Monday, January 22, 2018

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

Newton's lesser known law of physics: For every male action, there is an equal and opposite female over-reaction.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Schumer Shutdown: The State Of Play

After a continuing resolution to keep the government open was passed in December of 2017, Democrats signaled they would not support future spending bills, even clean ones, until the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) were addressed. FISA is a done deal. CHIP was funded for six years with the House spending bill that passed on January 18th and DACA permits won’t expire until March 5th
President Trump issued a six-month enforcement delay on DACA when he decided to wind down the program gradually last September, citing the Obama-era program as constitutionally questionable. The delay was meant for Congress to get the DACA legislation right. 
The mantra from the Left when the government shutdown became effective was Republicans control the White House, the House and the Senate.  The Senate make-up is comprised of 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats.  The Democrats do not control the Senate, but they can obstruct any and all bills due to the 60-vote threshold required to pass legislation.  Majority Leader McConnell asked to take up the Continuing Resolution that would have prevented the shutdown, but Sen. Schumer objected.
During the 2013 debt ceiling negotiations, Sen. Schumer noted tying immigration to budgetary matters was an exercise in chaos. “You know, we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, ‘We’re shutting down the government, we’re not gonna raise the debt ceiling, until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos.”
As Congressional leaders and White House officials ran around Capitol Hill like chickens with their heads cut off during a rare Saturday session, Chuck Schumer spoke with a poster strategically placed in the background as he spoke from the floor.  The poster read:  Trump Shutdown.
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) spoke from the well of the House with a poster behind him as well which had a photo of Schumer and his 2013 quote:  “A government shutdown is the politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.”  This rankled the Democrats who objected to the poster’s presence on the floor.  There was a vote and The Great Poster War of 2018 was settled allowing Byrne to continue his speech.
On Saturday evening, McConnell said he would force another vote on a short-term funding bill at 1 a.m. Monday, unless there's an agreement before then. That will ramp up the pressure on both sides to come up with a deal over the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the Twitterverse rightly mocked the Schumer Shutdown.  The graphic above uses an image from the 2009 film The Road.  Within the graphic I took a tweet from Jonah Goldberg I found most amusing.  His tweet was a perfect smackdown of a tweet from CNN’s Jim Acosta lamenting a “completely empty” snack machine in the White House.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Democrats Overplayed Their Hand In Shutting Down The Government

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell castigated Democrats from the Senate floor saying Democrats forced a "completely avoidable" shutdown. "What we have just witnessed on the floor was a cynical decision by Senate Democrats to shove aside millions of Americans for the sake of irresponsible political games." 
“This is completely unfair and uncompassionate for my Democratic colleagues to filibuster government funding, harm our troops and jeopardize health coverage for 9 million children (CHIP) because extreme elements of their base want illegal immigration to crowd out every other priority,” McConnell said.
Only five Democrats voted to advance the bill:  West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Missouri’s Claire McCaskill and newly elected Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama.
Republicans who broke ranks by voting against the Continuing Resolution to keep the government open were Rand Paul of Kentucky, Little Miss Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Utah’s Mike Lee and Jeff “Nutcake” Flake of Arizona.  John McCain was absent while battling brain cancer.

CNN’s Martin Savage conducted a roundtable interview with five Democrats from Youngstown, Ohio. Each of them crossed party lines to vote for President Trump in 2016.

Savage’s questions focused on the voters’ opinions of his first year in office. The responses from the diverse group of voters left the interviewer’s jaw on the floor and serves as further evidence a majority of Americans do not agree with shuttering the government over the DACA program.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Welcome To The Twilight Zone

Fired FBI Director James Comey graduated from William & Mary in 1984 with a double major in chemistry and religion, and will teach for a full academic year beginning this fall according to Reuters.
William & Mary President Taylor Reveley said, “Jim Comey is among William & Mary’s most distinguished alumni. Over the years, he has been deeply committed to his alma mater. He understands to the core of his being that our leaders must have an abiding commitment to ethical behavior and sacrificial service if we are to have good government. Our students will benefit significantly from his experience and wisdom.”
That statement clarifies Comey’s absurdly holier-than-thou tweets.

