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Not Easy Being a Democrat in the Floundering “Progressive” Era

Bryan Dean Wright is a former CIA ops officer and member of the Democratic Party, and is a contributor to FOX News…

… With Clinton’s embrace of an electoral recount, it is clear that she cannot accept defeat with grace, nor does she hold our nation in the same regard as Tilden or Lee. That means my fellow Americans – and especially my fellow Democrats – must stand up to her hubris. We must make clear that we offer no excuses for our loss. We will not chase the ghosts of foreign hackers. We won’t be fooled by FBI conspiracies, blame bad campaign staff, whine about false Facebook posts, or blame mobs of deplorables.

No, we realize that we lost because the nation wanted change and our candidate was too flawed and untrustworthy to carry that mantle.

And so we will work with President-elect Trump to make America great again. When his solutions make sense, he will have our vote. When he loses his way, we will hold him accountable. In short, we will be a faithful opposition; we will offer better solutions. That is how America works, even if it’s not the America that Hillary Clinton wants us to be.

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POTD: Has-Beens

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The tail-end of “Hope and Change”

FOX News – What a difference 2016 makes.

With Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi the latest political casualty of the populist wave surging across Europe and the United States, a photograph from April is going viral that shows just how much the political situation in the West has changed in just a few tumultuous months.
The White House photo (shown above), taken in April at a G5 Summit in Hannover, Germany, shows Renzi along with President Obama, former British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

That clique is all but gone. 

Renzi said Sunday he intends to resign after a referendum on constitutional reforms he had backed was soundly defeated. Renzi had said he would resign if the referendum failed, turning the vote into a question on Renzi and the Italian political establishment as a whole. 

Cameron resigned in July after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and was replaced by current Prime Minister Theresa May. Cameron had campaigned for Britain to remain in the E.U.

In France, Hollande announced last week he would not seek re-election in the French presidential elections in April — the first president to do so since the creation of the French Fifth Republic in 1958. Hollande’s approval rating stands at just 4 percent amid a spiraling refugee crisis and a high unemployment rate. Hollande is likely to be succeeded by either Republican Party candidate François Fillon or the National Front’s Marine Le Pen. The French left-wing has yet to choose a candidate, but experts say whoever is chosen will face an uphill climb. 

President Obama will see out his full two terms in office, but his preferred successor – fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton – was beaten by Republican Donald Trump, who is expected to seek to undo much of Obama’s legacy. Obama also had backed Renzi’s constitutional reform when Renzi visited the White House in October, as well as Cameron’s push for Britain to remain in the E.U. 

On Monday, the White House downplayed the significance of the developments in Europe. 

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Of the five leaders, only Merkel’s position remains relatively secure for now. However, the chancellor still faces a tough battle to keep hold of her job for a fourth term in late 2017…

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TWD S7E7: Negan’s Babysitting Service

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I’ve not kept up with the spoiler reviews of this season 7 episodes of The Walking Dead. This first half has become a bit mundane and almost aimless in its thready plot lines. I am not finding myself much interested in Negan. The Governor and the Terminus termites were far more interesting than the asshole with a wired baseball bat and hot iron, and a shit-load of really lame sophomoric moronic one-liner bullshit. And I’m not the only one sighing through each episode…

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Last week’s S7E6 we saw the missing Heath and Tara. We’ve forgotten how they headed out to look for supplies ahead of last season’s rush to get the troubled pregnancy Maggie to the Hilltop doctor until Negan and Co. got in their way(s). We catch up with Heath and Tara in their RV pondering the very slim-pickings left out in the real world outside Alexandria’s walls. Heath has gone full negative, while Tara still has a glimmer of hope. They come to a bridge where there had been an clumsy encampment now abandoned, except for the massive mound of sand. Tara a hell of a lot of ammo is present within the sand and hasty digging causes a slide of the pile to bury the ammo and uncover some very dry Walkers underneath.

The couple has to fight off the dusty hoard and become separated. Tara is knocked off the bridge into the water below. The episode finds her washed up on a beach and encountering a new group populated by women and children, no men. Tara notes their huge arsenal of weapons locked away. Their story was their men and boys had been killed by Negan, and they managed an escape to find this desolate and well-hidden old seaside vacation spot. They are leery of Tara.

