RedState’s WaterCooler! Tuesday, 4/25/2017 – Open Thread – No More Executive Orders, Mr. President! Persevere instead.


By week’s end

By week’s end, meaning in one seven days time, the President will have signed 32 Executive Orders. Yes, Trump supporters, that is a lot of mandating, decreeing and otherwise steamrolling “We the People.” It’s also nothing to tip a pint over.

Trump’s sprint to the 100-day dash line is pitiful. Fear not though, he’s got almost 14 more 100-days to reveal who really wrote “The Art of the Deal.” Our President’s got to stop circumventing the process and get crackin’ on the hard stuff like actual legislation: funding a wall, affecting health care, trade and drug reroutes, and various other weighty bumper sticker promises.

President Trump must set himself to convince a substantial margin of “other” voters aka 52% laboring poor to middle-class who, whether he or his sycophanatical (you read that right) base care to admit, he will need to MAGA himself into the next three years, two-hundred and sixty-five days.

Enacting legislation is messy; passing meaningful legislation is blue collar, back-breaking, and endurance challenging. It’s not all cameras and pens and “working lunches” and vacays to the country club. No time to tan or dye the scant wispies.

Mr. President, we know you’ve got this. You built a great empire. Not from the ground up, and certainly not from pauper to prince, but you didn’t fail. Now’s the time to put aside your childish ways and lead. Not by mandate or showmanship, but by perseverance. Health care reform is a must not an option. Border security? Not an option. Negotiate, don’t mandate and persevere to get it right.

Events Calendar

Tuesday, 25 April  to  Thursday, 27 April

Tuesday, 25 April

  • 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm – President Trump will convene a roundtable discussion with farmers and state agriculture officials today before signing an Executive Order promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America. The EO will allow the new Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to form a task force designed to find bureaucratic impediments within the industry. Perdue will have 180 days before handing the president his findings.
  • Book Release – “Two Paths: America Divided or United” by John Kasich. Warning! For many Trump supporters and Anti-Trump activists, Kasich’s book is a bitter pill. Although the Ohio Governor, as he campaigned in 2016, prefers all references to “They” stay anonymous, he is politely rejecting any exclusion and intolerance theme. Instead, he builds on what he started, a realist’s philosophy. A note from Kasich’s publisher relayed to the Washington Post: “…he also takes on such subjects as media bias, congressional gerrymandering, the proliferation of ‘fake news’ and the ‘ramifications of living in a post-truth environment.’”

“We’ve got to recognize that the very real problems facing this country cannot be ignored. We cannot be confused or distracted by bitterness and rancor. … We cannot accept distorted truths and half-baked notions simply because they make us feel good — or, because they make us forget for a moment how we really feel. We must hold fast to our principles as a society, because without them we’re lost.” – Two Paths: America Divided or United, John Kasich, 2017

  • ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corp) Day of Remembrance – When the world remembers the Great War, two South Pacific island nations are not the first of the Allied armies to pop to mind. Nevertheless, April 25, 1915, is venerated in Australia as the day a newly federated nation landed on a Turkish peninsula and bravely represented a pivot to peace and ensured national identity. New Zealanders commemorate its anniversary by honoring all NZ men and women who have fallen in war.
  • Bureau of Public Affairs travel. Special envoys from the United States, Japan, and South Korea meet in Tokyo to tackle North Korea’s petulance and coordinate an effective trilateral strategy moving forward.

Wednesday, 26 April

  • 3:00 pm – In a rare move, A Special Briefing on North Korea is convened for All 100 U.S. Senators. The Legislators will gather at the White House for a closed-door session where Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will provide them with current developments in North Korea. It is unclear whether the briefers will take questions.

Thursday, 27 April

  • President Trump is scheduled with Argentina President Mauricio Macri in Washington. The conversation will revolve around drugs, trade, travel and fellow South Americans, Venezuela and their current economic condition.

Friday, 28 April

  • 10:00 am – Secretary of State Tillerson will meet with United Nations to chair a Special Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Security Council. The gathering was called to speak to the deepening issues with North Korea as in WMDs.

“This meeting will give the Security Council members an opportunity to discuss ways to maximize the impact of existing Security Council measures and to show their resolve to respond to further provocations with appropriate new measures,” said Mike Toner, Dept of State press release.

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Former Naval FMF Corpsman Creates Coffee That Caters To Those On The Front Lines

When you take a U.S. Navy FMF Hospital Corpsman out of the Navy, what do you get? You get great coffee. Counter Strike Coffee, based in the northwest greater Houston area, is owned and run by U.S. Navy veteran, HM2 (FMF) Brandon “Doc” Buttrey. Counter Strike Coffee’s slogan is “Strike back at sleepiness and fatigue with a hot cup of Counter Strike Coffee.” The company caters to veterans, law enforcement officers, first responders, and all American patriots. When Doc enlisted as a Navy corpsman, he had no idea that it would lead him to become a successful coffee entrepreneur.

Brandon “Doc” Buttrey follows a long line of servicemen in his family, including his father, a Marine, his uncle and both grandfathers. He grew up as a Marine brat but calls Cape Girardeau, Missouri his hometown. While in high school, Brandon took a course at a vocational school to earn After high school, he decided to pursue military medical service. Doc wanted to serve with the Marine Corps, but since the Department of the Navy provides all medical for the Marines, he enlisted in the Navy. He swore in on September 7, 2001, and headed to Navy boot camp, followed by Naval Hospital Corps School.

