1. Pence – Trump had to gain confidence with conservatives and his number one pick was to bring in Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. Pence has taken control of the transition team and may become one of the most influential vice presidents ever.
2. Supreme Court – Trump was not shy about the type of justices he would nominate to the US Supreme Court. With Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, the direction of the court weighed on the next president. Trump has comprised a list of 21 conservative justices who would carry the torch of representing the US Constitution for years to come.
3. Attorney General Jeff Sessions – A staunch conservative who will fight against corruption in a non-partisan way.
4. Ben Carson – Sec of Housing and Urban Development. This man came out of the ghetto of Detroit to become one of the most successful individuals in American history. A Christian conservative who believes in working hard to become all you can be.
5. Tom Price – Sec. of Health and Human Services. He has been the biggest critic of Obamacare and as a physician; he will lay the groundwork for the repeal.
6. Betsy DeVos – Sec. of Education – She has been a supporter of state rights for Education and providing competition for education through Charter Schools and voucher programs for those in areas of struggling schools.
7. Homeland protection – With Generals John Kelly (Homeland Security), Michael Flynn (National Security Advisor) and James Mattis (Sec. of Defense), I can not think of a great list of advisors in the ear of Trump to keep America safe.
8. Scott Pruit – Sec of EPA – There is no one better to run the EPA than the man who is suing the EPA. This is my most ironic pick. He will move to get rid of so many regulations that are hurting our country.
9. Rick Perry – Sec. of Energy. Perry has actually called for the elimination of the Energy Dept. This dept. should actually be the Dept. of non-Energy. They do not create energy but only place regulations to limit energy.
10. Mick Mulvaney – Office of Management and Budget. This Tea Party supporter who supports the conservative House Freedom Caucus and led the effort to force out House Speaker John Boehner. Trump said, “Mulvaney has long been a strong voice in Congress for reining in out-of-control spending, fighting government waste and enacting tax policies that will allow working Americans to thrive.”
11. Stephen Bannon – Chief Strategist. A man that I had the pleasure of speaking to in the past. The strategist and campaign manager behind Trump winning. A conservative businessman, media executive, navy officer, and banker. He has connections and his news corporation of Breitbart News provided conservatives with the actual truth away from the liberal media.
12. A hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health).
13. A requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.
14. A 5-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service and a ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government with a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
15. Renegotiate NAFTA with our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
16. Begin vital energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline.
17. Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.
18. Cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities 19. Begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back
20. Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
21. Reduction in Taxes.
22. Create a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.
23. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment.
24. Provide our veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice.
This is by means everything. I did not mention the wall, which Paul Ryan is against. Trump will not only need to fight Democrats, he will need to fight those in his own party. Trump most likely will not be able to get everything done; but if he were to get 80% done, I will be happy as a conservative. There are many people in his ear, but I like most of those he has put within shouting distance to keep him focused on a conservative agenda. Those against Trump, like Larry Baca, are not so much fearful that Trump will fail, Baca is more fearful that Trump will succeed. Frank Aquila is president of the South San Joaquin Republicans and author of the book, “Sarah Palin Out of Nowhere.” He can be emailed at [email protected]
I don’t usually watch CNN, but after being snowbound in a motel for five days with no Fox News, I received an earful. Other than the mind-numbing, endless focus on the Russians supposedly hacking the election and finger pointing at Donald Trump for daring to challenge this hastily adopted assumption, it wasn’t all bad. I discovered someone on the left who was actually honest about their elitist position. Michael Smerconish, a journalist with the network, penned a piece on January 6 entitled “Getting Out of the Bubble,” which he read on air. In it, he confessed that he did not understand the support for Trump, because being more upper class he is “out of touch with 46 percent of the country.” He admits he lives in a “virtual gated community;” he doesn’t watch Duck Dynasty, his kids go to a good school and he drives a nice car, not a truck.
Smerconish observes how this divide arose, “Charles Murray was prescient five years ago when he wrote of the isolation of the new upper class and the negative consequences that flow when they are segregated from the working class.” The sociologist Murray came up with a quiz to show people like Smerconish how out of touch they’d become. Out of a possible 77 points, meaning you’re the most connected with the middle, working class, Smerconish scored only 42.
At the end of the piece, he begrudgingly agrees to mingle with the little people, “So look for me taking more meals at Cracker Barrel, shopping at Walmart or even lingering in the parking lot at Lincoln Financial Field instead of sidestepping tailgaters.”
Without Walmart, many in this country would go without necessities. Cracker Barrel provides homey, comfy food at rock-bottom prices, a better alternative to fast food for middle-class Americans traveling. However, wealthy “foodies” look down on the restaurant because it doesn’t provide a hip, snooty ambience.
Despising football is akin to looking down your nose on half of the population which loves NFL football. It is one of the great equalizers; anyone can enjoy football — regardless of their educational background — which is a primary reason why it’s despised by the left. Additionally, football is an easy target for the left to thumb their noses at, because of the large percentage of black players who are outspoken about their Christian faith. Smerconish may be unaware that despite the fact Seattle is one of the most left-wing cities in the country, almost everyone there loves the Seahawks. In fact, the city has gone downhill so much in recent years due to years of Democratic control that the Seahawks are almost all there’s left to like, so an almost cult-like worship of them has developed. I walked into a Safeway in the area on a game day and there were several displays throughout the store related to the Seahawks, including a large gift and clothing section, and 90 percent of the shoppers and employees were wearing Seahawks gear. It was surreal.
