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Yes, Kid Rock can win the Michigan U.S. Senate race

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 4:06pm

“Donald Trump will never run for president. It’s just a publicity stunt.”

That’s a refrain we were tirelessly force fed by a thoroughly out of touch mainstream media dating all the way back to 2010 when serious rumors about Trump’s interest in the White House started to gain traction. We all know how that turned out. Not only did Trump run, he ended up pulling off the most memorable political upset in modern history.

You would think that the liberal left would have received the overwhelming message that the American voter is on a different page than the mainstream media and the liberal elites. Instead, you can make the argument they still aren’t even reading from the same book.

About two weeks ago, one of the most successful recording artists of the last few decades announced he intends to run for Senate in Michigan. And yet, the mainstream media can’t seem to wrap their minds around the fact that Kid Rock could actually win. Of course, he can.

Selling 35 million records worldwide and five Grammy awards is nothing to scoff at. Clearly, Kid Rock’s music appeals to people all over the world.

In his home state of Michigan, Kid Rock (who’s birth name is Robert Ritchie) is a local hero. There is no denying that he loves the city of Detroit and the people love him back 100 fold. Anyone familiar with that shouldn’t be surprised that an early (very early) poll is making its way across the internet that shows Kid Rock with a four point lead over incumbent Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Why wouldn’t he? Between Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump, 2016 proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the American people are fed up with the status quo (Stabenow) and tired of being left behind by elites in Washington (Stabenow again). It makes perfect sense that Kid Rock would have a chance in a blue collar state like Michigan that has been so badly ravaged by decades of liberal policies.

But yet, the mainstream media still doesn’t understand. The message from the American electorate still hasn’t resonated in the minds of the “experts” at the New York Times and Washington Post. Since Kid Rock’s announcement, the media has done everything they can to discredit Kid Rock’s run.

For starters, we have seen an extraordinary amount of the same elitist snobbery from the left that we saw during the 2016 campaign. Everywhere you look, you see the “I know better than you attitude” from liberals looking down on Middle America for not being as enlightened as them. For example, the following tweet from someone I have to assume isn’t a fan of the GOP or Trump’s message (The “I hate Donald Trump” in her profile is what tipped me off.)

Now, I don’t want to single out this one Twitter user. I’m sure she’s a sweet person. However, this is so remarkably emblematic of the attitude shared by so many liberals out there who simply don’t understand what they witnessed in 2016.

First of all, maybe citing Wikipedia isn’t the best idea in the world. Second of all, the excerpt is completely irrelevant. Kid Rock’s upbringing has nothing to do with his current message of fighting for the forgotten man. The same way Trump’s wealthy upbringing had nothing to do with his ability to reach out to people who were devastated by Obama’s backward policies. A platform that Kid outlined a few days after teasing his run.

From the New York Post:

“‘I believe if you work your butt off and pay taxes, you should be able to easily understand and navigate the laws, tax codes, health care and anything else the government puts in place that affects us all,’ he wrote above a link to his website on Monday.”

That’s a message that can be inspiring to every American regardless of background. That’s not a complicated idea to comprehend. But yet, it still isn’t clicking for the left. All they can do is resort to name calling or adopt a position of being too smart for the dumb hicks living between Manhattan and West Hollywood.

Just like Hillary thought she knew enough about the Michigan voter, liberals today think they know more about Kid Rock than the American voter. Kid Rock voters know who he is. Donald Trump voters know who he is. It’s the Democrats who aren’t getting the message. Not the average GOP voter. Kid Rock does speak for them. Regardless of how many horses he allegedly had growing up.

Oddly enough, liberals are also trying to discredit the early poll despite being abysmally wrong about the polls in the 2016 presidential race as well as Brexit. Apparently, since the polling site was registered two weeks ago, that means we have to completely discredit the findings.

The Resurgent ran a piece discrediting the poll (and me for writing about it on another site) because the domain name was registered two weeks ago. Great. It has been reported on by many websites on both sides of the political spectrum so clearly, it is newsworthy enough to at least talk about.

News outlets have certainly run with unscientific online polls and heavily biased polls in the past so the idea that this one can’t even be discussed is a little strange. The poll adds a degree of seriousness. We can argue all day long about how significant that degree might be. It also doesn’t really matter.

The poll is just one piece of the puzzle and the overall premise stands. The political climate, Kid Rock’s popularity in Michigan, the GOP’s historically strong midterm turnout, and the inability of the Democrats to put together a decent message has created the perfect landscape for a Kid Rock run.  That’s not just a right wing opinion either.

Elizabeth Warren seems to agree with that summation, so the left can’t have it both ways. Either Kid Rock should be taken seriously or he’s a total joke. Make up your mind.

If Kid Rock ends up not running and this whole thing ends up being a stunt then I have no problem saying I’m wrong. Until then, it’s my humble opinion that Kid Rock can win this race. If the left hasn’t learned their lesson (and they clearly haven’t) after all their missteps in 2016, why would the results change in 2017 or 2018?  You have to figure Kid Rock has people in his corner who know a lot more about politics than me who are telling him the same thing.


Courtesy  Andrew Mark Miller

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The Pink Dragon

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 1:52pm

Childhood diabetes is a pink dragon. Diabetes in and of itself, but when a child begins life with no candy and cake it rears its ugly head on several fronts. As I sit here waiting the results of my granddaughter’s second hospital visit in two weeks I reflect. First, and foremost Puck has shared her entire life with me. In 2007 her mother handed her to me in Georgetown on the day of her birth, and said, “Here, hold this,” and a darling little girl came into my life.

Her first word was, “chicken.” She’d be playing on the porch in Berry Creek. I’d ask if she wanted me to run to KFC and she’d say, “Chiiiiiicken!” Sometime around two years old we found that she was a type one diabetic. Little Puck had to eat veggies while everyone else ate cake. Pricks and shots became part of her life and by four she could take, and read her blood. An eighty reading meant it was a good day, a six hundred meant the ER, and perhaps coma.

Puck had self control but hunger was a big hazard. A salad for dinner left her starving as she would fight a high number. We could always tell when it was going to be a bad day from the dark circles around her beautiful blue eyes. When her readings fell low she’d go into seizure, scream, and arch her little back. She couldn’t control her bladder. Wet beds in the morning would humiliate her, and many mornings I’d hold her as she cried and asked me, “Why?”

There were good times. I took her to Austin, just she and I, we attended a rally, and she met Doc Greene. Due to the activity her blood was on the low end, and on the way home I took her to a Japanese Grill. Her hair stuck straight up when the chef lit the onion volcano. The cook felt so bad when she leaped from her chair that he gave her a free order of shrimp. She asked why his eyes looked funny.

Recently, as the “Puckster” began to turn into a little lady her body rebelled and the insulin she’d been on all her life became useless. A salad with tuna gave her an”Hi” reading and it would not come down. Three days in ICU, and one day in a regular room brought her down to normal. For four days she read from the eighties to around one twenty and suddenly she was back in the hospital again. She looked at me as she left, and again asked, “Why?”

I don’t know why. I think God sends us special angels to remind us how precious life and health is. Exceptional so they can endure. Innocent so we can understand that there is no sin that needs to be paid for. Puck pays it forward for the rest of us as she slays the pink dragon.

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MRI nearly killed Chuck Norris’ wife Gena

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 9:09pm

TV’s action hero Chuck Norris finally faced a villain he couldn’t beat — and it almost killed his wife.

According to Sunday’s edition of Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, Gena Norris nearly died from complications after having MRIs several years ago.

In the report, Gena Norris said that the heavy metal gadolinium injected in her to enhance the MRI images lingered in her body for years and caused burning pain. Repeated tests were unable to locate the cause.

“I just heard that still small voice deep inside of me that said, Gena your body is dying. And I walked out of the bathroom and he just took one look at me and he knew; I’m about to lose my wife,” said Gena Norris.

Chuck Norris told Attkisson, “I saw death in her eyes. I saw her dying and I said you know I’ve got to do something.”

