For the eight long years of the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, George W. Bush was consistently hammered by both Obama and his ever-loyal Ministry of Propaganda (CNN, NY Times, NBC, etc) as either a bumbling fool with the intelligence (and mannerisms to match) of a baboon, or as some type of evil genius responsible for death, destruction and the shredding of civil liberties from the Euphrates River to Guantanamo Bay to Anytown, USA.
And the whole time Dubya kept his mouth shut. Every Obama failure… every Obama misstep… every time Obama embarrassed himself and this nation, the blame for reliably laid at the feet of the former Texas governor.
Instead of even a minimal defence of his presidency or even himself as a man, Bush remained silent to the Obama insults while he kept himself busy with long-distance bicycle rides with veterans or by painting portraits of the same vets he ordered to war.
Even when Obama ordered a unilateral withdrawal from Iraq in 2009, Bush remained silent.
Even with Iraqi cities and towns such as Fallujah, Mosul, Ramadi and Tikrit began falling to the radical Islamist jihadists of ISIS, Bush remained silent.
Even when it became painfully obvious to even the most partisan of political hacks that the over 4,000 dead and tens of thousands of wounded American kids who were fed into the meatgrinder was all in vain, Bush remained silent.
Even with the likes of the Battle of Fallujah, the Battle of Tikrit, etc, being written in American blood into the annals of the Marine Corps and the Army, Bush remained silent.
Fast forward to present day. Nine short months into the Trump presidency, George W. Bush has decided to speak up. Who does he attack? You guessed it – President Trump.
So what was Bush’s reward for defending globalism and never ending military intervention overseas?
The reliable mouthpieces of globalism and never ending military intervention overseas, The New Yorker and NPR have deigned to pronounce Dubya as an “elder statesman”.
Quite different from the branding of him as drooling mouth breather out to destroy the Constitution, and more than worthy of impeachment, huh?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you and the rest of the civilized world already have seen the disgusting video clip (below) of Florida Democrat Frederica Wilson gleefully proclaiming herself “a rock star” in the wake of the death of Sgt La David Johnson.
Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., said Friday that White House chief of staff John Kelly’s use of the term “empty barrel” in a Thursday press conference was racist.
“That’s a racist term, too. I’m thinking about that one. We looked it up in the dictionary because I had never heard of an empty barrel. And I don’t like to be dragged into something like that,” Wilson told CNN Friday morning. “The only thing I want to be dragged into right now is getting back our girls who are the victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria.”
Somehow missing the irony of the Obama Administration historical ignoring the plight of “our girls” (other than a plethora of dopey hashtags), Wilson made a point further whoring out what few shreds of integrity and dignity she had remaining;
“Boko Haram and ISIS combined, and they killed my son,” Wilson added.
“You mean Sgt. La David Johnson?” the CNN host asked.
“La David. My role model son, my role model son,” Wilson clarified.
In the meantime, CNN political commentator and longtime Democrat propagandist Brian Fallon personally attacked General Kelly via social media;
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.
“John Kelly’s trying to keep his job. He will say anything.”
Other than the brief video clips that almost everyone in the civilized world has seen, below if the entire statement given by Kelly.
Besides the now famous “stunned and heartbroken” quote by the CoS, Kelly also called-out Wilson for yet another unbelievably stupid moment in the life of Frederica Wilson; (Full transcript here)
I’ll end with this: In October — April, rather, of 2015, I was still on active duty, and I went to the dedication of the new FBI field office in Miami. And it was dedicated to two men who were killed in a firefight in Miami against drug traffickers in 1986 — a guy by the name of Grogan and Duke. Grogan almost retired, 53 years old; Duke, I think less than a year on the job. (Editor’s note: The F.B.I. agent for which the building is named was named Jerry L. Dove, not Duke.)
Anyways, they got in a gunfight and they were killed. Three other FBI agents were there, were wounded, and now retired. So we go down — Jim Comey gave an absolutely brilliant memorial speech to those fallen men and to all of the men and women of the FBI who serve our country so well, and law enforcement so well.
There were family members there. Some of the children that were there were three or four years old when their dads were killed on that street in Miami-Dade. Three of the men that survived the fight were there, and gave a rendition of how brave those men were and how they gave their lives.
And a congresswoman stood up, and in the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there and all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call he gave the money — the $20 million — to build the building. And she sat down, and we were stunned. Stunned that she had done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned.
But, you know, none of us went to the press and criticized. None of us stood up and were appalled. We just said, O.K., fine.
