POLAR VORTEX (2)

On January 22, 2019, I wrote about the coming Polar Vortex. I also explained how the usual suspects will try to blame this on global warming. That is, of course, absurd but 75% of Democrats will still believe. Well the Polar Vortex has arrived and it is even worse than expected:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/polar-vortex-to-drive-record-smashing-cold-across-much-of-nation/ar-BBSQqeC?ocid=spartandhp

I notice with great interest that this is shattering records that are 50 years old. Hmmm. Records that are 50 years old.  That would be records dating back to 1969. Hey kids. Guess what? These temperatures are very similar to conditions your DAD described occurring while he was growing up in Upper Michigan. You know, all the jokes about walking to school, uphill both ways, in temperatures that were 40 degrees below zero. Remember laughing when I said we got “walk warnings” cautioning us about breathing in that cold air.  Remember me talking about walking backwards to work, a block away, because otherwise it was too cold to breathe? You laughed and assumed I was exaggerating. It couldn’t possibly be “THAT” cold, right. It was must my imagination gone wild. Except, I wasn’t exaggerating at all. It is just that these severe type of weather situations run in cycles. This has been going on for as long as we have records.

Remember the Donner Party. They named Donner Pass and Donner Lake after them. They got stuck in the snow and some of them allegedly resorted to cannibalism to survive. To those of us who live here and who drive across Donner Pass all year long, this seems unbelievable. I mean, yes we get storms up there and it can be impossible to travel over the pass for several says in a row, but nothing like what the Donner Party experienced. Yet, if you check the historical accounts it is obvious that it did happen, long before global warming, and IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN. Maybe not this year, or next year or even while any of us are still alive, but it has happened before and it will happen again.

By the way, we got these kinds of winters several years in a row. Don’t assume that this is a one off event for places like Chicago. This is just a good reminder that our weather moves in cycles, and sometimes these cycles last a long time. That can lull people into thinking it never changes. That is what is happening in California, where a lot of people think we are in a permanent drought. We already have more snow that normal in the Sierra Nevada, so that theory is showing signs of strain.

When Folsom Dam was built in 1956, “experts”: thought it would give 200 year flood protection. That is because they used weather modeling from the previous 30 years, which history records as the “dust bowl.” It was very hot and dry and the experts thought that was the new normal. Note: This was before global warming, so stupid and absurd predictions are hardly new. They expected it would take at least a year for Folsom lake to fill completely. It actually took about a week. Then, 30 years later, in 1986, we got another wet winter and the water in Folsom Lake allegedly rose to within about six inches from overflowing the Dam. Now do the math. 1956 plus 30 = 1986. 1986 plus 30 = 2016. The federal and federal government spent over a billion dollars to build an emergency bypass at Folsom Dam that can release about 300 cubic feet of water per second. It was completed in, you guessed it, 2016. Does that look like they were expecting a permanent drought?

Whether or not you believe in global warming, the real question is whether or not you believe in weather.

TDM

STONE COLD

I don’t know Roger Stone. Frankly, he seems a little weird. He has a website called www.stonezone.com.  He is clearly a legend in his own mind. He is a political commentator for InfoWars. He shared a duplex in Manhattan with Kristin Davis aka The Manhattan Madam.  She went to prison for running a prostitution ring and also selling drugs. Stone, to the say the least, has colorful friends.

He is close friends with Alex Jones who is well known for conspiracy theories some of which are absurd. For example, Alex Jones said the entire Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax:

“The general public doesn’t know the school was actually closed the year before. They don’t know they’ve sealed it all, demolished the building. They don’t know that they had the kids going in circles in and out of the building as a photo-op. Blue screen, green screens, they got caught using.”

The result is that no one should be shocked to learn that Roger Stone might have got his facts wrong. This means one can understand an indictment for lying. It does not justify a military style assault on his home at 6:00 a.m.  Stone says there were 29 FBI agents and 17 vehicles.  That, like a lot of things Stone says, is probably an exaggeration.  Other sources say there were about a dozen FBI agents. There certainly were a ton of people wearing body armor and carrying assault rifles. Maybe they were terrified at the prospect of being confronted by two Yorkshire terriers and three cats. Be still my soul!

