Recently in Politics Category

Great news - better automobiles

| No Comments

President Trump tweeted the following a few hours ago:

The increase in safety is a big deal. The automobile engine is running about as efficiently as physically possible so the only way to improve gas mileage is to reduce the weight. This makes the car a lot less safe. Here are just a couple of clickable headlines describing this:

I could go on but you get the drift. Major kudos to President Trump for axing this onerous bit of legislative control.

The guy is an idiot - John Kerry

| No Comments

Thank God he never was elected President - the guy is an idiot. From The Hill:

Trump: 'Iran is being given very bad advice by John Kerry'
President Trump on Monday took aim at former Secretary of State John Kerry after his administration announced it would crack down on Iran’s oil exports.

The president suggested that Kerry, who has met with Iranian leaders over the Obama-era nuclear deal that Trump scrapped, broke an obscure law banning private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments without permission from the U.S.

“Iran is being given VERY BAD advice by @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. into the very bad Iran Nuclear Deal. Big violation of Logan Act?” Trump tweeted.

22K comments - the usual mix of TDS and attaboy

From our President:

Be sure to visit the above link - there are some good comments to President Trump's tweet.

Earth-shattering KaBoom? Marvin the Martian of course:

I agree

| No Comments

Saw this earlier today:

20190912-kenobi.jpg

Got my vote...

A change at the White House

| 1 Comment

From Tyler at Zero Hedge:

Trump Fires John Bolton After "Disagreeing Strongly With His Suggestions"
While there was some feverish speculation as to what an impromptu presser at 1:30pm with US Secretary of State Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and National Security Adviser Bolton would deliver, that was quickly swept aside moments later when Trump unexpectedly announced that he had fired Bolton as National Security Adviser, tweeting that he informed John Bolton "last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House" after "disagreeing strongly with many of his suggestions."

According to sources, while Trump had been growing displeased with Bolton's belligerent recommendations and overall demeanor (recall "Bolton 'Deep in His Heart' Believes Trump Is a 'Moron,' Former Aide Claims"), the tipping point happened when Bolton expressed his displeasure with Trump's impromptu invitation of the Taliban to Camp David on the week of the Sept 11 anniversary, a peace overture which as we reported over the weekend, collapsed in the last moment.

President Trump wanted to approach this as a business negotiation while Bolton wanted to through the full force and might of our military. He did great work as our United Nations ambassador but not so much as our Security Adviser.

I will be looking forward to reading his book when it comes out.

Dead people vote Democrat

| No Comments

They have nothing to offer us "normals" so they resort to cheating. Voter fraud. From OAN News:

Ohio Democrats File Lawsuit To Stall Voter Roll Purge Approved By SCOTUS
The Ohio Democrat Party filed a lawsuit to stop the state’s purge of infrequent voters. According to the lawsuit, in addition to a restraining order to block the purge, state Democrats also want Secretary of State Frank LaRose to manually review each voter scheduled to be removed.

The current law, which was deemed “constitutional” by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018, says a voter is at risk if they haven’t voted in six years. However, Democrats pointed out the system removed active voters, but LaRose said those issues were fixed.

LaRose also said many of the voters being removed had either passed away or moved out of state, but they all received mailers notifying them of their pending removal.

Every state needs to do this. When I moved to the island, it would have been so easy to maintain voting status in both counties but I did not. The rolls need to be purged.

Trolling

| No Comments

President Trump is an excellent troll when he wants to be. This twitter exchange. Senator Gillibrand:

And President Trump's comeback:

The Force is strong in that one...

From Voice of America:

Trump: 'Really Good Chance' He Will Meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday "there's a really good chance" he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the coming weeks to try to negotiate a new deal to curb Tehran's nuclear weapons program to replace the 2015 international deal that Trump withdrew from last year.

Trump, speaking at the end of the G-7 summit of top world leaders in France, said, "I think Iran is going to want to meet."

Pulling Iran's fangs would be an incredible coup. He would not be hinting at a meeting if the groundwork for this was not already nailed down.

