Monday, April 24, 2017

Taking a new look at energy

Ace writes,
...By the way: You know who doesn't want Alaska pumping out oil?


And Saudi Arabia.

Low oil prices are objectively good for the American economy and good for its foreign policy goals -- most major oil exporters are hostile or at best frenemies, and being able to open the spigots whenever we want to send a message would be a terrific piece of foreign policy leverage that also amounts to putting money in American pockets.
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Government shutdown, are you an essential or non-essential worker, holding off on criticizing China, dreamers and non-dreamers, French election and the media, Laura's new book

The next thing I listened to at work today was today's Laura Ingraham show. Although Laura was an early and consistent Trump supporter, she is not a mindless cheerleader for him. She thinks he is making a mistake to hold back on criticizing China's dumping of steel on the world's markets. There has been a 19.6% increase so far this year. Trump is holding back criticism of China because he wants their help in dealing with the crazy dictator in North Korea. But, Laura believes China does not respect someone who backs down off previous criticism. There is something called "Market Economy Status" China is trying to get from the World Trade Organization, which Laura says would be disastrous to US interests.

Laura wonders if it is time to end our involvement in Afghanistan, where over 100 Afghan troops were killed this weekend.

One solid Trump supporter is Senator David Purdue of Georgia, who was a guest on today's show.

Government shutdown? Essential and non-essential workers? Laura criticized Republicans for once again failing to have a narrative ready three weeks before the shutdown date.

Laura notes how the media called the election results in France. Everything they said about Le Pen was negative; everything about Macron positive. The Establishment parties were rejected in the election.

Laura has a new book coming out in October entitled Billionaire at the Barricades, about Trump's election victory.

Western civilization, Obama's crease in his pants, the Left, #Never Trumpers, Ann Coulter, Berkeley

Are you like me in that you like to be thinking while doing mundane work? Andrew Klavan's podcasts work well in that regard. In this episode #300, he quotes from "The King of Knucklehead Row," David Brooks of the former newspaper called the New York Times. Brooks liked "classy" Obama, who did not believe in western civilization.

The University of California is so scared of a 100-pound woman, Ann Coulter, that they have to put on masks and beat people up.

Klavan says it is not a matter of class, but a matter of ideas. He talks with Michael Duran about the #Never Trumpers. Trump is more of a threat to them than he is to the Left. CNN has gone hard Left, and their ratings are up. The Never Trumpers continue to be critical of Trump, and he doesn't care; he has rejected their views. He doesn't care what they think!

"Patriots face a stark choice!"

Kurt Schlichter writes at Town Hall,
...This “I don’t like what you are saying so it’s hate speech now shut-up” footnote to the First Amendment is well-known at our colleges and universities. These bastions of free thinking freely admit thinking that we normals have no right to think freely at all. The fact that California law enforcement is regularly ordered to stand back and allow conservative speakers and their audiences to be intimidated and beaten in order to silence them is just a preview of the new America that liberals dream of. If you imagine the unholy love child of the economic basket case/police state of Venezuela and the grim intolerance of your local campus, you have a pretty good idea of the new, fascist America the Democrats seek to breed.

Liberals should be ashamed of themselves, but then they wouldn’t be liberal if they were born with shame genes. So, since we patriots are the only ones who actually support free speech, what do we patriots do to protect it?

Whatever it takes.

We fight peacefully in the political arena, in the courts, and in the shrinking marketplace of ideas while we can, but we must also be ready to fight in the streets when those punky puffboys try to shut us up. No quarter, no compromise, no surrender – we fight and win, or they shut us up forever.

Look, the left has told us what it wants – the power to force us to be silent and submit. That’s not wacky supposition; that’s not fevered imagination. They are open about their agenda, and it’s happening before our eyes. To pretend that our republic is not facing an existential threat from progressives who would use violence to silence their political opponents is to willfully ignore the evidence, just like a climate cultist ignores cold weather. And the violence has already begun: in fact, it is key to their plan for a free speech-free future. Today its gangs of masked thugs attacking us. Tomorrow, it’s uniformed men with guns – or at least those few spineless cowards among our security forces will ignore their oaths to defend the Constitution in exchange for a paycheck and a pension – dragging us off to jail for illegal speech. Or worse.

We patriots face a stark choice. We could choose the easy path of submission and hope that the left will leave us be if we just give in to their demands and give up on our right to participate in our own governance. But that won’t ever work – the true joy of leftism comes from imposing the leftists’ collective will upon its designated villains, and one guess as to the identity of those designated villains.

No, they don’t want to leave us alone – that misses the whole point of being a leftist. A leftist yearns to be the one doing the bullying and dominating. If we give in, we will spend the rest of our lives with their soft, girly hands around our necks.

And if we are so gutless as to give up our God-given rights in exchange for “peace,” we deserve that pathetic, dishonorable fate.

But we won’t give up. We won’t surrender. No matter how hard they punch, as Instapundit urges, we’ll punch back twice as hard.

It was funny seeing those antifa dorks get wedgies in Berkeley, but our enemies are serious about stripping us of the rights that our Creator endowed upon all men and women. Many of us are veterans or law enforcement, and our oaths to defend the Constitution even at the cost of our lives did not come with an expiration date. Millions more who did not take one of those oaths subscribe to them nonetheless. We promised not to let a fascist regime take hold, and we intend to keep our promise.

The First Amendment is followed by the Second Amendment for just this reason – history will record that our people’s unique refusal to be disarmed by those who seek to steal our liberties was a key factor why we will never be Venezuela II: The Revenge.

Our only chance of avoiding a catastrophe is if our would-be progressive overlords understand that for us normal Americans, there are only two possible outcomes. And living at their mercy as their serfs is not one of them.

The outcome we want is that we normals live free in a democratic republic exercising the rights enshrined in the Constitution, whether because leftists choose to respect our civil rights, or because we force them to respect our civil rights.

The other alternative is that we die on piles of spent brass surrounded by the bodies of our enemies. Either one’s cool – but submission to slavery is not an option.

That un-American, wannabe fascist Howard Dean need only look at a license plate from neighboring New Hampshire to understand how this is going to end. We’ll either live free or die.
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That person was our president for eight years!

Josh Meyer does investigative journalism at Politico on Obama selling out America on the Iran deal.

Clarifying expectations

The Chairman of the DNC says all Dem candidates must be pro-choice. Read more here.

"Some of us will have to work that night!"

Do you want to hear a journalist whine? Here is Ken Vogel, chief investigative reporter for Politico. He is upset that President Trump is holding a rally on the same night as the Washington correspondents Dinner. Here is his tweet:

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Power outages in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Friday

Did you know that there were power outages in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Friday at about the same time? Zero Hedge reports,
...The cause of the outage has not yet been made clear, though given the current geo-political climate it is not out of the question to suggest a cyber attack could be to blame. It has also been suggested that the current outages could be the result of a secretive nuclear/EMP drill by the federal government.

As we have previously reported, the entire national power grid has been mapped by adversaries of the United States and it is believed that sleep trojans or malware may exist within the computer systems that maintain the grid.

In a 2016 report, it was noted that our entire way of life has been left vulnerable to saboteurs who could cause cascading blackouts across the United States for days or weeks at a time.
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"The free countries of the world are going to face quite a reckoning of conscience."

At PJ Media, Claudia Rosett writes about North Korea,
...Someday, the Kim regime will fall. Whether that comes sooner or later, whether it comes in some manner of our choosing, or, against the totalitarian odds, from inside North Korea itself, all these things are hard to predict. But one thing I'm sure of. When the Pyongyang regime falls, and its inner recesses are exposed to daylight, the free countries of the world are going to face quite a reckoning of conscience. In calculating the sacrifice that might be needed to bring down Kim Jong Un and his obscene regime, one of the questions we should also be asking is, what are we sacrificing if we don't?
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It will be Le Pen versus Macron on May 7 in France

Sundance reports that Marine Le Pen has won today's first round of voting in France with 23.41% of the vote. She will face a runoff with Obama's favorite, Emmanuel Macron, who got 22.6%.
Marine Le Pen represents nationalistic socialism and carries a platform to close the borders, halt the refugee influx and she supports exiting the EU. Emmanuel Macron represents the option for globalist socialism: open borders, more refugees, and more EU influence.

The second round of voting will be May 7. Three other candidates have now dropped out.
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Trump's first 100 days, tax reform, building the wall, Trump's tax return, French election

100 days! Next Saturday will be 100 days of the Trump presidency. Do you like how it has gone? What do you like most and least?

On Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace looked at several facets of the first 100 days. Mick Mulvaney, Trump's highly capable and articulate director of the Office of Management and Budget, answered Wallace's questions clearly and concisely. So did Senator Langford of Oklahoma.