So I still hope, as you write your stories, and I appeal to America, that let’s not let this maybe last thing that’s held sacred in our society — a young man, young woman going out and giving his or her life for our country — let’s try to somehow keep that sacred. But it eroded a great deal yesterday by the selfish behavior of a member of Congress.
President Trump may not be the first president to accept only $1 a year as the nation’s Commander-in-Chief (Herbert Hoover and John Kennedy also took a mere buck per annum), but he may be the quickest on the draw to contribute a rather large chunk of change to assist victims of a natural disaster.
As reported by Jonathan Easley of the everything political The Hill, The Donald is kicking-in a cool $1 million to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort;
President Trump plans to donate $1 million for victims of the historic floods and rains that have devastated the Gulf region, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.
But this isn’t the first time that the president has made headlines for his philanthropy. In spite of the Never Trump media (notably, the rabidly anti-Trump Washington Post) making up news as they went along, Candidate Trump really did raise millions of dollars earmarked for a number of various charities that specialized in assisting veterans.
As unbelievable as it sounds, the reliably liberal NPR (National Public Radio) set the record straight on the ton of cash Trump raised for the oft forgotten veterans of the Armed Forces;
At least $1.9 million of the donations to veterans groups that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reported on Tuesday came in last week, after Trump began responding to intense media scrutiny of his earlier claims about raising in excess of $6 million for veterans. Trump said on Tuesday that his efforts raised a total of $5.6 million.
NPR reached out to all 41 of the groups Trump listed as receiving donations. Of those, 31 responded. One group, the Navy SEAL Foundation, said it does not disclose details of its donations. The other 30 confirmed the amounts Trump reported Tuesday, accounting for $4.27 million of the $5.6 million total.
The donations came in from a combination of sources, including the Donald J. Trump Foundation, various groups and individuals who cited Trump’s efforts along with their donations, and Trump himself.
The candidate gave a $1 million check to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation on May 24, as questions from the Washington Post and other news outlets about Trump’s prior claims regarding these donations accelerated.
Amazingly, with all of the money I have raised for the vets, I have got nothing but bad publicity from the dishonest and disgusting media.
But back to the Trump announcement that he’ll contribute $1 million to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort, the White House toyed with the media much like a cat does a mouse prior to killing it.
As White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during today’s press briefing;
Trump has not finalized what group the money will go to, and the White House said it would solicit ideas from the press corps, taking a dig at those who have fervently researched and questioned past donations Trump has made or claimed to make.
“He’s actually asked that I check with the folks in this room since you are very good at research and have been doing a lot of reporting into the groups and organizations that have the best and most effective in helping and providing aid and he would love some suggestions from the folks here and I would be happy to take them,” Sanders said in the White House press briefing room.
Al Sharpton is the gift that just keeps giving. No matter how many rich white liberals keep putting the “Reverend” without a church on television, Sharpton just keeps making himself look, well… stupid.
Never one to shy away hucksterism and shameless self-promotion, be it at the expense of Tawana Brawley or hawking car title loans aimed at poor people (at 300 percent interest), count on Reverend Al to have the shine of the camera lights on him.
But here’s what I consider the most glaringly obvious first clue to anyone with even half a brain as to what a complete fraud this guy is — his inability to intelligently speak the English language.
Case in point: While speaking before an audience at the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in West Garfield Park, located on the West Side of Chicago, IL, the good Reverend launched into his standard tirade against President Trump.
Possibly at the regret of every person on the planet who values a good education, reporter Kyle Becker of the Independent Journal Review notes other than his usual anti-Trump screed, Sharpton recently whipped himself up into another of his glassy-eyed hissy fits, but this time it was aimed directly at the president’s eldest daughter, Ivanka.
In what could best be described as unworthy of a fourth grade drop-out;
“They say now she ain’t got no title. She ain’t got no role. We ain’t payin’ her no money. But she can see everything classified.”
Granted, the Grammar Police should have immediately booked him on multiple counts of attempted murder of the Mother Tongue.
Seriously, is even a count or two of felonious use of double-negatives with intent to dumb-down asking too much?
Ivanka into the White House? It’s like a coup, and the dictator’s family is moving into the palace as it prepares to the loot the country.
Another example of Sharptonisms at their best would be during the Trayvon Martin controversy, the MSNBC court jester was quoted as eruditely stating (see video below);
Don’t talk to us like we stupid, don’t talk to us like we ig’nint.
Other than dumping verbs faster than CNN distances themselves from anything even remotely resembling objective journalism, Sharpton’s on the fly grammatic contractions (ie: Ghettoese) are actually quite impressive… in a snake oil salesman kind of way.
