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Trump updates 3/23/2017

I haven’t written much about Trump for the last week. Aren’t you tired of the blog being all-Trump all-the-time?

Trump was right! JCC bomb threats false flag.

As reported by the Jerusalem Post, the guy responsible for the vast majority of bomb threats against JCCs throughout the world is a Jewish 19-year-old Israeli with dual US-Israeli citizenship, and who was rejected from IDF service for some reason, possibly psychological.

Trump never used the words “false flag,” but he did say something a while back that caused liberal Trump-hating types to be OUTRAGED that Trump suggested that the bomb threats were false flag attacks. Well it turns out that Trump was right!

Will there be any apologies from those outraged Trump-hating SJW types? Very doubtful. Those types never apologize, they just move on to the next outrage and forget the previous false outrage ever happened.

This is not to say that there isn’t a lot of disturbing Jew hatred coming from the alt-right these days. And it’s very counterproductive because it’s alienating a lot of conservative Jews who would otherwise be allies in the fight to reign in out-of-control immigration as well as end the BLM and transgender nonsense, etc.

Obamacare repeal in doubt

It looks like some Trucon libertarian Republicans may have enough votes to block the Paul Ryan led Obamacare repeal. And the reason: because they think it doesn’t repeal enough.

I hope the repeal fails. If it passes, that means Trump will own everything bad that comes from the bill. Trump shouldn’t have gotten involved with this, it has nothing to do with Trumpism. Trump should be using his political capital to push his immigration policies.

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka now officially has an office in the West Wing of the White House and a security clearance, but not an official job description.

Many Trump-hating types in the media are saying this is “unethical” which is utter nonsense. There’s a long history of the President’s family members having unofficial roles in the government, even though it hasn’t happened with the last few presidents other than for their wives.

I think this is a good thing, overall. Ivanka is a very good influence on her father with respect to getting him to act more presidential, and she is helpful in building bridges. The downside is that I am fairly certain that her personal political beliefs are more in line with Hillary Clinton than with Steve Bannon.

Alleged surveillance of Trump [updated]

I’m still waiting for this to be sorted out. I wouldn’t bet against Trump being vindicated.

What I don’t understand is why Trump doesn’t use his powers as President of the United States—who is the boss of everyone in the government—to get to the bottom of things, rather than being a whiny bitch on Twitter.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 23, 2017 at 12:43 PM

Posted in Politics

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  1. You did not mention the whole Russia thing which seems to be dominating the news. Everyone knows Trump has done a lot of business with Russians, but Trump and his spokespeople sure know how to act like they are trying to cover up something up when asked questions about it.

    Mike CA

    March 23, 2017 at 12:50 PM

    • It would be suspicious if Trump were really open and truthful with everyone else but just flatly denied everything relating to Russia and ends up getting contradicted by facts later on. But his Russia strategy is the same strategy he uses for everything. He’s just completely full of shit and has zero credibility.


      March 23, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    • It would be suspicious if Trump were really open and truthful with everything else but just flatly denied every accusation relating to Russia and was only ever caught in flagrant lies with statements about Russia. But his Russia strategy is the same strategy he uses for everything. He’s just completely full of shit and has zero credibility.


      March 23, 2017 at 4:49 PM

  2. I agree it was time for this blog to move on from being 100% Trump, but only because there really hasn’t been much Trump related news for the past 3 weeks. Things have really settled down on both sides.

    I agree the healthcare stuff is a distraction at best and a potential disaster at worse. Not sure why Trump is attempting to push it through. It *might* pass the House but I am confident it can’t get past the Senate because Rand, Murkowski, Gardner and Cotton are all unmovable “no’s”.

    Ivanka is bad news; a clueless, Feminist, SJW open borders liberal. I really cannot stand her. But I agree she is a good influence overall on Trump and is an important voice in the administration against various forms of TruCon idiocy.

    Otis the Sweaty

    March 23, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    • Otis,

      There has been a lot of Trump news in the last few weeks. Most of it bad. He’s gotten bogged down defending Ryancare, a vicious plan that will hurt working people, and the Russia stink just won’t go away. I think the Russia stuff is BS but it’s a fact that the MSM is successfully deploying it against Trump is a fact.

      Before anyone starts calling me names in an effort to shut me up, forget about it. Name calling is for leftists.


      March 23, 2017 at 1:47 PM

      • Both sides name call. If the health care law fails and Ryan stays on as speaker of the house then it will be a real failure for Trump. It may all work out to Trump’s advantage if Ryan goes down and get a suitable replacement.


