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We now have a “Trump Doctrine”. The “Trump Doctrine” has a flag.


The Trump Doctrine

The “Trump Doctrine” is 21st century Teddy Roosevelt. It is a doctrine fully compatible with “America First”.

Contrary to the misinformation from some websites and Big Media outlets, President Trump’s latest after dinner activities – as noted in an update to our previous article, is not President Trump fallen prey to the “swamp” or a born again neo-con. Some even dare suggest that President Trump has abandoned his previously stated admonishments against America “nation building” foreign nations or abandoning his pledge to be the President of the United States, not the world. That is doltish and stupid analysis.

President Trump wants his focus to remain “jobs, jobs, jobs”. But this does not mean that when challenged by jackals across the sea (or domestically for that matter) President Trump will take blows upside the head without a forceful response. This lion will not just roar, this lion will bite.

Echoing our immediate reaction to President Trump’s clear-headed, forceful, limited, calculated, response to this test of his new administration The Telegraph made clear that President Trump sent a world-wide message to enemies foreign and domestic:

‘Decisive’ Trump uses missile strikes to show Syria and the world there’s a new sheriff in town

For Donald Trump the decision to launch cruise missiles at a Syrian regime air base was a carpe diem moment. One that allowed him to seize on immediate opportunities.

First of all, it broke with Barack Obama’s policy towards Damascus, re-establishing the “red line” his predecessor had allowed the Assad regime to cross. [snip]

Faced with a similar situation, Mr Trump used the crises to prove to Syria, America and the world that there is a new sheriff in town.

And it could not have come at a more opportune moment.

Mr Trump was today holding a high stakes summit with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president. At the top of the agenda was North Korea’s growing nuclear ambitions, with Mr Trump wanting to push a hesitant Beijing into punishing Pyongyang. [snip]

With this Trump put the Assad regime on notice, and sent warnings to the Putin, Jinping and Kim Jong-Un regimes too,” Gen Allen added. [snip]

In choosing to strike only this target, Mr Trump sent a clear message that this was a punitive response to the chemical attack; and not an effort to remove Assad. [snip]

Qusai Zakaria is a Syrian opposition activist who survived the chemical weapons attack in Moadamiya, Damascus in 2013. I was speaking to him by phone when he found out that the US had launched the strikes.

Oh my dear God. Oh my God. Thank you so much!” he said, over and over, overwhelmed and overjoyed. “I am going to name my son Donald, if I have one. This man is a hero. He has balls.

It was a world-wide warning to enemies foreign and domestic not to tread on Trump. As the Telegraph further notes, we are not the only ones that understand that this was a test of the new Trump administration by jackals:

Mr Zakarya said he believed that the chemical attack in Idlib had been part of a new regime push on the province that has become one of the last remaining rebel bastions in Syria.

He said in the days leading up to the attack, the regime had dropped some chlorine gas bombs in the area. “They were testing the waters,” he said.

“These were small attacks but they wanted to see how the Trump administration reacted.”

When Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, said last week that the Syrian people should be left to decide whether to keep Assad, Mr Zakaria said, the regime took that to mean that the US didn’t care. [snip]

After years of inaction, and perceived American disinterest in the carnage that has seen more than 400,000 people killed in Syria, these strikes will change that, Mr Zakarya believed.

“This is will give Syrian people hope. It’s all about hope,” he said. It’s a new era that shows that America will actually do something. It shows there are real red lines in Syria.”

President Trump will not be gulled into a Syrian swamp. President Trump drains swamps.

Even Trump hating Bloomberg News understood that President Trump has a don’t-tread-on-me doctrine:

Trump’s Syria Strike Sends Not-So-Subtle Warning to U.S. Rivals

President Donald Trump’s decision to strike Syria sent a powerful message around the world — one that could be read very differently in Moscow, Pyongyang and Beijing.

For Russia, it may finally put to rest expectations from the 2016 campaign that Trump will pursue closer ties with President Vladimir Putin, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

For North Korea, it was a warning the U.S. is willing to act unilaterally.

And for China, whose leader Xi Jinping was dining with Trump right before the missiles took flight, the attack was a potent sign of the new American president’s unpredictability.

Notice how Bloomberg News shifts their earlier narrative to one that somehow it is a failure for President Trump that he will now not be able to “pursue closer ties with President Vladimir Putin”. It’s a shift in the Big Media narrative that we applauded Ann Althouse for noticing. John Hinderaker at Powerline notices the very same narrative shift by Big Media:

THE NEW YORK TIMES WORRIES ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA

That was then: Donald Trump is a tool of Russia, our mortal enemy. (As of when? Some time after 2012, when the 1980s wanted their foreign policy back.) Trump had business dealings in Russia, has spoken favorably of Vladimir Putin, the Russian regime wanted him elected president, his policies are pro-Russia, his aides probably colluded with Russian spies to steal the election by breaking into Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s email account (or something).

This is now: Syria Strike Puts U.S. Relationship With Russia at Risk.

We recall the comedy from 2015 and even late 2016 that proclaimed Donald J. Trump a “Hillary plant”. In July of 2015 we responded:

Before Hillary said “Basta” to Trump at a gathering of the pro-illegal immigration La Raza an amazing line of attack had been developed by Republican opponents of Donald Trump.

That comic line of attack? The charge from a GOP Rep: Trump might be a Democratic plant to help Hillary. So, who are the “crazies”? The “crazies” are those who think Trump is anyone’s plant: [snip]

Trump’s recent blistering attacks against Hillary proved how amusing this “plant” theory is. But any tool will be used to bring down Trump’s challenge.

Such is the desperation among certain GOP candidates that they want to believe that Trump is a plant.

Eventually, Trump’s pounding of Hillary in debates and in his massive rallies convinced many Americans, but not the lurid NeverTrump loons, that Donald J. Trump wanted to become President and that he was not running to somehow help Hillary. The NeverTrump dolts, with their constant declarations that Trump was a sure loser in November 2016, never let go of their “Hillary plant” craziness and even unto election night they screamed from their swamps that Trump was a “Hillary plant”.

The “Hillary plant” crackpottery promulgated by the NeverTrump GOP establishment and assorted idiotic GOP websites planted an idea in the left wing hemisphere of the political world.

The left wing loons and DailyKooks grafted a new entity onto the “plant” theory. In their minds Donald J. Trump, President-elect Donald J. Trump, then President Donald J. Trump was – ta da – a “Putin plant”.

As we wrote in our previous article, the “Putin plant” theory has taken a lot of blows lately. Leftists Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone and Noam Chomsky have both mocked the “Putin plant” articles regularly harvested in left wing websites and Big Media outlets.

But the biggest explosive devices to demolish the “Putin plant” theory are the ones launched by President Trump against Syria/Russia while he dined with the Chinese President.

Yup, the Trump is a “Putin plant” theory has gone up in smoke on a Syrian airfield. Big Media will now try to sell the narrative that President Trump threatens war with Putin.

Big Media and doltish websites were wrong when they declared Trump to be a “Putin plant”. Big Media and the running dogs of the left are equally wrong when they sell the notion that President Trump risks war with Russia. As we wrote previously, the recent Muslim terrorist attack on Russia has awakened Russia to the Muslim threat within their own borders. Vladimir Putin might be unhappy that President Trump has exposed the soft underbelly of Russia in Syria. But Vladimir Putin understands that he has bigger fish to fry when Muslim terrorist bombs are going off in his homeland.

Of course, no logic will persuade the DailyKook left that President Trump is anything but a faithful or faithless “Putin plant”. Because of this, the totalitarian left now rejoices that at last they have President Trump right were they want him and that once again – and this time it is for real, “it’s over for Trump”.

For the left, President Trump is about to go down like a harlot at an all night road house. Yes, from “Hillary plant” to “Putin plant” to “Putin pictures” President Trump is about to be framed by naked pictures.

The “logic” of these poxed heads is that now that President Trump has Tomahawked Putin, Putin will release the naked Trump pictures. That’s right. President Putin who the left claims placed President Trump in the White House, only to be betrayed by President Trump as he chowed down with President Xi, will now take his revenge on President Trump and release all the blackmail materials and naked pictures. We can’t wait. We want to see those non-existent pictures.

The naked Trump pictures will show President Trump with two massive brass balls. President Trump’s enemies, foreign and domestic, will be impressed, and jealous.

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  1. http://freebeacon.com/columns/trump-delivering-voters/

    Trump Is Delivering for His Voters
    Column: And Washington doesn’t seem to care

    The imminent confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court highlights the divergence between the state of the Trump presidency and official Washington’s assessment of it. If you were to judge by the news coming from the television in my office, your inescapable conclusion would be that the Trump administration is a disaster, that the president lacks any achievement, that collusion with Russia put him in the Oval Office and the FBI is on the verge of throwing him out. But you could easily tell another and quite different story from the president’s daily schedule and the available empirical evidence: Trump is presiding over a surging U.S. economy, fulfilling promises made on the campaign trail, and rolling back the burdensome regulatory legacy of his predecessor. [snip]

    What I am saying is that a Trump voter would have very little reason to be disappointed in this presidency so far. The negative poll numbers are in part a response to Washington’s unrelenting hostility to Trump. And his greatest misstep, the failure of his health care bill, was largely a consequence of him deciding for once to play by Washington’s rules. On those matters under his direct control, the president has delivered.

    Above all, Trump pledged to be a jobs president, to restore growth and opportunity and ultimately to improve the standard of living of working people. While the relationship between any presidency and the infinite economic interactions of 6 billion people is tenuous at best, no one can argue that President Trump has slowed America’s economic recovery. On the contrary, his election coincided with a burst of economic activity and investor and consumer confidence: the Trump Trade that continues to this day. Last weekend’s Wall Street Journal carried on its front page a remarkable graph showing the liftoff, even accounting for the recent small drop, of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since last November. The market seems to have been elated at the prospect of a business-friendly president who would not cede authority to unelected and capricious regulatory bodies. Consumers and small businesses and manufacturers feel the same.

    The jobs picture is also pleasing. In February the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent. The latest ADP survey showed a higher-than-expected 263,000 jobs added in March, continuing the record begun under President Obama. [snip] What we can say is that Trump’s ascent has inspired confidence and perhaps even some of those animal spirits thought to be the source of economic activity. Good start.

    The Trump voter outraged at more than a decade of unchecked illegal immigration would also be happy at the news that border apprehensions have fallen some 60 percent since the president took office. Trump’s presence in the White House, his plans for a border wall, and his policies against sanctuary cities and visa abuse appear to have had a deterrent effect on illegal immigration. The stories of illegal immigrants bypassing America for Canada suggest as much. Whether or not the revised travel ban survives court challenges, as it should, Trump has let it be known that he will govern by the principle that there is no universal right to enter the United States. This is a victory for those who believe in the reality and necessity of borders.

