Friday, February 24, 2017

Never Trumper butt hurt: CPAC ACU: Trump cabinet most conservative, surpassing Reagan. "Now, how are Never Trumpers gonna deal with that?" Rush Limbaugh, Feb. 23, 2017. Lawmakers in Trump cabinet avg. 91.52% ACU rating, Reagan 63.43. Others: Obama 23.96, Clinton 18.62, Carter 5.31, LBJ 4.12-Washington Examiner, Bedard

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"Now, how are Never Trumpers gonna deal with that? No, seriously! Trump has appointed a more serious cabinet than even Reagan, according to the American Conservative Union." Rush Limbaugh, Feb. 23, 2017 

2/9/17, "CPAC-ACU: Trump's Cabinet the most conservative, surpassing Reagan," Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard

"Donald Trump has succeeded in picking the most conservative cabinet in the modern era, and possibly ever, even besting the team put together by former President Reagan, according to a scorecard from the American Conservative Union, host of the annual CPAC convention. 

ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp told Secrets that Trump's team, made up in part with House and Senate lawmakers graded by the group over the years, has a 91.52 percent conservative rating, significantly surpassing Reagan's by 28 points.

Only the Cabinet of former President George H.W. Bush, who was Reagan's vice president and followed the Gipper into the Oval Office, came close with a 78.15 conservative rating. 

"By our ranking of the members of Congress in the Cabinet, this is the most conservative Cabinet of any Republican including Reagan," Schlapp said.

"The set up is nice," added Schlapp, currently preparing for the Feb. 22-25 annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which could be the biggest ever.

Liberals have mocked the rightward tilt of Trump's team, but conservatives are cheering it and expect it to keep the president on the course to limited government, reduced regulations, smaller taxes and a stronger military.

The ACU ratings, 0-100, are based on the average of the grades given to lawmakers in the Cabinet. Some Cabinets, like both of the Bushes, had many lawmakers. The total numbers are higher for some because longer presidencies saw Cabinet secretaries resign and be replaced. Those details are below:

Trump, five of 21 picks were in Congress, average lifetime ACU rating of 91.52 percent.

— George H.W. Bush, 10 of 30, rating of 78.15 percent.

— George W. Bush, 10 of 48, rating of 76.40 percent.

— Gerald Ford, 2 of 32, 70.5 percent.

Reagan, 7 of 46, 63.43 percent.

— Richard Nixon, 2 of 43, 58.5 percent.

— Barack Obama, 9 of 47, 23.96 percent.

— Bill Clinton, 9 of 44, 18.62 percent.

— Jimmy Carter, 4 of 30, 5.31 percent.

— Lyndon Johnson, 1 of 26, 4.12 percent.

Trump has named five lawmakers to his Cabinet. Vice President Mike Pence has a ACU lifetime rating is 99.43 for his years in the House. The others:

— Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, confirmed to be Attorney General, 94.21 percent lifetime rating.

— Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana, for Interior, 71 lifetime rating.

— Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, for HHS, 96 lifetime rating.

— Former Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, director National Intelligence, 89.5 lifetime rating.

— Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, confirmed for CIA, 96.8 lifetime rating."


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Rush Limbaugh quote from:

2/23/17, "The Opening Monologue: Poll on the Economy, Boehner, Mnuchin, Trump’s Cabinet — and More," RushLimbaugh.com




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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wall St. Journal op-ed by two Swedish elected officials: Mr. Trump did not exaggerate Sweden’s current problems-if anything, he understated them. Riots and social unrest are now everyday life, gang violence is booming. Dec. 2010 marked Sweden's first Islamic suicide bomber terror attack. Artists live under death threats, performances are cancelled for fear of angering Islamists. Returning ISIS members are welcomed with open arms. Jews in Malmo are refugees in their country of birth-Wall St. Journal, 2/22/17

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2/22/17, "Trump Is Right: Sweden’s Embrace of Refugees Isn’t Working," Wall St. Journal, by Jimmie Åkesson and Mattias Karlsson, opinion. "Mr. Åkesson is party chairman of the Sweden Democrats. Mr. Karlsson is the party’s group leader in Parliament."

