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Trump to Newsom: We Want Our Rail Boondoggle Money Back!

The Evening Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Responding to the action taken on Tuesday by California Governor Gavin Newsom to cancel 2/3rds of Jerry Brown’s high speed rail boondoggle, President Donald Trump (how could anyone ever tire of typing those three glorious words?) issued a tweet at 7:29 CT demanding the federal government’s ill-considered subsidies of the fake green project back:

That’s right: The federal government (in an other president’s administration – you get one guess as to which one) is so absurdly wasteful that it actually looked a this disastrous waste of taxpayer money and said, “hey, we want a piece of that action!”, ultimately coming across with $3.5 billion in subsidies.

Now, the current POTUS wants the money back in his never-ending, singular focus to Make America Great Again.

Somebody go make some popcorn, because this is about to get good…

That is all.

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Gavin Newsom Blows Green Wet Dreams to Smithereens

The Evening Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

This afternoon, California Governor Gavin Newsom kicked Jerry Brown’s great high-speed rail boondoggle to the sidelines, announcing a major scaling-back of the $100 billion Bankruptcy Express:

“Let’s level about the high-speed rail,” Newsom said. “Let’s be real, the current project as planned would cost too much and, respectfully, take too long. Right now, there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A. I wish there were.”

Oh.

But wait – what about this “Green New Deal”, and its pipedream promise to “build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary”? If we can’t build a single such line from “Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A.”, what then of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s grand plans to connect apparently every significant city, town, village and dot-on-the-map with such lines in 10 short years?

The answer is obvious to anyone whose cranial synapses are firing, which apparently excludes all elected Democrats and everyone working at a major fake news media outlet like CNN.

It is important to remember that, about a decade ago, the initial estimated cost for Jerry Brown’s Boondoggle came in at $29 billion. As the years dragged on the estimates of course rose – as happens with any big-government socialist land grab. As Newsom pulls the plug on about 2/3rds of the thing, the current cost estimates are now in the $100 billion range and rising every day.

So when you see some talking head “expert” tossing out a Green New Deal cost of $40 trillion in today’s dollars, just remember that a decade from now that number will almost certainly have climbed well to the north of $120 trillion or so.

Gov. Newsom is a far, far leftist himself, and certainly didn’t mean to do it, but his announcement today well and truly put the leftist, fake green lie to any rational thoughts that AOC’s “Green New Deal” might ever be doable.

To quote Shakespeare, “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

That is all.

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By Failing to Police its Own House, the WHCA is Destroying the Press Corps

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

No comedian at the Nerd Prom?  So, just like last year, then. –  The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) announced on Monday that this year’s White House Press Dinner will feature presidential biographer Ron Chernow rather than another of the horrible, un-funny “comedians” that had become its tradition.

This is all a backlash to the despicable performance delivered at last year’s nerd prom by Michelle Wolf, who parlayed the national attention gained from that night into a Netflix show that lasted about 15 minutes before it was cancelled because nobody was watching. True to form, Wolf responded to yesterday’s news exactly how one would expect:

Speaking of shameless attention-seekers, I’m old enough to remember when Kirsten Powers was not certifiably insane. – CNN commentator Kirsten Powers told that network’s depraved audience that all white women who voted for Donald Trump are racists, and no one at CNN blinked an eye since she made her remark on the show hosted by raging bigot Don Lemon. But the comment did result in a major backlash on Twitter, because of course it did.

Powers, who has made a habit of saying all manner of outlandish things on CNN in recent months in her ongoing effort to become relevant to the depraved Democrat voter base, responded to the backlash with this tweet:

Here’s the thing: Kirsten actually thought that tweet made things better. She really did. Get some professional help, Kirsten.

Ocasio Cortez Watch:

 

Ok, so, Trump was right, right?  Right. – California Governor Jerry Brown, facing a human tragedy of unimaginable proportions, quietly proposed legislation that would implement sweeping changes to the management of forests in the Golden State.

In doing so, Brown abandoned his specious claims that the massive and deadly wildfires his state has seen in recent years are caused by “climate change”, and basically admitted that President Donald Trump is right to point the finger at the idiotic forest management policies that result from that cult-like belief in climate dogma. Brown’s new bill will allow the logging of larger trees and building of new roads without obtaining permits, along with other measures designed to thin the forest undergrowth that has grown out of control and which provides the kindling and fuel for the massive and rapidly-moving fires seen in California over the past decade.