The problems began after she had three MRIs in one week to evaluate her rheumatoid arthritis.

“I was in the emergency room for like 5 or 6 nights in a row and the symptoms had continued to get worse and worse. And by the fourth, fifth, sixth night, the burning just kept traveling and I would go in and they’d say, well what’s wrong with you? And I’m like I, I don’t know. I don’t feel good. And I’m just, I’m burning. All I can tell you is I’m burning all over. I feel like I have acid everywhere in my tissues, I’m just, I’m on fire,” she said.

While the Food and Drug Administration said there is no evidence of poisoning, it is investigating reports of chronic pain and other symptoms to determine if “there are any potential adverse health effects,” Attkisson reported.

For Chuck Norris, the feeling helplessness was horrible.

Chuck Norris: “Well it’s the helpless feeling, you know cause I’m kind of a take charge guy, and then here I have something where I cannot do anything and it was, it was horrifying and, and uh, I just thank, thank God that we were able to weather it and that she did get better and I got my wife back.”

Source: Paul Bedard

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Kat Von D’s company accused of disqualifying Kansas makeup artist from contest over pro-Trump views

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 7:48pm

A Kansas woman claims she won a contest sponsored by a company created by the reality TV star Kat Von D — but later was disqualified over a post on her Instagram account which supported then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Makeup artist Gypsy Freeman, of Wichita, took screenshots which show she won the national Saint + Sinner Contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty in June, according to the Wichita Eagle.

“It’s definitely bigotry – it’s everything that they’re calling us, they’re doing,” Freeman told the newspaper. “It’s a huge case of hypocrisy.”

@katvondbeauty @mercyhanna_15 #SaintandSinner #KVDContest Photography and water/milkbath concept @jennbischof Model @numinous.model MUAH/wardrobe @facesofgypsy #kvdcontest Foundation @temptu As Hamlet said to Ophelia, ”God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” The battle between these two halves of identity…Who we are and who we pretend to be, is unwinnable. “Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every person. One that we reveal to the world and another we keep hidden inside. A duality governed by the balance of light and darkness, within each of us is the capacity for both good and evil. But those who are able to blur the moral dividing line hold the true power. -Emily Thorne

A post shared by FacesOfGypsy LLC (@facesofgypsy) on Jun 11, 2017 at 6:10pm PDT

Freeman won with an image of an angelic figure beside a girl in an all-black outfit and thick mascara. The winner and a guest were supposed was supposed to be flown to a makeup line launch party in Los Angeles, according to the report.

Instagram users later reportedly discovered Freeman’s pro-Trump post from Election Day in November.

Freeman claims that Von D later messaged her, saying she’d “drawn a personal line in the sand between myself and anyone who supports that man.”

A post shared by FacesOfGypsy LLC (@facesofgypsy) on Nov 8, 2016 at 8:02am PST

She also says that the woman who photographed Freeman’s entry was invited in her stead and went to the party, according to the Eagle.

Freeman said it was “really unfortunate” politics were brought into the competition “where I never brought it into the art contest.”

Sunday messages seeking comment from Kat Von D Beauty’s parent company Kendo Holdings were not immediately returned.


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The News Business Sinks Ever Closer to Rock Bottom

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 5:47am

A consortium of newspaper publishers are preparing to take the unusual step of begging the nation’s legislature for the right to collectively negotiate with Facebook and Google.

(Generally, antitrust laws forbid this kind of collective bargaining because it reduces economic competition, except in specifically legislated cases such as labor unions.)

It’s easy to see why publishers want to team up and bargain as one: Facebook and Google continue to take what they want from the news media—content to churn through the News Feed and ever-more-recent search results—while soaking up all the advertising profits available. This is a game where the distributor keeps almost the whole pie, and only so many news organizations can survive on the scraps the Internet platforms allow to fall to the floor.

So, how’d we get here?

We can radically boil it down to three movements.

1. Starting at the beginning: Ask most newspaper people and they’d tell you the “original sin” was that news gatherers decided to give away their product for free when they went online. This is a ridiculous frame (for reasons I’ll get into) but this would be most people in the news business’ common understanding.

It was the ethos of the time that stories should flow around the Internet, unburdened by payment systems. The key underpinning of the whole web was the link and anybody had to be able to view a link for it to be of maximum value. That was just an axiom of the early web.

So, (most) newspapers went along. Foreshadowing. But everything had changed: They were in an entirely different business and didn’t realize it.

2. Google took advantage of all the high-quality pages, and the links between them, being freely placed on the World Wide Web. They took all those links and turned them into the data that powered their search engine.

Google became the best place to find out about the world. One could know what was going on without a newspaper or a TV or a radio.

As Google gained users, newspapers gained greater reach and readership than they’d had before. Sure, most of them were visitors from outside the metro areas that their advertisers wanted to reach, but the business would fill itself in, everyone hoped.

Google, meanwhile, was figuring out its own business model, which turned out to be sponsored links running next to search results. They created an easy way to buy advertising and a backend that could tell you precisely how well ads were performing. (Other people were doing similar things, but only one of them has become one of the most valuable companies in the world.)

Turns out that many small, local advertisers preferred the Google way of doing ads to the newspaper way of doing ads. Combine that with the hit from Craigslist taking mainstay classified-ad business, and newspaper print advertising was in trouble.

That would have happened with or without the so-called “original sin.” The disruption came to the papers: their local/regional business practices got stomped by the efficiency of the technology business.

In the new advertising world, a reader wasn’t worth very much. Maybe a few cents a visit. But there was always a hope: more scale. More visitors meant more page views, which meant more ads, which meant maybe the news organizations could pay their journalists with enough pennies from web ads.

Thus, people are always searching out scale, traffic, visitors, page views, ad inventory.

3. And who has the scale? Facebook.

For a long time, Facebook was happy to send readers to news articles, but it was incidental to their larger concerns. And then came, roughly, August 2013, when Facebook turned on the taps for news organizations. Charlie Warzel noted it in Buzzfeed at the time: “traffic from Facebook referrals to partner network sites are up 69% from August to October of this year.” But he was just spelling out what many in digital media knew from their own traffic reports. Traffic was through the roof and it was all coming from Facebook.

“Facebook has sent unprecedented levels of traffic to publishers across the internet in recent months, a dramatic and unexpected increase affecting a large range of sites serving a wide variety of content,” Warzel wrote.


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The Voice of America

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 8:18pm

The Voice Of America

Arching overhead as do the stars, ever present, always enigmatic, but always pointing the way to those familiar with them, are the forms that define all things earthly, the functional equivalent of themselves. When we seek the meaning of or otherwise attempt to utilize truth, justice, love, or God, we must make do with facts, equity, idolatry, and an ever changing supreme being. This does not mean that such things do not exist; rather it is a sign that they, like the stars do exist, but as perfect representations of our need, forever beyond our reach, but ever beckoning to our understanding. Some things have been accomplished by man that come closer to expressing this understanding than most. Titian brought forth our base emotions more cleanly than most artists who sought to bring awe to something as base as mere canvas. That time encompassing roughly the 70th decade of the twentieth century gave music a voice that soared beyond mere imagination, and was near perfection at times. The 20 years of genius in manufacturing following the Second World War gave us the foundation upon which technology will be built until humans cease to exist. These are examples of humans finding a way of temporarily unlocking form so that it might be paired with function. One of the most clear examples of this can be found in the U.S. constitution, which provided the world with a roadmap with which to find its way into any future. It is a codex that will imitated, but never exceeded.


The foundation of the constitution is the revelation that the authority to govern, to make laws, impose taxes, and determine the fate of the nation resides in the people themselves. Since a nation is comprised of many, no single individual, or group of such may impose their will upon the majority, but compromises must be made, and in this we find our greatest strength. It is this principle that guides us to greatness, and spares us the poverty, disease, and warfare that the citizens of totalitarian regimes must suffer under.


