Michael Corleone:C’mon Frankie… my father did business with Hyman Roth, he respected Hyman Roth. Frank Pentangeli:Your father did business with Hyman Roth, he respected Hyman Roth… but he never *trusted* Hyman Roth!
The Godfather part 2 1974
Trust but verity
We are now seeing what happens when the US refuses to play the useful idiot for North Korea and China. War between North & South Korea may end before War between the MSM & Donald Trump
As long as the US could be counted on to pay every time China asked the North to rattle a saber the status quo was inevitable, but once the Trump administration made it clear that not only were they no longer paying but we were no longer going to be the chumps of China everything changed.
It’s now looking very possible that we will see an actual peace treaty between North and South Korea. If such a peace can be achieved then it should be done and if it IS done then Donald Trump will go down in history and the media and left will go absolutely insane.
All that being said I would be very careful about trusting the North Koreans about anything, particularly if I was the south. Yes it would be nice if the north recognized that they and the south were the same people of the same race and the same culture, but it’s also true that they were the same people, of the same race with the same culture when they first invaded the south in an attempt to impose communist rule.
This is a story of Resistance meeting reality. It contains may gems worth an old fashioned fisking. Let’s examine them in order:
I wanted to be with people who shared my anger. Because I have been so angry about Donald Trump this past year. I have been angry at my country for electing this man, angry at my neighbors who support him, angry at the wealthy who sacrificed our country and its goodness for tax breaks, angry at the coal miners who believed his promises…My fury has been bottomless. I drink my morning coffee from a cup that says, “I hate to wake up when Donald Trump is President.” My husband and I, while reading the latest Trump news, routinely turn to each other and mutter, “I just hate him so much.”
Look at this Anger and Hate, hate and anger, ever single day. You would think someone’s life was more than who is in the White House but apparently not.
After the march, Katherine and I hit the road in the late afternoon, feeling good; we had done our part to express our outrage. We were about 90 minutes south of D.C. when I heard a terrible popping sound. I assumed I had blown a tire and headed toward the nearest exit. The popping was followed by screeching – were we now driving on metal? Luckily, there was a gas station right off the exit and I pulled in.
All the righteous liberal anger doesn’t do a thing when you have a car problem
Before I could do anything but park my grey Prius, a man rushed over. He looked like a mechanic in his well-worn overalls. “I heard you coming down that road,” he said. Before I could say much he started surveying the situation. He didn’t so much offer to help us as get right to work.
I love this sentence, first we find out she is driving a Prius which is apparently standard equipment for an upper middle class liberal, but notice that a man rushes over to help. Apparently he never got the memo that masculinity is “toxic” and that by rushing over to help he is reinforcing old harmful outdated memes on the roles of men and women.
He did all of this so quickly that I didn’t have time to grab the prominent RESIST sticker on the side of my car, which suddenly felt needlessly alienating. As this man lay on the ground underneath my car with his miracle zip ties, I asked if he thought they would hold for four more hours of driving.
Notice the difference here, this man didn’t see that “resist” sticker on her car and decide “the hell with this liberal, let her wait for AAA” or have bottomless anger toward her. Oh and pro-tip, if you were actually part of a “resistance” then you wouldn’t have that sticker on your car for fear of your life, let alone attend a public rally with thousands or even tens of thousands to openly protest against the government.
“Just ask any redneck like me what you can do with zip ties – well, zip ties and duct tape. You can solve almost any car problem. You’ll get home safe,” he said, turning to his teenage son, who had been standing nearby. “You can say that again,” his son agreed.
The whole interaction lasted 10 minutes, tops. But that good Samaritan – I never learned his name – was a man of his word: Katherine and I made it home safely.
Contrast this self-proclaimed Redneck, teaching his son by example and sharing the joys and value of mercy, chivalry and love of neighbor just hours after the woman he helped shared and celebrated with her daughter the joy of anger and hatred.
