Here’s our playbook:
- We launch a series of Executive Orders in the first week. Beforehand, we identify one that our opponents will complain loudly about and will dominate the news cycle. Immigration ban. Perfect.
- We craft the ban to be about 20% more extreme than we actually want it to be — say, let’s make the explicit decision to block green card holders from defined countries from entering the US, rather than just visa holders. We create some confusion so that we can walk back from that part later, but let’s make sure that it’s enforced to begin with.
- We watch our opposition pour out into the streets protesting the extremes of our public measure, exactly as we intended. The protests dominate the news, but our base doesn’t watch CNN anyway. The ACLU will file motions to oppose the most extreme parts of our measure, that’s actually going to be useful too. We don’t actually care if we win, that’s why we made it more extreme than it needed to be. But in doing so, the lawsuit process will test the loyalty of those enforcing what we say.
- While the nation’s attention is on our extreme EO, slip a few more nuanced moves through. For example, reconfigure the National Security Council so that it’s led by our inner circle. Or gut the State Department’sability to resist more extreme moves. That will have massive benefits down the road — the NSC are the folks that authorize secret assassinations against enemies of the state, including American citizens. Almost nobody has time to analyze that move closely, and those that do can’t get coverage.
- When the lawsuits filed by the ACLU inevitably succeed, stay silent. Don’t tell the DHS to abide by the what the federal judge says, see what they do on their own. If they capitulate to the courts, we know our power with the DHS is limited and we need to staff it with more loyal people. But if they continue enforcing our EO until we tell them not to, we know that we can completely ignore the judicial branch later on and the DHS will have our back.
- Once the DHS has made their move, walk back from the 20% we didn’t want in the first place. Let the green card holders in, and pretend that’s what we meant all along. The protestors and the ACLU, both clamoring to display their efficacy, jump on the moment to declare a huge victory. The crowds dissipate, they have to go back to work.
- When the dust settles, we have 100% of the Executive Order we originally wanted, we’ve tested the loyalty of a department we’ll need later on, we’ve proven we can ignore an entire branch of government, and we’ve slipped in some subtle moves that will make the next test even easier.
We’ve just tested the country’s willingness to capitulate to a fascist regime.
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Anyone else notice we’re being forced to choose between leftist populism and alt-right populism?
Be your own person and choose neither. That is what individual liberty is all about.
No individual’s rights should be subject to the approval of the collective.
You live your life. I’ll live mine. As long as we respect that boundary, everyone remains free and no one gets hurt.
Refuse to conform.
George Washington is the face on the one-dollar bill and – these days – the smiling face of Presidents’ Day sales. Most of us know he was the first president of the United States. But why is that important? What else do we know about him?
George Washington was the man who established the American republic. He led the revolutionary army against the British Empire, he served as the first president, and most importantly he stepped down from power.
George Washington was a great man who understood that character is more important than power. I think my admiration for the men of our history is the primary driver behind my disapproval of the political opportunists who run our country…to include Donald Trump. This thirst for power over others is something I have always despised. I fought against it as a young man, fought against it as a cop, and have been in innumerable fisticuffs as a result of my hatred of others pushing people around.
There are men who wield power with great caution and abnegation, but none are wont to wade into the cesspool we’ve allowed to invade our public space.
The Washington Post recently obtained an 11-page “white paper” written by the second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that proposes 15 policy changes, including the deregulation of suppressors and firearm imports, and a clarification of the infamous “arm-brace” rule.
The author, ATF Associate Deputy Director Roland Turk, published the paper “to provide the new Administration and the Bureau multiple options… to reduce or modify [firearm] regulations.”
Taken as a whole, the list focuses on reducing paperwork, streamlining regulations, saving taxpayer dollars, and clarifying policies.
But gun enthusiasts are most excited about several of Turk’s individual proposals.
The rule change garnering the most attention calls for the redefinition of “silencers” to allow for easier access by consumers. Ultimately, Turk wants suppressors to be removed from the National Firearms Act, a 1934 law that imposed a $200 tax stamp and additional paperwork for any suppressor purchase.
