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Friday, January 25, 2019

Talk talk is better than war war?

As is my usual wont, I'm not going to pronounce my opinion on the God-Emperor's latest announcement until two days have passed. But it's difficult to escape the impression that he has badly misread the American people here, or failed to understand that he's not going to win any more points from the public for "making a deal" than George Bush did in his one and only term.
Yielding to mounting pressure and growing disruption, President Donald Trump and congressional leaders on Friday reached a short-term deal to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations continue over the president’s demands for money to build his long-promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump announced the agreement to break the 35-day impasse as intensifying delays at the nation’s airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to resolve the standoff.

“I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” he said from the Rose Garden.

After saying for weeks that he would not reopen the government without border wall money, Trump said he would soon sign a bill to re-open the government through Feb. 15 without additional money for his signature campaign promise. He said that a bipartisan committee of lawmakers would be formed to consider border spending before the new deadline.

“They are willing to put partisanship aside, I think, and put the security of the American people first,” Trump said. He asserted that “barrier or walls will be an important part of the solution.”
Mounting pressure from whom? One of the most remarkable things about this shutdown is the fact that virtually no one outside of Washington DC has been negatively affected by it.

Donald Trump was elected to do two things: Drain the Swamp and Build the Wall. Precisely none of his supporters give a fraction of a quantum of a damn about "getting the government back to work" or "getting the Democrats on board" or "making a really, really great deal". That was the case in 2016. It is still the case now.

It is looking more and more as if Trump is not a wartime consigliere, which is unfortunate because America is at war. And here is a hint: if the headlines are going to read "Trump caves", then you probably shouldn't agree to it.

Trump caves: President agrees to open paralysed US government for THREE WEEKS after 35-day shutdown - but claims he'll shut it down again or declare a national emergency to build border wall if Congress doesn't fund it

Does anyone doubt that the Democrats and Republican Establishment believe he's just bluffing at this point? Anyhow, as always, wait two days.

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Blogger Franz Lyonheart January 25, 2019 3:13 PM  

Yielding to mounting pressure and growing disruption

The hard working average American hasn't even noticed the "Fed Gov shutdown". That is probably do-nothing Congress greatest fear - that people realise they're not even needed.

Blogger DJT January 25, 2019 3:18 PM  

Limbaugh thinks Trump is going to give them their three weeks as one final chance to negotiate, and after that if there's no deal he will use the nuclear option and declare an emergency.

I mean, maybe, but what has changed? Trump has offered progressively worse compromises, and the Dems haven't given an inch. Now the pressure is completely off and the best he can do is accept the strategic "barriers" he has already offered. He certainly won't get more, and he'll probably get less.

Twl things from his speech I found frustrating.

1. Talking down the WALL that his campaign was about. Now it's a barrier of steel slats (like the ones we have seen illegals climbing over?) in some places. I WANT a concrete wall from sea to sea, whether it's needed or not.

2. "I have the power but I won't go there." We elected YOU to give you that power! Does he work for Jared or us?

Blogger charlie huxley January 25, 2019 3:19 PM  

The only way this is a brilliant move, is if the Senate GOP refuses the CR.

But, that is a long shot.

Blogger Sambuca_Ford January 25, 2019 3:21 PM  

Is he torpedoing himself here to save being crushed in 2020? Or does he just want out? The rule still stands: no wall, no chance.

Blogger Duke Nukem January 25, 2019 3:21 PM  

More like Goddess Empress Pelosi. Trump is a limp dick.

Blogger Ataraxia January 25, 2019 3:21 PM  

I'm not usually as patient with Trump as many here, but I don't mind this. Unlike previous shutdown settlements this feels closer to resolution. At the beginning of the speech Trump said he doesn't want to declare a national emergency but will if he doesn't get his wall. By going with another CR Trump can say he did everything possible before being forced to declare a national emergency. And he will declare if that's what it takes.

It was an error on the part of the GOP to start the shutdown when they were in control. Nancy simply inherited a mess given to her by the inept lame duck Congress. She will own the next shutdown and will be given a final chance to fund the wall before Trump goes it alone.

Blogger Zorlig January 25, 2019 3:21 PM  

He waited just long enough to appear as the adult in the room. Round one over, round two will be brutal. He has the advantage now out of this 'deal'.

The shut down has gone on just long enough that it isn't moral to not pay the employees any longer. If Democrats were smarter they would have caved first in this round, the optics are just better.

Blogger Ingot9455 January 25, 2019 3:24 PM  

Only worthwhile if it heralds the arrests we've all been waiting for.

Blogger Zorlig January 25, 2019 3:24 PM  

My guess is roughly the same as Limbaugh. Remember one must build the wall to be reelected, but one must also be reelected to finish the job.

Blogger Ingot9455 January 25, 2019 3:25 PM  

Also, the test votes determine how the wall can be put in a budget reconciliation bill.

Blogger Longtime Lurker January 25, 2019 3:25 PM  

Darkest before dawn. Darkest. Before. Dawn.

Blogger The Cooler January 25, 2019 3:31 PM  

I went into the booth intending on voting for Clinton. I'm that guy. Last minute, I voted for Trump.

The Wall won't stop what's coming but is necessary for proper decay management. Failure to Wall is unacceptable; it is simply not possible for Trump to not know this.

Until March 1, I will give the benefit of the doubt and assume his game has graduated to new heights. This ain't checkers, after all.

After that, absent something ebullience-inducing, we will be revisiting and revising timetables.

Blogger Russell Newquist January 25, 2019 3:32 PM  

I strongly suspect that he's been notified of RGB's imminent retirement and that he's repositioning his forces. An ongoing shutdown is NOT a club he wants the media beating him with during what is likely to be the most intense single political battle of his presidency. Especially if he can just build the wall by declaring a national emergency.

Blogger Dr Caveman January 25, 2019 3:33 PM  

I'm giving Trump the benefit of the doubt and see where we are at three weeks from now. I see it as a final warning to the Dems to come up with a realistic border security solution, including wall funding. They'll fail to do that, allowing him to trigger a national emergency and build the wall.

I would have preferred him to trigger it today though.

Blogger SemiSpook37 January 25, 2019 3:34 PM  

Cerno has been tweeting that Trump is finished, which he's done for at least the last 5-6 times Trump has made a move like this. There's mindset, and then there's just being stupid.

I don't like the move up front, but then again, was likely his only play. I would have only gone two weeks on any CR, but that's just me. The key here is that he's backing up the statement "I gave them every opportunity...", so I'm not all that upset over it. Now, if there's punting after 15 Feb, then I think all bets are off, but remember who's calling the shots at the moment.

Have a friend over at BAFTE (he's a medic, and therefore, he's actually been showing up to work), and we briefly discussed the situation. His take: yeah, it sucks he's not getting paid, but this is something that's been punted on for the past 30 years. The discussion NEEDS to take place, and there needs to be some sort of resolution, so if he's got to wait for his back pay, then so be it. Can't be worse than if the same situation keeps perpetuating itself.

Blogger DJT January 25, 2019 3:39 PM  

>Remember one must build the wall to be reelected, but one must also be reelected to finish the job.

If Trump has to run on finishing the wall in 2020, he will have already failed. The wall was supposed to be the sizzle, not the whole damn steak.

What happened to "I will never sign another CR that doesn't have wall funding"?

Blogger Yordan Yordanov January 25, 2019 3:39 PM  

Cerno has been tweeting that Trump is finished, which he's done for at least the last 5-6 times Trump has made a move like this. There's mindset, and then there's just being stupid.

Except Cerno isn't stupid. Trump did not win the majority vote - he won an electoral victory. An electoral victory that was dependent on Obama turncoat voters. Who's going to vote some who caved on his campaign's exclamation point? "No new taxes" was less damaging to Bush, than no wall will be for Trump.

Spamming Trump's twitter with "TREASON" is probably the best move anyone who wants to see him reelected can do.

Blogger One Deplorable DT January 25, 2019 3:40 PM  

It's hard not to be negative, but I've been burned by not waiting two days before. So...waiting....

Blogger Haxo Angmark January 25, 2019 3:41 PM  

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Blogger One Deplorable DT January 25, 2019 3:42 PM  

Is it too much to hope that he did this so that he could have the State of the Union address...where he will arrest every Democrat in the building?

Blogger Edgar Abbey January 25, 2019 3:42 PM  

I still think the most likely outcome is that he will declare an emergency to begin building the wall, but before it can even be started, a court will order work to stop. And the court battle will last for the next 2 years, during which the migrant flood will continue to engulf the American countryside, like a river of raw sewage over a cultivated garden.

Blogger Jeroth January 25, 2019 3:43 PM  

Is it just a coincidence that he reopens the government on the same day Roger Stone is raided by a SWAT team?

It's beginning to look less like Trump is hesitant to act, and more like the deep state is simply winning behind the scenes, making it impossible for him to act.

Blogger thalios January 25, 2019 3:43 PM  

Interesting take by The Occultist.

https://dai.ly/x71awsj

Blogger S1AL January 25, 2019 3:43 PM  

Three weeks is meaningless and Trump gets to be magnanimous. Three Fake News headlines are negative no matter what. Nobody cares.