"The country has accepted 275,000 asylum-seekers, many without passports—leading to riots and crime."

"When President Trump last week raised Sweden’s problematic experience with open-door immigration, skeptics were quick to dismiss his claims. Two days later an immigrant suburb of Stockholm was racked by another riot. No one was seriously injured, though the crowd burned cars and hurled stones at police officers.

Mr. Trump did not exaggerate Sweden’s current problems. If anything, he understated them. Sweden took in about 275,000 asylum-seekers from 2014-16—more per capita than any other European country. Eighty percent of those who came in 2015 lacked passports and identification, but a majority come from Muslim nations. Islam has become Sweden’s second-largest religion. In Malmö, our third-largest city, Mohamed is the most common name for baby boys.

The effects are palpable, starting with national security. An estimated 300 Swedish citizens with immigrant backgrounds have traveled to the Middle East to fight for Islamic State. Many are now returning to Sweden and are being welcomed back with open arms by our socialist government. In December 2010 we had our first suicide attack on Swedish soil, when an Islamic terrorist tried to blow up hundreds of civilians in central Stockholm while they were shopping for Christmas presents. Thankfully the bomber killed only himself.

Riots and social unrest have become a part of everyday life. Police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel are regularly attacked. Serious riots in 2013, involving many suburbs with large immigrant populations, lasted for almost a week. Gang violence is booming. Despite very strict firearm laws, gun violence is five times as common in Sweden, in total, as in the capital cities of our three Nordic neighbors combined.

Anti-Semitism has risen. Jews in Malmö are threatened, harassed and assaulted in the streets. Many have left the city, becoming internal refugees in their country of birth.

The number of sex crimes nearly doubled from 2014-15, according to surveys by the Swedish government body for crime statistics. One-third of Swedish women report that they no longer feel secure in their own neighborhoods, and 12% say they don’t feel safe going out alone after dark. A 1996 report from the same government body found that immigrant men were far likelier to commit rape than Swedish men. Last year our party asked the minister of justice to conduct a new report on crime and immigration, and he replied: “In light of previous studies, I do not see that a further report on recorded crime and individuals’ origins would add knowledge with the potential to improve the Swedish society.”

Our nation’s culture hasn’t been spared either. Artists accused of insulting Islam live under death threats. Dance performances and art exhibitions have been called off for fear of angering Islamists. Schools have prohibited the singing of traditional Christian hymns because they don’t want to “insult” non-Christian immigrants. Yet reports made with hidden cameras by journalists from Swedish public media show mosques teaching fundamentalist interpretations of Islam.

Sweden’s government now spends an incredible amount of money caring for newly arrived immigrants each year. The unemployment rate among immigrants is five times as high as that of native Swedes. Among some groups, such as Somalis, in places like Malmö unemployment reaches 80%.

Our party, the Sweden Democrats, wants to put the security and welfare of Swedish citizens first. We are surging in the opinion polls and seem to have a good chance of becoming the country’s largest party during the elections next year. We will not rest until we have made Sweden safe again.
 
For the sake of the American people, with whom we share so many strong historical and cultural ties, we can only hope that the leaders in Washington won’t make the same mistakes that our socialist and liberal politicians did
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"Mr. Åkesson is party chairman of the Sweden Democrats. Mr. Karlsson is the party’s group leader in Parliament."



Above, Feb. 20, 2017, "Burned out cars following a riot in a suburb of Stockholm, Feb. 20. Photo: Associated Press" via WSJ
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Added: Six consecutive nights of rioting in Stockholm, Sweden in May 2013 sent notion of multi-cultural paradise constructed over decades by the Swedish Left up in smoke:

May 25, 2013, "Stockholm riots leave Sweden's dreams of perfect society up in smoke," UK Telegraph, Colin Freeman, Husby, Sweden: 

"Police were hardly to be seen, and when they did arrive, it was purely to protect the firefighters dealing with the car blaze rather than make arrests...."Anyone who wants to regulate immigration is immediately classified as a nationalist, which also implies a racist as well," he (Swedish academic Carlbom) said. "It is still almost impossible to debate this question."" In a central Sweden town, "25 masked youths set fire to a school on Friday night." The Swedish Left has "ruled the country for most of the post-war period." Stockholm's outskirts are now dominated by "immigrant populations, including large numbers from Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iraq." 