One of these thing is not like the others…
I finished watching the video from my earlier post – take the 30 minutes and watch this very-well put together video, from an actual Portfolio & Investment Strategy Adviser.
…Democrats Said It Was Wrong To Get Angry At Town Hall Meetings (Tea Party)?
Here is Congressman Tom McClintock being chased away by young mush-minded simpletons because he wants to take away the free candy.
The missile blasted off at 11:39 p.m. PDT Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles.
The Air Force says the missile carried test re-entry vehicles that headed for a target area 4,200 miles away to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
With China warning that Trump’s language puts east Asian security & stability at risk, Steve Bannon saying we’d be at war with China within 5-10 years, and the Chinese Foreign Minister coming right out and saying “Any sober minded politician will recognise that there can not be conflict between China and the United States,”…“Both will lose and both sides cannot afford that.” – we can scarcely ignore the rhetoric. Now, CNN is reporting that Chinese & US reconnaissance aircraft flew within 1000′ of each other yesterday escalating the matter, ever further.
Given the unstable political climate around the globe and domestically, we need only take a look at the markets (and the ridiculous new highs, based upon abysmal revenues and record high profits), to see that you should be hedging your future with metals. I recommend a little gold, a lot of silver, and ETF’s (exchange traded funds – metals), but I’m not a professional financial adviser, so do what you will with that advice.
Did you know that from 1999 to 2016, Gold increased 321%, compared to the S&P 500’s 167%? Gold is a solid long-term store of wealth. If you’d bought in when I told 6 friends to do so back in 2009, you’d have had the chance to nearly triple your money, get out, buy back in at almost half the cost, and still be up more than 70%…
I’d say we’re getting inexorably closer to the day the petrodollar dies. The following video is worth a watch (though I’m only half way through, it’s been solid so far).
Mexico says it’s not ready for an influx of it’s own immigrants from the US. Definitely falls under the “not my f-king problem” heading if you ask me.
TAMAULIPAS, Mex. – Towns south of the Rio Grande Valley in Mexico are bracing to see an uptick in deportations.
Tamaulipas President of the Chamber of Commerce, Julio Cesar Almanza Armas, said they aren’t fully equipped to take in a large number of nationals who are deported from the U.S.
“We aren’t ready for it, but it has to be done. I know that they are already working on it, the local, state and federal government and the cities along the border,” he said.
Cesar Almanza Armas said the economy in both Mexico and the Valley will take a hit if mass deportations take place.
In other news, which surprises no one, Iranians took to the streets to burn President Trump in effigy, while chanting “Death to America!”
The Atlantic begins what will surely be a deluge of “Trump is trying to become an autocrat” stories, upon which the left will base it’s years-long rhetorical war (Remember “End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot” – the Bush is a fascist book?).
This guy runs through a list of things he expects Trump will do (the article is written as a future piece). Conveniently, he fails to recognize that the entire piece sounds – EXACTLY – like a history of Barack Obama’s presidency.
It’s 2021, and president donald trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. He rests heavily on his daughter Ivanka’s arm during his infrequent public appearances.
Fortunately for him, he did not need to campaign hard for reelection. His has been a popular presidency: Big tax cuts, big spending, and big deficits have worked their familiar expansive magic. Wages have grown strongly in the Trump years, especially for men without a college degree, even if rising inflation is beginning to bite into the gains. The president’s supporters credit his restrictive immigration policies and his TrumpWorks infrastructure program.
By all early indications, the Trump presidency will corrode public integrity and the rule of law—and also do untold damage to American global leadership, the Western alliance, and democratic norms around the world. The damage has already begun, and it will not be soon or easily undone. Yet exactly how much damage is allowed to be done is an open question—the most important near-term question in American politics.
