Saturday, June 8, 2019

“Trump, You Magnificent Bastard!”

Do you know what we need around here? That’s right, a little…

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That’s right, somebody crazy enough to just say no.

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As it happens, we elected such a guy.

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The result, after all the breast beating, kvetching, threatening and posturing about PDJT’s threatened Mexican tariffs, this:

Terms of Agreement with Mexico

  • Mexican national guard deployed
  • Action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking
  • Asylum seekers returned to Mexico
  • Mexico to offer asylum seekers jobs, health care, and education
  • Further action if no results in 90 days

Seriously folks, this isn’t rocket science. It’s more like raising a child. Children need to be taught how to behave appropriately in polite society, they need you to establish boundaries and implement consequences when those boundaries are breached.

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No boundaries, no consequences = children behaving badly. Therefore when the child continues to ignore your instructions and ignore the established borders it’s time to lower the boom. Lest they go sailing into the  horizon unaware of the storm.

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You don’t even need The Art of the Deal to handle such basic threats to your sovereignty. All you really need is a firm grasp on the problem,

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a rudimentary knowledge of human nature, an inclination to do the right thing and the fortitude to follow through if the behavior doesn’t improve. 

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Democrats still think the world should just change to accommodate their vision of how it ought to be.

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Media Curtsies, Trump Dos Si Dos

A survey of notoriously left-leaning historians conducted by C-Span last year ranked Ronald Reagan well ahead of Democrat icons Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in the “best U.S. presidents” contest. Since it’s nothing more than a popularity poll I would deem it meaningless but for one thing: while in office Ronald Reagan was disliked and maligned nearly as much as President Trump is today. That he cracked the top 10 at all is astounding. Not that the media was as blatant about their liberal leanings during the Reagan years as they are now that they enjoy the very vocal support of like-thinking sycophants, but they still had their ways of communicating their dislike and disapproval. Just as they did when they helped shape public opinion against Nixon.

Image result for nixon five o clock shadowThe media started throwing “shade” at Nixon starting with his debate against JFK

While coverage earlier this week would have you believe President Trump is the only president in history to have protests against him on foreign shores the truth is otherwiseAnd as Newsmax noted during last year’s demonstrations in London:

Trump haters in London cannot even compare to previous anti-America protests that history-deprived journalists seem to have forgotten.

In October of 1983, more than one million people filled the streets of West Germany to protest Reagan’s deployment of the Pershing 2 and cruise missiles…Similar protests were held in Paris, London, Rome, Stockholm and Vienna.

I know the above looks like a hostage situation but it’s actually an anti-Reagan protest against the deployment of Pershing missiles in West Germany, Bremerhaven, 1983. Below, same concept, Ulm.

While this week’s planned London  protests got off to a slow start, with only a handful of protestors showing up with their stupid prop, that didn’t stop the press from reporting otherwise, as exemplified in this ironic headline from Business Insider: “Photos show hundreds of people protesting Trump's visit in the UK which the president called 'fake news’”  Wow, “hundreds.”

trump london protestsOK, if you want to claim “hundreds” I’ll play along but it looks more like “dozens” and a silly balloon to me.

And while protests ramped up the next day – all the way to “thousands expected to gather in London's iconic Trafalgar Square.”  “Thousands” – Phft! Any punk with a phone can summon thousands up on a moments notice with today’s social media. Not impressive, which might explain why the BBC felt compelled to use footage from last year’s anti-Trump protest, a move so blatantly bogus that even Snopes had to concede that it was fake news.

Anyway since it is technically FLOTUS Friday, even though we’ve enjoyed an entire FLOTUS week, I repost this lovely shot from the Queen’s dinner, which has that annoying man’s shadow ‘shopped out of Melania’s lovely gown:

And for all the haters out there still complaining because Mrs. Trump refused to curtsy to the Queen (which is optional, especially if you are not a British subject) here’s a pretty good explanation, Theresa May curtsying to Prince Charles:

Um, no. Just no. Not ever.

