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Monday, January 23, 2017

Celebs Threatening Trump Doesn’t Help - The Daily Beast

Here’s the problem: The more Hollywood liberals produce condescending videos, the more pretentious and preachy celebs like Madonna (or replace her with Lena Dunham or Meryl Streep… they’re basically interchangeable) lecture us at rallies and awards ceremonies, and the more protesters with signs and placards with the word “p*ssy” on them—the more I find myself liking Donald Trump.

via www.thedailybeast.com

Eyup.

January 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

American Carnage: Trump Is Right to Call It That | National Review

The media’s contempt for Trump’s use of the phrase “carnage” to describe the rising violence in the inner city is particularly ludicrous.

via www.nationalreview.com

It wasn't an elegant speech. Obama's probably was at least an attempt at elegance. At this point, I don't care too much about elegant speeches.

January 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump struggles to shake his erratic campaign habits - POLITICO

One person who frequently talks to Trump said aides have to push back privately against his worst impulses in the White House, like the news conference idea, and have to control information that may infuriate him. He gets bored and likes to watch TV, this person said, so it is important to minimize that.

via www.politico.com

TV: it's an addiction.

January 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Anti-Trump Protestors Spat On Gold Star Family Members

“As we made our way through the crowd, we were spit at and called some of the worst and most vile things I have ever heard come out of a person’s mouth,” Manion wrote on Facebook. “These people had such hatred in their eyes when they screamed at us. After leaving the event we walked outside and was first pushed by a man in a mask hiding his face, then told by 2 women that we ruined this country… As the one woman screamed the other pushed up against me and colored all over my mom’s shawl I was wearing with permanent marker. I am angry and I am scared. My brother and Amy’s husband gave their lives to protect the freedoms that we hold so dear.”

via thefederalist.com

That's bad.

January 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Potential nominee profile: Neil Gorsuch - SCOTUSblog

Finally, there is administrative law—the one area that seems to demonstrate some real distance between Scalia and Gorsuch. Last August, Gorsuch made real waves in the normally sleepy world of administrative law by advocating the end of a doctrine that has been tied closely to the functioning of the administrative state and the executive branch since the mid-1980s — a doctrine called Chevron deference.

via www.scotusblog.com

Awesome!

January 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Potential nominee profile: Neil Gorsuch - SCOTUSblog

Some of the most high-profile cases in which Gorsuch has cast a vote have involved the religion clauses of the Constitution (those prohibiting the establishment of religion and creating a right to free exercise), as well as congressional statutes expanding protection for religious adherents (known as RFRA and RLUIPA).  Followers of the Supreme Court will recognize two recent cases in which Gorsuch participated on the 10th Circuit, Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius and Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell. In Hobby Lobby, Gorsuch wrote a concurrence in the en banc 10th Circuit that sided with the company and its owners. He stressed the need to accept these parties’ own conceptions regarding the requirements of their faith, and held (among other things) that they were likely to prevail on claims that the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act substantially burdened their religious exercise in violation of RFRA. This position was largely vindicated in the subsequent decision by the Supreme Court. Thereafter, in Little Sisters of the Poor, Gorsuch joined a group of 10th Circuit judges who dissented from denial of rehearing en banc when a panel of the court of appeals ruled against the Little Sisters on their RFRA claims about the same ACA mandate. There, again, the point was that the 10th Circuit had shown insufficient deference to the Little Sisters’ own articulation of the tenets of their religious beliefs. That position, too, was at least partially vindicated by the Supreme Court when it decided that the Little Sisters’ religious beliefs probably could be accommodated while still affording full and equal contraceptive coverage to their employees, and directed the parties and courts to consider such a solution on remand. Simply put, in cases that closely divided his court and the Supreme Court, Gorsuch has shown himself to be an ardent defender of religious liberties and pluralistic accommodations for religious adherents.

via www.scotusblog.com

January 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

CBS: Judge Neil Gorsuch emerges as a leading Supreme Court candidate « Hot Air

Well, why not a 49 year old? Still, he may be peaking early in the press, something that happens to self-promoters (not that he is one -- I'm just sayin'.)

