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Sunday, January 06, 2019

Cleaning out the Trotskyites

I wish we were seeing as many senior-level resignations from the various Federal agencies too, but as I pointed out before Trump even took office, a high rate of turnover is a very good thing in the Trump administration:
Department of Defense chief of staff Kevin Sweeney has become the third senior Pentagon official to resign from his post since President Trump announced his intentions to withdraw US troops from Syria. In a brief statement posted on Saturday evening, Sweeney said: 'I've decided the time is right to return to the private sector. It has been an honor to serve again alongside the men and women of the Department of Defense'.

He steps down from the position just two years after accepting the role.... In last night's statement, Sweeney made no mention of the President but a source told CNN the White House actually forced the retired Navy Admiral out of the door.
Given the fact that the media isn't even hinting at any possibility that Trump will back down on the shut down, it feels as if we might actually see some positive action later this month.

Build the Wall. Drain the Swamp. Repeat as needed.

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53 Comments:

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 06, 2019 1:35 PM  

Trump has tailwinds carrying him forward now on the wall, and he references that popular response in several tweets. All of your tweets, emails, calls, etc. are having an impact.

Blogger Joeplanet January 06, 2019 1:46 PM  

Full steam ahead. Set the sump pump to Maximum.

Blogger Lovekraft January 06, 2019 2:10 PM  

Would hearing about these removals lead other deep state agents to dig in their heels, or accept the new situation and get on board? If they are in too deep, they would have to be weeded out, but there's a chance more than a few will convert.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 06, 2019 2:12 PM  

Trump is figuring out how Washington works.

When Mattis resigned, he was planning to stick around for a couple of months.

Thus providing cover for various officials that were going to (a) lock in as much sabotage for their successors as possible before (b) resigning in protest themselves, in (what would be portrayed by the media as) a domino like successive collapse of the Department of Defense.

Chucking Mattis out the door early means Trump can clean house early and on his own time schedule.

Blogger Hammerli280 January 06, 2019 2:19 PM  

As I've said previously, we are in the middle of a strategic pivot, away from the Middle East and toward the Pacific. And this is going to put demands on some of the leadership that some of them can't withstand.

I'd just like a crack at one of those jobs myself.

Blogger Robert What? January 06, 2019 2:32 PM  

Trump has the chance to make a real durable legacy for himself or cave and end up as a footnote of "might have been". Which will it be?

Blogger Cecil Henry January 06, 2019 2:39 PM  

Why does 'Return to the private sector' feel like it means 'receive the benefits of selling out to business/military complex interests while in government'



This has precedent in every area of government now. Goldman Sacks and JP Morgan come to mind.


Moving from one trough paid by taxpayers, to another trough subsidized by taxpayers.


Blogger Disciple of Kek January 06, 2019 2:48 PM  

Clean your damn swamp bucko!

Blogger Justin Bailey January 06, 2019 2:49 PM  

I've seen several headlines reading "White House signals it is ready to relent on border wall" or something similar. When you read the article, the basis seems to be either a "source close to the matter" or a really loose interpretation of something Huckabee said to the press. The goal is to weave a narrative that Trump just needs to cuck and run like a good republican, and to break down supporters into thinking Trump has already caved and we need to shut up and accept our new better than us Central American conquerors.

Blogger Hammerli280 January 06, 2019 2:51 PM  

@7: "Why does 'Return to the private sector' feel like it means 'receive the benefits of selling out to business/military complex interests while in government'"

Sometimes. There's a lot of Soft Graft at the Flag/SES levels, more when dealing with Presidential appointees.

On the other hand, you're also dealing with people who have experience dealing with multi-billion-dollar budgets and the management of very large organizations. That sort of skill set can find lucrative employment in the private sector.

Blogger Avalanche January 06, 2019 2:57 PM  

So, everyone tweet or fakebook or mail or email to the God Emperor and tell him you're FINE with shutting down the govt for year -- just BUILD THE WALL! (And drain the swamp!)

I really wonder if $19 MILLION in 20 days isn't getting everyone's attention. NO, it won't succeed or provide enough money to build the wall... but as an attention getting device -- with little mainstream publicity -- it's shoring up the bully pulpit!

Blogger Mister Excitement January 06, 2019 3:03 PM  

Must be nice to give up a lucrative government job and "return to the private sector" with no worries. If you're in The Club, you effortlessly float from one high pay position to the next.

Normal Americans look at something like this and are disgusted. They see a person that is perfectly comfortable leaving a high paying job (that they would never get) and is totally confident in getting another high paying job. He will of course be placed on a dozen corporate and non-profit Boards.

The AOC 70% tax can't come fast enough.

