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Trump Bans US Funding of Abortion Overseas

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 1:46pm

Monday morning, President Trump signed an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or “promote” abortions.

The order comes one day after the 44th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal, and days before the annual “March for Life” in Washington on Jan. 27. The so-called Mexico City policy, established by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984, blocks federal funding for international family planning charities that provide abortions or “promote” the procedure by providing patients with information about it, including by offering referrals to abortion providers. Referred to by critics as the “global gag rule”, the policy has been subjected to a game of political football over the years, with Democratic presidents rescinding the policy once in office and Republican presidents then reinstating it. President Obama rescinded the policy when he took office in 2009. Republicans quickly praised the order as an advancement of “pro-life” policies that protect taxpayer funds.

“Life is a precious and sacred gift, and we must do all we can to protect it,” said Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), chairman of the House’s health subcommittee.

“I applaud President Trump for taking this important action and look forward to continuing to work together in advancing pro-life policies and protecting taxpayer dollars.”

Democrats denounced the order as reflecting a “dangerous obsession” with rolling back reproductive rights. “President Trump’s reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule ignores decades of research, instead favoring ideological politics over women and families,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in a statement. “I will continue to stand up to President Trump and Republican leadership in Congress who are intent on rolling back women’s access to reproductive healthcare, and will introduce bipartisan legislation to repeal the Global Gag Rule for good.​​​” The order may take on added significance this year given the cultural battles surrounding Trump, many of which are centered around women’s rights. These women’s rights are also centered around one fundamental right — the right to life. Let’s see more leaders around the world begin to follow President Trump’s lead in preserving that fundamental right.

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Quanah Parker’s House Joins Geronimo’s Teepee

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:18am

It’s not every day you can lean on the dining room table that once belonged to the Comanche’s last war chief, Quanah Parker, and wonder if your feet are going to crash through the floorboards.

The table that once hosted Teddy Roosevelt and Geronimo is now surrounded by a house that’s collapsing due to lack of funds and lack of will power.

Somehow a nation that puts a minor figure like Sacajawea on its coinage can’t coordinate the rescue of a house that personifies a man who successfully lead his people through the transition from savagery to civilization.

Quanah Parker was the foremost warrior of his time, the real “Lord of the Plains.” Parker was a cruel, ruthless raider who recognized the Comanche way was ending. Instead of living out his life as a despondent ward of the Great White Father, Parker became a businessman, hob–knobbed with the famous and represented his tribe in Washington.

The house symbolizes the transition. Cattlemen driving herds north needed grass and water, both of which Parker had in abundance. They asked what he would need from them in return for grazing rights.

Parker said build him a house just like the one the commandant of Ft. Sill lived in — only bigger. And thus Star House was born.

Parker lived in it until his death in 1911. His last direct descent to occupy the house was Linda Parker Birdsong. In 1957 the Army decided to take her land and use it for a firing range. Birdsong was promised the house would be moved, but in typical Pentagon fashion Star House was dumped in a field and the contractors abandoned it without reinstalling the stoves or providing a connection to running water.

Although it was uninhabitable, it wasn’t neglected. Birdsong sold the home to the uncle of the present owner, Wayne Gipson, and it served as an amusement park tourist attraction.

In 1985 the park was forced to close by skyrocketing insurance rates — another gift to America from trial lawyers — and the revenue dried up. Keeping a two–story, eight–bedroom house in good repair proved too expensive for Gipson, who lives on the proceeds of a small restaurant and trading post.

Now the house is on the verge of disintegration. The roof is gone from much of the rear and the second story is so unstable and dangerous, I didn’t risk trying to see it for myself.

In 2015 a reporter from the New York Times came to visit and he was optimistic that a May flood, which ruined most of the rugs and wallpaper, might have a sliver lining. “I think the best thing that could have happened is the flood,” said Chenoa Barhydt, a Comanche Nation official. “This will start a conversation about saving it.”

It was a short conversation. The house dried out and the promises dried up. Gipson said although the Comanche nation promised extensive help, nothing materialized.

And there the situation stood until a grant paid for an architectural assessment report. Just stabilizing Star House will cost $200,000. Restoring will run over a million. After the report Comanche Nation officials promised to spring for pocket change and register a “savethestarhouse.org” website to take donations. But digging the change out of the sofa must have been a bigger challenge than expected because the website is dead.

Let’s put this in perspective. The most recent figures (from 2006!) show the Comanche nation made a $35,000,000 profit from their four Oklahoma casinos and, with one exception, for the next ten years revenue has increased. Yet the nation is passing the hat among outsiders to raise money to save the last home of its greatest war chief.

