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Here’s the need-to-know info on Metro’s upcoming closing of Four Orange Line stations

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Come May, hundreds of workers in the Northern Virginia region will once again be tasked with finding alternative routes to their daily commutes as a result of WMATA’s three-year Platform Improvement Project.

At the end of 2019, Metro had completed construction work on six Blue and Yellow Line platforms—Braddock Road, King Street-Old Town, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield—in phase one of the project.

Next on Metro’s agenda is the renovation of several outdoor platforms on the Orange Line. Vienna, Dunn Loring and East Falls Church stations will be closed for 24/7 construction, while West Falls Church will remain open because it is equipped with two platforms that can be reconstructed one at a time, Metro announced in a recent press release. As of now, the scheduled closures will begin Memorial Day weekend and continue through the end of August.

While at the end of 2019, WMATA was expected to turn its attention to several Green and Yellow Line trains in 2020, the company announced in early December that it would postpone the work and instead focus on changes to the Orange Line, due to scope and cost, according to the The Washington Post.

WMATA is in the middle of its $300 million to $400 million, multi-year capital project to rebuild outdoor platforms at 20 stations, which is discussed in more detail here.

As of now, Metro is still finalizing plans, and has announced it will update commuters with further details in March.

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Here’s everything you need to know about electric scooters in Northern Virginia

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Alternative modes of transportation to driving are incredibly popular in the DMV, most likely due to the heightened amount of traffic accumulating on a daily basis. 

Among the most common? Electric scooters, which have increased in popularity throughout the region since they were first introduced in Washington, DC in the summer of 2018. 

According to a recent poll conducted by The Washington Post and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, 7% of the region’s adults say they rode an electric scooter to get from one place to another in the past year. Specifically in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, 5% of residents say they have used e-scooters. 

While they are currently easy to find in the streets of the District, e-scooters are not as common in the counties of Northern Virginia. Come 2020 though, the dockless scooters may become more accessible to residents, as each county is in the process of changing and updating its current regulations. 

Here, we share exactly what you can expect from the rise of electric scooters throughout Northern Virginia, broken down by county. 

Alexandria

Throughout the past year, the city of Alexandria started to distribute shared electric scooters within the town, evaluating the safety, popularity and overall performance of the companies that supply the devices in a pilot program. 

On Saturday, Dec. 14, the city council will consider the Phase II Pilot Program, which consists of updates to the original program, continuing through December 2020. The second phase, if approved, will limit one rider per device, reduce the speed of each scooter to 15 mph, limit riding scooters on sidewalks to designated areas within Alexandria and allow the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities to prohibit scooters on soft surface trails and public parks by signage. 

According to the city’s evaluation report of the initial pilot program, there are approximately 15,000 e-scooter users registered in Alexandria, all of whom took over 130,000 scooter trips in the first nine months of the pilot. 

Arlington County

In September of 2018, the Arlington County Board launched a pilot program of dockless scooters in order to evaluate the form of transportation in the region, which was organized and analyzed this fall. The key takeaways within the executive summary, published this September, include a positive impact to the transportation ecosystem in the county, “mixed results” for the community and a need for further regulation, increasing the overall safety of riders, pedestrians and drivers in Arlington.   

In November, following review and safety updates, the county board adopted regulations for e-scooters (reaching 15 mph) and other shared devices that will allow use on sidewalks, trails and bike lanes, unless specifically signed or marked otherwise. This official ordinance takes effect on Tuesday, Dec. 31.  

Fairfax County

Following the approval of a Shared Mobility Device (SMD) ordinance on Nov. 19, Fairfax County will allow e-scooters in the area, effective Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. 

E-scooter and other SMD operators—such as Bird, Skip, Lyme, JUMP and more—will be required to apply for a permit in the area, with a limit of 300 devices per permit. Depending on usage for each company, the fleet can be increased to 600 devices, which will be evaluated by Fairfax County’s Department of Cable and Consumer Services

In Fairfax County, the maximum speed permitted of an e-scooter is 10 mph. 

Loudoun County

While there isn’t a county-wide program in place surrounding e-scooters or other SMDs, Leesburg town council is meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10 to consider implementing regulation surrounding dockless mobility operations, including bikes, skateboards and scooters. 

The idea for bringing these methods of transportation to the town was initially introduced in September by the town council. At the public hearing this Tuesday, Leesburg residents will have the chance to present oral or written testimony on the proposed amendments, set to go into effect on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 if approved.

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Poll: Pierre Delecto’s approval rating in Utah now underwater at 46/51

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Boy, this “secret Twitter account” thing has hurt him more than I thought it would.

No, I kid. Obviously the backlash in this poll is to his frequent noisy criticism of Trump. It comes with caveats, of course. First, Romney’s not up for reelection until 2024 (and who knows if he’ll even run again). He’ll be there hounding the president to the bitter end even if Trump gets a second term no matter how low his polling in Utah goes. Second, I’m not sure Romney particularly cares about his polling. His attacks lately on Trump are clearly the work of a guy who’s thinking more about his legacy than his hold on his seat. If he ends up as Jeff Flake and has to retire because he can’t win a primary, on a scale of one to 100 I’d guess his anxiety about that is somewhere in the neighborhood of “one.” And third, although Mike Lee has been a loyal soldier for Trump in the Senate for the most part (even backing his Syria withdrawal recently), Lee’s job approval is no better than Mitt’s. He’s at 43/47 compared to Romney’s 46/51. If kissing Trump’s ass is the secret to popularity with Republicans in Utah, why isn’t Lee at 60/40 or whatever?

