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Jim Acosta smackdown

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Sarah Sanders is a national treasure - from Breitbart:

Sarah Sanders Outlines Conduct Rules for White House Reporters
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders outlined new rules for White House reporters, after restoring CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass on Monday.

“We have created these rules with a degree of regret,” Sanders said in a statement.

She lamented that Acosta’s behavior at the president’s most recent press conference and subsequent lawsuit required the White House to set standards for conduct in place.

“We would have greatly preferred to continue hosting White House press conferences in reliance on a set of understood professional norms, and we believe the overwhelming majority of journalists covering the White House share that preference,” she said. “But, given the position taken by CNN, we now feel obligated to replace previously shared practices with explicit rules.”

Sanders warned that if journalists continued to flout common decency at the White House, more rules would be created.

I love her smackdown - letting Acosta know that he spoilt it for everyone.

The rules in question:

(1) A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists;

(2) At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor;

(3) “Yielding the floor” includes, when applicable, physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner;

(4) Failure to abide by any of rules (1)-(3) may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.

Seems perfectly reasonable to me and is what everyone (well, almost everyone) was doing all along.

About that blue wave

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A couple of stories - first from Zero Hedge:

Gillum's Dramatic Decision To Un-Concede Didn't Work Out As He Expected
Florida's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum may regret his decision to un-concede to his GOP opponent Ron DeSantis, after the final tally netted Gillum just one additional vote

Last week Gillum took his previous concession to DeSantis off the table, announcing "I am replacing my words of concession in an unapologetic call that we count every vote," after DeSantis led by just .41% of the vote, or around 33,600 votes out of more than 8 million votes cast.

"The margin was 0.41 percent out of more than 8 million votes cast, outside the 0.25 percent threshold needed for a manual recount," reports the Sun-Sentinel. The former Tallahassee mayor stopped short of filing a lawsuit to try and force the recount to continue, however despite picking up just one vote - Gillum still hasn't conceded despite what appears to be an insurmountable lead by DeSantis.

And then from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Abrams ends run for governor against Kemp
Stacey Abrams halted her run for Georgia governor Friday, but the Democrat said she would not concede the contest to Republican Brian Kemp and planned to launch a voting rights group to file “major” litigation challenging election policies.

As state officials prepare to certify the vote, Abrams acknowledged the law “allows no further viable remedy” to extend her quest to be the nation’s first black female governor. But she laced her speech with biting criticism of Kemp, whom she accused of leveraging his role as the state’s top elections official to suppress voters.

“I will not concede,” she added, “because the erosion of our democracy is not right.”

And this (and Broward County) is just a fraction of the bullshit that they will try in 2020.

Again, the Democrats have nothing to run on so they are forced to cheat. We really need to deny them this. Positive Voter ID - you need to show positive photo ID when buying a beer or an airplane ticket, why should voting be any different.

From The United States, Department of Justice:

DOJ and DHS Issue New Asylum Rule
Applies President’s authority to suspend entry to asylum
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen today announced an Interim Final Rule declaring that those aliens who contravene a presidential suspension or limitation on entry into the United States through the southern border with Mexico issued under section 212(f) or 215(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) will be rendered ineligible for asylum.

The Acting Attorney General and the Secretary issued the following joint statement:

“Consistent with our immigration laws, the President has the broad authority to suspend or restrict the entry of aliens into the United States if he determines it to be in the national interest to do so. Today's rule applies this important principle to aliens who violate such a suspension or restriction regarding the southern border imposed by the President by invoking an express authority provided by Congress to restrict eligibility for asylum. Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens who place a tremendous burden on our resources, preventing us from being able to expeditiously grant asylum to those who truly deserve it. Today, we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a Presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility.”

Section 212(f) of the Immigration and INA states that “[w]henever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

More at the site. The border is now closed regardless of what activists might say. This will be the foundation for getting them sent back.

