Batman: No Joker, you’re playing the wrong game, the old game. Tonight you’re taking no hostages. Tonight I’m taking no prisoners.

Batman The Dark Knight #3 1986

When the history of Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation is written the single most critical sentence of the story will be the answer that Donald Trump gave to a reporter who asked if his name should be withdrawn after the last minute allegations brought up against him.

What a Ridiculous Question!

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That answer encapsulates the difference between Donald Trump and the regular Washington Insiders.

The regular Washington insiders fear the media, fear the press and fear the left, they would have hedged, they would have been cautious and if a republican like say Mitt Romney was in the White House and reacted that way the Senate would likely have followed their lead in doing so played the game on the left’s terms.

Not President Donald Trump.

President Trump doesn’t fear the media and delights in keeping them on the defensive and because he leads from the front, Senate Republicans do not see the need to run in fear and thus the Democrat’s big bluff is going nowhere.

In fact it’s very likely that this will turn into yet another fiasco for the left as it will not only energize the right two months before an election where the GOP needs them to turn out but given the reactions we’ve seen it might even scare some moderates into thinking that they just might not want the type of people willing to do this kind of thing in power.  In fact we might already have seen the first sign of this:

Voters elected political newcomer Pete Flores to the Texas Senate on Tuesday, flipping a Democratic district red for the first time in 139 years and bolstering Republicans’ supermajority in the chamber ahead of the November elections.

A retired game warden, Flores defeated former state and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego for the Senate District 19 seat after receiving backing from some of the state’s most prominent politicians, including Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and U.S. Sens John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

Hillary won this district by 12 points and the last time a Republican held it was during the Hays Administration Yet in a year when the Democrats are convinced that they will take a US senate seat in Texas from Ted Cruz then can’t hold a seat they’ve held since reconstruction?

Don’t tell me this Kavanaugh business had nothing to do with the result.

Like on DACA the Democrats are playing the old game and they are going to discover that the old rules of fear and intimidation just don’t work against this administration.

And I suspect that they are going to have a nasty surprise come November.

I can’t wait.

Closing thought, remember the only reason the Media can’t push their Kavanaugh message is because Trump has neutered them.  I submit and suggest Without his war on the media the Kavanaugh nomination would be toast.

Yesterday was 9/11 again and my opinion on hit hasn’t changed.

 

The days we need to be remembering are the fall of Saddam (April 9th); the fall of the Taliban government in Afghanistan and Tora Bora (Dec 17th); and the death of Bin Laden (May 2nd). We should hold those days high, and make sure that not only do we remember and celebrate those days—but those we defeated remember it as well. Those days should be celebrated just as we did with VE and VJ Days, right up until the greatest generation was replaced by the baby boomers, and those World War II landmarks began to fade from memory.

When the war is won, then perhaps things will be different—but as long as we are still fighting, a somber remembrance is the wrong thing to do.

So while the rest of the country puts on their sackcloth for 24 hours, I will respectfully pass on that. Instead, I will pop a cork to the passengers of Flight 93 for producing the first in many U.S. victories during the War on Terror and toast the troops who continue to win one of the toughest wars our country has ever fought.

 

They’ve be time to mourn when our enemies are dead.


Glenn Reynolds made this prediction on 9/11

 

VIRGINIA IS MAD. So am I. Hell, so is everyone. And the TV footage of jubilant Palestinians just proves what I’ve always suspected — they just don’t get it. They’ll learn. Oh, how they’ll learn. Even if it turns out that this was done by the Chinese, or disaffected high school students, their jubilation will be long remembered. The American role as “mediator” in the Middle East is over. Since — though they don’t realize it — that’s the only thing that has kept the Palestinians in the game since 1991, their future is likely to be grim, now.

 

Alas neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama saw fit to teach that lesson then along came Donald Trump…

President Trump appears to have undertaken a revolution in Middle Eastern diplomacy. Reportedly, the United States will eliminate refugee status for the descendants of Palestinian refugees of 1948, the only group of people anywhere in the world to inherit refugee status. The U.S. also reportedly will eliminate funding for UNRWA, the only UN agency dedicated to a single group of refugees, namely the Palestinian Arabs. . . .

