Apr
13
2017
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#TrumpAdmin: Minor Grumbling Post

Once upon a time, I was a Moderate Atheist Republican. When Obama was elected, I shifted to a Pelaoconservative Christian Republican philosophy.

Now, I did not and do not align with each group perfectly. Take my current political philosophy. According to Michael Foley:

“[P]aleoconservatives press for restrictions on immigration, a rollback of multicultural programmes, the decentralization of the federal policy, the restoration of controls upon free trade, a greater emphasis upon economic nationalism and isolationism in the conduct of American foreign policy, and a generally revanchist outlook upon a social order in need of recovering old lines of distinction and in particular the assignment of roles in accordance with traditional categories of gender, ethnicity, and race.” -(Unfortunately No Link) Michael Foley (2007). American Credo: The Place of Ideas in US Politics. New York, USA: Oxford University Press Inc. p. 318

The only thing I disagree with hardline pelaoconservatism is the isolationism nonsense. I direct your attention to three great articles (all at the American Greatness) that deal with this issue. We can be non-interventionist and anti-war, but we cannot hide from the world:

Please read these at your leisure. Highly recommended.

I do have some quibbles, but they are all very minor.

First up is entitlement reform. I think we need it, President Trump does not:

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says President Trump removed elements of entitlement reform from a proposed budget. …Mulvaney said he presented the president with a list of budget options which included some changes to Social Security. “And he looked at one and said, ‘What is that?'” Mulvaney said. He continued, “And I said, ‘Well, that’s a change to part of Social Security.’ He said, ‘No. No.’ He said, ‘I told people I wouldn’t change that when I ran. And I’m not going to change that. Take that off the list.'”

But, like the guy said, he campaign on those issues and I voted for him knowing full well what that meant. At least President Trump went over his own budget before signing off on it.

But as the good Lord gives, he takes. President Trump came out in support of Ex-Im Bank:

Mr. Trump also made a full reversal from the campaign by stating his support for the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The president said he planned to fill two vacancies on the bank’s board, which has been effectively paralyzed with three open seats on its five-member board…

“Instinctively, you would say, ‘Isn’t that a ridiculous thing,'” Mr. Trump said of the Ex-Im Bank. “But actually, it’s a very good thing. And it actually makes money, it could make a lot of money.”

I’m not going to go fully into why the Ex-Im Bank is a bad, crony-capitalism boondoggle. Many on both the left and right want to see this monster brought down.

As much as I want to be mad at President Trump over these things*, I cannot. I knew I disagreed with Trump on some things that he was going to keep his promise on. I also knew that Trump would do an about face on some things that he promised to do.

You have to roll with reality. I’m not saying sell-out your values or compromise for the shake of compromise. I will still fight for entitlement reform and the end of the Ex-Im Bank in the now and future. If President Trump can accomplish 75%-80% of what he wants to do and I agree with, then I’m happy.

Justice Neil Gorsuch bought a lot of brownie points for me. President Trump is still strong on the illegal immigration front and reforming the government (like the EPA!). I do roll my eyes at him and grumble at Trump sometimes, but I see no reason to be MAD at this moment.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Mar
11
2017
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#TrumpAdmin: Why #PreetBharara Needs To Be Fired (A @JazzShaw Response)

I was reading Jazz Shaw’s excellent piece on why US Attorney Preet Bharara shouldn’t be fired along with 45 others President Trump and AG Jeff Sessions want to resign. Jazz gives several reasons:

  1. Preet Bharara took down (Democrat) Sheldon Silver and (Republican) Dean Skelos (Nice!).
  2. Preet Bharara is investigating the Clinton Foundation (Great!).
  3. Preet Bharara is investigating both NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (Very Awesome!).

Then I had an epiphany and realized those are exactly the reasons US Attorney Preet Bharara MUST be fired. There might be a good number of reasons to keep Bharara, but if Sessions had kept him, then Democrats would accuse the Trump Admin of keeping a Democrat head-hunter.

The Trump Administration cannot play favorites here. They would either have to keep the 46 politically appointed US Attorneys or get rid of them all. The (GW) Bush Administration did a selective firing once and look at how that turned out (despite it being totally legit). It saddens me, but part of “Drain The Swamp” is about not doing politics as usual.

