Lion of the Blogosphere

CNN this morning

I was watching CNN this morning. There was nothing about the Russian Conspiracy. It was all about Syria and the MOAB we dropped in Afghanistan. The tone on CNN was like “wow, how did Trump suddenly turn into such a good president?” It was actually pretty surreal.

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Some alt-right people have been worried that the strike on Syria would damage Assad and cause him to collapse, thrusting Syria into the same kind of anarchy as Libya.

Well don’t worry. Assad himself says in an interview, “Our firepower, our ability to attack the terrorists hasn’t been affected by this strike.”

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I highly recommend reading the Politico article about Stephen Miller.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 14, 2017 at EST am

Posted in News

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  1. Well obviously Assad would say that.

    DataExplorer

    April 14, 2017 at EST am

    • One could also say “obviously Assad would deny he used chemical weapons,” yet the alt-right people believe Assad when he says that.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 14, 2017 at EST am

    • Right, also it’s FOAB.

      Marty

      April 14, 2017 at EST am

  2. Great politico article. The parsimonious reason Miller is doing well vs Bannon is that Miller is younger and more flexible.

    Last paragraph “unlike Bannon, a wealthy man in his own right, the president doesn’t see Miller as a peer or someone trying to take the spotlight, unless he’s been allowed to take it.”

    JW Bell

    April 14, 2017 at EST am

    • Ever hear the Donald Regan story? He says to Reagan, “You have it, I have it, Meese doesn’t. What is it?”

      A: Fuck You money.

      Mel Belli

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

    • Bannon to me seems like someone who’s gotten far in life by telling people what they have to do, but that doesn’t work so well in Washington.

      In contrast, Miller seems like someone who has learned to keep quiet and be agreeable when he has to, while still adhering to his beliefs.

      Sid

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • Miller is a behind-the-scenes politician, Bannon is an angry blogger.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • Miller is a behind-the-scenes politician, Bannon is an angry blogger.

        Miller is not a politician just a young guy with conservative ideas.

        Bannon is more than simply a blogger.

        I definitely prefer Miller over Kushner.

        Miller is nearly self made, genuine conservative. He fought his way through a Jewish lib family, leftwing PC Santa Monica over to Duke and the Jeff Session’s team.

        He’s the real deal! Don’t forget Seb Gorka and Michael Anton.

        Kushner is a spoiled rich kid who has been handed everything in life. Plus he’s a liberal and not an America Firster. He seems like an Israeli Firster and America Seconder.

        Trump clearly has a fetish for Jewish males. He has made weird comments about Jews and money skills in the past. Unapologetic about it. Look who he selects whenever money is involved.

        That and along with his fetish for military officers could be a problem. Trump isn’t a dictator, quite the opposite. He delegates eagerly. But maybe not to the right people.

        Rifleman

        April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • Yeah Miller is not an elected official, but he’s adept at the behind-the-scene game of politics. That’s what he’s done since he graduated from college. He knows how things get done in Washington, he knows how to keep his boss happy.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • I’m becoming vaguely uneasy about the military preening.

        Everything else I’m OK with. Politics is give and take. The purists don’t get that, and they don’t get that when you are the man in power things are different than taking pot shots from the sidelines.

        But those warships chugging towards N. Korea. Hm. Don’t especially like it.

        Can someone tell me whether North Korea is a covert Chinese puppet, or is Kim Jon il (or whatever that North Korean nutcase is called) is a certifiable lone whacko? Couldn’t China crush him in two seconds flat? Aren’t North Korea’s antics rather convenient for China?

        gothamette

        April 15, 2017 at EST pm

      • He’s a whacko. China historically considers North Korea a communist ally, but I don’t see how post-communist China benefits from the relationship.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 15, 2017 at EST pm

      • Then why don’t they crush the little bug? How does China benefit from having a nuclear armed whacko on its tuchus?

        gothamette

        April 16, 2017 at EST pm

      • China keeps NK around for three reasons:

        1. Good cop/bad cop bargaining tool with the US, Japan, South Korea and others.
        2. Worry that a revolution in NK could spread to China.
        3. A united Korea would be a significant economic and to a lesser extent military threat.

        snorlaxwp

        April 16, 2017 at EST pm

    • “Perhaps tellingly, Stephen Miller, Mr. Trump’s policy adviser, has shifted away from Mr. Bannon, his onetime ally. He has worked with Ms. Trump since the campaign on child care and other issues, and colleagues said he endeared himself to her and Mr. Kushner in order to get more freedom to pursue anti-immigration policies that animate him.”

      IHTG

      April 16, 2017 at EST am

      • http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/white-house-innovation-office-ceos-237245

        “Miller, who rose to prominence as an outspoken critic of U.S. immigration policies, talked about possible changes to the H-1B visa program, which technology companies use to hire high-skilled foreign workers. Miller talked about ways to prevent the visas from being used for entry-level positions, according to people familiar with the call.

        Miller, until recently mostly associated with embattled senior White House aide Steve Bannon in the nationalist wing of the White House, has lately sought to ally himself with Kushner. That shift comes as power in the West Wing has flowed to advisers favored by Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, such as Powell and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.”

