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Pot, Kettle, Black

House Minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, says that Trump “talking about this [border] wall is expressing a sign of weakness.”

Umm…isn’t Pelosi showing weakness, by not retiring?

(I’m thinking of the mental weakness or illogic that she displays, as she talks on these issues. Also the spiritual weakness that keeps her clinging to power, rather than letting go and trying something new at age 77.)

Now we know what Trump is

A lot has happened in the last few weeks, to let us know what kind of president Trump is going to be.

He isn’t the new Hitler. And he isn’t the new Ronald Reagan. He’s Obama-Lite, or roughly what President Obama would have been if were saner and more authentically masculine and pro-American. (Like Obama, President Trump often talks about his own good intentions/hopes as if they were accomplishments.
They aren’t.) “The Swamp” and/or Deep State will stay in business for quite awhile yet. I suspect that Trump has cut some sort of deal with several of its important factions.

That still makes him 100 times better than Hillary.

Hillary would have done none of the above. On his own, Trump is not all that hot. But when compared to Hillary, he still is.

More conspiracy theories become fact – partly, sort of

On April 8, Cernovich Media claimed that National Security Advisor “H. R. McMaster [is] Manipulating Intelligence Reports to Trump, Wants 150,000 Ground Soldiers in Syria”.

Today, Eli Lake at Bloomberg confirms that McMaster wants to send up to 50,000 ground troops to Syria. And “has been quietly pressing his colleagues to question the underlying assumptions of a draft war plan against the Islamic State that would maintain only a light U.S. ground troop presence in Syria…to facilitate a better interagency process to develop Trump’s new strategy to defeat [ISIS].”

The real news is that Trump has said no to McMaster – at least for the time being. Kudos to those GP commenters who advised me, more or less, that Trump is his own man and wouldn’ t automatically go with McMaster.

As to the rest: it sounds like Cernovich dropped the nuances and exaggerated what was left, but still got much of the essence. And ahead of Bloomberg. Here’s a similar example, this one with Judge Napolitano.

In March, Napolitano claimed that, in spying on Trump, Obama went around U.S. laws that would restrict such spying by having a British intelligence agency access the U.S. NSA surveillance databases, then pass along findings. Obama and the British denied it vehemently.

Today, CNN confirms that “British intelligence passed Trump associates’ communications with Russians on to US counterparts.” CNN suggests that the British did the surveilling themselves, a difference from Napolitano’s story. Still, the British did it under intelligence-sharing agreements and to me, it sounds like Napolitano was in the ballpark.

The real news is that CNN still has no substantive Russian collusion to report against Trump.

Good News, Trump Isn’t Hitler

Posted by V the K at 8:58 pm - March 26, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump

Because Hitler would have gotten Congress to pass “Review and Rename.”

With the failure of the Ryan healthcare bill, the illusion of Trump-is-Hitler has been fully replaced with Trump-is-incompetent meme. Look for the new meme to dominate the news, probably through the summer. By year end, you will see a second turn, from incompetent to “Competent, but we don’t like it.”

I have been predicting this story arc for some time now. So far, we’re ahead of schedule.

In the 2D world, where everything is just the way it looks, and people are rational, Trump and Ryan failed to improve healthcare. But in the 3D world of persuasion, Trump just had one of the best days any president ever had: He got promoted from Hitler to incompetent. And that promotion effectively defused the Hitler-hallucination bomb that was engineered by the Clinton campaign.

In all seriousness, the Trump-is-Hitler illusion was the biggest problem in the country, and maybe the world. It was scaring people to the point of bad health. It made any kind of political conversation impossible.

Now we move on to “Neil Gorsuch is Hitler” because he expects the law to be read according to words legislator’s wrote and not subject to reinterpretation by unelected judges and bureaucrats. Democrats think judicial rulings should be based on f-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-l-i-n-g-s.

It’s Not the Patriarchy, Stupids

Posted by V the K at 8:43 am - March 9, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump,Hillary Clinton

There is a conceit on the Left that Hillary lost because she’s a woman; and not because she is a corrupt, decrepit, dishonest left-wing politician with the charm of an IRS audit, the engaging demeanor of a Soviet bureaucrat, and the sincerity of a used car salesman who furthermore represented a continuation of the failed, warmed over socialism policies of Barack Obama.

