Via Drudge McClatchy reports that Democrats desperate to find anything that resembles victor are finding some hope deep in a few state legislative races:

In a party desperate for victories, Democratic candidates are finding the most success in little-noticed state legislative races. They’ve already won four seats previously under Republican control, some of them in battleground districts that split evenly between President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Party leaders say it’s a sign that they are benefitting from a broad backlash to the Republican president, one that failed to lift a quartet of special election U.S. House candidates — including Jon Ossoff in Georgia or Rob Quist in Montana — to victories of their own.

In one respect this is not that huge a surprise.  After all in 2014 the GOP had a spectacular year on the state level.

On the state level, the wave continued. State legislatures are also now controlled by Republicans.  That translates to 68 out of 98 legislative chambers according to Real Clear Politics, who also notes that 23 Gubernatorial offices are now held by Republicans in states where both houses are also under Republican control.

Politico noted that Republicans gained more than 300 seats in legislatures and controls legislatures in 29 states; the biggest gains since the 1920’s.

And in 2016 things, as Ballotpedia reports, things continued to improve

Republicans flipped 138 seats while Democrats flipped 95 seats. The Republican Party‘s share of seats in state legislatures increased by 43 seats across the country. Republicans controlled 4,161 (56.4 percent) of the 7,383 legislative seats heading into the election.

In 2010 and 2014, Republicans won hundreds of formerly Democratic-held state legislative seats across the United States. These past successes put them at a relatively greater partisan risk in 2016, since the GOP held a higher percentage of the seats up for election than Democrats. However, Republicans were able to maintain and increase their advantage in state legislative chambers nationwide.

Given the extreme gains for the GOP it would be quite a shock if there wasn’t some recovery for Dems and that McClatchy Story suggests the Democrats are investing in those local races to try to make it happen.

Democrats have vowed to pay more attention to state legislative races after losing hundreds of those seats during President Obama’s tenure. There are signs the party is doing just that six months into Trump’s presidency: The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a high-profile group with the support of former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder, raised more than $10 million in the second fundraising quarter.

So given these facts and the latest polls showing Trump at 39% can someone tell me why in April Nancy Pelosi was talking like this:(emphasis mine)

Addressing the 2018 midterm elections, Pelosi revealed that Democrats are considering an expansive offensive in Texas, including a possible challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who represents Sugar Land. The diversifying Houston suburb is the same region former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay represented during his reign at the U.S. Capitol, and Trump carried that district by eight points.

Earlier this year, Democrats announced they were considering mounting serious challenges to Republican U.S. Reps. Pete Sessions of Dallas and John Culberson of Houston, in addition to their typical target — the West Texas district of Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd.

An audience member asked Pelosi if the party intended to go after any Republicans in seats that are overwhelmingly conservative. Pelosi said no; House Democrats would spend their money only on seats they believe they can win, she said.

She said that would “absolutely” be enough for Democrats to win the gavel in 2018.

But Sunday, even after the GOP fell on it’s face over Obamacare and the White House was playing musical staff Nancy Pelosi is reportedly saying stuff like this

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday it was “unimportant” for Democrats to win back a majority in the lower chamber in the mid-term elections, The Hill reported.

“That’s so unimportant. What is important is that we have the lively debate on a better deal,” Pelosi told Fox News host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” when asked about the chances Democrats had to win back the House in 2018.

What does that tell you?  It tells me that no matter how bad things look for the GOP the American people have decided that the Democrats are worse.

However JJ Sefton at Ace’s place finds the bright side for the left:

Considering the masks coming off at the moment of truth for Obamacare Repeal, I would not want to wager that the GOP-led legislature will do anything different when it comes to this equally crucial issue. Yup, I’m calling it now: there will be no tax reform. Two reasons, 1) anything that denudes power, influence and lucre from DC will be opposed tooth and nail and 2) they hate Donald Trump so it’s automatic that they will oppose it.

