Happy New Year!

AND A PROSPEROUS one to boot, thanks to President Trump.

New ImageHere are the Top Ten Accomplishments in 2019 of the Trump Administration. If you are aware of few or none of them, that’s not surprising. The news media do what they can to ignore good news and focus on any little negative thing available.

But in the background, the Blond Bomber is doing great work.

  1. The Trump Boom is going strong. The unemployment rate recently hit its lowest mark in 50 years. All told, since President Trump’s election, America has added more than 7 million jobs — over half a million in manufacturing alone.
  2. The stock market keeps breaking records. The Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit record closes again last Friday.
  3. The working class is thriving, as are previously forgotten communities. Wages are now rising the fastest for low-income workers, and poverty rates for blacks and Hispanics have reached all-time lows.
  4. Accountable government is back. Since taking office, Trump has rolled back nearly eight regulations for every new one, saving American taxpayers more than $50 billion in the process — with bigger savings still to come.
  5. Better trade deals are putting America back in the driver’s seat. Congress approved Trump’s USMCA this month — a YUGE win for U.S. workers, farmers, and manufacturers that will create 176,000 new jobs.
  6. Trade with China in particular is about to get a whole lot fairer. As part of a historic “phase 1” deal, Beijing has agreed to structural reforms in its trade practices and to make substantial purchases of American agricultural products.
  7. Securing the border is paying off and making America safer. Trump struck new agreements with Mexico and Central American countries this year to help stop the flood of illegal immigration. Thanks to this swift action, border apprehensions fell by more than 70 percent from May to November.
  8. On healthcare, Trump is fighting to give Americans the best system on Earth. While Democrats try to take away choice, the president’s focus on affordability led to the largest year-over-year drop in drug prices ever recorded.
  9. American interests are taking center stage abroad. In just one example: After years of not paying their fair share, NATO allies will have increased defense spending by $130 billion by the end of next year.
  10. The U.S. military took out the world’s top terrorist in October. U.S. troops are now getting the support they deserve. Trump recently signed the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2020 fiscal year, which includes the biggest pay raise for the military in a decade.

As Democrats continue to scream and writhe on the floor because it was “Hillary’s turn,” the Blond Bomber is proving himself to be one of the greatest U.S. presidents ever.

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(Note: Be sure to watch the short video I placed in the comment section. You’ll be a better person for it. Some of it might surprise you gay people.)

62 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Great work indeed! I just wish he’d get the recognition he deserves. Yes, what comes out of his mouth isn’t always the most diplomatic, and the Press does their best to print unflattering photos of him that can make one wonder what’s going on, but he is what he is. The proof of his success is out there. One just has to look to the right sources for information because the Press isn’t going to print it. And by the way, señor, I purchased the book you recommended not long ago. It’s an A+! Here’s to a continuation of great things in 2020!

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    1. Leisa: I recommended two books about the Blond Bomber in recent weeks. Which one did you read? First, there was Bill O’Reilly’s “The United States of Trump,” and then there was Doug Wead’s “Inside Trump’s White House.” The first is more of a bio leading up to his presidential victory. The second is an inside look at what’s been going on since Trump won office. They are both very good but different. If I had to choose just one, I’d choose the second.

      You brought up an interesting point. When searching for a mugshot to go with this post, I noticed that almost all that popped up were of Trump either stone-faced or frowning. I use Yandex’s image search. I can only imagine what I would get were I to use Google, which I avoid completely, as I do all things Google when possible.

      Yep, Trump is doing an excellent job, and I like his loud mouth. Conservatives have been quiet for way too long. Leftists are born with loud mouths.

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      1. Felipe: The book I’m reading is “Inside Trump’s White House” by Doug Wead. Good reading. I have found some exceptional photos of Mr. President, one being on the front of this book and the other is a FB page named Elegant Melania. Refreshing to read nothing but kind words about our president and our First Lady; someone is filtering out the bad comments. Not sure how it came my way, but after cautiously reading a few pages I subscribed to follow the site. You will see many many excellent photos of him both alone and with the First Lady. Check it out if you wish.

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        1. Leisa: Yep, that’s the best of the two books, but the other is quite worth reading too.

