Madeleine Westerhout, the president’s longtime personal assistant, was forced to leave her post after making improper “off-record” comments about the President’s family.
It was reported that Madeleine Westerhout abruptly left her White House post on Thursday as President Trump’s personal assistant, but was later explained that in fact, she was fired after bragging to journalists that she had a better relationship with Trump than his daughters, Ivanka and Tiffany.
Stressing her importance as a part of the President’s staff probably wouldn’t cost her a job, but for some reason, she didn’t stop there and added a couple of sentences about the President and his youngest daughter Tiffany.
Madeleine said that Donald Trump doesn’t like being photographed with his youngest daughter, because he sees her as overweight and, Madeleine added, that he couldn’t pick Tiffany out of a crowd, suggesting that he doesn’t consider her to be a full member of Trump family. No wonder he didn’t like it.
So, Madeleine Westerhout is out, and I think it would be smart on her part to keep a low profile for a while. Writing a tell-all book is not advisable.
President Trump has posted one of those full-hearted advice: Stop babbling, and we will leave you alone.Which I think is proper in this kind of situation.
It puzzles me that there still are people up there, who think that one can say something “off the record.” Most of those great quotes from the past, we like to repeat today, were statements told off the record. So, ladies and gents, if you don’t want to be caught saying something stupid, take my friendly advice: Shut up! SHUT THE HELL UP!
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
On April 9, 2019, at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan delivered a speech where he outlined the Defense Department’s plans to establish U.S. Space Command and the U.S. Space Force.
Secretary Shanahan said in his speech that both China and Russia have weaponized space in ways that put existing U.S. space capabilities at risk.
He said that
Weapons are currently deployed by our competitors that can attack our assets in space.
The threat is clear: we’re in an era of great power competition, and the next major conflict may be won or lost in space. Because of their actions, space is no longer a sanctuary — it is now a war-fighting domain. This is not a future or theoretical threat; this is today’s threat. We are not going to sit back and watch. We are going to act. We are going to deter conflict from extending into space, and ensure we can respond decisively if deterrence fails.
Today (Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019) President Trump authorized the creation of the United States Space Command, first step on the way to create the Space Force, a sixth branch of the U.S. military.
Air Force four-star Gen. John “Jay” Raymond has been appointed as a commander of new U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM). The role of USSPACECOM is to handle space operations such as satellite-based navigation and communications for troops and commanders in the field and detection of missile launches abroad.
Just as we have recognized land, air, sea and cyber as vital war-fighting domains, we will now treat space as an independent region overseen by a new unified geographic combatant command.
As a unified combatant command, the United States Space Command is the next crucial step toward the creation of an independent Space Force as an additional armed service.
Pres Donald Trump
Why having Space Force is so important?
First and foremost, we need it, to guarantee that progressive late-night show hosts on TV have something to joke about.
The other reason, at least as important as humor on late-night TV, is our satellite network. Satellites are crucial to commercial and military activities. Navigation, and timing (global positioning satellites); missile launch warning; communications; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), these are space assets, that neither we or our arm forces can function without. The problem is that at the moment we don’t have a system in place capable of defending them against potential attack launched by any of our adversaries.
Taking a satellite out isn’t easy but it isn’t impossible either.
In 2007 China destroyed its own weather satellite as a part of the anti-satellite system (SC-19) test. The U.S. conducted a similar test 22 years earlier, hitting a decommissioned DoD satellite.
As of 3/31/19, there ware 2,062 of functioning satellites orbiting the earth. That’s lots of targets. United States runs 901 satellites (including 31 operational GPS satellites).
There’s no need to destroy all of them. Disrupting network connection of just one GPS satellite for a split second can cause its clock to go out of sync and in effect create catastrophic events in many areas of our lives. Why? One could ask. The Global Positioning System, despite its name, is not about maps anymore – it’s about time, globally synchronized time.
The satellites continuously broadcast their time and position data down to Earth where the financial services sector uses GPS-derived-time to timestamp all the transactions processed by their system. Every time one pulls cash from an ATM, uses a credit card to pay for groceries or trade stock on NASDAQ, the GPS makes it possible.
Off course, the financial sector is only one example. Telecom networks, computer data centers, electrical power grids, digital broadcast radio services, seismic monitoring networks and of course military are few others. Whenever perfect synchronization is required, GPS is there free for all to use. Unless something will happen and then we all will get screwed…
Hopefully, Trump administration will succeed in creating security measures necessary to keep our space assets safe and fully operational.
Just for fun.
Track satellites in real-time.
