Tuesday, February 21, 2017

YES, THE MEDIA IS THE ENEMY

After President Trump lambasted the media several times in recent days, even calling it "the enemy of the American people," calls of "FOWL" could be heard not only across the so-called journalistic spectrum, but among Democrats and Republicans as well.  Republican Senator John McCain even had the unmitigated gall to pull an Obama stunt: go to a foreign country and start criticizing America.  He sternly warned that a free press is the bastion of American democracy.   

Historically speaking, that used to be the case; we depended on our free press for getting at the news and relaying it to us honestly, completely and objectively.  With few exceptions, however, they have become a political entity in and of themselves, working in tandem with those who would see our national values and beliefs destroyed with their own propriety and responsibility being damned. 

To the press and the media: When you see yourselves under attack from a growing number of Americans, when your own popularity is lower in the basement than that of Congress, and when those who you so blindly admire have just lost in the biggest national political upset in modern history... isn't it time to perform a little self-introspection?  Shouldn't you have the maturity to look inside yourselves and ask whether or not you are really at blame?  

Monday, February 20, 2017

I JUST GOT FIRED AND I'M NOT TO BLAME!

Down there in good old Catoosa, Oklahoma, 12 Hispanic restaurant workers just got fired.  It seems they decided, (without warning), to take a day off in support of the "Day Without Immigrants" movement.  The owner of the "I Don't Care Bar and Grill" suddenly found himself in the proverbial pickle; he didn't have enough employees to take care of business. 

Now, they're all whining.  “(They’re) upset they stood for something they felt was necessary so the community would stand together, and they got terminated for that,” a friend said

I mean, after all...  You should have the right to walk off a job at any time, without any notice, for political reasons and not get fired, right?  
 

Friday, February 17, 2017

MEDIA IN UNJUSTIFIED HISSY FIT

Trump has allowed brief questions during press conferences held during state visits from leaders of other countries.  During the open question periods, he seems to have avoided selecting questions from the mainstream media, which is totally understandable; they've been spinning, fabricating and otherwise outrageously distorting the reality of the news to fit their own liberal-left agendas.  When Trump says something, they are famous for taking what he says out of context and using it against him.  

Frankly, if I were Trump, I wouldn't even let most of those scoundrels into the White House Press Corps.  

With that little bit of history, you can understand why I have to laugh when they get their bowels in an uproar because Trump doesn't pick them to ask questions.  They have more gall than Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters combined.  

They've morphed from being responsible, informative journalists into being totally useless toads.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SUPPORT TRUMP? FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE!

71-year-old Kathleen Staunton, a staffer for California Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher, was on her way out of her Huntington Beach office when she was accosted by anti-Trump protesters and knocked to the ground where she hit her head and was then rushed to the hospital... unconscious.   Protesters are trying to play it off as an accident.    

We all know of people who have been beaten because they were wearing a Trump cap or had a Trump bumper sticker on their car.  

When will the first murder happen? 

You need to buy a gun and learn how to use it, because things are very scary in this country right now. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

FIRST BLOOD

The abrupt departure of General Michael Flynn from the Trump administration Monday night was the first casualty in what is certainly going to be a tumultuous four years.  Flynn had been highly regarded by Trump during and immediately after the campaign.  

Allegedly, Flynn either compromised or could have compromised national security when he had a private conversation about Obama's sanctions against Russia before the inauguration.  While I think that is simple poppycock, that the story had been embellished by the national media and Democrat operatives, I do have a problem with how it all came down.  

When the story first leaked, Flynn told Vice President Pence that it was not true, that he had indeed not had conversations about sanctions with the Russian ambassador.   With that, Pence went public in support of Flynn.  What the source of the ensuing information is, I am not certain; some think it was the National Security Agency.  But, someone came forth with factual information on the telephone call to show that Flynn had indeed discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador. 

Therein lies the first rule of executive leadership: If you make a mistake, don't try to lie your way out of it; admit it, apologize for it, suffer the consequences and move on.  Flynn, being the National Security Advisor to Trump, had a high level of responsibility to be candid and truthful.  The coverup was far more of a sin than the discussion of sanctions. 

I'd like to be able to say that Flynn was a victim of foul play and that a Democrat Party "mole" within the Trump Administration was actually to blame for Flynn's firing; while that may have been the case, Flynn in reality fired himself. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

OROVILLE DAM CALAMITY WAS PREVENTABLE

Oroville Dam in northern California has come perilously close to at least a partial breach as the lake rapidly filled with water from its watershed inputs as a result of recent heavy warm rains on top of a huge snow pack.  Over 188,000 people were evacuated from the city of Oroville and points downstream Sunday afternoon as holes in the two spillways from the dam threatened to eat back toward the face of the dam structure.  