          Sure, one can find decent photos of the first family, but it’s incredible the extent that Big Tech goes to in order to make Trump look bad in every conceivable corner of the internet.

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  2. Ah, Felipe, you’re much too modest in listing the achievements of our Dear Leader Donald Trump. If you don’t mind, I’d like to add a few more items:

    1. He has lowered the bar in the area of old-fashioned family values, fidelity and marital vows — and public morality in general — to about a millimeter off the ground. One particularly inspiring revelation, was his affair with a pornographic film star with cantaloupe-size breasts, reportedly shortly after his son Barron had been born. Supporters deny this, but photos and cancelled checks for hush-money tell the story.
    2. During the first three years of the Trump administration, the U.S. deficit rose by nearly 50 percent. The president had promised to eliminate the federal debt within eight years, so he has five more years to pull off this miracle. At which time pigs in South Dakota will learn how to fly.
    3. Despite promises to deliver affordable healthcare insurance to all Americans, the number of uninsured has risen during the past two years to 27.5 million or 8.5 percent of the population. And overall expenditures on medical care in the U.S. continues to rise and now approaches a record $4 trillion. The Dear Leader insists he has a genius reform plan in his breast pocket that he will soon reveal to the rest of us mopes. And pigs in North Dakota, taking a cue from their counterparts next door, will then start flapping their wings in preparation for flight.
    4. Thanks to his breakthroughs in male grooming, American men have learned to sport a year-round shade of microwave tan previously unknown in humans. The cosmetics industry was thrown for a loop too, by the president’s revolutionary shade of hair color, somewhere between Dijon mustard and iridescent baby poop. Researchers at Clairol are stumped. Sales of Gorilla Glue Spray Adhesive, though, have soared.
    5. Thanks to American world leadership under Trump, representative government has taken a dive throughout the world, particularly in places run by paladins of democratic government — and Trump bros — Rodrigo Duterte (Philippines); Vladimir Putin (Russia); Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud (Saudi Arabia); Erdogan (Turkey); al-Sisi (Egypt) and the meatball with a strange haircut in North Korea, among others. Trump and the meatball supposedly were “in love.”
    6. Transparency and honesty in government entered a new phase, one that observers have tentatively called the Post-Truth Era, during which Americans are learning that up is down, down is up and two and two equals nine. President Trump, by his incessant, indiscriminate — and often pointless — lies is the undisputed practitioner of a new science known as “alternative truth.”
    7. Internally, the Dear Leader has done an exemplary job of undermining the traditional American concepts of “e pluribus unum,” tolerance of people different from ourselves, and respect for immigrants from all over the world. So Mexican immigrants have become racist, criminal hordes; many Third World countries “shitholes”; Muslims an undifferentiated, unwashed mob of closet terrorists, while some Neo-Nazis have been born again as “very fine people.” Not coincidentally, under Trump the number of hate crimes has risen to a 16-year high, most notably against Jews and synagogues, and Latinos.
    8. The Dear Leader has used the phrase “fake news” to dismiss any news reporting that contradicts his personal cosmology. That, in turn, has effectively encouraged repressive governments throughout the world, such as Egypt — and the freedom-loving hacienda of Cuba — to use the rubric “fake news” to justify the stifling press freedoms and harassment of journalists. Trump’s bro’ in Saudi Arabia took this tactic a big step further by slicing and dicing — quite literally — Washington Post reporter Jamal Kashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The normally loquacious Trump came down with a case of lockjaw regarding this incident, which was universally condemned, much less take any action.
    9. Under “grab-by-the-pussy” Trump, misogyny and other verbal attacks against women have become a new normal. Women voters, outside the evangelical ranks, have reacted negatively by wide margins to this gusher of abuse, polls show. That’s a silver lining.
    10. The most auspicious development, though, despite the bright economic news, is that Trump’s approval ratings seem stuck around 43 percent, and a majority of Americans support his impeachment and removal from office. Even Fox news aired that alarming bit of news. Apparently, Trump’s breathtaking achievements aren’t quite enough to seal a victory in 2020.