Trade wars work - here is the end game

| No Comments

From FOX News:

China announces it seeks 'calm' end to trade war, as markets tank and currency hits 11-year flatline
China signaled Monday it is now seeking a "calm" end to its ongoing trade war with the U.S. and President Trump voiced optimism about a deal, as Asian markets crumbled and China's currency plummeted to an 11-year low following the latest tariffs on $550 billion in Chinese goods announced last Friday by the Trump administration.

"I think we're going to have a deal," Trump told reporters.

Trump said Monday that officials from China called U.S. officials and expressed interest to "get back to the table,” The Wall Street Journal reported. He called the discussions a “very positive development.”

“They want to make a deal. That’s a great thing,” he said.

And meanwhile, you can still buy a 50" television for $180

20190826-television.JPG

Most of us are saying "What trade war?"

Now this is cool - student load debts

| No Comments

From Kentucky's Louisville Courier Journal:

Trump signs order automatically forgiving student loan debt for disabled veterans
President Donald Trump signed a memo to automatically discharge federal student loan debt for permanently and totally disabled veterans during his visit to Louisville Wednesday, where he addressed more than 1,000 veterans.

"I have taken executive action to make sure our wounded warriors are not saddled with mountains of student debt," Trump told a crowd the Galt House, vowing to eliminate “every penny” of an average of $30,000 of student loan debt for about 25,000 disabled veterans.

Such veterans were already entitled to such debt forgiveness by law. But about half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans who are qualified to have their federal student loan debt forgiven have not received the benefit because of an application process that has proven burdensome, the administration said.

The memo directs the government to develop an “expedited” process, which the Department of Education said would mean loans are forgiven unless veterans opt out.

I love that this was already covered by a law but President Trump signed an E.O. to cut through the crap and start helping our vets. Very classy.

Quote of the day

| No Comments

"One of the commonest weaknesses of human intelligence is the wish to reconcile opposing principles and to purchase harmony at the expense of logic."
--Alexis de Tocqueville

A tale of two cities

| No Comments

This says it all:

20190818-liberals.jpg

The rally in New Hampshire

| No Comments

I knew that President Trump's rally in New Hampsire was big - turns out it broke the record for attendence at the venue. From Breitbart:

Trump: New Hampshire Speech Broke Elton John’s Arena Attendance Record
President Donald Trump announced Thursday evening that his re-election campaign rally at the SNHU Arena broke the stadium’s previous attendance record, held by rock star Elton John.

The SNHU Arena holds nearly 12,000 people, and was nearly filled to capacity when the U.S. Secret Service closed the doors. Thousands more people watched the president’s speech on giant television screens outside the arena.

Trump tweeted news about the attendance record shortly after the event was over. He spoke for nearly two hours.

Yeah - and Fauxcahontis stood and hectored 700 people at her big New Hampshire campaign rally.

A fun rant

| No Comments

From here: The Morning Rant

The first reason I mentioned was: 'we are winning.' I am confident of this because of a number of things I have observed. The first is the number of progressives who have gone from openly attacking Trump to openly attacking Trump supporters. The attacks usually go something like this: "Trump is a racist, a white supremacist, and a despicable human being. And if you intend to vote for him, then so are you." This is not the well-considered argument of a reasonable person. This is desperation. This is panic. You can smell the flop sweat. They're not going to win over potential voters by screeching at them. What they're trying to do, I guess, is to shame you into not voting for Trump. But that's not going to work. Because Trump voters are not going to not vote for him, they'll just keep their heads down, not say much, maintain a low profile, and then vote for him on election day when they're far, far away from the progressives and their ceaseless hectoring about how deplorable they are. They only result is that the polls will be thrown off due to the undercounted Trump who are tired of being called names.

More at the site.

From FOX News:

Bill Maher: 2020 Dems just need to 'come off less crazy' than Trump -- and 'they're blowing it!'
Before closing his show Friday night, "Real Time" host Bill Maher urged the 2020 Democrats to "come off less crazy" than President Trump in order to win the 2020 election.

And:

"All the Democrats have to do to win is to come off less crazy than Trump -- and, of course, they’re blowing it!" Maher said. "Coming across as unserious people who are going to take away all your money so migrants from Honduras can go to college for free and get a major in 'America sucks.'”

