They were Marines. Musical Marines. They’re gone now, but we remember, this Memorial Day 2017.
The only group composed entirely of active duty service members to hit #1 on the music charts. Easier said than done, to hit #1 on the music charts, but they were Marines. Named after an aircraft carrier:
Founding members Walter Vickers (guitar) and Rodney Taylor (drums) were members of the United States Marine Corps stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After being transferred to Camp LeJeune in North Carolina, they enlisted fellow Marines Billy Hill (aka Billy Proctor) and Rudolph Johnson as group members. Next they added a female lead singer, Anita Humes, another Marine.
The band was signed to a recording contract in 1963 after submitting a demo to Roulette Records. “Easier Said Than Done” was written by Larry Huff and William Linton. Released as the B side of their first single, the song reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track sold over one million records and received a gold disc award from the R.I.A.A. “Easier Said Than Done” charted at #41 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1963.
Anita Humes was the last survivor of the group named after the light strike carrier Essex. Humes died in 2010.
We can’t think of any current popular musical group with a record contract composed of active duty personnel.
There have been musical stars that served in the armed forces of the United States – but none that achieved fame as a group while in service. The Everly Brothers, hit the top of the music charts before active duty service. They were Marines.
Elvis. Joined the United States Army in a state of fame.
Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was in the Army.
Hendrix was not a bright light in the service. But once out of service, as a musical star, he served along the watchtower:
Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler (November 1, 1940 – November 5, 1989) was a Green Beret. For five weeks starting on March 2, 1966, his song was #1 on the music charts:
“The Ballad of the Green Berets” was released by RCA Victor Records became a fast-selling single, holding No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks from March 5 to April 2, 1966. The record sold more than a million copies. The song was a great success in many U.S. cities; it scored five weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Good Guys music survey at WMCA, the top popular music radio station in New York during 1966. He sang it for his television début on January 30 on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sadler recorded an album of similarly themed songs which he titled Ballads of the Green Berets. It sold a million copies during the first five weeks of its release. Sadler had another minor success, the similarly patriotic-themed “The ‘A’ Team”, later the same year when that single scored #28.
According to the ribbons and badges worn by Sadler in a televised performance of “The Ballad of the Green Berets,” he received the following awards for his military service: Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the South Vietnamese Parachutist Badge.
The ribbons shown in Sadler’s television performance mentioned above did not represent all of Sadler’s awards. Sadler was also entitled to the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He had the option of replacing the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with the Vietnam Service Medal.
We’ve written of Memorial Day and its origins in earlier years. It’s a day to remember the fallen in service to the nation.
America owes an unpayable debt to our fallen heroes & their families.
During the Battle of Guadalcanal, Private Ahrens was mortally wounded while single-handedly fighting back a group of Japanese soldiers attempting to infiltrate Allied lines. After his superior officer discovered Ahrens the next morning surrounded by dead Japanese troops, he whispered these words and died.
The Great President Donald J. Trump schlonged NATO (No Action Talk Only) leaders and is in the process of deep schlonging the G7. The great schlonging of 2017 came after a TRiUMPhant tour of Saudi Arabia and Israel. Can it get any better?
Fear not Trumpeteers, the year of the schlong continues most excitedly.
As the Great President Donald J. Trump schlonged and schlonged again, in Europe and the Middle East, we happy Americans witnessed a schlongfest deluxe. In other words, in the Montana election the Obama Dimocrat got schlonged even as Big Media got schlonged right in the kisser. His name is Gianforte, not pianoforte… GianFORTE. The Great President Donald J. Trump sang fortissimo:
President Trump on Friday praised the win of Republican Greg Gianforte in Montana’s special election.
“Great win in Montana,” Trump said without being asked, according to pool reports. The president is in Sicily for a meeting with G7 leaders.
Gianforte’s win for the Treasure State’s lone seat in on Thursday night came after he was charged for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. The Republican apologized about the incident, saying he “learned a lesson.”
“I should not have responded the way I did and for that I am sorry,” Gianforte said.
Trump has his own contentious relationship with the press, often calling reputed media organizations “fake news.”
Gianforte apologized AFTER he won. Sing it Louise! That’s how you do it. Get what you want, first.
The Gianforte victory was schlongy enough. But in the Age of Trump, victory is not enough. As quoted in the Jami’ al-tawarikh happiness demands more:
This conqueror once asked to noyan Bourgoudji, one of his first generals, what was, in his opinion, the delight of man. “It is, he said, to go to the hunt, a spring day, mounted on a beautiful horse, holding his fist on a hawk or a falcon, and see it cut down its prey.” The prince made the same question to General Bourgoul, and then to other officers, who all answered as Bourgoudji. “No,” said Chingiz Khan [Genghis Khan], “the greatest enjoyment of a man is to overcome his enemies, drive them before him, snatch what they have, to see the people to whom they are dear with their faces bathed in tears, to ride their horses, to squeeze in his arms their daughters and women.“
Conan the cinematic Barbarian declared happiness thus: To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!
In the wake of the Montana funeral, Obama Dimocrats fumed at the pyre:
Would've helped if the Democratic Party got behind Rob Quist.
Yup, Shaun, the white black man Obama Dimocrat blamed the loss on the Latino Obama Dimocrat elected to run the corrupt DNC with Obama’s backing. The lamentations came before the election on Huff n’ Puff which thought the Great President Donald J. Trump would get a severe beating:
Montana Is About To Send Trump — And Democrats — A Big Message
The Republican candidate’s alleged assault of a reporter on the eve of the election turned the race upside down. [snip]
Gianforte had a 6-point lead over Quist in a poll released this month by a Democratic political action committee. But internal GOP polling has shifted against Gianforte amid proliferating scandals coming from the White House, conservative blogger and radio host Erick Erickson reported this month.
The election took an unexpected turn Wednesday evening, when Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs accused Gianforte of “body-slamming” him. [snip]
It’s unclear how the election-eve violence may influence Thursday’s vote. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wasted no time trying to capitalize on it, demanding that Gianforte “immediately withdraw” from the race. [snip]
But a surprise win for Quist would signal not only a rejection of President Donald Trump’s policies but also of the long-held Democratic playbook for winning ― or, more often of late, losing ― much-needed seats in Congress. [snip]
Gianforte is banking on the president’s popularity. Over the past month, he campaigned alongside Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. [snip]
Despite Clinton’s loss and the failure to recapture the Senate, Democratic Party stalwarts have spurned the progressive wing of the party. Party leaders picked Tom Perez, President Barack Obama’s labor secretary, to lead the Democratic National Committee, even after progressive Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) secured endorsements from establishment torchbearers like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). That Perez’s backers touted his progressive bona fides as being on par with Ellison’s raised even more questions about why he should run at all, if not to prevent the so-called Berniecrat wing of the party from gaining power.
The Democrats virtually ignored Quist until late April. Asked about the Montana special election, Rep Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the DCCC’s 2016 national mobilization chair, told HuffPost last month he “didn’t know about that.” But as the race heated up, the party began spending more money, tripling its initial investment to $600,000 earlier this month.
“It seems clear that Gianforte’s massive edge in early funding allowed him to attack Quist’s character viciously before there were sufficient funds for Quist to respond to the vitriol,” Jeff Hauser, a longtime Democratic operative and director of the Revolving Door Project, told HuffPost. “If Quist should lose, the national Democrats who provided financial assistance after mail-in voting had already begun will have to question anew their initial reluctance to engage in the race in March and early April.”
Erick the fat NeverTrumper is wrong again. Quist lost. Gianforte banged in a victory. The dreamed of Obama Dimocrat victory against the Great President Donald J. Trump went flaccid.
The Gianforte victory in the grand scheme does not mean much, nor would a Quist victory have meant much because Montana frequently elects Dimocrats to statewide seats such as Governor and Senate (Senator Tester, Governor Bullock). But a Quist victory would have been proclaimed as “it’s over for Trump”. Instead, it’s over for the Dimocrats.
Behold in Montana, it came to pass, that the Great President Donald J. Trump did “overcome his enemies, drive them before him, snatch what they have, to see the people to whom they are dear with their faces bathed in tears.” Obama Dimocrat Tom Perez has some ‘splaining to do:
TODD: So you don’t acknowledge that you should have jumped in sooner? That if you guys come up 2 or 3 points short, you’re going to sit there and say, “Boy, imagine if you actually took this race as seriously as you took Georgia two months ago.”
PEREZ: First of all, the polls aren’t closed yet.
TODD: No you still may win, there’s no doubt.
PEREZ: I feel very good about this. And Chuck, the reality is, he should be up by 20 points. Because that’s how things have happened in the past the in Montana.
TODD: Well, well wait a minute. The state has elected a Democratic senator. Not that long ago, the state had two Democratic senators. Jon Tester has been re-elected twice. It is not a shock that a Democrat is competitive. I was shocked, frankly, Mr. Chairman – and this is more maybe a question directed to the DCCC – I was shocked at the lack of interest in the national party in trying to engage in this race sooner.
The Obama Dimocrats are bathed in tears, their possessions snatched, their horses ridden by the victors, their womenfolk in lamentations, their menfolk in metrosexual angst, grabbed by the wussies:
Democrats Still Struggling To Achieve Any Kind Of Party Unity
Tom Perez’s swear words aren’t working.
The new chair of the Democratic National Committee recently began cursing — “Republicans don’t give a shit about people” — as a way to fire up the base in his attempt to unify the party against President Trump. But in the three months since the Democratic party elected Perez as DNC chair over Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, Perez has struggled to bridge the gap between the establishment and progressive wings of the party.
Perez and the DNC have been especially unsuccessful in convincing their supporters to give the kind of money the RNC has brought in every month. The DNC brought in just $4.7 million in April — less than half of the RNC’s $9.6 million haul over that same time, according to FEC filings submitted by the parties this week. The RNC finished the month with $41.4 million cash on hand, dwarfing the DNC’s $8.8 million in cash on hand.
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel took a victory lap after the numbers showed the RNC again dominating the DNC in the fundraising game. “These numbers are evidence of the overwhelming enthusiasm for President Trump and the tireless work by Republicans everywhere to ensure we work together to build on our majorities and elect Republicans up and down the ballot headed into 2017, 2018, and beyond,” McDaniel said.
Perez, an establishment figure on the left, has been unsuccessful in winning over the party’s left-wing, where many leaders believe the party has drifted too far right.
Throughout his speech at a Democratic convention in California over the weekend, Perez was heckled and interrupted by supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
One of the groups leading the resistance to Perez was the California Nurses Association, which packed the convention hall decked out in red clothing. The group’s leader, RoseAnn DeMoro criticized the Democratic party for being out of touch with its base.
“They are a party in absolute crisis and denial,” DeMoro told the Sacramento Bee. “They are too comfortable.”
“We are booing because we feel Perez is part of the establishment that keeps co-opting the progressive movement,” protester Gilbert Feliciano told the San Diego Tribune. “The corporatists have an ally with Tom Perez. We felt like it was important to come and voice our discontent.”
The heckling got so bad during Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s attempt to speak that the head of the California Democratic Party seized the microphone and told protesters to “shut the fuck up or go outside.” [snip]
That struggle continued last month when Perez was repeatedly booed during what was meant to be a national unity tour for the party.
Heckles and boos are the lamentations of their womenfolk and their metrosexual cisgendered neutered patriarchial clowns.
