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A Political Blog By A Republican Woman in Texas



Updated: 2017-11-15T21:40:55.675-06:00

 



Houston Veterans Day Parade Cancelled. Shame on You, City Hall

2017-11-10T22:54:18.763-06:00

The City of Houston has cancelled the Veterans Day parade. Instead, the city will host Travis Manion Foundation's 9/11 Heroes Run. The worst part, after the whole disrespecting veterans thing - the city didn't even bother to announce the decision. How many people will wake up Saturday morning thinking they are going to attend the annual parade? So, the city took down the relevant page on their website and eliminated it from their Facebook page, according to this article. How's that for cowardice? I checked out the website accounting of this year's activities and it only made me angry.This is what is now on the city website:Houston is a cornerstone of Veterans Day celebrations in the United States.  As a city, Houston is proud to pay tribute to our men and women in the military by providing an annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration”.  This civic celebration honors and celebrates the brave men, women, and families who pay the ultimate sacrifice for liberty and freedom.The celebration this year will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday November 11, 2017 with the 9/11 Heroes Run which was cancelled on 9/11 this year due to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.All proceeds from registration (excluding cost of shirts/fulfillment) will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.The salute continues with the AARP Veterans Job & Resource Fair complete with Symbols of Freedom - military displays and activities surrounding the reflection pool in Hermann Square at City Hall.The traditional Veterans Day Ceremony presented by H-E-B will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of City Hall ending with a moment of silence in memory of the signing of the WWI Armistice.The entire event will take place from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 11.Are city officials telling Houstonians that there is no way the nation's 4th largest city can possibly schedule '9/11 Heroes Run' at better time than Veterans Day weekend? It's not like Veterans Day wasn't already on the calendar when the Run was cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey. Why was this parade bumped? I have nothing against the 9/11 Heroes Run. The proceeds are going to Hurricane Harvey relief. What? Seems to me, if this is the substitute for the annual parade, the least that could be done as a gesture of goodwill would be for the proceeds to go to a charity for veterans. Is that too much to ask?It is worthy to honor the fallen and it is worthy to honor heroes. However, veterans deserve their own day and separate recognition. Veterans Day honors all veterans, not just the fallen. It is the very least we can do as grateful Americans.Shame on you, Houston leadership. How unfortunate that this bad decision now tarnishes the goodness felt about a city pulling together in a really tough year. This is disgraceful.After local television and radio coverage began of this story, some well-known Houstonians have stepped up and, in an impromptu move, have organized a parade. That's what leadership is. That's #HoustonStrong.[...]



Texans Take a Knee and I Take a Pass

2017-10-29T14:30:19.874-06:00

Sometimes I read something so stupid that I have a hard believing that someone in America really believes what he is saying. Case in point - the outrage over Texans owner Bob McNair's comment on a conference call with other NFL team owners. Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. McNair is a well-known Houston zillionaire and philanthropist. He owns the Houston Texans football team. He is an older white man and for that he must be punished. This is where we are in today's world. McNair used an expression that each and every one of us has heard come out of the mouths of our parents or grandparents. He said, of the mess that the NFL finds itself in over players taking a knee instead of standing for the National Anthem, "We can't have the inmates running the prison." First, some of the Texans threatened to walk out of practice, then McNair apologized. Twice."McNair released a second statement Saturday afternoon and insisted he wasn't referring to the players with his "very regretful comment." Instead he says he was "referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years."He then apologized to NFL players saying: "I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created of me which could not be further from the truth. Our focus going forward, personally and as an organization, will be towards making meaningful progress regarding the social issues that mean so much to our players and our community."As you may imagine, apologies are not good enough any more. The 79 year old owner is presumed racist and that will not be easy to overcome in our hyper-sensitive environment. I've heard reasoning that because a large percentage of players are African-American, this comment must be directed at those players - that McNair isn't sensitive to the life experiences of black men. I get it. There are a lot of black men and women in prison. There are also a lot of other demographics, too, including white Americans. So, then I read Sunday that the Texans were going to do a big protest against McNair before the game in Seattle. Left tackle Duane Brown led a call for the protest and successfully encouraged all but four players to take a knee before the game. I find it interesting that it happened at an away game, not in Houston. I have to think the response from the ticket holders would have been a bit different at home. I watched just enough of the broadcast to see that happen and listen to the announcers give me their hot takes on it and then I changed the channel. Yes, I only watched because I am writing thisHere's the thing - I say, the more protests, the better. I'm a political person and I like discourse. I encourage all people to get involved and make use of their God-given rights, within our Constitution. What better way is there to honor the sacrifices of those who came before us? I have lots of veterans in my family, both living and deceased, who fought for my right to speak up.Here's the flip side of that - I utilize my right to protest with my feet and my pocketbook. Or, in this case, my remote control. I no longer support the NFL. When President Trump tweeted that players should be fired for not standing for the National Anthem and then the gesture escalated as the players reacted to that tweet, then I said, "I'm out." A handful of players taking a knee doesn't sway me one way or the other. This all began last season with a now unemployed social justice warrior disguised as a football player. Barack Obama was the president, if you remember. A couple of his teammates did the same and that was that. Now it's just all about being anti-Trump or, now, anti-McNair. I love politics. I love football. I hate politics taking over football. I watch sports to escape the current events of the day. I love competition. It's a game, it's not rocket science and it will not cure disease. It is g[...]



Congresswoman Wilson's Disgraceful History on Voting Against the Veterans

2017-10-21T07:29:28.196-06:00

Four Green Berets, the story goes, were ambushed and killed in Niger after a meeting with local leaders. Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright were killed. Sgt. La David Johnson was the only African American soldier in this foursome. President Trump called all four families to extend his condolences yet only one call is making headlines. Now, why would that be?Make no mistake about it. In the minds and hate-filled political agenda of the political left in America, this is Trump's America and it is a racist place led by a white supremacist. Florida Representative Fredrica Wilson took advantage of her friendship with the aunt who raised Sgt. Johnson and went to the press with her interpretation of a phone call placed to the aunt from President Trump.In order to boost her own political profile with the public, Wilson not only vilified Four Star General Kelly after he told his own Gold Star Dad story to the White House Press Corps Thursday in response to Wilson's hideous interpretation of President Trump's phone call but she made it into a racial accusation. The ugly political left and their willing cohorts in the media were only too happy to take this accusation and run with it. Here are two examples, from Twitter, one from a Hillary Clinton mouthpiece and one from MSNBC: “Kelly isnt just an enabler of Trump. He's a believer in him. That makes him as odious as the rest. Dont be distracted by the uniform,” Hillary Clinton’s former spokesman and CNN contributor Brian Fallon tweeted. frameborder="0" height="1" id="google_ads_iframe_/4145/fnc/politics/executive_1" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" name="google_ads_iframe_/4145/fnc/politics/executive_1" scrolling="no" style="border-style: initial; border-width: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; height: 1px !important; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: bottom; width: 1px !important;" title="3rd party ad content" width="1"> FollowBrian Fallon ✔@brianefallonKelly isnt just an enabler of Trump. He's a believer in him. That makes him as odious as the rest. Dont be distracted by the uniform.2:48 PM - Oct 19, 2017 7,8967,896 Replies   3,5113,511 Retweets   9,0129,012 likesTwitter Ads info and privacy“I am stunned by John Kelley's lies about a black woman who he called an 'empty barrel,'” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell tweeted. FollowLawrence O'Donnell ✔@LawrenceI am stunned by John Kelley's lies about a black woman who he called an 'empty barrel.' http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/lawrence-stunned-by-john-kelly-s-attack-on-rep-wilson-1077490243772 … via @msnbc12:47 AM - Oct 20, 2017Lawrence: 'Stunned' by John Kelly's attack on Rep. WilsonWhile defending President Donald Trump's "brave" condolence call to a Gold Star family, Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly attacked Rep. Frederica Wilson, calling her an "empty barrel." Lawrence O'Donn...msnbc.com 1,4531,453 Replies   4,0624,062 Retweets   9,2159,215 likesThese are the only two examples I'll leave here. The others from celebrities, leftists and the #NeverTrump (an ever shrinking) brigade are all over social media and are brutally nasty. Mind you, the general was relaying his own story and taking the press through the process of how the fallen are taken from the battlefield through their return to America. The left, never known for supporting the military, showed their true colors once again. Believe them all when they tell you who they are.The congresswoman has a poor record voting in support of military veterans and on funding the military.The measures that Wilson opposed included a bill that could have ensured that families of four soldiers slain in Afghanistan in 2013 received death and burial benefits. […]Despite Wilson's claim to be “committed to honoring our[...]



