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For the first time since Donald Trump was elected the 45th President he has 'afterglow'.
His address was so overwhelming, such a success that his adminstration can take a little while off of the stranglehold
on the day's events. They were going to roll out the new travel ban.
No need today. The media has to let the monumental nature of the event have it's patina setlle over the landscape naturally. It is the first, and perhaps only 'honeymoon' Trump will
ever get, and they know it.
So, why mess with success? The media's talking point is accurate. Why 'walk all over his message', they point out?
Exactly. Right now, he's criticism proof. LIke the Previous Occupant was, only it lasted him
8 years, while Mr Trump may just get the rest of this week. But that's OK by him.
He didn't run to be popular. He already had that.
But for what is now a magic moment, he has the country, and perhaps the world behind him as they correctly see
a very smart, and determined leader of the Free World; which is in direct opposition to the cartoon character offered up by his opponents.
Leave it up to our friends across the pond to have the best summary of the evening; this piece in The Daily Mail
has it all...
Tuesday, 28 February (Post Speech Analysis)
'Veni, vidi, vici' - 'I came, I saw, I conquered'
-Julius Ceasar to the Senate after the victory over Pharnace; 47 BC
Trump delivered what was not only the best speech of his career but what some analysts like Chris Wallace are claiming to be 'the best they've ever heard' delivered in the well of the House.
Even his foes were caught off guard, and the Democrat reply
by a former governor was flat as a board. This was a very good night indeed, for Mr Trump. Policy wise it didn't take quite the risks this correpsondent expected.
But it was given with such grace, an almost operatic reading, that when he used the emotional
moments of the evening they were, well, almost breathtaking. The tribute to Carryn Owens, the wife of the slain SEAL caused tears to flow all over the nation.
She received a standing ovation that was epic in scale, and her reaction to the tribute will
be a part of history. It wasn't just 'a' moment. It was THE moment.
Van Jones on CNN, hardly a fan but someone who has a scintilla of intellectual honesty, made the amazing claim that at that moment 'he became the President of the United States'.
Indeed he did.
Up until then he was someone who won a closely contested election. He is now, without a doubt, the President. The 'never Trump' movement died an ignoble death, and his fierce opponents now have to start thinking about where they can
break bread with him.
Because you can be assured one thing for certain. This man is the Leader of the Free World, he isn't going away any time soon and has a vision that many will find appealing.
So, to compare him with Julius Caesar isn't a
stretch. Caesar had no military experience either, and conquered all he saw.
A good night? You bet...
Tuesday, 28 February (Pre Speech Edition):
In just under 2 hours President Trump makes his first
appearance before a joint session of congress. More important, he will be speaking not just to his voter base but to the rest of the country; indeed the rest of the world.
Right now he is the most significant figure anywhere. Every other leader -with
perhaps the fearless Le Pen in France- sits in quiet anticipation with what avenue this businessman/president might travel.
The ratings for an otherwise routine event will be stratospheric. C-SPAN may even get a ratings share. The question is, will
Mr Trump surprise?
This is a silly question.
The master showman, the PT Barnum in him will not let this moment pass. The deal maker, the one who has been beating the world up with 5 weeks of my way or the highway absolutism is ready to
He'll make a BIG one, and it could be breathtaking in it's scope.
A complete evaluation will follow the speech right here...
Tuesday, 28 February:
before (yet another) storm.
As the President prepares for his first address to a joint session of congress, what would ordinarily be a fairly routine affair is shaping up to be anything but.
As the Democrats, still in a full knickers tied in
a knot fury exhaust every avenue in the Trump/Russia sweepstakes rage on, the GOP is at each other's throats in what the ACA replacement will be.
Conservative ideologues in congress and Republican governors at opposite sides.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump
prepares his address. He has a remarkable opportunity. With polls on his side (despite what you hear; he has a 50/50 split in approval) and the clear majority of the public unhappy with the Democrats sand in the gears obstruction he can split the parties.
This poll is important:
When you start parsing the numbers the hard core progressive movement is exposed at the 29% mark, which is about right. The people want the government to do their business, which is unerstandable.
But progressive ideologues control the party right
now. Living with the fast disappearing notion of the 45th President somehow just vanishing into thin air, instead of smelling the coffee have tripled down.
They now run the risk of permanent irrelevance. One wonders if they are even aware of this.
They should be getting the notion that the false Russia narrative has just about run out of gas. As this correspondent has been asserting for weeks now there is NO crime there. Unless you count the leaks.
One may hate Trump, Putin and the idea of
some sort of alliance. But it is foreign policy, not treason. And fevered notions of Paul Manafort conspiring with the FSB and Julian Assange to release info that somehow sidelined Hillary Clinton's deserved spot as President is, and always has been, a fantasy.
At some point they will have to let go of this. Keith Elllison pushing the notion that Trump is in violation of the Emolument clause because his hotel may have foreign dignItaries there is patently absurd.
The President will alter foreign policy
over booking a $500 hotel suite. Sure he will.
And to rub salt into the woulds he just signed an executive order reversing the insane 'clean water rule' which allowed the EPA to regulate the puddle in your back yard. It was THAT intrusive.
seems just about every day will be a big one for this President. Tonight's address should be something as he offers things to both parties. Let's see how THAT plays out...
Monday, 27 February (Late Edition)
The daily drone of Russia this, or Russia that permeates.
The 'resistance' movement, for what it is, has settled into a form of 21st Century trench warfare. A lot of noisy gunfire, smoke and flame, but at the end of the day no real gains by either
The leadership for the Democrats have decided that playing to their hard left base will somehow help them regain their faded glory. Yet during the hunt for the new chairperson of the DNC all they spoke about was getting their 'message right' to
regain those they lost to Trump.
It's as if they will switch on a dime. Perhaps they are unaware that many, if not most of these people changed party affiliations for more than one reason. The abject cluelessness of the Democrat party is in full display.
It is the sole possession of the progressive movement, who had their apogee last year when the Previous Occupant made his little sojourn to Cuba as a culmination of leftist ideals going back to 1968.
For many others, including most of the rust belt
folk they lost, this was a low point for the United States as a country. That's why the shot of our former Comrade posing in front of the iconic 'comrade' of all time is so significant.
His home town, Chicago just named a street after Oscar Lopez Rivera,
founder of FALN, a Puerto Rican separatist group that used terror tactics in it's politcal gains. Rivera, a Marxist radical, had little interest in Puerto Rico but plenty in Cuba, and it's revolution.
He was directly involved in a bombing that ended
the life of a policeman, Joseph Connor.
But on the way out, the former tenant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue pardoned Rivera, who never repented for his crimes. This was lauded by fellow comrades Luis Gutierrez, and Bill DeBlasio.
And finally codified
by having a street named after him in Chicago. Now, keep in mind that the same city stripped the name 'Donald J Trump' off of a street due to his being anti illegal immigrant.
That's right. A convicted Marxist terrorist deserves a street, not the sitting
Nice going, City Hall. And a roadmap to where this country is going; one that will come to some sort of a head sooner or later...
Monday, 27 February (Early Edition):
A big week
for the 45th President awaits.
The Oscar telecast, which was the predictable parade of left wing grievances against Trump, ran into the Karmic smackdown of it's storied 88 year history.
Instead of being noted as the moral exemplar of the huddled
masses oppressed by the Blonde Meanie at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue they became the laughing stock of awards shows everywhere.
They even took Steve Harvey and his Miss Universe flub off the radar. Great Liberal Icon Warren Beatty strode up to the podium
with 'Bonnie and Clyde' co star Faye Dunaway and promptly declared the WRONG winner for Best Picture.
No minor technical award here. The big moment of the night. Total FUBAR, as military types like to say. You can look up that acronym if you'd like.
Price-Waterhouse fell on their collective swords but the damage was done. The Academy denied a trophy to '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' for a little enforced rule against lobbying for the prize.
It couldn't have been motivated by the
fact Hollywood hated the film and thinks it added to Clinton's defeat. No, that would never happen.
It was a fitting end to the bloated display of liberal hypocrisy, and once more proof that there IS a God.
So, the brave new
world this week is the Health Care replacement to be rolled out, which Politico has already leaked a copy of. Of course. Plus the speech to the Joint Session of Congress, which the Democrats have already said they will sabotage.
is just what's on the docket, too. One never knows from moment to moment what will transpire in this most interesting of Presidencies. Mr Trump already told the media that the 'nerd prom' -the White House Correspondent's Dinner- will not be attended by him.
