Just days after his wife of 73 years passed away, Bush 41 was hospitalized on Sunday morning. Bush attended Barbara’s funeral on Saturday and spent time shaking hands next to her casket on Friday.
The elder Bush has been in and out of the hospital several times in the past couple years. This time, however, his beloved Barbara is not physically with him.
A statement issued from his office stated,
“President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood. He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant.”
Someone should put that on a needlepoint throw pillow for Donald Trump, given that he and truth seem to be operating in different social circles.
According to Bloomberg, some inconsistencies have been found between what Trump has said about his 2013 visit to Russia, and what flight records reveal.
Regarding that trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant, the memos of former FBI Director James Comey show that the president twice mentioned that the reports from the now-infamous Russia dossier could not be true, since he didn’t even stay the night.
Social media posts, as well as flight records just don’t match what he felt so important to stress to Comey.
According to Comey’s accounts of his 2017 meetings with the president, Trump said the Moscow trip was so quick that his head never hit a pillow — even for one night. Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017.
The first denial came over dinner at the White House in late January 2017. “He said he arrived in the morning, did events, then showered and dressed for the pageant at the hotel,” and then left for the event, Comey wrote. “Afterwards, he returned only to get his things because they departed for New York by plane that same night.”
On the second occasion in February 2017, Trump “explained, as he did at our dinner, that he hadn’t stayed overnight in Russia during the Miss Universe trip,” Comey wrote.
According to records, on November 7, 2013 Trump boarded a Bombardier Global 5000 private jet owned by Phil Ruffin, his partner in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas, leaving from Asheville, North Carolina, and arrived in Moscow on Friday, November 8, 2013. From there, it was less than an hour drive to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, according to Aras Agalarov, a developer who hosted the pageant.
Trump surfaced online later that day in a Facebook post by the restaurant Nobu Moscow. That night he attended a birthday party for Agalarov.
The next day, Saturday, Nov. 9, Facebook posts showed Trump at the Ritz during the day, and in the afternoon he tweeted that he’d gotten a tour of Moscow. That evening, he attended the Miss Universe pageant, followed by an after-party whose scheduled start time was 1 a.m. — by that time, Sunday, Nov. 10.
One thing he mentioned to Comey that was almost/sorta/kinda true, the Bombardier he had traveled to Moscow aboard didn’t stay for the full night on November 10. It took off in the early Moscow hours, at about 3:38am, Moscow time.
When the jet touched down at Newark Liberty International Airport, just outside New York City, it was still Sunday morning — 4:11 a.m. local time. That evening, Trump tweeted about his return, “I just got back from Russia-learned lots & lots. Moscow is a very interesting and amazing place!”
Did he forget?
Even at his advanced age and with his apparent intellectual shortfall, would he not remember a three-day stay in Moscow barely over four years ago?
He should, so in that instance, why lie, unprompted?
RedState has been covering the controversy around the confirmation process of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State.
The only Republican who did not vote to confirm Pompeo last year for CIA director was Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. As of this morning, he was a holdout for Secretary of State confirmation as well.
However, with the last hour Sen. Paul has changed his mind and will now vote to confirm.
Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the President on these important issues, I have decided to support his nomination to be our next Secretary of State.
Pragmatism has won the day and this all but seals the deal for Senator Paul, wisely.
Paul will face a heavy backlash from the very libertarian side of his base, especially those who were supporters of his father Ron Paul, but it’s good news for Republicans, both as a matter of the function of government and as the image for the party in a midterm election year.
According to the Fresno Bee, Jarrar is also on video calling for terrorist acts to happen to people who happen to be guilty of wrong-think, and praising terrorists who hijacked planes in the 60’s and 70’s.
Jarrar is also on camera talking about buying guns and doing “crazy sh*t.” according to the Bee:
“I don’t give a f—. I’m buying guns. I’m an American. I’m buying guns,” she says in one video clip. “The other side is, like, doing some stupid s—. I’m gonna do some stupid s—. I’m tired of, like, being the bigger person — literally am usually — but, like, I’m also just tired of the left being, like, f—ing stupid and being like, ‘No we have to like be gentle’ … no, don’t be f—— gentle.’”
She’s also caught on film saying that a man named “Spencer” needs his house broken into and didn’t understand why his house was still standing.
“It needs to be f—ing broken into,” she said. “People need to f—ing throw grenades into it. I don’t give a f—.”
Jarrar is currently on leave from Fresno State and is under investigation for her tweets against Barbara Bush, however the deeper problem here is that Jarrar is a tenured professor.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign town hall at Ocean Center, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
As midterm elections approach, many in D.C. and around the country eagerly look toward the 2020 presidential election.
