#MOAB “The Mother Of All Bombs”: The #TrumpTrain Big Wheels Roll Bigly

President Trump is not alone.

President Trump is not without resources.

On Thursday President Trump dropped a MOAB bomb, the biggest bomb that is not nuclear, on tunnel systems in Afghanistan. The #MOAB message hit hardest in Iran, North Korea, and Syria. Wanna play in tunnels boys? You are digging your own grave.

The old scripture Moab was the son of Lot, after the Almighty destroyed the cities of the plain, Sodom and Gomorrah. Hint, hint, ladies and gents.

As discussed in our comments section, North Korea will probably blow up on Saturday, April 15. The glorious “Day of the Sun” will likely be the glorious “Day of the Death of the Son“.

The Trump Doctrine is in full force and effect.

The Trump Doctrine

President Trump is not Barack Hussein Obama. Obama was a lead-from-my-behind asshole. Obama let the problems fester, profit, and proliferate. For eight years the cancers grew. Surgeon Trump will remove the problems.

It is a lot of problems President Trump inherited. Fortunately President Trump is not alone.

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Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley was an odd anti-Trump choice for many when she was chosen by President Trump. But damn, girlfriend has been kicking ass at the U.N.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a bit of an imp, we think Irish Leprechaun every time he smiles. Damn, that good ol’ boy recused himself from the Russia distraction nonsense and is now full tilt boogie on immigration and all else under his jurisdiction that matters.

Office of Management and the Budget’s Mike Mulvaney is adding it all up. He’s taking the numbers, dividing them, and most of all doing lots of subtraction. Mike less-is-more-vaney.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, wow, well he… um… and uh, yeah, and well he’s… um… done… um… well he truly has… um… Well, something is just not right with that boy.

Secretary of Urban Development and Housing Ben Carson! The once “Gentle Ben” has grown claws and is threatening some massive growling, if only those damn elevators would work.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry? That Texan is writing letters. They’re “Dear John” letters. Letters that break little hearts. Secretary Perry is breaking little hearts, bless his heart.

Secretary of State Tillerson? Damn that T-Rex is Jurassic Park come alive chowing down on Big Media, Russians, Syria, North Korea. T-Rex can be accused of theft. He stole President Trump’s flag!

Or maybe just borrowed it.

Or maybe President Trump gave everyone who works for Trump and us a replica of his flag.

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What are President Trump’s appointments doing? Take a squint.

Mike Mulvaney is busy:

Agency heads will receive a 14-page memorandum outlining changes. The memo, which replaces the federal hiring ban Trump enacted in January, outlines cuts based on Trump’s “skinny” budget, released last month. The budget proposal called for deep cuts to domestic programs and an increase in military spending.

The memo tells agencies to “begin taking immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions.” It also instructs agencies to develop by June 30 a plan to “maximize employee performance” — i.e., take steps to reward employees deemed effective while working to improve or dismiss weak performers. The memo also calls for delivery by September of an agency reform plan to shrink personnel to accommodate long term budget reductions outlined in the skinny budget.

Speaking to reporters, budget chief Mick Mulvaney said the end result will likely take effect in about 11 months. The executive branch will be dramatically different, Mulvaney said, with agencies operating more like private businesses. Mulvaney downplayed the cuts, saying the focus was on making agencies more efficient, not just smaller.

Really what you’re talking about doing is restructuring Washington, D.C.,” Mulvaney said. “That is how you drain the swamp.”

“At the end of the day,” Mulvaney added, “this leads to a government that is dramatically more accountable, dramatically more efficient, and dramatically more effective at following through on the promises that the president made during the campaign.”

The White House’s latest instructions to the agencies would appear to bear the fingerprints of chief strategist Steve Bannon, who pledged himself publicly to “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

Less is more. Mulvaney will remove “programs that are duplicative, non-essential to the agency’s mission, or are already carried out in some form by state and local government.” That’s “Don’t F with Me” in math. “He pointed out that there are 43 different workforce training programs across 13 different agencies, and that was a case of “if everybody is responsible, nobody is responsible” and of hereditary structure that needs to change.” Numbers matter, budgets matter.

Jeff Sessions gave a speech at the southern border this week.

It’s Trump time, not weak Obama sleepy-time.

Why does Attorney General Jeff Sessions give such a tough Trumpy speech? Pew Research provides a hint:

Half (50%) of the 165,265 total arrests made by the federal government in fiscal 2014 – the most recent year for which statistics are available – were for immigration-related offenses, such as crossing the border illegally or smuggling others into the United States. A decade earlier, immigration-related offenses accounted for 28% of all federal arrests.

At the same time, arrests for drug crimes fell from 23% of the total in 2004 to 14% in 2014. Those for supervision violations, such as probation or parole infractions, fell from 17% to 14%. Arrests for property crimes, including fraud and embezzlement, declined from 11% to 8%. And arrests for weapon offenses, such as possession of an unregistered firearm, fell from 7% to 4%.

Illegal immigration and associated crimes committed by that population are a cancer on the country. Arrests of illegals cut down the resources that can be deployed to stop other crimes. The answer is not to stop arresting illegals and devote resources elsewhere. The answer is to stop the massive influx of illegal immigration then tackle other crimes once you have established the principle of “rule of law”.

Notice those numbers come from the Obama weakness era. “In 2014, 61% of all federal arrests involved non-U.S. citizens”. Back then no matter how many arrests of illegal immigrants took place, millions more illegals came in to replace those removed. Stopping illegal immigration is the nexus of all President Trump policies. These numbers don’t include state and local government arrests of illegal aliens committing more crimes in this country. You have to stop the bleeding before healing can begin. Doctor Jeff Sessions is on the job.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s “Dear John” letters:

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said the U.S. “is in the process of reviewing many of its policies and reserves its position on this issue, which will be communicated at a future date,” Italy’s industry and energy minister Carlo Calenda said in a statement.

Calenda said other G7 members “reaffirmed their commitment towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement to effectively limit the increase in global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial level.”

The Trump administration would not sign onto a statement mentioning Paris, since the president is still deciding whether or not to keep his campaign pledge. Perry also wanted the G7 to include support for coal and natural gas in its statement.

“Therefore, we believe it is wise for countries to use and pursue highly efficient energy resources,” Perry said in a statement after his meeting in Rome with energy ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the European Union.

Perry specifically pushed for a commitment to “[h]igh efficiency, low-emission coal and natural gas with adequate financing from multi-lateral development banks and private sector investment.”

Perry also advocated for “[a]dvanced civil-nuclear technologies that are proliferation resistant, produce little to no waste and ensure safety.”

“Innovation is also a top priority for the Trump Administration,” Perry said. “We are committed to developing, deploying and commercializing breakthrough technologies and developing the necessary policies that will help renewables become competitive with traditional sources of energy.”

Italy, which hosted this year’s G7 meeting, pushed to include the Paris agreement in a policy statement member countries typically sign after these meetings end. No statement was signed since Perry couldn’t commit to backing Paris.

The Paris agreement went into effect in 2016, committing United Nations members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. President Barack Obama committed the U.S. to cut emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

Trump promised to withdraw from the Paris agreement on the campaign trail, and the president has already issued executive orders to dismantle the regulatory regime Obama relied on to meet his Paris pledge.

The White house is split on whether or not to keep Trump’s campaign pledge. On one side, Ivanka Trump, White House aide Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson support remaining in Paris.
White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt oppose the Paris agreement.

Secretary “first neurosurgeon” Ben Carson of the Department of Housing and Urban Development? He might get stuck in elevators, but he knows where he is going:

Ben Carson Finds $500 Billion (Billion!) In Errors During Audit Of Obama HUD

Ben Carson was the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, so, he’s kind of a super hero.

But apparently, he’s also not a bad accountant.

President Trump picked Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, whose budget grew by leaps and bounds under Barack Obama.

In one of his first acts as HUD Secretary, Carson ordered an audit of the agency. What he found was staggering: $520 billion in bookkeeping errors.

The total amounts of errors corrected in HUD’s notes and consolidated financial statements were $516.4 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively,” the auditors wrote.

But there were plenty of other problems, too.

There were several other unresolved audit matters, which restricted our ability to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to express an opinion. These unresolved audit matters relate to (1) the Office of General Counsel’s refusal to sign the management representation letter, (2) HUD’s improper use of cumulative and first-in, first-out budgetary accounting methods of disbursing community planning and development program funds, (3) the $4.2 billion in nonpooled loan assets from Ginnie Mae’s stand-alone financial statements that we could not audit due to inadequate support, (4) the improper accounting for certain HUD assets and liabilities, and (5) material differences between HUD’s subledger and general ledger accounts. This audit report contains 11 material weaknesses, 7 significant deficiencies, and 5 instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations. [snip]

So, look for Carson to get out his scalpel and start operating. Or perhaps he’ll use a machete.

Turns out “Gentle Ben” is a Grizzly.

Speaking of Grizzly, as is Mama Grizzly, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley:

On Syria, Israel, Russia, and every other issue, Nikki Haley is “taking names”. She is schlonging the bad boys. Big Media doesn’t like it. Screw Big Media.

Screwing Big Media appears to be the joy of Secretary of State T-Rex Tillerson. T-Rex refuses to take Big Media along with him on his world-wide T-Rexing. Big Media can get their own travel arrangements made is the message from T-Rex. T-Rex has work to do and babysitting the travel of Big Media blowhards is not a job for a mighty T-Rex.

