Thursday, July 20, 2017

As Obamacare Repeal Dies Again, A Simple Answer

The Republican Party proved again today why Pat Caddell was spot on when he referred to them as 'The stupid party' as opposed to the other one which he dubbed 'The corrupt party.' Yes, the GOP majority decided that the ObamaCare repeal dies yet again in the Senate, not that it was anything wonderful itself.

These ignorant swine had 8 years - 8 years - to figure out a decent alternative. After all, it's what they promised us, especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan. Give them the majority and they'd repeal it, remember? Instead, the whole process ended up with the same stench as ObamaCare gave out when it was shoved through, with massive bribes, special back door deals and hidden gimmees.

The House bill was actually a little better, because it was a tax cut, not a healthcare bill. The Senate bill was bureaucratic mess. So now that ObamaCare repeal has died once again, everyone's wondering where we go from here.

That, I have no idea about, but here's a simple way to get rid of the whole mess.

There's no reason why the Republican congress couldn't simply vote for an ObamaCare repeal, right?. They did it in 2015, but didn't have enough votes to override a veto. Don't try to fix it, tweak it or rationalize it. Flush it where you usually deposit such waste matter. It's bankrupting the country, keeping millions of Americans from using their healthcare because of the ridiculous co pays and high premiums. Give it a deadline of say, six months and then end it. Burn a copy of the bill on the White House lawn to celebrate. This, by the way is exactly what President Trump wanted to do from day one. After yesterday's fiasco, I was sure the Republicans in the Senate and House can manage to scrape up that much testosterone between them.

Nope! When Mitch McConnell put that forward with a bill for ObamaCare repeal after 7 months of this nonsense, the senate wouldn't buy it. Three senators immediately said they wouldn't even vote for an immediate repeal, Susan Collins (R-Me), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV). They're concerned about the chaos a straight ObamaCare repeal would cause at this point and I agree with them. I'd be very surprised if there weren't others.

You see, McConnell's repeal bill keeps ObamaCare in place for two years! If I were a senator I'd vote against it. It's a cynical ploy to delay things until after the midterms and just what I'd expect out of Mitch McConnell . What he apparently doesn't realize is that people aren't going to play kick the football again. Why vote to re-elect people who lie to you repeatedly and do absolutely nothing they told you they'd do? Not only that, but McConnell is assuming the Republicans keep their majority. That's a big 'if' the way I see it...and then, of course, ObamaCare stays.

Actually, crafting a good replacement for ObamaCare shouldn't be all that difficult. Let's start from scratch with the sensible notion that outside of Medicare the Veteran's Administration and basic consumer oversight, there's very little reason for the federal government to be involved with day to day healthcare insurance. Senator Cruz's simple amendment (which of course didn't pass) was a partial recognition of this principle, that people would be allowed to buy whatever policy they wanted as long as an ObamaCare policy was also available.

Leave it to the states to regulate what insurance is sold in their jurisdictions, although the sensible ideal would be to allow consumers to shop across state lines for the best deals. If medicaid grants from the feds are necessary, give each state a block grant based on their population and let them decide how to apply it, for MedicAid or whatever. Of course, if I were writing this bill, I would tie it to the necessity of states receiving such grants agreeing to cooperate with ICE, thus solving one of the major causes of the high cost of healthcare...our problem with illegal migrants. And if you seriously doubt that a lot of illegal migrants are on medicaid and other social welfare programs, just check out what California's president of the State Senate Kevin De Leon(D-Los Angeles) had to say about the matter.

I'd love to include serious tort reform as well, since predatory lawsuits are the other major factor driving up cost, but try getting a bunch of lawyers in congress to vote for any bill that includes that.

Since a simple ObamaCare repeal isn't an option now, the Republicans had better get their heads together and come up with something simple that works and hopefully gets the feds out of day to day healthcare except for the instances I mentioned above. Otherwise, a lot of them who are up for re-election in 2018 are going to lose their seats.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why Trump’s Pulling Out Of The Mideast Peace Process As DOA For Now

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President Trump came into office with the idea of succeeding where other presidents had failed. His goal was to forge a comprehensive Mideast peace process that would both end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and create a bloc between the most powerful Sunni States of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Emirates (and possibly a newly formed, U.S. backed Kurdistan) with Israel to defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda, oppose Iran and reaffirm U.S. leadership in the region. How's that working out? It Isn't, and President Trump may be pulling out of the Mideast peace process, at least the part concerning Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

First, some background.

President Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia and his remarks there made a huge impression on the Arab states that attended the Riyadh summit. They had experienced 8 years of President Bush's amateurism, which only served to unleash Iran by establishing a Shi'ite dictatorship in place of a Sunni counterbalance in Iraq. And even worse, they had experienced President Barack Hussein Obama going even further to appease and empower Iran with billions of dollars and a clear path to nuclear weapons.

President Trump's speech did not excuse previous winking at or financing of terrorism by Sunni states like President Obama's Cairo speech. What it was instead was a reset, a clear invitation...stand with America, against Islamic terrorism and against Iran and you can expect our help. Otherwise, you stand alone and incur America's enmity. Implicit in that was a new policy by the Sunni states towards U.S. ally Israel, something that had been gradually happening anyway.

Much of the basis of this was solidified behind closed doors with a large deal for the Arabs to buy U.S. arms among other things. One of them was a deal for the Arabs to significantly alter the notorious Saudi 'peace' ultimatum' to Israel in exchange for some minor land concessions to the Arabs who call themselves 'Palestinians.'

I should also mention that I'm reliably informed that Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu was fully informed about all of this before President Trump went to Riyadh, okayed the arms deal and was on board for certain concessions in exchange for significant quid pro quos from Abbas and the Palestinian authority.

The Sunni states made two significant steps that showed they were taking all this seriously. Of course, with a media concentrating on fake news about phantom links between Russia and the Trumps, you might not of read about them, but I'll present them here.

The first major action was a radical shakeup in the Saudi Royal family.Saudi King Salmon made a surprise decision to elevate his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, to crown prince and heir to the throne, in place of his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef. King Salman obtained the support of 31 out of 34 members of Saudi Arabia’s Allegiance Council for confirming Prince Muhammad Bin Salman as crown prince as well as deputy prime minister and minister of defense.Bin Salmon is outspokenly in favor of a new US-Arab-Israeli alliance that will confront Iran, as well as social and economic reforms. Like Egypt's al-Sisi, he favors an end to non-relations between Israel and the Arab world. Other changes in Saudi leadership are already occurring, and will likely continue with Prince Mohammed as heir to the throne.

The second was four Arab nations(The Saudis and the Emirates) boycotting Qatar, with the Saudis in the lead, in response to President Trump's demand for strong action to stop the funding of Islamic terrorism. Qatar’s funding of terrorists is notorious. Along with Turkey and President Obama, Qatar provided the financing,arming and training of radical jihadist elements of the Syrian Free Army that created ISIS.

The aggressive Saudi and UAE stance against Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani makes this a whole new ballgame.

The appointment of Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates as crown prince is another indication of change, since he's a contemporary of Crown Prince Mohammed and they have similar views on these subjects.

So, peace between the 'Palestinians' and Israel?

President Trump is on the verge of walking away from it as a bad deal.

Things started badly when President Trump first met with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority's unelected dictator in year 10 of a four year term. Abbas planned to trick President Trump by setting up the route to the conference so that the President would pass directly in front of Yasser Arafat's tomb, where camera men were ready to snap pictures that would be represented as President Trump paying homage to Arafat. Fortunately, the State Department found out about the scheme and changed the route.