In the Age of Trump, it is not enough to win. We must hear the lamentations of all their gender confused masses. Pro-Trump transexuals, transgenders, transvestites, gays, lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals, heterosexual men, heterosexual women, children, dogs, cats, fish, and sentients of all manner observe the confusion in the ranks of Obama Dimocrats, hear the lamentations of the pathetic, and laugh and laugh. While the Obama Dimocrats cry, trumpeters of the Great President Donald J. Trump gleefully observe what few see:
Sen. Murphy: While Democrats’ Focus on Trump/Russia, Republicans Working on Health Care, Taxes
The media obsession with all things Trump and Russia has pushed the nation’s other business out of the headlines, but all the media buzz has served as “cloud cover” for Republicans who are continuing to advance their agenda behind the scenes, said Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
“My worry, frankly, is that this has been cloud cover for a process that has continued, specifically on the issue of repealing the Affordable Care Act,” Murphy told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday.
Murphy said Senate Republicans “have continued to meet” this week, as they try to write a health care reform bill to send to the House. “And that has been able to happen without a lot of big public questions being asked because of all this concern and obsession and unfolding story about Russia.” [snip]
“My worry is, is that a week from now we get a bill dropped on the Senate that nobody’s really talked about because the focus has been elsewhere.
“We’re going to have to shift some of this back to domestic policy, because that agenda, I don’t think has stopped while this story has moved very quickly in the last few days.”
At a news conference two days ago (Tuesday), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republican senators have been having “extensive discussions about the way forward on health care.”
“We’ll be doing that Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday — trying to come together behind a proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
And as Senate Republicans work on health care, House Republicans are moving forward on tax reform.
In other words, the metrosexual from Connecticut is in pain screaming “We’re getting schlonged. It hurts. It hurts. It hurts.”
Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the mainstream press is full of fake news, a sentiment that is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.
According to data from the latest Harvard-Harris poll, which was provided exclusively to The Hill, 65 percent of voters believe there is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media. [snip]
“Much of the media is now just another part of the partisan divide in the country with Republicans not trusting the ‘mainstream’ media and Democrats seeing them as reflecting their beliefs,” said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn. “Every major institution from the presidency to the courts is now seen as operating in a partisan fashion in one direction or the other.”
President Trump has railed against the “fake news” media, casting the press as the “opposition party” and opening the White House to once-fringe outlets, to the frustration of the mainstream press. [snip]
Many conservatives believe the media has dramatically loosened its reporting standards when it comes to Trump, taking an anything-goes approach and running with anonymously sourced material that it would never print about a more traditional Republican or Democratic administration.
A cottage industry of conservative media critics has sprung up online to draw attention to the salacious details about Trump that spread across social media or are aggregated countless times before they’re revealed to be mischaracterized or untrue.
Big Media cut its own throat. All the lies by Big Media have reduced Big Media to ugly Little Liars. That’s why when a Big Media report emerges that would ordinarily destroy the target is published, the public ignores the lies, and moves on to watch the Great President Donald J. Trump live to schlong again.
The Great President Donald J. Trump is currently busy schlonging across the sea. First, it was NATO leaders schlonged in the face and told to pay up their current dues, their past dues, and then mocked for building a colossal headquarters which cost $1.23 billion dollars made of glass. A war headquarters made of glass can be leveled with one truck bomb.
“Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense,” Trump told leaders of the alliance countries.
“This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States — and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years. Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined. If all NATO members had spent just 2 percent of their GDP on defense last year, we would have had another $119 billion for our collective defense and for the financing of additional NATO reserves,” he added.
Next, the G7 goofballs and metrosexuals get schlonged.
West Wing officials are prepping for a years-long war with investigators and the bureaucracy, with plans to beef up legal, surrogate, communications and rapid-response teams as part of a “new normal” for President Trump — besieged.
“The White House is embracing the fight, which is going to last as long as Donald Trump is president,” said a Trump ally familiar with the preparations. “We’re getting street fighters ready to go.” [snip]
Trump aides recognize that besides being in the crosshairs of investigators on Russia, they will be the continuing target of leaks from the bureaucracy. The Trump ally referred to this second enemy as “nameless, faceless, deep-state types” who have been inflamed and are punching back through the media.
What’s next: Proposed war-room org charts have been prepared, and final decisions on the structure will be made after Trump returns this weekend.
Jonathan Swan hears that comms/rapid response structures are being considered for both inside the White House and on the outside. [snip]
The backstory: Aides recognize they should have built more push-back capacity from the beginning. But the weakness reflects the minimalist transition planning and thin staffing that have beset the whole Trump machine.
Be smart: The new machinery is an effort to compartmentalize the scandals, so that some officials can focus on probes and revelations while others do their day jobs.
It’s all been worth it. In the wake of the Manchester terror attack, it’s all been worth it. To see AMERICAN PRESIDENT Trump in Israel, and Saudi Arabia, and hear him attack Muslim terrorism and the Persian Empire of Terror, Iran, it’s all been worth it. All the attacks against Trump voters and all the ugliness of Obama Dimocrats and their Russia mania, it’s all been worth it.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a subtle yet significant swipe at Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy without even mentioning the name of that former president.
“I want to tell you,” Netanyahu said to President Trump during a joint press conference Monday, “how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East.” Veiled as a compliment to Trump, the implication was a clear swat against Obama. [snip]
With his praise of the current president, Netanyahu expressed his opinion in the relative goodness of Trump and awfulness of Obama.
Where Obama tried negotiating with Iran, Trump has rattled his saber. And while Obama gave the Jewish state a cold shoulder, Trump has promised closer cooperation to avoid nuclear proliferation in the region.
“The United States and Israel can declare with one voice,” Trump said Monday, “that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon, never ever, and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately.”
That’s notably different in tone and substance from Obama’s marquee foreign policy achievement. The Iran nuclear agreement, which the former president negotiated in 2015, keeps Iran from getting a nuclear weapon in the short run in exchange for more than $100 billion in sanctions relief from the U.S.
As both Netanyahu and Trump have criticized, that agreement does not prohibit Iran from enriching uranium and only lasts for about a decade.
In Saudi Arabia, President Donald J. Trump literally picked up a saber and rattled it as he danced. In Israel, the great American President Donald J. Trump laid waste to Barack Obama’s signature collusion with Muslim terrorists and the Persian Empire of Terror, Iran:
President Trump: “I just left, I will say, I just left Saudi Arabia. The King, we had an amazing two days and, their feeling towards Israel is really very positive. Tremendous progress has been made. I think a lot of that progress has been made because of the aggression of Iran, and it’s forcing people together in a very positive way. And if you look at King Salman, and Saudi Arabia, and others that I was with, UAE, and Bahrain, and Kuwait and so many others, it was something. It was very historic what took place over the last two days. But I could see a much deeper path to friendship with Israel and I think a lot of that is spurred on, whatever it takes, but a lot of that is spurred on by what’s happening with Iran. So progress has been made.
Prime Minister Netanyahu: I think that the fact that you have taken a very strong position on Iran, a different position, not only helps security but also helps propel the possibility of reconciliation and peace between Israel and the Arab world. And that will help reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians. Of course not all, that I will like to discuss before the cameras, but I do look forward to our discussions which are pregnant with possibilities.
President Trump: You know with Iran, Iran should be very grateful to the United States because Iran negotiated a fantastic deal with the previous administration. A deal that is unbelievable from any standpoint. Some people don’t understand even how it could be even thought of. And instead of being thankful and saying “thank you”, because they were in serious trouble.
I think they would have failed, totally failed within six months. We gave them a life-line. And we not only gave them a life-line, we gave them wealth and prosperity. And we also gave them an ability to continue with terror, and with all of the things they’ve been doing.
Because, no matter where we go we see the signs of Iran in the middle east. No matter where we go. Whether it’s Syria where we were really forced to shoot the 59 missiles a few weeks ago. No matter what area we’re in we see… Yemen, Iraq, no matter where we are, we see the signs, every sign, whether it’s soldiers, whether it’s money and guns, it’s Iran.
And, instead of saying “thank you” to the United States, they now feel emboldened. Maybe they figure ‘the deal was so good we can do it every time’. They can’t do it, believe me. But it was a terrible, a terrible thing for the United States to enter that deal. And, believe me, Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.
JERUSALEM — U.S. President Donald Trump assailed Iranian aggression and military ambitions Monday on his first visit to Israel as the American leader, drawing quick approval from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump attacked the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama for agreeing to the 2015 international deal restraining Iran’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions against Tehran, a pact the Jewish state adamantly, but unsuccessfully, opposed.
“I want you to know how much we appreciate the change in American policy on Iran,” Netanyahu told Trump at the end of a day of meetings and ceremony. “I want want to tell you also how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East.”
Trump attacked Iran throughout the day, saying, “Instead of being thankful, saying thank you” for the nuclear deal, Iranians “now feel emboldened,” with signs of Tehran’s fighters, money and weapons in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. “We not only gave them a lifeline, we gave them wealth and prosperity. It was a terrible thing for the United States to enter into that deal.”
Respect for Israel and PM Netanyahu: Trump vs. Obama
Body language and rhetoric dramatically changed with new president in the White House
President Donald Trump’s warm reception in Israel this week cast a sharp contrast with the often visibly icy state of U.S.-Israeli relations under the previous administration.
Gone was the often stiff and hostile body language on display when former President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu met, replaced with frequent smiles and laughter.
“Just look at the footage you just showed. Look at the body language, look at the smiles,” said White House advisor Dr. Sebastian Gorka on Fox News Tuesday. “It’s so very different. How much different after eight years of Israel being shunned by the last administration?” he said.
“The smiles tell you everything,” Gorka said. “Our closest ally is now being treated as our closest ally in the Middle East,” he said.
U.S.-Israeli relations deteriorated significantly under the previous administration. Obama and his administration often criticized Israel over the issue of settlements, and his pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran infuriated Israeli leaders.
The tension over U.S. rhetoric and policies often became personal.
“I have no doubt we’ll get along very well,” Netanyahu predicted following Barack Obama’s election in 2008. But by 2015, the Huffington Post was dissecting “The Worst Relationship Between A U.S. President And An Israeli Prime Minister Ever.”
In March 2010, a meeting between the two world leaders in the White House was widely reported to be disastrous.
“One Israeli newspaper called the meeting ‘a hazing in stages,’ poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House telephone line,” reported the New York Post.
“Another said that the Prime Minister had received ‘the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea,’” the Post reported.
“The Prime Minister leaves America disgraced, isolated, and altogether weaker than when he came,” the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz said.
Obama — whose very first trip outside North America as President included a jaunt to Muslim countries in the Middle East — would not visit Israel until his second term in office.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of “terrorists and militias”.
In stressing threats from Iran, Trump echoed a theme laid out during weekend meetings in Saudi Arabia with Muslim leaders from around the world, many wary of the Islamic Republic’s growing regional influence and financial muscle. [snip]
Trump received a warm welcome in Riyadh from Arab leaders, especially over his tough line on Tehran, which many Sunni Muslim Arab states regard as seeking regional control.
In Jerusalem, in public remarks after talks with Israeli leaders on the first day of his two-day visit, he again focused on Iran, pledging he would never let Tehran acquire nuclear arms.
