If we needed additional proof that Democrats hate President Trump, Democrats supplied that proof today. Trump said “I am here today to break the logjam and provide congress with a pathway forward to end the government shutdown.” It didn’t take long for Democrats to reject President Trump’s plan:

But the approach had already been rejected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats who said it largely repackaged a proposal that had failed earlier. Pelosi called the idea a “non-starter,” and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also panned the proposal as a way to reopen the government, even though Trump’s plan cribbed from Durbin’s own legislation.

Simply put, Democrats hate President Trump more than they like this country. Democrats don’t care if our nation is overrun with illegal aliens. Democrats don’t care if our border is secure. What Democrats want most of all is to politically demolish President Trump.

Obviously, the plan is to make Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and freshman House Democrats look unreasonable. That isn’t difficult since Democrats are totally unreasonable. Say goodbye to that Speaker’s gavel, Nancy. Many of those freshmen that were elected in 2018 won’t be returning thanks to your intransigence. Now that we know that Ms. Pelosi isn’t returning to the negotiating table, it’s time to go nuclear. The thing Republicans need to understand is that Democrats aren’t interested in bipartisanship. They’re interested in demolishing President Trump’s presidency. Period.

The Agenda Media won’t report on this fairly either. They’re part of the open borders crowd. They don’t care about protecting Americans. That’s why it’s impossible to pressure Democrats. It’d be different if we had an honest press. We don’t. (See Buzzfeed.) President Trump should drop the hammer the minute that Senate Democrats filibuster President Trump’s offer:

Here’s what I’d write if I was President Trump’s chief speechwriter:

Democrats in the House and Senate have left me no alternatives. While more caravans head toward the border, Democrats and their allies in the Agenda Media insist that this is a “manufactured crisis.” How dare they say that. I dare them to tell that to the Angel families that I’ve met, the Angel families that tried meeting with Speaker Pelosi but were told she wasn’t there.

Democrats insist that they’re for border security. That’s a lie. If they’re for true border security, they wouldn’t have voted to filibuster the bill just presented for Senate consideration. They wouldn’t have issued a letter saying that it was dead on arrival in the House.

In both instances, Democrats said that they’d only allow a vote if the government opened first. When I asked Speaker Pelosi if she’d fund the wall if I re-opened the government, she said “No.” I’ve been willing to negotiate throughout. Unfortunately, Democrats have rejected my offers to even meet. I can’t negotiate with myself.

Therefore, I’m left with just one option. Today, I’m invoking the Emergencies Act to protect the United States from mass illegal immigration, drug trafficking and human trafficking. While Democrats insist that I’m manufacturing this crisis, people from California to Texas to Staten Island have felt the pain of these criminals. If that doesn’t constitute a national emergency, nothing does.

My highest priority as president is to protect human lives. Because Democrats won’t join with me in protecting American lives, I’m taking action to protect those lives.

Saying that the Get Trump media has been exposed — again — is understatement. Thursday night, Buzzfeed announced that it had proof that President Trump had told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. Immediately, legions of ‘journalists’ started dancing on President Trump’s grave. Shortly thereafter, Democrat politicians “speculated about impeaching President Trump or calling for his resignation.”

Unfortunately for them, the ‘reporting’ was from Buzzfeed. Rather than react with caution, Democrat politicians and the media wing of the Democratic Party started dancing on President Trump’s grave. ‘The MSM’ is already trying to distance itself from the crap it touts each day:

The MSM’s hatred of President Trump is palpable. If I got $100 for each ‘journalist’ that’s said that “the walls are closing in on Trump” or that they’ve got him now or that Mueller is close to getting President Trump or other such statement, I’d be wildly wealthy. If I received another $100 for each time a ‘journalist’ started a sentence with “If this is true” about this case, I’d be as wealthy as Trump.

I’m with Alan Dershowitz when he said “The anti-Trump pundits have been wrong so often that the only people who persist in believing them are Trump opponents who dream of seeing him forced out of office and maybe even winding up in prison. By any objective standard, these self-appointed media ‘experts’ have lost all credibility.” CNN’s Brian Stelter bemoans the loss of credibility of ‘the MSM’, saying that the whole industry shouldn’t be judged based on the actions of a few bad actors.

