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Trump Gets A Lesson From Texas Congressman

Imagine. Trump thought he had a bunch of allies in the Congress because both houses were controlled by Republicans. Gohmert says he was wrong. He also says The President needs to take more interest in how bills are written.

“Rep. Gohmert on First 100 Days: Trump’s Big Mistake Was Trusting Congress”

Gohmert

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) covered several topics with Breitbart News Radio SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Tuesday, including the possibility of a government shutdown, the border wall, and how Trump has done in his first 100 days.
Regarding the later, said Gohmert, “It goes back to the Animal House line, “Well, you messed up. You trusted us,” referring to Trump trusting in Congress.

Gohmert went on, “He has learned that when it comes to bills, he will probably need to be more hands on and make sure that he gets the bill that he wants – the things that he wants done – put actually into the law.”

More at Breitbart

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Ted Cruz Finds The Money For Trump’s Wall

I can’t tell if this is real or fake. The IP address is the US Senate. There is even a copy of the bill here.

“Sen. Cruz Introduces the EL CHAPO Act”

BILL RESERVES BILLIONS IN POTENTIAL ASSETS FORFEITED AS A RESULT OF THE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION OF JOAQUIN ARCHIVALDO GUZMAN LOREA “EL CHAPO” AND OTHER DRUG LORDS TO PAY FOR BORDER SECURITY”

Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border,” said Sen. Cruz. “Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities. We must also be mindful of the impact on the federal budget. By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives.”

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Unless You Want A Fight You Might Stay Away From Pikeville, Kentucky

On April 29, 2017.

“ANTIFA PLANS TO DISRUPT EVENTS IN PIKEVILLE, KY”

Several Organizations are planning an event this weekend in Pikeville Kentucky including the League of the South. Antifa has learned of this event and is planning to disrupt the activities.”

From Men of the west

More at It’s Going Down.

Then there is this from Violent Solutions:

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This Is How To Win

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Those Darn Russians Again

Elections no longer have any meaning. The message is clear. Anarchy is apparently the only way.

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It Starts Now

Import tariffs are being used by Trump administration as weapons.

“Trump Administration Plans to Impose 20% Tariff on Canadian Softwood-Lumber Imports”

The U.S. plans to impose a 20% tariff on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, effective retroactively. Above, a worker stands on lumber at Delta Cedar Products in Delta, British Columbia. PHOTO: DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Trump administration is taking retaliatory action against Canada over a trade dispute, moving to impose a 20% tariff on softwood lumber that is typically used to build single-family homes.

In an interview Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the tariff will be applied retroactively and imposed on Canadian exports to the U.S. of about $5 billion a year. He said the dispute centers on Canadian provinces that have been allegedly allowing loggers to cut down trees at reduced rates and sell them at low prices.”

Retroactively.

More at the Wall Street Journal

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How Does That Work, Chuck?

Chuck Schumer is quoted in Politico talking out of both sides of his mouth.

“Schumer to GOP: Funding the wall means government shutdown”

Chuck Schumer’s message comes the day after he and fellow Senate Democratic leaders wrote to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a similar message. | AP Photo

So, Senator Schumer says Democrats will shut down the government if their demands are not met. Here’s more:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Republicans on Tuesday that they’d risk a government shutdown if they try to attach money for President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall to a must-pass bill to keep the government open. The same applies to any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, Schumer said.”

So then he tries to blame a shutdown on Republicans:

The New Yorker’s message came the day after he and fellow Senate Democratic leaders wrote to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) with a similar message. Schumer’s warning grew starker on Tuesday, as he began to try to blame Republicans if a shutdown occurs.

“If they put these poison pill amendments in and try to shove them down the American people’s throat,” Schumer told reporters, “of course they might be responsible for shutting the government down.”

Of course the media is running with his effort to blame Republicans. No one is saying that it’s the Dems who are doing the threatening. No one except Mitch McConnell:

McConnell also noted the irony of the turnabout for Democrats, who savaged the GOP for its role instigating the 2013 government shutdown under former President Barack Obama.

