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Donald J. Trump, President: Open Thread

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Citizenism, FTW:

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another — but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.Washington flourished — but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered — but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes — starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

 
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  1. This is how I feel about Donald J. Trump being sworn in as POTUS today.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
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  2. The salt is tremendous entertainment, but remember, our side did not win either; because if we look at the election like a football game everyone loses except the elites. The system that allowed an evil dynasty vs. a reality show huckster is FUBAR and its all our fault. The discourse on this website will get us organized and informed.

    • Agree: backup
    • Replies: @anon
    Are you sure you are OK?
    , @Kyle a
    I'm going out on a limb and guess you haven't been a follower of Steve and the many anti-immigrant writers for very long. My side won.
  3. Trump articulated a clear vision (America First) and discussed concrete things he plans to accomplish.

    I thought it was beautiful in its directness and simplicity.

    The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn’t “soaring.” Something tells me they never worked in a factory and probably don’t know anyone who does.

    • Replies: @SmoothieX12
    I thought it was beautiful in its directness and simplicity.

    Have to agree--a very moving and a heartfelt speech.
    , @Bill P

    The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn’t “soaring.” Something tells me they never worked in a factory and probably don’t know anyone who does.
     
    It's the first inaugural address I've ever heard that has ever touched me in any way, and it touched me deeply. I honestly never before felt like politicians gave a damn about working American families, and it sounded to me very much like he did. I also didn't anticipate that having someone in power who will look out for people like me and mine would actually make me feel any different, but it does. It's a potent mixture of gratitude and hope.

    He set a very high bar for himself.
    , @Dr. X

    Trump articulated a clear vision (America First) and discussed concrete things he plans to accomplish.
     
    It was really quite amazing -- and uplifting -- the hear the phrase "America First" in an inaugural speech. Especially after eight years of constant praise for Muslims and illegal immigrants.

    I never thought I'd see the day...

    , @Stan Adams
    Right after the speech ended, they pulled back on the camera zoom, showing some of the dignitaries sitting behind Trump. Obama had a contemptuous smirk on his face: "Ugh, I'm glad that's over with."

    I remember that, on this day eight years ago, the weather in my town was dark and stormy - a portent of the rough seas into which we were about to sail on the good ship Obama Valdez. On this day four years ago, I contracted food poisoning and vomited up my entire lunch at the very moment that the Messiah was delivering his second inaugural address.

    Today was a lovely day. Morning in America, indeed.

    I spent today as I did yesterday, trying unsuccessfully to resolve a personal business matter. I didn't even get to watch the swearing-in live. But I could almost feel it as it was happening, as one feels a shift in the wind.

    (That's an old cliche, but it fits.)

    , @Mr. Anon
    "The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn’t “soaring.”"

    I can't stand what constitutes "soaring rhetoric" in modern America. All that empty vainglorious garbage about "My vision for America" (as if the President were an Old Testament Prophet), or "Building a Bridge to" or "Ushering in" the future, or any such idiocy.
  4. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    In the parlance of our times, feels good man.

    • Agree: NickG, TheBoom
    • Replies: @guest
    That's just, like, your opinion.

    And mine.
  5. Lord Bill Kristol seems be offended by the how nouveau riche the whole thing was:

    “Trump’s inaugural address was boastful, huffy, ungracious…the most demagogic inaugural address in our history.”

    “I’ll be unembarrassedly old-fashioned here: It is profoundly depressing and vulgar to hear an American president proclaim “America First.”

    Thank God, Kristol disagrees with Trump. He’s an almost perfect negative indicator. Given his track record, if Kristol likes it, watch out.

    • Replies: @Bugg
    As opposed to Bush Jr's 2nd "yearning to breathe free" address, which was close to insane. Trump should take Kristol's disgust as a badge of honor.
    , @honesthughgrant
    Yeah, I forgot how bat-shit crazy Bush II's inaugural address was. Talk about messianic:

    We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

    America's vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this Earth has rights and dignity and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of heaven and Earth. Across the generations, we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now, it is the urgent requirement of our Nation's security and the calling of our time.
     

    , @ben tillman

    “I’ll be unembarrassedly old-fashioned here: It is profoundly depressing and vulgar to hear an American president proclaim “America First.”
     
    Old-fashioned? That view seems to be current among the mass media's commentators. It certainly was on ABC. The speech was "dark", and "America first" is scary.

    Of course, there's no principled way to argue against "America first".

  6. 1. Great speech, with some caveats (and allowances for reality). We’ll see.
    2. Melania is the most gorgeous First Lady ever (no Jackie “argument”, please).
    3. WW III, at least for now, is postponed and it is a good excuse for opening a bottle of bourbon and lighting a cigar.

    All in all, not a bad day. I would even say, a pretty good one;)

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    My brother and I had a few toasts of Irish whiskey.

    America dodged a big bullet November. BHO was lazy, but HRC is not and she had plans for us deplorables.

    Bismarck is reputed to have said, "God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America".

    God smiled on America once again.
  7. Going by the inaugural address, the central themes seem to be economic nationalism, protectionism and a “Fortress America” foreign policy. I see fewer foreign entanglements, except, may be, some heavy hitting on the ISIS; may be with help from Russia. Putin may agree to it, if U.S. agrees to vacate involvement in the Middle East. He will very gladly agree and do a lot more if Trump pulls off his manifesto to make NATO obsolete.

    China and other Asia policies are more confusing since economic protectionism will override any other interests. That will be confusing to the likes of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan etc.,

    Very interesting times indeed. This may well be a bloodless revolution.

    • Replies: @International Jew

    Very interesting times indeed. This may well be a bloodless revolution.
     
    Yep. Just too bad the term "Orange Revolution" is already taken!
  8. @James Braxton
    Trump articulated a clear vision (America First) and discussed concrete things he plans to accomplish.

    I thought it was beautiful in its directness and simplicity.

    The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn't "soaring." Something tells me they never worked in a factory and probably don't know anyone who does.

    I thought it was beautiful in its directness and simplicity.

    Have to agree–a very moving and a heartfelt speech.

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    @cucksworth
    The salt is tremendous entertainment, but remember, our side did not win either; because if we look at the election like a football game everyone loses except the elites. The system that allowed an evil dynasty vs. a reality show huckster is FUBAR and its all our fault. The discourse on this website will get us organized and informed.

    Are you sure you are OK?

  10. Given its history, “America First” probably wasn’t the wisest choice, but I’m continually shocked by the number of people who spit venom at the principle that America’s president should look out for Americans rather than the other 6.5 billion people.

    What common ground exists between those who find this a basic starting point of politics and those who think it’s literally Nazism?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Given its history, “America First” probably wasn’t the wisest choice,......."

    You mean, "given the history of certain people's associations with the term". Frankly, I don't care about their associations. "America First" is a perfectly sensible and moral policy for the President of "America".
    , @Jenner Ickham Errican

    What common ground exists between those who find this a basic starting point of politics and those who think it’s literally Nazism?
     
    Not much—although those who believe Trump is an actual vector for American Nazism are probably few in number. The cynical others who keep making dark allusions to Hitler are finding diminishing returns.
  11. TRUMP’S Huge Splash Is From Channeling Coulter’s Book On IMMIGRATION Policy. — Steve Sailer November 23, 2015

    Pat Buchanan — Sam Francis — Peter Brimelow — Steve Sailer — Ann Coulter — President Donald John Trump

  12. Steve

    Go over to The Vineyard of The Saker….listen to the BBC radio interview with the Saker..Comrade Saker lays it all out stark and clear.

    On the home front,its the interaction of the following:post-1965 Immigration Policy…post-1964 Civil Rights Policy…and a rapidly growing nonwhite “US” population….this is an absolutely toxic-lethal interaction that could very easily, and with high probability overwhelm POTUS Trump’s effort to make everyone happy. The gasoline has already been poured to the brim in the basement of the US…how many matches?…Not many.

    My own view is this:the good high paying jobs were already here….These jobs were given to the Asians.

  13. Steve,

    Reading the speech in the Daily Mail I think it should be christened “The Two Steves’ Speech – Bannon & Miller”.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    You forgot the most important Steve of all.

    Douthat knows.

    Our Mithrandir.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6wE2W3ag1g

  14. @Yak-15
    Surreal. Simply surreal

    Surreal. Simply surreal.

    Please elaborate.

    • Replies: @Yak-15
    I could not imagine watching my father become the President of the United States in front of me at twelve years old. Can you?
  15. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    His Speech was pure Citizenism. Congratulations Steve, and Well Done.

  16. Looking forward to the Fembot WarPigs March. They should do it every day. Might solve America’s ObesitY epidemic!

  17. I admit I was waiting for some eleventh-hour crisis to instigate martial law, or perhaps an assassination. Can’t quite believe he’s actually President now.

    • Replies: @Moshe
    I guarantee this isn't Whiskers.

    Testing99 never admits to any error at all.

    I know what's going on though. EvilNeocon is not wrong or wildly delysional. Barack Obama did not lose the election to Mitt Romney and barricade himself in the White House while declaring martial law because he is on a speedboat about to invade Spain.
  18. First time in my lifetime I’ve heard an inaugural speech lambasting every pol in dc, including those of his own party. First time I’ve heard an inaugural speech that didn’t stray dishonestly from what the candidate repeatedly said on the stump.

    He remained ballsy. He remained stalwart.

    I would rather he had not over-promised, yet knowing the techniques he laid out in The Art of the Deal and having followed Scott Adams’ analyses of how to persuade and realizing Trump won when no one gave him a chance, perhaps I should be glad he did.

    Well done, Donald.

    Oh, and one other thing–as a woman, I can only say, “Wow,” to Melania’s style and elegance. I’d imagine no matter what you men thought of Trump’s speech, you found no fault with her!

    • Replies: @Kylie
    "Oh, and one other thing–as a woman, I can only say, 'Wow,' to Melania’s style and elegance."

    Mercy, yes. She's not only a beautiful woman who wears clothes beautifully, she moves very gracefully. Even more impressive, she is that rarity: a person who has mastered the art of stillness.

    I also admired how she seemed engaged with the proceedings while remaining quietly in the background.

    Meanwhile, Michelle Obama looked like a sullen, upended sofa.
    , @Je Suis Charlie Martel
    Yes, but the whole family is quite a sight to behold -handsome, put together, cheerful, confident... and Ivanka, what poise and beauty.
    , @Old fogey
    " - as a woman, I can only say, “Wow,” to Melania’s style and elegance. I’d imagine no matter what you men thought of Trump’s speech, you found no fault with her!"

    As another woman I second your comment about Melania. She showed how a woman could be elegant, composed, and beautiful wearing conservative, modest clothes. Indeed, the entire Trump family were picture-perfect examples of the way we used to see Americans dress when they strove for respectability and dignity.
  19. 1. Christianity given priority in the public square.

    2. Melania Trump is really, really good-looking.

    3. Very pugilistic, populist tone in his inaugural speech. He is bearding the lion in his den. No wonder the US Deep State (such as it is) hates him so much.

    4. This is not just the second, but the third Act in Donald Trump’s American life. Pretty astounding.

    • Replies: @Desiderius

    Very pugilistic, populist tone in his inaugural speech. He is bearding the lion in his den. No wonder the US Deep State (such as it is) hates him so much.
     
    Not all the deep state, or he wouldn't be standing there. He has allies, and will have more.

    It has the feel of Ulysses finally returning home to rout the suitors.
    , @Jefferson
    "2. Melania Trump is really, really good-looking."

    Melania is the most attractive First Lady since Jackie-O.

  20. That was a rather belligerent inauguration speech, I was expecting something a little more sunnier and Reaganesque.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
    >>>That was a rather belligerent inauguration speech, I was expecting something a little more sunnier and Reaganesque.

    All that sunny Reaganism degenerated into Cuckservatism, which at best represented 30 years of lost opportunity but more correctly a catastrophe. No thanks. In fact, I would have appreciated more doom and gloom with some blood, sweat and tears thrown in, because no matter how much good (or less harm) Trump does, the times are dire and we may already be doomed.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "That was a rather belligerent inauguration speech, I was expecting something a little more sunnier and Reaganesque."

    Yeah, it was great, wasn't it. We don't need sunny and Reaganesque.
    , @Numinous
    Even belligerence is OK, but his speech was mostly fiction, portraying America as a dystopian wasteland which it most definitely is not. And "this carnage stops now".....what the hell was that? It sounded like he had just come off playing Grand Theft Auto or something on Playstation.

    Regardless, he reserved his harshest words for foreigners, who have apparently been predating upon innocent, unsuspecting, Americans. Thus far, foreign countries have been taking a wait-and-watch approach. After this speech, they'll know what to expect. So let the wars begin.
    , @Anonymous White Male
    You realize, of course, that the kind of inauguration speech you want is just a series of empty platitudes, historical distortions, and an attempt to sound distinguished, written by some anonymous speechwriter? In others, what you want is bullshit. At some point in your life you need to become real and respect the Truth, not the fantasy pixie dust you want to believe in.
  21. The speech was short, and simple. The themes were familiar to all of us here at iSteve. The question now is: Does he actually have the will to carry this out? I hope Bannon and Miller get in his ear, but I’m pessimistic. However, he’s proved me wrong before, and a Hillary Clinton presidency would have been frightening. :-)

  22. @James Braxton
    Trump articulated a clear vision (America First) and discussed concrete things he plans to accomplish.

    I thought it was beautiful in its directness and simplicity.

    The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn't "soaring." Something tells me they never worked in a factory and probably don't know anyone who does.

    The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn’t “soaring.” Something tells me they never worked in a factory and probably don’t know anyone who does.

    It’s the first inaugural address I’ve ever heard that has ever touched me in any way, and it touched me deeply. I honestly never before felt like politicians gave a damn about working American families, and it sounded to me very much like he did. I also didn’t anticipate that having someone in power who will look out for people like me and mine would actually make me feel any different, but it does. It’s a potent mixture of gratitude and hope.

    He set a very high bar for himself.

    • Agree: Desiderius, Kylie
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    I agree, absolutely. I am so sick and tired (as Hillary would say) of politicians like Obama with their soaring gassy feel-good rhetoric that means nothing. Even worse are the people who find it uplifting. Trump talks about concrete things. He speaks forcefully, like it or lump it. I was impressed that he excoriated the corrupt establishment even as its leaders were sitting directly behind him. Obama kept up a good front, but Slick willy looked stricken. Perhaps Bill was a little glum because no one's returning his fund raising calls for the Foundation.
  23. I’m pleased that Trump so infuriates the ‘elites’. But I wouldn’t say he’s a triumph for any of the issues I’m concerned about. I’m going to wait – say, a hundred days or so – before reaching any conclusions.

    I supported Trump not because I thought he would be good, but because he was a wild card and could be almost anything. Clinton was a known quantity, and sometimes the devil you don’t know is a better bet than the one you do.

    I’m very mildly surprised that the media keep suggesting that Trump is supported by the Republican majority recently voted in, when to the best of my recollection the Reps hated his guts with a passion. But then I don’t expect the media to tell the truth or even know what it is, so…

  24. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    1. Abolish affirmative action
    2. Get rid of all leval diversity requirements
    3. Heavily fine all companies negatively depicting White Men in MSM

  25. I like how he salutes with military bearing. I don’t want him invading the world or anything, but when men march past ‘eyes right’ it seems disrespectful to respond with some sort of hep-cat wave.

  26. Now that Trump is President any chance the PGA will return its tournament to Doral?

  27. I listened to Fox News for about an hour after Trump was sworn in. Everyone seemed impressed and that wasn’t from the crowd that gloats, like Hannity. One of them made the good point that Bernie Sanders could have said much of what Trump said. Krauthammer was the most strident, and said Trump is serious about overturning the entire post-war consensus, that is post WWII. Then I think it was Brit Hume who said, well, Trump is using the bully pulpit and this is how he negotiates.

    My opinion is Trump’s speech couldn’t have been better. It wasn’t even perfectly long.

    BTW Steve, Tucker Carlson picked up the subject of your Great Moments in Self-Awareness post and him and Brit Hume had a good laugh about it last night.

    • Replies: @e
    I thought Hume to be much more on target than Dr. K.

    BTW, I love Tucker Carlson.
  28. @cucksworth
    The salt is tremendous entertainment, but remember, our side did not win either; because if we look at the election like a football game everyone loses except the elites. The system that allowed an evil dynasty vs. a reality show huckster is FUBAR and its all our fault. The discourse on this website will get us organized and informed.

    I’m going out on a limb and guess you haven’t been a follower of Steve and the many anti-immigrant writers for very long. My side won.

  29. Kellyanne Conway and Melania Trump really nailed it with their outfits.

    • Replies: @SteveO

    Kellyanne Conway and Melania Trump really nailed it with their outfits.
     
    Melania's jacket-and-dress with three-quarter sleeves and matching gloves strongly echoed the simple elegance of women's fashions of the early 1960s. Without being a costume, it sent a reminder - intended or otherwise - of an earlier time when Americans were better dressed, had better manners and were generally on top of our game.

    I wondered if she, or her designer, was deliberately trying to evoke a subtle Jackie Kennedy vibe. It's certainly not hard to picture Jackie in that outfit.

  30. Trumps speech was reminiscent of his campaign speeches, hopefully his policies follow the same note. I did enjoy him completely refuting Obama’s legacy in front of him.

  31. @The Anti-Gnostic
    1. Christianity given priority in the public square.

    2. Melania Trump is really, really good-looking.

    3. Very pugilistic, populist tone in his inaugural speech. He is bearding the lion in his den. No wonder the US Deep State (such as it is) hates him so much.

    4. This is not just the second, but the third Act in Donald Trump's American life. Pretty astounding.

    Very pugilistic, populist tone in his inaugural speech. He is bearding the lion in his den. No wonder the US Deep State (such as it is) hates him so much.

    Not all the deep state, or he wouldn’t be standing there. He has allies, and will have more.

    It has the feel of Ulysses finally returning home to rout the suitors.

    • Agree: DCThrowback
    • Replies: @guest
    String your bow, Donald.
    , @Je Suis Charlie Martel
    Excellent, who is Antinoos? Obama?
  32. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    I am upset because he is bullying Mexico!
    I hadn’t noticed, then I read Fred Reed’s article.

    Please, Donald, if you read, you bully, stop your bullying of Mexico!

  33. Such a speech tells me he is serious about his goals and wishes to pursue his goals and his agenda. On the other hand one should never forget that Reagan came with some ideologues, a consistent vision and announced his agenda of cutting government because it “is the problem”. Yet he never did any such thing or even close to it. Trump does seem more serious about it and unlike Reagan he enjoys battling. But that still doesn’t change that he can’t act on his own authority. I suspect reality will hit hard and victories for Trumpians and alt-righers will mostly be rhetorical. Rhetoric matters to be sure because it changes the range of acceptable discourse.

    Gary North argues it is an historic inaugural address.

    Donald Trump’s inaugural address is going to go down in history as one of the great ones.

    I say this as a man with 59 years of public speaking experience and a Ph.D. in American history.

    There have only been three inaugural addresses that have come down through the ages. The first was Lincoln’s second inaugural, with the phrase: “. . . with malice towards none, with charity for all.” The second was Franklin Roosevelt’s first inaugural: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” The third was John Kennedy’s: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” These are legendary phrases.

    But Trump’s speech was different from any previous inaugural address. He spoke directly to his political base. He did not try to pull the country together in some kind of vague, pie-in-the-sky, common-ground political rhetoric. He threw down the gauntlet from the very beginning. Standing in front of the Capitol building, surrounded by former Presidents and politicians, he said that everything they had done in the past has been a way to extract power from the American people and to feather their own nests. This, of course, is exactly what they have done. Nobody had ever said this before in an inaugural address.

    He made it clear that this is a turning point. Again, always in the past inaugural addresses have called for unity. He did not call for unity in general. He called for unity on his terms, governed by his agenda. He called for the transfer of power from the halls of Washington back to the people. The rhetoric was confrontational to a degree that I would not have expected.

    I think the inaugural address is going to bite him. He made promises that he will not be able to keep. The Washington political structure, let alone the Washington bureaucracy, will not let his promises come true. But at least in full public view, he announced them. He made it clear what he expects to be able to accomplish as President, and he promised not to betray the people — his political base.

    He is rich enough, and independent enough, and cantankerous enough that he may not get stuck in the swamps of political compromise. It sounds as though he has no intention of going along in order to get along. He recognizes that his election was like nothing in the history of the United States. He was a man with no experience whatsoever in politics, and he was elected President of the United States. Politically speaking, he doesn’t owe anything to anybody. He comes into the office with no strings attached. This has never happened in American political history, and it is extremely rare historically, except in cases of conquering generals.

    I don’t know which phrase will get quoted in the future. But I’ll tell you one that grabbed my attention: “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” American carnage. He has it, exactly.

    But this is more likely to stick: “From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.”

    He is not the polished speaker that John Kennedy was. He does not have the hearts of the people in the way that Franklin Roosevelt did in the midst of the Great Depression. He is not the rhetorical master that Abraham Lincoln was. But more than any President I have ever heard or read at an inaugural, he laid out his agenda, showed how that agenda is a fundamental break from the political past, and promised his supporters that he would not betray them. The implication is obvious: previous Presidents have all betrayed them. And they have. Four of them were standing behind him when he said it. This was a breach of etiquette. I loved it.

    http://www.garynorth.com/public/16148.cfm

  34. Seeing old jokes about Donald Trump in books and TV comedies from the ’80s reminds me of the scene in Back the the Future in which Marty tries unsuccessfully to convince 1955 Doc that Ronald Reagan will someday become President: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR5BfQ4rEqQ#t=2m04s . The next four years may go very well or very badly, but today is at least humourously unexpected.

    Also interesting: President Trump was a close friend of the late Roy Cohn. If you squint hard enough, The Donald’s triumph over the Washington establishment feels a bit like the weird posthumous revenge of equally-pugnacious Senator Joe McCarthy.

    I also have the very vague sense that at least some of his enemies inside the beltway are a little embarrassed about how they treated him, and are grudgingly glad that someone is finally pushing back against an ideology that they knew deep-down was getting to be insane and hysterical. Can’t put my finger on hard evidence for this, though.

    • Replies: @anonguy
    They all know deep down it was an unsustainable looting that had to end someday and at some level are relieved that it is over and someone connected to reality is back in charge.
    , @Stan Adams
    We have a long way to go. Trump has plenty of time.

    Reagan was on shaky ground politically until maybe a year before the '84 election.

    Clinton was written off as a lame duck after the '94 midterms. It wasn't until Newt stumbled with the government shutdown (late '95/early '96) that his numbers starting showing signs of life.

    Bush the Son's approval rating fell below 50 percent a year before '04.

    (Bush the Father suffered a humiliating defeat in the '91 off-year election, when Dick Thornburgh lost the Pennsylvania governor's race. The same week, he said that the recession was over - a remark that haunted him for the rest of his presidency.)

    Obama wasn't looking so hot a year before his re-election.
  35. @Bill P

    The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn’t “soaring.” Something tells me they never worked in a factory and probably don’t know anyone who does.
     
    It's the first inaugural address I've ever heard that has ever touched me in any way, and it touched me deeply. I honestly never before felt like politicians gave a damn about working American families, and it sounded to me very much like he did. I also didn't anticipate that having someone in power who will look out for people like me and mine would actually make me feel any different, but it does. It's a potent mixture of gratitude and hope.

    He set a very high bar for himself.

    I agree, absolutely. I am so sick and tired (as Hillary would say) of politicians like Obama with their soaring gassy feel-good rhetoric that means nothing. Even worse are the people who find it uplifting. Trump talks about concrete things. He speaks forcefully, like it or lump it. I was impressed that he excoriated the corrupt establishment even as its leaders were sitting directly behind him. Obama kept up a good front, but Slick willy looked stricken. Perhaps Bill was a little glum because no one’s returning his fund raising calls for the Foundation.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Obama kept up a good front,"

    Barack Hussein Obama is going to make a minimum of at least 6 figures per speech now, so of course he is in good spirits because he is thinking about all of the shit load of money that he is going to make now that he is out of office. Everybody is a capitalist, even communists. Kim Jong-un has a higher standard of living than most people who reside in 1st world countries, even though he lives in a 3rd world communist nation that is as poor as Sub Saharan Africa.

    , @CJ
    ...Slick Willy looked stricken.

    He probably is stricken. The actor James Woods saw Bill Clinton in person at some event a few months ago and tweeted that he wasn't going to make fun of him any more because he was obviously seriously ill. And, the Clinton dynasty is done. One year ago the bumper sticker NO MORE BUSHES NO MORE CLINTONS was just a dream. Now it's reality.

