Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trump Plans to Eliminate NEA, NEH, Cut Spending by $10.5 Trillion

Wash Free Beacon ^ | 1.19.17 | Liz Harrington 

The Trump administration is seeking major cuts to federal spending upon taking office, with plans to eliminate agencies and programs to reduce the budget by over $10 trillion.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated, according to a new report on the administration’s spending priorities published by the Hill.

Both arts agencies have budgets of roughly $147 million. The NEA awards millions of dollars worth of grants for art projects each year, which have included plays about assassinating Christopher Columbus, food stamps, and gun-control activist lesbians, climate change poetry, and “Doggie Hamlet.”
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Obama Told Us ‘Elections Have Consequences.’ Here’s One Way to Reverse His Liberal Legacy.

The Daily Signal ^ | January 17, 2017 | Senator Mike Lee 

“Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.”
These were the infamous words President Barack Obama used to scold congressional Republicans just three days after his inauguration in 2009, foreshadowing how he would approach policymaking for the next eight years.
Rather than listening to and trying to work with Republicans, Obama governed through brute force—with his “pen and phone” more often than with the consent of Congress—guided by the dictates of his progressive ideology rather than the interests of the American people.
In virtually every policy area—from health care and immigration to the deployment of American troops and the accession to new international treaties—Obama ignored those who dared to dissent from his agenda and used whatever means necessary to accomplish his goals.
The result is a precarious legacy burdened by a host of deeply unpopular and highly controversial policies, many of which can be repealed, replaced, rolled back, and otherwise reformed by the new Republican majorities in Congress.
But Republicans should take care to avoid adopting the same high-handed, condescending governing style exhibited by Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress.
Instead of ignoring the concerns and preferences of the American people—and their elected officials at the state and local level—we should listen to and learn from them.
Rather than forcing diverse communities to abide by inflexible, burdensome rules and regulations devised by federal bureaucrats in Washington, we should empower local decision-makers to find solutions that address the unique needs of their families, neighborhoods, and businesses.
One of the areas of federal policy most in need of local empowerment is housing.
For instance, in 2015, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which requires cities and towns across the country to audit their local housing policies.
If any aspect of a community’s housing and demographic patterns fails to meet the department’s expansive definition of “fair housing” under the fair housing rule, the local government must submit a plan to reorganize the community’s housing practices according to the preferences and priorities of the department’s bureaucrats.
Failure to comply will result in the department withholding Community Development Block Grants, federal grant money that local officials have traditionally been free to use as they see fit.
Proponents of the fair housing rule claim the rule establishes a collaborative process, with local government officials in the driver’s seat while the bureaucrats at the Department of Housing and Urban Development merely provide “support” and “guidance.”
But the track record of the fair housing rule proves the opposite.
Many local housing officials from across the country, including in Utah, have told the same story: The costs of complying with the fair housing rule stretch their already thin resources, add hundreds of hours of bureaucratic paperwork to their workloads, and eliminate their autonomy to determine the best ways to provide adequate low-cost housing to their community.
To provide some measure of relief to local public housing authorities, a group of Republicans in Congress has supported legislation to restrict the department from using federal funds to implement the fair housing rule.
The Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act is the latest iteration of this legislation, which I joined Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., to introduce last week.
For the past 18 months, with Obama holding the executive veto pen and unwilling to believe that his policies are unpopular, there was very little chance this bill would be signed into law.
But on Jan. 20, when Donald Trump is sworn into office, that will change, and I will do everything in my power to ensure its swift passage.
After all, elections have consequences.

Army 75th Ranger Regiment to get its first female! (GI Jane)

Stars & Stripes ^ | 1/19/17 | DIANNA CAHN 

A female soldier has become the first to pass the selection course for the exclusive Army 75th Ranger Regiment and will become the first female special operator in the military sometime in the spring, a spokesman for the unit said.
The female soldier graduated the regiment’s Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 2 in December after completing the 21-day course for officers and noncommissioned officers in the rank of staff sergeant and above, Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt said.
The Army will not release any identifying information about the soldier in keeping with its security policy for all its rangers, Bockholt said.
The 75th Ranger Regiment is the Army’s premier special operations raid force, conducting “large scale joint forcible entry operations” and small surgical raids — inserting quietly into areas around the globe to capture or kill high-value targets. The work is physically and psychologically demanding, requiring specialized fitness and training skills.
The course for leadership-level soldiers and officers, known as RASP 2, lasts three weeks. Among the requirements to pass the course, soldiers must:
• Pass the Ranger fitness test, which includes 58 push-ups, 69 sit-ups, six pull-ups and running 5 miles in 40 minutes or less.
• Pass a water survival assessment.
• Participate in a 12-mile march with a 35-pound rucksack and weapon in less than three hours.
• Undergo a mental evaluation.
According to information provided by the Army in October, two women had attempted to pass the regiment selection course but failed. Two others were at the time scheduled to attend the training.
The Army would not release any other details, but the website for veterans Task & Purpose, which was first to report the story, said the soldier is an officer.
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Ranger regiment has had members continually deployed around the globe.
To date, three women have graduated the Army’s Ranger School, a grueling course that earns soldiers a Ranger tab. Soldiers who graduate Army Ranger school return to their conventional units and the training is separate from the 75th Ranger Regiment training.
Like other special operations occupations, Ranger positions were off-limits to women until December 2015, when Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced all occupations would be open to women.
The Marines had requested an exemption for some of its infantry occupations but, ultimately, Carter rejected any exclusions to the policy.
The 75th Ranger Regiment comprises three regular battalions and a special troops battalion. Two of the battalions are based in Georgia at Hunter Army Airfield and the regiment’s headquarters in Fort Benning, and one at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
Bockholt said the female soldier will arrive at the new unit in a couple of months.

Concerned About Anti-Israel Bias, Republicans Introduce Another Bill Targeting U.N. Funding

Cybercast News Service ^ | January 19, 2017 | 4:18 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough 

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced yet another bill targeting United Nations funding, this time including a special focus on the U.N. Human Rights Council’s heavily anti-Israel agenda. […]
It calls specifically for U.S. funding to be withheld until the president certifies that no U.N. agency or affiliated agency grants official status or recognition to any organization promoting or condoning anti-Semitism.
American taxpayers account for 22 percent of the regular budget of the U.N., plus almost 29 percent of the separate peacekeeping budget. The U.S. additionally provides billions of dollars more each year in “voluntary contributions” to a spread of U.N. agencies, ranging from the International Atomic Energy Agency to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). …
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Clinton Cash,’ Breitbart News, and the Narratives that Led to the Clinton Foundation’s Demise

Breitbart ^ | January 19, 2017 | By Jerome Hudson 

The impending implosion of the Clinton Foundation and the looming layoff of 22 staffers due to the closure of the Clinton Global Initiative are the result of Breitbart News and its Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash.
Clinton Cash revealed the worldwide nexus of shady deal-making between Clinton Foundation donors, the six-figure speeches given by Bill Clinton, and the corresponding actions approved by the U.S. State Department while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
Perhaps no political tome did more to expose and explain the web of corruption at Clinton, Inc., which is why the New York Times described Clinton Cash as “the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle.” Such anticipation was proven justified when John Podesta’s hacked emails revealed how panicked Clinton’s campaign staff was in May 2015, just days before the release of Clinton Cash.
In the ensuing months, Breitbart News was leading the charge and crafting the narratives behind some of the most explosive details uncovered in Clinton Cash.
By June 2015, myriad media outlets — dozens in fact — across the ideological spectrum had confirmed or independently reported and verified many of the facts found in Schweizer’s book. . .
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Snowlfakes Melting Over Trump De-Funding the NEA