Buttrey got his wish to work with the infantry Marines after he attended Field Medical Service School, allowing Doc to earn the distinction of an 8404 Corpsman. He continued his naval career at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, DC, followed by a tour with a Marine antiterrorism battalion as part of a sniper platoon, and eventually deployed to Camp Ashraf, Iraq. Following his initial assignment, Buttrey was handpicked to serve as Lt. Gen. Walter Gaskin’s personal corpsman and security detail, where he spent an additional year in Iraq.

When Buttrey received his shore duty, he headed down Corpus Christi, Texas where he met and married his wife, Chelsae. Doc learned that Chelsae was pregnant about the same time he received augmentation orders to the Helmand province in Afghanistan. While Doc was involved in Operation Moshtarak, aka the “Battle of Marjah,” Chelsae experienced pregnancy complications resulting in an emergency C-section and their newborn son spent twenty-three days in the NICU. Buttrey returned home to his wife and now three-month-old son and decided it was time to wrap up his career with the Navy.

After Buttrey had left the Navy, he began a career in the oil and gas industry and quickly progressed to higher paying jobs with more responsibility at a variety of companies. He also earned a Bachelor’s degree. As if having a full-time job, a family and going to school weren’t enough; Doc began offering Urban Medical Integration Training (UMIT), where students purchased a tactical medical bag and Doc would then train them on how to use everything in the bag.

And here’s where the coffee comes in….Doc offered coffee at each of the training and noticed that people were putting more money into the donation jarand his idea, Counter Strike Coffee Company April 2015.

When pressed, he’ll tell you his favorite flavored coffee is his “Never Quit” blend.

Doc ships his coffee to national, international, and APO addresses. Counter Strike Coffee is experiencing exponential growth in sales, which is creating a challenge for Buttrey – where to go from here? He’s currently looking for a larger facility to manufacture, warehouse and distribute his products.

Doc says the best advice he can give is “Don’t give up on yourself. Motivate yourself to reach your dream…..make sh*t happen”. He believes that you have to give to get and he gives generously to veterans’ charities. He donates twenty-five percent of proceeds from his “Never Quit Coffee” to the Lone Survivor Foundation. He also supports Labs For Liberty and Green Zone Housing.

For Doc Buttrey, customer service is his highest priority andHonor recipient Dakota Meyer’s Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War. Buttrey also co-hosts “Veteran Operations Command (VOC Radio with Rob and Doc),” Sunday evenings, on Houston AM 1070 with Rob Paiva, a former sailor with the U.S. Navy.

And, to save the best for last, Counter Strike Coffee is working on a new single origin, fair trade coffee dedicated to General Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis. It’s labeled as “Call Sign Chaos” and has a bourbon variety coffee bean that Doc says, when brewed, tastes like “liquid hot crack.”

Counter Strike Coffee will be at the NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, April 27-30, 2017. Swing by booth #1849 to say hi and sample some of Counter Strike Coffee’s coffee goodness.



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Are Nordstrom’s “Dirty Jeans” An Insult to Those Who Do “Dirty Jobs”?

Nordstrom wants to sell you a pair of jeans that look like you’ve been out working in the mud for $425.

The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans aren’t actually dirty, they just look dirty. And they cost $425. From their website description:

“These heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.”

Except of course… no one will be outside working, in $425 jeans. As Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs fame, pointed out in a post called “Jeans Made to look like you work hard so you don’t have to”, the jeans and the description are all about image, not about actually getting dirty doing work or anything else…

But forget the jeans themselves for a moment, and their price, and look again at the actual description. “Rugged Americana” is now synonymous with a “caked-on, muddy coating.” Not real mud. Fake mud. Something to foster the illusion of work. The illusion of effort. Or perhaps, for those who actually buy them, the illusion of sanity.
The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans aren’t pants. They’re not even fashion. They’re a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic – not iconic.

While I agree wholeheartedly with Mike Rowe’s sentiment, in reality it’s marketing. Much like the flannel wearing kids of the 1990’s, fashion trends are sometimes ugly and difficult to understand. Most Americans would have never even heard of these jeans if it hadn’t been picked up by Rowe and a few others in the Media.

Nordstrom isn’t exactly the first shopping choice of blue collar workers. There can’t really be a “backlash” if those offended weren’t ever going to shop with the chain in the first place. However, it does drive traffic to their website… which I believe is part of their marketing strategy at this point.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen strange publicity stunt products from Nordstrom. You might remember they offered a rock in a leather case for $85 a few years ago, and it sold out. Although, this might tell us more about the Nordstrom customer more than it does about their buyers.

This isn’t even the first controversial pair of jeans for the company. Earlier this year the added, “Clear Knee Mom Jeans” to their site. the clear knee’d jeans have a plastic window panel, so ladies can show off their knee caps. clearjeans

To me it looks like a clear attempt for some free publicity, and it is working. What do You think?

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Ted Cruz Has A Plan For Paying For Trump’s Border Wall

Sen. Ted Cruz (R – Tex.) wants to pay for Trump’s promised border wall with money seized from drug lords, like Mexico’s notorious El Chapo. In fact, the clever word games congressmen often play with bill titles has the bill being named directly after the escaping kingpin.

Cruz’s proposed $14 billion in funding is titled, “Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order” or EL CHAPO. U.S. prosecutors are currently seeking drug profits that belong to El Chapo as well as other assets to the tune of $14 billion.

“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border,” Cruz said.

At the moment that money could help President Trump fund his “big, beautiful” wall which has been a sticking issue in recent weeks regarding the passage of a continuing resolution to keep the government from a “shut down.”

Congressional Democrats and some Republicans have said that any C.R. that includes funding for the wall is a non-starter and they will vote against it if it’s included.


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