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Great quote - Theodore Roosevelt

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From the wonderful Quote Investigator website:

From his May 1918 article titled “Lincoln and Free Speech” in Metropolitan Magazine:

PATRIOTISM means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him in so far as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth—whether about the President or about anyone else—save in the rare cases where this would make known to the enemy information of military value which would otherwise be unknown to him.

Roosevelt also wrote this in a 1918 article in The Kansas City Star:

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else.

Those in the deep state would do well to heed his words. We The People certainly are...

The new CIA director

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Great sense of humor:

This was at a meeting with President Trump and his cabinet - the media were present.

Nigel Farage is one of my favorite English politicians. Very articulate and not afraid to call a spade a spade. He was the leader of the UKIP (UK Independence Party) but resigned after failing to get elected in one key seat. Now he is back - from CNBC:

Nigel Farage to be given role in Brexit talks under DUP-Conservative deal – reports
British Prime Minister Theresa May could be under pressure to give extreme Eurosceptic Nigel Farage a key role in Brexit negotiations if she strikes an alliance deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), according to new reports.

Senior figures in the DUP have told May that she should keep Farage close and allow him to contribute to EU talks in an effort to prevent him from returning to the helm of UKIP, the party he once led, and launching a counter-campaign against her Conservative party, sources told the Sunday Times.

Here is classic Nigel speaking to the head of the European Union (this was before the successful BREXIT vote for England to leave the EU. The President of the EU is an unelected position - the citizens of the EU have zero say in their government:

Kurt  Schlichter on James Comey at Townhall:

From Russia With Stupidity
That towering doofus James Comey crushed the spirits of millions of democracy-hating geebos when, trapped by his own prior testimony, he was forced to admit the truth on national television. And that truth, as those of us not caught up in the whirlpool of Menschian insanity and liberal wishcasting all know, is that the whole Russia thing is a wheelbarrow of fresh Schumer squeezed out by Hillary and her minions in order to create a narrative – any narrative – that would hide the bitter truth. We rejected her, and now we’re rejecting the Russia idiocy too.

Much more at the site - caution, multiple drink alert. Schlichter is on his form with this one.

An interesting parallel

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Dr. Victor Davis Hanson is one of America's treasures. He is a classicist and historian. Studying history is important because History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes. Today's essay is from the Hoover Institutution:

Trump… Our Claudius
The Roman Emperor Claudius, who reigned from 41 to 54 AD, was never supposed to be emperor. He came to office at age 50, an old man in Roman times. Claudius succeeded the charismatic, youthful heartthrob Caligula—son of the beloved Germanicus and the “little boot” who turned out to be a narcissist monster before being assassinated in office.

More:

The stereotyped impression of Claudius was that of a simpleton not to be taken seriously—and so no one did. Claudius himself claimed that he feigned acting differently in part so that he would not be targeted by enemies before he assumed power, and to unnerve them afterwards.

Contemporary critics laughed at his apparent lack of eloquence and rhetorical mastery, leading some scholars to conjecture that he may have suffered from Tourette syndrome or a form of autism. The court biographer Suetonius wrote that Claudius “was now careful and shrewd, sometimes hasty and inconsiderate, occasionally silly and like a crazy man.”

Sound familiar?

Heh - more:

Claudius’s rule of some 13 years as emperor was marked by financial reforms and restoration after the disastrous reign of the spendthrift Caligula. Claudius-haters like Seneca, Suetonius, and Tacitus focused mostly on Claudius as the uncouth outsider—and overlooked what he had done for Rome after the disasters of the Caligula regime.

The empire under Claudius grew and was largely at peace. Rome annexed Britain, and added a variety of border provinces in the east. While court insiders and gossipers ridiculed Claudius’s supposed ineptness, he nonetheless assembled one of the most gifted staffs of advisers and operatives—many of them freed slaves—in the history of the Julio-Claudian and Flavian dynasties.

Claudius was foremost a builder and a pragmatist. Some of the Roman Empire’s most impressive archaeological remains (such as the Aqua Claudia and Aqua Anio Novus aqueducts and the reconstituted port at Ostia) date from his reign, as he focused on constructing new infrastructure and improving Roman roads, bridges, ports, and aqueducts.

The early few months of the Trump presidency are, in many ways, Claudian. Trump is likewise an outsider who, in the view of the Washington aristocracy, should never have been president.