So, as an experiment intended to demonstrate that Hillary was biased against on account of her sex, an NYU professor decided to restage a Hillary-Trump presidential debate with a woman reciting Trump’s lines and a man reciting Hillary’s. This would demonstrate, so the designers of the experiment thought, that the audience was biased to give Trump (as a man) more credit than Hillary (as a woman).

In fact, it demonstrated the opposite.

Many were shocked to find that they couldn’t seem to find in (the actor playing Male Hillary) what they had admired in Hillary Clinton–or that (the actress playing female Donald Trump)’s clever tactics seemed to shine in moments where they’d remembered Donald Trump flailing or lashing out. For those Clinton voters trying to make sense of the loss, it was by turns bewildering and instructive, raising as many questions about gender performance and effects of sexism as it answered…

We heard a lot of “now I understand how this happened” — meaning how Trump won the election. People got upset. There was a guy two rows in front of me who was literally holding his head in his hands, and the person with him was rubbing his back. The simplicity of Trump’s message became easier for people to hear when it was coming from a woman–that was a theme. One person said, “I’m just so struck by how precise Trump’s technique is.

No matter who said Hillary’s lines, they came across as robotic, prepackaged, pablum.  (Because they were.) Whereas Trump’s lines came across as sharp. It was not because she was a woman.

Conservatives have never had trouble with women politicians. Margaret Thatcher was a conservative hero. But conservatives don’t embrace the idea that someone deserves to win just because she is a woman. Leftists believe that. And they believe you’re a misogynist for not also believing that.

Standards of Evidence

Posted by V the K at 9:00 am - March 6, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump,Obama Watch

ICYMI, PDT this weekend accused outgoing POTUS Barack Obama of spying on him, which the Democrat Media Complex was quick to deny on Obama’s behalf. No way would ex-President Boyfriend ever do such a thing, and Trump was deranged for even suggesting it.

What is the standard of proof the Democrats are demanding to back up the allegation that Obama spied on Trump. Follow up question: What is the standard of proof Democrats used to conclude as fact that Russia hacked the election to install Trump as his puppet so Soviet tanks can roll down Main Street and take over our precious bodily fluids because it’s 1956 and the Red Menace is back again, baby?

Bear in mind, this is Barack Obama we are talking about. This is a guy who won his senate seat because his political operatives got a judge to release salacious details from an opponent’s divorce records. This is a guy who vastly expanded NSA spying and lied to Congress about the extent of it. This is a guy who used Federal agencies like the EPA and the IRS against his political opponents. This is a guy whose White House operation admitted to manipulating the press with propaganda so that his administration could help a hostile foreign Government access billions in American taxpayer dollars. This is a guy who used Government intelligence agencies to spy on journalists.

So, yeah, using Government Intelligence agencies to spy on a political opponent would be entirely consistent with Obama’s history and modus operandi.

Oh, by the way, Obama’s intelligence operations sought and got a FISA warrant to spy on Trump throughout 2016.

The Democrat Media Narrative hangs on a narrow, technical definition of “wiretap” (physically implanting a listening device on a telephone landline, which is almost never done anymore because who uses landlines) to provide Obama an out.  But was Donald Trump under surveillance by the Obama administration; it’s highly plausible.

PDT Addresses Congress

Posted by V the K at 2:15 pm - February 26, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump

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I recognize Nancy Pelosi, lower left (still wearing her hijab from her meeting with President Assad). I don’t know how Evan McMullin snuck in, but there he is on the lower right. Next row, beginning from left, I’m pretty sure that’s Senator Cory Booker wearing the horns he borrowed from T-Bone, and then the grinning face of Senator Liz Warren. That’s got to be Chuck Schumer off his left shoulder, I’d know that face anywhere. Next to him, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton in the red safety helmet she is now required to wear at all time. On her left, in the string tie, Senator John McCain.

In the next row (starting from left) we have a representative from Planned Parenthood, Special Guest Vladimir Putin, Congressman Elijah Cummings, and Senator Dick Durbin checking his phone for orders from George Soros.

Top Row, from left, Senator Abe Blumenthal, Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Lindsey Graham, an empty suit sitting in for Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Tim Scott, and Senator Al Franken at top right.

PDT says the State Should Be Able to Take Your Stuff Without Convicting You of a Crime

Posted by V the K at 11:11 am - February 8, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump

I said I would criticize Trump when he is wrong about something important. He is wrong about Civil Asset Forfeiture reform. And that’s important.

