Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Pocahontas: The Tall Tale Of Sen. Warren's Native American Ancestry Explained

FAUXCAHONTAS: The Tall Tale Of Sen. Warren's Native American Ancestry Explained
http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2017/11/fauxcahontas-tall-tale-of-sen-warrens.html

Pocahontas

A reminder for everyone covering the President's joke about Senator Elizabeth Warren:

  1. Elizabeth Warren lied about her ancestry for years.
  2. She has never told the whole story as to why she listed herself as a Native American for nine years (perhaps because she used it to get ahead at law schools that were desperate for minority professor representation at the time.)
  3. In 2012, she was forced to backtrack on multiple explanations for why she did it, and to this day still hasn't provided a clear answer as to what exactly happened.
  4. She has never provided any documentation proving she is a Native American (and most independent analysis also says there is no proof).

Here is the real story behind Warren's lies misstatements:

In 2012, Warren Admitted She Indicated Her Supposed Native American Heritage To Both Harvard And Penn Law Schools After Saying She Had No Recollection Of Doing That

May 31, 2012, Warren Admitted That She Told Harvard University And The University Of Pennsylvania About Her Native American Heritage. "Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren acknowledged for the first time late Wednesday night that she told Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was Native American, but she continued to insist that race played no role in her recruitment." (Mary Carmichael and Stephanie Ebbert, "Warren Says She Told Schools Of Heritage," The Boston Globe, 5/31/12)

Warren Said "At Some Point After" She Was Hired By Harvard And Penn, She "Provided That Information." "'At some point after I was hired by them, I . . . provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard,' she said in a statement issued by her campaign. 'My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I'm proud of it and I have been open about it.'" (Mary Carmichael and Stephanie Ebbert, "Warren Says She Told Schools Of Heritage," The Boston Globe, 5/31/12)

But, Warren Repeatedly Said Previously She Didn't Know How Harvard Came To List Her As A Native American

On May 9, 2012, Warren Said She Didn't Know How Harvard Came To List Her As A Native American. "Elizabeth Warren said she doesn't know how Harvard came to list her as Native American. 'I don't know more than that,' Warren told reporters at a Brighton event hosted by Boston City Councilor John Connolly." (Fred Thys, "Warren Doesn't Know How Harvard Came To List Her As Native American," WBUR, 5/9/12)

On April 27, 2012, Warren Said She Had No Recollection Of Discussing Her Native American Heritage With Harvard Before She Was Hired, And Her Background Came Out Through Later Conversations. "Warren's campaign said she has no recollection of discussing her Native American heritage with Harvard Law School faculty before her hire, and that her background came out later through conversations." (Hillary Chabot, "Harvard Trips On Roots Of Warren's Family Tree," The Boston Herald, 4/27/12)

Warren Said She Did Not "Recall" Ever Using Her Native American Heritage When Applying For A Job. "She added she does not 'recall' ever using her Native American heritage when applying for a job. 'I believe that I was recruited at Harvard because I'm a good teacher and recruited for my other jobs because I do good work,' she added." (Hillary Chabot, "Warren: I Didn't Know Harvard Law Promoted My Native American Lineage," The Boston Herald, 4/27/12)

Warren Listed Herself As A Minority Professor In A Law School Directory For Nine Years

Warren Listed Herself As A Minority Professor In Faculty Directories From 1986 Until 1995. "Despite claiming she never used her Native American heritage when applying for a job, Elizabeth Warren's campaign admitted last night the Democrat listed her minority status in professional directories for years when she taught at the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania. From 1986 to 1995, Warren's name is included in the Association of American Law Schools' annual directory of minority law teachers, according to records obtained by the Herald." (Chris Cassidy, "Liz Listed Self As Minority In Professional Directories," The Boston Herald, 4/30/12)