THEY HAVE A PRETTY COOL APP THAT ALLOWS YOU TO LISTEN TO THE ARTICLE, IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ IT. IT LOOKS LIKE THIS:
Trump and US Airline CEOs:
- “You’ve done an amazing job. I know you’re under pressure from a lot of foreign elements”
- “We want to take care of you”
- “We want the traveling public to have” the best “customer service”
- “We have obsolete airports and train systems and bad roads”
- Says regulations will be rolled back
Trump asked “what can we do to make your airlines better, to make your bottomlines better?” adding “You’ve got a lot of competition”; “a lot of that competition is subsidized by governments, big league”; ‘‘I heard that from the minute I got elected”
Trump to Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, “Why did they allow the government to put in the wrong system?”
Kelly: “We want to get the government out of the air traffic control sytem”
Trump: “I don’t like aviation fees and taxes, I’ll be honest with you” and “raising fees will just hurt you”
Trump: “don’t worry about the money. I’ll be able to get the money”
So, what happens you implicitly state that you’re gonna provide subsidies to airlines:
Everything between the solid lines (below), belongs to This Guy.
I will write a brief exposition of my opinion, after you read his shit.
When I was a cop, I was on the SRT. As a result, we trained constantly to conduct CQC (CQB) in multiple locations and scenarios. Also, across the country, law enforcement agencies conduct what is called ALERRT (Active Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training). Agencies across the nation take over schools and stores and other buildings to practice the takedown of active shooters or public threats.
To conduct such training, one needs a facility to simulate the real thing. When firing and being shot by simunition and deploying simulated explosives in an enclosed space, the training becomes very real. It forces the adrenal response and allows officers to train under conditions, very close to what they’ll find in the field.
…to abolish the federal department of education. Git ‘r done, boys.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Thomas Massie introduced H.R. 899, a bill to abolish the federal Department of Education. The bill, which is one sentence long, states, “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
On the day of Betsy DeVos’ scheduled Senate confirmation for Secretary of Education, Massie said, “Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn.”
Massie added, “Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students. Schools should be accountable. Parents have the right to choose the most appropriate educational opportunity for their children, including home school, public school, or private school.”
“For years, I have advocated returning education policy to where it belongs – the state and local level,” said Rep. Walter Jones, an original co-sponsor. “D.C. bureaucrats cannot begin to understand the needs of schools and its students on an individual basis. It is time that we get the feds out of the classroom, and terminate the Department of Education.”
This segues nicely into a stern warning I feel the need to issue to you, my friends.
House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staffs from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare, sources in the room told Politico.
House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers invited Rep. David Reichert, a former county sheriff, to present lawmakers with protective measures they should have in place. Among the suggestions: having a physical exit strategy at town halls, or a backdoor in congressional offices to slip out of, in case demonstrations turn violent; having local police monitor town halls; replacing any glass office-door entrances with heavy doors and deadbolts; and setting up intercoms to ensure those entering congressional offices are there for appointments, not to cause chaos.
“The message was: One, be careful for security purposes. Watch your back. And two, be receptive. Honor the First Amendment, engage, be friendly, be nice,” said Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.). “Because it is toxic out there right now. Even some of the guys who have been around here a lot longer than I have, have never seen it to this level.”
He later added: “For those of us who have children in grade school and that kind of thing, there’s a factor in all of this, saying: How far will the progressive movement go to try to intimidate us?”
If you think that an actual war with progressives in this country is a fantasy, you are mistaken. If you think an actual war with progressives would be a rout, you are delusional. Think about this:
We are heavily armed, better trained, and much more patient than the left. These people are taking rubber bullets and bean bags to face, just to get a shot at a cop. They’re destroying and burning, and smashing people in the head with bricks, because they don’t like that a republican was elected President.
Let. That. Sink. In.
These animals are perfectly willing to kill people because they didn’t get their way. Do you honestly believe that they will hesitate murder you and your family when someone starts arming them? They have no moral code preventing them from harming anything or anyone to get their way. They answer to no god, no law. They are useful idiots, sure, but the key inference there is “useful”. They can be manipulated into causing unimaginable horror, and we can’t be bothered to get off the couch.