The thrice-married Trump was supposedly too old, too crude, too coarse, and too reckless in his past private life. His critics now allege that the blunt-talking Trump suffers from some sort of psychological or physical ailment, given that his accent, diction, grammar, and general manner of speaking, as well as his comportment, just don’t seem presidential.

Much more at the site - the parallels are very eerie. Dr. Hanson closes with these cautionary paragraphs:

From what we can tell, the more Rome prospered under Claudius, the more the imperial court grew to despise him—as if his odd mannerisms and the even odder way he came to power could not be squared with the able administration of a far-flung empire over the 13 years of his reign.

In the end, Claudius was likely murdered by dynastic rivals and relatives who thought that a young, glib, handsome, intellectual, and artistic Nero would be a pleasant relief from the awkwardness, bluntness, and weirdness of Claudius. What followed was the triumph of artists, intellectuals, stylish aristocrats, obsequious dynastic insiders, and flatterers—many of them eventually to be consumed by the reign of terror they so eagerly helped to usher in.

The comments are a good read too.

Rather than filtering communications through the dismal swamp of the State Department, he is going direct - from USA Today:

Trump hands out his cellphone number, urges leaders to call him
President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the U.S. commander in chief’s communications.

Trump has urged leaders of Canada and Mexico to reach him on his cellphone, according to former and current U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the practice. Of the two, only Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken advantage of the offer so far, the officials said.

Trump also exchanged numbers with French President Emmanuel Macron when the two spoke immediately following Macron’s victory earlier this month, according to a French official, who would not comment on whether Macron intended to use the line.

All the officials demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal the conversations. Neither the White House nor Trudeau’s office responded to requests for comment.

Keeps the leakers out of the loop too - brilliant!

So sad, too bad. From GotNews:

BREAKING: Desperate To Stay Solvent, Metropolitan Republican Club’s Anti-Trump Board Struggles To Sell Event Tickets
New York City’s Metropolitan Republican Club took in only $330 at its door at a club event last week, far below typical $1,000 to $2,000 nightly takes in years past, according to a report compiled by Met Club Secretary Ambrose Benkert. The club has fallen on hard times after working against President Donald J. Trump throughout the general election.

“I think if [club board leadership] would have read the writing on the wall a little bit better—that this is the era of Trump—then they could have avoided a lot of this trouble,” says Allan Stevo. Stevo was among presidential loyalists on the club board before unpatriotic members purged the loyalists in January.

Adds Stevo, “Sadly, with all of this infighting, some of the enthusiasm has been zapped from the club.”

Time for another purge only this time, to reverse the changes of the first one. #maga

He will be visiting Israel on this trip - from The Times of Israel:

Saudi FM: Trump can broker Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, and we’ll help
Saudi Arabia is confident in US President Donald Trump’s abilities to conclude a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and Riyadh is prepared to help, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Saturday evening, during a press conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Jubeir spoke of the “kingdom’s optimism that President Trump, with a new approach and determination, can bring a conclusion to this long conflict. He certainly has the vision, and we believe he has the strength and the decisiveness. And the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stands prepared to work with the United States in order to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians and Israelis and Arabs.”

The Saudi FM said he was speaking on behalf of the king following an earlier meeting between the US President and the Saudi monarch.

Jubeir said Saudi Arabia stresses the “importance of working toward peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

This will be interesting to see - the pre-1967 borders should not be on the table. The Saudi's have previously been supporting "Palestine" - it will be interesting if they switch sides here.

An interesting comparison

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Two leaders - President Trump is in Saudi Arabia and met with the King. From The American Mirror:

GREAT AGAIN: Unlike Obama, Trump doesn’t bow to Saudi king
What a difference an election can make for the respect American leaders have for our country.

There were two very different outcomes when two American presidents greeted the king of Saudi Arabia.

All eyes were on President Trump today as he arrived in the country for his first foreign trip.

Video shows the president stepping off the plane and greeting King Salman:

Trump stood up straight as Salman appeared to bow slightly.

Trump’s posture stands in stark difference to President Obama’s in the early days of his presidency.

Cameras captured Obama bowing to King Abdullah, contorting nearly to a 90-degree angle in what many called a moment of American weakness:

Melania wasn't wearing a burqa either. The King even shook hands with her. This is one of the best examples of leadership and lack thereof in the public eye.