“What’s happened with Iran has brought many of the parts of the Middle East toward Israel,” Trump said at a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin. [snip]
“I want you to know how much we appreciate the change in American policy on Iran which you enunciated so clearly,” Netanyahu, who had an acrimonious relationship with former U.S. President Barack Obama, told Trump at his official residence. [snip]
In Jerusalem’s walled Old City, Trump toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest place where Israel allows Jews to pray in a city sacred to three religions.
Trump will have visited significant centers of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the end of his trip, a point that his aides say bolsters his argument that the fight against Islamist militancy is a battle between “good and evil”.
The Persian Empire of Terror will continue to try to destroy President Donald J. Trump. In America, there are those who wish to destroy President Donald J. Trump too. In the middle east, and in America, the enemy, under different guises, comes from The Swamp.
According to excerpts of the speech released by the White House, Trump will call on Arab leaders to confront “Islamist extremism”, and portray fighting “terrorism” as a battle between good and evil.
“This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it,” the excerpts said.
“That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.
“The nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children,” Trump was expected to say.
America hating, Jew hating, Islamist terrorist pal Barack Hussein Obama coddled, appeased, protected, Muslim terrorists. In his disgusting ahistorical speech in Cairo to the Muslim world Barack Obama distorted history and insulted Jews and the freedom loving West. Barack Obama to Muslim leaders was camel dung because of his cowardice and his appeasement of Muslim terror and calls for “understanding”. What Muslim leaders who want to fight terror (such as Al-Sisi) need is a strong American president. President Donald J. Trump is a strong American president who today Makes America Great Again on the world stage.
Saudi Arabia considered Barack Hussein Obama as camel dung. Saudi Arabia had more respect for a lame dried up camel than for Michelle Obama.
For years, Donald J. Trump mocked, along with other world leaders, the fey degenerate called Barack Obama. Donald J. Trump frequently declared during his presidential campaign that if he would ever visit a country as President and was disrespected by, for instance, the leader of that country not there to greet him, he would get back on Air Force One and leave.
Barack Obama visited countries, and leaders in places like Cuba and Saudi Arabia, sent the equivalent of a janitorial staff to give him a mop of pretend “welcome”:
Saudi king fails to meet Obama off plane at Riyadh airport [snip]
Saudi state television broadcast no live pictures of the US president’s arrival.
It was the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia and a local governor who met the American leader off the plane. [snip]
This comes in stark contrast to the reception of other high-profile guests, whom the 80-year-old King Salman greeted personally on the airfield.
Barack Obama protected the Saudis from 9/11 family lawsuits. Barack Obama bowed and scraped and licked the dung off Saudi shoes. Result? Barack Obama was held in utmost contempt by the Saudis. World leaders, as we wrote repeatedly, understood Barack Obama had less political weight than the feces of an ant.
There were two very different outcomes when two American presidents greeted the king of Saudi Arabia.
All eyes were on President Trump today as he arrived in the country for his first foreign trip.
Video shows the president stepping off the plane and greeting King Salman:
Trump stood up straight as Salman appeared to bow slightly.
Trump’s posture stands in stark difference to President Obama’s in the early days of his presidency.
Cameras captured Obama bowing to King Abdullah, contorting nearly to a 90-degree angle in what many called a moment of American weakness:
Simpering, bowing, scraping Barack Obama. Unbowed and proud President Donald J. Trump.
On Saturday, in Saudi Arabia, the frail octogenarian Saudi King traveled to the airport to greet with all respect, pomp, and circumstance, the POTUS with the Mostest for America – President Donald J. Trump.
$350 billion! Jobs, jobs, jobs! It’s not all about money however. President Trump will speak to the Muslim world on Sunday and unlike Barack Obama, President Trump will defend Western Judeo-Christian values. Among the values President Trump defends with his very presence and most importantly the presence of Melania Trump, is the rights of women. Yay Melania Trump!
As Melania Trump upholds her dignity and that of women, the American totalitarian left has hit a new low in degenerate debasement. The American left believes Muslims are the great feminists and that women covering up in shame and abasement is the new liberation. That is what leftist “feminism” has degenerated into. Disgusting:
Muslims Are the True Feminists [snip]
If we want to be respected as women and taken seriously in all our endeavors we should look to a new source; Muslim women. Muslim women, as well as Muslim men, see every body as a sacred temple, especially the female body. Opposed to exposing themselves, it is through modesty. When we think of modern feminists we should stray away from the new American trends and start looking to what we have always thought as a contradiction; Muslim feminists. [snip]
The first Muslim woman was Khadija, Mohammed’s first wife. Without her influence, Islam might not have emerged as successfully as it did. [snip]
Just this one example gives us a view on how true Muslim women are; outspoken, driven, certain and courageous, the epitome of a feminist.
So it’s no surprise to see Muslim woman today modeling themselves after these prominent female figures. Muslim girls look towards these instances of strength for guidance in this scary, patriarchal society. These modern women are not afraid to go against the grain in the name of their belief like wearing the hijab to covey their religious devotion. Hijab is the headscarf that is worn by Muslim woman and no; it is not supposed to be forced on them by their fathers and husbands. Wearing or not wearing the Hijab reflects a Muslim woman’s own a personal choice.
For me, this idea especially showcases feminism in America. With all of the pressures in our American society to have a certain physical allure; to have long, luscious hair, a skinny yet curvy body, flawless facial beauty, woman go through hell.
Far-Left Austrian President: All Women Must Wear Headscarves to Fight Islamophobia
Austria’s far-left president, Alexander Van der Bellen, has suggested that one day all women must wear headscarves to fight Islamophobia.
During a talk to students, Van der Bellen said that whilst be believes a woman should wear “whatever she wants”, should Austria’s “rampant Islamophobia continue, there will come a day when we must ask all women to wear a headscarf – all of them! – out of solidarity towards those who do it for religious reasons”.
Go to Hell degenerate leftists.
Fortunately for decent freedom loving Americans and the western world, Donald J. Trump is president and Melania Trump is the FLOTUS with the Mostest. No hijab or burkas for Melania Trump! Melania Trump in Saudi Arabia wore pants (super stylish jumpsuit), a stunning outfit with a wide gold belt, and her gorgeous hair flowing free and proud in the desert air. Pants!!! And the Saudi King shook her hand!!!
The Saudi King shook Melania Trump’s hand even though she is a woman proud to wear what she will and unashamed to let her hair perfume the dry winds of the Saudi kingdom. This is all quite unbelievable for the Obama Dimocrat vermin that thought President Donald J. Trump would not be welcome by Muslims.
President of the United States Donald J. Trump understands his interests are the interests of the United States first and foremost. President of the United States Donald J. Trump also understands that strength is respected especially in places like the Middle East and in Muslim cultures. The Saudis want a strong America with a strong American president who will fight against the Persian Empire of Terror – Iran.
Melania Trump wore jumpsuit pants, free-flowing hair, and a sphinx-like smile in the very patriarchal Saudi Arabia.
While we’re dishing fashion, lantern-jawed Michelle Obama and her football player musculature could never pull off the stunning outfit in which Melania Trump graced America before departing on Air Force One. Dayum, girlfriend, rock that skirt!
Like Melania, Ivanka Trump is on the trip and free from hijab imprisonment. The news that Ivanka Trump will participate in a women’s economic issues discussion with Saudi women is great news. Ivanka is Jewish by conversion. Her husband Jared is Jewish. Just two Jews in Saudi Arabia – President Donald J. Trump works miracles.
Speaking of fashion, one final off topic fashion point in regards to Drapes Comey. Was Comey taking fashion tips from Carol Burnett in Went With The Wind when he thought to camouflage himself with the Oval Office drapery?
Behind the drapes, and in front of the cameras, American leftist Big Media is consumed with attempts to take down President Trump. But as long as President Trump continues to work, work, work, to bring back jobs, jobs, jobs, and thereby Make America Great Again, Big Media will fail. President Trump is on the job and American allies such as Saudi Arabia are happy to see an America First President:
His arrival following a 6,700-mile flight was met with the pomp usually reserved for the likes of a Papal welcome in South America.
The president got the red carpet treatment – literally – and some airport workers took off their shoes before manicuring it with brooms in 97-degree heat.
The Saudi King later presented Trump with the kingdom’s top civilian honor, the gold King Abdulaziz medal, at the royal court.
There were 30 U.S. flags at the ready at the airport, a tiny fraction of the thousands that line streets and highways between the airport and the city center.
A 90-person Royal Saudi Air Forces honor guard practiced rifle drills and then stood at attention while Trump and his kingly escort ambled toward the terminal.
He heard an eight-bugle fanfare, watched a seven-jet flyover trailing red, white and blue smoke. And cannon fire. Lots of cannon fire, which didn’t cease until Trump and King Salman were safely inside.
On Sunday, President Trump will address leaders from a dozen Muslim majority countries. The American leftist will go crazy, as usual. Then it is on to Israel for a REALLY friendly reception.
Not through cowering, not through apologies, not through bowing, this is how President Trump will Make America Great Again.
Update II: From our perspective, the news just gets better and better. The latest news, now that President Trump is on his way to Saudi Arabia to conduct the work of president, is that Comey the Clown has agreed to testify after Memorial Day to an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
So why are we smiling? For one thing, we will enjoy the moment when Comey the Clown is asked about his relationship to Robert Mueller. Gregg Jarrett has done some great work on this question:
Gregg Jarrett: Why Robert Mueller should resign as special counsel
Robert Mueller has a serious conflict of interest that should disqualify him from serving as special counsel.
He has had a long and close relationship with someone who will surely become a pivotal witness –James Comey. [snip]
How can Americans have confidence in the results if they know the special counsel may harbor a conspicuous bias? They cannot. The conflict inevitably discredits whatever conclusion is reached. It renders the entire investigatory exercise suspect, and it only elevates the controversy surrounding it. [snip]
The law governing the special counsel (28 CFR 600.7) specifically prohibits him from serving if he has a conflict of interest in the case. The rule has been interpreted to mean that even the appearance of a conflict is sufficient for disqualification.
A conflict of interest is a situation in which an individual has competing interests or loyalties. The conflict itself creates a clash between that individual’s self-interest or bias and his professional or public interest. It calls into question whether he can discharge his responsibilities in a fair, objective and impartial manner.
Identical rules govern prosecutors who, for example, must recuse themselves from handling a case against a person with whom they have worked or had a personal relationship. The same would be true if a prosecutor had a close relationship with a witness in the case. The prior association raises the real or perceived possibility of prejudice or favoritism which is contrary to the fair administration of justice.
So what exactly is Mueller’s conflict? He and James Comey are good friends and former colleagues who worked hand-in-hand for years at the FBI. Agents will tell you they were joined at the hip. They stood together in solidarity, both threatening to resign over the warrantless wiretapping fiasco involving then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2004.
Comey regards his predecessor as a mentor, while Mueller considers Comey his protégé. When Comey was appointed to succeed Mueller as FBI Director, both men appeared together and were effusive in their praise of one another. Their relationship is not merely a casual one. It is precisely the kind of association which ethical rules are designed to guard against.
We’re gonna need a special prosecutor to investigate the special prosecutor. And we need a whole lotta special prosecutors. Hooray!
Gregg Jarrett’s article should be read in its entirety to see the many questions Comey will be asked after Memorial Day. We want answers, lots and lots of answers. Leftist Trump hater Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone has lots of good questions we want answered too:
How Did Russiagate Start?
