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Updated: 2017-09-21T19:06:36.108-06:00

 



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 Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan wrote a good piece capturing the urgency of Congressional approval of federal dollars to be sent t[...]



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 over the New Year's holiday and he (Trump) didn't want to join her and Joe during Mar-a-Lago festivities. Apparently the face lift part se[...]



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 at 60 Minutes - Pelley said:  It's time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress, yesterday, was foreseeable, predic[...]



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 him and said, "They never tell us the whole story. They don't tell us the truth."  Everyone thinks about doing that - to shoot up a[...]



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 been caused by our own party divisions and by judicial activists. When Sen. Chuck Schumer tried to stop the nomination process of Justice [...]



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. If they are so firm in their values and principles of liberty and freedom, they would know that part of that is to accept free election[...]



'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 into themselves that, ironically, they continue to miss the big picture. Instead of dropping out of real life today in America, how about [...]



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."The WHCA takes note of President Donald Trump's announcement on Twitter that he does not plan to attend the dinner, which has been and w[...]



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 nationwide with Democrat money - they are part of the #Indivisible plan.Support our elected Republican politicians against coordinated p[...]



A Look at Hillary's Cabinet Choices & Trump's First 30 Days

2017-02-21T11:29:58.557-06:00

Remember that binary choice I referred to in my last blog post? This is what those who call themselves conservatives or Republicans who morphed into permanent #NeverTrump scowls were willing to give America in a President Hillary Clinton administration. This list is what a Hillary Clinton cabinet would look like.According to Mike Allen in Axios, this was the list of Hillary Clinton's picks for her cabinet:Secretary of State - John PodestaAttorney General - Loretta LynchLabor Department - Starbucks CEO Howard SchultzDefense Department - Michèle FlournoyHealth and Human Services - Center for American Progress executive director Neera TandenEnvironmental Protection Agency and/or the Department of Education -"an African-American candidate"Brian Fallon - press secretaryNick Merrill - traveling press secretary Huma Abedin - deputy Chief of StaffRon Klain - Chief of StaffRobby Mook - senior adviserPhilippe Reines - counselorKaren Dunn - White House counselHeather Samuelson - White House deputy counsel (you may remember this name from email scandal at State Dept)Jennifer Palmieri -“whatever she wants” in the West WingSara Latham - deputy Chief of Staff for operations (you may remember this name from the Podesta password hack scandal)Jake Sullivan - National Security Advisor (Hillary's State Dept deputy who sent classified emails to her private server)Tom Donilon - CIA Director (Hillary's State Dept)The list also shows Hillary wanted former Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, to be DNC chairman. Note that any African American name was good for Dept of Education and/or EPA - in Hillary Clinton's world, it is all about token identity preferences and politics. Just fill the quota.We dodged a bullet when Trump won the election. This is why I was #NeverHillary from the get-go. Any Republican administration was going to be better for America - if you are of the belief that the Republican principles and philosophy are best - than a Hillary Clinton/Democrat/Socialist administration. There is no doubt in my mind that she would have continued to kowtow to Bernie Sanders and his supporters of the Socialist movement to gain their favor, just as she allowed herself to be pushed farther to the left by him in her campaign. I shudder to think of who her Supreme Court nominee choices would have been.The election was a binary choice. With 30 days in, Trump has nominated a conservative dream of a Supreme Court justice choice. He has rolled back regulations killing small businesses in America and sending businesses overseas. American corporations are announcing plans to remain or move back to this country and the amount of jobs that this will produce. He has surrounded himself with military officers willing to advise on the war on radical Islamic terrorism. He is pushing Congress to advance tax reform legislation and to repeal and replace Obamacare. He has begun the process of restoring working relationships with allies - Great Britain, Japan, Canada, Israel - all invited to the White House. He went to Dover AFB on the return of the casket of a fallen hero and pay his respects to the family. He honored their request for privacy - no pictures taken there. Not a bad first month, if you ask me.[...]



