Trump Week 4: Michael Flynn Flies; Vigo Vigor; Immigration Idiocy; Netanyahu Nears; Trudeau Talks; Trump Trumps

Ed Koch used to ask, “How am I doing?” Big Media, as President Trump begins week 4, thinks “It’s over for Trump”… again. America, thinks things are just grand. Consider a nastily testy report from Trump hater Politico which asks Vigo, “how is President Trump doing?”:

‘I’m Still All Trumped Up’

Hundreds of miles from the din of D.C., the nation’s bellwether county thinks the new president is doing just fine. [snip]

Almost a month into Trump’s administration, Vigo—population 108,000, the nation’s swingiest swing county—seemed to be an ideal place to take the temperature of voters. This year, Vigo swung for Trump (who took 55.4 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 40.2 percent), continuing a 60-year streak as the nation’s most accurate bellwether county. [snip]

What I heard, in conversations with nearly a dozen Trump supporters, is that like the Ameses, most of Vigo County is still “Trumped up.” [snip] The lies, the fumbles and faux pas that have rattled the D.C. establishment and global allies? None of it seems to resonate here.

I think Trump is doing exactly what he said he was going to do,” said Keith Kindsvatter, a 64-year-old system specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration, as he chomped on his BLT sandwich at Boo’s. [snip]

To a person, the Trump voters I talked to in Vigo offered a similar refrain as they assessed Trump’s first days in office, almost as if they were reading from a fresh batch of talking points issued by the president’s director of Surrogate Outreach: “He’s doing exactly what he promised he would do,” Kelly, 48, a pharmacist in Terre Haute who felt uncomfortable divulging her last name, told me when I asked her about Trump’s controversial immigration executive order, as she ate a slice of cheese pizza at the food court in Honey Creek Mall. Nor are voters like Kelly lamenting his Twitter tirades: “He’s speaking directly to the people. Like Reagan!” Dick told me over lunch. Trump’s brusque, shoot-from-the-hip conversations with world leaders and allies? “We’re not going to go to war with Australia,” Kindsvatter said.

I think he’s pretty much following The Art of the Deal,” said Ken Warner, 60, who works in the finance industry. “He’s got the price of fighter jets down. It’s not something we’re used to. It’s a little unorthodox. Listening to his Carrier negotiation, you have to shrug on the means but can’t disagree with the ends. You don’t want to be picking winners and losers. You don’t want to see a president calling out people on Twitter. However, the results so far have not been bad. So I can’t say it’s wrong.” [snip]

“He’s done more in the two weeks he’s been president than the other president did in eight years,” Dick told me.

Even as Politico acknowledges the people of Vigo are happy with President Trump and his results thus far, the condescension that Vigo does not think like the people in places Politico has offices in is clear. The message from Vigo to President Trump? “Stand strong.” “We’re with you!”

A short while earlier, Politico published an article about alleged chaos and calamity of poor befuddled nincompoops in the White House who realize they are in over their heads and, well, “it’s over for Trump.” After thirty paragraphs of gloom and doom, Politico is forced to admit that even if Big Media and coastal elites are bothered and bewildered, President Trump supporters stand strong:

If the opening days of Trump’s presidency have been rocky and unconventional, many of his admirers aren’t bothered by it.

“I’m not disappointed in the president’s work so far — he operates like many great CEOs I know — and I hope he continues to manage the country in a manner worlds apart from the way we’ve seen in the past,” said Michael Caputo, who was a Trump campaign aide. “It’s about time.”

Ignore Big Media. How is President Trump doing?

President Trump started the working week (he also works on weekends you know) with a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that from all accounts went very well. If this was President Obama that would have been enough activity for the entire week, or month. But we’re talking about President Trump here, so a lot more was done.

The corrupt Vice President of Venezuela Tareck El Aissami was sanctioned for his international drug smuggling. President Trump continued to get his cabinet officials confirmed by the Senate. The Veteran Affairs and Treasury Department secretaries both confirmed as week 4 begins.

Two in, one out. On Monday, President Trump mulled the questions about his good and faithful National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. By the end of the day Flynn flew.

The story of Mike Flynn is very simple. During the transition Mike Flynn spoke with the Russian Ambassador about sanctions on Russia. Mike Flynn however “misled” Vice President Pence about those conversations. Pence went on TV to say the Flynn calls did not discuss sanctions on Russia. See the problem?

Mike Flynn did not violate the law. Mike Flynn did nothing wrong. Mike Flynn was smart to have those conversations with the Russians. Mike Flynn did commit a grave crime in Trump world: stupidity.

Mike Flynn made a stupid mistake. The mistake is not what Big Media wants Americans to think however. Mike Flynn’s stupid mistake was he did not take precautions even though he knew full well that the political establishment and especially the intelligence bureaucracy is out to destroy President Trump with leaks. Mike Flynn’s stupid mistake was to put himself into the line of fire of the hidden assassins.

Also, don’t mess with Pence (or Bannon).

Investigations into the leaks will have to go into the secret encrypted communications that many of the federal bureaucrats use to plot against President Trump. The moles will have to be dug out and removed. These treacherous bureaucrats manage to get a scalp from a good man. As an honorable man, Mike Flynn resigned. The White House and President Trump stood behind him but everyone knew it was time to go. So he went. He fell on his sword for the President that stood by him. Well done by all.

As the Flynn noise gathered, there was a lot of noise on immigration too. The Obama Dimocrats have a lot of problems with the immigration issue. Still, the “legal garbage” by the courts on President Trump’s immigration order continued.

Lots and lots of noise on immigration and the President Trump executive order:

A Seattle federal district court has issued a preliminary injunction on President Trump’s controversial immigration executive order, which temporarily banned most immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries and also shut down the refugee program for 120 days.

The injunction, by Judge James Robart, effectively extends the temporary restraining order he issued earlier this month into an indefinite nationwide block of Trump’s immigration order.

Robart rejected calls from the Trump administration to postpone the district court case while the 9th Circuit considers a request from one of its judges for a rehearing of last week’s decision, which denied a motion to lift the restraining order. [snip]

Meanwhile, a federal court in Virginia issued a preliminary injunction on Trump’s executive order, but the edict only applies to the state. The judge in that case rejected Virginia’s request to apply the decision nationwide, restricting it to legal permanent residents of Virginia and valid visa holders who work or attend school there.

But the judge in that case, Leonie Brinkema, wrote that “the Commonwealth has produced unrebutted evidence supporting its position that it is likely to succeed on an Establishment Clause claim.”

The ‘Muslim ban’ was a centerpiece of the president’s campaign for months, and the press release calling for it was still available on his website as of the day this [opinion] is being entered.”

“The major premise of that argument – that one can only demonstrate animus toward a group of people by targeting all of them at once – is flawed,” Brinkema added. “It is a discriminatory purpose that matters, no matter how inefficient the execution.” [snip]

While the administration is expected to release new orders, it is Evan’s understanding they will likely include introductory remarks indicating the new orders are intended to “clarify” or “supplement” the existing executive order. [snip]

Trump may issue multiple orders so that if the courts strike down one part, it wouldn’t affect the order as a whole, according to Evans’ understanding of the issue.

Evans says he believes the administration wanted to keep the 9th Circuit case active so they can take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court at the right time and reverse last week’s unfavorable ruling. [snip]

Another Trump strategy is to delay the 9th Circuit case until Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, can get on the bench, according to Evans’ understanding. One way to do this is to file for a reconsideration en banc to the 9th Circuit, which is already in motion because a judge on Friday requested a judges’ vote.

You can buy yourself 28 days,” said Evans, adding that “there’s a lot of chess and legal maneuvering going on.”

“Based on what I’ve read and seen the Trump Administration wants to maximize the chance to have the full Supreme Court decide whether the commander-in-chief indeed has the broadest discretion in deciding what is in the interest of the United States,” Evans said.

Yeah, lots of noise. Court cases around the nation will proceed. The Seattle lunatic judge is crazier than ever. The Ninth Circus is having second thoughts. This is all a lot of noise. What matters is, President Trump will win:

If immigration ban goes to Supreme Court, Trump is shoo-in to win [snip]

The states claim that the order’s 90-day ban on admitting lawful permanent residents and non-immigrant visa holders from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the United States without notice and an opportunity to respond violates their right to due process under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.

But a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. It just allows an alien to travel to a United States port-of-entry and request permission to enter. [snip]

The 90-day suspension is based on Section 212(f), which gives the president authority to exclude aliens from the United States without regard to whether they are in one of the classes described by section 212(a).

In other words, when entry is denied under section 212(f), the determination on admissibility is made by the president, not by an immigration judge. [snip]

According to the Congressional Research Service, “Neither the text of Section 212(f) nor the case law to date suggests any firm legal limits upon the president’s exercise of his authority to exclude aliens under this provision.”

It does not state even what the president should consider in determining whether the entry of an alien is “detrimental” to U.S. interests.

According to the states, the order “was not truly meant to protect against terror attacks by foreign nationals but rather was intended to enact a ‘Muslim ban’ as the president had stated during his presidential campaign that he would do.”

The states claim that therefore the Order violates the Establishment and Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. [snip]

According to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, the 90-day suspension does not violate the establishment clause. President Trump picked countries that have high levels of terrorism. When you focus on real perpetrators and the impact is heavily on one particular religion, that does not create a constitutional problem.

Although the government may have to take this case all the way to the Supreme Court, I will be surprised if the order is not upheld in the end.

It’s just a matter of time. On immigration and all the current noisy battles, Trump will trump.

As week 4 progresses, Trump will be even more trumpy.

On hump day, President Trump will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel. Oh, oh, there’s sure to be a big fight between those two right? After all, Big Media reported that President Trump had just stabbed Israel in the back. Um, Big Media lied:

More Fake News: Trump ‘Opposes’ Israeli Settlements

The mainstream media are abuzz with reports that President Donald Trump has come out against Israeli settlements. The New York Times was exultant: “Trump Embraces Pillars of Obama’s Foreign Policy,” it crowed.

That kind of story serves two propagandist purposes. First, it provides a kind of justification for Obama’s betrayal of Israel at the UN Security Council over settlements last month; second, it nods at the old NeverTrump claim that Trump would never keep his word to conservatives.

There’s just one problem: the story is false. [snip]

The Trump administration’s statement is a complete reversal of the Obama administration’s policy.

As legal scholar Eugene Kontorovich explains:

The White House Press Secretary’s statement about settlement building is a huge change of policy, in which the U.S. broadly accepts all building within settlements, including those settlements outside of “blocs.” This is huge.

In the statement, the White House says the building of entirely “new settlements” is not great (but not sharply criticized). On the other hand, building “within existing settlement lines,” ie municipal boundaries, is totally OK. Since all building for 20 years has been within existing lines, and all planned building is within existing lines, this is as big an authorization as it gets.

This is such a big deal, that the press is trying to spin it as a limitation on settlement activity, whereas it is a broad and historic green light. It can no longer be said that the US opposes settlement building.

Perhaps the White House deliberately spun the statement as a limitation to fool the media. That is not hard to do, and it is to President Trump’s benefit, as a negotiating tactic, to appear unpredictable — aggressive one moment, compromising the next.

Nevertheless, the Trump administration has just signaled its intent to back a permanent Jewish presence in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), with or without a Palestinian state.

Israel Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has a friend in the White House. Thanks to President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu is now a hot ticket:

Israeli PM Netanyahu Becomes D.C. Darling as Democrats Clamor
for Meetings

After years of tense relations, Netanyahu most coveted meeting in D.C.

After years of tense relations with the United States under former President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is emerging as one of the most prominent international personalities, according to multiple sources who told the Washington Free Beacon that Democrats, Republicans, and high-level White House officials are clamoring for a sit down with the Israeli leader when he arrives in town on Tuesday.

Senior officials across party lines hope to let Netanyahu know that America has Israel’s back and that years of tension during the Obama administration is just water under the bridge, according to both congressional sources and those close to the Trump administration.

Netanyahu’s schedule is already packed with powwows between President Trump, senior administration officials, and a cast of leading lawmakers on Capitol Hill from both sides of the aisle.

Meetings will center on U.S. lawmakers’ desire to reset relations with the Jewish state. Multiple sources told the Free Beacon that sit downs with White House officials will focus on holding Iran accountable for violations of the nuclear deal, moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and combatting efforts at the United Nations to delegitimize Israel. [snip]

There is a strong desire among all parties to show Netanyahu that after nearly a decade of chilly relations during the former administration, the United States is prepared to restore the historic relationship with the Jewish state.

“Netanyahu’s schedule is so full that he literally can’t find time for all the high level meetings people want to have with him,” said one veteran foreign policy adviser who is closely in touch with the White House on Middle East issues. “The truth of this is, it’s nature taking its course.”

Even stab-em-in-the-back Chuckie Schumer wants to hug Bibi. It’s like a St. Valentine’s Day miracle, Jewish version.

If you want to know how President Trump is doing, ask the residents of Vigo and Benyamin Netanyahu.


194 thoughts on “Trump Week 4: Michael Flynn Flies; Vigo Vigor; Immigration Idiocy; Netanyahu Nears; Trudeau Talks; Trump Trumps

  1. Gays Go:

    Tucker Carlson Interviews Conservative Gay New York Journalist: “Liberalism Is Ugly And Mean-Spirited”

    Chadwick Moore explains how Donald Trump won and how the left alienated people and “messed up so badly.” Moore hoped Democrats would get together and have their “come to Jesus moment,” but said that has yet to happen.

    Chadwick Moore was a lifelong liberal, but said one profile of controversial conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos left him ostracized by the “intolerant” left and drove him away.

    “People aren’t taught to think critically today,” Moore said in an interview with Tucker Carlson. “This reinforcing disease of hearing your opinions talked back to you constantly.

    “It’s really sad and damaging to journalism,” he said. “It’s just very, very said and upsetting. But I don’t think it’s the majority of people or the majority of people on the left.”

    “Gay people are natural libertarians,” Moore said. “One thing we’ve wanted is to be left alone by the government and our neighbors, essentially. And now that the left has become completely puritanical it is off-putting.”

