Dead Cats: GOPdangles?, 02/13/17, (25)27: James Brody


JEFFREY – Deficit; HANNITY – Lazy Republicans; WILLIAMSON – GOP need not apply; RUSHBO – Left seizes courts.

IMMIGRATION: DRUDGE LINKS 2/13/17; WASHINGTON TIMES – 9th Circuit mischief; McCARTHY – Islamic reform.

LEADS: FUND – Get Steve Bannon; DURDEN – Fire Flynn?; ROSE – Warming scam; ORANGE COUNTY – Teachers panic; FRAM – Repeal ACA? RICHARDSON – Planned Parenthood quotas.


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Terence Jeffrey, CNS: “$1,084,840,000,000: Taxes Set Record through January; $7,133 per Worker; Feds Still Run Deficit of $156,939,000,000”

“Despite collecting a record $1,084,840,000,000 in tax revenues in the first four months of this fiscal year, the federal government turned around and spent $1,241,780,000,000 in those same four months—and ended up running a deficit of $156,939,000,000.

“In January alone, the Treasury collected approximately $344,069,000,000 in tax revenues.

“The largest portion of the $1,084,840,000,000 in federal tax revenues in the first four months of this fiscal year came from the individual income tax, which yielded approximately $550,068,000,000.

“The second largest portion came from Social Security and other payroll taxes, which brought in approximately $361,887,000,000.

“The income taxes collected from corporations in the United States in the first four months of the fiscal year ($84,877,000,000) amounted to more than 7 times as much as the customs duties collected on foreign imports brought into the country ($11,779,000,000).

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 152,081,000 people employed in the United States in January. That means that the record $1,084,840,000,000 in taxes the federal government collected in the first four months of the fiscal year equaled about $7,133 per worker. . .”

Hannity, Fox: “Lazy Republicans need to get up to Trump speed, or out of the way’

“Consider what Trump has gotten done in a little over three weeks, with little or no help from GOP lawmakers. It’s a lengthy list, and it is growing every day:

  • Ordered federal agencies to ease the burden of ObamaCare
  • Taken action to freeze new impending regulations
  • Withdrew the U.S. from the flawed Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal
  • Instituted a federal government hiring freeze
  • Banned U.S. non-government organizations from receiving federal funds to provide abortions abroad
  • Signed executive actions advancing the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines
  • Ordered construction of a border wall
  • Issued an executive action to strip federal money from sanctuary cities
  • Moved to implement extreme vetting of refugees from terror hotspots
  • Issued an executive action to rebuild the military
  • Ordered the Pentagon to draft a decisive plan to defeat ISIS
  • Imposed a five-year lobbying ban for administration officials
  • Nominated strict Constitutionalist Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Established task forces to fight drug cartels, reduce violent crime and prevent attacks against police officers

“In other words, President Trump gets it. He wants to move quickly to keep his campaign promised. He wants to get things done. The question is, where are the Republicans in Congress to help him?. . .”

Kevin Williamson, NRO: “No Republicans Need Apply”

“Totalitarianism in the classified ads
“. . . Earlier this week, I expressed what seemed to me an unobjectionable opinion: that politics has a place, that politics should be kept in its place, and that happy and healthy people and societies have lives that are separate from politics. The response was dispiriting but also illuminating.
“Among those who directed tut-tuts in my direction was Patti Bacchus, who writes about education for the Vancouver Observer. “That’s one of the most privileged things I’ve ever heard,” she sniffed. Patti Bacchus is the daughter of Charles Balfour, a Vancouver real-estate entrepreneur, and attended school at Crofton House, a private girls’ school whose alumni include Pat (Mrs. William F.) Buckley. It is one of the most expensive private schools in Canada. I do enjoy disquisitions on “privilege” from such people. But of course her criticism is upside-down: It is exactly we privileged people with education, comfortable lives, and spare time who expend the most energy on politics. But there are other pressing priorities, like paying the rent, for poor people. If Ms. Bacchus would like to pay a visit to West Texas, I’ll introduce her to some.
“Another objection came from a correspondent who demanded: “What if politics greatly impacts every facet of your life?” That would be an excellent question if it came from some poor serf living in one of the states our American progressives so admire, such as Cuba or Venezuela, where almost every aspect of life is under political discipline, where government controls whether you eat — and, indeed, whether you breathe. But if you live in the United States and politics greatly impacts every facet of your life, you have mental problems, or you are a politician.
“But I repeat myself.
“Esar’s Comic Dictionary (1943) contains two definitions of the word ‘fanatic,’ often wrongly attributed (by me, among others) to Winston Churchill: First, ‘A person who redoubles his efforts after having forgotten his aims.’ Second (my favorite), ‘One who can’t change his opinion and won’t change the subject.’
“If you want to see fanaticism at work, try looking for a roommate in Washington or New York City. . .”