Looking down on hardworking Americans is nothing new, the left has long referred to “the masses” in a derogatory way. Smerconish’s comments remind me of the phrase “bread and circuses,” a reference to the Romans’ practice of giving poorer citizens extravagant circus games and cheap food in order to keep them complacent. Or Obama’s condescending remark about the regular middle class Americans in Smerconish’s own state of Pennsylvania, “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Smerconish essentially admits a lot of the left vs. right divide over the election came down to the left’s own favorite complaint, “income inequality.” The right comprises much of the lower and middle classes in this country, and they voted for Trump because they saw how the progressive policies of Obama had devastated their financial situations.
It is commendable of Smerconish to venture into the ranks of us “deplorables.” He’s a snob. But he admits as much, and wants to step outside of his narrow-minded, elitist lifestyle and explore the rest of America to become “better grounded.” His unconventional desire to change is likely due to the fact he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, so he does understand the plight of middle America struggling to make ends meet. He comes from a family of poor Eastern European immigrants, and was raised a Republican. However, he worked for former Republican Arlen Specter, and after working for him, admitted he really belonged on the left, voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and leaving the Republican Party in 2010.
Left-wing elites see everything as either red and blue, and so they miss the fact that everyone is different and America is still a free country. Hardworking Americans all over, regardless of political party, still retain pride in supporting their families no matter how difficult it is, rather than going on welfare. Smerconish is beginning to grasp this, but he’s not quite there yet. I recommend he visit a gun show, go on a fishing expedition, try bowling and drop by an evangelical church. He might enjoy these activities and find some answers to his soul-searching.
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By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio http://tunein.com/radio/American-Political-Radio-s273246/
“Evil and disgusting.” -Florida Governor Rick Scott on CNN late last Friday afternoon
This past Friday, January 6, 2017, at about 1pm EST, Islamic terrorism home, and hit hard, when South Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport came under siege.
Living in a Ft. Lauderdale suburb, I, like many of my fellow locals, sat glued to our televisions as the horrific events unfolded. Events that saw New Jersey-born, American citizen, and Iraq War combat veteran 26-year old Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, mow down in a mere 70 to 80 seconds 13 people waiting for their suitcases at Terminal 2’s Delta Airlines baggage claim area, and doing so in a cold-blooded yet clearly calculated and methodical way. Aiming directly for the head, Santiago murdered five innocent bystanders* and seriously injured eight others, most being tourists heading to Ft. Lauderdale based Caribbean cruise vacations.
And as per the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, 37 other people also sustained non life-threatening injuries during both the evacuation process itself and the panic that ensued after the shooting and amid fear that there might be a second shooter — which thankfully there was not.
See video of first shots fired here (view discretion advised):
See raw footage of the shooting aftermath here (viewer discretion advised): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H78NzZGoMgE
Captured without protest after he emptied the two cartridges he carried (roughly 15 rounds) into randomly chosen victims (the Walther 9mm semi-automatic handgun Santiago used was in his checked bag which as per federal rules can be declared and checked under the plane but not carried on). Santiago when taken into custody told the F.B.I. that the “voices in his head” were telling him to fight for ISIS, “voices” that the liberal do-gooders are now using to help set the stage for either a PTSD or an insanity defense. And this stage-setting gives the media much needed fodder to help twist facts into lies — lies they hope the gullible amongst us will swallow as they once again help to cover for and deflect away from the truth about this young man and his ties to Islamic terrorism of the domestic kind.
And remember that no matter what the media and the talking heads say, it must be understand that this attack was indeed a planned and carefully orchestrated deliberate act of terrorism perpetrated by an Islamic follower. And little if any credence must be given to Santiago’s family and friends who, as expected, are claiming that Santiago’s now exposed ‘troubled behavior’ began almost immediately after he returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, a sure sign that a PTSD defense for his actions will be the one the defense uses — the same defense used by the lawyers who defended the killer of American hero Kris Kyle.
But could this what most likely will be a PTSD blame game defense be an Obama and media fabricated construct designed to further take away our veteran’s rights and credibility. I would NOT put it passed them as Obama would love nothing better than to leave office by further defaming our military, especially since Santiago was already known by the Army for his ’troubled behavior’ and whose family claims the army did not do enough to help their ‘supposedly’ mentally ill relative.
Also known to both the Anchorage F.B.I. and to the Anchorage police, what is amazing is why then if Santiago (who had a minor criminal record) exhibited ‘troubled behavior’ to both, including telling the Anchorage F.B.I. that he had “terrorist thoughts” and was “influenced by ISIS” but was given mere lip-service to and dismissed. Was he not put on the ‘NO-Fly’ list, and why did the Anchorage police return a handgun to Santiago (some are now saying it’s the very gun he used in the airport massacre) that had been ‘temporarily’ taken away from him on November 7, 2016, when he underwent a police-ordered mental evaluation where he was deemed not mentally ill.
He was not deemed mentally ill, which is an important fact to remember as this gives more credence to the truth that Estaban Santiago-Ruiz was indeed a domestic terrorist of the homegrown sort.
This also means that if the Anchorage police had been more diligent in their jobs, if the F.B.I. had been more diligent in theirs, if the ‘red flags’ present for all to see had not basically been ignored, maybe then five innocent people would be alive today.
