Wrapping Up …..

First and Foremost:

Though there will be no break in the news cycle, we will take a break in ours. With that we wish you, our friends and loyal readers, the best of the  holiday season and much health and happiness in the new year ahead.
We promise we’ll be back to present our thoughts on the events of the day.

Syria:

The President made what decision? Well, he overruled his military and diplomatic advisers, who warned against abandoning Kurdish allies and ceding influence in Syria to Russia and Iran.  Why?
His most loyal supporters were stunned:

Sen. Lindsey Graham said he was ‘personally offended’ to read about the decision in the news rather than hearing from the president or his aides. Graham has grown close to Trump and has generally praised him though he often criticized the president during the 2016 campaign.
Why would he not consult with the experts and leaders in congress?

Beyond that, a number of close U.S. allies who are members of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State said they were not consulted and were given no prior warning. One European defense secretary put in a call Tuesday to Jim Mattis after hearing rumors of the decision and received a late-night call back from the defense secretary with confirmation.
Wait, he didn’t tell our allies or consult with them? Why?

Then we heard that Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not participate in the meeting with Trump and was in the dark until after it took place, according to several people familiar with the situation. What?

Is this anyway to make a decision like this? I think not.

Where Are With The Wall And CR?

Yesterday the President backed down amid criticism he was causing the shut down. Last night he was criticized by the right for his tweets that started calling it “border security” and not the “wall”. Then the right started attacking him for backing down on the funding and agreeing to a CR.

Guess what? This morning he is still tweeting about border security but putting the wall in after with (Wall). Wow that is fooling us.
Then later because of the criticism he is threatening to not sign the CR. I guess the criticism got to him. Is he really that susceptible to  public criticism? How dangerous is that?
So where are we? I don’t know. Who spoke to him last?

Are Democrats clear on the wall? Yes. No funding is their stance.
Here’s the new left hero Beto O’Rourke on the wall. Figure this out:
Talking to supporters last week, Mr. O’Rourke  lamented the tragedy of people dying trying to cross the border illegally into the United States. This is especially tragic when we are talking about young children dragged by adults — often mercenary coyote smugglers — across such lethally treacherous terrain. We all agree.
Who’s to blame?
The Wall he says. Get this:
The “wall that we have already built that pushes people who are at their most desperate and vulnerable to ever-more inhospitable stretches of the Chihuahua Desert.”
So wait Beto, you mean walls work? Didn’t he just say that?

Wrapping Up Some Other Thoughts:
The Fed raised its key interest rate for a fourth time this year to reflect what it said is U.S. economic strength. They also said it plans two more increases next year. Have they checked the impact they have had on the market? 
This raise lifted the Fed’s benchmark rate to its highest level since the 2008 global financial crisis.
They never raised the rate under Obama, because they never thought the economy was strong. Yup, the same man who now takes credit for any Trump success. Next time he does, remember the Fed judgement. 
The case of Major Matt Golsteyn, is going to be big news next year. He is the Major charged with murder of a terrorist in a war zone.
Now he could face the death penalty  for that. Sides will be drawn up. My thoughts are these:
As a civilized society we cannot condone murder, even on the battlefield. 
However, under the circumstances and understanding what happened,  I do not want him going to prison, much less face the death penalty.
So a trial, and if convicted, he should get a pardon.
This won’t please the left, but who cares. If they can support Bowe Bergdalh’s walking free, they can shut up here. If they can support the pardon of Manning, they can suck this one up. This man is a hero as opposed to those two.
Speaking of which, these kids and the suffering they are having under Trump and how upset they are if a speaker on campus is from the right. Think about this:
Over 100,000 of the Union soldiers in the civil war were under the age of 15.
The average age of a soldier killed on D-day was 22 years old.
Today, we deal with men that cry and boycott if conservatives are scheduled to speak on their campuses.
One word comes to mind: Pathetic. Grow up.
On that topic think about this, too:

In a 1944 speech, Socialist Party candidate for President of the United States, Norman Thomas, said this to the audience: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism.  But under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.

He went on to say,  “I no longer need to run as a presidential candidate for the Socialist party, the Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

Enough said.
Here’s hoping 2019 is your best ever.

Bad Times For Donald Trump ….

Since election day last month the days and news emerging from them have been bad for the President. He is at a dangerous point in two ways.
First of course are the investigations. The Mueller probe, the Southern District of NY and the NY Attorney General are all pounding him.
Second, is the danger of losing his base. The base that has remained steadfast with him until now, may be getting weary.
Let’s look deeper.

His backing down on the wall. This is all a result of his poor performance and “proud” statement to lead a government shutdown in that meeting last week. Despite his supporters early “he was great” and “he is a master negotiator”, that was a disaster in negotiation.  He is caving now just not to look worse if the shutdown occurred.

Yesterday the White House signaled it “wanted to avoid a partial government shutdown”, even if Congress doesn’t meet Mr. Trump’s border security demands, a shift in position.

Pelosi and Schumer were adamant, constant and clear, “you are getting no money”.  The President, who promised for two years he would build a wall, is now backing down.

The media caught up yesterday with the “Mexico will pay for it” promise and were all over the airwaves asking why is Mexico not paying. The sad administration cover that it was in the new USMCA deal was laughed at and quickly abandoned.

The President even tried to agree to Schumer’s $1.6 billion offer if he would provide a slush fund of $1 billion for the President to use on “border security”, at his desire. The Democrats told him “no way”. Faced with owning the shut down the President has backed all the way down now and is even calling it “border security” and not the “wall”.
A weakened President by the scandals is now shaken to his core promises. This will shake his base, and if they begin to waver he is finished.
It is that bad.
On top of Mexico not paying comes this:
The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid and investment Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico.
The U.S aid aims to promote better security conditions and job opportunities as part of a regional plan to allow Central Americans and Mexicans to remain in their countries and not have to emigrate.
The plan was announced in a joint U.S.-Mexican statement released by the State Department and read aloud by Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard in the Mexican capital.

