The Democratic Party of FDR was murdered by Barack Obama in Denver in 2008. We covered the three day funeral at the time. Today February 25, 2017, the ashes of the cremated party will be scattered to the four winds.
On Saturday, the new chairman of the Obama Dimocrat Party was selected by party leaders in Atlanta. The candidates ranged ideologically from deep crazy leftist (Perez) to deep deep offensively crazy (Keith Ellison) leftist.
After an election in 2016, in which all our dire predictions from many years ago of the importance of the white working class came true, the Obama Dimocrat Party continues down the Stalin-Lenin road – more content to rule in Hell, than serve in Heaven. The Obama Dimocrat Party, as documented by an analysis of census data, is on the ash-heap of history. The Obama Dimocrat Party is a black party of totalitarian leftists aided and abetted by crackpot white liberals who yearn to be black or to have black friends.
In other words, the Obama Dimocrat Party has contracted Electoral Ebola. The Obama Dimocrat Party, because of the majority-minority districts which only benefit black officialdom who cram black voters into said districts, cannot regain the majority in the House of Representatives as long as these districts exist. These majority-minority districts enrich black power brokers and serve to benefit Republicans by diluting Obama Dimocrat black votes in non-majority-minority districts – which are the majority of the country.
The Obama Dimocrat Party, because of their “weighted” convention delegate selection process which rewards black districts, is now the captive of the black electorate wherein whites need not apply unless their platform is to shut white people up:
If the Democratic Party is planning to move away from identity politics in the wake of its presidential election defeat, that memo didn’t reach some of the candidates running for Democratic National Committee chair.
One candidate declared at a forum Monday that white people need to “shut our mouths” and that her job is to “shut other white people down.”
“I’m a white woman, I don’t get it,” Sally Boynton Brown, Idaho Democratic Party executive director, told an applauding crowd at the Democracy in Color forum in Washington, D.C.
The Obama Dimocrat Party is also now an anti-Semitic party.
A few days ago, the Conservative Treehouse asked an intelligent, provocative, question and then answered the question in a most foolish manner:
Many people are noticing a rather familiar, albeit oddly timed, leftist “anti-Semitism” narrative being pushed into the media broadcasts over the past 36 hours. Yes, it seems to have come out of nowhere. Why? No one is really understanding what’s going on.
Understandably, the right side of the political continuum are referencing the media push from the position of their own camp; that makes them defensive. However, the actual motive of the professional corporate media to push this meme has nothing to do with President Trump or republicans – it’s an internal maneuver and transparently Clintonian.
Team Clinton, meaning the professionally political elements of the Democrat machinery, are pushing the anti-Semitism storylines because the party is in the final stages of framing their argument to ensure their preferred DNC head, Tom Perez, wins as party chair.
The Democratic National Committee votes this week for its next leader. The winner of the DNC chair race will very likely reflect whether the committee’s voting members think it prudent to align their party with the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama camp, the Bernie Sanders camp — or neither. [snip]
Pushing odd, vague, disingenuous and sparsely connected stories about anti-Semitic news, is the way Team Clinton undermine Perez’s opponent, Keith Ellison.
Representative Ellison, a Muslim, carries a strong anti-Semitic liability from his past associations and past engagements speaking negatively about Jewish people.
Team Clinton are exponentially more shrewd than most give them credit for. Even Machiavelli couldn’t keep up with their schemes. With the DNC election coming up, the professionally Democrat know how to plant the most toxic seeds at just the right moment. This is their play toward that end result, nothing more.
The intelligent question was answered foolishly by Conservative Treehouse. It’s a good example of why, because of such dissimilar mindsets and contrary goals, the right wing constantly fails to understand the left wing and therefore should limit their discussions to those of tactics not strategy when it comes to the aims of the totalitarian left.
The clever but deeply flawed scenario described by Conservative Treehouse was that by “setting up a national dialogue of rising anti-Semitic activity” the Clintons profit because their candidate (Tom Perez) will be the next DNC chair, defeat Muslim Keith Ellison (the Bernie Sanders endorsed candidate) and the Clinton victory will be due to the “do you really want to make our party take this dangerous path… .”
Conservative Treehouse has not a clue what this is about. To claim that the Clinton’s have a brilliant strategy to capture the party and keep Bernie Sanders at bay is so foolish, so entirely naïve, so bereft of understanding of the left, we are almost left speechless. Consider this deranged sentence from the Treehouse:
“What’s so brilliantly Clintonian about this play is how the Democrat apparatus gets their opponents (grassroots supporters of Sanders/Ellison) to push the anti-Semitic narrative by giving the appearance of a target against Trump. The Bernie people are so blind to their own party working against them, they willingly push the narrative and don’t realize it undermines their own leader, Keith Ellison. Brilliant x infinity.”
As if. To say something is “brilliantly Clintonian” after this past election cycle boggles the mind. Really, “brilliantly Clintonian”?
The only thing Conservative Treehouse got right was in noticing the “anti-Semitism” attacks on President Trump in the past few weeks. Conservative Treehouse was also correct in speculating that all the “anti-Semitism” news was more about the DNC chair fight than about President Donald J. Trump. But that was it. The answer to the question posed was rubbish.
So what was going on with all the attention to “anti-Semitism” recently? The answer was simple. It was a way to “normalize” anti-Semitism. It was a way to HELP Keith Ellison, not hurt him.
As pseudo-intellectuals and technology fanboys frequently state regarding some quirky computer software anomalies: “it is a feature, not a bug.”
Keith Ellison has a long history of anti-Semitism. Keith Ellison is a Jew hating Muslim creep as has long been documented by those on the right and from those on the left. For the Obama Dimocrat Party this anti-Semitism is a feature, not a bug. Keith Ellison is in the mainstream of Obama Dimocrat Party leftist thought when it comes to his anti-Semitism. What the Conservative Treehouse does not comprehend is that the anti-Semitism of Keith Ellison helped him in his quest to become the DNC chair, not hurt.
So, how did the ridiculous attacks on President Trump attempt to help Keith Ellison? Because anyone in the Obama Dimocrat Party who might have suggested that the election of Muslim Keith Ellison as DNC chair would hurt the Obama Dimocrat Party, was silenced. Anti-Semitism was “normalized”. If some “strategist” said “Muslim Keith Ellison might hurt us with Jewish voters” the answer from the Muslim left was “yeah, but Trump is an anti-Semite too so don’t hold that against Muslim Keith.”
Conservatives don’t understand the convoluted perverse thought patterns of the far left.
The leftists who supported Keith Ellison figured that if they waged a campaign to claim ridiculously that President Trump is an anti-Semite they thereby diluted the “anti-Semite” charge when it was correctly lobbed against Muslim Jew hater Keith Ellison. Now that can be considered “brilliant” as a filthy political ploy.
Anyone who claimed that Bill and/or Hillary Clinton were “brilliant” as strategists in this DNC chair battle – in light of the 2016 election results – simply was not paying attention.
So what were the moves and countermoves of the DNC Chair fight? The fight was simply this: Barack Obama wants to continue to control the Obama Dimocrat Party. That’s why Barack decided to stay in Washington. We wrote about that when few others paid attention. Barack Obama is not staying in Washington for the weather, nor for his daughter. Obama is in Washington because it is from D.C. that Obama can maintain control of the Obama Dimocrat Party and stay on the corrupt gravy train.
Barack Obama’s candidate was Tom Perez. Barack Obama would have backed a horse for DNC chair if that would help him maintain his control of the Obama Dimocrat Party and keep the money flowing.