Oh, and by the way: PDJT does not bow, does not curtsy. But he has been known to pull an occasional dos si dos. Are you paying attention Mexico?

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Longest Day

“These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.”

Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984

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Standing on a craggy overlook jutting into the English Channel Ronald Reagan delivered those words 35 years ago on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the D-day invasion. By then the “boys” were already boys no more. The few who are still with us are now all in their 90’s. Some have come to today’s anniversary ceremony adjacent to the American cemetery in Normandy where 9,388 men are interred.

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That represents a lot of toxic masculinity left strewn along the beaches of Normandy on this, the longest day.

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The day thousands upon thousands of American, British and Canadian forces stormed ashore to liberate Europe from the yoke of Nazi tyranny. 

These real world heroes liberated Europe and saved Western Civilization from another dark period of despotic rule. No movie, no matter how realistic can adequately relate the terror of that fight - which would be the last for many. Battling first through the terror and seasickness of the landing crafts tossed about in 8 foot waves, then through the wind and the cold rising tide of the surf just to reach the land mined beaches where German rifles, machine guns and cannons reigned fire down on them from the cliffs above. The slaughter was unimaginable, the suffering inconceivable, the price of freedom nearly incomprehensible.

These were true heroes who though frightened beyond fear itself still stormed the shore with bravery unknown by most today. And those who survived that still had to scale the towering cliffs to take out the German guns. These men saved not just Europe but democracy itself. That’s right, they saved democracy. In order to allow those who’ve never known any real hardship in their lives the freedom to denounce men like these old white guys for being symbols of “patriarchy” and decry their toxic masculinity. Feeling themselves more “woke” than the men who afforded them the privilege to entertain such contrived First World problems they feel justified in their judgement.

So join me in commemorating all that toxic masculinity that suffered through the D-Day invasion in order to make our lives possible. They truly were the Greatest Generation. And we owe them much.

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Never Forget

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Three Things Elitists Simply Can’t Abide

While in Verona, Italy on his last “last ever” world tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John told fans:

“I’m ashamed of my country for what it has done. It’s torn people apart … I am sick to death of politicians, especially British politicians.

“I am sick to death of Brexit. I am a European. I am not a stupid, colonial, imperialist English idiot.”

An odd comment, that, coming from Sir Elton John.

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I guess his thinking has evolved since accepting knighthood – a symbol of the British Empire - in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 1998.  At the time he said his knighthood was “the icing on the cake” and added: “They don't come much bigger than this.” Nor aristocratic. Accepting that symbol – and I understand that as a benighted Leftist you are very much into symbolism – of feudalism is in itself pretty, uh, imperialistic.

But never mind, we all know that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, right? That allows you to adopt he mindset of a European billionaire, who spends very little time in merry old England these days as you own homes in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nice France, London England, Venice Italy and Toronto, to call the little people in London who feel differently “stupid, colonial, imperialist English idiots.”  How exquisitely elitist of you, you little twerp.

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All I can say is that William Wallace would have been very disappointed with Elton’s rather flippant attitude towards ceding British sovereignty to a European Union.

Then again, Braveheart was fighting against the English so maybe he’d not object after all.

But thanks Elton, for explaining rather succinctly what it is about President Trump that many people find offensive: he too always votes firmly on the side of sovereignty and democracy. Apparently adhering to that quaint mindset makes you stupid, colonial and imperialist; three things elitists simply can’t abide.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Communism Is Great As Long As You Are One of the Commissars

Those among us who actively support and champion the tenets of communism for the masses all have one thing in common, they all assume they will be one of the commissars.

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Take Elizabeth Warren for starters, on The View:

“Two-cent wealth tax on the top one-tenth of 1 percent, your 50-millionth and first dollar, and with that we can cancel student loan debt for about 95 percent of the people who have it,” Warren said. Her fans cheering, Warren added, “Oh, but we can do so much more…”

And here it is, more!