Leave all that aside, though. This is a fantastic poll for Trump if only because it shows other Republicans in the Senate that not even Mitt Romney is immune from a backlash in Utah for criticizing him. If the first Mormon presidential nominee can be underwater in a state where Mormons are 60+ percent of the population simply because he’s anti-Trump, God help any GOP senator whose political position isn’t as secure in their own home state. See why I’m skeptical that Schumer will find even four Republicans to join with Democrats to give the pro-removal vote a majority of the Senate?

Although Romney’s and Lee’s overall approval numbers are nearly identical, the partisan coalitions that form their bases are starkly different. As you’d expect, right-wingers love Lee and then his popularity fades as you move further left. Romney, however, is disliked by both the very right-wing and very left-wing — and pretty popular among everyone in between.

— Romney’s approval rate among “strong Republicans” is actually underwater: Only 40 percent approve of him, while 59 percent disapprove of him.

That is rather amazing.

— But “strong Republicans” really like Lee, 72-19 percent.

Romney’s problem with the reddest of his party is no doubt because he has been critical of Trump, while Lee has mostly stood by the president.

Romney rebounds among those who said they are “not very strong Republicans.” He has a 71-23 percent approval rating among them.

Lee’s approval rating among that GOP group is 59-24 percent.

True political independents give Romney a 44-52 percent approval rating; Lee gets 36-53 percent approval from this group.

The most dramatic difference between them comes among Democrats. Lee is at single digits in approval among independent-leaning Dems, not-very-strong Dems, and strong Dems. By comparison, Romney is at 36 percent, 65 percent(!), and 32 percent among those groups, respectively. Obviously you’d rather have Lee’s coalition in a state as red as Utah than Mitt’s, since Mitt is more susceptible to a primary challenge and wouldn’t win most of those Democratic voters who approve of him right now in a general election. But these numbers do go to show that stalwart support for Trump is no guarantee of overall popularity even in a state as Republican as Utah. In fact, the same poll found that all three Republican members of Utah’s House delegation are *also* underwater in approval while the state’s lone Democrat in the House is in positive territory. That suggests that many voters aren’t thrilled with the GOP’s decision to stand by Trump on impeachment.

Elsewhere today, Tim Miller is urging Senator Delecto to take the final step in his political journey, a step made easier by the rising prospect of him not being reelected in Utah: It’s third-party time. No, no, not a third-party presidential candidacy. A new third party. To change the balance of power in the Senate.

First and foremost, it is electorally viable on a small scale. Mitt himself, thanks to his profile and the unique nature of the electorate in Utah, could survive without succumbing to the partisan poles that most politicians are slaves to. Secondly there are some obvious candidates for existing politicians who could join him to create a real organization. Moderate Republican governors Charlie Baker and Phil Scott from his erstwhile home in New England. Other anti-Trump electeds in Utah. Other Republicans in blue states or Democrats in red states who might need to shed their toxic party brand to survive. And most importantly a few fellow senators who might be interested in making a similar calculation: Namely Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin.

He has a point about GOP governors. Figures like Charlie Baker and Larry Hogan really do seem to belong to a separate party already. It’s not just that they’re moderate GOPers governing very blue states, it’s that they have no presence whatsoever in the right-wing media ecosystem. Surely they and other prominent but now out-of-office figures like John Kasich and Flake would be interested initially in the “Pierre Party,” let’s call it. And Miller’s also right that *if* the Senate shakes out a certain way next fall, even a small bloc of three like Romney, Murkowski, and Manchin could exert outsized influence over the body. If the Senate ends up as 51/49 in favor of the GOP and those three break away, they could effectively choose who the majority leader is, how the Senate operates, and so on.

It’d be almost hallucinatory to have the last 10 years of Republican politics end up with a third party led by Mitt Romney, of all people, brokering power in the Senate. The decade began with a populist righty backlash to ObamaCare that produced the tea party, a movement that wrestled with whether to try to take over the GOP or break away. It lost in 2012 with Romney, who was never a great fit for cultural reasons, but won its greatest victory with Trump, who was never a great fit for ideological reasons and who himself functioned as a sort of independent during the primaries. Under Miller’s plan this would culminate with Romney ceding the GOP to Trumpist forces and breaking away to form his own moderate outfit for centrist Republicans that could conceivably end up roadblocking the populists’ agenda in the Senate. Even the writers of the virtual reality we live in would consider it too far-fetched, I think, but it has an intriguing symmetry. Besides, if you believe today’s poll, Romney may well end up as a one-termer. Might as well make the most of his remaining time!

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Missile Defense Now – Beats Missile Defense in a Decade…Maybe

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Let’s Play Some Defense, Shall We?

 

The planet has a bit of a nuclear weapon proliferation problem.

Many of the Good Guys have them.

The US Nuclear Arsenal

The Story of How Britain Got Nuclear Weapons

France Has Lots of Nuclear Weapons

India’s Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Keeps Getting Bigger and Bigger

Included herein is a Good Guy – who may or may not have them.

Does Israel Really Have Nuclear Weapons?

And more and more of the Bad Guys have them.

The Big China Nuclear Threat No One Is Talking About

Russia’s Putin Unveils ‘Invincible’ Nuclear Weapons

Pakistan Has Lots of Nuclear Weapons

How Did North Korea Get Nuclear Weapons?

Excellent question.  Often, because the alleged Good Guys – are very, VERY stupid.

You Can Thank Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton for North Korea’s Nukes

If a Bad Guy wants to get there – they can often count on an alleged Good Guy being very, VERY stupid.

Fact-Check: Yes, the (Barack Obama) Nuclear Deal Hands ‘$150 Billion’ Over to Iran

The planet has a bit of a nuclear weapon proliferation problem….

Since They All Have Nukes And Missiles – We Absolutely Should Have Missile Defense

Right now, the only missile defense system we have doing any missile defensing – is the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD):

“The Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System provides Combatant Commanders the capability to engage and destroy limited intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile threats in space to protect the United States….

