Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Today’s items are most interesting whereas they crystalize the futility of the Democrats inane decision to refute any and all of the new POTUS’s plans and objectives for the nation, regardless. The wrongheadedness of the leftist strategy is reflected in poll results in three major areas; immigration, the economy and inter-party cooperation, all of which strongly support the president’s actions to date.      

For the left, obstructionism has reached the point where Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee, told House Democrats this morning that "she will not attend the president’s address to Congress this evening,” because she doesn't think she would be able to control herself, according to Democrats in the room for the caucus meeting.

Meghan Keneally @abcnews.go.com, reports that Waters told ABC News in an interview after a meeting yesterday that “The president is not going to say what I want him to say. He's gonna take credit for everything." 

One of Trump's loudest critics on Capitol Hill, she’s “called his team a "bunch of scumbags" and said he is "leading himself" to impeachment, her words being truly something to be proud of and a representation of the dignity, grace and professionalism of leading Democrat intellectuals.      

On the other hand however, while Democrat leadership continues its hollow disruptiveness, lacking any meaningful platform of its own, key statistics illustrate that the voting public not only doesn’t agree with them, but seem to be getting fed up with their rebellious attitude altogether.      

According to rasmussenreports.com this morning: “Most voters agree that it’s bad for America and bad for the Democratic Party if Democrats continue to flat out oppose everything President Trump does. Even Democrats are conflicted about their party’s scorched earth policy.”

Only “29% of all Likely U.S. Voters think it’s better for the country if Democrats oppose the president in every way possible. Sixty-three percent (63%) say it’s better for the country if Democrats try to work with the president instead.”   

When asked about the impact of the Democrats’ strategy only 29% say it’s better for the Democratic Party if Democrats oppose the president in every way possible while “most voters in nearly every demographic category think it’s bad for the country and bad for Democrats if they totally oppose Trump and his agenda.” 

Not surprisingly, most self-described politically liberal voters believe it is better for America and better for the Democratic Party to fight the president in every way possible while an overwhelming majority of conservatives and most moderates disagree. 

Beyond the overall current poll results what’s of the very most importance to the administration is that a majority of all voters – “including half of Democrats - say Democrats in Congress won't be able to halt the president’s agenda. 

“Eighty-three percent (83%) believe Trump is likely to reverse or abolish most of President Obama’s accomplishments. 

And presently, forty-five percent (45%) of voters say the country is headed in the right direction which compares to 29% a year ago “and is higher than during any week of Obama’s presidency.”

On a particular matter, Stephen Dinan wrote @washingtontimes.com that illegal immigration across the southwest border plummeted in January, compared to December. The “flow of both illegal immigrant families and children traveling alone dried up, according to numbers released by Customs and Border Protection on Monday.”

Total apprehensions of migrants trying to sneak across the border fell 27 percent on a month-to-month basis, to 31,575 while the number of inadmissible migrants showing up at the Southwest's ports of entry fell 28 percent, to 10,899.

To that reader JapaneseRamenNoodle commented: “Trump is already making America great again! 

“Of course, we still need to deport the millions of illegal immigrants who pompously demand that we take care of the people that other countries refuse to take care of. 

“We DO take in millions of legal immigrants -- gladly so -- if they are willing to follow the law, contribute to this nation and break ties with any nation or cultural norms that are incompatible with this free society.” 

And JapaneseRamenNoodle's summation pretty much reflected the thoughts of most who read the article.    

At the same time, another indicator of what the public really thinks came from Jonathan Garber @businessinsider.com who reported that the “Conference Board's consumer confidence index surged to 114.8 in February from January's print of 111.8, making for the best reading since July 2001 a 15 year high.”  

“The internals of the report looked good as the Present Situation Index jumped 3.4 points to 133.4 and the Expectations Index climbed 3.1 points to 102.4.  

“February's reading topped the 15-year high of 113.7 set back in December after Donald Trump's election victory.  

Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board, said in the report: “Consumers rated current business and labor market conditions more favorably this month than in January. Expectations improved regarding the short-term outlook for business, and to a lesser degree jobs and income prospects.” 

And then Ms Franco went on to make the most important point: “Overall, consumers expect the economy to continue expanding in the months ahead.” 

All of which boils down to a summation of the miserable quandary in which the left has purposefully placed itself. Because the more they complain and try to obstruct what is proving to be a welcomed recovery by the majority of voters, the more they isolate themselves from that success. 

And as far as their basic capabilities are concerned, they also aren’t helped when one of their most revered idols can’t even open the right envelope on national television viewed by 32.9 million other idolaters. Pathetic is an understatement.    

That's it for today folks. 


Monday, February 27, 2017


Today’s first item not only sets a premise for confirming the major shift in American politics toward the right-center, it also underlines the leftist's in the MSM's inability to grasp the fact that they’re almost irrelevant except to each other. 

To begin, Michael Goodwin once again astutely assesses the lefts obtuseness, writing about it @nypost.com today. 

While many “pundits” are urging the POTUS to tone down his rhetoric for his first State of the Union speech tomorrow, Mr. Goodwin begins by “betting humble pie is not on the president’s menu. On the contrary, Tuesday night in the Capitol is likely to be a shock-and-awe blowout of pure Trumpism.” 

From there, Mr. Goodwin presents a historical synopsis of Trump’s rise and the leftist MSM's failure to acknowledge what’s actually taken place, writing: “The idea that Trump must go mild has been a staple of the punditocracy since he announced his candidacy. That it still holds such a prominent place in his second month in the Oval Office reveals what slow learners media liberals are. 

“Although completely wrong about the mind-set of voters from start to finish, they remain steadfast in their certainty that Trump needs a personality transplant to satisfy the public. At least that’s what they say.” 

After correctly establishing the liberal media’s lack of acuity, Mr. Goodwin goes on to clarify a critical point the very same media refuses to consider at all. Mr. Goodwin quotes the POTUS as also saying: “I’m not against the media. I’m not against the press . . . I am only against the fake news media or press.” 

Reported next was that any illusion of a “beautiful new relationship was soon shattered” when Sean Spicer barred some outlets from his office while admitting others for a briefing. “Those barred included the New York Times and CNN, which have been unfairly harsh on Trump, and he has returned the favor by accusing them of being “dishonest” purveyors of “fake news.” 

Following that framework, Mr. Goodwin presents the conclusion the POTUS’s consistent actions to date have led him to, addressing not only the cornerstone of the POTUS’s methodology but the modus operendi he’s followed throughout his entire career.  

“Besides, we should not underestimate Trump’s determination or his strategy for success. Business taught him and politics reinforced that lowering your sights too soon is a losing proposition. Timing is key to the art of the deal. 

“He will compromise if he must at the end. Now he will go full speed ahead, guns blazing.”

While Mr. Godwin addressed serious issues greatly affecting the decline of the left in the nation, another of their events provided insight regarding their inherent incapability's in general.

Last night, the most shocking mix-up in Oscars history took place. While Moonlight won best picture, presenter Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner, setting off mass confusion in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

As reported by Kristopher Tapley and Lawrence Yee @variety.com, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were incorrectly given the best actress award envelope. “A confused Beatty saw Emma Stone’s name and “La La Land,” and handed the envelope to Dunaway, who then announced the musical as the Best Picture winner. 