Good - shut it down for a while

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From The Hill:

Dems: Trump budget is recipe for shutdown
House Democratic leaders are warning Republicans that President Trump’s 2018 budget is a recipe for a government shutdown.

Trump has yet to unveil his finalized budget blueprint for next year, but an initial outline released in March — dubbed a “skinny budget” — proposed a $54 billion increase in defense spending, accompanied by offsetting cuts to domestic programs favored by the Democrats.

Time to call their bluff - we need to curb spending. At least with President Trump in office, the shutdown will not be done selectivly to cause public pain like Obama's 2013 shutdown.

Not like we haven't had shutdowns before...

President Trump and the Police

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Our President is spot on here - from the Washington Examiner:

Trump to light White House in blue Monday night to honor fallen police officers
President Trump will light the White House in blue on Monday night to honor fallen police officers, after his visit to Capitol Hill to memorialize officers killed in the line of duty.

"In humble appreciation of our hard-working law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15," Trump announced in a statement released shortly before his Capitol appearance.

Trump has frequently spoken about the need to protect police from targeted acts of violence, and said during his candidacy that he would be the "law and order candidate."

Send a message out to all the dindus out there that killing a cop is no longer "cool" - this is an act that Barry would never have even thought of let alone implement.

From William A. Jacobson writing at Legal Insurrection:

Trump begins counter-packing federal courts, Dems can’t stop him thanks to Reid Rule
As we have pointed out repeatedly, Trump has an unprecedented opportunity to nominate a substantial percentage of the federal judiciary.

There are currently over 100 vacancies, and many more are likely to open up, Liberal nightmare: Trump could appoint half federal judiciary. Yet Democrats, so blinded by the light of #TheResistance, appeared oblivious to the approaching Tsunami of Trump lower court nominations.

Today the first waves of the Trump judicial nomination tsunami hit the beaches in D.C.

USA Today reports, Trump names 10 conservatives to federal courts

More at the site - the first ten look really good. 90+ more to go. Senator Harry Reid eliminated the filibuster in 2013 - bet he wishes he could take it back now...

The news of yesterdays emergency meeting  at Buckingham Palace has an update from the London Daily Mail:

'Sorry to hear you're standing down, sir.' 'Well I can't stand up much longer!' Prince Philip, 95, seals his retirement in typically humorous style as he prepares to end 70 years of royal duties
Prince Philip has taken a typically irreverent view on his own retirement today telling one man who said he was sorry he was standing down: 'Well I can't stand up for much longer'.

The Duke of Edinburgh made himself and a crowd of guests roar with laughter while with the Queen at an Order of Merit service at St James's Palace just an hour after announcing he will end his public royal duties at the age of 95.

A bit more:

His well-earned retirement comes after 70 years dedicated service to Britain and Her Majesty, who has given him her 'full support' to step down.

It was announced at a top secret emergency meeting called by Buckingham Palace and attended by other royals including his daughter Princess Anne.

The difficult decision was made by Philip himself and he will step back just before he and the Queen reach their 70 year platinum wedding anniversary in November. The Queen will continue her public engagements as she has always vowed to serve her country for as long as she lives.

Good news - I dread the day that the Queen dies and Prince Charles ascends to the throne - he will be a disaster for England and the Queen knows it. This is why she made the vow to serve her country for as long as she lives.

Never visited there but would love to. Their President is taking a zero bullshit response to drugs that is being very effective. The liberals are calling him every name in the book but he is turning the nation around and cleaning house. From The New York Times:

Trump Invites Rodrigo Duterte to the White House
President Trump on Saturday invited the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, to the White House, embracing an authoritarian leader who is accused of ordering extrajudicial killings of drug suspects and who crudely disparaged Mr. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.

Mr. Trump had a “very friendly conversation with Mr. Duterte,” according to a statement issued by the White House late Saturday. It said that the two leaders “discussed the fact that the Philippines is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs.”

In fact, Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs has resulted in the deaths of several thousand people suspected of using or selling narcotics, as well as others who may have had no involvement with drugs. Human rights groups and many Western governments have condemned Mr. Duterte for the bloody campaign.