    Other pledges have been kept. The Trans-Pacific Partnership was scuttled, the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines approved, ISIS on its way to the dustbin of history. Most important has been Gorsuch, selected from a list of conservative jurists, whose confirmation by a simple majority will make it easier for Trump to select another originalist when the next seat opens on the Court.

    Only the Associated Press seems to have noticed the steady and dramatic reshaping of the federal bureaucracy under Trump. “From abortion to energy to climate change and personal investments, Trump is keeping his promises in methodically overturning regulations and policies adopted when Barack Obama was president,” Darlene Superville observed not long ago. Trump has initiated a rollback of the Clean Power Plan, by which the Obama administration hoped to destroy the coal industry, as well as the Waters of the U.S. rule, an EPA power grab. He has lifted moratoriums on energy development in federal lands and instructed the EPA to review its strict fuel efficiency standards for autos. He has delayed a regulation that would have caused widespread disruption in the financial industry, the so-called Fiduciary Rule. He has reinstated the ban on taxpayer funding for international organizations that support abortions, has revoked a last-minute Obama rule forbidding states from defunding Planned Parenthood.

    All of these things will affect Americans more directly than the news that GRU agents thought Carter Page too stupid to spy for Mother Russia. Yet the cable channels, the print and electronic media, the professional political class of which I am a member seem utterly transfixed by the Russia story, by Rep. Devin Nunes, by Susan Rice, by Jared and Ivanka and Bannon and Conway, by where Melania is living, by the latest silly thing Trump said or did, by the arcane minutiae of House negotiations and bureaucratic sniping. Interesting sideshows, every one, but the disconnect between what I am reading and seeing and what Trump seems actually to be doing is vast.

    Makes me wonder if Washington is repeating its mistake during the campaign, when its obsession with Trump’s personality, with the drama and flamboyance and nuttiness of his circle, with his failure to live up to the standards of the Beltway, misled it into believing he had no chance, his goose was cooked, the jig was up, hello Madame President. Might it be possible that the hyperventilation and paranoia that seized the imaginations of so many when Trump became the Republican frontrunner never really went away, that he is doing about as well as one would expect from a political neophyte who has never held elective office? Behind the flurry of zany headlines and interviews and leaks and legislative foolishness is a president implementing his agenda and an America chugging along. My advice: Do not miss the forest for the tweets.

  2. Trump hater Matt Lewis:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/07/trump-screws-up-glitz-racks-up-wins.html

    Don’t Get Fooled, Trump Is Winning
    While the focus is on a few high-profile losses and messes, the president is quietly, steadily racking up big wins.

    They don’t hold Rose Garden signing ceremonies when a governmental regulation is repealed. But if they did, Donald Trump’s still-nascent presidency would be getting a lot more respect.

    While the media focuses on sexy topics—Russian spy intrigue, botched Muslim bans, White House palace intrigue, emerging foreign policy challenges, and the health care bill’s collapse—Team Trump has been quietly rolling back job-killing regulations and appointing a boring (by design), yet highly competent, Supreme Court Justice who almost certainly will be confirmed on Friday.

    Despite evidence to the contrary, President Trump is making changes in his first 100 days that will affect America for decades to come. [snip]

    Of course, the most obvious evidence that Trump is changing the future is the Neil Gorsuch nomination. Supreme Court Justices are given a lifetime appointment, so it’s hard to overemphasize the potential impact of confirming a young nominee who shares your worldview. But this could be just the beginning. Rumors swirling about the possibility that Justice Anthony Kennedy might soon announce his retirement serve as a reminder that Trump could dramatically shift the balance of the Supreme Court for decades. [snip]

    The rap on Trump is that he gets media buzz and attention but doesn’t do the work. But what if the story of his early administration is quite the opposite? While the media has focused on the shiny objects—the scandals and legislative failures—they have all but ignored the fact that the Trump administration has been quietly changing America. Whether by design—or by coincidence—Trump’s gains have been overshadowed by the chaotic, the urgent and the interesting.

    In a world that fetishizes positive action and putting points on the board, there’s endless breathless play-by-play for a game where the trash-talking, flashy quarterback is sacked repeatedly. Meanwhile, the real action is taking place under the radar, where the team is assembling an impressive roster of defensive linebackers who can handle blocking and tackling in the trenches for years to come.

    Although this stands in sharp contrast to Trump’s action-oriented rhetoric, it doesn’t lessen the fact that, slowly but surely, he is moving the country in a more conservative direction. There’s no telling how many federal judges, never mind Supreme Court Justices, he might appoint. There’s no telling how many bureaucratic regulations he might repeal.

    Most political change is incremental. The greatest trick Donald Trump ever pulled was convincing the world that his presidency was floundering.

  3. Admin,

    I have been looking all over and nowhere is there such a spot on analysis of current events, like there is here. And yes, Trump is a chest thumping, brawling, fighter but most dangerous when he is quiet. Don’t Fuck With Trump.

  4. President Trump dining with President Xi as he tomahawks Syria and puts the world on notice, reminds me of Michael Corleone at his Godson’s christening as he takes out his enemies.

  5. I have been looking all over and nowhere is there such a spot on analysis of current events, like there is here.
    ——
    Agreed. This is a remarkable forum. We’re lucky to have it.

  6. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
    Mark Twain

    Stole it… not in reference to above post by Admin, just found it, as always with Twain, ever so true.

  7. Admin.–another excellent article.

    You have explained to the millions who do not understand what the strategy is here.

    In addition you have shown how big media always manages to get it wrong, sometimes through sheer in competence, but often because they are wedded to a narrative that is brittle and cannot take account of current events much less future ones, and they are further handicapped by the fact that their arrogance and belief in their own intellectual superiority which is proven wrong every time, prevents them from understanding thatthey are dealing with a different kind of critter now than the political class they have controlled and played with over the years like a malignant child pulling the wings of flies, for the sheer amusement. They are dealing with a cold blooded adversary who will make them cut off their own heads, and he will put them on a stick. That is one of the things that must be done, the other being get rid of Comey.

  8. Perhaps it is even worse than I assumed.

    How do you go from Trump is in Putin’s hip pocket to Trump is jeopardizing our relations with Russia?

    Makes you wonder if big media, in addition to having an unrealistic narrative, and a penchant for perjury isn’t more than a little bi-polar?

    In a court of law, one of the main tools for impeaching the credibility of a witness is by showing that in the past they said X, and now, in court, they are saying not X.

    If the facts change, the witness has some wiggle room, whereas here they have not.

    The only plausible conclusion is that they are opportunistic liars, and only a fool would believe what they say.

  9. Foxy,

    My link originally went to FB but then they pulled it down, check. Ack. Surely there is some kind of protest we can do?

  10. Admin, you are the best. God bless you. I think I echo the common sentiment around here when I say, we look to you to help fit the puzzle pieces together.

    Thank you. Gracias. Merci. And, spasibo.

    Big hugs.

  11. Whenever Bill Maher says something, it drips with bias, ignorance and peudo sophistication.

    Yet big media continues to publish what this ignorant son of a bitch “thinks”.

    And even if they do not ask, he tells us, even though it is not worth listening to.

    Bill Maher is what they used to call A Village Idiot.

  12. Excellent articulation of what is really happening! I admire ADMIN here for taking the conversation where it needs to go versus one day one thing and then next day if Trump does something then changing the “narrative” to make it okay! Reading another blog Lord God Almighty the owner is about as grotesque as they come on wishy washy “lets fit the narrative” into what Trump chooses to do

    Sane analysis since 2008 is what I have seen here!

  13. The Sweden truck attack could have been much worse. There was a bomb in the truck that did not go off:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/sweden-has-been-attacked-truck-crashes-into-stockholm-store-killing-4/2017/04/08/bd58de7c-1c3e-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

    The police did not give any details about the man. But the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported that he is a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan, and is a supporter of the Islamic State. Sweden’s prime minister said on Friday that the attack was “an act of terrorism,” though officials have not commented on an exact motive. [snip]

    SVT also reported that there was a homemade explosive device discovered in the mangled wreckage of the truck, which was towed overnight from the upscale shopping district that on Friday afternoon became a scene of carnage.

    With the attack, which also injured 15 others, Stockholm joined a growing list of major European cities where vehicle have been turned into weapons over the past year, including Nice, Berlin and London.

    Where are all the people that laughed at President Trump when he referenced a report on the Muslim destruction of Sweden now? Trump vindicated.

  14. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/ethiopian-child-migrants-confess-real-ages-denied-entry-britain/

    UK Entry Denied – Ethiopian ‘Child Migrants’ Confess to Real Ages

    A group of Ethiopian migrants claiming to have been between 14 – 17 years old in order to boost their chances of asylum in the United Kingdom have switched their stories on deciding to remain in France – revealing to authorities that almost all are over the age of 18, with many in their mid to late twenties.

    Having spent the winter at a migrant reception center in the Mediterranean coastal town of Saintes-Maries-de-la Mer, the group – realizing that the UK was no longer an option – collectively approached authorities with their decision to apply for asylum in France, coming clean on their ages.

    Pretty Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer was selected to house one of France’s 450 migrant reception centers and received a contingent of migrants from the Calais ‘jungle’ last autumn. An estimated 10,000 migrants had inhabited the squalid encampment, located outside the northern port city of Calais, making nightly attempts to reach the UK by climbing onto trucks, into shipping containers and even on foot via the Channel Tunnel.

    Of the 68 ‘unaccompanied minors’ to arrive at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer from Calais, 16 succeeded in obtaining permission to enter the UK, a small number absconded and the rest have since decided to remain permanently in France.

    Tensions were high in December when a number of the group reacted violently to the news that they would not be accepted into the UK, threatening to cut the throat of an interpreter and trashing the center’s dining hall according to a political party communiqué circulated at the time.

    During the same episode, two women visiting from the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) were forced to lock themselves in an office in fear of their lives and some twenty police were required to restore order, France Bleu radio reported.

    Aside from this event, it appears that the migrants benefited from their stay in the touristic Mediterranean town, partaking in various activities provided by the center and its volunteers, from art and cooking classes to sports, musical events and day trips around the region. The center closed its doors late last week, with the 46 remaining migrants being sent to several other locations in the region including the cities of Nîmes and Montpellier, where they will reside whilst their asylum applications are being assessed. [snip]

    Speaking to local radio, a 26 year old member of the group explained that they had been told in Calais that the chances for admission to the UK would be greater if they could qualify as minors. Now having decided to stay in France, it was no longer necessary to lie about their ages, the young man explained.

    The story highlights the ideological bent of the mainstream media in their reporting of ‘unaccompanied minors’ seeking asylum in European countries, as they hold steadfast to claims by certain NGOs and open borders activists that such migrants are underage when physical evidence often shows them to be full grown men, sometimes well into their twenties, thirties and beyond.

    Brexit saves the day.

    President Trump is correct about “extreme vetting”.

  15. Clearly in empirical terms, nothing that Trump in his first month in office has done seems to have justified calls for violence against his person or his removal from office. What then accounts for the unprecedented venom?