1) Universal tuition-free technical school, two-year college, and four-year college;
2) Taxpayer-sponsored child care for every child aged 0-5;
3) Universal pre-K for every 3- and 4-year-old; and
4) Higher wages for every child care worker and preschool teacher,

All this how? Warren held up two fingers. “Two cents,” she said.

Something new in the world of economics, the two cents solution*. Somebody should seriously look into that.

Then we have the economic genius of AOC, who doesn’t even need two cents to give us her two cents worth. The woman who would be the spiritual, political, and fiscal leader of the New Millennial Age now lives in an unnamed luxury apartment building in the District of Columbia's expensive Navy Yard neighborhood. So who better to lecture us on how the economics of real estate should work.

“What we have been taught and what we have been conditioned (to) is that basic rights are a luxury and a privilege when they are not.”

"Another world is possible," she said. "We can live in buildings that are not-for-profit, or tenant-owned, there are so many ways we can slice this and we can structure it in a way where all people have the right to a dignified home."

Some might say she’s just saying this to rationalize having taken up residence in her luxury pad, others claim she is such a fool that she actually believes it. I bend towards the latter.

"I move into this building, and it's marketed as a ‘luxury' building in D.C.," she said. "It's an efficient building, it's clean, it has public space, it has a rooftop garden—y'all watching my Instagram—it has clean air, it has clean water. And I think about this and I'm like, ‘Hm, this is what a luxury building is like.'"

She goes on to say the building is just like the new public housing development she toured. Unmentioned by Ocasio-Cortez, however, is that her current residence offers a lot more than just clean air and water.

The newly-constructed complex, built adjacent to a Whole Foods, also features both an indoor lap pool and a rooftop pool, a rooftop dog park and dog wash station, numerous gyms including a Peloton cycling studio and a yoga studio, a demonstration kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven, private massage rooms with hydromassage beds, a golf simulator studio, a basketball court, a racquetball court, and a rooftop tennis court with a "parabolic hitting wall" in case you're alone with nobody to play with.

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I’m not saying this is where the Jr. Congresswoman from New York is calling home these days (her office wishes not to disclose the actual location due to safety concerns)  but “OMG!” – to quote AOC -  it is a newly constructed apartment complex in D.C.’s Navy Yard neighborhood. And it is adjacent to a Whole Foods with all those rooftop amenities that she thinks everyone should have. How ironic it’s called “The Collective,” no?

I don’t care if these rubes are purposeful or genetically committed to communism they are all enemies of the people and menace in our midst. They must be removed.

ETA - *Literary reference:

“Which is it to-day,” I asked, “morphine or cocaine?”
He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened.
“It is cocaine,” he said, “a seven-per-cent solution. Would you care to try it?”

- The Sign of Four, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (1890)

Monday, June 3, 2019

We’ve Run Into a Bit of a Sticky Wicket

President Trump had a very busy day yesterday. He played golf (which you heard about) went to a church service (which you didn’t) attended the annual Ford Theater Gala fundraiser with the FLOTUS

before a quick change and departure in the late evening for his United Kingdom state visit.

$4400 Gucci shirt dress that featured prints of London landmarks such as the Big Ben and the Tower Bridge

Following the overnight flight, the president and First Lady arrived in London this morning to very blustery weather. Melania disembarked wearing a very proper suit and blouse looking like, yes, royalty.

Mr Trump salutes servicemen and women who formed a guard of honour as he walked from his jumbo jet to his helicopter

The Daily Mail took both occasions to do what they do, take snarky swipes at both our President and FLOTUS  (“President Donald Trump has paid glowing tribute to his 'beloved' wife Melania at the Ford's Theater Gala in Washington, D.C….the Commander-in-chief gushed over the First Lady, claiming she was extremely popular with the American public.”). They did report on PDJT’s church attendance, focusing, as ever, on the superficial:

President Trump appeared Sunday at a Virginia church with slicked back hair after a game of golf - sending social media into a frenzy over whether he is trying a new hairstyle

“President Trump appeared Sunday at a Virginia church with slicked back hair after a game of golf - sending social media into a frenzy over whether he is trying a new hairstyle.”