May 25, 2013, "Stockholm riots leave Sweden's dreams of perfect society up in smoke," UK Telegraph, Colin Freeman, Husby, Sweden

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Added: Dec. 2010 Islamic terror attack in Stockholm, Sweden at Christmas market: The bomber Abdulwahab "was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to Sweden in 1992 and then to Britain in 2001."...Abdulwahab’s father, Thamer, 61, lives in a town south of Stockholm.

12/12/2010, "Sweden suicide bomber: Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly was living in Britain," UK Telegraph, by

Dec. 2010, Stockholm Islamist bombing
"An Islamic suicide bomber who attacked Christmas shoppers in Sweden at the weekend is a British university graduate and was living in this country until two weeks ago." 

"Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly tried to set off a car bomb packed with gas canisters in a busy shopping street in Stockholm. The car caught fire and the bomber fled the scene before blowing himself up 300yd away 15 minutes later, injuring two bystanders. 

It emerged last night that Abdulwahab, who was due to turn 29 yesterday, is a former physical therapy student at Bedfordshire University in Luton, and that his wife and three young children still live in the town.... 

Abdulmutallab had trained in Yemen, but had become increasingly radical during his time in Britain. The security services and police are concerned that British university campuses have become breeding grounds for extremism. Neighbours told The Daily Telegraph last night that they had last seen Abdulwahab...two and a half weeks ago. The couple have two young girls and a baby son. His wife, Mona, a Swedish citizen, is said to run a home beauty company....Abdulwahab used to go to Friday prayers at the Islamic Centre in Luton.

The bomber had recently advertised on a Muslim dating site for a second wife, saying he was looking for a “lady 25-30 who lives in UK for marriage”. The site, Muslima.com, said he was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to Sweden in 1992 and then to Britain in 2001 to study for a degree in physical therapy, marrying in 2004. 

On his Facebook page, he included a group called Yawm al-Qiyaamah, meaning Day of Judgment, that featured a montage of Tower Bridge in flames. 

Reports from Sweden said Abdulwahab was shouting in Arabic and carrying six pipebombs, one of which exploded, along with a rucksack full of nails and explosives....

One witness said the bomber had worked as a sandwich board advertiser in the Drottninggatan shopping area. 

Carl Bildt, the Swedish foreign minister, said it was “a most worrying attempt at a terrorist attack”, adding that it “failed – but could have been truly catastrophic”. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said: “The Swedish government have indicated they believe this was a terrorist attack. We will be talking to them about the details of that attack.” 

Abdulwahab’s father, Thamer, 61, who lives in Tranås, south of Stockholm, said his son had been at the family home on Friday. 

“After he woke up Saturday morning, he took his car and drove off,” he said. “He did not say if he was going to Stockholm or elsewhere.” 

An Yemeni Islamist website, Shumukh al-Islam, published a photograph of Abdulwahab in dark glasses, saying: “It is our brother, mujahid Taymour Abdel Wahab, who carried out the martyrdom operation in Stockholm.” 

Twelve minutes before the bombing on Saturday, a Swedish news agency received a message with two sound files, one in Swedish and one in Arabic, that was also sent to the Swedish Security Police. The message criticised Swedes’ silence over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and Swedish soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Abdulwahab said: “Now your children, your daughters and your sisters will die as our brothers, our sisters and our children are dying.” 