Rushbo: “Ticked Off by the Left’s Takeover of the Judiciary”

“I went out last night for the first time in a long time. It was a cigar dinner at a golf club near here. In fact, I met a couple of prominent Republicans in the Florida House. Jose Oliva, he’s a representative from North Miami. He’s gonna be speaker of the Florida House in a couple years, and the current speaker of the Florida House. Jose Oliva was the cigar company last night that provided the cigars.

“There were about 250 or 300 people at this event, all professional people, all eminently successful, some retired, some still working. I don’t do these much anymore for a host of reasons, primarily because it’s just impossible for me to hear in rooms like that and to have conversations with people even at the dinner table, and so sometimes it’s more frustrating than it is worthwhile for me. But this was a Marvin Shanken dinner and I went to it.

“I can’t tell you, everybody in that room, there were even a couple of Democrats that came up to me, and everybody in that room was 1,000 percent behind Trump, 1,000 percent ticked off at what is going on. I was asked to give some remarks, and I stood up. There isn’t a thing I could have said last night that would have offended them. There’s not a thing I could have said last night that anybody would have thought was going too far in describing the Democrats.

“These people were hungry to hear it because they voted for Trump, and they also, I think, at times — it’s not that they feel alone, ’cause it’s not that. They’re on the winning side. But they know everything that’s arrayed against them. And they worry about the Republicans in Congress, you know, just how firmly behind Trump and his agenda are they. In other words, they’re worried that all of this is precariously balanced and that it needs constant support behind it.

“It’s kind of frustrating to say that the only thing we’ve got here that gives this movement, if you want to call it that, any energy is Trump himself. That’s not a cut at Trump by any stretch of the imagination. See, I don’t think right now, I don’t think the argument is with much merit over, “Are we doing populism here or are we doing conservatism?” That, to me, is not what’s most important.

“What’s most important is defeating the left, an ongoing project that we’ve just won one election in that big process. It must be ongoing. And what’s happening here with these judges and these two state governors in I guess it was the state of Washington, I forget, now doing victory laps like they won the presidency last night after this ruling, because these rulings are totally outside the law. These rulings are totally absent any reference and fealty to the Constitution.. .”


Drudge Links (02-13-17)

Sheriffs looking for clarity on deportation… 
ICE sweep on Staten Island…
Wave of fear strikes Houston…
Mexican Migrants Signal They Prefer Detention Over Being Sent Back…
More illegals flee north…
PAPER: What to do if officers come knocking…
Teachers tell students ‘what not to say’…

Washington Times: “Mischief by the 9th Circuit”

“The ruling against Trump’s immigration order demands a review

“. . . The three judges who wrote this decision have consulted not the law and the Constitution so much as the emotion and sentiments of the media, which have cast the Trump order as a ban on Muslims, which it clearly is not, but a ban on residents of seven nations of the Middle East which the president, and the president before him, concluded were a particular threat to the security of the United States.

‘Under the Constitution and the Supreme Court precedents,’ write Mssrs. Rivkin and Casey, ‘the judiciary is institutionally incapable of analyzing the complicated matrix for foreign-policy determinations that support such actions. Judges lack access — or any right to demand access — to the full range of information, classified and otherwise, available to the president. They also lack the political accountability that would support taking risks with the security of the American people.’

