It just does not get any better, although we have no doubt it will. Spring is in the air! An Islamic pig is dead! President Trump continues to do what we declared had to be done way back in 2007! Today President Trump speaks at a rally which might be the opening salvo for reelection. These days every day we hum or outright sing out that Dean Martin song that has become so popular of late in various TV commercials.
The dead Islamic Pig?
Breaking News: Report: Omar Abdel-Rahman, orchestrator of 1993 World Trade Center bombing, dies in prison. pic.twitter.com/mUHLmyRW4f
I go to sleep and keep grinning… If this is just the beginning…
Keep on grinning! President Trump is in Melbourne, Florida today to speak to the American people. The event is paid for by his campaign. Is it his reelection campaign? Is it the campaign he just won? Whatever! It’s a winning campaign.
Why is it a winning campaign? Because President Trump is telling the truth, the unvarnished politically incorrect truth.
On the day Donald J. Trump announced for president we wrote his greatest strength was his use of the English language (shades of Winston Churchill). President Trump continues to trump because his use of English is a precision instrument. We’re not talking about details nor the obsessions of pedants. We’re talking about how President Trump tells the truth. Example:
President Trump is absolutely correct. The propaganda ministers, the liars who hide behind the First Amendment, the Big Media vipers who pretend to be “news” but are “fake news” deceivers, are the enemies of the people.
That bit of truth triggered a response from Chuck Todd:
I would hope that our leaders would never believe that any American desires to make another American an enemy. Let's dial it back.
Chuck Todd did not seem to mind when Anderson Cooper asked Hillary Clinton about her “enemies” and Hillary Clinton responded with a list of her deplorable enemies. Oh, and we haven’t heard denunciations of Eleanor Roosevelt attacking her “enemies” either.
Chuck Todd also did not seem to mind how in 2008 Big Media shilled for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton and in 2016 Big Media shilled for Hillary Clinton over Donald J. Trump. Big Media abused its power in both those important elections. The difference in who won is that in 2016 Donald J. Trump would not play the sap for Big Media like Hillary Clinton did in 2008.
Press bashing may feel good to folks but when it's done by people in power, it's corrosive. Take off your partisan hats for a second
Chuck Todd and his Big Media pals are the ones abusing their power with their partisan pussyhats firmly on their heads. What Chuck Todd is whining about is that President Trump will fight fire with fire.
Today, at 5:00 p.m., President Donald J. Trump speaks to the American people from a rally in Florida and live up to that .
It’s the precursor to an upcoming week will be a massively important. Lots will happen this coming week which begins with Presidents’ Day. Hold on to your hats! The Trumpnado is unleashed!
The fun is just beginning. We’re laughing at two categories of fool today.
Type one to mock is the Trump supporter chicken littles who think their world is crashing because the fight is on and things are not going as rosy sweet as they feverishly imagined.
Type two to mock are the DailyKooks who have gone full tilt nuts along with the GOP establishment still hoping the red they see is President Trump’s blood. We laugh at them both as Trump week 4 continues and hundreds, yes hundreds, of Trump weeks are to come.
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Let’s return to the basics of the Trump Revolution to understand what is happening. Donald J. Trump launched a hostile takeover of the Republican Party back in June 2015. During the nomination fight Donald J. Trump attacked Republicans such as George W. Bush and his Iraq War at Republican debates. Donald J. Trump rampaged through the debates and the nomination fight against the GOP establishment. Once Donald J. Trump was the GOP nominee he trained his artillery against the Obama Dimocrat Party and the self-proclaimed Obama Third Term a.k.a. Hillary Clinton. Against Big Media, the Dimocrats, the GOP establishment, the intelligencia, Academia, Big Business, Big Institutions, the neo-con right, and the totalitarian left, Donald J. Trump fought and won. Ergo, President Donald J. Trump.
The chicken littles of today somehow thought that after the President Donald J. Trump inauguration the war would turn into the discourse of a little girl’s plastic tea cup party featuring operatic debates in which the harshest imaginable behavior would be the occasional “tut-tut old sport” verbiage. That was never going to happen. Neither that nor any variant short of all out war, bloody war was ever going to happen.
It’s all out war. The inauguration of President Donald J. Trump was the starting fire of all out war. We wrote about what to expect and we said it will be all out war until the political equivalent of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Want to see a visual representation (warning: it’s gruesome) of what we expected and what every Trump voter should understand is the situation? Here it is (again, visually gruesome):
That’s what it’s like. President Trump and the overthrow of the political establishment is all out war, not a pretty picture of well ordered landings from a luxury cruise ship assisted by charming escorts. President Trump represents an invasion that seeks to overthrow the political order. The political order will fight back.
What President Trump understands is that once you land on the beach the imperative is to move swiftly inland and capture territory. President Trump, like the General Patton he so often references, knows that the army must move forward with surprising speed and worry about patching problems up as you go along.
Some parts of the beachhead advance. Other parts of the invasion are stalled. The order is to keep moving forward. There’s blood everywhere. The necessity is to break through the roadblocks and move forward. Move forward. There’s blood everywhere, but move forward, even when it is your friend that was mowed down, move forward, move forward:
Let’s look at the entire battlefield: the GOP establishment continues to fight back with delay tactics while the neo-cons and their bureaucratic allies continue all out war with flame-throwers and exhortations to fight on against President Trump. From the left it is madness and fury against President Trump. All along President Trump continues to move forward, move forward.
