Hey, It’s January: How About Another Open Thread?

We’ll have a lot of Presidents going forward, but I don’t think we’ll ever have such a Grand Master Troll on Twitter like Trump, again:

I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!

What is most amusing is that his opponents take such jokes seriously. They light their hair on fire every time he makes a joke like this…they have intense discussions of What It All Means and how We’re Doomed Because of This Tweet. It is a glorious thing to behold. I highly recommend getting on Twitter just to watch.

William Jacobson Legal Insurrection goes over the Iranian crisis. Do read it. For me, I’ve been watching Elite Opinion cover itself in filth over the whole thing – trying to some how twist this yearning for freedom on the part of Iranians into a bad thing. They are just so desperate to preserve Obama’s legacy in the Iran Deal. I can only imagine its because they get paid – no one would be that stupid except for money.

Don Surber points out that the purveyors of Fake News just never seem to learn their lesson.

Further to that point, CNN’s Pentagon Correspondent wonders why the Secretary of the Navy would wear a sidearm in Afghanistan…I don’t know, maybe it’s because there’s a war going on, or something? Just my best guess, of course…

Deep State agent complains about Trump bringing attention to the Deep State.

That Grand Jury Mueller is using to railroad Trump people? There’s a bit of a perception of bias according to people in the know. Quite honestly, given the overwhelmingly Democrat make-up of the jury pool in the DC area, federal grand juries and trials should be held outside of the DC area…randomly select a city with a federal court for each case.

The Ghost of John Calhoun has settled in California.

59 thoughts on “Hey, It’s January: How About Another Open Thread?

  1. Cluster January 3, 2018 / 8:48 am

    Mark, your “open thread” skills have surpassed even mine.

    So while the media is obsessing over Trump’s low approval numbers, possible collusion with RUSSIA, and his mental capacity, there was this:

    …..an employee of a computer firm that helped maintain her (Hillary Clinton) personal server after she left office as America’s top diplomat and who belatedly admitted he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had been subpoenaed by Congress.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that’s a crime. Thankfully, the FBI gave him an out:

    Lying to the FBI is a federal felony, a crime that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn recently pleaded guilty to. But the FBI decided not to pursue criminal charges against the witness, and instead gave the technician an immunity deal so he could correct his story,

    That was nice of the FBI. And evidently, here is the new standard for the fully partisan, deep state FBI:

    One storyline that has emerged is that the FBI’s own documents stated there was evidence some laws had been broken, but bureau leaders declined to pursue charges on the grounds they could not prove Clinton and her aides intended to violate the law.

    So whatever criminal actions you’re involved in, if you tell the FBI that you never “intended” to break any law – you’re exonerated !!!! And don’t you just love our naive Republicans?

    Republican investigators say the most glaring irregularity they have found is the decision to begin drafting a statement exonerating Clinton before much of the investigative interviewing and evidence gathering was even done.

    That’s NOT an “irregularity” morons. It’s a DEEP STATE CRIME.


    • Retired Spook January 3, 2018 / 10:47 am

      Mark, your “open thread” skills have surpassed even mine.

      On the plus side, they eliminate the need to ever begin a comment with “OT, but.” They also invite comment on a variety of subjects. And having written numerous posts during Mark’s hiatus a few years ago, I can testify (as can Cluster) that writing regular posts on a variety of subjects is not an easy task.

    • Retired Spook January 3, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Cluster, unlike you I don’t watch MSNBC, I just read your reviews. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but your reviews, as harsh as they are, really don’t do justice to the toxic stew of vitriol and hatred spewed at that network. Fox did a montage of clips from various people (and I used the term “people” loosely) at MSNBC throughout 2017 the other night, I think on The Five. Words escape me.

      • Cluster January 3, 2018 / 1:10 pm

        LOL – it is truly UNBELIEVABLE. Just this morning, the MSNBC panelists were discussing how Trump was such a bad actor on the world stage that the protestors in Iran are not wanting his support.

        Unhinged doesn’t even begin to explain the daily rants heard on MSNBC.

