Friday, January 20, 2017
Hail to the Chief; Hail to the President; Hail to President Trump! Make no mistake about it, Donald trump is President of the United States and of the people of the United States. His is a true populist campaigning for the people. He understood that the American people wanted a change, and needed a change. He offered the change. His inaugural speech was for the people, the American people who elected him. Donald Trump, the candidate, is Donald Trump the President. He reached out to the people. What an amazing concept in modern America. The President remains the same as the Presidential candidate. The campaign speech became the inaugural address. No hidden agenda. He said the American carnage will stop now. He said he will “Make America Great Again,” looking to the future. Not “Hope and Change”, but “America First.” “We will bring back our dreams” We will “rebuild our country with American hands and American tools,” and bring back jobs. He will also eradicate Radical Islamic Terrorism. He spoke to the military and to law enforcement. His Administration will not be waging a War on the Police. He spoke to the American people, the American people who elected him. He spoke to the “forgotten” men and women of America, his voters. He did not speak to the elites. He did not speak to the media. He did not speak to the academics. He did not speak to the Never Trumpers. He did not speak to the sufferers of the Trump Derangement Syndrome. These groups still do not understand him. His people do. He did not speak to the 60 Democratic members of Congress who boycotted his inauguration. He spoke to the people. He spoke to the American people as the President of Change. He spoke to all Americans, and reached out to all Americans, but the speech was to his people, the middle class and blue collar workers. He spoke to us deplorables. He consistently used the word “We’ – not “I.” His is the Presidency of “We the People.” He knows who his voters are. How ironic that a billionaire builder who never worked for the government and never served in the military, is the President of the people. Madame Tussauds has replaced President Barack Obama with President Donald Trump. The transition is complete. Here’s what we can expect. Donald Trump proved in New York City that he gets things down. Donald Trump showed during the campaign that he is indefatigable. His 4:00am tweets indicate he does not sleep. He will get things down in the White House. Much of President Obama’s “Legacy” may be rendered asunder in President Trump’s First 100 Days, but not the most important legacy of President Obama in American history, the election of an African American as President of the United States. President Obama did not, and could not, end the racial divide in America, but his election was an important milestone in American history. President Obama gave us President Trump just as President Carter gave rise to President Reagan.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, the icon of three ring circus, is closing up shop later this year. The once great Big Apple Circus is auctioning off its assets in bankruptcy. The Cole Circus closed last year. The traditional American Circus is no more. Fear not though, the American Circus is coming to Washington, D.C. tomorrow for a long run. No, it is not the Trump Administration. Nor is it the populist deplorables. Nor is it the Trump Cabinet. The performance of the cabinet appointees so far in the Senate Hearings has been outstanding. President Elect Trump has nominated highly successful military leaders, business leaders, and politicians. They have proven themselves to be intelligent, thoughtful and articulate, sometimes more so than their interlocutors. President Elect Trump has nominated competent conservatives to his Cabinet, so conservative that the Democrats would like to vigorously oppose every one of them, perhaps even Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They can’t; they must pick and choose their battles. The teacher unions ardently oppose Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Her heresy is her support of charter schools. The unions in general abhor Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor. The position normally goes to a representative of the unions. Donald Trump’s view is that the Department should represent the interests of the workers, which are not necessarily those of the unions. The Civil Rights Movement rejects out of hand Senator Jeffry Sessions of Alabama. Environmentalists are repelled by Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma Attorney General, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Advocates of ObamaCare are scared of Congressman Tom Price, a doctor fiercely opposed to ObamaCare. How good are these nominees? Little soundbites have emerged from their hearings. The Democrats can’t make anything stick. The Circus coming Friday is a combination of the protesters, media, and Democrats who still can’t understand they lost. They will act like screaming banshees. The mainstream media hasn’t learned from its failed, biased coverage during the general election. It will seemingly stop at nothing to delegitimize Trump, even taking off on typos, but nary a peep about Senator Obama campaigning in all 57 states with one to go. They’re acting like a one trick pony. If the protestors don’t get violent, then it will be quite a spectacle to watch. Watch an army of fact checkers twist in contortions as they back flip to try to find even minute, out of context, mistakes by President Trump. Watch Rosie O'Donnell continue to bemoan President Obama for not declaring martial law and postponing President Trump's inauguration. Watch the Hollywood celebrities occasionally slip out of their Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Malibu cocoons, fly over the deplorables in Fly Over Country to “bravely” speak out at Democratic events and Hollywood events. Speaking of “Deplorables,” the DeploraBall Friday was attacked by demonstrators Thursday. Watch the White House Press Corps play musical chairs in the tiny press room. Watch some D.C. universities offer perpetual safe spaces and comfort zones to students unable to co-exist so close to the Trump White House for the next four years. Watch the California Democrats try to make themselves relevant with more boycotts and demonstrations as more businesses leave California for Trump Country. Watch the media yell outrage after outrage, not noticing the declining circulation and layoffs among their publications. Watch the vitriol over President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments. It will be a mud fight as the Democrats attempt to Bork the nominees. Watch President Obama stay in D.C. and constantly lambaste the policies of the Trump Administration. See if any one actually listens aside from the usual suspects. Watch Justice Kennedy’s vote become irrelevant after two President Trump appointments to the Supreme Court Watch President Trump refill Gitmo Enjoy the Twitter battles. Enjoy Judy Collins’ song, “Send in the Clowns.”