So Mexico is not only not paying, we are paying them to build security on their southern border! And, it’s $5 billion. Where is that money coming from?
Then The Scandals:

Here’s a story you may not have heard yet:
Trump signed letter of intent for Trump Tower Moscow project despite Giuliani insisting he didn’t”: “A newly obtained document shows President Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to move forward with negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Russia, despite his attorney Rudy Giuliani claiming on Sunday the document was never signed. CNN’s Chris Cuomo obtained a copy of the signed letter of intent that set the stage for negotiations for Trump condominiums, a hotel and commercial property in the heart of Moscow.
“The letter is dated October 28, 2015, and bears the President’s signature.

Isn’t it becoming clear why in the election campaign President Trump never criticized Putin? He never thought he would win and he wanted to build this Tower in Russia. He was thinking business in the campaign, as I see it.

Then there was this yesterday announced by the NY AG:
The President has agreed to shut down his charitable foundation (Trump Foundation) and distribute the remaining money to “reputable” groups.

NY State Attorney General Barbara Underwood secured a stipulation dissolving the foundation under judicial supervision, her office said. It was a primary goal of a lawsuit filed by her office in June.
The lawsuit against Donald Trump and his children will continue for actions related to the charity’s operation.
Ms. Underwood’s office said the foundation “has signed a stipulation agreeing to dissolve under judicial supervision, with review and approval by the attorney general of proposed recipient charities of remaining assets.”

The attorney general said Tuesday that her investigation found “a shocking pattern of illegality involving the foundation, including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more.”
“This amounted to the foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Trump’s business and political interests,” she said.

Her lawsuit alleged “persistently illegal conduct” at the charity. Ms. Underwood is still seeking nearly $3 million in restitution and a court order that would ban the Trumps temporarily from serving on the boards of other nonprofits in the state.

The legal action claims that the president and his three eldest children violated campaign-finance laws and abused the foundation’s tax-exempt status. The most recent tax return listed its net assets at slightly more than $1.7 million.
The President allegedly used some of the charity’s money to settle legal claims against his business and to purchase art for one of his clubs.
The president, of course, denied any wrongdoing and said two years ago that he wanted to close the foundation, but the attorney general blocked that move during the investigation.
I believe every word of this and expect this to come back and haunt the President. You are right to ask how the Clinton Foundation survives and they walk, but this one was as bad.
Other Stories:

The President angered another of his large support groups yesterday when he moved  to ban “bump stock” devices for firearms. A new rule would make the rapid-fire devices illegal to own or sell. This move was right, but it
will likely set the stage for long legal battles with gun rights groups and owners.
Not good for the President if some walk away from him.

Two studies commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee offer granular detail of efforts by Russian actors to pose as Americans on Facebook, Instagram and other platforms and inject divisive content into America’s political discourse.
They charged the Russians took aim at black voters in 2016 to boost Trump.
I disagree with this. The Russians and Chinese know the way to destroy America is from within. They were not taking sides, they were trying to divide.
The judge in the General Flynn case said:
“This is a very serious offense—a high-ranking senior official of the government, making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation while on the physical premises of the White House.”

The judge was so out of bounds the MSM actually questioned where he was coming from. When did you see that in the last two years?
While his friends on Fox and Friends this AM were attacking him on his caving at the border!
What a news reversal for a few minutes!

By the way, a President of the U.S. as chief law enforcement officer tweeting about “rats” is unbecoming.

A Third Party?

When you look at the political landscape today and the dialogue within it, don’t you get the feeling there is an opportunity for a real third party? Let me use two topics that dominated the news this weekend as examples.

Obamacare:

Just look at the way both political parties have used this issue and simply lied about things.
Let’s start with the slimy way the Democrats originally got the bill passed. It was rushed because they needed 60 votes and had just lost the old Ted Kennedy seat in Massachusetts. So the vote to get it passed was rushed through before the seat was filled by the elected representative.
You remember Nancy Pelosi saying you had to vote for it to know what was in it. So they did straight along party lines.
Is that anyway to pass such a program and spending bill like this?

Then add the President at the time saying it was going to save each family $2,500.00 dollars. And, oh yea, you can keep your doctor and health plan if you wanted. All lies. In fact, over the next few years the rates doubled.
Despicable how it was presented and done.

Then along come the Republicans who for seven years promised to overturn it and said they had a better plan. They passed bill after bill to cancel the act, but the President (Obama) vetoed it every time. We kept hearing about their better plan.

The Republicans win the net mid terms (63 seats), then win again in subsequent elections. Finally they win the presidency and guess what? They don’t have a plan. The house members have an idea on one, so do the senate members, but there is no plan. The same people who voted to overturn the original plan, over fifty times, now can’t overturn it. You see a vote now means you need to replace it. So it was politics all the time.
Despicable.

So it went to court. The Obama administration said it was legal. The Republicans said it was illegal. You can’t tell people to buy anything they said. Justice Roberts faced with a 4-4 vote looked for a way out. He then decided that the mandate was a tax, and taxing is legal. (Even though the Obama administration said it was not a tax). Justice Roberts took the cowardly way out.

Okay, President Trump thinks the mandate is wrong. He cancels it. A Texas judge this weekend says since there is no longer a mandate, it is no longer a tax, and therefore the act is unconstitutional.

Where are we? We had Democrtas lie, we had Republicans lie. We are back to the issue of how do you insure 40 million people for free without raising the rates for those paying?

That was always the issue, and we are back there. Both parties lied and were despicable in their behavior.

The Wall:

How frustrating is to watch the argument over the wall? Look at both parties on this one.

We have Democrats are out there now refusing to even discuss border wall funding. They are even making statements that have you stop and say “what did I just hear?”
Some of their leaders (an increasing number) are arguing we should do away with ICE.
Nancy Pelosi’s answer was to mow the grass by the border.
When the previous Democratic administration did things like separate families they were fine. Now it is a deplorable act.
Then you check the record and they are on tape, (Schumer, Hillary, Nancy, Barack, Feinstein, etc) wanting to build a wall. Read that again. They wanted a wall and said we must control our border. Have things gotten better since they said that?
If those things were good for America ten years ago, and the problem has gotten worse, why did they change? The answer, of course, is that the occupant of the White House did. Therefore politics tells them to change.
Despicable.