Heh - the run-up to 2020 will be fun to watch.

Heh - give 'em a whiff of power

| No Comments

And they want it all - the downside to Diversity and Inclusiveness. The current Democrat ruling base thought to imcrease their political power by opening the gates to any and all. Playing the identity politics card and balkanizing the party. Needless to say, this was not a well thought out strategy as all of the newcomers are now scrambling to amass as much power and press as they can. This is forcing the current ruling base into the sidelines - witness "The Squad" of AOC, Taliab, Omar, etc... putting Nancy Pelosi on the sidelines.

From Politico:

DCCC in 'complete chaos' as uproar over diversity intensifies
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is in full-blown turmoil.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) was set to make an unplanned trip to Washington from her district Monday amid an outcry from top black and Latino lawmakers over a lack of diversity in the campaign arm's senior management ranks.

Bustos’ sudden return to D.C., just days after Congress left for a six-week-long August recess, comes as aides and lawmakers are calling for systematic changes to the DCCC, the party’s main election organ.

POLITICO reported last week that black and Hispanic lawmakers are furious with Bustos’ stewardship of the campaign arm. They say the upper echelon of the DCCC is bereft of diversity, and it is not doing enough to reach Latino voters and hire consultants of color. In addition, several of Bustos’ senior aides have left in the first six months of her tenure, including her chief of staff — a black woman — and her director of mail and polling director, both women.

In the most dramatic move so far, Texas Reps. Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela told POLITICO Sunday that Bustos should fire her top aide, DCCC executive director Allison Jaslow.

Heh - the more fractionated they become, the less overall power they have. Fun to be watching this from the other side of the aisle.

Looks like Frida Ghitis is feeling a bit of Trump Derangement Syndrome - from CNN:

20190726-cnn.jpg

I am feeling wonderful - our Nation is in decent hands. Wish that things were moving faster but the wheels of justice and all that great stuff.

Leaving the swamp

| No Comments

Two articles at Breitbart - wonderful news:

First: Trump’s Bureau of Land Management Leaving Swamp for Western Land It Oversees

The Department of Interior (DOI) announced last week that it will be moving the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) headquarters to Colorado, and a number of senior management staffers will be located in 11 Western states, including 50 people in Nevada.

“A meaningful realignment of our operations is not simply about where functions are performed; rather, it is rooted in how changes will better respond to the needs of the American people,” Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said in a statement. “Under our proposal, every Western state will gain additional staff resources.”

Bernhardt said:

This approach will play an invaluable role in serving the American people more efficiently while also advancing the Bureau of Land Management’s multiple-use mission. Shifting critical leadership positions and supporting staff to western states — where an overwhelming majority of federal lands are located — is not only a better management system, it is beneficial to the interest of the American public in these communities, cities, counties, and states.

Nevada Columnist Thomas Mitchell wrote about the move in a column published in the Sparks Tribune in Sparks, Nevada, on Wednesday. He praised the move, which includes the decision to put BLM’s headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado.

And this: Joni Ernst Reintroduces Swamp Act to Move Federal Agencies Out of Swamp

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) reintroduced legislation Thursday that would move federal agencies out of the Washington, DC, swamp so federal bureaucrats can focus on helping the Americans they serve.

Sen. Ernst reintroduced her Strategic Withdrawal of Agencies for Meaning Placement (SWAMP) Act to move agency headquarters over geographically diverse areas of the nation so they focus on helping the Americans most impacted by their decisions. Nearly all federal agencies remain headquartered in or around Washington, DC.

“Washington-based federal agencies and bureaucrats make important decisions that impact the lives of Iowans, and all Americans. Yet, how can these rule makers fully consider and understand the effects of their decisions when those who are most impacted by their rules and regulations are out-of-sight and out-of-mind? We need to fix that,” Ernst said in a statement Thursday.

Good - there is no need for these agencies to be in Washington D.C. - they are much better located where their actions have responsibilities. They need to be beholden to their constituents and not the lobbyists.