A spokesman for Mr. Duterte, Ernesto Abella, confirmed the White House invitation, saying that Mr. Trump had expressed “his understanding and appreciation of the challenges facing the Philippine president, especially on the matter” of drugs.

Great news - President Duterte was elected by the people of the Philippines because it was on the brink of disaster from drug trafficking. He is doing what he promised to do - much like President Trump.

We have to go to the English media - from the London Daily Mail:

The First Lady blossoms! Melania dedicates new healing garden at the Children's National Medical Center with a touching play-date filled with hugs at the hospital
First Lady Melania Trump dedicated a new garden for patients at one of America's leading children's hospitals on Friday as she grows more comfortable in the White House role.

Patients at the Children's National Medical Center will be able to spend time outside in a healing garden while enjoying views of the National Mall and Washington Monument from the the hospital's new rooftop.

Melania spent the afternoon working with children as they colored a floral coloring sheet with a pink marker and bonding with a girl who was celebrating her birthday.

She reminds me a lot of Jacqueline Kennedy - very gracious and classy lady.

From the Yonhap News Agency:

N. Korea fails in missile test: S. Korean military
North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Saturday, which apparently exploded seconds after liftoff, South Korea's military said.

"North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) in the northeastern direction at around 5:30 a.m today," the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. "It is estimated to have failed."

I bet his missileers are shitting their pants right now - Kim is losing face to the world and he does not take this graciously. A united Korea would be an economic powerhouse.

Good news - education

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Trump is pulling the Federal Government out of the education business. From The Washington Times:

Trump to pull feds out of K-12 education
President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to start pulling the federal government out of K-12 education, following through on a campaign promise to return school control to state and local officials.

The order, dubbed the “Education Federalism Executive Order,” will launch a 300-day review of Obama-era regulations and guidance for school districts and directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to modify or repeal measures she deems a overreach by the federal government.

“For too long the government has imposed its will on state and local governments. The result has been education that spends more and achieves far, far, far less,” Mr. Trump said. “My administration has been working to reverse this federal power grab and give power back to families, cities [and] states — give power back to localities.”

He said that previous administrations had increasingly forced schools to comply with “whims and dictates” from Washington, but his administration would break the trend.

Very good news - to understand why, you just have to look at this graph from The Cato Institute:

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The Best Korea - heating up

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Now this would be an interesting briefing to watch - from the UK Telegraph:

US Senate summoned to the White House for North Korea briefing, as China’s Xi Jinping urges restraint from Donald Trump
President Donald Trump will take the unusual step of summoning all 100 senators to the White House on Wednesday for a briefing on the continued concern over North Korea.

The senators will be briefed by Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, and James Mattis, the defence secretary. Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, will also speak to the assembled politicians.

And, while top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White House, and for those four top officials to be involved.

I'll post a link if it shows up on C-SPAN

No love lost - David Crosby

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You might remember him - he was a musician a long time ago. From Breitbart:

War of Words after David Crosby Calls Ted Nugent and Donald Trump a ‘Pair of A**holes’
A public war of words erupted this weekend between rockers David Crosby and Ted Nugent after Crosby called Nugent an “a**hole” following his visit to the White House on Thursday.

Nugent — a vocal supporter of then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign — visited the White House Thursday with fellow musician Kid Rock and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. The 68-year-old “Stranglehold” singer posed for a picture with Trump in the Oval Office and gifted him a red-white-and-blue autographed guitar.

But a photo of the meeting posted to Twitter Thursday apparently caught the eye of Crosby, Still, Nash and Young co-founder David Crosby, who called Nugent and Trump a “pair of “a**holes” in a message on his Twitter account.

Nugent responded in an interview Thursday with 77WABC, calling Crosby a “lost soul” and a “doper.”

“David Crosby, he’s kind of a lost soul, and he’s done so much substance abuse throughout his life that his logic meter is gone,” Nugent said in an interview with the outlet’s Rita Cosby. “His reasoning and his depth of understanding is pretty much gone, so it doesn’t surprise me, I feel quite sad for the guy.”

“If you smoke enough dope, you just become overwhelmed with hate and ignorance,” he added.

Yeah - Crosby's done some decent music in his day but he should stay out of politics.

It is the little things that shows how much of a genuinely good man President Trump is.  From The Gateway Pundit:

Trump Uses Saturday to Visit Walter Reed and Present Injured Soldier with Purple Heart Medal
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump spent their time on Saturday visiting Walter Reed Hospital. During the visit President Trump awarded Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos a Purple Heart.

