RushBabe’s Top Ten First 100-day Trump Administration Wish-List

On January 20, Republican Outlier President Donald Trump assumes office.  Many segments of American Society have expectations for his administration.  Liberals’ heads are exploding everywhere, just thinking about the demise of ObamaCare and other Liberal Welfare-State favorites.  Conservatives are holding their breaths, just waiting for President Trump to do something stupid, and confirm what many of them think-that he has no idea of what a president should do, or how.  Many of us, however, have high hopes for a Trump administration to undo many of the things that the Obama Administration has done to strangle American businesses, and put American citizens in a strait-jacket, reducing our liberty as much as possible.  Following are the Top Ten things I would like to see the new President initiate within his first 100 days.  Please note, degree of difficulty NOT taken into account, and all ten are of equal importance.

  1.  Call off the Justice Department trying to run local police departments.   Immediately cancel ALL “consent decrees” that hamstring local law-enforcement and assume that they are all racist pigs.
  2. Return the Internal Revenue Service to its stated duties of collecting taxes from US individuals and businesses.  Immediately fire ALL political appointees from all prior administrations, and replace them (not all, there are probably way more IRS employees than needed for their tax-collecting duties) with impartial civil servants.  Fast-track all delayed applications for non-profit status from conservative groups.
  3. Cancel the previous enabling of public employees unions.  Invalidate all public employee union contracts.  This will save the American people the millions of dollars it is costing to pay union reps who do NO productive work for the government.
  4. Work with the new appointees for heads of the Education (Betsy DeVos) and Energy (Rick Perry) Departments to close them in an orderly fashion, to be completed within four years.
  5. Work with Congress to repeal the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank financial legislation.  To start with, disband the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is accountable to no one.  Look into returning to the big banks some of the huge shakedown payments the government extracted from them for their “wrongdoing” in the financial crisis.
  6. Begin the repeal of the (Un)Affordable Care Act.  First up-cancel the Individual and Employer Mandates, since it is unconstitutional for the federal government to mandate that citizens buy any product.  Immediately invalidate every single Obama Executive Order delaying or changing particular parts of the Act to benefit the Democrat party’s friends in organized labor.
  7. Cancel all Obama executive orders having to do with illegal immigration.  Immediately begin enforcing ALL current federal laws relating to immigration and border control.  Remove discretionary Federal funds from any city, state, or university that declares itself a “sanctuary city”.  Seattle and San Francisco, here’s looking at you first.
  8. Begin the process of de-funding Planned Parenthood.  Not one cent of taxpayer money should go to the nation’s premier abortion provider.
  9. Begin the process of de-funding the United Nations.  Deny the UN any US funds for any but the allied organizations like the World Health Organization.  Do not renew the UN lease on its building in New York City-kick them out and lease the place at market rates to productive businesses.
  10. Re-establish cordial ties with all the US allies whom the Obama administration has dissed over the last 8 years.  Starting with Britain, ask for that statue of Churchill back for the Oval Office.  Then, emphasize to Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is Israel’s greatest friend, and that we will fight for their right to exist and defend themselves, and support them in any way possible.  Return to active support of NATO, and rededicate ourselves to supporting Ukraine against the Russians.

After the Election

After the Election

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I have to say, I had a great time on Tuesday night.  I spent 2.5 hours in front of my computer, participating in the live chat with my Ricochet friends.  There must have been over 200 of us, from all over the world, chiming in and giving reports of how the voting was going in their areas.  People would come back from casting their ballots, and mention lines around the block at the polling stations.  Many people were watching other broadcast and Internet media, and they would tell us what MSNBC and ABC and CBS and CNN were doing and saying.  One member from Florida was very enthusiastic about how well the Republicans were doing in his state, which was considered a battleground.  Many people mentioned how depressed the mainstream media folks were acting, as Donald Trump pulled ahead in state after state.  Those who live in a bubble of liberalism were finally being hit with a big spray of cold, hard reality.  I thought it was a joke, but it seems that the Canadian web site for potential immigrants actually went down under the weight of Hollywood and other celebrities and liberals making good on their threats to leave if Trump was elected. [I say to them, don’t let the door hit you on your way out!]

So, now it’s the Great Aftermath, and lots of liberals out there, especially the coddled young snowflakes, are reacting just like you’d expect them to.  How?  By protesting, of course!  These cry-bullies seem not to know how to do anything except protest.  In Seattle, they hit the streets.  In California, the CEO of a tech company suggested very strongly that any employee who voted for Trump should resign!  They are so blind, they who emphasize “tolerance and inclusion” proceed to exclude and discriminate against those who don’t think or vote like they do!  Oh, and the Stock Market!  Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up over 200 points.  But the Nasdaq Composite Index fell over 42 points-another Liberal tantrum (tech companies are run by liberals who don’t know what side of their bread is buttered).