Class act - Boris Johnson

| No Comments

Here is his acceptance speech today:

6:38 of brilliance - looking forward to an energized England.

The Mueller testimony

| No Comments

From FOX News:

Trump tweets cryptic statement as Mueller hearings end
Minutes after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller ended his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday afternoon, President Trump took to Twitter to send a cryptic message.

"TRUTH IS A FORCE OF NATURE!" Trump said on Twitter.

And Mueller's performance?

In sometimes contentious rapport, where Mueller appeared flustered and asked members of the committees to repeat the questions multiple times, Republicans grilled the former FBI director over the way he conducted the investigation and whether or not personal political bias played into the findings.

Trump seized on Mueller's shaky performance, retweeting liberal filmmaker Michael Moore who called Mueller "A frail old man, unable to remember things, stumbling, refusing to answer basic questions...I said it in 2017 and Mueller confirmed it today — All you pundits and moderates and lame Dems who told the public to put their faith in the esteemed Robert Mueller — just STFU from now on."

President Trump's tweet:

So true...

Cute mashup:

Great news from across the pond

| No Comments

England elected a conservative Prime Minister - from The Telegraph:

Tory rebels must give Boris a chance, rather than rush to do Corbyn's dirty work
Boris Johnson has secured a greater mandate as Tory leader than Theresa May managed, having not just won a majority among MPs but the wider membership.

He won more than twice as many votes as his rival, Jeremy Hunt. But some Conservatives are acting as if he has seized power in a coup.

Ministers are already storming out of government, with Anne Milton today leaving due to her "grave concerns about leaving the EU without a deal".

"She did not go as far as Sir Alan Duncan, who yesterday took the extraordinary step of following his resignation up with an application to hold an effective confidence vote in the House of Commons on the Johnson premiership before it had even begun."

Three years ago, the citizens of England voted to leave the European Union but P.M. (and closet Commmunist) Theresa May refused to act on the votes of her constituants. Now, we have a true conservative in office.

From the Washington Examiner:

Deregulation explodes under Trump, 13 regulations killed for every new one, $33B saved
It was an odd, geeky campaign promise for a populist presidential candidate to make. But when Donald Trump in 2016 pledged to kill two Obama-era regulations for every new one, crowds went wild.

Those cheers stuck with him when he moved into the White House, and he put his promise into an executive order. And now as he opens his reelection campaign, Russ Vought, acting budget office director, has delivered the results sure to win even more rally cheers.

“We’ve hit 13 to 1,” he told a Heritage Foundation conference on federalism. And cutting so many regulations, he added, has saved taxpayers $33 billion.

Departments and agencies including the departments of Labor, Education, Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency have led the war on regulations, according to federal reports.

Great news - the majority of these regulations are not well thought out and are targeted to benefit a specific group of lobbyists. These are allowing the unelected bureaucrats in government to effectively circumvent the legislative process.

Clear the lot of them out - let's get back to business.

To paraphrase advertising from Lagunitas Brewery - from FOX News:

Republicans raise $20.7M in June -- more than double Dems' $8.5M haul
The Republican National Committee raised more than twice as much as the Democratic National Committee in June – $20.7 million compared to the DNC’s $8.5 million, according to Federal Election Commission filings, Politico reported.

“Our record-smashing fundraising haul is a testament to the ongoing enthusiasm for President Trump and the pro-growth agenda that is delivering for every American across this country," GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to Fox News last week.

The RNC currently has $43.5 million, more than double the cash on hand as the DNC’s $9.3 million.

And despite this, they are not managing their money very well:

The DNC spent heavily on events related to the debates and the presidential candidates last month, including $221,000 for catering and $61,000 for event decorations for a total of $7.5 million, according to Politico.

“They need to get their s-- together. Now,” Adam Parkhomenko, a former DNC national field director, told Vice.

“When Hillary became the nominee in 2016 she was handed nothing, the DNC was nothing and there was nothing to build on. You’d think we would have spent the last few years making sure this would never happen again, and it has,” he said.