Amid the chaos of James Comey’s firing, new questions about the timeline of his fateful investigation [snip]
If Comey felt the existence of his investigation was so important that he he had to disclose it to DNI Coats on Coats’ first day in office, why didn’t he feel the same need to disclose the existence of an investigation to Clapper at any time between July and January?
Furthermore, how could the FBI participate in a joint assessment about Russian efforts to meddle in American elections and not tell Clapper and the other intelligence chiefs about what would seemingly be a highly germane counterintelligence investigation in that direction?
Again, prior to last week, Clapper had said he would know if there was a FISA warrant issued on this matter. But then on April 11th, law enforcement and government officials leaked – anonymously, as has been the case throughout most of this story – that the FBI had obtained a FISA warrant for surveillance of Trump associate Carter Page.
So what’s going on here? [snip]
What exactly is the FBI investigating? Why was it kept secret from other intelligence chiefs, if that’s what happened? That matters, if we’re trying to gauge what happened last week. [snip]
Why can’t we be told what’s going on? Operational secrecy would be a believable excuse, were it not for the fact that so much else has been leaked. [snip]
A lot of our civil liberties protections and rules of press ethics are designed to prevent exactly this situation, in which a person lingers for extended periods of time under public suspicion without being aware of the exact nature, or origin, of the accusations.
It’s why liberal thinkers have traditionally abhorred secret courts, secret surveillance and secret evidence, and in the past would have reflexively discouraged the news media from printing the unverified or unverifiable charges emanating from such secret sources. But because it’s Donald Trump, no one seems to care.
We should care. The uncertainty has led to widespread public terror, mass media hysteria and excess, and possibly even panic in the White House itself, where, who knows, Trump may even have risked military confrontation with Russia in an effort to shake the collusion accusations. All of this is exacerbated by the constant stream of leaks and hints at mother lodes of evidence that are just around the corner. It’s quite literally driving the country crazy.
The public deserves to know what’s going on. It deserved to know before the election, it deserved to know before the inauguration, and it deserves to know now.
Americans need answers. The political establishment swamp is attempting to destroy President Trump and all Americans need to see what the “deep state” and political establishment is capable of when their power is threatened. The more the political establishment swamp tries to destroy President Trump however, the closer they are to their own destruction.
We have one answer today we did not have earlier in the week. We now know who the leaker of the Comey Memos is. It was Comey’s good friend Benjamin Wittes. Wittes in a long blog article provides a breadcrumb trail into the questions that must be asked of Comey the Clown. In his article, Wittes describes how Comey has personal animus against President Trump. Wittes describes how Comey the Clown tried to use blue curtains to camouflage himself so that President Trump would not notice him. Wittes describes how Comey the Clown despised President Trump. Wittes also describes how Comey loved Barack Obama, the man that actually stopped Comey from doing what he thought was a good idea.
In other words, Comey the Clown, the Director of the F.B.I., despised President Trump even as Clown Comey created F.B.I. investigations that few can explain and which have no reason for being. And now, a bestie friend of Comey the Clown leads an investigation which will focus on Comey the Clown’s circus act. Comey the Clown must be forced to produce all the memos, of which there are many, which Comey wrote. These must include memos written after meetings with corrupt former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and every meeting with corrupt Barack Obama.
We must first light up the swamp then fight the swamp before we can drain the swamp. The swamp thinks it is destroying President Trump. All the swamp has done is emit its methane stink and light itself up for all to see. That’s why we continue to smile.
Special Prosecutor #14 – Clinton Foundation pay to play, pay for influence, Uranium One collusion, what did Hillary know, when did she know it? Seize all correspondence relating to possible collusion and coordination between State Dept and CFoundation, Bill, Hillary, and their staff and associates. Ditto for profiteering in Haiti. Were Hillary’s State Dept disclosures accurate, timely and complete? Do they shake hands with the correspondence, account balances fund transfers and Clinton Foundation 501(c)(3) filings? Did CFoundaiton behaviour disqualify for tax exemption? Are retroactive fines and asset forfeitures in order? Or worse?
Special Prosecutor #15 – Weaponizing of the IRS. Get to the bottom of Lois Lerner and White House coordination, the stonewalling asswipe John Koskinen and all their cronies. Someone needs to pay for the hell they visited upon a private citizen running a small family business turned activist, persecuted by a corrupt government for trying to do the right thing, whose riveting testimony should have put Lois Lerner and Eric Holder behind bars.
Special Prosecutor #16 – Obama campaign 2008 blatant disregard for campaign finance laws, reckless acceptance of foreign monies without limit. Overriding software flags and disclosure requirements, online funds acceptance from foreign donors, false reporting.
Special Prosecutor #17 – Turn over every rock on Eric Holder and Fast and Furious and its subsequent cover-up. Give the gun runners immunity and take down that smug sociopath Eric Holder.
Special Prosecutor #18 (two for one)– Criminal weaponizing of the EPA and Dept of Interior. Ken Salazar’s falsification of expert testimony to shut down the offshore drilling industry. Collusion and falsification of rulemaking to put the coal industry out of business. [snip]
Special Prosecutors #, # and #… Huma Abedin’s multiple jobs and paychecks. Pelosi family real estate corruption and profiteering from acquisition of Presidio government property. Obama Justice Departments illegal bypass of explicit statutes and court orders on immigration. Planned Parenthood’s illegal 501(c)(3) exemption. Obama administration illegal thwarting of FOIA requests.
At least for starters. Much more where that came from. Drain the damn swamp!!
Let’s have many many special prosecutors! Fight fire with fire! Drain the swamp!
The leftist totalitarians want veto power over the voters and they use the deep state to try to overthrow a president the voters elected. Fortunately President Trump is a fighter and Trump voters are fighters too.
We are happy. We like the latest news. Yes, like many after the latest of the ceaseless Big Media/Establishment attacks against President Trump, we mostly turn off the TV news and almost never even bother watching Fox News (maybe that’s why they have fallen to third place in the ratings after years of being #1). But overall, we like what is happening. As we wrote previously in praise of the clarity of war:
Real wars, like a good thunderstorm, clear the air. We need a real war. We need several real wars. Let’s go to war.
Let Trump Be Trump! We thought President Trump should have begun to wage all out war from the first day of his presidency. But President Trump wanted to try other options. President Trump wanted to play nice. President Trump wanted to work with the establishment. It was a nice try, but its time to end the nice guy act because nice guys finish last.
On March 5 of this year we called for a “truth commission”. America really needs a “truth commission”. Lot’s and lots of “truth commissions”. We also need special prosecutors. Lots and lots of special prosecutors.
In our March 5 call for a “truth commission” we made some mistakes. Some of the truth commissions we asked for should really be special prosecutors. Back in March we noted the three Muslim brothers who allegedly stole intelligence information from their workplace – which happened to be the U.S. Capitol. We need a special prosecutor to prosecute the three Muslim brothers as well as potential crimes of Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Joaquin Castro, Tammy Duckworth and other Obama Dimocrats who at the very least are guilty of negligence. Special prosecutors #1 and #2.
In that same article we called for a special prosecutor to investigate Barack Obama. Make that special prosecutorS to investigate Barack Obama. Did Barack Obama “wiretap” Donald J. Trump, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul? That’s special prosecutor #3.
What about the story of Barack Obama and the bribes from Syrian crook Antoin “Tony” Rezko? Did the Syrians use Rezko to blackmail Obama into his disastrous Syrian “policy”? Special prosecutor #4.
Did Iranian Valerie Jarrett secretly assist the Iranian government? Special prosecutor #5.
President Donald J. Trump tried to move forward with his agenda and let Obama wallow in his misery. That was a strategic and tactical mistake. Barack Obama is a cancer on the presidency and on America. President Donald J. Trump must remove the cancer in its entirety.
The Russia nonsense? All the noise about Russia has been a way for Barack Obama to undermine President Trump.
We detailed all these potential crimes back in March. As we wrote back then, President Trump was and is entirely too kind and unforgiving. No more Mr. Nice Guy. Special prosecutors please, President Trump!
Seth Rich, slain DNC staffer, had contact with WikiLeaks, say multiple sources
The Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, D.C., street just steps from his home had leaked thousands of internal emails to WikiLeaks, investigative sources told Fox News.
A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report — generated within 96 hours after DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder — detailing the contents Rich’s computer said he made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.
“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” the federal investigator told Fox News, confirming the MacFadyen connection. He said the emails are in possession of the FBI, while the stalled case is in the hands of the Washington Police Department. [snip]
The federal investigator, who requested anonymity, said 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, spanning from January 2015 through late May 2016, were transferred from Rich to MacFadyen before May 21.
On July 22, just 12 days after Rich was killed, WikiLeaks published internal DNC emails that appeared to show top party officials conspired to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont from becoming the party’s presidential nominee. That controversy resulted in Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning as DNC chairperson. A number of Sanders supporters refused to back party nominee Hillary Clinton, and some subsequently formed groups to work against Clinton and the party.
WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange has stopped short of identifying Rich as the source of the emails, but has taken a keen interest in the case, and has not denied working with Rich.
“WikiLeaks has decided to issue a US$20k reward for information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich,” the organization announced. [snip]
“My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward,” Wheeler told Fox News.
A DNC staffer who it is alleged transferred thousands of emails to Wikileaks was killed in a mostly crime free affluent Bloomingdale neighborhood for a “robbery” yet neither his wallet, cell phone, keys, watch, nor $2000 necklace was taken from him. No run of the mill criminal is that incompetent. Special prosecutor #9.
The Seth Rich murder reminds us that the DNC refused to allow the F.B.I. to see the computer servers allegedly hacked by Wikileaks. Special prosecutor #10.
Back to Seth Rich, after he was shot D.C. police arrived at the crime scene in three minutes. Seth Rich was conscious. The police had automatic recorders on them yet none of those recordings have been released nor what Seth Rich told them released to the public. Footage from a security camera on a market on the corner has not been released either. D.C. police cannot be trusted. Special prosecutor #11.
Obama Dimocrats call for special prosecutors when there is no evidence or suggestion of a crime other than in their fevered imaginations. There is certainly plenty in the Seth Rich murder to warrant a special prosecutor especially under the low standards of Obama Dimocrats.
Report: Justice Scalia Believed Supreme Court was Being Surveilled by Obama (VIDEO)
Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst, went on FOX Business Network on Monday to discuss allegations Senator Rand Paul and another senator were under surveillance by the Obama administration.
Napolitano also dropped a bomb on the Obama administration spying on the US Supreme Court.
Judge Napolitano: Justice Scalia told me that he often thought the court was being surveilled. And he told me that probably four or five years ago…If they had to unmask Senator Paul’s name to reveal a conversation he was having with a foreign agent and the foreign agent was hostile to the United States they can do that. That’s not what he’s talking about. They’re talking about unmasking him when he’s having a conversation with his campaign manager when he’s running in the Republican primary.
During the discussion Judge Napolitano also said Barack Obama could be subpoenaed to testify if he viewed the unmasked intelligence.