“Ground-Based Interceptors are emplaced at Fort Greely, Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. A total of 44 interceptors are currently emplaced.”

A key component of the GMD – is the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV):

“The RKV is meant as an upgrade and supplement to the current Exo-Atmospheric Kill Vehicle, or EKV.

“Both systems are ground-based interceptors for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency designed to defend the U.S. mainland against long-range ballistic missile attacks.

“The RKV offers improved maneuverability and targeting performance compared to the EKV, which has a poor test record.”

Except – the Defense Department (DoD) just killed the RKV.

Pentagon Terminates Program for Redesigned Kill Vehicle, Preps for New Competition

Have there been tech issues?  There have:

“The EKV, designed to destroy targets in high-speed collisions after separating from a booster rocket, has struggled in testing….”

There were problems.  As there always are at some point with almost all things – especially things this high-tech and uber-sophisticated.

But we can take solace:

In the history of each and every thing that has worked – there was a time when each and every one of them didn’t work.

And the problems we were having – were being fixed:

“(It) has performed reliably in major test events in recent years including a complex salvo test earlier this year.”

Instead of the current, intact, in-place, improving system – what does the DoD have planned?:

“Now that the RKV is dead in the water, the Pentagon plans to move forward with a new, next-generation interceptor competition, the statement said.”

Except – are we anywhere near a “new, next-generation interceptor?”  We’re not even close:

“The defense official said the Pentagon is still working through the details of a new, next-generation interceptor competition, including when it will be initiated and the pace at which the technology will be developed and fielded.”

The Defense Department hasn’t even yet decided what “new, next-generation interceptor” means.  Because the DoD doesn’t even yet know what a “new, next-generation interceptor” is.

This is like killing the automobile – and then beginning the process of identifying the next mode of transportation.  Which hasn’t even yet been conceived.

Well, in the meantime – we need to get around.  So don’t preemptively kill the car.

And in the meantime – we need a missile defense system.  So don’t preemptively kill the RKV.

Since the current missile defense system is the only missile defense system even conceived – let’s keep it around.

At the very least – until you can actually define what “new, next-generation interceptor” means.

Our national security is far too important – to go fishing all over again…without any safety net whatsoever.

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How Did Big Tech Get So Big? Massive Government Cronyism – Like Section 230

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Today’s thought foray – requires us to define a few terms.  First:

Internet Service Providers (ISPs):

The companies that have in the last quarter-century invested more than a trillion dollars – building the actual Internet.  Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, AT&T, etc.  The companies that laid the Information Superhighway – upon which all the rest of us ride.  The bandwidth providers.

“Edge Providers”:

The Big Tech companies.  And not just located in the Silicon Valley – more than a few are de facto centered in Communist China.  Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc.  The biggest of the Information Superhighway riders.  The Bandwidth Hogs – consuming way more than half of all the US bandwidth the ISPs provide.

The Left loves to categorize the ISPs as evil, monster companies – demanding and getting monster government cronyism.

Free & Open Internet:

“The free and open internet is a powerful tool for everyone fighting for social change and racial justice. But companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon – and their government allies – want to destroy it.”

Except as with nigh everything Left – this is titanically stupid.  For a host of reasons.

The companies allegedly looking to destroy the free and open Internet – spent more than a trillion dollars building the free and open Internet.  I’m sure their shareholders would object to their now destroying it.

So they’re probably not going to do it.  As evidenced by the entirety of the quarter-century of the private sector Internet’s existence – during which they never, ever have.

The ISPs – and their “government allies?”  This is laughable on its face.

AT&T (Market Cap: $280 billion), Comcast (Market Cap: $209 billion) and Verizon (Market Cap: $251 billion) – are certainly big.

But these hugest of ISPs – are nowhere near as huge as the Big Tech likes of Apple (Market Cap: $1.1 trillion), Amazon (Market Cap: $869 billion) and Google (Market Cap: $863 billion).

The Big Tech companies – spend MUCH more on government candidates.  And get MUCH more government cronyism in return.

Latest Beneficiary of D.C. Cronyism: Apple – The Most Valuable Company in the World

Amazon: One Of The Biggest Of Bigfoot Cronyism-Recipient Lobbyists

Cronyism: For the Likes of Google, It is Really, REALLY Good to be a Friend of Obama

ISPs spend most of their time – asking governments to leave them alone.  This isn’t cronyism – this is begging the government to let them engage in capitalism.

Big Tech spends most of their time – demanding governments do them special favors.  This isn’t capitalism – this is cronyism.

As but one example: The very stupid policy known as Network Neutrality.

Net Neutrality is a stupidly huge government imposition in the Internet – specifically on the ISPs.  A whole host of regulations restricting just about everything ISPs do to provide us service.

ISPs ask governments – to leave them alone with this Net Neutrality nonsense.

Big Tech demands government impose Net Neutrality – because it guarantees them huge government-mandated benefits.

To name but one:

As mentioned, Big Tech consumes way more than half of all US bandwidth.  Net Neutrality – mandates they not be charged any money for any of it.  We the Little People would pay MUCH more for our service – to subsidize the likes of Apple, Amazon and Google.

Net Neutrality is massive government regulation – to impose massive Big Tech cronyism.

The ISPs’ “government allies” – are simply less government types who know how stupid Net Neutrality is…and therefore don’t want to impose it.

Big Tech’s government cronies – are sell-out politicians who know how stupid Net Neutrality is…but impose it anyway because their paymasters demand it.

All of which brings us to the biggest Big Tech cronyism of all:

Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act:

“Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (a common name for Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996) is a piece of Internet legislation.

“It provides immunity from liability for providers and users of an interactive computer service who publish information provided by others.

“An immunity clause in the Act states that no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

We must now define two additional terms:

Publisher:

What we’ve always seen pre-Internet.  Newspapers, books and the like.  They edit content – so they control content.  And thus are eligible to be sued – unprotected by Section 230.