Posted on 1/19/2017, 11:48:08 AM by TigerClaws

Hannah VanderHart ?@hmvanderhart What will be left after @realDonaldTrump and his team have gutted everything important from our government. #NEH #NEA #ACA #ETC
Leigh Ellwood 3m3 minutes ago Leigh Ellwood ?@LeighEllwood Rita Mae Brown was able to write her early books thanks to NEA grants. Ending the NEA could silence many voices. Not good.
Karissa Chen 4m4 minutes ago Karissa Chen ?@karissachen The Public Theater, where both Hamilton and Fun Home got its start, are helped by the NEA. Eliminating the NEA means thwarting the next Ham
Steve Edwards 3m3 minutes ago Steve Edwards ?@The_Big_Quiet The National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities serve a national security function. These are not lavish giveaways.
Dianna E Anderson 48s48 seconds ago Dianna E Anderson ?@diannaeanderson In South Dakota, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is funded by the NEA. Our local arts museum is NEA funded.
43m43 minutes ago Mikki Kendall ?@Karnythia Eliminating the NEA is guaranteed to create jobs...oh wait. Still waiting on something that creates jobs. This isn't it.
Porsche Schlapper 11m11 minutes ago Porsche Schlapper ?@STLlibrarian I grew up poor and rural. Without publicly funded CPB, @NPR, and @PBS, I may not have fallen in love with learning.

Washington D.C. Turned Into "Virtual Fortress" As 250,000 Protesters Descend Upon The City

Zero Hedge ^ | 01/19/2017 

Over the past couple of days, we've highlighted a couple of the mass protests that are being planned by disaffected Hillary supporters in an effort to disrupt the various Trump inaugural events that get kicked off tomorrow evening.  Perhaps the most aggressive "disruptions" have been planned by groups called "DisruptJ20" and the "DC Anti-Fascist Coalition" and include plans to "paralyze the city" with "clusterfuck blockades" of bridges and tunnels, "stink bombs" in ventilation systems and chaining metro trains to station platforms to shut down rail traffic.  Unfortunately for them, all of their plans were caught on tape by Project Veritas (see "New Video Exposes Anti-Trump Groups Plotting Criminal Acts To Disrupt Inauguration") so we suspect police will be well prepared.
As Reuters points out this morning, efforts to disrupt the inaugural process will have to evade a massive force of 28,000 security personnel and miles of fencing and roadblocks fortified by sand-laden dump trucks and other heavy equipment. 
Washington will turn into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday, as the U.S. capital braces for more than a quarter-million protesters expected during the Republican's swearing-in.

About 28,000 security personnel, miles (kilometers) of fencing, roadblocks, street barricades and dump trucks laden with sand will be part of the security cordon clamped around 3 square miles (almost 8 square km) of central Washington.

"If we do have a mass arrest, we'll be able to get people processed very quickly," he said in an interview with Washington's NBC 4 television station.

And, if America's millennial snowflakes are able to break through rhe police fortress they will undoubtedly be met by the "Wall of Meat" recently promised by the "Bikers for Trump" group which has vowed to go "toe-to-toe with anyone that is going to break through any police barriers."
Overall, the inauguration is expected to draw a crowd of 900,000 with 250,000 of those guests showing up to protest the new President-elect.
Police have forecast that some 900,000 people, both supporters and opponents, will flood Washington for the inauguration ceremony, which includes the swearing-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and a parade to the White House along streets thronged with onlookers.

About 30 groups that organizers claim will draw about 270,000 protesters or Trump backers have received permits for rallies or marches before, during and after the swearing-in. More protests are expected without permits.

By far the biggest protest will be the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, which organizers expect to draw 250,000 people.
Luckily, at least one helpful protest group will be on hand with plans to calm down the rowdy masses by passing out 4,200 doobies.
One Washington inaugural protest will come amid a haze of pot smoke as pro-marijuana protesters show their opposition to Trump's choice for attorney general, Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, a critic of pot legalization.

The group plans to distribute 4,200 joints at the inauguration and urge attendees to light up. Possession of small amounts of marijuana is legal in Washington, but public consumption is not.
As we've said before, we wish all the protesters the best of luck...we're sure your dreams of disrupting the democratic process will be well rewarded with a free night's stay at a local DC jail.

CNN taps Valerie Jarrett's daughter to cover Trump DOJ (payola) ^ | 1/19/17 | Joe Concha 

CNN taps Valerie Jarrett's daughter to cover Trump DOJ © Greg Nash
CNN has tapped the daughter of senior adviser to President Obama to cover the Trump Justice Department despite having little or no experience in journalism, according to a press release from the network.

The New York Post reports that Laura Jarrett, daughter of Valerie Jarrett, was "quietly hired" by CNN in September to work as a reporter in Washington. No formal announcement by the network from that time can be found announcing the hire.

According to her CNN bio page, the Harvard-educated Laura Jarrett has "worked as a litigation attorney in Chicago. In private practice, Jarrett focused on defending companies and individuals in government investigations brought by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as complex commercial litigation."

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How Trump Left Hollywood in the Cold

Politico ^ | 1/19/2017 | Todd S. Purdom 

—On a crisp November evening three weeks after the election, about 600 local activists gathered on a sound stage at the old Mack Sennett studios in Silver Lake where nearly a century ago the Keystone Cops slipped on banana peels and dodged pies in the face.
The crowd, which quickly overflowed the available seats and sat on the bare floor, had been convened by Beau Willimon, the creator of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” and a still-idealistic veteran of Howard Dean’s insurgent 2004 presidential campaign. As Willimon took the microphone, a gray scrim hanging behind him bore the projected exhortation: SIGN UP— ACTIONGROUPS.NET, a pitch for Willimon’s informal network of grass-roots efforts. The disheartened but tentatively defiant message of the evening: “I won’t quit—if you don’t quit.”—On a crisp November evening three weeks after the election, about 600 local activists gathered on a sound stage at the old Mack Sennett studios in Silver Lake where nearly a century ago the Keystone Cops slipped on banana peels and dodged pies in the face. These avatars of Hollywood liberalism had just suffered a similar humiliation and had come to figure out how to pick themselves up and start all over again in Donald Trump’s America.
It was not supposed to be like this, a defeated army sitting on the floor of an empty sound stage grasping for a chance at political impact. This was the class of people who were supposed to have a reserved seat at the table at Hillary Clinton’s first White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Now, like the deep-pocketed celebrities and industry titans who by one reliable estimate had raised some $60 million for her candidacy here, they were suddenly out in the cold. On the floor.
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For Democrats, There Is No Joy - Mighty Hillary Has Struck Out