President Trump has been clear about his desire to run for re-election. In March, the White House announced that the Trump campaign had hired Brad Parscale to run his 2020 bid. Parscale was the digital media director for his winning 2016 campaign.
Though a campaign hire may seem a bit premature, it indicates a strong confidence in both the voters who supported his initial rise and in the populist message. In fact, President Trump officially filed for re-election with the FEC on January 20, 2017; the date of his inauguration.
Talk about wasting no time.
Some may scoff at this preparedness, but according to a recent Gallup poll, President Trump has every right to feel secure. The latest figures place him in the same territory as Clinton and Obama in terms of re-election hopes.
The percentage of voters who say Trump deserves re-election is essentially identical to that of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama at the time of the 1994 and 2010 midterm elections, respectively. More voters said George W. Bush deserved re-election at the time of the midterm elections in his first term, in 2002.
Still, there is some concern this far out from midterms.
Trump’s approval ratings have been significantly worse than those of his predecessors at similar points in their presidencies. And his re-elect figures do not match those of Clinton (40% in April 1994) and Obama (46% in March 2010) in the spring of their first midterm election years. However, by the time voters cast ballots in those presidents’ first midterms that fall, the percentage of voters believing Clinton and Obama deserved to be re-elected had fallen to the same level Trump is at now.
It remains to be seen just how much impact this fall’s election results will have on President Trump’s plans for the future.
Democrats are certainly unhappy with the majority in Congress. If a blue wave crushes Republican midterm plans, that will only increase the desire among GOP voters to keep the White House safely in Trump’s hands. Conversely, it will further fuel Democrat passion at the polls in order to complete a sweep and regain control in 2020.
The Gallup results have Trump virtually tied with former presidents of the opposite political persuasion. This says much about perception versus reality in this toxic climate. Clearly, the president has many consistent detractors on both sides of the aisle. However, when faced with whether he deserves re-election, voters give him the Clinton and Obama treatment. That’s not exactly in line with the popular “he is the devil and no one likes him” narrative.
Trump’s standing with independents and supporters of the opposition party is similar to that of Clinton and Obama at the time of the 1994 and 2010 midterm elections. About one in three independents believed each deserved re-election, and fewer than one in 10 Republicans did. Trump’s numbers among Republicans are essentially the same as Obama’s among his fellow Democrats in 2010, but slightly better than those of Clinton among Democrats in 1994. Trump would need to see a recovery in his support over the next two years to successfully win re-election, as Clinton and Obama did.
This is not to say that an incumbent win for President Trump is even close to certain. November 3, 2020 is still a long way off.
As it stands right now, though, the p***y hat-wearing members of the Resistance should feel uneasy as they march against a leader whose re-election chances fall in line with two-term presidents of the recent past.
Social justice politics is like a reverse Midas touch. The moment it comes in contact with something, instead of pure gold, it turns into absolute garbage.
It’s what happened to Twitter, it’s what’s happening to YouTube, and it’s definitely what happens to movies and shows that become weighted down with SJW propaganda.
The latest example is Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty,” a sort of reversal of the “Shallow Hal” movie where Schumer’s character perceives herself as super-model hot after an accident. The movie is meant to promote the idea of body positivity, which is a tenet of the SJW religion. While there’s nothing wrong with being confident in the skin you’re in, this idea is usually promoted in order to make unhealthy lifestyles and body weight okay.
Naturally, no one is buying into the social justice propaganda that Schumer is selling, and as a result, the movie is currently raking in $16 million in ticket sales, which is half of its $32 million budget. Half of those ticket sales go to the theaters, so the studio is actually losing a lot of money here.
But it’s not just the fact that “I Feel Pretty” is a bad movie. It’s the fact that Schumer, the lead actress, is so disliked by movie-going audiences that they have zero interest in watching her in a movie covering a subject they have even less interest in. Schumer’s likability is the weight that is sinking this movie, but it’s Schumer’s own doing.
As I highlighted last week, several reasons have created the dead-on-arrival status of Schumer’s films. After rising to the top with her Comedy Central sketch show “Inside Amy Schumer,” the comedienne kicked off a promising career on the silver screen with her 2015 hit “Trainwreck,” which debuted to $30.1 million and went on to earn $140.8 million globally. Between 2015 and 2018, however, Schumer downed one-too-many martinis with sycophantic leftists in the Hollywood cocktail scene and followed actress Jennifer Lawrence in the quest to savage her goodwill with American audiences by repeatedly insulting them.