Platform:

An almost-exclusively Internet creation.  To allow for user-provided website content – videos, comments, etc – Section 230 indemnifies the websites hosting the content from being libel from many laws for the content.

Section 230 – is a HUGE government benefit to Big Tech.

And Section 230 makes some sense – so long as the Big Tech beneficiaries uphold their tiny end of this massively beneficial bargain.

Big Tech platforms – must be open to ALL users. With content only edited or deleted – for a certain, specific set of defined obvious reasons: Posting pornography, foul language, etc.

Ideological censorship – is a Section 230 no-no.

But Leftist Big Tech – censors less government types all the time.

Conservatives Face a Tough Fight as Big Tech’s Censorship Expands

Big Tech Censors Conservatives, Christians; Facebook, Google: ‘So What?’

Big Tech Has Transitioned from ‘We Don’t Censor Conservatives’ to ‘We Do and You Can’t Stop Us’

Well, we can stop them, actually.

As with nigh all things policy – the original sin here is too much government.

In this instance, the too much government – is the massive Big Tech cronyism of Section 230.

Former FCC Bureau Chief: Masters of the Universe ‘Abused’ Section 230 to Censor Conservatives

“A spokesperson for (Texas Republican) Sen. Cruz told Breitbart News in a statement:

“‘Big Tech enjoys a subsidy that no other industry does: immunity from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That immunity is predicated on the expectation that social media would be neutral public forums.

“‘Big Tech has made it abundantly clear they have no intention of abiding by that, taking the opposite tact by operating as partisan publishers.

“‘Sen. Cruz believes if they’re going to choose to be partisan publishers, then there is little reason why they should get a special immunity from liability that other publishers, such as the New York Times, don’t enjoy.’”

Most of DC is, as nigh always, bizarrely removed from Reality – and actual answers to actual questions.

A few weeks ago I attended a DC debate on Big Tech censorship.

Conservative and Human Events Editor Will Chamberlain – wanted the government to force Big Tech companies to host just about all content.

Libertarian and Reason Magazine Associate Editor Robby Soave – wanted to leave all things relevant as is.

They were opposed to one another.  I was opposed to both.

In the hour-plus long debate – NO ONE even referenced Section 230.  It never, ever came up.

Until I mentioned it during the Question & Answer period.

Oops.

Very few people in the room seemed pleased I did.  And I was screeched at by Big Tech defenders on Twitter – who were watching the event’s livestream.

The most interesting reaction?

I will now be as vague as possible about the following – to protect the involved:

A person who works for one of the biggest of Big Tech companies – a conservative I’ve known for years – was seated next to me.  This person turned to me and whispered something along the lines of:

“If you get rid of Section 230 – it will kill these companies.”

Really?  Many of these near-trillion companies got to be near-trillion dollar companies – almost solely because of Section 230?

And they can’t exist without it?

That sounds like the quintessential definition of government cronyism.

Fake energy solar panel and wind turbine companies can’t exist without government cronyism.  Should we continue to prop up them too?

That doesn’t seem to me to be very conservative, free market or less government.

So why are so many conservative, free market and less government types – defending it?

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Harold Finch Comments on a Tale of Two Pictures (Me, too)

Intrepid independent researcher @NameRedacted was suspended multiple times on Twitter for what amounted to hurting the feelings of leftists and challenging their blatant lies. In his final incarnation, he was “Harold Finch,” and after being suspended for the final time has subsequently moved to Telegram where he runs a repository consisting of important factoids, linked articles, and personal commentary available to the masses. He can be found here.

Sometimes his poignant commentary deserves a much wider audience, and San Fran Nan’s staged walkout of the meeting with President Trump the other day provided the impetus for this blast. I will add my own two cents at the end.

Before getting to our commentary, here is the what transpired at the meeting:

President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., heated up their ongoing war of words after a White House meeting on Syria devolved into name-calling and led to Democrats storming out, with both sides accusing the other of a “meltdown.” Pelosi, along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., walked out of the meeting Wednesday afternoon, which had been intended to discuss the administration’s decision to pull troops out of northern Syria. That decision has sparked bipartisan criticism that the decision betrays the Kurds, while giving a boost to ISIS.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham dismissed the [Democrat] reports about the meeting [Cvrk comment: they ran to the press microphones in a staged event after walking out of the meeting to spin it like they always do]:

“The President was measured, factual and decisive, while Speaker Pelosi’s decision to walk out was baffling, but not surprising,” Grisham said. “She had no intention of listening or contributing to an important meeting on national security issues. While democratic leadership chose to storm out and get in front of the cameras to whine, everyone else in the meeting chose to stay in the room and work on behalf of this country.”

Read the rest here. That pretty much says it all, but there are a couple pictures from the event that provide a lot more than simple context, as Harold Finch notes! Without further ado, here is his analysis….

This White House meeting that included hysterics by Nancy Pelosi can really be defined as a tale of two pictures. The first is unhinged Pelosi lecturing the man who writes the letters to the families of the fallen soldiers (the meetings centered on “Turkey and the Kurds”). Check out the first picture here:

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Note carefully that her body language screams out of control, rude, and disrespectful. And Chuck Schumer smirking like a childish teenager watching the mouthy kid run her mouth at the Teacher. This is supposed to be a national security meeting on events in Syria. The Democrats are acting like they are the Commander in Chief berating an officer who is giving them advice they don’t want to hear. They’re drunk on Power. They’re demanding the President start a war with a NATO member and sacrifice our soldiers, all while they refuse to vote to authorize use of force much less vote to declare war on Turkey. That means this cry for war isn’t even a serious one. They don’t believe in it enough to hold a vote. They want President Trump to get into an ugly quagmire that bleeds us white to help them in 2020 election. They don’t care about Kurds. They CERTAINLY don’t care about American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines.

