Monday, July 31, 2017

New Chief of Staff and New Communications Director Show Trump Serious About Managing White House and Message

A positive sign that incoming Chief of Staff Kelly intends to bring order to the White House!

President Trump (I still like hearing that) has been in office just six months. He's had a steep learning curve in the face of an overwhelming and implacable assault from Democrats who swore from DAY ONE to oppose him at every way in an effort to overturn the results of the election.

For Trump to succeed in the face of such unprecedented and in many ways illegal opposition he needs a team that is disciplined and can work at maximum effectiveness. Few would suggest that former Chief of Staff Reince Preibus or previous communications directors had met that requirement. Removing Communications Director Scaramucci after just ten days shows Trump is serious about finding the right mix.

The choice of General Kelly received high praise from bi-partisan sources including the New York Times and former Democrat Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who worked with Kelly at the Pentagon.

It will be a tough job for Kelly because ultimately he will have to manage the President who has shown he does things his own way. But it's a step in the right direction. Trump has been on a learning curve in the new job and these changes are proof that he understands the stakes!

Patriotism Back in Fashion at White House As American Legion Boys and Girls Show Their Stripes!

Watch video as they sign Battle Hymn of the Republic to Trump!

Almost forgot to pass this on from last week. President Trump Speaks to the American Legion Boys Nation and the American Legion Aux Girls Nation in the White House Rose Garden. Trump obviously enjoyed himself posing with the crowd.

But the real gem was at the end of Trump's speech when the boys and girls chant "USA, USA" then sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic. See it here with the video cued to magic moment.

Isn't it great to see some patriotic youth for a change? And these are young adults fully able to understand their own mind. Contrast that to the children as young as FIVE forced to sing praise for Obama in public schools. (1,2)


After Promising Repeal and Replace ObamaCare to Win Re-Election, McCain and Murkowski Do the Opposite

What's the chance either will lead any viable coalition for a genuine ObamaCare replacement that actually delivers on their promise for better health care? ZERO!

When John McCain was running for President he visited the Mike's America neighborhood in November 2007. I had the opportunity in a small gathering to ask him about his compromises with Democrats which betrayed key conservative principles. McCain was adamant that compromise would yield results. Whether it was immigration or federal judges McCain's compromises always gave Democrats what they wanted and left conservatives with little or nothing. When I challenged him he declared that if anyone disagreed "I am not your candidate and you should vote for someone else." I did vote for someone else in the primary. And all this Democrat friends who praised him when he helped them win on several issues didn't support him either in the general election of 2008.

Rather than learn from that experience McCain did it again by torpedoing the "skinny repeal" of ObamaCare that would have allowed House and Senate leaders to craft a new bill. Again, he's the hero of the left for a day from the same people who would never vote for him.

For the people of Arizona who did vote for him and who suffer from triple digit increase in ObamaCare this year McCain's move left them paying the bill! This despite his many promises to repeal and replace:

For Alaska voters, Lisa Murkowski's betrayal is just as bad. At Investor's Business Daily a commentary on both:
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, for example, wrote multiple op-eds for her hometown papers decrying what ObamaCare had done to her state, and vowing to repeal it, in the run-up to her 2016 re-election. In one she wrote that "the Affordable Care Act has unfortunately become one of the most ironically named pieces of legislation for Alaska in history."

In a floor speech in May 2016, she claimed that "I have consistently supported full repeal of the ACA and have voted to do so on several occasions. I have recognized that it is going to be difficult, if not impossible, to do so with this administration." She voted for the repeal bill in 2015.

But this week, Murkowski voted against every single version of ObamaCare repeal. She even voted against a "skinny" repeal that would have only ditched the law's individual and employer mandates and suspended the tax on medical devices — a tax that is so harmful to that industry that even uber-liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants it repealed.

Murkowski was joined by Sen. John McCain, who ended up being the decisive vote killing the skinny repeal bill — after voting for broader repeal bills that he knew in advance would fail.

Just a year before saving ObamaCare, however, McCain was vigorously attacking the law to win a tough reelection campaign. As Politico put it in a June 2016 article: "In fight of his political life, McCain hammers ObamaCare"

One of his 2016 campaign ads said "ObamaCare is failing Arizonans," and that "John McCain is leading the fight to stop ObamaCare."

Last February McCain introduced a bill to "fully" repeal ObamaCare and replace it with a "free-market approach that strengthens the quality and accessibility of care."

After voting Thursday night against the skinny repeal bill, McCain said it was because the bill "fell short of our promise to repeal & replace ObamaCare w/meaningful reform."

But McCain knows full well that the skinny repeal bill was meant to keep the process going to the next step — reconciliation with the more expansive House repeal-and-replace bill. Voting against skinny repeal has effectively stopped the ObamaCare repeal train in its tracks.
Do McCain and Murkowski have a plan and a process to bring Democrats along without betraying their voters and the conservative principles both Senators ran on for re-election? Let's just say that McCain's track record suggests otherwise!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dems Attack Boyscouts for Loving Trump!

