Saturday, December 30, 2017

FLEISCHMAN: Sexual Misconduct 'Secret Settlements' Will Roil California, D.C. in 2018

Trump has a historic chance to do right by Iranians where Obama did wrong.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Trump on North Korea...

So much for the New York Times theory that, thanks to Trumpian and Saudi bellicosity, the Iranian people have closed ranks behind their rulers

Incandescent lightbulbs to vanish from California shelves

"These people that Governor Cuomo pardoned & Governor Brown pardoned have real criminal records...they're not pardoning Americans. They're not being pardoned based on merit. They're being pardoned because they're illegal."

2017: Year In Review

Trump's little-noticed war on hidden taxes...

Why Social Media Companies Can’t Stop ‘Fake News’

Maybe people in high-tax states will choose to elect legislators and governors who take less of their money?

Howard Dean: Old Dems need to "get the hell out of politics"

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Legal pot set to bring new gold rush to California...

we could use a little Global Warming right now: Record -37° in Minnesota... Temps 30 degrees below normal...

Trump, Republican leaders to huddle at Camp David over 2018 agenda


The great political surprise of 2018 will be the size of the Republican victory.

After members of the elite media have spent two years savaging President Trump, lying about Republican legislation, and reassuring themselves that Republican defeat was inevitable, the size of the GOP victory in 2018 will be an enormous shock....

...The biggest surprise in the CBS report was the impact the tax cuts would have on a California couple with three children, a small business, and earning an income of approximately $300,000. The family believed that because California is a high-tax state, that capping state and local tax deductions would really hurt them. Instead, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will save them nearly $13,000 in taxes.

The look on the three families faces as they learned how much they would be saving was remarkable to behold....

Poll: A third of Americans believe Obamacare has been repealed

On Jan 15th, 2018, Department of Justice Office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz will deliver approximately 1.2 million pages of documentation and evidence gathered in the year-long investigation into the politicization of the DOJ and FBI

In the past six weeks a stunning amount of evidence has been accumulating that shows how the Obama Administration weaponized the FBI and DOJ and launched a political campaign spying operation into candidate Donald Trump.

There have been daily revelations showing a considerable collaboration between the White House, Hillary Clinton, the DNC, Fusion-GPS founder Glenn Simpson; his wife Mary Jacoby, DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr and his wife Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr, Russian Dossier author Christopher Steele, FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page; and the highest levels of officials within the FBI, including Chief Legal Counsel James Baker and FBI Asst. Director Andrew McCabe.

All of the evidence points in one transparently obvious direction; toward a 2016 collaborative effort structured to use a counterintelligence operation to conduct wiretaps and surveillance on the presidential campaign of candidate Donald Trump.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

In the days after Republicans passed their tax cut legislation, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warned that passage of the bill would be “Armageddon.”

Ladies and gentlemen, witness the horror of our Armageddon:
In the hours after Congress approved the GOP tax cut plan, a handful of companies jumped to announce plans to share some of the proceeds on their employees and spend on infrastructure. Boeing was first out of the gate, followed by AT&T, which said it would give more than 200,000 unionized employees a special bonus of $1,000 once the tax bill is signed. The company also said it would increase its capital expenditures by $1 billion.

Both Fifth Third Bancorp and Wells Fargo followed, saying they would raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour. Fifth Third said it would also give workers a bonus, and Wells Fargo said it would give $400 million to community and nonprofit organizations next year....

...In Texas: New Braunfels-based Rush Enterprises is planning to give each of its employees a $1,000 bonus after President Donald Trump signs the tax reform bill into law. The commercial truck dealer said all of its approximately 6,600 U.S. employees will receive the one-time payout — which will cost about $6.6 million....

In Wisconsin: Associated Bank said Thursday it will boost its minimum hourly wage to $15 and pay workers a $500 bonus when the recently passed federal tax reform is signed, making it the first major Wisconsin firm to announce it is joining the list of companies saying their employees will directly benefit from the legislation. The Green Bay-based bank, the largest financial institution headquartered in the state, said it will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour from $10 — a 50% boost — and distribute the one-time bonus to all hourly, non-commissioned employees once the tax legislation is signed into law....

In Idaho: Idaho health care and home products company Melaleuca Inc. announced Thursday that it will be the latest major business to give its workers bonuses in response to President Donald Trump’s tax cuts....

And indeed, reports of anguish and financial ruin have arrived and been collected here and here. The Christmas holiday brought no respite, as even more companies announced how they would be punishing their workers with bonuses and raises to maximize the pain and suffering caused by the apocalypse-inducing legislation....

Chinese mall erects Trump dog statue to ring in Chinese year of the dog

...The dog corresponds with 2018 being the year of the dog in the Chinese zodiac. Trump, 71, was born in the year of the dog, which occurs every 12 years.... A giant rooster statue styled to look like Trump was placed outside the mall at the end of 2016 to ring in the year of the rooster.,,,

Silicon Valley will soon see a 'mass migration' of tech companies and talent...Cities like Denver, San Antonio and Houston are primed to be the new hubs

..."Silicon Valley is going to leave Silicon Valley — that's already happened," Kelman told CNBC's "Power Lunch."