Part of the problem is Gipson, a non–Comanche. The nation wants him to give up control of Star House, evidently out of the goodness of his heart. The other is foundations and government won’t donate to an individual for a restoration project of this type. Someone will have to establish a 501(c)3 tax–exempt charity to accept donations, a project beyond Gipson’s means, but well within that of the Comanches.

Gipson may not be the easiest person to deal with, but he’s obviously not viewing Star House as a profit center. If he had, Gipson would’ve been selling Parker’s furniture piecemeal over the years to collectors.

The feds spent $199 million building the Museum of the American Indian; the Comanches make millions in profits off their casinos each year and Gipson made $8.00 in sales the day I visited.

The Comanches, Oklahoma and/or the feds must to come up with a solution that includes Gipson and saves the house. Now. Otherwise Star House is going the way of Geronimo’s teepee.

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AMERICA FIRST!

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 5:32am

The emotional roller coaster ride America has been on for the last eighteen months has both taken its toll, and shaped us. When Donald Trump stepped up to the plate most looked at that event as a publicity ploy. Last Friday the nation saw that he wasn’t kidding! “America first!” It seems like a rather mundane campaign slogan, but the firestorm those words whipped up consumed the world. As the new president took the oath of office thousands spilled into the streets around the world losing their lunch, and that’s a good thing because America BOUGHT them that lunch! The party’s over, and you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here!

When I rose Saturday morning I felt like something new was in the air. Something WAS different. There was an AMERICAN in the White House. An American who had lived the American dream, and wanted to share it with all of us, so he gave his dream to his kids and took a thankless job to reconstruct the shattered landscape that the former administration had left when it boarded that free flight for yet another round of golf.

With our health care in shreds, our ally in the Middle East struggling to pull that knife out of its back that was so artfully placed the last month of the waning lame duck leadership, and Flint Michigan STILL without a glass of water to drink, PRESIDENT Trump took the reins of government, and began to break that wild horse our nation had become. And boys and girls, I really think he’s gonna make the eight seconds!

Lo! There was wailing, and gnashing of teeth, as the radical, demented left saw their dreams of a baby killing, uni-sex society crumble right before their eyes. From a woman screaming, “No!” at the top of her lungs to Madonna just BEGGING for a stint in Gitmo, it was glorious. We had been subjected to the perversions of the left for so long that we’d become accustomed to the fact that the aging singer had originally donned the title of the Blessed Mother of Jesus Christ as a deliberate blasphemy, thrown in the face of a Christian nation so many years ago.

Well, now it’s over! And there will be tears. As the deportations begin, the abortions subside, and the oil flows from Texas again the sun will shine just a little brighter. Children will go to school without having to read, “I have two daddies,” and young people will again apply for GOOD jobs where only rusting factories had once stood. “American Made” will again appear on products, and we have a president who is not afraid to say the words, “Radical Islam!”

“America First!” I like the sound of it. There is no sin in loving your country. There is no evil in putting your shoulder to the wheel and pushing hard to achieve that goal, and there is no shame in casting out anyone who does not hold to that concept. The world is convulsing right now, but this will pass. As America again rises to prominence the world, in RESPECT, will fall in line. The nation that allowed bitter enemies from the last world war to rebuild a greater economy than they’d ever known will reshape itself, and the light of liberty will again beacon GOOD people to come here and help make AMERICA FIRST!

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The real legacy of Barack Hussein Obama

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 3:22am
Arrogance personified

Upon entering the White House, Barack Obama had control of three major indoctrination sources (main-stream media, entertainment industry, and an altogether corrupt, failing educational system) that gave him the primary colors needed to paint over any Norman Rockwell portrait of Americana. Using his broad, idealistic, Marxist brush, he painted his depictions and visions of a collective Utopia. He depended upon his subservient sources to cultivate electorate ignorance, and his own brazen lies to implement his policies.

After eight years of doing everything in his power to destroy our constitutional Republic, the end is here. Fearing that Donald Trump will undo his undoing of our nation, he cries, whines, and wails about preserving his legacy. The MSM provides him the format to rebuke Americans for their obvious misunderstanding of his magnificence; he feels we still don’t get it. Consequently, he plunges into ever-increasing depths of depression, and frequent panic attacks over losing his legacy.