It appears that Trump wants Marine LePen to win the French election this week.

"Shattered," Rick Perry, Patriots at White House, every day life in North Korea

Have you seen Watters' World? Like Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters is another guy with a sense of humor on the right. On his show yesterday he had the woman who has authored the book "Shattered," about the Clinton campaign. His most interesting guest might have been the fellow who has written a book about his experiences in North Korea, entitled "Dear Reader." Jesse also has an interview with former Texas Governor, now Energy Secretary, Rick Perry.

Georgia run-off election, climate change, endless array of options

On the Greg Gutfeld Show last night, Greg reported on the 30-year-old filmmaker Ossoff, who won the right to be in a run-off election in June in Georgia. Greg compared him to Barack Obama, totally full of himself. In L.A. a 30-year-old filmmaker would be called a waiter.

Some in the media are giving Trump an F in climate change. Do you know what an F in climate change means? It means an A in climate change! It means Trump pissed off the people who cry on Earth Day!

What Greg likes about Trump is that he doesn't imprison himself with just two choices on any issue. He sees things as having an endless array of options.

Not Cool

Are you, like me, a fan of Greg Gutfeld and also of Dana Perino? Here is a program they put on at the Bush library to promote Greg's book Not Cool.

Greg believes that one of the reasons people make bad decisions is because they want to be liked by "special" people. Who decides what is cool? Progressives. They take evil and put it in a prism of cool. Darkness is cool. Hollywood is against guns, unless they want to use them in a movie. It is cool to be a pacifist, as long as there is a patriot willing to risk death so you can have that freedom.

One of the concepts in Greg's book is the free radical. Example: Andrew Breitbart. Sense of humor, but resists the desire to be liked. Has a spine. Is a Happy Warrior. Combines humor with facts.

The politically correct progressives will smear you if they don't agree with what you are saying. Who is the referee? The media. Which is owned by the other side.

An audience member asks about plastic bags. Greg correctly points out that cloth bags are much more dangerous, because people do not wash them, and they then develop food-borne illnesses.

The Clinton email "matter"

Did you know that FBI Director Jim Comey is 6'8" and his former boss Loretta Lynch is 5' tall? That is one of the details in a report in yesterday's New York Times by Matt Apuzzo, Michael S. Schmidt, Adam Goldman, and Eric Lichtblau. The report takes a look at the ways in which the decisions made by Comey may have influenced the November election (like Putin?).

On other issues, Mr. Comey bucked the administration but won praise from his agents, who saw him as someone who did what he believed was right, regardless of the political ramifications.

The 6-foot-8 Mr. Comey commanded a room and the spotlight. Ms. Lynch, 5 feet tall, was known for being cautious and relentlessly on message. In her five months as attorney general, she had shown no sign of changing her style.

At the meeting, everyone agreed that Mr. Comey should not reveal details about the Clinton investigation. But Ms. Lynch told him to be even more circumspect: Do not even call it an investigation, she said, according to three people who attended the meeting. Call it a “matter.”

Ms. Lynch reasoned that the word “investigation” would raise other questions: What charges were being investigated? Who was the target? But most important, she believed that the department should stick by its policy of not confirming investigations.

It was a by-the-book decision. But Mr. Comey and other F.B.I. officials regarded it as disingenuous in an investigation that was so widely known. And Mr. Comey was concerned that a Democratic attorney general was asking him to be misleading and line up his talking points with Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, according to people who spoke with him afterward.

...As the Clinton investigation headed into its final months, there were two very different ideas about how the case would end. Ms. Lynch and her advisers thought a short statement would suffice, probably on behalf of both the Justice Department and the F.B.I.

Mr. Comey was making his own plans.

A chance encounter set those plans in motion.

In late June, Ms. Lynch’s plane touched down at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as part of her nationwide tour of police departments. Former President Bill Clinton was also in Phoenix that day, leaving from the same tarmac.

Ms. Lynch’s staff loaded into vans, leaving the attorney general and her husband on board. Mr. Clinton’s Secret Service agents mingled with her security team. When the former president learned who was on the plane, his aides say, he asked to say hello.

Mr. Clinton’s aides say he intended only to greet Ms. Lynch as she disembarked. But Ms. Lynch later told colleagues that the message she received — relayed from one security team to another — was that Mr. Clinton wanted to come aboard, and she agreed.

When Ms. Lynch’s staff members noticed Mr. Clinton boarding the plane, a press aide hurriedly called the Justice Department’s communications director, Melanie Newman, who said to break up the meeting immediately. A staff member rushed to stop it, but by the time the conversation ended, Mr. Clinton had been on the plane for about 20 minutes.

The meeting made the local news the next day and was soon the talk of Washington. Ms. Lynch said they had only exchanged pleasantries about golf and grandchildren, but Republicans called for her to recuse herself and appoint a special prosecutor.

Ms. Lynch said she would not step aside but would accept whatever career prosecutors and the F.B.I. recommended on the Clinton case — something she had planned to do all along.

Mr. Comey never suggested that she recuse herself. But at that moment, he knew for sure that when there was something to say about the case, he alone would say it.

...Two days later, on the morning of July 5, Mr. Comey called Ms. Lynch to say that he was about to hold a news conference. He did not tell her what he planned to say, and Ms. Lynch did not demand to know.

On short notice, the F.B.I. summoned reporters to its headquarters for the briefing.

...With a black binder in hand, Mr. Comey walked into a large room on the ground floor of the F.B.I.’s headquarters. Standing in front of two American flags and two royal-blue F.B.I. flags, he read from a script.

He said the F.B.I. had reviewed 30,000 emails and discovered 110 that contained classified information. He said computer hackers may have compromised Mrs. Clinton’s emails. And he criticized the State Department’s lax security culture and Mrs. Clinton directly.

“Any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position” should have known better, Mr. Comey said. He called her “extremely careless.”

The criticism was so blistering that it sounded as if he were recommending criminal charges. Only in the final two minutes did Mr. Comey say that “no charges are appropriate in this case.”

...The Daily Mail, a British tabloid, was first with the salacious story: Anthony D. Weiner, the former New York congressman, had exchanged sexually charged messages with a 15-year-old girl.

The article, appearing in late September, raised the possibility that Mr. Weiner had violated child pornography laws. Within days, prosecutors in Manhattan sought a search warrant for Mr. Weiner’s computer.

Even with his notoriety, this would have had little impact on national politics but for one coincidence. Mr. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, was one of Mrs. Clinton’s closest confidantes, and had used an email account on her server.

F.B.I. agents in New York seized Mr. Weiner’s laptop in early October. The investigation was just one of many in the New York office and was not treated with great urgency, officials said. Further slowing the investigation, the F.B.I. software used to catalog the computer files kept crashing.

Eventually, investigators realized that they had hundreds of thousands of emails, many of which belonged to Ms. Abedin and had been backed up to her husband’s computer.

Neither Mr. Comey nor Ms. Lynch was concerned. Agents had discovered devices before in the Clinton investigation (old cellphones, for example) that turned up no new evidence.

Then, agents in New York who were searching image files on Mr. Weiner’s computer discovered a State Department document containing the initials H.R.C. — Hillary Rodham Clinton. They found messages linked to Mrs. Clinton’s home server.

And they made another surprising discovery: evidence that some of the emails had moved through Mrs. Clinton’s old BlackBerry server, the one she used before moving to her home server. If Mrs. Clinton had intended to conceal something, agents had always believed, the evidence might be in those emails. But reading them would require another search warrant, essentially reopening the Clinton investigation.

The election was two weeks away.

Mr. Comey learned of the Clinton emails on the evening of Oct. 26 and gathered his team the next morning to discuss the development.

Seeking a new warrant was an easy decision. He had a thornier issue on his mind.

Back in July, he told Congress that the Clinton investigation was closed. What was his obligation, he asked, to acknowledge that this was no longer true?

It was a perilous idea. It would push the F.B.I. back into the political arena, weeks after refusing to confirm the active investigation of the Trump campaign and declining to accuse Russia of hacking.

The question consumed hours of conference calls and meetings. Agents felt they had two options: Tell Congress about the search, which everyone acknowledged would create a political furor, or keep it quiet, which followed policy and tradition but carried its own risk, especially if the F.B.I. found new evidence in the emails.

...The next morning, Friday, Oct. 28, Mr. Comey wrote to Congress, “In connection with an unrelated case, the F.B.I. has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.”

His letter became public within minutes. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, a Republican and a leading antagonist of Mrs. Clinton’s, jubilantly announced on Twitter, “Case reopened.”

...Mr. Trump immediately mentioned it on the campaign trail. “As you might have heard,” Mr. Trump told supporters in Maine, “earlier today, the F.B.I. … ” The crowd interrupted with a roar. Everyone had heard.

