Week One – of 1 A.T.

Like 2017 A.D., we are now in year 1 A.T. Week one.

Things are moving incredibly fast. I think “This behaviour is by design”.

Watching the Left, with their nightly “huddle” to “strategise” and issue the next day talking points; finding themselves confronted with being “yesterdays news” and yet another ‘Splody Heads Moment overtakes them is, well, is great entertainment…

For example, today on CNN, I think it was, there was an ex-assitant-deputy-director to Podesta, or some such, trying desperately to do the CIA Wall-of-Stars-Outrage Rant. Yet by now we’ve all had a chance to see the CIA film ourselves via the C-SPAN event or youtube. The CIA Agents cheering and doing Whoop Whoop Whoopy yells. They were far from “offended”. They were thrilled. (It seems, from the video, that several hundred were turned away from the room as it was full… Trump then said he needed to build them a bigger room… “One without columns… You know why!” to yet more cheers (especially from folks stuck peering around columns…) So here was this “Got-My-Talking-Points Johnny come lately” trying to stick to the script. But it was just soooo lame! That was Saturday. Heck, even by Monday it was “old fake news”… Today’s ‘Splody Heads Moment was immigration and the cheers of INS Agents…

But there were several other things today… I’ve lost track of them all.

So while I’d intended to let the Trump Transition threads die out post inauguration, it seems that was just the warm up act.

So, with that, The Trump Train continues to roll here in year 1 Anno Trumpi.

I’ll try to keep up, honest I will, but with 3 or so gigantic Executive Orders, a couple of cabinet posts, a major presentation to an agency, and a few dozen tweets and news bits per day, I’m not able to follow it all via news sources “all by my lonesome”… at least, not and get anything else done.

So hopefully with a little Linky Pot Luck we can keep a sort of Crib Notes version of Trumpeting Events in our collective awareness. Lord knows watching CNN / MSNBC / CBS / etc isn’t going to cut it; those guys are busy with talking points from Yesterdays News…

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102 Responses to Week One – of 1 A.T.

  1. Larry Ledwick says:

    I was going to post earlier a very similar view that I think President Trump is making an explicit effort to run a blitz on the Democrats, to over whelm their OODA decision loop and likewise totally fluster the classic media into paralysis.

    One of the problems with coordinated media push is you have to be on time with the planned actions.

    I think I need to start paying attention to the time of day some of these things get announced. As I recall from earlier in the election cycle they would have a media and insider conference call to set the days talking points and script early in the morning.

    Off the top of my head I bet he is hitting them with something new every morning just about the time the talking heads are arriving at their morning media gigs and that new fresh news is blowing up their planned strategy.

    Recent announcements include:
    Border wall moves
    withholding funding on sanctuary cities

    Instructs Home Land Security that a weekly report be prepared listing crimes by illegal immigrants

    Freeze on immigration and stop visas issued for select high risk countries and Grant exceptions to Christians and other minorities fleeing Muslim persecution

    Announced intent to expedite the Dakota (Standing Rock) Pipeline project

    Cut funding to the UN, cut taxes and regulations, cut funding to National Endowment for the Arts, privatize PBS and NPR, defund Planned Parenthood, and cut taxes and regulations on business.


    Signed executive order authorizing very liberal interpretation of ACA requirements (essentially making its penalties unenforceable)

    These are the ones I recall off the top of my head from the last few days.

  2. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oooops forgot his announcement that he will request a study of illegal voting / fraud to finally provide hard data on how many illegal immigrants and dead people vote each cycle, folks who are registered in more than one location (not necessarily illegal if they only vote in one location on a given election).

    I presume that this will lead to a Federal Requirement that voter rolls be purged and validated each election cycle, after he gathers the necessary documentation. Perhaps making it illegal to register to vote a non-citizen or at least require they be identified as such so they can be excluded from voting in national elections although a local jurisdiction might decide they could legally vote for local issues like sewer taxes, school bond issues etc.

  3. andysaurus says:

    looks great from hear in Oz, but then again, I only watch Fox!

  4. philjourdan says:

    As many are, I am happily surprised by what Trump has done so far. And even the rational left has quiesced in their angry rhetoric (the irrational never will). But I will say as long as his actions are to undo the unconstitutional actions of his predecessor (Pre-Trump), I will be over joyed. I just hope he stops there. And does not start doing what Pre-Trump did.

  5. Gail Combs says:

    First read the problem from Judicial Watch: DOJ Report: Nearly Half of Fed Crimes Near Mexican Border

    …There are 94 federal court districts in this country and the five located near the southern border see a large portion of criminal cases, according to the Justice Department’s annual report on criminal prosecutions. The five federal districts also have the biggest number of defendants actually convicted of federal crimes.

    Of the 61,529 criminal cases initiated by federal prosecutors last fiscal year, more than 40%—or 24,746—were filed in court districts neighboring the Mexican border….

    Nearly 22% (13,383) were drug related, 19.7% (12,123) were violent crimes… This is hardly earth-shattering news in fact, the nation’s southern border region has for years been known for its high crime rate compared to the rest of the country….

    Years earlier JW reported that federal agents guarding the U.S.-Mexico border had been ordered to stay away from the most crime-infested stretches because they’re too dangerous and patrolling them could result in an international incident of cross border shooting. This shocking information came from a law enforcement official in an Arizona county located along the Mexican border. The official, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, has testified before on Congress on many occasions about the steady increase in border crime. Violence related to drug and human smuggling has risen sharply in the last decade, the sheriff told Congress a few years ago, and local law enforcement agencies like his are severely undermanned to handle the crisis.

    The Obama administration has dealt with this crisis by pretending it doesn’t exist. The president’s first Homeland Security Secretary, former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, spent a great deal of her tenure proclaiming that the Mexican border “is as secure as it has ever been.” In the meantime, the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, shut down by the Obama administration in 2012, confirmed that Mexican drug cartels do in fact “control access to the U.S.-Mexico border” and the “smuggling routes across it.”

    In one of its last reports before getting axed, the National Drug Intelligence Center concluded that the “unprecedented levels of violence in Mexico” will continue for years. Inevitably the crimes have spread north because cartels—including Sinaloa, Los Zetas and Juarez—have joined forces with U.S. street gangs that operate in more than 1,000 cities throughout the country, the report said. This sort of “collaboration between U.S. gangs and Mexican-based” criminal organizations will continue to increase, facilitating wholesale drug trafficking into and within the United States, the three-year-old report said.

    The increasing violence in Chicago anyone?

    Here is Trump’s solution using laws ALREADY ON THE BOOKS:
    Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

    … (b) Make use of all available systems and resources to ensure the efficient and faithful execution of the immigration laws of the United States;

    (c) Ensure that jurisdictions that fail to comply with applicable Federal law do not receive Federal funds, except as mandated by law;…..

    Sec. 9. Sanctuary Jurisdictions. It is the policy of the executive branch to ensure, to the fullest extent of the law, that a State, or a political subdivision of a State, shall comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373.

    (a) In furtherance of this policy, the Attorney General and the Secretary, in their discretion and to the extent consistent with law, shall ensure that jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 (sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary. The Secretary has the authority to designate, in his discretion and to the extent consistent with law, a jurisdiction as a sanctuary jurisdiction. The Attorney General shall take appropriate enforcement action against any entity that violates 8 U.S.C. 1373, or which has in effect a statute, policy, or practice that prevents or hinders the enforcement of Federal law.

    (b) To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens….


    Now let the howling begin!

    Mayor de Blasio is planning on using tax money to provide lawyers to illegal aliens. (Along with all the money for food stamps, housing, education, interpreters, law enforcement… )

    Half a million of New Yorkers happen to be undocumented immigrants. They are part of the fabric of this city,” NYC Mayor de Blasio stated. “The message to New Yorkers who are worried about the policies of the Trump administration is we are going to do all in our power to protect them and to get them support.

    Trump knows all about using the legal system. I wonder how NYC people will view the increase in their taxes to defend illegals….

