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Trump, State of the Union — Win til you are sick of winning

Donald Trump’s State of the Union is being described as one of the best ever. It was a magnificent campaign speech. Even the LA Times calls it “a pretty effective one”. I don’t watch many political speeches, but this one could be a “how to” guide.

The dour faced white suits of the #Metoo look decidedly unAmerican and self centred when Trump announces great results for all their token mascots and they can’t even clap.  Nancy Pelosi petulantly rips up the speech that Trump had to provide her with at 1:42:50. Some news services are trimming that bit off…

Trump shamelessly plugs his heroes and basks in their greatness.  Rush Limbaugh gets a Presidential Medal of Honor. Buzz Aldrin singled out early at the start. (6:30)

“This year American Astronauts will go back to Space on American Rockets.”

John Hindraker:

This puts the Democrats in a tough spot. Through the first half of the speech, President Trump reeled off one item of good news after another: Record low unemployment! Lowest black unemployment ever! Lowest Hispanic unemployment ever! Rising wages, especially at the bottom! Median net worth skyrocketing! And so on. The Democrats greeted all of this with stony silence. When Trump announced that in the last three years, 10 million people have gotten off welfare, the Democrats looked as though they were ready to cry. …

Trump bragged about American energy production and said nothing, not a syllable, about climate change. Exactly as it should be. Compare this to the Obama 2010 SOTU and the odd moment when he mentioned the “overwhelming evidence” and the audience laughed.  He didn’t realize it would be funny. That was weeks after ClimateGate.

His administration has cut more regulations than any other administration during it’s entire tenure.

Companies are coming back…

Unleashed a revolution in American Energy — the USA is now the number one producuer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. For the first time in 65 years we are a net exporter of energy.

But there is too much clapping. These Americans…  ;- )  Could anyone imagine that happening downunder?

 

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94 comments to Trump, State of the Union — Win til you are sick of winning

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    DaveR

    Trump nailed it all right. So much so that the democrats with their protests looked alien against the groundswell of achievement and applause at the end of every statement. Goddamit….some democrats were even applauding the man!

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    AP

    He is quite an amazing and resilient man to have dealt with all the hoaxes, backstabbers, traitors and saboteurs, and still have unflinchingly stuck to his agenda. Amazing really.

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      Just Thinkin'

      AP,

      He’s a business man.

      He had a plan..

      NOTHING was getting in his way to achieve that.

      If only we in Australia had someone who cared about Australia
      like Mr Trump cares about America….

      Yep, I know….I’m dreaming…..

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        Ted O'Brien.

        I said it before he was elected. What sets Trump apart is that he can count.

        He knows the difference between market value and book value.

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    Kalm Keith

    What an amazing turnaround there has been in America over the last few years.

    Many of the formerly unemployed are now leaving home every day to go to work and earn a living.

    They feel good about this and are unlikely to reinstall those living in the dream state of media hysteria who brought the nation undone.

    Go USA.

    KK

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    Deano

    The lefty media have resorted to attributing this improvement in America’s condition on the policies of Obama. They think we’ve forgotten their complaints of the past 3 years that Trump had undone all Obama’s good work.

    Interesting that some news outlets have edited Pelosi’s dummy spit. It’s often very enlightening to compare unedited YouTube videos with what gets edited out of traditional media broadcasts due to, ahem, “time constraints”.

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    Enoch Root

    It is so good to finally see a politician that actually keep his promises…

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      Just Thinkin'

      Australian politicians haven’t worked that out yet……

      And I don’t think they ever will….

      The Liberals listen to the MSM too much…They need to be like Mr Trump…..

      They also try wishy-washy stuff thinking they are going to win
      over the lefties…

      THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN…

      But they can get ALL of their followers behind them by LISTENING to THEM…

      And ONLY them….Just like Mr Trump did….

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    Jim

    The only problems with his statements, if you take away party, what he emphised, was what the house has proposed and his party in the Senate has not passed. But, we need another reganist tax hike, just to repair the damages done to the nation by excusing all companies and millionaires from the tax rolls. Or borrow from our children to at least keep what we have workable till they attain majority.u

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      MudCrab

      The House proposed?

      The Dems under Tearable Nancy run the house.

      What are you suggesting here? Trump has failed because he won’t let people like AOC run the country?

