, Brennan inexplicably declared that jihad was “a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community,” rather than the use of force against non-Muslims to promote the spread of Islam, as it is commonly defined in the Middle East.
Brennan assured the nation that the Obama administration’s drone assassination program had not resulted in “a single collateral death” — a claim widely disbelieved even by administration supporters.

Compare the similar odyssey of James Clapper, former undersecretary of defense for intelligence under George W. Bush.
During his Bush tenure, Clapper had declared that weapons of mass destruction in Iraq indeed had existed but were “unquestionably” sent to Syria shortly before the war began — a hypothesis perhaps favorable to the Bush administration but unsupported by his own intelligence officers.
Clapper also stayed on in the intelligence community under President Obama and eventually was promoted to director of national intelligence — and soon made the necessary transformations to adapt to an entirely new approach to radical Islamic terrorism.
Clapper asserted in congressional testimony that the National Security Agency under the Obama administration did not collect intelligence on Americans. Later, he confessed that such an inaccurate response was “the least untruthful” way of answering.
Few were convinced when Clapper insisted that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was “largely secular” — although that declaration fit well enough the themes voiced by Obama in his earlier Cairo speech.
Clapper was also faulted by military-intelligence officers at CENTCOM for purportedly pressuring Pentagon officials to issue rosy reports about the supposed decline of the Islamic State — not accurate, but an administration talking point.

Former CIA director George Tenet stayed on from the Bill Clinton administration to serve under George W. Bush. He soon became a chief proponent of the claim that Saddam Hussein had inventories on hand of weapons of mass destruction.
Tenet assured the president that WMD in Iraq was a “slam dunk” case — a conclusion that turned out not to be based on solid intelligence but was certainly welcomed by the administration.
Few believed early intelligence talking points that the American deaths in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 were the result of a spontaneous riot caused by a right-wing filmmaker residing in the U.S.
But that implausible intelligence narrative dovetailed with the Obama reelection themes of an al-Qaida on the run and the dangers of Islamophobia in America. The false Benghazi hypothesis fueled then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s false claims on Sunday-morning talk shows that the Benghazi deaths were not caused by al-Qaeda affiliates.
Such politicized assessments are not uncommon. The 2007 U.S. National Intelligence Estimate ludicrously declared that Iran had halted work on nuclear enrichment in 2003. It was likely a politically driven pushback to the flawed 2002 intelligence on Iraqi WMD.

The media should spare its current outrage at any suggestion that politics affects the administration of some 16 major intelligence agencies. Journalists should instead listen to Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, who cynically warned Trump that intelligence agencies “have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”
Careerism and ideology at the top sometimes undermine the work of patriotic and gifted case officers in the rank and file. The integrity of intelligence depends on the probity of individual intelligence chiefs — and the degree to which administration operatives are kept away from intelligence directors.
Reform requires honesty rather than the present self-righteous hypocrisy.
There are far too many separate intelligence agencies and thus too many agendas. Directors should have term limits. They should not reinvent themselves to bounce between various directorships from administration to administration.
Issuing absurd politically driven hypotheses should be grounds for dismissal — and giving false testimony to Congress should earn perjury charges.

Trump acts on Obamacare

AP reports,
Hours after delivering a stinging rebuke of the political status quo in his inaugural address, Trump sat at the president's formal desk in the Oval Office as he signed the order that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said was aimed at "minimizing the economic burden" of the "Obamacare" law.

The order notes that Trump intends to seek the "prompt repeal" of the law. But in the meantime, it allows the Health and Human Services Department and other federal agencies to delay implementing any piece of the law that might impose a "fiscal burden" on states, health care providers, families or individuals.
Read more here.

Regulations are now frozen, as Trump keeps his promise

From AP:
White House says Trump chief of staff Priebus to issue government-wide order immediately freezing regulations.

Mattis and Kelly confirmed by Senate

Breitbart News has the story: General James Mattis has been confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of Defense and General John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security. Read it here.

At Amazon,

Pictures and words from last night


The Daily Mail has lots of pictures from last night's inauguration festivities. Also many quotes. Trump's full speech. Read more here.

Smear

At Front Page Magazine Matthew Vadum comes to the defense of the highly respected Monica Crowley, whom CNN charged with plagiarism.
The attorney who has weighed in on this case is Lynn Chu, a member of the New York State Bar who earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago in 1982.

In a report this week about Crowley’s alleged plagiarism, Chu establishes her expertise by explaining that she has “over 30 years of experience in the field of publishing and publishing law.” She notes that she has “often reviewed literary materials with an eye to issues of quality and … [is] well familiar with sourcing and attribution standards in both university press and commercial publishing.”

Chu said she looked at Crowley's work and "found CNN's splashy 'plagiarism' accusation to be ill-supported—a heavily exaggerated, political hit job."

The "CNN list [or plagiarized passages] was misleadingly long, possibly a calculated attempt to condemn her with manufactured, but false, bulk."

Chu also revealed that CNN had deliberately misrepresented evidence. In two dozen of the supposed examples of plagiarism cited by the cable TV network, "CNN hid from readers that her footnotes gave proper credit to the source," she said.

"I came away impressed by the very high quality and care taken by Ms. Crowley in her writing, scholarship and research overall," Chu said. There were "relatively few examples of unsourced copying” that should simply “be corrected, and not allowed to besmirch Ms. Crowley's reputation."

Four recent examples of why we don't trust the media

At The Federalist, Mollie Hemingway shows how the New York Times did an unsubstantiated hit piece on Rick Perry, the Washington Post mocked former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue for praying (he is Trump's pick for Agriculture Secretary), the Post also called David Gelernter Anti-Intellectual in an unnecessarily hostile banner headline.
The story interviews only one person — a member of a far-left advocacy group who admits he has no knowledge of Gelernter.