So there. Which means the media outlets that wanted to make a statement by boycotting will no longer have a reason to do so. It is childish, true.
But the 'opposition party' has decided to make this a third grade playground affair; all about personal
insults and posturing. So be it, then.
A couple of intersting bits. This piece gives an excellent analysis of the US/Russia affair:
And the proof that these town hall meetings aren't quite the organic happenings the media is claiming:
So, a big week lies ahead. Get some strong coffee and get ready!...
Sunday, 26 February (Late Edition)
It's either the protest, or the investigation, of the day now.
are omnipresent; the media is desperately trying to push this as a purely organic movement, while the Trump administration is pushing back by hinting deeply that this is all organized by activists.
The truth, of course, is somewhere in the middle. The
poison pill of the ACA was, like all federal entitlements, the reality that many people have benefited from what is essentially a redistribution of income.
That was what the bill was supposed to do; take from those who have to distribute among the less
fortunate therfore building a permanent political dependency class. It also has the advantage of having a treasure trove of progressive ideals hidden inside, like state control over life and death, rationing of care and such.
The death panels which
were hysterically denied exist. The author of this piece had direct experience with a bureaucrat doctor inserted out of nowhere in a crucial moment over the care of an aged family member.
A simple operation was required. Her doctors wanted to do it.
Then just hours before this doctor, who was not local, called and tried to press a 'quality of life' issue, and that this was terribly invasive and 'he wouldn't want to do it to his mother'.
Contact with the rest of the medical staff contradicted him,
he was overruled, and threw a hissy fit that was very un doctor-like. It was obvious that the operation, a simple feeding tube, was something they didn't want to pay for.
It was done, the patient recovered fully and four months later is doing just fine.
Don't let anybody kid you. Death panels EXIST.
This is why it has to be repealed, not just tweaked. The overreach into who determines care is the issue, and it is, along with it's redistributive (and political) features why it exists in the first place.
Communists have been trying to do this for more than a half century. To wit:
The GOP could have let this fall apart. But Trump, who actually wants to help people inserted himself into the debate. They have to get this right.
As far as the investigations go, now Daryl Issa wants a special prosecutor to look at Russia ties,
and the father of the slain SEAL wants the Yemen raid investigated. This will be the Trump era for some time, it seems...
Sunday, 26 February:
The patriot movement is the 1,000 pound
gorilla in the room.
When Steve Bannon laid out the philosophical framework for his position even David Gregory had to admit it was a straight forward statement of policy. You may not agree (the perpetual adjoiner) but there it is.
accorded his due respect if you listened closely. No matter what your philosophical bent he is intellectuallly honest.
This is Mr Trump's twin. They see each other as equals. Do NOT underestimate this.
So, when you see Tillerson, or McMaster
giving a 'cleaner take' on whatever Trump has admonished understand that they are ALL on the same wavelength.
If you work for Trump, you WORK for him. McMasters, Mattis, Kelly (who is the most obvious you bet devoted) are in with the program.
media says 'chaos'. Do you think for ONE SECOND they really believe this? Got some swamp land real estate for you if you'd like. C'mon. As Sun Tzu said, 'know you're enemy'.
They are a bunch of All American Type A's with the reins of power in
their hands. To those who are of like mind, it's exhilarating. To those who aren't?
Tough times, indeed...
'Invasion USA' was a societal metaphor twice; first as a threat of Communist attack, and it is amazing cinema if you watch
it. The second is a Chuck Norris 'third world hordes' attack, not as compelling but worth the watch.
Then there's the Norris version...
Saturday, 25 February:http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x278zoi_invasion-u-s-a-1985_shortfilms
The week ends on a pretty
positive note for President Trump.
Once again, James Comey's FBI takes place front and center, with the fact that his assistant director Andrew McCabe is the one who sought out the White House to share the obvious, which is that the NY Times story on
Russian intelligence and Trump's advisers is 'total B.S.'
The media outlets making a living out of this story had to do the two step.
The now notorious Jake Tapper had to admit that there is 'no proof' to the allegations, and that McCabe did,
indeed share this information with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Of course, the addendum that 'this continues to be investigated' was offered up as some sort of excuse. But the facts of the matter seem to prove conclusively that this is
a political witch hunt in search of a desired conclusion.
The biggest problem for them is investing all of their energy in creating a straw man. In past eras they could destroy a politician by such acts.
Not this one. If necessary, he will fight
this on the floor of the House. Think about it.
Who would impeach over conduct that EVERY political campaign has done? Trump ran on a platform of improved relations with Russia, was elected President and even the most partisan analyst cannot point to
one vote changed by outside influences.
This would be laughed out of congress if it weren't for the cabal united in getting rid of a President who THEY don't like; voters be damned. That's where the chronic anti-Americanism lies.
The tip of that
spear is John McCain, who's status as a POW has given him a cloak of sainthood he simply does not deserve. No matter how terrible his treatment, and this was administered to hundreds of fliers captured, it does not make him the sin qua non of US policy.
He was a poor student, a rotten flier and a terrible Representative of the House. He was neck deep in the Keating scandal, and only his reputation as, well, a dummy saved him.
His service as a Senator is utterly undistinguished. He is not a nice
person, either. Petty and small, he irks easily and should have been put out to pasture LONG ago. But his bitterness at not being President clouds all of his dealings now.
He is, without a doubt, the biggest single enemy of the Trump administration.
He desires war with a nuclear power that is just trying to look out for it's own interests. When asked he cannot answer 'why'.
There are those who were in Hanoi Hilton with McCain that were not fond of him. Now, there is little doubt that this place
was a hellhole, and nobody can resist torture forever. But there were true heroes like James Stockdale, who won the Medal of Honor, that were legendary for their resistance.
Not McCain. He actually earned the sobriquet 'Songbird'. This article sheds
No veteran likes
to bring this up.
This was a dark time in a confused era. The country's moral compass became off kilter in the Vietnam era; what was a basically noble intention became an excuse for slaughter. In the end, little was gained other than exhausting the
That said, if McCain is going to continue down a path that flirts with sedition he needs to be called out on it. He has even joked about being the 'Queen of Hearts'.
This reference to the John Frankenheimer film 'The Manchurian Candidate'
is no laughing matter.
A little taste of just WHY this isn't funny:
This is not brought up to create controversy. It's being presented
to you because the search for truth can be, sometimes, most unpleasant...
Friday, 24 February (Late Edition)
It seems like every day is a maelstrom for the young Trump administration.
that the major media is openly hostile towards him, and at least one of them seems determined to get him removed from office, well, this gives any day an edge.
But it was a fairly quiet day. Trump gave his speech at CPAC, and then later press secretary
Sean Spicer held an off camera 'gaggle', in his office which is fairly small. He had the pool reporters, that's 13 of the assorted network staffs who take turns in the pool.
He also allowed the Big Three, FOX, and a couple of conservative outlets. However,
CNN, NY Times, LA Times and Politico were not.
Ordinarily this wouldn't be that big of a deal; it's happened before. The briefing is on the record, and the other networks get both a transcript and can question those present.
But the groups omitted
is a who's who of Trump haters. This fact was not lost on anybody, and not allowing their people get face time while Breitbart or some others do, was taken as an insult.
They're right. It was. It was NOT, however, abrogation of the First Amendment
by the President. The news was available to everybody, and the press secretary can invite in his office whom he wants.
But these groups are hostile to Trump, to the point where they do create news to fit their narrative. Continuously flogging the Russian
story is a case in point. They are trying to create a story where none exists.
This fits the needs of the angry progressive movement and the neocon 'bomb Russia now' faction of the GOP. So, this story fits their narrative, and whether it's true or not
Steve Bannon said this would be a war, that they will not give back the country without a fight.
So, this was just a shot in the chops to these media outlets, letting them now just how little he thinks of them. And unless something
happens that unites the nation this antipathetic relationship will continue.
CNN, for one, has pretty much decided that 'dumping Trump' is a business model going forward.
Today's actions were minor. This was all symbolic. But symbols do
mean something, and the media is reaping what it sowed. By taking sides, first for Clinton, and second to try to delegitimize a duly elected President, they have painted themselves in a corner.
And Trump has the brush...
The President just concluded a stem winder of a speech at the CPAC convention.