    Hail the God-Emperor!
    , @Ivy
    Slick Willy's look reminded me of the pictures of FDR from 1945, with the sunken eyes and drained vitality, approaching the end. Bubba did recover slightly as he walked through the Statuary Hall, so maybe he isn't quite in the dead pool yet.
  36. Gee Wiz Steve

    My comments d0n’t seem to be able to make into the comment feed…must be those GOD DAM GREMLINS AGAIN!!!!

    • Replies: @MarkinPNW
    Doncha know, it's the Russians! That Vlad the Bad guy at it again.
  37. I’m going to steal a line from John Rivers. It’s nice to have a First lady again, rather than a First Power Forward.

    There’s no telling what Trump will be as president, but his record thus far suggests it is a bad idea to bet against him. The thing I’m enjoying thus far is he has a sense of history. By that I mean he watched the blob gobble up Reagan and then the Republican majority in the 90′s. He seems to have studied Reagan. Trump is not the same politicians, but he is not trying to be anyone but himself, which is a nice change, as well.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Criticizing Michelle for her appearance is mean spirited. Granted, lefties fell over themselves to lavish praise on her for it, but there's a tactful middle ground. Michelle has done well for herself given the hand she was dealt. She didn't get fat, and she dressed and behaved well in public for 8 years, with the exception of two minor candid, tactless comments that bookended her tenure.
    , @Charles Pewitt
    If the NY Jets had had Michelle Obama in the defensive backfield during the 2010 AFC Championship game, they would have won. Many experts agree with that assessment.

    Michelle Obama would have shut down the Colts' receivers using her orangutan wingspan combined with her indomitable bitterness.

    Peyton Manning was able to kill the NY Jets by throwing excellent spirals to Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. If Michelle Obama was in the secondary for the NY Jets back in 2010, Collie and Garcon would have been held to minimal catches and yards.

    Rex Ryan could have built his whole defensive scheme around Michelle Obama's ability to swat down any footballs thrown into the Jets' territory.
  38. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    I wanna see someone deported TODAY. And all that stuff that he was going to sign on day 1. Has he signed anything yet?

    More specifically, arresting some wealthy white European for overstaying their Visa for a single day would be a nice touch. Just to send the message that the laws will be enforced. Just *announcing* a low will be enforced is a powerful message.

    And then put his Justice Dept. guy on the Chicago report. Unlike Baltimore, Chicago didn’t sign anything. The DOJ clearly rushed the report to get it out before Obama departed.

  39. His goals are so high, his enemies so many and mighty, his ranks of allies so riddled with good-time Charlies, crooks, ass-kissers, bed-wetters, flunkies, whores, dolts, and drama queens, it’s difficult to see how he can accomplish what needs to be done. He has willed himself into the office. But now the struggle really begins. Whatever: Never be ashamed. At least our enemies know we don’t believe a word they say, we’re unimpressed with all they do. We despise them. That message is indisputable.

  40. God… that was a looooong, hard, eight years.

    I feel as if I’ve been paroled…

  41. Proud to be an American. Eyes got a little watery. Tiffany is awfully cute. It was good to see the Carters are still mobile.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    I noticed that Bob Dole doesn't appear to be mobile. Couldn't stand up, anyway.
  42. @James Braxton
    Trump articulated a clear vision (America First) and discussed concrete things he plans to accomplish.

    I thought it was beautiful in its directness and simplicity.

    The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn't "soaring." Something tells me they never worked in a factory and probably don't know anyone who does.

    Trump articulated a clear vision (America First) and discussed concrete things he plans to accomplish.

    It was really quite amazing — and uplifting — the hear the phrase “America First” in an inaugural speech. Especially after eight years of constant praise for Muslims and illegal immigrants.

    I never thought I’d see the day…

  43. @Desiderius

    Very pugilistic, populist tone in his inaugural speech. He is bearding the lion in his den. No wonder the US Deep State (such as it is) hates him so much.
     
    Not all the deep state, or he wouldn't be standing there. He has allies, and will have more.

    It has the feel of Ulysses finally returning home to rout the suitors.

    String your bow, Donald.

  44. @Harry Baldwin
    I agree, absolutely. I am so sick and tired (as Hillary would say) of politicians like Obama with their soaring gassy feel-good rhetoric that means nothing. Even worse are the people who find it uplifting. Trump talks about concrete things. He speaks forcefully, like it or lump it. I was impressed that he excoriated the corrupt establishment even as its leaders were sitting directly behind him. Obama kept up a good front, but Slick willy looked stricken. Perhaps Bill was a little glum because no one's returning his fund raising calls for the Foundation.

    “Obama kept up a good front,”

    Barack Hussein Obama is going to make a minimum of at least 6 figures per speech now, so of course he is in good spirits because he is thinking about all of the shit load of money that he is going to make now that he is out of office. Everybody is a capitalist, even communists. Kim Jong-un has a higher standard of living than most people who reside in 1st world countries, even though he lives in a 3rd world communist nation that is as poor as Sub Saharan Africa.

  45. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    And as far as NATO, time to send them a bill. The Financial Times was foaming at the mouth over this this, but hey — if the principle is so important, what’s a little cash?

    As odd as it might sound, the unintended consequence of NATO is that Europe has self disarmed in order to cheat on their obligations to spend 2% of GDP. Send Putin a bill for that.

    Or advise Putin that if he is so exasperated at NATO, think about Germany without NATO and with Nukes. Russia has benefitted from NATO.

    Meanwhile, don’t take the bait on Obamacare. It is a tar baby. Blame it on the Democrats and agree to let them fix it. Or whatever. But this is a Paul Ryan, matter of principle thing. Don’t waste a penny of political capital on it.

    • Agree: Travis
    • Replies: @Anon
    No, the proper course of action is to let Trumps manifesto happen. NATO is obsolete and should be dissolved. Once this is done, make Russia a friend, they will gladly oblige. Then retire from international policeman duties and redefine our national security as protection of our borders. View the entire foreign policy through the prism of economic nationalism. If something doesn't make America richer, there is no sense in wasting blood and treasure on that project. Completely pull back from Middle East, no more free rides to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan when they hollow out our industries and send our rust belt Trump voters to the deadly embrace of meth and opioids.
  46. Best wishes to President Trump and America from Victoria, BC. Even from here I feel I’ve got one over on the whiney SJWs I spent too much time with.

    Related: I read the strangest article and only an American could answer.

    https://medium.com/the-u-s-digital-service/youll-never-be-the-same-again-dc5b16b84ba9#.1cdy95fc5

    It’s by Mike Dickerson, the Google man who left to fix the Obamacare website. He’s quitting today. That’s seem odd to me. Tech workers aren’t political appointees (I’ve worked for both the federal and BC provincial government and only political appointees must leave when the government changes). Maybe it’s not the same in the US? Or is he leaving in protest?

    Even stranger is that the article is a patriotic call for tech workers to help not just the federal govt, but all levels. He makes it sound like there is a desperate need.

    This astonishes me. It’s not like that in Canada: the various levels of govt seem to be functioning smoothly as far as tech work goes. No huge project like the computerized part of Obamacare has been a public failure. Why?

    I have two theories: people would rather work in Silicon Valley than for any govt, and Canada just doesn’t offer the same opportunities. And few Canadians seem interested in moving to the US.

    The other theory is that the civil service is clogged with useless diversity hires.

    Any comments?

    • Replies: @International Jew
    Even in the private sector, most complex web sites suck.
    , @Almost Missouri
    Yes, clogged with diversity hires. And even the non-diversity hires have historically not been the best of breed.

    I don't think he's quitting. His letter made it sound like the term of his appointment was up.
    , @Eagle Eye
    Good observation. This guy bears close watching.
  47. Schadenfreude overdose, fortified I confess, with a workable Hartenburg Shiraz from the fairest Cape.

    It was difficult to watch – and I followed it for 6 hours from here in Pretoria on-line, toggling between Fox and CNN – because I couldn’t stop laughing.

    Off to bed….it’s just gone 1:30 in the morning…still chortling.

    I suspect the first 100 days will be a shitstorm of Trumpening activity, he won’t bugger around.

    • Replies: @dearieme
    Peter Lehmann Shiraz for us. But I agree, laughter is the best medicine.
  48. This is the finest day that Jimmy Carter has seen in years. He is now able to go to his grave secure in the knowledge that he was not the worst president in American history.

    • Replies: @dearieme
    I thought Jimmy Carter was underrated. I'd rate Slick Willie, W and O all below him.
    , @TomSchmidt
    He would have been already secure. George W Bush was worse.

    The worst ever was Thomas Woodrow Wilson, whose declaration of war against Germany inspired them to put Lenin on a sealed train to take Russia out of the war. Let's see what else was done under Wilson: the income tax amendment; the Federal Reserve; the 17th amendment, ending state government representation in the Federal Government; the Volstead Act and then Prohibition; the birth of the national security state with Hoover and the FBI; the Versailles treaty; overt discrimination against blacks as a part of Federal policy; and if you want to be prickly, the 19th amendment.

    No other President even comes close. Lincoln is the only competitor for fighting a war that killed more Americans than all the other wars combined.
  49. The speech was a hell of a lot better than I expected. He actually dared to extol protectionism!

    I saw part of Paul Ryan’s speech at some congressional event. He spent a lot of time praising Pence in an extravagant fashion.

    There seemed to be a subtext – a hint of a plan to get rid of Trump and install Pence.

    Maybe I’m reading too much into it. I’d be interested to know what Americans made of Ryan’s speech.

  50. @The Anti-Gnostic
    1. Christianity given priority in the public square.

    2. Melania Trump is really, really good-looking.

    3. Very pugilistic, populist tone in his inaugural speech. He is bearding the lion in his den. No wonder the US Deep State (such as it is) hates him so much.

    4. This is not just the second, but the third Act in Donald Trump's American life. Pretty astounding.

    “2. Melania Trump is really, really good-looking.”

    Melania is the most attractive First Lady since Jackie-O.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    Mrs. JFK is over-rated. Her face was too broad. She's a little cute but not really pretty at all. It's a toss-up between her and Mrs. Nixon with, for my taste, a slight edge for Mrs. Nixon.

    http://images.politico.com/global/2014/02/14/20140214wartimepat.jpg

    Melania was smokin' hot when she first met the President. Nowadays too much makeup, but she toned it down for that blue suit and looked good.
  51. Field Report: Trump Tower in Vancouver

    My girlfriend and I put on our red MAGA hats and walked from my place to Trump Tower, less than 2km. We took the busiest streets: Granville, Burrard, Robson, and Georgia,

    Mostly got angry stares. Saw lots of double takes. Twice were we yelled at: “take that hat off!” and “that’s the wrong hat for this country!”

    When we got to Trump Tower there were a total of two protestors — two portly White women. One holding a piece of printer paper that said “F*ck Trump”, the other scrawling SJWisms in chalk on the pavement.

    [MORE]

    When they saw our hats they said “really?!” and I responded “Long may He reign.” There was much scoffing after that.

    Humorous note: there’s a store called “Snowflake” at the base of the tower. LOL

    A man approached us and identified himself as a supporter and got some pictures of us under the big TRUMP letters. At that point a well dressed young man in a hipster-ish suit and glasses came up and got in the pictures with us.

    At this point the supporters outnumbered the protestors 4 to 2. The four of us talked for about 30 minutes. The young guy was an r/The_Donald type. He never heard of unz.com. Still lots of angry looks from pedestrians and traffic.

    On the walk back we got lots of thumbs-up from about 10 different White people. Pretty subdued J20 up here in Van.

    MAGA, brothers. It’s a great day.

  52. It seemed like this day would never get here. I had tears in my eyes as Trump said his oath, as bad as any Obama fangirl. I liked Trump’s speech, he stayed true to the guy he presented throughout the election – are we sure Stephen Miller didn’t have input? He also did a great job delivering it, probably the best I’ve seen him do yet. Both choirs displayed a notable lack of diversity, God was mentioned a lot, America was mentioned a lot, and the only blemish was that ass, Schumer. Melania looked fantastic but Mrs. Pence and her daughters could have used some tips from the Trump ladies. However, it is somewhat comforting that they look they could be living next door to me. Kellyanne’s dress was an odd choice. George W. looked like he was having a good time (as usual), Laura Bush looked great, and Carter moves well for a guy in his 90s. The Obamas looked sour, they couldn’t shut the door on their helicopter fast enough for me. All the Trump grandchildren are very cute, it’s nice to see his family included like that. I’ve never been so into a political candidate before, I really hope he will be able to carry out his agenda.

  53. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Antifa say ‘fascists are thugs’, but they act most thuggish and most ‘fascist’.

    I don’t recall Tea Party acting like this.

    Media and Academia instilled a kind of Open Season mentality among blacks and SJW’s.

    As only ‘rightist’ violence is vilified whereas black and ‘leftist’ kind is tolerated, even encouraged, there is brazen violence all around. And it isn’t condemned by the media.

    It’s like the trashing of the fraternity at UVA without any proof.

    • Replies: @Boomstick
    You'll notice that the media doesn't value MAGA hats in the same way they do hijabs. There's zero chance this will be reported as a hate crime.
    , @Jefferson
    The Black thug who pushed Lauren Southern wanted to beat her up. Now that's the real war on women.

    All Leftists will side with the Black thug over Lauren Southern because on the Left Blackness trumps feminism in the coalition of the fringes.
    , @Anonym
    That was some great footage of Spencer being punched. I'm sure it will prove very useful to dehumanize the enemy.
    , @Mick
    It was surreal seeing Richard Spencer trending on twitter. He certainly now has the fame and attention he so craved. Of course, now that he's famous, he has to be a lot more careful. It'll be a big let down if Trump doesn't crackdown on this leftist violence.
    , @unpc downunder
    This is a turf war mentality. Anti Trump protesters are signalling that urban streets are the exclusive property of yuppies, left-liberals, and minorities - nationalists, populists and conservatives from the burbs and wop wops are not welcome.
    , @Eric Novak
    Not much protection for Lauren. If I were assigned that job, the shover would be looking for his knocked-out teeth on the pavement with the eye not swollen shut.
    , @AnotherDad
    What I see in these "antifa"\leftist\queer\black protesters, is pure parasitism.

    They are not terribly productive people. They need the boring old white guys to survive--or at least to live insanely well as they do. I'd be happy to simply separate from them--let them do their stuff, while we do ours. Get out of each others hair. But that isn't what they want. They are parasites highly annoyed that the host is waking up and trying to get treatment.
  54. “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people…… At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.”

    The establishment sure won’t like those lines. VMI, General Marshall’s alma mater, looked good as the final unit of the parade. I believe the band was playing “Shenandoah”.

  55. we now have the hottest First Lady in the history of these United States!

  56. I’m not optimistic. I understand why he got elected.

    The best things I read about him were by Tucker Carlson and also this thing by Walter Russell Mead:

    (excerpt):

    “Trump appeals to all those who think that the American Establishment, the Great and the Good of both parties, has worked its way into a dead end of ideas that don’t work and values that can’t save us. He is the candidate of Control-Alt-Delete. His election would sweep away the smug generational certainties that Clinton embodies, the Boomer Progressive Synthesis that hasn’t solved the problems of the world or of the United States, but which nevertheless persists in regarding itself as the highest and only form of truth.

    “The interest groups and power centers that surround Secretary Clinton like a praetorian guard—Wall Street, the upper middle class feminists, the African American establishment, the Davoisie, the institutional power of the great foundations and educational bureaucracies, Silicon Valley, Hollywood—have defeated their intellectual and political rivals in their spheres of interest and influence. Supporting her is a massive agglomeration of power, intellect, wealth and talent. Her candidacy is the logical climax of the Baby Boom’s march through the institutions of American life. Even the neoconservatives are enlisting in her campaign.”

    see

    http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/05/23/the-meaning-of-mr-trump/

    for the full article.

  57. Donald Trump looked like a real boss as he was delivering his speech, not an empty suit like ordinary politicians.
    This smells like a Jacksonian regime change. Hopefully a new republic is born.

  58. I hope he is everything his enemies say he is and more. I guess that’s why their criticisms fall so flat. Way back during the primaries, Ted Cruz sent me a form-letter email begging for money. I replied to his email, “F*ck you. Viva Trump!”

    Viva Trump.

  59. Who says the speech was “not soaring”? It was not full of farts and helium – is that why it did not soar? It was truthful, direct, and hard-hitting – perhaps too hard-hitting for those raised on gas and bullshit and soaring prose that means nothing. It was brief, primarily because every word was measured and had meaning. Let the bubble heads in ivory towers and the talking heads on the airways drown themselves in crafty words and soaring talk to the point of choking – good riddance to them.

  60. @Dave Pinsen
    Kellyanne Conway and Melania Trump really nailed it with their outfits.

    Kellyanne Conway and Melania Trump really nailed it with their outfits.

    Melania’s jacket-and-dress with three-quarter sleeves and matching gloves strongly echoed the simple elegance of women’s fashions of the early 1960s. Without being a costume, it sent a reminder – intended or otherwise – of an earlier time when Americans were better dressed, had better manners and were generally on top of our game.

    I wondered if she, or her designer, was deliberately trying to evoke a subtle Jackie Kennedy vibe. It’s certainly not hard to picture Jackie in that outfit.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    I heard Melania's outfit described as a "coat dress", which was what it was. Pretty clever. Too cold for a regular dress, and if she wore a coat over one, it would have hid her curves. Instead, she stays warm and shows off her shape.

    And wears an American designer: Ralph Lauren.

    Agreed about the Jackie-like style. For all their gaudiness in interior decorating, the Trumps dress conservatively.
  61. Now comes the pudding, in which lies the proof.

    It’s up to us to hold President Trump to his promises, and to have his back as he works to put them into practice. This means that any time a congressman, appointee, judge, or Enemedia-Pravda organ opposes or obstructs the President’s actions to Make America Great again, we must barrage, besiege, and bury them with our letters, faxes, tweets, e-mails, and phone calls.

  62. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    I was on Pennsylvania Avenue today to see the Presidential procession. Froze my ass off and waited 6 hours as I held up a Trump flag that I had bought at a vendor outside the security checkpoint. It was sad to see nice parents from the Midwest with children being subjected to vile-looking protesters hold up the most obscene and vulgar signs and shouting disgusting things.

    All in all I’m glad I took the time to travel down from Boston to see this historic moment. I’m a huge fan of President Trump and wouldn’t have missed it for anything.

  63. In 1987 Richard Nixon sent a letter to Donald J. Trump telling him that if he ever decided to run for POTUS he would win.

    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/11/19/see-the-letter-richard-nixon-wrote-to-donald-trump-urging-him-to-run-for-political-office/

    And 30 years later that is exactly what happened.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    To be fair Tricky Dick covered his bases by saying that his wife said Trump would win.
    , @Olorin
    The art of the long game.
    , @SFG
    I wonder. It's entirely possible Trump was talking himself up to Nixon and Nixon decided to make him feel good.

    Or maybe Nixon knew an embryonic political genius when he saw one. Obviously, we will never know.
  64. Billy Boy Kristol set the tone for the next 8 years with his “America First is anti Semitic” rant. That an American president would say America First instead of Israel Uber Alles drove him into a conniption fit.

  65. Hillary Clinton looked absolutely moribund at the inauguration today. She still can’t get both her eyes pointed in the same direction, she still has that demented, clowns-on-acid-style rictus permanently plastered on her face, and she was still hobbling around and cackling like the granny in Looney Tunes. I don’t even want to imagine the reign of terror we’d be ushering in had she managed to steal the election. We didn’t just dodge a bullet, we dodged an apocalypse.

  66. Excellent. His inaugural address was true to the reasons I voted for him:

    1. Protect our industry and working citizens from cheap foreign labor.

    2. Enforce our borders.

    3. Avoid foreign entanglements.

    Summed up: America First.

    His speech was not pretty. His wife was pretty. She is better than Jackie Kennedy.

    I am very happy right now.

  67. For the youngest Blacks this was the first time they saw a White person being sworn in as POTUS on live television, because they were either too young to remember George W. Bush’s presidency or they were not even born yet. For them America was always run by Blacks until today.

  68. Trump didn’t give a bit of daylight to his opponents in his inauguration speech.

    That isn’t to say he isn’t doing that in less visible ways, but such is the nature of a complex system. But the theme is that we, Trump’s side whoever that may be and it is self-selecting, is all in on this and we intend to continue relentlessly forward, all that stuff wasn’t just campaign rhetoric.

    In other words, it is time for true change, not just America, but for the world and the likes of which we haven’t seen since 1989 at least.

    Wow, just wow. Quite the courageous inaugural speech, it would have been so easy to get up and be “unifying”, which is what Republican beautiful losers have been doing reflexively for a generation after purging Pat Buchanan.

    • Replies: @e
    Wow, just wow. Quite the courageous inaugural speech, it would have been so easy to get up and be “unifying”, which is what Republican beautiful losers have been doing reflexively for a generation after purging Pat Buchanan.

    Speaking of Pat, I scanned the networks all day yesterday, yet never saw Pat as a guest on any of the shows that purported to analyze the speech. Did anyone else?
  69. @Harry Baldwin
    I agree, absolutely. I am so sick and tired (as Hillary would say) of politicians like Obama with their soaring gassy feel-good rhetoric that means nothing. Even worse are the people who find it uplifting. Trump talks about concrete things. He speaks forcefully, like it or lump it. I was impressed that he excoriated the corrupt establishment even as its leaders were sitting directly behind him. Obama kept up a good front, but Slick willy looked stricken. Perhaps Bill was a little glum because no one's returning his fund raising calls for the Foundation.

    …Slick Willy looked stricken.

    He probably is stricken. The actor James Woods saw Bill Clinton in person at some event a few months ago and tweeted that he wasn’t going to make fun of him any more because he was obviously seriously ill. And, the Clinton dynasty is done. One year ago the bumper sticker NO MORE BUSHES NO MORE CLINTONS was just a dream. Now it’s reality.

    Hail the God-Emperor!

    • Replies: @Anonym
    And, the Clinton dynasty is done.

    To leave a dynasty, it helps to, you know, procreate. It is questionable whether Chelsea is even his, but even if she was his last name and y chromosome won't get passed on.

    The Bushes are regressing the mean faster than you can say guacamole. To create a dynasty, one does not marry the Mexican help.
  70. God protect and guide our President, Donald J Trump; and God bless the United States of America.

  71. @Harry Baldwin
    I agree, absolutely. I am so sick and tired (as Hillary would say) of politicians like Obama with their soaring gassy feel-good rhetoric that means nothing. Even worse are the people who find it uplifting. Trump talks about concrete things. He speaks forcefully, like it or lump it. I was impressed that he excoriated the corrupt establishment even as its leaders were sitting directly behind him. Obama kept up a good front, but Slick willy looked stricken. Perhaps Bill was a little glum because no one's returning his fund raising calls for the Foundation.

    Slick Willy’s look reminded me of the pictures of FDR from 1945, with the sunken eyes and drained vitality, approaching the end. Bubba did recover slightly as he walked through the Statuary Hall, so maybe he isn’t quite in the dead pool yet.

    • Replies: @anonguy

    Slick Willy’s look reminded me of the pictures of FDR from 1945, with the sunken eyes and drained vitality, approaching the end. Bubba did recover slightly as he walked through the Statuary Hall, so maybe he isn’t quite in the dead pool yet.
     
    That vegan diet has transformed him. Whether it actually makes him live longer is unknown, but from the looks of him, it certainly is making it seem longer.
    , @Bill Jones
    I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out that Soros had the same dead peasant insurance policies on the Clinton's that Walmart has on their employees.
  72. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    I think it’s time we call immigration ‘demographic imperialism’. It is really a globalist flood.

    I mean a little immigration can be handled. But the globalist volume is clearly on a scale that will displace native peoples and cultures. It can even qualify as ‘genocide’ by UN mandate.

    UN is seriously schizo. On the one hand, it opposes genocide that is defined as destruction of a people or culture in whole or in part.
    But then, it urges all nation to adopt open borders and allow endless influx of foreigners who will upset and destroy the native demographics and culture.

    So, UN urges genocide(by its own definition) in action while denouncing it in words.

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
    • Replies: @AnotherDad

    I think it’s time we call immigration ‘demographic imperialism’. It is really a globalist flood.

    I mean a little immigration can be handled. But the globalist volume is clearly on a scale that will displace native peoples and cultures. It can even qualify as ‘genocide’ by UN mandate.
     

    Super important point. You can't reach everyone with direct arguments about HBD or the unique people\culture of the West.

    But it ought to be possible to reach more people--pointing out that globalism when applied to immigration, means turning everyplace into everyplace else; putting everyone into a giant blender and hitting puree ... all in the name of "diversity"!

    When the marketing lies are brushed aside and people are confronted with the reality of what's being done, most people will--and do--find that revolting.

