Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Trump, Putin, and Yalta

The fools portraying President Trump's comments at his press conference with Vladimir Putin as the worst affront ever and akin to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 need some historical perspective.

Daniel J. Flynn writes:

Robin Wright of the New Yorker dubbed the Helsinki summit the worst such meeting between Russian and American leaders. The event left New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to write, “Donald Trump is either an asset of Russian intelligence or really enjoys playing one on TV.” Former CIA director John Brennan called Trump’s performance “nothing short of treasonous.”

If only a member of the president’s entourage departed the summit for Moscow to receive official honors for his service to Russia, then perhaps Donald Trump’s critics might view him in a more favorable light. This actually happened at the conclusion of the Yalta Summit, when Franklin Roosevelt’s advisor Alger Hiss traveled to Moscow. There, his Russian masters decorated him.

“Recently ALES and his whole group were awarded Soviet decorations,” reads a Soviet intelligence document intercepted and decrypted by the Venona project. “After the Yalta conference, when he had gone on to Moscow, a Soviet personage in a very responsible position (ALES gave to understand that it was Comrade Vyshinsky) allegedly got in touch with ALES and at the behest of the Military NEIGHBOURS passed oil to him their gratitude and so on.”

Hiss, one of just three Americans to accompany the secretary of state to Moscow after Yalta, was the figure codenamed “ALES.” The word “NEIGHBOURS” meant GRU, Russian military intelligence.

This strangely does not besmirch the reputation of Franklin Roosevelt. Historians consistently rank him as among America’s three greatest presidents. Many of the Democrats lambasting Trump regard Roosevelt as the greatest president.

What happened at Yalta proved far more consequential than anything that comes out of the Helsinki conference. Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill gave their imprimatur to the Russians controlling Poland after the war. Ditto for East Germany. Did Trump’s critics forget Roosevelt’s kid-glove treatment of Joseph Stalin when evaluating Trump’s interactions with Vladimir Putin?

...This does not absolve Trump from criticism regarding certain answers in his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin. It just indicates that past American presidents got far worse results and cozied up to far worse Russian leaders. The reaction to Trump’s performance ranks as an overreaction.

The insanity of the Trump critics needs to be reined in.

The Trump haters are taking leave of history and reality. They can't be permitted to twist the truth just because they refuse to accept that Trump won the election and is president.


Read: "We're All Cold Warriors Now"

Josh Hader's Tweets

The Internet is forever.

If Josh Hader didn't know that before his appearance in last night's All-Star Game, he knows it now.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Josh Hader's All-Star Game debut, 40 minutes from his hometown of Millersville, had already gone badly when he presided over a three-run eighth inning that put the National League down in an eventual 8-6 loss at Nationals Park.

Then, as the former Orioles draft pick and current Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher exited the game and returned to the clubhouse, he realized the three-run home run he allowed to Jean Segura would be the least of his problems.

Hader, 24, had a set of tweets using racist, homophobic, and sexist language uncovered as he was on the mound in the All-Star Game, language he called "inexcusable" in a postgame media session.

..."It was something that happened when I was 17 years old, and as a child, I was immature," Hader said. "I obviously said some things that were inexcusable. That doesn't reflect on who I am as a person today, and that's just what it is."

"There's no excuse for what was said. I'm deeply sorry for what I said, and what has been going on. Like I said, it doesn't reflect any of my beliefs going on now."

Read the tweets here.

Holy moly. They're bad.

Oh, Josh.

Hader did the right thing. He apologized. He called his language inexcusable. What more can he do?

What he said at seventeen shouldn't be used against him now. If he tweeted that stuff recently, it would be a different matter.

I am so glad I left no Internet footprints when I was seventeen.

The Doors: The Soft Parade - 49 Years Ago

The Doors released The Soft Parade 49 years ago today.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

All-Star Game - Brewers

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Occupation of Palestine

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez clearly doesn't know what she's talking about.

Democrat Steve Cohen - Military Insurrection

Democrat Steve Cohen is spouting some treasonous sounding stuff.

NYT Trump Putin Cartoon

This is homophobic.

If a conservative media outlet put out something like this, advertisers would have already felt the wrath of the Left.

DNC Server and the FBI

Why didn't the FBI get a warrant, raid the DNC, and obtain access to the server?

Very strange.

Helsinki Summit Meltdown

The hysteria following President Trump's press conference with Vladimir Putin reached new heights on Monday.

These people need to get a grip.

Ron Asheton - 70 Years Ago

Ron Asheton was born 70 years ago today.

Here's Ron on guitar:

Monday, July 16, 2018

Helsinki Summit

It's awful to watch so many people rooting against President Trump.

The Democrats and their media and entertainment industry partners refuse to give it a rest.

