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How can we prevent anyone like Mr. Trump ever becoming President again? Why is the Executive Branch the only branch of our government that has a single person in charge? More

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I am, as I have said before, significantly less impressed by Trump’s foreign policy record in the first year than much of Ricochet. I hasten to add, of course, that as someone very interested in U.S. foreign policy history, presidential first years in office are usually a balance of foreign policy missteps and minor successes, […]

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The Democrats put on a sour display last night. The best of them didn’t show up and actually display their disdain for all of America to see. So when those who show up actually make things worse that’s saying something. But why did they do it? More

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In these difficult times, everyone needs to have his or her own service animal, don’t you think?   More

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I notice we’re having a blue moon tonight, and a lunar eclipse. I was curious to see when the first full moon this month occurred, so I looked at the calendar, and saw that it was on the first of the month. I thought the moon’s cycle was 28 days. Can one of the astronomy […]

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“My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans—to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream, because Americans are dreamers too.” -DJT More

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*While you were all off watching the State of the Union, I held back for the highlights. **Be aware that Aaron Sorkin is a super-liberal guy with super-liberal tendencies that come out in his characters in multiple ways. While I never write a movie review from a position of dismissiveness (if I did that I’d […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Trump’s SOTU Triumph, Democrats’ Defeat

 

At 5,100 words, President Trump’s first State of the Union address was one of the longest on record. But that’s not the only reason Democrats were checking their watches. Trump set aside his bombastic communications style to solemnly deliver the most conservative SOTU since the Reagan era. And it put Dems in an awful pickle.

Trump used the hour and 20 minutes of spin-free airtime to report a year of news that the mainstream media never quite got around to telling. “Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone.” As Trump spoke, Nancy Pelosi sucked her teeth.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. SOTU: Quick Reax

 

Here’s what I thought:

That speech was thoroughly conservative, aggressive–it made the Democrats look defensive (did anybody keep count of the number of times Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi scowled?)–and pretty darned-well delivered. It also demonstrated that Donald Trump is in charge of his office–and that he utterly dominates the GOP.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. An Open Letter from Ex Tex-Mex, Vigilant Consumer

 

Dear Belluminati,

You might be masquerading as a hilariously gimmicky marketing campaign for cheap fake Mexican food, but I’m onto you. Taco Bell might like us to believe that the Belluminati are the world’s least secret “secret society”, one that anyone with a buck and a hankering for el-cheapo meato frito can join. But I know what you’re really about. You’re the same old Illuminati, mocking us by “hiding in plain sight”!!!

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Though not up to QOTD standards, I’ve always liked this passage from Jack Vance’s Palace of Love: “What of the lady? Where will she wait? More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Listcicle: What Trump Didn’t Do

 

On the occasion of PDT’s first State of the Union address, let’s go back and take a look at some of the things predicted for the Trump presidency that have not happened, won’t you?