      • Retired Spook January 3, 2018 / 1:28 pm

        This seems to be a new meme for the Left. I’ve heard several Lefty talking heads try to make the case that the Iranian protesters didn’t want our help in 2009, and they don’t want it now.

      • Amazona January 3, 2018 / 2:10 pm

        That sounds like an act of desperation to me. We seem to have the Left howling, on one hand, that people don’t want those thousand-dollar bonuses encouraged by the new tax laws and on the other hand screeching that citizens protesting against the abuses of a tyrannical government want to do so on their own without any help from the United States.

        OK, so it is true that to be on the Left one has to be willing, if not eager, to work against his or her own self-interest. We see it all the time. We see Jews voting Dem and therefore voting to continue to make Israel vulnerable and risk destruction. We see black people voting for the party that has firmly placed so many of them on welfare plantations where they are treated like livestock, fed and housed to harvest votes and occasionally treated like dogs being sicced on Whitey. It does seem to be a pattern, which is why this latest claim may fly with some of the True Believers on the Left.

        Here’s an idea. Let’s ask the Iranian protesters if they reject American support and, possibly, aid.

        Also, we need to remember that the Left is looking for an out for their abandonment of the 2009 protesters after Colin Powell told them the United States would support them. It was a cowardly betrayal and still stinks, and I think this is an effort to rewrite history (which is a key element in Leftist strategy) to say no, we didn’t really renege on a promise and leave them hanging and alone, they told us to stay out of it. Revisionist history is an essential part of Leftist appeals to their useful idiots, and now they are trying to accomplish several things at once—erase their shameful treatment of the 2009 protesters, smear Trump and support the Iranian tyrants. They are trying for a hat trick, and I hope we can stop them.

        I hope we have someone on our side who can and will bring up the 2009 promise and subsequent betrayal, now that they have opened the door, and do a big body slam on their support for the Iranian regime.

      • Retired Spook January 3, 2018 / 2:33 pm

        I hope we have someone on our side who can and will bring up the 2009 promise and subsequent betrayal, now that they have opened the door, and do a big body slam on their support for the Iranian regime.

        I don’t know that it’s so much support for the Iranian regime as it is defense of Obama’s Iran nuke deal, the collapse of which will have a negative effect on Barry’s legacy. Of course I could be wrong. The Liberal mind, while often predictable, also operates in convoluted ways.

      • Amazona January 3, 2018 / 2:45 pm

        No, I think you are right. As we are constantly being reminded, those on the Left seldom connect the dots to see the relationships between what feels good on one hand and how that leads to Unintended Consequences on the other. I agree, the Useful Idiots are focused more on the outrage of having Obama’s efforts unwound than on the consequences of leaving them in place. I’m not even sure the rank and file even think far enough ahead to consider the abstraction of a “legacy”—-it’s just that Barry did it, he is wonderful, it was wonderful, Trump is awful, Trump is dumping on the wonderfulness of what Barry did, boo hiss impeach Trump. I think for most that is about as far as it goes.

  2. Cluster January 3, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    What are your thoughts on Bannon’s current melt down? I think he is desperately trying to extend his 15 minutes of fame. I like what Trump said – “when he was fired, his lost his job and his mind”.

    • Amazona January 3, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      I think he is, to quote Barney Fife, a nut. His prior history with Trump led Trump to think he might be qualified to work in the campaign, but that didn’t last long, and Bannon’s massive ego simply will not tolerate being disrespected and kicked to the curb. The ONLY thing keeping him in the public eye is his rabid hatred of Trump, certainly not for any accomplishment. I tend to agree with Trump on this—-whatever sanity he may have once had or at least been able to fake blew up when he lost the most high-visibility position he had ever had, and he’s been running on fumes ever since.

    • simoneee9 January 3, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      A rat leaving the sinking ship. He hasn’t been involved in any of the money laundering over the years unlike the Trumps and Kushner and he is getting out before the fall.

      Bannon just needs to flip to Mueller and call it a day.

      Remember when Trump removed a general and restructured the NSC to give Bannon a permanent seat? But now Bannon was just the coffee boy.

