Donald Trump Heaps Praise On His ‘Incredible Woman’ Melania who is ‘So Popular’

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania shared a rare kiss as they celebrated Mother’s Day at the White House.

From Daily Mail

The president and his 47-year-old first lady showed some PDA as they honored military mothers to also kickstart National Military Appreciation month in the East Room on Friday afternoon.

Donning his signature black suit and red tie, the president delivered a brief speech in which he praised his wife for scoring high in polls – that say 52 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the first lady – for being ‘incredibly popular’.
‘She has become so popular, it’s true. It’s true,’ the president said.

‘In fact, I’m going to have to ask her how are you doing this but our first lady, they had a poll that came out, she went through it like a rocketship.
‘I said, ‘How do you do this?’ And that’s only because people have really gotten to know her,” he said.

Before he showered compliments on his wife, the president opened the event – which is typically hosted by the first and second ladies – by thanking servicemen and women for contributing to a ‘great’ America.

‘Thank you to the military servicemen for your daily services their families, who are equally as important in this great great nation, and it’s getting stronger everyday.
‘It is your sacrifice that protects our nation safeguards, our liberties and makes sure our beautiful American flag always waves proudly above our very glorious land.’
He also hinted at the controversies surrounding his decisions in the last few days. Speaking to those in the audience who were nodding their heads as he spoke, Trump said: ‘I see you shaking your head, yes, yes, yes. That’s different than we watch on television every once in a while, that reaction, right? I like your reaction.’

After his speech, Trump welcomed the first lady and gave her a peck on the cheek, which he typically does before introducing her at an event.
Sporting a casual look while wearing a pair of black pants paired with a white shirt and a golden chain, the first lady also gave a rare speech – her third one since her husband was inaugurated – commending the sacrifices military mothers have to make, and telling them she had ‘no idea’ how they coped with their children’s long absences.
‘I, too, am a mother, however, I have no idea what kind of different challenges each of you must face as the parent of a soldier,’ she said.

North Korea Might Be Willing To Follow Trump’s Lead On Talks

“… under the right circumstances …”

Only weeks after it appeared President Donald Trump was steering the United States toward a military conflict with North Korea, a North Korean diplomat has said it might be time to talk.

“We’ll have dialogue if the conditions are there,” Choi Son Hui, head of U.S. affairs for the North Korean foreign ministry, said Saturday.

Trump, who has said he will use every means at his disposal to end North Korea’s aggressive nuclear program, first mentioned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a May 1 interview.


If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump told Bloomberg News. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”

“Most political people would never say that, but I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him. We have breaking news,” Trump said then.

“He’s 27 years old, his father dies, took over a regime, so say what you want but that’s not easy, especially at that age,” Trump said. “You know you have plenty of generals in there and plenty of other people that would like to do what he’s doing. So I’ve said this before and I’ve, I’m just telling you, and I’m not giving him credit or not giving him credit. I’m just saying that’s a very hard thing to do.”

At the time, a U.S. carrier group was approaching the Korean Peninsula and Trump was working to have China put diplomatic pressure on North Korea to get the nation to stop its development of a nuclear weapons program.

South Korea’s new president has also said he’ll talk to North Korea.

“I will quickly move to solve the crisis in national security. I am willing to go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula — if needed, I will fly immediately to Washington. I will go to Beijing and I will go to Tokyo,” said Moon Jae-in. “If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang.”

Choi’s response to that statement was guarded.

“We’ll see,” the North Korean official said.

Choi was returning from meetings in Norway with Suzanne DiMaggio, director of the U.S. think tank New America, Thomas Pickering and former ambassador to the United Nations, and Robert Einhorn, a former special adviser on arms control.

“I met with Pickering and I will discuss it when given the opportunity in the future,” Choi said.


VENEZUELA: What Socialists WON’T Learn, But What Americans CAN

“An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” Orlando A. — Battista

Socialists don’t care what communism is supposed to mean. Socialists only care about communism’s promises. The socialist fantasy is wildly different depending on which follower you ask. Those fantasies are not real. Sensible people are not shocked when socialism/communism fails again. What should shock us is that socialists in the United States and elsewhere refuse to see socialism’s failures. It is time we asked why.