That’s fair enough if there were only a few bad actors. There aren’t. It’d take me virtually the rest of this weekend to list the anti-Trump spinmeisters that appear on CNN panels alone. Remember, too, that this is a long weekend. That’s before talking about the anti-Trump haters on MSNBC. Later, Dershowitz wrote this:

I wish the media would go back and show the categorical statements and confident predictions of their paid commentators who have been proven wrong so many times. Their record of accurate predictions is nothing to brag about.

That’s being generous. At the end of the video earlier in the post, Stelter said “We have to keep our standards high.” Huh? You’re kidding, right? CNN doesn’t have standards. They’re as untrustworthy as Buzzfeed.

Thursday night, Buzzfeed published this article insisting that they had sources who’d verified as fact that President Trump had ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congressional investigators. Friday night, the Special Counsel’s office issued a statement, saying “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.

Let’s first highlight what Buzzfeed ‘reported’ about President Trump. They reported “President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter. Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. ‘Make it happen,’ the sources said Trump told Cohen.”

What started as another ‘the walls are closing in on Trump’ turned into another dismal failure for the left. The Special Counsel’s statement doesn’t exonerate President Trump but it certainly cripples Buzzfeed. Again. Here’s how CNN covered the special counsel story:

Here’s how FNC covered the same story:

Like I said earlier, this doesn’t exonerate President Trump but it certainly hurts Buzzfeed.

It isn’t news that the MSM has double standards in covering Republicans and Democrats. That’s as old as the Hatfields and McCoys. Still, it’s fun from time-to-time to look at the coverage. This article does a nice job of highlighting the MSM’s hypocrisy:

The mainstream media widely praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she requested that President Trump delay his annual State of the Union address, but Trump’s move to stop a Pelosi-led overseas trip amid the government shutdown was mostly frowned upon – showcasing the media’s double standard.

But on Thursday, Trump abruptly denied military aircraft for a Democrat-delegation foreign trip just minutes before Pelosi and the congressional delegation was set to depart. One White House official claimed the aircraft decision was not a “response” to Pelosi’s letter – but the same media that praised the House Speaker’s genius condemned the president’s decision.

Trump actually supplied a legitimate reason for postponing Pelosi’s trip. Pelosi’s reason was actually a bald-faced lie. Trump wanted Pelosi in town to negotiate the end of the shutdown, though that’s unlikely because Pelosi insists that walls don’t work. Pelosi told Trump that the Secret Service couldn’t secure the event. That’s despite the fact that the Speaker’s office never contacted the Secret Service.

Simply put, Pelosi doesn’t care about the furloughed government workers. She isn’t interested in re-opening the government, either. She’s just a cold-hearted bitch playing politics.

By comparison, President Trump is trying to fix a crisis. Despite the Democrats’ claims to the contrary, walls work. Just ask Israel. For that matter, ask Steny Hoyer:

The Agenda Media’s double standard is sickening.

Ilhan Omar isn’t skilled at hiding her anti-Semitism. In 2012, she tweeted this:

This week, Rep. Omar appeared on CNN to ‘explain’ that statement. She said “Those unfortunate words were the only words I could think about expressing at that moment. What is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing a military action by a government that has exercised really oppressive policies, and being offensive or attacking to particular people of faith.”

What’s frightening is that Rep. Omar is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, though there’s no record of that on her website.

Further, Rep. Omar said that Sen. Lindsey Graham was compromised without giving an explanation on why he’s compromised:

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) struggled to defend a tweet accusing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of being “compromised” on Thursday, saying the proof was in how he was acting but giving no evidence and eventually saying it was just her opinion. CNN anchor Jim Sciutto, prefacing his question by saying “we need to ask you about this,” read out her tweet and asked her to explain what she meant. Graham has been accused by some progressives of being blackmailed by the White House over being gay; Graham is a lifelong bachelor who is straight. The former fierce critic of President Donald Trump has aligned himself with the White House on some issues, he has also blasted Trump over his foreign policy.

