The Mooch Out Per Gen. Kelly’s Recommendation

Less than two weeks after Trump appointed Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci as his new White House communications director, The Mooch is gone.

RT:

Anthony Scaramucci is leaving after only 10 days as White House communications director. The decision came at the recommendation of the newly sworn-in chief of staff John Kelly, the White House confirmed.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

The Mooch couldn’t be controlled—a problem for Gen. Kelly and his chain-of-command approach. Oh well. I liked The Mooch, but it’s not the end of the world.

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Trump’s Latest Ban is…

… on transgenders in the military:

Good. The military is not for liberal social experiments. I wouldn’t be shocked if this were challenged in court, though.

Kid Rock for Senate?

So Kid Rock has made headlines after these tweets:

There’s not much on his website other than a store and an email subscription form. No donation page, no platform. Notice that the store is copyrighted by Warner Brothers, but the flagship site is copyrighted by “Kid Rock for US Senate.”

I will neither consider endorsing nor adding further commentary on Kid Rock until he makes an official announcement, files the paperwork, and establishes a platform.

Trump’s Tough Immigration Talk Paying Off

Trump is still a ways off from fulfilling many of his immigration promises. If he doesn’t build that wall—or at least get it started—by November 2020, I doubt he’ll be reelected. I may not even feel inclined to vote for him a second time.

But we’re only five months and some change into Trump’s presidency, and he deserves credit for making steps in the right direction on immigration. His tough talk is dissuading people from crossing the border illegally. Winning!

New York Times:

CHOLOMA, Honduras — His bags were packed, and the smuggler was ready. If all went well, Eswin Josué Fuentes figured he and his 10-year-old daughter would slip into the United States within days.

Then, the night before he planned to leave, he had a phone conversation with a Honduran friend living illegally in New York. Under President Trump, the friend warned, the United States was no longer a place for undocumented migrants.

Shaken, Mr. Fuentes abruptly ditched his plans in May and decided to stay here in Honduras, despite its unrelenting violence and poverty. He even passed up the $12,000 in smuggler fees that his sister in the United States had lined up for the journey.

“I got scared of what’s happening there,” Mr. Fuentes said.

From February through May, the number of undocumented immigrants stopped or caught along the southwest border of the United States fell 60 percent from the same period last year, according to United States Customs and Border Protection — evidence that far fewer migrants are heading north, officials on both sides of the border say.

Inside the United States, the Trump administration has cast a broader enforcement net, including reversing Obama-era rules that put a priority on arresting serious criminals and mostly left other undocumented immigrants alone. Arrests of immigrants living illegally in the United States have soared, with the biggest increase coming among those migrants with no criminal records.

Neil Gorsuch Already Paying Dividends

Don’t believe me? Just read Slate’s reaction:

On Monday, Justice Neil Gorsuch revealed himself to be everything that liberals had most feared: pro-gun, pro–travel ban, anti-gay, anti–church/state separation. He is certainly more conservative than Justice Samuel Alito and possibly to the right of Justice Clarence Thomas. He is an uncompromising reactionary and an unmitigated disaster for the progressive constitutional project. And he will likely serve on the court for at least three more decades.

Although Gorsuch has barely been on the bench for two months, he has already had an opportunity to weigh in on some of the most pressing constitutional issues of our time. In each case, he has chosen the most conservative position.

It’s possible that Trump will pick one (maybe even two) more Supreme Court justices before he runs for reelection in 2020. Justice Anthony Kennedy is entertaining the idea of retiring, and although Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84, I envision her hanging on until the bitter end.

Are you sick and tired of all this winning yet?

What’s the Deal with the Serial Ten Commandments Monument Destroyer?

On Tuesday the Arkansas State Capitol erected a Ten Commandments statue. Less than 24 hours later, Michael Tate Reed destroyed it with his Dodge Dart.

This isn’t the first time Reed has run into a Ten Commandments statue, believe it or not. He did it at the Oklahoma State Capitol in 2014.

If you think he’s some raging anti-Christian atheist, you’re wrong. He claims to be a “born again Christian” on his Facebook page. However, he’s by all accounts a mentally ill man, so it’s difficult to take his word for anything.

Heavy:

The incident occurred around 4:47 a.m. on June 28 as Reed allegedly streamed it on Facebook Live video while shouting “freedom.” He even created a hashtag he hoped would take off as a result of the action and made a GoFundMe site hoping to raise funds to replace his car. He allegedly called himself “a terrorist” on Facebook and made threats to presidents of both political parties, including Donald Trump and Barack Obama. He called Prince Charles the anti-Christ, George Bush Sr. a satanist, and the Pope a false prophet in a series of rambling Facebook posts.

After his arrest in Oklahoma, Reed wrote a disturbing letter to a newspaper in that state describing his mental illness.

In the letter to the Tulsa World, Reed wrote “that his psychotic breaks led to getting inspiration from a Dracula movie, thinking Michael Jackson’s spirit was in meat, believing he was the incarnation of an occult leader and attempting to contact Lucifer’s high priestess he called Gwyneth Paltrow.”

He was eventually released in the Oklahoma case “under an agreement with Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater for continued treatment, therapy and family support. He is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder,” reported Tulsa World.

Schizoaffective disorder is a combination of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. So there you have it. The guy is troubled and I hope he gets the help he needs.

Here’s Reed’s livestream of the incident. Because of his chronic mental health disorder, I won’t condemn the guy, though I do condemn the commenters who called him a “hero” and praised him for desecrating Christian symbolism.

Liberals and libertarians may cry about “separation of church and state,” yet that phrase appears nowhere in the Constitution. All it says is that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” A statue of the Ten Commandments outside a state capitol building does not establish religion, nor does it prohibit the free exercise of religion.

Trump Wins Travel Ban Fight

Although it’s a modified version, the Supreme Court has decided to reinstate much of Trump’s travel ban.

Reuters:

The Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his temporary bans on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees to go into effect for people with no connection to the United States while agreeing to hear his appeals in the closely watched legal fight.

The court, which narrowed the scope of lower court rulings that had completely blocked his March 6 executive order, said it would hear arguments on the legality of one of Trump’s signature policies in his first months as president in the court’s next term, which starts in October.

The justices granted parts of his administration’s emergency request to put the order into effect immediately while the legal battle continues.

The court said that the travel ban will go into effect “with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

Winning!