    Moore is wrong on one point – it is the majority of people on the left that are now totalitarians who try to disguise their ugliness under the mask of “being good”. They are not good. They are horrible totalitarians.

    What we all understood as “liberalism” is dead. The totalitarian left murdered liberalism.

  2. Just so no one misses a key point in the article:

    Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump
    Agency employees are turning to Signal and other incognito forms of communication to express their dissent.

    Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking for other, protected ways to push back against the new administration’s agenda.

    Whether inside the Environmental Protection Agency, within the Foreign Service, on the edges of the Labor Department or beyond, employees are using new technology as well as more old-fashioned approaches — such as private face-to-face meetings — to organize letters, talk strategy, or contact media outlets and other groups to express their dissent.

    At the EPA, a small group of career employees — numbering less than a dozen so far — are using an encrypted messaging app to discuss what to do if Trump’s political appointees undermine their agency’s mission to protect public health and the environment, flout the law, or delete valuable scientific data that the agency has been collecting for years, sources told POLITICO.

    Fearing for their jobs, the employees began communicating incognito using the app Signal shortly after Trump’s inauguration. Signal, like WhatsApp and other mobile phone software, encrypts all communications, making it more difficult for hackers to gain access to them.

    These attempts to undermine President Trump are the reactionary forces against change. The corrupt establishment fights back.

  3. Immigration noise:

    The most consequential legal challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban will proceed on two tracks in the next few days, including a U.S. appeals court vote that could reveal some judges who disagree with their colleagues on the bench and support the arguments behind the new president’s most controversial executive order.

    In a Seattle federal courtroom, the state of Washington will attempt to probe the president’s motive in drafting his Jan. 27 order, while in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, judges will decide whether to reconsider an appeal in that same case decided last week. [snip]

    The ban was backed by around half of Americans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, but triggered protests across the country and caused chaos at some U.S. and overseas airports. [snip]

    At a Seattle court hearing on Monday, Robart said he would move forward with discovery in the case, meaning the request and exchange of information pertinent to the case between the opposing parties.

    Meanwhile, an unidentified judge on the 9th Circuit last week requested that the court’s 25 full-time judges vote on whether the temporary restraining order imposed on Trump’s travel ban should be reconsidered by an 11-judge panel, known as en banc review. The 9th Circuit asked both sides to file briefs by Thursday.

    Since judges appointed by Democrats hold an 18-7 edge on the 9th Circuit, legal experts say it is unlikely a majority will disagree with the court’s earlier ruling and want it reconsidered. [snip]

    Even if the en banc vote fails, however, judges on the 9th Circuit who disagree with last week’s ruling will be able to publicly express their disagreement in court filings, which could help create a record bolstering Trump’s position.

    Meanwhile, the government has signaled that it is considering issuing a new executive order to replace the original one. In that case, it could tell the 9th Circuit later this week that it does not want en banc review, because the case would be moot.

  4. Yep, Flynn had to go and he did the honorable thing.

    My take:

    It’s like a football game: at the start, neither team has won, but every play is hyped — every completed pass, every tackle — is cheered by the crowd and the players high five each other. But in the end, despite all those passes and tackles, only one team is the winner and one team is the loser. The Dems/MSM right now are like those players high fiving and cheering over the 9th Circuit and now Flynn. But the game isn’t over.

    Trump is playing the long-game.
    Trump wins because he’s always moving, always on attack. He doesn’t sacrifice the good for the perfect — he makes a plan and violently executes it, making adjustments on the fly with speed as needed. Casualties of war happen –more will come on both sides.

    Flynn was a self-inflicted wound. It doesn’t matter that the substance of the telephone call was a nothing-burger — Flynn lied to/misled Pence about it, Pence went on TV and spread the lie. Of course Trump’s enemies/Obama loyalists would leak the transcript to expose the lie.
    Flynn had to go so Trump could go back on the offense.
    I’m not going to fall into despair over every battle loss — winning the war is what’s important.

  5. Venus, exactly right. At the racetrack the winner is the one who owns the winning horse, not the one who bet on it.

    Hyperventilating, whining, worry, about the play by play is foolish. Best to understand the quarterback, using your football example, and how the quarterback operates than to worry about each call. As you say the end of the game and who scores is what matters. At the end of the day President Trump appoints to the Supreme Court and the big battle is there (the final battle is the battle for the geographically best public opinion in election years). Meanwhile, Trump fights other battles and wins, moving forward, gaining territory. When we play chess we don’t fall to pieces when a pawn goes down as long as the strategy stays on track and the opposing king goes down at the end.

    BTW, this article below, should be read by everyone in its entirety because it lays out a great deal of the tactics and strategy we constantly refer to:

    It is an excellent article, worth the read.

  6. Venus, speaking of winning:

    Rep. Jim Jordan: Obamacare Repeal on Trump’s Desk in ‘6 to 8 Weeks’; Replacement to Follow

    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow Monday to discuss the need for Congress to repeal Obamacare.
    Jordan said, “We should be moving a lot quicker” to repeal the healthcare law. “Let’s go,” he added.

    “Even the speaker has said he wants to [repeal Obamacare] here in the next six to eight weeks,” said Jordan. “That’s certainly what Mark Meadows and I have said and the Freedom Caucus and others have said,” he continued.

    “We should at least be able to put something on President Trump’s desk that we put on President Obama’s desk, for goodness sake,” said Jordan.

    “Let’s send a repeal bill there as quickly as we can,” he added, with a replacement bill to follow.

    Just get it done. There’s lots to do. Keep moving. Don’t stop.

  7. Somehow this really doesn’t add up. Yes it was Yates mcnorman and the WH was informed weeks ago, Flynn knew they had a recording, so why then would he go to Pense and mislead him?

    Just doesn’t make sense.

  8. Still not looking forward to HSA nirvana that the Repubs are pushing to replace Obamacare. Yes I know that there are different programs, but in the end it shifts most non catastrophic care cost onto you.
    People who have good paying jobs will deal with it but most people will skip going to the Dr unless they are extremely sick and unfortunately that can be a recipe for death. Too many diseases not caught early is a very bad outcome.

  9. Yates will be the toast of the town with the Flynn scalp.
    Well maybe she and one drop are really good friends, with their Indian connections and all.

  10. Admin: I wondered who the fuck is this Evans referred to in your article. The question on my mind is who the (expletive deleted) is this Evans, who is pontificating about Trumps legal strategy? Some douche bag from a big media outlet, or Time Magazine. So I went the the link you posted. It is Randy Evans. The former Gingrich campaign chairman, the man who gave me that diagnostic tool which explains everything that is wrong with our system, i.e. government is about process; business is about result. The explains why we have endless wars, a 20 trillion dollar deficit, open borders, everything. Those with a government background, like our gay bon vivante small town if they could see me now that little gang of mine mayor, will never find solutions to our nations problems. If they do anything, they name a fifth highway after Martin Luther King. But anything that requires political sacrifice, they gladly kick the can down the road, and place the burden on a posterity that has no vote. So when I learned the source of this analysis was RANDY Evans, I shut the fuck up and listened. I now feel less bullish about my prior guesses that the rationale for submitting a brief to the discredited ninth circus was based on a wink and a nod. It is simply a way to mark time without subjecting the case, the injunctive piece at least, to a default judgment. They are putting all their marbels however on Kennedy (who I once admired but has grown a tetch senile of late) and their appointee, whose strength of character, like Roberts, is open to question. Lest you think these concerns are fautuous, Laura Ingraham has the same concerns about Kennedy. I laugh at the fact that Robart now feels the heat and wants to move quickly. Trump shares that objective, but he wants it to occur in an unbiased forum, which obviously will not happen with Rogan. So like the Isand Campaign in the Pacific, they will bypass that enemy redoubt which is his court room. Previously, I had hoped that Trump would push forward in his court room, but I now believe we could not get a fair hearing. And I am sure Rogan would not allow cameras in the court room, although like Judge Ito in the OJ case, he might aspire to the role of celebrity, and just might.

  11. Meanwhile, the government has signaled that it is considering issuing a new executive order to replace the original one. In that case, it could tell the 9th Circuit later this week that it does not want en banc review, because the case would be moot.
    Well, that was one of my earlier speculations. Mootness. But notice deception by Reuters who is hoping to cast any modification of the current order as a defeat for Trump. The strategy Randy is taking about is not a new executive order to replace the existing one, but a clarification of the existing one to answer the paint by the numbers objections of mentally challenged jurists, who cannot see the forest for the trees.

  12. Wbboei, Regarding Gorsuch and the Supreme Court – as Yoda said “there is another.” And another:

    Trumpworld wants Chuck Schumer nuked quickly

    A growing view at the highest levels of the Trump Administration: Mitch McConnell should use the nuclear option at his first opportunity in the process to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

    A source close to Gorsuch’s confirmation, reflecting the view of at least half a dozen others involved in the process, told us it would be terrible if McConnell allowed the Democrats even one failed cloture vote.

    The thinking inside Trumpworld: They suspect that nothing they do or say will appease Schumer, so they might as well nuke the Democrats at the first sign of opposition. The President shares that view. He’s made clear, publicly, that he’d be more than happy for McConnell to use the nuclear option.

    The way Republicans see it, the Democratic leader is trying to set a new 60 vote standard to pass all Supreme Court nominees. If Schumer offers McConnell a deal that he’ll release his red state Senators to vote for cloture after one round of successful opposition, according to our source, the Republican leader should respond: “Chuck, pound the sand.”

    The source added: “I’d be surprised if there’s anybody in the White House who wouldn’t be happy to see nuke option invoked.”

    The race to 60: The Trump Administration hasn’t given up on getting 60 votes for Gorsuch, deploying its one of its key assets, Trump, for schmooze sessions with red state Dems on the Hill. The Trump team also needs to show they’re trying to get 60 votes, because if they signal now that they’re trigger-happy on the nuke they’ll alienate the Senate’s old bulls who, in the past, have been reluctant to see the institution eroded.

    Why this matters: Conservatives view the next two Supreme Court confirmation battles as “for all the marbles”: They fundamentally change balance of the court. McConnell shares that view and pulled off one of the great tactical victories by denying President Obama his final justice. Republicans leading this fight understand that the most important thing they can do for next two rounds is to make sure the nuclear option is a broadly-accepted part of their arsenal.

    Where this is heading: The conservative base believes any judge who could win 60 votes in the current Senate is probably not a judge they could trust. Going nuclear now gives Trump a stronger hand next time, when the ideological stakes will be far higher.

    Six. That’s the endgame. Or maybe Seven. Seven of Nine throws the Dims in deep space.

  13. The Judge in Virginia claims the Trump ban violates the establishment clause. If she is going to make that claim, she should at least cite the proper clause in the Constitution, which is the free exercise clause. But that is getting too technical for a judge appointed by democrats. They see only the narrative.

    The problem with viewing the problem in those terms is this: not all Muslims are jihadists. But all jihadists are Muslims. And while jihadist may be a small portion of the total population, they hide within its shadows. The administration tried to avoid that problem by focusing on countries where a higher risk of radical infiltration exists, because they are either failed states, or because the governments of those countries do not monitor and preserve records which could be used to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    Thus, it is easy for a judge to say that the free exercise clause of the constitution requires us to ignore the Muslim infiltration as a whole and focus only on those specific individuals with a known terrorist background. That is just great on paper, but it will not protect the nation. How hard is it for a jihadist to deny that he is a jihadist when he enters the country? And the liberal judge would say, all other things being equal, we must take him at his word, whereupon the American people who judge like Rogan care nothing about, assume the entire risk.

  14. Trump gets it. He understands:

  15. And the Supremes are why the left is going to go bat shit crazier to try to impeach, which at this point seems far fetched, but I thought that once before and the Rinos are spineless jellyfish. be holding to the Globalists. Yes, follow the $$$$$…
    Maybe Trump can make a P&B sandwich for lunch, we will see.

  16. Well Donald, the answer is yes, unless this swamp draining goes into high gear. We have been waiting for the pieces to be in place, the cabinet, let’s get this party started

    The Deep is very Deep

  17. admin
    February 14, 2017 at 10:52 am
    Very smart analysis, admin.

    I totally agree–especially with the go pound sand Schumer part.

    This Gorsuch does not need the nuclear option to get confirmed.

    Those that come later, like Pryor, might.

    Therefore, it is best that the nuclear option be established ab initio.

    Furthermore, the failure to use it now could undercut the ability to use it later.

    Therefore, it behooves Trump to take Schumers opening position and shove it up his ass.

  18. Just listened to Laura, she too does not like this Flynn resignation, first sign of trouble BAM, sends the wrong message and they are going to pick people off one by one, or at least try.
    I believe they could have weathered this, but I don’t sit at the table and don’t have all the info.
    So we will see where the road leads us and it cutting your loses was the right move in the end.

  19. The other thing I don’t see is how it is beneficial to Trump for Schumer to release the red state democrats to vote for Gorsuch. On the contrary, it is beneficial to Trump that Schumer NOT release those democrats, but to freeze them in their opening position, and let them explain to their constituents why they opposed a perfectly reasonable supreme court nominee appointed by a red state president. Simply put, there is no room for compromise on this issue.

  20. gonzotx
    February 14, 2017 at 11:33 am
    Just listened to Laura, she too does not like this Flynn resignation, first sign of trouble BAM, sends the wrong message and they are going to pick people off one by one, or at least try.
    Gonzo: I have the greatest respect and admiration for General Flynn. The CIA was out to get him, just as they are out to get Trump–and ultimately the American People. Spenglar (David Goldman) article confirms my thinking about that 100%. And the FBI exoneration which came after he resigned–which is typical of Comey makes me sick. But what we are left with at the end of the day is he gave an incomplete report to the vice president, who therefore gave bad information to the public. That is the problem. As Trump moves forward, he must have all the facts from those who serve him. He will be shot at by the globalists, and must ensure his positions are bullet proof. So there is some chicken little in Lauras position here.

