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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 5.15.2017

  • Heat Street reports that the U.S. Supreme Court, thanks to an utterly idiotic ruling by the idiot majority on the idiot 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, may soon have to decide if school children can be arrested for fake belching in class.  Thank God this case didn’t come up in 1967, or I would have probably spent a lifetime in prison.  I swear I don’t make this stuff up.
  • The fake editors at the NY Times approved an op/ed piece by someone named Lee Siegel.  It’s headline:  “For Liberals, Is It Time To Move To Norway?”  To which I can only respond, yes, yes, a thousand times, yes.  Go ruin Norway and leave us alone, please.  Sadly, as we saw with all the unfulfilled promises by an array of b-list celebrities to desert America for greener pastures after Donald Trump won the election, liberals never actually follow through on threats such as this, so we’re probably stuck with them despite M. Siegel’s ruminations.
  • Speculation continues in the fake news media that President Trump is considering shaking up his communications staff (as I suggested he needed to do last Friday), and cancel the White House daily press briefings (as I suggested he should do in January), causing the heads of fake journalists all over Washington to explode.  Writing in the Washington Examiner, Becket Adams offers a very good rationale for why the latter should take place.  See?  It’s not just me.
  • Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made the rounds of the Sunday morning talk shows, and had the following exchange in his predictably softball interview with fake CNN journalist Jake Tapper:

    “In many ways, our institutions are under assault, both externally — and that’s the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system. And I think as well our institutions are under assault internally,” Clapper said on CNN.

    “Internally from the president?” Jake Tapper so helpfully asked.

    “Exactly,” Clapper replied. “The Founding Fathers, in their genius, created a system of three co-equal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances. And I feel as though that’s under assault and is eroding.

    So apparently, Mr. Clapper believes the three co-equal branches of government are 1) the President, 2) the FBI, and 3) the rest of the Deep State, which the President is attempting to clean up.  He and I obviously didn’t have the same history teachers.

  • Just to prove the Democrats have no intention of in any way altering their obstruction strategy on literally everything, Cryin’ Chuckie Schumer announced this morning that his Senate Democrats would filibuster any nominee – anyone who is nominated, period – unless the Justice Department appoints a special counsel to investigate the Democrats’ Russia fantasy.  This presents Mitch McConnell a golden opportunity to rid the Republic of the filibuster for all presidential nominees, period, or to revert it back to the old pre-1977 rule, which required anyone wanting to mount a filibuster to actually get up and talk for as long as he or she wants to talk.  The current fake filibuster rule, which allows any of the 100 preening peacocks who infest the U.S. Senate at any given time to simply raise his or her decrepit hand and halt the government’s business for an indeterminate amount of time, has become a tool for mendacity, and a menace to our society.  It is long, long past time to get rid of the thing for good, though I would settle for a reversion back to the days when the word “filibuster” had actual meaning.

Just another weekend in fake filibuster America.

