Trump Will Be Pushing For Reform And America First At United Nations

Realistically, the only way to reform the United Nations is to disband the body and start over, but, we know that won’t happen

(The Hill) The Trump administration on Sunday emphasized reform will be on the agenda when President Trump heads to the United Nations for the first time this week.

Senior level officials previewed themes in Trump’s upcoming Tuesday speech and predicted Trump’s call for change will set the tone for U.S. involvement during a packed week of foreign policy.

“It is a new day at the U.N.,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” on Sunday. “I think that the pleas he made in terms of trying to see change at the United Nations have been heard, and I think what we’ll do is see him respond to that.”

…Haley said the days of the U.N. disrespecting the U.S. are over.

“What you are now seeing is the Israel bashing has become more balanced. You’ve got a United Nations that is action oriented, we’ve passed two resolutions on North Korea just in the last month. And you also have a United Nations that is moving toward reform,” she continued.

“We said we needed to get value for our dollar, and what we’re finding is that the international community is right there with us in support of reform,” she added.

The only way to truly hold the U.N. accountable is to threaten to withhold money, or actually withhold it. An emphasis by President Trump will be on reforming the bureaucracy and instituting accountability from the various initiatives and programs.

“He will be promoting peace, he will be promoting prosperity, and the president will be promoting sovereignty and accountability,” Conway said on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” on Sunday.

It is the president’s chance to present his “America first” stance to the global governing body.

“This country wants a leader who is tough on terrorism, is not going to coddle them, is not going to apologize for America around the world, and you’re going to see that through President Trump’s leadership at the United Nations General Assembly this week as well,” Conway said.

It should be a couple of great days of Leftists and America haters getting a case of the vapors.

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Dallas School System Considers Changing Schools Named After Jefferson, Franklin, Houston

This is exactly the type of thing that we were warning about: that Lefty Snowflakes who are Offended by everything won’t stop with just Confederate statues and such: they’d move on to considering everything else that Offends them (but shouldn’t)

(Dallas Morning News) Dallas ISD is researching the histories of Ben Franklin, Sam Houston, Thomas Jefferson and 17 other historical figures, looking into whether their connections with slavery or the Confederacy should prompt reconsideration of their names on DISD campuses.

Last Thursday, DISD administration recommended changing the names of four schools honoring Confederate generals: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and William L. Cabell elementary schools. During that discussion, it was mentioned that there is a much broader list of at least 21 names that bear further investigation, if trustees were compelled to do so.

“This was just a very quick review of looking at the biographies of the individuals,” DISD chief of school leadership Stephanie Elizalde told trustees on Sept. 14. “And if there was any association with Confederacy — not making a judgment for or against — just if we saw Confederacy named in it, we then highlighted it. We are now in the process of doing a second [look].”

The Dallas Morning News has obtained a copy of that list, which includes Texas revolutionaries and founders such as Sam Houston, James Bowie and William Travis, U.S. presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and Dallas pioneers James Gaston and William Brown Miller.

But, they’re just doing “more research.” The full list is available at the link, perhaps someone wants to do a bit of research on the other names, but, regardless, just to think that they put Sam Houston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin on it for further consideration shows that the Left is nuts. And the school board is comprised primarily of Democrats.

Meanwhile

Crews came to finish what they started last week, removing a Confederate statue that has stood for 81 years in Robert E. Lee Park (in Dallas).

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the statue of the General Lee in 1936 during a renaming ceremony of the park. It will cost some $450,000 to take it down.

Two points: first, since FDR dedicated the statue, he was obviously part of the white supremacy movement, so anything named after him and all monuments and statues must come down.

Second, $450,000? Really? To remove a statue? Really? And Democrats seem confounded when Conservatives say that government wastes public money.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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California’s Contradictory Messaging On Hotcoldwetdry

Here’s what the California General Assembly just did during their recent session

(Sacramento Bee) Lawmakers gave another decade of life to California’s cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of the state’s effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The measure passed with bipartisan support, ultimately costing Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes his job following an insurrection from party activists. Environmental justice groups, meanwhile, argued it was too generous to oil companies. They weren’t mollified by companion legislation to address toxic air around oil refineries.