Special prosecutor #13: not Seth Rich, but the ghost of Marc Rich, is all about Comey:
It was Comey that closed down the Marc Rich investigation in June 21, 2002 (the Twitter date is incorrect and we post the correct date). It was Comey that shut down the Hillary Clinton investigation in 2016. Comey was also the deputy counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee. And it is Comey that requires a special prosecutor to untangle his connections:
Former Bush AG On Comey’s 2007 Brush With Scandal: ‘Jim’s Loyalty Was More To Chuck Schumer’
This isn’t the first time James Comey placed himself at the center of a partisan attempt to oust a top Republican. He did the same thing in 2007. [snip]
In fact, the current episode is not the first time Comey and his associates plotted to oust a sitting Republican official through highly orchestrated political theater and carefully crafted narratives in which Comey is the courageous hero bravely fighting to preserve the rule of law. To understand how Comey came to be FBI director in the first place, and how he operates in the political arena, it is important to review the last scandal in which Comey had a front-row seat: the 2007 U.S. attorney firings and the fight over the 2004 reauthorization of Stellar Wind, a mass National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program designed to mitigate terrorist threats in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
It’s a long story that merits a full reading – by a special prosecutor!
As to the latest Comey narrative dictated to and published by the New York Times this is what we recently wrote, before the latest “it’s over for Trump” hysteria:
Throughout the presidential campaign in 2015/2016 then candidate Donald J. Trump spoke to huge rallies of supporters who shouted “Lock Her Up!!!” Once candidate Donald J. Trump won the election because of his victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s heart softened, along with, some would argue, his head. No longer did President-Elect Donald J. Trump want to “Lock Her Up!!!” President-Elect Donald J. Trump sweetly declared that he did not want to see his vanquished opponent dragged off to prison in an orange outfit which few can pull off fashion-wise.
So is it possible that President Trump sweetly questioned whether Mike Flynn had suffered enough and that he did not want to “Lock Him Up”? Yeah, it’s possible and not a crime nor obstruction of anything but Chuck Schumer’s bowels.
Big Media is in “peak meltdown” against President Trump. The Obama Dimocrats are in full hate against President Trump. The Republican establishment continues to passive-aggressively attack President Trump and even openly oppose President Trump:
Earlier Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s prepared to block Trump on many of his proposed budget cuts and won’t support major tax cuts that add to the deficit. Nor would he commit to building Trump’s border wall.
That McConnell stab in the back sent the stock markets reeling downwards. Senator Jeff Flake and other GOP creeps offered snarky attacks. Speaker Paul Ryan (something is wrong with that boy) remained the passive-aggressive poster boy against President Trump. Up and down, the GOP establishment guns are aimed at the political outsider that is now President.
Typically, Newt Gingrich slaps down McConnell and Paul Ryan (something is wrong with that boy). Newt reminds them all that 2018 is coming:
Newt Gingrich tells GOP Congress to fight for Trump, or else Democrats will take power
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a close ally of President Trump, said it’s time for Republicans in Congress to either “surrender or fight” for the president. But surrender, he said, would bring House Democrats and their leader, Nancy Pelosi, to power.
“Republicans in general — not just Trump — are in a crossroads,” Gingrich said in an interview. “And if they don’t get their act together, Pelosi is going to become speaker and she’s going to impeach Trump. That’s how big the stakes are.”
Gingrich presumes that the GOP wants to be in the majority. There is an argument to be made that Paul Ryan (something is wrong with that boy) and McConnell are more comfortable with Obama Dimocrat control than outsider President Trump.
While nervous nellies and pearl clutchers clutch pearls nervously, we smile at all this.
We smile because although President Trump was correct to try to work with the establishment, we suspected that would never work well for him. That time of niceness is over. Others suspect that it is time for Trump to be Trump and rally his friends to him:
When you talk to Trump loyalists, they tell you that the president is surrounded by a slew of opportunist, conniving, disloyal staffers who are serving themselves and not the man who won on Election Day.
One Trump transition official griped to me Tuesday, “He left all the people who like him out of the White House.” [snip]
My understanding, though, is that much of the staff is skeptical towards if not outright hostile to the president. And the consequences of the shared dislike have been devastating, among them a slew of leaks that has kept the administration on the defensive and unable to pursue the agenda of the president. Trump is hardly able to have a conversation or meeting at the White House that doesn’t somehow get retold to the press within days. The more embarrassing the scoop, the better. [snip]
The president has also been ill-served by holdovers from the previous president, whose allegiances do not align with the president’s own. [snip]
To be sure, there are plenty of people who both love and respect Trump. But for some odd reason they are outnumbered in this White House.
As the transition official recommended, “[Trump] needs to put in the people he can trust, the ones who were there with him from the beginning.”
“He brought in the swamp,” the official added.
What will President Trump do? President Trump will do what he always does. Fight:
President Donald Trump turned a Coast Guard commencement into a media-bashing exercise on Wednesday as he returned fire on news outlets accusing him of sharing classified information and interfering in an FBI investigation.
‘No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly,’ Trump protested. ‘You can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams,’ the president said.
He added: ‘I guess that’s why I won.’ [snip]
‘The people understand what I’m doing, and that’s the most important thing,’ he contended. ‘I didn’t get elected to serve the Washington media or special interests. I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women of our country, and that’s what I’m doing.’
‘I will never stop fighting for you, and I will never stop fighting for the American people. ‘
Trump was presented with a ceremonial saber during the commencement exercises.
As he returned to his seat, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was heard on an open mic telling him: ‘Use that on the media, sir.’
Will he come around and accept the policy of wars without victories? Speaking to a number of governors in February, Donald Trump unburdened himself, “We have to win. We have to start winning wars again. . . . We never win and we don’t fight to win. We’ve either got to win or don’t fight it at all.” [snip]
After World War II and the Korean War, the United States maintained a large presence of troops in Germany and East Asia in order to keep the peace and deter potential enemies. But this is something different. Now we are maintaining troops in order to make sure the enemy is fighting us over there, so that every spring and summer see another round of skirmishes. Afghanistan is now a strange test for the United States: How long can a democratic people support a limited war that everyone acknowledges will not end in victory?
All the Big Media attacks against President Trump from the past 48 hours come from insider leaks. The political establishment intends to bring down President Trump because he is an outsider. Only an outsider wants victory not endless war. The political establishment is in for a fight because President Trump does not surrender.
Real wars, like a good thunderstorm, clear the air. We need a real war. We need several real wars. Let’s go to war.
War, has a publicity problem. Peace, has an excellent tribe of scribes working overtime to hype its value. It’s not just scribes. Musicians too extol “peace” over war. Herewith a few examples of recent musical pro-peace at any costs propaganda:
That’s great music. We love it. The rhythm chants of messianic Lennon “give peace a chance”, the heartbreak pathos of cyclical missing flowers/children/sons/daughters, the bold assertion of the waste and undesirability of war make the spirit soar. But what is war really good for?
Real war, real honest to goodness, destructive, killing, maiming, blast-furnace, horror dogs of war, WAR – is something many of us have never experienced. The composers and performers of the above songs protested the type of “war” most of us understand.
How is it possible that we beat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in less time than it’s taking us to figure out that we can’t even trust the clods of dirt in Afghanistan? Let alone reach a peace deal with them.
But WW2 was a war. It may have been the last war in which we leveraged all the firepower at our disposal to smash an enemy. We don’t fight wars anymore. Instead we’re the world’s policeman. [snip]
The vocabulary is a dead giveaway. When we call a country a “rogue state” instead of an “enemy”, we’re not saying that it’s a deadly threat to us, but that it’s not behaving the way a member of the global community should. But being a “rogue state” is only a crime to globalists. Our problem isn’t that North Korea is failing to abide by the United Nations Convention on the Treatment of Radishes. It’s the nukes.
To solve a problem, you have to clearly define it because your solution will follow your formulation.
To globalists, the problem is an anti-social withdrawal from the global community. The solution is global “shunning” sanctions followed by a return to the loving arms of the global community.
That’s why the Iran nuke deal disaster happened. The diplomats didn’t care a radioactive fig about Iran’s nukes. They were invested in Iran’s membership in the “international community”. And they got what they wanted. They once got North Korea to sign on the dotted line too. And if you stand downwind of the latest test site with a Geiger counter, you know how that worked out.
If we want to win wars, we should stop being the world’s policeman. And defend ourselves instead.
Multilateral sanctions and multilateral coalitions aren’t our only two options. They’re our only two options if we want to spend our time enforcing the will of an imaginary international community.
The international community is a failed illusion. We’ve sacrificed far too many lives and too much money trying to defend our national interests by the rules of a post-national global order. That tragic mismatch dragged us into a disastrous and horrifying series of stalemates and lost wars. [snip]
If there’s any president who can actually break the cycle and replace policing with war, it’s President Trump. Trump is the first president in a long time to express skepticism about international commitments and the global order. And to propose that we serve our own national interests instead of serving the international community. And that is what needs to happen in North Korea.
For the military-industrial complex President Eisenhower warned America against, the ceaseless non-peace “peace” – the ceaseless non-war “war”, the Orwellian current state of affairs of never-ending war/peace is profitable. What the military-industrial complex and the globalists fear most is a real war with an ending – a real finite war with an end date in the history books. What the military-industrial complex enjoys the most is the nervous societal insecurity of a phony peace threatened by ceaseless phony wars to come.
The American non-war “wars” began in the Korean peninsula. The Korean “War” was called a “police action” authorized by the United Nations. Americans lost flowers/sons/daughters/ in the police action authorized by the United Nations.
Vietnam? Never a declared war there either. The many wars in the middle east likewise remained undeclared and “limited”. The only thing not limited in any of these “wars” is the full measure of devotion the fallen soldiers and their families suffered.
We should not be singing “where have all the flowers gone?” We should be singing “where have all the real wars gone?”
The non-war “wars” for America began with the Korean “War”. In Korea is where the non-war “wars” might finally end.
After the terrorist attacks against America in 2001 who was punished greatly that did not deserve the punishment? Americans. Americans suffered after the World Trade Center attacks. Americans endured and continue to endure demeaning security searches throughout the society. Americans now take off their shoes to board planes. Americans pay huge bills for phony “security” that does not secure anything but jobs for bureaucrats. The terrorists did not even lose their “haven” in Afghanistan.
The non-peace non-war insecurity state is where we all live now and endure what should be unendurable for a free peoples. North Korea might change all that. Perhaps the undiluted menace of North Korea is the brick wall of reality we are all about to hit. North Korea is a menace:
North Korea began a biological weapons program in the 1960s and is believed to be able to produce smallpox, anthrax, tularemia, and a number of other pathogens suitable for bioweapons. These may already be on missiles aimed at South Korea and Japan.
Worse, North Korean intelligence agents may have them, ready to strike in the U.S.
North Korea’s launch on Sunday of its most-sophisticated missile yet offered new clues into how serious the country is in its nuclear ambitions.
In the past three years, North Korea has launched more major missiles than in the three previous decades combined.
That acceleration is one of the most dramatic signs of leader Kim Jong Un’s push to overhaul the country’s weapons program since he took power in late 2011. He has modernized production of nuclear and missile parts, upgraded the program within the military hierarchy and overtly pampered engineers, forcing Western leaders to worry more about Pyongyang’s intentions than ever before.
On Sunday, North Korea launched a newly developed intermediate-range missile, its 10th missile firing this year. Mr. Kim attended the test of the nuclear-capable missile and described it as a “perfect weapon system,” according to a state media report. Initial projections from several experts suggested it would be able to reach U.S. military forces in Guam.
Even apparent failed missile launches, like one that blew up within minutes on April 28, are now seen by independent experts as signs of North Korea’s progress. Learning from those failures would move the regime closer to its ultimate goal of mastering a long-range missile that could threaten the U.S. with nuclear attack.
