Friday, January 13, 2017

Visualizing Donald Trump's $20 Trillion Problem ^ | January 13, 2017 | Tyler Durden 

Only a few days after Trump’s inauguration ceremony, the U.S. National Debt will creep across the important psychological barrier of $20 trillion.
It’s a problem that’s been passed down to him, but, as Visual Caitalist's Jeff Desjardins notes, it certainly puts the incoming administration in a difficult place. The debt is burdensome by pretty much any metric, and the rate of borrowing has exceeded economic growth pretty much since the late 1970s.
How Trump deals with this escalating constraint will be a deciding factor in whether his administration crashes and burns – or ends up re-positioning America for greatness.
Donald Trump’s $20 Trillion Problem
Partisans will squabble about who added what to the mounting debt, but the reality is that none of that really matters. Both parties have kicked the can down the road for the last 40 years, and that has culminated in the current situation:

Tim Scott's Savage Comeback to Being Called 'House Nigga' Was Only One-Word...Senate!

IJR ^ | 1/12/16 | Jason Howerton 

It’s finally happened. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) has smacked a Twitter troll into last week.

In response to being called a “house nigga,” a disparaging term routinely used by the left to mock black conservatives, Scott fired back with a one-word response.

Ouch. The racially insensitive tweet was ultimately deleted — and then the account was too.
Some of the Twitter reactions are gold
As the first black Republican senator since Reconstruction, Scott has had to put up with more than his fair share of racial jabs from his liberal critics.
Clearly, he's figured out how to handle it — just drop the mic on 'em.
Not bad, Senator.

Ryan: Sanctuary Cities ‘Are a Violation of the Rule of Law,’ ‘You’ve Got to Enforce the Law’ ... ^ | 12 January 2017 | Ian Hanchett 

Ryan said on sanctuary cities, “Donald and I agree completely on that. There is no daylight between us on that. so, what do I mean that? Sanctuary cities are a violation of the rule of law and they are not to be tolerated. We agree with that 100%. And that means if you want federal assistance, you’re not going to get it. You’ve got to enforce the law.”
He added that Congress is working on two things: “to secure the border, and to enforce our laws with respect to criminal — violent criminals who are illegal aliens.” Ryan said on sanctuary cities, “Donald and I agree completely on that. There is no daylight between us on that. so, what do I mean that? Sanctuary cities are a violation of the rule of law and they are not to be tolerated. We agree with that 100%. And that means if you want federal assistance, you’re not going to get it. You’ve got to enforce the law.”
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Finding that no power means no income, will Hillary run for office again?

The Coach's Team ^ | 1/13/17 | Doug Book 

The NY Post had it right in August of 2015 when it deemed the Clinton Foundation a “slush fund.” But it seems that the most desirable deposits of slush only find their way to those who are in a position to offer something in return.
Last year, Hillary’s aspirations for unrivaled power ran headlong into the wisdom she didn’t believe American voters possessed. As a result, donations to the Clinton Foundation are, as PJ Media puts it, “drying up.”
For example, “The Norwegian government’s planned contribution to the Clinton Foundation next year will be nearly 90 percent off its peak...” Cash paid the Clinton’s for speeches fell from $3.6 million in 2014 to just $375,000 last year. And a Foundation ad asking for contributions promised that Bill would personally triple any donation up to $200,000! (Talk about taking money from one pocket and putting it in another!)
Of course, it’s possible that the Foundation’s income nosedive is not connected to Hillary’s failed run for the White House; that the two events are mere coincidence and Hillary’s being stomped by Donald Trump had nothing to do with Norway’s decision. Then again, wasn’t it Mike Myers who observed, “Yeah…and monkeys might fly out of my butt.”
In any event, it looks as though Hillary may be considering a direct approach to ending her income woes. According to Independent Journal Review contributor Kyle Becker, Mrs. Clinton is “in talks to run for political office.” And no, she does not want to rejoin the Senate where she will be forced to share power and political graft with 99 others.
Instead, Newsmax contributor John Gizzi writes that Hillary “is ‘talking about’ running for New York City mayor.” Hillary’s relationship with current Mayor and Communist Bill de Blasio is not the warmest given...
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With CNN Credibility in Tatters Anderson Cooper Attempts To Defend Propaganda…

