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Temple to Journalist’s Self–Regard Falls on Hard Times

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:42am

Evidently, America just wasn’t that in to you.

The Newseum, a 250,000–square–foot Nexus of Narcissism for America’s journalists is in danger of closing. Originally opened 20 years ago, the Newseum is journalism’s valentine to itself. A museum designed to tell a breathless public everything it could possibly want to know about all that’s warm and wonderful about reporters.

That’s a tough sell when journalists are tied with lawyers in the public’s disdain ranking.

A better way to think of the Newseum is as a celebration of the interpreters of an event rather than the event itself.

I’m sure if historians were mentioned in the Constitution, that profession might have tried the same gambit. Fortunately we’ve been spared the “Histeum.”

The media, as it never tires of telling us, is mentioned in the Constitution and to prove it the Newseum has the First Amendment etched on the front of this Pennsylvania Avenue Preening Palace, but that’s only window dressing.

It would have been more fitting to simply install the world’s largest mirror so the Opposition Media could admire itself as members of the profession entered the building.

This tangible demonstration of the journalistic ego contains 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, PLUS 15 theaters, a conference center, parking garage, apartments AND a Wolfgang Puck restaurant.

For comparison purposes we have two other museums dedicated to the 2nd Amendment — also in the Constitution although journalists often pretend otherwise. The NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA is only 15,000–square–feet and the J. M. Davis Arms Museum in Claremore, OK totals another 40,000–square–feet. This makes the combined total less than 20 percent of Battleship News.

The Newseum was originally founded in Arlington, VA but as far was the sophisticates who ran the place were concerned they may as well have been in Claremore. They longed for the bright lights. So in 2008 the facility moved to Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the Capitol.

Timing couldn’t have been worse. The Newseum greatly increased its expenses just when the journalism profession was beginning its long slow decline. A mausoleum would have made more sense.

Newseum marketers had as much trouble convincing tourists to visit as journalists had convincing those same Middle Americans to vote for Hillary. Adult tickets costing $24.95 didn’t help either. While the National Air and Space Museum had 7 million visitors in 2016 the Newseum had a mere 800,000, which according to the Washington Post, brought in $7.5 million in revenue.

Even hijacking captive audiences of school children on field trips, PR events trying to buy journo good will and industry confabs weren’t enough to cover the operating nut. To keep the Newseum from closing like a suburban newspaper, the Freedom Forum, formerly the Gannett Foundation, has been pumping approximately $20 million a year into the budget for a total of $500 million.

That’s a lot of money for a vanity project.

I’m a journalist myself and I never had any interest in visiting “my” museum.

In WaPost coverage of the Newseum’s problems mention is made of some of the more interesting exhibits, like the “interactive displays and exhibitions on 9/11, the FBI and the Unabomber, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Newer exhibitions include one on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement and ‘First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets.’”

But the exhibits are all derivative. Journalists didn’t accomplish any of those events. They observed those events. Heck, they didn’t even clean up after the presidential dogs!

Visiting the Newseum and expecting a firsthand experience is like going to Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant and instead of being allowed to eat, they hand you a copy of the food critic’s review.

I’ve been trying to think about what would get me to visit and I came up with a list of journalistically–related exhibits that have real tourist interest:

  • An animatronic display with a copy editor — like Lincoln at Disneyland — explaing the proper usage of “fewer” versus “less” and why beer doesn’t need an ‘s’ to be plural
  • A small, tasteful display with the last vestige of CNN’s credibility
  • Brian William’s bullet–holed Katrina ballistic vest
  • Hillary’s 35,000 email messages
  • Katie Couric’s before and after facelift photos
  • The last offering envelope used by a major network anchor
  • And the biggest attraction of all: The Ark of Political Correctness

If the staff wants to adopt any of my ideas, they’re going to have to move fast. The Freedom Forum is getting ready to turn off the subsidy spigot. As Wayne Reynolds, a former Newseum board member put it, “Who would give them money when they were losing $30 million a year? People typically don’t want to salvage a sinking ship.”

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Friend Sociopath

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:49am

so·ci·o·path
ˈsōsēōˌpaTH/
noun
1. a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.

The loser of the election is NOT a sociopath. Let that thought sit for a while. When people hear the word, “sociopath,” they pee on the fire, and call in the dogs, but let’s examine friend sociopath. Sociopaths dominate history. Remember Caesar? “I came, I saw, I conquered.” No, he mauled his way through Germania, and Gaul on his way to the British Isles, turned, came back, mauled his way into Rome, went to the senate where they mauled HIM! I outta be a history teacher.

The Crusades? The Muslims just thought they were bad until all them Europeans who never had a bath in their lives showed up to show them what a broad sword was really for. Even Joan de Arc! “Oh, Wilbur, don’t go there!” Uh, that’s a real sword hanging from her belt, and the “voices” are telling her who to use it on! Cute chick though. Matter of fact, if you look at any, and all successful military campaigns in history you’ll find a guy, or gal sitting at or near the top of the food chain that’s just a tad bit self centered.

So why do we put up with these people. The answer is simple. They get things done which benefit society as a whole. The CEO who fires half the company to bring up the bottom line, which in the end helps the survivors. The general who ignores all common sense, and cuts a path across Europe because the OTHER sociopath in Berlin has to be stopped! The president who tears up the government because he knows the way the country is going will lead to ruin and his family will lose all their money! Yeah, I really said that. The shortest, most logical path to the goal is always the sociopathic mission statement.

Sociopaths are not “crazy” as you would think. Unlike psychopaths the KNOW right from wrong, they just don’t CARE! Personal success is the ultimate goal. The rising star in the company knows he can’t kill his rival, so he kills his rival’s reputation. He doesn’t take his opponent’s life, he takes his life AWAY! If he rises to the top, and becomes the CEO he’s the one who fires half the company, and gives everybody left a raise!

It’s plumb Biblical. Judges: 20:6 “And I took my concubine, and cut her to pieces, and sent her throughout the country of the inheritance of Israel… “ Gives the phrase “Get a little piece” a whole new perspective, doesn’t it? As a writer I would instruct the author on the boring nature of repeating “ands” but I’m fully aware this cat was a sociopath. The rule remains the same, the ultimate goal was achieved by carving up a girl friend.

I’m going to leave you with a test. There are two sisters. The mother dies, and at the funeral a well dressed young man expresses his sympathy, and they all exchange phone numbers. The young man never called. About a month later one sister kills the other. The question to you is why did she do that? Well, the most logical reason would be the sisters got into a jealous quarrel, and seeing that their mother had just died, with emotions running high, the argument over the young man got out of control. Involuntary manslaughter, or girlslaughter, whichever the case may be. Anyway, you’d be wrong, and by the way you’re normal. No, since the young man had not called, and the killer with her stated goal of starting a new life after the death of her mother, hoped he would show up at the NEXT funeral. Sort of like Hillary, don’t you think? Oh, by the way if you made choice number two, run for office.

Clevenger & Witt

 

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WHAT STILL UNITES US?

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 5:33pm

Decades ago, a debate over what kind of nation America is roiled the conservative movement.

Neocons claimed America was an “ideological nation” a “creedal nation,” dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.”

Expropriating the biblical mandate, “Go forth and teach all nations!” they divinized democracy and made the conversion of mankind to the democratic faith their mission here on earth.

With his global crusade for democracy, George W. Bush bought into all this. Result: Ashes in our mouths and a series of foreign policy disasters, beginning with Afghanistan and Iraq.

Behind the Trumpian slogan “America First” lay a conviction that, with the Cold War over and the real ideological nation, the USSR, shattered into pieces along ethnic lines, it was time for America to come home.

Contra the neocons, traditionalists argued that, while America was uniquely great, the nation was united by faith, culture, language, history, heroes, holidays, mores, manners, customs and traditions. A common feature of Americans, black and white, was pride in belonging to a people that had achieved so much.

The insight attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville – “America is great because she is good, and if America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great” – was a belief shared by almost all.

What makes our future appear problematic is that what once united us now divides us. While Presidents Wilson and Truman declared us to be a “Christian nation,” Christianity has been purged from our public life and sheds believers every decade. Atheism and agnosticism are growing rapidly, especially among the young.

Traditional morality, grounded in Christianity, is being discarded. Half of all marriages end in divorce. Four-in-10 children are born out of wedlock. Unrestricted abortion and same-sex marriage – once regarded as marks of decadence and decline – are now seen as human rights and the hallmarks of social progress.

