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VP Pence delays next week’s Middle East trip to lock down the tax bill

VP Pence delays next week's Middle East trip to lock down the tax bill
Most conservatives have lined up behind tax reform, even if we’re not necessarily getting everything we’d like. The prevailing wisdom is that some is better than none. So, while we’d like a flat or fair tax, we’d love a 0% corporate tax rate, and we’d really love to see someone make the case for the repeal of the 16th Amendment, we’ll take what we can get.

Still, we’re a nervous bunch.  The GOP has let us down - often - over the course of the last year, and a lot of us wonder if they’re going to blow it again. If you’re a political tea leaf reader you’ve been looking for signs that indicate the Republicans have finally, mercifully, gotten their act together.

By Robert Laurie - Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Full Story

Oof: Rubio says he’ll vote no on the tax bill unless child tax credit is expanded

Rubio says he'll vote no on the tax bill unless child tax credit is expanded
Oh for crying out loud. The guy talks a good game on a lot of things but he’s showing us more by the day that he’s fundamentally clueless about growth and markets. To think I once thought he might be a good president.

Nope:

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Full Story

Rampant rumors suggest Paul Ryan will resign as Speaker after the 2018 midterms

Rampant rumors suggest Paul Ryan will resign as Speaker after the 2018 midterms
This will make some conservatives very happy and others, not so much.  Personally, I’m of the opinion that Mitch McConnell has been much more of a problem than Ryan - but I get where some of the disdain on the right is coming from. Regardless, the rumor mill has shifted into high gear - suggesting that we’re nearing the end of Paul Ryan’s tenure as Speaker and, possibly, his career in the House.

Yesterday, The Huffington Post ran a piece about widespread rumors that Paul Ryan is getting ready to walk away from his position as Speaker of the House.  According to the HuffPo, Ryan’s main goal was tax reform.  Once it passes (assuming it does) he intends to walk away.

“There’s a whole lot of rumors and speculation that the speaker may step aside,” one GOP member told HuffPost this week, a sentiment that was expressed by a number of Republicans who, perhaps tellingly, wouldn’t go on the record to speak about Ryan’s future.

The Wisconsin Republican has made no indication he’s quitting any time soon, but the possibility that Ryan finishes the tax bill and decides he no longer wants to continue in Congress has begun to loom over internal Republican conversations.

When the House Freedom Caucus gathered Monday night, members spent part of their meeting discussing a theory circulating on Capitol Hill and among the downtown Christmas parties that Ryan may believe he’s harpooned his personal white whale of tax reform and decide he’s finished.

By Robert Laurie - Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Full Story

Caught up in Pervnado, Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold to ‘retire’

Caught up in Pervnado, Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold to 'retire',
This is the guy Rob told you about a few weeks ago - one of the first members of Congress to avail himself of taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint. We’re talking, after all, about a guy whose track record prior to becoming a congressman included, er . . . this:

Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Full Story

FCC Net Neutrality Hearing & Vote

 

By Right Side Broadcasting - Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Full Story

Misandry Rises: In Defense of Men

Misandry Rises: In Defense of Men,
Don’t vote for men!” is the message of a recent campaign ad. Issued by Dana Nessel, Democratic attorney general contender in Michigan, what she literally says is, “Who can you trust most not to show you their [sic] penis in a professional setting?”

She answers that it’s the candidate who doesn’t have one.

Now, a person could easily go tit for tat (not that I’d ever consider such a thing!). Noting how some voters, addressing politicians’ pusillanimity, lament how we need leaders with “a pair,” one could ask “Who can you trust most to have a pair?” and answer “The candidate who by definition has one.”

By Selwyn Duke - Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Full Story

Tax cut deal makes corporate rate cut effective in 2018

Tax cut deal makes corporate rate cut effective in 2018

One of the worst things about the Senate tax reform bill prior to conference committee is that it delayed implementation of corporate tax rate cut until 2019. It did this so the bill could fit under the 10-year window beyond which the Senate’s goofy budget rules demand there be no projected deficit increase. (And if you want to know what’s wrong with that, we’ve discussed it at length.)

The House bill made the corporate cut effective in 2018, because the House doesn’t have to comply with the Senate’s idiotic rules.