Barack Obama Didn't Call General Kelly After Son Was Killed In Action

2017-10-20T09:45:10.060-06:00


Thursday I watched the White House press  briefing and I saw an American hero emotionally walk the press corps through the process of transferring a fallen soldier from the battlefield to the delivery of the news to his or her family. His emotion was in check, to be sure, but he did tear up a bit as he spoke. I teared up as he spoke. He is a Gold Star Dad and the whole episode has caused him much pain. 


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What strikes me is the fact that General Kelly's Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama, didn't make a phone call to him or his family to express his condolences in the loss of their son in Afghanistan. There are not so many four star generals and even less who become Gold Star Dads so I find it disturbing that so little personal attention was given to the loss. If we are to believe the narrative promoted from the political left that Obama respected the military so much and Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden were so attentive to the needs of military families, surely a phone call from Obama to General Kelly would be a normal action. But, it wasn't and it didn't happen. Apparently General Kelly did sit at Michelle Obama's table at a breakfast one time. 


"A White House official said Obama did not call Kelly after his son’s death but did not say whether the former president reached out in some other fashion. White House visitor records show Kelly attended a breakfast Obama hosted for Gold Star families six months after his son died. A person familiar with the breakfast — speaking on condition of anonymity because the event was private — said the Kelly family sat at Michelle Obama’s table.
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United Republicans of Harris County Invites Public to Event with RPT Chairman James Dickey

2017-10-03T10:23:38.151-06:00

You Are Cordially Invited To A United Republicans' MeetingWith Special GuestJames Dickey,Chairman,Republican Party of TexasTOPIC"Update on theRepublican Party of Texas"Plans for the 2018 Election CycleTuesday, October 10, 20176:30 pm Coffee and Conversation7:00-8:00 pm Program Trini Mendenhall Community Center1414 Wirt RoadHouston, TX 77055(Event and Parking are Free!)Google Map to Location *CLICK TO RSVP FOR THE EVENT PLEASE RSVP BY OCTOBER 7, 2017Thank You[...]



Surviving Hurricane Harvey: Part Four - It Was The Reservoirs, Not the Storm That Flooded West Houston

2017-09-05T11:23:59.687-06:00

Simply put, an area of west Houston was sacrificed in order to protect other subdivisions from even more dramatic flooding. These subdivisions, now flooded at devastating proportions, have no history of experiencing flooding. The Army Corps of Engineers released water from the Addicks and Barker Dams. This, we were told, was to allow room in the dams should more rain fall. Water in the reservoirs was released - controlled releases - to make room for future rain water. Buffalo Bayou needed relief, we were told. The result of this decision was unprecedented flooding in neighborhoods from near-in west Houston all the way to areas in Katy. To say this is tragic is not an exaggeration. Houston City Councilman Greg Travis, District G, has done an excellent job keeping residents informed of actions by the Corps of Engineers and the City of Houston. This explains what action was taken and the video link is a helpful way to understand how the water moved as it flooded the area.   The storm of Hurricane Harvey didn't destroy us, it was the reservoirs after the storm that did that. Now, the mayor has approved the power to be cut off in homes and apartments that were flooded, on the heels of a mandatory evacuation order. This hampers the ability to allow some who wish to stay in their homes despite the water and protect their property. People who have dry homes are told their power will remain on but that isn't always the case. Councilman Travis, for example, said his home didn't flood but his power was cut. There is a number to call if this happens: 713-207-2222.Some people from outside ask why Texans don't buy flood insurance. It is estimated that only 20% of those flooded out have flood insurance. In this case, it is because most of these homes are not on flood plains. The area has never flooded and homeowners weren't advised to buy flood insurance. My husband and I never bought flood insurance. We survived Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricane Ike without our home flooding.I watched Mayor Sylvester Turner on some of the Sunday morning talk shows and he did a good job encouraging people to keep their plans - the City of Houston is open for business. He went on to say that "95% of the city is dry now." I understand what he was doing - it's his job to keep the city and its economy moving forward - but that is an exaggerated number. In my own case, my home remained dry and our power has stayed on. Our Internet and television was only out briefly - a matter of some 8 hours or so due to a truck crashing into a utility pole - so we are grateful beyond belief. But, the down side is that we are limited in our travel due to flooded streets all around us. Imagine an island surrounded by water - that is how we continue to live. The Corps of Engineers foresees reservoir releases for the next 10 days or so and flooded streets will remain while that continues. It's a waiting game. My former neighborhood still has large parts underwater. Remember when I wrote about moving to our current home last January? My husband was able to drive up to our former home this morning and spoke with the current owner. The house remained dry inside by the grace of about a 1/4 of an inch. That warmed my heart. We cling to the good stories because the bad ones are overwhelming. So many of my friends and acquaintances in 'my' part of town have lost homes and cars and much of their possessions. We will get through this. We are grateful. #HoustonStrongOnward.[...]



