Kushner v. Bannon?: #POTUS @RealDonaldTrump’s Brilliant Management Style

Jared Kushner should be worried. Steve Bannon should be worried. Reince Priebus should be worried. They should all be worried and that’s because of President Trump’s brilliant management style.

Every management style has plusses and minuses. We happen to prefer President Trump’s management style. The other management style used by people such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama simply does not work in our modern society with all its divisions.

Trump’s management style? President Trump is the center of the wheel. This makes President Trump a centripetal force when it comes to information. PDT sucks up information from all his aides, TV, publications, critics, everything and everyone.

The management style we don’t think works for a modern president is the pyramid management style. That is the management style of people like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. This pyramid style is very structured and everyone has a place in the pyramid. The president at the top of the pyramid has all his/her incoming information filtered through those immediately below him on the pyramid.

Big Media and the establishment of the country prefer the pyramid management style. Everyone has a place and all information is filtered through the pyramid. There are few if any surprises in the pyramid. The pyramid management style is excellent if your goal is structure and order. It’s not so good at getting things done other than the conventional. Lately conventional does not work.

President Trump’s management style is a vortex. It appears to be chaotic to everyone but the president at the center. Everyone competes to get the attention of the vortex center and the old rules of hierarchy and order are caught in the whirlwind.

Big Media hates the vortex. Big Media has long believed they are the masters of information. Big Media has been usurped by the center of the wheel for information gathering and information dissemination. Consider the latest “analysis” by Vanity Fair in their much discussed (by Big Media and Trump haters) article on the Trump White House:

THE INSIDE STORY OF THE KUSHNER-BANNON CIVIL WAR

West Wing sources come clean about the backstabbing, the bullying, the distrust, and the buzzing flies. [snip]

Priebus’s role is, by Trump’s design, less powerful than that of a traditional chief of staff. Typically, the chief of staff is meant to serve as the main gatekeeper to the president—having one person atop the hierarchy with unquestioned authority is essential—but Trump’s management style has long been to pit top aides against one another, and almost any senior aide can just wander into the Oval Office.

Oh, the horror!!! Vanity Fair cannot comprehend a free flow of information to the president. Vanity Fair craves the pyramid structure which has so spectacularly failed American voters/citizens with such regularity.

As a public service we will digest and excrete the entire Vanity Fair article which has titillated Big Media narratives for our readers. Vanity Fair‘s entire article on the Trump White House is one cheap and easy conceit. Vanity Fair declares that the Trump White House is like a “reality show”. The entire article populates the imagined “reality show” with characters from the Trump orbit. Isn’t that a “wow” so very very original? Uninspired bitchiness from hacks is the fare of Vanity Fair these days.

As with everything from Big Media these days, insipid chit-chat is what passes for “analysis” from Vanity Fair. Big Media takes everything Trump and puts a negative spin on it. It’s easy to do. Anyone can do it. If you have a loving relationship with a person, just label it “co-dependent” or “exploitative”. If a wonderful new technology is developed, describe all the horrors that could potentially come from the technology. You fall in love, “oh girlfriend you’re gonna regret it”. Anything and everything is turned into negative energy chit chat. Whatever it is, it is not “analysis”.

Good analysis of the Trump White House should examine the benefits and drawbacks of the Trump management style. The big drawback of the Trumpcentric universe is that if anything happens to Trump there will be a black hole of gravity at the center which will threaten to consume everything. Also, for the not very astute outside the vortex, the vortex appears as chaos. But as has been demonstrated since June 15, 2015 the vortex wins in the end and creates its own order and results. As long as President Trump remains healthy and active, we believe the benefits of the Trump vortex are greater than its deficits.

Of course the Trump vortex is not very good for those who work for Trump. The voter and President Trump benefit from the vortex but not the aides.

Consider Jared Kushner, the son-in-law. Big Media has declared that Jared Kushner is now king of the hill. To the extent that Kushner is family he is well positioned. Kushner, to quote from the chit-chat Vanity Fair airhead gossips is ascendant:

Ivanka Trump, who could play the No-BS Heiress in our reality show, and her husband, Jared, the Crafty In-Law, are both children of privilege and are both extraordinarily loyal to their fathers. The senior administration official told me that, with this president, it is “family above all else. That’s how he has lived his life. Anybody thinking they are going to win a fight against the family is not very smart.” Kushner has reportedly described himself as a “first among equals” among White House staffers—not an endearing self-assessment, but probably an accurate one—and has been given an almost laughable assortment of responsibilities. He is tasked not only with bringing peace to the Middle East but also with re-inventing the way the entire government does business. He is heavily involved in policy regarding China. He recently made a surprise trip to Iraq. In addition, he is now the boss of his father’s former tormentor, Chris Christie, who heads a White House commission to tackle the opioid crisis. Christie was the prosecutor who helped put Jared’s father, Charles Kushner, in prison, and Jared has not forgotten.

If Vanity Air tried to do “analysis” not gossip the mag rag could have pondered the situation Jared Kushner finds himself in. From the world of real estate in New York/New Jersey Jared Kushner has a background not entirely dissimilar from President Trump. But where President Trump is the center of the vortex, consuming information, and due to his life in public and the tabloids, able to command from the executive suite – Jared Kushner has very specific assignments to carry out on behalf of President Trump.

President Trump can make general decisions and issue orders. But no one expects President Trump to be an operative who picks up the hammer and saw to get the job done. That is precisely the situation Jared Kushner is in right now.

Jared Kushner has some very specific assignments. Will he succeed or fail? Middle East peace, China, opiods? That’s a very diverse portfolio. If Jared Kushner succeeds in these tasks who would be so churlish as to be unhappy he has done his job well? If Jared Kushner fails, then he will be called Icarus.

In the world of politics, the wheel is always in spin. What goes up, comes down. Anyone remember Rick Perry, the guy who is now Secretary of Energy? We recall when Rick Perry called Donald Trump a “cancer”, a “small minded” “divisive” figure. Now Rick Perry helps the TrumpTrain wheels roll bigly.

Anyone recall candidate Ben Carson? To be discreet and our typical sweet selves we won’t quote what Candidate Trump said about Candidate Carson. But it had something to do with Carson trying to kill his mother. Candidate Lyin’ Ted? Again, discretion is the better part of our nature, and we don’t mention Candidate Trump saying something about the assassination of JFK and Heidi and Daddy Cruz. Now Cruz helps PDT. Remember the wack-a-doodle two headed dentist, Candidate Rand Paul and the mockery unleashed by Candidate Trump against the diminutive senator? Senator Rand Paul is now a big Trump fan. What happened? It was the Trump Doctrine at play:


The Trump Doctrine

Do what President Trump wants you to do, and he loves you. Stand in President Trump’s way and a MOAB lands on your head.

Remember when Candidate Trump denounced NATO as obsolete? Now NATO is dancing to President Trump’s tune – taking on once-upon-a-time friend Putin and paying up on their dues. Result? President Trump no longer slaps NATO as obsolete. Trump “Art of the Deal-ed” them. President Trump got what Americans wanted – so as long as they do what this American president wants, NATO’s wheel spoke is up.

Remember the Import-Export Bank that Candidate Trump denounced – promised he would destroy? NeverTrump hysterics flow from President Trump’s latest moves on the Import-Export Bank. What did President Trump do? President Trump violated his campaign pledge to eliminate the bank. Or did he? President Trump just appointed Scott Garrett to the Import-Export Bank Board. Who is Scott Garrett? He hates the Import-Export Bank and nothing can be done without his “yes” vote.

