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« Reply #200 on: February 27, 2017, 09:34:01 AM »

Which is not a reason to cast a blind eye here. 

I note the article may be smearing in some of what it writes, but there are things in it that leave me with a raised eyebrow over a hairy eyeball.
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« Reply #201 on: February 27, 2017, 12:53:31 PM »

Caroline Glick, the Israeli journalist/commentator, who has my great respect, posts the following article accompanied by these words:

"For the second time, Sebastian Gorka is a friend of Israel's and doesn't have an anti-Semitic bone in his body.
It's terrible and shameful that American Jewish groups are participating in disinformation campaigns against the Trump administration which unlike the Obama White House and the Democrat Party, is friendly to Israel and Jewish interests"

That settles it for me.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/attacks-top-trump-adviser-gorka-product-obama-admin-holdovers-targeted-leaks/
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« Reply #202 on: February 27, 2017, 01:02:25 PM »

That beats like a war drum till it is ground into our brains:

https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/02/meet-the-medias-latest-target-for-political-destruction-in-trumps-white-house-dr-sebastian-gorka
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« Reply #203 on: February 27, 2017, 01:28:39 PM »

"“I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” he said. “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”    undecided

https://www.yahoo.com/news/president-trump-nobody-knew-health-161803919.html

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« Reply #204 on: February 27, 2017, 06:03:14 PM »

Certainly on the short list , , ,  tongue rolleyes

Anyway, here's this

https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/02/meet-the-medias-latest-target-for-political-destruction-in-trumps-white-house-dr-sebastian-gorka?utm_content=buffer5a90d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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« Reply #205 on: February 28, 2017, 10:10:05 AM »

Cory Booker and Wyden didn't make a fuss when it was Clinton using personal emails.  Pruitt broke no laws and no evidence he destroyed electronic evidence . 
He was obviously very lawyerly set up for this with pre planned questions.  So why did he deny using personal email?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/records-show-epas-pruitt-used-private-email-despite-203908715--politics.html
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« Reply #206 on: February 28, 2017, 11:12:10 AM »

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/321468-trumps-unconventional-new-guru-for-messaging
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« Reply #207 on: March 01, 2017, 07:20:52 AM »

Great speech last night - >  A+

I liked his sticking it to Obama a few times too.

I am here to represent America not the world!!!    grin
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« Reply #208 on: March 01, 2017, 11:24:20 AM »

Agreed!  A+!  cool cool cool

Chris Wallace and Van Jones both (!) said "Last night he became The President".
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« Reply #209 on: March 03, 2017, 07:07:16 AM »

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/obama-officials-reportedly-rushed-preserve-152754896.html

As expected.  Lindsey Graham called for special prosecutor into the claims Russian interference into the election.  I have not heard if his useful idiot bossom buddy McCain has done so but more likely then not he will too.   They were just on Hillary's fan's show on CNN, Dana Bash. 

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« Reply #210 on: March 03, 2017, 07:37:30 AM »

 angry

Of all the stupid things.  The Repubs again play right into the hands of the DEms.  They control Washington but as they always have, simply buckle.

Now we may have a special prosecutor that WILL dog Trump for the entire 4 yrs.  EVen if they limit the investigation they will find other avenues along the way and get  judge's permission to go down all the roads this takes them:

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/now-obama-appointee-name-special-223921337.html

ALREADY they are caving.
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« Reply #211 on: March 03, 2017, 09:06:15 AM »

angry

Of all the stupid things.  The Repubs again play right into the hands of the DEms.  They control Washington but as they always have, simply buckle.

Now we may have a special prosecutor that WILL dog Trump for the entire 4 yrs.  EVen if they limit the investigation they will find other avenues along the way and get  judge's permission to go down all the roads this takes them:

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/now-obama-appointee-name-special-223921337.html

ALREADY they are caving.



The Stupid party is also known for it's weakness.

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/SD.jpg

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« Reply #212 on: March 03, 2017, 10:39:31 AM »



https://medium.com/theyoungturks/the-basic-formula-for-every-shocking-russia-trump-revelation-e9ae390d9f05#.clxyfwyeh
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« Reply #213 on: March 07, 2017, 05:52:44 PM »

"“The most important job any woman can have is being a mother and it shouldn’t mean taking a pay cut,” she stated in the advertisement. “My father will change outdated labor laws so that they support women and American families.”