#NeverTrump Suffer Unintended Consequences in Binary Choice

2017-02-20T16:21:39.504-06:00

sHappy Presidents Day! If, like me, you have been following along with the opposition to the current President's first term in office you may find yourself shaking your head in disbelief. Or maybe, like me, you understand there are a whole lot of displaced and confused folks out there who have lived large on either political party and now find themselves displaced. Maybe not so much that it has hit their bank account or opportunity to write a column or bloviating on television, but it has punched egos and brought about a loss of feeling powerful. Feeling important. Feeling smart.Welcome to 2017. It's a whole new political world out there. Just as I absolutely know that the 2016 presidential election was a binary choice (despite the best arguments from voters not willing to stop Hillary Clinton's ascension to the Oval Office), I know that those now displaced are having a tough time finding a way to support the new order in Washington, D.C. Now is a time of prime opportunity for advancement of Republican policy and ideas yet some are too mired down in personal feelings to understand that. Just like Democrats, they are feelings-driven and lacking in a larger vision of what is possible. How sad for them.If you, like me, find yourself checking in on social media throughout the day or evening, you know what a challenge it can be to tune out the anger and ugliness of the displaced. Conservative leaning voters and operatives now align fully with the leftists who cannot go for one day without ugly tweets or Facebook posts either wishing ill of people hoping for a successful presidency or going a step further and cheering for impeachment. What is lost is the fact that if this president is successful in office, all of America wins. And you will never win another person over to your side of an argument by belittling their intelligence, name calling, or other nastiness. Dismissing another's opinion keeps you in a bubble and unable to hear what the other side is saying. Why not arm yourself with the whole picture?This longtime lefty columnist for the New York Times writes that even though the president has substantial support, it is time to use Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, though it has never been done before. Yes. This is the rational of the opposition to a GOP controlled Congress and White House. If you read this op-ed, you will see he asks the opinion of longtime lefty law professor, Laurence Tribe, who goes on to call the president's cabinet as "bizarre." Hmm. Sounds like Tribe make my argument - I assume the cabinet is bizarre in Tribe's world because it is generously composed of business people. You know, the people who have met payrolls and answered to stockholders. Unlike career government employees, they know a thing or two about accountability. In Tribe's world, this president is unstable and unfit to govern. This odd piece is written as though the author is surprised that the president has lived through a month in the office. No doubt she is quite sad. It's sick.And the "Not My President" rallies - predictable. As I've written about, a well-funded and well-organized has been grown on the left (and their willing allies on the conservative side) to protest as often as possible. Often these rallies turn violent and destructive. It is not organic - many are paid, professional agitators and political groups looking to raise money - and it is not like the Tea Party. The dinosaur networks and media are only too happy to do wall to wall coverage of these rallies, u[...]



The #Resistance is here, Republicans. Are you ready?

2017-02-15T10:06:16.808-06:00

What began with the Woman's March the day after President Trump's inauguration has produced regular protests and marches, mostly on weekends, ever since. Welcome to the #Resist movement. The biggest resource currently being used is the Indivisible Guide. Their website provides information on protesting congressional town halls, among other actions. A mere three weeks into the new administration, what have we seen? Let's look at recent events.Former President Obama (how much do I love typing that? A LOT!) broke traditional decorum just nine days into the new administration when he tweeted out criticism of Trump's travel ban. Both he and two time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton regularly taunt Trump on Twitter now. Obama's political machine is alive and well, as evidenced in this article."A super PAC formed to reelect Barack Obama in 2012 is driving activists to congressional town halls. Veterans of Bill Clinton’s administration are joining marches and plotting bigger ones for the spring. Democratic senators who had befriended Jeff Sessions in the Senate voted — 47 to 1 — against his nomination for attorney general." A social media platform used to organize events, @Matchup, tweeted out their support for the movement and emailed subscribers to their site: "Feeling powerless? We launched 1,000+ free Meetup groups to make it easier to take action. #Resist"Kudos to the conservatives and Independents on social media who have cancelled their memberships on @Matchup and exposed this organization for what it is - just another social media platform promoting the leftist agenda.Despite an obvious misfire in typing out the tweet ( I think 'pouch' should have been 'loud'), the message is clear, Planned Parenthood is prominent among the leftist grievance alliance and part of the new #Resistance movement. This tweet was from an annual luncheon in Houston hosted by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast - note that they proclaim that 2,000 were in attendance. "We're 2,000 strong at our @PPGulfCoast Roe v. Wade annual luncheon. The people of TX are speaking pouch & clear. #WeWontGoBack #IStandWithPP"A major sponsor of the Woman's March (a more honest title would be the Liberal Woman's March) Planned Parenthood encourages women to wear pussy hats and vagina costumes as they march their public streets to protest a fake war on women. Frankly, as a woman, this behavior embarrasses me. How demeaning and uninspiring their actions are. Anger doesn't persuade, civil discussion does. Have you noticed most of the marchers are older white women and the children they drag along to shamefully use as their props?The real challenge, though, will be if these groups truly consolidate and become the progressive answer to the Tea Party or if it is a new version of Occupy Wall Street. Often these protests are infiltrated by the Black Bloc thugs - those violent looters who dress in black from head to toe and violently assault innocent by-standers while they destroy property. They are anarchists.Republican groups - be vigilant. The protesters are coming for your meetings and for political town halls. Do not let a few leftists disrupt and derail local meetings. The DCCC has announced a list of congressional races they have targeted - it includes my congressman, John Culberson. Democrats are counting on voter fatigue with Trump by the time mid-term elections come around. They are organized and well-funded. Besides the Obama machine,[...]



Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Yates

2017-01-31T09:36:07.810-06:00

I don't know about you but I am thrilled that President Trump took swift action and fired the acting Attorney General, a Deputy Attorney General under former President Barack Obama, Sally Q. Yates. Yates decided to make a political statement instead of doing her job - to defend the president's executive order on the travel ban. She made a statement that she didn't think it was legal. Trump rightly said her statement was a betrayal and fired her.Yates had agreed to stay on with the Trump administration and act as Attorney General until the confirmation of Trump's pick, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. You may remember how deeply politicized the office of Attorney General became in the Obama administration led by Democrat ideologue Eric Holder. Continuing on in this hyper-partisan atmosphere, Yates decided that not only would she defy the president, she would make her opinion known that she didn't agree with the policy put forward by Trump. She's a career prosecutor, not a policymaker. She deserved to be let go. From the New York Times: Ms. Yates said her determination in deciding not to defend the order was broader, however, and included questions not only about the order’s lawfulness, but also whether it was a “wise or just” policy. She also alluded to unspecified statements the White House had made before signing the order, which she factored into her review.The order had, in fact, been deemed legal by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. The office signed off on it. Yates gave no reason why she thought it was illegal. Who is Sally Q. Yates? She is a career prosecutor from Georgia appointed to be U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia by Obama. Confirmed in 2010 by the U.S. Senate. In 2015, she was confirmed by a vote of 84-12 by the Senate as Deputy Attorney General. She served under former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in this capacity.  "In 2015, she authored the policy, known as the "Yates memo" prioritizing the prosecution of executives for corporate crimes.12][13]"Yates' bio has been removed from the Justice Department's office website and her replacement has been sworn in. Dana Boente, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, will serve as acting Attorney General until Senator Sessions is confirmed. Boente is best known for leading the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Boente was sworn in at 9:00 PM Monday night and immediately rescinded Yates' order, instructing DOJ lawyers to "defend the lawful orders of our President."This action was perfectly legit for Trump to make. There is precedent for sweeping changes to be made at the Justice Department as new administrations come in. You may remember that former President Bill Clinton fired all 93 U.S. Attorneys, for example, as he came into office. None of this would have happened if the Democrats had not decided to hold up the confirmation vote for Sessions in the Senate. Monday's actions have now spurred on his vote, so that is a good thing. Obstructing the vote on Sessions is part of the Democrats' strategy - vote down Trump's nominees and drag out the confirmation process as long as possible. It should be noted that on his first day in office, Obama had seven of his cabinet nominees confirmed by the Senate. Trump had two. Senate Minority Leader Chuck (fake tears) Schumer has declared he will seek a delay in "just about every one" of Trump's[...]



A Temporary Ban on Entry into U.S. Causes Hair Follicles to Combust

2017-01-28T16:24:30.318-06:00

With the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States comes a fresh slate of new concerns by the American press. These concerns have been dormant for eight years under Barack Obama but now rise to 24/7 cable news channel coverage. For example, the 90 day suspension of citizens traveling from a specific list of countries who will be refused entry into America, made through Executive Order by President Trump. The countries on the list are: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. All are currently labeled as "countries of concern" in a law passed in 2016. All Muslim majority countries, the total populations equal about 134 million, according to latest census numbers.This is the notice at the top of the U.S. State Department's Visa page:"Urgent Notice: Under the Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to nationals of the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification. We will announce any other changes affecting travelers to the United States as soon as that information is available."The inevitable happened almost immediately. Groups that have decided to be professional protesters over the course of the next four years assembled quickly and began protesting at an international terminal at JFK airport after the report was put out of two Iraqi men being held instead of being allowed to enter our country. Lawyers immediately appeared and lawsuits are being filed as I type this. Trust me when I say fundraising letters are being emailed for every non-profit dealing with social justice issues around the country. It was all a little too well coordinated, if you ask me. Congress members and the NYC mayor's office were a little too quick to become a part of their stories. This is the new normal. For the next four years we will be divided by those opposing Trump and those supporting him. The losers are determined to create chaos and will profit from it. All those who lectured on "country first, not party first" now put themselves first. Even from the right, the ones unable to work for the betterment of Americans are gleefully working with the left against the Trump administration. Hey, there's some unity!Of the countries on the list, I am most concerned about Iraq. I don't want the brave Iraqi handlers and fixers there working with our military and contractors to be at any more risk than they already are. Iraqis have waited for years during the normal process of being allowed to come to America so don't fall for the crocodile tears from American pundits and their willing cohorts in the press who would have you believe that suddenly these people are being stopped from coming here at the hands of that meanie Donald Trump. Barack Obama did little to help over the last eight years when the press was busy looking the other way.The Syrian refugees is a heartbreaking problem but the photo of the toddler's body washed ashore happened on Barack Obama's watch. It was Obama's failure to respond when the Syrian madman crossed his red line threat that produced the devastation we see to this day.The ban on travel from Iran? Pfsst. There is little anyway. I'm sure it will be used as a tool in unwinding parts of the horrible deal struck with them by Winter Soldier Kerry and Barack Obama.A n[...]