      And to think we’re only 3 days into the new year.

      • Amazona January 4, 2018 / 9:42 pm

        “money laundering” Too funny. Who knew that silly meme would still be around?

        And get this—now Bannon is voluntarily “getting out”—-as in don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out getting out. Because he can see the handwriting on the wall, doncha know. So he is bailing. Next thing you know, simon will be explaining how they are begging him to stay, but he’s just too smart to stick around.

        simon sounds like such a Bannon fanboi—-how sweet that he has a hero.

  3. Cluster January 3, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    President Donald Trump denounced his former top strategist, Steve Bannon, on Wednesday………..The statement represented an emphatic break from the person considered the architect of Trump’s presidential campaign.

    Bannon was the “architect of the campaign”?????? That’s not even close to being right. Gannon was brought in late along with KellyAnne, who in all honesty had a much more influential role than Bannon.

    • Amazona January 3, 2018 / 5:39 pm

      The Left desperately needs to elevate Bannon to a status that would give his rantings some credibilty, so he will no doubt continue to be touted as some kind of genius. In fact, in his brief time on the Trump campaign he was a train wreck and an embarrassment and they couldn’t wait to get rid of him. He was not only never “the architect of Trump’s …campaign” he was also never Trump’s “top strategist”. Based on what we have seen of Bannon, if he had been Trump’s top strategist we would now be complaining about President Clinton. When he then dragged Breitbart into the gutter with his lunacy and malice, the Left was thrilled to their pointy little toes, because at one time in its past incarnation Breitbart had been pretty well respected as a voice for conservatives. Suddenly, thanks to Mad Man Bannon, they could pretend that even the Right hates Trump.

      The only thing Bannon can take credit for as its “top architect” is the death spiral of Breitbart. Breitbart is now lost, far out on the lunatic fringe, and on the farthest edge of that lunatic fringe is Lunatic Bannon, stomping around and frothing at the mouth and clinging to the delusion that he IS somebody. But he isn’t. He never was, though Trump gave him a chance before he blew it. Now he is just clicking his ball bearings and fretting about who ate the strawberries.

      • Cluster January 3, 2018 / 7:04 pm

        It is sad to see what has happened to Andrew Breitbart’s publication all because of Bannon. Andrew was a brilliant mind and Breitbart was a must read during his tenure.

      • simoneee9 January 3, 2018 / 9:07 pm

        Bannon was Executive Chairman of the Campaign and later White House Chief Strategist, but now he’s just a “staffer”. LOL.

      • Amazona January 4, 2018 / 9:44 pm

        Who knew how sweet simple simon is on Bannon? Awwww. No one else cares.

        Trump was wrong. He realized it. He fixed it. End of story, except for the heartbroken Bannon Bois who lovelovelove him

    • Amazona January 3, 2018 / 6:21 pm

      Steve Bannon couldn’t get voters to believe Roy Moore. He couldn’t keep his post in the Trump White House. But there’s one class of people credulous enough to believe tales of Steve Bannon’s amazing work ethic, foresight, wisdom, and power. One group ready to immediately credit his concern for the sanctity of the election and sovereignty of America when it comes to Russia — the media.

      Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455094/steve-bannon-donald-trump-feud-resistance

      • Cluster January 3, 2018 / 7:06 pm

        It will be fun to watch the complicit media do a complete 180 on Bannon and all of sudden “understand his genius”, while rational people roll their eyes and couldn’t give a Schiff.

      • simoneee9 January 3, 2018 / 9:26 pm

        I don’t think it’s a matter of understanding his genius, but rather the instinct for self-preservation and getting some distance between himself and the sleazy dealings of the Trumps and Kushner.

      • Cluster January 4, 2018 / 7:42 am

        Why Simon? Because Bannon is such a moral guy? LOL

        You realize that you are now supporting a guy that you spent that last year painting as a dangerous racist and white separatist. I can’t imagine the mental gymnastics required to be a progressive.

