Senior policy advisor says powers of the president will not be questioned

telegraph.co.uk:

The court ruling against Donald Trump’s travel ban is “a judicial usurpation of power,” the White House said on Sunday, as one of the president’s closest advisers strongly defended his troubled policy.

“Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned,” said Stephen Miller, Mr Trump’s senior policy director.

The 31-year-old, who began his rapid rise to power with attacks on multiculturalism, criticism of women’s protests against pay inequality, and urging against political correctness, was dispatched on Sunday to hammer home the president’s point of view on television chat shows.

On ABC News, he argued that the Judge James Robart, the Washington state judge who blocked the travel ban on February 3, had made his ruling for political reasons.

Apparently Mr. Miller, the chief policy director of Donald J. Trump needs a civics lesson. Any president can be questioned and overruled by the courts.   It appears that not a week goes by that there isn’t some Constitutional crisis brought on by this administration.

What if a policy advisor of Obama had said the same thing?  I can only imagine the uproar.  This administration holds the greatest amount of cry-babies and authoritarian personalities I have ever seen.  Trump needs a reset with personnel.  Stephen Miller needs to be fired immediately, rather than getting an “atta boy.”

 

John McCain’s smack-down on Sean Spicer

 

Washingtonpost.com:

Donald Trump took on Sen. John McCain’s status as a war hero and won the GOP nomination anyway.

Sean Spicer took on John McCain’s expertise on military matters and got this:

The White House press secretary took an extraordinary position Wednesday, saying anyone who questioned the success of the raid in Yemen that led to the death of a Navy SEAL was doing a disservice to the SEAL’s memory. The target was McCain.

Then NBC News tracked down McCain (R-Ariz.) to get his response to Spicer. And it was something.

“Many years ago when I was imprisoned in North Vietnam, there was an attempt to rescue the POWs,” McCain began, mentioning details of his biography that everyone knows but McCain included for emphasis.

He continued: “Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated. But the brave men who took on that mission and risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes. Because the mission failed did not in any way diminish their courage and willingness to help their fellow Americans who were held captive. Mr. Spicer should know that story.”

McCain then walked away, punctuating the comment.

Senator McCain–you go, guy!  Despite what Trump says, John McCain is a war hero.  Unlike Trump, he does know quite a bit about war and military raids.  He is certainly not someone that either Trump or Spicer should blow off.

The arrogance and stupidity are simply amazing.

Shep Smith calls out Sean Spicer and Trump for not telling the truth

Rawstory.com:

Fox News host Shepard Smith slammed President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday for his assertion that the media was ignoring terror attacks.

He said Trump appeared to be echoing “fringe media” like the publications InfoWars and Breitbart.

“In short, the president’s assertion is false,” Smith said. “The White House knows that it was false or could have learned that it was false with a quick Google check, but either did not do so or decided not to tell the truth.”

The Trump administration published a list of 78 terrorist attacks it claimed were under-reported by the media. But the Fox News host said that his network had covered every major terror attack.

“What they’re saying is not true, again,” he quipped, while introducing his guest. “Why bother?”

 

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KellyAnne Conway: lies and more lies

Washingtonpost.com:

Kellyanne Conway has taken “alternative facts” to a new level.

During a Thursday interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the counselor to the president defended President Trump’s travel ban related to seven majority-Muslim countries. At one point, Conway made a reference to two Iraqi refugees whom she described as the masterminds behind “the Bowling Green massacre.”

“Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered,” Conway said.

The Bowling Green massacre didn’t get covered because it didn’t happen. There has never been a terrorist attack in Bowling Green, Ky., carried out by Iraqi refugees or anyone else.

At what point is KellyAnne Conway going to stop lying?  I knew Trump was a serial liar but it seems that KellyAnne is now proving that he has surrounded himself with people of the lie.

There was never a Bowling Green Massacre.  Conway, Spicer and others who speak for the president just seem to continually spew crap to justify their boss’s incompetence and screw ups.

Is Bannon the Wizard of Oz?  Is he the Rasputin behind the man who knows nothing?

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Trump threatens to cut off federal funding @Berkley

Washingtonpost.com:

President Trump raised the threat of pulling federal funds from the University of California at Berkeley on Thursday after the institution canceled a talk by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and put the campus on lockdown after intense protests against the planned speech.

While Trump framed his early morning tweet around free speech and opposition to violent demonstrations, his critics are likely to interpret the message as indirect support for Yiannopoulos, a deeply polarizing figure who portrays himself as a champion of open expression but whose detractors view as a hatemonger.

“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” wrote Trump.

Since when does any president control federal funding to institutes of higher learning?  I thought that was the job of Congress.  More threats out of Trump.

U. C. Berkeley is not practicing violence on innocent people with a different point of view.  Individuals are practicing violence.  They should be arrested.

What I find odd is that Milo Yiannopoulos pretty much is a hate monger.  The student body at Berkley feels he is repugnant and they don’t want him at their school.  For certain there is a fee associated with his speech.   Don’t they have a right to express their displeasure?  Those who break the law should be arrested.  Setting fires and rioting is illegal.

