Friday, June 23, 2017

Donald Trump

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Lincoln Assassination
What do we do about the, "character assassination" of a president?

Johnny Depp, lead actor of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, made a very distasteful joke about assassinating the President of the United States Donald Trump, while speaking to the crowd at Glastonbury, a United Kingdom based festival for performing arts.

During the screening of his film “The Libertine,” Depp went off topic and started discussing Trump with the crowd.

“Can we bring Trump here?” he asked; the crowd felt a jolt of energy and started jeering as soon as they heard the name. Depp continued, “No, no, no; you’ve misunderstood completely.”

Talking about Trump, Depp furthered his talk, “I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go,” he said to the audience.

The actor then tried defend himself as the crowd got even more hyped up. He responded, “It is just a question – I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.”

“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked. Apparently referring to the John Wilkes Booth’s murder of Abraham Lincoln. “Now, I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”

While people reacted to the whole incident in a mixed fashion, most found the Hollywood star’s remarks to be extremely offensive, considering the harsh political climate in the US and the Republican baseball practice attack which left Senate Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) critically injured.

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Trump Administration
"Ah, I see your resume says that you are a billionaire - but can you use MS Word?"

During a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, President Donald Trump explained as to why he chose Wilbur Ross, a billionaire to serve as his Commerce Secretary. “I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just don’t want a poor person,” Trump said.

He further added that Ross is far better suited for the position, as he is a billionaire, and would thus be honest to the people of America, as he “don’t want the money.”

“Wilbur is a very rich person in charge of commence,” said Trump. “That’s the kind of thinking we want. You know really. They’re representing the country. They don’t want the money. They’re representing the country,” Trump added.

These remarks came from President Trump, as he was touring the state of Iowa with agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue and Ross to mark his victory in elections held in Georgia. “We’re 5-0 in special elections,” said Trump in front of a boisterous crowd that packed a downtown arena. “The truth is, people love us … they haven’t figured it out yet.”

He praised his fellow Republican Ralph Norman, who won the special election by a very slim win, and went on to scorn the Democratic Party nominee Jon Ossoff by saying, they “spent $30m on this kid who forgot to live in the district.”

Addressing towards Gary Cohn, former Goldman Sachs president, he further argued, they had to “give up a lot” to take jobs in his administration. “This is the president of Goldman Sachs. Smart. Having him represent us. He went from massive pay days to peanuts,” he added.  And that, “these are people that are great brilliant business minds. That’s what we need. That’s what we have to have so the world doesn’t take advantage of us.”

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North Korea
How do you solve a problem like (North) Korea?

The twenty-two year old student passed away on Monday, in Ohio; only five days after he had returned from North Korea, after being detained there for seventeen months in total.

It was noted by the doctors that Warmbier had experienced brain damage due to “awful torturous mistreatment, while he was detained in North Korea.

In a statement provided to The Washington Post, Gary and his wife, Cindy, said:

“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m. It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost — future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched — Wyoming, Ohio, and the University of Virginia to name just two — that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family.

We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at the University Of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto. Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.

When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished. Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed — he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that.

We thank everyone around the world who has kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We are at peace and at home too.”

Warbier was sentenced to fifteen years in prison for supposedly attempting to remove a propaganda banner from the hotel that he was staying at. The North Korean media reports that it was due to “hostile act” against their leader Kim Jon UN that Warbier was held hostage and later fell into coma.

President Trump made complete use of Warbier’s death, as an opportunity; to blame former President Barack Obama for being responsible for the death of an American college student. During his news conference at the Oval Office, this Tuesday, Trump has stated that the student “should have been brought home a long time ago.”

“Frankly, if he were brought home sooner, I think the results would have been a lot different,” Trump said

On the other hand, Obama spokesman Ned Price said:

“During the course of the Obama Administration, we had no higher priority than securing the release of Americans detained overseas. Their tireless efforts resulted in the release of at least 10 Americans from North Korean custody during the course of the Obama administration.

It is painful that Mr. Warmbier was not among them, but our efforts on his behalf never ceased, even in the waning days of the administration. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Warmbier’s family and all who had the blessing of knowing him.”

Whereas, Axelrod, a former Obama adviser, wrote, “Asked about the death of Otto Wambler [sic], @POTUS can’t resist turning it into a not-so-veiled attack on @BarackObama. It truly IS sad!”