  73. I’m very confused by the condescending attitudes people commenting here have. What exactly do you want out of a President? Someone who almost certainly will dramatically decrease illegal immigration doesn’t do it for you?

    The comments lead me to believe most people who read this are the polling category the Trump team called “wannabe Elites”. Wanting someone who will cut immigration and thinking you are above someone who will actually do it is not a coherent position.

  74. My wife was listening to the address on the radio when she picked our daughter up from preschool today. The teacher, when buckling our kid into the car seat, was taken aback by the mere fact that a person would would befowl their ears by listening to such a thing. Apparently that makes you persona non grata in these parts….

    It was a great day.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    Do you pay extra for delivery? I mean, I've never heard of a teacher's personally putting a kid in the car.
  75. I stood up when the oath was administered. And I cried when President Trump gave his Inaugural Address.

    I’m an American and proud and happy and grateful to be one. Never thought I’d feel that way again.

    https://youtu.be/aYF__H4PSUA

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    That's a good one. I like the Buble too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEyfl_SR4E4
    , @Buzz Mohawk
    I must admit to having teary eyes a few times today.

    My wife brings it out in me. She, from a former communist country, became a citizen about the same time Melania Trump did. I'm watching our country through her eyes, and we both think this whole story is wonderful.
  76. Time to close the “Trump Wins” folder, and put it with the “Trump Campaign” folder. New folder is “Trump Rises,” lol.

    Executive actions ready to go as Trump prepares to take office

    The issue could set up a confrontation with Obama, who told reporters on Wednesday he would weigh in if he felt the new administration was unfairly targeting those immigrants.

    Mmmm, no. No confrontation. Hussein whining for a fawning media, and Trump hearing none of it, sure. But no confrontation.

    “We have a lot of smart people. I tell you what, one thing we’ve learned, we have by far the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever assembled,” Trump said.

    LOL.

    The list includes Adam Szubin, who has long served in an “acting” capacity in the Treasury Department’s top anti-terrorism job because his nomination has been held up by congressional Republicans since Obama named him to the job in April 2015.

    In other words, Congressional approval of Presidential nominees is meaningless? What can a confirmed cabinet pick do, that an unconfirmed one cannot?

  77. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Chris Mallory
    Billy Boy Kristol set the tone for the next 8 years with his "America First is anti Semitic" rant. That an American president would say America First instead of Israel Uber Alles drove him into a conniption fit.

    Does anyone care what Bill Kristol thinks?

    • Replies: @honesthughgrant

    Does anyone care what Bill Kristol thinks?
     
    Evidently, Robert Murdoch did, since he gave him a magazine and a regular TV slot on Fox news. Not to mention Sulzberger giving him a column in the NYT. Or various MSM outlets always asking him for a quote.

    But I agree, the man has been wrong about everything. Good thing he dislikes Trump.
  78. Off topic, but has anyone noticed the rapid rise of the phrase “urban privilege” over the last 18 months or so.

    Here’s a pretty interesting discussion forum on the topic:

    http://www.corvetteforum.com/forums/politics-religion-and-controversy/3684980-white-privilege-vs-urban-privilege.html

    The urban privilege meme could prove very problematic for rainbow alliance unity.

  79. It was pretty good and covered what I wanted to hear. It looked like he stayed on the message and didn’t go off the reservation the way he can do when he ad-libbed.
    But then, I got a NRO e-mail with George Will’s quickie analysis calling it the worst presidential inauguration speech in history. Now I really loved the speech. It must have been even more threatening to The Cathedral than I at first thought. Bravo Mr. President, the shiv must have struck home!

  80. @Kylie
    I stood up when the oath was administered. And I cried when President Trump gave his Inaugural Address.

    I'm an American and proud and happy and grateful to be one. Never thought I'd feel that way again.


    https://youtu.be/aYF__H4PSUA

    That’s a good one. I like the Buble too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEyfl_SR4E4

    • Replies: @Kylie
    Excellent. Thanks.

    I wonder how many people realize how difficult that song is to sing well.
  81. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Trump should go after Bezos because Bezos has turned the WaPo into a battering ram against Trump. Fair is fair. I want to see Bezos get what he deserves.

    • Replies: @utu
    "Trump should go after Bezos because..."

    I have a very long list of people who Trump should go after.

    Paul Ryan is on the top of the list. He is the worst snake and the worst garden variety Republican. Trump will fail if Ryan remains in the present position.

    Close to the bottom of the list are Clintons. Just to show people that there is some justice and that the bad deeds are punished.

    And also Obama. To undo his "legacy" and give the mortal blog to this identity politics BS. Puncture his puffed up ego. Bring up the things about him that were hidden for so long to the public view.


    And there is a list of people who must be protected. On the very top is Steve Bannon. Once he goes for whatever reason it will be a sign that things are back to the old normal. The end of Trump New Order even if Trump remains.

    , @Forbes
    Trump is better off ignoring the ankle biters. The MSM is running on fumes--there's no reason to draw attention (eyeballs, clickbait) to the WaPo and its ilk.
    , @Olorin
    Trump Nation could help with that by killing their use of Amazon along with their cable TV, Hollywood downloads on Netflix, big-corporation book publishing, and MSM IV of poison.
  82. I was glad that he won, and I wish him well…he has a helluva job ahead of him. But does it make me a bad person that this makes me snicker?

    https://youtu.be/avcyqp_10Yk

    • Replies: @Daniel H
    Is that precious in the video a man or woman? The left is so estrogenized that one can't even be sure.
  83. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    It’s hilarious that these Proglodytes denounce ‘fascist thugs’ but act like Nazis who did Kristallnacht.

    Soros and his gang. Globallnacht.

    Cultural Revolution had Red Guards.

    Global Revolution has Red Tards.

    They don’t even believe in anything anymore. No discernible ideology except to hate and smash whatever in the name of ‘justice’ which has become so ‘fluid’.

    They are like zombies that just must eat human flesh. Just must.

    Today’s progs have no core ideology or vision. All that is left is the basic-mechanism of having to oppose something.
    The instinct is alive but the ideology is dead.
    They got the drive but no map.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Do these anarchists ever get any serious jail time, or do they just get a slap on the wrists? I wonder how much they'd enjoy setting fires and breaking windows if the price was 3 - 5 in the pen.
  84. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Symptoms of American mental illness:

    –Steroid using mlb players heading toward Hall of Fame according to sports writer voting trends.

    –Public willing to reelect the Clinton Mafia. Only stopped by the electoral college.

    –Lip syncing now the norm in live performance.

    –Near universal consensus that Melania is the great beauty of Trumpland and not Ivanka.

    The bottom line is America loves plastic people. Phony is the new sincerity.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "–Public willing to reelect the Clinton Mafia. Only stopped by the electoral college."

    Another symptom of American illness is that so many people in this country violently riot because they want to see the status quo (Clinton Mafia) remain in power. They are foot soldiers for The New World Order.
  85. @Anon
    Antifa say 'fascists are thugs', but they act most thuggish and most 'fascist'.

    I don't recall Tea Party acting like this.

    Media and Academia instilled a kind of Open Season mentality among blacks and SJW's.

    As only 'rightist' violence is vilified whereas black and 'leftist' kind is tolerated, even encouraged, there is brazen violence all around. And it isn't condemned by the media.

    It's like the trashing of the fraternity at UVA without any proof.

    https://twitter.com/MrTrunney/status/822580347409932290

    https://twitter.com/Timcast/status/822571433180151812

    https://twitter.com/AJVicens/status/822559461562781698

    You’ll notice that the media doesn’t value MAGA hats in the same way they do hijabs. There’s zero chance this will be reported as a hate crime.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Regarding Spencer getting punched.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7S0uAph_fo
  86. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Trump doesn’t take much advice from his inner circle or anyone else. No one close to him actually shares his views. Even Bannon is more moderate than Trump.

    Great news!

  87. @Kylie
    I stood up when the oath was administered. And I cried when President Trump gave his Inaugural Address.

    I'm an American and proud and happy and grateful to be one. Never thought I'd feel that way again.


    https://youtu.be/aYF__H4PSUA

    I must admit to having teary eyes a few times today.

    My wife brings it out in me. She, from a former communist country, became a citizen about the same time Melania Trump did. I’m watching our country through her eyes, and we both think this whole story is wonderful.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Except we have to give communism credit for saving Eastern Europe from Decadent-Capitalism that brought forth Open Borders, Feminism, Diversity Mania, Homomania, hedonism, materialism, and etc.

    Communism was bad, but its focus on the basic themes of life --- work, bread, and justice --- actually favored humanism and nationalism. Also, communism was hard, so it actually favored masculine men. After all, it was about the Working Class, men with sickle and hammer.

    Given what is happening to EU right now, I wish the Soviets had taken ALL of Europe. Sweden would not be some homo-nut-house run by feminists who invite in tons of Africans and Muslims. Given what is happening in Germany, I wish East Germany had swallowed West Germany than other way around.

    The nutjobs who are going around smashing things are closer to anarchists -- or anal-kissts since they are into homomania -- , and communists hated them more than they hated capitalists. No wonder Stalin told communists to fight anarchists more than Franco in Spain. Anarchists were making a mess of everything, just destroying just to destroy. Communism was about getting rid of old order to create a new order.
    Anarchism is an insatiable need to just keep on attacking and destroying.

  88. @anon
    I wanna see someone deported TODAY. And all that stuff that he was going to sign on day 1. Has he signed anything yet?

    More specifically, arresting some wealthy white European for overstaying their Visa for a single day would be a nice touch. Just to send the message that the laws will be enforced. Just *announcing* a low will be enforced is a powerful message.

    And then put his Justice Dept. guy on the Chicago report. Unlike Baltimore, Chicago didn't sign anything. The DOJ clearly rushed the report to get it out before Obama departed.

    I wanna see someone deported TODAY.


    Winning! Mexicans Begin Self Deporting Before Trump Inauguration

  89. @Anonymous
    Trump should go after Bezos because Bezos has turned the WaPo into a battering ram against Trump. Fair is fair. I want to see Bezos get what he deserves.

    “Trump should go after Bezos because…”

    I have a very long list of people who Trump should go after.

    Paul Ryan is on the top of the list. He is the worst snake and the worst garden variety Republican. Trump will fail if Ryan remains in the present position.

    Close to the bottom of the list are Clintons. Just to show people that there is some justice and that the bad deeds are punished.

    And also Obama. To undo his “legacy” and give the mortal blog to this identity politics BS. Puncture his puffed up ego. Bring up the things about him that were hidden for so long to the public view.

    And there is a list of people who must be protected. On the very top is Steve Bannon. Once he goes for whatever reason it will be a sign that things are back to the old normal. The end of Trump New Order even if Trump remains.

  90. @James Braxton
    Trump articulated a clear vision (America First) and discussed concrete things he plans to accomplish.

    I thought it was beautiful in its directness and simplicity.

    The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn't "soaring." Something tells me they never worked in a factory and probably don't know anyone who does.

    Right after the speech ended, they pulled back on the camera zoom, showing some of the dignitaries sitting behind Trump. Obama had a contemptuous smirk on his face: “Ugh, I’m glad that’s over with.”

    I remember that, on this day eight years ago, the weather in my town was dark and stormy – a portent of the rough seas into which we were about to sail on the good ship Obama Valdez. On this day four years ago, I contracted food poisoning and vomited up my entire lunch at the very moment that the Messiah was delivering his second inaugural address.

    Today was a lovely day. Morning in America, indeed.

    I spent today as I did yesterday, trying unsuccessfully to resolve a personal business matter. I didn’t even get to watch the swearing-in live. But I could almost feel it as it was happening, as one feels a shift in the wind.

    (That’s an old cliche, but it fits.)

  91. @Rapparee
    Seeing old jokes about Donald Trump in books and TV comedies from the '80s reminds me of the scene in Back the the Future in which Marty tries unsuccessfully to convince 1955 Doc that Ronald Reagan will someday become President: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR5BfQ4rEqQ#t=2m04s . The next four years may go very well or very badly, but today is at least humourously unexpected.

    Also interesting: President Trump was a close friend of the late Roy Cohn. If you squint hard enough, The Donald's triumph over the Washington establishment feels a bit like the weird posthumous revenge of equally-pugnacious Senator Joe McCarthy.

    I also have the very vague sense that at least some of his enemies inside the beltway are a little embarrassed about how they treated him, and are grudgingly glad that someone is finally pushing back against an ideology that they knew deep-down was getting to be insane and hysterical. Can't put my finger on hard evidence for this, though.

    They all know deep down it was an unsustainable looting that had to end someday and at some level are relieved that it is over and someone connected to reality is back in charge.

    • Replies: @Opinionator
    Interesting comment. I agree with the awareness part. We'll see about the relief.
  92. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Single most amazing thing about Trump is his ability to continually wear the disapproval expression on his face (conrners of mouth down, furrowed brow) without being perceived by the onlooker as a bitchy downer neghead type. This expression is kryptonite for all other pols.

    I knew he would win the first time I saw his Twitter avatar pic.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    You think that's the most amazing thing about Trump?
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Michelle has Resting Bitch Face, but Trump has Resting Sonuvabitch Face.
  93. @Ivy
    Slick Willy's look reminded me of the pictures of FDR from 1945, with the sunken eyes and drained vitality, approaching the end. Bubba did recover slightly as he walked through the Statuary Hall, so maybe he isn't quite in the dead pool yet.

    Slick Willy’s look reminded me of the pictures of FDR from 1945, with the sunken eyes and drained vitality, approaching the end. Bubba did recover slightly as he walked through the Statuary Hall, so maybe he isn’t quite in the dead pool yet.

    That vegan diet has transformed him. Whether it actually makes him live longer is unknown, but from the looks of him, it certainly is making it seem longer.

  94. @Ali Choudhury
    That was a rather belligerent inauguration speech, I was expecting something a little more sunnier and Reaganesque.

    >>>That was a rather belligerent inauguration speech, I was expecting something a little more sunnier and Reaganesque.

    All that sunny Reaganism degenerated into Cuckservatism, which at best represented 30 years of lost opportunity but more correctly a catastrophe. No thanks. In fact, I would have appreciated more doom and gloom with some blood, sweat and tears thrown in, because no matter how much good (or less harm) Trump does, the times are dire and we may already be doomed.

  95. @epebble
    Going by the inaugural address, the central themes seem to be economic nationalism, protectionism and a "Fortress America" foreign policy. I see fewer foreign entanglements, except, may be, some heavy hitting on the ISIS; may be with help from Russia. Putin may agree to it, if U.S. agrees to vacate involvement in the Middle East. He will very gladly agree and do a lot more if Trump pulls off his manifesto to make NATO obsolete.

    China and other Asia policies are more confusing since economic protectionism will override any other interests. That will be confusing to the likes of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan etc.,

    Very interesting times indeed. This may well be a bloodless revolution.

    Very interesting times indeed. This may well be a bloodless revolution.

    Yep. Just too bad the term “Orange Revolution” is already taken!

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Yep. Just too bad the term “Orange Revolution” is already taken!"

    You are not orange from living in Israel for so long?
    , @Anonym
    Yep. Just too bad the term “Orange Revolution” is already taken!

    Trump certainly got rid of the Bush dynasty like Agent Orange. Seeing the Trump ascendency was enough to put 41 in hospital! Hopefully he will be like Agent Orange to the rest of the swamp. If Ben Garrison is reading, you know what to do.

    http://m.seattlepi.com/news/george_h_w_bush/article/George-H-W-Bush-hospitalized-in-Houston-10864539.php
    , @Mr. Anon
    "Yep. Just too bad the term “Orange Revolution” is already taken!"

    That's good.
  96. @Sam Patch
    My wife was listening to the address on the radio when she picked our daughter up from preschool today. The teacher, when buckling our kid into the car seat, was taken aback by the mere fact that a person would would befowl their ears by listening to such a thing. Apparently that makes you persona non grata in these parts....

    It was a great day.

    Do you pay extra for delivery? I mean, I’ve never heard of a teacher’s personally putting a kid in the car.

    • Replies: @FPD72
    When I visit my daughter, who lives over a thousand miles away, I will often help her by picking up my first grade grandson at the private school he attends. The parents line up in cars and when they pull up to the door the kids are brought to and put into the cars by staff. The school serves a large geographical area and walking to school is not an option for most of the families.
  97. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Re Billy Jeff looking ill: there is a pic at daily mail of him shaking Melania’s hand at the luncheon and he is beaming and looking 10 years younger…

  98. Breitbart

    America First’: President Donald Trump Brings the Rain in Inauguration Address

    Kate Bush – Cloudbusting

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pllRW9wETzw

  99. @Tom-in-VA
    I was glad that he won, and I wish him well...he has a helluva job ahead of him. But does it make me a bad person that this makes me snicker?

    https://youtu.be/avcyqp_10Yk

    Is that precious in the video a man or woman? The left is so estrogenized that one can’t even be sure.

  100. @jtgw
    I admit I was waiting for some eleventh-hour crisis to instigate martial law, or perhaps an assassination. Can't quite believe he's actually President now.

    I guarantee this isn’t Whiskers.

    Testing99 never admits to any error at all.

    I know what’s going on though. EvilNeocon is not wrong or wildly delysional. Barack Obama did not lose the election to Mitt Romney and barricade himself in the White House while declaring martial law because he is on a speedboat about to invade Spain.

  101. @Jefferson
    "2. Melania Trump is really, really good-looking."

    Melania is the most attractive First Lady since Jackie-O.

    Mrs. JFK is over-rated. Her face was too broad. She’s a little cute but not really pretty at all. It’s a toss-up between her and Mrs. Nixon with, for my taste, a slight edge for Mrs. Nixon.

    http://images.politico.com/global/2014/02/14/20140214wartimepat.jpg

    Melania was smokin’ hot when she first met the President. Nowadays too much makeup, but she toned it down for that blue suit and looked good.

    • Replies: @Kylie
    Apparently Jackie photographed better than she looked in real life. She did have a dewy, wide-eyed look that served her well into her 30's.

    I simply adored Pat Nixon. Not only did she have a lovely face with great bone structure, she also had natural grace and dignity. A true lady.
    , @anonguy

    She’s a little cute but not really pretty at all.
     
    I never got the Jackie Oh! stuff.
  102. How does one reconcile Trump’s power to the people rhetoric with his nomination of a Goldman Sachs person as Treasury Sec?

    He can’t possibly be worse than Hillary, but I suspect he’ll be less different from her than he implied in his speech.

    • Replies: @jtgw
    People do put too much emphasis on rhetoric, whether in praising or criticizing Trump (or anyone else). His opponents have done their best to portray his speech as undiluted bigotry and hate, though the only group I can possibly see being offended is the general political establishment. But I think you're right that his supporters are getting high on his citizenist-sounding language and may be disappointed when reality hits. I guess we'll see.
  103. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    No wonder the GLOB wanted Hillary to win.

    They didn’t want Proglodytes to mess up their posh cities.

    Keep up the good work, Proggies. Go wild in NY and Chicago and SF and Seattle and etc.

    https://twitter.com/eladsinned/status/822618471343226880

  104. @e
    First time in my lifetime I've heard an inaugural speech lambasting every pol in dc, including those of his own party. First time I've heard an inaugural speech that didn't stray dishonestly from what the candidate repeatedly said on the stump.

    He remained ballsy. He remained stalwart.

    I would rather he had not over-promised, yet knowing the techniques he laid out in The Art of the Deal and having followed Scott Adams' analyses of how to persuade and realizing Trump won when no one gave him a chance, perhaps I should be glad he did.

    Well done, Donald.

    Oh, and one other thing--as a woman, I can only say, "Wow," to Melania's style and elegance. I'd imagine no matter what you men thought of Trump's speech, you found no fault with her!

    “Oh, and one other thing–as a woman, I can only say, ‘Wow,’ to Melania’s style and elegance.”

    Mercy, yes. She’s not only a beautiful woman who wears clothes beautifully, she moves very gracefully. Even more impressive, she is that rarity: a person who has mastered the art of stillness.

    I also admired how she seemed engaged with the proceedings while remaining quietly in the background.

    Meanwhile, Michelle Obama looked like a sullen, upended sofa.

    • Replies: @Anon
    She looks good, yes, but she's just a bimbo. I mean let's face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.
    , @e
    Even more impressive, she is that rarity: a person who has mastered the art of stillness.

    Astute observation.
  105. @Anonymous
    Trump should go after Bezos because Bezos has turned the WaPo into a battering ram against Trump. Fair is fair. I want to see Bezos get what he deserves.

    Trump is better off ignoring the ankle biters. The MSM is running on fumes–there’s no reason to draw attention (eyeballs, clickbait) to the WaPo and its ilk.

    • Replies: @CK
    You go after Amazon. It is vulnerable on at minimum 5 different federal laws.
    Amazon is the subsidizer of WAPO. Take away the subsidy and WAPO becomes a negative value proposition.
  106. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Buzz Mohawk
    I must admit to having teary eyes a few times today.

    My wife brings it out in me. She, from a former communist country, became a citizen about the same time Melania Trump did. I'm watching our country through her eyes, and we both think this whole story is wonderful.

    Except we have to give communism credit for saving Eastern Europe from Decadent-Capitalism that brought forth Open Borders, Feminism, Diversity Mania, Homomania, hedonism, materialism, and etc.

    Communism was bad, but its focus on the basic themes of life — work, bread, and justice — actually favored humanism and nationalism. Also, communism was hard, so it actually favored masculine men. After all, it was about the Working Class, men with sickle and hammer.

    Given what is happening to EU right now, I wish the Soviets had taken ALL of Europe. Sweden would not be some homo-nut-house run by feminists who invite in tons of Africans and Muslims. Given what is happening in Germany, I wish East Germany had swallowed West Germany than other way around.

    The nutjobs who are going around smashing things are closer to anarchists — or anal-kissts since they are into homomania — , and communists hated them more than they hated capitalists. No wonder Stalin told communists to fight anarchists more than Franco in Spain. Anarchists were making a mess of everything, just destroying just to destroy. Communism was about getting rid of old order to create a new order.
    Anarchism is an insatiable need to just keep on attacking and destroying.

    • Replies: @anon
    Another interesting thought: Much of what Jesus taught is not very different from communism/socialism; at least if you squint hard enough. The Kibbutzes of Israel are really communist enterprises done right. Jesus was a Jew, if I may add.
    , @Jefferson
    "Except we have to give communism credit for saving Eastern Europe from Decadent-Capitalism that brought forth Open Borders, Feminism, Diversity Mania, Homomania, hedonism, materialism, and etc."

    The Communist Party USA supports both same sex marriage and open borders. But keep spinning and trying to convince yourself that Communism is a Right Wing ideology. Here in ultra-Liberal Left Wing San Francisco everybody and their mama owns a Che Guevara t-shirt.
    , @neon2
    Entirely agree with you. I have lived in Europe low these forty years now and I have watched it collapse into a worse and more hopelessly effeminate mess than even, say, California.
    I only knew hope when I visited Dresden some fifteen years and noted with wonder and delight that its people were celebrating their past in every imaginable way - from rebuilding their ruined churches to re-invigorating their traditional trades.
    I rather like Stalin these days, and for all the reasons you mention. It was the clver and devious Trotskyites who made Western and American progressivism what it was and, as neo-conservatism, is. Stalin was more akin to a Fascist, and we all know that their Europe would never have evolved into the calamitous mess that the anti-Fascist one now is.
    And in any case Stalin led in the end to Putin who, with Trump, will now restore the world.
  107. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Kylie
    "Oh, and one other thing–as a woman, I can only say, 'Wow,' to Melania’s style and elegance."

    Mercy, yes. She's not only a beautiful woman who wears clothes beautifully, she moves very gracefully. Even more impressive, she is that rarity: a person who has mastered the art of stillness.

    I also admired how she seemed engaged with the proceedings while remaining quietly in the background.

    Meanwhile, Michelle Obama looked like a sullen, upended sofa.

    She looks good, yes, but she’s just a bimbo. I mean let’s face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    • Replies: @Kylie
    I don't think Melania is just a bimbo. Like Trump, she's no intellectual but I suspect we'll find she's a pretty sharp cookie. Not as bright as Jackie but certainly not as dim as Michelle.
    , @Anonym
    She looks good, yes, but she’s just a bimbo. I mean let’s face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    It's probably a better policy to marry the best looking girl in Mensa than the smartest model you can find (the files are in the computer, Derek!). The sex is likely more enjoyable if they are the Victoria's Secret variety though.
    , @Daniel H
    >>She looks good, yes, but she’s just a bimbo. I mean let’s face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    And what's wrong with that?
    , @Thea
    She has good social skills and won't embarrass him. That has to count as intelligence.
    , @Bill Jones
    How many bimbo's speak five languages?
  108. @Dan Hayes
    Steve,

    Reading the speech in the Daily Mail I think it should be christened "The Two Steves' Speech - Bannon & Miller".

