Political Cultural Storms: #HurricaneIrma Vs. TrumpNado, Plus AHSCult, #StarTrek, #Jennifer Lawrence

Update: President Trump in Florida to survey the damage and make sure recovery and repairs are carried out as he has ordered.

In case you missed it, President Trump in Florida discussed THE WALL: ‘If we don’t have the wall, we’re doing nothing’. President Trump made that comment after some earlier squishy comments in Washington. Here’s the quote in full (at 5:01 in the video): “But we’ll only do it if we get extreme security… if we get not only surveillance… but everything that goes along with surveillance. And ultimately we have to have the wall. If we don’t have the wall we’re doing nothing.” There’s also this (at 5:30) “At some point they’re gonna have to. They cannot obstruct the wall. The wall to me is vital. If I don’t get the wall then we will become the obstructionists.” And this (at 5:42): ‘”We have to have an understanding that whether it is in the budget or some other vehicle, in a fairly short period of time the wall will be funded, otherwise we’re not doing any deal.”

President Trump understands the vital nature of the WALL to his supporters. He will negotiate as a master of the Art of the Deal. The bottom line is results. Results he promised. Representative Steve King is correct that a betrayal on this issue is a betrayal on all issues:

We are sure President Trump will repeat his promises about the WALL to great cheers from those that voted for him in 2016, as he campaigns around the country in the next several weeks for tax reform. Big Media along with Pelousy and Cryin’ Chuck will continue to sow discord among Trump supporters. As long as President Trump keeps his promises as he has on issue after issue, there will be no discord. The base will remain intact and an immovable object.


Today we present a picnic basket of analysis for those of you on the run to take with you as you flee from Hurricane Irma or recover from Hurricane Harvey.

Let’s start with the hurricanes and how the winds are blowing in our political cultural storms (then we’ll get to the fun stuff of American Horror Story and Star Trek and what that says about the zeitgeist).

On Hurricane Irma: run. This one is gonna be a Hillary2016 size disaster. It’s easy to see how bad this storm is going to be just by looking at its size. Run ladies and gents in Florida, run. Pretend a naked Michelle Obama is chasing you. Run!

Hurricane Irma, like Hurricane Harvey will cause a great deal of damage. Houses will float. Roofs will fly.

Hurricane Irma has already blown the roof off of two politicians and let us see them for who they are. We mean Governor Abbott and Governor Rick Scott. Governor Abbott of Texas, the guy in a wheelchair, acted like a superhero movie star. Abbott was everywhere seemingly bereft of sleep for days in order to take care of Texas citizens. Bravo Governor Abbott!

Governor Rick Scott. We’ve always had doubts about this guy. He looked kinda weird to us with his unblinking eyes, chrome dome head, and stilted speaking manner. We were chagrined when he was elected governor of Florida because his opponent was such a loon. Still… we have had reservations about this Rick Scott guy. Had. Hurricane Irma has exposed Governor Rick Scott of Florida as a strong leader who provides timely information and is doing everything we think he should be doing and doing it well. Bravo Governor Rick Scott!

Pay attention to these two governors. They both have a bright future in politics. Governor Abbott has already passed his test of leadership with his command of the Hurricane Harvey disasters.

Governor Rick Scott has passed his test of hurricane preparation but he still remains to be tested during the storm and as recovery begins. We suspect from his performance thus far that he will pass these tests superlatively as well. If Governor Rick Scott does well in the week and weeks to come it is likely that he will become, as we have predicted, the next Republican Senator from Florida if he decides to challenge Obama Dimocrat Bill Nelson in 2018.

What do Governors Abbott and Scott have in common? Well, they are both Republican governors. Most importantly they are both strong supporters of President Donald J. Trump. This means a strong desire by both federal and state governments to do the best jobs possible because there is good will amongst all the parties involved in hurricane disaster preparation.

There is more of course to these double hurricanes than weather or the political fates of two governors. Hurricane Irma, like Hurricane Harvey, will have political ramifications greater than most anticipate. For instance we already see how even the most anti-Trump Big Media outlets have to admit that President Trump’s quick and effective disaster relief efforts elevate his stature as well as the polls which cannot measure the full support of the public for President Trump.

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Thanks to GonzoTx in our comment section we have been alerted to a Mark Steyn quote which summarizes what has struck us about the political moment we are in. Steyn writes, culture trumps politics. We have to add, Trump trumps the culture.

We’ve written repeatedly about how President Trump is a revolutionary figure. The revolutionary aspect of Trump was exceedingly obvious by the time the Iowa caucuses vote and we noted the “prairie fire” that Donald J. Trump lit then.

What few anticipated was the cultural revolution that President Trump was about to light up as well. This cultural revolution was not entirely a surprise because Donald J. Trump so dominated the news. No other political candidate has set national conversations at the kitchen table and on congressional and Big Media panels to discuss the size of his hands, his hair, his skin coloration, his family, his taste in furniture and decorations, his lunch/dinner habits, his pizza eating style with fork and knife, his possessions, his demeanor, his tone, his counter-punching style, his ego, his private conversations, his public declarations, his movements, his height, his wife’s heels, in short everything about The Donald.

This is not to say that other candidates and presidents have not been put under a microscope. But Donald J. Trump is a nonstop source of conversation. Donald J. Trump is like the mystical cup the Norse god Thor drank from which contained an ocean of drink. This obsession with Trump is astounding.

Obsession has led to the cultural moment. President Trump we now can see, trumps the culture. This is not due to those that admire the man. President Trump trumps the culture because his enemies have made him the cultural icon and brand of the coming era.

It’s a bit like reverse Chairman Mao. The enemies of Chairman Mao in China wanted to get rid of him. They surmised that there were two ways to remove the Chairman. One way was to trash him and bury him. The other way was to elevate him so much he became irrelevant. With President Trump the NeverTrump right-wing and the totalitarian leftists have decided to deride and resist President Trump using all the tools of the culture. But instead of the dominant cultural elites’ destruction of President Trump, what is happening is that President Trump is warping the culture, devouring the culture, trumping the culture! It is astonishing to witness.

The madness of the NeverTrump right and the resist Trump left is in itself a cultural moment. Consider President Trump’s latest triumph over the GOP establishment and cooptation of the leftist leaders Pelosi and Schumer on DACA and budget issues. President Trump is without regrets:

Among Republicans on Capitol Hill, “I’ve never heard members and senators so angry at the president of their own party,” one durable Washington hand told me after yesterday’s round of check-in calls. [snip]

Our thought bubble for the president when he spontaneously made the fiscal package deal in front of a chagrined Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan: “You say I can’t make deals anymore? Hold my Diet Coke, and watch this! You say I’m beholden to Mitch and Paul? Watch me make a big deal without them!

A top aide puts it slightly more diplomatically: “He read the room. Instinctual. … He’s a dealmaker. He saw a deal.”

As we wrote, the “better deal” was a Trump schlong of Paul Ryno and in the Ditch Mitch who always pretend to fight only to cave at the last moment and do nothing to advance the Trump Agenda. It is understandable if the two that were schlonged raged and felt under attack. But it was the NeverTrump outcasts who exploded in rage, again, against President Trump. Only now do these fools understand that President Trump represents the death of the Republican Party that catered to the Chamber of Commerce and the worst war mongers of the Neo-con bowel movement.

The NeverTrump right however is irrelevant. They have nothing to offer but anger and rage alongside their words and delusions. Pat Buchanan who ran for President in 1992 and discovered the misery of the white working class in New Hampshire and elsewhere that year was attacked by these loons as a socialist because of his desire to do something to help. Because Buchanan did not bow to the Chamber of Commerce Buchanan was denounced as a leftist. Buchanan is a precursor to Donald J. Trump. Buchanan understands what it is that President Trump dealt to the do nothing congress:

Donald Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, “At least he gets things done!”

And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his or its own agenda, that caused Trump to pull the job of raising the debt ceiling away from Republican contractors Ryan & McConnell, and give it to Pelosi & Schumer.

Hard to fault Trump. Over seven months, Congress showed itself incapable of repealing Obamacare, though the GOP promised this as its first priority in three successive elections.

Returning to D.C. after five weeks vacation, with zero legislation enacted, Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were facing a deadline to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government. [snip]

Will he give up on free-trade Republicans to work with Democrats to protect U.S. jobs and businesses from predator traders like China? [snip]

We could be looking at a seismic shift in national politics, with Trump looking to centrist and bipartisan coalitions to achieve as much of his agenda as he can. He could collaborate with Federalist Society Republicans on justices and with economic-nationalist Democrats on tariffs.

Pat Buchanan understands that President Trump is a political force akin to the prairie fire that burns the fields and yields a new harvest from the soil enriched by the death of what once was. The totalitarian left understands this too. That is why we are at this political/cultural moment.

The NeverTrump right wing is a collection of crickets making night sounds in the fields before the prairie fire burns them dead. They don’t matter.