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 5.13.2017

  • I’ve written this several times, but it deserves repeating today in light of President Trump’s telling Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro that he is considering cancelling the daily White House press briefings and instead taking and answering questions in writing, and holding periodic press conferences himself:  The President of the United States has no obligation whatsoever to hold daily press briefings.  He has no obligation whatsoever to legitimize specific media outlets, especially those that serve – as almost all major national media outlets serve today – as nothing more than propaganda arms for the opposition party.
  • The President of the United States does have an obligation to inform the public about his administration’s priorities and activities.  Typically in the past, this has been accomplished through interviews and open press availabilities with a press corps that for the most part used to take seriously its obligation to accurately inform the public.
  • However, the Republic somehow managed to survive and thrive without the rubric of daily White House press briefings for more than 190 years, until Richard Nixon became the first POTUS to establish this model of communication.  Those briefings have continued since, for better or for worse.
  • Back in January, I wrote that this daily press briefing model would be a lousy model for this particular President to continue, and that he and his staff should seriously consider changing it up, implementing instead a model in which the press, since it has chosen to be nothing more than an arm of the Democrat Party, is dealt with in a more arm’s-length fashion, and in which the President communicates more directly with the American people.  It now appears that President Trump is having thoughts along these very lines.
  • That’s a positive thing, something he should follow through on implementing.  Yes, the fake news media would wail and demonize him and scream like stuck pigs and do all of its “reporting” about the administration with stories based on nothing but unidentified leakers.  In other words, the status quo would prevail.  So what?  The current process is not good for anyone, not the White House staff, not the President, not the fake news media, not the public.  There has never been a situation more in need of radical change, something President Trump is good at.
  • To do that, though, will take a shake-up in the President’s communications team, which I advocated in this space yesterday.  Sean Spicer is a trooper – figuratively and literally, given his National Guard service – but he is not cut out for this particular role.  He needs to be reassigned.  Much of the rest of the communications team also needs to go, given the awful advice they have been giving the President.
  • A new team needs to be brought in, a new model established.  Let the fake journalists who coordinate daily narratives and talking points with the DNC scream about it all.  It doesn’t matter.  What are they going to do?  Call you a fascist?  Hell, that happens 50 times a day on CNN alone anyway.  Doesn’t matter.  Are they going to accuse of suppression of the press?  Hell, that happens 50 times a day on MSNBC alone anyway.
  • The press has uniformly abandoned its intended role in our society, the role of the independent watchdog of the public interest, in favor of becoming nothing more than talking points monkeys for the increasingly radicalized Democrat Party.  It really is time for the Trump Administration to stop this Kabuki dance, and stop legitimizing people who have voluntarily de-legitimized themselves and their industry.
  • Today would be a good day to begin the process.

Just another day in fake news media America.

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Louisiana Congressional Delegation Whips Texas In Jones Act Dust-Up

Battles tend to be pretty noncompetitive when only one side engages in the fight, and we see that happening right now in a dust-up over a last-minute action taken by former President Obama related to the Jones Act, an archaic 19th century law that mandates that only U.S.-flagged vessels are allowed to carry cargoes from one U.S. port to another.

Some background:  on January 18, just two days prior to leaving office, the Obama Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which has regulatory authority under the Jones Act, issued a regulation that would reverse 40 years of court rulings by extending Jones Act flagging requirements to the various kinds of ships and barges that move equipment between ports and offshore drilling rigs and platforms.  This move, like so many last-minute regulatory actions taken by the past Administration, was placed on a fast track designed to minimize stakeholder engagement that is required under the Administrative Procedures Act.

Had Trump officials not chosen to intervene, the original 30-day public comment period would have expired on Feb. 17, allowing CBP to issue a final rule just 30 days afterwards.  As things stand, the 60-day extension of the comment period expired on April 18, and so CBP could issue a final regulation in the next handful of days.

So, you ask, why is this important?  Well, first because offshore oil and gas producers don’t believe there currently exists an adequate number of U.S.-flagged vessels necessary to service the industry at its current level of activity, which is depressed by historical standards.  And second, because the policy flies in the face of the stated goals of the Trump Administration to increase domestic energy production, largely by the elimination of last-minute Obama-era regulations just like this one.

