Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court


Two high-ranking administration sources have confirmed to Independent Journal Review that President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick is Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch, who recently traveled to Washington, D.C., was put on Trump’s short list for the appointment after he met with the then-president elect after the 2016 election.

Speaking on background, an administration source instrumental to the SCOTUS selection process tells IJR, “Yes. It is Gorsuch. 100 percent. The Hardiman thing is a head fake.” Thomas Hardiman is the other Judge Trump was considering for the vacancy, who is also in Washington, D.C.

A second source within the Trump administration confirmed IJR’s reporting.

The source claims that Judge Gorsuch will join the president Tuesday night at the White House at 8 PM for the announcement.

He looks pretty good, better than Hardiman, actually.

Gorsuch has made some past statements that seem to indicate how he would make major Supreme Court decisions. Most notably, he has praised the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s dedication to “textualism,” or the interpretation of laws based on the actual text rather than trying to decipher the “intent” of lawmakers or other potential consequences.

“Judges should instead strive, if humanly and so imperfectly, to apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to text, structure, and history to decide what a reasonable reader at the time of the events in question would have understood the law to be,” Gorsuch said in a speech to Case Western Reserve University’s law school shortly after Scalia passed away.

Further, Gorsuch can also be described as a constitutionalist and adheres to “originalism” when interpreting the U.S. Constitution. In other words, he believes the Constitution should be interpreted as America’s founders intended.

UPDATE: Confirmed. It is Gorsuch.

UPDATE: Some big stories being hidden under the main news story. It looks like H1B visas will come with a minimum salary of $130k. That’s massive. Also, the administration has made it clear that it does not intend to permit the percentage of the population of Muslim to rise; it does not want to see the permanent problems that France and Germany have been experiencing for generations in the USA.

This is not Christian leadership

Here is the thing. There are some jobs where you can make certain mistakes, apologize, and just keep doing them. Being a Christian pastor is not one of them:

According to the woman, Simmons came over to discuss starting a business and providing less fortunate kids with clothes and shoes,” but they ended up in bed together. The woman told police she and Simmons began “establishing a relationship” last October.

After the husband interrupted the tryst, he yelled “I’m gonna kill him” and ran to the master bedroom for his handgun; Simmons fled the apartment naked and hid behind a nearby fence.

The wife then called the police and her husband left with Simmons’ clothes, wallet and car keys, which he threatened to drop off at the church. He also threatened to expose Simmons on Facebook.

The wife told police her husband never threatened her and she declined to press charges. Simmons also declined to press charges. State Attorney Jack Campbell, “citing the interests of all involved,” decided against prosecution.

After phone negotiations with police, the husband arranged to return Simmons’ belongings. The husband turned over the handgun to NAACP Tallahassee Branch President Dale Landry.

“My prayers to the families involved and the church and our community,“ said Landry. “May God guide all our hearts and minds as we move through this period.”

Simmons, who has led the independent church since 2005, said he won’t quit.

“What I want from God, I have already received – that’s his forgiveness, ” Simmons said in his address. “What I am asking of our members is your prayers and your forgiveness.”

In response, the congregation stood and applauded for several minutes.

No, you don’t forgive and applaud for a charlatan like this. If the man hasn’t resigned, he clearly hasn’t repented. One of the primary banes of the modern Churchian pseudo-church is easy, repentance-free, consequence-free forgiveness.

I would not hesitate to leave a church that hesitated to fire a pastor guilty of adultery. There is virtually no chance that this guy isn’t going to do the same damn thing again at the earliest opportunity. He’s obviously a con artist; I particularly enjoyed the lame cover story of “providing less fortunate kids with clothes and shoes”.

Nobody is perfect. But nobody has to be a leader either. And if you can’t keep yourself off the women in the congregation, then you can’t be a Christian leader. Period.

Another fake Scalzi “bestseller”

I think we can safely assume, on the basis of this UK cover, that Tor Books is going to be purchasing another dubious one-week appearance for John Scalzi on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

I mean, who could doubt that a book that has been reviewed so positively will fail to meet with anything less than overwhelming enthusiasm from the science fiction book-buying community?

Readers might wonder whether Scalzi can write another space opera that shares the elements that made his Old Man’s War series so popular but be sufficiently different to feel fresh. Both include political plotting, plenty of snark, puzzle-solving, and a healthy dose of action, but there’s just enough here that’s new for this to avoid becoming a retread. There’s nothing groundbreaking, but you’ll still want to find out what happens next.
Kirkus Reviews

Unless you’ve been a professional reviewer, you may not be able to read between the lines well enough to understand what the reviewer is actually saying in his review. You see, when you want to say something positive about a mediocre book, but also want to avoid completely sacrificing your credibility, the trick is to say nice, cute things about the author that he can run off and happily quote, while assiduously avoiding any overly positive statements about the book itself that will come back to haunt you once the readers discover how mediocre it is.