Conservative TreeHouse ^ | January 11, 2017 | Sundance 

In addition to the Trump transition team and NBC Reporting, Fox News is now also reporting the original claims by CNN were entirely manufactured, “fake news” by four CNN agenda driven reporters: Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez and Carl Bernstein
Nothing reported as fact by the CNN constructionists actually took place. Against, the back drop of CNN’s destroyed credibility, pundit Anderson Cooper attempts to obfuscate and push back against the collapse during a contentious interview with Kellyanne Conway:
Despite Anderson Cooper’s professional pearl-clutching, even the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper issued a statement refuting the CNN construct:
A standard of expectation must be set, ... In addition to revoking the WH press credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta for an extreme display of rudeness and lack of professionalism, I would strongly recommend the Trump Communications team:
♦ Keep using twitter ... or ... social media, and/or alternate communications platforms to communicate with the American People.
♦ Establish dress code for credentialed media....100% business professional,...
♦ Discontinue the live-feed broadcast of the Daily White House briefing. ...
♦ Ten hour work days. 7am to 5pm. ... TWO Continuous, Alternating, Press Secretaries, ...
♦ Have a quarterly lottery for press briefing media attendees.... Seating = first come first seated...
♦ Drop the traveling Presidential press pool completely.... This also includes foreign travel.
♦ When POTUS, V-POTUS, or cabinet officials travel give first preference to local media, not national....
♦ Drop the insufferable White House Correspondent’s dinner fiasco. ... ridiculous bubble event with no inherent value... disconnected indulgence and vulgarity.
♦ Engage the legacy media as a communications unit. Deliver the Trump message as a communications unit....self-broadcasted ... every other Sunday.
♦ Have POTUS give monthly EVENING press conferences...
♦ Re-establish.. high standards, high expectations tolerance for laziness unprofessional behavior.
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My Hero!

Pence to be sworn in by Justice Thomas

The Hill ^ | 1/12/2016 | Brooke Seipel 

Vice president-elect Mike Pence will be sworn into office Jan. 20 by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Reuters reported Thursday.

Thomas, a conservative legal icon, was included in the official program for Trump’s inauguration as shared online by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Trump will be sworn in by the Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Traditionally, the chief justice swears in the president, and an incoming vice president picks someone else to administer his oath of office.

Thomas, 68, is the second black justice to serve on the Supreme Court and is one of its most conservative members.

Trump is expected to nominate another conservative justice to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died nearly a year ago.

Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in by liberal Justice John Paul Stevens in 2009 and liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2013.

Bad news, Trump haters: This bonkers show has made him MORE popular

The London Daily Mail ^ | January 12, 2017 | Justin Webb 

A Left-wing American friend confessed a few days ago that he was beginning to like Donald Trump: ‘He’s got no mental teleprompter,’ he told me admiringly, ‘no notes, no filter, no volume control. He just says stuff, and sometimes he’s got a point . . .’
My friend has been uncontactable since Wednesday’s press conference. I think he might either be in Heaven or in hospital from shock. Because this was the most madcap performance by an incoming president since the 19th century, when Andrew Jackson took a bullet in the arm in a bar fight with a Senator.
It was a wild ride — terrifying, exhilarating, sometimes just plain pinch-yourself odd. It was ‘proper’ in only in one respect: a proper beginning to the era of Donald Trump.
Let us deal briefly with the notion that the 45th president is — unwittingly or not — an agent of the Kremlin. Yes, yes I know this would normally be enough of a big deal, but there is so much more we need to get to. The allegations of sexual oddness in Russian hotel rooms are highly unlikely to be proved one way or the other, so they sit in the background, toxic to some but not fatal.
His line dismissing the sex tape news — ‘It was a group of opponents that got together, sick people, and they put that crap together’ — was vintage Trump.
No lawyer would have advised a client to say that. No spin doctor would have massaged and sculpted our dear old English language into that phrase. He just blurted it out; plain and lumpy and utterly, utterly Trump....
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Marine's Epic Response to Barack Obama's Farewell Speech will Wake America Up!

YesI'mRight ^ | Elvin Bartley 

President Barack Obama took the stage yesterday for the last time, in a farewell speech that summed up his Presidency, to a crowd of die­hard liberals.
Here’s some highlights from Obama’s speech:
video at source
However, one marine known only as “J” contacted us to publish his response to Obama’s farewell speech, and essentially his entire Presidency.
We can’t agree more. Here is the letter in its entirety:

This Is Your Legacy Mr. President,

“For the first time, I can say that I’m proud of my country.” No, these aren’t my words, they’re the words of your wife when you took office in 2009. This set the tone for the kind of President you’d be, and the kind of legacy you left behind.
Your speech to your adoring fans screaming “Four more years!” makes for a good sound bite and video clip, but it doesn’t paint the picture of the tens of millions of regular Americans that voted you in twice and gotten stabbed in the back for it.
You stood in front of hundreds of veterans and promised that their lives would be better after you took office, that they would get the care that their country owed them.
Eight years later, the VA is more broken than ever and my brothers and sisters in arms are committing suicide at an all time high.
You ignored the advice of wartime Generals and pulled troops out of an unstable country and gave rise to ISIS, the most evil group of people on the planet. This is your legacy.
Our country is twice as much in debt as it was when you took office, to the tune of nearly $20 trillion. That number is so large that is may as well be monopoly money, and the only people that are footing the bill are our children, the ones that you cut off at the knees by taking millions in “donations” from bloated teachers’ unions. You know, the ones who hire teachers who can’t teach and can’t be fired.
This is your legacy.
You said that America became stronger, but all you did was apologize to corrupt world leaders and made deals with radical Muslims who want us and our allies in Israel to be wiped off the map.
You downplayed terrorist attacks as workplace violence, and used national tragedies to trample on the second amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
You legitimized the hateful Black Lives Matter movement and gave them the ability to poison the minds of our inner city youth, then stood on the graves on the officers that lost their lives as a result and had the audacity to lecture grieving police officers about race relations.
This is your legacy.
You said middle America clings to God and guns, while you waged war on both.
You tried to pass yourself off as a Christian, while telling radical Muslim nations that practice Sharia Law that you stand with them.
This is your legacy.
You spoke about Obamacare being a force for good, but don’t have the common sense to realize that holding a gun to the heads of people who work for a living, to pay for the ones that don’t, makes everyone worse off. Making it illegal for people not to have coverage is exactly the kind of socialism that conservatives warned about before you got into office.
You dismissed these claims as conspiracy theories, but now we have regular, healthy families having to pay tens of thousands of dollars for the bare minimum of healthcare.
This is your legacy.
Before you were elected, you made the case that the first black President would be a milestone for this country.
Eight years later, you’re standing on the podium, saying “Yes, We Did,” like you’ve accomplished something other than playing a record amount of golf as the country gets ready for its second great recession.
This is your legacy.
What may come as a surprise to you and the rest of the now far­left pundits that run the media is, the color of your skin never mattered to America. It was the policies that attracted Americans, the decency and unity that you said you’d restore to this nation, and it was the betrayal of these ideas which gave us an actual outsider, and the person that you failed to stop, Donald Trump.
Your Presidency was a wake­up call for America. You said that you’re now motivated to chime in about our political system as a citizen, but I’m here to tell you, as someone who loves this country and will fight to the death to protect the Constitution that you referred to as “just a piece of parchment,” that America has awakened to your self­serving ideology and they’ve had enough of you.
In ten days, a new President will take up residence in the White House and your eight years of unconstitutional executive orders that sets violent criminals free, disastrous economic policies, and weak foreign policies will be erased.
You will be the President that will be remembered by those too young to know any better, not as a champion and protector of our rights and Constitution, but as a celebrity. Everything you’ve done to this country over your eights years will be wiped from the history books, and your legacy, as much as it hurts right now, will be nothing more than a distant memory.
I wish you farewell, and I’m hopeful for the future of my country, which just proved that it deserves someone better than you.
(Note: For the sake of political backlash, the author of this article would prefer to remain anonymous. The picture of the marine was taken here, and is a stock photo.)

Donald Trump’s old-school courage a powerful asset for the White House

Washington Times ^ | 1/12/16 | Jennifer Harper 

The same guts, determination and focus that propelled President-elect Donald Trump to victory will come in mighty handy when he assumes office. The nation, in fact, perceives Mr. Trump as a man with some gumption. Though they may fault him on other points, 71 percent of Americans say he is “a strong person,” according to a new Quinnipiac University poll; 94 percent of Republicans, 73 percent of independents and even a grudging 51 percent of Democrats agree. No one disagrees. That opinion is also shared by majorities in a dozen other demographics, including three-quarters of American men, two-thirds of college graduates, 63 percent of women and 59 percent of non-white respondents.
Mr. Trump could confound those analysts poised to proclaim he doesn’t have the classic “experience” to deal with national and world affairs. They are overlooking an emerging factor. The skill set is changing thanks to incessant and unpredictable press coverage, social media and cultural factors — leaders must use diplomacy and muscle, tactics and street smarts, determination and flexibility. Style and chutzpah play a role as does gamesmanship and instinct.
Ahead of his time, Ronald Reagan had such qualities back in the day, when he faced down the Soviet Union and brought optimism back into fashion. Mr. Trump — who is very at home on the global stage, as is his wife, Melania — appears to have them as well.
The phenomenon is on some select radar already. Talk radio host Michael Savage has a new book arriving in March, titled “Trump’s War: The Fight to Make America First Again.” And “Trump’s war,” Mr. Savage says, began Wednesday, as the incoming president squared off with the press over “false news.”
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Cruz, Graham 'Safeguard Israel Act' aims to slay Obama's abandonment of Israel