Big Media is a mosquito to T-Rex. A bigger gnat is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Anyone here remember when we declared Vladimir Putin to be a strong and powerful leader? We saw what Putin was up to in Syria and we saw the threat he posed to the world because it is in Russia’s interest to drive up the cost of oil. As we wrote, Putin has his own “operation Grand Slam” just like Goldfinger. That is Russia’s ultimate aim. Russia’s Vladimir Putin is a smart powerful guy who knows that because of instability in the middle east (hey, something could happen to those oil fields in Saudi Arabia if some country lobbed a bunch of missiles to set the whole place on fire) Russia is in position to profit handsomely.

Vladimir Putin indeed was, as we declared, a strong powerful leader. But that is like saying Woody Allen is a strong powerful man – in a roomful of pre-schoolers. Vladimir Putin was a strong powerful leader when the opposition was weak fey simpering apologist America-hating “managed decline” Barack Obama. Now Vladimir Putin is in opposition to President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of Defense General “Mad-dog” Mattis, and Secretary of State T-Rex Tillerson. Up against these is like Woody Allen up against Seal Team Six. All of a sudden you’re not so strong and powerful anymore.

In Moscow a few days ago, President Putin pretended his was not going to meet with his once friend T-Rex Tillerson. Obama Dimocrats opposed the confirmation of T-Rex because they said he was too close to Russian President Putin. But in Moscow, President Putin played games that he would not meet with President Trump’s emissary. In the end President Putin met with T-Rex for hours.

The Putin gamesmanship would have worked if he was up against weak, fey, simpering, lead-from-presenting-his-behind Barack Obama. But against T-Rex Trump, President Putin appeared to be old and weak, playing games long retired. The result of all the games is that T-Rex Trump took all the winnings.

Vladimir Putin is isolated because of his not credible position on the Syria issue. Putin looks either a liar or a fool. He knows it now. China abstained on the U.N. vote and did not veto as would usually be expected. China is also making some very powerful threats against North Korea, as our comments section has noted. Putin against Obama was a towering figure. Putin against T-Rex is a gnat. Putin against Trump is a mosquito.

To all that display of military and diplomatic might, President Trump adds his most powerful display of force. President Trump understands that the most important component of Make America Great Again is economic. To that end President Trump commands Mulvaney, Perry, Sessions, Carson, and even Paul Ryan (something is just not right with that boy) to make America an economic powerhouse.

On Paul Ryan (something is just not right with that boy), President Trump and his allies might have to drop a MOAB bomb on his head to get some work done from Paul Ryan (something is just not right with that boy). Obama Dimocrats too need a MOAB to drop on their heads and President Trump just might do that:

Nearly three weeks after Republican infighting sank an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump dug back into the battle on Wednesday, threatening to withhold payments to insurers to force Democrats to the negotiating table.

In an interview in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump said the White House may lack authority to make the payments established under his predecessor to reduce copayments and deductibles for some of the poorest customers who buy insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Cutting off the payments could trigger turmoil in insurance markets.

“I don’t want people to get hurt,” Mr. Trump said. “What I think should happen—and will happen—is the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating.”…

We’ve written about that before so we won’t beat a dead horse today. But something is not right with that Paul Ryan boy and the Obama Dimocrats need a house to fall on their heads. It might not be a house that falls on their heads. It might be a political MOAB.

As President Trump exercises his muscles across the sea, his domestic muscles grow that much stronger. MOAB is coming.

Bombs away!


121 thoughts on “#MOAB “The Mother Of All Bombs”: The #TrumpTrain Big Wheels Roll Bigly

  1. MOAB is coming:


    Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) went on with Stewart Varney on Thursday morning to discuss recent developments on Capitol Hill.

    Roskam told Stewart House Republicans are planning of filing criminal charges against Lois Lerner.

    Rep. Roskam: The Obama Administration was very lenient with the crimes that Lois Lerner committed. And those are strong words that I’m using but the House Ways and Means Committee voted out a criminal referral to the Department of Justice which was completely dismissed by the Department of Justice… We think that Lois Lerner did two things wrong. Number one, she denied people due process and equal protection of the law based on their political philosophy. We’re convinced that there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that that’s true. And that’s a felony. Secondly, we suspect that she lied to the Inspecter General of the Treasury Department.

    Statute of Limitations. Jeff Sessions. MOAB!

  2. ADMIN…one of your best…

    …and said clearly, concisely and with humor
    You covered all the bases…well done…

  3. Admin: how do we get the dims to the bargaining table on health care.

    In other words, where is the leverage?

    Previously, we assumed it was the collapse of the system.

    Well, most of the dims do not believe the system will collapse.

    Therefore, it does not move them to action.

    But Trump has found the lever that will bring the dims back to the table.

    Withhold government payment to insurance companies.

    That is golden, because the insurance lobby owns most of the democrats.

    And those democrats care far more for their donors than they constituents.

    They are now at risk of losing their meal ticket.

    And that will bring them back to the table.

  4. Admin: you say there is something wrong with Ryan.

    Well, you are right, but I have been reluctant to talk about it.

    It occurred to me when I went to open a bottle of terriaki sauce

    And read the fine print.

    It said: “genetically engineered”

    That may be Ryan’s problem as well.

    After all, he does seem rather “robotic”

    Like a robot with an eagle scout badge.

    I believe Lindsey was a scout too.

    But I cannot remember if he was a girl scout or a boy scout.

    Perhaps Justice Ginzberg could give us (another) advisory opinion on that sensitive subject.

    Oh why can’t Lindsey be more like Bruce Jenner

  5. Maybe that’s why I have always wanted to be a copter pilot… the guy with the great black mustache could have been my BF in the 70’s, he was a medic in Nam, and was shot down twice, in a helicopter, needless to say, his nickname was ” Doc”.
    Interesting side note, his dad was on the draft board in Milwaukee and begged him to let him do “something”… Bob said, no, wouldn’t be fair… not sure many young men would have the moral fortitude to make that decision.
    We know BC and Trump, for that matter, did not .

  6. You can’t make this stuff up, please embed Admin, found at legalinsurrection

  7. Wbboei, you ask, how do we get the dims to the bargaining table on health care.

    There is only one way for President Trump to force Obama Dimocrats to negotiate on ObamaCare. It won’t matter to Obama Dimocrats if the system collapses because they will try to blame President Trump. There is only one way, one way only, to force Obama Dimocrats and Paul Ryan (something is wrong with that boy) to repeal/replace ObamaCare. President Trump can break ObamaCare only one way, this way:


    Trump can do this by simply undoing the illegal actions by his predecessor, which he has also already promised to do.

    Obama’s Illegal Bailouts Should Be The First To Go

    President Barack Obama created several illegal bailouts to keep Obamacare from cratering—and Congress from repealing it—before he left office.

    The first was a bailout for members of Congress and their staffs. Obamacare forced them out of their federal-employee health plans the day the law took effect. President Obama bailed them out by ignoring that provision. He let them stay in their health plans and forced taxpayers to contribute up to $12,000 toward the premiums of those illegal health plans.

    This bailout took a ridiculous turn when the Obama administration declared Congress to be a small business. Starting in 2014, Obamacare allowed members and staff to get coverage through the Exchanges. At that point, the only way to keep the money flowing was to enroll Congress in one of Obamacare’s small-business Exchanges. Federal law prohibits employers with more than 100 workers from participating in small-business Exchanges. Congress, which employs thousands, got an exemption.

    President Trump can end this illegal taxpayer bailout via executive order—a move that 92 percent of voters support. When Congress has to live under Obamacare, Democrats and Republicans will join hands to deliver immediate relief for the American people.

    If Trump finally implements that $12,000 pay cut for members and staff, Congress could reinstate it by legislation. But the Constitution would prohibit that pay increase from taking effect until after the next election. So in effect, there would be a congressional pay raise on the ballot in 2018.

    As we wrote repeatedly, on ObamaCare President Trump holds the trump card(s). Attack the Congressional subsidies and you will see staff members and congress members see the light. They can only see the light if they first feel the heat, white hot hellish heat.

  8. Nikki Haley has turned out to be a tremendous pick as SOS. She says everything I wish Hillary would have said and what we all know-the UN is a anti-Israeli, anti-American institution run by dictators who kill their own people. The UN, rather than addressing the atrocities committed by these terror states, literally spends every waking hr condemning Israel for existing.
    As far as MOAB, if you have it , use it. It is the best deterrent and likely will avoid causing a broader war as leaders across the world see that Trump means business. Like most presidents, Trump did not come into office looking to engage in conflict, but unlike Obama. he did not draw a red line and then cross it out after a dictator used chemical weapons on his own population. Regimes like Assad’s and those in N. Korea and Iran must never be allowed to strike the US with nuclear weapons. Israel has some of the best military capabilities and intelligence as well, and hopefully with Trump’s blessing Bibi will hit the “Persian Empire Of Terror” and destroy their nuclear capabilities.
    Russia is certainly a concern as they have enough nukes to blow us uo 100 times over, but the Russians ultimately want influence, not destruction of mankind.

  9. Tony,

    Conroe is only 20 miles from Huntsville, where Texas death row is. Huge old prison directly across from SHSH, Sam Houston State University, about 20,000 kids.
    The University has the second biggest Criminal Justice program in the Country.
    The surrounding communities have numerous prisons…
    Big business…

    There is a gigantic statue of Sam Houston on the highway between Huntsville and Conroe. All white and lite up, must be 50 feet tall. This is the area where Texas was born, lots of history.

  10. jbstonesfan
    April 14, 2017 at 1:03 am
    Nikki Haley has turned out to be a tremendous pick as SOS.
    JB….Rex Tillerson is SOS. Nicki is UN Ambassador.

  11. gonzotx
    April 14, 2017 at 2:56 am
    There is a gigantic statue of Sam Houston on the highway between Huntsville and Conroe. All white and lite up, must be 50 feet tall. This is the area where Texas was born, lots of history.