As for the Republicans they had the house, senate and Presidency for two years and failed to pass a budget. Why?
I think they want the wall. But they failed.
As for the President, he spent the entire eighteen months leading up to the election telling us about the wall and not to worry that Mexico was going to pay for it. There was no way that was going to happen. You knew it, I knew it, said it here over and over. He knew it too. He lied.
Despicable.

So there you have two issues that are front and center and you can’t trust either side. It may be time for a third party ready to tell the truth and act on what they say.

The Beat Goes On ….

Between a President who has trouble with facts and the truth and a press determined to get him, we are faced with a daily drumbeat of charges and counter charges.
The press will stop at nothing to run with any story they can to embarrass and make him look bad. The President for his part will never cease tweeting back and adding fuel to the fire.

Today I watched Good Morning America to see George Stephanopoulos interview Michael Cohen. They keyed in on the payments to the two women and what the President knew and when he knew it. First off, who cares? Does this really matter? In the 2016 election we knew this was an election choice between two people who had problems with the truth. In fact the only person that may have had a bigger issue with the public was his opponent.
Now the other crimes that Michael Cohen committed, like tax evasion and the tax medallions ,have no relation to the President. How many people know that?
Finally, I watched George ask if Cohen felt badly about the way he treated the women and categorized them. I’d like to ask George if he feels badly and remorseful about the way he and the Clinton team categorized Kathleen Wiley and others when he was defending Bill Clinton. In fact George, that was worse. Here they paid money, there you called them names.
Here’s a piece from Larry Elder’s story on that

Hillary Clinton started what was called the ‘war room.’ … This is … in the campaign of 1992, which elected her husband. George Stephanopoulos was part of that. James Carville was part of it. And the purpose of the war room — and Stephanopoulos … of course … doesn’t want to discuss this — was to destroy any woman that would challenge Bill Clinton, because she knew, undoubtedly, that if her husband didn’t make it to the White House, that someday she wouldn’t make it to the White House, either. … She wanted to protect her own interests, and to do that she had to destroy the women who she knew were going to come forward and reveal the alleged sexual harassment and rape, and the intimidation that was about ready to be leveled against these women to keep them quiet.
Elder: “What can you tell us about what Hillary did? What was her role in all of this?”
Klayman: “We know from the various women who had contact. Some of them had contact with Hillary Clinton in Arkansas. They know her way of doing business. … And Stephanopoulos and Carville himself effectively admitted it when they did that documentary, ‘The War Room.’

Now we have holier than thou George? Give me a break.

None of this is to excuse the President, his actions and relationship to the truth. I do not condone or support his actions. It is just to point the hypocrisy and vehemence of the press to get him.

The Probe:

We said yesterday and are further convinced today that there is bad road ahead for the President. Between the Special Prosecutor , the NY Office, the incoming Democrat House and the press, they are determined to get him. There are hearings, charges and investigations coming they will likely lead to charges. The President’s own words will haunt him. I just think it is coming.

Why does he act like he does? This blog said it from day one. Donald Trump grew up as the boss. All his life he never worked for anyone but Donald Trump. Whatever he said or wanted, people did. Nothing happened in his world without him. He could say what he wanted and no one would challenge his word. Now he is getting called out, and he is not used to it or the scrutiny that goes with the truth.

The Wall:

Finally, they are attacking as we talked about. The President put out a video of all the Democrats saying how we need border control and even a wall. They all changed their mind now that Donald Trump wants it, but it is hypocrisy at its best. In the clips are:

 Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer,  Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama all denouncing illegal immigration, and Mrs. Clinton specifically brags about voting to keep immigrants out with barriers.
At a town-hall-style gathering, Mrs. Clinton says she helped push funding “to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in.”
Mr. Schumer says flatly that “Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple,” and Mr. Obama says that “We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked.”
Where is the MSM coverage of this?
Finally:

Put this in the “Really?” department.

Investigators weren’t able to find any text messages between fired agent Peter Strzok and former bureau lawyer Lisa Page from their time on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe because by the time their phones were recovered, they’d been reset for others’ use, an inspector general said Thursday.
The report also said the FBI still isn’t reliably collecting text messages of all of its employees — despite the black eye the bureau has suffered from Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page.

This Could Be Trouble ……

The big news for me yesterday was not Michael Cohen being sentenced but the news that American Media, (the National Enquirer’s parent company), had also admitted to its role in one of those illegal payments, and agreed to provide more evidence.
American Media has a ton of information on Donald Trump and has agreed to provide it as part of their plea deal. Watch out here. They defintently bought the Playboy model story and buried it before the election. There is much, much more.

Cohen’s plea to nine felony counts, including the two campaign-finance violations, makes him tough to be a witness. Tax fraud, they had so much on him he is lucky to get just three years. He certainly doesn’t come across as a lovable, or likable figure.

A few things learned from all this include the people Donald Trump surrounded himself with were at best questionable. Also, when you choose your friends do better then he did. Michael Cohen went from “I would take a bullet for Donald trump” to states evidence in a day. Trump went from he’s my lawyer to he should “be locked up for the maximum” in no time. Friends like that, no one needs.

Bottom line, it’s clear to me that the Special Prosecutor is building a strong case. All these people turning state’s evidence are copping pleas for a reason. I think the noose is starting to lower on the President and something is coming. I also think it’s more than paying off strippers and ex Playboy playmates. For the first time I think Donald Trump is in trouble.

On The Shutdown:

Remember what I wrote about Trump agreeing to take the hit for any shutdown and it was a bad idea? Here’s some comments from his own party yesterday:
(From The Washington post and Politico).
Republicans ditch Trump on his shutdown .”I don’t understand the strategy, but maybe he’s figured it out and he’ll tell us in due course,” said John Cornyn (Tex.), the No. 2 Senate Republican. “But I don’t understand it.”
]ohn Thune (S.D.), the third-ranking GOP senator said there was no scenario under which he would be proud to shut down the government. “It would not be good.”
Pressed on whether Trump’s comments were helpful to the negotiations, Thune answered obliquely. ‘The president has his own style and way of negotiating,” he said. “The only thing I would say is, it’s just simple math — that you’ve to got to get 60 votes in the Senate, and that’s going to require Democrats.”