    al

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      1. While I agree with everything Al wrote, I have to say that we shouldn’t be focusing on the fact that Trump is morally bankrupt. There have been many morally bankrupt men occupying the White House — although, as a vulgar sleazebag, he is in a class by himself. Following are things to which we should be paying attention:

        He has canceled a requirement for oil and gas companies to report methane emissions.
        He has removed California’s power to set its own stringent emissions standards.
        He has loosened a rule designed to limit toxic emissions from major industrial polluters.
        He has repealed the Clean Air Emissions Standards.
        He has repealed the Energy Conservation Standards.
        He has rescinded the clean fuel grant program.
        He has removed the coal ash rule.
        He has repealed the clean power plan.
        He has downgraded or removed penalties for violations of fuel efficiency standards.
        He has begun the process to remove the ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
        He has repealed the non-discrimination provisions in the ACA.
        He has repealed a number of fiduciary rules that protect citizens.
        He has repealed net neutrality.
        He has repealed animal welfare rules.
        He has repealed oil and gas fracking rules.
        He has repealed the requirement for disclosure payments by resource extractors.
        He has repealed the prohibition of gun sales to the mentally disabled.
        He has repealed the internet privacy rule.
        He has repealed the school accountability rule.
        He has rolled back off-shore drilling safety rules.
        He has signed executive orders that will smooth the path for oil and gas pipelines and limit the tools states have to block them.
        He has signed an executive order to increase logging of forests on federal land.
        He has disbanded the Air Pollution Review Panel.
        He has appointed cabinet members and agency heads whose credentials are in direct conflict the departments they administer.
        He is taking private land to build a multi-billion border wall that can be easily cut through with a Sawzall.
        He and his pals in the Senate are busy stuffing the courts with right-wing judges. That might not bother a lot of folks but, here’s the thing — if the judicial system is a bunch of extreme conservatives who are incapable to seeing the different sides to every issue, sooner or later they’re going to make some rulings that are pretty bad for everybody.
        And there’s so much more.
        Just sayin’ …

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        1. Loulou: Love this list. But how did you overlook his eating freshly baked babies for breakfast? Let’s add that one.

          Or perhaps it’s best not to depend on Mother Earth News for information on the Blond Bomber.

          Thanks for the chuckles!

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            1. Loulou: You inspired me to dig further. Here’s what I discovered:

              Melania is not really from Slovenia as they have been telling people. She was born in Transylvania, also the birthplace of, well, you know who.

              When Trump dines on baked babies, Melania joins in, and not only that. She prepares a special sauce made from the blood of virgins. The Trumps murder those virgins in the White House basement. This is not widely known. Shocking!

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            2. LouLou, P.S.: In all seriousness, your list is clearly phrased to make Trump look as horrible as possible, not just wrong but horrible. God knows where you found it. I would wager that most are false. If some are true, then I imagine there is some very good reason for his having done whatever. Much of what the media print or say about Trump are blatant lies, which is why he has made the phrase “fake news” so famous. Your list is just a hair this side of my “Trump eats babies” comeback.

              But brace yourself because he will be handily re-elected come November. The Democrat lineup so far is also hilarious.

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        2. Loulou: I decided to do some internet searching on some of your items. A large number have to do with whether one buys into the climate change hysteria or not. Obviously, Trump does not. Nor do I.

          Some others have to do with heavy-handedness of the EPA. Easing that hand that has become increasingly heavy over the years is seen as positive by many people. I am one.

          Repealing the misnomered “Net Neutrality” is a very good thing.

          Repealing the internet privacy rule, an Obama move that had never gone into effect, is good because it helps smaller telecommunications companies compete with the Big Boys.

          Allowing fracking is a good thing. It’s an energy-retrieval system whose bad press has been proven to be totally overblown.

          Taking private land to build a border wall is a good thing, not necessarily for the property owner, but for the nation.

          Smoothing the path for oil and gas pipelines is a good thing.

          Putting conservative judges on courts is a great thing.

          Doing anything that displeases California state government is always a good thing.

          I did not look into all of the items on your list due to having a life, but I suspect most of the issues have two viewpoints.

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    1. Your detractors, Sr. Lanier, have noticeably refrained from posting even the slightest rebuttal to anything on your list. Deep down, they must realize the absolute truth of what you have written.