It was a familiar tome; he touched on the themes that got him where he is, to an adoring audience. Such was not the case last year when
he didn't even attend because of the hostility of the 'neverTrump' neocon wing.
But, as the sage Charles Krauthammer likes to say, 'winning solves everything', which is true. The conservative movement is morphing from a cold, bloodless free trade and
accept the consequences while we wage endless war party to a labor friendly populist movement.
It was destined to die; that was one of the projects from the previous administration. They thought they could put the GOP on the rocks, largely through their
own supercilious beliefs and feckless behavior.
It was to be an 'assisted suicide', if you will.
But like the overhaul of congress over the last 6 years, Trump spearheaded a movement which much to the dismay of the George Wills and John McCains
of the world amounted to a hostile takeover of the GOP.
By doing that, he saved it from becoming the modern equivalent of the Whigs.
So, his return to CPAC as the standard bearer had to be very sweet, indeed. He also took on the media once again,
tossing CNN under the bus yet again as the 'Clinton News Network' an old fave, and pointing out the obvious.
They are, for all intents and purposes, the 'opposition party' he claims them to be.
The latest 'scandal' CNN went with, the 'mulitiple
sources' that said the FBI resisted pressure from the Trump inner circle to deny (yet another unsourced rumor) that many in his campaign had contacted, or been in contact with Russian intelligence.
The truth, as it is now coming out, is that any contact
was incidental; most Russian diplomats are members of the security apparatus. This is no secret.
James Comey and his assistant both assured Reince Priebus that the CNN story was a massive overstatement; a scintilla of truth blown up into a nothingburger
One more time. Even if it was true it wouldn't mean anything. Diplomacy takes many forms, we are not at a state of war and Russia is an adversary, NOT an enemy. So, CNN takes yet another shot in the chops.
As long as they are determined
to chase a narrative they know to be flawed, hoping for some sort of smoking gun to tie the whole silly story together, they will be 'chasing the dragon', just without the opiates...
Thursday, 23 February (Late Edition)
Another day, another half dozen or so events out there; some major some minor, and the never ending 'scandal of the day' from CNN.
Besides the unleashing of Steve Bannon on the political scene; hugely significant in it's own regard, there was quite
the panoply of issues. Sessions at AG is making himself known straight away.
The transgendered bathroom issue is going to the Supreme Court next month so they asked for guidelines from the AG's office.
They got them. The Obama edict that
all schools must follow was turned into a suggestion they CAN follow if that state wants to. The Federalism issue raises it's head again, and it's quite the sight seeing progressive pundits twist themselves in ideological pretzels over which law they want
to be controlled by the state and which must be a federal mandate.
You want help deporting a criminal alien? Sorry. State's rights says the government cannot force localities to perform functions that are part of the federal apparatus. They're right.
But somehow every state has to have TG bathrooms under Title 9? Forget the notion that biology has been reduced to how one feels that day. Overlook the fact that this is an infinitesimally small number of individuals.
This is somehow a civil right?
A human right? This is Orwellian statism disguised as feel good policy. Allowing the state to determine gender by self identification is such a contradiction in terms -can a man go to a female college now if he wears pantyhose?- that is defies all known logic.
It is, by it's very definition, illogic.
Then there is the CNN rumor of the day that has the nasty Russians and Trump overthrowing heroic Hillary; Chapter 17. This day's cliffhanger has 'undisclosed sources' insisting that the Trump crowd tried to
get the FBI to admit there was no contact between them and the Rooskies during the campaign. The FBI, suddenly heroic for a moment, declined.
Once again, even if they did, even if sanctions were discussed, and even if both wanted Trump to win none of
this is illegal, or criminal in the slightest. Every campaign has had contact with foreign powers.
Obama sent an aide to Russia BEFORE he was elected. Hillary Clinton met with the Red Chinese during her run. You don't hear much about that, do you?
No, of course not. It not only isn't illegal it's what they SHOULD be doing. You have a very short time to get up to speed in this business; it's zero to 120 on Day One.
This whole thing is a dark fantasy cooked up by the progressives, beyond upset
over losing, and the neocon warhawks who desperately want war, with Russia is best but any old war will do.
They created a narrative of Russia hacking, Putin and Trump as buddies, none of which is true, and ran with it. Of course Russia fooled around
in our election. We did it to them; Clinton fooled around in Putin's election.
This article from 2015:
his campaign people go to Israel to help unseat Netanyahu:
So this is, as the slang would have it, a bunch of crap. It's meaningless, and trying to force Trump into a war or impeach him on treason charges are not only weak but seditious by their own design...
Thursday, 23 February, 13:20 (CDT)
The much awaited interview with Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon just concluded at CPAC.
It was worth both the watch, and the wait. With the genial Matt Schlapp
gently prodding, Chief of Staff Priebus gave the predictable boiler plate fare; how hard they work, the dedication and attention to detail.
Bannon, on the other hand, gave the intellectually honest basis for the 'Alt Right', which in full disclosure
the writer of this piece was in on the beginning, back in 2009 at Breitbart. This philosophy; a hybrid of Jeffersonian democracy, Theodore Roosevelt populism and Reagan cold war realpolitik girds the loins of the movement.
It's basis is on the core
of the Nation State. Either the United States is a sovereign with defensible borders, a free citizenry that is protected from enemies both foreign and domestic, and has a self serving economy or it isn't.
If it isn't, then what is it? This is the deliberate
confusion the globalist movement spreads. Their counter argument to Mr Bannon, sort of goes like this:
There are no borders in this place, all are welcome and goods and services we deem necessary are free to find their own markets. Our own people will
be required to obey this; to do with less and yet serve more. Their wealth will have to be redistributed and their freedoms curbed.
They will be given a base sustenance wage of $15 an hour.
The whole notion being one of both 'civil and human
rights'. Keep in mind those are originally Marxist approbations whitewashed through the United Nations. This allows a small minority to oppress a majority over what is perceived 'rights violations'
Animal rights groups want to advance rights to animals
that could give them the ability to sue those who raise them. This is an insanity, no sentient creature no matter how loving to animals would believe them equal in a courtroom.
These are all clever (alright, maybe not so much as they think) ruses to
strip power from the American citizenry. The current news on the transgendered bathrooms is a case in point. As the sage Charles Krauthammer, recently only occasionally right, said 'it was a solution in search of a cause'.
A cure for an unknown sickness.
There are very few transgendered people in the country; and advancing the notion that some 14 year old wants to be a girl -or boy- for a day is specious logic at best.
To somehow frame it as a basic human right, which the Trump administration correctly
refused, is just ridiculous on it's face. Like wanting to ban fossil fule consumption.
How is your inner city Starbucks going to bring you your latte'? By electric UPS trucks? By solar powered aircraft?
No. Diesel, jet, and gas engine. This is
fifth grade stuff.
The progressive movement relies on emotions to advance their agenda, because depriving one's self and family is counterintuitive.
Steve Bannon very simply laid out the intellectual underpinnings. There is a reason why the opposition
wants him gone, and why they know how dangerous he is to their visions.
Here's a video:
Thursday, 23 February
This back and forth between some of the experts on our editorial board was just too important to not publish. First will be the Zerohedge article on Trump vs the Deep State,which raises many interesting points.
the response of our senior editor...
He (the author) scores some good points on the realpolitik of Trump v the Deep State. He
gets Flynn almost entirely wrong; the author is obviously pro Iranian and that skews his perspective. Flynn was a threat to the Iran deal; not Iran itself.
He was a deadly threat to the criminals in the previous administration,
and the hit on him was a plot by Ben Rhodes, John Brennan and Sally Yates. Flynn's mistake was carrying out his own schemes without informing the chain of command whom he didn't fully trust.
Every aspect of this situation that
I have investigated ends up in this conclusion. His rapprochement with Russia is a side issue, and he wasn't alone on that. If your read Flynn's book he doesn't want war with Iran, nor does he support Israel as the regional hegemon.
They need to be forced into a situation where they stop the nonsense of threatening each other with oblivion when they don't really mean it. This is for bullshit internal politics to a bunch of peasants in Iran and Zionist whackjobs in Israel.
Flynn is a really brilliant guy. His dismissal is a shame. McMaster is more along the Mearsheimer model the author speaks of:
Mearsheimer is full of shit, too. This treatise ignores the deep state/bankster criminal aspects of the west which drives the conflict. Trump, Bannon and Flynn were cognizant of the anti-democratic forces here; the 'enemy within'.