    1) As we saw from his recent free-wheeling press conference, Trump’s loud, take-no-prisoners style is certainly anti-Washington, anti-media, anti-elite, and anti-liberal. He often unsettles reporters with bombast and invective, when most are accustomed to dealing with career politicians or fellow liberal officeholders who share their same beliefs. As part of Trump’s art-of-the-deal tactics, he often blusters, rails, and asks for three times what he might eventually settle for, on the expectation that critics of his style will be soon silenced by the undeniable upside of his eventual achievements. This is a long-term strategy that in the short term allows journalists to fault the present means rather than the future ends. Trump’s unconventional bluster, not his record so far, fuels the animosity of elites who seek to delegitimize him and fear that their reputations and careers can be rendered irrelevant by his roughshod populism. He also has reminded the country that some of the mainstream media and Washington–New York elite are often mediocre and boring.

    2) The Democratic party has been absorbed by its left wing and is beginning to resemble the impotent British Labour party. Certainly it no longer is a national party. Mostly it’s a local and municipal coastal force, galvanized to promote a race and gender agenda and opposed to conservatism yet without a pragmatic alternative vision. Its dilemma is largely due to the personal success but presidential failure of Barack Obama, who moved the party leftward and yet bequeathed an electoral matrix that will deprive future national candidates of swing-state constituencies without compensating for that downside with massive minority turnouts, which were unique to Obama’s candidacy. The Democratic party bites its tail in endless paroxysms of electoral frustration — given that the medicine of broadening support to win back the white poor and working classes is deemed worse than the disease of losing the state governorships and legislatures, the Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court.

    3) Usually conservative pundits and journalists would push back against this extraordinary effort to delegitimize a Republican president. But due to a year of Never Trump politicking and opposition, and Trump’s own in-your-face, unorthodox style and grating temperament, hundreds of Republican intellectuals and journalists, former officeholders and current politicians — who shared a common belief that Trump had no chance of winning and thus could be safely written off — find themselves without influence in either the White House or indeed in their own party, over 90 percent of which voted for Trump. In other words, the Right ruling class is still in a civil war of sorts. It is no accident that many of those calling for his resignation or removal are frustrated that, for the first time in a generation, they will have no influence in a Republican administration or indeed among most Republicans. For some, the best pathway to redemption is apparently to criticize Trump to such an extent that their prior prophecies of his preordained failure in the election will be partially redeemed by an imploding presidency. It is no accident that many of those calling for his resignation or removal are frustrated that, for the first time in a generation, they will have no influence in a Republican administration or indeed among most Republicans. Yet, in private, they accept that Trump’s actual appointments, executive orders, and announced policies are mostly orthodox conservative — a fact that was supposed to have been impossible.

    4) Since 2000, what might have been seen as irrational and abnormal has become institutionalized and commonplace: record U.S. debt approaching $20 trillion, chronic trade deficits, an often destructive globalization, Hoover-era anemic economic growth, polarizing racial identity politics, open borders, steady growth in the size of government, sanctuary cities, unmet NATO obligations abroad, crumbling faith that the European Union is sustainable and democratic, and a gradual symbiosis between the two parties, both of which ignored the working classes as either demographically doomed or as a spent force of deplorables and irredeemables (or both). Trump’s efforts to return politics to the center — enforce existing laws, complete previously approved projects, rein in government regulations and growth, recalibrate U.S. alliances to reflect current realities, unapologetically side with friends and punish enemies — were viewed as revolutionary rather than as a return to conventionality, in part because they threatened status quo careers and commerce. Trumpism is more or less akin to the Gingrich-Clinton compromises of the early 1990s or to what Reagan often did rather than what he sometimes said. But what was then bipartisan and centrist today appears revolutionary and nihilistic. For now, chic Trump hatred and sick talks of coups — or worse — hinge on economic growth. If Trump’s agenda hits 3 percent GDP growth or above by 2018, then his critics — progressive shock troops, Democratic grandees, mainstream media, Never Trump Republicans — will either shift strategies or face prolonged irrelevance. But for now, ending Trump one way or another is apparently the tortured pathway his critics are taking to exit their self-created labyrinth of irrelevance.

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445091/never-trumpers-subvert-presidency-talk-coup-impeachment-assassination

  16. The totalitarian left in full bloom of crazy:

    They can’t decide between naked Trump pictures or this twisted chain of crazy.

  17. I have not had a chance to read this post yet and will as soon as I get back from the tile place…

    however I think the clip Venus posted of the Syrian man on CNN should be reposted here for those that may have missed it…

    very powerful, thanks Venus…(Hillary should just go away…do something positive, stop reminding us why you are so unlikable)

    Venus

    April 7, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    an amazing fail by CNN –obviously thought a Syrian who survived a chem attack in 2013 would be against Trump and travel ban. Watch until the end –it just gets better and better

  18. @alcina

    omg I thought the same thing. While Michael Corleone was busy at the christening, his lieutenants were busy doing work. That PDT.

  19. McNorman, we think more of Titus Andronicus:

    Murder and rapist made into pies at a lavish dinner. A king’s banquet via Shakespeare. Godfather could learn a thing or two from the Bard.

  20. Senator Bob Casey ‏Verified account @SenBobCasey 5h5 hours ago
    Last week I wrote @POTUS and identified areas where China is cheating on trade: overcapacity, currency manipulation, steel dumping

    Bob has 3 GOP already planning to enter 2018 primary to challenge him next year. Will need tons of money. Spending by the candidates and outside groups in last year’s race between U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh County, and Democrat Katie McGinty totaled about $170 million, the most expensive Senate race in history.

  21. I say if ALL the Left Globalists, which includes all the crazy groups like BLM, all the illegals, Sharia loving monsters, move to California, we give it to them, but revoke any and all Visa’s, they may never return, ever. ..
    Yup, willing to do that.

    Or maybe we just kick them out of California and give them Washington State, that way we keep California, yeah, I like that better.

  22. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-navy-korea-idUSKBN17A0V5

    A U.S. Navy strike group will be moving toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula as a show of force, a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday, as concerns grow about North Korea’s advancing weapons program.

    Earlier this month North Korea tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile which only traveled a fraction of its range.

    The strike group, called Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula, according to the official, who was not authorized to speak to the media and requested anonymity.

    “We feel the increased presence is necessary,” the official said, citing North Korea’s worrisome behavior.



  23. The Trump way or the Obama way??? Even the dimmest understand the import of what President Trump has done:

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/trump-syria-attack-doctrine-foreign-policy-theory-214999

    President Not-Obama
    How Trump’s Syria strike got even some key Obama advisers cheering. [snip]

    He’s proved he’s not Obama—and that’s useful to him,” one former senior Obama official told me, one of many veterans of the previous administration I spoke with Friday who were supportive of Trump’s airstrike on Syria. [snip]

    Many of the most head-snapping comments I heard came from Obama’s own top advisers, who had long pushed him to confront Assad more aggressively and viewed his 2013 refusal to take military action against Syria after drawing a “red line” on chemical weapons use as a major American foreign policy debacle. There’s no love lost for Trump in this group, whose members found themselves in the uncomfortable position of cheering a leader they still both loathe and fear.

    Our administration never would have gotten this done in 48 hours,” one former senior official of the Obama administration told me. “It’s a complete indictment of Obama.”

    I feel like finally we have done the right thing,” Anne-Marie Slaughter, who served as Obama’s first-term chief of policy planning at the State Department and long publicly urged a more forceful response to Assad’s horrific attacks on civilians during the six years of war that have wracked Syria, told me. “The years of hypocrisy just hurt us all. It undermined the U.S., it undermined the world order.

    A “leader” who did what needed to be done within “48 hours”. “It’s a complete indictment of Obama.”

  24. Or maybe we just kick them out of California and give them Washington State, that way we keep California, yeah, I like that better.
    ———
    I don’t.

    By the way, the Mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, has been doing too much virtue signalling lately, with is $15 minimum wage, support for rent control, and his declaration that our city is, and by right ought to be a sanctuary city. Sadly, a coupled days ago, young man came out of the shadows of Murray’s mythical past and told a lurid tale about Hissssssssssssssssonor, suggesting that he is a pedophile, which he of course “vigorously denies”.

    “A new lawsuit accuses Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of child sexual abuse decades ago. Two other men have told The Seattle Times they, too, were abused by Murray as teenagers in the 1980s. The mayor vigorously denies all the accusations.”

    Mayor Murray is running for re election, and tells us he does not care what they say about him as long as they spell his name right. He has hired a democrat polling firm who claims that Seattlites today (not native stock like me, but all these newcomers from the east coast, and California) believe that this is a private matter, therefor his chief strategist is considering turning this into a positive, messaging to read, relect the nation’s first pedophile mayor, and be part of history. Color of Bennetton are on it like stink on shit, and Obama has given his nod of approval, calling it historic.

  25. Yes, this was a strategic move.

    Of all the accolades we are hearing about it now, there is one that really means something.

    Our adversaries are now saying he is unpredictable.

    They mean that as a criticism, but in fact it is a compliment.

    It is hard for the people who mean us harm in the world

    To plan their nefarious strategies

    If they cannot know what the likely response will be

    Therefore, uncertainty coupled with a willingness to strike hard

    Is a deterrent.

    Our enemies knew Obama was the Pillsbury dough boy

    They walked all over him.

    But with Trump they now know that will not work.

  26. This post, plus the previous post, has put my mind at ease with regards to President Trump’s decision to bomb Syria. I have shared both articles on Facebook. Hopefully, the articles from Hillaryis44 will be shared even further throughout Facebook. I have also encouraged people to read this blog. You seem to get it right 99.9% of the time, Admin, and that is superb.

  27. Tony Stark
    April 9, 2017 at 3:02 am
    Add murder to the list of crimes that the DNC may be capable of.
    ————

    Tony, I think you could safely change the last few words as follows:

    “Add murder to the list of crimes that the DNC IS GUILTY OF”

    There has been way too many “coincidences” over the years for me to believe otherwise.

  28. Hillary would have bombed them:

    Before pointing fingers at President Trump, however, it is important to note that just hours before Trump launched missile strikes against Syrian airfield targets it was none other than Hillary Clinton herself who said she would have done the same thing:

    Speaking to the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, Mrs Clinton said she believed the US had been wrong not to have previously launched such an offensive.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-08/confused-leftists-slam-trumpmageddon-despite-hillarys-call-direct-strikes-syrian-air

  29. Trumps actions speak to his management style. He put Assad and Russia in charge, then there was a major fuckup. It does not matter if it was an accident or the rebels did it or anything else. They were responsible and failed. So they got bombed. I do actually have some interactions with his businesses in Palm Beach County and I would have to say that he has run those the same way.

    As a side note, I was out in Palm Beach doing inspections in Trump’s neighborhood on Thursday and Friday. The beach road access was restricted for over a mile from Maralago. No way to march with my picket in there. Maybe another time.