        March 23, 2017 at 4:47 PM

      • “both sides name call.”

        Oh, so you’re saying the right is no better than the left at “naming, shaming, blaming”?


        March 24, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    • “I agree it was time for this blog to move on from being 100% Trump, but only because there really hasn’t been much Trump related news for the past 3 weeks. Things have really settled down on both sides.”

      One can only assume Otis has the driest of wit.

      It’s still MSM heads exploding all day every day. They’re as crazed now as they were November 9th. I’ve never seen anything like this.

      And shouldn’t these be called Trumpdates?

      Mike Street Station

      March 23, 2017 at 2:56 PM

      • You read my mind. Re the MSM, etc.

        I was also going to suggest Trumpdates.


        March 23, 2017 at 11:55 PM

      • “You read my mind. Re the MSM, etc.

        I was also going to suggest Trumpdates.”

        Great minds and all that.

        Mike Street Station

        March 24, 2017 at 6:29 AM

  3. Also, Trump was in fact surveilled illegally by his political enemies for political purposes. Trump right again!

    Andrew E.

    March 23, 2017 at 12:58 PM

  4. Lion, it would be better for Trump and the country if your office was down the hall’s from Ivanka’s. Not that I agree with you (or anybody) 100%. Because your (free) advice is usually sensible, I hope that some in the power structure read the blog.


    March 23, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    • Ivanka is the worst. I don’t remember if people here were doing it but all throughout the election I read people talking about how Ivanka should succeed her father as president. I doubt Kushner is much better but he doesn’t seem to reveal his beliefs in public.


      March 23, 2017 at 4:38 PM

  5. Because the President isn’t the boss. The real boss of the government has been an oligarchy on Wall Street for the past 50 years since they removed Kennedy. Read about it in The Devil’s Chessboard by Stephen Talbot.

    Back in the 60s John McCloy or David Rockefeller probably had more power than President Johnson. Certainly the father of the CIA, Allen Dulles did.

    The CIA in case you people haven’t worked it out is the secret police of the establishment. It does not work for the sitting president. In fact its job is to give the president false information, should the president be an outsider like Carter or Obama was. That’s why the CIA funds itself, has a serperate mass surveillance programme and has assasinated 1 president and organised the media led coup of another, Nixon.

    The Wapo is the CIA’s mouthpiece. But the NYT is just as pliant. Look at their front pages on Iraq, Syria, Anthrax ‘Scare’, the Boston Bombing by the CIA plant Tsarnaev (read Steve Sailer).

    Is the Illusion fading now?

    As for the real power today its probably the likes of Elliot Singer, Steve Schwarzmann, the Kochs and Sheldon Adelson.

    The Philosopher Fully Transistioned

    March 23, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    • Tsarneav was killed in his deposition to the FBI. They didn’t want him mentioning his uncle was a listed CIA informant.

      People that get killed after committing an atrocity like Oswald by Ruby and so on are CIA operatives. Again read all 600 pages of the Devil’s Chessboard. Talbot spoke to ex CIA people, relatives of Dulles and his key men, former assets of the CIA and so on. Mark Hunt was involved in the Kennedy assasination as he admitted to his son on his deathbed. He was also a burglar in the Watergate break in.

      They were not burglars. They were CIA.

      Nixon was deposed. But the book stops at Johnson.

      This is because a new elite was beginning to replace the WASP elite. This elite would never have allowed a book like Talbot’s to be published on them.

      I have listed some of the names of this elite above. You can join the dots yourselves. Its still Wall Street technically.

      The Philosopher Fully Transistioned

      March 23, 2017 at 1:33 PM

      • Obama and Carter were not outsiders. They were both handpicked by the Council on Foreign Relations. Trump is only the second true outsider in American history. The first was Andrew Jackson, whose portrait gazes down on our President each day in the Oval Office. That’s why Steve Bannon put it there.


        March 23, 2017 at 7:50 PM

      • No they were outsiders, Michael Froman/Rahm Emmanuel and Brezinski were chaperones though. Ostensibly their purpose was to ‘teach’ these guys foreign policy/economics. Obviously anyone getting an economics lesson from these guys usually ends up giving money to Wall Street.

        The Philosopher Fully Transistioned

        March 24, 2017 at 5:56 AM

    • The most obvious example of giving false information was the Iraq intel given to Bush, who was an insider. And they’re not going after Trump by feeding him false information.


      March 23, 2017 at 4:43 PM

      • And why not?

