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My God that was a tough generation

My God that was a tough generation. I see today’s youth either cowering in safe places or their parents’ basements or acting like Nazi brown shirts on campuses, and feel an overwhelming sense of foreboding about the prospects for America’s future. Socialism, the Deep State of feckless cronies, massive debt, rampant moral hazard at every level of society, a corrupt education system…it cannot end well.
 
Burial At Sea 72 years ago.
Here’s footage you’ll see only once in a lifetime. Just imagine being there to witness it!
Tough times, tough people!
Loyce Edward Deen, an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, USNR, was a gunner on a TBM Avenger.

On November 5, 1944, Deen’s squadron participated in a raid on Manila where hisplane was hit multiple times by anti-aircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser. Deen was killed. The Avenger’s pilot, Lt.; Robert Cosgrove,managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex.
Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in the plane. It is the only time in U.S. Navy history (and probably U.S. military history) that an aviator was buried in his aircraft after being killed in action.
 
 
 

THE BEAUTIFUL WALL

VOTER FRAUD EVIDENCE FOUND! Trump Was Right

A report of voter fraud is emerging from Marion County, Indiana where a dozen staffers have been charged.

Eleven canvassers and their supervisor allegedly made changes to an undisclosed number of voter registrations.

The group also shared links to the Democratic Party.

The Daily Caller reports,

According to the Associated Press, prosecutors say that 11 temporary canvassers working for the Indiana Voter Registration Project made and sent in an unknown number of fake voter applications. The canvassers’ supervisor, Holiday Burke, was charged as well.

The organization, the AP reported, is managed by Patriot Majority USA  a group with strong ties to Democratic Party, including former President Bill Clinton and former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, as well as labor unions.

Suspicions were raised when a number of changes were made on applications:

The investigation by state authorities began last August when a clerk in Hendricks County marked around a dozen voter forms with suspicious information. The probe went into 56 counties where the organization collected 45,000 applications.

“We looked onto the Statewide Voter Registration System and noticed that there had been an unusually high number of date of birth and first name changes,” the secretary of state’s office told CNN last October.

If convicted, the penalty could include jail time, per Associated Press:

All 12 defendants face one count each of procuring or submitting voter registration applications known to be false, fictitious or fraudulent. Eleven of them face one perjury count each, while the 12th — their supervisor — faces one count of counterfeiting.If convicted on all the charges each defendant faces up to 2 ½ years in prison.

The Indiana Voter Registration Project faces the same charges as the supervisor. If convicted, the group could face a fine of $10,000.

The canvassers may have been influenced to make the false registrations to keep getting paid:

The investigation found workers had submitted bogus applications on behalf of nonexistent residents, submitted new applications for people who were already registered, and at least one application was submitted on behalf of a minor, he said.

A search warrant unsealed on Nov. 14 says some workers admitted to falsifying registrations, saying they faced the possibility of losing their temporary job if they didn’t register at least 10 new voters a day.

The probable cause affidavit says supervisors told canvassers “to obtain their quota by any means necessary.” Canvassers were paid $10 an hour and worked five-hour shifts.

“By giving someone a financial motive to (meet a quota) is what caused these canvassers to cut corners and do things that not only undermined the goal of having legitimate registered voters but led to a situation where we allege it bled over into criminal conduct,” Curry said.

Paris Climate Deal Exposed as a Total Fraud… Liberals Can’t Believe It!

From DailyMail:

DailyMail.com global columnist Katie Hopkins called the Paris climate deal an “absolute fraud,” and said President Trump has shown “true leadership” by ditching it.

“All the United States is doing with the Paris accord is signing away billions of dollars to developing countries that create most of the emissions,” Hopkins told host Abby Huntsman.

The president pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord on Thursday, saying it was a bad deal for the country and would hurt American workers.

The agreement, signed by former President Obama and almost 200 other countries in 2015, committed the United States to reducing carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025. Meanwhile China and developing countries receive billions of dollars from the United States but are under no immediate obligation to cut emissions.

Hopkins related that back when she worked in the United Kingdom meteorological office she observed scientists “scare-mongering” and “using data in interesting ways to make the problem seem worse.”

They were “virtually on their knees begging for grants,” she recalled.

People should stop “dressing as polar bears” and start backing Trump, Hopkins concluded.

 

ICE Director on Illegals Being Afraid of Deportation: GOOD!

