Closing Out A Week …..

Want proof that the news cycle is moving faster than ever? Think about this. The Trump and Kim summit was only two weeks ago. Doesn’t it feel like longer? In the era of Trump, things move fast!

Let’s wrap up some news and thoughts you may have missed this week.

Trump and Putin Summit

The news of a Trump and Putin summit date was barely out when the left started in where they left off with Kim.
Here’s the ex CIA Director under Obama John Brennan:
Former CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday it was “a good idea” for President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet in an effort to improve relations between their two countries, but added Trump either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that Putin is “playing him. I think Mr. Trump is either not smart enough to realize that Mr. [Putin] is playing him or he doesn’t care, and it’s quite unfortunate,”

So Kim played Trump, and won the day because Trump showed up. Now, just with the announcement of a meeting Putin wins. Any wonder why our foreign policy in the last administration was a mess? 

Without A Nominee

Chuck Schumer has called every possible Trump nominee for the Supreme Court “unqualified”. Think about that, no one has any idea on who the nominee will be, but just the fact that Trump is picking him means the person is already disqualified.
The media should be burning him over this, but of course they won’t.
Now this is the same Schumer who fought so hard against Neil Gorsuch. Remember the filibuster?
He fought so hard that the Republicans changed the rules from 60 votes needed to a simple majority. That fight, as we said at the time, was the wrong fight. Gorsuch was impeccable, and Schumer’s fight led to a rule change that means now all Trump needs is 50 votes to win. (Pence gets to be a tie breaker). If Schumer had not chosen the wrong fight it would still be sixty.

Now the pressure for this nominee is going to fall squarely on the Democratic Senators up for reelection in Trump won states. What are they going to do? Will they vote against a conservative nominee in a conservative state? Will they go against their party? My early guess is they vote for confirmation to save themselves. If they win they will revert back to loyal Democrats.

However, buckle up for more mudslinging than you have seen since the Robert Bork hearings. If a good man like Gorsuch can be attacked (and have 45 Democrats vote no), then watch this one.

A Funny One

You may have seen  a segment on Fox News Channel’s “The Five,”  where the anchors took the  “23 and Me” DNA tests to determine their ancestry.
According to the tests, 6.1 percent of Kimberly Guilfoyle’s DNA is “East Asian and Native American,” with 5.3 percent definitely Native American and the rest possibly either.
Well Donald Trump Jr. (who is rumored to be dating her since his divorce), immediately sent out a challenge to Senator Elizabeth Warren:
“I’ll make this interesting. I’ll bet @SenWarren $10,000 to a Native American charity that @kimguilfoyle is more Native American than she is. [Let me know],” he said.

The Mueller Probe

We continue to believe that Mueller has something he is looking at with Donald Trump outside of collusion. Senator Warner this week opened his mouth telling some people at a dinner to buy him another glass of wine and he may share some things that only he and Mueller know. Since he is the ranking member of the senate committee investigating this, it was either a drunken boast or a really bad joke.
Then yesterday the ferderal judge on the Manafort case said, “even a blind person” can see that the Special Counselor’s “true target” is President Trump. 
“Given the investigation’s focus on President Trump’s campaign, even a blind person can see that the true target of the Special Counsel’s investigation is President Trump, not defendant, and that defendant’s prosecution is part of that larger plan,” he wrote. “Specifically, the charges against defendant are intended to induce defendant to cooperate with the Special Counsel by providing evidence against the President or other members of the campaign. Although these kinds of high-pressure prosecutorial tactics are neither uncommon nor illegal, they are distasteful.”

This probe can really impact the President before its ove,r and since everyone is pushing for an end this summer the impact on the November elections can’t be overstated.

Talking Nasty Elections

Here’s a story out yesterday about the Mexican elections this year.
“Political assassinations, murders and violence continue to escalate as Mexico’s elections approach. In the ten months since the election cycle started, 130 political candidates were murdered”.

At least we haven’t gotten to that stage ….. yet.

The Immigration Bill Votes

Both bills failed this week in the house as Republicans could not agree among their members on a single approach. With one bill 191 voted yes, but 218 are needed. The hard liners and more moderates could not agree totally.

With both bills not a single Democrat voted yes. They needed 27 Democrats to vote with the Republicans on one bill to get it to the senate. Are you surprised 100% of the Democrats voted no twice?

As We Head To The Midterms

As we head to the midterms the Mueller probe remains hanging over the President and the Republicans. A Mueller report with indictment would destroy the Republican chances to hold the congress.

A clean bill of health would put the Democrats on the ropes. Because what are they running on? Besides anti Trump, what are their issues? It can’t really be, rescind the tax cuts and no border control.

 

Checks. Balances, Courts …..

The Court

One of the biggest impacts of the 2016 election promised to be the appointment of new Supreme Court Justices. With Anthony Kennedy announcing his retirement yesterday the President will have the chance to make his second appointment in two years. This one can change the character of the court, as Justice Kennedy was the five in almost all the 5-4 votes. Get ready for the the character assassination of whomever Trump nominates. Remember what they did to Gorsuch, who has proven to be such a class act.

To Jail

To jail goes Reality Leigh Winner, the former defense contractor who was the first person prosecuted by the  administration for leaking. Remember her?  She was so anti Trump and arrogant. She told her sister she would be safe because was a cute white girl and would flaunt that. Well, Reality, meet reality. Your guilty in federal court on Tuesday requires you to serve over five years in prison. Bye.

Remember When

Remember when the Tea Party people were going to be the ruin and end of the Republican party? The charge was the party was taken over by the far right and was doomed.
Well the situation is now reversed. The far left served notice yesterday with the primary election victory of Alexandria Ocas­io-Cortez — a self-described Democratic socialist over powerful Congressman Joe Crowley.
This event serves notice on the Democrat Party how far left they have drifted, and it is a danger heading toward 2020.
What does a socialist like her stand for? Wel,l among other things, she campaigned for a federal jobs guarantee, universal Medicare, cracking down on Wall Street and abolishing US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
She was endorsed by the New York City Democratic Socialists of America.

Cause and Effect

The MSM continues to show and talk about child separation and how heartless the administration is. Forgetting the fact they don’t mention this has gone on under Presidents, let’s take a look at cause and effect.

Kids and parents are separated is the end result and we all agree that this is not a policy we want to follow. So the media uses the end result to tug at hearts and beat upon the administration. Now what are the causes?

Cause number one is the parent(s) have tried to cross the U.S. border illegally. They didn’t follow the law and apply, they just decided to cross. Now if you tried to cross into Mexico, or Guatemala, or El Salvador, what do you think and expect will happen to you? I would expect as that poor American solider a few years back, who got lost at the Mexican border and was locked up to suffer the same fate. Why is it we should expect that for us, but not in reverse?
So cause one is an illegal act that you are caught at.

Cause two is the U.S. Court ruling that a family caught entering illegally can only be held for 20 days. That timeframe does not allow the government to do its investigation on the family and have a hearing. So we are forbidden to hold them for an adequate period to get the facts. Thus we release them, and more come because they know the outcome.

Cause three is the congress cannot agreed on border security. Some on the right want no one let in, and those who come deported out. Those on the left want open borders and everyone let in.

That’s three causes that have led to the situation we have and the outcome the MSM loves talking about. It’s the cause and effect that we have been talking about.

