Eric Florack on January 20th, 2017

I’ve been sitting and listening for a while now to both the Trump supporters and their idolizing the man and the left and they’re predictable trashing the man. I am amused because both of them are of a piece and they don’t know it and they be angry at you if you told them so…. and frankly I have patience for precisely none of it.

The sad fact is that they both take away all the air in the room in terms of levelling serious criticism against the man and his proposed policies. Trump supporters are all but making claims of the streets being paved with gold and the left is all but complaining that they were turned into a newt, but they got better.

(Yes that’s a Monty Python reference.)

Anybody whose spouts protectionist policies as Trump has including in his inaugural speech, is not a student of economic history. History has shown us clearly that everytime protectionism is brought to bear the economy Falls over and plays dead. Unless somebody set him straight on this, I fear our situation is going from bad to worse.

If there’s one bit of comfort in all of this it’s watching the left meltdown. 

Oh, I’m quite sure that I will get emails asking if Trump isn’t better than Hillary Clinton and Obama. Well of course. Who wouldn’t be? Then again, that’s not much of a hurdle, is it?

davidl on January 20th, 2017

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No this does not qualify as draining the swamp, but its does lower it just s wee bit. Artfare is welfare, payments for (left wing) artists disguised a government support for the arts. May the taxpayer never have to pay to support another Piss Christ, from the Washington Free Beacon:

The Trump administration is seeking major cuts to federal spending upon taking office, with plans to eliminate agencies and programs to reduce the budget by over $10 trillion.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated, according to a new report on the administration’s spending

I am in favor of allowing free citizen to freely choose to follow arts as a profession. However said citizen-artists should not expect the taxpayer to become their patron of last reason. If nobody wants to voluntarily patronize an artist, it should not be up to the taxpayer to fund an otherwise failing artist.

Also targeted Corporation for Public Broadcasting. I am sure that George Soros will be willing fund the left wing public broadcasting propaganda.

Eric Florack on January 20th, 2017

Just for point of reference…this comes out to about $75,000 per full time worker.

Now, the question becomes Will Trump reduce the size of government so as to stem this spending, increase freedom and get government back under control.

I am very skeptical.

davidl on January 19th, 2017

The incoming Trump cabinet nominees are not drinking the climate change Kool-Aid, and the climate change mob is incensed. The term climate change is a religious belief with the patina of science.   The climate change hysterics jump from the fact that the Earth’s climate is changing, and by the way has always changed, to demand that humans control the climate by means of regulation and taxation.  Further man’s supposed ability to control climate can counter balance any and all natural climate changes.   That is to say with enough taxation and regulation the Earth’s current climate can be maintained indefinitely, from  Bloomberg:

“I do not believe that climate change is a hoax,” Ryan Zinke, the choice for Interior Secretary, told a Senate committee on Tuesday. A day later, Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, testified that “science tells us the climate is changing and human activity, in some manner, impacts that change.” On Thursday, Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry — who once called global warming “hysteria” — will tell senators the same thing.

“I believe the climate is changing,” Perry said in prepared testimony. “I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is also caused by manmade activity. The question is how do we address it in a thoughtful way that doesn’t compromise economic growth, the affordability of energy, or American jobs.”

The responses, which deviated from what they’ve said in the past, undercut accusations from environmental groups that the men are “climate deniers.” But critics say the new formulation may just be another way for Republicans to avoid pursuing policies to curb the use of fossil fuels blamed for climate change. With the cause and impact still unclear, the urgency to take action — be it switching from coal-fired power plants to solar panels or to force automobile efficiency — diminishes.

It is not enough to accept climate science.  One must profess the belief that man can control the Earth’s climate.

Now I suppose that some finding some mid summer days too hot would install central air-conditioning without regard to either the cost of both installation and operation or the effectiveness.  I for one would not.  Yet the climate Ray Kroc’s want us to install global air-conditioning with no idea of its cost and no idea of its effectiveness.

Eric Florack on January 18th, 2017

The nightmare that is Barack Hussein Obama’s presidency is almost over. There’s a large number of people editorializing this week that they are severely disappointed in Obama’s presidency.

Jeff Jacoby, for example…

Barack Obama’s presidency ends in 172 hours. Its toxic effects will last a lot longer. I never voted for the 44th president, but when he was elected in 2008, I wrote, in all sincerity: “Obama’s rise makes me proud of my country.” What a grievous disappointment he turned out to be.

Personally, I find such comments amusing in the extreme. The reason is simple enough…. I never expected anything but the evil that we got out of the man.