Rather than speak to people who know Gelernter, his tremendous work, and even his controversies, the Post went for an uninformed hit.
Gelernter was interviewed as the possible Trump pick for Science Advisor.

The fourth example was CNN's Jim Acosta badgering MLK JR III to say something bad about Trump in reference to Georgia Representative John Lewis.
Read Mollie's piece here.

Not bad, and she was ninety-years-old when this video was made!



hat tip Gerard

Honor, Courtesy, Gentility

Guest post by Suzann Darnall

I feel that honor, courtesy, and gentility are about to come back in style in Washington, DC. At least with some of the newcomers and some of those who have always been class acts. I am afraid there may be no hope for some of the old guard hangers-on who are seemingly so filled with vitriol that they cannot make a change for the better.

Anyone who doubts that Donald Trump is ultimately a gentleman with great respect for ladies, need only watch his interactions with his wife, Melania. He treats her with honor and courtesy. While he is sometimes the hard-nosed businessman, he displays a much more genteel side when he is around her. He shows this same attitude with his daughter, Ivanka. In fact, you will find he treats ladies with great respect . . . when they treat him with the same.

Is he perhaps a little less respectful of women who come at him with their claws out? Of course! Aren’t we all on the defense when an attack is launched our way? I am actually okay with a man defending himself from being denigrated unfairly. I am tired of the un-manly men that are being foisted on us in the name of political correctness. I am looking forward to having a president who has a man card and not a man bun.

I want a president who is man enough hold his own against Putin in negotiations, but also gentleman enough to hold his wife’s hand to escort her at an official function. So far I am seeing Donald Trump display his ability to do both.

I admit that I am an old-fashioned Southern girl. I like my men to have a little of Ashley Wilkes, a lot of Rhett Butler, and a touch of Bubba Redneck thrown in to add some spice and fun. While Donald Trump may be all New York, he seems to have a good mix of the qualities that I think will make him a great leader. He apparently has common sense, common decency, and common courtesy.

I believe he will deal honorably with our allies and our enemies, but it will definitely be a walk softly, carry a big stick kind of diplomacy. I think he will show courtesy to those he deals with, but he will smack them down if an iron fist is required within the velvet glove. And, I am quite sure he and his family will bring gracious gentility back to our official functions. Proper attire, proper presentations, and proper respect.

‘Cause you see, I am an old-fashioned Southern girl about these things, too. Hosts and guests have duties to one another. I like to see good manners on display. While the White House will be the Trumps’ home, it is also the People’s House. They will be the occupants and also our guests. They owe us the courtesy of treating it with respect and making us proud to have them live there. Something that has been sadly missing for the past eight years!

Sayonara,
Suzann
http://www.suziezoo.com
http://www.woolymammoth.org

A good start!



hat tip Bookworm Room

The people in control of the government?



hat tip Bookworm Room

"All References to Climate Change Have Been Deleted From the White House Website"

Jason Koebler writes at Climate Depot,
At 11:59 am eastern, the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it. At noon, at the instant Donald Trump took office, the page was gone, as well as any mention of climate change or global warming.
It’s customary for www.whitehouse.gov to flip over to the new administration exactly at noon, but the only mention of climate on President Trump’s new website is under his “America First Energy Plan” page, in which he vows to destroy President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which is a government-wide plan to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change.

“President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule,” the site says. A search of the website found no mention of “global warming,” and the only mentions of “climate change” were archived pages that, after clicking on the links, led to scrubbed pages.
Read more here.

What is Holder up to?

Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton has filed a records request
with the California Legislature Joint Rules Committee seeking to examine legislative records regarding the state’s employment of former Obama U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.

On June 28, 2012, he became the first U.S. Attorney General to be held in contempt of Congress on both civil and criminal grounds. The contempt charge came in connection with Holder’s refusal to turn over documents about his agency’s lies on Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration’s gun-walking scandal. JW exposed numerous outrages associated with this scandal.

Under Holder the Justice Department dismissed its voting rights case against the New Black Panther Party. The Justice Department originally filed its lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party following an incident that took place outside of a Philadelphia polling station on November 4, 2008. According to multiple witnesses, members of the New Black Panthers blocked access to polling stations, harassed voters and hurled racial epithets. A video of the incident, showing a member of the New Black Panther Party brandishing a police-style baton weapon, was widely distributed on the Internet. JW exposed a number of Obama DOJ lies regarding the Black Panthers, which a federal judge validated in Judicial Watch v. United States Department of Justice (No. 1:10-cv-851).

In 2013, the Obama Justice Department was caught spying on The Associated Press by collecting months’ worth of phone records of reporters and editors. Fox News’ James Rosen was among those targeted by Holder’s Justice Department.

Thanks in part to JW’s success in exposing his corruption, Holder was forced to resign from the Justice Department in 2015 and rejoin his old law firm of Covington & Burling.

Our records request is designed to expose how California state legislators are wasting tax dollars to take care of another corrupt politician – Eric Holder – with the intention of deliberately resisting the rule of law on immigration and other matters. His record at the Clinton and Obama Justice Departments demonstrates a willingness to bend the law in order to protect his political patrons.
Read more here.

Jon Voight, a man of courage: "Let us rejoice!"

"Here sits Abraham Lincoln, who I am sure is smiling, knowing America will be saved by an honest and good man, who will work for all the people, no matter their creed or color."

Our new first family

"Now arrives the hour of action!"

"We are transferring power back to you, the people of the United States... This moment is yours, your day, your celebration, your country... What matters is whether your government is controlled by the people...

This American carnage stops right here and right now! The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to you, the people...