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 5.11.2017

  • Tired of winning yet?:  The Border Patrol reports that border crossings are down by 76% since the first of 2017.  No wall, no new laws, no big increased budget, no deployment of new technology.  Down 76% simply on the news that we have a president who will enforce the nation’s immigration laws.  If you’ve wondered in the past when I’ve said on numerous occasions that former President Barack Hussein Obama used doing nothing as a strategic weapon, now you know part of what I mean when I say that.  Where illegal immigration is concerned, he raised doing nothing to an art form.
  • Can we go ahead and nominate him now?:  Actor Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, told GQ Magazine that “it’s a very real possibility” that he will run for president in the future.  Lots of observers recoiled in horror at the prospect, but my reaction is that I hope he’s telling the truth.  Seriously, look around at the collection of radical nutjobs, career criminals and hopeless nitwits the Democrat Party otherwise has available to offer for the nation’s highest office, and you have to inevitably conclude that The Rock would be a gigantic upgrade.
  • Here’s what I wonder about the Democrats and their fake journalist agents in the fake news media this morning:  How are you going to sustain this outrage for eight years?  Seriously, how are you going to do that and retain your physical health?  Your emotional health, such as it is?
  • No kidding, Donald Trump is most likely going to be a two-term President – he is well on his way to ensuring his re-election already.  There is not going to be any impeachment, not over the firing of James Comey, or anything else.  Impeachment is a very specific thing, a thing that requires the commission of “high crimes and misdemeanors” by the President, and there aren’t any such things present now, and won’t likely be any in the future.  And honest to goodness, it really does not matter what nitwits like Maxine Waters say about it.
  • You people are living in a fantasy world in which firing the Director of the FBI is, for whatever reason you wish to make up out of whole cloth – like he did it at the wrong time, or he didn’t deliver the message to Comey in the right way, or he did it for nefarious reasons – is an impeachable offense.  Here’s news for you:  You’re wrong about that, and James Comey agrees with me, not you.  Indeed, Mr. Comey himself, in a farewell note to FBI employees yesterday, acknowledged that “a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all.”  You folks can whine, or yell, or pull your hair out, or post nasty notes to me on social media all you want, but you’re wrong, and James Comey agrees with me, not you.
  • Really and truly, you people need to get a grip on yourselves.  I know you have all been systematically brainwashed by your heroes in the fake national news media to believe Donald Trump is somehow an illegitimate president, but he isn’t.  I know you’ve been brainwashed to believe that the Trump campaign somehow conspired with the Russians to steal the election, but they didn’t.  I know you’ve been brainwashed to believe that Donald Trump is a flaming moron who is destroying America, but he isn’t – he’s actually extremely intelligent and thinks way ahead of you and all the people who say that about him.  I know you’ve been brainwashed to believe that only your thoughts and opinions matter in this society, and that people who don’t think exactly as you think are evil people who should be tossed on prison or executed, but that’s wrong, too.
  • Honest to God, you are wrong about everything.  Literally everything.  I know the fake news media keeps telling you otherwise, but they’re wrong too, because most of those people are just like you and have been brainwashed just like you have been.  They’re so brainwashed, in fact, that they don’t even understand that they’re now the ones doing the brainwashing.
  • The fact that you are wrong and I’m right is why the Republican Party currently holds the Presidency, both houses of congress, 2/3rds of state governorships, and majorities in 2/3rds of state legislative bodies.  The crazier you get, the faker the fake media becomes, the fewer people vote the way you do.  If you represented the majority of thought in this country, those numbers of office-holders would be reversed, especially after having your overlord and savior, Barack Hussein Obama, ensconced in the White House for eight long years.
  • I know you’re hopelessly outraged by all of this, but this is the truth of your situation.  Donald Trump is going to be President for four full years, because you simply do not have the votes to take over congress in 2018 and execute an impeachment.  He is also very likely to serve a second full term in office after being re-elected President in 2020, because despite what your heroes in the fake news media keep telling you, he is keeping his promises made during the campaign in a very big way.  Again, they’re lying to you because they know you prefer it that way.
  • By the way, this preference for being lied to in order to support the fantasy world in which you live is the very same reason why you keep voting for pathological liars to be your party’s presidential nominees.  Think about it:  your last five presidential nominees have been Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  This is like the murderer’s row of pathological liars.  It will take a change in your preference for being lied to before that ever changes.
  • So, how are you going to sustain this outrage for eight years?  How long can you go on waking up each morning with smoke pouring out your ears at the thought that Donald Trump still sits in the White House?  How long are you going to keep carrying some cardboard sign with something stupid or obscene written on it out to the local freeway to block traffic?  How long are you going to keep putting on black ski masks and vandalizing college campuses?  More to the point, how much longer is your grandma going to be willing to put you up in her basement and cook supper for you?
  • Eight years is a long time to be angry, a long time to be outraged, a long time to continue alienating everyone you used to call a friend and family members with profane and borderline insane rants on Facebook, not to mention those three dozen 140-character outbursts on Twitter you post each day.  At some point, the nature of human existence requires all of us to grow up and either make an effort to become a productive member of society or doom ourselves to a lifetime of failure.
  • Waking up outraged for eight years – or even just four – will pretty much doom you to the latter path.  How long can you keep it up with the knowledge that Donald Trump isn’t going anywhere?  It’s a question you’re all going to have to answer, because he really is not going anywhere.

