Joe Kennedy owns this house. Notice the wall around it.
It’s OK for him, but not for our country, eh?
The Deep State and their media friends are in a life and death struggle with this Devin Nunes memo. They don’t want it out and are using every tool in their dirty playbook kit to stop it.
One of those is to strike at Trump for allegedly asking DOJ’s No. 2, Rod Rosenstein, if he “is on my team.”
Blogger Weasel Zippers smelled a rat. Here’s the take:
Feel free to go to the story, but I’m not citing more than a line of this anonymously-sourced nonsense. So I’m just going to point out the problems in the story.
First problem, Rod Rosenstein testified under oath that in December that “Nobody has asked me to take a loyalty pledge, other than the oath of office.” And the meeting alleged by CNN in which Trump is supposed to have made his remarks preceded that testimony as they themselves noted. “Rosenstein’s meeting with the President came as Rosenstein prepared to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.”
Second, does anyone think that Trump is that stupid, or if you do, that the minute he said it we wouldn’t have heard about it before now?
Third, anonymous source, again.
Fourth, one of the three reporters on the story is Laura Jarrett, Valerie Jarrett’s daughter.
Fifth, how is even what they alleged obstruction? Obstruction requires some form of a predicate act. Saying “Are you on my team” whatever that means isn’t that.
Pardon me, if I don’t believe this story.
And here’s another avenue they’re going down. They want you to believe that the DOJ and FBI are independent agencies. The media is pushing the idea that they therefore have the right to do whatever they want. They do not.
The DOJ and FBI fall under the executive branch. The Conservative Treehouse blog puts it well:
The U.S. corporate media has been working overtime trying to cloud this structural reality by attempting to create, out of loincloth, some non-existent separation of authority between the Office of the President and the U.S. Justice Department.
The Executive Branch did not create the DOJ or FBI, the Legislative Branch did. However, when the legislative branch created those entities – they placed them directly under the Executive Branch. President Trump is the Chief Executive and he can reform any agency under his executive authority. Period.
Don’t fall for the obfuscation.
It wasn’t a speech for the coastal elites. It wasn’t a speech for identity politics. It wasn’t a speech about Trump and it wasn’t a speech about politics.
It wasn’t the kind of speech Obama gave. It had few “I’s” and was short on vacuous rhetoric.
Trump’s state of the union speech was about the American people and Trump’s speech was superb.
It showed that we were right to elect someone outside of the political circus because that someone was us.
Some thoughts and observations:
The Dem women were dressed in black, the color of mourning, as a protest. Melania was all in white. The contrast couldn’t have been sharper.
When Trump began and he mentioned bipartisanship, the camera turned to Nancy Pelosi. She was seething. She was also playing around with her mouth which led many people on Twitter to think she has denture problems. I don’t know. Perhaps she was gurning?
Loved how he described the past year’s economic successes. You know, the ones the media refuses to mention: 401 K and pensions growing; 8 trillion added to the stock market; tax reforms enacted; Hispanic unemployment at the lowest ever while black unemployment the lowest in decades.
That didn’t make the Dems happy. They continued their sourpuss look.
Trump mentioned “our new American moment.” To baby boomers like me, it was wonderful to think that America’s greatest years might be beginning and not something we missed. He said we were “rediscovering the American way.” It’s been lost all right and we want it back.
Trump reiterated that our motto is “In God We Trust.” How wonderful to hear the G word again. Not to Democrats who refused even to applaud God. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to help them.
Good touching on the flag issue, too, with the 12 year old boy there to show how it’s done. The boy saw to it that 40,000 flags were put on soldiers’ graves. Trump contrasted that with not standing for the national anthem. He didn’t need to say more.
The Dems’ sullenness continued. Trump’s cabinet seemed happy, though.
I wondered how anyone with the dementia he’s supposed to have could give a speech like this. That was a lot of focus and awareness for an hour and a half.
Could you argue with reducing the price of prescription drugs? Evidently the Dems can. I wish the camera had panned on West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin at that one. His daughter is the one responsible for the huge jump in price for the epi pen. Maybe he’s not on board.
Manchin was one of the few Dems who jumped up on the mention of bettering our infrastructure. Then again, he’s from West Virginia which has always wallowed in expensive infrastructure as long as it could be named after a Democrat.
Did you see Tim Kaine clapping?
He looked like he hadn’t mastered it yet. Maybe because he was scowling so much he couldn’t coordinate that and his hands, too.
Dems rarely stood while the Republicans hopped up at every other line. Pundit Ben Shapiro tweeted that it was “smart of Vice President Pence to put superglue on their seats. They looked bad.” They did, too.
The second winning line mentioned – and the best – was “Americans are dreamers, too.” That slapped the Dems good, especially since, as he pointed out, lower class and black Americans get pushed out of jobs by them. Home run.