"The technology companies, the Wall Street companies, they're chasing the talent, [and] the talent is chasing affordable housing."...

Newsweek headline total lie & flagrant anti-Trump bias. Headline - "MELANIA TRUMP ORDERS REMOVAL OF NEAR-200-YEAR-OLD TREE FROM WHITE HOUSE" Story - "The tree was about to fall, and experts recommended its removal"

..."The overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised and the tree is completely dependent on the artificial support," stated documents obtained by CNN. "Without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago. Presently, and very concerning, the cabling system is failing on the east trunk, as a cable has pulled through the very thin layer of wood that remains. It is difficult to predict when and how many more will fail." (CNN)
“Mrs. Trump personally reviewed the reports from the United States National Arboretum and spoke at length with her staff about exploring every option before making the decision to remove a portion of the magnolia tree,” Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, told CNN. “After reviewing the reports, she trusted that every effort had been made to preserve the historic tree and was concerned about the safety of visitors and members of the press, who are often standing right in front of the tree during Marine One lifts.”

The first lady even requested that wood from the tree be preserved and seedlings be made available if there's an opportunity in the future to plant a new Magnolia in the same location, but you wouldn't have guessed her concern for the tree based on Newsweek's headline....

"The Democrats' false rhetoric about the Republican tax cuts may be their own political undoing

Media's coverage of Trump three times more negative than for Obama

Entitlement reform: If not now, when?

Democrats' 2018 advantage expands...

When billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer launched a digital petition drive to impeach President Donald Trump two months ago, some Democratic Party leaders dismissed it as an unhelpful vanity project — and even Steyer thought he’d top out at a million signatures.

But nearly 4 million digital signatures later, the philanthropist and environmental activist’s unlikely campaign has seized on an issue — impeaching Trump — that could become part of the Democratic mainstream in 2018. It's placed at his fingertips a potentially powerful tool: an email list of millions of motivated activists whom he can reach instantly for organizing and fundraising and that could become the hottest trove of data in Democratic politics since the email list that Bernie Sanders’ insurgent campaign against Hillary Clinton collected in 2016....

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Overdose data from the CDC show a sharp spike in the trend in non-heroin opioid overdoses starting precisely in 2014 — the very year ObamaCare went into effect.

"Free" college from new tax on estates worth over $3.5 million. They do realize rich people can move, right?

Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

New Berkeley IGS Poll: Gas tax repeal leads 52-43%

Download, print and sign the official petition to get the repeal on the November 2018 ballot:

"Since Gov. Brown was sworn in, becoming the oldest governor in state history, 243,099 people have fled California on net for other states, taking $7.794 billion with them to states that don’t have such high taxes and onerous regulations that make housing unaffordable for middle class households."

Trump’s Strong Start on Policy: A first-year report card

Gorsuch confirmed, ISIS defeated, taxes cut: The Trump administration has compiled a solid record of accomplishment in its first year, one that compares well with the records of many of its predecessors.

Two of the biggest accomplishments came late in the year. The prime minister of Iraq declared victory over ISIS on December 9. Republicans reached a deal that seemed to secure passage of a tax bill on December 15. Until then, it appeared possible that 2017 would end without an all-Republican government enacting any major legislation.

Now the Republicans’ policy record looks better, at least as most conservatives see it...


California’s politicians have just cost their people over $100 million in lost tax deductions. Suddenly, the state’s 13.2% top rate is no longer amusing.

...If it can’t the state will see an exodus of biblical proportions. With no Red Sea to intervene.

The damage will be massive. Six million California households deduct an average of $65 on their federal forms. How will the Democrats induce them to stay in the Bay State after they lose about $37,000 a year in SALT (state and local tax) deductions? — only partly offset by a doubling of the standard deductions.

And with the four communities with the highest average home values in California, these richer homes will suffer from caps in mortgage interest deductions.

Will they stay or leave?

If they leave, it will set off a seismic shift that will changer country in fundamental ways....

Appeals court rejects legal challenge to Trump's voter fraud panel

California Democrats face sexual-harassment meltdown

Democrats have had an iron grip on power in California for at least the last decade; without Arnold Schwarzenegger’s celebrity governorship, it would be more like a generation. Democrats have supermajorities in both chambers of the state legislature, control all of the statewide offices, and haven’t elected a Republican to the US Senate since Pete Wilson in 1988. The Golden State has turned so blue that last year’s general election to replace Barbara Boxer featured two Democrats and no Republicans at all.

That grip on power might get threatened now, Politico reports, thanks to burgeoning sexual harassment scandals within the party. Will this give Republicans an opening for a comeback in California? (Spoiler: Naaah.)...

The change will go into effect on Dec. 31, and the library will hold on to its archive of every public tweet posted during the first 12 years of Twitter’s existence.

Nikki Haley announces $285 million cut to United Nations budget. The US should not be paying for totalitarian regimes and an anti-human Rights UN

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas: Hallelujah

"It's a Wonderful Life"

Merry Christmas!