Since then, the cousin of Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has pushed heavy gun control, endorsed radical feminism at the “Women’s March,” and characterized Trump supporters as “rich, entitled white people” and “very poor people who’ve been tricked into it.”
Schumer’s politics became so toxicduring one of her comedy routines, it prompted as many as 200 former fans to boo her and walk out of her show. She has yet to learn that alienating half your customer base with rude insults will only encourage them to stay home.
Schumer made the fatal mistake that many a celebrity does, and that’s buying into the Hollywood bubble’s message that there is only one accepted ideology in America, and everyone hates the few that reject the mainstream social justice narrative. Problem is, the reverse is actually true. Audiences tend not to buy into the SJW narrative, even if some do on the surface in order to avoid being a social pariah. The majority of America has no interest in Schumer’s advocacy.
Schumer bit into what they were selling hook, line, and sinker, and then Schumer did what she does naturally, and took it to an extreme. This going overboard was somewhat funny when it was just crude jokes about her experiences, but when she added the SJW agenda to her act it turned it into the aforementioned garbage. “The Schumer Touch,” we’ll call it.
The message is clear. America isn’t buying what the SJWs are selling. It’s not the moral movement it makes itself out to be, and only serves to divide Americans, and we get enough of that in our politics. Don’t be an Amy Schumer.
The Twitterverse recently blew up after rapper and reality empire spouse Kanye West tweeted out his admiration for black conservative activist Candace Owens. Overnight Owens’ stock in the political landscape skyrocketed and naturally Kanye received the expected backlash from the left.
Owens rightfully responded with excitement, inviting the music mogul to sit down for a talk. She also slapped down the haters for suggesting that she’s nothing but an “alt-right” pawn.
While I find pleasure any time conservative thought breaks out of the shallow box the left typically consigns it to, I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad at Kanye’s expressed surprise over a young woman like Owens. It seemed that this may actually be the first time he’d heard of any black person thinking outside the boundaries of the strict liberal ideology.
His surprise is indicative of the problem facing our nation as a whole. The thickly insulated bubbles of the coastal liberal set have rendered them nearly completely incapable of considering that there may well be other ways to perceive and solve the various issues facing our nation. Thus, when someone does manage to pierce those soundproof walls the reactions are either absolute incredulity or dehumanization of the offending person.
West himself is someone I would consider a “free thinker”. He’s never been shy about expressing his opinion and his opinion does not always line up with his liberal peers in the entertainment industry. However, his wealth and fame has isolated him so much that his ego made it possible for him to believe he was the only person to question the liberal assumptions many black Americans are raised with. Even with all of his money, his intellect and his exposure to cultures all over the world Kanye West was shocked to discover that other black people are “free thinkers” too.
This is what we are up against in this battle of ideas that seems to get bloodier every day. Businesses are being boycotted, broadcasts are losing sponsorships, social media accounts are getting suspended – all because too many people in this country are genuinely surprised by dissent from their own world views.
Black people like Owens are really not hard to find. I started blogging nearly a decade ago just as the conservative blogosphere and media presence began to exert a larger footprint in political culture. I quickly discovered there were many other black conservative media-types who had been working for much longer than I had. Some of them began in a time when their voices were not recognized at all in media, and had all alone faced the sometimes overwhelming vitriol regularly hurled at black conservatives.
Those professional pundits aside, I began to meet many other black people who identified as conservative or at least non-liberal as I traveled to conferences and speaking engagements across the country. Often, people would approach me in hallways or at the bar and express their relief to hear someone speak for them…to them. And it wasn’t just me. I only represent one lane on the highway of free thought. There are many other African-American pundits who agree with me on some things and disagree with me on others. They’re libertarian, hardcore conservative, centrists, populists, center-right…they all had different ways to describe their thinking but they all shared one thing in common – they had left behind the narrow path of liberal thought.
My point is that when I moved out of my ingrained liberalism into a more conservative worldview, I too was shocked to discover that these people were out there. Only a few were professional “thinkers”. Most were just regular people. In fact, the person who challenged me to think outside my liberal bubble was a pastor and community activist, a black man who was the first black person I’d met who used the word “conservative” to describe his views. He was also my father-in-law.
He represented many people in our community, and in black communities across the country. I didn’t even know those people were there, because my liberal bubble had made them nearly impossible to hear. I assumed that the information I was getting from Newsweek, MSNBC and similar outlets was only objective. It never occurred to me to find alternative sources. All of my friends thought like me. All of my coworkers thought like me…and I suppose the ones who didn’t just kept their mouths shut to keep the peace. I can be rather…passionate when I think I’m right.