Bernie Sanders and the far far left wanted Keith Ellison. Socialist kook Bernie thinks he can run for president again in 2020 and somehow win the nomination and the general election. Pocahontas Warren also wants to run for president in 2020 so she too backed Keith Ellison. Sanders and Warren apparently have not learned that at the DNC rigged elections matter.
The DNC chair fight was a clumsy Bernie and Warren struggle to wrest control of the Obama Dimocrat Party from Barack Obama. Barack Obama wants to keep control. Obama continues to control the DNC. Rigged Elections Matter.
Hillary Clinton? That fire has berned out. Hillary Clinton is Obama’s lapdog at best. She has no power here. Tom Perez owes his allegiance and position(s) to Barack Obama and Barack Obama is his master, not Hillary Clinton.
The big winner in all this? President Donald J. Trump. President Trump has played his cards perfectly, brilliantly.
President Trump could have lashed out against the charges of anti-Semitism in an earth shaking way. President Trump could have reminded everyone from every pulpit he commands, of his support for Jews and his Mar-a-Lago destruction of “restricted” anti Jew, anti Black, actions 20 years ago. But President Trump did not do that. President Trump mostly denied, in a calm manner, the accusations. President Trump mostly stayed below the radar on all this.
Why? Why did President Trump not grab the headlines on this issue. Why did President Trump kinda/sorta help leftist Muslim, black racist, Keith Ellison with tweets such as this:
One thing I will say about Rep. Keith Ellison, in his fight to lead the DNC, is that he was the one who predicted early that I would win!
As with his regular faint “praise” of Bernie Sanders, President Trump was dividing the opposition in order to conquer. President Trump played his cards exactly right, in this his second month in office. On the one hand, for the good of the country, President Trump did not want to encourage the DNC to elect a Muslim, racist Black, Jew-hater, leftist totalitarian, even if that did that take the party away from Barack Obama thereby possibly creating a schism in the Obama Dimocrat Party.
On the other hand, President Trump understood that a DNC run by a Muslim, racist Black, Jew-hater, leftist totalitarian, helps cement President Trump’s hold on the white working class and even brings into motion Jews as they leave the Obama Dimocrat Party.
Will American Jews begin the Exodus now that a Muslim, racist Black, Jew-hater, leftist totalitarian loon, is the Deputy DNC chair? We don’t know.
We do know that a leftist totalitarian loon was elected as the new DNC chair. We do know that a leftist totalitarian offensive anti-Semite was elected Deputy DNC Chair. We do know that President Donald J. Trump is smiling tonight. We do know that tonight the ashes of the Obama Dimocrat Party are blowing in the wind.
The “Mistake in ’08” continues to shape American history and raise up the Republican Party.
President Trump has lived his life in the front pages so President Trump understands that Big Media is the enemy of the people. That’s a lesson many of his staff people did not understand fully until the past weeks. We suspect that the delusions are off now for these staffers. Staffers that don’t understand that, or those that want to bad mouth President Trump to Big Media for their own personal advancement, have to be removed.
President Trump as a business man also understands that in business mergers or company takeovers, some staff want to continue infighting instead of accepting the new business structure. President Trump understands that when employees in a business seek to undermine the business they have to be removed. President Trump’s cabinet appointments understand this as well because so many of them come from the world of business.
President Trump also understands that Barack Obama Dimocrats infest the federal bureaucracy and seek to undermine the new administration. These infestations need to be fumigated. As many culprits as possible need to have their heads separated from their shoulders. It’s time to bring out the Guillotine.
It’s Nearly Impossible To Get Fired At The IRS For Tax Evasion
More than 99 percent of the thousands of IRS employees investigated for violating federal tax laws in the last five years avoided termination and continued enforcing other Americans’ tax collections, according to an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.
The IRS fired only 74 of 9,176 workers investigated for tax noncompliance from October 2011 to September 2016. Another 280 were allowed to retire or resign as a result of those misconduct investigations, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) Inspector General (IG).
Noncompliance cases — which may involve underreporting income, underpaying taxes or failing to file returns — most commonly resulted in some form of verbal or written reprimand or counseling, according to the 10 semi-annual IG reports analyzed. The IRS employed about 85,000 people at 500 offices across the country in 2016.
That IRS corruption is no surprise because Barack Obama appointed a tax cheat, Tim Geithner, to run the Treasury Department which numbers the IRS as one of its fiefdoms. The lack of prosecution of the corrupt IRS director John Koskinen is another clue. It’s time to fire Koskinen.
The firings required to remove the Obama left-overs will be many. Fortunately President Trump is on the job. There is lots of “you’re fired!” good news.
The White House abruptly dismissed a senior National Security Council aide on Friday after receiving reports that he had publicly laced into the president and his senior aides, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump, at an event hosted by a Washington think tank.
The aide, Craig Deare, was serving as the NSC’s senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Earlier in the week, at a private, off-the-record roundtable hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center for a group of about two dozen scholars, Deare harshly criticized the president and his chief strategist Steve Bannon and railed against the dysfunction paralyzing the Trump White House, according to a source familiar with the situation.
This scumbag, of course working for the NSC which is at war with President Trump leaked a “detailed and embarrassing readout of Trump’s call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.” He had to go. President Trump removed this security threat.
The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.
Work on the first Trump administration budget has been delayed as the budget office awaited Senate confirmation of former Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, as budget director. Now that he is in place, his office is ready to move ahead with a list of nine programs to eliminate, an opening salvo in the Trump administration’s effort to reorder the government and increase spending on defense and infrastructure. [snip]
The Office of Management and Budget is currently operating with a skeleton staff; Mr. Mulvaney was only confirmed on Thursday. Still, officials there plan to ask agencies targeted for elimination for their responses by next Friday and to finalize the list by March 13, according to a person familiar with the process.
Obama Dimocrats will demand money for wasteful programs that are no longer needed other than to continue to pay salaries to their cronies. But it is time to Guillotine waste, fraud, abuse, and the federal workforce that preys on the taxpayer. It’s long past time for Big Bird to leave the government cage and work in the marketplace. If Big Bird cannot feed itself fat with the hundreds of millions (billions?) made at Sesame Street, then let’s roast that fowl and have a big bird Thanksgiving.
The Guillotine does not have to wait until Thanksgiving in November to feast. The Guillotine has begun to drink at the State Department:
While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.
Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed. [snip]
Two sources also told CBS News that Ambassador Kristie Kenney, the Counselor of the State Department and one of the last remaining senior officials, was informed that she will be let go. She is a career foreign service officer who had served as an ambassador under Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton. Her staff was told that Secretary Tillerson does not intend to fill the counselor’s position anytime soon.[snip]
“It is irresponsible to let qualified, nonpartisan, experienced people go before you have any idea of their replacement. You can’t do foreign policy by sitting in the White House, just out of your back pocket,” explains Tom Countryman, Former Assistant Secetary for Non-Proliferation who was let go earlier this month. [snip]
This may be what President Trump was referring to when he repeatedly said that “our people” are not yet in place at U.S. government agencies. He blamed the leaks of embarrassing White House transcripts of his phone calls with foreign leaders – including difficult conversations he had with Mexico and Australia – on officials who had previously worked for the Obama Administration.
Drain that freakin’ swamp! There is no more of a swamp than at foggy bottom, a.k.a. the State Department.
News that a top State Department official discussed a “quid pro quo” in exchange for the FBI changing the classification of a Hillary Clinton email is shocking enough. But word that the coterie of State officials who controlled the release of the emails called itself “The Shadow Government” is mind-blowing.