As I drove home, I felt the full extent to which Trump has actually diminished my own desire to be kind. He is keeping me so outraged that I hold ill will toward others on a daily basis. Trump is not just ruining our nation, he is ruining me. By the end of the drive, I felt heartbroken.
Look at the buck passing here. Her lack of kindness that has in her word diminished and/or ruined isn’t HER fault it’s all because of Trump.
When my husband and I first moved to Charlotte eight years ago, I liked to tell people that our neighborhood represented the best impulses of America. In our little two-block craftsman-home development, we had gay and straight families and people of every political persuasion from liberal to moderate Republican to Tea Party, and we all got along. We held porch parties in the summer time and a progressive dinner during Christmas. It wasn’t perfect, but for the most part it worked. We put being a cohesive neighborhood above politics.
How about that, she admits her tea party and moderate republicans somehow didn’t use the presidency of Barack Obama, no matter how much they might have disliked it or even hated it, as an excuse to stop being neighborly toward other who thought differently…
But this year, I realize, I have retreated from my porch.
Note the contrast here, Obama is president, republican/teaparty neighbors remain neighborly, Trump gets elected she retreats. That suggests if the tables were turned and it was them potentially stranded with a Make America Great Again sticker on a pickup she might have thought: “Serves them right!” and happily driven away.
I want to come away from the march with that very simple lesson, but it begs this question: How do we hold onto the fire and the outrage that fuels our resistance to all of the cruelty that Trump is unleashing, but also embrace the world with more love?
I wish I knew the answer.
The answer is very plan, Trump hasn’t released cruelty or hatred or anger, you have. You have chosen the fires of outrage over love, you have decided to define yourself by this anger. You’ve turned your politics into your religion and the religion of liberalism can not handle heretics, particularly when out of power.
If you have embraced bottomless hatred the problem isn’t Trump, it’s you, on the plus side you gained an insight thanks to the gift of your car problem and the redneck helping you. This means you just might still be capable of looking at yourself in the light of truth, and recognizing what you’ve become is the first step in getting out of the trap of anger and hatred.
Update: For some reason I saw Ruth Marcus rather than Ruth Meyer on this piece proving that while staying up all night with your sick wife is a good idea, publishing a post while doing so not so much. My very bad and apologies to Ms. Marcus thanks to Don Surber for spotting that.
Update 2: fixed type on 2nd to last paragraph, Anger not Answer.
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“But… but maybe he’s only a little crazy like painters or composers or… or some of those men in Washington.”
Julian Shellhammer, Macy’s toy department head in Miracle on 34th Street.
“On 24 March 1943, Päts was sent to forced treatment in psychoneurotic hospitals first in Kazan, then in Chistopol in Tatar ASSR. His forced psychiatric hospitalization was justified by his ‘persistent claiming of being the president of Estonia.'” Wikipedia biography of Konstantin Päts, the Estonian president who was deposed by the Red Army.
“I mean, psychiatry: it’s the latest religion. We decide what’s right and wrong. We decide who’s crazy or not.”
Dr. Kathryn Railly in Twelve Monkeys.
Last month during a two-day long private meeting with over a dozen members of Congress–all Democrats save one Republican senator–Dr. Bandy X. Lee, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Yale, said of President Trump, “He’s going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs.”
Lee is the editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a book where 27 mental health professionals–meaning, I assume, as professionals that they earn their living in that field–rant about the “dangerousness” of the 45th president.
Two days ago The Atlantic’s Elaine Godfrey reported that Lee says there are Washington DC-based shrinks and legal organization who are willing–and no, this is not from a 24 script–to work to commit Trump against his will if White House staff issues troubling reports about him.
Trump Derangement Syndrome has reached a disturbing low, but no doubt the last. (Oh, I can make that diagnosis because I am not a mental health professional and TDS is not a clinical term.) Some people, with as many degrees slapped on them as you’ll find ads on hockey rink boards. just can’t accept the fact that Donald J. Trump is president. Are Lee and her cohorts intelligent? In a way, yes. On the other hand there is documentary about the fall of Enron entitled The Smartest Guys in the Room.