“The “La La Land” cast took the stage and producers began their speeches. But they stopped midway when they realized their error.” 

Now, had this bungling taken place in the past, it would most likely be treated as a Hollywood mix-up and become part of movie land lore. However today, where Hollywood-types have become so personally involved in leftist politics, public reaction has changed dramatically (no pun intended.)  

As a result, numbers-wise,  “ABC's Oscars had suffered two consecutive years of dramatic dips — losing almost 10 million viewers between 2014 and 2016. 

“Early numbers have the lengthy show off 4 percent from comparable stats in 2016, averaging an overnight 22.4 rating among metered market households. That measurement, courtesy of Nielsen, is shy of last year's — which saw its overnight score (a 23.4 rating) ultimately translate to 34.43 million viewers.” 

However, no matter how many people watched the show, the flubbing of the award for Best Picture will surely forever be the defining point of the 2017 Oscars. 

As far as viewers themselves are concerned, the leftist swing is not only very well-known among them but considerably out of sync with the vast majority’s opinions. That disparity is shown in readers comments, as follows:  

Reader Fred Bailey wrote: “What a bunch of morons. Related to Joe Biden, I guess?” 

Tymtrvlr says: “Bush’s fault! Let the childish Trump bashing begin. Oh yeah, TRUMP won!”

Mitch Rapp followed with: “I imagine the Washington Post will announce that this was all orchestrated by Russian hackers.” 

stephaniesharf wrote: “Why don’t you launch an investigation, Academy? The Russians hacked the envelopes to embarrass you and promote the Moscow film industry. Putin was drinking vodka with Beatty and Dunaway in the Kremlin, it was all planned months ago! Comey knew but he kept quiet. I demand that Rachel Madcow and Me-again Kelley speak out “ 

Chuck Darney says: “Beatty did play in the movie Reds, so you may not be far off.” 

Richard Davidson opined: “Wrong envelope? It was WikiLeaks! No, no, it was Comey and the FBI….No, no, it was Putin and the Russians….No, no, it was Trump and the RNC! …They could not even handle this simple task correctly and yet have the nerve to try and tell us how to run our Country!” 

And then, after viewing the reactions from the sampling of very well-informed readers, an AFP article was found @yahoo.com/news containing a quite interesting indication of what might the future might bring.  

Yesterday, Iran's ex-president Mahmud Ahmadinejad published an open letter to Donald Trump. While welcoming Trump’s criticism of the US political system,  Ahmadinejad took issue with his visa ban and attitude to women. 

Most interesting is the fact that: “Many Iranians see the new US president as cut from the same cloth as Ahmadinejad, who shocked the establishment with his sudden rise to power in 2005, combining hardline rhetoric and populist economic policies to win a powerful following among Iran's lower classes.” 

Over time, Ahmadinejad has also sent letters to Obama, Angela Merkel and the pope – “as well as an 18-page missive to previous US leader George W. Bush.” 

In Trump’s case, when he was elected “many Iranians joked about the similarities to their former president, whose tenure ended in 2013. 

"When Ahmadinejad said that he intended to export his method of managing the world, we didn't take him seriously..." wrote one bemused commenter on social media.” 

Thus, while the two nations are diametrically different politically and ideologically, “hardline rhetoric and populist economic policies” played the most significant roles regarding their president’s rise to power. And what may be of the utmost importance to Trump and those who support him is that Ahmadinejad  served a full eight years in office. 

That’s it for today folks. 


Sunday, February 26, 2017


The Democrat party seems to be trying to reshape itself as they elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman of the Democratic National Committee yesterday. On the same day, however, their problems magnified whereas their Republican rivals demonstrated increasing unity at the CPAC summit outside of Washington, D.C.

A straw poll vote among Conservatives gave new President Trump an 86 percent approval rating “and overwhelmingly agreed that he was “realigning” the movement."

Although his views don’t always mesh with those of fiscal or social conservatives, he received “high marks in the poll’s 12 questions.” 

“The popular poll did not include a question this year about who was conservatives’ favorite potential presidential candidate, considering Trump won just three months ago.” 

And then, yesterday afternoon Eric Bolling hosted a show on the Fox News channel. Although the TV sound was turned off, a blurb on the screen related that Bolling's two female guests were complaining the Trump cabinet was comprised of nothing but “superrich” men. 

The guest’s point was that those who had accumulated so much wealth were obviously only interested in increasing their personal  fortunes, not helping the nation or its citizens. And furthermore, because of their riches they couldn’t possibly identify or comprehend the problems of everyday Americans. 

Having heard that argument quite often in the past, this time some research was done to determine the personal worth of the most ardent, vociferous proponents on the left. The vary same individuals that claim to have nothing but the interests of the very weakest and neediest among us at heart, far and above any personal desire for personal gain.     

Topping the list of the wealthy among those finding fault with “rich” Republicans who only seek to gain for themselves was Bill Gates whose net worth is reported to be 85 billion dollars.

Next came Warren Buffet at $62 billion and then major provocateur George Soros at $28.5 billion. Oprah Winfrey's $2.9 billion was followed by environmentalist Tom Steyer whose $1.6 billion derived from a hedge fund he founded in 1986. Barbra Streisand’s net worth is $340 million, Leonardo DiCaprio is $220 million, Robert De Niro’s is $200 million, George Clooney’s is $180 million, Robert Redford’s $170 million while Matt Damon’s accrued $140 million for himself.   

Sean Penn stands at $150 million in net worth with Jane Fonda doing quite well too at $120 million. Then there’s Jodie Foster at an even $100 million, Meryl Streep with $65 million, newscaster Katie Couric at $55 million, Susan Sarandon at $50 million, Whoopi Goldberg $45 million and Cyndi Lauper trailing at $30 million for herself. 

While the always boisterous Alec Baldwin has garnered $65 million in personal wealth his salary on 30 Rock was only $300,000 per episode so he obviously has a lot to complain about regarding greedy Conservatives.  

Even Harry Belafonte has amassed $28 million of personal fortune while the View’s Joy Behar is one of the only real duds in the bunch accruing only a $12 million net worth. Which means she perhaps has a legitimate reason for disliking and distrusting the rich and successful whereas they’ve done so much better financially than she has.

On the barrel’s bottom of celebrities is Ed Asner’s $10 million worth followed by Ralph Nader’s $4.2 million that’s been reported.

Having gotten a financial perspective on the loudest public figures the thought arose that leftist politicians ought to be included, whereas they too claim that others success and welfare is their major driving power.

At the top of the list for the last administration was John Kerry whose posted net worth is $194 million. Next came Nancy Pelosi at $120 million followed by Hillary Clinton’s $45 million.
Somehow or other Barack Obama managed to attain $12.2 million as a public servant while Erik Holder gained $11.5 million for himself.

Although Elizabeth Warren ‘s current worth could not be found, as of the end of 2011 it was estimated to be as high as $14.5 million.

So, here we have a group of individuals who’ve obtained significant fortunes for themselves, which is certainly representative of fulfillment of the American dream and to be lauded.

However, to have attained that much combined wealth and then criticize or demean Republicans as being out of touch with the general public because they come from the “greed” driven business sector is not only hypocritical, its an outright malicious fabrication. 