To this, Trump tweeted, “The U.S. once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

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Wise Choice
Man, I wish I would have been there - I'll be sure to be at his 2020 Inauguration!

In 1789, Thomas Jefferson wrote that, “Wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government.”

Abused by the media nearly as much as President Trump himself, Trump’s supporters have withstood constant attacks on their character, patriotism, intelligence, and more. The message from the media elite is clear, “If you don’t think and vote the exact way we demand, you are not informed.” However, what does informed mean here in this context? And does informed mean the same as Thomas Jefferson meant it in 1789?

The  difference between Jefferson’s use of the word informed and the media’s is the difference between fact and opinion. Regardless of how popular certain political opinions are in Hollywood,  knowledge of how our democratic republic works to deliver self-government is the most important foundation of being civically informed. Certainly, there are degrees to which political ideas can be right or wrong, but these are fiercely debated, and very rarely concrete or clear.

For example, while the medial elite can (and do) argue that socialism is working for Venezuela, or that tax-and-spend policies are working for Zimbabwe, knowledge of the specific structure of our U.S. government is unambiguous and clear. Voters that know how government works are informed in the most important and foundational way that citizens must be. For example – a fact: On November 8th, Americans didn’t just vote for President, they also voted to elect a Representative – their elected official in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. This is done every two years.

Survey Findings

A recent poll by Haven Insights shows that Trump voters have a distinct and consistent edge in civic knowledge over their Hillary supporting and 3rd party supporting counterparts. In stark contrast to the media narrative, Trump supporters are not only more informed than the general public, but also more than their political rivals.

  • Trump voters were more likely to know the name of their U.S. Representative than Hillary supporters (45% to 38%).
  • While 66% of the public know that their U.S. Representative is up for election 2 years, slightly more (68%) of Trump voters knew this simple fact. However, as embarrassing as it is, Hillary supporters performed the worst in this simple question (65%)!
  • A shocking 23% of the public voted for their U.S. representative without even knowing their Representative’s name. However, Trump voters – educated and civically responsible –were the most likely to walk into the voting booth informed and knowing the name of their elected representatives. Hillary supporters performed the worst.
  • Embarrassingly, nearly a third of liberals (30%) went to the voting booth having no clue who their U.S. Representative was – while only 21% of conservatives had a similar struggle in the voting booth.

Trump voters consistently had the edge over both the general population, and their political opponents in basic civic knowledge – who their Representative was, what party they belonged to, and if they were even on the ballot.

The Trump Edge

It isn’t enough to just go out and go through the motions of voting – voters have to have a baseline understanding of who and what exactly they are voting for. Trump supporters systematically outperformed everyone in knowledge of their Representative.

The real-world result of this knowledge edge was that Trump supporters and conservatives succeeded in specifically delivering their support to conservatives and Republicans in key narrow races across the nation. One example is in Maine, where Rep. Bruce Poliquin, soundly beat his opponent – a well funded disciple of Nancy Pelosi named Emily Cain.

As Tea Party Leader, Matt Kibbe, famously declared, “Government goes to those who show up.” Trump supporters simply know more about their government than any other slice of the electorate. This allowed them to make their opinions heard, even over and above the scorn and abuse heaped upon them by the media.

You can follow Haven Insights on Twitter HERE.

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Unstumpable Trump
Without their insane conspiracies, what would the Liberal Media talk about all day?

Michelle Malkin, a conservative commentator, is of the opinion that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow can see black helicopters flying around her head.

Talking to Sean Hannity on Fox News last Friday, Malkin told him Maddow has probably become Reynolds Wrap’s “number one customer” for being insistent on covering the conspiracy regarding alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, almost every night, despite not having a shred of evidence to prove any of the allegations.

“I think that Rachel Maddow must be Reynolds Wrap’s number one customer because the tin foil hat consumption is through the roof,” Malkin said.

“Her number one goal is to bash and obstruct the Trump administration — it has been since day one,” Malkin explained. “And they’re going to beat that dead horse until they can’t do it anymore.”

Following the duo’s discussion of the several dozen times Maddow has tried to push the Russia-Trump collusion conspiracy theory without any supporting evidence, Hannity and Malkin moved on to excoriate the Rolling Stone magazine for claiming that Maddow was the “most rusted name in news.” Both journalists agreed that this only goes on to prove that the left continues to live in a bubble or an “echo chamber.”