Facts Contained In Memo Are “Jaw-Dropping”

After the release yesterday of a 4-page memo outlining surveillance abuses by the United States government, Republican lawmakers approved making it available to all members of the House of Representatives.  It has been suggested the memo contains answers to questions regarding abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
It is clear, based upon responses from leading GOP leaders there was a bias against Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the 2016 Presidential Election by the FBI and the Department of Justice.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tweeted, "I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was #neverTrump & #alwaysHillary. #releasethememo."
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), called for the public release of the memo's information. “The House must immediately make public the memo prepared by the Intelligence Committee regarding the FBI and the Department of Justice. The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy."
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) called the memo "alarming" and "shocking," respectively.
“Part of me wishes that I hadn’t read it, because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much," Meadows added.
Rep. Jordan explained, "Here is the process: Chairman Devin Nunes in the Intelligence Committee in the House can bring the committee back together. They can have a vote. If the majority of the Committee votes to release these documents, the Executive Branch gets a certain amount of time to review them. If the Executive Branch gives the thumbs up they go public. This could happen real quick. Chairman Nunes is committed to getting this information to the public."
Stay tuned.  This is a one helluva fast-moving scandal many have described as more egregious than Watergate.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Trump The Winter Olympics

South Korean President Moon Jae-in lavished praise on President Donald Trump for making a "huge" contribution to bringing North and South Korea together for landmark talks.
After the first intra-Korean talks in over two years, the President indicated the United States would be willing to speak to North Korea “under the right circumstances,” although it was far from clear whether this would pay dividends.
According to the South China Morning Post, in a joint statement the North pledged to send a large delegation to next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, but made a “strong complaint” after Seoul proposed talks to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
South Korea asked its neighbor to halt hostile acts that stoke tension on the peninsula, and in return, the North agreed that peace should be guaranteed in the region.
South Korea announced it will march under a unified Korean flag, according to Reuters Sports. The BBC reported the two nations have also agreed to field a joint women's hockey team although they will compete separately in other sports.
While the two Koreas have agreed to allow their teams to walk together in the Winter Olympics, North Korea will not be able to field a team for the Summer Olympics having recently lost two of their best sprinters who defected across the DMZ back in December.

Hungary Passes “Stop Soros” Laws

Hungary built long fences along its southern borders in late 2015 to stop the flood of migrants fleeing war-torn Syria.
Between January and November 2015 an estimated 1.5 million people are estimated to have crossed the EU external borders illegally.
As the crisis became untenable that year, European Union Chief Jean Claude-Juncker made an impassioned plea for Europe to take in their share of refugees saying, “To me, it is clear the Member States where most refugees first arrive─at the moment, these are Italy, Greece and Hungary─cannot be left alone to cope with this challenge.

In 2016, there were 29,432 applications for asylum in Hungary.  Of that number 22,835 were men, 6599 were women and 8551 were children.

According to a published report from EuroNews, Germany was asked to grant asylum to 27,536 migrants and France to take in 19,714.
Wikipedia lists the number of terror attacks in Germany at four since 2015 and France has been stricken a total of five times by terrorists.  Each attack was officially listed as committed by radical Islamists.
On September 6, 2017 the European Union Court of Justice dismissed a challenge by Slovakia and Hungary over the mandatory quota program.

The mandatory quota system was approved in September 2015 by a majority of EU member states, but was rejected by Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary.  Poland supported the plan, but later strongly opposed it when the Law and Justice Party came to power.  
After attending a meeting of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, Germany Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orb├ín announced Hungary would refuse to take in refugees declaring he is following the will of his people─a deliberate jab at Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel─whose open-door policy has come under fire.
“Most refugees,” said Orb├ín, “come to Europe not because they are fleeing dangerous conditions at home but because they want to take advantage of economic opportunities. As such, they shouldn’t be considered ‘refugees’ so much as ‘Muslim invaders.’”
In a published report today in DailyMail-UK, “Hungary has introduced new laws which it says will penalize groups that receive foreign funding to aid illegal immigration.”
“The government has dubbed the new legislation the 'Stop Soros' laws, because it blames Hungarian-American billionaire and philanthropist George Soros for Europe's migration challenges─in part because of his funding of groups that support the rights of refugees.”
“The ‘Stop Soros’ laws include mandatory registration of some non-government organizations that 'support illegal immigration'”, officials say. 
“A 25% tax would be imposed on foreign donations that NGOs collect, and activists could face restraining orders that preclude them from approaching the EU's external borders in Hungary. Furthermore third-country nationals could also be subject to a restraining order anywhere within the country.”
“Exact details are not clear because the bills will only be published and submitted for public debate on Thursday. But pro-government media reported that they could result in a ban on Soros─who has U.S. and Hungarian citizenship─from entering the country.”

