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2009, 2017

Trump Claims Validated Via Manafort Wiretap Revelation

By |September 20th, 2017|FakeNews, Mainstream Media, National, Politics, Presidential|0 Comments

Back in March, President Donald Trump tweeted out a claim that he had been wiretapped by the outgoing Obama administration. At the time, President Trump wrote “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” The legacy media was instantly dismissive of the claim. Now we are learning that President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was wiretapped once in 2014 and once in late 2016, and that this latter round of wiretapping apparently continued into early 2017. While this does not verify that President Trump himself was wiretapped, to see such a prominent member of his campaign surveilled via a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court order should give any reasonable person pause. The Manafort wiretap revelation may be one of the most significant news stories of any presidential administration in recent memory.

And yet, despite this shocking revelation, the legacy media continues to dismiss Trump’s claims. In a CNN article entitled “Donald Trump still has no evidence that his wiretapping claim was right”, Chris Cillizza claims that the wiretapping of Manafort isn’t enough to validate President Trump’s claims, as he had specifically said that Trump Tower had been wiretapped. What CNN neglects to report is that Manafort had a residency within Trump Tower, and it is not yet clear if that residence was included in the wiretapping, or if it was limited to Manafort’s home in Alexandria, VA. What also remains unclear is whether or not the wiretap picked up any phone calls between then President-Elect Trump and Manafort. Should the wiretap have included Manafort’s Trump Tower residence and it captured any conversations between Manafort and Trump, then Trump was indeed […]

2009, 2017

Editorial: Trump’s UN Speech Struck the Right Tone

By |September 20th, 2017|National, Politics, Presidential|0 Comments

President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time on Tuesday morning and his speech has gotten mixed responses from the legacy media. Stories about Trump’s UN speech have primarily focused on President Trump’s strong warnings towards North Korea, his insistence on placing America first, and his repetition of his newest nickname for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un:  Rocket Man. These aspects certainly make President Trump’s speech stand out from previous speeches given by United States Presidents at the UN, which is certainly not a bad thing. President Trump struck the perfect tone with his speech, despite whatever his critics might have you believe.
A Call for Sovereignty
To start, President Trump was right to tout his “America First” agenda, and he was correct when he pointed out that every other representative there was obliged to put their own countries first. To pretend that leaders shouldn’t do so is nothing more than globalism and President Trump, by focusing on sovereignty and self-interest, has sent a clear message to those who would seek to make leaders put the needs of others ahead of the needs of their own country. This is a marked departure from President Obama’s appearances at the UN, during which he often seemed conciliatory. By refusing to make any sort of apologies and by explicitly calling for patriotism, President Trump is being anything but.

Trump’s attitude leaves him holding all the cards, which will ultimately help him reshape the UN, and that is obviously his goal—Trump says that he wants the UN to be a better investment for the US, considering that we’re paying 22% of their budget on our own. As he said, “the United Nations must reform if it […]

1409, 2017

Trump: Wall Samples being Built, DACA Replacement Adds Border Control

By |September 14th, 2017|Illegal Immigration, National, Politics, Presidential, Tax/Budget/Spending|0 Comments

As President Trump departed the White House for Florida on Thursday morning he took the time to stop and speak to reporters about the DACA negotiations that took place with Democratic leadership over dinner on Wednesday evening. During the short, informal conference Trump revealed more information about the planned wall on our southern border and confirmed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s earlier claim that the new DACA replacement legislation will not include wall funding.

“We’re working on a plan – subject to getting massive border control – we’re working on a plan for DACA,” President Trump said. “People want to see that happen. You have 800,000 young people brought here, no fault of their own, so we’re working on a plan. We’ll see how it works out. But we’re going to get massive border security as a part of that.” These statements echo a recent softening on immigration rhetoric from the President and, as we previously reported, may signal a pivot to more centrist policies.

“Mitch is on board, Paul Ryan is on board,” President Trump went on to say, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. “We all feel—look, 92% of the people agree on DACA, but what we want is—we want very powerful border security.”

When asked about funding for the border wall, President Trump said “The wall will come later. We’re right now renovating large sections of wall – massive sections – making it brand new.” He continued “We’re building four different samples of the wall to see which one we’re going to choose, and the wall is going to be built. It will be funded a little bit later.”

While the President did not offer a specific timeline […]

1109, 2017

Editorial: Understanding Trump’s DACA and Debt Ceiling Strategy

By |September 11th, 2017|Editorial, Illegal Immigration, National, Politics, Presidential|0 Comments

President Donald Trump’s recent moves regarding DACA and the debt ceiling have left many people, regardless of their political ideologies, confused. After months of constant hysteria surrounding Trump’s supposedly anti-immigrant platform, Trump’s decision to end DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy which was passed via executive order during the Obama administration – seemed, to many on the left, like confirmation of their worst fears. Trump then made the announcement that he wants to pass a new version of DACA – most likely yet another revision of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), which has been shot down numerous times since 2001 – through congress as an actual law, and his opposition to DACA seems to be primarily because the executive branch does not have the power to institute such a policy. This gave those same people pause. How could this be the man who wants to build a wall on our southern border?