But the article does get the deep state balancing act. They will drive Trump out, or die trying, if he does not back off their destruction. That only makes sense.
But they are so deep in the criminal weeds
that their actions are severely limited. Right now, Songbird McCain is in Syria, meeting with the so-called moderate forces (mostly Kurds) and no doubt doing a 'neocon recon' to report back to his masters and to try to still engage the pro Assad -meaning pro
Russian of course- forces in direct conflict.
Then they will try to get them to commit on the battlefield in western Ukraine. Do NOT think for one second they will not try everything they can to start a war with Russia and force
Trump into it before he can meet with Putin.
They know this will seal their deal and make Trump a one term failure.
This chess match is furious right now. Time is on Trump's side; not theirs...
Note: Our analysis of the Reince Priebus/Steve Bannon interview at CPAC will be up mid afternoon.
Wednesday, 22 February (PM Edition)
The balmy weather out there has done little to temper the efforts of some
who are not at all happy with the current political scene. The fact that a certain segment of society can be at full fury 24/7 without a second of self reflection is a sight to behold.
Buoyed by a media that has been the slavish purveyor of progressive
ideals for 50 years or more, those disaffected by the recent election seem, at least for now, to have no desire to take a break.
The 45th President was elected for a 4 year term. If he accomplishes half of what he promised he'll win re-election. So,
only five weeks into a possible 96 month term it would seem saving one's energy for a more opportune moment just might be an idea.
That does not seem to be the case.
The major networks, cable and print media is throwing raw kerosene on the fire.
They feed the protest, which is a mixture of paid protesters and some actual outrage, with one breathless headline after another.
They run the gamut from the EU and Mexico not being happy with a foreign policy that no longer has the US as the sucker
in the deal. The EU is testy about being disbanded, and should be.
They made their own bed by letting a bunch of bureacrats in Brussels think they can dictate life to the regular folk. Donald Trump wasn't even on the radar when they started falling
apart. Same with NATO, who has nations hiding under the US nuclear shield, paying little or nothing, and taking shots at the US from some sort of lofty plateau of moral superiority.
Mexico doesn't like being held accountable for the criminal way they
run their country. It cannot be described any other way. They starve their own people while allowing mega wealthy to pay almost no taxes, turn their backs on the border to border pilgrimage from Central America to the US border, and have ceded whole sections
of the country to drug cartels like the Zetas.
Then there's the public outcry, which is largely orchestrated by progressive PAC's.
The impeachment cry is a little more muted, or is it less hysterical? Can't tell. The 25th amendment a nice pipe
dream to make the medicine go down a little better. But the overarching theme?
"We lost, we don't accept losing, it isn't our fault and we want our power back'.
As the man says, 'good luck with that'...
22 February (AM Edition):
The calm before the storm. Or, shall we say the 'newest storm'. That is the expected tweak of the travel ban/extreme vetting that the open borders crowd fears will derail their express train to success.
them it is a simple equation. Get as many illegal, and poor people in the country as possible, get them on welfare and the voter rolls, and outvote the land owning middle class, which stands in the way of their utopian notions.
This is the 'millions
of illegal votes' that the Trump administration refers to. He was, and is right on this. Think about it.
You have millions of illegals in 'sanctuary cities'. They are almost all on some sort of public assistance. California and other states are offering
them driver's licenses. Then they have 'motor voter' laws, which allows people to register to vote as they get their license.
Many illegals think that the right to vote comes with the driver's license. Others know better but vote nonetheless. The reason
the media is SO adamant that this doesn't happen is because they know damn well it does.
It's part of the Soros funded open borders crowd, it exists, and it's just a matter of how bad it is.
Flat denials are not to be trusted.
immigration simmers -and with it the voting franchise- the other shoe will drop on the travel restrictions. They will offer a new, cleaner executive order while keeping the other lawsuit open.
They want to have that case heard on the merits and to overturn
the 9th Circuit. Seeing how egregiously bad the ruling was, that is no surprise. It isn't up to a federal court to be able to ascertain motive in foreign affairs designated solely to the executive.
They never mentioned the law that was appealed in their
brief. Their logic was tortured, and overtly political. So, it makes sense to smack down a ruling that is unconstitutional on it's face.
Letting it stand would have repercussions down the road.
The deep state continues to try to push the administration
into a conflict with Russia, and perhaps Iran as well. A decent take on it is here:
Disagree with the take on the raid, though.
It was not a trap left by the previous administration; just something they didn't want to risk in the final days for political reasons. OpSec was tight, and the Ospreys were spotted on their way in. They
flew into hostile fire and had to light the place up.
They did capture reams of raw intel that sources say are 'epic' in quality. But it had collateral damage and that is the source of criticism. It was a risky Op in every regard...
Tuesday, 21 February (PM Edition):
Another day, another flurry of activity.
Of all the misleading, and outright dishonest evaluations of the Trump administration's first five weeks
is that of 'not getting anything done'.
If you define 'done' by congrssional action, the answer is no. They still do not have the full cabinet in position yet have so far been quite productive, indeed.
Dozens of executive orders have been issued.
All of which just codify standing law. This turned loose forces bottled up for 8 years under the previous administration. Border enforcement has turned serious; not in number; they used to do something called 'catch and release' like in a bass fishing contest.
Exactly like that. Catch 'em, weigh 'em, and toss 'em back.
This allowed phony numbers of deportations. The early return here hasn't been large. It's been cold, and that is what has the open borders crowd in panic. The emotional argument of the 'families
ripped apart' ameliorated by the tacit embrace of the DACA program.
By using the innocent children of illegals as a fig leaf for supposed 'lack of compassion', the INS and it's various branches can go and get the people that are on their docket. They
know where a lot of these people are.
The Chicago Police know exactly where all the gang leaders live. They could haul them in in a couple of well executed raids. It's all in the will to do it.
So, the agencies now are free
to conduct their business free of political interference. They've been liberated. Other orders and deregulations have been occurring, and it's now completely obvious that his inner circle had a battle plan from moment #1.
Congessional action will come
after the short recess. Healthcare by mid March. They've been plenty busy. It's just not the 'busy' the opposition likes. Ergo, the protests.
The impeachment squawk is still present, although a little less strident. They are starting to get the fact
that the Russia business goes nowhere, so that has morphed into blowing off the dust of the 25th amendment.
Adopted back in 1967, it basically deals with succession in case of disability, such as a medical emergency. Few know that Woodrow Wilson was
completely incapacitated and his newly minted wife was the de facto President for over a year.
That ain't good. So, eventually this amendment was passed. The vice president would take over, and it requires congress to get two thirds ratification from
both houses in 21 days to take effect.
The anti Trump media, and that would mean CNN, MSNBC, the Big Three, and of course the Times and the Post have all of a sudden sort of fallen in love with this idea.
One pundit weighed in this evening on
this, with a loving sigh that was really telling. Look, if anyone thinks that the GOP would destroy itself and turn the country over to people they just beat because progressives really, really hate Donald Trump think again.
It has absolutely zero chance
of happening. The Logan Act was useless on Mike Flynn, Russia is a tempest in a teapot with no political downside for Trump, and the emoluments clause (accepting bribes or gifts from foreign governments) will NEVER apply to his businesses.
all pipe dreams.
His opposition better get serious about a real response, because the not-too-subtle threat of violence coming from the more unhinged fragments of their coalition will not be received well.
They just don't have either the
numbers, nor the people, behind them. Violence will backfire badly. No, they need to get smart.
So far, they are showing no signs of that occurring.
Meanwhile, Trump seizes the initiatives, he has the week booked with immigration reform and the
new travel restrictions. This is the shiny toy in the right hand.
The media will follow it like moths to the flame. Meanwhile, Scott Pruitt was quietly confirmed.
In any other year he is THE fight of the century. Now he's just background
chatter. So, it sure seems like someone is getting something done, don't you think?
The other side needs to extract their heads from their rear ends, and soon. They are running headlong into irrelevance right now...
21 February (AM Edition):
As the world awaits the latest move by the Trump administration- this time a reboot of the immigration restrictions- there is a lot of speculation on Trump adviser Steve Bannon. His presence in the inner circle
has the progressive movement in apoplexy.