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      1. Jonas: Actually, it’s because I and all sensible people subscribe to the truth that arguing about religion and/or politics is an exercise in futility. It leads nowhere and changes the mind of no one. I was most amused at Señor Lanier’s contention that “most Americans” want Trump impeached. Well, Americans will have a chance to do just that next November. We’ll see how that goes. I’m already chuckling.

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        1. It will probably be the most controversial election in our lifetime, for sure. And with the way time flies, it will be here before we know it. We are certainly living in a unique political era.

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          1. Jonas: I think the most controversial election in our lifetime was the last one, the one that put Trump into the White House. That it was controversial is proven by the losers’ now-three-year-long hysteria. He will win again, handily, so it will not be so controversial the second time.

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      2. Jonas: Don’t know if you clicked to get other comments here, but if not, you’ll want to read Kim G’s beautiful refuting of Señor Lanier’s own Top 10. Don’t miss it!

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        1. I am a firm believer in the old adage “opinions are like #ssh@les, everyone has one.” And as you said previously, arguing politics is futile. His fate will be decided no later than 10 months from now, and it will be interesting to revisit some of these posts and see whose prediction comes true. Now, enough of politics for me, I’ll stick to reading the posts about your life in Patzcuaro.

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    2. Is this really the best you can do??? There’s not a substantive argument in the lot, and many just ridiculous or irrelevant points in between.

      #1. So??? Did you object strongly to Bill Clinton on the same grounds?
      #2. You really think Trump has anything to do with this? (Hint: see prior administrations.) But yes, I agree it’s a serious problem, and yes, he should have tried harder. This is your best point, but it’s not unique to Trump.
      #3. Drug prices had their first decline ever, and the administration is continuing to work on the issue. This is a big problem, and yes, he has over-promised. But Obamacare didn’t fix matters either. And more importantly, no one has really addressed the underlying problem: healthcare costs too much in the USA. And no amount of getting “rich people” to pay for it is going to help.
      #4. Irrelevant. In fact, this point demeans your other points.
      #5. Interesting. All those folks were incumbent before Trump even announced. Has Trump invented time travel? Or was he busy campaigning for those folks before running his own campaign?
      #6. Word salad — you’ve made no substantive point.
      #7. Listen to what Trump himself says, not what ill-intentioned and often incompetent reporters say about him.
      #8. Read Breitart, The Daily Caller, The Daily Wire, and some other right-of-center news organizations and then reevaluate whether Trump is right or not. I’d say he’s pretty much on track. Also do some research on the term “fake news.” It was dreamed up by the Democratic party in order to demean conservatives. Unfortunately (and with plenty of fact-based evidence) it boomeranged on them. What would you have done about the Kashoggi murder? It’s not like we could have put economic sanctions on Saudi Arabia without crashing the global economy. What were the better options? I’d argue that there were none.
      #9. Note that Trump said “they let you.” Consent is important here, and if given, makes your point #9 totally irrelevant.
      #10. Check the latest polls. Americans have swung against impeachment, and most people not in a “resistance bubble” see it for what it is: a longstanding (dating from right after the 2016 election), bad-faith effort to impeach someone who is a threat to the swamp.

      For someone who feels so strongly about Trump, this is a pretty thin list, at least the truthful and important parts. If he really is so bad, it’s quite surprising you don’t have anything more substantive.

      Get ready for another 4 years of him beginning in 2021. MAGA!!!

      Kim G
      Boston, MA
      Where we are constantly surprised that we so seldom hear any genuine, important criticism of Trump. Just trivialities like the above.

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        1. Damn. I’d sworn I wasn’t going to get dragged into this high-school level debate, but here I am, at 7:13 a.m., writing this response to Kim’s comments, which, dear Felipe, are hardly “superlative,” neither in logic nor fact.