North Korea said it fired the missile at a high angle to avoid neighboring countries.
If it had been fired at a normal angle, analysts say, it could have flown much farther — estimates vary between 4,000 and 7,000 kilometers (2,500 and 4,350 miles), the upper number putting Alaska and possibly Hawaii within striking distance.
“This is a very uncomfortable development for the United States,” said Lee Illwoo, a Seoul-based commentator on military issues.
North Korea on Monday boasted of a successful weekend launch of a new type of “medium long-range” ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. Outsiders also saw a significant technological jump, with the test-fire apparently flying higher and for a longer time period than any other such previous missile.
Real war, brutal and destructive, is always avoided by the Hopium crowd until it arrives with a bang of reality. We are grateful that in the coming battle for the West and the future, President Donald J. Trump is sober and unafraid.
My argument: Nearly thirty years of “peace process” has left Palestinian-Israeli relations worse than when they started; therefore, further attempts (such as those Donald Trump is now initiating) are a fool’s errand. Compromise and “painful concessions” do not end conflicts; rather, history shows, one side giving up does so.
Breaking the Palestinian will to fight will be neither easy nor pleasant; but the only alternative is Israel’s disappearance. Palestinian acceptance of Israel hollows out anti-Zionism and will eventually prompt other Arabs and Muslims also to move on. Defeat will hugely benefit the Palestinians, who can finally end their destructive focus on the Jewish state and instead begin to build their own polity, economy, society, and culture.
My goal is to convince Washington to let Israel win; once this is achieved, Israelis can work out in detail how to attain this goal.
World War I ended in an armistice. World War I never really ended because there was no resolution of the conflict. The conflict erupted again and was finally settled with finality and total conclusion by World War II and the first nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
A real war ends a conflict. A phony war or a phony peace leads to more devastating conflict. Few know this better than those called to fight war.
Some will denounce the very idea of war. The denunciations will not come from those once imprisoned in death camps, the frozen of Valley Forge, nor the bloodied at Pearl Harbor.
As we approach Memorial Day 2017 and the first trans Atlantic trip by President Trump, it is well to remember that the “greatest generation” is so not because they wanted war in all its horrors, but because when it came time to choose our fate, they chose to fight, not cower behind delusions. It was their finest hour.
Hillary Clinton has disappeared. President Trump fired F.B.I. Director Jim Comey and Hillary Clinton has remained absolutely quiet. We’ll explain why, now.
Throughout the presidential campaign in 2015/2016 then candidate Donald J. Trump spoke to huge rallies of supporters who shouted “Lock Her Up!!!” Once candidate Donald J. Trump won the election because of his victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s heart softened, along with, some would argue, his head. No longer did President-Elect Donald J. Trump want to “Lock Her Up!!!” President-Elect Donald J. Trump sweetly declared that he did not want to see his vanquished opponent dragged off to prison in an orange outfit which few can pull off fashion-wise.
To this kindness, Hillary Clinton replied with some trepidation. Hillary Clinton first vowed to help President Trump succeed. That was Phase I of Hillary into the woods.
Into the woods went Hillary Clinton looking for the magic items to make her wishes come true. Then came Phase II of Hillary and her magic beans.
The magic beans were the bean soup of excuses Hillary Clinton made to herself and Big Media to explain away her stunning loss to the guy that Big Media hated and that had held absolutely zero elected office. But the complete Phase II of Hillary Clinton’s Grimm Fairy Tales began the day Donald J. Trump became President Donald J. Trump and President Donald J. Trump appeared with F.B.I. Director James Comey who appeared to be secure in his job.
F.B.I. Director James Comey was a fool to believe his job was secure just because he appeared at a staged event with President Donald J. Trump. But an even bigger fool was Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton believed James Comey would remain F.B.I. Director. James Comey had protected Hillary during the presidential campaign by (1) not indicting Hillary with the false excuse that the law to prosecute required “intent”; (2) providing immunity to many top Hillary aides without getting anything in return; (3) never putting Hillary Clinton under oath and never recording on video the “interrogation” of the supposed “winner” which could be seen repeatedly on television just before the election of 2016.
Hillary Clinton believed James Comey would remain F.B.I. Director and therefore she was safe from further prosecution. Apparently Hillary Clinton never saw Donald J. Trump’s reality show “Apprentice” nor “Celebrity Apprentice”. Just because President Trump appeared with Comey for a televised event did not mean Comey would not be fired.
At that point Hillary Clinton came out of the woods to attack President Trump. Phase II was a “blame the Russians” excuse mongering to attack the legitimacy of President Trump’s election and also to try to rally the losers who voted for her.
Phase III of Hillary Clinton’s descent into madness was her declaration that she was about to start a political action committee called “Onward Together” as a rerun of her failed “Stronger Together”.
“Onward Together” was Hillary Clinton’s most fatal mistake. She now faces prison and a life wearing a hideously unfashionable orange jumpsuit.
Shortly after Hillary Clinton raised her head to announce “Onward Together”, F.B.I. Director James Comey lost his head in a reality show called “Loser Clown Apprentice” hosted by President Donald J. Trump.
Hillary had once again miscalculated badly. Hillary should have taken President Trump’s act of grace in not prosecuting her as a gift. Instead Hillary calculated that she was safe with Comey and that she could attack President Trump.
Hillary Clinton should have breathed a sigh of relief that she would not be imprisoned and found a way to make her life with granddaughter Charlotte happy. Instead Hillary Clinton chose to “resist, insist, persist, enlist”. Somehow Hillary forgot about the Inspector General.
So why is Hillary Clinton hiding now that James Comey lost his battle with President Trump? Because there is an Inspector General investigation which likely means a Hillary indictment.
There are two Inspector General investigations at the F.B.I.
The first investigation is to determine whether the F.B.I. conducted the Hillary Clinton email investigation competently and according to law and the rules of the F.B.I. The second investigation by the Inspector General is to determine whether now acting F.B.I. Director McCabe acted ethically when he refused to recuse himself from the Hillary Clinton investigations because his wife who ran for political office in 2016 accepted donations from Hillary Clinton friends and cronies. In addition Acting Director McCabe did not disclose his wife’s involvement in political office seeking and donation fundraising. The investigations of the Inspector General are mostly ignored by Big Media even as the consequences of the investigations pose massive ramifications for Comey and Hillary:
FBI ACTING DIRECTOR ANDREW MCCABE ALSO BEING INVESTIGATED OVER CLINTON EMAILS
Following President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, Andrew McCabe, the deputy director, will temporarily lead the bureau. The president dismissed Comey because of his handling of the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, according to a memorandum by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but McCabe is also under scrutiny for his involvement in the Clinton emails matter.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General announced in January that in response to requests from members of Congress, organizations and the public, it was opening a review of the FBI’s handling of the Clinton matter. Among the aspects that the office said it would review were “allegations that the FBI deputy director should have been recused from participating in certain investigative matters.” [snip]
“FBI’s senior leadership should never have allowed that appearance of a conflict to undermine the bureau’s important work…. If Mr. McCabe failed to avoid the appearance of a partisan conflict of interest in favor of Mrs. Clinton during the presidential election, then any participation in this inquiry creates the exact same appearance of a partisan conflict of interest against Mr. Trump,” Grassley said. [snip]
Comey was also a subject of the inspector general probe, and the review will likely continue without him, Michael Bromwich, who was inspector general under Bill Clinton, told Newsweek Tuesday night. Bromwich told Newsweek in March that a review of this scope will perhaps take at least a year and involve interviewing witnesses and reviewing electronic communications. The office will then provide its findings to the Justice Department and to the public, and the department will decide on sanctions, which could be suspension or termination.
McCabe has real problems with these investigations. But Comey, even though his head is rolling down a hill somewhere, has bigger problems:
The Justice Department inspector general will review broad allegations of misconduct involving FBI Director James B. Comey and how he handled the probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices, the inspector general announced Thursday.
The investigation will be wide-ranging, encompassing Comey’s various letters and public statements on the matter and whether FBI or other Justice Department employees leaked nonpublic information, according to Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz.
The inspector general’s announcement drew praise from those on both sides of the political aisle and again put a spotlight on Comey, who emerged as a controversial figure during the 2016 race. [snip]
Comey has also been criticized for months by former Justice Department officials for violating the department’s policy of avoiding any action that could affect a candidate close to an election. President-elect Donald Trump has notably declined to commit to keeping the FBI director.
Brian Fallon, a former Clinton campaign spokesman, praised the investigation Thursday. [snip]
Horowitz wrote that his inquiry will extend back to at least July — when Comey announced he was recommending the Clinton case be closed without charges. [snip]
And he said he would also probe whether Peter Kadzik, the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, “improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign and/or should have been recused from participating in certain matters.” Kadzik used to be the lawyer for Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and WikiLeaks released hacked emails showing communications between the two men about the State Department’s review of Clinton emails for Freedom of Information Act purposes. [snip]
The tarmac meeting could be encompassed in the investigation of possible leaks of information, and Horowitz wrote that his investigators would consider “other issues that may arise during the course of the review.”
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R- Iowa), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, took note of the omission.
“It’s good to hear that the Inspector General agreed to my request to look at multiple concerns that I raised throughout the investigation,” Grassley said in a statement. “Conspicuously absent, though, is any specific reference to the Attorney General’s failure to recuse herself from the probe, particularly after her meeting with former President Clinton. It’s in the public interest to provide a full accounting of all the facts that led to the FBI and Justice Department’s decision-making regarding the investigation.”
This is deadly stuff and explains why Hillary Clinton is back in the woods, not heard from since Comey was schlonged by President Donald J. Trump.
Hillary Clinton is back in the woods because she understands that an F.B.I. Inspector General report that declares Comey and McCabe acted either illegally, unethically, or in violation of rules and regulations PUTS HER IN GREAT PERIL. If the Inspector General concludes the Hillary Clinton email investigation was improperly, illegally, or unethically, handled, then the obvious course will be that the Hillary Clinton investigation will be reopened. Hillary Clinton better get ready to wear orange jumpsuits even Martha Stewart could not fashionably wear.
Hillary Clinton should have been grateful to President Trump when he declared he did not want to “Lock Her Up!!!” Instead Hillary miscalculated that Comey would protect her.
In all this President Donald J. Trump revealed his other secret weapon! English is President Donald J. Trump’s superpower #1. President Trump has two other superpowers for us to consider today.
Consider this entire Comey/Hillary episode. President Trump was generous when he put aside “Lock Her Up” as an aim. Hillary Clinton in Phase I promised to help President Trump. Then in Phases II and III Hillary Clinton lost her mind and decided she was safe with Comey at the F.B.I. and therefore could attack President Trump.
How did President Trump respond? He let the dogs run wild in Phase I and II of Hillary’s miscalculations. Then in Phase III, President Trump struck.
Trump adviser vows to release video of Hillary’s concession
A key member of President Trump’s communication team says he has video of Hillary Clinton’s concession call and is promising to release it in the near future.
On Tuesday, Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, tweeted a screenshot of a telephone call Clinton aide Huma Abedin made to Kellyanne Conway on election night to concede. The photo shows a two-minute call from Abedin at 2:30 a.m., with her telephone number blurred out.
