#TheResistance Crumbles: #SCOTUS Justice Gorsuch Plus 4 More

This is the story of three missiles. One missile is surrounded by 58 other Tomahawk missiles that struck at Syria. Another missile is the heat seeking missile Obama Dimocrats fired at President Trump. This second missile has gone rogue, changed target, and instead of chasing President Trump is now fixed upon Barack Obama’s leading-from-his-behind ass and about to penetrate that well used tunnel.

The third missile? Gorsuch. Neil Gorsuch. Associate Justice to the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch. That’s the missile with the biggest payload. This multiple warhead missile will keep destroying its targets for twenty, thirty, or forty years.

As we do, President Donald J. Trump expects to appoint more missiles to the high court. As we do, President Donald J. Trump believes there will be four more:

President Trump believes that he will have the opportunity to pack the Supreme Court with five judges, making him only the seventh president to appoint a majority and potentially cementing his legacy and that of the conservative court well past 2055.

Today the Scalia replacement. Probably in June the Anthony Kennedy replacement. The relatively young Clarence Thomas at 71 will resign too and President Trump will appoint a much younger version.
We suspect Stephen Breyer will recognize the ceaseless 5-4 victories will not validate his continued presence away from retirement. After that, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will succumb to a life away from the court too.

At today’s ceremony at the White House, President Trump slathered Justice Anthony Kennedy with so much praise it reminded us of that line from The Women. As chimes play in “Black’s Fifth Avenue” department store one woman asks “What’s that?” The other woman responds “The bums rush in melody dear.”



Do you hear those chimes sing Justice Anthony Kennedy?

President Donald J. Trump is ready for the Kennedy retirement. Politico has the details:

After Donald Trump wrapped up his first speech to Congress and worked his way through the crowd, he lingered on his handshake with Anthony Kennedy, the 80-year-old Supreme Court justice.

The boom mics picked up their seemingly private conversation.

Say hello to your boy,” Trump said, “Special guy.” “Your kids have been very nice to him,” Kennedy replied. “Well,” Trump said, “they love him, and they love him in New York.”

While the White House is focused this week on shepherding Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, through the Senate confirmation process, the president and his team are obsessed with the next possible vacancy. [snip]

One back channel is the fact that Kennedy’s son, Justin, knows Donald Trump Jr. through New York real estate circles. Another is through Kennedy’s other son, Gregory, and Trump’s Silicon Valley adviser Peter Thiel. They went to Stanford Law School together and served as president of the Federalist Society in back-to-back years, according to school records. More recently, Kennedy’s firm, Disruptive Technology Advisers, has worked with Thiel’s company Palantir Technologies.

In fact, during the early months of the Trump administration, Gregory Kennedy has worked at NASA as a senior financial adviser as part of the so-called “beachhead” team. Both Kennedy boys were spotted at the White House last month for the administration’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration (Justice Kennedy is Irish Catholic). In February, Ivanka Trump attended oral arguments of the Supreme Court with her daughter. She was a guest of Justice Kennedy. [snip]

Those close to Trump’s judicial-selection process stress that they’re not pressuring Kennedy to hang up his robe, only seeking to put him at ease.

Um, “only seeking to put him at ease” is the bum’s rush in melody dear. Those lines of communication from the Trump family and allies should have Chuck Stumbler and his Obama Dimocrats worried sick.

That list of of potential Supreme Court appointments? That’s also a list of potential President Trump appointments to the Appellate Circuit. Many of those soon to be announced appointments are undergoing F.B.I. background checks. Neil Gorsuch is not the sole move on the judicial chessboard by President Trump. And, after Neil Gorsuch, it all becomes easier for President Trump which is why we understood the Obama Dimocrats would filibuster – even though that was a suicide move.

Because of the extreme foolishness of #TheResistance Obama Dimocrats, which we have laughed about for a while now, even CNN recognizes that Obama Dimocrats are as fertile as dildos without batteries:

Democrats have zero leverage after Gorsuch [snip]

The exercise of the “nuclear option” returns Senate procedures to what they were 15 years ago. The filibuster was simply not employed for partisan purposes against a nominee who had majority support before Harry Reid started filibustering George W. Bush’s lower-court nominees in 2003. (Infamously, the Senate denied Miguel Estrada an up-or-down vote seven times to prevent Bush from later having the opportunity to elevate the first Hispanic justice.) Reid used the “nuclear option” to eliminate that sort of filibuster a decade later, so perhaps this week’s action should be called “thermonuclear.” [snip]

The next nominee. By filibustering the milquetoast Gorsuch despite the high probability and repeatedly expressed intention of the Republicans to go nuclear, the Democrats have destroyed any leverage they had over the next nominee. Should there be another vacancy under President Trump while the GOP controls the Senate, there will be zero incentive for the President to moderate his choice. It’s not at all clear that Republican senators such as Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and other “institutionalists” would’ve gone along with a “nuclear option” to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a nominee more controversial than Gorsuch. But now they won’t face that dilemma.

Until President Donald J. Trump, Republicans have faced an ugly dilemma with appointments to the Supreme Court:

Whoever said you can’t win by picking unwinnable battles never said it to Chuck Schumer. Democrats opted to fight the good fight, which tends to undermine future attempts to fight the winning fight. This represents a role-reversal of sorts for Democrats and Republicans. Until recently, conservative legislators played Charlie Brown kicking the football to the role of Lucy pulling it away played by Republican presidents, whose stealth nominees invariably revealed themselves as liberals once on the court.

Democrats nominated just eight of the last 25 justices to the Supreme Court. But because Republican presidents nominated the likes of Earl Warren, William Brennan, Harry Blackmun, John Paul Stevens, and David Souter, liberal majorities ruled the Supreme Court throughout the lifetimes of just about everybody reading this. The phenomenon, captured in the title of Patrick Buchanan’s 1975 book Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories, effectively meant a veto on conservative laws, particularly ones passed at the state level. Jurists nominated by Republicans authored the decisions in Roe v. Wade, Kelo v. New London, National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius, and so many lesser-known cases whose decisions usurped the rights of states and individuals.

John Stuart Mill didn’t call conservatives “the stupid party” for nothing. But even slow people figure it out, albeit, as their name suggests, more slowly, and conservatives blocked George W. Bush’s suspected stealth pick Harriet Miers and stood firmly in blocking a vote on Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland. [snip]

The payoff for McConnell’s gambit on Garland appears especially generous given the widespread declarations that replacing Antonin Scalia with a consistent liberal vote represented a historic sea change. “The Supreme Court’s Conservative Run Is Over” (Politico), “The Conservative Era of the Supreme Court Is Over” (Los Angeles Times), and “After 45 Years of Conservative Rulings, Here’s What a Liberal Supreme Court Would Do” (Washington Post) read a few of the headlines. What a difference a year makes!

The confirmation of Neil Gorsuch via the destruction of the filibuster is a major immediate and long term victory for President Trump. “Democrats nominated just eight of the last 25 justices to the Supreme Court.” But because of obstruction, their nominees were not ideologically committed and soon moved to the left. From now on that won’t happen. And if President Trump appoints 5 young Justices to the high court, the likelihood that Obama Dimocrats will appoint even a single Supreme Court Justice in the next 25 years is de minimus. Thank Barack Obama and the Mistake in ’08.

On April 17, the Supreme Court returns to work and the influence of Justice Gorsuch will be felt on the calendar of the court. And this schedule does not include, yet, President Trump’s “nexus issue” -immigration – on which Justice Gorsuch will have a profound effect.

This Holy Week, with Passover holidays under threat and the slaughter in Egypt of Christians on Palm Sunday and throughout the middle east in our minds, should remind us all that President Trump is on the job and as bad as things are the Republic is in good hands. As busy making America Great Again as he is, President Trump has proven he can play a winning game of chess on multiple boards.

Chess GrandMaster Trump? Even the Trump hating Washington Post is forced to agree with our analysis:

Could it be? Is President Trump on a roll?

I don’t want to jinx anything, but President Trump may be experiencing the best sequence of events since he became president. Just this week, he received bipartisan support for his military strike in Syria, secured Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court, had impressive meetings with both King Abdullah II of Jordan and President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi of Egypt, caught a break with the Susan Rice scandal, and it appears he has walked away from a successful encounter with Chinese President Xi Jinping — all without knocking it off the rails with a wayward tweet. And it’s not just me saying that, no less than Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass wrote that this was “arguably [the] best of Donald Trump’s still young presidency, from [a] successful strike in Syria to confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee.” [snip]

McConnell was correct in saying, “Certainly, this is an important day in the history of the Senate and in the Supreme Court.” And if Gorsuch’s confirmation is the only legacy Trump walks away from office with, it will be a great one.

In politics, just like in golf, luck counts. The fact that Trump launched an attack against Syria while his Chinese counterpart was present and able to witness the aftermath in the media was a powerful stroke of good luck for the White House. In case Xi needed any reminding of just how serious Trump may be about taking action in North Korea, the Syria attack couldn’t have been a better example or come at a better time. By all accounts, expectations for their meeting were low. But reports indicate that Trump and Xi had substantive, mostly positive conversations, perhaps leaving the Chinese president with a lot to think about. [snip]

But Trump’s luck didn’t end there. He caught another break with the Rice scandal being revealed when it was. The story has legs, and it’s become a counterweight to the media’s appetite for a Trump-Russia connection. The unmasking fiasco is distracting from the circus show that is the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation, but it won’t peak until Rice testifies under oath. And at that point, who knows which direction the investigation will take? For now, the intensity of the media’s search for a silver bullet in the faux Trump-Russia connection has subsided.

Um, it wasn’t “luck”. President Trump knows who did what to whom on the Rice story. What is happening now is a theatrical lifting of the curtain and a spot light hitting the culprits. President Trump made his own “luck” on Susan Rice.

President Trump also prepared for “luck” on the meeting with President Xi by hiring some tough hombres who have studied China trade policies for a long time. President Trump also sent top emissaries such as Secretary of State Tillerson to South Korea in previous weeks to pave the way for action on North Korea. As President Xi had his entrée served, President Trump knew what was about to happen in Syria. President Trump knew that the main course at dinner was a lesson to President Xi on what to do about North Korea.

North Korea itself was on the menu.

Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, and Obama Dimocrats, are about to get a fork stuck in them too.

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162 thoughts on “#TheResistance Crumbles: #SCOTUS Justice Gorsuch Plus 4 More

  1. The women’s movement of today:

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/nikki-haley-booed-women-world-summit

    Nikki Haley Booed at ‘Women in the World’ Summit
    Because feminism means booing women who disagree with you.

    U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is one of the more accomplished women in the world. But Wednesday, the former governor of South Carolina traveled to New York for the Women in the World summit, where she was not welcomed with open arms. The conference, founded by Tina Brown, is described as “a digital platform that features activists, artists, CEOs, peacemakers, entrepreneurs, and firebrand dissidents. They’ve saved and enriched lives and shattered glass ceilings in every sector.”

    According to Yahoo News, however, Haley wasn’t up to their standards:

    Following a panel discussion that featured two doctors who’ve been on the front lines of the Syrian civil war and have witnessed the Assad regime’s attacks on hospitals, Haley expressed outrage over the “heartbreaking” situation in Syria and, once again, pointed the finger at Russia.

    “If they supposedly have so much clout in Syria, they need to do their job,” Haley said of Vladimir Putin’s government, as a largely nonresponsive crowd began growing restless.

    The panel was moderated by MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren, who elicited the night’s biggest round of applause when she asked the ambassador why, despite his recent condemnations of Assad, President Trump has been largely silent concerning Russia’s role in Syria.

    “Keep in mind I work for the Trump administration,” Haley said, as a wave of boos rippled softly through the audience.

    “I have hit Russia over the head more times than I can count,” she continued, despite rumblings from the crowd. “Because if they do something wrong, we’re gonna call them out on it.”

    But the booing didn’t stop there. The audience grew more and more agitated as she explained the President’s opinion on Russia, and people in the audience began to heckle her. She explained that “The two things that Russia doesn’t want to see the U.S. do is strengthen our military and expand energy, and the president has done both of those.” This did nothing to placate the women in the audience who apparently didn’t realize that icky Republican women had been invited to the event.

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the event before Haley. When being announced, Samantha Bee said to Hillary, “So I’m only going to say this once—though you deserve to hear it 100 times—it should have been you.” Also, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards spoke at the three-day conference.

    But when Haley was speaking, an audience member rudely interrupted Haley, by shouting, “Get to the next panel!”

    Afterwards, Brown acknowledged that the Republican leader received a rather “boisterous reception.” However, she very kindly pointed out that Haley had a lot of courage to show up. “We often complain and sneer and say Republicans never want to come on any kind of forum except Fox News or places where they can be, you know, asked questions that are soft… She didn’t get agitated about [the heckling], and she’s in the middle of a lot of world crises.”

    We have not been the biggest fans of Nikki Haley especially when she unfairly attacked candidate Trump. But she is growing on us.

  2. https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2017/04/09/after-syrian-gassing-trump-must-expose-iran-deal/

    After Syrian Gassing, Trump Must Expose the Iran Deal

    Among the more disturbing questions emerging from the renewed use of gas by Bashar Assad is whether Barack Obama and his loyal minions (Kerry, Rhodes, Rice, etc.) actually knew the Syrian leader still had chemical weapons, even though they trumpeted the opposite to the American public on numerous occasions. Either they lied or were so extraordinarily credulous they believed — apparently without verification — the Syrians had truly rid themselves of those WMDs, in which case Obama — not Trump — was Vladimir Putin’s personal “useful idiot.” [snip]

    Whatever the case, it’s “heavy water” under the bridge at this point, but should alert us even more to the absolute necessity of revealing everything known about the also Obama-instigated Iran Deal, all its myriad hidden codicils and clauses that remain mysterious to the citizens of this country in whose name they were allegedly signed. That agreement too could be the product of useful idiocy, a sucker punch from the mullahs. The devil, in this case, is very much in the details, few of which we know, except that the Iranians refused to give a baseline development level for their nuclear weapons program in this first place. In a sense, that made everything else moot.

    Nevertheless, Iran has been the beneficiary of this deal to the tune of billions of dollars, some evidently in cash, much of which has been and is being spent in Syria, if not directly on chemical weapons, on a war that no less than the former chief rabbi of Israel, himself a Holocaust survivor, has called another Holocaust. Iran is also using the money to finance Hezbollah in that war, simultaneously arming those terrorist thugs with tons of modern weapons, including long range missiles, even while the mullahs use Hezbollah’s guerrillas as cannon fodder to spare Iran’s own quasi-terrorist Revolutionary Guard. The Islamic Republic’s obvious goal is to control both Syria and Iraq by proxies. A victorious Assad would be Iran’s boy as much as Russia’s, possibly more.

    The Trump administration should expose this deal in its entirety to public view now. If that means Iran pulls out of the agreement — as they have warned — so be it. The transparency is worth whatever minimal insurance against a nuclear-armed Iran might be inherent in these evanescent documents. After seeing just how much insurance against chemical weapons was inherent in Obama’s deal with Putin over the crossing of our then-president’s “red line,” one could be skeptical that there is any at all. Indeed, what little we know of the Iran Deal leads one to believe that it would be simple for the mullahs to be as busy as ever on their nuclear program. That they are allied with North Korea makes this all the more likely.

    Further to be investigated is Obama’s peculiar desire to make a deal with these same mullahs from the very beginning of his administration or even before. Indeed, Obama representatives have been accused of meeting with both Hamas and Iran during his first presidential campaign. These meetings are better documented than Trump’s supposed collusion with Putin, which seems so unlikely now.

    In a continuation of that behavior, Obama later famously ignored the pleas for support by the Iranian pro-democracy demonstrators during the Green Revolution of 2009. “Obama, you are either with us or are you with them!” they chanted. Obama was evidently with them. [snip]

    Thank God there’s a new sheriff in town.

  3. Admin: to Roger Simon’s point:

    I have always believed that the fixation with an Iran deal came out of the Council of Foreign Relations. Hillary wrote an article in their house organ, Foreign Affairs Magazine, and she identified it as a top policy objective for the new president. You are more likely to find a virgin in a whorehouse than a nationalist in that globalist body. One of the driving forces for that move, I believe, was Jeff Immelt the depraved head of General Electric who used the media company that GE then owned, NBC to promote Obama until hell would not have it anymore, and to show you how crazy that got, Immelt, the largest jobs outsourcer in the country was appointed to be Obama’s job czar albeit briefly, to make sure all the jobs were outsourced. The reason Immelt wanted access to Iran was to have his company build nuclear reactors, but the French eventually cornered the market on that. I do agree with Roger that the entire Iran deal must be exposed, leaving no stone unturned. The worst of it, the Obama administration applied the dislocating doctrine of Arab spring against our middle east allies, Egypt and Libya, but left our enemy in the region not merely unscathed, but in a position to control the entire region. The plan here was globalist, and it had nothing whatsoever to do with the interests of this county, which is the single coherent explanation for everything the big media beloved messiah did, and everything our treasonous media did to support him. Admiral McRaven may be a fine SEAL but when it comes to politics, due perhaps to his degree in journalism from UT, he cannot see the forest for the trees.

