Bye MAGAnificent 2017, Hello MAGAnificent 2018

It was a MAGAnificent year. It began in horror. For 21 days Barack Obama occupied the White House. Then glory! President Donald J. Trump.

We’ve written several times before that “The country, had to hit Ba-rock bottom” before we could get Donald J. Trump as president. There was no other way.

The country had to suffer the insufferable if ever the people were to reach out to someone who had never run for political office before, ever, and elect the needed Gideon to the highest office in the land. We got our Gideon who saved America as well as Israel. Now our modern day Gideon is about to have a subway station at the Wailing Wall named for him, in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

Yup, the country had to hit Ba-rock Bottom if it was ever to recover from the leftist totalitarian plans of “managed decline” and once again strive with a real chance of success to Make America Great Again.

Likewise, we also needed to get corrupt Robert Mueller appointed as the protector of the swamp if we are ever to drain the swamp. Upon the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, “We celebrated because the more Swamp Deep State players come forth to attack President Trump openly, not from the shadows, the easier it will be to take down the Deep State “resistance” to a duly elected President.” Yup, we needed Robert Mueller to come from behind the tapestry so that we could confront the enemy face-to-face.

That enemy is now coming sharply into focus. The Obama corruptions we warned about are slowly exposed. The corrupt Iran deal is now seen as a means for Obama to permit Hezbollah drug dealing in America. The filthy dossier paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign then funneled to the F.B.I., or perhaps also paid for by the F.B.I. and churned about by John McCain and his aide David Kramer – that too is all getting exposed. It’s MAGAnificient!!! Thanks David Nunes!!!!

We needed to get Mueller if we were ever to get to the truth of what happened, despite the efforts of Mueller, as the deep state conspired against the American people and Donald J. Trump. Bit by bit all the conspiracies are being undone. Yeah, McCabe and Mueller and Ohr will get what’s coming to them. MAGAnificient!!!!

We got what we needed in MAGAnificent 2017. In MAGAnificent 2018 we get more of what we want.

We got a lot of what we wanted in MAGAnificent 2017 too. It wasn’t all just misery. It wasn’t just the misery of the first 21 days of Obama followed by the appointment of Robert Mueller to try to take down the greatest enemy of the swamp the Republic has ever produced. 2017 was MAGAnificent in many ways.

It wasn’t just the terrific Trump tax triumph and the implications of the plan we wrote about. There were a lot of MAGAnificient triumphs in 2017. Consider some of the great Trump triumphs that have been given little attention.

There are the amazing Trumpian happenings in the center of the Muslim world, particularly in Saudi Arabia with it’s handover of power to a much younger leader and one who might be serious about killing Muslim extremists.

In “western” Europe the leftist parties are increasingly anti-Semitic allies with the Muslim invaders. The good news comes from the east.

There are the stunning Trump inspired changes in what was once thought of as the “captive nations” of eastern Europe as they increasingly become the bulwark against the managed decline of Europe and the values of the West. These “captive nations” experienced totalitarianism and they will fight against it now that they have an ally at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And what an ally! Who can ever forget President of the United States Donald J. Trump in Poland and his crusade against folly in Europe??? MAGAnificient!!!!

Remember the many triumphs of President Trump against Big Media? There were so many battles won by President Trump against Big Media that lists had to be compiled to try to capture the full scope of the victories.

On policy, there was all the crazy talk that President Trump had made an agreement with Nancy Pelousy and Cryin’ Chuck on DACA which ensured amnesty for illegal aliens was on the way. Then reality hit and the DACA plan emerged which will never be accepted by Obama Dimocrats. The “plan” with its 70 conditions, such as a border wall, will be the art of the deal starting point.

On politics, who could have dreamed that the Obama Dimocrats would have yet another senate seat to defend in MAGAnificient 2018 now that Al Frankengroper will resign? And just think, the Hollywood left will not be able to campaign for the forlorn Obama Dimocrat candidates because so many of them, yea the entire industry of “progressive entertainers” have been Harvey Weinsteined.

The Trump GOP will have less than 10 seats to defend in MAGAnificient 2018. The Obama Dimocrats are already forced to defend 25 seats, mostly in “red” states. So say “good-bye” to Joe Manchin who is now the sole Obama Dimocrat elected to a statewide seat in West Virginia. Say good-bye as well to all the Obama Dimocrats who persist to resist President Trump. We’ve already bid adieu, or rather kicked down the stairs, the NeverTrumpers on the GOP side like Bob Corker and Jeffy Flake. MAGAnificent!!!

What about Rocket Man? In 2017 China was exposed as a duplicitous enabler of North Korea in pictures of China breaking the sanctions against Rocket Man by selling oil despite the U.N. votes and the promises made to America and the world. President Trump has the pictures and has used them in the same way President Kennedy used his pictures of Soviet missiles in Cuba. MAGAnificent!!!!

In MAGAnificent 2018 North Korea’s Rocket Man will see rockets “made in America” hit him between the eyes.

ISIS? What ISIS? The ISIS Obama said would take generations to destroy has been sent packing and running for the caves by President Donald J. Trump and he has not been in office a full year yet.

The U.N.? President Trump schlonged them and is cutting off the funding by hundreds of millions – to start with. N.A.T.O. has been given orders to have member states pay their dues and they are starting to cough up the cash. Iran? Wait until 2018 to see Iran get the Iran deal pulled. Paris Treaty? Gone girl. TPP? Dead and buried. NAFTA? On life support about to have the plug pulled.

Regulations cut, Supreme Court and court system, immigration executive orders, the stock market, the economy… MAGAnificent. MAGAnificent.

2017 was MAGAnificient. 2018 will be MAGAnificience MAGAnified.


123 thoughts on “Bye MAGAnificent 2017, Hello MAGAnificent 2018

  1. Good to see Newt catch up with our analysis:

    Newt Gingrich: Get ready for the great political surprise of 2018

    The great political surprise of 2018 will be the size of the Republican victory.

    After members of the elite media have spent two years savaging President Trump, lying about Republican legislation, and reassuring themselves that Republican defeat was inevitable, the size of the GOP victory in 2018 will be an enormous shock. [snip]

    As I listened to the end of the year “analysts,” I was struck by how little they know, how little they have questioned their own mistakes, and how mutually reinforcing their false information has been.

    These are not analysts. These are liberal propagandists. Much of what they assert is just plain wrong.


    Three Huge, Totally Unexpected Surprises to Look for in 2018 [snip]

    First, Democrats will have to defend 25 Senate seats (26 if Minnesota’s Al Franken actually resigns), compared to only eight for the Republicans. Half a dozen of those Democrats are running in states Trump carried handily in 2016.

    Second, Doug Jones wins in Alabama only by running against Moore in 2017. Democrats are too obsessed with identity politics to permit another Jones to win their primaries in other states in 2018. There are no more Blue Dogs capable of winning because the Democratic base views “moderation” as selling out to the White Racist Supremacy Hegemony, whatever that is.

    Third, Roy Moore, the fatally flawed candidate, lost the Alabama Senate race, not populist conservative views. Democrats just don’t get that. There will be many more Republicans on the Tom Cotton model in coming years. Moore, like 2017’s snow in Houston and Galveston, is a once-in-a-lifetime event.

    Put it all together, and this calculus means Democrats will more likely lose Senate seats, not gain them. And the House will be a disappointment for them as well, with very minimal gains at best. Some of us remember a similar Republican optimism going into the 1998 midterms.

    Middle America prospers big-time in 2018. [snip]

    There are two key reasons why middle-class Americans will benefit enormously beginning in 2018. First, even the reliably liberal Tax Policy Center conceded, according to Vox, that “the bill would reduce taxes for Americans in all income groups in 2018 — increasing after-tax income by an average of 2.2 percent.”

    That means millions of middle-class earners will keep thousands of dollars of added income every year for the next eight years. True, the amount will steadily decrease as 2025 approaches and the reductions are planned to expire, but billions of dollars in additional spending, plus job growth and continued consumer confidence, mean significantly heightened prosperity for Middle America, beginning in 2018.

    The second reason Middle America will see big economic gains is the Trump reform’s treatment of state and local tax deductions (SALT). Prior to 2018, high-tax blue states and localities didn’t have to worry about imposing too heavy taxation, since their residents could deduct the levies. But Trump caps the deduction at $10,000.

    That cap will speed up the out-migration from blue states, especially New York, California and Illinois. Millions of people in recent years have left high-tax states and moved either south or west, but especially to Texas, which has for a decade been an engine of economic growth for the whole country.

    As the Daily Signal reported in February 2017: “Over the past decade, New York has suffered a net loss of nearly 1.5 million residents and over 650,000 Illinoisans have moved elsewhere. Meanwhile, Texas, a right-to-work state with no income or estate tax, saw its population grow by 1.3 million.”

    Capping the SALT provision of the federal tax code will accelerate the blue state out-migration, sending millions more people looking for new jobs and opportunities in growing, mostly red, southern and western states. Most of them will be middle- or lower-income earners seeking to move up. [snip]

    Mueller may be occupied with his own problems come spring 2018.

    Watch for the report of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz on the FBI, the Clinton email investigation, and the infamous “tarmac meeting” between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

    Horowitz has a history with the FBI and some of his former colleagues at the Department of Justice. He rallied 45 other IGs in 2014 to demand the FBI, DOJ, and multiple other agencies stop routinely violating the 1978 law giving them unlimited access to all federal documents. Congress did as Horowitz demanded.

    It was the FBI that especially raised Horowitz’s ire, as seen in this 2015 letter to Congress. The FBI director at the time was … James Comey.

    Horowitz is a straight-arrow, tough-minded investigator, not unlike John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, who has repeatedly blistered U.S. politicians and military leaders while exposing colossal waste, fraud and corruption.

    Nobody in either party will be spared when Horowitz releases his report.


    2017 was the year that the United States of America got up off its knees. It was the year that we stopped following the world and started leading it. It was the year that our booming economy accomplished the impossible. It was the year that we became a great nation again.

    And one man is responsible for that.

    President Trump promised to make America great again. And every day, it’s happening. Factory workers and small businessmen, farmers and ranchers, soldiers and police officers are waking up to a renewed America. Time chose a social justice hashtag as its ‘Thing of the Year’. We’re choosing the man who turned the country around as our “Man of the Year”.

    When President Trump promised 4% economic growth, the media herded together economists to prove it couldn’t happen. CNN surveyed 11 economists and Bloomberg asked 80 economists. They agreed it was impossible. 2% growth was the best that we could hope for. And we would have to get used to that.

    And then the GDP growth estimate for the fourth quarter of 2017 approached 4%.

    Americans are realizing that maybe we don’t have to just get used to dividing up the last torn shreds of a failing economy between leftist crony billionaires and their officially entitled victim groups.

    Maybe we can do better.

    The S&P 500 Index has gone up 20% this year and the Dow is up 25%. Holiday shopping season sales are up almost 5% over last year. Consumer confidence is at a 17-year high. The unemployment rate is at a 17-year low. The manufacturing industry just had its best month of job gains for the year.

    All of this isn’t just a matter of dollars and cents. It’s the knowledge that things are getting better. You can’t fake it. The media spent eight years promising a recovery that no one believed in. Obama announced that the recovery had happened more times than he ended the Iraq War. And just like the end of the war, it never happened. It’s happening now because people are living a better future.

    Call it… making America great again. Not for government officials, but for ordinary Americans.