Were these the same Dems who booed the Boyscouts at the DNC convention in 2000?

40,000 Boy Scouts can't be wrong. REAL America loves Trump!

It's no secret that Dems hate the Boy Scouts of America. Any organization that teaches love of country has to be destroyed if you are trying to "transform America."  It's also no secret that Obama NEVER spoke in person to a Boy Scout Jamboree, a mass gathering every four years. He would might have been booed off the stage. But not Trump. The Scouts LOVED him!


Trump's entire speech is here.

Here's an excerpt from the speech (text):
TRUMP: When you volunteer for the Boy Scouts, you are not only shaping young lives, you are shaping the future of America. (Applause.) The United States has no better citizens than its Boy Scouts. (Applause.) No better. The values, traditions, and skills you learn here will serve you throughout your lives, and just as importantly they will serve your families, your cities, and in the future and in the present, will serve your country. (Applause.) The Scouts believe in putting America first. (Applause.)

You learn to contribute to your communities, to take pride in your nation, and to seek out opportunities to serve. You pledge to help other people at all times. (Applause.)

In the Scout Oath, you pledge on your honor to do your best and to do your duty to God and your country.
But the words duty, country, and God are beautiful words. In other words, basically what you're doing is you're pledging to be a great American patriot. (Applause.)

For more than a century that is exactly what our Boy Scouts have been. Last year you gave more than 15 million hours of service to helping people in your communities. (Applause.)
Let your scouting oath guide your path from this day forward. Remember your duty. Honor your history. Take care of the people God put into your life, and love and cherish your great country. (Applause.)
Naturally, in the face of this overwhelming show of support from one of America's top youth organizations Dems took to the airwaves and social media to denounce not only Trump for speaking to the Boy Scouts but denounce the Boy Scouts while they were at it! They went so far as to liken this speech and the gathering to a Nazi rally.

Meanwhile, left wing fascists, the REAL Nazi brownshirts, are busy blocking business in the U.S. Senate and threatening anyone on a college campus who disagrees with them with violence!

The choice is clear. An organization like the Boy Scouts that supports American values of love of country and service to your community or the unsightly rabble of angry rioters in the streets who offer nothing but hate!

Anti-Democratic Left Wing Fascists Shut Down U.S. Senate to Delay Key Vote on Health Care

Remember, these are the people who say Republicans are fascists. But they are the ones who will do ANYTHING to get what they want!

Millions of Americans cannot afford health care because of the onerous ObamaCare premiums and deductibles. But their plight does not matter to the left that only seeks to gain power even at the expense of people's lives.

Democrats go out of their way to insist people "will die" if GOP policies are enacted. It's so ridiculous, there's even a parody about it. But people are dying from lack of access to care and Dems don't care. Least of all this rent-a-mob that showed up in the Senate gallery for an unprecedented display of anti-democratic behavior:

Trump speaks to groups of supporters and REAL Americans and we're branded by the left as "fascists." Meanwhile, the REAL brownshirts will do anything to get their way. Imagine if Trump supporters behaved this way!

P.S. The vote passed. Trumpcare is on the way!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Here's Your Collusion with Russia: Hillary and Dems Took BIG MONEY from Environmental Groups Who Funneled Money from RUSSIA!

All to defeat fracking which is the primary reason American energy prices are as low as they are!

CO2 emissions in the United States dropped significantly over the past few years. This has nothing to do with Obama or support for the Paris Accords but everything to do with increased production of natural gas from fracking. Naturally, the Dems want to put a stop to that right?

And they had help from RUSSIA which has been funding U.S. environmental groups to oppose fracking. the same groups, like the Natural Resources Defense Council turned right around and gave big bucks to Dems like Hillary Clinton and Sen. Chuck Schumer!

Where is the clamor for a Special Prosecutor to investigate that? Crickets chirping!

Full details in the House Committee on Science Space and Technology letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Liberal Dems Want People to Ride Bikes to Save the Planet. Now Dems in Oregon Want to TAX Bikes!

Unmasked again. The left cares less about saving the planet than they do about raising taxes to buy more votes!

First we were told that people need to give up their gas guzzlers and take a bike to work. Now, the left wing do-gooders in Oregon want to tax bikes!
BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.” “We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species,” Mr. Maus said.
Next they will tell us we have to walk to work to save the planet. Will they tax walking too?

P.S. Speaking of saving the planet, name me ONE credible scientist who has ever put forward a study to show that taxing carbon will stop climate change. You can't!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Trump Center Stage in Paris as Guest of Honor in Bastille Day Celebration

The latest in a long string of allies giving Trump the Royal Treatment!