  30. Wbb,

    Sorry I forgot you lived there, that wouldn’t work.. Maybe we give them Oregon, just don’t want to give up California.
    What does it say about us that ” boys” come out of the woodwork to claim they were molested by the Mayor and he’s still running?
    Of course, innocent till proven guilty, anyone could set you up with enough money and inclination.

  31. 4. The Bannon canon

    The N.Y. Times’ Jeremy Peters dives into one of Steve Bannon’s favorite books, “The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy — What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny,” by amateur historians William Strauss and Neil Howe (first published 20 years ago, in 1997):

    Bannon has great admiration for a provocative but disputed theory of history that argues that the United States is nearing a crisis that could be just as disruptive and catastrophic as the most seminal global turning points of the last 250 years. This prophecy … makes the case that world events unfold in predictable cycles of roughly 80 years each.

    In an interview with The Times, Mr. Bannon said, “Everything President Trump is doing — all of it — is to get ahead of or stop any potential crisis.”

    Key passage: “Sometime before the year 2025, America will pass through a great gate in history, one commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II. The risk of catastrophe will be high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule.”

    The book’s key tenets, per Peters:

    “The rhythmic, seasonal nature of history that the authors identify foresees an inevitable period of decay and destruction that will tear down existing social and political institutions.”
    “Western society — particularly American culture — has denied the significance of cyclical patterns in history in favor of the more palatable and self-serving belief that humans are on an inexorable march toward improvement.”
    “The authors envision a return to a more traditional, conservative social order as one outcome of a crisis.”

  32. 5. Trump doctrine: Flexibility

    Syrian refugee children play yesterday at an informal refugee camp, at Al-Marj town in Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. They’re among millions of Syrian refugees scattered across camps and illegal settlements across the region / AP’s Hassan Ammar

    N.Y. Times’ Peter Baker: “To the extent that a Trump Doctrine is emerging, it seems to be this: don’t get roped in by doctrine.”

    AP’s Julie Pace and Vivian Salama in Palm Beach: “Trump would say he’s simply flexible, an emerging foreign policy doctrine that leaves room for evolution and uncertainty.”

    Breaking … On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley tells Chuck Todd re Trump’s decision to strike Syria: “[T]hat was seen successfully around the world. I think it was enough to put Assad on notice. I think that anybody that would attempt to use chemical weapons or do anything to hurt innocent people, at this point, will absolutely think twice. And they should.”

  33. In this article, Richard Fernandez demonstrates the utter irrelevance of big media, and its evil twin the party of Barack Hussein Obama, which will never ever evolve beyond those roots. The Syrian strike is not the end of it militarily or diplomatically, but on that score it does most definitely “re box the compass” as they say in the navy. But sure as God made little green apples, it decimated, obliterated and destroyed the big media narrative. It is not unlike the time when General MacArthurs father grabbed the gidon and led a charge up Missionary ridge, when all seemed lost. Looking back on it in old age he remarked in the 16 minutes it took to do that, the rest of my life was defined. Well, here its not quite that. But it is fair to say that Trump has made monkeys out of his critics and laid to rest the intensive, non stop, shrill, endless, everlasting and eternal evidence free big media narrative that Trump is a stooge of Clinton. Adam Shiff needs to explain himself. On the other hand, who wants to listen to that bug eyed sophist? No one, except for big media.

    THE WRONG PROBLEM

    One of the targets demolished by the cruise missiles was the talking point that Trump was Putin’s slave. In what must be one of the most astounding turnabouts in journalistic history the New York Times warned that the Syria strike puts U.S. relationship with Russia at risk. Suddenly Governor Romney, so recently rehabilitated, is wrong again. He’s joined there by Hillary Clinton whose exhortation to bomb Syrian airfields is reprised by Reuters, though doubtless she will be allowed to exit via the back door.

    Whether intentionally or not Donald Trump has managed to strategically surprise both Vladimir Putin and most US punditry. Suddenly all the problems the commentators worried about turned out to be the wrong ones. Gone is the orange-gutan caricature replaced overnight by a figure at once more mysterious yet also more formidable than the fantasy figure purveyed by the media. Everyone is now scrambling to understand who Trump really is, the one who appeared suddenly in a cloud of smoke. They are hindered by their own talking points. The media was its own worst enemy.

    The strike on Syria kicked over a whole anthill of self-deception. The Washington Times noted that “Syria produced a ‘ridiculously huge amount’ of deadly sarin gas,” according to an internal Defense Department memo. “That stockpile, which Obama aides declared was reduced to zero by summer 2014, is back in the news.” David Nakamura of the Washington Post tweeted H.R. McMaster’s asssurance that the Navy’s missiles very carefully avoided the tanks of sarin gas to avoid collateral damage. This could only be possible if the US knew the location of all the poison the previous administration had already destroyed. In belated acknowledgement of what must now be obvious the “fact-checking website PolitiFact on Wednesday retracted a 2014 article that found it ‘Mostly True’ the Obama administration helped broker a deal that successfully removed ‘100 percent’ of chemical weapons from Syria.”

    None of these someraults necessarily justify Donald Trump. His enemies may still have valid reasons for opposing his policies but it seems clear they’ve had the wrong list of reasons in their hand from the start. Look at the list. Cross off “stooge of Russia”. Pencil in “worry about war with Russia”. Remove “unwilling to oppose Assad”. Insert “may start a new Vietnam”. Erase “nuclear Senate option”, paste in Neil Gorsuch confirmed by Senate as US Supreme Court justice

    As I observed in the last post the Boss fight in Syria is still to come after Raqqa falls. Putin is not out of moves, nor is Assad. Worry whether Putin will respond asymmetrically in Ukraine or in the Baltics or Trump may overreach in Syria. Worry that Congress is giving up its war powers to a usurping executive. But you probably shouldn’t worry about the Republican War on Women, transgender bathrooms or the GOP being a front for the Kremlin.

    https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2017/04/07/the-wrong-problem/

  34. Correction: Trump is a stooge of PUTIN

    I got my narratives mixed up.

    The idea that he was a stooge of Clinton was one of the several narratives fed to big media by the rinos, and of course big media ran with that lie as well.

    One of their objectives, I assume, is to maintain their relevance in an age of technological change by descending into the depths of pure propaganda. Their competitive advantage of competing media was the assumption that they were reliable, and they fact checked closely whatever they printed and were an honest broker. They threw that out the window for the rosier lights of stardom, their talking heads aspiring to be just that. And in the process they have reaped the whirlwind.

  35. Admin: this article and the two others designated by numbers above come from Mike Allen at the website mentioned yesterday, whose mission vision and values statement which I posted for you and others on the blog impressed me. The name of the website is Axios.
    ————–

    1 big thing: Why Washington is broken

    Copyright @ 2017 Cook Political Report

    Charlie Cook and his team at The Cook Political Report are out with eye-popping new data that help show why Congress is frozen — and why happy talk about working together to do big things, whether by optimistic centrists or by people in power who need to put points on the board, is belied by data.

    Key trends — all 20 years in the making, but hardened and in some cases accelerated by the “hyper-polarized” election of 2016 — from the 20th anniversary “Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index,” by David Wasserman and Ally Flinn:

    The decline of crossover districts: Only 35 of the nation’s 435 House districts went for presidential and House candidates of opposite parties, down from 108 in 1996. 23 Republican House members are from districts Hillary carried, and 12 Dems are from districts Trump carried.

    Persistent volatility: 21 House districts that voted for Obama in ’12 switched and went for Trump. 15 went Romney in ’12 but Hillary last year.

    The decline of swing districts: In 1997, voters in 164 of the nation’s 435 House districts were relatively split by party. Now, only 72 districts are in the same range — less than one-sixth of the House.

    Amazing stat: 78% of Democratic-leaning seats got even more Democratic, and 65% of GOP-leaning seats got even more Republican.
    What it means: We are increasingly moving next to people who share our political views — and then following and sharing like-minded news on social media when our doors are closed. This can’t be fixed with better redistricting laws.

    See a chart from Quorum of Dem House members in the top R-trending districts, and GOP House members in the top D-trending districts.

  36. Let me put to rest something which has emerged in the aftermath of the Syrian strike, namely the idea that this was a false flag and Sadat was not responsible. Some democrats have advanced that view, which just goes to show that there is no separation between where Trump hate ends and delusion begins. First, if this were a false flag operation, you can be damned sure the Kremlin would be saying this. Second, Trump is no neocon. Third, the intelligence is so sound that they knew what to hit and what to avoid in order to avoid collateral damage. Obama would wag the dog, Clinton did wag the dog, but that is not something Trump is inclined to do.

  37. Palm Sunday:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4394838/Thirteen-killed-42-wounded-Cairo-church-bombing.html

    Coptic churches are devastated by double ISIS bombers as 43 Christians are killed at two Palm Sunday services in Egypt
    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
    Worshippers celebrating Palm Sunday in Egypt have been targeted by ISIS terrorists with suicide bombs
    At least 27 people have been killed in Tanta while a further dozen were killed in Alexandria earlier today
    ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Tanta and Alexandria at Palm Sunday services
    Three police officers died in Alexandria while preventing the suicide bomber from accessing the church

    At least 43 people have been killed following two suspected suicide bombings at Coptic Christian services,Egypt’s state television reported.

    The first attack struck worshippers at a church in Tanta, outside Cairo. The attack claimed 27 lives and wounded 78. The second blast detonated outside the front doors of a church in Alexandria after three hero police officers prevented a suicide bomber from accessing the building. The three officers were among 16 people who were killed with a further 41 wounded.

    According to General Tarek Atilya: ‘The explosion took place in the front rows, near the altar, during the mass.’

    Witness Nabil Nader said: ‘I heard the blast and came running. I found people torn up… some people, only half of their bodies remained.’

    More than 38 people have died in both attacks with in excess of 100 injuries.

    A second blast happened outside a church in Alexandria killing 11 people and injuring a further 66, Egypt’s health ministry has confirmed.

    Videos and pictures at link.

  38. The reason the elites want war with Russia is because Putin stands in the way of their plan for global dominance, one element of which is the conversion of cash to digitial currency controlled by global elites. (Give me control of a nations money supply and I care not who makes the law—Baron Rothschilde, city of london). This plan was discussed and endorsed in the last Davos meeting, members of big media were present, and they did not report on it. Putin represents not only the projection of national sovereignty against the slave plantation which the globalists have in mind for us, he also stands as a harsh critic of the moral degeneration and decay that plague the west. Lenin called religionn the opiate of the masses, but even the gulag could never extinguish the flame which is not only back, but burning more brightly–again something that big media refuses to acknowledge because they are in bed with the the globalists, 100%, because they believe there is a place on Noah’s arc for them. There is one sentence in Putins Christmas message, posted below, that caught my eye. He says while we will protect minorities in Russia, we will never allow minorities to redefine who we are as a nation. The entire push toward political correctness is a strategy deployed by the globalist which aims beyond the divide and conquer tactic we are familiar with. The strategy of political correctness, coupled with their companion strategy of political correctness financed off the backs of the middle class and a posterity that has no vote, has one single aim: TO ATOMIZE SOCIETY, to break it apart in a million pieces, a global colors revolution is at hand. THIS IS WHY in the palace intrigue inside the White House, the survival of Steve Bannon who is the keeper of the flame of Trump’s campaign promises, vs the son in law who is an organizational genius but a babe in the woods in other ways, Cohn a Wall Street democrat and globalist second to none, etc. is alarming to some of us. But getting back to Putin, the Christianity he speaks of is the Russian Orthadox variant which is not the same and in fact quite different than the Roman Catholic kind. Yet it would be a mistake to question the sincerity of Putin on this point, because the Russian state was midwifed centuries ago by Christianity, and even the Bolsheviks never managed to extinguish that flame.