Now let’s delve into a few key truths about this homegrown terrorist. This Islamist hiding in plain sight. And while the media and this still-sitting administration is trying to get us to believe that Estaban Santiago-Ruiz either has PTSD or is completely mad…the fact is that this very man has admitted that he did the shooting and that it was pre-planned to cause as much carnage as possible. And yet the media refuses to admit, were told to ignore, or were ‘ordered’ to dare not speak of Santiago’s strong and yet undeniable Islamic ties.
And these ties include that:
So now that we know Santiago’s Islamic ties we can see how this event will be manipulated in order to render those ties unimportant, and how this case will then be twisted into Chris Kyle revisited albeit with more victims.
Want proof of that…let’s start with the fact that while the criminal complaint has already been filed by Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer, a complaint accusing Santiago of an act of violence at an international airport that resulted in death, in addition to it containing two firearms offenses, with the main offense carrying with it a maximum punishment of death or life in prison…I find it very interesting that certain officials in both Florida and Alaska are ruling out terrorism as a motive. And this includes Alaska U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler, who is making excuses for giving Santiago his November taken away gun back by claiming that with no formal adjudication of mental illness being issued that the police’s hands were tied.
Now add in that Marlin Ritzman, the F.B.I.’s special agent in charge, told reporters in Anchorage that there was no indication that Santiago worked with any other individuals when he planned and carried out the airport attack, thus being completely clueless to the fact that Santiago’s Islamic ties were as clear as the nose on his face. In fact, any ties no matter how small should have been an immediate ‘red flag.’
And cluelessness also extends to Ritzman’s Florida counterpart George Piro, who said that the “indications are that he came here to carry out this horrific attack” but that “We have not identified any triggers” and that “It appears the shooter was acting alone, but, again, it’s early in the investigation.”
Yes, it is early in the investigation but not too early to see that the Islamic-condoning Obama administration…and haven’t they been a wee bit too silent concerning this incident…coupled with media manipulation seems to be the order of the day as they attempt to twist an obvious act of Islamic terrorism into one of PTSD (remember Santiago was not deemed mentally ill, therefore, an insanity defense would be much harder to prove than one of PTSD)…and that not only is a slap in the face to those returning troops and vets who truly suffer its ravages but to our military as a whole as well.
So as we now await what the administration and the media wants us to believe is the motive behind the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting… and as we locals come to grips with the fact that Islamic terrorism has come to our South Florida paradise…just know that the gun-control loons will be out in full force as they willingly ignore the fact that just one person with a gun at the baggage claim area could have prevented the extent of the carnage, and maybe even save we taxpayers the expense of a trial for an Islamist who oh so proudly has already admitted his guilt.
But then again incidents like this are a hallmark of the Obama presidency (remember Ft. Hood, the Boston Massacre, Orlando, San Bernardino, and many others) and must be a part of his failed legacy for Barack HUSSEIN Obama and his traitorous ways built incidents like and now he and his ilk must take ownership of it.
* To date as I write this article, three of the five victims have been identified as Terry Andres, 62, a Norfolk Naval Shipyard employee from Virginia Beach; Olga Woltering, a great-grandmother from Georgia; and Michael Oehme, of Council Bluffs, Iowa…all murdered right before their spouses eyes. May they Rest in Peace…and may Islamic bastard Estaban Santiago-Ruiz rot in hell forever.
I’ve been from Luby’s to the ashes of Mount Carmel. As I watch the childish LiveFeeds on Facebook I reflect. People who have never been there, never paid the price, yet have an opinion, say they know everything, yet have not been there, or seen. They form groups, or causes, yet know nothing about the Bundy Ranch, or LaVoy Finicum, or CJ Grisham,
During the last week I have endeavored to calm the nerves of good people who have been put into an alarmist state by these “prophets of doom” spilling their half baked ideas all across the internet, and I am beginning to see some fruit come from my efforts. What has amazed me is the amount of education I’ve had to dispense in order to fill this prescription.
Back when I was in school it was mandatory that we took a civics class. In fact, Texas History was mandatory, too. We had to learn WHAT a democrat was, WHAT a republican was, WHY the Alamo happened, and just what position Texas held in the United States. It was incredibly boring, but we knew who our representatives were, when the elections were, and more specifically, just HOW those elections actually worked.
I learned about the electoral college in the fourth grade! That’s right. Our teacher explained in detail about how all the classrooms would have an election, and one, two, or three students would be chosen from each class to take the results of that vote to the office, and put a slip of paper in a shoe box. From that the student council president would be chosen. Then, it was explained about how one student from each class, no matter how large or small, would be chosen to serve on the council. I understood all of this in the fourth grade!
There were the usual heated discussions about “fair” and “unfair” and the teacher taught us the distinct difference between democracy, and republic. We resolved the issues at eight years old that people like Jill Stein are still struggling with today, and THAT, my fellow Americans, is what is why you saw demonstrators in the streets who hadn’t even bothered to vote!
Then along come the Facebook community commentators, who, while knowing very little about the process of government, have tons to say about false flags, red flags, and just about anything that seems to be on the rag. Back in the day we watched pro wrestling, but babies in diapers knew it was fake. We knew that Oral Roberts really couldn’t replace a missing leg, and read the National Enquirer for entertainment, NOT news! Now, these “alternative news” sources grace our iPads, with the exact same nonsense, and everyone runs to their doctor to up their blood pressure medicine. These “commentators” are no more a news source than Gorgeous George was a wrestler!