The death toll from this latest outbreak of major fires rose above 80 on Monday, with more than 1,000 citizens still unaccounted-for. Those deaths are the legacy of Gov. Brown and the radical environmental movement towards which he has spent the last 8 years pandering. It is a crying shame that it took this level of human loss to convince the Governor to finally, at long last do the right thing and begin managing his state’s forests again. Incoming Governor Gavin Newsome, who, along with Brown toured the devastation with President Trump over the weekend, has inherited a giant mess. It remains to be seen if he is a serious enough person to adequately deal with it.

So, it’s gonna be cold? That’s global warming, too. – The National Weather Service is predicting record cold temperatures throughout the Northeast over this Thanksgiving weekend. The same climate cultists who insist we should not attempt to manage forests will also insist that those record cold temperatures are due to “global warming.” Or something.

Meanwhile, back at the White House… – The White House press office fully restored CNN performance artist Jim Acosta’s press pass on Monday, resulting in the dismissal of CNN’s lawsuit over the matter.  At the same time, the White House issued a simple set of rules for Acosta and his fellow tantrum-throwing fake journalists to follow at future press briefings:

  • A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists.
  • At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor.
  • Yielding the floor” includes, when applicable, physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner.
  • Failure to abide by any of rules may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.

That’s all well and good, but basically, the right answer for the White House lies in what I have been advocating in this space since March, 2017: Stop holding formal press briefings, period. The President alluded to this possibility in his interview over the weekend with Chris Wallace, and to their great credit, the White House has already cut back on the number of briefings Sanders conducts, holding only a handful each month since July.

The right thing to do here is to notify the WHCA that the next breach of decorum by an Acosta or April Ryan or any of the other preening peacocks who loiter around the White House grounds each day will result in the immediate suspension of all briefings until the press itself has properly dealt with the offender. In fact, by raising that scenario with Wallace, President Trump has essentially issued that fair warning.

There are myriad ways in today’s high-tech society for the White House to satisfy its duty to keep the American people informed of its daily activities on their behalf. The holding of formal briefings so that peacocks like Acosta can preen and squawk for the cameras is not required and frankly not even among the better means of living up to this duty.

Just as limiting or eliminating their ability to satisfy their need for attention is the most effective way for parents to deal with their acting-up toddlers, it is also the most effective way for the White House to deal with acting-up reporters. The very fact that a set of rules for decorum had to be written and published is proof of that reality.

But it all became necessary due to the failure by the WHCA to properly do its job and police its own membership, just as the change in format for the Nerd Prom was needed due to the failure of the WHCA to properly control its featured speakers. The truth is that the WHCA is an association of “professionals” who refuse to enforce professional standards of behavior on their own membership. When that happens, someone in authority has to find a way to do that job for them.

What we saw on Monday was the result.

That is all.

 

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The Media and Pollsters Don’t ‘Get’ Trump Voters, and Don’t Care To

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

But Ellison’s a Democrat, so… – A bunch of c-list celebrities produced a video in support of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christina Ford.  Funny, they did not produce any similar video saying we should all just believe the accuser of DNC Vice Chairman Keith Ellison, Karen Monahan, who actually has 911 calls, photos and other actual evidence to back her story of heinous violence and sexual assault.

Funny how that works.

Ms. Ford deserves a chance to be heard.  She’s been heard all week, in fact, and her chance to be heard under oath is Monday.  She does not deserve to be believed out of hand and neither does anyone else.  These celebrities deserve nothing but our contempt and scorn.

hmmmm…what to do about all this sex abuse by our clergy?  Hey, I have an idea!  Let’s meet with Bono! – So, Pope Francis, under fire for his failure to do much of anything about the latest rise in rampant sexual abuse among the pedophile-ridden clergy of the Catholic Church, met with Bono in a transparent effort to get a famous third party speaking on his behalf.

The reliable leftist rock star came away from the meeting and did his job just right, telling the media that the Pope was just all “aghast” about the apparent news to him that there’s “trouble, big trouble right here in River City!”  No doubt Pope Francis was also “shocked, shocked to discover gambling” going on at Rick’s Cabaret as well.