The anti-Trump GOP establishment likewise is on its death bed as 2018 brings forth a harvest of newly elected Republicans who support Trump. The anti-Trump GOP establishment soon will not matter.

The totalitarian left that tears down monuments and demands political censorship of speech they don’t like is aghast at what is witnessed. The totalitarian left reacted with rage against Senator Feinstein when she suggested that President Trump might not be the devil. The totalitarian left reacted with resistance and rage when their leftist leaders Pelosi and Schumer made a deal with the person they think is a Hitler. “How can you make a deal with Hitler?”

If Pelosi and Schumer agreed to a deal with the man that is hated by the left as Hitler (hey, wasn’t Hitler a socialist too?) then maybe Hitler is not Hitler? What to do, what to do?

The right wing is irrelevant. The totalitarian left is politically neutered but not yet irrelevant. Increasingly the totalitarian left understands their political irrelevance.

Because the totalitarian left understands they are politically irrelevant, the totalitarian left has retreated to the academic heights to fight for relevance. But that has not worked out too well either.

Big Media failed. Politics failed them. Academia failed them. The last refuge for the totalitarian left is the cultural heights they dominate. The left decided to fight President Trump with their most powerful weapon: culture. The cultural elites and their celebrity centurions who hate Trump decided to attack President Trump with the powerful tool that has always worked for them. Culture.

Enter Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence, a beautiful young star of the Hunger Games series (a film series that can be seen as a cinema prognostication of the rise of Donald J. Trump), as well as X-Men and other good films is the star of her latest release, “Mother!“. On a publicity tour Jennifer Lawrence continued her war against President Trump:

In an interview with Channel 4, a British public service television network, American actress Jennifer Lawrence blamed the recent hurricanes on Donald Trump’s voters, because they don’t believe in man-made climate change. During the lengthy interview on her new movie Mother!, the conversation turned political about halfway through. After discussing the alleged pay gap between men and women, the interviewer asked Lawrence about climate change and the political climate in America.

I mean when the director was asked about the film, why it was so dark, he said, ‘It’s a mad time to be alive.’ And there is certainly an end of days feeling about it. For many people, in America who would say, [grimaces] perhaps it’s truer there at the moment than anywhere else,” the Channel 4 reporter prompted Lawrence to comment.

It’s scary,” she responded. “You know, it’s this new language that’s forming, I don’t even recognize it. It’s also scary to know, that climate change is due to human activity, and we continue to ignore it, and the only voice that we really have is through voting,” Lawrence stated.

“And you have voted very recently, as a country” the interviewer acknowledged.

“And we voted, and it was really startling,” Lawrence added. She then insinuated that the hurricanes were “Mother Nature’s rage and wrath” at America for Trump.

“You know you’re watching these hurricanes now, and it’s really hard especially while promoting this movie, not to feel mother nature’s rage and wrath,” she stated.

“It’s not just about climate change though is it, in America? It seems to be a time of huge division,” the reporter added.

Yeah, it’s really polarizing and upsetting. You know I’ve heard things and seen things on T.V. in my own country that devastate me and make me sick, and it’s just really confusing,” Lawrence stated.

“Do you find President Trump confusing?” the reporter pressed further.

I don’t find him confusing. I think I know exactly what he is,” Lawrence said solemnly before smirking.

Wrapping up the interview, the reporter asked Lawrence how she felt about the future. The Hollywood actress didn’t have much hope with Trump leading the country, calling her recent film a “howl of rage” in response to what’s going on in America:

I have to feel hope, you know you have to feel hope. You can’t just fall into despair. But a producer on the movie called this film, ‘an impotent howl of rage.’ It’s like a helpless howl to the moon, like, it’s just an assault.”

Lawrence has been outspoken about President Trump before he was even president. Back in 2015, she cried that it would be “the end of the world” if he took office, and told Trump “f**k you” during a 2016 televised talk show appearance. After he won the election, Lawrence penned an open letter to young women on the feminist side Broadly, that the election should “enrage them.”

“[L]ike Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman — don’t be afraid, be loud!” she wrote.

Jennifer Lawrence might be pretty, young, and whatever. But what Jennifer Lawrence most informs us of is how President Trump is even expanding his assault on the establishment with the aim of conquest of the cultural heights now controlled by the totalitarian left.

Jennifer Lawrence confesses that a film producer called her latest film “an impotent howl of rage. It’s like a helpless howl to the moon, like, it’s just an assault.” Then Jennifer proclaims that she herself has “to feel hope, you know you have to feel hope. You can’t just fall into despair.”

Jennifer Lawrence wants “hope and change” because she does not want to be defeated. JL advises the leftists to be enraged. In the end Jennifer Lawrence is in despair because she sees as well as everyone on the left that President Trump is setting their cultural heights on fire.

All the left can offer as ammunition against President Trump is “an impotent howl of rage… a helpless howl to the moon.”

Jennifer Lawrence is not the only one howling impotently from the leftist cultural heights. The latest politically correct Star Trek is howling along impotently:

Star Trek: Discovery to tackle Trump-era political divide

Exclusive: ‘The Klingons are going to help us look at certain sides of ourselves and our country’

We predict this impotent howl at the moon from an exhausted TV franchise will go the way of Manimal.

These are all examples of impotent howls of rage from the totalitarian left. But to understand the coming cultural overthrow of the left there are few better examples than the latest offering from the American Horror Story franchise, Cult:

The story AHS: Cult surrounds Sarah Paulson‘s character, whose numerous phobias including her fear of clowns worsens after Donald Trump shocked the world and won the 2016 election last November while at the same time a cult of scary clowns begin a murderous rampage in her town.

We thoroughly enjoyed American Horror Story: Coven, the second season of the American Horror Story franchise. We enjoyed AHS so much we even wrote the Obama version of the series.

Our enthusiasm for AHS was due mostly to the wonderful acting of a bunch of women such as Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates. AHS soon degenerated into gore and blood for the sake of gore and blood. The subsequent reincarnations of the series we peeked at then left.

We pretty much decided never to waste our time on sensationalistic drivel of blood and gore. Then we heard about the new season and we doubly resolved not to watch more Trump bashing. Then, curiosity beat us like rented mules, and we proved the Mae West or Oscar Wilde adage as true – “I can resist anything but temptation.” We watched.

It is supposed to be anti-Trump. But what it is supposed to be and what it is are two different things.

AHS is no longer a vehicle for great women. It is now the Evan Peters show. He is a very good actor who has appeared in an X-Men movie, Jackass and other entertainments. AHS is now a vehicle for Evan Peters.

In AHS Peters is a Trump supporter as imagined hysterically through the eyes of the left. He mocks illegal immigrants by singing “La Cucaracha” and they beat him up. He is also clearly a killer. He’s too cute however to be frightening.

What is frightening are the Hillary supporters. What is very funny are the Hillary supporters. The lead woman character, a lesbian married to a lesbian and with an adopted male boy, is just plain nuts. She didn’t even vote for Hillary. She voted for Jill Stein – in Michigan. As she is reminded by an indignant Asian man, Jill Stein got more votes in Michigan than the margin Trump won by. The Asian man’s wife also did not vote for Hillary because as he screams at her “You were too busy with Etsy to vote”. Then the lead Hillary supporter who voted for Jill Stein weeps. It is all comedy.

She didn’t vote for Hillary but she weeps on the shoulder of her wife all the while crying hysterically “Merrick Garland… Merrick Garland… what’s gonna happen to Merrick Garland???” It is so intentionally overdone we all get the joke. To Hell with Merrick Garland the never on the Supreme Court loser that lost big on election night 2016.

The humor does not stop there. The nanny to be to the lesbian couple was a woman studies major who took time off from school to campaign for Hillary. On election night this millennial college student on leave is upset with CNN for declaring Trump as the newly elected president because CNN did not preface the announcement with a “trigger warning”. By the way, she is a killer too.

The lesbian in chief on election night refuses to believe the announced results. She declares “I won’t believe it until Rachel Maddow says it. She is the only one I trust.” The Evan Peters character crushes a bag of Cheetos and applies it to his face, a direct reference to NeverTrump Glenn Beck who did the same during the primaries to mock President Trump.

It’s all an impotent howl at the moon. It’s blood and climate change gore we likely won’t watch again. The cult, the kooks, the embarrassments are not the Trump supporter. The cult of kooks are the Hillary supporters in need of trigger warnings and Rachel Maddow. American Horror Story: Cult is the story of a deranged cult unable to deal with reality. It’s not about clowns. It’s not about Trump. It is about the triumph of Trump.

In 2017 the story is not clowns nor hurricanes. The story is the TrumpNado. The TrumpNado that has knocked down the corrupt political establishment. The TrumpNado that threatens to bring down the cultural establishment too.

The TrumpNado is blasting forth from sea to shining sea, from North to South, in a destructive path through the heartland of the GOP establishment, Academia, Big Media, and the cultural heights of the left. The TrumpNado will level them all. That’s what they fear. The TrumpNado!