Again, I personally don’t have anything against Preet Bharara. He seems totally legit and honest broker. It honestly makes me sad to write this out. I hope he lands on his feet and thrives. However, as you well know, no one is indispensable. I am sure there are others who can carry on Preet Bharara’s good work.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Feb
09
2017
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Make #Unions Great Again!

Ed Morrissey asks an important question, is President Donald Trump unlock the door to the unions for Republicans?

President Donald Trump – champion of Big Labor? …

Because of that meltdown in manufacturing, private-sector unions are a mere shell of their former selves. Most of the historical issues that drove them – wages and working conditions – have been pre-empted by government regulation, and mooted by the collapse of their sector. These unions see free trade as their bête noire, and know that Trump stands outside both mainstream Republican and Democratic circles in opposition to free trade, or at least in skepticism of it.

So yes, Trump has not only unlock the door, but has open the door and invited both sides to shake hands. How we continue this détente beyond Trump and secure the friendly union vote is entirely up to us. And we don’t have to abandon ideals, just sell the ones we have:

  1. Be Pro-Jobs And Pro-Business: Republicans are often painted as being too pro-business instead of being pro-jobs. As Tony Stark would say, is it too much to ask for both? Being pro-business and pro-small business, should be about creating more union jobs.
  2. Right-To-Work Opportunities: We can’t abandon Right-To-Right, because Freedom Of Association is a First Amendment issue. However we can sell it as a pro-growth measure that will lead to jobs and new union opportunities, such as finding work for people and labor for businesses. Union representation doesn’t need to be just on the job.
  3. Deregulation: Why would I join a union if government regulations already set my base pay and working conditions? Why should I pay union dues, when I already pay the government taxes to be my union? Big Labor is obsolete next to big government. Regulations on business weakens unions bargaining legitimacy. Deregulation will make unions relevant again by making big government irrelevant.
  4. The Public-Sector Union Enemy: I hate to pit people against each other, but if we want to create more private-sector jobs, we really need to paint public-sector unions as the natural-born enemies of private-sector unions. Private-Sector Unions has suffocated under big government (which is the truth) and we need to make that painfully clear.

That is my four-point plan in an attempt to Make Unions Great Again. It is not about being pro-Big Labor, so much as being pro-jobs. Where there are jobs, there are unions.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Feb
04
2017
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#DeathRace2050 #Reaction/#Review Discussion

I just finished Death Race 2050. It’s crude, shrill, spastic, sadistic, has really terrible special effects (like Syfy terrible)…

…and a whole hell of lot of fun!

Let’s back up and talk about Death Race 2000.

There’s nothing wrong with Death Race 2000. It is fun and witty. However while it has biting satire, it doesn’t have a good message to back it up. “Fascism Bad, Freedom Good” is not that hard of a message. This movie doesn’t challenge me.

However Death Race 2050 not only has the biting satire, but it is also smarter than it actually looks. Sure it looks stupid on the surface, but it is really not. It takes aim the right, but it then it is completely non-PC too. Let’s take the main characters and break them down:

The Chairman of The United Corporations of America is the parody character of Donald Trump, but he is a globalist and is okay with putting people out of work.

Alexis Hamilton, the rebel leader, is actually working with the Chairman. The “resistance” (by being over-the-top violent and focusing on the wrong things) is actually helping Trump- …err, I mean the Chairman.

Jed Perfectus is supposed to be genetically-engineered athlete, parodying male masculinity. However this falls flat when standing next to Frankenstein’s real masculinity (more on him later). Even Perfectus thinks of himself as a sissy next to Frankenstein.

Minerva Jefferson is a Black Supremacist rapper, who turns out to be an educated intellectual who doesn’t believe what she preaches and is in it for the money. Proving that Racial Supremacy is intellectually hollow.

Tammy “The Terrorist” is a religious cult leader. However it turns out her religion is worshiping celebrity idols (much like we do today). At no point is there any criticism of Christianity.

An artificial intelligence self-driving car, ABE, goes bonkers and kills his own programmer.

Then there’s Frankenstein. If Roger Corman was making this movie to make fun of the right, Frankenstein is the beginning and end of the failure to convey this criticism. Where Perfectus projects masculinity, Frankenstein is male masculinity and he proves it by getting his job (the race) done. Frankenstein is so secure in his masculinity that he has a pet cat. Frankenstein does not like leaders or followers, only doers.