The example is that little girl featured on the front of Time as the example of the big bad nasty U.S. government. How many know this:

The mother and child in that photo not only weren’t separated, but their claims of asylum are also likely bogus.
The woman, identified in news reports as Sandra Sanchez, was deported from the U.S. in 2013, which analysts said suggests her latest attempt to enter the U.S. is likely about illegal immigration rather than asylum.
Her decision to leave others of her children back home — recounted by the girl’s father, Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, to The Washington Post and Reuters last week — will also likely weigh on her chances, suggesting that she didn’t fear for them in their home country.
“If the children and her spouse are safe, and she felt comfortable leaving them home, it is arguable that the mother has no real fear of persecution,” said Matthew J. O’Brien, a former anti-fraud official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services who now works at the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Such is the state of the news media today.

 

Thinking ….

The argument from those on the left defending recent activity like the Red Hen restaurant and other street activity is this. The right did not treat Obama right, the birthers and others never accepted him.

Well, since you thought that action by some was wrong, then how can you justify what some are doing now? If wrong is wrong, then it’s wrong, no matter what side you are on. Are you really trying to defend things today by saying what you saw for eight years was wrong, therefore you can do wrong?

That my friends is a poor argument and you might be better taking the high road or finding another reason.

To the young intern for N.H. Senator Hassan who shouted on live TV at the President,“F*** Trump”, you should have been fired and not just suspended for a week. At twenty-one years old what makes you think you are capable of judging what others have chosen? Why don’t you take the lucky “week only” you got and go learn some manners. Obviously you weren’t taught before now.

To Senator Hassan, your defense of a week only is a disgrace as well. To say “well it was Trump” is beyond belief. Here’s what she said:
“This behavior shouldn’t be equated with the president’s destructive and divisive actions … this young woman immediately accepted responsibility for her actions and is facing consequences for them. The president is doing neither.”
Senator you need to be better as one of one hundred members of the chamber.

How come the manager of the Red Hen was not fired? Let me see, you throw a family with kids out because they work for the elected President of the U.S. Then you followed them so they would be harassed at the next restaurant. Who do you think you are? Who made you moral judge for the rest of us?

While on the subject, how come the left wants to boycott Chick-fil-A because their ownership had a viewpoint but serves all? The mere fact they had a view was good enough to boycott. Yet you support the Red Hen who refused to serve a family because the Mom works for the President? Is this real in America today?
Tell me again who is tolerant and understanding.

Is there someone on the right who would survive, in the media, in office or for election if they said what Maxine Waters did? No way, only a tolerant left leaning person could survive. Think about that.

Did you hear on the MSM this story? You know the media that said Kim won the meeting with Trump because Trump showed up.

North Korea is skipping its annual “anti-US imperialism” rally marking the start of the Korean War as it tones down the rhetoric following the summit between Kim Jong-un and President Trump.
The month long event generally concludes on July 27 with a national holiday to celebrate the “Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.”
More than 100,000 people turned out for last year’s rally in Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang chanting anti-American slogans.
The regime also issued special anti-US postage stamps for the occasion.

Imagine this news under Obama or Clinton. It would be big, wouldn’t it? Under Trump it doesn’t fit the narrative.

Here’s another N.Korea story from the BBC, you didn’t hear about:

Over the past few months, it seems, North Korea’s propaganda has been changing its tune.
Banners and posters displayed across the capital and other towns have typically featured the US as a brutal imperialist aggressor and South Korea or Japan as Washington’s willing allies. But visitors to the country say they’ve seen those posters replaced by propaganda pushing economic progress and the inter-Korean rapprochement.
Leading newspapers in the tightly controlled country have also seen a shift in tone, a sign the country is starting to reflect its recent diplomatic thaw to the people.

Can it be that the administration is making real progress with them? The media is waiting for a negative to report, these good signs are not newsworthy.

TARIFFS

We continue to hear about how bad the tariffs will be, and the MSM played up the Harley Davidson news this week. Just for perspective here’s another side. Bloomberg ran this yesterday:

China Begins to Question Whether It’s Ready for a Trade War

Xi Jinping vowed to match Donald Trump blow for blow in any trade war. Now as one gets closer, some in Beijing are starting to openly wonder whether China is ready for the fight — an unusually direct challenge to the leadership of the world’s second-largest economy.

In recent weeks, prominent academics have begun to question if China’s slowing, trade-dependent economy can withstand a sustained attack from Trump, which is already started to weigh on stock prices. The sentiments are being expressed in carefully worded essays circulated on China’s heavily censored internet and — according to interviews in recent days with ministry officials and foreign diplomats who asked not to be identified — repeated in the halls of government offices, too.

The essays have raised concerns that the ruling Communist Party underestimated the depth of anti-China sentiment in Washington and risked a premature showdown with the world’s sole superpower. Such views push the bounds of acceptable public debate in a nation where dissent can lead to censure or even jail time, and are particularly bold given Xi has amassed unrivaled control while leading China to a more assertive role on the world stage.

“It seems like Chinese officials were mentally unprepared for the approaching trade friction or trade war,” Gao Shanwen, chief economist for Beijing-based Essence Securities Co., whose biggest shareholders include large state-owned enterprises, wrote in one widely circulated commentary. “Anti-China views are becoming the consensus among the U.S. public and its ruling party.”

Private Doubts

Gao’s article — first published May 10 on his WeChat social media account after a trip to Washington — has amassed millions of hits across multiple platforms. He couldn’t be reached for comment.

The essays have been noticed by key officials. Gao’s piece was circulated last week among bureaucrats at the Commerce Ministry, which has been on the front lines of the trade dispute, said one agency official, who asked not to be named because the discussions were private.

Other officials expressed skepticism about the senior leadership’s strategy in discussions with Bloomberg News last week. One Finance Ministry official said the country had made a “major misjudgment” of the U.S.’s commitment to a long-term confrontation with China.

China’s Finance Ministry and Commerce Ministry didn’t respond to faxed questions about the sentiments expressed in the essays.

Escalation Risk

In official statements, China has remained defiant since Trump’s decision earlier this month to levy tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports and push ahead with additional restrictions on foreign investment. China vowed to retaliate immediately and “forcefully,” prompting even more threats from Trump that have brought the world’s two largest economies to the brink of a trade war.

The risk is that the two sides, having misjudged each other’s intentions, find themselves in an escalating series of attacks and counterattacks. Xi, like Trump, is a nationalistic leader who has emphasized his strength and decisiveness and can’t afford to look weak in a confrontation with China’s biggest rival.

There are signs that both sides may be posturing. With the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 400 points on Monday, White House Trade adviser Peter Navarro sought to ease investor concerns that a Treasury Department report later this week on foreign investment restrictions would stifle economic growth.

Even so, the rhetoric is intense on both sides. Last week, Xi told a group of mostly American and European multinational CEOs that China planned to strike back at U.S. trade measures, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the remarks. In public comments at the event, Xi issued a veiled rebuke of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for calling the country’s pledges of economic reform “a joke.”

Hide, Bide

Xi has a lot at stake personally. He cast aside former leader Deng Xiaoping’s maxim to “hide” China’s strength and “bide” its time, and last year outlined a vision to complete China’s rise as a global power by 2050. That included building a “world-class” military and boosting clout through his Belt-and-Road Initiative to finance infrastructure from Asia to Europe and beyond. Presidential term limits were also removed, allowing him to rule indefinitely.

Yu Zhi, an economic professor from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, questioned the wisdom of a more assertive foreign policy in a recent article published in Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao newspaper. He confirmed the comments when reached by phone.

“Has China completed the task of ‘getting rich’? Has China completed the primary stage of socialism as Deng Xiaoping described? Can you begin to compete directly with the United States and other Western countries?” Yu wrote. “China should rethink its general strategic direction.”