Stuff in Space is a real-time 3D map of man-made objects in Earth orbit brought to life by James Yoder. Roughly 15,000 objects are orbiting the Earth – satellites (both living and dead), rocket stages and debris tracked in real-time.
Mike Maloney is a collector. He collects fine art, cars, books, music, gold, silver…and MEMES. Enjoy this ‘first in series’ video where Mike gives you a look at his collection of memes that highlight the stark differences between socialism and capitalism.
The United States and China are clearly on a collision course.
For the last few decades, the Chinese government was playing bumper car game with us when driving behind our stretch limo and grabbing whatever has fallen out of its trunk. Our drivers have never reacted to it out of fear of making the situation worse. Until now. We finally managed to hire limo driver with balls. He pulled over, jumped out the car with a baseball bat in his hand and is straightening things out.
Pres. Trump’s tough stand on China’s unfair trade practices is starting to bring some positive effects.
HP and Dell, the world’s No. 1 and No. 3 personal computer makers who together command around 40% of the global market, are planning to reallocate up to 30% of their notebook production out of China, several sources told the Nikkei Asian Review. Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Sony and Nintendo are also looking at moving some of their game console and smart speaker manufacturing out of the country, multiple sources told the Nikkei Asian Review. Other leading PC makers such as Lenovo Group, Acer and Asustek Computer are also evaluating plans to shift, according to people familiar with the matter.
Nikkei Asian Review – 7/3/19
Beijing might talk tough, pledging “fight to the end,” but major tech companies can see more and more problems threatening their bottom lines like unfair trade practices, national security concerns, and rising labor costs to list just a few and are fleeing the country.
We are winning. More and more companies move their production to U.S.-friendly countries in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. Apple Inc has asked its leading suppliers to estimate the cost of relocating 15-30 percent of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia. Sooner then later, China will have to decide whether to trade fairly with the United States or to risk seeing its economy shrink.
Off course there are some hiccups in the stock market, and every time numbers go down anti-Trump crowd goes crazy hoping the US economy will finally go down the tube and their candidate will take over the white house in 2021.
So far, even with all the liberal media outlets working very hard trying to create a panic and scare people into a recession, the stock market is doing OK.
(As of Aug 23, 2019)
DOW JONES INDU AVERAGE INDEX – +9.87% NASDAQ NMS COMPOSITE INDEX – +16.83% S&P 500 INDEX – +13.57%
Now, at the end of this post, I’m going to be as optimistic about the stock market and our economy as anti-Trumpers are pessimistic. I predict that by the end of 2020, Trump will beat Xi Jinping, and DOW JONES is going to hit 35,000.
Steve Bannon, a former White House Chief Strategist, sits down with Kyle Bass to discuss America’s current geopolitical landscape regarding China. Bannon and Bass take a deep dive into Chinese infiltration in U.S. institutions, China’s aggressiveness in the South China sea, and the potential for global conflict in the next few years.
People are gonna be absolutely stunned when they see how the elites..of the Western democracies and the United States went along with China and exacerbated a situation when it was quite evident they (China) were at economic war with us.
I want China to stop appropriating our technology. China is, through forced technology transfer and through stealing our technology, but really forced technology transfer is cutting out the beating heart of American innovation.
Simplicity rules. Clear and straightforward political ad – “The truth.”
Aren’t you tired of politicians who when one asks them a simple question, give you long “thoughtful” answer and in the end, you’re more confused than before? Ralph Abraham’ is not one of them. We can agree or don’t agree with the statements presented in his latest ad, but there’s no doubt in my mind that people who saw it could quickly determine what Abraham’s views are.
Published on Aug 22, 2019
Life begins at conception.
Government is too big.
Our taxes are too high.
Our car insurance is too expensive.
President Trump is doing a great job.
Facts matter more than feelings.
The Second Amendment is self-explanatory.
There are only two genders.
When looking at the reaction on the internet, his ad is doing pretty well, drawing lots of attention to his campaign, (a couple of examples below).
In the same breath, Louisiana Republican takes swipe at both gender minorities and abortion access. (Think Progress)
Republican congressman slams trans people in new campaign ad (LGBTQ Nation)
Louisiana governor’s race ad takes aim at transgender rights (WKOW 27)
It looks like “Life begins at conception” and “There are only two genders” statements really hit a nerve.
Of course, I see that these articles are not exactly full of unconditional support for Abraham, but this is what we should expect to find on the first page of Google searches when looking for a conservative politician. What’s crucial is that his name is all over the place and his potential voters are smart enough to figure out what the man is standing for. Besides, it doesn’t hurt that all that hard work by progressives helping to create publicity for Abraham’s gubernatorial campaign is free. Free is good and if it comes to leftists, they were always very good at giving free stuff away.