Blogger DJT January 25, 2019 3:46 PM  

>By going with another CR Trump can say he did everything possible before being forced to declare a national emergency.

How many more times are we going to say this? This was said after the Oval Office speech, after the border speech, and now again.

This is optics cuckery. The beltway will NEVER be on his side, so there is no point in trying to sway public opinion.

Just rip the bandaid off and get it over with.

Blogger Silent Draco January 25, 2019 3:51 PM  

I'll wait and see. This was reported on a Friday afternoon by a partially literate press. Want to see the details first. Recall that "mounting pressure and growing disruption" also apply to Congress. Little Granny Foo-Foo is getting an earful from her masters, which might explain the over-torque to Ridiculous Speed.

Related - our local supermarket had a sign posted at checkouts noting that people had their February EBT funds credited already, so warned them not to blow through next month's food stamps as well. Yeah, r selection, so ...

Blogger jijijeac January 25, 2019 3:51 PM  

Problem with Trump isn't his games with the dems. Its the fact that he forgot about every other immigration promise he made during his immigration campaign. the wall is the only one which he keeps mentioning.
Here are some of the other: ending visa lottery, ending chain migration, kicking out the DACA's, kicking out the illegals that are already here.
How hard would it be for him to sign an executive order to end the "visa lottery" a crazy and weird idea that I think is only applied in the USA. What is the point of treating citizenship as "gambling".
On top of that he offered the DACA's amnesty at least 5 times until now and announced that the 10 million illigals in the USA will be remaining.

I strongly suspect he is going to pull a Reagan style amnesty. The Wall itself is to prevent future illegals from entering. Problem is that the USA also has a backlog of tens of millions of illegals already here which continue to have offspring and which no politician seems willing to remove.

Whether Trump is a globalist wolf in sheeps clothing ala Reagan remains to be seen--although I think he is. He talks the nationalist talk but so far in regards to migration he walks the globalist walk.

Blogger Some Guy January 25, 2019 3:56 PM  

RBG is probably already dead. He secures the SCOTUS and builds the wall. Gotta give a good show though.

Blogger jijijeac January 25, 2019 3:56 PM  

@DJT
>If Trump has to run on finishing the wall in 2020, he will have already >failed. The wall was supposed to be the sizzle, not the whole damn steak.
>What happened to "I will never sign another CR that doesn't have wall >funding"?

I think its quit clear by now that Trump will run with exactly the same set of immigration policies from 2016 in 2020. His excuse will be the "the dems are to blame" and "watch gonna do ellect kamal Harris?".Some of the policies he ran with in 2016 he never mentioned since then aka ending visa lottery, ending chain migration etc. He also has a habit of only talking nationalist talking points during ellection campaigns. Anyone here remember "I can end birthright citizenship with an executive order" from the midterms? Did he take on that topic since then either through a tweet or god forbid an action?

Blogger Crew January 25, 2019 3:59 PM  

We probably have to wait for three weeks to see what he is actually planning ...

Blogger My 1 millionth internet profile January 25, 2019 4:00 PM  

a bipartisan committee of lawmakers would be formed to consider border spending before the new deadline

Well, that's that dead then. He couldn't wring a pittance out of 'em before, and now a "bipartisan committee" is going to get anywhere? Can't wait to see what spin is put on the amnesty he announces.

Blogger John Best. January 25, 2019 4:00 PM  

Feels to me like a waste of a shutdown, he did all of it for nothing. It was pointless. He would call a national emergency and build the wall. This is clear, the forces of evil wish to bog the forces of Jesus down in one issue and fight it over and over again, while we are unable to move our forces onto other things. Meanwhile when the forces of evil have victories, they are able to just move quickly onto something else. This is the case the US government shutdown and with Brexit in the UK. As Walliam S Lind talks about the US military, they win tactically, but fail operationally and strategically. We need people with strategic understanding and operational intuition.

Blogger dc.sunsets January 25, 2019 4:01 PM  

If one more "local news story" appears aping the "poor, penniless, Oliver-Twist Federal Workers" appears, I think I'd vote to acquit anyone who went postal in a news room.

I remain of the opinion that there are tens of millions of people like me who recall all too well how much hand-wringing for our fate existed when we were laid off in the past.

In a time when AFSCME and all Civil Service (and the endless Borg legions of nominally "non" government welfare agencies') employment constitutes a literal political party (in size and determination), what happens when the revolution comes and anyone who previously drew an Uncle Sammy paycheck is on The Other Side?

Blogger peacefulposter January 25, 2019 4:04 PM  

Nancy could have extracted huge concessions from Trump in return for a measly $5 billion for the Wall, but she refused to negotiate.

Now she's gonna get dick.

Blogger dc.sunsets January 25, 2019 4:04 PM  

Even if Trump gets a wall and kicks out 1/10th of the invaders, I still say he's a transition figure. His language remained centrist despite a coordinated campaign to smear him.

I guess I look forward to when the candidates have to be frisked for weapons before pre-election debates.

Lets get back to when a cane on the Floor of Congress is used as a deadly weapon.

Blogger Hatman January 25, 2019 4:06 PM  

Temporarily reopen the government, call Pelosi's bluff and deliver the State of the union from the House floor in front of a National stage, and then close it back down if no wall deal in the next 3 weeks.

That's what I think his plan is.


Saw this on twitter just a few minutes ago:

Trump took one question on the shutdown and whether he'll declare a national emergency: "We’ll work with the Democrats and negotiate and if we can’t do that, then we’ll do a -- obviously we’ll do the emergency because that’s what it is. It’s a national emergency.”

Blogger Nate January 25, 2019 4:06 PM  

There is no good way to reset this. He caved. The headline stings because it is true. And yes.. It stings me just as much as any of you.

Blogger EasyCompany January 25, 2019 4:09 PM  

So, Ryan and Rommeny win in the end.

Blogger Longtime Lurker January 25, 2019 4:11 PM  

@22: "Is it just a coincidence that he reopens the government on the same day Roger Stone is raided by a SWAT team?"

Probably. Mueller and his Stasi crew owed the party faithful big time after debunking that sensational Buzzfeed story last Friday as "inaccurate."

Dems throughout the land waltzed into their weekend amped with hope that Mueller had finally found the smoking gun: Cohen was going to turn state's witness against POTUS on obstruction.

Then the Special Clown's office dumped ice cold water on it.

The Special Clown's use of Interior Ministry troops, er, FBI SWAT, was a completely unnecessary, but intimidating touch: "Don't be Roger."

Blogger John Best. January 25, 2019 4:13 PM  

@36 To be honest he has been saying that for a month now. If it truly was something he was willing to do, he would have done it by now. He may well stuff use the national emergency, but all speed and will he once had, has been lost. The point of the victory of building the wall is to use it to drain to swamp. The removal of the deep state is the strategic goal here, building the wall is to increase our belief and morale to do that. Trump has got bogged down in a tactical fight.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 25, 2019 4:14 PM  

There are so many issues facing our collapsing empire that the horse trading back in the smoky rooms must be nearly incomprehensible as to the scale of it.

Criticism is mainly rich coming from us truest reddest mostest conservatives about Trump's negotiating or lack of skills. I mean really gents we are wonderful at outrage and essays, oh we love our essays but when it comes to negotiating thru life we pay full retail and then moan about our beloved principles.

Blogger VFM #7634 January 25, 2019 4:14 PM  

My take is that Trump is intending to demonstrate that the Democrats are the ones in bad faith here. After all, their repeated demand was, "reopen the government, then we'll talk". Trump is calling their bluff. Of course they won't be any more reasonable if the government is open. They'll demand the government be open for the next year, next.

Blogger dc.sunsets January 25, 2019 4:16 PM  

During the American Revolution a plurality of colonists wanted to remain a colony. It was a coalition of "leave" fragments, still a minority, who called the shots.

For the last 50 years it was a coalition of Sailer's "fringes" who called the shots. It was the lunatic lefists and the Chamber of Commerce crony capitalists and the banksters who steered this country into a wall at high speed. They did so while the majority ignored them.

The F-ing DJIA closed at 24,737. As long as it's anywhere near that high, the bovine masses will resist anything radical. Even if Trump was inclined to go Full Executive Order, who would rush to Washington DC to lock arms to stop the tanks when Strzok's buddies throughout the FBI and in the "Hostage Rescue Team," complete with Lon Horiuchi's replacement, show up to arrest him?

We're not there yet. The will to spontaneously form into massive crowds protesting (Yellow-vest style, if not Storm the Bastille style) is just that, spontaneous.

Not today. Maybe next week. Maybe next year. Maybe 2020 or 2022 (Imagine a "president Harris" being impeached, dragged from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and lynched by a mob of blacks and whites when the DJIA is hitting 900 in '22. It's not as far-fetched as it might seem.)

We're all passengers on this trip. We can switch decks or sides of the ship, and maybe choose which restaurant to catch dinner, but we don't determine the course or the destination.

Blogger chronoblip January 25, 2019 4:16 PM  

Rabbits can't resist drama.

Blogger S1AL January 25, 2019 4:18 PM  

"There is no good way to reset this. He caved. The headline stings because it is true. And yes.. It stings me just as much as any of you."