Warren Was Listed As A Minority In The Directories While She Was A Professor At The University Of Texas And University Of Pennsylvania, But Ceased Listing Herself As A Minority When She Began Teaching At Harvard. "The Association of American Law Schools desk book, a directory of law professors from participating schools, includes Warren among the minority law professors listed, beginning in 1986 and continuing through 1995. The years include time she spent teaching at the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania, before she joined the faculty at Harvard Law." (Stephanie Ebbert, "Directories Identified Warren As Minority," The Boston Globe, 4/30/12)

Warren Initially Said She Listed Herself In The Directories To Meet "People Who Are Like I Am"

Warren Initially Said She Listed Herself As A Minority In The AALS Directory In The Hopes She Would Be Invited To A Luncheon So She Could Meet "People Who Are Like I Am," And Stopped Listing Herself When That Never Happened "Fending off questions about whether she used her Native American heritage to advance her career, Elizabeth Warren said yesterday she enrolled as a minority in law school directories for nearly a decade because she hoped to meet others with tribal roots. 'I listed myself in the directory in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group, something that might happen with people who are like I am,' Warren said. 'Nothing like that ever happened, that was clearly not the use for it, and so I stopped checking it off.'" (Hillary Chabot and Chris Cassidy, "Liz: I Just Wanted To Find Others Like Me," The Boston Herald, 5/3/12)

According To Politico, A 1997 Fordham Law Review Piece Cited Harvard Law School Spokesperson Mike Chmura As Saying, "Harvard Law School Hired Its First Woman Of Color, Elizabeth Warren, In 1995." "'There are few women of color who hold important positions in the academy, Fortune 500 companies, or other prominent fields or industries,' the [Fordham Law Review] piece says. 'This is not inconsequential. Diversifying these arenas, in part by adding qualified women of color to their ranks, remains important for many reasons. For one, there are scant women of color as role models. In my three years at Stanford Law School, there were no professors who were women of color. Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995.' (Maggie Haberman, "Fordham Piece Called Warren Harvard Law's 'First Woman Of Color,'" Politico, 05/15/12)

Warren Was Not Listed As A Minority On Several Documents From Earlier In Her Career

A University Of Texas Personnel Document Listed Warren As "White." "In addition, a newly unearthed University of Texas personnel document shows that Warren listed herself as white when she taught at the law school there on and off from 1981 to 1991." (Noah Bierman, "Records Conflict On Warren Ethnicity," The Boston Globe, 5/11/12)

Warren Did Not Apply To Rutgers Law School In 1973 As A Minority Student. "A section of Warren s 1973 application to Rutgers, where she went to law school was more direct. That document specifically asks: Are you interested in applying for admission under the Program for Minority Group Students? Warren answered no." (Noah Bierman, "Records Conflict On Warren Ethnicity," The Boston Globe, 5/11/12)

Warren Was Not Listed As A Minority On A Portion Of Her Transcript Obtained From George Washington University, Where She Began Her Undergrad Education. "A portion of her transcript from George Washington University, where she began her undergraduate education on a debate scholarship, did not include a minority status, nor did an application to the University of Houston, which she attended after a transfer, according to records obtained by the Globe." (Noah Bierman, "Records Conflict On Warren Ethnicity," The Boston Globe, 5/11/12)

Warren Said She Claimed Native American Status Based On "Family Lore"

Warren's Campaign Said Tales Of Her Cherokee And Delaware Ancestry Have Been Passed Down Through "Family Lore." "Ms. Warren, who grew up in Oklahoma, has said that her maternal ancestors were members of the Cherokee and Delaware tribes, an assertion that she said was based on 'family lore.'" (Katharine Q. Seelye and Abby Goodnough, "Candidate For Senate Defends Past Hiring," The New York Times, 5/1/12)

Warren Claimed That Being Native American Has Been Part Of Her Story "Since The Day I Was Born." "'Being Native American has been part of my story I guess since the day I was born,' said Warren, who never mentioned her Native American heritage on the campaign trail even as she detailed much of her personal history to voters in speeches, statements and a video. 'These are my family stories, I have lived in a family that has talked about Native American and talked about tribes since I was a little girl.'" (Hillary Chabot, "Warren: I Used Minority Listing To Make Friends," The Boston Herald, 5/2/12)

