Sunday, April 30, 2017

HOT Steve Bannon Could Replace Jim DeMint at the Heritage Foundation

Steve Bannon

A very interesting exchange took place this morning on  "Fox News Sunday," as rumors continue to circulate that Jim DeMint is out as the leader of the neoconservative D.C. think tank the Heritage Foundation. The organization has had an important influence on President Donald Trump policies.

Could the very odd thinking top Trump advisor Steve Bannon replace him?

It makes some sense. Reports indicate that Bannon is losing influence with Trump as the son-in-law Jared Kushner muscles in. And money bags Heritage trustee Rebekah Mercer is a Bannon supporter who dumps big bucks into the coffers of Heritage.

Here's what went down at Fox.

Jared Kushner Is Styling His Hair Like Donald Trump Now

Jake Woolf at GQ informs:

People don't know much about Jared Kushner other than a few basic facts. For instance, we know that he is married to Ivanka Trump, that he is Jewish, that he currently has a hilarious (and terrifying) amount of White House jobs, and that he was something of a Donald Trump fanboy even before he ever met the guy. This lead to him breaking into the real estate business himself and making high-profile "big deals," for example the purchase of the building at 666 Fifth Avenue that many have noted is currently under a tower of debt larger than the building itself. Like father, like son, amirite?

But Jared Kushner now seems to have taken this infatuation with his father-in-law to a new and somewhat bizarre physical level. He's not getting spray tans or wearing extra long red ties quite yet, but, as Twitter user @MikeSington noted, he is combing his hair in a way that only be described as Trumpian. After all, why the hell else would anyone change up what was a pretty normal hairstyle to something this odd?

Now, Trump's hair used to be the lowest hanging fruit joke about him, but at this point it's become only about his 458th worst trait. But we're pretty certain no one but Kushner has ever sat in a barber's chair and said, "Gimme the Trump, fam." Like Trump, Kushner has adopted the Donald Trump method of combing the hair forward before flipping it back, and like Trump, it just looks pretty damn weird. There's the potential that Jared is going bald and looking for ways to handle it, but this is one area he should have not turned to the President for advice. (For the record, we're not sure there is any area that Trump should be turned to for advice aside from tips on failing upwards into the presidency.)

Black Bloc Member Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Police; Faces 1-6 Years in Prison

Dane Powell
Dane Powell, 31, of Tampa, Florida is the first to enter a guilty plea on felony charges brought against 212 protesters accused of rioting and vandalizing property in Washington D.C. on January. 20, the day of President Trump’s swearing-in ceremony.

He is scheduled to be sentenced July 7 for breaking windows and throwing a “brick, large rock or piece of concrete” at officers after joining a mob of masked black bloc protesters who moved en masse across 16 blocks in about 30 minutes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The plea was announced by U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing D. Phillips and Peter Newsham, Metropolitan Police Department acting chief.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Powell and others threw bricks, rocks and concrete pieces at officers, knocking one unconscious and sending others to the hospital.

“Under the District of Columbia’s voluntary sentencing guidelines, Powell faces an estimated range of 12 to 36 months in prison on each of the two charges,” said the release.

-RW 

(via The Washington Times)

Trump’s Most Worrisome “Achievement” of His First 100 Days



By Eric Gomez

Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have set U.S. foreign policy on a dangerous course. Trump’s actions and rhetoric have raised the profile of America’s military power while weakening other sources of U.S. influence. Such an approach is in line with the “peace through strength” formula Trump espouses. However, the deepening militarization of U.S. foreign policy carries a host of risks and costs that may cause more headaches than victories.
The growing role of the military in U.S. foreign policy is not a new phenomenon. Barack Obama’s presidency was hardly peaceful. This was especially true in the Middle East, where the “light footprint” approach reduced the on-the-ground U.S. military presence but made extensive use of air power to conduct foreign policy by precision strike. However, Obama also spearheaded multilateral initiatives that relied on other sources of American power and influence, such as the Iran nuclear deal and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Not all of these initiatives were successful, but they demonstrate a foreign policy approach that places value on non-military tools.
Thus far into his presidency, Trump does not seem to share Obama’s appreciation for the value of non-military tools for dealing with foreign policy problems. One of Trump’s first

Ebeling and Hornberger: How Can We Possibly Advance Toward Liberty?

Richard Ebeling's point that we can't know all the undercurrents in society is a very important observation. Along with Jacob Hornberger's comment on why it is important to stand for principle.

This is a great discussion and provides understanding on how important political trends can develop and the power of ideas.
 -RW 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ann Coulter is a Wimp



By Gary North

Ann Coulter talks tough, but only in print. She refused to talk tough when it came time to talk.

She was invited to Berkeley. She made a lot of noise about it. Then, when push threatened to come to shove, she wimped out.