Conservative Review ^ | 1/12/17 | Jordan Schachtel 

Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are set to introduce legislation Thursday to cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations until the anti-American organization rescinds its recently passed, vehemently anti-Israel resolution.
U.S. contributions to the body’s regular and peacekeeping budgets stand at roughly $3 billion a year — about a quarter of the respective budgets.
The senators’ Safeguard Israel Act of 2017 seeks to “prohibit voluntary or assessed contributions to the United Nations until the President certifies to Congress that United Nations Security Resolution 2334 has been repealed,” an advance copy of the draft bill obtained by Conservative Review states.
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Feminist Takes In Refugee To Prove They’re Peaceful, Instantly Regrets It

Mad News World ^ | January 11, 2017 

After a liberal feminist joined the open borders organization “Refugees Welcome,” she decided to prove that multiculturalism works by taking in a refugee. However, shortly after welcoming the migrant into her home, she was slapped with a brutal dose of reality that she’ll never forget.
Sick of being an armchair activist, an unnamed liberal feminist was determined to actually do something that makes a difference in the world. By becoming a member of “Refugees Welcome,” the 20-year-old leftist was told by the website that if she took in a homeless asylum seeker, she’d “get to know a different culture.” Falling for the liberal propaganda, she was given a 26-year-old Afghan dependent who had come to Germany 2 years ago.
Putting her beliefs into action, the woman welcomed the Muslim migrant into her home to live with her and her brother. Shortly after opening her apartment and arms to the male refugee, she found out the hard way why open borders simply don’t work.
Local media reported that the liberal millennial awoke one night to find the refugee raping her. After several minutes of the sexual assault, she managed to break free and run to her brother’s room until police arrived and arrested the migrant.
After the incident on October 25, 2015, a judge in Cologne has finally sentenced the migrant. Once again seeing her liberal values in full effect, the victim watched as her rapist was sentenced to a paltry 2-and-a-half-year sentence in June 2016. Fortunately, the asylum seeker’s lawyer demanded an acquittal, which ended up with a year now being added to his term, the Express reports. Of course, he still won’t be deported and the liberal feminist will most likely see her abuser back on the streets in no time.
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Obama ends policy of accepting Cubans who arrive in U.S. without visas

Canada Free Press ^ | 01/13/17 | Dan Calabrese 

But will the new policy have a shelf life of more than a week?
I guess we’re now just down to total d*** moves on the part of the Earth Scorcher in Chief. Ever since Fidel Castro turned Cuba into a Soviet outpost in the 1950s, the United States has had a policy of welcoming Cuban refugees, assuming they could make it to our shores, even if they don’t have a visa. (Since, after all, how could they have a visa?) And since the mid-1990s, this has been formalized the wet-foot-dry-foot policy, and it establishes that if land on U.S. territory and thus achieve a state of “dry foot,” you can stay.

No More Hyphenated Americans

American Thinker ^ | January 13, 2017 | E.W. Jackson 

Every time we say the Pledge of Allegiance, we confess that we are "one nation," but there is less and less cultural evidence of that. In fact, after eight years of perhaps the most divisive president in American history, we are more balkanized than ever. Not only have the ethnic divisions been exacerbated by the constant allegations of racism and white privilege, but we now contend with a whole new set of tribal identities. We are not only segmented by racial classifications of black, white, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American, but shoehorned into the mix are sexual categories of gay; lesbian; bisexual; transgender, and, according to Facebook, 56 other gender identities.
With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, the time has come to take a bold step toward unity. To borrow from the president-elect, it is time to make America unified again. We will never be perfectly unified, but we can reverse the politics of division and reorient our culture toward unity.
Since the election, Mr. Trump has called for solidarity. We need to make that sentiment tangible. The left's identity politics fosters the narrative of victim versus oppressor, white male versus everyone else, white privilege versus black "empowerment," capitalist versus worker, and now enlightened sexual liberators versus the bigoted, hateful traditional Americans.
It is an effective strategy for obtaining and holding power, but the whole country suffers for it. President Obama and his fellow liberals have unleashed racial hell on our country, moving us away from our vision of "one nation under God with liberty and justice for all."
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Busting 5 Big Myths About ObamaCare Repeal