I do have to say that it annoys me to no end that America’s first black president was so obviously elected on the basis of the color of his skin not the content of his character, particularly when there were at least half a dozen black candidates who are better qualified for the position and would have served us much better.
And my friends that’s something to ponder on this week.
But I suppose we must also discuss what happens after this Friday.
I found this post on the group that will remain nameless. Doesn’t matter anyway since I’ve seen these sentiments before. I think the argument is fatally flawed but here it is…

i have to say that I have finally figured out the Trump victory. The man is not afraid to speak his mind as any man should. All of these whiny little bitches that are boycotting and crying so loudly are the reasons the Dems and Hildabeast lost. 

I responded:

I have never been a trump supporter either. But frankly I think the poster has this wrong.
Donald Trump did not win because he’s Donald Trump …because he’s willing to speak his mind and so on. Hillary Clinton lost because she’s Hillary Clinton. And of course all the criminality that such implies.

I come to you with a radical suggestion that Bernie Sanders probably would have won the election if the Democrats had decided to let him run. That’s because there’s enough people out there who think we ought to have automobiles that run on unicorn farts , free everything for everybody and all the rest of the leftist Socialists fairy tales. Hillary Clinton lost because there was sufficient number of those people that could not bring themselves to vote for Hillary Clinton.

But here’s the thing. Hillary Clinton isn’t going to be running in 4 years.

davidl on January 18th, 2017

Sad but expected news, from American Power:

Obama Commutes Bradley Manning’s Sentence

Well, supposedly it’s “Chelsea Manning,” but he’s a she now, if you’re all into the transgender identity thing (and I’m not).

Perhaps because Bradley came out as as woman and attempted suicide while in prison explains the commutation. O’s always an advocate for the “oppressed.”

I guess John Podesta can breath easy now. Podesta’s leaks of Mrs. Clinton campaign and DNC emails did no harm to our national security. They did vast damage to Dim Won’s rather over inflated ego. On the other Private Manning did vast harm to our national security.   President Dim Won has no self awareness.

Reax, Kimberlee Kaye, Legal Insurrection:

President Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of an individual who leaked confidential information to Wikileaks is in direct conflict with Democratic rhetoric lambasting Wikileaks for publishing illegally obtained emails from the DNC and Hillary adviser, John Podesta.

Wikileaks is only evil when it’s politically expedient. At least if you’re a Democrat.

Is Private Manning’s blond wig or that fact that he the darling of the left wing which completely flummox Dim Won’s, albeit rather limited, sense of reason?

davidl on January 14th, 2017

Michael Dukakis, the governor who let a convicted murder out of prison to rape a Maryland women thinks Little Donny, b/k/a President-Elect Donald Trump, owes the woman formerly known as the Smartest Woman in the Word, b/k/a Mrs. B.J. Clinton an apology, from Hill,

Former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis said in an interview Friday that President-elect Donald Trump needs to get off Twitter and apologize to Hillary Clinton.

“I mean he ought to be ashamed of himself for this kind of stuff, calling her a crook and that kind of nonsense. She’s a good person, nothing she did involved breaches of national security,” Dukakis said in an interview on WABC radio with Rita Cosby. “She was investigated for God knows how long about Libya, and a Republican-dominated committee exonerated her.”

Just as Dukakis was too stupid to keep a convicted murderer in prison, is also too stupid recognize a potential breach of national security, from AP via NBC News:

CLINTON: “It was on property guarded by the Secret Service, and there were no security breaches. … The use of that server, which started with my husband, certainly proved to be effective and secure.” News conference, March 2015.

CLINTON campaign website: “There is no evidence there was ever a breach.”

THE FACTS: The campaign website claimed “no evidence” of a breach, a less categorical statement than Clinton herself made last year, when she said there was no breach. The FBI did not uncover a breach but made clear that that possibility cannot be ruled out.

“We assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account,” Comey said.

The FBI declared it impossible to know if Mrs. Clinton email server was breached.  If the FBI doesn’t know neither can Dukakis.

davidl on January 14th, 2017

As a naval aviator, John McCain was a American hero. As a United States senator, John McCain is a national disgrace. However black Americans need not fret about losing out a true negative role model. Blacks have their own version of McCain, one John Lewis(D, GA – 5), former civil rights hero and certified national laughing stock.

On Today,Lewis let be known that he did not consider Donald Trump to be a legitimate president.  Lewis’ argument to twofold.   One, he attributed  the Wikileaks to the Russians.   Fact, any competent hacker could have hacked into the Clinton campaign and DNC emails.   Two, Lewis alleged that the Russians sabotaged Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.   My take, the woman, formerly known as the Smartest Woman in the World,  did not need any outside assistance to sabotage her own campaign.   Nobody in Russian forced Mrs. Clinton to saturate Omaha in search of one electoral vote while virtually ignoring Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

davidl on January 13th, 2017

Rosie O’Donnell, who is still in denial about Nine Eleven, wants to declare martial law to delay the inauguration of Donald Trump as the forty fifth President of the United States.  New flash to Ms O’Donnell, Mr. Trump having been certified by Congress as President-Elect will automatically become President on January 20, at 12:01, period.  The inauguration is a formality.

