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So, are we going to learn something new tomorrow?

Tomorrow the NSA delivers documents to the committee that is investigating the so called “Wire Taps of Trump Tower by the Obama Administration”. Most everybody here thinks the President is acting in a delusional manner by continuing to stand by his claim. I, on the other hand, find his level of smack talking and his refusal to veer from it to be such that it gives me pause when it comes to making any declarations on this. He’s all in on it. He’s not backing off. There’s a reason for that and it’s probably not due to a personality disorder. That’s what common sense tells me.

This whole thing also resembles a pattern that was established during the election. Trump says something big and “offensive”. The media goes nuts and does their thing to rip him to shreds. After they have exhausted themselves and shown everybody who they are, it turned out that whatever Trump said was accurate. That’s exactly what seems to be happening here.

I also understand that Barack Obama went ballistic when he first heard of Trump’s accusation. If true, why would that be? If false I would think he would just get a big laugh and maybe talk some smack himself. That’s not what has happened.

Tomorrow is going to be fun.

I mean a whole lot of fun.

Will we actually learn anything new or will this be boring?

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Health care vote postponed

House conservatives revolt and refuse to support Obamacare-Lite.

Republican leaders canceled a vote in the House on the plan to replace ObamaCare Thursday, after leadership’s attempts to lobby enough votes apparently failed — a major setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump.

Trump and Republican leaders had spent much of the day scrambling to get both moderates and conservatives on board with the increasingly unpopular legislation.

Ryan postponed his press conference twice as he worked with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif., Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., to get enough votes to get the American Healthcare Act through the House on the seventh anniversary of ObamaCare’s passage.

Meanwhile, Trump met inside the Cabinet room with the House Freedom caucus to try and rally conservatives to the cause. He also tweeted, urging supporters to call their representatives to back the bill.

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A Simple Beauty

Having worked wood in one way or another for most of my life I enjoy the simple pleasures that I find when watching Mr. Paul Sellers’ videos. Normally they are straight-forward how-to pieces. Here he has entered a field of art. The video is brief but complete. I hope you enjoy it as I did.

Fibonacci spirals occur throughout nature, but I thought you would like to share my experience when I sharpen an edge, work my wood and share it with a gifted filmmaker.”

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Never, Never, Never, Never Surrender

So says former London mayor, Boris Johnson.

Dubbed as a “powerful, Churchill-inspired message” to ISIS, I think quite the contrary.  While a famous Churchill quote designed to instill fortitude, resilience and hope in a time of crisis, it also (especially in this context) connotes that ISIS has the UK on the ropes and that the British people should not “surrender” to it.  Germany had the British on the ropes during WW II, but that is far from the case regarding ISIS.

So why all this talk of ‘no surrender’?  The answer is obvious.

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Health Care bill continues to evolve

Since the House vote is planned for today and it is still changing, I guess they are going to have to pass it so we can find out what is in it.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Wednesday night he and President Trump have come to an “agreement in principle” on a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, just one day before a historic House vote on the bill.

“The president and I came to an agreement in principle,” Meadows said during an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, adding that he was still ironing out a few final details with the White House.

“I think what we’re trying to do now is make sure that our agreement is actually something that can be executed in a way that passes the Senate,” he added. “There’s still work to be done, but I can tell you that the president is all engaged.”

The round-the-clock negotiations between the White House, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the ultraconservative Freedom Caucus have centered on adding to the bill a repeal of ObamaCare’s “essential health benefits,” as well as other insurance regulations in Title I of the existing health law.

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Chuck Barris Gonged At 87

Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” ”The Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” has died. He was 87.

Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris’ family.

I know him best as the host of The Gong Show. Take it away Gene, Gene, the Dancing Machine. Dance for Chuck.

Huh. This is the second Chuck we’ve lost in the past few days. Godspeed Chucks.

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Terrorist Asian? Hmmmmm……..

I am somewhat suspect of the classification, but admit we are very early in this…….

He looks a LOT more like an Achmed than an Akio to me……

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Terrorist Attack in London

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Ivanka gets a West Wing Office

It is an unofficial position with several official trappings.

Cementing her role as a powerful White House influence, Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee, according to an attorney for the first daughter.

Since President Donald Trump took office, his eldest daughter has been a visible presence in the White House, where her husband, Jared Kushner, already serves as a senior adviser. On Friday, she participated in a meeting on vocational training with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Jamie Gorelick, an attorney and ethics adviser for Ivanka Trump, said Monday that the first daughter will not have an official title, but will get a West Wing office, government-issued communications devices and security clearance to access classified information. Gorelick said Ivanka Trump would follow the ethics rules that apply to government employees.

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Every man for himself in Syria?

Syria continues to be a Balkan-like powder keg.

The United States and Turkey are on a collision course in Raqqa, as Turkish officials warn that Washington’s reliance on Kurdish forces to liberate the Islamic State’s de facto capital would severely damage its relationship with Ankara.