“I’m amused by the Democrats apparently warming up to the idea that threatening to shut down the government is a good idea,” he said.”

The solution to all this is to pass a proper budget so ‘Continuing Resolutions’ are no longer needed.

Read it all at Politico

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Is This The Kind Of Science Those Marchers Were Supporting?

“107 cancer papers retracted due to peer review fraud”

New papers were found through investigations into previous fraud.

The journal Tumor Biology is retracting 107 research papers after discovering that the authors faked the peer review process. This isn’t the journal’s first rodeo. Late last year, 58 papers were retracted from seven different journals— 25 came from Tumor Biology for the same reason.

It’s possible to fake peer review because authors are often asked to suggest potential reviewers for their own papers. This is done because research subjects are often blindingly niche; a researcher working in a sub-sub-field may be more aware than the journal editor of who is best-placed to assess the work.”

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Good Call, General

There is a tradition in US politics that a person is referred to by the highest ranking job he has held. That’s why Newt Gingrich is still referred to as, “Mr. Speaker”. James Mattis retired from the Marine Corps as a four-star General. Now he is Secretary of Defense. I think the highest ranking job he has held was four-star General. Thus I prefer to call him ‘General’. The same is true of Lieutenant Colonel Allen West. He was elected to the US Congress but his highest position was LT. Col. in the US Army.

We don’t need to give the media every piece of information about the military.

“Pentagon chief: US won’t reveal ‘mother of all bombs’ toll”

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday he does not intend to discuss damage estimates from last week’s use of the military’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan.

The April 13 attack on an ISIS tunnel and cave complex near the Pakistani border marked the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. U.S. military officials have said the 11-ton bomb effectively neutralized an ISIS defensive position.”

More at Military Times

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That’s Where Barack Obama Came From

The whole city/county have been controlled by Democrats forever.

“Chicago’s Southland: The rottenest apple in the corrupt Illinois orchard”

Yes, Chicago’s Southland is majority black. Which means African Americans are being robbed the most by these so-called public servants who see government not as a higher calling, but as an opportunity to dishonestly enrich themselves and their cronies.

Much of the Southland is blighted. But there is still plenty of money to be made there, but for the most part, only if you are a crook and if you know the right people. Or if you pay off the right people. Or if you hire that politician’s brother-in-law to remodel your office so you can get that zoning variance passed.”

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Related: “Five Killed, 26 Wounded In Chicago Shootings Over The Weekend”

The latest shooting victims added to Chicago’s statistics include a 21-year-old male who was shot in the head in the Roseland neighborhood on the far South Side of Chicago. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

From here

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If Bernie Says It’s Failing It Must Be Succeeding… But It’s Not

“Bernie Sanders: Clear To Everyone “That The Model Of The Democratic Party Is Failing””

I am surprised that anyone listens to Sanders. He is a loser, a liar, and a socialist. The Sunday shows must be having trouble getting guests.

Still my favorite Bernie Sanders clip:

Yesterday on Face The Notion:

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I), VERMONT: Well, I think what is clear to anyone who looks at where the Democratic Party today is, that the model of the Democratic Party is failing.

We have a Republican president who ran as a candidate as the most unpopular candidate in modern history of this country. Republicans control the House, the Senate, two-thirds of governor’s chairs. And in the last eight years, they have picked up 900 legislative seats.

Clearly, the Democratic Party has got to change. And, in my view, what it has got to become is a grassroots party, a party which makes decisions from the bottom on up, a party which is more dependent on small donations than large donations, a party, John, that speaks to the pain of the working class in this country.”

From Real Clear Politics

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Leftists At Vanity Fair Pray To God

“PLEASE, GOD, STOP CHELSEA CLINTON FROM WHATEVER SHE IS DOING”

Can you imagine anyone less qualified and less capable than Hillary Clinton? Here you go. Even leftists understand.