    Obama made life great for government bureaucrats. In the era of hope and steal, the bedroom communities of Washington D.C. became the wealthiest counties in the country. Americans lost their jobs, veterans lost their lives and the government bureaucracy grew fat on their misery.

    While the VA was killing veterans by putting them on waiting lists to save money, it paid out $142 million in bonuses. The EPA did its best to kill the economy while profiting from its misdeeds. It paid 8 employees $1 million to do nothing. One EPA employee managed to rip off the government to the tune of almost $1 million while pretending to be a CIA agent. Now the free ride for the swamp is finally over.

    Under Obama, the IRS handed out $100 million in bonuses to its employees. Tens of thousands of dollars went to Lois Lerner who had targeted conservative groups. Under Trump, the former IRS commish, on whose watch the targeting happened, is warning that tax reform will be a disaster for the IRS. Meanwhile after tax reform, millions of people across the country are getting $1,000 bonuses.

    That’s what the Trump economy looks like.

    Obama spent us deep into debt and told us to hope. Trump isn’t telling us to hope. He’s actually delivering. That’s why his political opponents are so afraid and so desperate to bring him down. Incumbents rarely lose elections. And incumbents with a booming economy at their backs are bulletproof. The Democrats have bet everything on their Russia conspiracy theories because they know that Trump will be able to ask Americans the same exact question that Reagan did in 1980 and 1984.

    “Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?”

    And they know what the answer will be. Especially once the tax cuts kick in. That’s why they’re afraid.

    “Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we’re as strong as we were four years ago?”

    We can see those answers right now. You won’t see them on CNN which is breathlessly thrilling leftist #resistance viewers with the latest Mueller coup leaks. You won’t read about them in the New York Times. But you can see it in shopping malls, at the United Nations, in the front lines of the war against ISIS and Al Qaeda, in the faces of police officers and the bright eyes of children receiving their presents.

    Today we can ask, “Are you better off than you were last year?” And it’s easy to see the answer. You don’t look for it in the soaring rhetoric of a politician or the tea leaves of the experts. It’s there in the busy aisles of big box stores, the crowded planes, the bustling factories and the booming market.

    It’s a spirit that’s in the air. It’s not hope. It’s reality.

    And it’s why President Donald J. Trump is Front Page’s Man of the Year.

    Obama’s rise to power was a revolution against America. Trump’s first year was an American revolution.

    The Obama revolution paid out its benefits in stolen money. Trillions were stolen from taxpayers, homeowners, car owners, workers and small businessmen and redistributed to his friends and political cronies, to migrants and the welfare class, to Iran and other Islamic terrorists, and to the Green Mob.

    Trump’s revolution is taking the government boot off American necks. Its benefits are paid out by putting an end to the political oppression, repression, thievery and exploitation of the past. That mea ns lower taxes and fewer regulations. It means that our troops can decide how to kill terrorists and Israel can decide what its capital is. And you can decide how to spend your own money.

    Whether you’re in Alaska or Florida, deep in the Maine winter or basking in seventy degree temperatures in Arizona, take a deep breath of that air. It tastes of freedom.

    The new American revolution wasn’t accompanied by rifle fire. Instead it came when millions of Americans voted for their freedom. And, for the first time in some time, freedom followed.

    That’s why the economy is booming. It’s why there’s a new spirit of confidence in the air.

    Free people can solve more problems than any government agency. They can create more wealth than any government bureaucrat. Government doesn’t make America great. Americans make it great.

    The Trump revolution has unleashed millions of Americans to renew our nation’s greatness.

    And that is why we recognize President Donald J. Trump as the man whose impact on this country defined the past year. It was a year of revolution, of liberation, of industry and achievement.

    It was a year that made America great.

  4. I love this post. I will be sharing it on Facebook.

    “In MAGAnificent 2018 North Korea’s Rocket Man will see rockets “made in America” hit him between the eyes.” – 😂😂😂

    The only thing I question is the idea that the Democrats may make some gains in the House of Representatives. I don’t think so. The veil will be lifted in early 2018. The false narratived will be dispelled, and the Democrat Party will suffer the consequences of their duplicity. They will lose seats in both chambers of Congress. Arrests are just around the corner. Where was Hillary and John Podesta this past week? No twittering from either of them. And Barack? He recycled a Christmas greetings tweet. The swamp is being drained , and the swamp rats are swimming for their lives. Oh, how I prayed for this. I finally FEEL justice in the air. Have a #MAGA NEW YEAR everyone. God bless America and God bless President Trump!

  5. I don’t understand all these “pat on the bottom” public complaints.
    I get it if it’s uncalled for, but you turn around and slap the perp and be done with it.
    Crap like this ruins lives, today people can’t seem to differentiate between a butt touch and a violent rape.

  6. A butt slap is now an assault
    And yes I’m a woman
    and yes I have actually been really sexually assaulted in my life
    And this belittles it

    And yes I get it, and unwarranted touch is unwarranted, but some touches really are flirting and yes I have had my butt touched when I didn’t and I took care of it and it was done.

    I would hate to be dating these days, go in for a kiss and be slapped with a lawsuit


    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is blasting the Department of Justice and the FBI for its “failure to fully produce” documents related to an anti-Trump dossier, saying “at this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves.”

    In a Thursday letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein obtained by Fox News, Nunes expressed frustration that information and witnesses subpoenaed by the committee in August related to the so-called Steele dossier had not yet been turned over. The salacious dossier includes unverified allegations about President Trump’s connections with Russia that he has denied.

    “Unfortunately, DOJ/FBI’s intransigence with respect to the August 24 subpoenas is part of a broader pattern of behavior that can no longer be tolerated,” the California Republican wrote to Rosenstein.

    Nunes demanded that all records – and available dates for witnesses to testify – be provided to the committee by Jan 3.

    “As a result of the numerous delays and discrepancies that have hampered the process of subpoena compliance, the committee no longer credits the representations made by DOJ and/or the FBI regarding these matters,” Nunes said.

    He called the DOJ’s initial response to the subpoenas “disingenuous at best.”

    Nunes said the DOJ informed the House Intelligence Committee several weeks ago that the “basic investigatory documents demanded by the subpoenas…did not exist.”

    As it turns out, not only did documents exist that were directly responsive to the committee’s subpoenas, but they involved senior DOJ and FBI officials who were swiftly reassigned when their roles in matters under the committee’s investigation were brought to light,” Nunes wrote.

    Fox News reported this month that Bruce Ohr, a senior Justice Department official, was demoted amid questions about his contacts with the opposition research firm responsible for the anti-Trump dossier.

    A Mueller aide, Peter Strzok, a former FBI official, was also removed from the special counsel investigation after a number of anti-Trump texts were discovered on his phone.

    Among the information being sought by the committee are reports that summarize meetings between FBI confidential human sources and FBI officials about the Steele dossier.

    It also wants to interview DOJ and FBI officials, Ohr, Strzok, FBI Attorney James Baker, FBI Attorney Lisa Page, FBI Attorney Sally Moyer and FBI Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs Greg Brower.

    Nunes previously said he has instructed committee staff to begin drawing up a contempt of Congress resolution for Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray unless their demands are met.

    Nunes getting closer to the target. Once over the target, bombs begin to drop. January 3.


    The U.S. and Israel have reached a joint strategic work plan to counter Iranian activity in the Middle East. U.S. and Israeli officials said the joint understandings were reached in a secret meeting between senior Israeli and U.S. delegations at the White House on December 12th.

    What it means: A senior U.S. official said that after two days of talks the U.S. and Israel reached at a joint document which included understandings on countering Iranian actions in the region. The U.S. official said the document goal’s was to translate President Trump’s Iran speech to joint U.S.-Israeli strategic goals regarding Iran and to set up a joint work plan.

    At the table: The Israeli team was headed by national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat and included senior representatives of the Israeli military, Ministry of Defense, Foreign Ministry and intelligence community. The U.S. side was headed by national security adviser H.R. McMaster and included senior representatives from the National Security Council, State Department, Department of Defense and the intelligence community.

    As part of the understandings that were reached the U.S. and Israel decided to form several working groups according to the joint goals:
    Covert and diplomatic action to block Iran’s path to nuclear weapons – according to the U.S. official this working group will deal with diplomatic steps that can be taken as part of the Iran nuclear deal to further monitor and verify that Iran is not violating the deal. It also includes diplomatic steps outside of the nuclear deal to put more pressure on Iran. The working group will deal with possible covert steps against the Iranian nuclear program.

    Countering Iranian activity in the region, especially the Iranian entrenchment efforts in Syria and the Iranian support for Hezbollah and other terror groups. This working group will also deal with drafting U.S.-Israeli policy regarding the “day after” in the Syrian civil war.

    Countering Iranian ballistic missiles development and the Iranian “precision project” aimed at manufacturing precision guided missiles in Syria and Lebanon for Hezbollah to be used against Israel in a future war.

    Joint U.S.-Israeli preparation for different escalation scenarios in the region concerning Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

    Senior Israeli officials confirmed that the U.S. and Israel have arrived at strategic understandings regarding Iran that would strengthen the cooperation in countering regional challenges.

    The Israeli officials said:

    “[T]he U.S. and Israel see eye to eye the different developments in the region and especially those that are connected to Iran. We reached at understandings regarding the strategy and the policy needed to counter Iran. Our understandings deal with the overall strategy but also with concrete goals, way of action and the means which need to be used to get obtain those goals.”

  9. Nunes getting closer to the target. Once over the target, bombs begin to drop. January 3.

    And then all eyes will turn to the US Attorney for the DC Circuit.

    And time will tell what she is made of.

    One thing we do know.

    We have a patriot in Judge Sullivan.

    He has shown courage and an interest in getting to the bottom of this.

    No leaping Lilly like that sweet man–or useless ass depending on your point of view: Rrrrrrroberts.

    More in the line of Judge Hanan or Judge Maximum John Scirica.

    Not that fruit cake Oreck or that Mai Tai judge from Hawaii, with the little umbrella.

    Fuck them and their Harvard credentials–elitist to the core.

  10. The law clerks reported that Roberts ran down the halls of the court like a scared jack rabbit when it came time to (mis) decide the Obamacare case. Kennedy had to calm him down and try to guide him to a ruling consistent with his prior positions. But it was no use. The NYT had told the world that this case would be the legacy of his court, and manashevetts did he fold like a cheap watch. The solicitor general, a Hollywood remittance man said it was not a tax—he conceded the point, yet Roberts turned around and embraced it, like a drowning man clinging to a razor blade.

  11. Nobody in either party will be spared when Horowitz releases his report.

    For Horowitz the question is clear.

    Do I want to be part of the conspiracy (i.e. a cover-up)?

    Or do I want to be part of the reform effort (i.e.which begins with an accurate accounting of who when what why and how, things got so far off track.)

    But you cannot commence reform until you have hung the bad guys. If they go unpunished, there will be no teeth in the reform effort. Put differently, there needs to be blood in the street before the recommendations will be taken seriously, by those who are poised to do the exact same thing,

    For the sake of the republic, I pray this happens.

  12. And, as previously stated, blood in the streets begins with putting McCabe’s pension in escrow pending the completion of the investigation into whether he is entitled to it, or whether he belongs in a federal center of incarceration where his needs will be taken care of, and no taxpayer paid for pension will be needed. And sure as hell, wifey does not need it. She has all that McAliffe money to live off of in the high borne manner to which she has become accustomed.