What’s more, this Democrat farcical double-standard should be mentioned often in the new POTUS’s speeches and tweets. Because nothing harms frauds more than public disclosure.

That’s it for today folks.


Saturday, February 25, 2017


Today’s items reflect the circumstance that there are two very different perspectives of what’s transpiring within the new administration. One exists in the real world while the others a fiction created by the MSM to please it’s extremely unhappy readership. 

Having very little to find real fault with regarding the administration's first month in office, much is being made by the MSM of the new POTUS’s alleged relationship with Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. The intensity of criticism reaching the point where Mike Flynn resigned from his National Security Advisor position due to a presumed closeness with a hostile nation.    

However, while that MSM was fervently promoting a potential presidential weakness, the real truth was something else entirely. 

Paul Handley of AFP via yahoo.com, reports that although the POTUS “repeatedly pledged to reach "a deal" with Vladimir Putin while hinting at downgraded relations with NATO and the European Union, [he’s] yet to set a meeting with the Russian leader.” 

At the same time, VP Mike Pence “and top cabinet security and defense officials have gone to great lengths to reassure European leaders that Washington is not giving up on its allies.” 

Although the POTUS still holds out the idea of striking up an amicable relationship with Putin, his new national security advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, is “a hawkish army veteran who sees Russia as the primary threat to US interests and global stability.” 

“And next week the Senate is expected to approve the appointment of Senator Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence, adding another Putin skeptic to the president's defense and national security team.” 

In response, Bruce Jones, vice president and director for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington said: “There has been a major shift. My sense is at least we've seen an evolution to an approach that is more sensitive to the threat Russia poses to Europe and the US." 

However, even the Brookings assessment sounds quite presumptive. That’s because if the POTUS believes close relationships make more sense than hostility, so long as U.S. ideals and interests are preserved and protected, that philosophy doesn’t make him complicit with Russia in any way, manner or form. 

Then, while foreign policy plans and strategies move quickly forward, FoxNews.com reports today about another campaign promise being immediately followed-up upon. 

Yesterday the administration made its first tangible step towards building a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.  

“Bloomberg reported that the administration issued a preliminary request for proposals to contractors. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April. 

“The agency said it will request bids on or around March 6 and that companies would have to submit "concept papers" to design and build prototypes by March 10. 

“The field of candidates will be narrowed by March 20, and finalists must submit offers with their proposed costs by March 24.” 

The progress to date is such that the president told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that construction will start "very soon" and is "way, way, way ahead of schedule." 

While it’s still unclear how soon Congress would provide funding and how much, there is no doubt that the POTUS is once again consistent in doing his part to fulfill campaign promises.
And then, further evidence of MSM favoritism surfaced whereas although any and all possibility’s of Republican slips, flare-ups or problems are covered in minute detail, Democrats are protected from criticism unconditionally.

However, in the real world, the story is not only entirely different it’s the opposite completely. So much so that Fox News’ Chris Stirewalt headed his column yesterday: “How broken are Democrats?”

The case Stirewalt then makes is that from a practical viewpoint, it would be a pretty straightforward matter that Chuck Schumer, and therefore his party, would be far better off by finding “points on which Trump, no conservative, agrees with Democrats.” 

Areas include stimulus spending, labor policy and trade which could then be used to “jam the GOP.”  

Going further, Stirewalt writes: “If Schumer really wanted to be in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s head, the Democrat would be paying multiple visits to his fellow New Yorker at the White House.”

Yet, that isn’t happening because Schumer knows his party’s base “doesn’t even consider Trump the legitimate president, just as some Republicans, including Trump, felt about Obama.”  

Stirewalt concludes by opining that: “If Perez wins this weekend, his task of leading a political party, not a resistance, will be daunting to say the least. It would be easier for him than it is for Schumer since the party isn’t concerned with policy so much as fundraising and organizing.”

And in that last sentence, Stirewalt defined the Democrat problem precisely whereas the party has no tangible platform whatsoever. Its entire strategy is to couple with the MSM in an attempt to destroy the POTUS and his agenda in any way, manner or form conceivable. 

However, by taking that road they’ve left themselves exposed to a fundamental factor that will likely prove insurmountable. Because its very hard, if not impossible, to sway satisfied users away from something that’s not only delivered as promised, but works the way its supposed to as well.

That's it for today folks. 


Friday, February 24, 2017


In her Wall Street Journal article today, the highly experienced Peggy Noonan attempts to explain that the newly elected president is missing an opportunity by not “arguing” for desired changes. Instead he “announces” his actions, which in Ms Noonan’s opinion is a mistake. Because by doing so, she feels he’s ignoring possession of the biggest “mic” in the world and the chance to permit voters to see the “back and forth” of “arguments.” 

What’s most interesting about Ms Noonan’s perception of President Trump’s methodology, however, is that it’s she who hasn’t yet grasped his operational outlook and style whereas it’s so different from the typical politicians of the past. And even more insightful is the commentary from readers who are a highly intelligent, well-versed, and astute group of individuals.  

They also have a far firmer grasp of what’s transpired politically and are far less concerned about Trump's particular actions to date as president. That's because they pale by comparison to his defeating an individual and platform they find despicable.      

Ms Noonan wrote @wsj.com: “An odd thing about the president—and this has contributed to the general lostness of Washington—is that he doesn’t perform a primary and obvious function of presidents, which is to argue for things. You make a decision, unveil a program, and make a case for its excellence. The other side then argues back. In the ensuing back-and-forth, voters get the contours of what’s being proposed. 

“This president doesn’t argue, he only announces. He asserts. Previous presidents in their early speeches were always making the case for a certain advancement. Not to do so is a waste of the biggest mic in the world. 

“The populists or economic nationalists of the Trump administration have, on some level and at the moment, swept the party. Now they’re trying to own it. But you don’t hear from them much about the meaning and content of their endeavor. And the symbolism that keeps cropping up around the White House, or rather Mar-a-Lago, is odd.” 

To that reader Byron Spain responded: “Today the democrats in congress are wounded. It is time for the kill. Trump, Ryan and McConnell should make every effort to minimize Pelosi and Schumer by continuously ignoring them and finding every excuse to create dissention in their ranks. Next step is to find and promote qualified candidates to oppose every democrat house member and those senators who are up for reelection now and daily hammer on the incumbents failures. Criticism done continuously and publically for two years will have a very positive effect on the 2018 election.” 

Thus, in this case, reader Spain doesn’t seem to care about particular issues at all. His primary concern is that Democrats are now gone from power and the mission is to insure that they don’t come back at any time in the future. 

Reader Catherine Pate focused on the MSM, which in her opinion would only distort the president’s utterings to their own advantage, forcing his use of other communication methods instead.  

Ms Noonan wrote: “Previous presidents in their early speeches were always making the case for a certain advancement. Not to do so is a waste of the biggest mic in the world.” 

Ms Pate commented: “Previous presidents also got the benefit of a press that wasn’t completely hostile, antagonistic and intent on misrepresenting what was said in those speeches. And no one (for better or worse) outside of the Washington cognoscenti actually listens to these entire speeches.Trump knows this and so he has no choice but to frame the debate by the only means available to him.” 

Reader Chuck Roehrich addressed major issues specifically that he and many millions of others found fault with specifically.