    Sam Houston was an alcoholic, self-promoting glory hog who taking credit for the work of others. He was not thought a hero while he was alive, but rather despised.

  12. Blow me.. we will agree to disagree


    7th Governor of Texas
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    December 21, 1859 – March 16, 1861
    Lieutenant Edward Clark
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    Personal details
    Born March 2, 1793
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    Died July 26, 1863 (aged 70)
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    Resting place Oakwood Cemetery
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    Political party Democratic-Republican (before 1829)
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    Samuel “Sam” Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was an American politician and soldier, best known for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state. His victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico in one of the shortest decisive battles in modern history. He was also the only governor within a future Confederate state to oppose secession (which led to the outbreak of the American Civil War) and to refuse an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, a decision that led to his removal from office by the Texas secession convention.[1]

    Houston was born at Timber Ridge Plantation in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was of Scots-Irish descent. After moving to Tennessee, he spent time with the Cherokee Nation, into which he later was adopted as a citizen and into which he married. He performed military service during the War of 1812 and successfully participated in Tennessee politics. In 1827, Houston was elected Governor of Tennessee as a Jacksonian.[2] In 1829, he resigned as governor and relocated to the Arkansas Territory.[3]

    In 1832, Houston was involved in an altercation with a U.S. Congressman, followed by a high-profile trial.[4] Shortly afterwards, he moved west to Coahuila y Tejas, then a Mexican state, and became a leader of the Texas Revolution.[5]

    After the war, Houston became a key figure in Texas and was elected as the first and third President of the Republic of Texas. He supported annexation by the United States[6] and he became a U.S. Senator upon achieving it in 1845, and finally a governor of the State of Texas in 1859, whereby Houston became the only person to have become the governor of two different U.S. states through popular election, as well as the only state governor to have been a foreign head of state.

    As governor, he refused to swear loyalty to the Confederacy when Texas seceded from the Union in 1861 with the outbreak of the American Civil War, and he was removed from office.[7] To avoid bloodshed, he refused an offer of a Union army to put down the Confederate rebellion. Instead, he retired to Huntsville, Texas, where he died before the end of the war.

  13. admin
    April 13, 2017 at 11:28 pmf

    We know they are incapable of feeling OUR pain.

    But it is a good bet they are perfectly capable of feeling their own.

    When a loss of income and power for them is imminent they will change their tune.

    They will say something totally disingenuous like . . .

    We have got to do this for the American People

    When what they really mean is we gotta do something to save our own ass

    Because we are about to get schloked

    Here is one additional thought Admin

    I have been told by senior officials who spoke to me on condition of notoriety

    Not really, but it sure sounds impressive

    For my money, I have no interest in listening to that tag line

    Which has become the favorite tactic of big media

    When they seek to push an evidence free position against Trump

    But I do have it on good authority

    That 37% of the Medicaid recipients are illegals

    And that is a major contributing factor to crashing the system

    Obama stole, what was it $500 billion from the elderly (medicare)

    To finance his white elephant–I mean black elephant, Obamacare

    This is where health care costs, illegal immigration, social security, unemployment and disability all come together.

    Which makes it clear to me that the goal of Obama was to crash the system.

    I don’t see where there can be any doubt about that.

    To deny that was his intent is to deny empirical reality.

  14. That is WHY he was installed, by the globalists.

    But realizing that means first having a fairly sophisticated mind and second doing the damned research.

    The average American does not see it.

    But there are other parts of the world where people have been burned badly by the likes of Soros

    Where the game they are playing–the game of shock doctrine, is much better understood.

    Here, its the innocence of the lambs, that cannot believe their government is capable of such things.

    But government is no better and no worse than the people who run it.

    And its not just that power corrupts, but that power has a way of attracting corrupt people.

  15. I hope they do indict Lois Lerner.

    That would send a powerful message to the hyper politicized and out of control federal bureaucracy.

    Who epitomize the arrogance of officialdom that Cicero lamented.

  16. ********The reason we cannot get along is because half the country is trying to enslave the other half.*************

    Ted Koppel, and People Like Him, Are Why We All Can’t Get Along

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    Why can’t we all just get along? Why are we at each other’s throats in the political arena? Why so much partisan rancor? Why so much anger, hatred, and vile epithets tossed around social media? Why do we always have to be so divisive? Why can’t we be one big happy American family, holding hands and singing Kumbaya?

    These were the questions implied by Ted Koppel’s provocative segment for “CBS Sunday Morning” last weekend, mulling over “a polarized America.” Koppel and CBS had a sense of what divides us, and a prescription for a better America.

    Koppel: Increasingly, we Americans occupy alternate universes…
    There is very little common ground left, only battling perceptions of reality…

    Neither side seems to have much use for the other, and — in this age of the internet and cable TV — very little is out of bounds… (snip)

    Those who advance the Fairness Doctrine are declared enemies of freedom.

    Their aggression — not our free speech — causes the polarization we see in our political discourse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That’s what makes this rant by Koppel so absurd. He’s prescribing the oppression of his political opponents, then has the audacity to ask, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

    We can’t get along because one-half of the country is trying to enslave the other.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Donald Trump proves absolutely right regarding how awful the media is, negligent and completely inadequate to their task of seeking and presenting truth. Ted Koppel recognizes that “fake news” perception, but he and New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet dismiss it.

    Koppel: If I were a Donald Trump supporter, I’d be seething everyday. I’d say these guys [in the media] are out to do him in, and one way or another it’s gonna be us or them.
    Baquet: I think my job is to ask hard questions about the largest revolution in government we’ve seen in my lifetime as a journalist, not to attack [Trump], but to ask really hard questions about him, and also to ask hard questions of a completely new cast of government officials who we know very little about. I think, if we don’t do that — meaning the press, I don’t think anyone else will.

    Nobody believes the media when they posture like this, pretending that they’re actually in the business of asking the hard questions and getting at the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m old enough to remember nine years ago when Barack Obama ran for president as someone the nation knew far less about than we do about Donald Trump. I seem to recall that questioning Obama’s background then, questioning his connections, questioning where he attended church and what was taught there, questioning his upbringing and the ideology of his parents and mentors, questioning his education, and questioning the outright communism and radical terrorism of many of his closest associates was completely out of bounds both during his campaign for president and throughout his tenure in the White House. Glenn Beck catapulted from relative obscurity to one of the lynchpin personalities in conservative media, specifically because he was willing to do what the mainstream media refused to do — actually vet Barack Obama and his allies. So this newfound sense of urgency, this newly discovered affinity for investigative journalism and probing questions, comes off as wholly disingenuous garbage. Nobody believes it.

    That’s why the fake news meme has won the day. It’s a large contributing factor to why Donald Trump is president. Koppel and his buddies in the media brought this on themselves. There is no journalistic media anymore, only perspectives. Whether Banquet wants to confess it or not, The New York Times has one. Their biggest problem, and the problem with all mainstream media nowadays, is that they refuse to acknowledge their bias. They don’t even see it. They honestly believe that they are objective, fair, and reasonable. That delusional mindset enables garbage like this Ted Koppel segment, offered without the slightest sense of irony or shame. To their mind, they really are the defenders of truth and wisdom, guarding civilized society from the likes of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and conservatives like you and me.

    They don’t get it. You know why they don’t get it? For the same reason that a little boy who tries to keep a pet frog doesn’t understand when the frog either escapes or dies. The frog doesn’t need the little boy to take care of him, and so it is with us. We don’t need to be protected and cared for by the media elite, or the academic elite, or the political class. We don’t need to be kept like pets. We need to be free. That’s it. That is the totality of our need in so far as government and other institutions are concerned. Preserve our liberty, and otherwise leave us alone. That’s what Koppel doesn’t understand. It’s what none of these stuffed shirts understand. They have more in common with the Capitol dwellers in The Hunger Games than they have with you or me and they stand wholly incapable of understanding why we rebel.


  17. Admin: Roger Simon of PJM is very much on your wave length:
    Trump Will Win Bigly in 2020


    I have bad news for the mainstream media and the Democrats. Time to stock up on absinthe or hightail it down to the medical marijuana store — Donald Trump is going to be president for eight years. Not only that, he will win reelection much more comfortably, easily winning the popular vote as well as the electoral college.

    I’m not saying this because I am in the slightest bit psychic. I always lose in Vegas — and don’t even ask about the track. I’m also not saying it because Trump just had a good week, getting his Supreme Court pick through and taking it to Assad and ISIS, earning him a slight bump in the polls. (They don’t mean anything now anyway.)

    I am saying it for same reason I predicted Trump would win his first term back in August 2015 — simple observation of the scene. I should add observation from afar because I have the advantage of watching from Los Angeles. The view is too distorted in the nation’s capital where, at least it seems from here, no one can stand each other. (That’s okay. People in Hollywood are exactly the same.)

    Yes, you can say I’m being stupid and rash to make such an early prediction, but that’s just what I was accused of in 2015. So go ahead and call me anything you want. Make my day — November 3, 2020.

    Okay, but why?

    To begin with, the media (his main opposition party) has completely blown it in less than the allotted one hundred days. By attacking Trump every which way at once, calling him a racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamophobe, isolationist and warmonger — yes, the last two are completely contradictory, but that doesn’t stop the geniuses in our Fourth Estate — they have literally turned into the journalistic version of the boy who cried wolf. No one believes them anymore, assuming they ever did in the first place.

    If Trump Fired Bannon, Would He Seek Revenge?
    And it’s only going to get worse because the Trump-Russia scandal is an obvious dud while the Obama-Trump surveillance contretemps could have legs, as we say hereabouts.