The Coach's Team ^ | 1/19/17 | Peggy Ryan 

I tried to write a piece about Meryl Streep’s screed and the ongoing war against a legitimately elected President but I couldn’t make it work, my heart wasn’t in it. Then it hit me, what the hell am I doing? Why am I still revisiting all the horrors of a failed Hillary Clinton campaign? Why even acknowledge her whining supporters, her DOA Democrat party?
For God’s sake, it's a new day, we won, ding dong the witch is dead, David kicked Goliath’s butt, its time to pop the champagne cork, not rehash the past.
But why was I going to such a dark place to begin with? The answer lies with the hysterical, suicidal reaction from the left that their woman lost. This loss pierced their hearts, drained their energy, blackened their future. Hillary Clinton was the left’s hero destined to save the day. She had a lock on the Presidency thanks to her overflowing war chest, political connections, loyal media and the mantle of the first woman President. They were—or should have been--insurmountable advantages.
Yet she lost. The left blames the FBI, Russia and voter suppression. But in the end, it was Hillary Clinton, their hero, who let them down.
Then I thought of Casey at the Bat, the story of another legend, a hero trusted to bring it home. I reread the poem and was immediately struck by the parallels between Mudville’s savior, Casey, and the Democrat’s savior, Hillary Clinton.
The poem Casey at the Bat, tells of a baseball team, the Mudville Nine, and their dwindling chances in an ongoing game. The score was four to two in the eighth inning with two outs. It looked hopeless and the fans were frantic that their idol, the mighty Casey, would be denied his...
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CNN president: Network’s ‘credibility is higher than ever (with whom?) ^ | 1/18/19 | Joe Concha 

CNN President Jeff Zucker says President-elect Donald Trump's attacks on his network are an attempt to "delegitimize journalism,” adding that CNN's "credibility is higher than ever.”

"It’s just unfortunate that the most powerful person in the world is trying to delegitimize journalism and an organization that plays such a vital role in our democracy," Zucker told New York Magazine in an interview Wednesday.

"I think he’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s — to use one of his favorite words — sad."
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US Government Caught Massively Fabricating Student Loan Default Data

Zero Hedge ^ | 01/19/2017 

Ever since 2012 we have warned that one of the biggest threats arising from the US student loan bubble - which is no longer disputed by anyone except perhaps members of the outgoing administration - is not that it is soaring at an unprecedented pace, that's obvious for anyone with the latest loan total number over $1.4 trillion, rising at a pace of nearly $100 billion per year, but that the government - either on purpose or due to honest miscalculation - was not correctly accounting for the true extent of delinquencies and defaults. Today, we finally got confirmation that, as speculated, the US government was indeed fabricating student loan default data, making it appear far lower than it was in reality.
An the WSJ reported overnight "many more students have defaulted on or failed to pay back their college loans than the U.S. government previously believed."
The admission came last Friday, when the Education Department released a memo saying that it had overstated student loan repayment rates at most colleges and trade schools and provided updated numbers. This also means that the number of loan defaults in various cohorts is far greater than previously revealed.
A spokeswoman for the Education Department said that the problem resulted from a "technical programming error."
And so, the infamous "glitch" strikes again.
How bad was the data fabrication? When The Wall Street Journal analyzed the new numbers, the data revealed that the Department previously had inflated the repayment rates for 99.8% of all colleges and trade schools in the country. In other words, virtually every single number was made to appear better than it actually was. And people mock China for its own "fake data."
According to an analysis of the revised data, at more than 1,000 colleges and trade schools, or about a quarter of the total, at least half the students had defaulted or failed to pay down at least $1 on their debt within seven years. This is a stunning number and suggests that the student loan crisis is far greater than anyone had anticipated previously. It also means that the US taxpayer will be on the hook for hundreds of billions in government-funded loans once attention finally turns to who is expected to foot the bill for years of flawed lending practices.
As the WSJ adds, this isn’t the first time data problems have affected the Education Department: a recent government report criticized how the department tracks information including the budgetary implications of student loan forgiveness.  “This is a quality control issue with a Department of Education that has been facing criticism already for other data issues,” Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University.  The department “needs to be regularly audited so these issues can be discovered sooner.”
There is another interpretation: as we reported yesterday, when we revealed that a Chinese province admitted it had fabricated fiscal data for the period 2011-2014, the reason the data were made up "because officials wanted to advance their careers." One can imagine that the career pressure for those government workers who would report, and be held accountable, for revealing the true picture of America's disastrous student loan bubble, would be likewise staggering.
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Going back to the report findings, the student loan repayment rates were originally released in 2015 as part of the Obama administration’s College Scorecard, which followed an aborted attempt to rate colleges and tie federal funds to those ratings.
At the time, the Journal reported that at 347 colleges and vocational schools, more than half of students had defaulted or failed to pay down their debt within seven years. Those figures were based on students were supposed to start repaying loans in 2006 and 2007.  In September, the Department released data tracking students who should have begun repayment in 2007 and 2008, and that number rose to 477. But with the updated number released last week, that number grew to 1,029. Worse, no college saw its repayment rate improve under the revision, and some schools saw their seven-year repayment rates fall by as much as 29%.
The worst offender was the University of Memphis which had one of the largest drops in its repayment rate following the recalculation. Previously, the Department said that 67% of its students were repaying loans within seven years of entering the repayment period. That number fell to 47% after the recalculation.
The University was not happy. In a statement, the school said it “was not contacted by or made aware of the data changes” from the Education department.  “Given the magnitude of the numerical changes in the report released by the Department of Education, the University of Memphis will be challenging the accuracy of the newly adjusted data,” the statement said.
The far more dire implications, however, are for broader student loan market, because if the latest unfabricated data suggesting that loan delinquencies are rapidly rising toward 50% across most of America's colleges, then the US is facing a default problem of staggering proportions. Recall that back in December 2014, The Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee forecast that in an aggressive scenario, as much as $3.3 trillion in student loans could be oustanding by 2024. Incidentally, that is the scenario that has captured the growth of student loans since it was presented.

Apply default rates of 40-50% to this number, and the bill to the US taxpayer for the next mass bailout starts taking shape.

List of Hollywood Anti-Trump Tards

Posted on 1/19/2017, 12:28:15 PM by Enlightened1

Tom Hanks
Michael Moore
America Ferrera
Lena Dunham
Mike Mills
Josh Gad
Chelsea Handler
Stephen Hawking
Matthew McConaughey
Judd Apatow
Elton John
Richard Gere
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Bryan Cranston
Miley Cyrus
John Legend
Bette Midler
Stephen King
Sarah Silverman
Russell Simmons
Rosie O’Donnell
Kerry Washington
Neil Young
John Oliver
Trevor Noah
Eva Longoria
Don Cheadle
Ben Stiller
Susan Sarandon
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Robert De Niro
Jennifer Lawrence
Lady Gaga
Johnny Depp
Louis C.K.
J.K. Rowling
George Clooney
Matt Damon
Meryl Streep
Lee Daniels
Richard Schiff
Olivia Wilde
Mark Ruffalo
Stephen King
Jack Black
Samuel L. Jackson
Bette Midler
Bruce Springsteen
Jon Stewart
Dixie Chicks
Jerry Springer
Muhammad Ali
Harry Belafonte
Chris Brown
Natalie Portman
Emma Stone
Ice Cube
Will Smith
Spike Lee
Kenya Moore
Waka Flocka
Meek Mill
George Lopez
Bill Maher
Wyclef Jean
Martin Sheen
Any others???