First, every leader of the Muslim world minus Iran and Syria attend an unprecedented meeting with Trump in Saudi Arabia. Then Poland rolls out the red carpet for a Reaganesue appeal to the best of Western values. Days later Trump is in France getting pride of place in the annual celebration. France's version of July 4th. The photos from the Daily Mail and elsewhere say it all:

American troops led the military parade in honor of France's special guest:

Pass this post along to a liberal near you!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

In Attacking Trump's Warsaw Speech Extolling Virtues of Western Civilization the Left Unmasks Itself

Whose side is the left on? Not the side of civilization, peace and freedom!

If the citizens of any nation have learned the lessons of history the hard way it would be the Poles. A country that had been divided by both the Nazis and the Soviets with the death camps of Nazi genocide a stain on their territory has a right to be acknowledged. So, when Trump spoke in Warsaw last week he invoked the Polish struggle for freedom from tyranny and their desire for peace and freedom and linked their victory to the wider struggle for peace in Western civilization.

Though Trump didn't call for an end to the "Evil Empire" his speech had a strong Reaganesque quality to it. For that reason and others the fusspots of the left in the U.S. hated it. Allow me to share a quick excerpt from the speech followed by the left's reaction.
TRUMP: I am here today not just to visit an old ally, but to hold it up as an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization. (Applause.) The story of Poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never been broken, and who have never, ever forgotten who they are. (Applause)

AUDIENCE: Donald Trump! Donald Trump! Donald Trump!
Americans, Poles, and the nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty. We must work together to confront forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the South or the East, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are. (Applause.) If left unchecked, these forces will undermine our courage, sap our spirit, and weaken our will to defend ourselves and our societies.

But just as our adversaries and enemies of the past learned here in Poland, we know that these forces, too, are doomed to fail if we want them to fail. And we do, indeed, want them to fail. (Applause.) They are doomed not only because our alliance is strong, our countries are resilient, and our power is unmatched. Through all of that, you have to say everything is true. Our adversaries, however, are doomed because we will never forget who we are. And if we don’t forget who are, we just can't be beaten. Americans will never forget. The nations of Europe will never forget. We are the fastest and the greatest community. There is nothing like our community of nations. The world has never known anything like our community of nations.

We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers.

We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God. We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression. (Applause.)

We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success. We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives. And we debate everything. We challenge everything. We seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves. (Applause.)

And above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom. That is who we are. Those are the priceless ties that bind us together as nations, as allies, and as a civilization.
Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield -- it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls. Today, the ties that unite our civilization are no less vital, and demand no less defense, than that bare shred of land on which the hope of Poland once totally rested. Our freedom, our civilization, and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory.

And today as ever, Poland is in our heart, and its people are in that fight. (Applause.) Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph. (Applause.)
A President who holds up the best of Western achievement and freedom; who could argue with that? Apparently, the hate Trumpers can. Here's a smattering of their smear of Trump's speech:
Are these paragons of the left so deluded by Trump hate that they distort a message of history, hope, family, faith and freedom into a racist tirade?

Reagan was on the right side of history when he called the Soviet Union an "Evil Empire." Trump is also. And the same people on the left who would have preserved the Evil Empire and the Berlin Wall are once again showing us who and what they really are. Un-American and ultimately the enablers of the enemies of freedom!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Former FBI Chief Comey Leaked CLASSIFIED Information in Memos. Where is the Special Prosecutor?

Or are those who criticize Trump above the law?

Contrary to his sworn testimony, former FBI Director James Comey did place classified information in the secret memos he made after conversations with President Trump and he did leak at least one of those memos.

Congress requested the memos from the FBI and the secret classifications were discovered.

It's a clear violation of FBI policies and also of federal law.

The Hill has the scoop.

But of course Robert Mueller, appointed as Special Prosecutor and himself a former FBI Director and friend of Comey is barred by law from investigating someone with whom he had a friendship which raises the question: when will a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate Comey and the other leaks that seek to undermine Trump?

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Trump's Triumph in Poland. The Crowd Cheers "TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP!!!"

Poland's values are our values. It's history is a lesson to all of us on the cost of freedom!

I was one of ten students at Columbia University in New York City selected for a special doctoral seminar in national security topics led by Zbigniew Brzezinski, Mika at MSNBC's father and former Carter Administration National Security Adviser. Brzezinski was from Poland and a trick to getting a good grade in the discussion of national security topics was to mention the plight of Poland for freedom.

Trump didn't need to get an "A" like I did at Columbia to grasp the fundamental relationship between the Polish experience and our shared western values and history.