During the show, Hannity also expressed his grief at the “breathless hysteria” created by the left-wing media outlets over allegations surrounding the Trump-Russia conspiracy, which have so far proved to be pointless.

“It is an allusion factory, it is an echo chamber,” Malkin said, referring to the mainstream media. She further elaborated that President Trump not only has to deal with the Washington swamp, but also those in the liberal media.

“People are sick and tired of it…there is so much real news that is going on,” Malkin said, calling Rolling Stone’s Maddow claims a “slap in the face.”

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South Carolina Republican, Rep. Mark Sanford, on Thursday morning, stated that President Trump is “partially to blame” for the motivation behind the horrific attack on Republican Congressmen during baseball practice in Virginia, Wednesday morning.

“I would argue that the president is at least in partially — not in any way totally — but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed,” Sanford said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “[N]ot with what happened yesterday, but the fact that you’ve got the top guy saying, ‘Well, I wish I could hit you in the face. And if not, why don’t you and I’ll pay your legal fees.’ That’s bizarre — we ought to call it as such.”

According to Sanford, Washington D.C.’s atmosphere is “surreal.” He further indicated that it would be better for the Congress to do some soul-searching before taking any more steps.

“We’re at an inflection point,” Sanford said. “[I] think we have to watch out as a society because, if we don’t watch out, civility is indeed a part of civilized government and an open political system.

“If you let these forces play out, I think we end up at a very, very bad spot,” he continued. “I think what happened yesterday was symptomatic of it.”

Additionally, the lawmaker from South Carolina asked politicians from both parties to unite and try to stop hurling dirt at each other.

Following the attack on Wednesday, in which House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot at the hip, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) addressed members of the Congress, saying, “We are united in our shock. We are united in our anguish. And an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

Practicing baseball at another location, House Democrats stopped and started praying for their colleagues on the other side of the aisle, shortly after news of the attack spread.

According to the hospital where he is being treated, Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Scalise is in serious condition. The hospital staff says Scalise has already received “multiple units of blood transfusion” and “will require additional operations.”

The attack on the GOP baseball practice injured five including two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, a congressional staffer for Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams, Zack Barth, and a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, Matt Mika.

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Secretary Carson
'Calm down, this isn't brain surgery guys..."

The current secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, while speaking to Pete Hegseth on Fox News Radio’s “Klimeade and Friends,” on Friday, said that he believes that the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, to investigate the alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, and the recent obstruction of justice allegations, should be given a fair chance and some time, before being overturned.

It is to be noted that Carson’s stance on the issue is a noteworthy break from President Trump and his administration’s stance, which has time and again called the whole investigation a “witch hunt.”

During the interview, Carson stated that special prosecutor Robert Mueller has to be given “a chance” to conduct a fair investigation.

“I would give him the chance to see if he could do that because if there’s nothing there, he’s not going to find anything anyway,” Carson said.

“That has been the case now for nearly a year,” Carson continued. “There’s nothing to find; that’s why they keep going down these empty rabbit holes. That will continue to be the case because there’s nothing there.

Carson’s stance on the issue: giving Mueller “a chance,” indicates a surprising break from the position being held by Trump and his administration. Early Friday morning saw Trump take to Twitter to proclaim, “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.”

A few minutes before that tweet, Trump spoke about the witch hunt, saying “Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great. Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!”

Sean Hannity, on his show Friday evening, on the Fox News Channel, after stating that he believes the “deck is stacked” or so it appears to him, against President Trump in the FBI investigation, asked Newt Gingrich, a friend and supporter of Trump, whether Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, and Special Prosecutor Mueller, should step down from the investigation because of their connections to the dismissed FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump earlier last month.

“First of all, under the Justice Department’s own rules, Mueller has a legal obligation to recuse himself from anything involving Comey,” Gingrich said. “Which also makes you wonder why they’d pick a guy who is Comey’s close friend to investigate a situation in which inevitably involves Comey. This whole thing stinks.”

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Spelling Bee
"You want me to spell that?!"

The host of CNN’s New Day, Alisyn Camerota, was seen making a very insensitive and racist remark to twelve year old girl while interviewing her; after she had won the national spelling bee.

Camerota and co-host jokingly asked Ananya Vinay, to spell the word “covfefe;” while interviewing the young girl of Indian origin after her big win at the Scripps National Spelling Be competition, one of the most recognized spelling competitions within the USA.