The latest FBI dump of documents from the investigation into Clinton’s email follies includes a summary of one agent’s talks with Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy — who, the agent said, “pressured” him to “change the classified email to unclassified.”
Kennedy “asked his assistance in altering the email’s classification in exchange for a ‘quid pro quo,’ ” the summary says. “In exchange for marking the email unclassified, State would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they were presently forbidden.” [snip]
The FBI also released the summary of an interview that revealed a cabal at State that oversaw the email release — a “powerful group of very high-ranking STATE officials that some referred to as ‘The 7th Floor Group’ or as ‘The Shadow Government.’
The 7th Floor Group, the Shadow Government swamp is being drained. The Guillotine is lapping up blood and remains thirsty. Candidate Donald J. Trump’s “drain the swamp” promise is underway and will be fulfilled.
Why was T-Rex Tillerson so necessary for the job of Secretary of State? Secretary Tillerson ran the massive Exxon-Mobil corporation so he knows how to run a massive operation like the State Department. You need a T-Rex to drain the swamp. That is what Secretary Tillerson is doing and why he is under attack from within the State Department:
One of Rex Tillerson’s first directives as U.S. secretary of state was an order to senior staff that his briefing materials not exceed two pages.
It was a reflection of Tillerson’s management style honed at the helm of Exxon Mobil, an oil company known for its relentless focus on efficiency, and one reason his closest aides at the State Department refer to him as “the CEO” rather than “the Secretary.” [snip]
His aide R.C. Hammond said the directive reflected Tillerson’s focus on key facts rather than lack of interest in finer points of foreign policy.
“He is asking people to be efficient with their information,” Hammond said, adding that if Tillerson needed more information he would ask for it. “He is a decision-maker and he needs the facts in front of him.” [snip]
Senior State Department officials who have attended meetings with Tillerson say they find him sociable and a man of substance, whose direct manner and probing questions reflect his training as an engineer seeking to solve problems rather than play politics. [snip]
Just two State Department positions of 116 key posts requiring executive branch nomination have been filled, according to the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service – Tillerson’s and that of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. [snip]
“People want to back him,” one veteran senior official said about the former Exxon Mobil boss. “But people are feeling that this building is being stripped,” said the official, referring to a sense that with so many top positions vacant, the State Department is not fully equipped to help make policy in the new administration.
There is also unease over possible deep staff cuts and the future of some departments. Two people said employees in the Bureau of Management and Resources were told to apply for other positions within the State Department. Hammond, Tillerson’s aide said no decision had been taken to close that division.
The swamp is being drained, not merely stripped. It must be understood that the swamp monsters will fight back to protect their swamp. Thus far the “intelligence” bureaucrats and the NSC swamp monsters have leaked and leaked to destroy President Trump. Many across the political spectrum have spoken out against the “coup” led by these swamp monsters. Even some die hard leftists, such as former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, see the danger of the swamp monsters, the 7th Floor, the Shadow Government:
WE CAN’T LET INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES UNDERMINE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY [snip]
Now, some unnamed, rogue, intelligence officials, allegedly fearing leaks, are reportedly withholding secret information from the new president, while their own unsubstantiated leaks promote a narrative that Russia hacked the U.S. election, colluding with Trump aides. [snip]
Intelligence agencies play politics. Given the separation of powers doctrine, they have no legal right to monitor Congressional phone calls, and are to discontinue the monitoring if it accidentally occurs.
Our nation is endangered by never-ending attempts to engineer coups abroad. We also face dangers from within by unquestioned acceptance of stories peddled by some past or present anonymous, “official” US sources. [snip]
I well understand the disappointment of Democrats over the election. But we must not let our disappointment cause us to align with those who would imperil our country by either stirring passions for war or using covert, unconstitutional means to oust a President.
The consequences of the behind-the-scenes machinations of anonymous intelligence officials goes way beyond the personality and policies of one president. This is about our nation. It is about our Constitution and the rule of law.
We are witnessing an attempt by some shadowy intelligence operatives to further divide us, to destabilize America for ideology, money and power. People need to look carefully at every headline and media report to discern the underlying motives, so in our efforts to challenge this administration, we do not fall prey to those who can, with insidious anonymity, destroy our democracy and our freedoms. We must look beyond partisanship.
As we wrote previously, “Such is the state of the Obama Dimocrat Party that even those that once were certifiable kooks now appear rational by comparison.” Kucinich is not alone on the left in warning about the Shadow Government, the 7th Floor, the NSC, the intelligence community coup:
I’m a Democrat (and ex-CIA) but the spies plotting against Trump are out of control [snip]
Said an intelligence officer: “I know what’s best for foreign policy and national security… And I’m going to act on that.”
Some of us might applaud this man, including a few of my fellow Democrats. In their minds, this is a case of Mr. Smith Goes to Langley to do battle against a corrupt President Trump.
One small problem. The intelligence officer quoted above was actually Aldrich Ames, a CIA traitor whose crime of treason in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in the compromise of more than 100 assets. Many were tortured and executed as a result.
Ames’ flawed logic is eerily similar to that of his present-day colleagues who are engaged in a shadow war with their commander in chief. They, too, have decided that their superior judgment is more important than following the law. [snip]
For reasons of misguided righteousness or partisan hatred, they’ve taken it upon themselves to be judge, jury, and executioner. They have prosecuted their case in the court of public opinion, with likeminded media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, and the Washington Post serving as court stenographers.
Elected by no one, responsible only to each other, these spies have determined that Trump is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Days ago, they delivered their verdict. According to one intelligence official, the president “will die in jail.”
I understand how this might feel appealing to deeply partisan Democrats. After all, I didn’t want Trump to win either. [snip] We must instead let the system continue to work, as it has, and make our case to the American people during future elections.
If you’re not convinced, imagine the consequences of letting spies decide not just Trump’s fate but other political winners and losers too. Imagine how they might treat our candidates next. [snip]
This is the slippery slope of political tribalism that, up until a few months ago, I would have thought impossible in America. Certainly it happens in third world nations but not here. I was trained to believe that we were exceptional.
In the culture of America’s spies, you live and die by a set of rules. One of them is a sacred pledge of allegiance to the constitution and commander in chief. Spies may not like a president or their policies but they must salute their leader nonetheless. If they cannot, they are told to resign.
Spies also take a vow of secrecy, specifically to keep classified information hidden from anyone who doesn’t have an authorized need to know. It’s a commitment one keeps for a lifetime. And should that vow be violated, the consequences are dire. Prison time. Colleagues and informants killed. Enemies emboldened. The country less safe.
Spies also accept and embrace a final rule: there must be an unbreakable wall between government workers and the democratic process.
Because many spies have access to powerful tools that, if used improperly, could cause incredible damage to the nation’s stability. Accordingly, clandestine officers have a special covenant with the American people – codified by the Hatch Act – that limits their participation in politics.
During my time as a CIA officer, I quickly learned why all these rules were in place. I read people’s emails. I listened to phone calls. I recruited assets that told the dirtiest and most embarrassing of secrets. I came to realize that my power was both an awesome responsibility and, at times, wickedly seductive.
Some of us faltered in our commitments. I remember colleagues who believed themselves above the rules, conducting quiet investigations into cheating wives or ex-boyfriends. They were eventually discovered and rightfully thrown out. They had demonstrated an inability to handle the burden of power.
And that is precisely what we are experiencing today. The spies who are plotting against President Trump are breaking U.S. laws. They’re violating their oaths. And they’re committing treason to remedy (perceived) treason.