We are looking only to the future. A new decree: from this day forward America first, America first! Every decision will be made to benefit American workers and American families. I will never, ever let you down. We will bring back our jobs, borders, wealth, dreams. Rebuilding our country with American hands. Buy American and hire American!

We will eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth.

No room for prejudice... When America is united, America is totally unstoppable... We will be protected by God! We must think big and dream even bigger. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. We will not fail. You will never be ignored again.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

We've just begun!


Working together day to day! Together! Together! So much of life ahead!

Can I hear an amen?

Tick tock, tick tock; what will he do tomorrow morning?

Ildefonso Ortiz reports at Breitbart that Obama has commutted the life sentences of Cesar Moreno Sr., Eduardo Moreno, Lazaro Moreno, and Luis Moreno, who had been sentenced to life in prison They ran a criminal organization made up of close to 80 men and women who worked with Mexico’s Gulf Cartel to move between 100,000 to almost 750,000 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. during a 10-year period. The drugs were moved into Houston and then distributed to Atlanta, Chicago, and other major metropolitan areas.
Read more here.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

R E S P E C T!


AWR Hawkins interview Karl Malone at Breitbart.
former Utah Jazz great Karl Malone addressed the need for more respect in society and said people who purposely talk of Donald Trump in disparaging tones need to call him by his proper title–President Trump.

Former Utah Jazz great Karl Malone addressed the need for more respect in society and said people who purposely talk of Donald Trump in disparaging tones need to call him by his proper title–President Trump.

He said, “Whoever it is, like him or don’t like him, but respect the White House. Respect the President of the United States.”

Malone then addressed the way people were bothered by some of Trump’s language or statements on the campaign trail, but he said the sum of a man is more than the language he uses in a moment or the statement he makes on a given topic. He stressed that people have to have enough respect to take time and get to know the man.

He spoke to the people who persist in saying “Donald Trump” as a way to ignore the office that Trump won on November 8, saying, “Call him what he is–he is the President of the United States.”

Malone added, “And I tell everyone out there that wants to protest and do all that, other countries are laughing. We are a laughingstock. Respect the White House.”
Read more here.

What is North Korea up to?

Will North Korea try something as America celebrates Inauguration Day? Read this article in the sun.

History revisionism, and the Trump team's first big mistake?

Rush Limbaugh believes he knows what Democrats are trying to do. On his show he talked about:
This is about what ends up what you do a Google search some years ago from now, “2016 election.” This is what they’re trying to establish, that the whole thing was a fraud, that nothing about it was legitimate, that the Democrats didn’t lose, that the Republicans won because of Russian cheating. And they want this established as similar to how they have revised history of the 1980s. Trickle-down economics doesn’t work, that none of Reagan’s economic policies did anything but make the poor poorer and the rich richer. And you could think of countless other examples of history revisionism.

...By making the case that Jeff Sessions, the new attorney general, can’t investigate anything here because he has a conflict of interest, what they’re hoping is that somebody like Senator McCain or Senator Graham will agree with it on the basis, “Hey, so what if old Jeff has to recuse himself? It isn’t any big deal. Jeff, go ahead and recuse yourself, and it’ll show the nation how we’re willing to work with the Democrats and how we’re willing to work with them to get to the bottom of one of these most controversial things.”

...Now, you haven’t heard about any of this in the news. This is why you listen to this program. The news is not talking about any of this. This is stuff you haven’t seen anywhere precisely because it’s happening behind the scenes and it doesn’t involve the public.

...They (Democrats) signed this letter — all nine of them on the committee — demanding that Sessions say that he will recuse himself from any investigation of efforts by Russia to interfere in the election. I think this results from (sad say) the first significant strategic error the Trump team has made. That strategic error was having Senator Sessions say that he would recuse himself when it comes to any Hillary investigation. Now, this all came about during his confirmation hearings, because during the campaign, Trump is out there saying that he would investigate Hillary, and she should be in jail, she shouldn’t be running.

So the Trump team and Sessions at his hearings had Sessions admit or acknowledge that he would recuse himself, ’cause the Democrats made a big deal of this in the hearings when they were interrogating Sessions. “Beauregard,” they said, “would you recuse yourself if President Trump requires an investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s emails?” And he said, “Yes, I would.” “I will recuse myself, Senator,” he said. And I think that’s the first big strategic error, and I’ll tell you why. You do not give an inch with these people. You never presume they have moral authority to tell you how to operate.

Never.

You never acknowledge that.

You never acknowledge that you have any kind of a problem compared to them. Never. But they did, and I don’t know who was the adviser. It may well have been Trump; don’t know. It doesn’t matter now because it happened. I think it was a rare sign of weakness. And the Democrats have exploited it immediately by virtue… It was that admission by Sessions and the Trump team that Sessions would recuse himself from any investigation of Hillary that then prompted Obama and the Democrats to announce this inspector general investigation into Comey!

...But Sessions recused himself. The Democrats don’t see that as a sign of fairness, cooperation, bipartisanship. They see it as a sign of weakness. It’s like dripping blood into a water tank with a great white shark in it. If you happen to be in the tank, too, you’re dead. The shark gets a sense of the blood and if you can’t get back in the cage, it’s sayonara. And that’s exactly what happened. I think the Trump team made a strategic error here in acknowledging that Sessions would recuse himself.

And that is why the left is demanding even more Sessions recusals, and I think there’s a lesson here. You know, I’m just a guy on the radio, but I’m gonna tell you: Never give an inch to the Democrats. I know Trump is not ideological. He doesn’t see them the way you and I do. He doesn’t see the left as a bunch of liberals, and then being liberals does not inform him of who they are. He’s learning. I mean, he’s being victimized by them every day. They’re trying to destroy him. He sees it. And, for example, he sees what CNN’s doing running fake news and all that. How much he associates that with an ideology, I don’t know.