A few data points of the fight as it progresses which helps us map out tactically how to move forward on the strategy:
Remember the withdrawal of Obama’s pick for National Intelligence Council chairman, Charles Freeman, in March 2009? Obama had tapped the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia for the sensitive post despite abundant conflicts of interests. Freeman had served for four years on the board of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, a company owned by the Chinese communist government. The state-owned firm has invested in Sudan and Iran. Freeman also led the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington, D.C.-based group funded by the Saudi government. [snip]
Obama knew all that and looked the other way at Freeman’s role as a de facto lobbyist for Saudi royalty. Even worse, he ignored Freeman’s Jew-bashing and tyrant-coddling record with a Blame America axe to grind. Freeman carped that our country exhibited “an ugly mood of chauvinism” after the 9/11 attacks and condemned his fellow countrymen for connecting the dots of Islam and Saudi-funded jihad: “Before Americans call on others to examine themselves,” he fumed with Jeremiah Wright-style bombast, “we should examine ourselves.”
In fine form, Freeman inveighed against the “Israel Lobby” in his resignation letter. [snip]
By this time in Obama’s first term, former Democratic New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson had withdrawn as Commerce Secretary nominee after both liberals and conservatives protested his long record of corruption and incompetence. [snip]
Richardson’s replacement, former GOP Sen. Judd Gregg, accepted and then quickly withdrew after disagreements over Obama’s massive federal stimulus proposal and Democrats’ politicization of the Census.
Another Beltway barnacle, former Democratic South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle, was also forced to withdraw from his nomination as Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary amid a storm of ethical scandal, conflicts of interest, and tax avoidance. That was compounded by Treasury Secretary Geithner’s admission of “tax goofs” involving his failure to pay $43,000 in federal self-employment taxes for four separate years (until, that is, he was tapped for his Obama post). At least five other Treasury staff picks withdrew before the Obama administration had reached the 100-day mark over tax problems, conflicts of interest, bad judgment and records of lax oversight of industry.
By the end of his first 100 days, Obama had set a turnover record for an incoming cabinet with four major withdrawals. And by the hallowed 100-day mark, Obama had announced less than half of the total Senate-confirmed Cabinet department positions he needed to fill, with only 10 approved — even though the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the Senate at the time.
That brief history should shut up the chicken littles of 2016 pearl clutching about Mike Flynn and/or Puzder.
Consider the data point of neo-con Bill Kristol as he abandons democracy and the republic to embrace a coup d’etat against President Trump:
Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.
Ultimately, you’re committed not so much to conservative principles, but rather to a Beltway status quo that Trump is a huge threat to. Based on your actions over the past few months, I can see (and indeed, so can everybody else) that you wouldn’t have cared all that much if it had been Hillary Clinton who won the election. Even if Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz had came out on top in the Republican primaries, and then went on to lose in the general election to Hillary Clinton, you would not have been greatly discomfited. Yes, you wouldn’t have liked it, and yes, I’m sure that for at least the next four years, the Weekly Standard would be filled with articles and think pieces critical of Clinton and her policies, but they would all pretty much impotent to actually change anything.
So I think the election of President Trump has given us the chance, for the first time, to effect real change in national politics. And it’s been instructive to see how you and the rest of the #NeverTump crowd are all weeping and wailing and digging in your heels, even now, even after most of the decisions Trump has made so far have been conservative. This tells me that you’re part of the problem that electing Trump is supposed to solve. And it confirms to me that voting for Trump was the correct choice.
Data point, #NeverTrump John Podhoretz is worried about the destruction of Mike Flynn by the “deep state” which we once all called the “police state”. Podhoretz did not like Flynn but sees the danger:
If this was intelligence, the revelation of the Flynn meeting just revealed something to the Russians we shouldn’t want revealed — which is that we were listening in on them and doing so effectively. [snip]
And as for playing fast and loose with confidential information on American citizens: No joke, people — if they can do it to Mike Flynn, they can do it to you. [snip]
It would be pretty to think so, but we also know that Flynn had an antagonistic relationship with America’s intelligence agencies. If these leaks came about not out of high principle but because officials at those agencies were taking out a potential adversary, that is nothing more or less than a monstrous abuse of power. [snip]
If those who fear Trump embrace antinomianism because they think he’s going to destroy our democracy, they should stop and consider whether their zeal to stop him might be blinding them to a different threat from the federal government that will erode our rights as citizens.
Data point, Don Surber who understands why Mike Flynn had to go, but also understands the threat from the “police state” a.k.a. “deep state”.
This particular data point from Don Surber has been driven very well by President Trump who Tweeted: “The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?”
Don’t forget the Glenn Greenwald – who applauds what happened to Flynn even while seeing all the lies on top of lies, data point. Greenwald’s position is complex. He believes Flynn lied and it was necessary to expose that lie. Greenwald also sees the hypocrisy of Obama Dimocrats who said nothing as Obama hunted down leakers with more gusto than Richard Nixon, now praising those who leaked against President Trump. Greenwald also recalls the felony lies of James Clapper to Congress in public testimony in order to protect Obama. Greenwald misses his own hypocrisies. But the data point that matters here is this:
The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies [snip]
In the spectrum of crimes involving the leaking of classified information, publicly revealing the contents of SIGINT — signals intelligence — is one of the most serious felonies. Journalists (and all other nongovernmental citizens) can be prosecuted under federal law for disclosing classified information only under the narrowest circumstances; reflecting how serious SIGINT is considered to be, one of those circumstances includes leaking the contents of intercepted communications, as defined this way by 18 § 798 of the U.S. Code:
Keep that data point in mind. Prosecutions, even of alleged journalists, are permissible under certain circumstances and the Mike Flynn assassination is one of those circumstances.
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The above data points are mostly from the right side of the battlefield. What of the left side of the battlefield. On the left, it is madness. Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.
There is no other way to explain the left. It will require a political Hiroshima and Nagasaki to bring them to their senses. For now the left is entirely mad, stark raving mad. Next week we will examine the political left as it grabs total control of the DNC. How can we explain the madness of a DNC that condemns a fictional TV show because of… some madness about the F.B.I. and Comey? For now, the madness of the left is manifest in almost every utterance from that kingdom of kooks.