They likely don’t see it that way, of course. But, then again, neither did Aldrich Ames.
With luck and aggressive investigations, these renegade spies will join their fallen colleague at the Allenwood Correctional Facility for the remainder of their lives.
Drain the swamp. Fill the prisons if necessary with those who violate their oaths and plot against the duly elected government and president of the United States.
In a show of defiance, EPA workers fight to stop Pruitt’s confirmation
WASHINGTON — Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency have been calling their senators to urge them to vote on Friday against the confirmation of Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s contentious nominee to run the agency, a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent times ahead for the EPA.
Many of the scientists, environmental lawyers and policy experts who work in EPA offices around the country say the calls are a last resort for workers who fear a nominee selected to run an agency he has made a career out of fighting — by a president who has vowed to “get rid of” it.
“Mr. Pruitt’s background speaks for itself, and it comes on top of what the president wants to do to EPA,” said John O’Grady, a biochemist at the agency since the first Bush administration and president of the union representing the EPA’s 15,000 employees nationwide.
Nicole Cantello, an EPA lawyer who heads the union in the Chicago area, said: “It seems like Trump and Pruitt want a complete reversal of what EPA has done. I don’t know if there’s any other agency that’s been so reviled. So it’s in our interests to do this.”
The union has sent emails and posted Facebook and Twitter messages urging members to make the calls.
“It is rare,” said James A. Thurber, the director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. “I can’t think of any other time when people in the bureaucracy have done this.” [snip]
But because Civil Service rules make it difficult to fire federal workers, the show of defiance indicates that Pruitt will face strong internal opposition to many of his promised efforts to curtail EPA activities and influence.
“What it means is that it’s going to be a bloodbath when Pruitt gets in there,” said Christine Todd Whitman, a former Republican governor of New Jersey and the EPA administrator during the first term of President George W. Bush.
Whitman predicted a standoff between career employees and their politically appointed bosses, noting that Pruitt will be blocked by legal Civil Service protections from immediately firing longtime employees but would likely be able to retaliate against them in other ways, such as shifting them to different jobs. The showdown could embolden the White House and Congress to change federal Civil Service laws.
“The Civil Service is supposed to be a class of experts implementing policy, regardless of politics,” said Myron Ebell, a fellow at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, who led Trump’s environmental transition team. “If they have now become a special interest group pleading their own agenda, then it is probably time to look at reforming the Civil Service laws.” [snip]
Within days of Pruitt’s swearing-in, Trump is expected to sign one or more executive orders aimed at undoing Obama’s climate change regulations, and possibly to begin dismantling some EPA offices and programs, according to people familiar with the White House’s plans.
While it will be impossible to undo most major rules or programs that quickly, the presidential signatures would authorize Pruitt to cut existing environmental regulations — and, eventually, the jobs of many of the people who enforce them. [snip]
“I’ve been here for 30 years, and I’ve never called my senator about a nominee before,” said an EPA employee in North Carolina who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear losing her job.
The calls to senators come on top of an anti-Pruitt protest last week by Chicago EPA employees, and agency workers say that if Pruitt is confirmed, they intend to amplify their resistance to him, taking their case to the American public.
“At this point, it’s just, ‘call your senator,’” O’Grady, the union president, said. “We plan on more demonstrations, more rallies. I think you will see the employees’ union reaching out to NGOs and having alliances with them,” he added, referring to nongovernmental organizations. “We’re looking at working with PR firms.” [snip]
But former EPA officials said the open rebellion by current employees is extraordinary, especially considering that their resistance could backfire once Pruitt arrives on the job.
Scott Pruitt won confirmation on Friday. The EPA swamp will be drained and the ecology of government restored. Get ready for “reforming the Civil Service laws”. Remember, we save the best for last.
Drudge Put It Perfectly: Congressional Republicans Flail and Fail
Incompetence hinders party from accomplishing Trump’s agenda
President Donald J. Trump is working night and day, seven days a week, but the congress is a freakin’ waste. But not entirely a waste. The goofball congress, run by the GOP establishment and Trump haters, have done a few things.
The wastrel congress run by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have done very little during the first Trump month. The Senate as usual has lounged in the swamp as if it were a high class hot tub at a Trump resort – failing to quickly fill President Trump’s cabinet. The House, under Paul Ryan, promises to get things done – after a week’s “recess” having done little thus far. Paul Ryan says that after the recess the House will begin to repeal ObamaCare and continue to prepare budgets and tax reform.
We’ll give Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the Congress through the Trump month 2 – before we start to scream and shout. We want to preserve our dulcimer tones and sweet demeanor/disposition.
There is some hope we will remain sweet and purring. We saved the best for last.
During Trump month 1, a great many preparatory steps have been taken. A great many seeds planted. The next steps, the flowering seeds, might blossom unto heaven and feed the Guillotine in Trump month 2. Here’s a corpuscle taste, written by leftist NYMAG, to whet the appetite of the Guillotine:
The GOP Just Gave Congress the Power to Cut the Salaries of Individual Civil Servants to $1
This week, congressional Republicans gave themselves the power to slash the annual salary of any individual federal worker to as low as $1 — and the budget of any individual federal program right down to zero.
They executed this attack on the independence of the civil service by reviving an obscure provision enacted by Congress in 1876: The Holman Rule, named after the Indiana congressman who devised it, empowers any member of Congress to submit an amendment to an appropriations bill that targets the funding of a specific government program or employee. [snip]
For the past three decades, Congress has had the power to slash any agency’s overall budget, but not to target specific projects or civil servants for funding cuts or downsizing.
“This is a big rule change inside there that allows people to get at places they hadn’t before,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters this week. “All agencies should be held accountable and tested in a manner and this is an avenue to allow them to do it.” [snip]
Virginia congressman H. Morgan Griffith led the charge for reviving the Holman Rule, after learning about how much the federal government spends on the upkeep of wild horses ($80 million, apparently). When the Washington Post asked Griffith if the new rule would be used to cut “huge swaths” of the federal workforce, he replied, “I can’t tell you it won’t happen … The power is there. But isn’t that appropriate? Who runs this country, the people of the United States or the people on the people’s payroll?”
For the next year, passing an amendment slashing an individual worker’s salary or position will require a simple majority in both houses of Congress.
Now that is Civil Service Reform. Sadly, the only way some workers, especially protected government workers, will be productive and follow the orders of those duly elected to run the government is under the threat of “You’re fired.” The unfortunate fact, as demonstrated by the IRS tax cheats, is that the federal bureaucracy needs to be cut back drastically. Also, the tail needs to understand it does not get to shake the big dog.
On Saint Valentine’s Day, Governor Chris Christie met with President Trump. No one other than the President and the Governor know what happened at that meeting. The best guess is Governor Christie will soon be employed by the President. As NYMAG reported, Governor Christie at a private function said that he advised President Trump early on “to immediately ask the Republican Congress to change the civil service laws. Because if they do, it will make it a lot easier to fire” Obama appointees.
Governor Christie might be the incoming “drain the swamp” machine. We’ll know soon enough. For now, the Guillotine is the apprentice on the job – beheading the swamp monsters – under orders from President Trump.
Beware swamp monsters and corrupt bureaucrats! President Donald J. Trump says “You’re fired!”
It just does not get any better, although we have no doubt it will. Spring is in the air! An Islamic pig is dead! President Trump continues to do what we declared had to be done way back in 2007! Today President Trump speaks at a rally which might be the opening salvo for reelection. These days every day we hum or outright sing out that Dean Martin song that has become so popular of late in various TV commercials.