  4. Dinner is served:

    http://www.nasdaq.com/article/midday-update-stocks-return-gains-on-reports-of-chinese-troop-deployments-on-n-korea-border-cm772273

    The benchmark averages have surrendered earlier gains on news that China has deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border, and the U.S. is considering further sanctions against Russia. The reports caused the S&P 500 to falter at trendline resistance at 2,370 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average to fall back to support at the 50-day moving average.

    Stocks were cautiously higher before Monday’s open amid geopolitical pressures and jitters ahead of Q1 earnings from the country’s largest banks. As the morning progressed, the averages gained altitude before running into a wall of resistance that was exacerbated by reports of troop deployments on the Chinese border with North Korea by a Korean news agency.

    The Dow is now back up 54 points.

  5. It’s spring and usually that brings lots of illegal immigrants:

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-border-crossings-20170410-story.html

    Rio Grande Valley is unusually quiet as Southwest border crossings drop to lowest point in at least 17 years

    Slowly, the Border Patrol truck cut through the darkness, its headlights illuminating a deserted, sandy road framed by long grass and yellow mesquite trees.

    This area used to be really hot,” said Marlene Castro, a supervisory Border Patrol agent, as she scanned the path ahead for immigrants who had crossed the Rio Grande illegally into the United States. “You couldn’t move. Every time you turned a corner, you’d run into group after group.”

    At 10 p.m. on a Friday night, this once-bustling crossing point – a stretch of wild brushland between the Rio Grande and the sprawling Texas border cities of Hidalgo and McAllen– is desolate. The only signs of life, apart from the odd wildcat stalking prey, are Border Patrol agents lurking by the roadside in pickup trucks and SUVs.

    Across the Southwest border, the number of immigrants caught crossing illegally into the United States has dropped dramatically. Fewer than 12,200 people were apprehended in March, a 64% decrease from the same time last year, and the lowest monthly number in at least 17 years. [snip]

    “We don’t really have a normal anymore,” said Castro, who has worked for Customs and Border Protection for nearly 20 years. She insists agents are not doing anything differently; the Trump administration’s executive orders are simply enforcing laws already on the books.

    Are you going to risk a 1,000-mile journey and pay $8,000 to be smuggled if you’re not sure you’ll get to stay?” Castro said, offering a reason she thinks fewer asylum seekers are crossing over. “I wouldn’t.” [snip]

    There is also a virtual wall – a string of radar blimps, cameras and ground sensors positioned at hot spots to detect people moving across the land.

    Yet Manuel Padilla, chief of the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector, would like to see Texas’s southernmost tip benefit from the massive spending that transformed California, Arizona and New Mexico.

    We need the wall – or wall-and-fence combination, whatever that ends up looking like – in order to stop the people from coming over,” he said. “People will say ‘Well, it doesn’t stop people.’ But it slows it down in order for us to be able to respond.” [snip]

    In McAllen, Texas, just north of Hidalgo, Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, has watched the number of immigrants passing through her shelter at Sacred Heart Church drop from about 150 a day to 50 a week.

    Red lines enforced, work.

  6. This is wonderful news.

    All bureaucracies are parasitic in nature.

    Left untended, eventually they kill the host.

    They are no different than the mafia.

    Sooner or later, they take everything you have worked for.

    To a large corporation however its different.

    If you cannot buy the person you deal with you buy the man above him.

    You sent up a compliance program, and offer him a job when he retires

    And then you sick him on your competitor, who does not have your economies of scale

    You can afford the stupid regulation, he can’t, that is how crony capitalism works.

    Consequently, when you cut bureaucracy, you enhance competition.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/10/mick-mulvaney-orders-federal-agencies-to-prepare-for-massive-cuts/

  7. When the cow jumped over the moon, THAT was a quantum leap.

    When big media accused Trump of being a Putin stooge, and then worried that what Trump was doing, that too was a quantum leap.

    And when the big media beloved messiah proclaimed that he like Lincoln wanted a team of rivals so he could pluck the truth from the robust discussion, and later adopted the view that he would fire anyone who disagreed with him, that too was a q.l.

    And when he told people if they liked their health care plan they could keep it, I am sure he did this with the best of intentions. And when it did not quite work out that way, that was a quantum leap as well?

    And when he promised to have the most open administration in history, and later spied on everyone and crucified some, that was not hypocrisy, lying etc. It was just one more quantum leap.

    When you are a messiah, quantum leaps part of the gig. Even when they amount to treason?

  8. great to read this and reflect on all that PDT is accomplishing…

    happened to glance at the Vanity Fair article about Hillary…guess they don’t see all the progress PDT is making in the fog of their Hillary worship…

    I don’t think Hillary understands the fatigue that is attached to her…and her continued excuses and blame on everyone but herself certainly don’t do anything to instill any confidence in her, except for her true believers that refuse to see her and her actions for what they truly are…

    after reading just one paragraph, the one below, that was enough for me…

    In the absence of the simple, unitary goal—the Oval Office—that has always pulled her and her allies forward, charting a new course is much more complicated. There is now a real-time debate inside Clintonworld about what her role should be in the face of what is obviously shaping up to be Trump’s disastrous presidency. Should she speak out on specific issues? Should she become a spokesman for the “I told you so” crowd? Or should she stay quiet, and allow a new generation of younger Democratic Party leaders to surface—anyone for Chris Murphy? Van Jones? Cory Booker?—to bask in the limelight that otherwise might go to her.

    ******************************

    it was recently said that Hillary is not going back to her foundation…why not? if it was so great why isn’t she eager to get back to doing good works there

    never mind…i know why…

    Hillary, it feels like you are forcing yourself on the public and all you do is complain…

  9. I had no reason to suspect that this was a false flag attack until I saw the article in AP, a publication tied closely to the intelligence community, that a “senior official” who they did not choose to name because he was “not authorized to speak” “concluded” that Russia knew of the chemical attack “by Assad” before it happened.

    Why did this individual who made that assessment not come forward? Why is his name held back from Congress and the American People? Bear in mind, this comes from an agency that is hell bent on war with Russia? If they have facts to support this, lets see them, rather than listening to what may well be the sort of propaganda that the government has used from time immemorial, back to the sinking of the Battleship Maine in Havana harbor, to plunge us into a war that would impoverish the American People while enriching the elites. Lets find out for sure. Let this dark mover from behind the scenes come forward. I am guessing that the same assholes who leaked on Trump leaked that one, namely the globalists.

  10. Your favorite wbb…Andrea, blowing the globalist horn, or who’s horn I’m not sure ( wink 😉)

    NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: Trump Administration Misleads, Obfuscates — ‘People Just Flat Out Lie’

    Andrea Mitchell
    Breitbart

    00:0006:59
    by PAM KEY
    10 Apr 2017
    1,757
    During an interview on a weekly podcast called “The Global Politico,” NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell said while she was not sure if President Donald Trump was “confused” or intentionally lying, she was sure people in his administration are flat out lying.

    Mitchell said, “That does not concern me as much as the behavior of the president and his aides and the press secretary to ignore facts. It starts at the top. And the most obvious example is the March 4 tweet saying that President Obama wiretapped him at Trump Tower. There is no way of getting around that. It is just not factually correct. Director Comey said it wasn’t; Senator McConnell said it wasn’t; Speaker Ryan said it wasn’t true, yet the president and his advisors and the press secretary seem to be twisting themselves in knots to try to explain and justify that.”

    On President Trump, she continued, “I’ve avoided using the word lie because I don’t know his motivation. I don’t know if he is confused. I don’t know what he is being told.”

    But Mitchell was not as generous toward the staff, saying,“I have never seen anything like this, where people just flat out lie. I’m not talking about the president now, but people you know, black is white and white is black, and they mislead you. It’s really disconcerting to see the podium in the White House briefing room being used to mislead or misdirect or obfuscate.”

    (h/t Politico)

    Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

  11. I have never seen anything like this, where people just flat out lie.
    ———–
    Oh come on Andrea, is your memory really that short, i.e.

    Have you forgotten what your light of love Obama said, once upon a time.

    If you like your health care you can keep it.

    Andrea wanted to show Trump was a fool to say that Obama wire tapped him.

    So she brings on Rice to say she knew nothing about anything like that.

    And then the facts come out which show that not only did Rice know, she did the unmasking.

    Therefore, Andrea led Rice into a box canyon.

    That is why she is behaving this way.

  12. I think it was foolish of Andrea to bring on Rice.

    She is not credible because of the lies she has told in the past in re. Benghazi.

    And you can never know what new lies she will tell if you bring her on.

    By now, it should be obvious to all concerned that Rice is a pathological liar.

    And those lies will catch up with her.

  13. Regarding “flat-out lying,” Andrea Mitchell obviously never watches the programming on her own station. She’s just frustrated that she can no longer control the news narrative like she used to.

  14. But this is the cray cray of it all, the Left believes it ALL , ALL of it. I know otherwise reasonable people, i.e. My sister and her husband who are the salt of the earth but the are die hard Dems through and through and watch these ridiculous shows on CNN and the rest of the lying liars and they believe every word, every word.

    Just look at the View, Rachel, Morning Joe, Late night shows, all their ratings are going through the roof… they hang on every word.

  15. Gonzo, speaking of hanging (excluding your family of course), I can think of a few Democrats worthy of such a demise. 😄

  16. Andrea has no credibility
    She hags out with all the liars…those are her peeps…hillary being number one
    She just pimped herself out to try to give cover to the known and & recognized serial liar susan rice
    Andrea spoke too soon…now the lies of Rice & O are front and center re: Syria’s chemical weapons…all lies
    Too bad Andrea doesn’t care to research what lies await exposure re: O’s Iranian deal

  17. When I think of Andrea Mitchell, I get this sense of her smelling like an old enchilada.

    Happy Passover Jewish folks.

  18. I freaking hate flying these days, the airlines can moleste you because God forbid we profile like Israel, and apparently I look so desperate For Muskie love that I would strap 40 ponds of dynamite on my a$$, I get selected for pat down love a lot. Even with pre TSA.
    But here, they overbook and want four people to give up seats for their crew they need to transport and apparently you don’t get a choice. In the end.
    I have to say this man probably is cray cray to start, but the airlines will be paying a lot more than 4 tickets on another airline , talk bad publicity!
    This man won the lottery and probably there will be a few PTSD lawsuits from passengers.
    There are bloody pictures of his mouth on other posts. I think they actually let him back on after all of this.
    Can you say Jesus, can I have an Amen?

    http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2017/04/10/video-shows-man-forcibly-removed-united-flight-chicago-louisville/100274374/

  19. Re: the nsadaq article stating China has sent 150,000 troops to NK border. I wonder if they mean soldiers not troops. I’ve noticed journalists never seem to know the difference. A troop is a unit made up of four or five platoons. A platoon is made up of about four squads. A squad is anywhere from 8-14 soldiers. So a platoon is usually around 50 soldiers and a troop around 250 soldiers. So did China send 37 + million solders to the NK border (150,000 ‘troops’) or did China send 150,000 soldiers to the NK border? I mean, even for a county as populous as China, 37 million soldiers seems like a lot. 😊

  20. John Nolte on the hysteria by some Trump “supporters”:

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/15267/trumps-most-fervent-supporters-are-dead-wrong-john-nolte#

    Trump’s Most Fervent Supporters Are Dead Wrong To Oppose The Syrian Airstrikes

    After WWII, with the guiding hand of a well-intentioned American government, the newly-liberated Imperial Japanese quickly got their act together. Just look at Japan today. The country is a miracle. [snip]

    Today that thinking feels naïve.

    I take no pleasure in saying so out loud, but just like the post-Soviet Russians, too many people in the Middle East, including the Iraqis, have been damaged beyond repair by generations of oppression. With rare exceptions (like those lovely Kurds), self-determination no longer seems to be part of their DNA. [snip]

    The result of this stark reality is that unlike America’s neocons, I am at least able to look back at the last 15 years and learn a lesson. Moreover, unlike America’s neocons, I no longer hold the absurd belief that an American government incapable of competently governing America is somehow able to summon the magic ability to govern in much more difficult circumstances abroad.

    And now, although it is a mercenary one, we have one more argument against foreign wars. Even with Obama fighting it every step of the way, we are much less dependent on foreign oil than we were 10 years ago. Yay fracking! [snip]

    And so, like many of his early supporters, one thing I very much liked about President Trump was his reluctance to meddle in the snake pit that is the Middle East, to nation-build, to police the world. But that doesn’t mean that I am an unreasonable absolutist or isolationist. [snip]

    There is just no good answer in Syria. None.

    Well, actually there is one, and believe it or not, Barry came up with it: draw a thick, implacable red line over the use of WMDs, including chemical weapons. The only problem is that Barry is a feckless fool who refused to enforce his own red line. Trump, thankfully, is not, and there are all kinds of good reasons to back his decision to lob those cruise missiles.

    Not just for the sake of innocent people in foreign countries, but for our own sake, we simply cannot live in a world that allows the use of chemical weapons, or any WMD. The more we stand idly by and allow the use of this poison to proliferate (which encourages more production and stockpiles, which increases the odds of international terrorists getting their demonic hands on it), the more we put ourselves and our allies (especially Israel) in danger. A military response is the only serious deterrence, and we must use it.

    Moreover, Trump chose the perfect target, the airfield that launched the planes carrying these chemical bombs. A military target decreases the chances of civilian casualties and hitting that particular airfield sent a very clear message.

    The other clear message sent, not just to Syria and her sponsors, but to the entire world, including the increasingly emboldened North Korea, came from Trump’s decisiveness. While it is true that Obama used “cruise missile diplomacy” in 2013, as Ben Shapiro astutely pointed out, “Obama had already blown American credibility out of the water for four years by the time Assad gassed his own people. It was obvious to everyone … he was looking to launch a few missiles to silence criticisms of his pathetic foreign policy.

    In other words, Obama’s missiles were purely symbolic and utterly meaningless. The whole world knew he was goaded into using force, which meant the whole world knew they could go on doing whatever the hell they wanted because Obama wasn’t going to do diddly-squat. And they did. Just look at all the chess pieces the world’s bad actors moved into place after Barry blinked. Iran moved on Yemen, Russia moved into the Ukraine, China became much more aggressive in the China South Sea.

    As a spanking-new president, though, Trump’s decisiveness, his measured but still bold lack of reluctance, immediately reversed eight years of Obama’s disastrous policy of leading from behind. First impressions matter, and Trump’s first impression told the world that the Obama Doctrine is dead, that America is back in charge, is leaning forward rather than back; that there *is* a red line – and if we are willing to enforce it for Syrian civilians, just imagine what will happen if you touch America or Israel.

    Many of Trump’s most fervent supporters are disappointed over this. But they are wrong. They want to avoid war when their approach can only invite war. Time and again, history has shown us that the fastest and most effective way to ensure America does end up embroiled in a terrible and costly war, is for us to stand back and do absolutely nothing. Our reluctance is only seen as weakness, and weakness invites bullies.

    The only way for us to avoid an unavoidable war is to show the world that there are lines we will never allow to be crossed, and that we have the will and the means to enforce those lines.

    Hey, I am with everyone who doesn’t want to once again get buried under the desert sand. I am with everyone who wants Trump to focus on America, Americans, our economy, and the plague against the working poor we call illegal immigration. I am with everyone horrified by neocons unwilling to learn from the glaring mistakes of their failed wars of choice. Trust me, I am. But the reality is this…

    The Bush Doctrine of all-in intervention wasn’t worth the cost.

    The Obama Doctrine of isolationist cowardice and half-assing it when he did engage, gave us ISIS, created an existential immigration crisis in Europe (that threatens us), and emboldened the bad guys, especially in Russia, China, and North Korea.

    The Reagan Doctrine of peace through strength, through targeted airstrikes (like Libya) when necessary, and strengthening our allies, was a true success. Although always wary of using troops, Reagan’s early show of force in Grenada set the tone for an administration that worked miracles in foreign policy while avoiding the wars Trump’s angry fans are so wary of.

  21. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4397494/Marvel-remove-book-anti-Christian-anti-Jewish.html#ixzz4dqCNXSeY

    Marvel removes ‘secret, coded anti-Christian and anti-Jewish messages inserted into X-Men Gold comic by Muslim artist’ after fans spot them
    Indonesian artist Ardian Syaf inserted several hidden references in X-men comic
    Included references to passages of the Koran and Muslim protests from Jakarta
    Marvel has said it will take disciplinary action against the artist Ardian Syaf
    Syaf defended himself saying: ‘I don’t hate Jews or Christians, I worked with them for 10 years. A lot of good friends too. For all that happened I apologize’

    Marvel comics have removed a book from circulation after fans spotted ‘secret, coded anti-Christian and anti-Jewish messages’ in the artwork.