Blogger Kat January 06, 2019 3:13 PM  

According to Q they're just pushing the border fight out in the open. The wall is currently being built and will continue to be built in the interests of national security. Right now I think it's all happening under "repairs," but it is happening.

Blogger FUBARwest January 06, 2019 3:49 PM  

When Lindsey Grahm knows that Trump loses in 2020 if the wall doesnt get built theres no doubt that Trump is going to do everything in his power to build his big beautiful wall.

Blogger Crush Limbraw January 06, 2019 3:52 PM  

DaTrumpster digging in his heels is my dream come true!

Blogger C-Speaks January 06, 2019 4:01 PM  

If he stays strong on the wall and sends detractors packing he won't even need to run a 2020 campaign.

Blogger Xellos January 06, 2019 4:03 PM  

"a source told CNN the White House actually forced the retired Navy Admiral out of the door"

Anonymous source and CNN are codewords for lie, so I'm going to assume it didn't happen like that.

Blogger eclecticme January 06, 2019 4:14 PM  

@2. Joeplanet January 06, 2019 1:46 PM
Full steam ahead. Set the sump pump to Maximum.


I am so stealing that. There must be a Star Trek Scotty version of that but my imagination fails me.

Blogger Servant January 06, 2019 4:38 PM  

I'm honestly at the point where i don't even care if he has to turn the government back on to build the wall. I'll take that compromise.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 06, 2019 5:08 PM  

We did elect the guy who was known for saying "You're Fired". And that's exactly what we need him to do.
Remember, NOBODY got fired for 9/11.
Nobody has been fired - and charged - for dropping the ball and leading to the Parkland incident. NOBODY. Oh the coward cop retired. Big deal.
Shall I go down the list of dereliction involving political street violence or the usual "Antifa gets to beat you up but cops swoop down on you the moment you protect yourself"?
Sadly, if we don't see justice on all of this, we are going to be seeing justice in a manner that ranges from burning cities to people being told "Vee haf vays of making you talk!" by men in search of the actual individual order-givers and button pushers on an ever-growing list of violations of USC18.

Blogger Mark Stoval January 06, 2019 5:39 PM  

I want Trump to do every thing he can to build the wall. I have wanted a wall since Reagan screwed over his base on this issue.

BUT; does he not have the power to put the army on the southern border today? Right now? Declare marshal law?

It is time for dramatic action.

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 06, 2019 5:40 PM  

@9, Yes, the pattern goes back to even before Trump was inaugurated. Remember when he had dinner with Romney, and "sources" said he was picking Romney for Sec. of State? The goal has always been the same: blackpill his supporters into thinking he's about to betray them, so they'll abandon him preemptively, so Trump will decide he no longer needs to keep his promises to them, and it's just easier to cave in to the establishment.

It would work on a Swamp creature like themselves, who calculates every move in terms of donors and media response. With a man who has the courage of his convictions, it should only tell him he's over the target and strengthen his resolve.

Blogger P Glenrothes January 06, 2019 5:41 PM  

It's good they are leaving. They know they can't win.

Blogger Haxo Angmark January 06, 2019 6:17 PM  

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Blogger Dad29 January 06, 2019 6:47 PM  

We note that Trump is now waffling on the Syria exfiltration.

Blogger Dad29 January 06, 2019 6:51 PM  

@ #10: you're also dealing with people who have experience dealing with multi-billion-dollar budgets and the management of very large organizations

Private-sector organizations require the management to account for the budget, not mis-place billions in a faraway place in a distant time.

See: "Outside Auditors" in the dictionary.

Blogger Pathfinderlight January 06, 2019 7:03 PM  

From watching the leftists on my FB feed, all they can talk about is everything negative about Trump and the Republicans. There is no realization that there are two distinct factions within the Republicans vying for power. It's not that they considered the posdobility and ultimately rejected it...the idea is litterally unthinkable to them.

Blogger DonReynolds January 06, 2019 7:12 PM  

I am only pleased to see President Trump sticking to his demand for funding for the wall on the border.

My only concern is Trump's tendency to make a deal. How much is he willing to heap on the counter to get the Democrats to enable partial funding for the wall? I can imagine the Democrats demanding a round of amnesty for all illegals, and non-enforcement of existing laws, and more catch and release, and an underground railroad from Central America to Nebraska, and reparations for slavery, and voting rights for illegal aliens....there is no bottom to that pit.

Blogger SciVo January 06, 2019 7:51 PM  

Servant wrote:I'm honestly at the point where i don't even care if he has to turn the government back on to build the wall. I'll take that compromise.

I still hold out hope that he can build the wall, keep the government "shut down," and even deny the layabouts back pay for not working.

Damelon Brinn wrote:It would work on a Swamp creature like themselves, who calculates every move in terms of donors and media response. With a man who has the courage of his convictions, it should only tell him he's over the target and strengthen his resolve.

