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It’s all out war, so PLEASE take a vacation

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Tomorrow, President Trump starts a vacation at his golf resort in Bedminster, NJ. Washington is supposed to be in summer doldrums, but not this administration. The Trump administration, led by the man who vacations at places bearing his own name, is at war.

With whom, you ask? It might be easier to list those he’s not at war with, but I’ll take up the tedious task of listing the warring parties.

Congress.

And Congress had made Trump be at war with the Russians, who are warring with him even if he doesn’t war back.

Republicans.

The media.

He’s always at war with them, but then he has an obsessive/compulsive need to be in the press, so it’s more a frenemy thing.

Leaks. (Except when they are his leaks.)

The media will print any dang thing they get their hands on. They’ll expose secrets, embarrass foreign leaders, or jeopardize lives in the name of “journalism.” I use the scare-quotes because much of the stuff they’re printing isn’t news. It’s anonymous, hearsay stories from “people with knowledge of” events.

The Washington Post leaked calls to Mexican and Australian leaders. From Axios:

The calls remain classified, so the fact that the transcripts made it to the Post is a serious issue. Both documents include notes that the transcripts had been reviewed by Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg Jr., the chief of staff for the National Security Council.

The White House.

He’s been accused of calling it a dump. He’s used passive-aggressive means to get senior staff to quit (instead of just firing them). He’s on his second chief of staff, second spokesperson, about to be his third communications chief, Lord-knows how many cycles of the National Security Council. And all before his first summer vacation.

Add to all that China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, and the federal courts.

Trump is at war, and the best thing he’s done is bring in a general to fight it for him.

The best thing the president can do right now is take that 17-day vacation. He should play golf, eat steak, hang out with his grandkids, and stay away from Twitter. Even wars have lulls, and the country needs one.

Foreign Affairs

Steve Hilton: Make Saudi Arabia pay… cash

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Steve Hilton Make Saudi Arabia pay cash

The whole of mainstream media and Washington DC – Democrats and Republicans – have attempted to hide a fact from us for decades. We hear about radical Islamic extremists all the time coming from Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia. We rarely hear about arguably the most extreme sect of Islam: Wahhabism.

Why don’t we hear much about it? Because it’s the driving force behind Saudi Arabia’s extremist ideology.

With Jamal Khashoggi’s murder shining a bright light on the Kingdom, it’s leaders is general, and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in particular, now is the right time to make the Saudis use some of their massive amounts of cash to promote moderate Islamic principles. That’s the suggestion of Steve Hilton at Fox News.

My Take

Right idea, wrong recipient. Instead of investing money into “moderate” Islam, Saudi Arabia should be told to willingly contribute money and land to benefit some of the causes Khashoggi believed in. An obvious example of this would be to build safe and secure refugee camps for those who have been displaced by war in the Middle East.

Start bringing people home, or at least closer to home.

Saudi Arabia has plenty of land, tons of cash, and the potential for infrastructure that could allow them to build a small city that refugees can make their permanent home. I think Khashoggi would have liked to see that.

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Immigration

How many caravans does it take to lose an election?

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How many caravans does it take to lose an election

The caravan of migrants from Central America will either be the last of its kind for a while or it will become a trend as people emboldened by “safety in numbers” excitedly wait for the next trek to start. Whether it’s the first or the last will depend a great deal on the midterm elections.

It will also depend on how reactions to the caravan are perceived by those who are behind it.

What do the elections in the United States have to do with asylum-seekers and others wanting to walk thousands of miles in large groups? Everything. You see, this caravan wasn’t sparked by a spontaneous desire to leave. Hundreds of thousands, possibly more, would leave the dangers and turmoil of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador if they thought they had a realistic chance of acceptance into the United States. The caravan was orchestrated by forces in and out of Honduras. The forces on the inside were told they’d get help. The forces on the outside who have delivered help wanted to make a statement and have an impact on the United States elections.

I started exploring this possibility because of the timing. The caravan is anticipated to arrive at the border around election day.

Yes, this is a conspiracy theory. I rarely post these theories because there is no shortage of them and I’m not nearly as imaginative as the professional conspiracy theorists. To me, the world is not flat, Elvis is not alive, and we actually did land on the moon. I’d never make it at InfoWars.

If one looks at the timing of this event, mainstream media coverage, and reactions from Washington DC, it’s easy to acknowledge the possibility that organizers were working with external forces behind the scenes to put the caravan together and march it towards the border during the home stretch of the midterm elections. Let’s look at those three components and flesh out what it all means.

