Je ne comprends pas …

The morning after at least two were killed and an additional 12 wounded near a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, Trump tweeted “Another very bad terror attack in France. We are going to strengthen our borders even more. Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!

“The Democrats and President Obama gave Iran 150 Billion Dollars and got nothing, but they can’t give 5 Billion Dollars for National Security and a Wall?”

There are numerous ways to enter this country illegally:

  1. Over-stayed visas
  2. Vacations
  3. Anchor babies/ chain-link relatives
  4. Jobs given and paid ‘under the table’ with no employer ss id#
  5. Gang members attacking ICE officers and jumping over the currently impotent borders

The Donald is right re: #5: We do not have the physical barriers necessary that I consider the most important to keep out MS 13.

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A Poignant Break from Politics

This from Peter Robinson over at R:

President George Bush’s visit to the College for an honorary degree in 2011 produced an array number of memorable moments. When the former president came forward to receive his degree, to name one, the graduating students rose in an ovation. Then, as President Jim Kim read the citation—“George Herbert Walker Bush…[you have led] one of the most distinguished careers of public service in the history of this Republic”—Mrs. Bush teared up. Minutes later Conan O’Brien began his Commencement address (in accepting the College’s invitation, the former president had asked to be excused from any speaking duties himself). “I must point out,” O’Brien said, “that behind me sits a highly admired president of the United States and decorated war hero, while I, a cable television talk show host, have been chosen to stand here and impart wisdom.” (Laughter.) “I pray I never witness a more damning example of what is wrong with America today.” (Roars of laughter, in which the former president and first lady participated.)

To me, though, the most memorable aspect of the fortieth chief executive’s visit is that it nearly didn’t happen.

 

 

 

 

I’m a bit wistful and sad today not because we lost the greatest of American presidents but because we lost a great American patriot and gentleman who devoted himself to the love of country and understood the meaning of the term ‘duty.’

George Herbert Walker Bush may not have been the man of vision and chutzpah that I would have preferred as POTUS, but he was a man of honor and integrity.

I’ll take just that and will always appreciate those qualities.

RIP Mr. President.

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Making the Donuts

Ask me if I approve of Trump’s brilliant business plan to build a Tower in Moscow, give Putin the $50 million dollar penthouse and charge all the wannabe oligarchs an additional $250 million per residence in order to live amongst the uber elite. Remember Trump had put this plan into work before he chose to run for office and even at a later stage in the project development, he was still only running in the GOP primary.

I don’t see this as a conflict of interest, but I do admire the vision. It was a pure reflection of the man himself- bold and bodacious. I’m only sorry it had to be discarded for obvious reasons but I will continue to support a man who dreams big … er… huge!

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Don’t Tread On Me

US Troops Aren’t Just Prepping For The Migrant Caravan

Troops headed for the US-Mexico border aren’t just aiming to help prevent migrant entry—they have unregulated militias and criminal organizations on their minds, too. According to planning documents obtained by Newsweek, the Department of Defense is aware of nearly 200 armed militias already operating along the southwest border.

“Reported incidents of unregulated militias stealing National Guard equipment during deployments,” reads an intelligence assessment for the Pentagon by the Joint Force Land Component Commander Threat Working Group.

“They operate under the guise of citizen patrols supporting CBP [Customs and Border Protection] primarily between POEs [Points of Entry].” The documents analyze four points of entry including one in Brownsville, Texas, and another in the San Ysidro district of San Diego, Calif.

The assessment jibes with media reports that militia members are already heading for the border, the Washington Post reports. They include the Texas Minutemen, who apparently have 100 armed volunteers going to the Rio Grande.

“I can’t put a number on it,” says Shannon McGauley, who leads the group. “My phone’s been ringing nonstop for the last seven days.” Meanwhile, members of another group—the Patriots of the Constitution militia—arrived last week in Columbus, New Mexico, per the Albuquerque Journal.

Yet the military planners expect the migrant caravan to reduce in size and contain “no terrorist infiltration,” per the documents. They also say the migrants could trigger a “balloon effect” on smuggling if traffickers take advantage of the diversion.

I’m digging the fact that citizens are getting involved in this fiasco. History does repeat itself. I’ve always loved this phrase because it tells people not to step on or take advantage of Americans or they will strike first.

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More on My Favorite Newscaster (?)

For Kelly, Even Seppuku Would Not Be Enough for the PC Horde

Doug Kimball By Doug Kimball

I feel sorry for Megyn Kelly. Beloved on Fox News, she drew criticism from then-candidate Trump for her debate questions (one of Trump’s worst moments – he was vulgar and petty) and then left Fox amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations that pushed out two powerful men, Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes, and forced Fox to pay an alleged $32 million to victims. She was at the peak of popularity on the Fox News network with her own prime-time show but left for NBC.

Hijacked this post from over there because Doug was always a favorite of mine but he is dead wrong here. In light of all the chaos going on in the world, Kelly wasted our time talking about the #metoo agenda.

Big yawn.

The Donald was hilarious with his response re: Rosie O’Donnell, but I would have preferred if he’d stopped while he was ahead. But that turned out to be ok; his voters didn’t mind and even a few of us did fuggedaboutit because the question was so inane and not remotely relevant to the critical issues.

I, for one, am grateful Kelly got her just deserves.

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And We’re Worried About Oxford Commas?