OK, so they renewed the cap and tax scheme, of which no one really knows how the money is truly spent, and artificially increases the cost of business and the cost of living. Then this

After years of failed attempts to address much-needed road repairs across California, lawmakers voted to increase the gas tax to generate $5 billion a year.

Gas prices will rise 12 cents per gallon in November and 19.5 cents by 2020. Diesel taxes will increase 20 cents, and drivers will pay a new vehicle registration fee ranging from $25 to $175 depending on the value of their vehicles.

The money pays primarily for road repairs, not new or expanded highways, though some of it will also fund transit, parks and other projects.

So, again, raising the cost of business and the cost of living. But, consider, if fossil fueled vehicles are so evil in Warmist World, should they even be doing anything for roads? This entices people to drive those evil fossil fueled vehicles.

However, that brings up a related issue: illegal immigration. The cost is considered as high as $30 billion a year. Even if we cut that in half, think of what $15 billion could do for American citizens and those who are lawfully present. There would be no need to generate another $5 billion a year in higher taxes.

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If All You See…

…are wonderful trees that will die from carbon pollution, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is The Geller Report, with a post on 4 American tourists attacked with acid in Marseilles.

It’s redhead’s week!

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Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Happy Sunday! Another great day in America. The sun is shining, there’s football, the Dodgers are winning again, there’s football, and there’s a wee bit of a nip in the air. This pinup is by Jay Scott Pike, with a wee bit of help.

Everyone should be able to see the pinup, I’ve fixed a few things with the SSL. Let me know if you don’t.

What is happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. Jo Nova discusses electricity crisis and virtue signaling
  2. Not A Lot Of People Know That covers whether natural disasters are actually on the rise
  3. The First Street Journal notes that political scientists are missing the point
  4. The Daley Gator discusses The Politico trying journalism and failing badly
  5. The Crawdad Hole (new to the feedreader) covers Whoopi Goldberg going Truther on Antifa
  6. Blazing Cat Fur notes the money Ontarians have been taxed out of from the carbon tax
  7. bluebird of bitterness features vintage ads
  8. Chicks On The Right covers the latest thing that is racist: alcohol ID laws
  9. Creeping Sharia reminds us of all the Islamophobia fake hate crimes
  10. DaTechGuy’s Blog (JD Rucker) explains who the Dem 2020 nominees will be
  11. Free North Carolina explains “Sambogate”
  12. Gates Of Vienna discusses the culture-enriching murder epidemic in Sweden
  13. Legal Insurrection covers Yale replacing certain names to be gender neutral
  14. Moonbattery discusses another reason to hate wind turbines
  15. And last, but not least, Pacific Pundit covers California confiscating legally owned firearms
  16. And one to grow on: Flopping Aces thinks it would be great if Superman would save Americans from illegals

As always, the full set of pinups can be seen in the Patriotic Pinup category, or over at my Gallery page. While we are on pinups, since it is that time of year, have you gotten your “Pinups for Vets” calendar yet? And don’t forget to check out what I declare to be our War on Women Rule 5 and linky luv posts and things that interest me

Don’t forget to check out all the other great material all the linked blogs have!

Anyone else have a link or hotty-fest going on? Let me know so I can add you to the list.

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Wall Street Journal Claims Trump Rethinking Paris Climate Pullout, White House Denies

One has to wonder if it was a wise decision to run a story using an EU energy official as the source with the headline

Trump Administration Won’t Withdraw from Paris Climate Deal

Trump administration officials said Saturday the U.S. wouldn’t pull out of the Paris Agreement, offering to re-engage in the international deal to fight climate change, according to the European Union’s top energy official.

The shift from President Donald Trump’s decision in June to renegotiate the landmark accord or craft a new deal came during a meeting of more than 30 ministers led by Canada, China and the European Union in Montreal.

