Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!: Gorsuch Filibuster Reality

The left is disgusting, but the right ain’t too bright. On March 2, we wrote Conservative Treehouse doesn’t make sense:

Some on the right foolishly and mistakenly believe the madness will break during the Supreme Court confirmation fight for soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch. Some on the right, not understanding Obama Dimocrats, foolishly don’t understand the political battle as they concoct wild theories about why the filibuster won’t be deployed against soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch. These are dangerous delusions. The left is not even near full madness.

Conservative Treehouse dreamed up some silly scenario, so bizarre that you can read and reread it and it still can’t be understood, not even by the initial commentors, about why Neil Gorsuch was a shoe-in and no filibuster would be deployed by Chuck Schumer. The “rationale” for such a bizarre conclusion was too silly to even explain in any reality-based way. The Conservative Treehouse “analysis”: “Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will not filibuster the nomination. Relax, it’s 100%. 100%. Done.

That Treehouse analysis is nutty as a squirrel’s sac. It did not get any better after Chuck Schumer confirmed that indeed, as we predicted, there will be a filibuster. After delusional theory #1 exploded, the Treehouse churned up some more nutty butter to spread which made as little sense as their first flub. It was something about Russians and… well… this latest theory was again too silly to give serious consideration to.

Let’s explain political reality, as seen by Obama Dimocrats, to Conservative Treehouse so they can begin to add some bit of obvious to the discussion.

First, Conservative Treehouse and the not-too-bright right, think that it is the next Supreme Court confirmation battle or the one after that (when presumably a left wing Justice leaves the high court) that matters and that Gorsuch’s seat on the high court is somewhat of an afterthought. This is supremely stupid.

In all caps: GORSUCH IS THE BATTLE THAT MUST BE WON! It is not the next confirmation, nor the one after that that matters. Chuck Schumer understands that Neil Gorsuch must be defeated because Gorsuch’s confirmation will be a devastating blow to the left from which the left will not recover for generations. Neil Gorsuch returns the court to a conservative majority. That majority might not be the perfect conservative majority of the ideologically right wing – but Neil Gorsuch will return a 5-4 majority to the Supreme Court. THAT IS THE BATTLE. THAT IS EVERYTHING.

After the GOP ObamaCare repeal and replace defeat, Chuck Schumer knows that one more big defeat for President Trump and the Republicans will mean the GOP is neutered and the 2018 elections become a real contest with likely Obama Dimocrat victories unimaginable until now. The consequences of a Neil Gorsuch defeat means that President Trump would have to name a new nominee to the Supreme Court who would have to be a centrist (and still not be confirmed) and more time would be burned up and less and less could be accomplished by President Trump.

Chuck Schumer is doing what any brilliant General knows to do when your forces are weak and outmatched by the opposition: stall for time. In time, the stronger forces grow weaker and the weaker forces grow stronger.

Now, some on the not-too-bright-right will respond that “no, the big battle will be the one to replace the dead Justice Ginsberg.” Um, stupid. If Justice Ginsberg dies (or resigns) while Trump is president, President Trump does not really have to do anything. The Supreme Court would go from a 5-4 conservative majority to a 5-3 conservative majority on the court via subtraction. A one vote majority would become a two vote majority automatically. Of course, President Trump would make a nomination and then the majority would become a 6-3 majority. But 5-3 or 6-3 the left can add single digits. The Obama Dimocrats like Chuck Schumer understand all this. The left knows Neil Gorsuch is THE battle even if the right is not too bright. Conservative Treehouse and the not-too-bright-right hallucinated themselves into a dream that Gorsuch is not the most important battle for the left.

In addition, the left will frequently circumvent the political process by going to the courts to gain in the judicial arena what they lost in the political arena. That’s why Barack Obama and Harry Reid destroyed the judicial filibuster to get Obama nominees to the district and appellate courts confirmed.

For the left, Gorsuch is everything. For the left all the gains at the district and appellate level will be eliminated if the high court regains a conservative majority. The left is correct, the right is wrong, in this analysis.

Chuck Schumer also understands that 2018 will be a very difficult election for Obama Dimocrats because so many Dimocrats are running and many of those will fight for reelection in red states that Donald J. Trump won with wide margins; while few Republicans are up for reelection at all and most of those are in red states. Chuck Schumer also understands that the dimwits on the left, unlike the right, rarely vote in off year elections.

Chuck Schumer and the left further understand that their hope in 2018 and 2020 is to run a “base” election. To run a “base” election the base has to be happy. The DailyKooks left base will not be happy if Schumer does not filibuster Gorsuch.

Once again, for the left the Gorsuch confirmation battle is the battle of all battles. They know there is no “next”.

The left also understands the weakness on the right. There are several GOP senators that are in many ways closer to the left than they are to the right. Senators Murkowski, Collins, Graham, and McCain, are always ready to join a “gang” of eight or four to block victory and grasp defeat. For these four senators what matters is the traditions of the senate and collegiality but most of all flattery from Big Media. They also don’t want to see the filibuster destroyed because that would make the senate too much like the low rent House.

Some senators also know that “what goes around comes around”. Get rid of the minority friendly judicial filibuster now, and when the majority becomes the minority they will have lost a last resort weapon.

Because the GOP only has 52 votes out of 100 in the senate Senators Murkowski, Collins, Graham, and McCain can sorta filibuster the death of the filibuster. Yes, these four can kill the kill-the-filibuster crew. That the confirmation filibuster will be killed by the Obama Dimocrats the moment they seize power and it becomes advantageous to do so does not mean much to these four.

Or… maybe not? There is some good and unexpected news on this judicial confirmation filibuster fight:

Eliminating the filibuster would break Senate precedent and make it impossible for Democrats to hold the nominee to a 60-vote threshold, allowing Republicans to approve Gorsuch with a simple majority.

Graham told conservative radio show host Mike Gallagher that he would vote for the nuclear option if necessary.

Whatever it takes to get him on the court, I will do,” Graham said, after being asked about using the nuclear option.

If my Democratic colleagues choose to filibuster this guy, then they will be telling me that they don’t accept the election results — 306 electoral votes — that they’re trying to delegitimize President Trump,” Graham continued. “And that’s not right, and we would have to change the rules to have the Supreme Court like everybody else.” [snip]

I hope that we can get 60 votes and not change 200-plus years of history, but I will do whatever’s necessary, but I’ve been a pretty balanced guy and enough is enough,” Graham said.

If Graham won’t crumble, will McCain? Good news there too:

In a closely divided Senate (Republicans hold a 52-48 majority), it would only take three Republicans to let Schumer have his way, but comments from several Senate Republicans suggest they’re not going to give in to Democratic demands.

Arizona senator John McCain hinted Thursday afternoon that he’s ready to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch with a simple majority if Senate Democrats take the unprecedented step of filibustering a Supreme Court nominee. Asked what Republicans should do if 41 or more Democrats try to block Gorsuch, McCain told THE WEEKLY STANDARD: “I think we’ll address it when it happens. None of us want to do it, but we’re going to confirm Gorsuch.” [snip]

Arizona’s Jeff Flake told TWS: “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, but I think we’ll get him confirmed.”

“There’s no reason for anybody to filibuster,” said Lisa Murkowski, a moderate from Alaska. “Gorsuch is a good guy.”

You can’t take anything for granted with that crew but at least for now they are making the right noises. Not that Chuck Schumer believes them. Chuck Schumer is playing for time and he knows how to play these Big Media compliant senators. Chuck Schumer thinks he will get himself a traitor or two and win the big battle:

Schumer confident Democrats have votes to block Gorsuch
The Senate minority leader is prepared to force Mitch McConnell to try to invoke the ‘nuclear option.’

Chuck Schumer is prepared to push the Senate into a nuclear confrontation over the Supreme Court. [snip]

Dismissing the notion of a deal to confirm Gorsuch floated by some members of his caucus this week, Schumer all but declared that Donald Trump’s nominee will not receive the requisite eight Democratic votes — and that it will be up to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as to whether to try to blow up the filibuster to get Gorsuch through. [snip]

If Schumer stops Gorsuch during a filibuster vote in early April — and the New Yorker was brimming with confidence that he will — it will almost certainly force McConnell’s hand on the so-called nuclear option. Schumer is betting McConnell does not have the votes to do away with the 60-vote requirement for Supreme Court nominees.

“I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that Mitch McConnell changes the rules,” Schumer said. “There are people in his caucus who really don’t want to change the rules, OK?

This is not about “payback” for Merrick Garland. The wilted Garland confirmation that never was excuse is a way for Obama Dimocrats and Big Media to justify the filibuster to the public. The right wing delusionalists do not get it but the leftists understand that Gorsuch is the big battle:

Liberal activists warn party’s lawmakers: Primaries are coming [snip]

Frustrated by the party’s performance on Capitol Hill and emboldened by the mass protests against President Donald Trump, a coalition of progressive groups say they are open to supporting primary challengers next year against Democratic members of the House and Senate – even if many inside the party believe that intra-party races might ultimately only help the Republican Party gain more power. [snip]

“Every single Democratic incumbent considering aiding and abetting the Trump administration needs to consider their jobs at high risk,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a grassroots progressive advocacy group based in Vermont. [snip]

The base is more than restless – it’s furious,” said Ben Wikler, Washington director for, a longtime and well-known liberal advocacy group. “It’s up to each and every elected Democrat: If they want to be part of the resistance, they’ll have an army by their side.

“And if they don’t, they’ll have to face the biggest grassroots movement that I’ve seen in my life,” he added.

The threats are representative of a rift within the Democratic Party over its midterm election strategy, between its more moderate establishment and an emboldened liberal faction. Many members of the party establishment think its lawmakers, especially those who represent states of districts won by Trump last year, must win over Republican voters by finding times to cooperate with the president.

Adding to the tension is that 10 Senate Democrats are running for re-election next year in states Trump won during last year’s presidential campaign. Five of the states were also won by former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. [snip]

Anything short of an all-out effort from Democrats to stop the judge, including forcing Senate Republicans to lower the existing 60-vote threshold for confirmation of Supreme Court justices, will incite the base, they say.

The not-too-bright right must understand the mentality of the left and not succumb to nuts-falling-from-the-tree theories. For the left, Gorsuch is THE battle. And the left is correct. Gorsuch is THE battle! Gorsuch means 5-4 for generations (or 6-3, or 7-2). For Obama Dimocrats up for reelection in 2018 the crossfire of left and right attacks will be most bloody. Everyway you look at it they lose.

So why is this a “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah” moment? For four reasons.

Reason #1: A Gorsuch confirmation victory on April 3 (when the Judiciary Committee votes) and on April 8 (or before, when the entire U.S. Senate votes) will wipe away the defeat on the ObamaCare battle for the GOP. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

Reason #2: A Gorsuch confirmation victory means more victories as the 5-4 majority will be restored. On President Trump’s immigration policies these will be especially important victories as they will on those ObamaCare cases which will finish off ObamaCare, all thus far stifled by the current 4-4 split on the high court. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

Reason #3: A Gorsuch confirmation victory means that as we have long suggested and advocated, if you are going to get rid of the judicial confirmation filibuster do it as early as possible so that President Trump can effect his policies more easily for eight years. As we wrote previously, Barack Obama dumped the filibuster for the lower court confirmations very late in his term instead of early on when the boob could have done even more damage than he did. The GOP with President Trump should not make the same stupid mistake. If it is to be done, do it quickly and early – a philosophy we share with the Bard. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

Reason #4: This confirmation will make later confirmations faster, easier. There will be other confirmation battles if the Gorsuch battle goes well and Gorsuch gets on the high court before the late April arguments are heard and voted on. The end of the judicial filibuster means that President Trump will be free to appoint whom he wants without fear of the Obama Dimocrats.