Republicans have one candidate with leadership and ideas. The Democrats have twenty candidates and a progressive narrative - no leadership and no ideas. Want to see what a Democratic Presidential victory will do to our nation? Take a good hard look at how they are running their own party into the ground.

Also, not to quibble but $43.5 million is a lot more than double $9.3 million. It is 467.7% - a lot more than "more than double".

The storm

| No Comments

So true:

20190715-storm.jpg

Hmmmm - Iran

| 1 Comment

Way too early to tell yet but there is a rumor that Iran might be willing to sit down with the USA and negotiate.

More as it comes to light.

Found over at Irons in the Fire:

20190704-brexit.jpg

Bad model, no biscuit

| No Comments

I think I would be fine-tuning my model - from the Washington Examiner:

Election model that predicted 2018 blue wave has Trump losing, liberal voters ‘terrified’
A university election model that predicted the blue wave in the House in 2018 almost to the seat is predicting a big loss by President Trump next year due to an explosion of bitter partisanship and Trump hate.

An election forecast model designed by Rachel Bitecofer, assistant director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, predicted that Trump will lose the Electoral College 297-197, with 270 of 538 needed to win.

Three key states that helped push Trump over Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016, despite her winning the popular vote, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, will turn back to the Democrats, she said.

“Trump’s 2016 path to the White House was the political equivalent of getting dealt a Royal Flush in poker,” said Bitecofer. “It’s probably not replicable in 2020 with an agitated Democratic electorate.”

I just do not see it. Computer models are great for some things but for politics and climate, they just do not work. Their designers are too partisan. The computer is just a shell to hide their agenda.

I love these people - they use the Freedom of Information Act to get documents that the usual suspects would rather not see the lilght of day. Their latest exposes a change of statement by Crooked Hillary's lawyer - covering her a** as it were.
From The Epoch Times:

Hillary Clinton’s Lawyer Changes Story on When She Knew About Emails
Heather Samuelson, Hillary Clinton’s personal attorney, gave the FBI and Judicial Watch conflicting explanations of when she learned that the former secretary of state used a private email system to conduct official U.S. diplomatic business.

“I believe I first became aware when either she e-mailed me on personal matters, such as wishing me happy birthday, or when I infrequently would receive e-mails forwarded to me from others at the department that had that e-mail address listed elsewhere in the document,” Samuelson told Judicial Watch lawyers during a June 13, 2019, deposition.

Samuelson worked in the Department of State’s liaison office to President Barack Obama’s White House at the time, according to Judicial Watch.

Samuelson told the FBI in 2016 that she didn’t learn of the Clinton email system until becoming Clinton’s personal attorney in 2014, after serving for a year in the White House counsel’s office.

The 2016 conversation with the FBI was part of the bureau’s highly controversial investigation of the Clinton private email system, which culminated with then-FBI Director James Comey’s July 5, 2016, announcement that he wouldn’t recommend prosecution of the former chief diplomat.

Clinton used the private email system, originally on a server located in the New York mansion she shares with former President Bill Clinton, throughout her tenure as the top U.S. diplomat, from 2009 to 2013.

The non-profit government watchdog released the transcript of the deposition on June 28. The Samuelson deposition is the latest in a series of depositions by Judicial Watch of senior Clinton aides that were ordered Dec. 6, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth.

Lamberth described Clinton’s private email system as “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency,” and ordered Samuelson and nearly a dozen other former Clinton aides to answer Judicial 

Say what you may about President Trump's personality, he knows how to lead. I am so glad that Crooked Hillary did not win that election. The Democrats need some time-out in the corner until they get their act together.

Looks like things are back on track - from NBC News:

Trump meets Kim Jong Un, becomes first sitting U.S. president to step into North Korea
Taking an unprecedented step onto North Korean soil, President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Washington and Pyongyang will relaunch stalled nuclear talks. The statement came during an extraordinary last-minute meeting with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader.

Side-by-side with Kim in the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to cross the 1953 armistice line separating North and South Korea, then joined Kim for a roughly 50-minute meeting.

It was their third since Trump took office, but none have yet yielded a nuclear deal.

"Stepping across that line was a great honor," Trump said, later adding that it was "something incredible."