Filling the Bret Kavanaugh vacancy

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When Justice Kavanaugh was sworn in as a member of the Supreme Court, his old job became available. Today, President Trump announced his selection - FOX News:

Trump announces 'regulatory czar' Neomi Rao as nominee to take Kavanaugh's seat on D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
President Trump announced Tuesday he will nominate Neomi Rao, who has spearheaded his administration's effort to cut down and reform federal regulations as head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, to take the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals seat vacated by new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump, speaking at a White House event marking Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, indicated that a formal announcement is slated for Wednesday, but said that tipping his hand early "gives me a big story."

"We were going to announce that tomorrow and I said you know, here we are Neomi -- we're never gonna do better than this. I thought it was an appropriate place," Trump said, as attendees at the ceremony clapped and Rao smiled.

"I won't say today that I just nominated Neomi to be on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the seat of Justice Brett Kavanaugh," Trump continued. "She's going to be fantastic -- great person."

She will be perfect for the position. Strong conservative with a great track record.

Time to make some popcorn

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And sit back and enjoy the show - from President Trump:

Great news - Jeff Sessions is gone

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He was a decent lawyer but he had zero backbone and allowed Rod Rosenstein to roll over him with the whole phony Russian Collusion charge. Now President Trump has the chance to appoint someone who will work to defang the deep state.

Election results

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Law Professor Glen Reynolds says it best - from USA Today:

Election results 2018: Forget the blue wave and behold the purple puddle
Well, it wasn’t the huge Blue Wave we were promised, a change in Congress on a par with the Tea Party’s “shellacking” of President Barack Obama in 2010, or President Bill Clinton’s big midterm losses in 1994. It looks more like a Blue Slosh. Or maybe a Purple Puddle. The Democrats regained some ground, but it wasn’t the overwhelming repudiation of President Donald Trump and the Republicans they were hoping for.

As I write this, it looks as if Democrats will control the House of Representatives by a narrow margin, while the GOP keeps control of the Senate. What does that mean? Gridlock.

Is that good? It just might be.

The idea that gridlock is good is based on the notion that most of what Congress does is probably bad, and that when Congress can’t do much we’re better off. As Bill Kort wrote in 2017, “Gridlock is good because when Congress is tied up in knots they can’t do anything to hurt us. This idea has been verified by the market many times over the past 25 years.”

Gridlock in Congress can be a good thing
Kort notes that the economic boom of the 1990s took place after Clinton was forced to moderate his approach post-1994, and that times of government unity often lead to bad decisions. Under divided government, things have to appeal to both parties or they don’t pass. That will take a lot, given how divided the parties are.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that "divided government is the perfect time to do big things." Pointing to Social Security reform in 1983, the 1986 Tax Reform Act, and the Clinton-era welfare reform program, McConnell said, “None of those things in my view would have occurred in unified government."

There are a lot of things that need to be done, ranging from infrastructure, to trade, to a health care fix that will get us past the Obamacare debacle. They won’t get addressed unless the two parties can come together. I think there’s room for them to work together — and former Democratic National Committee Chair Ed Rendell was saying the same thing on election night on Fox News. It’ll be interesting to see whether President Trump can bring some of his famed “Art of the Deal” skills into play.

More at the site. All the Democrats have to do is to stop being crazy. Is that too much to ask? 2020 should be very interesting.

Illegal aliens voting in Texas

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And they have a video - from Zero Hedge:

Non-Citizens Voting In Texas? "We Got Tons Of Them" Admits Polling Official On Undercover Veritas Video
A new video from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas shows a Texas poll worker admitting that "tons" of non-citizens have been voting.

The video features an undercover Veritas operative asking whether or not her non-citizen boyfriend can vote in Tuesday's midterm election.

One poll worker, Deborah Brooks-Wims tells the operative "If he has his ID that's all he needs. If he's registered."

"It doesn't matter that he's not a citizen?" asks the Veritas journalist. "No! No, if he's registered, he has a... honey, it might not be that he's registered. If he's giving you all this trouble it may not be that he's registered."

The journalist then says: "He's saying he saw some mess on the internet saying that it's not legal for him to vote since he's not a [unintelligible]," to which the poll worker responds "Don't pay attention to that. Bring him up here."