Today It Ends--Obama's Legacy of Failure --The Worst President In American History

Posted on 1/19/2017, 12:32:28 PM by Cubs Fan

America's health care system is worse than when Obama took office, Obama care is a disater, many people are now paying twice as much for medical care, with no extra benefit.
National Debt Obama has racked up more debt than all 43 presidents before him combined-- Virtually Doubling America's national debt.
Economic Growth The Obama recovery is the worst economic recovery in 67 years.
The Middle east is a huge mess Obama despite being the antiwar president has immersed America in 8 straight years of war all over the ME, and has left the middle east worse off than when he came to office.
Terrorism in America and World Wide is worse than it was when Obama took office, with 4 times as many incidents worldwide than under Bush.
Real Unemployment-- Americas labor force participation rate (the true measure of unemployment) is the worst its been in 38 years.
immigration Obama has brought in 1 million Muslims during his presidency and freed nearly 20,000 illegal alien convicted criminals (instead of deporting them).
America's Race Relations--Polls indicate that race relations are the worst they've been in AT LEAST 24 years
Poverty Rate Obama has given America the highest poverty rate of every president since Kennedy, and the highest number of people on foodstamps of any president
Crime despite dropping steadily for years crime is going up now in most major cities, in large part because of Obama's racial demogoguery, and the hate group black lives matter which he has consistently refused to condemn.

BREAKING: Trump-Hating Democratic Rep.John Lewis DIDN’T PAY TAXES On His Nearly $1 Million town house!

GotNews ^ | 1/18/17 | GotNews 

Trump-hating Democratic Georgia congressman John Lewis didn’t pay property taxes on his nearly $1 million fancy Washington, D.C. townhouse on Capitol Hill, despite being in Congress for decades, where the salary for a Representative starts at $174,000 per year.

Lewis was in the news recently for saying he doesn’t see President-elect Donald J. Trump as “a legitimate president” because of the #RussianHackers Democratic conspiracy theory.

Public records show he avoided paying property taxes on his DC townhouse at 219 3rd Street SE on Capitol Hill.
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Army: Manning to lose transgender benefits!

The Hill ^ | January 18, 2017 | Mark Hensch 

The Army says former private Chelsea Manning will lose her military healthcare benefits despite President Obama’s commutation of her prison sentence.

“Pvt. Manning is discharged with a dishonorable discharge, she will lose her entitlement to [military] benefits, including gender-transition care at [military] medical treatment facilities,” Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith told USA Today Wednesday.

Smith said Manning’s dishonorable discharge was included in the terms of the 35-year prison sentence imposed on her in 2013.
Manning was convicted of leaking classified information about U.S. national security activities that were later publicly disclosed by WikiLeaks.
Smith said Manning could appeal her discharge determination, noting a failed appeal would ultimately result in dishonorable discharge from the Army.
Manning would also be barred from Veterans Affairs (VA) Department benefits under that status, Smith added.
The Army has been providing Manning with treatment for gender dysphoria, USA Today said, including hormone treatments.
Manning was also a candidate for gender-reassignment surgery, it continued, which would have been paid for under the Pentagon’s new policy for transgender troops.
USA Today added the VA, meanwhile, has also provided treatment to veterans struggling with gender dysphoria for several years.
Manning had already served seven years of her prison sentence when the White House announced Obama’s commutation Tuesday.
The former solider was originally scheduled for release in 2045 and will now regain her freedom on May 17, 2017 instead.
Obama defended his decision Wednesday, meanwhile, noting he is satisfied with the severity of Manning’s punishment so far.
“It has been my view given that she went to trial, that due process was carried out, that she took responsibility for her crime,” he said during his final press conference as president.
“[It is] that the sentence that she received was very disproportionate relative to what other leakers had received and that she had served a significant amount of time, that it made sense to commute and not pardon her sentence,” Obama added. "I feel very comfortable that justice has been served.”
Manning, who was initially serving the longest sentence ever imposed for a leak conviction, tried committing suicide twice during her incarceration.

The fate of the US Military is in the hands of one Marine

US Defense Watch ^ | January 18, 2017 | Ray Starmann 

President-Elect Trump is a super patriot, a nationalist who has big plans to rebuild this nation and the US military after eight years of neglect and Marxist social engineering that have utterly destroyed its capability to wage war on sea, land and in the air.