    The situation is even more dire for the Democratic Party itself. Their geriatric leaders have the charisma of pithed frogs with no successors in sight. More ominously, liberal-progressivism is completely out of ideas. There’s no there there except hating everything Trump does — even eating steaks well done — and marching around in pussy hats demanding equal rights when many more women are attending college and now law school than men. (Someone should write a Carlyle-style history of the feminist movement from Gloria Steinem to Linda Sarsour.)

    Meanwhile, Trump holds the cards. He’s a pragmatic center-right businessman in what is still an essentially pragmatic center-right nation. For all his fits and starts, he’s making many Americans feel good about their country again. We’re not leading from behind anymore. We’re back in front. We’re the superpower and we’re acting for good. China — the second power in the world — is already acknowledging that.

    People say Trump flip-flops, but who doesn’t except rigid ideologues? Flip-flopping can be construed as a good thing, an adaptability to ever-changing situations. Most of us do that, whether we admit it or not.

    Nevertheless, Trump has a core. He moves forward with his basics even as he revises them. He’s already done a substantial amount of deregulating with more to come. He may not ever build a complete border wall, but illegal immigration is already down substantially just because existing laws are being enforced for once. Oil pipelines are opening. Trade deals are being renegotiated. People are going back to work and consumer confidence is up. And does anyone doubt he’ll get some form of tax reform done eventually? I don’t.

    Healthcare will remain difficult, because it has no good solution. All systems are imperfect. But there is an area in which I predict he will make tremendous inroads that will change our political landscape — our minority communities. Trump has promised to help African-Americans and he will do it. (No wonder Maxine Waters is apoplectic.) No one else has done this from either party for decades, but Trump will. And he will doubtless bring in the private sector that will make his work all the more successful. It won’t just be the same failed government programs we have seen for the last fifty years.

    If this makes even ten percent more of the black community swing his way, that’s the end of identity politics and the end of the Democratic Party as we know it. It’s not just Maxine who should be worried and calling for Trump’s impeachment. With identity politics even partially vanquished, 2020 will be the proverbial walk in the park for Republicans.

    Here’s my last optimistic prediction: Trump’s recent foreign policy successes will generate domestic opportunities. Success breeds success. Look for the Republican log jams on healthcare and taxes to break soon. No, my eyesight isn’t 2020, but I can see that year from here without my glasses.

  18. gonzotx
    April 14, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Conroe is 30 to 35 miles from the international airport for quick air deportations to anywhere in the world. Montgomery county also has cheaper still rural land as a far exurb of Houston and some of it still in the boonies. This is a practical pick for several reasons.

  19. More signs of China cooperating with President Trump:


    BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s national airline, Air China, has canceled some flights to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, due to poor demand but it has not suspended all flights there, it said on Friday, denying a report by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

    CCTV had reported that all flights run by the airline between the two cities were to be suspended indefinitely.

    The significance of this report is that the state broadcaster announced the suspension of flights. Big Red flag from China to Korea here.

  20. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/14/fear-of-trump-makes-migrants-disappear-from-mexican-border.html

    NOGALES, Mexico—In the 35 years Gilda and Juan Francisco Loureiro have been running a shelter in northern Mexico for undocumented immigrants, they’ve never seen a week like this one.

    The shelter, called Albergue San Juan Bosco, is perched on a steep hillside looking over the busy border town of Nogales, Mexico. Its walls are painted bright turquoise and tangerine, and its wide-open double doors look west over low hills and Highway 15. Since they opened it, upward of 1 million people have slept there on their way to the U.S. But on the day I visited, it was almost empty.

    It didn’t used to be this way, Gilda and Juan Francisco, known as Paco, explained. In the decades since they opened the space to give migrants a place to shower and sleep before crossing the border, the shelter—with separate rooms full of bunkbeds for men and women—would regularly house 100 migrants per night. Sometimes, that number would hit 300 or more, and Gilda and Paco would pull out thin mattresses to fit everyone on the floor.

    But today, those mattresses are neatly stacked in a closet, untouched. And the shelter is almost empty—no women travelers, and fewer than a dozen men. That’s despite the fact that April, with its mild weather, should be the busiest time of year for migrants. The place is all but dead. Gilda and Paco have never seen anything like it.

    They can only think of one explanation: President Donald Trump.

    Trump hasn’t yet made good on his bombastic campaign trail promises. The wall is still just a twinkle in his eye, and the deportation force hiring sprees haven’t happened yet. ICE agents have conducted raids targeting undocumented immigrants, but they aren’t actually that different in scale from raids that happened during the early years of the Obama administration.

    But the symbolism of Trump in the Oval Office and the threat of extended detention has already deterred many migrants. Migrants are scared, explained Jose, a young Honduran man staying at the San Bosco shelter in hopes of getting to the U.S. They might be less scared in the future, he said, but for now they’re waiting.

    The Trump administration seems to have figured this out. [snip]

    “Is it true I’ll go to prison for two years if I get arrested?” a Honduran man named Mynor asked in Spanish.

    He said he’d been deported from the U.S. four times already, and that he hadn’t been convicted of any crimes. But he’d spent several months in jails in Nevada, Texas, and Arizona before those deportations, he added, and he didn’t want to go back.

    The two-year rumor was correct, I explained. [snip]

    Mynor and a handful of other migrants sat in a small chapel in the shelter waiting for dinner to be ready. A large picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe hung on the wall, and a nearly life-size crucifix draped with plastic rosary beads stood beside it. On a table in front, there was a pile of Know Your Rights pamphlets from the Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, a Mexican group, and the ACLU.

    Throughout the border town of Nogales, residents say it’s strangely silent.

  21. Mormaer

    Agreed. I had a kid who graduated from the Universoty there,I know it well, the area too. I used to do workmens comp case management around there at times.
    Houston is a cesspool and a very dangerous city. Lots of illegals, drug cartels, after hurricane in New Orleans, Texas took in 50,000 alone in Houston and probably 49,000 didn’t go back and unfortunately many were unskilled, on Gov handouts.
    I volunteered in Austin at the Convention center, as a nurse but they were in desperate need of more than nursing care, lots of medical issues and mental. I really functioned as a NP for a couple of weeks. I did find the people respectful, grateful, I worried about them. It was heart breaking.
    I didn’t find one person that wanted to go back, they were glad as a group to have the opportunity to leave.
    The cultures are so different, I was surprised, could have been shock, but a lot of them told me it was the gangs in NO, but Houston got a lot of them. It was wild in Austin for a time too.

  22. Yes, I got Nikki Haley confused as SOS rather than Amb. to UN. Could Obama have picked anyone worse than Samantha Powers, a notorious critic of Israel, who sat back while 1/2 million of her beloved Syrians were slaughtered and did nothing!!! Upon leaving, she made a point to support the final anti-Jewish act of Obama in abstaining from that sick UN resolution condemning Israeli.
    Happy Easter to all.

  23. Las Vegas odds makers vote on everything else, so why not this?

    Here is the way I would bet, if I were inclined to do so:

    1. chances big media will lie cheat and hype this Korea kerfuggle to hell and back: 120%

    2. chances china will reign in the mad man: 70%

    3. chances Trump will seek congressional approval–this being an act of war: 40% (Q: will the ACLU, and the little Hawiian judge enjoin him from doing so? why not if you subscribe to their logic)

    4. chances the Korean bad boy will back away: 30%

    5. chances US will conduct air strikes: 20%

    6. chances US will invade: 2%

  24. Well I hope Trump is having fun with all his bombs because, as I understand it, he is now sitting 12 miles from my home that he has made ground zero as a target for all kinds of nutjobs. We probably have a bunch of nuclear armed subs in the Atlantic with their sights train on us, right now. At least I will not have to worry about a slow death from radiation poisoning.

    Nobody said Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness would be safe.

    Happy Easter.

  25. Quo vadis?

    Wither goest thou.

    After last week, it is a fair question.


    Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Peggy Noonan writes in the Wall Street Journal about the efforts to take out White House strategist Steve Bannon. While offering a candid assessment of Bannon’s shortcomings and strengths, Noonan summarizes Bannon’s populist and nationalist worldview as outlined in a speech he gave at the Vatican in 2014 — a speech that predicted the issues that propelled Trump to victory in 2016.

    From Noonan’s column:

    But there’s something low, unseemly and ugly in the efforts to take [Bannon] out so publicly and humiliatingly, to turn him into a human oil spot on the tarmac—this not only from his putative colleagues but now even the president. “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Mr. Trump purred to the New York Post’s Michael Goodwin.

    What will take its place if [Bannon] leaves the White House or recedes as a figure? What worldview will prevail, to the extent Mr. Trump does worldviews? Policy changes accompanying Mr. Bannon’s diminishment this week included the president’s speaking approvingly of the Export-Import Bank and NATO, declaring that China isn’t a currency manipulator after all, suggesting the dollar may be too strong, and hitting Syria and Afghanistan.

    None of that sounds like Candidate Trump.

    It is possible what we are seeing is simply the rise of a more moderate or conciliatory or establishment Trump White House. But it also looks like the rise of the Wall Street Mr. Bannon painted as tending to see people as commodities. Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, is said to be Mr. Bannon’s most effective internal foe. He is the new rising figure. There are many Wall Street folk—some from Messrs. Bannon and Cohn’s old stomping ground, Goldman Sachs—in influential administration posts. They don’t come across as the kind of people who exhaust themselves pondering the meaning of the historical moment or tracing societal stresses and potential responses.