Hence, Nancy Pelosi saying it’s not important for Dems to win the 2018 Midterms is not necessarily a botox-leaking-into-the-cerbral-cortex-induced comment , especially when you have Republicans like McCain, Collins, Murkowski and most of the rest, including of course the leadership.

Of course that won’t stop the bleeding at the state level including the apparently unnewsworthy defection a sitting governor, which our friends on the left consider no big loss.

Those ignorant West Virginia grapes were sour anyways


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This guy, H.R. McMaster, the National Security Adviser, is an islamocoddling anti-Trump leftist sympathizer, at the very least, who is a deep state enabler, backstabber, and a leaker. He is disloyal as well as possibly treasonous. He has got to go! McNasty apparently opposes everything President Donald Trump stands for in areas of national security and foreign policy, favors Obama holdovers getting preferential treatment within the federal government, is openly hostile to anyone he has authority over who supports our duly elected President, and is in favor of suicidal politically correct idiocy over honest assessment and discussion of the very real problems we face with islamic supremacism and islamic terrorism. Why does he still have a job?

Some recent news items that are probably not being covered the “news” media:

Why did Trump’s National Security Advisor, HR McMaster, allow Susan Rice to keep her top-secret security clearance long after Obama was out of office?

Almost one month after it was disclosed that former President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice was unmasking members of President Trump’s team and other Americans, Trump’s own national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, sent an official letter giving her unfettered and continuing access to classified information and waiving her “need-to-know” requirement on anything she viewed or received during her tenure, Circa has confirmed.  MORE

You may remember Susan Rice from all those Sunday talk shows she did after the islamic terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, you know, how she got on teevee and lied her butt off, blaming a video for the attack that killed four Americans when the video had nothing to do with it (but the guy who made the video that mocked the pedophile “prophet” mohammed by portraying him in a historically correct but kind of hilarious manner ended up in jail – just as Hillary promised he would), which then prompted Obama to go out and lecture us about how there is no future for people who do not respect islam and its mass murdering pedophile “prophet”. Yeah, I know, good times, right? Why in the world would anyone in the Trump administration want this vile creature to have unfettered access to security information? What purpose does that serve?

BUSTED! National Security sources confirm that HR McMaster and his Deputy are the one who have been leaking negative information about Trump to the media

Two separate National Security Council sources have confirmed that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina HABIB Powell have been leaking negative material about President Trump to their allies in the anti-Trump media.   MORE

Wasn’t Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, just going on today about doing something about those danged leaks? Firing McNasty would be a fine start! Of course Sessions hasn’t exactly been a stellar Trump employee either, and in my humble opinion, Rudy Giuliani would be a much better man for the job.

MCMASTER OUSTS TRUMP ADVISER WHO TRIED TO FIRE OBAMA HOLDOVERS

Derek Harvey was the key figure when it came to the Middle East. He was against the Iran Deal and the funding of Palestinian Authority terror. He called out Islamic Jihad. He tried to force out the Obama holdovers running our foreign policy.

And now he’s gone.

McMaster’s purge at the NSC continues. Flynn’s people get forced out and replaced with establishment zombies. The Obama holdovers continue to run foreign policy. The swamp is now in full control of the NSC.

This one is a really big win for McMaster. And a great loss for America. It will set back our ability to fight Islamic terrorism. Iran, Al Qaeda and the Palestinian Authority are celebrating today.

President Trump can reverse his decision. Just as he overruled McMaster’s bid to replace Ezra Watnick-Cohen, the guy who outed the Obama spying on Trump’s people, with the woman who drafted the Benghazi talking points. Not to mention Mattis’ plan to bring in Hillary’s Secretary of Defense and the Muslim Broptherhood’s favorite woman.

But Mattis and McMaster have forced out Derek Harvey. And it’s up to President Trump to act.    RTWT

But wait, there’s MORE!