In the conference itself, one thing President Trump explicitly asked Abbas for was that the Palestinian Authority stop using international donor funds to pay convicted killers and their families, and to end incitement in it's schools, media and mosques against Jews and Israel. That's why President Trump looked directly at Abbas at their joint press conference and said that "peace cannot flourish where terrorism is funded, encouraged and rewarded."

The PA further infuriated the Trump Administration by having one of its functionaries tell Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the PA was going to comply with President Trump's wishes on funding terrorism. Once Tillerson conveyed this to the media, the PA embarrassed him publicly by denying it. And of course, incitement and the funding of terrorists and their families still continues.

Even worse was to come. The recent meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and US President Donald Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner on June 25 might have been characterized as 'productive' in some wishful thinking media, but the reality is that it was anything but. The The London-based Arabic-language daily al-Hayat had a much more accurate account.

Kushner again directly challenged Abbas on using international financial aid to pay salaries to terrorists sitting in Israeli jails and their families, as well as on the constant incitement against israel and Jews. And Kushner also mentioned the White House's disappointment that Abbas had failed to condemn the deadly terrorist stabbing in Jerusalem that occurred shortly before the meeting. It took the life of a young female Border Police officer, Hadas Malka. This is the one the BBC reported with the headline, "Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem" *

Abbas was outraged and said he would never stop paying convicted killers in Israeli jails, saying it was his 'social responsibility.' Several people outside the room heard them actually yelling at each other,something I was able to confirm.

Since then, Abbas has ramped up incitement against Israel, continued to finance terrorism and attack Israel at the one forum where anyone takes him seriously, at the UN. In violation of the UN Charter, several UN organizations like UNESCO have 'Palestine' as a member even though it isn't a country. Thanks to the anti-Israel resolution Barack Hussein Obama cheerfully instigated and allowed to pass, Israel is supposedly denied access to its major religious sites like the Kotel and the Cave of the Patriarchs, and UNESCO'S World Heritage committee has deemed them 'Palestinian territory' and thus Judenrein in the Nazi sense of the word. Needless to say, in the real world outside Turtle Bay, none of this means anything at all, None of it is legally binding or calls for the UN to enforce it. But it does show that the Palestinian Authority and Abbas have no real interest in peace or in compromise of any kind. That's never been part of their agenda.

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Abbas's rejectionism hasn't gone unnoticed by the Sunni Arab states, who need this arrangement a lot more than they need Abbas and Fatah. Mahmoud Abbas's constant shilling for more money from them hasn't been met with open wallets lately, and Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi has abruptly scrapped a series of meeting with Abbas that were scheduled.

And one last bit of evidence on how the Mideast peace process is DOA. Israeli PM Netanyahu (perhaps at President Trump's urging) put together yet another concession to help things along and get the ball rolling. This involved building approval for 14,000 homes in Qalqiliya, a small Arab town on Israel's borders. The new homes would have been in Area C, the part of Judea and Samaria (AKA the West Bank for CNN viewers) under Israeli sovereignty per the Oslo Accords. In other words, a large enclave of hostile Arabs right on Israel's border.

Israeli public reaction was absolutely livid, since building permits for Israelis in the area and elsewhere are rationed, and Israeli residents who lived in Amona and Beit -El are still waiting for the government to keep its promise and build new homes for them to replace the ones they lost when they were forcibly evacuated as part of the 'peace' process.

Netanyahu and Israeli defense minister Avigdor Liberman, who brainstormed this idiocy ended up not even bringing it to a vote in Israel's security council, let alone the Knesset. The behavior of Israel's 'peace partners' pretty much killed this, which is actually a good thing given the track record of the Arabs whom call themselves 'Palestinians'.

The recent murder of two Israeli border police (both Druse, whose funerals were accompanied by thousands of Israelis) is yet another sign of where all this is going. The two policemen were shot in the back by Arab terrorists after Muslim prayers with weapons they smuggled into the al-Aqsa mosque.

Mahmoud Abbas (after prompting by the White House) issued a half hearted condemnation of all violence...followed by a rebroadcasting on the official Fatah Facebook page of a Mahmoud Abbas speech calling for exactly that, violence and rage to take over the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Temple mount and to stop Jews from defiling it - in Arabic, of course.

The Palestinians also erupted in violent demonstrations when the Israeli police attempted to put metal detectors up to stop the murder of Israelis from recurring. This was after a number of weapons were actually found stored in the mosque itself.

The Israeli response to this nonsense was to take Jerusalem off the table entirely.

The Knesset Ministers committee unanimously approved legislation on Sunday approving a bill advanced by Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) leader Naftali Bennett. It mandates a special, 80-MK majority on any future legislation dividing Jerusalem. The Knesset has 120 seats, so an 80 seat vote is virtually an impossibility. The Israelis were never going to redivide Jerusalem anyway. But this makes it official.

Meanwhile Abbas is continuing to stir the pot, visiting leaders like French President Macron and China's President Xi and lobbying them to get involved in the peace process. Abbas understands that President Trump now realizes he has no interest continuing the peace process with Abbas as a factor, something I predicted would happen back when President Trump first started dealing with Mahmoud Abbas. Negotiating can't work when one of the parties continues to operate in bad faith.

And pot stirring tactics is about all Mahmoud Abbas has left, and they're totally ineffectual. UN groups like UNESCO could declare all of Israel except a strip near Tel Aviv Palestinian territory and it would have no effect except the cutting of even more UN funding. Abbas can continue to rant about the Temple Mount and do his best to inspire hatred and violence towards Israel, but it won't get him any closer to what he wants. And Abbas, at 82 and a chain smoker isn't going to be around much longer anyway. Another Capo al Tutti will take over the Fatah mafia, thump his chest and attempt to steal as much international aid for his personal fortune as possible, just like Arafat and Abbas did. But his take is likely to be less than theirs as even the gullible Europeans are getting tired of funding one of the longest running con games in history.

Actually, there is a way to bring this sorry situation to a satisfactory climax, believe it or not. But more on that in a coming article.

* Since Donald Trump Jr. is in the headlines these days, I thought I'd share his response to the BBC's disgusting bias:
You mean after they stabbed a female Israeli police officer to death... right? This is as close to being misleading as possible.

Rob Miller

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Seattle Wealth Tax Approved On Incomes Over $250K

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The Seattle City Council voted to approve a wealth tax on total income. The vote was unanimous, 9-0. The new Seattle wealth tax is 2.25% over $250,000 per year for a single person and $500,000 per year for a married couple filing jointly.

The city estimates that the new Seattle wealth tax would raise $140 million per year, and would cost between $10-13 million to set up and $5-6 million per year to assess, manage and enforce. Those figures will almost certainly prove top be optimistic, as I'll explain.

For those familiar with Seattle and what it costs to live there, the dollar guidelines for the new wealth tax target quite a few people who hardly qualify as 'rich' especially small business owners since it targets total income. Also, given the nature of Seattle's city government, this tax is likely to be raised more and more as time goes on.

One of the attractions of living in Washington State is that it has no state income tax. So there will likely be a legal challenge to the new law once Mayor Ed Murry signs it into law, since it violates the state constitution. But Washington being a Blue State, there's no guaranty it will be successful. Mayor Murry's argument is that Washington's tax system is "antiquated and regressive, causing people with less money to pay more of what they have."

The Mayor thinks it's time Seattle and the whole State "adopted a progressive income tax."