Trump deemed the meeting a victory, announcing that nuclear talks would resume "within weeks" and that the two countries were designating teams of officials to take the lead.

He even invited Kim, who rarely leaves the country, to visit him at the White House.

Kim thought he had the upper hand at their second meeting and President Trump just walked away. Trump was in Japan for the G20 meeting so this was an excellent time to try again. Kim wants a McDonalds in Pyngyang and a greater standing with other nations. Doesn't hurt that we threatened to shut down their finances last week.

This looks really bad - stupid decision from someone who didn't think of what it would look like to the general public.
From Austin's The Texas Tribune:

People want to donate diapers and toys to children at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. They’re being turned away.
On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.

About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.

But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.

For a while, the group stood there dumbfounded about what to do next. Ultimately, they decided to pack up and head home. Savage said he wasn’t completely surprised by the rejection; before he left, the group spotted a discarded plastic bag near the lobby door holding toothpaste and soap that had a note attached to it: “I heard y’all need soap + toothpaste for kids.”

Austin is Texas' only really liberal city so of course this comment:

“A good friend of mine is an immigration attorney, and he warned us that we were going to get rejected,” Savage said. “We were aware of that, but it’s just the idea of doing something as opposed to passively allowing this to occur.”

Typical liberal - feeling justified that they did something that sounded good instead of actually doing good. This gesture pampered their egos and is a perfect example of virtue signalling.

There is a legal basis for their inability to accept donations:

An official with Border Patrol did not respond to a request for comment, but Theresa Brown, a former policy advisor for U.S. Customs and Border Protections, said there’s a legal reason why Border Patrol and other government agencies aren’t accepting donations from do-gooders.

Under the Antideficiency Act, the government can’t spend any money or accept any donations other than what Congress has allocated to it. The theory behind not accepting donations, Brown said, is so that the government isn’t beholden to private-sector entities for what should be appropriated government actions.

“It’s partially a constitutional thing about Congress controlling the purse and only being able to spend money that Congress gives, but it’s also about ethics,” she said, “Without a change in law, DHS, CPB and Border Patrol cannot accept those private donations.”

This bit of stupidity was enacted February 1st, 2006 - right in the middle of G.W. Bush's tenure. I think that an Executive Order would be a really good idea and really good optics for President Trump.

Seems that we are getting close to another lever - from The Washington Post:

Chinese bank involved in probe on North Korean sanctions and money laundering faces financial ‘death penalty’
A U.S. judge has found three large Chinese banks in contempt for refusing to comply with subpoenas in an investigation into North Korean sanctions violations. The order triggers for the first time a provision that could cut off one of China’s largest banks from the U.S. financial system at the demand of the U.S. attorney general or treasury secretary.

The three banks are not identified, but details in court rulings align with a 2017 civil forfeiture action in which the Justice Department alleged that China’s state-owned Bank of Communications, China Merchants Bank and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank worked with a Hong Kong front company accused of laundering more than $100 million for North Korea’s sanctioned, state-run Foreign Trade Bank.

The bank at risk of losing access to U.S. dollars, the lifeblood of international finance, appears to be SPDB, China’s ninth-largest bank by assets, whose roughly $900 billion makes it comparable in size to Goldman Sachs. Matching details include SPDB’s ownership structure, limited U.S. presence and alleged conduct with the other banks.

A lot more at the site - we 'kinda' knew that China had been supporting the Nork regieme but this is the first serious action against real proof that we have done. All international trade is done in US Dollars so pulling the plug on the banks would be a crushing blow to them and to China in general.

Nice to see people in our government with actual leadership and initiative. Kicking the can down the road is no way to govern a nation...

Mexico is stepping up to the plate

| No Comments

Good news from Yahoo/Agence France Presse:

Mexico deploys 15,000 troops to US border to slow migration
Mexico has deployed nearly 15,000 soldiers and National Guardsmen to its border with the United States, the army chief said Monday -- admitting they are detaining migrants who try to cross, after the policy triggered backlash.