The whole thing is on video because by pure coincidence CNN was parked across the street with a camera crew. I don’t know how many people where there, but this looked surreal. It also looked ridiculous. Stone is a very public figure, clearly represented by legal counsel who has been in touch with the Special Counsel. They could have just asked him to turn himself in and he almost certainly would have done that. The judge quickly released him with a signature bond for $250,000. Clearly the judge did not consider Stone to be a flight risk or any other kind of risk.

Perhaps one can justify a surprise raid, to preserve evidence. But this is the FBI and they have known where Stone lived for a long time. Does anyone really believe this house was not under surveillance? If they didn’t know exactly who was in that house, before the raid, they are hopelessly incompetent.  If they did know, they should have known there was little or no threat.

In addition, they either knew CNN was there with a camera crew and allowed them to video this, or they didn’t know CNN was there which would make them even more incompetent. No matter how you look at this, it looks bad. This has all the earmarks of a staged event designed to make Roger Stone look like a dangerous felon. Yet the FBI didn’t exactly knock down his door and make a forced entry. They banged on the door and yelled at him with a bullhorn.  Then he opened the door, standing there in his tee shirt, so they could handcuff him. The only people in the house were Roger Stone and his wife, who happens to be deaf.

So why do this? There are some reports that Rod Rosenstein would have had to personally approve this. Seriously? Rosenstein signed off on this fiasco? Where is Christopher Wray on this? Has anyone asked him if he knew about it and approved of this? What about the Acting Attorney General? What he aware of this? Did he approve of this? Who was the idiot who thought this was a good idea? There are a lot more questions than answers.

It was made even worse by the public appearance of Roger Stone following the arrest. He literally came out holding his arms in the air with his fingers in a “v” for victory pose. Granted, he looked ridiculous, but he hardly looked like a threat. Like I said, mostly weird.

I read the indictment and frankly, it looks pretty silly. At worst, we have one kind of weird guy from Florida who appears to routinely exaggerate his own importance. Who cares? There is no mention of him colluding with Russia. He is just accused of saying things that aren’t true and then trying to get other people to cover for him. Big deal. This is worthy of FBI storm troopers invading his home at 6:00 a.m. to give CNN a photo op.

Trump gave the perfect response. If this is the crime of the century, why haven’t other people, like Hillary Clinton, James Comey, John Brennan and James Clapper, who all were caught lying to congress, been indicted? When is the FBI going to show up at their homes at 6:00 a.m.? Good question.

TDM

THE TRUMP CARD

One thing is clear; Trump doesn’t play by anyone else’s rules. He has figured a way to win by losing. He just announced that there is a deal to re-open the government. By the way, he is also planning on giving the State of the Union Address, as scheduled, next Tuesday. Well, predictably, Pelosi just punted again and said: “When the government is open, we will discuss a mutually agreeable date.” What’s her excuse? She didn’t have time because she dismissed the House for a three day weekend during the shutdown. The optics on this are extremely bad and about to get worse. This makes Pelosi look, accurately, like a total ass. Her only real excuse for delay is disrespect for Donald Trump. That plays well on CNN, it does not play well in Peoria.

King Solomon taught us how to determine who is truly evil. Two women both claimed to be the mother of a child. Solomon suggested solving the problem by proposing the use of a sword to cut the baby in two, with each woman to get half. The “fake” mother entirely approved of this solution. The real mother begged to spare the child and let her rival have custody. Solomon quickly realized who truly cared for the child, and more importantly, who did not. He gave the child to the real mother. Donald Trump just surrendered, to spare the country more pain. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer proved that they couldn’t care less. Odds are they will be too busy celebrating to realize they are in big trouble.

Both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are now standing there with egg on their face. Trump got the blame for the shutdown. But, thanks to their stupidity, he now gets sole credit for restarting the government. They did NOTHING! Nancy didn’t even bother to stay in town over the weekend.

Their sole excuse for their role in the government shutdown was to blame everything on a Trump temper tantrum. Hating Trump mattered more to them than doing the right thing for the country.