Failed Talks

China’s attempts to settle the dispute by promising to buy tens of billions of dollars of U.S. energy and agriculture products have so far ended in frustration. Xi’s chief economic aide, Liu He, returned from Washington and declared the trade war over last month, only to see Trump escalate tensions again shortly afterward.

To the U.S., the problem is more than just deficits. The White House last week issued a scathing 36-page report accusing China of “economic aggression,” following on from the Pentagon’s decision earlier this year to brand the country a “strategic competitor.”

The U.S. decision to penalize telecommunications equipment-maker ZTE Corp. — ostensibly for violating Iran nuclear sanctions — complements a broader Trump administration effort to roll back Xi’s ambitious program to dominate several strategic industries. A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has subsequently advanced legislation to block an agreement to spare the company has fed fears that the fight over the U.S. trade deficit is headed to an all-out struggle for dominance.

‘Geopolitical War’

“If mismanaged and the China-U.S. trade war is fully upgraded, it could expand into a financial war, an economic war, a resource war, and a geopolitical war,” Ren Zeping, chief economist at China Evergrande Group, wrote in one popular commentary published on June 5.

“The U.S. will use its hegemonic system established since World War II from trade, finance, currency, military and et cetera, to stop the rise of China,” said Ren, a high-profile economist who made headlines last year for earning a hefty paycheck.

The dispute threatens Xi’s attempt to guide China into an era of slower growth without a recession that could loosen the Communist Party’s 69-year grip on power. The country’s industrial output, retail sales and investment all fell below forecasts last month and economists predict that the trade conflict could cut as much as half a percentage point from annual economic growth.

Chinese stocks have fallen recently, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down about 20 percent from its peak in January. The slide has fueled warnings about a repeat of the market’s collapse in 2015, the last time China saw such open criticism of economic policymakers.

“People are going to look back at this year as the pivot point when Xi Jinping overreached and sparked an international backlash against the party and China’s development model on multiple fronts,” said Jude Blanchette, China practice lead at Crumpton Group in Arlington, Virginia, and a former Conference Board researcher in Beijing. “There can’t be a domestic backlash because most of what they spend their time doing is thinking about how to stop that.”

Cause and Effect …..

The more I watch the MSM, liberals and apologists, the more I think they are so sanctimonious that they have lost the ability to understand cause and effect. They are so righteous in the thought that they are right, that everything they believe proves their point, without understanding cause. Let me explain.

We all agree that something went wrong in that Pittsburgh Police Shooting. It was clear to us that the officer, on the job three hours in his career, should not have been firing his weapon. As a supporter of law of order, I can see that and say it. I am not sure if it was the training he got, the failed supervision, or just a personality disorder. But he should not have been firing his weapon.
Now the media, led by ABC, has run with this story on their morning and evening newscasts as another example of police out of control. They present this as just another killing as if there is nothing more to the story and not a cause that led to it.
So, let me ask you this. If you drove by someone’s home and fired shots out of your car window, then took off in it as the police began a chase, and then jumped out of the car and started to run, what do you suspect would happen to you? My mind says that I would either be shot, have a dog track me and end up hurt, or the police would catch up and beat me down.

My upbringing tells me that my family would have said “you caused this. You precipitated the action that led to everything and if you had acted right this whole thing wouldn’t have happened”.  I can hear my family’s words.

To the news media there is only one wrong, the police are bad. We see two wrongs here. The act that caused the activity and an officer too quick to shoot. The single sided view by liberals, media and criminal apologists is what is wrong today.

FOLLOWING UP ON YESTERDAY

When you think of the lack of outrage (ABC ,in fact, did not even cover the Sarah Sanders story over the weekend) at Sarah Sanders and her family being forced to leave a restaurant because they are in the administration, it further shows the lack of understanding for anyone or issue that is not their agenda.

Here’s an example from yesterday.

Liberal HBO host John Oliver gave out AG Sessions’ email address and encouraged viewers to send “erect” penis pictures to him. When in American history would we ever disrespect the office like that?
This is the same “comedian” who said that, given the opportunity to kill Obama bin Laden or Tim Tebow, “I’d shoot Tim Tebow first.” Can you imagine that? Osama killed Americans. Tebow prayed to his God. 

Speaking of late night comedians, Jimmy Fallon is another example. He says he took so much heat for his interview with Donald Trump in September (2016) where he mused Trump’s hair, because it “normalized Trump”. The heat was so bad that he admitted he fell into a depression over the backlash.

Think about that for a minute. America voted for Trump because Hillary so distressed them. Yet, Fallon took so much heat from his friends and staff that he went into a depression because they felt he “normalized Trump”. These are the people reporting the news and leading the shows.

Here’s one more Politically Correct  action you likely didn’t hear about yesterday.  A division of the American Library Association is removing author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a book award after years of complaints about her depictions of Native Americans in her books. The Association for Library Service to Children voted to remove Wilder’s name from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for “significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature.”
The name of the award is now the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.

Will there be a reaction to all this? We do believe there is a cultural war underway and the ballot box will determine the winner.
That said here are two reactions to all this. The first is a comment from Scott Adams an Author who is also the Dilbert cartoonist. He said he may vote for the first time this year. Why?
The reason: Democrats are “coming for you next” if Republicans lose control of Congress.
“The left has made it clear that this is personal now,” he told his fan base on YouTube. “This is citizen to citizen. Probably the safest thing you can do if you’re a Republican is to help get out the vote because it’s going to be a dangerous place around here if the president gets impeached. I’m not wrong about that, right? Impeachment is the point where the risk of something snapping is pretty high.”

The second is the column below. It’s a letter written by Evan Sayet in response to the left and why Trump fights back. In light of the two blogs this week I thought you’d appreciate it:

HE FIGHTS  By Evan Sayet

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship.

Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”… Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. … They need to respond.

This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.

These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

 

Intolerance ……

I clearly remember when those on the right were accused of being “intolerant” and rigid. Of not respecting the rights and opinions of others. Oh how events this weekend have proven this is now on the other side. Consider all this from the past few days: (And how many have you read or heard on the MSM?)

A Canadian television writer was forced to apologize this week after he threatened Donald Trump Jr.’s 4-year-old daughter on Twitter.
“Don’t worry, we’re coming for Chloe, too,” he said. When did children and grandchildren become open game? (This after Peter Fonda’s threat on Baron).

Cynthia Nixon, the former actress running for NY Governor wants to “abolish” ICE. She called them a “terrorist” organization. What? ICE, who is protecting our borders is a terrorist group?

Amazon employees accused Jeff Bezos (he is the owner of the Washington Post) of enabling the immigration and Customs Department to run an immoral US Policy. Why? They believe that Amazon is enabling a facial recognition technology to be used by police and government agencies.  When did helping your government function better to protect its citizens become wrong?

Sarah Sanders goes to dinner with her family and the restaurant refuses to serve them. Wait, liberals said a baker must make a cake despite his religious beliefs but a restaurant can refuse to serve this family? This should be an ACLU protest. Can you deny people by look? Color? Age? You can’t for any reason. How does this avoid prosecution?

The same week that the Homeland Director was driven from a restaurant by shouting and yelling as she sat at her table. Then protesters went to her house to shout and protest. The same week the Florida AG was harassed at her dinner.
Can anyone see liberals being treated like this without a media uproar? Where is it? The MSM has taken sides is the answer.

And then add this. Walter Shaub, who served as director of the Office of Government Ethics under President Obama, accused White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of breaking ethics rules by confirming reports that she was kicked out. The Obama people think Sarah broke ethics!

What is the Democratic liberal reaction? Check this out from Congressperson Maxine Waters:

“If you think we’re rallying now, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Already, you have members of your Cabinet that are being booed out of restaurants”. She said  “we have protesters taking up at their house, who say, ‘No peace, no sleep. No peace, no sleep. And guess what, we’re going to win this battle….”.