Contrary to what the TreeHouse theorizes about, a Gorsuch victory will make it more likely that the high court majority will be strengthened. That nonsense about Justice Kennedy assumes so much it is laughable. The facts are that once Neil Gorsuch is Justice Gorsuch – due to the end of the filibuster, some of the older conservative Justices will feel free to resign and be replaced with younger versions of themselves that will continue the Trump Legacy for generations.

Forty-nine year old Gorsuch replacing Scalia will be followed by forty-something year old replacements for Thomas and Kennedy (a more consistently conservative version too). On the left our bet is that faced with a younger and stronger 5-4 majority and the futility of resistance, Justice Breyer will call it quits to be followed by Justice Ginsberg.

The left could try to thwart all this via cooperation with President Trump. Schumer could try to work out deals with President Trump and cajole and sweet talk the President into going a bit more center on nominations and policy.

But Schumer and the left won’t cooperate. They will filibuster. They will fight. And President Trump will fight back. That’s why we say, Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!


109 thoughts on “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!: Gorsuch Filibuster Reality

  1. The impenetrable mysteries continue unsolved riddles:

    Westminster attacker acted alone and motive may never be known, say police
    Extensive inquiries find no motive for Khalid Masood and senior officer says there is no intelligence to suggest more attacks are planned

    Police investigating the Westminster attack have concluded that Khalid Masood acted entirely alone for reasons that may never be known.

    In the most detailed breakdown yet of events on Westminster Bridge and parliament on Wednesday, police said that the entire attack, in which Masood had killed four people before being shot dead, lasted a mere 82 seconds.

    After four days of intensive inquiries across England and Wales, involving hundreds of officers, the Metropolitan police said they had so far failed to establish the reason for the attack. It is continuing to look at whether Masood was prompted by online propaganda by Islamic State, which has claimed he was a “soldier”, or whether he had some other sense of grievance.

    What could it be???? This is an unsolvable mystery? No one can figure it out!!! We challenge anyone to try to solve this riddle within a puzzle of a mystery!!! What could it be??? What could it be???

  2. How a “nobody” changed the Constitution:

    He Got A Bad Grade. So, He Got The Constitution Amended. Now He’s Getting The Credit He Deserves.

    The story begins in 1982. A 19-year-old sophomore named Gregory Watson was taking a government class at UT Austin. For the class, he had to write a paper about a governmental process. So he went to the library and started poring over books about the U.S. Constitution — one of his favorite topics.

    “I’ll never forget this as long as I live,” Gregory says. “I pull out a book that has within it a chapter of amendments that Congress has sent to the state legislatures, but which not enough state legislatures approved in order to become part of the Constitution. And this one just jumped right out at me.”

    That unratified amendment read as follows:

    “No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect until an election of representatives shall have intervened.”

    Basically, it means any raise Congress votes to give itself can’t take effect until after the next election, allowing voters to decide how they felt about that.

    The amendment had been proposed almost 200 years earlier, in 1789. It was written by James Madison and was intended to be one of the very first amendments, right along with the Bill of Rights.

    But it didn’t get passed by enough states at the time. You see, to ratify an amendment, you need three-quarters of states to approve it.

    This amendment, though it was 200 years old, didn’t have a deadline.

    Gregory was intrigued. He decided to write his paper about the amendment and argue that it was still alive and could be ratified. He got to work, being very meticulous about citations and fonts and everything. He turned it in to the teaching assistant for his class — and got it back with a C.

    He didn’t know what to make of it. He was sure it was better than a C.

    He appealed the grade to the professor, Sharon Waite.

    “I kind of glanced at it, but I didn’t see anything that was particularly outstanding about it and I thought the C was probably fine,” she recalls.

    Most people would have just taken the grade and left it at that. Gregory is not most people.

    So I thought right then and there, ‘I’m going to get that thing ratified.’”

    Gregory needed 38 states to approve the amendment — three-quarters. Nine states had already approved it, most back in the 1790s, so that meant he needed 29 more states for it to pass. He wrote letters to members of Congress to see if they knew anyone in their home states who might be willing to push the amendment in their state legislature. When he did get a response, it was generally negative. Some said the amendment was too old; some said they just didn’t know anyone who’d be willing to help. Mostly, he got no response at all.

    But then, a senator from Maine named William Cohen did get back to him. Cohen passed it on to someone back home, who passed it on to someone else, who introduced it in the Maine Legislature. In 1983, lawmakers passed it.

    So I’m thinking my first success story; this can actually be done,” Gregory says.

    Feeling emboldened, Gregory started writing to every state lawmaker he thought might be willing to help. He wrote dozens of letters. After a while, it started to work. Colorado passed the amendment in 1984. And then it picked up momentum. Five states in 1985. Three each in 1986, 1987 and 1988. Seven states in 1989 alone (including Texas).

    By 1992, 35 states had passed the amendment. Only three more to go. After 10 years of letter-writing, sweet-talking and shaming, Gregory was within reach of his goal.

    On May 5, 1992, both Alabama and Missouri passed it. And on May 7, as Gregory listened on the phone, the Michigan House of Representatives put the amendment over the top.

    His quest was finally over: More than 200 years after it was written, the 27th Amendment was finally ratified.

    The story does not end there. The professor who gave the C comes back into the story. That “C” becomes something else. Full story at link.

  3. I do not know why the Nuclear Option would be a problem. If they can change it, they can change it back. Yet this tactic does not seem to be discussed. If they think they are going to lose their majority, just change the rule back while you still have it. The issue would be to make changing of the rules require more than a simple majority.

  4. Lu4PUMA, once it is changed it stays changed.

    Assume the GOP does as you say, change it then change it back. It doesn’t really change anything. When the Dims take over they change it back from the change then reverse change of the GOP.

    You are right that the issue is “to make changing the rules require more than a simple majority.” But that opens up a whole lot of other problems.

    Once the rule is changed, political reality is that it will remain unchanged.

  5. “The left is disgusting, but the right ain’t too bright.”…

    That succinctly sums up the state of our nation thank to Obama. . They better use the nuclear option and give Trump a win on this SCOTUS nominee!!! In reality, it is potentially more important than anything else he does.

  6. It’s going on 16 years since 9/11 and the American press has been writing essentially the same story after each enormity, illustrating it with the same pictures of candlelight vigils and teddy bears. It’s almost as if they’re trying to get us to accept incessant Muslim attacks in the capital cities of the West as the new normal, or something.

    But until those “peaceful Muslims” we keep hearing so much about finally manifest themselves, and face up to the violence and murder both implicit and explicit in their “religious” texts, nothing is going to change. As my good friend Andy McCarthy writes over at NRO this weekend:

    The remorseless fact is that before ISIS and al-Qaeda and the Khomeini revolution and Hezbollah and the Blind Sheikh and the Brotherhood and Khalid Masood, there was the single thing that unites them all. There was Islam. Western political and opinion elites remain willfully blind to this. They cannot help but project onto Islamic beliefs and practices their own progressive pieties — which take seriously neither religion nor the notion that there is any civilization but their own.

    The movement does not want cohabitation. It wants conquest. It starts with assimilation-resistant enclaves that nurture sharia supremacism today and thereby breed the jihadists of tomorrow. This week, it took the campaign to Westminster Bridge.

    That the America media still refuses to admit this tells you whose side they’re on.

  7. Admin–given the push back from Schumer and the corrupt arch diocese who profess to be unalterably opposed to the border wall, because both groups want 1 billion foreigners crashing our borders for the votes, and the offering plate, in both case a banal example of the power which does not care if it sinks the ship so long as its own wallets are fattened, here is what President Trump should do:

    Tie the border wall to infrastructure. Dims want infrastructure and would give their left nut to get it. Squeeze them between those two, especially the part of infrastructure that seeks to improve conditions in the inner city. Why? Because as long as there are open borders and cheap labor those people haven’t a chance to succeed in this system. I would put Schumers nuts in that vice and turn hard to starboard. This assumes pedophelia charges do not take him down first.

  8. Tony Stark, that CTH article you posted is so nutty it can be found in the peanut butter section at the supermarket. ‘Trump will sign a single payer plan’ they say. The last refuge for DailyKooks.

  9. A sentence we never thought we would see – ‘Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten likes President Trump’.

    Political Sex Pistol: Johnny Rotten backs Brexit and Trump!

    The working class have spoken, and I stand with them!
    – John Lydon on Brexit

    Godfather of punk, anarchist and former Sex Pistol John Lydon, AKA Johnny Rotten, was on the show this morning promoting his limited edition new book Mr Rotten’s Songbook. Having built a career on his anti-establishment views, he didn’t shy away from talking about todays political landscape.

    Lydon came out in support of Brexit claiming the working class had spoken and that he would stand by them. He also claimed he could see a possible friendship in Trump, praising his ability to terrify politicians. Rotten himself inspired a generation of anarchists.

    Thinking a bit, it actually makes sense for him to like Trump.

    A lot of aging punks in the east Village of NY must be having heart attacks. Although Maureen Tucker of the Velvet Underground joined the Tea Party so maybe punk rockers are pro Trump all around.


    Last October, when he was Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine spoke confidently about how a Democratic-controlled Senate in 2017 would do away with the chamber’s 60-vote majority rule if that’s what it took to get a ninth Supreme Court justice. Oops. Kaine is not vice president, and the Senate did not go Democratic. The so-called “nuclear option” that Kaine spoke about is now what Mitch McConnell is planning to use to shut down the Schumer filibuster and get Gorsuch confirmed.


    Kaine: Dems will use ‘nuclear option’ if GOP blocks court nominee

    Hillary Clinton’s running mate is predicting Democrats will go “nuclear” if Republicans try to stonewall a potential Supreme Court nominee by Clinton.

    Tim Kaine on Friday said he believes Senate Democrats will change the chamber’s rules if they run into GOP obstruction in 2017.

    If these guys think guys think they are going to stonewall the filling of that vacancy, or other vacancies, then a Democratic Senate majority will say we’re not going to let you thwart the law,” he told The Huffington Post.

    The historic move would let Supreme Court nominees bypass a current 60-vote procedural requirement and be approved by a simple majority.

    Pressed as to he is saying Democrats will carry out a threat from outgoing Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to use the procedural “nuclear option,” Kaine added, “I am predicting that if the Republicans continue to stonewall, then I think that will happen.” [snip]

    Reid earlier this month said he has paved the way for Democrats to change the rules.

    But any push to change the Senate rules would by led by Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), who is expected to replace Reid as the leader of Senate Democrats and could become majority leader if his party wins control of the chamber on Election Day.

    Asked about the nuclear option earlier this month, Schumer demurred, telling CNBC’s John Harwood, “I hope we won’t get to that. And I’ll leave it at that.”

