These days it’s really reached a point where there isn’t really a whole lot of point reading what the MSM will write about the president as one can predict it with unerring accuracy, but this Yahoo story Trump warnings grow from forgotten Republicans   by Steve People is so hysteric in nature and so nonsensical in it’s conclusions that it deserves a good old fashioned blogger fisking.

It starts with the very first paragraph My fisking in red italic

Some were forced out, such as Tim Pawlenty, a former two-term Minnesota governor who lost this week’s bid for a political comeback IHe wasn’t “forced out” he lost an election.  By that definition Hillary Clinton was “forced out” of the White House” . Some, such as the retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chose to leave on their own. What he means to say is that he knew he would lose a primary election so he decided to retire rather than face the wrath of voters  Others still serve, but with a muted voice.  Oh there are a bunch of people in congress who think like this, trust me 

Whether members of Congress, governors or state party leaders, they are struggling to fit into President Donald Trump’s Republican Party.  There’s no bigger struggle for a GOP office holder than dealing with fitting in to a party that has brought the country unprecedented growth. 

The expanding list of marginalized GOP leaders underscores how thoroughly Trump has dominated — and changed — the Republican Party in the nearly two years since he seized the presidency.  Seized?  He won a crowded primary field winning the vast majority of states and then won in the electoral college winning in states that other GOP candidates have only dreamed of winning for decades.  When Barack Obama won an overwhelming victory in 2008 did the AP say he “seized the presidency”?    The overwhelming majority of elected officials, candidates and rank-and-file voters now follow the president with extraordinary loyalty,   If he commands extraordinary loyalty from the overwhelming majority of elected officials and voters that suggests he’s doing something right even if he strays far from the values and traditions many know and love.   Showing deference to the Democrats and not fighting back against a media that hate the GOP and their voters is a cherished tradition of the GOP ruling class

The Republicans left behind are warning their party with increasing urgency, though it’s unclear whether anyone’s listening.  Warning them about what winning is bad for you?

“I hope this is a very temporary place for the Republican Party,”  Yes victory brings responsibility and we can’t have that said Corker. “I hope that very soon we will return to our roots as a party that’s very different, especially in tone, from what we’ve seen coming out of the White House.”  Our roots as a party where leaders are fetters and accepted at all the right parties but rejects the concerns of the voters 

The forgotten Republicans — people like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford and Ohio Gov. John Kasich  They’ve not been forgotten by the MSM — have been unwilling to sit quietly as Trump steers the GOP away from free trade, fiscal responsibility, consistent foreign policy and civility.  You mean from unfair trade, a  stagnant economy, a foreign policy of retreat and meekly accepting the barbs of the media and left.

Isolation and political exile have been their rewards.  And praise from the MSM which always celebrates any Republican willing to attack any GOP president particularly when he advances conservative causes.

Their diminished roles leave fewer Republican leaders willing to challenge Trump under any circumstances, even in his darkest moments.  Yeah how dare more GOP pols fail to complain about American success

Fact checkers have recorded an extraordinary level of false and misleading statements flowing out of the White House.  These would be the same fact checkers who never challenged “If you like your health plan you can keep your health plan and if you like your doctor who can keep your doctor.  And beyond dishonesty, some of the forgotten have decried a disturbing pattern of racially charged rhetoric on issues like immigration, Obeying the law is now “racially charged” NFL anthem protests Standing for the National anthem is now “racially charged” and Confederate monuments.  Put up by a lot of democrat pols (including Nancy Pelosi’s father with the blessing of the Democrat Party.

“White nationalism isn’t something I’m ever going to be comfortable with. But it is embraced by, or simply doesn’t bother, a lot of Republicans,” said former Ohio Republican Party chairman Matt Borges, once a Trump confidant who was forced from his leadership post after criticizing Trump in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.  Nothing guarantees you a quote in a AP story like calling Trump voters “white nationalists” even when many of those same voters pulled the lever for Obama twice.

After Trump’s victory, Borges returned to practicing law, while he continues to play a modest role in local politics.  He has to work for a living these days.

“To me, it became a matter of how much of your soul are you willing to sell. I would be the wrong person to be leading this party right now,” Borges said.  If you think your voters are a bunch of racists and advancing the pro-life cause and a strong economy is selling your soul then yes you don’t belong leading any state GOP party.

Trump remains popular among rank-and-file Republicans. And the vast majority of Republican candidates across the country this midterm season are pledging unconditional loyalty — and being rewarded with primary victories.  In other words the president is appealing to the actual voters and candidates who do the same get elected, how horrible!