    Out of curiosity a quick look at United States District Court Article III Judges for the Eastern District of New York
    Chief Judge Dora L. Irizarry was appointed by Bush and so were
    11 Judges Carol Bagley Amon, Joseph F. Bianco, Brian M. Cogan, Sandra J. Feuerstein, Denis R. Hurley, Kiyo A. Matsumoto, Roslynn R. Mauskopf, Arthur D. Spatt, Sandra L. Townes, Eric N. Vitaliano and
    Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr appointed by Bush, has an interesting history.

    Reagan appointed:
    4 Judges Raymond J. Dearie, I. Leo Glasser, Edward R. Korman, and Leonard D. Wexler

    Nixon appointed:
    1 Judge Thomas C. Platt
    TOTAL: 17 Republican appointed Judges
    Obama appointed:
    6 Judges Joan M. Azrack, Margo K. Brodie, Pamela K. Chen, LaShann DeArcy Hall, Ann M. Donnelly, and William F. Kuntz,

    Clinton appointed:
    5 Judges Frederic Block, Nicholas G. Garaufis, Nina Gershon, Allyne R. Ross, and Joanna Seybert

    Johnson appointed:
    1 Judge Jack B. Weinstein
    TOTAL: 12 Democrat appointed Judges

    OH, My Politics are going to be more fun to watch than an old shoot’em up John Wayne western!

  6. Gail Combs says:

    RAH, stole this from Ace of Spades and posted it on Tony Heller’s blog. It is really spot on and I think captures the current attitude of normal non-Progressives so I am posting it here. It is why the Astro-turf protestors, fainting students and starlet temper tantrums no longer work.

    Why Trump Won

    (F-bombs modified, hope I got them all…)

    “How Losing My Political Values Helped Me Gain My Freedom [Warden]
    —Open Blogger
    There’s a frustrating game that the left plays with conservatives. It’s an Alinksy tactic called, “Make them live up to their values.” Now, living up to one’s values isn’t a bad thing, but setting high standards ultimately means that you’ll sometimes fall short.

    The left loves to exploit these shortcomings–Every Christian who falls short of perfection is a hypocrite; the social values candidate you voted for just got arrested for drunk driving. Haha, everything you believe and advocate is now discredited.

    They got away with it for years, waving away the lies, hypocrisy, indiscretions, and criminal behavior from their own politicians while beating the right mercilessly with the missteps of their own. It’s effective because the right always maintains a baseline of integrity not displayed by the left, as evidenced by comparing what happens to Republican politicians when they’re caught in criminal behavior with what happens to Democrats. Republican voters and politicians reluctantly dump the malefactor while Democrats defend their guy and launch an offensive against those demand accountability.

    And then came along Trump, a guy just ripe for demonization by the left. I think it’s fair to say that even his early supporters worried that the Democrats would successfully make him toxic to the general voting public with his boorish behavior, vulgarity, multiple bankruptcies and very public divorces.

    But something strange happened. Not only did Donald Trump not care about attacks on his character, neither did anyone else. We saw this new paradigm assert itself over and over during the primary throughout repeated media predictions that this time he’s gone to far and he’s cooked.
    This same indifference that helped Trump carry the election has continued into the early days of his administration. With it comes a refreshingly freeing state of mind. Personally, I don’t feel in any way responsible for Trump, nor do I feel compelled to defend him against attack.

    Why? Because I voted for retribution.

    “He’s think-skinned and petty!” shrieks the left. “He takes everything personally!”
    Good, I say. I want him to take attacks personally and deal out payback. I know I won’t be the target, you will be.

    “He’s unpresidential! He’ll destroy the integrity of the office!”
    No, that’s already happened. Remember, you elected a shit-talking jackass who takes selfies at state funerals when he’s not giving stealth middle fingers to his opponents during debates. There is no dignity of the office, not after Clinton and Obama.

    “He’s a narcissist! He’s got totalitarian impulses!”
    Yes, he’s basically a mirror version of Obama. Except now, he’ll be working for what I want. The end justifies the means. You taught me that.

    “A sitting president going after the media. OMG!”
    Oh, like Obama trashing Rush Limbaugh and Fox News? How about when he sent his lackeys to berate news reporters for failure to flatter him at all times. Oh, and NSA spying on the press. That was pretty great, too.

    “He won’t show his taxes!”
    Don’t care. Where are Obama’s college transcripts, by the way?
    “He’s a bully! Is this what you want? Someone who uses his power to bully other people?!!!”
    And this is where everything funnels down to the very nexus of my change in attitude from “Do unto others” to “I will do unto you what you do unto me.”

    It’s two words: Memories Pizza.
    [ For those like me who don’t know the reference: Memories Pizza: Where The Trump Revolution Began? ]
    It was that moment that everything changed for me–not only the harassment, fake Yelp reviews and the death threats that forced them to temporarily close up shop–oh, that was bad enough, but the most powerful man on Earth bullying a couple of small town pizza owners from Indiana simply for expressing an opinion on a hypothetical asked of them by a reporter with a malicious agenda? That was when I snapped.

    Do you remember?
    It’s this that sent me to a place from which I’ll never return. I literally don’t care what Donald Trump does because nothing he can do is worse than what they’ve already done.

    Donald Trump isn’t the bully; he only insults and abuses people in power who have attacked him. They’re the f…king bullies. The left, with their smears, their witch hunts, their slanders, their insults and their weaponizing of the federal bureaucracy.

    There aren’t any rules anymore because the left only applies them one way. And in doing so, they’ve left what once was a civil compact between the two parties in smoldering ruins.
    I have no personal investment in Donald Trump. He is a tool to punish the left and roll back their ill-gotten gains, no more and no less. If he succeeds even partially in those two things, then I’ll consider his election a win.

    Further, I no longer have any investment in any particular political values, save one: The rules created by the left will be applied to the left as equally and punitively as they have applied them to the right. And when they beg for mercy, I’ll begin to reconsider. Or maybe not. Because f…k these people.

    This new philosophy has freed me of more emotional angst that I can describe. Literally nothing the left says or does matters to me anymore. I don’t care about their tantrums. I don’t care about their accusations. I don’t care if they say Trump is lying. I don’t care if Trump is lying.

    They created this Frankenstein. They own it. I am free of all obligation. I will never play defense again. I will attack, attack, attack, attack using their own tactics against them until they learn their lesson.
    What I will not do is let them play my values against me ever again. I don’t need to prove that I’m better than them. I already know it.”

  7. Gail Combs says:

    A new Twitter account designed to make it easier to identify areas for budget cuts at NASA:


  8. Paul Hanlon says:

    Couldn’t get to sleep last night, so I watched Don Lemon from CNN (that did the trick). Utterly lame. Turned into a bitch-fest about building the wall, and the hundreds of ways it was going to be impossible, along with the voter fraud investigation, and how it was really an attempt at voter suppression. But you could see that their heart wasn’t in it. Lemon looked like he was sucking on one. I didn’t see him smile once.

    Sky News (Europe’s CNN) were getting themselves very worked up about PDJT’s acceptance of water-boarding today. Looking forward to Hannity’s interview with him later tonight (I’ll probably watch it tomorrow). I wonder what will come out of the Republican Retreat. I believe Trump and May (Britsh PM) will both be there.

  9. M Simon says:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    26 January 2017 at 7:27 am

    The Detroit post election recount was an eye opener. If that gets made “news” it will be a LOT of trouble for Democrats.

  10. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    26 January 2017 at 2:36 pm

    No Federal Drug Prohibition Amendment has been passed. The Federal Government has no authority in that area.

  11. Gail Combs says:


    Latitude says:

    I’m going to put this here….well, just because

    Every morning it’s more good news…this is hysterical!!

    Trump just told the president of Mexico to not come for a visit if he’s not willing to pay for the wall…

    The back handed on this is….we send around $1/2 trillion to Mexico each year…
    deficits, remittances, aid, government programs…..etc
    Mexico makes more money on remittances than they do on oil and gas!
    irony?……Obama just gave Mexico $75 million for Mexico to build a wall

    So we are propping up some third world trash heap…
    …so their government doesn’t have to do one damn thing..and they haven’t
    We are paying, they are getting paid..
    …what’s to negotiate?