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Remember Flake's Impassioned Speech When Obama And Holder Went After The Media? Yeah, Me Neither.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s speech on the Senate floor this morning absurdly ignored how the “free press” he chose to defend against President Trump colluded with Clinton, Inc. and the Democrat National Committee to destroy him.  It was what I would describe as a “deep state” oratory and a simultaneous job interview for MSNBC or CNN which shall be henceforth referred to as The Empire of Lies.
In his 2,117-word diatribe Flake decreed, “No politician will ever get to tell us what the truth is and is not. And anyone who presumes to try to attack or manipulate the truth to his own purposes should be made to realize the mistake and be held to account. That is our job here. And that is just as Madison, Hamilton, and Jay would have it.”
“Of course, a major difference between politicians and the free press is that the press usually corrects itself when it gets something wrong. Politicians don’t.”
We knew for days before Flake’s missive he intended to compare President Trump’s disdain for the “fake news” to the savage Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.  As more and more people became aware of his intent, he drew an unrelenting backlash and tried to walk it all back with this tweet:
The Twitterverse had a few tongue-in-cheek thoughts for “Snowflake” following his speech today:

When Doody Calls

“My father was a mailman.” 
That bit of idyllic family history has me wondering why no other offspring of mailmen have sought to run for president.  Obviously, John Kasich distinguishes himself as the pick of the litter; uniquely qualified and profoundly prepared to lead the country.
Seth McLaughlin, Politics Desk Reporter for The Washington Times wrote, “From his perch in the Ohio governor’s mansion, Republican John Kasich is keeping a keen eye on President Trump’s every move and showing a willingness—some say eagerness—to hurl rotten tomatoes toward the leader of his Party when he gets upset with the act.”

“He has become a go-to anti-Trump source for the media and often doesn’t even wait for the press to call. Instead, he leaps in to pile on after presidential missteps.”
“While insisting he wants Mr. Trump to succeed, Mr. Kasich has pointedly refused to rule out mounting a primary challenge against the president in 2020. He said he wants to maintain a voice in the party because ‘you never know when duty calls.’”
Kasich is a rude SOB.  Ask the Ohio State trooper he called “an idiot” when he ticketed him for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle; or the crusade he went on making sure his local Blockbuster store took the film “Fargo” off its shelves.
“Usually, I speak out against the status quo on behalf of the little guy, but sometimes I get a little crazy and go off about something like this Fargo business, with no real expectation but to let off some steam. I can’t imagine it’s all that much fun to be on the receiving end of one of my tirades, but I’m here to tell you it isn’t much fun to be making the delivery either.”
Kasich is a hothead.  While on the campaign trail during the 2016 presidential election, he got angry and grabbed a recorder from a reporter for The Financial Times who made the mistake of asking why he should be the nominee of the Republican Party having won only one state.
Kasich has a long history of uttering gaffes. He showed off his love for Hispanics by saying he always leaves a nice note for the Latina maids at hotels. A month after that comment, he said anyone who would have problems with his cuts to social security should “get over it.” Kasich praised all the women who came out of the kitchen to vote for him during his first political run in the 1970s.
While campaigning in New York, he took it upon himself to condescendingly explain Bible stories to rabbinic scholars.
His most covered gaffe was when he advised a young woman worried about the college rape epidemic to avoid alcohol-fueled parties. 
“Kasich eating” was one of the top Internet searches during the campaign.  Then-candidate Trump scorched the mailman’s son proclaiming, “I have never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion.”
The Ohio governor has no plans to challenge Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown who is up for re-election this year, but the chatter for the 2020 presidential election has heated up.  “There has to be fundamental chance, in my opinion, with all of us.  I’m willing to be a part of that.  I want my voice to be out there,” Kasich said.
The pick of the mailman’s litter has spoken.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Presidential Physician Destroys The Left’s Narrative Confirming President Trump Is A Stable Genius

CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted, “On the president's mental acuity, Dr. Ronny Jackson said, ‘The president is very sharp, very intact.’ He declared the president ‘fit for duty─for this term and another,’ if he's re-elected.
It was indescribably satisfying to watch Adm. Ronny Jackson during today’s extraordinary press briefing humiliate the mainstream mongrels who have mercilessly hounded this President.
As Tom Rogan noted at The Washington Examiner, “…to the chagrin of much of the press corps, Jackson seemed medically wowed by Trump's health. The former "Apprentice" host, he said, "has as a very unique ability to just get up in the morning and reset." It was amusing to watch as the decorated military officer delivered an intellectually robust and professional performance to a press corps that had hoped he would say Trump was insane. As the limited, mouth-foaming reactions on Twitter now attest, Jackson is beyond reproach for all but the most ardent liberal fanatics.”
“The admiral's conclusion? All clinical data indicates Trump is currently very healthy, and he will remain so for the duration of his presidency."

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