The dead Islamic Pig?
Breaking News: Report: Omar Abdel-Rahman, orchestrator of 1993 World Trade Center bombing, dies in prison. pic.twitter.com/mUHLmyRW4f
I go to sleep and keep grinning… If this is just the beginning…
Keep on grinning! President Trump is in Melbourne, Florida today to speak to the American people. The event is paid for by his campaign. Is it his reelection campaign? Is it the campaign he just won? Whatever! It’s a winning campaign.
Why is it a winning campaign? Because President Trump is telling the truth, the unvarnished politically incorrect truth.
On the day Donald J. Trump announced for president we wrote his greatest strength was his use of the English language (shades of Winston Churchill). President Trump continues to trump because his use of English is a precision instrument. We’re not talking about details nor the obsessions of pedants. We’re talking about how President Trump tells the truth. Example:
President Trump is absolutely correct. The propaganda ministers, the liars who hide behind the First Amendment, the Big Media vipers who pretend to be “news” but are “fake news” deceivers, are the enemies of the people.
That bit of truth triggered a response from Chuck Todd:
I would hope that our leaders would never believe that any American desires to make another American an enemy. Let's dial it back.
Chuck Todd did not seem to mind when Anderson Cooper asked Hillary Clinton about her “enemies” and Hillary Clinton responded with a list of her deplorable enemies. Oh, and we haven’t heard denunciations of Eleanor Roosevelt attacking her “enemies” either.
Chuck Todd also did not seem to mind how in 2008 Big Media shilled for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton and in 2016 Big Media shilled for Hillary Clinton over Donald J. Trump. Big Media abused its power in both those important elections. The difference in who won is that in 2016 Donald J. Trump would not play the sap for Big Media like Hillary Clinton did in 2008.
Press bashing may feel good to folks but when it's done by people in power, it's corrosive. Take off your partisan hats for a second
Chuck Todd and his Big Media pals are the ones abusing their power with their partisan pussyhats firmly on their heads. What Chuck Todd is whining about is that President Trump will fight fire with fire.
Today, at 5:00 p.m., President Donald J. Trump speaks to the American people from a rally in Florida and live up to that .
It’s the precursor to an upcoming week will be a massively important. Lots will happen this coming week which begins with Presidents’ Day. Hold on to your hats! The Trumpnado is unleashed!
The fun is just beginning. We’re laughing at two categories of fool today.
Type one to mock is the Trump supporter chicken littles who think their world is crashing because the fight is on and things are not going as rosy sweet as they feverishly imagined.
Type two to mock are the DailyKooks who have gone full tilt nuts along with the GOP establishment still hoping the red they see is President Trump’s blood. We laugh at them both as Trump week 4 continues and hundreds, yes hundreds, of Trump weeks are to come.
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Let’s return to the basics of the Trump Revolution to understand what is happening. Donald J. Trump launched a hostile takeover of the Republican Party back in June 2015. During the nomination fight Donald J. Trump attacked Republicans such as George W. Bush and his Iraq War at Republican debates. Donald J. Trump rampaged through the debates and the nomination fight against the GOP establishment. Once Donald J. Trump was the GOP nominee he trained his artillery against the Obama Dimocrat Party and the self-proclaimed Obama Third Term a.k.a. Hillary Clinton. Against Big Media, the Dimocrats, the GOP establishment, the intelligencia, Academia, Big Business, Big Institutions, the neo-con right, and the totalitarian left, Donald J. Trump fought and won. Ergo, President Donald J. Trump.
The chicken littles of today somehow thought that after the President Donald J. Trump inauguration the war would turn into the discourse of a little girl’s plastic tea cup party featuring operatic debates in which the harshest imaginable behavior would be the occasional “tut-tut old sport” verbiage. That was never going to happen. Neither that nor any variant short of all out war, bloody war was ever going to happen.
It’s all out war. The inauguration of President Donald J. Trump was the starting fire of all out war. We wrote about what to expect and we said it will be all out war until the political equivalent of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Want to see a visual representation (warning: it’s gruesome) of what we expected and what every Trump voter should understand is the situation? Here it is (again, visually gruesome):
That’s what it’s like. President Trump and the overthrow of the political establishment is all out war, not a pretty picture of well ordered landings from a luxury cruise ship assisted by charming escorts. President Trump represents an invasion that seeks to overthrow the political order. The political order will fight back.
What President Trump understands is that once you land on the beach the imperative is to move swiftly inland and capture territory. President Trump, like the General Patton he so often references, knows that the army must move forward with surprising speed and worry about patching problems up as you go along.
Some parts of the beachhead advance. Other parts of the invasion are stalled. The order is to keep moving forward. There’s blood everywhere. The necessity is to break through the roadblocks and move forward. Move forward. There’s blood everywhere, but move forward, even when it is your friend that was mowed down, move forward, move forward:
Let’s look at the entire battlefield: the GOP establishment continues to fight back with delay tactics while the neo-cons and their bureaucratic allies continue all out war with flame-throwers and exhortations to fight on against President Trump. From the left it is madness and fury against President Trump. All along President Trump continues to move forward, move forward.
A few data points of the fight as it progresses which helps us map out tactically how to move forward on the strategy:
Remember the withdrawal of Obama’s pick for National Intelligence Council chairman, Charles Freeman, in March 2009? Obama had tapped the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia for the sensitive post despite abundant conflicts of interests. Freeman had served for four years on the board of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, a company owned by the Chinese communist government. The state-owned firm has invested in Sudan and Iran. Freeman also led the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington, D.C.-based group funded by the Saudi government. [snip]
Obama knew all that and looked the other way at Freeman’s role as a de facto lobbyist for Saudi royalty. Even worse, he ignored Freeman’s Jew-bashing and tyrant-coddling record with a Blame America axe to grind. Freeman carped that our country exhibited “an ugly mood of chauvinism” after the 9/11 attacks and condemned his fellow countrymen for connecting the dots of Islam and Saudi-funded jihad: “Before Americans call on others to examine themselves,” he fumed with Jeremiah Wright-style bombast, “we should examine ourselves.”
In fine form, Freeman inveighed against the “Israel Lobby” in his resignation letter. [snip]
By this time in Obama’s first term, former Democratic New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson had withdrawn as Commerce Secretary nominee after both liberals and conservatives protested his long record of corruption and incompetence. [snip]
Richardson’s replacement, former GOP Sen. Judd Gregg, accepted and then quickly withdrew after disagreements over Obama’s massive federal stimulus proposal and Democrats’ politicization of the Census.
Another Beltway barnacle, former Democratic South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle, was also forced to withdraw from his nomination as Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary amid a storm of ethical scandal, conflicts of interest, and tax avoidance. That was compounded by Treasury Secretary Geithner’s admission of “tax goofs” involving his failure to pay $43,000 in federal self-employment taxes for four separate years (until, that is, he was tapped for his Obama post). At least five other Treasury staff picks withdrew before the Obama administration had reached the 100-day mark over tax problems, conflicts of interest, bad judgment and records of lax oversight of industry.
By the end of his first 100 days, Obama had set a turnover record for an incoming cabinet with four major withdrawals. And by the hallowed 100-day mark, Obama had announced less than half of the total Senate-confirmed Cabinet department positions he needed to fill, with only 10 approved — even though the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the Senate at the time.
That brief history should shut up the chicken littles of 2016 pearl clutching about Mike Flynn and/or Puzder.
Consider the data point of neo-con Bill Kristol as he abandons democracy and the republic to embrace a coup d’etat against President Trump:
Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.
