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Theresa May to form coalition government

This is about as good as it is going to get.

Theresa May has struck a deal with the Democratic Unionists that will allow her to form a government, sources have confirmed.

The prime minister is expected to see the Queen at about 12.30pm on Friday to confirm that a deal is in place.

It follows extensive talks with the DUP late into the night. Party figures say they have been driven on by their dismay at the possibility of Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister.

DUP figures insist their relationship with May’s team has been close since she became prime minister 11 months ago.

A DUP source said: “We want there to be a government. We have worked well with May. The alternative is intolerable. For as long as Corbyn leads Labour, we will ensure there’s a Tory PM.”

Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister is just too horrible to contemplate. Take the politics of Bernie Sanders (only with a little more Marxism), the moral integrity of Donald Trump and the likeability of Hillary Clinton, roll it up into a single foul package and you have Jeremy Corbyn.

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It’s all lies and still a complete vindication?

Question: Is it possible that Comey’s testimony can be made up of lies and false statements and also be a complete vindication? Doesn’t logic demand that it be one or the other? Isn’t it necessary that his testimony be reliable in order for it to be a vindication?

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Things look grim in the UK

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Old Man Yells At Cloud

It seems to me that the good senator’s family needs to start looking into assisted living facilities.

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What to expect in today’s testimony…

You will learn of no high crimes or misdemeanors.

You will learn of no crimes at all.

You will hear that Trump was never under investigation by the FBI.

You will learn that Trump did nothing prosecutable.

You will hear about ham-handed bungling by the ameteur-hour President.

You will hear about amateurish scheming by POTUS.

You will hear about a president extremely frustrated by the Russia investigation.

You will learn that Comey did tell Trump three times that he wasn’t under investigation.

You will hear Comey say he wanted to keep his job.

You will figure out that Trump fired Comey because Comey didn’t hold a press conference clearing Trump.

You will realize that Trump’s given reason for firing him – bungled Clinton investigation – was bullshit.

You will realize that demanding loyalty isn’t illegal but it is the stuff of weak, ineffective leaders.

You will remember how boring watching testimony can be.

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“I need loyalty.”

Comey’s pre-testimony statement is in. Here is a sample.

The President began by asking me whether I wanted to stay on as FBI Director, which I found strange because he had already told me twice in earlier conversations that he hoped I would stay, and I had assured him that I intended to. He said that lots of people wanted my job and, given the abuse I had taken during the previous year, he would understand if I wanted to walk away.

My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. That concerned me greatly, given the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch.

I replied that I loved my work and intended to stay and serve out my ten-year term as Director. And then, because the set-up made me uneasy, I added that I was not “reliable” in the way politicians use that word, but he could always count on me to tell him the truth. I added that I was not on anybody’s side politically and could not be counted on in the traditional political sense, a stance I said was in his best interest as the President.

A few moments later, the President said, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.” I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence. The conversation then moved on, but he returned to the subject near the end of our dinner.

As I said in Off Topic….

There is good news for POTUS in there and there is bad news. I see nothing illegal. It is, however, unconventional.

It is very unconventional. It wouldn’t be illegal for the POTUS to give his State of the Union Address in his pajamas but it would be unconventional. It just isn’t done.

Asking about an ongoing case, asking for loyalty, talking about Flynn being a swell guy… I don’t think they are illegal but they are way out there in “State of the Union in pajamas” territory.

Good news: Comey confirms that he did, in fact, tell Trump three times that he wasn’t under investigation.

Bad news: Very bizarre, unconventional, weird behavior by POTUS.

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New FBI Director?

An Official Presidential Proclamation…

Who is Christopher Wray?

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Attack in Iran

ISIS takes responsibility.

At least 12 people were killed and 42 others wounded Wednesday morning in a pair of devastating attacks on two of Iran’s most potent symbols: the national Parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The Islamic State immediately claimed responsibility; if that is found to be true, the attacks would be the terrorist group’s first major assault within Iran’s borders. Suspicions in Tehran were also directed at Saudi Arabia, Iran’s nemesis in the region, which has been newly emboldened by a supportive visit from President Trump last month.

In the view of many in Iran, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is inextricably linked to Saudi Arabia. Hamidreza Taraghi, a hard-line analyst with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said, “ISIS ideologically, financially and logistically is fully supported and sponsored by Saudi Arabia.”

Let’s hope they both lose.

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A Big Beautiful, Solar Panel Covered Wall

It was Trump’s idea.

In the meeting at the White House today with Republican Congressional leaders, President Trump spent some time talking up his latest idea for the border wall. According to 3 people with direct knowledge of the meeting, Trump floated the idea that the wall could be covered in solar panels and the electricity generated used to pay for the cost.