          1. Your argument here is a classic example of “whataboutism”. In his respect for his family and his wife, Clinton was a reprehensible pig, and so is Trump. It’s a disgrace, in either case, to have someone as debauched in the Oval Office. To find a model of family values and respect for the institution of marriage, we’d have to go back, to, hmm, Barack Obama? Can you accept that at least?
          2. Yes, Trump has a lot to do with the rise in the deficit. He cut taxes while expenditures continued to rise. You keep spending while your income decreases, and you get a deficit, a whopping one in this case. If you want to find a recent administration that actually balanced the budget—while the economy boomed—we’d have to go back to, hmm, Bill Clinton? Et tu Bill?
          3. I’m sure that Trump and the GOP are working tirelessly, 24/7, and behind closed doors, to revamp the American healthcare system. But so far they have come up with diddly squat, not even a sketch of a plan. Obamacare, for all its faults, did reduce the population of people with no insurance and for the first time prohibited the insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Trump’s plan? As I mentioned, pigs are ready to fly.
          4. Trump is a ridiculous-looking clown you wouldn’t be caught dead with in the Zona Rosa, except on Halloween. He’s an easy target. Comedians have had a field day with him, and rightly so. Even Ivanka has been heard making fun of her dad’s coiffure, made all the worse by his boundless vanity. To quote Mulvaney, the White House acting something-or-other, “get over it.”
          5. Trump has embraced and celebrated dictators throughout the world, most noticeably Putin and the Korean fellow. One of his first foreign trips was to the Philippines, to kibbitz with Duterte. In case you lost track, the “very smart” Putin, whose butt Trump has wiped on various occasions, invaded Crimea, and another part of Ukraine, was implicated in the downing of a Malaysian passenger airliner over Ukraine, has been condemned by the U.K. and other countries for offing political opponents both at home and abroad, and has propped up the Syrian regime of Assad. The U.S. can’t rid the entire world of dictators throughout the world over, but Trump hasn’t even pretended to do so. Quite the opposite, he seems to have a soft spot for authoritarian regimes.
          6. Word salad? Trump is by far—no one even comes a close second—the most dishonest occupant of the White House. The guy lies morning, noon and night. Trust me: I follow him on Twitter, and the stuff that he puts out is mind-boggling. “I’ve never met Prince Andrew!” For God’s sake, there are pictures of the two of you taken at Mar-a-Lago six months ago! Nixon and Clinton were Abe Lincoln-honest compared to this guy.
          7. We have listened to what Trump has said: “There are very nice people on both sides,” one side being the Neo-Nazis. “Shitholes” was heard by a number of people during a meeting at the White House. He has called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals”. Those are not inventions by a mean-spirited media but facts that are part of the record. The guy is a bigot.
          8. Breitbart News and the Daily Caller as fountainheads of unvarnished, unbiased truth? Did you forget Alex Jones, Judge Jeanine Pirro and Sean Hannity? Sorry, but I’d rather go with the New York Times, Economist and other more established sources of information. At least they make a pretense of fact-checking. I kind of like recorded interviews too, because no matter how much Trump jumps around trying to deny what he has said, there is always the tape.
          9. “Consent”? You condone the idea of men grabbing women’s privates without their permission because of some perverted interpretation of “consent”? Under that interpretation, Clinton’s assault of Monica Lewinsky was permissible because she “consented.” What sort of ethics book have you been reading, my dear fellow?
          10. We might agree on this one point. Polls are all over the place and nothing is predictable at this point. But so far, Trump’s approval rating has never broken the 50-percent mark. Even fellow sleazebag Bill Clinton’s was around 60 percent while his impeachment was going on.

          11. And Felipe, Kim’s fact-free response is nothing to get that excited about. Feel free to re-append to your blog your original response.

          al

          Here are a couple of parting thoughts:

          “You’re entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts,” said Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

          “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence,” said John Adams.

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        1. Yea, I am proud of it. And Kim’s reply has not changed my mind. Read Breitbart, the Daily Caller, at al? That’s supposed to be objective reporting? Trying to defend such a vile human being must take a lot of research … and imagination.

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          1. How are those publications not objective? Are you implying that you’ve actually read them and found them incorrect? How about the lying New York Times, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, The Washington Post (whose motto, “democracy dies in darkness” is unintentionally ironic), and many others? Read my suggested sites. They have DETAILED articles about the errors committed by the left-leaning mis-leadia.