I am not impressed with the lady at all. I never have been. She has an acidic tongue, but that's not enough to impress me. You have to have the guts to back up your tongue. She does not have this. She is not a female Pat Buchanan.

I have kept my mouth shut about her for 15 years, but it's time to call a spade a spade. The woman is tough verbally, but a wimp personally.

When she backed out of her speech at Berkeley, I realized that she really does not understand politics. This was a tremendous opportunity to embarrass the far-Left crazies. I wrote about this in March. The best possible tactic that a conservative can use against the Left today is to let these crazy people act just as crazy as they are willing to act. The public is fed up. The more we can show that these people are off-the-wall whining nut cases, the better it is for the conservative movement. She has not figured this out. If you can't figure this out, you don't understand politics. You surely don't understand strategy.

This woman is no Saul Alinsky. Anyone who is not the equivalent of Alinksy should get out of the limelight on the issues of practical political action.

Read the rest here.

Milo Yiannopolos Plotting Comeback with $12 Million in Backing



By Lia Eustachewich

Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopolos has wrangled $12 million from secret investors to launch a new media company focused on “making the lives of journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, and other professional victims a living hell,” according to a new report.

The ousted Breitbart News editor’s new venture is called Milo Inc. and will center on events with other alt-right personalities, Vanity Fair reported Friday.

The mag described Milo Inc. as “corporatized trolling via live entertainment.”

“The business of Madonna became touring,” Yiannopoulos told VF, referring to the pop star’s deal with Live Nation. “I’m doing the same thing, but instead of signing up with Live Nation, I’m building one. I’m building it for libertarian and conservative comedians, writers, stand-up comics, intellectuals, you name it.”

Read the rest here.

Pope Francis Attacks Libertarianism



This is quite remarkable. Of all the political philosophies that exist, Pope Francis has singled out and attacked libertarianism.

“I cannot fail to speak of the grave risks associated with the invasion of the positions of libertarian individualism at high strata of culture and in school and university education,” the Pope said in an message sent to members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences meeting in the Vatican, reports Breitbart.

“A common characteristic of this fallacious paradigm is that it minimizes the common good, that is the idea of ‘living well’ or the ‘good life’ in the communitarian framework,” Francis said, while at the same time exalting a “selfish ideal.”

According to Breitbart, members of the Pontifical Academy are currently engaged in a workshop bearing the title “Towards a Participatory Society: New Roads to Social and Cultural Integration,” which began Friday and will run through May 2.

Francis said that libertarianism, “which is so fashionable today,” is a more radical form of the individualism that asserts that “only the individual gives value to things and to interpersonal relations and therefore only the individual decides what is good and what is evil.”

Libertarianism, he said, preaches

Friday, April 28, 2017

THEY GOT HIM: The Heritage Foundation Has Asked for Jim DeMint's Resignation


The establishment wing of the Heritage Foundation board of directors has flexed its muscles and has gained enough support to oust Jim DeMint as president of the organization, according to several news reports.

“If Heritage pushes Jim DeMint out, it was because a few board members, who are close to the Republican establishment, never wanted him to be president and have been working to push him out ever since,” said one operative who has worked with Heritage, reports Politico.

Bottom line, DeMint supported the pro-free market members of Congress who leaked from principle all day long (and probably got up in the middle of the night to leak more from principle) but this leaking apparently wasn't enough for the establishment, since DeMint dug his heels in to go after establishment leadership.

Notes Politico:
[While in the Senate,] through his Senate Conservatives Fund, DeMint funneled money to candidates including Utah's Mike Lee, Kentucky's Rand Paul, Florida's Marco Rubio and Texas' Ted Cruz, all of whom defeated establishment-backed candidates or knocked off incumbents in their races....

DeMint clashed frequently with party leaders during his time in the Senate, especially now-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Their feud over spending earmarks was legendary.

After DeMint left the Senate and took the reins of Heritage, the group’s advocacy arm, Heritage Action, was converted from a policy-driven vehicle into an aggressive political outfit that waged attacks against House and Senate leaders..../ 
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  DeMint and his team came out against the so-called border adjustment tax, a key plank of the House GOP plan touted by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). They have been relentless in critiquing the House health care legislation, blasting the Hill for not repealing Obamacare immediately — sometimes, Capitol Hill staffers have said, to the detriment of negotiations.
DeMint is no libertarian but he is far from the worst creature in the swamp.

-RW 

Ron Paul Interviews Julian Assange

Wikileaks Founder and Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange joins the Liberty Report to discuss the latest push by the Trump Administration to bring charges against him and his organization for publishing US Government documents.

Fascinating insight into Julian's take on the current US government's attempt to go after him.

 

Tillerson Calls on U.N. to Implement Sanctions Against North Korea

Tillerson continues belligerent tone toward North Korea.
The United States continues to squeeze North Korea.

This morning, Secretary of State Tillerson called on the United Nations to implement sanctions, and also suspend or downgrade diplomatic relations with North Korea.