    Indonesian artist Ardian Syaf inserted several hidden references to passages of the Koran and Muslim protests against the Christian governor of Jakarta in the X-Men Gold #1 comic. [snip]

    He added: ‘I don’t hate Jews or Christians, I worked with them for 10 years. A lot of good friends too. For all that happened I apologize sincerely.’

    In another panel, Russian mutant Colossus is seen wearing a T-shirt featuring the words ‘QS 5:51’, said to stand for Quran Chapter 5, Verse 51.

    Translated, the verse reads: ‘O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.’

    He doesn’t hate Christians or Jews, he says. Anyone believe him?

  22. The Republican governor of Alabama Robert Bentley was forced to resign today as it was that or the continuation of his impeachment. It was a Monica Lewinsky thing that forced the resignation. Also he grabbed women by the breasts and other parts. Go to Hell Republican Governor of Alabama now resigned. We remember:

    https://apnews.com/8e7a012be43842cdb8b60fb850bed696

    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said he could no longer vote for Donald Trump in wake of the GOP presidential nominee’s sexually charged words about women.

    Bentley comments came as state Alabama U.S. Reps. Martha Roby and Bradley Byrne, on Saturday called for Trump to step aside from the GOP ticket. Trump is under fire for his remarks about him groping women in a 2005 recording.

    Roby was one of the first Republicans to speak out against Trump on Saturday, leading what would soon be a chorus of voices against the GOP nominee.

    “Now, it is abundantly clear that the best thing for our country and our party is for Trump to step aside and allow a responsible, respectable Republican to lead the ticket,” Roby said in a statement. “Hillary Clinton must not be president, but, with Trump leading the ticket she will be.”

    For those that want the details: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivepoints/wildest-details-robert-bentley-alabama-governor-impeachment-report

  23. Yes I was disheartened to see a black man from Africa named editor of british Vogue. No doubt female models will be less in demand now, and men who wear dresses will be the new super models for the coming years. Young ladies really are disappointing in their cluelessness. They don’t get to win at sports now, because men are competing in women’s sports, and now they are not going to get to be models because men in dresses will models.

  24. Part 1

    Thank you Admin for always seeing the “unseen” with your prophetic mind. I truly respect and admire you. Yes I do. I could go on and on. But you give me the feeling that you don’t go much for compliments if they go overboard. Nope. But? You need to go viral. You are the only voice I have read today, that is clear, and certain, and RIGHT. For just a few moments, I was truly disappointed in Trump. I was. However you have somehow with your firm voice, that comes through the screen catalyzed a response from me, that shook me to order, and so for whatever it is worth? I wrote this tonight. Here goes.

    Bless you Admin.

    Standing back now, and looking at the territory, Russia and Putin have within their sights, control of the pipeline through Syria, which goes to the Mediterranean coast. The one proposed by Saudi Arabia/Qatar goes to Europe. Meanwhile China is building their Silk Road which ends up in Syria. It reminds me a bit of how the British viewed the Germans building a land rail to Iraq for the oil prior to WW1. We see where that led. I sincerely doubt that Putin or China intend to deliver the resources to Europe. Obama meanwhile withdrew our troops allowing the growth of ISIS, knowing full well, that Petraeus’ surge created a ready made Jihadi atmosphere, that for a time needed our monitoring until Iraq could stand on their own. The surge of Petraeus was such a blunder that Col. Nagy, the brains behind it, no longer works at the Pentagon, and is now the headmaster of an all boys prep school. Anyway. That blunder by Obama was unforgivable and deadly. We have instead a destabilized Iraq due at first to the stupidity and impetuousness of Bush 2, and finalized by the weakness and sloth of Obama. But make no mistake it is all about the Geopolitical control that since Churchill, and Roosevelt, such agreements were made beginning with the House of Saud. It was known back then, that the Saudis were a branch of the extremist Wahhabis, and the Hashemites, the more moderate proponents of Islam who were the guardians of Mecca at the time were sent to Jordan. Do I agree? No, I do not. It is apparent looking back that lines drawn in the Middle East, were always meant to foment wars. It is a disturbing truth. I see this over and over again when studying British colonialism. But now? We live in the present. So. Whoever runs the White House, knows which strings to pull, and if he/she doesn’t? The intelligence communities know where the “built in” aggravations can be exploited. And all have done so. On many occasions.

    Add to this, Clinton, and Obama destabilized Libya, which caused the flooding of refugees into Europe, as Libya, was a barrier. They left an open door through Libya for some factions within the French elite to pilfer African resources as well. So the question really shouldn’t be if Trump is compromised, it is quite apparent, that Obama/Clinton were and are compromised. We see that Hillary gave Uranium to Russia, and Obama, by withdrawing our troops created a vacuum that Russia was ready to fill. By also placing a Muslim brotherhood President in Egypt, Obama allowed certain factions in the CIA, who are also likely Obama appointed ops or sympathizers for Russia/China to take over Egypt. My guess is, that this faction would have been open to Russia reasserting itself in Egypt. This however was thwarted by other factions at the Pentagon, who had worked with the Egyptian military, who were by the way, at the Pentagon the day Mubarak was overthrown and so in return? Obama/Clinton’s stooge in Egypt was overthrown. Trump’s meeting with Sisi, telegraphed to the Obama ops, what team Trump was on. Also, in Ukraine, the United States had made a deal with Ukraine to disarm its nuclear, with the promise that we would assist, should there be any Russian interference. Most Eastern European nations do not want to be under the Russians, as their time under the Soviets was repressive. Russia cannot reinvent herself fresh off of communism, without mea culpas, and there are many to be made. Lavrov’s offer to the Ukraine had the built in Russian language discriminatory clauses, that have always allowed Russia to use its language as a geopolitical tool, whenever need be. We saw this in Novorossiya, as well as in Crimea. The larger Russian populations there, though not citizens of Russia, always return to Russia, not by politics but by language. The Romanians know this well.

  25. So I went on and on and shortened it? So part 2 goes into North Korea.
    @wbboei. Thank you for your reply on the other thread. I appreciated it very much.

    Part 2

    Finally North Korea is truly run by a very dangerous young man, and according to some like William Engdahl, North Korea is a proxy state of the CIA. I wonder really sometimes who pays these people like Engdahl to make these types of statements. It is apparent that China is the nation that holds North Korea as a proxy state, and China has done little or nothing to rein in Kim Jong Un. One missile toward Japan with a warhead, that goes off? I cannot even think about this. Or should we try and fail to destabilize North Korea? There are hundreds of missiles pointed at South Korea, and a very large invasionary force waiting for such a failed attempt. One could hope for an internal coup, at best. Perhaps China got that message from Trump, as it is their army which works with the NK’s. On the other hand, China does not want a destabilized North Korea because they do not want millions of these poor people pouring into China. We see the Drudge report headlines today, noting Chinese troops on the borders of North Korea. We also have Putin dealing with Kim Jong Un. North Korea is their own tool to wage war against the United States, to control Japan, and the Asia region. We can see China’s aggression in the Pacific where they have now claimed islands, and the sea routes in the Pacific. In the Obama years, Russia and China were given free rein into our press, and in doing so, were allowed to wage a well honed psychological campaign within the United States, dutifully through operatives pointing out, all the dirt in the underbelly of the NWO. Yet, the dirt is also within both these nations as well, yet, we do not hear or read much about it do we? But in the choice of bad guys, I prefer the least bad, bad guy. Years ago in Arizona, after the mafia was cleaned out due to the Don Bowles bombing, it took no time for the Mexican drug cartels to come in up and running. Bad guys, were replaced by badder bad guys.

    The biggest threat is North Korea at the moment, as you wrote, Admin. And this threat is very very high, as Russia and China are not willing to let go of their gains under Obama, and President Trump, is not willing to fold, and let America die.

    If it comes to a nuclear war, Russia and China are not yet quite ready. That is why Putin is posturing about the Middle East. China also can be weakened due to Obama selling our Great Lakes water to them, and companies such as Nestle, can and likely will stop doing this. China cannot survive without water. So their weak point is clear. Russia on the other hand, needs taken out of Syria, so that they cannot control the spigot to Europe, as Putin has shown in the past, that he will use resources to punish nations. So bottom line? Assad needs to go. Russia cannot have the pipeline. China cannot take the Silk Road through the Middle East. No more than Great Britain would allow German before WW1 to use the rails to bring oil to Germany. The West cannot allow the resources of the region to be controlled by Russia or China. How this will come about is likely whatever happens soon in North Korea.

    Trump is not playing chicken.

  26. Happy Passover to all who celebrate.
    ———————————–
    All I can say is we are living in very interesting and potentially dangerous times because of the deceitful actions of Obama which is to destroy Israel and see the rise of the Islamic republic. This is not a time for the faint of heart as I think we are headed into some very dangerous situations that are no fault of Trump. I respect his bombing of Syrian air bases that are used to launch chemical attacks on his people and unlike all the past POTUS, he seems determined to stop N. Korea from gaining the capacity to hit the US with a ICB with a nuclear war hear. Iran’s nuclear program must also be stopped and as pointed out by adm. we must unravel the real facts behind that horrendous deal.

  27. foxy and wbboei – I’ve read in several articles that Trump himself (his admin) warned Syria and Russia about the incoming strike, so that they would evacuate people. He didn’t want to kill people, just set them back in their ability to fly planes from there.

    I also read somewhere that they warned Syria and expected them to warn Russia, but Syria didn’t tell Russia.

    But now they’re saying Russia *did* know ahead of time.

    But if the original articles I read are true, we let them know, to prevent casualties.

  28. Venus, I always thought “troop” meant a group of soldiers, based on watching the tv show “The F Troop” when I was a kid. But more recently I’ve heard people use it to mean individual soldiers, and it confused me (they weren’t military people, though).

  29. I get the impression from some that they went from democrat to conservative/Republican. That didn’t happen to me (and frankly, doesn’t make sense to me lol) – I became an independent. I think both sides have part of the answer. I don’t want to see women’s and gays’ hard fought rights curtailed (we already have to fight the sharia creep that’s coming).

    Gorsuch seems like a decent guy. But the thought of a SCOTUS overwhelmingly conservative makes me a little nervous. I want to see the constitution respected and I want law and order and I want immigration enforced and I want politically correct to go out the window – but I don’t want to see us go backwards in terms of people’s rights. I want justices that will do what they’re supposed to – see if a law is constitutional. But I’m so over “ideology” – if they’re making rulings based on their ideology, I think that sounds like an activist court….

  30. I’m seeing the White House staff scrubbed. First Flynn, then Stephen Miller was sidelined and shut up, next various staffers shuffled and seated nearer the exits such as Conway, now Bannon and K T McFarland. Rex Tillerson is showing signs of stress and strain as seemingly every action, statement, trip he makes is immediately contradicted, bypassed or beat to the summit by a a Trump family member or insider. Tillerson frowningly warned last week that he didn’t want the job but the president asked him to do it. At this point I don’t think he will stick around if he is just going to be a figurehead treated like an old dope from hickville by the slicks. Who is next? Sessions? I think so. The “talk” on immigration, the wall, spending money on enforcement, etc is already moderating cutting the legs out from under Kelly. What is going to be left of the Trump platform? Not much. All plans change due to circumstances but if they are unrecognizable after the “changes” it makes you wonder what was the point.

  31. Mormaer,

    It’s true, I haven’t heard much from Miller or Conway, and Bannon is clearly in a fight , Tillerson and Sessions are the adults in the room. I would be very concerned, distraught, if they should step down.

  32. The Wall is not going to be funded in the GOP budget. No Wall, we still have Obamacare…

    GOP Leaders Dropping Border Wall Funds, Says Report
    CHRISTIAN TORRES/AP
    by JOHN BINDER
    10 Apr 2017
    Washington, D.C.5,759
    Federal funding for one of President Donald Trump’s premier policy proposals may be excluded from the House GOP’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
    House Democrats, along with a few House Republicans, are working around-the-clock to make sure funding for the estimated $12 billion border wall is not factored into the GOP budget, according to a report by The Hill.

    “With Democrats united against new wall funding, it’s unlikely the Republicans have the votes to get it through and prevent a government shutdown,” The Hill report stated.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan, in a statement to The Hill, seemed to concede that border wall funding would not be included in the GOP budget, saying the funds would come at a later date.

    Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) are the two Republican lawmakers teaming with Democrats to stop the funding of the border wall, despite both representing districts that share a border with Mexico.

    “We recognize the need for robust border security and infrastructure to ensure public safety and increase cross border commerce,” Hurd and McSally wrote to the Trump administration in a letter, according to The Hill. “We also have an obligation to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

    Establishment Republicans in the Senate, like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), are also teaming with Democrats to stop the border wall, with McCain worrying more about the sentiment that Mexicans have towards America.

    “There is a lot of anti-American sentiment in Mexico,” McCain said during a Senate hearing with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly. “If the election were tomorrow in Mexico, you’d probably have a left-wing, anti-American president in Mexico. That can’t be good for America.”

    The tone is a shift from his 2010 re-election rhetoric.

    Kelly, at the time, agreed with McCain, responding “It would not be good for America, or for Mexico.”

    Leading immigration groups like the Federation for American Immigration (FAIR) say Trump’s border wall is a “necessity” in the fight against illegal immigration, which has poured into the U.S. for decades, as Breitbart Texas reported.

    “A physical barrier on the southern border is a necessity if our government wishes to meet its obligation to protect the sovereignty and security of the United States of America,” FAIR wrote in a report. “Besides helping stem the tide of illegal immigration, it also limits the ability of drug cartels, human traffickers, terrorists and other national security threats to access the United States from Mexico and the rest of Central and South America. Furthermore, a secure border sends the message that prospective immigrants are expected to follow the rule of law.”

    House Republicans like Rep. Mike Rodgers (R-AL) have been vocal in their support for Trump’s border wall, proposing legislation with other GOP lawmakers to pay for the wall by taxing illegal immigrants, as Breitbart Texas reported.

    Rogers said his legislation is “simple,” saying in a statement that “anyone who sends their money to countries that benefit from our porous borders and illegal immigration should be responsible for providing some of the funds needed to complete the wall.”

  33. Mormaer
    April 11, 2017 at 6:40 am
    I’m seeing the White House staff scrubbed. First Flynn, then Stephen Miller was sidelined and shut up, next various staffers shuffled and seated nearer the exits such as Conway, now Bannon and K T McFarland. Rex Tillerson is showing signs of stress and strain as seemingly every action, statement, trip he makes is immediately contradicted, bypassed or beat to the summit by a a Trump family member or insider. Tillerson frowningly warned last week that he didn’t want the job but the president asked him to do it. At this point I don’t think he will stick around if he is just going to be a figurehead treated like an old dope from hickville by the slicks. Who is next? Sessions? I think so. The “talk” on immigration, the wall, spending money on enforcement, etc is already moderating cutting the legs out from under Kelly. What is going to be left of the Trump platform? Not much. All plans change due to circumstances but if they are unrecognizable after the “changes” it makes you wonder what was the point.
    ———
    I think you have said what many of us have been thinking.

    However, there is another way of looking at it

    First, look at what he has accomplished thus far, in terms of enforcing immigration law, killing TPP, restoring a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, exposing the intelligence agencise, holding a media media bent on destroying both him and the nation at bay, and cleaning out the swamp left to him by Obama.

    Second, look at the myriad of crises we are facing around the world, 11 foreign wars, sabrer rattling by dicators who have raped Obama like a housecat during the past eight years, a health insurance plan that Ryan blew out his ass, a Republican Party whose commitment to growth policies is less important than their donors etc.

    I am told that Bannon is not going away. I am told that the son in law was sent to Iraq the same way Trumps father sent him to job sites, to learn what his happening, but not to put him in charge. The crisis de jour dicates who will come forward to speak for the administration. As good as she is, Kelly ann is no expert on North Korea, etc. And as far as Tillerson is concerned, he is a force of nature, and he and Trump talk twice a day.

    Third, recognize that he does not operate like a politician, with 10 point plans. To get a good sense of him, you need to read the Art of the Deal. One of the things you learn is that one of his tactics when dealing with sharks in the New York real estate market some of whom were more formidable than the tin pot dicators he is dealing with now, he would send out surrogates to give conflicting stories, to force the opponent to show his hand. Those who worked with him on those projects will tell you that the lead up to the deal is ugly, but the end result is good.

    Everybody on this site has far more information than the general public. But we do not have the intimate details of what is really going on, nor should we. If we listen those douche bags in big media, their bias is off the ricter scale, therefore nothing the tell us should be taken seriously. The positions he took in the campaign are positions he has held all his life, therefore it is highly unlikely that the will abandon them now.

    Simply put, the path of progress is not a straight line progression.

  34. A few more thoughts on the subject.

    As Trump has said many times, he inherited a mess.

    Little was known about the real state of the world while Obama was in office.

    Obama and big media actively conspired to cover it up.

    One of the million or so things they covered up was the Assad situation.

    We were led to believe, by Obama and big media, that the sarin gas situation was resolved

    And Russia has seen to it that the stock pile was removed.

    Yet another great victory for the messiah, big media assured us.

