Tillerson was asked by an IJR writer about what exactly he plans to do now that the media has been barred from the world-traveling plane. He responded by saying “I will now spend time working and doing what a Secretary of State should do, I wasn’t hired to do interviews, I was hired to be a diplomat”.
This will be vastly different from previous administrations, which tended to have lengthy, fruitless discussions with the news outlets.
Tillerson defended himself in an interview explaining how major news outlets already have bureau offices in the countries he is visiting. Tillerson told the press, “They have bureau offices. They have people there. So it’s not like they can’t cover what’s happening there. The only thing that’s missing is the chance to talk and more in the air.”
Ahhhh….common sense, I thought that’s what that was.
Liberals hate common sense, especially the liberal media cry babies.
The U.S. diplomatic press corps was deeply angered when the Department of State announced it did not intend on bringing any members of the press corps aboard the secretary’s aircraft. “The State Department Correspondents’ Association is disappointed that Secretary Tillerson chose to travel this week to North Asia without a full contingent of the diplomatic press corps or even a pool reporter,” the group said in a statement.
Tillerson defended his action, saying, “There’s this long tradition that the Secretary spends time on the plane with the press. I don’t know that I’ll do a lot of that. I’m just not … that’s not the way I tend to work. That’s not the way I tend to spend my time. I spend my time working on this airplane.”by jeffli6 with 4 comments
The head of Mexico’s governors’ association will lodge a complaint with the Organization of American States Saturday accusing President Trump of human rights violations, demanding the OAS help ensure protections for migrants facing raids or deportation from the U.S.
The Washington Times goes on to report that the complaint will be delivered personally, and that the governors also issued a lot of palaver about the economic importance of the border, meaning, open border on the north side (just try to get past a Mexican immigration officer without papers going south) as somehow necessary for both countries.
So now the big concern for the OAS is “human rights” according to these governors. Not the human rights of having to live in Mexico, which is so corrupt and crime-ridden that schoolyard kids are exposed to beheadings, the Mexico of hanging bodies on bridges, or the Mexico of mass graves, often of migrants. Or, the Mexico where governors are found complicit at least in the mass disappearance of college students, as happened a couple years ago. No, the human rights violation here is the election of Donald Trump, his effort to enforce U.S. law and apparently, a newly carved out human “right” to be an illegal immigrant with no detention. keep reading….
For comparison, below is a story from a few years back about an American working LEGALLY in Mexico and the hoops you have to jump through to LEGALLY work in Mexico. Obviously the “Rights” these governors of Mexico are worried about are very one sided.
I spent five years working in Mexico.
I worked under a tourist visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval.
During that six months our Mexican and US Attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a FM3. It was in addition to my US passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara’s was the same except hers did not permit her to work.
To apply for the FM3 I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies) of my:
1. Birth certificates for Barbara and me.
2. Marriage certificate.
3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation.
4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation.
5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year.
6. A letter from The ST. Louis Chief of Police indicating I had no arrest record in the US and no outstanding warrants and was “a citizen in good standing.”
7. Finally; I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico. We called it our “I am the greatest person on earth” letter. It was fun to write.
All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and Spanish on the right.
Once they were completed Barbara and I spent about five hours accompanied by a Mexican attorney touring Mexican government office locations and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times. At each location (and we remember at least four locations) we were instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences. keep reading….
Trump sends his proposed budget to congress, cuts are deep and painful, which is exactly as they should be. Supposed friend and foe alike stomping their little feet in temper tantrums.
Many of Trump’s budget proposals are likely to run into stiff resistance from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, even from Republicans, whose support is crucial because they must vote to authorize government appropriations. Republicans have objected, for example, to the large cuts in foreign aid and diplomacy that Trump has foreshadowed, and his budget whacks foreign aid programs run by the Education, State and Treasury departments, among others.
“The administration’s budget isn’t going to be the budget,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “We do the budget here. The administration makes recommendations, but Congress does budgets.”
“I think one of the reasons they’re proposing them [big spending cuts] is that they know they won’t ever get through Congress,” said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.). “They know they’d be a disaster for their own party if they did. It makes for a great talking point. It actually fits on a tweet.”
“This is a budget that pulled the rug out from working families and hurts the very people who President Trump promised to stand up for in rural America and in small towns,” said Melissa Boteach, vice president of the poverty to prosperity program at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington.
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The official said workers at the agency Thursday morning were feeling “demoralized” and “worried.”
“This is just a tough, tough time,” the official said. “HUD is no different than any other domestic agency in just feeling as though these cuts are all very arbitrary and unnecessary.”