107 thoughts on “Political Cultural Storms: #HurricaneIrma Vs. TrumpNado, Plus AHSCult, #StarTrek, #Jennifer Lawrence

  1. 200 miles an hour, tidal wave, 500 bodies, Key Largo:

    It really happened. It’s not just the movies. It happened before Jennifer Lawrence discovered climate change is weather.

  2. It had to be cancelled in Miami:


    Largest Tea Party Facebook group to host YUGE Trump rally on Sept 9

    The oldest and largest Tea Party group on Facebook is proud to team up with Tea Party 40, the powerhouse Miami Tea Party group led by Rosa Pena, in order to hold a giant America First pro-Trump rally in Miami’s Tropical Park on Saturday, September 9.

    Barbara Grant, a highly-regarded grassroots leader, and the event organizer had this to say about the rally: “There are so many of us that love President Trump and the job he is doing, but the lying mainstream media wants you to think otherwise. We are asking all Patriots to please turn out in force Saturday, to show everybody that we stand with our great president!

  3. Hi all
    I just touched base as admin was posting this new & interesting topic

    If any of you are interested in a live account from the field of Irma please take a I look at very end of last post

    Also I included my condolences to Eric Bolling on the loss of his 19 year old son, I hold the hateful left strongly responsible because of their attacks & bullying

    I am on my phone & can’t copy & paste
    …and am too exhausted

  4. Still have power near coast in southeast Florida. The lights have been flickering a bit, but still on line. The winds are 30-50 MPH with tornado warnings around.

    We are expecting 60-80 MPH winds through the day and my shutters are up. I am not bracing the garage door because I would want the option of a fast escape if a tornado came my way, which is really my only real life threatening hazard. I am not in a likely flood zone and do have insurance if anything reached my house. I also have rubber boots.

    The distress of my neighbors just 100 miles or so to the west of me is most disturbing and I am hoping I do not need my hurricane supplies and can send it to them.

  5. Good luck to you all riding out Irma. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    I know what you are saying about Eric Bollings only child’s death S, such a horrible tragedy, people can be so incredibly cruel.

  6. Admin: a truly superb article

    One of the many points therein that bear repeating is this one:

    Only now do these fools understand that President Trump represents the death of the Republican Party that catered to the Chamber of Commerce and the worst war mongers of the Neo-con bowel movement.

    Those two goals–sucking the dick of the chamber of commerce, from whence commeth open borders, and scarfing up the feced of the necoms, from whence cometh endless war serve to define what the RINO is all about. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    If those miscreants are conservatives then that word has lost all meaning.

  7. All this wailing and nashing of the teeth in the outer darkness by the left over Merrick Garland who looks like a figure out of the Hobbit, and is described Nina Totenberg (actually Totenkoff, the deaths head division of the SS) as a moderate liberal, which is like saying an oxymoron. Maybe it is the fact that he has a BA and a JD with honors from Harvard, and wrote for the Harvard Crimson, and is a Harvard theater critic, which in the minds of some people makes him what Plato described as a philosopher King, but he looks pretty tepid to me. He is no civil rights hero, most often sides with the prosecution, shades of Stevens. He clerked for a great Judge, Henry Friendly, but whatever he learned from him was washed away when he clerked for William Brennan who was Eisenhowers worst mistake. Brennan’s son is not much better. Of course we all know what this sharade, this I Cry For You Merrick Garland bullshit is all about. Partly, they want a Hobbit figure on the court. Partly they wanted the court to shift to the left. After all, wasn’t that the whole point of getting rid of Scalia, or is that just a conspiracy theory, with no autopsy?

  8. Well, I lost power at 4 pm and it was back by 10 pm, now. I am on the same grid with Home Depot. So much for the horrors of Irma. Maximum winds in my area were 91 MPH.

    Hope others fare as well.

  9. Lu4PUMA
    September 10, 2017 at 10:08 pm
    I called a good friend of mine earlier today. He lives in Naples. I figured he had hit the road, as many have, but no sireee, he and his wife were in their condominium with no power playing gin rummie by latern light. I told him he was a better man than I Gunga Din. He said they were in the eye of the hurricane but once the south edge hit it there would be high winds around 140 mph or more. He was once the US Navy Enlisted man of the year, so I asked him whether he had ever been at sea during a typhoon. He said yes. I asked him what he did. He said he went up to the top deck, lashed himself down and rode the thing out. Said he had the time of his life. I suggested he not try that now, since he is in his mid 1970s and is still recovering from a serious head on automobile accident from which he damned near died. On that point, we both agreed.

  10. wbboei
    September 10, 2017 at 11:21 pm
    I had work responsibilities and a sick pet that prevented me from evacuating before Friday evening, 2 days before landfall. By then, they were no longer predicting a Cat5 hit on Miami. Predictions more than 3 days out are not reliable, more like possibilities than probabilities. If a Cat5 hit had been any kind of significant probability, me and sick kitty would have hit the road for Orlando.

    This morning it is breezy and pleasant and I am cleaning up some debris and setting the house back to it’s usual state before it gets too hot.

  11. Big media had three ways to go:

    A. Journalist: commitment to truth and CONTRACT is with reader—not peers, socialites, those in power, or even to their own enrichment and advancement. Example? Sharyl Attkisson who left big media rather than debase her standards.

    B. Courtier: flatterer of those in power. Hang out with them. Get scoops. Take their talking points at face value, and publish them as if it was objective journalism. Cover up their mistakes. Receive their leaks and use them against the enemies in power. Utterly debase their standards. Example? Jeffery Toobin, journolister and college professor. (Note: isn’t it interesting to see how the violent radicals of the 1960’s became journalists, college professor or drug dealers. That may not have been obvious at the time, but it is clear in hindsight).

    C. Totalitarian: renounce the practice of objective journalism, as the New York Times did with Trump in print and without exception. Use their status as media celebrities to engage in fake news, to launch vicious, partisan attacks, assume the air of a Nazi Judge condemning those they disagree with, engaging in identity politics, promoting violence and rebellion, screaming into the camera like wild dogs. Example? The entire rogues gallery of MSNBC, and Mr. Tap Toes, head wuss at CNN, or the entire staff of NYT from bag ass dean down.

    Big media was a Flatter during the Obama debacle, and now it is a Totalitarian.

  12. Here is the title of youtube wbb cites: Christopher Hitchens on Hatred, the Left …
    And in that category last night on 60 Minutes, Charlie Rose did not disappoint. Here’s abt 2 minutes’ worth:
    Bannon Shuts Down Charlie Rose; 9-10-2017
    As if a vicious animal, Charlie was.

  13. I see where a Maryland circuit judge has ordered the state bar association to conduct an investigation of the three attorneys who were directly involved in Hillary’s destruction of material evidence–the emails, during an ongoing congressional investigation.

    That is unremarkable.

    What I find remarkable is that two other jurisdictions, i.e. Arkansas and DC circuit found that complaints against these attorneys for the destruction of material evidence which raises a spolitary inference under black letter law is frivolous and therefore not worthy of pursuit. Put differently, the destruction of material evidence under subpoena is, or should be, actionable. It is substantive, unethical, and anything but frivolous. To suggest otherwise raises an inference that those dismissing these complaints as frivolous are, themselves, corrupt and in that sense perhaps in pare delicto.

    There is a personal aspect to this. My great grandfather was the top torts lawyer in the state of Minnesota at the turn of the nineteenth century. He made a fortune suing the railroads for personal injuries sustained by workmen before the FELA, and/or workmen’s compensation laws were enacted which established a market value on mutilation. During the depths of the depression, he lived lavishly, married a Hollywood star, and played the judge in the movie The Devil and Daniel Webster. But he was disbarred for the destruction of evidence. He took a trip to Europe and died of a burst pancreas at the age of 47. The obituaries made him out to be an alabaster saint, but like all demigods they had feet of clay.

    In the instant case, of the three Hillary attorney who will be placed under the microscope, I think David Kendall has the least exposure, and Cheryl Mills will be in trouble. If memory serves, she sat in a room with one witness who later testified that she decided which documents would be sent to congress in response to a subpoena, and which ones would be withheld and ultimately destroyed. No doubt she behaved similarly with the emails. And Comey let her get away with it by giving her immunity.

  14. 🙂 Freedom Caucus’s Jim Jordan thinking like big pink? Could be even more unity than we thought.
    Rep. Jim Jordan defends Trump budget deal with Schumer, Pelosi, blames GOP leaders
    Published September 10, 2017
    “Frankly, what options did the president have?” asked Jordan, arguing Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled Congress didn’t have a better plan.

    PS: The 9/11 coverage on FoxNews this AM was powerful. Sure to boost PDT. Then they interviewed US House Rep Peter King attending today. And he spoke PDT’s language.