Certainly, Mr. Trump has great intentions, but he has never served a day on active duty, in the reserves or in the National Guard.
Therefore, he will undoubtedly adhere to the recommendations and analysis provided by the nation’s new Secretary of Defense.
Enter retired Marine Corps General James Mattis.
Nicknamed ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, the general, “last served as the 11th Commander of United States Central Command, the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, and Central Asia, from August 11, 2010, to March 22, 2013.
Before President Obama appointed Mattis to replace General Petraeus on August 11, 2010, he previously commanded United States Joint Forces Command from November 9, 2007, to August 2010 and served concurrently as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from November 9, 2007, to September 8, 2009. Prior to that, he commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force, United States Marine Forces Central Command, and 1st Marine Division during the Iraq War.”
Mattis also commanded the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, which was part of Task Force Ripper during the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
The general was beloved by the Marines who served under him, a warrior intellectual in the spirit of Patton, whom the President-Elect frequently compares him to.
One the eve of the inauguration, the US military is in deep trouble. While the military is rearing from budget cuts and readiness and equipment issues, those are problems that the military has endured in the past and conquered. What the military has never experienced before is the catastrophic social engineering that has eviscerated the armed forces’ fighting spirit and dragged down the operational tempo of each branch.
While the new Secretary of Defense will no doubt be dealing with topics such as navy ships that breakdown, air force planes without spare parts and an army with an all but extinct armor corps, his greatest challenge may very well be ending the social engineering forever.
You cannot have a Reaganesque military buildup that is successful with Berkeley style feminist social engineering. The two cannot co-exist together for the military to complete its mission, which is to defend the country when called upon and to vanquish our enemies quickly and violently.
If the social engineering does not cease, the US military will destroy itself and/or will be destroyed in a future conflict. That is a fact.
On his first day on the job, General Mattis must begin to RIF the duds, the feather merchants, the perfumed princes, the cultural Marxists and the feminists who have not only allowed the military to be put on death’s door by President Obama, but actively supported the insanity that seeped through the Pentagon for eight years like a persistent nerve agent.
The military has lost many good people who either were forced out during the Obama Maoist Revolution or simply resigned because what was happening around them made them physically ill.
But, many senior officers were all too eager or simply too gutless to stand up to the cultural Marxists. Moral cowardice became the rallying cry of the Joint Chiefs. Fighting Joe Dunford and Martin Dempsey rubber stamped every directive from the White House.
Mattis must take a meat cleaver to the active duty rosters. The military is in dire need of killers and has succumbed to its ranks being stocked with fillers and too much fodder.
The military needs to once again ban open homosexuality in the ranks. While gays have served in the military since the dawn of time, the concept is anathema to combat readiness and esprit de corps. The military must return to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ as its policy.
A bigger problem for the military is the recent authorization by cultural Marxist and outgoing Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter to allow transsexuals to serve in the armed forces. Gender dysphoria is considered a mental illness by many physicians. The idea of allowing mentally ill personnel to not only serve on active duty, but to have their gender reassignment surgery financed by Uncle Sam is the height of lunacy.
The military in the last eight years has watched as its traditional macho, male culture has been eviscerated with a feminist glass knife.
US Army soldiers have been ordered to conduct physical training while wearing pregnancy simulators; ROTC cadets were ordered to wear red high heels to show empathy to rape victims; breastfeeding and lactation memos were distributed to special operations soldiers; the Bible and Declaration of Independence were taught as sexist documents during online DoD classes; three female graduated from Ranger School under dubious circumstances; US Navy ships were named after gay activists and a baby was born on a US Navy ship of war during a foreign deployment.
Most importantly, feminists drove the Pentagon to authorize women to serve in the crown jewels of the military, the combat arms and special operations forces; i.e. infantry, cavalry, artillery, the Rangers, Delta Force and the Navy SEALs.
This height of insanity was pushed by social engineers Ash Carter and Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, who will go down in history as the worst SecNav in the long and glorious annals of that service.
Mattis must fire Ray Mabus who is responsible for ships that don’t float, crying sailors in Iranian captivity and a gender neutral lexicon for military titles, such as rifleperson.
Mabus pushed hard for the inclusion of women in the combat arms. He completely ignored the Marines’ 36 million dollar study that showed what everyone already knew; all male units perform better in simulated combat tasks than coed or all female units. In fact, Mabus penned a crackpot OPED for the Washington Post in 2015.
Mabus wrote, “As the nature of warfare becomes more dynamic and unpredictable, we need to be the strongest force possible, and diversity is one of our greatest strengths. The Marine Corps Timeshas highlighted an anecdote about the creative, expeditious way a four-woman team in the Marine Corps’ study confronted an 8-foot obstacle; an American Forces Network report featured female Marines who demonstrated that gender does not define their service. These are the thinkers we need in every part of our force; they will maximize our combat effectiveness.”
According to Mabus’ warped logic, diversity is a combat multiplier and since four adult females can negotiate an 8 foot wall, that gives the military a green light to authorize women to serve in the SEALs.
Newflash Mabus: four 10 year old Girl Scouts can figure out how to go over an eight foot wall.
Mabus needs to walk the plank into the Potomac.
The issue of women in the combat arms and special operations is still a hot potato, a third rail that those in uniform have been afraid to touch.
Last week, during his confirmation hearing, Mattis was grilled by New York Democrat Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand about the issue. He seemed to dance around the topic, even indicating that he wouldn’t change the policies enacted by Carter and Obama.
Strangely, Mattis’ tightrope walk on the Hill was different than his 2014 comments, “The idea of putting a woman in there (combat) is not setting them up for success. It would only be someone who never crossed the line of departure into close-quarters fighting that would ever even promote such an idea. Could we find a woman who could run fast enough? Of course we could. Could you find a few who could do the pullups? Of course we could. That’s not the point. That’s not the point at all. It is whether or not you want to mix eros. Do you really want to mix love, affection, whatever you want to call it, in a unit…? Some of us aren’t so old that we’ve forgotten at times it was like heaven on earth to hold a certain girl’s hand.”
So, will Mattis roll over like everyone else and let the insanity unfold, or was his performance on the Hill, a mere charade to allow the left wing fools to rubber stamp his confirmation?
Mattis was also questioned by Senator Claire McCaskill, another advocate for women in combat, who wouldn’t know a K Bar from a Snickers Bar if her life depended on it.
To fools like McCaskill and Gillibrand, allowing women to serve in the infantry is nothing different than women working for Apple or Google.
Perhaps they would change their minds if they watched just five minutes of Saving Private Ryan or The Pacific. Or, better yet if they spent five minutes in an actual war zone.
General Mattis knows better than anyone that women serving in the combat arms and special operations would be a disaster and the death knell for the nation. General Mattis also knows that the US military combat arms branches and special operations need the smartest, toughest, roughest SOB’s on the planet.
What will General Mattis recommend to the President when asked? Will he allow the social engineering of the military to continue or will he ride to the rescue and save it?
President-Elect Trump calls Mattis the closest thing to Patton.
We’re going to find out.
The fate of the US military is in the hands of one Marine.

Donald Trump presidency: How the world has already changed

BBC News ^ | 2017-01-18 

Shortly after Donald Trump's shock win in the US election, the BBC considered the ways the world could change.
Long-standing US domestic and foreign policies, such as a commitment to free trade and membership of Nato, all face an overhaul.
But events have moved fast. Here's how Mr Trump's incoming presidency has already changed the world.
Obama lays down roadblocks
The final days of the Obama administration might have been very different, with the outgoing president handing over safe in the knowledge that his signature policies will be protected by another Democrat.
Instead, his administration has gone on the defensive, scrambling to protect his legacy, laying down what Mr Trump has called "roadblocks".
There have been sanctions against Russians, a ban on offshore energy drilling, a refusal to veto a UN call to end Israeli settlements and a last-minute rush of deals with Cuba.
All of these conflict with pronouncements made by Mr Trump, and could at the very least make life more difficult for the president-elect.
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A daunting to-do list as President Trump takes the oath!

The Washington Times ^ | 2017-01-18 | Matt Mackowiak 

President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office Friday and become our 45th president.

All Americans should be praying for him, whether they supported him or not. After all, we are Americans first. He will need the prayers, as Mr. Trump is inheriting a larger and more complex set of urgent challenges than any president in my lifetime.
It is true that he is not inheriting a deep recession as President Obama did, but even an incomplete list of pressing matters sitting on the president-elect’s desk is honestly overwhelming.
It is true that he is not inheriting a deep recession as President Obama did, but even an incomplete list of pressing matters sitting on the president-elect’s desk is honestly overwhelming.
Consider: There’s the Syrian humanitarian crisis and civil war; Russian aggression in Eastern Europe and intervention in the U.S. electoral process; North Korean nuclear weapons programs; Iran violating the nuclear deal on a monthly basis; the weakest economic recovery in 70 years, with over 90 million Americans out of work or out of the workforce entirely; a national debt that has nearly doubled under Mr. Obama; the failing Obamacare health care reform; and a southern border that is objectively not secure.
Add to that the fact that Mr. Trump, while comfortably winning the presidency with 306 electoral votes and capturing 30 states, garnered just 46 percent of the popular vote in a four-way race.
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Trump Inauguration Protesters Work Hard For His Re-Election