But why? There is a lot of rumor, innuendo and outright character assassination occurring. So, lets start at the beginning. In 2007 Andrew Breitbart, former assistant to Arianna Huffington, started his own website.
Originally a 'Drudge lite', it turned into 'Big Hollywood', which was a libertarian leaning site where the 'staff', as it were was those who tuned in.
The site would have the 'thread of the day', which was essentially an idea or topic, and the readers
would be the story. Comments were moderated and evaluated by an outside firm (Intense Debate) and the more 'thumbs up' one received made the reader take them more seriously.
It was now the dark days of the first Obama term. Dispirited conservatives,
angry at what Bush 43 left behind, and libertarians desperate for a forum flocked to the site.
It was 3 dimensional; not just politics but pop culture was discussed. Hollywood celebrities like Jon Voight, Michael Moriarty, Dwight Schultz and Gary Graham
turned away from liberal orthodoxy to weigh in.
It was a great release. Your humble correspondent was among the early contributors.
Steve Bannon was Breitbart's right hand. He had already led a full life; blue collar roots but self made man.
Joined the navy and became a surface warfare officer on the destroyer USS Foster.
He went on to achieve two Master's Degrees. He also dabbled in Hollywood, and in a very fortuitous turn of events got a piece of a then minor success of a TV series. It
was called 'Seinfeld', and his share will take care of him forever.
He also was an investment banker, and yes it was Goldman Sachs. But that life was not fulfilling for him. Moving into media was a natural thing, and after he met Breitbart and the two
bonded Andrew referred to him as the 'Leni Riefenstahl of Breitbart' after the infamous German filmmaker.
He is generally, along with Breitbart, credited with the creation of the 'Alt Right'. Seeing that the author of this piece is caught up in this
'movement' an explanation of exactly what it means is required.
Simply put, the mainstream conservative movement, the one that followed the Reagan Revolution, had been appropriated by the 'neo conservatives' of William Kristol. This took the protection
of Israel, a core conservative belief, and advanced it to the point where US foreign policy became a tool of Zionist expansion.
The destabilization of the Middle East was about dispatching Israel's historic adversaries allowing her to become the regional
This became a problem, fully realized by the Bush 43 terms. Endless war, $6 trillion spent and nothing but chaos and terror to show for it. The Obama administration took an opposite course; they backed Iran as the giant in the region.
'alt right' is a coalition of libertarians, conservatives and supporters of Israel who stop short of laying waste to a whole region to advance their interests.
It is, along with the Sanders socialist coalition, the only really honest political movement
out there. The alt right doesn't believe in the traditional left-right divide, an artificial construct meant to keep people at each other's throats.
The core beliefs are free speech, border and economic security, a far more circumpsect foreign policy,
and the rule of law. It favors a strict interpretation of the Constitution.
Steve Bannon is one of the architects of this. But not the ONLY one. His voice in the Trump inner circle is important; he is a strategic 'out of the box' thinker. But he isn't
a 'Svengali' as hinted by his foes.
The progressive movement has had a solid foothold in US politics since Woodrow Wilson was elelcted. Many in the alt right felt that the 'deal' was about to be closed; that 'progressing past the constitution', long
their dream, was almost at hand.
But this coalition, which includes the remains of the tea party, did their due diligence and took back Congress first, then took the GOP in a hostile takeover, and now holds the reins of power.
The opponents feel
a need to demonize their foes, and Bannon is the focus of their ire.
But the rest of Trump's cabinet are all on the same page. They reject global rule.
Focusing on Steve, who actually basks in it, is a fool's errand. Just as driving out Mike
Flynn. It isn't like they're the only ones who believe this. So do most Americans.
The selection of McMaster as national security adviser is being sold as a 'counterbalance' to Bannon. It isn't.
It's a complement, and this movement is coalescing fast...
Monday. 20 February (Evening Update):
The spin on the McMaster choice has been illustrative so far.
The CNN 'expert' stumbled sideways into the truth; the 'concerns' the 'establishment' (deep state)
has that he has to deal with Mephistopheles at Trump's right hand.
The Horned One is Steve Bannon, of course.
A disclosure: The author of this piece was an early Breitbart contributor, knows who Bannon really is, and has had
interactions with him. So, the evaluation reflects inside knowedge.
Steve Bannon will be addressed in a stand alone article soon. He deserves an in depth piece.
For now, all that needs to be known is this:
McMaster, a genuine
war hero (unlike some who claim that) who not only won the Silver Star but had his exploits chronicled in the excellent series 'Greatest Tank Battles'.
The Battle of 73 Easting during Desert Storm is one of the most amazing armored conflicts in history.
Here it is, enjoy:
He is on the same ideological wavelength as Trump, who retains Kellogg as his 2nd in command.Kellogg and Flynn are close.
John Bolton, although a neocon, is damn glad to have the job and be relevant again.
He'll do what he's told. But he does know where all the bodies are buried and can help McMasters navigate the bureaucracy.
policy that Bannon, Flynn and Trump had isn't going away, contrary to neocon desires. Trump will moderate near term geopolitical goals while getting cabinets up to speed.
Mike Flynn isn't disappearing. His counsel will be present. This decision does
put the deep state types on their heels a little, because, as the CNN person said, 'he (McMaster) isn't considered ideological' like Bannon would be, of course.
The mistake THEY make is that Trump's designs are much more in line with the military's
desires than the progressives or the neocons, who have overdeployed and underfunded them.
So, while McMaster may not be 'political' he is most definitely an America First patriot, as are all of Trump's generals.
All of them. Do not underestimate
Monday, 20 February (Breaking News):
President Trump settled on a replacement for the embattled MIke Flynn.
Lt. General Herbert Raymond ('HR') McMasters has accepted the position after being
one of a small bevy of candidates interviewed by the President at Mar-A-Lago.
He also knows where all the bodies are buried. His sentiments coincide with both the President and his inner circle. Former ambassador John Bolton will be involved in some
fashion. This is breaking news and we will have more on this by our evening update...
Monday, 20 February (Early Edition):
Vice President Mike Pence has the unenviable task of addressing NATO and, by default the EU as
well in Brussels today. Fortunately the subject of 'paying your fair share' dominated, and being a bunch of, well, mooches stifles most of the discontent they have.
There is little doubt that they are most unhappy with a Trump presidency.
He represents Brexit, Marine Le Pen and the nascent threat on their titular leader Angela Merkel. Trump also exposes what seems to be Europe's death wish; the rush to admit Islamic hordes who have zero intent of assimilating.
This dovetails the emerging
story about Sweden, which Trump pointed out as being in serious trouble the other night. He was mocked for portraying it as an 'incident' that occurred Thursday night.
What is was was a piece on Tucker Carlson's show -guest hosted by Ed Henry- with
an acitivist who returned from Sweden with evidence of a failing state replete with rapes and no go zones.
The mocking of Trump subsided quickly, as it turns out he was, once again, right.
This on Drudge this morning:
The media is quick to jump on the man for the smallest misstatement. But once again, he's right about the issue.
John McCain, who is the one looming at the edge of 'unhinged'; not the President, now has to explain what he meant by his statements
on the 'free press'.
He hinted darkly that Trump might be a dictator in waiting, just the kind of soundbite the opposition wants from him, and is the ONLY reason they like the guy. He shoots his mouth off, doesn't think, and forgets that he is only
a Senator from Arizona.
Criticizing the Commander In Chief, and on foreign soil, too, puts the supposed patriot on very thin ice, indeed. Particularly when he's incorrect.
His criticisms are meant to undermine and he knows it. He is also naked
in his desire to see the duly elected president replaced. He doesn't try to hide it.
Mitch McConnell needs to wrangle he, and the other recalcitrant neocons (Rubio, Graham, Sasse) into order or else the party's agenda is doomed. Do they want a successful
administration or war with Russia more?
You'll see soon enough...
Sunday, 19 February (Weekend Review):
First of all, this piece by veteran SF operator under his nom de plume 'Jeremiah Johnson'.
That and the response of our senior editor follows.
'Jeremiah Johnson' (one of my favorite films, too) is right here for one exception:
The Ukraine coup was ordered by CIA and Obama did what he was told. Jarrett didn't fight that one. She did fight the Syria chemical
attack scam but let doofus boy draw his line in the sand, which hurt them terribly.
But he 'gets' Trump, who acts like an asshole but is a good man inside. Nobody in the military missed the moment of him attending the arrival of
the slain SEAL. Civilians have no idea how important that was.