Below we outline a few of the “accomplishments” for which his Excellency should be known. From day one, they encompass his REAL legacy:

  • Demonstrating his utter contempt for the country that elected him, he immediately began a contrition tour around the globe apologizing for America’s sins. Throughout his reign of power, he dismissed and demeaned our friends and allies, while making nice with his Islamic terrorist friends who are the world’s latest killing machines. Never in history, has a U.S. President actively worked to “bring America down” at home and in the eyes of the world
  • Routinely lectured white Americans on their inherent racism
  • As a harbinger of his inherited bitterness from his Father, he removed a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and returned it to England
  • Promptly ordered voucher program for school choice terminated for poor children in D.C., and then worked to do likewise, for the entire country; Doubled down on federal control of education by increasing money to states in exchange for unconditional power and indoctrination of America’s young people
  • He immediately declared war on traditional Americans, their culture, values, religion, laws, and the Constitution; His presidency was one long endeavor of using his Marxist-packed bureaucracies as weapons for destruction.
  • Wasted no time in laying his left wing, extremist groundwork by surrounding himself with the who’s who of Communists, Marxists, and left-wingers for the most radical administration in U.S. history; Appointed numerous socialists and communists to important positions within his administration; Just a few: Self-avowed communist, Van Jones; former commissioner of Socialist International, Carol Browner; Anti-capitalist and redistributionist of wealth radical, John Holdren; former officer of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Hilda Solis; and Mao Zedong lover, Anita Dunn

He set these ideological, fascist goons on everything held dear by followers of the Constitution, and implemented his revolutionist philosophy of “fundamentally changing America”