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      MarkMcD

      “The only problems with his statements, if you take away party, what he emphised, was what the house has proposed and his party in the Senate has not passed”

      Apart from the difficulty in parsing the content of this, the only thing the House has passed that the Senate has not is the deceitful and vile impeachment based on lies, innuendo and 3rd hand made up BS about what someone heard someone else say about someone.

      The House has done bugger all since 2016 except try to overturn the vote of the People in 2016.

      If there is ANY justice in the world, the Dems will be decimated in November and we will see the ringleaders of the coup don their new orange suits and enjoy the accommodations in Guantanamo.

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    toorightmate

    Trump’s recipe for success has been very simple.
    He took on the looney left and the media – but then, I repeat myself.

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    Bill In Oz

    I dropped in at various points up to 29 minutes.
    Bugger don’t these pollies love clapping
    Thye are better at it that the Communists…
    So to be brief ! ) I got bored and gave it a miss.
    Is he doing a good job ?
    That’s for Americans to decide.
    Not me.
    But I get the feeling that the Dimocrats
    Have blown the next USA presidential election.

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      Dave in the States

      To cap it all off of what has been awful week for the Dems, of their own making I might add, Trump will be acquitted today, probably bipartisanley. The big winner of the Iowa caucus was once again Trump. Un -electable Crazy Bernie came out as the Dem’s front runner. In all likelihood, were looking at four more years.

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      Kalm Keith

      Bill,

      You did better than me, I didn’t watch any of it before I wrote the comment above.
      I’ll get a cup of tea and have a look now.

      At the moment there are 29 comments and I was O.K. until I got to #6, I couldn’t make head nor tail of it.
      It was a relief to see that others also missed the point, whatever that was.

      It reads like a media comment that requires “interpretation”.

      Can anyone from the US decipher it?

      The point about the current president is that he seems to have encouraged his nation to get busy and do things and put some solid purpose into their daily lives.

      That’s leadership.

      KK

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        Bill In Oz

        KK, I am here to help make things better here in Oz.
        For me the question is ” Do I have any right to interfere in the USA political scene”
        My answer is always “NO’
        I am an interested bystander only.
        This also helps save me time.
        That video is about an hour & 20 minutes long !
        :-)

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        Ted O'Brien.

        jim @#6 complains about Trump’s tax cuts for business.

        He doesn’t understand that if you give business more money, it uses it to make more money. To make more money it has to employ more people. This is where the benefits flow to. More tax is collected from lower tax rates because more people are making money and paying tax.

        The really strange thing about it is that so many of our scholars don’t know this.

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      Binny Pegler

      The democrats aren’t trying to win the election – They’re trying to save the furniture.
      They’re making no effort toward the middle ground, it’s all about the hardcore base.

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    I only watch a short portion which included, I’m pleased to say, the tribute to Rush Limbaugh. Dr. Roy Spencer has a great post on that this morning with his personal perspective on what Rush has meant for him.

    To keep peace in my home, I had not intended to watch any of it, but I couldn’t resist.

    To matter who is the Democrat challenger, I WILL vote for Donald Trump PRIMARILY because of his climate change policies! There are plenty of other reasons to support him, and I do, but the climate policies significantly weaken the world’s climate alarmists’ impact.

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      Dave in the States

      I find most Americans are ambivalent to the global warming issue, or are unbelievers. The Dems thinking this is a winning issue for them could not be more wrong. Moreover, we are having our third long cold winter in a row here the NH. iles and piles of snow and cold, cold, temps. Right now it 0 degrees F where I am. Four straight months of the dead of winter…so far. There is no sign yet of it easing its icey grip.

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        Dave in the States

        Democrat policies call for higher taxes, $10 gasoline, rolling black outs, more expensive health insurance, increased Gov regulation across the board, less sovereignty, less security at home and abroad, more poverty, less well paying employment, less abundance, taking away peoples choice in transportation…… Indeed, to quote Sarah Palin, the Dem’s candidates are trying to “put lipstick on a pig.”

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          Kalm Keith

          A great summary!

          Sounds like what Australia is doing at the moment;

          enduring the Dream “we had to have”.

          We are now a de-industrialised nation on the brink.

          The ultimate goal is to have our schools and universities full, “our” ABC and associated media full of woke interviewers talking to an endless stream of “professors” and nobody at work getting their hands dirty.