He also asked his family for forgiveness for misleading them about a trip to the Middle East: “I never went to the Middle East to work or to make money, I went for jihad. He asked his wife to kiss the children on his behalf. “Tell them Daddy loves them,” he added." image above from UK Telegraph

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Added: Islamic terror attacks in in Europe mean loss of lucrative tourism dollars. Paris, France lost 1.5 million tourists and $1 billion in revenue in 2016 due to Islamic terror fears-AFP 

2/21/17, "Paris visitor numbers hit in 2016 after attacks," AFP, Katia Dolmadjian, Paris 

"Paris saw a drop of 1.5 million tourists in 2016 as fears linked to terror attacks scared off visitors, especially from China and Japan, figures showed Tuesday....
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Added: Also in France in 2016, Islamic mass murder on the Riviera via truck with bulletproof glass. French "terror" readiness consisted of police having hand guns. At least 84 killed, hundreds more injured:

7/15/16, "Nice (France) terror truck had bullet-resistant windshield," Debka File Exclusive (now req. subscription)
 
"At least 84 people were killed when a huge truck drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the French Riviera town of Nice on the famous Promenade des Anglais seafront Thursday night in a horrific Islamist terror attack. Hundreds more were injured."... 

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Comment: Deciding not to participate in your own genocide is a brave step. You'll be attacked by enraged globalist elites who thought they'd silenced you.
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Definition of genocide:

"Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation....It is...rather...a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be the disintegration of the 

political and social institutions, of 
culture, 
language, 
national feelings,  
religion, and the 
economic existence of national groups, 

and the destruction of personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups."... 

"The crime of genocide is defined in the "Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide."... 
 
"Raphael Lemkin in his masterpiece "Axis Rule in Occupied Europe" (1943) invented the term "genocide" by combining "genos" (race, people) and "cide" (to kill). Lemkin defined genocide"...from Genocide Watch

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1/7/2015, "The European Civil War: Elites vs People in a Fight for Survival," Gerald Warner, Breitbart London

"Europe is in a state of war: specifically, a civil war between the self-appointed elites who have destroyed much of the continent’s freedom, culture and prosperity and the insurgent populations they have deceived and enslaved."...






  
 

John McCain solicited illegal contribution from Russian official to his 2008 US presidential campaign. It was illegal of him to solicit a private donation since he opted for public financing. It's also illegal to accept donations from foreign nationals-Politico, Oct. 20, 2008

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Oct. 20, 2008, "McCain camp hits up Russian envoy," Politico, Ben Smith

"The Russian Mission to the United Nations has released a standard-issue fundraising letter [from U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain]...addressed to the Russian envoy to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, at the mission's address, but without his title....Bakhtin [press secretary of the Russian mission] confirmed the story to Politico...."We just find it amusing," he said....The Russian newswire RIA-Novosti tells it:"...
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Russian newswire RIA-Novosti article linked above:

10/20/2008, "Russian UN mission gets letter from McCain seeking campaign cash," sputnicknews.com 

"UNITED NATIONS, October 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's permanent mission to the UN has received a letter from U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain asking for financial support of his election campaign, the mission said in a statement on Monday. 

"We have received a letter from Senator John McCain with a request for a financial donation to his presidential election campaign. In this respect we have to reiterate that neither Russia's permanent mission to the UN nor the Russian government or its officials finance political activities in foreign countries," the statement said.

According to Ruslan Bakhtin, press secretary of the Russian mission, the letter dated September 29 and signed by McCain, was addressed to Vitaly Churkin, Russia's envoy to the UN, and arrived on October 16. 

The ambassador's title was not included in the letter, and was not clear why the letter had taken over two weeks to arrive. 

Enclosed was a request for a donation of up to $5,000 to McCain's election campaign to be returned with a check or permission to withdraw the money from the donor's credit card until October 24. 

Individual donations to candidates' election campaigns are capped by law at $2,300, and it is illegal to accept donations from foreign nationals

McCain accepted the $84 million in public financing available to his election campaign, and consequently cannot accept private donations. However, the Republican National Committee is collecting donations that can be used to support his candidacy in limited ways. 

Legal barriers aside, the request and the official response from the Russian mission appear even more confusing in the light of McCain's overall negative attitude toward Russia

Last year (2007) he said the G8 should exclude Russia, citing "diminishing political freedoms, a leadership dominated by a clique of former intelligence officers, [and] efforts to bully democratic neighbors." 

On August 12, during the brief conflict between Russia and Georgia in its breakaway region of South Ossetia, McCain said he had told Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili: "I know I speak for every American when I say to him, 'Today, we are all Georgians.''' 

The Gallup Poll daily tracking survey on Sunday showed Democrat Barack Obama leading McCain nationally by 10 percentage points, 52-42."