    Turns out that was a lie.

    But when your only goal is to support Obama, as Matthews said, what’s a little white lie.

    Notice I did not say a black lie, lest the ACLU sue us.

    Well, we now learn that he had the gas, and he used it.

    There were 6 airbases, and Trump attacks the one closest to our troops to protect them.

    But all big media tells us is he is a warmonger. Nice. Nothing about protecting the troops.

    If you think back to the Cuban Missile crisis, you will see an eerie parallel.

    In both cases, a new president is being tested.

    In this case, all these dicatators have heard from big media is this president is a bullshit artist, and does not know what he is doing.

    If that is what big media tells them, why wouldn’t someone like Assad, or for that matter Russia, test him.

    That is what a treasonous big media, like ours, can do to a nation.

    But Trump must deal with the world as it is and not as it ought to be.

    Thunder on the right says we have put 150,000 troops at the Syrian border.

    D-Day involved 156,000 troops and 5000 ships, so is this credible?

    Thunder on the right says we will invade Syria and fall into the neocon trap of nation building.

    How likely is that when we cannot rebuild our own nation.

    Isn’t it more likely that he will use Tillerson to get the nations of the middle east to do that?

    Finally, if you look at Trump’s history, in every situation, he has six scenarios in mind, and six potential responses for each

    And to preserve the element of surprise, he is not going to reveal them until it is beneficial to do so.

    That is the only way to keep the enemies of this nation, including our beloved big media, off balance and guessing.

  35. Mark Twain once said, rumors of my untimely death have been greatly exaggerated.

    The same is true of these stories about Bannon.

    Trump has said on strategy matters Bannon is the only one who can keep up with him.

    Therefore, despite the strum and drang of big media desperate to depose him, he is safe.

  36. Big media has one fixed goal, i.e. to destroy Trump. Everything they report, and how they report it stems from that central premise. They have been quite candid about this. The decision by the 27 leaders of big media a year ago to do exactly that must not be forgotten. It therefore follows that nothing they tell us should be taken at face value. Because our goal is different from theirs. We are not interested in destroying Trump, and ushering in a globalist order which they obviously are. On the contrary, we are interested in saving the nation, and, if possible, ourselves and our families.

  37. Wbb,
    You make a clear case to not overthink the situation with Trumps surrogates and his successes, which the media will NEVER acknowledge.I do need to read the book, the Art of the Deal, with that being said, if Ryan takes out the Wall in the budget, and kicks the can down the road unfunded, that will be two big losses for President Trump, at least temporarily, and in politics, that could be disastrous.
    I woke up today worried about War. I didn’t like that.

    And by the way, we won’t give them Washington, they can have Oregon…

  38. Ramadani gained public prominence in Germany five years ago when she founded the German chapter of the radical feminist group Femen. Once a darling of the left, Ramadani quickly fell out of favour with German liberals once she started criticising the oppression of women within Islam. Her fellow feminists accused her of being a racist and forced Ramadani out of the group which she founded.

    “I have problem with certain kind of Feminists,” Ramadani says. “Those who talk about women’s solidarity, but don’t really practice that in reality. They only regard White Western male as source of all evil and that he needs to be criticise him without any inhibition, but when it comes to criticising those belonging to other cultures…one automatically gets labelled as racist.”
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/04/german-muslim-author-faces-death-threats-after-publishing-book-critical-of-islam/

  39. Is Trump Enlisting in the War Party?

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    By firing off five dozen Tomahawk missiles at a military airfield, our “America First” president may have plunged us into another Middle East war that his countrymen do not want to fight.

    Thus far Bashar Assad seems unintimidated. Brushing off the strikes, he has defiantly gone back to bombing the rebels from the same Shayrat air base that the U.S. missiles hit.

    Trump “will not stop here,” warned U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Sunday. “If he needs to do more, he will.”

    If Trump fails to back up Haley’s threat, the hawks now cheering him on will begin deriding him as “Donald Obama.”

    But if he throbs to the war drums of John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio and orders Syria’s air force destroyed, we could be at war not only with ISIS and al-Qaida, but with Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

    A Syrian war would consume Trump’s presidency.

    Are we ready for that? How would we win such a war without raising a large army and sending it back into the Middle East?

    Another problem: Trump’s missile attack was unconstitutional. Assad had not attacked or threatened us, and Congress, which alone has the power to authorize war on Syria, has never done so.

    Indeed, Congress denied President Obama that specific authority in 2013.

    What was Trump thinking? Here was his strategic rational:

    “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies — babies, little babies — with a chemical gas … that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line. … And I will tell you, that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me … my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”

    Two days later, Trump was still emoting: “Beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”

    Now, that gas attack was an atrocity, a war crime, and pictures of its tiny victims are heart-rending. But 400,000 people have died in Syria’s civil war, among them thousands of children and infants.

    Have they been killed by Assad’s forces? Surely, but also by U.S., Russian, Israeli and Turkish planes and drones — and by Kurds, Iranians, Hezbollah, al-Qaida, ISIS, U.S.-backed rebels and Shiite militia.

    Assad is battling insurgents and jihadists who would slaughter his Alawite brethren and the Christians in Syria just as those Copts were massacred in Egypt on Palm Sunday. Why is Assad more responsible for all the deaths in Syria than those fighting to overthrow and kill him?

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    Are we certain Assad personally ordered a gas attack on civilians?

    For it makes no sense. Why would Assad, who is winning the war and had been told America was no longer demanding his removal, order a nerve gas attack on children, certain to ignite America’s rage, for no military gain?

    Like the gas attack in 2013, this has the marks of a false flag operation to stampede America into Syria’s civil war.

    And as in most wars, the first shots fired receive the loudest cheers. But if the president has thrown in with the neocons and War Party, and we are plunging back into the Mideast maelstrom, Trump should know that many of those who helped to nominate and elect him — to keep us out of unnecessary wars — may not be standing by him.

    We have no vital national interest in Syria’s civil war. It is those doing the fighting who have causes they deem worth dying for.

    For ISIS, it is the dream of a caliphate. For al-Qaida, it is about driving the Crusaders out of the Dar al Islam. For the Turks, it is, as always, about the Kurds.

    For Assad, this war is about his survival and that of his regime. For Putin, it is about Russia remaining a great power and not losing its last naval base in the Med. For Iran, this is about preserving a land bridge to its Shiite ally Hezbollah. For Hezbollah it is about not being cut off from the Shiite world and isolated in Lebanon.

    Because all have vital interests in Syria, all have invested more blood in this conflict than have we. And they are not going to give up their gains or goals in Syria and yield to the Americans without a fight.

    And if we go to war in Syria, what would we be fighting for?

    A New World Order? Democracy? Separation of mosque and state? Diversity? Free speech for Muslim heretics? LGBT rights?

    In 2013, a great national coalition came together to compel Congress to deny Barack Obama authority to take us to war in Syria.

    We are back at that barricade. An after-Easter battle is shaping up in Congress on the same issue: Is the president authorized to take us into war against Assad and his allies inside Syria?

    If, after Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, we do not want America in yet another Mideast war, the time to stop it is before the War Party has us already in it. That time is now.

    Pats not happy with Trump and the war Party…

  40. …with all due respect…it would help if the Congress actually stayed in town and worked on…and worked out…the issues and bills they need to complete and then send them to PDT…freaking lazy, distracted and clueless…and many of them are corrupted

    Donald can only do so much on his own…and he has done a lot with his Exec Orders and his meetings with people and movers and shakers from all corners of our society and business…

    BUT…PDT still needs the republican congress to do their Legislative work…and they have not…they so far have failed…just look at this month, i believe i heard the congress will only be in session about 8 days in April…the rest of the time they are on holiday recess…and instead go home…to be accosted by organized “resisters” at town hall rallies…and hence more negative headlines…the repubs are so dumb they walk right into an planned and organized ambush…complete with signs to impeach PDT etc…

    …and then there are the Never Trumpers out there who still exist and are actively still working against PDT…ie the Koch brothers, evidently they were ‘paying off or bribing’ many in the Freedom Caucus to vote against PDT

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/koch-brothers-donald-trump-clash-resistance-conservative-billionaires-network-us-president-charles-a7560706.html

    Hold the republican Congress…both the House and the Senate accountable…they are the ones all of us should be calling and nagging to “Do their Jobs and get to Work”

    (even today you have that Rep Marsh from the Freedom Caucus mouthing off against PDT)

    also, imho…frankly i think it is healthy for PDT to have opposing sides around him in the WH…so unlike the insular WH with O, Rhodes and Jarrett…

    at least donald hears opposing sides and can get a clearer picture of what each side offers and then decide on the best…this is kind of what i expected from him

    I have always thought of DT as essentially an independent and do suspect that Ivanka and Jared lean to the center and/or Democrat…imo…that’s ok…

    as long as PDT stays the course with “American First” and uses common sense…and does not join and support the Globalists….America First…

    Donald will be judged by ‘Make America Great Again’

    …and finally…he has TIME…everyone, including the pundits and some TV supporters, want everything done yesterday…and that would be nice…but it is the first April of the first year of his term…the man has time to do great things…

  41. S

    Yes, the Congress needs to stay in town and slug it out. Congress has had to do that before, but that was when we had real leadership in Congress, not blue eyes traitor Ryan. If Ryan can not get the Presidents policy’s successfully funded, he needs to be replaced. Maybe that would be the win, Ryan out and someone supportive in. We know Ryan is a globalist and working against Trump, so his sabotaging Trumps agenda is not a surprise.

  42. Sean Spicer had an awful, awful news briefing. He alleged that Hitler wasn’t as bad as Assad, gassing his people and all that.

    Oy vey

  43. Thanks for the kind words Montserrat09.

    We don’t worry much about side trips. As with Bill Clinton when we defended him, what matters to us is the general direction we are headed towards. Presidents have to zig and zag if they know what is good for them. Presidents also are the most inside of the inside and that is where policy meets personality.

    President Trump has to deal with his advisers not only on a policy level but also on a personal personality level. For those on the outside a favored adviser gets thrown out and the world ends. But for a president, there are many considerations to weigh on just about every decision.

    We recall when Corey Lewandowski was “demoted”. Some thought that was a catastrophe. Some thought that was a needed move. In hindsight, Candidate Trump made the right move.

    We recall when Paul Manafort was hired. Some shouted “disaster”. Some said “smooth operator” me like. In hindsight, Candidate Trump made the right move.

    We recall when “smooth operator” Paul Manafort was side lined. Some said “disaster”. Some felt bad. Some were worried. Some said “let’s wait and see”. Candidate Trump, in hindsight, made the right move.

    We recall when Kellyanne was hired. Conway had zero experience in campaign management. Some said it was a “disaster”. Some said she was hired because she was a woman and Trump was desperate for the woman vote. Some still wept over Corey. Some really liked her. Some thought it was a desperation move because Trump was losing. In hindsight, guess who made the right move?

    We recall when Steve Bannon was hired. Some were ecstatic. Some saw he had zero campaign experience at such a high level. Some worried he was too “ideological” and too tied to Breitbart and the alt-right. Hindsight? Who got it right?

    President Trump has run large organizations for a long time. Lots of experience there. Remember “Apprentice”? That was about hiring the right person for the right job and being able to say “you’re fired!”

    The most we try to do is put ourselves in another person’s shoes. From that perspective and from as much information we can gather, public and private, we try to understand motivations. At that point analysis follows. It’s why we knew the Obama Dims would filibuster Gorsuch. It made no sense to do so. In fact, all logic and sense demanded Gorsuch not be filibustered. But we understood the left and the motivations (anger, weakness, defiance) guiding the Obama Dimocrats. We knew contrary to all logic, common sense, and political sense, Obama Dimocrats – like 1930s Japan – would Kamikaze.

    As Ben Stein said however “what can’t go on, won’t.” Reality eventually reasserts itself.

    As to all the current kerfuffle about Bannon versus Jared – we always think of Madame Mao, the “white-boned demon”. Madame Mao wanted to side-line her Chairman husband. She wanted to lead the Red Guard and the “cultural revolution”. But she understood that Chairman Mao was calling the shots and he stood in her way.

    Madame Mao told her confederates that there were two ways to get rid of someone. One way is to bury the person. The other way is to elevate the person so high that they basically become irrelevant. Think about this in a very deep way.

    Ever run an organization? We recall one organization we ran and two pesky guys who thought they knew it all. They agitated and said “do this and do this and do this because it is such a great idea”. What did we do? We said “O.K., let’s do it. You’re in charge! Get it done!” Result? They had bitten off more than they could chew and as the deadline for the project approached, it became clearer and clearer that their project was going to be a spectacular failure. At that point we took them into our office and said “You are the ones that said you could do this. You are the ones that demanded this get done because it was such a good idea. Now, a few days away from deadline this is about to explode in a disaster and we have all those TV cameras coming. Now, you are no longer in charge of this project nor any other.” They were grateful.

    Lessons here? Sometimes the best way to get rid of someone is to “elevate” them. They want influence and power? Give it to them. If they fail because they took on more than they could chew, problems solved. If they succeed, they deserve more influence and power.

    See any parallels here to what we see going on in the White House and Congress?

  44. Reality will always intrude. Sometimes people need a reality truck to slam into them before they accept reality.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4396224/Sweden-never-mass-immigration-PM-says.html

    Sweden will ‘never go back’ to the days of mass immigration after failed asylum seeker launched Friday’s truck attack in Stockholm, says the country’s shell-shocked PM

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven pledged to change his country’s liberal attitude

    It comes after Rakhmat Akilov, from Uzbekistan, killed four in a terror attack
    He drove a 30-ton truck down into a department store in Stockholm on Friday
    There are more than 3,000 migrants living unlawfully in Stockholm alone

    The Prime Minister of Sweden has vowed his country will ‘never go back’ to recent levels of mass immigration after it emerged the terrorist who killed four people in a truck attack was a failed asylum seeker.

    Stefan Löfven pledged to change his country’s liberal attitude, insisting the massive influx allowed during the 2015 migrant crisis would never happen again.

    Rakhmat Akilov, from Uzbekistan, hijacked the lorry and deliberately drove into pedestrians on central Stockholm’s main shopping street on Friday afternoon.

  45. Barack Obama tried to hopium his way into an alternate reality. President Trump accepts reality and deals with it to change things for the better:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/jeff-sessions-immigration-crackdown-237109

    Sessions signals immigration crackdown: ‘This is the Trump era’
    The attorney general wants the Justice Department to make immigration enforcement a priority.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a warning Tuesday to people who break the nation’s immigration laws: If you cross the border illegally, you risk prosecution under the full force of the law.

    Speaking from a border port of entry in Nogales, Arizona, Sessions vowed a dramatic Justice Department crackdown on illegal immigration that would include felony charges for people who illegally enter the United States multiple times or get married in order to gain legal status.

    “For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned,” Sessions said in remarks prepared for delivery. “This is a new era. This is the Trump era.”

    He continued: “The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over.”

    A memo Sessions issued Tuesday calls for federal attorneys to consider prosecution of anyone who harbors undocumented immigrants, with a priority given to violent cases or those that involve transporting or shielding three or more undocumented immigrants. Sessions also instructed the Justice Department to pursue felony charges when applicable for immigrants who try to enter the U.S. illegally on multiple occasions.

    In a policy move that could have broad implications, the attorney general asked prosecutors to consider charges for identity fraud and document theft “to the extent practicable.” The department’s attorneys also should consider felony prosecutions in cases of fraudulent marriages to obtain legal immigration status, the memo said. [snip]

    In his Nogales speech, Sessions stressed the dangers of criminal gangs, whose members he said “turn cities and suburbs into warzones,” “rape and kill innocent citizens” and profit from trafficking people across the border.

    “Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks and beheadings,” he said in prepared remarks. “It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth.” [snip]

    Sessions appears ready to use all the tools at his disposal to target unauthorized border crossers, according to Leon Fresco, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department under President Barack Obama. “We’ve never had this sort of zero tolerance for illegal immigration prosecutions,” Fresco said. [snip]

    The attorney general also announced that he would streamline procedures for hiring new immigration judges to better process cases at the border. [snip]

    Sessions said 25 judges had already been sent to detention centers along the border. He said 50 more judges would be “on the bench” this year, a figure that matches the number of judges already in the hiring pipeline. Next year, he said the courts would add 75 judges, the same number requested in Trump’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018, at a cost of $80 million.

    Sessions said the new hiring plan “requires just as much vetting as before, but reduces the timeline, reflecting the dire need to reduce the backlogs in our immigration courts.”

    As part of the Justice Department’s approach to border enforcement, the attorney general said each federal district should designate a “border security coordinator” no later than April 18. The coordinators will oversee the investigation and prosecution of the immigration-related offenses outlined in the memo released Tuesday, as well as collaborate and share information with agencies within the Homeland Security Department.