  21. Actually wbb we don’t know what we don’t know but what we do know is that Flynn is gone and now they have moved on to the next one including what did Trump know and when did he know it mene.
    We know the Repubs don’t have a Backbone, we know that Trump seems to cut quick, if you look at all the advisors at the way side . And in reality it has worked up to this point., but since I don’t have all the facts and never will, I will just repeat myself, I don’t like it., something is off about this.
    At the pace I’m wondering how many good minds are willing to walk the gauntlet.

  22. gonzotx

    February 14, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Still not looking forward to HSA nirvana that the Repubs are pushing to replace Obamacare. Yes I know that there are different programs, but in the end it shifts most non catastrophic care cost onto you.

    Gonzo, an HSA may be a problem for people with chronic health problems. I do hope they work something out to provide some sort of subsidies for those people.

    For healthy, or mostly healthy people, it is a GREAT option. It will reduce your insurance premiums BIGLY and sort of be treated like a health IRA – You’d be able to carry it over from year to year and, ideally, raise your deductible by adding to your HSA if you wish. It should be inheritable as well. Just an AWESOME idea for me.

  23. Once in a blue moon, something constructive from the lying pricks at National Review. Shorn of their Trump hate which permeates the article, we find the single acorn which demonstates the conundrum Donald faced:

    “Once Flynn misled Pence, Trump could decide to stand by his national security adviser and humiliate his vice president, or dump Flynn, who it would require major energy and political capital to defend.

    Have to stop there however, because in the very next sentence they pray for a new director who will launch us headlong into World War III, with strong support for our “loyal” CIA. Of course they call this normalizing relations with Russia which is Orwellian.

  24. President Trump moves ahead in more than one issue:

    Trump just getting started with immigration raids
    The president granted himself sweeping authority to step up deportations, and he’s poised to use it.

    The arrests of hundreds of immigrants last week marked the first large-scale raid under the Trump administration — and the crackdown was, by all indications, just the start of much more to come.

    The expansive executive order signed last month by President Donald Trump allows a significantly broader population of immigrants to be picked up for deportation. And Trump has signaled he has every intention of using that authority to carry out his campaign pledge to deport millions of foreigners from the United States. [snip]

    “We’re actually taking people that are criminals — very, very hardened criminals in some cases — with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems, and we are getting them out,” Trump said at a news conference Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “And that’s what I said I would do.”

    One of Trump’s top advisers, Stephen Miller, also credited the administration’s new executive order with the “more vigorous immigration enforcement activities,” telling Fox News that Trump has “taken new and greater steps to remove criminal aliens from our communities.”

    In a statement Monday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirmed that more than 680 immigrants were swept up in so-called “targeted enforcement operations” across several cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York City.

    About three-fourths of those arrested were immigrants who had been convicted of crimes ranging from homicide, aggravated sexual abuse and drunken driving. The rest were picked up for various immigration violations, such as illegally reentering the country after being removed. [snip]

    In his Jan. 25 executive order, Trump said any immigrant who had been merely charged with a crime could be targeted for deportation. That’s a significant departure from Obama’s policy: the previous administration primarily sought out only immigrants who had been convicted of felonies or at least three misdemeanors.

    The Trump directive also calls on federal authorities to target immigrants who have “committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense,” which immigrant advocates say is too broad a description.

    Another major change: The Obama administration largely gave a pass to law-abiding immigrants who arrived illegally before January 2014. But the Trump directive contains no similar cutoff date, meaning immigration agents are free to target immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades.

    Even the less-prominent provisions in Trump’s order could, in the advocates’ view, wrongly ensnare immigrants. For instance, the order deems those who have “engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation” before the government as priorities. That could mean that immigrants accused of lying during a green card interview could be targeted for deportation, according to Cleveland-based immigration attorney David Leopold. [snip]

    But advocates for a tougher approach to illegal immigration said the raids — and Trump’s pledge to keep up the enforcement tactics — are nothing more than a return to what was commonplace before Obama loosened some deportation priorities.

    Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, called the roundups “a start” and added that he would like to see “more systematic efforts” to target employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

    He called the reaction from immigrant rights groups “hysterical” and “almost comically exaggerated.” In his view, organizations grew too accustomed to lax enforcement under Obama.

    This is a return to normalcy, if you will, rather than some kind of radical departure,” Krikorian said. “It was Obama that represented the radical change in practice.” [snip]

    “The priorities are still going to be the same priorities, criminals first,” he said. “But what the president’s executive order did do, it returned discretion to arrest and not to arrest to the line-level officer. … If they encounter someone who’s here illegally, they have the authority and discretion to arrest them, period.”

  25. Austin American Statesman headline

    51 immigrants rounded up in Austin

    Austin Sheriff better get on the band wagon cause Abbott is gunning for her.

    Blow me,

    I get that the premiums will be lower for some, but others, we will have to see. As it stands now, many people with those plans just don’t go to the Dr for acute issues because of cost also. The cost of a Dr visit, possible lab, medications can run in the hundreds.

  26. Happy Valentines Day to Admin and the Big Pink Community! Thank you so much admin for your article and once again, for all of the great work you do.

  27. Gonzo: The Times reported this morning that KT McFarland will be resigning; her statement this afternoon is that she met with Trump and she will not be resigning.
    Fake news?

    Not really.

    Just plain old lying.

    From those “tough and fair journalists” that Lyn’ Brian Williams got all puffy about when they were shunned at a press conference.

  28. Flynn Victim Of Obama
    Published on on February 14, 2017

    The Obama appointees still inhabiting the bowels of the State and Justice Departments orchestrated the coup that brought down General Michael Flynn who quit as National Security Advisor only four weeks into Trump’s term.

    Waiting until their confirmations as secretary of state and defense, neither Tillerson nor Sessions have had the time to replace the Obama appointees. But, in the interregnum, the Obama operatives used the time to slit Flynn’s throat, Washington style.

    Flynn, anxious to head off Russian retaliation against U.S. sanctions, spoke with Moscow’s Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak to assuage his concerns over the sanctions imposed in the wake of Russian intervention in Ukraine and Crimea. Because he did so before Trump took office — but after his own appointment — he ran afoul of established protocol.

    The alert Obama-era wiretappers pounced, taping the conversation and leaking it to the media. Former Obama officials were quoted in the New York Times as saying that Flynn reassured the ambassador that Mr. Trump would adopt a more accommodating tone on Russia once in office. They said that Flynn urged Russia not to retaliate against any sanctions because an overreaction would make any future cooperation more complicated.” One Obama official said that “he appeared to leave the impression that it would be possible” to ease the U.S. sanctions under the new president.

    Then the former Obama folks at the Justice Department chimed in, gratuitously warning the incoming president that there was a blackmail risk that Moscow might hold the fact of the conversation over Flynn’s head as he served in office.

    Finally, the former Obama folks at the Defense Department scrutinized a 2015 trip to Moscow by Flynn during which he received a payment to attend an anniversary celebration of a Kremlin operated TV station. The payment (it might have been a nominal gift of some sort) had to be reported because Flynn is a former general.

    Essentially, the Obama team at State, Justice, and Defense acted as opposition researchers for Obama and the Democrats to frame the incoming National Security Advisor and leak his sins to the media.

    Caught in the trap sprung by the Democratic operatives, Flynn, unfortunately doubled down and lied to VP Mike Pence, concealing the full extent of his conversation with the Russians. But never fear, the Obama minions helpfully provided the full text of the Flynn-Kislyak conversation that showed the former general had gone further in reassuring the Russians.

    Once Flynn lied to the Vice President and Pence had gone out in public to defend him, a resignation was inevitable.

    But the prospect of the political appointees in one administration using their powers and surveillance capabilities to bring about the resignation of a highly placed official in the incoming administration is, itself, a more alarming event than any perpetrated by Michael Flynn.

  29. So now the tough and fair journalists, specifically Step and Fetch It Stephnaopolis is asking what did Trump know and when did he know it in re. Flynn and Kelly ann is saying she does not know. Well, I know either. But there is one thing I do know, and no one who lives in the same world as most of us would deny, i.e. that little runt Georgie Boy would look good with a hot poker stuck up his ass. Everything else is debatable.

  30. I really hope the WH press dinner is never held again, of course we know when the left manipulates its way back in there will be countless dinners , a raise in the payoffs, and Beyoncé will be shaking her hopefully sagging booty to a toothless Fraud.

    But then again, maybe, just maybe, the Democratic Party will cease to exist.

    One can dream…

    I don’t ever want to see them in real power again, but eliminating the deep gov will be test of time.

  31. It’s always the coverup. I wonder what was going on in Flynns head that he didn’t think there was a copy or recording of the conversation or did he truly not remember exactly what he said but thought it was so much less?

    I think if he had come clean and Pence didn’t go out there on 5 shows he could have weathered this, now the blood is in the water and everyone else suffers.

    You don’t become a 3 star General without something between the ears, I don’t want to use the excuse of his age, but I wonder if it was a factor.

    It just seems that people who should know better keep making the same mistakes despite seeing how this eventually all plays out in the end. Maybe he thought his relationship with Trump would help him survive, but I heard a snippet of Spicer and what he had to say about it and he squarely laid everything on lack of trust between Trump for Flynn, that it had eroded to the point it was the only option. No sugar coating at all.

  32. The issue here is leaks. The FBI needs to approach this issue with the right mind set, namely, that some individual (s) in intel, justice and/or homeland security committed this crime, and need (s) to be identified, read their Miranda rights, and carried off to the Tombs. The next time, they will be leaking sensitive information to Red China. People like this are traitors and when it comes to treason, there are no limits.

    “If [the Flynn conversation] was picked up inadvertently, then that would have had to have been approved by someone in the last administration to actually unmask his name so that the FBI or intelligence officials knew who it was on the other end of the phone talking to the Russian ambassador,” Nunes told Fox News. “If, in fact, the press reports are right, someone made the decision to deliberately listen to General Flynn’s phone calls and that is, I think, unprecedented, unwarranted and flat-out wrong.”

    Nunes said he is going to “be asking the FBI to do an assessment of this to tell us what’s going on here because we cannot continue to have these leaks as a government.”

    Senate homeland security committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told Fox News that “somebody in the nebulous intelligence community” would have had access to the Flynn discussions.

    “Who tapped the phones, who was listening to it, who leaked it? I think those are legitimate questions to ask,” he told Fox News on Tuesday. “Leaks of this nature are incredibly damaging to America … and we need to look into it.”

    A congressional source told Fox News they believe the intelligence was known to a small circle of Obama administration officials and appointees at the end of last year, including some working within the intelligence community — and the leaks were targeted and coordinated to undermine the administration.

  33. wbboei
    February 14, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Gonzo: I have the greatest respect and admiration for General Flynn. The CIA was out to get him, just as they are out to get Trump–and ultimately the American People. Spenglar (David Goldman) article confirms my thinking about that 100%. And the FBI exoneration which came after he resigned–which is typical of Comey makes me sick. But what we are left with at the end of the day is he gave an incomplete report to the vice president, who therefore gave bad information to the public. That is the problem. As Trump moves forward, he must have all the facts from those who serve him. He will be shot at by the globalists, and must ensure his positions are bullet proof. So there is some chicken little in Lauras position here.


    That’s pretty much my take on this. I see Flynn as a fine man whose lips were sometimes a little too loose. As admin says, the only solution was for him to fall on his sword, and he did.

    One upside of all this is that now Mattis is free to replace Flynn with someone Mattis likes and works well with.

  34. FBI investigation into the leaks…Asking the Fox to guard the chicken house.

    Trump needs his own team to investigate till he can clean this rats nest out, at least make it less destructive

  35. Hoping things go well tomorrow with President Trump and Bibi…media is going to distort and claim tensions over settlements
    no matter what they say. I think message will be Bibi and Trump are committed to a 2 State solution but PALS must do their part. I would skip the embassy stuff and try and nudge Trump to reimpose sanctions for Irans bellicose behavior.
    Gonzotx, I am up over 100k since Trump elected.

  36. jb: you will appreciate the irony. You were against Trump and you are up $100 k. I was in favor of Trump, but invested in gold, and I am down 40% of my net worth. Go figure. What I have learned is that the business cycle means absolutely nothing–until there is massive run on the dollar. Until then fed policy governs, and their ability to print money from here to Mars.

  37. These attempts to undermine President Trump are the reactionary forces against change. The corrupt establishment fights back.
    Here is how to deal with that problem:

    1.first, the administration should post written notice to all agency employees that any employee who encripts messages pertaining to official business shall be subject to termination.

    2. second, any agency employee who has encripted such messages prior to the issuance of this notice, shall have ten days to unencript any and all such messages to the Inspector General. Failure to do so shall be just cause for termination.

    3.third, the Inspector General shall make a full report to Congress of everything that has been encripted.

    4. fourth, when courts are called upon to adjudicate the lawfulness of that dismissal, the adminstration should insist that the court cannot adjudicate the issue, unless those records are unencripted for the court to inspect.

    5. fifth, if that inspection reveals that there is nothing in those encripted messages which justifies ecription, then the refusal to encript them on demand shall be just cause for termination.—since this would be a ruse.

  38. wbboei, as you know it all timing and this bull run will come to an end by next year…the foundations for this year , truthfully, were already in place before election so either candidate could “take credit”. Problem has been middel class investors still have not come back in mass after their 401k’s etc disappeared in 08. The market is held together by the investment class and multi-billion dollars companies. Yellen kept rates down to make Obam look good and get “fake unemployment uner 5%”, but now will up rates to make Trump’s economy look weak. Gold is something I have never ventured into. Remember those gold Krugerrands from S. Africa in the 70’s?

  39. Lol if Hillary won I would almost guarantee the Dow would NOT be up over 20,000 and you would not have an extra $100,000 in your pocket JB.

    The Dow is up because the businesses believe Trump will MAGA and decrease regulations, taxes, and make it profitable to do business and manufacture in America again.

    That wouldn’t happen in a million years with Hillary.

  40. The market is reacting favorably to Trump and the promised tax cuts . Lets hope they happen asap.
    Watching CNN which sadly seems to be moving closer to MSNBC. They now have Jan Psaki on regarding Kelly Ann Conway. Psaki was a juvenile and embarrassment as a spokes person. Npo gravitas whatsoever and the other one who replaced her was even more incompetent.