This should have been done Sept 12th 2001. Who knew that it would take Donald Trump to see the Palestinians for what they are.


speaking about Trump and 9/11 this cartoon

and this op-ed

“Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could.”

are getting a lot of critique but you have to remember something. 9/11 was just a bunch of terrorists murdering Americans, Trump put the power of the left and their allies in the deep state at risk, no naturally that’s more important to them.


Breitbart reports that 10 NFL players protested this week. I looked them all up, they have something in common. None of them are rookies.

At National Review Kyle Smith has a mostly good piece about how the Democrats have become the Kaepernick party.

Nike’s net approval rating plunged an astonishing 34 points last week, the kind of polling shift you wouldn’t expect to see unless Air Jordans were proven to cause ankle cancer. Keeping Kaepernick front and center in the national discourse is a bad move for a sneaker company, a bad move for the pundits and activists who cheered it, and a bad move for any Democratic office-seeker. If voters get it into their heads that this November 6 is about whether you should kneel or stand for the national anthem, it won’t work out well for Democrats in the short or long term.

I think every democrat running in a swing district needs to have Kapernick campaign with him and if they don’t it proves they are racists.


I do take issue with one remark of Smith’s piece at NRO

President Trump is a political genius in much the same way that Wile E. Coyote is a mechanical genius, but he has proven that he has some lizard-brain, WWE-tinged sense of how to push the public’s buttons.

If Trump is Wile E Coyote, then how come he keeps winning and his enemies plots all end like this:

I’d say it’s Trump that plays Road Runner to Nevertrumps Coyote.


Back to 9/11 a sec I found this old interview of me from 2011 done on 9/11/2011

The key line is this

“Barack Hussein Obama in the worst free agent signing and most expensive free agent signing in the history of the country and every Democrat in congress and every Senator in congress and every Democratic governor whether they show up on stage with him or not is on his team.”

If I was Donald Trump I’d play that message every single day till election day 2018 and maybe even till election 2020

(It’s amazing how much I’ve aged since then)


In that same video I predicted the Democrats would lose that election day.

I’m repeating that prediction today


As we all watch the cone of Hurricane Florence head toward the east coast we need to be thankful that we have a full week’s warning and plenty of time for people to get ready. Imagine what it must have been like for people 100 years ago when you might get a day or two’s warning at best or 150 years ago when there would have been no warning at all.

We don’t understand just how lucky we are sometimes.


Is it just me or does anyone else have an awful feeling that the media/left is watching with breathless anticipation for Hurricane Florence to hit in the hopes that in the wake of massive flooding massive destruction and devastation they can blame Trump for not moving fast enough to score points this election cycle?

There was a time when such a thought would never have entered my head.


Finally it’s been amazing to watch the media suddenly get all protective of the church now that the scandals threaten Bishops, Cardinals and Pope that they perceive are on their side politically. It demonstrates abuse victims were merely a means to an end to the media/left enabling an attack on an institution who opposed them on abortion and gay marriage. But I’m not worried about the Church in the long run because it’s not the Bishops Cardinals or even Pope that will ensure the faith remains. it’s people like Lucy from California

Christ and Church are greater than any one Pope, Cardinal, Bishop, Scandal or even era. Those things all change, God does not.

Image Shealah Craighead Feb 2017

While I was busy watching the Red Sox close out the Braves with TWO of the most impressive comebacks I’ve ever seen in one game (and watched Drew Pomeranz likely pitch himself off the playoff roster) and driving to Irondale to conduct an interview at EWTN word leads out that the so-called Resistance isn’t just trying to destroy the Trump administration from the outside:

 In a striking anonymous broadside, a senior Trump administration official wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times on Wednesday claiming to be part of a group of people “working diligently from within” to impede President Donald Trump’s “worst inclinations” and ill-conceived parts of his agenda.

Trump said it was a “gutless editorial” and “really a disgrace,” and his press secretary called on the official to resign.

Trump later tweeted, “TREASON?” and in an extraordinary move demanded that if “the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”

As you might guess this story is producing more ink than the entire squid population of the known universe from speculation to who this person is , if this is a constitutional crisis, or treason, etc etc etc but everyone is missing what I believe to be the real significance of this revelation (assuming that it’s true of course) , and no it’s NOT that this proves the existence of the deep state although that is a significant development and a win for Trump.