    You forgot the most important Steve of all.

    Douthat knows.

    Our Mithrandir.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6wE2W3ag1g

  109. @Seth Largo
    Given its history, "America First" probably wasn't the wisest choice, but I'm continually shocked by the number of people who spit venom at the principle that America's president should look out for Americans rather than the other 6.5 billion people.

    What common ground exists between those who find this a basic starting point of politics and those who think it's literally Nazism?

    “Given its history, “America First” probably wasn’t the wisest choice,…….”

    You mean, “given the history of certain people’s associations with the term”. Frankly, I don’t care about their associations. “America First” is a perfectly sensible and moral policy for the President of “America”.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Agree. In its day, "America First" was a perfectly reasonable stance regarding the war in Europe, with the pointless carnage of WW I still fresh in everyone's minds. Now that we have retconned WW II into the WW (((J))), "America First" has to be seen as anti-Semitic.
  110. @International Jew

    Very interesting times indeed. This may well be a bloodless revolution.
     
    Yep. Just too bad the term "Orange Revolution" is already taken!

    “Yep. Just too bad the term “Orange Revolution” is already taken!”

    You are not orange from living in Israel for so long?

  111. @Rapparee
    Seeing old jokes about Donald Trump in books and TV comedies from the '80s reminds me of the scene in Back the the Future in which Marty tries unsuccessfully to convince 1955 Doc that Ronald Reagan will someday become President: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR5BfQ4rEqQ#t=2m04s . The next four years may go very well or very badly, but today is at least humourously unexpected.

    Also interesting: President Trump was a close friend of the late Roy Cohn. If you squint hard enough, The Donald's triumph over the Washington establishment feels a bit like the weird posthumous revenge of equally-pugnacious Senator Joe McCarthy.

    I also have the very vague sense that at least some of his enemies inside the beltway are a little embarrassed about how they treated him, and are grudgingly glad that someone is finally pushing back against an ideology that they knew deep-down was getting to be insane and hysterical. Can't put my finger on hard evidence for this, though.

    We have a long way to go. Trump has plenty of time.

    Reagan was on shaky ground politically until maybe a year before the ’84 election.

    Clinton was written off as a lame duck after the ’94 midterms. It wasn’t until Newt stumbled with the government shutdown (late ’95/early ’96) that his numbers starting showing signs of life.

    Bush the Son’s approval rating fell below 50 percent a year before ’04.

    (Bush the Father suffered a humiliating defeat in the ’91 off-year election, when Dick Thornburgh lost the Pennsylvania governor’s race. The same week, he said that the recession was over – a remark that haunted him for the rest of his presidency.)

    Obama wasn’t looking so hot a year before his re-election.

  112. @Ali Choudhury
    That was a rather belligerent inauguration speech, I was expecting something a little more sunnier and Reaganesque.

    “That was a rather belligerent inauguration speech, I was expecting something a little more sunnier and Reaganesque.”

    Yeah, it was great, wasn’t it. We don’t need sunny and Reaganesque.

  113. @Frau Katze
    Best wishes to President Trump and America from Victoria, BC. Even from here I feel I've got one over on the whiney SJWs I spent too much time with.

    Related: I read the strangest article and only an American could answer.

    https://medium.com/the-u-s-digital-service/youll-never-be-the-same-again-dc5b16b84ba9#.1cdy95fc5

    It's by Mike Dickerson, the Google man who left to fix the Obamacare website. He's quitting today. That's seem odd to me. Tech workers aren't political appointees (I've worked for both the federal and BC provincial government and only political appointees must leave when the government changes). Maybe it's not the same in the US? Or is he leaving in protest?

    Even stranger is that the article is a patriotic call for tech workers to help not just the federal govt, but all levels. He makes it sound like there is a desperate need.

    This astonishes me. It's not like that in Canada: the various levels of govt seem to be functioning smoothly as far as tech work goes. No huge project like the computerized part of Obamacare has been a public failure. Why?

    I have two theories: people would rather work in Silicon Valley than for any govt, and Canada just doesn't offer the same opportunities. And few Canadians seem interested in moving to the US.

    The other theory is that the civil service is clogged with useless diversity hires.

    Any comments?

    Even in the private sector, most complex web sites suck.

  114. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Boomstick
    You'll notice that the media doesn't value MAGA hats in the same way they do hijabs. There's zero chance this will be reported as a hate crime.

    Regarding Spencer getting punched.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7S0uAph_fo

  115. @International Jew

    Very interesting times indeed. This may well be a bloodless revolution.
     
    Yep. Just too bad the term "Orange Revolution" is already taken!

    Yep. Just too bad the term “Orange Revolution” is already taken!

    Trump certainly got rid of the Bush dynasty like Agent Orange. Seeing the Trump ascendency was enough to put 41 in hospital! Hopefully he will be like Agent Orange to the rest of the swamp. If Ben Garrison is reading, you know what to do.

    http://m.seattlepi.com/news/george_h_w_bush/article/George-H-W-Bush-hospitalized-in-Houston-10864539.php

  116. @Desiderius
    That's a good one. I like the Buble too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEyfl_SR4E4

    Excellent. Thanks.

    I wonder how many people realize how difficult that song is to sing well.

  117. @Anon
    Does anyone care what Bill Kristol thinks?

    Does anyone care what Bill Kristol thinks?

    Evidently, Robert Murdoch did, since he gave him a magazine and a regular TV slot on Fox news. Not to mention Sulzberger giving him a column in the NYT. Or various MSM outlets always asking him for a quote.

    But I agree, the man has been wrong about everything. Good thing he dislikes Trump.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Evidently, Robert Murdoch did, since he gave him a magazine and a regular TV slot on Fox news."

    Bill Kristol has disappeared from Fox News.

  118. Today at work our latina janitor and several other white women with clerical type jobs were watcing Trump’s speech streamed on the latina’s phone in one of the break rooms. I joined in to see what the reaction would be. There was widespread dislike of Trump as a person among the group. But there was also widespread agreement with all the stuff Trump was saying. And a lot of “yeah, we’ll believe it when we see it”. All agreed loudly when he said about getting people off welfare and back to work. Everyone agreed loudly when he said hire american, then a few looked nervously at the latina who was like “what are you looking at me for…im american…”. One woman said she was happy to have immigrants come, as long as they did it the right way and followed the law “like all our ancestors did”.

    I got the sense they had never heard Trump in his own words before, other than the TV soundbytes designed to make him look bad. Civic nationalism seemed to go over very well. Encouraging. I would like to see honest approval polling about this speech, but, well, you know.

  119. @Anon
    She looks good, yes, but she's just a bimbo. I mean let's face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    I don’t think Melania is just a bimbo. Like Trump, she’s no intellectual but I suspect we’ll find she’s a pretty sharp cookie. Not as bright as Jackie but certainly not as dim as Michelle.

    • Replies: @Anon
    "she’s a pretty sharp cookie"

    If you got the looks, you only need to 'look smart'.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    What is the evidence that Jackie was bright?
  120. @honesthughgrant
    Lord Bill Kristol seems be offended by the how nouveau riche the whole thing was:

    "Trump’s inaugural address was boastful, huffy, ungracious...the most demagogic inaugural address in our history."

    "I'll be unembarrassedly old-fashioned here: It is profoundly depressing and vulgar to hear an American president proclaim "America First."

    Thank God, Kristol disagrees with Trump. He's an almost perfect negative indicator. Given his track record, if Kristol likes it, watch out.

    As opposed to Bush Jr’s 2nd “yearning to breathe free” address, which was close to insane. Trump should take Kristol’s disgust as a badge of honor.

  121. @Jefferson
    In 1987 Richard Nixon sent a letter to Donald J. Trump telling him that if he ever decided to run for POTUS he would win.
    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/11/19/see-the-letter-richard-nixon-wrote-to-donald-trump-urging-him-to-run-for-political-office/

    And 30 years later that is exactly what happened.

    To be fair Tricky Dick covered his bases by saying that his wife said Trump would win.

  122. @International Jew

    Very interesting times indeed. This may well be a bloodless revolution.
     
    Yep. Just too bad the term "Orange Revolution" is already taken!

    “Yep. Just too bad the term “Orange Revolution” is already taken!”

    That’s good.

  123. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anonymous
    Single most amazing thing about Trump is his ability to continually wear the disapproval expression on his face (conrners of mouth down, furrowed brow) without being perceived by the onlooker as a bitchy downer neghead type. This expression is kryptonite for all other pols.

    I knew he would win the first time I saw his Twitter avatar pic.

    You think that’s the most amazing thing about Trump?

  124. @War for Blair Mountain
    Gee Wiz Steve

    My comments d0n't seem to be able to make into the comment feed...must be those GOD DAM GREMLINS AGAIN!!!!

    Doncha know, it’s the Russians! That Vlad the Bad guy at it again.

  125. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Kylie
    I don't think Melania is just a bimbo. Like Trump, she's no intellectual but I suspect we'll find she's a pretty sharp cookie. Not as bright as Jackie but certainly not as dim as Michelle.

    “she’s a pretty sharp cookie”

    If you got the looks, you only need to ‘look smart’.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "If you got the looks, you only need to ‘look smart’."

    Melania Trump speaks 5 languages. How many languages do you speak?

    , @Kylie
    "If you got the looks, you only need to ‘look smart’."

    No, if you got the looks, it's easier to look good. Looking smart is easier said than done.
    , @Pericles
    Well, I wonder if Jackie O ever figured out she was getting cuckqueaned (sic) left and right as JFK plowed his way through the secretaries, spies, bureaucrats and actresses. Counter-Camelot, if you will.

    According to Wikipedia, where Jackie is referred to as "Kennedy Onassis" (was that really her name?), Jackie got a BA in French art, while Melania did a university year in Design and Photography before moving on. I don't see a big diff there. Michelle Obama of course beats them both with her Princeton degree.

  126. @James Braxton
    Trump articulated a clear vision (America First) and discussed concrete things he plans to accomplish.

    I thought it was beautiful in its directness and simplicity.

    The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn't "soaring." Something tells me they never worked in a factory and probably don't know anyone who does.

    “The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn’t “soaring.””

    I can’t stand what constitutes “soaring rhetoric” in modern America. All that empty vainglorious garbage about “My vision for America” (as if the President were an Old Testament Prophet), or “Building a Bridge to” or “Ushering in” the future, or any such idiocy.

    • Replies: @BB753
    Soaring rhetoric in America is another word for grandiose B. S., the kind of empty speeches people drool on, such as MLK's " I have a dream", or Obama's "Yes, we can!". Jesse Jackson used to be very good at improvising pure B. S., negro preacher-style speeches.
  127. Nine–nine!–hours of President Trump now, and still no roundups of Jews, no lynchings, no concentration camps, no nuclear war. This isn’t how i was told it was going to be. What the hell is going on?

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory

    Nine–nine!–hours of President Trump now, and still no roundups of Jews, no lynchings, no concentration camps, no nuclear war. This isn’t how i was told it was going to be. What the hell is going on?

     

    The sun'll come out
    Tomorrow
    So ya gotta hang on
    'til tomorrow
    Come what may
    Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
    , @Mr. Anon
    "Nine–nine!–hours of President Trump now, and still no roundups of Jews, no lynchings, no concentration camps, no nuclear war. This isn’t how i was told it was going to be. What the hell is going on?"

    I'm still waiting for the Oceans to stop rising, which President Obama assured us happened on November 4th, 2008.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    The Cossacks (DJT Division) will be at your house before sunset.
  128. @Anon
    Antifa say 'fascists are thugs', but they act most thuggish and most 'fascist'.

    I don't recall Tea Party acting like this.

    Media and Academia instilled a kind of Open Season mentality among blacks and SJW's.

    As only 'rightist' violence is vilified whereas black and 'leftist' kind is tolerated, even encouraged, there is brazen violence all around. And it isn't condemned by the media.

    It's like the trashing of the fraternity at UVA without any proof.

    https://twitter.com/MrTrunney/status/822580347409932290

    https://twitter.com/Timcast/status/822571433180151812

    https://twitter.com/AJVicens/status/822559461562781698

    The Black thug who pushed Lauren Southern wanted to beat her up. Now that’s the real war on women.

    All Leftists will side with the Black thug over Lauren Southern because on the Left Blackness trumps feminism in the coalition of the fringes.

  129. @honesthughgrant

    Does anyone care what Bill Kristol thinks?
     
    Evidently, Robert Murdoch did, since he gave him a magazine and a regular TV slot on Fox news. Not to mention Sulzberger giving him a column in the NYT. Or various MSM outlets always asking him for a quote.

    But I agree, the man has been wrong about everything. Good thing he dislikes Trump.

    “Evidently, Robert Murdoch did, since he gave him a magazine and a regular TV slot on Fox news.”

    Bill Kristol has disappeared from Fox News.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Tucker Carlson, the only regular on Fox who defended Trump and his agenda from the get-go, has seen his star rise. I've seen less of George Will, but not as little as I'd like to. I wouldn't mind hearing nothing from him or Jonah Goldberg ever again.
  130. @CJ
    ...Slick Willy looked stricken.

    He probably is stricken. The actor James Woods saw Bill Clinton in person at some event a few months ago and tweeted that he wasn't going to make fun of him any more because he was obviously seriously ill. And, the Clinton dynasty is done. One year ago the bumper sticker NO MORE BUSHES NO MORE CLINTONS was just a dream. Now it's reality.

    Hail the God-Emperor!

    And, the Clinton dynasty is done.

    To leave a dynasty, it helps to, you know, procreate. It is questionable whether Chelsea is even his, but even if she was his last name and y chromosome won’t get passed on.

    The Bushes are regressing the mean faster than you can say guacamole. To create a dynasty, one does not marry the Mexican help.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "And, the Clinton dynasty is done.

    To leave a dynasty, it helps to, you know, procreate. It is questionable whether Chelsea is even his, but even if she was his last name and y chromosome won’t get passed on.

    The Bushes are regressing the mean faster than you can say guacamole. To create a dynasty, one does not marry the Mexican help."

    There are rumors that Chelsea Clinton will run for either senator or congresswoman in 2018.
  131. so reportedly over 200 people have been arrested in DC, some (most? all?) for felony rioting. Yeah. That’s my town.

  132. @Anon
    Antifa say 'fascists are thugs', but they act most thuggish and most 'fascist'.

    I don't recall Tea Party acting like this.

    Media and Academia instilled a kind of Open Season mentality among blacks and SJW's.

    As only 'rightist' violence is vilified whereas black and 'leftist' kind is tolerated, even encouraged, there is brazen violence all around. And it isn't condemned by the media.

    It's like the trashing of the fraternity at UVA without any proof.

    https://twitter.com/MrTrunney/status/822580347409932290

    https://twitter.com/Timcast/status/822571433180151812

    https://twitter.com/AJVicens/status/822559461562781698

    That was some great footage of Spencer being punched. I’m sure it will prove very useful to dehumanize the enemy.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    It was Gavin MacInnes who was exchanging blows with the crowd outside the National Press Club. Didn't see Spencer. I was there.
  133. I am delighted. I never thought I’d see this day. I figured Obama would act like a typical African Big Man and declare himself dictator for life. Glad to be proven wrong.

    • Replies: @Anonym
    I am delighted. I never thought I’d see this day. I figured Obama would act like a typical African Big Man and declare himself dictator for life. Glad to be proven wrong.

    Obama is more Steve Urkel than Mugabe. He wouldn't have the stones for it.

    I thought the speech was very good. I'm guessing Miller wrote a lot of it. It's about what I expected. It sets the tone, the expectations. I am more interested in what is going to be accomplished in the first 100 days, and especially the first week. Trump is a man of action though, and I don't expect to be disappointed.
  134. @honesthughgrant
    Lord Bill Kristol seems be offended by the how nouveau riche the whole thing was:

    "Trump’s inaugural address was boastful, huffy, ungracious...the most demagogic inaugural address in our history."

    "I'll be unembarrassedly old-fashioned here: It is profoundly depressing and vulgar to hear an American president proclaim "America First."

    Thank God, Kristol disagrees with Trump. He's an almost perfect negative indicator. Given his track record, if Kristol likes it, watch out.

    Yeah, I forgot how bat-shit crazy Bush II’s inaugural address was. Talk about messianic:

    We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

    America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this Earth has rights and dignity and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of heaven and Earth. Across the generations, we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now, it is the urgent requirement of our Nation’s security and the calling of our time.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    It was a sermon, not an address.

    Dude missed his calling.
    , @utu
    "We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world."

    Translation: More wars
    , @anon
    One very welcome thing about Trump's speech was the complete lack of any reference to 'freedom' or 'liberty'. He knows these words don't fill bellies and focused entirely on economic nationalism as the raison d'être for the existence of a nation and government. When voters had good jobs and incomes, soaring rhetoric like "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship" sound poetic. But when the rust belt workers are dying of meth and opioids due to idleness and poverty, 'freedom' and 'liberty' rhetoric can take back seat for a while.
  135. @Anonymous
    Symptoms of American mental illness:

    --Steroid using mlb players heading toward Hall of Fame according to sports writer voting trends.

    --Public willing to reelect the Clinton Mafia. Only stopped by the electoral college.

    --Lip syncing now the norm in live performance.

    --Near universal consensus that Melania is the great beauty of Trumpland and not Ivanka.

    The bottom line is America loves plastic people. Phony is the new sincerity.

    “–Public willing to reelect the Clinton Mafia. Only stopped by the electoral college.”

    Another symptom of American illness is that so many people in this country violently riot because they want to see the status quo (Clinton Mafia) remain in power. They are foot soldiers for The New World Order.

  136. @Anon
    She looks good, yes, but she's just a bimbo. I mean let's face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    She looks good, yes, but she’s just a bimbo. I mean let’s face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    It’s probably a better policy to marry the best looking girl in Mensa than the smartest model you can find (the files are in the computer, Derek!). The sex is likely more enjoyable if they are the Victoria’s Secret variety though.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    As policy goes, it's smarter to marry a hot young model than 47-year old Sheryl Sandberg.
  137. @AnotherDad
    Nine--nine!--hours of President Trump now, and still no roundups of Jews, no lynchings, no concentration camps, no nuclear war. This isn't how i was told it was going to be. What the hell is going on?

    Nine–nine!–hours of President Trump now, and still no roundups of Jews, no lynchings, no concentration camps, no nuclear war. This isn’t how i was told it was going to be. What the hell is going on?

    The sun’ll come out
    Tomorrow
    So ya gotta hang on
    ’til tomorrow
    Come what may
    Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    I have a gay nephew (nice guy, too). Today his mother, my sister-in-law, called my wife in great agitation because she'd found out the White House’s LGBT rights page has disappeared from its website. She was distraught. What will happen to her son? When I heard about this, I asked my wife of what significance was the White House’s LGBT rights page to the safety of our nephew?

    BTW, the Climate Change page has disappeared as well.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4141976/New-WH-website-doesn-t-climate-change-LGBT-rights.html

    Progress!
  138. @honesthughgrant
    Yeah, I forgot how bat-shit crazy Bush II's inaugural address was. Talk about messianic:

    We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

    America's vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this Earth has rights and dignity and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of heaven and Earth. Across the generations, we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now, it is the urgent requirement of our Nation's security and the calling of our time.
     

    It was a sermon, not an address.

    Dude missed his calling.

  139. @Whiskey
    I am delighted. I never thought I'd see this day. I figured Obama would act like a typical African Big Man and declare himself dictator for life. Glad to be proven wrong.

    I am delighted. I never thought I’d see this day. I figured Obama would act like a typical African Big Man and declare himself dictator for life. Glad to be proven wrong.

    Obama is more Steve Urkel than Mugabe. He wouldn’t have the stones for it.

    I thought the speech was very good. I’m guessing Miller wrote a lot of it. It’s about what I expected. It sets the tone, the expectations. I am more interested in what is going to be accomplished in the first 100 days, and especially the first week. Trump is a man of action though, and I don’t expect to be disappointed.

  140. @Anon
    "she’s a pretty sharp cookie"

    If you got the looks, you only need to 'look smart'.

    “If you got the looks, you only need to ‘look smart’.”

    Melania Trump speaks 5 languages. How many languages do you speak?

    • Replies: @Anon
    "Melania Trump speaks 5 languages. How many languages do you speak?"

    The only one that matters:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rajXrf_Dzfw
  141. I guarantee this isn’t Whiskers.

    Testing99 never admits to any error at all.

    I know what’s going on though. EvilNeocon is not wrong or wildly delysional. Barack Obama did not lose the election to Mitt Romney and barricade himself in the White House while declaring martial law because he is on a speedboat about to invade Spain.

    If Whis admitted his errors, he’d never have time for anything else.

    Even in the private sector, most complex web sites suck.

    I’m continually astounded at the shitty quality of IT product. Soooooooooo many shitty websites. I’m talking sites where I go to pay my bills, here.

    And once they get a site working, some genius in management decides it’s time for a “makeover.”

  142. @Anonym
    And, the Clinton dynasty is done.

    To leave a dynasty, it helps to, you know, procreate. It is questionable whether Chelsea is even his, but even if she was his last name and y chromosome won't get passed on.

    The Bushes are regressing the mean faster than you can say guacamole. To create a dynasty, one does not marry the Mexican help.

    “And, the Clinton dynasty is done.

    To leave a dynasty, it helps to, you know, procreate. It is questionable whether Chelsea is even his, but even if she was his last name and y chromosome won’t get passed on.

    The Bushes are regressing the mean faster than you can say guacamole. To create a dynasty, one does not marry the Mexican help.”

    There are rumors that Chelsea Clinton will run for either senator or congresswoman in 2018.

    • Replies: @Anonym
    There are rumors that Chelsea Clinton will run for either senator or congresswoman in 2018.

    Maybe so. Whatever the children regres to in ability, there will be some who are above that level, and that is one of the benefits to having multiple children. The other attribute in a political family that one might want to develop is people skills. Only children are not known for them.
    , @FactsAreImportant

    There are rumors that Chelsea Clinton will run for either senator or congresswoman in 2018.
     
    Republicans are on their knees right now praying:

    "Please, please, please, let Chelsea run for Congress and Hillary run for governor of New York."

    "Please let the Clinton women be the public face of the Democratic Party for decades to come."

    "Please let the Clinton women push aside any young talent in the Democratic Party and leave up-and-coming Democrats to wither in their shadow."

    "Please instill in all Democrats the fervent belief that Hillary deserves another nomination for President because she was robbed in 2016."

  143. Also encouraging is the facebook/comment section reaction to videos of the antifa smashing stuff in DC, tons of normies are saying shoot them all…

  144. We will resist

    Richard Spencer got knocked out today

    Bash the fash is our motto

    We aren’t going to stop until all you racists are beaten bloody

    This is war. You started it. We will finish it

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Richard Spencer got knocked out today"

    Richard Spencer never fell to the ground so he didn't get knocked out. Punching someone in the face does not always automatically = knockout.

    "Bash the fash is our motto

    We aren’t going to stop until all you racists are beaten bloody

    This is war. You started it. We will finish it"

    Tiny Duck I bet Trump supporter Caitlyn Jenner can whoop your ass.

    , @Anon
    All the pre-diabetic fat rolls covering the knuckles of SJWs make this not a particularly intimidating prospect.

    Who would you rather side with in a streetfight, an SEC baseball team (99% trumpers, from my experience)

    Or a bunch of dorito stained SJWs with blue hair and a full body pillow they like to rub their micro on while they try to forget about what their stepdad did to them, and how much they liked it?
  145. Even you,Great Helmsman,doubted our beloved Leader. Me?Never. And Obama didn’t write that damn book!

  146. @honesthughgrant
    Yeah, I forgot how bat-shit crazy Bush II's inaugural address was. Talk about messianic:

    We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

    America's vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this Earth has rights and dignity and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of heaven and Earth. Across the generations, we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now, it is the urgent requirement of our Nation's security and the calling of our time.
     

    “We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.”

    Translation: More wars

  147. Trump may succeed in office, he may not, but what he has done is clear the path for voices that weren’t allowed to be heard over the last twenty five years. They tyranny of the left has been abated, for now.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    Between his election and his inauguration, Donald Trump has done more for America (saving jobs, deflecting illegals, reorienting foreign policy, normalizing citizenism) than Obama did in eight years--correction--than Obama and Hillary did in their entire lives.

    My vote for Trump has already paid off. Whatever Trump does from here on out is gravy.
  148. @Anon
    "she’s a pretty sharp cookie"

    If you got the looks, you only need to 'look smart'.

    “If you got the looks, you only need to ‘look smart’.”

    No, if you got the looks, it’s easier to look good. Looking smart is easier said than done.