#FireMcMaster: Rich Higgins Sacked For Exposing The ‘Red Green Axis’

Rich Higgins served as a Director for Strategic Planning for the White House National Security Council before he was fired on July 21st by Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster. Higgins’ crime was exposing the marriage between the radical left and their Muslim Brotherhood allies (sometimes described as the “Red-Green Axis”) and their deep, ongoing influence in the federal government.    MORE & Video HERE

MCMASTER’S NSC COUP AGAINST TRUMP PURGES CRITICS OF ISLAM AND OBAMA

Derek Harvey was a man who saw things coming. He had warned of Al Qaeda when most chose to ignore it. He had seen the Sunni insurgency rising when most chose to deny it.

The former Army colonel had made his reputation by learning the lay of the land. In Iraq that meant sleeping on mud floors and digging into documents to figure out where the threat was coming from.

It was hard to imagine anyone better qualified to serve as President Trump’s top Middle East adviser at the National Security Council than a man who had been on the ground in Iraq and who had seen it all.

Just like in Iraq, Harvey began digging at the NSC. He came up with a list of Obama holdovers who were leaking to the press. McMaster, the new head of the NSC, refused to fire any of them.

McMaster had a different list of people he wanted to fire. It was easy to make the list. Harvey was on it.

All you had to do was name Islamic terrorism as the problem and oppose the Iran Deal. If you came in with Flynn, you would be out. If you were loyal to Trump, your days were numbered.

And if you warned about Obama holdovers undermining the new administration, you were a target.

One of McMaster’s first acts at the NSC was to ban any mention of “Obama holdovers.” Not only did the McMaster coup purge Harvey, who had assembled the holdover list, but his biggest target was Ezra Watnick-Cohen, who had exposed the eavesdropping on Trump officials by Obama personnel.

Ezra Watnick-Cohen had provided proof of the Obama surveillance to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. McMaster, however, was desperately working to fire him and replace him with Linda Weissgold. McMaster’s choice to replace Watnick-Cohen was the woman who helped draft the Benghazi talking points which blamed the Islamic terrorist attack on a video protest.

After protests by Bannon and Kushner, President Trump overruled McMaster. Watnick-Cohen stayed. For a while. Now Ezra Watnick-Cohen has been fired anyway.

According to the media, Watnick-Cohen was guilty of “anti-Muslim fervor” and “hardline views.” And there’s no room for anyone telling the truth about Islamic terrorism at McMaster’s NSC.

McMaster had even demanded that President Trump refrain from telling the truth about Islamic terrorism.

[…]

And the purge of reformers and original thinkers is only beginning.

The latest reports say that McMaster has a list of enemies who will be ousted from the NSC. And when that is done, the NSC will be a purely Obama-Bush operation. The consensus will be that the Iran Deal must stay, that Islam has nothing to do with Islamic terrorism, that we need to find ways to work with the aspirations of the Muslim Brotherhood, and that Israel must make concessions to terrorists.

If you loved the foreign policy that brought us 9/11, ISIS, and billions in funding to terrorists from Syria to Libya to the West Bank, you won’t be able to get enough of McMaster’s brand new NSC.

And neither will America’s enemies.

The swamp is overflowing. The National Security Council is becoming a national security threat.

THERE IS MUCH MORE HERE

McMaster needs to be fired, investigated, and prosecuted. President Donald Trump has more than enough people working to undermine him and his mission to restore sanity to our country and security its citizenry, he should not be putting up with this evil #resistance in his own cabinet.

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A few days ago reports of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake hits on Donald Trump were all over the media.

The Washington Post:

Trump is a ‘crony capitalist,’ says GOP Senator Flake

CNN:

In Arizona, it’s Flake vs. Trump in a test of the GOP’s allegiances

Politico:

Flake makes waves with Trump takedown

As you might guess said attacks drew approval from the MSM as he declared:

Here’s Trump nemesis and nationalist scourge Jeff Flake telling Jake Tapper yesterday about his criticism of the president, “Some things are more important than a political career.”