  41. wbboei
    February 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm
    jb: you will appreciate the irony. You were against Trump and you are up $100 k. I was in favor of Trump, but invested in gold, and I am down 40% of my net worth.

    OUCH!! You could have bought yourself a divorce for that.

  42. blowme0bama
    February 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm
    February 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm
    jb: you will appreciate the irony. You were against Trump and you are up $100 k. I was in favor of Trump, but invested in gold, and I am down 40% of my net worth.

    OUCH!! You could have bought yourself a divorce for that.
    Actually, that would be 50%.

  43. As I recall there was an issue with Flynn’s son and he got kicked out of the campaign

    Then there was talk that flynn and mattias (sp) were butting heads…I think Flynn got over his skis perhaps too fast for his own good

  44. Agree S…it was a risky pick and Trump certainly does not need this distraction. The media,, however, is overplaying their hand, and I think this attack on Kelly Ann Conway is mean spirited and will backfire. They finally have a strong woman in the White House and they are trying to bring her down. Sadly, the democratic party is that of blacks, hispanics , young, ignorant college kids, and liberal Jews still thinking FDR is heading the party.

  45. This is what I have been telling you for over a year.

    The CIA is launching soft coups domestically now, rather than overseas.

    This kind of this is flat illegal.

    It took the Flynn affair to get them to show their cards.

    They wanted him that badly, because he was prepared to expose their abuses.

    This is not the CIA of John McCone who I used to caddy for at Seattle Golf Club in the mid sixties.

    I can’t help but feel that we are now living in the Day of the Condor, where life imitates art.


    The United States is better off without Michael Flynn serving as national security adviser.

    But NO ONE should be cheering the way he was brought down.

    The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America’s democratic institutions — not a sign of their resiliency. Flynn’s ouster was a soft coup (or political assassination) engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats. The results might be salutary, but this isn’t the way a liberal democracy is supposed to function.

    Unelected intelligence analysts work for the president, not the other way around. Far too many Trump critics appear not to care that these intelligence agents leaked highly sensitive information to the press — mostly because Trump critics are pleased with the result. “Finally,” they say, “someone took a stand to expose collusion between the Russians and a senior aide to the president!” It is indeed important that someone took such a stand. But it matters greatly who that someone is and how they take their stand. Members of the unelected, unaccountable intelligence community are not the right someone, especially when they target a senior aide to the president by leaking anonymously to newspapers the content of classified phone intercepts, where the unverified, unsubstantiated information can inflict politically fatal damage almost instantaneously.

    Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
    The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?
    6:28 AM – 14 Feb 2017
    20,088 20,088 Retweets 80,660 80,660 likes

    President Trump was roundly mocked among liberals for that tweet. But he is, in many ways, correct. These leaks are an enormous problem. And in a less polarized context, they would be recognized immediately for what they clearly are: an effort to manipulate public opinion for the sake of achieving a desired political outcome. It’s weaponized spin.

  46. wbboei
    February 14, 2017 at 8:21 pm
    February 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm
    February 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm
    jb: you will appreciate the irony. You were against Trump and you are up $100 k. I was in favor of Trump, but invested in gold, and I am down 40% of my net worth.
    OUCH!! You could have bought yourself a divorce for that.
    Actually, that would be 50%.

    Well, look at it this way; it’s cheaper now.

  47. The CIA works only in foreign matters. It is illegal for the CIA to investigate any US citizen or company inside the US, unless an investigation is part of a foreign intelligence. For example, the CIA may investigate a US citizen who’s suspected of being part of a terrorist plot being planned in a foreign country.
    You can see now why the CIA has been promoting this Russia allegation.

    To give it the jurisdiction to spy on Americans.

    Not surprisingly, they could produce no supporting evidence.

  48. As far as the Flynn matter is concerned, the FBI found he did nothing wrong.

    So that is further proof that this whole thing was a CIA soft coup.

    There is no national interest at stake here.

    There is merely the management question of who to throw under the bus: the director or the vp.

    The answer is obvious.

  49. JB

    I was in Boca on Sunday and talking to this adorable older Jewish couple, married for over 60 years…and somehow we got on to politics and they were going on about how disgusting Donald speaks about women, etc…and I said ‘but he will strongly defend Israel’ and the wife said ‘what good does that do, Israel is only one country out of so many’ I said ‘Israel is surrounded by people that want to destroy them’

    …and this couple had been telling me about all the jewish charities they are involved with…

    I was almost speechless and then I said…’well look at Bill…his behavior was worse and it was in the WH…and that was after J Flowers, etc…he made it almost impossible to defend his actual behavior…

    …and I did have to throw in…’why are they trying to destroy DT’s daughter…what does she have to do with it’…

    the wife loved Michelle O and conceded Hillary lost because of all the shenanghins she was up to and loss of trust…

    I feel sorry for so many of these older people who only get force fed CNN and the like…

    the one saving grace was the wife did concede that you cannot believe all you hear…

    the brainwashing that is going on is insane

  50. Deep Cover, good luck staying “underground” as more and more people begin to see why people like us have turned so completely against the Dims and the totalitarian left (see the gay journalist comment at the beginning of the comments). You wished us a Happy Valentines Day and we hope you had a good one too.

    Not everyone loves St. Valentines Day:

    Why Islamists and the radical Left loathe the Day of Love.

    Today, February 14, is Valentine’s Day, the sacred day that intimate companions mark to celebrate their love and affection for one another. If you’re thinking about making a study of how couples celebrate this day, the Muslim world and the milieus of the radical Left are not the places you should be spending your time. Indeed, it’s pretty hard to outdo Islamists and “progressives” when it comes to the hatred of Valentine’s Day. And this hatred is precisely the territory on which the contemporary romance between the Left and Islamic Supremacism is formed.

    The train is never late: every year that Valentine’s comes around, the Muslim world erupts with ferocious rage, with its leaders doing everything in their power to suffocate the festivity that comes with the celebration of private romance. Imams around the world thunder against Valentine’s every year — and the celebration of the day itself is literally outlawed in Islamist states.

    This year, for example, the Islamabad High Court in Pakistan banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day in public places, and at an official level, and prohibited all electronic and print media from covering any festivities or mentioning of the occasion. Several cities across Muslim-majority Indonesia, meanwhile, banned people from celebrating the day. In the city of Surabaya, a group of school students, which included many girls wearing the hijab, denounced Valentine’s Day. In Muslim-dominant Malaysia, the group The National Muslim Youth Association directed females not to use emoticons and perfume in a pre-Valentine’s Day message.

    Last year, Pakistan also banned Valentine’s Day, calling it an “insult” to Islam and warning that “strict” action against anyone daring to celebrate the day in any part of Islamabad. In the past, Valentine’s Day activities were disrupted by Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan’s main religious party, but in the last two years the state and court now get involved to ban celebration of the day. Back on Valentine’s Day in Pakistan in 2013, supporters of Jamat-e-Islami took to the streets in Peshawar to vehemently denounce the Day of Love. Demonizing it as “un-Islamic,” the Muslim protestors shouted that the day had “spread immodesty in the world.” Shahzad Ahmed, the local leader of the student wing of Jamat-e-Islami, declared that the organization will not “allow” any Valentine’s Day functions, warning that if Pakistani law enforcement did not prevent Pakistanis from holding such functions, that the Jamat-e-Islami would stop them “in our own way.” Khalid Waqas Chamkani, a leader in Jamat-e-Islami, calls Valentine’s a “shameful day.”

    These Islamist forces in Pakistan cannot, of course, completely succeed in preventing couples from showing love to each other on this special day, and so many Pakistanis still cryptically celebrate Valentine’s Day and exchange presents in secret.

    In Iran, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia last year, and as always, Valentine’s Day was outlawed. Under the Islamic regime in Iran, for instance, any sale or promotion of Valentine’s Day related items, including the exchange of gifts, flowers and cards, is illegal. The Iranian police consistently warn retailers against the promotion of Valentine’s Day celebrations.

    Over the years, Islamic religious leaders and officials in Malaysia have warned Muslims against celebrating Valentine’s Day. In Saudi Arabia, the morality police outlaw the sale of all Valentine’s Day items, forcing shopkeepers to remove any red items, because the day is considered a Christian holiday. [snip]

    Malaysia’s State mufti chief assistant Mat Jais Kamos always keeps his mind focused on that dark world and so, in 2014, a few days before Valentine’s Day, he ordered young people to stay clear of celebrating the Day of Love: “The celebration emphasizes the relationship between two individuals rather than the love between family members or married couples,” he affirmed, and department officials backed up his command by distributing leaflets to remind Muslims of the 2006 ban on Valentine’s Day issued by the state fatwa council. In Islamic Uzbekistan, meanwhile, several universities habitually make sure that students actually sign contracts promising not to celebrate Valentine’s. [snip]

    In the West, meanwhile, leftist feminists are not to be outdone by their Islamist allies in reviling — and trying to exterminate — Valentine’s Day. Throughout many Women’s Studies Programs on American campuses, for instance, you will find the demonization of this day, since, as the disciples of Andrea Dworkin angrily explain, the day is a manifestation of how capitalist and homophobic patriarchs brainwash and oppress women — and push them into spheres of powerlessness.

    As an individual who spent more than a decade in academia, I was privileged to witness this war against Valentine’s Day up close and personal. Feminist icons like Jane Fonda, meanwhile, help lead the assault on Valentine’s Day in society at large. As David Horowitz has documented, Fonda has led the campaign to transform this special day into “V-Day” (“Violence against Women Day”) — which is, when it all comes down to it, a day of hate, featuring a mass indictment of men.

    So what exactly is transpiring here? What explains this hatred of Valentine’s Day by leftist feminists and Islamists? And how and why does it serve as the sacred bond that brings the Left and Islam together into its feast of hate?

    The core issue at the foundation of this phenomenon is that Islam and the radical Left both revile the notion of private love, a non-tangible and divine entity that draws individuals to each other and, therefore, distracts them from submitting themselves to a secular deity.

    The highest objective of both Islam and the radical Left is clear: to shatter the sacred intimacy that a man and a woman can share with one another, for such a bond is inaccessible to the order. History, therefore, demonstrates how Islam, like Communism, wages a ferocious war on any kind of private and unregulated love. In the case of Islam, the reality is epitomized in its monstrous structures of gender apartheid and the terror that keeps it in place. Indeed, female sexuality and freedom are demonized and, therefore, forced veiling, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, honor killings and other misogynist monstrosities become mandatory parts of the sadistic paradigm.

    The puritanical nature of totalist systems (whether Fascist, Communist, or Islamist) is another manifestation of this phenomenon. In Stalinist Russia, sexual pleasure was portrayed as unsocialist and counter-revolutionary. More recent Communist societies have also waged war on sexuality — a war that Islam, as we know, wages with similar ferocity. These totalist structures cannot survive in environments filled with self-interested, pleasure-seeking individuals who prioritize devotion to other individual human beings over the collective and the state. Because the leftist believer viscerally hates the notion and reality of personal love and “the couple,” he champions the enforcement of totalitarian puritanism by the despotic regimes he worships.

    The famous twentieth-century novels of dystopia, Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We, George Orwell’s 1984, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, all powerfully depict totalitarian society’s assault on the realm of personal love in its violent attempt to dehumanize human beings and completely subject them to its rule. In Zamyatin’s We, the earliest of the three novels, the despotic regime keeps human beings in line by giving them license for regulated sexual promiscuity, while private love is illegal. The hero breaks the rules with a woman who seduces him — not only into forbidden love but also into a counterrevolutionary struggle. In the end, the totality forces the hero, like the rest of the world’s population, to undergo the Great Operation, which annihilates the part of the brain that gives life to passion and imagination, and therefore spawns the potential for love. In Orwell’s 1984, the main character ends up being tortured and broken at the Ministry of Truth for having engaged in the outlawed behavior of unregulated love. In Huxley’s Brave New World, promiscuity is encouraged — everyone has sex with everyone else under regime rules, but no one is allowed to make a deep and independent private connection.

    Yet as these novels demonstrate, no tyranny’s attempt to turn human beings into obedient robots can fully succeed. There is always someone who has doubts, who is uncomfortable, and who questions the secular deity — even though it would be safer for him to conform like everyone else. The desire that therefore overcomes the instinct for self-preservation is erotic passion. And that is why love presents such a threat to the totalitarian order: it dares to serve itself. It is a force more powerful than the all-pervading fear that a totalitarian order needs to impose in order to survive. Leftist and Muslim social engineers, therefore, in their twisted and human-hating imaginations, believe that the road toward earthly redemption (under a classless society or Sharia) stands a chance only if private love and affection is purged from the human condition.

    This is exactly why, forty years ago, as Peter Collier and David Horowitz demonstrate in Destructive Generation, the Weather Underground not only waged war against American society through violence and mayhem, but also waged war on private love within its own ranks. Bill Ayers, one of the leading terrorists in the group, argued in a speech defending the campaign:

    Any notion that people can have responsibility for one person, that they can have that ‘out’ — we have to destroy that notion in order to build a collective; we have to destroy all ‘outs,’ to destroy the notion that people can lean on one person and not be responsible to the entire collective.

    Thus, the Weather Underground destroyed any signs of monogamy within its ranks and forced couples, some of whom had been together for years, to admit their “political error” and split apart. Like their icon Margaret Mead, they fought the notions of romantic love, jealousy, and other “oppressive” manifestations of one-on-one intimacy and commitment. This was followed by forced group sex and “national orgies,” whose main objective was to crush the spirit of individualism. This constituted an eerie replay of the sexual promiscuity that was encouraged (while private love was forbidden) in We, 1984, and Brave New World.