China’s spoke on the wheel is up right now because China is doing what President Trump wants for the American people. Remember what President Trump said about China on the campaign trail? For diplomacy’s sake we won’t quote Candidate Trump. As long as China does what President Trump wants, China will be wined, dined, and praised. Until the moment when the wheel turns China is on top. The wheel will turn when President Trump makes more “Art of the Deal-y” demands.

Speaking of China, Big Media at the time loved a certain Chinese leader:

Deng Xiaoping Theory (simplified Chinese: 邓小平理论; traditional Chinese: 鄧小平理論; pinyin: Dèng Xiǎopíng Lǐlùn), also known as Dengism, is the series of political and economic ideologies first developed by Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. The theory does not claim to reject Marxism–Leninism or Mao Zedong Thought but instead seeks to adapt them to the existing socio-economic conditions of China.

Deng also stressed opening China to the outside world,[1] the implementation of one country, two systems, and through the phrase “seek truth from facts“, an advocation of political and economic pragmatism.[2] [snip]

One of the most famous maxims of Deng, dating back to the years before the Cultural Revolution, states that “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice.” In other words, he did not worry too much about whether a person is a revolutionary or not, as long as he or she is efficient and capable to do the job under the socialist economy.[3] (This statement came to stand in opposition to the ideas of class struggle projected into economic relations, the latter being epitomized in a phrase “a socialist train coming with a delay is better than the capitalist one that comes on time“).

China largely owes its economic growth to the pragmatism of Deng Xiaoping’s theory.[citation needed] The task faced by Deng was twofold: to promote modernization while preserving the ideological unity of the CPC and its control of the difficult process of reforms.

If President Trump quoted commie Deng Xiaoping our Big Media would fawn all over sweetie pie commie Trump. President Trump is not commie Deng but there is no doubt that President Trump aides should remember “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice.”

During the presidential campaign Candidate Donald J. Trump stunned many when he either redefined “conservatism” to be what he thought. Remember “I am for free trade but I also want fair trade” that so shocked the conservative priesthood? Candidate Trump especially shocked, when denounced because he was not a “conservative, and responded with “who cares?”

That’s what so many who lament the rise of Kushner and the slump of Steve Bannon don’t get. After the failure of ObamaCare repeal because of the Freedom Caucus, President Trump did his usual “Art of the Deal-ing” moves. Trump immediately declared he was through with ObamaCare repeal, denounced the Freedom Caucus, and announced he would triangulate with Democrats to pass legislation. This shocked the pearl clutchers.

To slap awake the Freedom Caucus and wake them to the dangers of not passing ObamaCare repeal soon, President Trump played his trump card – Steve Bannon. If the Freedom Caucus did not cooperate even with a powerful Steve Bannon cajoling them, then either Steve Bannon is useless in dealings with the Freedom Caucus, or the Freedom Caucus is too contrarian to ever get anything done.

President Trump’s argument is “if this cat can’t catch mice, get rid of him. I’ll get rid of the rats another way.” The threat from President Trump is credible, not because of how he MOABed ISIS or Tomahawked Syria (although that does demonstrate the “#DFWM” doctrine) but because of campaign history. Corey Lewandowski was viewed as indispensable, until Paul Manafort became indispensable, until Steve Bannon/KellyAnne Conway became indispensable. Now Jared Kushner is indispensable.

All President Trump was doing was “Art of the Deal-ing”. President Trump knows Obama Dimocrats won’t help him or the American people to see Candidate Trump’s promises fulfilled. But the threat did some awfully good artful dealing. For all the complaints, the fact is that the Freedom Caucus came forth with a bit more pragmatism and now ObamaCare repeal is once again on the table and soon to be voted on.

Which brings us to Deng Xiaoping again. Something conservative NeverTrumpers should keep in mind. Let’s invert a Dengism to see what President Trump would like to do: “a capitalist train coming with a delay is better than the socialist one that comes on time“. That’s contrary to the postulate of the efficient cat. But it is a warning that the TrumpTrain will roll in the direction of Candidate Trump’s campaign as long as it rolls but if you try to stop it for reasons of ideological purity, then watch out, because the cat in the dark will come back. In other words what matters to President Trump is to get the job done, hopefully in the right way, but whichever way, the job will get done. The job, is Make America Great Again.

Some don’t understand that for President Trump the job is to Make America Great Again, not make ideology or particular leaders, or something or other great again. The threats of scandal thuggery coming from people like Mike Cernovich who are infatuated with themselves, are going nowhere. President Trump does not faint. The well intended warnings about false friends from Kurt Schlichter are best directed at those that think they can use President Trump as their toy.

Schlichter makes some good points about how close President Trump is to total victory and winning, winning, winning. But President Trump is the one who performed the miracle of election and he deserves better than faint praise.

President Trump knows what he is doing. He is at the center of the vortex. We recall when Vladimir Putin was going to be his best friend. Then Putin thought he was king of the hill. So Trump had to MOAB drop the Trump doctrine on Putin’s head.


The Trump Doctrine

President Trump is not going to get America into another neo-con war in Syria as some hyperventilate about. But President Trump needed to schlong Syria on its Assad. President Trump is at the same time not going to allow North Korea to threaten Hawaii nor California and the West Coast by continuing to finesse the Phat Un’s nuclear and chemical warfare weapons onto missiles.

The same forces aligned against Candidate Trump are still spreading the “chaos” “sell-out” “not a real conservative” narratives to undermine President Trump. But President Trump continues to strike like a TrumpNado for his goal of Make America Great Again.

President Trump is at the center of the vortex and in calm control. Where Big Media and NeverTrumpers see “chaos” President Trump sees the vortex of information flows. President Trump understands the vortex he is in. President Trump at the center of the vortex knows how to use what orbits around him to move in the direction he selects.

America’s enemies, foreign and domestic still don’t see the vortex, the TrumpNado as an intelligent force, moving deliberately to strike.

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119 thoughts on “Kushner v. Bannon?: #POTUS @RealDonaldTrump’s Brilliant Management Style

  1. If true, not bluster:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-17/us-deploys-two-more-aircraft-carriers-toward-korean-peninsula-yonhap

    According to a report by South Korea’s primary news outlet, Yonhap, the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the Korean Peninsula, citing a South Korean government source.

    Yonhap reports that in addition to the CVN-70 Carl Vinson, which is expected to arrive off the South Korean coast on April 25, the CVN-76 Ronald Reagan – currently in home port in Yokosuka, Japan – and the CVN-68 Nimitz carrier group – currently undergoing final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise off Oregon – will enter the Sea of Japan next week. According to the senior government official. the US and South Korea are discussing joint drills, which will include the three aircraft carriers and other ships.

  2. Obama Dimocrats worry:

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/35152446/hawaii-panel-asks-state-to-prepare-for-north-korea-attack

    HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii lawmakers want state officials to update plans for coping with a nuclear attack as North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can reach the islands.

    The state House Public Safety Committee unanimously passed a resolution Thursday.

    Committee Vice Chairman Matt LoPresti says he’s not trying to spread fear. But he wants the public to know the government is taking steps to protect them in the worst case scenario.

    He’s aiming to get state funding to re-equip Cold War-era fallout shelters.

    The resolution that moved forward Thursday said that in 1981, Oahu had hundreds of fallout shelters — “many stocked with medical kits, food, and sanitary kits.” But in later years, funding dried up, and stocks were thrown out.

    Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Executive Officer Toby Clairmont showed lawmakers a response plan from 1985 that hasn’t been updated since.

    He says there’s also a need to educate the public about what they can do for themselves.

    The resolution next goes to the Finance Committee.

    They better prepare for chemical warfare too, not just nuclear.

