As the nation goes into day whatever of the government shutdown there can be no arguing away the fact that this disruption of government services, paychecks, etc. is owned - exclusively - by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the hyper-partisan political animals of the Progressive Left. And own it they will come election time.
Many are trying to equate this government shutdown - which is really not a paralyzing of government, but a disruption in many government services and federal outlays to employees and those receiving benefits - is akin to the last government services disruption cause by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) when he filibustered for the repeal of Obamacare. It is not.
Sen. Cruz was using the filibuster to the benefit of the American people in that he was pressing for the repeal of a wholly unconstitutional law that affected every citizen of the United States. Sen. Schumer is filibustering to the benefit of non-citizens of the United States in his totalitarian insistence that the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program be passed without deviation from the whims of Progressives and Democrats in Congress. Cruz advocated for American citizens. Schumer is not.
The sad thing is that Republicans and President Trump are willing to negotiate a compromise on DACA and, in fact, are actually doing so, much to the chagrin of many. What Schumer is doing is a political show; politically opportune grandstanding. It is all for political and partisan purposes. It is politics over government; Leftist, open-borders ideology over good government for the citizens of our country.
Retired Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas once said, "The most dangerous place in Washington is between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera.” It's very hard to argue with Mr. Dole on that.
Government officials in Afghanistan are reporting that more than 40 people were killed after Taliban terrorists assaulted the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, Saturday. This leads to a question: How are they able to do this?
The United States and an international coalition have been battling the Taliban and its affiliated forces since just after the 9/11 attacks. In the years before Barack Obama assumed the presidency, the Taliban had its back against the wall; existing far more decimated than when battling the Russians in the 1980s and 1990s.
Today, the Taliban can strike at the heart of the capitol city in Afghanistan and do so targeting a location that is allegedly heavily guarded to protect foreign diplomats and business people.
Two points come to mind at this reality. First, the Afghan military/Security Forces and intelligence mechanisms are infiltrated with Taliban sympathizers who afford critical security information to that terrorist group. And second, we have declared a modicum of success prematurely.
If this reality is not dealt with more effectively; if the Taliban is allowed to strengthen again to the levels pre-9/11, the next strike on our soil - or in the free world - will make 9/11 look like a traffic accident!
Just in case you wondered how the hermit kingdom lives and thrives, its women now have an app for beauty tips. Kim Jong-Un has expanded beyond haircuts for men to ideas for women. Wonder if his wife or sister is pulling the strings on this one. Think of the old military grooming standard posters...
There is a new movement afoot in California: The New California Movement. It seeks to see the rural counties of California secede from the spendthrift-giveaway coastal counties of that state. But the proposed split is a temporary solution to a cultural problem.
Citing a "tyrannical form of government," the New California Movement seeks to band together rural California into a separate economy separate from the coast. The founders of the movement, Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, unveiled a "Declaration of Independence" earlier this week and are following a path outlined in Article IV Section 3 of the US Constitution.
Make no mistake, California is in dire straits. The Progressives of the coast have "prude shamed" (for lack of a more effective term) and gerrymandered the voters in the rest of the state for so long that they have delivered the whole of the state's legislature to the Left. The fact of the matter is that California's state legislature doesn't represent the majority of the state any longer. This is not unlike the state legislatures in Illinois or New York.
But the truth of the matter is this. We get the governments that we elect, especially when the majority of people both maintain ignorance of daily politics or go-along-to-get-along. To that end, any new "state" will no doubt, eventually fall prey to the same issues no left not addressed.
Is the answer the splitting of a state? In California's case, the coastal areas would necessarily collapse financially without the revenues generated by the rural areas, causing more of a financial drain on the Federal government come the inevitable "bailout."
Perhaps an intellectual revolution is necessary, where individual responsibility and an embracing of opportunity overtake the victimhood "I-am-owed-something" mentality installed into the American psyche by the Progressive Left.
Remember, they want you dependent on government. It's how they control culture.
Democrats on Capitol Hill are now saber-rattling about "shutting down" government over what they would accept on making DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). As they couch this th digging in of the President's heels on the subject, it is they who are digging in their heels.