Only a fool or a reporter for CNN, often the same person, would argue that there is no crisis at our border. Reasonable people understand that this should not even be a partisan issue. The proposal of Democrats to secure our border only with technology because walls never work is idiotic. Their only real objection is that it was Trump’s idea. They would rather see the country fail then to see Trump succeed. Well, Trump surrendered and by losing this battle he may just have won the war.

Trump is going to give his State of the Union address, in the House, to a record audience. The longer this is delayed the more harm to Nancy Pelosi. If Democrats sit on their hands while he discusses the need for a more secure border, they will be making a serious mistake. At least some of them realize that. We can expect Trump to make a strong case for border security. He has the advantage of only needing to tell the truth. Among other things, expect some “angel moms” to show up weeping over their child murdered by an illegal alien.

A lot of us underestimated Donald Trump. Whether he got here intentionally or by accident doesn’t really matter. Pelosi and Schumer blew this big time. They could have got Trump to give them almost anything, including amnesty for DACA. They could have taken all the credit for re-opening the government, while Trump would be left with all the blame for the shutdown. Instead they sulked in the corner too filled with hatred for Trump to realize they were falling into a trap. He just played the Trump card and things will never be the same.

TDM

A SAD STATE

Donald Trump called Nancy Pelosi’s bluff and she chose the worst possible response. Trump told her he accepted the previous invitation to speak before a joint session of congress. He explained that her concerns about security had been refuted by both public and private statements by the Director of Homeland Security and the Secret Service.

This left Pelosi with only two options. She could let Trump speak and suffer the embarrassment of having to introduce him as President of the United States. Or she could refuse to let him speak, showing herself to be hopelessly partisan and tone-deaf. She chose to disinvite Trump. That, of course, will not stop Trump from delivering a State of the Union address; it will only guarantee him a world record audience.

When you think about it, the State of the Union address was guaranteed to be a political joke. There would be all those camera shots of Democrats sitting on their hands. Nancy’s carefully chosen 24 guests would be showcased by network TVs to embarrass Trump as much as possible. The camera would frequently focus on her looking bored and disgusted sitting behind the President. There would be numerous cameos of prominent Democrats looking disgusted. For Trump, giving a State of the Union Speech in the House Chambers can only be described as enemy turf. Now Trump gets to choose his own venue and he will be the one with home field advantage.

He will give the speech in front of a massive crowd that wants to hear what he has to say. Nancy will get a hand delivered copy of the speech about 2 seconds before Trump goes live.

CNN and the other networks will try and cover for her, but they have no choice but to broadcast the State of the Union address without interruption. Since most people will turn off their televisions when Trump is done speaking, little they say or do will matter.

Trump does not need to give a State of the Union address to congress. This country went through a period of over 100 years when there was no State of the Union address. The speech was first given to congress by George Washington. Thomas Jefferson stopped the practice because he considered it to be too “monarchical.” Woodrow Wilson reestablished the tradition in 1913. The last president to deliver the State of the Union by letter was Jimmy Carter, after he had been crushed by Ronald Reagan during the 1980 election.

Attendance is limited to members of congress and 24 guests of the President and 24 guests of the Speaker of the House. It is the high honor and privilege of congress to request to be briefed in person by the President of the United States. He doesn’t have to accept the invitation; he is only required to send them a letter. Nancy Pelosi just threw that all away and it may be very long time before congress gets this back.

This reminds me of a friend who had just gone through a bitter divorce. He told his daughter that he would not attend any family event if his former wife would be there. So, he said: “I found myself eating Thanksgiving Dinner all by myself at McDonalds saying: Boy I showed her.”

To put this in perspective, Trump ordered Sarah Huckabee Sanders to stop giving daily press briefings. He pointed out, correctly, that the news media routinely distorted what she said and they were rude and disrespectful. So he told her not to bother any more.

The main stream media needed those press briefings. Trump did not. Now Jim Acosta has his coveted White House Press badge, but it gains him nothing more than entrance to poorly equipped empty room filled with other so-called journalists who also have absolutely nothing to report.