Tens of millions of us do not speak English. Where most of our music used to be classic, popular, country and western, and jazz, much of it now contains rutting lyrics that used to be unprintable.

Where we used to have three national networks, we have three 24-hour cable news channels and a thousand websites that reinforce our clashing beliefs on morality, culture, politics and race.

Consider but a few events post-Charlottesville.

“Murderer” was painted on the San Fernando statue of Fr. Junipero Serra, the Franciscan who founded the missions that became San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan Capistrano and Santa Clara.

America’s oldest monument honoring Columbus, in Baltimore, was vandalized. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia called for Robert E. Lee’s statue to be removed from the Capitol and replaced by – Pocahontas.

According to legend, this daughter of Chief Powhatan saved Capt. John Smith from being beheaded by throwing herself across his neck. The chief was a “person of interest” in the disappearance of the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke Island, among whose missing was Virginia Dare, the first European baby born in British America.

Why did Kaine not call for John Smith himself, leader of the Jamestown Colony that fought off Indian attacks, to be so honored?

In New Orleans, “Tear It Down” was spray-painted on a statue of Joan of Arc, a gift from France in 1972. Besides being a canonized saint in the Catholic Church and a legendary heroine of France, what did the Maid of Orleans do to deserve this?

Taken together, we are seeing the discoverers, explorers and missionaries of North America demonized as genocidal racists all. The Founding Fathers are either slave owners or sanctioners of slavery.

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Our nation-builders either collaborated in or condoned the ethnic cleansing of Native Americans. Almost to the present, ours was a land where segregationists were honored leaders.

Bottom line for the left: Americans should be sickened and ashamed of the history that made us the world’s greatest nation. And we should acknowledge our ancestors’ guilt by tearing down any and all monuments and statues that memorialize them.

This rising segment of America, full of self-righteous rage, is determined to blacken the memory of those who have gone before us.

To another slice of America, much of the celebrated social and moral “progress” of recent decades induces a sense of nausea, summarized in the lament, “This isn’t the country we grew up in.”

Hillary Clinton famously described this segment of America as a “basket of deplorables … racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic … bigots,” and altogether “irredeemable.”

So, what still unites us? What holds us together into the indefinite future? What makes us one nation and one people? What do we offer mankind, as nations seem to recoil from what we are becoming, and are instead eager to build their futures on the basis of ethnonationalism and fundamentalist faith?

If advanced democracy has produced the disintegration of a nation that we see around us, what is the compelling case for it?

A sixth of the way through the 21st century, what is there to make us believe this will be the Second American Century?

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A Laudable Intent

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 3:20pm

               A Laudable Intent
The Reconstruction And America’s First         Cold War

America’s Monumental  Mistake Part III

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, or so I’ve been told. It makes a person wonder what the road to heaven is paved with.

 

That Abraham Lincoln was elected President was due almost entirely to his nomination of Andrew Johnson, a democrat, and a confederate sympathizer as his Vice President. Sharing the power of the law through political compromise is known as power politics, and it rarely bears anything but bitter fruit. Thus it came to be that America came to suffer endless bitterness and spite, the result of men who took power through the appeasement of a minority of voters, who were nonetheless numerous enough to force the majority to compromise. Have we seen this in recent history?

 

Andrew Johnson, the compromise, became a crucial piece in the game of survival for those persons who believe in separatist powers within the state of a union which provides the means for prosperity. A prosperity meant, by the rules implied by our social contract to be shared. These separatists, royalist in truth, devise rules for themselves which differ from the rules that bind the common citizens of the union, allowing them to reap profits beyond reason, and they abide among us yet, and the reconstruction is why.

Put simply, there were three plans for reconstruction: there was President Lincoln’s plan, Vice President Johnson’s plan, and the plan devised by a congress, which, much like today, was completely controlled by radical republicans. While Lincoln’s plan was similar to Johnson’s in that they were both designed to bring the confederate states back into the union with all possible speed, they were polarized by the fact that Johnson wanted to allow the the important players in the confederacy to retain their property, and the continued right to devise and implement laws that differed from those of the union. Lincoln wanted immediate rights of citizenship, union citizenship, to be conferred on the freedmen, a thing he knew would never come to pass if the confederacy were left intact, and so his plan called for immediate union citizenship for all persons of the former confederate states, and the discontinued rights to govern by former confederate leaders. The plan of the congress was to deal harshly with not just former confederate leaders, but all white southerners, and to give the freedmen the balance of political power in the former confederacy. When that idiot Booth shot Lincoln, that left two competing plans. To make a long and complicated story short, what ensued was three years of chaos. Four million slaves freed with no place to go, A president at odds with his congress, so much so, that in addition to coming within one single vote of impeachment on three occasions, the first instance of important law vetoed by the president overridden by congress for the first time in our history. It saw the fourteenth amendment, and the first civil rights act, and the person charged with implementing reconstruction, soon to be president Grant, slipping around direct orders from the president, and using the military to prosecute members of the KKK, and a lesser known group, the Knights of the White Camellia, a terrorist group formed in the lower southern states and Texas, which was far more violent than the KKK. It is beyond the imagination of our parents generation to see such upheaval in so short a time, partly, I believe because the Cold War between capitalism and communism masked the Cold War between the south and the rest of the union, but we, today’s Americans understand that permanent change is upon us.

While most would say that reconstruction was born of a laudable intent, that both sides in the controversy crafted their roads with good intent, I wonder. I also wonder how we will feel when later in our own period of reconstruction, for that is what is happening; impelled by the failure to disenfranchise the former leaders of the confederacy, when the memorial wall to those fallen in the Vietnam war is torn down. Oh yes, those behind our current reconstruction view Vietnam as an evil war, and all monuments to those who fought in it will come down. How will the families of the fallen of that war feel? Ask a southern man or woman, they’ll tell you.

 

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Make America Great Again

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 2:21pm

I know a very intelligent man who says, “All politicians lie, the good ones do it convincingly.”

The Donald won his miraculous victory based on promises that built an agenda to make America great again. These promises basically said that he would address three areas, the economy, the wall, and taxes.  How’s he doing so far?

The S&P 500 has added more than two trillion in market value since Trump’s election.  This is an astounding run for a bull market.  Records have been broken, and broken, and then broken again.

I call this the Trump Bump.

Economy growing: check.

What about the wall?

Homeland Security has issued a waiver to certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers in the vicinity of the international border near Calexico, California. The waiver was published in the Federal Register today so construction of the border wall can begin.

How can this be?  I thought from hearing the media cartels storyline that this would never happen.

In legislation already on the books Congress provided the Secretary of Homeland Security with a number of authorities necessary to carry out its border security mission.

Current law provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States. In laws already in effect Congress called for the installation of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors on the southwest border.  In this legislation Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that the Secretary, in his sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads authorized.

DHS is implementing President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, enforcing laws already on the books laws that’ve been unenforced for years and is taking steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the border.

In other words despite the fake news the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media keep spinning President Trump is moving forward with his promise to build the wall.

Wall underway: Check.

What about taxes?

For years I’ve predicted that if we would reform the bewildering tax code, personally I advocate for a flat tax of 15%, lower the corporate tax, allow the repatriation of foreign holdings, and scale back regulation our economy would take off like a rocket.  The Trump administration is eliminating sixteen regulations for every new one.  Throw tax reform into the mix and maybe we’re about to see if that prediction has been valid.  Two trillion in growth may pale in comparison to what Americans can do if we remove the shackles forged by the anti-capitalist Progressives over the last twenty-nine years.

If we can corral enough RINOs we can pass the president’s tax reform plan.

Donald Trump promised that if we elected him together we would make America great again.  Since the day of his election he’s been under assault by the establishment.  It’s been unrelenting and according to the latest survey coverage has been 91% negative.  It’s become so ludicrous that if the President walked on water the headline would be, “Trump can’t swim!”  If he changed water into wine it would be, “Trump encourages alcoholism!”  And if he raised the dead it would be, “Trump attacks the funeral parlor industry!”

Even the politically blind can see through this haze of bias and partisanship disguised as journalism.  Even those made deaf by Progressive indoctrination disguised as education can hear that the political hacks and their media megaphone are doing a hatchet job on a man who sacrificed a life as a successful entrepreneur to work a thankless job for the benefit of his country.

Why?  What could induce someone to leave a life of luxury surrounded by a loving family all working together to accomplish great things?  Why would one of the most successful builders in American history leave his own plans in the hands of others to take on a job draining a swamp?  Why give up the life of a super star idolized and lionized by millions to be caricatured and hated by those driven mad because they didn’t get their way?