They knew this was a risky Op; that going into Yemen with an assault team in Ospreys is not only bold, but necessary for the espirit de corps of the service. This is
what they train to do, this is what they want to do, this is what NEEDS to be done.
So, while Songbird McCain criticizes the raid (on foreign soil, no less) understand the rank and file know they got a treasure trove of intel,
killed 14 T's who thought they were sitting pretty until riddled with 5.56 NATO.
The oorah factor of the raid was huge. The community is jacked.
This is never pointed out, as is the incredible support
Trump really has. That's why his little soiree' in Florida was smart. No other candidate since Reagan has the depth, the degree of support this man has. His detractors are relatively minor; a hard core 25% with their assorted minion/special interest hangers
They know this. That's why the organized (paid) protesters being marched out en masse. They are trying desperately to show a large resistance that DOES NOT EXIST.
76% of Democrats want their asshats
in DC to cooperate with Trump. But career bureaucrat Schumer has thrown in with the minority of his party; blocking every move and backing a guy (Keith Ellison) for DNC chair who's belief system would have him beheaded.
do they know? Chuckie warned about being on the wrong side of the IC. He meant the 'deep state' and he was right. They have declared war on Trump, and he and warhawk neocons have all thrown in with them.
Trump's only prayer is to
defund them, out them, fire them, and arrest and prosecute as many as he can. Meanwhile he has to deliver all of these domestic promises. He can only do that by dividing the parties.
One could say he has his work
cut out for him...
Trump is back on a roll.
The Mike Flynn saga, or at least the surface story, is deflating like a blimp in a pine forest.
The backstory is yet to be decided; this will have definite repercussions. But the FBI
has already cleared him -they'd better; if any crime was committed it's either they or the NSA did it, not the General- and the Wall Street Journal story has been pretty much discredited as well.
The now legendary presser from Thursday has had
the desired effect; he was so dead on yet absolutley merciless that the whole 4th estate was in shock for at least a day.
Calling out lightweight Don Lemon by not naming him and pointing out his sophomoric facial expressions was classic. His rating
may go up but the exposure isn't all good.
People are getting up to speed. Trump has them tuned in.
His campaign stop in Melbourne, Florida was a return to form. Pulling up to an oversize hangar jammed with over 3,000 supporters in Air Force
One gave the oversize spectacle it needed.
There were lines a mile long. Crowd size estimates varied from 9 to 20,000. Several thousand organized protesters showed and were asked to leave before he arrived.
It was peaceful, it was enthusiastic,
and it was substantive. Lost in some of the campaign style rhetoric was the statement that safe zones in the ME will not only be established but PAID FOR by the arab states.
That was significant. He will also roll out the new immigration policy. The
man's mastery of the genre, playing the role of his life ala Reagan, is a sight to see. Whether you like him or not it is difficult not to just admire the sheer bravado of it all.
His detractors see bombast and jingoism. What they miss is that they're
right about that but missing the essential point. It's the PT Barnum in him, and it's a natural talent.
Yet despite all the theatricality he does, like the late John McLaughlin used to say, 'stumble headlong into the truth' much more often than not.
But the style is unmistakable New York ward boss ringleader.
He was herding lions just like Barnum and Bailey in their glory days in that press conference.
Underestimate that at your peril...
February (Late Edition):
The week of turbulence settled on a quieter note.
There is little doubt that Trump's press conference changed the tone, if not the subject, of Trump's first month in office. Not even, only 27 days so far.
The media whined loudly as expected, but there does seem to be a scintilla of soul searching and perhaps realization by some that perhaps the man had a point or two.
CNN's Jake Tapper, who has tried to carve a name for himself as a defender of the
truth from the Trump assault, like Joe Scarborough and others were forced to face the facts.
They never uttered a word about the Clinton's getting Russia 20% of the US uranium sources.
They didn't care what was in the wiki files on her, just
who leaked it to hurt her.
They didn't care about Donna Brazile leaking debate questions.
They didn't care about incidents of collusion with Clinton officials.
They never questioned the pro Islamic tilt of Bennan's CIA.
asked to see the details of the Iran deal.
One could go on. But these are facts; you cannot hold one party's feet to the fire and give the other a pass and call yourselves 'journalists'.
It was an unqualified success for the President, who went
to Boeing HQ and was treated like a rock star by the employees, the same type of people who gave the Previous Occupant polite applause at best.
This is not lost on them, and today they were much more restrained. Now it's just an administration in 'chaos'.
CNN still throws in the evil Rooskies every now and then and of course John MCCain is in Europe treading on sedition.
But what eles is new?...
Friday, 17 February (Early edition):
As the dust settles
from the epic press conference a couple of observations become obvious.
One, is the sheer mastery of media as theater and how far behind the media really is. The barrage of criticism from them is superficial and self serving. They were taken to the
cleaners, didn't like it and react in predictable fashion.
Which is really dumb if you think about it. Trump's base is still THE biggest coalition out there, and it is expanding. Insulting Trump insults them.
They take these attacks
personally, and this further reduces the efficacy of the press.
Instead of trying to compromise Trump, which would be the smart long range vision, they double down on the tired Alinsky playbook. Attack, ridicule, marginalize.
Only problem is
it is backfiring. It is they who seem small; their feeling bruised by having their agenda exposed. When you have pushed propaganda for 50 years nobody is going to all of a sudden take you seriously after this conduct has been so thoroughly exposed.
even Democrat voters indicated Trump's coverage was unfair when polled.
The real reason behind all this is they know his populist message can, and will stick if given the chance. Therefore the 24/7 hysteria about every action; the shadow government
of the Previous Occupant and his organized PAC, and the media lapdogs in lockstep.
Add the war advocates and you have the entire opposition. Which is busy discrediting itself. The hit job on Flynn engineered by Ben Rhodes, John Brennan and Sally Yates
will be fully exposed at some point.
So, too will the fingerprints of the last administration, all the way to the top.
Just a matter of time, which is in Trump's favor, not theirs...
Thursday, 19 February (Late
So, the chess board changes again.
Seems like Admiral Harward wanted to bring in his 'own' staff, which of course would be career NSC staffers, like the ones trying to undermine the administration currently. This
would be a non starter.
It is going to be Trump's foreign policy, not that of establishment regulars, all of which are now, nakedly, angling for war with Russia. Harward himself wasn't the issue. This is pressure put on him by the 'never Trumpers' in
Add the Wall Street Journal to this list; they, too, are devoted to the Trump-Russia connection, that even if true is not a reason to rattle sabers. Anything he does going forward vis a vis Russia will be looked at under an electron microscope.
But if war with a nuclear power can be avoided, then you certainly must try it. Trump's best point of the day, one CNN will never bring up is the Clinton uranium deal. You see, nothing really matters to those allied against him.
They will spin whatever
they need to to get their desired result. Clinton's malfeasance was, and is, legend. But Trump gets the electoral college victory wrong and he is 'unhinged' and must be replaced asap.
It is laughable. But so eminently predictable.
The short list
for national security director is now shorter. Gen Kellogg is still in the mix; the Deep State wants KT MacFarland, and we shall see just who Trump -and Steve Bannon- finds palatable...
Thursday, 16 February (Mid day update):
The 45th President of the United States just gave what by any standards was an amazing press conference. Hastily announced, and no doubt his idea, he went into what was a den of lions and for 1 hour and 15 minutes took on everybody and everything.
It was testament and verse to why he won. Critics need to realize this; that instead of living in the bubble and regurgitating progressive talking points you need to address the substance of the man's words.
He is, in every sense of the word, a substantive
force. He is hard wired to accomplish things.
A quick perusal of the news outlets and various reactions gets much of the expected response; his base was wildly enthusiastic and the haters -and that's all they can really be called- are just appalled
by what occurred.
The rest of the country is still sorting this out. But just from the most basic of observations would indicate that the so-called 'average voter' would have a lot to like here.
The media IS dishonest. It has been for over 50
years. They may not like to hear it, but it's demonstrably true. From when Walter Cronkite declared the Vietnam was 'lost' during the Tet offensive it was contradicted by the biggest military defeat of the war.
After Tet, the NVA (North Vietnamese Army)
was a non functioning entity. They were, essentially, wiped out. As was the VC (Viet Cong) later by the Phoenix program. But it was to no avail, because the great Cronkite had spoken.