Surviving Hurricane Harvey: Part Three - Goodness Abounds

2017-09-03T20:29:39.582-06:00

The good far outweighs the bad in response to Hurricane Harvey and the recovery efforts in the aftermath. Texans helping Texans happens spontaneously. There is no such thing as sitting around and waiting for outside help around here. Volunteers from across the country have felt our pain and risen to the occasion. All of this revives hope for the human race.Houston, know for its diversity, is the nation's fourth largest city and it is home to immigrants from literally any country you can think of. The greatest asset of this city, to me, is the glorious mix of people and cultures who all live together peacefully with a live and let live kind of attitude. You know all those riots in the streets of other large cities around America? That doesn't happen here. I don't know why but I think it has to do with the attitude of the city. We're simply not havin' that stuff. This isn't to say there aren't distinct differences in opinions and that conflict doesn't happen. There are problems here like other places. It is to say, though, the Texas spirit thrives in Houston. Immigrants to the city embrace it. Texans look out for each other - even those among us who are not here legally. As Congress continues to refuse to seriously tackle immigration reform, people are here in limbo, hurricane or not. One of the first announcements made by the mayor and the police chief was about those living here illegally - no one was in jeopardy of facing an ICE agent for simply seeking shelter and aid due to the storm. Only in America would a fund be established to help "undocumented" Houstonians during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The local ABC network affiliate's self-described "social media contributor" on Twitter actively promotes it.One caption for this claims: "575,000+ undocumented immigrant families live in #Houston & surrounding suburbs. Many don't qualify for Gov aid." 575,000 undocumented in one American city. That is unheard of in any other spot in the world. Shame on national media in town asking local and state politicians - even Governor Abbott - about any pending DACA decision coming from President Trump. This should be an issue for Congress, not another executive order from the sitting president. Obama did it for political expediency. America's immigration system deserves, indeed demands, honest reform. Here is a good recap of a particularly shameless DACA discussion inserted into stories of Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston. Remember the photograph of President Trump holding us the Texas flag during his first stop in Texas, during his first trip after Harvey struck? It was in Corpus Christi and a crowd of locals gathered as the president thanked first responders for their work. A teenage boy brought the flag to see the president and the Secret Service asked if he'd allow them to borrow it. He did. Marcos Garza asked for donations of water and baby wipes for his hometown and then said, "I think we should support the president during his run right now, because he kind of needs it." There are many ways to help all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. How about some retail therapy? Here is a list of retail outlets who are donating all or a portion of the proceeds of merchandise to recovery efforts. Remember when people unfamiliar with basic economics mocked former President G.W. Bush for telling America to go shopping after the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks? Yeah. Well, patronizing retail outlets stimulates the economy and helps recovery efforts. Simple, right? After you do some shopping, you may want to go out for a bite to eat. Here is a list of some local establishments donating portions of receipts to hurricane recovery efforts.The list of heroes during this horrible time is long and continues to grow. There are no words to measure the hard work and dedicated spirits shown by our first responders and the countless volunteer rescue workers. Wall [...]



Surviving #HurricaneHarvey: Part Two - Political Cartoons

2017-09-02T09:56:54.482-06:00

It didn't take long for the ugliness from the left to rear its head and publish political cartoons mocking Texas during Hurricane Harvey. People were still being rescued, the rain was still falling and people were looking for shelter as the cartoons hit the Internet. The souls of many are twisted and a national tragedy, brought on by Mother Nature, opened an opportunity for them to show their disdain of Texas, the nation's largest red state.It began with the ugly cartoon in @Politico:This is an attack on people of faith and small government conservatives and a little smack to the Texas secessionists fringe for good measure. Funny, I don't see the liberals in California wanting to secede being mocked.  The cartoonist is a coward, though, and as soon as the social media blowback began, he deleted his tweet publicizing it.     The next bit of ugliness to catch my eye was this one from the staff of Charlie Hebdo in Paris:Nazi references are common when the left goes after the right. I think it is the lowest of slurs and particularly low-brow. My paternal grandfather was Jewish. The only Nazis were actual Nazis, not your particular political opponents.Remember when everyone, including me, posted this on social media platforms after the attack by Islamic terrorists on the publication?                                 This is a political cartoon run by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:Misspelled sign, 'militia' headquarters - the hatred is real towards the people in a red state. Once upon a time I lived in Atlanta and I went to college there, so this opportunism disguised as political comment doesn't surprise me.The coastal elites hate us. We get it. What about the liberals living in Texas, though? No empathy for them, either? They were flooded out, too. Mother Nature doesn't distinguish between conservatives and liberals. Painting with broad brushes never ends well.I see all the social media nastiness because I live in social media and politics. I have chosen to use my platforms for information. Twitter is an excellent tool for up to the minute news and is invaluable in an emergency. My previous blog post, Part One, was my personal thoughts as the rain stopped and the recovery begins. This one is to show reactions from those not in the storm. This is the ugly side. The good side is out there, too, and so much stronger than the ugly. Part Three will be about that. Good wins. Love conquers hate. We will get through this. #HoustonStrong  #TexasTough  [...]



Surviving Hurricane Harvey - #HoustonStrong Part One

2017-08-31T19:33:41.068-06:00

A hawk visited outside yesterday. My family thinks hawks are a sign of good luck. I'll take it. Today the visitors have included a heron and an egret who must both be as confused as the rest of us as they wade around on land that is normally dry behind our development. My adopted city has drown in about 50 inches of rain from Hurricane Harvey over the last few days and my heart is broken. Moving to Houston from south Louisiana about 20 years ago, living on the Gulf Coast most of my life, I count Houston as the tenth place I've lived in my life - nine in America, one in Venezuela. I love this city and her people. This is my adopted home.Surreal. Surreal is the word that has been present in my head as my family and I have lived through this catastrophic weather event. I haven't left the house in seven days now. I am not about to complain about that or about the occasional bouts of cabin fever that make me snap. We have remained dry and our power has remained on the entire time. I am so very, very grateful.My husband and I made the decision at the end of 2016 to sell our home of 20 years and downsize to townhouse living. We are at that stage in life where we no longer want the burdens of owning a large home and the swimming pool and the yard. We didn't, however, want to leave the area in which we live. So, we are in a townhouse literally 2 miles out from the subdivision in which we lived all those years. In January, as we moved, I admit to second thoughts. Was I really ready for the change? Let me tell you - life events happen sometimes that turn out to be a gift in disguise. Yesterday, all day long, we looked out a back window as our former neighbors in our former subdivision were evacuated out via air boats and smaller motorized boats. The subdivision has never experienced that before this hurricane. Not during Tropical Storm Allison, not during past hurricanes. Sure, during times of heavy downpours, the streets would fill and water would rise and then drain off. This is Houston, after all. But not water coming up and into homes. Surreal.The two big reservoirs on my side of town had to have slow releases to preserve the integrity of the dams' infrastructures. So, areas that do not normally flood are now underwater - like my old neighborhood. I have learned more about reservoirs and water retention than I ever wanted to learn. Houston is built to handle flooding with parks and golf courses, etc. serving to hold large quantities of water in storms. Hurricane Harvey, though, was simply too much. The level of stress as water rises is unimaginable. My mind hasn't focused properly since last week. The people of Houston are the best. The outpouring of support and help - neighbor helping neighbor, strangers helping each other - remind me of the goodness of people out there in the world. When you live in the world of politics, like I do, sometimes that message gets lost. The generosity of those outside of Texas has also been humbling. Texans show up for others in need and that is being returned to us in folds. We are grateful.As this picture shows, Houstonians line up to volunteer to help others in need. How great is that?The downtown convention center was turned into a shelter and these fine people were standing in line, in the rain, to go in to help out. #HoustonStrongLocal news stations have covered the storm since it began Thursday night into Friday morning. It has been 24/7 television coverage pre-empting regular network programming. It is overwhelming. This is Houston. We will get through it. #TexasToughMy next blog post will be about the politics of Hurricane Harvey. Today's not the day for that, though. Onward.[...]