“The three judges in San Francisco intruded themselves into a place where they had no business to go. They clearly didn’t know what they were talking about. This decision demands a further review by judges of a higher pay grade. The issue at hand transcends the political interests of the president. The security interests of the United States are paramount, as always, to everything else, and must be so treated.”

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “American Security and Islamic Reform”

“The government must vet aliens for sharia-supremacist ideology

“. . .First, reform is essential because the broader Islamic religion includes a significant subset of Muslims who adhere to an anti-American totalitarian political ideology that demands implementation of sharia — Islamic law. This ideology and the repressive legal code on which it rests are not religion. We are not talking about the undeniably theological tenets of Islam (e.g., the oneness of Allah, the acceptance of Mohammed as the final prophet, and the Koran as Allah’s revelation). We are talking about a framework for the political organization of the state, and about the implementation of a legal corpus that is blatantly discriminatory, hostile to liberty, and — in its prescriptions of crime and punishment — cruel.
“Islam must reform so that this totalitarian political ideology, sharia supremacism (or, if you prefer, “radical Islam”), is expressly severable from Islam’s truly religious tenets. To fashion an immigration policy that serves our vital national-security interests without violating our commitment to religious liberty, we must be able to exclude sharia supremacists while admitting Muslims who reject sharia supremacism and would be loyal to the Constitution.
“Second, sharia supremacists are acting on a “voluntary apartheid” strategy of gradual conquest. You needn’t take my word for it. Influential sharia supremacists encourage Muslims of the Middle East and North Africa to integrate into Western societies without assimilating Western culture. The renowned Muslim Brotherhood jurist Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who vows that ‘Islam will conquer Europe, conquer America,’ urges Muslim migrants to demand the right to live in accordance with sharia. Turkey’s sharia-supremacist president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, admonishes that pressuring Muslims to assimilate is “a crime against humanity.” The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, a bloc of 57 Muslim governments that purports to speak as a quasi-caliphate, promulgated its “Declaration of Human Rights in Islam” in 1990 — precisely because what the United Nations in 1948 presumptuously called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is neither ‘universal’ nor suitable to a sharia culture.

“Voluntary apartheid does not require insinuating terrorists into migrant populations. It requires insinuating assimilation-resistant migrant populations into Western countries. Those populations form sharia-supremacist enclaves, which (a) demand the autonomy to conduct their affairs under Islamic law as a challenge to the sovereign authority of the host country and (b) become safe havens for incitement, radicalization, paramilitary training, fundraising, and jihadist conspiracy — the prerequisites for terrorism. . .”


John Fund, NRO: “Washington Is Out to Get Steve Bannon”

“The Washington political establishment has ways of dealing with invading rebel armies like the one led by Donald Trump. For the last month, there has been a collective glee in pointing out the chaotic rollout of the White House’s executive order on travel, its contradictory messaging, and the unpredictability of Trump’s Twitter activity.
“All of that is fair game, as is some of the skepticism about Trump aides. Michael Flynn, the retired lieutenant general who is now the national-security adviser, is under a microscope for possibly misleading officials about his pre-inauguration contacts with the Russian ambassador. Kellyanne Conway, the president’s counselor, stepped over a line when she promoted Ivanka Trump’s fashion line during a TV interview (after being asked about the news that some stores have suddenly dropped the brand).
“Then there is Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist. He is blamed for much of what critics see as dark and diabolical in the Trump White House. He is portrayed on Saturday Night Live as a skeletal Grim Reaper with a sinister voice worthy of Darth Vader.
“Bannon is almost universally loathed by the Washington press corps, and not just for his politics. When he was the CEO of the pro-Trump Breitbart website, he competed with traditional media outlets, and he has often mercilessly attacked and ridiculed them.
“The animosity towards Bannon reached new heights last month, when he incautiously told the New York Times that “the media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.” He also said the media was “the opposition party” to the Trump administration. To the Washington media, those are truly fighting words. . .”

Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: “Trump, Bannon Said To Weigh Firing Mike Flynn Over Russian Phone Calls Scandal”

“. . . U.S. intelligence services routinely intercept and monitor conversations with Russian diplomats, officials have said. While the transcripts of the conversations don’t show Mr. Flynn made any sort of promise to lift the sanctions once Mr. Trump took office, they show Flynn making more general comments about relations between the two countries improving under Mr. Trump, people familiar with them said.

“Flynn’s alleged lies have angered VP Mike Pence, who in television interviews vouched for Flynn, administration officials said. Pence and Flynn spoke twice on Friday, one official said quoted by the WSJ.

“Reince Priebus is leading the Trump administration’s review of Flynn. . . .”

David Rose, Daily Mail: “How can we trust global warming scientists if they keep twisting the truth”

“They were duped – and so were we. That was the conclusion of last week’s damning revelation that world leaders signed the Paris Agreement on climate change under the sway of unverified and questionable data.

“A landmark scientific paper –the one that caused a sensation by claiming there has been NO slowdown in global warming since 2000 – was critically flawed. And thanks to the bravery of a whistleblower, we now know that for a fact.

“The response has been extraordinary, with The Mail on Sunday’s disclosures reverberating around the world. There have been nearly 150,000 Facebook ‘shares’ since last Sunday, an astonishing number for a technically detailed piece, and extensive coverage in media at home and abroad.

“It has even triggered an inquiry by Congress. Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who chairs the House of Representatives’ science committee, is renewing demands for documents about the controversial paper, which was produced by America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the world’s leading source of climate data. . .”

Orange County Register: “Teachers unions in a panic over school choice”

IQ 86???

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ nomination and approval certainly riled up teachers unions across the country, causing panic that their power over education policy may finally be challenged.

‘DeVos has made clear that advocating for school choice will be a central part of how she approaches her job, something that evidently unnerves the education establishment.

“DeVos shows an antipathy for public schools; a full-throttled embrace of private, for-profit alternatives and a lack of basic understanding of what children need to succeed in school,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, upon DeVos’ confirmation. Similarly, the National Education Association took the occasion to call for ‘resistance’ to the ‘Trump-DeVos agenda.’

“What precisely constitutes this agenda isn’t clear, but most of the rhetoric flung around involves fear-mongering that public education is suddenly at risk, that corporate profiteers will be let loose to exploit students and that poor and minority students are at risk of not getting the sort of education they need.

“The panicked rhetoric seems to stem from DeVos’ long history of advocacy for charter schools and school vouchers. In her home state of Michigan, DeVos and her husband have championed charter schools — to positive effect. . .”


“…It’s a trillion-dollar dilemma – actually closer to $1.1 trillion. That’s the 10-year price tag the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office puts on revenue the government would lose if the law’s taxes on wealthy people, the insurance and pharmaceutical industries and others were eliminated.

“Republicans and President Donald Trump have been edging away from their promise to quickly eliminate Obama’s entire law. Still, annulling its taxes would be a partial victory and is irresistible for many GOP lawmakers and the conservative voters at the core of their support.

“‘We should do full repeal,’ said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a leading House co”nservative. ‘And full repeal means not taking the taxes’ from people. . .”

Bradford Richardson, Washington Times: “Planned Parenthood sets ‘abortion quotas,’ former employees say”

“Planned Parenthood sets ambitious goals for the number of abortions it wants each clinic to perform by providing incentives for those that reach their quotas and meting out corrective measures against those that underperform, according to former employees.

“In a video released Tuesday by Live Action, Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood clinic manager, said that even clinics that did not perform abortions had to refer a certain number of patients to other facilities for the procedures.

“‘Every center had a goal for how many abortions were done,’ Ms. Thayer said in the video, ‘and centers that didn’t do abortions, like mine, that were family-planning clinics had a goal for abortion referrals. And it was on this big grid, and if we hit our goal, then our line was green. If it was 5 percent under, we were yellow. If it was 10 percent under, it was red. That’s when we needed to have a corrective action plan — why we didn’t hit the goal, what we were going to do differently next time.’

“She said employees were trained to manipulate women into choosing abortion by bringing up the costs associated with raising a family. . .”


About jamesbrody

Psychologist, photographer, biker, and writer posing as a political activist.
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