The crude conventional wisdom is that Bill Clinton craved adoration and Hillary Clinton craved power. But Chelsea Clinton seems to have a more crippling want: fashionability—of the sort embraced by philanthropic high society. So you tell The New York Times that your dream dinner party would include James Baldwin, Shakespeare, Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, Jane Jacobs, and Jane Austen, and discussion would be about how “people and communities can evolve to be more inclusive, more kind, have a greater and broader sense of solidarity, while still respecting individual liberties; what provokes or blocks those changes; and what stories might resonate today to encourage us toward kindness, respect, and mutual dignity.” You almost have to bow down before someone who could host Shakespeare for dinner and make the agenda wind up sounding like a brochure for the Altria Group. At least Kafka would be on hand to capture the joy of the evening.

Yuck. From Vanity Fair

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No, Not That George Kennedy

Not the actor. Instead it was this George Kennedy:

George Kennedy

He wrote an opinion piece in the Missourian that claims that the National Rifle Association is more dangerous to Americans than ISIS. The editor disavowed Kennedy’s BS with this: “George Kennedy is a retired professor and writes an unpaid column for the Missourian. His views are his own and not necessarily those of the Missourian or the University of Missouri.”

“GEORGE KENNEDY: The NRA’s influence is a danger to us all”

Read the idiot here

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So Far They’re Just Talking – Most Of Them

I would steer clear of any pro-Trump rally for several reasons. Some people, though, want a fight. Now it seems there are folks like that on both sides. All that can come of it is for the violence to become greater.

From Reddit’s Anarchism page.

The headline:

“The troubling implications of the conflict in Berkley today.”

Some of the comments:

In the aftermath of this event, It is time for some serious reflection. Now is not the time to sugar coat the truth, to revel in the feeling of success of a clean punch to a Nazi’s face, but rather to take a step back and ask what organizational steps can take place to stop this from happening again.

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Yes, we seemed to have lost today. The alt-right held their ground. If we wanna take action against them, we need to be better organized and better trained. It doesn’t help that it’s only the far left opposing them, any trump supporter can be radicalized far easier than any liberal.
I hope we learn from today

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“Better trained”
THIS!!!!
A shocking number of our comrades went in there with absolute no combat training. We need to set up seminars or something of the sort.

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I honestly think we need a campaign to get more antifa armed. It seems that seems to be the biggest problem with our resistance. They’re mostly armed, why aren’t we?”

links found here

The Reddit archive is interesting

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Of Course Venezuela’s Troubles Are Not Caused By Socialism

At least not according to MSNBC’s resident Trump hater Rachel Maddow. She actually went on the air and told her viewer that the riots were because Venezuela’s oil company donated money to Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency. In an article titled, “How Deep Senorita Fakenews”, Kate posts a short clip from Twitter with the highlights of Maddow’s idiocy. Even Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson mentioned it. It’s ludicrous.

This is truly fake news. The people are rioting because they are hungry and their money is worthless and Maddow, her alleged brain clouded by hatred for Donald Trump, blames it all on him.

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Now They Say It Was John Brennan Who Tried To Take Down Trump

First it was supposed to be Clapper. Then Susan Rice. Now they say it was John Brennan. It might have been any of them or it could have been all of them – and more. Ever since Brennan was appointed By President Obama to head the CIA there has been talk of his support for Islam and Communism. He fit right in with the Obama White House.

I would expect anyone in the Obama entourage to do anything, legal or not, to get an advantage. We have seen plenty of it.

“Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump”

An article in the Guardian last week provides more confirmation that John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump. One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election — Hillary’s.

Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.

More at the American Spectator

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Wellesley College Snowflakes Want To Stop Criticism Of Their Attacks On Speech

In an editorial written by the College’s newspaper staff, they say they want others to quit saying they oppose free speech.