Somehow Marco Rubio joined the Dems in their curmudgeon-hood. He looked like he had just eaten hakarl, the national dish of Iceland made of pickled and 4 month fermented shark.
Maybe he needed a glass of water.
The Dems didn’t stand either when Trump mentioned the Communists and tyrants in Cuba and Venezuela. Then again, that’s where they tried to head us.
Like the seasoned public relations expert he is, Trump saved the best guest for last. He talked about North Korea and pointed to a former resident of that country who had lost a leg when a train ran over him. He had to recover without pain killers, made his escape but kept his crutches. The man held them up in a Tiny Tim moment that would have made Charles Dickens proud. It drew thunderous applause and tears.
When even grumpy pollster Frank Luntz says “Wow!” about the speech, you know it was superb.
It was and it showed that Trump is presidential, deserved the win and is a president very much in charge.
These people have refused to attend President Trump’s address tonight:
I’m surprised Steve Cohen hasn’t joined this group. Stevie, there’s still time!
I haven’t seen this billboard, but it’s up somewhere as pointed out on Nextdoor.
A Nextdoor Neighbor writes: “As you consider your vote for the upcoming school board elections, I thought you might find the current SCS narrative interesting. Math? History? Economics? English? A Trade? Science? Nah…. , but we offer up this…”
Rapper Gotti’s had several skirmishes with the law and arrests.
Here are some comments:
“My son showed this to me the other day. It is nice to know that out of all the African Americans who have graduated from our Memphis/Shelby County High Schools; Yo Gotti is the poster boy…. JFC!!!! Thank God, my son is in private school…..”
“My fear is for all these kids that can’t afford private school. Honestly, I am SHOCKED that someone with purchasing and decision making authority at SCS decided this was a good idea. We have a struggling district with many failing schools and we should be trying to win kid’s hearts and minds with a narrative about getting a good education as it is the key to moving up in the world. This is an increasingly difficult sell, though, because in so many of our most disadvantaged communities there is a growing belief that the only way to make it is through sports or music, despite the fact that the vast, vast, vast majority of people don’t have the talent for that. But, of course, everyone has the chance to find success through education. Despite these well understood facts though, our district actually advertises to promote the exact opposite narrative our kids need! Absolutely amazing. It is such a telling indication of the abject lack of leadership we must have in the district’s administration to allow this to occur. It’s inexcusable.”
“Would it not be better to use Walter Bailey (attorney, county commissioner), his deceased brother D’Army Bailey( attorney and Judge), Mayor AC Wharton(Public Defender), Dr. and Mayor WW Herenton, Dr. J O Patterson and his father before him, Dr. Cleo Kirk, DDS, Anfree “Penny” Hardaway… The list of people to look up to is long and should be respected. What was the Shelby County School Board thinking?
On a quick search on his biography, I could not find where Yo Gotti (Mario Mims) even graduated from Trezevant High School….”
What a contrast to the Jubilee Schools working in the ghettos that will be forced to shut down next year!
Recently First Lady Melania Trump contacted the Guggenheim Museum in New York to request this painting by Van Gogh for display in the White House.
It’s fairly common for the White House to borrow famous paintings. The Kennedys displayed Eugene Delacroix’s painting The Smoker and the Obamas showed off works by Mark Rothko and Jasper Johns.
But when it comes to the Trump family, the elite can’t pass up an opportunity for a snub. So the curator of the Guggenheim refused the Van Gogh and offered a gold toilet. Seriously. This one:
Newsweek almost giggles in its reporting. Note the snark as well:
The chief curator of a New York City art museum refused to lend the White House a Vincent Van Gogh painting for President Donald Trump and his wife Melania’s living quarters but did come up with a novel alternative suggestion: a used 18-karat solid gold toilet.
The fully functional toilet had been on display in the Guggenheim in a public restroom for guests to use for the past year and was characterized by critics as a work of satire aimed at excessive wealth in America.
But now that the exhibit has closed, the museum’s curator Nancy Spector told officials they can use it, “should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House,” she wrote in an e-mail obtained by The Washington Post.
The artist, Maurizio Cattelan, “would like to offer it to the White House for a long-term loan,” Spector continued. “It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care.” The e-mail also included a photograph of the shiny yellow waste dispensary.
A Guggenheim spokeswoman confirmed the exchange to the Post.
The value of the toilet is unknown, but it is estimated to have cost more than $1 million to build.
The White House has yet to accept the offer and did not respond a request from the newspaper. An inquiry from Newsweek was not immediately returned.
The toilet, which was protected by a uniformed security guard during its time in New York, could better suit the president’s taste. He is known to have a penchant for the precious metal, installing gold-plated fixtures throughout his properties. And it could ramp up the excitement for visitors, who are already taken on tours the White House’s bathrooms by Trump.
If you thought politics was already in the toilet, this confirms it.