Poor people in Venezuela supported communism because it promised them food, money, and land. Of course the all-powerful government promised these things for free. In Venezuela today, the poor are starving and poor children are dying in hospitals without medicine or clean sheets. The poor are rioting for food. Supermarkets have become flashpoints in Venezuela, which is now one of the world’s most violent countries. No sensible person is surprised.

Never underestimate the power of a good fantasy.
However, the elites in the US still say we should swallow another dose of big government. Facts don’t matter when you have a good lie to sell, and the fantastic lie says you get something for nothing. Like most fantasies, communism never delivers what it promised. In fact, we never saw streams of poor people building makeshift rafts to escape to Venezuela, to Cuba, or to North Korea. Communism impoverished almost everyone… except the rich elites.

Venezuela has been in decay for years. Like leftists in the United States today, why were the poor in Venezuela so infatuated with the political system that kills them? They are in the streets today, but the poor were reluctant to let go of communism because the government wiped out all alternatives. Today, the poor are destitute and desperate to feed themselves and their families, but they can’t start a farm of their own. They can’t start a new business. The government runs the farms, the markets, and the gas stations. The vast majority of Venezuelans want a new government, but they are disarmed and powerless. Some Venezuelans are now shooting their countrymen because their communist leaders tell them to. There are always those who are eager to follow orders to kill. They feel superior because they kill.

The larger the government, the smaller the citizen.
The rich elites never believed that big government could create wealth. The powerful elites knew that totalitarian regimes soon run out of other people’s money. This doesn’t matter to the rich elites, because they were never after money. Not in Venezuela, and not in the US.

No, they wanted something more. The elites ached for communism because it promised them power. Here is where communism succeeded. The poor merely wanted communism because it promised them money. The elites want communism because they intend to control the state. And us.

As communism crumbles, the elites are reluctant to let go of communism. The elites have already siphoned off enough wealth for a hundred lifetimes. María Gabriela, the daughter of the dead dictator Hugo Chavez, is Venezuela’s richest woman. She stole 4.2 billion dollars through political kickback schemes. The political elites in Venezuela, just like the elites in the US, remain green with envy.

The poor hang on to communism hoping for one last meal from the government store.
The rich hang on to communism hoping for one last theft from the government treasury.

So why does the fantasy of big government persist? Dictatorships can have a long and bloody slide into oblivion. The progress of liberty is not sure and steady. Look at the drawn out bleeding history of North Korea and Cuba. These dictatorships brutally oppress their own people for generations while, at the same time, they cry for aid from the UN.

Don’t look to the news media to show the ugly face of communism. Most reporters in Venezuela gave up the fantasy of a free press long ago. At first, they supported “fairness regulations” to drive out their competition. Now, the media’s very existence depends on appeasing government bureaucrats. The power to regulate is the power to control. The tamed press are the last ones who will show the stinking corpse of communism.

Don’t look to Western academics. They are in love with their socialist fantasy despite the millions of bodies laid at the temple of communism. Their intellectual pride tells them that they could make communism work. Even while it fails before their very eyes. Again. These academics are the “mainstream.” They are no longer interested in the truth.

Don’t look to businessmen. Wealthy businessmen and women left Venezuela long ago. Everyone who could have produced wealth has left. The businesses that could have sustained the economy have been nationalized.

Don’t look to the elites in other countries. Don’t expect Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Jimmy Carter to renounce their longstanding support of communism. Those politicians praised the murdering dictator Hugo Chavez. There is too much wealth to loot here in the US for leftist elites to criticize their fantasy in public. Celebrities like Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, Naomi Campbell and Danny Glover were chummy with the dictator Hugo Chavez. They live in a fantasy world where they pretend that communism works. Communism remains popular with the New York Times. Together, they would rather pretend the starvation we see in communist countries today never happened.

Communism is a dignified mask stretched over the face of death. See through the mask. Many people will lie to you, so you must see the truth for yourself.

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The Exponential Age

Did you think back in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again? In 1998 Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85 % of the photo paper used worldwide. Within just a few years their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years and most people won’t see it coming.   

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels but followed Moore’s law.  So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen  again with Artificial Intelligence, Health, Electric Cars, Education, 3D Printing, Agriculture and Jobs.  Welcome to the  4th Industrial Revolution.  Welcome to the Exponential Age.             

Software: Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years. For example Uber is just a software tool (they don’t own any cars) and is now the biggest taxi company in the  world. And Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world although they don’t own any properties.                     