  39. political correctness + POPULATION DISPLACMENT is their strategy.

    From the humanitarian standpoint, it would be far better to keep the populations displaced by war in their own countries, in safe zones therein, than bringing them over here where they are cut off from their world and forced to sink or swim. In addition, it would be exactly 10 times cheaper when you run the numbers. In other words, for the cost of bringing 100 refugees over here, you could put 1000 refugees in Ritz Carlton hotels in safe zones in their own country.

    But that would not serve the globalist goal of atomizing this society. That is the game. And the do gooders who welcome them here have no inkling of whose agenda they are serving. Big media knows it however, and they approve of it, because they believe they will be survivors.

  40. Correction: it isn ‘t just that big media believes they will be survivors, they are convinced they will be grandees in the NWO.

    On a related point, I see that E.J. Dion, that waste of protoplasm from WashPo has produced a video of Obama’s favorite speeches.

    To paraphrase Lincoln, for idiots who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing those idiots will like.

    To paraphrase Sammy Goldwin, include me out please.

  41. Apart from the candidate himself, the credit for the Gorsuch confirmation goes to McConnell.

    1. He was the one who kept the seat open after Scalia was murdered by the globalists—its true, I just can’t prove it.

    2. He took withering attacks by the dims and their big media allies to appoint leftist Merrill whatshisname oh that’t right Garner, who would have tipped the balance on the court in favor of the globalists, which was the motive behind the “wet works operation’ which is CIA parleyance for assassination of Scalia, as Podesta referred to it in one of the emails of his that wiki leaks had the “audacity of hope” to publish, as you may recall.

    3. He summoned the courage to invoke the nuclear option when Schumer threatened to filibuster the nomination and force Trump to withdraw the nomination and appoint a justice that enjoyed bi partisan support so they could force him to take Garland.

    4. He herded the weak sisters in his own party who made noises that they would not support the nuclear option, and were approached by Schumer who by then realized his error, and promised to release enough democrats to confirm if the weak four voted against the nuclear options. The weakling were, and are Collins, Murkowski, McCain and Corker, but he reigned all of them in, and got the nuclear option passed.

    5. And then he got the Gorsuch confired 55-45.

    But there is an even bigger victory here, and Morris alluded to it the other day. McConnell laid the ground work for the elimination of the filibuster altogether, and that may prove critical if you put any stock in what Charles Cook is saying about the irreconcilable difference between the parties which preclude bi partisan efforts to address the nation’s mounting crises.

    In sum, McConnell did a brilliant job. It was a Superbowl preformance, which like everything else escaped the eagle eye of big media, because they are in the business of censorship.

  42. In one of the videos I posted on Catherine Fitts interview, the moderator, a former member of the CNN stable commented that back in the day, a reporter had three hurdles to overcome before his work would be printed, i.e. did it reflect solid journalistic practices, was in defensible if they were sued and was it fair. He remarked that NONE of those constraints, biases, restrictions, call them what you will apply to big media today. The simply print whatever they find or can invent that conforms to their narrative and censor everything that conflicts with it, thus ensuring that their audience remains ignorant, and brainwashed.

  43. Uh oh.

    The complex attack began on Saturday when Islamic State fighters detonated a vehicle bomb at a base in al-Tanf, a town in southern Syria along the Jordan border used by American special operation forces and Syrian rebels working with the U.S. coalition, the officials said.

    Between 20 and 30 Islamic State fighters, including some with suicide vests, then attacked the base, which is a staging ground and training facility for the U.S.-backed Syrian rebels.

    As the WSJ adds, Coalition forces and Syrian rebels engaged in firefights with the attackers and then called in airstrikes to repel the attack, officials said.

    Luckily, there was no word of any American fatalities in the attack, although next time the US forces on the ground may not be so lucky, and the resulting media storm would prompt a full reappraisal of Trump’s action which by weakening Assad implicitly and directly is boosting the relative strength of the Islamic State.

    The Islamic State attack comes as the U.S. military is deepening its presence in Syria as part of an intensifying campaign to drive the extremist group from its de facto capital in Raqqa. For weeks, the U.S. military has been strengthening its presence along the Jordan-Syria border, according to U.S. and Jordanian officials.

    * * *

    Meanwhile, confirming that the US is not nearly close done bombing Assad, on Sunday the Qatar-owned (the country which at long last hopes to have its gas pipeline cross Syria to Europe) Al Jazeera, reported that Syrian jets have bombed the town of Idlib using White Phosphorus.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-09/isis-attacks-us-led-base-southern-syria-assad-said-use-white-phosphorus

  44. Psst: Lu4PUMA: Trump did not “put Assad and Russia in charge of Syria.” Seriously, JFC that statement alone should cause you enough embarrassment that you’d stop opining on matters of which you know absolutely nothing.

    But I’d wager there isn’t enough self-reflection for that.

    And zerohedge? lol

  45. Analysis by The Moscow Times which jibes with some of what T-Rex said in the video posted by Foxyladi14:

    https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/russia-has-backed-itself-into-a-corner-in-syria-57673

    Russia Has Backed Itself Into a Corner in Syria
    Assad’s use of chemical weapons puts Putin in an awkward situation: Trump or the Syrian Regime

    It seems bizarre that the fortunes of the U.S.-Russia relationship should rise and fall on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. In August 2013, after the horrendous sarin gas attack by the Syrian Army on Eastern Ghouta that killed over 1500 people, President Obama nearly ordered missile strikes in Syria but accepted the offer from President Putin to get Assad’s chemical weapons destroyed under international supervision.

    Now, Moscow and Washington are once again in a standoff over U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for, what appears to be, Assad’s use of chemical weapons on Apr. 4 in the opposition controlled areas of Idlib. The attack killed over 70 people, many of them children.

    It was not supposed to be this way. Fighting ISIS was supposed to be the low-hanging fruit for both the U.S. and Russia to relaunch their relationship under Trump, a president who even exhibited some willingness to work with Assad on fighting terrorism. Just days before the chemical attack both the White House and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson essentially recognized the “political reality of Assad staying” in power. Moscow was looking forward to re-engaging with the U.S. on this area of common interest.

    The chemical attack in Idlib changed everything. It produced a radical shift in Trump’s personal position on Syria and Assad and made military action against the Syrian regime to punish and deter further attacks difficult to avoid. Trump boxed himself in politically by initially blaming “Obama’s weak response” and the decision not to punish Assad’s use of chemical weapons in 2013 with missile strikes.

    Trump had to prove his toughness by launching a military response for a horrendous act by Assad that “crossed many many lines.” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bluntly stated that Russia and Iran bear moral responsibility for the civilian deaths in the attack. Even more ominously, he called upon Russia to reconsider its support for Assad, who would have “no role to govern the Syrian people,” and even opened the door to regime change in Syria through “an international effort.”

    These are all are major reversals of Trump’s declared positions, and a major blow to Moscow’s hopes for reshaping its relationship with Washington. The Kremlin now must find the right strategy to handle this problem. Fortunately, it has a few options it can put on the table next week, when Tillerson meets with Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

    Russia’s initial reaction to the chemical attack was a blanket defense of Assad’s air force: they bombed a rebel chemical weapons factory. Those same rebels then staged videos of children dying of exposure to sarin gas. It was predictably hapless. It was also obvious that Moscow was taken aback by the attack. Russia’s friends in Syria failed to give them the heads up.

    In reacting to Trump’s missile strike on Assad’s air force, Russia leaned heavily on escalatory rhetoric, but its response had little substance. Moscow labeled the strike an act of aggression against a sovereign state, and suspended a military-to-military agreement on avoiding incidents in Syria’s crowded airspace. Overall, the reaction was self defeating. After all, Russia was warned in advance by the United States through this exact agreement.

    It may be that Russia will increase the number of its air defense systems in Syria to make U.S. operations there more difficult, but this will not change much on the ground. Moscow appears to understand that this was a one-off attack to demonstrate the U.S.’s credibility in enforcing vital international norms and projecting an image of U.S. strength to other powers.

    Russia is still sticking to its guns in its blanket defense of the Syrian regime, but this time around Assad may have overplayed his hand. He disrespected Putin by making him look helpless as a guarantor of the chemical weapons deal with Washington or worse, complicit with Assad in cheating on the agreement. He humiliated Putin before Trump by making Putin look weak. It is a slight the Russian leader has never taken lightly.

    There is a sense among the Russian players that Assad was perhaps deliberately trying to scuttle the Astana peace process in which Moscow and Ankara invested much political capital. Assad and Tehran want full military victory, not a power sharing arrangement with defeated rebels. Assad and his Iranian backers never thought much about Astana and were clearly irritated by Russia and Turkey acting like the guys who run the show.

    Putin will wait for Tillerson to assess whether it would be better for Russia to punish Assad in the name of the great game with Trump. Putin’s cards are better now than in 2013 when he was desperate to prevent U.S. airstrikes so as not to appear powerless to stop them. What’s changed from 2013 is that the U.S. no longer has a viable military option against Assad and no appetite to unseat him by force. The strikes were symbolic, not changing much on the ground. This makes Russia’s stake in Syria secure.

    What Moscow should be concerned about is whether Trump will broaden the U.S.’s goals in Syria from the focus on defeating ISIS to a more expansive policy of ending the civil war and ensuring a political settlement. This would be especially concerning for Moscow if Trump does this while simultaneously taking it upon the U.S., through military coercion, to enforce agreements and ceasefires. This would sideline Russia, but we are not there yet.

    Provided the UN’s investigation into the chemical weapons attack puts the blame on Damascus, it would make sense for Putin to play the role of a true humanitarian. One way for him to do that would be to gently punish Assad by grounding his air force. Russia has sufficient air defense power deployed in Syria to do it. There is no more Aleppo for Moscow to take, so why not make Assad somewhat more incentivized for a negotiated settlement by limiting his military options?

    This will, of course, infuriate the Iranians. But they have been running their own show behind Russia’s back. The Trump administration and Israel want Russia to distance itself from Iran and its objectives in Syria. What could be a better way of telling Tillerson that Russia feels U.S. pain on Iran? And for Israel, Russia has just recognized West Jerusalem as its capital, out-trumping Trump.