          Help!

          KK

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            AndyG55

            “getting their hands dirty.”

            Plenty of academics are getting their hands dirty..

            Just not in the way you mean, though.

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            John

            “We are now a de-industrialised nation .”

            But the reduced emissions that come from that!

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              AndyG55

              Apparently some 50% of our CO2 emissions come from bushfires…

              … and are therefore the result of “climate change™” ;-)

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                Ted O'Brien.

                I expect to see ramifications from our bushfires that haven’t been dreamt of yet.

                It would be for sure and certain that some carbon sequestration investments have gone up in smoke with there fires.

                Formulae have been developed for calculating the carbon content of vegetative ground cover. Couple those formulae with a price for carbon and you have a valuation of the carbon “lost” in these fires.

                So now lawyers will be sifting through the ashes with a plan to attach blame for the fires to somebody that still has cash for the purpose of rendering compensation.

                Blame might not be limited to those who initiated fires. They will also be trying to attach blame on the basis of failure to limit the fires.

                Just imagine the dollar value that they will put on this local fire that supposedly burned 5,000 sq km of National Parks. That carbon was just written off at zero in earlier times.

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        John F. Hultquist

        The Dems thinking this is a winning issue for them could not be more wrong.

        Being a resident of the Left-Coast State of Washington, and that being the source of Jay “Global Warming” Inslee, if there are still any Dems thinking this will be a winning issue then she/he/it must be dumber than a stump.

        It hasn’t been really cold here lately but snow is accumulating — near or above average region-wide. All hope it comes off slowly without rain.

        And finally for those from OZ, all the clapping during the SOTU presentation is as routine as processing beer.

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          Bill In Oz

          I guess we just need an edited version
          Without all the hand clapping.Definitely NOT what we do.
          Any pollie who expected it
          Would find themselves speaking to an empty hall !
          Folks gone for a coffee or tea or beer or good red !

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    Lionell Griffith

    When you think it couldn’t get worse, the Democrat party finds a way. Pelosi (you have to pass it to read it) ripped up the state of the union speech. That says it all. It’s the destruction of the good BECAUSE it is good.

    Trump Derangement Syndrome and hate everything BECAUSE Trump and fly over country citizens are for it, is only the beginning. It rapidly goes down hill from there. Abysmal failure in Iowa is simply the next step toward Democratic dreams and fantasies (nightmares?).

    I am a long way from being tired of winning!

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      AP

      This is the great fallacy of the left. They think they are smart enough to run literally everything in everyones lives but (as we know from some of our great union leaders, using union funds) they literally couldn’t organise a root in a brothel.

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        Lionell Griffith

        The problem is that the people who are determined to control everything and everybody do it, in part, because their lives are out of control. By controlling everything, they believe they will at long last find peace and serenity. However, all that is accomplished is the spreading of their internal angst to one and all. They make their problems a problem for everyone without diminishing their own angst. In fact, they increase it exponentially. This leaves them with only doing more of the same only more brutally. Rinse and repeat endlessly. It cannot end well.

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    Richard Ilfeld

    News Flash. A major world leader gave a major speech without a treacly bow to “Climate Change”. Huzzah! I’m sure Greta is furious this morning.

    The climate will be changeable, and sometimes nasty, and we will cope. Prosperity is how.

    Nature is right now providing Africa with locusts. Africa is likely to face a food deficit. Will ‘Belt and Road’ step in to save the day? The
    pampered Euro farmers? Or will a prosperous US again be the source of aid?

    The speech was ordinary, competent, sufficiently dignified, appropriate, and good theater. It is worth noting that half the audience was in denial of even
    fundamental realities, and certainly lacking in the bipartisanship so often cherished in name only.

    As the major alternative energy projects in the US mature, they are failing, as is true in much of the world. Some are perceived, in retrospect, to have been frauds
    from the get-go; with partisan hacks getting large payouts of public funds, and leaving behind debt and under- or non- performance. Nonetheless, it seems likely that
    the left will campaign on the duopoly of climate change crisis and free medical care for all.

    IN the US political system, we often get to make binary choices. It will be interesting to see how this one goes.

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    Don B

    Obama: Under my plan electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.

    Under Trump energy costs have declined.