“[Infrastructure is]… for his supporters not a secondary but a primary issue..” – Wrong! 

“It was the overt corruption of the now defunct Clinton Global Initiative and struggling Clinton Fund. It was abortion on demand, the forced feeding of the homosexual agenda, the Merkel open borders policy, the “how does that make you feel” SCOTUS judges, the nanny State of government knows all – solves all that Peggy’s queen represented, that I voted against.”

For Addison Gardner Trump's appeal is precisely opposite Ms Noonan’s whereas she feels a need for discussion on all issues. Trump, on the other hand, simply takes action instead. That's because it's Trump’s perception that the voters gave him a very clear list of desires which he’s fulfilling to the best of his ability. And so long as he stays on the track of voter satisfaction, there’s really nothing at all to discuss.     

Reader Gardner put it this way: “I think Peggy sees the tree (Trump's brevity and assertiveness) while overlooking the forest (the near impenetrable media shroud covering the White House), and she draws the wrong conclusions. 

“Trump Tweets and he "announces," and "he asserts" because that's what it takes to penetrate media jamming and the press corps cloud of orchestrated disinformation.  

“He'll speak at CPAC tonight. He'll address a joint session of Congress next Tuesday. There will be plenty of time for 'splainin' to the American people; meanwhile, a month into his presidency -- Ft. Apache, the White House -- he's getting stuff done instead of yammering into a camera.

“Trump understands, unlike his media darling predecessor, that results are more important than the Teleprompted eloquence of staff speechwriters. Flowery language dropped us in the Obama wasteland you describe. 

“Trump bluntness may airlift us out. 

“A final note, Peg. Democrat "brains" are located well south of their "heads." They'll fight Gorsuch for dear life.” 

Michael Dixon presented a direct and completely accurate analysis of Trump’s practices and procedures:  

"Not to do so is a waste of the biggest mic in the world" 

“Yet the press are the speakers the mic is hooked to. And the press-speakers aren't broken, no - they are actively manipulating the channels so other words come out.  

“When 90% of the press not only hates you but wants to twist everything you say in order to get you fired, and the press is what broadcasts that mic to the world, would you get on that mic? I would guess no. You would find a direct channel, for now twitter. And twitter is unfortunately not a place to use for in-depth conversation. 

“Until the press gets fixed, I think he is playing it smart by staying off their mic.” 

James Hoffman added depth to  Michael Dixon’s thoughts, as follows: “My wife is always saying, "I don't understand why the Republicans don't say x or y."  I tell her they do, the Press just doesn't put that on the air or quote it in the papers. 

“Listing to NPR, when they talk about the Republicans, they interview a Democrat saying how bad the Republicans are and when they talk about the Democrats, they interview a Democrat saying how good the Democrats are.” 

Another reader, Tony Rizzo wrote a response that not only correctly contradicted Ms Noonan’s perspective but demonstrated the intellectual acuity of the column’s typical readers. And what surfaces clearly is that Trump’s win wasn’t simply a voter upheaval but a revolt by highly sophisticated individuals having very practical and feasible demands.     

Mr. Rizzo wrote: “The other side then argues back. In the ensuing back-and-forth, voters get the contours of what’s being proposed." 


“UGH! STOP!! Is it perhaps possible that a Noonan column might take a look ahead and STOP OBSESSING with all of this endless non-stop verbiage on phony culture issues? Is it possible? Can we put an end to all of this ossified granny-style of writing? 

“Please - Gigot/Taranto - can you bring on a fresh new voice that will make all the dollars my WSJ subscription costs me every month not feel so wasted on this this tripe? 

“It is time to make an official Declaration(s) - Noonan's columns are no longer viable or readable! 

“Thank God for the brilliance of Kim Strassel, but it isn't enough of a Friday counterbalance to this nonsense...” 

And in his commentary, reader Rizzo inadvertently illustrated that it isn’t only Ms Noonan that Journal subscribers see through, but also the WSJ Editorial Board. Because when viewing the televised Journal Editorial Report on Saturday afternoon’s, the anti-Trump, anti-Conservative posture comes through quite clearly. Except for James Freeman, who like Kim Strassel strongly supported Trump throughout the presidential campaign and beyond to the White House. 

In conclusion, what’s glaringly significant today is the evidence of the declining power and effect of the MSM. Because if readers have more knowledge and are capable of producing more insightful analyses of what’s transpiring in the world around them than journalists, it won’t be long until those journalists won’t be needed at all. 

That's it for today folks. 


Thursday, February 23, 2017


While those on the left continue to seek ways to disparage and demean the new POTUS, the passage of time exposes the untruthfulness of much, if not most, of their suspicious claims.  

A prime example appeared today @FoxNews.com in an article titled: “Sweden Democrats: Trump was right”

The text begins by reporting that two leading Swedish politicians, Jimmie Akesson and Mattias Karlsson, “both leaders of the Sweden Democrats, penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Wednesday supporting Trump’s characterization of a Muslim immigrant-led crime crisis in Sweden.”

The pair went on to write: “Mr. Trump did not exaggerate Sweden’s current problems. If anything, he understated them.” 

The POTUS was ridiculed by many after his Saturday speech in which he cited Sweden, among a list of European countries, as being affected by the scourge of Islamic terror. “Referring to the massive number of Middle Eastern refugees that have poured into the country, Trump said Sweden was “having problems like they never thought possible.” 

While some Swedish politicians openly derided Trump’s portrayal of the country, “riots in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm on Monday evening put an end to most of the mockery.” 

Akesson and Karlsson wrote that: “Riots and social unrest have become a part of everyday life. Police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel are regularly attacked. Serious riots in 2013, involving many suburbs with large immigrant populations, lasted for almost a week. Gang violence is booming. Despite very strict firearms laws, gun violence is five times as common in Sweden, in total, as in the capital cities of our three Nordic neighbors combined.”

They added: “Anti-Semitism has risen. Jews in Malmo are threatened, harassed and assaulted in the streets. Many have left the city, becoming internal refugees in their country of birth.”

The two Swedish Democrats ended by warning the U.S.: “For the sake of the American people, with whom we share so many strong historical and cultural ties, we can only hope that the leaders in Washington won’t make the same mistakes that our socialist and liberal politicians did.” 

Although the POTUS continually receives confirmation of the validity of his primary observations and plans for the future, American Democrats remain opposed to each and every one of his agenda items.

In that regard, Keith Ellison one of the eight candidates vying to become the Democratic National Committee’s next chair accused Trump of pirating key issues of the Democrat platform.  

Adelle Nazarian writes @breitbart.com, that with DNC elections to be held this Saturday in Atlanta Georgia, to appoint their party’s next chairman, although candidates differ “on how to unite their fractured party, the one topic on which they almost unanimously agreed was their opposition to President Donald Trump.”

Ellison himself has said: “Trump has done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment.” 

Accusing Trump of stealing the Democrats’ message, Ellison said, “Trump did say he was for jobs, trade, infrastructure and protecting social security. That’s our message. That’s what we do. That’s why he beat all those other Republicans; because he stole a Democratic message.”

Echoing Ellison, candidate Pete Buttigieg said Trump is “like a computer virus in the American political system. He ties up our minds and our processing power with these equations that don’t even have any solutions until the system overheats and breaks down.” 