Under pressure from US President Donald Trump to slow the surge of Central Americans crossing the border, Mexico promised earlier this month to reinforce its southern border with 6,000 National Guardsmen, but had not previously disclosed the extent of the crackdown on its northern border.

"We have a total deployment, between the National Guard and army units, of 14,000, almost 15,000 men in the north of the country," Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said at a press conference alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Looks like President Trump's little trade war is working wonderfully. Threaten to put a 5% tariff on Mexican exports and mountains get moved the next day. It works.

From whistleblower Project Veritas:

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam
Project Veritas has released a new report on Google which includes undercover video of a Senior Google Executive, leaked documents, and testimony from a Google insider. The report appears to show Google’s plans to affect the outcome of the 2020 elections and “prevent” the next “Trump situation.”

The report includes undercover footage of longtime Google employee and Head of Responsible Innovation, Jen Gennai saying:

“Elizabeth Warren is saying we should break up Google. And like, I love her but she’s very misguided, like that will not make it better it will make it worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources that we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, it’s like a small company cannot do that.”

Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe:

“This is the third tech insider who has bravely stepped forward to expose the secrets of Silicon Valley. These new documents, supported by undercover video, raise questions of Google’s neutrality and the role they see themselves fulfilling in the 2020 elections.”

Ho. Li. Crap - that is straight out of 18 U.S. Code § 2381

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Fits perfectly - subverting the democratic process is giving aid and comfort to our enemies within.

Not as if Google is the only search engine out there. I use DuckDuckGo Here is a big list of alternatives

I had written about the rally yesterday - this is where President Trump announced that he is running for prez in 2020. There were over 100,000 ticket requests for a venue that seats 20,000. People were waiting in line 48 hours before it opened. At one time, the crowd got a bit rowdy regarding their opinion about CNN - from the Media Research Group:

Thin Skin: CNN Cuts Away from Trump Rally After Crowd Chants ‘CNN Sucks!’
The liberal media often suggest President Trump was the one with thin skin; just look at how they lionize Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s jabs at him. But during Tuesday’s Anderson Cooper 360, CNN proved themselves to be the ones with thinner skin when they cut away from Trump’s 2020 campaign launch rally in Orlando, Florida after the crowd started chanting “CNN sucks”.

Two pull-quotes:

"Our radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice and rage," Trump adds. "They want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it. Not acceptable. It's not going to happen."

"They went after my family, my business, my finances, my employees, almost everyone that I have ever known or worked with, but they are really going after you. That's what it is all about. It's not about us. It's about you. They tried to erase your vote, erase your legacy of the greatest campaign and the greatest election probably in the history of our country."

Some photos and links to coverage here: Maggie's Farm.

President Trump stages a rally

| No Comments

From Florida's Click Orlando:

President Trump supporters line up 40 hours before Orlando rally
More than 40 hours before President Donald Trump will announce his re-election bid in Orlando, supporters started lining up outside the Amway Center.

Eight Trump supporters started camping out Monday morning, with the first one showing up at 2:30 a.m. The rally is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

And some numbers:

Trump tweeted Monday that the rally "looks to be setting records," with more than 100,000 ticket requests. The Amway Center seats 20,000.

"We are building large movie screens outside to take care of everybody," Trump tweeted.

The Democrats can stick their heads in the sand all they want - Trump speaks for a lot of people.

Happy Birthday - Donald John Trump

| No Comments

Born this day in 1946 - best wishes and many many more. Happy Birthday Mr. President.

20190614-trump.jpg

Common sense in Texas - lemonade

| No Comments

From The Texas Tribune:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill declaring children's lemonade stands legal
Great news, children of Texas: Your unlicensed lemonade stands soon won’t be criminal enterprises.

Gov. Greg Abbott late Monday signed a bill that prohibits cities and neighborhood associations from enacting rules that block or regulate children trying to sell nonalcoholic drinks like lemonade on private property. The law targets local health codes and neighborhood rules that intentionally or unintentionally ban the stands or require permits for them to operate.

Support for such a law in Texas began to grow in 2015, when police in the East Texas town of Overton reportedly shut down a lemonade stand by two young siblings who were trying to earn money to buy a Father's Day present.