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Conservative movement is so fractured today that you’d have a tough time actually defining it and pointing to it. They can't even agree who is a conservative and who isn't-Rush Limbaugh, 2/22/17. UPDATE: CPAC ACU ranks Trump cabinet most conservative, surpassing Reagan

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2/22/17, "A Young Conservative Defends Milo," Rush Limbaugh

Rush: "By the way, the conservative movement today is so fractured that I think you’d have a tough time actually defining it and pointing to it.
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Who is the conservative movement, where is it located, and who runs it, and who’s in charge of it? They can’t even agree within the conservative movement who is a conservative and who isn’t."...
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Added: The conservative movement is where Trump voters are:

Laura Ingraham: The next governing coalition that calls itself conservative will have to reflect the views of the pro-Trump voters,” and reject Bush era policies around immigration and trade. NY Times, July 16, 2016 

7/16/2016, "Donald Trump Forces G.O.P. to Choose Between Insularity and Outreach," NY Times, Alexander Burns, Jonathan Martin .......    

"Laura Ingraham, a conservative radio host supportive of Mr. Trump, said the party’s future base would have to be made up of “working-class nationalists,” who have been drawn to Mr. Trump and reject the Bush-era policies around immigration and trade. 

The next governing coalition that calls itself conservative will have to reflect the views of the pro-Trump voters,” she said."...(8 parags. from end)
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Added: CPAC-ACU ranks Trump cabinet most conservative:

2/9/17, "CPAC-ACU: Trump's Cabinet the most conservative, surpassing Reagan," Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard

"Now, how are Never Trumpers gonna deal with that? No, seriously! Trump has appointed a more serious cabinet than even Reagan, according to the American Conservative Union." Rush Limbaugh, Feb. 23, 2017 

 
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Added: Members of the "Conservative Entertainment Complex"  have exposed themselves "as the irrelevant creatures they truly are."...

For example, National Review's Gang of 22:

1/21/16, "NATIONAL REVIEW cover, “AGAINST TRUMP: THE EDITORS Glenn Beck … David Boaz … L. Brent Bozell III … Mona Charen … Ben Domenech … Erick Erickson … Steven F. Hayward … Mark Helprin … William Kristol … Yuval Levin … Dana Loesch … Andrew C. McCarthy … David M. McIntosh … Michael Medved … Edwin Meese III … Russell Moore … Michael B. Mukasey … Katie Pavlich … John Podhoretz … R. R. Reno … Thomas Sowell … Cal Thomas Thomas.”  1/21/16 issue

 


















...Doug Ibendahl, Former Gen. Counsel of Illinois Republican Party 

1/22/16, "National Review just handed Donald Trump the Election," Republican Newswatch, by Doug Ibendahl "Doug Ibendahl is a Chicago Attorney and a former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party."

11/9/2015, Trump in Springfield, Illinois

















"National Review’s publication of the collective anti-Donald Trump missives from 22 self-appointed conservative potentates has caused quite a stir in Republican circles.

The nationwide responses range from, “Wait, I thought National Review went out of business years ago,” to “Ed Meese? Seriously?

The Gang of 22 have officially become parodies of themselves. One would have to reach back to the days of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew to lift an adequate quote to describe them.

“Nattering nabobs of negativism,” “vicars of vacillation,” “pusillanimous pussyfooters,” “the decadent few,” “ideological eunuchs,” “the effete corps of impudent snobs,” or “the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history” – take your pick, because they all apply about equally well to each and every one of them.

So clueless is the Gang of 22 they can’t even see how they’ve stumbled right into the narrative Trump’s been communicating so successfully for months. Just like the elected officials from both parties, the Gang of 22 has been GREAT at complaining about stuff, year, after year, after year.

But getting anything accomplished? Not so much.
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Many of the Gang of 22 have been hanging around and chattering for decades, and some are active cogs in the Conservative Entertainment Complex, deriving their income by pandering to conservative anger while offering no real solutions.
 