  13. I don’t understand all these “pat on the bottom” public complaints.
    I get it if it’s uncalled for, but you turn around and slap the perp and be done with it.
    Crap like this ruins lives, today people can’t seem to differentiate between a butt touch and a violent rape.
    Amen. The women I grew up with had mastered the art of rejecting unwanted advances by the time they were 16. Usually a slap wasn’t even necessary; the stink-eye treatment typically sufficed.

  14. Persia appears to be entering an active preference cascade movement. The most documented cascade was in Romania with the implosion of Ceausescu. Many different large shifts in public opinion have been compared to a cascade but they all involve groups of people who have been forced (either politically, economically, criminally or socially) to tow the line of a government or political elite that convinced the population to perceive it as a consensus. When a small group (or even one vocal person) objects and makes clear that is not how EVERYONE views the current power structure, others join in, it grows very, very rapidly and the current (and usually very oppressive) power elites cannot control it or keep up. Concessions, crack downs, wheedling, social stigmatization, bullying, bombast, imprisonment and torture are all tried to forestall the huge shifts in public opinion. The most the power elites can do is usually tamp it down and wait for the next wave which is often even larger.

    Iran has been run by a bunch of criminal godfather types calling themselves mullahs. They are kleptocrats and violent thugs. Using religion as a cover ideology just like socialism, progressivism, fascism or globalism does, their aim is power and MONEY. For themselves and their cronies and it is run like a racket. Iran like Venezuela has been bankrupted into a fifth rate hole using “ideology” as a bludgeon. And criminals and racketeers in the US and EU will side with the mullahs in this preference cascade as they identify and approve if not the “ideology” but the power structure.

    Each preference cascade is different. The culture, history, national identity, level of revulsion, and character of the citizenry affects how it will run. I would not want to be a mullah right now in Persia. NO other country should intervene at this point. Classical and historic Persia must decide this on their own. What will come out at the end is anyone’s guess. But they seem to be sick of being robbed and bullied by their own “leaders” which seems to be cascading all over the world.

    Lucky Trump.

  15. matthew77
    December 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    Rejecting unwanted advances? Do you really think that is what all the sexual harassment is about?

    Rape is not about lust. It is about power. And so is all the sexual harassment of women that has been on the rise since we lost our civil rights protections when the civil laws changed in 2000 under Bush. And I can tell you, it is not effective to slap your boss who is sexually harassing you, pat on the butt or performance appraisal. Because it is not about sex, it is about power and subjugation. And just look at the power seekers that can subjugate half the population by promoting and/or allowing it.

    It is part of the attack on a civilized society where women are treated as equals. Just look at the infiltration and subjugation of the feminist movements by these stinkin’ fauxminists, including that nasty Linda Sasour. Outrageous. Do not underestimate the message that goes with that pat on the butt.

    If you want to know about the level of health and sophistication of a society, look at how women are treated. The civilized world has been under attack by those who would take our wealth and our freedom.

  16. ADMIN: here is a highly informative article, which helps illuminate the Trump doctrine, writ large. The old order giveth way to the new . . . only the old order cannot see the light. Old ways of thinking die hard, and when confronted with new realities they resist and suicide. I can think of no better example than Bill Kristol, who lacks the intellectual curiosity and modesty of his father Irving.

    Yeats, I think, put it best:

    Hearts with one purpose alone
    Through summer and winter seem
    Enchanted to a stone
    To trouble the living stream

  17. Mormaer
    December 30, 2017 at 5:08 am
    Excellent analysis.

    One question.

    Are the Mullahs running Iran today Persians or Arabs.

    A friend from that part of the world informs me that they are the latter.

    He further informs me that among the Persian population, and in particular their elites who have a rich cultural tradition dating back to the dawn of time, the Mullahs have always been viewed as a joke, the butt of cartoons, but now of course that is dangerous thinking.

    The remarkable part of this, however, is that there is a segment of our CIA, once led by John Brennan, who are keen to prop up the Mullahs, and to not support the rebellion, or the preference cascade as you put it. Behind all this is Soros, who was a key player in the Cedars Revolution in Lebanon which was one of the few times his colors revolution failed. Here he, and his “Open Society Institute” supports the status quo, and if you think back to the protests which occurred during the early part of the Obama administration, you will recall that the protesters pleaded for his help and he turned a blind eye. Part of the reason was the people who controlled Obama, believed the Mullahs were for sale and they could do business with them. That was Immelts position as GE.

  18. Immelt made no secret of the fact that he wanted to sell the Mullahs nuclear reactors. That is what he was angling for, to the detriment of the US and the freedom fighters in Iran. And Obama, his buttboy was determined to pursue that if only the Mullahs would consent to meet with them. To their credit, or arrogance, they rejected that offer which would have further sold out the country. Instead, he did the Iran deal which had the same effect.

  19. Matthew77

    I think you and I know what a slap on the butt is, and is not, and it is NOT rape.
    Can it be a power issue, of course, do you literally slap your boss on the face… no. But there are adult ways to deal with the situation and the hysteria that is now permeates the sexes will be hard to overcome.
    If I were a man or a woman, I would be hard placed to hire someone of the opposite sex in fear of false legal persecution and relationships must be a nightmare at this point.

  20. Welcome back Mormaer

    By the way, have any of you seen the movie:
    “The Lost City of Z”

    I watched it last night and I can’t shake it for many reasons…

  21. I too have been watching, what little there is coming from the Media, actually first heard on Tweeter, what is happening in Iran.

    God help these people, God knows that didn’t happen in 2009.

  22. Rejecting unwanted advances? Do you really think that is what all the sexual harassment is about?
    Of course not. Creeps like Harvey Weinstein need to be dealt with harshly. No working woman should ever have to feel like her job or promotion depends on putting up with unwanted sexual advances from a man who has power over her.

    I’m referring instead to unwanted advances in a social setting rather than in the workplace — the kinds of advances that Trump is accused of. It’s common knowledge that between marriages, Trump was quite the playboy. Evidently, if these accusations are true, he was a bit of a masher as well. So what? None of these women’s jobs were on the line. I still say any red-blooded woman can put a stop to that kind of behavior with a slap, a contemptuous insult, or merely a withering look. Bringing a lawsuit years later is ridiculous, and is probably motivated by money.

  23. imho…we are no longer living in the 1950’s…gender lines have changed dramatically…in fact in the last few years publically & dramatically…straight, gay, trans , fluid, etc

    I can’t even keep up with some of the variations…the bottom line is some interactions are frankly really innocent and some are obviously not innocent…and meant to be used as power over someone…as we all agree is the case with Weinstein and many others

    people simply have to consider that all women are not that innocent and they also have learned to play the power game…they are not always victims…and they are not always honest…that is no excuse for men’s bad behavior…but times have changed and many women in these power structures in LA, DC, & NYC have their own strategy on how to gain power…it should not surprise anyone that some women know how to “use” men for their own gain & some women know how to victimize men…so old assumptions in some cases may need to be re-evaluated

    just look at what is going on with Joy Villa right now…imo, that woman played the game for herself in a very convincing way…she started by turning up at the Grammys in that MAGA dress & ingratiated herself to PDT & many Trumpsters…now she is accusing Corey L of slapping her butt twice really hard and has filed a complaint of sexual assault with the police against him & has been all over TV stating her side of the story…evidently she says the action came right after the two of them are seen in a photo smiling like old buddies…

    and then lo & behold, many videos surface about her…one has her slapping a man’s butt she had met less than an hour before…she said it was consensual…he says absolutely not…then there are many other, shall i say…vulgar…videos of her in bondage outfits, sexual stuff, etc, etc, etc…& even her old stomping grounds the Scientolgists are calling her a liar…& to top that all off, evidently she was a Bernie supporter prior to her conversion to MAGA…this girl really gets around…

    …so that is just one example of not jumping to conclusions and assuming who is the victim & who is not…

    these days I think it is fair to say that all genders need to take responsibility for their own actions & also use some common sense in avoiding obvious situations they do not want to find themselves in…if you don’t want to be attacked by HW don’t go to his hotel room…

    I am not excusing bad behavior, i am saying that it happens on all sides & in different ways…

    one last thought, I have heard a number of times in the last few days, on the radio, etc, that men are going to be more reluctant to hire women…i heard a man who lives in Utah describe a situation where he hired a woman from LA to work in his company & after a while she was a little too wild for their workplace and he either fired her or laid off people…anyway she filed sexual harrassment against him…took him alot of money & time to disprove her accusations & now he says he is gun shy to hire women outside of his own company in the future

    unintended consequences of the “me too” movement…an innocent gesture does not qualify everyone to become a victim of “me too”

    in this climate people are going to be apprehensive about going out on a date

    common sense needed on all sides

  24. I’ve always been curious when Persia’s name change became Iran… and by who-
    Here are some interesting facts:

    Persia, Iran, and the Persian Gulf: A Brief History of Names

    By Fouad Kazem

    A campaign has been recently launched. Many Iranians from all stripes, fascists, monarchists, nationalists, reformists, liberals, even some leftists, and some religious hardliners, whether in Iran or abroad, have been swept up by a nationalistic fervor. And, what, you may ask, is the root cause of this rare moment of unity among Iranians? It is the fact that an atlas published by the National Geographic (in 2004) included in parentheses the words “Arabian Gulf” next to the “Persian Gulf”. That is why there is a campaign to convince the world about the name of the “Persian Gulf”.

    It is a fact that by all historical accounts the Persian Gulf has always been called the “Persian Gulf”, in most recorded history. It is also true that in the same region there is the “Sea of Oman”, and next to that there is the “Arab Sea”. There is no reason to change the name of “Persian Gulf” to the “Arab Gulf”, for that would create more confusion. However, should those interested in Iran’s progress and democracy focus their time and energy on teaching everyone in the world about the name of a gulf? Would it not be more productive to devote efforts to make the historical connections between Iran, Iranian, Farsi, and Persian? Would it not make more sense to study the basic facts of Persian and world history we can change the present and work towards a better future?

    At this point, the vast majority of non-Iranians do not even know that Iranian, Farsi, and Persian are synonymous words referring to the same civilization and language. At best they think Persia is a region larger than Iran; at worst they think Persian is a civilization that disappeared along with the Hittites (who used to live in today’s Turkey) or Babylonians (who used to live in today’s Iraq). They think Farsi is a new dialect remotely related to Persian. They think Persian is a type of cat, a style of rug, or a flying carpet from somewhere exotic in the East. Basic facts of Persian history need to be clarified, before we focus on teaching people about the name of the Persian Gulf. Even if we succeed in convincing everyone in the world (including every Saudi Sheikh in his Harem) to use the name “Persian Gulf”, the connection of that name with Iran will still be problematic in the minds of many. To be clear, in Persian we call the Persian Gulf, Khalije “Fars”. Persia’s government in 1935 asked the world to stop using the word, “Persian” and use the word “Iranian” instead (1). And yet in English we want it to be called the “Persian Gulf”.

    read on if you want to learn who ultimately influenced the name change:

    ( and NO it wasn’t because Obama couldn’t spell Persia, Iran is easier, being another one of his favorite 4 letter words )

  25. Hello Mormaer…

    Good, finally seeing you back from your extended vacation.
    Hopefully it wasn’t because of the destruction of hurricane Harvey..
    We missed your incomparable stylized commentary and especially
    your sign off… Lucky Trump (and Lucky US!)

  26. Tony Stark
    December 30, 2017 at 7:24 pm
    Well, you can see in the video that he had plenty of warning that his butt was being considered for slapping. So you might suspect these people were consenting adults. They would have to speak for themselves. Joy is saying it was a joke, implying consent, but there is some talk the guy says otherwise.