Trump said his vision was a wall 40 feet to 50 feet high and covered with solar panels so they’d be “beautiful structures,” the people said. The President said that most walls you hear about are 14 feet or 15 feet tall but this would be nothing like those walls. Trump told the lawmakers they could talk about the solar-paneled wall as long as they said it was his idea. One person cautioned that the President wasn’t presenting the solar-paneled wall as the definite solution.

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Trump and Sessions at odds

Yesterday I posted a string of Trump Tweets / Official proclimations in which the POTUS appeared to throw Attorney General Jeff Sessions under the bus. Evidently this isn’t lost on the AG.

As the White House braces for former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday, sources tell ABC News the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become so tense that Sessions at one point recently even suggested he could resign.

The friction between the two men stems from the attorney general’s abrupt decision in March to recuse himself from anything related to the Russia investigation — a decision the president only learned about minutes before Sessions announced it publicly. Multiple sources say the recusal is one of the top disappointments of his presidency so far and one the president has remained fixated on.

Trump’s anger over the recusal has not diminished with time. Two sources close to the president say he has lashed out repeatedly at the attorney general in private meetings, blaming the recusal for the expansion of the Russia investigation, now overseen by Special Counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

But sources say the frustration runs both ways, prompting the resignation offer from Sessions.

“Sources say” is usually not very reliable but, seriously, how could Sessions not be pissed?

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Trump Tweets are official statements of the President

Trump’s Tweets are sort of postmodern Presidential Proclimations, I suppose.

President Donald Trump’s tweets should be considered official statements, according to Trump’s top spokesperson.

“The president is the president of the United States, so they’re considered official statements by the president of the United States,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.

Spicer’s comments refute the argument made by two Trump advisers that what the president posts on Twitter is simply social media.

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NASA: Antarctica gaining ice faster than it is losing it

Ice is accumulating on Antarctica. It is seeing net ice increase.

A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.

The research challenges the conclusions of other studies, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2013 report, which says that Antarctica is overall losing land ice.

According to the new analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001. That net gain slowed to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.

“We’re essentially in agreement with other studies that show an increase in ice discharge in the Antarctic Peninsula and the Thwaites and Pine Island region of West Antarctica,” said Jay Zwally, a glaciologist with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the study, which was published on Oct. 30 in the Journal of Glaciology. “Our main disagreement is for East Antarctica and the interior of West Antarctica – there, we see an ice gain that exceeds the losses in the other areas.” Zwally added that his team “measured small height changes over large areas, as well as the large changes observed over smaller areas.”

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This is for Allah!

I am sure it was for their ‘Allah’ and I am sure their ‘Allah’ loved it.

Gerard Vowls was across the street from a Barclays bank branch when he heard someone moan, “I’ve been stabbed.” He thought it was a joke. But as the man leaned weakly against a wall, the blood was all too real. Moments later, as one bystander helped the wounded man, Vowls saw the three attackers fall upon a nearby woman with their knives. “The three guys, yes, they were just stabbing this woman constantly, non-stop the three of them. Just stabbing her from every direction, the three of them around her. Lunging at her,” he said. “I heard them say one thing: ‘This is for Allah.’”

There is nam other than Allah for whom these men were serving: Satan.

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POTUS is unhappy with the version of the travel ban that went to SCOTUS

Memo to President Trump: The Justice Department is part of the executive branch and its head, the Attorney General, is part of your cabinet. These people report to you. The case that was submitted to SCOTUS came from your administration on your behalf. You signed that “watered down” version back in March. Please check your files and advise.

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Here we go again?

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Karl Marx Revisited?

Matthew Dowd, Chief Political Analyst, ABC News…

In other words…

“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” ~Benito Mussolini

How many ways is Dowd’s view of the social contract totally fucked up? Let us count the ways….

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How to Raise a Feminist Son…

That’s the name of the article but it is really about how to raise a feminine son who is a leftist.

For children to reach their full potential, they need to follow their interests, traditional or not. So let them. The idea is not to assume that all children want to do the same things, but to make sure they’re not limited.

Offer open-ended activities, like playing with blocks or clay, and encourage boys to try activities like dress-up or art class, even if they don’t seek them out, social scientists say. Call out stereotypes. (“It’s too bad that toy box shows all girls because I know boys also like to play with dollhouses.”) It could also improve the status of women. Researchers say the reason parents encourage daughters to play soccer or become doctors, but not sons to take ballet or become nurses, is that “feminine” equals lower status.