Consider Dan Rather. Dan Rather imagines he sees something as big or bigger than the Watergate scandal in the Mike Flynn story. That’s laughably crazy.
Friedman: Flynn Resignation Shows Russia Hacking Was On Scale With 9/11, Pearl Harbor
Thomas Friedman said the resignation of Ret. Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as National Security Adviser showed it was never taken seriously that the Russians “hacked our election.”
“Trump actually tweeted out some positive encouragement of this. Did the two of them cook this up all along?” Friedman asked of Flynn and Trump.
“We have never taken seriously from the very beginning Russia hacked our election,” the New York Times scribe said on Morning Joe Tuesday. “That was a 9/11 scale event. They attacked the core of our democracy. That was a Pearl Harbor scale event.”
Pearl Harbor? 9/11? Only in the Kingdom of the Kooks does such madness prevail. Did the Russians corrupt the primary in which Hillary Clinton could barely beat socialist kook Bernie Sanders? Bernie Sanders did not fight Hillary Clinton on emails. Bernie Sanders enabled Hillary Clinton on her email problems.
The “Russians did it” theory of the kooks is that the Russians won the election for Trump by hacking, then leaking, emails from John Podesta and the DNC. Bernie Sanders never exploited the emails however so how is it that Hillary Clinton was barely able to defeat Bernie Sanders and therefore the Russians are to blame for her loss? Indeed, Bernie Sanders’ supporters and Hillary Clinton supporters are still fighting each other. But the Russians did not help socialist Sanders. Yet Hillary Clinton, despite a DNC that rigged circumstances and situations for her, could not dispatch the socialist kook.
If Hillary Clinton has dispatched socialist kook Sanders in Iowa and New Hampshire, unified Obama’s party behind her very early, understood the change Donald J. Trump represented, she could have won the election by leveraging the establishments of both parties and her money advantage (though we doubt it because it was a change election). We knew back in 2013 that Hillary Clinton was a “muddled message mess”.
Hillary Clinton ran the dumbest, stupidest, campaign ever. Hillary Clinton, as we wrote, deserved to lose.
Hillary Clinton deserved to lose and she lost. It wasn’t the Russians, nor Bernie Sanders, nor fill-in-the-excuse that is to blame. Hillary Clinton deserved to lose. As we wrote repeatedly at least since 2012, the 2016 election was a change election and the candidate of change would win. Hillary Clinton declared herself the Obama Third Term, not the candidate of change, so she lost. Donald J. Trump made himself the leader of a movement for change, real change, not phony hope and change, so Donald J. Trump is now President Trump.
Such is the state of the Obama Dimocrat Party that even those that once were certifiable kooks now appear rational by comparison. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Kooch, Dennis Kucinich, is talking sense!
Kucinich is one of the few principled liberals left.
Even with a barely moving congress, President Trump is moving forward. Consider the initiatives President Trump has signed and the long term ramifications of same. As he meets with foreign leaders, such as Netanyahu, Trump moves forward. David Friedman will soon be the American ambassador to Israel too. On immigration, President Trump will win, even if he faces fire as he lands on the beachhead. As his cabinet fills, President Trump gets reinforcements and continues to move forward.
On issue after issue President Trump moves forward. Every day productive activity is moving forward even as during the campaign the chicken littles and the left will declare what they don’t understand to be “chaos”.
TPP is gone. A lot has been done. What President Trump has done will not soon be gone. It will last for generations.
As to the intelligence community and Mike Flynn remember that not even journalists are protected under 18 § 798 of the U.S. Code. Keep an eye on that as President Trump takes control in the coming weeks and months of the NSA and the “deep state”.
President Trump knows he is on a battlefield. That’s why today he holds a press conference. That’s why President Trump calls Big Media the opposition party. That’s why President Trump on Saturday will bring in the people as reinforcements.
The more the political establishment shoots from the sand dunes at the incoming Trump Revolution on the beachhead, the more reinforcements will come to fight alongside President Trump.
Ed Koch used to ask, “How am I doing?” Big Media, as President Trump begins week 4, thinks “It’s over for Trump”… again. America, thinks things are just grand. Consider a nastily testy report from Trump hater Politico which asks Vigo, “how is President Trump doing?”:
‘I’m Still All Trumped Up’
Hundreds of miles from the din of D.C., the nation’s bellwether county thinks the new president is doing just fine. [snip]
Almost a month into Trump’s administration, Vigo—population 108,000, the nation’s swingiest swing county—seemed to be an ideal place to take the temperature of voters. This year, Vigo swung for Trump (who took 55.4 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 40.2 percent), continuing a 60-year streak as the nation’s most accurate bellwether county. [snip]
What I heard, in conversations with nearly a dozen Trump supporters, is that like the Ameses, most of Vigo County is still “Trumped up.” [snip] The lies, the fumbles and faux pas that have rattled the D.C. establishment and global allies? None of it seems to resonate here.
“I think Trump is doing exactly what he said he was going to do,” said Keith Kindsvatter, a 64-year-old system specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration, as he chomped on his BLT sandwich at Boo’s. [snip]
To a person, the Trump voters I talked to in Vigo offered a similar refrain as they assessed Trump’s first days in office, almost as if they were reading from a fresh batch of talking points issued by the president’s director of Surrogate Outreach: “He’s doing exactly what he promised he would do,” Kelly, 48, a pharmacist in Terre Haute who felt uncomfortable divulging her last name, told me when I asked her about Trump’s controversial immigration executive order, as she ate a slice of cheese pizza at the food court in Honey Creek Mall. Nor are voters like Kelly lamenting his Twitter tirades: “He’s speaking directly to the people. Like Reagan!” Dick told me over lunch. Trump’s brusque, shoot-from-the-hip conversations with world leaders and allies? “We’re not going to go to war with Australia,” Kindsvatter said.