Polls almost immediately showed Mrs. Clinton’s support declining. Presidential races nearly always tighten in the final days, but some political scientists reported a measurable “Comey effect.”

“This changes everything,” Mr. Trump said.

...A few hours later, Mr. Strzok and his team were back in Mr. Comey’s conference room for a final briefing: Only about 3,000 emails had been potentially work-related. A dozen or so email chains contained classified information, but the F.B.I. had already seen it.

And agents had found no emails from the BlackBerry server during the crucial period when Mrs. Clinton was at the State Department.

Nothing had changed what Mr. Comey had said in July.

That conclusion was met with a mixture of relief and angst. Everyone at the meeting knew that the question would quickly turn to whether Mr. Comey’s letter had been necessary.

That afternoon, Mr. Comey sent a second letter to Congress. “Based on our review,” he wrote, “we have not changed our conclusions.”

...Many factors explained Mr. Trump’s success, but Mrs. Clinton blamed just one. “Our analysis is that Comey’s letter — raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be — stopped our momentum,” she told donors a few days after the election. She pointed to polling data showing that late-deciding voters chose Mr. Trump in unusually large numbers.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Russia, Iran, and Trump

Victor Davis Hanson writes,
...Who knows, Putin may come to respect (and even prefer) an American leader who is unpredictable and unapologetically tough without being sanctimonious, sermonizing — and weak.

...By now, Iran knows that it cannot send another missile toward an American carrier, hijack an American boat, or cheat flagrantly on the Iran Deal without earning some response from a man who dislikes both the revolutionary government and what Iran has done to the U.S. over the past eight years.
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Tough guy

AWR Hawkins reports at Breitbart,
On April 21 South Dakota State Attorney General Marty Jackley announced charges of terrorism threats against Ehab Jaber.
The Capital Journal reports that the charges represent “a Class 5 felony with a maximum sentence of five years.”

In a Facebook Live video allegedly filmed in a car outside a Christian conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a Muslim man identified as Ehab Jaber brandishes numerous guns and warns people to “be scared.”

The video was republished by the New York Post. In it, Jaber can be seen pulling a pistol from his vehicle’s console, another from a holster on his waist, and yet another from down near his feet (or an ankle holster). He eventually reaches behind the driver’s seat to grab AK and AR-style rifles. He appears to hold up numerous magazines for the rifles while saying, “That’s how I travel. That’s how I f*cking travel.”
Go here to watch the video and read more.

"It's religious!"

In providing a link to this Washington Post story, Glenn Reynolds headlines it as "Diversity is our Strength!" Kristine Phillips reports,
The attorney for a Detroit-area doctor accused of mutilating the genitals of young girls acknowledges that her client performed the procedure, but she says it was part of a religious practice.
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Don Rickles performs at 1985 Reagan inauguration dinner

Have you ever seen this? As you know, Don Rickles recently passed away. Here he was performing at the 1985 inauguration dinner for Ronald Reagan.

Fox News, O'Reilly, liberals trying to make Africa a liberal colony, hate speech

Did you know Andrew Klavan has his own show on the Daily Wire? I did not, so I am pleased to learn of it.

Andrew has on a guest named Obianuju Ekeocha — a woman in a world-wide battle with the left. Uganda had a very successful program to combat AIDS. It was called ABC, which stood for abstinence, be faithful, and, if you can't be faithful, use condoms. Along comes Melissa Gates, pushing abortion and contraception. Obianuju points out that in Africa abortion is considered an abomination, and it is still not legal in most of Africa. Who is pushing this on Africa? Obama, Gates, George Soros, Hewlet Packard, Planned Parenthood, and Warren Buffet, among others. Obianuju points out that Africans are classical social conservatives, but the problem is that their leaders, like ours, can be bought offand are being bought off. Klavan points out that the Left are not accountable for results, only intentions. You can follow Obianuju's work at Culture of

Andrew discussed the fact that students at Wellesey College refer to speech they do not like as hate speech, because they disagree with it, and otherwise would have to listen to it, which they would hate. How do spoiled, whiney, privileged young women turn into NAZIs? Because the faculty also defends the practice of banning speech they disagree with.

Andrew discusses the Bill O'Reilly firing, and wonders why the success of Fox News has not been replicated.

"Sanctuary workplaces," MS13 gang continues their gruesome violence, French elections, female genital mutilation, robotics

Tucker's first guest last night was an Oakland, Ca. City Councilman who had difficulty looking into the camera. Oakland's City Council has told the city's employers to be "sanctuary workplaces" and not report immigration violations.

Meanwhile, the MS13 gang who came to California from El Salvador, Guatamala, and Honduras, continue to commit gruesome crimes all across the country.The most recent murders were in Suffolk County, New York, near Long Island. A police commissioner there came on the program and alleged that MS13 is a bigger threat than ISIS! They prey on younger, vulnerable people, many of whom are here without parental guidance.

Other topics covered included poking fun at MSNBC, the French elections, and two more arrested in Michigan for female genital mutilation.

Mark Cuban says computers are becoming prescriptive, creating new answers. Hardest hit will be people whose jobs are repetitive. He says America is not in the lead in robotics, but should be! He didn't say who is ahead.

"Obama left behind plenty of domestic and international ticking time bombs, from ObamaCare to Iran, and Trump’s first years in office will be occupied with finding ways to keep the bombs from going off."

Daniel Greenfield writes at Front Page,
...Obama’s tenure was marked by two inexplicable wars; a surge in Afghanistan that failed to accomplish any of its goals while killing and crippling thousands of Americans, and an illegal regime change operation in Libya that left the country looking like Iraq. Obama and his fans don’t talk about either of these wars. And you can’t blame them. They make ObamaCare look like a shining success story.

...The threat of ISIS and other Sunni Islamists helped Iran get a firm grip on Iraq and Syria. The Arab Spring wedged it deeper into Yemen. And Obama was too worried that Iran would walk away from a potential nuclear deal to do anything about it. The nuclear deal sealed the deal for a resurgent Iran.

And that means that Russia is the dominant power in the region.

Obama alienated Egypt by backing the Brotherhood. President Trump has been trying to undo that disaster. Obama backed Turkey’s totalitarian Islamist tyrant even as he quarreled with and then sidled up to Russia. The only remaining strong ally in the region capable of defending itself is Israel.

...The Iran deal once again sent the message to North Korea that nuclear weapons can only benefit it. And that, when combined with Obama’s failures in Asia, funnels us into the military option in North Korea.

Back in Syria, Obama’s Red Line stranded us in the middle of an Islamic civil war and credibility crisis. Obama had handed over the keys to the region to Iran and Russia. America is now stuck trying to get them back.

President Trump chose to do it by going back to the point of collapse and enforcing Obama’s Red Line. It was a controversial choice, but it made a clear statement that presidential promises mean something. It also sent a message to Syria, Russia, and Iran that just because we don’t want yet another war, doesn’t mean that they have a free hand to do anything they want.

Obama saw foreign policy in the social justice terms of the left. Trump and his people see a geopolitical struggle. His predecessor believed that we had to atone for our historical crimes. Trump understands that at the root of local crises like Syria and North Korea is a larger contest with Russia and China. It’s the worldview that Obama had sneeringly dismissed as rooted in the Cold War in his debate with Romney.

And yet it’s far more useful than Obama’s incoherent foreign policy whose three pillars were Islamism, appeasement and global warming.

President Trump believes that global stability comes from the stability in the relationship between world powers. Syria and North Korea are just the ways that Russia and China test us to see how far they can push. His goal is to achieve stability from the top down by reaching an understanding with the other powers. And to do that he has to undo the credibility crisis that he inherited from Barack Obama.

Obama left behind plenty of domestic and international ticking time bombs, from ObamaCare to Iran, and Trump’s first years in office will be occupied with finding ways to keep the bombs from going off.
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"The next four days will tell you a lot about the next four years!"

I hope you understand all of this better than I do. I turned to Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse, and he was not very optimistic.
There are no adjectives capable of describing the scope and immeasurable scale of the battle that is about to transpire between the White House and the Democrat/Republican UniParty.

...Every vested financial interest has been, and is now, prepared to do battle against President Trump. All of the body blows from the media, including their professional gaslighting efforts, was merely to soften Trump up for the pending attacks.

All of the previous accusations, ridicule, marginalization, probes and diminishment efforts by the media and their multinational corporate entities will pale in comparison to what lies ahead.

If you listen to Mulvaney carefully, and accept that the UniParty apparatus is real and purposeful, then you can see the scope of the financial strategy coming from DC. Remember, the BIG CLUB has paid for legislative policy. They will not allow those payments to be non-reciprocated, all of the DC politicians are now commissioned to fight without limits or rules on their behalf.

