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Saturday, March 24, 2018

The God-Emperor's 300

I'm half-amused and half-appalled by all the people declaring themselves off the Trump Train over the signing of the omnibus bill and the bump stock ban. What part of "two steps forward, one step back" do you not understand? What part of "lose the battle but win the war" escapes you? Are you Spartan or potter?

No one has claimed the God-Emperor is perfect. Indeed, as I have repeatedly pointed out, one of his best traits is his ability to admit his mistakes and learn from them. No one is claiming that these moves were intentional 12D underwater chess tactics, as he is clearly dealing with a frontal attack from the Democrat-Republicans in both the House and Senate as well as a number of hidden attacks to his flanks and rear from the Deep State.

Do you really think it is a coincidence that the Playboy and porn star stories are front and center on every media outlet while his daughter-in-law is divorcing his son, Theresa May is trying to start a war with Russia, and the stock market is undergoing daily 400-point swings? Do you seriously believe these things are not related to the God-Emperor taking the scalps of the #1 and #2 at the FBI, firing his Secretary of State, and the recent revelations about Facebook?

And do you not understand what these things represent on the Deep State's part? They represent desperation. They represent fear. They represent real change and they are the early signs of something important. I thought James Woods put it well in response to ex-CIA director John Brennan's open threats to the President.

You couldn’t get a toothpick up this guy’s ass with a pound of Vaseline right now. You’re next, swamp rat.

Ask yourself this: why are they behaving in this fashion? It isn't because they control the God-Emperor. It isn't because they have broken him. It is because they are afraid of him and what he is in the process of doing.

If you're off the Trump Train, so be it. Supporting the man is psychologically arduous, because it requires constantly resisting the social pressure to submit to the media narrative. I had my own moment of doubt, not about the God-Emperor, but his Grand Inquisitor, back in July because I could not see what Jeff Sessions was doing or understand why he seemed to be focused entirely on something that I thought was irrelevant. It subsequently turned out that he was not. Of course, the human mind being the self-deceiving instrument that it is, I actually had to look up whatever it was that had me so frustrated with the guy who has methodically taken out one after another of the Deep State's most strategically situated tools.

In my opinion, the God-Emperor has more than earned our continued confidence, even if he makes mistakes and missteps that are much bigger than simply signing an inevitable bill or allowing an enemy Congress its head. If you don't have that confidence in the man any longer, then you don't. So be it; these things are what they are. I'm certainly not going to criticize anyone for it, just as I refused to criticize Scott Adams when he lost his confidence in October 2016. You are free to disembark the train at any time and quietly despair. The rest of us, the God-Emperor's 300, will fight in the shade.

Democrats to the left. Republicans to the other left.
No friends, no allies, and the Deep State rising.
The God-Emperor stands alone but for his 300.

We may win. We may not.
We will not despair and we will not stop.
Trumpslide 2020!

Spartans, what is your profession?

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188 Comments:

Blogger Arthur Isaac March 24, 2018 7:59 AM  

Was one of the steps forward hiring McMasters or was it Bolton? What was the strategy behind hiring and firing Tillerson? If the man wants to be President Camacho he doesn't need our support anyway. Maybe that was the strategy all along.

Blogger Lazarus March 24, 2018 8:06 AM  

can't spell TRIUMPH without T.R.U.M.P.

Blogger VD March 24, 2018 8:07 AM  

Was one of the steps forward hiring McMasters or was it Bolton? What was the strategy behind hiring and firing Tillerson?

No. We don't know. We don't know why he hired Tillerson, but we know why he fired him, because Tillerson was banging Theresa May's war drum.

Blogger Sherwood family March 24, 2018 8:08 AM  

I understand why Trump fired Tillerson but I think the timing was unfortunate. We were actually seeing some Swamp Draining at State which was a nice feeling. People are actually starting to ask the question, "What do we get out of it?" at the national level. That's something I haven't heard at all during the preceding 9 years. I am not sure Pompeo is an improvement but, fingers crossed.

And Bolton? That guy never saw a country he didn't want to bomb into rubble. Which is fine...so long as it is good cop/bad cop and not strategy.

None of the above are going to matter if we the Left continues to have an unfettered hand to elect a new people.

Blogger Wayne March 24, 2018 8:11 AM  

McMaster firing was a direct result of the leaking from his staff... the leak of the Putin congratulations phone call was the final nail. The Bolton hire may only be a placeholder but it most likely is related to the upcoming talks with N Koreans.

Blogger Lazarus March 24, 2018 8:12 AM  

Maybe that was the strategy all along.

Trump works like Belichick. Once someone does not fit the Plan, he gets someone who does. The Plan has different phases, so people with different skill sets are needed. He brought in Scaramucci just to leverage out Rence Priebus, for instance.

Blogger Bobo #117 March 24, 2018 8:20 AM  

I gots no other train to be on...

Blogger pdwalker March 24, 2018 8:22 AM  

Hear hear!

Blogger Peaceful Poster March 24, 2018 8:24 AM  

I'm honored to stand with you, Dark Lord.

And with the God Emperor!

OpenID scribe324 March 24, 2018 8:29 AM  

I was so disappointing yesterday that Trump didn't veto that omnibus...and I couldn't figure out:
1). Why he didn't
2). And, if he wasn't going to go through with the veto, why have a press conference that made him look defeated?

But...all things considered, it's a freakin' 6 month spending bill by a country so far in debt that it doesn't really matter. Especially when put against other priorities.

Vox is right. To paraphrase Thatcher, who had more cajones than some of these crying and whining Trump supporters who emote like teenage girls (Ann Coulter is schizophrenic. What happened to her?!), now is not the time to go soft.

I remain on the Trump train. Today is another day. Back to the day to day battles, while focusing on the overall war.

(As for the wall, the Democrats will NEVER give him his wall funding while there is a filibuster option available in the Senate and that is just the fact of the matter. They brag in fundraising newsletters about denying him his wall. They will never, ever allow it. So, the pressure should be on McConnell to nuke the filibuster. Until then, there will be no wall. And that isn't Trump's fault.)

Blogger Looking Glass March 24, 2018 8:29 AM  

@3 VD

With the way that line was finishing, I had a flash of a set of thoughts I really didn't want. Haha.

As for McMasters, the guy is extremely skilled warfighter and analyst, but the problem is he's compromised like so many others. He's thus fine on a bunch of things, but then his interests diverge radically on specific issues. He was also a last-minute replacement to Gen. Flynn, who found himself having to take a dive in his own operation.


@4 Sherwood family

I've got no problem with a Man wanting to bomb adversaries back to the Stone Age; it's invading them that is the issue. He's also one of the most experienced Anti-Proliferation experts in the world, having actually accomplished a lot of the goals. (And I think I saw something about him being involved in Libya giving up their Nuclear Program. Probably more important for what Trump needs around.)

Blogger Timmy3 March 24, 2018 8:31 AM  

He should have veto’d the bill even if symbolic. He let the Democrats get their priorities while the Republicans went along. Ryan and McConnell are the two most corrupt Republican leaders who seem to not want to work for their constituents. Trump will pay the price for not being a better negotiator.

Blogger Shane Sullivan March 24, 2018 8:33 AM  

@10 Ann's what happens when you're 56 year old woman without a husband or children; just imagine the shrill voiced tweets she lobs out are actually her cats.

Blogger Avalanche March 24, 2018 8:33 AM  

Thank you. Needed. Very much thank you.

Blogger Looking Glass March 24, 2018 8:34 AM  

@10 scribe324

Pique isn't a good reason. The President, by design, has a lot less leverage with the Budget than people remember. What better deal was he going to get next week?

Trump has to replace his entire WR corp. That can't start until January 2019, though he's going to have a lot of leverage to keep Congress in DC during prime Election Season.

Blogger VD March 24, 2018 8:35 AM  

He should have veto’d the bill even if symbolic.

Yes. So what? If you're caught up in despair because someone did not make a symbolic gesture that you and everyone else knows is going to be ineffectual, the problem is not with the guy who failed to make the gesture.

The amazing thing to me is the way everyone is upset with Trump and not with Ryan, McConnell, and the House Republicans. The important lesson here is not related to Trump at all, but concerns the fact that Republicans (and so-called conservatives) are not and can never be the answer.

Blogger Daniel Bendele March 24, 2018 8:35 AM  

Thank you for putting things in perspective, Vox. I expect we'll take some losses along the way, yesterday just felt bigger than usual. The constant argument from some Trump supporters (not you) that every decision the God Emperor makes is part of a super secret 50 year plan is getting old. I'm honestly surprised Bill Mitchell hasn't explained how sleeping with Stormy Daniels 10 years ago was a brilliant move.

I'm sure the GE has bigger fish to fry than defunding Planned Parenthood. That doesn't mean we shouldn't continue to tell him that his base views that as a priority.

Blogger SciVo March 24, 2018 8:35 AM  

VD wrote:We don't know why he hired Tillerson, but we know why he fired him, because Tillerson was banging Theresa May's war drum.

There "foreign affairs" goes again, sounding dirty.

Sherwood family wrote:And Bolton? That guy never saw a country he didn't want to bomb into rubble. Which is fine...so long as it is good cop/bad cop and not strategy.

"Let's get started. I have people that want to make the rubble bounce, and I'm offering not to do that."

"Buh -- wuh -- I thought this was a trade negotiation?"

"Yes, and my opening bid is to let you keep your factories. Am I not generous?"

"..."

Blogger Sherwood family March 24, 2018 8:36 AM  

While I like the fact that Trump is making progress with NK, it is not really significant compared with building the wall and sending home those who continue to flood into the country.

A nuclear NK is much less of a problem for us than it is for China which would have to deal with the Japanese getting their own nukes. Again, a nuclear armed NE Asia is much less our problem than that of others.

NK gets nukes and Japan gets nukes and its just like India/Pakistan except with countries whose people don't routinely crap in the street. (I don't actually know about NK when it comes to sewage and sanitation, to be honest.)

Blogger Fred March 24, 2018 8:40 AM  

Trumpslide 2020 is over Vox. Not going to happen. He lost 1/2 of his die hards yesterday by the blatant betrayal. So much for his 'smart' negotiating skills. He surrenders all for the blood and death military. So easy to have taken 50 billion from defense budget, no new increase, and make a Manhattan project to build the Wall in 1 year using eminant domain if needed.
You've seriously underestimated how many fell off the train yesterday. He needs every vote to have a remote chance in 2020. He lost them yesterday.
Of course we are angry at McConnell, Ryan and the rest of the Hitlerites. But he could have shut govt down and left it down until he got full Wall funding. For that, he will be Primaried. At least 1/2 of former train members will vote for another Repo candidate. Dems will beat him to death politically in 2020 for this weak capitulation.

