I’ll probably never be able to make up my mind fully about President Trump, and I am sure a number of our commenters will pounce on this opening. But just about every time I think he’s blundered or shown himself not up to the job, something changes my mind as the dust settles. First, as Scott and Paul noted, his speech to the UN this week was terrific. Geez—you’d think from the reaction Trump called the Soviet Union an evil empire or something. Even more satisfying is how Trump continually confounds the efforts of the DC Swamp Monsters to make him conform to the “normal” rules and procedures of Washington.
President Trump´s tactics are familiar to me, and all other tactical aviators: he loves to kick out a bundle of chaff [tweets, meetings with Dems, etc] at every opportunity. As in the air, the chaff blossoms and all radars (lamestream media) lock onto it.
In the meantime, The Donald is maneuvering and suddenly is approaching the real target unseen, and releasing his weapons. The LSM suddenly looks over and says, "Hey! What´s happening over there? How did he GET there?"
President Trump has been playing master-level chess since he began his campaign. His jokes anger, his barbs anger even more but he always wins the game. I have never doubted for a second that we chose the superior candidate from the field of 16. It´s so refreshing after eight years of an idealistic, unicorn-chasing, drug-addled idiot who always tried to do the wrong thing for America and then botched it in the process. I hope bwana obama is sitting in his little war room and popping every anti-depressant on the market while watching a real president at work.
For weeks, Garrison Keillor’s initial belief that he was "fired" from Minnesota Public Radio last November for simply touching "a woman’s bare back" hung in the air, tempting his biggest fans with the hope that perhaps the creator of A Prairie Home Companion had been wrongly accused. Minnesota Public Radio only said at the time that it decided to terminate its contracts with Keillor after investigating an allegation of "inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him." On Tuesday, MPR, sent a lengthy letter to its members explaining, for the first time, the allegations against Keillor. "In the allegations she provided to
Allowing felons a meaningful chance to reclaim their right to vote and rejoin civic life is edging closer to reality in Florida. On Tuesday the state announced that a yearslong petition drive to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot has garnered the required number of signatures. This issue has hung over Florida for years, as a broken system unjustly disenfranchises more than 1.5 million residents. This year, voters will finally have the chance to fix it. Restoration of voting rights is automatic in many states. Not in Florida, where the Constitution bars ex-felons from voting or holding office until
he Republicans are led by a bigoted, incompetent president whose approval ratings are near historic lows. The Republicans in Congress embrace one unpopular policy option after another, so that all the signs pointed to a GOP bloodbath in the midterm elections. All of this has left those of us in the pundit class with a frustrating problem. Obviously, the Democrats were going to find some way to screw this up. But no matter how much we pulled and stretched our imaginations, we couldn’t quite figure out how exactly they were going to do it. Et Voilà! In just one short week the Democrats
We have just witnessed a curious phenomenon in the U.K. Bloodthirsty conglomerate Virgin unilaterally withdrew the Daily Mail from its public-transport arm. A preening statement that the paper “did not align with the company’s values” grabbed SJWs as irresistibly as the tractor beam of the Death Star. Twitter cried “victory!”—while Virgin execs listened for the pitter-patter of tiny feet signing up to their wider raft of branded services. Others were not so generous. Brexit Twitter took up the cry of “censorship!” Contrarian gruffalo Rod Liddle went a step further and handed out free copies of the Daily Mail on a train
JERUSALEM --- Vice President Mike Pence optimistically proclaimed the "dawn of a new era" for the Middle East peace process Monday, even as Palestinians and Arab Israelis boycotted his visit to Israel over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Pence [said] the decision on Jerusalem was taken by President Donald Trump because he was convinced that it would create an opportunity to move forward "in good faith" with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian officials snubbed Pence´s visit. President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, met with European foreign ministers in Brussels to press for a so-called "two-state
Free marketeers may sometimes win elections, but they are not winning U.S. history. In recent years, the consensus regarding the American past has slipped leftward, and then leftward again. No longer is American history a story of opportunity, or of military or domestic triumph. Ours has become, rather, a story of wrongs, racial and social. Today, any historical figure who failed at any time to support abolition, or, worse, took the Confederate side in the Civil War, must be expunged from history. Wrongs must be righted, and equality of result enforced. The equality campaign spills over into a less obvious field,