President Trump, the deal maker, is set to negotiate a passage of DACA into law. But, like any good wheeler-dealer, he wants something in return. He sees this as a perfect opportunity to do what other Republican presidents have failed to do in the past: affect stronger physical border security.
Of course, Democrats, who are completely focused on politics and delinquent on doing what is correct for the safety and well-being of the country, want DACA passed as a stand-alone measure, even as they continue to marry comprehensive immigration reform with any move on toughening border security.
Do you see the blatant and bald-faced hypocrisy here? They want stand-alone legislation when it benifits their ideological agenda, but couple issues to water-down results whenever something might advance that is not within their core Progressive bucket list.
Here's a thought. Let them shutdown government. Let the President and non-establishment Republicans run with the message that Democrats shut down government to keep Social Security checks, Federal services and tax refunds from citizens in deference to Dreamers and see how long the government stays "shut down."
The citizens of Hawaii started their day Saturday with a message that a ballistic missile attack on their islands was imminent. Thankfully, it was a test message gone horribly wrong. It really should stop and make us think.
My sister lives in Hawaii. Immediately after the false alarm was issued my immediate family's text messaging lit up. We here on the mainland were confused. My sister was terrified at the thought of having to say goodbye to her family in short order. The thought is chilling.
Hawaiian officials have since apologized for the error and put in place redundancy systems for verification for both tests and actual alerts. Politicians will, no doubt, bleed this issue to justify investigations so they can say they did something in the aftermath.
This event brings to the forefront the reality of how Israelis live every single day. They live in proximity to countries and populations who pledge to them a fiery death, if not daily, every Friday at massive rallies, mostly sponsored by their governments. And some of those countries are now nuclear capable.
One has to wonder. If Americans had to live each day under the threat that Hawaiians felt on Saturday, would we tolerate it for very long? Or would we insist that our leaders eliminate that threat so we might live in peace?
Think about that the next time you hear some jackass politician claiming that Israelis should just suck it up and tolerate their aggressive neighbors. They live with the fear the Hawaiians felt Saturday for 45 minutes every day, all day and night.
Every now and again someone stands up, makes a point and does the right thing. This is what James Damore is doing with the totalitarianism of Google. Damore is claiming discrimination, not only because he is a white male, but because he holds certain Conservative points of view.
Damore has filed a lawsuit claiming discrimination against the behemoth search engine and online entity. In part, the suit claims: "Damore...and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males."
The idea that a purveyor of information, such that Google is - effectively the gatekeeper to what we can come to know in today's information age - practicing ideological discrimination at its core should be incredibly alarming. They are, for all intents and purposes, socially engineering information to suit one, exclusive and elitist point of view.
It should be noted here that First Amendment free speech rights do not apply to private sector entities. The First Amendment applies to government censoring speech or preventing the redress of government. Private sector companies - short of being deemed monopolies and broken up - can practice censorship to their hearts content.
That is, unless people like James Damore prevail.
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences banished sexual predator Harvey Weinstein to the netherworld, they did so in such a knee-jerk manner that they opened themselves up to a huge conundrum: What do do with all the other sexual predators they have celebrated over the years.
I would like to point out that everyone - even Weinstein - needs to considered innocent until proven guilty. That is how our legal system works. Sadly, in the court of public opinion, which these days seems to usurp our rule of law, a charge, innuendo or rumor can equate to "conviction" and the destruction of a career.
That said, there are some real scumbags in the entertainment industry (politics, too). Weinstein, faced with multiple charges of sexual harassment and assault, was quick to claim a mental affliction feigning some sort of victimhood and ceded to the accusations. Same goes for the unrepentant child rapist Roman Polanski. These pigs deserved everything that came to them. But what of the others who deny the accusations?
Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Ben and Casey Affleck, Brett Ratner, James Toback, they all deny the allegations. For Spacey, it cost him his acclaimed HBO series House of Cards.
But I digress. This post is about Hollywood knee-jerkism.
With Weinstein banished from the Academy, what is that entity to do with the Roman Polanski's among them? Polanski continues to win awards in the industry, including from the Academy. Will they excommunicate this pig as well?
This is the hypocrisy that is allowed to exist when there is a two-tiered justice system and a society that renders verdicts in the court of public opinion. A serial sexual predator gets banished from the academy, and a convicted child rapist gets awards from the same entity.