The Federalist ^ | January 18, 2017 | Robert Tracinski 

Protesters against Donald Trump’s inauguration are flooding to DC and putting forth their best effort to ensure that there will be a second Trump inauguration to protest four years from now.
I’m not boasting or gloating about this outcome. I didn’t want there to be a first Trump inauguration, and I probably won’t be too happy about a second one, either. Yes, a lot can and will go wrong with the Trump administration over the next four years, so it’s impossible to predict the next election. But everything in the behavior of Trump’s opponents on the Left tells us they are determined to learn nothing from this past election and to double down on everything that drove voters into Trump’s camp.
Let’s start with the fact that protesting a presidential inauguration is a bad idea. The whole purpose of the inauguration is for the great and good in our nation’s capital to recognize the peaceful transition of power through the electoral process laid down in our hallowed Constitution. So naturally a bunch of Democratic representatives have decided to boycott it, Rep. John Lewis is declaring Trump “illegitimate,” and busloads of leftists have already headed to DC for a week of protests. A week.
Is this because Trump is somehow supremely, exceptionally awful? But this didn’t begin with Trump. It began with George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001, when leftists refused to accept the election result because of the recount in Florida. Yet even after an indisputable re-election victory in 2004, they protested Bush again. It has become their way of coping, I guess, with the rejection of their favored candidate by the American people.
A lot of them—I asked someone I know who is going—just see it as a way of voicing their opposition to Trump’s agenda. I hope that makes them feel better. But that’s not the way it comes across to everyone else, and the protesters don’t really want to see it from anyone else’s perspective, and that’s their problem.
This doesn’t really come across as a protest against Trump. It doesn’t even come across as a rejection of the American political system or the process of presidential succession, because if they were really serious about that, they would do a whole lot more than a few lame street theater protests. Instead, this comes across as a temper tantrum against the existence of recalcitrant voters who don’t agree with them. It’s like the old Bertolt Brecht poem about the attitude of a previous gang of leftists: the desire “to dissolve the people and elect another.” They are protesting the fact that the rest of the American public isn’t good enough for them.
This all comes across as a statement of contempt for anyone who’s not on board with their political agenda. Or I should say another statement of contempt for their fellow citizens. Because that’s what the Left has been conveying all along, and it’s part of what drove people to Trump, no matter how inadequate and inappropriate a vessel he is for such a protest vote.
The strength of the religious vote for Trump initially mystified me, until I remembered the ferocity of the Left’s assault on religious believers in the past few years—the way they were hounded and vilified for continuing to hold traditional beliefs about marriage that were suddenly deemed backward and unacceptable (at least since 2012, when President Obama stopped pretending to share them). What else do you think drove all those religious voters to support a dissolute heathen?
A lot of Americans have become tired of being called racists and bigots, particularly during the Obama years, when this accusation was trotted out to smack down anyone who opposed the president for any reason. So these voters have taken to completely, reflexively, even obstinately rejecting such accusations, even when they’re valid. That’s a problem, but it’s not going to be solved by shouting louder.
So what are the inauguration protesters doing? Describing Trump voters as a bunch of fascists and backward redneck bigots whose opinions shouldn’t count.
The pressure on entertainers to withdraw from performing at the inauguration under the threat of never working again is indicative of the problem. We can laugh at the Left for living inside a bubble where everyone agrees with them or else. But this increasing ability to rule over miniature one-party states in fields like entertainment and academia is eliminating their capacity to deal with disagreement. That’s the really ominous message of the inauguration protests: that this is all they’ve got, that it’s their only way of communicating with their fellow citizens.
The message of the inauguration protests is that it’s not a bubble any more, it’s a bunker. The Left has dug in deep, and all we’re going to hear from them is shouting. In all likelihood, that will only keep driving voters away.

Billionaire Tom Steyer: There’s ‘No Limit’ to How Much I’ll Spend to Combat Donald Trump! ^ | 2017-01-18 | Mahita Gajanan

The billionaire Tom Steyer, an environmental activist, said he won't quantify how much he is willing to spend to combat Donald Trump's presidency.
“If you ask me can I put a limit on how much I value the health, the safety, the employment and the civil liberties of Americans, there’s no limit to what I think that’s worth,” Steyer told Bloomberg in an interview. Steyer, a Democrat who spent at least $87 million on the 2016 presidential election, was the biggest individual political donor in the race. According to Bloomberg, Steyer routes most of his money through the NextGen Climate Action Committee, a Super PAC he helped create in 2012 in an effort to devote himself to conservation. During the 2016 election, Steyer funded several anti-Trump ads through NextGen Climate.
Steyer wants to fight against the Trump administration potentially weakening environmental regulations. Trump has said climate change is a hoax invented by China. Although he has let up on some of his campaign promises, like pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, his overall stance on the environment has alarmed conservationists.“We don’t know how much of their campaign rhetoric they’re going to try to put into action,” Steyer said. “But this is the most broad-based and dangerous attack on American values certainly that I have ever experienced in my lifetime and much more than I have ever imagined would happen while I’m alive.”
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Exclusive: Trump's first dance as president will be to Sinatra's 'My Way'

Wash Examiner ^ | 1.18.17 | Anna Giaratelli 

In his first dance as commander in chief, President-elect Trump will take the dance floor with Melania to the tune of Frank Sinatra's "My Way," according to a source with knowledge of the official inaugural balls.

The Washington Examiner has learned that Trump plans to take the floor as the 45th president at the Liberty Ball just as Nashville-based jazz singer Erin Boehme delivers opening song "Mack the Knife," which will be live broadcast for tens of millions of Americans to watch on TV.
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A "Queer Dance Party" Erupted Outside Mike Pence's DC Home

Buzzfeed ^ | 1/18/17 | Jim Dalrymple 

A group of protesters and LGBT activists convened near the Washington, DC, home of Vice President-elect Mike Pence Wednesday night to hold a “queer dance party.”

The dancing was part of a march through DC that eventually arrived outside the home that Pence is staying in until he moves into the official vice presidential residence — the United States Naval Observatory.

Demonstrators have been gathering in DC this week to protest Donald Trump, his administration, and his likely policies.

The gathering was organized by WERK for Peace, which describes itself as a “grassroots movement using dance to promote peace.”

During the gathering, witnesses said participants were chanting, “Daddy Pence, come dance.”

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Police ID man charged with DWI after driving $385,000 Ferrari off Westlake bridge (Austin)

Austin American Statesman ^ | Tuesday, January 17, 2017 News1/18/17 | Katie Hall 

Wednesday update: Austin police have identified a man who is accused of drunken driving after he drove a $385,000 Ferrari off a bridge in Westlake last week.

According to police, 28-year-old James Allen is facing a charge of driving while intoxicated.

A witness had been stopped at a boat ramp near Redbud Trail when he saw a vehicle drive by travelling faster than 100 mph, according to police.
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Live 3 Day Inaugural Thread (January 19-21) —Trump Family Train Deplorables

FRiends ^ | January 19, 2017 | DollyCali 

Welcome to the 3 day Inaugural Live Thread
for the Deplorable Trump Family Train

Grab your pearls, champagne, dancing shoes, fireworks, black tie or evening gown It is time to PARTY and CELEBRATE. Continue to pray for the Protection of the Trump and Pence Family, all Inaugural celebrants and workers, all LEO and Bikers. Keep Winning! Keep Smiling! MAGA!

Inauguration Schedule of Events

The inauguration of Donald Trump as America's 45th president is the highlight of several days of pomp and circumstance in the US capital. Here's a look at the timeline of events. 