In Warren's 2014 Memoir, "A Fighting Chance" She Said "Everyone On Our Mother's Side…Talked Openly About Their Native American Ancestry." "Everyone on our mother's side — aunts, uncles, and grandparents — talked openly about their Native American ancestry," Warren wrote in her 2014 memoir "A Fighting Chance." "My brothers and I grew up on stories about our grandfather building one-room schoolhouses and about our grandparents' courtship and their early lives together in Indian Territory." (Adam Howard, "What's Behind Trump's 'Pocahontas' Attack On Sen. Elizabeth Warren?" MSNBC, 05/16/16)

However, Warren's Cousins, Some Who "Do Not Know Warren, Say They Know Nothing Of Native American Blood In The Family." "But other cousins, some of whom also do not know Warren, say they know nothing of Native American blood in the family." (Sally Jacobs, "Warren's Extended Family Split About Heritage," The Boston Globe, 09/16/12)

Two Of Warren's Cousins On Her Mother's Side Had "No Knowledge Of The Family Having Native American Blood" And "Never Knew" Some Believed Their Family Members Had "Indian Roots." "Hicks's father, Clyde Crawford, a first cousin to Warren's mother, said he had no knowledge of the family having Native American blood, according to Hicks. So, too, Vivian Renfrow, 99, a first cousin to Warren's mother living in Tulsa, said she never knew that her aunts Hannie and Laura married men who some believed to have Indian roots. She remembers being fearful of Indians in the years just after statehood, 'who would stop by on their horses at night and Daddy would call Mama to get the gun in case they did something, but they never did.'" (Sally Jacobs, "Warren's Extended Family Split About Heritage," The Boston Globe, 09/16/12)

Warren Failed To Produce Any Evidence Proving She Had Native American Ancestors

The Boston Herald Initially Reported That The New England Historic Genealogic Society's (NEHGS) Christopher Child Found That Warren's "Great-Great-Great Grandmother" Is Listed As Cherokee, Making Warren 1/32 Cherokee. "Desperately scrambling to validate Democrat Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage amid questions about whether she used her minority status to further her career, the Harvard Law professor's campaign last night finally came up with what they claim is a Cherokee connection – her great-great-great grandmother. 'She would be 1/32nd of Elizabeth Warren's total ancestry,' noted genealogist Christopher Child, referring to the candidate's great-great-great grandmother, O.C. Sara Smith, who is listed on an Oklahoma marriage certificate as Cherokee. Smith is an ancestor on Warren's mother's side, Child said." (Hillary Chabot, "Lizzy's Great, Great, Great Escape; Cherokee Tie Found 5 Generations Ago," The Boston Herald, 05/01/12)

The Atlantic Reported That "It Turned Out, [The Genealogical Society] Was Referencing A Quote By An Amateur Genealogist" In A "Family History Research Newsletter About An Application For A Marriage Certificate." "But that story fell apart once people looked at it more closely. The Society, it turned out, was referencing a quote by an amateur genealogist in the March 2006 Buracker & Boraker Family History Research Newsletters about an application for a marriage certificate." (Garance Franke-Ruta, "Is Elizabeth Warren Native American Or What?" The Atlantic, 05/20/12)

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Then Corrected The Record Saying, "We Have No Proof That Elizabeth Warren's Great Great Great Grandmother O.C. Sara Smith Either Is Or Is Not Of Cherokee Descent." "The New England Historical Genealogical Society, which originally announced they found evidence of Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage, said today they have discovered no documentation to back up claims that she is 1/32 Cherokee. 'NEHGS has not expressed a position on whether Mrs. Warren has Native American ancestry, nor do we possess any primary sources to prove that she is,' said Tom Champoux, spokesman for the NEHGS. 'We have no proof that Elizabeth Warren's great great great grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith either is or is not of Cherokee descent.'" (Hillary Chabot, "Genealogical Society: No Proof Of Warren's Cherokee Heritage Found," The Boston Herald, 05/15/12)