Ahh, but this isn’t the first time Sharpton dazzled the world with his ig’nince of the Queen’s English.
In light of the recent allegation against her, many are finding her claim of just a few days ago, with regards to the unmasking of members of Team Trump, “I know nothing.”
In a curious turn of events, Rice did admit to her wrong-doing while appearing on MSNBC, albeit that was never what she meant to say.
As reported by Breitbart.com, Rice told Andrea Mitchell on live TV, “I leaked nothing to nobody.”
By virtue of using a double-negative, Rice was actually admitting that she had leaked something to someone.
Either that, or the Obama big shot never grasped the intricacies of primary school English.
But I digress, as reported by The Hill news portal during the summer of 2014, Rice was again caught lying.
She doubled-down on defending her claim that Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.” As reported;
White House national security adviser Susan Rice on Friday defended her remark about how Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had served in the military with “honor and distinction.”
The comment has come under fire amid conflicting reports about whether Bergdahl deserted the Army in Afghanistan before being captured by the Taliban and held as a prisoner for five years.
Speaking to CNN’s Jim Acosta from the 70th anniversary event to mark D-Day in Normandy, France, Rice said her remark about Bergdahl was describing his decision to enter the military in war time.
“I realize there has been a lot of discussion and controversy around this,” Rice said to CNN about that remark. “What I was referring to is the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That in itself is a very honorable thing.”
“But ‘honor and distinction?’ ” Acosta asked.
“Jim, really,” Rice said. “This is a young man whose circumstances we are still going to learn about.”
But the individual that Rice claimed to have served his country and fellow soldiers with honor and distinction is still facing the most severe of all military trials, a general court-martial. Specifically, Bergdahl is charged with violating two counts of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The Army said today Bergdahl has been charged with two counts under the Uniform Code of Military Justice: one count of “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and one count of “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.”
The second count is the more severe of the two, carrying a potential sentence of “confinement for life” should Bergdahl be convicted. Both charges also potentially carry a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank to private, and a total forfeiture of all pay and allowances.
But it turns out that lionizing Bergdahl wasn’t the first nationally televised departure from the truth for Rice.
In the wake of the Benghazi debacle that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, Rice made the rounds on the Sunday morning shows to perpetuate the Obama narrative.
Rice told Fox’s Chris Wallace “what sparked the recent violence was the airing on the internet of a very hateful, very offensive video.” She told CNN’s Candy Crowley, “There was a hateful video that was disseminated on the internet… That sparked violence in various parts of the world…” She told ABC’s Jake Tapper, “What happened this week in Cairo, in Benghazi and many other parts of the region… was a result, a direct result, of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated…” She gave similar answers to NBC’s David Gregory and CBS’s Bob Schieffer. In every case, the Benghazi attack was either framed as part of the response to the video or an attempt to replicate the Cairo response to the video.
In fact, later investigations made clear there was no protest similar to what took place in Cairo. The attack in Benghazi took place with no warning except for a guard caught taking photos of the compound earlier in the day. This incident led Sean Smith to tell a group of online gamers, “Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking picture.”
There was other evidence available prior to Rice’s appearance on television on the 16th that indicated Benghazi was not a situation where a protest had gone wrong. The first word of the attack to the CIA Annex from one of the Diplomatic Security agents on scene was simply, “Benghazi under fire, terrorist attack.”
The third word in the acronym ICE is “enforcement”. The first and second words are “immigration” and “customs,” respectively. Yet for whatever bizarre reason, Democrats are quite upset with ICE doing their job.
Arguably, the Democrats understanding of the English language is on par with their understanding of the constitutionality of the electoral college.
Proof of such would be the latest Trumper-tantrum the members of the Jackass Party are clutching their pearls over.
Like everything else with the Dems, they’re now having yet another group-power-pout over the Trump Administration violating various “sensitive” spaces that illegal aliens might find themselves occupying at any given time.
Yet to say that the Trump-haters are in melt-down is an understatement. Case in point would be Washington Post reporter Katie Mettler (via the Norwich Bulletin) managing to get the words “Donald Trump,” “undocumented immigrants” and “Gestapo” in the very first sentence of her article concerning recent ICE arrests.
But for a far-more objective and professional report, Lincoln Graves of KATU News (of Roseburg, Oregon), cites a US Representative from the Beaver State is none-too thrilled with how ICE has gone about arresting a number of illegal aliens.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, along with other U.S. House members, unveiled legislation Thursday aimed at protecting “sensitive” locations during immigration enforcement efforts.