Blogger Looking Glass March 24, 2018 8:40 AM  

@17 Daniel Bendele

Someone paid a lot of money to astroturf the issue, as well. Along with all of the Never-Trump media folks braying at the moon about the topic. The "One Voice" approach within the Media & the PsyOps sphere is hard for most to go against. It's why they do it, but it takes coordination & money.

Blogger Looking Glass March 24, 2018 8:41 AM  

Looks like 47 minutes for the first obvious shill to show up?

Blogger tz March 24, 2018 8:42 AM  

This too will be forgotten before Mid-Terms.
But why is there not a move to primary every last RINO?
Yes, Trump could have vetoed the bill, but it wouldn't be there if Ryan and McConnell weren't.
It is not that I trust Trump, but patience it the virtue most lacking since MTV videos first came on the scene.
We don't know what is happening in the background, and I think Trump's veto threat was real, but he may have got something from the RINOs we won't even see.
This is not "we have to rally around Bush's Iraq War".
This is a call to arms to finish the battle. Churchill did not immediately defeat the Axis powers, and this may have been a Dunkirk, but we need to rally around the alt-Right principles, of whom Trump is merely the executor of our will.
Give him the next few months and see how much more of his agenda is accomplished. See if he has given up, or is quietly working on things that will be revealed as a scorecard this fall.
We have even forgotten he already has accomplished more in his first year than Reagan, even against the far stronger headwinds. It's not even half-time, we have a fairly good lead on the swamp home team opponents, and just because they scored a goal doesn't mean the game has changed.

Blogger Nathan Bruno March 24, 2018 8:45 AM  

I don't think a veto would have been symbolic. If 7 of 25 Republicans in the Senate got weak-knees over overriding their party president's veto, even if all the Democrats had lined up, the veto would have been sustained.

The DHS secretary, who I heretofore had heard was weak on the wall, had told Trump to veto it over the Wall. That sounds like a right reading, and we would have gotten some Wall money in the second bill.

His justification - that he needed the money to grease the wheels of the war machine - doesn't sway me. America needs less war, not more war.

He should have vetoed it; it would not have been symbolic; Gerald Ford stood his ground with the likes of Trent Lott in vetoing the Congress, and Trent Lott said that he was most proud of how the GOP usually held the line on Ford's vetoes - and Ford had nothing; not Deplorables; not a mandate.

It is what it is, but Brave Achilles hid in his tent yesterday.

Blogger Fred March 24, 2018 8:45 AM  

If Trump makes another critical mistake like yesterday, 300 supporters is all he will have left. it wont be fun to fight in the shade then. But the despair part is not about Trump, its for the futureless country, on schedule to break apart by 2030.

Blogger Are W March 24, 2018 8:46 AM  

If this is the poo we're going to get with the President and Congress that we have, just wait, next year will be worse. Nancy's critters will vote to impeach for sure.

Blogger Shane Sullivan March 24, 2018 8:47 AM  

@20 I'm astonished at how often Trump loses his so called die-hard supporters, only for them to crawl back the next week and kiss his tuckus, after he impresses them with a win of some kind.

Blogger Sherwood family March 24, 2018 8:48 AM  

When we start seeing people hauled before courts or special Senate hearings to explain themselves and then watch them get thrown in the slammer...then some of these things which appear to be missteps may seem worth it.

For now I am reserving my judgment with an eye toward the vindication of our hopes.

Blogger Daniel Bendele March 24, 2018 8:51 AM  

Fred wrote:Trumpslide 2020 is over Vox. Not going to happen. He lost 1/2 of his die hards yesterday by the blatant betrayal.

This makes no sense. I'm going to vote for one of the idiots who sent him this bill to sign? Or some nutter like Ted Cruz who thinks it's his destiny to lead an American Christian theocracy into the apocalypse?

We definitely need to express our displeasure when Trump makes a decision we do not like, but to abandon him because we see something as a strategic blunder is just absurd. The Swamp's been building since the 1860's if not before. It's going to take more than 2 years, and we're going to lose some battles. Yesterday felt like a loss, but we don't know for sure. I'm giving him at least 8 years. What other choice is there?

OpenID scribe324 March 24, 2018 8:54 AM  

Conservative/Republicans often complain about how useless GOP politicians are, but how often do they take a look in the mirror? Is there any group who pitches a fit, takes their ball, and runs away crying when things don't go their way as quickly as those on the right do?

Why are GOP politicians so spineless? Perhaps because such a large segment of their voters are. They are just a reflection of their constituents.

Blogger VD March 24, 2018 8:54 AM  

Trumpslide 2020 is over Vox. Not going to happen. He lost 1/2 of his die hards yesterday by the blatant betrayal. So much for his 'smart' negotiating skills. He surrenders all for the blood and death military. So easy to have taken 50 billion from defense budget, no new increase, and make a Manhattan project to build the Wall in 1 year using eminant domain if needed. You've seriously underestimated how many fell off the train yesterday. He needs every vote to have a remote chance in 2020. He lost them yesterday.

Whatever. All of you who are saying that now said Trump was going to lose too. Even Scott Adams, for all that he's tried to brush that little lapse under the carpet, did that.

Nothing significant has changed. Everyone who is leaping off the Trump Train or committing symbolic seppuku in despair will be back on with a vengeance with the next big victory. And they will all be trying to pretend that they never jumped off; you'll know them by their excessive enthusiasm.

And once more, everyone will see who is consistent and level-headed, and who is emotionally incontinent.

While there are things that Trump can do that would cause me to lose confidence in him. Letting Congress hang themselves by doing what Congress wants to do is not one of them. This is not Trump's spending bill. The fact that he signed it does not make it his and everyone knows it, for all that the media will try to push that narrative in the future.

Blogger Bob March 24, 2018 8:57 AM  

@9:

Amen brother!

Blogger jgibson706 March 24, 2018 8:59 AM  

Any truth to this: "$1.5b is now going to our military. The military has the army. The army has a corps of engineers. You know what engineers do? They build things! Like walls! Trump now has a construction labor force of 37,000 and all the money for materials for a big, beautiful wall." That's from Ashton Whitty's twitter which is being splashed all over my feed at the moment.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 24, 2018 8:59 AM  

The narrative is demoralization propaganda, so never fall for anyone's demoralization propaganda.

Demoralization propaganda is a shit test and us shit lords maintain the frame, reframe the game and qualify our antagonists

Blogger Salt March 24, 2018 8:59 AM  

VD wrote:The amazing thing to me is the way everyone is upset with Trump and not with Ryan, McConnell, and the House Republicans. The important lesson here is not related to Trump at all, but concerns the fact that Republicans (and so-called conservatives) are not and can never be the answer.

They're RINOs. We all know that. We've been upset with them for a long time and they did their again again. The G_E had them on the ropes, symbolic or not. His tweet of vetoing was energizing as he wasn't getting what he wanted. He wasn't happy about signing it. Neither is his base, but that doesn't mean people are abandoning the train.

OpenID nhinsnow March 24, 2018 9:01 AM  

He wants to violate the 2nd rather considerably & sounds as stupid as an anti-gunner when he talks/Tweets about it.

--NH

No dice.

Blogger Credo in unum Deum March 24, 2018 9:02 AM  

Thanks for the pep talk. The non-veto definitely offended his base. For some reason, right now, he doesn't want to challenge the Paul Ryan crowd.

Blogger Howard Stone March 24, 2018 9:02 AM  

Trump said it was a matter of national security. I think that’s what we should be talking about.

Blogger Matrick March 24, 2018 9:03 AM  

I can remember, almost one year ago, when so many decided that they were done with Trump after the missile strike on the Syrian airfield. They soon jumped back on the train. Of course they had nowhere else to go, but the event itself faded into insignificance, as will this.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 24, 2018 9:06 AM  

Use the H2-B for our benefit, perhaps we can get some Afrikaners out of that shithole

Blogger ReluctantMessiah March 24, 2018 9:07 AM  

Two things are inevitable. Trumpslide and Alt Right.

Also, recall the comment from Wolfmoon
https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/03/23/president-trump-reluctantly-signs-omnibus-maga-community-feels-a-little-less-great-today/

If Q is correct, our Military is key to taking down the Deep State. And now they don't have to worry about funding.

Blogger Rocklea Marina March 24, 2018 9:08 AM  

The digitally incontinent will soon fall off the omnibus and get splattered by the train. Choo Choo!!

Blogger Wild Ape March 24, 2018 9:08 AM  

I tried the cucked up way. It sucked. Fighting in the shade sounds good to me. Trump knows what he is doing. Vox has been right and I plan to take notes and imitate as best as I can until I learn. I want to fight them.

Blogger James March 24, 2018 9:09 AM  

"The narrative is demoralization propaganda, so never fall for anyone's demoralization propaganda.
Demoralization propaganda is a shit test and us shit lords maintain the frame, reframe the game and qualify our antagonists "

Hey, is that you, Yuri Bezmenov?

I knew I'd be disappointed about at least some things that Trump did, seeing as how he's a liberal New York City Democrat. I'm particularly irked by the "Gun Control," my self. But instead of just whining about it, I'm asking people to go to jpfo dot org and join up. I guess I can't help the whiney sounding voice when I say it, but nevertheless, my point is still moot.

Blogger Shane Sullivan March 24, 2018 9:14 AM  

@20 I'm astonished at how often Trump loses his so called die-hard supporters, only for them to crawl back the next week and kiss his tuckus, after he impresses them with a win of some kind.

Blogger justaguy March 24, 2018 9:15 AM  

Without more republicans in the senate, so we can lose on or two of them, we will not be able to get anything done. Give him more.

I like his refrain that he keeps pounding- get rid of the filibuster. The modern filibuster happened in the 1970's. Almost all of the bad laws that plague out republic now started in thew 60s and 70s-- (immigration, welfare state, filibuster, campaign finance, man-hating divorce laws) the greatest generations FU to their progeny.

Blogger Joeplanet March 24, 2018 9:16 AM  

Resist following the media’s narrative. Great. Got it. Then can we lose the fetish for the iron lady as well? History will show she too is one serious swamp creature herself

Blogger MickDundee March 24, 2018 9:18 AM  

Trump just lost the white working class, which means he’s finished.

Of course the conservatives are happier than pigs in sh*t.

Churchian Zionist cucks hate the white working class. “Who cares about unemployed rednecks who voted for Obama? Muh free trade! Muh constitution!”

Trump was doomed from the beginning by aligning with the GOP and conservative f*ggots.

PS: “US spending bill includes big boost for Jewish groups seeking security money”
https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-spending-bill-includes-big-boost-for-jewish-groups-seeking-security-money/

Conservatives make sure Israel gets a Wall but you don’t. Get it yet, goyim?

