Sunday, January 22, 2017

President Donald J. Trump: The People's President

Trump pursues 'new vision' on first day as president

By Judson Berger 
Vowing to “get the job done,” President Trump took office Friday outlining a drastically different agenda than that of his predecessor and installing key members of his national security team – as he began the work of turning his bold, and often brash, campaign promises into action.

He took the first steps Friday evening, signing an executive order directing agencies to ease the burdens of the Affordable Care Act. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also directed agencies to impose an “immediate regulatory freeze.”
“The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action,” Trump declared in his inaugural address earlier on the West Front of the Capitol, issuing a fiery condemnation of business as usual in Washington.
The president presided over the traditional inaugural fanfare, taking part in the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue before an evening of balls and other festivities. But on the sidelines, his team already was making its mark, part of what Trump called a “new vision.”
The official White House website swiftly switched as Trump took the oath of office, reflecting a new agenda for the new administration.
At the top of the “issues” section was Trump’s “America First Energy Plan,” which included a commitment to nix Obama-era policies to curb global warming and regulate U.S. waterways.
Team Trump deemed them “harmful and unnecessary policies” that hurt the economy. “Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years,” the website now states.
The site posted additional plans for the military, foreign policy, the economy and more. The jobs plan committed to “pro-growth tax reform” including a reduction in the corporate tax rate.
In terms of official actions, Trump’s first day consisted mostly of routine transfer-of-power measures. He signed nomination papers for his Cabinet picks – but also his first bill, legislation allowing retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as Defense secretary.
The Senate later confirmed Mattis to lead the Pentagon, as well as retired Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Democrats angered GOP colleagues by resisting efforts to consider more Cabinet nominees on the first day.
But bigger and more visceral battles were playing out on the streets of Washington Friday, as anti-Trump protesters swarmed parts of the District in demonstrations that turned violent at times. Amid dozens of arrests, protesters smashed the windows of businesses, forced the temporary shutdown of security checkpoints and clashed with police – who used pepper spray and tear gas to try to control the crowds.
But thousands of Trump supporters also came out, watching the 45th president’s inaugural address from the National Mall and later the parade, at times drowning out the protesters with cheers.
The address itself was heavy on populist themes, and stitched together by an appeal for a “new national pride,” as Trump described patriotism as a salve for the country’s divisions.
“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice,” he said.
He also rebuked those who have held power in Washington, saying a small group reaped the rewards of government while “the people did not share” in Washington’s wealth.
In blunt and unvarnished terms similar to the language used during his nomination acceptance address last summer, Trump lamented the jobs lost to foreign rivals – he described “rusted out factories scattered like tombstones” across the land – and the crime in America’s cities.
“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” Trump said.
Trump cast his presidency as a return to power for the people and vowed never to let them down.
“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” Trump said. “I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down. … We will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our borders, we will bring back our wealth and we will bring back our dreams.”
Telling the American people this is “your moment” and “your day,” Trump closed his speech with the promise that started it all: “We will make America great again.”
As Barack and Michelle Obama departed the White House after eight years in office, Trump will immediately be confronted with the challenge of governing, as he attempts to apply his CEO experience to running the nation. His team has vowed a “robust” start to the Trump administration, which could include everything from rescinding controversial Obama actions to renegotiating trade deals to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

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Lockheed CEO to Trump: We plan to add 1,800 F-35 jobs in Fort Worth

Trump on throngs of Sunday protesters: 'Why didn't these people vote?' 

President Trump on Sunday expressed his unfiltered opinion of the Women’s March on Washington and other protests this weekend organized largely in opposition to his presidency, tweeting, “was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote?”
He also said in the tweet, “Celebs hurt cause badly.”
Trump, a Republican sworn-in Friday, didn’t mention names. However, singer Madonna has been criticized for saying Saturday during the women’s march that she considered “blowing up the White House” after Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The Secret Service declined to comment Sunday about reports the agency plans to investigate the comment as a threat.
Trump tweeted about 90 minutes later: "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views."
The dueling tweets marked his administration's first response to the more than 1 million people who rallied at women's marches in Washington and cities around the world.
On “Fox News Sunday,” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus responded to concerns that Trump would roll back women’s rights.
“President Trump wants to be president for all people, including every one of those marchers yesterday,” Priebus said. “And I think that over time, many of those people are going to be proud of this president.”
He also didn’t name Madonna but said, “Can you imagine saying that about President Obama?”
The suggestion that the Saturday rally in Washington appeared to attract more people than Trump's inauguration on Friday clearly irked the new president.
Trump spent his first full day in office berating the media over their coverage of his inauguration, using a bridge-building visit to CIA headquarters to air grievances about "dishonest" journalists and wildly overstating the size of the crowd that gathered on the National Mall as he took the oath of office.
The Associated Press contributed to this report