  3. Great day with Gorsuch on the bench.. Now lets see how he rules. As far as N. Korea, the louder they shout the more they must really be in fear of Trump’s no nonsense policy.

  4. President Trump’s argument is “if this cat can’t catch mice, get rid of him. I’ll get rid of the rats another way.” The threat from President Trump is credible, not because of how he MOABed ISIS or Tomahawked Syria (although that does demonstrate the “#DFWM” doctrine) but because of campaign history. Corey Lewandowski was viewed as indispensable, until Paul Manafort became indispensable, until Steve Bannon/KellyAnne Conway became indispensable. Now Jared Kushner is indispensable.
    —————–
    Someone once remarked that the secret of being a good CEO isn’t knowing who to hire. It’s being willing to keep firing people until you find one who can get the job done. I.e., to keep getting rid of cats until you find one who can catch mice.

    I think that’s why Trump’s approval rating is hitting new highs, even though he’s pissing off the alt-right crowd. Trump’s true base is the moderate majority of Americans who see what’s broken and just want it fixed.

  5. CTH[…] Trump is Jupiter moving through the asteroid belt. He is going to pull people into his orbit. A few will get slung off into space, but most will come along for the ride of their lives. (more)

  6. Matthew,

    That’s what Lincoln did, he kept firing Generals till he found one willing to win, Grant…

  7. Admin: I see your point with the pyramid structure. It begets silos, and important information never reaches the key decision maker. You prefer the wheel analogy where all the information funnels to the president. You may have hit on something very important there, because that may be why the bureaucratic structure that government is famous for is inefficient, unresponsive and marches to its own drum. Catherine Fitts was talking the other day, and felt that Trump needed to understand that government works on a matrix system, and he needed to understand that. It sounds like that is neither a pyramid or a wheel. It may be a series of pyramids but definitely not a wheel. I have great respect for Catherine, but it is possible that she has inadvertently put her finger on the very thing that makes government as we know it so dysfunctional. Most presidents got to where they are by playing the game. They do not want to be in the center of a wheel structure. There are things they do not want to know about and that is where the concept of plausible deniability comes from. The other advantage of the wheel is no subordinate is able to get too powerful that they can overturn the leader, since he will always have more information than they do, and can play one off against another when circumstances warrant. As you know, much has been made over the rise of Cohn, McMaster and the 35 year old son in law. In a pyramid structure, which is how big media analyzed it, due in part to Trumps caustic remarks about Bannon, after Time Magazine made him out to be Trump’s brain. But IF he is doing what you believe he is doing, which is to say, operating off a wheel, and picking the brains of the smartest people he can find, without letting any of them hijack his agenda, or invalidate his campaign promises, which is what big media claims he is doing, leaving those who supported him trapped in no man’s land then he need not worry. Me? Trust all men, but cut the cards.

  8. I turned 60 on Easter Sunday. I spent the morning doing yard work. The poinsettia in my garden that has been blooming blood red, has passed it’ s prime and I trimmed it back to regrow green. I no longer so often hear, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” play in my head as I watch world events, but this is the song that takes it’s place

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5FfJ89rGPc

    Trump will not be a war President, great or otherwise. He is in it to Make America Great Again. And he is on the rise to become a great world leader.

  9. admin
    April 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm
    (Hawiian) Obama Dimocrats worry
    ———
    I see no cause for worry. No reason for concern. In fact, its a no brainer, i.e.

    All they need to do is to get the little Hawaiian Judge to issue an injunction against the Korean dictator, enjoining him from launching IBM attacks on Hawaii until there is a hearing on the merits in his court room. If the dictator balks, the little Hawaiian Judge can remind him he went to Harvard, and was a classmate of the big media beloved messiah. That should be more than enough for the dictator to turn his sword into plow shares, while humming a few bars of Its A Small World–with a small judge After All. But if you think he is small, take a good hard look at the pigmies of the Ninth Circuit who could join in the chorus.

    https://youtu.be/iJFGAX77zw4

  10. H. R. McMaster Manipulating Intelligence Reports to Trump, Wants 150,000 Ground Soldiers in Syria

    Current National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond “H. R.” McMaster is manipulating intelligence reports given to President Donald Trump, Cernovich Media can now report. McMaster is plotting how to sell a massive ground war in Syria to President Trump with the help of disgraced former CIA director and convicted criminal David Petraeus, who mishandled classified information by sharing documents with his mistress.

    As NSA, McMaster’s job is to synthesize intellience reports from all other agencies. President Trump is being given an inaccurate picture of the situation in Syria, as McMaster is seeking to involve the U.S. in a full scale war in Syria.
    The McMaster-Petraeus plan calls for 150,000 American ground troops in Syria.

    Many special operations veterans including General Joseph Votel have raised serious concerns about McMaster’s plans for Syria.
    Sources also suggest that McMaster is sharing classified information with Petraeus, whose security clearance was revoked.

    Same source as above, i.e. Cernovich

  11. Ouch. Former Obama Officials Now Say that He made the World a More Dangerous Place

    In Syria, a major mistake was treating it like a humanitarian crisis, when it was a major national security crisis that has caused destabilization on our closest allies in Europe. Syria has been a source of terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States, and future attacks. I worry about that very much.”

    http://constitution.com.linkis.com/Blbzd

  12. Lou Dobbs‏Verified account @LouDobbs 4h4 hours ago

    Ryan is derailing @POTUS agenda & dividing GOP. GOP will answer for it if they don’t throw Ryan out of office. #MAGA #TrumpTrain

  13. Here’s a funny tweet I just saw, I’ll post the words below, in case someone wants to look for the video (it’s not a youtube and I don’t know how to bring it here)

    On the (incredibly short) video, a female in the studio is on the left screen, and a male in the field is on the right. Look to our left of the male – a kid comes up, puts his hands around his mouth as though shouting. Watch his lips.

    Tennessee‏ @TEN_GOP 9h9 hours ago

    This is so awesome. Kid photobombs CNN, appears to mouth ‘Fake News’ at the camera.😎

  14. If anyone wants to look for this tweet, it has a video of a little girl (maybe 7 years old…?) having her genitals cut off – with no anesthetic. It’s awful. (It’s not at the article referenced)

    Amy Mek‏ @AmyMek Apr 16

    Islamic Enrichment in America!

    Middle Tennessee Tops List of Risk Areas for Female Genital Mutilation…

    http://tennesseestar.com/2017/04/14/nashville-murfreesboro-franklin-metro-area-one-of-top-20-places-in-u-s-where-women-and-girls-at-risk-for-female-genital-mutilation/

  15. Godfrey Elfwick‏ @GodfreyElfwick Apr 16

    BREAKING NEWS: Erdogan assures his people that Turkey is a democracy and anyone who disagrees is free to be executed.

  16. Razor‏ @hale_razor Apr 6

    Obama was at war longer than any other US president in history and had military actions in seven countries, but Trump’s the warmonger.

  17. Wonderful analysis, admin. Thank you for always being able to separate the wheat from the chaffe and laying it out for us.
    One picky point — Rand Paul is an opthamologist not a dentist.

  18. Admin: the wheel structure you describe really does leave big media at a loss.

    Under the pyramid structure which you describe, the second or third tier of the administration had a fairly complete picture of the situation. Therefore, if one of these “reporters” could get their hooks into someone in that position, and make him their bitch whether through bribery, or blackmail if they had the goods, or by trading inside information for stories the snitch/source–call him what you will wanted planted, they would have a complete picture, which they could then spin to fit their narrative.

