Headlines Like These are Why Trump Isn’t Worried…
By Joe Jarvis - December 27, 2017

What does desperation look like? This:

The weird thing about trees is that someday, like all of us, they die.

This tree was on its way out. In fact, the tree was removed in order to protect anyone standing under it from danger. Who usually stands under it? The press. Melania was trying to protect the same press that now attempts to skewer her over landscaping.

(Of course, if the tree broke and killed a member of the press, then they could all have a field day reporting that Trump is responsible for killing a journalist.)

The tree will actually be removed on the advice of the National Arboretum. It is only held in place by an intricate maze of cables. And Melania actually made sure they saved cutting from the tree to replant.

I felt very silly writing the past few paragraphs because the issue is so trivial. This is not important news. The media that originally reported this story (starting with CNN) should be laughed out of town. And in one way or another, they will be.

It’s not so much the reporting of this non-news that is a problem. I suppose it may be of some interest to someone somewhere. Perhaps a side link, or maybe a half page in Arborist Monthly. But the headlines! That is what really does it.

You know, the tree was actually planted by Andrew Jackson. So the media could have said, “Melania Orders Removal of Symbol of Racism,” or “Two-Hundred Year Old Monument to the Trail of Tears to Be Cut Down.”

The substance of the article missed an opportunity too. The White House had to call in tree experts, who made a report which was delivered to Melania, who sat down with the arborists and staff to thoroughly explore every option before making the call to remove the tree.

If that’s not a metaphor for the government, I don’t know what is! A dying tree, being held up by cables to preserve some remnant of a long-gone past. The desperate bid to save a symbol, to hold onto something rotting and dangerous. And then the intricate process, bureaucracy, time, and money that it takes to just cut down the freakin tree!

The media is absolutely desperate to criticize the Trump administration over anything they can get their hands on. Except that this is exactly the type of coverage Trump relishes in. Big nothing-burgers which keep his name in the news, but don’t hurt him in the least. Only anti-Trump zealots will latch on to a story like this. The rest of us, not even just the Trump supporters, will roll our eyes and stop paying attention.

And that is the dangerous part of these types of stories. What are they masking?

Did you hear about Trump’s terrible picks for the Federal Reserve Board?

Or about how Trump’s Justice Department settled the old IRS Tea Party targetting lawsuits for peanuts?

While this story played out, and Trump was “caught” golfing by CNN, here’s some other stuff that happened:

Did the FBI Conspire to Stop Trump?

Ironically the FBI investigation into the Trump Russian collusion charges has done a 360 and now points to the Democrats and FBI agents as the real criminal manipulators. But they are in too deep and have overplayed their hand.

But how bad has this government gotten that this sort of corruption at the FBI is considered boring? The FBI has long been a political tool of suppression.

Police in China Target Bloggers and Profile Communities for DNA Collection

China is a big red flag to the rest of the world on how not to govern. They intimate journalists and dissidents and monitor every aspect of their citizens’ lives. A “social credit” system has even started to score citizens based on things like patriotism and neighborliness.

But Melania approved a tree getting cut down, and that is just too fun an opportunity for the media to ignore! It fits the scorched-earth-Republican narrative too well.

She also ordered all the tree’s progeny uprooted and burned. As for the tree itself, she plans to fashion a throne, from which she will rule for a thousand years.

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  • olde reb

    Or headlines of how DOD and HUD cannot account for $21 trillion ??

    or how Trump has, by executive order, authorized the Secretary of Treasury can, by his decree [an improper Bill of Attainder ?] , seize assets of individuals without any judicial review ??
    Nobody will object because ‘citizens’ are not involved, but how long will it be before the practice is authorized for ‘tax cheats, suspected terrorists, dissidents, mental cases, etc.’?

    • Don Duncan

      “Nobody will object…” and few will listen to reports of the latest rights’ violations. When most citizens do get “involved” it is to excuse whatever their masters dictate. This is reflected in the MSM. We the sheeple have become one country, one people, one political zombie, with slavery and injustice for all those without political power.