    Trump’s plan wins.

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      John F. Hultquist

      Obama ==> Worst U.S. president ever.

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        Carter was equally bad from a policy point of view and even more ineffective as a leader, but at least Americans could see this and didn’t re-elect him. The fact that Obama was re-elected when his transparent goal was to make America irrelevant tells me that it was the most ignorant electorate ever that allowed Obama to continue his reign of economic deconstruction.

        This is why the Democrats prefer minority candidates. Since identity politics and virtue signaling are the primary tactics of the political left, many are coerced into voting for a minority candidate because they don’t want to think of themselves as being prejudiced.

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        H.B. Schmidt

        Obama ==> Worst U.S. president ever.

        Obama set race relations back 60 years.

        Trump has helped black communities more than Democrats have in the past 80 years.

        If the black voting bloc begins to switch sides in response to policies that benefit them as a whole, the Democrats can kiss their future relevance goodbye.

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    GD

    But there is too much clapping

    But there is so much good news and so many positive achievements, it’s hard not to stand up and applaud.

    Even Nancy Pelosi had to stand up and clap on occasion.

    If you don’t like the clapping, pour yourself a good Sav Blanc or a vintage whiskey and play the drinking game. Every time the audience applauds…

    Soon you won’t notice the clapping, in fact you’ll be standing up and clapping!

    If only the US presidency wasn’t limited to two terms.

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      sophocles

      But there’s so much good news … If only the US presidency wasn’t limited to two terms.

      All those good results are there because it’s time for them. Trump’s terms of office have been well positioned on the global economic cycle. It’s long enough for Trump. The world economy has reached the end of the recession it was thrown into in October 2017 and over the rest of this year it will accelerate rapidly. Everyone will forget 2008 and pump the money pumps. Trump will reach the end of his tenure in 2024/5 and will leave office with the American economy booming. He may even be acclaimed as the Best President Yet.

      In the absence of a World War or some other disaster of that scale or larger, it will perform like a winner until 2026. The President after Trump won’t know what’s hit him/her in October 2026 — it will be 2008 all over again, plus some. The recession from June 2027 through to 2029 will be deep.

      If there’s ever going to be a Democrat president, that could be a good time to have one: all the worst of their climate policies will be brought in. And the economy will crash, big time.

      The electorate will most likely be viciously antipathetic.

      I did enjoy Nancy Girl’s little fit of pique in the background. Has the biter been bit?
      Trying to impeach a president with all those good results is not going to do her political future much good at all; it could be an effective hemp collar for her.

      Like all views, projections and prognostications of the future, this comes with no guarantees :-D
      If it follows past history with no major disasters (like Big Rocks From Space or Nuclear Wars) then that’s what we have to look forward to. Any and all responsibility or liability for investment performances on your part rest solely with you.

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      Dave in the States

      If only the US presidency wasn’t limited to two terms.

      If not we might have ended up with Clinton for 16 years, or we might still have Obama. Perish the thought.

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        Mark D.

        vigorously agree Dave!

        Our Founders were brilliant.

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          Dave in the States

          Originally it was not specified. Washington set the precedent by stepping down after two terms when he could have easily been reelected again.

          Then FDR was reelected four times. Granted in 1940 with WWII underway and the US trying to stay out of it, but realistically that was unlikely, it was felt that the situation warranted an exception to the two term precedent.The war was still underway in 1944.

          After WW2 a constitutional amendment was passed specifying two terms.

          I think it unlikely that Clinton would have voluntarily stepped down had he not been required to do so. Likewise Obama. Their supporters wanted to keep the “60′s revolution” in power momentum thing rolling. Then 911 and the War on Terror would probably have cemented his incumbency like WW2 did FDR’s.

          We dodged a bullet in Gore looking back on things now. Try to fathom the Clintons and Obama in power virtually in perpetuity for a 1/3 of a century.

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    I voted Libertarian, but am really glad to hear NASA may be transferred from the Ministry of Fake, Altered and Varnished Temperature Records to working on nuclear space vehicles again. There is some delightful schadenfreude to be had watching intellectuals of the looter persuasion lose power, other peoples’ money, and… and… What else did they have?

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    GD

    Nancy Pelosi’s cognitive dissonance was fully on display during Trump’s wonderful and inspiring speech.