Then there is the second picture which is QUITE a contrast!

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In this picture, we have the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Advisor, the Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the House Minority Leader, and others. In this picture, the President’s body language says he rejects her attack and is insulted. You can see it in his face he is insulted. This man writes every letter to families of those Mil families who loved one’s life is lost. He sees their pain up close & face to face. Their lives matter to him. He’s sitting down. He’s not aggressive in posture, but he’s offended.

The Chairman of JCS is looking down ignoring Pelosi. See his shoulder? US Army Special Forces & Ranger Tabs. Chest full of medals. He doesn’t take her seriously. His hands clasped likely praying. This is serious business. Everyone on this side of the table is sober & here for serious business. No laughing. No mocking. No insults. The SECDEF is clearly tense, with hands clasped, lips parsed, and a stern brow. He’s seething mad but determined to hide it.

Here’s the whole picture for comparison purposes:

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Everyone else on the President’s side of the table, including the House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, is embarrassed by and disgusted with Pelosi, Hoyer and Schumer. It’s clear the three of them never intended for this to be a good faith meeting. This was Pelosi threatening the President and he, his advisers, the Republicans, and the national security staff having none of their childishness. No one accepted the Democrats’ putting politics before America’s national security and the lives of our troops. The only skin in the game that the Democrats have is crass partisan politics; the lives of our troops are merely chess pieces in their quest for political power.

Here is a final picture, showing the President making a measured statement to the lesser-ranking Democrats who remained in the meeting.

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This is the aftermath: when Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Steny Hoyer couldn’t force the Commander in Chief into a bloody quagmire in Syria a year before a presidential election, they threw a temper tantrum and stormed out.

Let me be blunt: the Democrats don’t give a flying f**k about America, our troops, the Kurds, or about YOU whom they are supposedly serving. The *ONLY* thing the Democrats care about is obtaining AND KEEPING political power AT ANY COST.

The moral of this sordid story is, Ddn’t ever let these dangerous people have power. It is CRITICAL to the safety of our nation that we take the House away from Pelosi &and further marginalize Chuck Schumer. You have a choice in 2020, America: a president and Congress who want the wars ended and the troops to come home, or a resident and congress who want endless wars and endless sacrifice of American lives to keep them in power. Choose wisely.

End of Finch’ commentary

A couple of points to add to Finch’s excellent synopsis:

  • San Fran Nan is concerned that pulling out 26 (!) special forces soldiers off the Syria-Turkey border is going to let ISIS back in the game? That’s laughable, particularly after her total silence during the years in which Obama allowed ISIS grow from nothing into a threat!
  • This isn’t the first time that they’ve pulled this stunt (running to a media microphone to spin a contentious meeting with @POTUS). This is what career politicians do; non-politicians and problem-solvers like @POTUS work through differences and deliver the goods!

Finally, here is the most accurate pictorial characterization of that White House meeting. Unbelievably spot on!

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The end.

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Vice President Pence Must Save Us from Elon Musk Syndrome

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The Feds Must Stop Smoking What Musk Is Smoking

 

Please allow a personal point of privilege at the outset:

I REALLY like Mike Pence.  Zero sarcasm – I think he is a really good guy.

Pence once saved my professional bacon – now more than a decade ago.

I had scheduled a huge Capitol Hill anti-Fairness Doctrine press conference.  Lots of Senators and Congressmen were part of the itinerary – including then-Congressman Pence.

One of the Senators’ offices had secured for us a Senate press room – which then turned out to be not so secured.  It was double-booked – and we were out.

Pence stepped right up – and had his staffers scramble and secure us a place on the House side to host it.

Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.  But emblematic of the man I got to know a little over the years.

I was absolutely thrilled when Donald Trump chose Pence to be his vice presidential candidate.  It was a brilliant decision.

Pence is a solid conservative – who bolstered a presidential candidate whose conservative bona fides were at that time understandably in question.

After winning the election, I then remember Pence being excoriated stupidly and ridiculously – for wisely not having one-on-one private meetings with women not his wife.

Pence was lambasted by the Left as being a prude – who was holding back his (very many) women staffers by not granting them equal access to…what, his hotel room on business trips?  Grabbing a coffee in the lobby is anti-women?

Five seconds later, the Harvey Weinstein story broke and the #MeToo “movement” swept the media landscape.  One Democrat after another was revealed to be a women-assaulting ass hat.

Proving Pence and his personal policy – were wise and right.  And the Leftists in and out of the media who attacked him – were stupid and stupid.

I think Pence is the perfect presidential successor to Trump.  We the People will get all the great policy substance – with a much more low-key style.

I don’t mind Trump’s style.  In fact, I thoroughly enjoy it.  I enjoy most people from Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx – most of whom are nigh exactly like Trump.

But if eight years delivers US to a critical density of Trump Fatigue – President Pence is the perfect national palate cleanser.

All of this is to say – I have long very much liked and respected now-Vice President Mike Pence.

Which is why his one political and policy blind spot – is so very out of character.  Pence appears to suffer from Elon Musk Syndrome.

Pence is by no means alone in being afflicted with Elon Musk Syndrome.  It is a condition – run rampant in Washington, D.C.

Elon Musk Syndrome – is being enamored with government money sopper Elon Musk.

Elon Musk: The $5-Billion-Government-Money-Recipient ‘Genius’

That $5 billion tally – was tallied in 2015.  Musk’s take is MUCH huger now.

Musk’s far-and-away greatest skill?  Convincing lots and lots government officials to keep giving him gobs and gobs of our money.

To keep propping up his very many failed businesses.

Many of Musk’s failed businesses – are predicated upon fake energy.

Musk loves taking LOTS of our money for his ridiculous solar power (SolarCity) and electric car (Tesla) businesses.