While standing on stage with Pastor David Platt, he was seen with his hair combed back, which got people on social media wondering what happened to the president.

It’s called “hat hair” and for what it’s worth, MOTUS approves.

Meanwhile, back in London Resistors gotta Resist, so protests against our president are coming together as we speak.

Protesters are organising a "national demonstration" which will start at Trafalgar Square at 11:00 on Tuesday. Both the Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up to Trump protest groups said they would be present.

The protests are apparently being led behind the scenes by London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, who compared our President to European dictators in a scathing Op-Ed over the weekend (It’s Un-British to roll out the red carpet for Donald Trump). Of course Kahn was outraged when VSGPDJT responded far more succinctly via Twitter:

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Donald Trump's first tweet on British soil was to tear into Sadiq Khan

You want to play ball with PDJT you play by his rules so just shut up.

Anyway…the President’s calendar today is packed:

9.00am: Air Force One lands at Stansted Airport.

9.40am: Mr Trump and Melania flown by helicopter to US Ambassador's residence in Regent's Park: Winfield House.

Midday: The President and First Lady will take off for Buckingham Palace where the Queen will meet them, show them around and then host them for lunch. Prince Harry will also be there - but his wife Meghan is at home caring for baby Archie.

3pm: The couple will then fly to Westminster Abbey  where they will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior - and have a tour of the historic church.

4pm: Prince Charles will then host them at Clarence House for a 15-minute meeting before heading back to Winfield House.

7.30pm: President Trump and his family will fly back to Buckingham Palace for the state banquet with the event last until around 11pm

That’s more than Obama, 20 years his junior, normally jammed into a whole week. Nevertheless, he managed to fundamentally change America in just 8 years. I’m hopeful that with President Trump’s stamina, he’ll be able to change it back in half that time.

Then he’ll have time to help Britain out with their sticky wicket once again as well.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Last Tango in Brazil

Obama tangos in Argentina during his South American Wine tour, 2016

Maintaining his long-standing tradition Barack Hussein Obama again took the opportunity to criticize America on foreign soil last week, this time in Brazil.

“Some of you may be aware, our gun laws in the United States don’t make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon, any time without much, if any, regulation."

Perhaps Brazilians can be forgiven for thinking our gun laws don’t make much sense as they are not necessarily educated in the terms of our Constitution. One does however expect an ex-American president to be familiar with such things as the purpose of the Bill of Rights, which is to protect the rights of individuals from government interference. As our founders knew only too well, one of the most common forms of governmental “interference” is tyrannical rule. Brazil too is certainly familiar with that sort of thing, having lived under a military dictatorship for 21 years from the mid-60s to the mid 80’s during which dissent was not tolerated. And it’s hardly as if Latin America in general is unfamiliar with tyrannical dictatorships: Venezuela, Argentina, Chili, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Uruguay – to mention a few. So perhaps they understand the people’s right to bear arms better than former president Obama does.

A few other things the former ‘Commander‘and Chief’ - as he liked to refer to himself – apparently doesn’t know either are the regulations that are in place in this country in order to purchase various guns whether over the internet or otherwise. The man sworn to uphold our laws for 8 years doesn’t even know the And this was a man who swore to uphold our laws for eight years doesn’t even know the basics of the National Firearms Act.

Ironically Barack would be a perfect Latin American dictator: an ill-informed elite socialist gun grabber with a fashionista wife.

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Oh, and by the way, Brazil which has very strict gun laws still experiences a murder rate that would make  Chicago blush. So I don’t know how that advances the narrative.

How about you just take one last bow on the tango floor and wave buh’ bye Barack.

Good night already, we’ve had just about as much fundamental transformation as we can tolerate.