“I think he’s pretty much following The Art of the Deal,” said Ken Warner, 60, who works in the finance industry. “He’s got the price of fighter jets down. It’s not something we’re used to. It’s a little unorthodox. Listening to his Carrier negotiation, you have to shrug on the means but can’t disagree with the ends. You don’t want to be picking winners and losers. You don’t want to see a president calling out people on Twitter. However, the results so far have not been bad. So I can’t say it’s wrong.” [snip]
“He’s done more in the two weeks he’s been president than the other president did in eight years,” Dick told me.
Even as Politico acknowledges the people of Vigo are happy with President Trump and his results thus far, the condescension that Vigo does not think like the people in places Politico has offices in is clear. The message from Vigo to President Trump? “Stand strong.” “We’re with you!”
A short while earlier, Politico published an article about alleged chaos and calamity of poor befuddled nincompoops in the White House who realize they are in over their heads and, well, “it’s over for Trump.” After thirty paragraphs of gloom and doom, Politico is forced to admit that even if Big Media and coastal elites are bothered and bewildered, President Trump supporters stand strong:
If the opening days of Trump’s presidency have been rocky and unconventional, many of his admirers aren’t bothered by it.
“I’m not disappointed in the president’s work so far — he operates like many great CEOs I know — and I hope he continues to manage the country in a manner worlds apart from the way we’ve seen in the past,” said Michael Caputo, who was a Trump campaign aide. “It’s about time.”
Ignore Big Media. How is President Trump doing?
President Trump started the working week (he also works on weekends you know) with a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that from all accounts went very well. If this was President Obama that would have been enough activity for the entire week, or month. But we’re talking about President Trump here, so a lot more was done.
Two in, one out. On Monday, President Trump mulled the questions about his good and faithful National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. By the end of the day Flynn flew.
The story of Mike Flynn is very simple. During the transition Mike Flynn spoke with the Russian Ambassador about sanctions on Russia. Mike Flynn however “misled” Vice President Pence about those conversations. Pence went on TV to say the Flynn calls did not discuss sanctions on Russia. See the problem?
Mike Flynn did not violate the law. Mike Flynn did nothing wrong. Mike Flynn was smart to have those conversations with the Russians. Mike Flynn did commit a grave crime in Trump world: stupidity.
A Seattle federal district court has issued a preliminary injunction on President Trump’s controversial immigration executive order, which temporarily banned most immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries and also shut down the refugee program for 120 days.
The injunction, by Judge James Robart, effectively extends the temporary restraining order he issued earlier this month into an indefinite nationwide block of Trump’s immigration order.
Robart rejected calls from the Trump administration to postpone the district court case while the 9th Circuit considers a request from one of its judges for a rehearing of last week’s decision, which denied a motion to lift the restraining order. [snip]
Meanwhile, a federal court in Virginia issued a preliminary injunction on Trump’s executive order, but the edict only applies to the state. The judge in that case rejected Virginia’s request to apply the decision nationwide, restricting it to legal permanent residents of Virginia and valid visa holders who work or attend school there.
But the judge in that case, Leonie Brinkema, wrote that “the Commonwealth has produced unrebutted evidence supporting its position that it is likely to succeed on an Establishment Clause claim.”
“The ‘Muslim ban’ was a centerpiece of the president’s campaign for months, and the press release calling for it was still available on his website as of the day this [opinion] is being entered.”
“The major premise of that argument – that one can only demonstrate animus toward a group of people by targeting all of them at once – is flawed,” Brinkema added. “It is a discriminatory purpose that matters, no matter how inefficient the execution.” [snip]
While the administration is expected to release new orders, it is Evan’s understanding they will likely include introductory remarks indicating the new orders are intended to “clarify” or “supplement” the existing executive order. [snip]
Trump may issue multiple orders so that if the courts strike down one part, it wouldn’t affect the order as a whole, according to Evans’ understanding of the issue.
Evans says he believes the administration wanted to keep the 9th Circuit case active so they can take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court at the right time and reverse last week’s unfavorable ruling. [snip]
Another Trump strategy is to delay the 9th Circuit case until Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, can get on the bench, according to Evans’ understanding. One way to do this is to file for a reconsideration en banc to the 9th Circuit, which is already in motion because a judge on Friday requested a judges’ vote.
“You can buy yourself 28 days,” said Evans, adding that “there’s a lot of chess and legal maneuvering going on.”
“Based on what I’ve read and seen the Trump Administration wants to maximize the chance to have the full Supreme Court decide whether the commander-in-chief indeed has the broadest discretion in deciding what is in the interest of the United States,” Evans said.
If immigration ban goes to Supreme Court, Trump is shoo-in to win [snip]
The states claim that the order’s 90-day ban on admitting lawful permanent residents and non-immigrant visa holders from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the United States without notice and an opportunity to respond violates their right to due process under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.
But a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. It just allows an alien to travel to a United States port-of-entry and request permission to enter. [snip]
The 90-day suspension is based on Section 212(f), which gives the president authority to exclude aliens from the United States without regard to whether they are in one of the classes described by section 212(a).
In other words, when entry is denied under section 212(f), the determination on admissibility is made by the president, not by an immigration judge. [snip]
According to the Congressional Research Service, “Neither the text of Section 212(f) nor the case law to date suggests any firm legal limits upon the president’s exercise of his authority to exclude aliens under this provision.”
It does not state even what the president should consider in determining whether the entry of an alien is “detrimental” to U.S. interests.
According to the states, the order “was not truly meant to protect against terror attacks by foreign nationals but rather was intended to enact a ‘Muslim ban’ as the president had stated during his presidential campaign that he would do.”