It would prohibit arrests, interviews, searches, and surveillance in medical or health care facilities, public and private schools, places of worship, courthouses, DMV offices, and locations that provide emergency services.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement currently operates under similar guidelines, but Bonamici says the bill would solidify and expand them.
“So this bill would put that into law and also expand sensitive locations to include courthouses because we are very concerned about people not being able to report crimes or, for example, seek protective orders,” Bonamici said.
Bonamici hosted a roundtable discussion at Portland State University Friday morning. Local and state leaders joined the discussion, which centered on why the legislation was needed.
“These are people who feel safer at home with their abuser than they do coming to get services they need,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, in reference to undocumented immigrants who’ve avoided domestic violence counseling because they’re afraid ICE agents could be staked out a government buildings.
“It pains me that we are not able to take away the fear and the stress and the strain that our community members are feeling,” Kafoury said. “I strongly believe this legislation is an important step forward.”
There is, however, opposition to Bonamici’s idea.
Kevin Hoar, spokesman for the Oregon GOP sent KATU a statement that reads:
“Congresswoman Bonamici is proposing to create a “safe zone” to interfere with the enforcement of federal law that she has sworn to uphold. ICE is performing an essential service to Americans by seeking to detain and deport the illegal aliens who have been committing serious crimes in our country. Why isn’t her priority to ensure that our country is a “safe zone” from the serious crimes of illegal aliens?”
Timeand The Hillmagazines breathlessly reported the Meals on Wheels program has been slashed of all federal funding in the proposed budget on submitted to Congress by President Trump.
As Walter Olson of the none-too-Trump-friendly National Review objectively noted, the rush to judgement against Trump certainly “made for great copy — irresistibly clickable and compulsively shareable.”
Only one problem — none of it was true.
With a Time headline of “Trump Proposed Budget Eliminates Funds for Meals on Wheels” and The Hill garnering 26,000 shares online from their fake reporting, the Left-leaning media certainly thought they’d snagged the president on a rather large gotchya moment.
But it was false. And it wouldn’t have taken long for reporters to find and provide some needed context to the relationship between federal block grant programs, specifically Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and the popular Meals on Wheels program.
I started on the organization’s own website. From Thursday’s conversation in the press, it was easy to assume that block grant programs — CDBG and similar block grants for community services and social services — are the main source of federal funding for Meals on Wheels. Not so.
Instead, as the national site explains, the major source of federal funding for the programs, accounting for 35 percent of overall local budgets, comes through the Sixties-era Older Americans Act. (Local programs also obtain support from state and county governments, private donors, and so on.)
According to the website, cuts have not been announced in Older Americans Act funding, although the group fears that they may lie ahead.
Notice the key word in the last sentence is “may,” not “will.”
But I digress. Yet another screaming example of the MSM’s is the schizophrenic excuse of reporting, Gregory Korte of USA Today has as the caption of the article’s main photograph;
Meals on Wheels, the popular service that provides food to the elderly, faces a sharp funding cut under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.
Curiously, the very first sentence in the article proper is;
President Trump’s first budget proposal to Congress last week specifically identified steep cuts to hundreds of domestic programs, but Meals on Wheels wasn’t one of them.
In what presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway describes as “like a movie,” she retells what happened leading up to and at the moment Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff called to concede on election night.
But not before Clinton’s Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, arrogantly contacted Kellyanne the evening prior to election day to orchestrate what he thought was going to be Trump’s concession call to Hillary.
Yet fortunately for Mook, it was Clinton’s trusted aide and confidant Huma Abedin who was tasked with eating a rather large helping of humble pie election night.
The president’s campaign-manager-turned-advisor recalled the historic moment in a talk at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit in Washington, DC Friday morning.
The night before the election, Conway said she and Clinton’s team spoke over email about when the concession call would happen.
‘Robby Mook (Clinton’s campaign manager) had agreed the night before through an email to me that within 15 minutes of the AP calling the race for Secretary Clinton, they would wait 15 minutes and then she would take to the podium and declare victory.
‘So he was basically saying that you have 15 minutes for Mr Trump to get out there [and give a concession speech] or she’s going to declare victory either way.
‘And then he said in the event that Mr Trump wins, Secretary Clinton will call him within 15 minutes of the AP,’ Conway said with a wink, implying that Clinton staffers were confident their boss would win.
But Clinton’s camp held up their end of the deal. Conway said that she looked down to see her phone was ringing.
‘I look down – literally it was like a movie – my phone is ringing and it said “Huma Abedin” [Clinton’s longtime aide]. And I said, “Hey, Huma. What’s up?”