Good news: It’s now coming out that the conference committee report makes the cut effective in 2018. The price we paid for this is that the rate’s being cut from 35 percent to 21 percent, instead of to 20 percent. But it’s still a massive cut and it still takes effect right away. That’s a big win for those of us whose priority is to see this tax reform prioritize economic growth:

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Full Story

Judicial Watch Sues California and Los Angeles Over Dirty Voter Registration Rolls

Judicial Watch Sues California and Los Angeles Over Dirty Voter Registration Rolls
WASHINGTON—Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a federal lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the State of California over their failure to clean their voter rolls and to produce election-related records as required by the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) (Judicial Watch, Inc. et al. v. Dean C. Logan, et al. (No. 2:17-cv-08948)). The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California’s Western Division on behalf of Judicial Watch, Election Integrity Project California, Inc., and Wolfgang Kupka, Rhue Guyant, Jerry Griffin, and Delores M. Mars, who are lawfully registered voters in Los Angeles County.

Judicial Watch argues that the State of California and a number of its counties, including the county of Los Angeles, have registration rates exceeding 100%:

By Judicial Watch - Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Full Story

SF Mayor Ed Lee, unrepentant enabler of Kate Steinle’s killer, dies at 65

SF Mayor Ed Lee, unrepentant enabler of Kate Steinle’s killer, dies at 65

The hyper-politically correct leftist mayor of San Francisco since 2011, Edwin Mah Lee (D), died early this morning. He was 65.

Lee was a token. He was San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor, which in a sane country should not matter at all. His race and ethnic ancestry aren’t important and should count for nothing.


Media try to convict Trump, with innuendo instead of evidence, in the court of public opinion

Media try to convict Trump, with innuendo instead of evidence, in the court of public opinion
Here we go again!

This time it’s alleged sexual harassment by President Trump. The anti-Trump crowd is hoping that the court of public opinion will bring him down this time, since they have not been able to find any credible evidence related to Russian collusion or obstruction of justice.

So, let’s review how this court of public opinion works.

By Herman Cain - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Full Story

Wait . . . what? Texts show biased FBI agent Strzok had ‘insurance policy’ in case Trump won

Wait . . . what? Texts show biased FBI agent Strzok had 'insurance policy' in case Trump won
Initially the release of texts between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page revealed a definite political bias - pro-Democrat, anti-Republican, very anti-Trump - but aside from some pretty crude expressions of their political opinions, the texts we first saw didn’t really show that anything untoward was going on in their investigative work.

That changed quickly, however, when Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller noticed this exchange:

Two FBI officials who worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation exchanged text messages last year in which they appear to have discussed ways to prevent Donald Trump from being elected president.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Full Story

Rikers Island guards none too pleased when Kaepernick shows up, rips cops to prison inmates

Rikers Island guards none too pleased when Kaepernick shows up, rips cops to prison inmates
I don’t know if this was Bill DiBlasio’s idea, but someone in New York got the brilliant notion that Colin Kaepernick should be allowed to visit the prison at Rikers Island and address the inmates there with a “message of hope and inspiration.”

Those not loving the idea included the prison guards’ union, who pointed out that at Rikers Island they are the cops - the very people Kaepernick goes around slandering as abusive brutes.

A visit by Colin Kaepernick to New York’s Rikers Island jail facility has drawn a rebuke from the union that represents city correction officers.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Full Story

And now, some Twitter wisdom on sexual harassment from . . . Jose Canseco

And now, some Twitter wisdom on sexual harassment from . . . Jose Canseco, Why the heck not?

I share this mainly because I love entertaining you, and Jose is always entertaining. It’s hard to tell here if he’s trying to be serious or if he’s lampooning the whole thing, but that’s part of what makes it funny. You’re never really sure what Jose thinks he’s doing, and in all likelihood, neither is he.

I also share it to raise a point of comparison: When you see the public statements on sexual harassment being offered by the polished and practiced public figures, they souund carefully rehearsed and designed to produce no criticism or blowback whatsoever. Then you see a dumpster fire like this.

Which do you think is closer to how most men really feel about the issue?

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Full Story

Chuck Schumer demands GOP delay tax bill until Doug Jones is around to help kill it

Chuck Schumer demands GOP delay tax bill until Doug Jones is around to help kill it
As Dan told you earlier, Republicans have reached a deal on the tax bill.  We still don’t know all the details, but they have - in principle at least - agreed on a basic framework.  You can read what we know HERE and obviously we’ll update when we get more info.

For now, just know this.  Things are allegedly moving forward.

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Full Story

Hillary: If Dems can compete in Alabama we can compete anywhere! ...Ummmmmm no.

Hillary: If Dems can compete in Alabama we can compete anywhere! ...Ummmmmm no.

Everywhere you look, there’s a different hot take on the Roy Moore fiasco.  You can see mine here.  Everyone from politicians to pundits has a reaction to Doug Jones’s big win in Alabama.  Why, even rejected candidates whose careers went down in electoral flames are weighing in.