Another poll worker, Pam Nash, was told that the undercover journalist's boyfriend was "really nervous" and "out in the car" waiting to vote. Nash says "No, you tell him no, we got a lot of 'em," adding "Go get him, bring him in."

The video is pretty damning.

Fixing dinner - early results

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Still waaay to early to tell - a lot of polls are still open but the initial results are wonderful:

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Fun Bugs Bunny mashup

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Hat tip Vanderleun - got to love the classics.

From The American Spectator:

Tester Takes a Torpedo Below the Water Line
Ever wonder how Senator Jon Tester, a Beltway swamp creature who voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh and famously stays in lockstep with his fellow Democrats on immigration and gun control, keeps getting elected in a state like Montana? The answer is simple: the Libertarian Party usually nominates a spoiler who siphons enough votes from Tester’s GOP challengers that he wins by the skin of his teeth.

In 2012, for example, Libertarian Dan Cox garnered enough of the vote to allow Tester to eke out a 4 percent win. This year was no different — until yesterday — when Libertarian Rick Breckenridge decided to endorse Republican Matt Rosendale. The Libertarian has been pulling enough support in the polls to enable Tester to slither back to the swamp again. Why did Breckenridge throw his support to Rosendale? AP reports:

The Libertarian candidate in Montana’s U.S. Senate race threw his support behind his Republican opponent Wednesday in a surprise move that came in response to an election mailer from an unknown group that appeared aimed at undermining Rosendale’s support among conservatives.

Getting some great people in the Senate. Should be fun to see what happens on Election night.

From The Daily Caller:

BRAZIL’S PRESIDENT-ELECT VOWS TO MOVE ISRAELI EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM
Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro announced Thursday that his country plans to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of the United States.

Like U.S. President Donald Trump, the decision to move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem was also a campaign promise of Bolsonaro’s.

“As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” the president-elect announced on Twitter. “Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that.”

Good - maybe the nations surrounding Brazil will see the economic growth that will happen in the next couple of years and re-think their commitment to socalism.

This is a train in Arazona heading South towards the border:

Interesting times - President Trump

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This shows what having good and effective leadership can do - two stories:

Kim Jong Un to visit Seoul 'soon,' South Korean president reveals
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un will "soon" visit Seoul, South Korea, President Moon-Jae in said Thursday.

Moon revealed the news during a speech on the economy given before parliament. He didn't elaborate on further details.

President Moon-Jae visited Kim last September in Pyongyang. And this from the Jerusalem Post:

SAUDI ARABIA, BAHRAIN AND QATAR CONDEMN PITTSBURGH SHOOTING
In an unusual move, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar have all made official statements on Sunday condemning Saturday's mass shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The Palestinian Authority and Turkey also spoke out, calling it an act of terrorism.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington tweeted, “The Embassy expresses its sincere condolences to the American people and to families of victims of the violent incident at a synagogue in Pittsburgh today. Houses of worship are meant to provide safe and spiritual refuge. Those who desecrate their sanctity attack all humanity.”

And this is especially interesting:

PLO Ambassador Husan Zomlot, who heads the PA mission to the United Kingdom tweeted in English.

“This murderous attack is pure evil & must unite Jews, Christians and Muslims for an uncompromising fight against all forms of hatred and racism. My heart goes with the families of the victims and the American people,” Zomlot said.

Peace for our time? The first time that was said it was said by an incompetent progressive - maybe this time it is finally true.

Illegal immigration - a few voices

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Tip of the hat to Ol' Remus for the quotes:

Barack Obama, 2005
“We are a generous and welcoming people here in the United States. But those who enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law.”

“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants into this country.”

Charles Schumer, 2009
“The American people are fundamentally pro-legal immigration and anti-illegal immigration. We will only pass comprehensive reform when we recognize this fundamental concept.”

“First, illegal immigration is wrong, and a primary goal of comprehensive immigration reform must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.”

Nancy Pelosi, 2008
“Do we have a commitment to secure the border? Yes. What are the options that we have available to us, let's make sure they work. Because we do need to address the issue of immigration and the challenge we have of undocumented people in our country. We certainly do not want any more coming in.”