    But under the wheel concept, the second or third tier of the administration do not have the complete picture. The one who has the complete picture is the president himself, and when his favorite indoor sport is accusing them of being the whores they truly are, they cannot keep up with the evolving situation. They are like blind men feeling the elephant. That is why the average age of CNN viewing audience is nearly 60. What keeps them afloat is massive contributions of Saudi money.

  19. Damnocrat Bob Casey has been proving stealth worthy of Barack the Second. He started out by calling for protests 6 days after POTUS took HIS oath. He was at a green energy gathering and felt comfortable, I suppose. But impact/NPR published it heh heh.
    Then he took to Twitter in a sometimes daring way. Now he’s doing a series of Townhalls where the audience will usually bring up “Trump Lies” which Bob the host never denies.

    Tomorrow night (4/19) is the biggest by far with live audiences across the state of Pennsylvania.
    The karma comes in via act of Facebook killer to be found dead in one of those cities going live for Bob tomorrow. Wonder how that will turn our for Bob who apparently will go as low as Barack.

    Live Town Hall with Sen. Bob Casey to air on WJET
    4/14/17
    Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. announced Friday that WHTM-TV (ABC), WTAJ-TV (CBS), WYOU-TV (CBS) and WJET-TV (ABC) will host a live Town Hall meeting with United States Sen. Bob Casey on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
    “This Week in Pennsylvania: Senator Bob Casey Town Hall” will be produced by Nexstar before a live audience of local voters in four Pennsylvania markets including, Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Johnstown-Altoona-State College and Erie…
    …To participate as a member of the live audience in your local area please contact:
    • Erie, PA – Lou Baxter, WJET-TV News Director at lbaxter@wjettv.com
    http://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/live-town-hall-with-sen-bob-casey-to-air-on-wjet/692145494

  20. Have you seen this guy Chris Ruddy? He is telling Trump to make a deal with Ginzberg to step down and appoint—yup, you fucking guessed it, another Harvard man . . Merrick Garland. Ruddy failed to specify however whether Trump should appoint good old Merrick Garland, in lieu of what he promised voters, before of after he surrenders to North Korea. Ruddy is out of his mind.

  21. Can anyone here imagine if DT, President or otherwise, had done anything close to what Hillary did not only in 2008 but also when she was SOS…I’m sorry to say but I actually think Hillary has some serious problems with paranoia and control…one can only imagine how she would have spied on everyone in the USA if they gave her any hint of provocation

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4421582/Hillary-downloaded-staff-emails-against-her.html

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    In addition, voting machines were stolen from Georgia’s district 6

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/voting-machines-stolen-georgia-district-6-special-election/

  22. btw…forgot to mention that if DT had done one pinch of what Hillary has done with her spying on her own staffers and then bringing her SOS service into her secret domain…BM would be going absolutely crazy…

    as it is, if DT blinks his eyes, BM is ready to crucify him…imagine if we substituted Hillary’s behavior and all her crazy sheneghians with her server and emails to Donald duplicating her tactics….something tells me Comey would have found that behavior criminal…

  23. [I’m guessing that Speaker Ryan challenger Paul Nehlen bit off more than he realized when embarking on the film HIJRAH – RADICAL(FUNDAMENTAL) ISLAM’S GLOBAL INVASION, but it is ready now.]
    http://paulnehlen.com/hijrah-movie/
    I signed up for it, paid for a copy long ago. So long ago it almost seems irrelevant in that there are no surprises left to be discovered. And perhaps Paul has lost that list. But like many, I view him as a decent and capable man with a passion for America. Hence the mention.

  24. Interesting re Garland, but I don’t see that type of bipartisan cooperation after what the dems did to Gorsuch. Now it’s a question of whether any other opening will occur in the next 3 plus years and if so, Trump can move the court decidedly more conservative now that the filibuster is gone. With that said, Roberts can never be trusted as he single handedly got the ACA through. Kennedy also has tendency to give the left some victories over the years.

  25. S, in a pyramid system of management often there is a lack of information at the top. That’s why snooping and spying on staff become the solution. An executive who deep down realizes she is not getting sufficient information will not change the system of management but try to circumvent the problems of that system through spying. If the executive realizes she is not getting sufficient information and has a streak of, deserved or unmerited, paranoia, the spying and snooping become normalized. As to Hillary and the latest stories, if she wants to know why and how she failed to be inaugurated in 2017 and 2009, all she has to do is read Big Pink. She doesn’t have to go wading through staff emails. Her failures have spotlights on them which we warned her about months/years ahead of when they occurred.

    Venus, we remember it was Shadowfax that started calling Rand Paul someone who looked like a “wackadoodle two-headed dentist” even as everyone knew he was an ophthalmologist. He’ll always be our wackadoodle two-headed dentist. 🙂

  26. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-neil-gorsuch-first-day-on-supreme-court-20170417-story.html

    In short order, Gorsuch showed he could be polite and still deliver a jab reminiscent of the justice he replaced, the late Antonin Scalia.

    At one point, Christopher Landau, a Washington, D.C., lawyer representing a former federal worker trying to navigate a complicated law governing grievance procedures, said, “We’re not asking this court to break any new ground.”

    “No, just to continue to make it up,” Gorsuch shot back with a grin, indicating he believed previous court decisions had strayed from the text of the law.

  27. Another unsolvable motive mystery:

    http://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/suspect-in-fresno-shooting-spree-that-killed-3-shouts-allahu-akbar-when-arrested/693838151

    Suspect in Fresno shooting spree that killed 3 shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ when arrested

    Three people are dead in a shooting spree in downtown Fresno on Tuesday, and the suspect was wanted in connection to the Motel 6 killing last week, the Fresno Police Department said.

    Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as police tackled him to the ground after the shootings which were spread over four locations, Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

  28. admin
    April 18, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    The horror we survived for eight years:
    ——-
    Was Michelle using that outfit to teach the kids the primary colors ? 😄

  29. Exactly Admin, I thought the same..

    Allah Ackbar… OK, for it

    I hate White people, all targets White males…OK got it

    Black….( or dark white person, or one could say a white Black person, But looking at him, definitly a “brother” as they were trying to push yesterday for the insane murderer Steve Stevens ) OK, got it

    Name is Mohamed… OK, geez, I still can’t come to a conclusion

  30. Trump style:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4420886/Theresa-calls-General-Election-June-8.html

    Theresa May sprung a massive surprise on the nation and her own ministers today by announced a snap general election for June 8 – after having a moment of clarity on a walking holiday in Wales.

    In a dramatic statement on the steps of Downing Street, the Prime Minister fired the starting gun on a poll that she hopes will deliver her an unassailable majority to shape the country’s future.

    She blamed opposition parties who have been trying to frustrate Brexit for her sudden change of heart after months insisting she will not hold an election – singling out Nicola Sturgeon’s efforts to exploit the situation to tear the UK apart.

    The bold move took even Cabinet members by surprise, having been kept a closely guarded secret between a handful of the premier’s closest allies and aides. [snip]

    The media were given barely an hour’s notice of the speech this morning, and there had been no rumours at Westminster about her change of heart. Even as the Cabinet meeting began this morning, aides to senior ministers were still sending out updates on other areas of government business.

    Mrs May said Britain needed strong leadership to navigate the fraught divorce talks with the EU, insisting she was now convinced an early poll was in the ‘national interest’.

    She said ‘every vote for the Conservatives’ would give her a stronger hand when she sits across the negotiating table from the EU’s presidents and prime ministers to hammer out a Brexit deal.

    The election is an astonishing U-turn from the Prime Minister who has repeatedly said she would not call another ballot before 2020 – insisting it would cause instability and hurt the country.

    The most recent polls suggest Mrs May could get a huge Commons majority of 140. She leads Jeremy Corbyn by more than 30 per cent when voters are asked who would make the best PM.