This is positively insane.

Why would you want the world to cut off diplomatic relations with a military threat.

The Korean kid could be talked down but there appears to be zero effort by the United States to go in that direction.

-RW 

Jared and Ivanka Will Travel With President to Israel; Could Recognize Jerusalem as Capital



Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are expected to accompany President Donald Trump on his first visit to Israel next month, reports the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot. It would be the first country that Trump would visit as president

The visit reportedly will come as part of Trump’s trip, when he is scheduled to be part of a summit of leaders of NATO nations in Brussels on May 25. The White House has told Israel the visit to its country will be held on May 22, Yediot reported, and that the president will spend one night in the country.

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be part of the delegation visiting Israel with the president.

The new U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, reportedly will arrive in Israel on May 15 and present his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin in June.

Trump’s visit could come immediately before Jerusalem Day on May 24, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city.

June 1 marks the expiration of the six-month waiver signed by President Barack Obama on moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Successive presidents have exercised the waiver every six months since the 1995 law mandating the move of the embassy, citing national security reasons over concerns that a move would lead to Islamist and Arab nationalist attacks on Americans and their allies in the region.

Really stirring things up in the Middle East,. Ynet reported that Trump could recognize a united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during the visit, which will come less than three weeks after he meets at the White House with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

It is not clear whether  Melania Trump will join the delegation.

-RW 

UPDATE

United Issues 'No Questions Asked' $1500 Reimbursement on Permanently Lost Luggage

The remarkable private sector (no government intervention) response by United Airlines, following the video showing a passenger forcibly removed from his seat by government police summoned by United personnel, continues.

Following in the steps of Delta it has increased incentives for voluntary rebooking up to $10,000. It has also eliminated "the red tape on permanently lost bags with a new "no-questions-asked" $1,500 reimbursement policy."

The airline also announced that it will no longer ask law enforcement to remove customers from a flight and customers will not be required to give up their seat once on board – except in matters of safety or security.

Trust free markets.

Target Liberty has obtained a letter sent by the airline to its frequent flyers, it is posted below in its entirety.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

HOT Trump Tells Reuters There is a Chance of a 'Major Major Conflict with North Korea'

This is a developing story. Return to this post for updates.

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Via Reuters:

 Trump lavished praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping for Chinese assistance in trying to rein in North Korea. The two leaders met in Florida earlier this month.

"I believe he is trying very hard. He certainly doesn’t want to see turmoil and death. He doesn’t want to see it. He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well.

"With that being said, he loves China and he loves the people of China. I know he would like to be able to do something, perhaps it's possible that he can’t," Trump said.

Rand Paul to Teach at George Washington University



Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, will teach a course on “dystopian visions” next fall in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at Geroge Washington University, reports the university newspaper The GW Hatchet.

CCAS Dean Ben Vinson said the course will focus on the history of dystopian attitudes and how they relate to current events and political debates.

“When Senator Paul’s office approached us about coming to campus to teach this course, we agreed that his unique voice as a sitting senator would provide an engaging backdrop for our students,” he said in an email.

 The class is only open to CCAS students and registration is closed, according to the course schedule.

“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to join the faculty and students at the George Washington University for the upcoming fall semester,” Paul said through a University spokesman. “The George Washington University is one of our nation’s leading higher education institutions and I look forward to my time in Foggy Bottom.”

-RW 

Putin Warns North Korea Situation Has ‘Seriously Deteriorated’

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program is deepening after the issue dominated talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Moscow, reports Bloomberg.

He and Abe believe the situation on the Korean peninsula has “seriously deteriorated,” Putin said Thursday after the Kremlin meeting. “We call on all states involved in the region’s affairs to refrain from military rhetoric and seek peaceful, constructive dialogue.”

The meeting between the two leaders took place just a day after Russia warned  that the Korean peninsula is “on the brink of war.”

-RW 

UC Berkeley Gears Up For Violent Protests This Afternoon

Following the cancellation of the Ann Coulter speech at University of California, Berkeley, far-right supporters plan to hold a rally Thursday to denounce what they claim is the attempted silencing of their conservative views, stoking fears of another violent encounter with far-left groups.

UC Police said it was preparing for violence Thursday between militant factions on both sides.

Gavin McInnes, founder of the pro-Trump “Proud Boys,” said he would fly to Berkeley to speak Thursday and was encouraging other alt-right forces to make a large appearance at the gathering, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Civic Center Park.

In a YouTube video, McInnes challenged the so-called anti-fascist groups, “… our army will be a bigger audience than most of these liberals get when they do talks.  So you f***’ed up. Once again, you have created this mythical universe of Nazis on every corner and you’ve tried to shut it down based on that lie. Well, we’re not allowing that to happen. The show must go on.”

-RW 

(via CBS San Francisco)