Trump Takes It To The Press

NBC’s Chuck Todd didn’t like President Donald Trump’s press conference yesterday. Todd’s tweets were hilarious. First he sends out this one via his personal victim card, “This not a laughing matter. I’m sorry, delegitimizing the press is unAmerican.”

Then a little later more of the victim card with this one; “Press bashing may feel good to folks but when it’s done by people in power, it’s corrosive. Take off your partisan hats for a second.”

Victimhood is the rallying cry of the left these days and Todd sings it well here. His complaint is especially amusing coming from someone who buys into the narrative of delegitimizing Trump’s presidency. Never mind criticize, the press is supposed to be critical of the government, but right now there is an organized movement on the left to delegitimize this presidency. Such an idea from national news outlets is irresponsible behavior that needs to be called out for the fake news that it is. Trump won. To quote Joe Biden, “it is over.”

But I just love that second tweet. In it Todd says being a bully may feel good, except when you’re the one being bullied. Yeah, no shit, Chuck. And this is not about partisanship on our side. The blinding partisanship in any of this mess comes from you, your news organization and your Sunday morning show. You write your narrative ahead of time, then demand that those who are on a different side subscribe to your spun-up recount before offering the exact quote you demand to have. That ain’t journalism young man.

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On National Security

Pictured below is Richard. Don’t be like him. If you see the presidential aide who carries “the football” then do not take a selfie with him and identify him by name. It will do our country no good and could only invite potential harm. Maybe, and I mean super maybe, take the selfie, then shelf it for the duration of the administration and then post after a new individual has taken over the position. Again, maybe. The best scenario is to shake the aide’s hand, thank him for his service, and don’t selfishly insert yourself into our country’s National Security! You flipping idiot!

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End Sanctuary Cities

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order today that calls for federal grants to be withheld from states and cities that do not enforce federal immigration law. This is the necessary first step in ending the lawless idea of sanctuary cities.

Enforcing immigration law has nothing to do with being racist. The left needs to stop hiding behind their false accusations of racism and join the conversation for real. An illegal immigrant is someone who broke the law, regardless of which country they came from. An “undocumented worker” is a cute term. Ask a proponent of the term to explain its origin and its meaning, then they’ll make the case for how silly it is for you.

Advertising that a city will not enforce immigration law is an invitation that travels out of the country and offers incentive for someone to break the law in the first place. Rahm Emanuel had the best ad of all when he said that Chicago “always will be a sanctuary city.” He also said in the same press conference, “you are safe in Chicago.” It is crazy to think that when the mayor of America’s murder capital said you’ll be safe he was talking about not enforcing the law instead of talking about how he plans to reduce his city’s record murder rate. Lawlessness begets lawlessness.

President Trump is right when he said, “A nation without borders is not a nation.” Know your history. But kids today are not taught history, or when they are exposed to history, it is in a strange attempt to change it so that it is more palatable to today’s whims. Sanctuary cities are unlawful. Period. They were poorly conceived to begin with. Our nation is an open door with very generous access to lawfully becoming a citizen. Sidestepping the law and then hiding behind false cries of racism is a disingenuous way to discuss reforming existing immigration laws. End sanctuary cities.

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Day One Executive Orders

On Donald Trump’s first day as president he signed an Executive Order halting any further implementation of the Affordable Care Act and setting up its repeal. This was something Trump campaigned on and it was something his supporters expected to see from him.

On Barack Obama’s first day as president he signed an Executive Order closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. This was something Obama campaigned on and it was something his supporters expected to see from him.

The difference between the two orders is one is about helping the economy and the other was just symbolic bull. But there could be another yuuuuuge difference here…

Obama failed at closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, it’s still open eight years later. Trump has a bar set pretty low to beat. Or will the Affordable Care Act be to Trump what Guantanamo Bay still is to Obama?