Nate, play out the hypothetical: 3 weeks, no deal, Trump declares an emergency and builds the wall. Does anyone remember the "cave"? No. Nobody cares, Trump looks like the good guy for anyone to right of Occasio-Cortez, and the wall gets built.

What is the loss here?

Blogger SemiSpook37 January 25, 2019 4:21 PM  

@23

My sentiments exactly. The SOTU will be the key, and I think the theatrics for that are going to play right into Trump's hands.

As other folks have mentioned, he's just called their bluff. Schmuck and Botox have already come out and said that the wall is a non-starter, yet again. Do they seriously think that he's just rolling over to appease them?

Blogger Longtime Lurker January 25, 2019 4:21 PM  

@38: Nate, the predicate was set yesterday when a number of Republican senators, including Dispensable Man Romney, voted against the shutdown bill favored by the Trump White House. Which signaled that the Senate Republican Congress was about to bolt and leave TGE in the lurch. Hence today's 3-week CR. Hate to say it, but the POTUS who runs away lives to fight another day.

Blogger The Greay Man January 25, 2019 4:28 PM  

I HAVE A THEORY

The IRS has said that on Monday the 28th of January they have to make their unpaid employees start working again.

I bet Trump caved because businesses need the taxes, accountants, businesses, etc. to start getting things done.

I have a friend who is a CPA who said that there is very little work to do at his firm right now because the IRS is more or less "closed" until the 28th.

That's on Monday.

I like my idea. Anyone have a better one?

Trump should NOT have caved, but I do think this may be why.

If he doesn't disappoint in 3 weeks I will forgive, but right now I am mad.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 25, 2019 4:28 PM  

I can definitely agree it would have been much worse if a McConnell/Romney insurrection pulled the rug out from under Trump.

Blogger Matt Robison January 25, 2019 4:29 PM  

Might have been the airports that began shutting down, due to lack of TSA personnel, that finally did it. That's some leverage.

Another reason to get rid of the TSA.

Blogger PVB January 25, 2019 4:30 PM  

He's taking the heat off. This morning on CNN they had heavy coverage of supposed massive delays at airports because of missing TSA due to not being paid. They even pushed that over Roger Stone coverage during the time I had it on, so they were pushing it hard. He gets the workers paid, but then loses his leverage. I think he's going to go with an emergency to get it done. The Dems will NOT do it because it will be cutting their political throat, which they won't do. After all, they aren't the GOP.

Blogger Lazarus January 25, 2019 4:34 PM  

I've been sitting in this camp chair by the side of the road with my little flag for a couple of months now, staring at the crest in the road, waiting for that Big Beautiful Parade I was promised.

Wait, I think I hear something!

Nope, just a duck.

Maybe tomorrow.

Blogger FP January 25, 2019 4:37 PM  

Well, going to have to stay away from a few political sites I read. Lots of anger and black pilling. Somewhat understandably but few want to wait 3 more weeks to see if Trump will show some steel in his spine or not.

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 25, 2019 4:38 PM  

Is it too much to hope that he did this so that he could have the State of the Union address...where he will arrest every Democrat in the building?

Yes. Building everyone's hopes up with fantasies so they can be knocked down by reality is one of the demoralizers' tactics for making you think reality is much worse than it is.

Blogger Arthur Isaac January 25, 2019 4:41 PM  

Waiting two days. He's running out of days.

Blogger Lamarck Leland January 25, 2019 4:41 PM  

And now Trump is threatening Venezuela! Surely the US backed regime will lead Venezuela into REAL socialism.

Blogger DJT January 25, 2019 4:43 PM  

>Trump should NOT have caved, but I do think this may be why.

I'm glad he's getting things done for his (((constituents))). Opening the IRS, corporate tax cuts, moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Those are the important achievements.

Blogger Seeingsights January 25, 2019 4:44 PM  

I trust Trump's instincts on this.
Some of us, including me, were against Trump launching missiles into Syria.
About a year after launching missiles, Trump is withdrawing troops from Syria.
I now think he intended to withdraw troops from Syria all along; the launching missiles were a sop to the war mongers--and Trump didn't give them much either.
Trump thinks 1 to 2 years ahead.

Blogger Gen. Kong January 25, 2019 4:44 PM  

Russell Newquist wrote:

I strongly suspect that he's been notified of RGB's imminent retirement and that he's repositioning his forces. An ongoing shutdown is NOT a club he wants the media beating him with during what is likely to be the most intense single political battle of his presidency. Especially if he can just build the wall by declaring a national emergency.

At least it's a plausible theory. Another minor item going on that the (((media))) isn't reporting is that a new 'Caravan' - now 8000 strong and growing - is on the way north through Mexico, whose Satanist-owned regime (idiotically praised by Fred Reed from time to time) have allowed across their southern border. They'll be at the Kwa-Bananaland southern border in three weeks or less. Many of the previous wave of "chillren" (military-age males) have already gotten in to make asylum claims. Looks like Trump is again following the advice (command?) given by Satanist Jared Kushner. One way or another it's coming to a head. Something will have to give way soon. As noted by VD himself:

If the headlines are going to read "Trump caves", then you probably shouldn't agree to it.

As you can well imagine, (((fake news))) is already doing a victory dance about it. Here's hoping Mr. Trump has something up his sleeve that will turn their cheers into tears.

Blogger Patrick Kelly January 25, 2019 4:44 PM  

All I can hope for now is that at the end of the 3 weeks if Congress has not delivered funding for the wall the shutdown restarts.

And Trump publicly calls them liars and frauds for not negotiating in good faith, declaring a national emergency. Not on twitter either, from the oval office, broadcast through the EBS if necessary.

Blogger John Best. January 25, 2019 4:45 PM  

@47 Running and retreating to fight another day is Conservatism in a nutshell. The Americans elected him to no longer retreat or run away, at the very least stand his ground and not buckle under pressure. The DUP the Loyalists party in Northern Ireland have been put under as much pressure as Trump over Brexit. The DUP stood their ground and forced the globalists into a position where they will be defeated on Brexit. This is because the DUP aren't Conservative, they are Loyalist. They understand their strategic goals and how to enforce them, they don't get bogged down on a tactical level like Conservative and civil nationalists always do. Rather than trying to deescalate the battle, Trump should be bypassing it and shifting the operational position of his forces and hitting the enemy from multiple directions, then sweeping them aside to meet his strategic goal of draining the swamp.

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 25, 2019 4:46 PM  

Of course they won't be any more reasonable if the government is open. They'll demand the government be open for the next year, next.

That was the Dems' strategy on Kavanaugh too: give us a week to investigate, then we'll demand another week and another. I remember a lot of people woe-is-us-ing when they allowed that one week, assuming they would keep caving in.

Blogger Stilicho January 25, 2019 4:47 PM  

If Trump cannot hold firm when he's winning, three weeks of democrat victory laps isn't going to give him a spine. This looks like a Trumpian "deal Uber alles". If so, like VD said, he has badly miscalculated and Joe Biden or Kamala Harris will be next POTUS. I'll wait the recommended 2 days, but this is his second defeat this week (first being the surrender on SOTU) if it stands.

Maybe he has a plan to Give the SOTU then force another shutdown, but if so, you have to wonder why bother? Delivering the SOTU to a stadium packed with supporter (and those comfortable metal folding chairs for Congress in front) would have been a glorious spectacle. Trump is certainly enough of a showman to appreciate that (humiliate his enemies and fire up his supporters at the same time).

Meanwhile, keep preparing for the next socialist administration.

Blogger Lovekraft January 25, 2019 4:51 PM  

We can only take Trump's cue and monitor the Pelosi and what she does. Trump put the onus on her. We put that out there - that Pelosi's camp made no efforts. This MAY sway the moderate Dems and return some Republicans by giving them a solid justification.

Also, if Pelosi is trying to out-AOC Cortez, this will just cause the latter to take her cabal further left.

Blogger dienw January 25, 2019 4:55 PM  

We elected YOU to give you that power! Does he work for Jared or us?

He's given an entirely new meaning to "He went to Jared's."

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 25, 2019 4:57 PM  

Has anyone of us figured out how to prevail over the Left's weaponized despair? And we expect Trump to singlehandedly fight the downstream effects of this, hah.

When loudmouth Jesse Ventura assumed the mantle of Governor he made the noises and then he was literally mobbed while walking across the statehouse grounds by 8 large fat crying white baby mommas and they crushed his political career with their weaponized despair.

Let me know conservatives when we have the answer to this super weapon the left wields.

Blogger Longtime Lurker January 25, 2019 4:57 PM  

@62: "Running and retreating to fight another day is Conservatism in a nutshell."

By that definition, commenters on this blog inclined to dump Trump because no wall are . . . wait for it . . . conservatives.

Blogger Lance E January 25, 2019 5:00 PM  

Very sad. He had them by the balls, and then just let them go. Folded a winning hand like a good Republican.

Wish I could say I'm surprised, but I'm really not anymore. Nor am I surprised by those trying to spin it as part of some 4-D chess strategy. To them I ask: what part of that grand strategy could not have been executed without the cave?

Blogger Gen. Kong January 25, 2019 5:03 PM  

jijijeac wrote:

Problem with Trump isn't his games with the dems. Its the fact that he forgot about every other immigration promise he made during his immigration campaign. the wall is the only one which he keeps mentioning.