“God is on OUR side!” she declared,. “And so, let’s stay the course. Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” she told the crowd. “If you think we’re rallying now, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” she warned.

Beautiful. If you ask she will tell you she is liberal and tolerant. The MSM won’t tell you anything.

Here’s another story the MSM won’t report:

The mother and child in that now-iconic photo of family separation not only weren’t separated, but their claims of asylum are also likely bogus, experts tell The Washington Times.
The woman, identified in news reports as Sandra Sanchez, was deported from the U.S. in 2013, which analysts said suggests her latest attempt to enter the U.S. is likely about illegal immigration rather than asylum.

The media did report extensively on the Pride Marches yesterday. Here’s two stories from the NY march that you may have missed because of short coverage:

Cynthia Nixon (mentioned above) who is running for NY Governor is gay. The news she released was her daughter (she was previously married to a man before discovering herself) has announced she is transgender and really a male.
Chuck Schmuer also marched, and he chose the opportunity to announce his daughter is planning to marry her girlfriend in November.

We Think …. We Suggest …

We think if the same person(s) who advised President Trump to do the separation policy is/are the same who recommended Melania wear that jacket yesterday, that the President should practice his famous phrase “you’re fired”.  How insensitive can you get?

We think the liberal media and magazines like Time should do a little research before running with something. Shouldn’t they be embarrassed for the picture Time used on the cover with that little girl, separated from her Mom, looking at the President? You see, that girl was not separated from her Mom. Now they won’t cover that fact, but think if a conservative had done this, would they?

Did you know there was a vote on an an immigration bill to settle the border issue yesterday? It failed. Did you know that one hundred per cent of the Democrats voted against it? There is a second vote early next week scheduled on another bill. Guess what, the Democrats plan to vote 100% against it. Okay, so what is their plan? Can someone tell us? Will anyone in the media ask them?

While you’re figuring that out can someone also tell us this. Daily we hear ABC’s GMA and Evening news rip Republicans and call the administration liars. They say it outright. Can someone point out when — if ever — they have attacked or criticized a Democrat? We can’t find any and yet we are supposed to believe they are fair and impartial. Sorry, but count us as skeptics.

By the way here is a Rasmussen Survey Report released yesterday. Did you hear this anywhere?

When families are arrested and separated after attempting to enter the United States illegally, 54% of Likely U.S. Voters say the parents are more to blame for breaking the law. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 35% believe the federal government is more to blame for enforcing the law. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

Imagine the American people think going back to the cause of the act is the reason for the effect. Something the news media never considers.

In that same poll we see the divide:

To help understand the current political debate over the children issue, a closer look shows that 82% of Republicans and 56% of voters not affiliated with either major political party feel the parents are more to blame for breaking the law. But 60% of Democrats say the government is more to blame for enforcing the law.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Democrats think the Trump administration is too aggressive in trying to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States, a view shared by only 23% of Republicans and a plurality (46%) of unaffiliated voters.

Speaking of things the media doesn’t cover did you see this? As you read it ask yourself if the situation were reversed and a Republican lawmaker did this to Obama would it be covered?

“An openly gay Pennsylvania Democratic lawmaker “welcomed” Vice President Mike Pence to Philadelphia with a picture of himself flipping the bird.

“Get bent, then get out!” state Rep. Brian Sims, of Philadelphia, wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday ahead of Mr. Pence’s visit to a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner.

“Vice President Mike Pence, let me be the first person to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love, and to my District in the State House!” Mr. Sims wrote. “To be clear, we’re a City of soaring diversity. We believe in the power of all people to live and to contribute: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, Immigrant, we want you and we’ll respect you.”

“So keep that in mind while you’re here raising money to attack more families, spread more lies, blaspheme with your bible, and maybe even talk to a woman without your wife in the room,” he added. “We have plenty of them, and they’re pretty much all more powerful and more real than you have ever been”.

Here’s a second example this week:

A young woman shouted an expletive at President Trump Tuesday evening as he arrived at the Capitol for a meeting with Republican lawmakers.“Mr. President, f– you,” the woman, reportedly a (Democratic) congressional intern, can be heard yelling.

And add the Department of Justice employee yelling at the Homeland Security Director in a restaurant the other night.

Such is the state of the nation and a cultural war is clearly underway. Can the people hold their views (like in the Rasmussen Report above) against the onslaught of the MSM bias? Many have long said, don’t bet against the American people. We hope that’s still true.

 

And Trump Blinks …..

The surprise is not that Trump blinked on his immigration policy, but that someone in the White House actually thought the idea was a good one, and then let the media destroy him for three days.

Add how they made things worse. The President kept saying he couldn’t stop it, over and over. Then guess what, he stopped it. You had the head of Homeland Security saying it wasn’t a deterrent action; while the attorney general was going on the air to say it was.

You couldn’t mismanage this more, and you will see an impact in the polls for the mid terms. They were closing, but watch the gap widen now.

Remember, the anti administration people vote big in off years because they are motivated. Well this week the administration really fired them up.

What Now?

Now you will see the fight you should have seen on this. How do we control a border that people want controlled?
Here’s the fight ahead. We stop illegals trying to come across. We keep families (and those with children stay together). We have by law 20 days to do something or the individuals are to be released with a date to return for a hearing. What happens? Over ninety per-cent never return.
Now, do you think the American people support that? Of course not. That is the fight. What Trump and team now face is to open the court fight on the twenty days, or protect the border better. The Democrats already are out demanding release. Some are already arguing that keeping families together isn’t enough. Now they want them & their parents released after unlawful entry knowing full well most will never appear for hearing.
This is what the Trump team must present and argue. They won’t get help from the MSM. They want open borders. They must reach the people with examples and arguments that the people support. Think about this position.
We want legal immigration with secure borders to control what comes in and goes out as every other country does. Reasonable people will support this. How do we control the border? It may be a wall, or in this era of increased technology there could be another way. Whatever it is, let’s do it. Republicans will be near 100% in favor of this. Many Democrats will not. They truly believe we should have no border. Okay, let that be the fight and let’s see how America feels.

One More Time With The MSM

The hysteria and one sided presentation they did this week was (to borrow a phrase) deplorable. They never presented the issue in full. They never mentioned that this was followed, at a point in time, by the Obama administration. They never reviewed the full problem so people could understand what a challenge this was. They simply took a stand and covered it over and over.
When Peter Fonda made his disgusting statement dragging Baron into this they didn’t even cover it. Not a mention. Now image if someone had said something about an Obama or Clinton child. It would have headline material. Deplorable.
If you want to see a contrast just watch ABC and Fox. On ABC they have daily videos of how badly police act. On Fox they present the opposite. What an example of the divided America.

On Fox they covered the IG report and it’s possible implications. On ABC it was all Michael Cohen last night and this AM. Here’s a story I think Americans should know and I bet you didn’t hear it.
Three of the five senior level FBI members that were dinged for anti Trump  bias during the campaign were on the Mueller investigation team. Isn’t that interesting? All three have been removed but think about the impact they had for months.

Tax Cuts Not News?

The MSM has avoided talking about the tax cuts since they told us it was all for the rich, remember that? Now that the economy has taken off have you heard anything from them? Of course not. Here’s a reprint on a story in today’s WSJ:

WSJ Tax Watch
Highlights from our ongoing tax coverage

Increases in take-home pay appear to be leaving lower-income Americans more upbeat about the economy. At the same time, the proportion of employee compensation paid as bonuses hit a record this year, partially due to one-time payouts linked to the tax law.