Timing

As I stated before, it’s way too convenient for a “spontaneous” event such as this to coincide so perfectly with our midterm elections. We’re in the middle of hurricane season and Willa is about to hit Mexico. Did the organizers of the caravan not realize there may be a safer time for thousands of people to walk thousands of mile? Of course they knew. They are well aware of the weather patterns in Central America and Mexico.

They chose now knowing they’d have to battle the weather.

Something prompted them to pick this time over others. It wasn’t an uptick in violence; last year saw the lowest homicide rate in Honduras in over a decade. Mainstream media points specifically to San Pedro Sula where elements of the caravan originated as being “the most dangerous city on Earth,” but that’s no longer true. In fact, their homicide rates are lower than St. Louis or Baltimore.

Were they prompted by poverty? For most of the migrants other than the organizers, the answer to that question is yes. The vast majority of those who joined the caravan did so because they are extremely poor and have no prospects for improving their lives in Central America. But they’ve been poor for decades and have never formed a mass of people such as this one, so it’s not a valid argument for the timing. If they’d waited a couple of months they’d be travelling in very mild temperatures with no risk of facing hurricanes.

Whoever organized this, they did so with this very exact timing in mind.

Mainstream Media Coverage

In all my years of being a watchdog of the mainstream media, I have never seen the level of sympathetic coverage that I’ve seen with this caravan. Journalists are trained to report the facts, find the interesting angles, and seek the underlying truth behind an event. We haven’t seen that at all in mainstream media this time. Nothing.

The “facts” they’ve reported have been minimal. It’s just repetition of the same storyline over and over again. Even as a critic of mainstream media I found this extremely odd.

There should be no shortage of interesting angles to report, but again the absence is striking. Reporters are trained to ask questions and find people with stories that will intrigue us. When there’s a crowd, they’re trained to find people who stand out. Most importantly, they’re supposed to find the counter-narrative. A gang member who sees greater opportunity in America. An American activist walking in solidarity with the group in their plight. A local politician there to make sure everything goes smoothly for his people.

These and other interesting angles definitely exist within the caravan and journalists are trained to find them. Yet we’re seeing nothing like that. Every interview is with a persecuted by hopeful migrant who’s just looking for the American dream. This narrative is repeated over and over again.

Either mainstream media sent their worst reporters to cover the caravan or there’s an agenda in play.

Reactions from DC

When the caravan launched, Democrats were quick to embrace the “humanitarian crisis” that was driving people to walk such a great distance. We heard them say this was the embodiment of their desperation, that these people have no other choice, and that America can and should do more to help people in such great need.

Then, two strange things happened. First, Republicans generally didn’t take the bait. They didn’t need to because of the second strange thing that happened: Americans generally didn’t take the bait, either. It was clear based on the sudden silence from Democrats that they expected to hear a lot more voices on social media welcoming the caravan, empathizing with their plight, and denouncing any proposed actions by the President. For a very short time after President Trump threatened to send the military to the border, many Democrats called him out.

It didn’t last long. Americans weren’t nearly as upset as Democrats expected when hearing about the prospects that President Trump would use the military to close the border. Sure, the leftist base was outraged, but most Republicans were happy about it. As were most Independents.

As were many moderate Democrats.

The leftist vision of open borders isn’t quite as popular with Americans as Democrats had hoped.

If Democrats win the House and/or the Senate, this will be the first of multiple caravans attempting to breach our borders. If Democrats lose both, leftists will rethink their strategy and this will be the last caravan for a long time.

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Amy Schumer is important in her own mind

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Amy Schumer is important in her own mind

It’s bad when entertainers-turned-political-activists like Colin Kaepernick feel that their opinions are superior to the opinions of others because they have celebrity status based on something other than their governmental acumen. It’s worse when entertainers-turned-political-activists like Amy Schumer support other activists by propagandizing their fans through social media.

That’s what Amy Schumer just did. She also attempted to shame all Caucasian football players for not supporting their brother by kneeling.

Her latest display of activism came in the form of an Instagram post declaring to the world she will not be doing a Super Bowl ad this year. Mainstream media, on cue, took to the airwaves with this “blockbuster” story while social media echoed her sentiment like sheep.

The biggest parallel between Amy Schumer and Colin Kaepernick is that neither had the chops in their former professions to make it big, so they turned to activism to inflate their egos and justify their celebrity status.

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Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? I think it would be cool if @maroon5 backed out of super bowl like @badgalriri Did. I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all i got. Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color. And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country. Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what @kaepernick7 is doing and fully support him. What are your thoughts?

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