  • Oversaw and led the ‘raping of America’ with his radical, collectivist, Obamacare healthcare plan, where Americans go broke standing in line to die. The program had nothing to do with health care, and everything to do with centralized government controlling the masses, and redistribution of income and wealth; both are Marxist necessities
  • Personally exhorted unlimited millions of legal and illegal aliens into our country, causing catastrophic upheavals on education and healthcare services; Raised taxes on nearly all Americans; Encouraged and abetted sanctuary cities; Refused to incarcerate illegal aliens, including convicted violent felons; Imported tens of thousands of unvetted Muslims from war-torn countries, and then scattered them strategically around the U.S.; Our Republic will suffer for these out-right, traitorous crimes for generations
  • Proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that he was a blatant racist by spending over twenty years associating with his self-described “friend and mentor,” the racist, anti-American, Jeremiah Wright; Despite twice being elected by this country, he ranted incessantly about racist Americans, racist police departments, and racist state governments; Repeatedly fostered street violence, including against police, by characterizing them as racist; He viciously attacked, discredited, and illegitimized the founders
  • Under the false flag of social justice, he dumped massive numbers of violent felons into society and then fined businesses and local governments for not hiring them as well as illegal aliens
  • Fought against all voter ID laws, allowing felons, illegal aliens, and other ineligible people to vote; Worked with leftist state officials to relax or eliminate entirely, all laws on registering and voting
  • Set the world ablaze with his incompetence and naiveté, personally causing the world’s refugee crisis; Most of his foreign policy involved building up Muslim nations like Iran to counteract what he deemed an evil country; Israel. He gave the radical, Muslim nation of  Iran open access to develop nuclear weapons, and then added the additional bonus of paying them over 150 billion dollars; Nearly every hotspot around the globe can be laid directly on Obama’s policies
  • Executive orders that saddled businesses, religious groups, energy companies, financial institutions, etc., with stifling regulations and overwhelming taxes; Set massive, powerful agencies like the IRS and EPA upon people and organizations stripping power and resources from freedom-loving groups and individuals; All are, again, Marxist necessities
  • Executive orders to state and local education to integrate restrooms, locker rooms, and showers to all sexes; Meaning, of course, forcing your children to shower with other sexes
  • His solution to the unemployment problem was turning much of the middle class into a welfare class; Removed work requirements for welfare passed by Bill Clinton and the Republicans, and then relaxed requirements for disability; Added tens of thousands of militant, government bureaucrats to better control resistant Americans; Reduced manufacturing and tech employment, while increasing low-paying service positions; Left millions of people trapped in Obama’s web of government dependency
  • Dictatorial governments know people must be kept poor, ignorant, and defenseless; Obama sent his bureaucratic agents to control the income, wealth, and education of the government’s “subjects;” Equally, they set out to disarm the masses, and make worshiping government the religion of the land
  • Kept blacks, Hispanics, and poor whites on the Democrat plantations located largely in inner cities; commonly known as ghettos; Obama preached social justice while he and Democrat politicians enslaved them; Furthermore, to foment racial unrest and blame white Republicans for their fate, Obama made sure these people remained drugged, uneducated and indoctrinated, as did slave masters of old
  • Named hundreds of far-left federal judges and two to the Supreme Court. The push to the left will be evident for generations
  • Demeaned free enterprise and capitalism as evil, and promoted government as being there for everyone; The idea was getting as many businesses, useful idiots, and parasites hooked on government as possible; In the last fifty years, the federal government constructed the entire education system around the premise of indoctrination and dependency; Obama doubled down on this concept of rewarding failure
  • Complained, taught, and believed the Constitution was a “charter of negative liberties” that restrained him from completing his Marxist transformation; Denied the existence of American exceptionalism
  • “Fundamental change” to this Karl Marx follower meant destroying everything resembling an America that made us the most unique and successful free society experiment in history
  • Labeled people believing in our founding principles as racists, homophobes, xenophobes, and extremists outside the “mainstream”
  • Used political correctness, multiculturalism, oppressive censorship, gun control, social justice, ruling like a monarch with almost daily edicts, and government bureaucrats to attack, quiet and quell resistance to Obama’s “pen and phone” tyranny and enforce his unconstitutional mandates
  • In true Marxist form, he pitted one group of Americans against another to create friction and produce strife
  • Weakened the Military to the lowest, softest point since before WWII; Purged the Pentagon and intelligence agencies of all conservatives, replacing them with leftist ideologues and sycophants
  • Muslim Apologist, enabler and sympathizer who refused to recognize, verbalize, or condemn the butchery many Muslims execute in the name of Allah; Romanticized Islam at every turn; freed five of the world’s most dangerous Islamic terrorists in exchange for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl; Released nearly all of the world’s most dangerous Islamic terrorists from Guantanamo
  • After the soft-soaping of Islamic terrorists, he released government reports identifying groups of Americans who oppose Obama as “potential terrorists.” Among those were veterans returning from war, and anyone revering individual liberty or constitutional authority
  • Unparalleled corruption at every level in his administration: Gun running; IRS targeting any organization advocating freedom; EPA; and the Justice Department; Eric Holder and Loretta E. Lynch led Obama’s war on America. Both are corrupt, arrogant, and viciously efficient at orchestrating Obama’s vindictive crusades
  • Obama leaves a government exponentially larger and more repressive; He collected a frightening amount of personal data on Americans and worked tirelessly toward stifling dissent
  • Deepened the fraud of global warming, a swindle of redistribution of Americans’ wealth; Tried to make the insane argument that global warming is more dangerous than terrorism; floated the idea of criminal prosecution of deniers
  • Enacted regulations and taxes that killed millions of jobs by driving companies and businesses into bankruptcy or out of the country
  • Repeatedly summoned Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Black Lives Matter, and other blatantly racist groups and individuals to the White House, while demonizing Tea Party constitutionalists
  • Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” acolyte; He believed it, taught it, lived it, and successfully ruled by it; He had no tactical skills and ruled using his Marxist ideology; He was a master confidence man and superb actor
  • National debt soared to $20 trillion, nearly doubled under his rule
  • Gave nearly one trillion dollars stimulus money meant for infrastructure, to unions as a payoff for their support
  • Labor participation rate 62%, lowest since 1978; nearly 100 million out of the labor force; only president not to have a single year with 3 percent GDP growth; Americans below the poverty line, up 3.5 percent; real median household income, down 2.3 percent; food Stamps up over 40% – 11 million more; home ownership, down 5.6 percent – lowest since 1965; Worst economic recovery since 1940s; 43 million living in poverty; cost of regulations $873 billion;
  • Energy policy: Nothing more than a terror campaign against American use of fossil fuels, and a failed campaign for green energy that cost billions of taxpayer dollars that achieved nothing
  • Globalist: Wants America to cede our sovereignty, national identity, and liberty to become united as one with a world government
  • Created a new class of professional victims with no moral core; When elected, he beckoned all the nation’s crazies. They crawled from the left wing loony bins like cockroaches from woodwork, thinking the election gave them a mandate for pursuing every conceivable loopy and anti-American cause. Now they are afraid Trump will succeed in ‘Making America Great Again,” driving them back into the woodwork
  • His policies allowed scores of Islamic terrorist attacks on our homeland which the Commander-in-Chief refused to acknowledge or properly label
  • The thousands of presidential decrees (executive orders) he decreed will explode like time bombs over the years, causing more Marxist damage and suffering
  • During Obama’s Presidency Democrats Lost More Than 1,030 Seats In State Legislatures, Governor’s Mansions and Congress – worst since 1922
  • 25 million people pushed out of the middle class
  • Obama killed the American dream for tens of millions of people and left inner cities with crime-filled, violent, drug gangs, and hopelessly dependent upon government; 140 cops killed in 2016 because of his policies
  • Introduced his social experiments into the military, weakening our fighting forces and placing our personnel in harm’s way
  • Obama never controlled world events with decisive, aggressive policies. Events controlled him because of his feckless, naïve schemes and idealistic advisors
  • Tried to pass off his arrogant, condescending attitude as dignity
  • Meddled in Israeli election by using taxpayer’s money and the State Dept in an effort to defeat his hated rival Benjamin Netanyahu for Israeli prime minister
  • Allow hackers from Russia, China, Iraq, and Iran to access American businesses and government to continue unabated for eight years. Not even the theft of personal data from millions of Americans fazed him until Bill’s wife blew an election that would have continued his policies. Then, and only then, did he display outrage