      • Amazona January 4, 2018 / 10:34 am

        Poor pathetic Simon. He’s just too easy to troll.

        No, Simon, the NR piece is not really claiming that Bannon has an “….amazing work ethic, foresight, wisdom..” It was sarcastic. It was tongue firmly in cheek. It was making fun of those who think these things of Bannon. And it was at the same time making savage fun of the Complicit Agenda Media as they rush to defend him and shore up what he claims is his concern for the country and its sovereignty.


        Of course Simon is on the same wave length as the fawning pandering media, inventing a noble reason for Bannon’s meltdowns and general insanity—he is only doing it to create distance between him and the real bad guys. You see, he’s not really vicious and insane and untrustworthy, he’s just acting that way because…..well, because…….because it’s part of a master plan. Yeah, that’s the ticket. A master plan. To make himself look better by making himself look like a drooling idiot.

      • Retired Spook January 4, 2018 / 10:42 am

        Simon who?

  4. Cluster January 4, 2018 / 8:11 am

    I am not sure if I have ever had this much fun watching Democrats, the Media, etc. chase their tails as furiously as they have over the last year over RUSSIA, and now Bannon’s book has set them on an accelerated spin cycle. Let’s set aside the fact that they have spent the last year tearing apart Bannon, labeling him a nut case, racist, and alt right extremist – yet now find his opinions to be highly credible and not to be questioned. Additionally, we will have to set aside the fact the most respected man in America, Bob Mueller, has spent over a year now thoroughly investigating the alleged collusion and mis dealings of the Trump administration with nothing to show for it, yet this new book contains revelations that even the vaunted FBI must have over looked. How does that happen? I also find it very amusing that people who have not had one tenth of the professional and financial success that Trump has, criticize him for being stupid. What does that say about them? I will remind these people of obviously weak character that Trump spent the majority of his life as a NY Democrat and donated lots of money to Democrat causes, and many of these people use to fall all over themselves trying to solicit money and favors from Trump.

    The Democrats and media hatred of Trump, and by extension, all of us has reached epic proportions. To the point of extreme irrationality.

    It has come to this – we (traditional Americans) need to decide whether or not we want to share this country with these type of people. I think we have been patient enough with them. It’s time to thin the herd.

    • Amazona January 4, 2018 / 10:37 am

      What only a few media sites are talking about is that Mueller has spent all these millions of dollars and untold hours of time “investigating” something that is not a crime in the first place.

      Since when does the DOJ waste its time “investigating” something that is not illegal? (Well, since the Scooter Libby witch hunt anyway.) Just what would an “investigator” do if he were to uncover an act that was, and is, wholly legal?

      There is only one thing such a discovery could be used for, and that would be to slime the president, or anyone in his administration, or anyone close to him, or if necessary anyone who has ever spoken to him, in an effort to undermine his presidency.

    • Amazona January 4, 2018 / 10:38 am

      All Moore’s loss did was tell Bannon what everyone else already knew—that he has no stroke, no power, no influence, and is just a toxic noise machine.

      Which is why he got fired in the first place, and why he is taking Breitbart down his death spiral with him.

  5. Cluster January 4, 2018 / 9:10 am

    It’s highly amusing to sit here and watch the MSNBC panelists, people who contribute NOTHING to this country – they do not manufacture any product or deliver any service – in other words they are completely worthless to society, yet everyday they demean and belittle the people who actually do make this country run. We would be much better off without these people.

    Let’s keep in mind – it was revealed yesterday that State classified information was found on the unsecured laptop of convicted child predator Anthony Weiner as a result of gross negligence on the behalf of former SecState Hillary Clinton. But that’s not news.

  6. Cluster January 4, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Here is the probably the most accurate assessment of Steve Bannon from Donald Jr.