Cowardly CEO's Abandon Trump's Manufacturing Council

2017-08-15T12:54:14.195-06:00

The exodus of business CEO's and leaders from the Presidential Committee on American Manufacturing began with Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman and CEO of Merck Pharmaceutical when Trump's statement on the hideous Charlottesville white supremacists and the counter-protesters came up lacking. Then, piling on, Intel's CEO, Brian Krzanich and Under Armour's Kevin Plank followed suit on Monday - after the president issued a second statement. On Tuesday, Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul resigned. Liberals and their #NeverTrump cohorts are cheering these men on. The far left wing of the Democrats are encouraging a boycott of companies whose leaders who have not resigned. I would encourage people, whether #NeverTrump, or always Trump, or somewhere in between, to think hard before patronizing the companies run by these quitters. Make no mistake, this is no big action of conscience. This is all about leftist politics and the demand that all Americans fall in line with the dictates of the far left. These cowards signed on to the committee and enjoyed the publicity that their close proximity to the most powerful man on earth, a business man himself, provided. The committee has some two dozen members and most have chosen to go about their business - bringing jobs to American workers and providing stockholders with dividends. This is their job. These are the adults in the room.The quitters are cowards and show a failure to lead. Stockholders should be alarmed that the leader of a company with whom they are invested has taken himself/herself out of the discussion; has vacated a seat at the table. A real leader wants to be part of the discussion. A real leader doesn't grandstand in social media and make a big deal out of a childish decision to retreat. It's easy to quit - staying and doing the work is hard.President Trump may not have said the right words in his initial statement but his second statement very clearly named names and made clear any clarity the first statement might have lacked. Perhaps they didn't get the memo when the people spoke last November - the days of a president beholden to political correctness are over. Trump is the same man he was when these men signed on to the manufacturing council. Taking advantage of a national tragedy for their own self aggrandizement is sick. Shame on them all.[...]



Reebok Trolls Trump and Guarantees Trump's Second Term

2017-07-15T13:43:08.514-06:00

Athletic gear company Reebok trolled President Trump this weekend over Trump's alleged remark to the French president's wife. It is reported that Trump complimented Brigette Macron by saying, "You're in such great shape....beautiful." Reebok took to Twitter and social media to lob a politically correct response. As you may imagine, Trump supporters and non-supporters have a little something to say about it.For a little background on Mrs. Macron - she enjoyed a long career as a literature teacher at an elite school in Paris. Age 64, she first met her husband, age 39, when he was a student in her class. The school was a Jesuit school, by the way. She retired from the classroom to help her husband run for the French presidency. She tried her hand at politics in 1989 when she ran as a candidate for city council but she was not successful. She divorced her first husband in 2006 - with whom she has three children - and married Macron in 2007. She is pretty, petite, and yes, in very good shape. Reebok took to social to virtue-shame the president, as those concerned about political correctness above all common sense are prone to do. Here is what appeared on Twitter: It's all a bit too silly. Is anyone really surprised that Trump would make a remark like this? Of course not. Was it wildly inappropriate? Maybe. Was it worth a day or two of commentary? No. It's just another distraction. She wasn't an employee of Trump's and they were both in the company of their spouses. No long term damage has been done and, if truth be told, she probably enjoyed the compliment. What 64 year old woman wouldn't enjoy it? The phony outrage machine churning up once again to make the left and other sore losers from November (the American media, in particular) feel superior has produced a definitive result - regular Trump supporters no longer pay any attention to the noise. This is how we got Trump in the first place. If this sort of silliness continues, his second term as POTUS will be guaranteed. [...]



The Tweet That Set the Left on Fire

2017-06-30T14:50:12.927-06:00

I'm old enough to remember when MSNBC was a new cable network and three women hosted a weekday show - Gina Gaston, Ashleigh Banfeld, and Mika Brzezinski. Gina Gaston is an evening news anchor for the Houston ABC News affiliate; Ashleigh Banfeld moved on to CNN and HLN; and Mika is still with MSNBC. I have not been a fan of Mika's for a very long time. Mika is now a co-host and newsreader for that network's Morning Joe show. A little recent background on the Morning Joe hosts: she was given the Obama administration talking points and recited them during the course of the show during that administration. She was a vocal and unabashed Hillary supporter during the last election cycle. Her co-host is former GOP congressman Joe Scarborough. Both have divorced their spouses and are now engaged to each other. Both were friendly with Donald Trump and allowed him on their show regularly, as did all the other networks, giving him unprecedented in-kind (free) campaign publicity in exchange for ratings. Then, once Trump became the GOP nominee, they turned on him, as did CNN and some on Fox, as well as all the dinosaur networks. Since his election, the hosts have regularly - maybe daily - slammed Trump as mentally unbalanced, a liar, unfit for office, and all the usual liberal sounding slurs. Like other networks (looking at you, CNN), the show brings on #NeverTrump 'conservatives' who happily join in on the personal attacks. Like the former president, Barack Obama, Trump is a thin-skinned man. Now seeing improvement in the show ratings, the hosts should be sending Trump a fruit basket with a thank you note for providing fuel to the turnaround.  With a bitterly divided nation tuning in to shows supporting the opinions most closely aligned with themselves, MSNBC, once a laughingstock in cable news now finds its ratings rising. Why? A quick look at its programming tells the tale. Like CNN, it is all Trump/GOP bashing 24/7.  President Trump expertly uses social media to push out his message to millions of followers. I'm all in favor of using social media as a tool. For politicians, Twitter and Facebook, even Instagram, should be used to promote policy and progress on the agenda on any given day. The problem with Trump, though, is that he is a coarse and aggressive New York businessman unaccustomed to self-censorship and  self-control. He gets very personal in his criticisms on Twitter instead of sticking to policy and politics. That's a big no-no when it is from the President of the United States, the most powerful man on earth. We knew all this as Trump ran for POTUS. It's why Republicans like me didn't support him in the primary. He's not my cup of tea. That said, once he became the GOP nominee, he became my candidate. I didn't have to like him to vote for him.The Supreme Court nominations and conservative governing policies are too important to me to ever vote for a Democrat for president. Ever. Sanctimonious long-time Republicans who threw support to Hillary or third party candidates with no hope of winning forever lost my respect. The professional class that earns a living off the Republican party understood that they would no longer be in the inner circle and they responded according. They were willing to support Hillary Clinton and the Bernie Sanders crowd over a Republican promising to govern as a conservative. Today they all sound just like the left on social media - more interested in slamming the president than supporting solid policy and initiatives the GOP is moving forward.Thursday, after the usual barrage of nasty statements from Mika and aided by her fiancé, Joe, the president took to Twitter and took his thoughts into personal criticism. He said Mika was bleeding from a face lift o[...]



Trump Nominates Texan Kay Bailey Hutchison for Ambassador to NATO

2017-06-30T08:55:51.761-06:00

Good news, fellow Texans! President Trump has nominated our own former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to be the next Ambassador to NATO. This is truly an excellent choice. Not only am I pleased to see her be recognized with such a prestigious position, but she is well qualified to do the job.

This is the press release issued last night from Senator John Cornyn:

Cornyn Statement on Nomination of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison as U.S. Ambassador to NATO

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) to be U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):

“Throughout her career in public service, Kay’s dedication to helping others and advancing commonsense Texas values has been second to none.  With a proven track record of getting results, she has always done what she thought was in the best interest of Texas and our country.

“I have no doubt she will now bring her tireless advocacy and fierce work ethic to the world stage on behalf of the American people.  I’m thankful she has once again answered the call to service, and I look forward to supporting my fellow Texan’s nomination before the U.S. Senate.”

Kay Bailey Hutchison was the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. She also became the first Texas U.S. senator to receive more than four million votes in a single election.