U.S. consumers appear to be spending more of their gained income—although some of that increased spending may be the result of higher prices for products affected by new import tariffs. Once inflation is taken into account, individual earnings stagnated in May, ending a 14-month stretch of growth.

An uptick in consumer spending is one of a dozen gauges that will help determine the tax overhaul’s success. Federal Reserve officials appear to be expecting only a temporary economic boost from the changes.

The new 1040 form is due next week, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “It will be a postcard, as we have promised.”

 

 

 

There Are Three But …

There are three major stories in the news, but if you watch the MSM you will only see the immigration issue. The media sees this as red meat to beat the Trump Presidency and they are running with it. We’ve made clear our position on this and below we print a note from a loyal reader so you can get another view. We thank the reader for sending it and allowing us to share it.

Story 2 The IG

Now why is the I.G. hearing not a story on the MSM? Why can’t they find a minute to report something we heard in yesterday’s session that could be extraordinary?
The I.G. Horowitz was asked if the “insurance policy” that Strzok and Page talked about was the Russian investigation. The questioner outlined the timing which was directly related to Hillary’s FBI clearing. Horowitz’s answer was “we don’t know, we’re investigating that right now”. Now? You mean after all this time the FBI is just looking at this now? Wow.
If this is connected, that is incredible news and really challenges the whole Mueller probe. But the MSM had no time to report this.
Nor did they report last night or this AM that Agent Strzok was escorted out of the FBI building last Friday. Not big news? It was to us.

Story 3, Tariffs

We’re a little surprised that the MSM didn’t cover this more. On a normal news day they would have loved this. The market tanks, they would say, because President Trump is putting tariffs on China. It has really impacted your 401k, they would scream. It is going to drive prices up.  The drop was so big they would say that the Dow is now down for calendar year 2018. On and on they would have gone. But no time for your pocketbook issues when we can show how inhumane the administration is.

Our Reader’s View

Here’s a reaction from a reader to yesterday’s report we put out:

Politicians and partisans need to cease and desist, the far left and far right do not matter anymore, at least at this point in time. Who should matter… the common sense citizens in the middle, leaning a little left or right. Those citizens see through the rhetoric and positioning of the politicians to cater to certain groups to get some airtime for a little fame.

Every sensible citizens heart breaks for kids no matter where they are or come from. Reality is, family comes first. The safety of our kids and country comes first. If some percentage of the kids needs to be separated, because of suspicion in the adult companion intention or risk of gang connection, so be it, it is part of the right of passage.  Those who claim of long term hurt and trauma, I would say look at the many that migrated from all over the world escaping many harsh circumstances, the experience shaped them up to value their new existence and appreciate the newly adopted country. As far as the camp, looking at the visuals, they are more compared to summer camps, and not the horrifying comparison some are making to Nazi camps.

These migrant are trying to cross illegally. I remember few years back when a group of Christian asylum seekers from Iraq and Syria(sponsored and vetted by the church) had to live in deplorable conditions in tents, for years, before admitted to the west. Did anyone complain? I think few days in a well equipped western camp is not going to have the traumatic effect on these kids as the politicians perceive it to. For those immigrant, if they had legit reasons for asylum, they would have followed the process in place through the port authority and not cross the hot desert, especially if they cared for these kids wellbeing. At least, in our camps, we can make sure they are well cared for and not at a risk to be used by gangs.

So what I would say, stop filling airtime with nonsense, and put in place an immigration law that works. Stop using immigration as a pawn, like you did abortion, gender preference and environment in the past and start focusing on solving real problems that impacts American citizens and the world. Until that happens, I will keep changing stations and tune you out, better yet, you will not get my vote.

Family Separation ….

Families

We will repeat what we said yesterday, there is plenty of blame for the mess at the border that goes to both parties. They can blame each other but both should look in the mirror.

Now, if you watch the MSM they have decided this is all Trump’s fault. On their “non biased” news casts and shows they have called Trump a liar. The latest we witnessed was GMA this AM. No “there are two sides”, they decided one is truth and one is a lie. If you get your news that way then it’s clear, there is no other side.

Again we say that both sides have fault. Here is an attachment to the press conference yesterday where Homeland Security Chief Nielsen met the W.H. press core and presented the other side. You won’t hear this in the MSM so take a few minutes and hear the other side. We think you’ll agree there is plenty of blame for many.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvoSXfWdMwI

Tariffs

The tariff eyeball to eyeball with China continues to escalate. After China matched our tariffs on steel and aluminum the President is raising the ante. He has asked his team to identify $200 billion in tariffs he can apply against China. The news will spook the markets and you’ll see a reaction today.
Longer term you will begin seeing a price increase on goods, and depending on how far this goes can impact GDP and eroding wages.
China doesn’t want to give up anything easily and the President is convinced he must correct the imbalance.  Keep a watch on this showdown, as it will impact you.

The I.G. and FBI Head on Capitol Hill

The senate committee hearing was most interesting. Republicans went after  them with questions as to why there were no charges against the Clinton campaign. The Democrats asked questions to try and prove Trump is a liar. A typical congressional hearing where we don’t try for the truth, only to get the other guy. More today as both men appear before the house committee.
We go back to the question that we didn’t hear. How can destroying 30,000 emails, mobile devices, and leaked classified information not be criminal? Maybe we’re missing something.

N. Korea

Kim Jong-un is heading to another visit in China this week. It’s his third in three months. Think about that. China is his number one ally. He is talking with them about every move. Now, put the tariff issue we mentioned above in the mix. Add China would like nothing more than U.S. influence in the area reduced, especially militarily. You can see how interconnected everything is.

A Plague …….

The issues all weekend were two. The border policy of separation of parent and child and the N. Korea meeting and who won. The MSM’s lead on newscast after newscast was the horror of the first and presented it clearly as  Trump’s plan. On the second they continued to report, and sounded like they started to believe, that Kim won the summit. Here’s our view:

The situation and policy at the border is a horror. Both parties’ failure to address border security and to do the right thing for the U.S. of America are to blame. Both say they want to control the border and that we need to do it. Trump wants a wall. The Democrats don’t. What do they want? We really don’t know, but know this. The status quo is wrong and not working.
So, the administration decides to up the ante and follow the law to the letter and separate families. They did it as a negotiation tactic and a message to those trying to come, that if caught they will be separated. It was their hope this would stop the flow.
It didn’t work because the left decided to take advantage of an opportunity to show a heartless administration. Some politicians saw a chance to get TV time and illustrate how compassionate they are. The MSM loved it and added their indignation. The pressure turned on the administration.

Thus, here we are. No closer to solving an issue they all say they want to solve and politics in full view. If the issue is how to control our own borders, then keep a watch to who is truly trying to solve this and who is playing games. The MSM won’t tell you, so you have to do this yourself.

To those who don’t want to be separated, a word of counsel. Don’t try and enter the U.S. illegally. You don’t break the law of this country and you won’t be separated. You, too, control your own fate.

On Kim

We heard a thousand times this weekend, from hundreds of “experts” that Kim won the summit because he was on a global stage with the President of the U.S.

You can’t be serious, and to us your credibility as an “expert” is now done. You are simply an anti Trump partisan and not worthy of our time to listen to your babble.
Is N. Korea still threatening to blow things up? Are they launching missiles over Japan and threatening Guam? Is the world closer to nuclear war today than a week ago?  Go back and see your babble from three months ago when you were sure Trump was leading us to war.
The end result will play out, and if you are right that Kim played us, we will apologize to you. We wonder, if you are wrong will you apologize to us?

 

 

The I.G. Report ….