    Tillerson is going to find out next week whether the only man who can actually tango in Moscow will be in the mood to dance, or not.

    As was noted by us from the very beginning, this Syria strike had more to do with Trump’s position in the world and a message to the world, than about Syria. Once Putin calms down from the schlonging Trump delivered Putin will realize that his best hope to be the powerful leader he yearns to be is to cooperate with Trump.

    Russia is on board with Trump on Israel’s capital in Jerusalem. The main question for Russia is Iran. In our analysis Putin and Russia have much more to gain in the world and in the region by a humiliated Iran. An Iran stripped of influence in the region increases Russian prestige and power (which will be needed to battle the Muslim terrorists in Russia).

    Will Putin calm down and meet with his friend T-Rex and work out a deal? Will Putin calm down and accept the slaps from Boris Johnson and the G7 that are about to come his way? We think so because Putin does not have many cards to play other than cause trouble. President Trump has many cards to play and one of them is Muslim terrorism in Russia.

  46. Godfather and Russia?

    One of our favorite scenes from Godfather is the scene when Godfather Vito Corleone (Brando) tell’s Tom Hagen that “it was Barzini all along”. Godfather has finally unraveled the mystery of who, hidden behind the scenes, coordinated the attacks against him and his crime family.

    Tom Hagen then asks about how to implement a peace agreement to end the war between the various gangs. Hagen wants to know how to enforce certain terms of the agreement. Godfather replies that he should bring up the terms but not make too much of a fuss about enforcement.

    Tom Hagen responds “But won’t that be seen as a sign of weakness???” Godfather wisely replies “It is a sign of weakness.

    That is the position that Putin finds himself in. All that ship movements with belligerent rhetoric is all a mask for a sign of weakness. Putin cannot do much against Trump. Someone should send Putin a copy of Godfather.

    BTW, here is a deleted scene from Godfather with the line “It is a sign of weakness.” The line was deleted from this scene and included in the famous Barzini scene with Hagen and Godfather:

  47. Dear Venus de Milo,

    Your lofty intellect is obviously so far above my understanding that your nasty comments, usually posted more than once… are meaningless. So you can stop pssting yourself any time and come out ahead.

  48. Very sad what those animals did to Christians as we approach Easter and Passover. I really hate how the left is constantly preaching about being more tolerant of certain groups , but never about Christians who are make up most of our country. As a Jew and Zionist, I feel blessed to feel safe here in the US and appreciate the many Christians who support Israel much more than the evil leftist and self-loathing Jews.

  49. lol whatever helps you sleep at night Lu4PUMA

    I was right about the lack of self-reflection. No shame at all claiming Trump put Assad and Russia in charge of Syria; instead goes right into playing the victom of my mean words. /eye roll

  50. Dear Venus de Milo,

    Maybe it will be easier for you to understand if you hear Tillerson say what I said.

  51. This is why the elites want war with Russia. It is why it is the last thing in the world we should want. The rift between nationalists/constitutionalists vs globalists/progressives is real, the battle lines are drawn across the country and even within the Trump administration. It is the battle of armageddon, and the choice is between a free world and a world in chains.

    How To Think About Vladimir Putin

    Vladimir Putin is a powerful ideological symbol and a highly effective ideological litmus test. He is a hero to populist conservatives around the world and anathema to progressives. I don’t want to compare him to our own president, but if you know enough about what a given American thinks of Putin, you can probably tell what he thinks of Donald Trump.

    Let me stress at the outset that this is not going to be a talk about what to think about Putin, which is something you are all capable of making up your minds on, but rather how to think about him. And on this, there is one basic truth to remember, although it is often forgotten. Our globalist leaders may have deprecated sovereignty since the end of the Cold War, but that does not mean it has ceased for an instant to be the primary subject of politics.

    Vladimir Vladimirovich is not the president of a feminist NGO. He is not a transgender-rights activist. He is not an ombudsman appointed by the United Nations to make and deliver slide shows about green energy. He is the elected leader of Russia—a rugged, relatively poor, militarily powerful country that in recent years has been frequently humiliated, robbed, and misled. His job has been to protect his country’s prerogatives and its sovereignty in an international system that seeks to erode sovereignty in general and views Russia’s sovereignty in particular as a threat.

    When Putin took power in the winter of 1999-2000, his country was defenseless. It was bankrupt. It was being carved up by its new kleptocratic elites, in collusion with its old imperial rivals, the Americans. Putin changed that. In the first decade of this century, he did what Kemal Atatürk had done in Turkey in the 1920s. Out of a crumbling empire, he rescued a nation-state, and gave it coherence and purpose. He disciplined his country’s plutocrats. He restored its military strength. And he refused, with ever blunter rhetoric, to accept for Russia a subservient role in an American-run world system drawn up by foreign politicians and business leaders. His voters credit him with having saved his country.

    Why are American intellectuals such ideologues when they talk about the “international system”? Probably because American intellectuals devised that system, and because they assume there can never be legitimate historic reasons why a politician would arise in opposition to it. They denied such reasons for the rise of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. They do the same with Donald Trump. And they have done it with Putin. They assume he rose out of the KGB with the sole purpose of embodying an evil for our righteous leaders to stamp out.

    Putin did not come out of nowhere. Russian people not only tolerate him, they revere him. You can get a better idea of why he has ruled for 17 years if you remember that, within a few years of Communism’s fall, average life expectancy in Russia had fallen below that of Bangladesh. That is an ignominy that falls on Boris Yeltsin. Yeltsin’s reckless opportunism made him an indispensable foe of Communism in the late 1980s. But it made him an inadequate founding father for a modern state. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose writings about Communism give him some claim to be considered the greatest man of the twentieth century, believed the post-Communist leaders had made the country even worse. In the year 2000 Solzhenitsyn wrote: “As a result of the Yeltsin era, all the fundamental sectors of our political, economic, cultural, and moral life have been destroyed or looted. Will we continue looting and destroying Russia until nothing is left?” That was the year Putin came to power. He was the answer to Solzhenitsyn’s question.

    There are two things Putin did that cemented the loyalty of Solzhenitsyn and other Russians—he restrained the billionaires who were looting the country, and he restored Russia’s standing abroad.

    One theme runs through Russian foreign policy, and has for much of its history. There is no country, with the exception of Israel, that has a more dangerous frontier with the Islamic world. You would think that this would be the primary lens through which to view Russian conduct—a good place for the West to begin in trying to explain Russian behavior that, at first glance, does not have an obvious rationale. Yet agitation against Putin in the West has not focused on that at all. It has not focused on Russia’s intervention against ISIS in the war in Syria, or even on Russia’s harboring Edward Snowden, the fugitive leaker of U.S. intelligence secrets.

    So why are people thinking about Putin as much as they do? Because he has become a symbol of national self-determination. Populist conservatives see him the way progressives once saw Fidel Castro, as the one person who says he won’t submit to the world that surrounds him. You didn’t have to be a Communist to appreciate the way Castro, whatever his excesses, was carving out a space of autonomy for his country.

    In the same way, Putin’s conduct is bound to win sympathy even from some of Russia’s enemies, the ones who feel the international system is not delivering for them. Generally, if you like that system, you will consider Vladimir Putin a menace. If you don’t like it, you will have some sympathy for him. Putin has become a symbol of national sovereignty in its battle with globalism. That turns out to be the big battle of our times. As our last election shows, that’s true even here.

    https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/think-vladimir-putin/

  52. wbboei
    April 9, 2017 at 9:15 pm
    ————
    It would certainly seem that Trump is being goaded into war with Putin over Syria. All the neo-cons and other war mongers of the swamp are slavering. It is disgusting.

  53. Not everybody is good in front of a camera.

    Tillison is very very good in an interview. His answers are crisp and responsive.

    Not so HR McMaster.

    Let us therefore hope his aptitude lies elsewhere, and I suspect it does.

  54. Lu4PUMA
    April 9, 2017 at 9:31 pm
    ——–
    Oh I am sure they are trying to do exactly that.

    We have to depend on him not to take the bait.

    In this case, the strike did not involve Russian assets

    And you could look at it as a case of enforcing an agreement which Russia made but failed to take action on

    When the big media beloved messiah was riding high in the saddle they had no incentive to do so

    Now they do.

    I still believe that the two leaders will find common ground personally and strategically.

    The thing I mentioned however the survival of Bannon is key to not being pulled into the morass by Jerrad, Cohn and McMaster.

  55. Hi Lu4PUMA
    Besides admin, there are a few people who comment here that no matter how short of time I am I stop and read what they have to say. You are one of them.

    I used a portion of your comment this morning, I should have asked and at least thanked you sooner. But it was so insightful that I had to share it. And then imagine my delight when T-Rex, who is also a clear and concise speaker said the very same thing. The past few days really knocked me for a loop, and your comment helped ground me again. Thank you, I did give you credit though, here is part of what I wrote:

    “… and a comment: Lu4PUMA: “Trumps actions speak to his management style. He put Assad and Russia in charge, then there was a major fuckup. It does not matter if it was an accident or the rebels did it or anything else. They were responsible and failed. So they got bombed.”

  56. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/04/07/syria-airstrikes-critical-message-trump-sent-to-north-korea-china-and-russia.html

    The strike was not aimed at toppling Mr. Assad or ousting his minority Alawite regime, at least, not yet. Removing Mr. Assad would undermine what Mr. Trump has long called his key foreign policy objective — defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the other most dangerous Islamists who have destabilized much of the Middle East.

    But the launching of some 59 sea-based Tomahawk cruise missiles against the Syrian Air Force’s base of Shayrat sends a strong message not only to Syria but to several other states and groups with a stake in the outcome of that country’s brutal civil war.

    To North Korea, the strike is a warning that Mr. Trump is willing to match action with his tough tweets warning that the U.S. will not permit Pyongyang to threaten American security by marrying its small nuclear arsenal with intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching our shores. North Korea is also believed to possess chemical weapons which it could reign down on Seoul and American forces stationed near the South Korean capital in the event of conflict.

    To China, it shows that Mr. Trump is prepared to make good on his pledge to take unilateral action against North Korea if Beijing is unwilling to pressure its mercurial neighbor into suspending, if not dismantling its own nuclear program.

    And perhaps most important, the strike shows Russia that President Trump’s unlikely bromance with Russia’s autocratic ruler Vladimir Putin has its limits, and that Mr. Trump is likely to insist that Mr. Putin stop making excuses for his brutal client and contain Mr. Assad’s most outrageous conduct. Military action which throws Moscow off-balance could not come at a better time for Mr. Trump, whose administration is beset by multiple investigations into whether his campaign officials colluded with Russia in interfering in America’s presidential election and whether such collusion helped elect Mr. Trump over his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. [snip]

    But neither immediately cancelled U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s planned visit to Moscow next week, so the extent of Russian fury is still hard to gauge. Perhaps Mr. Putin was somewhat mollified by the Trump administration’s decision to give Moscow advance warning of the strike through “deconfliction” or military channels. America’s Tomahawk sea-launched cruise missiles apparently avoided targeting buildings on the airbase associated with Russian personnel and equipment.