Gallup found that 82 percent of Republicans approved of the president’s job performance earlier this month. That’s compared to just 34 percent of independents and 7 percent of Democrats.  Amazing the GOP likes it leader more than Democrats and despite our constant attacks a solid third of independents like him too, which incidentally matches his support among African Americans.

Kasich, who has not ruled out a primary bid against Trump in 2020,  HA AHH HAH AH HAH HA HA I’m glad I wasn’t drinking when I read that   said the president’s approval is misleading because the universe of people identifying as Republican is shrinking.

“We’re dealing with a remnant of the Republican Party. The party is not what it was,” Kasich said in an interview.  Nothing says the GOP is shrinking like holding all three branches of government and a majority of the state houses and governorship.

The term-limited governor said he’s content to focus quietly on addressing issues like the opioid epidemic and urban violence on a bipartisan basis while the Trump-led GOP focuses on partisan squabbling.  Urban violence you mean like in the Democrat controlled cities like Cleveland?  Great job you’re doing there pal.

“Let those in the Republican Party who want to be ideological and partisan, let them wallow in their own failures,” said Kasich.  A strong economy, the stock markets booming, unemployment particularly among blacks Hispanics and youth and and successes from North Korea to Syria?  This must be some new definition of “failures” that I haven’t heard of.

Other GOP leaders aren’t feeling quite so emboldened.  Other GOP leaders still have to face voters.

Pawlenty’s quest for a third term collapsed after Republican primary voters determined his experience — and his years-old description of Trump as “unfit and unhinged” — weren’t welcome.  Amazing a person who hits a popular party leader isn’t’ embraced by the party voters, what is the world coming to? 

Pawlenty politely declined to be interviewed, but a former aide, Alex Conant, said this week’s result, like those of other primary elections this year, sent a clear message about the modern GOP.

“There’s not a lot of room for dissent in the Republican Party right now,” Conant said. “Moderates don’t feel welcome. And if you’re not loyal to Trump, there’s not necessarily room for you.”  Or, if you don’t support policies that GOP votes actually like you won’t win a GOP primary.  What a concept!

The details may be different, but Pawlenty’s unexpected exit is reminiscent of that of other public officials who have struggled to find their footing in the Trump era.  You mean business as usual of paying lip service to voters while enabling the deep state isn’t paying off anymore?

Bush, another Trump critic, declined to comment for this story. He has been forced into silence, Forced?  The Bushes have been a lot less shy about hitting Trump than they were Obama at least in part, for fear of hurting his son’s political career. In June, Donald Trump Jr. withdrew from a fundraiser for Texas land commissioner George P. Bush after Jeb Bush criticized the president’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border.  How DARE Trump Jr. not raise money for Bush’s son just because dad hit him for obeying a law signed by George W. Bush and not repealed by Obama!

Another periodic Trump critic, former House Speaker John Boehner, is in the midst of a 20-stop bus tour to help raise money for vulnerable House Republicans.  I’m sure president Trump approves of that.

Just don’t ask whom he’s raising money for.  What districts he stops at might be a clue.  If only a reporter bothered to ask

Spokesman David Schnittger said it was up to each of the campaigns involved to disclose Boehner’s help. “I’m not sure anyone has exercised that option to date,” he said.  You mean to say the endorsement of a speaker who didn’t manage to get things done might not sit well with some GOP primary voters?  Well who wouda thunk it?

Boehner’s successor, Paul Ryan, has seen his once sky-high career prospects flounder in the Trump era.  Somehow I think he will land on his feet. The 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee has occasionally criticized Trump, but he is retiring at the end of the year.  In fairness to Ryan he never wanted to be speaker anyways, he wanted to be…a LUMBERJACK

In South Carolina, Republican Rep. Mark Sanford narrowly lost his June primary hours after Trump tweeted he had been “very unhelpful” and highlighted the congressman’s extramarital affair.  You mean to say hitting Trump and running off with his mistress didn’t play well with votes?  Who wouda thunk it?

Days later, Sanford described Trumpism as “a cancerous growth.”  If this economy and prosperity is a cancer may America be afflicted with it. As he prepares to leave Congress, he’s warning the GOP the cancer is spreading.   We can only hope this prosperity continues to spread

“We have a president that will tell numerous dis-truths in the course of a day, yet that’s not challenged,”  In fact we had 300+ newspapers standing united taking a day off from challenging Trump to say with one voice that Trump isn’t challenged Sanford said in an interview. “What’s cancerous here is in an open political system, there has to be some measure of objective truth.”  Alas the MSM has never been a fan of objective truth..

“I’m baffled by the way so many people have looked the other way,” he said.  People aren’t looking the other way, they’re seeing the results of Trump’s presidency and applauding.