Donald Trump represents a threat to these ineffectual poohbahs in the same way he represents a threat to do-nothing public officials.
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Jealousy is also seriously at work here. Trump is inspiring and exciting a broad spectrum of the country like no member of the Gang of 22 ever has, or ever will.

In just seven months of campaigning, Trump already has more Americans listening to a Republican message than the entire Gang of 22 could muster over decades. Trump understands that before you can advance the ball, you have to convince people to take time from their busy lives to listen. No one on the GOP side since Ronald Reagan has accomplished that like Trump.

No one else has come close, and certainly no one from that “effete corps of impudent snobs” to which the National Review thinks we should defer.

The Gang of 22 had their chance. They’ve done a lot of bitching over the years, and it paid well for some.

But Americans care about results. They can plainly see that all of the empty talk from the Gang of 22 got us eight years of Barack Obama, and a loss in pretty much every conservative battle there was to lose.
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At the same time when Americans look at Donald Trump’s life they get a lot of assurance that here is finally a man who shares their focus on actually getting results. And Trump returns the respect by recognizing regular hard-working Americans are a lot smarter than any of the “ideological eunuchs” in all of their pontificating glory.

The “pusillanimous pussyfooters” love to nitpick Trump’s words, but what voters are looking for this year is competence and accomplishment. Donald Trump has an actual record of delivering both in spades.
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The Gang of 22 is right to be terrified. A President who could get things done would expose them as the irrelevant creatures they truly are.
 

It can’t happen fast enough."
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Doug Ibendahl is a Chicago Attorney and a former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party." image via Republican Newswatch

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Comment: "Professional conservatives" who did nothing to help us save this country are 100% invested in a definition of 'conservative' that has proven to be nothing but conversation for decades. We listened to these people as long as we did only because we thought they were going to help us save the country. But they didn't. We allowed them to waste our time for years, to pander to us, the only tangible result of which was big money for themselves. In failing to get fully on board with Trump voters, they gambled and missed. So, no, we're not interested in their new tv shows/ventures. (Some might include Rush Limbaugh in this group. As long as he continues to be on board with Trump and Trump voters, to be uniquely informative, and to provide daily transcripts of his programs, I don't include him in this group).





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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pew Poll finds President Trump is more popular among Republicans than the party's congressional leaders. Asked specifically who they'd trust if the two sides disagreed, most Republicans chose Trump. At 86% approval among Republicans and independent leaners, Trump remains highly popular. Only 57% view Sen. Mitch McConnell favorably-LA Times, 2/22/17

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Pew survey dates: Feb. 7-12, 2017

2/22/17, "Among Republicans, Trump is more popular than congressional leaders," LA Times, David Lauter

"Amid strain between the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress, the White House holds the high ground, a new survey indicates.

Among Republicans, President Trump has greater popularity than the party's congressional leaders. Asked specifically who they would trust if the two sides disagreed, most Republicans chose Trump over their party's leadership. 

The findings, from a new survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center underscore Trump's continued sway with the Republican congressional majority. Although the president has historically low job approval ratings among the public at large, he remains highly popular among Republican partisans and in Repubican districts.

As for Democrats, they're strongly in an oppositional mood. Asked if they were more worried that Democrats in Congress would go too far in opposing Trump or not go far enough, more than 70% of Democrats said they feared their party would not go far enough. Only 20% said they worried the party would go too far. 

Republicans in Congress have eyed Trump warily on several fronts. His positions on trade and entitlement reform break with years of the party's positions. His reluctance to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin has generated tension. And the administration's lack of clarity on healthcare and tax policy have Republican leaders guessing which way to turn on major issues. 

But Republican partisans have fewer reservations than their elected representatives. Eighty-six percent to 13%, those who identify as Republicans or as independents who lean Republican have a favorable view of Trump, the Pew survey found.

By comparison, 57% have a favorable view of Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, with 22% unfavorable and 21% having no opinion. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is slightly better known, with 65% of Republicans holding a favorable view, 23% an unfavorable view and 13% having no opinion.

Asked who they would trust if the two sides disagreed, 52% of Republicans said they would side with Trump and 34% with the Republicans in Congress. Republicans younger than 40 were the only major exception; 52% to 36%, they said they would side with Congress.