The meeting is an abomination! Trump is Putin's puppet.

Blah, blah, blah.


The Trump haters are utterly impotent.

Charles and William Refuse to Meet Trump

From The Hill:
Prince Charles and Prince William refused to meet with President Trump during his visit to the United Kingdom, according to London newspaper The Sunday Times.

A source familiar with the planning for the president and first lady Melania Trump's meeting with Queen Elizabeth II told the Times that Charles and William made it clear that they did not want to participate.

“This business of Prince Charles and Prince William not being there for the Trump visit was a snub,” the source told the paper. “They simply refused to attend. It’s a very, very unusual thing for the queen to be there on her own. Usually she is accompanied by somebody. Prince Charles has been substituting for Philip a lot recently.”

Oh my God, Prince Charles and Prince William snubbed President Trump and First Lady Melania! They're so courageous!

...The Trumps met with the queen on Friday for tea at Windsor Castle, sparking social media backlash among the British public after video showed the president walking in front of the queen. The move was seen as a sign of disrespect, though it did not technically break royal protocol.
Really, who cares?

This article is gossipy crap.

If Charles and William were, in fact, making a statement and intentionally snubbing the Trumps, then they did.

Who cares?

I do not.

Hillary, World Cup, Trump, and Putin

Oh good grief!

Hillary Clinton just won't stop!

She needs family and friends to stage an intervention as soon as possible.

Trump knows which team he's on - America.

London Breed: San Francisco - Feces City

Downtown San Francisco is a mess.

From NBC Bay Area:

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco in search of trash, needles, and feces. The investigation revealed trash littered across every block. The survey also found 41 blocks dotted with needles and 96 blocks sullied with piles of feces.

How dirty is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city – the more than 20-mile stretch includes popular tourist spots like Union Square and major hotel chains. The area – bordered by Van Ness Avenue, Market Street, Post Street and Grant Avenue – is also home to City Hall, schools, playgrounds, and a police station.

As the Investigative Unit photographed nearly a dozen hypodermic needles scattered across one block, a group of preschool students happened to walk by on their way to an afternoon field trip to city hall.

“We see poop, we see pee, we see needles, and we see trash,” said teacher Adelita Orellana. “Sometimes they ask what is it, and that’s a conversation that’s a little difficult to have with a 2-year old, but we just let them know that those things are full of germs, that they are dangerous, and they should never be touched.”
This is not acceptable.

But hey, plastic straws are being phased out!

From NBC Bay Area:

San Francisco Mayor London Breed, in her first one-on-one interview since taking office, said homeless advocacy groups that receive funding from the city need to better educate the homeless to "clean up after themselves."

"I work hard to make sure your programs are funded for the purposes of trying to get these individuals help, and what I am asking you to do is work with your clients and ask them to at least have respect for the community — at least, clean up after themselves and show respect to one another and people in the neighborhood," Breed told the Investigative Unit, referencing her conversations with nonprofit groups aimed at serving the homeless.

...A recent NBC Bay Area investigation went viral after exposing an alarming amount of trash, drug needles, and feces scattered across San Francisco.

The report centered around a 153-block survey of downtown San Francisco, which revealed trash on every block, 100 needles, and more than 300 piles of feces along the 20-mile stretch of streets and sidewalks.

On Friday, two days after Breed's inauguration, the new mayor during an afternoon stroll saw firsthand the reality and challenges of the city. Video recorded by NBC Bay Area shows a man prepping a needle as Breed walked by.

"I will say there is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here," Breed said. "That is a huge problem and we are not just talking about from dogs — we’re talking about from humans."
Yes, that is a huge problem.

The city has spent tens of millions of dollars on clean up programs. Such efforts aren't effective. According to Breed, "They're out there doing what they can to keep the community clean, almost every day, and then right after they leave, maybe an hour or two later, the place is filled with trash again."

I'm glad I don't live in San Francisco.

Russian Interference on Obama's Watch

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Milwaukee Brewers All-Stars

Nancy Pelosi Impaired

Something is wrong with Nancy Pelosi.

From the American Mirror:

The House Minority Leader — and presumptive Speaker of the House if Democrats retake the majority this November — displayed more bizarre behavior for reporters on Thursday as she held her weekly press conference.

Pelosi suffered brain freezes, speech problems and confused Russia and China at least twice.

Jimmy Carter Malaise Speech - 39 Years Ago

On July 15, 1979, Jimmy Carter delivered his most famous address, his "Malaise Speech."

The good old days.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

London Anti-Trump Protests Anti-American

The anti-Trump protests in London were quite a spectacle.

From TIME:

Thousands of protesters filled central London on Friday to demonstrate against President Donald Trump during his visit to the United Kingdom.