Just another day in Perpetually Outraged Liberals America.

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What A Difference An Election Makes – World Oil Magazine

APRIL 2017 ///Vol 238 No. 4

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What a difference an election makes

The upstream oil and gas regulatory structure has been turned upside-down on the federal level, and what was once thought nearly impossible, in terms of certain projects, now seems far more likely.

David Blackmon, Contributing Editor

A Clinton administration would have meant increasingly heavy-handed efforts to control every aspect of the oil and gas development process from Washington D.C.; more stringent emissions requirements; a rapidly-expanding bureaucracy at the EPA—especially in the area of water enforcement in the wake of the implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulations; rapidly rising regulatory costs; and more and more withdrawals of federal lands and waters from the realm of oil and gas leasing. Even to those of us who believed that Donald Trump had at least an even chance to win, the conventional wisdom dictated that the best advice was to prepare for a Clinton administration while hoping for a big surprise to take place on Nov. 8.

Lo and behold, the big surprise came about, and the whole world of federal regulation of the oil and gas industry has been turned on its head. Upon assuming office in 2009, and embarking immediately on his campaign to vastly increase the federal bureaucracy and regulatory reach, Barack Obama famously said, “Elections matter.” That statement was completely true then, and it remains true today.

Let’s take a look at some of the many ways that this election matters in the realm of regulatory policy toward the oil and gas industry.

LET THE PIPELINES BE BUILT

Just four days after he assumed the office of the presidency, Donald Trump demonstrated conclusively that his proposed “America First Energy Plan” was more than just campaign rhetoric, as he signed executive orders designed to ensure the completion of two major oil pipelines—Keystone XL and Dakota Access—that had been held up for purely political considerations by former President Obama.

Keystone XL. The President’s order on Keystone XL invited the operator, TransCanada, to re-apply for its cross-border permit, and directed the U.S. State Department to “take all actions necessary and appropriate to facilitate its expeditious review.” The order further gave the State Department 60 days, from receipt of TransCanada’s new application, to issue a final decision.

That’s all very positive, and after suffering through six years of delays lacking much, if any, merit from the Obama administration, it no doubt seemed like a breath of fresh air to the company’s executives. Indeed, the company confirmed, later that same day, that it had already begun preparing its new permit application. That application was submitted several days later, and the State Department approved it in late March.

While some conflict groups continue to mount court challenges to the pipeline, and various state-level approvals will still need to be obtained by Trans-Canada, there is no doubt that the November election completely changed the equation related to this important pipeline project.

Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The President’s order on DAPL (Fig. 1) was directed not to Energy Transfer Partners, the builder of the pipeline, but to the Army, ordering the Corps of Engineers to “take all actions necessary and appropriate,” to conduct this review and approve the pipeline “in an expedited manner… to the extent permitted by law and as warranted.” Within a few weeks, the Army responded affirmatively, withdrawing its requirement for conducting a full environmental impact study, which the Obama administration had forced in December for political reasons, and issuing the final easement necessary to allow the line’s final segment to move ahead to completion.

Fig. 1. The Dakota Access Pipeline is now a reality, after being held up for months on end. Photo:  Energy Transfer.

Fig. 1. The Dakota Access Pipeline is now a reality, after being held up for months on end. Photo: Energy Transfer.

That all had taken place by mid-February, and the completion of the final segment of the pipeline took less than a month, after having been held up for a half-year by the political machinations of the Obama administration in support of an often-violent and destructive protest action. Oil began flowing through the DAPL a week after a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes on March 18.