Jehmu Greene added: “This man is arrogantly marching us towards fascism.” 

Jaimie Harrison was asked if going negative, and attacking Trump, is is the right strategy for the Democrats. He justified the negativity by saying, “We are in unprecedented times right now… We have to show the American people what we are all about.” 

Yet, while Ellison accuses Trump of “stealing” the Democrat message regarding, trade, infrastructure and protecting social security, the reason for Trump's upset win is that for the past eight years and more, all three major concerns suffered immeasurably. And thus, it was hoped by many that Trump would be the most likely one to fix them all.

Reader hubwolf put it this way: “I am comforted by this report of the various DNC Chair candidates focus. It assures me that they will remain a marginal but radical political force for years to come. The Democrat Party has proven itself to be against the interests of most of the citizens of the US and anti-American at its core. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than that room filled with the uber members of the DNC.” 

While most other readers agreed in principle with hubwolf’s opinion, Adelle Nazarian addressed another issue @breitbart.com: Former South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley’s first address as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.   

After speaking Ambassador Haley stated: “I have to admit; it was a bit strange.” That was because while it is the UN Security Council’s mission to discuss ways to maintain international peace and security, “their meeting on the Middle East failed to address some of the region’s most pressing issues — namely, Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of rockets in Lebanon, the money and weapons the Iran regime is supplying to its terrorist entities throughout Latin America and the Middle East, ways to defeat the Islamic State, and how to hold Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad accountable for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his countrymen.” 

Noting that the meeting “focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East,” Haley added that while “new” to the United Nations, “she is well-seasoned in her understanding of the UN Security Council’s generations-long bias against Israel.” 

She went on: “I’m here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore, I’m here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel,”calling out the “breathtaking” double standards inherent in the Security Council. 

“Incredibly, the UN Department of Political Affairs has an entire department devoted to Palestinian affairs,” she said. “Imagine that. There is not a division devoted to illegal missile launches from North Korea. There is no division devoted to the world’s number one state sponsor of terror, Iran.” 

Ms Nazarian goes on to write: “Last December, the Obama administration fired a parting shot at Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by departing from longstanding U.S. policy of vetoing anti-Israel resolutions and instead abstained from voting on a Security Council resolution (UN Res 2334) calling for a halt to Israeli construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. 

“Former U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power cast the abstaining vote on behalf of the Obama administration. An article in Foreign Policy describes Power’s final act of defiance against Trump as her refusal to take Haley’s phone call prior to the December vote. 

“Power’s advisors suspected Haley would try to persuade Power to veto the resolution, and she did not take the call,” Foreign Policy wrote.” 

To that, Haley said: “We will never repeat the terrible mistake of Resolution 2334 and allow one-sided security council resolutions to condemn Israel. Instead, we will push for action on the real threats we face in the Middle East.” 

And then, once again, a well-versed reader Cindyssis1998, posted a clear, concise recapitulation: 

“What does anyone really expect though, they brought this on themselves. While Obama has been attacking Israel for 8 years for not giving the Muslims more of their tiny little sliver of land, Muslims have invaded France, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and most EU nations and are destroying all of them. Not one is escaping. 

“They wanted this for us in America. Trump is putting an end to this lunacy before it hits us.
“Leftist are total idiots to want this in their nations.” 

All of which lends additional confirmation to the premise that although the new president may spend too much time “tweeting” about subjects many consider beneath him, his agenda’s moving at a quite rapid pace indeed. And that’s because he’s chosen first rate professionals to fulfill tasks most important to the nation and its allies. Such as Nikki Haley, our new UN Ambassador. 

That’s it for today folks. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Yesterday's theme began with the point made by Gromer Jeffers Jr., Political Writer @dallasnews.com, that “Trump is one step ahead and moving fast, so opposition needs a better game plan.” 

And now, today, two items although not typical indicators suggest that everyday citizens are proving Mr. Jeffers to be correct in his analysis.  

In an article @canadafreepress.com, Douglas V. Gibbs details the decision by retail giant Nordstrom to drop Ivanka Trump's products. In Mr. Gibb’s opinion: “The liberal left is in such shock that their destined-to-break-the-glass-ceiling candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost the Presidential Election in 2016 that they are lashing out in a manner we have actually seen before.  Trump is Hitler in the minds of the Democrats (a.k.a. Marxists, Socialists, Statists, Leftists, Utopianists, and all of the rest of the “ism” chasers), as was George W. Bush, therefore, anyone and anything associated with Donald J. Trump in any manner must be silenced, destroyed, or at least boycotted.”

As a result of steps taken like that “excuses must be created so as to show the world that the reasoning behind the attacks are not selfish politicization to protect a narrative, but some other cockamamie reason that most of the uninformed public will willingly believe because they have been trained all of their lives that being wealthy is bad (unless it’s a Democrat politician or leftist sympathizer), and all Republicans are racist, bigoted, phobic and evil.” 

In Nordstrom’s case, they finally gave in, dropped at least some of Ivanka’s products, explaining that: “Each year we cut about 10% [of brands carried] and refresh our assortment with about the same amount." A Nordstrom spokesperson told Business Insider. “In this case, based on the brand’s performance we’ve decided not to buy it for this season.” 

However, while Nordstrom has claimed that the brand has not been doing well, according to G3’s 2016 annual statement [the manufacturer and distributor of Ivanka’s clothing line] “the brand is doing quite well—enjoying a $29.4m bump in sales to $100m.” 

Although Nordstrom says its decision was based on performance, a “spokesman for Ivanka’s fashion line tells Axios the retailer ordered both shoes and apparel for spring 2017, and only canceled the former. Moreover, the brand claims year-over-year revenue growth in 2016, and Nordstrom’s co-president reportedly wrote an internal memo last November that referred to Ivanka Trump’s wares as “a sizable and successful business.” 

So, here we have Nordstrom delving into political matters and caving to demands of leftist agitation which makes no sense on either ideological or practical levels. Because on one hand, from performance of the brand itself, they’ve cut themselves out of a 29% jump in sales and derivative profits. On the other they’ve pandered to a group that might be loud and boisterous, but is highly unlikely to be made up of types that can afford or would prefer to shop at Nordstrom’s now or ever.   

Which means that while the rest of the retail world watches their sales grow as the economy starts thriving, Nordstrom voluntarily remains in the Obama decline.      

And then, in another example of a boosting economy, Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer, headlined his column today @ap.org/dynamic/stories via Drudge: “Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007.”

According to the National Association of Realtors, “home sales rose 3.3 percent in January from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million.” 

The rise was attributed to steady job gains, modest pay raises and rising consumer confidence although borrowing costs have risen since last fall. While some potential buyers may be “accelerating their home purchases to get ahead of any further increases in mortgage rates, houses for sale are remaining on the market for just 50 days, compared with 64 days a year ago. Strong demand is pushing up median home prices, which jumped 7.1 percent from a year earlier to $228,900.” 

And then there’s an added economic benefit pointed out by the article’s author whereas “the strength in sales should lift growth going forward, as new homeowners purchase furniture, buy appliances and spend more on landscaping and outdoor equipment. 

“Home sales also tend to spur renovations, which helps to update aging properties and generates additional construction work for the broader economy.” 