The current U.S. plan to advance on Raqqa depends heavily on the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian Kurdish militia that Washington has supported with airstrikes and provided with military equipment. But Turkish officials accuse the group of being just another name for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group listed as a terror organization by Washington and Ankara that has waged a decades-long guerrilla war against Turkey. They say that the PKK has used YPG-held territory in Syria — territory gained in part with the backing of the United States — to train their fighters and plan attacks against Turkey.

“If [the United States] insists on carrying on this operation with terror organizations, our relations will be harmed – that is clear,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a group of visiting journalists this month. “Because it will show that they value terror organizations more than us.”

Turkish officials repeatedly declined to specify the steps they could take if Washington maintains its alliance with the YPG. But if Ankara wanted to, it could throw a sizeable wrench in U.S. strategy in the region — for example, by cutting off access to airbases in southern Turkey, from which the United States launches airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, or by deepening its cooperation with Russia.

Let’s break it down…

The United States and Turkey are NATO allies.

Turkey is supporting rebels in Syria who the US believes are terrorists.

Turkey’s rebels are fighting Assad.

The US is supporting rebels that Turkey considers to be terrorists.

The United States’ rebels are allied with Assad.

The US opposes Assad.

Turkey’s rebels are preparing to attack the United States’ rebels.

Russia is allied with Assad but not with US rebels who are also aligned with Assad who it often bombs.

Russia also bombs the enemy of US rebels.

Turkey hates Russia even though Russia bombs Turkey’s enemies.

Everybody in Syria wants to take Raqqa from ISIS even if they have to kill each other to do it.

I hope that helps.

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Rand Paul says it ain’t happening

Since the moment Donald Trump insulted Rand Paul’s hair, he’s been waiting for the moment to become an official pain in Trump’s ass. The time is now and there will be many other times in the future when it will be so. We knew that this and things like it were going to happen if Trump became President and we also knew that it was a very good thing to have people in the Party who will check him when needed.

Rand Paul says Obamacare 2.0 will be defeated in the Senate.

Today Rush Limbaugh postulated that the Bill was never made to pass the Senate by design.

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You need directions from Point A to Point Z?

Yesterday we had plenty of good conversation on the subject of electronic surveillance on Trump Tower. Let’s concede the fact that when Trump says “Wire Tap”, his meaning of that term is of an all inclusive nature. Things that are electronic typically have wires and you are conducting surveillance any time you tap into a conversation by whatever means. This is the generally accepted understanding of what President Trump means when he says “Wire Tap”.

So how is it that in the face of all the testimony that has taken place on this subject does the President continue to say that the Obama Administration put a Wire Tap on Trump Tower? Is it because he has to at this point? Is it because that there actually is evidence in his possession that proves this assertion? Does it even matter at this point because as Notamobster pointed out in comments yesterday, Trump supporters aren’t going quit supporting him if he misspoke?

How do we get from Point A to Point Z in a line of reasoning that explains that President Trump is telling the Truth as he knows it, when he says that the Obama Administration put a “Wire Tap” on Trump Tower?

Here’s how we get there.

Still we are told that there is more that the public hasn’t seen that clearly indicates who did what to who. If there is it will be made pubic when the President thinks it is most advantageous to do so. Until such time we will all be standing by for the next big Tweet.

 

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Your Government at Work

Deadly gas mines suitable for chemical warfare planted without notice in a residential area. Dog killed, child endangered.

Seriously. Read it.

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POTUS all in on health care bill

Mr. Trump is warning conservative Republicans to vote for Rino-Care or face primaries.

President Donald Trump arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning with a stern message for Republicans who’ve been wobbly about dismantling Obamacare: Give me your vote or you may lose your seat in 2018.

During a closed-door meeting with the House GOP conference, the president gave a full-throated endorsement to the House repeal bill that will come to the floor for a vote on Thursday. He warned that if Republicans don’t pass the bill, “I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018.”

Trump even called out the bill’s most vocal critic in the House, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who’s led the conservative opposition to the Republican health care plan. “Mark, I’m gonna come after you” if he keeps it up, Trump said, according to multiple sources.

Basically, it will be Obamacare but without Obama’s named tied to it.

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The Blaze suspends Tomi Lahren

You can only go so far off the reservation in any organization. At some point, you are no longer part of the team.

In her appearance on The View, Lahren said she is pro-choice and called pro-life conservatives hypocrites, saying, “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies.”

Lahren’s denouncement of pro-lifers sparked a backlash from her coworkers, as well as other prominent conservatives.

In her typical adversarial style, Lahren fired back at critics on Twitter, saying, “I speak my truth. If you don’t like it, tough. I will always be honest and stand in my truth.”

Soon after Lahren’s tweet, a reporter at The Blaze, Kate Scanlon, tweeted, “There is no ‘my truth.’ There is only the truth.”