January 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obstructionism is the new patriotism: Christian Schneider

Democrats were just getting warmed up to mobilize against wealthy Trump Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, who has given millions of dollars to causes supporting choice and charter schools. Rep. Mark Pocan, a Wisconsin Democrat, even started a new caucus to oppose the DeVos pick. Pocan is concerned about the impact that school choice "has had on public schools, teachers, teacher retirements/shortage and education in general." (Notably absent from the list of Pocan's concerns are "students" and "parents," who are the true beneficiaries of educational freedom.)

Of course, this is all prologue to the fight that will erupt as soon as Trump nominates a Supreme Court justice to replace conservative icon Antonin Scalia, who passed away early last year. As retribution for Republicans blocking Obama's appointment of Merrick Garland to replace Scalia, Democrats will use every tool at their disposal to do the same to Trump's pick. Yet even though their minority status could leave progressives without weapons to resist, the theatrical grievance-peddling during the hearings will be bingeworthy.

via www.usatoday.com

I wonder whether our national politics has a bad effect on our national character. It seems it must.

January 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump Reverses Unpopular Obama Executive Action on Abortion by Reinstating Mexico City Policy | The Weekly Standard

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which bars federal funds from going to overseas organizations that perform or promote abortions.

via www.weeklystandard.com

This is going to put a lot of pussy hats in a twist.

January 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What executive orders did Donald Trump sign today? Trump withdraws from TPP, reinstates Mexico City Policy, freezes federal workforce hiring - CBS News

President Trump signed three executive orders on trade Monday morning -- one withdraws the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), another reinstates the Mexico City Policy dealing with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and abortion access, and a third freezes federal workforce hiring. 

via www.cbsnews.com

January 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

‘What Do You Do if a Red State Moves to You?’ - POLITICO Magazine

As Donald Trump takes the oath of office—a phrase that still has the power to make those on the left shudder in shock—an easy way to process the election is that people in rural areas all over America loathe Washington and New York and San Francisco and Hollywood and finally had a chance to show it in a big way. But Pepin County is one of those rural areas, and the resentment isn’t just directed at the coasts. It’s local. Here, the urban elite isn’t a faceless, distant other: It’s the enclave of liberal, mostly Twin Cities newcomers who have moved here over the past few decades—not just an abstract political imposition, but an actual physical presence. It has spawned anger and bitterness, a simmering undercurrent of alienation among many people locally born and raised. It has made “Democrat” mean something it didn’t mean a generation ago. And it was made manifest on November 8.

via www.politico.com

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Donald Trump Has a Coherent, Radical Foreign Policy Doctrine | RealClearWorld

For Trump, the key is to recognize that the Post-World War II period of multilateralism is over, and that continuing to act otherwise is harming the United States’ interests in multiple ways. For the United States 9/11 remains a defining moment, and 15 years of unsatisfactory operations in the Middle East do not mean that a solution is unattainable. Since NATO members are either unwilling to commit to this effort, or have very little to commit, the United States seeks other nations with a common interest, and chief among those is Russia.  

via www.realclearworld.com

I don't know about this.

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

KATIE HOPKINS on the Women's march on Washington | Daily Mail Online

I wanted to point out, respectfully, that democracy is the Electoral College system that saw Trump turn the map from blue to red. But there were a few million of them. And they had pictures of vaginas. So I decided this was not the time.

I thought I heard the women chanting 'Menstrual brew' which had me wondering exactly what this lot were on. But listening more closely it turned out to be 'Pence Sucks Too.'

I was grateful for the clarity. I thought it was just Trump they hated. But it turns out it is all men. Apart from the ones who are transitioning to women.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

I'm just as glad we didn't have a Women's March in Jamul.

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Donald Trump will not be releasing his tax returns | New York Post

“We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care. They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: most Americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.”

via nypost.com

It would be open season on Trump if he did.

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Looking Forward to Trump, Israel OKs Hundreds of New Settlement Homes

Israel approved building permits on Sunday for hundreds of homes in three East Jerusalem settlements in expectation that U.S. President Donald Trump will row back on the previous administration's criticism of such projects.

via www.newsweek.com

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Confidential David Brock Memo: Defeat Trump Through Impeachment - Washington Free Beacon

A confidential David Brock memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon lays out the ways the Democratic operative plans to use his numerous organizations to take down President Donald Trump through impeachment.

Brock is currently at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Fla. for a weekend conference with more than 100 major liberal donors. Attendees are mapping out a course to combat the newly sworn-in president.

via freebeacon.com

Politics is war by other means.