    First, she stood up and applauded, then she rolled her eyes, and then she stood up and applauded again.

    And then she ripped the printout of his speech in two.

    Perhaps the botox has got to her brain.

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      sophocles

      Perhaps the botox has got to her brain.

      She might have looked ahead at her own political future — trying to impeach a President who has `enabled’ all that good news? It’s not a good look … :-D

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      Kalm Keith

      When the “we was wronged” meme is all you have, you have to follow it right to the end or seem to be a hypocrite.

      Nancy who?

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        hatband

        Here’s a few facts, Keith.

        Trump got over the line last time by winning MI, WI, & PA, all strong Democrat States,

        by 77,000 votes out of 13,740,000 cast.

        https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/weekly-standard/the-election-came-down-to-77-744-votes-in-pennsylvania-wisconsin-and-michigan-updated

        Was it Legit?

        Probably not, that’s why they’ve been having a cry for 3 years.

        Trump likely has as many problems in Ukraine as Joe Biden does, so they blamed Russia

        and hoped the Mueller fishing expedition caught Trump in the net anyway.

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          AndyG55

          Bad case of TDS, hey bandana man.

          “Was it Legit?” ABSOLUTELY. !!!

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          AndyG55

          Bad case of TDS, hey bandana man.

          “Was it Legit?”… ABSOLUTELY. !

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          Graeme No.3

          hatband:

          Perhaps the voters in MI, WI, & PA switched to Trump because he offered hope of an improved life?

          I must be reading the wrong sources as most comments I’ve seen from the USA seem to think that much of the voter fraud goes to benefit the Democrats.

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            hatband

            That’s right, and Philadelphia is the Cream of The Democrats rotten Crop in

            Pennsylvania. So the HildaBeast didn’t campaign in PA,MI, or WI in the last few

            days because Dems Polling and the corrupt Machine had those States in the bag.

            It was politically impossible to point this out, so they

            accused Russia instead to maintain the voter rage.

            Are the Repubs also Vote Stealers?

            Well, Nixon was asked [during his Presidency 1969-74] about the shenanigans in

            Cook County IL. that allowed JFK to win the EC in 1960, and he pointed out that

            his people also stole California, his home state, so it all worked out, and he

            was never going to cry foul anyway.

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          MudCrab

          Not completely sure what your point is here, Young Hatband.

          Much is made by some people that in 2016 Clinton won the popular vote, ergo, she was ROBBED!!!

          That would be wonderful if the system was based on the popular vote, but it isn’t. It is based on the electoral college using a system that – if I understand my history correctly – was purposely designed to prevent the more popular states bullying the smaller states by sheer weight of numbers.

          Winning the colleges is how you become president. That is the agreed process. Outside of provable corruption NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.

          It is like trying to argue your team won at cricket because they hit more sixes. Sixes are wonderful but they are not listed in the agreed rules for winning a game.

          So… not really sure what your point is.

          Trump understood the game and campaigned accordingly. Clinton did not. Or something. Either way, under the legally agreed methods used, Trump won.

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    Yonniestone

    The Democrats have thrown one of the biggest tantrums in history since 2016, Pelosi tearing up the speech was just another outburst in between sobbing.

    I was perhaps symbolic of tearing up any hope of winning in 2020.

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    u.k.(us)

    If I might be so… pretentious ?, is that the word ?
    Americans “keep things under their hat”.
    Armies have learned that lesson to their detriment.

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    Trump is pretty good. Might be the best US had since Calvin Coolidge.

    I’m excited about this:
    https://junkscience.com/2020/01/epas-science-blowout/

    Also, for those interested:
    https://phzoe.wordpress.com/2020/02/05/pressure-change-and-real-standard-pressure/

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    H.B. Schmidt

    Objectively, American voters need to ask themselves what Democrats could do better than the current administration is doing.

    Unemployment? Not a chance. You can’t improve upon “lowest ever”.
    Jobs? Doubtful, as trade agreements are bringing back manufacturers from overseas as well as improving the lives of workers everywhere.
    Income disparity? No, because the fastest growth is at the bottom among blue-collar workers.
    Energy policy? Environment? Regulatory oversight? Taxation? Interest rates? No, no, no, no, and no.