President Donald Trump … offered to “destroy” the career of an unnamed Texas state senator who is backing a bill (to reform Civil Asset Forfeiture).

The issue that brought Trump’s threat is called “asset forfeiture.” Burton’s bill and maybe one other in the Senate would make it harder for law enforcement agencies to seize property from people who are accused of but not convicted of a crime.

Many forfeitures involve cash from drug busts, but in others the seizures before conviction amount to legalized robbery.

As reported by The Texas Tribune, Trump’s threat came Tuesday in a meeting with sheriffs at the White House. When he asked how he could improve law enforcement, Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson spoke up.

“We’ve got a state senator in Texas that’s talking about introducing legislation to require conviction before we can receive that forfeiture money,” Eavenson said.

It’s unconscionable in a free society that the state can take your stuff and then force you to go to court to get it back… without convicting you of a crime.

Trump’s “White Nationalist” Agenda

Posted by V the K at 6:37 pm - February 5, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump

Apparently, it includes an Executive Order to help Historically Black Colleges, which were utterly neglected under the previous president.

It’s not fair that in the last 24 hours, Trump and his cabinet has generated more goodwill between the White House and black colleges than Obama was disinclined to even feign in three commencement speeches and eight national HBCU week conferences — none of which he attended. And with one executive order unique to HBCU federal support, Trump could become one of the greatest advocates black colleges have ever seen.

It’s not fair that the first black president created this culture with his neglect of our schools, and that Trump can get back at him through the searing dissonance set up by his willingness to help these critically important institutions.

Donald Trump’s “racism” seems to be on a par with his “homophobia.”

The Evidence Keeps Piling Up

Posted by V the K at 9:24 am - February 4, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump

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Getting Impatient for the Oppression to Start

Posted by V the K at 7:57 am - January 30, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump

Quibble

Posted by V the K at 8:23 am - January 27, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump,Transgender Issues

Technically there are three — masculine, feminine, and neuter — in languages that have gendered nouns like French, Spanish, and German. (At least until Throbert shows up and corrects me.) There are two biological sexes — male and female. Everything else is delusional.

In related news, the president of the West Virginia University “Gender Equality Movement” went nanners and assaulted conservative students.

During the course of the 42-second video, Denham is able to get out at least twelve f-bombs, and seems to commit at least three physical assaults.

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Another Glorious Day of Trump Derangement

Posted by V the K at 6:57 pm - January 26, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump

This will not be a daily feature, but it could be. Between the time I got up this morning and the time I finished dinner, all of this happened or made the news.

Maybe it’s just me, but is it possible… just possible… that the Trump-haters are a little bit over the top?

“Now, Raise Your Shrunken Hand and Repeat After Me”

Posted by V the K at 2:45 pm - January 25, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump,Humor
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A Note From The Boss…

Posted by V the K at 12:22 pm - January 20, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump,Gay Marriage

Bruce wants you to remember, Donald J Trump is the first American President to have been pro-gay marriage right from the start.

A New Era Begins

Posted by V the K at 9:11 am - January 20, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump

On Inauguration Day, my feelings are a mixture of relief that Obama will gone by lunch time (off on another luxurious, taxpayer-funded vacation), and a desperate sort of hope that Trump and Pence don’t screw up this chance.

A friend shared this…

“Trump is not going to put you all in camps and install a Nazi state. He can’t, because George W. Bush already put you all in camps and installed a Nazi state. Oh, wait, he never got to do it, because we were already all dead in the nuclear war our cowboy president, Ronald Reagan, started by talking tough to the Russians. “

Also, I saw this picture on Twitter last night. What I know about fashion you could fit on a Post-It note with enough room left over to copy the Declaration of Independence. Seriously, if you look in my closet, it’s flannel shirts and hockey jerseys as far as the eye can see. But, gotta say, Ivanka Trump looks stunning. It will be nice to have some grace and elegance in the White House again.

Why does looking at this picture make me crave Arizona Green Tea?

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Also, in a change from eight years ago, the new First Lady will not be wearing sofa upholstery to the inauguration.

The Price of Virtue Signaling

Posted by V the K at 7:47 am - January 17, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump

Some Republicans who committed themselves to the ‘Never Trump’ movement… are shocked and dismayed that they aren’t being offered plush, cushy jobs in the Trump Administration.