Artificial  Intelligence:  Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world 10 years  earlier than expected. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. It is forecast that by 2030 computers will become more intelligent than humans. In the US young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM’s Watson you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds with 90% accuracy compared to 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law stop immediately. There will be 90 % less lawyers in the future. Only specialists will remain. Watson also helps diagnose cancer and is 4 times more accurate than human nurses.

Autonomous cars: In 2018  the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020 the complete industry will  start to be disrupted. You won’t want to own a car anymore.  You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while being driven. Our kids will never need to get a  driver’s license and will never own a car. It will change the cities because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car while tech companies like Tesla, Apple and Google will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on  wheels.                    

Insurance: 1.2  million people die each  year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000  km). With autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save  a   million  lives each  year.  Insurance  companies  will have massive trouble because without accidents insurance will become 100x cheaper. The car insurance business model will disappear. Real Estate will also change because if you can work while you commute people  will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.                 

Electricity: Electric cars will become  mainstream about 2020.  Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. And electricity will become  incredibly cheap and clean. Solar production has been  on an exponential curve for 30 years but you can now see the burgeoning impact. Last year more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy.                

Water: With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water.  Desalination of salt water now only needs 2k Wh per cubic meter at 0.25 cents. We don’t have  scarce water in most places we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as they want for nearly no cost.                

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the ” Tricorder ” from Star Trek) that works  with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you simply breath into it. It then analyses 54 bio-markers  that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap so in a  few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis nearly for free. Goodbye medical  establishments.

3D Printing: The price of the cheapest 3D  printer came down from  $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing  shoes. Some spare airplane parts  are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the  need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past. At the end of this year new  smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print  your perfect shoe at home. In China they have already 3D printed and built a complete 6 storey office building.  By 2027 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.                       

Work:  70-80 % of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. If you think of a niche you want to go in, first ask yourself, “In the future, do I think we will have that?” If the answer is yes how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work with your phone forget the idea.  And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century. There will be a lot  of new jobs but it is not clear if there will be enough new  jobs in such a short time.  This will require a rethink on wealth distribution.

Agriculture: There will be a $100  agricultural robot in the future.  Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their  fields.

Aeroponics: Will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now 30 % of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows.  Imagine if we don’t need that space  anymore.

The Times They Are A Changing!

“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” ~ Ben Hogan

Sean Hannity says it’s the ‘total end’ of Fox News if this report is true

Sean Hannity said it would be the end of Fox News if reports from New York Magazine were true that they were looking into big changes in the management team of the network.
Fox News host and talk radio star Sean Hannity appeared alarmed at a report from the New York Magazine that Fox News was heading toward a management “shakeup” at the network after the accusations that took down Bill O’Reilly. Hannity said it would be the “total end” of Fox News if the report was true.

“I pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it,” he tweeted. “Done.”

The scoop from Gabriel Sherman seemed to indicate that Fox News was close to firing the network’s co-president, Bill Shine. According to the report, Shine had asked the CEO and c0-chairman of the parent network company to make a public show of support for the co-president, but they refused.

Fox News’ CEO is James Murdock, and the co-chairman is Lachlan Murdock, sons of media mogul Rupert Murdock. They expanded their control over the network after former chief Roger Ailes resigned over his own sexual harassment scandal.

Fox News has been fighting a plethora of sexual harassment lawsuits and a recent filing alleging racial harassment and discrimination from former and current network employees.

The sources said Shine made the request because of withering press coverage of Fox News in recent weeks. A source added that Shine has privately complained that Rupert “isn’t fighting for him” in the press, which is why he wanted explicit support from the sons.

The New York Magazine first reported other rumors from Fox News that later turned out to be true, and this adds heft to the current reporting.

Through a Fox News spokesperson, Shine denied personally going to James and Lachlan for a statement. A Murdoch spokesperson said Shine did not directly ask for a statement.

Shine had been Hannity’s producer before making his way up through the executive ranks of the network. He made a cryptic accusation about the machinations at the network, which sparked much speculation about his meaning.

He followed up with a tweet of a hashtag “I stand with Bill,” and then another reading, “I stand with Shine.”

Hannity has been using his platform on his cable news show to blast accusations from a former guest who said he invited her to his hotel and then banned her from his show when she refused. This comes just one week after Bill O’Reilly resigned over sexual harassment allegations, and while “The Five” co-host Jesse Watters is criticized for an apparent sexual remark about Ivanka Trump.