It was only when I opened by mind (and my bubble) to opposing ideas that I was able to really intellectually examine my views and presumptions.
Sadly, there are too many people in this country who are all too willing to continue life in the comfort of their insulated worlds. Like me, it doesn’t even occur to them to seek out opposing viewpoints and then to listen intently without a filter of rage.
Kanye’s genuine joy and surprise at discovering someone like Owens – a woman who is just one among many black people who think similarly – represents a much deeper issue that is contributing to our current state of divisiveness.
Too few people are living lives that bring them into contact with other people who are not like them.
Because of that self-inflicted isolation, when they do manage to be presented with those “others”, the reaction is often rage, hatred or surprise.
I’ll take Kanye’s surprise over any of those other reactions any day of the week. But it’s still a shame that anyone is ever surprised at all, or even that it took such a traveled, cultured, experienced man like himself so long to recognize that people like Owens are out there.
Kanye, the fact is we’ve been out here all along. Thousands of us – listening to your music, bringing you coffee, washing your cars, funding your projects. We’ve been on your tv and in your radio. Candace Owens doesn’t represent anything new. We “free thinkers” have always been a part of the African-American experience…it’s just that you didn’t notice us before now.
For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president’s nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a black mark not on Mike Pompeo’s record, but on the reputation of this once-storied committee.
There are no instances of a secretary of state nominee ever receiving an unfavorable committee vote since such votes were first publicly recorded in 1925 (before that, the committee voted in closed session). Democrat John Kerry was approved in a unanimous voice vote, including from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who opposes Pompeo. Democrat Hillary Clinton was approved 16 to 1, despite concerns about foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation. Madeleine Albright was approved unanimously, with the strong support of my former boss, the committee’s conservative then-chairman, Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., who called Albright “a tough and courageous lady” and voted for her despite saying that she was “sincerely wrong” in some of her foreign policy views.
There is simply no excuse for this. There are no ethical questions hanging over Pompeo’s nomination. He has engaged in no disqualifying personal conduct. And no one questions that he is extraordinarily qualified for the job. Indeed, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said that Pompeo “has a clear record of public service to his nation — in uniform, in Congress, and as the director of the CIA.” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he believes that Pompeo “will work hard to restore morale at State and work to supplement, not atrophy, the diplomatic tools at the Secretary of State’s disposal.” Yet both are voting against him. Indeed, nine of the committee’s 10 Democrats have already declared their opposition to Pompeo — including two, Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. — who voted for him to lead the CIA.
Their opposition came just as President Trump was preparing for a high-stakes nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Pompeo recently returned from North Korea, where he met with Kim and laid the groundwork for this historic meeting. Democrats ought to ask themselves how their actions will be seen in Pyongyang. To deliver such an undeserved rebuke to Pompeo at such a critical diplomatic moment would be a shameful abdication of the committee’s responsibilities.
As frustrating as it is, Sen. Rand Paul’s opposition isn’t that surprising. He’s consistent in his principled libertarianism, even if it doesn’t always make the most sense for the country and is clearly mostly about playing to his base. But to block Pompeo, as Paul and most Democrats plan on doing Monday, is playing fast and loose with an extremely important cabinet vacancy that needs to be filled yesterday. As USA Today notes, there’s a void at the State Department and Pompeo — while they acknowledge disagreeing with some of his more hawkish policy ideas — is not objectionable as a replacement for former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Unless a nominee has clear ethical or competency failings, presidents should be accorded wide latitude to select top aides whom they trust and agree with. Pompeo passes that test and merits approval.
Pompeo is no dummy — he graduated from Harvard Law School and at the top of his class at West Point. He served as a cavalry officer in Europe during the Cold War. Crucially, he has promised to reverse the damage done by Tillerson, who implemented a vacuous reorganization that drained talent and grew vacancies at State.
“I’m a talent hawk,” Pompeo testified. “I will find what I believe to be the best fit to execute America’s diplomatic mission around the world and I will encourage, demand, cajole them to come join the team.” Among the first positions to fill, he said, would be ambassador to South Korea.
As of Monday morning and early afternoon, West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin and Indiana Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly both announced their intent to back Pompeo, joining their Democratic colleague Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and very likely putting the nominee over the line toward confirmation.
But the partisanship displayed in blocking Pompeo is something that not enough Americans are privy to, especially when Democrats insist they are not obstructionists. Breaching, as Thiessen says, “two centuries of precedent in which the committee has carefully examined the credentials and qualifications of the president’s nominee for secretary of state [and acknowledging] that the president should have his choice of who should be his chief diplomatic adviser” proves that they are.