This is a curious argument, although the Left has been repeating it ad nauseum.This is not a 'progressive income tax' no matter what Seattle's mayor and his socialist buddies claim. A progressive tax affects everyone in varying degrees according to their income and situation. This one does not, only affecting people above a certain total income.

And if people are already not paying state income tax at all, how are they paying 'more of what they have?' The sales tax in Seattle has now been raised to 10.1%, one of the highest in the nation. There's been absolutely no talk about using this new windfall from the rich to lower that tax and I can guarantee you there won't be. Ditto with Seattle's relatively high property taxes, which are levied by King County anyway, not the City of Seattle. So that won't be changing either, at least not as a result of this new Seattle wealth tax.

If it becomes law and survives the legal challenge, here's what will change...Seattle's tax base. If you're a person with a gross income of $250,000, the new Seattle wealth tax will set you back a hefty $5,650, almost $500 a month.And remember, you might only come home with part of that $250,000 after federal taxes and expenses. If you're a professional or highly skilled, there's a good chance you'll move to some place like Kirkland, Renton or Kent or even a little further out and commute in. That's especially true if you live in Seattle but work for say, Microsoft in Redmond or Boeing's factory in Everett. And if you own a home or condo in Seattle, you'll either sell it or rent it if you don't need the sale to finance a new house. If you own a business, you'll either raise the prices you charge for good and services or close your doors and relocate. Especially as this levy on the 'rich' goes up, and rest assured it will.

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This is very much yet another instance of the failed Blue State model, similar to Detroit, Chicago, etc. The only place this kind of nonsense can be imposed is when people have no choices available, ala' Venezuela. That isn't the case here, and what you end up with as people exercise those choices is a deteriorating tax base, less revenue and a declining city.

There likely are people willing to pay through the nose to live in the Emerald City. But I think that the numbers are unlikely to net anywhere near $140 million per year. And the city of Seattle is going to have to pay something like $15-$20 million to find that out. But hey, it's fun to got to Vegas with other people's money! If you gamble and lose, who cares?

Of course, what Mayor Murray and his socialist friends on the Seattle City Council are doing has nothing to do with actual economics. It's political red meat for their portion of the Seattle electorate.

Rob Miller

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Forum: Will Media Outlets Like CNN Ever Practice Journalism Again?

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's Question, courtesy of Don Surber
: Will Media Outlets Like CNN Ever Practice Journalism Again?

Mike McDaniel: No. OK…back to that article I was working on…what’s that? What do I mean “No?” You want me to explain? Very well.

The most important thing to understand about the contemporary media is they are virtually all progressives. I don’t mean center of the political road Democrats, I mean far left, pajama boy, womyn leftist/progressive/socialist/communist/antifa/BLM/Greenie/LGBTQWERTY+/open borders/Anti-America/let everybody vote early and often fanatics. In this, they have followed and mimicked the progression of the Democrat Party to the point that even the few semi-rational Democrats remaining have begun to publicly admit unless the party is somehow drug, screaming, fire bombing, property destroying, assassinating the police back toward the political center, the Democrat Party may be doomed.

Their political ideology takes on all of the characteristics of fervent religious faith. They just, for the most part, leave out God. For the contemporary Progressive, Barack Obama was the higher being, and by their association with him and their shared ideals, they too have ascended beyond the strictures of mortal existence.

Progressive ideology, ideas, programs, and yes, writings and broadcasts, cannot possibly be wrong. They are infallible, non-falsifiable. No evidence can possibly prove them wrong because they can’t be wrong. If they appear to be wrong, they’re actually right, and the appearance of error is due to factors such as:

*Conservatives are allowed to exist.

*Not enough money has been spent for the program’s magnificence to be fully manifest.

*Not enough time has passed for the program’s full effect to be felt.

*The ungrateful people haven’t had the program good and hard enough yet.

*That damned Constitution keeps getting in the way.

So when a CNN reporter reads President Trump’s speech in Poland he, by virtue of his superior, super human progressive intellect and ideology, can find racism and white nationalism lurked behind every metaphor and ready to pounce from behind every connotation. And when the First Lady of Poland shakes Melania’s Trump’s hand a few seconds before Donald Trump’s hand, she snubbed him, even though she didn’t snub him, but she snubbed him because TRUMP! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Whatta ya mean “fake news?!” Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

The media have fallen so far from ethical journalism, returning to it would require firing virtually every employee, from the head of each network to the lowliest technician, and replacing them with carefully vetted, honest, honorable and humble human beings. That can’t happen because progressive ideology can’t be wrong. Draining that particularly swamp would require the admission of error. Against their faith. Won’t happen. Can’t happen.

What might happen, if ratings dip low enough and networks start really getting hit in the pocketbook--even more than they already are--is a temporary bit of restraint that might bring networks like CNN or NBC down to 88% negative coverage of President Trump instead of 93%, but that’s about it.

Notice the NYT firing copy editors. Has anyone detected any change in the content of its coverage? The NYT’s financial straits are dire. Have they admitted, even to themselves, they’re wrong? Do they believe, for a moment, they should return to honest, balanced, non-biased journalism?

There will always be a sufficient number of Americans in Name Only to keep progressive news organs afloat at some level, thus there is no reason for any of them to significantly change their coverage. Anyone trying will be labeled an apostate, excommunicated, and symbolically killed by being denied congress with fellow elite media progressives. It’s an article of faith.

What is most amusing is the self-imagined media elite believe when the civil war they are provoking occurs, they’ll be left alone to advocate for the lions against the Christians, to cheer for the barbarians at the gate, ready to rape and kill and burn. Should that happen, by the time the barbarians breach the gates, there won’t be any remaining media elites for the pleasure of the barbarians. The Left always eats its own, and the lowly, flyover country Americans so long denigrated, insulted and abused by their media betters will, in those conditions, restrain themselves no longer. They’ll pay brief and intimate visits to their tormentors.

They’ll go down, to the last pajama boy, womyn, and transnational whatever, believing they were right. It’s an article of faith.

;Don Surber: Since I asked, journalism is dead because the people who run the news organizations are short-sighted and dim-witted. The public's trust was all they had and it was quite valuable. Newspapers were worth $1,300 a subscriber when Clinton was president. The New York Times paid $1.1 billion for the Boston Globe in 1993 -- and sold it 20 years later for $70 million.

The newspaper industry is a wreck in part because of technology; instead of embracing the Internet, they fought it. Their paywalls amuse me because they are a throwback to a way of life long gone. The last time I saw a newspaper boy was in a Nintendo game.

The gravy train will soon end for cable news as cord cutters cut into their subscriber fees. Why am I paying CNN a buck a month? The network is Fake News. In the words of Nancy Sinatra last January: “That's not true. I never said that. Why do you lie, CNN?”

Jeff Zucker and the rest see their future in niche markets, as they seek to become Daily Kos.
Jim Acosta is not a journalist but an actor -- a mascot -- for a Fake News organization that feeds people what they want to hear.

Can the Republic survive without them?


Trust God, not men -- and trust men before you trust an institution.

 Rob Miller:Well, I never say never. Media outlets get sold, or come under new management from time to time. I'd also say journalism isn't entirely dead, but that it simply doesn't exist where you'd expect to find it.

When it comes to places like CNN or similar outfits, I think it's worth remembering a few things. The talking heads that are the on air talent or the print reporters and columnists live in a bubble.  They grew up in the same kind of neighborhoods, went to the same kind of schools and move in the same circles. They have similar beliefs and similar connections based on a shared ideology, and if they don't they aren't hired unless there's a huge perceived economic benefit in doing so. I don't see that changing, at least not for some time.