  26. Our President is really smart.
    He knows the big bosses all around the world, And he is sicking Them on the bad boyz.
    I truly believe that Lil’ Kimmy was going to shoot of some fireworks, But he looked out there and saw out Armada.
    Plus Big Brother China told him to behave. 😀

  27. I am against the re-authorization of FISA. I agree with Justice Holmes that spying (on American citizens) is “dirty business” and an affront to the Fourth Amendment. And I have no faith in the FISA courts to be little more than a rubber stamp. Many will disagree with me. Given the Constitutional prohibition, they, not, have the burden of proof to show that, despite so many intelligence failures over the past twenty years, Iraq being the most conspicuous, we need this capability, and more important that this capability will not be abused by government officials. This is why both Rice and Learner must fry. If they are allowed to beat the rap, there will be no deterrence. If they are allowed to beat the rap, then FISA shall not be renewed. Yes, we have foreign enemies. But our most proximate enemy, and the one that seeks to place us in chains if the enemy within.

    Before 2017 is out, we are going to have a brawl over FISA — the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Specifically, over FISA section 702, on which much of the sprawling American intelligence enterprise is now based.

    It will lapse if not reauthorized by Congress.

    We ought to be headed into that brawl with a sense of how dangerous the world has become: Competitive great-power geopolitics has reemerged, yet international jihadism remains as threatening as ever. Instead, foremost in our minds will be how readily the government’s awesome intelligence capabilities can be abused. That is the real significance of the controversy over Obama-administration spying on the Trump campaign and transition. The scandal that CNN is hell-bent on ignoring brings into sharp relief the very abuses the media, echoing civil-liberties activists, have warned against for years: pretextual uses of intelligence-collection powers to spy on political opponents and dissenters. As a national-security conservative with no illusions about government, I’ve acknowledged these concerns. I’ve countered, though, that the powers are, yes, essential to national security.

    The abuse of power is thus a reason to get rid of the abuser, not the power.

    Before someone decided that the perilous complexities of the modern world left us with no choice but to trust the government, we built a governing system on the premise that it can’t be trusted.

    After all, we’ve departed from our legal norms: We allow the government to seize our information without cause and trust that they will never look at what we’ve allowed them to retain unless some really good reason — some national-security reason — triggers a need to pluck us out of the database and investigate.

    And . . . because intelligence involves secrets and sources and life and death, we’ve accepted that the government cannot tell us its reasons for investigating. We trust that when the government tells us it is protecting national security, it is not actually scheming to spy on the incumbent administration’s political opponents . . . and on us.

    But can we trust the government? Whether we are inclined to do so depends on what is making us feel most vulnerable at the moment: foreign threats or rogue officials. If I had to bet right now, I’d say FISA is in trouble because of the rogue officials . . . and we’re in trouble because the foreign threats are not going away.

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446767/fisa-reauthorization-federal-intelligence-surveillance-act-trump-administration-spying-scandal-national-security

  28. Lu I am in South Palm beach county and when Trump comes to town things get very congested around Southetn Blvd as they head East to Mar-A-Largo. I think they avoid going right through the middle of Palm Beach as the blue bloods must already be appalled .

  29. N Korea missile launch fails, says South Korea
    19 minutes ago
    From the section Asia

    Why . . . that wraskly wrabbbit.

    Alex, who was euphoric that Kim had backed down, will need nitroglycerin pills when he hears this one.

    Thank god I am not his cardiologist.

    Obviously, Kim’s ICBM capablities are not quite there yet.

    But the message is clear: don’t mess with a chipmonk with a Roy Orbison top and white sidewalls.

    Oh, by the way . . . .

    Now MIGHT be a good time for Trump to seek Congressional approval. . . assuming the son in law agrees

    That would be Andy McCarthy’s suggestion—mine as well

    Seeking congressional support would tighten the noose, show solidarity, and it would put more pressure on China.

    Also, it is required by the constitution–and don’t lets debate the meaning of the word war.

    The only exception, that allows the President to launch a war without approva is where US interests are directly affected.

    That is US interests—not global interests—and not to please the Washington press corps who are all in favor of this.

    Now might also be a good time to get China to do something, like de nuclearize North Korea.

    I have just raised the odds that China will act from 70% to 85%.


  30. Amy Mek‏ @AmyMek 2h2 hours ago

    Just Like Muslims👉🏻Libs fight 2 silence those with differing beliefs. If you don’t submit 2 their sick ideology 👉🏻violence erupts! #Berkeley

  31. Elizabeth 🌹‏ @BasedElizabeth 11h11 hours ago

    The people who want free college and stick up for illegals who don’t pay taxes are protesting to see Trump’s taxes at the #TaxMarch. 😂😂👌🏻

  32. The liberal activists have turned very violent and anti-free speech. They are everything they claim would be, and as it turns out, he is quite the moderate compared to these folks.

  33. Not really over all that many protested against Trump. They were hoping for #’s similar to the Women’s march…maybe they should have offered pink bunny hats

  34. Las Vegas odds makers vote on everything else, so why not this?

    Here is the way I would bet, if I were inclined to do so:


    *Ok, deal me in:*

    1. chances big media will lie cheat and hype this Korea kerfuggle to hell and back: 120% *200%*

    2. chances china will reign in the mad man: 70% *10%*

    3. chances Trump will seek congressional approval–this being an act of war: 40% (Q: will the ACLU, and the little Hawiian judge enjoin him from doing so? why not if you subscribe to their logic) *10%*

    4. chances the Korean bad boy will back away: 30% *10%*

    5. chances US will conduct air strikes: 20% *90%*

    6. chances US will invade: 2% (*10%*)

  35. Las Vegas odds makers vote on everything else, so why not this?

    Here is the way I would bet, if I were inclined to do so:


    (Ok, deal me in:)

    1. chances big media will lie cheat and hype this Korea kerfuggle to hell and back: 120% (200%)

    2. chances china will reign in the mad man: 70% (10%)

    3. chances Trump will seek congressional approval–this being an act of war: 40% (Q: will the ACLU, and the little Hawiian judge enjoin him from doing so? why not if you subscribe to their logic) (10%)

    4. chances the Korean bad boy will back away: 30% (10%)

    5. chances US will conduct air strikes: 20% (90%)

    6. chances US will invade: 2% (10%)

  36. I’ve always believed that Trump’s ascension to the presidency was due to more than skill, timing, or luck.

    I believe that the Almighty intervened in the affairs of men in 2016, because He saw that America needed to do something important.

    Two weeks shy of the 100-day mark, I believe I am seeing a glimmer of Trump’s destiny.

    It’s not to build the wall, or to repeal and replace Obamacare, or to lower taxes, or to bring back jobs jobs jobs.

    It’s to be a great wartime president.

    It’s to end, once and for all, the threats posed by North Korea, Iran, and Islam.

  37. Welcome happy morning Age to Age shall say by KBC choir
    Uploaded on Aug 3, 2009

    Good wishes to all here honoring their beliefs at this time.

  38. matthew77
    April 16, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I will bet you a chocolate Easter bunny I am right.

    But it has got to be real chocolate, not that artificial stuff.

    These day, Budweiser makes beer out of rice.

    So I must insist that this be pure unadulterated chocolate.

    How can we be sure.

    10 years of FDA testing should be enough.

    My doctor told me that the average cost of FDA approval these days is:

    $3.6 billion.

    So we had best make that part of the bet too.


    On a totally unrelated subject,

    I wonder what Obama is doing for Easter.

    Have not seen much of him lately.

    Figured we would see him marching arm and arm with Jackson, and Farrakan down Fifth Avenue today.

    Not too many oppressors, i.e. white people in French Tahiti, if he is still there.

    Perhaps he should go to North Korea, let the chip monk hold him hostage, and have big media demand his return whatever it costs.

    Then when we bailed him out, the Nobel Committee could give him a second Nobel prize, to sit on his mantle next to his golf trophies for breaking 90/

    Happy Easter.

  39. Gozo: just to show you how gullible I was, that website I thought had some real promise because I bought into its mission statement which expressed the aspiration for a higher standard of journalism than we see today turned out to be a Politico sleeper cell, masquerading as real news. I failed to do what I usually do in those situations and Google the people running it. Had I done so I would have seen it for what it is, and not recommended it here.

    I would not bring this up again, because I have already said my mea culps, only this jackal Mike Allen (a remittance man from Politico) who operates that site, said this about Trumps foray into foreign affairs, i.e. he has now embraced the world view of the (omniscient) President Obama. What a fucking whore to say something like that? What part of Arab spring, vanishing red lines, and cave in to Iran, does this little maggot NOT understand? Now THAT is the foreign policy of Obama, and despite Trump’s evolution or flip flops–call them what you will, on too many campaign issues which troubles supporters and seems to delight establishment assholes I seriously doubt that he will devolve into an Obama foreign policy.

    Matthew, I see your point about a great war time president, and this is an area where he can act unilaterally except when it comes to actually launching a war, wherein we must ignore the idiots who populate congress, and focus on the institution itself as a base that needs to be touched if we have any respect for the Constitution. But if he has any hopes for a second term, assuming the dims do not nominate Keith Ellison, then he does need to deliver on jobs, borders, health insurance, domesticating a out of control bureacracy and infra structure, without breaking the economy. War means austerity, and austerity leaves little room for some of these promises. I am more concerned about those things, than wars on the other side of the globe.

  40. foxyladi14
    April 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm
    Well, there is the perfect rejoinder to Mike Allen, remittance man from Politico operating a fake news site known as Axio.

    Trump has finally awakened to the sheer brilliance of Obama’s foreign policy.

    Obama’s foreign policy was appeasement.

    That is not the policy of the current administration.

    Obama’s foreign policy was step on the throats of our allies, and give our enemies “anything they want”

    Big media will invent a time when Obama got Japanese and South Korean destroyers to join us in the south China sea

    But for the life of me I cannot remember it.

    What I do remember is the apology tours, the abuse of the agencies, the love of big media

    And the golf, and the golf, and the golf.

    Inspite of all that, Obama remains a lousy golfer.