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Reality star US ambassador bids final farewell to Denmark - The Local

As former ‘The Apprentice’ star Donald Trump takes the oath as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, former ‘Jeg er ambassadøren fra Amerika’ star Rufus Gifford will board a plane and leave Denmark. 
 
What’s that? You’ve never heard of ‘Jeg er ambassadøren fra Amerika’ or Gifford? Well the Danes sure have. 

via www.thelocal.dk

But Amb. Gifford is from a decidedly different culture.

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Billionaire George Soros has ties to more than 50 ‘partners’ of the Women’s March on Washington – Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

The left’s fierce identity politics and its failure on Islamic extremism lost my vote this past election, and so, as the dawn’s first light breaks through the darkness of the morning as I write, I make my decision: I’ll lace up my pink Nikes and head to the inauguration, skipping the “Women’s March” that doesn’t have a place for women like me.

via nytlive.nytimes.com

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Many Arrested Inauguration Day Protesters Will Face Felony Rioting Charges, Prosecutors Say « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

WASHINGTON (CBSNEWS/AP) – Most of the approximately 230 protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will be charged with felony rioting, federal prosecutors said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The office said most of those arrested will be released without having to post bail and must return to court in February.

via dfw.cbslocal.com

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Priebus on media: 'We're not going to sit around and take it' | TheHill

"The point is not the crowd size. The point is the attacks and the attempts to delegitimize this president in one day," Priebus said on "Fox News Sunday."
 
"And we're not going to sit around and take it."

via thehill.com

Evidently.

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

California unveils sweeping plan to combat climate change

California released an ambitious plan to cut the state's output of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions on Friday, the same day that newly-minted Trump administration signaled it will undo federal U.S. carbon regulations.

California's plan details how it will achieve its goal of cutting emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, which state air regulators called the most ambitious target in North America.

via www.cnbc.com

We're trapped in the past.

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Here comes Trump-o-nomics | TheHill

Trump-o-nomics is coming to Washington.

On trade, taxes and spending, President Trump’s team is preparing to push policies that are likely to face resistance from the political establishment of both parties.

via thehill.com

We should get an idea of how well they're working from the stock market over the next few months. I'm skeptical but we'll see.

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump puts freeze on new regulations - CNNPolitics.com

The move also gives President Donald Trump the ability to declare an immediate impact on the regulations that Republicans have long slammed as burdensome on businesses — a major promise of his administration.

via www.cnn.com

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

There are no longer any rules of engagement in political warfare « Hot Air

Perhaps the most unusual thing about yesterday’s bizarre political landscape (which reminded me of a bad Salvador Dali print by the time it was over) was that virtually nobody in the mainstream media seemed to find it unusual. I’m speaking, of course, about the women’s march which unfolded on the National Mall and in a number of other cities. The reaction of the press was to cover these events as if it were not only the most natural and expected thing in the world, but completely justified and glorious.

via hotair.com

The MSM has given up any pretense of objectivity, which is probably just as well. What we are witnessing is a hysterical press (which nevertheless sometimes speaks as if it were not) versus a hysterical White House, which might gain something by acting as if it were not, but then again, maybe not. The mooring cable of USS America has evidently sheered off. But this may be a good thing -- who knows.

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

This one was too good not to print

January 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The White House web site for law enforcement has… changed « Hot Air

But that wasn’t the page which first caught my attention. Also in the White House issues section was a bold proclamation having to do with the nation’s law enforcement officers and it has nothing to do with finding more efficient ways to lock up cops. The title reads, Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community and it’s a doozy.

via hotair.com

hilarious.

January 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

How Science Is Keeping Antarctica Ungoverned - Seeker - Video

Antarctica is the most unique of the seven continents for many reasons. Not only is the landscape breathtakingly beautiful and the year round temperature a consistent cold and colder, but Antarctica is also the only continent on earth that has no permanent inhabitants and no government. However, with the plethora of natural resources here, it's very likely this territory won't remain ungoverned forever.

via www.seeker.com

Libertarian paradise.