    It becomes completely understandable, therefore, why leftist believers were so inspired by the tyrannies in the Soviet Union, Communist China, Communist North Vietnam and many other countries. As sociologist Paul Hollander has documented in his classic Political Pilgrims, fellow travelers were especially enthralled with the desexualized dress that the Maoist regime imposed on its citizens. This at once satisfied the leftist’s desire for enforced sameness and the imperative of erasing attractions between private citizens. As I have demonstrated in United in Hate, the Maoists’ unisex clothing finds its parallel in fundamentalist Islam’s mandate for shapeless coverings to be worn by both males and females. The collective “uniform” symbolizes submission to a higher entity and frustrates individual expression, mutual physical attraction, and private connection and affection. And so, once again, the Western leftist remains not only uncritical, but completely supportive of — and enthralled in — this form of totalitarian puritanism.

    This is precisely why leftist feminists today do not condemn the forced veiling of women in the Islamic world; because they support everything that forced veiling engenders. It should be no surprise, therefore, that Naomi Wolf finds the hijab “sexy”. And it should be no surprise that Oslo Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Unni Wikan, found a solution for the high incidence of Muslims raping Norwegian women: the rapists must not be punished, but Norwegian women must veil themselves.

    Valentine’s Day is a “shameful day” for the Muslim world and for the radical Left. It is shameful because private love is considered obscene, since it threatens the highest of values: the need for a totalitarian order to attract the complete and undivided attention, allegiance and veneration of every citizen. Love serves as the most lethal threat to the tyrants seeking to build Sharia and a classless utopia on earth, and so these tyrants yearn for the annihilation of every ingredient in man that smacks of anything that it means to be human.

    And so perhaps it is precisely on reflecting yesterday’s Valentine’s Day that we are reminded of the hope that we can realistically have in our battle with the ugly and pernicious Unholy Alliance that seeks to destroy our civilization.

    This day reminds us that we have a weapon, the most powerful arsenal on the face of the earth, in front of which despots and terrorists quiver and shake, and sprint from in horror into the shadows of darkness, desperately avoiding its piercing light.

    That arsenal is love.

    And no Maoist Red Guard or Saudi Islamo-Fascist cop ever stamped it out — no matter how much they beat and tortured their victims. And no al-Qaeda jihadist in Pakistan or Feminazi on any American campus will ever succeed in suffocating it, no matter how ferociously they lust to disinfect man of who and what he is.

    Love will prevail.

    Long Live Valentine’s Day.

  51. S
    February 14, 2017 at 10:56 pm
    First the schmaltz. Then the guilt complex. Like this

    You are a delightful couple. You have remained married, when many others have not. You have raised fine children. You are a credit to your community and an example of a life well lived. . . . . .

    But not everyone has had the opportunities you have. Try seeing life through the eyes of a young black child born in a ghetto to a crack addicted mother, who goes to a sub standard school, and has to dodge bullets from warring drug gangs.

    You might see things differently. And I know enough about you to know that you would reach out to that child and give him or her a better chance at life if you could.

    As you know, the democrats have thrown money at the problem for years and all that this has created is more dependency, despair and despondency. Take a walk through Cabrini Green in Chicago if you think I am kidding.

    Now, whether you like him or not, Trump has made a pledge to help people like this little girl, by improving the schools and arresting the drug dealers—something that democrat mayors have paid lip service to, but never solved.

    If he could help that child, and all I say is if, but if he could help that child could you find it in your heart to forgive him for some of the vulgar things he has said?

  52. Why Islamists and the radical Left loathe the Day of Love.
    I beg to differ.

    They simply have a different way of expressing themselves.

    They believe that hearts look better outside the body.

    They think the expression I am losing my head over you, is an invitation to swing an axe.

    They prefer rape to consensual sex.

    We must be tolerant of other cultures–even if they are out to murder us.

    So sayeth Obama, after wind surfing.

    Gweneth Palrow is having heart palpatations seeing that scawning girlie mon body.

    Big media is going into covulsions.

  53. S, that is what I deal with everyday here in Boca /Delray. Old Jews whose only loyalty is to a democratic party that has become virulently anti-Israel, younger Jews who actually run many of the anti-Israeli propaganda, and the remaining Jews like me who are pretty liberal on most issues, but are fiscally conservative, want a strong military, would like to see an end of entitlements which trap the underclass in a never ending cycle of poverty, and off course want Israel to be left in peace in our g-d given land -all of Judea and Samaria. The Fakestinians need to be removed from our land as they have no desire to live in peace and seek Israel’s destruction. Obama , a closet Muslim, is still working behing the scenes to destroy Israel and have the US become a Sharia nation.

  54. So let’s cut to Main Narrative, as retailed by the MSM, with timely encouragement from the CIA and Democrat operatives masquerading as journalists:

    Trump is unfit to be president. Plus, Hillary is unbeatable, so give up already.
    Oops — Trump wins.
    The Russians stole the election.
    Trump is too cozy with the Russians.
    Trump’s people are too cozy with the Russians.
    No wonder the Russians stole the election for Trump.
    Flynn called the Russian ambassador — and lied about it!
    The coverup is always worse than the crime! Flynn must go!
    Flynn’s gone — but here comes the ghost of Howard Baker —
    “What did the president know and when did he know it?”
    Trump is doomed.
    Enter now the usual sycophants and deracinated old men, such as war hero John McCain, his lovely sidekick Lindsey Graham and various other useful idiots, adding their capon voices to the leftist choir: let freedom ring!

    So what must Trump do now?

    First, complete his cabinet.

    Second, fire every fireable federal employee in the leak-prone agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency.

    Third, start taking operational security seriously.

    Fourth, assume everything you say will leak to the media and be spun as malevolently as possible.

    Fifth, trust nobody.

    Sixth, fight back, with all the powers of the presidency.

  55. wbboei
    February 15, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Seventh, reform civil service. Fire at will should be the standard. Why a bunch of loafers, leakers, fief builders should have lifetime employment and be paid by taxpayers who are effectively compelled to pay their salary and perks against their will and obviously against their best interests, we just had an election after all, would be revolutionary and freeing. At present the public works for the civil service not the other way around. The Mandarins are resisting the hostile takeover by the stockholders (voting public). The Civil Service Act was to de-politicize the nation’s public service workers. At present it is protecting them to bring politics into everything. Do away with it.

  56. Mormaer
    February 15, 2017 at 5:37 am


    It gets back to the attorney I know on Baingridge Island. He went to work for the Washington State Attorney Generals office in 1972. His boss told him your client is the public. He left the Washington State Attorney Generals office in 1992. His new boss told him your client is NOT the public, the public be damned, your boss is the bureaucrat down the hall. When he went to work for them this was a place you went to get some experience, stayed five years, and then went out into private practice. Today they send their entire careers in government, and they bring in all their family. And in many cases, they have unions. And they do not want people with private sector experience invading their little heaven. Years ago, they recruited me to apply for the top labor relations job in Washington State government. They ended up giving it to the direct subordinante of the one who left. They never had any intention of hiring someone from the private sector. They spent hours with me, every department head tried to pick my brain on the problems labor they were having, most of which were self induced. Government work is just another version of what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas, because, they reason, those dumb fucking taxpayers would never understand what we must put up with, etc. The most aggravating part is the huge benefits they get.

  57. If you want to have a real good time, tell government employees that you all will undergo a new process to make you more efficient in your jobs, and thereby increase your job satisfaction, contribution to the organization and appreciation by the community. In the final analyis, we all want to be appreciated. Yes? It is exciting and you will love every minute of it, as you learn to be an even better employee. It is called balanced scorecard analysis and budgeting by objective. Let me show you a film of how this simple process reduced 89% of the workforce who were found to have been contributing nothing of value except entertaining each other in their civil service jobs, and with those jamokes gone, the remaing 11% will reap the reward of getting to work faster and harder for less money, so your political bosses get re elected.

    Its a good way to get yourself killed, in case jumping off the top of a 90 story building does not appeal to you.

  58. You know it was Alex Jones who first said that Flynn was out. Alex Jones, days before anyone else. Think about that.

    This guy has been ranting about the Deep government for years and always sounded off the Deep end. Not so much anymore.

    We are in crazy times. The “soft” coup is in full force. Our hope is the military does not side with them.

  59. Not sure this has been posted or not. Interesting. States among other things Flynn was never allowed to read the transcript of the phone conversation and that Trump caved in and this will not end well.
    I have also read that almost all of Trumps people were probably being monitored by the Deep state and this is just the begining and letting the FBI “investigate” may be careful what you ask for because the Deep state is putting together the case that Trump and Russia were in collusion during the election and if they can string a few more bodies, despite the absurdity of it all, the coup will be successful.
    I feel my tin foil hat on again.

  60. Mcnorman,

    Such false accusations the Indivisible guide but clearly promoting chaos and very subtle violence. The Tea party clearly not guilty of any of the alleged violence they site and in reality we didn’t stop much of obamas agenda. We did get pansy Republicans in office who in turn sat on their hands for the most part or were in fact assisting the frauds administration.
    There is a video of Tucker interviewing this insane middle school teacher that led the violent protest against Milo in CA, she would do nicely as a hitler prison guard during WW2, very insane person. I will try to find and post.

  61. For those in the HSA conversation –

    I made a mistake –

    What I have is a flexible spending account, not an HSA….

    That’s why mine was so different from what you guys were describing…

  62. gonzo, I posted that at the end of the last thread, if you want to pull the video forward again. I don’t remember if it showed up as the video or just a link…

  63. mcnorman – wow – really, I think the proper characterization of these people is “hysterical”.

    And the people who want to impeach – they don’t even seem to realize that if they won, they’d get Pence, who is most definitely very far right. They’d get worse than what they have now. They’re idiots lol

  64. It’s at 10:24, I thought someone had posted it here plus I have seen it elsewhere but I have watched it like 10 times because she is so insane .

    I don’t know why she isn’t arrested because there is video proof of her beating this guy on the chest repeatedly.
    Personally, I would love to meet her at a protest and then let her hit me, I would defend myself…
    She does have her thugs who also attacked the guy and the police were of course very slow to respond.

    This sh&t needs to stop.

  65. @gonzotx

    The world is upside down. As my grandma used to say, “los diablos juegan.” The devils play and create turmoil.

  66. @gonzotx

    The fact that the village idiot is a school teacher really scares me. She shouldn’t be anywhere near children.

  67. @gonzotx

    The fact that the village idiot is a school teacher really scares me. She shouldn’t be anywhere near children.


    Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won’t Reject Tax Returns That Don’t Answer Health Insurance Question

    The tax agency has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law

    How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare’s individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot.

    Following President Donald Trump’s executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement.

    The health law’s individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a “shared responsibility payment.” The IRS was set to require filers to indicate whether they had maintained coverage in 2016 or paid the penalty by filling out line 61 on their form 1040s. Alternatively, they could claim exemption from the mandate by filing a form 8965.

    For most filers, filling out line 61 would be mandatory. The IRS would not accept 1040s unless the coverage box was checked, or the shared responsibility payment noted, or the exemption form included. Otherwise they would be labeled “silent returns” and rejected.

    Instead, however, filling out that line will be optional.


    Trump to greet Netanyahu by abandoning ‘2-state’ doctrine

    The Israeli prime minister will be welcomed with a new U.S. line on the Palestinian conflict but has questions for Trump on the Iran deal.

    Benjamin Netanyahu has never had it so good in Washington.

    After eight years of visits to an Obama White House where he was seen as a political adversary and an obstacle to Middle East peace, the Israeli Prime Minister will be greeted at the Trump White House on Wednesday like a beloved old friend — and as a welcome distraction from headlines about Russia and the sacking of national security adviser Michael Flynn.

    Netanyahu has known both Trump and the family of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for over a decade. His ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, has developed a close bond with Kushner and was spotted walking near the White House with Trump’s senior adviser, Stephen Bannon, on Tuesday. On Thursday night, one of Netanyahu’s staunchest supporters, the billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, dined with Trump at the White House.

    The visit will “usher in a new relationship between Israel and the United States — something that Israel has not seen in well over eight years, a relationship that will show there is no daylight,” a Trump White House official said Tuesday night.

    The visit may also usher in a new era for U.S. policy toward the Middle East. On Tuesday night, White House officials briefing reporters said that Trump wouldn’t seek to impose a two-state solution for the Israel-Palestinian conflict — a break with a decades-long American posture.

    “Maybe, maybe not,” one official said of the two-state solution. “It’s something the two sides have to agree to. It’s not for us to impose that vision. But I think we’ll find out more about that tomorrow.”

    That would be a major gift from Trump to the Israeli leader, who faces pressure from a leading right-wing rival, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, to avoid uttering the words “two-state solution.”

  70. If Bibi was a beagle his tail would be wagging all over the place, he’s so happy. The Prime Minister looks the most relaxed we’ve ever seen him. Netanyahu keeps looking President Trump in the eyes and at times you can almost think it is love.

  71. It’s good to see BiBi so happy, it makes my day.
    I love that guy and I love Israel.

    I can’t imagine what it has been like for him and Israel the last 8 years, of not more with Bush courting the Arabs..I’ll never forget the hugs on the runway for the special plane allowed to leave America full of trillionaire Saudis after 9/11… I wanted to throw up.

  72. JB

    Not to beat a dead horse, but can you picture how different that press conference would have looked and sounded had Hillary won?
    As an American Jew I could not be more proud of both of them and the triumph of honesty and common sense expressed.

    BTW Netanyahu and I have the same great great grandfather so we are distant distant cousins…..

  73. Just had lunch at watched. Absolutely fantastic!!!! Yes, I admit it would not have been so loving if Hillary was POTUS.

  74. admin
    February 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm
    It may not be the look of love, but it is the bond of trust. When there is trust, magic happens.

    Insofar as the Palestinian leadership is concerned, let it be said they never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

    And then there is the matter of leadership.

    These two are leaders, not merely in form, like Merkel, Cameron, Obama, but leaders in substance.

    With Obama, there was no substance.

    He was nothing more than an errand boy for the big banks and his mentor was Soros.

    And a mascot for the elites to use to virtue signal to the rest of us their faux moral superiority.

    With Obama, you could never really sleep.

    You worried and wondered what is the next piece of our liberty and sovereignty that lying cocksucker would destroy.

    As a long time friend of mine said just the other day, we can relax, we know someone is looking out for the people.

    And I think the same can be said of Bibi.