  149. @Jefferson
    This is how I feel about Donald J. Trump being sworn in as POTUS today.
    https://youtu.be/6bWyhj7siEY

    Don’t be surprised if you hear from Josephine Livingstone ’bout this.

  150. @Chrisnonymous
    Mrs. JFK is over-rated. Her face was too broad. She's a little cute but not really pretty at all. It's a toss-up between her and Mrs. Nixon with, for my taste, a slight edge for Mrs. Nixon.

    http://images.politico.com/global/2014/02/14/20140214wartimepat.jpg

    Melania was smokin' hot when she first met the President. Nowadays too much makeup, but she toned it down for that blue suit and looked good.

    Apparently Jackie photographed better than she looked in real life. She did have a dewy, wide-eyed look that served her well into her 30′s.

    I simply adored Pat Nixon. Not only did she have a lovely face with great bone structure, she also had natural grace and dignity. A true lady.

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein

    I simply adored Pat Nixon. Not only did she have a lovely face with great bone structure, she also had natural grace and dignity. A true lady.
     
    Unfortunately I cannot share the widespread appreciation for Pat Nixon's beauty. She's a dead ringer for my paternal grandmother, and the creep factor is just too much.
    , @Ivy
    Ladies and gentlemen used to be terms in wider use, and the decline has been sad. My mom was a lady, and her generation had a lot of them. The younger generations not so much.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Jackie's eyes were unusually widely spaced. It gave her an unusual look. For an artist, the rule of thumb is that you allow the width of one eye between the two eyes. Hers are noticeably farther apart than that.
  151. @Anon
    She looks good, yes, but she's just a bimbo. I mean let's face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    >>She looks good, yes, but she’s just a bimbo. I mean let’s face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    And what’s wrong with that?

    • Replies: @Opinionator
    She has a good heart.
    , @anonguy

    And what’s wrong with that?
     
    Trophy wife is an epithet used to express sour grapes by those who wish to have or to be a trophy wife, as far as I can figure.
  152. @Lot
    Proud to be an American. Eyes got a little watery. Tiffany is awfully cute. It was good to see the Carters are still mobile.

    I noticed that Bob Dole doesn’t appear to be mobile. Couldn’t stand up, anyway.

  153. Steve, was that a dog whistle to those who edit your entry on Infogalactic to update it?

  154. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anonym
    That was some great footage of Spencer being punched. I'm sure it will prove very useful to dehumanize the enemy.

    It was Gavin MacInnes who was exchanging blows with the crowd outside the National Press Club. Didn’t see Spencer. I was there.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Is there video on that? From reading his book, I know that MacInnes was in a lot of fist fights in his younger years and he's pretty solidly built. I hope he acquitted himself well.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Found video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9j3YiNa8Tc
  155. @Chrisnonymous
    Mrs. JFK is over-rated. Her face was too broad. She's a little cute but not really pretty at all. It's a toss-up between her and Mrs. Nixon with, for my taste, a slight edge for Mrs. Nixon.

    http://images.politico.com/global/2014/02/14/20140214wartimepat.jpg

    Melania was smokin' hot when she first met the President. Nowadays too much makeup, but she toned it down for that blue suit and looked good.

    She’s a little cute but not really pretty at all.

    I never got the Jackie Oh! stuff.

  156. Wonderful, wonderful speech. A huge Fuck You to the Elites, the Media the Politicians and the other tools of the State.

    A real pricking of the bubble that these clowns live in and a recognition of reality for the bulk of the productive who actually create America’s wealth.

    Superb

    • Replies: @Clyde

    Wonderful, wonderful speech. A huge Fuck You to the Elites, the Media the Politicians and the other tools of the State.
     
    Not wimping out! Another good sign are his Cabinet picks. All are big government skeptics who want to reign in their Department and reduce the number of trough feeders. Just look at the guy heading EPA, Scott Pruitt. He is making libs heads explode. The EPA has been running a scam for years with lawyer led eco-NGOs. The EPA tells them what regulations are ripe to sue over. EPA will then cave in and the liberal Orgs who sue get money out of the deal.
    DJT is almost 70 so he needs to conserve his energies. So appointing people who agree with him and who will kick lib ass is important. Then they take care of business for Trump and the American people.
  157. @Kylie
    Apparently Jackie photographed better than she looked in real life. She did have a dewy, wide-eyed look that served her well into her 30's.

    I simply adored Pat Nixon. Not only did she have a lovely face with great bone structure, she also had natural grace and dignity. A true lady.

    I simply adored Pat Nixon. Not only did she have a lovely face with great bone structure, she also had natural grace and dignity. A true lady.

    Unfortunately I cannot share the widespread appreciation for Pat Nixon’s beauty. She’s a dead ringer for my paternal grandmother, and the creep factor is just too much.

  158. @Anon
    It's hilarious that these Proglodytes denounce 'fascist thugs' but act like Nazis who did Kristallnacht.

    Soros and his gang. Globallnacht.

    Cultural Revolution had Red Guards.

    Global Revolution has Red Tards.

    They don't even believe in anything anymore. No discernible ideology except to hate and smash whatever in the name of 'justice' which has become so 'fluid'.

    They are like zombies that just must eat human flesh. Just must.

    Today's progs have no core ideology or vision. All that is left is the basic-mechanism of having to oppose something.
    The instinct is alive but the ideology is dead.
    They got the drive but no map.

    Do these anarchists ever get any serious jail time, or do they just get a slap on the wrists? I wonder how much they’d enjoy setting fires and breaking windows if the price was 3 – 5 in the pen.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Maybe it's time to extend Hate Crime Laws to include Creed.

    Antifa(cts) get to act like this cuz their violence and thuggery isn't labeled as 'hate'.

    Even with the black bullies who attacked the retarded white guy in Chicago, it took some time for it to be labeled as 'hate'.

    As long as the other side wants to play games with hate-ology, we should expand the meaning of 'hate' to go after these scum.

    Hatred of Rights of Private Property.

    Hatred of Individual Conscience and Creed. Attacking people simply because you disagree with them.

    We need to start this as an intellectual movement.

    That would make Spencer a victim of a Hate Crime since he was attacked for his Conviction, Creed, and Conscience.

    Proglodytes hate property, individual conscience, and differences of views.

    Their 'hate crimes' must be punished hard.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "I wonder how much they’d enjoy setting fires and breaking windows if the price was 3 – 5 in the pen."

    Indeed even a year in a county lock-up might get their mind right. I imagine that D.C.'s jails are..............vibrant.
  159. @Anonymous
    Single most amazing thing about Trump is his ability to continually wear the disapproval expression on his face (conrners of mouth down, furrowed brow) without being perceived by the onlooker as a bitchy downer neghead type. This expression is kryptonite for all other pols.

    I knew he would win the first time I saw his Twitter avatar pic.

    Michelle has Resting Bitch Face, but Trump has Resting Sonuvabitch Face.

  160. @Kylie
    Apparently Jackie photographed better than she looked in real life. She did have a dewy, wide-eyed look that served her well into her 30's.

    I simply adored Pat Nixon. Not only did she have a lovely face with great bone structure, she also had natural grace and dignity. A true lady.

    Ladies and gentlemen used to be terms in wider use, and the decline has been sad. My mom was a lady, and her generation had a lot of them. The younger generations not so much.

  161. @Mr. Anon
    "Given its history, “America First” probably wasn’t the wisest choice,......."

    You mean, "given the history of certain people's associations with the term". Frankly, I don't care about their associations. "America First" is a perfectly sensible and moral policy for the President of "America".

    Agree. In its day, “America First” was a perfectly reasonable stance regarding the war in Europe, with the pointless carnage of WW I still fresh in everyone’s minds. Now that we have retconned WW II into the WW (((J))), “America First” has to be seen as anti-Semitic.

  162. @Pat Casey
    I listened to Fox News for about an hour after Trump was sworn in. Everyone seemed impressed and that wasn't from the crowd that gloats, like Hannity. One of them made the good point that Bernie Sanders could have said much of what Trump said. Krauthammer was the most strident, and said Trump is serious about overturning the entire post-war consensus, that is post WWII. Then I think it was Brit Hume who said, well, Trump is using the bully pulpit and this is how he negotiates.

    My opinion is Trump's speech couldn't have been better. It wasn't even perfectly long.

    BTW Steve, Tucker Carlson picked up the subject of your Great Moments in Self-Awareness post and him and Brit Hume had a good laugh about it last night.

    I thought Hume to be much more on target than Dr. K.

    BTW, I love Tucker Carlson.

  163. @Jefferson
    "Evidently, Robert Murdoch did, since he gave him a magazine and a regular TV slot on Fox news."

    Bill Kristol has disappeared from Fox News.

    Tucker Carlson, the only regular on Fox who defended Trump and his agenda from the get-go, has seen his star rise. I’ve seen less of George Will, but not as little as I’d like to. I wouldn’t mind hearing nothing from him or Jonah Goldberg ever again.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Tucker Carlson, the only regular on Fox who defended Trump and his agenda from the get-go,"

    Tucker Carlson is far from the only Fox News regular who has defended Donald J. Trump and his agenda from the get-go.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "Tucker Carlson, the only regular on Fox who defended Trump and his agenda from the get-go, has seen his star rise."

    Carlson has not been the most supportive of Trump; that would be Sean Hannity. But Carlson is the guy who probably best understands the meaning of Trump. He's smarter than Hannity, so it's not surprising.

    "I’ve seen less of George Will, but not as little as I’d like to. I wouldn’t mind hearing nothing from him or Jonah Goldberg ever again."

    Agreed. It would not trouble me in the least to never hear from either of them again.
  164. @Kylie
    "Oh, and one other thing–as a woman, I can only say, 'Wow,' to Melania’s style and elegance."

    Mercy, yes. She's not only a beautiful woman who wears clothes beautifully, she moves very gracefully. Even more impressive, she is that rarity: a person who has mastered the art of stillness.

    I also admired how she seemed engaged with the proceedings while remaining quietly in the background.

    Meanwhile, Michelle Obama looked like a sullen, upended sofa.

    Even more impressive, she is that rarity: a person who has mastered the art of stillness.

    Astute observation.

  165. @Harry Baldwin
    Tucker Carlson, the only regular on Fox who defended Trump and his agenda from the get-go, has seen his star rise. I've seen less of George Will, but not as little as I'd like to. I wouldn't mind hearing nothing from him or Jonah Goldberg ever again.

    “Tucker Carlson, the only regular on Fox who defended Trump and his agenda from the get-go,”

    Tucker Carlson is far from the only Fox News regular who has defended Donald J. Trump and his agenda from the get-go.

  166. @Chris Mallory

    Nine–nine!–hours of President Trump now, and still no roundups of Jews, no lynchings, no concentration camps, no nuclear war. This isn’t how i was told it was going to be. What the hell is going on?

     

    The sun'll come out
    Tomorrow
    So ya gotta hang on
    'til tomorrow
    Come what may
    Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

    I have a gay nephew (nice guy, too). Today his mother, my sister-in-law, called my wife in great agitation because she’d found out the White House’s LGBT rights page has disappeared from its website. She was distraught. What will happen to her son? When I heard about this, I asked my wife of what significance was the White House’s LGBT rights page to the safety of our nephew?

    BTW, the Climate Change page has disappeared as well.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4141976/New-WH-website-doesn-t-climate-change-LGBT-rights.html

    Progress!

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    That's fake news.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/lets-calm-down-about-pages-disappearing-from-the-white-house?utm_term=.stegzMEKv#.dmmM80KAe

    Yes, I just linked buzzfeed for a correction. Stopped clock, etc...
  167. @Anonymous
    It was Gavin MacInnes who was exchanging blows with the crowd outside the National Press Club. Didn't see Spencer. I was there.

    Is there video on that? From reading his book, I know that MacInnes was in a lot of fist fights in his younger years and he’s pretty solidly built. I hope he acquitted himself well.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Is there video on that? From reading his book, I know that MacInnes was in a lot of fist fights in his younger years and he’s pretty solidly built. I hope he acquitted himself well."

    When you are an alcoholic Scotsman you are bound to get into a lot of bar fights.
  168. @Bill Jones
    Wonderful, wonderful speech. A huge Fuck You to the Elites, the Media the Politicians and the other tools of the State.

    A real pricking of the bubble that these clowns live in and a recognition of reality for the bulk of the productive who actually create America's wealth.

    Superb

    Wonderful, wonderful speech. A huge Fuck You to the Elites, the Media the Politicians and the other tools of the State.

    Not wimping out! Another good sign are his Cabinet picks. All are big government skeptics who want to reign in their Department and reduce the number of trough feeders. Just look at the guy heading EPA, Scott Pruitt. He is making libs heads explode. The EPA has been running a scam for years with lawyer led eco-NGOs. The EPA tells them what regulations are ripe to sue over. EPA will then cave in and the liberal Orgs who sue get money out of the deal.
    DJT is almost 70 so he needs to conserve his energies. So appointing people who agree with him and who will kick lib ass is important. Then they take care of business for Trump and the American people.

    • Replies: @anonguy

    DJT is almost 70 so he needs to conserve his energies. So appointing people who agree with him and who will kick lib ass is important. Then they take care of business for Trump and the American people.
     
    Dude, he is appointing guys who want revenge.

    The significance of his first two appointees, Kelly and Mattis, should not be overlooked. Both are guys who should have been Commandant of the Marine Corps but were purged by Obama.

    The media has totally missed this of course, but nearly all Marines, current or former, get the significance of the appointees as well as the timing of signing their commissions, very first thing he did in office.

    As the saying goes, the Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand.

    The inauguration address was basically a short, direct battlefield speech to the troops that the fighting has only just begun.
  169. @Tiny Duck
    We will resist

    Richard Spencer got knocked out today

    Bash the fash is our motto

    We aren't going to stop until all you racists are beaten bloody

    This is war. You started it. We will finish it

    “Richard Spencer got knocked out today”

    Richard Spencer never fell to the ground so he didn’t get knocked out. Punching someone in the face does not always automatically = knockout.

    “Bash the fash is our motto

    We aren’t going to stop until all you racists are beaten bloody

    This is war. You started it. We will finish it”

    Tiny Duck I bet Trump supporter Caitlyn Jenner can whoop your ass.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    I'll bet a bottle of Speyside Tiny IS Caitlyn Jenner.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    Who's Caitlyn Jenner?

    Oh, you mean Bruce Jenner!

    It occurs to me that the fact that English uses French loan words to distinguish name changes is problematic for transgendered people.

    Née = woman's birth name
    Né = man's birth name

    In French, the adjective has to agree with the noun in gender. But the birth name of a transgender is the opposite gender, requiring the genderbender to bend the gender rules of grammar as well and use an inaccurate and thus confusing form or to admit that he/she did actually used to be a man/woman.

    I guess another way to look at it is that if "née" can be used in gender-neutral names, it can use it with its name and just deny the existence of anything.

    Caitlyn née Bruce Jenner.
  170. @Anonymous
    It was Gavin MacInnes who was exchanging blows with the crowd outside the National Press Club. Didn't see Spencer. I was there.

    Found video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9j3YiNa8Tc

    • Replies: @BB753
    There's more GavinMcInnes

    https://youtu.be/A6H777FDXWY
    , @Whoever
    That was pathetic. Just schoolyard shoving. If that was the spat McInnes was describing in the video BB753 linked, then he should be ashamed of himself for telling such a whopper.
    Oh, and notice that guy behind McInnes trying to light a cigarette and put out a match. Pathetic squared.
  171. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Jefferson
    "If you got the looks, you only need to ‘look smart’."

    Melania Trump speaks 5 languages. How many languages do you speak?

    “Melania Trump speaks 5 languages. How many languages do you speak?”

    The only one that matters:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rajXrf_Dzfw

  172. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Kennedy:

    “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge–and more.”

    But prior to the Post WW 2 view, Americans were wary about foreign entanglements. Our engagement in WW 1 was largely a failure. The America First Committee was primarily opposed to intervention in Europe.

    The AFC was established on September 4, 1940, by Yale Law School student R. Douglas Stuart (son of R. Douglas Stuart, co-founder of Quaker Oats), along with other students, including future President Gerald Ford, future Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver, and future U.S. Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart. Future President John F. Kennedy contributed $100, along with a note saying “What you all are doing is vital.” At its peak, America First claimed 800,000 dues-paying members in 450 chapters, located mostly in a 300-mile radius of Chicago.

    By the time of the Vietnam War, the notion of “paying any price” was wearing thin. After all, we had won WW 2. We had laid the groundwork for Europe to defend itself against the expansionism of the USSR. We won. Vietnam was so unpopular that it appeared that we were back to a world of America First. Since ‘pay any price’ then included drafting my sorry ass and shipping it to Vietnam, I found the stirring rhetoric of Kennedy a lot less convincing.

    Trump:

    “At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

    From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”

    Someone commented that ‘America First’ had, perhaps, too much baggage. But rather than simply appearing to be on the wrong side of history, it was simply bad timing. In fact, one is left to believe that the movement consisted only of Charles Lindbergh, some Cripto Nazis, and a bunch of self centered, rich WASPS.

    The beauty is that Trump doesn’t need to solve the three body problem. The two big things are simply *not* doing thing. Fighting wars in which we have no strategic dog in the hunt, and not ignoring immigration laws.

    As far as reviving American industry? There is low hanging fruit. “Obama files WTO complaint over Chinese aluminum subsidies.” His last week in office. This has been going on for years. And it involves China’s use of dirty, high sulphur coal to generate the electricity. That train’s left the station: http://www.voanews.com/a/historic-aluminum-smelting-industry-in-rapid-decline-in-us/3201868.html But it could come back with enough attention.

    This is the part that hit home with me. “without a thought”

    “with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.”

    Along with the thoughtlessness and carelessness of our foreign policy. It’s bad enough to be wrong. But to provoke Russia without a thought? Because of Pussy Riot?

    We aren’t gong to become Luddites, but there is enough low hanging fruit to make a difference. And instead of years, demand a resolution in weeks. The American market is the largest and most desirable in the world. Don’t just give it away. American Citizenship is valuable. Don’t just give it away.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    "Someone commented that ‘America First’ had, perhaps, too much baggage."

    It was contrived after the fact baggage. The American people would have been, and would be today, much better off ignoring other people's conflicts.
  173. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Harry Baldwin
    Do these anarchists ever get any serious jail time, or do they just get a slap on the wrists? I wonder how much they'd enjoy setting fires and breaking windows if the price was 3 - 5 in the pen.

    Maybe it’s time to extend Hate Crime Laws to include Creed.

    Antifa(cts) get to act like this cuz their violence and thuggery isn’t labeled as ‘hate’.

    Even with the black bullies who attacked the retarded white guy in Chicago, it took some time for it to be labeled as ‘hate’.

    As long as the other side wants to play games with hate-ology, we should expand the meaning of ‘hate’ to go after these scum.

    Hatred of Rights of Private Property.

    Hatred of Individual Conscience and Creed. Attacking people simply because you disagree with them.

    We need to start this as an intellectual movement.

    That would make Spencer a victim of a Hate Crime since he was attacked for his Conviction, Creed, and Conscience.

    Proglodytes hate property, individual conscience, and differences of views.

    Their ‘hate crimes’ must be punished hard.

  174. @AnotherDad
    Nine--nine!--hours of President Trump now, and still no roundups of Jews, no lynchings, no concentration camps, no nuclear war. This isn't how i was told it was going to be. What the hell is going on?

    “Nine–nine!–hours of President Trump now, and still no roundups of Jews, no lynchings, no concentration camps, no nuclear war. This isn’t how i was told it was going to be. What the hell is going on?”

    I’m still waiting for the Oceans to stop rising, which President Obama assured us happened on November 4th, 2008.

  175. @SteveO

    Kellyanne Conway and Melania Trump really nailed it with their outfits.
     
    Melania's jacket-and-dress with three-quarter sleeves and matching gloves strongly echoed the simple elegance of women's fashions of the early 1960s. Without being a costume, it sent a reminder - intended or otherwise - of an earlier time when Americans were better dressed, had better manners and were generally on top of our game.

    I wondered if she, or her designer, was deliberately trying to evoke a subtle Jackie Kennedy vibe. It's certainly not hard to picture Jackie in that outfit.

    I heard Melania’s outfit described as a “coat dress”, which was what it was. Pretty clever. Too cold for a regular dress, and if she wore a coat over one, it would have hid her curves. Instead, she stays warm and shows off her shape.

    And wears an American designer: Ralph Lauren.

    Agreed about the Jackie-like style. For all their gaudiness in interior decorating, the Trumps dress conservatively.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    I heard Melania’s outfit described as a “coat dress”, which was what it was.
     
    It did appear to be chosen for warmth, but it looked great as well.
    , @AnotherDad
    Dave i'm with your comments on Melania's outfit--who knew you did fashion too!

    But Kellyanne Conway? I'm sorry, just stupid and kitschy--and super expensive. This was female "look at me!" on steroids on what's supposed to be Trump and his supporters day.
  176. @Harry Baldwin
    Do these anarchists ever get any serious jail time, or do they just get a slap on the wrists? I wonder how much they'd enjoy setting fires and breaking windows if the price was 3 - 5 in the pen.

    “I wonder how much they’d enjoy setting fires and breaking windows if the price was 3 – 5 in the pen.”

    Indeed even a year in a county lock-up might get their mind right. I imagine that D.C.’s jails are…………..vibrant.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Indeed even a year in a county lock-up might get their mind right. I imagine that D.C.’s jails are…………..vibrant."

    Vibrant you got that right. No Left Winger at The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Mother Jones, or the Atlanta Black Star for example will ever write an article about the unbearable Whiteness of America's jails and prisons.
  177. @Opinionator
    Surreal. Simply surreal.

    Please elaborate.

    I could not imagine watching my father become the President of the United States in front of me at twelve years old. Can you?

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    I thought the same.

    It takes the legs out of the "Who made you the boss of me?" argument, dontcha think?

  178. @Harry Baldwin
    Is there video on that? From reading his book, I know that MacInnes was in a lot of fist fights in his younger years and he's pretty solidly built. I hope he acquitted himself well.

    “Is there video on that? From reading his book, I know that MacInnes was in a lot of fist fights in his younger years and he’s pretty solidly built. I hope he acquitted himself well.”

    When you are an alcoholic Scotsman you are bound to get into a lot of bar fights.

  179. @The Z Blog
    I'm going to steal a line from John Rivers. It's nice to have a First lady again, rather than a First Power Forward.

    There's no telling what Trump will be as president, but his record thus far suggests it is a bad idea to bet against him. The thing I'm enjoying thus far is he has a sense of history. By that I mean he watched the blob gobble up Reagan and then the Republican majority in the 90's. He seems to have studied Reagan. Trump is not the same politicians, but he is not trying to be anyone but himself, which is a nice change, as well.

    Criticizing Michelle for her appearance is mean spirited. Granted, lefties fell over themselves to lavish praise on her for it, but there’s a tactful middle ground. Michelle has done well for herself given the hand she was dealt. She didn’t get fat, and she dressed and behaved well in public for 8 years, with the exception of two minor candid, tactless comments that bookended her tenure.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Kylie
    http://www.gistus.com/gs-c/uploads/2013/11/michelle-obama-shorts.jpg
    , @The Z Blog

    Criticizing Michelle for her appearance is mean spirited.
     
    You can find this one in my ZFG file.
  180. @Harry Baldwin
    I have a gay nephew (nice guy, too). Today his mother, my sister-in-law, called my wife in great agitation because she'd found out the White House’s LGBT rights page has disappeared from its website. She was distraught. What will happen to her son? When I heard about this, I asked my wife of what significance was the White House’s LGBT rights page to the safety of our nephew?

    BTW, the Climate Change page has disappeared as well.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4141976/New-WH-website-doesn-t-climate-change-LGBT-rights.html

    Progress!

    That’s fake news.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/lets-calm-down-about-pages-disappearing-from-the-white-house?utm_term=.stegzMEKv#.dmmM80KAe

    Yes, I just linked buzzfeed for a correction. Stopped clock, etc…

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Thanks, I'll have to tell my sister-in-law that. But then she'll just find something else to get the vapors over.
  181. @Seth Largo
    Given its history, "America First" probably wasn't the wisest choice, but I'm continually shocked by the number of people who spit venom at the principle that America's president should look out for Americans rather than the other 6.5 billion people.

    What common ground exists between those who find this a basic starting point of politics and those who think it's literally Nazism?

    What common ground exists between those who find this a basic starting point of politics and those who think it’s literally Nazism?

    Not much—although those who believe Trump is an actual vector for American Nazism are probably few in number. The cynical others who keep making dark allusions to Hitler are finding diminishing returns.

