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Donald Trump’s Crazy Ivan

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Cold War submarine lore. I can’t go into all of it here, but I can tell you about one bit of that lore: the Crazy Ivan.

Modern submarines have incredible passive sonar arrays. They can hear everything in the ocean for hundreds of miles around. Everything.

Everything except something directly behind them. Behind a submarine is a big propeller or “screw.” It turns. It pushes water abaft. The noise and the motion combine to prevent sound waves from reaching the sensors. That shaded zone is the baffle area.

 

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To check for enemy submarines that might be following directly behind you, you have to turn the ship to a new course. And you have to do it fast. If you turn too slowly, the enemy can respond with his own change in course and speed to stay inside your baffle zone. But if you’re traveling too fast and you turn too hard, you risk colliding with your enemy. That’s bad for both boats.

Old submariners had a story. Russian submarine captains traveling at high speed were under orders to clear baffles with a hard rudder. Dangerous as hell. No time to evade. American submarines called this risky maneuver “the Crazy Ivan.”

The phrase “Crazy Ivan” hadn’t crossed my mind since 1994. That’s when I left the submarine service. December 1994. But “Crazy Ivan” was the first thing I thought of when I read this story on The Gateway Pundit today:

Trump is clearing his baffles.

The Russian hacker story broke when, do you remember?

October. The media, in collusion with Obama’s FBI, CIA, DOJ, and Homeland Security leaked stories of a massive Russian conspiracy to throw the election to Trump. It was a topic in the last debate between Trump and Clinton you’ll recall.

The Russian story was a cover for Comey’s letter to Congress. The letter stating he’d reopened his investigation of Hillary’s illegal servers. Hillary needed cover. The Deep State provided.

If the story had worked, if Clinton had won, you’d have never heard another word about Russian hackers. The “evidence” would have been swept into the dustbin of history.

But the narrative failed. Trump won. And people who believed the Russian hacker story kept it alive. People who weren’t privy the story’s trumped-up origins. The stories in October were probably bullshit. But the geniuses at the CIA covered the bullshit with just enough molasses to hide the smell. The media bit. And the stories only grew.

On January 19, Michael Schmidt of the New York Times wrote a story about US government wiretaps. Those wiretaps, he claimed, implicated Trump lieutenants in the (phony) Russian hacker fiction. The story was timed to embarrass and discredit our new president.

Look for yourself. Here’s the change history of that article. In every version of the headline, the word “wiretap” appears.

Now, Michael Schmidt seems to claim he never wrote that story, that the New York Times never published it. The New York Times wants you to believe the headline you just read never happened.

Michael Schmidt would tell such an obvious lie for only one reason: panic.

Schmidt’s panicking. He’s panicking because Trump pulled a Crazy Ivan on his ass. Schmidt wasn’t ready for that. Politicians don’t pull Crazy Ivans. Politicians make safe turns to clear baffles. But Trump ain’t no politician.

When Trump tweeted about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower, he really just fed the media’s lies right back to them. Molasses and all. The media can’t deny Trump’s allegations without denying their own reporting on the Russian hack. Reporting they’ve done every day since mid-October. Breitbart has more evidence that the media created the Obama wiretap narrative.

That headline, “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides,” was most assuredly not a right-wing production, and it’s not even slightly ambiguous about the existence of wiretapping. Jeff Dunetz at The Lid couldn’t help noticing that the exact same reporter who wrote that New York Times piece in January is now claiming, right in his headlines, that Trump has “no evidence” of the very same wiretaps he reported as established fact just two months ago.

If Trump’s wrong, then there is no evidence of collaboration with Russia. None. Nowhere. Never was. The media is exposed as a bunch of horrible liars.

But if Trump is right, Obama is going to prison.

As Scott Adams points out, Trump often gives himself two ways to win and no way to lose.

Two Ways to Win: We often see Trump choose strategies that have two ways to win and no way to lose. That’s the best risk management of all. For example, when Trump warned that Iran should release American prisoners before he gets elected, he created two ways to win and no way to lose. If the prisoners were released (and they were), Trump could claim his threat was effective. (He did.) If Iran kept the prisoners, Trump could say the United States needs a bad-ass President like him to deal with Iran.

He’s done it again.

Pass the popcorn. Then watch our friend Ed Martin dig into this subject on Fox Business News.

How to Spot Journalism’s Psychosis

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When your brain automatically alters perceptions, there’s something wrong with you.

Reporters have this psychosis. Journalists. They have very bad ADHD it seems. They can’t pay attention. Like kids with ADHD. Chuck Todd and everybody at Business Insider should probably take Ritalin or something.