The world setting also lacks clear criticism of the right: Consumerism rules this world, but the right wants to get back to a manufacturing and build stuff again. Both the east and west coasts are wastelands. They paint fly-over country as dangerous because they have guns, but then they get to fight back (so win for fly-over country and gun rights!). Abortion and sterilization has not done anything for overpopulation. A public school sets aside several wheelchair-bound children for Frankenstein to kill, which he promptly kills the school administrators instead for their trouble. There is also not a single gay, bi, or transgender person in this movie (all are straight and comfortable in their gender).

If you are a liberal or progressive or social justice warrior, you are not going to like this movie. Sure it has nudity and fart jokes, but this movie is intellectually right-of-center.

If you are anywhere on the right, this will be a guilty pleasure for years to come. It may be campy as hell and you don’t want to let your kids watch, but I would recommend a watch or two.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Jan
10
2017
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#ACA Watch: No #Omnibus #ObamaCare Replacement

I’m growing …concern… over the ObamaCare Replacement debate and it is all coming from the GOP.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said there was “growing momentum” for replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the same day of its repeal.

This has troubled me the last few days. It was until just a few minutes ago that I finally put my finger on why: An Omnibus Bill, they are going to replace ObamaCare with TrumpCare. I could feel the warmth drain from my body as I had this thought.

I am not going to sit here and go over all the ideas that the GOP want to replace ObamaCare with. Some ideas I like and others, I just don’t like. However my main objection right now is an omnibus bill. I have several points on why I object to such a bill.

  1. Riders. If an omnibus was put together, there would surly be riders that have nothing to do with the subject at hand. Spending pet projects is the kind of corruption I not going to tolerate. They are tuck deep in legislation so that no one can find them, which brings me to my next point.
  2. Too Big To Read. Enough of the “We Have To Pass The Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It” nonsense! We have to be better than that! We have to be able to read it!
  3. Fixing Smaller Bills Is Easier. If we pass smaller bills or acts, then we can keep them all separate in passage. Every reform should be able to stand on its own. Then fixing and/or repealing each reform will be easier.
  4. TrumpCare. I don’t want TrumpCare. No one wants TrumpCare. I also don’t want to defend reforms I don’t like, just to defend things I do like.

You know, I can understand wanting to Repeal and Replace done at the same time. I get that, but we have got to do this right. Each reform in its own bill. You can still do this on the same day and have them take effect all at the same time.

If the GOP already plan to do this, great! Nothing to worry about. We can debate the individual reforms that come up. All I am saying, is no omnibus bill!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Aug
21
2016
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#FLSen: #PatrickMurphy Gets $1M #SuperPAC Boost …From Dad

Alt Headline: The Rep. Patrick Murphy Bailout

Because that is what it is:

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Patrick Murphy (Fla.) is getting a major financial boost as his campaign heads into the final stretch, courtesy of a $1 million check from his father.

Thomas Murphy, a Florida home builder, gave the seven-figure sum to the Harry Reid-linked Senate Majority PAC – the group’s largest donation in July, according to the Federal Election Commission.

We all know Thomas Murphy is the financial muscle behind Patrick Murphy.

And oh, look who showed up in this article: Senator Harry Reid. I wonder why…

On July 15, two days after the $1 million check landed in the Senate Majority PAC account, the super-PAC announced to the Washington Post its plans to launch a $1 million ad buy in Florida.

The reported aim was to help Murphy win his primary on Aug. 30 against liberal challenger Rep. Alan Grayson, who is openly opposed by Democratic leadership.

Oh yeah right, Rep. Alan Grayson. What we have here is Thomas Murphy giving a knife to Harry Reid, who then stabs Grayson with said knife. The Alan Grayson/Harry Reid fight is just plain awesome and well documented on this site. You can read about it in their tags below.

There is a very small part of me that wishes that Alan Grayson win the Democratic Primary, because the Senator Marco Rubio* and Alan Grayson fight would totally be awesome. Sadly, the Marco Rubio/Patrick Murphy fight might be slightly one-sided**.

(gets on his knees)

Please God, please give the primary win to Alan Grayson. I don’t ask for much. Please enrich my life and give me some more Grayson. It will be a very boring general election here in Florida without Alan Grayson. Amen.