“FREE SPEECH IS NOT VIOLATED AT WELLESLEY”

Many members of our community, including students, alumnae and faculty, have criticized the Wellesley community for becoming an environment where free speech is not allowed or is a violated right. Many outside sources have painted us as a bunch of hot house flowers who cannot exist in the real world. However, we fundamentally disagree with that characterization, and we disagree with the idea that free speech is infringed upon at Wellesley. Rather, our Wellesley community will not stand for hate speech, and will call it out when possible.”

That probably sounds all noble and stuff to a twenty year-old student. The trouble is that the very next paragraph lists the kinds of speech that will not be tolerated:

Wellesley students are generally correct in their attempts to differentiate what is viable discourse from what is just hate speech. Wellesley is certainly not a place for racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia or any other type of discriminatory speech. Shutting down rhetoric that undermines the existence and rights of others is not a violation of free speech; it is hate speech.”

Adults know that children and other leftists used those terms listed above to shut down conversation. They hurl charges of racism, etc. when they can not defend their closed-minded fascism. We sometimes laugh about it.

But these kids take it seriously. They think they have the answers to the problems of the world – but they not only don’t have answers, they don’t have questions. Any person who asks a question they find uncomfortable will be charged with hate speech. It’s really sad that this attitude is so common on campus. Many of the professors feed the problem, telling students things that are simply untrue.

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It’s Not The First Time Democrats Have Embraced Terrorism.

The Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democrats. Their function originally was to prevent newly franchised black people from voting or otherwise taking part in political functions.

Now they are aligning themselves with communists, socialists, and Islamists.

“THE “RESISTANCE” DEMOCRATS ARE A TERRORIST PARTY”

The Democrats have committed to overthrowing our government.

What does #Resistance really mean? It means the overthrow of our government.

In this century, Democrats rejected the outcomes of two presidential elections won by Republicans. After Bush won, they settled for accusing him of being a thief, an idiot, a liar, a draft dodger and a mass murderer. They fantasized about his assassination and there was talk of impeachment. But elected officials gritted their teeth and tried to get things done.

This time around it’s “radically” different.

The official position, from the Senate to the streets, is “Resistance.” Leftist media outlets are feeding the faithful a fantasy that President Trump will be brought down. There is fevered speculation about the 25th Amendment, a coup or impeachment due to whatever scandal has been manufactured last.”

More at Front Page Mag

Here are some #resist links:

http://mashable.com/2017/02/02/resist-hashtag-trump-america/#yHsq9m3H2qqa

https://twitter.com/hashtag/resistance

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Is ‘Stooge’ A Strong Enough Word?

President Obama spent his two terms in office doing just two things: Playing golf and trying to diminish the United States of America. He would have had more success with the second if he had cut back on the amount of time he spent on the first.

“Turns out Obama was the real Russian stooge”

Barack Obama and Donald Trump

The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the US government at the highest levels.

How else to explain a newly elected president looking the other way after an act of Russian aggression? Agreeing to a farcically one-sided nuclear deal? Mercilessly mocking the idea that Russia represents our foremost geo-political foe?

Accommodating the illicit nuclear ambitions of a Russian ally? Welcoming a Russian foothold in the Middle East? Refusing to provide arms to a sovereign country invaded by Russia? Diminishing our defenses and pursuing a Moscow-friendly policy of hostility to fossil fuels?

All of these items, of course, refer to things said or done by President Barack Obama.”

More at the New York Post

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Illinois Doubles Down On Failure

I didn’t know there were ‘A whole bunch of Republicans’ left in Illinois.

“Democrats In Illinois Just Unseated A Whole Bunch Of Republicans”

In a spate of local elections last week in Illinois, Democrats picked up seats in places they’ve never won before.

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“We had a pretty good day,” said Dan Kovats, executive director of the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association. “We won in areas we normally would win, but we also won in areas Republicans never expected us to be competitive in. They were caught flat-footed.”