The real significance of this revelation by the NYT of a mole with is this:

Consider the following, So far during his presidency Donald Trump has managed to:

Create a booming economy

Create a soaring stock market

Push through a record number of Conservative Judges

Win significant trade concessions favorable to the United States 

Promote the Pro-Life Cause

Open negotiations with in the Korean Peninsular that have the prospect of bringing actual peace

Decimate ISIS

Make the US energy independent

Cut regulations by the bucketful

Advance Tax Reform and relief

Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem

Cut funding to Palestinian Terrorists

Induce Nato allies to increase their defense payments

Bring manufacturing jobs back to the US

produce record employment for blacks and Hispanics

ALL WHILE AT THE SAME TIME (according to the NYT) A PERSON OR PERSONS UNKNOWN IN THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN SECRETLY WORKING TO UNDERMINE HIS EFFORTS.

Run that through your head for a second.

That Donald Trump has compiled the above record is an accomplishment any president would be proud of.

That Donald Trump has compiled the above record of accomplishment while practically the entire media, education, entertainment and elite political culture has spent every waking moment of the last 2 years trying to undermine him is incredible

That Donald Trump has compiled the above record of accomplishment while practically the entire media, education, entertainment and elite political culture has fought him AND if the NYT is accurate, Persons or Persons unknown working inside the administration have been actively trying to thwart him, then Donald Trump is undoubtedly the greatest and most successful occupant of the White House since day one period!

Or put it another way, if Trump has managed all this with at least one high level saboteur working against him can you imagine what he’d accomplish without a traitor in the house?

The NYT doesn’t realize it, but they are asserting that Donald Trump is the most accomplished occupant the White House has ever seen and I guess they’re right.


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Sheriff Bart: Oh, baby, you’re so talented… and they are so dumb.

Blazing Saddles 1974

Because I’m on vacation (it’s so odd to be somewhere an not waiting to interview someone or have to work) I’m not paying attention to things as closely as I might but I was rather shocked to see this headline at Hotair:

Reports: Trump Allies Furious About Shots Taken At Him During McCain’s Funeral, Want Him To Respond

This headline seemed completely counterintuitive to me and in the Hotair article Allahpundit said exactly what I was thinking:

Trump is better off shrugging off the jabs and declining to return them. He won. He has nothing left to prove. Meghan’s shots at him weren’t taken from a position of strength, like when Obama goofed on him to his face at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner while official Washington laughed. They were taken from a position of weakness, in a moment of grief both for her dad and for the sort of political sensibility he represented, which is now also passing from the scene. That may explain why Ivanka and Jared felt comfortable showing up. They weren’t outnumbered. It was everyone else in the room who’s outnumbered.

Or put simply the worst thing Trump could do is counterattack here since it would change the narrative to one that favors his political victory to one that does not.

As this was very obvious to me I went to the Politico article that it linked to read it for myself and I kept waiting for quotes from Trump allies demanding that he go online and respond.

I saw this:

As Washington mourned McCain, Trump’s people grew angry. Some even hoped for — but didn’t get — a blistering tweet from the president. And they privately chastised Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, for attending the senator’s memorial service.

“@realDonaldTrump ran for @POTUS ONE time and WON,” tweeted Katrina Pierson, an adviser to Trump’s campaign. “Some people will never recover from that.”

and I saw this

His friends and allies fumed. Trump had endured a week of criticism for his handling of McCain’s death, but the eulogy from the late senator’s daughter Meghan was the last straw, according to three people close to the White House.

But I looked high and low and I didn’t see anyone advocating Trump going on the attack against his own interest nor did Politico name such a person and that’s when I figured it out.

The people upset that Trump didn’t attack aren’t Trump’s “Allies”, it’s Politico and Trump’s enemies.

I surmise that the #nevertrump left completely expected a Trump counterattack and actually felt freer about attacking him because they were sure they would be able to pivot any outrage to any counter attack that the President would make.

But Trump so far has been too smart to attack a woman upset at her father’s death and unless that changes it’s very likely that #mccainstone will be to #nevertrump in 2018 what Wellstone was to the Democrats in 2002.