Why?

To make America great again that’s why.

Remember the man who said, “All politicians lie, the good ones do it convincingly.”  My vote went to a non-politician because I hoped a businessman might tell me the truth.

Let’s dedicate ourselves to doing anything and everything we can to support the President in his goal.  Contact your Senators.  Call your Representative.  Let them know that you want them to help not hinder the President.  Let them know you want them to forget about getting themselves re-elected and instead work to Make America Great Again!

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 Owen

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Conservative Rallies Don’t Work

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 10:43am

Conservative rallies don’t work! Write that down, there’ll be a test later. There are many reasons for this. Two come to mind, conservatives have jobs, and they voice their opinions in the voting booth, not at rallies. When CJ Grisham held his gun rallies the turnout was disappointing, but when the vote came to the floor, open carry became the law.

On the other hand, liberals, by virtue of just the age demographics alone, have the time, and energy to hike up Capitol Hill, be it Washington, or Austin, and join the party no matter what the cause is so long as it isn’t Donald Trump! The two airhead girls who were interviewed by the Alex Jones crew were prime examples. After a few simple questions they ran away in tears. They had no political foundation, no information, and probably didn’t really know what the event was about, save it had something to do with Trump being white. But, they came to the rally!

The forward march to make America great again will be completed by steady persistence, and unwavering focus on just why Trump was elected in the first place. You need to note that it was a sweep. Not just the White House. Congress, the senate, and more than a few surprises on the state level. It wasn’t the democrats, it wasn’t the republicans, it was the FedUp party. It was people fed up with small time hustlers in North Korea rattling their chains while we argue about toilets. It was a president who wouldn’t even utter the phrase, “Radical Islam” as states are dominated by “refugees” bent on replacing the constitution with Sharia Law. It was having to see a doctor you didn’t even want IF you could get an appointment.

Trump makes mistakes. Ok, we got that, the train has been off the rails so bad, so long that the Trump train is going to have to work hard to get it right again. But, conservatives do not rally! They VOTE! All the dead democrats and illegal alien voters combined couldn’t win the election no matter HOW many Tea Party votes they trashed. Was the election rigged? Hell YEAH, it was rigged. Look who was running on the other side? Trump was lucky he didn’t end up a suicide victim, and Thank God he wasn’t an ambassador before deciding to throw his hat into the ring.

When the MOAR ( Mother Of All Rallies) was organized the promoters had visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, but the turnout was quite low. Naturally, the left seized on this as a sign the Trump Train has run out of steam. They soaked MOAR’s Facebook page with ridicule, and lame brain jokes about the numbers. They couldn’t STOP MOAR, so the chose to slander it. News flash. Sixty three million pissed off Americans put Trump in office, and in 2020 we’ll be BACK!

 

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President Donald J. Trump Signs H.R. 624 and H.R. 1616 into Law

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 5:33pm

On Friday, September 15, 2017, the President signed into law:

H.R. 624, the “Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act of 2017,” which restricts the inclusion of Social Security account numbers on Federal documents sent by mail; and

H.R. 1616, the “Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act,” which provides for the award of a Congressional gold medal to Bob Dole, in recognition for his service to the nation as a soldier, legislator, and statesman.

Source: WhiteHouse.gov

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94-year-old grandma surprised with hurricane supplies from police

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 6:11pm

A 94-year-old grandmother got a surprise visit from police before losing power from Hurricane Irma.

Betty Helmuth of Clearwater, Florida, answered her door on Sept. 7 for Officer James Frederick and his colleagues who greeted her with supplies.

The touching moment was captured on video by Clearwater Police and shared on the department’s Facebook page one week later.

“Oh my gosh,” Helmuth said to the officers. “Oh gosh, you’re good-looking!”

Frederick told ABC News that he and his team brought groceries, water and flashlights to Helmuth after her granddaughter, Rachel Copeland of Texas, sent a Facebook message to police asking them to check on her grandmother.

PHOTO: Betty Helmuth, 94, of Clearwater, Fla., answered her door on Sept. 7, 2017, for Officer James Frederick and his colleagues of the Clearwater Police Department who greeted her with hurricane supplies before losing power from Hurricane Irma. (Clearwater Police Department )

“[Helmuth] was tremendously grateful, thankful and her personality and smile made it well worth it for us,” Frederick said. “She [Copeland] went through Hurricane Harvey and had a desire to be sure her grandmother was OK [in Irma] because of what she went through.”

Copeland said 75 percent of the Texas town she lives in was under water as a result of Hurricane Harvey. When she heard her grandma would be in the path of Irma, she contacted Clearwater police for help.

“I sent them a message and was just pleading with them, ‘Please anything you can do, please help my grandma,’” Copeland told ABC News. “They responded right away. I really can’t say how amazing they were.”

Copeland said her grandmother was thrilled by the visit.

Betty Helmuth of Clearwater, Florida, was thrilled to see police officers at her door on Sept. 7, with water and groceries in tow. (ABCNews.com)

“She still talking about how good-looking they are,” Copeland added, with a laugh. “They’re seriously all of our heroes.”

Frederick has since returned to Helmuth’s home to check on her again. Her power was restored Tuesday, he said.

Source: NICOLE PELLETIERE @Yahoo.News.com

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America First, Trump’s American Nationalism

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 1:12pm

However, this is clearly not Trumpian American nationalism. A careful review of Trump’s neo-American nationalism illustrates that the roots of Trump’s American First nationalism are essentially embedded in the core precepts of the American founding documents.

After careful review and analysis of Trump’s speeches, proclamations, policy announcements and doctrinal pronouncements, it is abundantly clear Trump’s America First doctrine is not a white nationalism, but an American Nationalism. The core identity of Trump’s Nationalism is based on America’s founding precepts and documents, rather than a racial identity.

For instance, this means embracing American Constitutional law over Islamic Sharia law; maintaining and keeping American manufacturing jobs over exporting manufacturing jobs to foreign shores;whenever possible, providing employment for the American worker first, rather than providing employment to foreign nationals first; building, repairing and replacing America infrastructure first, rather than repairing foreign infrastructure first; building and modernizing the American military first, rather than spending US taxpayers money on foreign military modernization first; securing America’s borders first before securing foreign borders. In essence, the message and doctrine of Trumpian American Nationalism is the theme of America First.

The message of the America First theme embraced by the Trump Administration are manifested in American liberty and equality under the law as preserved and protected by the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, Bill of Rights and elucidated by the Federalist Papers.

Consider the following speech by President Trump defining the perimeters of Trump’s American Nationalism, which is clearly not based on race and a white nationalism, but rather, utilizing American labor to rebuild American infrastructure, national growth, and renewal.

The first principles of Trumps American Nationalism are the rejuvenation of American business, industry, infrastructure and American workers. A return to manufacturing in America made by American labor sold in America and exported internationally. Consider President Trump articulate American Nationalism.

American Nationalism also means a return to American law and order and a renewed respect for the armed services, law enforcement, border security enforcement and first responders. President Trump speech below confirms his commitment to law enforcement and American law and order.

Trump American Nationalism includes active participation in providing Federal assistance to States hit hard by natural disasters such as Florida and Texas. Nationalism includes placing all Americans first and rebuilding American infrastructure.Even Obama supporters admitted to the positive benefits of Trump American Nationalism. Consider the reports below.

Those who falsely label Trump’s America First Nationalism as white nationalism are either foolishly ignorant or have a nefarious agenda to mislead the American people. The Trump agenda is an American agenda.

A foolish liberal and globalist College Park City Council voted to allow illegal immigrants to vote in local elections. The liberal and idiotic local community spokesman admitted that the result would allow illegal immigrants to vote, but homeless American citizens are barred from voting.

The liberal globalist end result will be a borderless state wherein foreign homeowners may vote while those American citizens who are not homeowners are barred from voting. No doubt, if the liberal globalist agenda is fully enacted foreign property owners will be qualified to vote in American elections, but American citizens without property ownership will be excluded from voting in American elections. Consider the following interview below carefully and ponder the ultimate results of such a globalist ideology. American citizenship becomes subservient to globalist property ownership. Tucker Carlson exposes the liberal globalist agenda.

The Trump Administration’s doctrine of America First or American Nationalism will prevent the liberal globalist ideology of allowing foreign property owners to vote in American elections and excluding American citizens who are not property owners. This is the nefarious objective of the globalist philosophy and agenda. A borderless State where wealth is more significant than citizenship. Isn’t it true, that under the strains of the siren song of globalism that less wealthy African American citizens will be hurt by laws that allow wealthy foreigners to vote and exclude non-wealthy American citizens?