    A survey carried out by ICM for the Guardian after the news was delivered this morning found 55 per cent of the public back her call for an early ballot. Just 15 per cent opposed it. [snip]

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he will vote for an early election even though the polls suggest his party will be routed – making the vote a formality.

    It means Britain will go to the polls in just seven weeks, little more than two years after the last election in May 2015.

    Mrs May said: ‘Our opponents believe that because the government’s majority is extremely small that they can weaken our resolve and persuade us to change course.

    ‘I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country.’

    Let us tomorrow vote for an election… and let the people decide.’

  31. Black Jesus, that’s right, Mohammed’s nick name

    April 18, 2017
    Fresno Spree Killing: Three Dead; Suspect in Custody; Shouted “Allahu Akbar” and That He Hates White People
    —Ace

    This will be the shooting story that disappears fastest from the media’s radar screens since the last one.

    Just a note for fairness: Just because a guy is in custody, doesn’t mean he’s guilty.

    Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said officers have taken Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, into custody in connection to the shootings. Dyer said Muhammad went by the nickname “Black Jesus”…
    Okay: Guilty.

    But that doesn’t mean he was some kind of terrorist.

    …and shouted “Allahu Akbar” as police tackled him to the ground.
    Eh, doesn’t mean anything. You don’t know his life. It certainly doesn’t establish that he was some kind of, I don’t know, Reverse Dylan Roof Race Murderer.

    Dyer said at a news conference Muhammad has made posts against white people and the government on his Facebook page, and that all the people he shot were white men.
    Okay. Well, I tried.

    But unlike the left, I’m bound by facts.

    By the way, he appeared to be hunting down white people, moving from venue to venue to find victims:

    All three shooting locations were close to each other in the downtown area. Around 16 shots were fired during the shooting spree, police said.
    There can only be one response to this racial murder spree: We must re-ban the Confederate Battle Flag, which must have made him feel like he had no other choice.

  32. bstonesfan
    April 18, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Interesting re Garland, but I don’t see that type of bipartisan cooperation after what the dems did to Gorsuch. Now it’s a question of whether any other opening will occur in the next 3 plus years and if so, Trump can move the court decidedly more conservative now that the filibuster is gone. With that said, Roberts can never be trusted as he single handedly got the ACA through. Kennedy also has tendency to give the left some victories over the years.
    ——
    Jb–I do not see it as interesting. I see it as delusional. It would reward the Alysnkites, betray his campaign promises, and corrupt the court. Other that that I think it is a wonderful idea.

  33. On another note…Holland getting “rid” of its undesirables… and here I thought you had to be of sound mind to give consent? Apparently not, wonder if the “dementia, or other Psychiatric Dx ” people had medical power of attorney friends, or loved ones to do that for them.
    I understand people feel there are reasons to make this decision, but boy is this a slippery slope

    Pretty sure the Muslims aren’t participating…

    Assisted Suicide: Depressing Numbers From the Netherlands
    6,091 “assisted.”

    4.17.2017 News Horn 32
    1614

    The crystal ball that is Western Europe yielded some more depressing premonitions for America’s future this week, and this time it wasn’t Islamic terrorists ramming a truck through a crowded marketplace.

    According to reports, assisted suicide in the Netherlands saw a 10% increase in 2016, totaling 6,091 people killed by the ghastly practice (roughly 4% of all deaths there). In 2015, figures reported 5,561 deaths.

    LifeNews reports that since 2006, there has been a 317% increase in euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands, according to reports they publish every five years.

    “The 2010 study that was published in the Lancet (July 2012) indicated that 23% of all assisted deaths were unreported in the Netherlands,” reports LifeNews. “If this trend continued, that may have been 1400 unreported assisted deaths in 2016.”

    Worst still, the country has expanded their definition of “terminally ill” to include dementia or severe psychiatric impairment — essentially, a sweeping away of the undesirables. Down syndrome babies are taken care of while still in the womb.

    “There were 141 people who died by euthanasia based on dementia in 2016, up from 109 the previous year,” they report. “There were 60 people who died by euthanasia for psychiatric reasons in 2016, up from 56 the previous year.”

  34. Actually,
    I think it’s hilarious that the media is frothing at the mouth at a possible Democratic pick up despite obama losing 1000 democratic seats during his celebrated 8 year regime, numerous Govoner seats, Senate, etc… and never a word about it.
    Well it’s hard to be critical of the Black messiah

    I’m hoping the pipsqueak doesn’t get 50% and there is a runoff and the pipsqueak losses

  35. It’s over for Trump! The goofballs at Nate Silver’s dump wrote an article about “reluctant Trump voters”. The results are what we have written about:

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/reluctant-trump-voters-swung-the-election-heres-how-they-think-hes-doing/

    ‘Reluctant’ Trump Voters Swung The Election. Here’s How They Think He’s Doing. [snip]

    While we’ve always known his core base was a loyal one, Trump made it to the White House thanks in no small part to a group of voters who didn’t necessarily like him but were willing to give him a chance. Nearly 20 percent of voters in the 2016 presidential election had an unfavorable view of both Trump and Hillary Clinton, according to exit polls, and Trump won that group 47 percent to 30 percent. That made the difference.

    As Trump’s first-100-days milestone nears, his presidency so far marked by unusually low approval ratings, a Supreme Court victory and a failed Republican health care bill — it seems useful to check in with these reluctant Trump voters. They’re a group to watch as the 2018 midterms loom, a barometer by which to monitor a newly unstable political climate. Their support might mean the difference between a successful Trump presidency or a failed one, between the GOP holding or losing the House.

    We can’t go back and find the voters who cast an unenthusiastic ballot for Trump.1 But FiveThirtyEight partnered with SurveyMonkey to survey more than 7,000 American adults during the first week of April and asked Trump voters how enthusiastic their vote for the president had been. (We gave respondents five levels of excitement to choose, from “very excited” to “not excited at all”.)2 About 15 percent of Trump voters said they weren’t excited to cast a ballot for him. This group differs demographically and has different policy priorities from the rest of the Trump cohort.

    That’s the set up. Strong Trump voters are still strong for Trump. What do “reluctant” Trump voters think. Cue the rim shot on the snare drum:

    But as of right now, reluctant Trump voters approve of Trump, and not even reluctantly, though at nowhere near the same levels of other Trump voters: 74 percent of reluctant Trumpers approved of the president, while a whopping 97 percent of more enthusiastic Trump voters approved of him.

    “Not even reluctantly”

  36. It’s over for Le Pen?:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4421518/Two-terror-suspects-arrested-Marseille-guns-found.html

    British intelligence officers helped foil a ‘Day of the Jackal’ style plot by two Islamic State fanatics to murder a French presidential candidate, it emerged tonight. (tues)

    Clement Baur, 23, and Mahiedine Merabet, 29, were in a high security prison after their rented flat in Marseille was raided on Tuesday afternoon as they prepared for ‘an imminent attack’.

    Both French nationals were known to police as radical Islamists who had converted in prison while serving time for drugs offences. [snip]

    Police found a video made by the two men in which they declared allegiance to ISIS and a Le Monde newspaper front page showing the right-wing conservative politician Francois Fillon.

    It was part of a photomontage that included a machine gun, an Isis flag, ammunition and the words ‘The Law of Talion,’ after a fictional character in an intensely violent videogame.

    Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said their planned assassination was due to be carried out in the ‘next few days’ but did not discuss potential targets.

    Marine Le Pen, thefar-Right Front National candidate, was due to hold a campaign rally in Marseille on Wednesday. [snip]

    Ms Le Pen confirmed photos of the men were passed to her security team on Thursday last week.