Thursday, January 19

10:35 am - Performances begin at Lincoln Memorial. "Voices of the People," the first act of a day-long public concert, will feature groups such as the DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the Republican Hindu Coalition, high school marching bands, choirs and baton twirlers. 

3:30 pm to 4 pm - Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of the nation's veterans. 

4 pm to 6 pm - Trump will deliver remarks during the second act of the concert at Lincoln Memorial, dubbed the "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration." The event, broadcast live nationally, will be headlined by country stars Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood and feature a fireworks finale. Trump is expected to spend Thursday night at Blair House, the presidential guest residence across the street from the White House. 

Friday, January 20

Morning - Trump, Pence and their families are expected to attend services at St. John's Episcopal Church, just steps from the White House. 

Afterward, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Trump and his wife Melania to the White House for morning tea. The two couples will then travel together to the Capitol by motorcade. 

9:30 am - Inauguration ceremony begins on the west front of the Capitol with musical performances. 

Attendees will include members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, diplomats and the public. Former presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will attend, as will Trump's election opponent Hillary Clinton. Former president George H.W. Bush is in frail health and will not be present. 

Sixteen-year-old soprano Jackie Evancho will sing the national anthem. The Rockettes dance troupe will also be performing, at a time yet to be announced. 

11:30 am - Opening remarks. Religious leaders will offer the invocation and readings. Pence will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. 

Noon - Trump will recite the oath of office, administered by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. He will use president Abraham Lincoln's inauguration Bible, as well as the Bible that Trump's mother gave to him at his Sunday school graduation in 1955. Afterward, Trump will deliver his inaugural address. 

12:30 Ceremony ends. 

Afterward, in keeping with tradition, Trump and Pence will attend the Congressional Lunch in the Capitol. 

3 pm to 5 pm - Inaugural parade. The newly minted president and vice-president make their way 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House, trailed by some 8,000 parade participants. They will include members of all US military branches, as well as high school and university marching bands, equestrian corps, first responders, veteran groups and even a tractor brigade. 

7 pm to 11 pm - Trump, Pence and their wives will make appearances at three official inaugural balls, two of which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the other at the National Building Museum. A number of semi-official and unofficial balls also will take place throughout the city. 

Saturday, Jan 21

10 am to 11 am - Trump and Pence attend the interfaith National Prayer Service, held at the Washington National Cathedral.

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Twas the Night Before Inauguration

Twas the night before Inauguration, and up in the tower, The Donald reflected on his newfound power. The "deplorable" masses had come out in force, And delivered a victory that would chart a new course.

The snowflakes were shell-shocked with tears in their eyes, The media lied to them . . . What a surprise. They had been promised a Hillary win, But the criminal Clinton took one on the chin.

And though from all corners celebrities flew, They made no impression, for they hadn’t a clue. They talked about climate, racism, and such, And they made up good stories . . . But didn’t know much.

The fake news and ignorance came at a cost, And they can’t understand all the reasons they lost. They blame it on Comey and Bernie and Vlad, But fail to acknowledge the one that was bad.

Yes, Hillary Clinton, in many ways flawed, Was her own biggest hurdle toward getting the nod. The campaign exposed her corruptness and greed, And her speeches were punch-less as ten dollar weed.

So out in the streets there arose such a clatter, It was Soros-paid protestors and Black Lives Matter. With cities to pillage and windows to smash, They knew not the issues, but needed the cash.

Eight years of Obama had given them cause, To expect a replacement of their Santa Claus. But soon the protestors will feel the pain, When the wheels fall off of the old gravy train. And now all the snowflakes are riddled with fear, Upset and offended by things that they’ll hear. The cocoa and crayons will help for a while, But fact-based opinions will soon cramp their style.

I originally supported anyone but Cruz, In the end I would vote for whoever they choose. He may not have been my first choice, but soon I would cede, The one they call TRUMP is the one that we NEED!

I saw him on TV in front of a crowd, He spoke about veterans, it made me feel proud. He spoke about energy, safety, and jobs, Taking this country back from the Washington snobs.

He was dressed in Armani, all tailored and neat, And the Brunos he wore made the outfit complete. For a man of his vintage, he seemed rather fit, And he looked presidential, I have to admit.

His eyes glowed like embers, his smile was the best, And his hair was the color of my old hunting vest. His love for this country was on full display, And his actions spoke louder than his words could say.

He thanked all his voters, and before he was gone, Saved thousands of jobs while Obama looked on. The fate of this country left nothing to chance, So, he filled out his cabinet weeks in advance.

The men he had chosen were of the same mind, Let’s set the bar high, and not lead from behind. He picked up his phone as he rose from his seat, With a flick of his finger, he sent out this tweet;

“Now Mattis! Now Kelly! Now Sessions and Pruitt! On Perry! On Flynn, You’re the ones who can do it. Start lifting restrictions and building the wall, Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!!”

The roar of his audience rose from the stands, He kissed all their babies and shook all their hands. He answered their questions and calmed all their fears, They knew it would be a fantastic four years.

Then he jumped in his limo, and off to his jet, A fellow that Liberals won’t soon forget.

He sent one more tweet as the evening expired; “Happy Inauguration to all, AND OBAMA – YOU’RE FIRED!”
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Those who are ignorant of history, George Santayana remarked, are condemned to repeat it!

PJ Media ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | Roger Kimball 

Those who are ignorant of history, George Santayana remarked, are condemned to repeat it. It’s not quite true, of course.

Santayana’s elder tradesman, Heraclitus, was right when he said that you cannot step into the same river twice. Whether or not you know anything about it, history, that great river, keeps meandering on. It does not double back.

But Santayana’s oft-quoted remark does have a salutary invigorating effect. Much like that “self-evident half-truth” (as the philosopher Harvey Mansfield put it) that “all men are created equal,” Santayana’s admonition might well exert, on susceptible souls, the goad to learn more about mankind’s adventure in time, which is a good thing.

There are patterns to be observed, continuities (and discontinuities) noted, metabolisms of power registered and understood. So even if Santayana overstated the case, the failure to study history -- for a culture as well as for individuals -- is a sort of existential threat.
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And Now The Left’s War On Normal Americans Truly Begins

