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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

#NeverRomney Saga Continues: Romney vs. Huckabee?

President-Elect Donald Trump took Mitt Romney to dinner this evening in New York City.  As anticipated, the MSM turned the dinner into the primary event for the evening’s media coverage. Following the dinner, Mitt Romney spoke to the press in the lobby of Trump Tower:
trump-romney-2Following the dinner,  Mike Huckabee weighed in on the whole #NeverRomney affair, take a look:

Where President-elect Trump's financial team stands so far

Mnuchin predicts the biggest tax cuts since the Reagan era, while Ross's priority will be turning around the U.S. trade deficit; Carl Cameron has the details for 'Special Report'

Check it out:

#NeverRomney Saga Continues: Conway vs. Priebus?

Two sources at the top of the Donald Trump transition team "confirmed" to MSNBC that they spoke to the president-elect today and that Donald Trump was "furious" at Kellyanne Conway's comments Sunday suggesting Trump "betrayed" his supporters by even considering Mitt Romney for a position in his cabinet.
"Kellyanne went rogue at Donald Trump's expense at the worst possible time," a source familiar with Trump's thinking told MSNBC. 
You can watch the video here:

Well, is it true?

According to Jason Miller, communications director for President-elect Trump's transition team, said this past Monday evening that former campaign chairman Kellyanne Conway was not going rogue when she criticized Mitt Romney on Twitter and Sunday morning news shows.

"The president-elect and Kellyanne and myself were sharing a chuckle about that this evening," Miller told Fox News' "Kelly File. "Kellyanne chatted with the president-elect in advance of going out with her comments, asking his permission to voice her opinions on the matter and he said 'go for it.'"

NO WAY: Twitter Considers Banning Trump?

Infowars reporter Joe Biggs @rambobiggs breaks down an article by SFIST that says Twitter would Consider banning Trump. 
Lets face it, that would be a move that would surely bring Twitter down...

Check it out:

Say it Aint So: Hillary Run, 2020?

Could Hillary Clinton … be thinking of running again in 2020?

According to reporting by conservative site HotAir, given how much America enjoyed Trump-Clinton I, the prospect of a rematch feels like an early Christmas present.
Check out this tweet by well known political pundit Ron Fournier
Fournier spitballing, right? Nothing gets the juices flowing on a slow post-holiday news day like the unfounded suggestion of a dismal losing candidate coming back for more punishment in four years. 
Its just hard to believe, I can not see it as anything other then him just tossing it out there to start an argument. Except …

TRUMP 2016: Carrier Will Keep Jobes in USA

President-elect Donald Trump seems to already be making good on his campaign promise to work to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States.
His incoming administration and United Technologies (UTX) reached an agreement that will keep roughly 1,000 jobs at Carrier Corporation in Indiana.

Carrier, owned by UTX, had plans to move production from a main factory in Indiana to Mexico, costing nearly 1,400 Hoosiers their jobs.
Under a deal negotiated by Vice President-elect Mike Pence and UTX CEO Greg Hayes, the company will now keep most of those jobs in Indiana, sources close to the matter told CNBC.
While terms of the deal are not yet clear, the sources indicated there were new incentives on offer from the state of Indiana, where Pence is governor, that helped clear a path for the agreement.
While UTX was seeking the savings that would come from moving some production to Mexico, people familiar with the situation indicated that the savings were not worth incurring the wrath of the incoming administration, including the potential threat to the significant business that UTX currently conducts with the U.S. government, largely in the form of orders for jet engines and other defense-related equipment.
Trump had made the expected departure of theCarrier jobs a key theme in his campaignto capture the White House, using it as an example of the type of trade relationship that hurt U.S. workers.
The incoming Trump administration likely reiterated their pledge to ease regulations and overhaul the tax code in exchange for keeping the jobs in the state, making the lost savings worth it in the end.
Trump and Pence will be at Carrier’s Indianapolis factory to announce the deal on Thursday.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Trump Trolls Media - (Again)!