The people sucked in by all this are not stupid. They have been thrown into a fit over these stories and are genuinely upset. I said recently that the easy fix for this is just wait. The electoral college was hacked. No it wasn’t. George Soros owns the voting machines, and all votes are going to go for Hillary. No they didn’t. The electors are going to go renegade and thirty of them are going to jump the isle. No they didn’t. The results will be contested, and the joint session of congress will be thrown into debate, giving the victory to the democrats. Didn’t happen. Now, I’m just a simple old boy from Austin, but do y’all see a pattern here?
When Doc Greene jerked me off that porch, back in 2012, I didn’t know squat about Texas politics. Like my friend, Juan, says, “I ain’t even gonna lie to chew!” Oh, I understood the processes, learned THAT in the fourth grade, but issues, positioning, standings, and the political hybrid, “RINO” were things I had to learn, and learn I did. At first I took the Will Rodgers approach, replacing political knowledge with humor, and clever writing, but slowly I began to develop, and the humor was supplanted with actual political Savvy that would prove out, given time. That’s how I predicted that Donald Trump would be president during the first debates. I looked at the crowds. Oh, I learned to COUNT in the fourth grade, too.
I’ve told you about that pendulum that swings from left to right. Well, I was right on that one, too. Now, all of this wailing, and gnashing of teeth you hear from the left; did you think they’d take their medicine with a smile? We didn’t give them Castor Oil, we gave them an enema. They are in sack cloth, with the ashes of Mount Carmel being poured over their heads, and unlike the city from the Bible these people will not repent! They will whine, and scream, and generate fake news for any political novice on Facebook with a Livefeed to take, and run with. But, for every smooth talking head, sprinting for the goal post, there’s always a line backer like me to knock the wind out of them. The cheerleader who gets one too many beers and passes out gets REALLY upset when she wakes up in the back of a pickup wearing someone else’s shirt, and brothers and sisters, Donald Trump is going to put that shirt on the liberal left on January 20, 2017!
A black female cop. A woman doing what traditionally has been a “man’s” job. Now she wears the uniform of black oppression.
She’s no longer black, she’s become blue.
Don’t think because she’s a woman, she gets the easy job. Philly PD likely matched her with a seasoned male partner, black as well. Together they hit the mean streets, but again not as blacks, but as the enemy of blacks.
Just so we’re clear, the mean streets are not located in suburbia. In suburbia are the “clean streets.” The means streets mark the inner city.
The mean streets are run by a shot-caller. He’s the drug dealer who runs a territory, his turf. The shot-caller reports to a black politician who controls the ward or area, like an alderman or city councilman.
He or she reports to a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, as one of these clowns always maintain federal control of the plantations. Black neighborhoods run much like Indian reservations. The Fed allows autonomy, but maintains some authority, should things get out of hand. Usually, the shot-caller can maintain control, with the help of legit law-enforcement from time to time
The shot-caller also reports dotted-line subjugation to the mayor of the city. That mayor will undoubtedly be a Democrat and potentially is a black Democrat.
The attorney general will be a Democrat and could be black as well.
In short, the power structure that governs this black female cop’s life is full of Democrats, many of whom are black Democrats.
She likely voted Democrat. Her family certainly did. And now she faces a dilemma.
As she confronted the young girl, likely a young girl who reminded her of herself, she forgot her training. Instinct kicked in.
Survival on the street means don’t get punked. Punks get owned, thus she wouldn’t be punked.
However, cops have a different standard. They can’t react with “street.” Doing so could be a career ending move, though not doing so could be a life-ending move.
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In 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States changed the face of the nation when Chief Justice, Warren E. Burger, voted to legalize murder so long as the victim had yet to exit its mother’s womb. On the same day its sister case, Doe v. Bolton was decided, Roe v. Wade ruled that denying a woman an abortion was unconstitutional because it denied her 14th amendment right to privacy under the due process clause of that amendment. In the constitution, there are due process clauses in both the fifth as well as the 14th amendments. Due process clauses were included in our Constitution in order to protect citizens from the subjective denial of life, liberty and/or property by the government, outside of its own authority and power.
In this ruling, the Supreme Court immediately contradicts itself by citing the reason for the ruling as, “protecting [the people] from the governmental denial of life,” while simultaneously taking the right to life away from millions of unborn children. Furthermore, the decision is void of any legal standing, otherwise known as the ability of Jane Roe [Norma McCorvey] to demonstrate to the court sufficient connection to and harm from the law or action challenged to support that party’s participation in the case. When Norma McCorvey became pregnant with her third child, she went to Dallas to receive an abortion after she was ill advised, by close friends, to lie about being raped in order to receive a legal abortion in that state. However, her request was denied due to the fact that there was no police report authenticating McCorvey’s rape claim.
Following her failure to falsify the means by which her child was conceived, she sought an illegal abortion at a facility that had since been shut down. She was then referred to two local lawyers, who brought the case to the Supreme Court of Texas and, later, the Supreme Court of the United States. Therefore, by the time the Supreme Court ruled in her case, she had already given birth, thus proving that she did not have legal standing in order to assert the rights (or lack thereof) of other women. Additionally, McCorvey never actually presented the Supreme Court with a legitimate grievance and a plea for liberation from said grievance.Byron White, a member of the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative wing who retired in 1993 after 31 years on the bench, died April 15, 2002
Justice Byron White was the senior dissenting justice at the time and, subsequently, stated that he could, “see no constitutional warrant for imposing such an order of priorities on the people and legislatures of the States.”