    There’s virtually nothing that Democrats are proposing that could improve on allowing the status quo to continue another four years. The only thing they have to run on is their hatred of DJT. But objectively, they’re fighting a losing battle.

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    Maptram

    Imagine the outrage from the left if there is ever another democrat president and a republican rips up the state of the union address.

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    pat

    5 Feb: NYT: How Democrats and Republicans Voted on Impeachment Charges Against Trump
    Article I: Abuse of Power
    If all 100 Senators are present, 67 votes are needed to convict.
    52 – 38 against conviction
    Article II: Obstruction of Congress
    67 votes are needed to convict
    53 – 47 against conviction
    The votes fell far short of the two-thirds majority required to convict and remove the president from office…
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/02/05/us/politics/impeachment-vote-results.html

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      pat

      correction: Articl 1 should be:

      52 – 48 against conviction

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        hatband

        There’s only 47 Dems in the Senate, so they got 1 Repub to Rat.

        Mitt Romney?

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          pat

          fourth attempt at posting this – will omit url:

          26 Sept 2019: TheFederalist: Top Romney Adviser Worked With Hunter Biden On Board Of Ukrainian Energy Company
          By Erielle Davidson
          According to web archives, top Mitt Romney adviser Joseph Cofer Black, who publicly goes by “Cofer Black,” joined Burisma’s board of directors while Hunter Biden was also serving on the board…
          According to The New Yorker, Hunter joined Burisma’s board in April of 2014 and remained on it until he declined to renew his position this past May. Meanwhile, according to Burisma’s website, Black was appointed in February of 2017 and continues to serve on its board. The timelines would indicate that Black and Biden worked together at Burisma, and indeed, web archives from late 2017 show Black and Biden listed simultaneously on the board…

          Black joined the CIA in 1974 and eventually climbed the ranks to become director of the National Counterterrorism Center from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him ambassador at large and coordinator for counterterrorism. He later worked at Blackwater as a vice chairman before joining Romney’s campaign as a “special adviser” on Romney’s Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team in October of 2011. In 2017, Black joined the board of Burisma…

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    pat

    links:

    5 Feb: The Verge: Motherboard just published the terrible app that caused chaos at the Iowa caucuses
    The news organization wants it looked at by more tech and security researchers
    By Nick Statt
    According to editor-in-chief Jason Koebler, “Trust and transparency are core to the US electoral process,” and “that’s why Motherboard is publishing the app that malfunctioned in Iowa.”
    “The app’s failure — and the widespread attention this failure has received — spurred chaos on election night, followed by speculation, conspiracy theories, and political jockeying,” Koebler writes in an article that contains a link to the Android APK file, which anyone can download and sideload onto a compatible Android smartphone. “…

    Motherboard has a separate article alongside the one containing the app link that features numerous perspectives and analysis from tech and security professionals, one of which said the software looks basically like an app built by a student learning how to program and following online tutorials…READ ON
    https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/5/21125449/iowa-recorder-app-democractic-caucus-motherboard-published

    4 Feb: WashingtonFreeBeacon: Steyer and Pelosi Poured Money into Firm Behind Botched Iowa App
    by Joe Schoffstall
    Acronym, the dark-money group behind the mobile app that derailed the news cycle by causing widespread delays in the Iowa caucus results, received funding from the political operations of Tom Steyer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, financial records reveal…

    …Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action Committee made a $45,000 donation to the nonprofit and paid another $90,000 for its data consulting services…
    Acronym’s PAC, Pacronym, was also a major beneficiary of wealthy Democrats’ funding. The committee received six-figure contributions from director Steven Spielberg, former actress Kate Capshaw, and liberal billionaire George Soros’s Democracy PAC in late 2019…

    Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said Tuesday morning that the department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency had previously offered to test the app but was rebuffed…
    https://freebeacon.com/politics/steyer-pelosi-pacs-funded-shadowy-group-behind-botched-iowa-app/

    impeachment & SOTU were surely meant to distract from Iowa, where the only game was making sure Sanders was NOT GOING TO WIN.