“You can see the pain in his face,” Bono said, “and I felt he was sincere.”  Naturally, Bono also said, he met with the Pope to discuss  “the wild beast that is capitalism” and sustainable development, two subjects that the Pope obviously considers to be far more critical than stopping his priests from preying on young boys.  No doubt it was a delightful Marxist discussion.

(My apologies to all my Catholic friends, but this story was just too much to take.)

From our “Hey, that’s what the Campaign Update said on Monday” files… – Derek Hunter, writing at Townhall.com, has a really good piece out titled “It’s Time for Republicans to Grow a Pair.”  Why yes, yes it is.

This happened to me in 2017, guys. – The Denver Post tells us this morning that more than half of all the calls we get on our cell phones will be junk marketing calls by some point in 2019.  Way ahead of you here, folks.

Yes.  That’s why he got elected, doofus. – California Governor Jerry Brown complained on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is “sabotaging the world order in many respects.”  “Yes, so what’s the problem?” asks literally everyone who voted for Mr. Trump in 2016.

Brown went on to telegraph his approval of an assassination of the President of the United States, saying “something’s got to happen to this guy, because if we don’t get rid of him, he’s going to undermine America and even the world.”  But this has become just par for the course among Democrat politicians in this age of Maxine Waters being the ugly face of their Party.

But back to the whole “world order” sabotaging thing, because this is important.  In making that statement, Gov. Brown serves as a metaphor for his entire party and for the fake news media.  It clearly demonstrates that he still, almost 2 full years after Election Day 2016, has not the slightest clue who the Trump voters are or why they voted for him in such huge numbers.  He still does not get the fact that Donald Trump became President precisely because he promised to “sabotage the world order.”

It was that “world order” that Trump voters were in fact rebelling against.  The “world order” that had given us a full decade of economic stagnation.  The “world order” that had given us horrible trade deals that shipped our plants and blue collar jobs overseas.  The “world order” that had resulted in the U.S. military intervening in no fewer than 7 different civil wars across the Middle East and Africa.  The “world order” that had given us a gigantic flood of refugees that are in the process of destroying the native cultures of an array of European nations and threaten to do the same to the United States.

This lack of understanding is far from limited to Jerry Brown and his fellow clueless Democrat politicians.  It is also the case throughout our fake news media and their polling organizations.  The stark reality is that none of these people have a clue who the core Trump voters are, and they don’t really care to know.  Far easier to just label them all as hicks, rednecks and racists than to make any effort to understand who they really are.

For the fake news media, the result of this lack of understanding has been an ever-increasing flood of news-faking as their frustration with all of the President’s myriad policy successes causes them to literally lose their minds.  These people cannot deal with reality, don’t care to even know what reality is, so they go about inventing an alternate, fantasy-world reality on a daily basis.

For the polling companies, it means that, with few exceptions, they are going to get yet another election woefully wrong and be embarrassed as an industry on Election Day 2018.  They simply do not understand that “Trump voters” and “self-identified Republicans” are not remotely a unified class, and they make no effort to understand that reality.  Most of them continue to believe that stratifying their samples between Rs and Ds using some turnout model based on the 2012 election is somehow valid, and it isn’t, because “Trump voters” in fact cut across those labels.

Because of this reality, you end up with results like the one we saw in Texas SD 19 on Tuesday, with Republican Pete Flores coming up with a “shocking” win over veteran Democrat pol Pet Gallego in a heavily-Democrat district.  That district has a heavy contingent of self-identifying “Democrats” who also happen to be blue-collar workers and “Trump voters.”  The same is also true of many of the congressional districts that the pollsters are currently calling “tossups” for the November elections.

My bet is that if these pollsters had bothered to really try to understand who “Trump voters” really are and make some real effort to properly factor them into their polling samples, their polls would not be showing many of these “tossup” districts to be tossups at all.  The same is true for senate and governors’ races around the country.

Simply put: If a polling organization doesn’t understand who the voters actually are, how can they possibly produce accurate polls of them?  The answer is, they can’t.

Just another day in the polls are worthless America.

That is all.

[Addendum:  I received this fantastic reply from a reader and wanted to share it here:

This is more of a case where they perceive some imaginary nation existing in some urban sphere, and a lot of these journalists have never met regular working-class Americans.