Cornell Students Hold ‘Cry-In’ Over Trump Victory

UCLA Diversity Chancellor Holds Therapeutic Event to “Process” the Election

Protesters Block Entrance to Trump Tower

There are a lot of happy Republicans today.  We hold out hope that Trump will really make a start on draining the swamp of Washington D.C.  There are multiple posts over on Ricochet, with suggestions for a Trump Cabinet, and who he should nominate for the Supreme Court.  We hope to say good-bye to ObamaCare in the new year.

I live in Deep Blue Washington State, where most western Washington voters voted for Hillary Clinton.  I have a really hard time understanding why anyone would want an old, tired, sick, corrupt woman as president.  If you really look at her record, such as it is, you will see that she had absolutely nothing to recommend her, and she had a whole litany of immoral, illegal actions for which the fawning Press will never hold her to account.  Hillary Clinton demonstrably caused the deaths of four brave Americans in Benghazi, then lied to their relatives about how and why they died!  She played fast and loose for years with confidential, classified State Secrets, for which many others have lost their jobs and gone to prison!  I am disgusted with how the politicized FBI let her off scot-free.

We are fortunate that the Clinton Crime Family won’t be running this country.

I wish only for the best of a Trump Administration.  I think he will do well as president, rolling back the misdeeds of the Obama years.  Onward to Liberty!

Nostalgia…The best weeks of my life

My readers will be familiar with my magic three weeks in Cambridge, England in 1991, from my post on that trip.  Thinking back on my long life, those three weeks are the only time in my life that I can say I’m nostalgic for.  I lived through the hippie 1960s and 1970s, and I’m not nostalgic for the early days of rock ‘n roll music-I just don’t have any warm feelings about that era, even though final exams were cancelled my senior year at college, due to “demonstrations” on campus.

Cambridge, however, always awakens feelings of nostalgia.  I long to return there and visit the colleges and the town, where I had such a wonderful time. I think these photos capture the places that make me the most nostalgic.

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A punter on the River Cam, which forms the back boundary of Trinity Hall.

The river, right in back of our college, was always wide, shallow, and peaceful.

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Dining Room at Trinity Hall College, where we stayed.

Some of my happiest memories of that time were dinners in the gorgeous dining hall, laughing and talking with my UCLA friends, and learning from our many distinguished guests.

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Kindertotenlieder

Songs on the Death of Children. In his book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, Michael Walsh opines that the German Romantic Movement of the late 19th and early 20th Century, foretold the decline of Western Civilization. Two stories in the news today perhaps reflect how far we have fallen. Both stories are horrifying.

Dad Admits Killing Daughter Who Beat Cancer is a story from New York. Reason? Kid hogged all the attention.

Belgium sees the first case of a minor being granted Euthanasia.

And the stories are on the same page of the same news site. Civilization? Not so much these days.

Calling All RushBabes and Followers–Join Ricochet!

Just about the smartest thing I have done in recent years (aside from starting this blog) was to join Ricochet.  Through the Center-Right Community of thoughtful, smart, and welcoming people, I have made new friends, expanded my knowledge, and partaken of some of the world’s best humor.  Doesn’t it seem to you that much of society has totally lost its sense of humor?  Lena Dunham, that sleazy “feminist” has pioneered “that’s not funny” in response to any attempts to see the world as anything but apocalyptic.

On Ricochet, however, we have “Mac and Wally”, an original cartoon series by member Chip Head, whose two black and white dogs converse in some of the best one-liners ever.  But you have to be a Ricochet member to read them.  We also have Ten Cents, one of our members who lives in Japan, and whose avatar picture is a sock puppet with a mustache.  He is the pun-master of the world, and many members can keep a conversation going for days with more and more elaborate puns.  You just can’t read these posts without laughing.

Ricochet also has sober conversations going, about subjects that interest aware conservatives everywhere.  We are having the usual arguments back and forth over the upcoming presidential election.  We have our “Trumpists” and our Never-Trumpers, and the conversations can get heated at times.  But we have a Code of Conduct, and members who live by it, and keep the conversations civil most of the time.  We have Member Moderators who can intervene if they see a conversation running off the rails.  Nobody resents their presence, and we engage them in conversations about the C of C all the time.