This is a clever attack against Hillary Clinton’s political posturing. First Hillary Clinton said she would not question the election results – then Hillary Clinton questioned the election results and blamed everyone and everything except her “muddled message mess” of a campaign. In one fell swoop President Trump calls out Hillary Clinton’s hypocrisies as well as dominates the news cycle the moment the video/audio of the concession calls are made public.
President Trump has an amazing capacity to gauge reality. Donald J. Trump was a reality show star. But in the greatest game of reality TV President Donald J. Trump is King of Reality.
President Trump fired Comey in a most unexpected and most unusual manner. It was a transcontinental schlonging. Big Media, the left, the kingdom of kooks, went mad, hysterical! And that is how President Trump wins.
No need to restate all the madness of Big Media and the left at President Trump’s removal of Comey. Anderson Cooper rolled his eyes, “it’s a coup”, “Trump will be impeached in 30 days”, Trump will be impeached in 15 days”, “IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP, IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP, IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP, IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
The president has wormed his way out of far worse jams.
The permanent crisis that is the Trump administration broke new, deeper ground on Tuesday afternoon as Baby Donald sacked FBI Director James Comey, whose sleuthing into connections between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia had discomposed him. The public uproar sounded immediately, as the cable channels went Full Bore Blitzer in their coverage and nearly every commentator and anchor (outside of the Fox News Channel) spotted the parallels between the Comey canning and President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre, the 1973 firing of an independent special prosecutor snooping into his Watergate misconduct and crimes. [snip]
The Comey affair surpasses all previous Trump-devised news events in part because it came so unexpectedly. [snip]
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin went falsetto in his outrage, correctly noting that Trump’s given rationale for the firing—Comey’s handling of the Clinton email case last summer—was a tissue-thin pretense: He had decided Comey must go and assigned the backing documentation to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. That the president had the right to fire Comey didn’t make the firing at this junction right, Democrats, a scattering of Republicans, and the non-Fox commentariat howled, setting the stage for what promises to be a weeks-long news festival of accusations and recriminations. [snip]
Of course, an entire Zappos warehouse of shoes may drop, but Trump knows from experience that he can still bend the news arc in his direction and take the news edge off his lawful act with a well-timed wrist flick. [snip]
The usual Trump Twitter bullshit, which he resorted to Wednesday morning, won’t be enough to stay the criticisms and calls for an independent counsel. [snip]
As I write, there are 32 Comey stories above the fold at CNN.com.
The current crisis is a case in point. Trump’s wits have allowed him to survive worse crises than this. File today’s New York Times and Washington Post in a safe place and revisit them this time next month. Trump may eventually face the comeuppance his foes dream of, but not over shoving Comey out the door.
That insult heavy “analysis” does not fully understand why President Trump will outlive “it’s over for Trump” heave hos. Why will President Trump survive and thrive? Why has President Trump, like candidate Trump, survived and thrived? Because President Trump’s view of reality is congruent with reality.
What astonishes is that not only does President Trump see reality, President Trump acts boldly on his vision of reality. President Trump succeeds because what Trump sees as reality is reality.
Do Americans share Big Media’s hysteria over Comey? Even leftist Big Media sees the non-writing on the FaceBook wall:Despite the wall-to-wall media coverage, most Americans — according to Facebook interactions — cared less about James Comey being fired than other big moments so far in the Trump administration.
The F.B.I.? Consider this: FBI Gives Hollywood Hacking Victims Surprising Advice: “Pay the Ransom” Hacking is a major and growing problem and the F.B.I. does not inspire confidence at all in any of this. Hacking, emails, F.B.I. says “pay the ransom”. Is that what the F.B.I. did with Hillary? Does the F.B.I. think the anti-Trumpers there can win against President Trump if the F.B.I. Trump haters there attack the President? All an F.B.I. or Comey attack against President Trump will prove is that many in the F.B.I. are using their legal powers illegally to act politically. Result will be Trump makes his point and wins again.
Consider all the news other than Comey the Clown related news from these past few days. Remember way back to last week when Obama Dimocrats giddily proclaimed the Republicans would lose the 2018 elections because of ObamaCare repeal? Then reality hit. Aetna is pulling out of ObamaCare. Premiums will rise dramatically. Disaster for Obama Dims. Trump got reality right (ObamaCare is in a death spiral). Obama Dims got reality kooky (and don’t care ObamaCare is in a death spiral).
With the latest departures, more than 40 percent of U.S. counties would have only one insurer selling coverage on their marketplaces for next year, according to data compiled by The Associated Press and the consulting firm Avalere. That assumes no other insurers leave and none step in by the time customers start shopping for coverage in the fall.
These state-based marketplaces, known as exchanges, were established by the Affordable Care Act as a place for customers to compare prices and buy coverage, often with help from income-based tax credits. They provided coverage for about 12 million people this year.
The idea was that competition for customers would keep prices low. But insurers faced big losses in some markets, and they got less financial support from the government than they expected. They’ve been raising prices and pulling out of some markets altogether in response.
Consider, the OPEC oil cartel thieves worry about President Trump’s promise to Make America Great Again. OPEC wants America to stop producing so much shale oil because oil prices are plummeting with the over supply. “I think [OPEC] are now acutely aware that they don’t have the kind of influence they used to have 10 years ago, and that shale is now the swing producer in the market.” President Trump schlongs OPEC!
Consider, China and President Trump art of the deal.After months of bashing China for its trade practices, the Trump administration said it had agreed with Beijing on a broad range of measures aimed at improving the access of American beef producers, electronic-payments providers and natural-gas exporters, among others, to the world’s second-largest economy.
Big Media is focused on hysteria. President Donald J. Trump is using his superpowers to Make America Great Again.
In the battle of Big Media hysteria versus President Donald J. Trump, the reality is that President Trump sees reality.
President Trump’s superpowers – he makes his enemies go mad, he speaks in American blunt power English not Oxford/Harvard debater masturbators’ mush-mouth muddles, and he sees and acts quickly on his vision of reality which is the reality of most Americans.
As the beautiful day arose, few expected the day would develop so Trumpily. As per usual President Donald J. Trump was hard at work. As per usual, the attention seeking Director of the FBI was once again publicly displaying himself, making more grandiose pronouncements, on yet another speaking tour. Work in an office was not what Comey the Clown sought. Comey wanted attention and TV cameras. Comey the Clown gave a speech, a television behind him. Comey didn’t know what hit him, he only felt that massive schlong:
Comey learned of firing as he addressed FBI employees in LA. TV screens in background flashed news of firing. Letter was then given to FBI.
Endless Christmas! President Trump schlonged Comey the malicious clown. President Donald J. Trump acted upon the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The “YOU’RE FIRED” came via letter:
Dear Director Comey:
I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.
While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.
It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.
In a Tuesday statement, the press secretary said the president “terminated and removed” Comey from office “based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”
Sessions told Trump in a letter that he believes “a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI.”
In a memorandum titled “Restoring public confidence in the FBI,” Rosenstein said he couldn’t defend Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement,” the deputy attorney general said.
Last summer, Comey concluded that “no charges are appropriate” in the FBI’s investigation of Clinton.
“Although there is evidence of potential violations regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” he said in July.
Rosenstein said that the dismissed FBI director compounded the error when he “ignored another longstanding principle: we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation.”
The deputy attorney general was referring to Comey’s letter to Congress, which said the FBI was probing an additional batch of emails related to the Clinton investigation. Comey later announced that the FBI had “not changed its conclusions” after reviewing the new cache of emails.
The former Democratic nominee has cited Comey’s letter, coming a little more than a week before the 2016 presidential election, as a contributing factor to her loss.
Rosenstein said that such information may be disclosed in legal proceedings, but that it’s not something that should be done “gratuitously.”
“The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial. It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do,” he said.
Comey has defended his actions, saying that he was simply trying to not conceal the FBI’s decision to investigate the additional emails.
But Rosenstein refuted Comey’s language, saying that federal agents “are not concealing anything” when conducting an investigation quietly.
“In that context, silence is not concealment,” the deputy attorney general said.
Trump made no mention of Comey’s role in the Clinton investigation, which she has blamed in part for the election result that put him in the White House. But in announcing the firing, the White House circulated a scathing memo, written by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, criticizing Comey’s handling of the Clinton probe, including the director’s decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing “derogatory information” about Clinton.
The firing of an FBI director is exceedingly rare. Democrats slammed the move, comparing it to President Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” decision to fire the independent special prosecutor overseeing the Watergate investigation, prompting the resignations of the Justice Department’s top two officials.
“This is Nixonian,” Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., declared on Twitter. “Outrageous,” said Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, calling for Comey to immediately be summoned to testify to Congress about the status of the Trump-Russia investigation
Trump has ridiculed the FBI investigation, as well as concurrent congressional investigations, as a “hoax” and has denied that his campaign was involved in Russia’s election meddling. In his letter to Comey, he asserted that the FBI director had informed him “on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation.”
Comey the Clown got his job via Obama the Clown who nominated Comey in 2013 for a ten year term that lasted much less than that. Clown cleanup on aisle 2017.
The abrupt firing raised questions over whether Mr. Trump was trying to influence the Russia investigation. But the president said he was following recommendations from the Justice Department, which criticized how Mr. Comey concluded the investigation into Mrs. Clinton.
“It is essential that we find new leadership for the F.B.I. that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Mr. Trump wrote.
Mr. Comey’s firing came hours after the F.B.I. corrected his testimony last week about how classified information ended up on the laptop of the disgraced former congressman Anthony D. Weiner.
Most of Big Media is in a “RUSSIA!!!!!!!!!” frenzy.
But even before the 2016 campaign, the FBI endured a number of humiliations under Comey’s tenure. Most damning were revelations that the FBI was generally aware of almost every terrorist who successfully struck America over the last eight years.
Here are 10 of Comey’s biggest embarrassments at the FBI:
1. Before he bombed the Boston Marathon, the FBI interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev but let him go. Russia sent the Obama Administration a second warning, but the FBI opted against investigating him again.
2. Shortly after the NSA scandal exploded in 2013, the FBI was exposed conducting its own data mining on innocent Americans; the agency, Bloomberg reported, retains that material for decades (even if no wrongdoing is found).
3. The FBI had possession of emails sent by Nidal Hasan saying he wanted to kill his fellow soldiers to protect the Taliban — but didn’t intervene, leading many critics to argue the tragedy that resulted in the death of 31 Americans at Fort Hood could have been prevented.
4. During the Obama Administration, the FBI claimed that two private jets were being used primarily for counterterrorism, when in fact they were mostly being used for Eric Holder and Robert Mueller’s business and personal travel.
5. When the FBI demanded Apple create a “backdoor” that would allow law enforcement agencies to unlock the cell phones of various suspects, the company refused, sparking a battle between the feds and America’s biggest tech company. What makes this incident indicative of Comey’s questionable management of the agency is that a) The FBI jumped the gun, as they were indeed ultimately able to crack the San Bernardino terrorist’s phone, and b) Almost every other major national security figure sided with Apple (from former CIA Director General Petraeus to former CIA Director James Woolsey to former director of the NSA, General Michael Hayden), warning that such a “crack” would inevitably wind up in the wrong hands.
6. In 2015, the FBI conducted a controversial raid on a Texas political meeting, finger printing, photographing, and seizing phones from attendees (some in the group believe in restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic).
7. During its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material, the FBI made an unusual deal in which Clinton aides were both given immunity and allowed to destroy their laptops.