Blogger Garuna March 24, 2018 9:19 AM  

Trump should stick with his instincts. He's a nationalist and he knows when he's making a popular move and when he's gonna make an unpopular move. Whenever he caves to his cuck advisers and backstabbing party, it ends badly.

"President Trump said 'fuck that' to aides who warned him about backlash if he vetoed spending bill"

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/president-trump-said-f-that-to-aides-who-warned-him-about-backlash-if-he-vetoed-spending-bill


Cernovich confirms:

Question: "Why did Trump sign the bill?"
Cerno: "Marc Short told him too. He trusted him. As Zuck said many years ago, "Dumb f-cks.""
https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/977439228014440448


He should take a beating whenever he makes mistakes. It will teach him not to cuck anymore. But the histrionics are getting a bit much. This'll be old news in a couple of weeks. And after the IG report comes out and the swamp-draining begins, the momentum will look very different.

Blogger Cubby8126 March 24, 2018 9:20 AM  

Casualties are casualties. These winey bitches would have seen one guy get shot at okinawa and called the war pointless, ran home, and read up on german cooking habits.

OpenID het1 March 24, 2018 9:22 AM  

Trump cannot build Wall, but it is not the end of the world yet.
Trump cannot reject this bill, but his administration can sabotage some of its provisions.
"Cadre solves all" (Stalin)
"Victories and defeats are usual business for a ‎commander" (proverb)

Blogger Bobiojimbo March 24, 2018 9:25 AM  

On the subject of the bump stock ban, there is one way I would be "ok" with it. If they can get a hard term limit on it like they did for the assault weapons ban.

One small victory, and off topic, Trump did, mostly, ban trans from the military. Now we'll see if the courts try to stop it.

Blogger Johnny March 24, 2018 9:27 AM  


Democrats to the left. Republicans to the other left.

Reminds me of the song lyrics, "Fools to the left of me, Jokers to the right..."

Blogger Lovekraft March 24, 2018 9:29 AM  

One can be disheartened but they should keep it to themselves because I would ask how they felt when Obama was on his reign of dismantling society. Were they in their bathtub crying over a bowl of cheerios every night?

Blogger Lovekraft March 24, 2018 9:31 AM  

@ 50 Cubby: was watching 'Thin Red Line' again the other day and the scene where one of the commanders on the front line who witnessed the butchering suggested a flanking action to the superior, who was promptly rejected. Now, this superior had a personal motive to seize glory and the suggestion would have taken that from him.

Blogger MickDundee March 24, 2018 9:32 AM  

He’s not going to drain the swamp.

There is no “storm.”

There won’t be a Wall.

Trump became a true Republican and conservative, which means he turned into a spineless f*ggot.

Blogger The Pepe report March 24, 2018 9:33 AM  

Trump said it was a matter of national security.

my take: The administration is just not up for dealing with potential leftist riots and mayhem. maybe they don't have the resources.

that's s shame]

it shouldn't be that way, that the left can threaten and hold hostage the country with all their vast -down to a science- cowardly traitorous destabliztion tactics to get their way

Blogger James March 24, 2018 9:34 AM  

"I'm astonished at how often Trump loses his so called die-hard supporters, only for them to crawl back the next week and kiss his tuckus, after he impresses them with a win of some kind. "

I'm astonished that I was maneuvered in to voting for a liberal NYC Democrat. I don't support Trump, I support Trumpism.

Blogger VD March 24, 2018 9:35 AM  

Trump became a true Republican and conservative, which means he turned into a spineless f*ggot.

Smells like projection. Highly emotional projection.


Trump should stick with his instincts. He's a nationalist and he knows when he's making a popular move and when he's gonna make an unpopular move. Whenever he caves to his cuck advisers and backstabbing party, it ends badly.

Exactly. One hopes that Trump will learn from this. I don't know why he keeps listening to the "professionals". Every time I listened to a "professional", it was a mistake. Professionals always advise whatever they think is going to increase the chances of them getting paid another day.

Blogger James Parliament March 24, 2018 9:36 AM  

Still on the train.

I’ve read his books. He wasn’t undefeated, but he kept finding ways to win, or to parlay gains to the next contest.

Blogger Brick Hardslab March 24, 2018 9:37 AM  

I am confused about the bump stock ban. Not that Trump signed one, he's a left coast liberal at heart even if he is pro America, America-first.

What I'm confused about is how anyone thinks this stands up in court. It does not meet the definition of a machine gun. Obama's atf decided it was not regulatable. So it takes a few years but it will be overturned absent a ban on all semi autos. Maybe Trump knows that, maybe he thinks it will last forever. Looks like an east coast gesture to me.

Remember this bill is six months. It's not even a year. Trump will be putting the screws to these guys just before the midterms.

Blogger paradox March 24, 2018 9:37 AM  

FFS the man signs a massive spending bill with gun control. A gun regulation that he repealed last year and now he signs it into law. A law now, that allows gun confiscation. Then the damn Yankee has the audacity to tweet on the same day, that a redefinition of semi-auto vs a full auto firearm is going to happen. This is extremely dangerous for Second Amendment rights. And as Nate has stated, if you don't understand this you have no clue how firearms function. It's not the god-emperor's 300 IT'S OUR 300 taking shape.

Blogger SciVo March 24, 2018 9:39 AM  

Oh hey, turns out that Congress just went on a two-week recess, which means that Trump can make recess appointments. Is anything interesting vacant?

Incidentally, I would guess they did it that way so that if Trump vetoed the spending omnibus, they could blame him for a "shutdown" and then when they got back, use the slow grind of the Senate as an excuse to lard it up even more -- because we must pass it, no matter what's in it; for the children!!

(Seriously, the Senate process is truly ridiculous. IIRC any one Senator can create extensive delays, with each parliamentary machination going on the calendar to be resolved at a later date, causing the issue to be tabled in the meantime.)

Blogger Garuna March 24, 2018 9:39 AM  

@MickDundee: he's not going to drain the swamp. there is no "storm".

The IG report is not some 4chan conspiracy theory, you dumb faggot. I don't even believe in Q-Anon because he seems like a LARPer to me. But many mainstream and well-connected people are saying that it is the real deal and will likely result in a second special counsel and many swamp monsters going to jail.

At the very least, it should not be dismissed. If someone is dismissing it, they are just blackpill LARPing.

Blogger James March 24, 2018 9:45 AM  

"This is extremely dangerous for Second Amendment rights." Of course it is, it always is. I've been trying to resist "Gun Control" all my adult life because I sensed even before I understood that "Gun Control" is all about Dirt Bag Supremacy, or as the more sophisticated scholars call it, "Anarcho-Tyranny." So go to jpfo dot org and sign up and read their stuff. Get active with GOA. Send SAF a check. Confront any of your erstwhile "friends" who will listen about what's going on. It was foolish of anyone to suppose that a liberal NYC Democrat was going to be A+ on "Gun Control."

Blogger James Dixon March 24, 2018 9:45 AM  

I was disappointed he didn't veto the bill, but he said it was for national security reasons. Which to me means he thinks he's going to need a well funded military sometime in the next six months. Or possibly just give the appearance that he has one.

> it's a freakin' 6 month spending bill by a country so far in debt that it doesn't really matter.

Exactly. He said he won't sign another one. Congress has been put on notice. Next year there's a suitable budget, or else.

> His justification - that he needed the money to grease the wheels of the war machine - doesn't sway me. America needs less war, not more war.

Please note I didn't mention war in my second sentence above.

> Nancy's critters will vote to impeach for sure.

See sentence two above.

> For some reason, right now, he doesn't want to challenge the Paul Ryan crowd.

Why challenge sometimes allies when you have enemies you'll need to confront come January?

> Trump said it was a matter of national security. I think that’s what we should be talking about.

Bingo.

> I like his refrain that he keeps pounding- get rid of the filibuster.

You don't need to get rid of the filibuster. Merely return it to form. Make the Democrats stand there and talk till they drop. Then vote while they're out getting medical treatment.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume March 24, 2018 9:46 AM  

Unfortunately, I had a day from hell in the real world that kept me from knowing about the Omnibus at all until late last night. (getting spit on by crackheads and the subsequent trip to the hospital sucks)

And I have to say that after perusing the comments in the other posts, I'm shocked at the weak knees and pansy reactions to ONE 'EFFING LOSS. Vile Faceless Minions? Dread Ilk? I'm now glad I never claimed either title.


WW2 would have reduced you to gibbering, chicken livered masses of tears and bad feels. "SO ANGRY!" you would shout as you were curled into balls in a corner.

-Anzio

-Dieppe

-Operation Market Garden

-Operation Torch

And those were just mistakes or blunders. Big ones. Thousands of lives lost. Actual lives.

Trump is fighting an entrenched enemy. One with a multitude of money, conspirators, shock troops and shills ( Hey Shills! Nice to see you guys today! You've had a decent week by the looks of things around here)

Face front, face the enemy. Set for charge. Reach down in your Gamma, vintage Luke Skywalker Underoos and find a Set Of Balls.

WTF.

Blogger Carlos Carrasco March 24, 2018 9:46 AM  

"These are the times that try a Trumpster's soul;
The summer nationalist and the sunshine deplorable will,
In this or that crisis,shrink from the love of the God Emperor;
But he that stands against despair-inducing globalist babble deserves the love of man and woman!"

Or somthin' like a that...

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume March 24, 2018 9:49 AM  

On a nicer note, it was nice to see Big Gay Steve back.

Blogger pyrrhus March 24, 2018 9:50 AM  

@33 As I have been pointing out since the election, Trump has the authority as Commander-in-chief to order the army to build the wall..there is plenty of money in the military budget, even more including the black budget. He needs to do it, but seems afraid to use that authority.

Blogger lannes March 24, 2018 9:50 AM  

How many renegings do you have to have before you write off Trump?

Blogger Garuna March 24, 2018 9:52 AM  

I was disappointed he didn't veto the bill, but he said it was for national security reasons. Which to me means he thinks he's going to need a well funded military sometime in the next six months. Or possibly just give the appearance that he has one.

I think this was just a straight-up defeat with no upside. Military funding has bipartisan support. He shouldn't really have to give up anything in exchange for that. The idea that we should have to do some song and dance about giving the appearance of a well-funded military is not good. The Democrats should not be funding the military as a favor to Republicans. It should be a given with more for us to get.

Blogger James Dixon March 24, 2018 9:54 AM  

> Trump just lost the white working class, which means he’s finished.

Hmm. White? Looks in mirror. Yep.
Working class? Looks at paycheck. Yep.
Conclusion? Your full of it.

> Not that Trump signed one, he's a left coast liberal at heart even if he is pro America, America-first.

Absolutely true. But the alternative was Hillary. Always remember that. Trump isn't perfect, but he's not evil personified. Hillary is.