Well, see ya’ later!
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May
22
2016
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#QuittingTwitter Watch (Day Three): About @AceofSpadesHQ’s Nonsense

Ace said he’s quitting Twitter:

I’m a proud Twitter Quitter and my life has improved since I cut the progressive IV drip.

And he suggests you should too:

Blow Up Your FaceBook (And Twitter, I Assume) Account. Quit With Extreme Prejudice. …

Take control of your lives by ending your dependency on progressive institutions and time-wasting media indulgences.

Yeah! Do it, show us all how quitting Twitter is done! Lead us to the promise land, Ace!

…But Ace is sort of not quitting Twitter either:

My Easy Embargo Of Twitter

Easy Embargo?

I am not going to post anything from that second article other than the title, because it is all nonsense and bullshit. Basically Ace cares so little about Twitter and Facebook, that he is keeping his accounts open and active to “protect” his brand*.

When I called Ace out on his Attention Whoring hypocrisy, he called me an ankle-biting bottom-feeder and then blocked me. Ace must have had a change of heart on blocking me, because he unblocked me shortly afterward.

Then Ace continued to tweet and I told him what my gripe against him was all about.

I had noticed that Ace hadn’t tweeted, so I thought Ace was finally going to keep his original promise of quitting Twitter. I was wrong. Again calling me an ankle-biting bottom-feeder.

I ask you, how is my starting a fight with one of the more influential conservatives on the internet going to get me more followers? Ace leaving or staying on Twitter serves me no purpose.

Ace thinks that I place stock in my followers. If I did, I’d buy followers. I don’t give two fucks if you follow me (but I am becoming increasingly picky about who I follow back) or not, I am making no one do anything.

If Twitter or Facebook shuts down, I’ll just go find something else to do. If I get bored with Twitter or Facebook, I will move on. If I am banned from Twitter or Facebook, I’ll live (it isn’t like I have been banned from a site before).

Again my griped with Ace is that rank, attention seeking “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” hypocrisy. I know Twitter and Facebook is corrupt is hell, but you don’t see me telling others to get off those sites and then stay on to “keep up” my brand. I’m not accusing people of being addicts if they don’t want to quit Twitter. I don’t throw casual temper tantrums like a five-year-old.

One Last Point: There is no half-pregnant or a little pregnant. You are either pregnant or you are not. And you are either quitting Twitter or Facebook or your not. Ace is trying to justify staying on Twitter and Facebook with his “Easy Embargo” nonsense, pure and simple.

Well, see ya’ later!
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May
12
2016
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#FLSen: The @AlanGrayson/@SenatorReid Fight, Round Two!

The “War Of Words” almost comes down to actual physical violence.

I’m sorry that my friend Moe Lane has forgone politics, because this newest Alan Grayson/Harry Reid development is just bloody fucking awesome and right up his ally:

Rep. Alan Grayson angrily confronted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday, disrupting a meeting of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in front of dozens of staffers and members of Congress.

I could easily stop here. The summary of this story just tickles me to no end. However we must press on, because the details will just wonderful.

Grayson (D-Fla.), whose bid for the open Florida Senate seat Reid vehemently opposes, arrived at the meeting with Reid’s February statement in hand, according to two sources in the room. In that statement, Reid said Grayson has “no moral compass”…

Said the pot to the kettle:

Harry Reid, D-Nev. has no regrets about his 2012 claims that then presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid no taxes for 10 years.

The outgoing Senate Minority Leader even bragged to CNN that the comments, which had been described as McCarthyism, helped keep Romney from winning the election.

They can call it whatever they want. Romney didn’t win did he?” Reid said during a wide-ranging interview.

But, whatever. Moving on…

As each member took a turn to speak to Reid, it was Grayson’s turn. He asked Reid if the Nevada senator knows who he is. After Reid answered in the affirmative, Grayson went on the attack.

“Say my name, senator. Say my name,” Grayson told Reid…

…Err, Heisenberg?

Grayson responded by angrily waving a printout of Reid’s searing quote that called on Grayson to drop out of the primary race against Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.).

“Why’d you say that?” Grayson said, insisting Reid’s statement was false.

Reid calmly faced his inquisitor: “I want you to lose. It’s true.”

BOOM! There it is.

You know, there is a large contingent of grass-roots Republicans who think the party from on high wants to control who is nominated or not. That pails, however, for the open contempt Washington DC Democrats have for every day Democrats who have to fight it out in the trenches.