Asked whether he feels like he fits in today’s GOP, Sanford said simply, “No.”  I agree, entrenched deep state pols looking out for their own wealth don’t fit in at all anymore.

Back in Ohio, Borges vowed that his departure from politics was only temporary. Rephrased, I want back on the gravy train!

“The Trump phenomenon is going to end at some point in time.  Now there’s a bold prediction. That might be six years, that might be two years, that might be sooner. No one knows,” Well Trump is in his 70’s and time does march on so that’s a pretty safe guess the former Ohio GOP chairman said. “When it does end, it’s the job of a lot of us … to make sure that the party is still populated by good, honest, decent candidates and officeholders who we can continue to be proud of.”  It’s up to us to make sure that once Trump is gone it’s business as usual for all us insiders returns because they’re not pride in serving voters by giving them what they want.

The real interesting point is this.  Even if a different GOP candidate had won the presidency then this article would still be written but the people complaining about said candidate would just be more obscure.  There is never a time when the MSM is not running a story about how some in the GOP are upset with the leadership.  It’s what they do.


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Yesterday my lead post talked about the Boston Globe big coordinated attack on Trump Aug 16th and noted that it’s not going to be much different than any other day:

Given that these outlets have spent the last two years in a relentless all out assault on Donald Trump and have spent every day since Jan 20th 2017 attacking this presidency in general and this President in particular what makes them think any person not already in the NeverTrump camp will notice any difference between their attacks on Thursday August 16th and their attacks of the previous 500+ days?

I closed the piece saying the following:

The proper response by those of us outside their bubble, point at them and laugh.

As I wrote that it occurred to me that average Americans pointing and laughing at the incompetent media together on a day would be a lot more newsworthy that a bunch of newspapers spending one more day attacking Trump like they always do.

So I propose that on August 16th, if you see a member of the MSM on TV or a reporter from any of the various papers involved in the Boston Globe’s event that day or pass by their buildings, point at them and laugh at the joke they have made of themselves over the last two years.

Now in fairness, a lot of these papers were a joke long before Trump came into office but as President Trump has caused them to expose this fact to the general public rather than those of us who have been paying attention I think it’s entirely fitting to take part in this exercise.

So I declare Aug 16th “Point at the MSM & Laugh” day.

Who’s with me?



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The Boston Globe as Called on the Press United as a whole to go After Trump on August 16th over daring to call them out:

The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a “dirty war against the free press.”

As of Friday, Pritchard said about 70 outlets had committed to editorials so far, with the list expected to grow. The publications ranged from large metropolitan dailies, such as the Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald and Denver Post, to small weekly papers with circulations as low as 4,000.

So as these thousands of Newspapers proudly commit to The Boston Globe’s call for a coordinated attack on President Donald Trump him next Thursday to assert their rights as a free press and the Cable news media cheers them for their bravery for daring to go after Mr. Trump I have one obvious point to make:

Given that these outlets have spent the last two years in a relentless all out assault on Donald Trump and have spent every day since Jan 20th 2017 attacking this presidency in general and this President in particular what makes them think any person not already in the NeverTrump camp will notice any difference between their attacks on Thursday August 16th and their attacks of the previous 500+ days?

This is so self-evident that only a group of people living in their own self-congratulatory bubble could possibly fail to see it, which is of course why the press will not only fail to see it but will convince themselves that hitting Trump Aug 16th, as they have daily since June of 2015,  is an act of bravery without parallel in the history of journalism.

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by baldilocks

Anatomy of mass psychosis.

For the past two years, a particular power group has sought to explain away its loss of power – or rather, its loss of the Presidency, as it still holds a predominance of institutional power – by creation of a myth. Mainstream media is known for its herd behavior, and in this case the editors, commentators, journalists have talked themselves into a story that initially they themselves could hardly take seriously.

Donald Trump was elected by Russia? (…)

The Russians could do nothing to build support for Trump, and there is not a hint of evidence that they tried. They might have done something to harm Hillary, because there was so much there: the private server emails, the Clinton foundation, the murder of Moammer Gaddafi, the call for a no-fly zone in Syria … they didn’t have to invent it. It was there. So was the hanky panky at the Democratic National Committee, on which the Clintonite accusations focus, perhaps to cause everyone to forget much worse things. (…)

[A]fter two years of fakery, to send the establishment into a frenzy of accusations of “treason” when Trump does what he said he would do while campaigning, try to normalize relations with Russia.

Emphasis mine.

‘The writer — Diana Johnstone — goes much further and it’s worth the read.