Hillary would never have done this unless there was something in it for her.

Told you so - Marine Le Pen

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Thought that she would get a bump in popularity from the Islamic terrorist attack in Paris the other day. From England's The Telegraph:

Marine Le Pen gets poll boost after Paris attack as Donald Trump says her chances of victory have improved
Donald Trump has said the Paris terrorist attack would boost Marine Le Pen's presidential chances after a last-minute poll gave her a modest increase in support.

The US president said the shooting would "probably help" Ms Le Pen in Sunday's election, because she is "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France."

"Whoever is the toughest on radical Islamic terrorism, and whoever is the toughest at the borders, will do well in the election," he said. 

Yep - it is what the people want. Radical concept I know...

I wonder how long it will be before the USA and China join forces and launch an offensive against the Kim regime in North Korea. All the signs are pointing towards it. From Breitbart:

Tillerson Set To Chair UN Meeting on NK as U.S. Warships Head to Korean Peninsula
As U.S. warships head to the western Pacific Ocean to establish a presence near the Korean Peninsula, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is preparing to chair a meeting at the United Nations later this month focused on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, Voice of America reported.

The strike team, dubbed Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore towards the Korean Peninsula, Aljazeera reported on Sunday.

The move is in response to the Communist regime’s “reckless, irresponsible” recent missile tests, a U.S. Navy official said.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told reporters last week that Tillerson will oversee the April 28 meeting of the United Nations Security Council. The U.S. has chairmanship of the council for the month of April.

President Trump was meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Florida White House at the time that Trump launched the missile attack in Syria. Shows that he is serious and not all hat and no cattle as was Obama. China has supported The Best Korea for a long time but they have gotten uppity and have overextended their reach - North Korea can now launch nuclear attacks on China and Japan. Time for a change. It will be interesting to see what T. Rex has to say to the Security Council.

Timing is everything - the Chinese

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Talk about perfect timing - from one of England's top tech websites - The Register:

'Evidence of Chinese spying' uncovered on eve of Trump-Xi summit
Evidence of Chinese cyber-espionage against the US has been uncovered on the eve of an important Sino-US presidential summit.

The "Scanbox" malware – used by nation-state threat actors associated with or sponsored by the Chinese government – has been discovered embedded on webpages on the US National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) site, Fidelis Cybersecurity reports.

The possible cyber-espionage was found ahead of President Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping taking place on Thursday and Friday. Items on the agenda are likely to include North Korea, trade and the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria.

Fidelis researchers have also discovered a similar threat campaign was conducted involving a site masquerading as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Nothing like putting President Xi between a rock and a hard place. We are seeing the work of an expert negotiator.

Senate voted 54-45 to approve - from Reuters:

In big win for Trump, Senate approves his conservative court pick
The Republican-led Senate on Friday gave Donald Trump the biggest triumph of his young presidency, confirming his Supreme Court nominee over stout Democratic opposition and restoring a conservative majority on the highest U.S. judicial body.

The Senate, which last year refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee to the court, voted 54-45 to approve Republican Trump's pick, Colorado-based federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, to the lifetime job. Three Democrats joined the Republicans in voting for Gorsuch.

Very good choice - since the nomination proceedings took so long, we the people have had a nice long time to look at Judge Gorsuch's record and we like what we see. The guy is a solid conservative.

25 promises - President Trump

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Don Surber takes a look at the top 25 campaign promises that Donald Trump made before his election - he made a list:

The top 25 promises President Trump has already kept
In business, a man is only as good as his word.

President Trump is a businessman.

You could not tell that by reading PolitiFact. That is why you come here.

PolitiFact listed as "in the works" his promise to forgo his salary as president. This week he donated his entire first quarter paycheck to the National Park Service. I suppose a partisan group of Fake Newsers could string this out for eight years and say "in the works," but that does not change the facts.

In the works? No, that is a...
PROMISE KEPT.

President Trump is fulfilling his promises.

Let us count the ways. After that first one on not taking a salary, let's move on to Number 2:
“First, I'm going to reinstitute a five-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for five years after they leave government. I'm going to ask Congress to pass this ban into law so that it cannot be lifted by executive order, right. Second, I'm going to ask Congress to institute its own five-year ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and their staffs.”
He signed the executive order on January 28.
PROMISE KEPT.