In the general Confession that begins the Anglican Church’s morning service are the following words: “We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us.” These words might serve not as the confession of the British government, but rather as a description of it. Last week, for example, it appointed a minister with responsibility for (or is it against?) loneliness. A parliamentary commission found that about a seventh of the population suffers from it, and that therefore it was
CNN went to Youngstown, Ohio, to find out what Democrats who crossed over to vote for Donald Trump think of his presidency after one year. The results may have surprised the anti-Trump network, but those who participated in the focus group were uniformly happy with the president’s performance. This short video is well worth watching, both for the participants’ sensible comments and for the way the CNN narrator says the word “Republican.” [video]
The Israeli Knesset held a special session yesterday to welcome Vice President Pence. Pence was the first American vice president to address the Knesset. He spoke to a packed room. Among those welcoming the vice president were the Israeli president, the Israeli prime minister, and the Israeli leader of the opposition. Roughly all of Israel’s political establishment turned out. The United States embassy in Tel Aviv, soon to be in Jerusalem, live streamed the proceedings and has posted the video here. The remarks of all involved were pointed, true, and moving. John Adams, let it be noted, received his due. What about
The Schumer Shutdown came to an ignominious end after only three days. Obviously, the Democrats were looking at internal poll results that were disastrous for them. It’s a good reminder that, while the Chamber of Commerce might join liberals in advocating a more or less open borders policy on immigration, the large majority of Americans are not only firmly opposed to illegal immigration, but, if anything, would prefer to reduce legal immigration. Our friends at Grabien produced this montage of liberals bewailing the collapse of the Democrats’ shutdown. It’s schadenfreude at its best: [video] What happens next? The Democrats wanted to
One of the many prominent men swept up in sex-related scandals in the past few months was Garrison Keillor, long a fixture on Minnesota Public Radio and a favorite of liberals nationwide. MPR fired Keillor, but until now the only account of what led to the termination came from Keillor himself, who said that the only relevant incident was when he accidentally touched a woman’s back. Not surprisingly, many Keillor fans protested his firing. MPR has now told its side of the story: Minnesota Public Radio provided additional details of allegations of sexual harassment against humorist Garrison Keillor on Tuesday, saying his
Democrats are feckless. When it counts, they always fold. After all, they’re more beholden to donors and lobbyists than they are to their base. This narrative is so old, so straightforward, and so pleasingly infuriating that it just rolls off the tongue. So when Democrats in Congress struck a compromise with Republicans to reopen the government late on Monday, the despairing headlines immediately took over every left-of-center publication in the country. By the end of the evening, #SchumerSellout was trending across the country on Twitter. When I sat down to write this article, I assumed that the great minds of Twitter were
Democrats called it the Trump shutdown. Republicans labeled it the Schumer shutdown. But in reality, it was the Dreamer shutdown. The recipe for the current congressional gridlock is complex, but at the top of the list of ingredients are the illegal immigrant Dreamers who pushed Democrats to launch the filibuster that sent the government careening into a partial shutdown. It’s a stunning display of political leverage for a group that, at most, numbers several million, can’t vote now, and even under the most generous proposals wouldn’t be able to cast ballots for another decade. Yet they have amassed an extraordinary amount of
You’ve got to feel for Robert Mueller. The man overseeing the special investigation into Russian election meddling is by all accounts a non-partisan straight shooter, the model image of a public-minded civil servant. Drafted to lead politically polarizing investigation, working under the beady eyes of distrustful congressional Republicans, Mueller has striven to keep his team’s conduct as unimpeachable as possible by bringing on some of America’s sharpest legal minds to check his own work and keeping public comments to a minimum. Imagine how Mueller feels, then, to have to answer so frequently for the partisans and incompetents surrounding him. The special counsel’s biggest
Malia Obama, who is studying at Harvard University, has boyfriend! But some black people on Twitter have questioned her choice in men, because Malia´s new homey, Rory Farquharson, is white. (5 tweets) This racism on the part of some in the black community, who are bruddas and sistas to us all, is very sad. Most white people want us to grow together as a community. I just wish everyone of all races felt the same way. Questions for discussion: After years of Obama´s race baiting, President Trump is the first "post-racial" president to follow him. What do you think President Trump