As most readers of this blog and of baldilocks blog know, I voted for Donald Trump while holding my nose after being very critical of candidate Trump and suspicious of his motives for running. However, the president has not given me any reason to regret that decision, though I’m not in agreement with everything he has done while in office.

I understand legitimate, reasoned, and researched criticism of any president. For the most part, however, that’s not what we are seeing from his critics. We are seeing insanity.

It’s fascinating to watch as the Organized Left and perennial Never-Trumpers flip out over things like

  • The president being nice to Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit. The word treason was tossed about as if the tossers had conjured a new definition of the word. Did they expect President Trump to call a rap battle during the press conference?
  • The president referring to the savage, demonic Legion called MS-13 as ‘animals.’
  • Yesterday’s reason for throwing a collective fit: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announces that security clearances for former high-ranking Obama Administration officials will be revoked — as if that isn’t standard procedure for worker bees who are no longer in the position where a security clearance is required. Former CIA director John Brennan is at the head of the list of people who will lose their clearances, as well he should be.

Read the whole thing.

Johnstone refers to this prevailing mindset as dementia, but that implies a certain innocence. Victor Davis Hanson’s indictment contains nothing of the sort.

You’ll want to read that one, too.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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By John Ruberry

Since Donald J. Trump’s upset win in 2016 over Hillary Clinton–who after the election the left-wing media belatedly informed us was a flawed candidate–we’ve been bombarded with story after story that the president is either colluding with Russia or is weak in dealing with it.

But the Democrats have a decades-long history of failure involving Russia and the Soviet Union, which is something Mark Levin reminded me last week, as the media spewed venom after Trump’s summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin last week.

Here are some of those fiascos.

At the Yalta Conference in 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt, historically the most popular president among Democrats, signed over most of the eastern Europe to the Soviet Union, including Poland. It was the invasion of that nation by the Nazis that led France and Great Britain to declare war on Germany.

Graffiti in Latvia

While campaigning for a full presidential term in 1948 Truman said, “I got very well acquainted with Joe Stalin, and I like old Joe! He is a decent fellow. But Joe is a prisoner of the Politburo.”

Many Democrats still celebrate the memories of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who gave away atomic bomb secrets to the USSR. They were executed for treason in 1953. Alger Hiss, a State Department official, was convicted of perjury three years earlier. Many Dems revere his memory too. After opening up Soviet archives in the 1990s, it was discovered that indeed all three were Soviet agents, and yes, traitors.

“He savaged me.” is what John F. Kennedy said of Nikita Khrushchev after a two-day summit in 1961. The Soviet leader judged JFK as weak, two months later the communists began building the Berlin Wall. The following year the Soviets commenced building a missile base in Cuba, which led to the Cuban Missile Crisis, which nearly started a nuclear war.

Amazingly, the Democrats’ “Lion of the Senate,” JFK’s brother Ted Kennedy, hadn’t learned his lesson after being thumped in the Democratic primaries at the hands of incumbent president Jimmy Carter in 1980. The peanut farmer was trounced in a landslide in the general election later that year. Yet Kennedy was considering challenging Reagan in 1984. His plan was to–wait for it–collude! Teddy would aid Soviet leader Yuri Andropov in confronting Reagan–and the leader of the Evil Empire would assist Kennedy in facing off against the Gipper.

Barack Obama’s feckless response to the Syrian Civil War allowed Russia to gain a foothold in that troubled nation. After Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad crossed Obama’s “red line” on the use of chemical weapons, Obama did nothing.

Shortly after becoming secretary of state, Hillary Clinton presented a “reset” button to Russian counterpart, signifying a new start to relations between our countries.

Bonus round:

The Democrats’ favorite newspaper is the New York Times. Its Moscow correspondent in the 1920s and 1930s, Walter Duranty, received a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Stalin’s USSR. But not only did Duranty fail to report on the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s, he claimed such stories about it were untrue. But Duranty knew that as many as 10 million people starved to death during the famine, which as a direct result of Stalin’s barbaric policies. The proliferation of fake news is not a recent development.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. His wife was born in the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.

There is one aspect of the “Trump Baby” balloon business that the British government in general and Mayor Kahn in particular is missing and/or ignoring.

One of the things about a foreign leaders ANY foreign leaders, is there is invariably a group of people who are angry with them.

Maybe they are oppressive at home, maybe they are blocking British businesses maybe an individual citizen was mistreated, maybe they have the wrong position on X Y or Z, whatever the reason in a population of nearly 70 million people it likely isn’t hard to find 1,000 to 10,000 people who strongly object to any given leader at any given time.