  15. I have this recollection seeing Charlie Rose in the flesh, head down, morose to a fault, looking so much like Ichabod Crain trudging across capitol hill with no chaparon, and thinking to myself what a slow thinking, slow talking, sanctimonius son of a bitch he is, that one would have to have a strong stomach and a dull mind to pay any attention to him. Nothing that has happened since has given me reason to re evaluate that impression. The public support for him, such as it is, reminds me of that essay by the French satirist Baudelaire aka The Paris Spleen, where he talks about offering his dog a whiff of the finest perfume in Paris only to have the dog bark at him reproachfully, but when offered a pile of excrement wags its tale and consumes it without reservation. So what is the difference between Charlie Rose and a pile of crap? Merely a distinction without a differnece.

  16. What a wild family and friend set you have Wbb.
    Very interesting family, very interesting life…
    I of course will be looking up your GGF in the movie.

  17. “I started the campaign knowing that I would have to work extra hard to make women and men feel comfortable with the idea of a woman president,” she said. “It doesn’t fit into the– the stereotypes we all carry around in our head. And a lot of the sexism and the misogyny was in service of these attitudes. Like, you know, ‘We really don’t want a woman commander in chief.’”

    Her opponent — real estate billionaire and reality TV star, Donald Trump, a political novice who had previously defeated 16 GOP primary challengers.

    “He was quite successful in referencing a nostalgia that would give hope, comfort, settle grievances, for millions of people who were upset about gains that were made by others because—” Clinton said.

    “What you’re saying is millions of white people,” Pauley said.

    “Millions of white people, yeah,” Clinton replied. “Millions of white people.”

  18. A comment on the Hillary interview from legalinsurrection…

    Hillary just can’t get any “facts” straight , even with being given questions ahead of time…

    Another incredible lie from the sleazebag:

    “Why do you think that word ‘deplorable’ was circulating in your mind?” CBS’ Jane Pauley asked Clinton.“I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner. I thought a lot of his appeals to voters were deplorable. I thought his behavior, as we saw on the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape was deplorable. And there were a large number of people who didn’t care. It did not matter to them,” Clinton said.

    BUT — Clinton attacked Trump’s “deplorable” supporters on September 9 — almost a full month before the Washington Post published the “Access Hollywood” tape on October 7!

    What a piece of sh-t.

    Steve Bannon has it right: hillary clinton is not that bright:

  19. 16 years since 9/11… 5 year since Benghazi … 1 year since
    Hillary Clinton Leaves 9/11 Memorial Early After Feeling ‘Overheated …
    Sep 11, 2016 – The revelation came after Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 memorial service in New York due to feeling ‘overheated’ on Sunday morning.
    We’re still wondering What Happened

  20. Slow thinking, slow talking Charlie Rosebud—a uuuge big media superstar. Why? Simple: in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. Why does Charlie feel compelled to inject race into it, and get swatted down by Bannon, like a teetse fly? Simple again. He is a limousine liberal who loves to virtue signal with opm (other peoples money) and take credit for the civil rights movement, even though he was MIA. Sort of reminds you of Obama. Yes?

    Gainor on 60 Minutes: Bannon Did Well; Rose Seemed ‘Out of His Depth’

    Media Research Center (MRC) Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Monday to discuss the week in media bias as well as Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s appearance on CBS News’s 60 Minutes.

    “I think [Bannon] did well.

    I think Charlie Rose was out of his depth and didn’t ask too many good questions,” said Gainor.

    “Notice how he set it up,” Gainor continued, “where alt-right meets conspiracy theory.”

    Gainor made the point that Rose and his producers are not familiar with right-leaning media such as Breitbart News and others, and while they may give it a quick look to prepare for a show or segment, they do not understand what it is and mischaracterize it based on that ignorance.

  21. I think Charlie Rose was out of his depth and didn’t ask too many good questions,” said Gainor.
    True, but compared to Tapper he was terrific.

    He may have conducted a poor interview, something Tapper is known for as well. And he has Pulitizer Prizes to prove he is incompetent.

    But lately Tapper has taken to screaming and trying to conduct hammer and tongues interview which makes Matthews hair stand on end. On that point, he loses to Goodtime Charlie Rose as well.

    Why is Rose so successful at keeping calm, and so unsuccessful at interiewing?

    Valium with a beer chaser.

    Why does’t Tap Toes avail himself of the same remedy?

    Because he likes to be an asshole. In fact, he revels in it.

  22. Palm Beach County is recovering nicely from Irma. Power was off-and-on yesterday through noon. Access to the barrier island was restricted and I had to smile to get out to my brother’s place to inspect it. Lots of trees and power lines down. Not so many powerlines as our system has been modernized quite a bit. We have what is called a smart grid. It was quite resilient, but the blitches as the switches took place can take a toll on electronics.

    It does look like they will be using this as an opportunity to upgrade the electrical grid further. They are talking major renovation on the west coast, as opposed to patch and repair. It will take longer, but will be worth it, particularly if they incorporate EMP protections.

    Trump the builder is facing major disasters that are major opportunities to implement his infrastructure improvement plans. It is all about having a POTUS with the best interests of the public (voters) at heart.

  23. Hold on to your armrests. Hillary will be on The View tomorrow. IIRC in 2008 I BHO appeared there, but not HRC.. She would not have been treated well.

    I still think she’s angry about 2008 but due to PC cannot vent that way. As interesting is this from NYTimes years back – a comparison of the Obamas and the Jacksons. In it is claimed that Jesse Jr thought 2008 was his year. Hence his acting out, fall from grace.

  24. Ivankas BFF, Model, fashion, and tweets…

    Well I feel much better now.


    Hicks started in public relations with the New York City firm, Zeno Group.[14]

    Hicks began working for public relations firm Hiltzik Strategies in 2012, working for its client Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter, on her fashion line, and then on other Trump ventures.[7]

    In August 2014 she joined the Trump Organization full-time.[15] Hicks worked for Ivanka Trump inside Trump Tower, helping expand her fashion label (the Ivanka Trump Collection) and modeling for her online store.[16]

    Five months later, Donald Trump earmarked Hicks, who was 26 years old at the time, for the role of press secretary in January 2015 when planning for his potential presidential run.[17][18] Donald Trump summoned her to his office and, as she tells it, “Mr. Trump looked at me and said, ‘I’m thinking about running for president, and you’re going to be my press secretary.’”[16] Until that time, she had never worked in politics, nor volunteered on a campaign.[19] After Trump’s first primary victories, Hicks was asked to choose between staying with the Trump Organization or working on the campaign full time. She initially decided to leave the campaign, but Trump convinced her to remain and she stayed on as press secretary.[7]

    During the campaign, she played the role of gatekeeper to press members who wanted to speak with Trump, handling over 250 requests a day, and deciding which reporters would be allowed to speak with him.[8][19] Hicks also took dictation from Trump for his tweets, and then sent the text to another person in the Trump organization who actually sent out the tweets from Trump’s official account.[16][20] When in New York City, she would spend most of her day sitting in Trump’s office, handling inquiries from the press and taking dictation from him to tweet.[21] The demands of the campaign took a personal toll, as they caused a breakup between Hicks and her boyfriend of six years.[8]

    On December 22, 2016, it was announced that Hicks would become part of the Trump Administration, in the newly created position of the White House Director of Strategic Communications. She is paid the highest White House salary; $179,700, equal to the salaries of two other top members, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.[22][23] In January 2017, Hicks was included on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, having “served as a one-woman press team for Trump’s historic presidential campaign.”[6]

    Hicks was criticized by some with regard to a statement she issued on May 29, 2017, regarding President Trump’s character and personality. The statement, ridiculed by Washington Post reporter Callum Borchers as approaching parody comparable to Saturday Night Live, read:

    President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him. He has an unparalleled ability to communicate with people …. He has built great relationships throughout his life and treats everyone with respect. He is brilliant with a great sense of humor … and an amazing ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible.[24]

    On August 16, 2017, she was made the interim White House Communications Director (the last Director having been Anthony Scaramucci). Politico labelled her the “Untouchable Hope Hicks,” as she was considered one of the few White House officials whose job was safe, and she was one of only two White House communications officials who Scaramucci had announced were definitely staying when he was first hired.[25] She was appointed as permanent White House Communications Director on September 12, 2017.[26]

  25. Judge Napolitano Explains Why AG Sessions Is Making “Terrible Decision” Not Prosecuting Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)

    During a Tuesday appearance on Fox Business Channel’s “Varney & Co.,” legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano told Stuart Varney that he’s disappointed in his “friend” Attorney General Jeff Sessions for refusing to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

    Napolitano told Varney “there’s ample evidence of her guilt,” in connection to her private email investigation.

    The Trump supporting Fox contributor then gave Varney an explanation as to why Sessions refuses to go over Clinton.

  26. I am a bit annoyed with the hurricane donation systems. One of the problems I have during hurricane prep is that I have a bunch of old clothes that take up storage space that becomes critical when you need to put everything inside. Well, when I went to donate some of them, come to find they are not wanted. It is too hard to sort them and transport them. The charities want money. I guess it is easier to have more made in third world sweat shops and shipped here. Sad.

    I ended up taking them to the local woman’s shelter that are probably getting some extra load from displaced victims.