All of which proves that, despite all information to the contrary, the federal government can move pretty rapidly when it is motivated to do so.

WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES REGULATION

When I last wrote about this atrocious expansion of the EPA’s regulatory reach (Fig. 2) under the auspices of the Clean Water Act in 2016, it had suffered an adverse decision in a federal district court, which had issued a nationwide injunction, prohibiting the EPA from moving ahead with its enforcement. The rule was still awaiting a hearing before an appellate court when President Trump assumed office on Jan. 20.

Fig. 2. The WOTUS went too far in defining what would be covered by the Clean Water Act, as exemplified by this stream and wetlands rendering.  Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Fig. 2. The WOTUS went too far in defining what would be covered by the Clean Water Act, as exemplified by this stream and wetlands rendering. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

On Feb. 28, the President issued an Executive Order, directing his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt—who, as Oklahoma’s attorney general, had filed the lawsuit that resulted in the injunction on this rule—along with the Army Corps of Engineers, which also has jurisdiction to a lesser extent, to conduct a review of the rule and issue a revised rule that would bring it in line with the language of the Clean Water Act.

A key piece of this order, as NPR points out, is that:

Trump said that in any future proposed rule, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should consider Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in a 2006 Supreme Court ruling, which focused on the scope of the Clean Water Act. In that case, Scalia stated that the “waters of the United States” are limited to “only relatively permanent, standing or flowing bodies of water.” He added: “The phrase does not include channels through which water flows intermittently or ephemerally, or channels that periodically provide drainage for rainfall.”

An adherence to this guidance from the President would result inevitably in a dramatically scaled-back regulation which, in its proposed form, would effectively give the EPA and Corps the right to exert federal authority over pretty much any body of water, no matter how small, man-made, ephemeral or temporary it might be, in the entire country. At that point, the rule truly would become what EPA, in its initial talking points on the matter, claimed it was: a rule largely intended to clarify jurisdictions between the EPA, Corps of Engineers and state regulators in specific circumstances. Heck, it could even turn out to be a regulation worth the industry’s support.

EXPANDED FEDERAL LEASE SALES

On March 6, the Interior Department announced that it would hold, on Aug. 16, a regionwide lease sale, which will include all available unleased areas in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Although most acreage within 125 mi of the Florida coast remains off-limits through 2022, the proposed Lease Sale 249 will include blocks in waters adjacent to Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. All told, more than 73 million federal acres will be offered in the sale.

“Opening more federal lands and waters to oil and gas drilling is a pillar of President Trump’s plan to make the U.S. more energy independent,” said Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, “The Gulf is a vital part of that strategy, to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

The Trump administration also promises that expanded onshore lease sales related to federal lands will follow in the near future, as a part of its America First Energy Plan.

ONRR ROYALTY VALUATION REGULATIONS

Another controversial last-minute act by the out-going Obama administration was the effort by the Office of Natural Resource Revenue (ONRR) to change the valuation requirements for royalty payments related to oil and natural gas produced from federal lands.

The regulations would essentially require lessees to value federal royalties on the same basis as they value Indian royalties. The problem here is that Indian leases contain provisions—the so-called “major portion” and “dual-accounting” clauses—that enable Indian lessors to collect royalties on a higher valuation standard than the federal government can demand from its leases, which lack these important clauses. Thus, this new ONRR regulation is a clear violation of federal lease terms.

The regulation went into effect on Jan. 1, but it was suspended by the Department of Interior on Feb. 24, due to concerns that the rule is, indeed, inconsistent with federal lease terms and would likely run into trouble in the federal courts, where it has been challenged by various industry groups.

The rule also had run into serious pushback from congressional Republicans. House Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) issued the following statement upon learning of DOI’s decision to suspend the rule:

“The Trump administration made the right decision to suspend this illogical and legally dubious rule. It is already causing uncertainty for future investment and development on federal and tribal lands, and increasing electricity rates for rural communities, including those in my district. The next step is to do so permanently, and avoid Congress having to do it for them.”