Although it seems as though Roe v. Wade could not possibly be contradicted more than it has already been by itself, let us fast forward 34 years later to 2007 and the case of Gonzales v. Carhart. This case upheld the ruling against the use of partial-birth abortion in the United States unless the mother’s health presented to be in danger. The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was implemented in 2003 by then president Bush who deemed partial-birth abortion unconstitutional in the United States of America. Justice Anthony Kennedy voted to uphold the ban stating that partial-birth abortion still was unconstitutional.
Ironically, just a few decades earlier, the legality of abortion was affirmed and did not specify when a child could be legally murdered. Until the ruling of Roe v. wade is overturned because of how unconstitutional it is, then the ruling of Gonzales v. Carhart makes little to no sense whatsoever and directly contradicts the 1973 ruling—plain and simple. If a woman can have an abortion at 8 weeks, what is the difference if she has one at 8 months? Constitutionally, scientifically, and morally speaking, it is the same child inside of her—both at the second it is conceived up until the second it is born.
Therefore, if the government is willing to rule that it is legal for the child to be murdered inside the safest place it will ever know, then who’s to say when the mother can do so? After all, it is, in fact, her body both at the time of conception and at the time at birth. It is a contradiction of one case to another to say that at an indiscriminate point in the pregnancy the baby becomes its own person and no longer is part of the mother’s body. The admission that partial birth abortion is unconstitutional is the admission that a baby in the womb is a person with rights just as the rest of us.
Jan 6 (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has issued a blanket mandate requiring politically appointed ambassadors installed by President Barack Obama to leave their posts by Inauguration Day, the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand said on Friday.
“I will be departing on January 20th,” Ambassador Mark Gilbert said in a Twitter message to Reuters.
The mandate was issued “without exceptions” through an order sent in a State Department cable on Dec. 23, Gilbert said.
He was confirming a report in the New York Times, which quoted diplomatic sources as saying previous U.S. administrations, from both major political parties, have traditionally granted extensions to allow a few ambassadors, particularly those with school-age children, to remain in place for weeks or months.
Officials from the State Department and Trump’s transition team were was not immediately available for comment.
The order threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain, the New York Times reported.
A senior Trump transition official told the newspaper there was no ill will in the move, describing it as a simple matter of ensuring Obama’s overseas envoys leave the government on schedule, just as thousands of political aides at the White House and in federal agencies must do.
Trump has taken a strict stance against leaving any of Obama’s political appointees in place as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20, aiming to break up many of his predecessor’s signature foreign and domestic policy achievements, the newspaper said.
Diplomats told New York Times the order has thrown their personal lives into a tailspin, leaving them scrambling to secure living arrangements and acquire visas allowing them to stay in their countries so their children can remain in school.
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As many of you know I have been in facebook jail more times than I care to remember and all the times were simply for telling the truth about an administration and/or a candidate run amok. Being in Facebook jail was one of the reasons I started this blog, and you can read about that here: ‘A Blogger is Born’ at: http://thepatriotfactor.blogspot.com/2012/04/blogger-is-born-well-here-i-am-guys.html
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots
My most recent 30-day banning occurred last November and I was ‘paroled’ right before Christmas, and all the brouhaha was for calling Hillary a “socialist, lying, islamic-condoning, murdering (Benghazi) traitor”…words many know to be true. But who reported me to the ‘facebook gods’ remained the question that until just a few days ago went unanswered…that is until another facebook ‘parolee’ posted that if you go to your facebook settings, go to ‘blocking,’ and then type in ‘Facebook Security,’ that you will see a list of names who could be the culprits. Then try ‘blocking’ them and see what happens…some you can and some you cannot, and those that remain seem to the ones many of us have in common.
Well, I did just that and below is the post I made on facebook early this morning. Needless to say, this affects all who use facebook, but some of us are ‘targeted,’ if you will, for special scrutiny…me and my RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS partner Craig Andresen are but two of a ‘special’ few.
Below is the post and a larger screen captured shot of my ‘spies’…it would be interesting to see just how many of them we all have in common…which would indeed be an ‘aha’ moment as none of these people are facebook friends or even followers. It will also be interesting to see if this below post of mine gets taken down by the ‘facebook gods’ because if they do take it down we would then have proof positive that facebook is targeting and censoring conservatives and conservatives alone. And I do have the original shots stored away for safe keeping where even the ‘facebook gods’ cannot get to them.
“Very interesting…if you go to your FB settings, then over on the left side, go to “blocking” and type in “facebook security” you’ll get a long list of names. Try blocking those on the list. Some you can…others you cannot. What’s left…those you cannot block…these could very well be the FB spies who are watching Conservatives and tossing us into the infamous FB jail. These photos are of the people FB would NOT allow me to block…probably the very folks who are spying, reporting, and getting certain of my posts censored resulting in yet another stay in FB jail. If you go to Craig Andresen’s (my RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS partner) wall you will see he has most of the same people that I have…coincidence…I think NOT.”
Here is the direct link to the album itself…if it is still there that is…but again I’ve enclosed a larger screen captured shot of it as proof of all I said above.
And, as you delete your spies the very next day the ‘facebook gods’ add new ones to take their place…nice huh. Welcome to the facebook dictatorship.
The newly appointed prime minister of Italy is calling for massive changes in the country’s immigration policy for 2017. Paolo Gentiloni is expected to call for a full reversal on his predecessor’s policies which allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants enter Europe through Italy.
A two-page instructional document has been sent to police stations throughout Italy ordering officers to increase efforts to deport migrants. The document says the change is important to battle “a growing migratory pressure and an international context marked by instability and threats”.