BIG CLUB: ♦Retention of ObamaCare. ♦Deep Federal Spending. ♦NO border wall. ♦Open-ended immigration until congress delivers comprehensive immigration reform to include amnesty. ♦Tax Cuts (corporate revenue enhancements).

♦House Speaker Paul Ryan will use the budgetary rules process, as a backdoor, to leverage the U.S. CoC Lobbyists construct of the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT).

♦No-one paid by the Big Club in Washington DC will willingly support the Border Wall.

Think about what Director Mulvaney is saying in the video above. Mulvaney is highlighting the point that tax/budget will either use the reconciliation process, or not – depending on the opposition and depending on the support.

Any budget can pass the house with a simple majority, the Republicans have full control.

However, when the budget reaches the Senate if they are going to use “reconciliation” (simple majority/republicans only) the budget must be revenue neutral beyond 10 years – if the tax plan/budget is going to be permanent.

If the Tax-Plan/Budget delivered to the Senate is not deemed revenue neutral (scored by CBO) beyond 10 years, it cannot be permanent and use the reconciliation process (simple majority). Such a plan must contain a sunset provision or an expiration date.

A permanent tax plan/budget that is: not deficit neutral, and beyond the 10 year scope, will require support from more than just 52 republican senators to pass; because it will mean long-term deficit spending.

Here’s where the FUBAR of the UniParty comes into play. This is not a Democrat -vs- White House issue.

President Trump cannot present a balanced budget with drastic cuts to government, because UniParty republicans will not support it. They, along with Democrats, will demand more spending.

Most of those same UniParty republicans are already opposed to the border wall. They view funding for the border wall as a negotiation tool to keep the federal government spending on other facets. President Trump cannot fund the wall, and simultaneously fund their big government spending indulgences without deficit spending.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Just grow up already!

Guest post by Suzann Darnall

I am about maxed out on the whiny brat baby butts who are filling the news, social media, sports, entertainment, schools, and just about anywhere one looks or lives nowadays. Would they please quit already and grow up. Or, just go away!

We live in what may well be the greatest nation in the world. Our citizens enjoy one of the highest levels of freedom to be found worldwide, even with the non-stop infringements of our rights by overreaching government and power-hungry politicians. While American society is not perfect, we do have more equality demonstrated than most countries and societies around the world. Americans may well have the overall best standard of living anywhere in the world. Even “poverty” in America for most comes with shelter, food, indoor plumbing, medical care, public education, private transportation, a cell phone, internet access, etc.

Yet, we still hear the constant complaining about sexism, racism, bigotry, intolerance, fascism, disenfranchisement, or whatever Progressive catchword is being used as the gathering banner for the next demonstration by often paid protestors. I am tired of it. I am tired of having to hear about how bad it is to live in America. How bad it is to be a woman in America. How bad it is to be a minority in America. Just flat sick and tired of hearing the constant litany of untruths.

The truth is that life is not all that bad here in the United States of America. Women are allowed to not only drive cars, they go out all by themselves to buy one, in any outfit of their choosing. Not only do men not get thrown off the roof for being gay, they can now marry their partners. All Americans, no matter their ethnicity, religion, or gender, have the right to vote and their vote is counted as one vote per person . . . except in the case of voter fraud, which is illegal and not a part of our system, unlike what is practiced in some countries.

However, when listening to so much of the media, the celebrities, and the Liberals, one would think the entire Constitution and the Bill of Rights no longer exists. One would gain the impression that American liberty is a thing of the past. Dead and gone. Well, they are sorta kinda right in a way. Many of our freedoms are being chipped away by those overreaching politicians, far too many intrusive government bureaucracies, and a whole blizzard of “snowflakes” demanding special treatment for themselves while limiting the rights of pretty much all others.

They demand tolerance, yet have no tolerance for those not of their mindset. They demand freedom of speech but would deny others the right to that same freedom by labeling dissenting opinions as “hate speech” and requesting all “hate speech” be banned. Aspects of this intolerance and demand for preferential treatment can be made into a list that pert near covers any rights listed anywhere in American documents.

Well, get over it! ALL Americans have all of the freedoms listed in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights. If there is an occasional infringement, please go to the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Center for Law and Justice, or your local Congressman. Then, make a personal plea to get that wrong corrected. The laws are already in place to protect and defend your rights. We do not need another pink pussyhat protest or another redundant new law.

Not that I truly expect the whiny brat baby butts to truly go away anytime soon, but at least I have exercised my freedom and cleansed my soul with a bit of a rant. Now, to get on with the business of living my actually pretty good life in this actually very nice place to live. God bless America!


Hollywood, morality, nobility, honor, and patriotism without being preachy.

What a treat! Mark Steyn interviews Andrew Klavan! Have you ever thought about the fact that our minds are being shaped by the stories we share and the songs we sing? Lots of good thoughts here about Hollywood, morality, nobility, honor, and patriotism without being preachy.

Did you know that Kermit Gosnell is the subject of a movie Klaven is making?

Iranians cheating, tax reform, healthcare repeal and replace, Arkansas puts killer to death, will Trump honor the Paris accords?

On Special Report with Bret Baier, an Iranian dissident group presented satellite information indicating that Iran may be cheating more than anyone expected. There has been extensive covert action by Iran producing high explosives at a military-controlled area that we are not allowed to inspect. Thanks, Obama! Obama and Kerry allowed the Iranians to inspect themselves!

Trump is upbeat about tax reform and healthcare repeal and replace. The US has the highest corporate tax rate in the world? How could that be?

A guy who hit a woman multiple times with a tire chain was put to death in Arkansas last night.

What will Trump do about the Paris accords on climate change? Ivanka and Jared want Trump to honor it, while Pruitt and Bannon do not. The agreement unfairly favors China and India against the US.

Paris terror attack, Trump gets Egypt to release Aide workers, legal and illegal immigration, word prisons

The Five covered the terror attack in Paris. The media criticized Trump for referring to it as a terror attack.

Members of the Five praised Trump for convincing Egypt to release some Aide workers, and reminded us of Obama getting Cuba to release a cop killer.

Jeff Sessions said that 1.1 million people come legally into the US every year.

Some poll said that only 38% of Americans want a wall built to keep out illegal immigrants.

Greg Gutfeld noted how we create prisons of two ideas. For example, why can't the wall have a beautiful welcoming gate? Why can't we have both free and fair trade? Instead of all-out war, why can't we have incremental strikes?

Free speech, terrorism, big pharma, vaccines, reparations

Tucker Carlson's show last night included two of my favorite people, Mark Steyn and Katie Hopkins. Mark spoke about the importance of free speech, while Katie spoke about how the mass immigration from the Middle East and Africa is hurting Europe.

Tucker also had on Robert Kennedy Jr. talking about big pharma and vaccines, and there was a segment on reparations.

Tucker now moves next week to the nine p.m. eastern time slot, replacing Bill O'Rielly, who collected 25 million dollars in severance pay. Next Monday Tucker will have on Caitlyn Jenner as one of his guests.

Rights versus responsibilities

Jordan Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He got into trouble with the Canadian thought police and now is speaking out fearlessly. He urges conservatives to speak the truth as they have come to know it.

Peterson is against postmodernism. He recommends we read a book by Stephen Hicks entitled Explaining Postmodernism. Postmodernists are not grateful. They are resentful, arrogant, and deceitful. They are opposed to the individual, logic, and dialogue. They slot themselves into victim vs. oppressor categories. The Left sells millennials rights. The Right sells responsibilities.

Peterson encourages us to not be afraid speak our truth. What we should be afraid of is not being! Don't underestimate the power of our speech! Your capacity for speech is divine! There is nothing more powerful than truth! It is not safe to speak, and it never will be! But it's even less safe not to speak! It is a balance of risks; you either pay the price for being who you are, or pay the price for being a bloody serf, one who has enslaved him or herself!

Say what you think carefully. Pay attention to your words. Truth is the cornerstone of society. Tell the truth, and see what happens. Don't lie. The enemy is a cloud of gnats. They are only courageous in groups or in mobs. Stand your ground. Be afraid, but be afraid of the right thing: not saying what you believe, because that is the same as not being! Here you are suffering away; you might as well be at the same time. At least then there is something to you!

Egypt releases aide workers at Trump's request

At The Conservative Treehouse, Sundance brings us the news that
As a gesture of the shift in relationship between the U.S. and Egypt, and at the request of President Trump, President al-Sisi’s administration released two imprisoned aide workers. They arrived back in the U.S. late last night.

(Via WaPo) […] President Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington.

[…] The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release. It was not until Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egypt by embracing Sissi at the White House on April 3 — he publicly hailed the autocrat’s leadership as “fantastic” and offered the U.S. government’s “strong backing” — that Egypt’s posture changed. Last Sunday, a court in Cairo dropped all charges against Hijazi and the others.
Read more here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Battered Conservative Syndrome!