Dianne Feinstein, 1993
“It's a competition for space. Whether the space is a job, the space is a home, a place in a classroom, it becomes a competition for space. This is a country that's based on immigration. And we all know that.”

“And yet, at times you become so overtaxed you have to concentrate on saying, 'The people who should be here are those who come legally at this time.’ And we've got to, for the time being, enforce our borders.”

Bill Clinton, 1995
“All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country.”

“The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.”

Remus posts weekly (Monday or Tuesday) and is always worth reading.

Brazil's new President

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Making some waves - we need to remember that he was elected by a majority of the Brazilian population who were sick and tired of their elites messing stuff up. Three headlines - clickable links to the articles:

Got to love that first one - it is not just President Trump who is tired of the fake news.

The pendulum swings - Brazil

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Interesting results from their Presidential election - from Reuters:

Far-right Bolsonaro wins Brazil presidential race
Far-right lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil's presidential election on Sunday, riding a wave of frustration over corruption and crime that brought a dramatic swing to the right in the world's fourth-largest democracy.

With 94 percent of ballots counted, Bolsonaro had 56 percent of the votes in the run-off election against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT), who had 44 percent, according to the electoral authority TSE.

"We cannot continue flirting with communism ... We are going to change the destiny of Brazil," Bolsonaro said in an acceptance address in which he vowed to carry out his campaign promises to stamp out corruption after years of leftist rule.

The former army captain's rise has been propelled by rejection of the leftist PT that ran Brazil for 13 of the last 15 years and was ousted two years ago in the midst of a deep recession and political graft scandal.

Thousands of Bolsonaro supporters cheered and set off fireworks outside his home in Rio de Janeiro's Barra de Tijuca beachfront neighborhood as his victory was announced. In Brazil's commercial capital of Sao Paulo, Bolsonaro's win was greeted with fireworks and the honking of car horns

I would question the far-right moniker. Bolsonaro sounds like a typical libertarian to me. But then again, the losing party was the far-left Workers Party so anything right of middle will be hair-on-fire - Hitler personified - Far Right to them.

He will have a couple years in office and we will be able to measure the results of his policies. Much like we are doing now with President Trump with record low unemployment, tens of thousands of people quitting welfare, a booming economy. Low taxes. That kind of thing.

Rhetoric is one thing but it is what the liberals do - they pass a law that sounds good. They don't care about if it DOES good. For me? Give me numbers. Give me traceable facts.

Blexit in the news

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Wonderful news. Lyndon Johnson was quoted as saying that: “I'll have those niggers voting Democrat for the next 200 years.” This was said as he was implementing The Great Society - ie: government handouts and the War on Poverty which actually caused more poverty than it fixed: Poverty in the U.S. Was Plummeting—Until Lyndon Johnson Declared War On It

Good news on the horizon - Blacks are leaving the Democrat Plantation in droves. Three stories - clickable headlines:

And the Blexit website.

This is not unusual - Dr. Martin Luther King was a staunch Republican, so was Malcom X

President Obama was 100% correct here:

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And President Trump agrees:

The internet never forgets anything...

Interesting news from Korea

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Looks like the peace process that President Trump started is going very very well. From The Telegraph dated September 8th, 2018:

North and South Korean leaders to meet for third summit despite stalemate with US
Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, will travel to Pyongyang on September 18 for a three-day summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, his top aides confirmed on Thursday.

The announcement followed the hand delivery of a letter from Mr Moon to Kim by Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s national security advisor, and spy chief Suh Hoon, who visited the North Korean capital on Wednesday.

The summit, the third between the two leaders since April, and the first time a leader from the South has visited the North in more than a decade, comes despite a stalemate between Washington and Pyongyang over the progress of disarmament talks.

There has been no word about the reason for the 'stalemate' - betting that President Trump wants complete denuclearizeation and Kim wants to keep some capacity in reserve. But, the news is very good - from today's Reuters:

Two Koreas, U.N. forces agree to remove weapons at border
North and South Korea and the U.N. Command agreed on Monday to withdraw firearms and guard posts in the demilitarized zone village of Panmunjom this week, Seoul’s defense ministry said, the latest move in a fast-improving relationship.