I am often reminded of the 1960s and 1970s where CBS had Charles Kuralt on the road and talking to regular Americans. You could go and have him discuss the average guy on the street, the average shrimp fisherman, the average barber from Peoria, or the average brick-layer. He could describe them in detail….know their politics, and lead you to the vast landscape. CBS doesn’t have anyone like that today….nor does CNN, or MSNBC. They all huddle in some studio and only talk to like-minded people. Same issue with college professors and most politicians who live permanently in DC.

 

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DOJ Brings the Hammer Down on the Senate Intelligence Committee

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Here’s what 40 years of Democrats refusing to address the state’s water supply have done for California… – “Californians May Have to Choose Between Showers and Laundry with New 55-Gallon Water Limit.”  That’s the headline of a PJ Media story detailing the looming impacts of two new bills just signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown, the provisions of which would impose draconian new water conservation measures on ordinary Californians, while naturally also providing exemptions for all the state’s wealthy, who are overwhelmingly white Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein and Gov. Brown.

The bills would impose fines of up to $10,000 per day for violators, while at the same time providing exemptions for swimming pools, spas and those ever-popular “water features” in all the state’s 6-figure swimming pools.  This is the Democrat Party in action, folks, and they want to bring this kind of elitist discrimination to the rest of the country.  Don’t kid yourselves otherwise.

Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part I – Tuesday was a really lousy day for the Democrats, with voter enthusiasm and turnout down in Democrat primaries and up in GOP races all over the country.  With the fake news media-promoted “Blue Wave” in danger of fading from memory, the news fakers at the raging dumpster fire that is NBC News felt the need to issue a fake poll  purporting to show the Democrats holding a 10 point lead once again in the congressional generic ballot measure.

As I chronicled during the 2016 campaign, this is a tactic that NBC and ABC seemed be tag-teaming during the general election, issuing some wild outlier poll anytime the RealClearPolitics polling average between the Pantsuit Princess and Donald Trump became uncomfortably close.  Guess this week was NBC’s turn.  It’s truly pathetic, but its what these people do.

Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part II – Perhaps the most gratifying aspect of Tuesdays results in California came in the fact that almost all of the George Soros-backed district attorney candidates got their evil heads handed to them.  Soros has been pouring tens of millions of dollars into local district attorney races all over the country this year in an attempt to put soft-on-crime prosecutors in place in his never-ending efforts to completely destroy American society.

It’s always a great day for America when Soros has a bad day.

And this time he really, really means it!  Promise.  Really.  Seriously, he isn’t kidding this time.  You betcha. – DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz sent a letter to the House Oversight Committee that he will be releasing his report on the FBI’s fake investigation into the Pantsuit Princess’s email scandal on June 14.  He has also agreed to appear before that committee to testify on June 18.

Guess what?  June 14 also happens to be Donald J. Trump’s 72nd birthday.  Happy birthday to you!

Wait, what?  Jeff Sessions is still alive and on the job?  Who knew? – The Justice Department announced on Thursday the indictment of one James A. Wolfe, 58, who has served as the Senate Intelligence Committee’s director of security for nearly three decades, for  allegedly making “false statements to agents in December about his contacts with three reporters.”  Investigators are looking into allegations that Wolfe leaked classified information to his girlfriend, a reporter who works for…wait for it…can you guess?…the New York Times!  Wow, that’s a shocker, right?

Ok, it was a 50/50 shot – the only other logical guess would have been the Washington Post, but the Times had a leg up on the competition for this particular criminal endeavor.  The Senate Intel Committee is that execrable bunch led by deep state Republican Richard Burr and ranking Democrat Mark Warner.  The roster includes a veritable who’s who of deep state Rs and Ds including Dianne Feinstein, Marco Rubio, Roy Blount, Angus King and Kamala Harris.

So, it’s only natural that the senior staffer thought to be leaking national security secrets to some leftwing NYTimes reporter named Ali Watkins – whose leftist resume’ sports previous stops at places like Buzzfeed, Politico and McClatchy News – works for this specific committee.  Remember, this is the same committee that gave us Daniel Jones, the former Feinstein shill who in late 2017 raised $50 million from Democrat donors to pay Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS to start dummying up a second fake Trump Dossier.  No word which NYTimes or WaPo reporter Jones is dating, but it’s apparently a safe bet there is one.