Sundance writes at The Last Refuge,
There are many people rightly concerned about legislative issues seemingly stuck in the mud. However, what many of those same people seem to forget is the basic reality of President Trump’s America-First agenda being opposed by professional republicans even more than it is opposed by professional Democrats. DC is a UniParty.

Republican and Democrat political leadership, the UniParty writ large, have been paid to protect the legislative priorities of the multi-billion lobbying group known as K-Street.

The fallacy of false choice lies behind the concept of controlled opposition.

Prior to Donald Trump there was only one political party in DC, the Uniparty. President Trump represents the alternative; the second party.

For almost five years we have been pointing out the construct. The UniParty have three unwavering primary objectives as purchased by the lobbying groups: 1) Retention of Obamacare; 2) Budgetary spending to retain growth of government; and 3) comprehensive immigration reform to include amnesty.

These three primary legislative issues are not up for debate, modification or discussion. The legislative outcomes have been purchased, multi-million-dollar investments made, and the interests behind the legislative constructs will not allow any elimination or concession.

For almost five years we have been pointing out the construct. The UniParty have three unwavering primary objectives as purchased by the lobbying groups: 1) Retention of Obamacare; 2) Budgetary spending to retain growth of government; and 3) comprehensive immigration reform to include amnesty.

These three primary legislative issues are not up for debate, modification or discussion. The legislative outcomes have been purchased, multi-million-dollar investments made, and the interests behind the legislative constructs will not allow any elimination or concession.

You see, this is where CTH refuses to be co-dependents in our own abuse. We fully understand, and more importantly ‘accept’, the DC UniParty congress has no intention of: Providing a budget to lower spending; repealing and replacing ObamaCare; allowing enforcement of immigration law to include deportation and a southern border wall.

It can be difficult to accept these realities. It can be difficult to confront your abuser. However, until the larger electorate understand the structural concept of the UniParty, there will be hours-upon-hours of talking in circles, and tens of thousands of column inches typed in an effort to reconcile the irreconcilable and avoid accepting the diagnosis:

….Battered Conservative Syndrome!

Codependent no more!
Read more here.

Trump today on dairy farming, lumber, timber, and energy

Remarks today from President Trump on steel dumping:
...Today, I’m directing the Department of Commerce to immediately prioritize the investigation that began yesterday and really long before that — because Wilbur and I have been working on this for a long time — into foreign steel arriving into our markets, and to submit a report on the effects of these foreign steel products on the national security of the United States.

It’s not just the pricing, it’s not just employment, it also has to do with the national security of our country, which people never talk about. I talked about it.

Maintaining the production of American steel is extremely important to our national security and our defense industrial base. Steel is critical to both our economy and our military. This is not an area where we can afford to become dependent on foreign countries. We have a product where we actually need foreign countries to be nice to us in order to fight for our people. And that’s not going to happen any longer, believe me — especially as it comes to steel.

This investigation will look at how steel imports are impacting the United States national security, taking into account foreign practices such as steel dumping. Dumping is a tremendous problem in this country. They’re dumping vast amounts of steel in our country, and they’re really hurting not only our country, but our companies. Their targeting of American industry and other foreign strategies designed to undermine American industry as a whole.

President Trump today on dairy farming, lumber, timber, and energy:
The fact is, NAFTA — whether it’s Mexico or Canada — is a disaster for our country. It’s a disaster. It’s a trading disaster. And we’ll be reporting back sometime over the next two weeks as to NAFTA and what we’re going to do about it. But what happened to our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and New York State — we’re not going to let it happen. We can’t let Canada or anybody else take advantage and do what they did to our workers and to our farmers. And again, I want to also just mention, included in there is lumber, timber, and energy. So we’re going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly. Again, just to tell you, this is another NAFTA disaster, and we’re not going to let it continue onward.
Read more here.

Drain the swamp!

Sundance writes,
...It is more than a little ironic that most of the opposition to President Trump on budgets is coming from UniParty Republicans in congress. The same UniParty who couldn’t bother to pass a budget since Sept. 2007.

…. Almost a decade.

A decade without a budget, and yet Congress has the audacity to quibble over President Trump’s spending requests. Think about it.

President Trump has already proposed a budget outline for fiscal year 2018 that includes over a trillion dollar reduction in actual spending. Not a reduction in the growth of spending, but an actual reduction in year-over-year spending. A concept so foreign to congress that most UniParty Republicans have already announced their opposition toward such an effort and stated they will demand President Trump spend more money.

….now, congress doesn’t want to fund a border wall.

….oh, and congress can’t repeal or replace ObamaCare.

….oh, and President Trump still doesn’t have his cabinet confirmed.

….. and congress is on vacation.

….. and, well, while on vacation, Representative Jodi Ernest is worried about President Trump going to Mar-a-lago too much. Did I mention she said that while on vacation?

….and then, well, congress won’t accept the letter of intent to open NAFTA for trade renegotiation.

….. and oh yeah, congress is on vacation.

So there’s that.

The Left, 4-20, and political news of the day

Here is today's The Five show, where five people kick around their views on key issues of the day.

There was a brief discussion of a new song by Bruce Springsteen, which is anti-Trump. Greg Gutfeld pointed out that the Left preaches love, but they deem you evil if you don't share their opinions. Dana Perina added that the Left is also about "You're stupid!"

Today being 4-20 produced some discussion of whether to legalize pot. Greg's comment was, "If pot smokers want to be taken seriously, then they should take themselves seriously and "Grow Up!" He is talking about the stereotype of thinking it is funny to be high. He added, "Pot will be accepted when it is mundane and boring like coming home and having a drink with your meal or after dinner."

Bob Beckel, a former addict, made the point that the dealers who deal marijuana also deal meth and opioids, truly dangerous drugs.

New Terror Attack in Paris

Sundance reports at The Last Refuge,
Media are reporting that at least one police officer had been killed and at least two others seriously wounded by two Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen on the Champs Elysees in central Paris tonight.

Read more here.

Obama meddling in French elections

Let me understand...The Democrats have been accusing Putin of meddling in our election? Perhaps they would like to comment on this call Barack Obama made to try to influence the upcoming French elections!

Tom Brady and Bill O'Reilly in the news

Rush Limbaugh jumps into two controversial items in the news today. The first is the O'Reilly firing by Murdoch's sons, who are now running Fox News. Rush first pointed to the organized attempt to boycott O'Reilly's advertisers. Rush notes that these boycotts of advertisers are always against right-of-center media. Always. And they usually start at The New York Times, as this one did. Fox News, with O'Reilly as their anchor has been beating its competition in ratings since Fox debuted in 1997, according to Rush. The Left cannot win in head-to-head competition, either in t.v. or talk radio. The Left's Standard Operating Procedure is to destroy the opposition because they cannot compete head-to-head in the arena of ideas. He explained that they do this with "bots," scaring advertisers into thinking there are gigantic numbers of people opposing the center-right guy involved.

Rush also noted that the woman involved in the complaint against O'Reilly is now dating Anthony Weiner!

The other story was about Tom Brady's last-minute decision not to come to the White House yesterday to celebrate the Patriots Super Bowl victory. Rush noted that Brady's supermodel wife Giselle had tweeted some support for Leftist causes yesterday.

That was what I heard in listening to 21 minutes of the Rush Limbaugh show today.

Genital mutilation and identity politics

Tucker Carlson's April 19 show covered lots of news items, as usual. Perhaps the most interesting and urgent is that an arrest has been made in Michigan of a doctor who has been performing genital mutilation surgeries on little girls. Ayaan Hirsi Ali has the AHA Foundation trying to expose and deal with this horrendous practice. She says little girls as young as five-years-old are taken from their homes during summer vacation to other countries or to states that have no laws. Only 26 states have laws forbidding genital mutilation.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali says that the clitoris is removed on these little girls, then the labia sewn shut. It is done to kill the libidos of girls when they become teens or women to ensure their virginity.

Tucker asks her why have women's groups and human rights groups ignored this? Ayaan says it is because of identity politics. No one wants to be accused of Islamophobia!

500 to 1000 little girls are currently at risk or have already had this done to them.

Was O'Reilly's firing really about Trump?

Roger L. Simon writes at PJ Media,
If I were Fox talent right now, I'd be very nervous and especially careful about saying anything too positive about Trump. I'd remember to add a few negatives, maybe more than a few, to undercut any approving statements about the president or his policies, just like they do it on CNN. The Murdoch boys will be watching. Like characters in a Greek tragedy, the brothers have taken over and are maneuvering their aged father off stage. And Fox News is the big loser in this drama.