    Steve had the honor of working in the White House & serving the country. Unfortunately, he squandered that privilege & turned that opportunity into a nightmare of backstabbing, harassing, leaking, lying & undermining the President. Steve is not a strategist, he is an opportunist

  7. Retired Spook January 4, 2018 / 11:47 am

    I’ve been thinking the stock market was due for a major correction for a year or two, but all three major indices keep blowing through (literally) to new highs. The DOW hit 25,000 first thing this morning and just kept going, already over 25,100 at mid-morning. The NASDAQ hit 7,000 yesterday and is already approaching 7,100. If the DOW closes over 25,000 it’ll be the fastest 1,000 point rise in the history of the stock market. It would be defying history if there isn’t a significant correction in the near future, but the only red flag on the horizon is the possibility that the FED will raise interest rate too much and too fast. If that were to happen it will become painfully obvious what several alternative economists have predicted, that the FED does not have America’s best economic interests at heart. Gonna be an interesting year.

  8. jdge1 January 4, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Few readers or contributors on B for V will find this surprising. Interesting take on Hillary.

    • Retired Spook January 4, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      Excellent article, as are the two linked articles. America dodged a large caliber bullet when Hillary went down to defeat.

      • Amazona January 4, 2018 / 9:32 pm

        Yet the Complicit Agenda Media NEVER talk about any of the character issues of Hillary. Ever. Not her vulgarity, not her profanity, not her racism, not her treatment of the military, not her treatment of the Secret Service personnel who were there to take a bullet for her if necessary. Certainly nothing about her crimes. Not a word.

        We have gotten, and continue to get, relentless carping about the alleged character deficiencies of Donald Trump, yet Hillary continues to get a pass. Even with the new reports on Huma posting her State Department passwords on Yahoo even after the hacking of Yahoo accounts had been made public we don’t hear a word about the security breaches of Hillary’s State Department.

        But we still hear the lie that Donald Trump bragged about grabbing a woman’s genitals.

        And while the media and the Loony Left love to carry on about Trump’s alleged mental and emotional instability, we never hear a word about the fact that those who know Hillary know she is bats**t crazy, violent, vindictive and volatile.

      • jdge1 January 5, 2018 / 12:20 pm

        What’s everyone’s guess as to whether most (any) high level political criminals (Bill / Hillary, Obama, etc…) will ever be prosecuted for their crimes? Are things happening in the background (conservative judgeships being filled, investigations, accumulation of evidence, nailing down incriminating evidence, etc…) waiting for the ideal time to initiate proceedings against them? If the second part is thought to be happening, any opinions as to when it will occur or what would trigger justice to prevail?

  9. casper3031 January 4, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    I think we can all agree that Bannon is a jerk.

    • Cluster January 4, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      True. I never did like him. In fact someone I do like quite a bit – Ben Shapiro, worked with Bannon at Breitbart and has nothing good to say about him.

      • Amazona January 4, 2018 / 9:34 pm

        I never had any use for him and wondered why Trump gave him any kind of position at all. But once he realized he’d made a mistake he fixed it. Too bad Bannon still had a venue where he could continue to make a lot of noise.

      • casper3031 January 5, 2018 / 12:10 am

        So biggest short term losers from the Wolfe book: Bannon and Breitbart. Bannon has lost his funding and his standing in the party. Breitbart has also lost its funding and readership. Biggest short term winners: Trump and Mitch McConnell. A number of Republican candidates won’t be challenged now, giving them a better shot at winning.

      • Amazona January 5, 2018 / 1:05 am

        One can only hope.

        I think Bannon may be an illustration of the Peter Principle—basically, someone is really good at what he does and keeps getting promoted, till all of a sudden he is promoted beyond his skill set. In the book The Peter Principle the problem is that the guy then stays in that position, a step above his level of competence, which explains why so many jobs are poorly done. In this case, he was not kept at the job that was above his level of competence. He was given another chance at different, though similar, job and he couldn’t handle that either, so he was shown the door.

      • Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots) January 5, 2018 / 12:10 pm

        I believe Peter referred to it as the highest level of incompetence. I used the Peter Principles in my Small Business Management classes.

        As to Bannon, I stopped reading Breitbart when Shapiro left; they had become an open advocate for Trump rather than a critical observer/reporter.