Reporters are also narcissists. No one goes into journalism unless they have a pathologically inflated ego. No one.

So I’m going to walk you through the proof, slowly, so even our narcissistic, hyperactive, attention-deficit-disordered journalists can understand that Sean Spicer played with them like a cat pawing a dying moth.

The press is making much ballyhoo over Sean Spicer’s first press statement Saturday. Even the crooked liars at PolitiFact have gotten into the fray. But the press and PolitiFact are “verifying” the facts of something Spicer didn’t say. In other words, because of their maniacal hatred of Donald Trump and his voters, the narcissists in the press are verifying a “fact” that doesn’t exist.

First, let’s look at what the press heard Spicer say, then we’ll see what Spicer actually said.

The idiots in the press heard Spicer say “This was the largest audience to ever to attend an inauguration — PERIOD.”

To refute what their brains invented, the press posted about 7 terabytes of photos comparing the Washington Mall on January 20, 2009, to the same Mall on January 20, 2017. In their self-deception, they say “Hah! Spicer’s WRONG!” Then they go off to congratulate themselves.

Had Spicer said what the press heard, the press would be right. But journalist’s brains don’t register what’s said, even when the journalists write the words themselves.

Here’s what Spicer actually said: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — PERIOD.

Over 30 million people witnessed the inauguration of Donald J. Trump–the second-most in history.  But many millions more live streamed this inauguration, like me, meaning far more people watch Trump’s inauguration than any other past President. CNN.com registered 16 million live stream viewers alone. Here’s what Entertainment Weekly said:

And actually, Trump could have been seen by more viewers than either Obama or Reagan. Nielsen ratings do not account for online viewing, which has grown sharply in recent years and is far more commonplace than even four years ago. CNN.com, for example, clocked 16.9 million live streams, tying with its Election Day coverage for the site’s top event (live stream tallies are typically not apples-to-apples with Nielsen’s strict methodology of counting average viewers, but are still additive). Plus, portals like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter offered live streams as well.

What Spicer actually said was accurate. But accuracy was never important to a journalist.

Journalists’ brains don’t work right. They’re not right in the head, as Carl Childers might say. Even when they’re staring at Spicer’s actual words, their brains substitute “attended” for “witness.” And even when I point this out to them, they are psychologically incapable of processing the actual words. Even Chris Wallace’s brain said “attend” while his eyes were reading “witness.” That’s how powerful this journalistic psychosis is. Here’s what Wallace read today on Fox News Sunday (transcript):

And then through Spicer he [Trump] said that this was the biggest audience ever to *attend* an inauguration. That’s also not true.

See how pervasive this psychosis is? Chris Wallace’s eyes saw the word “witness,” but his mind read “attend.” The two words don’t even look like each other. Dyslexia can’t account for such a word scramble. Only psychosis explains it. Only psychosis.

In the meantime, the hags who marched on Washington yesterday got kicked below the fold because the moronic press obsessed over a word substitution in their disordered brains.

Sad!

3 Ways President Trump Changes Everything

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Trump’s win is far bigger than the vote. As British General Cornwallis said at the end of  the movie ‘The Patriot,’ “Everything will change . . . everything has changed.”

If you’ve been thinking about policy, you’re thinking really, really small. Trump’s influence is way bigger. Here are three ways Trump will change America for a generation.

A Change of Uniform

Since the late 1990s, American business and social life have gone uber casual. That’s about to change. As I predicted awhile back, some big company famous for casual dress will impose a new dress code that looks like Mad Men. Women will dress better. Men will dress better. You might find yourself uncomfortably underdressed at some social event very soon.

Did you see how the Trump kids looked at the convention? They looked great, didn’t they? And they were all in semi-formal attire. You never see them in casual attire. It’s as if they were born in suits and dresses.

That influence will hit the back of people’s brains, and people will start dressing up more. Watch. Look around at church in a few weeks and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Count the number of men in ties every day, and the number will start trending up soon. So you might want to go shopping.

A Change of Family

America and much of the Western world have seen record low birth rates and fertility rates for years. That’s about to change. Family formation and childbirth is about to skyrocket.

Donald Trump exudes fertility. He’s married to a smoking hot former model who’s in her 40s but looks 15 years younger. And the Trump kids remind you of fertility. Ivanka has more kids than the average American already, and she might not be done. And they all look great.

Trump drops sexually suggestive words and phrases into his speeches and comments all the time. You don’t cognitively think “sex,” but the part of your brain responsible for sex drive catches those bombs. You can’t help but think about mating more often. The same thing happened when Kennedy took office, and the birth rate actually surged from 1962 to 1964 before petering out.