Townhall ^ | 1/19/2017 | Kurt schlichter 

President-elect Donald Trump replaces President Faily McWorsethancarter Friday, but we’re not going to be able to Netflix and chill in the fight for freedom. The left and its establishment allies are desperate to regain the power they see slipping away, and we need to understand that the only way to stop them is to beat them to a pulp and leave them whimpering in the fetal position, crying out for their genderfluid mommies.
The left’s strategy is simple – deny normal Americans normalcy. After all, that’s what we really want, a return to normal. We haven’t experienced real normal since the Democrats denied the legitimacy of W’s election in 2000 – you know, during one of those time frames when denying the legitimacy of the president was cool, a phenomenon that coincidentally only occurs whenever a Republican wins. Then came 9/11 followed by 15-plus years of botched wars and economic decline, along with an unprecedented cultural offensive against normal Americans. Once the only place you heard that average Americans were racist sexist homophobic everythingist everythingphobic was on college campuses; now, with the active assistance of Obama and his collaborators, it’s everywhere – in our entertainment, in the media, in our faces.
And we’re sick of it. #ThisIsWhyYouGotTrump
We want to return to normality, and in an ironic twist of fate it was Donald Trump, the most unnormal guy imaginable, who promised it. Hillary Clinton promised more war and more weakness, more of the same economic malaise that has left most of America suffering, and much, much more of the same cultural scolding and calculated oppression of anyone so subhuman as to not live in a city and believe there are only two sexes. Trump committed to return to America’s normal state of economic prosperity, to America’s normal state of military supremacy abroad, to America’s normal state of self-confidence in our own exceptionalism. And we wanted to go back to a time where creepy activists weren’t trying to shoehorn men in skirts into our little girls’ locker rooms.
CARTOONS | GLENN MCCOY VIEW CARTOON Normalcy. It’s what we want, and liberals want to deny it to us in order to doom Donald Trump and reopen their path back into power.
So how will they do it? Constant resistance at every turn. They will ignore norms and rules – remember, norms and rules are only supposed to constrain us. They will lie, cheat, and engage in any conduct that they believe will help their hateful cause. A huge part of the progressive effort will go toward policing their own for any weakness or faltering in their lockstep opposition to everything Trump and the GOP do. Take that, Springsteen cover band! How dare you perform the Boss’s hackneyed anthems for the president? The good thing is we will get to watch four to eight years of the left devouring itself. I’m already stockpiling the popcorn.
In Washington, there are Democrats whose constituents supported Trump and want him to succeed. In a normal world, these would-be moderates might cooperate and compromise with the GOP majority to influence policy, but their own party absolutely will not let them do that now. The hard left activists are in control, and they will crush any dissent. So the Democrats who might have moderated and played along now have to defy their party to do so knowing the activists will not be forgiving. And it’ll be wonderful watching the Dems kneecap their 2018 candidates to force utterly symbolic losing party line votes on cabinet appointments and on things like the Obamacare repeal.
This is great for us. It will force the Dems in moderate or even red areas to fall even further out of step with their voters – something that has cost the Dems over a thousand seats across the country since Obama was sworn in. In 2018, something like 25 Democrats or Dem-voting independents are up for election to the Senate, many in moderate areas. If Trump is seen as succeeding, especially on the economy, that could make the midterms a Democrat bloodbath. A wonderful, delicious bloodbath.
Then there is the cultural fight. In Hollywood, the left is piling on anyone who refuses to completely reject Trump and, by extension, all of us normals. Look at Nicole Kidman, who the fascists attempted to crucify for simply saying what Hillary Clinton had been saying right up until she lost – that you ought to accept the legitimacy of the winner. Look at the death threats against a blind opera singer. Look at those clowns lecturing us at their awards shows/narcissism orgies. As the left always does, it is relying on fear to enforce its creepy conformity.
It will work for a bit, especially since most entertainers today are craven wusses – in World War II, Jimmy Stewart left stardom to fly B-24s over Ludwigshafen. Now, adverse election results make them flee to Arizona to commune with rocks. Many entertainers will decide to lower their profiles in order to avoid the Hollywood Gestapo, but normals won’t like the bullying. Normals generally think people should be allowed to say what they want, and they generally think you should respect the president even if you didn’t vote for him – pretty much what Nicole Kidman said. Do you think more normal people or fewer will be going to the next Meryl Streep movie? Sure, her target demographic of loveless cat women will always show up to watch her talk in a funny accent, but the rest of us? Hard pass.
Then there is the fake moral posturing. We will see plenty of this tactic, and we need to laugh at it. The notion that because John Lewis got beat up by fellow Democrats a half century ago somehow immunizes him from criticism for his cheesy lies about and general scumminess toward Republicans today is a joke. It’s always fun to watch liberals unilaterally designate “heroes” and inform us we’re not allowed to say anything negative about their antics. When John McCain was running what could only in the loosest sense of the word be called a campaign against Obama, the left wasn’t enforcing the Hero Exemption on his behalf. That only became a thing again when it became a useful thing again after Trump ignored it. Democrats don’t get to choose my heroes, or yours, and we need to aggressively reject this tiresome gambit.
What about the lying mainstream media? Those hacks – no one’s listening to them anymore. Still, every day every story is going to be about the tyranny that is Trump, except there won’t be any actual tyranny. Homelessness is going to make a big comeback now that Obama is gone. Everything will hit women, minorities, and men claiming to have uteruses hardest. No one cares. In pulling this same nonsense, the dying media will only hasten its own, long-overdue, demise. Hey media, remember those false perv stories about Trump – who do you think suffered a net loss of credibility, him or you?
Then there are the boycotts. Now, wussy corporate leaders will often roll over when a bunch of leftists tell them what to do. But it gets old. Eventually, companies are going to realize that you can’t succeed when you are alienating at least half of the population. Plus now we have a president who will not hesitate to call out dirtbags. A couple tweets from the president about companies who are dissing his supporters and that may reorient their priorities. Now, do we want a president directing his people away from private companies that engage in policies he dislikes? In theory, no. But now that you libs have changed the rules, hell yes! We need to deal the pain right back at them – it’s the only way they will learn.
A key problem with the liberal resistance strategy is that constant activism is exhausting. It’s even exhausting to watch – normal people are already tuning out the daily deluge of anti-Trump fake news in the lying mainstream media. The liberal strategy is to turn everything up to 11, but you can’t do that for four years. While the hardcore left is invested in its hatred of our new president, most of America is not. They don’t want every waking hour of their lives spent listening to people whine about Trump, especially when they generally like what he’s doing. The fact is Trump is already doing well. The market is up. He’s getting commitments for new jobs from big companies. Obamacare is getting a stake through its putrid heart. And the normal's are going to tune out of the hate and reelect him to spite you liberal twerps.

Losing Power Has Left the Democrat Party Dazed and Confused ^ | Ron Ross 

Lack of power has profound implications for Democrats. Power is the Party’s raison d’être and sine qua non. Without power the party is broke and broken.
Consider, for example, one crucial element of their reliance on “identity politics,” specifically, organized labor. Organized labor is perhaps the single most important and dependable factor in the Democratic Party’s long-term success. In fact, Britain’s equivalent of the Democrat Party is called the Labour Party.
Democrats rely on a perverse variation of voluntary exchange. In exchange for votes, campaign contributions, and election workers, Democrats deliver legislation and regulations favorable to unions. The system works well for both entities, but it only works so long as Democrats have the power to keep their part of the bargain.
On the other side of the quid pro quo, there has to be a sufficient population of union members in order to generate an adequate amount of campaign funds. Unfortunately for the Democrats, the percentage of the U.S. labor force in unions has declined from 20 percent in 1983 to 11 percent now. Less than seven percent of the private workforce is unionized. Thirty-five percent of government employees are union members, but that too is in jeopardy. When President Trump fills the current Supreme Court vacancy, mandatory union dues could well be ruled unconstitutional. That could be a double whammy — reduced union membership and a reduced supply of campaign funds. Trump has said that he wants to reduce the federal workforce by 20 percent. What a glorious accomplishment that would be.
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