January 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Extreme Astronomy Unlocks Cosmic Secrets From the South Pole

Imagine doing astronomy where grease won't stay greasy, where it's nighttime all day during the winter, and where nighttime temperatures fall to -100 Fahrenheit. Well, there's a hardy group of astronomers that enthusiastically do that, year-in, year-out, at Antarctica's South Pole Telescope.

via www.space.com

January 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Byron York: 'It means the return of optimism' | Washington Examiner

Where the pundits heard a "dark, weird" speech (New York magazine) or a "dark, raw" speech (Vanity Fair), or a "dark, hard-line" speech (the New York Times), the audience heard the possibility that jobs — not just low-paying service jobs, but better, higher-paying jobs — would come back to their communities.

"It's the first time we've been excited and looking forward to a government," said Jay Leone, of Long Island, New York. "I think it marks the beginning of a new era, hopefully, for prosperity and jobs and security."

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

Maybe with deregulation Trump can produce on his jobs promise.

January 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Top 10 Ways Obama Violated The Constitution During His Presidency

Liberal law professor Garrett Epps (a professional acquaintance) admits that “even for those like me who admire Barack Obama, the constitutional record is disturbingly mixed. Obama leaves the Constitution weaker than at the beginning of his terms.” Epps labels Obama’s posture to be one of “aggressive compliance,” torturing statutory language as far as it can go in order to avoid constitutional claims.

via thefederalist.com

January 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Warren Buffett: US will ‘work fine’ under Trump | TheHill

The Berkshire Hathaway CEO added, however, the U.S. has a “secret sauce” that transcends any one president.

“It doesn’t work all the time perfectly,” he said of the nation. "But you just look at where we go, milestone after milestone. Never bet against America.”

via thehill.com

America, the Big Mac.

January 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Democrats in the Wilderness - POLITICO Magazine

As Trump takes over the GOP and starts remaking its new identity as a nationalist, populist party, creating a new political pole in American politics for the first time in generations, all eyes are on the Democrats. How will they confront a suddenly awakened, and galvanized, white majority? What’s to stop Trump from doing whatever he wants? Who’s going to pull a coherent new vision together? Worried liberals are watching with trepidation, fearful that Trump is just the beginning of worse to come, desperate for a comeback strategy that can work.

via www.politico.com

Well, they've got the demographic advantage so unless the GOP is smart (something I wouldn't count on) they should be able to win in the end.

January 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump's speech reminded a friend of this unforgettable movie moment

January 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump's Inauguration Speech Was A Clear Declaration Of War

President Donald J. Trump did not walk to the microphone in front of the Capitol today to salve wounds or mend hurt feelings. There were no calls for unity or attempts to bridge the political divide. After being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Trump issued a call to arms and declared war on the ruling class.

via thefederalist.com

Yup. That's how it sounded. Also, the unhappiness of Michelle, the deep, deep unhappiness of the would-be first lady-man, the fact that there were no shots of the Hillary that I saw anyway . . . there was much to ponder.

January 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trump says he's working on a plan to accommodate DREAMers | Daily Mail Online

President-elect Donald Trump says his administration is working on a plan that will make illegal immigrant children 'very happy,' and it will done in the next couple months.

Trump reiterated his plans to build a wall along the border with Mexico and crack down on unlawful immigration. 

via www.dailymail.co.uk

https://youtu.be/Yam5uK6e-bQ

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Byron York: Dem blockade frustrating Trump team; 'beachhead' units ready to go | Washington Examiner

Republicans, both in the incoming Trump administration and on Capitol Hill, are growing increasingly angry with Senate Democrats' efforts to slow the confirmation of Trump nominees. GOP lawmakers and staff often point out that the Senate confirmed seven Obama nominees — secretaries of agriculture, education, energy, homeland security, interior, veterans affairs and a budget director — on Inauguration Day 2009. Now, Democrats are saying they might — might — allow the confirmation of two Trump nominees on Friday.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Malia Obama went on secret trip to South America | New York Post

One of her mountain guides described the soon-to-be-former first daughter as “helpful and friendly” during their treks.

via nypost.com

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Brazil Supreme Court judge handling graft probe killed in plane crash | Reuters

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki, who was overseeing a graft investigation into scores of powerful politicians, was killed in a plane crash on Thursday, raising questions about who will take over the country's biggest ever corruption case.

via www.reuters.com

Hmmmmm.