  46. We are in support of health care, not necessarily the scam called health insurance. Health care? Try this:

    https://www.studyfinds.org/second-opinion-doctor-diagnosis-study/

    Second Opinion From Doctor Nets Different Diagnosis 88% Of Time, Study Finds

    ROCHESTER, Minn. — When it comes to treating a serious illness, two brains are better than one. A new study finds that nearly 9 in 10 people who go for a second opinion after seeing a doctor are likely to leave with a refined or new diagnosis from what they were first told.

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic examined 286 patient records of individuals who had decided to consult a second opinion, hoping to determine whether being referred to a second specialist impacted one’s likelihood of receiving an accurate diagnosis.

    The study, conducted using records of patients referred to the Mayo Clinic’s General Internal Medicine Division over a two-year period, ultimately found that when consulting a second opinion, the physician only confirmed the original diagnosis 12 percent of the time.

    “Effective and efficient treatment depends on the right diagnosis,” says lead researcher Dr. James Naessens in a Mayo news release. “Knowing that more than 1 out of every 5 referral patients may be completely [and] incorrectly diagnosed is troubling ─ not only because of the safety risks for these patients prior to correct diagnosis, but also because of the patients we assume are not being referred at all.”

    Considering how health insurance companies often limit the ability of patients to visit multiple specialists, this figure could be seen as troubling.

    Combine this with the fact that primary care physicians are often overly-confident in their diagnoses, not to mention how a high number of patients feel amiss about questioning their diagnoses, a massive issue is revealed. [snip]

    The researchers acknowledged that receiving a completely different diagnosis could result in a patient facing otherwise unexpected expenditures, “but the alternative could be deadly.”

    According to the release, The National Academy of Medicine cites diagnostic error as an important component in determining the quality of health care in its new publication, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care:

    Despite the pervasiveness of diagnostic errors and the risk for serious patient harm, diagnostic errors have been largely unappreciated within the quality and patient safety movements in health care. Without a dedicated focus on improving diagnosis, these errors will likely worsen as the delivery of health care and the diagnostic process continue to increase in complexity.

    The study was published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

  47. With the advent of Nurse Practitioners, I can only surmise the DX will be wrong even at a higher percentage.
    Not that there aren’t kick butt nurses with years of ICU experience that go on to become fine Practiconers, but most NP programs require little or no experience and 80% of the program is online.
    It’s a money making extravaganza

    Be careful out there.

  48. I wonder if it was something they ate for dinner?
    ————————————-
    If North Korea crosses Beijing’s “bottom line,” China may bomb its neighbor.

    China warns the North’s nuclear activities must not jeopardize northeastern China. If North Korea negatively impacts China with its illicit nuclear activities, the latter will respond with force, a Global Times editorial published on the news service for the Chinese military stressed.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/11/china-might-bomb-north-korea-if-it-crosses-beijings-bottom-line/#ixzz4dz4SyLlu

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/11/china-might-bomb-north-korea-if-it-crosses-beijings-bottom-line/

  49. Trump:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-northkorea-coal-exclusive-idUSKBN17D0D8?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=58ec640104d3014cfd803ac8&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

    A fleet of North Korean cargo ships is heading home to the port of Nampo, the majority of it fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return coal from the isolated country, shipping data shows.

    Following repeated missile tests that drew international criticism, China banned all imports of North Korean coal on Feb. 26, cutting off the country’s most important export product.

    To curb coal traffic between the two countries, China’s customs department issued an official order on April 7 telling trading companies to return their North Korean coal cargoes, said three trading sources with direct knowledge of the order.

    U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping were discussing North Korea at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on April 7.

    On North Korea we support President Trump up to and including a nuclear attack. While a peaceful, fast, solution would be best, every day NK has nuclear weapons for sale and deployment is a dangerous day.

    North Korea fired a missile from a submarine recently. California and the West Coast cannot be even theoretically plausible targets for NK. Take action Mr. President – it will only get worse.

  50. https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/04/11/tensions-escalate-as-n-korea-threatens-to-nuke-u-s-trump-threatens-to-solve-problem/

    Tensions escalated sharply today as U.S. Navy war ships, led by a nuclear-powered aircraft, steamed toward the Korean Peninsula and President Donald Trump sent a stern warning to North Korea via Twitter. Trump warned that North Korea is “looking for trouble” and the United States is going to “solve the problem” with or without China’s help. [snip]

    The message came as the North Korean state media threatened a nuclear attack on the United States should it take any military action against them. Kim Jong-un’s regime said it was “ready for war.“

    Via Reuters:

    North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the country was prepared to respond to any aggression by the United States.
    “Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theater but also in the U.S. mainland,” it said.

    On Monday, Pyongyang put out a statement saying, “We will make the US fully accountable for the catastrophic consequences that may be brought about by its high-handed and outrageous acts.”

    Trump’s tweet, according to the Telegraph, is an attempt “to pressure China to rein in its rogue neighbor.”

    He tweeted that he had told Xi Jinping, the country’s president, who made a state visit to the US last week, that “a trade deal with the US will be far better” if Beijing solves the “North Korea problem”.

    China and South Korea agreed at a meeting on Monday to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea should it carry out further nuclear or long-range missile tests. But it remains hesitant to commit to military action.

    Meanwhile, according to reports in South Korean media, the Chinese army has “deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border to prepare for pre-emptive attacks after the United States dropped airstrikes on Syria.”

    Via the Daily Mail:

    President Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria on Friday was widely interpreted as a warning to North Korea. And now China, left shocked by the air strikes, has deployed medical and backup units from the People’s Liberation Army forces to the Yalu River, Korea’s Chosun.com reported.

    The troops have been dispatched to handle North Korean refugees and ‘unforeseen circumstances’, such as the prospect of preemptive attacks on North Korea, the news agency said. [snip]

    After eight years of watching North Korea develop its ballistic and nuclear missile capabilities, we’re very close to the point where they’ll be able to deliver one of those nuclear warheads to the United States,” he said. “I think the time pressure here has accelerated, and the risks involved, given what we’ve just seen in Syria, are now a little bit clearer to the Chinese than they were before.”

    This is a situation best removed sooner rather than later.

  51. I am told that contrary to what big media is trying to tell us, Krushner knows his boundaries and is not acting as a pen pal with Joe Scarborough, a conservative turn coat. So there is another big media lie for you, in support of their soft coup. One good thing is if every Trump supporter could say three good things about him for every criticism, it would be easier for all of us, me included, to maintain our sanity when all about us are losing their heads and blaming it on our president. The other thing is today you hear all this crap about needing to have a coherent policy. Such as? Obamacare? NAFTA?? Opening China??? There are no long term policies which are infallible. Why not? Because circumstances change. A friend of mine was a lieutenant in the army in the D-Day invasion. Looking back on it 50 years later, he told me if there were 10 ways to fuck up an operation we found 12. The most we can ask of any leader is that he deal effectively with what he is confronted with at the time, and that is what is happening now. If Trump says what Mattis says that this was a limited strike, and that there is no evidence Russia was involved, why shouldn’t we believe them? Obama lied to us repeatedly. Trump has not lied to us once. Why cant we give him the benefit of the doubt. He is working 24-7. Can the same be said of his critics???

  52. jbstonesfan
    April 11, 2017 at 9:34 pm
    Spicer seems like a decent man, but not well equipped for his current position.
    ——
    not well equipped?

    well, I agree with you.

    he needs some new equipment to deal with the press corps jackals

    like maybe a flack jacket, and

    a world war II flame thrower

    only then would he be well equipped and suitably attired for the thankless task at hand.

  53. then again, he would even better attired

    if he showed up with an elegant, impeccably tailored, bespoke

    Ortho pest repellant jacket and hood

  54. admin
    April 11, 2017 at 7:35 pm
    ———
    correct.

    Sometimes, these situations work themselves out.

    And time is on our side.

    Sadly, this is not one of those situations.

    And prior attempts by dims to placate this madman have escalated the problem.

    Therefore, extraction, not negotiation, is the categorical imperative.

  55. I had an instructor at Annapolis named Phillip Mangano. He spent his career in the state department. He always used to say a great power cannot turn its back on the world. The abject failure of the Obama doctrine of leading from behind is an example of the abdication of leadership he admonished Managano admonished against. When Trump, who does not want foreign conflicts, responds as a great nation must to such exigencies, created by eight years of neglect celebrated by big media, people have forgotten what that means. If you expand the current position of his critics to the limits of its logic, it is isolationism. And in that case, the words of Trotsky ring especially true: you may not be interested in war. But war is interested in you.

  56. Spicer gets ahead of himself sometimes. I wish he would pause and think a bit more before he answers questions such as comparing Assad to Hitler and saying Hitler never did anything like that, meaning gassing his own people.
    Say what?
    I realize he has to deal with a hostile crowd every single day, but like a good teacher Or nurse, he has to take control and put them in their place. You can see he gets unnerved easily and they just become unruly. I myself have had to deal with units full of borderline personality patients that make the reporters look like Sunday school students. Divide and conquer,and take out the leaders first was always my motto, and I have to say it worked.
    Ari Fleischer, as I stated earlier, is someone I think could handle this obnoxious crowd.

  57. The left in total desperation over the Supreme Court:

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-hasen-roberts-swing-vote-20170410-story.html

    In the future, John Roberts could be the Supreme Court’s swing vote

    Even before the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch as a justice of the Supreme Court, and before it “nuked” the filibuster for nominees, the Trump administration and conservatives were already plotting to fill the next vacancy. Indeed, they have made overtures to swing Justice Anthony M. Kennedy to get him to feel comfortable with retirement. If Kennedy goes, or if a liberal justice gets sick or dies, Democrats have few levers to stop Republicans from confirming a nominee even more conservative than Gorsuch. The future, then, holds a Supreme Court where Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is the swing vote — a scary eventuality for progressives.

    Last year was the real moment for the left to act on the Supreme Court. Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia had died, creating the first opportunity in decades to move the court to the left on issues including the environment and civil rights. There could have been a majority to overturn the controversial 2010 Citizens United decision, which has ushered in a new era of big money in politics.

    But within an hour of the public announcement of Scalia’s death, Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell pledged that no nominee from President Obama would get a hearing before the Senate. When Obama nominated a well-respected moderate judge, Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Republicans stood their ground — and Democrats failed to take to the streets.

    Whether it was because Garland was a middle-of-the road white male, or because liberals did not understand what was at stake, or for some other reason, the court issue did not motivate the left. But it did motivate the right. [snip]

    With the filibuster gone, the options for the left should another vacancy occur before 2020 are slim. The left could encourage protests and try to pressure moderate senators not to confirm a hard-right nominee, but that seems unlikely.

    Sad as it may be, liberals may have no choice but to put faith in Roberts as a political actor. With Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Clarence Thomas, Gorsuch and another hard conservative to his right, Roberts could calculate that overturning Roe vs. Wade — and turning the abortion question over to the states — would actually be disastrous for the Republican Party. Suddenly every state election would become a battle over abortion, and many apathetic liberals could turn into motivated ones. Granted, Roberts would almost certainly not fight to save Roe — but he might vote to kill it with 1,000 cuts rather than overturn it outright.

    I don’t mean for liberals to find comfort in this scenario. (Roberts likely won’t have any compunction against destroying what is left of affirmative action, or removing the remaining limits on money in politics. Want to donate $100 million to your favorite presidential candidate? No problem.) On the contrary, the possibility that Roberts’ restraint is the best hope for preserving progressive constitutional rulings shows us that the left is in a truly poor position.

    The only real solution is for Democrats to pray for the current justices’ good health — and then to take back the presidency and the Senate. And once they do, perhaps they’ll play hardball themselves by increasing the number of justices on the court and packing it with liberals.

    Back to prayer?

    That such a prominent leftist calls for prayer is a joke. To call for Roberts to become a “political actor” is disgusting. To once again call for an FDR type court packing plan is destructive.

    Could Roberts become a swing justice? Only as long as President Trump gets two Supreme Court picks and no more. Once it becomes a 6-3 court, even a swing justice on the right won’t help. And really, once the court gets 5 strong conservatives the Chief Justice will mostly rule alongside them if he wants to be an historic Chief Justice.

  58. I can’t even fathom a nuclear war. I can’t fathom that Korea or China wouldn’t respond.
    It’s all very terrifying and I don’t think the American people are ready for this in any way, shape or form.

  59. Pelousy/Schumer: “Damn you election stealing Russians with your election stealing plots! Now you stole another election in Kansas you election stealing bastards!”

  60. Ted Cruz Campaigns for Republican in Kansas, Paul Ryan Vacations at Universal
    (What an a$$ Ryan is)

    REPUBLICANS HOLD ONTO KANSAS HOUSE SEAT

  61. Boy the Left are trying to spin the Dem loss in Kansas as great momentum cause they are only losing by 6% vs 30.
    Clearly Presidential elections bring more people in…duh!

  62. Wbboei, it sounds like Phillip Mangano would like “you can’t always get what you want” by the Rolling Stones.

    As you write, Trump does not want foreign conflicts but if they arrive he will respond to them. No one wants nuclear war, 9-11 attacks, trucks careening into crowds, or chemical warfare. But what a president wants and what a president gets are two different things. Americans who are unwilling to stare reality in the face might soon wake up in a most unpleasant way.

    Americans did not want and could not comprehend Pearl Harbor would happen. So they sat back and watched the world at war. Then the world war came to America via special delivery to Pearl Harbor.

    Some Americans who don’t understand or don’t want to understand the North Korea situation might just wake up one day to Los Angeles in a radioactive heap. All Phat Un has to do is send a box of Pearl Harbor surprise via submarine.

    President Trump understands a threat. President Trump also sees that this is the opportunity to end the Korean War because China does not want radioactive fallout nor a refugee flood. President Trump also understands that time is North Korea’s friend. The more time they have to improve their nuclear delivery systems the better for them. Already they have many nuclear bombs and could easily sell a couple to Islamic nuts.

    President Trump wants to focus on America – jobs, infrastructure, industry. But President Trump is not going to let all his good work go up in flames.

  63. Found this at CTH, for what it’s worth, if true, I think it’s just a matter of time and Bannon is gone.
    —————-

    [Via Michael Goodwin] When I asked the President Tuesday afternoon if he still has confidence in Steve Bannon, who took over the campaign in mid-August, I did not get a definitive yes.

    “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump said. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”

    He ended by saying, “Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.” (link)

    President Trump is the wave, the Tsunami wave. Steve Bannon is the surfer…. you already know how this story ends:

  64. https://nypost.com/2017/04/11/trump-were-not-going-into-syria/

    Amid complaints that his aides are saying different things about Syria and his policy is confusing, President Trump emphatically cleared the air.

    We’re not going into Syria,” he told me yesterday in an exclusive interview. “Our policy is the same — it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.

    The president, speaking by phone Tuesday, called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a “butcher” and a “barbarian” for using sarin gas on his own people, but said last week’s successful missile strike was not the start of a campaign to oust the dictator.

    Our big mission is getting rid of ISIS,” Trump said. “That’s where it’s always been. But when you see kids choking to death, you watch their lungs burning out, we had to hit him and hit him hard.”

    He called the attack, which involved 59 cruise missiles fired from two Navy destroyers, “an act of humanity.”

    I asked if he, as a new president, found it difficult to make the final decision, knowing the stakes?

    “It’s very tough to give that final go-ahead when you know you’re talking about human life,” he said. “We went back and forth, and also back and forth about severity. We could have gone bigger in terms of targets and more of them, but we thought this would be the appropriate first shot.

    Later, he added, “We hope he won’t do any more gassing.”

    The interview was scheduled to last 15 minutes, but ran nearly twice as long. Throughout, the president was gracious, energized and focused. He answered every question, and invited me to ask more as aides tried to get him to his next appointment. So I did.

    How seriously does he take the threats from Russia, and does he think there is still a possibility for cooperation in the region with Vladimir Putin?

    “We’re not exactly on the same wavelength with Russia, to put it mildly,” Trump answered. “Putin must see what a barbarian this guy is, and it’s a very bad symbol for Russia with this guy gassing children and using barrel bombs.” [snip]

    He was especially upset that Syria had used chemical weapons after supposedly destroying all its stockpiles under a deal President Obama signed in 2013 and repeatedly boasted about. I asked whether that fact gave him more pause about Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

    I don’t need more pause about Iran,” Trump said. “It was the single worst deal ever. It’s a disgrace that a deal like that was even signed. It made Iran a power from a country that was ready to fall apart.

    He wasn’t finished. “Iran won’t honor its deal. Instead of saying, ‘Thank you very much for saving our country,’ they’ve been emboldened.

    Noting those problems and North Korea’s threatening aggression, Trump said, “I knew I was left a mess, but it’s worse than I thought.

    Has he had any recent contact with Obama?
    No,” he said. “I’m very disappointed that I was surveilled and so was my campaign. That’s not supposed to be happening, but I’ve been proven right.

  65. I think it is more likely than not that Trump will take some type of action against N. Korea. It is scary, but as Adm. points out, the alternative could be much worse. Iran must be next. If Bibi has any balls, he must at least try to take out some of the facilities. The problem is Obama allowed Iran to deepen their underground fortifications and Russia provided them with one, if not the best anti-aircraft defense systems in the world. Bibi needs the bunker busters and refueling over Iraq and I give the IDF a significant chance of doing some real damage .

