Third Party & Independents

Iran's Recent Election and a Hell on Earth

Posted by AllardK on May 24, 2017 at 7:13 PM

As President Trump heads from Israel to Europe and away from the Middle East, it is interesting to note that Iran actually had an election last week, where incumbent President Rouhani beat back an unexpected challenge by conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi. So amongst the foreign policy crowd that follow Iran, there has been some cheering that a "moderate" has prevailed.

A moderate? Prevailed?

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CNN Acting Like A Worm On A String

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 21, 2017 at 12:26 PM

CNN is on this morning trying to kiss up to the Trumpeter's. Their hostility, read bottom line, is finally catching up to them. They can eat crow forever and it won't change my opinion of them. Can't wait till the next election so I can whip their a** with words.

You get these talking heads saying how Trump's speech to the Muslim world is 'not like his candidacy'. Trump doesn't act like the cookie cutter politician and the fake news, never Trump folks can't stand it.

A populist in the WH. Imagine that!!

We Want Answers, We Demand Answers

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 20, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Inquiring minds would like to know the status and what is being done, if anything, to solve this murder mystery.

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Alright! Start The Clock Running On Hillary

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 17, 2017 at 6:26 PM

With Robert Mueller being appointed Special Counsel the case against Hillary should be getting underway tout suite.

A great move by Trump's admin. I am beyond elated with this news

The Real Constitutional Crisis That Must Be Avoided

Posted by AllardK on May 15, 2017 at 7:42 PM

So. Imagine Hillary had won last November. A more than plausible scenario that might have happened if only voters had turned out in wherever. Let's suppose she did win then. FBI Director Comey would have been fired and the media would have cheered.

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With Comey Gone Could Hil and Bil Be Next?

Posted by Roy Ellis on May 12, 2017 at 5:43 PM

I still cannot believe the great joy and stupendous entertainment I've known since Trump 'came down the ole elevador'.

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Never Mind Flynn - How About Jared and Ivanka?

Posted by AllardK on May 9, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Sally Yates - the former acting AG who was fired by Trump for refusing to enforce his immigration order - is no hero. She directly and flagrantly disobeyed the President and theatrically set up her firing, for personal future political gain almost certainly. And because she disagreed with the policy. Why weren't we consulted? - she whined at the hearings in the Senate this Monday. As if it was up to her to clear any policy the the White House might decide to enact. On political grounds that is.

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Brushfire Envelopes Think Tank! People Get Hot and Sweaty!

Posted by AllardK on May 3, 2017 at 7:25 PM

A brushfire of vanities has just swept through the Heritage Foundation, ousting it's president, former South Carolina Senator Jim Demint, as well as an increasing number of his loyal and supportive staff. We won't know the exact reasons for a bit, but vanity and ambition are surely part of this rather sudden conflagration at the respected conservative think tank and political action group.

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Can Real Tax Reform Ever Get Done in America?

Posted by AllardK on April 27, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Do the math. If you do the math. When you do the math.

There's a new tax plan from the administration, rather than Congress. What are people - especially on the Republican side of the aisle - saying? Do the math. What is this? An obsession with algebra? No, of course not. What they mean is that any tax cut or spending program has to be, or should be, revenue neutral. Congress has, understandably, placed itself in a straightjacket where you can get slightly fatter, But never thinner. You can raise spending. You can raise taxes. But you can't raise the deficit.

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Believe Louise Mensch, or You're a Russian Spy

Posted by AllardK on April 25, 2017 at 7:06 PM

Louise Mensch was always a very creative person. Young Poet of the Year (that would be UK's Young Poet of The Year of course). Accomplished and prolific novelist at a very young age with, apparently, a tidy 2 million copies of her novels sold. And in her various other incarnations as British MP, Media entrepreneur, Journalist, and now crazed conspiracy propagator, her creativity has always stood her in good stead.

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Trump's Jacksonian Tweets on the Arctic

Posted by AllardK on April 20, 2017 at 11:36 AM

With Steve Bannon's role in Trump's White House apparently reduced in a power struggle with Kushner - and by extension Ivanka Trump - how about Rich Lowry and Matthew Continetti taking up his role? In other words, as rivals and the president himself prune Bannon's ability to interpret and define what Trumpism may or may not be, it seems that Rich Lowry at the formerly NeverTrump National Review, and Matthew Continetti at the Washington Free Beacon (a previously searingly sarcastic commentator on the GOP primaries in 2015-2016), are the ones now doing that job. Just not from the West Wing.

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The Latest Berkeley Riots and Ricky Monday's Example

Posted by AllardK on April 18, 2017 at 7:39 PM

If your head was bloodied in Berkeley 50 years ago, it was likely you were a student protester and the offending instrument was a police baton lowered rather vigorously on your skull or other parts of your person. Not so in 2017. You were more likely to have been a Trump supporter somewhere in the vicinity of Martin Luther King Civic Center Park. In Berkeley of course, and where a Weimar Republic-like riot took place this past Saturday.

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America Is not Fragile and Trump Is a Pragmatist

Posted by AllardK on April 14, 2017 at 1:26 PM

The Weekly Standard's Andy Smarick wrote an interesting piece a few days back on America, the constitution, and Trump. You could sum up his idea in two words:

Not Fragile.

Trump may be bullish to the point of colliding with some political and cultural norms, but America and its constitution are anything but a shop full of fragile china or brittle porcelain. And recent political events are proving Smarick right. The system of checks and balances that have managed to survive nearly two and a half centuries are doing fine, thank you very much. And shocks to the system within America's constitutional framework tend to produce reactions - antibodies if you will - that result in new and robust equilibriums. Even if things get a little tactically unstable in the very short term.

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Is China Planning for a Post Kim Jong-Un North Korea?

Posted by AllardK on April 12, 2017 at 7:26 PM

Think of North Korea as a jigsaw puzzle wrapped around a grenade. With the pin dangerously loose. As the world focuses on Syria and what actions America and any coalition of allies might take next in that area of the Middle East, we have what appears to be a far more volatile situation in the Korean peninsula and neighboring NorthEast China. Throw Japan and Russia into that mix as well.

And America, as always.

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It's not Susan Rice's Fault - It's Trump's Fault

Posted by AllardK on April 5, 2017 at 2:23 PM

It seems that the progressive view of some recent events in the news goes something like this:

  • Putin helped elect Trump. We all know that and if you demand evidence rather than the clouds of suggestion swirling in the media, you must be a Russian stooge.

  • Because Putin helped elect Trump, President Assad has seen fit to launch gas attacks on the opposition in the still-burning Syrian Civil War. Why? Because we progressives say so. Never mind Obama's shifting red line in the sand. It's all Trump's fault. Never mind any evidence other than the stuff we progressives present to you. Usually as rumor and innuendo. It's all Trump's fault. Syria is turning into a mix of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia and may be unsolvable with someone like Assad in power. But it's Trump's fault.

  • Susan Rice is a powerful, fantastic woman who did a fantastic job as National Security Adviser for President Obama. Especially on Benghazi, with her deft deflections of the Obama administration's - as in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's - screw up's, by instead referring to that video. Whose fault Benghazi was.

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