    Unlike President Reagan’s 1986 bombing raid on Libya which was aimed at killing then President Muammar el-Qaddafi, Mr. Trump’s strike was not aimed at taking out Syria’s leadership, nor even its military’s command-and-control structure. It was was directed at the one air base where U.S. intelligence believes deadly sarin gas was loaded into Syrian aircraft for Tuesday’s deadly raid. Mr. Assad continues to live to fight another day, but if he heeds Donald Trump’s dramatic warning, not with chemical weapons.

  57. admin
    April 9, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    That was the way I read it from the beginning.

    The most salutary effect of it is that it put the Trump is a Putin puppet to rest.

    And now then the two meet, I think Trump will have the latitude he did not have before to find common interests, and possibly an alliance of sorts against China, who is the real adversary of both nations.

    The visit by Tillerson to Moscow will assure Putin of Trumps hopes to work with him, and I expect Putin will express the same sentiment.

    But none of that would have been possible until Trump broke the back of the big media narrative that he is a Russian stooge. And that to me is the megapolitical significance, rather than what the neocons make of this.

    Indications are that Trump wants to shift foreign policy from the middle east to the Pacific, but only after ISIS is destroyed and safe zones are are established to stem the tide of refugees.

    I was a big supporter of General Flynn, and I am underwhelmed by this guy McMaster. There is a muddled sense I get listening to him answer questions, but perhaps he is a strategic thinker and is clear on paper. They say he is a scholar, but I prefer a doer. I hope I am wrong about that. And I have only one interview to go on. Frankly, I was hoping to see someone who saw the world as Flynn did, and I think this guy is more inclined to not question alliances like NATO, or the globalist agenda.

  58. McMaster has been described as globalist leaning wbb, I fear the same about him. I am sorry Flynn is gone, but I think there is more to the story then what we have been led to believe.

  59. When I described China as the adversary, I did not say it was our enemy.

    We have only one enemy and that is the globalist.

    There is enough evidence now where they want to take the world and it is an Orwellian place.

    The debacle of world war II could have been avoided if the scholars of that day had read Mein Kamf before the fact.

    As George Kennan–a former Ambassador to the Soviet Union, and one of Roosevelt’s four wise men said in one of his books:

    I hope to give those in power a sense of what has gone before, so they will not drag us down those roads which lead only to despair and from which no one ever returns.

    I spoke with someone who was present at the Davos meeting and he told me there was much discussion about replacing human beings with robots–40% was the estimate within 20 years. One member of the group suggested witholding payroll taxes on the hours worked by those robots, to finance the massive unemployment this techological advance will precipitate. He was laughed at.

    What we are seeing today is like that line in Dover Beach, caught between two worlds, one dead the other powerless to born. The old world is that of the blue state which survives on the government dole. That world is dead, only most people do not know it. It has been pointed out that the banks received 27 trillion in bailouts etc, according to something I read. Where did that money go? It went to finance the new economy which is growing by leaps and bounds. But as it grows, and the old world fades the great divide between the elites multiplies.

    The hope I have for the Trump presidency is perhaps we will learn where that money went, and how we can get it back. In the department of defense alone, while messiah obama was chasing a golf ball, and big media was caddying for him, 6.5 trillion disappeared from the department of defense alone. Where do that taxpayer money go? How do we get it back?

  60. gonzotx
    April 10, 2017 at 12:56 am
    McMaster has been described as globalist leaning wbb, I fear the same about him. I am sorry Flynn is gone, but I think there is more to the story then what we have been led to believe.
    ——-
    Agreed.

    But the thing that really struck me was the difference between McMaster and Tillerson.

    Suffice it to say I am proud to have a man of Tillerson’s background, knowledge and mental acuity, represented me as 1/350 millionth part of this nation. He is extremely impressive, and every answer was concise and responsive.

    I have already mentioned what I thought of McMasters performance.

    Clear speech and clear thinking go hand in glove.

  61. Qatar is a Sunni gas-powerhouse and wants to become the main supplier of gas there, and Saudi Arabia is a Sunni oil-powerhouse, which wants to become the major supplier of oil, but Saudi oil and Qatari gas would be pipelined through secular-controlled (Assad’s) Syria, and this is why the U.S. and its fundamentalist-Sunni allies, the Sauds, and Qataris, are using Al Qaeda and other jihadists to conquer enough of a strip through Syria so that U.S. companies such as Halliburton will be able safely to place pipelines there, to be marketed in Europe by U.S. firms such as Exxon. Iran also wants to pipeline its gas through Syria, and this is one reason why Iran is defending Syria’s government, against the U.S.-Saudi-Qatari-jihadist invasion, which is trying to overthrow and replace Assad.
    ——–
    Evidently, they have never heard of an easement.

  62. http://freebeacon.com/culture/harvard-grad-students-faced-existential-crisis-sadness-despair-election/

    Graduate students at Harvard University said Donald Trump’s presidential victory pushed them into an “existential” crisis of sadness and despair.

    The “deep feeling” of misery led students to start a “resistance school,” which kicked off at Harvard, Wednesday evening. Timothy McCarthy, a lecturer at the Kennedy School, taught the first course.

    The first lecture covered all the favorite topics of the campus left, including anticolonialism, white privilege, intersectionality, and “allyship.” McCarthy described Trump as a “devil” and said America was founded on the “callous slaughter of indigenous people,” and the subjugation of every minority group from “queer folks” to the disabled.

    Around four in the morning we peeled ourselves off the couch, some of us off the floor,” said Jasmine, a graduate student who introduced the course. “We took a deep breath, and we decided to head home and try to get just a couple hours of sleep after what had been a very long day. But we couldn’t sleep. Like so many of you, my friends and I woke up on Nov. 9 just devastated.”

    We couldn’t shake this deep feeling, almost existential feeling, of sadness, of bewilderment, and of anger,” she said.

    Jasmine said the emotional night of Hillary Clinton’s election loss led her and other graduate students to start the free online course.

    “And like so many of you we turned to each other for direction,” she said. “We began to meet weekly, in what really felt like therapy, and as we talked more it became very clear that we were mourning something much bigger than the presidency. We were mourning the upheaval against our core progressive values, an upheaval that started far before this past election.”

    She said the group is “not new to politics,” and the “school” is full of organizers, campaign staffers, journalists, and activists. Twenty thousand people viewed the course online, she said.

    “Now this country is going to be transformed, but it will not be transformed by an act of God, but by you and me,” she said. “In that spirit our goal here at the resistance school is to help turn the embers of discouragement and despair into blazing fires of courageous words and courageous actions.”

    The “practical training” began with a nearly hour-long lecture from McCarthy, a self-described “middle-aged queer professor.”

    McCarthy refused to refer to Trump by name and began by attacking the president as a “racist,” “sexist,” and “greedy.”

    “The origin of the resistance school lies in the election on November 8 of 2016 of the 45th president of the United States,” McCarthy began. “Henceforth in my talk at least referred to by his clearly preferred gender pronouns he, him, his, or simply, 45.”

    The three key points for the lecture were: “We need to claim our history,” “We need to communicate our values,” and “We need to change our world.”

    McCarthy said the tips would help fight against Trump and the “devils of our nation.”

    “I want to discuss with you three aspects of what I think is the work before us so that we may help move from a mode of resistance, which is a necessary response to the worst devils of our nation, to a renaissance of what President Abraham Lincoln once referred to as the better angels of our nature,” he said. “We need to grow and swell the rank and file of the angels in America, precisely because the devils are hard at work. Believe me.”

    Later during the lecture McCarthy stressed avoiding “going low instead of high,” if the left wants to “become better and effective communicators of our values.”

    McCarthy said America was founded as a “protest nation” for democratic values, but also criticized its founding.

    “But the birth and life of this nation has also been fueled, founded, on the colonial settlement of indigenous lands and the callous slaughter of indigenous people, the wholesale enslavement and pervasive segregation of black people, and the sustained subjugation of women, workers, immigrants, and queer folks, the disabled, and a stunningly diverse array of other others,” he said.

    McCarthy cited two documents during the session, including the Declaration of Independence, of which he “hoped” the graduate students had heard before, and a “brilliant” essay on “reciprocal solidarity” of Black and Palestinian queer people.

    “They wrote a brilliant piece about reciprocal solidarity, not just a one-way allyship where I come from my position of privilege or power or nonprivilege and nonpower and come to your movement to help you out, and sometimes to speak for you, but to think about the ways that we can check our own power and privilege and think about those things,” McCarthy said when discussing the essay, written by Sa’ed Atshan and Darnell L. Moore.

    McCarthy argued that “raced people,” “gendered people,” and “sexual people” could be in different income brackets.

    “And I think their idea of reciprocal solidarity helps us to get out of the tired debate about whether it should be identity politics, race, gender, sexuality, or class, and to think about how these things operate together,” he said. “How raced people and gendered people and sexual people experience class, too, maybe in different ways. And how people who might be of a certain kind of power and privilege in terms of race or gender might also experience class and might have reasons to be angry, too, and alienated because the economy ain’t working for most of us, let’s be honest.”

    McCarthy then stressed the need to “bridge-build between groups of people,” citing a conversation he had with one of his students.

    “I had a really interesting conversation yesterday with one of my students, an African-American man who said, ‘You know I get tired sometimes when I’m talking to white folks about race. I hear their frustration because they don’t want to be called racists, they don’t like the words “white supremacy.” But I also get frustrated when Google is free, that you’re so frustrated by race.'”

    “I love that,” McCarthy said. “When Google is free.”

    McCarthy acknowledged that “building bridges” with Trump supporters would not be easy. Later in the talk he said religious conservatives define freedom as “freedom from homosexuals.”

    Some of us need to go into what they’re calling, ‘Trump country,’ and understand the white-working class,” he said. “But some of them need to come to our bubbles and understand why Black Lives Matter, and why my husband and I deserve the right to marry and can still be Christian. We need to build bridges and cross boundaries in both directions. It’s not for everybody. That work is hard.”

    McCarthy ended his talk by telling the students to stay “woke.”

    “We’re not just living in a moment of despair and of fear and of loathing and anger and alienation and prejudice and all of that,” he said. “We’re living in a moment where we’re alive. We’re all woke. More than we were a little while ago.”

    They wonder why people think they are kooks?

  63. This is a good video, IMO. But it’s also worthwhile if just to see the saying on her tshirt. It’s hard to figure out, but a couple of times she leans back far enough to make out the “translation” underneath. It uses a word I absolutely hate, but it’s very clever lol

    Islam; The Questions You Should Be Asking “Moderate” Muslims

  64. There is mounting evidence that we are going to war in Syria.

    If that is the case, then it requires an explanation.

    Some believe it is to gain an easement across Syria for an oil and gas pipeline.

    That may be an incidental motive, but I do not think it is the dominant one.