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Victim Blaming - Liberal Media Blames Steve Scalise for Assassination Attempt Against Him

2017-06-19T19:26:39.183-06:00

The Hollywood left and liberals in the media are so buried in identity politics that they are unable to embrace the basic humanity of a victim of an assassination attempt. If you do not dip into the world of social media on a regular basis, count yourself lucky to have missed the unimaginable commentary that is swirling around out there. Whether on cable television or Facebook or Twitter, the vitriol is at an all time high. Make no mistake - those people claiming the mantle of progressive are ok with an elected official being shot if that person hold different political views. The victim, in their minds, had it coming.Sadly, this is not an exaggeration. I point you in the direction of two Twitter accounts in specific - Joy Reid, a MSNBC show host and George Takei, an actor best known for his Star Trek role of Sulu on the USS Enterprise. I do not watch Reid's show, a platform for her progressive views, but I have heard her views on Sunday morning shows and she clearly has no tolerance for conservative thought. Takei is an 80 year old man consumed with reducing people to labels - gay, racist, homophobic, etc. - who is openly gay in Hollywood after being closeted during most of his career.In the spirit of naming names of those who must be called out for bad behavior, I concentrate on  these two people because theirs is an elevated level of hatred against Republicans. I don't expect Democrats or Socialists to agree with a Republican president's agenda. I do expect basic human decency from those given a platform on which to influence public thought. Believe me, I am not perfect in my comments all the time but I do try to rise above bottom-dwelling vitriol. An example - when public figures die that I have little or no respect for as human beings, I remain silent on the death in social media. It's the old adage - if you can't say anything nice, say nothing at all. When Senator Ted Kennedy died, not a peep from me about it on Twitter. I didn't just oppose his politics, I held him in low regard as a man. In the case of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the ugliness from the left towards him is all about politics. There is no dispute that Scalise is a good man. He is a husband and a father. He is a man of faith. He serves his community and his country. He loves his alma mater of LSU. There is strong consensus that both sides of the political aisle hold him in respect. He's an amicable guy and an inclusive leader. How about the young man who serves in government relations (lobbyist) for Tyson Foods? Did he deserve to be shot multiple times as he watched the baseball game practice? You can watch Reid's hideous remarks here. There is a special spot reserved in Hell for her. Takei is old and bitter. He falls into the liberal propaganda tactics of identity politics. People are dehumanized by lumping individuals into categories to label them. He thought he should tell the world that the heroic member of Rep. Scalise's security detail was a lesbian, along with the fact that she is black. He did this to give his opinion that Scalise is both racist and homophobic. Neither accusation is true, of course, but I think Takei and the others were best put into their place of shame by a statement from the Scalise family. As he lay in critical condition, his survival still in question, the family thanked the heroes who rushed to save the ball players and bystanders. They also made a point of stating that the officer credited with saving Scalise by shooting the deranged terrorist is a longtime member of his security team and considered a part of the Scalise family. And, there is CBS's news anchor Scott Pelley. In his final broadcast - CBS is cutting him loose so he'll be full-time [...]



The #ArlingtonShooter Was a Political Assassination Meant to Terminate Republicans

2017-06-17T12:29:37.748-06:00

The unimaginable happened Wednesday morning as most people were beginning their day, carrying out normal routines. In a ballpark in a residential area of Alexandria, Virginia, a deranged Democrat attempted a mass assassination of Republicans. During a practice game, with the annual Congressional charity baseball game scheduled for Thursday night, a man approached Congressmen leaving a bit early to avoid rush hour traffic congestion on their way to the Capitol to ask if the group were Democrats or Republicans. With their response as "Republicans", the man continued on. He opened fire on the Republicans. Majority Whip Steve Scalise was at second base. He fell to the ground as he was shot, bleeding heavily. He remains in critical condition, with many surgeries ahead of him.  A Tyson Foods lobbyist was watching the practice and was severely wounded. He remains in critical condition. Rep. Roger Williams from the Austin, Texas area, was injured but not shot in the scramble. An aide to Williams - a young man from Houston - was shot in the leg. Two of the three Capitol Police on Scalise's security detail were injured - one was shot, one described as injured during the attack. The shooter was shot by an injured Capitol Police special agent and later died at the hospital. Scalise was the only member of leadership with a security detail there. Had those special agents not been present, this terrorist attack would have been a massacre.Guns saved everyone present but zealots are unwilling to recognize facts, even in terror attacks. Immediately the anti-gun lobby was fundraising off this attack. Former astronaut and husband of Rep. Gabby Giffords took another turn in the spotlight he pursues after every high profile shooting by giving an exclusive interview on ABC's Houston affiliate. He and Giffords run a PAC which targets incumbents who don't tow their line of gun control measures. ABC's Houston affiliate also aired bites with Rep. Sheila Jackson- Lee and Rep. Al Green during their lunch time newscast, giving time to their stories of being victims of threats. Both Democrats, this seemed wrong. With a majority of Republicans in elected office in D.C. from this area, why those two? Former House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay is from Sugarland and actually experienced an attack on his office on Capitol Hill where Capitol Police saved his staff. I tweeted about my opinion (shocker, I know!) and DeLay was interviewed briefly on the 10:00 P.M. newscast. Channel 13 favors Democrats and it's wrong, even if they are owned by Disney. Also, political reporter Miya Shea is married to Democrat State Rep. Gene Wu. The incestuous relationship of media and politicians is not good at the local level any more than it is at the national level.Make no mistake, this was an act of political assassination.  Evil lives among us and in today's overly heated and divided political world, this is the new level with which we find ourselves. Think I'm exaggerating? I wish that were true. I use a very basic method of checking the pulse of the general public - I shop at a grocery store. Normal enough of an activity, right? Yesterday I happened to have some shopping to do and headed out to a Kroger in my area. All was well until I began unloading my purchases onto the conveyor belt in the check-out. The cashier was chatting with another cashier (the store was in a bit of a lull in activity) and I overheard their conversation. My cashier said, "Well, it's to be expected. It's what everyone thinks about doing." I looked up at him, expressionless so as not to get his attention, and they continued on. His friend agreed with[...]