        Mrs Stitch

        March 23, 2017 at 8:37 PM

  6. “Aren’t you tired of the blog being all-Trump all-the-time?”

    Actually, I’m surprised you haven’t done posts about the courts blocking Trump’s 2nd travel “ban,” and about the Gorsuch Confirmation hearings.


    March 23, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    • Trump fatigue. I’d rather play Overwatch.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 23, 2017 at 1:45 PM

      • You should talk about ways to reign in the judiciary.


        March 23, 2017 at 4:39 PM

      • Trump is precious, we should enjoy him to the maximum.


        March 23, 2017 at 8:38 PM

  7. I think you’ll also notice that ISIS is funded by the House of Saud or that al qaeda is well known in the Middle East as a CIA group.

    We have fake enemies, not just fake news.

    The Philosopher Fully Transistioned

    March 23, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    • Now reflect on these ‘weird’ ideas stemming from academia. Who is a leading proponent of social constructionism around gender and race.

      Join the dots. Its impossible not to see it if you are intellectually honest.

      The Philosopher Fully Transistioned

      March 23, 2017 at 1:40 PM

  8. The news was on in my work’s break room. The lead story was the London terrorism. One of my co-workers, a somewhat attractive young white woman in her 20s said “What is this? Oh I don’t care about those people….this is all Trumps fault…he is making people crazy”.

    Jay Fink

    March 23, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    • Yes, because there wasn’t any Muslim terrorism until Trump became president. /s


      March 23, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    • Women are much more easily brainwashed than men. Its the way they reach out to them with feelings in their images.

      The Philosopher Fully Transistioned

      March 24, 2017 at 5:57 AM

  9. 1. Yeah, Obamacare stuff is a mess. I haven’t followed it closely because it’s too boring and too Paul Ryany (I hate that guy’s ugly mug). Trump should not have gone there. I hope he can get out of it relatively unscathed. Let it fail, let Trump say “Ok, we’ll revise it…” and then let it go. But he’s probably too ornery for that.

    2. So Ivanka having a job is “unethical”??? Lolz!!! Yeah, sure, you want to bet if the little Ms. Obama’s had been older and had sought jobs from dad, the media would be lavishing praise on them and this great, wonderful idea. God I hate the media.

    3. It is inevitable that the blog gets focused a lot of Trump, given that he is a total lightning rod.

    4. Everything The Philosopher says about the CIA is correct. I’m very, very concerned about Trump for this reason. Somehow, he needs to beat them and crush them. How, I don’t know.


    March 23, 2017 at 2:01 PM

  10. “possibly psychological”

    Just love that LoTB understatement. He’s what I’d call BATSHIT CRAZYPANTZ.


    March 23, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    • We don’t know why the IDF rejected him.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 23, 2017 at 3:22 PM

      • He’s gotta be psychologically unbalanced. The IDF accepted my female Irish Catholic/Jewish cousin for service.


        March 23, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    • I wouldn’t assume he’s insane just because he sent bomb threats. Maybe he’s mentally unstable. Or maybe the IDF rejected him because he’s a drug addict, criminal, etc.

      I suspect he sent them because he wanted to push others into being more militant. That’s generally the motive behind hate crime hoaxes on college campuses. I suppose that’s crazy in it’s own way. But probably not any more than most extremists.


      March 24, 2017 at 12:32 AM

      • Maybe he was a patsy?

        The Philosopher Fully Transistioned

        March 24, 2017 at 5:58 AM

      • “Mentally unstable” and “crazy’ are simply terms of art. Since we aren’t discussing a scientific taxonomy here, I’d just call him crazy. Now, as to his motive – that’s irrelevant as to what to call him.

        I think his motive was sheer mischief, or rather, power. He’s an ineffectual little dweeb and he wanted to make people jump. And he did.

        The really disgusting thing is how the ADL jumped all over this, and is still jumping all over it. They claim that no matter whether he was Jewish, Israeli, whatever, the motive is STILL anti-Semitism!!

        The ADL has turned into a fund raising scam. They revolt me.


        March 24, 2017 at 11:12 AM

  11. The only thing that I care about us immigration. What’s going on with it? Where is action?


    March 23, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    • He’s made it clear he isn’t going to go after businesses for anything, whether it be immigration, polluting work safety. Other than that there is a lot more ICE enforcement but I think it’s too early to see what kind of a difference it’s actually making.


      March 23, 2017 at 4:41 PM

      • That’s bad. A man should be afraid to hire an illegal like he is afraid to be found in procession of a pound of heroine. This is no way to solve the problem. Business will sell the nation for a profit very bad.