        IHTG

        April 16, 2017 at EST am

  3. ‘The tone on CNN was like “wow, how did Trump suddenly turn into such a good president?” It was actually pretty surreal’

    Obviously by dancing to their tune. This is so simple. But let’s move on, let’s see what he’s gonna do next, his presidency is in its infancy

    Yakov

    April 14, 2017 at EST am

    • It also shows how shallow the thinking is among mainstream journalists. It’s a wonder that no other politicians had figured out how to troll the MSM before Trump.

      Mike Street Station

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • Nixon did. This ad and it’s ‘first civil right’ message is one heck of a troll.

        Curle

        April 15, 2017 at EST am

    • ‘The tone on CNN was like “wow, how did Trump suddenly turn into such a good president?” It was actually pretty surreal’

      Remember CNN hit the bigtime with the 1991 Gulf War. They love a big show for the ratings.

      Rifleman

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

  4. That bunker buster sure took the MSM’s attention away from Neil Goresuch.

    OK, one down, how many more to go? How long do people here give RGB?

    gothamette

    April 14, 2017 at EST pm

    • I’d support nominating Merrick Garland when RBG croaks, because he seems like a fine center-left judge and I believe it’d be a consummate gesture of good will. From there, the left and right could start to edge towards mutually beneficial collaboration, however limited it would be.

      Of course, the reply I get is that I’m naive. The left has never shown any gratitude for anything, like John Kerry getting a 94-3 Senate confirmation vote. They’re mad as hell they couldn’t replace one of our judges with one of theirs, so there’s no reason why we should reward their intransigence with lenience, especially since their judges are just there to distort the Constitution and play politics.

      I know they’re right, too.

      Sid

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • Republicans would truly be the Party of Stupid if they supported a liberal Supreme Court justice just to show they are good guys.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • To be crude about it, giving liberals anything is like giving Hitler the Sudetenland. It would be great if we could work with the left and establish an agenda where we minimize corruption, limit big business and big government, build up American infrastructure, create a solid healthcare system, and so forth.

        But as we’ve seen since at least 2012, the Democratic Party is openly and avowedly anti-white. They play for keeps and their end game is to starve out white men and let us die in our own arms. For that, we’ll have to put up with the excesses of right-wing deregulation, put infrastructure on the back burner (unless it benefits Republican donors), and tolerate expensive healthcare which subsidizes Europe’s pharmaceutical prices. We can’t have nice things.

        Sid

        April 14, 2017 at EST pm

  5. In Israel, the Bibi hating media suddenly turns into the ministry of propaganda once any military operation starts. Media/establishment types simply love war and can’t get enough of it, as long as the war is going well at least. Remember that the media were big time cheerleaders enablers

    As for Bannon, not only was his alt-right strategy not working, he was trying to run the show and had alienated too many other people. He wants to be Machiavelli but he isn’t. I’m not saying Bannon hasn’t done great work and Trump would not have won the election without Bannon, but Bannon has nobody to blame but himself for his fall from grace.

    I have much more trust in Miller and Preibus to get us our Wall and DHS money than I do Bannon, and that is the only thing anybody should care about. If you care about foreign policy or even trade nearly as much as you care about the destruction of the immigrant community, you are Paleocon/Libertarian/Nazi scum and we do not want your vote.

    Otis the Sweaty

    April 14, 2017 at EST pm

    • If he supported Paul Ryan’s bill in any way that has to be troubling.

      On the other hand if the Washington Post and “the shows” hype Bannon’s downfall Trump will probably support him more.

      Rifleman

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

    • “Media/establishment types simply love war and can’t get enough of it, as long as the war is going well at least. Remember that the media were big time cheerleaders enablers”

      In general the media gets excited when there’s a war. The ratings shoot up through the roof and their news coverage becomes as riveting as all hell to watch.

      It’s just that once the war gets long, hard, and bloody, the media’s sense of social activism ramps up and they start portraying the war in a negative light. This is especially true when there’s a Republican president. Trump got more flack for a raid than Obama did for signing off on Saudi’s barbarous campaign in Yemen.

      What Bush learned and Trump is probably aware of is that the leftstream media will pine for a fun new war, but will then will blame the Republican president when it gets costly. In contrast, the leftstream media didn’t get too rough on Obama when Afghanistan got hard and he blew up civilians with drones, and has tried to sweep Libya under the rug.

      Sid

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • “What Bush learned and Trump is probably aware of is that the leftstream media will pine for a fun new war, but will then will blame the Republican president when it gets costly.”

        In other words, “it’s a trap!”

        Mike Street Station

        April 15, 2017 at EST am

      • There is almost zero public awareness that 70% of U.S. deaths in the Afghan War during Barack Obama’s presidency.

        Richard

        April 15, 2017 at EST pm

      • Should be “… 70% of U.S. deaths in the Afghan War occurred during Barack Obama’s presidency.”

        Richard

        April 15, 2017 at EST pm

      • Richard – This is why it’s necessary to take the “uniparty” claims with a pinch of salt. The leftstream media simply favors the Democrats. Period.