Walmart Shines Light on Elon Musk’s Thorny SolarCity Deal in New Lawsuit Against Tesla

Heavily Subsidized and Failing: Elon Musk and SolarCity

SolarCity Deal Is a Rich Subsidy Package

Elon Musk’s SolarCity Sues Government For More Subsidies

Tesla and Its Subsidies

Tesla’s Main Product Isn’t Cars, It’s Subsidies

It’s Confirmed: Without Government Subsidies, Tesla Sales Implode

Where does a whole lot of our money go?  Mainlined into Musk’s wallet.

Tesla’s Elon Musk Tops the List of America’s Highest Paid CEOs by State with $2.3 Billion in Earnings Last Year

Musk self-compensated – $2.3 billion.  In one year.  For running a car company that can not even exist – without massive, ongoing infusions of our money.

All of this – is exceedingly lame.

Speaking of exceedingly lame – behold Musk’s SpaceX.

Is SpaceX Wasting Taxpayer Dollars?

Short answer – yes:

“Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made a name for itself as an innovative company on the cutting edge of aerospace technology. Behind the successful marketing, however, lies a disturbing case of cronyism that needs more investigation and public transparency….

“It is dumbfounding that more questions aren’t being asked about SpaceX. Despite the government’s knowledge of systemic deficiencies with SpaceX rockets and systems, it continues to contract with them, putting billions of taxpayer dollars in the hands of an unreliable company.”

Musk’s latest SpaceX failures?

Why NASA’s Annoyed About Elon Musk’s Giant Rocket:

“SpaceX has never flown a person into space in its Crew Dragon, its first crew-capable spacecraft.”

Ummm…if Musk has never flown a crew on his Crew Dragon – it ain’t “crew-capable”:

“(T)he Crew Dragon…(is) well behind schedule. Awarded a NASA contract in 2014, SpaceX initially said it would deliver an operational vehicle that astronauts could fly in by 2017. But that still hasn’t happened.”

Delays and Safety Concerns Mar NASA’s Plans to Fly Astronauts on Commercial Spacecraft

But wait – it appears The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has FINALLY had enough of Musk and his very many failures.

NASA Attacks Elon Musk and SpaceX for ‘Years of Delays’ Failing to Deliver for US Taxpayer:

“NASA boss Jim Bridenstine has taken a thinly veiled shot at Elon Musk over the SpaceX chief’s inability to meet his deadline to the US space agency….

“Mr Bridenstine tweeted:

“‘Commercial Crew is years behind schedule.  NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It’s time to deliver.’”

The only thing Musk has more of than our money?  Annoying, extraordinarily mis-possessed chutzpah.

Elon Musk Trolls NASA Chief with His Own Sick Space Burn

In response to very real concerns about billions of our dollars – expressed by Musk’s boss – Musk gets insulting and snarky.  On CNN.

What an ass hat.

It is time to FINALLY fire Musk and his SpaceX (and his Tesla…and his SolarCity…).

Which brings us back to Pence.

Pence has been an apparent fan of Musk.

SpaceX Gets a Shout-Out from Vice President Pence – February 22, 2018

Well, Trump made Pence the Chair of the Administration’s National Space Council – in July, 2017.

Which means by now – Pence knows all about Musk and SpaceX’s very many failings.

Which means Pence – is in a position to do something about it.

Which means Pence – should fire Musk and his SpaceX.

To FINALLY save We the Taxpayers from Musk and his SpaceX – and their very many failings.

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Vice President Pence Must Save Us from Elon Musk Syndrome

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The Feds Must Stop Smoking What Musk Is Smoking

 

Please allow a personal point of privilege at the outset:

I REALLY like Mike Pence.  Zero sarcasm – I think he is a really good guy.

Pence once saved my professional bacon – now more than a decade ago.

I had scheduled a huge Capitol Hill anti-Fairness Doctrine press conference.  Lots of Senators and Congressmen were part of the itinerary – including then-Congressman Pence.

One of the Senators’ offices had secured for us a Senate press room – which then turned out to be not so secured.  It was double-booked – and we were out.

Pence stepped right up – and had his staffers scramble and secure us a place on the House side to host it.

Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.  But emblematic of the man I got to know a little over the years.

I was absolutely thrilled when Donald Trump chose Pence to be his vice presidential candidate.  It was a brilliant decision.

Pence is a solid conservative – who bolstered a presidential candidate whose conservative bona fides were at that time understandably in question.

After winning the election, I then remember Pence being excoriated stupidly and ridiculously – for wisely not having one-on-one private meetings with women not his wife.

Pence was lambasted by the Left as being a prude – who was holding back his (very many) women staffers by not granting them equal access to…what, his hotel room on business trips?  Grabbing a coffee in the lobby is anti-women?

Five seconds later, the Harvey Weinstein story broke and the #MeToo “movement” swept the media landscape.  One Democrat after another was revealed to be a women-assaulting ass hat.

Proving Pence and his personal policy – were wise and right.  And the Leftists in and out of the media who attacked him – were stupid and stupid.

I think Pence is the perfect presidential successor to Trump.  We the People will get all the great policy substance – with a much more low-key style.

I don’t mind Trump’s style.  In fact, I thoroughly enjoy it.  I enjoy most people from Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx – most of whom are nigh exactly like Trump.

But if eight years delivers US to a critical density of Trump Fatigue – President Pence is the perfect national palate cleanser.

All of this is to say – I have long very much liked and respected now-Vice President Mike Pence.

Which is why his one political and policy blind spot – is so very out of character.  Pence appears to suffer from Elon Musk Syndrome.

Pence is by no means alone in being afflicted with Elon Musk Syndrome.  It is a condition – run rampant in Washington, D.C.

Elon Musk Syndrome – is being enamored with government money sopper Elon Musk.

