Happy New Year!

We begin each year wondering what great new things await us in the coming twelve months. What will be the biggest news stories? What will be the newest tech advances? How will existing conflicts and controversies be resolved? Or not. And of course there is the other side of this bright and shiny new coin. What new tragedies await us? Who will we lose this year, either personally or in the public eye?

Somethings we already know. Congress left town for a three week vacation despite the supposed urgency of impeaching and removing the President of the United States. It couldn’t wait for anything so mundane as exculpatory evidence or court challenges to its subpoena power. No, they had to do it now, before this President could do any more damage. He is, after all, the most powerful man in the world and he just has to be stopped. But nothing-absolutely nothing-gets in the way of a Congressional Vacation. President Trump has been able to change a lot of things in Washington but the self serving narcissism of career politicians in the Congress is not one of them.

Impeachment is not the only carryover from 2019 but as big as it seems to those in the DC bubble, it is likely to be just a footnote in American History judging by the giant collective yawn being expressed by the rest of the country on this subject. What people are starting to think about are the elections this year. The first part of the year will be dominated by Democratic primaries, The summer by the two major party conventions and then the final stretch of debates and campaigning leading up to the general election in November.

This year has been interesting but 2020 will see major upheaval IMHO. The Democrats are imploding and unless something drastic changes they are likely to become largely politically ineffectual for the foreseeable future. Despite the giddiness of some Democratic TDS sufferers here at work over the possible testimony of Bolton and Pompeo, the boom and bust pattern has been pretty consistent since they started this farce before the President was even sworn in.

Meanwhile records are being set in virtually all the right places in the economy. To paraphrase Al Gore at the Democratic Convention back when he and Clinton were nominated, “What should up is up and what should be down is down.

Happy New Year.

Still Paying for Obama's Mistakes?

As I write this Iraqi militants are storming the American Embassy in Baghdad. One would expect that the Iraqi Security Forces ,whom we have been helping to eliminate ISIS, would help to put an end to this. This is a very fluid situation right now and I don’t this we are looking at a repeat of the Iranian hostage situation during the Carter Administration but it is almost certainly an Iranian backed “spontaneous” demonstration. A lot depends on how Iraq responds.

The reason I think this is related to Obama is his coddling of the Iranian mullahs during his Presidency. The most shameful and indefensible act of his Administration was releasing pallets of cash to the Iranians when that government was arguably on the verge of collapse. It was done in secret, in the dead of night and has come back to haunt us in the form of continued instability in the region fomented by a rogue government.

President Trump had not as yet responded but you can bet he will. He may have already done so by the time you read this but it is telling how seriously he is taking this in that there has not as yet been his accustomed instant Twitter response. Donald Trump is not Jimmy Carter and our response, whatever it is, will be swift and effective. Iran and their lackeys in the mob outside the US embassy today will come to regret this action. Count on it.

Update: President Trump has responded on Twitter and has let the Iraqi’s know-in no uncertain terms I’m sure-that he expects them to protect our embassy from the thugs that are threatening it. Our relationship with Iraq may be shaky but Iran’s only interest in that country is to defeat and annex it as a vassal state. If Iraqi’s leaders remember that then they will do the right thing.

Who didn’t see this coming?

Ocasio-Cortez faces primary challenge from second-generation Queens immigrant

You start a brand new job and then immediately begin dissing the boss who just happens to be one the most powerful women in the United States. Did you really think Fancy Nancy was going to just grin and bear it?  

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., will have to get through a primary challenger if she wants to hold on to her seat in 2020. Democratic activist Badrun Khan, who has challenged Ocasio-Cortez for the Democratic nomination to represent New York’s 14th district. says on her website that she’ll provide “REAL Results… Not Empty Promises” — an apparent jab at the socialist darling. When asked about Khan’s challenge, Ocasio-Cortez said: “I just focus on delivering for my district and doing the best job. I try not to focus too much on other folks in the field,” according to The Hill. Khan filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Committee in July. The website for New York City’s government confirms that Khan serves on Queens Community Board 2.

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I’m not sure who annoys me more – The weasles that broke this story or Trudeau for his mealymouthed apology

Are getting tired of this? I know that I am. Digging up something someone did out of stupidity and ignorance so you malign them with a self-appointed air of superiority.  It should do more than make us tired , though, it should make us frightened. We’ve all done dumb stuff when we were young. Yes you have, don’t give me that look! Today anyone who gets on the wrong side of some self important blowhard can be utterly destroyed by something really dumb they did in their youth.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau admits wearing brownface in 2001 school photo, apologizes

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Wednesday night soon after a 2001 photo emerged in a Time magazine report showing him wearing brownface makeup to an “Arabian Nights” party at the private school where he was teaching.

“I should have known better,” Trudeau told reporters.

Yeah, you should have.