  75. Netanyahu looked very, very pleased with himself. What did he turn over to Trump that his Mossad embeds have gathered?

  76. gonzotx
    February 15, 2017 at 8:21 am
    You know it was Alex Jones who first said that Flynn was out. Alex Jones, days before anyone else. Think about that.
    Alex is also saying that Rence is a leaker and Rence will soon be history. His connection to Ryan was never the asset some believed it was. Ryan takes money from Soros, who is Trumps main enemy, and the dark mover behind this scene of iniquity. Its like Tinkers to Evers to Chance, i.e. Rence to Ryan to Soros. A triple play that needs to be stopped. Here you have Rence. Here you have a problem. No Rence. No problem. Again, to even the most daunting problem, our beloved Uncle Joe who put 80 million people to death, while the American left cheered him on, gives us this pearl for the ages, or in this case the pink slip. If we meet him someday in hell, we must make it a point to thank that wiley Georgian–no, not Newt.

  77. Mormaer
    February 15, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    Netanyahu looked very, very pleased with himself. What did he turn over to Trump that his Mossad embeds have gathered?
    ———–Viola! The Trump card against the deep state perhaps. The smoking gun of the Catholics in action? Embarrasing photos of Brennan and Clapper in days of yore when men were men and sheep were nervous. It is titillating to imagine what it could be. But its gotta be good. Revenge is best served cold. And Donald is just the man to do it. Backshooters of deep intel beware.

  78. gonzotx
    February 15, 2017 at 10:19 am

    …as a hitler prison guard during WW2, very insane person.

    Wrong theater. Try the Pacific and military totalitarianism. But I agree she would have been a prison guard.

  79. If the self-proclaimed Obama Third Term was elected, Netanyahu would not have been invited to the White House. This important meeting would not have been held. At some point, after all the Israel haters had been wined and dined, after threats made at the U.N., then and only then would Netanyahu be invited under various threats. (again, we notice no Tweets from the Obama Third Term welcoming Netanyahu to the U.S. but plenty of left wing nonsense at her account)

    What would have happened at an Obama Third Term meeting with Netanyahu? The first person to speak would have been the Obama Third Term. The second person to speak would have been Barack Obama scolding Netanyahu in order to hurt his reelection. Obama would then have lectured Netanyahu as to the need to pull back to the 1967 borders, dismantled all the “settlements”, and pay reparations to the west bank and Gaza occupants.

    We doubt Netanyahu would have had a chance to respond. If Obama and the Obama Third Term condescended to take questions, the questions to Netanyahu would have come from J Street, Huff ‘n Puff, Slate, Black Lives Matter, the pro-disinvestment journalists , along with every other Israel hater and socialist Obama could think to invite to humiliate Netanyahu.

    Instead, that alternate history has been avoided. Israel and the West have literally been saved at the very moment of near destruction. Those that ascribe divine intervention in the November 2016 elections might have the only “outside help” theory we can see as plausible.

  80. 100% correct administrator. I am happy today as already my Jewish colleagues are attacking Trump on possibility of one state solution and trying to bait me on Trump’s halt settlements comments. I am forwarding your above post!
    Gonzotx, I am up another $8k today. I finally coming closer to my financial goals but need 7 million to retire which will be difficult absent selling my home and downsizing.

  81. I am glad Trump is having a rally, but we know OFA will infiltrate with major disruptions. 😡. they will turn it into a riot.

  82. Puzer withdrew his name for Sec of Labor… so now they got another scalp. Trump needs to kick some butt with McConnell, I am not sure who is advising him but this is not winning

  83. Wasn’t bragging and apologize if it came off that way. Confirming that the market has indeed gone up under Trump and with tax cuts may hit 21k. I

  84. And as you may or may not know , I have serious health issues effecting my practice and will likely fly to Minnesota to explore a sacral nerve implan as I am in chronic pain 24/7. I also pay for all of my Mom’s expenses as she severe dementia/allzheimets disease. I also am putting 2 kids through college and an 11 yr old so I don’t have much after ecpenes. Not asking anyone to feel sorry for me, but trust me, I would rather feel good and work another 15 years than have to potentially stop and live off my savings.

    PS-I also donate a respectable amount to Saint Jude’s, Breast Cancer Foundation, disabled veterans and injured Israeli defense forces.

  85. JB I am sorry you are going through so much, no one gets out alive in this world nor unscathed, so they say, yet some like the obamas, Soros etc seem to .

    They also say you’ll get what’s coming to you, but that also doesn’t seem to apply to many villains except in the movies.

  86. Admin: I have it on good reliable authority that Trump has the highest regard for General Flynn, believes he did nothing wrong, and wanted him to stay on. So we can forget about that humiliation of a president meme that WashPo is peddling.

    This is what I am told:

    On the day in question, the Russian Ambassador called General Flynn to discuss the deteriorating situation Eastern Europe, wherein Obama, who was still president at that point, after eight years of doing nothing, began acting irrationally, moving troops to the border, whereupon Putin felt threatened and moved in his weapons. The purpose of the call was to discuss that dangeroussituation, and to find out whether the incoming administration would continue Obama’s mindless sociopathic march toward World War III.

    Was the subject of sanctions discussed? No. It was not discussed, it was deflected. The statement from Flynn was that with the new administration, everything is on the table. General Flynn had between thirty and forty calls that day, and the situation was very serious. Thus he answered Pence truthfully when he said the subject of sanctions was not discussed.

    Or, in the venacular, other than that Mrs. Lincoln, other than impending nuclear war, how was the play?

    Now Pense could have done what a skilled politician would have done when asked that question by the press. He would have finessed it by saying received a summary, it was not discussed it was reflected, move on, nothing to see here.

    Instead Pence got holier than thou, acted like he was lied to, and that is when the press saw blood and moved in for the kill.

    I am told that while Pense’s resume is magnificent as far it goes, alpha dog leadership is not in his bag of tricks. He always prefers the #2 position and is tight with the RINO establishment that opposes Trump. He is tight with Ryan and Prebius.

    Thus the pertinent question is how will Pense react when it get too hot in the kitchen?

  87. JB,

    So sorry for your troubles. I have come across an interesting pain relief devise while looking at alternative energy technologies. It looks like a piece of paper, but it is a nanotechnology for alternative energy that they found has healing and pain relief properties. I think it actually works, but I do not have significant pains to try it on, so I have been giving them out to friends and family and asking them if they think it works. It is called a QUEET and you can get it for a donation to the group that is developing these alternative energy projects.

  88. Lu4PUMA
    February 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    What do you think of Steven Mnuchin’s ties to Sorfeld?
    Let me quote the Cuban banker on that one:

    There could be a virgin in a whore house.

    But I would not bet that way.

    Anyone who takes money from Soros takes blood money.

    There can be no excuse for it.

    He is the ultimate foe of the American People.

    He is the final adversary of Trump.

    Soros needs to have his throat cut, legally but lethally.

    All it would require is a RICO action, and/or extradition.










    THE WORD IS. . . . . “SEDITION”.











  90. V.P Pence is a little too humble and too pretentious.

    How will he act when it gets to hot in the kitchen?
    Pence will excuse himself and join a prayer group.

    Trump should eventually treat him like Obama treated V.P. Joe Biden… Take him out whenever President Trump needs him…

  91. wbboei
    February 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm
    As you can see, Krauthammer the fool, does not have his facts right.

    He has no idea who is on first, and where the problem is

  92. The two-state solution is dead. Trump should move our embassy to Jerusalem immediately. And cross one more item off his to-do list.

  93. wbboei
    ‘Soros needs to have his throat cut, legally but lethally.

    All it would require is a RICO action, and/or extradition.’

    Where can we find a good Radical Islamic Terrorist?

















  95. The other thing that came up was Steve P. who ran black ops for state, so he claims. Well, he was on Alex Jones telling the world that the intelligence community is on Trump’s side, at the very time that clear evidence to the contrary is emerging. He appears to believe that the removal of Brennan solve the problem, while everyone else understands that Obama holdovers, including Sally Yates at Justice, were and still are working to orchestrate this soft coup. Steve is engaging in disinformation and I am not sure why. Previously, he advocated firing the top 1/3 of the CIA, and that is the suggestion I have been echoing. It could be simply that he was angling for a position in the administration and did not get it, but he is singing a very different tune now.

  96. jbstonesfan
    February 15, 2017 at 3:16 pm
    100% correct administrator. I am happy today as already my Jewish colleagues are attacking Trump on possibility of one state solution and trying to bait me on Trump’s halt settlements comments. I am forwarding your above post!
    Gonzotx, I am up another $8k today. I finally coming closer to my financial goals but need 7 million to retire which will be difficult absent selling my home and downsizing

    If someone needs 7 million to retire, they DEFINITELY need MAJOR downsizing, on a LOT of fronts. Forget that helicopter, 200,000 yacht, and whatever the hell else. That is absurd.

  97. TerryDo
    February 15, 2017 at 6:59 pm
    Terry, if he said praise the lord and pass the ammunition that would be fine.

    Its the second part–pass the ammunition, that I am not certain he would do, if the target was Ryan et. al.

  98. I finally coming closer to my financial goals but need 7 million to retire which will be difficult absent selling my home and downsizing
    If I may ask Gozo, what is your retirement plan?

    To sell your house, downsize and then buy the Queen Mary?

    There is some nice real estate in west Texas available for a fraction of the price.

    And when the Muslim hordes descend on the French Riviera you will be able to buy one of those palaces for a steal.

    This is the economics of block busting.

    Maybe we can all go live with Obama and his portugese water dog.

    We can learn from him how to wind surf and lead useless lives.

    He will have time on his hands when Moose runs for the Senate in NC.

  99. @jbstonesfan

    The chronic pain you endure is horrific. That said, health is everything. I hope you get your implant soon.

  100. wbboei
    February 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    As you can see, Krauthammer the fool, does not have his facts right.


    Yeah, what’s up with Krauthammer? He used to be one of my favorite columnists. Now I can’t stand to read him. I never did understand why he decided to throw in with the never-Trumpers.

  101. Trump’s War

    As it turns out, at least according to former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler, the folks within the intelligence community aren’t taking too kindly to being called out by the President for their “criminal acts” or to being referred to as “very un-American.” By way of reminder, this is the same John Schindler who ended his relationship with the Naval War College after he was caught in a sexting scandal..

  102. I must say I thought of you wbb when JB said he needed 7 million dollars to retire and you said you had invested in gold and lost 40%.

    My husband and I lost bigly after 9/11 and then again in 2008 , we haven’t recovered because we went conservative, partly out of fear, partly because we literally lost so much between the 2 downturns I couldn’t sleep.

    So I am sorry, no money to buy gold, eventually it will rise again.

    I had to retire from work last year, didn’t know I wasn’t going back because of a health issue, but it is what it is. Good thing is that I am on a better place health wise right now then I was last year at this time.

  103. S-E-D-I-T-I-O-N

    I have never witnessed such a spectacle of mass delusion and disinformation like the furor surrounding the claim that the “Russians” hacked the election. They did not. There is not a shred of evidence for such a claim.

    But reality no longer matters. The anti-Trumpers have found their theme and they are going to beat it incessantly until Trump is driven from office or they are silenced by an avalanche of evidence refuting their nuttiness. (snip)

    This is nothing more than a smear job. It appears to be part of an organized effort by officials with ties to the Obama Administration hell bent on destroying the Trump Presidency.

    I do not know if Trump is up to the task of beating these folks back.

    It is nothing short of a coup attempt.

  104. I would love to burn that word


    On the foreheads of Baltz, Todd, Freidman, Pelly,

    And that bugs bunny impostor who replaced Bob Scheiffer,

    I can never remember his name because he is so damned forgettable.

    The leakers in Intl should have that word tatooed on their ass

    Right before the jail house door slams shut behind them

  105. If Trump isn’t up to it nobody is, though clearly I did not suppprt his letting Flynn go, because now they are emboldened, lost Labor Sec today, up to 12 Repubs were going to vote against and I am sure this is not the end and where the f$ck is the nuclear option when you need it and McConnell and Ryan are missing in action and undermining Trump. I freaking HATE McCain, can’t believe I voted for him, geez what a choice, obama vs McCain,
    I am waiting for Sessions to start kicking some a$$ personally.

    SOS Sessions, get ‘er done!

  106. Foreign Policy magazine is no friend of Donald Trumps…however I post it below to solicit any info or thoughts someone here might have on Robert Harward who evidently will be DT’s new NSC chief…

    the article states Harward will probably bring in many Bush rethreads…

    I am deeply concerned for Donald’s safety and this ‘coup’ that is evolving…

    What can Donald do to weed out these O people that are still in strategic positions to sabatoge him…they are out to destroy him and take him out…no ifs ands or buts about it…

    this is going to go on and on…Lou Dobbs did, in fact, have a very intense show tonight with a guest who spelled out what O is doing to take down DT…

    all day long I have been hearing level headed conservative people use words to describe what is going on to take Donald out as “dangerous” and “scary”

    Donald seems to remain cool and calm…but he has got to purge these traitors…for himself…and for the sake of our country…these freaking totalitarians…

    I will NEVER vote Democratic again…I am NOT a republican, but the democrats have shown their true colors and they have gone way beyond ‘jumping the shark’…

    the leaders of the Dims, the media and their paid protestors are freaking crazy people that should NEVER be allowed to be in charge again…they are sick and evil

    UnAmerican does not begin to describe these devious and dishonest people…

    where do they get off spying on the President and taping his calls…get rid of them

  107. Ben Rhodes name has come up as an instigator…

    why isn’t the FBI finding the freaking leakers …if this is illegal, arrest them

  108. Admin: you have understood this phenomenon better than anyone, and precisely because you did understand it, you were able to apply your political wisdom to it, and see what so many others missed.

    With your permission, I would like to post some portions of a piece by Francis Fukama who the elites fell in love with after the fall of the Berlin Wall. For it was his original book, The End of History, which I dismissed as silly but later realized provided the intellectual framework which allowed the globalists to steal this nation, and the entire world blind.