Damn, it is refreshing to see our government officials talking sense when it comes to illegal immigration. The media, the Democrats, and the Obama administration were – and are – so far outside the realm of sanity on this issue that it’s almost shocking when you hear the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement telling Congress that if illegal immigrants are afraid of being deported…that’s a GOOD thing. That’s how it’s SUPPOSED to be.

Of course, it will probably be only a matter of time before La Raza and Univision are calling for Thomas Homan to resign in disgrace. After all, the man in charge of deporting illegal immigrants should be ashamed of himself for even holding such a job, not taking pride in it.

“If you’re in this country illegally and you committed a crime by being in this country, you should be uncomfortable, you should look over your shoulder. You need to be worried,” Homan told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. “No population is off the table.”

Homan praised the direction of President Trump’s policies, which have removed the ham-fisted restrictions his predecessor placed on ICE agents. Under Obama’s rules, agents were specifically forbidden from arresting and deporting illegal immigrants who had not committed serious crimes. Under Trump, the handcuffs have been taken off the agents and put on the illegals where they belong. And it’s already having a significant impact, said Homan.

The acting director told the House committee that ICE needed more deportation beds to house illegals waiting for a first-class ticket back to their home countries. He said that those countries were now quite a bit more willing to take their citizens back than they were under the Obama regime, which is an interesting tidbit in its own right. Could it be that Obama didn’t really try very hard to get those countries on board? Nah, that couldn’t be the case…

Of course, Democrats are still fighting the deportations tooth and nail. Rep. Nita Lowey, the top Democrat on the committee, assured Homan that her party would block any attempt to secure the border.

“Democrats will not accept a penny of funding for a new deportation force or a border wall,” Lowey said.

And in a question to Homan, Maryland Democrat C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (if that is his real name) said ICE should not be deporting illegal immigrants convicted of drunk driving.

“DWI or traffic is not really considered to be the type of people that are hurting our country,” Ruppersberger said.

Not hurting our country? Interesting that Ruppersberger, who was one of the Democrats who made a scene last year with their “sit-in” over gun control, thinks that. Roughly 10,000 Americans are killed every year in drunk driving accidents. Strangely enough, that’s approximately the same number of Americans who are killed in shootings, when you remove suicides from the stats.

Homan rejected the argument, saying, “They should be removed.”

Trump DUMPS Big Government Program

It was Ronald Reagan who once observed that “Nothing lasts longer than a temporary government program,” and there’s one finally about to be ended you won’t believe still exists.

From Allenbwest

Remember the Y2K scare back in the year 1999? Everyone feared that once the year turned to 2000, all the computers the world depended on would malfunction. Before the new year, government systems prepared themselves for this change. In the private sector, an entire industry developed on preparing businesses for the new millennia.

As you’re all aware reading this in 2017, nothing did happen when our calendars were turned to the year 2000. So that’s it, right? We all laugh off how stupid the fear was, and be glad we at least got the movie “Office Space” out of it all.

Apparently, not for the federal government, which is still preparing to fight the Y2K bug nearly two decades after it turned out to be nonexistent.
As Bloomberg reported, seventeen years after the Year 2000 bug came and went, the federal government will finally stop preparing for it.

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it would eliminate dozens of paperwork requirements for federal agencies, including an obscure rule that requires them to continue providing updates on their preparedness for a bug that afflicted some computers at the turn of the century. As another example, the Pentagon will be freed from a requirement that it file a report every time a small business vendor is paid, a task that consumed some 1,200 man-hours every year.

“We’re looking for stuff everyone agrees is a complete waste of time,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters at the White House. He likened the move to the government “cleaning out our closets.”
Deregulation is a major ambition of President Donald Trump’s agenda; as one example, he has signed more laws rolling back his predecessor’s regulations than the combined total of the three previous presidents since the process was established by the 1999 Congressional Review Act.

Seven of the more than 50 paperwork requirements the White House eliminated on Thursday dealt with the Y2K bug, according to a memo OMB released. Officials at the agency estimate the changes could save tens of thousands of man-hours across the federal government.
Mulvaney said he hopes that by publicly eliminating the rules, departments and agencies will be inspired to review their own policies and procedures to reduce inefficiencies. “Many agencies have forgotten how to deregulate,” he said. “It’s been so long since somebody asked them to look backwards.”

The effort isn’t intended to reduce the federal workforce, Mulvaney said, but should free up employees for more productive tasks. He said his agency would begin a second review of requirements imposed by presidential executive orders and by Congress, with the hope of identifying more that could be eliminated.