“Covfefe” was an accidental typo made by President Donald Trump, on one of his many tweets on Twitter. Ever since the tweet was published, it has gone viral with memes and jokes of all sort being based upon it.

Vinay attempted to spell the impossible, she left out the “v.”  To this, Camerota chimed in and called it a “nonsense word.” However, the worst happened when she went to remark Vinay about not being sure as whether the root of the word comes Sanskrit, “which is probably what you’re used to using.”

It is has been noted that while Vinay’s family origin is from India, she is actually from Fresno, California.

Moreover, Vinay’s family is of Kerala-origin and the primary language spoken in Kerala is Malayalam, and definitely not Sanskrit. In fact, Sanskrit is only spoken by less than one percent of Indians today and that too usually by Hindu priests during religious ceremonies.

A spokeswoman for CNN spoke with the Washington Post and said otherwise. She stated that Camoreta’s comment had nothing to do with Ananya’s heritage.

“Alisyn made the same joking reference to the root of ‘covfefe’ in an earlier panel discussion that aired Wednesday,” she told the Washington Post.

“If she’s guilty of anything it’s recycling a joke. To assign a bias to what was a fun and innocent segment celebrating Ananya Vinay’s incredible accomplishment is frankly extremely cynical.”

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NSA Leaker
Try 'hacking' through the bars of your prison cell, leaker!

The Department of Justice recently announced in a statement, the charges against a government contractor who allegedly leaked classified documents to the media. The statement also reveals how they eventually caught her.

“A criminal complaint was filed in the Southern District of Georgia today charging Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor from Augusta, Georgia, with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 793(e),” it read.

“On or about May 9, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it,” the statement explained. “Approximately a few days later, Winner unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet.”

The media has since noted that the government only seems to have caught her after the said news outlet asked for a comment about their story, but in an apparent mistake provided the government with the original documents.

“The U.S. Government Agency examined the document shared by the News Outlet and determined the pages of the intelligence reporting appeared to be folded and/or creased, suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secured space,” the complaint read.

Hence, because of the crease in the paper, officials knew they had to look for people who had printed the document and taken it out of the “secured space” physically. After discovering six individuals who had printed the document, they found that one had sent emails to the news outlet.

Winner was suspected to have leaked the highly classified document to The Intercept, which then ran a story based on the report, talking about how US intelligence authorities had monitored hundreds of hacking attempts before the 2016 presidential election.

“The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the agency about a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the U.S. election and voting infrastructure. The report, dated May 5, 2017, is the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light.”

Since taking over the White House, the Trump administration has been a victim of constant leaks that have become a major problem for the president and his agenda.

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Conway Leaks
Is that you Kellyanne?

Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” on Monday, Kellyanne Conway, President Trump’s special counsel, refuted claims that she was leaking sensitive White House information to reporters.

“Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy brought up recent reports accusing Conway of sharing confidential information to colleagues and certain journalists at a Washington DC party last Friday night.

A Twitter account that goes by the handle @KellyanneLeaks alleged that Conway was overheard by several people, criticizing President Trump, Reince Priebus the White House chief of staff, and Marc Short, Director of White House Legislative Affairs.

The Twitter account also posted pictures of Conway talking to reporters at the party. The account also claimed that she was overheard complaining about Short.

“Honestly, what the f*** does Marc Short do all day?” she reportedly asked.

According to the account, Trump told Conway to “go out there and say that booted FBI Director ‘Jim Comey is going to have to wait and see about the tapes.’”

Other attendees also saw Conway making fun of Priebus for telling White House staff to avoid talking to the press.

Politico published a similar report on Saturday:

“Kellyanne Conway was overheard Thursday night talking about her West Wing co-workers to fellow revelers at a party. Conway was having an off-the-record conversation with a group of reporters and other attendees at the British Embassy at their election-night watch party. She said President Donald Trump told her to “go out there and say ‘Jim Comey is going to have to wait and see about the tapes.’”

“It turns out you’re the big leaker from the White House!” Doocy said about leak reports.

Conway responded: “If I were a great leaker, I would get much better press, don’t you think? Part of why I don’t is because I won’t leak confidential information.”

She also shot back, saying she never leaks any information about or from the president.

“I never divulge what the president tells me,” Conway said. “I never would.”

Despite the large number of reports stemming out of various outlets, Sean Spicer has refuted claims and allegations, especially those coming out of Twitter, and maintained that Short and Conway are “very close.”

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