‘And she’s absolutely lovely, she really is. And she’s like ‘Hi Kellyanne, Secretary Clinton would like to speak to Mr. Trump.” And I said, “Now?” And she said, “Is he available?” And I said, “We’re very available!”
‘And I handed [Mr Trump] the phone. My husband took a screenshot of that – the 2:30am. I handed him the phone and he and Vice President Pence and their wives were there and the rest is history.
‘So that was just really a remarkable moment and I think it was a remarkable moment for anybody, any David fighting a Goliath, frankly,’ Conway recalled.
Following the call, President Trump gave his victory speech – marking a break with tradition since the loser of the race usually gives a concession speech first. Clinton gave her concession speech later in the day.
Megyn Kelly was once the crown jewel of the Fox News empire. But that was then, this is now.
The Washington Examiner is reporting that despite her plans on better days at the Peacock Network, things aren’t exactly going the way Megyn Kelly might have planned.
NBC still has no start date for Megyn Kelly, even though her last day at Fox News was in January and the network has already announced that she will host a daily morning show as well as a separate Sunday evening show.
At issue is confusion over Kelly’s contract at Fox and whether she has officially been released from it, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Fox said it officially released Kelly on March 9, but her agent told the Journal that “the terms of the termination are still being negotiated.”
Citing an anonymous source, the Journal also reported that Kelly does not have an official start date and the format of her programs with NBC still have not been settled.
Kelly’s primetime slot at Fox was filled by “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which has been a ratings success.
Speaking of Tucker Carlson, if there was any notion that Kelly’s departure would hurt ratings, guess again.
In a separate article from the Washington Examiner, Carlson has been crushing it in Kelly’s abandoned time slot;
In losing Megyn Kelly, Fox News appears to have fallen upward to higher ratings at a lower price.
“Fox News’s Tucker Carlson is nearly doubling the ratings of his predecessor, Megyn Kelly, when compared to the same time period last year, according to Nielsen Media Research,” reports The Hill. “‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ is up 95 percent in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most compared with the same period in 2016, when ‘The Kelly File’ occupied the 9 p.m. ET time slot. Carlson has averaged 775,000 viewers per night in the category, while Kelly averaged 398,000 during the same time period, Jan. 11–22.”
That Kelly can be so easily eclipsed is a bad omen for NBC. It is a testimony to the effectiveness of Carlson, but it also hints at the hollowness of the buzz around her. Much of that buzz derived from her status as a subversive at a conservative-leaning network, talk that will dissipate once she’s at NBC. Plus, Fox News viewers don’t appear to miss her too terribly, and there is little reason to believe they’ll follow her to NBC.
As Jack Shafer notes, stars who leave the networks that made them stars often fail away from them: “One lesson [Barbara] Walters and [Katie] Couric — and the other high-profile network defectors (Harry Reasoner, Diane Sawyer, Roger Mudd, et al.) — teach is of the non-transferability of TV star power. TV stars struggle to survive outside of the context in which they were nurtured. The current network anchors — Scott Pelley, David Muir and Lester Holt — all benefited from the fact that they ripened their talents at their respective networks before they got their evening chairs. Viewers grew accustomed to their faces and their styles.”
Kelly’s decision to leave was supposed to weaken Fox News and bolster its competitors. But so far it appears to have saved Rupert Murdoch a ton of money (he was offering her a reported $100 million to stay) while eliminating a growing problem: a star, more popular with chattering-class pundits than conservative viewers, who was increasingly showboating at the expense of the network.
According to Shafer, “Television talent raids — like the one NBC News chairman Andrew Lack has just pulled off — are almost never a simple matter of improving your own roster. As the history of broadcasting shows us, a single major defection by a popular anchor rarely improves that acquiring network’s ratings or public appeal. The primary aim of such larceny: Weaken your TV opponent’s line-up by making off with one of their visible stars. Anything else accomplished is just gravy.”
By that standard, NBC has already failed. In switching from Kelly to Carlson, Fox has gained a new star and freed itself from an overrated one.
Looking more like Brian Wilson’s notion of what the perfect 1960s California Girl would look like, France’s Marion Maréchal-Le Pen is actually well on her way to becoming a Gallic combination of Donald and Ivanka Trump.
As a sitting member of the French parliament representing the 3rd constituency of Vaucluse in the southeast of the nation, the 27-year-old lawmaker is already one of the leading figures in the hardcore right-wing Front National (FN) party.
With the upcoming national election for president not that far off in the future, the betting is against the current head honchoette of the FN, her aunt Marine Le Pen will more than likely place second to Republican party former Prime Minister François Fillon.