    In 2013, Senate Democrats changed the filibuster rules on most of Obama’s nominees, allowing their approval by simple majority, but left the 60-vote hurdle intact for Supreme Court nominations.

  12. Calexit

    I don’t like the idea of them getting all the coastal areas (although they did draw the line before my area, so there’s a little coastal area allowed in the very south.

    I think it’s premature, though. The percentages will change as the illegals start flowing out. Plus, if Trump truly makes some great changes, people will be switching over to support the one who is making their lives better. And the SJWs aren’t winning over mainstream dems, yet they’re being defined as “the base”, so I think that’s going to push more dems over the line.

    There has been talk for years and years about LA to SF becoming a separate state. So it’s not new. Although, as much as I love Nigel Farage, it feels kind of weird to hear a foreigner has raised a million dollars (so far) to change our nation….

  13. Jeff Sessions is at the White House press conference. Something about immigration. Maybe this:

    Nationwide String of Violent Crimes Involving Illegal Aliens

    An MS-13 gang member who was previously deported four times was arrested on Long Island, New York, last week for sexually assaulting a two-year-old girl and stabbing two women.

    Police suspect 31-year-old Tommy Vladim Alvarado-Ventura, an illegal alien from El Salvador, sexually assaulted his victim on Tuesday night while her mother was at work.

    After the assault, the suspect is said to have gone to a bar where he stabbed a woman over a dispute about marijuana.

    Upon returning home early Wednesday morning, the two-year-old victim’s mother noticed injuries to her daughter and confronted Alvarado-Ventura, who then stabbed her as well. Alvarado-Ventura plead not guilty to the crimes Thursday. [snip]

    Alvarado-Ventura was deported to El Salvador four times between 2006 and 2011, police confirmed, and had a record which included arrests for assault, contempt of court, drunk driving, disorderly conduct, and false impersonation.

    The horrific crime comes on the heels of news that illegal alien Henry Sanchez-Millian, an 18-year-old Guatemalan, and Jose Montano, a 17-year-old from El Salvador, brutally raped a 14-year-old classmate during school hours in Rockville, Maryland. [snip]

    In early March, 19-year-old Guatemalan Douglas Hus-Flores was arrested in Stamford, Connecticut, after sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl. That same week, 29-year-old Jorge Zapata-Rosas was arrested in Texas for raping a seven-year-old girl.

    19-year-old illegal alien Kevin Cisneros was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Trenton, New Jersey, for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old and 44-year-old illegal alien Mateo Campos-Garcia was arrested in Rowan County, North Carolina, for indecent liberties with a child and a first-degree sexual offense.

    Also, in March, Border Patrol agents apprehended at least three convicted illegal alien sex offenders trying to re-enter the United States. Zeferino Galindo-Lopes, 32, Francisco Bravo-Ruelas, 38, and Rene Murillo-Almansa, 46, were arrested in Arizona. All three had convictions for serious sexual offenses involving children. [snip]

    Three weeks ago, Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued detainers for six MS-13 members in Virginia involved in the January killing of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Two other bodies, suspected victims of the vicious gang, were discovered in Virginia only days before the detainers were issued.

  14. Women finally equal to men? The modern womens movement:

    Transgenders dominate in weightlifting, track, wrestling, football, basketball, mixed martial arts [snip]

    Weightlifting: Biological male takes 1st place in women’s contest

    Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who was born a man, won the Australian international women’s competition March 19.

    Hubbard, 39, lifted 591 pounds, nearly 20 pounds more than the woman who won the silver medal by lifting 572 pounds.

    Weightlifter Deborah Acason, from the Australian Weightlifting Federation, told 1 News Now she’s concerned about the fairness of Hubbard competing in the women’s division.

    “We all deserve to be on an even playing field,” Acason said. “It’s difficult when you believe that you’re not. If it’s not even, why are we doing the sport?”

    The International Olympic Committee recognizes male and female as genders, and transgender women are classified as female.

    Sportswriter Phil Gifford argued that Hubbard should be allowed to compete with women.

    “[S]he is completely entitled, I believe, to compete, and anybody who says otherwise is either being, I think, very prejudiced, which is the main thing I would imagine, or just jealous of the fact that maybe this woman has come along and she’s better than the female competitors.”

    Cycling: Biological male dominates women’s competition

    Transgender cyclist Jillian Bearden, a 36-year-old biological male and Colorado Springs native, won the women’s division of the El Tour de Tucson in four hours and 26 minutes in November 2016.

    Bearden founded the world’s first transgender cycling group, Transnational Women’s Cycling Team.

    “It’s absolutely huge,” Bearden told the Daily Star of his El Tour de Tucson victory. “We’re at a moment of time – especially now – where not only do we have to come out but we have to be positive. We have to come together in solidarity and move this country in a direction that is accepting of all.”

    Third-place finisher Suzanne Sonya told Cycling Tips: “I’ll take her on any day, but that’s just me. I’ll take on men, too. I feel bad about saying it, but, no, I do not think it’s fair play, and I question her integrity knowing that she’s going into these events knowing that she is going to be stronger.

    “I’m sure [Bearden] had a rough go at it. It’s very difficult to be transgender. But [when it comes to racing], it’s problematic to me that she [transitioned] only a couple years ago, and has lived 30 years as a man. Regardless of testosterone levels, she’s got muscle memory and a lung capacity that I could never build up. She was a Cat 1 as a male. I could never match a pro man. How fair is that to her female competitors?”

    Softball: Male transgender joins girls team

    California allowed Pat Cordova-Goff, 17, born a male, to join the girls’ softball team at Azusa High School in Azusa in 2014. Goff was already a cheerleader at the school.

    State law requires that “a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”

    “We feel really confident about her ability,” Azusa Unified Superintendent Linda Kaminski told local newspaper San Gabriel Valley Tribune. “No.  1 as a district, we want to ensure access to everyone, but we’re also committed to placing students on the team on their merits. … Based on her skills, Pat did make the team.”

    “Parents had questions and we answered them as best we could,” Azusa High School principal Ramiro Rubalcaba told Fox News. “My experience is that the parents have been pleased.

    “Some students and players may feel uncomfortable, but that’s only because this is something new to them. But I believe they are all going to be accepting,” he said. “And I think the team is going to bring home a championship. That’s my prediction.”

    But Randy Thomasson, president of, told Fox the state’s decision to allow biological males to compete with females is unfair.

    “It’s intolerable of this young man to not accept an equal standing of girls playing girls,” Thomasson said. “It is categorically unfair to biological girls to have to compete with a sexually confused young man with stronger upper body strength, who makes the game board decidedly ‘unequal.’”

    Track and field: Transgender high-schooler places 3rd at state

    High-school runner Nattaphon Wangyot, 18, born a male, participated in the Class 3A girls’ sprints at the Alaska state meet in June 2016 and placed 3rd in the 200-meter dash (27.3 seconds) and 5th in the 100-meter dash (13.36 seconds). Wangyot also competed on girls’ volleyball and basketball teams.

    The Alaska Schools Activities Association has a policy that allows each school district to determine whether transgender athletes may compete in a sport as their chosen gender.

    “We didn’t want to necessarily create a situation where we were going to bring in a committee and those types of things just because it’s just not practical here,” ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland told KTVA-TV 11.

    Sixteen runners qualified for state, according to the report.

    Female high-school runner Saskia Harrison, who barely missed the cut, told KTVA: “I’m glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy in who they are, but I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100 percent fair.”

    Eagle River junior Peyton Young, also a runner, said: “I don’t know what’s politically correct to say, but in my opinion, your gender is what you’re born with. It’s the DNA. Genetically, a guy has more muscle mass than a girl, and if he’s racing against a girl, he may have an advantage.”

    Alaska Family Action President Jim Minnery held a protest against rules that allow male athletes to compete against females.

    “We are here today as a voice from the community to ensure that female athletes are not denied the playing opportunities and scholarships otherwise available to them and to make the playing field even again,” he said. “Allowing students to play on teams of the opposite sex disproportionately impacts female students, who will lose spots on a track, soccer and volleyball teams to male students who identify as female.”

    Wrestling: Transgender wins high-school girls tournament

    Mack Beggs, 17, was born a girl and reportedly began identifying as a boy at the age of 3. Though Beggs underwent testosterone treatments for more than a year and had the muscle mass of a teenage boy, Beggs competed and took first place in the University Interscholastic League state girls’ championship on Feb. 25, 2016.

    “If he has been taking hormones, or steroids, he should be wrestling boys,” youth counselor Melissa Roush told CNN.

    Dr. Brandon Mines, assistant professor at Emory University’s Department of Orthopedics, agreed with Roush’s statement.

    “Testosterone and anabolic steroids are in the same family and have the effect of increasing muscle mass and strength gains,” Mines told CNN.

    The league allows wrestlers to compete only against their own gender, based on sex listed on birth certificates.

    Beggs had a 56-0 season and 110-pound weight class title.

    Football: Transgender sues women’s team, plays on another

    Transgender football player Christina Ginther, who was born a male and is six feet tall, has sued a semi-pro women’s football team for discrimination and is now playing for another women’s football team.

    Ginther, 44, tried out for the Minnesota Vixen women’s football team in October after transitioning from male to female. But he was told the league doesn’t allow biological males to play against females due to safety concerns.

    “I hung up the phone and just felt violated,” Ginther said, according to Minnesota Public Radio. “I mean, just the sense of, ‘I’m a freak. I’m defective. I am not worthy to be with this team.”

    So Ginther filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Minnesota Vixen and the Independent Women’s Football League, or IWFL.

    IWFL attorney Greg Van Gompel explained the league policy: “It says, ‘A player may not play in the IWFL, unless they are now, and always have been, legally and medically a female, as determined by their birth certificate and driver’s license.”

    Ginther claims his testosterone levels have dropped to near zero after taking estrogen for two years.

    Now Ginther plays for the Minnesota Machine, a team in another women’s football league. He said he hopes his lawsuit will inspire other transgender athletes.

    “A lot of times, we’re afraid our voice won’t be heard or maybe the consequences of speaking up will just make things worse for us,” Ginther said. “But if anything, trans people should feel empowered. Yes, we do have a voice.”

    Volleyball: Transgender player eyes 2020 Olympics

    Transgender volleyball player Tia Thompson, born a male, played with the men’s division of USA Volleyball, or USAV, until Thompson was given permission in January to play in the women’s division, NBC News reported.

    “It took me three years to finally get approved with all the transitioning and hormone therapy and submitting all my paperwork to the Gender Committee,” Thompson said.

    Under USAV rules, transgender women must undergo hormone replacement therapy for at least a year and change their gender to female on their I.D. documentation.

    Thompson is scheduled to compete in the Haili Volleyball Tournament on Hawaii’s Big Island this month.

    Thompson also has big plans for 2020, when he would like to compete in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

    “By me coming out and opening the doors, it will get more accepted,” Thompson said.

    Mixed martial arts: Transgender fighter competes in women’s division

    Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox, born a man, gave his female opponent a concussion and broke her eye socket in 2015.

    The woman, Tamikka Brents, suffered a serious eye injury from a damaged orbital bone and needed seven staples after she fought Fox.

    The TKO came at 2:17 during the first round of their match.

    Brents told WHOA-TV, “I’ve never felt so overpowered in my life.”