I wish that he had more of an ideological awareness, understanding, and agreement with this. But it’s not a fatal flaw here. He still understands they’re bad people. He still understands they’re out to destroy him. He knows this. And what’s he’s got to figure out — and maybe he knows it — is just don’t give an inch. You cannot. They didn’t win, folks. They didn’t win anything. They have been repudiated. They have been shellacked. They’re running fake polls. They ran some fake polls yesterday on Trump’s approval, and a new round of fake polls today on Obama’s approval.

You know, look at Loretta Lynch. During the campaign when the Hillary investigation was still ongoing, what does she do? She gets on Bill Clinton’s plane. Actually, he gets on hers. Bill Clinton lands in Phoenix, somebody says, “Loretta Lynch is here.” He says, “Hey, get me over to that plane! Get over to that tarmac. I got talk to Loretta.” She gets on the plane with Clinton and they talk about who knows what, supposedly “grandkids.” She doesn’t have any. And she didn’t recuse herself, did you notice? No, no, no, no!

...WikiLeaks is a great example, this Chelsea Manning thing. Look what’s happened here. When Chelsea Manning leaked all these documents giving away American secrets, military and national security, they cheered! And they cheered Assange. And they cheered WikiLeaks! The Democrat Party — your Democrats, your American left — thought it was the greatest thing on earth, and they cheered this Manning character, and they thought he was brave and courageous because, in their minds, the United States is the problem in the world.
And so this guy giving away American secrets and committing treason? That’s an act of courage. They liked Snowden when he did what he did. Well, they’re gonna come back and rue the day, ladies and gentlemen. They might regret having made WikiLeaks so famous. It may have cost them Hillary’s presidency. They build WikiLeaks up. They make WikiLeaks out to be something super-secret great thing. WikiLeaks inviolate! WikiLeaks infallible! If WikiLeaks had the documents, they loved Manning.

And now all of a sudden after that, they have to now run around and start saying that WikiLeaks is a bunch of frauds tied to Putin. And all we need is somebody pointing this out. They’re the biggest phony baloney, plastic banana, good-time rock ‘n’ rollers around. They’re frauds, the left, the Democrats. There’s no reason to give them a moist rag when they step in a pile of excrement! There’s no reason to give them what they want. They lost! They need to continue to pay the price for the damage that they have done to this country the past eight years.

And part of paying the price is for the things they broke to get fixed and for the American people to discover a newfound prosperity, a renewed sense of freedom and liberty, and an upbeat optimism, which should be part of the American existence that they destroyed (on purpose). They broadcast pessimism. They create pessimism. They create pessimism in every walk of life that they can and set themselves up in government as the solution and the answer to your pessimism.

...A investigation to find out what Putin…? I’m telling you, folks. You know, there are people out there saying, “Rush, you gotta very careful. The Russians did hack us.” The Russians hack everything all the time. So do the ChiComs. They’re trying to make a specific allegations that this election turned on what the Russians did, and it did not.
Read more here.

Close friend of Bill and Hillary arrested for saying he will kill Trump this week.

More terror news. This time it is a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Jose Lambiet reports at The Daily Mail,
Florida man charged with threatening to kill President-elect Trump at his inauguration on Twitter was a close family friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton

Dominic Puopolo, 51, is being held without bail in Miami on charges of threatening harm against a public servant

Puopolo reportedly admitted to posting a video to Twitter, saying: 'This is the 16th of January 2017, I will be at the review/ inauguration and I will kill President Trump, President elect Trump today.'

...In Miami, meanwhile, Dom Puopolo was arrested four times for petty crimes since 2006, twice for petty theft and once for defrauding an innkeeper.
Read more here.

Danger At Inauguration? Or just media wishful thinking?

CNN is not the only media source discussing the possibility of some catastrophic event happening at Trump's inauguration. The Today show discussed the possibility of "Drone Danger at Inauguraation." Sounds like there's a lot of wishful thinking going on.
Paul Bedard reports at the Washington Examiner,
The report quoted an official from DroneShield, a drone countermeasure firm, saying that the Inauguration "is not something I would feel safe at."
Read more here.

Freeing a bomber

Edwin Mora reports at Breitbart,
Oscar López Rivera, the mastermind of Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN, placed more than 130 bombs throughout the United States, most concentrated in New York and Chicago.

Outgoing President Barack Obama, nonetheless, commuted López Rivera’s sentence, allowing him to be freed in May, despite his sentence still requiring him to serve 30 additional years.

A 1999 House report for the Committee on Government Reform revealed that the bombings, deemed terrorist attacks, killed at least five people and wounded dozens more, in addition to causing more than $3 million in property damage.

Nevertheless, CNN notes that “multiple groups, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus and other elected officials lobbied the Obama administration for López Rivera’s release.”
Read more here.

Inauguration news

Breitbart reports that there was no press van following Trump to the airport in New york this morning, and no press landing with him at Andrews, where he is now.

Did you know that Jews are forbidden from riding in cars on the Sabbath? How are they expected to get to and from the synagogue? Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka, have been given a rabbinical pass to travel on Friday, according to Forward.

Do you want proof it is no longer Obama's Washington? Chick-Fil-A is catering breakfast today in the media pool!

Warner Todd Huston reports at Breitbart,
As the nation prepares for the peaceful transfer of power on Inauguration Day, CNN is dreaming up scenarios whereby the Obama administration can keep power if President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence were blown up as they prepared to take to oath of office.
On the Wednesday, January 18 broadcast of CNN’s The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer aired a segment with a chyron featuring the headline “Developing Now.” During that “developing” segment, Blitzer and correspondent Brian Todd discussed what would happen if the unthinkable occurred on January 20.