I submit and suggest that Politico was trying to either trick Trump into changing his mind about responding or if that doesn’t work to try and create a new narrative with supporters of Trump being the villain that Trump refuses to be.

In other words, this entire story is fake news.

However this tweet is not

Apparently plan C for the left will be to normalize funerals as political events.  I’m sure this will play well with voters in swing states in 2018

How on earth does President Trump manage to get such stupid foes?



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Last Night Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union came up from DC to join the Nashua Republican City Committee for their 2018 “Steak Out” the 25th anniversary of their event.

As you might expect a lot of familiar faces are here, old friend Fred Doucette who saw Donald Trump coming before everyone else and was co chair of his 2016 NH campaign spoke to me again.

Also present was NH-2 Candidate Stewart Levanson who spoke to the crowd

Rep Steve Negron another candidate for congress in NH 2 ( who I interviewed here) had a pair of tables at the event. He also spoke to the crowd

and spoke to me after the speeches

had a pair of tables to Gov Sununu’s one.

And of course NO NH political event would be legal without Granite Grok crew who were not only present but were streaming the event live.

In terms of races there are some twists the Governor’s race Gov Sununu is considered pretty safe by, Real Clear Politics and given the strong economy he should be, although there is word that some grass roots folks are still upset about the Transgender bill he signed and angering the base is what cost Scott Brown a seat back in 2014. The Governor had a table but did not attend

In contrast New Hampshire’s entire Congressional representation to congress is now filled with Democrats and while Real Clear Politics has no polling they give the edge for the Dems to keep both the open seat in NH-1 (ranking leans dem) and NH-2 which includes Nashua (Likely Dem) however the gives the left sent a pair of Democrats to congress for the last several years. However the Trump boom is a piece of the equation combined with the degree that Democrats have gone over the top in terms of words and deeds, in my opinion is the thing that is going to give the eventual nominee whether Negron, Levenson or any of the others not in attendance an edge that the media is missing.

But for that we will need unity which is the message that Matt Schlapp of CPAC fame preached to the crowd in his speech, he reminded those in attendance that that conservatives might make up a good chunk of the electorate but we’d need a few more to bring us over the top.

My Camera tends to die at 20 minutes so I had to stop and restart which cost about 6 seconds of the speech

I spoke to him after his speech:

It remains to be seen if the GOP will be able to take his advice and maintain the house, but I suspect that if they followed Donald Trump’s lead of doing what he promises rather than equivocating they’d have a much better chance.

Note as I said the good folks at Granite Grok live streamed the event (you can seem me in the picture as I sat at the foot of the state filming. They also interviewed Matt and I’ll include that interview either in an update to this post or as a stand alone when it’s available.


Mr. Schlapp was kind enough to remark on the hard work he’s seen me to at CPAC and I’m grateful for those words of appreciation for my work.

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The bank…is trying to kill me, but I will kill it!

Andrew Jackson

I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.

Isoroku Yamamoto

There has been a lot of pixels, Ink and TV time dedicated to the Conviction of Paul Manafort and the sudden decision of Michael Cohen to cop a plea in order to keep the dogs from the door, however there are two points that are getting very little play here.

The first is the both Cohen and Manifort have been around for a long while, in fact the authorities had looked a Manafort during the Obama years and decided he wasn’t worth going after even though the crimes he committed all appear to be from said era. Likewise the authorities seemingly had little or no interest in Mr. Cohen’s activity prior to election 2016.

The one difference, their association with Donald Trump and thanks to the foolish refusal of Jeff Sessions right at the start of his tenure the deep state has had the opportunity to go all in:

it is also perhaps irrelevant to the larger point: Rosenstein’s wife is connected in various ways to the Clintons, to Mueller, and to other figures involved in the “RussiaGate” investigation. Some observers have said it was never necessary for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from this investigation, and that appointing Mueller as Special Counsel, under the DOJ supervision of Rosenstein, was a trick to ensure that these pro-Clinton/anti-Trump operatives could have carte blanche to run their “Deep State” conspiracy to sabotage the Trump administration.