The states claim that therefore the Order violates the Establishment and Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. [snip]
According to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, the 90-day suspension does not violate the establishment clause. President Trump picked countries that have high levels of terrorism. When you focus on real perpetrators and the impact is heavily on one particular religion, that does not create a constitutional problem.
Although the government may have to take this case all the way to the Supreme Court, I will be surprised if the order is not upheld in the end.
It’s just a matter of time. On immigration and all the current noisy battles, Trump will trump.
As week 4 progresses, Trump will be even more trumpy.
On hump day, President Trump will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel. Oh, oh, there’s sure to be a big fight between those two right? After all, Big Media reported that President Trump had just stabbed Israel in the back. Um, Big Media lied:
More Fake News: Trump ‘Opposes’ Israeli Settlements
That kind of story serves two propagandist purposes. First, it provides a kind of justification for Obama’s betrayal of Israel at the UN Security Council over settlements last month; second, it nods at the old NeverTrump claim that Trump would never keep his word to conservatives.
There’s just one problem: the story is false. [snip]
The Trump administration’s statement is a complete reversal of the Obama administration’s policy.
As legal scholar Eugene Kontorovich explains:
The White House Press Secretary’s statement about settlement building is a huge change of policy, in which the U.S. broadly accepts all building within settlements, including those settlements outside of “blocs.” This is huge.
In the statement, the White House says the building of entirely “new settlements” is not great (but not sharply criticized). On the other hand, building “within existing settlement lines,” ie municipal boundaries, is totally OK. Since all building for 20 years has been within existing lines, and all planned building is within existing lines, this is as big an authorization as it gets.
This is such a big deal, that the press is trying to spin it as a limitation on settlement activity, whereas it is a broad and historic green light. It can no longer be said that the US opposes settlement building.
Perhaps the White House deliberately spun the statement as a limitation to fool the media. That is not hard to do, and it is to President Trump’s benefit, as a negotiating tactic, to appear unpredictable — aggressive one moment, compromising the next.
Nevertheless, the Trump administration has just signaled its intent to back a permanent Jewish presence in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), with or without a Palestinian state.
Israeli PM Netanyahu Becomes D.C. Darling as Democrats Clamor
After years of tense relations, Netanyahu most coveted meeting in D.C.
After years of tense relations with the United States under former President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is emerging as one of the most prominent international personalities, according to multiple sources who told the Washington Free Beacon that Democrats, Republicans, and high-level White House officials are clamoring for a sit down with the Israeli leader when he arrives in town on Tuesday.
Senior officials across party lines hope to let Netanyahu know that America has Israel’s back and that years of tension during the Obama administration is just water under the bridge, according to both congressional sources and those close to the Trump administration.
Netanyahu’s schedule is already packed with powwows between President Trump, senior administration officials, and a cast of leading lawmakers on Capitol Hill from both sides of the aisle.
Meetings will center on U.S. lawmakers’ desire to reset relations with the Jewish state. Multiple sources told the Free Beacon that sit downs with White House officials will focus on holding Iran accountable for violations of the nuclear deal, moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and combatting efforts at the United Nations to delegitimize Israel. [snip]
There is a strong desire among all parties to show Netanyahu that after nearly a decade of chilly relations during the former administration, the United States is prepared to restore the historic relationship with the Jewish state.
“Netanyahu’s schedule is so full that he literally can’t find time for all the high level meetings people want to have with him,” said one veteran foreign policy adviser who is closely in touch with the White House on Middle East issues. “The truth of this is, it’s nature taking its course.”
Even stab-em-in-the-back Chuckie Schumer wants to hug Bibi. It’s like a St. Valentine’s Day miracle, Jewish version.
If you want to know how President Trump is doing, ask the residents of Vigo and Benyamin Netanyahu.
Update: The fog of war continues. The Ninth Circuit declared war on President Trump, the Executive Branch, and our system of enumerated powers and separation of powers. That is the main lesson from their latest clown ruling on President Trump’s immigration order. Now the Ninth Circus has gone further nuts, if that is possible. There is a new order from the Ninth Circus:
BREAKING: 9th Circuit Judge Wants Another Vote over Trump Travel Ban Decision
In a somewhat rare move, one of the judges on the 9th Circuit of Appeals has made a request that a vote be taken as to whether the order issued by the three judges Thursday night should be reconsidered en banc, which means before the entire 9th Circuit bench rather than by just the panel selected from them. It’s not clear if this mean that this judge believes that there is enough votes to overturn the lower court’s decision which put a temporary halt to Trump’s controversial travel ban. Regardless, it is an interesting move, and throws another legal twist into the ongoing court battle between President Trump and those trying to prevent his controversial immigration ban from being enforced. [snip]
The court has instructed both Trump’s team and lawyers for the State of Washington and Minnesota to file briefs due by Thursday February 16th, stating whether they believe the motion should be considered en banc. Earlier today, Trump indicated that he did not plan to appeal the 9th Circuit’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, and instead planned to fight the case on the merits in the lower court.
What does this all mean? Is the Ninth Circus afraid of what has been unleashed by it’s mad war against separation of powers and at least one judge is blinking, afraid or concerned by the implications of what the Ninth Circus has done? Or is the fear of President Trump forcing the Ninth Circus to reconsider their craziness? Or is the Ninth Circus afraid that President Trump’s alleged plans to fight the case in the lower court and the court of public opinion and thereby this new order is a way to force President Trump to stay at the appeals level and on to the Supreme Court before Justice Gorsuch appears on the high court?
We won’t speculate as to those questions. But we do know who will win and who will lose: President Trump will win and the Ninth Circuit will lose. Why do we say that with such assuredness? Because President Trump has a lot of cards to play while the Ninth Circuit – with it’s ridiculous ruling which gave standing to non-citizens in other countries and gave legal standing to the complaining states without real grievances – played it’s last hand.