7 Successes of Trump's First 100 Days

2017-04-29T13:33:20.449-06:00

Today marks the 100th day of the Trump administration. All of the doom and gloom prognostications have failed to surface. As a matter of fact, some really good accomplishments have occurred, despite what Democrats and their willing cohorts in the media would have you believe. Let's recap.First, let me acknowledge the very best result of the November election and the first 100 days of the Trump administration - it isn't the first 100 days of the Hillary Clinton administration. That alone is reason to be optimistic if you are not a leftist.1. Justice Neil Gorsuch. That's right. For the first time in more than a century, a president nominated and installed a judge to the United States Supreme Court within the first 100 days of his administration. That alone is worth noting as Trump's greatest accomplishment to date. Other decisions and actions can be changed or reformed in later years. This one can not, short of impeachment. This is a lifetime gig.2.  Vice President Mike Pence. Pence is a calming, stabilizing force within Trump's White House. So far, he has provided valuable reassurances to allies overseas and at home. He is calm and steady within a sometimes turbulent West Wing. He knows the legislative process and helps the president on Capitol Hill. 3.  Business-friendly de-regulation. Very important to job creation and economy strengthening, the executive orders and memorandums signed by President Trump thus far are roll backs to crippling regulations signed by Barack Obama. I'm no fan of governing by executive order but it is understandable now. Our economy has been stuck in a stagnant or slow moving growth pattern for too long. 4.  A solidly conservative cabinet. After eight years of every liberal wish on display and promoted by ivory tower leftists in the Obama administration, the current group is a breath of fresh air. 5.  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell are partners. The Speaker appears to be working closely with the White House on legislation. According to Ryan, 29 bills have been sent to Trump's desk since he took office. That is the most for a president's first 100 days in office since 1949. McConnell uses his skillful expertise in Senate rules and process to shepherd through important legislation - case in point: the Gorsuch nomination process.6.  The National Security team is aces in my book. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is digging out from the mess left in place by Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. He is appears calm and humble in this position, which is quite comforting in today's uncertain world. Who could ask for better than Nikki Haley at the United Nations? The Generals  - McMasters and Kelly - are strong choices, too. So far, so good.7.  Illegal border crossings are down. Way down. Speaking of General Kelly, his leadership at the Department of Homeland Security is by the book and no nonsense. Just enforcing the laws already on the books is a major reform. And President Trump's idea of using Mexico's drug cartel monies confiscated is a great idea for funding the wall he wants to build at the border. Sen.Ted Cruz is trying to piggyback on this idea as he introduced legislation in the Senate with press releases claiming it is his idea. Whatever. Anyone paying attention is used to that behavior from the junior senator from Texas. Trump has been considering it since the summer of 2016 and it is worth pursuing.The Democrats and The Resistance would like you to believe that opposition to Trump has been effective. Wrong. As this article notes, the Democrats are in disarray themselves - bigly - and any setbacks have be[...]



I Went To A Texas Congressman's Town Hall Last Weekend - Here's What I Learned

2017-03-29T10:28:08.557-06:00





I attended Rep. John Culberson's town hall last Saturday and wrote about for Independent Journal Review. It's up now online.


We are at a crucial time in a Republican majority district in Texas, whether leadership wants to acknowledge it or not. The other side is energized and organized. They won this round.(image)



McMullin Jumps the Shark in Trump Derangement Syndrome

2017-03-17T12:32:22.767-06:00

Have you heard of Stand Up Republic?  That's a rhetorical question - of course you haven't heard of this PAC. Co-Founders Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn have started up this vehicle to raise money and try to remain relevant in their disapproval of the Trump presidency.From the website: "Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn founded Stand Up Republic to help Americans stand up in defense of the fundamental principles that have made this country the true home of liberty and a source of hope for many around the world. Stand Up Republic will build and organize a grassroots movement in defense of liberty, equality, and truth in America. Our priorities will be to uphold the Constitution and defend the democratic norms and institutions upon which the protection of our basic rights depend."Boilerplate wording at best. You may remember Evan McMullin, failed candidate for President. He entered the race at the eleventh hour solely to disrupt Trump's victory. He was the 2016 version of Ross Perot, without the 20% of the national vote Perot received. McMullin was recruited to stop Trump by the hard core #NeverTrump people. His big play was to go all-in in Utah, his home state. The result? Even his own state's voters didn't want him. He finished third behind Trump and Hillary. Ouch.Since election night, McMullin regularly tweets out snarky comments about Trump and his supporters - which include about half of Americans. He is firmly in the camp of the other half of America and aligns quite easily with the left side of the aisle. I guess that is what is meant by describing himself as an Independent. His tweets have gotten to be so tedious and pedestrian that now even some #NeverTrump people openly mock his efforts. His latest rhetoric accuses Trump supporters of being racists. Finn falls for the same tactic. How lame. It's like Obama's era and his opponents being called racists for any disagreement with him. On March 15, 2017 @Evan_McMullin tweeted "Tonight in Tennessee, Trump promotes the policies of white nationalism to chants of "USA! USA!" These are not the values of our nation." And this: "I fear that America's youth, experiencing politics for the first time under Trump, risk never understanding fundamental American ideals."On March 12, 2017 Co-Founder @mindyfinn tweeted "With shroud of political correctness lifted, we learn the ugly truth about what some "conservatives" believe. Ethno-nationalism is racism."The next four (maybe eight) years will be filled with accusations of white nationalism and racist charges against Trump voters and anyone working with the Trump administration to move this country forward. First it was the word 'authoritarian' being lodged against Trump. That hasn't worked out so well so now, just like Democrats, they fall into calling reasonable people racists. How dumb is it to say that chanting "USA! USA!" is un-American? A much stronger argument would be to actually put up a policy decision or Executive Order signed and present an opposing opinion. What exactly has Trump done to warrant such disapproval? I'm talking policy, not execution of policy decisions. The Trump administration is slowly finding it's legs and getting its cabinet and staffing in place. Too slowly for my patience, but that's another story.Here's the sad truth - Republicans are slurred as racists, no matter who is in the White House. It is particularly disgusting coming from people who claimed to be part of the party at one time and were making a living off the party. Those who leave and seek validation by aligning with the other side deserve scorn and not support[...]



'SNL' Trashes Ivanka Trump for Supporting Her Father

2017-03-12T11:28:05.319-06:00

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/F7o4oMKbStE" width="480">I began watching Saturday Night Live in its first season - then called NBC's Saturday Night. In 1975, as a teenager, I thought the show and its original cast was one of the best on television. John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, and Chevy Chase. One of the writers was Al Franken, now a U.S. Senator (what are you thinking, Minnesota?). No one was safe from zings and ridicule, though it was comedy-centric, not ugly and partisan and heavy on contempt as it is today. I haven't been a regular viewer in many years. As time marched on, the show went through regular changes in cast and writers. Frankly, the show isn't funny anymore. Unless you are a far left-leaning young person, I find it difficult to believe you think it's funny. There are no skits anymore that will live on as classics as there were in the first seasons. Coneheads, anyone? By 2008, writer and comedian Tina Fey found a success in boosting her career by portraying Sarah Palin, John McCain's V.P. choice. It appeared to conservatives that the show had taken a real turn into overt campaigning.  The show has taken great glee in lampooning the rise of Donald Trump in politics. Actor Alec Baldwin now plays Trump by exaggerating his facial expressions and wearing a wig. Baldwin likes to portray Trump as stupid and incompetent. Ironically, the island Baldwin lives on in New York has lots of square footage owned by Trump. Maybe stupid isn't the best criticism. Last night, First Daughter Ivanka Trump was mocked for her support of her father. In the world of the Democrats, a Republican president's kids are fair game. In this case, Ivanka is a successful businesswoman in her own right. When Trump won the party's nomination, many retail outlets refused to continue to carry his goods in their stores. Now Ivanka Trump is facing the same kind of opposition. Major retail chains are seeking publicity for phasing out her line of clothing, accessories, shoes and perfume. The best part, though? Trump supporters and thoughtful conservatives are punching back by using conscious consumerism - her goods are being purchased at a whole new level of enthusiasm. While not in some retail stores any longer, they are found online and that makes it very easy for today's busy woman. What woman doesn't enjoy a bit of retail therapy at the end of a long day? Guest host Scarlett Johansson (her 5th appearance in that capacity) did a mock commercial appearing as Ivanka Trump promoting a cologne called "Complicit". It's ugly and mocks her for supporting her father. Did I miss the skits mocking Chelsea Clinton for supporting her father after his behavior towards women was exposed? Watch the YouTube for yourself. Recently I hear from more and more Republican Women club members who encourage others to purchase Ivanka's items. Seems like the thing to do. Let the others read the retail sales numbers and weep. [...]