Since then, the media has been able to frame the argument they wanted.
That dynamic has changed. Trump took on all comers, there was palpable hostility, much of it from the Jewish Left who are not happy with the affection Israel and Netanyahu has for Trump and his policies.
They want to paint this picture of Trump supporters
as 'anti-Semitic' so he, too can be tarred and feathered. But instead he pointed out that much of this conduct is committed by THEM.
The JDL (Jewish Defense League) was infamous for praying swastikas on cemetery headstones so as to create a story for
them to exploit. These are standard tactics of those people.
Thinking Trump, who is a successful Manhattan socialite is 'ant-Semitic' is ridiculous on it's face, and he is surrounded by Jewish people whom he admires. Including his son in law. So this
is 'fake news' being shown for what it is.
He wrestled with CNN reporters after calling out there programs as 'hate fests'. They are; it's hard to watch one and not walk away with that conclusion. They are appealing to a certain market, sure.
it is what it is, and they were exposed for it. This press conference will only help Trump with the people. The media, the Democrats, and the neocon Never Trump crowd won't.
In other words, a net win for him...
There is a relative
quiet out there.
The media, led by the NY Times and CNN, have been pushing the envelope hard, and the roadblock of illegally leaked intel has gummed up their works. They they show up in the West Wing and expect some love.
They didn't get any.
Steve Bannon, who is the next target of the Deep State, saw them out side his office and quipped 'there they are all lined up. The opposition party'.
They were insulted. It must be so because the banner on the cable news was 'Bannon insults reporters'.
One of the networks complained loudly that Trump and his people won't take questions from them, instead 'favoring conservative outlets'.
Which would seem an admission that they are anything but that. The most transparent story in
the political universe is the animus the east coast media has for this administration and how invested they are in the nulllification, and then defeat of it.
But they have their feelings bruised by Steve Bannon correctly identifying them for what they
are. And the public is getting the uneasy feeling that this Russia bashing just might be counterproductive.
When polled, a large majority say they want better relations with Russia, NOT with the seven failed states that the opposition wants unlimited
These are polls CNN doesn't show. Not do they show the Reuters or Rasmussen polls that have Trump 50% or over. They like the ones that have him at 36%.
How can they be so disparate, you ask? Easy. It's called 'push polling', which
is shaping the questions to achieve a predetermined outcome. Like the exit polls on the Previous Occupant.
They say he left at a 'historic high'. But his aggregate over 8 years was 47.9%, which is not particularly very good. It's behind Bush 43, for
The Big Lie is how popular the last guy was. He wasn't, and isn't.
So, Trump will go back to the rally circuit and address an overflow crowd Saturday. He will be riotously well received, which will of course be played down.
it will give him the bully pulpit to rail on the undemocratic forces allied against him trying to nullify a legitimate election. Trump will not be cowed by them.
He's a New Yorker. They just don't back down, and this fever isn't going to subside anytime
Wednesday, 15 February (Late Update):
There is little doubt that the Trump administration had a tough 48 hours or so.
But the express still continues in spite of it. While the oppostion
glories itself in the story it created; the one where Trump and Putin collaborated on defeating a righteous Hillary, the rest of the world's business still goes on.
Trump met with Netanyahu and it was a major success, for both of them. They will have
some differences; they are both fervent nationalists. But one could seem some sort of grand bargain taking place.
The ugly backside of the Russia affair, the criminal conduct of the previous administration and it's surrogates is being revealed and the
progressive pundits are having to do the qualified approach now.
You cannot avoid the fact that this information was both obtained, and leaked, illegally.
And the rumors of this being a operation headed by Ben Rhodes, former DCI Brennan, and
Sally Yates is no longer a rumor. The only question is was the Previous Occupant behind all this? he has been a busy lad since leaving.
Other Presidents retire their PAC's when they move on. Not this fellow. He changed the acronym AND the mission. OFA,
or 'Organizing For America; is now Organizing For ACTION.
take a deep breath. Here's the site; you be the judge.
Now, the protests that are supposedly the 'new tea party'? Well,
maybe they're not quite so organic after all. Seems the above mentioned organization has 30,000 'members' to dipatch nationwide at a moment's notice.
This is all coming out now. Where it goes is anybody's guess, but it will come to a head at some point.
Mike Flynn, meanwhile, has been replaced by Vice Admiral Robert Harward, who is not only a former SEAL but he was one of the guys the trainers held up as the best example of how to be one of the very few.
Harward was raised in the Shah's Iran, which
is interesting. He remembers a far different country. Speaks Farsi fluently and how he differs from Flynn on Islamic radicalism is yet to be seen.
One thing for certain.
This is one studly cabinet. Not very often can the senior cabinet officials
out PT their staff which are easily half their age. Mattis, Kelly and Harward are an impressive lot.
He hasn't agreed to take the job yet. But insiders say he will.
The choice for Labor Secretary, Andy Puzder. withdrew his name today. A little
too much baggage, and the slot too low on the feeding chain to fight over.
Tomorrow's another day...
In what is a pretty groundshaking admission, the NY Times, one of the Trump administration's harshest critics (and that's being
kind) quotes intelligence officials that after all these investigations 'no evidence of collusion with Russia' was found.
Of course not. This was always a fiction floated by the progressives bitter over loss of power, and neocons who want perpetual
conflict with Russia until they no longer exist.
All Trump ever wanted to do was make entreaties with them that were in the US national interest. The President is not interested in the current foreign policy which has spent $6 trillion and all it's
done is create a vacuum for chaos to reign.
Not to mention the migrant crisis. This policy is indefensible, and all you will get is either silence or lame excuses when you confront a McCain or Graham on it.
The insanity of not just trying to
overthrow Assad in Syria to add to the regional instability, but to declare 'no fly zones' in a Russian ally. This was bound to cause an international incident between nuclear powers.
Keep in mind that Russia has only two warm water ports to feed it's
nation; one is in Crimea (Sevastapol) and the other in Syria (Tartus).
Depriving the country of either will cause it's collapse. Does the US have the right to do this to a country, or countries with leaders that were fairly popular?
all his flaws, had a reasonably stable regime that allowed freedom of religion. Now, Christians are being massacred. That's thanks to the US, and more specifically the previous administration.
This whole issue flies in the face of reality; what you
are seeing is the death throes of a establishment that has been wrong for decades and is now being exposed for the crime it is.
If this is all investigated honestly, these truths will come to light...
Tuesday, 14 February:
While this was undoubtedly a tough day for the Trump administration it is succeeding in making his adversaries show their hand, and it really isn't very strong.
They did drive out Mike Flynn, and no doubt cocktail
glassses are being clinked in tony joints in the Beltway in celebration. The Dubliner is no doubt rocking like it was 2013 and the last fellow was still in charge.
But this victory is coming unwound quickly.
First of all, the sheer bravado of
the illegality used to destroy this man is breathtaking. You have multiple felonies being committed by the FBI, the IC, and holdover employees. Many have stated they are using encrypted phones to plan their 'resistance' to the Elected President of the United
Not to mention the FBI leaking a call that was illegal to record without the knowledge of the US citizen who MUST be informed and consent to it's release.
This is not only unconstitutional behavior but it borders on sedition. Then
there's the fingerprints of the Previous Occupant all over this organized resistance.
Add to it that Flynn did nothing wrong. Obama had dispatched an aide to Russia BEFORE he was even elected. Legal scholars have said the Logan Act, which has never
been prosecuted in the 217 years of it's existence was not violated.
He was doing the duty of an incoming national security adviser, He spoke to dozens of ambassadors all over the world. Discussing an area of importance, like aggressive actions by an
outgoing administration is not off limits.
This is a ginned up affair, as Eli Lake says in his excellent piece in Bloomberg called 'The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn'. This was conjured up by Ben Rhodes and others in power back in December.
Flynn was going to expose the Iran deal for the sweetheart to Tehran it was. But Rhodes, the Islamist former DCI Brennan, and James Clapper apparently fed Sally Yates (the fired former asst AG) the incriminating phone call to which she was all ready to
take credit for.
Then the backlash started. The FBI, who knew back then did not brief Mike Pence, hung him out to dry which exposed him as being outside of the inner circle. This was an affont to him and Flynn had to take the pipe to save Pence's mojo
on Capitol Hill.
In other words, shit got out of hand, as they say. Poor Flynn, as dedicated as any ten men, was humiliated by not only a terrible act but apparently a deeply criminal one, as well.