The bill, authored by state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, passed unanimously in both chambers. Abbott signed the bill in a video he posted on Twitter.

Nice to see common sense representation of the constituents. Sorely missing in so many legislative bodies. Nancy and Chuck - I'm talking to you. Just sayin'.

Heh - from The Western Journal:

One Year After ‘Red Hen’ Refused To Serve Her, Sarah Sanders Dines with the Queen of England
On June 22, 2018, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of the Lexington, Virginia, restaurant Red Hen because of her affiliation with President Donald Trump.

On Monday night, Sanders got the last laugh as she dined with the Queen of England.

The press secretary joined Trump and his family at a State Banquet hosted at Buckingham Palace. Over 170 individuals attended the gathering.

Like I said in the title...

From our President:

The whole thread is available here: I am pleased to inform

This is called leadership. We welcome immegrants but they must come here legally and assimilate into American society.

September 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30          

Environment and Climate
AccuWeather
Cliff Mass Weather Blog
Climate Audit
Climate Depot
Green Trust
ICECAP
Jennifer Marohasy
MetaEfficient
Planet Gore
Science and Public Policy Institute
Solar Cycle 24
Space Weather
Space Weather - Canada
the Air Vent
Tom Nelson
Watts Up With That?


Science and Medicine
Derek Lowe
Junk Science
Life in the Fast Lane
Luboš Motl
Medgadget
New Scientist
Next Big Future
PhysOrg.com
Ptak Science Books
Science Blog


Geek Stuff
Ars Technica
Boing Boing
Don Lancaster's Guru's Lair
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
FAIL Blog
Hack a Day
Kevin Kelly - Cool Tools
Neatorama
Slashdot: News for nerds
The Register
The Daily WTF
TYWKIWDBI


Comics
Achewood
The Argyle Sweater
Chip Bok
Broadside Cartoons
Day by Day
Dilbert
Medium Large
Michael Ramirez
Prickly City
Tundra
User Friendly
Vexarr
What The Duck
Wondermark
xkcd


NO WAI! WTF?¿?¿
Awkward Family Photos
Cake Wrecks
Not Always Right
Sober in a Nightclub
You Drive What?


Business and Economics
The Austrian Economists
Carpe Diem
Coyote Blog


Photography and Art
Digital Photography Review
DIYPhotography
James Gurney
Joe McNally's Blog
PetaPixel
photo.net
Shorpy
Strobist
The Online Photographer


Blogrolling
A Western Heart
AMCGLTD.COM
American Digest
The AnarchAngel
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
Babalu Blog
Belmont Club
Bayou Renaissance Man
Classical Values
Cobb
Cold Fury
David Limbaugh
Defense Technology
Doug Ross @ Journal
Grouchy Old Cripple
Instapundit
iowahawk
Irons in the Fire
James Lileks
Lowering the Bar
Maggie's Farm
Marginal Revolution
Michael J. Totten
Mostly Cajun
Neanderpundit
neo-neocon
Power Line
ProfessorBainbridge.com
Questions and Observations
Rachel Lucas
Roger L. Simon
Samizdata.net
Sense of Events
Sound Politics
The Strata-Sphere
The Smallest Minority
The Volokh Conspiracy
Tim Blair
Velociworld
Weasel Zippers
WILLisms.com
Wizbang


Gone but not Forgotten...
A Coyote at the Dog Show
Bad Eagle
Steven DenBeste
democrats give conservatives indigestion
Allah
BigPictureSmallOffice
Cox and Forkum
The Diplomad
Priorities & Frivolities
Gut Rumbles
Mean Mr. Mustard 2.0
MegaPundit
Masamune
Neptunus Lex
Other Side of Kim
Publicola
Ramblings' Journal
Sgt. Stryker
shining full plate and a good broadsword
A Physicist's Perspective
The Daily Demarche
Wayne's Online Newsletter

About this Archive

This page is an archive of recent entries in the Politics category.

Photography is the previous category.

Science is the next category.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Monthly Archives

Pages

OpenID accepted here Learn more about OpenID
Powered by Movable Type 5.2.9