Here are some of the other: ending visa lottery, ending chain migration, kicking out the DACA's, kicking out the illegals that are already here.

How hard would it be for him to sign an executive order to end the "visa lottery" a crazy and weird idea that I think is only applied in the USA. What is the point of treating citizenship as "gambling".

On top of that he offered the DACA's amnesty at least 5 times until now and announced that the 10 million illigals in the USA will be remaining.

I strongly suspect he is going to pull a Reagan style amnesty. The Wall itself is to prevent future illegals from entering. Problem is that the USA also has a backlog of tens of millions of illegals already here which continue to have offspring and which no politician seems willing to remove.

Whether Trump is a globalist wolf in sheeps clothing ala Reagan remains to be seen--although I think he is. He talks the nationalist talk but so far in regards to migration he walks the globalist walk.


This is obviously a minority opinion here, but jijijeac isn't the only non-SJW to have their suspicions of Trump's actual devotion to what's left of the American nation. Ann Barnhardt (Hyper-Trad Catholic) thinks he's a fraud and conman (kayfabe) who's in it for the fame to "build the Trump brand". That strikes me as a pretty weak theory in light of the sheer hell the man has been subjected to (which I suppose could all be Kabuki). She's also mentioned his Masonic connections but (typically) ignores his Satanist son-in-law.

Henry Makow (convert to Christianity?) thinks Trump is just another Satanist (Masonic branch) who's scamming the flock in advance of their great shearing by his fellow demons on the left when the present Steriodal Tulipmania pigeons finally come home to roost. This is likewise a very outlandish theory of Trump IMO. That all being said, we still only "see through a glass darkly" at the end of the day. Waiting at least 48 hours is reasonable advice in any case.

Blogger dienw January 25, 2019 5:03 PM  

One Deplorable DT wrote:Is it too much to hope that he did this so that he could have the State of the Union address...where he will arrest every Democrat in the building?

Trump could have convened any chamber and given the SOTU. He could have gone to the Senate: did Pence who is the president of the senate pull a Pelosi? If so, he is one of the traitors.

Blogger andrisf January 25, 2019 5:07 PM  

Every day it is more and more obvious, that Trump is unable or unwilling to do what is necessary.
In the end the old truth prevails - vote for who you want, nothing will change in USA(and other places). If president can not be bought, seduced, stopped by threats, investigations, fury of media or other means he will be killed.
System is solidified and impenetrable, it will only collapse by itself in due time.

Blogger Crew January 25, 2019 5:08 PM  

Whoa. There are a lot of defeatists in this thread.

Blogger Timmy3 January 25, 2019 5:10 PM  

I waited 35 days plus 2 years. The Democrats haven’t buckled. Trump isn’t finished, but his main campaign slogan cannot be fulfilled. Trump was betrayed by the Republicans when they held the House and later by Senate with Romney. Trump should build his wall without an Executive Order. You know his EO will be stayed by the Courts. It needs to be done in administratively with unaccountable funds. He has to do it now.

Blogger Teleros January 25, 2019 5:11 PM  

OT (and to get away from the all the day zero defeatism), but it seems US conservatives were losing back in the 19th century too:

"Conservative Conserve Nothing — The Man Who Saw It All Coming In 1871"
http://wmbriggs.com/post/26274

Might be handy material for a future cuckservative-themed Darkstream.

Blogger Crew January 25, 2019 5:11 PM  

Elsewhere people are speculating that Melania and Barron have been kidnapped to explain Trump's alleged caving to the Democrats.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 25, 2019 5:12 PM  

Crew,

That should trigger your spider sense that all is not as it seems. If we are all conjecturing accurately that Trump or Trump Jr read this site, wouldn't it make sense that the enemy would flood this site with chaff and countermeasures? This humble little blog is a theater of operations to the enemy. Treat it as such.

Blogger Lazarus January 25, 2019 5:13 PM  

If he does have to declare an emergency, his powers expand significantly:

As a result, the president has access to emergency powers contained in 123 statutory provisions, as recently calculated by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where I work. These laws address a broad range of matters, from military composition to agricultural exports to public contracts. For the most part, the president is free to use any of them; the National Emergencies Act doesn’t require that the powers invoked relate to the nature of the emergency.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/presidential-emergency-powers/576418/

Habeus Corpus can be suspended. People detained without judicial review.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 25, 2019 5:19 PM  

Trump thinks one to two years ahead, but most of his base doesn't. He needs to throw us some bones along the way, or too many are going to lose faith, and lose interest.

If Trump has a brilliant, infallible 8 year plan, with walls and swamp draining happening between years 6 and 8, his presidency is quite likely to end after year 4, when his base decides that he's another blowhard or worse, and a few too many stay home on election day, because why bother?

Blogger Longtime Lurker January 25, 2019 5:19 PM  

@76: " . . . If we are all conjecturing accurately that Trump or Trump Jr read this site, wouldn't it make sense that the enemy would flood this site with chaff and countermeasures? This humble little blog is a theater of operations to the enemy. Treat it as such."

If either gentlemen is reading this blog, I'd say they need to get back to work. Pronto. Like me.

Have a great weekend people. And remember: Don't let the bastards wear you down!

Blogger The Greay Man January 25, 2019 5:22 PM  

@Lazarus

Good. I don't care if he has expanded powers. He has wanted to do nothing but good things with them anyway.

Blogger Stilicho January 25, 2019 5:24 PM  

It's not despair, it's not even a black pill, it's just a strong suspicion that the warm yellow liquid Trump is directing on our legs may not be rain after all.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 25, 2019 5:24 PM  

In a declared emergency, the president has expanded powers. There are currently 20 or 30 declared emergencies in effect, right? What's one more? In theory Trump has the power to act right now. In fact he either cannot or will not. Does it really matter which?

He's been a great president. He could have been so much greater.

Blogger Gen. Kong January 25, 2019 5:28 PM  

Elsewhere people are speculating that Melania and Barron have been kidnapped to explain Trump's alleged caving to the Democrats.

It certainly cannot be ruled out. The deep-state is absolutely capable of that and far worse abominations. Is there anyone in the ranks of the FBI and DOJ who isn't a murderous criminal?? I rather doubt it. As I mentioned on the Stone thread on reference to the Q psyop. While all the grand scenarios of arrests, etc. haven't materialized, the psyop still had some positive value in that it's served to open some blind eyes about the profoundly evil nature of the deep-state and those who do its bidding. If Melania and Barron were indeed in the hands of the FBI, it's not as if the (((fake news))) would be reporting on it, would they?

Blogger The Cooler January 25, 2019 5:30 PM  

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.

Ephesians 6:12-18

Blogger Salt January 25, 2019 5:31 PM  

He has his 3 weeks, then come hell or high water... Build The Wall.

Blogger Noah B. January 25, 2019 5:32 PM  

If he can't get the Wall done then Trump should make some lateral moves - like an amnesty on silencers. He could do that without Congressional approval.

Blogger Gen. Kong January 25, 2019 5:34 PM  

@74. Teleros. I've heard of Dabney before but only in passing. Interesting to see Briggs delving into his predictions. Thanks for the link!

Blogger Kristophr January 25, 2019 5:34 PM  

Pay for it via public subscription. I would certainly contribute.

Blogger OGRE January 25, 2019 5:42 PM  

What a bunch of wailing women. Have some patience and see how things play out before you piss yourselves.

Blogger Hammerli 280 January 25, 2019 5:42 PM  

"One of the most remarkable things about this shutdown is the fact that virtually no one outside of Washington DC has been negatively affected by it."

I think that changed today, and was likely to change much more in the next week. The ATC semi-sickout put a real crimp in air travel...and with so much of it being hub-and-spoke operations, delays at a few major airports for a few hours can snarl things up for days.

And this wasn't like the PATCO strike of the early 1980s. When people have been working without pay for a month, they are going to have public sympathy.

Having said that, I think doing this gives him a new set of downs after a punt. He gets the back-pay to people, which pulls a major sob-story off the table. And in three weeks, he can either twist arms or declare the emergency.

But yes, I think it's time to start looking for a replacement.

Blogger Hammerli 280 January 25, 2019 5:46 PM  

@86: Why? Yes, there's a desperate need for reform of the NFA transfer process. Taking 8-12 MONTHS to do a background check is totally unacceptable. But that can be straightened out from behind the scenes.

My own preference would be for Trump to stop playing the Chump, recognize the attempted coup by the Dems in the FBI and DOJ as precisely that, and deal with it accordingly. Meaning use of military force to suppress the insurrection.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey January 25, 2019 5:48 PM  

On top of that he offered the DACA's amnesty at least 5 times until now and announced that the 10 million illigals in the USA will be remaining.

10 million? Uhh...

From that notorious hive of nativist MAGA sentiment... Yale University; authored by a trio of obvious naught-see white supremacists named Mohammad M. Fazel-Zarandi, Jonathan S. Feinstein, and Edward H. Kaplan:

We apply standard demographic principles of inflows and outflows to estimate the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States, using the best available data, including some that have only recently become available. Our analysis covers the years 1990 to 2016....
The mean estimate based on our simulation analysis is 22.1 million


https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0201193

Blogger R Devere January 25, 2019 5:49 PM  

"RBG is probably already dead. He secures the SCOTUS and builds the wall. Gotta give a good show though."