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Our democracy is great. Freedom of Speech is a wonderful right. Meryl Streep is free to say what she wants about President Elect Obama, who in turn is free to label her “overrated.’ I too have freedom of speech and can blog whatever I want about her statements. The actress received the Cecil B. De Mille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes Sunday night. She could have thanked those responsible for her success, but instead took off on the President Elect. She received scores of congratulatory messages from fellow celebrities on her bold, brave act. Bravery and boldness had nothing to do with it. It takes no bravery in the Hollywood community to attack Republicans and Donald Trump. It’s expected. A brave and bold series of statements would include: Attacking the sexism of Hollywood against female directors; Attacking the sexism of Hollywood against aging actresses, with Meryl Streep being the notable exception; Attack the on-going reality of casting couches; Attack the Hollywood practice of using able-bodied actors to portray disabled actors; Attack the 4 Chicago thugs who brutally beat, recorded, and broadcast their beating of a disabled person, Say Blue Lives matter and attack the murderers of police officers Attack the alcohol and drugs that are plaguing the Hollywood Community; Attack both the celebrity sex tapes and those who hack them; Attack the Hollywood Pop Tarts who cast Hollywood in a bad way Attacking rather than saluting Roman Polanski, guilty of the statutory rape of a 13 year old. Meryl Street had the platform to do any of those, but choose the celebrity popular route of trashing Donald Trump.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
And on the seventh day God had finished his work of creation FDR had his 100 days JFK had 1,000 days President Obama spent 8 years transforming America to his vision And now many expect instant miracles from the GOP Congress and President Trump on January 20. A sweep of his pen stroke and all will be undone Would it were so simple! The Obama legacy is a combination of statutes. executive orders, agency dictates, regulatory agency rules and regulations, and administrative discretion A partial list includes ObamaCare Dodd Frank The War on Coal The War on Fossil Fuels The War on Police Paris Accords EPA’s jurisdictional statement of “waters of the United States” Keystone Pipeline North Dakota Pipeline National Monuments designations in Nevada and Utah Ban on offshore drilling in Alaska and the Atlantic The betrayal of Israel Iran and the Iran Agreement Net Neutrality Department of Labor overtime rules Orders to ICE to stand down Dreamers The borders Common Core Charter schools The Department of Education’s Dear John Letter and Sexual Harassment Guidance The shrinkage of America’s military GITMO NLRB Student loans Race relations Consumer Product Safety Council Supreme Court and other judicial appointments The mess known as the Mideast EPA The VA The IRS Cybersecurity All while The Senate Minority leader, Senator Charles Schumer, threatens to slow walk President Trump’s nominees, partially to delay implementation of the Trump Agenda The Democrats and media claim that it is impossible to repeal, and thus unravel, ObamaCare with all its tentacles in the health industry. Remember Alexander the Great in cutting the Gordian Knot. Also remember ObamaCare is collapsing of its own weight – do not expect the Republicans to bail it out. The individual and employer mandates will be history. The tax increases will be rescinded. Quite an Obama legacy! What have I left out? President Trump will get it done. He’s appointed conservatives with strong views. Just not in I day, or even 100 days
Saturday, December 31, 2016
The Cubs Win the World Series!!!!!!!! Donald Trump Wins the Presidency!!!!!!! The Triumph of the Deplorables The Less Publicized Losses 0f 2016 The end of the year brings us reminders of the famous and great that have left us during the past year. Most would be heroes, politicians or celebrities. Let us also remember the unsung who added much to our lives. Michael “Jim” Delligatti died at 98 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. His claim to fame enriched generations of children. He was the MacDonald’s franchisee who created the Big Mac. Joe Sutter. Many of us take jet travel for granted. Joe Sutter was the chief designer of one of the greatest passenger planes of all time, the iconic Boeing B-747. Robert Hulseman, inventor of the Red Solo cup Leon Russell, the musician’s musician John Schnabel, 96 year old patriarch of a gold mining family, including grandson Parker Schnabel Joe Santos, Lt. Becker King Bhumibol Adulyadej, monarch of Thailand for 70 years Jon “Jock” Moffat, he fired the torpedo that crippled the Bismarck Let us not forget Youree Dell Harris, better known as Miss Cleo, the fake Jamaican psychic from Los Angeles, who was unable to predict her own bust. Blue Lives matter - The 65 police officers gunned to death so far this year, 21 of whom were assassinated in ambushes. 136 officers in total lost their lives in the line of duty this year. The over 750 homicide victims, including innocent children, in Chicago For those of us glued to the Discovery, Nature and National Geographic channels, we lost the Queen of Ranthambore, Machli, the acclaimed Bengal tigress who successfully raised 5 litters, died at 20, far outliving the normal life span of tigers in the wild. Bretagne, The last rescue dog at 9/11 Ground Zero Harambe, the gorilla Carnegie Deli The Atlantic City Taj Mahal Still Alive The Trump Derangement Syndrome The New York Times, MSNBC, and much of the media will spend the next 4 years demonizing and delegitimizing Donald Trump while viewership and readership declines