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      pat

      5 Feb: UPI: ADP-Moody’s: U.S. added 291,000 jobs in January
      By Ed Adamczyk
      The U.S. economy added nearly 300,000 jobs during the month of January, the greatest monthly gain in five years, an analysis from ADP and Moody’s Analytics said Wednesday.
      The private report said (LINK) 291,000 total jobs were added, the best mark since 2015.
      Many Wall Street analysts projected a growth of about 150,000 jobs…

      with 86% so-called reporting (they all reported Monday nite, so this is just the drip-feeding to the public):

      Tom Steyer: 0.3%
      Michael Bloomberg: 0%

      Bloomberg Plans to Double Ad Spending After Iowa Caucus Chaos
      The New York Times – 4 Feb 2020

      Michael Bloomberg may be big winner from Iowa Caucus debacle
      New York Daily News – 4 Feb 2020

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    Graeme Bird

    As much as I complain about that Orange fellow, its quite horrifying to think what the alternative would have been. We really dodged a bullet at that last election. Unless Gabbard or Yang rise suddenly to the top, I suppose its better to stick with this Trump. He’s had great success creating jobs, and getting an agreement that the Chinese have to try harder to change their policies such that another 200 billion in American goods is sold into China. That is a real triumph. Its actually a triumph for free trade even if tariffs and the threat of tariffs is what got him that deal. But while unemployment is a lot lower than it was it is not now low. The Americans are working with rigged economic figures.

    It would be nice if Trump had an American foreign policy. But he’s been such an extremist in that department we are likely to get a pleasing backlash sooner or later. So I suppose its all for the best.

    What is amazing is the complete dysfunction of the Democratic top leadership. You would not think any institution could degenerate to that degree. Their stupidity is a continual source of wonderment.

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    pat

    5 Feb: WashingtonExaminer: Democrats botch second Iowa caucus results release that boosted Deval Patrick and Tom Steyer
    by Naomi Lim
    The Iowa Democratic Party admitted to another slip-up in the limited release of updated caucus results after a coding error assigned long-shot 2020 candidates Deval Patrick and Tom Steyer unusual levels of support.
    “There will be a minor correction to the last batch of results and we will be pushing an update momentarily,” the Iowa state-based Democratic Party tweeted…

    Wednesday afternoon, the party announced it would release information from 85% of precincts but had to quickly revise the figures after the inclusion of Patrick, 63, and Steyer, 62, raised questions…

    TWEET: it seems the new results have entered many likely Sanders results in Polk County as Deval Patrick or Steyer.
    — Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) February 5, 2020
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/democrats-botch-second-iowa-caucus-results-release-that-boosted-deval-patrick-and-tom-steyer

    some threads worth noting:

    TWEET: Chris Schwartz, Black Hawk County (Iowa) Supervisor, State Co-chair for Bernie 2020, State Director of Americans for Democratic Action
    We have known for over 24 hours as verified by our county party that @BernieSanders won the #iacaucuses in Black Hawk County with 2,149 votes, 155 County Delegates.
    5 Feb 2020
    https://twitter.com/SchwartzForIowa/status/1225146859288743938

    TWEET: Nate Cohn
    I have some questions about the reliability of these results.
    https://twitter.com/Nate_Cohn/status/1225167727192694789

    Twitter thread on Iowa
    Chetan 3h ago: They all went to Deval Patrick and Steyer. THIS IS RIGGING
    https://twitter.com/lib_crusher/status/1225167351617712128

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      pat

      5 Feb: TheIntercept: New Details Show How Deeply Iowa Caucus App Developer Was Embedded in Democratic Establishment
      by Lee Fang
      This is the first year the app was used, and ahead of the caucuses, the Iowa Democratic Party asked that the app’s name be kept secret…
      https://theintercept.com/2020/02/04/iowa-caucus-app-shadow-acronym/

      VIDEO: 5 Feb: NY Post: Nancy Pelosi ‘pre-ripped’ pages of Trump’s SOTU speech, video shows
      By Tamar Lapin
      As Trump introduced cancer-stricken radio host Rush Limbaugh — who received the Medal of Freedom during the speech — Pelosi could be seen grabbing the pages off the table.
      Video shows her making what seemed to be a tearing motion and then placing the pages back on the table.
      Photos of the sheets of paper show them face down on the table with small slits on the side, near where Pelosi would eventually rip them into pieces…
      Pelosi’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment…
      https://nypost.com/2020/02/05/nancy-pelosi-pre-ripped-pages-of-trumps-sotu-speech-video-shows/

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    John

    I hope he keeps cutting thru until November. He’s doing very well but 10 months is a long time in politics. Fingers crossed!