...Did what Bill supposedly did really amount to a firing offense or were his accusers just looking for money or fame, as O'Reilly himself has implied? Or was it just a political hatchet job by the seemingly endless legions who spend all their waking hours and seemingly most of their sleeping ones doing their best to oppose, discredit, and destroy all things Trump?
Read more here.

In what might be his best column yet, Kurt Schlichter urges Democrats not to change a thing!

He writes at Town Hall,
Look, Democrats, speaking sincerely as your friend, understand that everyone who says you need to take a deep look at yourselves is a racist, sexist, homophobe who won’t even ask about your preferred pronoun. Whatever you do, don’t you ever change.

Don’t be fooled by how America tossed out over a thousand Democrat legislators since Barack Obama was crowned, or by the way that people chose Donald Trump over that sexy beast you wanted to coronate. They seek to sway you from the progressive path with facts and evidence, but facts and evidence are bourgeois constructs weaponized by patriarchal penis-people of pallor!

Fight the power, damn it! Look in the mirror and repeat after me:

I’m special.

I’m uniquely blessed with moral insights from somewhere – definitely not God.

I’m right.

And everyone else is wrong.

In the immortal words of Eighties Aussie rock legends INXS, let’s tie a belt around our necks and pretend everything’s going to work out fine.

No, wait.

Don’t change. That’s it.

Don’t change a thing, Democrats.

The problem isn’t you. It’s those stupid idiots who won’t obey you because they’re stupid idiots. How can those idiots be so stupid?

Who knows? But what’s clear is that it’s not your fault. It’s theirs. So when the going gets tough, and you aren’t making progress – in fact, when you’re moving backwards – what’s the smart play? Double down!

Hey, the dealer’s showing an ace in a face-heavy deck and you’ve got a six, what do you do? Double down!

Double down on Russians! So Trump flattened their buddy’s air force? Big whoop. It’s pretty clear that was some sort of cunning 4-D chess move a complete buffoon like The Donald would make – or not! He’s totally guilty of something, because he has to be! Don’t let yourselves be fooled by the utter lack of any evidence of Russian collusion from The One’s intensive wiretapping efforts getting spilled to house organs like WaPo and the NYT. Just ignore the fact that the Obamaminons in the federal government usually leak harder than Bernie Sanders at a tickle party!

Double down on tax returns! People care! Doubtless somewhere in his tax returns is the smoking gun where Trump scribbled “I [heart] Vlad!” right on them in big letters like it was some sort of IRS Form 1040-Pee Chee. Sure, Rachael Geraldo Maddow looked foolish when Don Capone’s vault came up a dry hole – $38 million in taxes is a lot of money even to a Clinton – but clearly that dumb, stupid, idiot, moron of dumbness Trump tricked her into it!

Double down on familiar faces! Don’t buy the idea that your leaders are wizened windbags a decade past their sell-by dates. Nothing says sexy like Chuck Schumer. He’s hotter than Bobby Sherman! And the kids love their Nancy Pelosi, the Lena Dunham of the Chardonnay-and-Volvo set.

Plus, you have a terrific bench full of up-and-commie superstars! How about that Chelsea? America eagerly awaits 2024, because America wants Jeb Clinton.

America needs Jeb Clinton.

Don’t make our mistake. When the Republicans managed to lose to Faily McWorsethancarter in 2012, we stupidly looked inwards like a bunch of suckers. Both officially and unofficially, the party reexamined its premises, thought through what it had been doing, and like a bunch of dummies, asked itself what it could do better. The results were a bit surprising – it turned out that the people it expected to show up and vote for its candidates weren’t exactly in tune with the people back in Washington who thought they knew what was best. And what happened next was ugly.

Remember Eric Cantor? No, me neither. And adios to K Street Johnny Boy Boehner, the guy with 100% of the cheesiness factor of the Rat Pack and 0% of the cool.

Republicans discovered that 58-year old voters supporting their families on $35 an hour whose jobs some rich donor was shipping to Juarez needed a better answer than, “Well, if you ever read Milton Friedman, you’d know that you’re obsolete. Go learn computers or something. Maybe you can land a data entry gig for $10.25 an hour. Maybe.”

Republicans realized that while importing a zillion serfs from Third Worldistan might help make Milton Wellington von Moneybags marginally richer, their own constituents were having to put up with their jobs getting taken – after they trained their replacements – and their kids getting shot, either by gangbangers or by jihad-loving freaks. We learned that perhaps calling our own voters “racist” for objecting to being figuratively passed around the cellblock was counter-productive.

And before our re-think, we Republicans thought our voters were up for pretty much any war. Sure, our constituents have always defended this country, but after the last 15 year cluster-fark, they had gotten a tad disenchanted with getting blown-up whilst being moved around the international chessboard by a coterie bow-tied tuffboys who never had to worry about the lead heading their way. It turns out our voters were only for wars that were important enough to our security that we actually intended on winning them.

Who would have thought it? Well, a party that did the hard work of looking at itself and figuring out where it went wrong. But you Democrats don’t need to do that. You’re perfect just the way you are.

Run someone in Louisiana who thinks it’s open season on a baby any time before that last toe slips out? Hell yeah! Those Cajun cousin kissers will take what you give them and like it!

Put someone on the ballot in deer hunting country in Pennsylvania who thinks the Second Amendment’s recognition of our God-given right to keep and bear arms means we get to keep and bear arms? Hell no! You Democrats must ensure that every Democrat candidate everywhere embodies the passions and the prejudices of weenie San Francisco tech dorks!

Now, I’m telling you this as a friend, the same kind of a friend you are to working people, to our troops, to American patriots: I sincerely hope that you stick to your principles, that you never doubt yourselves, and that you never waver.

You’re perfect just the way you are.

Don’t you ever change.

"I know I'm a chicken, but I'm also a bird! I have every right to be in a tree!"

Berkeley cancels speech by Ann Coulter. She plans to go anyway.

Anti-free speech Berkeley laid down these requirements for Ann:
her speech would be scheduled for the afternoon; only students would be allowed to attend; and the location would be announced only just before the event.

Coulter actually agreed to these requirements, but requested two stipulations in return, as YAF noted:

1) That the University of California chancellor request that the Oakland chief of police refrain from telling his men to stand down and ignore law-breaking by rioters attempting to shut down conservative speakers, as he has done in the past; and

2) That UC-Berkeley announce in advance that any students engaging in violence, mayhem or heckling to prevent an invited speaker from speaking would be expelled. As Coulter explained, "If Berkeley wants to have free speech, it can have it." The university's response was to ban her speech.

Mark Tapson reports at Truth Revolt,
Bestselling author and conservative firebrand Ann Coulter scheduled for an April 27 speaking engagement at the University of California, Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement decades ago and now the home of the Totalitarian Anti-Speech Movement, but the event has been canceled due to security concerns. That's not stopping Coulter, however, who intends to proceed with the event anyway, according to The Washington Examiner.
Read more here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Competent and comprehensive

Secretary of State Tillerson says the Trump administration is conducting a government-wide review of our policies toward Iran and North Korea. He gave a speech mostly about Iran, "the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism." He discussed Iran's actions in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, and against Israel. He also showed how Iran is threatening Saudia Arabia's southern border, harassing US naval vessels, arbitrarily detaining and imprisoning innocent people, conducting cyber attacks against America, conducting assassination attempts, violating human rights, has nuclear ambitions, and is illegally conducting missile tests. Tillerson implied that Obama tried to buy them off, but that the Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck, as Obama did to Trump.

Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse lists some of the Trump team's accomplishments so far:
♦ The number of NATO countries now fulfilling their defense spending obligations has increased from 3 to 5, with all nations agreeing to reach the compliant 2% GDP spending within 12 months.

♦ NATO and EU countries now emboldened to stand up to Russia.

♦ Russia has become more isolated and somehow, f**king incredibly, President Trump has cut the cord connecting Russia and China.

♦ China abstained and did not veto, a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Bashir Assad in Syria. Russia became isolated in their veto position and only Bolivia would concur.

♦ U.N. and international leadership praise Trump administration position of taking a hard line on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

♦ Russian Vladimir Putin refused to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, then abruptly did an about face after the G-7 meeting with T-Rex – because Russia’s influence was being further reduced and Putin felt threatened by diminishment.

♦ President Trump announces he will not label China as a currency manipulator. China has made no efforts to manipulate their currency since the Nov 8th, 2016, election.

♦ China turns back 12 North-Korean cargo ships laden with coal.

♦ China offsets N-Korean coal refusal with increased purchases of coking coal (steel-making) from the U.S.

♦ China halts direct air travel between Beijing and Pyongyang.

♦ China begins oil and fuel embargo of exports to North Korea.