At the same time, Republican partisans now have a warmer opinion of their party leadership than they had during most of President Obama's tenure....

During the Obama years, GOP partisans tended to be frustrated that their side could not reverse the president's initiatives, even with a majority in the House, starting in 2010, and then in the Senate for Obama's last two years. Their view of the GOP leadership has rebounded strongly since the election. 

Democrats' view of their congressional leadership has been more stable. And both sides widely dislike the other party's leaders."
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Pew Poll "Methodology"

"The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted February 7-12, 2017 among a national sample of 1,503 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (377 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1,126 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 680 who had no landline telephone). The survey was conducted by interviewers at Princeton Data Source under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International. A combination of landline and cell phone random digit dial samples were used; both samples were provided by Survey Sampling International. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. Respondents in the landline sample were selected by randomly asking for the youngest adult male or female who is now at home. Interviews in the cell sample were conducted with the person who answered the phone, if that person was an adult 18 years of age or older. For detailed information about our survey methodology, see http://www.pewresearch.org/methodology/u-s-survey-research/

The combined landline and cell phone sample are weighted using an iterative technique that matches gender, age, education, race, Hispanic origin and nativity and region to parameters from the 2015 Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and population density to parameters from the Decennial Census. The sample also is weighted to match current patterns of telephone status (landline only, cell phone only, or both landline and cell phone), based on extrapolations from the 2016 National Health Interview Survey. The weighting procedure also accounts for the fact that respondents with both landline and cell phones have a greater probability of being included in the combined sample and adjusts for household size among respondents with a landline phone. The margins of error reported and statistical tests of significance are adjusted to account for the survey’s design effect, a measure of how much efficiency is lost from the weighting procedures."...



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Paris, France lost 1.5 million tourists and $1 billion in revenue in 2016 due to Islamic terror fears-AFP

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2/21/17, "Paris visitor numbers hit in 2016 after attacks," AFP, Katia Dolmadjian, Paris

"Paris saw a drop of 1.5 million tourists in 2016 as fears linked to terror attacks scared off visitors, especially from China and Japan, figures showed Tuesday. 

However, tourist numbers picked up towards the end of the year, suggesting the slump could be easing, regional tourism authority CRT said. 

The number of international visitors to the French capital fell almost nine percent in 2016, with numbers from Japan plummeting more than 40 percent and Chinese visitors down by more than 20 percent. 

Tourism from European countries was also hit with visitors from Italy and Russia declining by around a quarter despite the city hosting several matches of the Euro 2016 football championships, including the final.

The visitor figures are based on hotel arrivals. 

Major tourist attractions such as the Louvre museum, the Musee d'Orsay and Disneyland Paris saw visits drop between nine and 13 percent.

Visitors from the United States seemed however to be less affected by security concerns with a drop of just under five percent compared with 2015, representing around 100,000 visitors. 

The shortfall cost Paris about 1.3 billion euros ($1 billion), the CRT said. 

The body's president Frederic Valletoux said however that an uplift in bookings in November and December "makes us think that things could improve in 2017, even if they are rather weak signs at the moment". 

In November 2015, 130 people were killed in Paris when gunmen and suicide bombers from the Islamic State jihadist group attacked bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the Stade de France national stadium.

That attack came 10 months after two jihadist gunmen shot dead cartoonists and journalists at the Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. 

Earlier this month (Feb.), a soldier shot and wounded a machete-wielding Egyptian man who lunged at him outside the Louvre in Paris while shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God [Allah] Is Greatest).

Officials said the attacks had not been the only factor in discouraging visitors to Paris.
Valletoux said aside from the "exceptional security context", tourists were also put off by a wave of strikes and protests against the Socialist government's labour market reforms and heavy flooding that hit Paris and surrounding areas in May and June.

Valletoux said despite the global growth of room-sharing services such as Airbnb, their effect on hotel stays had been "marginal".

Figures revealed this month showed that despite fears linked to attacks, the nation as a whole retained its position as the world's number one tourist destination last year with between 82.5 million and 83 million foreign visitors."

