Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Donald's Best Pals: Barack and Hillary

Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2017 | John Kass 

Who are President Donald Trump's two best friends in politics?
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Yeah, I know what you're thinking. You see their smirks and those six bloody elbows between the three of them, and you figure this is no relationship.
But it is a relationship that works for the president because they keep bringing up his favorite subject. And it works fine for Barack and Hillary because it fills their egos with a mighty wind.
It just doesn't work for the Democratic Party.
It is a relationship that benefits Trump, because every time Obama or Clinton open their mouths, America is reminded of what was rejected in 2016 -- Clinton's presidential hopes and Obama's dreams that she'd keep his legacy intact.
Trump doesn't much want to talk about Washington Republicans peeling the skin off his populism. They've been peeling Trump the way a crafty TV hillbilly might peel an apple, sitting on a porch swing, telling stories in a bad sitcom with a pig named Arnold and canned laughter.
But if there's one thing Trump loves talking about, it's the 2016 election, and how the media was (and is) against him, and how those snotty liberals swinging their basket of deplorables lost the working class and blue-collar Midwestern states.
So what do Hillary and Barack do? They keep serving up 2016 on the tips of their silvery tongues.
They feed their egos and get face time, and Barack spins some fantasy about actually caring about Chicago.
And Hillary, having announced that she's finally come out of the woods to visit us, spins us her favorite Russian fairy tale.
Entertaining, yes, but it hurts the Democratic Party. By refusing to go away, they prevent the party from evolving. And without developing some cogent theme besides Boiling the Rich, and Hating Trump, without grooming and nurturing new vibrant personalities, the Democratic Party is in trouble.
Jealousy isn't a strategy. Envy and identity politics and obstructionism aren't either. Even the amusing symptoms of Trump Derangement Syndrome get old. Months of hysteria and primal screams and jabbering can dull the senses of sensible people. Soon, it will jump the shark, as late-night TV jester Stephen Colbert jumped it the other day, jumping hard and down on his corporate advertisers.
Yet as long as Barack and Hillary haunt us, the Democrats can't grow. Yes, they're beloved by their partisans. And each time they appear, you'll find adoring pundits wagging their tails like Labrador puppies, wetting the carpets with joy.
But it doesn't help the Democratic Party. It helps Hillary. It helps Barack.
Smart Democrats understand this. They see Obama casting himself as some kind of Jedi master of young community organizers -- as he cashes in -- and they groan.
They see Clinton as some Blanche DuBois in a pants suit, spinning her airy fantasies and believing them even as she dredges up all those painful subjects, from FBI Director James Comey to her thousands of classified emails on unsecured servers.
Smart professional Democrats see all this and wonder: "For the love of God will they please just go away?" But they won't. They're needy, like a pair of Nosferatu drawing sustenance from Democratic young.
Obama visited Chicago and promoted plans for his Great Temple to Himself, also known as his presidential library, near a stunning new golf course proposed for Jackson Park.
The original temple design reportedly wasn't flashy enough for Obama, so a grander one was sketched, and he may even visit, with his golf clubs. Here's how the Obama Temple should be built: with a series of reflecting pools, and along the edges, statues of Obama at different stages of his life, so that he might stare into his reflection for all of eternity.
But outside the Obama Temple, Chicago remains a violent bloodbath, innocents and thugs dropping every day in the city's street gang wars. He did nothing about it as president for eight years. There was talk, yes, but no real development, no real jobs, nothing.
There should be a sign out front: Obama helped Iran more than he helped Chicago.
Every day and every night, the West and South sides bleed and roll over on the sidewalks, another deadly spring turning into another deadly summer.
And Hillary? When she announced, in that chirping voice, that she'd come out of the woods, I tried not to think of a tiny hut on chicken feet, magically moving from glen to glen. And the other day she told another Russian fairy tale of her own.
She blamed the Russians hacking into the DNC emails for her loss. And Comey for disclosing another investigation into her own classified emails just before the election. And she insisted that she would have been president if the election had been held Oct. 27.
It was pathetic.
If "the election had been on October 27, I would have been your president," she said. "And it wasn't."
And if there were no iceberg, we'd never remember the Titanic.
David Axelrod, a crafty pro, the Merlin who turned Obama into a president with one speech, wished she'd just stop talking.
"It takes a lot of work to lose to Donald Trump," Axelrod told CNN, adding that no one in America wants to relive the election, "except the combatants who keep going back to it."
But she loves it back there, doesn't she? And so does the president.