Eventually this all goes to the Supreme Court, unless the Ninth Circus surrenders, and President Trump has the appointment trump hand. The Ninth Circus is in for a world of hurt, possibly including getting smashed to bits, and of course the Congress can always cut the court budget giving the Ninth Circus and the Judicial Branch a good lesson in separation of powers.
What would we like to see happen in our entertainment fantasies? It would be fun if Attorney General Jeff Sessions would reply to the court with a letter saying “listen you dumbass motherf*cker refugees from Barnum & Bailey, you will get an asswhipping ejamacation on separation of powers when we bust up your little clown tent and start to pass legislation with Article III, Section 2 “exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make” which strip you of judicial review and then you can chew on your own butts for taking on President Trump before I was in office and he had to fight you alone you jerkoff lunatics, and let me also tell you you goddamned motherfu*king ….”
President Trump is no Mae West. Mae, as Flower Belle, is asked by a judge “Are you trying to show contempt for this court?” Mae responds: “No. I’m doing my best to hide it.” President Trump does not hide his contempt for the ridiculous court which presumes to intrude on his Executive Branch prerogatives in violation of the separation of powers.
As we wrote previously, President Trump will eventually win this battle for the reasons we outlined (um, paging Justice Gorsuch, paging Justice Gorsuch – time to bitch-slap the Ninth Circus clowns!). The good news in all this is that as of today the newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on the job and ready to help President Trump.
So what happens now? There are essentially two options: Option 1: ask Justice Kennedy for a stay from the TRO, which we suspect Justice Kennedy would grant and then continue to slog it out in the courts until reinforcements arrive to support President Trump in the Supreme Court. Option 2: go full tilt political on this and burn down the liberal Ninth Circuit – holding these leftist loons responsible if their stay of President Trump’s order leads to any harm to this country – and going to the country to denounce the leftist loons.
Big Media has already declared President Trump is on a “collision course” with the left and that includes the leftist loons in the judiciary so this is just sauce for this strong leader. President Trump has a strong case to make to the American people on immigration and the American people agree with President Trump:
Donald Trump’s most controversial executive orders have proved to be his most popular, according to a new poll, suggesting that protests and their attendant media coverage aren’t reliable indicators of what Americans expect of their new president.
Fifty-five per cent of registered voters support Trump’s travel ban affecting seven Muslim-majority countries. The same number approve of his plan to deny federal funds to cities that shield illegal-immigrant criminals from deportation.
The numbers come from a new Morning Consult poll conducted for the Washington, D.C.-area Politico newspaper.
Also winning the approval of an American majority is the president’s demand that bureaucrats freeze new federal regulations until his administration can review them and assess their impacts. That measure has 54-percent approval. [snip]
The remaining eight executive orders in the new poll won support from between 46 and 49 per cent of registered voters.
None of them is ‘under water’ – political-speak for having more disapproval than approval.
There is evidence to suggest that both Trump and these radical right-wing parties reflect an underlying reservoir of public support.
Drawing on a unique, new Chatham House survey of more than 10,000 people from 10 European states, we can throw new light on what people think about migration from mainly Muslim countries. Our results are striking and sobering. They suggest that public opposition to any further migration from predominantly Muslim states is by no means confined to Trump’s electorate in the US but is fairly widespread.
In our survey, carried out before President Trump’s executive order was announced, respondents were given the following statement: ‘All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped’. They were then asked to what extent did they agree or disagree with this statement. Overall, across all 10 of the European countries an average of 55% agreed that all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped, 25% neither agreed nor disagreed and 20% disagreed.
Majorities in all but two of the ten states agreed, ranging from 71% in Poland, 65% in Austria, 53% in Germany and 51% in Italy to 47% in the United Kingdom and 41% in Spain. In no country did the percentage that disagreed surpass 32%.
Public opposition to further migration from Muslim states is especially intense in Austria, Poland, Hungary, France and Belgium, despite these countries having very different sized resident Muslim populations. In each of these countries, at least 38% of the sample ‘strongly agreed’ with the statement. With the exception of Poland, these countries have either been at the centre of the refugee crisis or experienced terrorist attacks in recent years. It is also worth noting that in most of these states the radical right is, to varying degrees, entrenched as a political force and is looking to mobilize this angst over Islam into the ballot box, either at elections in 2017 or longer term.
President Trump did not issue a Muslim ban, but it would appear that as a political argument, it is a strong one.
Option 1 or Option 2? With this violation of the separation of powers doctrine, three clowns in the Ninth Circus have opened a war on the executive branch. The notion, as today’s decision states, that Washington state has standing in this suit because some of its students are inconvenienced is an appalling standard. The notion that these judges get to decide, however disguised, on the wisdom of the President’s policy instead of strictly on the law and presidential authority is a casus belli. The Ninth Circus has declared war on President Trump so President Trump is justified if he decides to go all out war as well.
Option 1 or Option 2? Which will President Trump choose? Perhaps a combination of Option 1 and Option 2: a fight in the court system and the court of public opinion? You betcha, in all caps:
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
There’s a new song in town. The mocking “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was Donald J. Trump’s campaign theme song. The defiant “Heart of Stone” as in “you’ll never break” heralded the beginning of the Trump years at the inauguration. Now there is a new President Trump theme song which demonstrates the difference between Barack the Boob compared to get-it-done Don.
Today, Betsy Devos is the new Secretary of Education after the latest 24 hour prank by Obama Dimocrats intent on denial. Tomorrow Jeff Sessions will be confirmed as the new Attorney General to head the Department of (finally!) Justice. Tonight there will be courtroom antics on the West Coast regarding President Trump’s “extreme vetting” of passengers from a bunch of “terrorist friendly” countries. Four of these countries are so debased they don’t even have American embassies due to lack of security.
