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The Deconstructionist

Commentary is wondering how long the rest of the GOP will go along with the Deconstructionist on the current remaking of the GOP. Today’s GOP sure doesn’t look like the GOP of a while back. Here is from the Washington Post:

Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s reclusive chief strategist and the intellectual force behind his nationalist agenda, said Thursday that the new administration is locked in an unending battle against the media and other globalist forces to “deconstruct” an outdated system of governance.

In his first public speaking appearance since Trump took office, Bannon made his comments alongside White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus at a gathering of conservative activists. They sought to prove that they are not rivals but partners in fighting on Trump’s behalf to transform Washington and the world order.

“They’re going to continue to fight,” Bannon said of the media, which he repeatedly described as “the opposition party,” and other forces he sees as standing in the president’s way. “If you think they are giving you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken.”

Atop Trump’s agenda, Bannon said, was the “deconstruction of the administrative state” — meaning a system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president and his advisers believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty.

“If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon said. He posited that Trump’s announcement withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”

Here is the entire Post story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/23/bannon-trump-administration-is-in-unending-battle-for-deconstruction-of-the-administrative-state/?postshare=161487879490400&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.40dae0ed8209.

Bannon also said Trump had an “economic nationalist agenda.”

Nope.  Dream on.

I wouldn’t put your money on these fellas. It is just a matter of time. This is not who we are. Why do you think GOP members of congress are opting out of town hall meetings?

And then you have Trump tweeting against the FBI this morning. The FBI?

Just look at this from Politico:

Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is “not what’s going to happen” and that Republicans will instead just make some fixes to the health care law.


“In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once,” Boehner said. “And all this happy talk that went on in November and December and January about repeal, repeal, repeal—yeah, we’ll do replace, replace—I started laughing, because if you pass repeal without replace, first, anything that happens is your fault. You broke it.”

Boehner added that he has told Republican leaders that unless a repeal is packaged with a replacement, GOP lawmakers would not likely reach a consensus about an alternative to Obamacare.

Here is all the Politico story: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/john-boehner-obamacare-republicans-235303.

What is the replacement?   Like I said, why do you think GOP members of congress are opting out of town hall meetings?

Last season, Jose Altuve batted .338. In 2015, .313. In 2014, .341. From 2010 through 2013, the ‘Stros didn’t have a player who played the entire season hit above .300.  Name the ‘Stro who hit for a .313 average in 2009.

Ouch! Check this from the Chron today:

A Harris County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Landry’s Inc. against an animal rights organization that alleged four white tigers at the Downtown Aquarium were kept in living conditions that were inadequate.

The attorneys for the California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund said the defamation lawsuit filed against their client was intended to silence them from speaking out about the tigers’ housing. They said the tigers – Coral, Marina, Nero and Reef – hadn’t been outside in more than a decade and didn’t have access to adequate sunlight and fresh air.

The lawsuit, filed in November 2016, accused ALDF of  making “deliberately false accusations of animal mistreatment and criminal conduct” about the four captive-bred white Bengal tigers. 

In his order that was signed Wednesday, Harris County District Judge Steven Kirkland came down on the side of the animal rights organization. In addition to ordering Landry’s to pay out combined legal fees of almost $175,000, Kirkland formally sanctioned the company.

Landry’s was ordered to pay an additional $450,000 – with $250,000 going to ALDF and $200,000 for animal welfare advocate Cheryl Conley, also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Here is the entire read: http://www.chron.com/houston/article/Judge-tosses-defamation-lawsuit-over-Landry-s-10955409.php.

I hope Landry’s doesn’t take this personally and runs someone against the judge in 2020. Seen this before.

Miguel Tejada of course batted .313 in 2009 for the ‘Stros.

It’s the ‘Stros versus the Tigers tomorrow.


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