    “I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night,” she said. “I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor. I can only say I’ve never felt so overpowered in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right.”

    Brents said Fox’s “grip was different.”

    “I could usually move around in the clinch against … females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.”

    In 2013, UFC commentator Joe Rogan was outraged that Fallon fought as a female athlete.

    “She calls herself a woman, but I tend to disagree,” he said. “She used to be a man, but now … she’s a transgender, which is (the) official term that means you’ve gone through it, right? And she wants to be able to fight women in MMA? I say no f—ing way. I say if you had a d–k at one point in time, you also have all the bone structure that comes with having a d–k. You have bigger hands. You have bigger shoulder joints. You’re a f—ing man. That’s a man, OK?”

    Rogan called Fallon a “huge” fighter with a “man’s face.”

    “You want to be a woman and you want to take female hormones? You want to get a boob job? That’s all fine. I support your right to live as a woman,” he said.

    But, Rogan argued, Fallon should fight only men.

    “She has to fight guys,” he said. “First of all, she’s not really a she. She’s a transgender, post-op person. The operation doesn’t shave down your bone density. It doesn’t change. You look at a man’s hands, and you look at a woman’s hands, and they’re built different. They’re just thicker. They’re stronger. Your wrists are thicker. Your elbows are thicker. Your joints are thicker. Just the mechanical function of punching, a man can do it much harder than a woman can, period.”

    Basketball: Transgender, 50, joins women’s college team

    Gabrielle Ludwig, 50, who was born Robert, joined the women’s basketball team at Mission College in Santa Clara, California, in 2012.

    Ludwig is 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds.

    On Nov. 30, 2012, a judge awarded Ludwig a new birth certificate designating him a “female.”

    Ludwig played on the women’s team even though he was a male college basketball player in 1980 for Nassau Community College. According to Community College Athletic Association bylaws, a student may only play for two years. But the athletic association made an exception for Ludwig, so he could play as a woman.

    The women on the team nicknamed Ludwig “Big Sexy” and “Princess.”

    Volleyball: Transgender makes women’s team

    Transgender volleyball player Chloe Psyche Anderson, 24, born a male, joined the U.C. Santa Cruz women’s volleyball team in 2016. Anderson is one of the first transgender athletes to play volleyball at the NCAA Division III level.

    “Once I decided to come out as transgender, it was the first time I really started to feel good about myself,” Anderson told the U.C. Santa Cruz newspaper. “[Before that] I had never really experienced being happy. I really was just totally lost.”

    Anderson said hormone therapy has caused muscle weakness and coordination problems.

    Does he have an advantage because he was born male? Anderson doesn’t think so.

    “I probably have the least testosterone of anyone on the team,” Anderson said.

    Anderson lives in a new housing community for transgender students at U.C. Santa Cruz.

    Dodgeball: Transgender player competes against women

    Transgender Savannah Burton, born a male, used to play on a male dodgeball team. But Burton, a Canadian, transitioned and now plays on a professional women’s dodgeball team. In 2015, Burton competed in the world championship.

    “I was still playing dodgeball when I started taking the testosterone blockers and estrogen,” Burton told “I could definitely see that my throw wasn’t as hard as it was. I couldn’t play the same way. I couldn’t compete at the same level that I had.”

    Shape noted that Burton, as a male, threw balls so hard that they would bounce off opponents’ chests with a loud noise.

    Now, he claims he throws more like a girl.

    “Now, a lot of people are catching those balls,” Burton said. “So it’s kind of frustrating that way.”

    Burton has also competed in a female rowing competition.

    Roller derby: Transgender skates on women’s team

    Skater Vanessa Sites, 31, is the first transgender to compete on Team USA in the World Cup of Roller Derby.

    Though Sites has skated in roller derby for at least eight years, he didn’t reveal his transgender identity to the media until recently.

    “I want people to know me for my skating and not what’s between my legs,” Sites told the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, online newspaper the Times Leader.

    Sites is a member of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby based in New York City.

    “I’m so good at it, so I wanted to be the best,” Sites told the paper.

    Even though Sites was born a biological male, he doesn’t believe he has an unfair advantage when he competes against women.

    “I don’t think I have an advantage,” Sites said. “I get knocked down the same as everyone else.”

    Sites said other transgender players skate in roller derby, “but I’m one of the few that … was gifted with skills and really love it. I just worked really hard. I want to be the best.”

    Cricket: Transgender player joins women’s team

    Transgender Catherine McGregor, born a male, is a cricket player on a Canberra, Australia, women’s team. In late 2016, McGregor said he wanted to play in the Women’s Big Bash League.

    “I have been pleasantly surprised because there was always the fear that the haters out there would say I don’t deserve to play in the women’s competition because I was born male,” McGregor, 60, said. “It hasn’t happened though, and I have had all sorts of messages.

    “And the women on my team didn’t give a stuff. They have welcomed me with open arms, and I can see a real future there,” McGregor said. “In fact there is already a trans woman on our team, so it’s a complete non-event in terms of controversy for them.”

    McGregor said he no longer produces testosterone and has high levels of estrogen.

    “I know there might be some out there who would say, ‘That’s just an old bloke in a dress,’ but I would argue that any physical advantages I may have had as a born male are offset by my age and the changes to my body,” McGregor said.

    Handball: Transgender star joins women’s team

    Transgender Hannah Mouncey, 26, a biological male, was previously captain of a men’s handball team in Canberra, Australia. He played 22 games for the men’s team, including the 2013 World Championships and qualifications for the 2016 Olympic Games.

    But then he began taking hormone treatments and transitioned into a woman in May 2016.

    In August 2016, Mouncey announced he would be joining the Australian women’s handball team.

    “Sport is very physical in nature, and it can be perceived to be a very masculine, macho environment,” Mouncey told the Daily Mail last year. “But in general sport is probably one of the more accepting places you could find.”

    Mouncey said he hopes his story can inspire others.

    “The more people that come out as trans from different walks of life hopefully it will make people see … it’s something probably more common than they think, and it’s OK,” he said.

    But in October 2016, the Daily Telegraph reported that Mouncey had been sidelined over height fears.

    Handball Australia ruled that he couldn’t join the women’s team in a tournament. The official reason was that he hadn’t completed a full year of hormone treatment. But sources told the paper that Mouncey’s six-foot-two-inch stature posed a big problem.

    “She’s still a 6-foot, 2-inch female and is still 100kg [220 pounds] or so and larger than everyone else with a physical advantage and a certain level of muscle mass … we have to protect the other players,” the source told the Telegraph.

    “It would not be an issue six months down the line as she will have met IOC guidelines, but the fact Hannah was three weeks out of the 12-month IOC guideline, and no one had dealt with a transgender player in a contact sport before, meant no precedent was set. No one was prepared to break the rules.”

    Board members reportedly feared they would not be insured if Mouncey injured a female player.

    “Being able to play as a woman for the first time after transitioning would have meant feeling normal again,” Mouncey told the Telegraph. “In six months, I’ll still be 6 foot 2 inches and big, and nothing will have changed. Anyone who thinks I have an unfair advantage is wrong. Being tall means I have extra weight to carry and can’t run as fast as the girls.”

    Golf: Transgender pro-golfer plays in women’s tournament

    In 2004, pro-golfer Mianne Bagger, born a male, became the first transgender woman to play in a professional golf tournament.

    “That was huge,” Bagger told ABC News correspondent Jay Schadler of her chance to play in the 2004 Women’s Australian Open. “It’s like I get there and I’m on the course side of the ropes. I’m here. I’m playing. It was like, wow!”

    Bagger claims his physical advantages from being born male are now gone, since he took female hormones.

    “The physical changes are, you lose muscle mass and testosterone,” Bagger said.

    “You lose overall strength. … I certainly wouldn’t be out there playing if I felt I had an unfair advantage.”

    For the record, it always seemed odd to us that Oscar Pistorius (the “blade runner”) participated in races for bipedal runners.

  15. admin
    March 27, 2017 at 9:46 am
    Although Maureen Tucker of the Velvet Underground joined the Tea Party so maybe punk rockers are pro Trump all around.

    We are (grew up and played in bands of that era) – covered some Sex Pistols too. It’s rebellious and anti-establishment at its core.

  16. Can’t make up my mind about whose side Priebus is on.

    Trump would not have gotten elected if Priebus hadn’t used the RNC machine to get out the vote in the key states; in addition, Trump has stated several times that he has always gotten along with Priebus, despite press reports. Priebus and Bannon did a presentation together at CPAC which seemed to indicate that they are working well together, also. So I like to think think that Priebus deserved the Chief of Staff job.

    And yet, he seems to defend his buddy Ryan’s undermining of Trump at every opportunity. I always thought that Priebus was Trump’s conduit to Ryan and the House, but Ryan seems to use Priebus to give Trump bad advice at every opportunity.

    After he pulled the healthcare vote and faced the press, Ryan didn’t seem to be too upset by the whole deal (“It’s difficult to adjust from being the minority party to the majority” – is he serious?).

    Something is definitely wrong with Ryan, but I can’t figure whether Priebus is trustworthy. If he is Trump’s connection to Ryan, and Ryan continually misleads him, then Priebus needs to make a choice of loyalty sometime soon. His recent comments are disturbing.

  17. The Ryancare Route — Winning by Losing?

    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    Did the Freedom Caucus just pull the Republican Party back off the ledge, before it jumped to its death? A case can be made for that.

    Before the American Health Care Act, aka “Ryancare,” was pulled off the House floor Friday, it enjoyed the support — of 17 percent of Americans. Had it passed, it faced an Antietam in the GOP Senate, and probable defeat.

    Had it survived there, to be signed by President Trump, it would have meant 14 million Americans losing their health insurance in 2018.

    First among the losers would have been white working-class folks who delivered the Rust Belt states to President Trump.

    “Victory has a thousand fathers; defeat is an orphan,” said JFK.

    So, who are the losers here?

    First and foremost, Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans who, having voted 50 times over seven years to repeal Obamacare, we learned, had no consensus plan ready to replace it.

    Moreover, they put a bill on the floor many had not read, and for which they did not have the votes.

    More than a defeat, this was a humiliation. For the foreseeable future, a Republican Congress and president will coexist with a health care regime that both loathe but cannot together repeal and replace.

    Moreover, this defeat suggests that, given the ideological divide in the GOP, and the unanimous opposition of congressional Democrats, the most impressive GOP majorities since the 1920s may be impotent to enact any major complicated or complex legislation.

    Friday’s failure appears to be another milestone in the decline and fall of Congress, which the Constitution, in Article I, fairly anoints as our first branch of government.

    Through the last century, Congress has steadily surrendered its powers, with feeble resistance, to presidents, the Supreme Court, the Federal Reserve, the regulatory agencies, even the bureaucracy.

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    The long retreat goes on.

    Another truth was reconfirmed Friday. Once an entitlement program has been created with millions of beneficiaries, it becomes almost impossible to repeal. As Ronald Reagan said, “A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”

    Nor did President Trump escape unscathed.

    Among the reasons he was elected was the popular belief, which carried him through scrapes that would have sunk other candidates, that, whatever his faults or failings, he was a doer, a man of action — “He gets things done!”

    To have failed on his first big presidential project has thus been an occasion of merriment for the boo-birds in the Beltway bleachers.

