Sunday, January 07, 2018

Trumps First Year Was One For the Ages

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For those of you who have known me for awhile, you know I've been writing about politics for the last 15 years. This blog started when the invasion of Iraq did in 2003. I've blogged most of the W years and all of the Obama years but slowed down as the Trump campaign and eventual first year occurred. Mainly that is because of the much higher profile of Facebook and Twitter and how the Trump campaign did exactly what the Obama campaign did; got their points out via social media. This blog reaches a minimal audience--well down from the heyday back in the 2006-2010 years. I could reach 300-400 people daily on Facebook and Twitter and maybe change one mind or even secure one wavering vote.

Over the last year, I've seen something I never thought I'd see; true change and reform within the federal government. In the past, it was just a slight change from left to right and back again. Obama changed that, he took the federal entity farther left than any previous president save possibly FDR. He fundamentally changed the power of the presidency by enacting regulations over legislation. He had his pen and his phone and he used them increasing spending to unseen levels and growing the federal civil service to grotesque levels never envisioned by the constitutional framers. He also expanded the executive branch in ways never seen before and when us on the right brought up the fact that the power allowed him would be seen as a precedent for future presidents we were laughed at because the left truly believed that they would establish a generational foothold on that branch.

Then along came Donal J. Trump. Here was a man that played by a set of rules the establishment and the media (but I'm redundant) couldn't fathom. After years of patting the blur collar voter on the head every four years assuring them they would be taken care of while simultaneously creating an America where they had no place finally caught up to them. Trump spoke directly to them. He went to Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, western Pennsylvania and the heartland and said I see you, I understand you and I will help you. Amazingly, a billionaire from New York connected with the forgotten blue collar worker and allowed them to see his vision. He won in spite of his faults because people who wanted the American dream saw in him as one who could deliver it. Hillary's people were playing from a 2008 playbook where Trump was playing by a 1980 playbook with a 21st century media. He also played by the rules that say if you win the electoral college you win the election; total votes don't mean anything. While Hillary ignored those who Trump most appealed to in favor or fundraisers and coastal elites, Trump went out and stumped for for historically democratic voter and made them feel like there was true hope.

So Trump beat Hillary. Immediately the media ganged up on him. Never had I seen a winning candidate not even in office suffer the negative publicity that Trump did from the media. They beclowned themselves by shedding any journalistic integrity they once had and printing any salacious story they could without even doing a little investigating. In the past, that would've doomed the president elect. But not Trump, he went back after them on every single story. He changed the news dynamic by tweeting at 2:00 AM or releasing a flurry of tweets at 5:59 AM. He drove the news cycle and when they had something they thought would stick he'd change the news cycle again. He tweeted out stories before the authors of them could release them and put his spin on the story before it could be digested.

But amazingly and without the media noticing it, he went to work. The single most conservative supreme court nominee was nominated and confirmed, The media would lose their minds and he'd tweet out something different and they would go in that direction. Allegations of Russian interference in the election were running rampant based on a dossier that was paid for by the Democrats so Trump selected a special counsel to investigate shutting people up while he worked but then fired the head of the FBI whom many on the left blamed for Hillary losing. This forced the media to do a 180 on Comey and say he was a good guy, a martyr after destroying him for months. Meanwhile, anyone paying attention saw exactly what was happening. Trump was simultaneously making the media crazy while he went about his daily work of reducing regulations--a key part of what his agenda was.

He's changed the federal judiciary for a generation. Anyone who knows how America works knows that the judiciary is the single most critical element of real and true change. He focused on the economy and did what Obama could never do; gave hope to people and consumer confidence is the most important part of that. Where Obama never had a year of 3% growth, Trump did it quickly. Unemployment fell, people went back to work and with the tax bill, the next two years will roar at levels unseen since the late 90's tech boom.

On the foreign policy front he canceled our participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership ensuring that our jobs would not be shipped overseas and got us out of the Paris Climate Agreement which would have cost us trillions. He began renegotiation of NAFTA, which was a disaster for American workers and even went so far as to cut the corporate tax rate to low not seen in decades. All this was done with a congress that was shell-shocked and poorly led. Most importantly, ISIS was exterminated from the land they held in 10 months through cooperation with the Kurds, Iraqi's and Russians. He also did what many red-blooded Americans have hoped for by giving the UN the finger. His single act of saying he was moving the embassy to Jerusalem exposed the hypocrisy of the vaunted body in mid-town Manhattan. On North Korea, he went right at the fat little dictator whom previous presidents only gave lip service to and then kicked the can down the road for the next POTUS.

So here we are. The African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates are at historic lows, the stock market is reaching new heights daily and consumer confidence is high. Amusingly, liberals are out of their minds and still raging about events that happened months ago while sputtering about today's latest tweet. Meanwhile Trump is transforming America for the foreseeable future. People in blue states will no longer allow taxes to be raised because they can no longer deduct them on their federal taxes. Blue states will have to rein in spending and if not, they will turn red.

This is all after just 11 months.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday Morning News & Notes

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Happy weekend, y'all.