It’s a good thing he feels that way because via the Hill we can see the fruits of his efforts:

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has a job approval rating of only 18 percent in Arizona, according to a new poll.

A survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling finds 62 percent of Arizona voters disapprove of the job the senator is doing. Another 19 percent are not sure.

If the 2018 midterm election were held today, just 31 percent of respondents said they would support Flake’s bid, compared to 47 percent who said they would support a generic Democratic opponent, according to the poll.

Democrats being democrats are of course spinning this as a result of not voting with John McCain to retain Obamacare but this simply illustrates a reality that for some reason establishment GOP members have not grasped.

If you are a republican who will attack republicans in general and a republican president in particular, the Democrat left will complement you, the Democrat media will interview you, the Democrat pundits will highlight you, and Democrat members of congress will call you “courageous” and “bipartisan”.

But there are two things they will never do.

They will never endorse you, and they will never vote for you.

And no matter how much you claim to be the true voice dedicated to advancing conservatism, alienating part of the GOP base so that Democrats win won’t get it done.


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As I reported from CPAC the GOP activist class has two big things that they have their hearts set on when it comes to the Trump’s Administration, The repeal of Obamacare and the building of the wall.

As we all know the US senate in general and John McCain in particular have thrown a monkey wrench into the first (although I still have hopes that we will see something come of it) but there is good news on the 2nd.

Though Homeland Security announced the move Tuesday morning, the full waiver wasn’t to be available until later in the day.

The waiver comes as Customs and Border Protection, one of Homeland Security’s agencies, is preparing to name finalists to build prototypes of Mr. Trump’s new border wall. Designs will be built in San Diego, then subjected to testing.

Contracting documents said the agency was hoping for designs that could reach 50 feet in height, and could withstand breaching attempts for up to four hours.

To be sure this is only the first in a series of moves that are going to be necessary and the left will no doubt go wild at each one of said steps but as long as President Trump can change the entire media landscape with a single tweet, I suspect the wall will continue to proceed and the left will be in no position to stop him.

Update:  Don Surber tells of other things the Trump administration is achieving while nobody is looking. 

Update 2:  Missed a link, fixed


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Let’s take a look at the competence and morality of some of our past presidents.

Jimmy Carter was the epitome of incompetence. As a young reporter for Newsweek, I was assigned almost weekly to the “Jimmy f***-up stories.” They were many and varied, particularly his economic program that lead to double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates and double-digit increases in the price of gasoline.

The Iran crisis demonstrated his ineptitude and held the entire country hostage for 444 days.

Lyndon Johnson was the worst president in my lifetime—a president whose policies still hold an iron grip on many American cities.

In domestic policy, Johnson shackled many through the War on Poverty. Just think how many people remain tied to the government trough by these ill-conceived programs. Moreover, we have LBJ to thank for the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which created the poor system Trump faces today. The Voting Rights Act may have had noble intentions, but it has lead to the inability to ask voters for identification during elections.

Then there’s Vietnam. LBJ managed to mismanage the war so badly that the United States had its tail between its legs for nearly two decades until the First Gulf War in 1990-91.

JFK brought his tarts into the White House, but Bill Clinton had sex in the Oval Office. I have to thank Clinton, however, because his reckless acts made me rethink my political orientation.

For many years, I embraced the liberal policies backed by baby boomers like me. I even voted for George McGovern in 1972! As a journalist and an academic, I had to go along and get along with the liberal point of view. Otherwise, I would have been shamed for my stances and lost my job. In fact, I did lose one academic job because of my conservative views.

Simply put, I could not bide the disgrace that Clinton brought to the office. If someone had such little regard for the presidency, I could not support him or his party, which supported him through impeachment.

It started me down a path of evaluating my political views. I found that I was a conservative on both economic and social policies.