In a gaggle with reporters after the conflict blew up and sent shock waves through both sides of the Capitol, Grayson made clear that he believes a public battle with Reid – a “smearmonger” in his view – is to his advantage.

“Let’s face it, I’m not the establishment candidate. The establishment wants somebody who is a callow tool,” Grayson said. “As far as I can tell, the only criteria that the Democratic establishment has among Senate candidates this year is obedience. In that regard, perhaps I fall short.”

In a separate statement, Grayson called Murphy a “Republican sock puppet.”

Which is true. Rep. Patrick Murphy was a Republican until he “found” religion with the Democrats when he choose to capitalize on then-Senator Barack Obama’s win. If you are a Democrat and don’t think a Senator Murphy will betray you to President Trump, then I have a glass bridge in Dubai that I can cheaply sell you. At least with a Senator Alan Grayson, you know he’ll fight tooth and nail with President Trump and using his own game.

But what do I know. I am just a simple Republican.

Just for complete disclosure purposes, I fully endorse Lt Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera for the US Senate.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Mar
28
2016
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#NeverHillary: Damage To #Palmyra Cannot Be Overstated

My good friend (at least I hope he is a good friend) Jazz Shaw covers the re-taking of Palmyra and ISIS/ISIL (as well as Bashar al-Assad) looting of the place. The damage to archaeology cannot be overstated.

However I cannot express how ultimate blame should be placed on Hillary Clinton’s blood-soak shoulders. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani explains:

By being part of an administration withdrew from Iraq. By being part of an administration that let (Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki) run Iraq into the ground, so you forced the Shiites to make a choice. By not intervening in Syria at the proper time. By being part of an administration that drew twelve lines in the sand and made a joke out of it,” (Former New York City Mayor Rudy) Guiliani said.

O’Reilly then pointed out that as secretary of state, Clinton was not personally responsible for the decisions, and that the most she could have done to compel Obama to change his policy was resign.

“Which is what a patriot does,” Giuliani said.

Now only that, but she then went on to heap praise on Bashar “A Reformer” al-Assad during the first few months of the Syrian Civil War:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton… drew a contrast between Syrian President Bashir Assad and his late father and predecessor, and said U.S. lawmakers who recently have visited Damascus regarded him as a “reformer.”

She made the startling comment while explaining why the United States will not intervene on behalf of Syrian civilians revolting against the regime as it has done in the case of Libya.

And now, thanks to EmailGate, we know that Sidney Blumenthal warned Hillary Clinton to stop the “reformer” nonsense:

Longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal warned then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 that Syrian President Bashar Assad is no reformer.

“Enclosed is an article by David W. Lesch, perhaps the U.S. expert with the closest relationship with Bashar al-Assad, developed out of my continuing correspondence with him, an edited version which I have appended,” in a message to Clinton on June 20, 2011.The bottom line is that Assad’s gestures at reform are delusional attempts to recreate the pattern of his own recent past when he gained a modicum of respect from the West.

The same reformer who looted Palmyra well before ISIS/ISIL got their bloody paws on it.

The Bush Administration didn’t want to have anything to do with Bashar al-Assad after the Hariri assassination. The blood spilt in Syria’s Civil War and Palmyra’s destruction is all on Sec. Hillary Clinton, because she and President Barack Obama both bear full responsibility for what happen under their watch. Clinton as secretary of state was chief ambassador and foreign policy maker for Obama, so don’t tell me she isn’t responsible. And you can take that all the way to the bank.

Now Sec. Hillary Clinton wants to be president? Well, fuck that noise! #NeverHillary is greater than anything right now!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Feb
25
2016
0

The Swamp #49

Thank God I Don’t Have An iPhone!

The Swamp #49: Last Five! #GoingRed Talk And #NationalSecurity Debate! @EdMorrissey Guest!

I am very excited to have Ed Morrissey from HotAir.com on to talk about his book, Going Red! Which you can pre-order right now! We had a little tech glitch, but plow on through because we do get it corrected!

Then somehow got talking about the national security debate around the whole Apple vs FBI mess. I let Ed Morrissey go (because he had other stuff to do) and brought in Kat (now currently on Red Maryland) to finish up the awesome debate.

No read links today, because honestly who reads those anyway?

Well, see ya’ later!
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