Seattle has gone bat-shit crazy. I now carry a gun absolutely everywhere. Every single time I leave my house, for any reason, I am armed. In my home, I have a pistol, shotgun, or rifle, no more than 10 steps from where I am. People are being attacked, kids, women, they don’t give a shit. You may not be at war with progressives, but they have a vote, and they are certainly at war with you. How long until they use their 2nd Amendment rights to come for you?
Stay armed. Stay alert. If you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, don’t hesitate.
I noticed, in looking through some of my old posts, that I was warning about the situation we face, for many years.
I wasn’t seeing the whole picture. I saw that they were solidifying their position, causing a firm bifurcation of the American people. Then, that they were forcing a sea-change in those who typically vote republican (division of conservatives from alt-right).
Now, they have the “nazi” bogeyman they always wanted and they’re taking the fight to the next level. At the same time they were creating the monster to oppose them, they were galvanizing their base against the bogeyman they’d always been taught to fear. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE THE NAZI THEY FEAR. THEY DO!
I think they knew exactly what they were doing, in retrospect.
They forced the right to produce an enemy they could truly hate, that would be divided from the rest of the independent, right-leaning, and conservative Americans.
Now, they’re going to war. Expect the situation to deteriorate considerably.
I don’t support tax-increases, ever. I hold a special level of hate for taxes which bribe consumers into stealing from producers. I am thankful that President Trump doesn’t believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming. The science is politicized and goal-oriented, driven by federal research grants that produce desired outcomes.
These idiot Republicans just don’t understand why we have a President Trump, to begin with. Like the Democrats, they can’t fix their faults, because they refuse to see them.
A group of prominent Republicans and business leaders, including former Treasury Secretaries Hank Paulson and James Baker, will meet with some of President Donald Trump’s top advisers at the White House Wednesday to push a plan to tax carbon dioxide in exchange for lifting a slew of environmental regulations.
“Unlike the current cumbersome regulatory approach, a levy on emissions would free companies to find the most efficient way to reduce their carbon footprint,” Baker and former Secretary of State George Shultz wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion article posted online late Tuesday. “A sensibly priced, gradually rising tax would send a powerful market signal to businesses that want certainty when planning for the future.”[…]
The plan faces strong political headwinds; both Trump and a majority of the House of Representatives have come out against a carbon tax in the past year. Trump also has pledged to do away with environmental regulations limiting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change[…]
The blueprint involves a $40 tax on every metric ton of carbon dioxide released by burning fossil fuels, with the price climbing over time. To avoid an undue burden on the poor from the higher energy bills that would result, the projected $200 billion to $300 billion in annual revenue would be redistributed to households in the form of quarterly checks from the Social Security Administration. Families of four would see an average annual payout of $2,000 under the plan.
The proposal also calls for border adjustments that would act to hike the costs of products imported from countries that do not put a price on carbon.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney described the proposal in a tweet as a “thought-provoking plan from highly respected conservatives to both strengthen the economy and confront climate risks.
Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, is officially the new secretary of education. Her nomination was confirmed,yesterday, by a 51-50 vote. The tiebreaker was cast by vice president Mike Pence, acting as the president of the Senate.
The Democrats, National Education Association, every single state Education Association, the AFL-CIO, and every other Union even remotely associated with education pulled out every nasty, vile, dirty trick, and accusation they could possibly imagine to try and prevent her confirmation.
They still lost. Her nomination Mark’s a great Turning Point an American Education and especially and federal control of American Education.
The Department of Education was a gift from Jimmy Carter to the National Education Association teachers union in exchange for their support of his candidacy. The federal Department of Education should not exist. Full stop.
Trump at the sheriff’s association breakfast today:
Eavenson: “There’s a state senator in Texas that was talking about legislation to require conviction before we could receive that forfeiture money.”
Trump: “Do you believe that?”
Eavenson: “And I told him that the cartel would build a monument to him in Mexico if he could get that legislation passed.”