It’s difficult for me to believe I’m saying this but it’s possible that Rep. Omar is a step down from Keith Ellison. Whether she’s a step up or down from Ellison, she’s unfit to be in Congress.

Kirsten Powers was once a level-headed journalist/pundit. Then she went over to CNN. The rest is history. She’s now just another wild voice of the left. This article is mostly about Gillette’s ad on toxic masculinity:

Powers’ article starts by saying “The razor maker Gillette is taking on toxic masculinity. Based on the furious reaction to this effort in some quarters, the message is more needed than perhaps we even realized.” At the risk of getting criticized, that’s a pile of BS. The Urban Dictionary defines toxic masculinity this way:

Any male action that doesn’t conform to liberal ideals of what a man SHOULD be in today’s society. If he isn’t sensitive, emotional and docile, he is accused of toxic masculinity.

That sounds like the definition of a sissy to me but that’s another matter. Here’s the heart of Powers’ argument:

Gutfeld asserted that Gillette failed to recognize that “most men” condemn bad behavior “whenever they see it.” How anyone can even utter a thought like this in light of the Catholic Church’s ongoing sex abuse crisis is a mystery. In society at large, we have story after story, case after case, of women who were sexually harassed and even assaulted and who were completely ignored and often demonized when they complained. The legal system turned a deaf ear to them or re-traumatized them when they filed complaints.

That’s a wimpy argument, mathematically speaking. According to Wikipedia, the number of Catholic priests has remained the same:

Worldwide, the number of priests in 1970 was 419,728.[2] In 2012, there were a total of 414,313 priests.[2] While the total number of priests worldwide has therefore remained about the same since 1970, the Catholic population has nearly doubled, growing from 653.6 million in 1970 to 1.229 billion in 2012.[2] In 2012 the global number of candidates for the priesthood also showed its first decline in recent years.[3] The number of parishes with no resident priest pastor has grown from 39,431 in 1970 to 49,153 in 2012.[2] The number of parishes without a priest does not include the thousands of parishes that have closed or merged for lack of priests.

In other words, the number of priests per parishioner has decreased dramatically. How can a person insist that Gutfeld’s argument lacks merit? The numbers state the opposite.

The ad is mostly about virtue-signaling. It’s also giving Gillette’s rivals the upper hand in the marketplace. Once men leave Gillette, they won’t return.

Wednesday, President Trump invited members of the Problem Solvers Caucus to the White House to figure out a way to secure the border and re-open the federal government. After the meeting, all attending said all the right things: the meeting was productive, etc. I don’t know if it actually was productive but that’s what they said.

The bigger point that’s been lost since the creation of the Problem Solvers Caucus is that everyone in the House, Senate and the White House are there to solve problems. That’s what the American people expect of them. Why haven’t the American people criticized Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Schumer mercilessly for playing political games? They’ve both voted for a barrier between the US and Mexico.

That means that this shutdown is about denying President Trump a political victory. But I digress.

Pelosi and Schumer are at the top of the Democrats’ leadership hierarchy. Instead of providing leadership, they’re acting like children. That’s the definition of acting like a juvenile. They should both be thrown out as leaders for not providing pro-American leadership. (It doesn’t help that partisan idiots like Peter Beinart write articles with titles like Nancy Pelosi is winning. What, exactly, is she supposedly winning? There’s no proof that she’s winning over hearts and minds. There’s no proof that Republican voters are switching allegiances to the Democrats. She certainly isn’t winning over Angel families:

Check out the video about 3 minutes in. Nancy Pelosi hid in her office. Pelosi had her office staffers tell a significant gathering of Angel moms that she wasn’t in the office. Then they found out she was in that office.

How can you negotiate with a lying witch like that? Obviously, you can’t. As for the Problem Solvers Caucus, there’s no reason to trust them. They’re Democrats and ideologues first, representatives of their constituents last.

Republicans should highlight the Democrats’ dishonesty each day. They should highlight that walls aren’t immoral. Republicans should highlight that Democrats are highly immoral. Finally, Republicans should highlight the fact that the Democrats in the Problem Solvers Caucus can’t be trusted until their actions prove that they’re interested in solving problems.