Nancy Pelosi needed Trump to deliver the State of the Union Address in the House Chambers. He was willing to do that, but he was not required to do that. He will deliver a State of the Union Address anyway, just not on her turf. Odds are he will wonder why speaking in front of a Joint Session of congress was worth the effort. If she graciously invites him again, after the shutdown is over, don’t be surprised if he says: “wait until next year.” Then, don’t bet on next year either.

TDM

THE POLAR VORTEX

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has warned us that we are all going to die within the next twelve years because of global warming. This should be a great comfort to anyone really concerned about this, because she is wrong about nearly everything. This is so stupid that the number of Democrats willing to consider voting for her as President of the United States has plunged to a new low of 74%.

We are now dealing with the paradox of liberal politicians blaming everything on “climate change” when they really mean “global warming.” They can’t actually use the word “global warming” anymore because there, ah, has been not been any significant increase in worldwide temperature since Clinton was President. This is why the global warming alarmists at the UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) no longer use the term “global warming.” They prefer “climate change” because that is too ambiguous to challenge.

If this seems confusing, it’s because it is confusing. It is confusing because nothing being predicted by the global warming (climate change) alarmist group has ever come true and it extremely unlike that any of their future predictions will be true either. One of the problems is that increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere do not actually increase temperature. To be specific, in order to have CO2 levels cause a 1 degree change in global temperature, the current levels would have to double. No one is predicting anything close to that.

So, where are these predictions coming from one might ask? The answer is that they are focusing on the amount of water vapor in the air, assuming that increased CO2 will result in increased water vapor. The theory is increased water vapor has created a hot spot which assumed to be about 30,000 to 36,000 feet above the tropics. The problem with the theory is that no one has actually “found” such a hot spot. This is not from lack of trying. They have been launching weather balloons for about 40 years to measure the temperature in this area. It’s just that, so far, those darn thermometers are failing to record any increase in temperature at all.

The IPCC knows this, they just ignore it. Instead they run computer models based assumptions they know are false. These are the models that are scaring everyone.  They also fail to point out something that should be more than obvious. We get violent weather when there is a conflict between a cold front and a warm front. If you want to know how this works, watch “The Perfect Storm” again. Warning, the character played by George Clooney still dies. The point is that the more severe the difference in temperature between the two fronts when this happens, the more violent the storm. In other words, if the Polar Regions actually did become warmer, the result would be less violent storms, not more violent storms.

Scientist know this, they just ignore it because every scientist knows that if you want to get paid, you need to write a report that predicts horrible things because of global warming. The truth is just too boring to qualify for high compensation.

Following is a brilliant article in the New York Times that admits all of the above and then draws an incredibly stupid assumption:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/climate/polar-vortex-2019.html

They blame the global warming, that is not happening, for a delay in the arrival of the polar vortex, which definitely is coming. They then claim the polar vortex will be more violent because of the delay. This is how they explain this:

We’re going into what looks like a pretty unusually cold period, even for late January, punctuated by winter storms. While climate change is warming the earth, not all parts of the earth are warming at the same rate.” Then in a rare moment of honesty they admit that: “There have always been major storms, of course. In this case, the polar vortex, the El Nino pattern and the jet stream flowing from the Pacific all play a role.” In other words this has been going on for a long time with or without the alleged global warming.”

Then my favor part is where they try to explain why the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast of a milder than normal winter is still accurate. Here is how that works. If you average the temperature in Fairbanks Alaska over a six month period starting in January and ending in July, the result will be warmer than if you only rely on January temperatures. What a joke. If NOAA issued a report in October that blew the forecast for January by a huge margin, why on earth would anyone believe their predictions for 100 years from now?

If you think it is cold now in New York, just wait for the polar vortex to arrive. While you are sitting in your electric car as a sacrifice to the weather Gods to reduce CO2 emissions and save the planet from extinction, don’t forget your coat.

TDM

PUNCH & JUDY

Once again, the MSM is missing a good game. Ever since Trump was elected President of the United States, his enemies have refused to treat him with the respect worthy of the office. Last year 90% of the media reports about Trump were negative. Hitler got better press. There could be a drought in Tibet and the MSM would find a way to blame Donald Trump. Democrats in both the House and the Senate are totally focused resisting him and obstructing his ability to govern. RINO Republicans gladly joined the chorus.  There is no better way to describe this than a concerned effort by a bunch of bullies to hammer Trump into submission. They wanted to pummel him out of office.