I suspect the dirty little secret is folks in DC in general and the FBI and in justice in particular know about dozens if not hundreds of Manaforts and Cohens who have been operating in DC and NY for years doing the very same things that these two men have been convicted of or pleaded out to, however as they were in the service of folks like the Clintons or the Obamas or any of the establishment bigwigs in either party they have and will continue to be allowed to function secure in the knowledge that as long as they serve the right masters rather than the wrong one they will be allowed to thrive.

If they succeed in “getting Trump” then the deep state will be able to function without fear. After all VP Mike Pence’s association with President Trump was almost incidental. Prior to being picked as VP he not only functioned within the deep state but showed a willingness to back down when confronted by the left (remember the religious protection law in Indiana cave?)

However they have forgotten one important thing, that Trump is not a regular pol so the normal standards that might drive others out of office don’t apply:

These voters knew who Trump was going in, they knew he was a thrice-married, Playmate dating, Howard Stern regular who had the morals of an alley cat. They were willing to look past all of that because of how institutions had failed their communities for three consecutive presidencies.

Right now the value of Trump to the Trump voter is he is all that stands between them and handing the keys to Washington back over to the people inside Washington. That’s it. He’s their only option. You’ve got to pick the insiders or him.

This is a fact, a fact so dangerous to the establishment that apparently Facebook is busy blocking this article by Salena Zito in the NY Post to keep it from being widely read.

Even worse for the deep state the people that Facebook is desperately trying to keep from spreading what Salena Zito is talking about understand that DC is full of unprosecuted Manaforts and Cohens and see this act for what is it, a warning to them, abandon Trump or you are next.

Its’ why the fall election is so critical, because if the left can win and impeach Trump, though they try to deny that’s the plan, then they’ll be in a position to use half of a full branch of government as a weapon, not just against Trump but against those crowds who support him.

But if they fail and the GOP keeps the house (and Trump is doing all he can to bring about that result) what then?

And that’s the 2nd thing that is being missed where the real danger to the DC establishment lies in these prosecutions it’s the probability of a Jacksonian Trump responding if they fail

What happens when a Billionaire with decades of knowledge what’s been going on (remember Trump has dealt with big city Democrats all his life) in DC and elsewhere decides to pay back the Democrats and the Deep State in the same coin going after protected operatives with the full force of the law untill they sing?

Does anyone seriously believe he wouldn’t?  Does anyone think that Trump the ultimate Jacksonian who was willing to go toe to toe with China, Europe, Nato, Germany, the only GOP leader who has been willing to fearlessly take on the media (without censoring them btw) would be afraid of striking back when the time is right and do so very loudly and very publicly?

If I was a Manafort or a Cohen of the left in DC I’d be really scared right now.

Like the pigs they are.

by baldilocks

Normally, I try to offer something that few other bloggers are talking about, but not this time.

I remain fascinated by the very existence of John Brennan, former director of the CIA, and his sense of entitlement to this country’s national security secrets. Even more riveting that his predecessors and peers obviously share this attitude.

You all do remember what I used to do for a living, right? Well, when I stopped doing it — in 1994 — my security clearance and access to information was revoked. Naturally.

And the same has been so for countless others who were granted access to classified information due to their jobs, but left their job positions for whatever reason.

But we were just worker bees. The recent screaming fit thrown by Brennan after President Trump revoked his access exposed that there are two sets of rules in the intelligence community: one for the lords and another for us serfs.

I suppose that I shouldn’t be shocked by it — especially after Hillary Clinton skated away from legal consequences for doing something that would have put me in jail — but I am.

The great thing about it all, however, is that President Trump’s

actions exposed this elite layer in the intelligence community to the world. When he announced his intent to yank Brennan’s clearance, Brennan and friends responded like Pavlov’s Dogs.

The list of former senior intelligence

The infamous James Clapper.

officials who signed the letter includes James Clapper, a former Director of National Intelligence, and seven CIA Directors including Robert Gates, William Webster, George Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta and David Petraeus.

There is more than one person on this list who I wouldn’t trust to walk my dog.

“As former senior intelligence officials, we feel compelled to respond in the wake of the ill-considered and unprecedented remarks and actions by the White House regarding the removal of John Brennan’s security clearances,” they wrote.

“We know John to be an enormously talented, capable, and patriotic individual who devoted his adult life to the service of this nation,” the letter continued.

“Insinuations and allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Brennan while in office are baseless,” it added.