Blogger Johnny March 24, 2018 9:55 AM  

Senate process is truly ridiculous.

More like calculating, manipulative. They can move like lightning when they want to, and on exceedingly rare occasion they do.

Blogger James Dixon March 24, 2018 9:58 AM  

> He needs to do it, but seems afraid to use that authority.

It's not time for that yet.

> Military funding has bipartisan support.

Actually, no, it doesn't. The Dem's would zero out everything but the bases in their areas if they could.

Blogger Kat March 24, 2018 9:58 AM  

I don't care if some of y'all think Qanon is rubbish - if you'll look at what some of the reddit and 8chan folks have been turning up in this bill there is a whole lot of money for OIG. Some of it specifically says that funds can't be used to obstruct the IG. I believe 300mil was what I saw quoted for witness protection. Trump stated that construction on the wall would start "literally Monday."

Do some digging or follow those who are. Is it just barely possible that the Dems/cucks threw everything into this bill and then didn't bother to keep the rest because they "knew" Trump would veto it? And then Trump signs a terrible, terrible spending bill because it actually gives him everything he needs in the short term? I may have to eat crow in a month, but I think there's a very good possibility that Trump pulled a fast one on everybody.

Blogger VD March 24, 2018 10:01 AM  

How many renegings do you have to have before you write off Trump?

I don't precalculate exactly what someone needs to do, or not do, before I betray them. I'm not a gamma.

Blogger Tom M March 24, 2018 10:05 AM  

People talk about being on/off the Trump Train. Rather I see it as myself and President Trump being on the same Nationalist Train. If President Trump gets off the Nationalist Train I'll still be on it. MAGA is bigger than the President.

I have not yet seen that President Trump is off the Nationalist Train.

Weird thought: RINO globalists are among the Presidents most dangerous enemies. If the Dems take Congress next term how many of these RINO globalists will get booted out of office? How long before the Nationalists retake those seats that may be lost next term? Honestly I don't know if this is relevant.
But I wonder if this obscene spending bill may hasten the demise of the Globalists in the Repub party. Not saying that this figured in the President's thinking but...and I may have my head up my posterior fundament.

And if the Dems vote to impeach President Trump? The American electorate can be pretty dense but the obscene, unhinged antics by the likes of Waters, Schumer and Pelosi will bring front and center the fact that they are flaming wackadoos. I would think that the 'fact' that the President was impeached by a bunch of Looney Toons won't be missed by the sheeple. I would expect the end result to be even greater support for him.

Blogger Robert What? March 24, 2018 10:11 AM  

What with the constant attacks from the Democrats, the Republicans, the Deep State and the Media, and with precious few allies it is amazing that Trump is still vertical. Every single one of his critics who are now "off the Trump train" would have withered under the pressure long ago. Every. Single. One. Me included.

Blogger cavalier973 March 24, 2018 10:11 AM  

I didn't see anyone mention this; check,out @FedupWithSwamp on Twitter, who posted an argument that, since this is an omnibus bill and not an actual budget, the Trump can follow the spending recommendations, or not, and can use money allocation as a tool for getting what he wants done. That is basically what Obama did with the omnibus spending bills Congress kept sending him.

Blogger Demonic Professor El March 24, 2018 10:14 AM  

History remembers those who stand, rather than those who kneel. Vive l'Empereur Trump!

Blogger Crew March 24, 2018 10:15 AM  

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.

Blogger Demonic Professor El March 24, 2018 10:26 AM  

@82 Crew

Exactly.

It wouldn't hurt for us to remember our Sun Tzu, among other military histories and strategists.

OpenID zhukovg March 24, 2018 10:26 AM  

As I have said. I am with President Trump until 2020. Then I will decide if he deserves continued support. He has my support and confidence until then.

I think signing this spending bill was a mistake, but I wasn't in the Oval Office when he was considering it.

I do observe a lot of new names posting their faux outrage in an attempt to demoralize. I take that as evidence that President Trump may have made the right move.

In the end, no matter how well President Trump performs, he is not the future.

The Alt-Right(American Nationalism) is the future.

Ad Victoriam! Deo Vindice!

--ZhukovG

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 24, 2018 10:31 AM  

I'm not going anywhere. At a Midstream (oil and gas) conference in October, the trade group legal affairs guy, basically a lobbyist, told us that Trump had not removed two regulations for every new regulation. He had removed EIGHTEEN regulations for every new one. By October 1st, he had wiped out almost 1000 federal regulations.

Don't get distracted by the Kansas City Shuffle. He is shrinking government more than any president since Coolidge.

Blogger Phillip George March 24, 2018 10:31 AM  

JimStone.is
maybe nails the 3D chess

Maybe Trump is the greatest American of all time. Followed by Messrs in exile Stone et al.

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 10:32 AM  

"March 24, 2018 8:54 AM
Trumpslide 2020 is over Vox. Not going to happen. He lost 1/2 of his die hards yesterday by the blatant betrayal. So much for his 'smart' negotiating skills. He surrenders all for the blood and death military."

oh for crying out loud. The very first good thing that he does 20% of those die hards are gonna be yelling "BACK ON THE TRUMP TRAIN!" and the slightest progress on the Wall or Draining the Swamp will bring the rest.

This is why you people who hate sports are so lost. This is how, not only sports work, but its how the world works.

We were up 10 - 0 and we had the ball on their 5 yard line. Trump threw a pick six. Now its 10-7 instead of 17-0. That sucks. But the game is not even close to over. Its still the second quarter.

Blogger Phillip George March 24, 2018 10:32 AM  

Keep re reading @80

Blogger Zundfolge March 24, 2018 10:34 AM  

Look, we still have a lot of work to do ... the GOP needs an overhaul.

But abandoning Trump and the GOP and handing the country back to Democrats? How can that possibly help? Unless your goal is civil war, we need to keep "dancing with the one who brung us" and at the same time keep the pressure up behind the scenes and weed out as many of the RINO and GOPe cucks we can.

If your goal IS civil war than go ahead and hand the country back to the Democrats ... they're just itching to put their boot on the neck of the people and if you're prepared to get your rifle and hit the streets, more power to you, but right now you'll just die quickly and empower the left even more.

We didn't get into this mess in a single election cycle ... we're not getting out of it in one.

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 10:34 AM  

"I don't precalculate exactly what someone needs to do, or not do, before I betray them. I'm not a gamma."

easy now. I'm 100% with you on this point that supporters need to be realistic but lets not take it to far. Marrku isn't betraying anyone.

Blogger tuberman March 24, 2018 10:35 AM  

83. Professor

"It wouldn't hurt for us to remember our Sun Tzu, among other military histories and strategists."

PDJT knows Sun Tzu inside out. But we know that.

Blogger Aeoli March 24, 2018 10:37 AM  

I only regret that I have but one life to shill for my God Emperor.

Blogger Solaire Of Astora March 24, 2018 10:39 AM  

It's easy to not lose faith in Trump if you hold realistic expectations. I supported him because of his stance on immigration. People saying Ted Cruz would be better forget he supported H1b visas which, with their non-competing clause, aren't even consistent with his supposed free market principles and exposed his lack of interest in protecting American demographics. The only thing that can make me quit supporting Trump is if he completely fails on immigration, and even if he does he'll only be as bad as all the others so there's basically no downside compared to the alternatives with at least a chance of a possible upside. There's no reason to react strongly to everything Trump does.

Blogger S1AL March 24, 2018 10:41 AM  

"easy now. I'm 100% with you on this point that supporters need to be realistic but lets not take it to far. Marrku isn't betraying anyone."

Here's also not an American or a Trump supporter per se.

"We were up 10 - 0 and we had the ball on their 5 yard line. Trump threw a pick six. Now its 10-7 instead of 17-0. That sucks. But the game is not even close to over. Its still the second quarter."

Do we even know what all is in this bill yet?

Blogger James March 24, 2018 10:42 AM  

"I only regret that I have but one life to shill for my God Emperor."

It is not "shilling" to stick with a politician when he's screwing up and/or doing something you don't like. "Shilling" is when you're getting paid like a mercenary to support some one or some thing that you don't believe in and/or care about.

My guess is your misapprehension is due to your being retarded and/or a Russian Troll-Bot.

Blogger Demonic Professor El March 24, 2018 10:45 AM  

@91 tuberman

Yes, we do ;)

That's why I was saddened by the spending bill, but not more than a shrug of sadness.

And besides - who really cares if Ben Shapiro or Rod Dreher and the like are "super upset and like disappointed" with Trump? When were ninnies not upset or disappointed with Trump?

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 24, 2018 10:46 AM  

My own view is that losing the House would be a positive development.

Right now, the Democrats have the "broken glass" advantage. As in they would crawl over a mile of broken glass to pull the lever.

Once Senile Nancy is holding the gavel again, the steam is going to start leaking out the engine fast. "We have the House! WHY isn't she doing anything?"

True we won't be able to get anything done legislatively but we can't anyway, so what's the difference?

Political Science 101, a newly elected president has his first eighteen months to get any major reforms pushed through. After that they are just governing.

Sure, they all try but how many of them succeed past their first 18 months?

Losing the Senate however will be a bigger deal and I hope the GOP can hang on to it. Trump has done wonders for federal bench but there is room for more expansion.

Blogger Crush Limbraw March 24, 2018 10:50 AM  

Perspective - Trump is not the trend - he is the current general - the trend will be here after he is no longer president.
Andrew Breitbart was right - politics is downstream from culture and education - so let's get about our business of changing both, starting with our own families and working outward.
Sooner or later, every human being will disappoint us - you have no idea how I disappoint myself at times.
All of us individually are but speed bumps in the advance of progressivism toward perdition, but as long as our commander in chief is the real deal - Jesus Christ Himself - the trend is your friend. Stay the course!

Blogger CM March 24, 2018 10:50 AM  

If you're off the Trump Train, so be it. Supporting the man is psychologically arduous, because it requires constantly resisting the social pressure to submit to the media narrative.

Sometimes, when the media becomes to much, it's best to retreat, regroup, and then head back in to the fight.

You don't have to stay on the field to be taken hostage by the enemy. Retreat is a valid fighting tactic. Trump tends to come back stronger.

But even if valid mistakes are made, he's the best there is. If you find you can't defend him on the field of battle, it's better to retreat than to start sniping at him from enemy lines.

Blogger Lazarus March 24, 2018 10:51 AM  

Da Trump he trow da pipa da bone!

Trump signs memo directing Pentagon to bar transgender individuals from openly serving in US military

The overall basis for the president's directive was "national security considerations," according to a senior White House official.

"In my judgment, the previous administration failed to identify a sufficient basis to conclude that terminating the departments' long-standing policy and practice would not hinder military effectiveness and lethality, disrupt unit cohesion, or tax military resources, and there remain meaningful concerns that further study is needed to ensure that continued implementation of last year's policy change would not have those negative effects," Trump's memo reads.