It is a mistake, however, to believe that just because a nation has a constitution, and names itself a democracy, that it in any way reflects the government described by our own constitution, which by its very form describes government by its limits, rather than by the rights of those who govern. So why are we, the 99 percent, we the people denied our rights so clearly outlined in our constitution? If it seems to you that your constitutionally guaranteed rights are denied to you every day of your lives, if it seems to you that the prosperity that you are guaranteed by a limited, rather than empowered government are being usurped by a ridiculously few people, if it seems to you that the legacy of our constitution is being given to anyone but you, why you have every right to think so. You are correct if you believe our government has been bought. Your voice, my voice, the voices of practically all Americans have been silenced it the polls, silenced in the state house, silenced in the courts, and they have damn well been silenced in the White House. Hello! Mr. President! Can you hear me? Hell no you can’t. But if I were say Charles, David, or Bill Koch I bet you could hear me then!
If you would gaze into our futures, look south. See your kids trying to sneak into Canada because there is nothing here for them. See a place where justice is only for those with the money to buy it. Money has made a mockery of our system of government, and condemned us to live in a nation where the act of participating in government makes us corrupt. I just now googled how much does a congressional house seat cost in Texas, and the answer, right there on the page in the top three browser search results was 1.6 million dollars. I guess I should check Amazon and EBay before reporting these results, but they’ll do just fine in illustrating my point.


When we next visit this notion of sovereign authority, a thing we must do again before proceeding to Article I Section I of the constitution, we will examine how this happened, and where the path back to the real America lies.

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BROKE: New FEC Report Shows DNC Finished June $3.3 Million in Debt

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 1:47am
Under the leadership of former Obama official Tom Perez, a new FEC report reveals the DNC finished the month of June $3.3 million in debt.

They’re broke. Just like their policies.

The DNC, still in rough financial shape, finished last month $3.3M in debt, per new @fec report.

— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) July 21, 2017

Per the FEC:

FILING FEC-1174219 1. DNC Services Corp./Dem. Nat’l Committee

430 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

2. FEC Committee ID #: C00010603 3. This committee HAS qualified as a multicandidate committee (see FEC Form 1M) 4. Report Type = JUL MONTHLY

Filed: 07/20/2017

5. Covering Period 06/01/2017 Through 06/30/2017 Column A
This Period
Column B
Year To Date
6. (a) Cash on hand, January 1, 2017 10507786.02     (b) Cash on hand at Beginning of Reporting Period 7694342.74     (c) Total Receipts (from line 19) 5500141.98 38171284.10     (d) Subtotal (6(b) + 6(c) for A, 6(a) + 6(c) for B) 13194484.72 48679070.12 7. Total Disbursements 5702049.38 41186634.78 8. Cash on Hand at Close of Reporting Period 7492435.34 7492435.34 9. Debts and Obligations Owed TO the Committee 0.00     Itemize all on SCHEDULE C or SCHEDULE D 10. Debts and Obligations Owed BY the Committee 3285691.55     Itemize all on SCHEDULE C or SCHEDULE D

Treasurer: William mmittee Derrough
Date Signed: 07/20/2017

The month of May wasn’t any better for the DNC, which reported $1.9 million in debt.

The Observer reported:

DNC Chair Tom Perez recently sent out a fundraising email to supporters claiming, “I know garbage when I see it,” citing that he once worked on a dump truck. It’s ironic that he referred to the GOP health care bill as a “flaming dumpster fire” because he has been presiding over the disaster that is the Democratic National Committee. The organization reported that May 2017 was its worst fundraising month since the Iraq War in 2003, and April 2017 was its worst fundraising month since 2009. In May, the DNC also reported that it has $1.9 million in debt. Despite the fact that former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez was recruited by Barack Obama to appease the party’s donors, lobbyists and PACs, even they have refused to prop up the failing brand.

Not approving of the strategies laid out at a retreat for donors in January 2017, billionaires Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman started their own political organization, Win the Future. As donors are increasingly tired of seeing their investments go to waste, many have started their own funds or used their access to take over leadership positions themselves—such as Florida billionaire donor Stephen Bittel did to become the Florida Democratic Party chair earlier this year. Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker is running for governor of Illinois, and billionaire Tom Steyer is debating running for governor of California. Haim Saban and James Simons poured millions into Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, but they have yet to be listed by the FEC as DNC donors in 2017. Additionally, George Soros has only given $33,900 to the DNC in 2017, but he poured millions of dollars into the Democratic Party in 2016.

In contrast, the RNC is on an amazing financial run, having raised a whopping $13.4 million in June.

According to The Hill:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised a record $13.4 million in June, bringing its total 2017 fundraising to $75.3 million.

In a release provided first to The Hill, the RNC announced another strong monthly haul and has $44.7 million in the bank. It’s the most the RNC has raised in June of a nonpresidential year.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel credited the record fundraising to the committee’s “loyal network of grassroots donors” due to their support for President Trump and the GOP’s agenda.

“Because of the generous contributions, the RNC will continue to promote conservative values while bolstering our efforts to support, defend, and elect more Republicans,” McDaniel said in a statement.


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Report: Hannity Won’t Receive Journalism Award Due To Trump Support

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 8:18pm
Sean Hannity reportedly will not be receiving an award for excellence in journalism by a prominent conservative organization because of his support for President Donald Trump.

The Fox News host was to be awarded the William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence at the Media Research Center’s annual gala in Washington in September, but the son of the person for whom the award is named objected, CNN reported Friday.

William F. Buckley founded National Review magazine in 1955, and was a prominent voice for conservatism in print and on the air for decades until his death in 2008..

Buckley’s son, Christopher, 64, “expressed great dismay” that Hannity would be receiving the award and contacted the MRC to relate his disapproval, a source told CNN.

The younger Buckley’s objection was based largely on Hannity’s strong advocacy for Trump. National Review was strongly in the so-called Never Trump camp, arguing the candidate could not be trusted to govern based on conservative principles.

Hannity has been removed from the gala’s website among the featured guests, who include Rush Limbaugh, Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Mollie Hemingway, a Fox News contributor and senior editor of The Federalist.

The MRC and Hannity both say a scheduling issue is the reason Hannity is not receiving the award.

“It’s my understanding there was a scheduling conflict,” Ryan Moy, a spokesman for the MRC, told CNN.

Hannity addressed the controversy in a series of tweets on Friday morning, starting with a jab at CNN for being “fake news.”

Hey Fake News Jake, I was offered an award, I was unable to attend, and I respectfully turned it down.

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 21, 2017

He followed that tweet with one saying that if Buckley’s son and National Review objected to him receiving the award, he was not made aware of it.

If @NRO “Never Trumpers” or WFB’s son were upset about me receiving the award, they never told me. Now I’m really glad I said “No thanks”

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 21, 2017

The FNC host then tweeted these “Awards” are “BS” anyway, and his primary concerns are his audience and the country.

Read More: Randy DeSoto@

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House approves first ever reauthorization of DHS

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 5:47pm

The House on Thursday passed the first-ever reauthorization of the Department of Homeland Security, which was created as a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Today, Congress ensured that the Department of Homeland Security has the resources it needs to keep terrorists, traffickers, and smugglers out of the United States,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said in a statement after the vote.

If the bill from House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul becomes law, it will be the first time Congress has had a chance to tweak the department’s mission since it was formed in 2002. It’s a process that started just before President Trump was sworn into office, and one that was supported by DHS Secretary John Kelly.

“The threats and challenges have changed since Congress created DHS some 15 years ago. We need to update the authorities to successfully complete our mission today,” Kelly said in a Feb. 7 statement before McCaul’s committee.

The 575-page bill streamlines and consolidates DHS agencies; creates processes to make the 229,000-person department more accountable on the cost and efficiency of programs; provides additional resources for front-line defenders and first responders; and strengthens U.S. security through various procedures.

DHS, which operated in fiscal year 2017 on a $40.6 billion budget, will no longer be able to reorganize without congressional approval. From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Secret Service to the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, changes will have to go through Capitol Hill lawmakers.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office would also be authorized for the first time under the bill that relate to GOP priorities on border security.