    Yet, still, Trump’s Saturday tweet — “Obamacare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan … Do not worry!” — may prove prophetic.

    Now that “Trumpcare” or “Ryancare” is gone, the nation must live with Obamacare. A Democratic program from birth, it is visibly failing. And Democrats now own it again, as not one Democrat was there to help reform it. In the off-year election of 2018, they may be begging for Republican help in reforming the health care system.

    After what he sees as a wonderful win, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer now intends to block a Senate vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, and thus force Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to muster 60 votes to halt a Democratic filibuster.

    Should Schumer persist, Senate Republicans will exercise the “nuclear option,” i.e., change the rules to allow debate to be cut off with 51 votes, and then elevate Gorsuch with their own slim majority.

    Why would Schumer squander his political capital by denying a quality candidate like Judge Gorsuch a vote? Does he also think that a collapsing Obamacare — even its backers believe is in need of corrective surgery — will be an asset for his imperiled colleagues in 2018? The last time Democrats headed down that Radical Road and nominated George McGovern, they lost 49 states.

    While the Republicans have sustained a defeat, this is not the end of the world. And there was an implied warning in the president’s Sunday tweet:

    “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare.”

    What Trump is explaining here is that, if Republican majorities in the House and Senate cannot or will not unite with his White House behind solutions on health care, taxes, infrastructure, border security, he will seek out moderate Democrats to get the work done.

    This humiliation of Obamacare reform may prove a watershed for the Trump presidency. What he is saying is simple and direct:

    I am a Republican president who wants to work with Republicans. But if they cannot or will not work with me, I will find another partner with whom to form coalitions to write the laws and enact the reforms America needs, because, in the last analysis, while party unity is desirable, the agenda I was elected to enact is critical.

    The health care defeat yet may prove to be another example of winning by losing

  18. Is it just me, or has “Drudge Report” linking more negative links re the administrations failures?

  19. jb re Drudge. I agree.
    I’m including the juicy details!

    Schumer goes off on Trump supporter at NYC restaurant, witness says. 3/27/17.
    “…Onlookers said Schumer was incensed that Hilary — the daughter of William S. Paley, the founder and chairman of CBS — had voted for Trump, even though her husband, Joseph, is a well-known Democrat.
    One witness said of the restaurant rant, “They are a highly respected couple, and Schumer made a scene, yelling, ‘She voted for Trump!’ The Califanos left the restaurant, but Schumer followed them outside.” On the sidewalk, Schumer carried on with his fantastical filibuster: “ ‘How could you vote for Trump? He’s a liar!’ He kept repeating, ‘He’s a liar!’ ”
    Hilary confirmed the confrontation, telling Page Six, “Sen. Schumer was really rude . . . He’s our senator, and I don’t really like him. Yes, I voted for Trump. Schumer joined us outside and he told me Trump was a liar. I should have told him that Hillary Clinton was a liar, but I was so surprised I didn’t say anything.

    Glory, glory halle lu-u-u-uia 🙂

  20. Is it just me, or has “Drudge Report” linking more negative links re the administrations failures?
    It’s not just you.

    Drudge does that from time to time when he feels that Trump is fucking up.

    It’s just his way of saying, “Get your shit together.”

    Ann Coulter does the same thing.

  21. President Trump is not alone as his cabinet continues to fill up and work to achieve Trump’s policy goals. Jeff Sessions is on the job:

    The father of a Guatemalan teen who is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Friday.

    Adolfo Sanchez-Reyes, 43, was taken away by ICE agents for illegally immigrating to Jessup, Maryland from Guatemala.

    He was issued a notice to appear in immigration court and is being held at Howard County Detention Center in Jessup according to WTOP.

    Sanchez-Reyes is the father of Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, who is accused of rape and is also facing deportation.

    Police in Maryland arrested Jose Montano, 17, and Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, after the young girl told school officials the pair had forced her into a bathroom stall at Montgomery County high school and raped her.

    Sanchez-Milian is believed to have entered the US illegally from Guatemala seven months ago.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t report on Montano’s immigration status as he is a minor.
    Montano arrived El Salvador about eight months ago.

  22. So according to the MSM, the Dems and the NeverTrumps, the Trump presidency is “over” and the feint-hearted Trump supporters are believing it, yet it’s the MSM, the Dems and the NeverTrumps who are acting like cats on a hot tin roof, with Schumer causing a major scene at a NYC restaurant yelling at a Trump supporter?


    I don’t care what Drudge links, it’s the feint-hearted Trump supporters who need to get their sh!t together.

    (Page6 link, cause it’s worth repeating:

  23. Venus, as amusing as the desperate Kook Schumer article is (we suspect Schemer went on his rant to appease the Kook left because he knew it would make news), the more important NYPost article is the one by Salena Zito (which will likely be discussed in a soon to be published article here, we hope).

    Zito makes it clear that Trump supporters are still Trump supporters. As long as that doesn’t change, Trump wins. The Big Media and Obama Dimocrat hopes that “it’s over for Trump” are just as valid now as they have been since June 2015.

    The polls that continue to be infected by California, New York, and other population heavy cities, don’t matter. Check out what Zito writes about the areas that matter. California can rant and rage but little counties in the midwest are what matter – and they are Trump country.

    Here’s the link to the Zito article:

  24. President Trump is not alone any longer. Nikki Haley is on the job:

    Nikki Haley to the UN: ‘The Days of Israel Bashing Are Over’

    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley received loud applause on Monday when she delivered a message at the annual AIPAC conference defending Israel from Palestinian Authority.

    Dan Senor, the moderator of the question and answer session, asked Haley about how the United States can help change the culture at the U.N.

    “The United States tells them what we’re not going to put up with, ” Haley said. “We start to change the culture to what we should be talking about and then we actually act on what we say.

    I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because if I see something wrong, we’re going to kick them every single time,” Haley added.

    Her comment received lots of cheers and applause from the crowd, including Senor. Following the applause, Haley went into specifics about what needed to be done.

    “We are kicking by number one, putting everybody on notice. Saying that if you have our back, we’re going to have the backs of our friends, but our friends need to have our backs too, ” Haley said.

    She continued by declaring that the days of Israel bashing are “over,” which received applause and cheers for several seconds.

    “There are a lot of threats to peace and security, but you are not going to take our number one Democratic friend in the Middle East and beat up on them,” Haley said. “And I think what you’re seeing is they’re all backing up a little bit, the Israel bashing is not as loud, they didn’t know exactly what I meant outside of giving the speech, so I showed them.”

  25. DailyNews is upset Jeff Sessions will enforce the law:

    When Floyel Stapleton appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court for a routine hearing in his misdemeanor assault case, he was stunned to be met by federal immigration agents as he left the courtroom.

    “I didn’t know they were there. They were in plain clothes. They had no badges and they arrested me when I was walking out of the courtroom. They just asked my name and they arrested me,” Stapleton, 39, who is from the Caribbean island of Nevis, told the Daily News from an immigration detention center in Hudson County.

    They are trying to deport me…The situation sucks.”

    A drug dealer, domestic violence, previously ordered deported in 2007 until Obama.

  26. Biggest news of the month:

    Consumer confidence soars in March to best reading in 16 years

    Consumer confidence tops economist forecasts

    Consumer confidence in March soared to the highest level in more than 16 years, according to data released Tuesday.

    The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index leapt to 125.6 in March from 116.1 in February, coming in well ahead of the MarketWatch-compiled consensus of 114.1.

    The reading gave a pop to U.S. stocks DJIA, +0.20% , which turned higher after the report.

    Consumer confidence has taken off since the election of President Donald Trump, on the prospect of lower taxes and more infrastructure spending. Confidence has yet to be impacted by Congress’s inability so far to enact the president’s ambitions.

  27. I don’t care what Drudge links, it’s the feint-hearted Trump supporters who need to get their sh!t together.
    Most Trump supporters don’t blame Trump for the health care fiasco.

    We understand that the bill was doomed by the various GOP factions’ inability to work together.

    But, we do worry about what this lack of cohesion portends.

    How is Trump going to advance his agenda, if he can’t even get his own party to go along with him?

    The chattering class, on both sides of the aisle, is saying that the solution is for Trump to reach out to moderate Dems.

    Trump supporters are skeptical of that approach, to put it mildly.

  28. Though we may never know exactly how the health care debacle went down, it appears to have taken roughly the following course:

    1. Trump wanted to work on tax reform, as part of his push for more jobs.

    2. Ryan convinced Trump that he needed to do health care reform first, in order to free up funds that could be used to pay for tax reform.

    3. Ryan convinced Trump that since he, Ryan, had been working on health care reform for eight years, and knew how to work with the various GOP factions, passing AHCA would be a slam-dunk.

    4. Trump let Ryan run with the ball.

    5. When it became clear the votes weren’t there in the House to pass AHCA, Trump stepped in to try to close the deal.

    6. Trump made some concessions the Freedom Caucus wanted, but that caused some moderates to withdraw support.

    7. The AHCA started to turn into a Frankenstein’s monster that was hugely unpopular with Trump’s base.

    8. Trump realized he had to kill the bill.

    9. Trump called for an immediate vote, knowing the bill would fail.

    10. Ryan surrendered, recommending the bill be pulled.

  29. foxyladi14
    March 28, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I didn’t even read it but yes Friday was a great day for Trump. He got out from under Obamacare and it will implode, death spiral, take out state budgets over expanded Medicaid madness in the eternal quest for cost shifting. The blame will rest with the original bringers of all things Obamacare the Democrats, with humiliation heaped on the moron Ryan who was tasked by Trump to deal with it (at the behest of Pie-bus) who both miserably failed. Ryan and Pie-bus are in the dog house and no one has to listen to them anymore. They get told what to do and how high to jump. Now those two have to deliver The Wall money or they are out. I really think Ryan walked into a set-up of failure.

    OT Note: Nunes was in the executive complex of the White House to look at the Obama Presidential Intelligence briefings. That is the only stuff I can think of that might be unavailable to the Congress in that format and un-redacted. The original intelligence they could get but would not know what the Big Zero got. My guess is Obama leaked stuff himself through his flunkies like Jarrett and Rhodes and Rice.

  30. More thoughts on health care reform:

    There’s no question that Trump believes that Obamacare will repeal itself.

    He feels that, in the meantime, the GOP should keep their hands off. Let the Dems own the resulting mess.

    He has been tweeting along these lines for months.

    Ryan apparently changed his mind, and Trump trusted Ryan to get it done. But Ryan was unable to deliver.

    So, yes, Trump’s only real blunder was to trust Ryan.

    But, no, we can’t say that Trump hasn’t been tainted by this failure.

    AHCA was the Trump Administration’s first major piece of legislation, and it failed miserably.

    It matters not that it was Ryan’s fault. It happened on Trump’s watch. That’s all the public sees, or cares about.

  31. Thanks admin for the link to the Selena Zito article. Yep she gets it.
    Not coincidentally she is also one of the few reporters working in the MSM who “got” Trump during the primaries and GE. She would publish articles about working class voters and their affinity for Trump but was ignored by the inside the beltway “Smart Set.”