  66. admin
    April 11, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Wbboei, it sounds like Phillip Mangano would like “you can’t always get what you want” by the Rolling Stones.

    As you write, Trump does not want foreign conflicts but if they arrive he will respond to them.

    —————
    Probably so.

    Professor Mangano was with the Office of Strategic Services in Italy during world war II—forerunner to the CIA

    The actor Sterling Hayden was with that same agency in Yugoslavia during the war.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1980/10/03/philip-mangano-foreign-service-officer-and-annapolis-professor/765f5fed-8ee1-4f62-987c-f1ac6a7918ee/?utm_term=.ba513c3a4add

    It is passing strange that the very people who condemned Obama for doing nothing about extant threats, now condemn Trump for dealing with them as any competent leader would do. What they should be celebrating is the surgical nature of his action, which leaves the door open for negotiation by leaves no doubt where the process must go.

    Vision is a key component of the leadership equation. Too often it has been lacking in our policy. In this case, Trump has the vision to see where the path of appeasement has led us up to now, and where it will lead us in the future if we continue along that path. He has the wisdom to forge a new path that will eliminate the problem. When and how that’s done will be a matter of negotiation with the Chinese, backed (as it must be) by the threat to proceed unilaterally if negotiations reach impasse.

  67. wbb…I know you mentioned the website Axios…it is run by Mike Allen…formerly with Politico and was constant guest on Morning Joe…not a Trump supporter…
    one of the biggest insiders of the insiders group think cabal…the one who is breathless when he thinks he has the big scoop…axios be forwarned…

  68. well said for the most part

    http://amgreatness.com/2017/04/12/dont-fall-morning-joes-propaganda-bannon/

    snip

    Morning Joe has become a dressed-up, self-regarding version of TMZ for the D.C. crowd reporting anonymous rumors that feed MSNBC’s anti-Trump narrative. For it’s viewers it’s a multi-million dollar exercise in confirmation bias built on nameless, faceless, baseless gossip—the inevitable texts that Scarborough gets from “top White House insiders” and “sources close to (Ryan/Kushner/Ivanka/Whomeverisinthenewstoday)” and reads to his viewers with a sense of awe and reverence last seen on Moses’ face after he descended from Mt. Sinai.

    ****************************************

    (me) the show is a joke and gossip central…and their guests…inc Allen…think they know everything about everyone and they are in charge with the final say…it is actually funny seeing them make fools of themselves…weird Mika facial tics and all…so obvious…

  69. http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/328405-clinton-campaign-plagued-by-bickering

    ‘We Got An Ass-Chewing’

    Hillary was so mad she couldn’t think straight. She was supposed to be focused on the prep session for that night’s Univision debate in Miami, but a potent mix of exhaustion and exasperation bubbled up inside.

    She’d been humiliated in the Michigan primary the night before, a loss that not only robbed her of a prime opportunity to put Bernie Sanders down for good but also exposed several of her weaknesses. How could she have been left so vulnerable? She knew — or at least she thought she did. The blame belonged to her campaign team, she believed, for failing to hone her message, energize important constituencies and take care of business in getting voters to the polls. And now, Jake Sullivan, her de facto chief strategist, was giving her lip about the last answer she’d delivered in the prep session.

    “That’s not very good,” Sullivan corrected.

    “Really?” Hillary snapped back.

    The room fell silent.

    “Why don’t you do it?”

    The comment was pointed and sarcastic, but she meant it. So for the next 30 minutes, there he was, pretending to be Hillary while she critiqued his performance.

    Every time the Yale lawyer and former high school debate champ opened his mouth, Hillary cut him off. “That isn’t very good,” she’d say. “You can do better.” Then she’d hammer him with a Bernie line.

    It wasn’t just Sullivan in her crosshairs. She let everyone on her team have it that day. “We haven’t made our case,” she fumed. “We haven’t framed the choice. We haven’t done the politics.”

    “She was visibly, unflinchingly pissed off at us as a group,” said one aide who was in the room for the humiliating scene. “And she let us know she felt that way.”

    Hillary had been up into the wee hours the night before, agitating over her loss. This is because we made poor choices about where we traveled, she thought. She emailed Robby Mook to tell him she believed she’d spent too much time in the cities of Detroit and Flint and not enough in the working-class white suburbs around them. Sensing just how angry she was, Mook responded by putting together a morning conference call so that Hillary could vent. But that didn’t settle her; if anything, it left her more perplexed and angry, as her debate-prep team witnessed firsthand.

    Her aides took the browbeating — one of several she delivered in person and on the phone that day — in silence. They had a lot of their own thoughts on what went wrong, some of which echoed Hillary’s assessment: her message was off for Michigan, and she had refused to go hard against trade; Mook had pinched pennies and failed to put organizers on the ground; the polling and analytics were a touch too rosy, meaning the campaign didn’t know Bernie was ahead; she had set up an ambiguous decisionmaking structure on the campaign; and she’d focused too heavily on black and brown voters at the expense of competing for the whites who had formed her base in 2008. The list went on and on.

    The underlying truth — the one that many didn’t want to admit to themselves — was the person ultimately responsible for these decisions, the one whose name was on the ticket, hadn’t corrected these problems, all of which had been brought to her attention before primary day. She’d stuck with the plan, and it had cost her.

    While the campaign projected a ­drama-free tenor, it was reminiscent of other moments of frustration.

    Months earlier, Hillary Clinton turned her fury on her consultants and campaign aides, blaming them for a failure to focus the media on her platform.

    In her ear the whole time, spurring her on to cast blame on others and never admit to anything, was her husband. Neither Clinton could accept the simple fact that Hillary had hamstrung her own campaign and dealt the most serious blow to her own presidential aspirations.

    That state of denial would become more obvious than ever to her top aides and consultants during one conference call in the thick of the public discussion of her server. Joel Benenson, Mandy Grunwald, Jim Margolis, John Anzalone, John Podesta, Mook, Huma Abedin and Dan Schwerin were among the small coterie who huddled in Abedin’s mostly bare corner office overlooking the East River at the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters. Hillary and Bill, who rarely visited, joined them by phone.

    Hillary’s severe, controlled voice crackled through the line first. It carried the sound of a disappointed teacher or mother delivering a lecture before a whipping. That back end was left to Bill, who lashed out with abandon. Eyes cast downward, stomachs turning — both from the scare tactics and from their own revulsion at being chastised for Hillary’s failures — Hillary’s talented and accomplished team of professionals and loyalists simply took it. There was no arguing with Bill Clinton .

    You haven’t buried this thing, the ruddy-cheeked former president rasped. You haven’t figured out how to get Hillary’s core message to the voters. This has been dragging on for months, he thundered, and nothing you’ve done has made a damn bit of difference. Voters want to hear about Hillary’s plans for the economy, and you’re not making that happen. Now, do your damn jobs.

    “We got an ass-chewing,” one of the participants recalled months later.

    Hillary came back on the line to close the lecture. It was hard to tell what was worse — getting hollered at by Bill or getting scolded by the stern and self-righteous Hillary. Neither was pleasant. You heard him, she admonished. “Get it straight.” (me Unbelievable…no accountability for her own message)

    More information on “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” can be found here.

  70. I said recently that Tillerson was angry. Maybe disgusted was a more appropriate descriptor. In this video clip (ignore the body language reading if you wish) and listen to Tillerson and Lavrov.

    Tillerson seems rather happy. Lavrov not so much but he is laying down conditions for the White House. No more sneaky behind closed doors, back channels, etc and this was prefaced with a notation (dig) from Lavrov that Trump does NOT have his State Department staffed. That is no longer an excuse and that may be exactly what it is if Trump prefers to use personal staff that he is comfortable with being sent out to do “diplomacy”. Putin is not accepting that any longer (this was obviously discussed with Putin and the Lavrov statements are formalizing what was agreed) nor any secret stuff due to domestic political problems or personal preference in the White House.

    It also means that diplomacy will now come out of the State Dept. THOUGH Tillerson and Not White House advisers who are not confirmed by the Senate. Bad day for Goldy Sacks. I said he was an organization guy and uses the rules to his advantage.

  71. JbStonesFan, North Korea must be first to be destroyed. Not just de-nuclearized. A reunited singular entity called Korea must be the policy aim. A democratic Korea at the border of China will be a lesson to China not just as to their position on the totem poll. A democratic Korea at the border of China will also be a lesson to China on which economic system is better and once the Chinese can see the stark difference across a border, the sooner the Chinese Communist losers will be gone. The West is the best. The Chinese economic system does not work over the long run.

    As to Iran, the case has to be made that our enemy is the “Persian Empire of Terror”. It is not just Iran but their entire system designed to undermine the West and attack America.

    In our estimation the difficult part of these goals is the North Korea portion. While we are sure President Trump will at the very least denuclearize North Korea, we are less sure the more comprehensive aims can be achieved. Because of all the mountainous terrains with deep tunnels in North Korea and all their missiles in proximity to Seoul and Japan, President Trump will have a difficult time here. But because any confrontation will take place in Asia in one sense makes it easier for President Trump because China does not want nuclear clouds nor refugees by the millions. So the job will be tough but doable because President Trump has firmly established his brand as a tough guy.

    As to Iran, we frankly think that is the easier problem. We can think of several rather simple, not particularly perilous methods, to neuter the Persian Empire of Terror. The problem thus far has been lack of an American president willing to do what must be done. That big problem has vanished with the arrival of President Trump. After North Korea, the Persian Empire of Terror can be fairly quickly eliminated as a problem.

    As with everything that President Trump seeks to achieve, the main goal has to restore jobs, jobs, jobs, and the strength of the American economy. That is job #1. All political, and military power, grows from economic power.

  72. I really don’t know how this is all going to play out. But then I have never been a chess player.
    The main media seems oblivious to what is happening in NK, it’s all Russia Russia Russian, like imbeciles.
    I imagine Trump would need to go to Congress to proceed with taking out the Nukes in NK. I can only imagine the hysteria. But this is something that would have to happen quickly otherwise NK would unleash hell on SK, Japan … anywhere they are capable.
    I’m from the generation that hid under desks in elementary school, you know, it was going to protect us from the Nuke bomb. Jesus…

    We live in way too interesting times.

  73. Admin
    I’m curious that you think Iran can be easily dealt with. What do you think Trump can do to make that happen?

  74. North Korea must be first to be destroyed. Not just de-nuclearized. A reunited singular entity called Korea must be the policy aim. A democratic Korea at the border of China will be a lesson to China not just as to their position on the totem poll. A democratic Korea at the border of China will also be a lesson to China on which economic system is better and once the Chinese can see the stark difference across a border, the sooner the Chinese Communist losers will be gone. The West is the best. The Chinese economic system does not work over the long run.

    ——-

    Why not just let China have the former North Korea?

    That would make them a lot more invested in regime change.

    And if we want to show them that the West is the best, South Korea is right next door.

  75. S
    April 12, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    wbb…I know you mentioned the website Axios…it is run by Mike Allen…formerly with Politico and was constant guest on Morning Joe…not a Trump supporter…
    one of the biggest insiders of the insiders group think cabal…the one who is breathless when he thinks he has the big scoop…axios be forwarned…
    —————
    Well, it was a nice mission vision and values statement he made.

    Too bad none of it is true.

    I read his column this morning and realized my error.

    It was not an ordinary garden variety mistake, it was a grievous one.

    He says he is not fake news.

    He is a crock of shit/

    I did not realize he was formerly with Politico.

    That alone is the kiss of death.

    I humbly apologize.

  76. wbb…no apology necessary…these fake news ‘journalists’ are very sneaky people…
    their mission is to confuse and brainwash us…no wonder they keep changing websites and making up new ones…

  77. Matthew77, China has contempt for Koreans in general. In part it is a racial thing. Japanese hate Koreans too and vice versa.

    The last thing China wants is to have Koreans in their midst let alone have responsibility for clothing and feeding the very poor country. China has used North Korea as a tool to harass the West. China has been very happy with the non-peace that ended the Korean war fighting.

    China likes a divided Korea. North Korea is a buffer between China and the South. If President Trump told China “take North Korea, please” it would be a Henny Youngman joke. China racially and economically detests Koreans especially North Koreans. China cannot afford to feed their poor neighbors, let alone police them.

    What President Trump has done is call their bluff. Trump is basically saying, “you view NK as a client state, then make them behave or it proves you cannot even control a weak impoverished entity on your own border. How can you claim to be a great power if you cannot control such weaklings? If you can’t control such weaklings it must mean you are weaklings too.”

    The Chinese since the mandarins and emperors have had a concept of saving face. Trump is showing them they have lost face.

    Trump is also putting them in an untenable position. China cannot keep the situation as is. China cannot take over the North. China cannot allow the South to unify with the North.

    China confronts two realistic possibilities. Either let the South have the entire peninsula or become a very involved landlord to those pesky Koreans to the south. Getting rid of the Phat Un does not even postpone the problem because there is still the problem of nukes and missiles.

    China’s best bet in our estimation? Give South Korea the entire peninsula with the caveats that there will be a demilitarized zone of at least a mile at the northern border with China. Also, the U.S. would not be able to build more military bases in the new Korea, especially no new naval bases. This deal would work for President Trump too.

    That article posted earlier in the comments holds lots of clues because it comes from the Chinese army:

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/11/china-might-bomb-north-korea-if-it-crosses-beijings-bottom-line/

    If North Korea crosses Beijing’s “bottom line,” China may bomb its neighbor.

    China warns the North’s nuclear activities must not jeopardize northeastern China. If North Korea negatively impacts China with its illicit nuclear activities, the latter will respond with force, a Global Times editorial published on the news service for the Chinese military stressed.

    China has a bottom line that it will protect at all costs, that is, the security and stability of northeast China,” the report stated. “If the bottom line is touched, China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back … By that time, it is not an issue of discussion whether China acquiesces in the US’ blows, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks [on] DPRK nuclear facilities on its own.” [snip]

    We all know that the DPRK’s sixth nuclear test is imminent, and various parties, especially China, are generally worried about this,” the editorial commented.

    North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site is located far from Pyongyang but disconcertingly close to China. During past North Korean nuclear tests, buildings cracked and schools were evacuated in China. With each nuclear test, the explosive yield of the nuclear bomb grows, intensifying the threat to China.

    If by any chance nuclear leakage or pollution incidents happen, the damage to northeast China environment will be catastrophic and irreversible,” the military report explained.

    The commentary points out that North Korea’s nuclear facilities are “fixed and known” to the outside world, theoretically making them easier to strike. China might permanently wipe out the North’s ability to produce nuclear material for nuclear weapons.

    The report also stressed that North Korea must not “fall into turmoil,” causing refugees to spill across the border. Furthermore, China will never accept a North Korean government that is hostile to Beijing, nor will it ever tolerate U.S. forces crossing the Yalu River in a conflict on the peninsula.

    While the views expressed in the report may not necessarily represent the immediate views of the state, the article highlights the reality that North Korea is becoming a liability rather than an asset to the Chinese.

    China today did not veto a U.S. resolution on Syria at the U.N. China has turned away coal carrying ships from North Korea. The hints are all there and by April 15 we will have a resolution of the Korea crisis which began in 1948.

  78. Optimist, The Persian Empire of Terror has a very well educated population. They are basically very modern with pretensions of a religiosity of the “pure” past. That population is very reliant on elevators, escalators, cars, traffic lights, computers, cell phones, and all sorts of technological marvels from the West they claim to loathe and oppose.

    Without giving anything away, that type of society is very easy to destroy. There are weapons systems that can deprive them of all that modernity. The geographical positioning of the Persian Empire of Terror also makes them susceptible to various attacks. Picture a Tehran without electricity or any type of computer power such as cell phones and computers (cars too).

    Iran is not a nomadic society of camels and tents like Afghanistan. Iran relies on the technology of the West. And that could all be yanked away rapidly. Picture a rich Iranian in Tehran climbing twenty floors of stairs to get to his/her apartment on the way to/from a workplace without electricity or water from a faucet.

  79. Matthew77, check out the latest from “Global Times”. GT is the English language version of the official propaganda organ of the Chinese state, “People’s Daily”. This is astonishing stuff coming from this source:

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1041998.shtml

    Is North Korea nuclear crisis reaching a showdown?

    US President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them!

    North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly convened on Tuesday. A few days later, North Korea will mark the birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Il-sung on April 15, also known as the Day of the Sun. Pyongyang likes to launch nuclear activities as a political salute around this date. Therefore, April is widely seen as a high-risk period for new nuclear tests by North Korea.

    The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is headed toward the Korean Peninsula after abruptly turning back from sailing to Australia, and Trump sent a warning via his tweet. These are probably related to reports that satellite surveillance shows North Korea is likely to conduct new nuclear tests.

    Washington’s latest threat to Pyongyang is more credible given its just launched missile attack at an air base in Syria. The Korean Peninsula has never been so close to a military clash since the North conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

    If Pyongyang conducts its sixth nuclear test in the near future, the possibility of US military action against it will be higher than ever. Not only Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honors his promises.