Later in the month there will be further filibuster antics by Obama Dimocrats to block President Trump’s choice, Neil Gorsuch, from the Supreme Court. This spasm of “resistance” by the deluded Obama Dimocrats will also fail.
This week though, the attention will be on the President Trump temporary “travel ban” to Make America Safe Again. While others chew on their toe nails with worry, we’ll be dabbing some color on our fingernails. Why? Because no matter what happens today or tomorrow President Trump will win all these fights. We’ll lay it all out below. But first, let’s listen to that new President Trump theme song because it explains so much about why Barack the Boob failed while President Trump is all success:
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Yeah, time is on Trump’s side, yes it is. And don’t think for a second that President Trump doesn’t know it.
Barack the Boob ran for president having done nothing but self advancement in his life. Barack the Boob was a lost boy when he was inaugurated. Barack the Boob was entirely befuddled as to how to run the vast American government because Barack the Boob had never run any business or large organization. Never. During the campaign Barack the Boob tried to sell the notion that his campaign was a vast enterprise and Barack the Boob staked his silly claim to experience running a large enterprise on his campaign! It was a silly claim. Barack the Boob proved just how silly, the moment he bungled the oath of office and continued giving speeches after he occupied the White House.
Barack the Boob never ran a large enterprise so he did not know what to do other than invite sports and movie stars to the White House. Consider the dire consequences if Barack the Boob had known what he was doing.
All that immigration stuff he tried to do at the end of his term might have succeeded if Barack the Boob had done it earlier in his term and known what to do. That broken filibuster on lower court judges would have been so much more successful if the filibuster had been broken early in Barack the Boob’s term. On issue after issue, Barack the Boob struck too late, too stupidly, and therefore failed. Obama failed because he should never have been president due to lack of experience, lack of love of country, lack of a coherent world view.
There is no need to get rid of the filibuster in the Senate. The Republican Senate can get rid of the filibuster if it so chooses. Our advice, which echoes President Trump, is a quote from Shakespeare: If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well, It were done quickly. In other words, if ya gotta do it, do it fast. If the Republican Senate is to get rid of the filibuster they might as well get full advantage of it for the next eight years at least (and it will still pay dividends under President Pence). The sooner it is done, the greater the chances of success in later initiatives, and the greater the chances of electoral victory. In other words, a virtuous circle.
If the filibuster falls on Supreme Court nominees just be aware that it is very likely that the entire filibuster, for every issue, is likely dead also. As we wrote previously, the Obama Dimocrats are in full “resistance” mode and will continue their Barackesque petulance and temper tantrums until they wake up in 2019 to Republican supermajorities in the Senate and Supreme Court. The looming disaster is what even Rahm Emanuel is “chill pill” warning Obama Dimocrats about today.
No amount of Obama Dimocrat “resistance” will block Neil Gorsuch from the Supreme Court. Likewise, West Coast “resistance” court antics will not stop President Trump from ultimate victory.
The tomfoolery on the West Coast will end in a President Trump victory. At some point it will all wind up in the Supreme Court and President Trump’s current appointee Neil Gorsuch and later appointees will eventually make it to the Supreme Court. President Trump will prevail.
Fact check: No arrests from 7 nations in travel ban? Judge in Seattle was wrong
That the judge in Seattle even asked the question was entirely inappropriate and demonstrates the political, not legal, nature of the temporary injunction he ordered against President Trump’s immigration order. The duty of the court is to determine whether or not President Trump has the authority, not the wisdom of the order. The judge, by his question, proved he is biased against President Trump’s legal order.
Likewise, the Ninth Circuit will be biased against President Trump and will likely rule against President Trump. Then it will likely all go to the Supreme Court which is currently split 4-4 so the Ninth Circuit order will probably rule the day. But it won’t matter. It just won’t matter. Time, is on Trump’s side, yes it is.
Assume all the worst. Assume the Ninth Circuit rules against President Trump. Assume Justice Kennedy refers the entire matter to the full court instead of granting a stay all on his own. Assume the Supreme Court is deadlocked so that the Ninth Circuit leftist loons prevail. Assume the West Coast “judge” issues a preliminary then permanent injunction against President Trump’s immigration order. Assume all the worst, that the courts will not care about the law but instead about their “feelings” and political views. Assume all the worst. It won’t matter. It just won’t matter. Time, is on Trump’s side, yes it is.
Once Neil Gorsuch is on the Supreme Court, President Trump can try again. Once the next justice appointed by President Trump is on the Supreme Court, President Trump can try again. All President Trump has to do is file a slightly altered executive order and the whole process will begin again. Except, the next time, the Supreme Court will be at full Trump. President Trump eventually wins on his immigration executive order because President Trump is correct on the law.
The losers in all this will be the American people and the Obama Dimocrats. The American people will be made less safe. At some point the terrorists flooding into the country because of the West Coast leftist court loons will attack. Who will benefit? President Trump. President Trump will be able to point at the Obama Dimocrats and the leftist loons in the court system and denounce the blood on their hands. Time is on Trump’s side, yes it is.
There are other losers. Silicon Valley. The technology companies have come out in oppostion to President Trump. They have intervened in the courts and filed amicus briefs against President Trump’s order. They will regret it:
Trump’s Next Immigration Move to Hit Closer to Home for Tech
President Donald Trump’s clash with Silicon Valley over immigration is about to become even more contentious.
After the new president banned refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft and others railed against the move, saying it violated the country’s principles and risked disrupting its engine of innovation. Trump’s next steps could strike even closer to home: His administration has drafted an executive order aimed at overhauling the work-visa programs technology companies depend on to hire tens of thousands of employees each year.
If implemented, the reforms could shift the way American companies like Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. recruit talent and force wholesale changes at Indian companies such as Infosys Ltd. and Wipro Ltd. Businesses would have to try to hire American first and if they recruit foreign workers, priority would be given to the most highly paid.