    But his golfing incompetence, pales in comparison to his incompetence as the twice elected president.

  41. wbboei
    April 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I wonder what Obama is doing for Easter.


    Walking from Tahiti to Emmaus, I’d expect.

    The extra buoyancy of salt water should help.

  42. The claim from a British tabloid is that Trump rained on chipmonks parade, by hacking the missle launch. That is what a member of John Major’s cabinet from 1995-1997 is speculation. But it is just that, speculation. In the absence of hard proof, and I don’t mean the NYT, who knows. It could also be that the chipmonk is just a bad shot. It could be that like Werner Von Braun, he aimed for the stars and hit London. Who know? Who cares?? This is a great diversion from the things that count, i.e. the economy.


  43. wbboei
    April 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Matthew, I see your point about a great war time president, and this is an area where he can act unilaterally except when it comes to actually launching a war, wherein we must ignore the idiots who populate congress, and focus on the institution itself as a base that needs to be touched if we have any respect for the Constitution. But if he has any hopes for a second term, assuming the dims do not nominate Keith Ellison, then he does need to deliver on jobs, borders, health insurance, domesticating a out of control bureacracy and infra structure, without breaking the economy. War means austerity, and austerity leaves little room for some of these promises. I am more concerned about those things, than wars on the other side of the globe.


    I can’t disagree with anything you’ve said. I would prefer that he be a great peacetime president. It just seems to me that fate has other plans.

    North Korea has become a real, imminent threat. They won’t back down, and China won’t be able to rein them in. Therefore the only answer is regime change.

    Trump must strike North Korea, preemptively if necessary, and as soon as possible. Failure to do so would amount to negligence of his constitutional duty to protect the United States.

    I believe that Trump, Tillerson, and Mattis have already come to this conclusion. The White House’s terse, ominous communiques stating that “we have nothing further to say” speak volumes.

  44. matthew77
    April 16, 2017 at 1:22 pm
    That was my conclusion, initially.

    A surgical strike to destroy his nuclear weapons.

    That assumes we know where they are located and we have the technology to get at them.

    Whether the MOAB is that technology or not remains to be seen.

    Going back to the Mangano hypothetical, intentions vs capablities

    Capabilities is the issue

    Because even if you could take out Kim (who in their right mind would ever want to do that, he is the second coming of Schumer if you ask me, with a better haircut)

    If you could take out Kim, then absent a coup, the next one in line would be a clone.

    What I don’t know is if we would disarm those nuclear weapons through hacking.

    Once you have decided the nuclear weapons have got to go, two more questions follow in its wake.

    First, who’s to do it.

    Second, what comes next—a flood of refugees to South Korea, to Japan, here—if Schumer has his way he will meet them at the docks like the old boss of Taminy Hall used to meeet them (I seen me opportunities, an I tookem) and hand them a democrat voting card—we need to be prepared to that.

    Stategy, therefore must focus on a myriad of things, first and foremost being: i) how do we take them out? ii) who is to do it, and iii) how do we contain the fall out, because we will be dealing with a hostile nation of people. We should study the reuinification of Germany for clues. A Marshall Plan for the north, financed by the south NOT US should be considered.

  45. Obama likely working behind scenes to derail Trump and help his pals Erdogan , Khomeini and Abbas.

  46. This McMaster is a light weight and a kiss ass.

    He is doing his damndest to circumvent the constitiution.

    Is North Korea an imminent threat to the United States or isn’t it.

    Before you answer, take a look at the failed launch.

    Is North Korea a threat to Japan?

    Same answer.

    Is North Korea a threat to South Korea?


    If this that is the risk we are concerned about

    And that may be a perfectly legitimate one

    Then stop this nonsense of sending this Susan Rice clone

    On television, to repeat a carefully contrived script

    Do it the right way: get congressional approval

    An issue this important deserves a debate

    Just remember FDR went to congress even where there was a direct attack on the United States

    Do it the right way.

  47. How far we have fallen after years of Obama and the left in power. To hear an unafraid thought of common sense we must turn to a gay pornographer:


    The United States and the West in general must protect themselves from Muslim “barbarians as vigorously as they (Muslims) protect their society, their way of living, their way of thinking,” Michael Lucas, a gay pornographic film actor and director, charged in a radio interview.

    Lucas recommended strictly limiting the U.S. refugee program and other immigration to cultures and societies that “share our values.”

    “We can be like a sports team,” argued Lucas. “We can choose the crème de la crème. Doctors. Engineers. Programmers from all over the world. But from the world that is sharing our values. That is my very strong belief.

    Lucas is founder and CEO of Lucas Entertainment, New York’s largest gay adult film company and one of the biggest gay porn production companies in the world. He is also the director and producer of numerous documentaries, including “Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda,” released in 2014.

    Lucas made his comments in an interview to air on this reporter’s Sunday night talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM. [snip]

    We can’t change their society. We in the West always want to fix the problem. We always think that it is fixable. We always believe that we should be able to do something about it. Well, not in certain societies. Particularly in a society where we have absolutely no mechanism of such change. We don’t have an upper hand in certain places. We are not having any deals with Chechnya.

    We have to make peace with that fact. What I always recommend is when you see how these people live, what they do, start appreciating more our society. And protect our society from those barbarians as vigorously as they protect their society, their way of living, their way of thinking. And that is very important for people to understand.

    When we try to push on the society to change their ways then we make the problem bigger.

    During the radio interview, Lucas was asked to whom he was referring when he used the term “barbarians.”

    He replied:

    I am referring to the Muslim world. To the world of Islam. We will not be able to change them but we have to protect our world and our way of life as vigorously as they protect their way of life. And yes immigration is a problem. Yes, on the left this is a very unpopular opinion. If we are taking (refugees and immigrants) we should not take from the pool of people that is so hostile to us. You know, people, they’re saying on the left, well, bring them here and they will enjoy our freedom and they will embrace gays. No, stay there, learn how to love gays and then come here.

    But with all seriousness, Muslim immigration is a problem. They come here, they lobby, they bring hate. And that is not the right pool of people we should be taking from. That is very unfortunate but it would be terrible for refugees and it would be terrible for us because there will be a lot of hate. People don’t want really refugees from Muslim countries because it is such a different culture that will collide with our culture. They will radicalize much faster here and that is why I am very much against this immigration.

    Lucas, the gay pornographer/director/actor excoriates the left. Perhaps Lucas will shout “homophobia” every time a leftist yells “Islamophobia”.

  48. ←‏ @JPY_Kurdish 14h14 hours ago
    Western ‘PC’ politicians & media paint Russia as the greatest threat. Young Russians urgently warn a common enemy (Islam) is destroying us.

    Western 'PC' politicians & media paint Russia as the greatest threat. Young Russians urgently warn a common enemy (Islam) is destroying us. pic.twitter.com/GpG1VvoB9p— ← (@JPY_Kurdish) April 16, 2017

  49. How Losing My Political Values Helped Me Gain My Freedom

    There’s a frustrating game that the left plays with conservatives. It’s an Alinksy tactic called, “Make them live up to their values.” Now, living up to one’s values isn’t a bad thing, but setting high standards ultimately means that you’ll sometimes fall short.

    The left loves to exploit these shortcomings–every Christian who falls short of perfection is a hypocrite; the social values candidate you voted for just got arrested for drunk driving. Haha, everything you believe and advocate is now discredited.
    They got away with it for years, waving away the lies, hypocrisy, indiscretions, and criminal behavior from their own politicians while beating the right mercilessly with the missteps of their own. It’s effective because the right always maintains a baseline of integrity not displayed by the left, as evidenced by comparing what happens to Republican politicians when they’re caught in criminal behavior with what happens to Democrats. Republican voters and politicians reluctantly dump the malefactor while Democrats defend their guy and launch an offensive against those who demand accountability.

    And then came along Trump, a guy just ripe for demonization by the left. I think it’s fair to say that even his early supporters worried that the Democrats would successfully make him toxic to the general voting public with his boorish behavior, vulgarity, multiple bankruptcies and very public divorces.

    But something strange happened. Not only did Donald Trump not care about attacks on his character, neither did anyone else. We saw this new paradigm assert itself over and over during the primary throughout repeated media predictions that this time he’s gone to far and he’s cooked.

    This same indifference that helped Trump carry the election has continued into the early days of his administration. With it comes a refreshingly freeing state of mind. Personally, I don’t feel in any way responsible for Trump, nor do I feel compelled to defend him against attack.

    Why? Because I voted for retribution.

    “He’s think-skinned and petty!” shrieks the left. “He takes everything personally!”
    Good, I say. I want him to take attacks personally and deal out payback. I know I won’t be the target, you will be.
    “He’s unpresidential! He’ll destroy the integrity of the office!”

    No, that’s already happened. Remember, you elected a shit-talking jackass who takes selfies at state funerals when he’s not giving stealth middle fingers to his opponents during debates. There is no dignity of the office, not after Clinton and Obama.
    “He’s a narcissist! He’s got totalitarian impulses!”

    Yes, he’s basically a mirror version of Obama. Except now, he’ll be working for what I want. The end justifies the means. You taught me that.
    “A sitting president going after the media. OMG!”

    Oh, like Obama trashing Rush Limbaugh and Fox News? How about when he sent his lackeys to berate news reporters for failure to flatter him at all times. Oh, and NSA spying on the press. That was pretty great, too.

    “He won’t show his taxes!”

    Don’t care. Where are Obama’s college transcripts, by the way?

    “He’s a bully! Is this what you want? Someone who uses his power to bully other people?!!!”
    And this is where everything funnels down to the very nexus of my change in attitude from “Do unto others” to “I will do unto you what you do unto me.”

    It’s two words: Memories Pizza.

