Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Judge Neil Gorsuch is Donald Trump's SCOTUS Nominee

Great.  Now Cry It Out Chucky.

Don Surber: Trump's SCOTUS pick shuts up National Review I understand your need for a few 'I told you sos,' but let's get Gorsuch confirmed. Now we need to make sure Hatch, McCain, Graham and McConnell do what needs to be done in the Senate.   

TOM: Trump nominates a 'worthy' judge and Dems go into panic mode

Rush Limbaugh: The Left's Manufactured Reaction to Gorsuch and the Nuclear Option Explained

Democrats flailing while trying to maintain their outrage over Trump's temporary immigration order

Portland Leader of Trump Resistance arrested for underage sex with teenage boy...

A Reminder to Orin Hatch, John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and especially Mitch McConnell...

GOPe can't lose this fight. You think the left is freaking out, wait for what the conservative base will do if this SCOTUS nomination gets screwed by the GOPe. So why not give Chuck Schumer something to really cry about?  

I like Pryor. I like Gorsuch. I like Hardiman. But mainly, I want a conservative who will remain a conservative at the Supreme Court.  

Granite Grok says Mitch is in a touch place. Yeah, but it was pretty much going to go this way anyhow. Short of Trump nominating Merrill Garland, the Dems have to fight to appease their own base. Unlike the GOP, the Dems can lose this and survive another day.  The GOPe has to win this fight. 

Now Allahpundit noted that there may be a way for McConnell to pretend the Democrats have already done this, which I suppose could give some weak kneed GOPe a face saving way out. But you know what I think would be way better?  Tell Chuck Schumer collectively to screw himself.  

It is going to happen anyway. And the Dems will suddenly perceive this as the catastrophe it is (for them). Because if another Justice steps down or dies, Trump only needs a simple majority to get that nominee through. And the next Senate voting cycle does not favor Democrats.  


There is a 'Bachelor' quality to this roll out...

Monday, January 30, 2017

President Trump fires acting AG for defying immigration ban

Instapundit: NY Post: That was fast!

Statement on the Appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General 

The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.

It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.

Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.

"I am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed. I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected," said Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General.

AoSHQ: You're Fired!

Powerline: So who is Dana Boente?

Legal Insurrection: Yates Fired, Boente In

Twitchy: Hey Eric Holder, why don't you GFY

Dershowitz: Acting AG made a 'serious mistake' defying order

Rush Limbaugh: Only 33% oppose Trump's Temporary Refugee Ban

Instapundit: Fake News at the Times regarding former acting AG Sally Yates

Pam Geller: Chuck 'Crocodile Tears' Schumer supported a Syrian refugee ban in 2015

AoSHQ: McMuffin does what McMuffin does...although he is a McPuffin too...

Rush Limbaugh: When will we learn

Wombat: Michelle Malkin: Collecting The Tasty Tears From The EPA Trump Meltdown, Twitchy: TFW The Man Released From Detention At JFK Says He Likes Trump, Don Surber: Trump Gets Germany To Ante Up On NATO, also, Media In Fact Free-fall Over Immigration

Happy Birthday Fred Korematsu: Were the Democrats on the wrong side of history?

Japanese Internment was done under an executive order issued by Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt. All of the Supreme Court justices who voted that Korematsu's internment was constitutional (it was a 6-3 decision) were appointees of Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

Remember that.  

Instapundit: Remembering Roosevelt's VictimsMisstating the Constitution and Keeping Up Hysteria (it is good for fund raising)

AoSHQ: Morning Report has some interesting links and flashbacks

TOM: Democrats face some bad political math

Flashback: Dems blocked orphan refugees

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Who is behind shooting attack at the mosque in Quebec City? Update: The terror suspects identified as Mohamed Khadir and Alexandre Bissonnette. Bissonnette pro Trump?