Another reporter at The Blaze, Kaitlyn Schallhorn, tweeted soon after: “Even Hillary Clinton didn’t call pro-life conservatives hypocrites.”

On Monday, founder of The Blaze Glenn Beck–in an unusual move–played a clip of Lahren seemingly flip-flopping on the abortion issue on his radio show. He also argued against Lahren’s stance that pro-life conservatives are hypocrites.

For the record, defending the lives of innocent persons is not considered government overreach even by libertarians. Nobody really wants to control what she does with her body. What people care about is what she does with the body of the innocent child.

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Buzz Kill

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Monday Morning Trump Tweets

(CNSNews.com) – In three tweets early Monday morning, President Donald Trump alluded to today’s hearing of the House intelligence Committee, which is expected to focus on Russian influence in the U.S. election; Trump’s claim that Obama “wiretapped” him; and leaks from the intelligence community intended to damage Trump’s presidency.

“James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” Trump said in his first tweet.

“The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!” he said in his second tweet.

And finally: “The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!”

Full story HERE

 

 

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Another dimension to the War in Syria

Last week Syria claimed to have shot down an Israeli fighter jet. Israel says that the claim is absurd. Nonetheless they do acknowledge being fired on.

The Israeli Defense Minister says if it happens again that Israel will destroy all Syrian Air Defense Sites.

Some of those sites are manned by Russians.

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The right to trade freely is a natural right

American conservatism is many things but everything that makes up American conservatism is contained within the concept of free trade.

Free trade is built around a belief in property rights; that you have the right to own property and the right to control it. It is fundamental that the right own and control property is the right to improve your property and to benefit from it.

These are the very foundations of the social order on which the United States was built. The idea that you have the right to property and the right to benefit from its use and gather its fruits is fundamental to American conservatism.

Free trade is the acceptance of property rights and the right to dispose of property freely and without government interference. Its support by government is government support for the general welfare. Its obstruction by government, on the other hand, is the crony capitalist protection of special interests and monopoly.

The right to trade with our fellow man is a natural right that precedes the existence of government. Restrictions on trade by kings, princes or presidents undermine this God-given natural right.

When government promotes free trade it promotes individual liberty and the rights of man. Restrictions on trade are, by definition, corrosive of this fundamental natural right.

Trade that can only occur with permission of a sovereign is absolutely, positively hostile to the rights of man and American conservatism.

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A Musician whose Music changed the World

Good time Rock -N- Roll…

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A Sunday Sermon

Good morning Real Revo. I hope you are enjoying your weekend to its fullest. The last couple of Sundays, due to insomnia I was unable to get myself to Church like I know I should. This did have a negative impact on my life. It seems like I things were just “off” this week, not all together, out of balance. Today I have to get back in God’s house and find the blessings that are waiting for me there.

Most importantly, today I have a friend who wants me to take him to Church. He’s suffering from some long standing self inflicted life issues and recently cussed me out saying “You won’t help me”. The fact is that I can’t help him. The things he needs help with are things only God can help him with. What I can do is give him a ride to Church so I have to get rolling in a few minutes.

I invite you to join us.

At the link below you will find the streaming webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church. The webcast will stream content all day, along with the live webcast of our Sunday Morning Worship Service that starts at 10:45am East Coast time. Please feel welcome to join us.

The streaming television webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church is found HERE

 

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The Father of Rock -n- Roll has passed into Eternity

Rest in Peace Chuck Berry

 

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The Saturday Night Special

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“Never order a tequila sunrise again.”

Once, many years ago when I was just starting out in business I traveled with a group to do a due diligence on a company the firm for which I worked was acquiring. There were about five of us and the group was led by my boss, a dignified older gentleman who was nearing retirement. To my mind, John was the embodiment of business excellence.

That evening we gathered in the hotel lounge for drinks. I, being in my 20s, ordered a tequila sunrise. I noticed that John gave me a bit of an unusual look when I did.

Later he took me aside and said, “never order that drink again, at least not in this setting.” He explained that it was déclassé and made me look unfit for the career to which I was aspiring.

He explained that I need to learn to drink scotch or other whiskey neat or on ice. I may order a martini. If I am feeling especially casual, a draft beer is fine. Never, ever order a drink like a tequila sunrise again.

I remember being a bit taken aback and even a little insulted. I thought he was being a snob.

At that point, I had a decision to make. I could ignore him or I could take his advice to heart.

I ended up following his advice. If I wanted to swim in the waters men such as he swam, I would need to adopt appropriate practices. I became a scotch drinker and, after a time, became quite fond of it. I think he did me favor by guiding me that day and in the following months.

Should I find myself at the Bahama Mama Cantina during Spring Break, I will, without hesitation, order a Hurricane, or any other drink that catches my fancy but, when traveling in certain circles, I will continue to follow the advice of my business mentor of many years ago.

Did I betray my class? Was I a yuppie social climber? Thoughts?

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Friday Night at the Movies Saint Patrick’s Day Edition Double Feature

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