♦ Stunningly, China announces their willingness to consider “Five Party Talks” about the denuclearization of North Korea without the government of Pyongyang at the table. (China, Russia, U.S., Japan and South Korea)

None of these outcomes are delivered through the continuance of Bush/Obama/Clinton foreign policy of interventionism. Each of these outcomes is occurring because of talks, leverage, and alignment of economic influence on a larger scale than the individual interests of the countries involved.

[…] “I fully trust the capabilities of President Trump … he can succeed in so many fields that others cannot. I trust him wholeheartedly.”…

~ Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Pretty darned remarkable.
Read more here.

O'Reilly gone, Iran, Venezuela, former CIA officer asks Trump for help

In tonight's Special Report with Bret Baier, Bret reported that Bill O'Reilly is no longer with Fox News. Fox's owners said O'Reilly is leaving because of "allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct."

Bill O'Reilly is on vacation and met with the Pope. He blames the "far Left." Tucker Carlson will be moved into the O'Relly time slot, following The Five. Martha McCullum's show precedes The Five, and Eric Bolling will have a new show in what used to be The five's time slot.

Marco Rubio talked about Iran and Venezuela. He mentioned the allegation that the Venezuelan Vice President has been selling passports to Middle Eastern terrorists. 10,000!

Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, yet 87% of their people do not have enough money to buy food, and cannot afford medicine.

A former CIA officer named Sabrina De Souza is asking President Trump to help her tomorrow when he meets with the Italian Premier. As I understand it, she was convicted of kidnapping, and Obama threw her under the bus.

"Victory for the Ages"

Today, Rush Limbaugh had lots of fun reporting the "Victory for the Ages" in the Georgia election yesterday. Democratic candidate Ossoff is the one who characterized the results in that manner. Problem is, he still has to face Republican candidate Karen Hanley in a run-off election in June. She survived a field of eleven Republican candidates for the Georgia 6th district. Ossoff was heavily funded by Hollywood and other Leftist groups, but he was unable to vote, because he does not even live in the district!

"Rules only stay rules if they are enforced."

Bookworm links to an article in The Week by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry.
Whether you like it or not, America is the world's lone superpower, and its military dominance over the rest of the world has, despite all its flaws, produced an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity. The phrase "world policeman" is usually taken as a pejorative, but it is actually extremely apt: A policeman should not be a nanny or a busybody, but, by god, if he sees a thug punching a grandmother, he should intervene. It is actually the antithesis of that other pejorative word, "empire." In political theory terms, a policeman enforces a minimal rule set — what you must not do — whereas an empire enforces a maximal rule set — what you must do. A world empire would be a disaster, but a world policeman is a wonderful thing. And since there are no other credible candidates, America — meaning President Trump — must be it.

Now, one of the rules that America has decided to enforce — and it is a very good rule — is that if you are a state and use weapons of mass destruction, you will be punished. The problem is that rules only stay rules if they are enforced.

The purpose of the Syria strike was not to effect regime change in Syria, or even to alter the balance of power on the ground, it was to enforce the rule after it was flouted by Syria, with the almost certain aid of Russia and, probably, Iran. In this case, the Trump administration was simply doing its job as a policeman. The fact that Barack Obama had previously refused to endorse the rule, thereby imperiling it, made this action all the more necessary and laudable.
Read more here.

Patriots visit White House today, despite the suicide of Aaron Hernandez this morning

Today the New England Patriots visit the White House to celebrate their Super bowl victory. Ex-Patriot star tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison last night. He was found at about 3 a.m. this morning. The New York Times reports,
“Mr. Hernandez hanged himself using a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window,” the statement said. “Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”
Read more here.

Fresno killer, Allahu Akbar, MS-13 gang, new book about Hillary campaign called "Shattered"

The Tucker Carlson Show April 17 took a look at the Fresno man who killed three people, maybe four, and shouted Allahu Akbar when arrested. AP translated that phrase to mean "God is great."Robert Spencer wrote in 2015 at Breitbart,
"Media outlets routinely mangle the true meaning of “Allahu akbar,” the ubiquitous battle cry of Islamic jihadists as they commit mass murder.

"The war-cry is mistranslated in the Western media as “God is great.” But the actual meaning is “Allah is greater,” meaning Allah Is Greater Than Your God or Government.

"It is the aggressive declaration that Allah and Islam are dominant over every other form of government, religion, law or ethic, which is why Islamic jihadists in the midst of killing infidels so often shout it.

"One primary purpose of shouting is to “strike terror in the hearts of the enemies of Allah.”

Jeff Sessions came on the show to assure Tucker that he intends to stop the members of the MS-13 gang from illegally entering America. There are now 10,00 members in 40 states who have been sent here by the MS-13 gang leaders in El Salvador to commit crimes. Sessions said that in March we had the lowest number of illegals come into our country in seventeen years!

A new book about Hillary Clinton's campaign came out yesterday, called "Shattered." One of the heretofore unknown facts it presents is that after her 2008 loss to Barack Obama Hillary secretly downloaded all of her staffers' emails, then interrogated her staff without revealing to them that she had spied on them!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

He killed three people today

Fox News reports,
Police said the man who killed three people on a shooting spree in downtown Fresno, California, on Tuesday while shouting "Allahu Akbar" wanted to kill as many people as possible after a warrant was released for his arrest in the murder of a motel security guard last week.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, knew he was being searched for and he "decided he was going to kill more people."

...On what appeared to be Muhammad's Facebook page, he repeatedly posted "#LetBlackPeopleGo" and encouraged "black warriors" to "mount up." A flurry of posts emerged in the past day.

He wrote that his "kill rate increases tremendously on the other side" and also posted about "white devils." On several occasions, he wrote updates that included the phrase "Allahu Akbar," meaning "God is great" in Arabic.

Kori Ali Muhammad

Tonight's Special Election in Georgia

Special election in Georgia today to fill Tom Price's vacated seat in Congress. Hollywood is, along with other Leftist groups, pouring million of dollars into the campaign of Jon Ossoff, who can't vote, because he does not live in the district! He lives ten minutes away because he wants to live with his girlfriend, who is a student at Emory University. Rush Limbaugh asked, "Why can't she commute the ten minutes away and live with him in the 6th District, where he is a candidate?"

Rush also points out that one of the leading Republican candidates is female. Where is the big Hollywood money to support a female candidate?

Tom Ossoff

Foreign policy, Iran, North Korea, China, Russia, climate change, populism, nationalism

John Hinderaker of the Powerline blog was the guest host on the Laura Ingraham show today. His first guest wasSenator Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

Cotton noted that because time after time Obama "kicked the can down the road" on foreign policy matters, we are running out of road! There is not a single country in the world where the US is in a stronger positon now than we were when Obama took office in 2009.

He said it was not a coincidence that Trump launched missiles into Syria while he as having dessert with China's Premier. Trump is asking China to help contain North Korea's crazy leader.

Cotton said Obama's agreement with Iran was structured so that Iran got most of the benefits up front in cash payments and relief from sanctions. Those are irreversible, but we can impose additional sanctions for its ballistic missile tests, support for terrorism, and imperial aggression against our allies.

Dr. William Briggs is a statistics and physics expert who has much to say about the Leftists and "climate change." More marches are coming up on April 22, supposedly about science, but really about more government control.

Michael Goodwin, a columnist for the New York Post, was the last guest. He discussed how small the Trump team is, and why he needs people like Steve Bannon to keep the focus on populism and nationalism to keep faith with campaign promises.

Facebook killer commits suicide when surrounded by police

The Pennslyvania state police announced today
Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.

"United in defense of democracy and the rule of law"

Sundance asserts that TPP has a new meaning: Trump Pence Partnership! Japan's investment in America's economy stands at over $400 billion dollars. "We seek trade that is free and fair, said Pence. Pence speaks just after the 6-minute mark.

Read more here.

Monday, April 17, 2017

"After fertilization has taken place, a new human has come into being"

Ryan Bomberger writes at Town Hall,
Most Americans should know by now that NPR stands for National Prochoice Radio. They rarely ever try to appear objective on abortion.

...As a pro-life factivist who was conceived in rape yet adopted and loved, I value both the evidential and the emotional. I appreciate Kojo Nnamdi, the host of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, for allowing an actual discussion about Planned Parenthood. But it was two against one: two staunchly pro-abortion perspectives and one unapologetically pro-life perspective.

...When I challenged why news media never asks why every major medical service has been plummeting at Planned Parenthood, neither the host nor the liberal legislator expressed any concern. It’s a revelation that is nothing new to pro-life advocates. Politics often renders facts meaningless. Liberals are just fine with Planned Parenthood doing 519,581 fewer breast cancer screenings per year since Cecile Richards took over as president of the abortion chain in 2006. Liberals are just fine with the alleged “leading women’s health care provider” providing less care to women, serving 670,540 less patients per year since 2006. Liberals are just fine with prenatal care virtually being aborted (only 0.1% of their services) at Planned Parenthood because “choice” doesn’t really mean options once a woman rejects abortion.