    Just stopping some of that…would pay for 50 walls!!

    (Latitude and I traded sibs at Christmas so my ex-brother now has another sister…)

  12. M Simon says:

    Gail Combs says:
    26 January 2017 at 2:36 pm

    After disastrous results in the late 80s (murder rates skyrocketing in affected areas) authorities are no longer doing whole gang takedowns for drug crimes. They only go after the worst offenders.

    I was an observer (the gang head lived next door to me) in one of those raids. The murder rate went up in Rockford and the local press was livid.

    Of course nightly killings are now endemic. Worse than Chicago on a per capita basis.

    Rockford has always been a crime town. Ever since alcohol prohibition. It is a transportation nexus.

    Trumps “threat” to Chicago is a joke. It is Federal policies (emulated by the States) that are driving the gang warfare.

  13. M Simon says:

    “Whose interests are served by the drug war? The U.S. government enforces a drug cartel. The major beneficiaries from drug prohibition are the drug lords, who can maintain a cartel that they would be unable to maintain without current government policy.” – – Milton Friedman

    If Trump has decided to strengthen drug enforcement he is siding with the cartels. That enforcement keeps prices (and profits) up.


    From that piece:

    Prohibition builds cartels.

    Clever of Trump. Very clever.

    We are in the process of finding out who owns him.

    And I went on with (slightly amended):

    Strict enforcement raises cartel profits. We learned that from Alcohol Prohibition didn’t we?

    If Trump moves to increase enforcement he is siding with the cartels – while it looks to the rubes like he is attacking the cartels.

    Clever. Very clever.

    “The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

    Not too long after making that statement he died in a boating accident.

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is interesting, apparently the Left is trying to help us clean up the mess(/sarc), the senior staff of the State Department just did a mass resignation rather than support Tillerson.


    Ahh poor babies, don’t let the screen door hit you in the A** on the way out, we’ll get the lights.


  15. Gail Combs says:

    M Simon says…
    SImon, you have to separate crimes like theft and murder and illegally crossing the border from the legalization of drugs.

    Dry up the supply by the criminal cartels in Mexico and south and THEN you can look at legalizing Mary Jane at a minimum.

    Right now putting our economy back on a healthy footing is the critical step and that means kicking out the 10% of our population that is here illegally.

    Restoring Law and Order.
    Bringing the really big criminals, like the Clintons to justice.
    Investigating the child stealing kiddie sex rings.
    Trash heap Obummercare
    Killing off the UN’s grab at taxing US citizens via a CO2 tax, the next step in a world government,
    straightening out our trade deals
    removing schools from the control of extreme leftists…

    I am sorry but legalizing drugs is WAY WAY down on the list and most people really don’t care.

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    Border patrol chief also resigned


  17. Jon K says:

    So this was sent to me from my grad student son, who was infected with Bernie Fever and now thinks nationalizing corporations would be just swell. Anyway, he’s in the sciences and they received this from a member of the EPA…

    From an EPA staffer:
    “So I work at the EPA and yeah it’s as bad as you are hearing:
    The entire agency is under lockdown, the website, facebook, twitter, you name it is static and can’t be updated. All reports, findings, permits and studies are frozen and not to be released. No presentations or meetings with outside groups are to be scheduled.
    Any Press contacting us are to be directed to the Press Office which is also silenced and will give no response.
    All grants and contracts are frozen from the contractors working on Superfund sites to grad school students working on their thesis.
    We are still doing our work, writing reports, doing cancer modeling for pesticides hoping that this is temporary and we will be able to serve the public soon. But many of us are worried about an ideologically-fueled purging and if you use any federal data I advise you gather what you can now.
    We have been told the website is being reworked to reflect the new administration’s policy.
    Feel free to copy and paste, you all pay for the government and you should know what’s going on. I am posting this as a fellow citizen and not in any sort of official capacity.”

    Sounds like a good start to me, but he thinks this is the start of Dictator Trump :)

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh Man! Trump sure knows how to do a “Mutt ‘N Jeff’… (“Good cop / Bad cop”)

    At the Repubs meeting, talking about Senate being slow to approve his appointments, focusing on Commerce Secretary, said: ~”Tomorrow I’m meeting with the Prime Minister… we’re going to discuss Commerce, but I don’t have a commerce Secretary, so I’m going to have to handle it myself.” pause…

    You can give me a guy you kinda like but have small issues with, or you can have ME running that show…

    Oh Man….

  19. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well that is interesting I wonder if he speaks for the major power brokers or just for himself? – German Newspaper editor suggests assassination of Trump would be the easiest way to end the “Trump Catastrophe”.


  20. Larry Ledwick says:

    On EPA and the lack of acceptance that there is a new boss.


  21. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile the general public remembers this:

  22. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gail & Simon:

    Easy fix for both illegal M.J. and Foreign Drug Lords:

    Make it legal for anyone to grow M.J. for use by themselves and their family & friends.

    (So maybe cap it at a half acre per person…) In no time flat the market collapses as supply goes through the roof. “In a prior age” I had more than I could possibly use from one (or maybe 2… hazy memory of then ;-) 4 foot long “utility light’ of 2 x 40 W tubes over about 4 pots of, well, pot. (Sides made of 2 x cinder blocks each with wood plank at the bottom and 1/2 way point for starting little ones). Cost was nearly zero and effort about the same…

    Oh, and I made the “5 minute miracle cure”. Strip leaves, place on cookie tray in thin layer. Place in oven at about 250 F for 5 minutes… Remove, cool, and crumble into a jar.

    In about a month after my first harvest cycle, I was accumulating a 1/2 pint per harvest beyond what I was able to consume… with harvests being about 1 / month…

    No, it wasn’t mature super-buds… but it was as strong as I cared to have.

    BTW, that ‘excess’ also lead to my development of the “Acetone Extraction Method” of making hash. Acetone nicely dissolved the canabinoids, and it was cheap at the hardware store. It also evaporates really well. Fill a pint jar 1/2 full. Add M.J. until no more can be stuffed in. Let it sit awhile ( I didn’t see much difference between 5 minutes and 30 minutes, but wasn’t trying for perfection… if efficiency matters, put ‘extracted once’ in fresh acetone, then use that acetone for the fresh stuff extraction. Basic counter flow chemistry but in batches…) Pour into a flat open dish and set somewhere VERY well ventilated and not near any ignition source. (Acetone is highly flammable like gasoline, it is nail polish remover without the junk…) This leaves a green-goo that’s basically hash oil, but without the burned nature of traditional methods.

    Oh, and if you put something like rolling paper or tobacco or even lettuce shreds in that dish, the goo deposits nicely on it. Doing this, I could make my ‘crumble’ of leaves any desired strength.

    Do NOT clean the dish between uses, as that wastes product oil. Just let it accumulate a stable layer and then you get redeposition with each following batch at 100% efficiency.

    Yeah, you can run a ‘grow house and hash production’ in 4 feet by 3 feet of space and with 2 pint jars and a saucer..

    FWIW, I stopped after about a year as my grades were being affected negatively… something about demand curves when price is zero ;-)

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    May be some interesting reading here – Democratic plan of action to combat President Trump


  24. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    David Martosko ‏@dmartosko 1 minute ago

    Border Patrol chief did NOT resign. The Trump administration fired him, per @Reuters

  25. Gail Combs says:

    I am all for making Mary Jane legal (and Hemp) Both have a lot of uses. Mary Jane did a great job of killing my back pain without the side effects of Prescription drugs and from what I read has many other medical uses.

    As you said, make Mary Jane legal and the demand for the rest of the drugs dies. Why buy when you can grow for free?

    You also empty out the jails.

  26. Jeff says:

    @Larry, (re editor suggest murdrer) “Die Zeit” (the Times) is about as far left as you can get without rolling around (illogical shift left :) ) to the right. Oddly enough, had he said the same in reference to Merkel, he’d be in extremely hot water, if not in jail.

    The Lügenpresse here in Germany are pasting it on thick and fast against Trump. The serfs (that would be us Deplorables) are having none of it, judging from the comment sections of the various
    “dailies” and online propaganda-spreaders.