  32. matthew77
    March 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm
    …….”Ryan apparently changed his mind, and Trump trusted Ryan to get it done. But Ryan was unable to deliver.”
    I’m not sure Trump trusted him at all. Maybe Trump gave him his one shot, knowing that it may not work out, but also knowing that at some point he had to allow Ryan to own “something” and display his ineptitude. Better to get it done early and erase all doubts. Like Admin said in an earlier post…. Trump has time on his side.

  33. Good to see someone point out the silliness that is CTH! Some of those people are seriously so “out of reality” that they cannot see when Trump actually makes a BIG mistake I remember when some here were the same with Hitlary and her 08 campaign! I did not realize that the guy who runs that place was a former Hitlary supporter and I wonder if his rationale then was like it is now I know it’s not Taylor Marsh tis some Brad person Seriously if you post ONE thing there that even questions anything they call you a troll and the bug spray comes out! They seriously need to learn things Last week it was “Trump can see around corners and the health bill will pass” even as the threads were full of people shouting how horrible the bill was for some

  34. Nickki Haley was great at AIPAC…what a difference than Samantha Powers whose agenda was anti-Israeli and she didn’t need Obama to get there.

  35. Why would Huma seek go back to a pervert?

    Spousal privilege as one of us suggested the other day.

    NYPD says reason Carlos Danger kept the files was for protection, and he has admitted as much.

    Huma’s motives are no different, i.e. so the prosecutors cannot force him to rat her out.

    What he gets out of it is less clear however.

  36. Come will sweep this under the rug to protect Weiner and his pending reconciliation with Huma.
    Comey cannot keep the lid on this one–there are too many people inside and outside the Bureau watching his every move.

    Furthermore, the NYPD will leak damaging info as much as necessary to keep him off balance and to prevent him from covering up.

    Comey IS a dirty cop, but now he is in a fishbowl, with bosses who will demand answers, not circumlocutions.

    Which are his stock and trade.

  37. This claim that sanctuary cities are beyond the scope of the Constitution is absurd.

    And so is that prick Garcetti–who calls to mind Holmes observation that three generations of idiots (all named Garcetti) is enough.

    This issue will wait until Gorsuch is on the court.

    Then we will need to stop ALL federal funding to those cities

    Which will cause social services to crater and property taxes to go through the roof

    All of this to pay for the virtue signalling of these corrupt members of the political class

    Then voters will say off with their heads/

  38. Why Trump Is Failing
    By Pamela Geller

    Make no mistake: the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, which President Trump had so often promised to do, was a major defeat for his administration.
    The beginning of his administration is when President Trump had the chance to accomplish the most. But it’s not looking that way. He has certainly tried but is being thwarted at every turn by leftist activist judges and the RINO establishment.

    According to The Hill, “Trump became heavily involved in selling and negotiating the plan, holding at least 17 meetings on overhauling the healthcare system….Those included arm-twisting sessions (in person and on Twitter) with conservative and moderate factions that opposed the plan, as well as invites to the White House bowling alley and a rare personal trip to Capitol Hill. His aides were more than eager to tout ‘The Art of the Deal’ author’s abilities to get people to come to an agreement. ‘He is the closer,’ White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday.”

    So what happened? Trump has to take control. Take a page from Obama and clean house. With regard to Obamacare, Trump should take decisive action to salvage the situation now. He should call every GOP congressman into his office and just hammer out a deal.

    Here’s the thing: he talks about being a great negotiator, and that may be true. But throughout his career until now, he has been negotiating not with politicians, but with businessmen. We know their motive: profit. Money.

    It’s not the same with politicians. Politics is a twisted world, in which power and reelection are the currency in which they trade. The bottom line in business is money, and while money talks for politicians also, the bottom line with these corrupt clowns is not always so easy to discern.

    Breitbart News reminded us recently that House Speaker Paul Ryan “was caught on an audio file from October—obtained by Breitbart News and published a couple weeks ago—saying he is ‘not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future.’”

    And Trump was relying on him to repeal and replace Obamacare?

    Paul Ryan is also out of his depth. Love him or hate him, former House majority leader Tom DeLay knew how to herd those cats. That’s why the left had to destroy him. Ryan lacks what DeLay had: “bold aggressiveness and quiet maneuvering.”

    Ryan has got to go. James Comey, too. What’s with all the Obama holdovers throughout the Trump administration? The Justice Department’s civil rights division must be purged. What’s Eric Treene still doing there? In January 2012, after receiving a huge box (in response to my Freedom of Information Act request) full of documents relating to the Justice Department’s interactions with Muslim groups linked to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, I wrote:

    Even more striking was the servile demeanor of the Civil Rights Division official Eric Treene, Special Counsel for the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and the demanding condescension of Muslim Brotherhood operatives. Muslim and Arab operatives treat Treene and Co. like an errand boy, asking them for email addresses of other contacts and setting them to perform the most menial gofer duties. The DOJ even takes lunch orders and picks up the tab, and in some cases asks them how much money they need for a little soiree they’re holding. It is astonishing.

    Yet Treene is still there, and doubtless still kowtowing. And he is not the only one. A senior Trump administration official said last week: “We have members of the former administration at the highest levels who through their actions after January 20 have demonstrated their refusal to recognize the results of the general election. They have pursued, organized, and managed a comprehensive subversion of the new administration.”

    The Washington Free Beacon reports that “in one instance, Trump administration officials found evidence that the administration’s executive order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority nations had been selectively altered to bring it more in line with Obama-era talking points. Several hours before the orders were set to be signed by Trump, officials noticed that language concerning ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ had been stripped from the order and replaced with Obama-era language about countering violent extremism. West Wing staffers quickly scrambled to rewrite the order to bring it back in line with Trump’s rhetoric.”

    That’s unconscionable. Whoever did that should have been immediately identified and fired.

    It’s not too late for Trump. But it will be soon if he doesn’t remember what got him elected in the first place, and drain the swamp.

  39. Larry Klayman is the founder of Judicial Watch which is now run by Tom Fitton.

    He is a legal giant.

    Larry has a big league CIA/NSA whistle blower named Dennis Montgomery.

    Montgomery left the agency with 47 hard drives and 600 million pages worth of intelligence on agency spying of Americans.

    This spying included justices of the Supreme Court, 156 judges, prominent businessmen and the Trump team.

    He did not take this information with him to Russia like Snowden did.

    He wanted to do it within the system.

    Larry took his client to see one man in Washington he could trust, Judge Royce Lambert.

    Lambert referred him to Congressional committees but they were not interested.

    Therefore, he referred him to James Baker who is general counsel for the FBI.

    At that point, Comey had direct knowledge that the government was spying on Trump.

    And yet he claimed to have no knowledge of any spying on Trump.

    Now the reason for his lie—remember what I keep calling Comey: dirty cop, dirty cop, dirty cop.

    It appears that the FBI was in pare delicto in this spying scheme.

    They too were spying on Americans and were sending drones over neigborhoods to collect information for Obama.

    It also shows that two other sordid individuals, i.e. Brennan, and Clapper launched a soft coup against Trump.

    In that rogues gallery, Brennan was perhaps the dirtiest of all, in the opinion of many.

    Therefore, it is hardly surprising that Comey would say there was no evidence of suveillance and hope it went away.

    Ultimately, Klayman brought Montgomery to the head of the intelligence committee, Nunez.

    This is why the pedophile Chuck Schumer told Ryan to get rid of Klayman.

    It is also why he blew up at the daughter of William Paley at a New York restaurant.

    Clearly, the dirt bag Schumer is feeling the heat.

    Nunez and his committee are calling Comey back to a closed session to find out why he lied.

    This needs to happen soon because Montgomery is dying of a brain anuerism.

    But he has the goods on this–the 47 hard drives, and the 600 million pages of mostly classified information.

  40. I should also add that even though this information was given to the FBI by Montgomery several years ago, Comey has just sat on it. This leads me to believe that Trump really needs to get rid of Comey, when the opportunity presents itself. This may well be the opportunity to do exactly that.

  41. Maybe Newt is right:

    Gingrich to Trump: ‘Get Back Up Off the Mat,’ Hit the Trail
    Former speaker advises president to use bully pulpit to build bipartisan momentum behind agenda
    by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 27 Mar 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich encouraged President Donald Trump and his administration to “get back up off the mat, think through what they’ve learned, and keep moving forward” in the wake of Republicans’ failure to pass health care reform during an interview Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

    Gingrich offered advice on a strategy to move forward after House GOP leaders pulled the American Health Care Act from consideration Friday when it failed to garner enough Republican support.

    “They’ve got to get back up off the mat, think through what they’ve learned and keep moving forward.”

    “I think from President Trump’s standpoint, there’s some big lessons to be learned out of last week. And I think he has every reason to believe he can move forward and be remarkably successful,” Gingrich said. “They’ve got to get back up off the mat, think through what they’ve learned, and keep moving forward.”

    Noting that it took former President Reagan roughly eight months to pass a tax cut, 18 months for President Bill Clinton to pass welfare reform and roughly eight months for former President Obama to pass Obamacare, Gingrich said that the fact that the Trump administration “set an artificial deadline for defeat” after only two months in office “was just a mistake.”

    In order to create and pass a successful piece of health care reform legislation, Gingrich recommended Trump “go to the country,” and not “the city.”

    “First, you go to the country. You don’t go to the city. You make sure that the country’s for you,” Gingrich said. “When you have a bill with 17 percent, the answer is … don’t vote on the bill. That means you’ve lost the argument. So, they’ve got to develop an argument on health, which they can take to the country.”

    If the Trump administration can create that strong and feasible argument that wins over the people across the country, Gingrich insisted that it would put pressure on both Republicans and vulnerable Democrats to support it.

    “If they got a good argument on health … they can get North Dakota’s Sen. [Heidi] Heitkamp because she represents an entirely rural state that was overwhelmingly for Trump,” Gingrich said. “So you start with a 60-vote strategy in the Senate based on the grassroots, not based on Washington maneuvering. You have a principled bill, and you basically reach out to Democrats.”

    “You know, two rallies in North Dakota would make it very hard for the senator to say no. Several rallies in Missouri would make it very hard for the senator who is up for reelection to vote no,” Gingrich added. “The same thing in Indiana, where frankly, Vice President Pence could go to hold 3-5 rallies and make it very hard for the Democrat [there] to vote no.”

    The former House speaker emphasized the importance of courting the Democrats’ votes in order to create bipartisan bridges and garner overwhelming support among the voters to move the country forward cohesively.

    “When we passed welfare reform, we basically split the Democrats even — 101 yes and 101 no. When Reagan passed the tax cuts, he got one out of every three Democrats in the House. But the key is not negotiating in Washington,” Gingrich said, noting that the key “is having a bill that is so clear, that is so vivid that Trump can go to the country” and tell it to those “20 and 30,000-person rallies” he draws.

    “I think you have to have a totally different model than the one they used. The model they used was an insider model that allowed [Congressional Budget Office]’s fake score to matter. It allowed the Senate’s absurd rules of reconciliation to matter, and then it said to everybody, ‘Trust us,’” Gingrich said.

    “Remember, this is the age of Donald Trump, who was elected because people don’t trust Washington politicians,” Gingrich added. “So saying, ‘Oh, we’ll fix it in the second and third part,’ denied everything that we know about the American people right now.”