In conjunction with these seemingly contradictory moves, President Trump made good on his threats to work with the Democrats to move his agenda along, which comes following the Republican legislature’s refusal to repeal the Affordable Care Act – known derisively as “Obamacare” – despite the fact that many of these same Republican politicians campaigned on the promise that they would repeal it immediately, and their subsequent refusal to tie debt ceiling approval into a more popular bill for expedited approval. In exchange for freeing up more money for hurricane relief in the face of both hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Trump agreed with Democratic leadership to raise the debt ceiling. This led to one of the most shocking developments of all:  press conferences from Senate Minority Leader […]

2209, 2016

What Does Trump’s Immigration Plan Really Mean For African Americans?

By |September 22nd, 2016|Politics, Presidential, XPC|Comments Off on What Does Trump’s Immigration Plan Really Mean For African Americans?

Getting to the bottom of what Trump actually means when he speaks can be problematic. In the past, his statements have been so vague as to make them undecipherable. But since that terrible week in the summer when his polls plummeted a good ten points, he’s changed tack. Now the Donald Trump we’re getting is a lot more refined and presidential. And he’s spelling out exactly what he means.

Right from the start immigration law was a central pillar of the Trump campaign. After announcing last June, his tactic was to use immigration to win over support from white voters in the Republican primaries. He talked tough on gangs pouring in over the Mexican border. And he proposed a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the US after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
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But since then, the presidential nominee has changed his tone. He wants to appeal to more moderate voters, and in particular, African Americans. That’s left many African Americans wondering what “The Donald’s” policies will mean for them, should he win. Let’s find out.

Low-Paid Workers

Many commentators have seen the rise of Trump built on the back of a sea of discontent. He’s reportedly playing on the economic disenfranchisement currently experienced by millions. Right now, millions of African Americans who have jobs are low-paid and overworked. Trump has repeatedly said that the cause of this is the flow of cheap migrants into the US, particularly from Mexico. Immigrants fill local labor markets with cheap labor. And, as a result, the price at which unskilled people can sell their labor goes down. At the moment, there are some very talented academics trying to rebut Trump’s arguments. But the problem is that they’re so common-sense, they’re bound to […]

109, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Illness: Alcoholism

By |September 1st, 2016|Politics, Presidential|1 Comment

A DC source has disclosed that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s serious health issues stem from rampant alcoholism. This explanation sheds new light on the string of bizarre behaviors which Hillary Clinton has displayed over the course of her campaign. Many have speculated that these behaviors are due to some form of serious illness, and alcoholism could very well be considered such, but this situation is even worse:  it seems that Hillary is not only suffering from alcoholism but also alcohol withdrawal syndrome as she keeps trying to quit.

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The symptoms that many have attributed to various hypothetical illnesses, such as her seizure-like head movements, her wild-eyed expressions, and her inability to stand or walk for extended periods of time without some form of support, can all easily be explained by severe alcoholism. But there are smaller, more subtle aspects of her condition that until now have just seemed like harmless quirks.

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For months Mrs. Clinton could often be seen wearing sunglasses at a variety of public events, regardless of the weather. This is a classic way to lessen the sharp pain of a hangover by dulling the light coming into your eyes.

Then there are the aforementioned seizure-like head motions. While we cannot say for sure that these were seizures, it would make sense if they were, as alcohol withdrawal syndrome can cause sufferers to have mild seizures. What’s more concerning is that, according to the Epilepsy Foundation, prolonged alcohol abuse has been linked to the development of epilepsy in some people. If Clinton’s seizure-like behavior is indeed from epilepsy, that too would not be entirely surprising, as her erratic bursts tend to happen most often when she is surrounded by reporters or […]

2608, 2016

Paving the Road to Hell… #NeverTrump

By |August 26th, 2016|National, Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on Paving the Road to Hell… #NeverTrump

“The road to Hell is paved with
good intentions.” ~Unknown
It has been more than 13 months (07/21/2015) since I wrote about the Donald Trump Phenomenon where I referred to Trump as the Republican Party’s Frankenstein. (Not likening Trump personally to Frankenstein – merely pointing out the success of his campaign was an abomination of Republican actions, or lack thereof.)

Just when all those wannabe candidates were just getting into the race to be the GOP’s nominee last summer, I laid out the case for Trump. But, was I actually a Trump supporter? Nope, I actually voted for Dr. Ben Carson.