THIS! In spades.....

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 25, 2019 5:55 PM  

@90 Hammerli, if Trump wins gloriously from here on, builds the wall next week and drains the swamp in February, we're still going to need that replacement in 2024. If Trump stumbles and loses momentum instead, we might need him sooner.

There is no downside to looking for a more extremist successor that we can coalesce behind.

Blogger JAG January 25, 2019 5:59 PM  

Francis Parker Yockey wrote:On top of that he offered the DACA's amnesty at least 5 times until now and announced that the 10 million illigals in the USA will be remaining.

10 million? Uhh...

From that notorious hive of nativist MAGA sentiment... Yale University; authored by a trio of obvious naught-see white supremacists named Mohammad M. Fazel-Zarandi, Jonathan S. Feinstein, and Edward H. Kaplan:

We apply standard demographic principles of inflows and outflows to estimate the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States, using the best available data, including some that have only recently become available. Our analysis covers the years 1990 to 2016....

The mean estimate based on our simulation analysis is 22.1 million


https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0201193


That's for CA alone. It has to be north of 40 million nation-wide.

Blogger Kristophr January 25, 2019 5:59 PM  

But if RBG is now undead, zombie RBG can vote left on the court for centuries ...

Blogger Hammerli 280 January 25, 2019 6:05 PM  

@94: Concur on the need for a replacement in 2024. And Pence is not it - nothing personal against him, but the historical record is strongly against Vice Presidents running successfully.

But I think we'll know by March whether or not we need to primary Trump in 2020. Let's face it, if Bush the Elder had been successfully taken out in 1992, Clinton would never have seen the Oval Office...and American history would be a whole lot brighter.

Blogger Salt January 25, 2019 6:06 PM  

Given the total non-conciliatory response of the Democrats, Trump should use his power and build the wall... tomorrow.

Blogger lowercaseb January 25, 2019 6:06 PM  

Crew wrote:Whoa. There are a lot of defeatists in this thread.

Whole lotta "first time commentators/long-time lurkers" as well...

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 25, 2019 6:09 PM  

There is no downside to looking for a more extremist successor that we can coalesce behind.

Be sure to let us know when this perfect champion appears. You'll surely spot him first, since you mention him more often than a junior-high girl with a crush.

Of course there is a downside to constantly looking for a man's early replacement, since it's pretty much the opposite of supporting him, which could make it harder for him to succeed. But I guess that's only a downside if you want him to.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelpia January 25, 2019 6:10 PM  

VD wrote:

Mounting pressure from whom? One of the most remarkable things about this shutdown is the fact that virtually no one outside of Washington DC has been negatively affected by it.

I guess the operative word here is "virtually" (watch out for those adverbs!!) -- in that we're seeing some select substantial delays in flights due to air controller staffing issues:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/nyregion/airports-shutdown-laguardia-faa.html

Interestingly, though, the article does quote a wall supporter as not too bothered by the delays.

Pure speculation, of course, -- there may be panic attacks in the Kusher-Mulvaney duo about air traffic and safety issues. The good news on all this is that the TSA lines have been moving faster because they are not as "vigilant" (as if that mattered).

Look, we ought to face some realities here. We still have a constitutional Republic with separation of powers, and the Dems will simply not budge on this, because they think they have a winner.

So the GE will do one more round of "Hey, I'm reasonable, I'm willing to negotiate" and when Grandma Nancy doesn't give an inch, its BATNA time.

Declare a national emergency, allocate dough, and wrestle with the courts. The GE has around 18 months ore so to get the whole thing started before election campaigning begins. If he gets part or all of what he wants built before, say, 2nd quarter 2020, he's in.

Blogger Crew January 25, 2019 6:10 PM  

Some thoughts!

https://raconteurreport.blogspot.com/2019/01/natzsofast-guido.html

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 25, 2019 6:11 PM  

What a bunch of pussies you're all being.

Romney just hit Trump from behind. He needs to disengage from the Democrats so he can put an end to the threat from his "allies".

He figures 3 weeks to hogtie and castrate Romney. That sounds about right.

Blogger DJT January 25, 2019 6:11 PM  

Patrick Kelly wrote:broadcast through the EBS if necessary.

If he is willing to do that, I would be right back on the train. I would love to find out about the emergency declaration via dozens of phones blowing up with EMS messages across the office.

Blogger wahr01 January 25, 2019 6:12 PM  

This is basic parenting 101:

If you threaten a punishment, and don't follow through, you lose all authority.

This happened to Obama after his "red lines" were repeatedly crossed, and it got to the point where our geopolitical foes didn't even bother to send respectful welcome parties to Air Force One.

The only way to re-establish authority after losing it so catastrophically would be to inflict TREMENDOUS pain, and we just watched Trump cave over a few hours of LaGuardia shut down.

The man has lame-ducked himself.

I suppose we'll wait 12 more years of leftist rule for Bolsonaro Americano

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 25, 2019 6:13 PM  

Like a bunch of unfaithful, stiff necked Israelites, eh Snidely???

Blogger Rhys January 25, 2019 6:13 PM  

I'm not so sure that it's a misread. Sadly, the majority of the simpletons I'm around, even in this conservative town, have come to the retarded conclusion that they will not get their tax returns if the government is shut down. Even though I've explained they will. "Yea that's what they say but I don't know."


It's possible people are so chronically stupid now that they'll actively refuse to be saved even if the right person came along.

Blogger InformationMerchant January 25, 2019 6:15 PM  

His best case scenario is the government opens, he gives his state of the union from the house, some backpay is paid, the government closes again.

This is worse than just keeping the government shut down because the next shutdown will be against morale boosted Dems that expect Trump to cave again.

His base doesn't care about the State of the Union that much, it was funny to see the cucks/dems squirm before, but the dems will be happy because it'll be their victory party.

The next approval polls that come out will have him way down on what he is now. He will know caving isn't going to be popular.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 25, 2019 6:18 PM  

@100 Damelon, we're going to need a successor for Trump in 2024 no matter what. Almost anyone who is an extreme nationalist and is declared unelectable by the press will do.

@101 KPK, I think Trump could win in 2020 on a platform of "re-elect me so I can finish the wall." "Re-elect me so I can start the wall" is likely to be a non-starter. Too many people would just stay home.

Blogger elad sputnik January 25, 2019 6:18 PM  

I think it's counterproductive to drown the person that you're waterboarding.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 25, 2019 6:21 PM  

He figures 3 weeks to hogtie and castrate Romney.

If only he would literally do that to Romney. He needs to spay Murkowski while he's at it.

Blogger Timmy3 January 25, 2019 6:24 PM  

Trump should do CR for the next 2 years. No more budgets. This occurred in the Obama Administration.

Blogger KBuff January 25, 2019 6:26 PM  

Hatman wrote:Temporarily reopen the government, call Pelosi's bluff and deliver the State of the union from the House floor in front of a National stage, and then close it back down if no wall deal in the next 3 weeks.

That's what I think his plan is.

Saw this on twitter just a few minutes ago:

Trump took one question on the shutdown and whether he'll declare a national emergency: "We’ll work with the Democrats and negotiate and if we can’t do that, then we’ll do a -- obviously we’ll do the emergency because that’s what it is. It’s a national emergency.”


That's what I think, too. Trump looks reasonable in attempting to resolve the shutdown, gives the SOTU address where he wants, and if negotiations don't work (which they won't), declares the emergency and gets going on the wall in earnest.

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 25, 2019 6:28 PM  

@7
My perception was that he looked like he was forced to say what he said - no conviction.

@14
This was, what, the third public warning?

Blogger Johnny January 25, 2019 6:29 PM  

Trump is good at this stuff, but this time around I think VD is right. Trump has nothing but bad choices and staying with it was the least bad option. He is starting to catch the inside the beltway fever. Too much time in Washington. Alas, for the first time I feel disappointed. They ain't gonna give him nothin'.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella January 25, 2019 6:29 PM  

Well, since every one of his bankruptcies had increasing tension and back and forth, I'm assuming we are in a back or forth moment. He keeps saying he's going to build a wall. To me, it sounds like he's going to build a wall.

We don't know what goes on when the cameras are not in the room.

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 25, 2019 6:29 PM  

@45
And what if the "compromise" sucks? Back to square one.

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 25, 2019 6:32 PM  

Damelon, we're going to need a successor for Trump in 2024 no matter what.

I didn't notice you said 2024 this time because you were saying 2020 a couple weeks ago. Have you changed your mind about trying to primary him in 2020, or have you just tweaked the defeatist "support him until the instant we can dump him" message because it wasn't selling well?

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 25, 2019 6:41 PM  

judge: So you say this is an emergency?
solicitor general: Yes, your honor.
judge: Why was it not an emergency 3 weeks ago?
s.g.: It was.
judge: Oviously it was not. Ruling is against emergency declaration.
s.g.: We will appeal.


The only way this three week period can work is for something to happen where POTUS has to act. Are we going to see a false flag event at the border or relevant to it? Like Venezuela.

shaking my head at this whole 3 weeks setup.