            And how about Biden continuing with the thoroughly-debunked “fine people hoax,” perpetuated by the above list of scoundrels? After the Charlottesville demonstration, much of the media, via selective editing, made the president appear to support the neo-nazis, when in fact the exact opposite occurred: he condemned them totally.

            How about the Jussie Smollett hoax? How about the Covington High School kids and the fact that they even received threats of violence? How about the whole Russian collusion hoax so persistently perpetrated by the media? The list is simply too long. How about all the people who say Trump is homophobic, while the truth is that he’s the only president to have ever entered office supporting gay marriage? Or how about the fact that his administration is trying to get homosexuality decriminalized in places like Iran, Sudan, etc? How about the endless time given by that media to scumbags like Michael Avenatti or Adam Schiff who continuously peddle unhinged conspiracy theories. These are all things that your media is either lying about, or trying to distract you away from. And despite all their “objectivity,” they are all oddly slanted against Trump. Is that your “objective journalism?”

            So yeah, object to Trump if you like. It’s still a free country. But how about objecting based on both reality and rationality?

            Otherwise, just admit you’re in the “orange man bad” camp and you just don’t like the guy.

            Cheers,

            Kim

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            1. Your fact-free list of whatabouts and howabouts is woefully incomplete. Let me help you fill some of the gaps.

              1. How about the Pizzagate plot by the Democrats?
              2. What about the, oh, so suspicious murder of Democratic Campaign worker Seth Rich? (weren’t you peddling that for a while?)
              3. Where exactly is the DNC computer server with all sorts of incriminating evidence? Ukraine? North Korea, Patzcuaro?
              4. How about the assassination of Vince Foster by the Clintons?
              5. What about the nefarious rich Jew George Soros, and his financing of squirrely operations by the Democrats? What is he up to? Aren’t the publishers of the NYT Jewish too? Hmm.
              6. Did you know, you must!, that those kids from Parkland High School in Florida campaigning for gun control were paid actors?
              7. That the Sandy Hook, Conn., massacre was a hoax?
              8. That Breitbart, the Vigilant Citizen and other wacko right-wing publications have a team of dedicated fact-checkers?
              9. What about that the fake birth certificate of Barack Obama, who everyone knows, was born in Kenya?
              10. That thousands of Muslim terrorists are sneaking through the U.S. southern border? Maybe the northern border too, and that it’s covered up by the fake mainstream media? I think we saw a few Muslim-looking guys with cheap suitcases walking around San Miguel a few days ago.
              11. How about the fact, and it is a fact, that Obama’s academic credentials at Columbia and Harvard Law were fake? Trump put out a $5 m bounty for someone to prove that one.
              12. And perhaps the Howabout to end all Howabouts: That Trump and the Republicans are working behind the scenes to pass legislation to prevent job and housing discrimination against gay people?
              13. That the marshals of the 2020 Gay Pride parade in NYC will be none other than The Donald and Melania to recognize all their work to secure and expand gay rights? How about that one?

              Whatabout, howabout, whatabout, howabout. How do you get any sleep knowing that all these plots and conspiracies by The Swamp, the Deep State and others don’t receive the publicity they deserve because they’re covered up by the “fake news” media? That the New York Times is ALL lies?

              Adios. We have people coming over for comida, Republicans no less!, who no doubt will fill us in on any plots and conspiracies I missed.

              AL

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              1. Señor Lanier: Pulled the hookah out of the closet again and lit up, I see.

                But no, I’ve never mentioned Seth Rich here.

                As for Jews, there are good ones and bad ones, just like there are good and bad Gentiles.

                Enjoy your meal with the GOPers. Maybe they can talk some sense into that hard Cuban head. I pray so.

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    1. Yes, impeachment is only the latest installment. It was the New York Times that got me interested in voting for Trump.

      By the way, check out this video of Trump on the David Letterman Show in early 2015. The mostly New Yorker crowd was cheering wildly for him. Apparently they had yet to realize that he was the second coming of Hitler/Stalin/Mao and the bogeyman all rolled into one.