Those rising fertility rates will have a huge impact on the economy. Bigger than any policy change. Trump will get credit for the economy, but not for the birthrate. You’ve read it here, though, so you’ll know what happened.

A Change of Legacy

Every president since Richard Nixon has established a legacy based on very ethereal accomplishments like legislation and programs. Nixon’s was détente. Barack Obama had ObamaCare and the Iran nuclear deal.  W had TARP and No Child Left Behind. The exception to this soft-legacy trend was Reagan who’s remembered for tearing down the Berlin Wall even though that happened after Reagan left office. We all know Ronnie swung the first sledge hammer.

Donald Trump is not a legislator. He’s a builder. He is going to build a legacy that can’t be overturned by the next Congress. Trump plans to do what he’s always done: build amazing things. He’s going to build a wall and he’s going to rebuild a lot of infrastructure. Stuff that sticks around. Stuff you can put people’s names on. Names like Gingrich, Carson, Giuliani, and, of course T R U M P.

Trump’s legacy is not only Congress-proof, it’s concrete. Brick and mortar.  You’ll be able to use Trump’s legacy. Plus, you need people to build things, so Trump will put a lot of people to work. A lot of jobs for the kind of people who normally vote Democrat but decided to take a chance on the Republican Trump this time. When Trump said “make America great again,” he meant it, and he meant you’ll be able see America’s greatness with your own eyes. That’s incredibly bold.

If you don’t think America’s in for some major changes, just remember this post the next time you buy a tie or a pair of dress shoes. Or when you hear somebody’s getting married. Or having a baby.

 

 

Entrepreneur vs. Empress

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Adam Carolla noticed something I didn’t.

Carolla’s first reaction to the election results was this. Hillary Clinton built herself a Logan’s Run type palace for her would-be coronation. Donald Trump accepted the presidency in a room that might double as a Hometown Buffet.

Put another way, here’s what the winner’s auditorium:

Image clipped from UPI
Image clipped from UPI

And here’s the winner’s ballroom:

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Let that contrast sink in.

Every penny of the Clintons’ hundreds of millions came from taxpayers one way or another.

Donald Trump made billions building things in the private sector.

Hillary spent a fortune to honor herself.

Trump spent a little, and it all honors America.

Those conservatives who never jumped onto the Trump train should take heart. If Donald Trump runs government as frugally as he ran his campaign, the budget deficit might go away in 2018.

And everyone should ask themselves this: who was the narcissist in this race?

How Donald Trump Completed the Tea Party

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Sometimes I forget what originally drove me to call for a tea party protest in St. Louis.

One motivation was fear of missing out because a dozen other cities were planning protests. Another driver was a desire change the direction of the country. And at least some of it was the frustrated actor in me looking for an outlet.

Since two-thirds of those motivations appeal only to me, let’s focus on the middle one: change the country.

If we wanted to change the country, we have to answer obvious questions:

  1. From what?
  2. To what end?

I’ll try to unpack those two questions and show why Tuesday’s election means the Tea Party’s mission is almost complete.

From What?

Here are the RealClearPolitics afternoon headlines from Thursday, February 19, 2009:
Mr. President, Enough with Doomsday Talk – Mark McKinnon, Daily Beast
Fixing Our Housing Crisis – Tim Geithner & Shaun Donovan, USA Today
People Don’t Want to Pay Their Neighbor’s Mortgage – Rick Santelli, CNBC
How the World Sees Obama – Joe Klein, Time
My Response to the Attorney General – Bill Willingham, Big Hollywood
Welcome to Canada, Mr. President! – Margaret Wente, Globe & Mail
The RAT Hiding Inside Stimulus Bill – Byron York, Washington Examiner
Time for a Global Stimulus – Matthew Yglesias, The American Prospect
Durban II: High-Level Diplomacy? **- Rick Richman, Commentary
**Paterson’s Bumpy Road
– Kyle Trygstad, RealClearPolitics

Stimulus, bailouts, doomsday talk.

As we saw it back then, the expert elites screwed up the world and they wanted us to pay for it. TARP and Stimulus were code words for wealth redistribution. This time, though, we taxed the poor to make the wealthiest people whole.

When Obama announced plans to bail out people upside-down on their mortgages, we’d had enough.

That first Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Protest was the plebes first warning shot across the elitist’s bow.

The “from what” was a world run poorly by a select few. Years later, Peggy Noonan named that select few: “the protected.”

To What End?

From the first moment of the tea party movement, we struggled to answer this question. “To what end?” my friend Lee Presser asked me over lunch. “You’ve started this movement, Bill,” he said. “You need to tell people what the world will look like when you succeed.”