And according to the report, Italy will open 16 detention centers for migrants while they are being arranged for return.
The Italian navy seized an overcrowded refugee boat last year as it overturned carrying at least 500 African migrants. The number of migrants arriving by boat increased by almost one fifth in 2016.
Since 2013, more than half-a-million migrants have arrived in Italy which is almost the entire population of Florence.
Anis Amri, the migrant man who drove a car into a Christmas market in Berlin last year, arrived in Europe via Italy.
Beppe Grillo, leader of the Five Star Movement party, has also called for drastic changes. “Until now, it has been time for sorrow, sympathy, solidarity,” he says. But now, “it is time to act and protect.”
Source: Justin Holcomb @ TownHall.com
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Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, 26, took a flight from Alaska to Florida Friday and allegedly got into an argument somewhere along the way. He arrived in Florida with a gun that had previously been in his checked bag.
“He claimed his bag and took the gun from baggage and went into the bathroom to load it. Came out shooting people in baggage claim,” said Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca.
Passengers are legally allowed to travel with guns and ammunition as long as the firearms are unloaded, secured in a lock box and not brought on board the plane as a carry-on. They must be declared to the airline at check-in.
Earlier reports claimed Santiago-Ruiz came in on a flight from Canada. On the company’s Twitter account, Air Canada confirmed that no one by that name was on their flight.
Authorities were able to apprehend the suspect without having to fire their own weapons when he apparently ran out of bullets. Witnesses said he threw down his firearm and laid down on the floor.
In November 2016, he walked into an FBI office in Anchorage claiming that he was being forced to fight for ISIS and was sent to a psychiatric hospital, officials revealed.
In 2011 or 2012, he was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations for child porn. Three weapons and a computer were seized, but there was not enough evidence to prosecute, according to law enforcement sources.
We have been living in a country where the admission of affiliation with the most dangerous and radicalized terrorist group in the world is dismissed and ignored. Gun control is not the problem here, it’s our leadership that is that real problem.
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The following is adapted from a speech delivered on December 2, 2016, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.
The astonishing political campaign of 2016 involved much debate about whether Donald Trump is a conservative. He was not always facile with the lingo of conservatism, and he pointed out once that he was seeking the nomination of the Republican, not the conservative party. Yet there is a lot we can learn from him about conservatism.
What is conservatism? It is a derivative term: it refers to something outside itself. We cannot conserve the present or the future, and the past being full of contradiction, we cannot conserve it entirely. In the past one finds heroism and villainy; justice and injustice; freedom and slavery. Things in the past are like things in the present: they must be judged. Conservative people know this if they have any sense.
What then makes them conservative? It is the additional knowledge that things that have had a good reputation for a long time are more trustworthy than new things. This is especially true of original things. The very term principle refers to something that comes first; to change the principle of a thing is to change it into something else. Without the principle, the thing is lost.
If American conservatism means anything, then, it means the things found at the beginning of America, when it became a nation. The classics teach us that forming political bonds are natural to people, written in their nature, stemming from the divine gift they have of speech and reason. This means in turn that the Declaration of Independence, where the final causes of our nation are stated, and the Constitution of the United States, where the form of government is established, are the original things. These documents were written by people who were friends and who understood the documents to pursue the same ends. Taken together they are the longest surviving things of their kind, and under their domain, our country spread across a continent and became the strongest nation on earth, the bastion of freedom. These documents do not appeal to all conservatives, but I argue that they should, both for their age and for their worthiness.
It follows then that if Donald Trump helps to conserve these things, he is a conservative in the sense that matters most to the republic of the Americans. Will he?
He will have a hard road. Today the authority of these two documents is in obvious decline for obvious reasons. In the academy, they are rejected as obsolete or evil, and this opinion spreads throughout the talking classes, most everywhere in education, journalism, and entertainment. It has spread widely and deeply into the law. As a result, our government has swollen beyond recognition, and it is centralized to a degree unimagined in the Constitution. Laws are made now chiefly by regulatory agencies that combine in themselves all three powers of government. The popular or elected branches may overturn these regulations only when they unite to do so, and this is increasingly rare. So every institution in society is in principle subject to comprehensive regulation. Every employer, every school, many clubs, and family life itself are now the subject of rules too complex for the layperson to grasp. These rules are not always enforced, nor can they be, but Americans sense that they better be looking over their shoulders, careful of what they say.
This has changed the way we live. Compliance increasingly replaces law-abidingness as the public goal. Laws, the Founders held, must be simple, few, and constant. Then we may all know what they are, live under them, and help to enforce them. This makes us equal, ruler and ruled. It means that we do not quail before the forces of the law. We are the forces of the law. Compliance, by contrast, means adapting constantly to changing and complex instructions from central authorities, and it means the employment of specialists to interpret the regulations and make sure others conform. In addition to this, whole populations, and not only in the inner city, live in long-term dependence on the government (read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance). It means that the government is separate from the people, and it means that the government grows.
These new features of American government present a danger implicit in the manner of our Constitution. Ours, wrote Madison, is the first nation to adopt purely representative forms. This means that all sovereignty or authority to rule is located in the governed or in the people. But at the same time, the people do not occupy the offices of government—as they did, for instance, in Athenian democracy. America’s pure or simple “republicanism,” as Madison called it, makes possible the separation of powers both between the governed and their government and also inside the parts of the government. The sovereign people delegate their authority to the government, separately to separate places. This separation is both horizontal, among the branches of the federal government, and vertical, between the states and the federal government. The people themselves are outside the government, and they may intervene only at election time. Between elections, they watch, judge, and argue—in other words, they think before they act. Over time, but only over time, they may replace the whole lot. This system limits both their power and the power of those in government.