Blogger Raging Papist January 25, 2019 6:51 PM  

People are really black-pilling on twitter, which is understandable because of the surrender over the shut-down. But we just have to see the kind of deal that comes out of this. Vox is right, wait 2 days. I can't see the president giving amnesty for a "barrier." I still believe him when he says that he is fighting for us. The size of the blunder will be revealed in time, and I choose to hope that we will get something good long-term.

Blogger Avalanche January 25, 2019 6:55 PM  

@6 "Trump said he doesn't want to declare a national emergency but will if he doesn't get his wall."

How MANY times is he going to say that, and then give ground? WHAT became of his word? "I will NOT open the govt without the wall." Okay, I'll open the govt." I just tweeted to him:

No NO NO NO! Open the TSA if you must to help the airports, but don't cave! We elected you to BUILD THE WALL. We TRUSTED you! Are you just another graceful loser like the GOPe?!


I have this wee tiny barely there heartbeat of hope that he is doing this to make the Dems further expose themselves, and then he'll block them again. (NOT in three-weeks-then In 2-days-then!) But it's a dialectic hope, and he's dealing with an awful lot of MPAI... Please PLEASE let him not cave!!

Blogger pyrrhus January 25, 2019 6:59 PM  

One term President on the horizon....At this point, Trump seems to be counting on the Dems to commit suicide, because he sure isn't making any points with his base.

Blogger Crew January 25, 2019 7:01 PM  

@119: Where in the constitution does it state that a judge can overrule a state of emergency?

Blogger pyrrhus January 25, 2019 7:03 PM  

"His base doesn't care about the State of the Union that much, it was funny to see the cucks/dems squirm before, but the dems will be happy because it'll be their victory party."

The Base doesn't care if there is never another State of the Union, and certainly doesn't care about ever re-opening the government...I smell Javanka the Zionist liberal here.

Blogger Johnny January 25, 2019 7:07 PM  

Turn out the lights
The party's over
They say that all
Good things must end…

Blogger Tracey's Daddy January 25, 2019 7:12 PM  

Close the border. Catch and release every single border-hopper into a Sanctuary City. I hear Denver is nice this time of year.

Blogger Ken Prescott January 25, 2019 7:13 PM  

The key takeaway: it was starting to drag down Trump's numbers.

"A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag."

Blogger Crew January 25, 2019 7:16 PM  

An article on emergency powers. Congress does not grant the president emergency powers, but Congress did in 1976:

https://theconversation.com/if-trump-declares-a-national-emergency-could-congress-or-the-courts-reverse-it-109752

It concludes that Congress would be in a better position to override any emergency declaration by the President under the power they ceded to him in 1976.

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 25, 2019 7:25 PM  

Good grief!
Where in the Constitution is the POTUS granted the authority to declare a national emergency?
Since when, any how, has the SCOTUS been not ruled in matters not in their purview?

Blogger Northpal January 25, 2019 7:34 PM  

Trump's new name went from Orange Man to Cave Man, the left smell blood in the water.

Blogger Crew January 25, 2019 7:34 PM  

@129: He isn't, but an act of Congress in 1976 does give him such authority.

Blogger Lovekraft January 25, 2019 7:40 PM  

In a sane world you would see many of Trump's global allies stepping up and putting their weight behind him on this. Bunch a f'in cowards.

Blogger Crew January 25, 2019 7:41 PM  

@130: Heh, Cave man bad?

Blogger Crew January 25, 2019 7:42 PM  

@130: There was an ad campaign about cave men ... perhaps we can leverage that.

Anonymous Anonymous January 25, 2019 7:43 PM  

In a sane world, Trump would be considered too left wing to be elected to any office outside of SF and NY. In modern America, the mere fact that he doesn’t hate and seek the destruction of the US and its people puts him at the farthest fringes of the right among senior politicians of the past 50 years. Ultimately, he shares many of the usual Boomer philosophical assumptions (pro-melting pot, big gov, Israel) and expectations have to be adjusted accordingly. He is not a revolutionary. If we could combine Trump’s media skills and charisma with the philosophy of Coolidge and the brutality of a Stalin, we’d have a recipe for MAGA.

Blogger mgh January 25, 2019 7:44 PM  

Trump suddenly looks weak. President Tzu is up to something.

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 25, 2019 7:46 PM  

@131
FWIW.
Where in the Constitution is the Congress authorized to grant unconstitutional powers to the POTUS?
Where in the Constitution is Congress authorized to delegate its Constitutional powers?

Blogger Crew January 25, 2019 7:48 PM  

@137: Well, until the courts review that legislation, I suggest Trump use it.

He could get the wall built by the time the SC declares his declaration unconstitutional.

Blogger Voracious Reader January 25, 2019 7:51 PM  

Three weeks in DC is nothing. Congress was planning on working anyway across that time period, so what's another three weeks of three-day legislative weeks? It really is inconsequential.

This is a strategic retreat. He bought himself three more weeks without the hysteria and sobs stories of DC fed workers going to food banks. I live in DC; that's all the stories have been for the past month. It's not just the feds moaning; the fed contractors are also missing out on the trough, and they're the ones who power the DMV economy now.

Trump is giving the Dems one last chance to negotiate in good faith, which he realizes isn't going to happen. They can't do it--it's electoral suicide for them, since real Americans aren't going to vote Dem again and they have to import voters.

On 15 Feb, a Friday at the end of a news week, Trump will announce after more failed negotiations the net newscasts are done that the gov't is closed again AND he's being forced to declare a nat'l emergency. The Wall begins construction by the Corps of Engineers in a matter of weeks.

And remember, Congress is out of session the following 18-22 Feb so the GE will have an extra week for the House Dems to look like buffoons. At that point, a shutdown is irrelevant and until Congress sends new legislation, the feds stay out of work for another week so Congress and House Ds can party on more CODELs. That'll make for some wonderful optics in the Midwest.

And I just saw the House Dems go out on their start-of-session retreat Wed 13 to Fri 15 Feb. They'll look even more foolish when it all breaks apart if they're away in another city (or state). Brilliant work from the WH Legislative Office, picking the 15 Feb date. LOL!

BTW, I never thought it would be a concrete wall. That cartoon image was for emotional Democrats, farm animals, and mutants to believe. It was always going to be a reinforced steel wall, like today's Israeli West Bank Barrier (440 mi) or the pre-1989 Inner German Border wall (866 mi). Both work/worked quite well for their interdiction purposes.

Now start stringing updated versions of the DDR's SM-70 directional anti-personnel mines on the mighty Trump Wall, and maybe the GE will start to gain the respect and fear of the Dissident Right once again.

Or as a Senate friend suggested, just super-charge the whole thing with 750kV from Hoover Dam and make it the world's biggest "bug zapper." That one might not pass muster, however...

Blogger Robin January 25, 2019 7:59 PM  

I like it. He just made a deal on behalf of all the people not getting paid. Pelosi et al have to accept it, and while they will think it’s a win it’s not, because the credit goes to Trump. It’s his deal.

If the govt shuts down again in three weeks, and the Dems have stonewalled the whole time, they will start to look very weak, because they will be letting the President be the only one to set the agenda.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 25, 2019 8:05 PM  

Dialectic: Trump didn't cave because blah blah blah
Rhetoric: TRUMP CAVED! REEEEEEEE!

Which will sink in easier with the NPCs? Even those who don't care, normies they are, will be normy about it and simply dislike the one that looks weak when the next election comes around. The NPCs who were low-information voters in 2016 voted for Trump because he didn't back down from the establishment. It's hard for us here to fathom this because we don't live in normie-land. In normie-land for example, the lowbrow prole men meet, size each other up to determine who would win in a fight, and then base their interactions on the conclusion. We don't do that because we don't live on that level.
It's almost as if you could create a spectrum of dialectic to rhetoric.
Oh well. Since Trump is already caved and abandoned us on guns and justice what use is a wall anyway?

Blogger terrapin January 25, 2019 8:10 PM  

I am disapointed about Pres. Trump's "cave". Before I get too upset, I'm going to wait the 2 days.

Blogger Hammerli 280 January 25, 2019 8:13 PM  

"Now start stringing updated versions of the DDR's SM-70 directional anti-personnel mines on the mighty Trump Wall, and maybe the GE will start to gain the respect and fear of the Dissident Right once again."

I had M14 mines in mind...

Blogger Brett baker January 25, 2019 8:20 PM  

Nah, they're just Real Conservatives. Like French,Kristol,and Lowry.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 25, 2019 8:23 PM  

I'm not one to react like this, but....

Oh snap ooooohhhhhh OWWWWWW BURRRRRRRNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/1088898952257130496

Blogger Brett baker January 25, 2019 8:23 PM  

Nah, they're just Real Conservatives. Like French,Kristol,and Lowry.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 25, 2019 8:38 PM  

C'mon you sons of bitches! You want to live forever?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 25, 2019 8:42 PM  

"Trump ABANDONED US!!!"
"Trump surrendered!!!!1!"
"TRUMP CAVED!!11!!!ELEVENTY1!!!"

Wahhh wahhh wahhh.

Sack up. Get the testosterone supplements. Whatever it takes, stop shrieking your fears at the world.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 25, 2019 8:42 PM  

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Blogger Jack Amok January 25, 2019 8:42 PM  

Good grief!
Where in the Constitution is the POTUS granted the authority to declare a national emergency?