    Scholars do not always understand the full ramifications of their work, and early in his career, a relationship with one of the darkest players in the world, Soros associate Zeib Brzezneski, who long before Charlie Wilson, launched radical Islam on the world, and led us to the impasse we see today, an academic relationship with a man capable of such mischief, both of them at Johns Hopkins may have seemed expedient and harmless, where an older wiser man would be inclined to say abandon hope all ye who enter.

    But the point is, whatever his past associations, the man is a first rate scholar and here he takes on what is happening to this country politically, in terms of decay, or resurgence, and offers a thesis I think you and others on the blog who have a few minutes to wade through it will understand and appreciate, even if the non plussed elites do not.

  109. The real story of this election is that after several decades, American democracy is finally responding to the rise of inequality and the economic stagnation experienced by most of the population. Social class is now back at the heart of American politics, trumping other cleavages—race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, geography—that had dominated discussion in recent elections.

    The gap between the fortunes of elites and those of the rest of the public has been growing for two generations, but only now is it coming to dominate national politics. What really needs to be explained is not why populists have been able to make such gains this cycle but why it took them so long to do so. Moreover, although it is good to know that the U.S. political system is less ossified and less in thrall to monied elites than many assumed, the nostrums being hawked by the populist crusaders are nearly entirely unhelpful, and if embraced, they would stifle growth, exacerbate malaise, and make the situation worse rather than better. So now that the elites have been shocked out of their smug complacency, the time has come for them to devise more workable solutions to the problems they can no longer deny or ignore.


    In recent years, it has become ever harder to deny that incomes have been stagnating for most U.S. citizens even as elites have done better than ever, generating rising inequality throughout American society. Certain basic facts, such as the enormously increased share of national wealth taken by the top one percent, and indeed the top 0.1 percent, are increasingly uncontested. What is new this political cycle is that attention has started to turn from the excesses of the oligarchy to the straitened circumstances of those left behind.

    Two recent books—Charles Murray’s Coming Apart and Robert Putnam’s Our Kids—lay out the new social reality in painful detail. Murray and Putnam are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, one a libertarian conservative and the other a mainstream liberal, yet the data they report are virtually identical. Working-class incomes have declined over the past generation, most dramatically for white men with a high school education or less. For this group, Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again!” has real meaning. But the pathologies they suffer from go much deeper and are revealed in data on crime, drug use, and single-parent families.

    Back in the 1980s, there was a broad national conversation about the emergence of an African American underclass—that is, a mass of underemployed and underskilled people whose poverty seemed self-replicating because it led to broken families that were unable to transmit the kinds of social norms and behaviors required to compete in the job market. Today, the white working class is in virtually the same position as the black underclass was back then.

    (My note: I guess that I have mentioned this before, but when I worked for Hillary in 2008, the son of a San Francisco judge and I set up a campaign shop in Kitani Pennsyalvania—holdem I imagine you know where it is, on the banks of the Alleghany River. The setting is remincient of the town in the movie Peyton Place, which Willa Cather who was so good with such description could have painted a picture of. What I recall of its structure was a magnificent city hall situated high on a hill, with the beautiful river in the background. But if you looked closely what you saw was the clear and unmistakable signs of hard times fallen upon a town which, like many others of that bygone era epitomized civic life and properity. The source of that prospertity was ripped from that town by globalists. A large PPG plant became a mushroom farm which became nothing. Massive unemployment and drug use followed. Canvassing in some parts of that town was like wandering through the Old Brewery depicted in the movie The Gangs of New York. That in a way is what Francis is talking about. At the same time we were canvassing in that town Linda Douglass of ABC News and her Washington DC attorney were throwing a lavish party for Obama, in the next town over) Two worlds, with nothing in common.)

  110. During the run-up to the primary in New Hampshire—a state that is about as white and rural as any in the country—many Americans were likely surprised to learn that voters’ most important concern there was heroin addiction. In fact, opioid and methamphetamine addiction have become as epidemic in rural white communities in states such as Indiana and Kentucky as crack was in the inner city a generation ago. A recent paper by the economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton showed that the death rates for white non-Hispanic middle-aged men in the United States rose between 1999 and 2013, even as they fell for virtually every other population group and in every other rich country. The causes of this increase appear to have been suicide, drugs, and alcohol—nearly half a million excess deaths over what would have been expected. And crime rates for this group have skyrocketed as well.

    American democracy is finally responding to the economic stagnation of most of the population.

    This increasingly bleak reality, however, scarcely registered with American elites—not least because over the same period, they themselves were doing quite well. People with at least a college education have seen their fortunes rise over the decades. Rates of divorce and single-parent families have decreased among this group, neighborhood crime has fallen steadily, cities have been reclaimed for young urbanites, and technologies such as the Internet and social media have powered social trust and new forms of community engagement. For this group, helicopter parents are a bigger problem than latchkey children


    Given the enormity of the social shift that has occurred, the real question is not why the United States has populism in 2016 but why the explosion did not occur much earlier. And here there has indeed been a problem of representation in American institutions: neither political party has served the declining group well.

    In recent decades, the Republican Party has been an uneasy coalition of business elites and social conservatives, the former providing money, and the latter primary votes. The business elites, represented by the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, have been principled advocates of economic liberalism: free markets, free trade, and open immigration. It was Republicans who provided the votes to pass trade legislation such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the recent trade promotion authority (more commonly known as “fast track”). Their business backers clearly benefit from both the import of foreign labor, skilled and unskilled, and a global trading system that allows them to export and invest around the globe. Republicans pushed for the dismantling of the Depression-era system of bank regulation that laid the groundwork for the subprime meltdown and the resulting financial crisis of 2008. And they have been ideologically committed to cutting taxes on wealthy Americans, undermining the power of labor unions, and reducing social services that stood to benefit the less well-off.
    This agenda ran directly counter to the interests of the working class. The causes of the working class’ decline are complex, having to do as much with technological change as with factors touched by public policy. And yet it is undeniable that the pro-market shift promoted by Republican elites in recent decades has exerted downward pressure on working-class incomes, both by exposing workers to more ruthless technological and global competition and by paring back various protections and social benefits left over from the New Deal. (Countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, which have done more to protect their workers, have not seen comparable increases in inequality.) It should not be surprising, therefore, that the biggest and most emotional fight this year is the one taking place within the Republican Party, as its working-class base expresses a clear preference for more nationalist economic policies.

    The Democrats, for their part, have traditionally seen themselves as champions of the common man and can still count on a shrinking base of trade union members to help get out the vote. But they have also failed this constituency. Since the rise of Bill Clinton’s “third way,” elites in the Democratic Party have embraced the post-Reagan consensus on the benefits of free trade and immigration. They were complicit in the dismantling of bank regulation in the 1990s and have tried to buy off, rather than support, the labor movement over its objections to trade agreements.

    But the more important problem with the Democrats is that the party has embraced identity politics as its core value. The party has won recent elections by mobilizing a coalition of population segments: women, African Americans, young urbanites, gays, and environmentalists. The one group it has completely lost touch with is the same white working class that was the bedrock of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal coalition. The white working class began voting Republican in the 1980s over cultural issues such as patriotism, gun rights, abortion, and religion. Clinton won back enough of them in the 1990s to be elected twice (with pluralities each time), but since then, they have been a more reliable constituency for the Republican Party, despite the fact that elite Republican economic policies are at odds with their economic interests. This is why, in a Quinnipiac University survey released in April, 80 percent of Trump’s supporters polled said they felt that “the government has gone too far in assisting minority groups,” and 85 percent agreed that “America has lost its identity.”

    The Democrats’ fixation with identity explains one of the great mysteries of contemporary American politics—why rural working-class whites, particularly in southern states with limited social services, have flocked to the banner of the Republicans even though they have been among the greatest beneficiaries of Republican-opposed programs, such as Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. One reason is their perception that Obamacare was designed to benefit people other than themselves—in part because Democrats have lost their ability to speak to such voters (in contrast to in the 1930s, when southern rural whites were key supporters of Democratic Party welfare state initiatives such as the Tennessee Valley Authority).

  112. (snip)

    This is why the unexpected emergence of Trump and Sanders may signal a big opportunity. Trump has broken with the Republican orthodoxy that has prevailed since Ronald Reagan, a low-tax, small-safety-net orthodoxy that benefits corporations much more than their workers. Sanders similarly has mobilized the backlash from the left that has been so conspicuously missing since 2008.

    “Populism” is the label that political elites attach to policies supported by ordinary citizens that they don’t like. There is of course no reason why democratic voters should always choose wisely, particularly in an age when globalization makes policy choices so complex. But elites don’t always choose correctly either, and their dismissal of the popular choice often masks the nakedness of their own positions. Popular mobilizations are neither inherently bad nor inherently good; they can do great things, as during the Progressive era and the New Deal, but also terrible ones, as in Europe during the 1930s. The American political system has in fact suffered from substantial decay, and it will not be fixed unless popular anger is linked to wise leadership and good policies.

  113. I always felt like President Trump made a mistake choosing to put Lt. General Flynn over two Marine 4 Star Generals. Frankly, I think he fixed that error, and allowed General Mattis, to suggest, Flynn’s replacement. Vice Admiral Harwood. General Flynn had 3 weeks to stop the leaks. I suspect that if Vice Admiral Harwood takes this job, and brings his team, that the leaks will end shortly.

    Semper Fi. Marines.

  114. Flynn helped Trump be respectable in the election. He was extremely loyal at his side from the get go.
    One more star, really?
    Sounds like cheerleading tryouts…

  115. I deleted the sections in the Fukyama piece with the obligatory Trump bashing featuring such platitudes as the world is an interconnected place, you cannot reverse 50 years of neo-lib policy over night, you cannot deport 40 million illegals, that kind of crap. The article is not written for plebians like me, who are offended by such gibberish, but by the high flautin greeks who live on the coasts, and habors such animosities, mainly because Donald is showing them to be the fools that idylic marriage between arrogance and incompetence. If he thinks that is the group that is capable of recognizing its error and correcting it, then he is free to cater to their biases. But I think like most scholars he is naive about human nature and the ways of the world. However, his biggest blindspot is that he wants to see a plan for the country. Trump of course has given him several plans, but like all intellectuals they need another and another and another because as long as they have a new plan to study, and condemn they have nothing to do. And now for the real blindspot: no plan survives the first engagement. And the more important element by far is a proven track record of achieving results. Francis and his peers have no concept of leadership, and that is the central element in the success of the mission. The closest he comes is wise leadership and good policies. And who in the political class has those nebuluous attributes. I expect the would say Obama, and we have seen how that movie turned out. No. Like most scholars and journalists even the toast of Washington, voted the most pompous man in town, St Ignatius would not know leadership if it bit him in the ass. With a little bit of luck it will, hard.

  116. Dear Admin: FYI—Time to send the plumbers……………….
    Reported by NY Times: Trump is considering Steve Feinberg of Cerberus Capital, a billionaire to do a full review of intelligence services. If you read the article you find the name of General Kelly who worked for Dyn Corp, which Cerberus owns. Yes, I understand the revolving door, but this is the world we inhabit. I just try to separate the real from the ideal.

  117. montserrat09
    February 16, 2017 at 12:03 am
    Semper fi`

    A decade ago, I wrote this the Corps:

    “I can think of no finer example of a high performance culture than the US Marine Corps.

    It is a courage of courage, sacrifice and blood which in the spirit of its memorial

    Flows like an eternal river from Bagdad (2003) to Que Son (1967) to Inchon (1950) to Iwo Jima (1944) to Belleau Woods (1917) to the Wall of Legations in Peking (1905) to Chapultepec Castle (1848) to Tripoli (1803) to Tun Tavern(1776) all of this evoked by two immortal words known to every marine:

    Semper Fidelis.” (my book at p.21)

    Ironically, the battle of Tripoli was against Muslim Pirates (then as now, a religion of peace). And the future author of the Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Keys was there to record it, and to celebrate the Marine/Navy victory, in these words:

    In conflict resistless each toil they endur’d,
    Till their foes shrunk dismay’d from the war’s desolation:
    And pale beamed the Crescent, its splendor obscur’d
    By the light of the star-bangled flag of our nation.
    Where each flaming star gleamed a meteor of war,
    And the turban’d head bowed to the terrible glare.
    Then mixt with the olive the laurel shall wave
    And form a bright wreath for the brow of the brave.

    You will be glad to know that Minnesota is not only home to Keith Ellison the only Muslim member of Congress, and let us hope, future leader of the dimocrat party because he embodies their values, but also a large Muslim Somolian population paid for by taxpayer dollars, who practice Sharia Law in all respects, and have no intention of assimilating.

  118. Reported by NY Times: Trump is considering Steve Feinberg of Cerberus Capital, a billionaire to do a full review of intelligence services. If you read the article you find the name of General Kelly who worked for Dyn Corp, which Cerberus owns. Yes, I understand the revolving door, but this is the world we inhabit. I just try to separate the real from the ideal.
    Sounds more like a Bain Capital or McKensie exercise than a plumbing operation.

    I expect the FBI counter intelligence people will perform that task.

    If some of the Obama seditionists need to be water boarded I would support it, so long as it is limited to just them

    Different rules apply to spies, saboteurs and seditionists, than to ordinary criminals.

  119. No Dane Geld!

    The Barbary states sought to exploit Anglo-American hostilities by resuming their depredations and renewing their
    demands for blood money. So in 1815, after a brief interval of recovery from the war with Britain, President Madison asked Congress for permission to dispatch Decatur once again to North Africa, seeking a permanent settling of accounts. This time, the main offender was the dey of Algiers, Omar Pasha, who saw his fleet splintered and his grand harbor filled with heavily armed American ships. Algiers had to pay compensation, release all hostages, and promise not to offend again.

    President Madison’s words on this occasion could scarcely be bettered: “It is a settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute. The United States, while they wish for war with no nation, will buy peace with none.” (The expression “the United States is” did not come into usage until after Gettysburg.)

  120. The real story of this election is that after several decades, American democracy is finally responding to the rise of inequality and the economic stagnation experienced by most of the population. Social class is now back at the heart of American politics, trumping other cleavages—race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, geography—that had dominated discussion in recent elections.