Blogger CarpeOro March 24, 2018 10:57 AM  

Point one - voting for show versus NOT failing. Point goes to not failing.
Point two - when Iago comes to warn you of how your being betrayed, he is correct. I just happens to be him looking to betray you.
Point three - Or perhaps a suggestion. Machiavelli needs to be revisited by any here that are having misgivings, giving the benefit of a doubt that they aren't trolls. Somethings are done to set traitors up for a fall that makes you look clean and them villains. Too many are showing the attention span of children or at least are going along with the petulant children that have no attention span. Trump is playing a longer game than any president in my life time (over 50 years). This game play is beyond most (including me) a good part of the time because we don't have the information he has, which means we are several steps behind him. Come back again in 2020 when most of his moves come into fruition.

Blogger Rantor March 24, 2018 11:00 AM  

Let Trump be Trump!

I still believe he is better than every alternative we were offered. In 2020 he will be better than any other candidate. Every president does stuff we like and shit we don’t. Get over it.

Blogger kurt9 March 24, 2018 11:07 AM  

Vox,

I think your previous analysis that Trump's taking on the so-called "deep state" being his primary objective is 100% spot on. I think his signing of the omnibus bill is representative of this. I also think his signing of this bill is how he is giving congress the rope to hang themselves. Particularly the GOP. I was thinking about this yesterday while at the gym. Even if the Dems get a majority in congress, they will not do much. Remember, they have never repealed the Bush tax cuts despite having Obama and both houses of congress for at least 2 legislative periods. Bush II essentially got everything he wanted in his last two years despite having a democrat congress and Trump is a far superior negotiater than Dubya could ever be. It is also worth considering that some of these recent democratic victories in special elections have been won by conservative (Trumpian sense) democrats against go with the flow status flow GOP candidates.

A democratic congress could decide to impeach Trump. However, I think this is unlikely.

Blogger Allen L. March 24, 2018 11:07 AM  

I voted for Ross Perot in 92. Ross Perot is nutty, he can't win, yada, yada, yada. But, after seeing the number of votes for him the others took the national debt and opposition to NAFTA very seriously. That's why I voted for him. Did it work long term? No, because people gave up, or got complacent.

Is Trump the one? Who knows, but one thing I do know is that if you give up you will not see another shot at doing the things you want for decades, or ever again. At a minimum if you want to see change to the system, you can't let the bastards see you sweat. They'll use it against you.

Blogger VD March 24, 2018 11:10 AM  

easy now. I'm 100% with you on this point that supporters need to be realistic but lets not take it to far. Marrku isn't betraying anyone.

I wasn't referring to Markku. I was answering someone. But to answer Markku's point, this is not a Star Citizen or Bitcoin thing. We're not pointing fingers at those who lose faith and blaming them the way the Star Citizen cultists are demonizing Derek Smart.

We're saying, "Fine, jump off. We expect you'll be back eventually."

Blogger VD March 24, 2018 11:12 AM  

A democratic congress could decide to impeach Trump.

I don't understand why people think a Democratic House is more likely to impeach Trump than a Republican one. Neither of them are on his side. I'd be FAR more concerned by a Republican-led effort, as that would be much more compelling to the cucks and conservative public morality police.

Blogger lowell houser March 24, 2018 11:13 AM  

I believe the story AJ relayed about about Trump being blindsided with a credible threat of an engineered 10,000 point crash in the stock market. The stock market is NOT an indicator of a strong economy, but it can totally be used as a domino to kick-start a massive depression, and a collapse of that magnitude would wipe out every pension plan in America and destroy the government's credit rating before the God Emperor has had time to lay the groundwork for one of his Magic Bankruptcies, and before the military get's all of it's new equipment. Trump's signing off this time with the words NEVER AGAIN would make sense in that context.

Blogger Jon D. March 24, 2018 11:14 AM  

Hear, hear, Vox. Our work is never done. We have to work harder to Make America Great Again, Again!

Blogger Harris March 24, 2018 11:16 AM  

Funny thing. Not haha funny, but funny anyway. I did not support Trump in the primary, and because I moved November 1st last year, I didn't vote in the general election. But I find myself more and more rigidly Pro-Trump as time goes by. Maybe because I never expected him to be a conservative (given his track record), I'm not disillusioned by what he's doing. Instead, I think he's made remarkable progress against the entrenched powers. I never thought he'd win all the battles, or even be on the right side in some of them. But he's far, far better than what we've had in the oval office since Reagan's first term. I'm not giving up on that - even if I did doubt his genuineness during the primary season two years ago.

Blogger Jim Oostdyk March 24, 2018 11:21 AM  

Mattis urged the military to “spend every dollar wisely” and serve as good stewards of the taxpayer’s money.

This is for us, not because of us. There is one thing of which we can be sure; there will be war.

Blogger Chase March 24, 2018 11:26 AM  

Good perspective. I would say I’m angry but not off the Trump train. He has proved himself a strategic genius, I have not. He’s earned my trust.

The one thing that does bother me is Trump’s continual conflation of pentagon funding for military strength. By this metric the F-35 is an overwhelming success.

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 11:30 AM  

"Do we even know what all is in this bill yet?"

we know a lot... and its probably worse than you can imagine. For example... we are giving China 20 million in "development aid".

We're literally borrowing money from China... and giving some of it back to them as a gift.

Jordan and Isreal and other middle eastern countries get money for border security... but we don't.

Planned parenthood gets 500 million.

and I haven't read them yet but GOA is saying that there are a couple of very anti-2A sections of the bill as well.

Its bad. Its really really bad.

Blogger VD March 24, 2018 11:38 AM  

Its bad. Its really really bad.

Absolutely it is. And I suspect that Short, Mattis, Pence, and Ryan are going to pay for it in the future. There was absolutely a betrayal of the American people, but it was not by Trump.

I am quite looking forward to the eventual repercussions.

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 11:40 AM  

"We're not pointing fingers at those who lose faith and blaming them the way the Star Citizen cultists are demonizing Derek Smart"

i dunno.. i think the bitcoin comparison has some validity even if its not perfect. Trump got a lot of people into politics who were paying attention for the first time. Just like bitcoin got a lot of people into investing for the first time.

what's a more interesting discussion though is why? in 48 hours... Donald Trump neutered his own metal tariffs. He literally exempted countries that account for 80% of our aluminum and steel imports. 80%. The tariff basically now just an Eff You to Japan.

He follows that up by signing this shit-sandwich of a bill.

And he follows that up with the Bumpstock debacle.

These three things combine to be a pretty serious gut punch to his base. I think he really thinks the bumpstock thing is winning. its like he thought he would roll that out and it would push this bill off the news as a distraction... but its not winning. It just pissed his base off even more.

I don't understand it.

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 11:42 AM  

"There was absolutely a betrayal of the American people, but it was not by Trump."

I think I said something yesterday.. it reminds me of Dubya's reaction to the financial crisis. They convinced him it was so bad they had to act. I think you're right about Mattis convincing Trump that the military situation was so bad he had no choice but to act.

Blogger Avalanche March 24, 2018 11:42 AM  

@20 "At least 1/2 of former train members will vote for another Repo candidate. "

There IS no other Repo candidate?! You gonna try Jeb! again?! Canadian Cruz? Can you see ANYONE 'on deck' wth a hope in hell of people actually having ever heard of his name before?!

"Magically appearing" only works for the Dems, who can make candidates up out of thing air. Really, had ANYONE EVER heard of the obamination before he "suddenly" became the front runner, whi just as magically got elected?!

WE NEED to concentrate on IDing and electing the Trump-supporters we can put into Congress. GIVE Trump some support and this train will go mag-lev!!

Blogger VD March 24, 2018 11:42 AM  

These three things combine to be a pretty serious gut punch to his base.

Clearly. So, what does that tell you? If he's not paying close attention to this stuff, on what is he focused?

Maybe it's the Stormy Daniels thing. Maybe it's war with Russia. Maybe it is the Storm. Whatever it is, it is something.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville March 24, 2018 11:44 AM  

@80 Critical point. Let's unpack this for the audience. Congressional budgets MUST be spent as directed. Omnibus bills do not. Trump's background in real estate has led him to creative financing deals. He has seen how special interests, think tanks and the derp state shoves all kinds of shit into omnibus bills to fund their agendas. As you should know, these bill NEVER get read before being shoved out for a hasty vote. That's on purpose. That's on purpose. Most congress critters are just voting cogs for special interests.

Trump has obviously gotten a few key congressmen to stuff some landmines into this omnibus. Chans and others have been quickly going through the 2000 page bill and have uncovered some of the following:
- Over 100 million dedicated to fund the OIG investigation currently underway. Prosecuting cost money. That's why prosecutors don't want to try a bunch of losing cases. 18.500 sealed indictments will take enormous resources to try.
- Tens of millions dedicated to conducting MILITARY TRIBUNALS.
- over half a trillion for just the militray. As pointed out by some yesterday, that can't all beef up the military in just one year. But remember - Omnibus - he can spend it however he wants. Congress only gave him 1.5 billion for the wall, but he can fund the whole damn thing this year as a military project. BTW he authorized starting the work on the wall yesterday AFTER the bill was signed.
- Money for Planned Parenthood is in the Omnibus. So what? He can delay or stop it and Congress can't do a damn thing. Same for ICE, Sanctuary cities, H1B, and all the other bad shit packed in the omnibus.

Does he like governing this way? I think not. Will he use derp state congressional tactics to outwit his opponent and implement his plans? Absolutely. He is not one of those cuckservatives who "only fight fair" and always lose.

Another point. The EO's of the past few months are tied into this plan with the omnibus. Check the Whitehouse website. He posted notice to Congress last night I hereby designate as an emergency requirement all funding so designated by the Congress in the Act pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, for the accounts referenced in section 7058(d). "Emergency Requirment" ties into the state of emergency declared in the 12/22 EO.

He just pulled the trigger. Now he fund the entire wall and build it. Start the military tribunals, prosecute the 18,500 sealed indictments, and do a bunch of other stuff, and Congress can't do a damn thing about it.

"It's a trap!" said Senator Ackbar.

Blogger wreckage March 24, 2018 11:47 AM  

I started out bordering on Never Trumpism, and over time his deft and competent handling of almost everything has turned me into fanboi.

Bump stocks: who gives an aeronautical copulation? They're an accessory. If there's an issue here, it's access to fully automatic weapons. Go campaign on that.
Spending bill: why would you go to pieces on this? Eventually some of politics HAS to be business-as-usual. If you stand on EVERY detail you ruin your negotiating position. Trust me. Trust Trump. All he's doing there is not fouling his own nest.