What you will almost never find on Ricochet is real nastiness.  No death threats, no vulgar language, and few ad-hominem attacks.  Our Members are erudite, passionate, and caring conservatives and libertarians mostly.  They have expertise in every subject known to man, and they often do very interesting posts about what they do for a living.  We have a member who is a concrete contractor, who did a post once about “everything you ever wanted to know about concrete”, and it drew dozens of comments and questions.  We have a whole slew of teachers, from grade school to graduate school, who keep us informed about the goings-on in the education sphere.  We even have celebrity contributors who post from time to time.  Like Pat Sajac, and James Pethokoukis.

And Ricochet isn’t just an online community.  We have face-to-face meetings, at all corners of the US and around the world.  Yes, we have had meetups in Paris, Rome, London, and elsewhere.  We have members in many countries and every state of the Union.  We have members in Australia and Japan.  If you join Ricochet, wherever you travel there will be a member to meet you and show you around.  Just this past weekend, my husband and I met with two other local members at a park near Olympia, and had a great time getting to know each other.  The best part of Ricochet is the people.

Here at Calling-all-RushBabes, I have done many posts (and linked to my YouTube site) about my experiences as a Ricochet member.  Read them, and you will see how wonderful and fulfilling it is to be a member.  Right now, Ricochet is running a special promotion.  Join now, and you get two free months.  Here are links to a few.

https://rushbabe49.com/2015/04/11/as-usual-dave-carter-on-ricochet-says-it-better/

https://rushbabe49.com/2015/09/21/a-trip-to-reno-lake-tahoe/

Centralia meetup.

Phoenix meetup.

Please take a chance, and improve your life by becoming a Ricochet member.  I guarantee that you will never regret it.  And if you decide to join, post a comment here so I can welcome you over there!

Picking up Where Rush Left Off

Yeah, I’m way behind on my podcast listening.  The one I listened to today was the end of July sometime.  He recited a list of  “what the Democrat Party is”, entities and causes that many people don’t know were Dem strongholds.  He started with the ones that are most obvious in today’s news:

Black Lives Matter

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New Black Panthers

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Illegal immigrants

Occupy Wall Street

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Striking the mention of God from their party platform

Transgender bathroom advocates

Pro “death panels” in ObamaCare

Pedophiles (Bill Clinton’s billionaire buddy)

Baby butchers of Planned Parenthood

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And I thought of some that he didn’t mention:

The Ku Klux Klan

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Felons (VA governor restores their civil rights so they can be a new Democrat voting bloc)

George Wallace, the famous segregationist of the 1960s

Homosexual activists who put small businesses out of business if they won’t participate in ceremonies that are against their religious beliefs

Stoners, pot-smokers, and other drug-users

Politicians who boast of destroying an entire industry (coal-mining) and putting thousands of workers out of jobs

High-speed trains to nowhere

Carbon taxes that increase the cost of living for everyone, especially the lower-earning people

Slavery-the congresspeople who opposed Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation were Democrats!

Something for all you millennials who vote Democrat without thinking, to think upon.

What I did on my Summer Vacation

Hubby and I went on the Hillsdale College 10-day cruise to Alaska, aboard the Crystal Serenity.  We spent about three years’ worth of travel budget, but we sure got our money’s worth, and more.  Hillsdale does a big cruise every summer, and this was our first time.  There were “Seminars at Sea”, with noted speakers, including Michael Walsh, screenwriter and author; Victor Davis Hanson, Classicist and thinker; David Goldman, journalist, and John Steele Gordon, historian.  There were shore excursions at every stop (I didn’t do any, and hubby did one, walking on a glacier).  We mostly did our own exploring, traipsing through Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, and Ketchikan.

The luxury ship was everything we expected.  Lavish breakfast buffet with every kind of food you could possibly want, lunch in the Grill, or The Bistro, and dinners in the ritzy Crystal Dining Room.  There were two specialty restaurants, one Asian and one Italian, and we had delightful dinners at both.  There was a full movie theater playing first-run movies, and we took the opportunity to see Jungle Book, which was fun and well-done.  I had a pedicure in the Spa, and had a nice conversation with the technician, a beautiful young lady from North Yorkshire.

My favorite part of cruising is relaxing on deck and watching the water go by, and I had ample opportunity to sit out on our private verandah on the starboard side of the ship, with my camera and binoculars at the ready.  As usual, I was a picture-taking fool, see below.

On the final day, the last stop was Nanaimo, British Columbia, and we were met by a Ricochet member who is now our friend.  He took us on a nice stroll by the waterfront, we had a very good pizza lunch, then went back to his home for more good conversation on his patio.

Here is a selection of the photos I took.