#ADAYWITHOUTWOMEN Ironically Fails Women

2017-03-08T11:39:41.640-06:00

Today is International Women's Day. Are you wearing red today, ladies? Yeah. Me, neither. The malcontents on the left have organized a Day Without Women and it is as ridiculous and ambiguous as it sounds. Apparently what the women on the left side of the aisle want is a day off. The attempt is being made to garner attention to the challenges faced by women in the working world and life in general. International Women's Day is "a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women." That website description of the day, however, flies in the face of the liberal takeover of messaging in America, 2017. Today the message is stay home, don't participate.Not only is the message garbled - what exactly the message is isn't clear - but it is a completely elitist, privileged, aging feminist idea gone wrong. The unintended consequences are rising and one thing is clear - these women do not speak for me.Stay home, women, and work from home today is one message. That is a rallying cry from some out of touch leftists. Work from home to fight Trump is their idea. It's for democracy, whatever that means. How big of a self-indulgent bubble does a woman have to be in to think most women have that luxury - to just decide to work from home when it suits their political agenda? Most women simply do not have that option. At a time of uncertainty in the labor market, is it really moral to ask women to risk their livelihood to make a lame political statement? In the real world, if someone doesn't show up for work, she is fired.As noted in this article, even schools are being allowed to close so that their unionized teachers can have a vacation day, at the expense of working moms and the education of their children."Several school districts across the country are closing to allow staff and teachers the chance to participate. While some people in those communities applauded district leadership for the show of solidarity, others criticized them for leaving working families scrambling to find childcare."In North Carolina last week, the decision was made to shut down a school district instead of denying teachers the day off. This is the world in which we live."While Chapel Hill-Carroboro City Schools values and supports its female employees, the decision to close schools is not a political statement,” interim Superintenent Jim Causby wrote to parents. “It is entirely about the safety of students and the district’s inability to operate with a high number of staff absences.”The problem with that justification by cowardly school administrators is that the truth is missing - the decision for the teachers and staff to skip work today is, indeed, a political decision. Leftists don't want to accept Donald Trump as president and the temper tantrums continue.Working women, single parents, school children all fall victim to the selfish decision of a few. In the world of bitter liberals, a few decide and everyone else is to fall into line. Today has traditionally been one of the celebration of women. The left wants to make it a day for women to play victim instead of providing an uplifting and encouraging message. Instead of projecting a message of encouragement and empowerment to young girls, the message delivered today is one of encouraging dropping out and playing victim. This is an embarrassment to all women who show up every day and do the work - especially to conservative feminists.Remember - this is an international day of recognition. American liberals are so in[...]



Whoopi Goldberg to Carryn Owens: You're Just Looking for Attention

2017-03-05T16:31:12.770-06:00

This is today's hideous left. Celebrities and liberal political pundits could not wait to appear on talk shows to criticize this SEAL's widow. Carryn Owens' pain and grief was impossible to not feel as she rose upon recognition from President Trump during his Joint Address to Congress Tuesday night. The level of Trump Derangement Syndrome so early into the president's first term is palpable.Bitter Hillary Clinton supporter Whoopi Goldberg is not alone in her smear of the grieving widow. As regular, decent, patriotic Americans felt tears welling in their own eyes, the likes of Michael Moore, Bill Maher, were jotting down outrageously cruel statements that would garner notice from their pals in the media after President Trump's speech. The speech was overwhelmingly well accepted and praised by the majority of people on both sides of the aisle so the far left went on the defense. Ultra left filmmaker Rob Reiner said, “It was cringe-worthy ... talk about using someone as a prop. It was disgraceful.”Hillary Clinton volunteer Dan Grilo: “Sorry, Owens' wife, you're not helping yourself or your husband's memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot. Trump just used you.” Then the coward apologized and deleted his Twitter account.On MSNBC's Hardball Bill Maher said, "I wasn't crazy about the response to that," Maher said. "I wish she hadn't allowed herself to be used as his prop like that."And I don't see any great courage here. Where is the courage? Who wouldn't stand and applaud for a war widow?" What he didn't bother noting was the fact that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and DNC deputy chairman Rep. Keith Ellison didn't stand for Mrs. Owens. They were not alone in their hideous partisanship towards a grieving widow. From here:"Michael Moore echoed Maher's statements, saying Owens' death was the "result of a dinner Trump had with his son-in-law and a political hack," referring to Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon." (Except the raid was planned by Obama and his people and left for the new administration, due to conditions at night when the raid would take place.) "That’s why she's there, as sort of an 'f-you' to the people who are criticizing him for this," Moore said. "And this poor woman, this widow who has lost her husband, she is in desperate grief right now. "And to use that to put another notch on his belt -- and what is he thinking about? 'My ratings. Record Applause. I'm going to get an Emmy for this, most applause for a dead soldier on my watch!'""This is the sickness of this man," Moore concluded.You get the picture. The left and their willing allies - the #NeverTrump hold-outs - are so Trump deranged just 5 weeks into his administration that Hollywood can not even show some human decency to a 36 year old war widow. Democrat politicians acting like they have lost their minds are simply a reflection of their voters. Sad.[...]



Kellyanne Conway Put Her Feet On a Sofa in the Oval Office and Social Media Lost its Mind

2017-02-28T11:18:19.227-06:00

This is where we are, America. President Trump's counselor, Kellyanne Conway, caused a sustained meltdown on social media Monday after photos appeared showing her feet on a sofa in the Oval Office. The Trump deranged have sunk to this level of criticism and others connected on the Internet play along. Never mind that Conway was taking a photo of a large crowd of black pastors and religious leaders gathered with the president and her rather indelicate position was one on her knees, balancing for the best angle. The kicker? SHE KEPT HER SHOES ON!! The horror. From what I could see, she did no damage to the sofa's upholstery but let's all get indignant. Can we all just take a breath and get a grip already? President Trump was signing an Executive Order concerning historically black colleges and universities. The group was gathered with him to witness that moment. "White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which was previously part of the Department of Education, back to the White House."I read comments ranging from outrage at the lack of decorum in the Oval Office - then rational people posted photos of former President Obama resting with his shoed feet on his desk and the coffee table in that office for comparison - to phony prudish snark about a woman on her knees in a dress among a room full of men. The only thing missing was a racist component to note that she's a blonde white woman and they were black men. The 24/7 level of continual outrage has produced a whole new level of irrational press coverage and social media commentary. How long this can be sustained remains to be seen.[...]