The three sides held their second round of talks at Panmunjom to discuss ways to demilitarize the border in line with a recent inter-Korean pact reached at last month’s summit in Pyongyang.

The U.S.-led UNC, which has overseen affairs in the DMZ since the end of hostilities in the 1950-53 Korean War, was not immediately available for comment, but it said on Friday it supports the two Koreas’ efforts to implement their military deal.

Very cool!  Shows what you can accomplish when you have real leadership.

President Trump

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Could not have said it any better myself:

Of course...

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From the excellent Foundation for Economic Education:

Poverty in the U.S. Was Plummeting—Until Lyndon Johnson Declared War On It
One of the more elementary observations about economics is that a nation’s prosperity is determined in part by the quantity and quality of labor and capital. These “factors of production” are combined to generate national income.

I frequently grouse that punitive tax policies discourage capital. There’s less incentive to invest, after all, if the government imposes extra layers of tax on income that is saved and invested.

Bad tax laws also discourage labor. High marginal tax rates penalize people for being productive, and this can be especially counterproductive for entrepreneurship and innovation.

The author (Daniel J. Mitchell) then goes on to quote this from an article in the Wall Street Journal by John Early and Phil Gramm:

During the 20 years before the War on Poverty was funded, the portion of the nation living in poverty had dropped to 14.7% from 32.1%. Since 1966, the first year with a significant increase in antipoverty spending, the poverty rate reported by the Census Bureau has been virtually unchanged…Transfers targeted to low-income families increased in real dollars from an average of $3,070 per person in 1965 to $34,093 in 2016…Transfers now constitute 84.2% of the disposable income of the poorest quintile of American households and 57.8% of the disposable income of lower-middle-income households. These payments also make up 27.5% of America’s total disposable income.

Much more at the site - another perfect example of the good effect of free-market forces as well as the propensity for Democrats to do somethign that SOUNDS good instead of something that DOES good.

Things are heating up in Washington

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From Bloomberg:

Kelly, Bolton Get in Profane Shouting Match Outside the Oval Office
President Donald Trump’s chief of staff and his national security adviser engaged in a profanity-laced argument outside the Oval Office on Thursday, according to three people familiar with the episode.

The chief of staff, John Kelly, and the national security adviser, John Bolton, fought over immigration and border crossings, including the performance of the Homeland Security Department under Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, one person familiar with the matter said. She was at the White House for meetings on Thursday but not present for the argument, the person said.

Bolton criticized DHS, and Kelly defended Nielsen, a former deputy whom he supported to replace him at the department. Trump sided with Bolton, the person said, which may once again stir speculation that Kelly will soon depart the White House.

Trump has lately expressed fury about a large group of migrants who are traveling from Honduras toward the U.S. border. He vowed Thursday to deploy the military and shut down the Mexican border unless the migrants are turned back.

The clash is an indication that tension is flaring in the White House 19 days before midterm elections in which Republican control of Congress is at stake. The shouting match was so intense that other White House aides worried one of the two men might immediately resign. Neither of the men is resigning, the people said.

Yikes - these are two people who we do not want to lose.

President Trump unloads

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Speaking truth to power:

From Associated Press:

Pompeo: ‘Significant progress’ made on NKorea denuke trip
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made “significant progress” toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons. While significant work remains to be done, he said he expected further results after an as-yet unscheduled second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

“It’s a long process,” Pompeo told a small group of reporters in the South Korean capital of Seoul where he traveled after meeting with Kim in Pyongyang on Sunday. “We made significant progress. We’ll continue to make significant progress and we are further along in making that progress than any administration in an awfully long time.”

He would not be specific but said he and Kim had agreed to shortly begin working-level talks on the nuts and bolts of denuclearization, on the placement of international inspectors at one of North Korea’s main nuclear facilities, and had come close to finalizing a date and venue for the next Kim-Trump summit.