      • olde reb

        I thought the thread was reflecting on the MSM not publishing news of value to the public. It appears the internet is the only source of important information regarding the government (the post of the Executive Order came from RT). The government is making strides to control the internet, to label any dissidents as “domestic terrorists,’ and to seize assets without notice or judicial process of individuals who offend executive employees. Anyone telling the truth about how the government works is labeled a criminal who is hauled to court or flees the country.

        Sure, land of the free–free speech, and all that.

        I don’t see Austrian Theory as the crux of the CB problem. If you trace the flow of the Treasury securities that are transferred to the FRBNY before the (fraudulent) “loan” of deficit spending [in reality, it is a book-entry creation of FR credit], the funds are received by the FRBNY from the auctions and they disappear. Where do the funds go? Embezzlement appears to be the only answer. Ref. /fiscal-bliss-ignorance-is-bliss/

      • David Zuniga

        Don, you and I have all the political power that we are willing to muster, in concert with our fellow citizens; collectively, ‘We The People’. If you are actually interested in taking responsibility, I invite you to go to and do so. Otherwise, your cynicism only illustrates the ‘sheeple’ mentality that you so decry. There are 100 such, for every American who takes responsibility. Which are you?

    • David Zuniga

      Non sequitur. From ‘ex parte Garland’ (1866) to ‘Nixon v. Administrator of General Services (1977) the SCOTUS has been all over the map on unconstitutional bills of attainder (by definition this refers only to legislative acts, not those of the executive). But one thing is certain: the perps must be sufficiently infamous and their crimes sufficiently egregious to warrant action; and if you think the Clintons — possibly the most successful and brazen mafia couple in history — have no recourse, you must be living in a different country.

      • olde reb

        Your analysis that the term has been applied only to legislative acts is confirmed. The recent Executive Order grants the Secretary of the Treasury power to seize assets of foreign individuals upon a suspicion of unacceptable ‘humanitarian’ action. My paranoia quickly sees an unlimited expansion of the authority to include seizure of assets of citizen’s property with civil forfeiture as a precedent.

        Quoting from a reputable source: “The prohibition embodied in this clause (bill of attainder) is not to be strictly and narrowly construed in the context of traditional forms but is to be interpreted in accordance with the designs of the framers so as to preclude trial by legislature (but not executive ?), a violation of the separation of power concept. …The clause thus prohibits…(acts) that apply to named individuals…in such a way as to inflect punishment on them without a judicial trial.” citations omitted. A “dynamic” application is identified.

        The trend of government has shown consistent expansion of the executive use of Orders to create new law. Do you believe the courts would make a dynamic objection to the executive branch usurping the judicial function??

  • r2bzjudge

    “The media that originally reported this story (starting with CNN)
    should be laughed out of town. And in one way or another, they will be.”

    I don’t watch CNN, as it is a propaganda operation, not a news organization.

    • GH

      So are the rest of the networks. Best thing is to dump your TV.

      • nonplused

        I need my TV to play “Legend of Zelda”. Also this time of year the “fireplace channel”.

  • Don Duncan

    On the subject of press coverage, I watched a piece on the movement to remove every reminder of president Jackson because of his prejudical persecutions. The reporter asked this older leader of the movement if their was anything at all that was good about Jackson and he replied, “I know of nothing.” The report ended there.

    This is just one more example of the gross ignorance in the press and populace, historically and generally. On net, Jackson’s record is a positive one thanks to Jefferson who educated him on the danger of the central bank. Thomas came out of retirement to join Jackson in a campaign to end the CB. That success was a major reason for the prosperity of the 19th century.

    • freewheelinfranklin543

      Jackson gave Lincoln the ammo he needed to destroy America ie,the creation(Federal Government) was superior to the Creators(The States).
      He stole and murdered the Cherokees because gold was discovered on their land.He was a slave owner and too lazy to do his own work. And the Banksters were back in full force by the time Lincoln was elected.
      Knockin the snot out of the redcoats is his only claim to fame.
      Melania kept cuttings of the tree. She is a smart lady!