    Mr Fillon, the Republicans party candidate, was also handed the images on Friday and his security was increased as a result. [snip]

    Police had been hunting the suspects since the end of last week and seized them a few minutes apart in the port city, said an intelligence source.

    The successful raid evoked scenes in the Frederick Forsyth novel ‘The Day of the Jackal’, about a plot to murder former French president and wartime leader Charles de Gaulle.

    Marine Le Pen is one terrorist attack short of winning the French election round 1 and 2.

    Good to see “Day of the Jackal” which we sometimes refer to, get attention. Great book/movie.

  37. In line with our article:

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/scarborough-putin-learning-same-lesson-as-gop-competitors-about-dumb-donald-trump/

    MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump‘s GOP competitors during the 2016 presidential primary — as they all, in his view, underestimated the Manhattan billionaire.

    The former Republican congressman first cited guest David Ignatius‘s point about how the President “threw off” China with his call to the president of Taiwan, and asserted that the same was true with Russia. He also noted that former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, made the point that Putin “thought he had a dupe in the White House” with Trump; but now, he’s “scratching his head and going, ‘what the hell do I do next?’”

    Scarborough continued by quoting from a Thursday column in The Atlantic by Julia Ioffe:

    The American airstrike on the…air base in Syria didn’t do all that much. A day and 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles later…Assad was still in power, his planes were still taking off…still flying and still dropping bombs and killing people in the same…Province where a sarin gas attack killed more than 80 people last week. What the strike did do, though, was radically alter the power dynamic between Moscow and Washington that Vladimir Putin had spent the last three years establishing: one in which Putin acts and Washington, gobsmacked, scrambles to react.

    The MSNBC host added that Putin is “learning the same exact thing that Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and all of these people that thought they were so much smarter than dumb Donald Trump learned in the campaign.”

  38. O’Reilly has got big problems as these allegations are not going away. I use to watch him a lot but the past few years I found it was more about selling books or appearances than news (which is OK-they all do it and make a ton of $$$). Interesting to see what , if any, action is taken. If O’Reilly leaves, I wonder who they can put in that spot. Carlson is much better than I thought, but the rest of that line up, including Hannity, is pretty weak. Sadly, Maddow is on the rise as the never Trump crowd seems to get comfort from her.

  39. On GA6, Ossoff is at 60%. Early vote was expected to go for him bigly. That is what happened. Early vote for Ossoff.

    There are about 100,000 votes to come in. 50,000 votes already in. The vote that has come in is the early vote.

    Ossoff is also doing well with the election day vote, not just the early vote. Bad news for Ossoff is that while he is at 48.6% of the election day vote, most of the election day vote that has come in is from his best district, DeKalb.

    Vote is coming in slowly. Ossoff needs 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. President Trump won the district by 1.5%

    Our bet while flying near blind on this hard to predict election is that Ossoff will face Handel in a general. Ossoff might make the 50% but just barely.

    The wheel is in spin.

  40. WikiLeaks‏ @_AssangeJulian 19h19 hours ago

    WikiLeaks Retweeted Claudia Eller
    In case you’ve not noticed, MSM is attempting to force @ChelseaClinton down our collective throats in attempt to make her relevant for 2018.

  41. Oh yes Lorac,
    She is on the cover of Vogue…
    Telling the masses to #resist , and ” oh, dear, I wouldn’t THINK of running for office… but if YOU insist”!

    But not a picture of Melania, Ivanka or Donald, nothing there, they don’t exist.

    BARF

  42. The run-off will happen. The district in Georgia will then vote Republican and the Democrats will lose again. #MAGA

  43. I really hope this piece of lying crap does not win. Not only did he lie about his “years” of Security clearance, he worked as a CEO of a company that did “investigative ” work for none other than Al Jazeera

    Ossoff Admits He Misrepresented National Security Credentials
    Georgia Democrat held security clearance for just five months, not five years

    Jon OssoffJon Ossoff

    BY: Brent Scher
    March 28, 2017 1:31 pm

    After claiming for months he had five years of experience as a congressional national security staffer with top-secret clearance, Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff has now admitted that he had clearance for just five months.

    Since Ossoff announced his campaign to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price earlier this year, he has leaned on his supposed five years as a “national security aide with top-secret clearance.” The claim has been made in campaign ads, during campaign events, and even in his campaign announcement.

    The Washington Free Beacon reported last week that Ossoff’s claim was dubious. Ossoff was a 19-year-old student at Georgetown University when he began working as a part-time staffer for Rep. Hank Johnson (D., Ga.), but security clearances are generally granted only to permanent staffers. He was not made a full-time staffer for another two years.

    Ossoff’s campaign did not respond to Washington Free Beacon requests for more information about his time working in Johnson’s office, but provided local reporters with a timeline that shows Ossoff worked for just over two years as a full-time aide—and worked only five months with top-secret clearance.

    Here’s the timeline, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

    — January 2007: Ossoff starts in Johnson’s office as a part-time legislative correspondent, working 25-30 hours a week while attending Georgetown University.

    — May 2009: Ossoff graduates from Georgetown University.

    — Summer 2009: Ossoff spends time traveling before he returns to work as Johnson’s legislative assistant in August 2009.

    — January 2010: Ossoff is promoted to senior legislative assistant.

    — April to July 2010: Ossoff runs Johnson’s re-election campaign.

    — September 2010: Ossoff returns to Johnson’s Capitol Hill office.

    — March 2012: Ossoff receives a top-secret security clearance and staffs Johnson for work related to the National Defense Authorization Act.

    — Mid-August 2012: Ossoff leaves Johnson’s office.

    Ossoff’s campaign previously told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Ossoff was given his security clearance after working on Johnson’s campaign as a press officer in 2006—failing to disclose that by “after” they meant six years later.

    After Ossoff left Johnson’s office he moved to Great Britain to attend graduate school and become CEO of an investigative film company that does work for Al Jazeera.

  44. Lol, same guy who said the liar was going to win by 61%…

    Live Analysis by Nate Cohn »
    Cobb is done. Ossoff at 50.3% with 55k in Fulton County left. Our guess he gets 45%; needs 49. Seems small, but very hard.

  45. “Technical” problems in Fulton county, it’s a Republican strong hold, but one does have to feel something fishy

  46. I am glad there will be a runoff, but lets get done to the real business of repealing ACA, building the wall, and tax cuts!!!

  47. It is unclear what the heck the Democrats thought they were going to accomplish in Georgia. Rarely if ever do House seats flip from one party to the other when a member is afforded the great honor of a high ranking appointment in a administration of the same party. IF, and it is a big if, that member is unpopular in his own district, has legal problems or is out of step with his own district, he/she would not be appointed to a cabinet seat to begin with nor imperil that seat to a takeover from the opposing party. Obamacare is very unpopular in Georgia and Price was a specialist in opposing it. Running a snowflake dink like that was just a way to rile up the nutty Democratic base, raise money, talk big and show they still got it. They don’t.

  48. Hillary apoligized to the Boob for losing. Why? WTH? She was the one humiliated and beat like a rented mule not him. He is going out to his glorious retirement as a world statesman to make oodles of moolah.

    Then it hit my addled old brain that the Boob is now exposed. LOL. Awww. He had to run off and hide. Instead of swanning around raising money for his criminal enterprise library and foundation, while the iron is hot and he is basking in glory and adored, he has to retreat to French Polynesia and his co-conspirator’s yacht. When the talk got too close to the truth he had to get old Michelle out there to make it look like a vacation and import some of his Hollywood paid cronies to make it seem like he wants to be there instead of jet-setting raking in the dough and hectoring everyone.