Surrendering in detail while surrendering on everything is one thing; signalling that you are willing to yield at times, having already established dominance, is perfectly and entirely another.

To put it in terms of Sun Tzu, put your ENEMY in a position where he must fight or die, and he will prefer victory to death.

Trump has always preferred a rhythm of advance, rest, advance, rest. This is "rest".

The man is utterly consistent, and this is part of the pattern. Nothing has changed. Trump is still winning.

Blogger Salt March 24, 2018 11:47 AM  

Nate wrote:I think you're right about Mattis convincing Trump that the military situation was so bad he had no choice but to act.

Mattis: Mr. President, if the military is not funded our subs will cease to function mid-ocean. We can't have that!

Blogger exfarmkid March 24, 2018 11:54 AM  

The data clearly shows that Ryan and McConnell bypassed large chunks of their own caucus to pull this off. They are not our friends, nor are they friends of These United States. To white: The Congressional voting on the Omnibus bill:

House voting: 256 ayes (145 repubs, 111 dems), 167 Nays (90 repubs, 77 dems)
Senate voting: 65 Ayes (25 repubs, 39 dems, 1 indy), 32 Nays (23 repubs, 8 dems, 1 indy)

Also, those of you concerned about future impeachment proceedings? Not gonna happen. It's all talk.

Blogger tuberman March 24, 2018 11:56 AM  

AN INTERESTING ARTICLE FROM PROPAGANDA MEDIA:

www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligence/articles/2017-07-19/congress-slyly-diverts-pentagon-money-to-fund-donald-trumps-border-wall

FAIR WARNING: THIS week's column is a deep dive into the inner workings of the House of Representatives. When you kick that rock over, goodness knows what will skitter out. In this case, it reveals some unsavory shenanigans to funnel money to President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

The Rules Committee took this one amendment and labeled it, "proposed to be adopted." In the arcana of House rules, this means that voting for the rule governing consideration of the bill was also voting for this amendment. This is known as a "self-executing rule." The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York, offered an amendment to strike the self-executing portion of the rule and was defeated in committee on a party-line vote of 4-8.

On the House floor, the vote on the full rule passed. And at the end of a long and exhausting day (and story), that means Pentagon money can be used to construct a border wall. Talk about governing under the cover of darkness.


Sun Tzu!!

Blogger KBuff March 24, 2018 11:56 AM  

It's going to take a lot more than the President signing this bill for me to withdraw my support for him. No one else could have come close to what he has already accomplished. The big ticket items are going to require patience, which thankfully is one of the President's better traits.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 24, 2018 11:59 AM  

Hello Fellow Trump Supporters.

Clearly It's Time To Abandon Ship.

Just Like The Last Five Thousand Times.

No, of course I'm not a crypto-nevertrumper or Bipolar Barney, why do you ask?

Blogger wreckage March 24, 2018 11:59 AM  

@122 I believe the Unreal Tournament announcer would say:

UNSTUMPABLE

Blogger wreckage March 24, 2018 12:00 PM  

@124 Thankyou for sharing this concerns. I too am feeling the concerns very deep inside my conservatives.

Blogger Crush Limbraw March 24, 2018 12:01 PM  

Just a thought - Trump's fake veto was a signal that what followed next was a tactical move.

Blogger James March 24, 2018 12:08 PM  

lannes wrote:How many renegings do you have to have before you write off Trump?

It depends. How many reneges equal a neg? Let's see, you take the limit of the renege.....

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 12:08 PM  

"Clearly. So, what does that tell you? If he's not paying close attention to this stuff, on what is he focused?"

I think anyone that says anything but "I don't know" about this is full of shit. ya know?

but my gut is its the military and getting it back in shape. I cannot fathom that Trump is concerned at all about Daniels. I mean literally no one cares. The media are making themselves look like morons about this. No one cares. She's a whore... she got paid to be quiet... she is not being quiet. She's the bad guy here. not Trump. Also note these are the same people that accused us of being sex obsessed in 1998.

No.. I don't know... but I think its the military. I think he simply cannot abide the shape its in and he's going to fix it. I have this carpenter friend who starts every reno with the roof. No matter what else is happening he fixes the roof first. no roof no house. Maybe Trump is like that. Maybe for him the Military is the roof.


Blogger exfarmkid March 24, 2018 12:09 PM  

cataline sergius "Once Senile Nancy is holding the gavel again, the steam is going to start leaking out the engine fast. "We have the House! WHY isn't she doing anything?"

If it happens, the next democrat speaker of the house will not be Nancy Pelosi. And this democratic Speaker will not be stupid enough to go down the impeachment path.

Gingrich, despite his high IQ, was somewhat lacking in other areas.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd March 24, 2018 12:09 PM  

Exactly. Well said.

Blogger Avalanche March 24, 2018 12:11 PM  

@78 "Waters, Schumer and Pelosi will bring front and center the fact that they are flaming wackadoos."

The first PoS you list; yup -- total whackadoo. The second two? Evil scheming evil connivers, who scheme against the U.S. And did I mention they're schemers?!

Blogger Tars Tarkusz March 24, 2018 12:13 PM  

I'm pretty black-pilled about everything. It's not just politics and not just America. If the grooming and rape of thousands of young white girls by foreign hostile Muslims will not spur the men of Britain into action, what will they defend? If they won't defend their daughters, they won't defend their nation.
Similar things are happening in The US. We have essentially abandoned large sections of almost every city in the US. We have even given away entire states!

The time to fight was 60 years ago. The enemies are in our midst and nothing they do, no matter how heinous will spur the men of the West into action.

Blogger VD March 24, 2018 12:15 PM  

I think anyone that says anything but "I don't know" about this is full of shit. ya know?

As do I. But I know what it is like to have 10 things going on at once and I know that one simply cannot devote equal attention to everything. Trump has more like 10 thousand things going on at once, so it's simply not rational to expect him to focus on everything.

Which, given the importance of this spending bill, suggests some intriguing and ominous possibilities. What is so much more important?

Blogger Avalanche March 24, 2018 12:29 PM  

@133 "The time to fight was 60 years ago. The enemies are in our midst"

Well, until you invent that time machine, we're stuck fighting here-and-now. Join us! Arm up, ammo up, and be READY!

Blogger Flair1239 March 24, 2018 12:38 PM  

I estimate and manage the installation of electrical systems in buildings. I am better than most, when it comes to my job.

I am of above average intelligence, I got in a legal scrape one time and my lawyer sent me to a psychiatrist who did a full battery on me, I scored 120IQ.

Anyway, I always joke that I am in the mucky middle. I am smart enough to know that I don’t know shit. Sometimes the best thing a building owner can do is step back and let the professionals work. Trust that he chose a decent team and let them go. Because the building owner does not know what they don’t know.

That is my attitude with Trump. I have never moved in those circles and I never will. I only have had briefest of experience with being leaned on by truly powerful people and psychopaths.

Mr. Trump has my trust. I don’t like or agree with every decision he has made. But it is still early, and boy has he gotten a lot Done .

Blogger Wynn Lloyd March 24, 2018 12:42 PM  



Who else do we have to lead us? We're going to
turn on him because of a budget? I hate abortion utterly, and want it banned as much as the next deplorable, but it's silly to turn on him just because the enemy has six more months to sacrifice their children. If it happens repeatedly, that's a different story. Again, abortion is a greivous violation of Divine Law, but we're not the ones aborting our kids.
The budget is nowhere near as damaging as if he signed the Dream Act or something truly critical.
He will turn it around. He is in the middle of a huge tornado, but he will end up breaking out of it in the end.


https://youtu.be/3A-Z5sRwgLM

For those who needed a pick-me-up. This episode is why I supported him in 2012 and again when he announced his running this time.

The man's heart is being worked on by a force that is undefeatable.

Blogger Daniel March 24, 2018 12:47 PM  

That blackpill suicide note is touching. You will be missed. By someone. I'm sure of it.

Blogger Crew March 24, 2018 1:05 PM  

I think the guys at Russia-Insider are mostly full of doom and gloom, but they should be read from time to time.

https://russia-insider.com/en/west-going-war-russia/ri22876

Blogger James Dixon March 24, 2018 1:06 PM  

> Mattis: Mr. President, if the military is not funded our subs will cease to function mid-ocean.

More like: Mr. President, our rank and file military folks are hurting badly and losing morale. You're going to need them soon. We have to have military funding at any cost.

Blogger James Dixon March 24, 2018 1:11 PM  

> ...but my gut is its the military and getting it back in shape.

Agreed. It's the only thing I can think of.

Blogger SemiSpook37 March 24, 2018 1:14 PM  

As I said yesterday, this was more of a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario. He always had the third option of just letting the thing sit and allowing it to become “law”, but I can see why he signed.

My resolve in his support isn’t affected by this. The fact that he said he wouldn’t sign something like this again shows me that sometimes the best moves he has are bad ones. Better to just shrug and give the adversaries a Pyrrhic victory is better than showboating and giving them an opening you might not see until you’re in the corner you were painting them into.

Not going to lie, it sucks, but the opportunity here is understanding how it happened and ensuring that it doesn’t happen again. I mean, this is a man who has spent considerable time in the bankruptcy courts. You can’t tell me he isn’t capable of screwing up as well as learning from the experience.

To me, I think the personnel shuffling screwed up his timing, which allowed this to happen in the first place. Rumor is that once Kelly is gone, there will be no CoS moving forward. Somehow, I think having that single point of failure is what’s causing most of this stuff to occur, and that’s not Trump’s style. Not worried, in that case.

Blogger Matthew March 24, 2018 1:22 PM  

This was an excelent post Vox. I always count on this blog being the voice of reason when the blackpillers come out in droves.

Blogger Michael Z. Williamson March 24, 2018 2:06 PM  

I came here expecting:

Vox to suck Trump's cock.

Vox's fanbois to suck his cock.

And I was not disappointed.

Clearly, you lack any comprehension of the precedent the bumpfire stock band has set. So let me explain it in small words even a self-proclaimed genius can understand:

There is no definition by which a bumpfire stock is a machine gun, or even a firearm. That is why ATF said in 2006, "This is not a firearm."

Sessions, that sad, strange little man says it "cycles automatically" (wrong) and "fires more than once per trigger pull" (also wrong).

So, he's either ignorant or lying.

Then, he declares it, via these false claims, to be a machine gun, illegal to produce since May 19, 1986. Therefore, contraband, no compensation to be paid. 5th Amendment violation, based on the next false claim that it was never legal.

Then, he arrogates to himself the authority to make a legal declaration of status without any legislative process. The precedent is fucking terrifying. If this stands, ANY Cabinet head can declare ANYTHING prohibited or mandatory by fiat, and potentially so can lower offices. We could have Vox's wet dream of declaring Islam a terror group, not a religion and putting them all into camps. We could have the liberals' wet dream of declaring Christianity a terror group and putting them all into camps. Anything a bureaucrat wants is law, and fuck the Constitution.