    Here in Germany we’re hoping and praying for someone like Trump. Sadly the memory of Hitler, though it was 80+ years ago when he took power, lives on. Societal memory. Sort of like when there’s a wreck or a traffic jam, the slowdown remains long after it’s cleared….. (weird, but true).

  27. p.g.sharrow says:

    Make Mary Jane totally legal and it would be nearly worthless. Anyone that can grow tomatoes can grow more of that stuff then they and all of their friends can consume.
    There is actually a fairly inelastic demand for it, so I do not foresee much increase demand from increased availability. As to the argument of harm caused by it’s use, I have seen little to demonstrate that. The prohibition of it is proved to be very destructive and expensive…pg

  28. Larry Ledwick says:

    It appears the Trump administration asked for (accepted) resignations for the 4 senior State dept folks.


  29. Gail Combs says:

    Could you guys check and see if we are just having local problems?
    Tony Heller had a peeing contest with Zeke Hausfather of BEST (and WUWT)
    In response Zeke blocked Tony on Twitter and now we find https://realclimatescience.com/2017/01/zeke-responds/

    Blocked on Google Chrome, Opera and Lynx

    A google search in those browsers brings up the site but it goes to

    Unable to complete secure transaction
    Show Details

    Secure connection: fatal error (80) from server. https://realclimatescience.com/2017/01/zeke-responds/ An internal error occurred.

    Check that the address is spelled correctly, or try searching for the site.

    if you click on the URL or enter it directly.

    Do you guys have the same problem?

  30. Larry Ledwick says:

    From the above by @Another Ian:
    link deserves to stand on its own.

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    India is also concerned about its IT industry and outsourcing under President Trump.


  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just so you know the spin the left is putting on the first week of Trump’s Presidency we have this:

  33. E.M.Smith says:


    Per India and H1b visas

    Nasscom, an industry body, estimates that the US market accounts for more than half of the country’s IT exports. And the industry’s concern is mainly rooted in the fate of the H-1B regime, a skilled-worker visa program, which many Indian firms use to send their employees to the US to service their clients.

    Gee… you mean I might get a job again?….

    (Not a hypothetical. At least twice I’ve been staged to interview for hire from contractor and the process was quashed as the whole shop- contractors and employees- got outsourced to Indian H1b holders in a sweatshop “vendor”. No knock on their I.T. guys, other than thick accents, but having US folks train them to take our jobs was insult on injury… Latest was about a year ago at my last I.T. job…)

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yep I have had two IT jobs disappear to out of country locations.
    One the company relocated operations to Mexico ( chose not to move there ), and the second (IBM) had me train folks in India and Brazil to do my job before I got laid off. The only thing good about that is if you had a clue you knew what was coming a few weeks before it happened as more and more of the job duties got shifted to off shore locations.

  35. Larry Ledwick says:

    On voter fraud:


    So this study says Clinton probably got about 834k votes from non-citizens, does not address dead voters who crawled out of the grave to vote, and does not account for legal citizens who double voted in more than one jurisdiction, and legal voters who did not actually vote but were registered, but someone voted using their name, legal voters who were not registered (by themselves) but unknown to them registered by someone else and voted by someone else, add intentional miscounts or cooking of voting counts through rigged voting systems ( as in vote tallies known to have involved multiple reading of the same ballot over counting the true number of votes), and absentee ballots not counted because they were not believed to have made a difference in the outcome for that district. Last you have the legal voters who did not vote because they believed the outcome in their district was pre-determined, but would have voted if they trusted the system.

    Add all those possible improper votes or miscounts together and you have a very large fraction of the popular vote difference the Democrats keep harping on (even though that is not the way the game is played).

    Since a small number of votes can shift the outcome of an election if they occur in the right precinct, it could be a very legitimate problem.

  36. kneel63 says:

    On IT outsourcing:
    Same here in the antipodes – only worse! Down here, despite the regs saying you should only get skilled migrants where there is a shortage of skilled locals, they are still getting Indians in to do the job, despite there being around 4 local applicant/job!

    On Drugs:
    It’s weird. Only thing that makes sense is that people are scared by what they don’t understand.
    Consider the attitude you face if you are addicted to a substance:

    caffeine: don’t talk to him until he has his second cup of coffee!
    nicotine: it’s a filthy habit, you should give up
    alcohol: you’re sick, it’s not your fault
    cocaine: you’re a scumbag druggie

    Based on harm to the individual, tobacco is way worse than most others.

    Based on harm to others, alcohol is way worse than most others.

    Think about this: here, a pack of 25 cigarettes costs a little under $30. For all intents and purposes, you could replace tobacco with MJ at no additional marginal cost, yet sell it for 10 times the price – goodbye budget deficit!

    I say: legalise the lot, put it under similar rules to alcohol and make breaking the rules so expensive it’s just not worth the risk. Drug cartels – gone. Police free to catch rapists and murderers instead of chasing teens with a joint. Shed-loads of extra revenue for Government that people are happy to pay. What’s the downside? Only one – convincing voters!

  37. Larry Ledwick says:

    What’s the downside? (note I really am not interested in debating if these perceptions are true or not but they are widely accepted as true locally.)

    Here in Colorado there are several down sides showing up, driving under the influence of MJ busts are way up.
    There are some studies which show drivers involved in fatal accidents are more likely to have MJ in their system than not and combined MJ and alcohol is a worse combination than either separately (I know this is highly debatable, but the cops here are seeing an increase in impaired driving incidents since MJ was legalized)


    Since the banking system refuses to work with legal MJ dispensaries, and they are cash only businesses for that reason with high cash flow, that has resulted in robberies murders, and attempted rip offs including home invasions driven by rumors that folks are growing at home. Such a home invasion resulted in a near fatal stabbing a while back when the folks went to the wrong house and attacked someone who had no relationship with MJ (there have been 3 such incidents that I recall off the top of my head).

    There has been a sharp increase in homeless street beggars in down town Denver and Larimer County Sheriff is seeing a huge increase in jail occupancy that is related to the MJ trade and the street crowd coming here due to the legalization.

    There may be fixes for some of those issues (like changing bank regulations to allow commercial MJ operations to use banking services) but these are seen as real impacts from the legalization of MJ.

    The tax revenue has been bigger than expected but it will be a few years to see how this all shakes out as other states make similar moves and depending on how the Feds deal with state legalization over the long term because if they choose too, prosecute it is still illegal Federally.

    Related some nearby states have also reportedly have been super aggressive at stopping Colorado plated cars that they suspect and doing drug busts on them presuming that they are transporting.

    Given Denver has become one of the hub cities for Mexican transport of MJ into the US because of legalization there have also been some indications that Mexican drug cartels are taking an interest in Colorado and moving large volumes of drugs through the state.

    For what it is worth

  38. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gail: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/week-one-of-1-a-t/#comment-78301

    Works fine for me…


    I think the guy likely missed a lot of votes with his “study”. First off, estimates of illegals in the USA range from 10 Million to 40 Million and nobody really knows. GIven the levels that are pretty obvious in California (Mexican extraction now dominant population and they were NOT all born here during my lifetime…) I’d guess California alone has about 10 Million… so that’s about 2 Million Hillary votes right there… And no, they will NOT be answering surveys…

    (In California, you can get a drivers license as an illegal. With “motor voter” and / or with your new license in hand, you can register to vote… AND there is a strong movement to register non-citizens to vote…. along with trying to define it as “OK”…

  39. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like we can see the Democrats digging in their heels and screaming as they get pulled kicking and screaming into a Trump world. Given their electoral losses in the last few years and the fact they still have not figured out that Trump is the Tea Party candidate and that his supporters will wage a similar in the trenches fight against their candidates until the all get primaried out of the system it will be an interesting ride.


    I think the Progressive Left simply cannot fathom that a very large fraction of the population is dedicated to ripping their politics out of the system by the roots and tossing it in the compost pile and the harder they fight Trump the more they will reap the results of that cold anger.

  40. R. de Haan says:

    Open Society Foundations Soros:

    The tip of the iceberg.