For example, it would establish Operation Stonegarden, a program that would allow the administrator to “make grants to eligible law enforcement agencies … to enhance border security.” Funds would not be allowed to go toward equipment, the maintenance of equipment or personnel.

Another section of the bill would let the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection request additional canine teams to help with drug detection at the border.

Also notable is section 1507 of the bill, which calls on the Transportation Security Administration to create a plan and timeline to reduce the number of senior executive positions by 20 percent by mid 2019.

House passage sends the bill to the Senate, but it’s not clear when the Senate might get to the bill.

Source: Anna Giaritelli

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Common Sense

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:39pm

Common sense is a rare quality these days. I read the news every day, both the main stream and alternative, and you have to really have comprehension if you want to work your way through it. If you believe ABC then you’d expect Trump to be on the WhiteHouse roof clubbing democrats with a musket as they scale the walls. If you listen to the latest viral Facebook posting Planet X is now blotting out the sun and some guy in Jersey is leading the faithful to salvation in some cornfield in Kansas, for a small fee of course.


With so many gullible people in the country they are proof there is no Russian attempt to take over. Russia is a Christian nation. They don’t WANT to mix their kids with us. We don’t know what BATHROOM to use! Bruce Gender is considering a run for the WhiteHouse. Black Lives are mattering anywhere they can make a buck. America is the leader of the world? Give me a break. We can’t even lead Chicago. As a Texan I find it gratifying seeing northern cities degenerate into bankrupt chaos. Connect the dots, I can say no more, just use your common sense.


. I only believe what people say about themselves. Like Sessions getting up and saying he knows Trump wants him out, but he’s hanging on because he knows it makes Trump mad. Fake news yesterday put out a poll claiming the country was swinging toward the democrats due to republican bottleneck politics. I’m not saying they’re stupid, but with a republican president, congress, and senate they can’t pass a dog leash law for a trailer park! They have no problem raising their salaries, by the way. And we don’t even need them to run the country. Shucks, three federal judges are running it right now. The rulings coming from the bench are evidence of the mistake of legalizing marijuana. I crappith thee NOT! Our leaders! The cream of the crop. Role models for our children. I wouldn’t follow these clowns into a whorehouse.



Trump had his work cut out for him from the beginning. A rich, white, male Protestant, he is part of a dying breed. America has gone to hell. Don’t get me wrong. The people are fine, but they’re fed daily with a crop of crap and while they’re feeding freeloaders on SNAP they’re accepting that the nation is ruined and pray they’ll be gone before it all dissolves.



Now let’s talk about the end of the world. Uh, it ain’t gonna happen. Write that down, there’ll be a test later, and you’ll be alive to take the test. I can tell you without fear of contradiction that there is no Planet X, Yellowstone is open for business, summer is hot as usual and the Mexicans are not going to buy Microsoft. Ex-convicts in New Jersey know as much about this as I know about marriage. My track record on that is six and zero. Please don’t send money to idiots like that. Heck, send ME your money if you hate yourself that bad. I’ll drink it up and at least one of us will be happy. Common sense!


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The Solution to a Subversive Problem

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 7:48am

By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio

Fact: in today’s America we have a muslim problem no matter what the left says. And while some muslims do try to at least attempt to fit into the fabric of our American society, a very vocal and ever expanding number of their populace view America as an infidel land…an infidel land that must be brought to its knees, repent, and bend to the will of allah… assimilation be damned. Thinking that America is rightfully theirs for the taking by any means possible, whether through violence or by using our own laws against us, muslims cite the qur’an’s commands as their obligation to do so for the spreading of islam must be accomplished no matter the amount of blood shed.

And muslims have not been, contrary to what Barack HUSSEIN Obama wants us to believe, an “integral part of America’s founding,” but have been a problem since the days of Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary pirates. Jefferson knew this well for when referencing the islamic slave trade of Americans and Europeans by the Barbary states, Jefferson asked Tripoli’s envoy to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman, by what right did he extort money and take slaves in this way. And as per Jefferson’s own words Abdrahaman answered him, “that [the right] was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

Words that are still believed today by the true practitioners and unholy warriors of islam.

And while in the 15th century a few muslims did set foot on what eventually became American soil when they accompanied Spanish explorers on their trips to the New World; and while horses exported from Algeria did help replenish the American cavalry during the Revolutionary War; and while Morocco became, via the 1787 Treaty of Friendship, the first country to officially recognize our new country’s independence; the fact remains that muslims did not start coming as immigrants to this country until the late 19th century, so how pray tell were they part of our country’s founding…simply… they were not.

So while not part of our founding, muslims instead have become a serious part of the problem facing our country today and not just for their refusal to assimilate but because their very presence in our country is a criminal act just as it is with the illegal aliens crossing our southern border.

Let me explain…

H.R. 5678, The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, also known as the McCarran–Walter Act…vetoed by Democratic President Harry Truman but overridden by both the House and Senate…was codified under Title 8 of the United States Code (8 U.S.C. ch. 12). And while this Act has been amended and modified by the Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965, key provisions that govern immigration to and citizenship of these United States thankfully remain in place today.

And while abolishing the hold-over racial restrictions that were part of the Naturalization Act of 1790…which limited naturalized citizenship to “free white persons of good character”…the 1952 Act kept in place quotas established by the Immigration Act of 1924, the very Act that set the quota system regarding those nationalities and regions who could lawfully gain entry into this country while at the same time defining the three types of immigrants that would be allowed said entry…as in those with special skills or being relatives of U.S. citizens who were exempt from quotas and restrictions; so-called ‘average immigrants’ whose numbers were not to exceed 270,000 per year; and refugees. And this part is critical…this Act allowed the government to both not let into our country and to deport immigrants or naturalized citizens engaged in what was called ‘subversive activities.’

And subversive activities becomes key in ridding our country of those out to do us harm in the name of a religion that is anything but a religion.

But what legally constitutes a subversive activity as per our immigration laws and how does it apply to the muslim problem we face today? To answer that one must first understand that a subversive activity is any activity where a certain group of people band together with the intention to disrupt, inflame, or seek rebellion against, in this case, our established system of government. And in today’s America it is muslims… remember ever vile muslima Linda Sarsour’s public call to jihad…who seek to not only violently overthrow our government and kill our duly-elected president via jihad but who want to implement sharia law as the law of our land…with the Constitution relegated to second place at best…and who demand that ‘We the People’ follow their said law. And the consequence for those who do not…as per islam’s teachings their religion gives them the right to kill us. And when all this is tied up with a neat little bow, that is subversive activity personified.

So even while knowing that legally our president has every right to ban muslim immigration into our country under the still in effect subversive activity clause in our immigration laws, the liberal kumbaya sorts, the islamic condoners, the activist liberal judges, and the muslims themselves will fight this clause dragging it through the courts for years to come. And in the meantime the muslim population in this country (currently estimated at 3.3+ million) will continue to grow until its now current level of less than 2 percent of the population reaches the critical number of 10 percent…a percentage where their voting numbers alone will eventually give them game changing political clout.

But there is another way besides immigration laws to remove those wishing us harm from our country and to do so legally using their currently held 501(c)(3) status against them.

Fact: many states in addition to the federal government give tax exemptions to certain recognized organizations, like ‘churches’ (under which falls synagogues and mosques) and charities, but all applying for exemption must serve public purposes, but what purpose does an entity that calls for and relishes in jihad possibly serve…the answer is none. So with the entity in question being islam…a political system masquerading as a religion…along with its economic, social, and legal system known as sharia law…means islam should not be afforded tax exempt status under our current on-the-book laws.

To show why islam itself along with its muslim supposedly religious gathering places known as mosques do not meet the criteria for tax exempt status we must start at the legal beginning with the fact that many people make the interpretative mistake that the First Amendment to the Constitution grants us as individuals or as a group certain rights. As written, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” in no way grants any specific rights to anybody. All this amendment does is prohibit Congress from making laws about religion, speech, the press, or assembly. This means that muslims do not have a First Amendment right to build mosques, proselytize, or implement sharia anywhere in our country; therefore, islam itself is not protected under the First Amendment.