If GOA can't kill this in court, there is literally no republic left, just a thugocracy.

I always knew little Ted had an unhealthy fascination with Trump, but I would never have suggested he was actually a closeted fag for the man.

Until now.

Blogger Jack Amok March 24, 2018 2:09 PM  

I'm on the Trump Train through to the end. Like anyone in the field, I'll have my complaints about the #%^#@s back at HQ from time to time, but I'm not taking my balls and going home.

And remember, it's not Trump vs The Democrats, it's Trump vs the Bipartisan Swamp and their PR agencies.

Nate, if it's not time to shoot defeatists and malingerers, can we at least hang the Tokyo Roses and Lord HawHaws?

Blogger Uncle John's Band March 24, 2018 2:09 PM  

To the end.

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 2:12 PM  

"Clearly, you lack any comprehension of the precedent the bumpfire stock band has set."

we very much do understand Mike. Go look through the other posts and you will see comments explaining this.

The point of course is that Trump doesn't know. Trump doesn't understand the implications of what he has done.

we do.

At least... many of us do. The bumpstock thing is not a slippery slope. its a cliff. Going over it basically destroys the lens through which all firearms law is viewed.

it redefines what is and is not automatic... opening everything up to being banned.

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 2:14 PM  

"Nate, if it's not time to shoot defeatists and malingerers, can we at least hang the Tokyo Roses and Lord HawHaws? "

they'll be back Jack. It just goes to show that the loudest supporters of Trump when things are good are actually the weakest supporters he has over all.

you need the middle of the road people. who don't flip out when things go great... and don't flip out when things go bad.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 24, 2018 2:15 PM  

We understand, Williamson. Do you feel better now, after that cathartic rant?

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 2:16 PM  

Also.. Mike...

drop the badass act. its the internet. no one cares.

Blogger Rashadjin March 24, 2018 2:20 PM  

You know why 300 resonates? Because it's an echo of Judges 7 turned ever so slightly to become an expression of God's favor on the pure of purpose. And while Ephialtes of Trachis exists in every age, far too many are so deformed in mind and spirit within this age. Far too many have not been through the fire. Those who have not will not stay the course and have no place at the center.

It's a mark of the deformities of this age that so many are taken in by the 12D Underwater Chess meme, both in belief of and in mockery of. The strategy is far more simple: That come what may, it's all a part of the plan. That when tragedy and defeat happens, it's now part of the plan. What isn't part of the plan five minutes ago becomes the plan five minutes after without ever losing sight of the goal.

This is the mark of a professional.

The man's heart is being worked on by a force that is undefeatable.

Very few know how true this statement is.

Blogger Arthur Isaac March 24, 2018 2:22 PM  

Sticking with the movies:

"I see no method at all sir."

I'll be happy to be wrong. I was sceptical of hiring all of the neo-cons and now we have Bolton, after the departure of a handful of others. A Bellicheck reference was made, I would find the analogy more fitting if the Patriots were recruiting lobotomized U12 Pop Warner players. These guys didn't pass the smell test on day one, they got fired but were any lessons learned? Chaos is chaos. Maybe we need chaos.

Blogger James March 24, 2018 2:46 PM  

"And I was not disappointed." It's called politics. Poly, meaning many, and ticks, meaning blood sucking parasites. It's all well and good to warn people not to expect too much, and I'm all for lampooning those who fall in love with a politician with biting satire, but, really, who else is there at this point? Rand Paul would be a good positive helpful suggestion, maybe? As a big gun rights guy my self, I know how you feel. I know that most people don't understand what "Gun Control" is all about. Most people don't get that "Gun Control" is all about promoting Anarcho-Tyranny and the policy of Dirt Bag Supremacy.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 24, 2018 3:01 PM  

So loyalty, duty and keeping faith are not big on some people's priorities? Who knew?

Christ is my king. He has assigned Trump as my captain.

Those who've been around here a while know I have a fine opinion of my own mental abilities. Trump has demonstrated a grasp of political tactics and strategy that at times leaves me astonished. He's simply genius level in these disciplines. Trump is also possessed of a level of moral courage that simply never occurs in politicians.

I can only think that Trump signed the bill because it gave him something he needed that he could not get any other way. Whether that is the wall, the OIG funding, the Witness Protection funding, or something else, I can't say. There are lots of theories, and some of them may even be true. I can say that Trump thought it was absolutely necessary, and I have learned to trust his abilities.

It doesn't bother me for a moment that a bunch of black-pilled emotion-driven part-time patriots and summer soldiers have abandoned their posts. They were going to desert eventually anyway.

Blogger Chris March 24, 2018 3:04 PM  

Dont forget Trump said he would have a major announcement in May.

Blogger Rashadjin March 24, 2018 3:07 PM  

@Nate

Fine, the Bump Stock Ban is a cliff. Welcome to 2014, when SOTUS decided that the EPA can regulate CO2 - that substance every living animal exhales and the atmosphere could probably use more of - without congressional mandate. I suppose it's good of you gun nuts to finally catch up.

Which is why I still see it as minor. The precedents have already been set, the train has already gone off the cliff, and you're just now seeing your car tip over the edge.

I hope the ban gets killed off one way or another for a lot of reasons, but if it doesn't, then it's just another notch in status quo America that also happens to give gun owners another reason to care a little bit more because they haven't been caring enough.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 24, 2018 3:07 PM  

Hey, Williamson, why don't you go back to writing unorignal, poorly written hack novels?

Blogger Darwinite March 24, 2018 3:11 PM  

This: “the God-Emperor has more than earned our continued confidence”.

And in this specific case, the base has absolutely nothing to complain about because they made no noise prior to the bill’s passage. As usual, the complaints are all a day late and a buck short.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants March 24, 2018 3:14 PM  

Look, Trump *may* lose the white working class in the future, but he hasn't lost anything yet.
You are spending too much time online/reading or listening to media. Most of my neighbors, (middle-class, gated neighborhood), either have no idea Trump signed an Omnibus bill yesterday, or if they do, only the barest info about it. I've spoken to a number of them in the last two days when they've been out walking pets & so forth, how they felt about the bill,(sounds like he's beefing up the military),
the bumpstock ban, (what's a bumpstock???), and hiring John Bolton, (WHO??),
we're pretty much the answers I got across the board, if they were even interested, at all.
The point is, things look a lot differently outside of the hyperpolitical online world. Average people are just not that engaged.
The two things my neighbors were interesting in discussing-gun bans and immigration. Because these issues affect us(them) dirrectly.
I hope this makes sense, I have a sinus infection plz forgive me if it does not.

Blogger Crew March 24, 2018 3:14 PM  

So, President Trump had this ready to go yesterday. That is interesting!

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/text-letter-president-speaker-house-representatives-president-senate-21/

Blogger Bellguard March 24, 2018 3:20 PM  

Just like Jack Ward, I too stand with the God Emperor even now.

This spending bill is overall negative. Some minor good but overall a net loss altogether. That being said, there is so much going on behind the scenes that we as laymen outside the goings on of things cannot fully know all the details.

Trump’s presidency has yielded good things so far. And while I disagree with a number of his decisions, this may have been a necessary evil.

Metagame sidenote: Half of The Dread Ilk already denounced Trump once before. Many of them boarded the train afterwards.

Blogger Darwinite March 24, 2018 3:20 PM  

Also, the President spefically asked for the tools (line-item veto) that would prevent this happening in future, so surely today the right would be taking up this banner? Nope, just more purity-signaling.
Call your congressman, demand a line-item veto, get it on the radar.

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 3:35 PM  

"Fine, the Bump Stock Ban is a cliff. Welcome to 2014, when SOTUS decided that the EPA can regulate CO2 - that substance every living animal exhales and the atmosphere could probably use more of - without congressional mandate. I suppose it's good of you gun nuts to finally catch up."

Haji.. you're not smart enough to make the logical leaps to keep up with the conversation that this comment would kick off.

Shut up and get in the Helicopter.

Blogger CoolHand March 24, 2018 3:37 PM  

Nate wrote:I'm 100% with you on this point that supporters need to be realistic but lets not take it to far. Marrku isn't betraying anyone.


On this score, Markku CAN'T betray anyone, 'cause he's a Fin.

He's a spectator, not a player in the game, his losing faith doesn't harm the outcome of the game in any way.

Hopefully in time he comes back to root for the Home Team again, but if not, he hasn't damaged us in any concrete fashion.

Hell, just by helping keeping Castalia House up and pumping out excellent books, he's probably doing more to win the culture war than any ten of us combined.

He's not a traitor, he's just fighting on a totally different front.

Blogger Rashadjin March 24, 2018 3:39 PM  

@163 Nate.

Try me. Or are you just being a lazy poser?

Blogger Nate March 24, 2018 3:45 PM  

There is a very basic hole in your logic you already missed. A giant gaping hole.

its not worth it.

And I don't give a damn what you think of me.

Blogger CoolHand March 24, 2018 4:56 PM  

@166 Nate, I think maybe there is one other option here.

IF it were possible to do what Sessions is supposed to have done (banned bump stocks over the objections of even the ATF technical branch, with no delegated authority from congress preceding it), would the Obama ATF not ALREADY have done this?

You have to remember, ATF didn't suddenly legalize something that had been illegal before during the Obama years, but rather the SlideFire stock was first created and released then (in 2013 if memory serves).

It didn't exist before that.

They didn't declare something that had been illegal previously to suddenly be legal. They examined a new product that had just been submitted to them for the first time and declared that it was legal.

If it would have been possible for them to declare it illegal at the time of submission, I guarantee that they would have done it. ATFTB's default answer is always NO, unless they simply have no space to stand in.

So, Trump has told them to do something that they cannot do and remain in their legal framework. They either restate that the thing is legal, or they try to suddenly say it isn't and get sued by a dozen different groups and lose in court.

This is why they backpedaled on the "shouldering a pistol makes an SBR" thing, because they knew they were on shaky ground and would definitely lose if taken to court over it.

People always talk about politics being 100% about money, so don't forget that they aren't just fighting me and you and a bunch of random folks in flyover country when it comes to AR15's and semi-autos in general, they're fighting a 50 billion dollar a year industry with the nation's most well funded lobbyist group (the NSSF is the joint lobbyist group for all sporting good and firearms mfgs).

The gov't will not succeed in banning semi-auto firearms or even AR15's and AKM's only, because there is just too much money being made by too many BIG corporations for them to allow that to happen.