It was a bad move to say I will own the shutdown.

What’s Trump Going To Do?

First, he’s going to attempt to say the new USMCA deal is so good for us and negative to Mexico that they are paying for the wall. He will say I told you “one way or another they would pay and they are”. The problem is you can’t bring this up now after the fact, after the deal is done. You never said it before.

Second, he is going to take dollars from the Military budget to build the wall. It will be his way of saying I am getting it done as I promised. The problem here is after touting how he restored the military budget to take five billion from them is not sellable to me.

For the two years he controlled the house and senate he never got a vote or brought it to the floor. Now he is cornered and the new house is not going to do a thing on the wall.

Nancy Wins:

Nancy Pelosi pulled off becoming speaker just as many of us knew she would. Check this out from the WSJ this AM:

Nancy Pelosi struck a deal with detractors in her caucus that would set a term limit on her speakership. The agreement would limit her to three terms as speaker, with the option for a fourth if she won the support of two-thirds of her caucus.

TWENTY-FOUR DAYS AGO, 16 Democrats — 14 men and two women — wrote a letter to their Democratic colleagues saying that they were “committed to voting for new leadership in both our Caucus meeting and on the House Floor.”
LESS THAN ONE MONTH LATER, NANCY PELOSI flipped eight of them — plus one more who signed on later — and that put her on the brink of winning the speakership. Half of the people who vowed to never support Nancy Pelosi are now supporting her.

Are you surprised?

Other Newsworthy Stories:

Remember yesterday we talked about the congressional “sexual harassment” payouts that were secret and at taxpayer expenses? Here’s an update:
Congress has reached an agreement to overhaul congressional policies on sexual harassment. The legislation would hold members of Congress personally liable for awards and settlements that stem from acts of harassment and related retaliation they personally commit.
Now let’s see if it passes.

A state commission investigating the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High found that several sheriff’s deputies who raced to the school and heard gunshots stayed outside the building. They said the delay caused issues with stopping the attack.
What the shame here is that as the investigation has unfolded we learned how poorly this was handled from allowing the shooter to stay in school. To his not being properly treated. To failed police action on the day of the attack. There has been little to no coverage of all this.
Yesterday we mentioned the mess in Europe. Well Teresa May survived a confidence vote, but agreed to not run for another term. Keep an eye on the British exit from the European Union. The details are still undecided.
How about this one. The Boy Scouts are considering a bankruptcy filing. As the group faces declining membership and escalating legal costs related to lawsuits over how it handled allegations of sex abuse, Leaders of the Boy Scouts have hired a law firm for assistance in a possible chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
Last week I picked up a granddaughter from her girl scout meeting and we were talking about the activities they were doing. I said, “Do you want to join the boy scouts?” She responded as you would expect. “Why would I want to do that?\ I want to be a girl scout.” I just told her girls were allowed now to be boy scouts, and let it go. I told people that next we will have boy scouts, girl scouts and undeclared gender neutral scouts.
Mexico Decision:

Here’s a story reprint from the Washington Times today that you will find interesting. It’s related to the administration’s crackdown on Mexico’s northern border with the U.S.

Mexico cracks down on illegal immigration at southern border with Guatemala

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s top security official said Wednesday the government will close off illegal entries at its southern border with Guatemala, but didn’t say how the country plans to do it.

Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero also said the migrant caravans that crossed the southern border in October “is no longer an issue.”

“Do you know why it is no longer an issue? Because in five days this administration solved the issue, five days,” she said, referring to the first week since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office Dec. 1. “The United States was impressed.”

The new administration has mobilized material and equipment to improve conditions at the migrants’ shelter in the northern border city of Tijuana, but problems continue because the Central American there are frustrated by the slow pace at which U.S. officials are processing asylum requests.

Sanchez Cordero said Mexico will promote a “Christmas at Home” campaign to encourage many of the migrants to return to their home countries for the holidays.

Discussing the entry of migrants, she said the new administration will end the practice of undocumented or illegal crossings over the Suchiate River, which marks much of the border between Mexico and Guatemala.

“In the south there will be only one entry, on the bridge,” she said. “Anyone who wants to enter illegally, we are going to say: ‘Get in line and you can enter our country.’”

Sanchez Cordero offered no details on how that would be done, however.

In late October, Mexican authorities briefly tried to block a migrant caravan from crossing the river with ranks of police and military personnel, a helicopter and boats but the migrants crossed anyway.

 

 

 

News Stories

Here’s a Quote From Kathy Griffin To Start The Day:

“I don’t have one single day of paid work ahead of me for the rest of my life and that scares the s - - t out of me.”
Let me know if you feel sorry for her?

Now For Another Laugh:

So Stormy Daniels has to pay Donald Trump almost $300,000 for fees in the defamation case she brought? Wait, she lost the case and must pay his fees?
Now isn’t it ironic the House Democrats are talking impeachment because of her?
Also, where is she going to get the funds to pay this? Her lawyer is bankrupt and facing his own issues. I know he started a new “go fund me” account. Are people going to donate to that?
Who knows maybe poor Stormy will resort to male club dancing. –  oh wait….

A question for those Democratic legislators who want to impeach the President because of the payment to Stormy (and the Playboy Model). If that is a crime then how about releasing the names of where the congressional sexual harassment payments went. If the President’s $100K is a crime, then the $17 million of taxpayer dollars is one too. Can you tell me why that is secret and okay? Release the names and take action.

The news about Stormy will be front and center today as Michael Cohen is sentenced. He gets a chance to speak in court today. Watch this coverage.

More on the wall. 