Lee was right, of course. Every movement must work toward something. We needed a way to measure our progress toward a goal.

Just saying “no” will work for only so long. Eventually, someone would demand to know our solution. At least our vision.

Many tea partiers said “constitutionally limited government,” but no one can draw a picture of one. And, frankly, no one really cares about government. We care about the part of life separate from government. We wanted more of that non-government life and less government. But “less government” is a bad answer because it doesn’t anwer the question most people ask.

To people like me, less government means something good. To someone on disability and SSI, less government means something scary and dangerous. And, while we, on the right, have high confidence that those welfare recipients will find a way to survive without government programs, the people dependent on those programs often have less confidence in themselves.

For years, we struggled to paint a picture of “Tea Party America.” We failed. We all failed. As a result, the tea party movement fractured. Some went on to media careers. Some got elected. Most of us worked on smaller tasks, like municipal court reform.

Then, a New York billionaire did our jobs for us.

To Make America Great Again

The answer to “to what?” came from a simple slogan: make America great again. And it came, not from a tea party leader, but from a billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star. Donald Trump finally painted a simple picture for the people Peggy Noonan calls “the unprotected.”

As Ms. Noonan writes today:

Those who come to this space know why I think what happened, happened. The unprotected people of America, who have to live with Washington’s policies, rebelled against the protected, who make and defend those policies and who care little if at all about the unprotected. That broke bonds of loyalty and allegiance. Tuesday was in effect an uprising of the unprotected. It was part of the push-back against detached elites that is sweeping the West and was seen most recently in the Brexit vote.

The tea party was the uprising of the unprotected. Over the first two years of that uprising, we lost our focus as we groped for the answer to the “to what?” question. The answer that seemed most appealing came from the Constitution experts. Ted Cruz became their hero. They pushed Constitution study groups.

But all that academic talk about the Constitution bored the unprotected. As I wrote in 2015, most people don’t know they have a Constitution problem—they think they have an income problem. Our 10th Amendment arguments didn’t pay their rent. Most of all, they didn’t want someone or something to pay their rent; they wanted to earn enough to pay it themselves.

Then along came Trump. “We’re gonna make America great again, folks. We’re gonna do it. Believe me. It’ll be beautiful.”

How would we do this?

“We’re going to bring your jobs back. Good factory jobs.”

“Law and order.”

“We’re going to build the wall, and it will be beautiful. And Mexico will pay for the wall, believe me.”

And Trump said more.

Trump Answers the Question

While the media perseverated on a few controversial tweets and comments, Trump spoke to the people who built and build America. Trump spoke in simple, truthful words:

I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.

So we really need jobs now. We have to take jobs away from other countries because other countries are taking our jobs. There is practically not a country that does business with the United States that isn’t making – let’s call it a very big profit. I mean China is going to make $300 billion on us at least this year.

When I am president, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally and protected equally. Every action I take, I will ask myself, ‘Does this make life better for young Americans in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Ferguson, who have as much of a right to live out their dreams as any other child America?’

Our politicians are stupid. And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over because they don’t want to pay for them. They don’t want to take care of them. Why should they when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them?

Our military has to be strengthened. Our vets have to be taken care of. We have to end Obamacare, and we have to make our country great again, and I will do that.

I own buildings. I’m a builder; I know how to build. Nobody can build like I can build. Nobody. And the builders in New York will tell you that. I build the best product. And my name helps a lot.

The problems we face now – poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them in the first place.

We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again.

There it is, my friends. Donald Trump answered Lee Presser’s question, “to what end?”

I’ve said many, many times that throughout our charmed history, God has always given us the President we needed and deserved. If you can get beyond party and ideology, Bill Clinton fit the 1990s the way Ronald Reagan fit the 1980s. Jimmy Carter was the embodiment of the mid-1970s, and his failed president made Reagan possible. In time, I think we’ll see that Barack Obama made Donald Trump possible.

Possible. But Donald Trump and the tea party put Trump into office. I realize some tea partiers opposed Trump. That’s beside the point. Some conservatives like George F. Will opposed Reagan. The tea party movement was not monolithic.

But if you go back to day one of the tea party, February 27, 2009, and you look at the faces and fashion of the people who gathered on the steps of the Arch, you will see Trump’s people.

Donald Trump gave us the vision that eluded me and all the other tea party leaders. Maybe we were too knowledgable and tried to craft a clever vision.

Trump’s vision was simple: make America great again.

That’s all it took and all that matters. We just wanted to make America great again.

God bless and keep President-elect Trump.