Where in the Constitution is a district judge in Hawaii given authority to rule on California border crossings?

Just for crying out loud stop talking about the Constitution. The old girl is deader than a doornail. The Dems (and their fake-conservative fifth columnists) drag her corpse out whenever they want to hamstring us, then shut her up back in the mausoleum when they're in power.

Yes, yes, I know, it's a terrible thing. But it's a damn certain fact we aren't going to use the Constitution to re-establish the Constitution.

Blogger Jack Amok January 25, 2019 8:45 PM  

I am disapointed about Pres. Trump's "cave". Before I get too upset, I'm going to wait the 2 days.

I'm going to wait three weeks. Give him a chance to make good on the "Declare an emergency" bit when Pelosi fails to budge.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 25, 2019 8:47 PM  

Screw the constitution.
And screw "free speech". It's a dangerous concept. Ever seen some item given away at an event? Freely? You will find that item in the trash, left behind in the restroom, discarded in the parking lot. Etc.
Now those items in our lives that cost, big even. See them lying around much?
Free speech is right up there with "muh Constitution".
Nope, free speech, and freedom generally, should be costly. Costly so that these things are valuable (again). Costly so that only those with the balls to use it are the ones using it. The rest is just chatter. And those people can speak for us, and we should support.

Blogger Mad Dad January 25, 2019 8:50 PM  

The God Emperor has been dealing with news cycles for forty years. He ran The Apprentice. He understands plot, timing, and ratings, and isn't concerned about how far up the tree the cat is at this point in time. The third act doesn't start until election season is in full swing.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 25, 2019 8:51 PM  

@118 Damelon, if we have a clearly better candidate in 2020, then it's 2020. If Trump has a Big, Beautiful Wall well under way and the swamp at least part drained, nobody is going to be a stronger candidate, and it's 2024. If Trump is running on a platform of "this time I really mean it," the right someone could be a stronger candidate. We'll need him in 2024 at the latest, or maybe earlier, if Trump falters. As you indicated, it's going to be tough to find a great candidate, so we can't start looking too soon.

Blogger Solon January 25, 2019 8:54 PM  

What, and force them to pull a Cromwell? Nah. Trump is no Julius Caesar, I mean, I support him, but even his ego isn't big enough for the cojones needed for that.

He's an old civnat, who still thinks that being a citizen of the United States makes you American (it does not, although this is very difficult to explain to normies).

He won't abolish the Senate and declare himself Emperor Donald the First... Yet. If he wins reelection (build that damn wall!), then he's got four more years to play with the idea of dissolving the Republic.

Blogger Jack Amok January 25, 2019 8:58 PM  

The thing that baffles me about this move is last night, the House Dems shot down a deal to pay federal workers. That sure seems like it would've been a great opportunity to club Pelosi over the head and separate some more Donk rank-n-file (government workers are a pretty important Dem constituency) from their leadership. But now this three-week deal buries that instantly.

I'm still on board the train, just puzzled about this.

Blogger Hammerli 280 January 25, 2019 9:15 PM  

@156: I think the issues today with Air Traffic Control sick-outs were a warning shot. Those poor sods are considered "essential personnel", meaning they have been working the last month without a paycheck. And are clearly getting fed up with it. This deal gets everybody back pay, gets people paid their paychecks for 8 and 22 Feb (the Federal Government pays its workforce a week in arrears, a cutoff of 15 Feb is the end of a pay period).

Blogger mgh January 25, 2019 9:23 PM  

Trump was winning over people on the wall until the last week when the missing paychecks became a distraction. So he removed the missing paychecks from the news, and returns the primary focus to the wall for the next 3 weeks. Good move.

Blogger Solon January 25, 2019 9:24 PM  

Hell no. They already take my taxes, that's my public subscription right there.

You're arguing that they should tax you MORE for something your money should already be paying for. I'm already incensed that my money goes to pay for narcan for repeat drug overdosers, when they should either pay for it themselves, have their family pay for it, accept willing charity, or die.

The government isn't getting a red cent more from me unless they do it at gunpoint, and if they try, they can step over the bullet-riddled bodies of their compatriots to pry it from my cold dead fingers.

Blogger Avalanche January 25, 2019 9:32 PM  

@29 "end birthright citizenship"

Yeah, I'd like to see a tweetstorm to him with just those word -- nothing else. How about a couple hundred thousand of just that? We could swarm and overwhelm the lib-loonies that fill his twitter!

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 25, 2019 9:35 PM  

As you indicated, it's going to be tough to find a great candidate, so we can't start looking too soon.

The Patriots are going to need a new quarterback soon, perhaps as soon as next season. I'll bet they don't sit around in the locker room talking about "if Brady falters" all the time, and if someone did, Belichick would kick him off the team.

There's a reasonable way to discuss the need to plan ahead. Then there's bringing it up constantly to demoralize people who are trying to support the man currently leading the team. These are two different things.

Blogger Solon January 25, 2019 9:36 PM  

It doesn't, and there's even precedent for it: Lincoln arrested all sorts of judges and journalists and detained them without trial while the war was going on.

Trump, remember Lincoln. If a judge tries to stop you, either arrest them, or suspend their court. The Constitution only guarantees the Supreme Court, literally every other court can be suspended or abolished at will and as needed.

Blogger Avalanche January 25, 2019 9:38 PM  

@36 "obviously we’ll do the emergency because that’s what it is. It’s a national emergency."

It was a national emergency last week. And the week before. And the not before. And the months before. TWO DAMNED YEARS!

It is SO hard to retain any hope; but there is no choice. It's this or an earlier civil war...

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 25, 2019 9:42 PM  

@150
That is my point. A fed court will strike down the emergency. Next step is appeal on an expedited basis, if granted.
Now was tine to start; not in 3 weeks.

Blogger flyingtiger January 25, 2019 9:43 PM  

Pressure from the National Football League. The shutdown may effect flights to and from the Super Bowl. Then people would notice the gov has been shutdown. Note that after the Super Bowl it is back to the shutdown as usual.

Blogger Jack Amok January 25, 2019 9:56 PM  

That is my point. A fed court will strike down the emergency. Next step is appeal on an expedited basis, if granted.
Now was tine to start; not in 3 weeks.


That's fine, as far as I'm concerned the time to start was two years ago. But where does the Constitution come into the debate? The judges have been striking down things they have zero Constitutional authority to strike down, and permitting things nobody in government has any Constitutional authority to do.

It's all Calvinball these days.

Blogger Avalanche January 25, 2019 9:58 PM  

@98 "Given the total non-conciliatory response of the Democrats, Trump should use his power and build the wall... tomorrow."

OOOOh, that would feel wonderful! Reopen the govt AND begin the wall! Would STILL prefer SOTU concurrent with start unsealing 73,090 indictments! Perp march the damned dems OUT of the SOTU! Yummy!

Blogger DJT January 25, 2019 10:13 PM  

>A fed court will strike down the emergency.

Let them. Trump needs to ignore it. And then arrest the judge who issued the ruling for aiding a rebellion against the United States.

The problem is he picked a fight he's not willing to win.

Blogger Crew January 25, 2019 10:33 PM  

Heh:

https://gab.com/media/image/bq-5c4bce95ae2d7.png

Blogger Robert Schecter January 25, 2019 10:59 PM  

I don't see what he has to lose by declaring an emergency. The media can't amp up the hysteria and lies any higher. So this just seems like a good way to make himself look as reasonable as possible. Dems won't negotiate in good faith so he can say he did all he could to avoid having to declare the emergency. And if we're lucky the next caravan will be showing up around that time as well. Plus he can then spend 25 billion and use concrete instead of steel.

Blogger Unknown January 25, 2019 11:22 PM  

I'll wait two days as usual. I'm not sure what the hell Trump is doing but I suspect he's got decent logic behind it. Also, I doubt I could get better results in the same situation. (How many of us honestly could get better results?) After all, the Kavinaugh delay looked bad but became a win. So maybe Trump will pull yet another rabbit out of another hat. I also dread a combined wall fight concurrently with a SCOTUS confirmation snowstorm but it may change the situation in ways that aren't yet clear. I consider a good SCOTUS pick VASTLY more important than a barrier in a desert.

Blogger horsewithnonick January 25, 2019 11:24 PM  

And this is one possible rationale for the delay: the longer he gives the Senate to approve his judges, the less interference he can expect from that direction.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 25, 2019 11:36 PM  

Damelon, the only way we can support Trump is by howling for Leftist blood, reminding Trump that we didn't elect him to compromise, reminding him we expect a wall and a drained swamp.

Remember Trump isn't one of us. He has some goals in common with us, but a lot of what we need is either unimportant or anathema to him. If he can't lose our support, he has no reason to try to keep it. It's like the blacks who keep getting dumped on by the Left, because blacks always vote Left.

Trump needs us to howl for the Left's blood, needs us to threaten to dump him, so he can point to the threats and the howling and tell Javanka "NO, see, that's not the way." Our unrest, our decision to start looking for his successor, is ammunition for him to use against his swamp creature staff when they council surrender to the swamp. When Pelosi and Schumer tell him that public opinion is against him, he needs a rabid base whom he and they know won't tolerate compromise.