Yesterday we said the report would be interesting but contain no blockbuster information and that is what we saw. The end result:
If you were for Clinton you are more convinced Comey cost her the election.
If you think there was a plot against Trump you have more ammunition.
Yet, no side has a smoking gun and the I.G. recommended no prosecution.

The NYT today called the report “a dud”.   ……   And so it was.

We think “spygate” is a dud too, and both sides are muddying the water to argue their side.

There are questions that will be answered but some won’t. Examples:
Mueller will clear up the Trump and “collusion” issue. (There wasn’t any). But it seems like these will never be answered.
Why did Hillary delete 30,000 emails?
Why did she Bleach Bit the hard drives?
Why did they smash mobile devices rather than turn them over?
Why were we not told she was hacked?
How come others get charged for classified material being compromised, but not her?
How come we weren’t told that her private conversations, including one with President Obama, were done from unsecured devices?

Why is it we are investigating everything but that? We don’t understand.

As for Comey, his boy scout image took another hit here.
As for Hillary typing “But my emails” in response to Comey using a private server too, are you serious? You know they are both wrong. Are you defending your wrong by his? That was embarrassing.
The FBI, at the very least at the top also took a hit.

In the end, depending on where you stood before, you see the report as supporting you.
How about we put this entire mess behind us. Trump won, stop the investigation mess, let him govern. Let Hillary move on to retirement.
Let America function as a nation.

The NY AG

The charges against the Trump Foundation in NY by the NY AG is another sign of Trump derangement. Long before he ran for office the President was at war with the NY AG. Of course the AG had to resign last month on charges of sexual harassment. His replacement just continued the action.
We don’t know if the Trump tweet is correct that his foundation took in $88 million and paid out $90+ million. We know he said it, but he sometimes says things. However, if it’s true then how can you bring these charges?

Is it political? Well have you heard of any NY AG investigation into the Clinton Foundation? Do you they have a few things to at least look at? How about salaries to people like Chelsea? How about intake versus outgo there?

So to answer the question, is it political? It sure seems to be.

Tariffs on China

The President this AM announced an expansion of the tariff program. $50 Billion is the number. It’s an extension of the eyeball to eyeball showdown we talked about yesterday. Buckle up, because China will retaliate. Expect this to impact the markets today.

Pakistan Taliban Leader

The report this AM from an Afghan Defense leader is that a U.S. drone strike killed the Pakistan Taliban Chief (Mullah Fazullah).
This is significant because the attack occurred on the Afghan/Pakistan border. For a long time this border has been used to cross, conduct an attack and run back for safety. Things haven’t been real well in Afghanistan and this attack could mark a change in strategy.

The G7 and IG Report

Later today the news will be dominated by the long awaited Inspector General (IG) report. We don’t expect the blockbuster in it that others do, but there will be some interesting information. So, as we await that release let’s talk a little about that G7 meeting and all the controversy since.

The issue begins with this.
In 2017 the U.S. imported $568.4 billion more than it exported. This is the largest such deficit of any country in the world. In fact, the last year we had a trade surplus was 1975 ($12 million). The first trade deficit with China was in 1985. Today they are the largest deficit we have with any nation.

Now President Trump believes that the deficit is causing the U.S. jobs. He wants more manufacturing opportunities in the U.S. He believes attacking the deficit can do that. He further believes that tariffs on U.S. goods exported to other countries are an impediment to us being competitive. These tariffs he says, increase the cost of our products, while they ship goods here without a tariff.

So to enhance his negotiating position, the President picked the aluminum and steel industries to put tariffs on foreign imports. This has angered others, and they have threatened to increase their tariffs and start a trade war. That’s the basis of the tension for the G7 meeting.

Now we believe the President did this strictly as a negotiation position. The fact the other countries haven’t caved shows the concern they have that he might expand the product line. Thus a stalemate and potentially harsh economic situation could arise if no one blinks.

The President upped the ante by bringing back up NATO funding and the need for others to pay their fair share. The verbal agreement for NATO is each participating country will pay 2% of their GDP to fund the troops. A few do (The U.S., Greece, Eastonia, UK and Poland). The rest don’t.

Trump is arguing that the U.S. is being taken advantage of and this must end. They should pay for their agreed to share of their own defense, he says. Here are two tweets from him following the G7 that lay out his position:

Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards NATO, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP. Does anybody believe that makes sense? We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. Change is coming!

“Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades … (while) the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade?”

There you have the basis of the current dispute. He sees America as being taken advantage of  by allies who get a near free ride on defense as they take advantage of us with trade.

We believe the President has a point on NATO funding. The world economics are different today than the days after WW2 and others can pay their fair share. The manner in which he says things and attacks others personally is where he is losing the impact of the message.

And the day after ….

… And the day after the media was off the rails. They were looking for any means to attack and knock the Singapore Summit. I heard over and over “Kim won” from MSM “experts”. He won by being on the same stage as Trump. He won because we were stopping “war games”. He won because there were no “details”. On and on they went. Our thoughts.

There were two losers this week. Kim lost. He looked like Trump’s little buddy who brought his own toilet with him (true story) because he needed it on stage. The man, who like his family before him, survived because he had weapons and is giving them up. Why after 70 years are they doing this? Not because they saw the light, they saw an American President who was serious of getting them rid of them. One way or another.
Ask yourself this question. Does Kim’s long term survival from forces within his country increase or decrease with this deal? In our opinion it decreases over time and the odds of him passing the mantle of leadership to his son has declined. Think about it.

The other loser is the MSM. Their hatred of the President has led them to be embarrassed. The average (fair) American knows this is a good thing. Yet the MSM is trying to convince them otherwise. The people who told you we won with the Clinton, Bush and Obama deals that led to this showdown, think we lost now. If we had kept winning their way we would all be in jeopardy.
So the MSM who supported those past deals, the Iran deal and Cuba deal think this one is bad. They are losing credibility everyday and deserve to.

By the way, who really thinks stopping war games in S. Korea is bad? If you go back and check the MSM in the past they called the activity “provocative” to North Korea. Now we have a chance for peace and the achievement of a nuclear free area and the MSM is criticizing the move? The hypocrisy is ridiculous and beyond words. The soldiers don’t need to put in danger, the mountains don’t need more bombs and the money need not be spent. The desired outcome has been verbally agreed to. It is cause for celebration, not a sign of weakness. Do the Democrats and MSM really not know what weakness is?

Some History

We were thinking about Presidents in the last sixty years and historic world events. This would be the third in the sense of changing relationships.
President Nixon opened the door to communist China and brought them into the world. Nixon was the only one who could do that and he made it work.
President Reagan came into office with a clear vision that the Soviet Union was evil. When he said that the media went crazy (like they do today). When Reagan said the outcome was “we win they lose”, the media was sure we were headed to nuclear war. When he walked out of a summit that would have reduced arms because he refused to give up defensive weapons they were ready to impeach him. The outcome? The most significant world event of my lifetime. The Soviet Union failed and the Iron Curtain fell. We won. The media was wrong.
Then comes President Trump and this North Korea agreement. It too brings the world back from the brink and can change history. The media (and Democrats) are aghast at how bad the agreement is.
They are wrong again.

What is about these three events that are the same? Each President came into office understanding America’s position and power in the world. Each understood and practiced what Reagan preached “Peace through strength”. He often used the line ” America has never gotten in a war because we were too strong”.
It is only when others see us, or our leadership as weak, that we have issues.The liberals and MSM have never learned that lesson and borrowing another Reagan phrase “here they go again”. I know many, like you and I, know better.

Want an example of weakness? Think Jimmy Carter allowing Ayatollah Khomeini back into Iran in 1979 and the world terrorism since.