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Added: Also in France in 2016, Islamic mass murder on the Riviera: terror truck on French Riviera had bulletproof glass. French terror 'alert' consisted of police having hand guns:

7/15/16, "Nice (France) terror truck had bullet-resistant windshield," Debka File Exclusive (now req. subscription)
 

"At least 84 people were killed when a huge truck drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the French Riviera town of Nice on the famous Promenade des Anglais seafront Thursday night in a horrific Islamist terror attack. Hundreds more were injured.

From the initial investigation of attack in the French resort city of Nice, it is clear that the large truck used to run down dozens of people on the promenade was carefully prepared for the attack, debkafile's counterterrorism sources report.
 
Terror truck window






The windshield and apparently the side windows of the cab were made of bulletproof glass. In other words, the driver carried out the attack while sitting in the protected cab that he had built for himself. It was the first time for this method to be used by terrorists.
 

Damage to the windshield showed that some, if not all, of the bullets fired at the cab did not penetrate it. The fact that the windshield was not broken, and the bullets left round holes without cracks, show that the windshield had been replaced with bulletproof glass or a layer of bullet-resistant protective plastic. 

Our sources point out that if the police in Nice, who have already been on a terror alert for an entire year, had been properly prepared for the large-scale event on a national holiday, they would have had more powerful and effective weapons that would have hit the terrorist
as he sat in the driver's seat, or at least been able to stop the truck by puncturing its tires.

Fire from the kind of handguns used by the Nice police cannot stop a speeding truck of this kind.


As it was, the terrorist lived to jump out and open fire on the crowds before being gunned down himself.


DEBKAfike earlier described the event.
 

At least 84 people were killed when a huge truck drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the French Riviera town of Nice on the famous Promenade des Anglais seafront Thursday night in a horrific Islamist terror attack.  Hundreds more were injured. Before he was shot dead by police, the driver opened fire on the throng.

People were advised to stay home and keep their cars off the roads in case of armed men out on the town. Police gunfire was an attempt to stop the huge truck, which continued to plough at a speed of 70kph  into the crowds of families and tourists watching a fireworks display. Guns and hand grenades were later found stowed in the truck. Police say the driver was 31 and of Tunisian origin.

This appears to be the deadliest terrorist attack in France since the Paris outrage last year. President Francois Hollande extended the national state of emergency that was due to expire next week by another three months and recalled police reservists to duty across France." image from Debka File




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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance; 81% favor mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants convicted of a felony in US. 52% agree to cut funds from sanctuary cities-Rasmussen, 2/21/17, 3 day rolling avg.

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"Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters favor a plan that calls for mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a felony in this country." 

2/21/17, "Daily Presidential Tracking Poll," Rasmussen Reports

"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance . Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 37% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -3.  (see trends).... 

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters think the country is heading in the right direction. This is the fourth week in a row that this finding has been in the mid-40s after running in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016....

The president is expected as soon as today to authorize the hiring of thousands of new ICE and Border Patrol officers and to put the deportation of criminal aliens on the fast track. Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters favor a plan that calls for mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a felony in this country. 

Fifty-two percent (52%) still believe the federal government should cut off funds to cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree....

If the president moves ahead with a major federal plan to rebuild infrastructure in the United States, most Americans don't think they should have to pay any extra taxes to fund it.
 
Nearly one-in-four Americans (23%) rate the safety of infrastructure – roads, bridges, dams, tunnels and the like – as poor in the area where they live. 
 
Some readers wonder how we come up with our job approval ratings for the president since they often don’t show as dramatic a change as some other pollsters do. [For example, Rasmussen's sample is "Likely Voters"]. It depends on how you ask the question and whom you ask. 

To get a sense of longer-term job approval trends for the president, Rasmussen Reports compiles our tracking data on a full month-by-month basis.
 
Rasmussen Reports has been a pioneer in the use of automated telephone polling techniques, but many other firms still utilize their own operator-assisted technology (see methodology). 

Daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. To reach those who have abandoned traditional landline telephones, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview randomly selected participants from a demographically diverse panel. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 1,500 Likely Voters is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Results are also compiled on a full-week basis and crosstabs for full-week results are available for Platinum Members." 




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