Trump: “Who is that state senator? I want to hear his name. We’ll destroy his career…”
The sheriff declined to identify the TX senator, saying “I’m not into character assassination & the president was just agreeing with us. I can tell you he’s definitely on our side. ”
The thing is, I don’t think Trump was joking. I believe Trump has such natural tyrannical inclinations that he was entirely serious when he said will destroy his career.
On top of that, my opinion asset forfeiture would dictate that property can be seized, but it cannot be given to the agencies that seized it until a conviction is complete. It should be unconstitutional for any agency of any level of government to seize personal property and dispose of it without a conviction.
Not The Onion. Following a scathing speech against Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said Senator Elizabeth Warren had “impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama,” violating the so-called ‘Rule 19’. By a vote of 49-43, Senator Warren was then barred from speaking on the floor until Senator Sessions nomination debate is complete (likely tomorrow evening).
Am I the only person who doesn’t believe Trump is playing 5-dimensional chess?
I do have to admit that I’ve wondered what’s going on behind the scenes with all of this flaming spectacle, these past few weeks, but I’m not putting money on it being Trump playing 5-dimensional chess…
Donald Trump is a pawn for the globalist neo-con, neo-lib war-mongers. The ultimate outsider, nothing more than a tool of the elites?
In other words, if you threaten someone, you have to be believable. When my son says he’s gonna kick my butt (he’s 11 y/o and weighs 96 lbs), he is not credible against a skilled adversary. Likewise, Donald Trump is not credible when he bandies about threats of defunding this or that…at least not on the surface. There are many steps involved in the defunding (or withholding) process. The President doesn’t control these steps and the Republicans don’t have the will or the backbone to back him up against the 38.9 million residents of California (12% of US).
“If we have to, we’ll defund,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly before the Super Bowl. “We give tremendous amounts of money to California, California in many ways is out of control, as you know.”
Here we see that Donald Trump threatened to defund California. As entertaining as this goofy threat is, anyone with half a brain knows that the President cannot defund a state. First, Congress controls the purse-strings. Second, the state of Commiefornia contributes taxes to the federal treasury, which means they must receive a portion of those proceeds from the treasury.
Even if Congress backed him up and withheld funding from California, is there any doubt that some leftist judge would put an immediate stop to such efforts, citing United States v. Butler? SCOTUS held that Congress had imposed a coercive federal regulatory scheme and thus, had over-stepped their authority under the Taxing and Spending Clause of Article I, Section 8.
“I recognize that under the Constitution, federal law is supreme and that Washington determines immigration policy. But as a state we can and have had a role to play. California has enacted several protective measures for the undocumented: the Trust Act, lawful driver’s licenses, basic employment rights and non-discriminatory access to higher education, We may be called upon to defend those laws and defend them we will.”
Here, a CA State Senator says that half of his family is illegals and they’re identify theft fraudsters.
If we are to punish businesses who LEGALLY moved overseas to lower their costs (thereby costing American jobs), I have the following questions:
1) What are we to do with future companies who just start overseas and import their goods?
2) What are we to do with companies who use automation in place of providing human beings with jobs?
If your answer to either of the above questions is “nothing”, I would like to know why, please.
James Robart was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2004. Watch as he tearfully declares “Black Lives Matter” against the racist* Seattle PD:
— Ansel Herz (@Ansel) August 23, 2016
During his confirmation hearing, he spoke about the value of activist courts to help the disenfranchised.
This case highlights the importance of nominating the right judges to the bench. The Republicans voted in unanimity to seat this abortion of sound reason.
One might question how you measure “racial resentment” but that question probably makes you racist, or something.
Among whites with a high degree of “racial resentment,” there was a significant difference in support for paying college athletes depending on whether they were shown black or white faces before answering a survey question. For instance, when shown white faces, about 60 percent of high-resentment whites opposed paying college athletes. But when a separate group of high-resentment whites were shown black faces instead, opposition was closer to 80 percent.
Apparently, you measured it by
“…asking whether respondents agreed with statements such as “if blacks would only try harder, they could be as well-off as whites” or blacks should overcome prejudice “without any special favors.”