  27. Hi all…I am back & still in one piece…cannot tell a lie…it was a bumping ride…evacuated on Friday; packed like I would not have a home to return to…family photos, the essentials, etc…

    fortunately for me I had some friends who had an out of town relative that let us stay at her shuttered up townhome…and we are some of the few east of say Boca that did not lose power so we had TV & electricity the whole time, almost every five minutes we were getting tornado alerts & the shutters were constantly banging so loud that it sounded like a tornado was right outside our door…
    thankfully I was in good company, that helped so much, I feel for anyone, especially near the beach that had to go thru this alone…very scary…
    our cell, text & internet connection were very sporadic

    anyway on Monday we were released from captivity & could go outside & then we saw what all the shutters banging was about…full size trees uprooted & on top of houses, fences down, electrical poles down…we had an avocado tree that kept throwing avocados at the house with a big bang…
    the amazing thing was there was an orchid in the garden area that had attached itself to a big tree…the big tree had lost branches & had other trees on it…but the orchid survived…amazing…

    I got home Monday afternoon…whole ride home & my neighborhood a mess…more trees down, fences, lighting fixtures, etc…power had been out since Saturday & was still out…but my place survived, a bit of a water stain on ceiling in one room that has to be checked, but otherwise all was as I left it…in many boxes all packed away…

    the power went on today at about noontime…my remaining cat was very traumatized by the whole ordeal & he is still mourning the loss of his best friend..

    I am so thankful & grateful that everyone I know survived, including family in Naples where the eye hit…

    what a way to go on a diet…total loss of appetite…
    now the cleaning & repairs & assessments begin…

    …and life goes on…

  28. S
    Glad to hear you are OK

    Yes, they won’t take clothes, people don’t want hand me downs I guess but it is labor intensive and people hours out of the kazoo.
    Then there’s their limited storage space
    The homeless and women’s shelter will be happy however usually to take

  29. Schumer, Pelosi announce deal with Trump to protect young immigrants; will include border security

    Associated Press – Updated: 10:05 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    The top House and Senate Democrats have announced agreement with President Donald Trump to protect ‘certain’ immigrants brought illegally to this country as children – along with some border security enhancements.

    The agreement would specifically not include Trump’s long-sought border wall. It would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who benefited from a program created by former President Barack Obama that Trump has announced he is ending.

    The agreement was announced in a joint statement from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, following a dinner the pair had with Trump at the White House.

    “We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the President,” Mr. Schumer and Ms. Pelosi said in a statement. “The discussion focused on DACA. We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides.”

    It marks the second time in two weeks that Trump has bypassed Republicans to deal with Pelosi and Schumer.


    I don’t think this announcement is going to fly with his base… unless the word ‘certain’ emboldened in the above article contains ‘certain’ restrictive requirements. ??

  30. Sarah Sanders officially called AP story out Said DACA & border security were discussed no deal about excluding wall.

    Same old, same old –establishment trying to sow discord in Trump’s base.

  31. Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt to Headline ‘Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas’ Benefit Concert

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are among the stars headlining a benefit concert next week to help Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.
    Organizers said the “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” concert will be held in Austin on Sept. 22. It will be broadcast live on 11 Tegna stations in the state and on YouTube.

    Also scheduled to perform are Lyle Lovett and Leon Bridges. Actors Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey are scheduled to make special appearances at the four-hour show at the Frank Erwin Center.

    Tickets go on sale Wednesday afternoon. Prices range from $30 to $199; proceeds will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund.


    Good news S.. Happy hearing you weathered Harvey
    with little to nothing serious after the storm. Two out of three Pinkers accounted for… where is JB?
    Holed up in a 4 Seasons Hotel somewhere?

  32. WONDERFUL DISCUSSION on how Donald Trump is a great leader, very intelligence with boundless energy. Both Rollins and Goodwin admire Bannon and agree with what he said in the interview. If you have the time watch it.

  33. Mrs Smith

    I know, I am hoping this is not true but with Kelly, Ivanka and Jarod and his working with the Dems in this fashion and they seem so over the top pleased, well, I know I should wait till the cards are played out, but…

  34. Venus
    September 13, 2017 at 11:03 pm
    Sarah Sanders officially called AP story out Said DACA & border security were discussed no deal about excluding wall.

    Same old, same old –establishment trying to sow discord in Trump’s base.

    Thanks for posting more in depth info…

  35. Absolutely no where did the Trump Administration name radical Islam during 9/11 speeches, clearly a decision was made. Terrorism yes, but refusal to name our enemy was in the forefront of his campaign and ours. This with the DACA is worrisome to me.
    Of course, others will disagree…


  36. Mrs. Smith1
    September 14, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Q… What is he getting in return?

    Possibly “extreme vetting”. Reports of massive fraud keep popping up. 40 to 60% of them being criminals, identity thieves, LaRaza, LULAC, Aztlan agitators imported from Mexico, moochers, etc. Stories of the Obama White House instructing and pressuring INS to approve all of the applications, use of sub-standard or no proof with the applications keep coming up often from retired INS personnel. If half of them were knocked out of Dreamer status, the other half getting scaled back benefits from said status (excluded from things like any federal funded university for in-state tuition and have to pay foreign citizen tuition (since that is what they are) and no chain migration (since they don’t know anybody in Mexico supposedly) the coveted Dreamer status would not be worth much except to individuals. Add a deadline of say 5-10 years to start citizenship or get out, throw in restrictions on dual citizenship, anchor babies, the wall, H1 visas and we will see just how important Dreamers really are. The narrative of how wonderfully vital and valuable Dreamers are to the future and fabric of the US is garbage. It is just more blah-blah and hyperbole to promote emotional “world citizenship” and open borders to drive down labor costs and destablise western democracies. Since they are so very precious how much are Dems and GOPe willing to pay to keep them after they are ruthlessly culled? My guess is not much since they are just a convenient (they are not children but called children in an emotional ruse) group selected to promote a narrative about open borders. Mexico doesn’t care much about 400,000 (800,000 minus 50% frauds) but rather remittances from 20 million illegals. That bunch is the real money Mexico wants. So trade 400,000 for real and significant goals. Use the emotional argument (they were raised here, they are Americans!, they are tiny children! innocents! it is all they know!) the open border-ites whined and preached and virtue signaled against them. Save them! but deport all the rest.

  37. Particularly if you support Trump, you need to oppose an amnesty sellout
    William A. Jacobson | 9/14/2017 – 11:30am

    Amnesty is the gateway drug to a failed Trump presidency.

    On July 13, 2015, long before it was clear or even likely that Trump would be the Republican nominee, much less president, I wrote at National Review how central the issue of illegal immigration was to Trump’s rise.

    My post was Trump’s Lesson: Voters Are Furious about Illegal Immigration:

    Donald Trump has rocketed to the top, or near the top, of the Republican-primary field by focusing on illegal immigration and border security….

    The media fell all over itself to denounce Trump, as did many Republican candidates and pundits. Trump was called incendiary, insensitive, a clown, not serious, damaging to the Republican “brand,” not what “we” are about, and so on.

    But something happened on the way to the denunciations and purges. Kate Steinle was murdered in San Francisco, a sanctuary city….

    Illegal immigration and open borders have made voters increasingly angry because they reflect the growing lawlessness of society and the willingness of Republicans to capitulate to leftist identity politics. The sense that we are losing control of our own country, by the design of politicians, is creating a fury — and an opening for a politician willing to recognize that the problem poses an existential threat to our own freedoms.

    I focused on a sentence in Trump’s Phoenix speech which correctly identified the problem as being whether we have a country or not:

    When I started . . . I didn’t think the immigration thing would take on a life like it has. I made some very tough statements about people flowing through, because that’s one of the things, to make our country great again, we have to create borders, otherwise we don’t have a country.

    Do we have borders and a country?

    I never had any illusions that Trump was a conservative, and strenuously argued during the primaries that he not only was not conservative, but was a bigger government type. But once he was the nominee, and Hillary was the only other choice, whatever weaknesses Trump had paled in comparison to Hillary.

    There is nothing Trump has done since taking office that has disappointed conservatives that Hillary wouldn’t have done 10x over. So whatever disappointments have taken place need to be kept in that perspective.

    Trump was unprepared for the political culture that would surround his taking office. He’s like someone surrounded by a swarm of mosquitoes, without netting.

    We have watched the Trump administration being picked apart person by person, issue by issue. Sometimes by the media, sometimes by Democrats, sometimes by establishment Republicans. Sometimes Trump’s own mercurial personality was to blame.

    The team that got him there mostly now is gone, replaced by Generals and others acceptable to D.C. but hostile to the people who elected Trump.

    The risks of a failed Trump presidency are as great as the risks of a failed general election campaign, something I wrote about in Being anti-anti-Trump is no vice, at least not now:

    The choice now is between Trump and the conspiracy theorists, Antifa street thugs, campus anti-free speech police, Soros-funded front groups, deceptive anti-Trump media, Democrat obstructionists, and illegal leakers in the permanent bureaucracy who consider themselves above the electoral process.