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By the end of the episode Tara thinks she has their trust but discovers the two village women are taking her back to the bridge to find Heath are really taking her out to kill her, as they do with any/all people who come upon their community. It’s the only way to be sure. She manages to get away, and one of the young women who did befriend her comes to her rescue to get her back to the bridge before the first two women catch up and drag her home. Tara cannot find Heath or their RV, and hopes he is still alive. Well, we shall see. Obviously leaves it open for yet another abduction by some of Negan’s posse. Tara manages to get back to Alexandria, only to be informed by Eugene of the community’s recent horrifying losses, one of which was Tara’s beloved girlfriend Denise. Later, when Rosita tries to impress upon Tara that they need something … anything … from the outside that she may have come across in order to fight Negan, Tara remembers she swore never to tell anyone about the seaside community, but you know her mind was fighting to keep silent on the needed weaponry therein.

The core group is a bit separated, again. Maggie, Sasha and now Enid are at the Hilltop community.

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Currently Rick and Aaron are on the road hunting for something, anything, of value to stave-off Negan’s threats ahead of his next collection from Alexandria. Others in the group are either doing their share of hunting and gathering or holding down the fort. And given Tara’s mention above, and the fact that Rosita had not yet gotten Eugene to make her one bullet, I guess we can assume Tara is inside the Alexandria walls during this episode, although not in the storyline.

At the end of E5 “Go Getters” that dealt with the Maggie and Sasha storyline, we saw Carl had teamed up with Jesus in the back on a Negan supply truck in order to head to Sanctuary. This episode Carl tricks Jesus into jumping off the truck just before it reaches the gates and goes in himself. He takes a high-powered rifle from the back of the truck and opens fire on Negan’s men attempting to unload the recent haul from Hilltop, killing two of them. Daryl is in the zombie zoo doing whatever the fuck the scarlet-lettered prisoners are supposed to do with the wandering chompers. He and Carl see each other.

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Negan takes Carl to his own private harem of multiple wives and Daryl brings in a cheese platter as Negan instructs Dwight to fire-up the furnace in preparation for punishment of a man who wrongly interacted privately with his own wife who is now Negan’s wife.

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Meanwhile Negan has “Lucille” returned to him in his bedroom by a worker drone who said he had left it by the truck Carl rode in on. Negan ponders what to do with Carl in retribution for the two dead workers. He makes the kid remove his bandage to reveal his empty eye socket and has great fun demeaning the injury and how Carl looks. Carl is brought to tears (something I found unbelievable) and Negan apologizes. He forces Carl to sing a song. When he is finished Carl informs Negan his mother had sung the song to him. He also tells Negan he killed his own mother. Negan gets a thrill out of that and claims Carl is a ‘bad-ass’. Carl tells Negan he should jump out the window and save him the trouble of killing him later. Negan chuckles. But it’s time to get down to dealing with the cheater…

Negan puts Carl in a truck and Daryl warns him not to harm the boy. Negan instructs Dwight to put Daryl back in his closet. We see Jesus on the roof of the truck at the start of the scene, but by the time Carl pulls away he’s not there. Did he sneak inside the Sanctuary? Later somebody slips Daryl a note under his door with some things taped to the back. Jesus? Dwight, in trying to trick Daryl or not? Dwight’s wife?

Negan takes Carl back to Alexandria. He laughs at ‘fat’ Olivia when she says the community is starving, and then tries to mend it by offering to sexually service her. She slaps his face and basically gets away with it, for now. As Negan wanders through the house he comes upon Judith’s room. He takes her from the crib and carries her around, Carl close behind. We next see the threesome on the front porch with Negan coddling the baby while Rick and Aaron prepare to use a leaky boat to get across a lake of Walkers between them and an expected haul of valuable supplies. Also, asshole Spencer has found a Walker who had been a hunter trapped in a tree. He gets the crossbow (hmmm) from it and a list written in Latin as to the guy’s stash of supplies. He goes and makes the collection and brings it back to Alexandria. But we know how Spencer is about keeping some for himself?

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Anyhow last night has me believing stronger still that this half of S7 will end with Negan doing something with one of Ricks kids. The revelation he made to Michonne about Judith earlier in the season. Carl’s and Judith’s interaction with Negan in this episode. The offhanded mention of Dwight and his wife about her not yet pregnant by Negan at the beginning of the season.

I think we will see Rick being presented with a “Sophie’s Choice” from Negan to choose which of his two kids Negan can have. I’m more convinced of this as I see the clip of Rick’s red eyes and horrified face in next week’s preview (below). Like Sophie chose her child son over her baby girl I think you might see Rick choose the same way. Negan will say he’s taking her home to his wives to raise. Possibly implying she will serve as a future wife. Not sure if Carl will come out of next week’s half-season finale unscathed, though. I can’t see Negan accepting anything of real worth so far as payment for the Carl’s having killed two of his henchmen. He will probably tell Rick if he chooses Carl to go he will use Carl as his bed bitch or something disgusting. Or turn him into a mini-me.