    I believe the dominant motive is to stem the tide of refugees which is submerging Europe.

    That would be consistent with our own national interest to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

    Many Trump supporters who would oppose foreign wars, would understand that action if it was explained to them that way.

    If they resume the draft then I think we need to conscript those four cry babies from Harvard and put them on the front line.

  65. wbboei, I don’t know what’s true, but some are saying that the word of more boots on the crowd is to establish safe zones so they don’t become refugees. That would be in keeping with what Trump campaigned on, but has not yet done anything about. But the map I saw mentioned southeast Syria as the camp site. Everyone is going north to Europe. Seems like a refugee camp should “catch” them as they are on their path, so should be nearer the northern border of Syria – but maybe that area of Syria is too dangerous for a camp, I don’t know.

  66. Our descendants are all going to be Muslim.

    Trump isn’t enough. All western nations have to get on the ball, elect nationalist leaders who will support western values, and defend their own cultures.

    It still blows me away that the dems have devolved to such a place that they are escorting in the destruction of people’s rights – women, gays, children (people fought for children to not be workers or sexual objects long ago), non-Muslim religions, etc.

    ————————————

    Anne Marie Waters‏Verified account @AMDWaters
    Muslims Fight Australia For Separate Country, CANADA IS NEXT

  67. I don’t have the article handy, but I read that Germany, after having legally allowed child marriage among Muslims, is now reconsidering – after realizing they already had 1500 child brides in that community. But – given that Merkel is in a bit of a fight to hang on to her job (election next year…?), it may just be a trick.

  68. There is mounting evidence that we are going to war in Syria.
    If that is the case, then it requires an explanation.
    (snip)
    I believe the dominant motive is to stem the tide of refugees which is submerging Europe.

    You know more about history than I do, wbboei, but since I’ve been paying attention to “future history” (current events) since Bush 2nd, I’ve noticed that when we topple secular dictators, we get a rise in Islamic governments and chaos and refugees. I wonder what would make it different this time….?

    It’s terrible – we used to worry about Islam destroying Israel. But now it’s the whole world that is under threat of being subsumed.

  69. First of all Admin, thank you? Yes, I was one of those who just about wandered away. Until I read your writings. You’re never wrong.

    Wbboei,

    Great insights about Russia. The Christian Church for the better part of a 1000 years was pretty much on the same page. However the Eastern Orthodox Church under the influence of Byzantium, did not have to endure the large amount of invasions as the western part of the Roman Empire. The Eastern Church also had already clarified the difference between Platonic Monadism, and the personal God, of the Old and New Testament. By the 800’s even with a Byzantine Renaissance, Platonism was revived merely as a philosophical study, not to be included into Eastern Theology. The big changes began to Catholicism during the Frankish/German invasions in which even military leaders were made Bishops, etc. It’s a sad history really. The Frankish influence forever changed the Western Christian Church. However, we still might say the complete schism occurred when the Medici financed Crusaders sacked and destroyed Constantinople. We might add, then the Medici financed esoteric movements from Florence, facilitated the movement from religion to philosophy. Earlier still. The Western Christian Church, also in relation to Aquinas, and his view about the essence of God, which was exemplarism mirrored by then the more monadic and Platonic view of God and also included Socratic hylomorphism. Some think this began the descent toward Atheism. This was predicted by St. Gregory Palamas in his conversations with Barlaam. The Eastern Orthodox Church believes one cannot know the essence of God, but can know the energies of God. This period was known as the Hesychasm Controversies, in which monks and Saints alike experienced and experience the “Uncreated Light of God.” This goes back to the Desert Fathers and Mothers of Egypt, as well and weaves all through Christian tradition. We can experience the energeia. The Apophatic approach says a person cannot know the Essence/Ousia of God, but can know the Energy/Energeia. The Filioque, also was influenced by Charlemagne, as it was insisted by him that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, whereas the Orthodox view is that it proceeds from the Father. Also the Eastern Church does not accept that all are guilty of original sin because of Adam and Eve, but we all suffer death, due to the fall. Nor do they accept the idea of Justification, that God, demanded Justice for our sins, therefore Jesus had to die. No, Orthodox do not accept or believe that either. The big divisions in the Church likely has its deepest origins in the language itself. The West speaks the Roman Latin, managerial, practical language, and the East, the Greek, speculative language. As I am now studying Aramaic, neither are fully as clear as when you read the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, or read at least the interpretation of Aramaic, as neither Greek or Latin or English captures fully the meaning in the prayer.

    Finally the Orthodox Church does not accept the Pope, as the vicar of the Church preferring to follow the ancient apostolic tradition. All in all however after a thousand or more years of praxis, Eastern Orthodoxy, is a completely different religion, than Western Christianity, which eventually splintered into various denominations.

    As for the Russians? Yes, they carried the mantle of the Eastern Church as Byzantium collapsed. To this day, they view themselves as the Keeper of Orthodoxy, and I think truly, nothing will sway Russia from this stewardship. It is quite likely the reason some in the West want to destroy Russia. A very well written piece by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn titled “Men have Forgotten God”, is well worth the read. Currently in the Middle East, the very roots of Orthodoxy, of the third branch of the Faith is being uprooted by ISIS. The Coptics were founded by St. Mark. The Chaldeans of Iraq, by St. Thomas. St. Thomas also founded the churches in Kerala, India. These Apostolic Churches are the remnants now of a once great third movement which Islam has now almost fully eradicated. It was the Nestorian controversy which broke the Christian tree into 3 branches. Each in their own way, are worth the deep study. I have not finalized my assessment of the evolution of the Christian religion, yet I am richer now because of my journey to the East, and to the Middle East, where it all began. So, I go back to my studies of Orthodoxy, and Aramaic.

    Bless you Wbboei.

  70. This is ridiculous. I suspected as much, and this article shows it. It used to be that there were transvestites (people who liked to dress as women) and transsexuals, people who had actually had the surgeries and hormone replacements, etc.

    Now you just identify as a transsexual, and boom, you are accepted as the opposite sex. Bruce Jenner/Iforget the new name, is considered a transsexual, but he hasn’t had his male genitals removed, last I heard.

    Now this kid starts high school, and just had his first race with the track team. He hasn’t had any surgery or hormones. You can even see a little moustache. But he’s allowed to run with the girls. He won both of his sprints, and helped the relay team get second (poor guy, had to run with 3 real girls). The article talks about how his team embraces him. Well, duh – they want to win. It’s the other teams that will be objecting. And should.

    The CIAC defers to the determination of the student and his or her local school regarding gender identification. According the CIAC handbook, it is fundamentally unjust and contrary to applicable state and federal law to preclude a student from participation on a gender specific sports team that is consistent with the public gender identity of that student.

    snip

    This being my first meet as a transgender woman at the school The kid is a freshman – what is that, 14 years old? You’re not a woman (or a girl).

    snip

    Moving forward, Andraya will start the long process toward sex reassignment surgery. She will next begin by taking puberty blockers and, later, hormone blockers.

    http://www.courant.com/sports/high-schools/hc-hs-cromwell-track-andraya-yearwood-0407-20170406-story.html

  71. One of the pictures shows that kid running – take a look at his quads. I’d say he’s already hit puberty and has plenty of testosterone.

  72. Lorac

    Women better wake up because they are about to lose Title 9 protection. Women’s sports are being co opted by “identified” granny’s.
    Everyone is afraid to speak out.

    WAKE THE FU$k UP!!!!

  73. montserrat09
    April 10, 2017 at 4:22 am
    ———–
    A brilliant scholarly analysis.

    Christianity is a philosophy of life and freedom.

    Progressivism is a philosophy of death and slavery.

    The choice is as stark as that.

    Progressism adopts the language of humanism

    In order to achieve an end state which is inhumane.

    This is why I have no patience with those who work themselves up into a state of chronic moral exhaltation and indignation

    In support of a culture of death, and demand at knife point that the rest of us accept it.

    The best thing I can say about those people is they are, in the words of Lenin, “useful idiots”

    The worst thing I can say about them is . . . I best not say it.

  74. Gingrich says it is just noise.

    Roger Stone says it is a turning point.

    I think we have to trust the President to figure it all out.

    The conflict between the keeper of the flame, Bannnon, and the husband of Ivanka has spilled into the media.

    Whether or not Bannon is using his former association with Breitbart to attack the boy wonder is unclear.

    Whether the boy wonder is using his relationship with conservative turncoat Scarborough is a known fact.

    I have asked a friend who echoes Gingrich’s advice and says don’t make too much of it.

    The boy wonder has a building in New York which is on the verge of bankruptcy

    Yet he is focusing his time and energy on big ideas like forging peace in the middle east

    I am told he is an organizational genius, but wet behind the ears when taking on issues that have confounded the top foreign policy minds of this generation.

    Ah youth. Ah winderness.

    Ivanka gets a pass from me. Her loyalty to her dad is true and adorable. She make mistakes along the way, but her motives are above reproach.

    I support Bannon in this ordeal. However, he should try to be the adult in the room, and go easy on the young whippersnapper.

    Okay, fine. What the fuck do I know?

    But if it ever came down to which of the two is dispensible, it would have to be the son in law.

    To the grass roots movement that voted for Trump, and wants to rebuild the North American economy, the son in law is at best an anomaly.

  75. lorac
    April 10, 2017 at 3:15 am
    wbboei, I don’t know what’s true, but some are saying that the word of more boots on the crowd is to establish safe zones so they don’t become refugees. That would be in keeping with what Trump campaigned on, but has not yet done anything about. But the map I saw mentioned southeast Syria as the camp site. Everyone is going north to Europe. Seems like a refugee camp should “catch” them as they are on their path, so should be nearer the northern border of Syria – but maybe that area of Syria is too dangerous for a camp, I don’t know.

    That is my hope. There is a need to stem the tide of refugees, and that may be the only way to do it. Somewhere between the elation of neocons like Abrams who imagine he may become relevant, and the hysteria of Alex lies the truth. Let us hope this can be done in concert with Russia, to protect their borders as well as the borders of Europe. I suspect that the SOS will raise that possibility with Putin when he meets with him.

    Years ago, I had a cattle coalition mostly in Texas. I had a guy who was politically connected and wanted to subvert what we were doing. In brief, he wanted to run Mexican feeder cattle, whereas our coalition wanted all cattle not born raised and slaughtered in the US to be so branded. The national rodeo announcer–a dead ringer for the Marlborough Man got me aside and said I will support you all the way just don’t ask me to do anything. Thanks for nothing. Finally, a friend of mine who was the cousin of Steve McQueen gave the critic a job to do, and he shut the fuck up.

    Likewise, here, if the Russians are given a job to do, and are able to protect their borders in concert with us, that strategy may defuse tensions, and provide the impetus for a broader strategic relationship with Russia, which both leaders could support with their nations. That is what we should all hope for, just as long as big media does not fuck it all up, which they have been doing up to now, with what can only be described as reckless abandon.

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