This leads into the actual rules that a religious entity or its places of worship have to follow in order to become a tax exempt entity under our laws, thus gaining a 501(c)(3) status. To qualify, a church, synagogue, or mosque, must be in operation for a specific purpose. This is where the problem with mosques and therefore with islam comes into play.

As of now, to qualify for tax-exempt status a mosque must meet the following requirements:
1. a mosque must be organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, scientific, or other charitable purposes
2. net earnings may not inure to the benefit of any private individual or shareholder
3. no substantial part of the mosque’s activity may be attempting to influence legislation
4. a mosque may not intervene in political campaigns
5. a mosque’s purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy

Simply stated, all mosques are in violation of our tax laws, and actually violate the public policy of our country that assures ‘We the People’ that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Let’s go over this point by point to see how this comes into play. 1. a mosque must be organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, scientific, or other charitable purposes. Muslims, while inside mosques, engage in both recruiting terrorists and jihad training within their confines, and none of this is for religious purposes or for charity but is for the singular purpose of killing or hurting those they consider infidels. 2. net earnings may not inure to the benefit of any private individual or shareholder. Muslims, while inside mosques, raise monies to bail terrorists out of jail and to send monies overseas to support recognized terrorist organizations like The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. 3. no substantial part of the mosque’s activity may be attempting to influence legislation. Muslims, while inside mosques, hold meetings to organize, push for, and write papers and such to prepare their case for sharia law to be implemented in this country. 4. a mosque may not intervene in political campaigns. Muslims, while inside mosques, actively work and campaign for muslim or pro-muslim leaning candidates so they win their elections and thus can infiltrate our government and influence legislation in their favor. And 5. a mosque’s purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy. And here in number 5 is the hoped for sticking point, for a mosque or its leaders to openly speak out or organize in opposition to anything that our government declares ‘legal’ has that mosque jeopardizing its tax exempt status.

Once again, American mosques are actively preaching jihad in violation of their tax-exempt status and is a direct violation of public policy that guarantees ‘We the People’ our right to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Fact: to date there are roughly 3000 mosques in American with each being granted tax exempt status. Since islam is not a religion as we civilized persons know religion to be, how is this being allowed and what are our rights as Americans that the intrusion of islam into our society is not allowing us to have? We all know that our “unalienable” rights come from the living God of the Holy Bible and from the Constitution not from the made-up god named allah, and surely not from the vile book known as the qur’an. And our rights spelled out in our Declaration of Independence are indeed “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” the very things islam goes against.

Islam in its guise of religion is but a cult of oppression and death instead of being a religion of life, as noted in its oppression of women, its condoning of jihad, and its honor killings for even the slightest of transgressions. In fact, the qur’an actually instructs muslims in the ways of torture (Sura 4:56: Surely, those who disbelieve in our revelations, we will condemn them to the hellfire. Whenever their skins are burnt, we will give them new skins. Thus, they will suffer continuously. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.), and commands the killing of non-believers.

Islam, which actually means submission, allows no liberty for its followers, and in islam no one submits more than women. Women are forced to cover their faces and bodies (qur’an: 24:31 “And tell the believing women to subdue their eyes, and maintain their chastity. They shall not reveal any parts of their bodies, except that which is necessary…”) and are at the total command and will of their husbands. Little girls are often sold as child brides to old men, and conversion to another religion, if caught, ends in death. Islam allows no happiness for it is an all-consuming way of life minus any individuality or free will. You either follow its tenets to the letter, you never question or speak out against islam or you will die. So how can anyone be truly happy under islam…they cannot.

So, with islam itself going against ‘We the People’s’ guaranteed “unalienable rights” to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” which the Declaration of Independence affords all human beings by their Creator and which governments are created to protect, then islam most assuredly is not what our Founding Fathers meant by religion. And if islam is not a religion it cannot be given religious tax exemption status, and when coupled with immigration laws against those calling for, planning, or committing subversive activities we have every legal right to stop muslim entry into our country and to remove both muslims and the stain that is islam from our country.

Now all we need is political leaders and a judiciary with enough love for this country to do what legally needs to be done…our future as America depends on it.

Copyright © 2017 Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor

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Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:49am

Hey Arizona; Your days of bemoaning having liberal RINO Senators might be coming to an end. Well at least for half of your Senator allotment anyway. Unfortunately, you’re still stuck with John McCain for another 5-years along with his senility for conservatism.

As you’re aware of, I have “Little Birds” all over this great nation that feed me (at times) very valuable information. With that said, as you also know, Crows Nest Politics thoroughly enjoys being on the ‘cutting edge’ of breaking stories.


As was initially reported by Politico, the White House is none too happy with Arizona’s Senator Jeff Flake. For a litany of reasons, the President doesn’t seem to get along too well with this Republican Impersonator (RINO). It could be because of; “well just watch these short clips, and you will get the idea.”

Yep; This guy really is a true Arizonian.

Flake did throughout the entire campaign spend much of his time being very critical of then candidate Trump. If he wasn’t bashing Trump on comments in defense of undocumented refugees entering the United States, he was bashing him on comments he made about building a wall to secure our borders. In nearly every conservative ‘pro-American’ stance that Mr. Trump took, Senator Flake would respond with very liberal ideology and counter punch the candidate. Is it any wonder that President Trump has pledged millions of dollars to unseat this RINO obstructionist?

One of the Presidents favorite pastimes was riding his beloved horses.

The conservative cowboy in question is a very successful Arizona native. He owns many businesses crossing a wide swath of industries. If you looked up Conservative Arizonian in the dictionary, his photo is probably attached to the definition. He is tough, he is plain spoken, and the best part is, he is not a career politician looking for job advancement. This guy makes a payroll, pays his taxes, goes to church, loves his family and can even saddle a horse.There may be hope for Arizona on the horizon. As I said, my Little Birds have been burning up the phone lines. It seems that like former President Ronald Reagan, we may be about to have another True Conservative Westerner ride in and save the day for the proud conservatives of the Grand Canyon State.

He is a gun owner (many I am told), is pro-life for real, not just rhetoric, and is a strong believer in Fair and Flat Tax. In other words, like Trump, he thinks we should get rid of the IRS and start over. Did I mention that he is also a ‘yuge’ President Trump supporter?

For the coup-de-gras about this real and true conservative, he is taking the Donald Trump approach to this campaign. Since he is successful, he may even be willing to match donations from supporters.  He is not like the rest of the field in that he feels as though he doesn’t want to owe his soul to Washington Lobbyist and corrupt PAC’s. If a PAC comes along and wants to donate or support, fine, but they had better agree with his position on issues, or he wants no part of them. He is not taking their money if they disagree with his position on what is best for Arizona.

I have been promised that this great American Patriot is announcing sometime in August or September and I will be the first to break the news on his identity then. Stay tuned Crows Nest readers, this is breaking news, it is hot and I have to say, I am thrilled that this is a guy that can knock Jeff Flake off Capitol Hill.



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Kid Rock begins outlining platform for Senate run

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:52pm

Singer Kid Rock may be laying out a platform for a Senate run in Michigan.

The “I Am the Bulldog” singer fueled speculation that he may seek higher office when he posted a “Kid Rock for US Senate” campaign sign on his Twitter account last week.He followed that up with a Facebook post outlining a conservative stand on taxes and regulation.

“I believe if you work your butt off and pay taxes, you should be able to easily understand and navigate the laws, tax codes, health care and anything else the government puts in place that affects us all,” he wrote above a link to his website on Monday.

Rock, who was President Trump’s guest at the White House along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and rocker Ted Nugent, would conceivably face incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who’s up for re-election in 2018.

The Michigan Democrat addressed the possibility of a Rock run in a tweet last week.

“I know we both share a love of music. I concede he’s better at playing guitar and I’ll keep doing what I do best: fighting for Michigan,” Stabenow wrote last Wednesday.

Rock, 46, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, distanced himself from Stabenow.