  1. Trump has not governed as a New York limousine liberal. That may have been the major fear of a Trump presidency, that he would govern like the Democrats (including Chuck Schumer and Hillary) he had donated much money to in the past. Instead, his first year has been, as Mitt Romney might say, “severely conservative” in his judicial and cabinet appointment, his aggressive regulatory repeals, or his outreach to conservative groups. It is unimaginable that Marco Rubio or John Kasich would have governed as conservatively as PDT. Indeed, Anti-Trump “conservative” pundits like Bill Kristol are the ones sounding like limousine liberals these days.
  2. Trump has not crashed the stock market, confounding the predictions of pundits like tentacle-hentai aficionado Kurt Eichenwald. Indeed, the markets have soared to record highs. Critics claim that Obama actually had more percentage growth in the stock market, but Obama’s stock markets were bouncing off the bottom and the increases were fed by massive infusions of cash from the US Treasury (“quantitative easing”). The Trump gains appear to be organic.
  3. Trump has not instigated a massive, economy-killing trade war. There have been targeted protectionist actions against Canadian airplanes, Korean washers and dryers, and Chinese solar panels (or, as fans of ‘Rifftrax’ call them, “soar pommels.”) Even if you disagree with these actions, they fall short of all-out trade war, and may be simply negotiating tactics to get to better trade agreements; which Trump promised he would do.
  4. Trump has not repealed Obamacare, mainly because, as it turns out, “Repeal and Replace” was an empty Republican campaign slogan. Not only do Republicans love government-run health care as much as Democrats do, but they resist even modest, incremental changes to the law, i.e., “skinny repeal.”
  5. Trump has not built a massive, beautiful border wall; mainly because Republicans really don’t want to stop illegal immigration. Remember, in 2006, Congress authorized the construction of 900 miles of triple-layer border fencing. The very next year in 2007, they stripped out all funding for it. Graham and Durbin tried to pull off the same trick for DACA Amnesty, but PDT didn’t bite.
  6. Trump has not imprisoned or murdered journalists for opposition to his regime. Indeed, watch CNN or MSDNC for 10 minutes and you can see that nothing is inhibiting the flow of anti-Trump propaganda. Sorry, Jeff Flake, but just because you personally despise PDT doesn’t make him Stalin.
  7. Trump’s election has not inspired a wave of anti-gay/anti-immigrant hate crime. There was an uptick in reported hate crimes after Trump was elected, but almost all of these turned out to be hoaxes.
  8. Trump has not set-up concentration camps for gay people, where Mike Pence in a leather Nazi uniform would be hooking up gay teens to car batteries. (Yeah, Rachel Maddow said this would happen.) Gay marriage has not even been repealed. The worst “setback” gays may endure under Trump is that bakeries may be allowed to decline to bake cakes for their weddings, forcing them to go across the street to a different baker who will do so gladly. And that’s only if Anthony Kennedy doesn’t find a right to wedding cake in the Constitution.
  9. PDT has not been “soft on Russia.” This idea was ginned up as part of the “Trump-Russia” conspiracy theory, that PDT and all who voted for him were puppets of Vladimir Putin. Instead, with new sanctions, a military build-up, and aggressive counters to Russia’s allies, PDT has been stronger against the Red Menace than Obama; who at this point in his term had sold out missile defense for Eastern Europe and was negotiating to diminish the US nuclear arsenal.
  10. Trump hasn’t launched a global thermonuclear war.

And finally, Trump hasn’t resigned in disgrace or been impeached because of the Trump-Russia scandal, as predicted by Paul Krugman and many, many others.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Who is Responsible for the FBI Mess?

 

I retired from the FBI almost 20 years ago after about 30 years as an agent. I have no inside information about what is going on in the FBI but, like most of us, have been following the recent troubling news and struggling to figure out what the hell is going on with the FBI that I thought I knew so well.

Since it is fundamental to the FBI culture that agents never allow politics to influence their investigations, the facts that have emerged recently are troubling. Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been removed after a storm of criticism over two highly charged political cases. Two senior FBI employees, Lisa Page, an FBI attorney, and Peter Strzok, an agent and key member of the investigative teams that were involved in these two important investigations of our political leaders, Secretary Clinton and President Trump, exchanged text messages that reveal strong political bias. At least one of those investigations, the one involving Mrs. Clinton, was deeply flawed.

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Reading about Hillary Clinton’s performance on the Grammy Awards, and thinking about her “Hillary Should Have Won” supporters, I was struck by the similarity to Southern revanchism after the Civil War. Having been raised by and among Southerners, I feel qualified to comment on the matter, and as a child heard comments that would have […]

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Kimmy Kimmel’s big “get” for the State of the Union, porn star Stormy Daniels, has issued a statement that she denies having had an affair with Donald Trump, not because she was paid, but because it didn’t happen.

Gee, what the hell are they going to talk about now?

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. It’s “Fair Share” Union Dues Time Again

 

I’m a professor of physics and astronomy. Sadly, my university has a unionized faculty, which I have declined to join. As the precedent stands now, after Abood v. Detroit Board of Education (1977), the union still gets to charge me a fee every year for what they consider to be “collective bargaining” costs. By default, they will also charge me a fee for their politicking (that brings it to the full union membership cost), and if I don’t want to pay this, I have to “object in a timely manner,” and I have to do it each year. I can’t tell them that I permanently object.

There’s an annual mailing that tells me what the fees are and the deadline for objecting. They’ve played loose with this in the past. Many, many years, especially early on, they didn’t send me anything at all. We few non-union faculty had to email each other and see if anyone had found the deadline, the mailing address, and the fee amounts. One year, they mailed it a month late, and it arrived after the deadline they’d set up for my response. (To their credit, they did accept my objection that year.)

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I’ll stop if one of several things happen: If New England jumps to a huge, early lead (wanna see someone else win for a change, even if it is Philly) More

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Many of Frank Capra’s films seem to encapsulate both the conservative and liberal aspects of the American character and a few draw characterizations and themes from the heritage of Christianity or more specifically Catholicism. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, Meet John Doe and It’s A Wonderful Life perhaps being the most prime examples. Robert Riskin, […]

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