Five are reportedly dead at the Mosque. Two suspects are reportedly in custody. One allegedly of the suspects allegedly has a Québécois name and the shooter supposedly had a Québécois accent. We still do not know if this was an anti Muslim shooting or a Muslim on Muslim attack.  

This is a breaking story...so it will develop.  

Instapundit: Should we blame the inflammatory rhetoric of Justin Trudeau? Don't be silly, the media and left will blame Donald Trump.


TOM: Canada Terrorist Update

Powerline: Update on Quebec City Mosque Shooting

Heavy: Five Facts about Alexandre Bissonnette

Only Bissonette is arrested and a suspect now?  Mohamed Khadir is a witness.

Six are dead now.  Blazing Cat Fur and the Daily Mail note one of the alleged shooters detained is of Moroccan origin.

Hot Air: Two In Custody

Fox News and TVA Nouvelles report: The terror suspects were identified as Mohamed Khadir and Alexandre Bissonnette, the Canadian TV network TVA Nouvelles reported. They were arrested soon after the shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre Sunday night and were expected to appear in court later Monday, police told reporters.

Legal Insurrection: Six dead, dozens injured, Mohamed Khadir and Alexandre Bissonnette in custody

Wombat: Michelle Malkin: Collecting The Tasty Tears From The EPA Trump Meltdown, Twitchy: TFW The Man Released From Detention At JFK Says He Likes Trump, Don Surber: Trump Gets Germany To Ante Up On NATO, also, Media In Fact Free-fall Over Immigration

Mark Steyn: Massacre at the Mosque

Donald Trump actually made Chuck Schumer cry?

Instapundit: 57% support Trump's ban,  Separating fact from hysteriaThe media are always the opposition party to Republicans (if you saw Martha Raddatz on This Week on Sunday you would know what I mean), New Frontiers In Fake NewsMiss Me Yet?So what is the real deal on this 'Muslim' ban? (it is not actually a Muslim ban), Mickey Kaus: Let's End DACA nowSusan Rice, you have a super power of stupid..., Chuck Schumer...he lies

TOM: Phallic ImperialismWhy aren't the Democrats decrying Baylor's rape culture? and Have everyone gone insane?

Pam Geller: Chuck 'Crocodile Tears' Schumer supported a Syrian refugee ban in 2015

DaTechGuy: Saudis now ok with safe zones in Syria?

Don Surber: Muslims ban with Trump

US Defense Watch: Soros resistance

Legal Insurrection: SCOTUS

Trump mocks Schumer tears

AoSHQ: Weepy McGee

Lem's Place

Democrats really think this get them back into power?

If you Democrats want Trump to win re-election, more of this please...

This diatribe is a motivational speech for Trump supporters

Occupy Democrats by the way was started in 2012 by Rafael and Omar Rivero and is a merger of lefty Democrats with the various George Soros "Occupy" funded groups. They say they are anti Trump, but they got started long before Trump was ever a serious contender in the 2016 race. What they are about is promoting a progressive leftist Soros-style agenda.  

In the 2016 primary race, Occupy Democrats went heavy for Bernie Sanders. When Bernie got forced out by Hillary, they went anti Trump.

TOM: Feminism is a hate movementPhallic issues, and Furry Freaks in Pennsylvania (bet they are Democrat voters)

Old School Tennis Down Under

They are not exactly old in their thirties, but for the world of professional tennis they are the old guard and there is a lot of excitement with the Williams sisters facing each other in the women's finals and Federer and Nadal in the men's finals. 

Serena and Venus Willams faced off in the women's finals and Serena prevailed!

Due to a stupid misunderstanding and over reaction, ESPN's Doug Adler was not present to report on the Australian Open Finals

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Leftists freaking out about Syrian Refugees today are hypocrites and liars...

Those on the left freaking out today over President Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees from Syria can go, with all due respect, GF themselves. They were silent as Christians and other religious minorities were left to die in Syria and Iraq at the hands of ISIS (and sometimes our supposed allies we were supporting) when Barack Obama was in charge. As Elliot Abrams in Newsweek noted in September: The Obama Administration effectively bars Christian, but not Muslim refugees from Syria. 