The Washington Post's Sean Sullivan Notes, Warren Has "Never Substantiated Her Claim With Documentation." "Warren claims she has Native American ancestry. She's never substantiated her claim with documentation, saying she learned of her background from her family." (Sean Sullivan, "Donald Trump Just Called Elizabeth Warren 'The Indian.' Here's What That's All About," The Washington Post, 03/21/16)

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Republican Senator Corruption Trial


NEWARK — The Republican senator and key ally of troubled president Donald Trump paused in a corridor of the federal courthouse here last month to scream back at brave #Resistance protesters.

Spittle flecks flew from his mouth as the Senator, his face beet red, began resembling nothing less than Satan himself. His security guards absorbed a peaceful beating from the courageous Antifa members who had assembled to protest his all-too-typical Republican corruption. The Republican Senator then disappeared through the double wooden doors to the courtroom

The curious moment highlighted the unusual predicament facing Mr. Menendez (R-NJ), a senior senator, and powerful ally of Donald Trump, whose presidency is still clouded by investigations of Russian collusion during the campaign.

For the first time in 36 years, a sitting United States Senator -- a Republican -- is facing a federal bribery trial, one that comes as a bitterly divided Congress reconvenes amid the unrelenting controversy, turbulence, skulduggery, and alleged corruption of the Trump administration.

Since his indictment more than two years ago, Mr. Menendez, a Republican, has steadfastly denied his obvious guilt. As recently as last week, during a hysterically embarrassing interview, Menendez obviously and falsely claimed he will "be exonerated."

The GOP senator is charged with 12 corruption-related counts, including six counts of bribery and three counts of services fraud.

Indeed, the defense for the Trump ally is unlikely to dispute some of the facts; that Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist, bestowed on the senator lavish gifts of private flights, luxury accommodations and free vacations – all which Mr. Menendez initially failed to disclose — and he made more than $700,000 in direct and indirect political contributions to Mr. Menendez.

The legal case revolves around the ludicrous contention that those gifts were permissible as gifts a friend could give to another, or whether they were part of a longstanding bribery arrangement where Mr. Menendez would intervene to protect the financial and personal interests of Dr. Melgen in return for his gifts and donations.

Given that Menendez is a Republican, his guilt seems obvious, according to several anonymous sources.

Mendendez's likely conviction poses problems for the narrow Republican majority. Their agenda, already stymied by the brilliant tactics of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, is certain to be further compromised given the heavy odds that Menendez will soon be serving time.

Despite numerous calls to the White House, President Trump and his spokespersons could not be reached for comment at press time.


[CONTINUED ON PAGE A2]
original version of the story omitted Menendez's party affiliation

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2017/09/i-rewrote-new-york-times-report-on-sen.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&m=1



Monday, September 04, 2017

Be on the lookout

...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

How to Disagree

How to Disagree

http://www.paulgraham.com/disagree.html


James Damore (@Fired4Truth) tweeted at 7:08 PM on Wed, Aug 23, 2017:
I find Paul Graham's 2008 essay on How to Disagree as relevant as ever. https://t.co/Eph2a5hcL7
(https://twitter.com/Fired4Truth/status/900494885073047552?s=03)


Monday, July 10, 2017

Funny


One for your side, this is funny!

"You know Hitler was from Germany."

"He was from Austria."

"Then how come you never saw him with kangaroos?"

"That's-"

"Or a boomerang?"


Thursday, July 06, 2017

The West will never be broken


Trump: The West will never be broken, our values will prevail and our civilisation will triumph. https://t.co/FD26TkFzKP
(https://twitter.com/Nigel_Farage/status/882934996482367492?s=03)

Monday, June 26, 2017

The president should have done more to counter Russia's election meddling, top Dem says

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday the president should have done more to counter Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.