Elon Musk: The $5-Billion-Government-Money-Recipient ‘Genius’

That $5 billion tally – was tallied in 2015.  Musk’s take is MUCH huger now.

Musk’s far-and-away greatest skill?  Convincing lots and lots government officials to keep giving him gobs and gobs of our money.

To keep propping up his very many failed businesses.

Many of Musk’s failed businesses – are predicated upon fake energy.

Musk loves taking LOTS of our money for his ridiculous solar power (SolarCity) and electric car (Tesla) businesses.

Walmart Shines Light on Elon Musk’s Thorny SolarCity Deal in New Lawsuit Against Tesla

Heavily Subsidized and Failing: Elon Musk and SolarCity

SolarCity Deal Is a Rich Subsidy Package

Elon Musk’s SolarCity Sues Government For More Subsidies

Tesla and Its Subsidies

Tesla’s Main Product Isn’t Cars, It’s Subsidies

It’s Confirmed: Without Government Subsidies, Tesla Sales Implode

Where does a whole lot of our money go?  Mainlined into Musk’s wallet.

Tesla’s Elon Musk Tops the List of America’s Highest Paid CEOs by State with $2.3 Billion in Earnings Last Year

Musk self-compensated – $2.3 billion.  In one year.  For running a car company that can not even exist – without massive, ongoing infusions of our money.

All of this – is exceedingly lame.

Speaking of exceedingly lame – behold Musk’s SpaceX.

Is SpaceX Wasting Taxpayer Dollars?

Short answer – yes:

“Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made a name for itself as an innovative company on the cutting edge of aerospace technology. Behind the successful marketing, however, lies a disturbing case of cronyism that needs more investigation and public transparency….

“It is dumbfounding that more questions aren’t being asked about SpaceX. Despite the government’s knowledge of systemic deficiencies with SpaceX rockets and systems, it continues to contract with them, putting billions of taxpayer dollars in the hands of an unreliable company.”

Musk’s latest SpaceX failures?

Why NASA’s Annoyed About Elon Musk’s Giant Rocket:

“SpaceX has never flown a person into space in its Crew Dragon, its first crew-capable spacecraft.”

Ummm…if Musk has never flown a crew on his Crew Dragon – it ain’t “crew-capable”:

“(T)he Crew Dragon…(is) well behind schedule. Awarded a NASA contract in 2014, SpaceX initially said it would deliver an operational vehicle that astronauts could fly in by 2017. But that still hasn’t happened.”

Delays and Safety Concerns Mar NASA’s Plans to Fly Astronauts on Commercial Spacecraft

But wait – it appears The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has FINALLY had enough of Musk and his very many failures.

NASA Attacks Elon Musk and SpaceX for ‘Years of Delays’ Failing to Deliver for US Taxpayer:

“NASA boss Jim Bridenstine has taken a thinly veiled shot at Elon Musk over the SpaceX chief’s inability to meet his deadline to the US space agency….

“Mr Bridenstine tweeted:

“‘Commercial Crew is years behind schedule.  NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It’s time to deliver.’”

The only thing Musk has more of than our money?  Annoying, extraordinarily mis-possessed chutzpah.

Elon Musk Trolls NASA Chief with His Own Sick Space Burn

In response to very real concerns about billions of our dollars – expressed by Musk’s boss – Musk gets insulting and snarky.  On CNN.

What an ass hat.

It is time to FINALLY fire Musk and his SpaceX (and his Tesla…and his SolarCity…).

Which brings us back to Pence.

Pence has been an apparent fan of Musk.

SpaceX Gets a Shout-Out from Vice President Pence – February 22, 2018

Well, Trump made Pence the Chair of the Administration’s National Space Council – in July, 2017.

Which means by now – Pence knows all about Musk and SpaceX’s very many failings.

Which means Pence – is in a position to do something about it.

Which means Pence – should fire Musk and his SpaceX.

To FINALLY save We the Taxpayers from Musk and his SpaceX – and their very many failings.

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Leftist Group is DEMANDING That Democrats Name Who They Would Appoint To Supreme Court

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The Left wants a list of who POTUS candidates would put in this building. 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, even if it involves progressives copying Donald Trump.

Ripping a page right out of Donald Trump’s election playbook from 2016, the group Demand Justice has called for all the Democrats running for President declare publicly who that would nominate out of the handy dandy list they provided.

How convenient and very copy cat-ish of Trump 3 years ago.

According to The Washington Post

Democratic presidential contenders are coming under increased pressure from their base to take a page from Donald Trump’s 2016 playbook and release a shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees — one part of a larger strategy from party activists to make the courts a central issue in the 2020 race.

Demand Justice, a group founded to counteract the conservative wing’s decades-long advantage over liberals in judicial fights, will release a list of 32 suggested Supreme Court nominees for any future Democratic president as they ramp up their push for the 2020 contenders to do the same.

The slate of potential high court picks includes current and former members of Congress, top litigators battling the Trump administration’s initiatives in court, professors at the nation’s top law schools and public defenders. Eight are sitting judges. They have established track records in liberal causes that Demand Justice hopes will energize the liberal base.

Seems like the progressives have FINALLY learned the lesson of paying some attention to the third branch of the government.

Now you can go ahead and take a look at that list and if you are like me, be absolutely puzzled by who all those people are. Lucky for us commoners, Carrie Severino from the Judicial Crisis Network just yesterday wrote a piece over at National Review called Demand Justice’s SCOTUS List Is Too Extreme Even for Obama that helps give us an idea of the backgrounds of these folks.

From the article…

Demand Justice’s list has 32 names on it. Only four of those are Obama-nominated judges. Shockingly, only eight have any judicial experience at all! While President Trump’s list of Supreme Court nominees currently includes 24 individuals, of whom 23 are experienced federal or state judges, the extremists at Demand Justice have clearly taken a different tack. Their list — which they are lobbying Democratic candidates to adopt — is wholly consumed by far-left activism and identity politics.