Sure, Nixon had Watergate; Reagan had Iran-Contra, and Bush 43 failed to clean up Iraq. But Nixon brought China into the international fold, Reagan crushed the Soviet Union, and Bush 43 brought us together for a while after 9/11. Ironically, Bush 41, who brought victory during the First Gulf War, may have been the best president during my lifetime despite his read-my-lips gaffe.

For those who criticize the Trump administration and for those who have forgotten their history, I hope this trip down memory lane might be a useful review.

Certainly, President Trump has made mistakes. But my shorthand response to critics of Trump goes like this: unemployment and debt are down; stocks are up; and Neil Gorsuch is on the bench, with more to come. To me, that’s an awfully good start!

With the replacement of Renice Priebus we are seeing all of the “Trump in disarray” “Trump is doomed”, “Trump is a failure” memes trotted out again complemented by another set of poor arguments forecasting disaster. Most of the critiques are spurious but there is at least one that has basis in fact.

Of all the critiques of President Donald Trump that have come from the lips of the media there is one that is completely accurate, his polling numbers are less than one might desire in a president.  In fact if you look at the Real clear politics average of polling you will find that since the day he announced his candidacy to this moment Donald Trump has not had a single day when his favorable rating exceeded his unfavorable rating.  In fact he has not had a single day when his average favorable rating hit 45%.  Not one!

And if his personal ratings are bad his job approval ratings are even worse with a 14 point gap as of this writing and numbers that hit 46% one day of his presidency (Feb 4th 2017).

Given these polling figures augmented by “expert” pundits amplifying them, this special election cycle President Trump’s foes, like a gambling man seeing a run of cards he likes, bet millions these numbers meant the smart money was on defeat for this president and the party he leads.

Yet in every special election when polling numbers are replaced by actual voting numbers we have seen the President’s party prevail.  From Montana to Georgia and beyond, Trump keeps winning in defiance of what these poll numbers say.

The question is why? Is he beating the odds or are the polls wrong?

It would be no shock if the polls are suspect. Given the constant drumbeat of the press against Trump it would not be unwise to question the poll results they offer.

I think however there is something more than that going on and it comes down to two things we have seen from Donald Trump.

Firstly while he and his job approval numbers have been dismal the things the policies he supports are actually popular.  For example, his temporary travel ban while excoriated by the media in a poll at Politico hit 60% meanwhile Obamacare which he opposes, while enjoying its first ever surge of popularity since it was passed has never once hit 50% approval.

But what I really think has been the difference is Trump himself is a doer rather than a talker.  All his life President Trump, while famous for his showmanship has been a doer, a builder, a person who knows how to get things done.  You may not like him on a personal level, you may not approve of his tweets, but he’s all about doing things and it’s in the nature of things for people to go with doers.

Or to put in another way, when you need a set of breaks for your car your first criteria isn’t:  Is this mechanic likable?  , If you need a plumber to fix your toilet you don’t worry:  Does this plumber tweet the wrong things?   If you need minor surgery the #1 criteria to pick your surgeon isn’t:  Is this doctor “woke” to the media’s culturally approved gender norms?

No, what people want is a mechanic who knows how to fix breaks, a plumber who knows how to fix toilets and a surgeon who knows how to repair that hernia because if said mechanic, plumber or surgeon can’t do those things nothing else matters.

This is the real secret of the success of Donald Trump in the White House.  The polls can say what they want and the pundits can complain loudly, but as long as he gets laws passed, keeps getting judges approved, keeps American energy flowing and the economy booming, builds up the military and protects us from terror when it comes time for the American people to vote the smart money will be on him, Particularly as the Obamacare debacle demonstrates DC insiders seem determined to take credit for any failures that might take place

Many things about the presidency of Donald Trump defy the normal conventional wisdom concerning elected officials and politics. His relationship with the media, his public tweets, his extensive business dealings all over the world and of course his dynamic personality are all things that can and have thrown professional prognosticator for a loop when deciding exactly where he stands or what direction he will go on an issue.