    The gap between the fortunes of elites and those of the rest of the public has been growing for two generations, but only now is it coming to dominate national politics. What really needs to be explained is not why populists have been able to make such gains this cycle but why it took them so long to do so.
    Francis, I am beginning to think you are stupid, again. Just like the time you wrote the end of history projecting that the future belonged to markets and ideology was a dead letter.

    You ask “why it took so long for populists to succeed in the political system.

    The answer is they have played the divide and conquer strategy that elites have played in this context throughout history.

    And the strategy consisted of installing (though colors revolution tactics utilized in Eastern Europe, and adminstered by George Soros in both instances) a black president who could bamboozle black people into believing that his victory was their victory while giving them nothing, and when he did the bidding of the elites rather than the nation and white people objected the elites could call them racists.

    That, Francis is why it took so long for the populist movement to succeed.

    (Get your head out of your ass)

  121. Q-1: what was the principal tool used to suppress the rise of populism in response to income inequality?

    A-1: BIG MEDIA!

    Q-2: how did they do it?

    A-2: false allegations of racism

    Give the man a cupey doll.

  122. Treasonous Intel, State, GOPe, Dims, OFA, Media all against Trump. I’m trying to keep my head up about this, but it’s getting extremely difficult. I don’t know if Trump can take the relentless attack.

    Could this be the first stirrings of civil war? Tell me I’m overreacting.

  123. montserrat09
    February 16, 2017 at 12:03 am
    I think Trump went with Flynn because he would draw out the moles. If he survived, fine, he could out-maneuver them. But he could not. So Flynn was a sacrificial pawn and Trump is playing his game out very well.

    Rotten, they are rotten and need to go.

  124. alcina
    February 16, 2017 at 5:55 am
    Civil war is clearly an option for some of the factions here. They would prefer that to giving up power. We are clearly being agitated and manipulated.

    When my computer came up the other day, I saw messages on the start up screen. One of them was “better together”. I think we are even being subjected to subliminal messaging. You can bet the networks are doing it.

    People are still underestimating how much they are being manipulated, but I hope they are waking up. I get more and more people who tell me they do not know how to tell what is real anymore.

    DON’T FEED THE BEAST. That is just what I tell people who ask me how to tell what is real.

  125. Lu I think we are even being subjected to subliminal messaging. You can bet the networks are doing it.
    Twitter’s login page just came up purple.

    “But I also take a Trump victory seriously, and I take his pledge to #draintheswamp seriously. There’s lots of slimy things in the swamp that don’t want their precious habitat destroyed, and they fight back.

    So when my friend Thomas Wictor started talking about how the Flynn resignation was a sting, I started paying attention. This could very well be phase I of Trump’s plan to drain the swamp. And an indication of just how serious Trump is about commmitting to his campaign promises.”
    Read the whole thing.

  127. Not the full article, it’s at Leagalinsirrection, but Germany will officially be gone. My mind can not grasp what has happened in such a short time. Then when you think of the power the terrorists will have, with a World power Country and all it’s resources, before it is turned into an actual hell…

    Germany: Merkel’s Refugee Czar Wants Voting Rights for Migrants
    Vijeta Uniyal | 2/16/2017 – 10:00am

    Commission headed by Germany’s Federal Integration Commissioner proposes voting rights for long-term migrants

    A commission chaired by Germany’s immigration and refugee czar has proposed voting rights for migrants living in the county. According to the Federal Integration Commissioner Aydan Özoguz, “people who permanently live in a country should be able to participate in democratic decision making.”

    Keeping a Brexit-like scenario in mind, commission wants the voting rights for migrants and refugees at par with German citizens in any future referendum.

    The head of the commission, Turkish-origin Aydan Özoguz, has been serving as Minister of State in Merkel’s Chancellery since 2013. As Federal Commissioner for Immigration, Refugees and Integration she has been instrumental in shaping and executing Merkel’s ill-advised “Refugee” Policy.

    The report was commissioned by German Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) Friedrich Ebert Foundation. SPD — currently a coalition partner in Merkel’s government — is surging ahead in the polls ahead of September General Elections. SPD’s Chancellor Candidate Martin Schulz already backs many of the ideas proposed by Commissioner Özoguz.

    The right-wing AfD party attacked commission’s proposals as an attempt by leftist SPD to create new voters.

    The report paints a picture of Germany where natives were soon to become minority. “[M]igrants and their offsprings make up the majority in several [German] cities. [City of] Offenbach leads the trend where more than 80 percent of children have a migrant background.” The changing demographics “require a new understanding of the composition of [German] society.”

    The published proposal is peppered with social justice jargon and deliberately ambiguous terms. German newspaper Die Welt reported on Commissioner Özoguz’s proposal:

  128. Mormaer
    February 16, 2017 at 9:51 am
    Clue: if the globalists think they have gotten rid of General Flynn, good.

    But logic and common sense suggest that his trust level with Trump is 100%

    And his value in the effort to clean out the swamp is 100%

    And his loyalty to this country and his disdain for the swamp creatures that infest the CIA is sublime.

    Question: could someone like that be more effective in a different role, without being a big media target

    Answer: you understand, I am just a guess’n

  129. What I am suggesting, because I don’t know any better than anyone else, in fact what the fuck do I know, but I am merely suggesting that what the press is quick to misrepresent as a forced resignation, or worse a humiliation of a president by this guy who should be humiliated himself whenever he looks in the mirror, and asks the Lord why, apart from his hideous looks must he always play his violin second chair to St. Igantius at WashPo–I believe the German translation of his name is liberal meathead–he is so ugly he makes Kathleen Sebelius husband look like Paul Neuman

    Back to the main point: what big media calls a forced resignation may turn out to be more of a re-positioning. Where big media is concerned subltety or nauance are not part of the equation. They have consigned themselves to the role of carnival barker.

  130. Excuse me. My bad. I have it on the best authority that Baltz is one of those “tough and fair journalists” Ly’n Brian is talking about. That testimony, coming from such an unimpeachable source as Brian Lord Munchausen Williams, must be accepted by the court, FOR WHAT IT IS WORTH.

  131. The Bottom Line: what if we do not want to live under the control of the deep state, or what I call the national security state that emerged after world war II, and has succeeded in superimposing its own totalitarian order over constitutional government, and managed our politics through the unholy alliance of big media, the CIA, and mega corporations.

    That is one of the questions, restated in my words, that Richard wrestles with here, because I see little possibility of a denouement.

    If Trump state wins then what I would expect to see is a massive exodus of our elite class to places like New Zealand assuming New Zealand is stupid enough to accept these seditionists.

    That is what happened after the American revolution–the tories went back to England. For now at least, the elites cannot imagine a country or a world without them. The expression everyone is replaceable, never occurred to them. That applies, only to the little people, as they conceive it.
    Those who thought things would cool off after the elections, should think again. The Trump administration has not yet won the battle for legitimacy. Maybe it never will. Thomas Lifson argues the “CIA broke the law to take out its critic General Flynn”. Bill Kristol doesn’t care about the legalities. He sees the resignation of Mike Flynn as a power struggle between two evil Washington factions, only one of who can win. “Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics,” Kristol Tweeted. “But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.”

    No middle ground? Not even the constitution? Can things be so bad? The language of the pundits is full of warlike metaphors. Rush Limbaugh called what happened “the Political Assassination of Michael Flynn”. Jennifer Rubin sees it as a softening up of the beaches on the Road to Tokyo. Flynn was only a whistle stop en route to the final destination. “If Flynn gone in less than a year how long will Trump last?,” she asks.

    The overall tone is so bellicose even long time Trump critics worry things have gone too far. John Podhoretz says “what happened with Flynn also represents a frightening portent” because “no joke, people — if they can do it to Mike Flynn, they can do it to you.” Suddenly no one is safe.


    Leftists have become fond of saying that Trump shouldn’t be ‘normalized.’ That concern should now go both ways. Every American should be equally concerned at the potential ‘normalization’ of the tactics used by unnamed government officials to do Flynn in. …
    This is the ultimate Pandora’s box. It makes a public mockery of the presumption of innocence that is the hallmark of our legal system. Such a thing is only acceptable, even morally, if you believe that the Trump White House represents such an unprecedented threat to everything that a higher law must govern your actions.

    But dangerous or not, the game is afoot. A fight is on between what Kristol referred called the “deep state” and “the Trump state”. It marks an escalation between the incoming Trump crew and the coalition consisting of establishment Republicans, Democrats, media and intelligence bureaucrats. It’s a poorly lit scene, like the Alien vs Predator or Godzilla vs Muto movies which it resembles, and its hard to see where the borders of the action begin and end. It could be big; it could be little, but all you care about is staying away from the trampling feet and slashing blades.

    Michael Walsh suggests the whole federal bureaucracy has been booby-trapped by an outgoing administration that never conceded the election but only went underground. “This story, from the Jan. 12, 2017, edition of the New York Times, was little-remarked upon at the time, but suddenly has taken on far greater significance in light of current events:”

    In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.
    The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.

    The suggestion is the Deep State was given a last-minute grant of authority to wait until the incoming administration walked in the door before blowing the political Claymores. So poisonous is the atmosphere that there are even more incredible allegations, which were it not for the times, would sound absurd. Stuart Winer of the Times of Israel says a source informs him that the CIA is vaccinating America against Russian blackmail by doing it first. “The CIA has reportedly been working to prevent the possibility of the Kremlin blackmailing US President Donald Trump by deliberately making public everything regarding the president’s ties with Russia.”


    A report Wednesday by Israeli website Walla news’s veteran diplomatic correspondent Oren Nahari cited an Israeli official, who said a senior member of the US intelligence community told him the agency suspects that Russia has information on Trump that can be used to pressure the US leader. As a countermeasure, US intelligence operatives are quickly leaking everything they learn about ties between Russia and the Trump administration so that the information can’t be used as leverage against the president.
    The Russians for their part are busy arming whoever they can with the equivalent of cyber-Kalashnikovs in the hopes of evening up the odds. The more prolonged the fight between Alien vs Predator — or the Deep State and Trump State as Kristol puts it — the better things are for a third monster hiding in the woods. Who wins in the fight between Deep State and Trump State? Putin. Wired reports that Edward Snowden now apparently heads a San Francisco based NGO dedicated to providing reporters and whistleblowers with encryption tools.

    Since early last year, Snowden has quietly served as president of a small San Francisco–based nonprofit called the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Its mission: to equip the media to do its job at a time when state-­sponsored hackers and government surveillance threaten investigative reporting in ways Woodward and Bernstein never imagined. “Newsrooms don’t have the bud­get, the sophistication, or the skills to defend them­selves in the current environment,” says Snowden, who spoke to WIRED via encrypted video-chat from his home in Moscow. “We’re trying to provide a few niche tools to make the game a little more fair.”
    The group’s 10 staffers and a handful of contract coders, with Snowden’s remote guidance, are working to develop an armory of security upgrades for reporters. Snowden and renowned hacker Bunnie Huang have partnered to develop a hardware modification for the iPhone, designed to detect if malware on the device is secretly transmitting a reporter’s data, including location. They’re developing a piece of software called Sunder that uses code written by Frederic Jacobs, one of the programmers for the popular encryption app Signal1; Sunder would allow journalists to encrypt a trove of secrets and then retrieve them only if several newsroom colleagues combine their passwords to access the data. And the foundation’s coders are building a plug-and-play version of Jitsi, the encrypted video-chat software Snowden himself uses for daily communication. They want newsrooms to be able to install it on their own servers with a few clicks. “The idea is to make this all paint-by-numbers instead of teaching yourself to be Picasso,” Snowden says.

    The danger of America dividing in the face of an opportunistic enemy should be obvious to the combatants. But the factions of American politics may be too enraged to stop out of fear of a common threat. Noooo! echoes like a howl through the woods. Suicidal factionalism has torn apart famous nations before. Rome’s Crisis of the Third Century being the most famous example. “The crisis began with the assassination of Emperor Severus Alexander by his own troops in 235, initiating a 50-year period in which there were at least 26 claimants to the title of Emperor, mostly prominent Roman army generals, who assumed imperial power over all or part of the Empire. The same number of men became accepted by the Roman Senate as emperor during this period and so became legitimate emperors.”

    If Trump is overthrown by the Deep State in a year, he’s unlikely to be the last. If neither faction will suffer itself to be governed by the other, whoever succeeds Trump can expect his term to be short. America could have its own period of the 26 presidents. That will be good news for the Barbarians, waiting at the edge of Baltics, in the South China Sea and on Europe’s borders, ready to move in.

    Rome’s Third Century crisis did not end well. The new normal was not a return to the Golden Age, but the end of it. It resulted in a landscape with a broken internal trade network and a patchwork of locality. America’s own Third Century, which began so hopefully in 1976, is now heading to a place no one could have forseen. There is no road back to the past; there never is. All that is on offer is a choice of murky futures.

  132. “foxyladi14
    February 16, 2017 at 10:45 am
    Oh Goody!! Now I can get me a Gun.
    From the linked article:
    “…..whenever an administration creates new rules and regulations on its way out the door, they will be not only moot, but possibly counterproductive. Everyone now has fair notice that each midnight rule potentially becomes their own death sentence.”

    What I didn’t see in this article, is that Congress has 60 legislative days to repeal the rule/regulation, implying that the CRA is only useful for undoing “out the door” regulations. What wasn’t mentioned is that the 60 day clock only starts when : “The law requires that, as a condition precedent, an agency promulgating a covered rule must submit a report to each House of Congress and to the Comptroller General that contains a copy of the rule, a concise general statement describing the rule (including whether it is a major rule), and the proposed effective date of the rule. A covered rule cannot take effect if the report is not submitted.”

    Apparently Obama’s bureaucratic drones were not very competent about sending notice of new rules, therefore any regulation without a notice is fair game for CRA no matter how long it has been on the books.

  133. @S
    Fabulous press conference. MSM better get used to it. Acosta from CNN still doesn’t get it…he just got field dressed live in front of the country…Hillary sold uranium to the Russians and she is owned. This was better than Christmas!

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