Oh, and guess what?  CNN reported last night that Mr. Jones is also now the subject of a DOJ investigation for alleged leaks of classified information.  Of course, it is CNN, so that report could turn out to be hilariously fake, but at this point it’s all the information we have.

Anyway, as a part of the investigation into Mr. Wolfe, Justice Department lawyers “notified Watkins on Feb. 13 that the DOJ had obtained information on her Google email accounts and Verizon phone, the Times reported. The seized records spanned years before and after Watkins joined the Times in 2017 to cover federal law enforcement.” The Times and the rest of the fake news media is in a big uproar about this tactic this morning.  Funny, they didn’t seem to care much when the Obama DOJ did that and far, far worse to Fox News reporter James Rosen and the dogged Sharryl Atkisson, who then worked for CBS.

But now that a Republican is in the White House, suddenly the fake news media gives a damn about the first amendment.  Funny how that works, huh?

But here’s the thing about that first amendment deal:  It is there to protect a free and independent press so it can serve as the public’s watchdog.  It was not intended to protect a bunch of hyper-partisan hacks who work every day to negatively impact the national security of the United States.

News organs that refuse to live up to that responsibility deserve what they get.

Just another day in Jeff Sessions Lives! America.

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Another Sunday, Another Trump Tweetstorm

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Tired of all this Winning yet?  – Hey, Californians, you’re in luck!  The feds are going to audit Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown’s high speed rail project, and, if the audit is conducted honestly, will likely conclude that it is time to cut off funding for the single biggest boondoggle in American history.

Yes, dear readers, it isn’t bad enough that California’s utterly corrupt Democrat political class has already wasted billions of Californians’ dollars on this high-speed rail pipe dream, they’ve also already wasted $3.5 billion federal dollars, and are planning on wasting tens of billions more before the atrocity is completed, if indeed it ever is.  Thus far, not an inch of rail has been laid, despite the fact that the “project” has already been technically in progress for a decade, and the only segment for which there is even a firm plan is a 119-mile piece of line that would connect Fresno with Bakersfield.

So, they’ve got a plan to span the Central Valley, which covers a whopping 4.7% of the state’s population, but as of today, there is not even an existing plan to connect either end of that segment to Los Angeles or San Francisco, which is the ultimate outcome of the Moonbeam PipeDream.  Had the Pantsuit Princess won the 2016 election, nobody in Washington would have given a tinker’s damn about any of this, but Donald Trump won that election, and his administration wants to identify the sinkhole into which that $3.5 billion of federal dollars disappeared before the national government agrees to waste any more money on this idiotic endeavor.

So the Transportation Department’s Inspector General’s office announced on Thursday that it plans to try to figure it all out, and hold some people accountable for the first time in the Moonbeam PipeDream’s 10-year history.  If Californian’s are lucky, the IG will uncover good reasons to shut the thing down, and save them from having to fork over any more of their tax dollars for this bit of nitwittery, the estimated completion cost of which has risen from $33 billion to $77 billion in just the last several years.

“Mission Accomplished”, President Trump! – As I write this piece on Sunday morning, President Trump just issued the following hilarious tweet:

He is, of course, correct on every count where the fake news media is concerned.  And if you doubt he used that term intentionally, knowing it would create the exact media action it created, then you just haven’t been paying attention.

Never stop tweeting, Mr. President.  Please, never, never, never, ever stop.

A bit earlier on Sunday morning, Mr. Trump tossed these two tweets into the mix:

These are actually really good questions, and they are questions that an honest news media establishment would be demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and everyone else at the Justice Department answer.  But, of course, we have a fake news media, one that has been more than happy to allow these questions to linger unasked for over a year and a half now.

The one new revelation mentioned by the President this morning is the allegation in Comey’s book that he felt the need to assume full control of the ultimate disposition of his sham “investigation” into the Pantsuit Princess’s illegal emailing actions due to some “revelation” about then- Attorney General Loretta Lynch about which the American public still has no knowledge.

What, Lynch’s meeting with the suspect’s husband, Bill Clinton, on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport less than a week before the Coughing Crook was to be fake-interviewed by the FBI wasn’t bad enough?  Her insistence that Comey refer to the fake investigation as a “matter” and downplay it all to the fake media wasn’t the extent of her malfeasance?  There’s even more?