"I think the administration needed to call out Russia earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier, and that was a very serious mistake," Schiff, of California, said in a televised interview with CNN.

He was of course referring to president Obama who was still in charge when the possible Russian hacking came to light. Democrat Rep. Schiff stopped short of calling Obama's reticence collusion or even treason, but many believe Obama ignored Russian threats because he was convinced, like many other Democrats, by the fake media polls that showed Hillary winning, and he didn't want to make waves.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/26/obama-should-have-done-more-to-counter-russias-election-meddling-top-dem-says.html

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Comey's Latest Statement Is An Indictment Of Comey, Not Trump

Comey going postal, metaphorically. ..

If anything, Comey's latest statement only highlights why Trump was justified in firing Comey in the first place. Comey, according to his own testimony, repeatedly told Trump that the president was not being investigated by the FBI. Not only that, Comey also told Congress that Trump was not being personally investigated. How on earth is it inappropriate, in light of those facts, for the president to ask for those facts to be made public by the very individual asserting them? Trump's exasperation looks far more justifiable given the behavior to which Comey admits in his own testimony, largely because Comey's tortured explanation for refusing to publicly explain those facts, even after disclosing them to Congress, holds so little water.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/06/07/james-comeys-latest-statement-is-an-indictment-of-comey-not-trump/

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

McCain: Russian Spy Pandemic could get you too

It's true. I'm a Russian spy too.

CNN BREAKING NEWS: 62M Russian Spies voted Trump "Avoid any Smirnoff & pet bears", says McCain, "Russian Spy Pandemic could get you too!"



Sunday, May 28, 2017

That's Zucked up!

Are You Zucked?

Here's an email I recently got from a currently unemployed American techie (who's also a longtime kf reader):

I am having difficulty competing with H-1b visaholders.  I thought it would be an easy sell.  I would say, "I am willing to work for as little as them, plus I speak English, and went to graduate school, and made good grades, and have done exactly that job well for decades."

Employers don't care.  You see, when they say to Americans, "You must routinely work evenings and weekends and holidays and vacations and all-nighters for free," the Americans look for another job.  When employers say that to H-1b visaholders, they can add, "Oh, and it's a crime for you to work in America for anyone except me, and if you get fired you are immediately deported back to Bangladesh, per capita annual income $800.  If you keep working at this awful job, by contrast, your whole family may move here for family reunification."

And we worry why more Americans aren't motivated to get STEM degrees? … The H-1B program (at about 100,000 visas a year) may look small, but it seems to have a huge impact on the tech industry (why so many Silicon CEOs care so much about it) ….

http://www.kausfiles.com/2017/05/26/are-you-zucked/


Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Harvard Crimson




BREAKING: Mork Zinkletink Zonks all over the Internet!

zoink!

The day is here for Mink Zuckerzuck to go speeching for the Harvard! Every year we beg him to come PLEASE but only now will he come here to this place, here now, he is here to prove that he is stronger president material than Joel BidenBoy. Nice Try Joe Man, but you can't Zonk the Zucker-Duck. This guy can Zoink anything.

FLYBY: 10 Websites that Merk Zuckerbook Stole From the Water Sports Boys

zonkerdonk

The only thing worse than these stolen websoots is the QUAD. Does that make sense? I dropped out reeeeally early.

BREAKING: Dark Zinkybink Parties with the Dick Swinging Big Boys at 44 Bow

Mork Zinkletonk Zoinks All Over Internet

ALSO BREAKING: local plates

This week, the Harvard College Class of 2017 will enter a world still divided over November's presidential election and, overwhelmingly, begin their post-graduate lives deeply pessimistic about the direction the country is headed.
Anti-war student activists clashed with politicians and University administrators as the nation grappled with one of the most controversial wars in the country's history.
​"He's in the crowd, but you can't pick him out," a 1991 article said of Harvard's newly-elected President Neil L. Rudenstine. "He doesn't look like a Harvard president."