Today, however, the government has grown so large that it is a major factor in everything, including elections, and is in the position of taking on a will of its own. It is on the verge of being too big for private people to manage. This is the political crisis of our time. No policy question, with the exception of imminent major war, which we do not have right now, can matter so much.
Trump has addressed this problem more directly than anyone since Ronald Reagan—in some ways, more than anyone including Reagan. He would drain the swamp. He would abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education. He has rallied the people in direct opposition to their governing elite. He has appealed to the people directly in opposition to their government. And what has he achieved?—from nothing, a constitutional majority that controls all the popular branches at the federal level, soon to have a profound effect on the judiciary. In addition, his party advanced from a strong position in state legislatures and governorships. The party of Trump, if the Republican Party is that party, is in a position to make changes, as good or better a position as it has enjoyed since the Great Society.
Tilikum, the orca that killed someone at SeaWorld in Orlando 7 years ago, has died.
The giant mammal died Friday. It’s unclear what killed him, but he had been treated for a nagging bacterial infection.
The killer whale — which was around 36 years old — killed a trainer back in 2010. He was a central figure in the documentary, “Blackfish,” the show which created a backlash against keeping killer whales in captivity.
Tilikum was also involved in 2 other deaths back in the ’90s.
Long ago, back in an America before “Hope and Change” changed our hope to dread, we used to have peaceful and dignified transfers of power when one party replaced the other in the Oval Office. When Bill Clinton and Ross Perot defeated George the First he left Bubba the following note:
When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.
I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.
There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.
You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.
Your success is now our country’s success. I am rooting for you.
That was a class act and a hard one to follow especially for people who allow partisanship and acrimony to eclipse good taste and good manners.
Even the Clinton loving New York Times reported that the transition from the Clinton Inter-lewd to George the Second was anything but dignified. It was instead sophomoric. According to the Times:
The General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress, said today that “damage, theft, vandalism and pranks did occur in the White House complex” in the presidential transition from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush. The agency put the cost at $13,000 to $14,000, including $4,850 to replace computer keyboards, many with damaged or missing W keys.
Some of the damage, it said, was clearly intentional. Glue was smeared on desk drawers. Messages disparaging President Bush were left on signs and in telephone voice mail. A few of the messages used profane or obscene language.
“A Secret Service report documented the theft of a presidential seal that was 12 inches in diameter from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building,’’ next to the White House, on Jan. 19, 2001, the accounting office said.
Six White House employees told investigators that they had seen graffiti derogatory to Mr. Bush on the wall of a stall in a men’s room. Other White House employees saw a sticker in a filing cabinet that said, “Jail to the thief,” implying that Mr. Bush had stolen the 2000 election.
Following in the tradition of the now discredited and finally discarded Clintons the classless exit is being delivered not by nameless faceless staffers but instead by POTUS himself on the world stage. Unfortunately the last days of our first anti-colonialist president and his anti-American regime is marked by the only bi-partisan approach of his divisive reign. RINOs in Congress are helping him in his efforts to torpedo the incoming Trump Revolution from accomplishing the work we have sent them to the swamp-on-the-Potomac to accomplish.
From the president who sent his own campaign team to Israel to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in his election we get hyperbolic outrage at accusations of Russian hacking and leaks during the 2016 presidential campaign. He says he knew about the hacks months ago. Yet he didn’t think they were worth mentioning until his hand-picked successor and his policies were rejected at the ballot box.
Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona told MSNBC, President-elect Donald Trump was the real target of the sanctions, which booted 35 Russian intelligence operatives out of the U.S. and shut down Russian intelligence complexes in New York and Maryland.
“This administration somehow has the notion that this would change the election. They’re really trying to delegitimize the election itself. That’s the main motivation here,” said Franks, a member of the House Committee on Armed Services.
“And I think it’s just unfortunate that this president forgets that most of these e-mails came from WikiLeaks, who claimed they got them from disgruntled DNC staffers.”
In addition to being misdirected they were ineffective and merely showed the impotence and ineffectiveness of the Obama Administration. According to former UN Ambassador John Bolton Putin showed utter contempt for Obama in his measured response to his President Obama’s better never than late response to the accusations of Russian hacking.
Kellyanne Conway, who will serve as Trump’s counselor to the president, told CNN Thursday, “I will tell you that even those who are sympathetic to President Obama on most issues are saying that part of the reason he did this today was to quote ‘box in’ President-elect Trump.”
Personally I would like to echo an astute observation by Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst “The perception that an outgoing U.S. president is trying to box in and sabotage the foreign policy of his successor hurts the global reputation of America’s democratic system.”
We also have BHO’s stunning reversal of American policy allowing the condemnation of Israel to go forward. After protecting Israel with our veto power since 1949 in the waning days of his soon to be repudiated and reversed Progressive regime BHO ordered his team at the UN to abstain from a key vote. Thus the anti-Jewish UN was finally able to condemn Israel and add fuel to the flames of hatred. Not only did the Obama administration refuse to block the move they are accused by Israel of helping to write the resolution and for pushing others to vote for it.