    Must be nice having a leader who refuses to bow to climate change.

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    pat

    5 Feb: BizPacReview: ‘Slanderous’: Rush’s longtime producer Bo Snerdley asks CNN, Acosta to prove racist claim against boss
    by Tom Tillison
    https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/02/05/slanderous-rushs-longtime-producer-bo-snerdley-asks-cnn-acosta-to-prove-racist-claim-against-boss-883316

    5 Feb: RedState: Jim Acosta Calls Trump a Racist, and Rush’s Producer Puts Him in His Place
    by Brandon Morse
    https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2020/02/05/jim-acosta-calls-trump-a-racist-and-rushs-producer-puts-him-in-his-place/

    3 Dec 2019: WashingtonTimes: Rush Limbaugh producer ‘Bo Snerdley’ founds new PAC for black conservatives
    With partner Autry Pruitt, he promises to ‘make Black Americans Republican again’
    by Jennifer Harper
    He is well-known on the air waves as “Bo Snerdley,” the senior producer for Rush Limbaugh’s daily talk radio show, heard by an audience of 14 million. His real name is James Golden, however — and he is now on a mission to “make Black Americans Republican again.”

    With fellow black conservative Autry Pruitt, Mr. Golden has founded New Journey PAC, a political action committee that promotes conservative values among black Americans — and everyone else for that matter. The organization includes MAGA.BLACK, a new online destination for one and all, they say.
    “For 80 years, the Democratic Party has taken the black vote for granted. Under the leadership of President Trump, Black-Americans enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded. The Trump approach has produced an economy that works for all Americans, yet Democrats are promising more of the same — votes for crumbs. It is simply not enough to stand on the sidelines and hope for the best,” the two founders say in their mission statement.

    “The concept was not to build a destination solely for black conservatives or to solely promote black conservatism, but to be a destination for all conservatives. Frankly, we founded this destination out of frustration. We are fed up with the racial narratives that the left uses to paint conservatives as bigots and racists, simply because we have a different view of public policy and politics,” the statement said.

    Among the goals of the new PAC is to “debunk the phony liberal narrative that Republicans, conservatives, libertarians, evangelicals and even conservative Democrats are racist.”

    Mr. Golden believes the Republican Party’s historical ties with black Americans is ‘inarguable’ — but has been “purposefully ignored by academia, and the main-stream media” for the last five decades.

    “The result is that entire generations of Americans have been subjected to a false narrative about who Republicans are, their role in the civil rights movement, and their interest in seeing all Americans, including blacks, achieving the American Dream,” Mr. Golden said.

    The two founders also cite promising poll numbers from Rasmussen Reports and Emerson College which now place support for President Trump among blacks at an “astonishing” ***34%.
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/3/rush-limbaugh-producer-bo-snerdley-founds-new-pac-/

    ***4 Feb: Fox News: Liz Peek: Democrats’ impeachment flop sets stage for boffo State of the Union speech by Trump
    Trump will also point out that the strong jobs market has helped minorities, with African American and Hispanic unemployment also at record lows. That’s one reason African American support for Trump has doubled over the past year. A new Rasmussen survey finds 42 percent of black voters approve of the president, up from 21 percent a year ago. The poll echoes recent findings by Marist and Emerson, which also report the president’s popularity among blacks increasing.

    To be clear: pollsters do not expect President Trump to win 30 percent of the black vote. He doesn’t need to. Just as he unexpectedly won in 2016 by wooing blue-collar workers long taken for granted by Democrats, Trump’s prospects this November are measurably improved by any significant increase in minority approval. He got an estimated 8 percent of the black vote in 2016; an increase to 15 percent would mean an easy victory this time around…
    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/liz-peek-democrats-impeachment-flop-sets-stage-for-boffo-state-of-the-union-speech-by-trump

    4 Feb: The Hill: Trump hits highest Gallup approval rating of his presidency
    By Brett Samuels
    The boost in Tuesday’s poll is largely attributable to a surge in support for Trump from Republicans and independents. The poll found 94 percent of Republicans approve of Trump’s performance, up from 88 percent in early January.
    Among independents, 42 percent said they approve of Trump, up from 37 percent in early January…

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