President-elect Donald Trump showed his love for the American flag this morning 

on twitter

when he wrote that burning the American flag — which is currently protected under the First Amendment — should be punished either by a year in jail or loss of citizenship.

Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
The United States Supreme Court previously held that burning an American flag is not illegal and is protected under the First Amendment as “symbolic speech.”

Mediaite suggests Trump took to Twitter about flag burning “perhaps in reaction to the news that a handful of college students in Massachusetts who burned a flag this week in protest to the election results.”


Monday, November 28, 2016

Roger Stone: Hillary Knows She’ll be Prosecuted.

Republican political consultant Roger Stone went on with Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV to discuss the recent recount attempts by Jill Stein and the Clinton camp.

Roger Stone claimed that Hillary’s allready proven support of the recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan means she knows she’ll be prosecuted.

How about that?

Roger Stone:
"Now suddenly Jill Stein who couldn’t raise two cents, has now raised five and a half or seven million dollars, we have to presume this is Soros money or otherwise Hillary money. Now Hillary I think increases her chances of prosecution by acting this way."
Check it out here, via Newsmax TV:

#NeverRomney Saga Continues

The #NeverRomney saga continues, with Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway discussing the betrayal Trump supporters are actively voicing both to the MSM as well as social media, regarding the possible selection of Mitt Romney as Secretary of State with CNN's Dana Bash.

See here:

It continued with vocal #NeverTrumper and TownHall.com editor, Kaite Pavlich floating the idea that the Romney pick is just another petty tactic of revenge, against the former governor...

See here:

But honestly, how will this will all turnout is anyone's guest, as Alex Jones from InfoWarsRomney is set to meet with Trump tomorrow to see if he’s getting the Secretary of State position - according to inside sources, 98% he will be denied the job.

Lookoing forward to update you as the news comes in.

The Truth About Carrying a Gun

Another great video by Colion Noir

Weekend Recap: Black Friday

Ahh, Black Friday...

The zombie madness of Black Friday has just passed us, relatively uneventful.  

A tsunami of shoppers lured to the illusion of the illusion of discounted products - will stop at nothing to get their coveted deal.

They will do anything to get their hands on them. And in the wake of Thanksgiving's kickoff to the holiday season.....violence. 

The New York Posts reports 
"In Reno, Nev., a Walmart customer was gunned down during a fight over a parking spot just after doors were opened Thursday night."
And in Tennessee, a person also was shot Thursday at a Memphis mall while shoppers were taking part in early Black Friday sales.

In Jersey, a shooting took place about 1 a.m. outside a Macy’s department store at the Hamilton Mall in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton, Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton said.

And just in time for the season. Black Lives Matter in Chicago wants you to know that your skin color determines what is in your heart and mind….

Daily Caller reports:
"Black Lives Matter and other groups plan to block white-owned Chicago stores on Black Friday to bring awareness about police shootings, economic issues and alleged racism."

So much for that warm glow of goodwill towards mankind that was the centerpiece of the Holidays. Will it now be replaced with the carnage of hyper consumerism?

Check out the video from InfoWars.com here:

#Libtards: Black Firday is Racist, Maybe African American Friday?


WIll Trump Change His Mind? - With the Recount, Probably...

Sunday, November 27, 2016

#Libtards are Sore Losers? Yeah Pretty Much

Clinton Campaign Announced Over the Weekend that it Will Join the Green Party Recount Effort
So much for a peacful transition...

But lets face it, like Mat Vespa said over at Townhall.com:
"When the president of the United States says it’s time to concede, you know you’ve probably lost"."Moreover, the Obama administration, who has heavily criticized Russia for trying to influence the 2016 presidential race, said that there was no unusual cyber activity that would suggest any hacking occurred on election night, and that the results reflect the will of the people. Data crunchers and analysts fromFiveThirtyEightThe New York Times, and The Cook Political Report have all pretty much scoffed at the notion that the results were skewed due to outside influences, especially in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan."
Nevertheless, these shoddy concerns, were the basis for the for Green Party candidate Jill Steins effort to launch a recount effort in these three states. Wisconsin now saying they’re moving forward with it—and now, suprise, the Clinton campaign is joining in on the party. 