Early this week, in the ultimate insult, Nancy Pelosi asked Trump to delay the State of the Union address until after the shutdown. She, on the other hand, was planning a big trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan. At best this was a publicity stunt, at worst another public attempt to undermine Trump. Either way it is proof positive that Pelosi intends to do nothing to end the shutdown, other than to wait for Trump to fold.

Then, yesterday, something remarkable happened. Donald Trump punched back at the bullies. Previously he had insulted them back and embarrassed them, but his primary weapon was limited to his twitter feed. This time he used the power of the Presidency to fight back against the resistance. It was a beautiful thing. Nancy Pelosi had her loyal lieutenants on a military bus, ready to get on a military plane for this world-wide photo op.  One hour before takeoff, Nancy was delivered a letter, by a representative of the press, saying the plane was no longer available.  There was this hysterical scene of all these supposedly powerful people sitting on a bus to nowhere, making phone calls that did not matter, because the only one with the solution to their problem was the person they slammed on a daily basis.

What made this worse is that if Pelosi was justified in call off the State of the Union, Trump was more than justified in postponing their trip. When you combine this with the weekend jaunt to Puerto Rico by other top Democrats, even some members of the MSM are noticing that the optics are really bad for Democrats. Trump, on the other hand, is holed up in the White House waiting for Democrats to do the necessary to end this.

The MSM is calling Trump’s decision childish and mean spirited. They are right. But no more so than Nancy Pelosi’s stunt to delay the State of the Union. What they missed is the fact that a lot of people, including me, literally laughed out loud at the video of the clown bus circling the capital building.

In the end, all those arrogant snobs (self-righteous bullies) exited the bus powerless and humiliated, with their heads  down hoping no one noticed. We all noticed. Regardless of what you hear on the MSM or what you read in the polls, everyone noticed.

It may not be obvious to the MSM, but the rest of us know who has been acting like a bully. Well the bully just got punched in the nose. Everyone who has ever encountered a bully in real life realized the importance of this and they are applauding loudly.

This may go one quite a bit more, but the momentum has swung to the White House. Trump had learned how to punch back. He also learned that it feels really good and the people who matter are cheering him on. If Democrats continue to play games, Trump is going to find other ways to punch back even harder.

We are now looking at the Punch and Nancy show and only someone blind or hopelessly naïve would bet on Nancy.

TDM

THE WONDER OF IT ALL

The attached article is a bit out there. But, it just could be true. If so, Democrats may pay an enormous price for underestimating Donald Trump:

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/01/trumps_shutdown_trap.html

One of the major problems with the establishment in both parties is that they are totally focused on the status quo. They really believe that the way things are is the way things have always been and the way things always must be. Donald Trump does not think that way at all. It is one reason members of the establishment in both parties hate him. He just doesn’t listen. His enemies always assume this is because he is too uneducated, too arrogant or too stupid to realize they are right. But what if they are the ones who got this wrong?

The conventional wisdom is that government shutdowns are bad and the party held responsible pays a heavy price. But pundits are famous for predicting terrible results that never actually happen. For example, ask any pundit and they will tell you that Republicans paid a high price for impeaching Bill Clinton. But did they really? Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial began on January 7, 1999. It lasted five weeks. The vote to acquit him of perjury was 55 to 45, even though it was patently obvious that he did commit perjury. The vote on obstruction of justice was 50/50. Clinton apologized to the American people and he was later disbarred.

So if Republicans were punished, this should have been apparent in the 2000 election. Republicans did lose some seats in the House, but they still maintained the majority. By the way, they lost exactly two seats, while the Democrats won one and there was one independent. Democrats gained 4 seats in the Senate, but since the result was a 50/50 split, Republicans retained control. George W. Bush won the Presidency. So, while this was not a great result for Republicans, it is hard to make the case that they were punished all that much. When the dust cleared there was a Republican President, a Republican House and a Republican Senate.