    I would not say he would have a right to press charges if it was not consensual. That is not to say what he should or shouldn’t do.

  27. BREAKING: Senator Lindsey Graham Just Confirmed The Steele Dossier Was Used For 2016 FISA Warrant…

    December 30, 2017

    Everyone suspected the sketchy Steele Dossier was what corrupt FBI and DOJ officials used to get the October 2016 FISA warrant against Trump. FBI and DOJ officials refuse to answer that question publicly.

    Despite a hundred different ways congressional investigators have asked the question, and despite numerous on-camera questions to FBI and DOJ officials about the 2016 FISA process, no-one had definitively confirmed the Christopher Steele ‘Russian Dossier’ was the underlying evidence for the 2016 FISA application to gain wiretaps and electronic surveillance upon presidential candidate Donald Trump. UNTIL NOW.

    Senator Lindsey Graham just confirmed the sketchy Steele Dossier was used to get the wiretap and surveillance warrant from the FISA court. Brian Kilmead understood what he was hearing was serious, but didn’t quite catch the specific gravity of it. Watch at 04:10:

    This is critical and important because the specific use of the Steele Dossier underpins the BIG UGLY and exposes the entire top-tier apparatus of the FBI Counterintelligence Division (Peter Strzok, Bill Priestap, James Baker, Andrew McCabe) and the DOJ National Security Division (John Carlin, Stuart Evans, Mary McCord and Sally Yates), as well as DOJ Bruce Ohr and FBI lawyer Lisa Page directly to “conspiracy” charges.

    The 2016 FBI counterintelligence operation was surveillance on the Trump Campaign and was thinly disguised under the fraudulent auspices of a FISA warrant, sold as a defense of U.S. democracy from Russia, which permitted the wiretaps and surveillance etc.

    The DOJ involvement surrounds legal arguments, processing of FISA applications, and use of the legal system to support the FBI operation with actionable legal framing (against Trump). The DOJ National Security Division carried out that collaboration with the FBI.

  28. Tony Stark
    December 30, 2017 at 7:55 pm
    She is not exactly impartial. The video is better evidence of the nature of the “crime”.

  29. “Crime” really becoming ridiculous

    Peoples lives destroyed over a pat on the bottom

    What a world we have created

  30. > Corey Lewandowski knew full well what was at stake in terms of adversely
    > effecting [sic] Trump by association and he still slapped Joy Villas on the ass.

    Maybe. Or maybe he was a little drunk and he thought her ass looked hot
    in that dress.

    > It is not a social thing. It is a sick power and subjugation thing.

    Not sure I understand. Does Villas work for Lewandowski? If not,
    how does he have power over her?

    > I hope she rakes him over the coals.

    I hope the case is thrown out of court, and she is fined for bringing
    frivolous charges against Lewandowski.

  31. matthew77
    December 30, 2017 at 11:11 pm
    He probably was drunk. That is pretty obviously part of his problem. And he does have a problem if he did such a stupid thing. Being drunk is no excuse for abuse.

    Villas can be seen drinking in the video that conveniently caught her misbehavior. That same video shows another woman and the man who was the “victim” who appear to be engaging her in that behavior. Does she get a drinking and set-up pass? No. She showed poor judgement, she apologized. The video is good for creating smoke for Lewandowski but it raises the question of consent so is of little use, legally. Where is the apology from Lewandowski or the video of what he did?

    Villas and Lewandowski are both public figures associate with Trump. The subjugation is to “put her in her place” and thereby elevate himself, a particularly nasty behavior that is too prevalent in white male power structures, that is behind a lot of sexual harassment.

    As for the frivolous lawsuit bullshit, they are part of the laws that came out under Bush that took away the civil litigants right to a fair trial and caused the rebirth of civil right abuses. They are why women are paid only 78% of what men make for the same work. And why all the sexual harassment incidents have piled up over the years.

    I can tell you that I had a tape recording of my boss soliciting sexual favors, masses of documentation of discrimination, a Right to Sue from the EEOC and a case that was scheduled for trial, when the judge, influence by the opposing party, dismissed it on summary judgement, giving an opinion that sounded like it was written by the attorney for the opposing party. When I protested and appealed my attorney was sanctioned and I was illegally sanctioned and fined under the “frivolous” laws. I was also banned from filing Judicial Misconduct Complaints after compiling and reporting a summary of the conflicts of interest of all the judges ruling on my case and the appeals. Half of them had conflicts of interest, according to Codes of Conduct for United States Judges, published by the Judicial Conference of the United States’ Committee on Codes of Conduct. They were all men. It was a total mockery of justice.

    Corrupt Judges on the bench sell favors by ruling on cases where they have conflicts of interest, on a regular basis, and the summary judgement and frivolous lawsuit rules have added to their corruption. Our judicial system has become very corrupt with special interests and judges are under no legal obligation to recuse themselves when they have them.

  32. Remember that (barf) cute little tyke who sang that hellish song Obama’s gonna change the world.

    Well, if you can, try to wrap your mind around the fact that that tyke is now a teenager, and has by now most likely consumed every hallucinogenic known to medicine to sustain the fantasy Obama is Jesus, the world is a better place.

    It never occurred to her that she–or her parents were not simply easy marks for the long con. If you think back to that cute little skit where he appeared and took off a series of masks to show that what you saw was what you get, this article by Roger Simon shows how wrong that was and is.

  33. yesterday I posted my two cents on Joy Villa & the Corey L event…

    for some reason it got absorbed into the abyss & I don’t feel going thru the whole thing again…

    bottom line, Joy Villa is losing all credibility…one must not be so quick to believe everything every female says…there are women who can be very manipulative and there are women who lie…there are all kinds of people with all kinds of personalities…no one fits any mold…and that does not disregard any of the obvious stereotypes that have recently manifested…

    there is a lot that is coming out on Villa and it is not pretty at all…I think she planned a lot of what she has done since her appearance at the Grammys wearing the MAGA dress…
    imo…she is a master manipulator …there is a photo of her and Corey smiling & looking like buddies…within a few days she filed a sexual ASSAULT complaint with the police against him…imo she is trying to emulate T Swift…but she is no swift…many shocking photos of villa…she seems to play all angles & go with the one that gets her the most attention

  34. AG Jeff Sessions Retweeted Byron York

    this is a tweet from Jeff Sessions…he says Congress is getting close & tells them to keep digging…just wondering…what is he doing? He is the AG, right?

    Thank you @LindseyGrahamSC! Obama people like @Comey were dishonest with the court about the sourcing of the dossier. No distraction tactics by Obama hands running to the NYT will keep the truth from coming out! Congress is getting close! Keep digging, heroes.

    AG Jeff Sessions added,

    Byron YorkVerified account @ByronYork
    ‘I’d like somebody outside DOJ to look into how this dossier was handled and what they did with it.’

    11:23 PM – 30 Dec 2017

  35. Villa photos on twitter are jolting, she seems to be in some bondage thing grabbing men & other things with women; weird almost naked photos on & on…

  36. on twitter

    WINNING IN AMERICA! and 1 other Retweeted

    Dr Jane Ruby 🇺🇸 💙‏ @DrJaneRuby · Dec 29

     More
    BREAKING: @Joy_Villa press conference CANCELLED.

    PUBLICIST @JC4MAGA abandons her, apologizes to @CLewandowski_, deletes all tweets in defense of Villa, and those promoting today’s presser.

  37. these tweets & others have Villa in bondage bent over smiling with some weird thing in her mouth having her butt slapped by some black leather masked character with chains, the whole deal…she played a master freaking game on everyone…

    Latinos 4 Trump‏ @GianNewsusa · Dec 27
     More
    I’m very disappointed in #Joyvilla she used the #MAGA movement for her own agenda(she’s not even a Trump Supporter/ her husband worked for the Clintons), I used to be a fan but now I’m DONE!😡 #JoyVillaExposed #JoyVillaTheCon #UnfollowJoyVilla

  38. More fake news: this time its a drunken pip squeek with only a tangential relationship to the Trump campaign–and not the dirty dossier that launched the proctological examination. The only question I have is WHO in the FBI came up with this fake news time, at the very moment when the House investigation, and, perhaps the inspector general Horowiz is about to reveal the truth about the role of the dirty dossier in producing that examination. In politics, the first rule is follow the money. And the second rule beware of timing and stories that are too clever by the halves. Powerline shares my skepticism about this late great breaking story, from a Trump hating newspaper. This is nothing more than a belated attempt to blame Trump, not Hillary, and to exonerate the FBI, and DOJ. Like a mackeral in the moonlight–it shines but it stinks.

    In collusion news today, the New York Times has devoted six reporters to producing the “news” that the previously obscure Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos lies at the heart of the putative case. Their story is “How the Russia inquiry began: A campaign aide, drinks and talk of political dirt.” Paul wrote about it last night here.

    I think the story is ludicrous on its face. The Times has served as a prime purveyor of the Trump/Russia hysteria. Yet reality has deflated it. Now the Times returns to pump it up. The names have changed, but the song remains the same.

    The Times has lost the thread on its preferred narrative. Indeed, attention has turned to the Steele/Trump dossier and the apparent wrongdoing related to it. The authorities inside the Obama administration who took advantage of it seek to cover their tracks. The deeply felt needs of the Times and its collaborators are consummated in today’s big story.

    Who helped the Times concoct its story today? We have come to expect the usual guarded law enforcement and intelligence sources who cannot be identified because the information is classified and they weren’t authorized to talk about it.

    Today’s story is not quite so forthcoming. The six Times reporters disclose only that they relied on “interviews.” Well, not just interviews. Late in the story “current and former officials familiar with the debate” appear. The Times story also relies on “previously undisclosed documents.”

    The Times story states: “A team of F.B.I. agents traveled to Europe to interview Mr. Steele in early October 2016. Mr. Steele had shown some of his findings to an F.B.I. agent in Rome three months earlier [coincidentally, at the time the investigation started], but that information was not part of the justification to start an counterintelligence inquiry, American officials said.”

    With whom did the Times conduct the interviews? What were the circumstances? Who contacted whom? How can this story have remained dormant until today? The Times doesn’t say.

    What are the “previously undisclosed documents”? The Times doesn’t say it directly, but the documents do not demonstrate how the counterintelligence investigation started. They do not establish the story’s thesis.

    How can any informed observer take this seriously? We await the disclosure of genuine evidence rather than obvious spin. We don’t have nearly enough information to arrive at a definitive judgment. We must keep our minds open until we are privy to it. In time I may be proved wrong. Yet I don’t think it is rash to say that this Times story is some kind of a joke.

    Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel puts it this way in response to Obama hack Tommy Vietor’s demand that she correct her column on the Steele dossier (“one of the dirtiest tricks in U.S. political history”). To borrow the Clinton campaign slogan, I’m with her.

    Kimberley Strassel

    Sure–when the NYT provides any proof (or names, or sources or anything other than anonymous assertion) for its claims. Funny that the FBI cooks up this story right at the point that the House is demanding to see the documents that will show what really happened.

  39. The only take away I get from this fake news story above is they have far too many “reporters” working at NYT—6 here, 8 when they were trying to dig up dirt on Palin. On a strange twist on the old joke how many Pollaks does it take to screw in a lightblub, the joke here is how many NYT reporters does it take to concoct a false story. All it takes is one(1) “reporter”, and the cyopos department of the FBI, and viola, there it is. They need to do some serious job cutting at NYT–featherbedding. The fact that they adverse that they used 6 reporters is supposed to lend credence to this phony story which is grounded in rankest hearsay, from unnamed sources. If there are sources, let them step forward into the well, and Gowdy will cross examine them. Backshooters–that is all these “reporters” are.

    gerund or present participle: featherbedding
    provide (someone) with advantageous economic or working conditions.
    “apart from the fees he earns, a practicing lawyer is not featherbedded in any way”
    deliberately limit production or retain excess staff in (a business) in order to create jobs or prevent unemployment, typically as a result of a union contract.