Blitzer introduced the segment, saying, “What if an incoming president and his immediate successors were wiped out on day one?” and from there, CNN contributor Brian Todd took over to outline the line of succession if an attack blew up the inaugural dais, killing both Trump and Pence.

The upshot was that in the case of both heads of state being killed, the Secretary of State would take over. Currently that man is Secretary of State John Kerry, But in case some objected because his office would also end as of noon on Inauguration Day, then it would be the Speaker of the House — Republican Paul Ryan — or even Obama’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs Tom Shannon.

The report also noted that the designated survivor appointed by the Obama administration could also become president in the case of a disaster. So, in CNN’s analysis, most of the people who would take over in the worst-case scenario would keep the Obama administration in power, at least indirectly.

Did CNN's CEO just make a veiled threat to President-elect Trump?

In an interview with New York Magazine CNN CEO Zucker made an observation.
“I think the era of access journalism as we’ve known it is over,” Zucker replied to Sherman. “It doesn’t worry me that Donald Trump hasn’t done an interview with CNN in eight months. I think our credibility is higher than ever, and our viewership is higher than ever, and our reporting is as strong as ever. One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran, and Damascus — and that’s CNN. The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake.”

So, is he threatening to portray Trump in an unflattering way to foreigners? And, does Trump give a hoot? Should he? I don't think so. Read more here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trump a dope? I don't think so!

At the American Spectator, Ben Stein writes about the press. Watergate?
The Battle of Watergate was won in the network and newspaper editorial offices. There, “an effete corps of impudent snobs,” as Bill Safire brilliantly put it, launched a media putsch that panicked a nation into the delusion that a microscopic dabble in an insanely pointless burglary required the execution of the most effective statesman in U.S. history, Richard Nixon.

A handful of contemptuous nabobs of negativism basically seized control of the leading organs of the press and launched an attack that led to genocide in Cambodia among other disasters.

This was, as the genius Edith Efron put it, “news from nowhere,” a tale of sound and fury signifying the left’s capture of the media as The Bard might say.

Now they’re trying the same thing on Trump. To break him down by endless attacks on him as a racist and a bully and a dope.

In a way it’s pitiful. John Lewis, d. Ga. Still nursing a head wound from 1966 or ’67. Saying Trump is not a legitimate President because the Russians uncovered that the DNC sabotaged Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Crazy. So Trump fires back that Lewis is a loser. That’s schoolyard nothings except for the following.

The almighty New York Times calls Trump a racist for defending himself against a smear. A black reporter at the Times writes an angry article about Trump as racist… not one fact in it. But no one cares. That’s the news. That leads. No one cares.

The NYT does not call the tune any longer. Voters get their news from a jillion sources on the Internet. The Times is a voice and a big voice. But there are a billion other voices now. And about half of the nation just does not believe Big Media any longer. They don’t buy the vicious lie that white people are all racists. They know that the Black Caucus and Black Lives Matter are real racists. They know Joe Sixpack isn’t and anyway, they don’t care.

They’re sick of being pushed around. They elected a tough guy who won’t be pushed around. He’s a shtarker and he cannot be broken in spirit by the thugs and bullies of the media.

The left will beat and beat and huff and puff. But it’s a different world now. Again… The people who elected Trump don’t remotely believe he’s a racist and they’re sick of hearing it anyway.

This Trump guy. He’s not a sensitive soul like Nixon. He knows how pitifully jealous the media people are. He owes them nothing. He sneers at them. He’s moving them out of the White House. It’s brilliant. He’s making real the truth of now. The media are not good guys by and large. They’re jealous snobs. They are not running the show any longer. One tweet from Trump blows their 5,000 word stories to bits. This battle over Trump’s legitimacy is done. In Trump’s mind and in his legions’ minds, he’s legitimate and the media isn’t. He knows how the world works. It really is a reality TV show now. He’s some dope.

Briefing papers

Glenn Reynolds reports at Instapundit on a partial list of briefing papers the Obama administration has prepared for the trump administration.
How We Lost Iraq

How We Lost to ISIS

How We Lost to Iran

How We Lost The Philippines

How We Lost Syria

How We Lost Crimea

How We Lost Control of the Internet

How We Lost the OPM Data

Well, you get the idea.

Anti-American terrorist

Who is this guy Oscar Lopez-Rivera, whose prison sentence was commuted by Obama yesterday? Andrew McCarthy explains at PJ Media.
There is so much outrage over President Obama’s commutation of the 35-year espionage sentence imposed on treasonous American soldier Bradley Manning (aka “Chelsea”), that his commutation last night of unrepentant terrorist Oscar Lopez-Rivera is just beginning to attract attention.

Lopez-Rivera is a FALN leader who was serving a combined 70 years in prison sentences for the Puerto Rican communist organization’s terrorist war against the United States and his multiple attempts to escape from custody.

The FALN carried out 130 attacks in the United States. Beyond the damage done, they resulted in six murders, including a lunch-hour bombing at Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan in January 1975, as recounted by Joe Connor, whose father was one of four men killed in the attack.

As Joe related in a Townhall column last year:

Before his arrest in May 1981, Lopez had been personally involved in numerous bombing and incendiary attacks, was a prime recruiter for members of the FALN, and was a key trainer in bombing, sabotage and other techniques of guerrilla warfare. A cooperating witness testified at his trial that Lopez taught him how to make bomb detonation devices and gun silencers. After Lopez’s capture, in his residence the FBI found a large quantity of dynamite and blasting caps.
Lopez was convicted of numerous violent felonies, including possession of an unregistered firearm, conspiracy to transport explosives with the intent to kill and injure people and to destroy government buildings and property, and aiding and abetting travel in interstate commerce to carry out arson.