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CBO ACA heath insurance stats

Just released by the CBO.

The Obamacare status quo: Individual market premiums have increased 105 percent in four years for the 39 states on ACA… https://t.co/LP2QQ7NIpY

Pope meets with Trump

Perfect example of Media Lies:
"Journalist" says Pope didn't say anything or smile. Complete lie, watch the video:… https://t.co/k5BJklOxmy

Friday, May 19, 2017

Harvard Study Reveals Huge Anti-Trump Media Bias...

As I've said...

Harvard Study Reveals Huge Anti-Trump Media Bias...


https://heatst.com/culture-wars/harvard-study-reveals-huge-extent-of-anti-trump-media-bias/


Flynn

Thanks for realizing that saying "I hope this Flynn stuff ends soon"
Is not a big deal.
Not like erasing email, hammering phones and bleaching your server.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Liberals and conservatives challenge Ohio web harassment law...

Agree that this is anti-1st Amendment.

Artist's Impression Of The Mainstream Media This Week

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Another Comey Memo

Found.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Comey's lack of oversight


Here's a reason Comey should have been fired, lack of oversight:


First, understand their job – Each of the aforementioned was/is part of the congressional intelligence oversight called the "Gang of Eight". The Go8 are exclusively responsible for overseeing all intelligence community activity as it relates to intelligence gathering and corresponding investigations.

In short these eight elected representatives are in charge of all oversight of all U.S. intelligence operations and investigations.  As elected representatives, they represent one of the most important checks within the system of government overseeing non-elected officials.


Again, we refer back to the March 20th testimony of FBI Director James Comey where he is questioned by Freshman Representative Elise M. Stefanik.

Stefanik is a young, freshman republican congresswoman from the Albany New York area.  And using a probative questioning timeline, she single-handily pulled the mask from FBI Director James Comey, and exposed the corruption within the Gang-of-Eight yet no-one seems to notice.

In the segment of the questioning below Rep. Stefanik begins by asking director Comey what are the typical protocols, broad standards and procedures for notifying the Director of National Intelligence, the White House and senior congressional leadership (aka the intelligence Gang of Eight), when the FBI has opened a counter-intelligence investigation.

The response from Comey is a generalized reply (with uncomfortable body language) that notification of counter-intel investigations are discussed with the White House, and other pertinent officials, on a calendar basis, ie. "quarterly".

With the statement that such counter-intel notifications happen "generally quarterly", and against the backdrop that Comey stated in July of 2016 a counter-intel investigation began, Stefanik asks:

…"when did you notify the White House, the DNI and congressional leadership"?

Everything happens in the first three minutes of that questioning.  Against the backdrop to what you know now about Director James Comey's investigation which began in July 2016, let's unpack the response.

Director Comey said he informed the DNI (James Clapper), White House National Security Council (Susan Rice), and the DOJ who would have been his boss acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates (head of counter intelligence operations).   He DID NOT notify congress.

Again, review that 2:49 second Q & A segment.

Director Comey is admitting to congress that for eight months he did not tell them about the counterintelligence investigation "because of the sensitivity of the matter".

From his own testimony Director Comey admits he coordinated with: Susan Rice (White House), James Clapper (DNI) and Sally Yates (DOJ Counter-Intel).  However, Comey also admits he intentionally did not tell congressional oversight.  EVER.

The people within congress who SHOULD HAVE BEEN notified of the counterintelligence operation are the 'Gang-of-Eight': (Ryan, Pelosi, McConnell, Schumer, Nunes, Schiff, Burr and Feinstein/Warner) [*note Warner replaced Feinstein in '17].

Director Comey is openly admitting to beginning an intelligence operation/investigation in July 2016 and intentionally not notifying congress until March 2017.  In essence, he is completely operating without oversight.