At 11 minutes into the interview, Kojo asked me: “What is it that you object to about Planned Parenthood’s existence?” I had a simple and direct answer: “They kill human beings.” As a factivist, I don’t play the game of semantics. They want to talk euphemistically; I’ll speak honestly. That led into a debate about whether or not the unborn child is human. Both the Delegate and Kojo were incensed that I spoke in scientific reality: the life within the womb is human. Elementary children understand this.

Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, a physician and geneticist who made history by discovering Trisomy 21—the gene that causes Down Syndrome, had this to say about when human life begins: “To accept the fact that, after fertilization has taken place, a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or of opinion. The human nature of the human being from conception to old age is not a metaphysical contention. It is plain experimental evidence.” Embryologists agree. There’s no question when life begins, and no question that that life is human. Pregnancy is a wonder to be celebrated, not a disease to be eliminated. I highly recommend to any pro-abortion liberal who wants to pretend the debate over abortion is about a non-human clump of cells. Caution: it’s unbiased science about human development.

Abortion advocacy is predicated on the belief that we are not created equal. As someone who is biracial (black/white), the irony is not lost on me that Kojo doesn’t see the striking parallels between abortion and slavery. That became another fiery moment during the debate. To illustrate how absurd it was to suggest that taxpayer dollars don’t pay for abortions, I suggested a scenario where the KKK was federally funded. Would we believe, then, that taxpayer dollars weren’t used for lynchings? Would anyone buy that argument? Fire erupted. I was cut off and not allowed to explain the history, you know, because context never matters in the land of liberalism. Never mind that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, spoke to a KKK gathering and many other groups like it. She boasted of this in her own autobiography, which is affirmed in this Planned Parenthood PR piece that tries to dispel the anti-human eugenic worldview of their perpetually celebrated founder.

In the end, the $553.7 million that Planned Parenthood received last year in taxpayer funding paid for their abortion lobbying, their abortion advertising (key component being their own website that heavily promotes abortion), their abortion facilities, abortionists’ salaries, and the equipment used to commit the abortions. That money also went into funding the campaigns of pro-abortion liberals who turn back around and defend Planned Parenthood, no matter what.

Listen to the interview. I hope it inspires you to combat #fakenews and our nation’s leading abortion chain’s planned propaganda. Kudos to The Kojo Show for delivering the dialogue, unedited, so that people can be proactive and come to fully-informed conclusions about the social injustice of our day. Only those who have something to hide, back out of opportunities to face their challengers. I’m not surprised that Planned Parenthood ran from a battle. They’re used to taking on the defenseless who have no voice and no ability to fight back. But I’ll always fight for them.
Read more here.

Deterring our enemies

Kurt Schlichter writes at Town Hall,
...the new National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is a Desert Storm legend, a cavalryman from the mighty VII Corps. See the pieces come together?

Trump gets that we can’t fix Syria, and he has zero intention of dropping in tens of thousands of America’s sons and daughters to teach its inhabitants to play nice. But spraying sarin on little kids crossed the line, morally and strategically. Assad didn’t have to use it; he chose to, and he chose to because he thought he could rub Trump’s nose in America’s impotence the way he had done to Sissy O’Redline.

...Trump’s Tomahawk strike was a tactical and strategic success. Tactically, it bashed a decent chunk of Bashar’s air force. Strategically, it gave dictators and thugs pause – and the limited nature of the response kept us from being sucked into another quagmire in which our magnificent warriors’ sacrifice and success would be squandered by subsequent Democrats a la Vietnam and Iraq. Plus it demonstrated that the key processes for executing American foreign policy are in place and operating again. The Trump Team understands that firmness and focus saves lives by deterring our enemies.

The MOAB strike was vintage Trump. Typical Obama – we had a weapon system that American forces needed, but the military probably didn’t even bother asking to use it. With Trump, they don’t have to ask. Here’s Trump’s order: “Win.”

...Trump meets with the Chinese leader and a week later the Chi-Coms are leaning on the Norks. Yet the clueless media is whining that suddenly Trump’s altered some of his positions on trade issues, missing the connection entirely. But in the media’s defense, it has been eight years since Americans walked out of a negotiation having kept their pants.

The mouth-breathing media tells us Trump has done an 180-degree turn on NATO. Nonsense. Trump, like most Americans, rejects the “You hate NATO, you NATO-hating knuckle draggers!” shrieks from the establishment every time some patriot wonders why the Europeans were, for the most part, not pulling their weight in their own defense. Trump simply told them that we are done shrugging and covering the cash shortfalls while they take money that they promised would be going to guns and give it to rape-focused refugees. That’s not at all unreasonable and, as someone who supports NATO and who wears a NATO medal, some real talk was long overdue and necessary to sustain this critical alliance. NATO’s “friends,” by using cheap invective to shield it from legitimate criticism, imperiled its support among the American people. To save NATO, we must fix NATO. That will happen. Word is out that Rick Grenell is likely to be named the NATO ambassador; that would be another terrific addition in the President’s emerging all-star national security team.

Trump is playing tough with our actual enemies. The only enemies that Obama’s national security hacks like Susan “The Video Did It!” Rice and failed young adult romance novelist Ben Rhodes were ever interested in defeating were Obama’s political enemies. We eagerly await the Netflix miniseries that tells their story, Orange is the New Pinko.

It’s again clear that if you are thinking about getting uppity with the U.S. of A, you are rolling the dice. Of course, the liberals whine, which is good because the volume of their yelps is a terrific metric for success. The more they cry about it, the better an idea it is. May they weep long and hard, because America has got its feck back.

Norks, California prison reform, Justice Gorsuch begins his tenure

Here is tonight's Special Report with Bret Baier. A lot of attention is paid to analyze the North Korean situation. Mollie Hemingway from the Federalist points out that North Korea is a quasi-mystical religious cult with totalitarian rule. The people believe their leader is a deity. The regime does not seem to be worried about retribution. Did the US hack the missile launch?

Prison reform in California is keeping criminals out of jail, but not out of trouble. Now, instead of prison time, they are accumulating tickets after being arrested!

Justice Gorsuch had his first day on the Supreme Court today. There are a lot of "hot button" cases coming up, including at least one religious liberty case.

North Korea, meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and the Cleveland killer still on the loose

Tonight on The Five Bob Beckel did his best to hold his own as the lone Democrat on the panel. He criticized the Trump administration on many fronts, beginning with North Korea. As you know, Vice President Pence has been in Seoul, South Korea to offer support this weekend, saying "the era of strategic patience is over!"

Beckel says China wants us to remove our missile defense systems. Why is this always such a big issue with Democrats? They have been opposing missile defense systems since the Reagan years!

Apparently, Homeland Security head John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have different views about marijuana. Sessions is concerned about its growing popularity, while Kelly is more concerned about meth, heroin, and cocaine. If parents tolerate their teens using marijuana, does it lead to other drug use?

Erdogan continues to consolidate power in Turkey

At The Conservative Treehouse, Sundance helps us understand yesterday's election results in Turkey, and much more.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan is quick to declare victory today, albeit by a narrow margin, as a national referendum to consolidate power passes during a national vote.

[…] The 18 constitutional amendments that will come into effect after the next election, scheduled for 2019, will abolish the office of the prime minister and hand sweeping executive powers to the president.

Having watched the Erdogan objectives play out over the past six to eight years the approach he has taken has been highly effective.

Erdogan essentially imported a base of support consisting of mostly Muslim Brotherhood political supporters to aid his desire to transform Turkey from a secular nation into a more Islamic dictatorial endeavor.

He may never fully achieve the goal of recreating the Ottoman Empire, but that doesn’t mean there is going to be anything less than toxic turmoil ahead for Turkey and the EU as his endeavors continue to be successful.

Recep Erdogan knew he would not be able to accomplish his long term objectives without a fundamental transformation of the voting base in Turkey. It is somewhat analogous to the Democrats political objectives with open-border migration from South American and Mexico into the U.S.

One of the more obvious points of reference which evidenced this approach was when Erdogan provided safe harbor for the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, as a terrorist network, after the Gulf States finally kicked them out of Qatar.

The Brotherhood leadership was exiled into Qatar from Egypt following the removal of Mohammed Morsi. After approximately three years of launching the political narrative to protect their terrorist activity from Qatar, the Gulf States finally agreed it was no longer acceptable -or in their best interests- to allow the Brotherhood hospice there.

Recep Erdogan immediately stepped-up and provided them a home.

Speaking of homes, check out Erdogan's, made of white marble!

Read more here.