Ivanka Got It Right Her Father Got It Wrong

Posted by Keeley on August 15, 2017 at 9:03 PM

How far should you go to defend the First Amendment? Is it limitless what should be permitted under Free Speech? This is a hard question to answer because it puts one at the watershed, between two slopes that lead radically away from each other. On one side, the antifa pushes you towards denouncing a large part of America's history. Should every statue anywhere in America that is associated in any way with the Confederacy be torn down? Let's have a debate on this issue shall we? Not really, the statutes are coming down already. More will fall. Will any governor or mayor risk putting police forces on maximum alert to prevent any groups from downing statues? Action is moving faster than the First Amendment and defining a new reality.

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What the Raid on Manafort's Home Means

Posted by Keeley on August 11, 2017 at 4:51 PM

Andrew McCarthy has been following Special Counsel Mueller's investigation in a series of articles in National Review, and in his latest he decries the blurring of lines between a counterintelligence investigation - which is far ranging and not meant to find facts that point to guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and a criminal investigation which has clearly defined judicially imposed limits. So, which one is it Mueller? And by extension, what are the reasons for the pre-dawn raid on Paul Manafort's home, the day AFTER he testified before Congress.

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Democrats Once Wanted Points Based Immigration for America

Posted by Keeley on August 10, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Don't progressives seem to love Canada's Prime Minister. So unlike President Trump, especially in regards to immigration, right? Handing out winter coats to Syrian refugees. Now that's a real immigration policy! Why couldn't America have him as president?

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Is Rex Tillerson Engaging in Direct Action on North Korea?

Posted by Keeley on August 3, 2017 at 4:41 PM

This administration and its president have been compared to every populist and fascist that ever strutted on the world stage. Thankfully, those comparison's have faded during the last months and they are hardly missed. But it is possible to make a rather unsettling comparison that has to do with how policy and process has proceeded in Trump's White House. At least before John Kelly took over as Chief of Staff. It goes like this:

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Of Cryptography and UK Trolls and Yes, the Mooch

Posted by Keeley on August 2, 2017 at 12:46 PM

Tom Bossert apparently has a law degree from Georgetown. He is President Trump's Homeland Security Advisor, and was Deputy Homeland Security Advisor in Bush 43's administration when Bossert was barely 30 years old. His main responsibility nowadays revolves around cybersecurity, and his focus is on issues related to cybersecurity.

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Tweeting on Transgendered Troops Is not Enough

Posted by Keeley on July 27, 2017 at 9:20 PM

We're almost into August, whether the recess is pushed back or not. An emerging skinny repeal of Obamacare by the Senate raises some troubling questions as outlined in an article in The Federalist by Chris Jacobs, who has a thorough understanding of both the policy side and the politics side of healthcare. White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is in open combat with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus over an article in Politico that revealed Mooch's finances, with Scaramucci accusing Priebus on CNN of being a leaker. The president is at war with his AG and insists on letting the world know about it through his usual tweeting and shaming strategy that may alienate him completely from his own party.

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The President Does not Need to Attack His Closest Allies

Posted by Keeley on July 25, 2017 at 9:08 PM

As McCain returns to vote, we should give a thought as Jim Geraghty did, to the Democrat hostage-holding of funding for the VA. Because the House wants to try working outside the shabby box of current Veteran Affairs management practices and processes, Democrats are saying no, as if more government is the solution to the VA's woes.

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The President and Two Zombies on the Front Lawn

Posted by Keeley on July 21, 2017 at 3:07 PM

It would be uncouth to put a link to the youtube video of that baseball bat scene in The Untouchables, the Brian De Palma film where Robert De Niro has an unforgettable scene with a bat and a double-dealing associate. But one is reminded somewhat of that scene when thinking about President Trump's luncheon with GOP Senators this Wednesday.

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'Friendly' Reminder...Pun Intended!

Posted by liz on July 18, 2017 at 2:48 PM

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Expect No Closure From the Russia Probes

Posted by Keeley on July 12, 2017 at 2:42 PM

There will be no closure.

There will be even more committee hearings - with Donald Jr. quickly moving to the head of the guest list at various House and Senate Intel Committees. There may very well be charges laid at some point when the low-key and methodical Special Counsel Mueller gets around to it with his team of top notch predators. Beyond the congressional hearings, there will definitely be lots and lots of interviews with persons of interest, who will be mercilessly cross-examined by the authorities, and if they display anything like the level of intelligence and political savvy that Donald Trump Jr. has displayed over the last few days, they will be charged with some of sort of obstruction of justice, for having given contradictory evidence during what will be multiple, lengthy and merciless interrogations by the FBI.

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Your Voter Registration Info Is Being Fondled

Posted by Keeley on July 8, 2017 at 12:26 PM

When you register and vote that information becomes publicly available. Or at least it gets shared, whether you know that or not. Not who you voted for obviously, that is your private matter, guaranteed by the state. But your name and address and perhaps even your email is information that State Governments regularly offer for sale.

Oh.

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CNN Doxing Reddit Trolls and Latter Stage Decadent Progressivism

Posted by Keeley on July 6, 2017 at 1:01 PM

The venerable Fred Barnes, writing in the Weekly Standard, has suggested that Trump would have been "wise" to have followed Nixon's advice to "never shoot down." But, of course, President Trump is his own hatchet man, his own counter-puncher, as Barnes puts it. Anyone who attacks/criticizes the president gets a tweet back from the president himself.

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Never Mind Trump's Smackdown - Check Out Goofy Kicking Donald Duck

Posted by Keeley on July 3, 2017 at 11:32 PM

Never mind the recycled video of then citizen Trump engaging in a ringside smackdown, with the added goodie of a CNN Logo digitally affixed to the head of the smackee. Recycled by the president himself. But never mind that. As silly and obnoxious, and yes upsetting, to many as that video might have been, you should care more about Goofy Kicking Donald Duck.

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A Quiet, Reasonable, and Rigorous Renewal of Immigration Policy

Posted by Keeley on June 30, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Jay Michaelson at The Daily Beast fervently wishes there were no middle ground on immigration. You're either for open borders or you're a bigot, or even a nazi, in Jay's world. And so last week's SCOTUS decision to allow much of President Trump's executive order on restricting immigration from several at risk nations who are definitely Muslim majority, really annoys Jay Michaelson.

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Are Younger Democrats Sharpening Their Knives?

Posted by Keeley on June 26, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Nancy Pelosi said this recently:

When it comes to issues, we are united in our concerns ...

"We" being the Democratic Party. And then she suggests it's merely the messaging that needs to be tweaked. Not the messenger, she being the messenger that younger members of her party (and it still is her party for now) are criticizing on camera or on record now. All this since the Ossoff's defeat in the Georgia 6th special election to replace Tom Price.

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