A great practical example of this dynamic is the issue of online gambling.

To both the causal gambler who occasionally enjoys the occasional casino visit or likes a hand of online blackjack or the serious player who hopes to hone his poker skills online to become the next Scott Blumstein, the administration’s decision on online gambling might be of casual interest.

But for a professional pundit, congress watcher or lobbyist knowing where an administration is going directly affects their livelihood.

This would be an easier call in the old days with a regular pol.  In a normal situation one would expect that a pol who had heavy backing from supporters like Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate would reflexively oppose online gambling in deference to such a big donor who has made restricting it his cause with some success. Likewise as the winds of opinion begin to shift on sports betting you would expect to see a politician’s ear very close to the shifting ground to keep the various sports leagues, a large potential source of campaign revenue happy.

In such a situation the professional pundit, congress watcher, much like an experienced gambler, could confidently predict the chances of any such legislation passing and a lobbyist for either side of these issues would be able to inform their clients where an if their efforts should be concentrated to make their goals.

In a Trump administration it’s a little more tricky.

First of all there is President Trump’s own vast wealth and name recognition. The combination of millions of his own dollars available to invest in his campaign with a name and a persona that was already well known to the public not only is his dependency on individual big donors considerably smaller, but his relationships with such men, as they previously existed, means he approaches them as an equal rather than a supplicant. Furthermore he won his first election despite being outspent both in the primaries and in the general election

Second of all there is his own history and experience with the gaming industry. Starting with no experience but understanding that a casino with a hotel can produce more profit than even the grandest lodgings without one, he studied the industry when he was ready dived in making a name for himself in the industry even being named to the World Gaming Congress Hall of Fame. This gives him a perspective on the issue that most pols would not have.

Finally added to this is the politics of the matter, according to a recent Washington Post report two allies that President Trump has clashed with in his first six months have made contrary moves. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to reexamine the rulings authorizing online gaming while Governor Christie on behalf of his state which has benefited from such gaming publicly urging the president to avoid such a ban. (It certainly doesn’t hurt the timing of Christie’s argument that Poker’s newest champion World Champion Scott Blumstein credits his experience in online casinos for his victory.)

For us amateurs this uncertainly of the President’s position is a source of mild amusement no different than playing a few dollars on the slots of an online casino, a bit of fun, maybe some profit but not life and death.

But for the political class seeking power and lobbyists with millions at stake for themselves and their clients, the inability to predict with certainty where President Trump stands on online gambling or any issue is a spin of the wheel that they wish they could avoid and is one of the reasons why they long for the days of business as usual.

by baldilocks

Yesterday at Hot Air, John Sexton posted a piece about a radio station’s cancellation of an appearance by public atheist Richard Dawkins. The station’s reason? They say they don’t support “hurtful/abusive speech” and are unwilling to give it a platform. Hurtful/abusive speech, in this case, is code for speech critical of Islam, which Dawkins has been offering of late.

His response to the cancellation:

I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?

I think we all know the answer to Dawkins’ rhetorical questions but this is a much more complicated situation than mere fear on the part of the broadcasters in question.

Sexton and others have referred to the radio station—KPFA—as a ‘Berkeley station.’ But that isn’t quite an accurate description of the station’s foundational aspects. Yes, it has always been located in Berkeley, but it isn’t a stand-alone station. It’s part of the Pacifica Foundation created in 1949 by pacifist Lewis Hill and is part of the foundation’s radio network.

Stations included in the network are KPFA, KPFB in San Francisco, KPFK in Los Angeles, WPFW in Washington D.C., WBAI in New York City, and KPFT in Houston. There are also dozens of affiliate and affiliate translator stations.

In short, Pacifica’s KPFA is the flagship of a fairly old progressive institution.

(Personal note: in the nineties, when I was a community college student, one of my professors advised us to listen to KPFK in order to hone our critical thinking skills. I took that advice and listened for years afterward. The professor’s advice was very useful, but probably not in the way that he intended. Listening to KPFK helped me discover that I was not a Leftist.)

