IF I DIDN'T ALREADY LOVE NICKI HALEY I sure as shinola would today. After she took an extremely hardline approach at the UN towards Russia and announced that more sanctions would be forthcoming, the White House walked the sanctions back. New Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow probably thought he was giving Nicki Haley cover when he said,
"She got ahead of the curve," National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow told reporters on Tuesday near the President's Florida estate, a day after a report claiming Trump "put the brakes" on plans for new Russia sanctions. "She's done a great job, she's a very effective ambassador. There might have been some momentary confusion about that."
Um, what? Because you know how dames are, so dizzy, they just always get things mixed up in their cute little heads, amiright? UN Ambassador Haley was having NONE of that crap and fired back with her OWN statement to CNN's Jake Tapper,
"With all due respect, I don't get confused,"
Mic drop. I love this woman. So very, very much.
THE BEST PART OF THE TAX BILL IS COMING HOME TO ROOST IN CALIFORNIA If you don't know what the SALT tax break is, you will love this. Until the tax reform bill passed people could deduct ALL of the state and local taxes from their income tax. This meant that high tax states would deduct those high taxes and the REST of the country subsidized their bad decision making but letting them off the hook federally. Well no more. And Californians are having a FIT. Because they are about to get completely soaked. The bad news is that most of them will probably try to move here or something. By the way, I don't wish Californians ill, I just want them to have to fully live with the repercussions of their political decision making. Which is perfectly reasonable if you ask me.
THIS VIDEO A GUY MADE OF HIS WEIGHT LOSS IS WOW
CONDOLENCES TO THE BUSH FAMILY On the death of matriarch Barbara Bush. GWBush's statement was lovely,
"My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes."
Our souls are settled because we know hers was. Even in death Barbara Bush demonstrates how to do it with dignity. Here is a lovely story about Mrs. Bush in memoriam.
NOT EVERYONE IS BEING GRACIOUS ABOUT BARBARA BUSH From a nasty college professor who took to Twitter to call Barbara Bush a racist, to Trump confidant and insane man Roger Stone who took to Instagram (he's long been knocked off Twitter) to call her a drunk. Sigh.
AND NOW HERE'S A BEAR AND TIGER FIGHTING
COULD THE BLUE WAVE HIT THE WALL TOO SOON? New polling has to have Democrats, who have been already been picking out the drapes for the new Democratic Speaker's office, a bit worried. The generic ballot polling has gotten a lot closer and other signs that Trump's policies may overcome his personality deficits are on the rise. Read a great column breaking it down here.
FROM NOW ON, IT'S AFRICAN-AMERICAN COFFEE AT STARBUCKS Starbucks has some 'splainin' to do about two recent incidents where black men were removed from the premises after being suspected of some unnamed offense. In one case, two men were actually ARRESTED for waiting for a friend in Starbucks while not buying something. In a case that is getting new attention but occurred in January, a black man says he was denied the bathroom code for not buying anything and then a white man was given it without buying anything. Now Starbucks is closing for an afternoon, ALL OF IT'S STORES so every member of the entire operation can undergo re education camp sensitivity training. Thank goodness they aren't being accused of gentrification.
GREAT, NOW MY DAILY SHOWER IS BAD FOR ME. Or at least this self described hermit says it is. I'm not buying what this dude is selling. But according to some, we who shower daily are ripping off valuable layers of skin and robbing ourselves of oils. Whatever.
WOKENESS IS KILLING COMEDY AND THIS MAKES ME SAD Amy Schumer, who I love in interviews but hate her movies, has a new movie out that is being crapped all over by the social justice warriors for telling the truth. What's the movie about? She plays a typically insecure woman who gets a concussion and instantly believes she is all kinds of hotness, with the whole thing playing out to the message "Beauty comes from within" which apparently is the devil. Our pal Christian Toto writes it up.
IF YOU ARE THIS KIND OF PARENT, YOU'RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT Let me begin this entire diatribe by saying if you don't have the sort of personality to recognize that children suck up every single available second of your life and are okay with it, don't have kids. From having Alexa read bed time stories to our kids(!) to letting a tablet be your full time babysitter to letting kids win because kid's games are lame and take too long, we have a lot of parents who suck. Cheating is cheating. Period. I don't give a crap about your motives for doing it.
BUT MAYBE CALIFORNIA ISN'T AS BAD AS WE THOUGHT Because new polling says HALF of Californians support Trump's travel ban. Huh. Bigger news, a majority of Californians say deporting illegal immigrants is at least somewhat important. Even in the Bay Area! Perhaps Governor Jerry Brown should look it up before he mixes it up like he does in the next story.
THIS IS A SAUCY EXCHANGE BETWEEN A FOX NEWS REPORTER AND GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN You can watch the whole thing by clicking here. Or just watch it here.
DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF OR YOU'LL DIE EARLY. I'm not just making it up, SCIENCE says so! This column may make you rethink your anger about the way the barista doesn't shove the little green stick ALL THE WAY INTO YOUR COFFEE or other such nonsense.
DID YOU HAPPEN TO READ HOW SWEDEN'S CRIME RATE IS RUINING IT'S OWN SMUGNESS ABOUT IT'S AWESOMENESS? This story should serve as fair warning to those who believe unfettered immigration is all sunshine and roses.