8. The father of the radical Islamist who detonated a backpack bomb in New York City in 2016 alerted the FBI to his son’s radicalization. The FBI, however, cleared Ahmad Khan Rahami after a brief interview.
9. The FBI also investigated the terrorist who killed 49 people and wounded 53 more at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Despite a more than 10-month investigation of Omar Mateen — during which Mateen admitting lying to agents — the FBI opted against pressing further and closed its case.
10. CBS recently reported that when two terrorists sought to kill Americans attending the “Draw Muhammad” event in Garland, Texas, the FBI not only had an understanding an attack was coming, but actually had an undercover agent traveling with the Islamists, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi. The FBI has refused to comment on why the agent on the scene did not intervene during the attack.
Comey the Clown had to be fired. Comey’s actions have been usurpations too long tolerated. Instead of presenting evidence to a grand jury, Comey decided to proclaim himself a prosecutor outside the system of justice.
The most substantive part of the allegation by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein against (now former) FBI Director James Comey pic.twitter.com/Cg1PbJAxQy
As Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared, Comey would not admit his failures which meant Comey would not take corrective measures but rather double down on his public spectacles which undermine the FBI and the Department of Justice.
There comes a time when you are draining a tub that gunk clogs up the drain. At that moment you have to put on some long black rubber gloves and pull out the gunk. Then the slime can continue to flow out. But more gunk will continue to clog the drain and the gunk will have to continue to be removed.
Today, President Donald J. Trump, who will be reelected, continued to pull out the gunk. President Donald J. Trump promised to do so. It’s not a tub however – IT’S A SWAMP. President Trump will continue to drain the swamp. It’s a big swamp. President Trump is a big man, up to the job.
The findings are significant for a Democratic Party, at a historic low point, that’s trying to figure out how it can win back power. Much of the debate over how to move forward has centered on whether the party should try to win back working-class white voters – who make up the bulk of Obama-Trump voters – or focus instead on mobilizing its base.
Turning out the base, the data suggests, is simply not good enough.
“This idea that Democrats can somehow ignore this constituency and just turn out more of our voters, the math doesn’t work,” Canter said. “We have to do both.”
It’s not to early for us to declare that President Donald J. Trump will be reelected in 2020. We already know his officially trademarked campaign slogan for 2020. The campaign slogan is reported by none other than President Trump himself to be “Keep America Great!” which is a Trumpian way of saying “Stay The Course“.
Compare and contrast what we write today with the analysis of the 2016 election we wrote back in 2013 about Hillary Clinton’s “Muddled Message Mess”. Everything we wrote in that article was exactly on target. We perform the same analysis today. We declare President Trump the winner of the 2020 election today.
Why will President Trump be reelected? Read what we wrote in “Muddled Message Mess” about Hillary Clinton’s not yet declared candidacy for President in 2016. In our update to “Muddled Message Mess” we asked in the very first sentence “Why would anyone who wants to win in 2016 support ObamaCare?” Hillary Clinton supported ObamaCare, became the Obama Third Term, and ignored every bit of advice we provided. Hillary Clinton decided we were wrong when we repeatedly wrote that 2016 was to be a “change” election. Hillary Clinton became the status quo candidate in a change election and that killed any chance she had of winning:
Hillary Clinton 2016 is a muddled message mess. The elemental question a campaign must answer before it begins to even be a dream is at this point answered by Hillary Clinton 2016 with a dust storm of incoherence. [snip]
Hillary Clinton 2016 however is a wagon train immersed in fog headed into quicksand bogs because it has not answered the question a campaign must answer as the chief policy motivation and raison d’etre of the candidate.
The central question for any campaign is whether the electorate must “stay the course!” or whether it is “time for a change!”. It’s one or the other. There is no other question. A merge, a double message won’t sell. A “let’s stay the course but change” concoction has as much appeal and logic as vegetarian pork chops.
“Muddled Message Mess” made it clear years before anyone else wrote it, that 2016 would be a CHANGE election. Election year 2020 will be the opposite of 2016. 2020 will be a status quo election. President Trump will run on “stay the course” because we must “Keep America Great!” It’s a powerful message that helps most all presidents when they run for reelection. “Stay the course” and “Keep America Great! will help reelect President Trump. Already President Trump has raised millions for 2020. Already, ten people, including Michael Glassner, Sean Dollman, and John Pence, are busy collecting data, fundraising, and hosting large rallies in support of President Trump’s 2020 campaign. They have a lot of help.
Obama Dimocrats will make it much easier for President Trump to be reelected. Obama Dimocrats will run on “time for a change” in 2018 and 2020. The screams and howls of “time for a change” from Obama Dimocrats will doom them and reelect President Trump. Why? How?
Anti-Trump energy poses recruiting dilemma for Dems
House Democrats face a recruiting dilemma in 2018 as the liberal backlash to President Trump looks poised to boost progressive candidates in primaries.
Democrats are seeing a groundswell of enthusiasm on the left, but that same energy could complicate the calculus in swing seats and districts carried by Trump that Democrats need to take back the House.
The party will likely need to strike a delicate balance between finding moderate candidates who best match the political profiles of the target districts on issues such as abortion and gun control without alienating its left wing.
“I think it may be helpful in some of the deep red districts or red-of-center districts to have some candidates who may be anti-abortion rights or pro-gun, maybe … more conservative side of some of these social issues,” said Kyle Kondik, the managing editor of campaign analysis site Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
Democrats need to flip two dozen seats to regain the House majority. To win that many seats, they’ll need to put many Trump districts into play. [snip]
“It will be difficult for them to get the candidates they need because their base won’t allow it,” a House GOP strategist said. “They are going to want ideological purity.”
“It will be awfully hard to win those races, because you aren’t competing in New York City.”
Obama Dimocrats will try to dupe the voters in 2018. Obama Dimocrats will run inexperienced candidates who are women and veterans, all without records to be examined. But the primaries will also include full tilt kooks from DailyKooks and the leftist mobs that run riot in the streets.
It will be the Kooks versus the “normals” in the Dimocrat primaries and the Kooks will win every time. Already the top Dim Kook, Tom Perez, has declared that the Obama Dimocrat Party will abort any candidate that does not support abortion on demand. The “normals” will argue that abortion on demand is not viable once the baby is viable – late term abortions a few hours or days before birth will have to be exempt from “abortion on demand”. The Kooks will shout “misogyny!” The “normals” will lose every time.
By the time the general elections in 2018 roll in, the “normals” that have been duped into running as Obama Dimocrats in the primaries will be aborted. The new “normals” in the general election will be Republicans who will run against the Obama full tilt Kooks that won their primaries.
Ordinarily we would write “it doesn’t have to be this way”. We could surmise that if the Democratic Party of old existed, wiser heads would help the “normals” win their primaries and restore some sense to the Democratic Party. Bill Clinton in 1992 ran against the kooks in the party and won. But in 2017, Hillary Clinton has gone full kook and decided to organize a new money milking operation called “Onward Together”.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan, “Stronger Together” was bad enough. It answered nothing about stronger for what? It reminded us of a drunk who drinks coffee. You remain drunk only you are more hyper. “Stronger Together” was the end. Now, “Onward Together”, but where? Into the valley of death.
Ordinarily we would write “it doesn’t have to be this way”. If the Democratic Party of old existed, sensible “normals” in the Democratic Party would admit that ObamaCare was a failure and work with President Trump to fix the mess they created under Barack Obama. If there were any Dimocrat “normals” they would have proposed good and meaningful ways to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
But because the Obama Dimocrat kooks are in control, the idea from the Obama Dimocrat Party is to attack everything that President Trump attempts to do. They reason that what worked for Obama opponents will work for them. But those tactics will fail because ObamaCare is a failure that only gets worst every day.
If the “normals” existed in the Obama Dimocrat Party they could have profited. Many Trump supporters are not happy with the soggy healthcare proposals passed by the House. Many more Trump supporters are not happy with the continuing resolution to finance the government recently passed. Many Trump supporters understand the limitations Trump was under with the continuing resolution and see the Trump chess game as to budgets, and tax reform, but still want the entire political world to change in an instant. If there were “normals” in the Obama Dimocrat Party they could damage President Trump by wooing normal voters. But there are no “normals” in the Obama Dimocrat Party to woo normal Americans.
There are only kooks left in the Obama Dimocrat Party. That’s why a Trump hater like Marc Thiessen can say “The past 100 days have been a disaster – for Democrats”. According to the Post-ABC News poll, only 2 percent of Americans who voted for Trump regret their votes, while fully 96 percent say it was the right thing to do. Former Bill Clinton pollster Doug Schoen understands that the strong bond maintained by President Trump with his supporters is a potent source of political power for 2018 and 2020. The smart Salena Zito observes that The media assault on Trump could win him a second term. At the New York Times, bad news for Trump opponents is spun as good news:
Biden said he was prepared to storm the country to help revive the party, and boasted of his comfort in wooing areas that voted for Trump. [snip]
In a largely leaderless party, two distinct groups are emerging, defined mostly by age and national stature. On one side are three potential candidates approaching celebrity status who would all be older than 70 on Election Day: Biden, and Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. [snip]
Sanders, the runner-up in the 2016 primaries, may loom largest over the next Democratic race. He is already planning his first return trip to early-voting Iowa in July, and plans to be the keynote speaker at the convention of a social justice organization that works closely with his political group, Our Revolution. [snip]
Competing against the Democrats’ senior cohort is a large and relatively shapeless set of younger candidates who span the ideological spectrum: governors, senators, mayors, wealthy executives and even members of the House. [snip]
In the Senate alone, as much as a quarter of the Democrats’ 48-member caucus are thought to be giving at least a measure of consideration to the 2020 race, among them Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kamala Harris of California. All are closer to 40 than 80.
Bernie Sanders is a socialist kook who is considered the front-runner for 2020. He’s not even a member of the party!
Recently we wrote about President Trump’s management style. We said it was a vortex of information flowing to President Trump at the center. But really, it is a TrumpNado of productive activity.
On immigration and other issues the winning has only begun. President Trump did not get all the monies he wanted from the continuing resolution on immigration, but he got what he needed. President Trump can do a lot with a little. President Trump comes in ahead of schedule and under budget. Notice how President Trump, via Executive Order, will regularly release to the public information on illegal immigrants and crime. The first report declares that of the 45,493 inmates currently in Bureau of Prisons custody only 3,939 are Americans, including those naturalized. The vast majority of those are soon to be deported because they are in this country illegally.
Not much attention will be paid to the illegal immigrants in American prisons for crimes committed here. For now. But in elections in 2018 and the elections in 2020, this information will come into sharp focus. Obama Dimocrats will side with the lawbreakers. President Trump will side with Americans.
On ObamaCare, President Trump only has to wait as ObamaCare collapses more and more with each passing day, all on its own. By summer, President Trump will begin the argument that targets Obama Dimocrats as uncaring political profiteers willing to hurt “normals” for their own political benefit at the polls. That argument will be repeated on issue after issue. President Trump will win for the “normals”. The kooks? The kooks will continue to resist, insist, persist, enlist and ride off into the sunset, off the cliffs of reality.
Why will President Trump win in 2018 and 2020? Because President Trump is building a Great America based on reality, not fantasy. The Kooks? The Kooks are busy having fun with those fun gadgets called fidget spinners, getting nowhere fast.
In 2020 President Trump will be reelected, and America will be Great, again.