In particular, Hillary Clinton seems pretty excited by the Dems’ victory.

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Full Story

House, Senate Republicans reach deal on tax bill: 37% top individual rate, 21% corporate rate

House, Senate Republicans reach deal on tax bill: 37% top individual rate, 21% corporate rate
Like just about everything that comes out of Congress, you’d do it differently if you could do it all by yourself. But at first glance this is a much better conference committee report than I feared we might get. Putting the corporate tax rate at 21 percent instead of 20 percent makes it a little less growth-friendly, but it’s still an awful lot better than the present rate of 35 percent. And the tradeoff is that the top individual rate is only 37 percent instead of the originally anticipated 39.6 percent.

Not bad at all:

The agreement would set the top individual tax rate at 37%, a person familiar with the deal said. That is lower than today’s 39.6% rate and lower than the top rate in each of the bills that passed the House and Senate. Republicans said they were considering that change to address concerns from high-earning residents in high-tax states who would take a hit because they would lose the ability to fully deduct state and local taxes.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Full Story

University of Iowa boots Christian student group for requiring leaders to believe in Christianity

University of Iowa boots Christian student group for requiring leaders to believe in Christianity
I’ve been telling you for some time now that the movements for gay rights and gay marriage aren’t really for the benefit of homosexuals at all. They’re a prop. What these movements are really about is creating a platform for an all-out attack on the Bible and on Christianity. The strategy is to so marginalize any moral objection to homosexuual sex that simply believing the Bible - which is clear on the subject - gets you excommunicated from polite society.

When the Supreme Court’s liberal wing plus Anthony Kennedy imposed gay marriage on the entire nation, Justice Kennedy claimed in his opinion that gay marriage would have no negative impact whatsoever on the rights of anyone else. That is manifestly false, as Justice Kennedy himself discovered last week when the Supremes had to hear arguments about whether a Christian bakery owner can be forced by the state to bake a cake for a gay wedding against the principles of his faith.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Full Story

78th Anniversary of ‘Gone with the Wind’ premiere

78th Anniversary of 'Gone with the Wind' premiere
The clock was turned back in Atlanta, Georgia for the World Premiere of Gone with the Wind at the Loews Grand Theater on Peachtree Street. The beautiful theater was sadly destroyed by fire in 1978 but many folks still remember when Hollywood came to Atlanta to celebrate that wonderful movie and Atlanta’s own author Margaret Mitchell whose book about Scarlett O’Hara, the Southern people and the War Between the States would be read by millions around the world and be made into an exciting motion picture that has become a great classic.

Do you remember when a movie premiere was a red carpet affair of excitement when you could take your family to the picture show without worrying about the language or sexual content of the film?

‘Gone with the Wind’  had its grand premiere during the Christmas Season of 1939, just 74 years after the end of the “War Between the States” and Sunday December 15, 2017 marks the 78th anniversary of that wonderful-classic movie that opens with:

By Calvin E. Johnson Jr. - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Full Story

Media claim Trump made ‘sexually suggestive’ tweet about Kirsten Gillibrand; he didn’t

Media claim Trump made 'sexually suggestive' tweet about Kirsten Gillibrand

In case you hadn’t heard or don’t care, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) yesterday called on President Trump to resign because a cavalcade of women has accused him of various baddities of a sexual nature. President Trump is not going to resign.

He is also, in classic Trump fashion, not going to take such a comment without responding. Anyone should have known that would happen, but it’s the way the media are characterizing the tweet that’s really worth nothing. According to them, Trump’s tweet about Gillibrand was sexually suggestive. If you can find a reference to anything sexual in the tweet, show me:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Full Story

The Chain-Migrant Manhattan Bomber

The Chain-Migrant Manhattan Bomber
A would-be Muslim suicide bomber’s attempt to kill morning rush hour commuters in Manhattan yesterday is throwing much-needed light on our disastrous “chain migration” immigration system that admits foreigners based merely on family connections.

Around 7:20 Monday morning what police called “an improvised, low-tech” pipe-bomb style device detonated prematurely while strapped to the body of jihadist immigrant and Brooklyn resident Akayed Ullah, 27, in a subway passageway between Times Square and the Port Authority, a massive bus terminal, in Manhattan. Another unexploded device was found on his person. As a result of the wardrobe malfunction, the bungling would-be bomber suffered serious burns and innocent lives were saved. Three or possibly four bystanders were injured but their wounds were not deemed life-threatening.

In 2011 Ullah lawfully moved to the United States from Bangladesh with an F-43 family immigrant visa, according to the White House. About 70 percent of new immigration to the U.S. is chain migration.