Alveda King reacts to the Women's March on Washington
Video: Fox News contributor [niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.] shares her thoughts

Judge Jeanine: Trump will be biggest change agent ever in US
Video: We need someone strong enough to admit our faults and take them on


Sean Spicer accuses media of false reporting at WH briefing
Video: Press secretary speaks out about reporting of Inauguration Day crowd sizes


FIGHTING WORDS: Priebus says media wants to 'delegitimize' Trump
Video: White House chief of staff weighs in on 'Fox News Sunday'


Ex-Black Panther: Why John Lewis has joined the oppressor
One former Black Panther takes issue with legendary civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis calling Trump an illegitimate president, saying Democrats are the party of the Klan and Lewis is an 'illegitimate congressman' #Tucker

Click below to view the explosive video. 


FLASHBACK: Fans of Fox News Rally Around Historically Black College Band to Perform At Trump’s Inauguration

By Rusty
What an incredible story of what it truly means to come together on a day in which we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of unity.

As readers of our site are already keenly aware, Talladega College, a historically black university, set off a wave of liberal foot-stomping when they announced they would gladly accept an invitation to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Liberals went into a predictable meltdown, because after all, an historically black college should never perform for Trump who is white and therefore racist.
Come to find out it was another group of people liberals like to label as racist that helped the Talladega Marching Tornadoes make the trip to Trump’s inauguration.
Fox News viewers to the rescue!
Via Fox News Insider:
The president of a historically black college in Alabama is standing firm on his marching band attending the Inauguration Day festivities for President-elect Donald Trump after receiving an invitation.
Dr. Billy C. Hawkins said the chance for Talladega College’s “Marching Tornadoes” to take part in the inaugural parade is a “great opportunity for students”, and was overjoyed after an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” caused a major spike in his band’s fundraising.
Hawkins previously discussed the band’s invitation with Bill O’Reilly last week, and told Arthel Neville on Sunday that an additional $300,000 has come in to help the band make the trip north to the nation’s capital.
Hawkins said the historically black college’s willingness to play the inauguration ‘has resulted in numerous critical and threatening messages from opponents of Trump.’
Liberals are almost certainly unaware of the irony involved in being upset with anyone agreeing to play for an alleged ‘racist’ like Trump, and expressing their disgust by actually making threats to an all-black marching band.
Because that’s not racist or anything. 


Obama's Failed Black Legacy
By Clarence V. McKee

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive with children to play on a playset dubbed Malia and Sasha's Castle, formerly used by the Obama children at the White House and donated by the Obama family, on January 16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Barack Obama’s greatest legacy and accomplishment was being elected as the first black president of the United States.
For black Americans, it has been downhill ever since, from "Yes we can" to "No he didn’t."
Yes, there was a certain pride in all black Americans that a black man had been elected President of the United States, where hundreds of years earlier blacks suffered through slavery, racism, and not that far back, blatant racial discrimination in virtually every segment of society and part of the country — some of which continues to this day.
Black Americans particularly had high hopes that many of their concerns and issues would be addressed — inferior schools, high unemployment, especially among black youth, violent crime, and gang-terrorized inner cities to name just a few. Black parents could tell their black children, especially boys, "See what you can become."
White Americans felt and hoped that his election signaled a new "post-racial" America. For many whites, especially many in the media, his election gave them a "thrill up the leg" showing that they and the country were not racist. He would bring America, black and white, rich and poor, together.
Both were duped.
Four years into his presidency, he answered those who felt he could do more for black America, saying in a Black Enterprise magazine interview, that, "I am not the President of Black America; I am the President of the United States of America."
However, he has not hesitated to be president of: gay rights and same-sex marriage America; extreme environmentalists and climate change America; open borders America; and protect the "dreamers" — children born to illegal immigrants — America.
As fellow Newsmax Insider Deroy Murdock wrote in March in National Review:
"Based on the Obama administration’s own latest-available statistics by the most basic economic-performance metrics — with one key exception — black Americans are worse off now than when Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009."
Murdock quoted, as have I, liberal media commentator Tavis Smiley who has said that "Sadly — and it pains me to say this — under the last decade, black folk, in the era of Obama, have lost ground in every major category."
Blacks apparently share the view that Obama has not done enough for the black community. An August Gallup poll found that a majority of blacks, 52 percent, believed that Obama had not gone far enough to help them — up from 20 percent during the 2008 campaign and 32 percent his first year in office.
They are not alone!
He also ignored the growth of ISIS, the genocide in Aleppo, Chinese expansion in the South China Sea, the Cuban people and dissidents by cozying up to the Castros, the people of Israel, and the plight of our veterans.
As he departs, keep in mind that Obama is loved and revered by white and black liberals — and the mainstream media — not because he is black, but because he is a "black liberal."
They share no such love or affection for black conservatives who dare to have different viewpoints on solutions to many of the problems confronting black America. In fact, they have disdain for them — just ask South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott or Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Obama is a great role model as a loving and caring husband and father. And, his "My Brother’s Keeper" mentoring effort is commendable. However, he, the black president, could have done so much more from his bully pulpit to bring attention to the importance of family related problems facing much of America’s black communities.
He could and should have addressed the problem of the over 70 percent black illegitimacy rate and the consequences of having children out of wedlock; tell youth to stay in and do well in school; respect parents, teachers and those in authority and, urge young black men to take care of and help raise their children. But that was not his soapbox.
Remember, he said he was not "president of black America."
As to a "post racial" America — forget about it!
He used his Attorney General Eric Holder and their race bating allies to play the race card at every opportunity. Question his motives and you were either a racist or, if black, an Uncle Tom.
When it suited his purposes, he used race to show blacks that he "felt their pain."
Comments such as Trayvon Martin could have been his son; or, he knows what it is like to be followed in stores or have women grab their purses when he got on the elevator showed that he empathized with blacks and solidified any wavering support due to his failure to do little else for that community.
So, looking back on Obama’s eight years, black and white voters have one thing in common — they were both bamboozled!
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Major media ignored or downplayed Trump’s meeting with MLK III