And now those thousand to ten thousand people will see the Trump Baby balloon flying during his state visit and then demand something similar when the leader they dislike comes, moreover just as Trump’s enemies in England and the US are happy to fund this insult there will always be enemies of any given leader at home or abroad who will be more than happy to provide the funding to do the same and when they are denied the lawsuits will be interesting.

Now I’m sure that the government that is holding Tommy Robinson for daring to report on a story is not likely to be moved by demands that they be consistent on freedom of speech but it will be an embarrassment and will prove once again that Donald Trump has the uncanny knack of causing bad people pretending to be honest and honorable to show their true colors for all the world to see.

The irony of course is with an economy the envy of the world, a military that is piling up successes and his enemies at home making fools of themselves, while Trump might tweet about the balloon baby (to his advantage of course) he doesn’t really give a damn about it.  But it will be interesting to see what happens when a foreign leader who might actually give a damn about this kind of insult comes to Britain and faces it.

There is still time for Britain to avoid this nonsense but I doubt anyone in Her Majesty’s  government left with the fortitude, insight or the inclination to do so.

Update:  Piers Morgan to Mayor Kahn:

Morgan asked the mayor if he would have endorsed a giant black baby blimp of Barack Obama in protest during his presidency, or an image depicting Mr Khan as a pig despite that being offensive to Muslims.

Mr Khan said: ‘If it’s peaceful and if it’s safe. Look, I can’t be the censor. It’s not for me to decide what’s in good taste or bad taste.’  

If you believe that, then millions of Nigerian email spammers are dying to make your acquaintance.

Welcome to Liberal, Kansas

By John Ruberry

“You’re not of the body,” is what Dr. McCoy shouted at his Enterprise officers after being brainwashed in the ways of Landru in the Star Trek episode, The Return of the Archons

The most intolerant people I know are liberals, who I often refer to as leftists.

First a story:. Back in 2007 I visited Liberal, a small city in southwestern Kansas. The Sunflower State is one of the most least liberal states in America, so how did Liberal get its name? According to a Liberal visitors guidebook, a generous 19th century homesteader bucked the trend to charge passersby for water for their livestock. When learning that, it’s said that the travelers would reply, “That’s mighty liberal of you.”

Two nights ago Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Trump’s press secretary, sat down with members of her family to have dinner at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.

Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of the Red Hen pulled her aside–then asked Sanders to leave because she worked for the president.

In a 21st century way, that was mighty liberal of Wilkinson.

I have another story for you: In the 1980s, Republican governor Jim Thompson was having dinner at a restaurant in the Southwest Side Chicago district of Michael Madigan, a Democrat, who was then, as he is now, the speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. The restaurateur called Madigan on the telephone and asked, “What do I do?” Madigan replied, “Give him first class treatment.”

That was mighty liberal of Madigan, in the 20th century way.

But in the present day liberals, make that leftists, not only can’t tolerate dissent, they can’t tolerate the very concept of contrary ideas. It devolves into blind delusional hatred, which was first identified by the late Charles Krauthammer in 2003 when he identified Bush Derangement Syndrome as “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.”

Bush Derangement Syndrome was a mild case of the sniffles among the libs compared to the raging fever that is Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Leftists gather their news from their preferred sources, such as the CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. They congregate in private Facebook groups where no conservatives are allowed. “Aha,” a liberal will scream out while reading my entry, “But don’t you wingnuts do the same thing, getting your news from Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and Breitbart? Don’t you have your own Facebook groups?”

Guilty as charged. But there’s a big difference with our side. The mainstream media leans to the left. Proof? Last week I was channel surfing and both ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, on their late night comedy shows, were simultaneously attacking Trump’s policies. Of course neither of them were funny.

When I was accompanying my mother, who has since passed away, for her chemotherapy treatments, we’d be subjected to the propaganda from the leftists on The View in the waiting room.

Sports reporting has become politicized. ESPN’s SportCenter dishes out liberalism, as do newspaper sports columnists Nancy Armour of USA Today and the Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh.

Those of us on the right can’t bury our heads in the sand even if we wanted to.

Curt Schilling, a conservative, was immediately fired from ESPN for sharing a Facebook post that was viewed as anti-transgender.

A 2016 poll discovered that liberal and Democrats are three-times more likely to unfriend someone on Facebook over politics as opposed to conservatives. I’ve had good friends I’ve known for years, including a former girlfriend, unfriend me on Facebook because I support Donald Trump and they don’t. I’ve never unfriended anyone on FB over politics. I’ve only blocked abusive people on Twitter–never once over their political views.

Which is why I was not surprised when I heard Sarah Huckabee Sanders walked into the alternative leftist universe of the Red Hen in Virginia, she was told to scram.