The earthen dam was completed in 1968 to contain waters from the frequently flooded Feather River and to generate electricity; at 700 feet, it is the tallest dam of its kind in the United States.  Both a primary and an emergency spillway were included in the dam construction.  The flow from primary spillway can be controlled, while the flow from the higher emergency spillway cannot; when the water reaches a certain depth, it automatically starts to flow over the concrete lip of the spillway.  The primary spillway was lined with concrete while the emergency spillway was not.  

The dam itself must meet regular inspections for safety.  Twelve years ago, three concerned environmental groups, (the Friends of the River, the Sierra Club and the South Yuba Citizens League ), filed a motion with the federal government as part of Oroville Dam’s relicensing process, urging federal officials to require that the dam’s emergency spillway be armored with concrete, rather than remain as an earthen hillside.   The state Department of Water Resources, and the water agencies that would likely have had to pay the bill for the upgrades, said that contrary to fears, such upgrades were unnecessary and the dam was subsequently relicensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

With water flowing into the dam at an alarming rate and much faster than what was being released through the electrical generation process, dam officials decided they should release some water through the primary spillway.  It is questionable as to whether that decision was reached soon enough.  Moreover, it readily became apparent that the concrete liner was deficient and damaged as a gaping hole appeared approximately one-third of the way down the spillway.  So, they shut the water release off while saying there was no reason for concern. 

Nevertheless, just a couple of days later and without any repairs or mitigation of the hole, they once again started releasing water, which signifies that they were in bigger troubles than they willing to admit.  The release was not enough to overcome the tremendous amount of water runoff coming into the dam, and the water level rose to the point of going over the emergency spillway.  That water quickly ate a hole of its own in the bare earth, close to the top of the spillway... close enough that the resulting erosion threatened to strip the concrete off the spillway lip and cause a huge rupture which could have released at least a 30 foot wall of water from the dam... and potentially much, much more.  

That's when the evacuations started. 

As for the dam officials, when questioned about the decision not to line the emergency spillway 12 years ago... well, you know the answer: "Don't blame us, we weren't here in those days and we're much too busy handling the current situation to stop and talk about it."  

Monday, February 13, 2017

IMPEACH 9TH CIRCUIT COURT PANEL JUDGES

There's been some discussion lately about splitting the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals into two courts; the justifiable response has been that such a move would simply create two renegade courts and I agree with that thinking.  

The role of Judges is not to make law, but to apply it.    They're supposed to weigh the evidence and facts in a legal matter and then apply existing statutory and case law to reach a decision.  Just because they sit on an elevated bench does not mean they are gods or that they can make up their own rules as they go along.  

But, what do we do when they consistently violate judicial principles, such as in the case of the three-Judge panel ruling on Trump's temporary immigration halt?  The founders of this country provided a remedy: it's called "impeachment."  Their intent for impeachment was to protect the fundamental principle of “the consent of the governed.” The Constitution carries no other title than “We the People,” and impeachment removes from office those officials who ignore that standard. (The Constitution does not guarantee a federal judge his position for life, but only for the duration of “good behavior.” Art. III, Sec. 1) 

These Judges have proven beyond any reasonable doubt that they have allowed the politics of the day to interfere with due and just application of the law.  They're to blame for this mess, and the proper remedy is for them to be disgraced, removed from office and replaced with Judges who understand judicial ethics and rules.  


Friday, February 10, 2017

IF YOU CAN'T HURT TRUMP, HURT HIS FAMILY

Trump seems to be undaunted by the relentless assault from the left, an assault overtly made in the attempt to slow down or stop his agenda.  

So, now they're going after his family.  Nordstrom and Neiman-Marcus are dropping Ivanka Trump's line of clothing and Macy's may follow suit.  Nordstrom is claiming that sales of her items are no longer profitable.  All three seem to be bowing to left-wing demagoguery demanding that they drop Ivanka's clothing.

If sales at these stores are dropping, and they indeed have been the three major outlets for her outfits, then why has her company been showing increasing profits?   

Just askin'...

Thursday, February 09, 2017

THE REAL PROBLEM WITH JEFF SESSIONS

Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as Attorney General of the United States.  But Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats pulled out all of the stops in a failed attempt to derail the nomination.  In fact, Warren had to be told to shut up and sit down.  

Why all of the vitriolic rhetoric against Sessions?  Well, as we all know, it was the Democrat Party that was so steadfastly against freeing the slaves and they've recently been reminded of that fact by various Republicans responding to Democrat cries of racism.  Given that history, one must also be reminded that it was Jeff Sessions who was responsible for desegregation of schools in Alabama.  

So, there it is in a nutshell.  Now you know what the real problem is between Sessions and the Democrats and who is really to blame.  

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY

Nancy Pelosi has proven that the Democrats smoke too much ozone... or something.  "While it's only been a couple of weeks since the inauguration, we've seen nothing that I can work with President Bush on," Pelosi said during a Monday press conference.  

None of her Democrat lackeys gathered around her at the time bothered to correct her, so we have to assume that they also think Bush is President.  

No wonder no one's listening to them anymore.