All of this is going to come out, and the Trump
administration can, and will, start calling these perpetrators on to the carpet, and the wailing of 'witch hunt' will be heard loud and clear.
But the real 'witch hunt' is right now, and the real news is coming out. FOX is already all over the criminality
issue, and soon the rest of the 'fake news' crowd will be in their solo echo chamber yet again...
The foes of the Trump administration are enjoying their morning coffee for the first time in ages.
After two years of stunning
defeats they drew their first blood with the resignation of Mike Flynn. Driving him out of office is more appropriate, and that gives them even more satisfaction.
His policy initiatives ran counter to established US policy of open borders, denying the
malevolent intent of Islam, and keeping Russia as a foe to justify expensive military hardware that is of dubious value like the F-35.
The concern now is will this force the President to change course and toe the establishment line? He didn't run to
'be President'; he doesn't care about the trappings of office. He ran to change things, and that means substantially.
The leaks that are undermining his staff so far are criminal, and need to be investigated, But with a serious portion of the GOP 'mainstream'
aligned against his policy goals, he isn't going to get much help there.
Trump will have to go over their heads once again, and go to the people. Mike Flynn did nothing wrong other than try to keep his back channel negotitations secret. He did not hurt
the American public like Lois Lerner or Eric Holder did.
The sheer level of criminality tolerated by the media from the last administration was mind boggling. With Trump they are like meter maids looking for the smallest violations.
Foggy Bottom, Mr President. It's only going to get tougher...
The adversaries surrounding the Trump administration got their first real victory today. General Michael Flynn, under severe pressure, handed in his resignation late Monday
He, along with adviser Steve Bannon, was a prime target of both the establishment (read: the Deep State) and progressive groups. His knowledge of the Middle East follies of the last two administrations was complete, and he knew how to run
modern ELINT, or electronic intelligence, very well.
Ironically, it was such intel that did him in; (illegal) FBI wiretaps that were (illegally) leaked to the papers owned by those sworn to Trump's defeat. Instead of owning up to them; they were NOT
illegal -he did not violate the Logan Act no matter what you hear- he denied them and that proved his undoing.
Make no doubt about it.
He was considered an existential threat by the open borders/endless war crowd; the unholy alliance between
progressives and neocons. He wanted to team with Russia to eliminate Islamic terror which is something the Deep State created to cover their destabilization of the region.
It started under Bush 41 and continued through Obama. Hillary Clinton had a big
hand in toppling Khaddafi in Libya. Syria was their next target. Russia being the final prize.
Trump wants to stop this. Stop the war, kill the terrorists and stop the mass migration. This runs counter to the desires of the establishment; that's why
all you hear is 'you can't build the wall', you 'can't stop Islamic migration' and you 'cannot be friends with Putin and Russia'.
It's a constant 24/7 drone. Those opposing Trump have a short term drive him out of office goal. It isn't much, but it's
all they've got. But they now smell blood and will double down yet again.
Just who replaces Flynn will be key. If John McCain likes it, watch out...
Monday, 13 February:
The fourth week begins with
new challenges as the administration plows ahead.
And make no mistake about it; moving forward constantly is their modus operandi. You don't get stuck that way. The major agenda items are 1) meeting with Trudeau and starting the NAFTA talks, 2) getting
the rest of the cabinet secured, and 3) tamping down the Apache-like raids on Mike Flynn's scalp.
Trudeau, who has shown himself to be both clueless and tone deaf (he took an expensive vacation from a donor within weeks of his swearing in) is in for
a rude awakening as the niceties of political speech will be dicarded for hard negotiations with a serious Trump administration.
The big stumbling block will be the contrasting immigration policies. They couldn't be farther apart on this issue. So there
will be some items of contention. The world will see just how smart Trudeau is -or isn't.
The cabinet is in more or less good shape; the only one who may have difficulty is Andrew Puzder at Labor. He has some financial concerns and the former nanny/illegal
alien thing that plagues these people.
He was a little reluctant to take the position in the first place, and could just pack it in if this gets too deeply personal. It's unlikely, though. Figure him at about 75% in the fold.
No matter what you hear from the media, and FOX has joined the neocon screams for his head as well, he was at Mar A Lago with the President and Japanese Prime Ministe Abe and was seated at the table with them.
Trump will only dispense with his services
if this turns into a complete political liability for him, and considering his opponents are throwing the kitchen sink at him Flynn just might very well survive this.
Listening to Bernie Sanders and Al Franken call Mr Trump 'mentally ill' and a 'pathological
liar' is rich; they must not have any mirrors in their homes. And as far as mental illness goes, running at the mouth endlessly, being foul and emotional, and being in a state of endless rant doesn't speak well for anybody's mental health...
The Trump administration is in it's first fully developed crisis mode. It isn't as serious as the media would like one to think, but there is a confluence of events.
First of all, Iran and N Korea are letting them know that
they are both 1) still there, and 2) want attention. These were always predictable as Trump is moved closer to Israel by his son in law Jared Kushner, and the Red Chinese, unhappy with the lack of a clear 'one China policy' and the buddy show with Japan's
Abe get their proxy in Pyonyang to launch a missile.
Second, the desire for his foes to 'get a scalp' is in the obsessive stage.
They really want Steve Bannon, would love to get Mike Flynn but will settle for either Kelly Anne Conway or Sean
Spicer. They want a victory, badly. No matter how they spin the 9th Circuit it is NO victory.
It's provably bad law, and they now own any attack. Not to mention it solidified Trump's appeal to that segment of his base, which was restless about the DACA
An unnamed judge on the 9th wants to have an 'en banc' decision which would include 11 judges. No stated reason was given but it seems that they know their credibility, which with an 80% rate of rejection by the Supreme Court, is dubious
The three jurists did not exactly acquit themselves; indeed it was a subpar presentation by the B team at DoJ that helped them make their really questionable decision. You don't look for reasons of motivation to intrude on the duty of the executive.
They face a humiliation in the Supreme Court in spite of what you hear about the 4-4 tie. This is just a political decision made by jurists who favor open borders and unlimited immigration.
This week will have some interesting twists on all this...
The Week in Review
The media, and their allies drew a little blood from the Trump elephant this week. Not much, nothing fatal, but a few minor wounds were inflicted.
The major blow was to General
Michael Flynn, who next to Steve Bannon is the top target for Trump's adversaries. He is an ardent foe of Islamic radicals, which threatens the open borders crowd, and sees Russia as a potential ally.
That hacks off the neocon alliance which wants -badly-
war with Russia. So, he has enemies. The IC is tapping the phone at the Oval Office and leaking transcripts to the NY Times and Washington Post, both owned by sworn opponents of the Trump administration.
Flynn is Trump's foreign policy expert. His expertise
is highly valued.
The supposed crime he committed, violating the Logan Act is laughable. As Alan Dershowitz pointed out, if that was the case, Jimmy Carter and Jesse Jackson should have had adjoining prison cells.
Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador
just as Obama was busy making things as difficult on the incoming crowd as he could. The last minute sanctions were, quite frankly, gratutitous.
So, the incoming national security adviser speaks to the Russian ambassador, which is basically doing his
job. He is no civilian, and the Logan Act doesn't apply. But the coalition that wants war with Russia ran with this, and Flynn apparently wasn't transparent about a call he thought was secure.
They want to drive him out with this. That isn't going to
The Nordstrom thing is a big, fat zero. KellyAnne Conway, another scalp they would love to have, will survive as well. Sean Spicer isn't going away either. These are all rumors meant to show an administration in disarray.
That's the media
narrative right now, and isn't going to change any time soon...
The 9th Circuit Decision
This legal decision, which was expected but still sort of breathtaking in it's lack of judicial prudence, plays right into the hands of the President.
The public has been read the law, which is very clear. They have seen the ruling, which is specious in both law and logic. It exposes the open borders agenda, rallies Trump's base on immigration, and just begs to be overturned.
The 9th Circuit is
overturned EIGHTY PERCENT of the time. That would seem to indicate a lot more judicial activism and a whole lot less reading of the Constitution.
It's always kind of a hoot to hear the progressive movement, which holds the constitution in contempt,
all of a sudden start claiming it as a sacred document, just like their newfound love of Federalism and the 10th amendment.
Better late than never, one supposes.
But this is a classic case of winning by losing, and once again Trump is in good