The scofflaws don’t represent the entire student body.  Why should everyone be threatened with loss of funding?  I wouldn’t want this speaker being paid to speak at my college either.  Milo Yiannopoulos is not just a different point of view, any more than the KKK is a different point of view.  He is an extremist and supports ideas that most of us feel are unAmerican.

Shame on Trump for threatening the entire student body at Berkeley.

 

 

Federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch picked for Supreme Court

Washingtonpost.com:

President Trump nominated Colorado federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, opting in the most important decision of his young presidency for a highly credentialed favorite of the conservative legal establishment to fill the opening created last year by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Gorsuch, 49, prevailed over the other finalist, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, also a federal appeals court judge, and Trump announced the nomination at a televised prime-time event at the White House.

Hopefully the Democrats will find a way keep this candidate from being appointed.  President Obama was at the helm when Justice Scalia died.   Obama was robbed of his Supreme Court appointment.   He chose Merrick Garland, a highly qualified judge.  Garland’s nomination was blocked.  Republican senator leaders announced that they planned to hold no vote on any judge nominated by President Obama, who had nearly a year more in office. What was the justification?  There was none that made any sense.

Turn about is fair play.   I know nothing about Judge Gorsuch but the appointment should go to Merrick Garland.  The Senate Republicans should have at least had the nads to vote no, rather than do nothing.

The Pill should be illegal????

This clarity should be etched in everyone’s brain.   Many folks in the anti-choice movement are also opposed to contraception.

What should also be clear is that no one is “pro-abortion.”  People who favor abortion rights (and I am one of those people) believe that people have the right to make their own morally appropriate choice about reproduction.

I respect people’s personal opinions on the subject of abortion.  I just don’t respect anyone’s attempt to make personal decisions for me or to enact laws that take away my rights.

Subliminal messages {choke} from the DoD

So when the Department of Defense on Monday tweeted this…

So when the Department of Defense on Monday tweeted this...

Buzzfeed.com (see above)

One just have to wonder if there is a connection between the message and POTUS.  Between the election and the inauguration  POTUS has used his Twitter account to attack no less than 30 people and things.

It wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see more of this.  As POTUS attempts to censor more and more agencies, we will see more rogue messages.  Then perhaps POTUS will understand that he isn’t the only one with a Twitter account.  This dude isn’t too far off from being a dictator.

 

 

 

President Paranoid?

 

Washingtonpost.com:

The way President Trump tells it, the meandering, falsehood-filled, self-involved speech that he gave at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters was one of the greatest addresses ever given.

“That speech was a home run,” Trump told ABC News just a few minutes into his first major television interview since moving into the White House. “See what Fox said. They said it was one of the great speeches. They showed the people applauding and screaming. … I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl, and they said it was equal. I got a standing ovation. It lasted for a long period of time.”
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Lies, more lies and offensiveness

Huffingtonpost.com:

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump told Capitol Hill leaders Monday evening that he lost the popular vote because 3 million to 5 million “illegals” voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to three sources in both parties familiar with the meeting.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that he lost the popular vote in November’s election because of voter fraud. There is no evidence of this, and none that millions of undocumented immigrants voted for Clinton. It’s a fixation for Trump, who won the election because of Electoral College votes, but has had trouble accepting that Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million.

“I don’t think he was joking,” said one person familiar with what happened in the meeting. “He spent 10 minutes on his win and said he won the popular vote, except 3 to 5 million illegals voted for” Clinton.

Another source confirmed Trump used the word “illegals,” considered an offensive term for undocumented immigrants.

First off, the term “illegals” is just offensive.  The President of the United States should not be using offensive language about any one.

Secondly, he didn’t win the popular vote because he got 2.8 million votes fewer than Hillary Clinton.  Yet he won.  Isn’t that enough?  Must he whine over the popular vote while he sits in the White House?  What kind of ingrate does that?

Thirdly, he lied.  Yes, he lied.  I don’t feel like making nice and calling it a falsehood.  He has no proof or even hint or suggestion that illegal immigrants voted.   The lying needs to stop and he will be held accountable for his lies.  The continual, verifiable lies are obvious and undeniable.  He doesn’t even care that we know he lies.  I suppose in his mind, he excuses it because of the megalomania personality.

 

The Women’s March: A brief glimpse…

Thanks, Eric Byler
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It is obvious that some folks here have no idea what a woman’s march is really like.  It has almost nothing to do with celebrities and stages.  That’s the boring part that most attendees don’t see.  The stage is what CSPAN shows you because that’s just what they do.

The real action  is on the streets and on the mall.  Saturday people reenergized and threw off their shroud of depression.   It’s pretty difficult to stop what happened here.  This march was surely larger than any of the three I attended in my pre-gimp life.

Women go home with a clearer idea of what they are personally going to do about the injustice they perceive.   Look at the crowd.  You will understand better.

Finally, don’t hold women to a higher standard than your president.  If you voted for Trump, you seriously don’t have any room to talk about how anyone else behaves.

#IcantKeepQuiet: A new Anthem

We have spoken about the power of communication and the power of just getting together to share ideas…These young women didn’t meet until 2 days ago and they practiced their song online.

My brother sent me this video and yes, I cried.

Never underestimate the power of people coming together.  They can move mountains.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

Some people are calling this song the anthem of the women’s march on Washington.

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