And imprisonment was not the end to Lopez’s criminal activity. While in Leavenworth Penitentiary, he masterminded two plots to break out of prison, the second of which involved forcing a helicopter pilot to land in the prison yard, with grenades, rifle fire, and explosives to be used to deter guards from taking action to prevent the escape.

Lopez further instructed his compatriots to murder the seller of the weapons and equipment if he didn’t give them a fair price.

McCarthy continues,
Naturally, Lopez-Rivera, like the FALN in general, became a cause célèbre on the left.

As Ronald Kolb explains at National Review, then-deputy attorney general Eric Holder helped President Bill Clinton engineer pardons/commutations for several of the terrorists in 1999 in hope of bolstering Hillary Clinton’s bid for a Senate seat in New York, which has a large Puerto Rican population. Lopez-Rivera did not get the pardon back then -- not that Clinton didn’t try. He alone refused to sign a statement expressing remorse for his atrocities; plus, Lopez-Rivera balked at the suggestion that, even if given a pass on the remainder of his 55-year terrorism sentence, he should serve out more of his 15-year attempted escape sentence (for a plot which, of course, had contemplated murdering federal prison guards).

So, despite the zeal of the Clintons, Holder, and other leftists like Bernie Sanders -- who, Joe Connor notes, urged the release of this “political prisoner” during a campaign appearance in Puerto Rico -- Lopez-Rivera remained in a federal penitentiary until Obama’s final hours. Now, he is to be sprung.

“Political prisoner.” Why does the anti-American left insist on maintaining that anti-American terrorists are “political prisoners,” or “insurgents,” or engaged in “resistance” -- anything but what they are, anti-American terrorists?

A couple of years ago, I tried to grapple with this question. At the time, the Obama administration was busily telling the world that the Taliban -- a jihadist terrorist organization that gave al-Qaeda safe haven to attack the United States (including on 9/11) and with which we have been at war since 2001 -- is not really a terrorist organization … it’s a mere “insurgent” group engaged in a domestic political dispute (translation: it wants to retake Afghanistan, re-impose sharia, and reestablish a base of operations for the global jihad). Obama, of course, was pleading with the jihadists to come to the negotiation table (that’s why he traded five of its commanders previously held at Guantanamo Bay for the deserter Bowe Bergdahl), so he needed to pretend they were not terrorists … so that he could continue pretending that he was not negotiating with terrorists.

I posited:

This business of distinguishing “insurgents” from “terrorists” is nonsense. An insurgency is just a domestic uprising (in the sense that the insurgent is from the country in which he is rebelling). When insurgents use terrorist tactics they are domestic terrorists. It may make Obama feel better to say that his pal Bill Ayers was an “insurgent,” but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a terrorist.

The most disturbing facet of the “insurgent” canard is that Obama is buying the logic of such Islamic supremacists as the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They claim that Hamas and Hezbollah are not terrorist organizations (as American law designates them to be) but domestic political organizations that engage not in terrorism but in “resistance” -- a righteous fight against “injustice” and “occupation” in their homelands.

And so is Oscar Lopez-Rivera.

Yet Democrats have lauded him, the last two Democratic administrations have abased themselves by negotiating with him, and now Obama has freed him.

10 earthquakes strike Italy today

At Breitbart Thomas Williams reports,
Having not yet recovered from the severe earthquakes of recent months, central Italy was struck by 10 earthquakes in succession over a four-hour period Wednesday, all of them registering over 4.0 on the Richter Scale.

Read more here.

"Manufacturing consensus and controlling the narrative"



hat tip Hawaiian Libertarian, who discusses the impact of porn, social media, multi-national corporations, the media, their role in manufacturing consensus and controlling the narrative, and the pretense of the profit motive here.

County-by-county election results


Now we have county-by-county results of the 2016 election.

hat tip Conservative Treehouse

Intolerance exposed

A return to law and order! No more mob rule! Where are those condemning the climate of hate and violence? Silent!

What did we get in return? Zero!

Krauthammer on Manning: "You can betray your country, publish secrets that endanger our soldiers, our allies, our interests, and then, when you present with a gender problem, that gets you sprung out of a sense of sorrow or pity!"

On the FALN terrorist, who refused to sign a document expressing remorse: Krauthammer speculates he was released because of Obama's "normalization sellout to Castro."

"The Hollywood Left's agitation squad"

Two radio and t.v. personalities who supported Trump throughout the primaries and campaign, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, get together. Both remind Trump to keep in mind the people who supported him. Sean added that Trump should never trust the Republican establishment, the Democrat establishment, or the media establishment, ever! At the end, Sean asks Laura if the rumors are true about her considering a run for the US Senate from Virginia!

Extinct!



hat tip American Power

"There is always infinitely more happening than what we see."

At A Holy Experience Ann Voskamp writes,
There are things happening that you see and so much more happening that you don’t and we could all stop saying it right now: “It is what it is.”

Because all is not as it seems. It is more. There is always infinitely more happening than what we see.
Read more here.

New England's largest mosque supports Al Qaeda terrorists


Robert Spencer reports that
“Support For Al Qaeda Terrorists Was Preached At New England’s Largest Mosque”, by Ilya Feokistov, Daily Caller, January 16, 2017
Read more here.