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama To Make History With Friday Arrival In Palm Springs - KMIR News | Palm Springs, California

Post-presidential visits to the desert are nothing new. Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and Ford all came to the Coachella Valley after their time in office. President Obama though will make history Friday when he becomes the first president to head straight for the desert the moment he becomes a private citizen.

via www.kmir.com

Fore!

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama Commutes Life Sentences of Four Mexican Cartel Leaders

Four of those convicted criminals who had been sentenced to life in prison will be released by May 17. They ran a criminal organization made up of close to 80 men and women who worked with Mexico’s Gulf Cartel to move between 100,000 to almost 750,000 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. during a 10-year period. The drugs were moved into Houston and then distributed to Atlanta, Chicago, and other major metropolitan areas.

via www.breitbart.com

Ai chihuahua!

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The First Sighting of a Black Hole | Space | Air & Space Magazine

That may change very soon. Astronomers are about to begin an observing project that may result in what was once thought impossible: a picture of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

via www.airspacemag.com

https://youtu.be/OgvLej8ln2w

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rare Rat Virus Infects 2 People In Wisconsin « WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Health officials are investigating how a rare rat virus called the Seoul virus infected eight people in Wisconsin and Illinois.

via minnesota.cbslocal.com

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Chelsea Manning commutation reeks of hypocrisy: James Robbins

The hypocrisy of this move is breathtaking. Obama issued the clemency after weeks of extreme umbrage from congressional Democrats, as well as members of the outgoing administration and liberal pundits, at Russia's alleged “hacking” of the 2016 election. The prevailing theory is that Moscow engineered the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton adviser John Podesta, and then sent them to WikiLeaks where they were used to derail Hillary Clinton's campaign.

There is no question that in both cases, a crime was committed. But Manning compromised U.S. national security, placed the lives of members of the armed services and intelligence community and their assets at risk, and damaged the war effort against terrorism and violent extremism. By contrast, the DNC hack did not reveal classified information, no one’s life was threatened because of it, and it can’t be proved to have changed a single vote in the U.S. election.

via www.usatoday.com

Well, I'll say this. He makes a reasonably cute girl.

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ extradited to the United States « Hot Air

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, is being extradited to the United States.

via hotair.com

I wonder if Obama will pardon him.

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Oh yes: Hillary leads de Blasio by 20 points in NYC mayoral poll « Hot Air

How much would it cost to remodel the mayor’s office at City Hall to make it look like the Oval Office? Can’t be more than a hundred thou, I’m thinking. Hillary could cover that with one four-minute speech to Goldman Sachs.

via hotair.com

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Seventh Circuit strikes down Chicago restrictions on gun ranges « Hot Air

Chicago’s latest attempts to ban gun ranges within its city has failed again in federal court, again at the Seventh Circuit. The three-judge panel upheld a lower court ruling that overturned zoning restrictions that clearly intended to keep ranges from operating. In a 2-1 split, the appellate court also overturned a blanket ban on minors entering gun ranges under any circumstances (via NewsAlert):

via hotair.com

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

4 Recent Examples Show Why No One Trusts Media Coverage Of Trump

One may have hoped that the media would respond to their 2016 failures and resulting lack of credibility by reforming. Instead, it seems that many in political media are quadrupling down on the mistakes that served them and their readers and viewers so poorly in the lead-up to Donald Trump’s surprise victory in November.

It’s impossible to track all the ways in which the media are leaning into their bias, their unnecessary hostility, and their abandonment of journalistic principles.

via thefederalist.com

It's really bad.

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

It's No Revelation That Intelligence Agencies Are Politicized | RealClearPolitics

The media should spare its current outrage at any suggestion that politics affects the administration of some 16 major intelligence agencies. Journalists should instead listen to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, who cynically warned Trump that intelligence agencies "have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you."

via www.realclearpolitics.com

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

It's No Revelation That Intelligence Agencies Are Politicized | RealClearPolitics

The media should spare its current outrage at any suggestion that politics affects the administration of some 16 major intelligence agencies. Journalists should instead listen to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, who cynically warned Trump that intelligence agencies "have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you."

via www.realclearpolitics.com

January 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bomb threats made against dozens of Jewish centers and schools nationwide « Hot Air

As many as 25 Jewish groups across the U.S. received anonymous bomb threats by telephone Wednesday. This is the second time in two weeks that Jewish community centers and schools have been targeted with such threats.

via hotair.com

January 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)