    Now the Trump team seems to have decided to solve the North Korean nuclear crisis. As the discussion runs deeper, a situation of no-solution will not be accepted.

    A new nuclear test or an intercontinental ballistic missile test, if conducted by Pyongyang at this time, will be a slap in the face of the US government and will intensify the confrontation between North Korea and the US.

    Presumably Beijing will react strongly to Pyongyang’s new nuclear actions. China will not remain indifferent to Pyongyang’s aggravating violation of the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution.

    More and more Chinese support the view that the government should enhance sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear activities. If the North makes another provocative move this month, the Chinese society will be willing to see the UNSC adopt severe restrictive measures that have never been seen before, such as restricting oil imports to the North. Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program is intended for securing the regime, however, it is reaching a tipping point. Pyongyang hopes its gamble will work, but all signs point to the opposite direction.

    The US is making up its mind to stop the North from conducting further nuclear tests, it doesn’t plan to co-exist with a nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

    China supports solution of the North Korean nuclear issue under the framework of UNSC and Six-Party Talks. If the US takes unilateral action, it will win little international support. Pyongyang can continue its tough stance, however, for its own security, it should at least halt provocative nuclear and missile activities.

    Pyongyang should avoid making mistakes at this time.

    Notice the threat, rather the many threats, from People’s Daily is directed at the Phat Un, not President Donald J. Trump. To the contrary People’s Daily is strongly signaling support for an American attack against North Korea.

    Tax time might be more interesting than usual this year if NK chooses the Phat Un’s ambitions over President Trump’s warnings.

  80. admin, too freaking funny.

    This second missile has gone rogue, changed target, and instead of chasing President Trump is now fixed upon Barack Obama’s leading-from-his-behind ass and about to penetrate that well used tunnel.

  81. If President Trump told China “take North Korea, please” it would be a Henny Youngman joke
    ——
    Very nice!

    And VERY true.

    China does not mind if N. Korea gets upity.

    They just don’t want N. Korea to get too close to them.

  82. The Chinese position does not impress me.

    Frankly, the sanctions they propose have been tried before, and this time around they are more likely to induce a nuclear attack, than to prevent one.

    The only answer is to take out those nuclear weapons before the mad man can use them.

    That is common sense.

  83. China says a unilateral strike on those nukes would not be supported by the International community, according to China.

    That too is lie.

    North Korea threatens all nations in the region.

    Therefore, the would full support a surgical attack which destroyed those weapons

    Provided that is possible and it achieve the desired result.

    Getting back to Phillip Mangano, Admin, he used to pose the question:

    In situations like this, which is more important–

    The intention of your enemy, or his capabilities.

    The correct answer is capabilities.

    Because the intentions of a dictator like this one

    Are at best mercurial

    And at worse pathological

  84. A bit off-topic, but relevant to healthcare and why the average American lifespan is going down despite the fact we spend like twice as much on healthcare than other nations. I was going to get an Oncoblot test for my 60th birthday because my parent both developed cancer in their 70’s and this test is capable of detecting several dozen kinds of cancer, years before most conventional methods. Of course it is NOT covered by insurance and I even read they have made it illegal for New York residents.

    Well, the test became unavailable in January because the company was bought out. Supposedly it is to become available again but there is no sign of it. Months now and no news. The internet is too silent over the loss of something so important. I am wondering if it will become permanently unavailable. Cancer is big business.

  85. Bill O’Reilley is being driven off FOX by Rupert Murdock and sexual harassment charges.

    That routine is getting tired.

  86. China likes a divided Korea. North Korea is a buffer between China and the South. If President Trump told China “take North Korea, please” it would be a Henny Youngman joke. China racially and economically detests Koreans especially North Koreans. China cannot afford to feed their poor neighbors, let alone police them.
    ——-
    Yep. Just shows how little I know about Asian geopolitics.

    Immediately after posting my comment, I had the following thought:

    “I wonder how often in history China has occupied the Korean peninsula?”

    I looked it up. The answer is basically “not since (or during) the Ming Dynasty”.

    Apparently China is perfectly happy to leave Korea alone.

    And yes, mutual racial animus seems to be part of the reason.

  87. I like that analysis adm. “Persian Empire Of Terror”
    ======================================================
    As to O’Reilley, it comes down to $$$$$. He has the best ratings, but if too many sponsors leave, he could be gone. Murdock is likely a social liberal who has made billions with the Fox News conservative brand.

  88. Finally, maybe his soul will be able to rest and his family find some peace

    Mary Chastain | 4/12/2017 – 9:30pm

    Terry’s death revealed AG Holder’s gun-walking scheme Operation Fast and Furious.

    FINALLY. After seven long years, authorities have arrested the man suspected of pulling the trigger and murdering Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

    The gun he used belonged to Operation Fast and Furious, the gun running scheme set up under then-Attorney General Eric Holder. Fox News reported:

    The suspect, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, was apprehended by a joint U.S.-Mexico law enforcement task force that included the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC).

    A $250,000 reward had been sought for information leading to the arrest of Osorio-Arellanes, who was captured at a ranch on the border of the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua. U.S. authorities have said they will seek his extradition.

    Others involved in the murder received convictions a few years ago. Fox News continued:

    Four members of the “rip crew” already been sentenced to jail time in the U.S. Manual Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in February 2014.

    In October 2015, Ivan Soto-Barraza and Jesus Sanchez-Meza were convicted by a federal jury of nine different charges, including first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery.

    Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez, accused of assembling the “rip crew,” was sentenced to 27 years in prison after striking a plea agreement with prosecutors.

    The last remaining member of the “rip crew,” Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, is believed to still be at large.

    Operation Fast and Furious

    Holder’s scheme came to light due to Terry’s murder. It was not until August 2012, though, that a report finally revealed the details how those in the Department of Justice formulated the gun walking scheme.

    The scheme allowed criminals to grab over 2,000 guns. Authorities have discovered guns at twelve crime scenes across America. I reported at Breitbart:

    Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa revealed in the contempt case against Attorney General Eric Holder that Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, head of the Criminal Division in the DOJ, was one who knew about Fast & Furious. This report mentions Bruer was the author of an August 19, 2009 memo to Mr. Holder with recommendations of the Firearms Trafficking Working Group, which would help stop the flow of guns into Mexico.

    A few months later then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, another man directly below Mr. Holder, wrote the draft for “Strategy for Combating the Mexican Cartels.” This would prove to be the blueprint for Operation Fast & Furious.

    The draft says “seizing firearms through interdiction will not stop firearms trafficking to Mexico” and they “must identify, investigate, and eliminate the sources of illegally trafficked firearms and the networks that transport them.” Instead of concentrating on the straw purchases Mr. Ogden wanted them to concentrate on the bigger picture.

    No one at the DOJ faced punishment. Not a single person.

    Brian Terry

    I ran the Fast and Furious beat over at Breitbart, especially with the media. They ignored and made excuses for their lack of coverage on the scandal that left so many dead.

    But I also made sure no one forgot Brian Terry. I grew close to his family through Facebook and emails. I wrote posts on his birthday and the anniversary of his death in order to keep his memory alive. Here are some excerpts from a birthday post that showed the world Terry was a very special man:

    Growing up Brian was always interested in law enforcement. He joined the United States Marine Corp right out of high school. Afterwards he would earn his degree in Criminal Justice and became a police officer for the Ecorse Police Department. He would later transfer to the Lincoln Park Police.

    This wasn’t enough for Brian. He wanted to fulfill his goal of becoming a federal agent. In 2007 Brian was accepted into the Border Patrol Academy in El Paso and would graduate president of his class. But Brian wanted to always reach the top. He decided to become a BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) agent. These agents are the cream of the crop, the absolute best.

  89. What I don’t understand is the light sentences, 27 years, 30 years, and you know they won’t serve all the time… I’m calling BS on this…
    And poor Terry probably will not rest, one is still at large.

  90. And in actuality, the true criminals, Barack and Holder are still at large. They need to be held responsible.
    It makes me sick that nothing was ever done, no one paid the price but innocent people with their lives and the fraud is living the vida loca in the Caribbean while holder is busy plotting more nefarious schemes.

  91. There are, of course, other scenarios.

    With 150,000 troops poised at the North Korean border

    It is possible that they will take over that country

    And put take the nuclear toys away from the chipmonk

    And put him in a cage where he belongs

    I cannot forget the comment by a love lorn millenia

    Casting her lustful eyes on the chip monk

    And wondering aloud

    Why are all the good ones taken

    But apart from that what might China’s deeper motives be

    My friend believes it is lebenslaum

    Room to live

    She tells me that China’s biggest worry right now is pandemic

    I am at the age where life extension therapies are of interest

    My doctor wants to test my hair for heavy metals

    He says the industrialization of China has polluted the stratesphere

    And it is all raining down on terra firma, in our crops, our soil, our water

    But Bejing is the center of all this

    So they need not only lebansraum, but a place to escape

    She says China is likely to move in and take over N. Korea

    And if they do that, she believes they will head south

    And then we will have a nuclear standoff at that parallel

    If they cross the line, she believes the dims will fold like a cheap watch

    Anything to depose Trump, they say

    If he stands his ground, the dims and big media may move to impeach

    I don’t think so myself

    But seeing just how spineless congress is, and how depraved big media is

    I am not sure that I am right.

  92. They are doing a remake of Indiana Jones.

    Brian Williams will be featured in the main role.

    When asked, Brian said its always good to practice his acting skills

    For that belle die when he kicks Lestor to the curb and seizes back his rightful role as of NBC anchor

    Just like Indian Jones would

  93. For a change of pace, Admin you may like this, The Wrecking Crew were Sessions artists that played and developed the music of the 60’s and 70’s for most of all Rock and Roll. it is a documentary on Netflix I believe.
    Nice to see a woman involved…

    Movie Review: The Wrecking Crew [Warden]
    Those of you who grew up listening to pop and rock and roll in the mid 60’s through the 70’s might be surprised to know that almost none of the artists you followed played on their own albums.

    Just about every popular musical group back then, from the Beach Boys to Elvis, relied on session musicians for their song recordings, the best of which was a group of 10-20 (depending on who you ask) session players known as The Wrecking Crew.

    This band of industry legends was led by guitarist, Tommy Tedesco. His son, Denny, produced and directed the 2015 documentary, The Wrecking Crew, based mostly on past and recent interviews from its members. He began work on the film in 1995 after his father was diagnosed with cancer. It was a struggle for Denny Tedesco to secure the necessary music licensing for his film, but with help from a Kickstarter campaign, he was finally able to release it.

    Denny Tedesco is not an experienced filmmaker, but his project is clearly a work of love. The musicians he interviews are almost unknown to the public–most of their work was never credited–but collectively they influenced the industry more than any single famous musical artist or group of the period.

    Prior to The Wrecking Crew’s emergence, albums were primarily recorded in New York City. Once rock and roll came along, the landscape shifted and the scene moved to California. The older session players hated rock and roll and refused to play it, as they considered it beneath their ability. The younger musicians who would eventually make up the Wrecking Crew saw the new genre as an opportunity and a foothold into a hyper competitive industry. In the course of the documentary you can tell that none of them really love the style–one mentions he could play that stuff at 16 years old without much of a challenge–but they seem more amused by it than resentful of it.

    One theme that runs throughout the film is how much these artists shaped the music the public came to love. All of them could sight read and knock out albums of any style in just a few hours of recording time, but their real genius was in helping to produce the sound. Sometimes the studio would just give the session musicians a rough idea of what they wanted and left it to the guys to sort out the intros, hooks and arrangements.

    An artist that you will recognize in this documentary is the Beach Boys’, Brian Wilson. He worked extensively with The Wrecking Crew in recording in the highly acclaimed and revolutionary album, Pet Sounds.

    Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the Beach Boys. God only knows why Paul McCartney claimed that “God Only Knows” is the greatest song ever written. To me, it’s the auditory equivalent of pouring a cup of honey covered sugar into your mouth, then chasing it with a shot of maple syrup.

    At any rate, Wilson is a worthwhile addition to an enjoyable film. Cher is also featured. I wish Tedesco had found a few more well known artists and producers to help balance the film, but that’s just nitpicking. Overall it’s a solid ride.

    For those who are interested in this topic, there’s an entire museum in Nashville that’s dedicated to session musicians.

    The Wrecking Crew can be found on Netflix.

    Correction: I am told that the lead singer of the Beach Boys was, in fact, Brian Wilson and not Brian Williams as previously stated. We apologize for the error. Brian Williams, of course, was the lead vocalist for the Beatles up until joining the Green Berets to serve in Vietnam.

  94. Big media is doing to Bannon what they did to Flynn

    They want him out, and they want Trump to become a “conventional–Republican loser who protects Washington.

    They are trying to suggest that just as Rove was Bush’s brain, Bannon is Trump’s brain.

    I think he has pushed them off saying he was winning before Steve came in which may or may not be true, if you look at the polls.

    But he is his own man, and contentions to the incessant claims to the contrary by big media are getting under his skin.

    I told you what my radar tells me about McMaster. I don’t like him. Period. (Not that it makes any difference, except for analytical purposes).

    He is a Patreaus guy, and that alone is a problem. There are some conflicts of interest to be concerned with.

    It turns out, McMaster wanted boots on the ground in Syria, and Trump nixed it.

    That is a good thing.

    But keep an eye on McMaster.

    He is no General Flynn.

    But if I am right, he’s trouble.

    The good news is Donald seems to know it.

  95. gonzotx
    April 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm
    Funny you should bring up Brian Williams wbb!
    ———-
    Every night Gonzo–every night at 6 pm

    I sat there on the rug wathching the wide screen teeveee

    And when Ly’n Bryan came on

    The hypnotic sound of his dead pan voice

    Reading his Q cards

    I nodded in agreement with everything he said

    When I learned he was a lying cocksucker

    My world was shattered.

  96. On the other hand, Mattis is solid as the rock of Gibralter.

    I get the from people who know him in the Corps.

  97. Power blog says the firing of Bannon would be a blow to conservatives.

    Given the fact that Bannon keeps a check list of campaign promises, I think that iteration is too limited.

    The more accurate rendition would be as follows:

    The firing of Bannon would be a blow to the people who elected Trump.

    How now brown cow.

  98. As I look at some of these conservative sites, people are questioning the president.

    Liberals never do this when one of their own is in the oval office

    But we do–probably because most of us are individualist, whereas the other side is collectivists–sheep

    However, the point to bear in mind is who else is there besides Trump.

    And the answer is nobody.

    That being the case, we need to find ways to influence him our way.

    And to fulfill his campaign promises, to the extent that is possible.

  99. Good insights from Scott Adams about the NK problem.

    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159495094661/the-north-korea-reframe

    Prior U.S. presidents framed the North Korean nuclear program as a problem between the United States and North Korea, with China as an unhelpful third party with its own interests. That framing was weak and useless. North Korea did whatever it wanted to do.

    President Trump recently changed the frame. Now it’s not so much a problem between the United States and North Korea as it is a branding battle between China and the U.S., with North Korea being the less-important part of the equation. President Trump has said clearly and repeatedly that if China doesn’t fix the problem in its own backyard, the USA will step in to do what China couldn’t get done.

    See the power in that framing? China doesn’t want a weak “brand.”

    With the new framing, we already see China talking tougher about North Korea. They stopped buying North Korean coal, which is something they said they would do before Inauguration Day. But by then, Trump had already reframed the situation the way I described. And he was weeks from being Commander-in-Chief when he did it.

    The only thing lacking in Trump’s reframing was a credible threat that he would launch a decapitation strike against North Korea. That problem was solved over chocolate cake at Mar Lago when the visiting President of China, Xi, observed Trump give the order to send 59 Tomahawk missiles into a sovereign country that had pissed him off just a few days earlier.

    Then Trump ordered an “armada” of American warships to the vicinity of North Korea just to remind Xi that we have options.

    Trump also suggested that our trade negotiations with China will go a lot better if North Korea is no longer a problem. Trump didn’t go so far as to suggest adding a “North Korea tax” to Chinese imports, to pay for our military presence in South Korea, but I like to think it is an option.

    This is the sort of thing I was hoping to see when the Master Persuader took office. His reframing on North Korea is pitch-perfect. We’ve never seen anything like this.

    Some of you will be tempted to argue that nothing has really changed. But I think the face-to-face meeting between Xi and Trump, and the movement of North Korea to a branding competition between superpowers is a big, big deal. It would be hard, if not politically impossible, for Xi to go easy on North Korea from this point on.

    In related news…

    This has been a good week for President Trump. So far, we have seen:

    1. Sean Spicer (accidentally?) caused the opposition media to argue that Hitler analogies are ridiculous.

    2. The Syrian attack established Trump as a measured and decisive leader. His popularity will rise. Even many of his critics supported the attack.

    3. Trump solved for the “puppet of Putin” allegation by attacking its client state, Syria.

    4. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee succeeded, albeit the hard way.