In regard to the mushroom effect of consumer spending spurred by home sales, Mr. Rugaber writes: “New research released Wednesday by the contractor site BuildZoom found that homes in metro Atlanta were roughly three times more likely to undergo renovations a year after being purchased than a typical property would. In Los Angeles, renovations are 4.6 times more likely a year after the sale, a pattern that gets repeated in other metro areas.”

So, here we have two significant signs indicating future economic growth. Despite leftist resistance and concerted efforts to stifle improvement that would attribute to the new president, retail sales and home acquisition are climbing anyway. 

Which means that after putting Trump in office with their votes, people are strongly supporting him in another, very meaningful way. With their pocketbooks. 

That's it for today folks. 


Tuesday, February 21, 2017


As the Trump administration begins its second month, things may truly be coming together for them whereas the opposition sounds more and more like a broken record. They’ve only got two points, both are weak, and except for hard-core leftists no others in the nation seem to care a whit about them. 

Back on February 1st, Gromer Jeffers Jr., Political Writer @dallasnews.com sensed what was coming as he tilted his article: “Trump is one step ahead and moving fast, so opposition needs a better game plan.” 

Mr. Jeffers established the point that during the presidential campaign, Trump was able to put his rivals off balance by misdirection as he got them debating him and others on obscure or comparatively unimportant topics than the many serious issues facing the nation.  

As an example, Mr. Jeffers relates that after the final presidential debate in Las Vegas, most of the world thought Hillary Clinton would be the next president. Yet news outlets heavily focused on how Trump, “perhaps, wouldn't accept the outcome of the election.” 

“That same debate featured pointed exchanges about Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his views on trade, the deportation of immigrants here illegally and the fight against terrorism. 

“But all those issues were downplayed and the "story of the day" became a meaningless line about not accepting the results of the elections. That he won is the harshest of outcomes for those so upset by his comments during that debate.” 

In Mr. Jeffers opinion, Trump as president is playing the same game with critics.

“While everyone is analyzing ridiculous tweets or his comments about the crowd size at his inauguration, he's implementing radical change at dizzying speed. 

“So far, Trump is always one step ahead.” 

While Mr. Jeffers may be absolutely correct in his analysis of Trump’s style, manner and objective, he omitted the most important aspect of it all. Aside from keeping his opposition off-balance, the new POTUS is in the right on all of the issues. Particularly in the eyes of the 62,985,106 who voted for him.    

As far as the issues themselves are concerned, Erik Larson and Bob Van Voris headed their column @bloomberg.com today: “Trump Still Has a Vast Legal Arsenal for Limiting Immigration, Deporting Millions”

Delivering on a campaign promise to crack down on immigration the January 25th order says many undocumented immigrants, or those who violate the terms of their visas, “present a significant threat to national security and public safety." 

While Trump’s policy supporters argue that too many immigrants enter the country illegally, resulting in lost jobs for citizens and waves of crime, immigration experts say the vast majority of people here illegally do not have criminal records and commit relatively few crimes. 

“Pratheepan Gulasekaram, who teaches constitutional law at Santa Clara University said: “The president will need to provide a “bona fide reason” for singling out residents of those countries, which could include a national-security threat.” 

However, the steps Trump’s taking predicate on policy developed during his predecessors term as reported on February 18, 2016 @dhs.gov/news/2016: “The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries.  

“Last month, the United States began implementing changes under the Act. The three additional countries designated today join Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria as countries subject to restrictions for Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals. Under the new law, the Secretary of Homeland Security may waive these restrictions if he determines that such a waiver is in the law enforcement or national security interests of the United States. Such waivers will be granted only on a case-by-case basis.”  

Most importantly: “The addition of these three countries is indicative of the Department’s continued focus on the threat of foreign fighters. DHS continues to review the security of the Visa Waiver Program, the threat environment, and potential vulnerabilities. This is the latest step in a series of actions over the past 15 months to strengthen the security of the Visa Waiver Program and ensure the Program’s requirements are commensurate with the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters, many of whom are nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries.” 

Despite the steps taken by the Obama administration who set the regulatory premise, there were no protests in the streets and no professors like Santa Clara’s Pratheepan Gulasekaram threatening lawsuits either. And that’s because, not only does the law make perfect sense regarding protection of the nation’s citizens, George Soros wasn’t offering fifty bucks a head back then to deadbeats who showed up to “protest.”   

At the same time, a very strong and likely more reliable indication of Trump's performance to date came from an article by Peter Hasson @dailycaller.com reporting that the Republican National Committee filed a record setting $19.8 million in January. The results are the best post-election fundraising month in RNC history. Which means that an awful lot of people must really, really like him.

To that Mr. Hasson added that the “record setting month represents much-needed good news for Republicans, who have faced organized protests at town hall meetings while dealing with the fall-out from former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation earlier this month.” 

But that too fly’s in the face of reality, because General Flynn not only didn’t do anything extraordinary or highly questionable at all considering his scope of authority, the same steps have been before by others in similar circumstances.   

Chris Stirewalt @FoxNews.com quotes David G. Zlotnick, Santa Fe, N.M. who wrote: “With all of the talk that is going around about that bad Russia, and they have been bad for a long time, we tend to forget that the Democratic President Roosevelt worked with Stalin to defeat the Nazis and that was after Stalin signed a treaty with Hitler.” 

To that Stirewalt added: “[Ed. note: Quite so. Stalin was one of history’s most deplorable butchers but his country was arguably the most important component of the Allied victory. No country lost more of its people or killed more Germans than the U.S.S.R. And America has worked with other gangsters, thugs and brutes since then, too. Saddam Hussein comes first to mind, but there were many others. Strategic alliances with wicked leaders who do not share our views on the value of human life or the concept of individual liberty are part of the cost of doing business as a global superpower. But these fall into a different category than our real allies like Britain and the rest of the Angloshpere (Canada and Australia, most notably) or other nations that share our aims and our values. We can do business with a bad guy like Putin, but we can’t ever truly be his partner.]  

All of which adds up to a confirmation of today’s premise, set by Gromer Jeffers Jr above that “Trump is one step ahead and moving fast, so [his] opposition needs a better game plan.” 

And at the rate that his opposition's going presently it seems they can simply “fuhgeddaboudit,” which is a phrase that wiktionary.org notes “is associated with the inhabitants of New York City and the part of the state of New Jersey outside of it.” 

But it also applies to leftists everywhere else.

That's it for today folks.


Monday, February 20, 2017


After the new president’s direct confrontation with the press on Thursday, an article appeared in the Washington Post that seemed to be a potential attempt to be kinder and gentler in approach to him.

Jenna Johnson and David Weigel wrote a page one column @washingtonpost.com yesterday that included mention of happenings such as: “Several people [saying] they would have liked to see more coverage of a measure that Trump signed Thursday that rolled back a last-minute Obama regulation that would have restricted coal mines from dumping debris in nearby streams. At the signing, Trump was joined by coal miners in hard hats. 

“If he hadn’t gotten into office, 70,000 miners would have been put out of work,” Patricia Nana, a 42-year-old naturalized citizen from Cameroon. “I saw the ceremony where he signed that bill, giving them their jobs back, and he had miners with their hard hats and everything — you could see how happy they were.” 