It’s tough to take seriously a supposedly highly educated woman (Berlinski) who can’t even spell the name of a universal heroine correctly. (This was a paste from the other site- read the whole thing over there.) Here are excerpts:

Hi , how are you? It’s been a long time since I last saw you. I hope you’re well. I spent all day thinking about this ruling yesterday. I disagree with you. The ruling is not at all what I want, but I concluded it’s legally correct.

Ayaan Hirsi AliVerified account @Ayaan

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The Other Guys Did It

Two weeks before slim margin midterms a Trump supporter/Republican sends bombs to the Clintons, the Obamas, the Holders, CNN, etc. ??? What could possibly be the political agenda here if you hope to win red?

I’m not stupid and neither are those who hope to save this country. This was such an obvious “set up” in my mind and I’m not even a member of the CIA.

The Democrats will stop at nothing even if it means endangering lives of their own party members.

Thoughts?

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Sitting at the bar…

as I was with my husband this evening eating seafood paella at our favorite Italian restaurant, we ran into an entrepreneurial couple from Guatemala. I’m both nosy and gregarious, so I interrupted their conversation only to discover they owned farmlands in G and the government was bypassing their water flow normally used for crops for political reasons. You all know I couldn’t ignore this one so I’ll repeat to the Rats what I was able to ascertain from the broken English of the husband:

“We are not socialists and we work like dogs to grow our produce; we have no help from the govt and in fact, have less than that. There is no such thing as rule of law so we spend most of our business hours trying to dodge their destructive policies.”

This was the final blow:

“How do we manage to elect a Donald Trump? He is our image of what a true hombre should be.”

He and his wife were headed toward another favored restaurant in downtown Naples and I insisted not once but twice he ask for the maitre’d Dave who is a longtime friend but a true liberal and tell him …

“Liz sent me and she wants you to explain this quandary. And the vino is on on the house.”

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Hail, Hail to the Conquering Heroes

I have for so long disliked Lindsay Graham and Susan Collins that it feels odd for me to say this, but they, with the help of Senator Joe Manchin-D made an important first step in changing the course of the future of America.
Hats off to you Senators. You did your job and sane American citizens are grateful.
I wish you nothing but safety for you and your family members and many thanks for having the courage to do the right thing. The scene in the Dirksen building elevator as Susan Collins entered was a disgrace but you handled it with beaucoup de grace Madame.
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Predators

In light of the incessant sexual assault claims coming forward as of late, I am having trouble identifying fact from fiction. I do believe this happens and I also believe it was happening when I was working in corporate America for 20 years. To what extent I do not know, but I believe some women are minimizing real victims with distortion and slander.

In any case, I thought I’d focus on how women can avoid the situation in the first place. This is in no way an attempt to “blame the victim” but simply a list of safety rules that were highly effective for me . I’d also add that the local police station in the city where I lived in CA asked me to help them host a seminar on how women can avoid these kinds of confrontations.

  1. Walk stridently and with purpose.
  2. Body language is important; stand tall and look people in the eye.
  3. Offer a handshake before the other person does.
  4. Speak succinctly and to the point; avoid using “ums” and use appropriate terminology. Never use the term “I think” when you really “believe.”
  5.  Use stats, numbers, P&L results liberally but leave a little charm and sense of humor on the table as well.
  6. Simple but true; dress appropriately and stylishly. NO cleavage or Louboutins. Use Kim Kardashian as the worst example and Angela Ahrendts as your mentor.
  7. Do not play with your hair. If you’re tempted to do so put it in a pony or bun. Use makeup but lose the cat eyeliner.

In other words, dress and speak in the manner of a person you would consult about investing every cent of your savings.

Again, let me reiterate that sometimes nothing can help, but I have learned that predators hesitate to pounce on the strong. Even the dreadful Matt Lauer left Katie Couric alone!

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Losing the Upper Hand

This post was inspired by Hypatia’s post  Pulling the Handmaid’s Tail and the astute comments made by MJBubba and drlorentz.

Here’s how I see it and it is certainly an indictment on (as MJB described) the third wave of feminism.

Women of the first and even the second wave of feminism wielded an enormous amount of power over the sexual behavior of men. Speaking (yet again) from personal experience, I ran all over town (NYC) with lots of interesting people: a Sports Illustrated writer, a stand-up comedian from Catch a Rising Star, an investment banker or two, a retail executive, an off Broadway actor, etc.

Not once did I encounter a moment of sexual pressure let alone an assault because they were afraid of crossing the line with me! Now, the third wavers are encouraging women to “exercise” their sexual freedom but are in fact suggesting we give up the power of establishing the rules of conduct.

What a throwback to the fifties and other eras gone by. The hypocrisy is mind-numbing.

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Freedom of Choice

Historians have attributed the power and success of America to many things but I’ve narrowed it down to this critical element.

Choice to afford where you want to live, where your kids go to college, what clothes or cars or houses you want to buy, where you want to eat out and go on vacation, where you practice your religious beliefs or what career you choose to pursue, how and where you run your business, who you care to marry or with whom you choose to associate.

There is a common denominator to all of this and certainly the rule of law is critical. But even that is only a byproduct of economic success for all because law is based upon property rights.

This is just a brief advertisement supporting the efforts of the one man who understands this and who is working hard to lift the barriers to income prosperity.

In less than two years, the Donald has allowed me to buy my dream home in my dream location. I did the hard work, but he cleared the path.

Booyah, Mr. President.

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