Sanders is not of the body. She is not a denizen of the liberal echo chamber.

Finally, I’ll end with a quote. When the 1992 Los Angeles riots raged Rodney King pleaded, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Sanders should have been given first class treatment at the Red Hen, just as any other patron there deserves.

Despite our political differences, Americans still have plenty in common.

Wait! I’m not done. Of course parallels are being drawn between the Sanders booting and the devout Christian Coloradans who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. They view same-sex weddings as a sin. Personally, I believe the bakers should have taken the order with a love-the-sinner-but-hate-the-sin approach.

But our constitution offers religious protections, that are still not completely determined, even after the US Supreme Court ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

The Trump Kim summit is over and the reactions from the media have been varied, & the spin has already begun but even Joe Scarborough is admitting that this is a big deal:

It very fair to say that we aren’t going to know the long term results of all of this for years but Trump is already winning the PR war per this conversation with George Stephanopoulos

G: You’ve set the bar for nuclear agreements by criticizing the Iran nuclear deal, said it’s the worst deal ever made.

T: Terrible deal.

G: Does that mean that any deal with North Korea has to be tougher than the Iran deal?

T: I don’t think a deal could be softer. First of all, we’re not paying $150 billion, OK, we’re paying nothing from that standpoint other than, you will see what happens.


On a completely unrelated side note I had to open up a browser that I wasn’t signed into to get that Morning Joe tweet as I had forgotten they had blocked me a long time ago. Perhaps the judge in the Trump-Twitter was ignorant of the fact that all a blocked person has to do in order to see a tweet is to open a new browser that they’re not logged in to. But I’m flattered that the show blocked me as it indicated they have no confidence in their ability to counter my points among their most loyal fans.

That’s why I never block folks unless they are putting porn images into my timeline, let the left’s own arguments show them for what they are.


The Trump/Kim summit also demonstrates something that it took me a long time to figure out about Trump. Complements and Insults are throw away lines to be used whenever they suit him. One should not take an insult, even the worst possible insult as anything of substance and by the same token one should not take a complement from Trump as more than a bit of expediency. Both complements and insults are tools to be used to achieve ends. What Trump really thinks about a person is kept close to the vest and can not be determined by any complement or insult. His foes inability to figure this out is one of their great weaknesses.

Oh one exception. Trump’s complements to and about me were of course completely sincere.


Speaking of summits while the results of the Trump/Kim summit will take months and years to evaluate the results of the Trump/Kardisian summit are already worrying some on the left:

Donald Trump is succeeding at something few people thought possible. He is getting some black people to compare him to Barack Obama. Obama didn’t get Alice Johnson out of jail. Obama didn’t pardon Jack, even though Ken Burns asked him to and produced an entire documentary explaining why.

Donald Trump isn’t killing the Republican Party.

He is killing the Democratic Party.

He is singlehandedly making people forget the strength and resilience and heart of the party that once tried to define itself as the place for the little guy, for the left-outs, for the have-nots.

The key words in that are “once tried to define itself” because with black unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent and the gap between the black and white unemployment rate is down to 2.4% the difference between “defining itself” and doing is the difference between Trump and the Democrat Party.

Don’t’ get me wrong as Powerline notes Alice Johnson was a big time Drug dealer and deserved what she got but after 21 years she’s not likely a danger to anyone, but gestures like this showing that America is the country of 2nd chances is good for the country in the long run.


A little more Trump? The president has managed to Sack the NFL with his move on the Eagles (ironically a team that didn’t kneel during the 2017 season. By dis-inviting them and then following up asking for a list of possible pardon targets he has invited them to put their money where their mouths are and provide names of folks who have been mistreated by police who deserve pardon. There has been no response from the NFL crowd but it will be interesting to see if they thread the needle of recommending cop killers and traitors on one end or snubbing the offer on the other.

Given what we’ve seen from the players I expect them to charge directly into the jaws of this trap rather than doing something useful with it.


Speaking of sportsmen who don’t care for Trump there is a lot of talk about where Lebron James is going to end up next year. I’ve heard speculation from Philly, Houston, LA and even Boston but in all that talk there was one thing I was hearing on sports radio that I found very appealing.

The question was how long Lebron would stay in the league, from what the hosts were saying his goal is to stay long enough so that when his oldest son is drafted by a team, he can play beside him.

There are a lot of reason why people don’t care for Lebron, but I’ve got to tell you that as far as I’m concerned a man with such a goal in mind has his priorities in life straight and it certainly won’t hurt the black community to have a role model who is clearly concerned about being a father who is there for his son.