Trump is flipping that policy, making the emphasis on bringing in Christian refugees.  This makes sense for several good reasons: 1) Christians are targeted for the harshest treatment by ISIS in Syria, 2) Christian refugees are easier to vet for safety coming to the United States, 3) Christian refugees are easier to assimilate in the United States, and 4) Barack Obama over favored Muslim Syrians for years, so it fairer to focus now on Christians.  I would also encourage our refugee police to embrace bringing in other religious minorities facing persecution and death at the hands of ISIS.  

And leftists, do not keep bringing up Anne Frank and Jews fleeing the Nazis. Your Democrat hero Franklin Delano Roosevelt did very little to help Jewish refugees into the USA. European Jews were also a zero threat on becoming terrorists once they got here. FDR also could have done far more to disrupt and slow the Holocaust. 

Instapundit: 57% support Trump's banSeparating fact from hysteria, Remember when Democrats pushed no fly lists without due processLeft Immigration Freefall: Don SurberRoger Simon: My Islam problem and yours, WaPo's fact checker admits an inconvenient fact about fact checking the left, Leftist Hypocrisy makes me sick: Obama did a six month immigration pause and none of you blinkedSafezones in SyriaTrump's Means It

Federalist: Obama stopped the refugee program for six months (looks like Trump is baiting the press again)

Twitchy: Glenn Kessler admits the media are incompetent and there is a double standard for Dems

Legal Insurrection: Most claims about Trump's visa executive order are false or misleading

Powerline: Is President Trump's ban the worst of both worlds? and Myths and Reality

David French: Separating facts from hysteria on Trump's Immigration order

AoSHQ: Morning Report has some interesting links and flashbacks

TOM: The problem of 'racist facts'

Don Surber: Borderline Insanity

John Hurt RIP

Instapundit: John Hurt RIP

Mike Connors RIP

I will throw in a Rule 5 link for Gail FisherLeslie Parrish and other Mannix co-stars and guest stars...

Rule 5 and FMJRA

Year of the Rooster: Chinese New Year

Friday, January 27, 2017

Women's March Featured Speaker a Rapist, Murderer and a Homophobe...

I am really curious to see how Rosario Dawson plays her in the upcoming movie...

Probably very similarly to how Hollywood portrays homophobe and murderer Che Guvera

EBL: Ashley Judd and Stay Angry My Friends (the DC Women's March)

TOM: Opps

Never Again: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Why Twitter Is Failing and the EU is doomed: #FreeSargonOfAkkad

Yeah, yeah, I know Twitter is a private platform and it can ban people for any reason it wants. That does not make what Twitter did above right. It is also a stupid position for Twitter, because that is why Twitter is failing as a social media platform.  

And what Sargon of Akkad said is absolutely right. And everyone knows it is right. And you wonder how we got Brexit and Trump? More of this and Le Pen may win in France.  

March for Life 2017

Donald Trump is hardly perfect, but as Ace notes, he is willing to take the media on over their own biases in a way none of us have ever seen. And that is something to be thankful for. And Vice President Mike Pence is the highest ranked politician ever to attend this march (and this is not mere posing, since Pence has a long history of attending before today).  

So while the left spins itself into butter, the right needs to focus on the opportunity right in front of us. I'm quickly getting tired of conservative pundits like Kevin Williamson and John Podhortez lecturing us. I generally like Kevin and John, but they are not being objective (perhaps they need a White Russian, and no not some pale prostitute in a Moscow hotel). As a former #NeverTrumper Erick Erickson notes, there is a lot to be thankful for. And it's week one. 