  41. philjourdan says:


    Trumps “threat” to Chicago is a joke.

    It is not a joke. It is the opening gambit of a business deal. Until politicians understand that, they will be sputtering along being out maneuvered by Trump every step of the way. They are hopelessly outclassed. And therein comes most of the anger against Trump

  42. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – Re: Mass resignations

    OK, so the other side is that Trump asked for the resignations. Given the record the past 8 years, that should not be a surprise. So the real question is – who is telling the truth?

    I chose not to believe a proven liar. So another factoid in the fake news file, this one for the WaPo.

  43. E.M.Smith says:


    I don’t know that “Trump asked” so much as the Presidential Appointed positions come with a standard “submit resignation on change of President” expectation. (not saying which way it actually went, just pointing out the Usual And Customary “serves at the discretion of the President” protocol of ‘resignation on file’…)

    Would be nice to know the reality…

  44. Larry Ledwick says:

    The latest news on that, is that it was the latter, the President chose to accept their resignations but the first media reports tried to spin it as a protest walk out to save face for the former administration and to further the narrative of the righteous protest against and evil president.

    Best way to get a clean start for something as controversial as the new effort to control the boarder is to change the management team. As I recall the rank and file border patrol folks in the not too distant past were complaining how their senior management was holding their jobs at risk if they did their job and tried to actually stop the flood across the border rather than just do a few token stops (catch and release). If true the former senior managers were part of the problem.

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Political Islam ‏@PoliticalIslam 16 minutes ago

    Here is the way to talk about Islam. Don’t mention Muslims or Islam, just describe the results of the doctrine


  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm Mikey likes!


    Behind WSJ please register to see full article, banner

    A GOP Regulatory Game Changer

    By Kimberley A. Strassel
    Jan. 26, 2017 7:48 p.m. ET

    Todd Gaziano on Wednesday stepped into a meeting of free-market attorneys, think tankers and Republican congressional staff to unveil a big idea. By the time he stepped out, he had reset Washington’s regulatory battle lines.

    These days Mr. Gaziano is a senior fellow in constitutional law at the Pacific Legal Foundation. But in 1996 he was counsel to then-Republican Rep. David McIntosh. He was intimately involved in drafting and passing a bill Mr. McIntosh sponsored: the Congressional Review Act. No one knows the law better.
    Photo: Getty Images

    Everyone right now is talking about the CRA, which gives Congress the ability, with simple majorities, to overrule regulations from the executive branch. Republicans are eager to use the law, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy this week unveiled the first five Obama rules that his chamber intends to nix.

    The accepted wisdom in Washington is that the CRA can be used only against new regulations, those finalized in the past 60 legislative days. That gets Republicans back to June, teeing up 180 rules or so for override. Included are biggies like the Interior Department’s “streams” rule, the Labor Department’s overtime-pay rule, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s methane rule.

    But what Mr. Gaziano told Republicans on Wednesday was that the CRA grants them far greater powers, including the extraordinary ability to overrule regulations even back to the start of the Obama administration. The CRA also would allow the GOP to dismantle these regulations quickly, and to ensure those rules can’t come back, even under a future Democratic president. No kidding.

    Here’s how it works: It turns out that the first line of the CRA requires any federal agency promulgating a rule to submit a “report” on it to the House and Senate. The 60-day clock starts either when the rule is published or when Congress receives the report—whichever comes later.

    “There was always intended to be consequences if agencies didn’t deliver these reports,” Mr. Gaziano tells me. “And while some Obama agencies may have been better at sending reports, others, through incompetence or spite, likely didn’t.” Bottom line: There are rules for which there are no reports. And if the Trump administration were now to submit those reports—for rules implemented long ago—Congress would be free to vote the regulations down.

    There’s more. It turns out the CRA has a expansive definition of what counts as a “rule”—and it isn’t limited to those published in the Federal Register. The CRA also applies to “guidance” that agencies issue. Think the Obama administration’s controversial guidance on transgender bathrooms in schools or on Title IX and campus sexual assault. It is highly unlikely agencies submitted reports to lawmakers on these actions.

    “If they haven’t reported it to Congress, it can now be challenged,” says Paul Larkin, a senior legal research fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Mr. Larkin, also at Wednesday’s meeting, told me challenges could be leveled against any rule or guidance back to 1996, when the CRA was passed.

    The best part? Once Congress overrides a rule, agencies cannot reissue it in “substantially the same form” unless specifically authorized by future legislation. The CRA can keep bad regs and guidance off the books even in future Democratic administrations—a far safer approach than if the Mr. Trump simply rescinded them.

    Republicans in both chambers—particularly in the Senate—worry that a great use of the CRA could eat up valuable floor time, as Democrats drag out the review process. But Mr. Gaziano points out another hidden gem: The law allows a simple majority to limit debate time. Republicans could easily whip through a regulation an hour.

    Imagine this scenario: The Trump administration orders its agencies to make a list of any regulations or guidance issued without a report. Those agencies coordinate with Congress about when to finally submit reports and start the clock. The GOP puts aside one day a month to hold CRA votes. Mr. Obama’s regulatory legacy is systematically dismantled—for good.

    This is aggressive, sure, and would take intestinal fortitude. Some Republicans briefed on the plan are already fretting that Democrats will howl. They will. But the law is the law, and failing to use its full power would be utterly irresponsible. Democrats certainly would show no such restraint were the situation reversed. Witness their treatment of Mr. Trump’s cabinet nominees.

    The entire point of the CRA was to help legislators rein in administrations that ignored statutes and the will of Congress. Few White House occupants ever showed more contempt for the law and lawmakers than Mr. Obama. Republicans if anything should take pride in using a duly passed statue to dispose of his wayward regulatory regime. It’d be a fitting and just end to Mr. Obama’s abuse of authority—and one of the better investments of time this Congress could ever make.

    Write to kim@wsj.com.

  47. E.M.Smith says:


    OMG! That just made my day…

    I was wondering what magic caused Trump to think he could can 75% of the regulatory burden… Since a huge chunk of it is from the last 8 years, I can now see a path for large swathes of it… Oh Joy!

  48. Jeff says:

    What would be deliciously ironic would be if the Ø’s staff, in their haste to shred any and all documents, useful or not, shredded the reports that are needed, such that CRA could be invoked due to lack of said reports…

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    Under the category of incompetent (or deceptive) government we have this item on student loans.

    The Obama administration conceded coding errors found in the College Scorecard inflated college repayment rates, potentially misleading students. The Wall Street Journal went as far as to report that, “on closer inspection, the mistake doesn’t look innocent or innocuous.”


  50. Larry Ledwick says:

    @OMG! That just made my day… and @deliciously ironic
    Yes funny how when you blow off proper procedures to expedite violation of the original intent of processes you leave back doors open to have all your work shredded by someone who knows how to work the system.

  51. pouncer says:

    Regarding marijuana —

    I’m wondering how the executive order that forbids cities (and presumably counties and states) from ignoring federal immigration law gibes with cities (states, etc) that have chosen to ignore federal law on marijuna. How can California or Colorado permit, license, tax, and regulate a product the feds prohibit? How does the order to DoJ to “enforce the law, as written” affect laws other than immigration law?

    Admittedly the federal law is obsolete if not stupid, and different states in general should be able to do different things (10th amend. ) But starting from where we are rather than an ideal blank page…

  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    Best discussion I have seen yet about how President Trump is faking the media out of their socks and heading them off into the bushes on wild goose chases while he gets things done in a rapid march through his to-do list.


  53. E.M.Smith says:


    It is all about the will to cut off money and the court ruling that such money must be related to the dispute.

    Obama did not want to stop drug use, so let States be free. Trump? TBD.

    Trump cares a lot about illegal occupants of our country so taking action.
    Obama wanted more illegals, so discouraged action.

    Now, season with “related money”. What money relates to border enforcement? Hard to say, but I’d guess police funding and potentially education (illegals consuming schools) and healthcare too.. Let the immagination run. Related to drugs? Police and maybe medical. Traffic and roads a stretch, but maybe.