        Sid

        April 16, 2017 at EST am

    • Preibus is a cuck and Bannon is a red line for many because if and when Bannon goes it will be clear that key advisers can be eliminated through intrigues. There should have been a similar uproar over Flynn as well since his removal along with Monica Crowley began this descent. Limousine liberals and SJWs like Ivanka and Kushner will destroy the Trump presidency if given the chance.

      redarmyvodka

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

    • Is there anybody’s vote you DO want? You’ve written off Tru-cons, social conservatives, Nazis, Paleocons, and Libertarians. I’m afraid the Right needs the votes of all those groups to win.

      CamelCaseRob

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • TruCons *were* the greatest enemy of all mankind, but they have been exterminated so they are no longer relevant.

        We do need the votes of SoCons and I have said as much. I certainly have not written them off.

        Nazis/Paleocons/Libertarians are all the same thing. Their numbers are miniscule and we do not need their votes.

        Otis the Sweaty

        April 14, 2017 at EST pm

    • “In Israel, the Bibi hating media suddenly turns into the ministry of propaganda once any military operation starts”

      Not Haaretz. I lived in Israel.

      gothamette

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

    • I keep reading this expression in this blog comment threads: “the destruction of the immigrant community”. What does it mean? I am all for closing the border and sending illegals home, and kicking out dual citizens that are radical Muslims. But destroying immigrant communities? Can anyone elaborate in what that means? It sounds a bit dark.

      DataExplorer

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • ” I am all for closing the border and sending illegals home, and kicking out dual citizens that are radical Muslims.”

        What you just said is the destruction of the immigrant community, although I would add ending the H1B program and cutting off or at least reducing legal immigration.

        Otis the Sweaty

        April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • “the destruction of the immigrant community”

        That’s an Otis original and I’m glad you asked the question so he could clarify it.

        Mike Street Station

        April 15, 2017 at EST am

    • The left media is always talking about “war profiteers,” without mentioning how they make more money when wars start.

      Dsgntd_plyr

      April 15, 2017 at EST am

  6. The strike in Syria, which I was completely against, was a stroke of genius on the part of Trump’s campaign.

    His popularity was dwindling, everyone in the government was resisting every single one of his actions, and his presidency had little legitimacy. By taking this “warlike” action, Trump legitimized himself, where previously he was not seen as legitimate by practically anyone. His actions weren’t being respected. By bombing people, Trump proved to the anti-trumpers and everyone else that he can kill people at will. People respect that. Human beings almost unanimously respect force, no matter what they tell you. Because it was a puppy dog “they used gas!” moment, he had complete permission to do it and not look like an immoral baby killer, which of course the media would try to portray him as in any other context.

    Moving forward, there will be less resistance to the actions he takes as he is now the legitimate president.

    I don’t believe there was ever an intention to escalate into Syria, Trump is machiavellian and understood he needed to show force to AMERICANS. This was about image, not about Syria at all. Syria was just the schmuck who happened to be there. It’s like beating up some skinny nerd in front of a girl to show her how masculine you are. There was an episode of the Sopranos where Tony gets shot, and leaves the hospital. He is quite sick and everyone in his mafia crew sees him as weak and won’t show him the same respect he used to have. He picks the buffest dude in the crew and picks a fight over nothing and destroys him, and regains the respect of his crew. Poor buff dude.

    jjbees

    April 14, 2017 at EST pm

    • This is the danger of being a buff dude- other men will try to pick fights with you to increase their status, and there are lots of men trying to increase their status everywhere, so you will get into more fights the buffer you get.

      Same thing is true on the level of countries- if you are tough, people want to pick fights with you to increase their status, for example Syria, or North Korea, or Afghanistan. But if tough countries are equivalent to buff dudes, countries with nuclear weapons are equivalent to cops- not many men looking to increase their status pick fights with cops because it’s not worth being shot, in the same way you don’t pick on countries with nukes because they are too tough a target.

      It’s better to be a weak shitty country like Belize or Latvia, where you are below the notice of other players, than to be a tough rising power like Iran or Syria or North Korea, because if you don’t have nukes, you get noticed by the other big players (US, Russia, China) who will fuck with you just because they can, to protect their status.

      jjbees

      April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • “This is the danger of being a buff dude- other men will try to pick fights with you to increase their status,”

        That was Charles Barkley’s excuse everytime he got into a bar fight in Phoenix.

        I always thought if I ever see him in a bar, I’m going to stay far away. Once I did see him in a bar, and he seemed nice, he said hi to everyone who was waiting in line as the bouncers let him right in without having to wait in line with the riff-raff. One of the nice things about Phoenix is that you could go to the same bars as the famous people. In New York City, that wouldn’t happen.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 14, 2017 at EST pm

      • Are there enough famous people in Phoenix to fill a bar?

        Curle

        April 15, 2017 at EST am

      • Yes, there are.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 15, 2017 at EST pm

  7. The geopolitical redpill.

    jjbees

    April 14, 2017 at EST pm


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