    When the “Fox & Friends” hosts asked Gingrich if he approves of the president’s plans to leave health care reform for the time being and move on to tax reform, Gingrich said, “No … I think that’s wrong.”

    “Focus on infrastructure first because you can reach out to every single Democrat on infrastructure. You can write a bipartisan bill that gets an enormous margin,” Gingrich said. “Trump ought to want a Trump majority in the House of 300-plus and a Trump majority in the Senate of 65 or so. Not a Republican majority — a Trump majority. You’ll get far further own the road by doing infrastructure next.”

    If the president so chooses, he can work on tax reform simultaneously while he works on infrastructure, Gingrich suggested.

    “But they should be very, very excited about infrastructure reform. It’s going to bring an amazing number of Democrats. It’s going to create jobs,” Gingrich said. “Remember, the No. 1 test for Donald Trump’s re-election is how many jobs did you create? The earlier you start in infrastructure, the earlier you’re going to be creating jobs in infrastructure, and then I would do taxes in parallel.”

    But health care reform cannot be forgotten and should not be pushed back to a nebulous future date, the former House speaker warned.

    “And at the same time, I would say to the House and Senate … we’re going to go the country, we’re going to fashion a brand-new bill that’s going to be the right kind of long-term health bill, and we’re going to make sure that it has 60 or 65 percent support,” Gingrich said. “Then we’re going to bring that bill to the House and Senate.”

  42. Is this the big crack that will inevitably lead to dam failure
    This is a case of confession and avoidance.

    On the one hand, the crack pot freely admits that the intelligence agencies were spying on Trump with approval of Administration.

    But in the next breath, the crack pot says it purpose was to get as much evidence as possible on Trump connection to Russia.

    Because they were afraid that if they did not get it, Trump would find it and bury it.

    Unfortunately, Clapper and Morrell have conceded that there is no evidence of Russian collusion.

    Therefore, the excuse for spying, proffered by this crack pot, is false on its face.

    The motive for this spying was not national security, it was political and therefore illegal.

  43. My surmise is this crack pot was one of the leakers.

    And is trying to get ahead of the emerging story.

  44. Cernovich says the failure of Ryan care was a big win for Trump because it weakened Ryan who was an obstacle to building the wall which is Trump’s number 1 campaign promise.

  45. Tony Stark
    March 29, 2017 at 12:33 am

    All of these Obama pod people have that bug-eyed loon look. For anyone who has interviewed people who are “in trouble” they know this woman has the classic panicky “let me explain” demeanor in trying to get ahead of the beans being spilled. I’m not sure if she is trying to divert or is throwing babies out of her sled being chased by a pack of wolves. She seems unhinged.

    The BBC is in on the spinning now too. Something about “chatter” from the depths of the Kremlin about campaign financing the US presidential campaign. The funny thing is that the UK morons hoped it was Trump but in reality it was Hillary via various methods such as Clinton Foundation, uranium and Podesta. And in there is Lo-Retta judge-shopping (illegally) for FISA judges. AND Obama has decided to stay indefinitely in remote Polynesia to write a book. This is all looking like the Pink Panther movie and the Seeing Eye Minky.

  46. More Spying:

    Privacy advocates on Monday are urging Americans to call their elected officials, warning that there are only 24 hours left to “save online privacy rules” before the U.S. House of Representatives votes on a measure that would allow major telecom companies to collect user data and auction it off to the “highest bidder.”

  47. Politico puts the worst spin possible on President Trump at every turn. Still, good news:

    Mitch McConnell told his leadership team in private this week what’s becoming increasingly obvious on Capitol Hill: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch probably won’t get 60 votes to avoid a filibuster.

    But the Senate majority leader had an equally pressing message: Republicans should have no compunction about pulling the trigger on the “nuclear option” — with Democrats resisting a high court nominee as well-pedigreed as Gorsuch.

    “Feel no guilt,” McConnell said, according to attendees. [snip]

    More Senate Democrats are putting the onus on the GOP to install Gorsuch on the Supreme Court without their help. Several swing Democratic votes this week came out in opposition to the federal judge from Colorado, even after he got through his confirmation hearings last week without any big blunders.

    Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced Tuesday that she will not only vote against confirming Gorsuch, but will also filibuster him. That made her the fifth of 10 Democrats from states that Donald Trump won last November to oppose the president’s first Supreme Court nominee.

    The Dim senators who filibuster Gorsuch will be targets in 2018. Gorsuch will be Justice Gorsuch celebrating one year on the bench in 2018. There might even be another new Trumpy Justice on the high court after June 2017.

  48. The madness of California:

    California’s Chief Justice: Enforcing Immigration Laws Goes Against The Rule Of Law

    Since when is moving to another country against the law? And since when do we enforce the laws we have on the books? I thought I knew, but I’m not a judge like this lady is, so I guess I was wrong.

    Derek Hawkins, WaPo:

    Tani Cantil-Sakauye, California’s chief justice, is fast emerging as one of the Trump administration’s most vocal critics in the judiciary…

    Cantil-Sakauye used her annual State of the Judiciary address to argue that the rule of law was being “challenged” amid the administration’s immigration crackdown.

    Without mentioning Trump by name, she told the state’s lawmakers that “the rule of law means that we as a people are governed by laws and rules, and not by a monarch.”

    Got that? If you move to another country illegally, and that country tries to make you leave, that’s a challenge to the rule of law.

    You see, “rule of law” means we can only enforce the laws that Tani Cantil-Sakauye wants to enforce, in the exact manner she wants to enforce them. She’s the one who decides, because she’s not a monarch.

    And the last place our laws should be enforced is anywhere near a courthouse. Come on, people. This is America!

    Stop challenging the rule of law by enforcing the law. Tani Cantil-Sakauye has spoken.

  49. The west coast is a bubble of nuts:

    Dems Demand Investigation Over Mnuchin’s ‘Lego Batman’ Joke

    Last week, Hollywood-executive-turned-Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin gave a short interview to Axios, where he refused to provide suggestions on which movies Americans should see because his advice could be construed as improper. He then went on to joke that families should consider an outing to see LEGO Batman, a movie he produced.

    “I’m not allowed to promote anything that I’m involved in. So I just want to have the legal disclosure, you’ve asked me the question, and I am not promoting any product,” Mnuchin said on Friday. “But you should send all your kids to Lego Batman.”

    Everyone was left laughing. Everyone, that is, execept Democratic Senator Ron Wyden.

    Furious that Mnuchin would even dare to joke about his Hollywood connections in this terrifying, Trumpian climate of corruption, Wyden went immediately to the Office of Government Ethics, begging the director to launch a full investigation into whether Mnuchin was engaging in a conflict of interest with his off-the-cuff reference.

    “I am concerned that Sec. Mnuchin’s comments, may be seen to have a predictable effect on the financial interests” of RatPac-Dune,” Wyden said in a letter to the OGE.

    RatPac-Dune Entertainment Holdings LLC is Mnuchin’s former production company with filmmaker Brett Rattner and a handful of other media moguls. The studio has produced and financed a number of recent blockbusters, including The LEGO Movie, LEGO Batman, and Mad Max: Fury Road.

    But Mnuchin divested himself of his share of RatPac Dune before taking up the mantle at Treasury, and signed an ethics agreement stating he would not actively promote any of RatPac’s products as a member of the Administration.

    When asked about Wyden’s dire concerns about his joke, Mnuchin’s office released a statement, essentially saying that Ron Wyden needs to lighten up.

    “As his statement reflects, the Secretary clearly recognized that he generally may not promote private interests and specifically gave the legal disclosure that he was not promoting a movie, but answering a question he was asked directly,” Mnuchin’s statement read.

    Wyden is in the bubble that appears to encompass the entire west coast. There is no talking to these people. Everything to them is an emotional breakdown or an outrage that can never be countenanced. Nuts. Plain unsalted nuts.

  50. Morris believes Schumer is responding to pressure from special interests within the party, like radical feminists and labor unions when he vows to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. It is clear from the hearings that there are no reasonable grounds for this action, and the only thing it will do is force McConnell to extend the nuclear option devised by dirty Harry Reid to Supreme Court nominations, which nuclear option requires only fifty votes in the Senate plus Pence to pass. Once the nuclear option is triggered it will apply to all future nominations, and will pave the way for other Supreme Court appointments by Trump when Ginzberg and Breyer step down, which will happen in the next couple years. In other words, this is a stupid move by Schumer, and it stems in no small part from his lack of experience and prudential wisdom in the Minority Leader role. Rather than tamp down his constituents and tell them to live and fight another day, he has engaged in a battle which he will lose, look foolish, and pave the way for future embarrassments for him personally and the party. In the meantime, we shall see what emerges on this pedophile front, and whether he was a consumer or just an enabler, as rumor from NYPD has it.

  51. Admin: this article sets the stage for what is about to occur nicely. Essentially, the left believes that Trump has been emasculated by the failure of Ryancare, left wing extremists have wrapped their canine teeth around Schumers tiny balls and he, Casey who has even smaller ones, and is miscast as a moderate are rallying the troops to defeat Gorsuch in order to finish off Trump. Big media is beside itself with excitement, because now they can destroy Donald. I must confess that I am excited about this development as well. Gallant lads those soldiers–they always go for the thickest part of the wall and get slaughtered. For me,it evokes memories of the Charge of the Light Brigade, all in the valley of death rode the 600–not then the soldiers knew someone had blundered. Because at this point even the Republican appeasers are claiming to show some spine, which is a remarkable feat for invertebrates, but at this point, meaning for the next five minutes, McConnell and his fellow trembling tower of tapioca confederates seem from outward appearances and public statements that they are ready to invoke the nuclear option and put egg on the face of the out of control Schumer, which will set the stage for future conservative appointments to the court. Go get them Schumer, you mensch. The watchword? Never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake.
    The Left is manning its battle stations, and so must conservatives. Let’s make things perfectly clear: Never before has a Senate minority sustained a filibuster against a majority-supported Supreme Court nominee for partisan reasons. The only previous instance of a Supreme Court nomination being “thwarted by less than a majority of the Senate” occurred in the late 1960’s, and that episode centered around a bona fide ethics scandal. Today’s Democrats have no substantive objections to Neil Gorsuch. They’re evidently preparing to filibuster him simply because they don’t agree with his judicial philosophy, and because they’re still bitter over Republicans’ handling of Merrick Garland last year. But the Garland nomination was sidelined using Democrats’ own playbook, under the Biden and Schumer standard — plus, Senate Republicans were not in an especially forgiving mood with memories of Harry Reid’s court-packing nuclear option still fresh in their minds. Democrats pioneered the use of judicial filibusters to obstruct majority-supported nominees during the Bush years, then employed strong-arm tactics to change Senate rules when Republicans simply followed suit under President Obama. At every turn, dating back to the infamous Bork showdown, Democrats have been the aggressors in these fights, escalating partisan tactics as their transitory political interests have required. When the GOP answers back by merely holding them to their own newly-established rules, Democrats cry foul and cite that turnabout as justification for their next escalation. Don’t forget that they were openly promising to expand the ‘nuclear’ Reid Rule if Hillary Clinton had won.