    So which of that funding is a political win to cut off?… That’s the hard bit, but then Trump doesn’t care about the political cost, so that panics his opposition…

    Basically it is just a political choice of what to enforce and where to take heat for taking money (and legal fights to prove it related…).

  54. philjourdan says:

    Do you guys have the same problem?


  55. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm this is interesting – President Trump my try to cut EPA staffing to 50% of current head count.


  56. H.R. says:

    Since others have pointed it out as early on the campaign trail and the Presidential debates, I have to agree that the YSM seems to video Trump to appear very orange in color. (It was really bad on the Trump/May clips tonight.)

    Soo… congratulations America! We have elected the First Orange President.

  57. John P Miller says:

    Awesome thread with excellent links. Really gives depth/ dimension to what Trump is doing and will likely do, as well as (and even more importantly) HOW he is doing what he’s doing. I may get fat on popcorn (gotta leave off the butter!).

  58. Jeff says:

    @ H.R., Donald of Orange?

  59. LG says:

    As Week Two of A.T. begins, it emerges that the EU is the crosshairs.


    Appearing on This Week, Malloch — who visited Trump Towers earlier this month to discuss the potential role — was open about his Euroscepticism. This led Andrew Neil to ask: why would he even want a job to be US ambassador to the EU?

    AN: I mean you’re clearly not a great fan of Brussels or these bureaucrats like Juncker.

    TM: Well, I had in a previous year a diplomatic post where I helped to bring down the Soviet Union, so maybe there’s another union that needs a little taming.

    Delingpole opines:


    EU-despising Ted Malloch is the man President Trump has chosen to represent the US in the European Union. And the reason he did this is because, as Malloch was at no pains to hide, President Trump just doesn’t like the EU:
    TM: He doesn’t like an organisation that is supranational, that is unelected where the bureaucrats run amok and that is not frankly a proper democracy.

    There’s a revolution going on here and I think even those of us who support Trump and Brexit are being taken aback by the speed of change.
    Remember that the European Union was partly the creation of the USA, which saw it as a way of keeping peace in Europe by using France as a counterweight to Germany, with a reluctant Britain as the sensible intermediary. This is why successive US Presidents have colluded to prop up this corrupt, inefficient, anti-democratic institution.
    Suddenly, those days are over.

  60. Paul Hanlon says:

    Hmm, the only point I would make about POTUS Trump and his antipathy towards the EU, is that that is not where his focus should be right now. The EU will fall under the weight of its own bureaucracy anyway, without any intervention required on his, or his ambassador’s, part. Weren’t we supposed to be getting away from interfering in other people’s affairs, no?

    We have the German and Dutch parliamentary elections next year, and the French presidential elections, plus there could very well be an election in Ireland. A shock in any of the first three will probably be the fatal nail in the EU project. A badly negotiated Brexit (on the EU’s part), could also do it in, too tough on the British, and Ireland (it’s biggest cheerleader to date) will also have to leave. Too easy, and every other nation will want the same deal.

    The sad fact of the matter is that the various bodies within the EU are populated by people who have failed to get elected in their own state, by and large. These are not “premier cru”, making the chances of a bad settlement very high. And all the Rockefeller, Rothschild, Bilderberg and Soros money is not going to change that. It’s dead Jim, why make enemies when you don’t need to.

  61. philjourdan says:

    Would be nice to know the reality…

    Normally that would never happen as we never get reality out of the beltway. But Trump is different so there is a chance we may find out.

  62. Another Ian says:

    “NY Times makes out climate change believers are forced to speak in hidden codes”


  63. E.M.Smith says:


    Wow, that’s pretty up front…

    @Paul Hanlon:

    Per “focus”:

    That assumes a linear single thread process model…
    Trump is a parallel process multicore superlinear pipelined process…

    Walk, chew gum. Build, cause Splody Heads, rework Democracy, reshape EU posture, go on TV, call Putin, rework immigration,… all are “The Focus”….at the moment… for one core or another…

  64. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    That opednews artcle is a gem!

    How about a little self-examination, eh? How about clearing out the deadwood starting with crooked Hillary and her sleazy handler, Podesta? How about committing to a vision for change that’s more than a public relations scam aimed at hoodwinking your base? How about ending the buck-passing bullshit and pushing legislation that offers some relief for rampant economic insecurity, student debt, dwindling retirements, universal health care, and environmental devastation.

    The Democratic party doesn’t have to be a place where progressive ideas go to die. But they’d better get it together fast or it’s going to be Game over.

  65. John P Miller says:

    Right now, the Progressives own the Democratic Party, much the way the peaceniks owned it in 1968 and the way the Christian Right owned the Republican Party 1992-2000 and even after.

    The Democrats survived the peaceniks (barely…gave us Carter as the echo) by realizing Bill Clinton was a “traditional” Democrat who had appeal (but that took 24 years). The Tea Party couldn’t quite take control of the Republican Party (maybe good they didn’t), so we got Obama who spawned Trump….

    Whether or not Trump can cement an anti-government government in America (which is what we had at our Founding) will depend on what he can deliver in the next 2 and 4 years. If the first 2 years go well enough, Republicans widen their margins in Congress, especially the Senate. If 4 years go well…well, the Democrats will have a hard time recovering if the Republicans can bring along a solid, sensible “institutionalizer” (always needed after the wrecking ball)… can anyone say “Mike Pence”?

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    I would submit that the Trump Train is largely manned by ex-Tea Party folks minus the establishment shills who sold out, and poisoned the Tea Party brand. Plus a bunch of middle of the road Libertarians and conservative Blue Dog Democrats.

    The Tea Party did not die, it just changed its brand and had the good sense to go silent. It went into Ninja mode so the establishment Republicans could not weasel in and kill the movement in the crib like they did the Tea Party.

    (fool me once, my fault, fool me twice – nice try, not happening)

    The Tea Party implosion opened a lot of eyes regarding just how corrupt the old Establishment Republicans were regarding fundamental issues that the fly over country cared about. A lot of people naively believed (or at least wanted to believe) that there were still some folks who cared about issues like jobs, the economy, immigration, big government etc. The Tea Party movement was the last chance for those folks to prove which side they were on. Trump outed a lot of folks who had managed to keep most of their cover as the Never Trump folks exposed their hand while trying to stop Trump.

    The Tea Party implosion kicked off the move to just burn it down and start over with new people starting at the bottom and working up to Congress. Locals have been systematically kicking folks out for 8 years now. Obama lost both houses of Congress, plus governors and state legislators as a result. Folks are pulling the old party hacks out at the roots, destroying their local infrastructure and support network with a general house cleaning starting at the very bottom.

  67. E.M.Smith says:



    That’s why I’ve frequently said “You don’t want to see what comes after Trump” in response to folks demanding he be stopped or removed.

    The People are not going away, and they are not changing the things they need. It is a reality driven movement of independent operators. Some folks may tack a name on some part of it and even try to stand at the head of the parade, but at the end of the day it is simply a fundamental response of an ignored and oppressed people to the end of their ability to accept and cope.

    Once at the end of the rope, well, the rules of engagement change… and “leaders” become irrelevant.

  68. Another Ian says:

    Definition of bigot

    : a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

    So that is what I was called by the Neuvo-climate bloggers of recent years. Bigot- for daring to suggest that the idea that immigration be stopped from middle eastern countries until those immigrating could be fairly documented. Hmm. Today, the leftist extremists which govern most media are in a tizzy because that is exactly what happened. Trump and conservatives like myself are being labeled a bigot by any leftist who can. Frankly I’m sick of being called names by the unlearned, but there are a lot of them. Any anti-freedom moron with a typewriter is working their exclamation point and cap lock to the maximum level this week, to show that Trump is a bigot, the law has no reason etc…


  69. Gail Combs says:

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  70. Gail Combs says:

    “That opednews artcle is a gem!”

    And the comments are even better.

    Both illustrate how clueless the left is about Donald Trump and his supporters. They are ALL too lazy to do any research on the man and instead just read YSM articles full of lies.

    We must have a good 1/2 dozen Trump books in the house now. Hubby keeps buying new ones and devouring them.