  40. if even Lindsey Graham is speaking up, seems like the damn is getting ready to break…

    Sen. Graham: Special Counsel Needed on Trump-Russia Dossier

    A special counsel is needed to look into the background of a dossier that was created during President Donald Trump’s campaign and how the document has been used and handled, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday.

    “I’ve spent some time in the last couple of days, after a lot of fighting with the Department of Justice, to get the background on the dossier,” the South Carolina Republican said during a Fox News “Tucker Carlson Tonight” interview. “I’m very disturbed about what the Department of Justice did with this dossier, and we need a special counsel to look into that.”

    A special counsel is needed to look into the background of a dossier that was created during President Donald Trump’s campaign and how the document has been used and handled, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday.

    “I’ve spent some time in the last couple of days, after a lot of fighting with the Department of Justice, to get the background on the dossier,” the South Carolina Republican said during a Fox News “Tucker Carlson Tonight” interview. “I’m very disturbed about what the Department of Justice did with this dossier, and we need a special counsel to look into that.”

    It’s not in special counsel Robert Mueller’s “charter” to examine the dossier, Graham said, but from what he has seen and gathered in the past couple of days, “I’d like somebody outside DOJ to look into how this dossier was handled and what they did with it.”

    Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, sitting in for Carlson, asked Graham if he’d found out something he did not previously know, with the senator responding “yes,” without expanding on what that was.

    Kilmeade further asked if it was the contents of the dossier that disturbed him, or how it may have been used by the Justice Department in the Trump-Russia investigation.

    “I’ve been a lawyer most of my life, a prosecutor, and a defense attorney,” Graham replied. “The one thing I can say, every prosecutor has a duty to the court to disclose things that are relevant to the request.”

    And when a document is used as a reason for going to court, Graham continued, “I think the Department of Justice owes it to the court to be up-and-up about exactly what this document is about, who paid for it, who’s involved, what their motives might be.”

    After looking at the history of the document, he added, “and how it was used by the Department of Justice, I’m really very concerned, and this cannot be the new normal.”


    Year One List: 81 major Trump achievements, 11 Obama legacy items repealed [snip]

    Jobs and the economy

    Passage of the tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obamacare mandate.
    Increase of the GDP above 3 percent.
    Creation of 1.7 million new jobs, cutting unemployment to 4.1 percent.
    Saw the Dow Jones reach record highs.
    A rebound in economic confidence to a 17-year high.
    A new executive order to boost apprenticeships.
    A move to boost computer sciences in Education Department programs.
    Prioritizing women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.

    Killing job-stifling regulations

    Signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one creates. He beat that big and cut 16 rules and regulations for every one created, saving $8.1 billion.
    Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts.
    Withdrew from the Obama-era Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of environmental regulations.
    Signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals.
    Eliminated an Obama rule on streams that Trump felt unfairly targeted the coal industry.

    Fair trade

    Made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.
    Worked to bring companies back to the U.S., and companies like Toyota, Mazda, Broadcom Limited, and Foxconn announced plans to open U.S. plants.
    Worked to promote the sale of U.S products abroad.
    Made enforcement of U.S. trade laws, especially those that involve national security, a priority.
    Ended Obama’s deal with Cuba.

    Boosting U.S. energy dominance

    The Department of Interior, which has led the way in cutting regulations, opened plans to lease 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling.
    Trump traveled the world to promote the sale and use of U.S. energy.
    Expanded energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline snubbed by Obama.
    Ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
    EPA is reconsidering Obama rules on methane emissions.

    Protecting the U.S. homeland

    Laid out new principles for reforming immigration and announced plan to end “chain migration,” which lets one legal immigrant to bring in dozens of family members.
    Made progress to build the border wall with Mexico.
    Ended the Obama-era “catch and release” of illegal immigrants.
    Boosted the arrests of illegals inside the U.S.
    Doubled the number of counties participating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement charged with deporting illegals.
    Removed 36 percent more criminal gang members than in fiscal 2016.
    Started the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.
    Ditto for other amnesty programs like Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.
    Cracking down on some 300 sanctuary cities that defy ICE but still get federal dollars.
    Added some 100 new immigration judges.

    Protecting communities

    Justice announced grants of $98 million to fund 802 new cops.
    Justice worked with Central American nations to arrest and charge 4,000 MS-13 members.
    Homeland rounded up nearly 800 MS-13 members, an 83 percent one-year increase.
    Signed three executive orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions created new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes.


    Trump has nominated 73 federal judges and won his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
    Ordered ethical standards including a lobbying ban.
    Called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch.
    Ordered an overhaul to modernize the digital government.
    Called for a full audit of the Pentagon and its spending.

    Combatting opioids

    First, the president declared a Nationwide Public Health Emergency on opioids.
    His Council of Economic Advisors played a role in determining that overdoses are underreported by as much as 24 percent.
    The Department of Health and Human Services laid out a new five-point strategy to fight the crisis.
    Justice announced it was scheduling fentanyl substances as a drug class under the Controlled Substances Act.
    Justice started a fraud crackdown, arresting more than 400.
    The administration added $500 million to fight the crisis.
    On National Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 456 tons.

    Protecting life

    In his first week, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that blocks some $9 billion in foreign aid being used for abortions.
    Worked with Congress on a bill overturning an Obama regulation that blocked states from defunding abortion providers.
    Published guidance to block Obamacare money from supporting abortion.

    Helping veterans

    Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
    Signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act.
    Signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, to provide support.
    Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
    Created a VA hotline.
    Had the VA launch an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
    With VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using telehealth technology.

    Promoting peace through strength

    Directed the rebuilding of the military and ordered a new national strategy and nuclear posture review.
    Worked to increase defense spending.
    Empowered military leaders to “seize the initiative and win,” reducing the need for a White House sign off on every mission.
    Directed the revival of the National Space Council to develop space war strategies.
    Elevated U.S. Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.
    Withdrew from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, which Trump saw as a threat to borders.
    Imposed a travel ban on nations that lack border and anti-terrorism security.
    Saw ISIS lose virtually all of its territory.
    Pushed for strong action against global outlaw North Korea and its development of nuclear weapons.
    Announced a new Afghanistan strategy that strengthens support for U.S. forces at war with terrorism.
    NATO increased support for the war in Afghanistan.
    Approved a new Iran strategy plan focused on neutralizing the country’s influence in the region.
    Ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airbase used in a chemical weapons attack.
    Prevented subsequent chemical attacks by announcing a plan to detect them better and warned of future strikes if they were used.
    Ordered new sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela.

    Restoring confidence in and respect for America

    Trump won the release of Americans held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.
    Made good on a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    Conducted a historic 12-day trip through Asia, winning new cooperative deals. On the trip, he attended three regional summits to promote American interests.
    He traveled to the Middle East and Europe to build new relationships with leaders.
    Traveled to Poland and on to Germany for the G-20 meeting where he pushed again for funding of women entrepreneurs.

  42. That Graham is finally coming out in support of a special counsel to investigate the dossier/FISA matter speaks volumes.

    It tell me that the GOPe has finally decided that the Russia story is bullshit, and that it’s time to support the president.

    This is huge.

  43. Wbboei, S, Matthew77, we saw the Graham interview as it happened on Tucker Carlson’s show with Kilmeade. It was a bombshell. Graham is clearly stating that the dossier Hillary/DNC paid was used to obtain FISA court permission to spy on Trump’s staff/campaign.

    The NYTimes story setting up a different narrative is nothing but a Mueller written cover story. 2018 will be MAGAnificent as this story blows up in the face of Big Media and the Deep State gangsters.

  44. I’m no longer worried about what Sessions does or doesn’t do.

    In a recent interview, Bill O’Reilly said “If Sessions doesn’t appoint a special counsel to look into Dem misdeeds, he’s done.”

    I agree completely.

    In a few weeks, Congress will have heard more than enough testimony to justify the appointment of at least one special counsel.

    If Sessions is still dragging his feet at that point, Trump will have ample political cover to fire him. Ditto with Rosenstein.

    Along these lines, Trump’s recent statement that he has confidence in Mueller’s fairness was pure brilliance.

    Trump said, in essence, “I know there was no collusion, so if Mueller is the fair-minded investigator that everyone says he is, OF COURSE he will come up empty-handed.”

    What Trump left unsaid was the contrapositive: “If Mueller says I’m guilty, then OF COURSE he must not be fair-minded after all.”

    In the meantime, expressing confidence in Mueller gives Trump political cover from obstruction of justice accusations if/when he fires Sessions/Rosenstein.

    Just fucking brilliant.

    Lucky Trump is also Savvy Trump.

  45. Washington Post is nervous as the Big Media narratives against Trump fall apart. That’s why this attack against Nunes:

    Rep. Devin Nunes, once sidelined by an ethics inquiry from leading the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe, is reasserting the full authority of his position as chairman just as the GOP appears poised to challenge special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

    The California Republican was cleared in December of allegations he improperly disclosed classified information while accusing the Obama administration of exposing the identities of Trump affiliates on surveillance reports. Since clearing his name, Nunes has stepped up his attacks on Mueller’s team and the law enforcement agencies around it, including convening a group of Intelligence Committee Republicans to draft a likely report on “corruption” among the investigators working for the special counsel.

    Though Nunes has not officially wrested his panel’s Russia probe back from the Republicans he deputized to run it, the chairman’s reemergence as a combative Trump loyalist has raised alarm among Democrats that the future of the investigation may be clipped short or otherwise undermined. Even some of Nunes’ GOP allies have expressed concern about his tactics, prompting rare public warnings that he should temper his attacks on federal law enforcement.

    “I’m interested in getting access to the information and not the drama,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said earlier this month, when Nunes began threatening contempt citations for FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the wake of revelations former Mueller team members had exchanged anti-Trump texts.

    More recently, Gowdy said that his “heart would be broken” if Nunes follows through on reported plans to issue a corruption exposé about the FBI, citing concerns that issuing such a report outside the context of a comprehensive investigation of the Justice Department could prove damaging to law enforcement.

    Gowdy, a member of the Intelligence panel who also chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, suggested that Nunes has taken some of these steps without the express blessing of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.,who has been involved in crafting the GOP’s multipronged approach to examining a string of allegations from Russian election interference to alleged mismanagement at the nation’s top law enforcement agencies.

    A spokesman for Nunes declined to comment.

    But Nunes’ moves coincide with what Democrats say is a coordinated GOP effort to shutter the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe, publicly absolve President Trump of the most serious allegations against him, and refocus the House’s resources against the law enforcement officials, such as Mueller, who continue to investigate Trump.

    For months, Democrats have kept an unofficial count of the ways they say Nunes worked behind the scenes during the time he was under ethics investigation to slow or stymie the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe. Nunes never relinquished his sole, unchecked authority to sign off on subpoenas even as he handed the day-to-day operations to Reps. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, Gowdy and Thomas Rooney, R-Fla. People familiar with the Intelligence committee’s work estimated Nunes’ effective veto cost Democrats dozens of requests for interviews and documents that were never sent out, despite repeated entreaties from the minority side.