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Electoral College Final Results; 304 To 227

The official votes in the 2016 presidential election were cast yesterday by the Electoral College. Republican nominee Donald Trump won 304 electoral votes, officially making him the president-elect. He will be sworn in on January 20, 2017.

The results were surprisingly. There was talk of a possible movement by unfaithful electors to leave Trump for a compromise candidate. But in the end, the surprise was more electors were unfaithful to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as she won that race five to two with her unfaithful electors giving three votes to another former secretary of state in Colin Powell, one to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and one vote going to Native American Rights activist Faith Spotted Eagle. Trump’s two unfaithful electors went to Ohio Governor John Kasich and former congressman Ron Paul.

Here is the final scoreboard;

Republican nominee Donald J. Trump- 304 (minus 2 from his pledged total)
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton- 227 (minus 5 from her pledged total)
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell- 3
Ohio Governor John Kasich- 1
Former Congressman Ron Paul- 1
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders- 1
Native American Rights activist Faith Spotted Eagle- 1

Now let’s move on and actually give the new administration a chance before we start hammering away.

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Trump Picks ExxonMobil Executive For State Department

President-Elect Donald Trump has selected Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, to be the next secretary of state. Trump called Tillerson “a world class player.” He will serve our country well in this position.

Tillerson’s qualifications are perfectly fitting for the state department in that he has managed a multi-national business, dealt directly with foreign leaders, and accomplished the construction of many large infrastructure projects which have required as much diplomacy as they required business skill. He is a manager who is well-known in international circles.

These qualifications are stark contrasts from his last two predecessors. This pick should have the liberals going nutty because in addition to the big oil part, Tillerson is the opposite of how the Democrats have recently used the top spot at state department.

The office of secretary of state can be used for political positioning in two ways. The first is to give it to the person who your party wants to launch as the next presidential contender, which is why Barack Obama chose Hillary Clinton. The other way is to give the position to a career party player to reward them for their service and to not disturb the already set political order, which is why Obama picked John Kerry. Tillerson fits neither category.

Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates said Tillerson “would bring to the position vast knowledge, experience and success in dealing with dozens of governments and leaders in every corner of the world.” Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said Tillerson has “a deep understanding of the global economy and a belief in America’s special role in the world.”

As qualified as Rex Tillerson is, none of it will matter to the left, who will see ExxonMobil and then claim to already know enough to oppose, which is too bad because Tillerson is qualified. Tillerson is not using the position to launch to the presidency like Clinton, and he is not a political hack in is twilight like Kerry; he is a global economist who has built relationships by building large infrastructure projects throughout the world. Tillerson is, as Trump puts it, “a world class player.” He is a fine choice for secretary of state.

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NFL Greats Brown, Lewis Meet With Trump

The Trump Tower watch is a wild spectacle. Politicos want to know who is coming in and so does TMZ and other celebrity stalking cameramen. So we weren’t too surprised when the populist president-elect meet with pop culture figure Kayne West today. But we are a little surprised by the appearance of NFL legends Jim Brown and Ray Lewis. After their meeting with Donald Trump the two Hall of Famers sung praises for the president-elect, story linked here.

You never know who will show up next.

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Time Picks Trump As Person Of The Year

Time magazine has selected president-elect Donald Trump for their annual Person of the Year cover issue. This is a good choice because he won. That’s pretty simple logic but it is much more complex when you dive into things.

For now, let’s appreciate that Trump won the nomination when few said he would. Then he won the November election when few said he would. The media was against him and working behind the scenes with his opponent Hillary Clinton. He was out fund-raised and outspent by large margins. And there was a degree of inevitability to the election of Clinton, who had been running for president, really for the last sixteen years, but definitely for the last eight years. All of this set the stage for fireworks at Clinton’s victory party. But those fireworks were canceled.