Our initial assessment yesterday on the open press session was the President made a mistake taking responsibility for any government shutdown. We remain strong in that. Any government shutdown has hurt the person that people perceive is responsible for it. Just check the record all the way back to Newt Gingrich.
If there is a shut down the MSM and Democrats will play the video of the President saying he “is proud” to do it. Can’t you see the comments and ads? “He is proud that people have no job for Christmas. He is proud that is this cold weather there are no services. He is proud that as people visit parks and areas for the holiday week he has closed them” You get the idea.

Outside of that he did fine and hanging Nancy Pelosi with trying to avoid “transparency” and Chuck with the last shut down was terrific. But none of that will matter when they play his “I own the shutdown” comments.

What he should have done is play their game. Have the House pass the border funding with him saying he would sign it. He especially could have done this when Nancy said “you don’t have the house votes”. Imagine if he said, “okay Nancy, we will let the house vote and then pass to the senate. Chuck I assume you’ll deliver the ten votes we need, deal”.
Then let the Senate with all the Democrats lining up with Schumer vote no. (You need 60 votes to pass a spending bill). At that point he could blame Schumer for the shutdown.
He may do this now, but that “proud” quote will be the one the media will be playing.

How can this play out?
There are 13 days between the funding deadline and when Democrats take over the House. PELOSI could begin the 116th Congress by passing a stopgap bill to end a partial shutdown. At that point, it would likely fly through the Senate and Trump would have to sign it. Would they do this for 13 days?

Some questions.
Why didn’t the President ask Chuck and Nancy when they changed their mind on the wall since they are both on record (and tape) as supporting it?
How come they didn’t ask him why they needed them to fund it since he told America over and over that Mexico was paying for it.

Some comments that tell you why a compromise is really hard:
Soon to be House Leader Pelosi flatly rejected the idea of approving funding for the President’s border wall in exchange for protections for illegal immigrant Dreamers. “They’re two different subjects,” she said.
And here I thought they were all worried about the  Dreamers.

The President last week said he can now build the wall for $15 Billion. He said it was coming in under cost and doing it’s job where it was built. Schumer called him a liar and said the Washington Post had given “four Pinocchios” for lying.

News Not Well Reported:

There was major news yesterday on talks with China regarding the tariffs we have been hearing so much negative on in the MSM.
China is moving to address the U.S. economic concerns that the administration has been steadfast on. Their top trade negotiator told U.S. officials that China was planning to reduce auto tariffs (to 15% from 40) and boost purchases of soybeans and other crops in an effort to ease the trade tensions between the two nations.The car tariff drop is big.
This could be big for the economy and market if an agreement can be reached.

Remember that ruling by the 9th circuit to bar the President’s ban on asylum? Well the administration has filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court that seeks reinstatement of it. It bans asylum claims by those who cross the southern U.S. border illegally.

Some Democratic Party News:

The Democratic party may look united today as they prepare for the new congress, but next year may be another story.
It looks like at least 20 candidates will announce for President. Remember the Republican debate stages in 2016? Get ready for a Democratic version this year.
Now add this. Remember how the Reublicans had two debates? An A and B list because there were too many candiates? Well how will the political world react if the same happens in 2019 and 2020?  What if the Democratic B-list panel has twice as many women on it as the A-list panel? You know that accusations of sexism and patriarchal dominion will fly fast and furious and come to control the national conversation for a time. The same will be true if African-American, Hispanic or LGBT ones get lumped into the B-list.
Stay tuned.

On that front   An early straw poll of members of the progressive group MoveOn.org shows a wide-open competition for liberal voters in the 2020 Democratic presidential contest. The big news was that Rep. Beto O’Rourke was now in the lead.
The leaders were:  

Beto O’Rourke: 15.6 percent,  Joe Biden: 14.9 percent, Bernie Sanders: 13.1 percent, Kamala Harris: 10 percent, Elizabeth Warren: 6.4  percent, Sherrod Brown: 2.9 percent, Amy Klobuchar: 2.8 percent, Michael Bloomberg: 2.7 percent, Cory Booker: 2.6 percent with Someone else/DK/other: 28.8 percent.

Did you see what DNC head Tom Perez said last week?
He told a room of progressives this week that political momentum is undermined by religious leaders standing at “the pulpit” on Sunday. Yup, he said religion and its leaders are bad for Democrats.
I guess it goes back to the Senator from Hawaii who said they are “too smart” for the rest of us.

As for their policies take a look at this story:
First there was “Medicare for All” and “Abolish ICE.” Now, there’s a “Green New Deal.” The latest idea pushed by progressive activists to the forefront of the Democratic policy conversation, a “Green New Deal,” is a proposal to end U.S. reliance on fossil fuel energy sources and create millions of new jobs in the process. Republican critics of the proposal have said it would be expensive and would slow, rather than grow, the economy and cost jobs.
In the last few weeks, Democratic activists, led by incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have been pushing for Nancy Pelosi, likely the next speaker of the House, to create a select committee dedicated to the idea. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said the committee will help the Democratic Party develop a detailed set of policy plans ahead of 2020, when they could win control of the Senate and White House and pass major climate change legislation.
“We as a party have a mandate to really have legislation ready by 2020,” she said at a press conference.

“Europe Is The Model”

Let’s see if the MSM calls upon those who were out there touting the U.S. should be more like Europe. Which country now?
France? Their hero Macron certainly has his issues. Monday when he spoke to the country he sounded like he was begging them to give him another chance. Add another terrorist attack yesterday and I’ll pass on this one.
England? I doubt Teresa May is going to survive the mess she has created with the Brexit exit. Today is going to bring more turmoil as she visits with the EU. She will begging them for a better deal, which she won’t get. I’ll pass here too.
Germany? Angela Merkel is leaving after the mess in the country.
So I ask the socialists, which model do you want us to follow? Or do you want to stick with the Venezuela one?

Put This Under Hmm:

So President Trump has nominated a former Fox News person (now state department spokesperson) to be our UN representative. The uproar from the MSM was loud and wide. A Fox News person they said! You heard it no doubt. But did you know that at least 26 reporters went into the Obama Administration? I guess that was fine with the press back then, only now it makes a difference.