“Our country’s immigration policies should be designed and implemented to serve, first and foremost, the U.S. national interest,” the draft proposal reads, according to a copy reviewed by Bloomberg. “Visa programs for foreign workers … should be administered in a manner that protects the civil rights of American workers and current lawful residents, and that prioritizes the protection of American workers — our forgotten working people — and the jobs they hold.”
Technology companies on the West Coast want to protect their profits, not American workers. That is the source of the “resistance” to President Trump from the technology oligarchs.
Again, they will rue the day they opposed American workers and President Trump. Time, is on Trump’s side, yes it is.
It is possible that President Trump could prevail in the Ninth Circuit. We’ll light a sparkler if the Ninth Circuit does the right thing. Justice Kennedy could also issue a stay all on his own if the Ninth Circuit stays on it’s leftist lunacy, and we’ll light the same sparkler in that event. Mostly, we’ll yawn. Eventually, as we wrote earlier, Trump prevails:
Trump is stronger than national polls suggest
President Trump is still popular in core Republican strongholds, even though he has suffered a dip in the national public opinion polls.
Trump’s approval rating is 45 percent, an underwater mark previously unseen for a president this early in his first term. But Trump’s image and his policies are holding up just fine among voters in Republican districts and states key to the president’s ability to drive his agenda through Congress, and his party’s success in 2018. [snip]
While his national numbers aren’t good, Trump is much stronger in the states that could decide the outcome of the midterm elections, according to Republican operatives who have reviewed polling produced since New Year’s Day. For now, that suggests Democrats are less likely to benefit from the president’s struggles nationally than has been the case in past election cycles.
Like Trump’s loss of the national popular vote, Republican operatives say the president’s high disapproval numbers are being driven by dissatisfaction with his leadership in progressive, high-population metro centers, like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.
The midterm elections, however, are going to be fought on Senate battlegrounds that include red states like Missouri and West Virginia and swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — all won by Trump.
Missouri is a perfect example.
The “show me” state will show Obama Dimocrats the door in 2018. The 2018 elections will provide President Trump massive victories. Every day, while Rahm orders “chill pills” for Obama Dimocrats, President Trump continues to work and win. Did we mention this is only week 3 of President Trump? There are several hundred weeks to come. Every day President Trump pulls out a win, like a super human Tom Brady.
Born into slavery as one of the youngest of thirteen children of James and Elizabeth in Ulster County, New York, in 1797, Sojourner Truth’s given name was Isabella Baumfree. As almost all of her brothers and sisters had been sold to other slave owners, some of her earliest memories were of her parents’ stories of the cruel loss of their other children. [snip]
In 1843, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth – her name for a traveling preacher, one who speaks the truth – and left New York. She traveled throughout New England, where she met and worked with abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison, and Frederick Douglass. Her life story, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave, written with the help of friend Olive Gilbert, was published in 1850.
While traveling and speaking in states across the country, Sojourner Truth met many women abolitionists and noticed that although women could be part of the leadership in the abolitionist movement, they could neither vote nor hold public office. It was this realization that led Sojourner to become an outspoken supporter of women’s rights.
In 1851, she addressed the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, delivering her famous speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” The applause she received that day has been described as “deafening.” From that time on, she became known as a leading advocate for the rights of women. She became one of the nineteenth century’s most eloquent voices for the cause of anti-slavery and women’s rights.
February 1, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the President of Gays & Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies met with each other on Friday, along with other heads of affinity groups from the State Department, during which time Clinton again voiced her pledge to review the inequities in how the State Department treats its gay and straight employees.
Michelle Schohn, president of Gays & Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, raised the issue of how the department treats its gay employees during the brief meeting, and Clinton again promised to review current policies. Schohn stated: “It was an overwhelmingly positive meeting. There wasn’t a lot of time to talk with her because she was meeting with all the affinity groups, so we each got a tiny chunk of time to be able to say something to her.”
January 29, 2009
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And because we want to keep working for a better future for every child, from every family – a world in which no limits is not just our goal, but a reality!
NoLimits.org will "keep you up to date with news about issues on which Hillary took a lead and we know you care so much about," group President Ann Lewis said in an e-mail to as many as 2 million people culled from the Clinton campaign database.
Because No Limits is a registered nonprofit, "it cannot do anything political. It has to be nonpartisan," said Lewis, a longtime senior adviser to Clinton.
In Clinton's job as secretary of state for President Obama, her political dealings are highly restricted.
For example, she shut down her political action committee.
Some, like Democratic consultant and former Bill Clinton aide Chris Lehane, dismiss talk that the group could be a springboard for Clinton to try again for the White House in, say, 2016.
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," Lehane said. "I think this is just [a] group of folks who developed relationships in an intense [electoral] environment and want to stay together."
But the University of Virginia's Larry Sabato countered: "Whenever a group like this says it's not a political organization, you just know it is."
"Maybe [this] is Hillary's answer to Obama's new 'change' group that controls his golden mailing list. Maybe it's a way for Secretary of State Clinton to mobilize backing for her objectives at the State Department," he said. "And maybe [it's] a standby committee of supporters in case Hillary decides to get back into elective politics."
Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf said NoLimits.org is "one way to make sure that she - and/or the former President - still have political leverage."
Hillary World-Wide January 26, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton Meets Afghan Women Lawyers. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton met today at the State Department with fourteen prominent Afghan women judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. These jurists were in Washington to participate in a training program arranged by the Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. Secretary Clinton told them: "Your American friends greatly admire your bravery and courage. It is your work in the tough environment of Afghanistan for women lawyers that will bring real reform and the rule of law to the Afghan people. As President Obama made clear yesterday in his first foreign policy announcement, we are committed to supporting your efforts to bring security and stability to your country."