Some of the officials who signed the letter noted that they may not side with Brennan’s comments or choose to go public with any comments, but “We all agree that the president’s action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances – and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech.

Emphasis mine. As if Brennan will need a security clearance to throw his next tantrum.

I don’t think that these IC elite puppets get that they and their ilk have been outed to the world, but I get it. And the great thing about it is that they did it to themselves by falling in line behind a POS like Brennan. I guess I expected them to be more circumspect about their privilege, being spooks and all.

Brennan must have something on all of them …

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…because stories like this:

NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem on Thursday night as the league began the first full week of its 2018 preseason.

Some players held their fists in the air, while others decided to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action.

Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, both of the Miami Dolphins, knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” ahead of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Herald reported.

Robert Quinn, a defensive end for the Dolphins, raised his fist. Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety, and De’Vante Bausby, a cornerback, also raised their fists prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

and this:

In Philadelphia, Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel Thursday during the anthem and headed to the team bench ahead of a game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Eagles captain Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the song.

“I just think it’s important to keep this conversation going, that we don’t let it get stagnant,” Jenkins said after the game, according to NFL.com. “You know, as we understand it, everybody’s kind of waiting to see what the league is going to do. … It’s just my personal decision to keep these things at the forefront.”

and this:

One Florida establishment won’t tolerate football players kneeling on the nation’s most public lawns anymore.

Curtis and Janet West, the owners of Beef O’Brady’s in Brooksville, Fla., cancelled the bar’s DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket subscription over NFL players protesting against police violence in minority communities and racial and economic inequality by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem prior to games, according to Tampa, Fla., television station WTVT. Players’ demonstrations offended the Wests, who explain in posters hung in their bar why patrons won’t be able to watch every NFL game there in 2018.

“Beef O’Brady’s will not be financially supporting the NFL this year due to their lack of compassion and gratitude for our American service members,” the poster reads, per WTVT. “Our National Anthem is one of the methods we as American citizens have always used to show our appreciation to all military service members, past or present, alive or dead. This tradition deserves respect and unfortunately, the NFL does not feel that same way. So, for this season, we will not be purchasing the NFL ticket. Perhaps, it will make a difference if it hits their wallets.”

Beef O’Brady’s will save around $5,200 without the NFL Sunday Ticket. The Wests will invest those savings in a new promotion: offering military veterans 40 percent off food on Sundays during the NFL season.

and especially this:

That’s why it was surprising when Brown spoke out against current NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to social issues such as racial inequality.

Jim Brown: ‘I’ll never kneel’

Brown, known as one of the most prominent activist/athletes of his era (and probably all eras), said he would never kneel for the national anthem, according to Tom Withers of the Associated Press.

“I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag,” Brown told Withers before the HBO premiere of “Hard Knocks” that features the Browns. 

Brown, who is 82, said he supported the players’ rights to kneel. But he didn’t agree with what they’re doing.

is pretty much an in kind contribution to the Trump re-election campaign of 2020 and the GOP campaign to keep the house in 2018.  Naturally the President was all over it:

President Donald Trump on Friday renewed his attacks on NFL players who protest during the national anthem – after several of them took knees and raised their fists during preseason games.

“The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem,” he tweeted. “Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their ‘outrage’ at something that most of them are unable to define.

“They make a fortune doing what they love…… Be happy, be cool!” he continued. “A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest.

“Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!” he said.

This will of course cause the clueless NFL players to protest more which will allow the president to comment again guaranteeing the issue will be alive and well in every swing distinct that he won in 2018 meaning that every single Democrat running in a swing district will have the delightful choice of pissing off their base or their swing voters by stating an opinion on this issue before the election.

Now all of this would  be moot if the NFL simply enforced their policy, if they had then the conversation after week one of pre-season would be all about who might be playing themselves onto a roster, who disappointed etc etc etc instead of who is kneeling and who is not.

Of course if the NFL and the NFLPA want to continue to drop the value of their product (and make their players less marketable for advertising dollars) that’s their prerogative, but for me I’ll settle for just pointing and them and laughing a lot.