I previous wrote about how Republicans arguably gained by shutting down the government to repeal Obamacare. But what if this shutdown wasn’t actually about the border wall/barrier at all? What if President Trump wanted the shutdown because if it lasted long enough, he would have the authority to lay some federal workers off – permanently! While the main stream media was hyperventilated on the impact of the partial shutdown, Trump may have been counting the hours until he passed the point of no return.

If Chuck and Nancy don’t fold, within just a few hours, Trump will have the power to take the necessary action to permanently reduce the bureaucracy. In case you think this is a stretch, he already refused to give federal employees a pay raise. If there one thing Trump is good at it is firing people. The stupidity of Schumer and Pelosi, shutting down the government to prevent funding something they actually think is a good idea may have just given Trump the opportunity to deal a fatal blow to the federal bureaucracy. Even if this was not the plan, it may be exactly what Trump wanted and needed.

This is one case where the RIF’s rules actually favor Trump. He can lay off the younger, less tenured workers first, which means a high percentage of people who came on board during the Obama administration are at risk. The majority of people who came on board during the Clinton administration are already gone. It could be a beautiful thing. The wonder of it all.

TDM

BORDERING ON INSANITY

When there was a government shutdown under Obama, he did everything possible to make this as painful as possible. He immediately denied access to places where he knew there would be outrage. For example; they literally put up barricades around the World War II Memorial. Obama wanted to have the shutdown cause as much pain as possible.

That shutdown was blamed on Republicans. Ted Cruz even put on a 21 hour filibuster. At the time, many pundits said this anti-Obamacare stunt would hurt Republicans. Voters would punish Republicans for this, right? But, that is not what happened at all. Instead, the 2014 elections were possibly the best ever for the Republican Party. TheRepublican wave resulted in an increased margin in the House and control of the Senate.

It is unwise to assume the American people are stupid. We all know people who drink the KoolAid and willingly embrace the absurd, but most people have at least some common sense. Those people realize some very obvious things. There really is no dispute with regard to the need for a border barrier; this is all just about politics. A partial government shutdown is not all bad. Trump will be the blamed for the shutdown, but sometimes people are rewarded for standing up for what they believe is important.

Trump is doing the exact opposite of what was done by Obama. He is doing everything possible to make the shutdown as painless as possible. The longer this goes on, the more people are going realize some of these unnecessary people really are unnecessary.

When Democrats want to raise taxes, they always pick out something everyone believes is absolutely necessary. The most recent example of happened in California when they raised gas taxes to pay for urgent repairs on roads and bridges. They never considered paying for this by cutting unnecessary things, like that silly bullet train to nowhere. Everyone, including their supporters, knows this is bs.

Democrats run a real risk by letting this linger. They are also doing really stupid things. They went to Puerto Rico to play in the surf and attend Hamilton. Meanwhile the MSM was running nonstop stories about federal workers facing financial ruin. Talk about bad optics. At some point, even CNN might notice.

Republicans would already be folding, if that was possible. But if Trump holds firm, it may not be possible. There may never be enough votes to override a veto. Trump is better at reading the nation’s pulse than the establishment in both parties. He is going to get the blame for everything, no matter what happens. He might as well hang on until he wins.

Trump may also have figured out something the MSM is missing: Democrats refusing to pay for a wall they secretly admit is a good idea borders on insanity.

TDM

THE AGNOS AND THE EX-CITY

Art Agnos was mayor of San Francisco from 1992 to 1998. If you go to artagnos.com it says he was mayor from 1998 to 1992. That seems appropriate, because the city went rapidly backwards during his administration.

I still remember when he was elected. He announced three major decisions on the first day.

San Francisco was in the running for a future Olympics. Agnos contacted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and said if they didn’t stop objecting to the “Gay Olympics” the Olympic Games would not be welcomed in San Francisco. The IOC responded by thanking Mayor Agnos and saying that at his request, San Francisco would be removed from consideration.

The Navy was looking for a permanent home for the USS Missouri. The surrender agreement with Japan was signed on the deck of this ship. Agnos said he didn’t want the Missouri, because at one point it was rumored to have included some nuclear weapons in its arsenal. The Navy thanked the Mayor and you can now visit the Missouri at Pearl Harbor, along with thousands of other people.