Exactly!! I think that they lie so much they can't even recognize the truth. There is every indication that they honestly believe that "principles" are just codified strong preferences, or even "people I don't like must do things they don't like, but not me." They literally don't even know what words mean anymore.

Pathfinderlight wrote:There is no realization that there are two distinct factions within the Republicans vying for power.

SJWs always project, so no matter how much they squabble in pre-positioning, when push comes to shove they all fall in line. Because they actually are what they lie about us being: authoritarian follower personalities.

Blogger DJT January 06, 2019 8:52 PM  

Hopefully a long government shutdown will drive out swamp creatures like rats from a sinking ship. Sadly the most important agencies are protected, but every little bit helps.

Blogger DJT January 06, 2019 8:55 PM  

>>I can imagine the Democrats demanding a round of amnesty for all illegals

I hope Trump will say no to Amnesty, even in exchange for the full $25 billion. America will not survive another Reagan amnesty. And it may not survive anyway.

Blogger DJT January 06, 2019 9:01 PM  

>>BUT; does he not have the power to put the army on the southern border today? Right now? Declare marshal law?

Anything Lincoln got away with, Trump can do.

The Army Corps of Engineers regularly takes over emergency construction projects. Remember the levees? No reason why they can't build the wall.

I'm not sure why Trump hasn't done it yet. Is he afraid of a legal challenge? I suppose if he disobeys a judge that is impeachment fodder, and there may be enough Republican cucks who would go along with it.

But if anything might spark a civil war, it would be impeaching Trump for building the wall. At this point, let it come. There is nothing to lose if the border isn't secure.

Nancy, do you really want a civil war? Call that bluff.

Blogger The Deplorable Podunk Ken Ramsey January 06, 2019 9:48 PM  

DJT wrote:Anything Lincoln got away with, Trump can do.

Lincoln was one of the cool kids, like Obama. They can do anything. Trump can't even revoke Jim Acosta's press pass without the courts jumping into the fray. That's how ridiculous it has gotten.

Which is incredibly stupid strategy by the left, I must say. Why did Caesar cross the Rubicon? Because he felt he had no choice. The other side was hellbent on his absolute destruct and not giving him one inch. That's how you start a civil war.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 06, 2019 9:52 PM  

They don't know the danger of backing a man like Trump into a box canyon.

Blogger Jack Amok January 06, 2019 10:00 PM  

We note that Trump is now waffling on the Syria exfiltration.

You the Queen of England? Or do you have a mouse in your pocket?

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 06, 2019 10:41 PM  

We note that Trump is now waffling on the Syria exfiltration.

This is the downside to "wait 24 hours."

Blogger Nostromo January 06, 2019 10:52 PM  

Build the wall. Hang the traitors from it. Nuke the swamp.

Blogger SciVo January 07, 2019 12:06 AM  

That reminds me of a game some of my friends in college had of coming up with offensive bumper-sticker slogans. The baseline was "Nuke a Gay Baby Whale -- For Jesus!" so if you couldn't at least do better than that, you weren't even in the game.

Blogger cmbaileytstc January 07, 2019 12:54 AM  

OT: Anyone know if this is legit? France allegedly ordering mass firearm confiscations because of Yellow Vest insurrection.
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1832869056840371&id=893787864081833

Blogger Dirk Manly January 07, 2019 1:34 AM  

@33

"
Lincoln was one of the cool kids, like Obama. They can do anything. Trump can't even revoke Jim Acosta's press pass without the courts jumping into the fray. That's how ridiculous it has gotten."

Trump just needs to go MORE Lincoln, and arrest those judges who are CLEARLY wandering... scratch that... RUNNING out of their lane.

Executive Branch policy for implementing on-the-book law which complies with that law is not under their purview. These judges need to be shot as the counter-revolutionary scum that they are.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 07, 2019 1:39 AM  

@38

"That reminds me of a game some of my friends in college had of coming up with offensive bumper-sticker slogans. The baseline was "Nuke a Gay Baby Whale -- For Jesus!" so if you couldn't at least do better than that, you weren't even in the game."

You and I think alike.

In the early 80's, in my high school music class, there was often some silly graffiti on the black board (an item I've never seen used in a band room, ever).

If I arrived particularly early, sometimes I used to sometimes write:

"Nuke the handicapped gay baby black elderly whales!"

This would have been 1981-83

Blogger DonReynolds January 07, 2019 1:53 AM  

SciVo wrote:That reminds me of a game some of my friends in college had of coming up with offensive bumper-sticker slogans. The baseline was "Nuke a Gay Baby Whale -- For Jesus!" so if you couldn't at least do better than that, you weren't even in the game.