Fausta:Only if they start hiring real, independent journalists.

Patrick O' Hannigan: I don't think media outlets like CNN will ever practice journalism again, because they're outlets that pay lip service to the ideal of following stories "without fear or favor," but they can't walk the talk about policing the establishment while accepting money and kudos from that same establishment. To the extent that real journalism -- as opposed to commentary -- has a future, it rests in the hands of the people on the air and on the web who are not beholden to the bi-coastal elites, and people who ferret out news because they're curious rather than because they want to "make a difference." I also think there has to be more to redemption, if it comes, than finding a local angle for national stories. On-air talent at local affiliates can be every bit as smug about progressive platitudes as their higher-profile colleagues with bigger expense accounts.

Doug Hagin: Only if they can remember what journalism is, and separate their ideology from their mission. That mission is to report news. That mission is to investigate, and then pass their findings along. Lots of local stations do nice jobs of doing that. But the alphabet soup of NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, etc have sacrificed their integrity in favor of their political leanings.

Just imagine what the media could do if they put as much energy into uncovering facts about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and so many other scandals as they did into finding a Reddit user to bully. Imagine!

Simply Jews:Not wanting to interfere in a US internal problem, I shall avoid answering this question, unless it's made an international one (and why not, by the way?).

But I can tell you all an old Israeli story, about one of the ministers of finance whose name I have forgotten.

When the trade unions during his reign started demanding a five days working week, he objected, saying:

- Why are you being so extreme? Let them start with two, then move to three gradually etc...

So there...

If you think it's absolutely unrelated to the question... oh well, I feel it is.

Dave Schuler : Let's start by defining "ever". as "in my lifetime". For that the answer is "No".

For the major media outlets to return to actual journalism they'd need to report the news in a balance, non-agonistic fashion consistently over a period of years to regain the credibility they've lost. I don't believe the present crop of editors are capable of that. It would take commitment and a generational change.

Laura Rambeau Lee : As long as progressives have control of our universities the indoctrination of our youth will continue. The “journalists” coming out of these institutions perceive and report world events through the skewed lens of identity politics and social, economic, and environmental justice. Their ability to think critically has been carefully and methodically taught out of them. This culture is promoted by outlets like CNN to the point where truth is the enemy. New media outlets such as One America News (OAN) are already attracting viewers searching for true journalism; reporters committed to telling the whole story and who respect the viewer or listener to make their own judgments based on the facts presented. Media outlets like CNN will never change, the ideology is so entrenched. They will be replaced eventually or exist only on the very fringes of the media.

Well, there it is!

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Friday, July 07, 2017

In First Encounter, Trump Dominated Putin As They Met For Hours


For the first time ever, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met face to face, and while the meeting was only supposed to last 30 minutes, they talked together for two hours and 16 minutes. And as always, this picture tells a thousand words about how Trump dominated Putin in their initial meeting. I mean, have you ever seen Putin look less than sure of himself before like this?

Even more revealing was President Trump's opening gambit...he asked president Putin, point blank if Russia had interfered in U.S. elections and continued to press him on the subject. Even bringing this up right at the beginning in his first meeting with Putin and putting him on the defensive showed that President Trump was not at all intimidated by the Russian leader. And Putin denied it, according to secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who was in the meeting with his Russian opposite number Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. According to Secretary Tillerson, election interference was at the top of the agenda..and appears to have surprised the Russians.

That said, as President Trump said afterwards,he and Putin had been 'discussing various things and I think it's going very, very well'"

Among the topics, aside from possible Russian interference in our elections, an agreement on a ceasefire in part of Syria was reached, the two agreed that the entire issue of possible Russian meddling in U.S. elections had become a 'substantial hindrance' to the U.S.-Russia relationship.'

Counter terrorism, an issue the U.S. and Russia have in common was also reportedly discussed as was Ukraine.

One other issue that was undoubtedly discussed was North Korea. The Russians and Chinese have been hedging on this one, offering to 'mediate' in exchange for President Trump removing the THAAD anti-missile systems from South Korea, something President Trump refused to do.

What's most important about this? Two things. First, that Russia's Vladimir Putin now understands that he isn't dealing with a lightweight like Barack Hussein Obama anymore, that President Trump is a completely different kind of leader. And second, that both the U.S. and Russia have apparently decided to put the past behind them and work together on issues of mutual concern.

And that's an important realization for the War on Jihad.

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The State of California is putting the finishing touches on the “California Values Act." Essentially, this is California's New 'Sanctuary State ' Law. The new law, just vetted and passed by the California Assembly Judiciary Committee would prevent state and local law enforcement from cooperating in any way with federal immigration authorities.

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State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, (D-Los Angeles), is sponsoring the state senate version of the new law, Senate Bill 54 to fight what he called the “Trump Deportation Machine.”

Back in February when he was first crafting the bill, De Leon admitted in an interview with left wing public broadcasting station KPPC that, "half my family is here illegally" and using fake IDs, a felony under California and federal law:

"I can tell you half of my family would be eligible for deportation under [President Donald Trump’s] executive order, because if they got a false Social Security card, if they got a false identification, if they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB60, if they got a false green card, and anyone who has family members, you know, who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification. That’s what you need to survive, to work. They are eligible for massive deportation."

“Someone simply who received or purchased a [fraudulent] Social Security card down at MacArthur Park, or elsewhere in my district would be eligible immediately for mass deportation,”

And of course, with a fake Social security card or a fake green card, many illegal migrants can easily obtain social welfare benefits like welfare, SSI, food stamps, section 8 public housing, and MediCal, California's taxpayer funded free medical care. And of course, they can - and many do- also vote, especially since in California  it's established policy  in social welfare  departments and the state's voter registration office not to check things like immigration status too closely.

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That last fact is a huge reason why De Leon and many of his fellow Democrats are going all out to protect illegal migrants from being deported. Believe me, if illegal migrants voted Republican, people like De Leon would be calling out the National Guard to conduct mass deportations, and the Border Wall would have been built a long time ago. The Democrats want the votes of this new 'constituency' and the campaign donations from donors who love the continued flow of cheap labor.

 “Under constitutional threats from the reckless Trump administration, SB 54 protects state and local law enforcement and resources necessary to keep our communities safe,” De Leon said. De Leon also claimed that "Arrests of undocumented immigrants with no previous criminal record are up 150 percent since Trump became president.”

We'll explore these falsehoods in a second.

Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes chimed in, saying the measure is necessary not just for California, but for the nation. “California must send a clear message that we will remain the last line of defense against the fear-mongering and xenophobia,” Reyes said. “Rather than addressing the failure of policy, the federal solution has been to demonize our immigrant communities.”

Hmm...if these people she's talking about are 'immigrants' rather than illegal migrants,  why ever would they need fake IDs? And why would public policy in California need to have such strict measures against inquiring as to someone's immigration status? But I digress. None of these politicians seem overly concerned about ID theft, voter fraud or respecting any existing laws that conflict with their political agenda.

Back on May 25 of this year, there was a raid in which ICE agents arrested 188 illegal immigrants in Los Angeles. But according to U.S. immigration officials, total numbers of arrests of illegal immigrants are relatively flat in California and somewhat lower than during the Obama administration. So De Leon's nonsense about the 'Trump deportation machine' is simply partisan horse manure.

Oh, and his other remarks about how SB54 keeps our communities safe? Let's see how California's New 'Sanctuary State ' Law does that.