    This includes requests for subpoenas to obtain additional testimony from key figures in the probe who Democrats say were not forthcoming enough in interviews – among them Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. Democrats surmise they might have compelled them to return if not for Nunes’ resistance.

    Republicans have dismissed such complaints as political posturing. Conaway said that he has received every subpoena approval he has requested from Nunes, while others pointed to the steady stream of witnesses who sat for interviews with the House Intelligence Committee – and challenged Democrats to name who they say is missing.

    “Adam’s list is pretty much every character in any Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy novel,” Gowdy said, referring to the Intelligence panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California. “I get the intrigue and the mystery of these unusual-sounding names, but at some point you have to tie it back to what we’re looking at.”

    “You can interview anybody that’s ever met a Russian in the government and it’s not going to get you any closer,” said Rooney. “Ten months, how many witnesses? I want to know, ask them how much longer they want to go. How many more witnesses do they need to hear, and specifically which witnesses, and why?”

    But to Democrats, the march of witnesses in and out of the committee’s secure interview facility in the Capitol building basement has provided little assurance the probe is being run properly.

    The packed schedule, sometimes featuring two or three overlapping interviews per day, has sparked complaints from Democrats that it is impossible to fully prepare for or monitor the investigation’s progress. Even when members are able to focus on one witness at a time, people familiar with the probe said,relevant requested documents often fail to materialize until after the interview has concluded – and the interviewees are hardly ever invited back.

    The order of interviews has also been a point of ongoing dispute. While Senate Intelligence Committee leaders boast of a methodical process that starts with peripheral players and builds to key witnesses, the House Intelligence Committee’s order is comparatively haphazard and unstructured – almost designed, critics say, to give the probe a “veneer of respectability” while effectively giving investigators whiplash.

    Nunes’ hand in such decisions was never direct, people familiar with the probe said. During the period he was under an Ethics Committee investigation, he never once attended a closed-door meeting at which the Russia probe was discussed – something both his allies and critics attest to. But at least one of his senior committee staffers was always present at such sessions to help update members, question witnesses and otherwise run the probe, multiple people said. Even Republicans acknowledge it was difficult to distinguish between staffers’ allegiance to the committee and their loyalties to Nunes.

    “I don’t know where his staff ends and HPSCI” begins, Gowdy said, referring to the House Intelligence committee by its official acronym. “Some of them are apolitical nonpartisan members of his staff, and I’m not smart enough to know who’s what.”

    Once the House Intelligence Committee concludes its investigation, it is unclear what precise role remains for Nunes in the House GOP’s continued push to investigate allegations of bias and other misconduct in law enforcement. The House Committee on Oversight and the Judiciary Committee have already launched an inquiry into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. And a joint investigation by Nunes and Gowdy into the Justice Department and FBI’s review of circumstances surrounding an Obama-era deal giving Russia a stake in the American uranium market seems to have lost its initial momentum.

    If there is one aspect of the Russia probe that seems destined to outlast the House Intelligence Committee’s preferred timeline, it is Nunes’ investigation of Fusion GPS, the firm behind a dossier detailing Trump’s alleged connections to Russian officials, financiers and exploits in Moscow. Nunes’ subpoena of the firm’s bank records is caught up in a court battle, and the chairman’s staff is in touch with the office of Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, according to the senator, who is also looking into reports that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party paid for research that ended up in the dossier’s pages.

    The dossier continues to be a focus of the president’s in tweet storms seeking to discredit Mueller’s probe. Most recently, he blasted the FBI for focusing on the “Crooked Hillary pile of garbage” dossier “as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign.” In recent weeks, he has also tweeted encouragement of Nunes’ efforts to unearth information about the dossier from the “deep state.”

    Nunes, meanwhile, appears to have made up his mind about the House Intelligence Committee probe into the allegations surrounding Trump and Russia, expressing his convictions in an interview with Fox News.

    “We have no evidence of Russia collusion between the Trump campaign” and Russia, Nunes said.

    The Post is twisting Trey Gowdy’s words to fit into their anti-Nunes narrative. Big Media and the Deep State know they must destroy the hero in this saga, Devin Nunes.

  46. Brett Stevens, a London School of Economics neocon asshole, formerly with WSJ, now with NYT is an unrepentant never Trumper, who persists in that view for reasons he cannot understand. Well, maybe he cannot understand it, but I can. He believes, based on that academic resume, that he is part of the elites, who were destined to rule the world, and Trump represents an existential threat to tin gods like him. At the bottom of this view is a latent fear that in a true democracy, these kind of royalists are expendable. The contradiction in his thinking is manifest and well explained in the passages below, from Powerline. But keep in mind and never forget, what makes an elitist an elitist is a firm conviction that they are smarter and more virtuous than the common herd. That conviction makes them hostile to markets and to democracy wherein the masses decide major issues, rather than the smarter, more virtuous elites. This also came out in the email maunderings of secret squirrel Peter Stroke, who remarked about the smell of the Walmart crowd. Washington is a cesspool of people like him. And it is precisely that type of thinking that has produced so many failures and disasters that this country has experienced.


    As President Trump’s first year in office draws to a close, even the Democrats have been forced to admit that he has accomplished quite a lot. While it pains Democrats to acknowledge Trump’s successes, those successes probably pose more of an existential crisis for the Never Trumpers. They, too, have had to re-examine their premises in light of the president’s track record through (almost) one year. From InstaPundit:

    “I admit it gives me pause. I agree with every one of the policy decisions mentioned above. But I still wish Hillary Clinton were president. How does that make sense?”

    Let’s go back to Never Trumper Bret Stephens. He does a pretty good job of itemizing the administration’s successes, from a conservative point of view:

    Tax cuts. Deregulation. More for the military; less for the United Nations. The Islamic State crushed in its heartland. Assad hit with cruise missiles. Troops to Afghanistan. Arms for Ukraine. A tougher approach to North Korea. Jerusalem recognized as Israel’s capital. The Iran deal decertified. Title IX kangaroo courts on campus condemned. Yes to Keystone. No to Paris. Wall Street roaring and consumer confidence high.

    And, of course, Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. What, for a conservative, is there to dislike about this policy record as the Trump administration rounds out its first year in office?

    That’s the question I keep hearing from old friends on the right who voted with misgiving for Donald Trump last year and now find reasons to like him. I admit it gives me pause. I agree with every one of the policy decisions mentioned above. But I still wish Hillary Clinton were president.

    How does that make sense?

    Stephens goes on to explain why he is still a Never Trumper. I agree that from a particular point of view, a conservative can rationally be a Never Trumper. It requires a belief that the tone of our politics is important, and that the president contributes greatly toward setting that tone. I am fine with those views. But it requires something more: a belief that the tone (or style) issue is so important that it outweighs all of the policy fronts on which the Trump administration has moved the conservative ball forward.

    To come to this conclusion requires, I think, a certain disconnection from reality. The Never Trumper cannot take seriously the possibility that North Korea might drop a nuclear bomb on San Francisco. He cannot find much to worry about in Iran’s potential domination over the Middle East. He must be blind to the critical difference between 1.5% economic growth and 3% economic growth, not to the nation’s elites, who will be fine either way, but to the middle class. He must fail to apprehend the dire threat to the rule of law posed by politicians, professors and–most important–judges who despise the Constitution and believe that law is merely another avenue for the exercise of power. The list goes on.

    In short, Never Trumpism can make sense only if you don’t take seriously the importance of the issues with which the president grapples, and on which President Trump has made, I think, remarkable progress in the last 11 months. If the outside world had no meaning, and the pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post encompassed the only, or even the most salient, political reality, then it probably would be reasonable to wish that Hillary Clinton were president. How much simpler things would be!

    But for those who take seriously the world that exists outside of newspaper op-ed pages, it is a very good thing that Donald Trump is our president. It is time for the Never Trumpers to gain a sense of perspective, to throw in the towel, and to acknowledge reality.

  47. Why not Foxy when a judge can tell the Commander in Chief who he can and can not have in the military and the DOJ does nothing about it

    And when judges tell the President who can and can not be admitted to the USA

  48. A 2018 tweet full of hard truths:

  49. Rose Bowl 103 watchers likely witnessed this live. Here’s some text, photos, and video links.

    US national anthem kicks off Rose Bowl playoffs | Daily Mail Online
    14 hours ago – Incredible scenes at the Rose Bowl after stirring National Anthem led by US Army forces and a B2 Spirit bomber flying over left the packed stadium roaring with applause. … There were incredible scenes at the Rose Bowl in California on New Year’s Day with a stirring National Anthem and … and a double overtime!
    Lucky Trump Squad! Fox & Friends carried their story of an unexpected Saturday adventure. This squad has a habit of publicly greeting POTUS at Mar-A-Lago. Saturday POTUS sent two vans to transport them there for photo ops & conversation with him, and food was available.
    Lucky Trump Squad..

  50. Welcome to the New Year, Same as the Old
    by Mark Steyn
    Steyn on Europe
    January 2, 2018

    “Diversity” is where once functioning societies go to die. But who ya gonna believe – the official happy-talk or your acid-scarred eyes?

    From the other side of the pond, where diversity has produced a rich tapestry of . . . . whatever.

    On the Eighth Day of Christmas the multiculti fetishists gave to us:

    An eight o’clock curfew:

    VAST areas of East, North and South London have been declared “no-go zones” by terrified delivery drivers because of the acid attack epidemic, The Sun can reveal.

    Moped riders say they won’t go to the violent hotspots after 8pm because they fear being attacked with acid or knives.

    They have been forced to cut down their hours – taking a massive pay cut – thanks to the dangers.

    The House of Commons heard last week that London has more acid attacks per head of population than any other world city.

    Seven sexual assailants:

    At least seven people were arrested for sexual assault in the German capital, police said, as cited by Die Welt newspaper…

    In most cases, women were “groped between their legs or their buttocks,” Thomas Neuendorf from the Berlin police press office told Ruptly. “The suspects were predominantly young men from Syria or Afghanistan,” he said.

    Six stabbers arrested:

    Six people have been arrested following four fatal unrelated stabbings that took place on New Year’s Eve and in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

    Five homes raided:

    Police have raided five homes as part of an anti-terror operation to foil a suspected Christmas terror plot.

    Loud bangs were heard as an army bomb squad was deployed following a raid in Chesterfield and there were also operations by counter-terror officers in three parts of Sheffield.

    Four women gang-raped:

    Another woman has been attacked and gang raped by several men in the Swedish city of Malmö… Police have searched an area in Högaholm with a special dog for semen. The victim was taken to hospital but had no severe injuries.

    This is the fourth gang rape in Malmö in less than two months.

    Three pubs attacked:

    “These were the only white businesses in the area,” he said. “No Asian businesses were attacked. They were targeted because they were white…. There are so many areas in this city where white people are scared to go into…. I think we are heading towards disaster.”

    Two police officers lynched:

    Horrifying video footage has emerged of a female police officer and her boss being beaten in a Paris suburb.

    The incident took place in the early hours of Monday following an emergency call in Champigny-sur-Marne, an area to the south-east of the city.

    The unnamed police officer was filmed by gang members as she was kicked around by the attackers. The footage was then uploaded onto the internet by the group.

    and a canceled New Year in Sydney:

    An Anglican church with a view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge has been forced to cancel an annual New Year’s Eve street party over terrorist attack fears.

    St Aidan’s at Longueville, on the lower north shore, had hired bands or put on an annual family-friendly sausage sizzle on the last day of the year since 1999…

    The church’s rector Reverend Craig Potter said new state laws requiring community groups to hire professional security guards and put up concrete or water-filled bollards meant his congregation couldn’t afford a $10,000 bill to ward off a potential terrorist attack.