A permanent pulling of the rule would, indeed, be an ideal final solution, but this temporary suspension is a good start, and yet another bit of proof that, as President Obama said, elections really do matter. wo-box_blue.gif

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 5.8.2017

  • I love the sound of Sierra Club wails in the evening.:  Those loud explosions you heard Friday evening weren’t North Korean rockets going up in flames a few seconds after liftoff; they were the sounds of heads exploding all around the nation’s Climate Fraud Lobby, after the Trump Administration got rid of fully half of the political hacks who had occupied seats on an EPA “Scientific Review Board”.  EPA has in the past filled such panels with political fellow travelers, many of them “scientists” who themselves receive mucho dinero in federal grants to “research” climate-related issues, and thus are little more than rubber stamps for anything EPA wants to do.  Given that their entire climate scam is based on EPA actions and endorsements, the Climate Fraud Lobby is mightily upset at the prospect of having those seats replaced by people who might actually question some EPA regulatory priorities.  Go figure.
  • Uh, would you care to revise and extend those remarks, Congressman?:  Idaho Republican congressman Raul Labrador told a townhall audience over the weekend that “nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare,” which, in a year in which unbelievably stupid utterances from Democrat public officials has become more the norm than the exceptions, may well be the single most unbelievably stupid utterance of all.
  • They love her, they really, really love her!:  Speaking of Democrat public officials who regularly say incredibly stupid things, California Cong. Maxine Waters got herself a standing ovation when she was introduced to the audience at the MTV Movie and Television Awards.  Which, given that the average IQ in that audience is approximately the same as the average parakeet, is completely appropriate.
  • Speaking of people with low IQs, residents of Islamic terrorism-ravaged Paris cast 90% of their votes in Sunday’s presidential elections for a guy who is famous for saying that “there is no such thing as ‘French culture.'”  And so, soon, there won’t be.
  • Don’t put your money where SJWs are allowed to run amok.:  Enrollment at the University of Missouri continues to implode, with latest figures showing that freshmen enrollment for the 2016/17 session off by more than 35% in the two years since the massive campus protests in 2015, and the feckless handling of campus social justice warriors by school officials.  Heat Street also reports that contributions from alumni and athletics boosters to the school have plummeted, with giving to the athletics department down by a whopping 62%.  Hopefully, this will become a national trend.
  • Reliance on the public’s stupidity has its limits.:  Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, who famously admitted to a congressional committee that the only way he and Barack Obama were able to sell the monstrosity was due to “the stupidity of the American public”, appeared on Fox News Sunday to debate Karl Rove on the Republican reform bill that was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday.  Predictably, things did not go well for Mr. Gruber, as Rove yanked out his trusty white board and refuted every lie Gruber had told.  In case you missed it, there’s a clip at this link.  Good stuff.
  • They love him, they really, real…oh wait, no, they still hate him.:  Now that Obamacare reform has passed the House, the fake news media is turning its attention to the Senate, desperate to find some way to kill the effort there.  One tactic they’ll try early is fawning over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, portraying him as the “cool head” who will stop the wild man Trump in his tracks.  A great example of this tactic is this piece in The Atlantic, which carries the headline “There’s Something About Mitch.”  One thing the fake media will find out quickly about Mitch is that he’s pretty much impervious to this sort of cajoling exercise, especially coming from fake news outlets that have never previously had a positive word to say about him.  So this little honeymoon period for Mitch won’t last very long, and the inevitable demonization exercise will begin shortly.  Because that’s what the fake news media does.

Just another day in wailing Sierra Club America.