Ah, but there is some good news. The American Psychiatric Association reaffirmed its 1973 condemnation of what it calls “armchair psychiatry.”
Today, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) reiterates its continued and unwavering commitment to the ethical principle known as “The Goldwater Rule.” We at the APA call for an end to psychiatrists providing professional opinions in the media about public figures whom they have not examined, whether it be on cable news appearances, books, or in social media. Armchair psychiatry or the use of psychiatry as a political tool is the misuse of psychiatry and is unacceptable and unethical.
The Goldwater Rule, as Alan Dershowitz points out in the Washington Examiner–Dersh voted for Hillary Clinton by the way–goes back to the 1964 presidential election when a magazine, based on interviews with 1,100 psychiatrists, deemed that the Republican nominee, Barry Goldwater, was unstable and therefore mentally unfit to serve as president. None of these smartest guys in the room had examined the Arizona senator, who served in the upper chamber with distinction for two decades after his landslide defeat, nor had they even met him.
The winner in that presidential election and the man Dershowitz voted for, Lyndon B. Johnson, got us entangled in the Vietnam War which led to the deaths of 58,000 Americans.
The “experts” were wrong.
The Trump-is-crazy meme will probably fade away soon, but not completely, I fear. But the left will proceed with more plots to remove Trump from office, which so far have included the Hamilton Electors (before he was sworn-in), Russia, emoluments, tax returns, and of course Russia.
Here is my non-professional mental health advice for those of all you Trump Derangement Sufferers: Deal with the strong likelihood that Trump will be president for the next three years–and probably seven. Presidents who run for reelection usually win. Accept it and find a way to get on with your lives, without watching CNN or MSBNC during every waking hour. I cannot promise happiness, no one can. But I suspect you will be less miserable.
Oh, by the way, Trump is not crazy. Not even a little bit.
This has been a bad week for the MSM ? Never Trump forces.
First you had the Emmys that not only became a parody of Hollywood never trumpdom but actually managed to set another new low for viewers.
Then you had CNN reporting that their own months of insisting the Trump was deranged for saying he was wiretapped was false.
Next you had climate change folks suddenly declare their models from ten years ago to be overly alarmist
Then you had the possibility that the Obamacare repeal which they had considered dead might suddenly be alive again
And then to top it all off the President gives a speech to the UN that not only called out North Korea and Iran (to the point where the MSM found themselves defending them) but explicitly called out Socialism and Communism for what they’ve always been was crimes recipes for failure, poverty starvation and oppression.
All of these things are bad enough but in the most ironic twist of ate left their only hope of scoring a win against Trump comes from the one person they may hate more, Sarah Palin.
You see there is a special election coming up in Alabama and the president, administration and ironically the establishment are backing Senator Strange are backing Luther Strange the incumbent, in fact the president is going to make a personal appearence for Senator Strange.
Now the reality for conservatives is that no matter who is elected Ro Moore or Luther Strange president Trump will have an ally who will help to build the wall, fight terror, defund Planned Parenthood and get some version of the Obamacare repealed passed.
But think about how far our friends on the left have fallen when their best hope to hand this president a symbolic defeat is at the hands of the woman they most despise.
Break out the popcorn boys, this is going to be fun.
Shortly after his surprise win over Hillary Clinton, Democrats and their media wing tried to delegitimize his triumph by claiming that Russians, meaning of course Vladimir Putin, hacked the election results. To date no evidence has emerged of a single vote changed because of Russian interference. And the liberals also claimed that Trump colluded with the Russians to win the presidency.
In December, shortly before the Electoral College met in the 50 state capitols and the District of Columbia, a group of has-been Hollywood celebrities calling themselves Unite for America released a video asking Republican electors to vote for someone other than Trump. Another group, the Hamilton Electors, also unsuccessfully made a similar call out to the electors.
