41 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-2-17

  1. I’m surprised at you Ricky! It took no more than Josh Dawsey’s first sentence to convince me he is biased and knows not of which he speaks. Dawsey is a an anti-Trumpian hack: “President Donald Trump questioned why the Civil War— which erupted 150 years ago over slavery — needed to happen.” I rest my case. :–)

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  2. If this is going to work, there must be rules. So I offer this one:

    Rule 1: An idiot’s idiotic assertion is insufficient to convict one of idiocy.


  3. Debra, You must admit that yesterday was the funniest day since the morning of the “tapp” tweets.

    Go back to my Sunday predictions:
    1. This morning Chas was the perfect picture of the dispirited conservative.
    2. We know a representative of the Trump Cult will soon appear to blame Ryan and Co. for Trump’s incompetence.
    3. If only we had a liberal to act enraged and inspired.

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  4. Kim and Bob B, Here is the deal. If your party nominates a moron and he actually is elected, his embarrassing antics are going to lead the news for the next four years.

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  5. Kim, have you read any of the Benedict Option by Rod Dreher? I haven’t gotten very far through it but so far it’s very good. Unfortunately, since I came back from vacation, I have not seen the book. We took enough stuff with us to stay 4 weeks rather than two—including 3 computers, hard drives, and books and papers enough to stock a portable office. I’m hoping my book is stashed away in the small side pocket of a satchel somewhere and will turn up before I get desperate enough to try to buy a kindle version. I don’t ever buy things on kindle because I like the feel of paper in my hands when I read. But people do strange things when they are desperate. :–)


  6. “2. We know a representative of the Trump Cult will soon appear to blame Ryan and Co. for Trump’s incompetence.”

    As I said yesterday, he’s making it too easy. And Ryan and the establishment are a Democrat’s second-best friend. Both were correct statements.

    And Ryan and company have enough of their own incompetence to go around, as they’re all too happy to demonstrate yet again.


    “Democrats think they have set the stage to block President Trump’s legislative priorities for years to come by winning major concessions in a spending bill to keep the government open.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) secured nearly $5 billion in new domestic spending by exploiting disagreements between Trump and GOP lawmakers over spending priorities.

    Democrats’ lopsided victory on the five-month deal, which is likely to be approved this week, means it will be very difficult — if not impossible — for the GOP to exert its will in future budget negotiations, including when it comes to Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint.

    That’s because Republicans are hopelessly divided over how much to spend on government programs, with a small but vocal minority unwilling to support such measures at all. That has forced Republicans to work with Democrats to avoid politically damaging government shutdowns.

    And that means Democrats are in the driver’s seat when it comes to budget battles, even with Trump in the White House.”

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  7. I am watching “the news” be the news. Nothing happening here, just move along.

    So Ricky, aside from CA where John Wayne is being dissed, what is happening in TX? What are the “rascally wepulicans” doing?


  8. I was at a continuing education event last weekend. One of the keynote speakers was an official from New Orleans. He said there is a big controversy over civil war statues. In the spirit of political correctness, they are being removed. How can this be?

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  9. Not yet, but New Orleans is a major tourist city. You know–It’s the most European City in the United States, steeps in a rich history, and most people think of it when they think of Mardi Gras.
    You can’t be offending anyone you know. Of course I think that those who try to erase history are doing a greater disservice. If you remove all traces of it you can’t learn from it.
    Of course I won’t launch into my tired old speech about how Southerners are the last group of people it is ok to mock and laugh at. After all, we were on the losing side, we are inbred, ignorant, etc, etc….


  10. Some of the things in the budget may make the Democrats who voted for Trump happy, so I’m not surprised Trump can maintain a straight face while signing it. But even that is questionable if it’s not moving us in the direction of either infrastructure improvements or jobs. For myself, there’s not much to be encouraged about in it—not that I’ve read the whole thing, just highlights.