The Office of Management and Budget informed us in a memo that “these policies are now obsolete and outdated, as the Federal government was successfully unaffected by any service interruptions.” When do you think they realized they were outdated?

THE LEAKER

 

 

Trump’s FBI Scores Huge Win Against Organized Crime

The Luchese family’s ruling hierarchy and 16 mob associates were charged Wednesday with murder, drug-dealing, extortion and gambling in a massive federal indictment.

Named in the 30-page racketeering case were Luchese street boss Matthew Madonna, his underboss Steven (Wonder Boy) Crea Sr., and consigliere Joseph DiNapoli.

The indictment also charged various mobsters with the murder of a longtime mob hitman and three attempted killings, including a Crea-ordered hit of a Bonanno family associate who disrespected him.

The venerable crime family, in between shootings, peddled cocaine, heroin, prescription opiates and marijuana, charged the indictment — which covered a 17-year stretch beginning in 2000.

I’m a Former Federal Manager And I Voted For Trump

 

I voted for Donald Trump. It was not an enthusiastic vote. I’m probably as apprehensive of big change as the next fellow and some of his statements put me on edge. But I had grown very disappointed in the Obama administration. I came to see many of President Obama’s policies as mostly divisive social engineering and as dissipating U.S. leadership in a troubled world. I thought his lack of executive experience hobbled him in creating a consensus among differing views. I believe he saw everything through a political lens. Hillary Clinton’s promise to follow Obama’s policies eliminated any prospect she had of getting my vote.

I was born, raised and educated in New York City. I am a real estate guy long active in private development and investment. I believe, as Calvin Coolidge said, that the business of America is business. When our economy is expanding at a vigorous pace our people tend to be content and when America is strong and assertive the world is a better place. I also had a long career as a real estate executive with the General Services Administration. I have read all of Trump’s books—not because I particularly admired the guy but because I developed a couple of major projects for the feds in the City. So Donald and I have common interests and I think I understand both his lingo and the turmoil some folks in government might feel from his style of governance. I would like to share my perspective of our new president and how he may see his job.

Avoid Stockholm Syndrome

“It’s remarkable how quickly they adapt to and are absorbed by the system.” A senior OMB appointee made that remark to me during the Reagan Administration. The point he was making is that political appointees are quickly captured by the career civil servants or more generally by “the system.” I saw it happen through several Administrations. The career professionals would persuade new appointees that the safe path was to continue to do things the way they had always been done. The career folks would counsel that the government is “different.” Whatever experience the appointees brought from the private sector was not applicable to government, they said. The incumbents argued that getting things done in government took more time and cost more money because of rules and regulations. Poorly performing personnel could not be dismissed or disciplined as they could be in the private sector because of personnel rules and regulations. Things were more expensive and took longer to acquire because of procurement rules and regulations. The appointees, committed to the kinds of change represented, for example, by President Reagan, gradually became apologists for the status quo. It was a kind of bureaucratic Stockholm syndrome. I don’t think Donald Trump will adjust to the system—he expects the system to change to suit him.

Results Matter

Over the years I did lots of real estate deals for the government. I don’t recall anyone ever asking whether any of my procurements were good deals. That is, were they structured on the right terms and at the right price? The bureaucracy saw me as a program manager responsible for “procurements.” It was as though “deal” was a four letter word. My performance was typically measured by whether my procurements were conflict or protest free. I can’t tell you how envious I was of people in procurement positions like mine when President Trump said the cost of Air Force One was exorbitant. In doing that, he was saying price matters. Working for someone with that kind of perspective should empower federal officials to assert the kind of initiative to make sure the people’s money is properly invested. In the federal procurement culture we hear a lot about the integrity of the procurement process. Who is in charge of promoting the best deal results of the procurement system? Let me suggest that we now have a president who takes on that responsibility. Of course, the propriety of the process matters but so do the results. That’s what I hear the president saying: “Get the job done properly but make sure you get good deals.”

Consistency Is Overrated

It has long seemed to me that the worst sin a public official can make is to be inconsistent. I think of it as Chuck Todd Syndrome. Todd’s “Meet the Press” interviews are usually about finding conflicts in someone’s public statements or actions. How often have you heard him and others in the media ask in an interview something like “then, how do you explain what you said during the campaign? Run the clip.” Any inconsistency must mean that the person being interviewed has changed his or her tune for some base personal or political purpose. Maybe they simply changed their mind. Or ,possibly, the earlier position needs to be abandoned to achieve a higher purpose. Take, for example, dropping the position that China is a currency manipulator because the president is soliciting China’s support to control North Korea. What’s wrong with being inconsistent if it keeps the other side off guard? That’s called negotiating.