Now, Comey could just be lying about all of this – he’s done so much lying in the public domain already that literally nothing he says can be taken at face value by any sentient being at this point.  And if there is something there, it all would be within the scope of the investigation by IG Michael Horowitz into the DOJ/FBI corruption during the 2016 elections, so it is possible we will find out what Comey is talking about when that report is finally, at long last, issued in May.

There is far, far too much relevant information about all of this that is still being withheld from the American public, and that is a direct result of the reality that our country no longer possesses a real, independent media establishment.  What Edmund Burke and other founders liked to refer to as the Fourth Estate is dead, so utterly corrupt and agenda-driven that it is completely useless to the public as a source of information and a check on real government abuse.

This reality, far more than any other single factor, is a pressing and direct threat to our nation’s ultimate survival as a free country.  Somehow, we must find a means of correcting it.

Just another day in the fake news media actively facilitating corruption America.

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Despite all the Media Hysterics over Porn Stars and Mueller, Trump Just Keeps on Winning

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part I – California Governor Jerry Brown announced late Wednesday that he will send 400 state National Guard troops to the border at the request of President Donald Trump.  Brown, always under pressure to pander to his state’s open borders crowd, claimed the troops would not be used for “enforcing federal immigration laws.”  Rather, he said their task would be to supplement state and federal efforts to “combat transnational crime.”

Note to Governor Brown:  Same thing.

Thank you for your service.

Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part II – Speaker Paul Ryan, under whose leadership federal spending has mushroomed at an unchecked, record pace, announced he would not seek re-election to his congressional seat this November.  Immediately upon his announcement, all the inside-the-Beltway pundits warned us in unison that we are sure going to miss Paul Ryan after he’s gone.

These, of course, are the very same inside-the-Beltway pundits who warned us in unison that we would sure miss John Boehner after he was gone.  All of you who have missed John Boehner for even a millisecond, stand up so you can be recognized.  Go ahead, stand.  No, seriously, get up off your sofa and…

Ok, that’s my point.  The Speaker is dead, long live the new Speaker.  I assure you, life will go on.

To his credit, the Speaker said that his decision was predicated on his desire to spend more time with his wife and young children, and he strongly implied that his days of seeking public office are over.  Let’s hope that’s true – he has a beautiful family.

Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part III – Under repeated questioning from Republican house members during his second day of testimony, Facebook android CEO Mark Zuckerberg blinked and claimed that, in the act of banning the completely un-threatening Diamond & Silk as somehow being a “threat to the Facebook community,” his evil minions had “made an enforcement error.”

He also claimed – falsely – that his evil minions had in fact already been in touch with the pro-Trump African American women to correct their error.  This was news to the pair, who are still telling Fox News this morning that they have not heard a peep out of anyone at Facebook.

“We have not been in communication with Facebook,” Hardaway said. “We have not been contacted. We haven’t spoken to anyone over the phone. So that was a lie.”

If this surprises you, you need to pay closer attention.

Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part IV –  Amid all the hysteria over the abusive Mueller investigation and false Zuckerberg testimony, the fake news media barely noticed the new executive order issued by President Trump on Tuesday.

Trust me, this is important.  This order reverses an Obama order that basically ended work requirements for welfare, and, more destructively to our society, allowed states to offer welfare and other social benefits to illegal aliens.

The Trump order requires states to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1611(a), which denies such benefits to non-qualifying illegal aliens, which will end up being almost all of them.  Here is the relevant passage:

“(b)  Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretaries shall each submit a report to the President, through the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, that:

(i)    states how their respective agencies are complying with 8 U.S.C. 1611(a), which provides that an alien who is not a “qualified alien” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1641 is, subject to certain statutorily defined exceptions, not eligible for any Federal public benefit as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1611(c);”

Once the illegals who entered the U.S. simply to get on the government dole start realizing that dole is going to stop, the self-deportations will begin.

And the fake news media, so focused as it is on porn stars and its dead Russia Collusion fantasy play, barely blinked.  Amazing.

So, why is the President just now taking this action, 15 months into office?  Mr. Trump was holding out hope for a long time that he could get the Democrats – and Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – to work with him in good faith to reach an agreement on some form of comprehensive immigration reform. He has now realized that none of those congressional actors have ever had any intention of doing that, so is now taking every executive action he can take to improve the situation on his own.

