Yet the Speaker of the British House of Commons, John Bercow, plans to prevent President Trump from addressing Parliament – based on no claim whatever that he might incite violence. Similar to the bans on controversial speakers that are routine at universities in Britain and America today.
They are about the giving and taking of offence. An example is Julie Bindel, a radical feminist, banned from speaking at Sheffield University because she was not “LGBT friendly.”
The habit of curbing free speech is being imported into Britain from America, where universities have become increasingly intolerant of anything that departs from a narrow orthodoxy. A howling mob surrounded the Yale professor Nicholas Christakis in 2015 after his wife Erika had expressed little sympathy with those who wanted Halloween costumes outlawed.
What is causing this intolerance? Why are so many students so keen to outlaw rather than answer opinions they disagree with?
The short-lived recovery of world oil prices is already in danger as OPEC and Russia fail to deliver on agreed output cuts and America’s shale industry roars back to life.
“All hell is going to break loose if they don’t extend the deal beyond June,” says Tamas Varga from brokers PVM Oil Associates.
Resurgent shale output in the US leaves OPEC and Russia facing a Sisyphean task. America’s frackers have cranked up output faster than OPEC thought possible, and on a large enough scale to alter the global balance of supply and demand.
Rising US crude stocks are a cautionary warning at a time when funds are betting heavily on a fresh oil boom, with ‘long’ contracts running at 812,000 lots. This is higher than at any time in the last five years and is approaching record levels, raising the risk of “liquidation” by investors.
“To be honest, I inherited a mess.It's a mess. At home and abroad, a mess.”
No sane person can disagree. For the last eight years, the Zero Presidency was a ridiculous disaster either creating or doing nothing about a vast welter of serious problems all over the world.
The question is: what should Trump do about it?
That is, as an America First President, he sees his job is to attend to America’s problems first and foremost, that it’s not his job to clean up every mess on earth. What is his job is to focus on the messes that most critically affect our national security and our economy.
Let’s identify some of the biggest. Numero Uno is Chicom China, then comes Putin’s Russia, Erdogan’s Turkey, Euroweenie Europe, and Mullah Iran, while right next door to us is Drug Cartel Mexico and an entire country on the verge of mass starvation, Chavista Venezuela. There’s lots more, but that will do for starters.
None of the major messes will be cleaned up quickly nor with any one solution. So what follows is a series of suggestions to consider that might contribute to the cleanup process.
[This is the text of Amb. Haley’s statement to the press following the UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East on February 16]
The first thing I want to do is talk about what we just saw in there. The Security Council just finished its regular monthly meeting on Middle East issues. It’s the first meeting like that that I’ve attended, and I have to say it was a bit strange.
The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East, the discussion was not about Hezbollah’s illegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS. It was not about how we hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of civilians.
No, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades.
I’m here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I’m here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias.
“Actually, Bill, some of us think there is more to the man than his outlandish comments, e.g. his cabinet, his regulatory moves, legislative agenda,” responded Brit Hume, the best news anchor in my lifetime.
Amen, Brit. I’ve been blown away by what he’s done since winning the election.
Trump has accomplished more in the first month of his presidency than any president since Ronald Reagan. John Hawkins lists here his most significant achievements. They are all the more impressive because of the unprecedented obstruction he’s had to overcome.
Trump’s latest McMaster stroke came Monday (2/20), when he chose Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to be his National Security Adviser.
McMaster will have the right to choose his own staff, proof The Donald can learn from his mistakes, grow in office. I love lemonade. There’s no better lemonade than Trump lemonade.
Panama City, Panama. Panama has come a long way in a short time.
In the past decade, it has more than doubled its per capita gross domestic product. At the end of June 2016, it opened the new canal next to the old one that could no longer accommodate the current generation of post-Panamax ships.
Panama City has a spectacular skyline with many very tall, modern buildings — the Trump Tower being the tallest at 932 feet — with eye-catching designs and with many new ones under construction.