I am old enough to remember when ‘feminism’ was about equal rights for women and not about turning men into effete weaklings. I was thinking I would write an article called “How to Raise Your Son to be a Army Ranger.” It occurred to me, however, is that all you need to do is the opposite of everything in the linked article.

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The US pulls out of the Paris Accord

There you go, Bronco Bama: Paris lived by the presidential pen and phone; Paris dies by the presidential pen and phone.

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Texas theater offers “ladies only” screening of Wonder Woman

Gratuitous Wonder Woman Image

Here is the deal.

“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz. And when we say ‘People Who Identify As Women Only,’ we mean it,” Austin movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse announced Wednesday about the June 6 showing. “Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female.”

Some “men” [and I use that term loosely as they are really weeping va-jay-jays] had their tender feelings hurt.

“Very tacky Alamo,” Facebook user Allan Dale wrote. “I’m all for equality and having a screening specifically stating it is not inclusive to everyone, is against equality. I’m not saying Alamo did this intentionally, but it is still just wrong.”

“It’s sexist and bigoted,” Evan Johnson commented, receiving nearly 40 reactions, more than half of which appeared to be laughing at Johnson’s comment.

“If women are entitled to exclusivity and a sense of togetherness, then so are men,” Greg Martin added. “If you don’t provide the experience people are looking for, others will, and frankly, with that attitude, I’m glad you’re not going to be the ones making that money.”

Jeebus Crust, is everybody an effete leftist crybaby nowadays? If you can’t stand a single night for women-only without whining about sexism, bigotry, double standards or unfairness, I suggest you just insert a man-tampon, put on some pretty pink pumps and sashay your way down to the Alamo and tell them you identify as a pussy. Sheesh.

On the other hand, I keep seeing comments from right-wingers arguing that conservatives need to adopt the “perennially outraged about literally everything” tactics of the progs. If this is what that looks like, brother, you can count me out.

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Breitbart: Catch and Release Continues

Meet the new boss?

Trump Quietly Continues Obama’s ‘Catch and Release’ at Border

President Donald J. Trump is allowing former President Barack Obama’s “catch and release” of illegal immigrants to continue deep into his administration’s term with no end in sight to the controversial open borders protocol. Border Patrol agents are once again sounding the alarm and alerting the public about the separation between DC’s rhetoric and the realities on the U.S.-Mexico border — a practice that the agents hoped would become unnecessary under the Trump Administration.

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Media upset pol won’t answer gotchya question

Here is the controversy.

Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) on Saturday avoiding directly answering a question on whether all Americans are entitled to eat.

During an interview with NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” Smith discussed farm subsidies and cutting food stamps with host Scott Simon.

“Well, let me ask you this bluntly — is every American entitled to eat?” Simon asked.

“Well, they — nutrition, obviously, we know is very important. And I would hope that we can look to —” Smith responded.

“Well, not just important, it’s essential for life. Is every American entitled to eat?” Simon asked again.
Smith answered the question by saying “it is essential. It is essential.”

I know how it was supposed to go. Smith was supposed to say that, “of course Americans are entitled to eat” and then the questioner was going to jump all over him for not supporting an unlimited food stamp program.

Let me see if I can help Rep. Smith out in case this comes up again. A proper response would have been something like….

    “All human beings are entitled to eat but they are not entitled to be fed at the expense of others.”

Or…

    “All people are entitled be eat but no one has a right to be fed.”

Or…

    “You are clearly implying that Americans have the right to be fed at the expense of others. They do not.”

Or, a bit more harshly…

    “Livestock and prisoners have the right to be fed, free people do not.”

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The trade deficit with Germany is irrelevant

Sorry Mr. President, you are dead wrong.

First, a trade deficit with one country in a multi-country world is meaningless. If Country A sells $X only to Country B, Country B sells $X only to Country C, and Country C sells $X only to A, each country would have a 100 percent trade deficit another country yet each country would experience a perfect balance of trade.

Secondly, there is absolutely, positively no way for Germany (or the Eurozone to be specific) to invest in United States infrastructure and Treasury Bonds without running a trade surplus. As has been pointed out over and over, a trade deficit comes with an associated capital account surplus. As long as the USD is the world’s reserve currency and as long as the federal government engages in deficit spending, that capital account surplus must exist. A capital account surplus necessarily comes with a trade deficit.

That surplus often gets praise from the President. From a policy standpoint, that is like praising one side and cursing the other side of the same coin.

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Heightened security across the country for Memorial Day

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“It is my opinion?”

Well, that is un-Trumplike. In fact, the whole slew from this morning seem a bit more nuanced and measured. Methinks the lawyers are now vetting the presidential Tweets.

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Summertime Begins II

My house. Pork ribs. Hickory smoke. Yum.

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