After providing the quote from the obviously pleased Ms Nan in regard to the 70,00 saved jobs, the authors wrote: “The regulation actually would have cost relatively few mining jobs and would have created nearly as many new jobs on the regulatory side, according to a government report — an example of the frequent distance between Trump’s rhetoric, which many of his supporters wholeheartedly believe, and verifiable facts.” 

Illustrating that what the authors don’t realize, or perhaps favor, is that the jobs they’re referring to are regulatory and therefore an expansion of the non-productive governmental bureaucracy while also a further drain on taxpayers, producing absolutely nothing in return.     

As far as the “dumping debris in nearby streams,” is concerned, laws already exist clearly defining what can be disposed of in that manner, as follows: “The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has finalized the Stream Protection Rule to improve the balance between environmental protection and providing for the Nation’s need for coal as a source of energy. The final rule better protects streams, fish, wildlife, and related environmental values from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations and provides mine operators with a regulatory framework to avoid water pollution and the long-term costs associated with water treatment."  Which means the "last-minute" Obama legislation is unnecessary overkill. 

Another attendee, Melani, explained that she gets most of her news from talk radio — “I listen to Herman Cain on my way into work, I have Sean [Hannity] on my way home,” she said — and Fox News. 

“She and her husband were well-versed on hold-ups with the president’s Cabinet nominees and legal arguments for the now-frozen travel ban. But they didn’t know much about the resignation of Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn on Monday amid accusations that he improperly discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador — and then withheld that information from Vice President Pence and other top officials. 

“See, don’t question me on that because I haven’t really been watching and listening too much on it,” Melani said. “I think he kind of did it just to step away, a trust kind of a thing. And now, of course, they want to pull a big investigation and all of this stuff. And to be honest with you, I really think it’s only because of the way the haters are out there. That’s what I really think it is.” 

And in that way, the authors again included unsophisticated commentary from Trump admirers to denigrate them while attempting to display their own intelligence and awareness of current happenings.
However, if the two who wrote the article actually knew anything about situational tactics, they would have realized that former National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn, was likely acting in the nation’s very best interests in his application of the adage: "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer"

Although familiar to most as spoken by Michael Corleone in the Godfather, the phrase referred to originated with Machiavelli in "The Prince" which is explained this way @answers.yahoo.com: “You must know as much as possible about your enemy. Their every move, their strategies and basically what they are thinking. You must be prepared, in case they attack. You must also know when they are weak and vulnerable, so you can know when to close in on them.”

However, now Flynn is out, leftists think they’ve harmed the POTUS greatly, and access to extremely valuable inside information, input and thoughts from an enemy are gone as well. Which makes one wonder if those on the left are simply born stupid or learn to be from others around them. 

Along similar lines, not using one’s head, Chas Danner wrote about John McCain @nymag.com/daily/intelligencer regarding the senator’s comments on NBC about remarks he made on Friday at the Munich Security Conference in Germany. 

Providing a worldview clearly contradicting Trump’s, McCain declined referencing the president by name as he warned conference attendees that the West was now facing an existential threat. Worrying that “Western leaders, including in the U.S., seemed ready to give up on it in its hour of greatest need” he also “spoke out against several tenets of Trumpism, including the romanticization of authoritarianism, the disinterest in hard truth, the “turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood and race and sectarianism,” and the “hardening resentment” toward immigrants and minorities.” 

McCain’s speech, though no surprise considering the polarity of views between himself and the POTUS, drew strange support from an unexpected source, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul @FoxNews.com, as follows: 

 “After McCain on Sunday criticized President Trump’s attitude toward the press, [Paul] castigated the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, saying, “we’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge.” 

“Everything that he says about the president is colored by his own personal dispute he’s got running with President Trump, and it should be taken with a grain of salt, because John McCain’s the guy who’s advocated for war everywhere,” Paul said on “This Week.” 

“Paul added that if McCain were “in charge” the country would “be in perpetual war.” 

“If you look at the map, there’s probably at least six different countries where John McCain has advocated for us having boots on the ground,” said Paul, who noted that McCain supported the Iraq war. 

“As far as McCain’s rhetoric saying Trump is trying to “shut down the press,” Paul cautioned against hyperbole. 

“I don't agree with his analysis and applying that to the president,” he said. “I haven't seen any legislation coming forward that wants to limit the press. I see President Trump expressing his opinion, rather forceful in his own -- you know, his own distinct way.” 

In addition to the support the POTUS was gaining here at home from a former rival, a team approach was being taken as VP, Mike Pence, “sought to reassure Europe Monday of Donald Trump's commitment to transatlantic ties as he met EU chiefs in the face of anti-Trump protests," according to Lachlan Carmichael @yahoo.com

Pence said in Brussels: “Today it is my privilege on behalf of President Trump to express the strong commitment of the United States to continued cooperation and partnership with the European Union." 

After talks with EU president Donald Tusk, Pence said US commitment to transatlantic ties remained "steadfast and enduring" after decades of working together on security and economic issues. 

“Tusk thanked Pence for the meeting, saying that "we all truly needed it" and that Europe counted on "unequivocal" US support. 

"Too much has happened over the past month in your country and in the EU ... for us to pretend that everything is as it used to be," the former Polish premier added.” 

So, after roughly a month in office, things are beginning to sort out for the new POTUS. And what seems to be clear is that while he intends to keep on interfacing personally with those who voted him in, he and those around him will keep on taking care of business as promised. As proven by VP Mike Pence and even a former combatant, Rand Paul. 

That's it for today folks. 


Sunday, February 19, 2017


Yesterday afternoon, the new POTUS addressed a throng of supporters in Florida in an environment totally opposite that of his meeting with the press on Thursday past.

On Thursday, Trump told reporters: “The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it we are doing a tremendous disservice to American people. 

“The media is trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on pledges that we made, and they’re not happy about it, for whatever reason,” he added. “I turn on the news and I see stories of chaos. And yet it is the exact opposite. The administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”  

He then went on to present a quite impressive list of subjects already being addressed in the few short weeks after his inauguration. The list includes job development, infrastructure projects, trade imbalances, rebuilding industry, managing immigration, border control, crime reduction and beginning construction of the Keystone pipeline and Dakota Access pipelines.

None of the items, though, spurred interest from reporters in attendance, who preferred instead to focus on rumored Russian collusion, the resignation of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn and the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder from nomination as Labor Secretary.  

Despite the likely unrepairable rift between himself and the consistently hostile MSM, the new POTUS certainly knows who put him in office. Which is why two days after his standoff with the press in D.C., he happily flew off and as reported by Kaileen Gaul @dailymail.co.uk: “Donald Trump once again doubled down on the media, telling a cheering crowd in Florida: ‘I want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news.”

While the rally was held in Melbourne where a crowd of 9,000 attended, from reader’s comments following the article, it was obvious that many of them certainly don’t hold the MSM in high regard either, including the Daily Mail in which this column appeared. 

Jenkyl, a reader in Newcastle, wrote: “True to form, The media of all types did what they could to make less of a strong connection President Trump has with his supporters. Even the best media were snarky and uncomplimentary as they can, making bad news out of good. Just read the Mail story to see it in action.” 