Obama lifts sanctions against jihadist terror regime in Sudan

Obama's not done yet. He has lifted some of the sanctions on Sudan. Front Page Magazine reports,
Add to the list of foreign policy failures by the departing Obama Administration is his last minute executive order partially lifting sanctions on agricultural and transportation trade. It also unfreezes assets in the US of the corrupt regime of indicted war criminal President Omar Bashir. The sanctions for Darfur will remain with the only condition left to the incoming Trump Administration a so-called 180 day ‘look back’ provision that might ‘snap back’ sanctions. The move by the Obama administration was “welcomed” by the Arab League in a Qatar Tribune report. This was a dramatic ‘sea change’ from a President Obama who campaigned during his 2008 election on “ending the slaughter in Darfur.”

...Veteran Sudan genocide watcher, Eric Reeves in a Huffington Post article called the Obama Administration executive order, “The Final Betrayal of Sudan”. He focused on the current humanitarian crisis in Darfur and especially in the Blue Nile region. The Obama administration’s Sudan sanctions action was “upsetting” to Mark Brand of Jewish World Watch in a The Hill op ed. The Wall Street Journal reported criticism of the Obama Administration decision as “inexplicable” from Leslie Lefkow deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

The reality is that Sudan President Bashir has mobilized and equipped an international Jihad army of over 150,000 from across the Sahel region and Syria to make the final push for ethnic cleaning in Darfur, the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile Region. Not unlike The Lord’s Resistance Army the Janjaweed militias, now renamed ‘Peace Forces ‘are actively recruiting child soldiers aged 8 to 12 years. Read more here.

Terrorist Bill Ayres is cheering Obama on, as Obama frees terrorists and traitors.


hat tip JJ Sefton, who writes,
Good morning, kids. So, Manning gets a pardon. Im sure you can all see my Claude Rains "shocked" face, right? But what is so far drawing little attention is the outrageous pardon of a violent, FALN terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera. You may recall Bill Clinton, in a shameless bid to secure the Latino vote for his wife (who will never be president of the United States of America), in her New York State Senate run, pardoned a number of these fiends including Rivera. But the schmuck refused to disavow terrorism and so he remained in jail to rot, seemingly for the rest of his life. Until . . .
Read more here.

Hoax, Liar, Sham, Funny

George and Barbara Bush both in a Texas hospital

George and Barbara Bush, ages 92 and 91 respectfullu, are both in a Texas hospital, and will not be able to attend the inauguration. Ace has the story here, and a picture of the letter Bush sent to Trump

Fake news

Here is what Vladimer Putin had to say about the possibility that Donald Trump may have met with prostitutes:
Firstly he is an adult, and secondly he is a person who for many years has organized a beauty pageant, socialized with the most beautiful women in the world. It is hard to believe that he ran to a hotel to meet with our girls of a low social class, although they are the best in the world. But finally, you know, what I want to say, prostitution is a serious, ugly, social phenomenon, young women do this connected to the fact that they cannot survive any other way and that is a problem of society but people who order false information and spread this information against the elected President, who fabricate it and use it in a political fight, they are worse than prostitutes.

Ann Althouse writes,
Ah! This pithy statement proceeds in stages:

1. Defense of Trump: He's got so much access to the most beautiful women that it makes no sense to think he'd consort with low women.

2. Defense of prostitutes: Our prostitutes are great prostitutes!

3. Feminist/left-wing critique: Don't speak of prostitution in terms of low women choosing a degraded way of life. Society forces them into it, and society deserves the blame, and we must improve it.

4. Attack on the purveyors of fake news: Worse than prostitutes!

"My mistake: Four coffins!"

Ann Althouse informs us that the first spaghetti western had it's debut fifty years ago today. Yes, it was Clint Eastwood in "A Fistful of Dollars." A spaghetti western
is a movie about the American Old West made cheaply in Europe, typically by an Italian producer and director.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Sinister and incompetent, incapable, and impotent."

Ace of Spades writes about the recent controversy about the role of our intelligence agencies.
This entire episode is revealing our IC to not be some sinister and capable organization, but instead to be sinister and incompetent, incapable, and impotent.

But very energetic -- in a spastic, fumbling way -- in their determination to make their lurching presence felt.

It's frightening to think that the world is controlled by powerful unseen forces -- but it's terrifying to think the world is clumsily manipulated by borderline retards who imagine themselves to be kingmakers and kingbreakers.
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"Only a very weak idea demands that it be protected from any criticism."

So says Mark Steyn in testimony before a Senate panel. At Ace of Spades JJ Sefton brings us the video of Steyn, and also recommends Trump appoint Dr. Judith Curry as National Science Advisor.

Tonight it is education

Tonight is Betsy DeVos's turn to be on the hot seat of Senate confirmation hearings. Ashe Schow looks at somw of the issues at Watchdog.org.

Obama has now commuted the sentences of 1,385 and pardoned 212 more.

At Breitbart Charlie Spiering has more on Obama's decision to commute the sentence of Bradley Manning. Actually,
Once in prison, Manning went on a hunger strike to demand sex change surgery in prison, which was granted by officials at the cost of American taxpayers.
He now calls himself Chelsea Manning. Here is an AP photo of Chelsea.