Investors Business Daily ^ | Jan. 12, 2017 4:21 PM ET | Editorial 

Health Reform: Democrats are predicting doom and gloom if Republicans make good on their ObamaCare repeal plans. Aren't these the same Democrats who promised that ObamaCare would be a huge success?
Early Thursday morning, the Senate voted 51-48 for a budget resolution that marks the first step toward the repeal of ObamaCare.
Democrats say repealing ObamaCare will strip millions of Americans of insurance, leave people with pre-existing medical conditions unable to find coverage, increase the budget deficit, and be a political nightmare for Republicans...
...Republicans plan a transition away from ObamaCare to reforms that will make insurance more competitive and more affordable... ...The 20 million claim is pure poppycock.
It will increase the deficit. ObamaCare never did cut the deficit as promised, thanks to unilateral changes made to ObamaCare by the administration that lowered revenues and increased costs...
It will increase health costs. Obama loves to claim that ObamaCare led to a slowdown in health costs. Not true. The rate of increase in national spending on health care had been on a steady decline well before ObamaCare...
Without ObamaCare, people with pre-existing... ...25% of U.S. adults could be uninsurable if ObamaCare gets repealed...
The public doesn't want ObamaCare repealed... ...voters have effectively voted to repeal the law three times...
In every case, Republican candidates who won elections emphatically and repeatedly vowed to repeal ObamaCare if elected. If this isn't a mandate for repeal, it's hard to see what is.
The truth is that Democrats fear ObamaCare's repeal not because they worry about the harm it will do. They fear repeal because the GOP's free-market oriented replacement plan is likely to be far more popular and successful.
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Here's Why 2017 Could Be The Best Year In Wall Street History

Forbes ^ | Jan 12, 2017 | Antoine Gara 

Bank stocks have surged nearly 30% since Election Day as investors position for a mix of higher interest rates, stronger growth, and a rollback of some crisis-era regulations under President-elect Donald Trump. These expectations are now being priced into the shares of Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, which sit at record highs, as well as recovering firms such as Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.
Goldman Sachs is up 35% since Election Day, as is BofA. Morgan Stanley has surged 28% and JPMorgan has gained 25%. All of these stocks have been fueled by a move in the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield to 2.37% from 1.8% that is expected to improve banks’ interest income. But now what? After a bumper rally some analysts are advocating caution...
...those concerned over the swiftness of the rally may be missing the bigger picture. With banks widely expected to report strengthening fourth quarter-earnings, there’s a case 2017 will be the most profitable year in Wall Street’s history...
...there’s regulatory relief. Since 2009 banks have paid out $233 billion in fines to regulators like the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, according to an analysis by KBW. Now, many expect the emphasis on sanctions to fade under Trump. Relief from the specter of multi-billion dollar fines will give greater visibility into banks’ earnings and their plans to return investor capital. There are other prospective earnings tailwinds ranging from tax reform, to a loosening of capital requirements and a rethink of restrictions like the Volcker Rule.
Bottom Line: There’s good reason to believe the bank stock rally will persist. Investors got wind of how undervalued bank shares were in the fourth quarter. Now the big question for 2017 is just how profitable these banks can be.
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Advice columnist to spoiled millennial: "you can drop out of school, sign up for the military"

Washington Post ^ | January 9, 2017 | Amy Dickinson (Ask Amy) 

Dear Amy: I am 21 years old and attend college out of state. I am lucky to go to college, except that I can’t do anything without parents’ approval. They pay for college because they refuse for me to have loans. The problem is that since they pay for my schooling, they hold everything over my head.
If I want to get a piercing, tattoo, etc., I need to ask — even if it’s with my money.
When I come home they only let me go out or visit friends in other towns if I give the names, address and phone numbers of the people I’m visiting.
I understood this in high school, but I can’t live like this anymore. I’m at a loss of what to do.
A Not So Independent Adult
Not So Independent Adult: Figuring out the solution to your problem does not require college-level deduction. It’s really very simple.
You are legally an adult. As an adult, you have the legal right to be in charge of your life.
This means that you can drop out of school, sign up for the military or try to get a job and rent your own place, tattoo and pierce yourself with abandon...
I gather that you are not ready to take on adulthood to that extent. And, of course, it would be wisest for you to stay in college.
And so — if you choose to stay in college, your parents will control certain aspects of your life. That’s the contract: As long as they are paying the bills, they will treat you like a teenager.
Please understand, however, that their choice to “refuse” to let you take out loans is a huge, life-altering gift to you...
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