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Trump Supporter? Enjoy!

Great Video of Trump: (When Democrats Liked Him)

Here is just another example of Trump goofing around with his workers.

What I find cool about this video is how down to earth Donald Trump seems, furthermore, the fact that this was ignored during the election is rather telling of the ever present media bias.


#IntoTheFray: Bibi vs Ben Gurion

Guest Post by Martin Sherman

Benjamin Netanyahu – A synopsis: The good the bad…and the remarkable
When you compare his [Netanyahu’s] lack of actual achievements compared to Ben-Gurion, whose record he’s eclipsed, it’s embarrassing
– Jeff Barak, An empty record, Jerusalem Post, November 20, 2016
Last Tuesday Benjamin Netanyahu chalked up an unbroken stint of 2793 days (seven years and 236 days) as prime minister of Israel, thereby surpassing David Ben-Gurion’s record for the longest consecutive term in office.
Small-minded and spiteful
By any criterion, this would be a remarkable feat for anyone—under any circumstances. But for Netanyahu, it is even more remarkable—given the truly formidable obstacles and almost pathological animosity he had to overcome to achieve it.
This could—indeed, perhaps should—have been an auspicious occasion, in which his political rivals, his ideological adversaries and his detractors  in the media might have—ever so briefly—put away their animosity and expressed some congratulatory sentiment—however reluctant and insincere—even if only as a formal appearance of feigned courtesy.
However, in the merciless and mean-spirited milieu of Israeli politics, any hint of such largesse was not forthcoming.
Quite the opposite!
Flummoxed and infuriated by their inability to dislodge him from power, his political opponents and their media cronies seized on any pretext, however flimsy and far-fetched, to besmirch and berate him.
A typical illustration of the mindless drivel and spiteful sniping that passes for journalism when it comes to excoriating Netanyahu, was provided this week by former editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, Jeff Barak, in his column, perversely dubbed “Reality Check”.  Indeed, after only a few lines, it became apparent just how wildly inappropriate the column’s tagline is and just how tenuous the connection between what appears in it and reality, really is.
Barbs backfire badly
In this week’s alleged “Reality Check”, Barak (Jeff, the former editor) compares Netanyahu’s incumbency unfavorably with that of another Barak (Ehud, the former PM), arguably the worst prime minster ever to take office in Israel, and—inarguably—the shortest serving prime minister ever to hold that office in Israel.
Barak, J. attempts to trivialize Netanyahu’s years of incumbency with evident imbecility, and barbs that backfire badly.  He asserts: “Heavens, he’s even achieved less in his years in office than Ehud Barak during his ridiculously short term. Barak, at least, made good on his campaign promise to bring the IDF out of Lebanon.”
True, Barak, E. did get the “IDF out of Lebanon”…by ordering a hasty, unbecoming retreat (a.k.a an ignominious flight) in 2000, abandoning that territory to the Hezbollah, and Israel’s allies in the South Lebanese Army to their fate. Today, the territory Barak, E. ordered abandoned has become a veritable arsenal, bristling with rockets and missiles, in numbers estimated at up to 150,000, trained on Israel’s major urban centers.  Of course the deployment of the IDF in South Lebanon did involve a tactical threat for the military, whose function, it should be remembered, is to protect the nation’s civilians. However, by hurriedly evacuating South Lebanon, to eliminate that tactical threat to the military, Barak, E., perversely created a strategic threat to the country’s civilian population.
Amnesia or ignorance?
Indeed, one can only wonder whether it was amnesia or ignorance on the part of Barak, J. to invoke the debacle of the evacuation of South Lebanon as an accomplishment that somehow can be exploited to reflect badly on Netanyahu. After all, it not only precipitated the 2005 Second Lebanon War, in which millions of Israelis were forced to huddle in shelters for weeks, but also according to several pundits, it provided the impetus for the bloody 2000-2005 Second Intifada, in which thousands of Israelis lost life or limb.