Most of the illegal migrants arrested in the May 25 raids had ties to El Salvadoran prison gangs such as MS-13, one of the most vicious and violent gangs in America. Almost 90 percent had previous criminal records for a variety of crimes including drug offenses, domestic violence, DUI, sex crimes, battery, weapons violations, assault, burglary, fraud, vehicle theft, arson, cruelty to a child, robbery, obstructing justice, property damage, larceny, escape, manslaughter, prostitution, trespassing, incest, and receipt of stolen property.


Under SB 54, none of these individuals would be transferred to ICE after serving their sentences after they were tried and convicted for these offenses. The bill specifies “serious felonies” but doesn't include almost all of the ones listed above. Instead of being turned over to ICE for deportation, these criminals would simply be released into the very communities De Leon and his cohorts claim SB 54 would 'keep safe.'

The question of the bill's legality is interesting.

SB 54 was given a a constitutional legal sign-off written by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was paid a large sum for his analysis and is still on the State of California's payroll as it's lawyer to defend California's sanctuary policies. The state's Democrat legislators chose to pay for Holder's analysis rather than rely on one prepared by the California legislature's Legislative Council.

As Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, (R-Rocklin) pointed out, Holder announced his approval of SB 54 just one day before announcing his intention to run for president in 2020. how convenient!

So what are the actual legal precedents for California's New 'Sanctuary State ' Law?

The Constitution is pretty clear on the subject. The 10th Amendment  states that those powers not claimed by the Federal government in the Constitution "are clearly  are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Control over immigration and naturalization, like the coining of money or foreign policy are expressly given to the Federal Government.

And legislation signed, ironically by none other than President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s bars states from creating laws that restrict communication with federal law enforcement agencies.

Now there are also two recent decisions by the Supreme Court that ruled against Federal Law superseding state laws ( New York v. United States, 505 U.S. 144 [1992] and Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997). Neither involved powers reserved constitutionally to the Federal government, since one involved the dumping of waste within a sovereign state's borders and the other involved a clear violation of the Second Amendment via the Brady Bill.

There are also a few judicial decisions at the lower federal level, creating precedents that the federal government cannot commandeer local law enforcement resources for the purpose of immigration enforcement. SB 54 deals with all cooperation with ICE including merely providing information on criminal illegal migrants. Do these decisions apply? The feds are not asking for the use of manpower or other resources to round up illegal migrants  but merely for basic cooperation by local law enforcement that SB 54 essentially blocks,

Given the effort, time and taxpayer dollars Democrats are willing to spend in protecting illegal migrants, even criminals from being deported, California's New 'Sanctuary State' Law will probably be headed to the Supreme Court if Governor Brown signs it and SB 54 becomes law.

President Trump In Poland 'The West WIll Not be Broken'

President Trump received a warm and enthusiastic welcome when he spoke spoke in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at Krasinski Square at the Royal Castle in Warsaw at the foot of a statue commemorating the 1944 Polish uprising against German occupiers. He and first lady Melania Trump laid a wreath at its base.

The Polish crowd greeted President Trump with the sort of warmth and enthusiasm the president gets at his rallies, with repeated chants of 'Donald Trump' and 'USA!'


And what President Trump had to say to them was almost Churchillian:

Here's a brief excerpt:

"Each generation must rise up and play their part in [their culture's] defense. Every foot of ground and every last inch of civilization is worth defending with your life.

Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield, it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls. Today, the ties that unite our civilization are no less vital and demand no less defense than that bare shred of land on which the hope of Poland once totally rested.

Our freedom, our civilization, and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory, and today as ever Poland is in our heart and its people are in that fight.

Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever, be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph."

Trump's words had particular impact in this time and place. Poland has always been in the forefront of defending the West, whether is was the Mongols, the Ottoman hordes, the Nazis or the Soviets. The monument in Krasinski Square commemorates a heroic Polish uprising against the Nazis in 1944 that saw something like 200,000 people murdered, almost all of them civilians and Warsaw razed to the ground.

And Poland, since its liberation from the Evil Empire has always been a firm U.S. ally, even sending its soldiers to fight at our side in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their reward, of course, was to be betrayed by Barack Hussein Obama and denied them the anti-missile protection they were promised. To add insult to injury, President Obama's announcement came on September 17th, the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's invasion of eastern Poland during World War II in collaboration with the Nazis.

When Polish President Polish president Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, Solidarity leader Anna Walentynowicz,Poland's National Bank President Slawomir Skrzypek, Army chief of staff General Franciszek Gagor were killed in a tragic and somewhat mysterious airplane crash over Russian territory, President Obama almost alone among world leaders declined to attend the funerals.

In another context, Trump's appearance in Poland and at the Three Seas summit* marks a major change in the relationship with what former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld presciently referred to as 'New Europe and the United States. What we're talking about is brand new, stronger ties to the Visograd nations and the Balkan countries.

Aside from the obviously much warmer and friendlier climate with a key ally, President Trump put three very important cards on the table:

  • Poland and very likely Czechoslovakia and other Visograd nations are going to finally be able to purchase U.S. Arms, particularly missiles and missile defense elements. And security cooperation is going to be vastly improved.
  • President Trump reaffirmed his iron clad commitment to Article 5 of the NATO charter, that an attack on one signatory would be considered an attack on all.
  • Poland just received its first shipment of American liquid natural gas. Remember the war between Russia and Georgia? As I pointed out in the story linked above, one big reason for Russia's aggression had nothing to do with South Ossetia but with energy. Russia's biggest 'persuader' when it comes to Europe is the Kremlin's monopoly on the energy export routes to the West from the old parts of its former Soviet empire. The one part the Russians didn't control was the oil and gas pipeline that leads from energy-rich Azerbaijan to Turkey, across Georgia...and it's notable that the Russians bombed it as well as the Georgian port of Poti, neither of which is anywhere near South Ossetia. What President Trump is talking about here is removing a key element of blackmail from Russia's arsenal by all by guaranteeing an alternate supplier to New Europe. And as you'll hear in the joint news conference below, Poland's conservative President Duda has hopes of making Poland a trading corridor for U.S. energy and goods to the rest of the Visograd and Three Seas nations.
  • And finally, President Trump is signalling support for New Europe in defying Germany and Angela Merkel on Muslim migrants and even remaining in the EU itself if it comes to that. A recent poll revealed that 70% of the Poles would rather leave the EU that be bullied into importing the same kind of chaos Germany, France, the UK and Sweden among others have brought into  their countries.

Before the speech, President Trump held a joint press conference early Thursday morning in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda.(skip ahead to 51:53 for the actual joint press conference)

I particularly like the part where some idiot U.S. 'journalist' tries to once again tries to resurrect  the old story about Russia hacking the election, and wasn't the president going to admit that? After all, hadn't 17 U.S. intelligence agencies all come to the same conclusion?

President Trump's reply was a gem.He patiently explained that maybe Russia was involved, but it might also have been at least five other countries. And he also let her in on the fact that it was only three intelligence agencies  that thought Russia was involved, although there was no real evidence yet. And a lot of what he called her 'compatriots' had already had to apologize and correct their stories.And then he lowered the boom...

"Here's the question I want the answer to. The CIA told president Barack Obama that there was a possibility of Russian hacking in the election back in August.  Now th eelection was in Novemeber. That's a long time,but he never did anything about it. Why? His people say he choked, but I think it was because he was sure Hillary was going to win the election and he didn't want to disturb anything."