The day’s protests in London began with the launch of a six-meter tall blimp depicting Trump as an orange baby outside Britain’s parliament, which launched despite the fact that activists said they had received threats it could be shot down.

Protests swelled early in the afternoon, with crowds assembling close to the BBC headquarters in central London before marching through the streets. Under a hot midday sun, the crowds chanted “hey, ho, Donald Trump has got to go” and “Donald Trump, go away, racist, sexist, anti-gay.” More than 200,000 people had expressed interest in attending the London protests on social media, though the exact crowd size is not known. London police said they do not routinely release estimates for crowd sizes at protests, instead leaving it up to organizers.

...Many on the streets in London emphasized the protests were against Trump rather than America. “Love America, hate Trump,” read one sign seen by TIME.

“This protest is not anti-American,” said London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan in a statement on Thursday. “Most of those marching on Friday will love the United States, just as I do.”
Trump said the protests made him feel "unwelcome."

This "Love America, hate Trump" stuff is crap.

The protests in London definitely were anti-American.

Half the country supports President Trump. We elected him. The protests were not showing love for all those millions and millions of Americans.

It's ridiculous for London Mayor Sadiq Khan to claim the event wasn't anti-American. Showing such disrespect for the American president is an insult to the American people. It's impossible to separate Trump and America. He is the president of the United States.

3-Year-Old Sings National Anthem

Kevin Nicholson - Wisconsin Right to Life Endorsement

From WisPolitics:

Wisconsin Right to Life’s Political Action Committee has endorsed the following candidates for the August 14th, 2018 Primary Election:

U.S. Senate

Kevin Nicholson (R)

Leah Vukmir (R)


July 13, 2018 – (Delafield, WI) – Cheyenne Foster, Campaign Manager for Marine veteran and political outsider Kevin Nicholson, issued the following statement regarding the Wisconsin Right to Life PAC Endorsement of Kevin Nicholson:
"The Wisconsin Right to Life PAC endorsement of Kevin Nicholson is a direct rebuke of the misleading attacks that Leah Vukmir and her allies have made on Kevin's pro-life beliefs. While Kevin was not raised in a pro-life home, his faith, the birth of his
children, and his time spent in combat where he saw the loss of innocent life made an enormous impact on his views, leading to his strong and undeniable support for life.

In addition to their work to protect human life, the pro-life community works tirelessly to educate and encourage people to embrace the importance of protecting innocent life, as Kevin has. Attacking or questioning a person's individual journey to supporting life is an affront to the many who have experienced the same conversion. We are thankful the Wisconsin Right to Life PAC recognizes Kevin's true belief in protecting life – along with Wisconsin Family Action who has also endorsed him, and Pro-Life Wisconsin, who gave him a 100% rating."
Kevin Nicholson went on to express his appreciation for the Wisconsin Right to Life PAC’s
"I am honored to receive this endorsement. My focus remains on defeating Tammy Baldwin so that sensible people can work together to protect innocent life. The importance of defeating Tammy Baldwin was highlighted again this week, when Baldwin indicated that she wouldn't support President Trump's nomination of Constitutional originalist justices like Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who understand that our Constitution is fundamentally a pro-life document."
Nicholson is a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently works as a business consultant, helping companies solve their toughest problems. He is a first-time candidate running in the Republican primary to defeat Democrat Tammy Baldwin. He and his wife live in Delafield with their three young children.
That's sort of odd.

WRTL gave Kevin Nicholson an unqualified endorsement.

The group does qualified endorsement to candidates. For example, Todd Novak received an endorsement with an asterisk.

**This candidate received a qualified endorsement due to his or her position on rape and incest exceptions.
No asterisk for Nicholson?

From WMTV:

Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson says he would be open to bills cracking down on abortions that provide exceptions for such things as rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother.

That is a difference from his Republican challenger state Sen. Leah Vukmir who supports a zero-exception abortion ban.

Nicholson said at a luncheon Tuesday that he would decide whether and what exceptions were permissible on a "case by case" basis if the legislation "appreciably saves human lives."

He says he wants legislation that "saves the unborn and does it in a way that's enforceable."

Nicholson says the ultimate consideration on whether he would back abortion legislation with exceptions depends on how it would be enacted and if it's enforceable.
Is Kevin Nicholson more pro-life than Tammy Baldwin? Absolutely.

Is he as pro-life as Leah Vukmir? No.

I don't doubt that Nicholson would support some pro-life legislation which would be a dramatic improvement over Tammy Baldwin. But, I think it's dishonest to give him the same endorsement as Vukmir.

I don't think Nicholson is misrepresenting his current stance on abortion, though his past comments about abortion are something to consider.

People can change their views as Nicholson did.

Unlike Nicholson, Leah Vukmir has been consistently and without qualification pro-life. That difference should be reflected in the WRTL endorsement.