They see the courts as their ticket to implementing their radical policy agenda, which includes gutting the First and Second Amendments, establishing a right to illegal immigration and abortion on demand straight through birth, and destroying our economy by imposing burdensome regulations on everyone from Main Street to Wall Street.

When I first read this I thought, well maybe the Obama nominated judges that were confirmed don’t have enough seasoning yet. Then further on reading, I find out that 24 of them don’t have ANY JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE at all.

Did no one pay attention during the Harriet Miers fiasco under Bush 43?

So the left has put together a list of people that they want on the court that the vast majority have ZERO experience on the bench. They are straight-up activists. I actually admire Demand Justice brazen truthfulness here in trying to push this on the Dems.

Severino commented on twitter about how the candidates when finally asked ran from the subject and tried to change the subject like it was the plague.

What this tells me is that the left is organizing to do the same thing conservatives have done but the candidates are not focused on this at the stage of the game they are currently in. This might change after a nominee is picked but for now, it looks like they are more interested in impeachment than who they would put onto the court.

That works for me.

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The NBA, China, the Bidens and Free Speech: The Ultimate Intellectual Property

 

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The China Syndrome

 

The National Basketball Association (NBA)’s ongoing, rolling self-emasculation continues apace and unabated.

One League Guy called for freedom in Hong Kong from Communist China’s totalitarianism.

And the League flashed into action – against the one League Guy.

Since, a thousand and one League Guys have groveled, prostrated, genuflected or simply played really, REALLY stupid in the face of Communist China’s totalitarianism.

Free speech isn’t just squashed by totalitarian Communist China in Communist China and Hong Kong.

Totalitarian Communist China is now squelching free speech – in the United States.  Via its good little toadies in the NBA.  Because money.

NBA China: Philadelphia 76ers Fan Kicked Out for Hong Kong Sign, Chant

Security Removes ‘Free Hong Kong’ Signs from Fans at (NBA’s Washington) Wizards Game

The League Guys get paid billions of dollars by Communist China – to be Communist China’s toadies.

The League’s Average Guy fans have to way overpay for NBA tickets – to then have the privilege of being censored by Communist China’s NBA toadies.

National Review’s Jim Geraghty astutely summed up this one-way, wrong-way cultural transfer:

We’re Not Exporting Our Values to China – We’re Importing Theirs

This fiasco is perfectly emblematic of the sort of fake “free trade” with Communist China – to which our Betters in DC have subjected us for decades.

The NBA, South Park And Communist China: The Very High Price Of Fake ‘Free Trade’

The Swamp Creature likes of Joe Biden pretend the fake “free trade” with Communist China – isn’t fake.

And the Swamp Creature likes of Joe Biden’s son Hunter – get $1.5 billion in Communist China “investment” money.  As payment for his father pretending the fake “free trade” with Communist China – isn’t fake.

Call it the Swamp’s Friends and Family Plan.

DCs Swamp Creatures trade our national interest and security – for personal and familial enrichment.

Obama, Biden Cronies Made Billions Off China Trade Deals and Regulatory Policies

Clinton Says Chinese Money Did Not Influence U.S. Policy:

“President Bill Clinton said today that reported political campaign contributions from China to the Democrats had not influenced his foreign policy….

“‘The decisions we made, we made because we thought they were in the interests of the American people,’’ Mr. Clinton said….”

I’ll pause while you laugh uproariously…….

Okay….

Almost certainly the most offensive aspect of our fake “free trade” with Communist China – is their titanic theft of our Intellectual Property (IP).

Over the decades of fake “free trade” – Communist China has stolen trillions of dollars of our IP:

“The United States Trade Representative, which led the seven-month investigation into China’s intellectual property theft and made recommendations to the Trump administration, found that ‘Chinese theft of American IP currently costs between $225 billion and $600 billion annually.’”

We’ve been fake “free trading” with China since the early 1970s.

But as a safety, let’s only calculate Chinese IP theft – since we quite stupidly granted them membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO): December 2001.

And as another safety, let’s take the lowest number in China’s annual IP theft range.

That’s $225 billion in Chinese IP theft.  Every year – for eighteen years.

That makes the most conservative estimate – more than $4 TRILLION in Chinese IP theft.

And it’s not just the money – though the money is gigantic.

Totalitarian Communist China is rapidly becoming our equal on the global stage.  A truly disconcerting concept for anyone who likes, you know, freedom and peace.

And totalitarian Communist China got here not by their own creation and invention – but by stealing ours.  For decades.

Intellectual Property isn’t just about licensing patents, trademarks and copyrights.

IP is about protecting the property of the minds of men.  So we can all have access to and use those creations and innovations – to improve our lives and advance our society.

Communist China outsourced their IP creation – to US.  Advancing their totalitarian state not by their ingenuity – but by stealing ours.

And for decades, the Swamp Creatures – did absolutely nothing about it.

Except secure mass Communist China money transfers to their families and friends.

This has been a MASSIVE, government-forced transfer of IP and its attending wealth and societal benefit.

From our IP creators – to Communist China.  And then from Communist China – to DCs Swamp Creatures.

China’s isn’t the only government forcing this ongoing, rolling titanic heist.

The US government has been forcing it too.

Because money.

The corruption is so pervasive and deep – it has polluted our nation all the way down the food chain.

To regular Americans at NBA games – simply trying to hold pro-freedom signs…for a nation on the other side of the planet.

Regular Americans’ free speech – and their signs, the products of their minds – are squelched and silenced.

By Swamp Creatures – who now exist way beyond DC.

The Communist Chinese corruption of our country – now being wholly pervasive.

Because money.

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