We’ll leave it at this. If Reagan was wrong, the North Korea agreement losing, and the Iran deal, Cuba deal and former N. Korea agreements winning, then sign us up for more losing.

 

Trumped …….

Well that was quite a night. In five hours, from nine o’clock AM Singapore time until two in the afternoon, the world changed. Even the most hopeful commentators were not expecting line one of the agreement to say “denuclearization”. Quite an accomplishment (as long as it holds) and certainly proved the skeptics wrong. Here’s what we saw:

The President’s team led by Mike Pompeo did an incredible job in meetings and talks prior to the summit. Pompeo, by the way, is the guy that Democrats tried so hard to deny the role of Secretary of State. You may recall the committee vote was 10-10 with every Democrat voting no. They were so wrong, he is perfect for this job. Someone should remind the American people about that.

Second, all the garbage that Kim was in control was just that — garbage. From the moment he arrived, Kim looked nervous and uneasy. President Trump walked in his confident self and was in total control. He led Kim around and talked to the press. Kim was lost on this stage. I hope people hold the MSM talking heads responsible for that “garbage” before. There was no chance for Kim to outshine Trump.

Next, the agreement was historic and Trump gave up nothing. Kim caved. Now I know the media is saying “Kim won, because he got to sit with a U.S. President”. Really you can look in the camera and say that to protect your false statements? Does that mean that when N.Korea made deals with Clinton, Bush and Obama they were losing? Does that mean when they made those deals and continued building weapons they lost and now they won? Are you serious? Stop embarrassing yourself. Trump went to the session because his team had worked out the outcome.

Then you said Trump was unprepared. Wrong. We watched his press conference this AM and he was a President in control of the facts, details and issues. It was his best performance yet. You were wrong.
By the way, you featured Check Schumer all week saying Trump was unprepared. How about correcting that now and holding him accountable?

Now the details matter and as the days unfold let’s see how we verify, get access and assure the details are followed. The media will now question all this, but we believe this is real.

We watched all night and saw a Democrat leader when asked what he wanted in the deal say, “the same terms as the Iran Deal”. Our mouth dropped. You mean you want 30 day notice before we can inspect a site? You want to send them $1.5 billion in cash? You want them to have the right to keep everything and build nuclear weapons in ten years? You can’t be serious saying that — even in the middle of the night.

The other argument this AM is that Republicans would have destroyed Obama if he had met with Kim. In providing that assessment you need to tell me more. Do you mean if he did the same deal as this, or do you mean a meeting where he raised Kim’s status and got nothing? There is a difference.

Finally to the MSM, stop your talking points because you are further embarrassing yourself. You are still criticizing the rhetoric Trump used. Don’t you understand that was the way he got Kim to the table? Kim truly feared for his future with Trump for the first time. Don’t you understand that’s why he came to the table? Next, you are saying just three weeks ago Trump cancelled the session. Don’t you understand that was part of his negotiation? We know you get that, but yet you want to present a different version to the American people. Why are you lying?

A Showdown ….

Okay we are all set for the showdown in  Singapore, but maybe the real showdown was at the G7 on Saturday. Let’s look at that before we get to Singapore.

So first citizen, and then candidate Trump, railed about unfair trade practices. How shocked the MSM is that he actually meant it. They are used to candidates saying things like we must reduce the trade deficit, but not really meaning it — much less taking action to accomplish it.
Were some of his tweeted words about Trudeau harsh? Yes, we think so. But it’s clear he and his team think Trudeau was a little less than upfront and took the opportunity to grandstand at his expense.

The MSM has had a field day attacking the President. Let’s ask a question. What is the President trying to do? Create fair trade and reduce the U.S. deficit? Bring jobs back home for Americans? Is that bad? Every Presidential candidate has said that was a goal. How did they do achieving it?
Now ask this question. What would the MSM be doing and saying if Trump was creating the deficits? It would be different wouldn’t it?

On the MSM isn’t it interesting how they are building up Kim Jong-un and knocking the President? They keep talking about Kim has won because he got the meeting. How he won because Trump cancelled and he (Kim) wrote one letter and Trump put it back on. All of a sudden in their view and analysis Kim is a world class negotiator.
They can’t be serious and it’s another example of why their credibility is at an all time low.
Here’s another way to view the world. Instead of always looking for negatives from your side try this. Put yourself on the other side. Be the other person. If you were Kim would you be walking into this meeting feeling like you won? Would you feel like you forced the meeting? Would you feel the other side saying “you must” get rid of your nuclear weapons or else was a victory? On what grounds can the media spout the juke they are? They should be embarrassed.
One more thing. To tell the American people that this 34 year old reclusive leader of N.Korea, in his first international setting, is going to out negotiate a man who spent his life negotiating deals in NYC and around the world is ludicrous. The MSM has no credibility with us. They simply have an anti Trump bias.

Now, Trump and team have raised expectations far beyond they should have for this session. That is their fault. We expect real progress from this session and a long range plan to accomplish peace. But, because of raised expectations the media will have much to shout about after its over. However, in our opinion the world be safer in 24 hours than it is now.

The Next Few Days …

The next few days

Will be busy and dramatic for the nation and President. The impact will be felt for a long time in world relationships and impact the November mid terms. Let’s take a look.

Today the President meets with Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe at the W.H. The Japanese leader is urging the President to stand strong with North Korea. They will also discuss trade.

Tomorrow the G7 meeting gets under way. The President is holding on to his aggressive trade positions and not looking forward to any lectures from the other leaders. Watch him in Canada to see how he reacts. The press may have a field day.

When that ends he heads to Singapore and the sit down with Kim Jong-un.

Lot’s of discussion and challenge for a few days. Much preparation was required. In each the President will be challenged and let’s see how he does.

Some thoughts:

Funny how the MSM has gone from portraying Kim Jong-un as this crazy, untested and uncontrollable leader with nuclear weapons who past Presidents had to deal with; to now he is a master negotiator who is ready for Trump. We’ll see.

Why Rudy? Why did Rudy say out loud that Kim came back on his hands and knees begging for the meeting after Trump cancelled it? Why can’t this administration not degrade the N.Koreans after they win a point or position?
Making them look bad is not how to win concessions and get this done.

The November Elections

Why these next few days are vital to Trump and Republicans is this. Successful meetings that drive U.S. trade advantage, decrease deficits and impact world stability and peace can impact November.

Right now the polls are showing a closing of who people prefer in generic ballots. Don’t be fooled, that is not the criteria to measure things. It is this. How interested and likely to vote are they?
Today’s WSJ shows this in their poll:
63% of Democrats said they are very interested in the midterms, compared with only 47% of Republicans. That means trouble for Republicans.
We still see a House flip to the Democrats with the Senate staying Republican.
Watch the events this week. It may be the best chance Republicans have to motivate their base.

Legal Gambling In The Next Few Days

States are starting to take bets on sports with the Supreme Court decision allowing it. So now the professional sports leagues want a cut of the action. They was pressing New Jersey this week.
Here’s our thoughts:
Get lost. You want a “cut to protect the integrity of the game”. Really?
First you don’t need a cut. You have record revenues. You charge record pricing.

Second, did you get a cut of the illegal betting that has been going on?  No. So now you think legal gambling might corrupt the players or referees?
Stop, you are just greedy.

You really need money to monitor the game? Take it from the $4.95 per hot dog charge. Take it from the $9.25 beer charge. Take it from the $40 parking charges (at Yankee Stadium). Take it from the cable fees you charge every cable subscriber in your region- even the non sports fan.

Legal gambling is not going to hurt your sport, it is actually going to drive viewers and attendance. Stop the ripoff, we’re not dumb.