    Hillary losing blew the scam.

  49. I’m not reading a book describing what I just watched last year. I’m not senile so I remember it. Mostly. But from the blurbs it seems Hill would not listen to Bill. Would not do it. Unless her ass was in a crack and she wanted him to throw a wall-eyed fit and put the fear in her dumbass staff of Obama-ites.

    In a partnership with Bill over decades, she finally had the upper hand and Bill was shoved to the margins. It was finally her turn by gum! I’m still convinced she had a deal with Obama in 2008 for 2016. A very bad deal but nonetheless a deal. I’m sure Obama was torn over laughing at her and seeing a Trump train coming at him thinking he would avoid it. Nope. It hit him too.

    Hillary was the weak link. She had Obama’s organization and the best political brain of the twentieth century in Bill and she HAD to spite both of them. Show them who was smart. Two presidents. Dumb Bad Deal-Maker Hillary. The book will finish burying her while still alive.

    Did Trump intuit the bad relationship between these three? Almost certainly yes and exploited to the max.

  50. I suspect it’s going to be a fairly close run off election in the 6th Congressional district in Georgia, but still a Republican win. It will still be a major loss for the Dimwits, of which they better start accepting their fate. With each loss in the Trump era, they look a little more hysterical and pathetic. All that wasted money on a goofy premise that people want the Democrats to succeed at this juncture makes the Democrat party look out of synch with the majority of Americans. L.O.S.E.R.S.

  51. Tony Stark, Mormaer, we started waving red flags the moment the 2012 election ended – but Hillary Clinton would not listen to us. She relied on that protoplasm Robby Mook and the Obamaites who cared more about Obama than Hillary. The Hillary campaign was a vehicle to protect Obama and to prove the 2008 campaign was not the eventual disaster we predicted in “mistake in ’08” it would turn out to be. The Obamaites worshipped “analytics” not common sense or the evidence right in front of their eyes. Hillary was a dope for hiring them and relying on the tactics of Obama 2008. Obama won in 2008 because Big Media protected him and attacked all his opponents – such intrusion into politics by Big Media shocked all politicians and they did not know what to do. By 2016 Trump understood his enemy was Big Media.

    Hillary relied on the pyramid system of management and did not get the information needed. Trump went to rally after rally and watched TV. Trump had no problem understanding every breeze blowing through the political zeitgeist. Pharaoh Hillary was deaf, dumb, and blind.

  52. Ossoff in GA6 had $9 million (3/4 from outside) to Handel’s $240k and still didn’t get 50%. People’s Pundit Daily (only pollster to get Trump election right) reports on Twitter big D donors say they know he can’t beat Handel in runoff and will not donate any more $. LOL. Bye Ossoff.

  53. Secretary Kelly, head of Homeland Security, is one of the most impressive–and effective agency heads I have seen in my lifetime.

    I am sure he has the unconditional support of the people who work for him.

    He deserves the respect of the nation, for what he is doing to save it.

    He does not suffer the Alynskyites, i.e. the street lawyers and pandering politicians gladly.

    On the contrary he calls them out directly, and tells them this.

    If you have the courage and the skill to change the laws, he tells them, then be my guest.

    But until you do, stop vilifying those charged with enforcing them–shut up.

    See video.

    https://pjmedia.com/video/homeland-security-secretary-congress-should-change-laws-or-shut-up/

  54. One of the dumbest “pundits” around, but he gets this right:

    https://theweek.com/articles/692863/there-no-real-evidence-that-trump-voters-are-turning-trump

    We are nearly 100 days into Donald Trump’s presidency, and the most remarkable aspect of it thus far is that the political environment hasn’t changed much at all. The same media that largely ignored the widespread dissatisfaction with the political establishment and wrote off Trump’s electoral chances continue looking for evidence that the president has lost traction with the people who elected him. The effort to write the Trump-remorse narrative began in the Republican primaries, when analysts and the media expected GOP voters to eventually rally around a Trump alternative, and continues even now. But still, reality continues to confound those efforts.

    So what evidence do observers offer that Trump voters have buyer’s remorse?

    First, last night’s special election in Georgia, where Democrat Jon Ossoff came out of seemingly nowhere in recent weeks, and ended up capturing 48 percent of the vote in a splintered field. But because he failed to eclipse 50 percent, Ossoff now faces Republican Karen Handel in a June run-off. Despite his strong performance Tuesday, Ossoff is now all but assured to lose in a one-on-one race in this deep-red district. No one should read too much into this one idiosyncratic congressional election. It was not a referendum on Trump.

    Exhibit B in the buyer’s remorse case: A tough special election in Kansas to fill the empty House seat of now-CIA director Mike Pompeo gave media analysts an opening to tie the tight race to Trump. Republican Mike Estes ended up in a virtual tie in late polling against Democrat James Thompson, and the suddenly close contest in a district with a Cook index of Republican +15 forced national Republicans to dump late cash and attention on the race. Estes wound up winning by seven points in the special election, a result which caused some Democrats to declare a moral victory.

    “If we can make Republicans go into full-on freakout mode in a ruby red Kansas congressional district now,” one progressive activist declared, “we have the power to rip the gavel out of Paul Ryan’s hands in November 2018.” The Washington Post described the election result as “the best evidence we’ve got that right now, voters in traditionally Republican districts aren’t thrilled with Trump.” Even the conservative Washington Examiner called the result “a warning sign for the House Republican majority less than 100 days into the Trump administration.”

    But was it? Estes ran for the seat while serving as the incumbent state treasurer for Kansas in the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback (R). Brownback’s fortunes have declined sharply in his second term, and he is now one of the most unpopular governors in the country, with an approval rating of 27 percent — just getting edged out of last place by Chris Christie’s 25 percent in New Jersey. The local reporting on Estes’ struggles focused much more on his connections to Brownback than President Trump. In fact, the final push from national Republicans came from Paul Ryan and Trump himself, who recorded a message for voters in Kansas’ 4th congressional district assuring voters that Estes had his full endorsement.

    Rather than the special election amounting to a referendum on Trump, the sequence of events tends to show that Trump can get voters to the polls even late in the game.

    Exhibit C: A New York Times feature of a swing district in Pennsylvania offered up anecdotal evidence of a loss of confidence, but not much data otherwise. The headline of the story framed Trump voters at a loss for “when the ‘winning’ will start,” but only one person in the story seemed to have actually changed her mind about Trump. [snip]

    Next up in the Trump remorse case: A new Gallup survey also posited a retreat by Trump voters that appears illusory. In a follow-up to a February poll taken immediately after Trump’s inauguration, Gallup measured voter assessment of six personal qualities of Trump, and found erosion on all six. The most significant erosion was on “image among Americans as someone who keeps his promises,” their analysis noted, “falling from 62 percent in February to 45 percent.” That indicates, Gallup concluded, that “Trump has lost significant ground with a public that only two months ago credited him with having one of the key characteristics of a successful president.”

    Perhaps that’s a signal for potential problems ahead, but that conclusion misses a rather important point. Trump’s overall job approval in the February survey was 46 percent — just a single point about the latest iteration of the same survey, 45 percent, statistically no change over two months. Overall, voters appear to express a consistent view of Trump’s performance.

    Finally, a new Pew poll taken at roughly the same time shows a similarly consistent — if low — approval rating of 39 percent in both February and April. Pew takes readers through some negative demographic results, including a dismal 33/60 among women. Later, though, the analysis explains why Trump’s support remains stable in polling. “Overall, 59 percent say Trump has done about as they expected, while 20 percent say he’s done worse than they expected and 19 percent say he’s done better,” Pew notes. Combined, 78 percent believe Trump has performed at expectations or above them, even with the demographic struggles and low personal-quality polling.