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 5.6.2017

  • Sen. Rand Paul announced that he has filed requests with U.S. intelligence agencies and the White House to determine if he was also subject to surveillance while running for president by the Obama Administration.  Given that we now know that the NSA alone abided by more than 2000 requests by Obama officials to unmask Americans during 2016, wouldn’t it be quicker for our intel agencies to simply reveal which GOP presidential candidates were not subjected to this kind of surveillance?
  • The evil minions at Facebook announced the social media giant now plans to begin rolling out its own set of “TV-like” programs.  No word if its offerings will include a series named “I’m checking in from Starbucks to get my mocha-soy-frappa-latte now!”, or a Food Channel look-alike series titled “I’m having pulled-pork tacos for supper.  Yum!”, but it would seem pretty likely.
  • BBC reports that France’s new law banning “extremely thin” models has now gone into effect, which I guess means that no models from Venezuela will be able to get into France anymore, given that socialism has resulted in the starving population there having lost an average of 19 pounds in the last year.
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. must be proud.:  Minnesota is currently facing an outbreak of measles, causing anti-vaxxers to leave the state en masse, since their work there now appears to be done.
  • RFK, Jr. thinks its a great substitute for the MMR vaccine.:  The Telegraph reports that scientists have now determined that eating boogers is good for your health, which came as great news in Venezuela.  I swear I don’t make this stuff up, folks.
  • This is why I feel stronger after stubbing my toe.:  In other study news, a professor at England’s Keele University has determined that shouting cusswords can make you stronger.  Which, if true, definitely means that Stephen Colbert is the strongest host on late night television.
  • They took a wrong turn in Albuquerque.:  KHOU in Houston reports that 395 migratory birds were found dead in downtown Galveston after their flock crashed into the American National Insurance high-rise office building.  I’m setting the over/under on progressives using this as a reason to ban skyscrapers at 28 hours.
  • It’s a cardinal sin at CNN.:  We had big news on Friday when CNN’s fake news anchor Jake Tapper actually told his viewers the truth about the myriad lies Democrats used to sell the collapsing Obamacare system to the public, stating that “The way that [Obamacare] was sold to the American people was in many ways mendacious.”  No word yet on when Mr. Tapper will be fired by his fake news masters at the nation’s fakiest fakey fake news outlet.
  • They still give Hillary an 85% chance of winning.:  The “experts” at the Cook Political Report solemnly announced on Friday that they now see better outlooks in the 2018 mid-term elections for Democrat challengers in 20 congressional seats currently held by Republicans after Thursday’s vote to repeal and replace Obamacare.  This would be the same “experts” at the Cook Report who completely whiffed on every aspect of the 2016 election campaign.  Republicans everywhere should be cheering.

Just another day in spying on everybody who eats boogers and doesn’t get vaccinated America.

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 5.5.2017

  • Republicans in the House of Representatives actually managed to achieve something of significance, passing a bill that would revamp the collapsing Obamacare system, hopefully in ways that make it something that’s actually workable.  After the vote, they paid the Democrats back for the rub-it-in celebration they held earlier in the week following the vote on the atrocity of a spending bill with a rub-it-in session of their own at the White House.  Which is fine, since rubbing it in on your opponent is perhaps the longest-standing tradition in American politics.
  • Democrats on the House floor pretended to be happy at the vote, chanting “na-na-hey-hey-goodbye” at Republicans as they left the chamber, implying that the vote would harm their chances for re-election.  But no one believed they were happy to see the successful first step of reversing their socialist power grab of 1/6th of the national economy.  Afterwards, they did what Democrats always do when faced with adversity:  They ran to their agents in the fake news media and lied in unison about what the bill does and does not do.  Don’t be angry at them – it’s all they got.
  • It’s important to note that the only reason the GOP was able to secure enough votes to pass this bill was due to weeks of tireless pressuring, arm-twisting and cajoling by President Donald Trump.  I laughed out loud when I heard one Democrat toady on radio say “well, that’s the kind of thing that Barack Obama wouldn’t do, because he found it beneath him.”  Note to nitwit:  that’s why Obamacare was the one and only major legislative achievement of the entire Obama Administration.
  • That is an important point to remember, because Barack Obama’s refusal to “lower” himself to participate in the give and take of making legislation and passing his priorities into law is the main reason why his “legacy”, such as it is, has been so easy for Donald Trump and a Republican congress to erase.  Mr. Obama chose to govern by executive order and massive regulatory expansion, rather than trying to make his policies permanent features of law.  As we have seen with the Republicans’  halting efforts on Obamacare, it is far harder to reverse a statute than it is to rescind an executive order or rewrite a bad regulation.
  • It is this lack of permanence, lack of real foundations in the law that is one of the major reasons why Democrats and their collaborating fake news media responded so desperately and viciously to the election of President Trump, and why they go to such lengths to mis-inform the public about what he is and isn’t doing.
  • But it isn’t working.  Despite the daily faking of the news by 95% of the national news media, the Obama legacy is slowly but surely vanishing before our eyes.  In fact, it really hasn’t been very slow, has it?
  • One more thing to note about all of this before I call it good.  Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that it is not an accident that Obamacare is collapsing this year, and that it was in fact designed to do so.  Democrats and their fake journalist collaborators pooh-pooh that notion in response, but it is in fact the truth.  Obamacare was never designed as a permanent program:  it was intentionally designed to produce shortages of service, massively higher premiums, and to run insurers out of the market and out of business, generating a crisis point early in the first term of Obama’s successor.  The plan, of course, was for The Most Corrupt Woman in America to be his successor, so that she could then, in response to the crisis Obamacare had created, tell the nation that our only course would be to implement the Canadian-style single-payer nationalization of medical care she and the Democrat Party have had as their ultimate goal for the last half-century.
  • But the voters tossed a monkey-wrench into that grand plan last November.  If you wonder why all your progressive friends have gone stark raving mad since the early morning of November 9, well, now you know.