Of course Time magazine can’t be too congratulatory. On the cover they identify Trump as the “President Of The Divided States of America.” Fair in that he lost the popular vote, but the popular vote doesn’t declare the winner. A more appropriate text for the cover would read “Another Populist Wins The White House.” Eight years ago Barack Obama swept in on populist whims, promising the same thing that Trump promised. From Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech on winning the Democrat’s nomination; “The fundamentals we use to measure economic strength are whether we are living up to that fundamental promise that has made this country great – a promise that is the only reason I am standing here tonight.” This cycle the message was the same but it was packaged a little differently, this time in the form of hats that read “Make America Great Again.”

When populism won eight years ago Time selected the populist who won when they named Barack Obama Person of the Year for 2008. They chose the winning populist again this year (keep in mind Time recently reported one of the Jenners “totally carb-loaded”). Populism won again and Time has accurately captured that phenomenon

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Mattis Picked For Sec Def

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate General James Mattis, Marine Corps (Ret.), for secretary of defense.

This is a great pick as General Mattis is highly respected throughout our military. His subject matter expertise on the logistical management of the defense budget is an asset. His presence at the top level of the Pentagon will surely be a morale boaster to our troops who have been asked to do an awful lot, especially over the last 15 years.

One of the many reasons we like this selection is because General Mattis is a scholar, who is a scholar because he is a humble man who reads to understand and appreciate his field of work as best he can. Below, and linked here, is an email General Mattis sent to one of his colleagues on why reading history is an important tool for the modern day:

….The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience (or by your men’s experience), i.e. the hard way. By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men.

Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation, never at a loss for how any problem has been addressed (successfully or unsuccessfully) before. It doesn’t give me all the answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead.

With TF 58, I had w/ me Slim’s book, books about the Russian and British experiences in AFG, and a couple others. Going into Iraq, “The Siege” (about the Brits’ defeat at Al Kut in WW I) was req’d reading for field grade officers. I also had Slim’s book; reviewed T.E. Lawrence’s “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”; a good book about the life of Gertrude Bell (the Brit archaeologist who virtually founded the modern Iraq state in the aftermath of WW I and the fall of the Ottoman empire); and “From Beirut to Jerusalem”. I also went deeply into Liddell Hart’s book on Sherman, and Fuller’s book on Alexander the Great got a lot of my attention (although I never imagined that my HQ would end up only 500 meters from where he lay in state in Babylon).

Ultimately, a real understanding of history means that we face NOTHING new under the sun. For all the “4th Generation of War” intellectuals running around today saying that the nature of war has fundamentally changed, the tactics are wholly new, etc, I must respectfully say… “Not really”: Alex the Great would not be in the least bit perplexed by the enemy that we face right now in Iraq, and our leaders going into this fight do their troops a disservice by not studying (studying, vice just reading) the men who have gone before us.

We have been fighting on this planet for 5000 years and we should take advantage of their experience. “Winging it” and filling body bags as we sort out what works reminds us of the moral dictates and the cost of incompetence in our profession. As commanders and staff officers, we are coaches and sentries for our units: how can we coach anything if we don’t know a hell of a lot more than just the TTPs? What happens when you’re on a dynamic battlefield and things are changing faster than higher HQ can stay abreast? Do you not adapt because you cannot conceptualize faster than the enemy’s adaptation? (Darwin has a pretty good theory about the outcome for those who cannot adapt to changing circumstance — in the information age things can change rather abruptly and at warp speed, especially the moral high ground which our regimented thinkers cede far too quickly in our recent fights.) And how can you be a sentinel and not have your unit caught flat-footed if you don’t know what the warning signs are — that your unit’s preps are not sufficient for the specifics of a tasking that you have not anticipated?

Perhaps if you are in support functions waiting on the warfighters to spell out the specifics of what you are to do, you can avoid the consequences of not reading. Those who must adapt to overcoming an independent enemy’s will are not allowed that luxury.