@ShadowingTrump Trolls Trump on Twitter

2017-02-27T08:59:12.487-06:00

According to a news item published by Mike Allen's Axios AM this morning, a group of far left ideologues has risen up and coordinated together to troll President Trump on Twitter. The objective is to tweet opposition to his policies and actions on social media. Using the Twitter handle of @ShadowingTrump, they were brought together by Bernie Sanders supporter New York City Public Advocate Mark Green and are led by Harvard Law School professor (and Clinton supporter) Laurence Tribe. Take a look at who they are:LAURENCE TRIBE, "Attorney General" -- Constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School.MARIELENA HINCAPIE, "INS/ICE/Immigration" -- executive director, National Immigration Law CenterDERAY MCKESSON, "Justice Issues" - Co-founder, Black Lives Matter. civil rights activist.ROBERT REICH, "Labor/Commerce" -- Ex-Labor Secretary, best-selling author.LAURA TYSON, "Treasury/Trade" -- Ex-chair CEA, professor at Berkeley Hass Business SchoolDAVID CAY JOHNSTON, "IRS" -- Pulitzer prize-winning journo/author. Founder of new DCReport.DIANE RAVITCH, "Education" -- Professor at NYU, author/editor of 24 books on education.JOAN CLAYBROOK, "Transportation" -- Ex-head of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.ROB WEISSMAN, "Consumer Agencies" -- President, Public Citizen.DAVID FREEMAN, "Energy & EPA" -- Ex-head of TVA & NYS Power Authority.DAVID HIMMELSTEIN, STEFFIE WOOLFINDLER, "HHS/Health" -- Distinguished Professors at Pub. Health School, CUNY/Hunter; co-founders Physicians for National Health.COLIN KAHL, "NSA/Terrorism" - V.P. Biden's National Security Adviser.ROSA BROOKS, "State Department" -- Ex--DoD counselor, author, columnist Foreign Policy.ANDREW BACEVICH, "Defense Department" -- Author/historian, BU. Pardee School Global Affairs.Times like this are when we should be relieved Republicans were able to put a street fighter in the White House to take on such tactics. The Tweeter-in-Chief has the left off balance - traditionally, Republicans don't bother to respond when the left goes to war. This, by the way, is another reason we now have President Trump - Americans were sick and tired of Republicans not fighting for them in a public way. Trump does.So, if you are a part of the Twitterverse, keep an eye out for the latest from @ShadowingTrump. Knowledge is power. Stay outside the conservative bubble and know what the opposition is up to.[...]



Trump Sends Media Fingers Flying on Social Media Over Decision on WH Correspondents' Dinner

2017-02-26T10:08:40.182-06:00

For the first time in 30 years, the President of the United States will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner and the Trump hating media is having a fit. Grown adults who have been sounding like unprofessional hacks and only too happy to run with stories from anonymous sources only to have to backtrack and retract the stories later now sound like jilted teenagers. How dare this guy they've abused since November not show up for more from them! Vice President Mike Pence and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus will attend in the president's place.First, media outlets began announcing the cancellations of their swell parties before and after the White House Correspondents' Dinner. It's all fun and games until the president turns his back on them, though. They want to set the narrative - they want to reject him, not the other way around! "The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is taking place despite President Trump’s constant attacks on the media, but The New Yorker and Vanity Fair have pulled out of the festivities, according to The New York Times.The New Yorker will cancel its annual kickoff party, magazine spokeswoman Natalie Raabe told the Times. In addition, Vanity Fair will not co-sponsor the afterparty, which is typically among the hottest tickets in town and packed with celebrities. Vanity Fair editor and longtime Trump rival Graydon Carter said, “Trump,” when asked why he will spend the weekend fishing instead of hosting the party, the Times reported."That's right. In the case of Vanity Fair, it is an old grudge against Trump - it goes back to the 1980's, for heaven's sake. Bloomberg and The New Yorker followed suit.Today, President Trump tweeted out his decision not to attend the dinner. "I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"The reaction on Twitter by reporters was predictable. The delicate, overblown egos of the members of the press cannot be overstated.Jeremy W. Peters  (NYT) Retweeted Donald J. Trump:"The latest salvo in his war on the media." The senior Senate reporter for Roll Call, Niels Lesniewski,‏ tweeted this: Sounds like someone wants the media talking about itself for the rest of the weekend.Discredited liberal propagandist Dan Rather tweeted this: "When the cat's away the mice will play. Wondering how this will play out?"Senior Entertainment Editor at Daily Beast, Marlow Stern, tweeted that SNL's Alec Baldwin should attend in Trump's place. "The White House Correspondents' Association should invite @AlecBaldwin (as Trump) in his place".Comedy Central's Kristina Wong tweeted directly to Trump: " realDonald Trump This dinner is going to be so good now."Dave Weigel, political reporter for the Washington Post tweeted:"Whatever your politics, this is a great development. Good riddance."Inaccurately, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted: "The last president to outright skip the WHCD was Nixon." I know the trend is for leftists to make the Nixon/Trump comparison but she should at least get the facts right. Ronald Reagan was the last president to "skip" the dinner. He was recovering from his injuries received in his attempted assassination.The dinner will still take place. The dinners have taken place since 1920. Four dinners have been cancelled or downsized due to death or crisis. Calvin Coolidge was the first president to attend.[...]



Support Republican Politicians From Protesting Leftists

2017-02-22T15:21:25.711-06:00

Looks like lots of Congress people are avoiding Town Hall meetings in their districts, even during the current recess. That is unfortunate. It is as though they have learned nothing. The left has organized and financially supported protesters and groups to come to conservative elected officials' meetings and cause a disruption. Texas Republicans are on the hit list. According to the Texas Tribune, in Texas only Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, has a scheduled Town Hall during the recess. The regular protests are continuing nationally and locally. The media loves to run clips of rowdy disruptors at the Town Halls and the protests outside offices of elected officials. Even President Trump acknowledges what is going on.On February 21, 2017 at 5:23 PM @realDonaldTrump tweeted:"The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!"That tweet was re-tweeted by @townhallproject with this response: "At Town Hall Project, we are inspired by increased civic engagement and are proud to make democracy more accessible. Amazing!"Townhall Project's Twitter profile reads: "Town Hall Project is a grassroots effort that empowers constituents across the country to have face-to-face conversations with their elected representatives." This is a liberal organization. They exist to create havoc at conservative Town Hall meetings. See how this is playing out? Some activists on our side are using social media skills by instructing others on how to get involved. Some are doing so on Facebook, some on Twitter or other platforms. It's all good but the main point is not being driven (mostly because they don't care) - this is war and we have to stick together and stick up for our own. Our own. That means conservative leaning voters stick up and defend elected Republicans against the attacks on the left. Whether that elected official is your favorite one or not doesn't matter in these situations. Republicans are not the enemy. The opponent is the left. Keep that in mind. And, yes, party loyalty matters. We have to defend our own against the left. That doesn't mean you can't criticize your elected officials or give them a piece of your mind. It means there is a time and place for everything. The time to fight leftists hoping to block the conservative agenda in Washington, D.C. is now. Not happy with the incumbent in our party? That's fine. Get off the sofa and stop bitching on the Internet. Recruit a viable primary opponent. Run for the job yourself. Don't know how to do that? Learn. It's that simple. Don't get behind someone who has zero chance of winning - no money, no name recognition, unable to articulate a message - find someone who can get the job done. Beating an incumbent is easier said than done.Support groups who are able to get an elected official as a meeting speaker. Yesterday there was a protest outside the office of Senator Ted Cruz. I saw video clips of protesters airing their grievances but no response from local GOP leadership. This is a mistake. We have to get on offense, not remain on defense. Fortunately, HCRP is asking for those who are so inclined to be a part of a counter-protest at a local Republican women's club meeting today. The protest planned by the leftists is sponsored by  #ResistHouston, Greater Houston Democrats and the Human Rights Campaign. The #Resist movement is coordinated[...]