Just another day in vanishing Obama legacy America.

That is all.

 

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Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) – 5.4.2017

  • Here, Director, have some Pepto Bismol.  Or Mylanta.  Or hey, how about this nice Abilify?:  Our bi-polar FBI Director, James Comey, gave testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday.  He gave one of the most tortured, twisted and improbable explanations imaginable about why he chose to insert himself into the presidential election campaign not once, not twice, but three times, at one point plaintively saying that he felt “mildly nauseous (sic)” that his actions might have influenced the outcome.  Well, boo-hoo, Director.  The truth is, Mr. Comey’s bout with nausea can be traced to his making the wrong decision back in July to let The Most Corrupt Woman in America off the hook for the myriad violations of law he himself described to the American public in the statement he made.  Everything that took place after that was simply an extension of his refusal to enforce the law against a high-profile member of the ruling class.  Self-inflicted wounds.
  • Seriously, how does this clown keep his job?:  Also during his testimony, our upset-stomached FBI Director admitted that The Most Corrupt Woman’s long-time companion, Huma Abedin, was freaking forwarding freaking classified freaking emails to her pedophile freaking pervert husband, Anthony freaking Weiner!  Not just a few freaking emails, mind you, but, according to Director Nausea, THOUSANDS OF FREAKING CLASSIFIED FREAKING EMAILS.  Naturally, upon finding out about this astonishing violation of the Espionage Act and no telling how many other federal statutes, our intrepid Bi-Polar, nauseated FBI Director decided to do….nothing.  Honest to God, nothing.
  • Knock me over with a feather.:  A study out of Germany indicates that fully 92% of so-called “anti-fascist”, i.e., FASCIST, protesters in that country are unemployed millennial “men”, i.e., CHILDREN, who still live with their mothers.  No, really,  I swear I did not make that up.  Here’s the link.  By the way, if this surprises you, and if you don’t think a study conducted in the U.S. would produce a very similar result, you are a moron.  No really, I swear, you are.
  • Watching “Key Largo” also upset her because there weren’t any large people in it.:  Rebecca Theodore, a fake film reviewer for the NY Times and Entertainment Weekly, issued a tweet yesterday in which she noted that her magazine’s cover photo of the cast of the new re-make of “Orient Express”, doesn’t include “any Asian people.”  Really, folks, I swear to you that I. Do. Not. Make. This. Stuff. Up.  I mean, who could?

Just another day in bi-polar, mildly nauseous (sic), no-Asians-on-the-Orient-Express America.

That is all.

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