This is not new to the USMC approach to warfighting — Going into Kuwait 12 years ago, I read (and reread) Rommel’s Papers (remember “Kampstaffel”?), Montgomery’s book (“Eyes Officers”…), “Grant Takes Command” (need for commanders to get along, “commanders’ relationships” being more important than “command relationships”), and some others. As a result, the enemy has paid when I had the opportunity to go against them, and I believe that many of my young guys lived because I didn’t waste their lives because I didn’t have the vision in my mind of how to destroy the enemy at least cost to our guys and to the innocents on the battlefields.

Hope this answers your question…. I will cc my ADC in the event he can add to this. He is the only officer I know who has read more than I.

Semper Fi, Mattis

Wow. Great pick.

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School Choice Wins With New Education Secretary

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced he will name Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education. With DeVos we can expect more local control of schools and more freedom for parents to send their kids to an alternative choice rather than a failing school. Her website says “her political efforts are focused on advancing educational choices.” This is a big win for advocates of school choice.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse expressed his support in a Facebook post; “The nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education is great news for those of us who care about educational freedom, local control for parents and more opportunity for all. But it’s even better news for the millions of low-income kids who for too long have been locked out of their best shot at an education that allows them to compete.” Senator Sasse concludes his post his post with, “This is an excellent pick.”

Some conservatives expressed concerns over DeVos position on The Common Core. She irrefutably stated in a tweet that she is “not a supporter-period.”

But the left will line up, ready to stop freedom in education. Teachers’ unions have come out against DeVos and they should because, like so many supporters of school choice, she does not believe the government should have a monopoly on education.

The Wall Street Journal describes liberals’ gripe on this topic well with,

“Ms. DeVos, a prominent charter-school advocate, would enter the office at a time when traditional public schools are fighting charter schools for students, as enrollment drives state and local funding. Some school districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, have reported losing thousands of students and millions of dollars.
Charter schools, publicly funded campuses that are mostly privately run, are the fastest-growing educational option. Enrollment in charters rose 219% from 2004 to 2014 to more than 2.5 million students, while school-district enrollment dropped by 1%, according to an analysis of the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics.”

New York Senator Chuck Schumer took the usual Democrat line of more money solves all problems when he tweeted “Students thrive when we invest in public education, this Ed Sec pick threatens that.” More appropriately, DeVos will work to stop forced union membership, break up the idea of a government-ran monopoly on education and offer more freedom for parents in the education of their children.

A little deregulation is a move in the right direction for the Department of Education. Founded in 1867, the Department of Education did not become a cabinet-level agency until 1980, when Jimmy Carter was president. This is a case where rolling back another growth in the federal government leftover from a Democrat’s administration will benefit the states.

Betsy DeVos looks like a great selection for Secretary of Education. We are wishing her the best in her pursuit of furthering school choice, home schooling, vouchers, and charter schools. With DeVos deregulating in Washington, freedom in education finally has the legs it needs to meet its full potential.

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19,000 Reasons To Be Happy

For those little snowflakes who are still too distraught from the 2016 election to rejoin society, here is something to brighten your day; the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed today at over 19,000 points for the first time ever.

The market has responded well to the election of Donald Trump as president. Since his win on November 8, the Dow has climbed over 800 points, including a 250 point bounce the day after the victory. The Trump Administration is off to a solid start.

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Attack Of The More Tolerant Party

The Democrats are losing their minds right now. They just don’t understand how their brand of government and market socialism was rejected. They also just don’t understand how their intellectual bullying is both faulty and repugnant. So the special little snowflakes are taking to violence in the streets. It is absolutely disgusting.This needs to stop. Hillary Clinton lost for several big reasons and a ton of small ones. Those reasons will be dissected by everyone including writers at this blog for years to come. The bottom-line is simple: Donald Trump won, fair and square.

And the leaders of the Democratic Party need to step up to stop this violence and disrespect. Today, a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Obama with Mr. and Mrs. Trump was canceled by the Obamas. It is fair to speculate that Michelle Obama led the way on this decision. That is absolutely classless. A move like that is something a leader wouldn’t do and is part of the reason why liberals think it is okay to resort to violence to express their sad feelings.