On his appointments, how about the back and forth with his first Secretary of State this week? Neither Rex Tillerson nor the President held back.
Tillerson said the president acts on instincts, which was starkly different than his own style. He said the President “doesn’t like to read,” and is “pretty undisciplined”.  He added,  “So often, the president would say here’s what I want to do and here’s how I want to do it, and I would have to say to him, Mr. President I understand what you want to do but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law”.
The President, of course, fought back. He said Tillerson was “dumb as a rock”.  And, if that wasn’t enough he added, “Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell.”

So much for loyalty. Would you want to work in this White House?

Finally A Story Not Getting MSM Coverage – But….

According to the The Hill’s John Soloman:
The CFO of the Clinton Foundation, admitted to investigators that the charity had widespread problems with governance, accounting and conflicts of interest, and that Bill Clinton has been commingling business and personal expenses for a long time.
“There is no controlling Bill Clinton. He does whatever he wants and runs up incredible expenses with foundation funds,” according to MDA’s account of the interview. “Bill Clinton mixes and matches his personal business with that of the foundation. Many people within the foundation have tried to caution him about this but he does not listen, and there really is no talking to him.”
MDA compiled Kessel’s statements, as well as over 6,000 pages of evidence from a whistleblower they had been working with separately, which they secretly filed with the FBI and IRS over a year ago. MDA has alleged that the Clinton Foundation engaged in illegal activities, and may owe millions in unpaid taxes and penalties.
Here’s a link to the full story if you want to see more.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-06/i-know-where-all-bodies-are-buried-clinton-foundation-cfo-spills-beans

You Can See …..

I just watched the President meet the press with Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi on the government staying open over border funding. Why he would have that open discussion and get himself cornered in that manner is beyond me. He let himself be positioned as the one who would shut the government and that is not good.

The border discussion was a disaster. Schumer and Pelosi were there for one reason, politics. They were attacking the President and his position. If this was the President’s idea for the media session, it was plain mistaken.

Schumer and Pelosi held nothing back except asking the President how come Mexico wasn’t paying for the wall as he promised. That is coming.

The president was tweeting about the wall this morning, writing that “if the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall.”

What you saw in this open session is divided government and it wasn’t pretty. The next two years are not looking good.

Here’s another example.
Infrastructure was supposed to be the one they all wanted. Well ….
Schumer said,  “No deal on infrastructure without addressing climate change”.  He added, “If the president wanted to earn Democratic support in the Senate, any infrastructure bill would have to include policies and funding that help transition our country to a clean-energy economy and mitigate the risks the United States already faces from climate change.”

Tough Times For The President:

The Washington Times this AM said, “Everywhere President Trump looks, there are Democrats targeting him from New York to Washington to Maryland… lawmakers, state attorneys general, opposition researchers, bureaucrats and activist defense lawyers”.
They are aiming at Russia collusion, the Trump Organization, the Trump Foundation, a Trump hotel, Trump tax returns, Trump campaign finances and supposed money laundering. 

Meanwhile Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s court filings last week turned a conversation about Mr. Trump and Russia into a conversation about Mr. Trump and campaign-finance violations through payoffs to alleged mistresses.
Now if the question is with the Democrats and MSM yelling impeachment they better have more. Would anyone want to see a President impeached over payments to two woman he had affairs with?
Also, ask yourself this question. If Republicans wanted to impeach Bill Clinton over two payments, what would the Democrats and media be saying?

You no doubt saw the story about housekeepers in the Trump hotels were illegals. Here’s an interesting tidbit we found out. Just five of the 565 companies in President Trump’s business empire are signed up to use E-Verify. Not smart when you have illegal immigration as your signature issue.

On the Mueller probe, this is little known there is a legal battle that could undermine law at center of Mueller probe:
“A little-noticed legal showdown in California poses a threat to a law seen as the backbone of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of 2016 Russian election interference. Ravi Singh, an Illinois-based political consultant and self-proclaimed ‘campaign guru,’ is challenging a decades-old federal law barring foreign involvement in U.S. elections. He calls the provision unconstitutional, insisting Congress can’t regulate the role played by non-citizens in state and local elections.
“Legal scholars say the appeal represents a serious challengeto the statute. And while Mueller has yet to charge anyone with a direct violation of the law, his team alludes to the statute in several legal filings.
Interesting.

News You May Not Have Seen:

By the way, border patrol agents in the rio grande valley sector stopped five members of violent gangs from successfully making their way into the U.S. interior in separate incidents. The agents also stopped two previously deported child sex offenders as well. Did you see this on the news? 

Another thing, this week was the one year anniversary of the embassy in Jerusalem. Remember the uproar when the President did this? They were sure it would mean bad things. What happened? Any news coverage on this week in the MSM?

This report out of Alabama,”Jeff Sessions doesn’t sound eager to run for his old Senate seat in 2020. The former attorney general and Alabama senator said in an interview on Wednesday that he doesn’t miss being a senator and won’t decide on a run anytime soon. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) is seen as the most vulnerable incumbent on the ballot in two years — and Sessions is viewed as a prime candidate to beat him. …
In my opinion he should not run and could easily lose. Stay retired Senator.

Did you see what Tucker Carlson said about the President?
“His chief promises were that he would build the wall, defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare, and he hasn’t done any of those things,” adding that those goals were probably lost causes. “Trump”, he said, “doesn’t understand the system, and his own agencies don’t support him.
He knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything, hasn’t surrounded himself with people that can get it done, hasn’t done all the things you need to do, so it’s mostly his fault that he hasn’t achieved those things,” he added. Wow.

The news that the Weekly Standard, the conservative news weekly may be shutting down is big. Around for decades they became “never Trumpers” and lost their base. Bill Kristol was running it when it made this decision.

A little more on the Bush funeral and media hypocrisy:

In 1987, shortly after Bush announced his presidential candidacy, Newsweek ran that famous cover story in which Evan Thomas called Bush a “wimp.” Last week, Thomas wrote a piece for Yahoo News, admitting he was wrong.