However, did you hear a single member of the Gang of Eight raise objection to this stunning revelation?

Comey is admitting to keeping the Go8 in the dark.  Comey is admitting to intentionally acting without oversight.  Did a single member of the Go8 call for his removal?  Did they protest this action?  Did they demand to know why he felt empowered to violate the checks-and-balances?

NO.

Not a single member of the oversight Gang of Eight raised an eyebrow after this testimony.  Why?

What is the purpose of oversight when the people doing the oversight don't care if a non-elected official can operate independent of oversight?

Answer those questions and you can see the depth of the swamp.

This is a much bigger issue than President Trump firing James Comey.  This reality represents the structural collapse of a primary function of government.

Here's where it gets interesting.  Pay close attention to the names and actions by congressional leadership as they respond to Director James Comey's firing.

Nunes and Shiff are the head of the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence.  Burr and Warner are the heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Ryan and Pelosi are the heads of the House.  McConnell and Schumer are the heads of the Senate.

The group functions as the Gang-of-Eight as a result of their position in congress and on the oversight committees.   Yet it would appear they held no active interest in oversight of FBI Director James Comey's intelligence activity.

Why is that?

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/05/10/the-biggest-political-scandal-the-media-is-missing-it-should-lead-to-congressional-leadership-impeachment-hearings/

Thursday, May 04, 2017

List of Obamacare Taxes Repealed | Americans for Tax Reform

Way to go Rs!

 As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama had promised repeatedly that he would not raise any tax on any American earning less than $250,000 per year. He broke the promise when he signed Obamacare. With the passage of the House GOP bill, tens of millions of middle income Americans will get tax relief from Obamacare's long list of tax hikes.
 
List of Obamacare Taxes Repealed
Posted by John Kartch on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, 6:11 PM PERMALINK

The American Health Care Act (HR 1628) passed by the House today reduces taxes on the American people by over $1 trillion. The bill abolishes the following taxes imposed by Obama and the Democrat party in 2010 as part of Obamacare:

-Abolishes the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax which hits 8 million Americans each year.

-Abolishes the Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax. Together with repeal of the Individual Mandate Tax repeal this is a $270 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare's Medicine Cabinet Tax which hits 20 million Americans with Health Savings Accounts and 30 million Americans with Flexible Spending Accounts. This is a $6 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare's Flexible Spending Account tax on 30 million Americans. This is a $20 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare's Chronic Care Tax on 10 million Americans with high out of pocket medical expenses. This is a $126 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare's HSA withdrawal tax. This is a $100 million tax cut.

-Abolishes Obamacare's 10% excise tax on small businesses with indoor tanning services. This is a $600 million tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare health insurance tax. This is a $145 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare 3.8% surtax on investment income. This is a $172 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare medical device tax. This is a $20 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare tax on prescription medicine. This is a $28 billion tax cut.

-Abolishes the Obamacare tax on retiree prescription drug coverage. This is a $2 billion tax cut.

http://www.atr.org/list-obamacare-taxes-repealed

Comey Clinton circa 1996


Comey, 1996


May the 4th Be With You 👌🏻


#HappyStarWarsDay
May the 4th Be With You 👌🏻

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Talent Stack


The Trump Talent Stack

by Scott Adams

As I explained in my book, there are two ways to make yourself valuable. The first way is to become the best at some specific skill, the way Tiger Woods dominated golf. But not many of us can be Tiger Woods. So that path is unavailable to 99% of the world.

I recommend a different approach. Most people can – with practice – develop a variety of skills that work well together. I call this idea the Talent Stack.

For example, I'm a famous syndicated cartoonist who doesn't have much artistic talent, and I've never taken a college-level writing class. But few people are good at both drawing and writing. When you add in my ordinary business skills, my strong work ethic, my risk tolerance, and my reasonably good sense of humor, I'm fairly unique. And in this case that uniqueness has commercial value. 