He obviously reached that conclusion after congress presented him with the atrocity of an Omnibus budget bill in March, and has been taking various actions to protect the border since that time.  Tuesday’s executive memorandum was just the latest such action, and most likely won’t be the last.

Just another day in Trump just keeps on #Winning America.

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It Was Border Security Action Week at the White House

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

I had no idea this was a thing. – As I sit here writing this piece, Fox & Friends is carrying a report of a pregnant mother who got mad at her little kid when he popped her “gender reveal” balloon.  Yes, friends, there is apparently such a thing as “gender reveal” balloons.  The balloon in the video is a huge black thing that, when the little kid popped it, was revealed to be filled with pink confetti.

If I understand this “report” correctly, the young mother was on her way to an actual, real “gender reveal” party – which is also apparently a thing now – where the idea would be to pop the damn balloon and fill someone else’s home with that gross pink confetti as her means of letting everyone know she would be giving birth to a girl.  What, you couldn’t just send everyone an email?

My goodness.

Well, that escalated quickly. – In Thursday’s Campaign Update, I advised you all that the ordering of National Guard troops to help patrol the southern border would not be the only executive action President Trump would take to beef up border security.  One additional action I told you to expect him to take was to rescind the order by George W. Bush that implemented the so-called “catch and release” policy, which forces immigration officials to release illegal immigrants into the general population while they await a formal hearing, a hearing for which almost none of them actually show up.

It took the President exactly one day to fulfill that prediction, as he signed a memo last night ordering an end to this idiotic policy, and instructing Defense Secretary James Mattis to ” produce a list of military facilities that could be used to detain illegal immigrants.”  You can be sure the fake news media and Democrat Party already met overnight to crank out their “concentration camp” narrative to describe this new detention policy.  Because that’s what our fake news media does.

Friday was a very busy day with other efforts to beef up border security, as the Trump Administration acts to fill the gaping national security void left by a recalcitrant congress.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed U.S. attorneys in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California to prosecute all cases – not just the relative handful currently taken on – of illegal border crossers “to the extent practicable.”

This direction by the AG leaves much discretion up to the various U.S. attorneys, so we can anticipate the few remaining Obama holdovers in those states to ignore it, but it will no doubt result in increased enforcement of immigration laws, which will in turn certainly have a dampening effect on the number of attempted border crossings. When your country is literally being invaded, any action to increase security is a welcome one.

Naturally, though, the social justice warrior community was predictably outraged by the AG’s directive.   Cecillia Wang, a deputy legal director at the anti-American ACLU, was quoted as saying “This will be assembly-line justice, where large numbers of defendants are forced through the system without adequate time to consult counsel.”

Yeah, you know what?  I got no problem with that.  No problem at all.  Again, our country is being invaded by drug dealers, terrorists, and child- and sex-traffickers, and it is long past time the situation be taken seriously.  These are not U.S. citizens we are dealing with here.  These are invaders who knowingly and intentionally break our laws, and “assembly-line justice” is all the justice they’re entitled to.  More than they’re entitled to, actually.

In addition to that action by the Justice Department, the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense announced late Friday evening that the first 500 national guard troops, along with supporting equipment, vehicles and helicopters, are already on their way to their new border assignments.  To supplement the federal action, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced they’d be sending a combined 400 national guard troops to the border by their own orders.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has not yet let it be known whether or not she will become part of the seditious “resistance” and work against the President’s plans to beef up border security, but California Governor Jerry Brown very predictably said he will not cooperate with any national guard deployments from his state.

Governor Brown’s gesture of opposition is ultimately a futile one, given that the POTUS has absolute authority to simply nationalize National Guard troops in any state and deploy them on his order.  But engaging in futile and seditious gestures is what California’s state government is all about these days, so no one was surprised by Brown’s latest unpatriotic announcement.  One can only hope Gov. Martinez will not lower her own state to the California standard.

Regardless, the Trump Administration’s actions to beef up border security without any help from congress this week have been swift and decisive.  And as the Campaign Update has predicted and chronicled throughout the week, they all started with a couple of presidential tweets last Saturday morning.