Did I believe Carson was going to be the nominee? Nope, never actually thought he’d make it but he was my choice.  My analysis of Trump’s campaign was void of emotion, as it didn’t (and shouldn’t have) matter who I desired to win if I was to make an honest assessment. The Primary Election process was the window of opportunity for those on our side to disagree and get behind whoever they wanted for whatever reason.  That window is now closed and it would be just plain silly for me to be so angry/upset/etc that I couldn’t let go of a candidate that didn’t make it.

As we move toward the General Election in November, of the two choices: #NeverTrump or #NeverHillary – I just don’t understand how that can be a difficult decision. But, there are many who claim to be Republican or Conservative who have joined the left in the #NeverTrump mantra citing they cannot vote for Trump on “principle.” Seriously?

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has been so closely divided on many conservative (Christian) issues. We’ve lost some (gay marriage) while barely winning most […]

1608, 2016

McMaster Speaks to GOP Women about Trump

By |August 16th, 2016|Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on McMaster Speaks to GOP Women about Trump

Lt. Governor Henry McMaster introduced Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.  Yesterday, at a meeting of the Upstate Republican Women in Greenville, SC, McMaster explained why he supports Donald Trump.

 

SC Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster speaks to Upstate Republican Women from Thomas Hanson on Vimeo.

1108, 2016

YouTube Labels Trump Video Inappropriate

By |August 11th, 2016|Culture, National, Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on YouTube Labels Trump Video Inappropriate

It is mind-boggling how much YouTube has become part of our society.  Last year, I read somewhere that Google was the number one search engine (no surprise) but the number two search engine was YouTube – a website which was designed for videos, not to compete with Yahoo, Bing, or Google had risen to be the second most-used search engine on the internet. That’s pretty incredible.

There’s not much you can’t find on YouTube, from old full-length television shows to thousands of home-made DIY instructional videos. Forget about the radio, you can play non-stop music videos on YouTube.

There’s also simply no shortage of stuff that’s not useful; stupid videos, crude videos, and nearly any level of material that someone could find inappropriate.  Of all the videos I’ve ever watched on YouTube, the first time I ever saw the following screen was when I attempted to watch a Donald Trump video called the Vicious Snake.

The video has been out for several months and has nearly 5 million views (at the time of this writing). The content of the video is largely Donald Trump reading an old poem while playing mainstream media news clips.

So what’s offensive about the content that it has to be marked “inappropriate”?

Is it offensive because it’s Donald Trump reading the poem?

Is the poem supposed to be offensive to people who like snakes?

Or… could it be that the subject matter in the news clips is; destructive muslim refugees?

Perhaps, if snakes could possibly be offended, then they could be offended by the comparison of themselves to muslims? But, snakes don’t watch YouTube silly, so that can’t be it.

Video embedded below bypasses the content warning – click here to view directly on YouTube.

1802, 2016

Evert’s Electables – 2016 Presidential Edition

By |February 18th, 2016|Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on Evert’s Electables – 2016 Presidential Edition

Evert’s Electables
GOP Presidential Preference Primary
Election Date: February 20, 2016

PLEASE NOTE—

For candidates already in an office, my comments reflect their voting records over the course of their tenure. I will list all the rankings I can find. Most organizations do not rank Governors, but only US House and US Senate members, so bear that in mind.
For those who have never run for office before, and who claim a position, I will state their claim, but understand I have nothing by which to verify that claim.

At the time of this writing, the candidates listed below will be on the SC ballot. I will deal with each candidate, his stance on the issues, and who is supporting them, followed by my analysis. Below this list will be a list of the candidates who have dropped out.

TOP TIER

Ted Cruz             

Endorsed by Wendy Nanney, Alan Morgan, Dr. Tony Beam, Charlie Condon (former Attorney General of SC), Jeff Duncan (SC Rep, District 3), Lee Bright (SC Senate), Garry Smith (SC Rep), Mike Burns (SC Rep), Jay Jordan (SC Rep), Bill Chumley (SC House), Stephen Brown (former Greenville County Republican Party Chairman), Nse Ekpo, Ken Wingate, Dr. James Dobson, Glenn Beck, Dr. Glen Robinson, Steve Deace (talk show host), National Police Assoc., David Barton (Wall Builders), Rep. Louis Gohmert (R, TX), Iowa Congressman Steve King, Ginni Thomas (wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas), Bob Vanderplaats, Brent Bozell, Phil Robertson, Ken Cunccinelli (former Attorney General of Virginia), Morton Blackwell (founder of Leadership Institute), Bob Barr (former Rep from GA, past Libertarian nominee for president), Tom McClintock (Rep. from Calif.), Ken Buck (Rep, CO), Mark Meadows (Rep. from NC), Jack Welch (former CEO of General Electric), Gary Bauer, Tony Perkins (president of […]