“Senator Stabenow and I do share a love of music, although probably not the same kind. I concede she is better at playing politics than I am so I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice for tax paying, hardworking AMERICANS and letting politicians like her know that We the People are sick and tired of their bull—-,” he wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

Source: Mark Moore

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FROM BAD TO WORSE: Paul Ryan Approval Drops to 35%, Mitch McConnell Approval Sinks to 25%

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 1:36pm
The current Republican Congress is the least productive of any Congress in 164 years.

Republican lawmakers have failed to repeal Obamacare, pass tax cuts, fund a border wall, or pass a responsible budget.

On Monday night the GOP Senate announced they had failed to reach an agreement to pass a repeal and replace option for Obamacare.
It was another disappointing day for Republican voters.
The inaction and failed leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is catching up with them.
Paul Ryan’s approval has dropped 13% in the last six months.
His approval stands at 34%
McConnell is in worse shape.
His approval is at 25%.

Source: Jim Hoft

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“Gde myaso?” Russian for Where’s the Beef?

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 2:24pm

Political campaigns are full of liars and fabulists. From the candidate who promises to repeal Obamacare root–and–branch, to the volunteer who lies about how many doors he knocked, campaigns attract people who are, as Mark Twain observed, “Economical with the truth.”

I know because I spent almost 40 years working in elections all over the US and in a handful of islands.

Think of all the disfunction and outrage you’ve ever endured in any organization where you’ve worked. Then condense the burned microwave popcorn in the break room, the idea–stealing colleague, the boss who doesn’t give the promised raise, the boasting braggart and the job description that changes monthly into a timeframe of only a few months.

That’s a political campaign.

The people outside the campaign who want to “help” are often no better. The relative that meddles, the donor with advice on campaign commercials and the family friend who has negative information that’s going to “blow the opponent out of the water.”

The Trump campaign had to deal with all these annoyance on the largest scale possible.

This brings us to Donald Trump, Jr. He’s a businessman with zero political experience. On June 3, 2016 he gets an email from a music publicist, who tells him a Russian singer says his dad met with the “Crown prosecutor of Russia,” who in turn said he had documents related to Hillary’s Russian dealings that would incriminate her.

The only difference between this and typical campaign fantasy mongering is the information wasn’t for sale.

Media hindsight is currently spinning this third–hand account of potential Russian government “help” as the latest confirmation of the Axis of Internet hacking conspiracy. What this “evidence” really proves is the Russia collusion scandal is the leftist equivalent of the Obama birth certificate conspiracy.

Neither the timeline nor the result stand up to objective scrutiny.

When Donald, Jr. received the initial email Trump wasn’t even the nominee. Instead he was the presumed nominee — although John Kasich had recently stopped taking his medicine and was attempting to organize other bitter–enders in an effort to seize the GOP convention.

Those of you who are counting may list this as the first attempted coup against Trump.

If you are as credulous as the Opposition Media it makes perfect sense the Russian security service, the FSB, would use a music publicist sending an unencrypted email as part of a nefarious plot to derail Our First Female President.

The situation was significantly different from Junior’s viewpoint. The message refers to a so–called “Crown prosecutor of Russia.” But it may as well have been the “Clown prosecutor of Russia.” The office is as imaginary as the documentation.

Google the phrase and you get 40,800 results that refer to the news stories about the email.

For Trump the primary motivation for the meeting isn’t a sit–down with some shadowy Russian. Donald, Jr. is maintaining a business relationship. The singer’s dad is a Russian big-shot Trump, Inc. has done business with in the past. The rule of thumb for operating in an oligarchy is: Keep the Oligarchs Happy! A meeting with a potential crackpot is a small price to pay to stay in the Russian market.

If the Russian “agent” does have information, so much the better. One thing his motivation couldn’t have been was joining some Russian conspiracy to steal the election. That’s because the alleged Russian DNC hack wasn’t announced until AFTER junior’s meeting.

The Russian scandal that had been in the news was in connection with Hillary’s ties to the infamous Uranium One deal.

As reported in the New York Times more than a year earlier, Sec. of State Hillary approved a deal where Russians acquired a majority stake in a Uranium One, giving Putin control of one–fifth of the uranium production capacity in the US.

That’s considerably more significant that gaining control of the Georgia voters rolls.

Uranium One was so grateful for Hillary’s generosity the chairman gave the Clinton Crime Foundation a total of $2.35 million. Hillary was still a government employee and couldn’t take a speaking fee, but Bill cashed a $500,000 check from a Moscow bank directly tied into the Russian government.

That is a genuine Russian scandal that actually happened.

Meanwhile Trump, Jr.’s meeting went like most of these negative hype–fests do. Rosa Klebb walked into the meeting, excuse me Natalia Veselnitskaya, and all she wanted to talk about was Russian sanctions, not Hillary shenanigans.

There was no Russian help. No Russian collusion. No beef at all.

The meeting was such a waste of time Jared Kushner walked out halfway through and resumed living a normal life. I would recommend obsessed members of the Opposition Media discard their tinfoil hats and do the same.

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The East and West Slavs and American Political Intrigue”

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 12:28am
Ancient Tribes, Peoples, and Nations

By Jeffrey E. Elliott, Esq.

Is it really in American Foreign Policy interests to take sides over ancient Keivan-Moscow conflicts?

Early in the history of the American Republic opposing political parties had divergent world views, differing opinions, opposing policies, countering foreign influences, and opposite political sides to foreign policy issues.
In the beginnings of the nascent American Republic this was expected, common and ordinary. Rigorous, lively and partisan national debates arose over the intricacies of American foreign policy.

Alexander Hamilton

Although the French had aided the American revolutionaries, Hamilton and the Federalist Party advocated “neutrality” (many scholars believe Hamilton favored the British), while Jefferson and the Democratic- Republican Party advocated a military alliance with the French during the French/English war initiated in 1793.
The conservative English Constitutional Monarchy was locked in bitter and heated competition with liberal Revolutionary France over dominance of Western Europe.

Consider the following quote from American History from Revolution to Reconstruction and beyond, A Biography of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), Strained loyalties: the French Revolution 1789-1799.

“Hamilton’s reservations about an alliance with France were only intensified by the French Revolution, which was met with sweeping adulation throughout the United States. To the people who had carried out a model revolution, France’s efforts to do the same were watched with a maternal eye. Lafayette, of course, was close to the hearts and minds of the Americans as he acted out his role as an early arbiter of reason. Jefferson, who had been in Paris during the outbreak of the revolution, saw it as a manifestation of the “revolution in human sentiment” begun by America, and another reason that the United States should support the movement by aiding France as she had aided the United States’ efforts.”)

Americans lobbied by various French interests and advocated for the Jeffersonian view, wanted the United States to enter the Western European conflict on the side of the French. On the other hand, Americans lobbied by British loyalists were equally inclined to embrace the Hamiltonian position.

As cited in Alexander Hamilton and American Foreign Policy, by Carson Halloway written for the Heritage Foundation excerpt as follows:

National Interest and National Pride
“For Alexander Hamilton, the primary aim of a government’s management of its foreign affairs is to safeguard the national interest, understood not only as the country’s security and prosperity, but also as its self-respect or pride. Hamilton emphasized this point to the public in the context of the young republic’s first serious foreign policy challenge: the outbreak of war between Great Britain and revolutionary France in the spring of 1793. In response to that development, President Washington, with the support of his entire Cabinet, had issued his famous Neutrality Proclamation, which was intended to keep America from being drawn into the European conflict. When some Americans criticized the proclamation, Hamilton took to the public prints in its defense, authoring his celebrated Pacificus essays, published in the Gazette of the United States.”

Hamilton and the Federalists wanted a strong national union. A union which would further develop a spirit of American national belonging based on unique American interests.

Jeffersonian focused less on American Nationalism and more upon the power of the States and the sovereign rights inherently vested in the States as ultimately resting in the common people.

Consequently, Jeffersonians were deeply drawn to revolutionary France’s side in the epic struggle between European superpowers.