Else where in La La Land, Hill is calling for a new election, a call for another Florida 2000 scheme, keep holding elections until the right person can be said to have won.

This is dangerously deceptive. U.S. intelligence concluded that Russian actions did not affect vote counting, but that wasn’t the point. Russia’s goal was what the intelligence report describes as “influence efforts.”

This included the use of propaganda to praise Trump and denigrate Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and, most insidiously, disseminating stolen data obtained through Russian cyberespionage. This included the content of emails stolen from the accounts of Democratic party officials and disseminated by Wikileaks.

Trump himself certainly believed the information spread by Wikileaks was helpful to his election chances; he talked about it incessantly on the campaign trail. In the last month of the election alone, Trump mentioned WikiLeaks 164 times. In an election decided by fewer than 100,000 votes in three states, it’s quite likely that Russia’s efforts did make a difference

The truthfulness of the Wikileaks material is an independent question from their sourcing. The Clinton campaign duly issued talking point was not the the information was false but rather that it was stolen, akin to Mitt Romney’s unfortunate, but real, 47 percent remarks.

As for the theory that the Russians stole Mrs. Clinton campaign emails, her cyber security was so poor than anybody could have, and most likely did, hack into her emails. Her campaign manager, John Podesta, used the word password as his password.

The proposed solution:

If it is determined that Russian efforts did indeed put Trump over the top in an incredibly close election, then the next step would be to pass a constitutional amendment requiring a one-time special election to be held as soon as possible.

This would be far from easy, but it is possible with the support of a two-thirds majority in each chamber of Congress, followed with ratification by three-fourths of state legislatures. All of this is unlikely, to say the least — especially in light of the disappointing reality that most Republicans in Congress seem to be willing to let Russian election sabotage slide.

So if it can be demonstrated that: one the Wikileaks material influenced the outcome of of the election; and two, the Russian were the only source of the pilfered materials that a constitution amendment be both passed a ratified and a new election be held in time for Mrs. Clinton to have some term prior to January 20, 2000.  Then I suppose Hill will be then complaining Mrs.Clinton was not allowed her full four year term.

Eric Florack on January 13th, 2017

This one’s making the rounds on Facebook just now. Brother Billy Beck sees it and responds thus…

Please.  *Please*.  If there is anything remaining of the very idea of justice, then she simply must be spiked like a bug on a pin.  She must be completely destroyed.

And what would you destroy her with? I mean I’m sympathetic here, believe me, but let’s work this through. What are we going to destroy her with??

If you propose using fact to destroy her, it seems both the proper thing to do and a slam dunk. But what effect has fact ever had on the degree of support that she can expect from The Usual Suspects?

I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that destroying This Woman’s ability to draw supporters is an impossibility because of the nature of her supporters.
Don’t talk to me about the value of the restoration of the rule of law.The problem is it has been gone for so long now as to be unrecoverable 
Allow me to Illustrate by way of comparison back down the timeline. 

Marion Barry.

 The man was and remains dirty as the day is long and yet he still had his hardcore supporters, and enough  to overwhelmingly return him to office regardless of his crimes.
What was, after all, the “vast right-wing conspiracy” but “the b**** set me up” writ large?

I’ve said it for years now. This is going to be a never-ending battle with these people.

Eric Florack on January 11th, 2017

?At one time I had a certain amount of sympathy for John McCain because of his military service. When he spoke up he was often right and I was willing to deal with the occasions that he was wrong again because of his service.
But eventually there comes a point in time when even that isn’t sufficient. John McCain has long since passed the point where the damage he causes both the GOP and the country far outweigh any service he might have done both.

davidl on January 9th, 2017

The lame stream media is a ablaze with the Obama regime false flag that somehow the Russian government was the conduit for the Wikileaks flood of information hacked from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.   Yet the Clinton campaign was either inept or apathetic to information security, from Daily Caller:

FBI counter-terrorism officials warned in the summer of 2015 that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doing official business on her home email system potentially compromised national security, according to new 300 pages of new evidence released late Sunday.

The warnings came even as Clinton — by then heavily favored to win the Democratic presidential nomination — casually dismissed any problems with the private email system in her New York mansion

The Clinton campaign was no inept that anybody could hacked into their emails.   Yet Jake Tapper keeps insisting that Russia did it and demands to know why President Elect Donald Trump is not signing  on to the Obama regime talking point as if it were a fact, from Blaze:

“How can you say that the hacking had no impact on the election,” Tapper asked, “when Mr. Trump kept invoking WikiLeaks which was printing, publishing things that the Russians had hacked?”