3. Then there's this one:
"We're going to cancel every needless job-killing regulation and put a moratorium on new regulations until our economy gets back on its feet."
He froze new regulations on January 20.

Ten days later, he ordered the removal of two regulations for every new regulation.
PROMISE KEPT.

4. Here's another one:
"We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions just sent out the letters.
PROMISE KEPT.

5. Next:
“I will appoint justices, who like Justice Scalia, will protect our liberty with the highest regard for the Constitution.”
He nominated Neil Gorsuch.
PROMISE KEPT.

Quite the list and Don has 20 more complete with links to what he said and what he did.

Hillary gets trashed by Bill Maher

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WINCE! - When someone to the left of left like Bill Maher says this - maybe she should just get out of politics after all. That would be nice:

Freedom

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Woke up this morning to a free England. Brexit is official.

From USA Today:

To recognize war heroes, Trump resurrects long-neglected 'Medal of Honor Day'
President Trump hosted the nation's most decorated war heroes at the White House Friday as part of a recognition of the rarely celebrated Medal of Honor Day.

"Each of you has risen above and beyond the call of duty in defense of our country, our people, and our flag. You have poured out your hearts, your sweat, and your tears like few others, and your blood — most importantly your blood — for the United States of America," Trump told about 25 Medal of Honor recipients in the Oval Office.

"You are the soul of our nation, and a grateful republic salutes you," he said.

In commemorating a day for Medal of Honor recipients — which technically falls on Saturday — Trump was resurrecting a holiday designated by Congress in 1990 but only officially observed once, on March 25, 1991. That was the anniversary of the first Army medals being presented in 1863 by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to to six members of “Andrews Raiders” for volunteering for a daring locomotive chase through Georgia during the Civil War. Except for a visit to Arlington National Cemetery by President Barack Obama in 2009, the day has been largely ignored by recent presidents.

The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor the nation can bestow — so high that even higher ranking officers salute those who wear the medal. There are now 75 living Medal of Honor recipients, a number that has declined over the years as heroes of past wars have died and presidents have presented fewer medals to service members from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Trump enjoyed endorsements of some Medal of Honor recipients during his campaign, and Friday's event could signal that he hopes to elevate the annual recognition.

"This is a great honor for me. These are very, very brave people standing behind me," Trump said. "I can say officially they are much braver than I am, O.K.? Do you agree with that, General?"

"I do, Mr. President," responded Defense Secretary James Mattis, a retired Marine general.

I love it - the House Joint Resolution was passed during the administration of G.H.W. Bush. I am surprised that G.W. didn't carry on the tradition. Not surprised that the other Administrations swept it under the rug.

I also love that President Trump subsequently discussed other things with the gathered press but he had the Medal of Honor recipients leave the room first so there could be zero implication that he had them there for political gain. This was their moment.

President Trump tweets - Germany

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Trump is owning the twittersphere - from England's The Sun:

DEBT COLLECTOR Donald Trump claims Germany owes the US and Nato ‘vast sums of money’ for defence of Europe against Russia
Tweeting a day after an awkward meeting with German leader Angela Merkel, Trump demanded Berlin should cough up billions of Euros more on defence.

Only the US and four other Nato members – including the UK – currently reach the alliance’s benchmark of spending on defence which is 2% of GDP.

But Germany spends a miserly 1.23% of its national income despite running a whopping £234 billion budget surplus.

The two leaders showed little common ground yesterday over a host of thorny issues, including Nato and defence spending.

And today Trump tweeted: “Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defence it provides to Germany!”

Germany is in arrears and needs to pony up the extra cash. They signed the treaty, they need to follow its rules instead of pissing away all of its money on feeding and housing the millions of young islamic males refugees.

President Trump's weekly address

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Just stumbled over this - he does a short heads-up about once/week - here is last weeks:

Here are the others - good stuff. Sort of like the Fireside Chats that President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave during his term in office.

February 25, 2017February 17, 2017February 10, 2017February 3, 2017January 28, 2017 - this is a lot more transparency than the last administration. The whole collection of White House videos can be found here: Featured Videos

Heh - President Trump

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From Facebook:

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And not a moment too soon

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From Townhall:

Sessions Has Asked Remaining Obama-Appointed U.S. Attorneys to Resign
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked the remaining Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys - 46 in all - to hand in their resignation. As he notes in his request, this is standard procedure when a new administration takes office.