“Let me preface this by saying I have friends that are cucks. I don’t hold it against them. I tend to believe they will come to their senses one day.
So I am talking with one of my cuck friends that is a Facebook shill reposting a bunch of Huffington articles. I was talking to him about his kids and school and which school they are going to attend because they go to private schools. He starts talking shit about Trump and Betsy DeVos and how they are going to ruin the school systems. And I say, “well you made your decision to go to private schools long before Trump and DeVos had any influence.” He chuckles sheepishly and says the public schools in his area suck.
So I give him a little shit and say, “Oh yeah, so you are all about open borders as long as those kids don’t go to the same schools as your kids.”
AND THEN I SAY THE MAGIC WORDS:
And this guy that I knew and loved absolutely loses his shit on me. I am talking epic meltdown. I thought at one point he was literally going to attack me.
So I started dropping the label “fake American” every chance I got when I knew I was talking to a leftie, in a very casual sarcastic joking manner. And you know what? Sure as shit, each and every one of them had a strong visceral response – they were TRIGGERED!” keep reading…..
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The last time I had anything from McDonalds I grabbed a quick breakfast burrito before a round of golf, I was lucky they had a few bathrooms on the course…just sayin’.
H/T Weasel Zippers for the image
Paul Ryan say’s his plan is the only plan, Rand Paul said it he was told it was a “binary choice”, basically Ryan’s way or the highway.
Listen, it’s either good or bad, you can’t have it both ways. Kind of better than Obamacare isn’t what we were told. Figure the damn thing out, you say you know what you are doing but I trust the GOPe as far as I can toss Chris Christie.
I want market based individual plans that cost in the neighborhood of $400 a month for young healthy family upwards of $800 per month for 50+ with a manageable deductible, that or give me pre-tax dollars to invest in a health savings account and promote cash medical services and hospitals so I can eliminate the fucking insurance middleman.
I don’t care about the lazy, non working inhabitants on welfare. I didn’t put them there and I shouldn’t be subsidizing them with higher premiums or penalties and if any of that bullshit is in the new replacement bill that will be the end of my Republican support.
It’s in your court you asshat politicians, quit bickering and get in a room with the best and the brightest and hammer it out.by jeffli6 with 6 comments
The “Summer Help”, that’s what the federal bureaucracy calls a new presidential administration. From the Pentagon to the EPA, federal agencies loaded with people with lifetime jobs go about their business with no thought to what needs to be done to help the country, but what needs to be done keep their paycheck coming in every two weeks. Their loyalties fall behind whatever mid level management boss they have. If Boss A is a liberal, the busy work will be politically progressive. Reports, data, and lunch chats will be whatever Boss A chooses regardless that Boss A’s new boss is The President of the United States. Boss A will still be in his position long after Bush, Obama, and Trump, have spent their allotted time in office, visa vie….the “Summer Help”.
That’s the problem with big government, it’s damn near impossible to get anything done because decisions are based on data, but who is providing the data? It could be Boss A and his group providing the reports, but Boss A was hired during the Clinton administration because he checked all the right liberal boxes and the people he hired checked the same boxes, if they had not, they wouldn’t be employed for Boss A.
Let’s say Boss A and his people are in charge of immigration data, or CO2 climate reports, or war scenarios with Iran, you kind of get the picture of the damage that can be done regardless of who is POTUS. Now multiply this scenario among the millions of federal workers and thousands of federal agencies with a workforce that can’t be fired. Civil servants backed by the Local 222 Boss A and his Minions Union are all but guaranteed a lifetime job with killer benefits.
Now lets’ say Boss A has received information that could be damaging to the current administration, and Boss A is good pals with a reporter for MSABCNBC news, nothing would stop him from leaking the information because he is part of the massive quagmire known as the federal government apparatus.
That’s what Trump faces. He can fire appointees but he can’t fire everyone. Draining the swamp will be impossible because of all the standing water, he may be able skim the scum from the top but the problem lies at the bottom and it will just fill back up once the summer help is gone.
The people who find their way onto the college campus, or the government campus, are not there to confront life. They are there to escape it. Once on the campus they quickly forget about the rest of the world. They become institutionalized, like convicts that spend decades in the penitentiary. The government never fires anyone and there are never tough times, requiring the bosses to make hard decisions. For the career civil servants,death is the only thing that can get them off the payroll.
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It’s why everyone is so nice and relaxed. When you don’t have to worry about hard times, you can spend all your time enjoying the good times. There’s plenty of office politics, of course, and the stress that comes with it, but the people in the Department of Nice are secure in their positions. They know the check will be deposited every two weeks into their account. They know their job will always be there. They know that no matter what happens out there in the world, everything will be fine on campus. keep reading….