By Jared E. Peterson

It would be challenging in the extreme to find a more telling example of major media corruption than the treatment of President-Elect Trump’s MLK Day meeting with Martin Luther King III, the slain civil rights leader’s son, a significant leadership figure in his own right in the black community.

As any even casual student of American media corruption knows, omitting the favorable, or limiting its coverage, is as effective in the service of personal destruction as featuring the negative.  America’s solidly leftist corporate media ran true to form on MLK Day, Monday, January 16, 2017, almost completely ignoring the president-elect’s apparently amicable and positive meeting with MLK III.

The media’s near total blackout of the president-elect’s meeting on MLK Day with King’s eldest son – the mere fact of which would have been favorable to the president-elect – is reminiscent of the identical silent treatment accorded Trump’s enormously popular campaign speech at Gettysburg.

As reported by Daily Telegraph of January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King’s eldest son called his meeting with the president-elect “constructive” and, in conciliatory fashion, attributed Lewis’s words and the president-elect’s characteristically feisty response to the reality that “in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides.”

Reporters tried to prod the annoyingly uncooperative King into criticizing the president-elect or the president-elect’s comments about Lewis, but they got nowhere.

The meeting was obviously a triumph for the president-elect, showing at once his respect for Martin Luther King, Jr.; his desire for American unity; and his ability to favorably impress an important contemporary black leader.

But for all one might learn about it from major American media’s coverage, that meeting never took place.  

In the early evening, EST, Monday, January 16, 2017, I reviewed the websites of CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, the Washington Post and the New York Times.  Here are my unsurprising findings about major American media’s January 16, 2016 treatment of Trump’s meeting with King.

CNN: No mention at all.  Both lead articles about the president-elect, of course, were negative.

CBS: No mention at all.  Again, all the many articles on the president-elect featured at the home page were negative, most highly so.

ABC: The website’s January 16, 2017 lead article, complete with dramatic, eye-catching photo, was “Trump’s attack on Representative John Lewis spotlights tenuous relationship with African Americans.”  But – wonder of wonders – buried three smaller headlines below that lead article is the headline “Martin Luther King III calls meeting with Trump ‘constructive.’”

Assuming that a reader chanced on that small headline, clicking on it brought up no article describing the meeting or quoting King’s favorable comments about it.  Thus, ABC gave the meeting a headline but no actual reporting of it or of what the key participant said about it.
Washington Post: No mention at all.

New York Times: The Times’ website headlined with “As Trump era arrives, a sense of uncertainty grips the world.”  Again, three articles deep below the headline, and in much smaller typeface, is an article titled “King’s son meets Trump amid tension over Lewis feud.”  Clicking on that negative teaser brought up an article with the neutral headline, “With blacks alarmed by his tone Trump meets with Martin Luther King III.”  Buried in the intensely negative editorial commentary that ran through the article were a couple of King’s obviously conciliatory comments.
So there you have it.