  10. Amazona January 4, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    An interesting article:


    I am reading a novel that includes a plot involving a trial in which the prosecution’s case is being destroyed, one fact at a time, building to the inevitable conclusion that it was bogus from the get-go. As the prosecution gets more and more frantic and its arguments get more and more strained and more and more bizarre, the defense lawyer who is doing the dismantling of the case thinks of what they are doing as “the thrashing about of wounded beasts”.

    I bookmarked the page because the phrase sounded exactly like what we are seeing with the whole dossier/collusion effort collapsing before our very eyes, and the frantic efforts of the Left to rewrite this history as it is happening, before it even has a chance to become history.

    Remember that phrase as you watch the Left self-destruct—-“the thrashing about of wounded beasts”. That also helps explain the groaning, moaning, howling and shrieking as the lies start to collide with each other and it all falls apart.

    • Cluster January 5, 2018 / 10:06 am

      That is an excellent article summarizing the Clinton campaigns criminal influence over Obama’s DOJ to initiate FISA warrants based on manufactured oppo research to corrupt our election process. This excerpt caught my attention:

      If Simpson and Fritsch have evidence of criminal or otherwise corrupt Trump-Russia contacts, why don’t they just tell us what it is. Why do they write a lengthy column caterwauling about how the Republican-controlled committees are supposedly withholding the information they’ve provided?



      • Amazona January 5, 2018 / 11:34 am

        The great thing about this is that they aren’t convincing anyone, and the louder they squeal the more they stake out ownership of territory that is rapidly sinking and will soon be relegated to the sewer along with other favorite Lefty memes such as Bush being behind 9/11. I applaud their energy and hope it propels them along their way. I have a feeling that their support is eroding the more strident and ridiculous they become. Not all Dems are pathologically stupid.

  11. Cluster January 5, 2018 / 8:36 am

    So as I type, the panelists on Morning Joe are aghast, shocked and disturbed that Trump is tweeting about investigating Huma Abedin – A PRIVATE CITIZEN.

    No mention of the fact that Huma was grossly negligent with classified information and some of that classified information was found on her ex husbands laptop who happens to be a sexual predator. NOPE. She is a private citizen now and this is a Constitutional crisis. (according to Morning Joe)

    • Amazona January 5, 2018 / 11:34 am

      I think the Rosenbergs were private citizens.

    • Amazona January 5, 2018 / 11:41 am

      But…take this a step farther. If these loonies are claiming that what Abedin did while in the government can’t be held against her as a private citizen, then doesn’t it follow that whatever Trump did as a private citizen can’t be held against him as president?

      After all, if there is a new wall, not just the invented one between church and state but a new one separating acts as private citizens and acts as members of the government, that wall should apply to everyone, going in both directions.

      But the silliness is the claim that if a government employee can just run out the clock and avoid prosecution before leaving for the private sector, her record is wiped clean and she can’t be held responsible for any crimes she committed back then. I think this is really just testing the waters to see if this “defense” can be mounted to protect Hillary. That would not make sense even if the culprit had to conceal her crimes from an active and functional law enforcement arm of the government. When the law enforcement arm is complicit with the group committing the crimes, to claim that this constitutes a free pass once a new administration is in office is simply ludicrous.

      Which is why it has to be territory staked out by Team Ludicrous.

  12. Cluster January 5, 2018 / 8:51 am

    Behold Ladies and Gentleman. The following is a magnificent defense of Capitalism and a free market economy by none other than uber liberal Warren Buffet:

    In 1776, America set off to unleash human potential by combining market economics, the rule of law and equality of opportunity. This foundation was an act of genius that in only 241 years converted our original villages and prairies into $96 trillion of wealth.

    His two central tenets – innovation and productivity. Two concepts that are antithetical to big government.


    • Amazona January 5, 2018 / 11:43 am

      Aside from the dollar amount stated, this miracle actually occurred within 100 years—by 1876 the United States was already an economic powerhouse and beacon of freedom for the rest of the world, and had taken its place on the world stage.

  13. Cluster January 5, 2018 / 9:08 am

    I don’t think Joe Scarborough is mentally fit to host Morning Joe.