So legislate having your employer pay for child care?  Someone has to pay for this.


http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/07/democrats-love-ivanka-trumps-child-care-paid-family-leave-plan/
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« Reply #214 on: March 07, 2017, 10:04:14 PM »

IIRC her brothers and she could not vote for him in the NY primary because they were still registered Dems , , ,

Anyway, for further discussion of this subject please take it to a policy based thread, -- Entitlements or something like that. 
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« Reply #215 on: March 08, 2017, 10:57:01 AM »

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/03/08/trump-finds-his-10th-justice-and-its-not-miguel-estrada/?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.c999e21f0729
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« Reply #216 on: March 12, 2017, 06:43:12 AM »

I've posted how I like Bharara's corruption fighting efforts before.
I didn't know he worked with Schumer in the past:

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Alberto-Gonzales-Bharara-arrogant-quit/2017/03/11/id/778218/
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« Reply #217 on: March 13, 2017, 07:51:00 AM »

This guy is no longer popular with me.  He is arrogant, has a big mouth.  He also seems to have a sense of entitlement.

The Left will help him run for office.  He is perfect for them.  Fits right in:

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Bharara-tweet-fired-Trump/2017/03/12/id/778290/
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« Reply #218 on: March 14, 2017, 07:37:55 PM »

The Hermitage is an interesting museum.  Huge beautiful plantation with house intact.  Not much remains of the slave houses, or if I recall, nothing of them does:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/14/report-donald-trump-to-lay-wreath-at-andrew-jacksons-tomb-before-rallying-supporters-in-tennessee/

Jackson is buried out back with his wife and I think a dog is buried there?
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« Reply #219 on: March 14, 2017, 11:33:58 PM »

When your president is better at trolling than you are....

If you missed it, Donald Trump Jr, hammered Rachel Maddow tonight for proving that his father paid 40 million dollars in taxes. It is a thing of beauty.

http://www.chicksontheright.com/donald-trump-jr-hilariously-thanks-rachel-maddow-tax-return-bombshell/

https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/841833345604583424
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« Reply #220 on: March 15, 2017, 03:19:26 AM »

It would appear that due to the pressure to fill the empty positions (500+?!?) in the tier immediately below cabinet level are creating some serious errors:


Caroline Glick says:

I'm glad that Secretary of Defense James Mattis withdrew his nomination of Muslim Brotherhood supporter and Israel detractor Anne Patterson from consideration to serve as the #4 official at the Pentagon.
Here's someone else that needs to go. Pronto

https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/03/iran-deal-architect-is-now-running-tehran-policy-at-the-state-department
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« Reply #221 on: March 15, 2017, 07:09:54 AM »

"I'm glad that Secretary of Defense James Mattis withdrew his nomination of Muslim Brotherhood supporter and Israel detractor Anne Patterson from consideration to serve as the #4 official at the Pentagon.
Here's someone else that needs to go. Pronto"

 grin

Huff Compost wonders if "Trump himself" released this to the liberal reporter:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rachel-maddow-donald-trump-tax-return_us_58c8a110e4b022994fa317ba?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

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« Reply #222 on: March 16, 2017, 06:13:47 PM »

http://ijr.com/2017/03/824623-secretary-zinke-spent-snow-day-shoveling-giving-tours-closed-lincoln-memorial/
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« Reply #223 on: March 17, 2017, 01:55:54 PM »

I'm hearing that something like 500 second tier positions are still open/being held by Obama holdovers.   cry cry cry  This is a serious error, as the saying goes "People are policy". 

Here is an article about what is going on with foreign policy.

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/227526/obamas-foreign-policy-wizards
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« Reply #224 on: March 17, 2017, 02:09:45 PM »

Instead of doing the job we elected him to do he is wasting time with this stuff:

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Trump-Legal-Action-Tax-Returns-Leak/2017/03/17/id/779263/

Maybe stop flying to his estate in Palm Beach already too:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-florida-mar-a-lago-resort-almost-quarter-palm-beach-a7616171.html

why can't he keep himself in DC?
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« Reply #225 on: March 19, 2017, 09:09:58 AM »

Threatening to sue is something Trump does.  Frankly, as a businessman it looks like has bullied "smaller" people with this tactic , , , not infrequently.  It is quite unappealing about him.

As for time in Florida, to a certain extent I can get his wanting to get out of Washington, but , , ,

Wherever he is, I'd like to see him exert the CEO skills he purports to have and fill the second tier.