    If Senate Democrats once again drag the confirmation wars into uncharted territory, Republicans have a responsibility to burn them. Badly. Being powerless to impede President Trump’s cabinet selections was a source of frustration for Schumer’s crew, some of whom evinced regret over triggering the Reid Rule a few years prior. But those regrets seem to be receding, as they prepare to take a new plunge, betting that the GOP won’t have the fortitude to follow through with hardball tactics of their own. Having spoken to a number of well-placed Republican sources on Capitol Hill, it sounds like GOP members are seething over Democrats’ conduct on these issues, dating back years. They’re especially galled at the treatment of Neil Gorsuch, who has been virtually universally hailed as brilliant and eminently qualified. A number of would-be Republican compromisers have signaled that they’re prepared to do whatever it takes to confirm Gorsuch, and I’m told that even uber-moderate Susan Collins (who formally announced her support for Gorsuch this morning) is leaning toward standing with her party on this point. “Our members are fired up,” one source tells me. Allowing Democrats to derail his nomination under a Republican president, in a Senate controlled by Republicans, would set a disastrous precedent. It cannot be allowed to happen. And does anyone have even a shred of doubt that if Democrats were ever on the opposite end of such a scenario, they’d link arms and go nuclear again? Their words and deeds have been unambiguous for quite some time.

    Should Schumer and company follow through on this threat, Senate Republicans must bypass the filibuster to confirm the president’s nominee. Furthermore, if and when another vacancy arises (which could occur as soon as this summer), Trump should make a statement by promptly nominating a qualified and unapologetically conservative judge to assume that seat, too. Democrats ought to be forced to watch two, or even three, justices get confirmed by a simple majority vote, having eviscerated their own ability to stop any of them. Trump should also expedite his picks to populate influential lower federal courts, as well. Years of shameless power grabs cannot go unanswered. Elections have consequences, and so do actions. In the realm of judicial confirmations, Senate Democrats have long behaved like spoiled, entitled, ends-justify-the-means hypocrites. The time has come for Republicans to treat them as such.

  52. Since Schumer is clearly in his Rocky Balboa mood, i.e. a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, and roars like a lion to the delight of big media, he is practically queen for a day, I have some constructive advice for him: summon McConnell to your office, spit in his face, and tell him if he goes nuclear you will piss on his grave. Behave like the great Hulk, and get your aids to rush in and throw a straighjacket on you, and have them usher a terrified McConnell out of your office. What better way to show the world that you mean business. Anything less, and your constitutents will call you an appeaser and bark for your removal.

  53. admin

    March 29, 2017 at 9:49 am

    The west coast is a bubble of nuts:

    this is why the country has voted out the Dumb Dims in all relative positions of power…all they do is waste time on frivolity and nonsense…this is why the country is in the mess it is in and nothing gets done…or when it does under their power, ie with Prez O for the last 8 years, they do everything wrong and screw it up…

    they are acting like revengeful teenagers…striking out at everything…PDT is like the Dad they hate…

    they can never be entrusted with anything that requires any maturity at any level ever again…

    …especially now…because they have handed their party over to the real lunatics…the crazies in the streets and those lashing out behind bandanas and masks…carrying mace to spray into innocent women’s eyes…the dims in government are now hostage to the insanity of the lunatic fringe and are afraid to make a move to offend them for fear the crazies will primary them…

    so the Dims just sink lower and lower into absurdity…

    women and girls getting raped on a regular basis…but the Dumb Dims are too pre-occupied with Russia, Russia, Russia to even notice…and protecting the illegals that rape the girls to even stop to think that they should be protecting the women…

    oh well, they will just talk about women…that should be enough…they think..

    the Dumb Dims have lost their presence of mind…they cannot be trusted to run our country…frankly I do not even see how they moderate their party again in what remains of a baby boomer’s life…

    they have jumped the shark…


    if anyone saw any clips of Hillary it is so obvious she is going to try to milk this “women is victim” thing as long as she can…

    She has become very annoying…just go away

  54. Morris believes Schumer is responding to pressure from special interests within the party, like radical feminists and labor unions when he vows to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination.
    I have to agree with this.

    I can’t think of any other reason why Schumer would even consider something as stupid as a filibuster.

  55. Zito makes it clear that Trump supporters are still Trump supporters. As long as that doesn’t change, Trump wins.
    Yes, we’re still Trump supporters. But many of us are willing to admit that the health care bill was a humiliating fuckup.

    We don’t think it’s fatal. We agree with Newt that Trump can learn from the experience, and go on to great success.

    We have no patience for the never-Trumpers.

    But neither do we agree with the “always-Trumpers”, who insist on turning every Trumpian lemon into lemonade.

    The man makes mistakes. Pretending otherwise doesn’t help him, or us.

  56. Charmian Neary Retweeted EMPIRE REPORT 34m34 minutes ago

    Good to know City Employees will be thieves and rapists and wife abusers.



  57. I have been noticing that Trump has slimmed down some and is looking healthier than when he started his presidential run. He used to look like a heart attack waiting to happen, despite all the glowing doctors reports. I hope that is a good sign of things to come. I suspect he thrives on the controversy and this whole thing has been just the kind of challenge he needed. That being said, he is facing overwhelming odds on multiple fronts, so he will need to pick his fights and fight like hell. He has been relatively quiet since the healthcare setback, but I would not be so foolish as the left to be emboldened. They should be afraid. Very afraid. Trump is still rising.

    The continued degeneration of the dimocrats is apparent as Schumers verbal assault on a woman for supporting Trump. That is about the mentality of the party. I wonder if their reorganization will include Linda Sasour. Has BO returned from his bender yet?

  58. But many of us are willing to admit that the health care bill was a humiliating fuckup
    I do not agree that it was a humiliating fuck up for Trump.

    For Ryan yes, but not for Trump.

    I see three consequences favorable to his agenda

    First, he avoided getting shackled to a bad bill, written by insurance companies, which left 24mm uninsured.

    Second, it neutered his main congressional opponent, RINO Ryan

    Third, it proved to Republicans that if they do not hang together, they will hang separately

    That is important for the battles that lie ahead.

  59. Lu, I read today that he has been travelling to other countries for weeks, without family, and is now to stay for a month at a hidden away resort in Tahiti. Tahiti has no extradition rules with the U.S. Coincidence, maybe. Interesting, definitely lol Maybe the latest news from the Trump surveillance is that he’s coming for Obama lol

  60. Burr added that he and Warner “work hand in hand on this, and contrary to maybe popular belief, we’re partners to see that this is completed and that we’ve got a product at the end of the day that we can have bipartisanship in supporting.”

    Warner said that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal is “a weaker United Sates, weaker economically, weaker globally, and that should be a concern to all Americans, regardless of party affiliation.”

    “Some of the techniques that Russia used in this election, as we find more and more, I think would send a chill down anyone who believes in a democratic process in this country or around the world,” he added. “…I know that the patriots that work in the intelligence community want us, as well, to go wherever the facts lead.
    Incompetent, irrelevant and immaterial.

    I am far more concerned with the enemy within.

    Patriots who work in the intelligence community?

    Who is he talking about? Brennan? Clapper?? Morrell??? Liars yes. Patriots hardly.

    Russian techniques send chill down our back?

    In the grand scheme of things, that is the least of my worries.

    They spy on us, we spy on them, bfd.

    These McCarthyites should be run out of Washington.

    Their paranoia impedes the governing process.

    Burr is a complete asshole, IMHO.

  61. Ask yourself who does more harm to this country:

    Putin or Soros.

    Then why is it that Burr is not having chills down his back over Soros.

    Could it possibly be that Soros is one of his political contributors?

  62. Lots of good links and comments on this here post by the Admin. Wbboei made me laugh, as did the Admin.

    Evelyn Farkas is an interesting development that I wish to read more about. Also, I agree that Comey needs to go, but I want him to be held accountable for his lying, not just his riding off into the sunset.

    President #MAGA Trump is right about Obamacare. It will fail under its on weight. Paul Ryan should be pressured out of his position as Speaker of the House.

    One question: is it also possible that Ryan did not want to see his version of Obamacare pass, or am I giving him credit that he does not deserve? I ask this because now Obamacare can die an undignified death, and the Republicans can justifiably blame the Democrats for it, and then fashion a new Healthcare law that steers clear of the pitfalls of its predecessor.

  63. A couple thoughts this morning, before I get back to work.

    First, that Farkas interview on MSNBC is very important. It proves to the country that not only the intelligence community, but the Obama Administration itself was in fact spying on Trump. In other words, it provided the nexus between the spying and the campaign which Comey, for reasons of his own was keen to cover up, partly because his own agency was doing the exact same thing through Attorney General Lynch. Now that it is out there, Comey has no place to hide.

    Second, during the Soviet era I was a hard liner, in the Truman Jackson school. Today, Russia is a shadow of its former self with a third world economy, heavy reliance on oil, and aging nuclear weapons. Moreover, while there are apparently some ties to between Russia and both political parties, the predominant relationship has been between the democrats in general and Hillary in particular and the best evidence of that is the pay to play activities of the Clinton foundation, Putin’s contributions to same, and Putins receipt from Hillary of 20% of our uranium supply which big media cares nothing about because it does not fit their warped narrative.

    The deep state wants us to believe that Russia is the ignitus fautues and spoiler of our democracy when in fact the deep state which is deeply connected to Soros is the real culprit in undermining our democracy through intimidation, violence, voter fraud etc, which again big media whose members sit on Soros boards choose to ignore. Two things are true about Russia. One is they are intensely nationalistic, and therefore resistant to the one world dreams of our own elites epitomized by the late great Rockafeller who was in his own inimitable way a destroyer of worlds, and of humanity. The other is that Russia has become a devout Christian nation according to very credible sources, who contrast this to the culture of death which has emerged in the west under the dominance of the radical left which has completed its march through the institutions that began after world war II with the emigration of the Frankfurt school to these shores.

  64. nomobama
    March 30, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    It does seem that Russia has become the torch bearer for unapologetic Christianity.
    Who would have thunk that 30 years ago 😄
    You can’t do anything unapologetically in the US anymore.

  65. way way OT…a little slice of life story…

    I don’t know about anyone else here but from time to time I need a break from all the negativity that is going on with our politicians…

    …the dims and their wild goose chase with Russia which conveniently allows them to be distracted from doing anything worthwhile for the american people

    …just today i heard mccain has said he will close down the govt if he doesn’t get more money for the military…etc, etc

    so much insanity and waste of prescious time…to essentially accomplish nothing…

    SO…at times like that HGTV & TCM have come in handy to escape to…

    a couple of months ago I caught the DIY bug and painted all my kitchen cabinets…

    in the gaze of that relative success and some ‘HGTV alternative reality universe’ I decided I would do my own backsplash

    …and after many visits to many tile places and internet searches…and after changing my mind quite a few times… I decided on the tile, listellos and accents and bit the bullet

    of course for others with more knowledge than idealistic me, you know that tiles have to actually be CUT to finish such a project…

    …and I am here today to happily conclude that…drum roll…little ole me learned how to use a WET SAW…and cut all my own tiles and finished the project…

    now that might not sound like a big deal to you pros out there…however for me it was…and frankly i found out it really wasn’t that big of a deal…but i had to learn that from experience

    the moral to this story…meet your fears head on and never underestimate what you are capable of…

    and also…you can save hundreds of dollars when you take on this kind of challenge and complete it yourself…


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