It has now come to light that the FBI and the Department of Justice have ongoing investigations into The Clinton Foundation and whether there was any "pay-to-play" quid pro quo during Hillary Clinton's time as Barack Obama's Secretary of State. It's about time, but don't hold your breath for a just outcome.
The Clintons, during Bill Clinton's time as President of the United States, packed the DoJ and the FBI with politically loyal career operatives. An examination into Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign - presented in the book A Fraudulent Senator - revealed blatant and wanton campaign finance violations to the level of the biggest instance of campaign finance fraud in US history. But Clinton loyalists at DoJ sidetracked the investigation into obscurity.
These same Clinton loyalists, still in place - and with even some new Progressive Obama/Clinton loyalists added in to the mix, will do everything in their power to protect the Clintons and The Clinton Foundation this time as well.
Read the above-mentioned book and ask yourself how there were allowed to get away with it.
President Trump, in one of his infamous tweets Tuesday, went right at former Hillary Clinton aid and estranged spouse of pedophile Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, calling for the DoJ to prosecute.
Making no qualms about hos he believes the DoJ is infiltrated and controlled by the inside-the-beltway, go-along-to-get-along Deep State establishment, Mr. Trump referenced a young sailor who was jailed for sending a picture taken aboard a US Navy submarine to his son.
The President spoke of the disregard for information security protocols and went so far as to include former FBI director James Comey in the call for prosecution.
It has become crystal clear to even the most politically naive that the Justice Department, FBI and a plethora of investigative agencies have been hijacked bv politicians. We exist today in a two-tier justice system that allows for crimes to be committed by an elite class without punishment. The same transgressions of the law would land anyone else in jail.
Until there is a purge of political appointees through the Executive Branch of government on a regular basis, people like the Clintons will be able to seat operatives in sensitive positions to run interference for them for the rest of time.
A prankster has made a huge political statement at several locations in California by placing an unofficial sign designating California - and a few specific cities - as sanctuary locations.
The signs are in the form of the nationally recognized blue informational signage, but they do pack a message.
One sign says, "Felons, Illegals and MS13 [gang members] welcome." Another reads, "Official Sanctuary City 'Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make Malibu Great!' (Boyle Heights Not So Much.)" Others include "Democrats Need the Votes."
Authorities in California have already removed the signs, but one can only assume that many more will now begin to pop up, which brings me to my point. While the placement of these signs may skirt the law, they are a form of redress to government, which is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
While California's elected cabal may have found a way to maintain power through the manipulation of the ballot box, some California residents are making their disdain for anti-sovereignty actions clearly understood.
Just when you thought it couldn't get more convoluted. Evidently there really is a Nigerian prince behind all of those scam emails...it's just that he is a 67-year old White guy from Slidell, Louisiana.
Michael Neu was arrested and charged with wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the Nigerian prince email scam that targeted the gullible and the greedy.
Incredibly, some people believe in pathetic scams like this and get fleeced out of their life savings and/or significant amounts of money. The sad truth is that there are despicable creatures like Neu, who prey on these people for personal gain.
As Slidell police Chief Randy Fandal suggested to everyone: "Never give out personal information over the phone or through email, cash checks for other individuals, or wire large amounts of money to someone you don’t know. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time, it’s a scam."
It appears that CNN took full advantage of the post-family hour time slot on New Years Eve. CNN reporter Randi Kaye took everyone to a marijuana dispensary in Colorado were the herb is legal.
But rather than doing a simple report on the enterprise and analyzing the effects of legalized marijuana, it was obvious that Kaye was stoned. This moved the reporter from reporting on the story to becoming the story, a huge no-no in journalism.
Sadly, in our 24/7/365 news cycle culture, "journalists" have become "stars" and, thus, routinely make themselves the story. Because of this we must embrace the fact that objective journalism is dead and buried.
And because traditional objective journalism is dead and buried, we have a choice to make. We, the consuming public, must either learn to divine between propaganda, click bait and agendized reporting and truth and accuracy.
In a culture that has become self-absorbed, lazy and fraudulently self-righteous, don't hold your breath for that to happen.