Robert Stacy McCain tell us another story of how the honored cultural elites turn out to be less than meets the eye:

Stunning revelations of an Australian paedophile ring involving celebrity arts figures have been laid bare by the daughters of a prominent playwright.
Rozanna and Kate Lilley, the daughters of playwright and poet Dorothy Hewett, say they were forced into sex aged 15 by men including the late Bob Ellis and Martin Sharp, The Australian reports.
Sharp, Australia’s foremost pop artist, designed record covers and posters for Bob Dylan, Donovan and Eric Clapton and wrote songs for Clapton’s band, Cream.
Ellis was a political commentator, writer and film maker who penned 22 television and screenplays.
The Lilley sisters, who each have written new books, say their mother encouraged underage sex between her daughters and famous men she entertained at her Sydney house.
The sisters say the men enjoyed having young girls around and their mother, considered a left wing radical and admired feminist, encouraged their joining in the libertine sex scene of the times.

If you have the stomach for it I suggest reading the whole piece but in fairness I have to say that given what we’ve seen from Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey and so many others of the left I have to take exception to the use of the word “shocking” in this context.


Entertainment? The movie Solo is aptly named as it seems to be alone in the Star Wars universe in it’s inability to make it into the black. Apparently the idea of treating the customer base as a group of people to be lectured to on social issues rather than a customer base to be served just doesn’t work in terms of the bottom line.

And apparently the plan for Disney is to extend this to the Marvel movies as ace reports:

Anyway, Disney may be facing tougher times ahead, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

When all this is over, I’d like Disney to stand as a cautionary tale about injecting SJW politics into movies, TV shows, childrens’ cartoons, and sports coverage.

When you position yourself as a de facto political organization, you should be treated as such.

PS: Captain Marvel seems like it just might be a Social Justice Warrior bonanza. I have high hopes that it will be the first Solo-like dud of the MCU.


Some house keeping.  After 9 years on the radio and podcasting we ended the podcast last month.  The time just isn’t there and the weekly format meant that I was behind on some news while missing other news.  As an alternative I’ve been doing a series of pieces called “Interviews with Immigrants” where I do audio interviews with folks who were born elsewhere about the hows and whys and wherefores of coming here.  So far I have talked to people from Haiti, Iraq and El Salvador with more on the way.  The plan is to start putting them up by the of the month.


Finally some blog/stat/dough updates

You may have noticed a few changes here.  Fausta has been ill and has been unable to post, Zilla also has had some health issues in the family and has been absent as well as had JD Rucker.  We wish all of them speedy recoveries and hope they choose to return when they are feeling better.   Sadly we have also said goodbye to Michigan Mick who choose depart for personal reasons and wish him the best with the knowledge that there is always a place for him to opine if he feels the need to opine.

On the plus side the good we have decided to give a platform to the good folks at the Worcester Tea Party who have helped us with events in the past.   We have an occasional Gun piece from Sam Bocetta and Tech Knight and Ellen Kolb are posting twice a month rather than once.

Statwise as the first half of the year nears its end we are about an instalanche behind the year before and we look to be in a solid position to hold onto the 10% gain we managed last year and given the upcoming election season perhaps surpass it.

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Penny:   Here you go, Quesadilla, salad, here’s your pizza and thanks to Sheldon’s heated discussion with my manager One Barbecue bacon burger barbecue sauce bacon and cheese on the side.
Sheldon:  Thank you
Penny:   Go Ahead, eat it, I dare you.

The Big Bang Theory The Panty Piñata Polarization 2008

Hunt Bromley: I say Mac waters his whiskey
Jimmy Ringo: Then you’re kinda dumb to be drinking here ain’t ya?

The Gunfighter 1950

Hello:

I would like to speak to you concerning the rather disturbing incident this mother’s day past at a Cheesecake Factory Location in Miami where a black customer wearing a MAGA hat came in with a party for mothers day and was derided and berated by staff at that location.

On one level I’d like to commend you for your response, the apology offered, the dismissal of the staff involved and the public statement that this is not acceptable behavior is all commendable and to the good but it brings to mind an important point.

The only reason why you were able to take that corrective action is because your former employees actions took place in public in the sight of others with cell phone cameras ready and the story went viral.

What if they hadn’t?

What if your employees who hated Trump supporters in general and black trump supporters in particular enough to make a scene, were cunning enough to decide that instead of making a public fuss that could be publicly reported on and cause them grief,  decided to act quietly by messing with that gentleman and his party’s food, drink or desert?

Nobody would be any of the wiser and even if the manager there knew this happened would such a manager be inclined to act? After all to my knowledge the people who were fired were not let go until this became a national issue.