  11. It’s not the age factor, it’s the Ewwwwww factor.

    But of course the press is now all atwitter about their “unconventional” marriage. Still, ewwwwww. She’s just a perv teacher who exploited a child, then wrecked her family over it. That’s not something that should be celebrated. Prosecuted maybe, but definitely not celebrated.


    “Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old political novice whose Sunday electoral triumph advances him to a run-off against Marine Le Pen next month, is married to a woman 24 years his senior — the same age disparity between President Trump and his ex-model wife, Melania.

    Macron met Brigitte Trogneux, 64, during the 1990s when she was his high school teacher — then a married mom of three named Brigitte Auzière.

    The future presidential candidate, aged about 16, bonded with Trogneux while studying drama at La Providence in Amiens, according to Reuters.

    “Nobody will ever know at what moment our story became a love story. That belongs to us. That is our secret,” Trogneux told journalist Anne Fulda in the book “Emmanuel Macron: A Perfect Young Man.”

    “In an effort to put the kibosh on the relationship, Macron’s concerned ’rents sent him to finish his schooling in Paris at Lycée Henri-IV, according to British Vogue.

    Their intervention was in vain. The odd couple’s liaison eventually spurred Trogneux to divorce her husband before marrying Macron, at long last, in 2007.”


  12. Another promise kept, and a big problem gets exposed to the light.

    Yet again, it gets soft play from the MSM, for obvious reasons. It doesn’t fit their narrative.


    “The first round of data compilation in accordance with that order has been completed and the DoJ sent out a news release today with the figures. It will probably come as no surprise to at least some of you that the figures are described as “significant.”

    There are 45,493 foreign-born inmates currently in BOP custody, of which 3,939 are U.S. citizens (either naturalized or derivative). Of the remaining 41,554 foreign-born inmates (aliens):

    Approximately 22,541 (54.2 percent) are aliens for which final immigration orders have been issued for their removal;
    Approximately 13,886 (33.4 percent) are aliens who are under ICE investigation for possible removal;
    Approximately 5,101 (12.3 percent) are aliens still pending adjudication (in other words, ICE has charged these aliens as removal cases, but a final disposition has not yet been reached); and
    Approximately 26 (0.1 percent) are aliens who have been granted relief on the basis of asylum claims.
    Jeff Sessions provided introductory comments in the report, noting that, “Illegal aliens who commit additional crimes in the United States are a threat to public safety and a burden on our criminal justice system.” This will undoubtedly have a number of liberal activists setting their hair on fire, but this really just comes down to math.

    The limited data released thus far also demonstrates how inaccurate and dishonest it is for people to conflate the general category of “immigrants’ with “illegal immigrants” in these debates. It’s commonly stated in the mainstream media that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native born citizens. You may actually be able to back up that statement with figures when you’re talking about legal immigrants, but those prison numbers tell the other side of the story. Out of more than 45,000 immigrants (of any immigration status) currently in prison, not even 4,000 of them are clearly identifiable as being in the country legally. More than 36,000 of them are either already under orders for deportation or are under pending investigation for same.”


  13. Bob B, We don’t have any problems in Texas, but as RKessler and Kim noted, a coalition of Yankee carpetbaggers and Black Lives Mater(sic) protesters are taking down Confederate statues in Virginia and Louisiana. Fortunately, I saved room around my pool to relocate these priceless monuments.

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  14. Ricky;

    More on the issues at Heritage.


    “There are two narratives being spun about the current turmoil at the Heritage Foundation. Last week, Politico reported that the non-profit conservative foundation’s board planned to permanently oust former Sen. Jim DeMint, who was appointed president of the organization in 2013.

    The narrative Politico offers, supported by quotes from a single anonymous board member, is that Heritage is in disarray as a result of DeMint’s decisions since taking over several years ago. DeMint destroyed the organization’s brand as an esteemed think tank, prioritized politics over research, and mismanaged the institution’s assets after taking control. As a result, according to this narrative, Heritage Foundation’s executive committee had no choice but to remove DeMint pending a full meeting of the board, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday morning. DeMint’s five-year contract with Heritage runs out at the end of the year.