"I LOVE ANIMALS....they are delicious!"

My personal favorite.

Blogger SciVo January 07, 2019 2:15 AM  

Dirk Manly wrote:This would have been 1981-83

Then you were ahead of us by a decade, which makes it culture.

Blogger wahr01 January 07, 2019 2:41 AM  

Lawyers have indicated that yes, he CAN declare a national emergency to build the wall, and the left's lawfare people are VERY concerned because they will have a lot of trouble establishing standing without a wide-eyed child to claim as the victim.

Trump should declare national emergency, get going on construction via corps of engineers.

Priorities after that to restore faith in rule of law:
1 - Declare antifa a terrorist organization and set trusted staff working to trace their finances back to key democrat officials (for perp-walking)

2 - declassifying the spygate material, perp-walking anyone responsible, and pardoning everyone indicted for "process crimes" in this fruit of the poison tree investigation.

Blogger wahr01 January 07, 2019 2:43 AM  

3 - Arresting mayors and governors responsible for "sanctuary policy" under the insurrection act, and charging that infamous judge with aiding and abetting.

Blogger nswhorse January 07, 2019 3:00 AM  

Has Trump's plan all along been to draw his enemies close, give them enough rope, accept their resignations when they can't help themselves, and thereby neuter them as an ongoing threat?

Blogger Dirk Manly January 07, 2019 3:13 AM  

@44

"and the left's lawfare people are VERY concerned because they will have a lot of trouble establishing standing without a wide-eyed child to claim as the victim."

The Whitehouse needs to start making a database (with photographs, including autopsy or morgue photos) of every American killed by an illegal in the last 30 years.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 07, 2019 3:15 AM  

@45

"3 - Arresting mayors and governors responsible for "sanctuary policy" under the insurrection act, and charging that infamous judge with aiding and abetting."

If I had the means, he would have already "disappeared" by now.

Blogger SciVo January 07, 2019 3:38 AM  

nswhorse wrote:Has Trump's plan all along been to draw his enemies close, give them enough rope, accept their resignations when they can't help themselves, and thereby neuter them as an ongoing threat?

I think that he runs a process that has been working for him for a very long time. NYC is a big place, and there's no need for him to tolerate anything less than the best people giving him their best work -- and for his plan, not theirs.

I mean my goodness, even just a lowly concrete cutter will be out on his butt if he can't fight a saw into following the line, or goes through blades too fast. And why should a trucking fleet give a second chance to a guy who tipped a trailer over, when there are so many men out there who have not (yet) cost them that much money?I

It is a shameful feature of our Leets that the higher they climb, the more responsibility they have, the more immune to consequences they become. And I think that lies at the core of their inability to empathize with Normals, which causes them to come across as mildly retarded sociopaths.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 07, 2019 3:46 AM  

@46

"Has Trump's plan all along been to draw his enemies close, give them enough rope, accept their resignations when they can't help themselves, and thereby neuter them as an ongoing threat?"

Don't know, but consider this:
1) Trump has been a real estate developer for several decades.
2) The majority of his development has been in large cities.
3) Any project in a big city, even improvement, threatens at least one entrenched interest.
4) Those entrenched interests usually "own" one or more politicians or local regulators.
5) The completion of these high-cost, high profile projects, without having to pay a huge sum of extortion in the process, is to smoke out these obstructive forces and get them to reveal their real motivation for obstructing the economically and socially-beneficial project: it threatens some plutonian family's ricebowl.
6) Public opinion then turns against the bought-and-paid-for politician/regulator.
7) Problem hasn't been solved -- it has been REMOVED.

After 40 years of this (and starting in one of the worst of all places -- NYC), and being of substantial intelligence (probably 150 IQ or so), Trump does this sort of thing almost instinctively, without even having to explicitly plan it any more.

Near, far, doesn't matter. IF you're obstructing Trump, and you can be removed, Trump is going to figure out how to goad you into revealing how you're getting some sort of pay-off by trashing the plans to do something beneficial and which the public wants, and thereby, neutralize not only yourself, but also take out half a dozen of your allies in the process.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 07, 2019 7:28 AM  

The whole middle east reeks of imperial weakness, that stench covers the whole town of whores, they preen, they prance but in the end they fake a few moans.

Blogger wahr01 January 07, 2019 10:28 AM  

@50

The fundamental weakness of Trump's Modus Operandi of exposing traitors for removal is the following question:

What if the only alternatives to the traitors are other traitors?

Again, the most critical mistake Trump has made so far is allowing Mueller's show-trial to destroy everyone connected with him, chilling out anyone patriotic who might have run for office.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 07, 2019 12:25 PM  

@52

Then eventually, you stop hiring people with Ivy League degrees, and all the treason those advocate.

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