Obama also commuted the sentences of 209 more criminals and pardoned 64 — most of them guilty of drug crimes. He has commuted the sentences of 1,385 criminals and granted a total of 212 pardons.
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"A textbook act of treason"

At Bookworm Room, Wolf Howling reports on the news that Obama has commuted the sentence of Bradley Manning.
...what Manning did was a textbook act of treason. The charges for which he was tried included execution as a potential penalty. Manning exposed intelligence methods and individuals supporting us in Afghanistan. In the aftermath of his leaks, the Taliban went on a run of massacres targeting those identified and the many described in the leaks.
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Protestors get retainer of $2500 a month, $50 per hour during "events," and paid health, vision and dental insurance

Valerie Richardson reports at The Washington Times,
Donald Trump may have a point about paid protesters: Job ads running in more than 20 cities offer $2,500 per month for agitators to demonstrate at this week’s presidential inauguration events.
Demand Protest, a San Francisco company that bills itself as the “largest private grassroots support organization in the United States,” posted identical ads Jan. 12 in multiple cities on Backpage.com seeking “operatives.”
“Get paid fighting against Trump!” says the ad.
“We pay people already politically motivated to fight for the things they believe. You were going to take action anyways, why not do so with us!” the ad continues. “We are currently seeking operatives to help send a strong message at upcoming inauguration protests.”
The job offers a monthly retainer of $2,500 plus “our standard per-event pay of $50/hr, as long as you participate in at least 6 events a year,” as well as health, vision and dental insurance for full-time operatives.
Mr. Trump has complained about paid activists both before and after the 2016 presidential campaign, but if anti-Trump advocacy groups are juicing their crowds with hired help, nobody’s admitting it.

Here is Project Veritas' second video. Their undercover journalists interview some of the criminal thugs planning to disrupt this week's inauguration.



They see themselves as heroes fighting Nazis.
hat tip The Conservative Treehouse

James O'Keefe's Project Veritas as done it again!

This time they have infiltrated one of the groups planning to disrupt inauguration festivities this week.

93-year-old Charles Evers resists manipulation attempts by this MSNBC reporter, and tells why he supports Donald Trump.


"Mr. Lewis, you have presided over the destruction of black America, and you owe us an apology!"

Mason Weaver tells the truth to Tucker Carlson. "As the Black Caucus of Democrats has gotten more power, black people in America have gotten poorer. More drugs, more gangs, less home ownership, less education, more jail.

The eight richest people in the world


Do you know who are the eight richest people in the world, and what they do with their money? Katherine Rodriguez reports at Breitbart,
1. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft. Net worth: $75 billion. Gates leads the list with a total net worth of $75 billion, but his foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, spent $170 million to create and implement Common Core standards, and said socialism was the only thing that can save us from climate change.

2. Amancio Ortega Gaona, the Spanish founder of the fashion company Inditex, best known for its oldest and biggest brand, Zara. Net worth: $67 billion. Ortega keeps a low profile compared to most of the people on this list, but his foundation, Fundacion Amancio Ortega, promotes funding for many social programs.

3. Warren E. Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. Net worth: $60.8 billion. Buffett may be one of the richest people on this list, but he isn’t against greater regulations for businesses and higher taxes. Yet despite his personal convictions, his business, Berkshire Hathaway, received $95 billion in TARP funds during the banking bailout.

4. Carlos Slim Helú, the Mexican telecommunications magnate. Net worth: $50 billion. In addition to dominating the Mexican telecom industry, he is also the largest investor in the New York Times and is part owner of the historically liberal paper. He is also a fierce proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens in the United States.

5. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. Net worth: $45.2 billion. Bezos is owner of the Washington Post, which penned an editorial saying that foreign workers should replace Americans. His company Amazon is also working to cut labor costs by hiring robots to help ship packages.

6. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s creator. Net worth: $44.6 billion. Zuckerberg has been very vocal about his support for progressive, globalist policies, publicly praising Germany’s open-door refugee policies as “inspiring.” He has also reprimanded those at Facebook who crossed out “Black Lives Matter” in favor of “All Lives Matter.”

7. Lawrence J. Ellison, the founder of Oracle. Net worth: $43.6 billion. Ellison, like Zuckerberg, supports comprehensive immigration reform. His company is also one of the biggest users of H1-B visas, which have been criticized for replacing American workers with foreign replacements.

8. Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and founder of the media and financial-data giant Bloomberg L.L.P. Net worth: $40 billion. Bloomberg may be one of the richest men in the world, but he also was the mastermind behind New York City’s ban on large containers of soda and spent $50 million funding the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety.

Regulatory accountability

Richard Epstein writes at The Hoover Institution,
One of the most vital, but technical, items on the Republican agenda is not likely to get its fair share of public attention. On the first day of the new Congress, Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia introduced two pieces of legislation that could fundamentally alter the structure of American administrative law for years to come.

The first bill, H.R. 26, the Regulations From the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, languished in three previous successive Congresses, but it has now cleared the House by a vote of 237-187. If enacted, this bill will give Congress a final say on regulations with an estimated cost over $100 million through a mandatory up-or-down vote before they go into effect. More importantly for the day-to-day operation of administrative law is Goodlatte’s other bill, H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act, which the congressman claims will “wipe out abusive regulation—freeing Americans to innovate and prosper once more.”
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hat tip Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit

How Trump Won

Joel Pollack and Larry Schweikart have written a book entitled How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution. It is being released by Regnery Publishing as an e-book on Tuesday, January 17 via Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Nook), and will be released in paperback form on Monday, Feb. 27. The following is a special excerpt from the book. It caught my eye because it was about a Trump rally in New Mexico, where I now live.
Trump finishes his speech and boards the plane, which taxis away. The crowd files out, and we leave for our own plane.

We are exhausted, and we have another flight to go — this time, to Michigan, where Trump will try to expand the map again tomorrow, to a state that Republican presidential candidates have coveted, election after election, in vain.

Hillary Clinton does nothing like this. She does not pack every possible moment with events, or fly across the country. Covering Clinton is a much easier assignment, and also a more boring one. There’s not much to do, not much access to anything, and no sense of drama or adventure.

Despite their continued skepticism about the man, the journalists — doomed to play the Washington Generals to his Harlem Globetrotters, several shows a day, every day, until the election — seem to be enjoying the sudden shift in mood.

We board the plane, which is about to become a lot more crowded.
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