The reporter immediately blurted out a follow up again insisting that Trump say that Russia was responsible, so President Trump  calmly repeated his answer.

Now as you'll see in the video, President Duda had told the press beforehand that there would only be four questions because he and President Trump had to be at Krasinski Square for the ceremony, but this woman paid no attention, which didn't exactly make her popular with the other reporters. She said pretty much the same thing again, after which President  Trump and President Duda exchanged a brief, weary smile , President Duda made slight gesture and the harridan's microphone was cut off so the two men could leave for a far more important task.  

* The Three Seas summit, convened by the presidents of Poland and Croatia, involves nations situated between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Seas and is designed to strengthen trade and economic ties and energy platforms as well as address joint national security. Most of the nations involved have refused to obey German Chancellor Angela Merkel's diktat to open their country's borders to more Muslim 'refugees.' Many of these countries, like Poland have Euroskeptic governments.President Trump's appearance there after his speech was a major coup for the Poles   and  an excellent opportunity for a lot of the leaders of New Europe to meet President Trump forth first time, a vastly different leader than his predecessor.

Now, it's off to the G-20 summit in Germany, where President Trump is, shall we say, far less popular. and of course, a meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin for the first time.  Alpha male meets Alpha male!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The Stars And Stripes Forever...Happy Fourth!

Courtesy of the US Marine Band.

Gettysburg - A Fourth Of July Long Ago

Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:What place is this? Where are we now? I am the grass.Let me work. - Carl Sandburg

One hundred and fifty four years ago today, brave men fought in and around a small town in Pennsylvania to determine whether the Union would endure or whether it would not.

The Battle of Gettysburg broke the tide of the advance of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and while the war itself didn't end for another 22 months, Gettysburg decided the outcome.

Lee's objective was psychological as much as strategic. By 1863 there was substantial sentiment in the North to allow the Confederacy to go its own way and end what had become an increasingly bloody, unpopular and costly war. By subjecting the North to the same sort of invasion the South had been subjected to - in essence, bringing the war home - Lee hoped to increase this sentiment and force the North to negotiate a settlement.

Gettysburg was very much an accidental battle. Neither side was really looking to fight here, but the armies accidentally collided, largely because Lee was deprived of Jeb Stuart's cavalry in the early stages of the battle and thus lacked his usual awareness of where the Union forces were. Once the initial impact was made,on July 1st 1863 in a battle between Brigadier General John Buford's Union cavalry division and two corps of Union infantry and two large Confederate corps that attacked from the north and northwest under General Richard Ewell, the armies came together and the battle was on.

An astounding fact about Gettysburg is that the victorious commander of the Union forces, General George Gordon Meade, had only been in command of the Army of the Potomac for a scant three days, after General Joseph Hooker was relieved of command. Meade was caught by surprise with the sudden collision of the two armies, but he reacted with coolness and unexpected courage at several points when the battle could very well have been lost with a different sort of general in charge.

The missing man at Gettysburg, one who might very well have altered the course of the battle and of history was Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, who was accidentally killed by his own troops after his amazing victory at Chancellorsville.

The key to Gettysburg was the control of the high ground, the hills and ridges outside the town. After Gen. Buford's troops were scattered into the hills that first day of battle, they could easily have been driven out of the high ground with an assault by the victorious Confederates, and had Stonewall been in command there's no doubt he would have driven his troops to do exactly that, digging them in on the high ground and reinforcing them with Longstreet's divisions to wait for General Meade's Union Army to come at them. Gettysburg would then have been a very different battle. But the troops Jackson would normally have commanded were under the command of General Richard Ewell.

General Ewell, even after he was ordered by Lee to take the Union position on Cemetery Hill "if practicable" chose not to make the attack. When he finally did, on the second and third day of the battle, it was the Union forces who were reinforced and dug in and the Confederates who were forced to assault them. Ewell's hesitancy likely cost the South the battle.

On the second day of the fighting, July 2nd, General Lee sent General Longstreet's divisions against the Union Left flank in an attempt to roll it up and knock the Union forces off of the high ground. Meade sent reinforcements to the Left flank to shore up positions that later became legendary - the Peach Orchard, the Wheatfield, Plum Run Valley and the Devil's Den. The Union forces held on in spite of horrendous casualties. One of the most amazing exploits of that day happened in the defense of Little Round Top, where Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, a former college professor in command of the 20th Maine maintained a precarious hold on the Union's extreme left flank under assault from General John Hood's troops.When the 20th were almost out of ammunition, Colonel Chamberlain led them in a surprise bayonet charge downhill that swept the Confederates off the hill, saved the position and likely the Union, a deed for which he later won the Medal of Honor.

On the third day, July 3rd, Lee decided to risk everything on a frontal assault on the right center on the Union lines, and 12,500 Confederate troops advanced from the ridge line three-quarters of a mile (1,200 meters) towards Cemetery Ridge in that gallant attempt to reverse fortune known to history as Pickett's Charge.

It was a slaughter. The Union artillery had deliberately held its fire during the Confederate bombardment prior to the Charge, but as the Confederate troops approached they were hit with fierce artillery fire from Union positions on Cemetery Hill and north of Little Round Top, and from the Union center. Nearly one half of the Confederate troops who participated in the Charge failed to return from the attack.

Somehow, some way, Confederate General Lewis Armistad's brigade managed to make it through the withering fire and briefly breach the Union lines at a place called the "Angle", a place with a low stone fence near a small wooded area. But they were quickly hurled back, and with that, the battle was essentially over.

After the battle it rained, something that occurred frequently enough to give rise to a belief among soldiers on both sides that the smoke and gunpowder somehow brought on the weather.

The two armies, both licking their wounds and having been through almost more than men should be able to bear gazed at each other across the field of battle on that long ago July Fourth. On both sides combined, there were over 50,000 casualties from three days of battle.

Late in the evening, Lee began the torturous retreat southwards. Did he understand at that point that the war was lost? We have no way of knowing. But on that July Fourth, one nation's hopes for independence were doomed and another nation's hopes reaffirmed.

After the battle, there were huge amounts or corpses that needed to be disposed of, and the Union decided to make the site a national cemetery, for convenience as much as anything else. Four months after the battle, on November 19, the cemetery was dedicated, and a ceremony was held.

The main speaker was a nationally known orator, Edward Everett. In those days of oratory as a national sport, he was expected to deliver a real rip snorter of a speech, and he reportedly did just that.

Oddly enough, Everett's isn't the speech that's remembered.Almost as an afterthought, the organizing committee invited President Abraham Lincoln to participate a scant two weeks before the ceremony, where they requested that he appear and "make a few brief remarks to honor the occasion".

So after Edward Everett finished his speech, which clocked in at close to an hour, the President rose and delivered those few brief remarks, ones that started with "Four score and seven years ago" and have come down to us through the mists of history.

Gettysburg today is a living version of Sandburg's poem. The grass has done its work, much of the original landscape has been altered and it takes some effort to visualize what happened there.

To do that, you have to go there when its quiet and listen to the ghosts. Trust me, they're there in abundance and they'll tell you the whole story if you feel like listening.

Have a wonderful July Fourth...and take a moment to remember and honor the ghosts of July Fourths past. They deserve that much, at least.

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Addendum: This year, the Antifa movement threatened that they were going to invade the Gettysburg site and desecrate the graves and the monuments. This is an excellent indication of what bullies and sniveling cowards they really are. They would never dare to attack these brave men if they were alive...although I must admit, watching these Antifa dregs mixing it up with some of Pickett's Division or the men of the 2nd Vermont would have been amusing.