  182. One surprise from today: Barack Obama giving a speech from Andrews Air Force Base. How inappropriate. I can’t remember another former POTUS giving a speech immediately after his successor was sworn in.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Yeah, I though we already heard his farewell speech. He just can't pass up an opportunity to bestow his uplifting eloquence upon us, can he? How's he going to command those six-figure speaking fees if he keeps giving it away for free? The only thing I respect W Bush for is that he mostly shut up after leaving office.

    But then, last August, at a private fund-raiser, W slammed Trump for his policies of "isolationism, nativism and protectionism." It must have pained him to have to sit and listen to Trump promote those policies at his inauguration today.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "One surprise from today: Barack Obama giving a speech from Andrews Air Force Base. How inappropriate. I can’t remember another former POTUS giving a speech immediately after his successor was sworn in."

    That probably is a first. B.O. is endlessly fascinated by himself. The title of his soon to be published ghost-written "auto"-biography ought to be "Let's Talk About Me". He just has to be the bride at every wedding, and the widow at every funeral.
    , @Buck Turgidson
    I was watching that speech and my thought was good grief, does this bloviator never shut his friggin mouth? SHUT UP already, obozo, get on the plane and get the hell out of here. SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP. We don't want any more of your friggin speeches. Was the gist of this 'speech' that don't worry my fellow America-destroying communists, we'll be back! I don't think so. This guy has proceeded over the destruction of the dnc communist party, which has lost >1,000 elected office positions since he took office and are down to 14 governorships. Go away mad, happy, befuddled, whatever, but please just GO AWAY. I hope his picture now has been taken down from every federal office across the nation and been replaced with DJT.
    , @Pericles
    Denial is the first phase, but Barry, it's over.

    The God Abandons Anthony

    When suddenly, at midnight, you hear
    an invisible procession going by
    with exquisite music, voices,
    don’t mourn your luck that’s failing now,
    work gone wrong, your plans
    all proving deceptive—don’t mourn them uselessly.
    As one long prepared, and graced with courage,
    say goodbye to her, the Alexandria that is leaving.
    Above all, don’t fool yourself, don’t say
    it was a dream, your ears deceived you:
    don’t degrade yourself with empty hopes like these.
    As one long prepared, and graced with courage,
    as is right for you who proved worthy of this kind of city,
    go firmly to the window
    and listen with deep emotion, but not
    with the whining, the pleas of a coward;
    listen—your final delectation—to the voices,
    to the exquisite music of that strange procession,
    and say goodbye to her, to the Alexandria you are losing.
  183. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @anon
    And as far as NATO, time to send them a bill. The Financial Times was foaming at the mouth over this this, but hey -- if the principle is so important, what's a little cash?

    As odd as it might sound, the unintended consequence of NATO is that Europe has self disarmed in order to cheat on their obligations to spend 2% of GDP. Send Putin a bill for that.

    Or advise Putin that if he is so exasperated at NATO, think about Germany without NATO and with Nukes. Russia has benefitted from NATO.

    Meanwhile, don't take the bait on Obamacare. It is a tar baby. Blame it on the Democrats and agree to let them fix it. Or whatever. But this is a Paul Ryan, matter of principle thing. Don't waste a penny of political capital on it.

    No, the proper course of action is to let Trumps manifesto happen. NATO is obsolete and should be dissolved. Once this is done, make Russia a friend, they will gladly oblige. Then retire from international policeman duties and redefine our national security as protection of our borders. View the entire foreign policy through the prism of economic nationalism. If something doesn’t make America richer, there is no sense in wasting blood and treasure on that project. Completely pull back from Middle East, no more free rides to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan when they hollow out our industries and send our rust belt Trump voters to the deadly embrace of meth and opioids.

  184. @Ali Choudhury
    That was a rather belligerent inauguration speech, I was expecting something a little more sunnier and Reaganesque.

    Even belligerence is OK, but his speech was mostly fiction, portraying America as a dystopian wasteland which it most definitely is not. And “this carnage stops now”…..what the hell was that? It sounded like he had just come off playing Grand Theft Auto or something on Playstation.

    Regardless, he reserved his harshest words for foreigners, who have apparently been predating upon innocent, unsuspecting, Americans. Thus far, foreign countries have been taking a wait-and-watch approach. After this speech, they’ll know what to expect. So let the wars begin.

  185. @NickG
    Schadenfreude overdose, fortified I confess, with a workable Hartenburg Shiraz from the fairest Cape.

    It was difficult to watch - and I followed it for 6 hours from here in Pretoria on-line, toggling between Fox and CNN - because I couldn't stop laughing.

    Off to bed....it's just gone 1:30 in the morning...still chortling.

    I suspect the first 100 days will be a shitstorm of Trumpening activity, he won't bugger around.

    Peter Lehmann Shiraz for us. But I agree, laughter is the best medicine.

  186. @Frau Katze
    Best wishes to President Trump and America from Victoria, BC. Even from here I feel I've got one over on the whiney SJWs I spent too much time with.

    Related: I read the strangest article and only an American could answer.

    https://medium.com/the-u-s-digital-service/youll-never-be-the-same-again-dc5b16b84ba9#.1cdy95fc5

    It's by Mike Dickerson, the Google man who left to fix the Obamacare website. He's quitting today. That's seem odd to me. Tech workers aren't political appointees (I've worked for both the federal and BC provincial government and only political appointees must leave when the government changes). Maybe it's not the same in the US? Or is he leaving in protest?

    Even stranger is that the article is a patriotic call for tech workers to help not just the federal govt, but all levels. He makes it sound like there is a desperate need.

    This astonishes me. It's not like that in Canada: the various levels of govt seem to be functioning smoothly as far as tech work goes. No huge project like the computerized part of Obamacare has been a public failure. Why?

    I have two theories: people would rather work in Silicon Valley than for any govt, and Canada just doesn't offer the same opportunities. And few Canadians seem interested in moving to the US.

    The other theory is that the civil service is clogged with useless diversity hires.

    Any comments?

    Yes, clogged with diversity hires. And even the non-diversity hires have historically not been the best of breed.

    I don’t think he’s quitting. His letter made it sound like the term of his appointment was up.

  187. @Kylie
    Apparently Jackie photographed better than she looked in real life. She did have a dewy, wide-eyed look that served her well into her 30's.

    I simply adored Pat Nixon. Not only did she have a lovely face with great bone structure, she also had natural grace and dignity. A true lady.

    Jackie’s eyes were unusually widely spaced. It gave her an unusual look. For an artist, the rule of thumb is that you allow the width of one eye between the two eyes. Hers are noticeably farther apart than that.

    • Replies: @Kylie
    Jackie's eyes were unusually far apart and her face was unusually wide.
  188. @Hillary's Medical Van
    This is the finest day that Jimmy Carter has seen in years. He is now able to go to his grave secure in the knowledge that he was not the worst president in American history.

    I thought Jimmy Carter was underrated. I’d rate Slick Willie, W and O all below him.

  189. @Desiderius
    That's fake news.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/lets-calm-down-about-pages-disappearing-from-the-white-house?utm_term=.stegzMEKv#.dmmM80KAe

    Yes, I just linked buzzfeed for a correction. Stopped clock, etc...

    Thanks, I’ll have to tell my sister-in-law that. But then she’ll just find something else to get the vapors over.

  190. @Frau Katze
    Best wishes to President Trump and America from Victoria, BC. Even from here I feel I've got one over on the whiney SJWs I spent too much time with.

    Related: I read the strangest article and only an American could answer.

    https://medium.com/the-u-s-digital-service/youll-never-be-the-same-again-dc5b16b84ba9#.1cdy95fc5

    It's by Mike Dickerson, the Google man who left to fix the Obamacare website. He's quitting today. That's seem odd to me. Tech workers aren't political appointees (I've worked for both the federal and BC provincial government and only political appointees must leave when the government changes). Maybe it's not the same in the US? Or is he leaving in protest?

    Even stranger is that the article is a patriotic call for tech workers to help not just the federal govt, but all levels. He makes it sound like there is a desperate need.

    This astonishes me. It's not like that in Canada: the various levels of govt seem to be functioning smoothly as far as tech work goes. No huge project like the computerized part of Obamacare has been a public failure. Why?

    I have two theories: people would rather work in Silicon Valley than for any govt, and Canada just doesn't offer the same opportunities. And few Canadians seem interested in moving to the US.

    The other theory is that the civil service is clogged with useless diversity hires.

    Any comments?

    Good observation. This guy bears close watching.

  191. @Mr. Anon
    "I wonder how much they’d enjoy setting fires and breaking windows if the price was 3 – 5 in the pen."

    Indeed even a year in a county lock-up might get their mind right. I imagine that D.C.'s jails are..............vibrant.

    “Indeed even a year in a county lock-up might get their mind right. I imagine that D.C.’s jails are…………..vibrant.”

    Vibrant you got that right. No Left Winger at The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Mother Jones, or the Atlanta Black Star for example will ever write an article about the unbearable Whiteness of America’s jails and prisons.

  192. @Dave Pinsen
    Criticizing Michelle for her appearance is mean spirited. Granted, lefties fell over themselves to lavish praise on her for it, but there's a tactful middle ground. Michelle has done well for herself given the hand she was dealt. She didn't get fat, and she dressed and behaved well in public for 8 years, with the exception of two minor candid, tactless comments that bookended her tenure.

    http://www.gistus.com/gs-c/uploads/2013/11/michelle-obama-shorts.jpg

    • Replies: @Clyde
    Moochelle has huge haunches and there's no denying. She was wearing some well tailored outfits to minimize them, but they were still visible to me. She has a normal looking face that is not plump, so people are not looking for that colossal caboose.
    Another thing I was thinking about in these final photos of president Hussein and Mooch, was that few biracial black marry a woman as dark as Moochelle. What I usually see in black couples is that the man is darker than the woman. With JayZee-Beyonce being a good example.Perhaps a gayish indicator for Obama, in addition to Moochelle's broad shoulders.
  193. @Dave Pinsen
    One surprise from today: Barack Obama giving a speech from Andrews Air Force Base. How inappropriate. I can't remember another former POTUS giving a speech immediately after his successor was sworn in.

    Yeah, I though we already heard his farewell speech. He just can’t pass up an opportunity to bestow his uplifting eloquence upon us, can he? How’s he going to command those six-figure speaking fees if he keeps giving it away for free? The only thing I respect W Bush for is that he mostly shut up after leaving office.

    But then, last August, at a private fund-raiser, W slammed Trump for his policies of “isolationism, nativism and protectionism.” It must have pained him to have to sit and listen to Trump promote those policies at his inauguration today.

  194. @Mr. Anon
    "Yep. Just too bad the term “Orange Revolution” is already taken!"

    That's good.

    How about ‘Orange Uprising’?

  195. @Harry Baldwin
    Jackie's eyes were unusually widely spaced. It gave her an unusual look. For an artist, the rule of thumb is that you allow the width of one eye between the two eyes. Hers are noticeably farther apart than that.

    Jackie’s eyes were unusually far apart and her face was unusually wide.

  196. @Anon
    Antifa say 'fascists are thugs', but they act most thuggish and most 'fascist'.

    I don't recall Tea Party acting like this.

    Media and Academia instilled a kind of Open Season mentality among blacks and SJW's.

    As only 'rightist' violence is vilified whereas black and 'leftist' kind is tolerated, even encouraged, there is brazen violence all around. And it isn't condemned by the media.

    It's like the trashing of the fraternity at UVA without any proof.

    https://twitter.com/MrTrunney/status/822580347409932290

    https://twitter.com/Timcast/status/822571433180151812

    https://twitter.com/AJVicens/status/822559461562781698

    It was surreal seeing Richard Spencer trending on twitter. He certainly now has the fame and attention he so craved. Of course, now that he’s famous, he has to be a lot more careful. It’ll be a big let down if Trump doesn’t crackdown on this leftist violence.

  197. @Anon
    Antifa say 'fascists are thugs', but they act most thuggish and most 'fascist'.

    I don't recall Tea Party acting like this.

    Media and Academia instilled a kind of Open Season mentality among blacks and SJW's.

    As only 'rightist' violence is vilified whereas black and 'leftist' kind is tolerated, even encouraged, there is brazen violence all around. And it isn't condemned by the media.

    It's like the trashing of the fraternity at UVA without any proof.

    https://twitter.com/MrTrunney/status/822580347409932290

    https://twitter.com/Timcast/status/822571433180151812

    https://twitter.com/AJVicens/status/822559461562781698

    This is a turf war mentality. Anti Trump protesters are signalling that urban streets are the exclusive property of yuppies, left-liberals, and minorities – nationalists, populists and conservatives from the burbs and wop wops are not welcome.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "This is a turf war mentality. Anti Trump protesters are signalling that urban streets are the exclusive property of yuppies, left-liberals, and minorities – nationalists, populists and conservatives from the burbs and wop wops are not welcome."

    Wop wops? Is that what you Aussies or Kiwis refer to as rural areas?
    , @e
    I watched a few seconds of the NYC march but quickly turned it off when an NBC progressive reporter was so breathless with excitement at any anti-Trump sentiment that he sounded as if he were about to ejaculate.

    I thought this was all great for Trump: the vitriol of the marchers would only help him gain new voters w/out costing him a single one.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4142950/Thousands-women-head-Washington-protest-Trump.html

    BTW, Madonna is the half time performer at the Super Bowl in three weeks. If I were Roger Goodell, I'd be mighty worried about her behavior. The NFL has already had a bad year in the ratings. Same for ESPN.
  198. @anonguy
    They all know deep down it was an unsustainable looting that had to end someday and at some level are relieved that it is over and someone connected to reality is back in charge.

    Interesting comment. I agree with the awareness part. We’ll see about the relief.

  199. Trump just keeps going. I cannot believe what I saw and heard today. It’s pretty bold to call out the oligarchs while your back is turned to their henchmen. Amazing speech. Amazing day.

  200. @Jefferson
    "Is there video on that? From reading his book, I know that MacInnes was in a lot of fist fights in his younger years and he’s pretty solidly built. I hope he acquitted himself well."

    When you are an alcoholic Scotsman you are bound to get into a lot of bar fights.

    Is he Scottish, Irish, or Scots Irish?

  201. @Daniel H
    >>She looks good, yes, but she’s just a bimbo. I mean let’s face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    And what's wrong with that?

    She has a good heart.

  202. @honesthughgrant
    Lord Bill Kristol seems be offended by the how nouveau riche the whole thing was:

    "Trump’s inaugural address was boastful, huffy, ungracious...the most demagogic inaugural address in our history."

    "I'll be unembarrassedly old-fashioned here: It is profoundly depressing and vulgar to hear an American president proclaim "America First."

    Thank God, Kristol disagrees with Trump. He's an almost perfect negative indicator. Given his track record, if Kristol likes it, watch out.

    “I’ll be unembarrassedly old-fashioned here: It is profoundly depressing and vulgar to hear an American president proclaim “America First.”

    Old-fashioned? That view seems to be current among the mass media’s commentators. It certainly was on ABC. The speech was “dark”, and “America first” is scary.

    Of course, there’s no principled way to argue against “America first”.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    America Second is not much of a rallying cry.
    , @Jefferson
    "Of course, there’s no principled way to argue against “America first”.

    Left Wingers in the comments section of The Huffington Post are saying America First makes immigrants feel unwelcome. So they are basically saying today's generation of immigrants don't really see themselves as Americans and don't even bother to assimilate. If they see America First as racist, they should move back to whatever 3rd world hellhole they came from.

  203. @e
    First time in my lifetime I've heard an inaugural speech lambasting every pol in dc, including those of his own party. First time I've heard an inaugural speech that didn't stray dishonestly from what the candidate repeatedly said on the stump.

    He remained ballsy. He remained stalwart.

    I would rather he had not over-promised, yet knowing the techniques he laid out in The Art of the Deal and having followed Scott Adams' analyses of how to persuade and realizing Trump won when no one gave him a chance, perhaps I should be glad he did.

    Well done, Donald.

    Oh, and one other thing--as a woman, I can only say, "Wow," to Melania's style and elegance. I'd imagine no matter what you men thought of Trump's speech, you found no fault with her!

    Yes, but the whole family is quite a sight to behold -handsome, put together, cheerful, confident… and Ivanka, what poise and beauty.

  204. Chuck Schumer managed to drop a turd in the proceedings. Is it customary to have the Senate Minority Leader speak at these affairs? If so, then I suppose it was unavoidable. If not, then they shouldn’t have given him the dais. It was a predictably disgruntled liberal dig at everyone who voted for Trump: “enemies, foreign and domestic” – yeah, Chuck, we know that when you say that, it is us whom you consider to be the domestic enemies. Right back at ‘ya. And he managed to quote Sullivan Ballou (yeah, Chuck, we all saw that Ken Burns documentary 25 years ago), some nitwit who volunteered to be cannon-fodder for the Union in Father Abraham’s Army of Dysentery and Incompetent Generalship. Nice. Subtle. Way to go to alienate all those Southerners who voted for The Donald. Let me hit you with some knowledge, Chuck: Southerners have moved on. Why don’t you?

    • Replies: @guest
    I'm his litany of all the bad things these days, he mentioned our "fractured media." As if media is supposed to be unitary, or something. Who cares?
  205. @Desiderius

    Very pugilistic, populist tone in his inaugural speech. He is bearding the lion in his den. No wonder the US Deep State (such as it is) hates him so much.
     
    Not all the deep state, or he wouldn't be standing there. He has allies, and will have more.

    It has the feel of Ulysses finally returning home to rout the suitors.

    Excellent, who is Antinoos? Obama?

  206. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anon
    Except we have to give communism credit for saving Eastern Europe from Decadent-Capitalism that brought forth Open Borders, Feminism, Diversity Mania, Homomania, hedonism, materialism, and etc.

    Communism was bad, but its focus on the basic themes of life --- work, bread, and justice --- actually favored humanism and nationalism. Also, communism was hard, so it actually favored masculine men. After all, it was about the Working Class, men with sickle and hammer.

    Given what is happening to EU right now, I wish the Soviets had taken ALL of Europe. Sweden would not be some homo-nut-house run by feminists who invite in tons of Africans and Muslims. Given what is happening in Germany, I wish East Germany had swallowed West Germany than other way around.

    The nutjobs who are going around smashing things are closer to anarchists -- or anal-kissts since they are into homomania -- , and communists hated them more than they hated capitalists. No wonder Stalin told communists to fight anarchists more than Franco in Spain. Anarchists were making a mess of everything, just destroying just to destroy. Communism was about getting rid of old order to create a new order.
    Anarchism is an insatiable need to just keep on attacking and destroying.

    Another interesting thought: Much of what Jesus taught is not very different from communism/socialism; at least if you squint hard enough. The Kibbutzes of Israel are really communist enterprises done right. Jesus was a Jew, if I may add.

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
    Nothing that Jesus ever said can even remotely be likened to communism or socialism, even if you squint your way into a migraine. Jesus' principal teachings concern the proper love and worship of God; communism is officially atheistic. The murderous uprisings and expropriations routinely engaged in by communists are violations of Christian law. And as far as "social questions" are concerned, they simply do not exist except for modern, urbane Westerners. The religion of Jesus Christ does not concern itself with redistributing Mammon, but with renouncing it for the service of God.
    , @Anon
    "Much of what Jesus taught is not very different from communism/socialism; at least if you squint hard enough. The Kibbutzes of Israel are really communist enterprises done right. Jesus was a Jew, if I may add."

    No, Jesus was totally different from communism.

    Communism was AGAINST poverty. It said the capitalist system must come to an end since the rich become too rich while rest fall into penury. So, revolution must happen whereby the working class will inherit the industry. (But the paradox of communism, at least the Marxian kind, is that it can only come about the rise of capitalism. Communists must inherit the wealth that ONLY capitalism can create in the first place. This is why Marx never argued for communism in pre-capitalist societies. He saw communism as the logical historical process resulting from contradictions in capitalism.)

    If communism was against poverty, Jesus was FOR poverty. He thought poverty was good. When he told the rich to give to the poor, he meant give away EVERYTHING until you become poor too. And then accept your material poverty as the path to spiritual truth. If one accepts one's poverty and no longer strives for material wealth, then and only then can one embark on spiritual uplift.
    Remember when he met that proto-social-democrat, the rich man who generously gave to the poor. Jesus told him that won't work. The rich man is simply trying to justify his own wealth and greed by acts of generosity. For him to enter heaven, he must give away all his wealth until he is poor himself. And when he comes to the point where he no longer cares about being poor and accept it as a life of simplicity, then he can fixate on spiritual matters and enter heaven.

    For Jesus, goodness isn't about being poor. It is about being poor and not minding it. Being poor and accepting it. Being poor and preferring to be poor. Being poor and caring about spiritual matters.
    A poor man who wishes material things is just as guilt as a rich man in Jesus' eyes.

    The problem of Marxism, at least from Christian viewpoint, is its materialism. According to communism, it's all about struggle for material goods.

    Now, Christian Economics 101 will only create hell on earth. Thank todd we are hypocrites.

    But Christianity is nothing like communism.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    What are you saying? Are you saying that Israelis finally got Christianity right all these years after Jesus?
  207. @Dave Pinsen
    One surprise from today: Barack Obama giving a speech from Andrews Air Force Base. How inappropriate. I can't remember another former POTUS giving a speech immediately after his successor was sworn in.

    “One surprise from today: Barack Obama giving a speech from Andrews Air Force Base. How inappropriate. I can’t remember another former POTUS giving a speech immediately after his successor was sworn in.”

    That probably is a first. B.O. is endlessly fascinated by himself. The title of his soon to be published ghost-written “auto”-biography ought to be “Let’s Talk About Me”. He just has to be the bride at every wedding, and the widow at every funeral.

  208. @Harry Baldwin
    Tucker Carlson, the only regular on Fox who defended Trump and his agenda from the get-go, has seen his star rise. I've seen less of George Will, but not as little as I'd like to. I wouldn't mind hearing nothing from him or Jonah Goldberg ever again.

    “Tucker Carlson, the only regular on Fox who defended Trump and his agenda from the get-go, has seen his star rise.”

    Carlson has not been the most supportive of Trump; that would be Sean Hannity. But Carlson is the guy who probably best understands the meaning of Trump. He’s smarter than Hannity, so it’s not surprising.

    “I’ve seen less of George Will, but not as little as I’d like to. I wouldn’t mind hearing nothing from him or Jonah Goldberg ever again.”

    Agreed. It would not trouble me in the least to never hear from either of them again.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    I erred in my previous comment. I wasn't including people on Fox with their own shows, like Hannity. I catch Hannity on the radio occasionally, so I know he was pro-Trump. I don't watch O'Reilly, can't stand him, so I don't know awhere he stands. I was singling Tucker out among Fox's regular pundits. Laura Ingraham is frequently on Fox and she too was a Trump supporter. Andrea Tantaros, of "The Five," supported Trump but she was fired in May 2016. I hear Monica Crowley supported Trump, though I didn't see her do so.
  209. @Dave Pinsen
    I heard Melania's outfit described as a "coat dress", which was what it was. Pretty clever. Too cold for a regular dress, and if she wore a coat over one, it would have hid her curves. Instead, she stays warm and shows off her shape.

    And wears an American designer: Ralph Lauren.

    Agreed about the Jackie-like style. For all their gaudiness in interior decorating, the Trumps dress conservatively.

    I heard Melania’s outfit described as a “coat dress”, which was what it was.

    It did appear to be chosen for warmth, but it looked great as well.

  210. @Mr. Anon
    Chuck Schumer managed to drop a turd in the proceedings. Is it customary to have the Senate Minority Leader speak at these affairs? If so, then I suppose it was unavoidable. If not, then they shouldn't have given him the dais. It was a predictably disgruntled liberal dig at everyone who voted for Trump: "enemies, foreign and domestic" - yeah, Chuck, we know that when you say that, it is us whom you consider to be the domestic enemies. Right back at 'ya. And he managed to quote Sullivan Ballou (yeah, Chuck, we all saw that Ken Burns documentary 25 years ago), some nitwit who volunteered to be cannon-fodder for the Union in Father Abraham's Army of Dysentery and Incompetent Generalship. Nice. Subtle. Way to go to alienate all those Southerners who voted for The Donald. Let me hit you with some knowledge, Chuck: Southerners have moved on. Why don't you?

    I’m his litany of all the bad things these days, he mentioned our “fractured media.” As if media is supposed to be unitary, or something. Who cares?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "I’m his litany of all the bad things these days, he mentioned our “fractured media.” As if media is supposed to be unitary, or something. Who cares?"

    Yes, I noticed that too. Of course, when Schumer says "our media" he truly means "our media" - i.e. the liberal media that serves the interests of the Democratic party.
  211. @Jefferson
    "And, the Clinton dynasty is done.