How do we support Trump? By holding his feet to the fire, holding him accountable.

So, it's appropriate to talk about a successor. Efforts to find him better start early, because even six years isn't a long time for a task that big.

Blogger wahr01 January 25, 2019 11:52 PM  

@153
"The third act doesn't start until election season is in full swing."

If he starts building in election season he can kiss his posterior goodbye.
Heck, even the 3 weeks he's allowing here feel like more "clock-running" when added to the 24 months that have previously passed.

I'm honestly starting to think the man is merely pantomiming his part to quell what would have been an open rebellion had Clinton followed Obama.

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 26, 2019 12:15 AM  

Watched Day Of The Siege

Charge of the Polish Hussar
(Speech by the priest)
https://www.youtube.com/embed/cjdvf01pJXg?autoplay=1&FORM=VIRE1

Sabaton's Winged Hussars
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=75zmIj_4LFQ

Blogger Gregory the Tall January 26, 2019 6:54 AM  

weaponized despair defines it very well

Blogger Lazarus January 26, 2019 7:06 AM  

ANON SHUTDOWN THEORY & PROOF

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 26, 2019 7:17 AM  

Conservatives the normies in America are what is holding the country together since they are the bag holders for weaponized despair in the game of hot potato with grenades.

When a conservative is attacked by this super weapon of weaponized despair they refuse to use the one tactic that wins they refuse to counter attack, because good lord we would not want to use the discredit and disqualify tactics against our enemies becuz intellectual purity.

Blogger Unknown January 26, 2019 7:42 AM  

TRUMP TWEET: "I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!"

2 Day Rule...

Blogger Salt January 26, 2019 9:02 AM  

It's the optics here that go against Trump. Now had he also signed an Executive Order to take effect three weeks hence, building the wall, where said Order gives the dems nothing they want he'd have boxed them in. Government is reopened and The Wall is a go. If the dems wish to negotiate in good faith, it's up to them.

Blogger wreckage January 26, 2019 9:12 AM  

@179 I think Trump's problem is he actually cares about people. That's why he's a genuinely great leader in the mold of the Good King: he loves the American people.

Blogger Rocklea Marina January 26, 2019 9:26 AM  

Donald Trump:-
"Thank you to the Republican National Committee, (the RNC), who voted UNANIMOUSLY yesterday to support me in the upcoming 2020 Election. Considering that we have done more than any Administration in the first two years, this should be easy. More great things now in the works!"

Politics.

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 26, 2019 9:28 AM  

If "Trump should just arrest" anyone who obstructs his presidential power, who exactly is going to carry the guns and warrants to do the arresting, and how sure can he be that they will carry it out even when judges tell them to stop? The DOJ/FBI? Riiiiight. The military? Maybe they can send a tranny MP squad.

If he tries that and is ignored, the establishment will know he can do nothing but bluff. His only remaining power would be that he can call on Americans to take the government back from the traitors and enforce his will. Which would get a whole lot of people killed. It may come to that, but I'm not surprised that he's not itching to get there like some of us are.

Blogger kurt9 January 26, 2019 11:00 AM  

Trump may have something up his sleeve that will come out over the next few weeks. He has to know that you can never negotiate with leftists of any stripe on good faith.

Blogger ZotZotDig January 26, 2019 11:07 AM  

"It may come to that, but I'm not surprised that he's not itching to get there like some of us are."

It hasn't even crossed his mind because although he's unconventional, he's got no interest in going down as the worst and most hated president in history. DOJ, FBI, Military, Reserve...all of them would look him in the face at such orders and ignore them. Then the cabinet would convene and vote to determine him unfit....that's if the House and Senate didn't impeach him even faster.

Blogger Johnny January 26, 2019 12:02 PM  

Maybe Washington is worse than Trump thought, but otherwise he has been in big city real estate most of his life. Thus how he deals with corrupt bureaucracies is probably set in place through long term experience.

So far he has been trying to deal with the Deep State more than defeat it, so I am thinking that is what he will stay with.

Alas, he is the only game in town, so even if he isn't everything we would want I think we are stuck with him. But not with enthusiasm.

Blogger Crew January 26, 2019 12:34 PM  

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2019/01/25/gee-i-guess-now-im-going-to-have-to-be-happy-with-only-90-of-the-stuff-i-wanted-trump-to-do-n2540292

Of course, he still has two years.

Also, to a certain extent Trump is a victim of his success. The American economy is resurgent, so lots of illegals want to come here to cash in!

Blogger Voracious Reader January 26, 2019 2:22 PM  

@168 That's my first reaction as well. Put some fear and humility into the judiciary, especially the far-Left lunatics destroying the Constitution by misused power. However...

@183 ...makes a good point. You only crush a misbehaving part of the governmental process using that kind of force when the physical existence of the nation is at stake. (Yes, I've made myself the argument that it is there. But...)

The normal process of injunction, lawsuit, appeals court, 5-4 (maybe by then, 6-3) SCOTUS ruling is still seen as functioning enough to save the nation and build the Trump Wall.

DOJ and the WH have some very clever lawyers still on the side of goodness and Liberty. And they know how the system works and to use it to their advantage.

Patience, grasshopper. The Wall will be built; it just won't start next month.

And we can still put them up against the wall this fall if the process fails completely, even during football season amidst the commercial breaks.

Blogger Voracious Reader January 26, 2019 3:39 PM  

@168 Oh, btw, once SCOTUS reaffirms that POTUS has the powers under the National Emergencies Act, than Trump should arrest that judge, charge him/her under the Insurrection Act and sedition, and let him/her argue they're not guilty of either (or more laws) by using the same court system.

And at that point, if the Bureau or US Marshals Service do not follow a legitimate Presidential order to arrest the judge, fire them on the spot and then arrest them for dereliction of duty. Same results for following procedure, too.

"Just following your rules, Your Honor..."

An interesting find:

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/09/683501440/congress-aims-to-control-presidents-emergency-powers

Blogger Tanjil Bren January 26, 2019 4:06 PM  

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Blogger Tanjil Bren January 26, 2019 4:07 PM  

"By going with another CR Trump can say he did everything possible before being forced to declare a national emergency."
But what does doing 'everything possible' have to do with a state of emergency?
Either it's an emergency or it is not.
And if it is an emergency (which it clearly is), then you act, ideally without hesitation if the path is sufficiently clear.
I think he has let his 'advisers' convince him that an extension in time will somehow convince people of how tremendously reasonable he's being.
The gross miscalculation lies in the fact that absolutely no one cares.

Blogger rumpole5 January 26, 2019 4:19 PM  

Trump gave a persuasive and detailed argument for why we need the wall. The media hyped the fact that POTUS was going to speak all afternoon (because they knew that he was going to "cave" and wanted a large audience) POTUS delayed, and this built up an even larger audience. Then, he used the widely covered event to present his state of the union speech content. Now POTUS will probably have the opportunity to repeat the speech again in a real state of the union speech.

POTUS now looks more reasonable to the squishy middle of the road types. Pelosi looks more unreasonable than she did before.

These were my impressions when I heard the POTUS statement. I think that yesterday gave POTUS a wide audience of people who may not have heard his physical barrier arguments because they get their news from legacy media sources.

We will see what happens.

Blogger Avalanche January 26, 2019 4:47 PM  

@181 "genuinely great leader in the mold of the Good King: he loves the American people."

Then why is he not holding US up above the damned invaders and parasites?! Why is he not say" sorry invaders, but MY people come first -- you must go back! He may indeed 'love' the American people -- and I do not doubt that -- but his love is toothless and without protection for us.

Blogger Avalanche January 26, 2019 4:50 PM  

@187 "Of course, he still has two years."

HOW MANY MORE dead, raped, tortured, poisoned Americans must we watch as we wait for later, later, and more later!? I'm sure Kate Steinle's dad is perfectly FINE waiting two more years... after all:
HIS DAUGHTER IS DEAD!!

Blogger Tanjil Bren January 26, 2019 4:57 PM  

"POTUS now looks more reasonable to the squishy middle of the road types."

In a (non-compulsory voting) system where it's your base that makes or breaks you?
I have no idea what he's hoping to gain, unless, of course, he's playing for time for another reason altogether.
"Wait two days".

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 26, 2019 6:23 PM  

Avalanche,

He's a civic nationalist. For the 1000th time.

Blogger charlie huxley January 27, 2019 12:11 AM  

Vox,

Based off of the GE’s Twitter feed, he is absolutely going to declare State of Emergency to build the Wall.

Did you catch the video comparing Israel’s Wall? He gets it.

Apologies for the knee-jerk doubt.

Blogger Door in the Hill January 27, 2019 5:38 AM  

CL seems to have pulled it, but archive.org to the rescue:

https://web.archive.org/web/20190126033804/https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/tlg/d/washington-urgentdo-you-resemble-ruth/6802191720.html

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 27, 2019 9:52 PM  

Based off of the GE’s Twitter feed, he is absolutely going to declare State of Emergency to build the Wall.

Unfortunately, wait 24 hours applies to the good stuff, too.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 27, 2019 9:56 PM  

CL seems to have pulled it, but archive.org to the rescue:

Somebody did some cool trolling. If it had been a little more subtle, it could have been a lot more realistic, but this was perfect for comedy.

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