If you get your news from the mainstream fake news media, all of these actions came as a surprise to you, just as they came as a surprise to all the fake journalists.  Some things never change.

Just another day in fake news media America.

That is all.

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The Sessions v. California Lawsuit is a Good Start. Perp Walks of CA Officials Would be Even Better

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Tired of all this Winning yet? – The Trump economy just continues to add jobs at a phenomenal pace.  The ADP/Moody’s Analytics report for February indicates the economy created 235,000 new non-government jobs, well above expectations of 195,000.   The same report raised the initially-reported January number from 234,000 to 244,000.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department is filing a lawsuit against California, challenging the state’s “sanctuary state” laws that have its officials openly violating national immigration laws.  The challenge is filed under the “Supremacy Clause” of the U.S. Constitution, which holds that, when state laws are in direct conflict with federal laws, the federal law prevails.  This would seem like a pretty open and shut case, but we can assume that the outlaw 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, through which this case would have to go prior to moving to the Supreme Court, will find some absurd means of ruling in the Golden State’s favor.  Because being overturned by the Supreme Court is the 9th Circuit’s favorite pastime.

California Governor Jerry Brown, who has spent the last 7 years turning his state into a third world country modeled on Venezuela, denounced Sessions’ move, in the process revealing his state’s strategy in fighting the case.  Brown stated at one point that the case would “last longer than the Trump Administration,” which, if his lawyers engage in delaying tactics, could certainly be the case should Trump not win re-election in 2020.  In the meantime, absent further enforcement actions by the federal government, California just gets to keep engaging in its sedition actions on behalf of the MS-13 gang and other illegal immigrant criminals.

One possible further enforcement action for Sessions to take would be to start charging California officials, like Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, with criminal violations.  Ms. Schaaf, who called Sessions a “racist” after he had announced his lawsuit, was directly responsible for the escape of hundreds of known criminals last week during an ICE roundup of criminal aliens in her area, when she tweeted out a warning about the operation 24 hours in advance.  This is clearly obstruction of justice, and if Sessions really wants to change behavior by California’s outlaw office holders, conducting a few televised perp walks of people like Ms. Schaaf being hauled off to jail in handcuffs would be a great way to start.

Narrative failed?  Double down on the narrative. – In the wake of their narrative of a Texas “blue wave” having failed miserably in Tuesday’s Texas primary elections, the fake news media and Democrat-leaning elections analysts like Charlie Cook did what Democrats do:  they doubled down on the narrative.

Cook, who cited “a lot of evidence” that a blue Texas wave was forming, despite the fact that GOP turnout for the primaries was 50% higher than the Democrat turnout, said  “It’s the Democratic tidal wave versus the Republican seawall.  At this point, my bet is that in House, the wave is bigger and stronger than the wall, but in the Senate, my money is on the wall not the wave.”  Yeah, ok.  Cook also predicted that Hillary Clinton was going to easily be elected to the presidency in 2016, so there’s that.

The Democrats, meanwhile, continued to cling to their hopes of a blue wave by repeatedly pointing out that their total turnout was just over 1,000,000, the first time that had happened since the 2002 primaries.  None of them went onto mention the inconvenient fact that, in the 2002 general elections, their party lost every statewide election in Texas, with Republican Rick Perry prevailing over his extremely well-funded opponent, Tony Sanchez, by a 58-40 margin.

As for Cook’s claim that the Democrat “could” hope to move three of the state’s 36 congressional seats from Republican to Democrat, even that is highly suspect.  Of the three vulnerable Republicans Cook cites – John Culberson, Pete Sessions and Will Hurd – only Hurd would seem to be in real jeopardy.  That is not at all surprising, given that Hurd represents a district that runs from San Antonio all the way to El Paso, one which most observers think is a slightly Democrat-majority district.

Hurd in fact defeated a Democrat incumbent to win the seat in 2014, and barely defeated that same Democrat to win re-election in 2016.  Were that district to flip back to the Democrats in this election, that would not be a “blue wave”, that would simply be the normal course of business.

But hey, stories discussing the normal course of business don’t generate Internet clicks or TV audiences or newspaper sales the way a narrative about a “blue wave” coming to Texas does.  Right?  Right.

Just another day in the Texas Blue Wave is clickbait America.

That is all.

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