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« Reply #226 on: March 19, 2017, 09:19:36 AM »

The man's resume impressed me greatly, but this concerns me greatly , , ,

http://raymondibrahim.com/2017/03/16/evidence-mcmaster-shares-obamas-views-islam-terror/
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« Reply #227 on: March 19, 2017, 10:51:09 PM »



https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/white-house-installs-political-aides-at-cabinet-agencies-to-be-trumps-eyes-and-ears/2017/03/19/68419f0e-08da-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.cbb9bb16a8e0
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« Reply #228 on: March 20, 2017, 02:47:07 PM »

https://pjmedia.com/spengler/2017/03/17/i-denounce-the-shameful-slanders-against-sebastian-gorka-friend-of-israel/
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« Reply #229 on: March 21, 2017, 06:04:42 AM »

From politico.  I don't disagree with the ethical questions the article raises and at a minimum at least the appearance of this.  It serves to undermine everything else and give great fodder to the political opposition:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/ivanka-trump-white-house-236273

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« Reply #230 on: March 21, 2017, 10:06:08 AM »

https://pjmedia.com/spengler/2017/03/17/i-denounce-the-shameful-slanders-against-sebastian-gorka-friend-of-israel/

I Denounce the Shameful Slanders Against Sebastian Gorka, Friend of Israel
 BY DAVID P. GOLDMAN MARCH 17, 2017



"My father walked Jewish classmates to school to protect them from the anti-Semites during the war," Dr. Sebastian Gorka (pictured above with the author) told me in Washington yesterday. He is still astonished by the allegations in left-wing media (and particularly Jewish media) that his father--a hero of the anti-fascist and anti-Communist resistance in Hungary--was a tied up with pro-Nazi elements in Hungary, and that he himself is linked to an Hungarian fascist organization.

Like the campaign of slander against his White House colleague Steve Bannon, these are lies from the whole cloth. As Liel Leibovitz (a liberal journalist at Tablet Magazine) wrote March 16: "I’d like to reach out to my friends and colleagues across town and ask, with clear eyes and a full heart: Have you lost your minds?"


 
Why the Big Lie About Steve Bannon?
There was an anti-Communist organization called Vitézi Rend, destroyed by the Communist government in the 1950s. Gorka’s father, Paul, was a dedicated member of the anti-Communist underground, and had risked his life to organize the Hungarian resistance and deliver vital information about the Soviets to western intelligence agencies, including the MI6. He was eventually arrested, badly tortured, and spent two years in solitary confinement and some more in forced labor in the coal mines before eventually escaping to England. The elder Gorka received a medal from the old Vitézi Rend and wears it on formal occasions to honor his father. After Communism fell in 1989 a number of new organizations called themselves Vitézi Rend, and some of them harbor anti-Semites. By this obtuse chain of indirect association, Sebastian Gorka--according to the liberal media--must also be an anti-Semite.


All the booze in Georgetown couldn't have gotten Sen. Joseph McCarthy drunk enough to spin a dumb story like this one. As a writer, teacher and Fox News contributor, Dr. Gorka has been in the public eye for years. He is a fierce enemy of radical Islamic terrorism and a dedicated friend of Israel and the Jewish people. He has made this clear in countless public statements, for example, this one in the New English Review March 3. Dr. Gorka said:

There is no greater partner of the United States in the Middle East. We are very close and we help the Jordanians, Egypt, UAE  redressing and improving the very  negative relationship that was established between the White House under the Obama administration and Egyptian President Sisi’s government. Israel, as a beacon of democracy and stability in the Middle East, is our closest friend in the region and the President has been explicit in that again and again So it would be difficult  to overestimate just how important Israel is not only to America’s interest in the region but also to the broader stability of the Middle East.
Everyone in the Israel advocacy community in Washington knows Dr. Gorka's strong commitment to the Jewish State.

As Congressman Trent Franks, the chairman of the Israel Allies Caucus in the House of Representatives, stated in a February 27 statement, "I have followed the recent press and social media attacks against Dr. Sebastian Gorka and am compelled to respond with disgust at the attempt to libel this American patriot. Most disturbing of all is the attempt to portray Dr. Gorka in any way as anti-Semitic. Having called upon his expertise on Counterterrorism repeatedly in Congress and used his analysis to inform our work, I can attest that Dr. Gorka is the staunchest friend of Israel and the Jewish people.”

The liberals at The Forward and other fake-news media should hang their heads in shame. Anti-Semitism is a serious business. We remember our dead at the hands of Jew-haters, from Pharaoh up to Hitler and Hamas. A false accusation of anti-Semitism dishonors their memory; it is what religious Jews call a hillul haShem, a desecration of the name of God.