North Korea Ships Wash Up On Japanese Shores…FULL OF DEAD BODIES,

Japanese authorities have launched an investigation after a “ghost ship” containing a dead and nearly decomposed crew was spotted floating aimlessly off the coast in recent days.

According to the U.K. Express, the ship and crew were virtually unidentifiable, save for a tattered North Korean flag that still flew and faded markings on the hull that partially read “Korean People’s Army,” revealing the origin of the “ghost ship.”

Conservative Tribune reports,

Despite autopsies being performed on the bodies, which revealed they had been dead for at least a few months, it was virtually impossible to determine a cause of death due to the advanced stage of decomposition of the bodies.

If this story sounds eerily familiar, that’s because it is, as “ghost ships” manned with dead crews from North Korea wash ashore on Japan’s west coast on a fairly regular basis, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times in April 2016.

That report revealed that similar ships, though not always carrying a decomposing crew, have washed ashore by the dozens each year for the past several years.

“This isn’t something new for us, so people are just saying ‘oh no, not again,’” Shizuo Kakutani, a 71-year-old retired fisherman living in a quiet fishing village known as Monzen, told the Times.

Initially, it was thought that the dead crews were defectors who had futilely attempted to flee the oppressive communist regime in North Korea, but most North Korean defectors flee by sea down the coast to South Korea or travel north overland to China.

Further inspection of the ships and bodies have revealed that they were most likely fishing vessels manned by inexperienced crews of civilians or soldiers who had become lost or stranded in the deep waters of the Sea of Japan, most likely dying from starvation, exposure or hypothermia.

A report from The Japan Times in December 2015 revealed that, save for some rudimentary fishing equipment and a minuscule amount of personal belongings, the typically wooden, tarred-hull ships are astonishingly barren, not outfitted with GPS units or other modern navigation equipment that would seemingly be standard fare on a vessel intended to ply the high seas.

Experts on North Korea explained that in response to the dire lack of farm food grown under the North Korean communist regime, dictator Kim Jong Un had set lofty goals for the nation’s fishing industry to bring in more fish to feed the starving nation, prompting the inexperienced and ill-equipped crews and ships to press farther out into dangerous waters to meet the near-impossible quotas.

Mike Pence: ‘We will finally defund Planned Parenthood’

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told a pro-life activist group last night that Congress must “repeal and replace Obamacare” as part of President Trump’s strategy to “finally defund Planned Parenthood.”

“When it comes to Obamacare, I don’t have to remind anyone in this room that this is why Obamacare has got to go,” he said during his May 3 keynote address at the Susan B. Anthony List Gala dinner in Washington, D.C.

“Despite all the promises that were made, despite the tireless work of everyone in this room to stop it so many years ago, Obamacare has allowed taxpayer money to be used to purchase health insurance that covers abortion, among all of its other failings,” he added.

Pence told the pro-lifers that President Trump remains “unwavering in his commitment to defend life and protect women and children.”

“And that commitment will be on full display this week — if you haven’t heard the news yet — because tomorrow, thanks to President Trump’s leadership, Congress is going to vote to repeal and replace Obamacare. And when they vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, we will finally defund Planned Parenthood,” he said to applause.


WHOA: Look What Was Discovered About The Judge Who Struck Down Trump Sanctuary City Order

As we reported yesterday, Executive Order 13768, which gave the attorney general and secretary of Homeland Security the power to withdrawal federal funds from sanctuary cities for not being in compliance with federal law, was blocked by a federal judge.

From Allenbwest

The White House quickly released a statement condemning the judge, stating “Once again, a single district judge — this time in San Francisco — has ignored Federal immigration law to set a new immigration policy for the entire country. This decision occurred in the same sanctuary city that released the 5-time deported illegal immigrant who gunned down innocent Kate Steinle in her father’s arms. San Francisco, and cities like it, are putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens, and those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands.”

The judge in question was San Francisco’s William Orrick, an Obama appointee who ruled that the order violated the Constitution by attempting to punish local governments by seeking to “deprive local jurisdictions of congressional allocated funds without any notice or opportunity to be heard.” The man is apparently unaware of Article VI, Clause 2 of the Constitution, the “Supremacy Clause,” which establishes that federal law triumphs over state law.