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  3. We elected President Trump because he saw the problems and promised to do what he could to forestall the eventual collapse of the economy. He is what we need at this particular time. We don’t care about his personal life and how many whores he dealt with in the past. His job is to keep all of the balls in the air for as long as possible. Eventually, the chickens will come home to roost.

    The nation’s bills will have to be paid one way or another. Probably through a horrible inflation like Germany saw in 1923. The elites are putting their wealth into real property, gold and silver and other durable investments. The Fed is currently pushing billions of dollars into the system, and that is mostly going into the stock market. The bubble will burst when one of the foreign banks goes belly up. The banking industry is so connected through incestuous agreements that the whole industry will go down like dominoes.

    For about the last 90 years, the Democrats have been telling the people that they can live well off of the so-called wealthy. We have a whole nation that looks to the federal government to support a lifestyle they did not earn. When the government cannot or will not provide for them, all hell will break loose. Mexico is a nice country, but it is not a place one wants to be when they no longer have income. Good luck you all.

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    1. Señor Gill: You are ever reliable for doses of gloom and doom. It’s fun. With luck, your scenarios will hold off till both you and I are dead and rotting in our graves. Let us pray so.

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            1. I agree Zero Hedge is doom and gloom. It just happens that I think they are correct on the future. The only question is when. Hope we are gone when it happens.

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              1. Patzman: With luck, you and I will be pushing up daisies. There is always doom and gloom happening in world history and events. The trick is dodging it to the greatest extent possible.

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  4. President-For-Now Trump deserves a cheer, maybe even a cheer and a half, for not screwing up an economy which has been on the same trend lines since 2009. Looking deeper, though, about half of the rise in stock prices recently is due to stock buybacks. The real increase in market caps has been mediocre. The very welcome rise in wages is almost certainly more due to minimum wage increases by states and local governments than anything done at the national level. And I don’t expect much changes from the yugely touted trade deals. The new NAFTA didn’t change much, I don’t expect the China deal to change much either. All politicians like to boast about good things that happen when they’re in office, whether they had much to do with it or not.

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    1. Creigh: So, yet again, you say the economic pluses started with Obama. Sure, they did. You are a consistent fellow!

      In any event, may 2020 be a happy and prosperous one for you and yours.

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  5. All the best in 2020, Felipe. I can’t wait for the reactions on the left when Trump wins another four years. It’s going to be priceless! Meanwhile, I have to start reading my signed copy of Roger Stone’s, “The Making of a President.”

    It’s sunny here for a change which is good for today which is our polar bear swim where a bunch of crazy hungover people run into the ocean. That won’t be me, but perhaps I’ll go and watch. Cheers for 2020.

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    1. Brent: Same back to you, señor. Thanks for reminding me of Stone’s book. I just ordered a free sample for my Kindle. Hope he manages to beat the conviction overseen by an Obama-appointed judge. Sad.

      Those winter swims always struck me as pure lunacy. Glad you’ll just observe.

      ¡Felíz Año Nuevo!

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  6. Happy new year, pal. Without any editorial comment, I will add the results of an interesting poll that closed out the year. I think it is fair to say that the president’s political fortunes looked as if they had bottomed out in December. But polls from Virginia and Florida indicate the Democrats are in real trouble. The president led Sanders, Warren, and Buttigieg in direct match-ups — and was barely behind Biden. If that is the best the Democrats can do, it is going to be more than an interesting election in 2020. I, of course, have far more interesting things to do with my life.

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    1. Señor Cotton: And Prospero Año Nuevo to you too. As for its being fair to say Trump’s political fortunes bottomed out in December, I beg to differ. I think the Blond Bomber’s political fortunes have been blasting along quite well since he was elected. The Democrats would prefer to think otherwise.

      Of course, the Democrats are in trouble. They are controlled by radicals who are completely our of touch with mainstream America. As for Trump being behind Biden, yeah, sure. Same pollsters who said Hillary was going to steamroll Trump in November of 2016.

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  7. Actually both you and Al have points, but for me one thing trumps (pardon) all that. The Constitution charges the president with “seeing that the laws are faithfully executed.” President Trump has repeatedly and openly put his personal and political interests ahead of his Constitutional duties. Ignoring the law is a road I don’t want to see the country go down. That’s why he must be removed from office.

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