    You don’t need to be pro-Trump to be against those who collectively are a greater threat to our liberty than Trump.

    I’ve been willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, but that comes to an end if Trump signs onto an amnesty deal. It’s not that we didn’t see that as a possibility; to the contrary, a sell out always was a concern.

    But now it’s here.

    Trump is on the verge of turning a temporary Obama policy deferring enforcement against people here illegally into a full-blown amnesty, which may even go beyond people brought here as children.

    Amnesty is the issue on which to oppose Trump, particularly if you support Trump generally. It will kill his presidency, something Schumer and Pelosi correctly diagnosed. Democrats want amnesty for all illegal immigrants and open borders, they’ll take 800,000 as the way to open the door. And they’ll use even the slightest sellout to seek to separate Trump from the people who elected him so as to defeat him on other issues.

    Amnesty is the gateway drug to a failed Trump presidency.

    NeverTrump Republican are particularly ecstatic on social media today. They want nothing more than for Trump to fail so they can proclaim “I told you so.” They thrive on being out of power. Schumer and Pelosi are NeverTrump Republicans’ best friends right now.

    When Trump was elected, my reaction was that there was great opportunity, and I’d support him when his policies were good, and oppose bad policies. Amnesty is a bad policy. It goes to something more than the rule of law, it goes to whether we have a country.

    Particularly if you support Trump and want his positive policies to succeed, you need to oppose an amnesty sellout.

  38. Trumps tweets today, any questions?

    Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…..

    …They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security

  39. Update: President Trump in Florida to survey the damage and make sure recovery and repairs are carried out as he has ordered.

    In case you missed it, President Trump in Florida discussed THE WALL: ‘If we don’t have the wall, we’re doing nothing’. President Trump made that comment after some earlier squishy comments in Washington. Here’s the quote in full (at 5:01 in the video): “But we’ll only do it if we get extreme security… if we get not only surveillance… but everything that goes along with surveillance. And ultimately we have to have the wall. If we don’t have the wall we’re doing nothing.” There’s also this (at 5:30) “At some point they’re gonna have to. They cannot obstruct the wall. The wall to me is vital. If I don’t get the wall then we will become the obstructionists.” And this (at 5:42): ‘”We have to have an understanding that whether it is in the budget or some other vehicle, in a fairly short period of time the wall will be funded, otherwise we’re not doing any deal.”

    President Trump understands the vital nature of the WALL to his supporters. He will negotiate as a master of the Art of the Deal. The bottom line is results. Results he promised. Representative Steve King is correct that a betrayal on this issue is a betrayal on all issues:

    We are sure President Trump will repeat his promises about the WALL to great cheers from those that voted for him in 2016, as he campaigns around the country in the next several weeks for tax reform. Big Media along with Pelousy and Cryin’ Chuck will continue to sow discord among Trump supporters. As long as President Trump keeps his promises as he has on issue after issue, there will be no discord. The base will remain intact and an immovable object.


  40. I get it that the Dems and Media will do whatever they can to separate Trump from his voters

    I get that, but a “wall down the road”, which will always be down the road with this bunch, will NEVER get built.

    There has to be an immediate bill that on no uncertain terms funds the Wall NOW. That is very different than “ultimately”.

  41. Commenter at Legalinsurrection on Trump… wait and see…and why, agrees with Admin and a few others…

    Mac45 | September 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm
    Let’s take a rational look at this situation.

    If Trump wants to pass amnesty for the illegal alien Dreamers, he does not need the Dems to do it. There is enough GOP support for that to pass a bill. And, if Trump really wants to give the Dreamers a pass, he can sign such a bill. So, why go to the Dems? He doesn’t need them for Dreamer amnesty. He is never going to get enough Dems to vote for a wall to pass a bill authorizing that, over RINO recalcitrance. So, what does he need the Dems for? Answer, nothing.

    So, what is the most logical reason for dining with the Dem leadership? To short circuit just what everyone is now accusing him of, giving amnesty to the Dreamers. Sure, the GOP can pass such a bill, but now it would have the active support of the Dems. If the RINOS appear to be in accord with the Dems, this is political suicide for many of them. Traditionally when a liberal Dem runs against a liberal Republican, the Dem wins. Why accept liberal light, when you can have the real thing?

    This may do two things. First, it sends a signal to the GOP that Trump may be willing to work with the Dems, in order to achieve his campaign goals. Second, it places the GOP in the position of supporting the Dems. Something that could cost those RINOS who run as conservatives a big problem in 2018.

    I am willing to take a wait and see attitude about this. Especially considering the source of the “report” and the number of time Trump has been accused of reneging on his campaign promises in the past, which turned out to be false. It is unlikely that Trump would take the one action which would very likely6 strip him of his power base. Without his base, he has absolutely NO LEVERAGE in DC. Neither party would listen to him at all, if that were the case.

    Stay calm and wait to see what happens.

  42. Also from legalinsurrection comment section…also a wait and see Art of the Deal…

    tom swift | September 14, 2017 at 1:03 pm
    The notion that the President might actually do something constructive about the crime wave on the southern border is, indeed, the issue which put Trump on the map. Without that, he’d have been just a curio. But he was the only candidate willing to even admit that it was an important issue. And as we found last November, it seems to have been a decisive one.

    So, what happened? Trump went to Washington, where he is surrounded by forces—including, obviously, both major parties—who are opposed to the idea of reversing the illegal tsunami. And people who doubtless consider themselves terribly clever predict that he’ll fail. And, considering the odds he faces, that’s hardly a courageous prediction.

    Leaving aside the prominent part that’s mere fraud, politics is reality. It’s what one can mange to get done when more than one person is involved. And since we’re stuck with politicians, and don’t have the options of magicians or dictators, the best we can even fantasize about getting is a stop to the major chunk of the tsunami. If anyone can manage to stop any of it, it will be a huge improvement over what we have now, or in what future America has if the rest of Washington gets its way. So, what is a negotiator willing to give up so that he gets to keep what he’s not willing to give up? That’s where politics—reality—comes in.

    “Slippery slope” arguments are the opposite of politics (i.e., reality). If you don’t get it all, that’s tantamount to getting nothing. Shoot, I’d like to “get it all” as much as anybody else. But I don’t see wall-to-wall Sturm und Drang when I don’t get it all.

    So, what of DREAMers? Trump was never particularly enthusiastic about throwing them out—I don’t recall him ever saying otherwise. And it’s not obvious that they’re all that important. Less than a million of them … compared to 11 million illegals? That’s the official number; it’s probably more like 40 million now. That gigantic, indigestible lump is the problem. It must have been obvious to all but the most doctrinaire—either pro- or anti-Trump, still doctrinaire—that any subset of the illegal population is a bargaining chip, mere leverage to be used against the larger and greater menace. Again, this was OBVIOUS. Exactly how it would be used is not so obvious, but we can speculate. And I might speculate that if the D’rats think they’re getting something which Trump voters hate—like, say, amnesty for DREAMers—they’ll be more likely to swallow the bait.

    And if that’s the case, then over-the-top hysteria, gloom & doom, rending of garments and gnashing of teeth on the part of the punditocracy are an essential part of the show.

    So … keep up the good work. The more hysterical and over-the-top, the better.

  43. just getting caught up with what has been going on outside of the hurricane world…

    my impression, PDT is playing both sides like a fine tuned fiddle…trying to light a fire under “his” party and put a little fear & jealousy into them…and many are into hysterics…and smoozing Pelosi & Schumer…flattery & charm always better than vinegar

    I call a lot of the hysterics I am hearing the “Charlie Gasparino syndrome”…that guy is always doom & gloom on Trump 24/7…two days ago he was claiming the repubs & dems would unite to impeach DT, etc…he is do down on PDT & so full of constant conspiracy theories & gossip that he is actually silly…the man is like a little rat so invested in DT failing…

    Let’s face it PDT is an independent & is going for the middle & trying to lasso & corral the extremes on both sides…and, here comes the cliche…”get things done”
    the man is 70 years old and wears out everyone around him with his boundless energy…

    He is trying to lead his party & get some Dems on board…it’s called ‘common ground’…something politicians have forgotten exists…& the art of the DT deal…

    …also, let’s face another thing, imho…most of the “good dreamers” are not going anywhere…there will be a deal & they will be allowed to stay…so no point in going crazy about it…thing is they have to work the deal so this is the end of it & after these they will be deported…

    I say let PDT be DT and play his hand at the game he is good at…

    (got to break the eggs to make the omelet)

    Ann Coulter & Steve King need to chill, the base isn’t going to abandon him at this early in the game…DT is just getting started…

  44. http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/13/state-department-slaps-visa-restrictions-on-countries-that-wont-take-back-deportees/

    The Trump administration hit four countries with visa sanctions Wednesday as punishment for refusing to take back their citizens that U.S. is trying to deport.