His ruling was ridiculous, and given his history, it’s quite obvious it was entirely politically-motivated. As HotAir reported, You don’t have to look very far for some evidence that this judge has a partisan streak. Orrick is the same judge who granted a restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that released undercover videos of Planned Parenthood back in 2015. And according to the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, Orrick was an Obama campaign bundler who collected more than $200,000 for the candidate in 2008. He had also previously raised more than $100,000 for candidate John Kerry in 2004.

As Allahpundit pointed out last night, the judge’s decision doesn’t appear to interfere with AG Jeff Sessions ability to withhold some federal money from sanctuary cities, so the impact of the injunction may be more symbolic than anything else. And on that count, CNN’s Chris Cillizza argues the politics of the decision are a win for the Trump administration. He stated that “there is nothing the Republican base — and the bulk of Republican elected officials — hate more than what they view as liberal judges run amok. It’s the epitome — to Republicans — of liberals trying to institute their will on a populace without ever letting people vote or have their opinions heard.

Had there truly been something unconstitutional in the order, you’d think another judge would’ve challenged it earlier than three months after it was signed.

Chicago Keeps Killing Themselves

Two people were killed and eight others were wounded in an attack at the site of a memorial for a man who was slain earlier Sunday in the Brighton Park neighborhood, police said.

Chicago police First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro told reporters at the Southwest Side scene in the 2600 block of West 46th Place that the attack was “another brazen act of gang violence.”

Navarro said the victims, a mix of men and women, were taking part in a memorial for a man, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as Daniel Cardova, who had been killed at that location earlier in the day when two people fired rifles from a nearby alleyway.

Deputy Chief Kevin Ryan said gang and tactical teams were hitting the area hard in their investigation.

The Minimum Wage Eats Restaurants

By Michael Saltsman
San Francisco’s ever-rising minimum wage—set to hit $15 next year—has restaurant owners asking for the check. “At Least 60 Bay Area Restaurants Have Closed Since September/’ read a January headline at the website SFist, which partly blamed “the especially high cost of doing business in SF, with a mandated, rising minimum wage that does not exempt tipped employees.” Another publication, Eater, described the rash of recent closures as a “death march.”
Perhaps the highest-profile closure in San Francisco this year was AQ, which in 2012 was a James Beard Award finalist for the best new restaurant in America. Rising costs chipped away at the restaurant’s profitability, according to a report by Thrillist, driving down the profit margin from 8.5% in 2012 to 1.5% by 2015.
When San Francisco added its own municipal minimum wage in 2004—one of the first in the country—the operating assumption was that tourists and techies would pay the higher prices necessary to offset the cost of the city’s generosity. Last year the San Francisco Chronicle looked at a San Francisco exowner says: ‘There’s only so much you can charge for tamales.’
20 years’ of menus from top restaurants and reported that prices had jumped 52% since 2005, twice the rate of inflation. But increasing prices isn’t a panacea for restaurant owners. “There’s only so much you can charge for tamales,” the owner of a small eatery said in 2015 to explain one reason he was closing.
For some empirical backup, consider an April study from Michael Luca at Harvard Business School and Dara Lee Luca at Mathematica Policy Research. They used Bay Area data from the review website Yelp to estimate that a $1 minimum-wage hike leads to a 14% increase in “the likelihood of exit for a 3.5-star restaurant.”
Put differently, San Francisco’s minimum wage experiment may be dangerous for your favorite white-tablecloth restaurant—the kind of place where the food is exquisite and can command a premium—but it’s downright deadly for your local white- apron diner.
If there’s a silver lining to San Francisco’s culinary struggles, it’s that other cities, even ones run by Democrats, are realizing the arguments for a $15 minimum wage don’t match reality. In March, Baltimore’s mayor, Catherine Pugh, vetoed a measure that would have raised the local mandate to $15 by 2022. “I want people to earn better wages,” she told newspaper. “But I also i my city to survive.”
California lawmakers been less thoughtful in i approach. Under legisk passed last year the state raise its wage floor to $1 hour as soon as 2022. mandate applies not on] the prosperous coast but to the impoverished in] California is already a ne porter of working-class dents. From 2000-15, the lost a net 800,000 peopl< ing close to the poverty according to a Sacram Bee analysis of Census Bu data.
These families unders something that the City C cil in San Francisco and Legislature in Sacrament not: New wage mandates government benefits c mean much if you can’t fi job.
Mr. Saltsman is mana director of the Employl Policies Institute.