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
The Obama Administration passively sat on its hands and mikes last Friday as the United Nations formally branded Israel a Rouge Nation. or The Obama Administration orchestrated the vote behind the scenes. The Obama Administration on its way out of office let pass a resolution labeling the Israeli settlements “a violation of international law.” The proclamation held that Israeli settlements on lands occupied since 1967 have no legal validity. We have known for 8 years that President Obama reviled Israel, but carefully masked it as personal animus towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We have known for 8 years that the Obama foreign policy has several planks based on complete naiveté: 1 The United States military enforces a foreign policy of global oppression; 2 Israel is the root source of chaos in the Mideast 3 Israel is an oppressor nation, especially to the Palestinian people 4 The source of stability in the Mideast is to be Iran 5 His national security advisors consist of political operatives like Tom Donilon and Ben Rhodes or clueless advisors like Susan Rice. We have recognized for 8 years that President Obama might well pull the plug on supporting Israel, but hoped he wouldn’t. His foreign policy was obvious early. First, he insulted our true ally, England, by shipping the Churchill Bust. Then he sat by as the Mullahs ruthlessly suppressed Iranian student demonstrations against a stolen election. Not a peep of solidarity or even outrage. The Mullahs cemented power and resolve. They knew what they needed to know about the new American President. They had his number. The third early step was to summarily abandon the anti-ballistic missile defenses in Czechoslovakia and Poland, President Obama was peeved in 2011 that the Prime Minister rejected his 13 non-negotiable demands. He kept the Prime Minister dangling and then abruptly left, saying he was going to go to dinner with his family. He let Then he let Prime Minister Netanyahu sit for three hours Israel and the United States entered into an agreement in 1975 to guarantee Israel access to oil at reasonable cost. The agreement was twice extended for a ten year term. The State Department did not renew the agreement in November 2014. The Prime Minister was flying to the United States when the President delivered a speech before the United nations. He demanded in his speech that Israel retreat to its’ pre-1967 borders. Rumors are that Israelis was about to unleash its air force on the Iranian nuclear facilities when the Obama Administration warned Israel in 2014 that the United States would shoot down the Israeli jets. Reports are also that President Obama denied access to Israel of the larger bunker busting bombs necessary to destroy Iran’s underground nuclear facilities. A related story is that the Pentagon delayed in resupplying Israel during its recent war with Hamas. The President was caught on a live mike in 2011 with French President Sarkozy, who complained about dealing with Netanyahu. President Obama responded “You’re fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day.” Prime minister Netanyahu won reelection in March 2015. President Obama, who is outraged Russia interfered with our Presidential election, sent operatives and money to Japan to defeat the Prime minister. He also threatened the British if they voted to leave the EU. A high Obama Administration official referred in October 2014 to Prime Minister Netanyahu as “chicken shit.” The President acted now because he could. He is politically liberated. He needed the Jewish vote in 2008. He needed the Jewish vote in 2012. The voters rejected his program in 2010 and 2014. They defeated his globalist successor Hillary Clinton who needed the Jewish vote 6 weeks ago. He is free. He is liberated. He is released. He is embittered. He knows the American public has rejected his policies. He has the power of the Presidency under noon January 20, 2017. He will exercise that power. He will show the world that he is still President and meaningful. He is doing everything in his power to fulfill the program he entered office with 8 years ago. His war on fossil fuels continues. The long term consequences of President Obama’s Israel act are momentous. The United Nations has now effectively branded Israel a rogue nation, fueling the rising global anti-Semitism, including on American campuses. He risks splintering the Democratic Party. The Jewish bloc has been a core constituency of the Democrats since FDR’s New Deal. The President has created identity issues for the scores of Jewish politicians in Congress, state, and local offices. Let’s see how many will support Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota as the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee. The