    It was that moment that everything changed for me–not only the harassment, fake Yelp reviews and the death threats that forced them to temporarily close up shop–oh, that was bad enough, but the most powerful man on Earth bullying a couple of small town pizza owners from Indiana simply for expressing an opinion on a hypothetical asked of them by a reporter with a malicious agenda? That was when I snapped.

    Do you remember?

    It’s this that sent me to a place from which I’ll never return. I literally don’t care what Donald Trump does because nothing he can do is worse than what they’ve already done.

    Donald Trump isn’t the bully; he only insults and abuses people in power who have attacked him. They’re the fucking bullies. The left, with their smears, their witch hunts, their slanders, their insults, their riots, their violence, and their weaponizing of the federal bureaucracy.

    There aren’t any rules anymore because the left only applies them one way. And in doing so, they’ve left what once was a civil compact between the two parties in smoldering ruins.

    I have no personal investment in Donald Trump. He is a tool to punish the left and roll back their ill-gotten gains, no more and no less. If he succeeds even partially in those two things, then I’ll consider his election a win.

    Further, I no longer have any investment in any particular political values, save one: The rules created by the left will be applied to the left as equally and punitively as they have applied them to the right. And when they beg for mercy, I’ll begin to reconsider. Or maybe not. Because fuck these people.

    This new philosophy has freed me of more emotional angst that I can describe. Literally nothing the left says or does matters to me anymore. I don’t care about their tantrums. I don’t care about their accusations. I don’t care if they say Trump is lying. I don’t care if Trump is lying.

    They created this Frankenstein. They own it. I am free of all obligation. I will never play defense again. I will attack, attack, attack, attack using their own tactics against them until they learn their lesson.

    What I will not do is let them play my values against me ever again. I don’t need to prove that I’m better than them. I already know it.

  50. Adin: here is an interesting one.

    It concerns the weaponizing of federal agencies by the Obama Administration against domestic political opponents, and then using big media whores to savage those individuals and groups. In particular the intelligence agencies, primarily the CIA, NSA and FBI. In one case, the target was the anti Iran coalition, later Donald Trump and his entourage. This is why Rice, Rhoades and Lerner must be burned at stake to save the republic.

    “At some point, the administration weaponized the NSA’s legitimate monitoring of communications of foreign officials to stay one step ahead of domestic political opponents,” says a pro-Israel political operative who was deeply involved in the day-to-day fight over the Iran Deal. “The NSA’s collections of foreigners became a means of gathering real-time intelligence on Americans engaged in perfectly legitimate political activism—activism, due to the nature of the issue, that naturally involved conversations with foreigners. We began to notice the White House was responding immediately, sometimes within 24 hours, to specific conversations we were having. At first, we thought it was a coincidence being amplified by our own paranoia. After a while, it simply became our working assumption that we were being spied on.”

    This is what systematic abuse of foreign-intelligence collection for domestic political purposes looks like: Intelligence collected on Americans, lawmakers, and figures in the pro-Israel community was fed back to the Obama White House as part of its political operations. The administration got the drop on its opponents by using classified information, which it then used to draw up its own game plan to block and freeze those on the other side. And—with the help of certain journalists whose stories (and thus careers) depend on high-level access—terrorize them.

    Once you understand how this may have worked, it becomes easier to comprehend why and how we keep being fed daily treats of Trump’s nefarious Russia ties. The issue this time isn’t Israel, but Russia, yet the basic contours may very well be the same.


  51. Wbboei, why does President Trump have to go to congress for anything regarding North Korea?

    There is no peace treaty with North Korea. As far as international law we are still at war with North Korea.

    There was an armistice signed in 1953 but North Korea has abrogated that armistice. Further, because of Obama not only is the armistice null and void but the U.S. has been informed by North Korea that it will be attacked:


    On 13 March 2013, North Korea confirmed it ended the 1953 Armistice and declared North Korea “is not restrained by the North-South declaration on non-aggression”.[271] On 30 March 2013, North Korea stated that it entered a “state of war” with South Korea and declared that “The long-standing situation of the Korean peninsula being neither at peace nor at war is finally over”.[38] Speaking on 4 April 2013, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, informed the press that Pyongyang “formally informed” the Pentagon that it “ratified” the potential use of a nuclear weapon against South Korea, Japan and the United States of America, including Guam and Hawaii.

    At the latest national celebrations, North Korea displayed for the first time ever missiles to be launched from submarines. This is a direct threat to the U.S. Submarines can attack the west coast of the U.S. and Hawaii. Of course these are Dimocrat occupied zones so maybe Republicans should secretly smile at the notion of an attack on the west coast.

    With the congress on vacation and many treaties with Japan, South Korea, on defense, President Trump does not need congressional anything.

    We don’t think there will be surgical strikes against North Korea. This will be an all out attack. The Carl Vinson carrier attack group will be off the coast of North Korea next Sunday.

    President Trump holds all the trump cards on this. Any nuclear fallout will be far away from the U.S. but dangerously close to China. Also China has to fear refugees, not South Korea. South Korea is protected from a refugee flood by all the mines surrounding the “demilitarized zone” that North Korea has planted. PDT has about a dozen MOAB bombs left that could be used to penetrate tunnels. If bigger weaponry must be deployed, so be it.

    As we’ve previously written, China cannot tolerate the same situation of a North Korea run by North Korean nuts. The NK establishment cannot survive decapitation of the Phat Un so it would be a headless state of even more hunger and deprivation. The best solution and the one accepted by the West is that upon elimination of North Korea it is South Korea that will move in and feed their cousins. Once again the ancient capital of Kaesong will lead a unified peninsula.

  52. A renewal of the Korean War will most likely begin with an all out attack on NK airbases and military installations using Tomahawk cruise missiles followed by air strikes and a bombing campaign from both carrier-based planes and long range bombers from Japan and Guam to suppress the NK Air Force. MOABs will be delivered against the Pyongyang defenses using B1 and B2 bombers as well as against nuclear facilities.

  53. Admin: does President Trump have to go to Congress for anything?
    1. Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to declare war. The President, meanwhile, derives the power to direct the military after a Congressional declaration of war from Article II, Section 2, which names the President Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.

    2. The War Powers Resolution, enacted in 1973, long after American troops began fighting in Vietnam, required the president to consult with Congress before sending U.S. armed forces into combat unless there already had been a declaration of war. The troops could not stay more than 90 days unless lawmakers backed the decision. The law also sought to give the president “leeway to respond to attacks or other emergencies,” according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

    3. And it is that leeway that presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Trump have used to their advantage. Following the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, Congress gave Bush authority to attack any countries or groups involved in the attacks, which was generally accepted to mean al-Qaida. Obama used that same authority to fight the Islamic State militant group, which emerged in 2014 as an outgrowth of al-Qaida. Trump has used that authority to continue military action in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria

    4. Strict constructionist take a dim view of the war powers act because it contradicts the express language of the Constitution (supra). There was plenty of controversy over that during the Viet Nam war. Frankly, this is why we are immersed in 11 foreign wars at the present time. Wars the public pays for, but is largely ignorant of.

    5. You are correct about the 1953 armistice–it created a cessation of hostilities as opposed to a peace treaty. Therefore, hostilities can now resume now– 63 years later because North Korea has abrogated that agreement, subject to that constitutional question. Since it was abrogated, I assumed the legal authority would revert back to a formal declaration of war in 1950, only there was none.

    6. The Powell doctrine comes into play here too. In order to project military power three conditions must be satisfied. First, a clearly defined national interest. Second, public support. Third, an exit strategy.

    7. The national interest requirement is met the large contingent of troops we have stationed along the DMZ. Clearly, they are in harms way. I am not sure whether public support is there or not. I am sure they could come up with a poll that says it is, but I am not sure I would trust it. As far as an exit strategy, that is where it gets difficult.

    8. I believe that other nations should kill their own snakes, and not rely upon us to do their dirty work, and then bring a million refugees over here. The Saudis played that game with us in Iraq.

    9. Given the scope of the pending conflict, i.e. not a surgical strike, but saturation bombing etc. congressional support–with Republicans controlling both houses of congress, would be prudent.

  54. Things fall apart, the center cannot hold—Yeats/

    The center is western culture.

    And multiculturalism is the death of it.

    This is where Trump can be the savior.

    If not, then there is no one else to turn to.

    No one — not even the Left — foresaw that “the greatest threat to the liberal international order” would come “not from Russia, China, or jihadist terror but from the self-induced deconstruction of Western culture”.

    As Andrew Michta perceptively put it:

    The problem, rather, is the West’s growing inability to agree on how it should be defined as a civilization. At the core of the deepening dysfunction in the West is the self-induced deconstruction of Western culture and, with it, the glue that for two centuries kept Europe and the United States at the center of the international system.

    It wasn’t Brexit or Trump or even Putin who unmoored the world. Gramsci did. Unmoored it so thoroughly that public debate over culture now has descended to the level of whether McDonald’s is guilty of cultural appropriation by offering Szechuan sauce with its Chicken Nuggets. The Gramscians are grasping at the levers of power precisely when they have disintegrated them. “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”

  55. Streiff reports that McMaster went on the Martha Radditz show and survived the ordeal.

    A real black hawk down sort of confrontation for the globalist general.

    The Red Cross was standing by with life saving equipment.

    The Neptune Club was standing by in case McMaster was a casualty of war.

    But as noted, he survived–and did not get hit in the head with a rolling pin.

    Some have suggested hit was the reflection of his bald pate that saved him.

    You see, he read Ditka Boelcke rules for German pilots at the war college, i.e.

    1. If possible, keep the sun behind you—makes it harder for the enemy to focus on you as a target.

    Streiff gives McMaster high marks—-for sticking to his talking points.

    Amen. Just no free thinking–please.