Also if it’s Judith she will basically have her second daddy Daryl already in Sanctuary when she’s brought in. Also Michonne is on her way there too and she is Judith’s surrogate mother. Whether the baby makes it out alive in the future is still up for grabs. If you know the comic books Judith was actually killed by “The Governor” along with her mother Lori. So there’s that. Judith has gone far past her death date.

I feel there’s at least one more character death before this break. One of the Grimes kids? I don’t know. That’s more of a full season finale. And hey besides the teen girl Enid that’s now with Maggie on Hilltop the Grimes kids are the only kids left in Alexandria I believe.

But somebody’s going to die next week. Gotta be. They have to end the first half of S7 on a bloody note, as they began it. Not sure who. Could be the priest Gabriel? Could be he steps in to try and talk Negan out of taking Judith. Could be Rosita’s one shot bullet goes bad and she’s bludgeoned. Or maybe it’s that shithead Spencer. I’ve seen where Spencer does get killed by Negan in the books. Could be more than one doesn’t make it to the second half of S7. Perhaps … But while this first half of S7 was a bit of a yawner, substance-wise, it really was a set-up and setting into motion the coming alliance of communities to go to war with Negan and the saviors. Anyhow, Rick looks to be ending this half the way he began it … Red-eyed and helplessly grief-stricken.

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“Trump is trolling them with competence…”

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“Feminist journalist” Jill Filipovic, who writes for Cosmopolitan, says our days of having “fun sex” will be gone under Donald Trump (Some suggest Jill try getting on top, eh-hemmm). Anyhow, but Jill, under Obama millennials are having less sex than their parents did at their age anyway. Obviously their ‘fun’ was killed long before Trump came onto the scene. This, of course, is the latest liberal/leftist warning to come down the panic track for the sore losers. Just more white noise since their gal Hillz crashed and burned.

And Saturday former VP Dick Cheney told CNN’s Barbara Starr, “I think one of the reasons people get so concerned about the tweets is it is sort of a way around the press. He doesn’t have to rely upon, uh, rely upon — this is the modern era, modern technology. He’s at the point where we don’t need you guys anymore.”

Heh!

Kurt Schlichter @ Townhall agrees:

Trolling is a true pleasure to watch when a master is at work, and no one – no one – trolls like the man Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds has dubbed the “Grandmaster,” our President-elect Donald Trump. Hell, even his title is a troll. President-elect Donald Trump – just having to say it makes pointy progressive heads explode.But look on the bright side, suckers. This time come January, you won’t have to call him “President-elect” anymore. Because then it will be President Donald Trump.

Cue the giant sad trombone.

Look, I had some serious beefs with Trump during the primaries, and I committed to vote for him only because the choice was either him or Harpy O’Smarmalot, and I couldn’t listen to that shrill harridan yapping at me for four years while she turned America into Venezuela North. But I have to hand it to The Donald. He’s doing great so far, and it’s just killing the liberals. Which makes it even greater.

Trump is trolling them with competence.

Transition chaos? Oh please. The new crew is functioning remarkably well, despite the media spazzathon. And it’s always fun to get an organizational critique from the apoplectic liberal media whineatariat, whose sole organizational experience consists of gathering up the usual scruff-bearded femboys and scruff-bearded womyn and marching over to the dean’s office to demand that the campus wrestling team stop liking girls.

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Trump is trolling them by keeping his promises.

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And Trump is trolling the liberals by tweeting.

Kellyanne Conway is never going to take away his iPhone, never. Why? Because he is a master of using it to set the agenda for the liberals and their pet media and then watching them dance for his amusement. Take his flag burning tweet. Pure genius.

Oh, not the substance – that was a terrible and clearly unconstitutional idea. But it is also a popular idea. A number of people I greatly respect support flag burning laws, and so does Hillary Clinton. Remember how she co-sponsored some silly Flag Protection Act in 2005? You remember 2005, don’t you? It was when Senator Principle was just turning against the troops she had voted to send to Iraq and when she still believed marriage was between a man and a woman. You know, the opposite of Trump’s positions.

Trump has to be rolling with laughter to seeing liberals maneuvered into awkwardly defending free speech, since they despise the concept. My new novel shows a world where liberals control the conversation, and the result is a monologue. Guess who gets to do all the talking? Hint: not us.

But who needs fiction when we have the last few months showing us what liberals really think about free speech. A key plank in the Democratic platform was to amend the Constitution to make it possible to throw people in jail for criticizing politicians. Liberal university adminofacists censor speakers and persecute dissident students. Just a few days ago, most key liberals could barely contain their griefgasm at the descent into hell of their most beloved role model, noted dissentaphobe Fidel Castro – beloved mostly for his silencing of his opponents. And this was after a year when anybody criticizing scumbag Democratic surrogates for rioting was labeled an irredeemable deplorable who ought to shut up. One half-wit even applauded the idea of Trump being banned from speaking on Twitter in the interest of – wait for it – free speech. Seems someone rode his old-timey bike down to the San Francisco farmer’s market and loaded up on some locally sourced irony.