globalist President has imperiled Congressional funding of the United Nations. Very few Congressional Republicans are sympathetic to the UN. President Trump will place the interests of Israel above the United Nations. He is giving false hope to the Palestinians. Secretary of State explained that the Israeli Settlements are fueling terrorism. This excuse is as inane as President Obama continually proclaiming that Gitmo promotes terrorism. The reality in Palestine is that the school children are taught in Arabic that Israel is the enemy and terrorism, including suicide bombings, are encouraged. Look for Israel to accelerate the settlements. The Palestinians can have the two nation solution if they want it. They know the conditions. They have to recognize the existence of Israel. They won’t for three reasons. First, they can stay in office while demagogy with the Palestinian population. Second, they can get personally rich through corruption as long as they stay in power. Third, any Palestinian leader understands that any attempt to meaningfully negotiate with Israel can result in an assassination. President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Powers have made the United States even more feckless than before. President Obama has 24 more days to do additional damage to the United States, its friends and allies, and world order. The fear it’s not over. Secretary of State Kerry is rumored to be delivering a speech soon in which he will essentially attempt to dictate the negotiation terms between Israel and the Palestinians, followed by the Obama Administration pushing that resolution through the United Nations. President Obama begun his Administration by insulting one ally, England, and finished it by betraying a second ally, Israel. In between are Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Libya, Syria, the Russia Reset, China rising in the South China Sea, and Sergeant Bergdahl. The Obama foreign policy has been incredibly hapless, but sadly very consequential. He’s leaving the Mideast more unstable than usual. The proper approach is to take the Obama/Clinton/Kerry foreign policy and do the opposite. (By way of full disclosure, my parents split before my birth. I grew up the son of a single mom with my father staying absolutely, 100% out of my life. I knew his name, that he was from Chicago, that his parents immigrated from Romania, and that he was wounded in World War II during the Italian Campaign. I grew up Christian, attended a Jesuit University, and married in the Church. I found out recently through a DNA test on 23andMe that I am 46.5% Ashkenazi. My dad was Jewish! Thus I am a Christian who is half Jewish)
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Statistics can be fun. You can read them any way you wish. As the old saying goes, “Statistics don’t lie; statisticians lie.” Democrats ask how could Secretary Hillary Clinton have lost the Presidential election when she won 2,865,075 more votes than her opponent Donald Trump? Of course, she lost the Electoral College by 306 votes to 232, or is it 304 to 227 after several faithless electors voted for others. How did Hillary win by 2,865,075 votes? She rang up a majority of 4.2 million votes in California and 1.6 million votes in New York States. 1.7 million of her California majority came from Los Angeles County. Hypothetically remove these 2 states and Donald Trump won 2.8 million more votes than Hillary Clinton throughout the rest of the country. Republican candidates for the House of Representatives won 3 million more votes than their Democratic opponents. Donald Trump thereby underperformed the Republican Party in the election. Hillary Clinton actually received 389,944 more votes than President Obama in his 2012 reelection campaign. Yet she underperformed him. His coalition did not turn out for her in the critical states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. She racked up her California supermajority, which was a waste of organization, staffing, and campaign dollars. More damaging to the Democrats is their losses in Congress and at the state level. They have lost over 1,030 legislative seats and governorships from 2009 to 2017. President Obama’s first year in office saw 60 Senate votes (58 D, 2I, including a switch from Republican to Democrat by Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Spector.) Democrats held 255 House seats compared to 179 for the Republicans. The new Congress will show 46 Democrats and 2 Democratic caucusing independents compared to 52 seats for the Republicans. The House of Representatives switched from 255 Democrats and 179 Republicans in 2009 to 241 Republicans and 194 Democrats in 2017. The state level shows even stronger Republican success. The Democrats in 2009 totally controlled 27 state houses (Governor and both legislative branches) compared to 14 for the Republicans. The GOP now holds total control of 25 statehouses compared to only 5 for Democrats. In addition, they hold 32 governorships compared to 16 for the Democrats. President Obama is trying in the final days of his Administration to cement his transformative, progressive legacy. His legacy is a conservative, Republican nation with a befuddled, decimated Democratic Party. President Obama has statistically transformed America. That is a fact.