Indeed, the unilateral retreat ordered by Barak was widely perceived by Arabs as an Israeli defeat “sending a message…which was to have a profound effect on Palestinian tactics during the AL AQSA INTIFADA” (Encyclopedia of the Palestinians 2000, p. 40). Similar sentiments were expressed in Beirut two years later, by  Farouk Kaddoumi, often  dubbed the PLO foreign minister. Kadoumi declared that Hezbollah’s successful guerrilla war in Southern Lebanon was a model for other Arabs seeking to end Israeli “occupation”: “We are optimistic. Hezbollah’s resistance can be used as an example for other Arabs seeking to regain their rights…
This, then, is the “achievement” that Barak, J., attempts to invoke in his venomous endeavor to demean Netanyahu, and compare him negatively with others. But, of course, holding up dismal failure as strategic success is fine, so long as it is employed (read “exploited”) in the “gainful” pursuit of belittling Bibi..
Not uncritical pro-Bibi apologetics
As readers who follow my column will know, I have never been an uncritical apologist for Netanyahu.  On the contrary, I have criticized a number of his policy decisions, regularly and severely. Thus, for example, I strongly condemned his 2009 Bar Ilan speech in which he accepted the idea of Palestinian statehood—and pointed out that he had, in a stroke,  transformed the strategic structure of the discourse from whether there should be a Palestinian state to what the characteristics of such a state should be– see here and here. Likewise, I was severely critical of the decision to release over 1000 convicted terrorists (2011) to secure the release of  Gilad Shalit—and was even more opposed to a subsequent (2013)  release of prisoners as a  futile gesture to assuage Secretary of State, John Kerry, in the vain hope of coaxing Mahmoud Abbas into renewing negotiations—see here and here.
More recently, I vehemently disapproved of the policy of rapprochement with Turkey—particularly the compensation paid for the casualties incurred when Israeli commandoes had to defend themselves against attempts to lynch them on the Turkish vessel, Mavi Marmara, trying to breach the maritime quarantine of the terror enclave in the Gaza Strip. But above all, I warned that the presence granted the Erdogan regime in Hamas-controlled Gaza, considerably increased the chances of armed conflict between Israel and Turkey in the event of future IDF operations there.
However, my most serious and ongoing criticism of Netanyahu is his enduring failure to adequately address the  problem of international de-legitimization of Israel and of the Zionist endeavor, by refusing to allot adequate resources to initiate and sustain a strategic diplomatic offensive to confront, curtail and counter the animosity of the Obama regime and the global assault on the legitimacy of the Jewish state—see most recently here.
Decades of distinction
As I have written elsewhere, these – and other – episodes indicate that a cogent case for concern can be made regarding the soundness of Netanyahu’s decision-making processes and the steadfastness of his resolve.
However, whatever his faults, there is little to justify the wholesale campaign of denigration, demonization and de-legitimization, waged not only against him (both as a person and a politician) but his spouse as well, ever since he first took over the leadership of the Likud in the early 1990s.
After all, Netanyahu has served his country with distinction and dedication for decades.
Prior to entering the political arena he served as a soldier and a diplomat; as an officer in an elite commando unit, participating in numerous daring combat operations; and later as a highly articulate and effective ambassador at the UN.
His impressive performance at the UN paved his way into politics in 1988. In 1992 he was elected to lead the Likud and head the opposition to Yitzhak Rabin’s government and the Oslo process it had instigated. His efforts were largely successful, and by the fateful night of November 4, 1995, on which Rabin was assassinated, Netanyahu was pulling steadily ahead of him in the opinion polls.
In his detailed study of the events leading up to the 1996 election, Prof. Gerald Steinberg reminds us of frequently forgotten – or perhaps, purposely obscured – facts: “In January 1995… polls showed Rabin trailing Netanyahu by a narrow margin. Continued terrorism… reinforced this trend. However, in the aftermath of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin…Netanyahu’s standing plunged. In February [1996], when Peres decided to hold early elections, the Prime Minister [Peres] maintained a substantial lead over Netanyahu.
Mean-spirited, mendacious malice
Yet, despite all the odds, Netanyahu managed to edge Peres out in the final ballot by a fraction of one percent. It was, perhaps, this totally unexpected – and for some, inexplicable, even inconceivable– victory that unleashed the torrent of enduring enmity toward him from much of the “Rabinesque” civil society elite.