Hamiltonians rightly warned a military alliance with France and American interventionism in the British-French conflict would expend American blood and treasure eventually resulting in overwhelming damage and harm to the United States.

In the current modern era, the conflict is in Eastern Europe in the traditional ancestral lands of the East and West Slavs. The Kievan Rus and the Muscovite Rus are presently engaged in Slavic rivalry.

Like the British and French agents lobbying both political parties, attempting to obtain advantage and draw the young republic into a particular side in their European conflict, so in the present, both the Ukrainians and Moscow are attempting to persuade differing American politicians and political parties into taking sides.

Hence, history often demonstrates the same type of struggles, the same degree of passion between factions on the American political landscape.

Jefferson argued pre-existing alliances with France and the goodwill and friendship, because of French aid during the American Revolution. Hamilton took the opposite position. Alexander Hamilton publicly argued in his Pacificus essays that the United States should act in her own national self-interest and thus should not become involved in a devastating war between the two Western European super powers. Hamilton further postulated it was simply not in America’s interest to enter a war against powerful Great Britain on the side of revolutionary France. Such a war would not be in the national interests of the United States.

Recently, in modern times, both the Ukraine and Russia have played an old political game of lobbying various political factions in the United States to take one side or another. Russia appeared to attempt to seek the ear of the Trump faction; while the Ukrainians had sought favor from the Clinton and Democrats.     Of course, as in the days of the early republic, name calling, falsified narrations, sanctimonious raucous finger-pointing, calls for impeachment and every other untoward political intrigue, as the French and British factions squared off.

As it was in 1793, so it is today, between the Clintonite Democrats and the Trump Republicans. Without question, the Ukrainians have approached the Clinton Democratic political war machine, in order, to curry favor, in their Eastern European contest against Moscow.  And so, the allegations fly that the Russians have approached team Trump. In order, to gain favor in their struggle with Kiev.  Incidentally, the competition between Kiev and Muscovy is ancient, at least since the 12th century, as old as the power struggle, between the Britons and Franks.

This leads one to exclaim, as the ancient psalmist in Ecclesiastics 1:9,

“ What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

The power struggle between the English and French was lionized in William Shakespeare’s, Henry V, immortalizing the Battle of Agincourt.

Wisdom would dictate that modern American politicians should learn from Hamilton and the Federalists and Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans, in terms, of American Foreign policy. Hamilton and the Federalist kept Jeffersonians from leading the United States into the ancient British-French power struggle for dominance of Western Europe. Both the French and British lobbyists, although, not for lack of effort, failed to suck the new American Republic into a conflict between the two Western European superpowers.

In recent times, various Middle Eastern Islamic States had also lobbied various American factions for involvement in endless, continuous and never-ending Middle Eastern conflicts. Foreign entanglements, without much direct benefit to the United States nor serving vital American national interests. Alexander Hamilton articulated in the debate that America should only become involved in foreign entanglements if her national interests were at issue. In essence, Hamilton argued that American blood and treasure should not be unnecessarily exposed to foreign adventurism unless legitimate American national interests were at risk.

Certainly, the Federalist Hamilton would argue that an ancient Eastern European power struggle, between the Kievan Rus and Muscovy Rus, is not a vital American interest. And unmistakably, inconceivably, shallow American politicians, mainly liberals and anti-Trump neo-cons are pushing America towards involvement in a Kiev-Moscow conflict.

“While our tectonic plates may rub against one another, we are natural allies. The Russia of Tolstoy, Pushkin, Solzhenitsyn and the Orthodox Church belongs with the West. If America stumbles into a war with Russia that all our Cold War presidents avoided, the Russia baiters and Putin haters will be put in same circle of hell by history as the idiot war hawks of 1914 and the three blind men of Versailles in 1919.” “ What are the Roots of This Hostility Toward Russia and Hatred Of Putin”, by Patrick J. Buchanan.

Hear! Hear!, the venerable Patrick J. Buchanan is absolutely correct in his analysis of the substantive threat to American interests. A military action against Russia, as is implied by arrogant and foolish liberals and neo-cons will, in the end, be a nightmarish disaster for the United States. Yes, like to prize-fighter, Tunney-Dempsey or Frazier-Ali, there will be no clear victor, but both fighters will be badly, irreparably, devastatingly damaged in the dog fight.

Thus, wisdom dictates, the more prudent Hamiltonian course should be pursued. The Kiev-Moscow conflict is a matter between Slavs, between the Kievan Rus and the Muscovite Rus. This is simply not an American matter nor fight.

Hence, the wisest course, in regards, to American foreign policy is not to be drawn into East and West Rus conflicts, but to pursue friendship, cooperation, commerce, trade and diplomatic ties to both nations. In fact, the Trump Warsaw Speech defending Western civilization is an excellent foundation in encouraging these ancient Slavic peoples to find common ground in what culturally unites these nations.

As Buchanan saliently indicates that the liberals and neo-cons who refuse, to even speak or communicate with the Russians, rather than take the opportunity for detente or even alliance on common interests, will lead the world to hellish tumult.Such an alliance will greatly contribute to world peace and safety. Hamilton’s warning is explicit America should not become involved in foreign entanglements unless there are vital American interests at issue.

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Let The Blue Boy Play

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 6:08pm

Let the Blue Boy play. That’s a line from a concert I listened to last night. After a hell-acious week I found myself sitting on my porch with my iPhone, and a six pack feeling beat up. Mental and physical exhaustion had piled up on me, and I couldn’t see writing anything that night or for many nights in the foreseeable future. I began to check YouTube, listening to playlists I had saved when an interview with John Fogarty popped up.

I’d never heard John say anything negative in my life, but he was recounting the breakup of Creedence, and there were some feelings there. To make a long story short the other members of the group were a flock of no talent tick turds. John was all the talent, all the show, all the genius. CCR was there simply because that was the way it was done in those days and you had to have a group. The Beatles had set the norm and for years that’s what people expected to see. The Elvis model of big name singer and faceless back groups had been done away with and replaced by rock groups, who were all equally talented, and of course they were all friends, even if they’d met in a bus station.

Of course this was a lie. When John got enough of this and walked away, Fantasy Records raked him over the coals until he was well done. Many years later he came out again and they tried to sue him for sounding like himself. Finally it was mostly resolved and John was able to produce again. He produced some material and surprise, surprise! There was NO Creedence, it was always just John Fogarty.

Under the interview were suggested videos, one being a concert he gave twenty years ago called Premonition, so I clicked it. I’ve seen it before and thought the music may lighten my mood. You can’t listen to John Fogarty without feeling something. The energy, the emotion, the simplicity of the words all combine to produce a feeling that even if it’s not something you grew up with it strikes a chord in you that causes you to remember things you never knew, and pulls something out of you never knew was there. Willie does the same, but you gotta be drunk for it to work. With John, iced tea will do.

The audience stayed on its feet. John joked with them, and with his band, and the smiles toward John from the backup band were genuine. I was blown away by the energy coming out of this old man, but it seemed like the more he played the stronger he got, and then he gave me a gift. I felt rested, stronger, all the week’s pressure had left and it was just John, me, and a beer.

John had replaced all he bad in me with the joy he felt entertaining those people so long ago. He had put all the bad away, and so did I. Your happiness is not from without, but within, and the drama around you can only affect you if you let it in. I listened to the entire concert, and by the time I retired I was already rested. Today everyone around me got up, still fighting them tired old demons, myself, I just let the Blue Boy play.


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Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:40pm


After centuries of order based on the acceptance of the divine right of rule imposed on the people beginning with the declining aristocracy of Rome, western civilization veered toward democracy as the base principle from which the legitimacy of governing authority would flow. In England kings were finding that their crowns sat with increasing uneasiness upon their heads without the cooperation of men who would fight for them, and unending wars coupled with shifting alliances among the ruling class assured each ruler that they would need a steady supply of fighting men. It was this idea, the divine right of rule that had turned upon itself at last, and undermined the legitimacy of royal authority by presenting the people with would be rulers who each laid claim to competing rights to the ultimate divine authority that had done so. As scions from the Tudors, and the Yorks, the Stuarts and the Windsors each made war upon the other, it was increasingly important that would be monarchs won the hearts of the people. The inevitable result was, after several lessons in good faith were learned, a parliament of the people. When British citizens in the colonies saw that they would be given less equality than their counterparts in England, revolution ensued, and the yoke of monarchy was cast off for good.