Same old story.

by baldilocks

Since yesterday, the latest in Donald Trump news is that former White House aide and Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault-Newman is about to publish a book — title: Unhinged — a tell-all on the Trump Administration. One of her accusations is that Donald Trump repeatedly used the n-word on the Apprentice set and that there is celluloid proof of it. Her stories have been inconsistent.

There’s so much sordidness coming off this story that I can smell it from here and I have no desire to recap the ping-pong ball revelations that pop up every few minutes.

This story does, however, have me thinking about a couple of concepts whose time has long past.

Loyalty. Allegiance.

Outside of our military, there are very few who give these concepts, these virtues any consideration at all, much less try to incorporate them into dealings with others. I said this ten years ago.

People who have been called into military service or volunteer for it seem to have a more visceral understanding of what disloyalty indicates — whether life and limb are at stake or not. (…)

Outside of the spiritual consequences [of betrayal], why are oath-breakers so hated? Because when you act decisively in any endeavor, you’re expecting those who promise to assist [you] to do just that.

“I’ve got your back.” That expression isn’t slang. It’s a short form of saying that you’re protecting another’s blind side—the back side; the “six”—of an ally, whether it’s a subordinate, a superior or an equal. Your liege (related to the word ‘allegiance’) is depending on you to indeed protect that back side; and when, instead, you turn around and stab him in that side, you become a thing to be despised by friend and foe alike. Or at least that’s how it used to be.

Because, after all, who could trust a person who would do such a thing? Everyone keeps their literal or figurative front side to such a person for quite some time; she “bears watching.” Earthly redemption can only sometimes be had and that’s after many deeds of repentance and the passage of time.

But breaking a trust seems to be no big deal anymore.

And that is what galls me about this Omarosa situation — yes, even more that the allegation of the usage of the n-word. Donald Trump has given this woman a job, not once, but twice. And, she does this?

I guess I shouldn’t be shocked, but it’s more than shocking. It’s like watching a drunken woman curse out a room full of dinner guests and then barf all over the food on the dinner table. You just want to turn away and get out the door.

On Twitter, I’ve speculated that Manigault-Newman might be playing a role for the president; that she’s keeping media eyes focused on her, and off the Administration. If that turns out to be so, both she and the president should win Oscars.

But I’m beginning to doubt that. Occam’s Razor.

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I don’t spend a lot of time on twitter but in passing Yesterday Andrew Breitbart’s old nemesis Eric Boehlert was in a twitter discussion with someone else concerning the trump presidency when I spotting the following tweet and was compelled to answer:

However the more I thought about what he said I had to conclude he’s half right. The Trump presidency is NOT normal.

In my 55 years I’ve never experienced seen a president like it.

I’ve never seen a president come to office determined to actually keep the promises he has made.

I’ve never seen an economy boom so quickly that my own company has gone from semi regular layoffs to a point where we have to fiercely compete for manpower, even during what would normally be our slow season.

I’ve never seen a president bring back manufacturing jobs contrary to the assertions of others that these jobs are never coming back and we’d better get used to it.

I’ve never seen a president so willing to fight for American trade and force both our allies and our enemies to the bargaining table in our favor

I’ve never seen a president challenge conventioning wisdom in North Korea to the point where we might actually see the official end of the Korean War

I’ve never seen a president who has been willing to let our military fight our battles unhindered to the point where our enemies are in retreat.

I’ve never seen a president who has advanced the pro-life ball both in the courts and by his words and deeds.

I’n short I’ve never seen a president so willing to lead from the front and fight for our country and our people in my lifetime.

And apparently I’m not alone in seeing this:

 

According to Rasmussen Reports on August 2, black Americans’ approval of the job President Trump is doing nearly doubled in one year, from 15 percent in August, 2017, to 29% in 2018. This could be devastating to the Democrats who depend on their traditional windfall of 85 to 95 percent of the black vote for election victory.

That the stunning new prosperity driven by the Trump tax cuts has given blacks and other minorities reasons to celebrate job opportunities and family economic gains unknown during the Obama years is certainly one reason for this new phenomenon.

So Eric, you’re right I won’t pretend the Trump presidency is normal any more, and I pray that God continues to bless America with this abnormal presidency through 2024.

P.S. BTW do you know what else isn’t normal, the Left’s unhinged violent reaction to American success and prosperity under Trump.


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