A little late, I’d say.
During funeral coverage, a panel of NBC journalists recalled a story that received a lot of attention during Bush’s 1992 re-election bid. Bush visited a grocery store and it was reported that he was amazed by the barcode on a carton of milk. The Associated Press noted that reporters later learned it was a special scanner with advanced features, including a scale to weigh produce — uncommon then — and the ability to read barcodes even if they were torn up.
Also a little late wouldn’t you say?

 

 

 

 

It Was Moving ….

The ceremony yesterday for President Bush was a moving and honorable one. His presidency truly marked the end of our nation’s leadership from the generation who grew up in the great recession, fought WW2 and then won the cold war. That generation now is mostly gone, their accomplishments left for history. We turned the country over to the next generation with Bill Clinton in 1992. We went from a war hero who volunteered, saw death and came home to make a difference, to  one who avoided the draft (Clinton), to a national guardsman (Bush 43), to no service at all with the next two. Truly a different time.  You decide how we’ve done .

One last thought. George Bush was called the greatest living American upon his death. Who is that now? My vote would be the man who asked to be raised from his wheel chair in the rotunda on Tuesday night so he could salute his comrade. Bob Dole. The man who like George Bush in 92, lost to Bill Clinton in 1996.

Also Caught Our Attention:

An ironic moment in this is the new USMCA agreement that President Trump has signed and asked Congress to approve. NAFTA, which he cancelled and is replacing, was begun with President Bush. Those of you old enough may remember Ross Perot running in large part because of that. You may recall his words “that sucking sound you hear …” are our jobs leaving the country because of the agreement.

Did you notice how many times Ronald Reagan’s name came up yesterday? Now Bush was his Vice President, but those twelve years of their terms changed the world. Reagan will go down in history as the giant of our time.

Politics Today:

Looks like Beto O’Rourke is serious about running for President. Check this story in the Washington Post:
Beto O’Rourke, weighing whether to mount a 2020 presidential bid, met recently with Barack Obama at his post-presidency offices in Washington. The meeting, which was held Nov. 16 at the former president’s offices in Foggy Bottom, came as former Obama aides have encouraged the Democratic House member to run, seeing him as capable of the same kind of inspirational campaign that caught fire in the 2008 presidential election.
“The meeting was the first sign of Obama getting personally involved in conversations with O’Rourke, who, despite his November loss in a U.S. Senate race in Texas, has triggered more recent discussion and speculation than any other candidate in the burgeoning 2020 field.”

One person not running is Deval Patrick, former Governor of MassachusettsHe was thought to be one of the thirty likely candiates. So one down.

Did you see or hear what John Dingell, a former Michigan Democratic congressman who served nearly 60 years in office (he resigned in 2015 and his wife took the seat) said? He called for the complete abolishment of the Senate. He thinks the senate must go away. Why? Small states should not have the same number of members of large states, he said.
“Abolish the Senate. I’m having blue caps printed up with that slogan right now. They will be made in America,” he quipped.
I wonder if Democrats had won the senate this year if he would say that. Maybe we should have a law you can’t serve 60 years and be replaced by your wife.

Then there’s Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. You may remember her from the Kavanaugh hearings. Remember “men just need to shut up”? Well here’s what she said this week: “Democrats have a hard time connecting with voters because their breadth of knowledge tends to turn people off”.
In other words they are too smart for the rest of us.
Maybe the senator should heed her own advice and “just shut up”.

Meanwhile fresh that frosty church setting with other past Presidents, Trump is going to the Army/Navy game on Saturday. Watch that greeting.

These Should Be Eye Openers:

Here’s something that should disturb us all and make others open their eyes. Across the U.S. job applications to become a police officer have dropped dramatically. The constant negative stories in the media, the sensationalism of any misdeeds by some, and the videos have made doing that job a negative. Stories have damaged public perception. What a shame.

Did you see the 9th circuit struck again? They ruled that a federal law making it a felony to encourage illegal immigration is wrong. Read that again. A law that says you can’t encourage people to break the law is illegal. The law made it a felony for someone to encourage an immigrant to enter or live in the U.S. if the person knew either act is illegal.
See why the Supreme Court is so important?

Meanwhile a New York Court ruled that withholding money from cities that declare them sanctuary cities is illegal.
The judges decision frees sanctuary jurisdictions in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington, Massachusetts and Virginia to continue their policies without fear of losing federal money. He said the Trump administration was out of line to try and withhold money.
So again a city can break the law and not worry about it. They can choose which laws to follow.

Think about these last two stories and the police one in light of where this blog started. Would this have happened under that past generation? Or is it just the next one having grown up in a safer world they secured for us?

A Pause …..

There’s a slight pause in the news as we stop to celebrate the life of President George H.W. Bush.
It’s still interesting to us to see and hear the media talk today about this WW2 hero and dedicated public servant. It’s certainly different than they treated him back in the late 80s and early 90’s.
In fact you can see him holding a bumper sticker that says “Frustrate the media, Vote Bush”. You can read his memoir (by Jon Mecham) and see how  angry he was with the press. The only difference between his anger and the current President’s was the current attacks back. Yes, it was that bad.
Now though he was the greatest. Remember 90% of the media voted for Bill Clinton over “this gentle and good man”.

One more thing. George Bush got 37% of the vote in 1992. Bill Clinton received 43%. The rest went to a third party candidate Ross Perot who got 19%.  Perot hurt George Bush far greater than Clinton, and many believe he would have won if Perot was not in the race.

SPECIAL AIR MISSION 41 was the name of the flight sent to pick up the President’s body and fly it to Washington. George Bush completed the  missions of his life.

One impact of his passing is congress went back and forth yesterday about how to avoid a shutdown on Friday. The House Republicans said they were fine with a bill that extends funding until Dec. 18 or Dec. 21. The Senate Republican leadership was kicking this around. But late yesterday, the signal from House Democrats was that they would only agree to a weeklong extension. So a showdown is coming.

Mitch McConnell who has a good handle on this doesn’t see a shutdown:
McConnell predicted in the WSJ that lawmakers “will avoid a government shutdown”. He said, “lawmakers would avert a government shutdown when a proposed stopgap measure expires later this month, saying neither party wants the political blame for a lapse in funding”.