Congressional investigators believe they are barely beginning to answer the questions raised by the text messages between the FBI´s Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. For several reasons: 1) Strzok and Page were more prolific texters than anyone knew. In a statement late Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said FBI investigators have found "over 50,000 texts" in their review of Strzok-Page communications. 2) Even with all those texts, the FBI says it cannot find the couple´s messages between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017 — a critical time in the Trump-Russia affair. It´s probably safe to say there is not a single
New text messages from anti-Trump FBI agents reviewed by investigators reportedly make reference to a "secret society," in what could be the nail in the coffin for special counsel Robert Mueller´s Russia investigation. Investigators have reviewed 50,000 text messages on FBI servers looking for all exchanges between anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page during the 2016 election, Fox News reported. The revelation comes as investigators are seeking the whereabouts of approximately five months´ worth of text messages between Page and Strzok. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy told Fox News on Monday that one
The mood on the international conference call at the beginning of this month was somber as Ian Bremmer, president of the political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group, prepared to list off top global dangers in the coming year. Bremmer began with a show-stopping line:"If we had to pick one year for a big unexpected crisis — the geopolitical equivalent of the 2008 financial meltdown — it feels like 2018." The reasons are many, Bremmer cited, but the most prominent causes for global insecurity stem from U.S. President Donald Trump´s move away from global leadership, and China´s eagerness to fill the
Chuck Schumer is taking his big spending boost for Donald Trump’s border wall off the table. The Senate minority leader, through an aide, informed the White House on Monday that he was retracting the offer he made last week to give Trump well north of the $1.6 billion in wall funding Trump had asked for this year, according to two Democrats. And now they say Trump will simply not get a better deal than that on his signature campaign promise. Schumer “took it off,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat. “He called the White House yesterday and said
Calling the Trump administration’s tax reform plan a “middle-class tax increase,” two California lawmakers introduced a bill that would force large companies to fork over half of their expected savings to the state. Assemblymen Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting, both Democrats, introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 22, which calls for a 10 percent surcharge on companies with a net earnings over $1 million. The plan could potentially raise billions for the state´s social services programs. “It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals,” Ting said in a statement,
The Senate on Monday was set to hold a successful vote to reopen the federal government, after Senate Democrats agreed to let the bill through even though it doesn´t include immigration language they are seeking. "We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the floor. Under the bill up to be called up, the government would be fully funded through Feb. 8, and it would fund the Children´s Health Insurance Program for six years. It would also reopen the government, which has been partially closed since midnight
It has been four months since Megyn Kelly earned the wrath and ire of Jane Fonda for asking the 80-year-old actress about her plastic surgery, and the NBC host is now responding to the backlash. That moment occurred during Kelly´s third episode when she asked the Oscar-winner about what work she had done in the past, which prompted a steely Fonda to stare Kelly down and ask: ´We really want to talk about that now?´ Since then Fonda has complained about the question to a number of outlets, and even mocked Kelly´s question on Today last week during an interview
Some of you misguided young women (the non-misguided ones can ignore me) will resist the obvious fact that you need the romantic advice of a married, 53-year old retired Army officer who identifies as male. Well, judging from that Aziz Ansari story in babe.net, many of you sure need some guidance from someone. And since your fathers apparently went AWOL – or maybe you just didn’t listen – I’ll step in to help. Because I’m a helper. And because since so many of you are so utterly ill-equipped to interact with men, maybe you need a man to mansplain things
While the Establishment Media continues its fabricated government shutdown hysteria through the weekend, some Republicans continue to demand the public be allowed to see a memo which apparently shows a shocking abuse of power during the Obama administration that, among other things, attempted to unduly influence the 2016 Election outcome.(Snip)(ABOVE: RINO Republican Peter King is now advocating a memo on Deep State/Obama administration abuses NOT be released due to concerns over “national security”) Members of Congress like Peter King are right when they say the memo might very well be a threat to security – namely THEIR security as millions of