    This line from that OpEd shows just how clueless the Left is.
    “So now the country is to be led by a brash billionaire reality TV celebrity who has no previous political experience and who seems unusually sensitive to any kind of personal criticism.”

    Say WHAaa?
    I see a brilliant executive who is great at spotting and hiring talent, willing to listen to others, and used that to parlay a $1,000,000 loan from his Dad into billions. With few bankruptcies (80% of new businesses go belly-up but the left of course never mentions that.)

    In one of his early ventures, he and his Dad bought property built during the Texas oil boom that was left high and dry by the oil bust. The federal gov’t wanted to off load it quick so they grabbed the property at 1/2 the cost of construction, fixed it up, evicted the deatbeats by an ingenious method and rented it to paying customers. The interesting point is a Jewish tenant renting from them went to Trump and told him to off load the property quick because of the increasing in crime in the surrounding area. Trump followed the guy’s advice.

    “seems unusually sensitive to any kind of personal criticism.”
    ROTFLMAO! Trump isn’t ‘unusually sensitive’ he just will not put up with dishonesty and the bull feces the Yellow Stream Media continually flings at Republicans. So instead of cowering and kissing butt he hits back HARD — to the cheering from his supporters who are completely fed up with being called bigot, racist, stupid, hater, sexist, islmophobe, for daring to disagree with the left’s disregard for reality.

    One thing they have sort of figured out is Obama is the cause. However not only did Obama NOT keep his promises, he not only turned loose but ENCOURAGED the crazy, nasty, violent element of the left and even moderate Democrats are appalled by the behavior of the un-housebroke rioters.

  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    As the saying goes follow the money.
    The current hubbub over the immigration pause is really a money raising tool, to hook over enthusiastic progressives into emptying their wallets into the coffers of organizations like the ACLU over a non-event.


  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well that was quick – from Twitter:

    Bill Mitchell ‏@mitchellvii 26 minutes ago

    Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Appointed By OBAMA, Tells Justice Department Not Defend Trump’s Refugee Order


    AFP news agency ‏@AFP 3 minutes ago

    #BREAKING President Trump fires acting attorney general who defied him on travel ban: White House

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    Press release on the firing

  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    This just popped up on facebook as a link in one of those memes everybody feels obligated to like.
    It gives and interesting snapshot of what the anti-Trump folks are sharing.

    I’ll just leave this here for you all to poke through.
    The guy is building a case for a Trump take over of the government (as in coup), and pulling on various loose threads in the sweater of govenment to build the scenario he is selling.

    View at Medium.com

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  76. llanfar says:

    @Larry An interesting – though one-sided – article. Doesn’t give any words to the Democrat née Soros new world order machinations, nor that Trump’s actions would be the correct counter.

  77. Gail Combs says:

    It gets better.

    By filing for the next election President Trump just put a serious crimp in the Astroturf protestors plans for the next four years.

    This is a good article by a professor talking to rural people that shows Progressives STILL don’t have a clue.
    http://overpassesforamerica.tumblr.com/post/144253518790/new-post-has-been-published-on“>WISCONSIN PROFESSOR FINDS OUT WHY RURAL AMERICANS DON’T LIKE CITY DWELLERS

    “I did not expect to hear it, but many of the people I listened to in rural areas exhibited a multifaceted resentment toward urban areas,” Professor Katherine J. Cramer writes in her new book….

    GEE, who’d a thunk?
    WE get our $35,000 a year taxed at about 60 to 80% so YOU can earn $75,000 a year plus perks. (US gov’t employees earn $87,000)

    WE may see our job or our farms taken by some new law the Offals in DC just passed while YOU get tenure.
    WE see our life savings and promise of pensions melt away as wages fall far behind inflation and our jobs are taken and given to H1B visa holders or illegals or outsourced completely while YOU are assured of a massive pension.

    …She left her UW office to bravely walk, often unannounced, into informal gatherings that bond rural residents and transmit gossip and perceptions…

    A few of Cramer’s conclusions:

    *There’s a widespread perception that public school teachers, even those teaching their children and grandchildren, are overpaid government workers with benefits and pensions beyond the dreams of harder-working, overtaxed rural residents.

    *Rural residents often take small-government positions that seem to be against their best interests. “…[F]olks missing teeth rarely supported government-sponsored health care reform.”

    *Walker gave them “a sense of gratitude that finally someone in power was recognizing the burdens they faced. To them, someone was finally acknowledging the injustice of their hard-earned money being shunted toward the undeserving.”

    What she heard scares her…

    “to bravely walk”??? Brother has she drunk the koolaide. What does she think? That rural people carry guns to shoot the people who insult them? I rather walk into a rural gathering any day of the week than walk down the street in an inner-city and I have live in both areas.

    When benefits such as health care and pensions are included, the federal compensation advantage over private workers is even larger, according to the BEA data. In 2015 total federal compensation averaged $123,160 or 76 percent more than the private-sector average of $69,901, as shown in Figure 2. link

  78. Larry Ledwick says:

    A view on how the new administration is handling internal operations, and changes in the systems used to run things. Given how broken the NSC (National Security Council) was under Obama, they might be in the midst of “re-engineering things”, or as noted in the article adapting to Trump’s leadership style or going through growing pains. Only time will tell on those questions, but it is clear the President Trump is not afraid of breaking a few things to restructure government.


  79. E.M.Smith says:


    Interesting Political-aikido in that link:

    More importantly, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations would no longer be able to engage in “political speech” which could theoretically affect the results of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election without running the risk of losing their nonprofit status. The move effectively bars interest groups from creating nonprofits which they could funnel money into for the purposes of opposing Trump’s initiatives. This will likely create chaos for political opponents of Trump such as George Soros, who has sunk significant amounts of money into various nonprofit groups with the intent of opposing Trump’s government. How 501(c)(3) organizations will comply with the FEC’s regulations when participating an actions which qualify as political speech remains to be seen.

  80. Larry Ledwick says:

    Although The Blaze sometimes goes off into the weeds, this link documents some of the efforts made by the Obama administration to gut our intelligence systems with regard to their recognition of and proper training to detect advocates of violent extremism.


    Another example of this is the banning of the book “Catastrophic Failure” inside the intelligence communities and the purging of data bases which had mapped connections between various groups and individuals that deserved to be watched closely.

  81. Larry Ledwick says:

    Justice Scalia decision which points out why President Trump was right to fire the acting attorney General when she instructed her staff not to defend the President’s decision on an immigration pause.


  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item on the bias against Christian and other non-Muslim immigrants in the Obama administration managed influx from the middle east. It makes a good point if the Left asserts it is illegal to use a religious test to let people in, it is also illegal to use a religious test to keep them out. Immigrants should faithfully reflect the population at risk baring some explicit threat. In this case it is easily shown that Christians and Yazidi are at much higher risk that Muslim refugees when escaping ISIS affiliated groups.


  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    On our efforts to counter ISIS propaganda not as successful as they appear


  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the shut down EPA’s over reach category we have this item from National Review.
    Apparently the EPA folks are freaking out now that they realize someone is going to hold them accountable for their scientific malpractice.


  85. Larry Ledwick says:

    President Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch created by the death of Anthony Scalia.

    Here is a editorial he published for National Review in 2005


  86. David A Anderson says:

    Trump is correct when he says we are not discriminating against a religion. We are discriminating against people that wish and work for religious political rule, second class status for women, and for any man not of the preferred faith, against honor killing, wife beating, (even lightly) legalised murder. Any religion or group practicing these acts, crimes, and sditious ideology is not welcome. It is irrelevant weather they label such an ideolgy religious or not.

  87. Gail Combs says:

    To add to the Blaze article, three articles by Philip Haney, a Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the author of See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad (2016).