Consistency is not the objective; getting the best deal is.

It’s Not Lying; It’s Hondling

How many of us have said “I would love to give you your price on that car. But if I paid that my wife would kill me.” Back in New York we call that “wifing the deal.” I often used the approach in government when I thought I could squeeze more cost out of a deal. Downcast, with furrowed brow, I would tell the contractor I had to call Washington before I could finalize the transaction. I would leave the room to make a call that might never be made and come back after a reasonable interval and tell my counterpart that I needed a lower price or better terms for any hope of getting the procurement approved. Was I lying? Who cares? I was doing my job; I was simply hondling. That’s New Yorkese for bargaining. So the frequent accusations that Trump is lying is often merely him setting the table to hondle for the best deal. Try to think of his confident pledge that Mexico will pay for the wall or that the United States will impose trade tariffs as chips to be used in the much larger deal of renegotiating trade and other relationships like NAFTA with one of our largest commercial partners, Mexico.

It’s About Winning

Trump, unlike his predecessors, did not spend years in government. He didn’t take the course on avoiding even the appearance of a conflict of interest. He was not trained on walking a verbal tightrope or flack catching. He didn’t learn to spin or be defensive in everything he says and does. He came from a world where they measure your performance by your runs, hits and the final score. He’s not so good on defense; it’s all about offense. It’s less about avoiding mistakes and all about winning.

Governance As Sailing

Trump has a strong pro business and American leadership agenda. He’s heading in that direction, but, he approaches governance like he approaches his business—it’s all about tacking as though sailing. He will always be heading toward his goals but he will be constantly tacking one way or another depending on conditions. By contrast, I think prior administrations approached governance like driving. They announced their destination at the outset to friend and foe alike. Then they headed as fast as possible toward their goal, mindless to changes and the negative consequences of all that speed.

Let’s Try This His Way  

My last assignment in government was with Vice President Al Gore’s National Performance Review. The goal of the NPR was to “reinvent” the government. The NPR was mostly an attempt to adapt private practices to the way government conducts its business. By the time I started at the NPR I had concluded that rules and regulations generally were not the problem.  Rather, the main reason government underperforms in comparison to the business sector is the  difference in incentives. Government simply lacked the right incentives—most notably, there was no competitive incentive to improve outcomes. I was enthusiastic about the NPR but disappointed by the results. I came to think of the NPR as a noble attempt at reform, but because it was created and run by incumbents it lacked the energy and drive to make real change. We have now elected a 70-year-old business executive not so much to reform government but to fundamentally change government. Maybe it’s best to take him at his word that his family owes a lot to this country and he saw it heading in the wrong direction. He’s a deal maker and a negotiator. I don’t think he plans to adjust his approach to accommodate the status quo or the media’s view of what’s acceptable.

I think Trump has made superb selections for his vice president and cabinet, and as citizens we should be grateful for these folks’ service. They’re not doing it for the money. The president’s critics have cast aspersions on his cabinet as a bunch of billionaires. I think we should be thankful for the service of such successful people. Just think about the likes of Betsy DeVos leading the Education Department. She has spent her time and considerable wealth to reform a failing national public education system. She must now lead an entrenched bureaucracy on a fundamentally new course toward infusing a competitive incentive into our educational system.  As a former bureaucrat of long standing, I doubt she’s found many advocates for her agenda among the staff. I would not want to be her entering Education’s headquarters every morning.

For weeks after the election I awoke every morning apprehensive about the things he was saying and doing. All the negative media probably did not help. Over time, though, I think I’ve come to understand his modus operandi. I like what I see. The change is real this time.

Patrick J. Keogh served for nearly 30 years at the General Services Administration, where he was program manager of lease development from 1988 to 1992. He was assigned to the National Performance Review from 1992 to 1993. He is an attorney and manages a family office, splitting his time between Austin, Texas, and Reston, Virginia.

President Trump is About to STICK it to the Commie Hippies

U.S. President Donald Trump has informed multiple individuals, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that he intends to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, according several sources.

On Saturday night, Axios reported the news based on “three sources with direct knowledge.”

Breitbart News has independently confirmed this reporting and that Trump has told others the same thing: that he plans to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement.

Earlier on Saturday, the President tweeted from Italy that he would make his final decision next week as to whether the U.S. will remain in the Paris Accord. He was in Italy for the G7 summit at the end of his first overseas trip, which was preceded by visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, and Brussels.

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