And yet, despite the substantive threats of the globalist, open border, international voting policies, some liberals falsely attempt to label the Trump’s Administration American Nationalism as a white nationalism thereby further perpetrating an ignorant misconception hoisted upon the American people. Such a false premise is wrongly spread by a sports announcer dabbling in on the air politics to her sports audience.

In the end, ESPN Jemele Hill’s rants may be very damaging to African-American working class American citizens. The African American as other working-class Americans deeply and profoundly deserves protection and America First policies. The Trump Administrations American First policies are not White Nationalist policies but American Nationalist policies.

The Globalists in both the Republican and Democratic parties are vehemently opposed to the Trump’s Administrations American First and American Nationalism doctrine. Consider the following truism. These Globalists embrace open borders, open trade, the subordination of American citizenship and the de-emphasis of the American founding documents, in favor, of United Nations jurisdictional law and documents and other global instruments and organizations.

Hence, it is prudent to exam the underlying worldview and political ideology of those persons spreading the false claim that the Trump Administrations America First Nationalism is the same as white nationalism. Such a claim is expressly and patently false and designed to misleading and confusing the American people into accepting open borders, open trade and open voting. Trumpian Nationalism or America First doctrine are based on precepts found in the American founding documents and not rooted in racial identity. The core identity in American Nationalism as articulated by the Trump Administration is the American identity.

Source: Jeffrey Elliott Esq.  

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Spiritual WiFi

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 5:13pm

When your phone goes down, combined with having no internet it produces a new mental condition causing anxiety, depression, and a profound feeling of loneliness. The sound of silence is so profound it overshadows everything. We have become so used to constant contact to the planet that even a slight delay in a download irritates us. Recently I caught the virus.

For no reason at all my iPhone went dark. At first I thought that it had updated and was recycling. No, it had passed. It went suddenly, without pain, but I performed CPR on it, pressing the home and on/off buttons simultaneously, trying to shock its system back, but eventually had to admit that my iPhone had gone to join all those iMacs in the sky. I found myself at the cell phone provider, and happily I had insurance, but my replacement wouldn’t be here until tomorrow. TOMORROW! Freaking TOMORROW? As in overnight without a phone? Didn’t they realize I get upset about a thirty second download?

I went home trying to be brave. I had my iPad, but always relying on my iPhone hot spot, I did not have WiFi in my house. I soon discovered an iPad is basically a paperweight without an internet connection. My literary soul was a prisoner of the cloud. Eventually I put it down and just sat there. My cocktail wasn’t even any good. The internet had denatured the alcohol. I began to look around the house. No TV, I don’t use them, no magazines, newspapers, only a leather bound, King James Bible.

I stood there looking at it, and finally picked it up, making my way back to the porch. It was an exquisite Bible. The leather lending its fragrance to the pages, and the letters were large, which is always nice. I opened it, and began to thumb through its pages. I always check out the Sermon on the Mount. As I began to read, where my iPad had lost its magic, the Bible was the same as the day I set it down, but with one difference. You simply can’t read the Bible online. The act of actually turning the pages creates a feeling. Without all the internet commentary the words become clearer. The old English is better than modern translations trying to explain away the simple truths within.

Before I knew it I was skipping around through different books, and each time the reading invoked deep thought, leading me to yet another passage, then another, and another until I realized it was late, and was forced to set it down and retire. I’m a student of Christopher Hitchens, and very much admire his logic, but I differ with him on the origin of man, the universe, morality and the entity I believe to be behind it all. Without literary tricks the reasoning behind the Bible was crystal clear. Oh, and there was something else. I realized why the connection was still there. The feeling I felt when I bought my first Bible at fourteen years old had never left. It was still “five bars!” I like to call it “Spiritual WiFi!”

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John Kelly fires back at Democrat who called him ‘disgrace to the uniform’

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:54pm

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired back at a prominent House Democrat who called him a “disgrace to the uniform,” in the Gold Star father and retired Marine Corps general’s first public response to the personal attack on his service.

Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez had leveled the criticism at Kelly over his support of President Trump’s decision to end a controversial program that shielded young illegal immigrants from deportation.

In an email to Fox News late Sunday, Kelly responded by saying Congress did “nothing” to help so-called Dreamers when they had the chance.

“As far as the congressman and other irresponsible members of congress are concerned, they have the luxury of saying what they want as they do nothing and have almost no responsibility,” Kelly said. “They can call people liars but it would be inappropriate for me to say the same thing back at them.  As my blessed mother used to say ‘empty barrels make the most noise.’”

He concluded, “The congressman has a right to his opinion.”

Kelly had advised the president to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program with a six-month wind-down, as announced last Tuesday.

Former President Barack Obama had created DACA via executive action, and both Democrats and Republicans have questioned the legality of the move even if they support the policy itself. Conservative voices are mostly unified in their view that Obama exceeded his constitutional authority by circumventing Congress. Even Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on MSNBC that the policy was on shaky legal ground, urging Congress to “pass a law.”

But the vocal and increasingly powerful left wing of the Democratic Party has been leading activist rallies across the country against the Trump decision on DACA.

In a statement last Tuesday, Gutierrez said Kelly “has no honor and should be drummed out of the White House along with the white supremacists and those enabling the President’s actions by ‘just following orders.’”

In announcing the DACA decision with a six-month delay, Trump urged Congress to come up with a legislative solution.

Kelly indicated he’s not getting his hopes up.

“Every DOJ and DHS lawyer says DACA is unconstitutional.  Every other legal scholar – right and left – says the same thing.  Trump didn’t end DACA, the law did.  That said, I worked and succeeded to give the congress another six months to do something.  I am not confident,” he said.

Kelly previously served as secretary of Homeland Security, before taking the reins at the Trump White House. In his response to Gutierrez, he noted how he tried to get Congress to focus on DACA since the beginning of the Trump administration.

“During my time at DHS – from 20 Jan until this moment – I have met with hundreds of members on both sides of the hill … My [message] always was ‘I have bought you time to do something on DACA.’  I begged and pleaded with them.  They did exactly nothing.”

Gutierrez’ office took exception at Kelly’s description.

“[S]o far we have seen no courage to fight for DREAMers from the President or his Chief of Staff. There is a clear majority in the House today to support measures to defend DACA recipients, but Republicans need to choose whether they want to let that happen or not.  So far, the answer is not,” Gutiérrez spokesman Douglas Rivlin said.

He added, “Ending DACA amounts to surrender without a fight for the President and his Chief of Staff.”

The Trump administration announced the end to the program under the threat of lawsuit from Republican state attorneys general. But Rivlin said, “The constitutionality of DACA has never been challenged successfully in court and the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the program, certainly never questioned its constitutionality at its inception or while hundreds of thousands signed up for it.”

At this time it appears that Republicans, who control Congress, have at least three options for dealing with DACA.

They can let it expire without a legislative fix, favored by some conservatives; they can pass a bill that would essentially grant amnesty for the Dreamers and give them work permits, favored by congressional leadership; or they can work with Democrats like Feinstein on some sort of immigration compromise that might include funding for the border wall.

Source:  Christopher Wallace @FoxNews.com

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Generals Stirring the Proverbial Political Pot

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:03pm

Last Friday AG Jeff Sessions held a press conference to address the ongoing leaks that are affected the Trump presidency…a press conference I expected so much from only to get little to nothing of substance. Same old, same old, was the order of the day to such a degree that I am convinced Jeff Sessions is not up to the task he is now charged with. With the demeanor of a milquetoast of sorts, what Trump needs from his AG, especially with the leaks actually increasing not decreasing, would be what amounts to a bull in a China shop…and simply…Jeff Sessions ain’t it.

“This nation must end the culture of leaks”…Sessions said, stating the obvious when the obvious did not need to be said. And saying that the DOJ might…I repeat…might…as in there’s a possibility it will not…begin reviewing the potential for media subpoenas…shows a laize-faire attitude towards a media whose actions amount to treason if what they are willfully leaking affects national security or the safety of our troops. I did, however, agree when Sessions said that the press does not have an “unlimited” role in American society. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance the press’ role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in our intelligence community, the armed forces, and all law-abiding Americans,” were his exact words rightfully said, but following those words was no stating of how to do what his words insinuated we do.