    Obama Whistleblower: Terror-Linked Muslim Groups Helping Set Policy, Costing Lives

    DHS Whistleblower Philip Haney: ‘Self-Radicalization’ Is a Myth

    Exclusive-DHS Whistleblower Philip Haney: P.C. Killed Investigation That Might Have Stopped San Bernardino Attack – Breitbart

    Top EU Official Solicited for Refugees at Funeral of Daughter Brutally Raped/Murdered by One

    …Maria Ladenburger, the daughter of a high-ranking EU official, was returning from a party in the university city of Freiburg in Germany when she was viciously assaulted on a cycle path. DNA tied the rape-murder to a 17-year old Afghan migrant who was allowed into Germany last year after a “robust” vetting no doubt.

    She was brutally raped and then drowned. The doctors weren’t sure if she died from internally bleeding from the rape or the drowning/choking….

    The dead girl’s father is Dr. Clemens Ladenburger, a lawyer who works as the right hand man to the legal director of the European Commission. He is also an elected representative of the Germany Catholic Church. In that position he advocated refugee issues. He also used to work for the University of Cologne.

    If you think her learned to be more cautious, you would be wrong. At her funeral in Brussels, Belgium, her father solicited donations for two charities, one for Muslims in Bangladesh, the other for local Muslim refugee illegals inside Germany.

    It is hard not to come to the conclusion that Socialism is a mental disease after reading that story. I think Ladenburger would still be advocating for Islam as his head was lopped off by a jihadist!

  88. Gail Combs says:

    An excellent Article on Soros by Zero Hedge detailing info leaks and eyes opening in Europe.
    Is Soros On The Ropes?

    Soros has funded at least 5 well known revolutions.
    February 14, 2011 Top 5 Revolutions Backed by George Soros

    Now onto the Soros funded Black Lives Matters ‘Protest’ in Seattle.

    Black Lives Matter Protesters: “WE NEED TO START KILLING PEOPLE”; Calls For Trump’s ASSASSINATION! (VIDEO)
    “During a protest over the weekend, Black Lives Matter called for white people to give them their possessions…” THAT WAS FROM A Pre-School TEACHER!

    Here is the Transcript of what this ‘TEACHER’ said:

    Black Lives Matter Calls For Killings And Trump Assassination

    During a protest over the weekend, Black Lives Matter called for white people to give them their possessions and then proceeded to call for “killing people,” and “killing the White House.”

    This outrageous speaker makes numerous highly inflammatory remarks, including:

    “F*** white supremacy, f*** the U.S. empire, f*** your imperialist ass lives. That s*** gotta go.”

    “And we need to start killing people. First off, we need to start killing the White House. The White House must die. The White House, your f****** White House, your f****** Presidents, they must go! F*** the White House.”

    “White people, give your f****** money, your f****** house, your f****** property, we need it f****** all,” as another protester responds “reparations!”

    “Pay the f*** up, pay the f*** up. It ain’t just your f****** time, its your f****** money, and now your f******* life is devoted to social change,”

    Then the speaker goes to to state that she is a preschool teacher. What parent in their right mind would want this person around their child?

    As one guy in the comments said “And we are starting to get very annoyed.” And that was the mildest comment.

    Seems Soros may get that ‘color revolution’ he wanted but the target this time will be him…

    An interesting comment thread from the more level headed commenters:

    Ellen Bell

    Yes–Soros has been funding the domestic terrorists known as BLM for months. Arrest Soros for the $12 billion in back taxes that he owes and the problem will more than likely go away–unless one of his globalist pals steps into the breach and starts funding them in Soros’ place.

    Edited to add: Just found out that De Ray McKesson. (the black who heads up BLM) is the gay boyfriend of the head of Twitter. McKesson is the son of a black millionaire from Nebraska. Soros allows De Ray McKesson to live rent-free on the $6 million estate owned by Soros. BLM is full of anarchists who are now threatening to kill people. They need to be charged under the Espionage Act as agents of sedition, along with their leader George Soros. The rumor is that Soros has now turned his sights on Canada. Poor Canada, they won’t know what has hit them.

    Aloha Snackbar ==> Ellen Bell • a day ago

    Just classify them as a domestic terrorist entity. Anyone providing material aid can be relocated to Guantonomo Cuba for an indeterminate period without any due process. Ironic that the Patriot Act can be flipped against those who embraced it to control US.

    strayaway ==> Ellen Bell • a day ago

    I’m beginning to wonder if the Deep State: Soros, certain government agencies, the corporate controlled media, other 1% owned corporations, etc., aren’t trying to stir up hatred to the point that lone wolves will start acting out. Every day now we see media pundits, ‘celebrities’, and opinion pieces hoping, wishing, and, I think, encouraging violence. It’s ok to hit fascists, as defined by liberals, is part of this theme. The Koch Brothers, Google, Starbucks, luminaries are shelling out huge sums of money to overthrow Trump if not to inspire lone wolves to do more. We even have mobs operating out of airports where formerly, we would get in trouble for parking in the wrong place. Why is the TSA being so suddenly tolerant of behavior, sometimes violent, on airport property? This is becoming like Ukraine when outside money was stirring up crowds to get rid of its elected president.

    Ellen Bell ==> strayaway • a day ago

    Yep. Until we can put Soros and his sons out of business there will be grave danger still to the Republic. He has however, met more than his match in the American people. Zerohedge published a really interesting report yesterday that speculates that Soros is on the ropes. I hope they are right. If Soros’ trial is made into a spectacle, the globalist elites will hopefully return to their caves to hide.

    Closing comment….

    Karma’s Janitor
    People who shout this in a country with 50 million rednecks who have a personal arsenal and a 4×4 haven’t thought this anarchy thing out

    THIS is why the major hold-up on confirming a new US Attorney General.
    The Globalists want their Gold revolution here in the USA and it will not happen if the Puppet Masters get tossed in jail and their money confiscated.

    However I do not think they have Trump check-mated. There are a lot of moves he can make WITHOUT a cabinet.

  89. Gail Combs says:

    Congress has said there is no ‘evidence’ of Voter fraud. Here is another piece of information showing they are lying as usual. (I have a large file on the subject.)

    Illegals Stealing the Vote with Forged IDs

    A former United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent, retired Special-Agent-In-Charge Claude Arnold exposed before Congress how easy it is for illegal aliens to obtain forged IDs, including a driver’s license and a Social Security card – and then go vote.

    Claude Arnold said the most popular document forging option for illegal immigrants is known as the “three-pack,” The pack includes a counterfeit Social Security card, drivers license, and work authorization card. Illegals know exactly where to go to get the documents and they are inexpensive.

    Costs range from $120 to $300. A counterfeiter needs just a few hours to put the documents together. No one is checking for this either, in fact, it’s just the opposite.

    In 2015, Federal courts ruled that illegals can’t be arrested for identity theft…. When it became known that illegals stole one million Social Security cards, the IRS told no one. IRS chief Koskinen unilaterally rewrote laws concerning identity theft and claimed that if illegals are stealing identities for a job and are paying taxes, it’s not a normal identity theft situation and it’s in everyone’s interests to let it conintue.

    Illegals are voting in our elections, but, again, it’s easy and people here illegally are generally safe from prosecution. It is estimated that there are three million illegal aliens in California alone and they have Motor Voter laws which make voting by people here illegally very simple.

    …the National Council of La Raza succeeded in raking in over $15.2 million in federal grants last year alone, of which $7.9 million was in U.S. Department of Education grants for Charter Schools, and undisclosed amounts were for get-out-the-vote efforts supporting La Raza political positionshttp://humanevents.com/2006/04/07/emexclusive-emthe-truth-about-la-raza/

    One of the Mexican Officials mentioned there was a surge of illegals from South American and Mexico into the USA so they could vote in the US election when they heard of Trump’s Wall. link

    Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote also appeared before Congress.
    Her website detailed the voter fraud found in 2012 link

    After applying for its 501(c) application for tax-exempt status, Catherine Engelbrecht was subject to endless harassment by various government agencies.

  90. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like Senate Republicans have discovered that they actually are the majority and don’t have to cower when someone says BOO! at them…

    Senate has changed the rules to remove the parliamentary roadblock to voting nominees out of committee… Vote proceeding on at least 2 and with Sessions to be voted on to the Senate Floor shortly.

    Gee, Big Dog in the lead of the pack and some of the little yappers discover they have teeth too…

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