The blizzard of economically strangling regulations continued to pour out of the Obama White House even as it slowly sinks beneath the political horizon. President Obama poured on thousands more new regulations in 2016 at a rate of 18 for every new law passed, according to an analysis of his team’s expansion of federal authority. While Congress passed just 211 laws, Obama’s team issued an accompanying 3,852 new federal regulations, some costing billions of dollars.
The 2016 total was the highest annual number of regulations under Obama. The proof that it was an overwhelming year for rules and regulations is in the Federal Register, which ended the year Friday by printing a record-setting 97,110 pages, according to the analysis from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
We only have one president at a time. We all get that. And until January 20th 2017 that is still BHO. Unless he does an abrupt U-turn, ends his attempts to undermine his successor, thwart the will of the people, and show a little class to his everlasting shame he may well be remembered as the lamest duck of all.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens [email protected] Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens and Kayla Adanalian
More foreigners are complaining about discrimination and Donald Trump hasn’t even taken the oath of office. This time it’s Samoans, which I always thought were New Zealand’s problem, but evidently are ours.
The Telegraph reports two businessmen “filed complaints to the US Transportation Department after they were weighed before boarding a flight from Honolulu – and assigned specific seats to keep the aircraft’s load evenly distributed.”
One of the weighees, claims the rule is “discriminatory because it only applies to those flying to or from American Samoa,” which pretty much proves his claim false, since a rule that applies to everyone by definition can’t be discrimination.
Hawaiian Airlines is fighting obesity — or at least poking it in the side — in two ways. First passengers flying to or from Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, are barred from selecting seats online and must endure the instrumental version of “Fat–Bottomed Girls” while completing their purchase. Later at the airport everyone is weighed before boarding.
This fact alone creates a mental picture of American Samoa that’s not appealing and pretty much flies in the face of all Pacific tourism advertising. If you’re getting the feeling it would require a tarpaulin rather than a sarong to cover the women of Samoa, you’re correct.
The CIA has done research into the topic — why fight hard–to–find ISIS when it’s so much easier to locate the obese — and its World Factbook informs us American Samoa has the highest rate of obesity in the world.
And this is without a single Old Country Buffet location on the entire island.
The spooks found 74.6 percent of the population comes in the large economy size. But since Samoans haven’t stopped eating since 2008 when the research was done, more current estimates “claim the obesity rate could now be as high as 94 percent.”
Since Jenny Craig’s nation–building effort has evidently failed, the airline was forced to weigh all passengers in the balance. “Our aircraft cabin weight was heavier than projected. This requires us to manage the distribution of weight across each row in our cabin and we have elected to do so by making sure that one seat in each row is either empty or occupied by a traveller under the age of 13,” a spokesman explained.
Samoa Air, which competes on the same route, came up with a solution in 2013 that’s completely neutral. It determines all passenger fares based on weight. Wikipedia ran the numbers and the program works like this: “The fare is calculated by multiplying a base fare (depending on the route flown) by the total weight of the passenger plus their luggage. So a passenger flying from Apia to Asau weighing 176 lbs. and carrying 45 lbs. of luggage would pay $132 for the flight (220 lbs. x $1.32 base fare), while another passenger weighing 132 lbs. and traveling without luggage would pay $79.20 for the same flight. Children are charged in the same way at a 75 percent rate.”
That’s a much more equitable fare structure. I think the bodybuilder that weighs 300 lbs. should pay a premium just like the couch potato who weighs 300 lbs. Right now flying in the US is airborne Obamacare only in this instance smaller people’s ticket prices are subsidizing larger people.
On second thought, here on the ground a lot of the pre–existing condition class is made up of people who annex your armrest when you share a row. And to add insult to injury they often claim a disability and board early, getting your overhead space, too.
Weighing passengers is certainly less punitive than the baggage–sizing boxes at the gate. Sadistic gate agents know any bag larger than an Altoids box won’t fix in those Iron Maidens, which are designed solely to force passengers to check bags.
A slight modification to Samoa’s idea would make the fares more palatable for US flyers. Airlines could publish height and weight ranges for passengers. I was 6 feet tall before I got married and my wife crushed my spirit. That height and my 186 lbs. puts me squarely in the 160 — 196 lb. range for males, so no extra charge for me, but if I was over then it’s only fair to add to the fare.
If a passenger is below their weight range and able to get down the Jetway unassisted then I think a rebate is in order.
The only downside to a weight–based fare structure is it would encourage parents to ship their kids more frequently. I can’t decide which is worse: A dormant obese person passively invading my space, or a juvenile kicking the back of my seat.
Sources confirm that the gunman is in custody after shooting nine people and killing five.
An airport spokesman said that the center of the incident was in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2. It does not appear that the shooter breached the TSA-secured area of the airport.
Video from the airport Friday afternoon showed hundreds of passengers corralled together on the tarmac with emergency vehicles parked outside the terminal with lights flashing.
Flights are still going in and out of the airport and the FAA says that impact on flights are ‘minimal’.
However, with roads shut down around the airport, getting to the airport will be difficult for some passengrs.
Travelers have been advised to contac theri ailies before going to the airport
Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to Ft. Lauderdale to be briefed on the situation.
With President Obama’s days in the White House coming to a close, he stresses that one of his biggest regrets is failing to secure gun control. While in his native Chicago, whose gun control laws are among the strictest in the nation, gun murder rates reached a high last year by almost doubling 2015. Chicago had 746 murders in 2016, proving that tighter gun control laws are not the answer.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by the shooting in Florida this morning.
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