    I tried to satirize the likes of the above over the weekend, but every day’s headlines remind us that we’re way beyond that.

    You might be minded to discern a not altogether reassuring trend in all of this, but I wouldn’t advise it. In Europe the ruling class has decided that the real problem are the people who insist on noticing such things. So January 1st was also the first day of a rigorous new German hate-speech law:

    Beatrix von Storch, a leading figure in the Alternative for Germany party, is one of the first hit by new hate speech laws on social media. Critics say the legislation opens the way for censorship by internet companies.

    Oh, perish the thought:

    A lawmaker from Germany’s anti-Islam, ultra-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was blocked on Twitter most of Monday for lashing out over New Year’s greetings sent by Cologne police in Arabic.

    “What the hell is happening in this country? Why does an official police site tweet in Arabic,” wrote Beatrix von Storch, a leading party member for the anti-immigrant right-wing group.

    “Diversity” is where once functioning societies go to die. But who ya gonna believe – the official happy-talk or your acid-scarred eyes?

  51. wbboei
    January 2, 2018 at 4:01 pm
    Blame diversity and not bigotry?

    Now, who could be promoting that notion?

  52. Wbb

    Europe is lost

    America is close, if your an illegal in California or really any other blue state you can literally murder American sweethearts and walk away a free man

  53. Reports that Democrats will only increase obstruction.
    News of Hatch/Romney sent me looking:
    Former Vice President Joe Biden encourages Mitt Romney to run for Senate.
    June 2017 [I think. The more I ask for this link, the less I can access it.]

    It’s covering Mitt’s annual roundup. Usual suspects incl McConnell, Ryan, McCain, Graham, Hatch too, I think. I’m thinking they let Donald have the tax Cut and Jobs, but will be ganging up on him from now on.

    I was absolutely shocked to find within this article that Fox News contributor Chaffetz is very high on Mitt: ‘Chaffetz, a top Romney surrogate during the 2012 presidential campaign, said Romney would make a “truly superb senator. He’s the type of person the Senate needs. It’s lacking some leadership.’
    And that’s how Jason in the house sounds on Fox this morning too. “If Romney runs, Romney will win. Utah loves Romney.”

  54. Admin: Andy McCarthy’s column put me onto this. It is an indictment of the Justice Department under Holder, the peril that the deep state poses to every American–the power to smear, indict and destroy innocent people, forcing them to either plead guilty to false charges that advance the political agenda of the agency, or face life in prison. Moreover it shows that under Holder/Yates, they used the spoils of their bogus health care prosecutions to fund all 93 US attorneys offices across the nation, and shared 25% of the spoils with sometimes corrupt, vindictive whistle blowers. As he says, spare me the strawman, this is not a plea that the guilty be spared, it is, rather an indictment of a justice system rife with corruption. I did not find it depressing. It confirmed my own beliefs (deep cynicism) about that system under Obama. And it is a clarion call for reform. Whether of not Jeff Sessions is up to that task remains to be seen. We need to see this in context of what is happening now in their efforts to destroy Trump. On a separate note, it has been revealed that 30,000 federal government employees are making in excess of $190,000 per year which is more than any state governor.
    Sally Yates’s Legacy of Injustice at the Department of Justice
    In 2015 she signed a memo that makes a potential criminal of every CEO. Time to tear it up.
    By Howard Root
    Feb. 16, 2017 7:11 p.m. ET
    I quit. Friday I walk away from the company I started 20 years ago and grew into 650 U.S. employees and $1 billion in sales of over 100 new medical devices. I didn’t quit because I’m old—I’m 56—or want to play golf. The reason I sold my company and ended a career I loved is to avoid the risk of being criminally prosecuted under the federal government’s “responsible corporate officer” doctrine for the second time.

    In 2010 federal prosecutors latched onto a false accusation of “off-label” promotion made by a disgruntled former employee. Armed with a joke of a grand-jury system, they parlayed that into a criminal indictment of me and my company, Vascular Solutions. To pressure us to settle, prosecutors interviewed and threatened more than 100 employees and customers, a slog that required my company to hire 121 lawyers at a cost of $25 million.

    Sally Yates’s Legacy of Injustice at the Department of Justice
    The “crime” for which they indicted me was a few salespersons’ words about our Vari-Lase Short Kit. Prosecutors claimed that my company’s salespeople told physicians the kit should be used to treat perforator rather than saphenous varicose veins. The prosecutors continued to pursue the case even though their own experts admitted that the kit was FDA-cleared to treat all varicose veins, that it never harmed a patient, and that it constituted 0.1% of our sales. Federal prosecutors told our attorneys they had “invested their blood, sweat and tears” and needed “a body” in return. That body was me.

    Fortunately, my company had the money to fight back. Our day in court finally came in February 2016. The four-week trial ended with not-guilty verdicts on all charges, without our calling a single witness in our defense. Following the trial, one juror emailed me: “What the federal government did to you, your company and your employees is nothing short of criminal.”

    Why did the prosecutors take this path? To comply with their marching orders, detailed in a five-page Justice Department memo written in 2015 by then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. According to the Yates Memo, prosecutors must “focus on individual wrongdoing from the very beginning” of every corporate investigation and “fully leverage” resources to identify individuals for prosecution. Instead of a balanced approach to justice, the Yates Memo advocates an obsession with individual criminal prosecutions in order to recover “as much money as possible.”

    The strategy works. In 2016 Justice boasted that it obtained $4.7 billion in “recoveries,” with a precisely calculated 610% return on investment in its “fight” against health-care fraud.

    The Yates Memo reasoned that aggressively prosecuting individuals in every corporate investigation “promotes the public’s confidence in our justice system.” In 1940 then-Attorney General Robert H. Jackson provided wiser counsel. “With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes,” he lectured a room full of U.S. attorneys, “a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone.” That, Jackson stated, is where the “greatest danger” of a prosecutor lies. A prosecutor who acts from base motives and arrogance, he warned, is “one of the worst” forces in our society.

    What was arguably true then is irrefutable today. With a total of more than 4,500 federal criminal laws and more than 3,000 new federal regulations promulgated in 2015 alone, every business in America violates multiple federal rules every year. Even if the number of federal regulations could be reduced by 75%, no corporation can ensure perfect compliance.

    All that is needed to indict a health-care executive under the Yates Memo is an officer who possesses the “authority and responsibility” to either “prevent or correct” a violation. With every health-care CEO in America possessing that “authority,” more regulations on the books naturally lead to more prosecutions.

    I’m not alone in this experience. Two other health-care CEOs went through similar criminal trials in 2016. And by my count more than 50% of publicly traded American medical-device companies are stuck in at least one criminal investigation, with the CEO always the main target. That isn’t justice, it’s persecution.

    Sally Yates is gone from the Justice Department, but the same arrogance that resulted in her choosing insubordination over resignation regarding the president’s immigration order applies to the Yates Memo. President Trump, in the interest of justice you fired Sally Yates. Now it’s time to tear up the Yates Memo.

    Howard Root is the recently retired CEO of Vascular Solutions, Inc., a Minnesota medical device company, and author of “Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit-List.”

    Appeared in the February 17, 2017, print edition.

    I HIGHLY COMMEND TO YOUR ATTENTION this video, because, as in the book of Genesis, it will make the scales fall from your eyes about how the Justice department works. It makes you realize that Peter Stroke, Andy McCabe, and the number 4 guy whose wife worked for Fusion and who met with them before and after the election are not an aberration, but merely an extension of the criminal abuses which the federal government under Obama actively promoted, and sadly, the prosecutorial abuses have been up until now, a wrong without a remedy. The author and the book Cardiac Arrest are detailed below:

  55. The other thing this made me realize is that big media is not simply the partner of the deep state, they are in many respects its HENCHMAN. Their role is to smear innocent people, which the deep state wants to smear to advance the deep state’s institutional and political agenda. That Comey used a cut-out to transfer incriminating evidence on Trump to the Washington Post is a perfect case in point.

    We lived in Alexandria during the Korean War, my dad worked in the Department of the Navy. I was very young at the time, and had little appreciation for the federal bureucracy which was created after World War II to support the military industrial banking complex. But as an adult, I did observe the mansions those bureacrats owned, and I live around them where I now live. Thirty thousand makeing over $190,000 per year. The service system has become the spoils system which it was enacted to prevent, and their abuse of their powers to advance their personal interests is now in plain view, for those who are perceptive enough to realize what has happened to our democracy.

  56. The other reason the national security state was created, by Roosevelt, and his successor, was to support the role of the world’s policeman, previously assumed by Britain, which was devastated by two world wars, and the loss of an empire on which the sun never set.

  57. As time goes by, the separation between big media and David Brock, become thinner and thinner. We are approaching the point where they morph into a single force of destruction.

  58. Finally, when you read the Yates memo (in the WSJ article above) which is an mandate for prosecutor abuse, and then compare it to the track record of that paradigm of prosecutorial corruption Herr Weissman–Mueller’s right hand man, a bureaucrat who used the powers of his office to destroy the careers and in some cases the lives of thousands of innocent people, and was spanked for it by the Supreme Court 9-0, it is easy to understand why he–Weissman would pen that adoring email to her for defying the president’s order. They are, to coin a phrases, thick as thieves.

  59. What do you all make of this?

    Trump Tower meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’, Bannon says in explosive book

    Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.

    Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

    Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in and around the administration, is one of the most eagerly awaited political books of the year. In it, Wolff lifts the lid on a White House lurching from crisis to crisis amid internecine warfare, with even some of Trump’s closest allies expressing contempt for him.

    Bannon, who was chief executive of the Trump campaign in its final three months, then White House chief strategist for seven months before returning to the rightwing Breitbart News, is a central figure in the nasty, cutthroat drama, quoted extensively, often in salty language.

    He is particularly scathing about a June 2016 meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. A trusted intermediary had promised documents that would “incriminate” rival Hillary Clinton but instead of alerting the FBI to a potential assault on American democracy by a foreign power, Trump Jr replied in an email: “I love it.”

    The meeting was revealed by the New York Times in July last year, prompting Trump Jr to say no consequential material was produced. Soon after, Wolff writes, Bannon remarked mockingly: “The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.

    “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”

    Bannon went on, Wolff writes, to say that if any such meeting had to take place, it should have been set up “in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, with your lawyers who meet with these people”. Any information, he said, could then be “dump[ed] … down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication”.

    Bannon added: “You never see it, you never know it, because you don’t need to … But that’s the brain trust that they had.”

    Special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed last May, following Trump’s dismissal of FBI director James Comey, to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election. This has led to the indictments of four members of Trump’s inner circle, including Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges; Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. In recent weeks Bannon’s Breitbart News and other conservative outlets have accused Mueller’s team of bias against the president.

    Trump predicted in an interview with the New York Times last week that the special counsel was “going to be fair”, though he also said the investigation “makes the country look very bad”. The president and his allies deny any collusion with Russia and the Kremlin has denied interfering.

    Bannon has criticised Trump’s decision to fire Comey. In Wolff’s book, obtained by the Guardian ahead of publication from a bookseller in New England, he suggests White House hopes for a quick end to the Mueller investigation are gravely misplaced.

    “You realise where this is going,” he is quoted as saying. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”

    Last month it was reported that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank, the German financial institution that has lent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kushner property empire. Bannon continues: “It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit. The Kushner shit is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.”