Good - time to clean out the partisan deadwood. The New York Times is acting like this is unprecedented but it is not. Fake News again. Bill Clinton fired ALL of the U.S. Attorneys. As in all of them. All  93 of them. There was no scandal.

Nigel Farage at CPAC

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A wonderful 13 minute stemwinder:

Nigel was leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party and is one of the driving forces behind England's very successful BREXIT

A look at President Trump

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Dilbert creator Scott Adams has a good insight on President Trump and why some people are not able to "get" him:

How to Evaluate a President
Steve Jobs. Bill Gates. Mark Zuckerberg. Richard Branson. What do they all have in common, aside from wealth?

They all succeeded without the right kind of prior experience. Apparently they knew how to figure out what they needed once they started. I’ll bet they are all systems-thinkers, not goal-thinkers.

If you see the world in terms of goals, you might think President Trump has failed at every important goal so far. He didn’t get what he wanted on immigration. He hasn’t gotten his Supreme Court nomination confirmed. He hasn’t replaced Obamacare. He hasn’t defeated ISIS. He hasn’t done a lot of things he said he would do. He even had to fire General Flynn. President Trump is a big ol’ failure when it comes to goals.

Maybe that’s because Trump just started on the job. Success generally comes after you start. If you think success comes before you start, the world probably looks confusing to you.

A bit more:

Trump seems to be a systems thinker. I doubt he knew he would jump from real estate developer, to author, to reality TV star, to president. At least not in that order. Instead, he systematically accumulated money, persuasion skills, and personal connections until he had lots of options. Being president was one of them.

Now the world watches as an entrepreneurial systems-thinker with no government experience takes over the White House and tries to learn on the job. How did you expect that to go?

I expected some broken dishes, some firings, some chaos, and some rookie mistakes. We got all of that. But I also expect a systems-thinker to tame the chaos over time as he learns on the job. For example, the leaks will stop as soon as Trump fires the right people. He’ll figure out which meetings he can skip. He’ll know who to trust. He’ll learn where all the buttons and levers are. It’s a process.

Great analogy. Everyone is expecting another politician, not a sucessful businessman.

Now this would be wonderful - H.R.861

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I do not know if this will ever land on President Trump's desk but it sure would be nice - from congress.gov:

H.R.861 - To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency

Return environmental controls to the various states. For items like pollution crossing state borders, let Interior or some other agency handle this. The EPA bureaucracy is too entrenched and bloated to reform it - get rid of it entirely and build something different.

I am totally in favor of what the labor unions did in the 1900's but they have failed to adapt to changing times and they have become a political power more than a force of good for the average worker. The Boeing employees in South Carolina agree - from The Seattle Times:

Boeing’s South Carolina workers resoundingly defeat union
Nearly eight years after production workers at Boeing’s 787 manufacturing plant in South Carolina ousted the Machinists union, a much enlarged workforce voted decisively Wednesday to keep the union out.

The result was a blowout.

Out of the approximately 3,000 workers eligible to vote in North Charleston, 2,828 cast ballots, with 74 percent voting against the International Association of Machinists (IAM).

The labor climate in South Carolina:

The odds were always stacked against the IAM in South Carolina, a state that is politically and legally hostile to unions. It has the lowest percentage of union members of any state in the United States, 2.6 percent of employed workers.

And with membership not mandatory in a unionized workplace in a “right-to-work” state, the rate of union membership is even lower, just 1.6 percent.

National average is about 5%. I can see a place for unionization in some places - fire, police, hospitals, etc... but not schools, not government and definitely not industry.

Joy Villa sells records

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I posted yesterday about Joy Villa and the wonderful gown she wore to last night's Grammy Awards. It seems a lot of other people were curious enough to check out her music. Here is a screen-cap of the Amazon.com Best Sellers list:

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Not too shabby - number one spot for downloaded Album and number three spot for downloaded Song.  I wonder how the media will report this? They will not, that is their problem and why people are tuning them out.

From the Walnut Creek, CA East Bay Times:

Gov. Jerry Brown asks potential nemesis — President Trump — for aid
In December, Gov. Jerry Brown asserted California’s independence and blasted President Donald Trump for dismissing climate change.