The Electoral College didn’t punt–Trump won the most electors.
The following month a smattering of Democrats tried to convince Congress not to certify the Electoral College results. A few days after Trump was inaugurated a leftist group sued him, claiming that Trump was in violation of the obscure emoluments clause in the Constitution because a representative of a foreign government, might, just might, stay at a Trump Organization hotel. Remember, just a few days later. Besides, the president removed himself from running the company.
In May there was a spike in impeachment calls after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, citing obstruction of justice. Late last month Trump Tweeted about the MSNBC show “Morning Joe,” drawing attention to a facelift of co-host Mika Brzezinski.
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsWhich led to calls by Democrats to have Trump removed from office under the 25th Amendment, calling into question his mental health.
The latest impeachment dustup centers on his son, Donald Trump Jr., meeting with some Russian operatives last summer, which have brought new life to the collusion charges. Let’s dial this back. Trump’s son met with some Russians, so the president should be removed from office. Trump Jr. met with those Russians. Not the president. If that makes sense to you–then you are probably a leftist.
Let’s not forget the regular stoking of the ouster flames with the regular calls for Trump to release his tax returns–although there is no legal requirement for any president to do so.
You know what? All of this sounds like a witch hunt to me.
Or, as Lou Dobbs said on Fox Business last week, “This is about a full-on assault by the left–the Democratic Party–to absolutely carry out a coup d’etat against President Trump, aided by the left-wing media.”
As you might have heard Democrat Rep Maxine Waters had a town hall in her district that surprise, surprise included a chant calling for Donald Trump’s impeachment
She led her supporters in a chant to “Impeach 45,” repeating it over and over
Now there was a lot of pushback to Congresswoman Waters at that event that you can read about herehere and here but while the counter protestors are fun I have a more basic question for the California rep who is anxious to see President Donald Trump impeached.
Where is YOUR impeachment resolution?
You have been calling for Donald Trump impeachment since practically the day he was sworn in, you have also been a member of congress since 1991. Surely a woman with 27 years of experience in the house is capable of writing and presenting a resolution of impeachment without waiting on anyone else.
Furthermore if the American People are dislike President Trump as much as you and the media insist (Chuck Todd kept bandying around a 38% support figure) such a resolution should not only be greeted with joy by Democrats, but with 2018 coming up and Democrats and the media allies insisting that the midterms are a disaster waiting to happen for the GOP thanks to Trump surely a person as eloquent and experienced as you can bring them around if not by the merits but by the potential political consequences?
And just think if you can get the votes, the trail in the Senate would not only help the Democrat Senate efforts in 2018 but then you can make the case that is so clear to you and your supporters to the entire world, namely that Donald Trump is unfit to be President of the United States of America.
Now I know some people like myself have suggested that such a move would end in disaster to the left, that the lack of actual evidence of impeachable offenses would rapidly become apparent and that rather than a chance to demonstrate Democrat power, it would be a trap of your making that would shatter your party even further.
But what do I know? I’m just a conservative writer and blogger and you’ve been in congress longer than my children have been alive.
Show the world how much better you know than me, introduce a resolution of Impeachment into the congress and reap the praise of progressives everywhere.
A week from today I will be boarding a plane in Kansas City getting ready to fly back home and likely not paying much attention to what is going on in DC so let me tell you what is going to be happening:
By Friday of next week the media will be back in all Trump is evil all the time mode. There will be constant attacks, further leaks from the Independent Counsel’s office and his collection of as Randy Barnett called them “Democrat Attack Lawyers” and the focus of the left will be back on how horrible Trump is and why he must be removed from office.
By Friday of next week the Resistance, Black Lives Matter, Antifa crowed will be back planning the next one of their marches and will once again correctly anticipate that the local police in a blue city and/or university take will take little or no notice of any violations of law by said marchers nor will the media take note of any signs or chants that are inducive of violence.