        March 23, 2017 at 8:08 PM

      • When exactly did he make it “clear” he wasn’t going after businesses?

        Mike Street Station

        March 24, 2017 at 6:56 AM

      • By his terrible cabinet picks of CEOs and corporate shill establishment republicans.


        March 24, 2017 at 9:44 AM

      • CEOs are something new in government. That’s not business as usual.

        Mike Street Station

        March 25, 2017 at 9:18 AM

  12. I hope they’re planning ahead by now for any Senate seats or governorships that Donald, Jr. or Eric might have a shot at. West Virginia is Trump country … is Joe Manchin beatable? Maybe not if his opponent seems like a carpetbagger.

    Of course, that’s going to tend to be a problem for them, since the places where Trumps tend to live are usually in Blue areas.

    P.S. Maybe Kushner could win in Florida? I’m less excited about him as a leader for the long term. There’s no guarantee that Trump’s political views will be hereditary, but the best bet is on his sons. I’m sure Kushner has a personal loyalty to his father-in-law, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t pozzed in terms of his own political instincts.

    Greg Pandatshang

    March 23, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    • P.S. If I were a Trump relative, I’d already have a house in West Virginia. Even if 2018 doesn’t work, 2024 will be here before you know it. I’d also have tried to make sure I went there as a campaign surrogate at some point during the presidential campaign, so I could tell a story about how I came here, thinking it was just another campaign stop, and then I fell in love with the place and just had to move to where my heart felt at home.

      There’s also a gubernatorial election in 2020 with an incumbent Democrat (but I’m not sure being governor of WV is really a good career move: they’ve got a lot of problems that you’d be expected to try to solve) and the other Senate seat in 2020 (but that has a first term incumbent Republican).

      Greg Pandatshang

      March 23, 2017 at 7:24 PM

  13. The ObamaCare repeal vote just got delayed till Friday.

    It is not clear there is a bill that will get enough votes. The Freedom Cacus is pushing for total repeal or as close as possible plus gutting medicaid below pre-Obamacare levels. They have gotten some concessions, but the further they push the more moderate Republicans drop support for the bill.

    The plan in the Senate seems to be if something eventually passes the house, then bring it to the Senate floor as quickly as possible and let it go down to defeat. I’m not sure what the plan is after that. I suspect it will be something like appoint a joint committee to go study the issue and that will be the last we ever hear about it.

    In 2018 Republicans can run again on the issue of repealing Obamacare.


    March 23, 2017 at 5:28 PM

  14. I’m not sure if Trump is playing the wiretap thing poorly, or brilliantly, but it is unlikely to be anywhere in between. It’s almost impossible for intelligence to be collected on an American by the US government. They’re saying it was incidental collection, but the protocols on that are crazy stringent. Whomever leaked the stuff should be going to prison, and it’s likely that whoever collected it was acting illegally. By calling it wiretapping, Trump covered his behind (whether that was the intent, I could not guess).


    March 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    • The NSA has foreign counterparts that seamlessly share globally collected data. GB, Australia, and NZ are examples. Anti-Trump snowflakes exist worldwide.


      March 23, 2017 at 7:56 PM

      • That cooperation among intelligence agencies shows a huge gap in privacy. One of the Snowden revelations was that GCHQ used NSA databases to get information on UK residents who would otherwise be covered by privacy laws. That’s what made Napolitano’s claims that the NSA was using GCHQ’s databases the same way plausible, whether or not it actually happened.

        Mike Street Station

        March 24, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    • The British have a deal with the CIA whereby they spy on each other’s politicans. The CIA/GHCQ are the same organ. The same secret policemen.

      They are building a supercomputer in the desert to hoover up all the information and start predicting people who will be problems.

      It what I would do if I was born to one of the Elders.

      The Philosopher Fully Transistioned

      March 24, 2017 at 6:01 AM

    • It’s almost impossible for intelligence to be collected on an American by the US government

      By the CIA not by the the entire US government. Police at the local, state, and federal level are constantly wiretapping americans.


      March 24, 2017 at 9:46 AM

  15. I haven’t felt overloaded with Trump posts specifically, but I do think we need a change of pace, like Steve Sailer does with his golf architecture threads. How about a sex-related topic? For example, what film or TV actresses were overrated for sexiness? I’ll kick it off by saying I never understood how anyone thought Faye Dunaway was hot. Underrated: Karen Valentine.