    Perhaps there will come a time when Trump voters actually do turn on him and either vote for Democrats or don’t turn out at all. So far, though, there is no actual evidence that’s happening now. There is enough polling and anecdotal evidence to conclude that Trump voters have enough patience to give their candidate more than 90 days to get his agenda accomplished. They seem to have more patience than the media does in jumping to conclusions, at any rate.

    As we noted in an earlier comment, even “reluctant” Trump voters are happy with his job performance.

  55. admin
    April 19, 2017 at 9:40 am
    —–
    The goal of big media/democrat party is now revealed:

    They want the country to fail.

    Why?

    So they can get back into power.

    In addition, they want to cover up their own illegalities.

    Likewise their narrative is exposed.

    It is in three (3) parts:

    1. first, Trump’s policies are failing/

    a. to do this, the ignore all that he has accomplished in the past 90 days

    b. they spread negative stories, they race bait, and they talk of impeachment

    c. they print information which comes from the guttter and has no badge of truth

    d. they engage in stalking if one of his people is wounded, i.e. General Flynn

    e. they try to get people in the administration who will talk to them, i.e General McMaster

    f. NYT hires faux conservatives like Brent Stephens, and give the microphone to the deranged John McCain

    2. second, Trump is breaking his campaign promises/

    a. they claim he is going easy on China, at the same moment he is asking for their help on N. Korea (ludicrous)

    b. they demand instant results on things that are subject to the arcane legislative process

    c. the claim he has betrayed his supporters when he says anything that conflicts with something he said before

    d. they are always looking for that weak moment to exploit and take him down

    3. third, Trump’s administration is falling apart.

    a. they play the game of thrones–who is up, who is down

    b. they troll for inside information from traitors like Katie Walsh

    c. they target key advisers for negative stories, bait him about they and dwell on his reactions

    d. they delay confirmation of top sub cabinet positions

    e. they refuse to acknowledge he put up his own money to campaign

    f. the attack him because he refuses to play by house rules

  56. O’Reily is out….another feather in the cap of the left… I was no fan of his, but this is getting old

    April 19, 2017 11:20 a.m.
    Sources: Fox News Has Decided Bill O’Reilly Has to Go

    By Gabriel Sherman
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    Will have a lot more free time soon.
    The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

    Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.

    Sources briefed on the discussions say O’Reilly’s exit negotiations are moving quickly. Right now, a key issue on the table is whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience, perhaps the most loyal in all of cable (O’Reilly’s ratings have ticked up during the sexual-harassment allegations). Fox executives are leaning against allowing him to have a sign-off, sources say. The other main issue on the table is money. O’Reilly recently signed a new multiyear contract worth more than $20 million per year. When Roger Ailes left Fox News last summer, the Murdochs paid out $40 million, the remainder of his contract.

    According to sources, Fox News wants the transition to be seamless. Executives are currently debating possible replacement hosts. Names that have been discussed include Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, and Tucker Carlson, who would move from his successful 9 p.m. slot and create a need for a new host at that time. One source said Sean Hannity is happy at 10 p.m. and would not want to move.

    The Murdochs’ decision to dump O’Reilly shocked many Fox News staffers I’ve spoken to in recent days. Late last week, the feeling inside the company was that Rupert Murdoch would prevail over his son James, who lobbied to jettison the embattled host. It’s still unclear exactly how the tide turned. According to one source, Lachlan Murdoch’s wife helped convince her husband that O’Reilly needed to go, which moved Lachlan into James’s corner. The source added that senior executives at other divisions within the Murdoch empire have complained that if O’Reilly’s allegations had happened to anyone else at their companies, that person would be gone already.

    Spokespersons for 21st Century Fox and Fox News did not respond to requests for comment, nor did O’Reilly’s agent, Carole Cooper.

  57. House rules in this corrupt political system are designed by insiders with one goal in mind:

    To make sure the political class always wins and the American People always lose.

    You will get much better odds in a casino.

    Even one run by the mafia.

  58. Fox News wants the transition to be seamless. Executives are currently debating possible replacement hosts. Names that have been discussed include Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, and Tucker Carlson,
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    Forget about Perino.

    No one I know has any use for this Cheney puppet.

    Bolling is no phi beta capa.

    Carlson is the best of the three, but at some point we grow weary of him too.

    I think Dennis Miller would be right for the role.

    Reilly to me is no great loss.

  59. If by seamless they mean they will lose half their audience, then I agree, the transition will be seamless, just like it was during O’Reilly’s absence when, with those very substitutes, viewership went down like a head shot goose.

  60. Mark Steyn would be a great replacement. He is witty, brilliant

    So they will not offer the slot to him.

    Dennis would be great but he gave up his daily radio show, O don’t think he wants the grind.

  61. O’Reily is out….another feather in the cap of the left… I was no fan of his, but this is getting old
    ————
    Dumping O’Reilly was the right thing to do, even if it does make the left happy.

    I’m not into political correctness, but serial sexual harrassment is just plain wrong. It’s unfair to working women.

    They are just there to make a buck. Same as the men.

    They are not there to fend off unwelcome advances.

  62. At an event today & was stuck in a room that had ‘the view’ on
    They trashed PDT & Ivanka the whole show inc with guest Elizabeth Warren
    These people are such hypocrites…they conveniently don’t see any conflicts of interests with the clintons & taking money from foreign countries while she was SOS but the Trumps are so bad
    A very hateful & unbalanced show…no one to say one good word…that Sunny whatever her last name is…who is an attorney is one of the most biased & dishonest people on tv

  63. Dennis Miller is not a fan of PDT…

    Imo…Eric Bolling may not be the most exciting guy but he is solid in support of PDT
    He will disagree with DT on health care, etc, but he would be a solid voice for DT on tv…and those Pro-PDT voices are few and far between

  64. Matthew

    From what I have read, and it may be incomplete, most of the allegations were old man fliriting. Now if someone lost their job because of his advances, that’s something else

    I would hate to be a man today. I don’t think you can win. Kangaroo courts in college, flirting being on level with rape, not saying no but latter saying I didn’t say yes so it’s rape.

    Clearly I am not talking about legitimate rape, believe me, I know the difference.

  65. Eric or Perino getting the job will turn people off and like now, Fox will become irrelevant, that’s the problem.

    Like I said, Mark Steyn is my pick

  66. foxyladi14
    April 19, 2017 at 11:43 am
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    Mike Cernovich, who has been threatening to blackmail Trump if Steve Bannon is fired, is one of the featured guests.

  67. And this terrorist still has a job, but O’Reily does not

    In another extraordinary outburst, MSNBC “counter-terrorism analyst” Malcolm Nance called on the Islamic State to bomb a building owned by Donald Trump in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
    Responding to a photo of a Trump property in Istanbul, Nance tweeted: “This is my nominee for the first ISIS suicide bombing of a Trump property.” He later deleted the tweet but has yet to issue an apology or explanation.

  68. Big loss for Fox as O’Reilly , love him or hate him, is a larger than life figure who put them on the map. There is no one in cable news like him. Interesting to see if he fades away ( he is beyond wealthy) or tries to go on radio or an independent network as I think his audience wil follow. CNN and MSNBC are the winners. Go has no one remotely with the gravitas to match him . Perino is awful, Boiling is boring , the lady who comes on at 7 awful, and as I said last night Carslon is better than expected but not the face of your network.

  69. They are moving that awful show “The Five” to 9. Probably the easiest thing to mitigate a large gap temporarily.

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