A let down for sure yet not unexpected when a weak man is put into a position that calls for a man of fortitude and strength…not one whose strongest words to the leakers were, “Don’t do it.” The leakers must be shaking in their boots with that one…sarcastically said.

And the timing of this press conference was laughable at best for it was announced just the day before a new and most grievous of leaks hit the public venues…as in the transcripts of private telephone conversations between President Trump and the president of Mexico, and President Trump and the prime minister of Australia.

“No government can be effective when its leaders cannot discuss sensitive matters in confidence or talk freely in confidence with foreign leaders,” Sessions said, again stating the obvious while ignoring the fact that the answer to the leaking is hiding in plain site. And I cannot believe that AG Jeff Sessions has no clue as to who the leaker is…but I’ll say again what I have said since day one…I believe National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster is the very man they all seek.

Now I will lay out my case for why McMaster must go.

I first stated some reasons for believing so almost immediately upon his appointment, and wrote about it back in March in article titled, The Manipulation of Willful Ignorance…an article you can read in-full by simply clicking on said title. Briefly and to the point, Gen. H.R. McMaster is an islamic-condoner whose beliefs about islam and the enemy we currently face are directly in opposition to those of President Trump…in opposition to such a degree that he vocally supported Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s ‘very bad’ nuclear deal with Iran.

And McMaster on numerous occasions has stated that he believes islam is a religion of peace hijacked by radicals, as could be witnessed in his first words said to his new staff after he assumed the national security advisor position…words to the affect that he considered the term “radical islamic terrorism” both “unhelpful” and “counterproductive,” and that eliminating that term would be “an improvement” in how we fight the enemy.

An improvement in how we fight those out to kill us all I think not for the man who said those words believes that the term radical islamic terrorism as per his own words, “angers the Muslim world, stokes anti-American fires, and endangers U.S. troops and national security,” forgetting that words are not a weapon of war…actions taken are.

And all of McMaster’s words said fit perfectly together with Obama’s words that we must “win the hearts and minds of the enemy”…that we dare not send his brethren to kingdom come where they truly belong. And really why wouldn’t McMaster say what he says and do what he does for I believe the general is an Obama operative…as he is a holdover from the Obama administration…one of but a few generals not fired by Obama when he purged his command of generals he deemed “not loyal” to his way of fighting the enemy…or should I say not fighting the enemy.

An Obama operative ‘planted’ to do as much damage to the Trump presidency as he can do for who would dare to question the doings or decisions of a lieutenant general with an almost impeccable military record, but a general who is a known anti-Semite who hates Israel (remember, Gen. McMaster was the lone voice against President Trump visiting the Western Wall and if Trump insisted on doing so not to let Netanyahu accompany him for fear it would offend muslims not because of falsely reported security concerns), and who like Obama has no love or respect for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unlike President Trump who does and also calls him friend.

But even with this, what I want to know is who recommended and got President Trump to appoint as national security advisor a man who opposes almost all of his ‘to-do’ list…the start of which is the fact that McMaster opposes the president’s temporary muslim travel ban; that McMaster opposes getting us out of Afghanistan while wanting us further engaged in Syria; and that he wants the ‘very bad’ Iranian nuclear deal kept in place as is. And to McMaster, China is not a big issue…to Trump it rightfully is.

So the rumor mill is ripe with possibilities but seems to be zeroing in on RINO Sen. John McCain as the one who pushed for McMaster’s appointment after the firing of Gen. Flynn, and that he did so while pretending to have buried the hatchet after Trump apologized for some questionable words said about McCain’s war-time service in Viet Nam…words said during a contentious campaign season. And if these rumors are true McCain buried the hatchet all right…right in President Trump’s back.

And now on top of all this surfaces an undated and unclassified letter Gen. H.R. McMaster himself wrote and sent via U.S. snail-mail…a letter delivered the last week in April…to Obama’s former National Security Advisor Susan Rice…she of Benghazi talk show infamy and he using Obama’s oft said catch phrase “going forward” in the second line of said letter. And in this letter McMaster gave Rice permission to not only keep her top-secret security clearance, but he also afforded her both “unfettered” and “continuing” access to highly classified information as well as waiving her “need-to-know” requirement on any and all…as in everything…she viewed and/or received during her tenure under Obama.

And what makes this beyond grievous is the fact that McMaster allowed Susan Rice these privileges even after she had been exposed as the one who “unmasked” both members of President Trump’s transition team and other Americans surveilled under the Obama administration…even giving some of their names to the media and the press.

But know that under some specific circumstances as per ‘Executive Order 13526 Section 4.4 Access by Historical Researchers and Certain Former Government Personnel,’ certain senior government officials can be given what’s called “unfettered” access to classified information, with their “need to know” being waived for a set period of time. But the question is why would one of Trump’s key advisors give such privileges to someone now under Congressional investigation…especially someone who is assuredly part of the shadow government trying to take this president down. Simply, they would not unless that person was not loyal to the man he now works for, but was a man whose loyalty and allegiances still lie with the very man who runs said shadow government…as in one Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

But the bottom line concerning this letter and what amounts to McMaster overstepping his bounds…his position is an advisory one not one where he can delegate policy…means that with Susan Rice actually no longer holding a government position and with Obama who appointed her no longer president, Rice should no longer be in possession of or have any access to any paper work or computer files she had when she was working in her official government capacity…it is as simple as that. And McMaster knew this, still did what he did, and said not a word about it to President Trump.

And dare we forget that McMaster has fired many folks our president trusted and counted on. To name just a few… McMaster fired top White House intelligence aide Ezra Cohen-Watnick who played a key role in exposing Obama’s appointed personnel eavesdropping on Trump officials; he fired Rich Higgins, senior director for strategic planning after he wrote a memo about globalists and islamist collaborating together to subvert Trump’s policy agenda; and just recently McMaster fired Col. Derek Harvey, the senior director for the Middle East after ‘supposed’ complaints from Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a McMaster ally of sorts who, unfortunately while a great military tactician, takes a somewhat soft stance on islam itself while taking a somewhat questionable stance on Israel. More on this in a bit.

To add to the list of those fired by McMaster is Adam Lovinger, senior director for strategic assessments, fired after he attended a bar-mitzvah in Israel because he accused anti-Trump bureaucrats of politicizing the security clearance process; as well as Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, who was forced out of the NSC in April. And according to word out of D.C., McMaster is still firing others…including any and all opposed to Obama’s ‘very bad’ nuclear deal…and any and all who dare to mention any of Obama’s islamic-condoning holdovers.

But what did and do most of these folks have in common… first, most were hired by Gen. Michael Flynn, the very man Trump first appointed as national security advisor and a man who dared to tell the truth about muslims and islam. And second, most of those fired were champions of Israel… with many being Jewish…and were opposed to the ‘so-called’ Palestinians so-wanted two-state solution…the solution to help her enemies nail Israel’s coffin shut.

And if all I stated was not reason enough to fire McMaster there’s the matter of both his Deputy Security Advisor Dina Habib-Powell…a close friend of Obama’s roomie and still string-puller Valerie Jarrett as well as being friends with Huma ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ Abedin…and of Kris Bauman, the man he appointed the National Security Council’s new “point man” on all things Israel.

First…Habib-Powell. This woman is a member of Vital Voices, an organization founded and co-chaired by none other than Hillary Clinton herself and its rumored to be yet another part of her “donation racket”…and she is the one person reported to work hand-in-hand with McMaster…sort of a ‘twofer’ if you will. But here’s a bit of extremely disconcerting information…in the 1990s Habib-Powell was actually caught leaking to the press “negative stories” on Ginny Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas.

Birds of a feather it seems as what one got caught doing the other is now highly suspected of doing…and I believe did do…or even did it together.

Second…Kris Bauman. McMaster appointed Bauman, a fellow islamic-condoner, Hamas supporter/apologist and John Kerry protege…who believes that the “Israel Lobby” is a threat and that Israel should be pressured into making concessions to islamic terrorists as well as retreat to its now indefensible ’67 borders…and a man who when part of the Obama team’s last round of peace talks said, “the Obama Administration must find creative (but legal) ways to include Hamas in a solution”…to basically be his personal advisor on Israel. A man who believes that Israel is at fault for the failure of all previous peace efforts and that peace can only be achieved when the U.S. applies enough diplomatic and economic pressure on Israel, will now be advising our president via McMaster on critical Israeli-Palestinian issues.

A friend and supporter of Israel Gen. H.R. McMaster is not no matter the media’s or his supporter’s claim to the contrary as his NSC is now full of anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian, supporters.