Ultimately, you’re committed not so much to conservative principles, but rather to a Beltway status quo that Trump is a huge threat to. Based on your actions over the past few months, I can see (and indeed, so can everybody else) that you wouldn’t have cared all that much if it had been Hillary Clinton who won the election. Even if Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz had came out on top in the Republican primaries, and then went on to lose in the general election to Hillary Clinton, you would not have been greatly discomfited. Yes, you wouldn’t have liked it, and yes, I’m sure that for at least the next four years, the Weekly Standard would be filled with articles and think pieces critical of Clinton and her policies, but they would all pretty much impotent to actually change anything.
So I think the election of President Trump has given us the chance, for the first time, to effect real change in national politics. And it’s been instructive to see how you and the rest of the #NeverTump crowd are all weeping and wailing and digging in your heels, even now, even after most of the decisions Trump has made so far have been conservative. This tells me that you’re part of the problem that electing Trump is supposed to solve. And it confirms to me that voting for Trump was the correct choice.
Data point, #NeverTrump John Podhoretz is worried about the destruction of Mike Flynn by the “deep state” which we once all called the “police state”. Podhoretz did not like Flynn but sees the danger:
If this was intelligence, the revelation of the Flynn meeting just revealed something to the Russians we shouldn’t want revealed — which is that we were listening in on them and doing so effectively. [snip]
And as for playing fast and loose with confidential information on American citizens: No joke, people — if they can do it to Mike Flynn, they can do it to you. [snip]
It would be pretty to think so, but we also know that Flynn had an antagonistic relationship with America’s intelligence agencies. If these leaks came about not out of high principle but because officials at those agencies were taking out a potential adversary, that is nothing more or less than a monstrous abuse of power. [snip]
If those who fear Trump embrace antinomianism because they think he’s going to destroy our democracy, they should stop and consider whether their zeal to stop him might be blinding them to a different threat from the federal government that will erode our rights as citizens.
Data point, Don Surber who understands why Mike Flynn had to go, but also understands the threat from the “police state” a.k.a. “deep state”.
This particular data point from Don Surber has been driven very well by President Trump who Tweeted: “The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?”
Don’t forget the Glenn Greenwald – who applauds what happened to Flynn even while seeing all the lies on top of lies, data point. Greenwald’s position is complex. He believes Flynn lied and it was necessary to expose that lie. Greenwald also sees the hypocrisy of Obama Dimocrats who said nothing as Obama hunted down leakers with more gusto than Richard Nixon, now praising those who leaked against President Trump. Greenwald also recalls the felony lies of James Clapper to Congress in public testimony in order to protect Obama. Greenwald misses his own hypocrisies. But the data point that matters here is this:
The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies [snip]
In the spectrum of crimes involving the leaking of classified information, publicly revealing the contents of SIGINT — signals intelligence — is one of the most serious felonies. Journalists (and all other nongovernmental citizens) can be prosecuted under federal law for disclosing classified information only under the narrowest circumstances; reflecting how serious SIGINT is considered to be, one of those circumstances includes leaking the contents of intercepted communications, as defined this way by 18 § 798 of the U.S. Code:
Keep that data point in mind. Prosecutions, even of alleged journalists, are permissible under certain circumstances and the Mike Flynn assassination is one of those circumstances.
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The above data points are mostly from the right side of the battlefield. What of the left side of the battlefield. On the left, it is madness. Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.
There is no other way to explain the left. It will require a political Hiroshima and Nagasaki to bring them to their senses. For now the left is entirely mad, stark raving mad. Next week we will examine the political left as it grabs total control of the DNC. How can we explain the madness of a DNC that condemns a fictional TV show because of… some madness about the F.B.I. and Comey? For now, the madness of the left is manifest in almost every utterance from that kingdom of kooks.
Consider Dan Rather. Dan Rather imagines he sees something as big or bigger than the Watergate scandal in the Mike Flynn story. That’s laughably crazy.
Friedman: Flynn Resignation Shows Russia Hacking Was On Scale With 9/11, Pearl Harbor
Thomas Friedman said the resignation of Ret. Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as National Security Adviser showed it was never taken seriously that the Russians “hacked our election.”
“Trump actually tweeted out some positive encouragement of this. Did the two of them cook this up all along?” Friedman asked of Flynn and Trump.
“We have never taken seriously from the very beginning Russia hacked our election,” the New York Times scribe said on Morning Joe Tuesday. “That was a 9/11 scale event. They attacked the core of our democracy. That was a Pearl Harbor scale event.”
Pearl Harbor? 9/11? Only in the Kingdom of the Kooks does such madness prevail. Did the Russians corrupt the primary in which Hillary Clinton could barely beat socialist kook Bernie Sanders? Bernie Sanders did not fight Hillary Clinton on emails. Bernie Sanders enabled Hillary Clinton on her email problems.
The “Russians did it” theory of the kooks is that the Russians won the election for Trump by hacking, then leaking, emails from John Podesta and the DNC. Bernie Sanders never exploited the emails however so how is it that Hillary Clinton was barely able to defeat Bernie Sanders and therefore the Russians are to blame for her loss? Indeed, Bernie Sanders’ supporters and Hillary Clinton supporters are still fighting each other. But the Russians did not help socialist Sanders. Yet Hillary Clinton, despite a DNC that rigged circumstances and situations for her, could not dispatch the socialist kook.
If Hillary Clinton has dispatched socialist kook Sanders in Iowa and New Hampshire, unified Obama’s party behind her very early, understood the change Donald J. Trump represented, she could have won the election by leveraging the establishments of both parties and her money advantage (though we doubt it because it was a change election). We knew back in 2013 that Hillary Clinton was a “muddled message mess”.
Hillary Clinton ran the dumbest, stupidest, campaign ever. Hillary Clinton, as we wrote, deserved to lose.
Hillary Clinton deserved to lose and she lost. It wasn’t the Russians, nor Bernie Sanders, nor fill-in-the-excuse that is to blame. Hillary Clinton deserved to lose. As we wrote repeatedly at least since 2012, the 2016 election was a change election and the candidate of change would win. Hillary Clinton declared herself the Obama Third Term, not the candidate of change, so she lost. Donald J. Trump made himself the leader of a movement for change, real change, not phony hope and change, so Donald J. Trump is now President Trump.
Such is the state of the Obama Dimocrat Party that even those that once were certifiable kooks now appear rational by comparison. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Kooch, Dennis Kucinich, is talking sense!
Kucinich is one of the few principled liberals left.
Even with a barely moving congress, President Trump is moving forward. Consider the initiatives President Trump has signed and the long term ramifications of same. As he meets with foreign leaders, such as Netanyahu, Trump moves forward. David Friedman will soon be the American ambassador to Israel too. On immigration, President Trump will win, even if he faces fire as he lands on the beachhead. As his cabinet fills, President Trump gets reinforcements and continues to move forward.
On issue after issue President Trump moves forward. Every day productive activity is moving forward even as during the campaign the chicken littles and the left will declare what they don’t understand to be “chaos”.
TPP is gone. A lot has been done. What President Trump has done will not soon be gone. It will last for generations.
As to the intelligence community and Mike Flynn remember that not even journalists are protected under 18 § 798 of the U.S. Code. Keep an eye on that as President Trump takes control in the coming weeks and months of the NSA and the “deep state”.
President Trump knows he is on a battlefield. That’s why today he holds a press conference. That’s why President Trump calls Big Media the opposition party. That’s why President Trump on Saturday will bring in the people as reinforcements.