Pacifica’s stations bill themselves as independently-operated by local broadcasters and as listener-sponsored. Both are true, but that last part is only half-true. These stations receive grants from sources like the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, George Soros’ Open Society Institute and…the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. From the latter’s website:

CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.

CPB is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting and the largest single source of funding for public radio, television, and related online and mobile services.

CPB’s mission is to ensure universal access to non-commercial, high-quality content and telecommunications services. It does so by distributing more than 70% of its funding to nearly 1,500 locally owned public radio and television stations.

Emphasis mine.

(From what I recall of KPFK’s fund drives, the size of the grants depend on the size of the haul each station takes in during its fund drives.)

In other words, Pacifica stations are funded by voluntary donations from supporters, big-time left-leaning, one worlder foundations, and involuntary “donations” from American taxpayers – none of which has prevented the overarching Pacifica Foundation from having financial and personnel drama throughout its existence, but there you go.

Back to the Dawkins controversy: it’s clear why his appearance was cancelled. Oh, sure, Pacifica is afraid of getting blown up, but it’s more than that. Islam is the new Darling of the Left;  all the old flames: blacks, Spanish-speakers, women, homosexuals…and atheists…have been kicked to the curb and the new Darling must be protected at all costs.

And, to, once again, step out on the predict-the-future limb, the Organized Left is preparing for the day when Christ’s earthly Church here in America will be under the type of persecution similar to that of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.

The Organized Left is merely picking a side, once again.

And, kudos to Dawkins for his lack of hypocrisy and for his bravery.

(Thanks to Ace of Spades HQ)

FORGOT TO ADD THIS:  Here’s a very interesting link about the life of Lewis Hill and the upbringing of his baby, Pacifica.

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UPDATE DTG: This story dovetales perfectly with a series of posts of mine from which concludes The common thread of the left is the destruction of Judeo Christian culture, standards belief and If you start from that position it all makes perfect sense.

Update 2: Instalance Thanks Glenn, well done Juliette


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All this week at DaTechGuyblog while I’ve been in Chicago covering the Catholic Marketing Network and promoting my book our writers have been evaluating the Presidency of Donald Trump at the Six Month Mark. This is because I made an optional request to my writers to do so this week a while back.

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One writer (Christopher Harper) sent me answers to the Questions I posed rather than a post which I’ll leave here in full to show up what I had been looking for My questions are in bold:

How you think he’s done vs how you expected him to do

President Trump has made good on most of his promises, including immigration and the U.S. Supreme Court, which was my main reason to vote for him. I hope he gets two or three more appointments.

Your biggest disappointment

The slow pace of judicial and executive branch appointments

Your biggest cheer

Taking on the media

What you’d like to see

A new tax policy

What you expect to see

A new tax policy

What you think GOP prospects are after six months

It’s too soon to tell. The midterms are a long way off. But the Democrats are engaged in such self-destruction, I see the prospects getting better.

Current Dem prospects after six months (presuming that the current hysteria hasn’t lead them to mass suicide by then)

The Trump administration may have made some errors, but the Dems are a disaster.

So what are my answers to my questions? Where did I expect him to be?

I expected him to be farther along in terms of appointments and policies, a big part of this failure is due to the 24/7 continual opposition where no honeymoon period is allowed which I hadn’t (but perhaps should have) expected, part of it is due to his settling into the office and learning the ropes, but a huge chunk of it in my opinion is the GOP majorities which neither prepared for his victory nor in many cases wanted the responsibilities that such a victory brought with them.

What’s my biggest disappointment? I’ve had several but you will be surprised to learn that my biggest was the failure to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem on day 1. I understand the plan to offer the carrot first but my thought was do it right away and lay down the marker to the Arabs saying: This is how things are.