    Scorning apparent White House insouciance, Bannon reaches for a hurricane metaphor: “They’re sitting on a beach trying to stop a Category Five.”

    He insists that he knows no Russians, will not be a witness, will not hire a lawyer and will not appear on national television answering questions.

    Fire and Fury will be published next week. Wolff is a prominent media critic and columnist who has written for the Guardian and is a biographer of Rupert Murdoch. He previously conducted interviews for the Hollywood Reporter with Trump in June 2016 and Bannon a few months later.

    He told the Guardian in November that to research the book, he showed up at the White House with no agenda but wanting to “find out what the insiders were really thinking and feeling”. He enjoyed extraordinary access to Trump and senior officials and advisers, he said, sometimes at critical moments of the fledgling presidency.

    The rancour between Bannon and “Javanka” – Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump – is a recurring theme of the book. Kushner and Ivanka are Jewish. Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, is quoted as saying: “It is a war between the Jews and the non-Jews.”

    Trump is not spared. Wolff writes that Thomas Barrack Jr, a billionaire who is one of the president’s oldest associates, allegedly told a friend: “He’s not only crazy, he’s stupid.”

  60. As the DACA discussions start to heat up there are a few points I think are not discussed enough in the media: 1. Forbes stats from 2014 said that Mexico’s largest source of revenue annually is repatriations and the number cited was $20b/year. If that money was earned by American citizens it would stay in the USA to be spent/invested (of course not all as some is earned by legal immigrants who would still send out funds). That seems a tremendous drain out of our economy each year that is kind of ignored. 2. Their third highest source of revenue (after petroleum) is tourism at $17b/year. If Mexico is such a horrible country to live in why do so many people go there to vacation? So it seems we are getting hosed in many ways–repatriation outflow, additional costs for government services and benefits/law enforcement related to illegal immigrants and poor legal immigrants, US companies building plants in Mexico and hiring workers there instead of here, etc. Then if people say we should take in immigrants from poor countries for humanitarian reasons, why are so many from Mexico (well proximity, duh) but they rank 68th in wealth, far above many others from which we take almost no one in. Also wish termination of anchor baby status was included in the talking points, but perhaps there is a constitutional reason that is omitted. Finally, no one is talking about the DACA parents who are still here and will still be illegal. So if their children get status/worker benefits, what about these other family members? Also will the DACA applicants be re-vetted as it seems this process was originally very rushed and many may be in that do not actually qualify.

  61. Q: if this cocksucker Wolff interviewed 200 people in the Trump administration as he claims, and if Dr Gorka was asked by someone in the administration to consent to an interview which he declined to do, and if Wolff is the fiction writer and bitter partisan he appears to be from the wiki description below, then just who in the hell selected him and gave him access to people like Bannon. Obviously, it will be interesting to see how Bannon responds, and I find it remarkable that he has not reached out to the president to correct the record if he did not say this, or made a public statement.

    In its review of Wolff’s book Burn Rate, Brill’s Content criticized Wolff for “apparent factual errors” and said that more than a dozen of the subjects he mentioned complained that Wolff had “invented or changed quotes” that he attributed to them.[20]

    In a 2004 cover story for The New Republic, Michelle Cottle wrote that Wolff was “uninterested in the working press,” preferring to focus on “the power players—the moguls” and was “fixated on culture, style, buzz, and money, money, money.” She also noted that “the scenes in his columns aren’t recreated so much as created—springing from Wolff’s imagination rather than from actual knowledge of events.” Calling his writing “a whirlwind of flourishes and tangents and asides that often stray so far from the central point that you begin to wonder whether there is a central point”, she quoted one daily New York columnist as saying “I find it nearly impossible to read his columns. They’re flabby. I don’t know what the fuck he’s trying to say.” One journalist who knew Wolff told Cottle, “He can’t write. He doesn’t report.”[21] Cottle subsequently called Wolff “possibly the bitchiest media big foot writing today.”[22]

    “Wolff’s prose is difficult to hack through,” wrote Erik Wemple in The Washington Post, adding that Wolff “is the Foxconn of the pointless, comma-laden aside.” [23]

    The Columbia Journalism Review criticized Wolff in 2010 when he suggested that The New York Times was aggressively covering the breaking News International phone hacking scandal as a way of attacking News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch. CJR called Wolff’s analysis “pathetic”, “disgusting”, “twisted”, and based on “zero evidence”.[24]

    His former employer, New York Magazine, has called him an “angry man for pay” and a “media provocateur”.[25] Howard Kurtz once said, “Michael is rarely impressed by anyone other than himself.” [26]

    In November 2016, Wolff evoked criticism for stating that journalists should serve as “stenographers.” [27] Charlie Pierce called Wolff’s comment “an incredible pile of bullshit.”[27]

  62. In November 2016, Wolff evoked criticism for stating that journalists should serve as “stenographers.” [27] Charlie Pierce called Wolff’s comment “an incredible pile of bullshit.”[27]
    Better that they be (honest) stenographers than pulp fiction writers . . . . . . which is all that big media whores are.


    As Caps on Federal Deductions Begin, High-Tax States Seek a New Scheme

    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
    For many, there are few things quite as enjoyable as watching high-tax states kvetch that the new GOP tax plan caps deductions on federal tax returns for state and local taxes.

    Taxpayers in other states have long subsidized the spendthrift ways of states like California and New York. Those states could always sell yet another tax increase to their citizens, who knew they could deduct the increase on federal returns.

    But those days are over, and high-tax states are scrambling to figure out how to keep having their cake and eating it, too. The New York Times reports: “One proposal would replace state income taxes, which are no longer fully deductible under the new law, with payroll taxes on employers, which are deductible. Another idea would be to allow residents to replace their state income tax payments with tax-deductible charitable contributions to their state governments.”

    This is in addition to efforts to sue the federal government — as if a federal tax deduction is somehow a right.

    However, I do encourage those states to try that “charitable contribution” idea, under the obvious condition that they can’t dress up a mandatory tax as a charitable contribution. Because that’s not charity.

    What’s amusing is that these states don’t seem too interested in just cutting their state budgets. Spending less would be heresy to Leftist politicians who embrace a redistribution ideology. Balanced budgets are for other people, but not them.

    Many other states are able to prosper without ridiculously high taxation rates. Some states have no income tax at all, and manage to run just fine. Funny how that is.

    Frankly, “flyover country” is sick of subsidizing the ever-expanding bureaucracy of states that look down on us with disdain. If the coastal elites want high taxes, then they need to find a way to make that work on their own. Don’t ask the federal government to just pass your debt over to the rest of us.

    The Times notes: “[T]he cap on the state and local tax deduction could pose a serious threat to state budgets, because it makes state taxes more expensive for residents. That could make it harder for states to raise taxes, particularly on wealthy residents, and could increase pressure to cut spending.”

    In other words, these state governments are well aware that their own citizens don’t want to pay for whatever crap they keep spending on. They’ve just been shamelessly forcing others to pay for it through deductions.

    Now that there’s a cap, they’d rather scheme to dump the costs on another sucker than admit their ideas lead to ruin. All the while, the rest of us are sitting here with smirks on our faces, knowing this is going to be a titanic failure.

  64. SALT deductions ARE cost shifting. Tax policy IS public policy. High SALT deductions had become public policy. Now it isn’t. Public policy is determined by elections. And shifting and new economic challenges and social trends.

    During the planning and implementation of the new tax bill where were the Democrats? Did they not understand their own “blue” model of funding? Were they chasing Trump “squirrels” and virtue signalling DACA, BLM, impeachment election nullification, etc instead of protecting their honey pot? They are not very smart are they? And they don’t seem to have any “economic” or “tax” experts in leadership who explained to the dip-shits running the high tax states (who are even more ignorant) what was happening. Trump was “look at the DACA hand” while he was defunding the whole ponzi shebang. What is the good of open borders if there is no extorted tax money freebies to support and make viable the cheap labor and their handlers? And what immigrants (illegal and refugee) are going to flock to your high tax, middle class depopulating, social justice and virtue signalling locality to inflate upwards the census totals to retain the artificial Congressional and state representative numbers if the local yokels have to tote their own freight? Is their outsize influence worth the back breaking full cost SALT taxes? The progressive globalists “quality of life” cheap labor and social justice “not paying your own bills”conga line Is going to bite when locals have to pay for it in making up the difference.

    Welfare reform is up next. Look! A new trashy book!

  65. matthew77
    January 3, 2018 at 11:49 am

    What do you all make of this?

    It is leftover shit strung together by the “next in line” journo to make a buck, vent the left’s impotence and spleen, and thankfully point the easily distracted Obama-ettes on the next rabbit chase. It’s costs are probably among the last cash squirreled away by publishers from Soros or Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud before they kick the bucket and before Mohammad bin Salman demands it be returned as stolen money. Can’t refund what you already spent so print a thrown together book of cast aside garbage too dumb to use until this point. Is there anyone mentioned from the UK who can sue this snit for libel?

  66. Publish AND PERISH, Mr. Wolff and your publisher and Ben Smith who we all know will end up with the manuscript and publish it because Ben is a fool and fools rush in where angels fear to tread. The preamamble to the book makes this a case of liability—it shows actual malice and reckless disregard for the truth. That is enough to overcome the infamous New York Times vs Sullivan standard which precludes public figures from suing for defamation. The only issue is damages.
    Trump legal team blasts explosive Michael Wolff book in cease-and-desist letter

    President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, has demanded on behalf of his client that author Michael Wolff and his publisher immediately “cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination” of a forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury, according to a letter obtained by ABC News.

    The book is scheduled to be released next week but excerpts have caused a stir.

    “We are investigating numerous false and/or baseless statements that you have made about Mr. Trump,” the lawyer wrote to Wolff.

    The letter goes on to say they are looking into possible defamation of Trump and his family and invasion of privacy.

    Trump says Bannon ‘lost his mind’ after he was fired
    Trump attorney sends Bannon cease and desist letter over ‘disparaging’ comments
    The lengthy letter to Wolff and Henry Holt and Co. Inc. goes on to accuse the author of actual malice.

    It states, “Actual malice (reckless disregard for the truth) can be proven by the fact that the Book admits in the Introduction that it contains untrue statements. Moreover, the Book appears to cite to no sources for many of its most damaging statements about Mr. Trump. Also, many of your so-called ‘sources’ have stated publicly that they never spoke to Mr. Wolff and/or never made the statements that are being attributed to them. Other alleged ‘sources’ of statements about Mr. Trump are believed to have no personal knowledge of the facts upon which they are making statements or are known to be unreliable and/or strongly biased against Mr. Trump.”

    Harder sent a similar letter to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon Wednesday night demanding he cease and desist from making allegedly false statements against the president and his family.

    Bannon has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment. Wolff and his publisher have also not responded.

    Earlier Wednesday, Trump hit back at Bannon in scathing comments, saying that when Bannon was fired “he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

    President Trump’s comments, which came in the form of a written statement from the White House, were in response to Bannon’s strident criticism of Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort for sitting down with a group of Russians who promised damaging information against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election in excerpts from Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”.

    “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party,” the president said in a statement. “Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.”

  67. I never liked Bannon. It was for a seemingly superficial reason: His slovenly appearance. I mean, it’s the Oval Office! Can’t you put on a tie and jacket, or at least shave??

    Not if you think you’re the most important person in the room.

    Anyone else notice that the White House leaks totally stopped the instant Bannon was fired?

    My first impression was correct. He’s a self-important, disloyal bum. Good riddance.

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