The first time the AWB was brought up back in '94, AR15's were sparse, made by just a couple of companies (one big one, Colt, and a few tiny ones) and easy to demonize because almost nobody owned one. They were newfangled and weird looking. Easy pickings.

Now they are the most popular rifle in the US by far. We make and sell something like 5 million new ones every single year, and that's totally ignoring those built on 80% receivers, which are totally untraceable.

They couldn't enforce a total ban on AR's if they wanted to, because we'll keep building them faster than they can confiscate the things.

That ship has sailed IMO, and keeping it from ever finding port again is the whole reason why I make my living by teaching people how to make their own arms, and providing them with the raw materials to do so.

The govt can make whatever laws they want, and we'll totally ignore them. Being that they're not ALL complete fools, they know this as well as we do, which is why they won't pass such a law.

Passing a ban and having it ignored by vast swaths of the country would be far worse for them than not passing a ban at all, and they know it.

But it won't come to that (again, IMO). I think Trump sent this memo out so that it would get the issue off the front page while being sure that it would ultimately fail, just like he did with DACA.

There won't BE any new precedent set, because the rule won't survive to be implemented.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 24, 2018 5:10 PM  

Crew wrote:So, President Trump had this ready to go yesterday. That is interesting!

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/text-letter-president-speaker-house-representatives-president-senate-21/


Having read the cited sections of the law, it appears the president has notified the Appropriations committee that he will be spending, as he sees fit, any funds in any accounts designated by the most recent actual budget (2006?) to accounts designated as Emergency Spending by statute and the declaration of a President, including but not limited to the GWoT, any emergent health crisis, and (I believe) Human Trafficking, designated an emergency both by statue and by the Executive Order Trump previously signed.
See the text of the bills referenced below:

Balanced Budget And Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985
Section 251 (b)
...(2) SEQUESTRATION REPORTS.—When OMB submits a sequestration report under section 254(e), (f), or (g) for a fiscal year, OMB shall calculate, and the sequestration report and
subsequent budgets submitted by the President under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, shall include adjustments to discretionary spending limits (and those limits as adjusted) for the fiscal year and each succeeding year, as follows:
(A) EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS; OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS/GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.—If, for any fiscal year, appropriations for discretionary accounts are enacted that—
(i) the Congress designates as emergency requirements in statute on an account by account basis and the President subsequently so designates, or
(ii) the Congress designates for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism in statute on an account by account basis and the President subsequently so designates,
the adjustment shall be the total of such appropriations in discretionary accounts designated as emergency requirements or for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War
on Terrorism, as applicable.


Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 24, 2018 5:13 PM  

Consolidated Appropriations Act 2018
Section 7058
(d) REPURPOSED FUNDS.—(1) Of the unobligated
balances available under the heading ‘‘Bilateral Economic
Assistance’’ in title IX of the Department of State, For
eign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations
Act, 2015 (division J of Public Law 113–235)—
(A) $35,000,000 shall be made available for the
Emergency Reserve Fund established pursuant to
section 7058(c)(1) of the Department of State, For
eign Operations, and Related Programs Appropria
tions Act, 2017 (division J of Public Law 115–31):
Provided, That such funds may only be made avail
able if the USAID Administrator determines and re
ports to the Committees on Appropriations that it is
in the national interest to respond to an emerging
health threat that poses severe threats to human
health;
(B) $100,000,000 shall be for programs to ac
celerate the capabilities of targeted countries to pre
vent, detect, and respond to infectious disease out
breaks; and
(C) $10,000,000 shall be made available for
support of a multi-partner trust fund or other multi
lateral efforts to assist communities in Haiti affected
by cholera resulting from the United Nations Sta
bilization Mission in Haiti: Provided, That prior to
the obligation of such funds, the Secretary of State
shall ensure that mechanisms are in place for moni
toring, oversight, and control of such funds: Pro
vided further, That such funds shall be subject to
prior consultation with, and the regular notification
procedures of, the Committees on Appropriations.
(2) Funds made available pursuant to this subsection
are in addition to funds otherwise made available for such
purposes.
(3) Funds made available pursuant to this subsection
under the headings ‘‘Global Health Programs’’ and
‘‘International Disaster Assistance’’ may be transferred
to, and merged with, funds made available under such
headings: Provided, That such transfer authority is in ad
dition to any other transfer authority provided by law.
(4) The amounts repurposed under this subsection
are designated by the Congress as an emergency require
ment pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced
Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 and
shall be available only if the President subsequently so
designates all such amounts and transmits such designations to the Congress.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 24, 2018 5:18 PM  

So, does anyone know if illegal immigration has officially been declared an emergency by statue?

Blogger Rashadjin March 24, 2018 5:45 PM  

@166 Nate

If there's a giant gaping hole in my logic, then it should be simple to point it out. Whatever detail I missed that would invalidate my comparison between past EPA overreach via redefinitions and claimed authority sans congressional approval and any potential overreach by Sessions/ATF via much the same could be tossed out there just like that.

But nah, you'd rather pose within the reeking clouds of your own arrogance, useful to no one and nothing.

Oh, and if the difference is 2A, then that ship sailed even further back than 2014.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 24, 2018 5:53 PM  

James wrote:"I only regret that I have but one life to shill for my God Emperor."

It is not "shilling" to stick with a politician when he's screwing up and/or doing something you don't like. "Shilling" is when you're getting paid like a mercenary to support some one or some thing that you don't believe in and/or care about.

My guess is your misapprehension is due to your being retarded and/or a Russian Troll-Bot.


looool

Homeboy I kept perfect faith with Trump through the Syrian missile crisis. This ain't even shit to me.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 24, 2018 6:04 PM  

Aeoli Pera wrote:I kept perfect faith with Trump through the Syrian missile crisis.
So you abandoned America at the first available opportunity? Remind me never to share a foxhole with you.

Blogger Rashadjin March 24, 2018 6:08 PM  

@170 Snidely Whiplash

I don't, but Sessions' war on drugs thumping is suddenly hilarious under the heading of "Global Health Programs" a la the opioid epidemic. Gotta keep those drug runners out, after all...

Alas, connecting the two is likely wishful thinking on my part. Sessions is an enigma to me given all the contradicting information swirling around him, along with some weird-seeming moves and issues.

Blogger CoolHand March 24, 2018 6:23 PM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:Aeoli Pera wrote:I kept perfect faith with Trump through the Syrian missile crisis.

So you abandoned America at the first available opportunity? Remind me never to share a foxhole with you.


Where'd he say he was getting off the train? I must have missed it.

Wasn't he the same guy that was memeing against the UCucks banning Britney Pettibone?

Don't go wobbly Aeoli, I meme'd by your side last week, will you not meme with us still?

There are many LOLZ yet to be had in this war, sir.

The memes must flow.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 24, 2018 6:38 PM  

Oh take a breath people, I'm 100% on the Trump train.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 24, 2018 6:45 PM  

Proof: https://aeolipera.wordpress.com/2018/03/23/re-the-magabyss/

I am not wobbly, and I don't appreciate having my extraordinarily high tendency to loyalty described as "wobbly". If I expected better from you humans, I might take offense.

Blogger Retrenched March 24, 2018 6:53 PM  

More like 3 pick sixes and now we're behind 21-10; game's not over but Trump needs a big play soon.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 24, 2018 7:01 PM  

Retrenched wrote:More like 3 pick sixes and now we're behind 21-10; game's not over but Trump needs a big play soon.
Translation:
"Please, dear God, please, just one more endorphin hit! I'm begging here, please God, I'll do anything, just one hit...."

Blogger S1AL March 24, 2018 7:10 PM  

"So, does anyone know if illegal immigration has officially been declared an emergency by statue?"

Human trafficking includes smuggling. Such as coyotes. So... yes.

Blogger Unknown March 24, 2018 7:26 PM  

In one week no one will even remember this spending bill.

Except our military who got great pay raises and more money to buy stuff that annihilates our enemies.

Which is EXACTLY what the Lord Emperor needs to negotiate YUGE wins with the NoKos ("Say hello to my apprentice Darth Bolton if things go South here") and the mullahs ("Ditto, I'm sure.")

The Lord Emperor is playing for massive stakes; he'll let the Dims/Left/Anti-Never Trumpers take down itsy-bitsy pots.

I remain optimistic and eternally loyal to the Lord Emperor and to My Dark Lord.

Blogger Greg Hunt March 24, 2018 7:53 PM  

Can anyone expand on this? Is it possible? Is it true? If so, this budget deal flips from very bad to very good.

Blogger Eric Steiger March 24, 2018 9:54 PM  

Signing the budget is not the first move Trump has made that I don't like, and I'm sure it won't be the last.
But for those who jumped on the Trump bandwagon and are now ready to jump off: where do you plan on landing? There is no one else who is even going to attempt to push back against the rainbow globalists.

Blogger RebPirate March 24, 2018 10:28 PM  

I haven't jumped off the Trump train. I realize that PRESIDENT Trump knew that even with a veto, the bad actors in congress would have enough votes to override his veto. What I have done is withdrawn my support for yet another lying RinO in my congressional district. Our freshman representative rode in on the Trump train and immediately transferred to Ryan/Pelosi short bus. I'm really getting tired of these a$$h*les running in my district promising conservative values and then "going along to get along". Sorry freshman representative, I didn't vote for you to INITIATE more worthless bills, I voted for you to PREVENT more worthless bills from passing. Once they have proven themselves worthy of my trust and confidence, THEN and ONLY then do they have my permission to initiate anything. My lying traitorous representative is Scott Taylor, Virginia 2nd.

Blogger Pale Male March 24, 2018 11:09 PM  

Johnny wrote:Reminds me of the song lyrics, "Fools to the left of me, Jokers to the right..."
That's "Clowns to the left of me".  The late Gerry Rafferty, aka Stealer's Wheel.  Later known for tunes like "Baker Street".

Remember those who came before.  Do not neglect or corrupt what they gave us; acknowledge it in full measure.

Blogger Avalanche March 25, 2018 8:43 AM  

@144 "declaring Islam a terror group, not a religion and putting them all into camps."

We don't want them in camps -- we want them THE HELL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY!

(How do you not get that? Did you forget to read before shilling?)

Blogger Christopher B March 25, 2018 9:50 AM  

Re vetoing the Omnibus -

It looks like everyone has forgotten the results of Schumer's DACA shutdown as well as the earlier shutdownsshutdown by the GOP. Nobody who performs an act that shuts down the Federal government wins, regardless of party. It's pointless. Even control of the DNC-media complex couldn't save Schumer.

Blogger mpow66m 1 March 25, 2018 11:18 PM  

100% correct
relax people the sky isnt falling.
The fools want Trump impeached or are no longer on the ''Trump train'',ok bye.
The real eny is Ryan,McConnell,MCain and so on.The RINOs who pretend to give a squat about the core of this Country.

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