Read the rest at Huffington Post

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“Notes for a White Kid in University: An Introduction to the Blindingly Obvious”

From Fred Reed:

If you are a white student in college, you doubtless hear daily that white people are evil, the principal cause of everything wrong with the world. Whiteness is bad, white people are bad. We are to blame for everything.

If you believe this, you are being gamed. What you are being told is nonsense. If you have the intelligence and self-respect to think for yourself, ask:

“What have other races and ethnic groups accomplished in the world compared to what we white people have?”

This question will be shocking to you because you have been carefully programmed not to think such things. But ask. I think you will find that the groups who complain the most have accomplished the least. Check for yourself.”

A white man’s stick hut. We began building these things in 1137.

If you talk about these things on campus, you will be called a “white supremacist.” This is silly. But calling you a racist is an effective way of making you shut up. Do you want to be supreme over anyone? I do not. Yet other races are proud of their achievements. Why should you not be? Ask where they would be without electricity, sterile water, telephones and–well, just about everything.

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The current hostility on campus to white people is stupid. The human race faces many serious problems. Trying to cripple the group most likely to solve them is good neither for you, the United States, nor the world. We need a cure for cancer. For reasons involving science that you have probably not heard of, we are getting close. If I were cancer these days, I believe I would go into hiding.”

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MOAB Bomb Tested On Humans In Afghanistan

Fox News Channel has just reported that a MOAB bomb was dropped on eastern Afghanistan. The MOAB boasts a payload of 21,000 lbs. of explosives.

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB, aka Mother of All Bombs, most powerful non-nuclear bomb made so far) deliver a hell of a punch & blast radius of up to one mile(on each side) ..”

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An Adult, Gen. McInerny, Evaluates Statement From Hillary’s Former Campaign Manager

“Lt. Gen. McInerney BLASTS Hillary’s Nutty Campaign Mgr: “You Can See Why Hillary Lost”

On Tuesday former Hillary Clinton Campaign manager Robbie Mook went on FOX News and compared the current African famine to chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

McInerney blasted Mook: “That is the most bizarre comment I have ever heard out of anybody to try to compare both of those, Liz. You can tell one of the reasons why Hillary Clinton lost her election.

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Is There Such A Thing As A ‘Moonbat Olympics’?

This guy would win.

“SALON editor-at-large endorses Maxine Waters for president”

“I Feel Good!”

The left-wing site Salon is apparently casting its lot with California Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Editor-at-Large d. Watkins published a video on Twitter Wednesday in which he provided 5 reasons “why Maxine Waters should be our next president.”

“Maxine understands the people,” Watkins said as his #5 reason.

“Number 4, Maxine Waters has an amazing reputation of being a fearless, outspoken advocate for women, the poor, children, people of color — pretty much everybody that was left out of the Trump campaign,” he said.”

More at American Mirror

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Betsy DeVos Gets Right To Work

Better would be to get government out of student loans entirely. Maybe that’s step 2 or something.

“Betsy DeVos Opens A Can On Student Debt Collecting- Erasing Obama Era Guidelines..”

In August of 2016, Obama’s administration proposed that the companies handling this debt load should shift focus from collecting the debt to helping the students manage their debt payments. This meant that real live customer service agents would take the place of the robocalls that start whenever you get behind on your debt.

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Since the memorandums left by the previous administration was unclear, DeVos has now withdrawn them, presumably with the intent for students loans debt collection to get back into the business of collecting outstanding student loan debt.

She explained:

We have a duty to do right by both borrowers and taxpayers,” DeVos wrote.

“The student loan servicing procurement affords us a significant opportunity to improve outcomes and experiences for federal student loan borrowers, as well as demonstrate sound fiscal stewardship of public dollars,” she explained.

“We must create a student loan servicing environment that provides the highest quality customer service and increases accountability and transparency for all borrowers, while also limiting the cost to taxpayers.”

From here

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