      • Don Duncan

        What “ammo”? Are you claiming it would not have occurred to Lincoln that federal power was superior by virture of his power to divide and conquer the states? Are you claiming Lincoln didn’t learn how Washington used the militias to violently stomp out the Whiskey Tax resistance? Wasn’t Lincoln backed by the Northern industrial/bankers to keep the exploitation of the South going?

        Read about the battle to control money via a CB. Jefferson said a CB was the biggest threat to freedom/economy. Are you claiming the Jackson/Lincoln abolition of the CB was unimportant? Are you disputing Austrian Economic Theory of money? Please explain.

        • David Zuniga

          Lincoln was by far and away the most destructive enemy of this republic who ever sat in the White House. The six books linked in this article establish it beyond all doubt:

        • freewheelinfranklin543

          Read up on Nullification. Take your Austrian economics and shove it! The CB’s came back. Lincoln was in the pockets of the International Banksters and a mass murderer!

          • Col. Edward H. R. Green

            “Take your Austrian economics and shove it! The CB’s came back.”

            Wow, Franklin ! In just two sentences you refuted everything that Hayek, Mises, Bohm-Bawerk, Menger, and every other Austrian economist wrote about money, banking, an economy and individual liberty, and made an unanswerable, irrefutable case in defense of statism and its central banking system.

            Such are the powers of your crude command and bold defense of a feature of statism.

          • Don Duncan

            Was that your explanation of your statement that Jackson made Lincoln dangerous?
            In what way does nullification, state or jury, apply to your claim about the Jackson-Lincoln connection?
            How was Jackson responsible for Lincoln being a mass murderer and shill for bankers?
            If not for the assassination we would have the CB back many decades earlier. So JWB is a hero for stopping that. But the return of the CB is proof violence does not work as a permanent soluntion. Only an informed populace does that.

    • James Higginbotham

      right you are Don.
      and until Woodrow Wilson came along and helped get the FED RESERVE AND IRS PASSED THEN SIGNED, the USA HAS BEEN FKED EVER SINCE.

      • olde reb

        you have made an amazing statement. In the event you wish to
        augment your statement with detailed legal analysis or research,
        allow me to offer two links (and hope DB does not delete the post for trolling). Be aware: I wrote both articles.

        A lengthy analysis that there is NO statutory law that imposes an
        income tax on citizens is posted at [specifically, not sections 1, 61, 7201, 7203 or the 16th Amendment]. The writing additionally concludes that if such a tax existed, it would be incompatible with your Right to Liberty (5th and 14th amendments) which establish the pursuit of a livelihood is your Right. Such a Right is not a suitable object for taxation. If such a tax existed, it would allow the government to seize the entirety of a citizen’s earnings. Such a situation would turn the nation with We the (sovereign) People into a nation of We the Slaves; i.e., overturn the Constitution with only one law. No court has ruled on this issue.

        The Federal Reserve is analyzed at
        fiscal-bliss-ignorance-is-bliss. It concludes funds from auction accounts of Treasury securities are alleged to be embezzled
        for the benefit of hidden owners of the Federal Reserve BOG.

        For Justice and Freedom !!

        • James Higginbotham

          my statement is backed up by TRUTH, if you care to check it out for yourself?
          and thanks for the lonks, i will check them out.

  • Varangian Guard

    The tree is nothing, they (the press and progressives) want to remove the Constitution…

    • NobodysaysBOO

      all gone already.

  • FreeOregon

    Trees die for the same reasons people die – pollution, toxic environment, loss of purpose.

    • NobodysaysBOO

      nothing but germs could live in that sewer.

    • Hookshot

      Bad analogy. People die for the same reason your car dies. The parts wear out.

  • TR M

    360 degrees is going the same direction. I think you mean 180 🙂

    • Jack Hamilton

      The author’s great analytical ability could easily get him a job at CNN! 😉