As for my biggest cheer while I also love his fights with the media for me it was a specific moment when asked about the so called “woman’s” march during an interview with Jonathan Karl he brought up the right to life march and the media’s failure to cover it. This forced the MSM to cover the event properly for the first time ever. I’ll never forget it.

What would I like to see? I’d like to see the wall started and colleges, cities and even states that provide “sanctuary” status defunded along with planned parenthood of course, as for what I expect I suspect it will eventually involve a deal that includes or effects the wall the same with Planned Parenthood. It all will depend how afraid members of the GOP caucus are afraid of Pro-Trump primary opponent

As far as GOP prospects that will really depend on if they get behind the program, even at the start of the Tea Party Movement the GOP wasn’t trusted and they have done little or nothing to earn said trust. If we don’t see Obamacare repealed and the wall at least started the effect on the base turnout will be painful. Some Pro-Trump primary opponents might have a good effect but I’d not be surprised to see establishment folks work against them in a General. If GOP cowardice prevents the wall, saves Obamacare and defends planned parenthood. there will be only one thing that saves the GOP….

…and that the fact that Current Democrat Prospects are even worse you still have the Bernie Hillary divide and narrative of Senator Harris as the great liberal savior won’t mean squat in the midterms. In fact the only reason Democrat failure, division and the party’s money gap won’t consign them to the ash heap of history is the alternative choice to Democrat crazies are Republican cowards.

The smartest thing the GOP can do is get out there and define Senator Harris. I’d link her to every outrageous act the party does and to every unpopular thing they support from illegal immigration to coddling Iran and Islamic Terror. This must be done NOW.

The good news is I trust President Trump to be smart enough to adapt and will recognize these problems and act.  The bad news is I can’t say the same for the GOP caucus.


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by baldilocks

I get bashed occasionally for being a conspiracy theorist, though it occurs to me that this is what prosecutors are. Is conspiracy theorizing without a license a crime?

Anyway, as I read the following, a long-term personal conspiracy theory came to the fore.

…Senate Republicans, while performing very admirably in replacing Justice Scalia with Justice Gorsuch, have had their pockets picked with the courts of appeals.

Federal courts of appeals decide over 60,000 cases a year while the Supreme Court decides only 80.  We could have a Supreme Court of nine Justices Gorsuch and still lose 59,020 cases a year.  That is a pretty bad situation for Republicans in the judiciary.  Moreover, the current imbalance has occurred almost entirely because of the bad-faith dealing of Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has outwitted Republicans at every turn. (…)

President Obama was elected in 2008, and he also appointed two Supreme Court justices.  He appointed 55 judges to the federal Courts of Appeals and 268 to the federal District Courts.  Senate Republicans filibustered some of Obama’s judicial nominees, and as a result the Democrats, who controlled the Senate in 2013 abolished the filibuster of lower court judges and of executive branch nominees.  Obama proceeded to appoint very ideological left wing judges to the Courts of Appeals where they were ineffectually opposed by the Republican Souter-O’Connor-Kennedy judges who Senate Democrats had “allowed” to get 60 votes during the George W. Bush presidency.

The author of this op-ed terms this state of affairs as “outrageous” and “theft.” Outrageous it may be, but theft? If someone gives you an item, you haven’t stolen it.

I’m of the opinion – the conspiracy theory, if you will — that almost all politicians above dog-catcher are tainted in some manner and vote according to the measure of unseen influencers who hold something over their heads. Party matters not.

More than once, people have asked me to run for office. The first time I was asked — by a local friend who I trust — I almost took the bait. But the more I observed about the political behavior of both party’s adherents on all levels, the louder my internal warning bells clanged. “Don’t connect to the matrix,” said you-know-Who.

Conservatives haves referred to the GOP as the Stupid Party, but I don’t think most of them are stupid. They do believe that most of us are, however. That’s why many of them pretend to believe what conservatives believe, but do what they want after winning office. “What they want” often being nothing.

Maybe they’re right.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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