In fact now that it IS a national issue such people who believe that Trump supports are racist, bigoted nazis who deserve whatever happens to them are MORE not less likely to commit such acts but move them out of the dining room and into the kitchen outside the prying eyes of customers and their camera phones.

Therefore I have the following question to ask of the Cheesecake Factory in particular and to any national eatery, particularly ones in blue states who have supported the left against the right on the corporate or local level:

What steps, if any, are you taking to assure Conservatives in General and Trump supporters in particular, whether we are wearing Trump hats pins or not, that we will be able to eat at your establishments without fear of any employee tampering with our meal?

Without an answer to this question, it would be, in my opinion, “kinda dumb” to quote Gregory Peck in the Gunfighter, for any conservative to patronize your chain.

I think the 60 million plus Americans who voted for President Trump deserve an answer to my question and I look forward to your public response to this issue.

P. Ingemi
DaTechGuy

Spock: It was far easier for you as civilized man to act as barbarians, than for them as barbarians to act like civilized men.

Star Trek Mirror,Mirror 1967

If you really want to see how far the left has gone take a look at the comments in the NYT article referenced by Twitchy yesterday but not the just comments the NYT Picks.  All the Emphasis is mine

The author is with us, really he is

As a liberal academic living in deep-red Indiana, I bear witness to the frustrations expressed by both sides. Hence my disappointment with the defensive comments here that miss the points that Alexander has raised. No, he is not saying that all liberals are arrogant; nor is he denying the intrinsic worth of liberal values (which I’m confident that he largely shares with us); and he’s certainly not denying that a great many Trump supporters are racist, stupid, ignorant and/or in the thrall of Fox “News” and other propagandists. But he’s right that there’s a huge bloc of voters – conservative libertarians, Hillary-haters, those alienated by our dysfunctional presidential system – who could be won over in ’20 if we showed them more respect.

See you don’t have to like them for real

Hey we’ve been nice to these conservative for too long

I am a true blue Democrat. And I have been turning the other cheek to conservatives and their name-calling and harmful policies since Reagan and his gang were in office.

I agree that it does no good to malign a group with broad brush strokes. But all that turning the other cheek and making nice just ended up here – with a crazy crook and his miscreants(R) in all the power positions of government.

Turning the other cheek doesn’t work when the other side is playing hardball. And with unlimited guns, no less.

Failing to call out the ugliness is a mistake. If you are going down, go down swinging.

I am not encouraging us Dems to be ugly but at least we need to take a stand and speak the truth. And racism is real and widespread in the republican party of 1980 to present.

There, I said it.

Nothing says “racist” like beating Democrats and in the 80’s is when it started happening.

And why SHOULD I be nice to these bastards anyways?

Tell me, as a gay Hispanic male of color why should I be respectful of homophobic, fascist, racist, classist views that this president embodies and promotes? If you vote for a person that represents those ideas you are okay with those ideas. Or at least they don’t bother you so much because they don’t affect you. We do not need to be polite to Trump supporters or even Trump voters. In fact, I think we should be like Michelle Wolf. If they are embarrassed it’s because deep inside they know that their ideals are wrong. If they vote out of spite it means that they hate people like me, that they hate women, and anyone who is not a white straight male. Or at the very least, they do not care about what happens to anyone who is not part of the majority in power. So no, I will not be “nice”. I for one am super tired of conservatives telling me how to feel about my oppression.

Isn’t it funny how so many other hispanics are trying so hard to get into or stay in this supposedly racist, facist, classist, homophobic country that Trump runs?

And you prove you’re evil by just supporting Trump 

Straw men. “Some liberals” this, and “some liberals” that. Some conservatives are active, aggressive members of neo-Nazi organizations. Are they driving away some liberals who might otherwise vote for Trump? The problem is that Mr. Alexander almost suggests that really, there are two equally valid polarities in U.S. politics and those who love Mr. Trump should be regarded as equally respectable with those who support the Democrats. But they are not equal: one side likes a leader who often sounds like a childish, immature, bullying blow-hard. The other side does not. If Trump is your leader, and you admire him and his party, you are not reasonably entitled to respect for your political views. This is not like the difference between those who are pro-free trade and those who are against. It’s the difference between the politics of hate and exclusion and the politics of mutual respect and inclusion.

Why not just say “As a blasphemer you should be stoned to death.” and be done with it

The fun part, the piece they were commenting, in my opinion, didn’t run in the Times because the Times like Trump or Trump voters, I suspect it ran in the times because they understand that unless Democrats change they will lose in 2018, 2020 and beyond.

I think Iowahawk has them pegged

Liberalism is their religion not their political belief and they do not tolerate heretics

I can’t wait for election day.