They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again.

But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they are “PNG” — personae non gratae.

Their transgression was signing one or both of two public “Never Trump” letters during the campaign, declaring they would not vote for Trump and calling his candidacy a danger to the nation.

The letters were explicit in their denunciations of Trump’s professed support for torture of terrorism suspects, his pledge to build a wall along the border with Mexico, his anti-Muslim rhetoric and his admiration for Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.

The letters also attacked Trump’s character and temperament, asserting that he “lacks self-control and acts impetuously,” has demonstrated “erratic behavior” and is “fundamentally dishonest.”

And now they’re mad because Trump won’t give them policy jobs in his administration.

The Post tries to spin this a little bit as Trump being bitter and vengeful; blacklisting people with decades of Washington experience out of pettiness. But buried deeper in the article, they have to admit that Trump has been meeting with people who criticized him during the campaign, one of whom describes their meeting as “a sign of maturity and graciousness.”

I remember that last week, one of the Narratives being pushed by the DMC was “Trump’s cabinet picks disagree with him on policy.” Of course, if they had offered unconditional support for Trump’s policies, the Narrative would have been, “Trump’s cabinet is nothing but ‘Yes Men.'” No matter what Trump does, the DMC will spin it against him.

The 2016 Election in Three Memes

Last Tuesday, Obama gave his “farewell” address, which prompted all sorts of ridiculous, weepy posts from Obama supporters about how “classy” he was and how much they would miss him, and how his administration was “scandal-free.” Needless to say, these folks will remain clueless as to why Trump won in November as long as they put Obama on a pedestal. Most of us don’t remember the last eight years with any fondness at all. Instead, we remember a thin-skinned, spiteful, petty man who always had his mind set on one thing, and that was advancing his own power and his party’s grip on power.

Back in October 2013, I wrote a post where I called Obama’s administration the Dawn Davenport Presidency, and it has remained as true in the intervening years as it was then. At the time, I used the website meme creator to create a meme which I considered using to illustrate that post, but I didn’t post it at the time. Now that there are only five days remaining in Obama’s second term, I am bringing it back, because it provides one explanation for what happened with the voters in 2016.

Of course, this election was also about Hillary Clinton.

In the past week, there has been a lot of buzz about Meryl Streep’s harangue at the Golden Globe Awards. Over the summer, though, Streep also attracted attention for two things, her film about Florence Foster Jenkins, and her deranged appearance during her speech at the Democrat National Convention in August. The Jenkins film was what interested me, though, because it seemed to offer a perfect metaphor for Clinton’s political career. Florence Foster Jenkins was famous for having a tin ear and little talent in her chosen field. She benefited largely from her husband’s connections.

Last February at ZeroHedge, I saw a great post outlining Hillary Clinton’s Six Foreign Policy Catastrophes where a commenter named Elliott Eldrich memorably declared: “Hillary’s greatest ability is her uncanny talent for producing the most wretched results imaginable, and then loudly claiming how amazing her accomplishments are. I believe it’s because she somehow manages to convince herself of this first, which makes selling it to others all the easier. She’s the Florence Foster Jenkins of statecraft.”
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DJT versus the DMC

Posted by V the K at 1:09 pm - January 11, 2017.
Filed under: Donald Trump,Media Bias

President-Elect Trump recognizes what should have been obvious to Republicans for years; the press are his (and their) adversaries. The mission of the mainstream press in America is to help advance the agenda and fortunes of the Democrat Party.

Donald Trump treats the press as though they are his enemies. Tactically, this is the correct move. Discrediting the press will weaken their ability to generate scandals during his administration. Even if they manage to find a legitimate scandal (after spending the Obama years being willfully blind to Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS targeting, mismanagement at the Veteran’s Administration, and all the rest of them), it will be harder for it to gain traction with the public.

And it wouldn’t be possible if the press hadn’t already “golden showered” away their credibility during the campaign and the previous eight years.

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I Hope This Is the Pattern of His Entire Presidency.

Posted by V the K at 8:54 am - December 22, 2016.
Filed under: Donald Trump

Donald Trump: “The price tag for the new Air Force 1 is too damb high.”

Media: “OMG! Trump is so stupid! He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. ”

Boeing CEO: “You know, we can probably knock that price down some.”