Thus, despite his documented public disapproval of incendiary accusations against Rabin and his government—see for example here and here—Netanyahu was condemned for igniting the hostile ambience that allegedly culminated in the assassination. This precipitated the mood of mean-spirited and largely mendacious malice hurled at him from all quarters.
Open-season was declared on Netanyahu. His success, against all odds, had for all intents and purposes made him fair game to blame for every conceivable malaise, real or imagined, afflicting Israel, the Middle East and humanity as a whole.
Consequently, Netanyahu has been given little credit for the numerous impressive feats he, and the governments he headed, have achieved. Indeed, few seem even to remember that, on entering office after his stunning victory, the relatively inexperienced prime minister inherited a myriad of daunting problems, both economic and security, handed down to him by the previous Rabin/Peres government.
Accordingly a brief reminder seems appropriate.
Forgotten feats
The Oslo process, initiated by his predecessors, had precipitated then-unprecedented levels of terror attacks against Israel. Netanyahu’s government managed to suppress the level of violence to the lowest for almost two decades. If the figures are “lagged” to account for the fact that an incumbent’s policy takes time to have an effect, and at the start of his term, events are affected by that of his predecessor, Netanyahu’s performance figures improve, while those of others deteriorate.
Indeed, it was under his successors, Barak and Sharon, that terror once again soared, resulting in Operation Defensive Shield, and construction of the much-maligned security barrier.
On the economic front, the much-vaunted growth commonly – but fallaciously – ascribed to the Oslowian peace process, had ground almost to a halt, in no small measure due to the deteriorating security situation.
Indeed, much of the post-Oslo growth was fueled largely by a gigantic budget deficit that almost brought Israel to the brink of financial catastrophe, as befell several Asian countries at the time. It was only the fiscal prudence of the Netanyahu government which steered the nation clear of the looming economic disaster that the cavalier fiscal promiscuity of Avraham Shochat, finance minister during the Rabin/Peres term, almost brought upon it.
Many, myself included (“Netanyahu’s Pitfalls”, The Jerusalem Post, Apr. 24, 2003), were critical of the perceived “social insensitivity” of the economic policies Netanyahu undertook as finance minister under Ariel Sharon. However, it can hardly be disputed that they were in large measure responsible for the subsequent resilience of the Israeli economy and its ability to weather the global crisis better than most other industrial countries. Moreover, while Netanyahu can hardly be portrayed as a champion of egalitarian “social justice,” it was on his watch that unemployment rates, perhaps the most pernicious of social ills, were kept at among the lowest in the developed world.
Bibi vs BG 
As Netanyahu neared Ben Gurion’s record incumbency, comparisons between the two were inevitable. Unsurprisingly, an almost universally unsympathetic press judged Netanyahu unfavorably relative to Israel’s iconic founding father.
But any such comparisons are inherently unfair.  For, while both men faced daunting challenges and enormous difficulties, Netanyahu has had to contend with one problem that Ben Gurion was not called upon to face.
For the venomous ad hominem attacks on Netanyahu, and his family, by both his political opponents and most of the mainstream media (both domestic and foreign)  have long exceeded the limits of rational criticism or reasoned dissent, and have become a poisonous pathology. The fact that he has found the spiritual resources to survive and endure this, is, in its own right, a testimony to his remarkable strength.
Netanyahu is a man of tremendous talent and serious shortcomings. He should be judged on a judicious assessment of the balance between the two – not on some distorted, demonized image created by his obsessive opponents.  Until this can be factored into the equation, no really meaningful comparison can be drawn between these two towering figures, who dominated the politics of Israel for decades.
Martin Sherman (www.martinsherman.org) is the founder and executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. (www.strategic-israel.org)