    • Amazona January 5, 2018 / 11:23 am

      I disagree. When your goal is to have a forum to appeal to the ignorant, the gullible and the hate-driven, it makes sense to have it represented by one who fits all of those criteria.

      • Cluster January 5, 2018 / 2:59 pm

        I stand corrected

    • Amazona January 5, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      I knew you just hadn’t thought it through…….;-)

  14. jdge1 January 5, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Another Reason to be thankful the Left did NOT win the Presidency or either house of congress.

  15. Cluster January 5, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Greatest line I have ever heard. Today from Gen. Mattis when asked what his concerns were for 2018, he replied:

    “I don’t have any concerns, I create them”

    That’s the man we want running our military.

    • M. Noonan January 6, 2018 / 1:29 am

      Yep…almost like having the adults back in charge, isn’t it?

  16. Amazona January 5, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    Here’s something else we can be happy about when we start to tally up things we like about the way Trump is handling his presidency: from the article:

    “The scrubbing of Islamic terms and concepts from government training and policy materials, while Islamic terrorists engaged the U.S. in battle, reflected an inability or unwillingness to openly and honestly recognize our jihadist enemy and their threat doctrine. If you do not know or refuse to understand your enemy, and their goals, tactics, and strategies, they will be well-positioned to defeat you.

    In the Obama administration’s purge could be found the seeds of its singularly disastrous policy towards the Islamic world, in which it found itself actively colluding with those who wish to destroy us.”


    • M. Noonan January 6, 2018 / 1:11 am

      We saw this first in the 1930’s – the appeasers also believed in peace via incantation…that if you just say the right things, you’ll get the right thing. It all stems from the false proposition that our systems make us sin, rather than the correct view of our system being flawed because we’re sinners. Once you buy into “it was the environment”, you’ve gone off the deep end…because you can’t even consider the fact that some people actually want to be wicked and enjoy being evil.

      • Amazona January 6, 2018 / 1:51 am

        Yes, except I truly do not believe that Obama said and did what he said and did because he thought it was the right thing for the United States. He telegraphed his disdain for the nation when he claimed, in so many words, that any change at all was better than what we had, and that his goal was to fundamentally transform the nation. So I don’t see his actions as actions in pursuit of peace nearly as much as in pursuit of bringing the United States down.

        The Founders demanded that any president be born to a father who was already a citizen—which, by the way, I think was properly amended to mean father or mother, by Congress, later on—for the specific reason that they did not want a president whose loyalties were divided, who had not been brought up by a parent whose primary loyalty was not to the United States. We saw the wisdom of this philosophy when we elected a man whose father hated the United States, whose mother (although a citizen) hated the United States, whose grandparents who essentially reared him hated the United States, whose grandfather hated England and the United States, and whose substitute father hated the United States. When you look at his heritage, the fact that his wife had never felt pride in the United States till it nominated her husband, and you factor in the things he came right out and told us, it is hard to make the leap to believing that he had the best interests of the United States when he enabled our enemies abroad, insulted our allies and worked so hard to create divisiveness in this country.

        What I’m saying is, I don’t think his intent was to appease our enemies in the pursuit of peace, but to encourage them and send the message to Americans that we are wrong, while working to make us weaker in so many ways—militarily, economically, and without a sense of a dignified place in the world. Chamberlain and the American appeasers were foolish, but well-meaning, and I think they truly believed they were doing the right thing for the country. I never had that sense about Obama. He was always eager to cut us down, to tell us we’re not all that great, there is nothing special about this country, we need to be transformed, we need change, etc. He was an overtly malignant force, while the appeasers of the past always struck me as people who believed their course was the wiser one and who wanted the best for us.

        In the Obama administration’s purge could be found the seeds of its singularly disastrous policy towards the Islamic world, in which it found itself actively colluding with those who wish to destroy us.”

      • Cluster January 6, 2018 / 9:08 am

        I have to agree. And I think we can add Valerie Jarrett and Eric Holder as aiding and abetting that intentional destructive course.

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