For days, I’ve heard pundits opine that the word ‘wall’ is what’s preventing the shutdown from getting solved. It isn’t. What’s preventing it from getting solved is a single person — Nancy Pelosi. It’s her position to demolish the Trump Presidency. That’s what it’s always been. That’s why this shutdown will end in one of 2 ways.

This shutdown will either end when President Trump declares a national emergency or when Republicans and Democrats put together legislation that funds the wall and that fixes other immigration problems, then 218 (or more) Republicans and Democrats in the House file a discharge petition to force that vote.

Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus met with President Trump today. Dean Phillips was one of those attending. While he’s a member of the Caucus, he isn’t in it wholeheartedly. During the campaign, he said that both parties needed new leadership. Then his first 2 votes were for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker. If that’s his idea of new leadership, then he isn’t a problem-solver.

Meanwhile, Sen. Mark Warner put his foot in his mouth during this interview:

About a minute into the video, Sen. Warner said that we should listen to the experts. That’ what I’ve been advocating for 2 weeks. If Democrats listened to Art del Queto, Thomas Homan, Bryan Dean Wright and Brandon Judd, this shutdown wouldn’t have happened. Instead, Democrats have parroted Ms. Pelosi’s line that walls are expensive and ineffective. These experts said the exact opposite.

Personally, I’ll trust the experts over a windbag politician like Ms. Pelosi anytime.

It’s becoming clearer each day that Democrats aren’t interested in good-faith negotiations. It’s pretty clear that Democrats are ‘the Party of No.’ President Trump invited Democrats to the White House multiple times, including Tuesday, when they failed to show up:

Congressional Democrats on Tuesday rejected President Trump’s invitation to a lunch meeting at the White House to discuss border security, in the latest sign that both sides of the government shutdown standoff remain entrenched in their positions with no compromise in sight.

A senior administration official told Fox News that the president had invited Democrats to join his lunch with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room shortly after noon. But moments before the session, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that nobody took them up on the offer.

Shifting from offering no money to offering to spend $1 to build the barrier, which is what Speaker Pelosi did, isn’t negotiating in good faith. Meanwhile, President Trump has offered Democrats several different options in exchange for barrier funding. That’s the definition of good faith negotiating.

I can’t picture this lasting much longer. If Democrats stay away from the negotiating table while not making a substantive counter-offer, I’d recommend President Trump use his emergency powers. The faster the Democrats’ lawsuit gets filed, the faster the Supreme Court hears the case. Imagine the Supreme Court ruling in President Trump’s favor in June, 2020. That’d guarantee his re-election. It’d also an uphill fight for House Democrats to retain their majority.

I first started writing about the upcoming pilot shortage in this post in 2011. Of course, Earl Potter and Steve Rosenstone ‘knew’ better. Potter shut the program and Rosenstone kept it shut. What a pair of idiots.

This article highlights how disastrous their decisions were when it says “Boeing, for example, is estimating that over the next 20 years, North America will need about 117,000 more pilots. With this growing need, colleges and universities are starting to ramp up their aviation programs. Most recently, Rochester Community and Technical College announced they are looking at starting an Aviation Pilot Education Program. If the program is approved, the college says it will be designed for students to get an associate’s degree in aviation and then transfer to Minnesota State University, Mankato to finish their bachelor’s degree.”

Minnesota doesn’t need another aviation program. It needs at least 2 more aviation programs at the universities. In addition to training pilots, there’s room for training drone operators and aerial fire rescue programs. Let’s not forget that we’ll need air traffic controllers, too.

Wright Aero is the only flight school in Central Minnesota and a former partner to the SCSU aviation program. Bill Mavencamp is the owner of Wright Aero. He says they currently have four flight instructors, about 10 less than they had at their peak in 2009.

“You can see what we’ve gone down to, it’s going to be difficult to build back up with the lack of new pilots in the industry. Especially new local pilots, it’s difficult to talk to a new flight instructor, who lives in Florida, to move to Minnesota.”

Dave Kleis has campaigned for a regional airline here in St. Cloud. What airline is stupid enough to move here when there’s such a half-hearted effort to maintain their workforce? We can now see that answer — none.