Yet, because of Trump’s cunning ploy, the liberals went out to a dubious America and effectively announced that if you ignite Old Glory they consider you America’s greatest hero. The thing is that Trump understands that most Americans approve of flag burning laws, because most Americans aren’t either Constitutional conservative purists like me, or bubble-dwelling progressive jerks who hate America and actually love the idea of burning the flag. So basically, Trump got these rodents to squeak about how it’s A-OK for their fellow travelers to diss the symbol of the Glorious Dead after normalizing the idea that those who disagree with you should be gagged. Smooth move, dummies. How do you like the new rules now?

Trump is one giant troll of liberalism, from his attitude to his actions to his total defeat of the Evil Schoolmarm. And the best thing is that he knows it. Never change, Mr. President-elect – keep on trolling like a boss.

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Some Students Awakened to Reality by The Ohio State Terrorist Attack

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At the time of the recent terrorist attack in Columbus, Ohio on the campus of The Ohio State University my Stepmom contacted all of us by text that my Stepbrother Dan had heard from his son Danny and his girlfriend, students at OSU, and they were safe. I learned last night that my nephew was about 15 feet away from the attack. Danny saw the terrorist plowing over people on the sidewalk. He saw him jump out of the car with a knife. Danny turned and ran for the cover of the building. He heard gun shots and kept going. Moments later, when it had fallen quiet, he inched out for a look and saw the attacker lying on the ground.

I am not familiar with my nephew’s thoughts on politics and radical Islam. I do know that he was obviously shaken to the core of his mortality from this horrific experience. I ponder if he might not have any real thoughts on the subjects of Islam and “refugee” immigration, he may have some now.

An Ohio State student named Mackenzie called into Sean Hannity’s radio show Dec. 1 to voice her frustration over how campus leadership responded to President Donald Trump’s election compared to how it responded to the recent terrorism-inspired rampage on campus.

The person responsible for the car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University on Monday that left nearly a dozen hospitalized is 18-year-old student Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali refugee and lawful permanent resident of the U.S. He was shot and killed by a campus police officer.

“After this terrorist attack I’ve truly learned that the left is more scared of conservatism and Trump and Republicans than they are of ISIS and terrorists,” Mackenzie told Hannity. “Because after this terror attack I haven’t heard anything about, you know, ‘We’re praying for the victims’ or this and that. I’ve heard things about how we need to understand Islam, the vibrant Somali community we have here, how we need to embrace them even though this is the third attack by a Somali in the last year here in Columbus, and all this stuff about, you know, Muslim sensitivity.”

“That’s all they care about,” she continued, “and they are more scared of the Right and Trump than they are of this terrorist attack that just happened on our campus. It’s sickening to me because I feel like they are gambling with my life in order to reach this multiculturalism lie that they worship in all of my classes — and it’s crazy.”

Compare that with the hysterical reaction on campus after Trump was elected.

“After the election, my professors went crazy,” Mackenzie said. “I remember calling my mom and saying ‘You would think Hitler just got elected and massacred half the country.’ It was ridiculous. Trump was called a Nazi, a rapist, a white supremacist, one of my professors actually said we should be terrified because Mike Pence believes women don’t have the right to exist, or deserve to exist is actually what she said. People were crying, my classes were canceled, massive protests on campus … emails from professors about staying strong and how we are all going to lose our rights but it’s going to be OK. And it was crazy. I just couldn’t believe it.”

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POTD: A Complete Failure Even in Death

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As Cubans lined the road for an official parading of the finally dead commie dictator Fidel Castro’s remains the vehicle dragging his evil ass ashes apparently ran out of gas and had to be pushed.

No better visual commentary on the abject failure of Castro and communism, especially in Cuba.

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VOTD: The Real Purveyors of “Fake News”

Giving Tucker Carlson the 7:00 hour (formerly Greta’s and then Brit Hume’s during the election) was a killer-coup for the slippery-sliding viewership of FNC, many people now saying Carlson’s hour is the only thing they’re watching/DVRing on the cable news network. Hell, if Megyn Kelly decides to jump ship for CNN I’m not alone in saying give the 9:00 slot to Tucker Carlson.

Anyhow, more background on Newsweek’s “fake news” @ HotAir: Fake news update: Newsweek never read their own “Madam President” issue

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