The irony of it all is that crazy liberals are saying worse things about American voters than Trump ever said about anyone. But liberals describe themselves as more tolerant than their conservative counterparts. Give me a break.

To the little snowflakes too distraught to function and to anyone who is ashamed to be an American (some of my friends are actually telling me they are “ashamed to be American”) I suggest you call your US Senator and speak strongly about the “advise and consent” part of selecting a Supreme Court nominee because with Republicans controlling the White House, the Senate, and the House, you are not going to like what one-party rule can do with the backing of a majority on the Supreme Court.

Keep crying snowflakes, it is going to get a little worse for you.

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WaPo Hits Trump, Claims News

Yesterday’s print edition of The Washington Post was more anti-Donald Trump than usual. Journalism ain’t what it used to be. Now it’s all click bait, blatant bias and sponsored content.

The WaPo opinion section yesterday had three hit pieces on Trump. The first was by a novelist who wrote a piece called “Fat-shaming a woman who isn’t fat.” Is that news? A beauty queen with hurt feelings from 20 years ago gets more attention than Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state. Which is more relevant?

Then there was a piece by Ruth Marcus that is full of silly insults. Marcus claims, “Trump is stuck in middle school. Early middle school. And that’s being charitable.” She then attempts to argue that the name calling she selected is accurate. Is it fair to ask Marcus if her column is better suited for a seventh grade paper (or partisan blog) than a major newspaper?

And the kicker was straight from the editorial board. They wrote “Trump is ignorant, unprepared, and bigoted.” There is no hidden agenda either, the editorial specially says it is meant for Trump supporters who “doubt he could do much harm.” Is that journalism or micro-targeting for one campaign over the other?

Are any of those examples of journalism?

If name calling, hurt feelings and more name calling are the only cases against Donald Trump, then Hillary Clinton’s campaign is in trouble. We’ll expect WaPo, the Huffing Mad Post and other mainstream liberal news outlets to continue their sponsored content, I mean, hits on Trump, I mean reporting on the election. R.I.P. Journalism.

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Debate Bounce

Looking through the mainstream media’s wrap-up of Monday’s debate, what is noticeably absent is the mention of a post-debate bounce, which is a positive increase in polling numbers as a direct result of the debate performance. Because Hillary Clinton is more unlikable the more she is seen, we shouldn’t expect her to receive a positive bounce after performing on a national stage in primetime. If Trump did receive an uptick in support then the liberal media outlets like CNN (Clinton News Network) or MSNBC (Mostly Stuff No Body Cs) won’t be allowed to report it due to contractual obligations they have with Hillary’s campaign, so we are left to look at other indicators.

One such indicator is the fundraising haul made immediately after the debate, which could provide telling information. In this situation, Donald Trump raised a record $18 million. Wow! That’s a lot of small dollar “deplorables” that Hillary’s team unwittingly fired up. Could Trump pull this off? Clearly, Hillary is a terrible candidate and a terrible public servant who has no accomplishments to run on and a long history to run away from, so her troubles this campaign should be no surprise. However when a candidate is the darling of the establishment, like Hillary is, then that candidate is going to be tough to beat just by default. The mindless sample ballot voter can be a moving force. Let’s hope this year is different.

In 2008 and 2012 Republicans were told that we lost because our base didn’t show up. I’ll leave commenting on that alone for now and just point out that the Democrat’s base may not show up for Hillary like the Ds expect. She is unlikable, she has burned down every bridge she has crossed and her bullying tactics are the heart of her campaign plan. Guilt, shame, and fear are the cornerstones Hillary has built her campaign on. When you have no accomplishments from your time in public life (and yet somehow are super rich) then you have to distract, deflect and never defend a lackluster career. Hillary Clinton does not deserve a promotion.

The post-debate fundraising haul from Donald Trump could be evidence of an upset brewing. Trump supporters have 18 million new reasons to be optimistic.

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