Sunday, December 4, 2016

Trump Tweets and Drives the Media Crazy

Of the many tradition-breaking moments in the last election, one has been the colossal use of Twitter by President-elect Donald Trump that drove the media crazy. He was at it again over the weekend, this time messaging his thoughts on companies that depart the US for abroad, taking American jobs with them. The Washington Post headlined it this way: 

Trump threatens 35 percent tariff on U.S. companies that move jobs overseas
The pronouncements came in a string of early morning tweets. Trump declared that he intends to incentivize businesses to stay in America by lowering corporate taxes and slashing regulations, two key components of his economic agenda. But he also warned that companies with offshore factories would face a 35 percent tariff on goods sold back to the United States.
Notice this line: “The pronouncements came in a string of early morning tweets.” The online version of the Post re-published the images of the tweets as well, all time stamped between 6:41 and 6:57 am Sunday morning.Trump is a regular early riser, so there is no reason to think anything other than that the newly-elected president was already at his Trump Tower desk at work.

But the fact that Trump turned Twitter and tweeting into such a deadly 21st century political weapon in his successful campaign -- a campaign that right up until election night most media savants were insisting he would lose and most probably lose in a landslide -- has stuck in the media’s craw. Tweeting, you see, is “un-presidential” according to these critics, drawing comments like this one back in 2015 in the anti-Trump USA Today:
“Are American voters really looking for a president who spends his evenings sending out nasty and petty tweets about journalists rather than, say, working on ways to defeat the Islamic State?”
That "Doesn't have he have something better to do than rip the media?" line continues today. Aside from the idiocy of suggesting that a President Trump would not be “working on ways to defeat” ISIS, the real irritant in that story was that Trump was using Twitter to target journalists who quite clearly had targeted him.

Smart presidents presented with a brand new and effective communication technology quickly picked up on it and turned it to their political and presidential use. John F. Kennedy did this with television.

While Hillary Clinton will not be president, it is worth noting that what helped bring her down was another modern technology tool…e-mail. Now comes President-elect Trump, following the path of Lincoln, FDR and JFK, using the newest 21st century communication tool - Twitter. And like those three historic predecessors, he is using it with great political effectiveness.

The media's metrics for victory were wrong. Trump's were right. Which, one suspects is exactly what drives the media crazy. Make no mistake. No matter how “restrained” the new president will be once in office come January, you can make book that he has found a highly effective method to get around the mainstream media that so despises him.

All of which will just make the media that much more relentless and make them despise him all the more.......

excerpted from NewsBusters- READ MUCH MORE  

Saturday, December 3, 2016

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Friday, December 2, 2016

James Earl is Still Meddling After all These Years

Jimmy Carter Urges Barack Obama to Divide Up Israel at the United Nations Before Jan. 20

In a stunning editorial for the New York Times, former President Jimmy Carter has publicly called for Barack Obama to seek to divide the land of Israel at the United Nations before Inauguration Day.

While president, Carter negotiated peace between Israel and Egypt, and ever since, he has been a very strong advocate for a Palestinian state. Carter is completely convinced that a “two-state solution” will bring lasting peace to the Middle East, but now that Donald Trump has been elected, Carter knows that his dream of seeing a Palestinian state while he is still alive is rapidly slipping away. In a desperate attempt to salvage the situation, Carter is urging Barack Obama to take bold action while he still has the power to do so.

In his New York Times editorial, one of the steps Carter says Obama should take is to give formal U.S. diplomatic recognition to a Palestinian state.
"I am convinced that the United States can still shape the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before a change in presidents, but time is very short. The simple but vital step this administration must take before its term expires on Jan. 20 is to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership....."
Of course such a move would largely just be window dressing. The new Trump administration could very quickly revoke diplomatic recognition, and so if Barack Obama really wanted to "leave a legacy" in the Middle East he would have to do something that Donald Trump would not be able to undo. 
Later on in his editorial, Carter suggested just such a thing. He urged Obama to support a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set forth firm parameters for resolving the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
"The Security Council should pass a resolution laying out the parameters for resolving the conflict. It should reaffirm the illegality of all Israeli settlements beyond the 1967 borders, while leaving open the possibility that the parties could negotiate modifications. Security guarantees for both Israel and Palestine are imperative, and the resolution must acknowledge the right of both the states of Israel and Palestine to live in peace and security. Further measures should include the demilitarization of the Palestinian state, and a possible peacekeeping force under the auspices of the United Nations......"
Over in Israel, the government has been ignoring Carter's anti-Israel rants for years, and they have also responded to this latest editorial by Carter with silence. Carter's criticism of Israel over the years has become increasingly scathing and one-sided.  - Read More
Yes Mr. Carter, "Blessed Are The Peace Makers". But the Lord was not referring to making deals with the Devil..... 

The Media Transition to Trump

"Life is not fair to losers, or the critics of Donald Trump, and the way he won the presidency. He just won't stand still and give the rotten eggs a chance to hit their mark.
The Donald is conducting his transition to the White House in his own way, taking his time, choosing his Cabinet carefully, and rationing misery to his detractors. His critics, particularly in the know-it-all media, are having trouble with a transition of their own. 
Almost a month has passed since the election, and the critics, who are supposed to be working their way through the five stages of grief -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance -- are stuck in denial. They should be angry by now, and learning how to bargain with their emotions."— Wesley Pruden 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

FOR SALE: One Owner - Never Worn

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One Final Humiliating Failure: “Operation Beethoven”

The United States has certainly racked up its fair share of embarrassing, hair-brained attempts
to take down Fidel Castro over the past 60 years.  But what happened yesterday may have
been our government’s most cringe-worthy attempt yet: The CIA completely bungled an 
attempt to drop a piano on Castro’s funeral procession.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Nancy Garners Enough Votes To Remain Dem Leader

Pelosi Worked the Dem Caucus Hard To Remain House Leader

Congrats Democrats, it’s official! Nancy Pelosi worked the democrat caucus hard so that she might retain her position as Badass Bosslady Of House Democrats. The votes have now been tallied, and yup, she will continue to be Badass Bosslady Of the left in the next Congress! She managed to blow pass a challenge by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who ran a tradition campaign and gathered only 63 votes compared to Pelosi’s 134.  

Barring any unfortunate incident of her face cracking wide open or her stitches popping loose and wounding nearby colleagues, she will remain the queen and shepherd the Democrats through the valley of the shadow of death of Trump..

Nan took to the tweeter thing to announce her victory:

The Remnants of Democratic Ideology:

"After the Democratic equality-of-opportunity agenda was largely realized (Social Security, Medicare, overtime, a 40-hour work week, disability insurance, etc.), the next-generation equality-of-result effort has largely failed.
What is left of Democratic ideology is identity politics and assorted dead-end green movements as conservation has become radical environmentalism and fairness under the law is now unapologetic redistributionism. The 2016 campaign and the frenzied reaction to the result are reminders that the Left is no longer serious about formulating and advancing a practical agenda. In sum, for now it is reduced to a party of teeth-gnashers. ...
The Democratic party for now is reduced to a loud racist/sexist/homophobe broken record that fewer and fewer are listening to -- including many of the Democratic elites who continue to play it." — Victor Davis Hanson