    Mel Belli

    March 23, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    • I’m binge watching “twin peaks,” (I was a kid when it originally aired) all of the women under 30 are really good looking. Madchen Amick was a 10.
      Katherine Heigel from “Grey’s anatomy,” is overrated.


      March 24, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    • Hmm, interesting topic. I never really got Andie McDowell as a lead actress. I saw Groundhog Day in the theater as a kid, and it never really dawned on me that the main character wanted to be more than just friends. On the other side, Alexandra D’Addario is sorta famous, but I don’t understand why she isn’t a world-famous superstar. Also, in the last few years, Kristen Stewart has shown that she is actually talented as an actress, which makes her seem hitter to me.

      Greg Pandatshang

      March 24, 2017 at 10:41 AM

  16. I would prefer that Obamacare be repealed and the whole issue left to the states.


    March 24, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    • Except that the states were doing a horrible job. In theory, there’s nothing stopping the states from setting up actual first world style health care regulation but they all completely failed to do it.


      March 24, 2017 at 9:47 AM

      • Vermont tried single- payer and ran out of money. Colorado thought about single payer, but it would’ve been a bigger cost than the rest of their budget.

        Avg annual healthcare costs are about $4k/person. Per citizen Medicaid/Medicare costs are about $4k. So we could just go with universal health savings accounts, have people buy catastrophic policies (which are cheap, and paid for via the HSA) then have Medicare as reinsurance for the 1-5% of people with absurdly high medical bills.


        March 24, 2017 at 10:41 AM

      • Dsgntd_plyr, excellent point. States can’t print their own money and actually have to balance their budgets. They could never afford single payer. The obvious solution is just to have the federal government bring the hammer down on the health care, health insurance and pharma industries using anti-trust and consumer protection laws. And to make sure that those getting free care are getting bare bones service and not the platinum level care. It will happen eventually.

        Andrew E.

        March 24, 2017 at 12:29 PM

      • And of course, immigration enforcement. This is my biggest criticism of how Trump’s handled the debate over RyanCare, of which I’m indifferent whether it passes the House or not. This was/is a huge opportunity to rhetorically link immigration with health care. “Health care wouldn’t be so expensive in this country if we cut off all the immigration.” The possibilities are endless.

        Andrew E.

        March 24, 2017 at 12:36 PM

      • @andrew,

        what i don’t understand is why hasn’t anyone in washington suggested just letting people buy medicaid/medicare. with the fica tax providing most of the budget you could sell this insurance at, or below, cost. no need to raise taxes, or declare private insurance illegal, so gop opposition would be muted.

      • Dsgntd_plyr, health care is an existential issue that partially defines what kind of society a nation is going to have. Consequently, there can be no middle ground. The vector is either pointing towards full socialized medicine or it’s pointing towards personal responsibility. In the long run, there is no equilibrium in between.

        Andrew E.

        March 24, 2017 at 4:30 PM

      • “…why hasn’t anyone in washington suggested just letting people buy medicaid/medicare. with the fica tax providing most of the budget you could sell this insurance at, or below, cost.”

        That’s the dreaded “Public Option.”

        Actually the government does something similar with Tricare. For Reserve/Guard retirees, their benefits don’t start until aged 60, but they can by a Tricare policy at cost. I have not checked the rates in the past few years, but pre-Obamacare it was more expensive than most private policies. An at-cost Medicare would be extremely expensive if you were selling it on the market.

        Mike Street Station

        March 25, 2017 at 9:36 AM

      • Avg annual healthcare costs are about $4k/person.

        You’re off by a factor of 2. Its $9500 per person. $4k is what they spend in all those bankrupt single payer systems.

        Vermont tried single- payer and ran out of money.

        They only partially passed single payer and could never pass the legislation required to finance it. I suspect a lot of what happened is that people are stupid and they don’t want to pay more taxes even if its replacing an existing expense, and they’re left with more money overall. People that were getting insurance through work probably thought their insurance was free, so why start paying more taxes for it? That’s conjecture on my part.


        March 25, 2017 at 1:26 PM

  17. The rules under Obama Care is a crap shoot for anyone who has taxable income without basic health insurance. Either you pay a penalty or pay a few thousand dollars a year for a plan you don’t get to use as a healthy person.

    The real issue lies with the fact that humans would rather have their necessities paid through their payroll deductions. People don’t like to be asked to fork out their money that is deemed necessary, especially Americans, who are addicted to frivolous consumption.

    The country is screwed beyond repair. Enjoy this nonsensical garbage and the pursuit of petty status signaling that has ruined a functional democracy.


    March 24, 2017 at 7:45 PM

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