By Friday of next week it will be considered fine to try to squelch conservative speech and marches and when violent counterprotestors of the left assault both them and police the media will consider it a local story and not worth mentioning.
By Friday of next week Maxine Waters and company will once again be free to be screaming “impeachment”, Nancy Pelosi will feel free to smile as a Democrat Convention screams in unison “Fuck Trump”, Rep Rosa DeLauro will feel free to claim GOP stands for “get old people” and rep Val Demings will once again consider riots to silence conservatives “A beautiful sight”
By Friday of next week Universities will not only once again feel comfortable when folks like Murry, Coulter, Milo and others are greeted with violence, but they will use the shooting of a GOP leader in Washington as an excuse to bar them completely because they fear for the safety of their student body.
By Friday of next week the sponsors of the Trump Assassination Chic in the park in NY will once again feel safe to sponsor it without shame, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert et/all will once again be happy to joke about how horrible and fascist conservatives are and Hollywood will once again be comfortable calling on people to “resist” rather than oppose, their political opponents by any and all means necessary.
By Friday of next week people who decided to either tone down or stay away from message boards, or twitter will return loudly proclaiming that death is too good for conservatives, christians and republicans and they will actually find themselves being ashamed that they didn’t have the courage of that tiny minority that cheered the shooting publicly.
Or to put it simply, by Friday of next week the left will once again be the left/media of Friday of last week and carry on with their prefered narrative, as they did after the pulse shooting and after Manchester, and after San Bernadino because too many people derive cash, power and prestige from the prefered narrative and or are afraid of those who derive said cash, power or prestige to challenge it.
If Congressman Scalise dies, the timeline will be pushed back by a minimum of one additional week to a maximum of one additional month
If the political right does not allow the media’s false “healing” narrative to be played and makes the media and left pay the full political price for their six month of political incitement then there is a chance that the left will, like a child who touches a hot stove, decide that it’s not a smart thing to continue to do. Once they pay that price and then ask forgiveness then it should be granted but not one moment before.
It would be very nice to be wrong about this, but I doubt it.
11th Doctor: Hello, hello, Gallifrey High Command, this is the Doctor speaking. 10th Doctor: Hello! Also the Doctor. Can you hear me? The War Doctor: Also the Doctor, standing ready. The General: Dear God, three of them. All my worst nightmares at once.
There are going to be three different James Comey testimonies.
First of all there is going to be the actual testimony, the testimony that is going to take place that will be in the congressional record and shown by CSPAN etc in full. That will involve taking questions with Democrats trying to spin things one way and republicans the other. The testimony for which his opening statement is actually out. In that testimony. In that testimony there will be a few things the administration doesn’t like but the reality is there will be nothing even remotely criminal, let alone impeachable that comes out of his lips.
If you are an average american who doesn’t follow sites, or a person who hasn’t gone all in on the Trump = Hitler/Caesar/Nixon nonsense, that is what you will hear. There may in fact be a tiny percentage of the “never trump” team who are grounded in reality that will see and acknowledge it.
This is reality.
Second there is going to be the James Comey testimony that the media reports to people who didn’t watch it. That will consist of the sound bites most damaging to the administration, it will be presented with video the most dramatic and accusatory questions by Democrats and spun by pundits on panels 80-100% against the president as a powerful message by a brave former public servant who this same media villainized literally until the day he was fired. In this coverage on the news side you will see it spun in conjunction with the various investigations as one more black mark against this administration, while on the pundit side, you will hear plenty of people comes as close to the line as possible to imply that proves illegality by the Trump administration but the vast majority will make it a point not to cross that line, particularly in print media like newspapers.
This is spin, the taking of actual events and twisting them to the political advantage of the left. Or as it’s called these days #fakenews
If you are someone who regularly buys what the MSM sell then this is what you will see. It’s worth noting that there will, in my opinion quite a few in the media, particularly older members of it, who will pretend in public, that this is what they saw, but will in private admit they saw the first. If you are an anti-trumper who hasn’t gone full fanatic yet, this is what you will likely see.