Kudos to Sens. Heitkamp, Manchin and Donnelly for putting country before party.
Very few things about John Kasich don’t irritate me.
He’s a lifelong politician. He claims to be a conservative despite holding as few conservative positions as possible and still get by. He maintains an unhealthy level of holier-than-thou-ism.
He’s like Jennifer Rubin, but somehow even hackier.
But, perhaps the most annoying thing to me is that he is under the mistaken belief that if he just attacks Republicans, conservatives, and Republicanism enough, he can somehow get elected in a bipartisan vote.
Today, Kasich’s anti-Republican crusade is against guns.
“In too many communities, convictions aren’t uploaded to the National Criminal Background Check system as they should be. This afternoon, I’ll take action to help close this gap to keep weapons out of the wrong hands in our state,” Kasich tweeted.
Asked for further details, Kasich’s office declined to elaborate Monday morning and pointed to the governor’s afternoon news conference, where he is expected to address the measure.
The announcement comes amid a national debate over gun control sparked by several mass shootings. Earlier this year, Kasich urged President Donald Trump to take action in the wake of a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Amid the reaction to Parkland, he also softened language related to the Second Amendment on his campaign website.
I cannot wait for Kasich to make his announcement, whatever it is, and look around expecting praise for “taking action” on guns. His head is already dangerously large, and today could be the day it explodes.
What is truly hilarious about Kasich’s dreams is that he somehow truly believes that the Democrats will embrace him as though he’s never held a problematic position.
Kasich, for all his faults, is pro-life. That alone will bring down every Democratic group against him with ads across every platform. That makes him anti-woman, you see.
Any Republican position he’s ever held will make him un-electable in Democrats’ eyes. He won’t win. And yet, he seems to firmly believe that it is attack Republican positions that will make him America’s Savior. He thinks the media coverage is great when in reality he’s being used as a token anti-Trump Republican and they’ll drop him as soon as Trump is no longer a thing that is happening to us.
His Messiah Complex is so misguided that it’s would be humorous if it weren’t so annoying to see him Holier-Than-Thou-ing all over the place. Please, someone, make it stop.
Starbucks can’t catch a break lately, but that is 100 percent their fault as they fed the social justice monster hoping it would eat them last.
For those not up to date on the coffee chain’s drama, Starbucks called the police on two black men who had not ordered anything, but were instead sitting in their store. Police arrived and asked the men to leave, but police say the men were being uncooperative and arrested the duo.
Of course, none of this has the social justice crowd satiated. They don’t just want an apology and a solution, they want Starbucks’ soul.
The Omega Psi Phi fraternity whose fraternity brother, Rashon Nelson, was one of the persons arrested in Starbucks, held a rally attended by some 100 protesters demonstrated against “racial injustice” at the same Starbucks on Sunday. It was there that a city councilman gave a speech demanding more from Starbucks.
According to Yahoo News,
“The actions of the Starbucks corporation are totally unacceptable,” Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson told protesters Sunday. “We know they said they’re going to move forward and specifically focus on a training that deals with unconscious bias, but that’s a one-day training.
“We want to see how they’re going to change their culture as it relates to racial insensitivity and also diversity and inclusion as it relates to making sure that everyone who comes to a Starbucks store that lives in the city of Philadelphia should feel welcome,” he added.
In social justice speak this typically means that they want Starbucks to alter their business in some way that will make it more SJW friendly. This usually involves irrational demands that Starbucks corporate will try to meet, and upon doing so will watch as their business starts to lose money and customers. How remains to be seen, but that’s not the point.
The point is, as I’ve highlighted before, that SJWs cannot and will not be pleased. What Starbucks corporate essentially did is hand their business over to the SJW mob, who will in turn dictate how the company proceeds forward in the future. The demands for making everyone who comes to Starbucks feel welcome may start out small, but rest assured it will get more absurd over time. They will create positions within the company that will help them “move forward” in a more “progressive” direction in an attempt to placate the mob.
Many a social media company has attempted to do this, and now YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook are all facing troubles of their own like depleted user bases and the threat of a new IP rising to overtake them in the drop-off. Comics, video games, and movies also suffer from SJW input as no one wants to show up to consume a product that attempts to push a message they don’t want to hear over it.
Rest assured, placation will never happen. There is no such thing as a pleased SJW. They need to be victims, and Starbucks just told them they were victims, and victims at their own hands no less.