Jim Comey came to an agreement over testimony to congress. After pushing for a public hearing (the Repubicans wanted a closed door one), Comey backed down. Why? He knew the court was about to rule against him and he didn’t want that perception out there.

Think about this dilemma the Democrats face:
As they prepare to take control of the House, one high priority for Democrats from northeastern states is to look at rolling back the $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions included in the Republicans’ 2017 overhaul of the federal tax system.
But analysts say repealing the state and local tax limit is worth just dollars to the average middle-class taxpayer. For the wealthy, though, the proposal could lower tax bills by tens of thousands of dollars.
The Tax Policy Center recently found that more than 96 percent of the tax cuts that would come from repealing the cap would go to the top 20 percent of households in terms of income.
They wouldn’t give tax cuts to the wealthy would they? By the way, I thought the tax cut was for the wealthy from the start. Didn’t they say that?

Politico today, a new way to attack the President:
“Trump handles Bush’s death with abnormal normality”“For President Donald Trump, there was once no worse insult than being ‘a Bushie.’ That, a former White House official told POLITICO earlier this year, was ‘worse than being a Democrat.’
“If Trump has been thinking such thoughts since the death of former president George H.W. Bush on Saturday, he hasn’t been sharing them. Bush’s death has at least temporarily displaced Trump’s public disdain for the Bush family and, for the moment, he is even borrowing from his late predecessor’s celebrated sense of etiquette.
“On Monday night, Trump visited Capitol Hill to pay personal respects to the 41st president, whose casket arrived earlier in the day and is lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda. The display of respect even extended to the late president’s son, former President George W. Bush, whom Trump has derided as ‘the worst president ever.’ Trump offered Bush the use of his official guest residence, Blair House, while the younger Bush is in Washington for the events surrounding his father’s funeral, according to a White House official.
“In short, the president is behaving normally — a jarring rarity for a man who casually shatters sacred political norms.” POLITICO.

Short Takes

Did you see that Jeff Zucker, head of CNN, is considering a run for political office? He said “it’s something I would consider”. Think he’d run as a Republican or Democrat? Me too.

Did you hear that Brenda Snipes withdrew her resignation and retirement in Florida? She is reacting to charges from Governor Scott.

How come there was no coverage of this?
A convicted murderer was caught in the migrant caravan. Homeland Security said Friday that a convicted murderer was among the members of the migrant caravan, and was caught trying to sneak into the U.S. late last week.

How about these Op Eds in the NYT:
Scent of the Russians
There’s a connection between Cohen’s guilty plea and Ukraine’s desperate plight

.Trump Tops Tricky Dick
And now, the worst and the dumbest.

A European Goes to Trump’s Washington
And what he finds is disturbing.

Mueller Exposes the Culture of Lying That Surrounds Trump
As a businessman, candidate and president, Mr. Trump has demanded loyalty of advisers, including an embrace of his habitual boasts, misstatements and outright falsehood

Try and find the positive stories in the NYT. We can’t.

Here’s an opinion writer from the Washington Times on the media and President Bush 41. It would never be in the NYT.

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It has been nothing short of miraculous in this new season of Advent to hear all the Hosannas and applause for our recently departed former President George H.W. Bush.
In The New York Times, Mr. Bushwas heralded for his “uncommon grace.”
The Washington Post called him a “giant of a man.”
“The most kind and considerate person I’ve ever known.”
“The most beautiful creature I had ever laid eyes on.”
Not your typical remembrances from jaded politicos about mere mortals. Especially if that mortal happens to be a Republican politician.
Where were all these lofty accolades when Mr. Bushwas alive? Where was all this love when he was president? Where was this towering regard for the man when he was losing his re-election campaign in 1992?
Oh, that’s right. The press lies. And there is no time to lie about someone like once they are dead and no longer pose any threat.
When President Bushwas alive and still a threat in politics, he was scorned and ridiculed by the press.

He was doddering and out-of-touch. Patrician, they called him. A buffoon who barfed in the lap of the Japanese prime minister during a state dinner.
Even in later years, long after Mr. Bushno longer posed any real threat, the press ran with ridiculous stories accusing Mr. Bushof being an iron sides groper. Yes, this would be the same man that the media sided against in 1992. To help elect Bill Clinton.
That would be the same Bill Clinton credibly accused of rape by numerous respectable and reliable women. Whatever.
All of this fawning praise for George H.W. Bushcertainly rings hollow by any standards. Then it all clicks and makes sense again.
Even on the eve of Mr. Bush’s state funeral, this is not about George H.W. Bush. This is all about the current occupant of the White House, President Trump.
We all know how much the press hates Donald Trump, at least now that he is president. They despise him — and those who support him — so deeply that by comparison, George H.W. Bushwas a man of “uncommon grace.”
Giant of a man. Most kind and considerate. Most beautiful creature.
Even the ridiculously partisan and myopically political “Saturday Night Live” paid tribute to Mr. Bush. Then, of course, they revealed their true selves by reprising the angry Alec Baldwin in his unfunny role of President Trump with inexplicably puckered lips.
The Washington Post, too, neared the line with an editorial in which they “mourn George H.W. Bush” — “and the presidency’s loss of dignity.”
Get it? Sure, they are sorry to see George H.W. Bushgo. But, mainly, they just hate President Trump.
One of the paper’s dimmest writers — the vacuous and principally unburdened Max Boot — was dispatched to put a fine point on the real reason for the season.
George H.W. Bush, he opined, “The anti-Trump.”
Well, there it is. All the sudden praise, all the accolades, this surprise love affair with George H.W. Bush. It is all just another vehicle for demonstrating their hatred for Donald Trump.
It is true that Mr. Trump is certainly cut from a different cloth than was Mr. Bush. He comes from a different family from a different side of the track or river or whatever.
But, read my lips: Whatever family Mr. Trump comes from, if he keeps on keeping his campaign promises, he will get himself re-elected president. And that will be just one more way Mr. Trump was different from Mr. Bush.