And last for now it must be said that it was Gen. McMaster himself along with his recently appointed Senior Director of Counter-Terrorism Mustafa Javed Ali…who is CAIR’s ‘so-called’ diversity outreach coordinator…blocked anti-islamic activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali from formally presenting her paper on radical islamic terrorism at the NSC unless an official representative from CAIR could speak to refute her work. Traveling to D.C. to present her work before the Senate, McMaster was also the one who prevented Ali from meeting with President Trump, allowing her only an ‘informal’ meeting with NSC members.

But even with all I presented here know there is more that will come out about Gen. H.R. McMaster and those he surrounds himself with…after all he appears to be James Comey’s ‘deep state’ replacement…much more to add to the case for his firing (and dare I say arrest for subversion) for McMaster serves solely at the pleasure of the president, and like his buddy Comey, he can be fired for any reason or no reason at all.

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” – words once said by Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis.

A bit ago I mentioned Secretary of Defense James Mattis… a man ‘eased’ into retirement by Obama…but know that one critical Middle East stance of his raises some red flags for me for Gen. Mattis, has instead of placing blame for the region’s unrest on islam’s 1,400-year-old violent history, he places the blame for regional anti-Western, anti-American, sentiments and hostilities on the “Arab street’s” perception of the “injustice of oppression” supposedly suffered by the Palestinians under the Israeli occupation. In fact, in 2013 at the Aspen Security Forum, Mattis defended…and still defends…the two-state solution saying,“I paid a military security price every day as the commander of CENTCOM because the Americans were seen as biased in support of Israel.”

Guess what we are and rightly so as Israel is the Middle East’s only democracy…a beacon of freedom amongst those out to kill us all…as well as being our staunchest ally.

And Gen. Mattis also recently stated that Israel’s control of Judea and Samaria was “unsustainable,” and that Jewish “settlements” could turn Israel into an “apartheid state.” Sounds a bit too close to words said by Obama if you ask me, but remember, General Mattis was Obama’s appointee to head CentCom.

But please don’t get me wrong as I support our military one hundred plus percent, but supporting our military does not mean I cannot disagree with some choices made for why out of our vast military pool of possible choices did President Trump give two key positions to one holdover Obama appointee and the other a man who might or might not be a true supporter of Israel. Why…obviously our president is being given cleverly manipulated information… information not to help his presidency succeed but information to help in destroying it…and to do so via his own appointees.

Also, and with all honor and due respect for their service, I feel it must be noted that maybe the time has come for our political leaders to realize that those military men and women who came of age and wore our nation’s uniform during the Viet Nam era up to the time of the First Gulf War fought a different type of war and a vastly different enemy than we are fighting today. And so when choosing military men to lead our troops into today’s wars and even when choosing those who will advise our president, maybe those people should be drawn only from those valiant and brave men and women who have lived and fought…and maybe still do… during this age of escalating islamic terrorism for they know first hand better than most the here and now tangibles of the enemy we currently face.

And in the case of Gen. Mattis, who not long ago told Congress that we are “not winning” the war in Afghanistan (see and hear the general saying those words here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iRcRLsbFxc)…not a great morale booster for our troops currently on the ground or those being sent there…the most important question that must be asked is are we, under his command, really winning in the Middle East more so than we were before. Unfortunately, I think not for while Mosul has been won back from ISIS control that winning in the long run remains tentative at best…Syria is still in turmoil as we continue to support the wrong side as in the anything but ‘rebels’ who are tentacles of ISIS and al-Qaeda…and Iran gets closer everyday to its goal of wiping Israel off the map.

So while the good general wages an intensely focused battle against ISIS, the fact remains that there is more to the Middle East conundrum than just ISIS, including the political battle of words we fight with our NATO allies over Israel…Israel who NATO condemns while they excuse the actions of the islamists even as their countries are being invaded and overrun by said islamists. And we have our own problems right here at home in that certain policy setters and advisors, while not condoning the islamists per se, still refuse to stand strong and admit who the enemy we fight really is…as in islam itself. And Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is one such person, for this general above all else should know that you cannot win a war against an enemy you still refuse to name.

And that leads into the question do military men make good politicians or good cabinet choices. To that, except for some well-known exceptions, I’m not so sure they do. And why…while service in the military does prepare someone to make tough decisions and show leadership especially in times of war…politics is and will always remain a game that most times does not play by the rules. And with the military demanding allegiance to a certain set of rules above all else, and with politicians rarely playing by the rules, a politician is better suited to play the dirty game called politics. But a military leader close at hand is needed for their battle, weapons, tactical, and delegating of duties expertise, but even that can turn into a game playing negative when said military leader is not really part of the…in this case… president’s team.

This is surely the case with Gen. H.R. McMaster who needs to be sent packing post-haste, but in the case of General James Mattis and even to some degree with newly appointed Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, only time, battles won, right sides taken, and people rightfully fired will tell. But know that sometimes too much brass itself does indeed tarnish the proverbial political pot especially when that political pot is hand delivered by Barack HUSSEIN Obama… the still in operation enemy within.

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Mitt Romney planning to run for Senate if Orrin Hatch retires

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 8:56pm

Sources tell UtahPolicy.com that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is preparing to run for Senate in 2018 if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to retire.

Sources close to Romney say the two-time presidential candidate will jump into the 2018 Utah Senate scrum if Hatch opts not to.

So far, Hatch has not made up his mind as to whether he’ll run for an eighth term in 2018. He has previously said he was planning on running as long as his and his wife’s health holds up.

Dave Hansen, a longtime political advisor to Hatch, told UtahPolicy.com last month that he didn’t expect Hatch to decide on his political future until October. However, sources now tell UtahPolicy.com that Hatch may not make up his mind until December.

Hatch’s reticence to make a definitive announcement is presenting other candidates from getting in the race, but Romney has the financial resources to mount a campaign no matter when Hatch decides.

Rep. Chris Stewart also has said he would like to jump into the race if Hatch decides against running for an eighth term next year.

A UtahPolicy.com poll shows Romney would be in great shape to win a Senate race against Democrat Jenny Wilson. Romney pulls 64% of the vote to Wilson’s 26%. The poll shows Stewart would only be ahead of Wilson 34-30, but that’s likely due to Stewart being less familiar to Utah voters.

Earlier this year Hatch said he would be willing to step aside if an “outstanding person” like Mitt Romney were to run for the seat he currently holds.

Source:  Bryan Schott @ UtahPolicy.com

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DACA: Delayed Accountability for Contemptuous Aliens

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 7:59pm

Remember when candidate Donald Trump promised when he was president, “We’re going to win so much. You’re going to get tired of winning.”?

Evidently, the president pooped out before we did.

The latest issue where President Trump is too tired to win is DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival. This unconstitutional Obama fatwa ordered immigration authorities to give work permits, green cards, implied future citizenship and a stolen identity to illegal alien children brought here by their equally illegal parents.

The fact this particular subset of the illegal alien invasion is composed of children is supposed to make normally clear–thinking conservatives all dewy–eyed and sympathetic.

And I am sympathetic. I think it would be cruel to make these illegals fly back to their own country on Spirit Air, so taxpayers should be willing to spring for a ticket on United.

But there ends my sympathy.

Adhering to the rule of law is a difficult topic for leftists to grasp since race, class and ideology take priority and their law enforcement is subject to outside circumstance and political popularity. For those who think laws should apply equally to everyone, the concept of “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” is relevant here.

Cornell defines it as, “A doctrine that extends the exclusionary rule to make evidence inadmissible in court if it was derived from evidence that was illegally obtained. As the metaphor suggests, if the evidential “tree” is tainted, so is its “fruit.”

The same rule should apply to DACA. When the parents cross the border and break the law the children shouldn’t benefit from their crime.

The left’s response is always “they were children and didn’t know the law was being broken.” Fine, the kids didn’t know dad shoplifted the Xbox either, but they don’t get to continue playing Grand Theft Auto when the cops arrive.

So if those kids forfeit an Xbox worth under $500, why should illegals be allowed to keep benefits worth vastly more?

[Curious note: Both the shoplifter parent and the illegal parent claimed they broke the law because they “wanted to give their families a better life.”]

We owe nothing to DACA participants wrapped in Mexican flags and burning US flags, while demonstrating the aggressive dependency that characterizes much of the immigration controversy. Their beef is with lousy parents who took a gamble and lost.

The issue shouldn’t really be this difficult for Republicans to understand either. We had a referendum! Out of the 14 serious candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, nine were in favor of giving DACA participants US citizenship or some form of amnesty. And guess what? Not one of the nine gained the nomination or won the presidency.