Facebook has removed another Donald Trump campaign ad for violating its advertising policies. Facebook policy states: Advertisements
must not contain content that asserts or implies personal attributes. This includes direct or indirect assertions or implications about a person’s race, ethnic origin, religion, beliefs, age, sexual orientation or practices, gender identity, disability, medical condition (including physical or mental health), financial status, membership in a trade union, criminal record, or name.
A Facebook spokesperson said that the ad violated a section of its policiesthat prohibits “content that asserts or implies personal attributes.” It appears that placing references to strong women in political advertisement targeted at women is against Facebook advertising policies…
This is the original ad that made snowflake weaklings upset. I’m not surprised. If it comes to “progressive” movement, anyone who’s strong or smart or simply independent doesn’t fit-in. They need people who want everything free and in exchange for freebies, they will gladly surrender their freedom. Members of Women For Trump Coalition are not it.
I think, I’ve fixed it.
I have delicately modified the original ad to make it a little more politically correct. To ladies at The Women For Trump Coalition: You’re welcome to use my version of your ad – charge free.
The question is:
Is getting an ad spot on Facebook a good idea? I don’t think so (at least not for conservatives).
Facebook gathers information about its users and uses that info to target the advertisement paid by Facebook customers (advertisers) at a specific group of people, like for example, women.
But, and there’s always a but.
When a politically conservative group decides to use FB to promote their views – specifically support for Trump – by placing an ad on the FB platform, the ad, most likely, will get kicked out for violating advertising policies, and there’s manyof those because guys running Facebook want to cover all possible scenarios in case they see the need of removing something they don’t like. Pro-Trump ads are at the top of the list.
Everyone that’s being fired and publicly embarrassed about a misdemeanor and being called a Nazi — there are real Nazis who are getting away with it. This must be amazing for real racists to be out there, and going, “It’s all right, everyone’s a racist now, this is a great smokescreen, we’ve got people out there calling people who aren’t Nazis, Nazis. . . . They don’t know the real Nazis from people who said the wrong thing once!” . . . It plays into the hands of the genuinely bad people.
Ricky Gervais is making sense with Sam Harris
Some foul language.
The first hour of a two-hour-long conversation between Sam Harris and Ricky Gervais. (You’ll have to pay a tiny amount of dollars to listen to the rest of it and many more interviews on Sam Harris’ website.) Gervais – stand-up comedian, actor, director, and screenwriter, shares his opinion on the impact of social media, the changing state of comedy, off-color jokes, political hypocrisy, Louis CK, Donald Trump, and other topics.
If you’re conservative, most of Gervais’ opinions (particularly his comments on Pres. Trump) won’t trigger any round of applause. Still, sometimes it’s good to hear the different points of view, especially when the person you’re listening to is cool, calm, and articulate.
Because of the sustained support of Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the government of Israel notified Representatives Omar and Tlaib Wednesday night (08/14/19) that they would not be allowed entry to the country.
Shortly before the decision of Israeli government became public, Pres. Trump used Twitter to expressed his support.
Rep. Omar statement
Because the president’s tweet appeared on Twitter before the official statement from Israeli government was made public, Rep. Omar assumed that the tweet was a reason for the denied entry.
I don’t think that’s the case. I’m sure that President Trump knew about the decision before it was made available for public consumption and accidentally posted his support a little too early (What can I say? The man isn’t perfect 🙂 ).
I’m sure that if the Pres. Trump wanted to pressure Israeli Prime Minister to do something, he would call him on the phone. I have a filling that our president has Netanyahu’s number on speed dial.
PM Netanyahu’s explanation of the decision
The last thought
Sitting in my little corner of reality, I see two ladies – members of U.S. Congress who decided to use their positions to support a boycott of another country. Then when another country chose to boycott them, they complain… Go figure.
Zachary Vorhies reveals he gave approximately 950 pages of documents to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division confirming that Google manipulated its algorithms in a way that swayed its search engine against conservatives.
My message to those that are on the fence is I released the documents. They can go in, they can see everything that Google is doing and then they can see the scale of it. Because I think that there’s a lot of engineers that have a hint that things are wrong, but they don’t understand the colossal scale that it’s at. And so for those people, I say, look at the documents, take the pulse of America, see what’s happening and come and tell the world you know what you already know to be true.
(The former Google software engineer)
Zachary Vorhies interview.
It’s interesting to look at a blacklist of websites which are restricted from appearing on news feeds for an Android Google. The list has both conservative and progressive sites, but mostly conservative.