Fortunately, a number of men from the local militias, Sons of Confederate Veterans, a number of the locals and similar concerned parties went to the park armed and ready to protect it from these scum. And the Antifa clowns made the wise decision not to show up.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Wow! Forum: Trump's Tweets - Effective Communication Or National Embarrassment?

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living.  This week's question: Trump's Tweets - Effective Communication Or National Embarrassment?

Patrick O' Hannigan: On the question of whether President Trump's tweets are an effective form of communication or a national embarrassment, I lean toward "effective communication," but would also suggest that we embrace the power of "and."

When people say that Trump's tweets are an embarrassment, they usually mean that they're undignified. That's a valid point, but also a criticism that could be leveled against almost *everything* on Twitter. The platform encourages a "sound bite" mentality no matter who uses it.

If you muscle past limitations of Twitter itself and think about how the president uses it (to mock his enemies, rally his friends, and nudge public discourse along in unfiltered ways), you're free to lament Trump's sometimes-coarse sentiments. But if we take the measure of a nation by the foibles of its chief executive, then we've tripped over ourselves. The degradation of office is not new. I'd argue that when Barack Obama was president, he cheapened the presidency by sharing his NCAA basketball tournament picks with fawning reporters, and climbing on his high horse to increase racial tensions at every opportunity (Remember "The Cambridge police acted stupidly" and "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon Martin"?). Similarly, Bill Clinton before him was wrong to respond to a silly question about whether he wore boxers or briefs.

"Trump is not the first to embarrass the presidency" is an admittedly lukewarm defense of his Twitter usage, but a remarkable thing about those Trumpian tweets is how many of them manage to irritate professional journalists, exposing progressive biases in ways that few other tools can (and the tweets are, in fact, tools -- they're part of the Trump brand).

Remember when the establishment media had kittens over "covfefe" and what that might mean? Whether the word was a typo, I don't know, but it's in the Urban Dictionary now, and Fox News recently reported that Georgia had banned that Trumpian coinage from appearing on vanity license plates. My favorite reaction came from a wag inspired enough to echo "Glengarry Glen Ross" in writing gleefully that -- wait for it -- "Covfefe is for closers!"

  Rob Miller: First off, may I point out that WoW! anticipated Drudge on this question by a couple of days. Here are the results of his online poll as of this AM:


Total Votes: 538,330

Now, to the question at hand. As far as I'm concerned, the only embarrassment involved is that of the left and their trained seals in the media. Our president is playing them the way Jimi Hendrix used to play his Stratocaster guitars, and I'm enjoying every minute of it.

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President Trump is using social media in 4 distinct ways, all of them brilliant. First, he is using it to communicate directly with the American people, which means he no longer needs the Leftist media. At a time when they are deeply distrusted by almost 80% of the American people per the latest Gallup poll, President Trump, along with news sites like Drudge and Breitbart, has destroyed their ability to filter the news except among the True Believers.

Second, he is using it to organize and raise funds to prepare for 2018 and 2020.

Third, he is using it, especially the tweets to drive the news cycle wherever he wants. We saw a recent example of this when he spanked Leftist commentators Joe Scarbourough and Mika Brzezinski with a richly deserved tweet that took up all the headlines - while the House passed Kate's Law mandating heavy jail sentences for illegal migrants who repeatedly enter the country after being deported as well as legislation cutting federal funds to sanctuary cities. The press, of course, concentrated of the attack on their own rather than the more important stuff. President Trump does this constantly, and the media always falls for it. To me, it's like watching one Roadrunner cartoon after another.

And fourth? He's letting the legacy media know that there's a cost for their actions.

These corrupt swine mostly come from very similar effete, privileged backgrounds. They grow up in the same kind of neighborhoods, go to the same schools, have almost identical politics, frequently marry each other, socialize together and have similar ideas about their entitlements and priviliges.  They really thought, until now, that they could openly lie, conspire among themselves ,insult, demean, libel  and destroy not just ordinary people but any political figures they chose to as well as their families without any cost to themselves. And up to now. it has mostly worked. 

They were so in their bubble, so certain they could do the same thing to Donald Trump and so anxious to get Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama's third term in power that they overplayed their hand and got careless, exposing themselves. And they were so used to getting away with it that they actually expected to do destroy  Donald Trump in the usual fashion without cost to themselves.

Big mistake.

For one thing, Trump is a fighter. He's half a Scot on his mother's side, the country whose national emblem is the thistle and whose national motto, inscribed by the Stuarts in Latin on Scotland's coat of arms is Nemo me impune lacessit 'No one hurts me unharmed' or in the Scot's Gaelic, Cha togar m' fhearg gun dìoladh (don't ask me how I know stuff like this - long story).

And for another thing, President Trump realized early on how despised these self important talking heads were by most Americans and how tired we all were of their lies and contempt for most of America's people. One of the hit songs at Trump's rallies (and they resembled rock concerts in many ways) was to  have the fans turn  around and boo the Leftist media covering the events. That, and the savvy of alt-media guru Steve Bannon, who rebuilt Breitbart and clued the president in on exactly how to use the powerful alt media to his advantage.

The latest giggle is the Leftist media meme that President Trump is 'fomenting violence' against the media by his tweets reveling in their defeat.

This comes after they openly help foment the 'resistance,' in an attempt to bring down a sitting elected president, cheerfully published leaks of classified material, and  celebrated a play simulating his murder and a photo shoot with a truly heartless woman holding up a bloody model of a severed Trump head that scared his young son Baron to death when it was shown on TV.  It comes after they have all but accused him of treason, have attacked his wife and children and made news out of the fact that he and  the GOP are murderers because people will die if ObamaCare is repealed and replaced. And it comes after we've seen that almost all of the politically motivated violence is coming from the Left - Antifa, the Resistance, #blacklivesmatter  with their assaults on police and race rioting, even the actual attempted assassinations of Republican congressmen - rationalized and even egged on in some cases by these same media talking heads.

And now they're suddenly afraid of violence being directed at them?  Hilarious. Keep on keeping on, Mr. President. There might have been a few tweets I might not have sent or would have worded slightly differently, but overall it's a killer tactic.

Don Surber: President Trump tweet attacked Psycho Joe and Crazy Mika for two reasons: 1. To watch the media members belittle themselves as they chase this around as if it were Watergate. 2. To distract media attention from the real issues.
Trump is accomplishing a lot under the radar. He has to go under the radar because the Democrats could kill a bill in the Senate by making it a controversy. All they need is three of the 10 RINOs in the Senate to block any legislation. No controversy means McCain cannot get a guest appearance on "Meet the Pres" out of it, so he will vote with the party. Ditto Lindsay Graham.

As for the media (clears throat) I've written two books on how Trump played the media to win the nomination ("Trump the Press") and on how Trump played the media to win the nomination ("Trump the Establishment").

He knows the media better than anyone. He cut his teeth in the media capital of the world, arm-wrestling George Steinbrenner for the sports fronts of Newsday, the Post, and the Daily News back when Trump owned the New Jersey Generals. He endured a very publicly near bankruptcy, and a divorce of the century. In short, he's played bigger rooms than Washington.

And it shows.

Chuck Todd thinks he can embarrass Trump out of the White House?

Has Chuck Todd been munching lead paint chips?

Trump got elected after the Billy Bush tapes.

Speaking on behalf of most Trump supporters: We do not care.

Psycho Joe and Crazy Mika have been calling him crazy for over a year. Finally, the mongoose strikes back.

Better get her to the waaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance.