On Thursday he spoke to a huge crowd in Warsaw's central square. Standing before the monument to commemorate the Warsaw uprising as the Nazis sought to destroy the Polish spirit he spoke truths that apply to all those who stand for freedom.
TRUMP: I am here today not just to visit an old ally, but to hold it up as an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization. (Applause.) The story of Poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never been broken, and who have never, ever forgotten who they are. (Applause)

AUDIENCE: Donald Trump! Donald Trump! Donald Trump!

Notice the red "Make America Great Again" hats....

Poland gets it. Trump's values are their values too!

More at the Daily Mail.

Listen as the crowd chants "USA, USA, USA!"

At one point the entire crowd begins chanting "Donald Trump. Donald Trump. Donald Trump!"

If the liars on the left want to tell you the world hates Trump. Let them come to POLAND!!!

CNN Undermines Free Speech and Threatens Opponents After Tracking Down Internet Satirist

The network that frets Trump may incite violence threatens to incite violence!

CNN reporters didn't seem to understand why it was a bad thing for a play in New York to assassinate a Trump look a like on stage. But when Trump tweeted a graphic showing him slamming to the ground a man with the CNN logo on his face they screamed in unison that they felt threatened and fretted the tweet might incite violence.

Apparently, that same concern for THEIR safety did not extend to the man who took credit for the graphic. CNN tracked him down and threatened to reveal his identity if he did not apologize. And made it clear that if he said anything CNN found offensive in future they would publicly out him and let the left wing fascist good squad do what they've done to Trump supporters and Republicans across the country.

With this threat: "CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change," the network made it clear they will put anyone at risk if they say something that CNN does not like.

When it comes to threats, apparently CNN feels it has a monopoly. But I wonder how CNN would feel if someone on the Internet published the address and phone numbers for CNN reporters if those reporters publish stories that the person who outs them does not like? Perhaps we'll find out!

Will Democrats Be Held Accountable for Supporting Black Lives Matter After A Black Policewoman Killed by Cop Hater in NYC?

Apply the same standard to Hillary or Bernie Sanders as the left does to Trump!

48-year-old mother of three Miosotis Familia was murdered as she sat in a police vehicle in the Bronx, New York on Wednesday. She was black. But there will be no angry protests in the streets shouting "black lives matter" because Familia was a New York police officer on duty killed by a cop hater.

What motivation did the shooter take from the Black Lives cop haters like the group in New York that marched chanting "what do we want? Dead cops!" That and other BLM groups across the country with the same message sowed the seeds of hate and violence.

And if Trump is constantly being warned about inciting violence by the news media what about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders embrace of the black lives matter movement? Shouldn't they be called on to denounce groups that use rhetoric like the shooter in this case and protesters across the country?

Why isn't CNN covering this? Oh, too busy threatening people on social media!
What about CNN's own coverage promoting black lives matter? Aren't they equally responsible for this atmosphere of hate and violence directed at black police officers like Familia?

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

My Two Favorite Fireworks Photos

Happy 4th of July!

I've taken a lot of photos of fireworks over the years. My photo from the New Year's Eve fireworks in London is a particular new favorite. But the following two are my favorites of 4th of July Fireworks.

The first was taken on the Mall in Washington, DC. For years I had tried to get the best angle and lighting for such a photo and this is it. I forget the year but it was likely to be late 1980's or early 1990's.

The second photo was taken from a Staten Island rooftoop on July 4th 1986 celebrating the centenary of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor:

An earlier photo shows New York Harbor filled with boats in anticipation of the big event.

Isn't it great to celebrate Independence Day and the new beginning for the American people now we have a President on OUR SIDE!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Trump: Embraced by the World as a "Leader"

Examples of the trust world leaders show in Trump continue to counter the negative image the media creates!

I've previously covered (don't forget Canada, Israel, Japan and China) how well Trump has been received by other world leaders and how it contrasts with what we have seen the last eight years.

I almost missed this example from June 26th in the White House Rose Garden:
Prime Minister Modi of India: Right from the opening tweet to the end of our talks, President Trump's welcome, which was filled with friendliness, his warm welcome to the White House by himself and the First Lady, I would like to thank both of you from the bottom of my heart for this warm welcome.
I would also like to give a special thanks to you, President Trump, for having spent so much time with me, for having spoken such kind words about me and my country. And I would like to tell you that I'm eager to welcome your daughter to India for the Entrepreneurship Summit.

President Trump, I'd once again like to thank you for the time that you have spent with me. I'd like to give you special thanks for that.

My visit and our talks today will mark a very important page in the history of the collaboration and cooperation between our two nations.
The Prime Minister's effusive praise and warm affection shown for PRESIDENT TRUMP (don't you love saying that) was matched by warm coverage for Trump in the Indian press. Two of the major newspapers used these photos from the event at the White House:

Imagine how much more PRESIDENT TRUMP could succeed in international relations if he had an American press that was as fair, accurate and supporting as some in the press of the world's largest democracy!
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