Trump himself critiqued the press, saying: “They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda. In fact, Thomas Jefferson said, “nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle,” that was June 14, my birthday, 1807.” 

The Daily Mail reporter then inserted a contradiction: “As Politifact points out, Jefferson wasn't typically adversarial towards the press. He also wrote in 1787: 'The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right.”

However, a careful reading of Jefferson’s words reveals that he does not address or endorse the press’s honesty, truthfulness or integrity. He simply presents his belief in their freedom to state their case as they see fit. It’s then up to readers to accept those premises or not.  

In keeping with the theme that the MSM interprets subject matter in a way that supports, promotes and sustains their premises and ideological platforms, a friend sent the following graphic. A chart that provides comparative statistics regarding results in key categories over Obama’s two terms in office.           

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So, what we have here is a compilation of evidence illustrating horrendous fiscal results consistently overlooked and purposefully avoided by the MSM. And whereas none of the socially popular benefits and handouts can be funded by the nation’s weak financial performance, the new POTUS must find ways to cover the costs. 

Yet, the MSM doesn’t want to hear that. All of which is the underlying cause of their continual hostility toward one of the very few individuals capable of putting the nation back on its fiscal feet again. 

But, in the end, it really doesn’t matter what the MSM wants or not. Because its the voters across Middle-America that put the POTUS in office to begin with. And just like those in Melbourne yesterday, they’re not only very pleased with what they’ve seen to date, their new president surely knows that too.

That’s it for today folks. 


Saturday, February 18, 2017


Yesterday’s entry focused entirely on the new POTUS’s meeting the press head-on on Thursday, dealing quite handily with an obviously hostile group of reporters. The gist of the meeting can be grasped in the short interchange that follows:

Trump told reporters: “The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it we are doing a tremendous disservice to American people. 

“The media is trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on pledges that we made, and they’re not happy about it, for whatever reason,” he added. “I turn on the news and I see stories of chaos. And yet it is the exact opposite. The administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.” 

According to People's Stephanie Petit via yahoo.com: “At one point in his lengthy address, Trump told the room full of reporters, “I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you you’re dishonest people.” 

“CNN’s Jake Tapper called the press conference “unhinged” and “wild.” 

Then last night on Fox News “Special Report with Bret Baier,” the Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes said that “President Trump’s visit to a Boeing assembly plant in North Charleston, SC was a successful stop that highlighted the president’s jobs agenda…unlike the press conference that Trump used to assail the media a day earlier.”   

Hayes went on to opine that the Boeing event was quite a good one for Trump. “I think this is the kind of event that, if you ask Republicans on Capitol Hill, they'd say, 'Please, more of this, and a lot less of what we saw from the president yesterday,’” Hayes said. “If you look at this presidency almost a month in, the problem is, the sideshows are distracting from the agenda. And there’s no question about that.” 

“Hayes went on to cite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s assertion that Trump’s approval rating would be up to 15 points higher if he focused more on the policy ideas that he ran on to get elected and less on “the sideshows.” 

Having seen Hayes quite often, feeling in the past that he was unusually insightful and well-versed, after reading his critique of Trump it was felt that some background research was called for. That’s because it seemed he didn’t fully comprehend Trump’s motive, objective or “style” in his interchange with MSM representatives at all.    

According to Wikipedia, “Hayes is a journalist. born in 1970 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He graduated from DePauw University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He went on to study journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

“His work has appeared in the New York Post, Washington Times, Salon.com, National Review, and Reason. He has been a commentator on CNN, The McLaughlin Group, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN. 

Hayes is the author of three books. His first book, The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein has Endangered America, was published in 2004. It postulated an operational relationship between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and an al-Qaeda terrorist organization. His major source was a leaked memo from Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith to the U.S. Congress on 27 October 2003. His other books were biographies of Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney.” 

So, here we have what in the world of sports would be called a “couch potato.” Much like media analysts who’ve never played any of the sports they spout about as if professionals themselves. In Hayes case, he’s never been in the trench himself, has never run for office, certainly never been elected, never built or run a business nor held a real job. Yet, he can pontificate, and second-guess, on the actions of a billionaire businessman who managed to get himself elected President of the United States of America. 

Hayes having spent so  much time in DC, surrounded by typical politicians is likely also confused by the fact the Trump is a capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. A fete most politicos would find beyond their intellectual and physical capabilities. 

However, Trump can not only accomplish the feat, he knows precisely where and when to do it.

That capability was demonstrated yesterday, when he tried to address the press on what his administration has accomplished to date. However, they refused to acknowledge progress, preferring to dwell on disparaging, demeaning and spiteful rumor instead. 
Yet, while in office a mere four weeks, following 10 years of Democrat caused stagnation, as mentioned here yesterday, Trump’s list of progress includes:

Withdrawing from “the job killing disaster” known as Trans-Pacific Partnership” and making bilateral “one-on-one-deals,” instead. 

Elimination of regulations undermining manufacturing. 

A call for expedited approval of the permits needed for infrastructure which means plants, equipment, roads, bridges and factories. 

Imposing a hiring freeze on nonessential federal workers and a temporary moratorium on new federal regulations. 

A “game-changing new rule” that says, “For each one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated.” 

Creation of a task force for reducing violent crime, including the horrendous situation in inner cities, such as Chicago in particular. 

The Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to coordinate on a plan to destroy criminal cartels coming into the country with drugs.  

The most substantial border security measures in a generation and beginning the promised wall on the southern border. 

A crackdown on sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal law and that harbor criminal aliens, and an end to the policy of catch-and-release on the border. 

A nationwide effort to remove criminal aliens, gang members, drug dealers, and others posing a threat to public safety. 

A new office in Homeland Security dedicated to American victims of illegal immigrant violence.
Taking decisive action to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the country. 

Extreme vetting to be put in place, and already being done in many locations. 

A new and very comprehensive order to protect people will be done sometime next week toward the beginning or middle, at the latest.  

Steps to begin construction of the Keystone pipeline and Dakota Access pipelines 

Putting measures in place to require American steel for American pipelines

Despite the impressive steps taken by his new administration to date, Trump understands clearly that MSM hostility towards him is such that in settings such as press conferences, the negative will always supersede, prevailing over accomplishment.  

And that's why he’s following his Thursday confrontation with the press with a rally in Florida this afternoon. Which is where he’ll interface with the throngs that put him in office in the first place.

According to Dave Berman @floridatoday.com, the president will appear at a rally that “begins at 5 p.m today in the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport. Doors will open at 3 p.m.” 

“On Sept. 27, Trump made a campaign speech at the same AeroMod International hangar. Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs estimated the audience was about 8,500 inside the hangar. Thousands more people who wanted to attend could not get inside because of building capacity limits. 

Volusia County Republican Party Chairman Tony Ledbetter said he is "excited about what the president is doing — communicating directly with the American people" through rallies like this. 

Which means that if Steve Hayes, or those in the MSM, believe they can offset how Middle-Americans feel about Donald Trump, they need to come down from their lofty perches and do a little real research for once.  

Because while they’re delivering their self-proclaimed wisdom on a game they've never played themselves, a suited-up professional expert is eating their proverbial lunches. Supported by 55% of voters according to the last Rasmussen Reports daily tracking poll.  

That's it for today folks.