Trump, tweeting from Washington shortly after Pompeo left North Korea, cited progress Pompeo had made on agreements he and Kim came to at their June meeting in Singapore and said, “I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future.′

The world gets a significant reduction of threat, Kim gets his McDonalds in Pyongyang and President Trump cleans up yet another problem that the last 10 Presidents could not touch.

That's Mr. Justice Kavanaugh to you...

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Was out running errands and came home to this wonderful news - from Associated Press:

Kavanaugh sworn to high court after rancorous confirmation
Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday night as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate, captivated the nation and ushered in an acrimonious new level of polarization — now encroaching on the court that the 53-year-old judge may well swing rightward for decades to come.

Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office in a quiet private ceremony, not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in nearly a century and a half, protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.

The climactic 50-48 roll call capped a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that he had sexually assaulted women three decades ago — allegations he emphatically denied. Those accusations transformed the clash from a routine struggle over judicial ideology into an angry jumble of questions about victims’ rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees.

Good. Let's move on with life - plus, get to the bottom of what the Democrats were doing with this process. Calling in violence against people based on their political afiliation? Doxxing people? Feinstein's leaks to the press and that letter? What happened to civility.

Michael Ramirez nails it:

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The official vote is tomorrow but it looks like Judge Kavanaugh has enough to get appointed to the Supreme Court.

This is going to have heads exploding all over - wil be fun to watch as I am not in any urban center. Tend to avoid them aamof

More work being done - the two Koreas

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Looks like real progress is being made - from Reuters:

North, South Korea begin removing landmines along fortified border
Troops from North and South Korea began removing some landmines along their heavily fortified border on Monday, the South’s defense ministry said, in a pact to reduce tension and build trust on the divided peninsula.

Project details were agreed during last month’s summit in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

In a statement, the ministry said the two sides agreed to remove all landmines in the so-called Joint Security Area (JSA) in Panmunjom within the next 20 days, with military engineers performing the hazardous task on the South Korean side.

Of course you hear nothing about this from the mainstream media - it's Kavanaugh 24/7. For the media to report on this development, they would have to admit that President Trump was sucessful in his meeting with the two leaders. This is something that they cannot wrap their brains around - too much cognitive dissonance.

I bet Barry is steaming today - NAFTA

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What Obama couldn't do and therefore said it was impossible was done today by President Trump. From Bloomberg:

U.S. and Canada Reach Trade Deal to Keep Nafta Trilateral
The U.S. and Canada have agreed on a trade deal that would save the North American Free Trade Agreement as a trilateral bloc, according to three people familiar with the matter.

President Donald Trump has approved the developments and the expectation is that an agreement will be announced on Sunday night, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian officials are working on the final touches.

U.S. and Canadian negotiators have been negotiating around the clock this weekend to make a Sunday midnight deadline that would allow the countries to sign the deal as the final act before Mexico’s outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto leaves office at the end of November.

Good deal for the United States. Details are still forthcoming - we will see.

Listening to the people - politics

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Politicians need to remember that they are supposed to be working for their constituents and these constituents are the ones who put them in office in the first place. From Breitbart:

Poll: Josh Hawley Takes Lead Over Claire McCaskill After She Announces Opposition to Kavanaugh
A new poll released by The Missouri Scout on Saturday shows that Republican challenger Josh Hawley has taken a two point lead over Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in the Missouri Senate race just days after she announced she will be voting against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Hawley leads McCaskill by a margin of 48 percent to 46 percent in the poll conducted by Missouri Scout over two days, from Wednesday, September 26 to Thursday, September 27.

McCaskill announced her opposition to Kavanaugh on September 19. The second day of the poll was conducted on the same day Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of attempting to sexually assault her 36 years ago at a time and place she cannot recall and with no corroborating witnesses or evidence, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

McCaskill has been in office for eleven years - time for a new face in the Senate...

From Gallup:

Republican Party Favorability Highest in Seven Years
Forty-five percent of Americans now have a favorable view of the Republican Party, a nine-point gain from last September's 36%. It is the party's most positive image since it registered 47% in January 2011, shortly after taking control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Forty-four percent give the Democratic Party a favorable rating.