The bottom line is tweet attacks distract attention from proposals allowing them to get through Congress. The tweets also get the media to further discredit itself, which amuses Trump supporters no end.

Maybe Hasbro can come out with a Psycho Joe action figure.

Stately McDaniel Manor: President Trump’s tweets are, to actual Americans, as opposed to Americans in name only--AINOs--refreshing. I had the opportunity to watch Mr. Trump delivering a speech to a group of veterans, past and present, at Lincoln Center not an hour ago. I was struck by how relaxed and comfortable he was, and by how quickly he has improved at public speaking. In every way, he is better now than he was during the campaign. But how is this possible?

If the Media AINOs and the RINO/AINOs are right, Mr. Trump should be a shambling wreck. He’s constantly under attack from every direction. The Republican controlled Congress is barely functional, and plenty of them are determined to undermine him. Because AINOs can’t imagine anyone doing more than one thing at a time, and that taking a very long time, they’re stunned to see him producing prodigious work, and do their best to ignore and cover it up.

Mr. Trump took a few gentle swipes at the media during his speech, and the crowd was, to put it mildly, enthusiastic. They were Americans. When Mr. Trump lets a self-important media blow-dried pajamaboy, or a female anchor with more plastic surgery than many African nations see in a year have it, Americans rejoice. They know exactly how much the self-imagined elite hate them, and if Mr. Trump is a little coarse in expressing himself, hey, it’s a hard world out there, and Americans live in it. They’re a lot more worried about putting food on the table and braces on the kid’s teeth than being invited to the right Georgetown parties. AINOs want to rule the paradise they just know they can create if only there weren’t so many of those deplorable, stupid as shit Americans--as CNN has put it--mucking things up.

Does Mr. Trump occasionally say things in ways I wouldn’t? Who cares? During my police days, I occasionally said worse, not because it was reflective of my character or normal way of speaking, but because I worked among Americans, all kinds of Americans, and they don’t all speak the same way or relate well to people that don’t sound like them. That was OK then, and it’s OK now.

There is, of course, far more going on than the occasional tweet that might have given one’s great, great, great Grandmother the vapors. AINOs know--but won’t admit--Mr. Trump is a man used to working long, hard hours, and accomplishing great things. They know he surrounds himself with the same kinds of smart, driven, capable people, as demonstrated by his appointments. They know he is used to working with all kinds of Americans, and know he likes them, and they like him. They know Americans do not share their obsessive, deranged hatred for Mr. Trump. All of that scares them--badly.

They can see he is changing the way things are done in DC, and are scared to death about how deeply he is going to dig the rot out of the swamp. He really is rich, is proud of it, and doesn’t owe anyone anything, which makes him more dangerous than any president in memory. They know Americans don’t begrudge him that wealth, which threatens to wipe out one of their primary “hate the wealthy” narratives. Worse, he is determined to exert the full power of his office, but not in the manner of Barack Obama. He’s restoring the rule of law and the constitutional limits of government. They shudder at the thought.

Media AINOs are particularly horrified that he does not fear them or prostrate himself before them. He extends them no courtesies, and expects them to be, at the least, accurate and honest, and is unbowed and ruthless at calling them out when they are not, which seems to be more often than not these days.

Oh, but the tweets damage the dignity of the office! They lower the discourse of Washington! Right. Lower than Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades or Barack Obama’s wholesale trampling of the Constitution? The tweets are not the official policy pronouncements of the American government. Americans understand that. They’re Mr. Trump’s off the cuff commentary at people he believes are damaging America, and Americans, for the most part, agree, and they laugh, oh they laugh. Even those that don’t wholeheartedly agree could care less. They can tell the difference between letting off a bit of steam, and being diplomatic when it matters. The idea the unwashed of flyover country are laughing at them drives AINOs to distraction. How dare they!?

Mr. Trump is saying some of the things Americans shout at the TV. He’s giving voice to the things Americans would love to tell morally flexible politicians and smug media twerps. He’s doing precisely what Americans elected him to do.

And oh boy, oh boy, are they enjoying it.

Doug Hagin:Well, it is hardly a national embarrassment. It is well short of the embarrassment that our media is. He should use Twitter to go over the heads of Congress. But he should stop short of the grade school insults. Using Twitter to inform the public and to push his agenda is a great strategy. But, again, he should cease with the verbal BS But I will take a president who goes that route over one that is actively trying to "fundamentally transform" America any day!

Dave Schuler : Both. It aggravates those who have never liked him and wouldn't vote for him under any circumstances and delights his supporters who see it as standing up to a bullying, prevaricating leftist press.

The concern would be that it alienates those who voted for Trump despite his coarseness and oafishness. It also won't attract those who found his views better on the issues but couldn't put up with the coarseness and oafishness. So far his base support of 39% is holding. As long as that's the case, it puts him in no real danger.

What I don't think that the folks at CNN and MSNBC appreciate is that their constant hectoring of Trump is hurting them worse than it is him. Every antagonistic exaggeration, contrived anonymous source, or unsupported allegation may push Trump down a notch but it pushes them down, too.

It's like that old wisecrack about mud rasslin' with a Ppig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it. While Trump is still not in any real danger, the liberal media may be. It won't take a lot of successful libel suits to render them non-viable.

Bookworm Room :Why can't the tweets be both? Yes, it is embarrassing to have our commander in chief get into fights with two sleazy, half-brained talk show hosts. Having said that, it needs to be done. First, all those Republican presidents who showed dignified silence in the face of savage press attacks were, in fact, savaged. The media hyenas didn't see that dignity as a sign of strength; they saw it as weakness and doubled down on their attacks. Trump is crude, but he's effective.

Second, the media ProgBots are incapable of keeping more than two things in their collective mind at more than one time, especially when one of those things is about them. In that case, the thing about them is all that they can think of. And while they're obsessing about insults to those two sleazy, dimwitted talk show hosts, Trump is getting things done, lots and lots of useful things.

A short list of Trump's accomplishments is forcing Europeans to step up to the EU obligations and making the German's back down from their climate hysteria; simultaneously slimming down federal agencies while allowing those agents still employed to do their jobs -- especially when the job is enforcing our existing immigration laws; unleashing the American economy by unleashing America's capacity to produce fossil fuels; and allowing General Mattis to run the military like a military, rather than like an LGBTQRSTUV social justice experience. Given enough time, he'll lower taxes. And if the GOPers would abandon their dignity and their animus, he'd get rid of Obamacare too.

Frankly, I'm at the point at which I would accept (although be disgusted by) President Trump doing a half-naked pole dance in the Oval Office if that would distract the media enough to allow the president to do his job. The media is the enemy and it needs to be tamed. And -- and this is an important point -- President Trump is not abusing the First Amendment when he attacks the media, because he's not using the power of the government to silence them. (See, e.g., Turkey, Russia, Iran, or the entire Muslim Middle East for examples of government aggression towards media.) Instead, bless his heart, President Trump is using the power of his personality to fight the media at their own of hurling insults game.

You go, guy! That's all I can say. You're crude, rude, distracting . . . and very effective.

Laura Rambeau Lee :Regarding the latest Trump Twitter controversy, one question no one is asking is “did Mika and Joe go too far?” They have spent countless hours saying outrageous things about President Trump. Enough is enough! President Trump is using his Twitter posts to communicate directly with the American people and is effective in getting his message delivered free of the negativity and #FakeNews utilized by the main stream media. I am happy President Trump is savvy enough to use these new media tools to his advantage.

Well, there it is!

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