But that’s neither here nor there; the fact that McRapey wrote another snarky mediocrity is hardly a surprise. The real question is: how could Tor Books possibly know, six weeks before the first book in the series is published, that the forthcoming series can be described as “The New York Times Bestselling Series”?

UPDATE: Amazing. Tor Books has somehow known that The Collapsing Empire would be a New York Times Bestselling series since June 27, 2016, 10 months prior to its scheduled release! That must be some killer psychometric prediction software they’ve got there. That, or they’ve already set aside the cost of a one-week “bestseller” in the marketing budget.

Do not disobey the God-Emperor

Did I not tell you to take the under? Trump didn’t even wait 12 hours to fire his insubordinate Acting Attorney General. And his Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Daniel Ragsdale two hours later. So, who wants to strike a pose next? Do you feel lucky, punks?

Our Constitution vests all executive power — not some of it, all of it — in the president of the United States. Executive-branch officials do not have their own power. They are delegated by the president to execute his power. If they object to the president’s policies, their choice is clear: salute and enforce the president’s directives, or honorably resign. There is no third way. No one knows this better than high-ranking officials of the Department of Justice.

That is why President Trump was right to fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Over the weekend, President Trump issued an executive order temporarily restricting the admission into the United States of aliens from various Muslim-majority countries, as well as aliens from Syria and elsewhere who are claiming refugee status. Naturally, this has triggered protests by Democrats and the Left. They erroneously claim that Trump’s executive order violates the Constitution, statutory law, American tradition, and human decency.

For inexplicable reasons, the new president left Yates in place to run the Justice Department in anticipation of the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions. A faithful Obama-appointed progressive, Yates obviously knew which way the political wind was blowing in her tribe. Like most Democrats, Yates objects to the president’s executive order. Fair enough. But she is not a political operative, she was a Justice Department official — the highest such official. If her opposition to the president’s policy was as deeply held as she says, her choice was clear: enforce the president’s policy or quit.

Instead, she chose insubordination: Knowing she would be out the moment Senator Sessions is confirmed, she announced on Monday night that the Justice Department would not enforce the president’s order. She did not issue this statement on the grounds that the order is illegal. She declined to take a definitive position on that question. She rested her decision, rather, on her disagreement with the justice of the order. Now, she’ll be a left-wing hero, influential beyond her heretofore status as a nameless bureaucrat.

To make an analogy, there are many federal judges who oppose abortion. They apply Roe v. Wade even though they disagree with it intensely, because their duty is to obey superior courts. As every official in the Justice Department knows, if one disagrees with the law one is called upon to apply, or the policy one is bound to enforce, one is free to resign. Staying on while undermining government policy is not an act of courage. It is an act of sabotage.

It’s so typical of the Never-Trump cucks at National Review to try to portray the God-Emperor’s decisive action as some sort of failure when the truth is that the process served his narrative and demonstrated, to the entire nation, how faithless and corrupt his internal enemies are.

This is a good example of why the cucks and cons and mods are all so hapless. They are driven by their absolute fear of Left’s Narrative. Who gives a damn if Sally Yates is “a left-wing hero”? They even admit that she showed herself to be a faithless and unprofessional weasel. It will be easy to destroy her politically if she tries to use her grandstanding as a springboard to electoral office, but regardless, it is irrelevant to the Right whom the Left chooses as their champions. If not her, it will only be someone else, even if they have to manufacture one ex nihilo.

And, more importantly, her action justifies the God-Emperor launching an internal inquisition to root out any other Yates-types still embedded in the bureaucracy. What she has handed him, in fact, is his best excuse to go after the Deep State since getting elected. And, better yet, she has also shown the entire world what happens when you cross the God-Emperor. Which is important, because the God-Emperor is at war with the America-haters in the bureaucracy.

While President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration has left families wondering when they will see their loved ones again, drawing condemnation from leaders around the globe, the administration’s actions have also impacted another group: career U.S. officials working on asylum and refugee cases as well as foreign policy.

“There are people literally crying in the office here,” said a senior U.S. immigration official who spoke to The Intercept on condition of anonymity.

Interviews and internal communications obtained by The Intercept reveal how American personnel tasked with aiding the planet’s most vulnerable populations and representing the country in the international arena are learning bit by bit, through emails and confounding directives, how the jobs they signed up for are being steadily eroded.

The immigration official said that staffers at one Department of Homeland Security office were devastated when they arrived at work Monday morning to find an email, circulated among DHS leadership over the weekend, informing department personnel that they would no longer be permitted to adjudicate any immigration claims from the seven countries targeted by Trump’s travel ban, including petitions for asylum, permanent residency, or naturalization….

It was a move many within the government had feared, the official said — a so-called “security hold” that would essentially paralyze the asylum and immigration process for those fleeing some of the world’s most volatile places. “Permission to work, adjust status to a citizen or a permanent resident, any immigration form they have will stay in limbo,” the official explained. “We know what is coming. These cases will all likely be denied after significant waits.”