Heh - a couple years of good leadership will do that. Pity no-one in recent times tried that and I am talking to both parties.

John Bolton on the ICC

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The International Criminal Court is a typical Nongovernmental Organization/Global Governmental wet dream that sounds good but is subject to zero oversight and has become corrupt in its short life. Needless to say, the United States did not sign on to this organization. We are a soverign nation after all. From the InfoGalactic link above:

The seven countries that voted against the treaty were China, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Qatar, the United States, and Yemen

National Security Adviser John Bolton had this to say in a speech yesterday - excerpted from PJ Media:

Bolton Vows to Not Cooperate with International Criminal Court, Threatens Sanctions
National Security Advisor John Bolton threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court, which Bolton opposed long before joining the Trump administration, and hailed the State Department announcement that the D.C. office of the Palestine Liberation Organization would be shut down.

Speaking at a Federalist Society event at the Mayflower Hotel this morning, Bolton slammed the Hague-based ICC as an effort by "self-styled 'global governance' advocates" to override national sovereignty through its investigations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Three excerpts - this:

"Today, on the eve of Sept. 11, I want to deliver a clear and unambiguous message on behalf of the president of the United States. The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court," Bolton continued. "We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us."

And this comment on our friend and ally Israel:

"The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel. And, today, reflecting congressional concerns with Palestinian attempts to prompt an ICC investigation of Israel, the State Department will announce the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization office here in Washington, D.C. As President Reagan recognized in this context, the executive has 'the right to decide the kind of foreign relations, if any, the United States will maintain,' and the Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to take steps to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel," he said. "The United States supports a direct and robust peace process, and we will not allow the ICC, or any other organization, to constrain Israel’s right to self-defense."

And he closed with this:

Steering back to the ICC, Bolton wrapped up his address by vowing that "if the court comes after us, Israel or other U.S. allies, we will not sit quietly."

"We will negotiate even more binding, bilateral agreements to prohibit nations from surrendering U.S. persons to the ICC. And we will ensure that those we have already entered are honored by our counterpart governments," he said. "We will respond against the ICC and its personnel to the extent permitted by U.S. law. We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States. We will sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and, we will prosecute them in the U.S. criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans."

"We will take note if any countries cooperate with ICC investigations of the United States and its allies, and we will remember that cooperation when setting U.S. foreign assistance, military assistance, and intelligence sharing levels," Bolton added. "We will consider taking steps in the UN Security Council to constrain the Court’s sweeping powers, including ensuring that the ICC does not exercise jurisdiction over Americans and the nationals of our allies that have not ratified the Rome Statute."

I am so glad that the stars aligned in the heavens and we got President Trump instead of Crooked Hillary.

Don't mess with an auctioneer

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A wonderful reaction. The proceedings were interrupted by an alt-right "personality" who would not STFU and kept talking over everyone. Congressman Billy Long came up with the perfect distraction:

Mr. Long was a commercial auctioneer before entering politics. FOX News has more:

Rep. Billy Long, an auctioneer, drowns out protester shouting at Twitter's Jack Dorsey during hearing
Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., on Wednesday drowned out a protester who was shouting at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey by using an auction call.

Laura Loomer, a far-right activist, was heard shouting pleas at President Trump "because Jack Dorsey is trying to influence the election, to sway the election, to [inaudible] Democrats steal the election."

"That is why he is censoring and shadow banning conservatives," she added.

After Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., repeatedly called for Loomer to stand down in the hearing room, or else risk her removal, Loomer continued — which is when Long stepped in with a fast-talking auctioneer chant to drown her out.

Long chanted for a few minutes as Capitol Police worked to remove Loomer from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce panel.

"I yield back," Long joked to audible laughter, as the protester was escorted from the room.

Perfect.

Got a point there

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I mean - economy, unemployment, North Korea, EU and China trade. President Trump is showing some serious leadership.