The more the political establishment shoots from the sand dunes at the incoming Trump Revolution on the beachhead, the more reinforcements will come to fight alongside President Trump.
Ed Koch used to ask, “How am I doing?” Big Media, as President Trump begins week 4, thinks “It’s over for Trump”… again. America, thinks things are just grand. Consider a nastily testy report from Trump hater Politico which asks Vigo, “how is President Trump doing?”:
‘I’m Still All Trumped Up’
Hundreds of miles from the din of D.C., the nation’s bellwether county thinks the new president is doing just fine. [snip]
Almost a month into Trump’s administration, Vigo—population 108,000, the nation’s swingiest swing county—seemed to be an ideal place to take the temperature of voters. This year, Vigo swung for Trump (who took 55.4 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 40.2 percent), continuing a 60-year streak as the nation’s most accurate bellwether county. [snip]
What I heard, in conversations with nearly a dozen Trump supporters, is that like the Ameses, most of Vigo County is still “Trumped up.” [snip] The lies, the fumbles and faux pas that have rattled the D.C. establishment and global allies? None of it seems to resonate here.
“I think Trump is doing exactly what he said he was going to do,” said Keith Kindsvatter, a 64-year-old system specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration, as he chomped on his BLT sandwich at Boo’s. [snip]
To a person, the Trump voters I talked to in Vigo offered a similar refrain as they assessed Trump’s first days in office, almost as if they were reading from a fresh batch of talking points issued by the president’s director of Surrogate Outreach: “He’s doing exactly what he promised he would do,” Kelly, 48, a pharmacist in Terre Haute who felt uncomfortable divulging her last name, told me when I asked her about Trump’s controversial immigration executive order, as she ate a slice of cheese pizza at the food court in Honey Creek Mall. Nor are voters like Kelly lamenting his Twitter tirades: “He’s speaking directly to the people. Like Reagan!” Dick told me over lunch. Trump’s brusque, shoot-from-the-hip conversations with world leaders and allies? “We’re not going to go to war with Australia,” Kindsvatter said.
“I think he’s pretty much following The Art of the Deal,” said Ken Warner, 60, who works in the finance industry. “He’s got the price of fighter jets down. It’s not something we’re used to. It’s a little unorthodox. Listening to his Carrier negotiation, you have to shrug on the means but can’t disagree with the ends. You don’t want to be picking winners and losers. You don’t want to see a president calling out people on Twitter. However, the results so far have not been bad. So I can’t say it’s wrong.” [snip]
“He’s done more in the two weeks he’s been president than the other president did in eight years,” Dick told me.
Even as Politico acknowledges the people of Vigo are happy with President Trump and his results thus far, the condescension that Vigo does not think like the people in places Politico has offices in is clear. The message from Vigo to President Trump? “Stand strong.” “We’re with you!”
A short while earlier, Politico published an article about alleged chaos and calamity of poor befuddled nincompoops in the White House who realize they are in over their heads and, well, “it’s over for Trump.” After thirty paragraphs of gloom and doom, Politico is forced to admit that even if Big Media and coastal elites are bothered and bewildered, President Trump supporters stand strong:
If the opening days of Trump’s presidency have been rocky and unconventional, many of his admirers aren’t bothered by it.
“I’m not disappointed in the president’s work so far — he operates like many great CEOs I know — and I hope he continues to manage the country in a manner worlds apart from the way we’ve seen in the past,” said Michael Caputo, who was a Trump campaign aide. “It’s about time.”
Ignore Big Media. How is President Trump doing?
President Trump started the working week (he also works on weekends you know) with a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that from all accounts went very well. If this was President Obama that would have been enough activity for the entire week, or month. But we’re talking about President Trump here, so a lot more was done.
Two in, one out. On Monday, President Trump mulled the questions about his good and faithful National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. By the end of the day Flynn flew.
The story of Mike Flynn is very simple. During the transition Mike Flynn spoke with the Russian Ambassador about sanctions on Russia. Mike Flynn however “misled” Vice President Pence about those conversations. Pence went on TV to say the Flynn calls did not discuss sanctions on Russia. See the problem?
Mike Flynn did not violate the law. Mike Flynn did nothing wrong. Mike Flynn was smart to have those conversations with the Russians. Mike Flynn did commit a grave crime in Trump world: stupidity.
A Seattle federal district court has issued a preliminary injunction on President Trump’s controversial immigration executive order, which temporarily banned most immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries and also shut down the refugee program for 120 days.
The injunction, by Judge James Robart, effectively extends the temporary restraining order he issued earlier this month into an indefinite nationwide block of Trump’s immigration order.
Robart rejected calls from the Trump administration to postpone the district court case while the 9th Circuit considers a request from one of its judges for a rehearing of last week’s decision, which denied a motion to lift the restraining order. [snip]
Meanwhile, a federal court in Virginia issued a preliminary injunction on Trump’s executive order, but the edict only applies to the state. The judge in that case rejected Virginia’s request to apply the decision nationwide, restricting it to legal permanent residents of Virginia and valid visa holders who work or attend school there.
But the judge in that case, Leonie Brinkema, wrote that “the Commonwealth has produced unrebutted evidence supporting its position that it is likely to succeed on an Establishment Clause claim.”
“The ‘Muslim ban’ was a centerpiece of the president’s campaign for months, and the press release calling for it was still available on his website as of the day this [opinion] is being entered.”
“The major premise of that argument – that one can only demonstrate animus toward a group of people by targeting all of them at once – is flawed,” Brinkema added. “It is a discriminatory purpose that matters, no matter how inefficient the execution.” [snip]
While the administration is expected to release new orders, it is Evan’s understanding they will likely include introductory remarks indicating the new orders are intended to “clarify” or “supplement” the existing executive order. [snip]
Trump may issue multiple orders so that if the courts strike down one part, it wouldn’t affect the order as a whole, according to Evans’ understanding of the issue.
Evans says he believes the administration wanted to keep the 9th Circuit case active so they can take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court at the right time and reverse last week’s unfavorable ruling. [snip]
Another Trump strategy is to delay the 9th Circuit case until Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, can get on the bench, according to Evans’ understanding. One way to do this is to file for a reconsideration en banc to the 9th Circuit, which is already in motion because a judge on Friday requested a judges’ vote.
“You can buy yourself 28 days,” said Evans, adding that “there’s a lot of chess and legal maneuvering going on.”
“Based on what I’ve read and seen the Trump Administration wants to maximize the chance to have the full Supreme Court decide whether the commander-in-chief indeed has the broadest discretion in deciding what is in the interest of the United States,” Evans said.
If immigration ban goes to Supreme Court, Trump is shoo-in to win [snip]
The states claim that the order’s 90-day ban on admitting lawful permanent residents and non-immigrant visa holders from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the United States without notice and an opportunity to respond violates their right to due process under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.
But a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. It just allows an alien to travel to a United States port-of-entry and request permission to enter. [snip]
The 90-day suspension is based on Section 212(f), which gives the president authority to exclude aliens from the United States without regard to whether they are in one of the classes described by section 212(a).
In other words, when entry is denied under section 212(f), the determination on admissibility is made by the president, not by an immigration judge. [snip]
According to the Congressional Research Service, “Neither the text of Section 212(f) nor the case law to date suggests any firm legal limits upon the president’s exercise of his authority to exclude aliens under this provision.”
It does not state even what the president should consider in determining whether the entry of an alien is “detrimental” to U.S. interests.