Of America’s three self-designated TV custodians of important, reliable, non-fake news, two – CBS and NBC – altogether ignored President-Elect Trump’s apparently positive meeting with Martin Luther King III on the national holiday honoring King’s father.  The third, ABC, deigned to give the meeting a headline (well below its lead article) but no actual article, and no quotation or report of King’s amicable words about it – and, of course, no report of Mr. King’s dogged refusal to take reporters’ bait and criticize the president-elect.

On the print media front, America’s two self-designated premier newspapers equaled the performance of their electronic comrades: the Washington Post censored the meeting completely – to WaPo, like CBS and NBC, the president-elect’s meeting with Mr. King was an unevent.  It did not happen.  The New York Times was generous, giving the meeting a third-from-the-top, small-typeface headline that led into an article dripping contempt and oozing negative commentary and opinion.

Thus, a single day, an important newsworthy event in the life of the American political news cycle in dawning era of soon-to-be President Donald Trump, is consigned to the Memory Hole.  None of this comes as a surprise to any close observer of the American political scene circa 2017.  But occasional reviews like this are still useful.

They serve as a reminder that any thought that major American media might accord President-Elect Trump so much as quasi-even-handed coverage for even a short period is the triumph of hope over experience.  The same media that was openly, unapologetically committed to destroying Trump’s candidacy is even more intensely committed to destroying his presidency.

The Trump administration should remain as open and transparent as the security of the nation allows – but that openness and transparency can be achieved only by expanding the organizations and individuals with access to, and therefore an informational basis for, honestly reporting the news.  It cannot be achieved, as in the past, by according undeserved favored access to a corrupt establishment media that has elevated to fine art the distortion and, where necessary, concealment of major news stories.

CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, WaPo, and the NYT have all earned good seats in the apparently soon to be larger White House press room – near the distant entrances, far from the podium, behind the pillars, out of shouting distance.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dems, not Jeff Sessions, have the real race problem

By Armstrong Williams
It is an unfortunate truth that Democrats are not the examples of diversity and inclusion as much as they claim.

They portray themselves as the righteous warriors of truth and conviction, and they actually believe this “truth” to be self-evident. But we must all ask ourselves, particularly as they take the moral high ground while launching a thousand ships of claims of racism against Senator Jeff Sessions, are they truly demi-gods of morality or just puppeteers attempting to pull all of our string?
It's the latter, and I draw this conclusion based on the lack of diversity on their One hundred member United State Senate staffs.
 A frustrated and highly disappointed Democratic Senate staffer, who spoke to the New York Daily News recently, stated:
"They are all so phony" ... "Every time I hear any of the Democratic senators, including my own boss, talk about diversity, I cringe, because it's all one big lie. That they've been allowed to enjoy this reputation as a party that values diversity, while doing next to nothing of substance to align their actions with their words, is expert-level deception."
My fellow Americans, a dirty little secret kept in the United States Senate is our high and mighty liberal Senators have serious racial issues of their own.
For example, in an unprecedented move, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker testified against Senator Jeff Sessions, claiming that the senator's values weren't in sync with issues of relevance to many minorities.
However, this seemed odd to many considering Senator Booker thanked Senator Sessions just a year ago  at the U.S Capitol for his help celebrating the 1965 “Foot Soldiers,” those who marched from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to promote civil rights for African Americans.
So Senator Sessions can't be that much of a racist, or maybe Senator Booker just suffered from a case of amnesia — It's this level of hypocrisy that turns so many people off.
Some may find it ironic, but we shouldn't be surprised by their deceit. There is only one African-American chief of staff in the Senate, and he works for Senator Tim Scott, the sole Republican African-American senator. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in particular is facing push back for lacking on the diversity front. But if you hear it from them, they are the standard bearers for inclusiveness.
Race is the source of America’s deepest wounds and, despite the incredible level of progress we continue to make as a society on many fronts, this is the one area that continues to plague us again and again.
Senator Sessions should be judged on his character and his ability to do the job of Attorney General. He is obviously experienced for the role and, if you look at his character, he has worked with African-American members of Congress to advocate for and sponsor bills championed by black lawmakers.
Senator Sessions was also the first Republican ranking-member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to hire an African-American chief counsel.
It was Senator Jeff Sessions who walked with arms linked with Congressman John Lewis, a renowned Civil Rights hero, across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
When you consider these acts, it doesn’t speak of someone who is a racist, but someone who has championed diversity as a lawmaker.
I get it, talking about race is hard, and it is a conversation that I and many other African-Americans feel is long overdue, but we shouldn’t punish Senator Sessions, who is a decent man, because of what we as a society have been unable to tackle as a whole.
Armstrong Williams served as an advisor and spokesman for Dr. Ben Carson's presidential campaign. He is Manager and Sole Owner of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the year. Listen to Mr. Williams on Sirius XM126 Urban View nightly 6:00-8:00pm EST. Follow him on Twitter @arightside. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Justice Department Inspector General To Investigate FBI's Behavior During Election