-This was a busy week in politics with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting the presidents appeal to re-instate the temporary ban from 7 nations who cannot properly vet their own people. The 9th Circuit is the most overturned appellate court in America so that won't stand for long. If opponents of Trump's plan actually paid attention to what he plans on doing, they would see it's a solid plan and one that will provide a measure of safety and security. Plus, all one needs to do is look at the example set by Germany. Angela Merkel welcomed refugees into Germany and spent a ton of political capital defending her actions. That turned out to be a really bad decision on many levels. She now is implementing policies more strict than what Trump has laid out.

-Trump supporters have been calm thus far (in spite of what you may have header on #fakenews CNN or MSNBC). While liberal fascists burn down stores, halt free speech and throw bricks and feces, those on the political right have sat back and just watched. Eventually, if things continue as they have this first month of the Trump administration, they will not be content to just sit by and take it. This is a warning and a statement of fact, those who elected Trump are a calm lot happy to make a decent paycheck, take a weeks vacation and go out to dinner one night a week. But there is also a predominance of alfa genes in the group and all it will take is one spark to set that fire. If events like this continue, I fear that blaze may begin sooner rather than later.

-Back during the Obama years, many federal agencies were stocking up on ammo--so much so that it affected supplies in some areas. The reason was never addressed by Obama and the issue faded. Well now it's back again. Why the hell does the National Park Service have hundreds let alone thousands of rounds of ammo stored? I guess the question now is why was it not protected from theft?

-Trump is meeting with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe this weekend. Japan is critical in the efforts to curtail Chinese ambitions in the region and Trump's warmness is a clear sign to Beijing that Trump is looking to strengthen our relationship with Tokyo. The US has numerous military bases throughout the Home Islands and Okinawa and they would be critical for any offensive efforts or in a defensive role.

-Expect word soon that we will be ramping up operations in Afghanistan soon. One General called our efforts in the 16-year was "stagnant". General Mattis is meeting with NATO leaders this week in Europe for talks on the situation.

-Chucky Schumer thinks he can stop Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Unfortunately for this sniveling weasel his predecessor left him some baggage to deal with--mainly the use of the nuclear option. Once Harry Reid pulled that out, it can't be put back and expect Mitch McConnell to invoke it for Gorsuch.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

We've Got Memes

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I stole them so you steal them as well.

Fucking Jodie

Be careful, it ain't like Call of Duty

Now that's an impressive arsenal

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

"Not Until the Boom"

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Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly spoke on the Hill today talking to the House and one of the topics was the temporary ban on the seven nations who do not have the infrastructure to properly vet their people immigrating or claiming refugee status in the US.

Kelly was blunt and told the panel that it's critical we have this ban in place and that the court order stopping it may well have allowed those who wish us harm to enter. When asked how would we know he said "not until the boom" which appeared to take some on the panel by surprise.

Do they not understand that is the reason Trump wants the ban in place? In the liberal mind Trump's only rational is that he hates Muslims and it never occurs to them that he is doing it to protect the nation because they refuse to admit to themselves that we have an enemy who wants to kill as many of us as they can.

In the days since a liberal judge ordered the ban halted, untold potential enemies may have entered. Will any of the prop who were against the temporary ban actually care. Will they comfort the husbands, wives, sons or daughters of the next attack? They no longer have Obama running interference for them by labeling the attacks as "workplace violence" or "a lunatic with a gun". If we get attacked again and it comes to light that they entered during this time period, I will blame liberals and excoriate them as I never have before.

Let's see what the Ninth Circuit rules tonight but make no mistake, by fighting this temporary ban, liberals have made America less safe and for anyone paying attention, the terrorists mostly hit the soft underbelly of America or more plainly, liberal cities.

Video available here as is the full transcript.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Monday Night News & Notes

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Tom Brady is the best ever. End of argument. He's in the pantheon of greats along with Gretsky, Jordan, Howe, Griffey Jr. and Walter Payton.

Here's what's new in the world:

-Apparently the Hamas explosives guru wasn't that careful around explosives.

-Trump and Mattis need to address this immediately. When half of the strike fighters can't fly due to money, they are nothing but expensive paperweights.

-The world is moving to the right. Le Pen, Brexit, Trump and now Temer in Brazil.

-The Iraqi army is leaving ISIS fighters bodies in the street to rot as a warning and lesson. No matter how far into the future we go, the middle east will always be tribal and vicious.

-Example #298,742 why Trump was elected.

-Did you know the Patriots winning was due to White Supremacy? Me neither but apparently the SJW's believe that to be the case. I watched the game and I saw quite a few black men playing in the white jerseys. Is it possibly because the Patriots field a majority white receiving corps? I don;t know, I guess I'm just not smart enough to see race issues everywhere and in everything. I just enjoyed watching a good game.

-China believes they have reached the point they could surpass the US for sea supremacy in the South China Sea. I'm guessing once Mattis gets the Navy back to a sharp edge, China will learn that they are not yet at that point.