By the way when the states start paying league fees, then legislatures force them to pay gambling assistance fees, and add taxes. You know what happens? They lose money on a venture that was profit proof. Remember NY lost money on its OTB operation. Watch government mess this up too.

Want to know another risk to states? Successful teams. You see locals will bet their local teams. Successful local teams can lead to people winning and causing state problems. Will the states be smart enough to handle this? We doubt it.
Las Vegas is going through this now. They have their first professional team in town (hockey). The team has gotten to the NHL finals and Vegas discovered it has a large amount at risk because of the local flavor.

 

 

It’s all noise …

It’s All Noise Until The Weekend

It’s all noise on the news until the weekend as we get ready for the June 12th summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un.
From that point on it’s all about the meeting. Get ready.

You’ll hear the left say Kim “won” by getting the meeting. After all, they will say the North Koreans always wanted the validity of sitting with a U.S. President.
Wrong.
North Korea won with Clinton, Bush and Obama by promising something, gaining concessions, then doing what it wanted. The same pundits who called those “victories” are calling this session a loss.
Here’s a challenge.
Put yourself in Kim’s place or just being a key member of his team. Do you think you won, or do you think Trump forced you into this session where you are in a negative position? Do you take pride in that Trump laid out the terms and you accepted them? That he cancelled the meeting and you caved?
No, if you put yourself on the side of N. Korea you do not think you won anything. Only the liberal “hate Trump” press can think that.
They won’t fool you.

Some Questions

Why is President Trump commenting on his right to pardon himself?
First, if he’s not quilty of anything what is the purpose?
It makes us wonder again. We believe there was zero collusion, but we do wonder about obstruction. Like the changing story that he dictated the letter to cover up Donald Jr.’s meeting. It was clear he had a hand in it and after months of denying it, they now say he did.
Just more that Rudy Giuliani is cleaning up.

Which raises the question, can he be charged for obstruction for a crime (collusion) that didn’t happen?

Second he’s wrong. You mean if he shot up the White House he could pardon himself? We don’t think so.

The Clinton’s On Another Book Tour

Interesting to see the exchange between Bill Clinton and the NBC reporter as he was out on trip one to sell his new book. We told you last week you would be seeing a lot of him as he went on his book tour. We never anticipated some in the MSM might ask him some tough questions.
Clinton certainly didn’t expect it or take too kindly to it. Now we wonder, in future sessions will they be asking about the others who have accused him? Wouldn’t that be right in this era of “me too”? Let’s see.

Now for those who are defending Clinton by saying look at Trump and the woman accusing him. Stop already.
Bad behavior by one does not justify bad behavior by another. Don’t defend by saying Trump did it too. We don’t approve of what Trump did — so stop.

Second, there is a difference. Trump has been accused of extramarital consensual affairs. Even Stormy and the Playboy bunny say it was consensual. Bill Clinton has been accused of rape and forcible sex.
There is a difference.

The Supreme Court

The decision on the baker in Colorado can be misleading if you don’t read the fine print. What the court ruled was that the baker did not get a fair hearing in the state. It was not a wide sweeping decision that some seemed to portray it.

We were surprised when we first heard it went in favor of the baker. (Especially 7-2). We understand his religious beliefs and stand, but where do you draw the line? In a country where you can start your own religion, how do you control this?
There are more cases coming that will have far wider repercussions in this area.

The NFL Visit Cancelled

The President cancelled the NFL Champion visit to the White House today. This will be big news all day. Only nine members of the Eagles intended to show up.
With the anti Trump feeling it may be time to end the automatic W.H. visits for sports teams. If the athletes can’t appreciate the honor then forget the gesture.

We had an election in this country. Donald Trump won. If you don’t accept it, then you are dividing the country. In every election the losing side has accepted the results and moved on. This time some segments, like athletes, have refused to do it. Once again we wonder if they appreciate all some have done for them and the opportunity this country created for them.
It appears to us to use an old phrase, they woke up on third base and think they hit a triple. Not quite, there are many crosses and stars of David holding the remains of young men, your age, who made it so.

Some Thoughts …

Some Thoughts On A Week Where The News Was Clear

Employment numbers came in strong this AM. Unemployment down to 3.8%. Black unemployment at a record low (Hispanic rose a tenth of a point). More people in the workforce. All good news.

What could derail the optimism and growth? If a trade war breaks out as the tariffs hit, you can expect Mexico, Canada, The European Union and China to react. If we get into a tit for tat, it could be a real negative for prices and the economy. Trump can’t back down now. He needs to prove he means business and he can’t let Kim Jong-un see him cave.
The funny thing here is when those countries take actions back it is going to hurt us in areas where Trump is popular. If this happens and persists, watch the impact in November’s mid terms.

What’s in the letter that North Korea is delivering to the White House today? Our guess is that Kim Jong-un is trying to assure the President he is serious.

Did you hear or know that U.S. crude oil production jumped to its highest barrel per day production ever?  The announcement saw a drop  in global oil pricing. Nothing like competition — and self reliance.

Bill Clinton is on this Sunday’s CBS Morning news. He is asked about Senator Gillibrand’s statement (now), that he should have resigned with the charges against him:
“You have to—really ignore what the context was, but, you know, she’s living in a different context. And she did it for different reasons. So, I—but I just disagree with her.”
In other words, there is a Republican in office now, so you can feel different.

Speaking of differences, how come conservatives are fine with Roseanne going off the air, but liberals want to defend Samantha Bee? We think Sean Spicer said it best. “The theme is consistent,” he said. “The left gets away with stuff the right gets called out for.”
Remember when liberals were the tolerant ones and accused conservatives of being dogmatic? That sure has changed hasn’t it? Oh yea, look at how Michael Moore and Sally Field reacted to what Bee said. Unbelievable.  Just substitute Chelsea Clinton for Ivanka Trump and what would the liberals say?

Bet you didn’t know this. Former national security adviser Susan Rice (of Benghazi and other fame) has a son at Stanford. Guess what? He is a Trump supporter and president of the Stanford College Republicans.
He said he is determined to “Make Stanford Great Again”.

The Trump pardons have surprised us. The one on Jack Johnson got little coverage, despite its historic significance. The one yesterday for Dinesh D’Souza certainly did. The thought he might do others like Martha Stewart and Rob Blagojevich created a firestorm.
We, like some others, wonder if he is sending a message to people like Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort.

By the way, how come the Obama actual pardons of Chelsea Manning and the FALN terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera and Clinton’s of Marc Rich got so little coverage?

On Ratings, this information from Forbes:
In ratings data released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research, FNC extended its run of consecutive months at number one to a staggering 197, while building hitting another impressive milestone: Fox News Channel has now beaten every other network in basic cable for 23 months straight, based on total day ratings, with an average total day audience in May of 1.4 million viewers.

In prime time, Fox News destroyed its competition, with an average total audience of 2.381 million viewers, compared to MSNBC’s 1.384 million and CNN’s 835,000. Among viewers 25-54, the group most coveted by advertisers, FNC shook off a challenge in recent months from MSNBC to claim a clear victory: 461,000 viewers, well ahead of MSNBC (329,000) and CNN (265,000).
Fox News had 10 of the top 15 shows in cable news, with Sean Hannity taking the title of highest-rated host in cable news. In fact, aside from ESPN and the NBA Playoffs on TNT, Hannity outpaced every other show in basic cable. Hannity had an average total audience of 3.261 million, followed by MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (2.627 million), and FNC’s Tucker Carlson Tonight (2.617 million), The Ingraham Angle (2.617 million) and The Five (2.153 million).