This is Vancouver harbor, with the cruise ship terminal.

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Here’s an example of a working waterfront.  It’s almost like a ballet, the way the tugboat maneuvers the barge.

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It was such a beautiful afternoon, I basically stood on deck with my camera until the sun went down.  Sunset over the Inside Passage.

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The next day was spent entirely at sea, and we had lectures most of the day.  I tried to get outside as much as I could.  I took lots of pictures of the ship itself, which I found gorgeous.  I did a double-take when I saw this tiny detail that most people probably would miss.  Crystal Cruises logo is two seahorses.  Here’s an interesting place for it.

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Yes, that’s the sandbox used for people to stub out their cigarettes!  This is the pool.  Notice that it’s empty-there was only one pool, and it didn’t get much use.

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This is what I gazed upon from the Promenade Deck (the only level with an outside walkway all the way around the vessel.

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Inside, these ladies were playing beautiful string quartet music, in the Crystal Cove.  They are the Astoria Quartet, and they are all from Russia.  Also note the piano, and the chairs the ladies are sitting on-Crystal!

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Juneau was the first port of call, and I took pictures of the channel approaching town, the town itself, and some of the other ships and boats in port.

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That’s a little river, cascading down the hillside-you can see how its path traces from the top to the bottom of the hill.  Too bad it was very misty that day.

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This is the cruise ship Disney Wonder.  See the logo on the stacks?  It’s huge!

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Here are some shots of the town, and some other vessels we saw.  Also, our National Bird, doing what big birds do.

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The next day was a stop at Hoonah, and the weather was terrible, and the town was not too interesting, at least to me.  So I did what came naturally-took pictures from our balcony.

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The following day was the one we had all eagerly anticipated-the trip to the Hubbard Glacier.  That’s what is in the new header, and here are a bunch of closeups of the glacier, the ice-flecked channel, and the mountainsides with many “mini-glaciers”.

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I thought the glaciers behind the main channel looked like big waterslides.

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Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

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After a morning of glacier-viewing, we retreated to the nice, warm Palm Court Lounge, where lunch was served.

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Next stop, the town of Skagway.  The weather cooperated, and we had a nice stroll through the gold-rush town, with all its tourist-trap stores.  But it was fun anyway.  Herewith, pictures of the town and the channel where the cruise ships dock, and the wind blew very hard, late in the afternoon.

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Next port of call was Sitka, a place we’d never been to.  All I knew was that there is a summer chamber music festival that has gone on for 30 years, run by string-players Paul and Linda Rosenthal.  It’s a pretty remote place for chamber music!  Just after being dropped downtown-5 miles from the cruise ship dock, we found the Lutheran Church.  They have a small pipe organ, built in Estonia in 1844.  Hubby got to play it, and he was thrilled!

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Here are shots of the famous (three-times-rebuilt) St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church, and an interesting artifact that I couldn’t pass up.

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Now, the harbor, and the working marina.

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The next stop was Ketchikan, where we’d been before.  We remembered from that trip that Ketchikan has a Starbucks, and no other stop had.  So we walked for nearly a mile, and found it!  Ahhh, the taste of your first Frappuccino in a week!  Unfortunately, it was pouring rain, so we didn’t spend too much time.  Here is what I saw.

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The following day was again at sea, back south through the Inside Passage around Vancouver Island.  I spent a lot of that afternoon hanging off our balcony, taking pictures of the beautiful islands, sea, and sky.

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This next shot is an intersection of two channels.  You can see the roiling waters, and the still picture can’t really convey the sense of the movement.  I got out the video camera, and got video, to be posted on my YouTube site.

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Thursday night we were honored to have dinner with our speaker, Michael Walsh.  He had lots of interesting Hollywood stories to tell, and we enjoyed the dinner very much.

We knew that the cruise was about to come to and end.  The next day was our last port call, Nanaimo, on the east coast of Vancouver Island.  It was a gorgeous day, and when we went out on our balcony, we found at the next dock, a ship being loaded with logs bound for China.

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We spent the afternoon with our new Ricochet friend, Pete.  We went to a farmer’s market and to the marina for a stroll.

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You can see the two cannons on either side of that piper.  They were fired at noon, to great effect.

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Here we are with our new friend.  And here we are just before getting back on the ship for the last night’s festivities.

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Friday night was the Hillsdale Farewell Reception.  Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale gave a speech, and everyone mingled and drank champagne.  It had been an extraordinary trip, and we hope to be able to do it again in the future.

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And, here we are with Dr. Arnn.  He is just wonderful, and we are blessed to know him.

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All in all, a most successful cruise.