“The U.S. has stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris accord, but they will try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement,” European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The AFP also reported

The United States “stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris Accord, but they try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement,” said the European Union’s top climate official Miguel Arias Canete.

He said there would be a meeting on the sidelines of next week’s UN General Assembly with American representatives “to assess what is the real US position,” but noted “it’s a message which is quite different to the one we heard from President Trump in the past.”

Perhaps they both should have waited for the White House to respond

(The Hill) The White House on Saturday denied reports that the Trump administration is no longer seeking to withdraw from the Paris climate deal.

“There has been no change in the United States’ position on the Paris agreement. As the President has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country,” said White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters in a statement.

And from Sarah Sanders

Many Warmists are hoping that this news, even with replies from the White House, mean that Trump won’t actually pull out, he’ll just ignore the Paris Climate Agreement. It’s utterly voluntary, as Mother Jones points out

Even if the U.S. remained, the Trump administration would not have had to do anything if they didn’t want to. “Since Paris is voluntary, there’s no concrete reason for Trump to pull out or to stay in,” Kevin Drum wrote in May. “The United States can do whatever it wants either way. The whole thing is about signaling,”

Yeah, it is about virtue signaling. And Trump can chose to ignore everything in it without pulling out. But, if America is still technically in it, a future Democrat president can force America to comply with the terms.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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California Passes “Sanctuary State” Bill, Sends To Governor

Let’s take a trip back to April, when the LA Times published a few letters

My street hasn’t been swept for years. When I tried to find out why, I was told that my area is not “on the list” because there are no longer enough machines and people to drive them. Services that I continue to pay for have been stopped.

If there is enough money around to help illegal immigrants, surely there is enough to begin sweeping my dirty street again. Shouldn’t citizens come before illegal residents?

To the editor: So-called sanctuary cities and the state of California say they do not want to spend their precious resources on enforcing federal immigration laws because it is not the function of local government to do so.

Now for the irony: Both the city and the county of Los Angeles will spend millions of taxpayer dollars to defend people in federal immigration courts where the only action is a right to residency or potential deportation. In these cases, state laws are not at issue.

Good news: It won’t be just a few cities, but the State of California will spend tons of money protecting illegal aliens

(ABC News) California lawmakers have approved a “sanctuary state” bill that would limit police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The bill approved early Saturday is intended to bolster immigrant protections in the state that are already among the toughest in the nation.

It will now be considered by Gov. Jerry Brown, who announced his support after the top state Senate leader agreed to water down the bill and preserve authority for jail and prison officials to cooperate with immigration officers in many cases.

The vote was pretty much along party lines.

It prohibits law enforcement officials from asking about a person’s immigration status or participating in immigration enforcement efforts.

It also prohibits law enforcement officials from being deputized as immigration agents or arresting people on civil immigration warrants.

It pretty much means that law enforcement officers cannot co-operate with federal officials on almost all immigration matters.

Democrats say the bill will help ensure that immigrants feel safe reporting crimes to law enforcement.

What about the citizens of California feeling safe from the influx of criminal aliens? Regardless, illegals tend to not report crimes in the first place. This won’t change that dynamic. It will mean more illegals streaming into California, causing crimes, gumming up the emergency rooms, jamming up the jails, taking money away from things that would benefit citizens. But, hey, you voted for these criminal supporters in state government, Californians: now you get to deal with it.

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If All You See…

…are evil fossil fueled vehicles, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is American Power, with a post on the St. Louis protests.

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The Florida Keys Are The Canary In A Coal Mine Or Something

One can always depend on the UK Guardian to provide the crazy Leftist point of view. Here we have them providing a platform to climate scientist poet and writer Joanna Guthrie

The Florida Keys are the canaries in the climate-change coalmine

The Florida Keys are still closed until further notice. On the far side of the blockade that inhabitants of the lower Keys negotiate to return to their homes, the US One highway, a tarmac spine over the limestone vertebrae of the islands, makes its way 127 miles down to Key West, battered and torn. Key West, final south-easterly outpost of mainland North America and the self-styled “last resort”, is, still, four days after Hurricane Irma hit, almost completely out of contact with the outside world.