Clinton’s security so lack that it maybe impossible to know what party or parties, hacked her emails.

davidl on January 8th, 2017

The Obama regime having failed to derail the election of Donald Trump was lower its sights to attempting to deprive both the President and our or nation of a cabinet, fake news from National Public Radio:

The Office of Government Ethics is raising alarm over the pace of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees, saying Saturday that they have yet to receive required financial disclosures for some picks set to come before Congress next week.

In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released Saturday, OGE Director Walter Shaub wrote that “the announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me” and that the current schedule “has created undue pressure on OGE’s staff and agency ethics officials to rush through these important reviews.

The Office of Government Ethics has no mandate to vet presidential nominees,and the United States Senate has no obligation to seek advice and consul on how to do its job from an Obama regime political hack. More over the OGE letter was not intended to raise an legal alarms. If so, it would have addressed to the Senate Majority Leader instead of only to elected democrats. The OGE letter was not intended to raise legal issues but to give Senator Chuckles(Senator Charles Schumer – NY) more political smoke.

davidl on January 6th, 2017

We are all conceived, and born, as either a male or female.  This is just a biological fact.   By social custom we choose to use the restroom that conforms to our god given sex.  For the vast  majority this system works just fine.  Never content to leave what works alone, social justice warriors are now demanding that people who aare in denial about their biological sex be allowed to use any and all restrooms at their whim.
Texas ponders a strike against tranny insanity, from Dallas Morning News:

AUSTIN — Cities like Dallas and Austin could have to undo local laws that protect transgender people from discrimination if Texas passes the so-called bathroom bill unveiled Thursday, a proposal panned by the business community that’s wreaked havoc on other states’ economies

[…]

Those decisions would be left entirely up to each private businesses under this bill, which could choose to allow transgender men to use the men’s room, or restrict patrons to use only those restrooms that match their “biological sex.”

Normal people, those not in denial of the god-given biological sex, are quite content to use the restroom whick conforms to their sex.  In contrast, those in denial want to use either restroom at their whim.   I hardly call it discrimination to ask all biological males, or females, make the same choices.

As a senator, Barack Obama was not smart enough to convince some twenty odd senator to vote for him for party leader rather than the both cranky and senile Dirty Harry Reid.   Yet the left would have us believe that Obama, or as I call him Dim Won, was some major intellect.

More over just smart does one have to be to become chair of a grievance studies department at Princeton?   I guess having an IQ somewhere around Dim Won’s average line of bowling. from Mark Finkelstein, Legal Insurrection:

Now, in the waning days of a Dem presidency, a touching trust in the judgment of the president is in evidence on the left. On today’s Morning Joe, Prof. Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of Princeton’s African-American studies department, said he is “struck” that anyone would question President Obama’s judgment that sanctions against Russia are warranted. After all, argued Glaude, the president “has sworn to protect this country.”

The time time line according to David Burge a/k/a Iowahawk, via Clarice Feldman:

  • John Podesta, like 100% of everyone who has ever had a email account, received a password phishing email. He fell for it.
  • According to some accounts, the phishing email had Russian fingerprints/characteristics in its metadata.
  • Whatever the case, the password purloiners downloaded his emails, which eventually got into the hands of Wikileaks, who made them public.
  • The emails were mildly embarrassing, revealing frequent circle jerking between the DNC and journalists. Mostly embarrassing to media.
  • At the time of their release (Oct) they were hardly covered by any media, and largely dismissed as a big fat nothingburger.
  • Not one of the people whose emails were revealed has ever disputed their authenticity or provenance.
  • Fast forward to December. The October nothingburger has now magically transformed into “vote hacking” and “election hacking.”
  • New narrative: treasonous Trump operatives conspired with Putin to hypnotically mesmerize Clinton voters into pulling the wrong lever.
  • This is not Alex Jones or angry conspiracy kook Facebook uncles, it’s the NYTs, the WaPo, our beloved State Radio.
  • How effective has this been? If polls are to be believed, 50%+ of Democrats believe the Russians literally modified vote tallies.

There is no need to invoke a conspiracy for can be better explained by stupidity.   The Clinton campaign either had no clue on how to protect information, or no interest in doing so.

As for motivations, Dim Won knew everything in October but wasn’t motivated to act until after Mrs. Clinton lost the election.

China hacked into a million government records and Dim Won does nothing.  John Podesta falls for a phishing scam and Dim Won expels thirty-five Russian diplomats.

 

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