Finally there will be the James Comey testimony on Never Trump social media and such shows as Samantha Bee’s. This will consist of sound bites or individual lines that they will maintain PROVES Trump has committed impeachable offenses. Much of it will be similar to what the MSM presents be the testimony but it will willing to cross that line from reality to fantasy. It will be the testimony seen through that “alternative movie” that Scott Adams often talks about and spun by those who make their living off of keeping the most fanatical anti-Trump members of the left on perpetual outrage.
If you are a full blown far left fanboy/girl/te/le/zi/ki/ type who teaches gender/race/transgender/ studies this is what you will see.
No amount of reality will move you from this spot. If anyone brings up the actual testimony or the actual law, they will be ignored at best and attacked at worst and even the people who go for the media spin will be considered “Trump Deniers” for not crossing the line by them, ironically those same people in that center section will use this group to show they are the “reasonable” ones.
Spoilers note, only the first one is actually real
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I hate to interrupt your day by veering away from such issues, well, issues to some, such as the Donald Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia or that nation’s reputed hacking of the 2016 presidential election, but there is something more important that the mainstream media is only nibbling at the edges of: the Great American Pension Swindle.
What is it?
Underfunded pension plans in blue states, well mostly blue states.
Here are some media headlines from just this month:
As for that last one, many bond firms rate Chicago Public Schools’ bonds as junk. The collateral for its latest loan, and that’s a generous use of the term, is money owed to CPS by the state of Illinois, the Puerto Rico of the Midwest. Illinois’ public-worker pension plans are just 29 percent funded. Chicago’s pensions are worse–at 25 percent funded, the worst among 15 large cities surveyed.
I don’t have Schadenfreude over this situation. On a personal level the spouse of a friend of mine and one of my cousins are collecting Illinois State Police pensions. They were promised these retirement plans and they didn’t pay into Social Security when they worked for the state. There was no opt-out option for them in regards to these pensions. And their union, unlike AFSCME, wasn’t showering Illinois politicians, mostly Democrats, with copious campaign contributions while the state was shortchanging and even skipping payments into pension funds.
I suspect bankruptcies in all but name, which I wrote about earlier this month in this space, are coming to Illinois and other states who see pensions as a reward system for political sponsors such as AFSCME. Here’s another possibility: run-of-the-mill taxpayers, many of whom are just getting by financially and have no pensions of their own, nor the ability to retire in their 50s, will have to cough up even more in taxes to bail out public worker retirement funds.
This tragedy is not the fault of the Russians. Vladimir Putin didn’t hack the pension funds. But too bad that’s not what happened. Then perhaps MSNBC, CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times might devote more time to the Great American Pension Swindle.
There is a breathless headline from an NBC Poll just out:
NBC/WSJ Poll: Just 29 Percent Approve of Trump’s Firing of James Comey
Now reading that headline you would think that 71 percent disapprove, and I’m sure that’s what NBC wants you to think, however if you actually read the story you find out…
Just 29 percent of Americans say they approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, while 38 percent disapprove, according to results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Another 32 percent of respondents don’t have enough to say on the matter.
Don’t know enough to say? Actually the poll says “No opinion” in the graphic but it’s another attempt to make the Comey firing a problem when it isn’t, particularly when you discover that the 38 percent that is angry is driven by Democrats (2 of 3 polled) who are likely outraged about Trump getting that 2nd scoop of Ice cream.
So in the interest of showing what media spin is I’ve taken the liberty of rephrasing the headline to reflect the actual reality which is this:
The US public doesn’t give a damn that Trump fired Comey, but the media wants them to.
Exit question, if after a week of pushing this story the united and concerted MSM media efforts can’t even get 40% of the public riled up about Comey what does that say about their power to actually influence the public these days?