    To leave a dynasty, it helps to, you know, procreate. It is questionable whether Chelsea is even his, but even if she was his last name and y chromosome won’t get passed on.

    The Bushes are regressing the mean faster than you can say guacamole. To create a dynasty, one does not marry the Mexican help."

    There are rumors that Chelsea Clinton will run for either senator or congresswoman in 2018.

    There are rumors that Chelsea Clinton will run for either senator or congresswoman in 2018.

    Maybe so. Whatever the children regres to in ability, there will be some who are above that level, and that is one of the benefits to having multiple children. The other attribute in a political family that one might want to develop is people skills. Only children are not known for them.

  212. Why didn’t you back him earlier and more energetically, Steve? Given that he ran on your strategy and plans to implement your vision.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Why didn’t you back him earlier and more energetically, Steve? Given that he ran on your strategy and plans to implement your vision."

    The vast majority of people who came around to Donald J. Trump last minute were originally Ted Cruz supporters. Maybe Steve was on Cruz control.

    , @Olorin
    Because maybe our host's role is more like a moderator and evolver of discourse and less like a huckster of political horseflesh?
    , @BB753
    Steve doesn't like Trump's golf courses. He's messing with the architecture or something.
    Also he had a man-crush on Cruz, for some reason.
  213. Because the MSM is not full of fake news and doesn’t have it out for our new president, I just saw the headline, “World Jittery About Trump’s ‘America First’ Inaugural Speech.” Which appeared over a picture of two embracing gentlemen in Hitler and Trump masks, respectively.

    Firstly, I don’t know why most of the world would be anything but tickled by the prospect of Trumpian isolationism. Which won’t be real isolationism, but any little bit helps. That wouldn’t include those in on the New World Order, and of course that’s all we’re supposed to care about. But the world mostly hates American empire. True story.

    Secondly, nice to see one of the largest (if not the largest) national political movements in U.S. history–the America First movement–is still tantamount to Nazism, because that movement failed when we were attacked by Japan. (It’s complicated.) The central meaning of Trumpism thus far, and into the foreseeable future, is that Literally Hitler doesn’t work anymore. The president can utter a phrase characterized by the ruling class as Nazism, and there ain’t nothin’ they can do about it!

  214. @Anon
    Except we have to give communism credit for saving Eastern Europe from Decadent-Capitalism that brought forth Open Borders, Feminism, Diversity Mania, Homomania, hedonism, materialism, and etc.

    Communism was bad, but its focus on the basic themes of life --- work, bread, and justice --- actually favored humanism and nationalism. Also, communism was hard, so it actually favored masculine men. After all, it was about the Working Class, men with sickle and hammer.

    Given what is happening to EU right now, I wish the Soviets had taken ALL of Europe. Sweden would not be some homo-nut-house run by feminists who invite in tons of Africans and Muslims. Given what is happening in Germany, I wish East Germany had swallowed West Germany than other way around.

    The nutjobs who are going around smashing things are closer to anarchists -- or anal-kissts since they are into homomania -- , and communists hated them more than they hated capitalists. No wonder Stalin told communists to fight anarchists more than Franco in Spain. Anarchists were making a mess of everything, just destroying just to destroy. Communism was about getting rid of old order to create a new order.
    Anarchism is an insatiable need to just keep on attacking and destroying.

    “Except we have to give communism credit for saving Eastern Europe from Decadent-Capitalism that brought forth Open Borders, Feminism, Diversity Mania, Homomania, hedonism, materialism, and etc.”

    The Communist Party USA supports both same sex marriage and open borders. But keep spinning and trying to convince yourself that Communism is a Right Wing ideology. Here in ultra-Liberal Left Wing San Francisco everybody and their mama owns a Che Guevara t-shirt.

    • Replies: @snorlax
    In a hypothetical world where the Warsaw Pact were still around, and Merkel's Boner still happened, the commies would've undoubtedly made a big show of even greater enthusiasm for Muzzie importation.
  215. @anon
    Another interesting thought: Much of what Jesus taught is not very different from communism/socialism; at least if you squint hard enough. The Kibbutzes of Israel are really communist enterprises done right. Jesus was a Jew, if I may add.

    Nothing that Jesus ever said can even remotely be likened to communism or socialism, even if you squint your way into a migraine. Jesus’ principal teachings concern the proper love and worship of God; communism is officially atheistic. The murderous uprisings and expropriations routinely engaged in by communists are violations of Christian law. And as far as “social questions” are concerned, they simply do not exist except for modern, urbane Westerners. The religion of Jesus Christ does not concern itself with redistributing Mammon, but with renouncing it for the service of God.

  216. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @anon
    Another interesting thought: Much of what Jesus taught is not very different from communism/socialism; at least if you squint hard enough. The Kibbutzes of Israel are really communist enterprises done right. Jesus was a Jew, if I may add.

    “Much of what Jesus taught is not very different from communism/socialism; at least if you squint hard enough. The Kibbutzes of Israel are really communist enterprises done right. Jesus was a Jew, if I may add.”

    No, Jesus was totally different from communism.

    Communism was AGAINST poverty. It said the capitalist system must come to an end since the rich become too rich while rest fall into penury. So, revolution must happen whereby the working class will inherit the industry. (But the paradox of communism, at least the Marxian kind, is that it can only come about the rise of capitalism. Communists must inherit the wealth that ONLY capitalism can create in the first place. This is why Marx never argued for communism in pre-capitalist societies. He saw communism as the logical historical process resulting from contradictions in capitalism.)

    If communism was against poverty, Jesus was FOR poverty. He thought poverty was good. When he told the rich to give to the poor, he meant give away EVERYTHING until you become poor too. And then accept your material poverty as the path to spiritual truth. If one accepts one’s poverty and no longer strives for material wealth, then and only then can one embark on spiritual uplift.
    Remember when he met that proto-social-democrat, the rich man who generously gave to the poor. Jesus told him that won’t work. The rich man is simply trying to justify his own wealth and greed by acts of generosity. For him to enter heaven, he must give away all his wealth until he is poor himself. And when he comes to the point where he no longer cares about being poor and accept it as a life of simplicity, then he can fixate on spiritual matters and enter heaven.

    For Jesus, goodness isn’t about being poor. It is about being poor and not minding it. Being poor and accepting it. Being poor and preferring to be poor. Being poor and caring about spiritual matters.
    A poor man who wishes material things is just as guilt as a rich man in Jesus’ eyes.

    The problem of Marxism, at least from Christian viewpoint, is its materialism. According to communism, it’s all about struggle for material goods.

    Now, Christian Economics 101 will only create hell on earth. Thank todd we are hypocrites.

    But Christianity is nothing like communism.

    • Replies: @Desiderius

    Now, Christian Economics 101 will only create hell on earth.
     
    We here are far from Heaven, but not really so close to Hell either, and economically progressively closer to the former since Christian Economics took hold. So, empirically your statement is untrue.

    You speak well on the distinction between the Christian and the Marxian in that the Christian does recognize the precedence of the spiritual over the purely material. The spiritual life well lived does, however, end up leading one to duties and commitments that have their own material requirements, such as supporting one's family and one's country, so the calling to absolute ascetism is obviously not intended for all.

    , @anon
    Your explanation seems interesting, but I admit I am not as well read on that. How do you respond to the fairly successfully growing Prosperity Gospel?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_theology
  217. @Je Suis Charlie Martel
    Excellent, who is Antinoos? Obama?

    Soros.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    Soros: https://www.city-journal.org/html/connoisseur-chaos-14954.html
  218. @Anon
    "Much of what Jesus taught is not very different from communism/socialism; at least if you squint hard enough. The Kibbutzes of Israel are really communist enterprises done right. Jesus was a Jew, if I may add."

    No, Jesus was totally different from communism.

    Communism was AGAINST poverty. It said the capitalist system must come to an end since the rich become too rich while rest fall into penury. So, revolution must happen whereby the working class will inherit the industry. (But the paradox of communism, at least the Marxian kind, is that it can only come about the rise of capitalism. Communists must inherit the wealth that ONLY capitalism can create in the first place. This is why Marx never argued for communism in pre-capitalist societies. He saw communism as the logical historical process resulting from contradictions in capitalism.)

    If communism was against poverty, Jesus was FOR poverty. He thought poverty was good. When he told the rich to give to the poor, he meant give away EVERYTHING until you become poor too. And then accept your material poverty as the path to spiritual truth. If one accepts one's poverty and no longer strives for material wealth, then and only then can one embark on spiritual uplift.
    Remember when he met that proto-social-democrat, the rich man who generously gave to the poor. Jesus told him that won't work. The rich man is simply trying to justify his own wealth and greed by acts of generosity. For him to enter heaven, he must give away all his wealth until he is poor himself. And when he comes to the point where he no longer cares about being poor and accept it as a life of simplicity, then he can fixate on spiritual matters and enter heaven.

    For Jesus, goodness isn't about being poor. It is about being poor and not minding it. Being poor and accepting it. Being poor and preferring to be poor. Being poor and caring about spiritual matters.
    A poor man who wishes material things is just as guilt as a rich man in Jesus' eyes.

    The problem of Marxism, at least from Christian viewpoint, is its materialism. According to communism, it's all about struggle for material goods.

    Now, Christian Economics 101 will only create hell on earth. Thank todd we are hypocrites.

    But Christianity is nothing like communism.

    Now, Christian Economics 101 will only create hell on earth.

    We here are far from Heaven, but not really so close to Hell either, and economically progressively closer to the former since Christian Economics took hold. So, empirically your statement is untrue.

    You speak well on the distinction between the Christian and the Marxian in that the Christian does recognize the precedence of the spiritual over the purely material. The spiritual life well lived does, however, end up leading one to duties and commitments that have their own material requirements, such as supporting one’s family and one’s country, so the calling to absolute ascetism is obviously not intended for all.

  219. @Jefferson
    "And, the Clinton dynasty is done.

    To leave a dynasty, it helps to, you know, procreate. It is questionable whether Chelsea is even his, but even if she was his last name and y chromosome won’t get passed on.

    The Bushes are regressing the mean faster than you can say guacamole. To create a dynasty, one does not marry the Mexican help."

    There are rumors that Chelsea Clinton will run for either senator or congresswoman in 2018.

    There are rumors that Chelsea Clinton will run for either senator or congresswoman in 2018.

    Republicans are on their knees right now praying:

    “Please, please, please, let Chelsea run for Congress and Hillary run for governor of New York.”

    “Please let the Clinton women be the public face of the Democratic Party for decades to come.”

    “Please let the Clinton women push aside any young talent in the Democratic Party and leave up-and-coming Democrats to wither in their shadow.”

    “Please instill in all Democrats the fervent belief that Hillary deserves another nomination for President because she was robbed in 2016.”

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    Barack Hussein Obama was only a senator for 3 years before deciding to run for POTUS. If Chelsea Clinton becomes a congresswoman or senator in 2018, that is the stepping stone for her to run against Donald J. Trump in 2020 to try to avenge her mother's defeat.
    , @e
    Corey Booker is front and center of the women's thingy in NYC today. He's their and the Dem Party's Magic Negro for the next POTUS run, unless someone puts some hurdles in front of him, now.
  220. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @honesthughgrant
    Yeah, I forgot how bat-shit crazy Bush II's inaugural address was. Talk about messianic:

    We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

    America's vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this Earth has rights and dignity and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of heaven and Earth. Across the generations, we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now, it is the urgent requirement of our Nation's security and the calling of our time.
     

    One very welcome thing about Trump’s speech was the complete lack of any reference to ‘freedom’ or ‘liberty’. He knows these words don’t fill bellies and focused entirely on economic nationalism as the raison d’être for the existence of a nation and government. When voters had good jobs and incomes, soaring rhetoric like “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship” sound poetic. But when the rust belt workers are dying of meth and opioids due to idleness and poverty, ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ rhetoric can take back seat for a while.

    • Replies: @Buck Turgidson
    ..which is why I loved the speech. He mentioned immigration (fist bump Steve) and he mentioned radical islamic terrorism. A garden variety political open borders, one worlder idiot like hillary or jeb or marco would have blathered on about 'liberty" and "freedom" and been no different than W and his desire to spread liberty and freedom across the world (and with such stupendously successful results). Let's focus on American prosperity and jobs and safety, and use our resources to provide jobs and repair our infrastructure -- and now throw $2 trillion toward a foreign war b/c we want to impose "liberty" elsewhere. Let Europe pay for their own defense. Leave the middle East alone and tell their citizens that there is no room at the inn. Fantastic speech.
  221. @Jefferson
    "Except we have to give communism credit for saving Eastern Europe from Decadent-Capitalism that brought forth Open Borders, Feminism, Diversity Mania, Homomania, hedonism, materialism, and etc."

    The Communist Party USA supports both same sex marriage and open borders. But keep spinning and trying to convince yourself that Communism is a Right Wing ideology. Here in ultra-Liberal Left Wing San Francisco everybody and their mama owns a Che Guevara t-shirt.

    In a hypothetical world where the Warsaw Pact were still around, and Merkel’s Boner still happened, the commies would’ve undoubtedly made a big show of even greater enthusiasm for Muzzie importation.

  222. @FactsAreImportant

    There are rumors that Chelsea Clinton will run for either senator or congresswoman in 2018.
     
    Republicans are on their knees right now praying:

    "Please, please, please, let Chelsea run for Congress and Hillary run for governor of New York."

    "Please let the Clinton women be the public face of the Democratic Party for decades to come."

    "Please let the Clinton women push aside any young talent in the Democratic Party and leave up-and-coming Democrats to wither in their shadow."

    "Please instill in all Democrats the fervent belief that Hillary deserves another nomination for President because she was robbed in 2016."

    Barack Hussein Obama was only a senator for 3 years before deciding to run for POTUS. If Chelsea Clinton becomes a congresswoman or senator in 2018, that is the stepping stone for her to run against Donald J. Trump in 2020 to try to avenge her mother’s defeat.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    "Deciding to run"?

    Nay. He was drafted, just as he was placed in that office.

    It was all of a piece. And the game plan was kicked off around 1999.

    See John Stauber's 2013 piece on how progressivism is a PR front for rich Democrats. It outlines the coalescing of tons of dot-com and other money around ostensibly left but actually NWO agendas. Players include familiar names like Soros and Podesta and Clinton and Greenberg and Mother Jones and TIDES and The Nation....
  223. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anon
    "Much of what Jesus taught is not very different from communism/socialism; at least if you squint hard enough. The Kibbutzes of Israel are really communist enterprises done right. Jesus was a Jew, if I may add."

    No, Jesus was totally different from communism.

    Communism was AGAINST poverty. It said the capitalist system must come to an end since the rich become too rich while rest fall into penury. So, revolution must happen whereby the working class will inherit the industry. (But the paradox of communism, at least the Marxian kind, is that it can only come about the rise of capitalism. Communists must inherit the wealth that ONLY capitalism can create in the first place. This is why Marx never argued for communism in pre-capitalist societies. He saw communism as the logical historical process resulting from contradictions in capitalism.)

    If communism was against poverty, Jesus was FOR poverty. He thought poverty was good. When he told the rich to give to the poor, he meant give away EVERYTHING until you become poor too. And then accept your material poverty as the path to spiritual truth. If one accepts one's poverty and no longer strives for material wealth, then and only then can one embark on spiritual uplift.
    Remember when he met that proto-social-democrat, the rich man who generously gave to the poor. Jesus told him that won't work. The rich man is simply trying to justify his own wealth and greed by acts of generosity. For him to enter heaven, he must give away all his wealth until he is poor himself. And when he comes to the point where he no longer cares about being poor and accept it as a life of simplicity, then he can fixate on spiritual matters and enter heaven.

    For Jesus, goodness isn't about being poor. It is about being poor and not minding it. Being poor and accepting it. Being poor and preferring to be poor. Being poor and caring about spiritual matters.
    A poor man who wishes material things is just as guilt as a rich man in Jesus' eyes.

    The problem of Marxism, at least from Christian viewpoint, is its materialism. According to communism, it's all about struggle for material goods.

    Now, Christian Economics 101 will only create hell on earth. Thank todd we are hypocrites.

    But Christianity is nothing like communism.

    Your explanation seems interesting, but I admit I am not as well read on that. How do you respond to the fairly successfully growing Prosperity Gospel?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_theology

    • Replies: @Anon
    Prosperity Gospel is a joke... but there's a strange logic to it.

    It says God doesn't want us to serve Him but ourselves.

    This seems so wrong... but in a way... how can we serve God? If God is the creator and owner of everything, there is nothing we can do to serve Him? It'd be a like hobo with 50 cents in his pocket serving Bill Gates. Wouldn't Gates want the hobo to serve himself? I mean Gates has more than enough for himself.

    So, if we follow the logic of Prosperity gospel, I suppose there is a kind of dumbass logic to it.
    , @Jack Hanson
    Your first mistake is assuming that prosperity gospel isn't heresy.
  224. @gruff
    Why didn't you back him earlier and more energetically, Steve? Given that he ran on your strategy and plans to implement your vision.

    “Why didn’t you back him earlier and more energetically, Steve? Given that he ran on your strategy and plans to implement your vision.”

    The vast majority of people who came around to Donald J. Trump last minute were originally Ted Cruz supporters. Maybe Steve was on Cruz control.

  225. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    In the US, the problem isn’t White Supremacism. Just look at the violence all across the cities.

    It is White Submissivism. Too many whites have been cowering for too long. So, antiwa’s — anti-whites — are attacking patriotic white people all over.

    Don’t be a White Submissivist.

    One crazy thing. Much of the violence this time around was WHITE Proglodytes attacking White Frogriots. This is weird.
    We don’t have blacks attacking blacks(at least not politically). Black on black violence is just criminal. But politically, most blacks are one.
    We don’t see browns attacking browns.
    And we don’t see Jews attacking Jews even though there is a divide among Jews too.

    But we see so much white political violence against other whites. And the violence is almost entirely White Proglodytes attacking White patriots.
    This is the only civil war in the US, and it is due to Prog domination of media and education that raised these young white kids to hate their own kind.

    These whites are like Greek boys raised by Turks to hate and fight Christian West. The Janissary. We have the Urbanissary.

  226. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @anon
    Your explanation seems interesting, but I admit I am not as well read on that. How do you respond to the fairly successfully growing Prosperity Gospel?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_theology

    Prosperity Gospel is a joke… but there’s a strange logic to it.

    It says God doesn’t want us to serve Him but ourselves.

    This seems so wrong… but in a way… how can we serve God? If God is the creator and owner of everything, there is nothing we can do to serve Him? It’d be a like hobo with 50 cents in his pocket serving Bill Gates. Wouldn’t Gates want the hobo to serve himself? I mean Gates has more than enough for himself.

    So, if we follow the logic of Prosperity gospel, I suppose there is a kind of dumbass logic to it.

  227. @Jefferson
    In 1987 Richard Nixon sent a letter to Donald J. Trump telling him that if he ever decided to run for POTUS he would win.
    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/11/19/see-the-letter-richard-nixon-wrote-to-donald-trump-urging-him-to-run-for-political-office/

    And 30 years later that is exactly what happened.

    The art of the long game.

  228. @Anonymous
    Trump should go after Bezos because Bezos has turned the WaPo into a battering ram against Trump. Fair is fair. I want to see Bezos get what he deserves.

    Trump Nation could help with that by killing their use of Amazon along with their cable TV, Hollywood downloads on Netflix, big-corporation book publishing, and MSM IV of poison.

  229. @Jefferson
    "Richard Spencer got knocked out today"

    Richard Spencer never fell to the ground so he didn't get knocked out. Punching someone in the face does not always automatically = knockout.

    "Bash the fash is our motto

    We aren’t going to stop until all you racists are beaten bloody

    This is war. You started it. We will finish it"

    Tiny Duck I bet Trump supporter Caitlyn Jenner can whoop your ass.

    I’ll bet a bottle of Speyside Tiny IS Caitlyn Jenner.

  230. @Jefferson
    Barack Hussein Obama was only a senator for 3 years before deciding to run for POTUS. If Chelsea Clinton becomes a congresswoman or senator in 2018, that is the stepping stone for her to run against Donald J. Trump in 2020 to try to avenge her mother's defeat.

    “Deciding to run”?

    Nay. He was drafted, just as he was placed in that office.

    It was all of a piece. And the game plan was kicked off around 1999.

    See John Stauber’s 2013 piece on how progressivism is a PR front for rich Democrats. It outlines the coalescing of tons of dot-com and other money around ostensibly left but actually NWO agendas. Players include familiar names like Soros and Podesta and Clinton and Greenberg and Mother Jones and TIDES and The Nation….

  231. @gruff
    Why didn't you back him earlier and more energetically, Steve? Given that he ran on your strategy and plans to implement your vision.

    Because maybe our host’s role is more like a moderator and evolver of discourse and less like a huckster of political horseflesh?

    • Replies: @Moshe
    YES.

    Steve always supported his principles and he ALSO always supported Trump for supporting those principles.

    I can't imagine what those "steve was on the sidelines" people must be like. The mirror image of shrieking SJW girls I suppose.
  232. @Anon
    Antifa say 'fascists are thugs', but they act most thuggish and most 'fascist'.

    I don't recall Tea Party acting like this.

    Media and Academia instilled a kind of Open Season mentality among blacks and SJW's.

    As only 'rightist' violence is vilified whereas black and 'leftist' kind is tolerated, even encouraged, there is brazen violence all around. And it isn't condemned by the media.

    It's like the trashing of the fraternity at UVA without any proof.

    https://twitter.com/MrTrunney/status/822580347409932290

    https://twitter.com/Timcast/status/822571433180151812

    https://twitter.com/AJVicens/status/822559461562781698

    Not much protection for Lauren. If I were assigned that job, the shover would be looking for his knocked-out teeth on the pavement with the eye not swollen shut.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Not much protection for Lauren. If I were assigned that job, the shover would be looking for his knocked-out teeth on the pavement with the eye not swollen shut."

    If you beat up that Black thug, Lauren Southern would be giving you her number. Chicks dig alpha males.
  233. @e
    First time in my lifetime I've heard an inaugural speech lambasting every pol in dc, including those of his own party. First time I've heard an inaugural speech that didn't stray dishonestly from what the candidate repeatedly said on the stump.

    He remained ballsy. He remained stalwart.

    I would rather he had not over-promised, yet knowing the techniques he laid out in The Art of the Deal and having followed Scott Adams' analyses of how to persuade and realizing Trump won when no one gave him a chance, perhaps I should be glad he did.

    Well done, Donald.

    Oh, and one other thing--as a woman, I can only say, "Wow," to Melania's style and elegance. I'd imagine no matter what you men thought of Trump's speech, you found no fault with her!

    ” – as a woman, I can only say, “Wow,” to Melania’s style and elegance. I’d imagine no matter what you men thought of Trump’s speech, you found no fault with her!”

    As another woman I second your comment about Melania. She showed how a woman could be elegant, composed, and beautiful wearing conservative, modest clothes. Indeed, the entire Trump family were picture-perfect examples of the way we used to see Americans dress when they strove for respectability and dignity.

  234. @Dave Pinsen
    Criticizing Michelle for her appearance is mean spirited. Granted, lefties fell over themselves to lavish praise on her for it, but there's a tactful middle ground. Michelle has done well for herself given the hand she was dealt. She didn't get fat, and she dressed and behaved well in public for 8 years, with the exception of two minor candid, tactless comments that bookended her tenure.

    Criticizing Michelle for her appearance is mean spirited.

    You can find this one in my ZFG file.

  235. Trump surrounded by his ((family)) promised the moon. Intrastructure? Is that going to be owned by the people, i.e. traditional infrastructure, or is he going to sell the pieces to private investors to build and collect rent from?

    • Replies: @Olorin
    An excellent question that I too would like to have posed as well as addressed.
  236. @Dave Pinsen
    One surprise from today: Barack Obama giving a speech from Andrews Air Force Base. How inappropriate. I can't remember another former POTUS giving a speech immediately after his successor was sworn in.

    I was watching that speech and my thought was good grief, does this bloviator never shut his friggin mouth? SHUT UP already, obozo, get on the plane and get the hell out of here. SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP. We don’t want any more of your friggin speeches. Was the gist of this ‘speech’ that don’t worry my fellow America-destroying communists, we’ll be back! I don’t think so. This guy has proceeded over the destruction of the dnc communist party, which has lost >1,000 elected office positions since he took office and are down to 14 governorships. Go away mad, happy, befuddled, whatever, but please just GO AWAY. I hope his picture now has been taken down from every federal office across the nation and been replaced with DJT.