    That’s the public narrative. The narrative offered independently by multiple sources with intimate knowledge of the ongoing turmoil, several of whom are not particularly sympathetic to DeMint, is quite different. According to these sources, the actual story is the exact opposite of what has thus far been peddled in the media, and it all starts with Ed Feulner’s creation of Heritage Action in 2010 and his decision to let Mike Needham, a brash former Rudy Giuliani operative, control the new operation. Contrary to the media narrative floated last week that DeMint needlessly politicized Heritage and turned it into a brass-knuckle political combat group instead of a policy-focused think tank, these sources say Needham bears much of the blame for politicizing Heritage.

    Rather than pushing to make Heritage more political and less focused on producing high-quality policy research, DeMint actually tried to rein in Heritage Action in recent years, as the 501(c)(4) group began racking up enemy after enemy on Capitol Hill without actually putting any congressional policy points on the board. Multiple sources told The Federalist that Needham bristled at DeMint’s repeated attempts to assert control over the splinter organization and began plotting to overthrow DeMint once it became clear that the former South Carolina senator had no desire to outsource control of the think tank to the 30-something political operative with no policy background. At one point, a high-placed source told The Federalist, Needham personally confronted DeMint and his team and told them that DeMint was done, that Needham himself would be taking over the organization.”

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  15. Thanks for posting The Federalist article, AJ. I don’t like the sound of Needham. The healthcare mess is really an indication of how The Heritage Foundation has deteriorated. In the old days, The Heritage Foundation would have done a great deal of research and developed a consensus Reaganite solution. AEI would have done the same and proposed the Bushie solution. Of course, Brookings would have data to support the Dems.

    Part of the job of the conservative think tanks is to educate the Congressional Republicans AND people like Rush, Hannity and O’Reilly, so that our side doesn’t over-promise. I fear that the Limbaughs and the Hannitys are not teachable. In fact, they have now replaced The Heritage Foundation for most Republican primary voters.


  16. I’d make a horrible liberal and as far as dancing goes, I’m a pro at the white man shuffle. The Republicans have been the party of no for so long that they don’t know how to move forward and create a policy, budget, or bill that would let them say yes. The Democrats are the adults in the room while the Republicans suddenly realize governing is harder than it looks.

    I’m befuddled by the lack of outrage from the Republican on the security bill for Trump and family. In addition the fact that some of this security funds are given to the Trump Corporations in the form of rent or hotel costs for the secret service when Trump stays at Trump owned residence. And then there’s the appointment of family members… I know Trump’s a member of the Republican party but party affiliation is loose and a divisions of powers in a republic allows Republicans to disown him.

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  17. I just remembered what day it is. Every Southern boy grows up reading about Chancellorsville. It was Lee’s masterpiece. Of course, we could all picture Jackson’s flank attack in our minds, but to see it on the screen was something else.


  18. HRW, It is a lesson about leadership. Ryan is a little timid and can’t keep his troops united. McConnell is just laying low, trying to protect his majority. And then there is the Tweeter-in-Chief, who hasn’t even taken the time to learn the substance of any of the major bills.

    One can’t help but compare Ryan to Pelosi. It was Pelosi who rammed Obamacare through Congress when Obama was ready to give up after the Scott Brown special election.


  19. Debra, He was close, but he couldn’t quite make it.

    We are back to 0 Days without Lunacy.

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  20. Sorry, no. I do not acknowledge that as idiocy, Ricky. Not even close. He’s correct about the Dems. And his campaign strategy was astute. His strategy tapped into the groundswell of dissatisfaction caused by the overlooked interests of working people who had no other real voice in congress. It was a bold move that meshed with his own observations about the country’s de-industrialization and faltering infrastructure. The idiocy is mostly on the other side of that equation I’m afraid (and I’m not referring to just Democrats). :–)


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