    In a series of diplomatic cables obtained by Reuters, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined new visa restrictions on Eritrea, Cambodia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The countries are among a dozen that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had previously deemed “recalcitrant” in the repatriation of criminal aliens.

    The four countries are “denying or unreasonably delaying” the return of their citizens from the U.S., and visa restrictions will only be lifted if they begin normal acceptance of deportees, according to Tillerson’s orders.

    Eritrea faces the toughest sanctions of the four countries. Going forward, all Eritreans who apply in their own country for most U.S. business or tourist visas will be rejected, according to one of the cables.

    In Guinea, all government officials and family members will be denied business, tourist and student visas. For Sierra Leone, only foreign ministry and immigration officials will be denied tourist and business visas.

    Cambodia faces the lightest sanctions. Only foreign Ministry employees at or above the rank of director general and their families will be refused visas, according to one of the cables.

    More countries will get sanctioned.

  45. No matter how the issue of amnesty for any illegal immigrants is framed, it still comes back to the same question. What does that action say to those who waited, and are currently waiting, to do it legally? Can we all just break any laws that don’t benefit us? Legal immigrants and other law-abiding citizens are the real victims of this travesty and any amnesty is a big middle-finger to them. Current immigration system is broken? Just break the law and come on in. Only suckers wait in line.

    What about the thousands of unaccompanied children who have surged over the border for the last five years? Is this the only country that they have known? Have they shown up for their court dates? ALL of them, at the very least, need to say “thank you” for the last five years, and need to be sent back. There is no justification for giving any of them amnesty.

    And what about the inevitable next surge once any amnesty is given? Just wait a little longer and you will be rewarded for breaking the law with the next amnesty. Oh, and send for your family since we can’t have broken homes.

    Let’s see some more of the legal immigrants interviewed on TV; they’re furious at what’s happening and rightly so. They wasted many years and much money to foolishly try to do things the right way, when all they had to do was sneak in, get health care, get taxpayer-funded education, get welfare, and wait for the next amnesty. So easy.

    Although it’s not clear at this point what Trump may eventually do as he wheels and deals, but the signals are that he’s negotiating a non-negotiable issue. No amnesty!

  46. I hear you Mark but reality is lots of people are going to get screwed with these freaking “dreamers”, or as I like to say nightmares.
    And like Raygun, who gave amnesty to 3 million, more like 10 million as today’s is closer to 40 million, this will happen again …

    Unless of course we build that fu!&ing Wall 100 feet high and 50 feet below and Never elect a globalist again..

    So what are those chances?

  47. Gonzo:

    If the dreamers are given amnesty, along with their families (because we can’t have broken families), relatives, best friends, along with the new surge awaiting the next amnesty, the border wall will become irrelevant since everyone in the world will already be here by the time it gets built. A classic case of locking the barn door after the horses have escaped.

    It’s hard to figure out what’s actually going on right now as Trump is sending mixed signals, to put it charitably; I guess we’ll have to wait for Admin’s next post to clear it up. In the meantime, it’s really tiring listening to the same old arguments from the illegal immigration advocates in congress and the media.

  48. Mike Marks
    September 14, 2017 at 5:33 pm
    Mark & Gonzo, I agree with what you are saying…but in reality, do you really see the majority of these “good dreamers” that are in college, have jobs, entrenched and been living here all their lives, etc…being torn from their lives and deported…with cameras blazing for thousands of them & story after story consuming the news……it will be a never ending story that blocks out everything else, with the exception of an attack from NK

    just being realistic, imo…it is not going to happen …
    yet the question is…what about the next wave?
    …maybe that can be Sessions’ saving grace…his claim to fame is he wants to get the legal & illegal immigration under control…heaven knows, he screwed PDT on the Russia investigation…

    whatever deal becomes reality must have constraints & deportations included for future “dreamers”…there has to be an end game written into the new law…
    …and PDT must get his wall, even if it is as he described “in sections where needed” not for mountain area stretches…

    …am also glad to see Paul Ryan coming to his senses & supporting PDT…the chamber of commerce Rinos must be getting a clue that if they want DACA then they have to agree to the wall…
    PDT needs to stand his ground…

  49. S @ 12:45am:

    No, I don’t expect to see that but I guess I’ll wait and see what eventually gets passed by the suddenly-enthusiastic congress before I get too worked up over it. But with Trump’s virtue-signaling about the wonderful dreamers, and no longer mentioning the crime victims or the taxpaying citizens supporting the education, medical, and incarceration costs of those illegals, it’s not looking good.

    How is this any different from what Hillary was proposing and where does it end? Do the parents of the dreamers get deported? What about the 40 million other illegals who have also lived here most of their lives and have jobs, etc? What about the thousands of teenagers who crossed the border on their own in the last five years? Them, too? I ask these questions rhetorically, not at you directly, S.

    I admit to not having great insight into the political process and I am waiting to see what actually transpires, exactly how many “dreamers” are amnestied and what is obtained by Trump in the deal. But honestly, this seems like a monumental mistake which would destroy the country as we know it, just as we feared before the election; it just never ends. I wonder what the people who have lost loved ones to illegal criminals, who were part of Trump’s campaign, think about this prospect; or the immigrants who came here legally. Any compassion left for them?

    Again, I am responding to your post, S, but I am asking these questions rhetorically and not addressing them to you directly.

    I truly hope events prove me wrong.

  50. Dreamers are losing their cachet. They were used as a marketing tool for increased and endless immigration and cheap labor not to mention the Hispanization of the United States into an elitists dream of a banana republic. A special magical group endlessly talked up by media, pols, corporations, Valerie Jarrett, etc as the “future of the country”. All hogwash and all marketing. Some are average low wage workers, some are in community college, some are gang-bangers, etc. Some have done pretty well. ALL of them are illegal aliens as defined by law. They also as a group and percentage wise committed a lot of fraud filing for their special unconstitutional made up status. INS officials say 40-60% did and Obama ordered them all to be approved.

    Now the various groups who can’t say enough wonderful things about Dreamers, they are our future and the best of the best after all, get to PAY for them. Pay for them in votes not received in upcoming primaries, pay for them in budgets, pay for them in influence traded for Dreamers future welfare against that of native born citizens, etc. Time to pay and not with virtue signaling and blah, blah with zero consequences. But pay as in what is going to be given up personally by politicians careers. Pay that piper standing over there who votes.

    Dreamers cost a lot. Education, lowered wages of citizens who have to compete with Dreamers parents, cartel crime that comes with them, social services to subsidize the low wage illegal alien paid for by tax payers so their employers can profit more and for their endless legal problems because they are, well, ILLEGAL. They cost lost opportunities by citizens and see it as their right and entitlement. And pay for the loss of respect in rule of law. So Dreamers were dreamed up to put a sympathetic face on illegal immigration, create a new sub category of entitlement and supporting social industries (DACA lawyers, DACA scholarships, DACA bureaucrats, DACA immigration courts, DACA media reporters, DACA affirmative action, etc) and politics. So now cost/benefit which must include LOST congressional seats (state legislatures and governorships have already been lost over this issue) and Dreamers are not so dreamy. Trump made that very clear last year as did his voters.

    The blame and shame put on citizens in the US is not working like it used to do. The presumption that claiming young children Dreamers just like tiny, baby unaccompanied children (who looked like gang banger thugs in the age ranges 17 to say 30 or infants who were obviously accompanied by their moms) streaming over the southern border to claim freebies was going to work forever is obviously not so. That ship sailed. Mexico must stop human trafficking their own population for money and clean up their act.

    Is Paul Ryan willing to trade his career for Dreamers? Flake? Red state Dems? GOPe morons? I don’t think so. They are going to want this whole scheme to go away and fast. And sad media stories about Dreamers? Turn it off. It’s marketing. Fake marketing. As is almost all media.

    Dreamers. Cost/benefit. Very bad. Walk away.

  51. Mormaer
    September 14, 2017 at 6:11 am

    September 15, 2017 at 6:01 am
    Dreamers are losing their cachet.

    TY, Mormaer for your frank, insightful, comments on Obama’s (illegal) DACA Amnesty project.
    When you get past the emotional (fake-illegal) immigrant crisis staring us in the face and take into consideration the crushing effect it will have on the country in the long term, if played out its entirety, will have on American taxpayers is truly stunning. Not to mention the impact it will have on American citizens hanging on by a thread hoping to find gainful employment in the workplace once again now that Trump is president and making good on his promise ‘Make America Great Again.’

    The facts you’ve articulated in both your posts is a dramatic eye-opener for any American whose heart remains tied to this ‘faux game’ promoted by the self-serving elites. Americans as charitable citizens giving illegals a blank check to fulfill their dreams and needs. The elitists trying to pull off another scam as in “You’ll have to read it to know whats in it”- “You can keep your doctor”- “Your HC premiums will go down after the first year.” Same schism gift wrapped in compassionate paper made to lull unsuspecting citizens into another trap we will live to regret.