Famous Watergate watchdogs still lapping it up

lowell sun ^ | 5/9 | peter lucas 

If famous Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein had reported on Democrat Barack Obama the way they did on Republican Richard Nixon, Obama could have ended up the same way.

Instead Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate coverup story in 1972 that forced Nixon's resignation two years later, looked the other way during the eight years of scandals that enveloped the Obama administration.

From numerous scandals including Benghazi to Bergdahl, they never laid a glove on Obama. Sheesh, they never even tried.

(Excerpt) Read more at lowellsun.com ...

New rifle, bigger bullets: Inside the Army's plan to ditch the M4 and 5.56!

Army Times ^ | May 7, 2017 | Todd South 

After carrying the M16 or one of its cousins across the globe for more than half a century, soldiers could get a peek at a new prototype assault rifle that fires a larger round by 2020.
Army researchers are testing half a dozen ammunition variants in “intermediate calibers,” which falls between the current 7.62 mm and 5.56 mm rounds, to create a new light machine gun and inform the next-generation individual assault rifle/round combo.
The weapon designs being tested will be “unconventional,” officials said, and likely not one that is currently commercially available.
Some intermediate calibers being tested include the .260 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, .264 USA as well as other non-commercial intermediate calibers, including cased telescoped ammo, Army officials said.
If selected by senior leaders, the weapon could resolve a close-quarters weapons debate about calibers that critics say dates to the 1920s and has influenced military small arms ever since.
If successful, the new rifle and round combination would give troops a weapon they can carry with about the same number of rounds as the current 5.56 mm but with greater range and accuracy in their firepower — with little change in weight.
The new rifle would likely replace the M16/M4 platform, which has been in the hands of troops since the 1960s and undergone multiple modifications and upgrades.
Maj. Jason Bohannon, lethality branch chief at the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Matt Walker, deputy director of the branch and a retired command sergeant major, spoke recently to Army Times about broad efforts in small arms weapons research and development.
‘Better option’
Work on the new round began in recent years, Bohannon said, and much of the next steps in developing both the round and rifle will be driven by the Small Arms Ammunition Configuration...
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Federal Judge Declares Constitution Void and Threatens Civil Defendant with Death!

Fifth Estate / Zero Hedge ^ | 5/7/2017 | John Griffing 

Most Americans believe that we have a reasonably fair justice system with scholarly judges at the helm. Well, how about a federal judge who suspends the Constitution, confiscates all of a litigant’s assets, orders him not to hire defense counsel, and pronounces his orders enforceable by death?

That’s exactly what federal Judge Royal Furgeson did to Internet pioneer Jeff Baron, in a case that, New York lawyer David Relkin says is “the most outrageous denial of a person’s basic constitutional and human rights in this Country since the abolition of slavery.”

In the Texas case, Judge Furgeson “sentenced” Baron to an unprecedented “human receivership” to enable the judge’s lawyers to loot Baron’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Trust.

His offense? Baron was accused of not paying his lawyers enough money — “charges” that were later proven to be completely fabricated.
The decision is historic: a human being has not been placed in a receivership since slavery ended in 1865.
(Excerpt) Read more at the5thestate.asia ...

'Drop Dead Gorgeous' Teen Girl Shows up for Prom in Coffin

ABC News ^ | May 9, 2017 

A New Jersey high school student who hopes to become a funeral director has surprised her classmates by arriving at her prom in an open prop coffin .

Megan Flaherty says she mainly wanted to have fun while attending Pennsauken High School's junior prom Saturday. The 17-year-old says she checked with her date to make sure he had no reservations about her plans.

Flaherty's open coffin slid out of the back a hearse
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GOP Senator to Sally Yates: What Gave You the Right to Declare Trump's Travel Ban Unconstitutional?

Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien 

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates infamously refused to enforce President Trump's executive order on immigration, which banned immigrants from seven Middle Eastern and African nations. Because of her refusal to comply with the order, Trump relieved her of her duties.

At a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Monday, Yates stood by her actions, insisting she believes the travel ban is intended to discriminate against Muslims. She could not in "good conscience" defend it and or send DOJ lawyers in to defend it.

"I was not convinced it was constitutional," she told Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA). "There was no way in the world I could send folks in there to argue something we didn't believe to be the truth."

That's when Kennedy challenged her assumptions.

"Who appointed you to the United States Supreme Court?" he asked her. "At what point does a statue or an executive order become unconstitutional?"

Yates said she believes it is the responsibility of the attorney general to make those conclusions. As for the travel order, that was not a decision she "took lightly."

From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert

Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2017 | Dennis Prager 

In a monologue considered witty by teenagers, teenagers in adult bodies and those who hate President Trump, CBS "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert said about President Trump, "The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin's c*** holster," and "You're turning into a real prick-tator."

Witty? Not to many of us.

And not just not witty but obscene, which is particularly disturbing because it was broadcast on network television, not cable television.
But more than anything, it exemplified a trend in American life that one could identify without any exaggeration as the unraveling of civil society. To anyone -- liberal or conservative -- who grew up watching Johnny Carson on late-night TV, the descent from Carson to Colbert is as breathtaking as it is heartbreaking.
Along with virtually every other American, I never knew Johnny Carson's politics. I would not have been surprised if he was a liberal or a conservative, a Democrat or a Republican. In his 30 years as host of "The Tonight Show" on NBC, he never so much as hinted as to how he identified politically. He poked fun at whoever was in power.
The reason he didn't let on where he stood politically is he believed that he had a much greater responsibility: to offer Americans of all political persuasions an island of good-natured fun, a place where all Americans could laugh together every night.
And, of course, it is inconceivable that he would have used the language Colbert used. Kids could watch "The Tonight Show" because he -- and we -- lived in a pre-left age, when grown-ups thought they had a responsibility to be good models to young people -- in other words, a responsibility to be adults. But the left has never been comfortable with growing up.
Those who mock the Trump motto, "Make America Great Again," who claim they don't understand how anyone could think America was ever great, might begin to understand what many of us mean, in at least this one way: Prior to the Age of the Left, during which we have lived since the mid-1960s, there were places in America where Americans could enjoy life and one another without politics intruding, not to mention hate-filled politics like Colbert's.
Americans could watch sports events without athletes showing contempt for the American flag and the national anthem; without sportscasters and sports writers labeling as racist anyone who used the team name "Redskins"; without sports shows injecting politics into their programing, as ESPN does now so often that many sports fans no longer watch it.
It was an America where elementary teachers referred to their students as "boys and girls." Today, teachers in more and more states are directed not to use those terms, as some 6-year-old may not identify as a boy or a girl.
It was an America where kids were proud of the American flag. Today, in the Age of the Left, students on a growing number of American campuses vote to have the flag removed from their campus because in their view, it symbolizes not freedom and sacrifice but slavery, oppression and imperialism -- ideas put into their heads by leftist high school teachers and college professors.
And it was an America in which Superman's self-proclaimed mission was "truth, justice and the American way." A few years ago, however, Superman announced that he was renouncing his American citizenship to become a "world citizen."
One could list a hundred ways America was indeed great (without ever ignoring serious moral flaws). Now, one can list a hundred ways in which America has lost that greatness. The descent from Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert is just one example.
But it is a powerful one.
And it is but one more result of perhaps the most important rule of life of the past 100 years in America and around the world: Whatever the left touches, it ruins.
The universities, the news media, the entertainment media, the fine arts, the courts, the high schools and the elementary schools (and soon, the preschools -- once they're government-funded and universal) -- all ruined wherever leftism has achieved dominance.
Now it is the turn of late-night TV as embodied by Stephen Colbert. Or, as he himself put it on election night on Showtime, "I'm your host, Stephen f------ Colbert."

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