The guy that won promised to end DACA on Day One.

Ending DACA won’t lose votes for President Trump. Ninty–nine percent of the DACA supporters who could legally vote, voted for Hillary.

Waffling on DACA is the vote loser because it betrays Trump’s base.

Republican appeasers are recycling the same arguments voters soundly rejected 2016. They fear applying the law equally will ruin Republicans with Hispaniards for generations. What else is new? Ethnic supremacy groups have been holding funerals for the GOP since the turn of this century and the corpse keeps leaping up from the grave.

When Republicans do cave in to illegal alien demands, the party realizes no benefit. Ronald Reagan signed the bill that granted citizenship to 3 million illegals and they rewarded him by voting Democrat.

In this week’s frenzy to cater to minor criminals two polls supposedly show overwhelming support, but the data, like GOP open border sellouts, can’t be trusted.

The questions are misleading. In the Politico poll, supposedly proving “overwhelming” support for DACA, there are no specific conditions listed, only “certain requirements,” which is polling fantasy.

That’s like asking if the Cleveland Browns will win the Super Bowl if the team “meets certain requirements.”

The NBC poll is equally doctored. DACA delinquents are termed “undocumented immigrants” instead of the understandable “illegal alien” in a sleazy attempt to boost support.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R–Appeasement) claims the decision on DACA is a “defining moment” for Republicans. He’s right, but not in the way he thinks. Fact is these moochers had quite a run in the US. They attended schools they didn’t pay for, demanded green cards they didn’t merit and took welfare benefits they didn’t deserve. Now it’s time to say thanks go home.

Graham, and now Trump, appear to be embracing a DACA “fix” that keeps illegals in the US while causing a mass exodus of conservatives from the GOP. It’s a victory for the left, parasitic businesses and Republican swamp leeches.

There’s already a “fix” that keeps a Trump campaign promise and begins solving our immigration problem. That “fix” is ending DACA.

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The End of the World

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 8:29am

I shared a couple videos last night about this September 17th end of the world thing. I did that for a REASON! I turn 66 on September 11th, and I can’t count the number of these crackpot predictions I’ve seen. Global warming, earthquakes, wars to end all wars, asteroids, floods, and here come the hurricanes! I’m expecting another batch of religious nuts to swallow cyanid and lasso a comet!

People! To quote the Prophet, George Carlin, the planet’s fine. We’re messed up! Jesus is coming soon? I’m sure he is! Came to me in 1972. Another thing I watched last night was a documentary on the visions at Fatima in 1917. Three children claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary, who gave them three secrets, which they shared two with some, but kept one secret to themselves.

Two of the children died in the flu epidemic of 1918, but one, Lucia Santos, went on to become a nun, and when she fell ill in the 1940’s a local bishop convinced her to write the third secret down, which she did, and sealed it in an envelope.

Each Pope after that opened the envelope, read its content, and sealed it back up. Lucia, herself, said what she had written could not be revealed until after 1960, or after her death. Theories abounded as to what was in that envelope! Great firestorms destroying mankind, Armageddon, the end of the Catholic Church, the guesses were endless.

When the message was revealed the connection of all three secrets was so logical, at least to me. The first was the advent of World War 1. Mary said man was bringing it upon himself, and if we didn’t get it right, even though that war would end, another one would follow that would make the first look like a walk in the park. She warned that Russia was about to spread its lies all over the world, and many nations would fall until we prayed for the consecration of Russia, and it returned to God.

Well, those predictions were given to a ten year old little girl in 1917! They were quite clear, and Little Lucia knew nothing about politics, world events, or Wall Street! Yet, over the last century theologians, atheists, and more than a few TV evangelists have micro-analyzed the three predictions, especially the third, trying to squeeze Nostradamus in there somewhere.

Mary never told the children anything about the End of the World! She told them we needed to get it right or we’d have people like Hitler, Stalin, and yes Kim Un constantly rocking the boat. We bring these things upon ourselves! We slaughter the unborn, have unnatural relationships, worship money, make wars for a tank of gas, and when someone points that out, they are ridiculed, called a religious nut, or worse than that, some carnival barker comes out of nowhere screaming, “End of the World!” and laughs all the way to the bank! Happy September 17th everybody!

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Hurricane Harvey: Vet Group Deploys To Assist Relief Effort

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 3:52pm

HOUSTON, TX — In Houston right now, ravaged by Harvey, a group of 236 (and counting) volunteers is in deployment mode. Consisting of veterans, first responders, and “kickass civilians,” Team Rubicon specializes in helping people in areas stricken by disasters and when Harvey hit, they answered the call in military fashion: Operation Hard Hustle was born.

Team Rubicon volunteers are called “Greyshirts,” a simple moniker based on their T-shirts. One Greyshirt, Stephen Reid, came from New York, where he used to be a detective. “I travelled 1,800 miles to live on a cot for a week and to do this,” he said.

He recalled helping a hysterical small lady. “I gave her a hug,” he said. The woman’s father was sick and needed his medication, which was stuck inside their flooded house. “We look nothing alike. We’re from two separate worlds,” Reid said, knowing that years earlier, his own mother’s home was devastated by Sandy. He found the much-needed medication in the house, helping to keep the woman’s father healthy.

Jennie Haskamp is a Marine Corps veteran and is serving as the Public Information Officer for Operation Hard Hustle. She feels the same calling Reid does. “It’s the most satisfying thing I’ve ever been a part of,” she said.

In an interview with Patch, Haskamp said Team Rubicon is ready to dig in. They’ve been working in Houston since Aug. 28, and “We have plans… to be here for eight weeks. We know that we’ll be here in some form or another for months and months. We’ll be here long after the cameras are gone,” she said.

Much of what Team Rubicon does is clean up. They clear out water-damaged homes, cut downed trees, clear debris and do whatever else the people need. They’re expecting a total of 2,000 volunteers over their efforts to provide relief to Harvey survivors.

Veterans are especially capable of this work. “We follow orders well, we communicate effectively within a unit, and we’re already used to doing the s— work,” Haskamp said.

The way Team Rubicon works is very close to how the military works. They’ve got high standards. Volunteers must complete hours of training before becoming eligible to deploy. All of the work they do matches or surpasses standards of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Tons of personal protective equipment, like hardhats, wading pants and masks, is required.

Haskamp is working at Team Rubicon’s command center in Houston. They also have five forward operating bases (FOBs), each the center of operations for a battalion. “Our plan is to have 20 battalions out there in the coming weeks,” she said, and hundreds more Greyshirts are flying in on donated flights.

Greyshirts live at the FOBs. Like on many military deployments, they sleep on cots and eat MREs for breakfast, or a hot breakfast if they’re lucky. Everybody is a member of a “strike team,” a 5-person unit that resembles a Marine Corps fire team. So every day, the strike team leader gets their orders and the team gets to work. They work all day at their mission and head back to the FOB to rest.

So far, they’ve completed almost 100 missions and have filed almost 2,000 damage assessments, all within a week or so.

The victims that Team Rubicon helps aren’t the only people to benefit from what they do. It can do wonders for the mental health of a veteran. “Helping is healing,” Haskamp said. “Vets don’t want a diagnosis or a title. We want a purpose.”

Any veteran knows that the strongest of bonds come from going through hardships with other people. “We appreciate the cohesion that comes from shared misery,” as Haskamp put it.

Haskamp recalled a Vietnam veteran saying “If we had something like this when I came home from Vietnam, it would have changed the trajectory of my life.”

After a grueling day of chopping trees and hauling water-damaged items, back on the FOB, the beer flag goes up, a sure way to boost morale. Each Greyshirt gets two beers if they want, but rules are strict. No driving until eight hours after having a drink, and lights are out at 10 p.m. nightly.

Team Rubicon began in 2010 after a devastating earthquake in Haiti. Two Marines gathered supplies and some help and flew down to the ravaged island to help in any way they could.

For more information on Team Rubicon, or to volunteer or donate, visit their website. They have 65 paid employees, but upwards of 54,000 unpaid volunteers.

Volunteers need not pay a dime: just bring work boots and work pants. Billeting, work equipment, food, travel and other expenses are paid for, and flights are donated

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The Kids are Alright

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 11:43am

The kids are alright. Education is the key. Right Yesterday I saw a video of two UT coeds trying to argue with the Infowars reporter yesterday. They were all about “black this” and “brown that,” and he asked, “What about the man who said that we should not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character? Do you remember who said that?” They looked confused and said, “No!”