    Personally, I think DJT is toying with both sides to get what he wants. At least that is my initial reaction to what is really going on and hopefully, Pres T will come through for us remained sticking to his guns.

  52. Fox News
    Tucker: Trump gets nothing with Dem DACA deal : If True it is a massive amnesty. There’s no reason to be optimistic…

    September 14, 2017

    This can’t be true. I still can’t believe it myself. Here is Tucker: Tucker’s Thoughts: There is nothing to be optimistic about with Trump’s alleged deal with Dems over DACA. Dems will never support any border security measures or a wall #Tucker

  53. Enrollments, budgets fall short at universities known for ‘social justice warfare’

    Universities known for being hotbeds of campus protest and liberal activism are struggling with declining enrollments and budget shortfalls, and higher education analysts say that’s no coincidence.

    Take Oberlin College. According to a document leaked to The Oberlin Review, the school’s student newspaper, the small liberal arts college famous for social justice hoaxes has had trouble attracting and retaining students, missing this year’s enrollment mark by 80 and racking up a $5 million budget deficit in the process.

    William A. Jacobson, a professor at Cornell Law School who runs the Legal Insurrection blog, said the “most obvious culprit” in Oberlin’s dwindling admissions is “relentless social justice warfare.”


    This dynamic, I call the X Factor.
    Unexpected consequences of their actions.

  54. Tucker’s been wrong on Trump before but generally is very pro Trump.
    I think many people are VERY concerned how this deal plays out
    As I said upthread, if the Wall does not get funded immediately with this deal, it never will. And that’s just one step in border security, man power, drones, tunnel eradication, gangs, drugs (always, but if the $ and desire is there, there will always be that issue and we have never made any headway on it, sometimes I think we really should legalize everything).
    And if the $ is not consistent and non retractable in future Administrations, it will all die away anyway.

  55. Mormaer,
    you also make excellent points…you bring the pragmatic reality to the table…the reality of what this “fake marketing” has cost & continues to cost, as usual, us…the American taxpayers…we always pay everyone else’s bills…this cost is like an octopus with tentacles strangling us & depriving struggling American citizens & middle class families of their inherent opportunities…that instead go to illegals just as a matter of fact & entitlement for them…

    until…Donald Trump showed up with his big, bombastic mouth…Donald has not been afraid to say and go where no others dare…
    Donald has been the voice for the Invisible Angel Moms & Dads in the wilderness…not only did no one speak for them…they were resented for daring to speak up about the loved ones they lost to the glorified “illegal immigrants”…they were instead scorned & ignored…

    but then the big mouth of Donald Trump showed up & he not only made sure people knew about them, he also introduced them as individuals to the public…he made them human and put a face and a name on them…

    Donald, sign of the Gemini…two sides…knows & understands both sides…
    We are now living thru “a work in progress”

    Mark, I concur with what you are saying & the questions you ask…
    I don’t think there will be any pure, idealistic answers…reality has stolen the chance for that…

    I hope Donald will hold strong…he must give reverence and loyalty to the Angel parents who have lost loved ones & to the American people and middle class he has spoken of many times that are on the losing end of jobs, good salaries, quality educations, etc & on and on because of all the benefits that go to illegal immigrants & dreamers…not to mention the santuary cities and the magnet they are for outright violent criminals…

    Donald Trump has forced the issue and the other side of the story…the American citizen’s side…

    whatever they decide DT & the repubs have to end the “chain”; there has to be a STOP…and the people that are granted “DACA” dreamer status must be “extremely vetted” & only the ones best assimilated & contributing should be granted status…the rest have to leave and/or get in line like everyone else…

    this should not be a ‘giveaway’ or another sucker punch to the middle class…
    for this to be resolved there will be give & take…
    I think most of us are hoping PDT will be our strongest advocate & fight hard…ultimately there will be compromise…

  56. http://ace.mu.nu/

    The Morning Report 9/15/17
    —J.J. Sefton

    Good morning kids. First up, above the fold, we have a breaking/developing story in London where an explosion rocked a train in or near the Parsons Green station on the London Underground just a few hours ago during the Friday rush hour. If someone yelled “Shalom, PeeWee!” we’ll find out (or not) soon enough. Also, Whoa, Fat! has launched another missile that overflew Japan and went 200 miles further than any previous launch; 2,300 miles. Hank Johnson’s Tippy Island is now well within range.

    The big story continues to be the fallout over PDT’s meeting with Chuck Schemer and Nunzio Palsi, and the alleged “deal” that was struck, or minimally what was or was not discussed vis a vis Amnesty, immigration, the border wall, the Cleveland Indians and the marvel that is Prell shampoo. Yesterday, as you may recall, I leveled criticism at the President, which most of his die-hard supporters took umbrage at. Soon after I had some second thoughts considering the nature of today’s media. Rush yesterday explained, and rightly so, that having utterly failed in their attempts to directly destroy Trump, the only way to defeat him is to attempt to separate him from his base. Now this is of course true. And in fact later in the day, whilst on the ground in Florida observing Irma recovery operations, he basically said that what his two dinner guests said was bullshit.

    THE PRESIDENT: There was no deal, and they didn’t say that. In fact, they just put out a statement. They didn’t say that at all.
    REPORTER: No release for DACA recipients unless you get the wall? Is that what you’re saying?

    THE PRESIDENT: The wall…. At some point, they’re going to have to…. They cannot obstruct the wall. The wall, to me, is vital. If I don’t get the wall, then we will become the obstruction.

    REPORTERS: (crosstalk) What has to come first, the wall?

    THE PRESIDENT: We have to have an understanding whether it’s in the budget or some other vehicle, in a fairly short period of time, the wall will be funded. Otherwise, we’re not doing any deal.

    Okay, that seemed pretty clear, I guess. BUT, then he had this to say….

    We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here. We’re working with everybody. Republican, we’re working with Democrats. I just spoke with Paul Ryan. He’s on board. Everybody’s on board. They want to do something. We’re not talking about amnesty. We’re talking about…. Uh, we’re talking about taking care of people, people that were brought here– people that have done a good job and were not brought here of their own volition.
    What the hell does that supposed to mean? Not Amnesty, not citizenship but you let people stay? As what, 800,000 essentially stateless persons? Within seconds you are going to have such an outcry from the usual quarters that an entire group of people have been cruelly been made into what is essentially worse than second class citizens and either the hack Judiciary or hack Legislative branch will right this terrible injustice and voila! Millions more Democrat voters.

    Look, I’m getting into the weeds here but this entire thing to me is turning into a YUUGE fiasco. I know some will look at this as 11-dimensional chess on PDT’s part but frankly I don’t see it. He ran on the platform of securing our borders, ending the cultural/societal/economic destruction wrought by 50 years of unchecked third world migration and draining the DC swamp. I realize that he is or purported to be “non-ideological” but he is intelligent; he surely has to see that the things he railed against during the campaign are indeed driven by a mad ideology. To jump into bed with two of its most smarmy figureheads and purveyors is beyond the pale. And I have not forgotten, nor will I ever forget, the bastards in the GOP for aiding and abetting all this and stonewalling the President as well. But as I mentioned the other week in my fantasy address to the nation, the President must declare war on both parties, the Deep State and the media/academia/culture complex on behalf of the people who put him in office. If he is prevented from doing what we want, I can completely understand that so long as he went to the mattresses for us. But this deal making just for the sake of making a deal will be the bitter end, especially on this (the Obamacare non-repeal and tax reform is something else as well). Mr. President, you and we are at a crossroads. You can be the catalyst that begins the road back and go down as a national hero, or squander the last legitimate chance we will ever have to save this nation. Here and now. Choose.

    A couple of other items of note: the always great Daniel Greenfield speculates that Susan Rice’s unmasked Trump’s underlings on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, Harvard has actually backtracked and rescinded the invitation for the freak traitor Manning, the Russkies and Chi-Coms are propping up regime in Venezuela and Ben Shapiro’s engagement at Berkeley went off without too much disruption.

    Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one

  57. Trumps vague back and forth on this DACA, Dreamers of the nightmare persuasion only adds to Trump supporters anxiety.

    I know, trust all Trump, he plays space aliens mimd games… but sometimes, sometimes…

  58. Mimd games maybe the misspell was correct lol

    In computing, MIMD (multiple instruction, multiple data) is a technique employed to achieve parallelism. Machines using MIMD have a number of processors that function asynchronously and independently. At any time, different processors may be executing different instructions on different pieces of data.

  59. Not enough is made of the $24.8 billion (this number was reported in a Forbes article in 2016) that is repatriated to Mexico by people working legally or illegally in the U.S. If those jobs were held by American citizens that money would be spent and invested in the U.S. It is another drain on our economy that gets too little attention. Of course Mexico loves it, it is their biggest source of annual revenue ahead of oil and tourism. At the very least I thought one idea was to tax it and that Ted Cruz suggested such legislation a few months ago. What is happening there? It would more than pay for the wall.

    Would also like to see more reminders that Schumer was against illegal immigration not that long ago!

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