If the oppomedia is upset now, just wait until the more serious immigration bans are put in place and the repatriations begin. Don’t hate, repatriate. 

In other news, the oppomedia is learning that they can only push their anti-Trump agenda so far:

Bart Hubbuch, formerly of the New York Post, tweeted that he was fired for tweeting “my personal belief that Donald Trump becoming President of the United States is a national tragedy.” In since-deleted tweets, Hubbuch compared the inauguration of Trump to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. The Post confirmed to WEEI that the publication no longer has a “business relationship” with Hubbuch.

UPDATE: In light of the Monday Night Massacre that has triggered all of the Baby Boomers who were there at Woodstock when Nixon fired Archibald Cox, and has caused all the self-important bureaucrats who thought they would play “Yes, President” with the God-Emperor to wet themselves, I’m going to hazard a guess that the rumored “dissent memo” will never be signed and released.

In recent days, drafts of a dissent memo have been circulating among diplomats and associates abroad expressing concern that the new restrictions — which Trump said would help “keep America safe” — are un-American and will actually paralyze efforts to stop terrorist attacks in the U.S. 

Please, please, PLEASE sign it and release it, brave diplomats and associates abroad. Doing so will save the God-Emperor’s inquisitors so much time and effort! The days of making policy decisions on the basis of threats from below are over.

He says it like it’s a bad thing

Scott Adams warns that the Left might conjure Literally Hitler from their unrestrained madness and fear:

As a trained persuader, I’m seeing a dangerous situation forming that I assume is invisible to most of you. The setup is that during the presidential campaign Trump’s critics accused him of being Hitler(ish) and they were sure other citizens would see it too, thus preventing this alleged monster from taking office.

They were wrong. The alleged monster took office.

Now you have literally millions of citizens in the United States who were either right about Trump being the next Hitler, and we will see that behavior emerge from him soon, or they are complete morons. That’s a trigger for cognitive dissonance. The science says these frightened folks will start interpreting all they see as Hitler behavior no matter how ridiculous it might seem to the objective observer. And sure enough, we are seeing that.

To be fair, Trump made it easy this week with his temporary immigration ban. If you assume Trump is Hitler, that fits with your hypothesis. But of course it also fits the hypothesis that he’s just doing his job. We’re all seeing what we expect to see.

But lately I get the feeling that Trump’s critics have evolved from expecting Trump to be Hitler to preferring it. Obviously they don’t prefer it in a conscious way. But the alternative to Trump becoming Hitler is that they have to live out the rest of their lives as confirmed morons. No one wants to be a confirmed moron. And certainly not after announcing their Trump opinions in public and demonstrating in the streets. It would be a total embarrassment for the anti-Trumpers to learn that Trump is just trying to do a good job for America. It’s a threat to their egos. A big one.

I don’t know about you, but I would very much like to see the God-Emperor start fulfilling their darkest visions, and then going well beyond them. Perhaps we need to get them to stop calling him Literally Hitler and start calling him something else.

How does Literally Genghis Khan sound?

Here’s what I’d like to see the God-Emperor do over the rest of this week:

  1. Appoint William Pryor to the Supreme Court
  2. Cancel all H1B visas and announce the end of all employment-related visa programs
  3. Announce travel bans on every country with elected officials who have publicly protested the travel ban, with the caveat that an endorsement of the travel ban from the head of state will get the country off the travel ban.
  4. Announce the defunding and closure of the NEA.
Look, they’re going to cry and scream anyhow, right? Give them something to really howl about.

Darkstream: violence, morality, and the Left

Tonight at 7 PM Eastern I’ll be doing a Darkstream in which we’ll be discussing the way in which the Left is not merely demanding legislated morality, but doing so in a violent manner.

Notice the anti-American battlecry: “”No borders, no nations, fuck deportations”

Our rhetoric is better: “You have to go home.”

UPDATE: The replay is here. 1,510 live viewers, that’s a new record. Not exactly Scott and Mike territory, but not bad either.

The next Fox News

I don’t think NBC understands how Fox News foxnewsed them and the rest of the ABCNNBCBS cabal:

Media insiders are buzzing that Andy Lack wants NBC to become “the next Fox News” after he poached cable stars Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly from the network. “He believes he’s building MSNBC and NBC into the next Fox. It seems the network wants to take a more conservative tone,” a source said.

I know when I think about the forefront of conservative thought, the first thing I think about is OJAY! I SEE… OJAY! and the woman who spent months attacking the victorious Republican candidate for president before cutting off her hair in a fit of frustrated spite.

If Andy Lack seriously wants to take on Fox News, he should hire Milo, Cerno, Glenn Reynolds, Lauren, and Stefan. He can bring in Jonah Goldberg, Mark Steyn, and a few pretty talking redheads for the moderate crowd, and Ms Blaire White for SJW points.

Yeah. That won’t happen.