Images have been surfacing all week. In Marathon, the sea draining away from an entire bay like dishwater off a dirty plate, leaving the ocean floor exposed to the daylight, while a woman films it from her balcony and screams: “My God! My God! The sea is gone!” In Key Largo, a stretch limousine banked crosswise across the highway. Big fridges stranded on plinths of trashed seagrass and mangrove leaves, their doors open, still full of food. Cars blown the short distance from road to shoreline, sideways in the shallows in a rusty puddle of their own fluids. Boats that have cracked the road with the force with which they’ve landed; in Islamorada, someone’s house being thrown along a lagoon and landing crooked in a new spot. (snip)

As the search-and-rescue operation moves further into the devastated Keys, I’m watching from England to see how this first-world humanitarian disaster unfolds. It’s an extraordinary corner of America: sub-tropical, subaqueous, and not especially suited for habitation. I’m wondering if its 70,000 inhabitants may be the canaries in the coalmine for the realities of climate change as it hits the developed world.

Canaries! Hey, I wonder if they are also canaries for the almost 12 years when no major hurricane hit the United States, the longest stretch on record?

Hurricane season lasts from May to November, during which time everyone is on evacuation alert. Inhabitants are below or only just above sea level. It’s scorching nearly all the time. Humidity is high. Reliance on air-conditioning is total. Machines roam the streets misting inhabited areas with mosquito repellent. The sewage infrastructure is questionable.

Wait, wait, so there is something called “hurricane season”, denoting that hurricanes happen during that time period? Weird.

Living there is a kind of conjuring trick, a process of mind over matter. It demands a hefty measure of denial in your margarita – eyes half-shut as another perfect sunset commences and the steel band strikes up beside the cruise liner.

Denial is also there in the recent news that the US Department of Agriculture is censoring the term “climate change”. Call the weather what you want, the past few days have shown that the Americans in these outposts may find themselves living in a whole new kind of frontier: involuntary pioneers in the face of these new “weather extremes” and their unprecedented storms.

And they may not. Because weather happens. Or, as the past 12 years show, doesn’t happen. In the meantime, members of the Cult of Climastrology will continue to find ways to work everything that happens into their cult talking points.

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White House Explains What It Wants In Any DACA Deal

One does have to wonder how much Mr. Trump and the GOP will end up giving up to the Democrats to strike a deal on the Dreamers legal status, especially since many in the Republican Party are simpatico with the idea of providing amnesty to start with. Paul Ryan has talked about their being a need for border security, which, if similar to the last time, would mean a pathway to citizenship and amnesty while border security is ignored.

(Daily Caller) White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders laid out Friday a series of actions the Trump administration would like to see coupled with an amnesty for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries. (snip)

“Right now our goal, our focus is making sure [DACA] is taken care of with also coupling that with massive border security, interior enforcement,” Sanders said.

There are “some specific things we would like to see,” she said, mentioning an “end to sanctuary cities, expedited removal, more immigration judges, supporting things like the RAISE Act.”

Two of these goals, expedited removal and more immigration judges, deal with the extensive immigration court backlog. A January executive order by Trump authorized the Department of Homeland Security to deport illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. for less than two years without a court hearing. DHS has told The Daily Caller that it is examining how much to expand it.

The Raise Act would end chain migration and severely cut legal immigration. The White House’s Friday messaging has focused on ending chain migration along with DACA.

But, Sanders went on to state that ending chain migration is not a “red line”, which makes one wonder how many other things will not be red lines, how many things on that list will be bargained away as the Democrats refuse to give up anything on their list. Will Trump and the Republicans stay strong and refuse to make a deal in the face of Democrats demanding everything on their wish list while refusing to accept anything on the GOP list? If history is a teacher, the GOP will cave.

And, will any of them consider the notion that the parents, the ones we are told were the ones who “sinned” in bringing the kids to the U.S. illegally, should have to self deport in order to provide some sort of legal status for the Dreamers?

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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