FBI Director James Comey

By Cortney O'Brien
The Justice Department has announced that it will investigate the conduct of the FBI during the 2016 election.
FBI Director James Comey dominated many election headlines over the summer for providing a damning report on Hillary Clinton’s State Department, yet deciding not to pursue criminal charges against her.
When critics charged that the agency’s decision made no sense, Comey said that the FBI would be reopening the investigation. Hillary Clinton voters charged that his announcement, made just 11 days before the election, handed victory to Donald Trump.
In his investigation, Inspector General Michael Horowitz will be examining whether Comey broke government protocol, as well as whether FBI officials improperly provided nonpublic information to the Clinton campaign.
Several members of Congress requested the Justice Department look into these matters.

The Black Community and Crime

By Walter E. Williams

The FBI reported that the total number of homicides in 2015 was 15,696. Blacks were about 52 percent of homicide victims. That means about 8,100 black lives were ended violently, and over 90 percent of the time, the perpetrator was another black.

Listening to the news media and the Black Lives Matter movement, one would think that black deaths at the hands of police are the major problem.

It turns out that in 2015, police across the nation shot and killed 986 people.

Of that number, 495 were white (50 percent), 258 were black (26 percent) and 172 Hispanic (17 percent).

A study of 2,699 fatal police killings between 2013 and 2015, conducted by John R. Lott Jr. and Carlisle E. Moody of the Crime Prevention Research Center, demonstrates that the odds of a black suspect's being killed by a black police officer were consistently greater than a black suspect's getting killed by a white officer.

Politicians, race hustlers and the news media keep such studies under wraps because these studies don't help their narrative about racist cops.

The homicide victim is not the only victim, whether he is a criminal or not, for there are mourning loved ones. No one ever fully recovers from having a son, daughter, husband, mother or father murdered.
Murder is not the only crime that takes a heavy toll on the black community.
Blacks are disproportionately represented as victims in every category of violent crime -- e.g., forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Today's level of lawlessness and insecurity in many black communities is a relatively new phenomenon.
In the 1930s, '40s and '50s, people didn't bar their windows. Doors were often left unlocked. People didn't go to bed with the sounds of gunshots.
What changed everything was the liberal vision that blamed crime on poverty and racial discrimination.
Academic liberals and hustling politicians told us that to deal with crime, we had to deal with those "root causes."
Plus, courts began granting criminals new rights that caused murder and other violent crime rates to skyrocket.
The liberals' argument ignores the fact that there was far greater civility in black neighborhoods at a time when there was far greater poverty and discrimination.

The presence of criminals, having driven many businesses out, forces residents to bear the costs of shopping outside their neighborhoods.
Fearing robberies, taxi drivers -- including black drivers -- often refuse to do home pickups in black neighborhoods and frequently pass up black customers hailing them.
Plus, there's the insult associated with not being able to receive pizza or other deliveries on the same terms as people in other neighborhoods.

In low-crime neighborhoods, FedEx, UPS and other delivery companies routinely leave packages that contain valuable merchandise on a doorstep if no one is at home. That saves the expense of redelivery or recipients from having to go pick up the packages.
In low-crime communities, supermarket managers may leave plants, fertilizer and other home and garden items outdoors, often unattended and overnight. They display merchandise at entryways and exits.
Where there is less honesty, supermarkets cannot use all the space that they lease, and hence they are less profitable.
In high-crime neighborhoods, delivery companies leaving packages at the door and supermarkets leaving goods outside unattended would be equivalent to economic suicide.

Politicians who call for law and order are often viewed negatively, but poor people are the most dependent on law and order.
In the face of high crime or social disorder, wealthier people can afford to purchase alarm systems, buy guard dogs, hire guards and, if things get too bad, move to a gated community.
These options are not available to poor people. The only protection they have is an orderly society.

Ultimately, the solution to high crime rests with black people.
Given the current political environment, it doesn't pay a black or white politician to take those steps necessary to crack down on lawlessness in black communities.