As can be seen in the table below, Panama has by far the highest income in Central America. The question is, why has Panama done so much better than its regional competitors? The answer is…
The week was capped off yesterday afternoon (2/16) by Trump’s mind-blow of a press conference in the East Room of the White House. You can read the full transcript here – or watch the full video.
Read or watch and enjoy. For the HFR, the best moment came when Trump told Jim Acosta of CNN he wasn’t going to be calling CNN “Fake News” anymore – that he was changing CNN’s nickname to “Very Fake News.”
The takeaway from this event is not that Trump went on an “epic rant” reading the riot act to the Lying Swine enemedia – it’s that he was having fun doing so. He was enjoying himself, as he admitted right on camera.
After a week of celebration by the Lying Swine, getting their first scalp (Mike Flynn’s), toasting themselves in every bar in DC that next they’d get Kellyanne then Preibus, and Dan Rather braying that Flynngate will be Trump’s Watergate causing him to resign – the last thing in the world these putzes expected was this from The Donald.
Instead of being cowed, humbled, and on the defensive, he from the get-go was on the offense, on the take-no-prisoners-attack, and having a good time doing so. The putzes were, and still are a day later, in a state of Shock and Awe. They better remember the feeling the next time they contemplate taking on this president. Here’s a reminder he Tweeted this afternoon (02/17). It’s war all right:
That didn’t take long, did it? 24 days into the Trump Presidency, the Fake News Media (FNM) claims its first scalp. This “scandal” should have been a joke. Now it’s a tragedy, because the White House didn’t laugh it out of the park at the inception, let the FNM blow it up into a cause célèbre, and then caved.
A very dangerous tragedy, because the White House allowed collusion between the FNM and the CIA to damage the presidency.
Let’s review what happened.
In late December, Trump’s National Security Advisor-designate Michael Flynn had phone conversations with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kisylak. Langley promptly leaked to the FNM and Democrats suffused with Trump Hatred, like lunatic-commie Maxine Waters (D-CA) that Flynn, as a private citizen was in violation of the Logan Act.
The Logan Act bans private citizens from negotiating with foreign powers that are in dispute with the US. Langley huffed that Flynn was “negotiating” with Kisylak.
The instant Maxine began braying through the FNM megaphone, Trump and his Transition Team should have responded: “This is a joke, right?” But they didn’t. Big mistake. Why brings us to Francis Flournoy.
The day after Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote to confirm the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education, Rep. Tom Massie, R-KY, introduced a bill to abolish the Department of Education: HR899 -- To terminate the Department of Education.
There shouldn’t be a Department of Education. But it would be a mistake to try to abolish it right now.
The Second Civil War figures to be chiefly a propaganda war. The Lying Swine will spin, twist and distort everything we say and do, lie outright when they think they can get away with it.
Roughly two thirds of Americans don’t trust what the “mainstream” media tell them. But because so few Americans know enough civics, history or economics to spot the BS, the Lying Swine still exert enormous influence.
So, if we try to abolish the Department of Education, the Lying Swine will bray to the moon that we want to abolish public education. If we try to abolish the EPA, the Lying Swine will howl we want to hurt the environment.
Of course they will. Here’s the problem: the public relations battle will be driven by their lies rather than by the substance of our arguments. The solution? We shouldn’t try to abolish useless government agencies. We should gut them like a fish.
Quite simply, it is because the CIA disapproves of Mr. Townley’s attitude toward the agency, and this is unprecedented. President Trump appointed Mr. Townley to coordinate Africa policy at the NSC. The CIA did not want to deal with him. Hence, it used the power to grant security clearances to tell the president to choose someone acceptable to the agency, though not so much to him.
This opens a larger issue: Since no one can take part in the formulation or execution of foreign or defense policy without a high-level security clearance, vetoing the president’s people by denying them clearances trumps the president.
Simply put, the CIA has declared war upon the President of the United States. Who will win this war?