With all due respect Kevin, you state "[i]f the Right gets a couple of good Supreme Court justices, corporate-tax reform, and some meaningful regulatory relief, we can call that a win." Really? Try to control your enthusiasm. Pause a second and then think what that really means. That would be an awesome victory. Think of what could have been if Hillary Clinton won (an alternative dystopian future I thought we would be heading into on the morning of November 8). Trump will also likely appoint half the federal bench during his first term. For me, it's been a little Christmas morning every day since.

When Trump screws up (and he will) then you critics can say something. Until then, I am going to enjoy the winning and encourage the Trump Administration to do more positive things.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

State Department Officials Resign Over Trump? Update: Or were they fired and there are just four of them?

Anyone who has spent some time around State Department personnel knows, many of them (not all) are despicable lefty lifers who are contemptuous to American values and interests. They think they are above mere politicians, let alone American citizens. Do you want to guess which ones are leaving the State Department over Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump?  

Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out! I doubt there is a lot of courage in this decision. They are probably all eligible for retirement and going out to try to score consulting and lobbying gigs.  

Instapundit: How will Rex Tillerson cope? and is this story fake news to over play what happened?,  State Department Senior Management Resign (this is the self draining swamp), Tears on their consoles (time to quit), Obama sending money to his buddies but Trump freezes payout to Palestinians, Border Patrol Chief asked to leave

Wombat: Hogewash: What Presidential Honeymoon? and Jammie Wearing Fools: That Was Fast – Trump Surges To 59% Approval, Angry Left Hardest Hit

Legal Insurrection: State Department Senior Management Team Resigns

Twitchy: The Tears Of A Clown! and Fake News (only four fired)

Rush Limbaugh: The Wall and a JPod shout out

AmPowerBlog: A long 4 years for progressives

Daily Wire: Fake News: They were fired

Don Surber: Fake News of the Day

Mark Steyn: Cry me a wetland

Good negotiation involves understanding the motivations of who you are negotiating with...

Donald Trump can certainly be an a****** on occasion (we all knew that going in), but when it comes to understanding human condition and motivation in an objective way he is way more astute than Barack Obama. And that is why he is playing with his opponents (more often than not) like a cat with a...🐁

TOM: Madness , More Madness  and CNN Commie Stooges (there is a lot of crazy going around)

EBL: Trump promises his wall will be way better than Matt Damon's

Legal Insurrection: Mexico cancels and Tariffs?

Don Surber: Instapresident and Links

Weasel Zippers: Peso tumbles

I recognize Mexicans (and neighboring Central and South countries) are sensitive about North American bullying. But I also recognize Trump is no fool when it comes to negotiating, he knows it is carrots and sticks. And being respectful to Mexico does not mean we have to tolerate Mexico ignoring our borders.  

The "wall" is one aspect of border security. We also need to start enforcing our existing laws and coming up with a system to track visa overstays (almost half of illegal immigration are people who fly into the USA and overstay their visas). We need to start fining employers who hire illegals (in a way that makes hiring illegals not worth the trouble). Efforts to deport illegals needs to start with criminals. We do those things and you mostly solve the immigration issue.  

Jonah Goldberg: Humiliating Mexico over the wall would be a big mistake

Instapundit: Carlos Slim calls Trump "a great negotiator"

President Trump promises his wall will be way greater than Matt Damon's...

Beating that Matt Damon movie may not be a very high hurdle for Trump to top.

When it comes to movie walls, I liked the one in Monsters 
(well, better than the Matt Damon movie)

Ok, it is not that great, but it was better in the theater...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Scottish Widows Rule 5

Given it is Bobbie Burns Day I am going with this. Scottish Widows , a division of Lloyds Banking Group, got a new spokes-model a couple of years ago, These ads are a pretty iconic television commercial presence in the UK.  Scottish Widows was set up in 1815 to help women after the during the Napoleonic Wars. The name Scottish Widows strongly suggests they are not lassies (which ed asked for, although I think he meant from a beauty stand point)  So here it goes:

Daily Mail: Scottish Widows Returns (the three prior widows)

Rule 5 and FMJRA