On Friday, the governor turned to his potential nemesis for help — specifically, asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to declare a major disaster after the state was hammered by storms, floods and mudslides.

The request could be an early test of relations between the Democrats who run the nation’s largest state and the new Republican administration.
If California’s request is rejected, however, it might be difficult to pin it on a frosty relationship between the governor and the president, said Larry Gerston, professor emeritus of political science at San Jose State. “It’s an easy claim to make, but a hard one to prove,” he said.

FEMA considers many factors for disaster relief, including the severity of damage and cost, Gerston said. “It’s a very discretionary call by the president,” he said.

Naaaa - being that petty is a liberal move. Trump would never fall into that trap. There would be strings attached though - especially when CA has someone like Xavier Becerra as Attorney General. From Breitbart:

California AG Vows to Fight Trump over Federal Funds
California’s highest law enforcement official, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, echoed Golden State Democrats in their promise to wage battle against President Donald Trump to retain sanctuary policies that harbor illegal aliens in the state.

These poor saps are still operating as though President Trump were a Politician. He is not. He is a Businessman. Big Difference. Governor Brown needs something from the Federal Government. He will get it but there will be a good measure of Quid pro quo happening here. If anyone can help alleviate conditions in Oroville and the rest of the state it is FEMA - they have grown into an amazing organization. An example of what can happen when a branch of government is managed well.

Our school system - Jerry Pournelle

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Writer Jerry Pournelle has a few things to say about the state of the American Public School System and why Mrs. DeVos if the perfect person for the job:

Everyone needs competition, but no one wants any for himself; one reason our schools for two generations or more have been easily mistaken for an act of oppression settled on us by a foreign conqueror. There used to be built in competition: schools were mostly paid for by the people who used them, in small enough school districts that it was actually realistic for competent people – like retired military, or police, or business people or even teachers – to run for them. They were usually depicted in intellectual circles as bombastic idiots whose main objective was to keep costs down – Miss Brooks was always in the right and the Board in the wrong – but even in fiction it generally worked out to the benefit of the students. Not any more. The problems and dissents in today's world ignore the students, and work out to the benefit of the politicians, educrat unions, and teachers with tenure regardless of competence, and everyone knows this. Few politicians send their own children to public schools, especially not to any they actually manage. They know better. Jimmy Carter sent his kids to public schools, as I recall. Never heard of them since, but perhaps I do not pay close attention to such news.

Recently there was drama in the Senate, with the Vice President called to preside over, and cast the deciding vote in, the confirmation of Mrs. DeVos as Secretary of Education. Not a single Democrat voted for her, including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, when not all that long ago served on the Board of the school choice organization Mrs. DeVos chairs. According to the Wall Street Journal ( The Real Democratic Party) Mr. Cory Booker hopes to run for President, and since it is impossible to raise the money of superdelegate votes for the Democratic Nomination without the support of the Educrat Unions, he went along with the party Line and voted against his one time friend.

The official reason for the extraordinary opposition to Mr. Trump’s non-political nominee is her lack of educational experience. Of course to gain acceptable professional experience you would have to come up through the ranks of the educrats and become one of them – or break your heart in a classroom in a system of education indistinguishable from and act of war against the American people since 1983. I would have thought it obvious that whomever Mr. Trump appointed to Education Secretary it would not be an “experienced professional.” Instead he chose a very wealthy school choice activist; sort of like choosing a community organizer to be President? But perhaps that it too snarky.

Much more at the site - Jerry covers a couple of subjects with each post - well worth checking out every couple of days.

Heh - a successful person always has an ace or two up their sleeve. From The Washington Post:

Trump considers writing ‘brand new’ immigration order
President Trump said Friday that he is considering rewriting his executive order temporarily barring refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, indicating that the administration may try to quickly restore some aspects of the now-frozen travel ban or replace it with other face-saving measures.

Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that he would probably wait until Monday or Tuesday to take any action, and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said several options — including taking the case to the Supreme Court — were still on the table.

Trump hinted that the ongoing legal wrangling might move too slowly for his taste, though he thought he would ultimately prevail in court.

This will be fun to watch - the 9th Circuit rejected the law that Obama signed into being in 2015 which Trump was just enforcing. Now the fur flies...

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