 
Last year I denounced the "big lie" about Steve Bannon, who is one of the most philo-Semitic Gentiles I have ever met. I am disgusted that the same slander has been directed against Dr. Gorka. Israel is fortunate to have friends like Dr. Gorka advising the president. I personally am fortunate to know Dr. Gorka. The slanders directed at him are shameful and inexcusable.
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« Reply #231 on: March 22, 2017, 10:29:46 AM »

Well I voted for him.  Better then Hillary but I am getting tired of this kind of crap.  And get off the darn golf course especially after you criticized Obama for doing the same thing::

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Trump-Slams-Neil-Gorsuch/2017/03/22/id/780112/

I am losing patience.
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« Reply #232 on: March 22, 2017, 11:40:26 AM »

I just posted a harsh WSJ editorial about Trump, but on this one, I agree with Trump.  Judges are NOT above criticism!
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« Reply #233 on: March 22, 2017, 12:26:25 PM »

" Judges are NOT above criticism!"

Of course not.  See my post today under Constitutional law.  political hack Judges who clearly cross the laws as written by any reasonable interpretation for partisan purposes need to be held personally accountable.   That said Trump is wasting time and resources with this kind of stuff.

 







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« Reply #234 on: March 31, 2017, 11:44:44 AM »

An Unfair Hit on Rex Tillerson

The Washington Post offers a particularly unflattering portrait of Rex Tillerson’s early days as secretary of state, with a few details that don’t pass the smell test. For starters…

Most of his interactions are with an insular circle of political aides who are new to the State Department. Many career diplomats say they still have not met him, and some have been instructed not to speak to him directly — or even make eye contact.

Matt Lee, the chief diplomatic writer for the Associated Press, calls BS on the implausible “no eye contact” rule: “This is not true and people repeating it are making it more difficult to address very real issues. I was told of this allegation — weeks ago — and checked it out.”

I heard through the grapevine that Tillerson has held at least one getting-to-know-you meeting with career foreign-service employees and that the event went well. Of course, not everyone’s going to instantly bond over one casual meeting with snacks, but in the eyes of the people I heard from, he was making an effort, and they appreciated it.

I’ve heard a couple key impressions through the grapevine:

1. He’s a competent manager, but running Exxon is different from running the U.S. State Department, and he recognizes that. He’s smart enough to know what he doesn’t know, and he’s listening more than he’s talking. He understands that he’s got a steep learning curve.

2. With that lack of experience in mind, he’s doing pretty well. His experience in high-level negotiations shows.

3. He’s seriously undermined by the lack of staff around him. See this week’s article about the 110 or so State Department positions that still don’t have a nomination from Trump.

(MARC:  C'mon Donald!!!)

Also notice the sources who offer critical quotes in the Post article:

• Representative Eliot L. Engel (D., N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee

• a foreign diplomat posted in Washington

• a senior Senate Democratic aide

• one former State Department employee

• “another official”

• “one department official”

So we’ve got one congressional Democrat, one Senate Democratic aide, one foreign diplomat, one current official, and what is likely two former State employees who worked under Kerry or Clinton. Somehow it is less than stunning that they would be critical of Tillerson.

Two sources offer quotes of praise or explanation; an unnamed senior Tillerson aide and the British ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch.

Most would agree the decision to bring only one reporter on his first foreign trip, and not to make it a “pool reporter” (acting as the reporter for all news agencies covering the State Department) was a major mistake. Informing the American public back home of what the secretary of state is doing is part of the job. Maybe Tillerson is used to having a lower-profile, but that simply doesn’t work when you’re the country’s chief diplomat.

The Post article says Tillerson skipped the traditional meeting with American embassy employees on his first three foreign trips, another avoidable mistake… but he met with embassy employees in Ankara this week. Also while in Ankara, Tillerson held a surprise meeting with Norine Brunson, wife of imprisoned American Pastor Andrew Brunson — the sort of gesture that turns heads and sends a clear signal.

So, yes, he’s made some early mistakes, but he’s learning the ropes.

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« Reply #235 on: March 31, 2017, 12:13:09 PM »

Well Tillerson has tough shoes to fill , that is in having to follow in the  footsteps of SoS *GIANTs* like John Kerry and Hillary Clinton for pete's sake!!!!