  237. @anon
    One very welcome thing about Trump's speech was the complete lack of any reference to 'freedom' or 'liberty'. He knows these words don't fill bellies and focused entirely on economic nationalism as the raison d'être for the existence of a nation and government. When voters had good jobs and incomes, soaring rhetoric like "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship" sound poetic. But when the rust belt workers are dying of meth and opioids due to idleness and poverty, 'freedom' and 'liberty' rhetoric can take back seat for a while.

    ..which is why I loved the speech. He mentioned immigration (fist bump Steve) and he mentioned radical islamic terrorism. A garden variety political open borders, one worlder idiot like hillary or jeb or marco would have blathered on about ‘liberty” and “freedom” and been no different than W and his desire to spread liberty and freedom across the world (and with such stupendously successful results). Let’s focus on American prosperity and jobs and safety, and use our resources to provide jobs and repair our infrastructure — and now throw $2 trillion toward a foreign war b/c we want to impose “liberty” elsewhere. Let Europe pay for their own defense. Leave the middle East alone and tell their citizens that there is no room at the inn. Fantastic speech.

  238. @j1234
    Trump may succeed in office, he may not, but what he has done is clear the path for voices that weren't allowed to be heard over the last twenty five years. They tyranny of the left has been abated, for now.

    Between his election and his inauguration, Donald Trump has done more for America (saving jobs, deflecting illegals, reorienting foreign policy, normalizing citizenism) than Obama did in eight years–correction–than Obama and Hillary did in their entire lives.

    My vote for Trump has already paid off. Whatever Trump does from here on out is gravy.

    • Replies: @CJ
    Agree strongly (but my Agree button is on hiatus). I've never seen a President accomplish so much before his Inauguration,and I can remember my relatives watching Nixon debate Kennedy.
  239. @Anon
    She looks good, yes, but she's just a bimbo. I mean let's face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    She has good social skills and won’t embarrass him. That has to count as intelligence.

  240. @Mr. Anon
    "Tucker Carlson, the only regular on Fox who defended Trump and his agenda from the get-go, has seen his star rise."

    Carlson has not been the most supportive of Trump; that would be Sean Hannity. But Carlson is the guy who probably best understands the meaning of Trump. He's smarter than Hannity, so it's not surprising.

    "I’ve seen less of George Will, but not as little as I’d like to. I wouldn’t mind hearing nothing from him or Jonah Goldberg ever again."

    Agreed. It would not trouble me in the least to never hear from either of them again.

    I erred in my previous comment. I wasn’t including people on Fox with their own shows, like Hannity. I catch Hannity on the radio occasionally, so I know he was pro-Trump. I don’t watch O’Reilly, can’t stand him, so I don’t know awhere he stands. I was singling Tucker out among Fox’s regular pundits. Laura Ingraham is frequently on Fox and she too was a Trump supporter. Andrea Tantaros, of “The Five,” supported Trump but she was fired in May 2016. I hear Monica Crowley supported Trump, though I didn’t see her do so.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "I don’t watch O’Reilly, can’t stand him..."

    You and me both. He's an obnoxious ass. Yes, you are correct that most of FOX's contributors seemed to be ambivalent about Trump, if not outright hostile. That was one of things that inclined me to vote for Mr. Trump - if FOX news doesn't like him, perhaps there's something worthwhile there.
  241. Miller gets his daily dose of Sailer along with his morning coffee.

    Every Morning.

    Period.

    (Unz with all his tracking tools should be able to confirm this.)

  242. @Forbes
    Trump is better off ignoring the ankle biters. The MSM is running on fumes--there's no reason to draw attention (eyeballs, clickbait) to the WaPo and its ilk.

    You go after Amazon. It is vulnerable on at minimum 5 different federal laws.
    Amazon is the subsidizer of WAPO. Take away the subsidy and WAPO becomes a negative value proposition.

  243. @Hillary's Medical Van
    This is the finest day that Jimmy Carter has seen in years. He is now able to go to his grave secure in the knowledge that he was not the worst president in American history.

    He would have been already secure. George W Bush was worse.

    The worst ever was Thomas Woodrow Wilson, whose declaration of war against Germany inspired them to put Lenin on a sealed train to take Russia out of the war. Let’s see what else was done under Wilson: the income tax amendment; the Federal Reserve; the 17th amendment, ending state government representation in the Federal Government; the Volstead Act and then Prohibition; the birth of the national security state with Hoover and the FBI; the Versailles treaty; overt discrimination against blacks as a part of Federal policy; and if you want to be prickly, the 19th amendment.

    No other President even comes close. Lincoln is the only competitor for fighting a war that killed more Americans than all the other wars combined.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    Ivy League professors make amazing presidents, don't they?
  244. @Mr. Anon
    "The people on TV said it was terrible because it wasn’t “soaring.”"

    I can't stand what constitutes "soaring rhetoric" in modern America. All that empty vainglorious garbage about "My vision for America" (as if the President were an Old Testament Prophet), or "Building a Bridge to" or "Ushering in" the future, or any such idiocy.

    Soaring rhetoric in America is another word for grandiose B. S., the kind of empty speeches people drool on, such as MLK’s ” I have a dream”, or Obama’s “Yes, we can!”. Jesse Jackson used to be very good at improvising pure B. S., negro preacher-style speeches.

  245. @Jefferson
    In 1987 Richard Nixon sent a letter to Donald J. Trump telling him that if he ever decided to run for POTUS he would win.
    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/11/19/see-the-letter-richard-nixon-wrote-to-donald-trump-urging-him-to-run-for-political-office/

    And 30 years later that is exactly what happened.

    I wonder. It’s entirely possible Trump was talking himself up to Nixon and Nixon decided to make him feel good.

    Or maybe Nixon knew an embryonic political genius when he saw one. Obviously, we will never know.

    • Replies: @BB753
    Trump is a natural politician. You have to be blind not to see that, particularly if you are in politics. It takes balls of steel to go directly for the highest office, to forego being NY mayor or senator or whatever was within his reach 20 to 10 years ago. It seems he was confident to win the Republican nomination already in 2012, but pulled out at the last moment. Beating Obama would have been difficult in 2012, but Hillary last year proved quite easy to win.
    Knowing Hillary well, he knew he just had to brush aside non-entities like Jeb, Rubio and Cruz for the nomination, and that the election was a done deal. He just needed the right team to win and he hired the best. Let's hope Trump's administration is also staffed with the best and people loyal to his political vision.
  246. Well, I got stuck at a real job (though I did get to watch the inauguration!) but I’d like to say: you’ll have to spend the next four years keeping him honest. Pick an issue (immigration I think is key) and stick with it.

    For now, have a whiskey and a cigar. Life ought to be savored once in a while.

  247. @gruff
    Why didn't you back him earlier and more energetically, Steve? Given that he ran on your strategy and plans to implement your vision.

    Steve doesn’t like Trump’s golf courses. He’s messing with the architecture or something.
    Also he had a man-crush on Cruz, for some reason.

  248. @Kylie
    I don't think Melania is just a bimbo. Like Trump, she's no intellectual but I suspect we'll find she's a pretty sharp cookie. Not as bright as Jackie but certainly not as dim as Michelle.

    What is the evidence that Jackie was bright?

    • Replies: @Kylie
    Jackie was a dilettante not an intellectual but she was bright.

    She got high grades in school back in the day when students were actually expected to learn something. And she apparently knew a lot about art and art history. When she met DeGaulle, she conversed with him in fluent French. And she was a voracious reader all her life, liked the poetry of Rimbaud.

    I read an intro she wrote for an exhibit of the history of fashion that went to various museums. It was mannered but very well written, worlds above Michelle Obama's intro to her thesis.
    , @Kylie
    Jackie wrote this introduction to a catalog for a museum exhibit:

    http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1977/12/25/page/97/article/vanity-fair-undressing-of-society#text

    (Click on Read at the upper right corner)

    And here's the introduction and thesis Michelle wrote while at Princeton:

    https://obamaprincetonthesis.wordpress.com

  249. @anon
    Your explanation seems interesting, but I admit I am not as well read on that. How do you respond to the fairly successfully growing Prosperity Gospel?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_theology

    Your first mistake is assuming that prosperity gospel isn’t heresy.

  250. @AnotherDad
    Nine--nine!--hours of President Trump now, and still no roundups of Jews, no lynchings, no concentration camps, no nuclear war. This isn't how i was told it was going to be. What the hell is going on?

    The Cossacks (DJT Division) will be at your house before sunset.

  251. @SFG
    I wonder. It's entirely possible Trump was talking himself up to Nixon and Nixon decided to make him feel good.

    Or maybe Nixon knew an embryonic political genius when he saw one. Obviously, we will never know.

    Trump is a natural politician. You have to be blind not to see that, particularly if you are in politics. It takes balls of steel to go directly for the highest office, to forego being NY mayor or senator or whatever was within his reach 20 to 10 years ago. It seems he was confident to win the Republican nomination already in 2012, but pulled out at the last moment. Beating Obama would have been difficult in 2012, but Hillary last year proved quite easy to win.
    Knowing Hillary well, he knew he just had to brush aside non-entities like Jeb, Rubio and Cruz for the nomination, and that the election was a done deal. He just needed the right team to win and he hired the best. Let’s hope Trump’s administration is also staffed with the best and people loyal to his political vision.

    • Replies: @anonguy

    Knowing Hillary well, he knew he just had to brush aside non-entities like Jeb, Rubio and Cruz for the nomination, and that the election was a done deal.
     
    He didn't make a secret of this either. If you watch his rally speeches right from the start, well before any primary voting, he says this same thing over and over.

    It was all there in plain view, amazing to me how little this was picked up by any media, whether pro or anti Trump.
    , @Opinionator
    He barely beat her.
  252. @ben tillman

    “I’ll be unembarrassedly old-fashioned here: It is profoundly depressing and vulgar to hear an American president proclaim “America First.”
     
    Old-fashioned? That view seems to be current among the mass media's commentators. It certainly was on ABC. The speech was "dark", and "America first" is scary.

    Of course, there's no principled way to argue against "America first".

    America Second is not much of a rallying cry.

  253. @Yak-15
    I could not imagine watching my father become the President of the United States in front of me at twelve years old. Can you?

    I thought the same.

    It takes the legs out of the “Who made you the boss of me?” argument, dontcha think?

  254. @Stan Adams
    Do you pay extra for delivery? I mean, I've never heard of a teacher's personally putting a kid in the car.

    When I visit my daughter, who lives over a thousand miles away, I will often help her by picking up my first grade grandson at the private school he attends. The parents line up in cars and when they pull up to the door the kids are brought to and put into the cars by staff. The school serves a large geographical area and walking to school is not an option for most of the families.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    Ah.

    I never to preschool. My kindergarten year was a disaster, due to my various behavioral difficulties.

    The school system determined that I should be placed in a Gifted-Behavioral program, in which I remained for five years. (Eventually, I was mainstreamed to regular Gifted for part of the day.)

    I went to a public school, so I had to walk to the bus myself. In my earliest elementary-school years, the bus dropped me off at the house owned by the lady who watched me after school. (My mother usually picked me up after 8 or 9 p.m.)

    She had four sons, one of whom died around the time that she began watching me. (It was the night of his high-school graduation - he and his friends were driving drunk.) The youngest was a few years older than me. She told my mother that taking care of me helped to distract her from her grief.

    This woman had a falling-out with my mother when I was in the third grade. Afterward, I spent my afternoons in various after-school programs.

    My mother was fairly clever at working the system to save money on babysitting. I had excellent grades, but my status as a special-ed student qualified me for summer school, so off I went. The summer-school meals were free. (My mother's income was too high to qualify me for free- or reduced-price lunch prices. She was always forcing me to borrow money to eat.) The gaps between regular and summer school were filled by cheapo public-school "day camps." (We sat in the cafeteria while the counselors watched TV.) I never had any carefree, lazy summers as a child.



    I spent relatively little time with my mother. Most of my weekends and holidays were spent with my grandparents. They were wealthy, but somewhat stingy with their money.

    By the time I was born, my mother's marriage had already crashed and burned, due to my father's schizophrenia. (She got a quickie divorce to avoid responsibility for his extensive medical and legal bills. My grandfather did help out with that - he knew a judge who owed him a favor.)

    My grandfather told my mother, "You married the wrong man. It was your mistake, and the child is your responsibility. You made your bed and you lie in it. You can stay in our house, but beyond that, you're on your own." She went back to work within a week of giving birth.

    (One of her expenses was rent - my grandfather did not give her free room and board.)

    If my grandmother objected to these terms, she did not admit it. "He wears the pants" was her constant refrain. I never saw her contradict him in front of anyone, and I doubt that she ever did even in private.

    I found out a few years ago that my grandfather and my grandmother lied about the year of their marriage. In truth, they were married four months before my mother was born. (He was in the Navy. They met while he was on shore leave.) From then on, until a year before his death (of lung cancer, in his mid-60s), he worked his ass off to provide for his unexpected (and, I suspect, initially unwanted) family. He started out sweeping floors and ended up owning his own company. He was always good to me, but there was a coldness to him, a ruthlessness, that I sensed even as a young child.

    He was somewhat anti-Semitic, but I have little doubt that he "thought Yiddish" in all of his business dealings. He didn't exactly "dress British," but he did own some very nice suits.

    In the one family portrait I have, taken at my uncle's wedding (I was five), I am sitting in the position where I have always sat in my family - between my mother and my grandmother. I'm the only one not looking at the camera. My expression tells me I'd rather be anywhere than where I am.

    My grandfather is dead-center, sitting in front of the standing bride and groom. His face wears a neutral expression, behind which I can detect the fierceness that my mother warned me about but which I rarely saw personally. He looks anything but happy - a little sad, a little angry, more than a little perturbed. (I've been told that my uncle's wife - my aunt - was heavily in debt, and that my grandfather advised him not to go through it.)

    Incidentally, besides the bride, my mother is the only one who is smiling. Everyone else looks bored, constipated, or embarrassed. My great aunt (my grandfather's sister), standing between my mother and the bride, looks especially uncomfortable.

    Once, when I incurred his displeasure, my mother told me, "He will never forget. He never forgets, and never forgives." He died shortly afterward, so I never found out if she was right.

    I do know that my mother inherited some of this cold-bloodedness.

    There was an older woman who lived on the same street as my grandparents. She refused even to consider taking care of the child of a divorced woman. My mother, an injustice-collecting grudge-holder if I ever met one, continued to curse this woman well into my adulthood. (She's probably dead now.)

    Fortunately, my mother found an old Jewish lady who lived in a trailer not far from where my mother worked. She took great pride in refusing to speak to me in "baby talk" - she insisted on using proper English, and tried to expose me to as many "big words" as she could. She was something of a hoarder, so instead of reading me fairy tales, she read me articles from old newspapers.

    But anyway...
  255. @Olorin
    Because maybe our host's role is more like a moderator and evolver of discourse and less like a huckster of political horseflesh?

    YES.

    Steve always supported his principles and he ALSO always supported Trump for supporting those principles.

    I can’t imagine what those “steve was on the sidelines” people must be like. The mirror image of shrieking SJW girls I suppose.

  256. @The Z Blog
    I'm going to steal a line from John Rivers. It's nice to have a First lady again, rather than a First Power Forward.

    There's no telling what Trump will be as president, but his record thus far suggests it is a bad idea to bet against him. The thing I'm enjoying thus far is he has a sense of history. By that I mean he watched the blob gobble up Reagan and then the Republican majority in the 90's. He seems to have studied Reagan. Trump is not the same politicians, but he is not trying to be anyone but himself, which is a nice change, as well.

    If the NY Jets had had Michelle Obama in the defensive backfield during the 2010 AFC Championship game, they would have won. Many experts agree with that assessment.

    Michelle Obama would have shut down the Colts’ receivers using her orangutan wingspan combined with her indomitable bitterness.

    Peyton Manning was able to kill the NY Jets by throwing excellent spirals to Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. If Michelle Obama was in the secondary for the NY Jets back in 2010, Collie and Garcon would have been held to minimal catches and yards.

    Rex Ryan could have built his whole defensive scheme around Michelle Obama’s ability to swat down any footballs thrown into the Jets’ territory.

  257. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    I think he’ll do great things – or more importantly make sure the possibility to do great things in the future isn’t lost – unless the banking mafia get him first.

  258. @SmoothieX12
    1. Great speech, with some caveats (and allowances for reality). We'll see.
    2. Melania is the most gorgeous First Lady ever (no Jackie "argument", please).
    3. WW III, at least for now, is postponed and it is a good excuse for opening a bottle of bourbon and lighting a cigar.

    All in all, not a bad day. I would even say, a pretty good one;)

    My brother and I had a few toasts of Irish whiskey.

    America dodged a big bullet November. BHO was lazy, but HRC is not and she had plans for us deplorables.

    Bismarck is reputed to have said, “God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America”.

    God smiled on America once again.

  259. @Jefferson
    "Richard Spencer got knocked out today"

    Richard Spencer never fell to the ground so he didn't get knocked out. Punching someone in the face does not always automatically = knockout.

    "Bash the fash is our motto

    We aren’t going to stop until all you racists are beaten bloody

    This is war. You started it. We will finish it"

    Tiny Duck I bet Trump supporter Caitlyn Jenner can whoop your ass.

    Who’s Caitlyn Jenner?

    Oh, you mean Bruce Jenner!

    It occurs to me that the fact that English uses French loan words to distinguish name changes is problematic for transgendered people.

    Née = woman’s birth name
    Né = man’s birth name

    In French, the adjective has to agree with the noun in gender. But the birth name of a transgender is the opposite gender, requiring the genderbender to bend the gender rules of grammar as well and use an inaccurate and thus confusing form or to admit that he/she did actually used to be a man/woman.

    I guess another way to look at it is that if “née” can be used in gender-neutral names, it can use it with its name and just deny the existence of anything.

    Caitlyn née Bruce Jenner.

  260. @anon
    Another interesting thought: Much of what Jesus taught is not very different from communism/socialism; at least if you squint hard enough. The Kibbutzes of Israel are really communist enterprises done right. Jesus was a Jew, if I may add.

    What are you saying? Are you saying that Israelis finally got Christianity right all these years after Jesus?

  261. @Daniel H
    >>She looks good, yes, but she’s just a bimbo. I mean let’s face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    And what's wrong with that?

    And what’s wrong with that?

    Trophy wife is an epithet used to express sour grapes by those who wish to have or to be a trophy wife, as far as I can figure.

  262. @anon
    Kennedy:

    “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge--and more.”

    But prior to the Post WW 2 view, Americans were wary about foreign entanglements. Our engagement in WW 1 was largely a failure. The America First Committee was primarily opposed to intervention in Europe.

    The AFC was established on September 4, 1940, by Yale Law School student R. Douglas Stuart (son of R. Douglas Stuart, co-founder of Quaker Oats), along with other students, including future President Gerald Ford, future Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver, and future U.S. Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart. Future President John F. Kennedy contributed $100, along with a note saying "What you all are doing is vital." At its peak, America First claimed 800,000 dues-paying members in 450 chapters, located mostly in a 300-mile radius of Chicago.

    By the time of the Vietnam War, the notion of “paying any price” was wearing thin. After all, we had won WW 2. We had laid the groundwork for Europe to defend itself against the expansionism of the USSR. We won. Vietnam was so unpopular that it appeared that we were back to a world of America First. Since 'pay any price' then included drafting my sorry ass and shipping it to Vietnam, I found the stirring rhetoric of Kennedy a lot less convincing.

    Trump:

    “At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

    From this day forward, it's going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”

    Someone commented that 'America First' had, perhaps, too much baggage. But rather than simply appearing to be on the wrong side of history, it was simply bad timing. In fact, one is left to believe that the movement consisted only of Charles Lindbergh, some Cripto Nazis, and a bunch of self centered, rich WASPS.

    The beauty is that Trump doesn't need to solve the three body problem. The two big things are simply *not* doing thing. Fighting wars in which we have no strategic dog in the hunt, and not ignoring immigration laws.

    As far as reviving American industry? There is low hanging fruit. "Obama files WTO complaint over Chinese aluminum subsidies." His last week in office. This has been going on for years. And it involves China's use of dirty, high sulphur coal to generate the electricity. That train's left the station: http://www.voanews.com/a/historic-aluminum-smelting-industry-in-rapid-decline-in-us/3201868.html But it could come back with enough attention.

    This is the part that hit home with me. "without a thought"

    "with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind."

    Along with the thoughtlessness and carelessness of our foreign policy. It's bad enough to be wrong. But to provoke Russia without a thought? Because of Pussy Riot?

    We aren't gong to become Luddites, but there is enough low hanging fruit to make a difference. And instead of years, demand a resolution in weeks. The American market is the largest and most desirable in the world. Don't just give it away. American Citizenship is valuable. Don't just give it away.

    “Someone commented that ‘America First’ had, perhaps, too much baggage.”

    It was contrived after the fact baggage. The American people would have been, and would be today, much better off ignoring other people’s conflicts.

  263. @Anon
    She looks good, yes, but she's just a bimbo. I mean let's face it. Trump married her as trophy wife.

    How many bimbo’s speak five languages?

  264. @Clyde

    Wonderful, wonderful speech. A huge Fuck You to the Elites, the Media the Politicians and the other tools of the State.
     
    Not wimping out! Another good sign are his Cabinet picks. All are big government skeptics who want to reign in their Department and reduce the number of trough feeders. Just look at the guy heading EPA, Scott Pruitt. He is making libs heads explode. The EPA has been running a scam for years with lawyer led eco-NGOs. The EPA tells them what regulations are ripe to sue over. EPA will then cave in and the liberal Orgs who sue get money out of the deal.
    DJT is almost 70 so he needs to conserve his energies. So appointing people who agree with him and who will kick lib ass is important. Then they take care of business for Trump and the American people.

    DJT is almost 70 so he needs to conserve his energies. So appointing people who agree with him and who will kick lib ass is important. Then they take care of business for Trump and the American people.

    Dude, he is appointing guys who want revenge.

    The significance of his first two appointees, Kelly and Mattis, should not be overlooked. Both are guys who should have been Commandant of the Marine Corps but were purged by Obama.

    The media has totally missed this of course, but nearly all Marines, current or former, get the significance of the appointees as well as the timing of signing their commissions, very first thing he did in office.

    As the saying goes, the Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand.

    The inauguration address was basically a short, direct battlefield speech to the troops that the fighting has only just begun.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    Thanks for cluing me in on the Marines and Kelly and Mattis situation. I know Scott Pruitt heading up the EPA wants revenge. I sure hope he gets through the Senate approval process. If I were Chuckie Scuhmer I would put up a fight against him.
  265. @Mr. Anon
    "Nine–nine!–hours of President Trump now, and still no roundups of Jews, no lynchings, no concentration camps, no nuclear war. This isn’t how i was told it was going to be. What the hell is going on?"

    I'm still waiting for the Oceans to stop rising, which President Obama assured us happened on November 4th, 2008.

    Mr. Anon, you NEVER disappoint.

    Happy 2017!

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Mr. Anon, you NEVER disappoint.

    Happy 2017!"

    Obviously you have never talked to my wife, my parents, or my boss.

    But thank you very much. And I wish you a very happy 2017 as well.
  266. @Jim Don Bob
    What is the evidence that Jackie was bright?

    Jackie was a dilettante not an intellectual but she was bright.

    She got high grades in school back in the day when students were actually expected to learn something. And she apparently knew a lot about art and art history. When she met DeGaulle, she conversed with him in fluent French. And she was a voracious reader all her life, liked the poetry of Rimbaud.

    I read an intro she wrote for an exhibit of the history of fashion that went to various museums. It was mannered but very well written, worlds above Michelle Obama’s intro to her thesis.

  267. @BB753
    Trump is a natural politician. You have to be blind not to see that, particularly if you are in politics. It takes balls of steel to go directly for the highest office, to forego being NY mayor or senator or whatever was within his reach 20 to 10 years ago. It seems he was confident to win the Republican nomination already in 2012, but pulled out at the last moment. Beating Obama would have been difficult in 2012, but Hillary last year proved quite easy to win.
    Knowing Hillary well, he knew he just had to brush aside non-entities like Jeb, Rubio and Cruz for the nomination, and that the election was a done deal. He just needed the right team to win and he hired the best. Let's hope Trump's administration is also staffed with the best and people loyal to his political vision.

    Knowing Hillary well, he knew he just had to brush aside non-entities like Jeb, Rubio and Cruz for the nomination, and that the election was a done deal.

    He didn’t make a secret of this either. If you watch his rally speeches right from the start, well before any primary voting, he says this same thing over and over.

    It was all there in plain view, amazing to me how little this was picked up by any media, whether pro or anti Trump.

  268. @Anon
    "she’s a pretty sharp cookie"

    If you got the looks, you only need to 'look smart'.

    Well, I wonder if Jackie O ever figured out she wa