    5. The healthcare issue is moving forward after the initial trial-balloon that was more of a negotiating step than a real proposal.

    6. Tax reform is now on hold for healthcare reform, but no one thinks that is a bad way to go. The savings on healthcare are part of any budget and tax plan.

    7. Relations with China look good. Trump and Xi had good chemistry.

    8. China is putting the pressure on North Korea like never before.

    9. The economy is good, and optimism is high, in part thanks to Trump. (Mostly the optimism part.)

    10. Iran is probably a bit more flexible this week after watching the Syrian attack.

    11. News coverage had already mostly evolved from “Trump is Hitler” to “Trump is incompetent.” The Syrian attack and the North Korean situation moved Trump to “Effective, but some of us don’t like what he is doing” I wasn’t expecting that to happen before the end of the year.

    You can tell me other presidents have had better starts. But I doubt that is the case. Keep in mind that Trump started in the deepest hole of any president, ever. He’s already halfway out of the hole and establishing himself as a strong leader on international issues.

  100. Trump is using the impending collapse of Obamacare next month to bend stubborn Dims to his will.
    ——-
    That is pretty good leverage.

    If it collapses, its all on them.

    That is when deals get done.

    That may be the only way to work through the archane process.

    It would be preferable if the new law had bi partisan support.

    Better, but not necessary, provided he can keep the Republican idiots in line.

    In my life time, I have never seen a worse group of congress people that we see today.

    Maybe its the result of re districting, media bias, or a general decline in the cognitive skills of the voting population.

    But it is known fact, made obvious every time you turn on the television.

    If you owned a company, and up capital at risk, how many of these hunyaks would you trust with the crown jewels.

    But then there is Lindsey, the poseur.

    For years we assumed he was a male, and he passed himself off that way.

    Turns out we were all fooled, and it took a geriatric supreme court justice to point out just how wrong we were.

    And that is not just an opinion–it is a finding of fact and a conclusion of law

    And not just any law–the law of the land.

    This is helpful, because many of us were confused.

    We understood why he was a warmonger and merchant of death.

    A mere perusal of his donor list and his romance with the ugly old man of the senate—bombiran McCain

    It was his fixation with transgender bathrooms that flummoxed us—until Justice Ginzberg spoke, and settled the issue.

  101. Tony,
    Thanks for the article by Scot Adams at 2:37 am, what were you doing up at that time!

    Wbb,
    It was hilarious when Ginsburg told the world Lindsey was a female Senator😹

  102. For you wbb, it will make your day, Miss Manners Mitchell, given a verbal spanking by the Russians

    http://thehill.com/policy/international/russia/328501-russia-diplomat-scolds-andrea-mitchells-manners#

    April 12, 2017 – 01:03 PM EDT
    Russia diplomat questions NBC journalists “manners”

    BY MARK HENSCH

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday scolded NBC News’s Andrea Mitchell when she tried asking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a question.

    “Mr. Secretary, the Russians don’t believe the intelligence,” she began during the pair’s press conference in Moscow. “How confident are you, Mr. Secretary—?”

    Mitchell was unable to finish her question, as Lavrov interjected.

    “Who was bringing you up?” Lavrov asked Mitchell in English, before switching to Russian. “Who was giving you your manners, you know?”
    Lavrov’s rebuke of Mitchell, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, came during Tillerson’s first visit to Russia since becoming President Trump’s secretary of State and amid growing tension between the U.S. and Russia over Syrian President Bashar Assad’s recent actions during his nation’s ongoing civil war.

    Trump ordered a missile strike in Syria last week following reports that forces loyal to Assad conducted a chemical strike on Syrian citizens in the northern part of the country.

    Lavrov earlier Wednesday accused the U.S. of an “unlawful attack” against Syria, adding that Moscow would not abandon its longstanding support of Assad.

    “We consider it of the utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future,” he said of Trump’s strike.

    Mitchell was escorted from a State Department press conference in March after repeatedly trying to question Tillerson about China and Russia.

    The veteran reporter on Monday criticized Tillerson for shunning the press when making major diplomatic trips.

    “You should not be flying into Beijing without a press corps. You should not be going to Moscow without the press corps. It’s wrong.

    Tillerson reportedly left the press pool behind when he went to the Kremlin earlier for an unannounced visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  103. None of the reasons proffered by the dims and deep state to launch thermonuclear war with Russia made much sense to me. They seemed false, contrived and, frankly, dangerous.

    So I was in the no war please column until yesterday. What happened yesterday? It was shocking. The Russian foreign minister had the audacity to tell Andrea to sit down, shut up, and show some class. Woweee! Did she? For 90 seconds, yes. But it wasn’t long before she was back at it. Perhaps you notice this elicited a smile from our grim faced secretary of state.

    If the Russians had just left it there, the world be safe–relatively speaking. But they did the unthinkable. Noting that Andrea had the boorish manners of a cave woman, they proposed, along with defending the Syrian dictator, that she embark upon an all expenses paid trip to Siberia, where they maintain a charm school for people like her. Greenspan could visit here there whenever he feels frisky–which means never. But the would teach her all the junior league stuff missing in her formal education, such as how to set a table, how to walk with a book on your head, and how to be civil.

    That was a national insult. I for one feel insulted that they would take such indecent liberties to suggest such a thing. I believe we now have the causus belli others have been looking for. Until now it was a case of a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there. But now those Russians have crossed a red line, and we must show them we will not take it any more. I want to thank Andrea for helping many of us grasp the grave nature of the threat we are facing.

  104. US-Russian relations down really a bad thing?

    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159526704931/us-and-russian-relationship-at-a-low

    Scott Adams’ Blog

    U.S. and Russian Relationship at a Low?

    Posted April 13th, 2017 @ 8:15am in #Trump #Putin

    Everyone is saying the relationship between the United States and Russia is really, really bad right now. President Trump says it is bad. Russia agrees. All the pundits agree too.

    So it must be true, right?

    In the 2nd dimension – where things are just the way they look – it does seem that the U.S. and Russia are in a bad place with each other. The United States attacked Russia’s little buddy, Assad, for allegedly using chemical weapons. But Russia says Assad didn’t use chemical weapons. Now Russia is mad at the United States.

    Maybe the situation is exactly what I just described.

    But just for fun, let’s hop up to the 3rd dimension (of persuasion) and see what the view looks like.

    Hopping up now. Looking around…

    Okay, it looks different from here. In the 3rd dimension, the smartest thing for both Trump and Putin to say right now is that relations between Russia and the U.S. are terrible… while not thinking it is true in any practical sense.

    For Trump, pretending to have bad relations with Russia solves for his “Puppet of Putin” problem while giving him room to improve. He’s setting the bar as low as the bar will go. And he gets a free pass on Russian relations right now because public opinion in the United States is supportive of the Syrian strike. Later, when relations with Russia improve, it will look like progress. Trump wins now, and he wins later too.

    Luckily for President Trump, Putin also has an incentive to pretend that relations with the United States are strained. He needs to put up a strong front because of all the usual reasons countries act tough. Given the circumstances, I’d say Russia is acting restrained.

    The United States and Russia are what I call “natural allies.” We have some common problems to solve (notably ISIS), and no natural problems with each other, such as claims to the same territory, or a long history of shooting wars against each other. And both countries are super-pragmatic.

    The smartest play right now for both Trump and Putin (two Master Persuaders) is to claim relations between their countries are in the basement and can’t get much worse. That quiets the haters without creating any real risk of a trade war or a shooting war. Everyone gets what they need in this situation. And when relations improve – which they will – everyone gets to take credit for it.

    I wish all of our national problems were as harmless as this one.

  105. You should not be flying into Beijing without a press corps.

    You should not be going to Moscow without the press corps.

    It’s wrong!!!!—Andrea hath spoken . . .

    ———–

    But its not working.

    Maybe she needs to change her schict.

    If Andrea and Helen Thomas this little duet

    Like Monroe and Russell did in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

    I am confident Tillerson would melt away.

    A little this, a little thataa, wiht an emphasis on the latta.

  106. Chutzpah.

    Example 1: The child who murders his parents, and then asks for clemency because he is an orphan.

    Example 2: The talking head who trashes Trump 24/7 and then cries foul when his secretary of state fails to take her with him when he goes around the world to meet with world leaders on crises.

  107. Correction: its not so much the trashing, its the censorship of positive news, and the twistification of the truth for crass political ends, those are is the reasons big media does not deserve a seat at the table. Simply put, they have demonstrated through the deeds and their words that they cannot be trusted. And the stakes right now are too large to put up with their bullshit, soft coup and stupid questions.

  108. From CTH…makes sense

    America-First is not about isolationism; it is about the smart use of America’s aggregate scale and influence to shape outcomes that benefit America First.

    Economic Diplomacy Continues – President Trump Softens Tone Toward China Currency Manipulation…
    FEATURED
    Posted by sundance
    President Trump gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal where he changed a prior position on declaring China a “currency manipulator”:

    (Via ABC) According to the Wall Street Journal, the president said the decision came in consideration of talks with China over its role in countering North Korean weapons testing. Trump said that any move to attach the designation could hamper China-U.S. relations. He claimed that, in recent months, China’s currency manipulation has halted. (link)

    Is this a change in position? Yes.

    It is an arbitrary change, or even an unexpected shift? Hell no.

    As we have pointed out since the February 2016 GOP debate, the Trump approach toward North Korean hostilities is to leverage China to get control over N-Korea. –Expanded Backstory–

    President Trump is realigning U.S. geopolitical relationships based on America-First interests. President Trump is using economic leverage to provide security and global stability. President Trump knows how to stroke the panda fur.

    Last night President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping held another consultation call.

    Earlier today China abstained from vetoing a U.N. security council resolution against the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Russia was forced to stand alone in alliance with Bashir Assad. Russia is now isolated. To emphasize that point, President Trump publicly states his support for NATO.

    Earlier this week, following the April 6th, 7th Florida meeting between President Xi and President Trump, China refused to allow North Korean coal cargo ships to unload. Today, China signaled they may temporarily ban the export of oil into North Korea. Through these actions North Korea is becoming isolated.

    China holds leverage over North Korea as the U.S. holds leverage over Puerto Rico.

    As we stated in 2016, and again in January 2017, President Trump is positioning economic leverage with China to promote U.S. security interests.

    The non-designation of China as a “currency manipulator” may be a billion benefit to China today, but if China can leverage productive action by North Korea, that same transactional exchange may save the U.S. billions in the use of military and peacekeeping assets, and provide enhanced security to South Korea – another strategic economic interest of the U.S.

    This should come as no surprise to those who carefully followed Donald Trump’s public positions on the issues. Bold predictive statements made earlier provide the leverage today for President Trump to find a larger economic and national security win.

    In the last 24 hours:

    ♦ Russia said President Putin would not meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Hours later Vladimir Putin hosted T-Rex for more than two hours.

    ♦ Russia vetos a U.N. Security Council resolution against Syria, and China refused to stand with them – that’s a historic shift of alliance.

    ♦ President Trump modifies his position on Chinese currency, and China announces the possibility of an oil embargo against North Korea.

    […] A new nuclear test or an intercontinental ballistic missile test, if conducted by Pyongyang at this time, will be a slap in the face of the US government and will intensify the confrontation between North Korea and the US.

    Presumably Beijing will react strongly to Pyongyang’s new nuclear actions. China will not remain indifferent to Pyongyang’s aggravating violation of the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution.

    More and more Chinese support the view that the government should enhance sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear activities. If the North makes another provocative move this month, the Chinese society will be willing to see the UNSC adopt severe restrictive measures that have never been seen before, such as restricting oil imports to the North.

    Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program is intended for securing the regime, however, it is reaching a tipping point. Pyongyang hopes its gamble will work, but all signs point to the opposite direction. (link)

    President Trump is leveraging China toward successful objectives in both Syria and

    North Korea. In both instances Russia and North Korea are more isolated. Additionally, in both of the key security interests of the United States, the use of this economic leverage means we do not have to involve our military.

    The media are gleefully pointing out reversals or modifications of prior positions announced by candidate, now President, Donald Trump. However, within each of these modified positions there are enormous benefits to the America-First platform.

    America-First is not about isolationism; it is about the smart use of America’s aggregate scale and influence to shape outcomes that benefit America First.

  109. The United States and Russia have offered differing accounts of the facts on the ground.

    Putin claimed Tuesday that his ally, the Syrian president, had been set up.

    US officials said they were confident the country’s dictator had gassed his own people.

    We insist on an OBJECTIVE INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT HAPPENED,’ Lavrov said.

    On that, he and Tillerson AGREED.

    If this was a false flag operation launched by our CIA and Saudi Arabia to influence policy

    Then the architects of that skulduggery are guilty of war crimes

    About that I can tell you two things:

    Putin believes this was a set up

    The Obama influenced CIA, including Brennan who was tight with Saudi Arabia, has a very checkered past.

    The only way we will know is to conduct that investigation.

    It should be done under the auspicies of the UN.

    The question is not whether civilians were murdered.

    The question is did Assad–or actors within his control do it?

    Finding an objective answer to that narrow question is essential.

    Both sides cannot be telling the truth, when one says X and the other not X.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4405926/Tillerson-DOES-meet-Vladimir-Putin.html#ixzz4e9Hi9nTE
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  110. TRUMP DROPS THE FATHER OF ALL BOMBS

    US ‘drops largest ever non-nuclear bomb’ targeting ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan

    CNN reports the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb — nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB) — was dropped in at 7pm local time today (4pm UK time)

  111. I hope the evidence clearly supports our position.

    I am proud of the fact that Tillerson agrees with me.

    If the investigation discloses that Assad did it, then I believe Russia will remove him, just as China will remove the chipmunk.

    But after seeing the lengths to which our intelligence agencies have gone launch false allegations, denials and stonewalling

    It is hard for me to trust what they say.

    For the future of US-Russia relations, this is an essential step.

  112. This is where the lies big media, the dims and the CIA have been promulgating about Russian collusion with Trump undermines diplomacy, and raises the chances of WWIII. This what happens when the three pieces of the opposition party engage in sedition as oppose to responsible governing. We need answers, and Tillerson is smart enough to say that. If you want to return to the cold war, just leave it where it is. If you want a productive relationship going forward, get to the bottom of this. I do not trust the CIA any more than I would trust the KGB. In both cases, their reputation precedes them.

  113. Bannon Vs. The Bureaucrats

    By DICK MORRIS

    Published on DickMorris.com on April 10, 2017

    Steve Bannon is the core of the Trump White House, the keeper of the flame. He understands Donald the same way that Drew Bundini Brown grasped the essence of Mohammed Ali. And when Brown wrote the famous lines: “float like a butterfly; sting like a bee,” he did as much to cement Ali’s legacy as the iconic photo of him standing over a prostrate Sonny Liston.

    Bannon takes Trump’s instincts and makes them politically marketable and governmentally relevant. You look at Tillerson, Mattis, McMaster, Kushner and at Priebus. You see a recycling of the types that made the Bushes bland and blend in. Then you look at Bannon, the Michael Moore of the right.

    He is what’s different. He is what makes the Trump Administration unique and attractive to the blue-collar voters who put them in office. He is Donald Trump’s muse. Take him out of the equation, remove him from the white house mix and you will have a frustrated Donald Trump, unsure how to translate his instincts into rhetoric and thence into policy. The poetry of the Trump government will be over and replaced by dull prosaic boiler plate language and timid achievements.

    Don’t take the spark plug out of the car.

    The Trump Campaign was a mess before Bannon showed up. And it would expire if he left.

    Can’t Bannon advise from afar? Send in memo? Emails? Tweets?

    The White House can’t work that way. Either you are immersed in all of the policy, legal, political, financial, and bureaucratic ins and outs of policy or you might as well keep your advice to yourself. No matter how attractive the dress you design if you are on the outside, it won’t fit when the Administration tries it on.

    To be creative and lend life and originality to a presidency, you have to be at the president’s side as he runs the traps, navigates the bureaucrats, answers the lawyers, faces down the Joint Chiefs, and looks through his experts to find his own voice and the path to change.

    Donald Trump needs Steve Bannon far more than Bush needed Rove or Reagan needed Deaver or Nixon needed Haldeman. These advisors were the first among their kind — the best political strategist, the top image maker, the ultimate bureaucratic infighter. But Bannon is sui generis. One of a kind. You don’t replace men like Bannon. Once you lose them, you lose a part of your own soul and spirit.

    Mr. President: Keep Steve.

  114. I hope Donald understands what Morris is saying, specifically, the effort by big media to destroy Bannon as they did Flynn is ultimately an effort to destroy Trump himself. Big media is engaged in a soft coup, and he should swap spit with them as little as possible. I am sorry Michael Goodwin had to be the bearer of the most recent round of bad news on this subject. But ultimately, it is up to the president to protect his most valuable chess pieces from the 24/7 attempts by his enemies to get him to take them off the chess board. Remember what you have said about them repeatedly Mr. President: they are the most dishonest people in the process. Stiff arm them.

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