    Here was his take away from McMaster’s rambling.

    1. The direct linkage of the attack on Syria to North Korea is clearly meant to send a message to Pyongyang.

    2. North Korea has the Trump administration’s full and undivided attention.

    3. McMaster is not convinced that China is the silver bullet to solve the North Korean problem but he seems convinced that China will do some things to limit North Korea’s behavior.

    4. There seems to be a feeling that the North Korean nuclear program must be stopped that goes far beyond mere rhetoric.

  56. Other than the obvious, i.e. removing the nuclear threat from someone who cannot handle it, what is the goal of the war we are poised to jump into. The only one I can think of is the re unification of Korea. The best thing the United States can do through diplomacy is preserve the laboratory conditions under which something like this can occur. The best way to do that is for South Korea to launch a Marshall Plan, but even that must be carefully planned, and a de Nazification program will need to occur. We do not need 1 million Chinese troops at the Yalu River ready pounce. Trump has minimized that risk when he met with the Chinese premier, but there is always the question of whether the head of government and the Peoples Liberation Army are in cinc.

  57. … why does President Trump have to go to congress for anything regarding North Korea? There is no peace treaty with North Korea. As far as international law we are still at war with North Korea.
    Agreed. In addition, Congress would likely vote “no”, as they did with Obama’s red line against Syria. The whole exercise will accomplish nothing, and will remove the element of surprise.

    We don’t think there will be surgical strikes against North Korea. This will be an all out attack.
    Agreed. Time will be of the essence. My biggest worry is not the NK nukes; it’s the 25 million South Koreans who are within striking distance of NK artillery. I’ve heard various pundits claim that it’s impossible for the U.S. to take out all the NK artillery fast enough. Perhaps that’s true. Maybe we can first evacuate the South Koreans to a safer region further south? Of course, that would probably trigger a preemptive strike from the North. That might in turn justify our going nuclear in retaliation. I’m sure all this is keeping Mattis up at night.

    China has to fear refugees, not South Korea. South Korea is protected from a refugee flood by all the mines surrounding the “demilitarized zone” that North Korea has planted.
    Trump needs to reassure China that the U.S. will help take care of the refugees until they can be safely re-settled in the South. This help will include temporary housing, food, clothing, and medical care.

    The best solution and the one accepted by the West is that upon elimination of North Korea it is South Korea that will move in and feed their cousins. Once again the ancient capital of Kaesong will lead a unified peninsula.
    Yep. The whole fucking NK regime has to go. Anything else will not be acceptable to the U.S. — or to China, for that matter.

  58. This new philosophy has freed me of more emotional angst that I can describe. Literally nothing the left says or does matters to me anymore. I don’t care about their tantrums. I don’t care about their accusations. I don’t care if they say Trump is lying. I don’t care if Trump is lying.

    They created this Frankenstein. They own it. I am free of all obligation. I will never play defense again. I will attack, attack, attack, attack using their own tactics against them until they learn their lesson.
    Nice post. Brilliant, bitter, and beautiful.

    I would add that I have given up attempting to “explain” my positions to my left-leaning acquaintances. It’s an exercise in futility, and yes, just another form of playing defense.

  59. Senator Bob Casey D-PA and his best Pennsylvania Media buddies plan mother? of all media bombs for Donald.

    Bob Casey town hall will bridge important gap
    The Daily Collegian’s editorial opinion is determined by its Board of Opinion, which is made up of members of its Board of Editors, and written by its opinions editor, with the editor in chief holding final responsibility for content. 42 min ago
    An important element of Trump’s campaign and first few months into presidency has been a perpetuated distrust of the media, often calling what were once known as reputable, trusted news sources as “fake news.”

    However, some members of the media will be taking political matters into their own hands this week, providing the public with factual information straight from the horse’s mouth.

    According to a press release issued by WTAJ, several local Pennsylvania television stations, including WHTM-TV, WTAJ-TV, WYOU-TV and WJET-TV will be hosting a town hall with Democratic Senator Bob Casey at 7 p.m. on Wednesday….

  60. Here is the inside dope on McMaster aka “Golden Child”, which comes to us courtesy of the man who broke the Susan Rice Unmasking Story.
    McMaster was called Petraeus’ golden child by some commenters, noting the strong influence Petraeus had over McMaster. Petraeus was considered for the position of NSA, but withdrew his name from consideration once McMaster’s name was included on the short-list. McMaster’s appointment allowed Petraeus to maintain control over the NSC without bringing his considerable baggage to the position.

    Derek Harvey, the top Middle East adviser in the NSC, has close ties with Petraeus and is close with McMaster. (Harvey reportedly faces a massive EEO complaint from subordinates, although that investigation remains open.)

    Harvey and McMaster have been trying to subvert Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph Dunford and Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Mattis and Dunford support working with our allies in the fight against ISIS. Harvey and McMaster are advocating for a massive American-only ground force.

    Two men were standing in between another U.S.-led war in the Middle

    Two men were standing in between another U.S.-led war in the Middle East — General Mike Flynn and Steve Bannon.
    Flynn was removed after Susan Rice unmasked classified information concerning him. Bannon’s role within the White House was weakened by McMaster, who demanded Bannon be removed from his advisory position at NSC.

    McMaster’s friends in the media, as part of a broader strategy to increase McMaster’s power, have claimed Jared Kushner and Bannon had a major falling out.

    In fact Kushner and Bannon are united in their opposition to McMaster’s plan.

    If McMaster and Petraeus have their way, America will find itself in another massive war in the Middle East.

  61. New York Post rewrites Big Pink:


    As the end of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office approaches, now’s a good a time to cut through the fog of misinformation, disinformation, media propaganda, ideological bias and outright hostility that has greeted his arrival in Washington and take a clear-eyed look at how he’s really doing.

    Answer: much better than you think.

    Let’s take the area that was supposed to be his Achilles’ heel, foreign policy. After flirting publicly with the likes of John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani and David Petraeus, Trump settled on dark horse Rex Tillerson, the former chief of ExxonMobil, to be his secretary of state. Like his boss, Tillerson had no prior experience in government — which has turned out so far to be an excellent thing.

    Unencumbered by the can’t-do conventional wisdom of the Foggy Bottom establishment and its parrots in the Washington press corps, Tillerson has played the carrot to Trump’s stick, soothing Chinese feathers ruffled during the campaign with a March visit to Beijing and setting up the successful meeting earlier this month between The Donald and the Chinese president at Mar-a-Largo that — purely coincidentally! — coincided with the cruise-missile salvo fired at Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

    Since then, the Chinese have openly cautioned the troublesome regime of Kim Jong un in North Korea not to antagonize the US with further nuclear saber-rattling in the region; “Trump is a man who honors his promises,” warned the People’s Daily, the ruling party’s official newspaper. Among those promises: a better trade deal for China and an ominous presidential tweet to the Norks that they’re “looking for trouble,” and signed “USA.” Even now, US warships are steaming Kim’s way.

    Regarding Russia, Tillerson rocked the former Soviets with a “frank discussion” in Moscow on Wednesday — diplo-speak for “contentious.” Meanwhile, at the UN, ambassador Nikki Haley has already proven her mettle, taking a hard line toward the Russians for their tactical alliance with Assad while making clear the US commitment to Israel.

    Domestically, a first attempt at repealing and replacing ObamaCare flopped when Speaker Paul Ryan’s needlessly complex “better way” couldn’t muster enough GOP votes to make it to the House floor. But the fault was the ambitious Ryan’s. Now the way’s clear for a cleaner repeal. And, yes, tax reform’s on its way, too.

    True, the president’s two executive orders regarding visitors from several Muslim countries have been stayed by federal judges refusing to acknowledge the plain letter of both the Constitution and the US Code 1182, which give the president plenary power regarding immigration. But the recent confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice will quickly clear up that misunderstanding when the cases land in the Supreme Court. Further, the Republicans’ use of the “nuclear option” to eliminate the filibuster for high court nominees means Trump’s next pick is guaranteed a speedy confirmation.

    Over at the National Security Council, H.R. McMaster has brought order out of the chaos that followed the abortive tenure of Mike Flynn, shuffling some staffers but retaining the services of crucial personnel. And at the Pentagon and Homeland Security, former Marine generals James Mattis and John Kelly can be counted on to faithfully execute presidential policy. Worries that they’re too soft on radical Islam are unfounded.

    Less remarked but equally important has been the administration’s speedy action on downsizing the federal government, proposing real spending cuts and reorganizing the bloated bureaucracy, which has drawn bleats of protest from the DC swamp creatures watching their sinecures circling the drain. Trump’s also lifted the hiring freeze, in order to flesh out a still-undermanned executive staff and replace Obama holdovers.

    Despite these clear successes, the Beltway media continues to depict the White House as a floundering, latter-day court of the Borgias, a back-stabber behind every arras. But that’s to be expected of a novice administration in its infancy. When the smoke clears, look for an uneasy balance of power between chief counselor Steve Bannon and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. Trump can ill-afford to lose Bannon and his die-hard conservative base. And the sooner the floundering White House press operation is rebooted, the better; the administration has played defense against a hostile, sneering media long enough.

  62. Two more strike groups may be on the way to reinforce the USS Carl Vinson strike group.

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is preparing to sail from Yokosuka Japan and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is apparently cutting short her training exercises off Washington state and is enroute to the Sea of Japan.

    Both ships would have 3 to 5 Aegis cruisers and destroyers in company along with support (supply) ships and submarines. All of the Aegis ships and submarines are equipped to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles. The submarines will make it their business to nail down the location of FatBoy’s subs and the Aegis ships are prepared to deal with any air threat. Some of them are also equipped with the Aegis anti-ballistic missile updates.

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