-I'm by no stretch a Lady Gaga fan but her performance was excellent. I thought I'd miss it coming home from the party I was at but I saw it all and she killed. It ranked up there with Prince and Michael Jackson in my humble opinion.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

The Daggers Are Out For Tulsi Gabbard

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The one Democrat I fear in the next election Tulsi Gabbard.

Her story is a good one, she is Samoan-American, is a Major in the National Guard, served two tours in war zones, which she volunteered for, and is as principled as anyone in government.

And the Democratic establishment hate her.

It goes back to when she served as vice chair for the Democratic National Committee. DNC leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz was in the bag for Hillary. Schultz only scheduled 6 debates between Hillary and Bernie versus over twenty in past elections. Gabbard resigned her seat in protest and said of Schultz "It's very dangerous when we have people in positions of leadership who use their power to try to quiet those who disagree with them. When I signed up to be vice-chair of the DNC, no one told me I would be relinquishing my freedom of speech and checking it at the door."

The subsequent leaks released by Wikileaks showing the DNC cheated only made her move look more principled. 

Then Trump won and the Democratic establishment needed to blame someone. They looked at Gabbard as a good fall girl and essentially made her a non-person in the party. The elders of the party: Elizabeth (Fauxcohantas) Warren, Chucky Schumer and Joe Biden do not want to relinquish the reins and that has added to the discontent.

Hack Washington Post "journalist" has been doing the party's dirty work writing scathing pieces and tweets that we rarely see written about any Democrat. He is looking to not only destroy her but make other think twice before challenging the status quo. 

I'm not complaining, believe me. The last thing I want is Tulsi Gabbard to rise in the party. She's smart, attractive, has a military background, is not afraid to stand up for what she believes and would make an excellent candidate. If the Dem's want to eat their own, let them but they are making a huge mistake by going after a woman who may be their best chance in 2020. 

Sunday Morning News & Notes

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Happy Super Bowl (TM) Sunday. I like the Falcons in a close one 28-24. Matty Ice is at that part of his career where he's ready to lead his team to a title. Evidently someone thinks the same.

Here's what's happening:

-For decades the word fascist has been defined as strong central government and authoritarian rule. Business is rigidly part of the governmental system. It has never been defined as left-wing or right-wing...except by Google:

Here's Merriam Webster's definition:

And here's Google's.

No wonder the actual fascists have no idea what fascism is, they get all their info from Google and Occupy Democrats.

-Who knew Monty Python and the Holy Grail was part documentary?

- College is supposed to be about learning and being exposed to ideas and views you've not encountered before. Pure debate is dead and in it's place is whining, crying and safety pins where before it was counter ideas, free thought and intellectualism. This is a great read, however the fascists on the left do not want free speech or freedom of thought, they want a strict adherence to their doctrine and there's zero room for any variance. Hence the violence to shut outside thoughts down. A good example is a free-thinking homosexual or African-American who is completely ignored or worse for thinking for themselves.

- I posted this on Facebook yesterday but think it deserves a little more comment. What the left does not get or just chooses to ignore is that the new Republican party is not you fathers GOP. We are way more libertarian than in the past and the Christian portion of the party does not hold as much sway as they previously did. Homosexuality and recreational drug use are largely excepted in the party by those who are in their 40's and 50's. The party lost that battle and it's mostly because the people of my generation opted to sit that one out. We don't give a shit if you're gay, Black or purple, we care that we all have equal rights and smaller government. Good for the people in this deeply religious area for choosing a man based on the content of his character.

- California is considering exiting the US. From a purely intellectual perspective taking emotions out of it, it would truly be better for the nation as a whole. California has enormous debt for pensions and the spending continues apace. Add to that the number of liberal votes that would leave the union and you're talking about a center-right nation going forward for a generation. I would ensure that the vote was done properly with options such as Orange and San Diego counties remaining part of the US as well as the inland areas. I would imagine that Oregon and Washington state would also contemplate joining the Golden State if they were to make such a move. That would essentially leave the entire west coast from LA to the border unprotected or at least only protected by whatever military California opted to have--meaning none. This is a good read though it is the LA Times so normal bias is evident.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Saturday Morning News & Notes

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Happy weekend!

Well, it's been an interesting couple of weeks. Trump has worked exactly five weekdays and one weekend and it seems like it's been months. The strategy of shock and awe is definitely a sight to see.

Anyway, here's what's new:

-#fakenews was coined by the left to make Trump look bad, little did they know that it would be used against them so frequently. Examples such as this, this and this are near daily occurrences. It's f-ing embarrassing but then they have no shame so....

-Well, this is timely and it's not the alleged "fascists" in power but the real anti-free speech, rioting, mask wearing fascists burning shit in the street and breaking windows.

-To answer the question posed in the headline: Decidedly not well.

-It appears Trump is not going to play buddy buddy with Putin considering this was the first statement of Haley's tenure.

-The far left, government subsidized NPR sees evil where none exists. Extreme vetting is not about ideology but about public safety. Time to cut funding for this bastion of left-wing groupthink.

-Just like always, the GOP talks a good game but can't find their balls when it actually comes time to walk the walk.