Then he announced that San Francisco would no longer arrest homeless people for sleeping in public. All across California, local law enforcement woke up their homeless population and told them to go to San Francisco, because it was legal there. The homeless population in San Francisco skyrocketed.

Gavin Newsom clearly read the script from Agnos. Only his promises are so dumb he is making Agnos look good. Newsom started by bad mouthing Donald Trump and promising to resist him at every opportunity. Trump immediately responded by threatening to direct FEMA to cut off federal aid for wild-fire relief. That may not happen, but we can guarantee that Trump is looking for other ways to reward this behavior. Lisa Murkowski, Senator from Alaska, has already learned this lesson. She was one of the first RINOs Republicans to recommend folding their cards and surrendering to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Out of pure coincidence, the Trump administration postponed eight public meetings scheduled over plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWAR) to oil and gas drilling. Good luck explaining this to the Alaskans who were already looking up ways to spend that oil revenue on Amazon.

Newsom forgot something really important, California NEEDS Donald Trump, he does not need California. There are numerous ways that Trump can make things miserable for the golden state. On the other hand, there is almost nothing left for Newsom to do to Trump.

Newsom promised to adopt the same approach to homelessness that worked so well for San Francisco. Have you been to San Francisco lately? They are literally handing out “poop” maps so you can try and avoid locations known to accumulate human excrement. The most beautiful city in the world is starting to look like a sewer. Now Newsom wants to do for California what he did for San Francisco. He is, after all, the expert on how to handle homelessness.

Did you know that there is even an app for tracking and avoiding human excrement on the streets of San Francisco? It is called “SnapCrap” and it invites people to take picture of feces on streets and sidewalks to deliver to the city’s 311 hotline. The city receives about 65 calls per day regarding sidewalk poop and the Department of Public works had to hire five staffers for “Poop Patrol.” It is obviously a sh**ty job, but it pays $184,000 per year. The salary is $71,760, but you get a whopping $112,918 in benefits. Now ask yourself this. Where else can one find a job that will pay over $100k per year in benefits for this kind of work?

San Francisco also set aside $1 million for updates to Pit Stop, a program that offers mobile toilets and waste stations in various neighborhoods. Of course only 12 of the city’s 22 units are open on a daily basis, and these close at 8 pm. It is a good thing the homeless population has been trained to only poop during daylight hours.  Just imagine this kind of brilliance coming to a city near you!

In case you think this is an exaggeration or that this has always been a problem consider the following. In 2008, there were 1,748 reports of poop on San Francisco sidewalks and streets. Last year there were over 20,000. Who was mayor in 2008? That would be Gavin Newsom.  He was mayor up to 2011. The problem began on his watch. Newsom developed a brilliant program to deal with homelessness. He threw money at them, placing about 7,000 people in permanent housing programs.  He also gave another 5,000 a free bus ticket, to anywhere else. This worked for about six minutes, until other homeless people all over the country started dreaming of San Francisco. So, while Newsom brags about getting people off the streets, he actually spent a lot of money to make the problem worse, much worse.

Newsom is also promising free health care and free college to everyone, including illegal aliens. Odds are people all over Central America are California dreaming. One recent caravan made a 1300 mile detour to get to San Diego, rather than Texas, because..well..California is California.

With these delightful new incentives and a promise to double down on sanctuary city status, Newsom can do for California what he did for San Francisco. The good news is that there will be a lot of high paying jobs cleaning up sh*t.

TDM

AS A MATTER OF FACT

Every time Donald Trump speaks, on any subject, someone in the MSM will automatically accuse him of lying. Some one recently claimed that Trump lied an average of 7.5 times per day. Once would think that Donald Trump is a serial liar who simply cannot tell the truth. But before reaching that conclusion it is important to understand how the MSM determines whether or not someone is lying. Following is the article by FactCheck.org which is hopelessly biased:

https://www.factcheck.org/

Trump was accused of lying because he said there was a “new” crisis at the U.S. Mexico Border. There are two problems here. One is that Trump did not say this was a “new” crisis, he said: “there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.” The other is that if Trump was lying about calling this a “new” crisis, it would only be a lie if one admits that there was an existing crisis. The MSM argues there is not and never has been a crisis. This is just plan nonsense.