 

COLLEGE girls from the University of Texas! Right behind that was a little girl around ten or so who articulately put the reporter in his place. HER’S is the generation who will change the world, not the two airheads from UT!

 

I would not know how to own a person. I couldn’t imagine relating to another human being on that level. I just can’t do it! Of course I see black, just like I see my granddaughter, Puck is a Jew. David Duke says she, and her people are what’s wrong with the world and should be eradicated. David is batshyt crazy!

When I was growing up I often stayed with my uncle in Shreveport who was quite wealthy. He had a housekeeper named Kathleen. I was embarrassed by her constantly serving my meals, cleaning my clothes and room so as much as I  could I took  care of myself. My uncle explained to me that there was us and then there was them! I could never take that in! I continued to do what I always did and I was 16. Kathleen even brought her daughter to meet me. This could never blossom in Louisiana because it was against the law!

Until my grandkids went to school they’d never heard the word “Nigger!”
Since Killeen is majority black the began to hear nigga all over the school yard. The little kids would run up, give my kids a big hug and call them “my nigga!” Now, my ex was all disturbed by this. People of our generation know what the word implies, but the kids DON’T! They have spun an entirely different meaning and WE are going to die off.

The two college girls were poorly informed. The answer is EDUCATION, and part of that education is those statues, but like the Alamo, in their proper place with complete transparency of what they remind us of.

Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, and the KKK don’t change anything but headlines for the Main Stream Media. The Kids Are Alright, and the Kids ages seven to twelve will change things. We will take our experiences, hates, and prejudices to the grave, and the kids will cover it all up and go on. The Kids Are Alright!

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When Johnny Came Marching Home Again

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 8:13pm

When Johnny
Came Marching Home Again

On April 12th 1861, The bankers, the money people, got their way, and Johnny Reb marched north amid hurrahs toward a war that would ultimately ultimately kill 240,000 southern soldiers and support personnel. A quarter million husbands, brothers, fathers, uncles and cousins, to say nothing of best friends and community leaders; all dead. It is safe to say that more than the flower of southern youth died in that pitiless war. The glue that bound southern society together was undone. The financial foundation of the south died on those bloody battlefields too, as did any vision of a future that that held southern towns, counties, states, and regional authorities on a rational course, for the past had been stolen by destruction too utter to comprehend, and without a past, the future has no father to guide it.

 

Southern hospitals were decimated, as were the schools. Hell came to the south, and, on May 9th, 1865, when Johnny finally came marching home, home turned out to be a word without meaning. Setting aside those few families who were lucky enough to see the return of a loved one, there were no hurrahs: only the weeping of the inconsolable. The devastation of the south was complete. Agriculture, gone. Livestock, gone. Property, destroyed. Roads, torn and unusable. Railroads, useless due to sabotage. It beggars the imagination doesn’t it? But that is the way of war, and that is what the surviving remnants of the southern army came home to.

 

And more desolation was on it’s way thanks to the final performance of James Wilkes Booth on that cursed day of April 14th 1865, for that act ensured that the fate of the south would lie in the hands of Andrew Johnson, Lincoln’s Vice President, a petty, vengeful martinet who would make 150 years of third world status a certainty for the south. But more of that in the next article in this series, ”A Laudable Intent”.

Now, thanks to westward expansion, and the opportunities that existed everywhere, but the south, Johnny’s descendants live among us, in every state in the union; but the descendants of his widows still dwell in the south, as do the progeny of his orphans, and the truth is, the south is still a separate state. Southern customs, culture, and identity abound, and they differ widely from the rest of the country. No matter how many Walmarts, or McDonalds, or malls the money people put in the south, it will always see outsiders when people from other parts of the union come to their land, trying to assimilate them into the growing wasteland of corporate commercialism that has taken root in America. So, the next time you see a confederate monument pulled down, you think this: that’s not a statue of Saddam that got pulled down, that’s a piece of American history. And, pulling down Saddams statue didn’t weaken Iraqi resolve in the least, why should we believe it will birth anything but resentment and a stronger resolve to remain separate in southern folk? Shouldn’t the present allow the future a glimpse of the past? Shouldn’t American children be allowed to know that Johnny went off to war, and what it was When Johnny Came Marching Home Again?

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NRA threatens legal action over Virgin Islands firearm confiscation order

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 4:53pm

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is threatening legal action to stop a seizure of guns and ammunition by U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp (I) ahead of Hurricane Irma, the group said Tuesday.

“People need the ability to protect themselves during times of natural disaster,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’S Institute for Legislative Action. “This dangerous order violates the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and puts their lives at risk.”

In an order on Monday, Mapp activated the National Guard to “restore public order, and to guarantee the safety of life and property” in anticipation of the hurricane, the Daily Caller first reported.

The order authorizes and instructs the islands’ adjutant general to seize “arms, ammunition, explosives, incendiary material, and any other property that may be required by the military forces for the performance of this emergency mission,” as approved by the territory’s Department of Justice.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin signed a similar order in 2005 amid the destruction from Hurricane Katrina allowing the seizure of private weapons, which the NRA opposed in a federal court. Congress later passed a bill, supported by the NRA and signed by President George W. Bush, banning future seizures of weapons during emergencies.

“When 911 is nonexistent and law enforcement personnel are overwhelmed with search-and-rescue missions and other emergency duties, law-abiding American citizens must be able to protect their families and loved ones,” Cox said. “The NRA is prepared to pursue legal action to halt Gov. Mapp’s dangerous and unconstitutional order.”

Irma is now classified as a Category 5 storm, higher than Hurricane Harvey’s rating of Category 4, which brought devastation to the greater Houston area last week.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello have both declared states of emergencies ahead of the storm, which is currently making its way westward across the Atlantic.

Source: JOSH [email protected]TheHill.com

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Chinese teenagers sentenced to hard labour for bullying

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 3:32pm

Teenage bullies – most of us know one, but is hard labour an appropriate punishment for offenders? Some social media users in China think so.

Young people in Beijing convicted of bullying can now be given sentences involving hard labour, in a move that has raised eyebrows on popular microblog Sina Weibo.

Fourteen girls aged 15 to 17 are currently involved in the five-to-seven day trial programme which began on Monday, and is run by the Tongzhou District People’s Court with local schools, according to local paper The Mirror. One student was given a sentence of one year and 10 months.

Image copyrightTHE MIRRORImage captionThe Tongzhou District People’s Court in Beijing launched the scheme on Monday

During the programme, young offenders take part in a gruelling course involving military training, after which schools assess whether they are fit to return to their studies or they should be expelled.

Over 5,000 social media users have commented about the scheme.

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Many applauded it as a way to tackle bullying, which one said has become “a social cancer”.

“This sentence is too light,” said ‘qianyuqianxun520’, an opinion that was widely echoed by others.

Another user added, “It is not enough to make them learn their lesson.”

‘DuiWoShi ParkChangJi’ said: “It is not as good as Yang Yongxin’s electro-convulsive therapy,” referring to one controversial Chinese psychiatrist’s methods used to treat antisocial behaviour in teenagers.

Image copyrightSINA WEIBOImage captionThe move to sentence bullies to hard labour was a popular topic of conversation on Chinese microblog Weibo

But one user insisted that the authorities are “doing a good job. These bullies are not being educated by their families and don’t have a good home education.”

The training is conducted under the supervision of the teenager’s parents, and offenders also take part in other activities, “such as listening to lectures and receiving psychological support,” Wei Dan from the Tongzhou District People’s Court told The Mirror.

“We arrange for them to undergo special military training on the first day, so that in future, they will be able to consciously abide by the school rules.” she added.

Some Weibo users warned that being forced to undergo military training might simply cause offenders to bully more.

One suggested offenders’ “bodies will be better” after the course, while another remarked, “after military training, they will only bully more.”

Image copyrightBTIME/TENCENT TVImage captionFootage circulating on social media in 2016 and 2017 caused concern in China about a rise in bullying

But some feel the new scheme is too harsh.

“Speaking as a student, I think military training will be a really painful thing,” said one, while another commented, “How do kids nowadays see this? I feel sorry for them.”

A number of highly publicised incidents in China in recent years have contributed to a growing dissatisfaction about how it is tackled.

Social behaviour website What’s On Weibo noted a trend of extreme bullying videos appearing on social media in March 2016. One showed a number of students beating up people with steel pipes.

Source: Kerry Allen & Georgina Rannard @BBC.com

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