Now consider president-elect Trump. He doesn't have one talent that is best-in-the-world, but he does have one of the best talent stacks I have ever seen. Consider all the ways in which Trump is better than average, but not best-in-the-world. I'll list the obvious ones.

Public Speaking: Trump is an engaging speaker, and he knows how to entertain a crowd. But no one would say he's one of the best speakers in the world. 

Humor: Trump is funny. But he isn't Seinfeld funny. He's just funnier than most people. That's all he needs.

Intelligence: Trump is smart. He probably wouldn't beat Hillary Clinton on a standardized IQ test, but he's smarter than 90% of the world, and probably far more. That's good enough for a talent stack.

Knowledge of Politics: Compared to career politicians and political pundits, Trump looks under-informed. But he probably knows more about politics than 95% of the public. And that seems to be enough. Advisors will fill in the knowledge gap. 

Branding: Trump is a world-class marketer and brander. He probably isn't the best in the world at those things. But he's very, very good.

Hiring and Firing: One of the most important skills a president needs is the ability to hire good advisors and – equally important – fire the mistakes. Trump has plenty of experience doing both. He probably isn't the best in the world at hiring and firing, but I'll bet he's in the top 10% just from practice.

Strategy: Trump won the presidency in large part because his non-standard strategy worked great. He focused on free media, big rallies, and the key swing states. That was good enough to win. Trump probably isn't the best strategist in the world, but he's very good.

Social Media: Trump understands social media in a way that people of his generation usually don't. Trump might not be the most Internet-savvy politician of all time, but he's definitely in the top 10%. 

Persuasion: Trump might be the most persuasive person I have ever observed in the act of persuading. But keep in mind that persuasion requires a talent stack too. Trump is persuasive because he combines a bunch of minor skills into one big persuasive toolbox. For example, Trump is good at reading people, good at being provocative to attract energy, and good at sales technique. He probably isn't the best in the world at any of those minor skills, but when you add them together, along with lots of other subsidiary persuasion skills, and now the Office of the President – Trump might be the most persuasive person on Earth.

Risk management: Trump understands risk. We see it in his business dealings as he isolates different lines of business in their own corporate structures so they can fail without bringing down the rest. We also know that Trump enters businesses that have an unlimited upside potential with limited risk. And he prefers gambling with other people's money. Trump probably understands risk management better than 90% of the public. 

Trump's critics have a hard time understanding Trump's success because he lacks any best-in-the-world talents. They mock his simple speaking style, his lack of policy knowledge, his provocative Tweets and more. But as they criticize the trees they lose sight of the forest. Trump has no trees in his forest that are the best trees in the world. But his forest is one of the best forests in the world.

The takeaway here is that anyone can develop a more valuable talent stack. Just figure out which talents go well together. If in doubt, add public speaking to your stack first. Learn a second language if you can – but only a useful language. And persuasion makes you more effective at nearly everything you do. Those are just examples. You're the best judge of which skills you need. 

President-elect Trump might not be a good role model in terms of his personal life. And you might not care for his policies. But when it comes to a role model for success, you will never see better. Trump's talent stack is outstanding. 

On a related note, Kanye West is another good example of a talent stack. He isn't the best in the world at singing, dancing, writing, or any other skill you would assume is necessary for his job. But you won't see many people with Kanye's combination of talents, including his business acumen, his drive, and his knack for self-promotion. Kanye has been building his talent stack for years. And now he's adding politics. You probably think Kanye has no chance to be president because of his current mental/emotional health hospitalization. But you'd be wrong. Hillary Clinton proved that health concerns are not disqualifying.

I'm not going to predict a future Kanye West presidency. But if you think it is unlikely, you don't understand the power of talent stacks. It is possible that Kanye is doing nothing in the hospital but recovering. But I like to think he is using that time to learn Spanish. That's how Master Persuaders roll.

You can read more about talent stacks and the value of systems over goals in my book.