Good news from our neighbors

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NAFTA is pining for the fjords - from FOX News:

Trump says he's 'terminating' NAFTA, announces new trade agreement with Mexico
President Trump on Monday said he plans to terminate the existing North American Free Trade Agreement, as he announced a new tentative agreement between the United States and Mexico that he described as "one of the largest trade deals ever made."

"I'll be terminating the existing deal and going into this deal," the president said in the Oval Office, calling it a "big day for trade."

But the president said Monday “we’ll see” if Canada can still be part of the trade pact, leaving open the possibility of separate agreements.

"We are starting negotiations with Canada pretty much immediately," Trump said.

Trump, sitting at the Resolute Desk, put Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on his speaker phone as the press watched in the Oval Office. The Mexican president, speaking through a translator, congratulated the negotiators on both sides and expressed hope the United States and Canada would come to an agreement.

Talk about win/win. It will be interesting to see Canada's reaction - Justin Trudeau is not exactly a conservative or business oriented.

RIP Senator John McCain

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Not a big fan of his RINO politics but his death is a shame. From NBC News:

Sen. John McCain, independent voice of the GOP establishment, dies at 81
John McCain, who shed a playboy image in his youth to become a fighter pilot, revered prisoner of war and both an independent voice in the Republican Party and its 2008 presidential nominee, died on Saturday, little more than a year after he was told he had brain cancer. He was 81.

McCain’s office said in a statement "Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018." He announced on July 19, 2017, that he had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain tumor. On Friday his family announced he was discontinuing treatment.

Interesting times - North Korea

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Looks like President Trump's work is coming to fruition - from FOX News:

China's Xi to make first official visit to Pyongyang for North Korea's 70th anniversary
Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit North Korea next month, accepting Kim Jong Un's invitation to attend the country's 70th anniversary of its founding, a report said Friday.

Xi's visit to Pyongyang would be his first to the North Korean capital since 2012 when he took power, Reuters reported, citing Singapore's Straits Times.

Baby steps for sure but there is so much to overcome and these steps are very much in the right direction. Chalk another win up for President Trump - this is not a matter of the right time, this is a matter of the right leadership. A great leader does not need to be a popular one.

Never try to out-negotiate President Trump. From Breitbart:

China Buckles, Sends Trade Delegation to Washington to Seek End of Trade War
China and the U.S. are set to resume trade talks for the first time since June.

A meeting between the two countries, which would be between lower-level officials than earlier talks, would mark a breach in the standoff that has arisen since talks broke down in the spring. U.S. officials have repeatedly said they were open to new talks but insisted that China had walked away rather than offer serious reform.

It still is not clear if China’s delegation will carry with it a reform offer serious enough to stave off the Trump administration’s threat of former tariffs. The U.S. side will be lead by Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass.

Game Set Match in two months? Sounds like a win to me.

From John Lott writing at FOX News:

Here's the real reason Democrats are so scared about Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court
Democrats are getting hysterical about the prospect of Judge Brett Kavanaugh being seated on the Supreme Court. Most of their hyperventilating is nonsense.

In a desperate attempt to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation by the Senate, the Democrats are making wild claims that abortion would be banned, people would be dying in the streets, and the president would gain immunity from investigation and prosecution if Kavanaugh joins the nation’s highest court.

Time for a reality check. Let’s all take a deep breath and look at the facts about the judge who President Trump has nominated to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

And the reason:

The Democrats fear the fact that Kavanaugh is very smart, very articulate and very persuasive. So while he isn’t going to roll back liberals past victories, it means that he will prevent their future ones by being able to convince other justices at times to come around to his viewpoint and side with him on some decisions.

And judges who can write powerfully worded decisions – as Kavanaugh has proven he can – are more likely to be cited in other judges’ decisions, which grants them even wider influence.

As a result, Kavanaugh would pose a threat to Democrats who believe the Constitution can be twisted like a pretzel to justify their belief in Big Government, with a heavy regulatory hand reigning supreme over individual constitutional rights.

Consequently, Democratic will do whatever they can to keep Kavanaugh off the high court.

Much more at the article - John has a lot of backup for his thesis.

Speaking truth to power - Russia

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Judge Jeanine Pirro is spot on:

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