Trump was also accused of falsely claiming Democrats were refusing to pay for border security. Trump did say that, but only after he explained that he considers a border barrier to be an essential element of border security.

The article goes on to say Trump lied about how drugs come into the United States. Here is what Trump actually said:

Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. Every week 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border.

This is called a lie, because most drug arrests happen at ports of entry. That argument  is absurd. Government statistics only report drugs we find. There are no reports regarding the quantity of drugs we don’t find. That is the real problem. Since drugs are indisputably pouring in, it is obvious just monitoring ports of entry is NOT WORKING! Seriously, do Democrats really believe that criminals will always choose to try and sneak drugs through a port of entry, where they are far more likely to get caught, then to try and smuggle them across an open border with no fencing at all? This is just dumb.

Shepard Smith, who never passes up an opportunity to slam Trump, accused him of lying because he issued scary warnings about murders by immigrants. Smith made a snarky comment about how: “Statistics show that there is less violent crime by the undocumented immigrant population than by the general population.” This study runs directly counter to a cold hard fact. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the percentage of inmates in federal prisons who are in the country illegally is 25%. That is a lot higher than the percentage of illegal immigrants in the population. In addition the GAO reported that criminal illegal aliens were arrested an average of 7 times. So the theory that illegal immigrants are far more wonderful people than the rest of us is more than a little suspect. In addition, even if this study came strictly from the lips of God, nothing Trump said about those murders was a lie.

What makes this more disgusting is that the MSM does the same thing all the time. If one black guy gets shot by a cop, the MSM pretends every cop is out to shoot innocent black males for walking while black. Statistics show the opposite is true but they don’t care. Every time there is a mass shooting, people like Shepard Smith immediately trot out the victims and make heart rendering screams about the need for more gun control. The liberal left NEVER resists exploiting personal tragedy for political purposes. In most cases, none of the proposed gun control efforts would have had any impact on the situation, but that inconvenient fact is ignored. Talk about hypocrisy.

Shepard Smith also said repeated the myth that Trump lied about how drugs entered the country. He, like most of the MSM just repeats Democratic talking points. Then Smith said that Trump lied about the trade deal helping to pay for the wall by saying the trade deal is not complete. I am not sure how that makes anything Trump said to be a lie. Finally, he claimed Trump lied about law enforcement professionals asking for the $5.7 billion. Technically, Smith is right about this’ Law enforcement professionals didn’t ask for $5.7 billion, they wanted a lot more. They asked for whatever it takes, which is probably closer to $25 billion. This is nothing more than deliberate parsing of words to make it appear as though Trump is telling deliberate lies.

Sadly, this garbage has been repeated numerous times on virtually every network. There is even a gambling site where people can wage bets on how many lies Trump tells each day. This is just ridiculous.

But my favorite is Jim Acosta, who is very skilled at doing something incredibly stupid. He just posted a picture of himself on twitter standing by a border wall saying:

“I found some steel slats down by the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation. At least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.”

Duh. Maybe the reason there is no crisis in that location, is that THERE IS ALREADY A WALL THERE! Acosta actually made Trump’s case.

Romans 1:12

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

If this fact checking technique was used to evaluate comments by any other politician, including Barrack Obama, they would be also be accused of lying every time they spoke. I suspect almost everyone would be guilty of serial lying by this standard. For example if you said it was hot yesterday, some jerk in MSM would sanctimoniously point out that it was only 102 degrees while the day before it was 105. Then they would call you a liar, ignoring the obvious fact that both temperatures actually are “hot.” This is evidence of nothing more than the extreme bias toward Donald Trump by the MSM and the sustained willingness to repeat absurd allegations about him.

The sad truth is a lot of people see this garbage and they really believe Trump is a serial liar. Some of the social media posts are beyond incredible. The good news is that most of them are Democrats, who would vote for Adolph Hitler if he ran as a Democrat. They are annoying, but they are far from the majority of people in this country. As a matter of fact, the rest of us are not as easily misled.

TDM