It is important to recognize that the world was wide, and that those places that would eventually be known as t third world, were governed primarily by the sword, and that the consequence of this was that each ruler, assuming the crown of the vanquished, was forced to begin anew the process of establishing the peace that is the ultimate requirement for any civilization to advance and prosper. The world was to learn that conquest is much more feasible than occupation. It is far easier to take than it is to hold. As hard as it may be to understand, it is in those simple words that hope dwells for the defeated.


Perhaps the greatest value offered by a constitutional democracy is the fact that no citizen may make war upon another without attacking themselves. By imbuing our governing authority with that all important ingredient, legitimacy, we, as sovereign citizens pool our individual right to life in order that we may pursue a single purpose collectively. We cannot, therefore undermine the authority of our constitutionally appointed government without nullifying our own authority to legitimize. It is this very principle that has made America possible, and determined our course as the leaders of the world itself. The notion that the person taking your order at a restaurant has the same right to lend legitimacy as the person who owns that same restaurant is our sword, and our shield. The awe inspiring realization that the lowliest soldier on the battlefield contains within their simple life the exact same coin of legitimacy as he who commanded them to fight is not a reflection of America, it is America.


There are complications of course. The source of these complications, like the constitution itself, is simple, and it is rooted in the thing which must be granted the authority to rule; for once the source of legitimacy has been granted, and authority has been created, a government must be made. It is here, in the tool birthed by principles high above where our minds may follow, that weakness and corruption must, and will take root. Untended, any garden or field will fall prey to the chaotic influence of nature, that enemy of order, and we Americans in this last generation have been anything but vigilant. Content to place our belief in those chosen by constitutional means, pursuing that most American of ideals, the creation, development and sustenance of our families, communities, and churches, we have let slip our hold on those who govern, and thereby given up our birthright to legitimize.


Is the current American government without legitimacy? Rather than answer that question I call upon another text of legitimacy and say to you that by their works you shall know them. Look around. Is this the world you hoped for as a child? When you met the one you love, when your bodies and spirits joined together to make real the dream of your shared purpose was this the world you intended to leave your beautiful children? I say that as a whole, our government’s legitimacy is precarious, and with it our futures. The mind recoils from the prospect of what might happen, and, even worse, our inability to control that nightmare. But remember my words of comfort. It is easier to take than it is to hold. I, for one am defiant! Bear with me a few short weeks and allow me to show you a hidden pathway back onto the path foreordained for America. Come to Theos Branch and relearn your birthright by closely examining the constitution. Call it a contribution to our basic understanding of civics, then join me here on Clevenger and Witt for the op-ed to each lesson. I promise you this, our government may be bought, but we can take it back without spending a dime, because money is not the source of legitimacy in America, it is us.



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Corey Stewart Launches Bid for US Senate

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:01am

Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of Supervisors and former Trump campaign Virginia chairman, announced he is challenging Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) for his U.S. Senate seat Thursday.

Stewart shocked pollsters and pundits by coming within 6,000 votes of winning the Republican primary for Virginia governor after being written off as a fringe candidate for his appeals to Trump’s nationalist-populist base and pledges to protect Confederate memorials in Virginia.

“I am going to run the most vicious, ruthless campaign to dethrone Time Kaine from the United States Senate,” Stewart told reporters assembled outside the historic Bel Air Plantation in Woodbridge, Virginia, where he makes his home.

Stewart directed his new campaign pitch at the Trump Republicans, fed-up with establishment GOP capitulation and compromise, who turned out so unexpectedly for him in his gubernatorial campaign. He repeatedly refused to distance himself from President Donald Trump and repeated his campaign line that he was “Trump before Trump was Trump.”

He referenced President George H.W. Bush’s 1989 inaugeration address as the source of his own frustration. “I was disgusted at the phrase ‘the kinder, gentler nation,” Stewart told reporters. “I knew then it was the end of the Reagan Revolution. I want to let you know that the era of the kinder, gentler Republican is over.”

“Clearly I’ve got a base. Clearly there’s an appetite for a Republican fighter, and that’s what I’m going to give people,” Stewart later told a reporter.

Asked by Breitbart News about the current state of Senate Republicans and their support for the president’s adgenda, Stewart said, “Certain Republicans Senators have been very very good, others have not obviously.”

To that end, Stewart cited manufacturing jobs and trade as issues of particular concern.

Stewart suggested he would align with the “conservative crowd” among potential Senate colleagues, naming Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) as examples of those he could work with. He supported a “full repeal” of Obamacare, but said he did not like the healthcare bill currently before the Senate. Explaining his plans, he told Breitbart News:

I am a team player, I can work to get things done … That doesn’t mean we’re not going to have our fights, because I’m a fighter … I want the Republican Party to know that when I’m elected I’m going to be able to work with them, I’m going to be helping to move the Republican Party to the right and implement the president’s conservative agenda.

Immigration has always been a central element of Stewart’s agenda. He came onto the national political scene when, as a Prince William County supervisor, he used “287(g) authority” to force the County’s jails to make immigration status checks on inmates. Asked by Breitbart News about his immigration plans going forward, Stewart reiterated his pledge to require the use of this authority nationwide and building the southern border wall:

First, you’ve got to have border security … You’ve got to build the wall. I will do everything in my power, I will be a very forceful voice for building the wall on the Mexican border. Second, you’ve got to mandate the use of 287(g) to every locality, to every jail in the United States of America. And that is very simple. If somebody is arrested for a crime, you check immigration status and if they’re here illegally, they’re deported. That’s my position.

After a very contentious primary campaign, Stewart appeared to bury the hatchet with the GOP nominee for Virginia governor, establishment favorite Ed Gillespie. Stewart pledged not to get in the way of Gillespie’s campaign against Democratic Leiutenant Governor Ralph Northam with his early Senate announcement. “I hope he wins. I’m voting for him. I’m encouraging all my supporters to vote for him and work for him,” he said.

Asked if he would “endorse” Gillespie, however, Stewart dismissed the question, saying, “Everybody who supported me, I encourage all of them to go ahead and vote [and] work for Ed Gillespie … I hope he wins … Look, I’ve always thought endorsements from other politicians are kinda BS.”

Stewart turned some of his attention to his prospective general election opponent and Hillary Clinton running-mate Tim Kaine. It is unclear what Kaine’s association with the failed Clinton campaign, which included a disastrous debate performance against eventual Vice President Mike Pence, will have on the race. “It’s time we had a United States Senator who’s going to support the president, not try to obstruct his way. We currently have a senator in Tim Kaine who is doing everything in his power to stop the President of the United States,” he said.

Stewart was skeptical that Kaine’s improved name recognition from the presidential campaign would work in his favor. “I think there are a lot of Democrats out there who frankly don’t think that [Kaine] did a very good job as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. There are a lot of Democrats out there who are very disappointed in him,” he said.

Reporters questioned Stewart about the “Russia scandal” and it’s potential effect on the race. He called the story “a bunch of bullocks” and noted “Russia” is not something average Virginians wake up worrying about. Stewart told reporters:

Tim Kaine wakes up every morning and thinks about Russia. Tim Kaine wakes up every morning and with a blind hatred towards the president, is so focused on taking down the president of the United States that he’s ignoring the true needs of Virginians.

Stewart shot back at the naysayers who predicted he would not come close in his gubernatorial bid and are likely to do the same for his Senate campaign. He argued that pollsters do not understand the new political situation. “2016 changed everything. So many people who were never active in the primary process on the Republican side were energized and activated by President Trump. They’re not going home,” he told Breitbart News.

Source:  IAN MASON

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