Usual leftist crap with their "jornolister" mafia networks


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« Reply #236 on: March 31, 2017, 01:09:08 PM »

WTF with Donald leaving the second tier empty?!?  angry
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« Reply #237 on: March 31, 2017, 08:28:26 PM »

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/us/politics/ivanka-trump-and-jared-kushner-still-benefiting-from-business-empire-filings-show.html?emc=edit_na_20170331&nl=breaking-news&nlid=49641193&ref=cta&_r=0
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« Reply #238 on: April 02, 2017, 12:52:23 PM »

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/03/30/i-worked-with-jared-kushner-hes-the-wrong-businessman-to-reinvent-government/?utm_term=.f44f4e3f7aef&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
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« Reply #239 on: April 02, 2017, 02:07:09 PM »

It takes a HUGE leap of faith to think this 36 yo guy Jared can do what his designated responsibilities are .  What happened to the real proven  business genius people Trump promised us?

I personally don't like this and I think the risk of failure goes up.  Just my take .
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« Reply #240 on: April 02, 2017, 03:22:26 PM »

It takes a HUGE leap of faith to think this 36 yo guy Jared can do what his designated responsibilities are .  What happened to the real proven  business genius people Trump promised us?

I personally don't like this and I think the risk of failure goes up.  Just my take .

Thus it looks like: "I fought the swamp, and the swamp won"!
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« Reply #241 on: April 02, 2017, 06:40:18 PM »

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/326797-irs-chief-is-unexpected-survivor-in-trump-era
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« Reply #242 on: April 02, 2017, 07:24:07 PM »


He should be in custody. So should Hillary and her crew as well.
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« Reply #243 on: April 03, 2017, 11:38:07 AM »

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/02/us/politics/trump-china-jared-kushner.html?emc=edit_th_20170403&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=49641193&_r=0
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« Reply #244 on: April 07, 2017, 10:17:51 AM »

http://taskandpurpose.com/jared-kushner-iraq-storybook-pictures/

Jared Goes To Iraq! A Picture Story
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« Reply #245 on: April 07, 2017, 10:45:28 AM »

GM,


What a 'nice' story

Frankly I am having a hard time taking any of Trumps seriously to be honest.

Even when Trump speaks of the [Syrian] 'children' it just doesn't seem to have the moral gravitas it would say if Mike Pence said the same thing.


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« Reply #246 on: April 07, 2017, 10:47:09 AM »

GM,


What a 'nice' story

Frankly I am having a hard time taking any of Trumps seriously to be honest.

Even when Trump speaks of the 'children' it just doesn't seem to have the moral gravitas it would say if Mike Pence said the same thing.




I think we a seriously close to ending up in a serious SH*T storm, if we are not careful.
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« Reply #247 on: April 09, 2017, 09:28:11 AM »

What a pleasure it is to see her elevated to the national and international stage.  Besides principles, substance and skill, what a great demeanor she has.  I would be happy to see her as Pence or Rubio's running mate, or the first woman President.

US Ambassador to the United Nations will not be the highest office she will attain.
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« Reply #248 on: April 09, 2017, 10:23:28 AM »

"Politically, this is the lesson of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s governorship. He decided that he’d rather be a successful liberal governor than a failed conservative one."

With life long liberal Democrat Jared , the son of a rich liberal Democrat, married to Trump's apparently liberal daughter, we are seeing more and more signs that Trump will go down the path of terminator.
The Republicans in the legislative branches need to stick together and present Trump with 'winning' conservative legislative options only. 

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/446552/trump-syria-strike-obama-red-line-enforced
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« Reply #249 on: April 10, 2017, 11:41:49 AM »

CCP (China thread):  "China Learns How to Get Trump’s Ear: Through Jared Kushner"
This seems true of everybody - got to suck up to such a "nice" man. (kushner)
This is all too weird.
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Everything to do with Trump is weird.  It's weird when he gets things right!  I actually think Kushner is getting trust and assignment on the merit system.  Trump sees something in him, certainly have to bring him in.  Liberal pundits can't stand the nepotism aspect - like he can't be fired.  He can't be fired as son and law, but he can be reassigned or sent back to make money.  Doesn't Trump have a whole lot of other relatives that are closer?  It would be weirder if Donald Jr was in that role, or Melania or Tiffany.  Non-relatives that are that close to the top have the same kind of loyalty, or they fail.

Every top manager has people they trust, people who tell it to them straight, get to the point, don't waste their time, can sort out what is important and make the boss look good. With every President, we distrust the person in that role.  Unelected power, etc.  There tends to be turnover in that role.  Valerie Jarrett lasted the whole two term Presidency.  What were her qualifications?  The President trusted her.

I'd rather see a President choose someone like a Milton Friedman to whisper in his ear on every issue and decision, a Thomas Sowell, Victor Davis Hanson, Mark Steyn.  We are lucky this non-ideological President is governing as conservatively as he is.  So far...
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