According to the states, the order “was not truly meant to protect against terror attacks by foreign nationals but rather was intended to enact a ‘Muslim ban’ as the president had stated during his presidential campaign that he would do.”
The states claim that therefore the Order violates the Establishment and Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. [snip]
According to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, the 90-day suspension does not violate the establishment clause. President Trump picked countries that have high levels of terrorism. When you focus on real perpetrators and the impact is heavily on one particular religion, that does not create a constitutional problem.
Although the government may have to take this case all the way to the Supreme Court, I will be surprised if the order is not upheld in the end.
It’s just a matter of time. On immigration and all the current noisy battles, Trump will trump.
As week 4 progresses, Trump will be even more trumpy.
On hump day, President Trump will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel. Oh, oh, there’s sure to be a big fight between those two right? After all, Big Media reported that President Trump had just stabbed Israel in the back. Um, Big Media lied:
More Fake News: Trump ‘Opposes’ Israeli Settlements
That kind of story serves two propagandist purposes. First, it provides a kind of justification for Obama’s betrayal of Israel at the UN Security Council over settlements last month; second, it nods at the old NeverTrump claim that Trump would never keep his word to conservatives.
There’s just one problem: the story is false. [snip]
The Trump administration’s statement is a complete reversal of the Obama administration’s policy.
As legal scholar Eugene Kontorovich explains:
The White House Press Secretary’s statement about settlement building is a huge change of policy, in which the U.S. broadly accepts all building within settlements, including those settlements outside of “blocs.” This is huge.
In the statement, the White House says the building of entirely “new settlements” is not great (but not sharply criticized). On the other hand, building “within existing settlement lines,” ie municipal boundaries, is totally OK. Since all building for 20 years has been within existing lines, and all planned building is within existing lines, this is as big an authorization as it gets.
This is such a big deal, that the press is trying to spin it as a limitation on settlement activity, whereas it is a broad and historic green light. It can no longer be said that the US opposes settlement building.
Perhaps the White House deliberately spun the statement as a limitation to fool the media. That is not hard to do, and it is to President Trump’s benefit, as a negotiating tactic, to appear unpredictable — aggressive one moment, compromising the next.
Nevertheless, the Trump administration has just signaled its intent to back a permanent Jewish presence in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), with or without a Palestinian state.
Israeli PM Netanyahu Becomes D.C. Darling as Democrats Clamor
After years of tense relations, Netanyahu most coveted meeting in D.C.
After years of tense relations with the United States under former President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is emerging as one of the most prominent international personalities, according to multiple sources who told the Washington Free Beacon that Democrats, Republicans, and high-level White House officials are clamoring for a sit down with the Israeli leader when he arrives in town on Tuesday.
Senior officials across party lines hope to let Netanyahu know that America has Israel’s back and that years of tension during the Obama administration is just water under the bridge, according to both congressional sources and those close to the Trump administration.
Netanyahu’s schedule is already packed with powwows between President Trump, senior administration officials, and a cast of leading lawmakers on Capitol Hill from both sides of the aisle.
Meetings will center on U.S. lawmakers’ desire to reset relations with the Jewish state. Multiple sources told the Free Beacon that sit downs with White House officials will focus on holding Iran accountable for violations of the nuclear deal, moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and combatting efforts at the United Nations to delegitimize Israel. [snip]
There is a strong desire among all parties to show Netanyahu that after nearly a decade of chilly relations during the former administration, the United States is prepared to restore the historic relationship with the Jewish state.
“Netanyahu’s schedule is so full that he literally can’t find time for all the high level meetings people want to have with him,” said one veteran foreign policy adviser who is closely in touch with the White House on Middle East issues. “The truth of this is, it’s nature taking its course.”
Even stab-em-in-the-back Chuckie Schumer wants to hug Bibi. It’s like a St. Valentine’s Day miracle, Jewish version.
If you want to know how President Trump is doing, ask the residents of Vigo and Benyamin Netanyahu.
Born into slavery as one of the youngest of thirteen children of James and Elizabeth in Ulster County, New York, in 1797, Sojourner Truth’s given name was Isabella Baumfree. As almost all of her brothers and sisters had been sold to other slave owners, some of her earliest memories were of her parents’ stories of the cruel loss of their other children. [snip]
In 1843, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth – her name for a traveling preacher, one who speaks the truth – and left New York. She traveled throughout New England, where she met and worked with abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison, and Frederick Douglass. Her life story, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave, written with the help of friend Olive Gilbert, was published in 1850.
While traveling and speaking in states across the country, Sojourner Truth met many women abolitionists and noticed that although women could be part of the leadership in the abolitionist movement, they could neither vote nor hold public office. It was this realization that led Sojourner to become an outspoken supporter of women’s rights.
In 1851, she addressed the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, delivering her famous speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” The applause she received that day has been described as “deafening.” From that time on, she became known as a leading advocate for the rights of women. She became one of the nineteenth century’s most eloquent voices for the cause of anti-slavery and women’s rights.
February 1, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the President of Gays & Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies met with each other on Friday, along with other heads of affinity groups from the State Department, during which time Clinton again voiced her pledge to review the inequities in how the State Department treats its gay and straight employees.
Michelle Schohn, president of Gays & Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, raised the issue of how the department treats its gay employees during the brief meeting, and Clinton again promised to review current policies. Schohn stated: “It was an overwhelmingly positive meeting. There wasn’t a lot of time to talk with her because she was meeting with all the affinity groups, so we each got a tiny chunk of time to be able to say something to her.”
January 29, 2009
NOLimits.org - Because we want to stay connected with the wonderful people we met and worked with all over the country in the last two years.
Because we want to share our ideas and experiences, our common goals, and nonpartisan solutions to the challenges that we face - and there are no limits to what we can achieve when we do.
And because we want to keep working for a better future for every child, from every family – a world in which no limits is not just our goal, but a reality!
NoLimits.org will "keep you up to date with news about issues on which Hillary took a lead and we know you care so much about," group President Ann Lewis said in an e-mail to as many as 2 million people culled from the Clinton campaign database.
Because No Limits is a registered nonprofit, "it cannot do anything political. It has to be nonpartisan," said Lewis, a longtime senior adviser to Clinton.
In Clinton's job as secretary of state for President Obama, her political dealings are highly restricted.
For example, she shut down her political action committee.
Some, like Democratic consultant and former Bill Clinton aide Chris Lehane, dismiss talk that the group could be a springboard for Clinton to try again for the White House in, say, 2016.
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," Lehane said. "I think this is just [a] group of folks who developed relationships in an intense [electoral] environment and want to stay together."
But the University of Virginia's Larry Sabato countered: "Whenever a group like this says it's not a political organization, you just know it is."
"Maybe [this] is Hillary's answer to Obama's new 'change' group that controls his golden mailing list. Maybe it's a way for Secretary of State Clinton to mobilize backing for her objectives at the State Department," he said. "And maybe [it's] a standby committee of supporters in case Hillary decides to get back into elective politics."
Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf said NoLimits.org is "one way to make sure that she - and/or the former President - still have political leverage."
Hillary World-Wide January 26, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton Meets Afghan Women Lawyers. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton met today at the State Department with fourteen prominent Afghan women judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. These jurists were in Washington to participate in a training program arranged by the Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. Secretary Clinton told them: "Your American friends greatly admire your bravery and courage. It is your work in the tough environment of Afghanistan for women lawyers that will bring real reform and the rule of law to the Afghan people. As President Obama made clear yesterday in his first foreign policy announcement, we are committed to supporting your efforts to bring security and stability to your country."