Americans find themselves surrounded by thugs, gangsters, and terrorists. Institutions of higher learning are filled with crybaby, uneducated, indoctrinated young people who are being taught by the worst elements of sixties’ radicals.

History repeatedly beats us over the head with hard lessons that we should learn easily. The world should indelibly emblazon the memory  and legacy of Barack Obama by being grateful for those surviving his slash and burn foreign policy, and by grieving for the dead and enslaved in which his policies culminated.

It was always about the “show” for Obama. He was invariably on stage – as exemplified throughout his most-welcomed farewell address. He was duplicitous, immature, and petulant, but thoroughly adept at sending a thrill up the collective legs of the Mainstream Media, and his adoring posse. In his speech, he reenacted some earlier episodes of producing a tear on cue. As the camera closed in, he daintily dabbed the corner of his eye for a classic Obama, ham-it-up dramatic effect. He complained incessantly about people attacking him, and accepted no blame for his eight years of monumental failures at leading a free nation.  Infesting our nation with Marxism and bringing America down to size to satiate his Father’s hatred of the U. S. and the Western World, were his goals. He still fails to understand why so many Americans would not just shut up and do as he commanded.

For the future of this nation, if history records even a scintilla of justice or fairness, Obama’s real legacy will hang as heavily around his neck as the yoke of tyranny he placed around the necks of the American people and the rest of the world.

Obama never met the truth; if he did, he did not stay around long enough to make friends. In the end, his epitaph should encapsulate his entire mortal life; “Here lies the truth; it must be in him because it never came out.”

As a U. S. President, Obama made a good community organizer. For freedom-loving Americans, one word correctly describes Barack Obama’s legacy; TREASONOUS!

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Jared Kushner, Trump’s Son-in-Law, Is Cleared to Serve as Adviser

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 1:26am

The Justice Department said on Saturday that President Trump’s appointment of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior White House adviser did not violate federal anti-nepotism laws.

In a 14-page opinion issued by the department’s Office of Legal Counsel, government lawyers said that the president’s special hiring authority exempted White House positions from federal laws barring the president from appointing relatives to lead a federal agency. The White House, the department said, is not technically an “executive agency.”

The opinion was issued a day after Mr. Trump was sworn into office.

Some legal experts had raised concerns that Mr. Kushner’s appointment violated a 1967 law that was intended to curtail nepotism in the federal government. Six years earlier, President John F. Kennedy had appointed his brother Robert as attorney general.

The decision issued on Saturday paves the way for Mr. Kushner, 35, to have nearly unfettered access to Mr. Trump in the Oval Office. Mr. Kushner is Mr. Trump’s closest adviser and was a figure of stability throughout the campaign and the transition.

Mr. Trump announced on Jan. 9 that he would appoint Mr. Kushner to the post and that Mr. Kushner would not accept a salary. His portfolio is expected to include the Middle East and Israel, government partnerships with the private sector and matters involving free trade.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump lavished praise on Mr. Kushner at a candlelight dinner for donors at Union Station in Washington.

“If you can’t produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can,” Mr. Trump said.

Some prominent Washington ethics lawyers — including White House ethics lawyers in the Obama and George W. Bush administrations — had said they supported allowing Mr. Kushner to hold a formal position in the White House because that would make him subject to conflict of interest laws. He will be legally prevented from taking any action that could benefit his businesses or those of his family, including his wife, Ivanka Trump.

He will also be required to file a financial disclosure report that details his assets and income, and to divest holdings that could create a conflict of interest.

“The law is ambiguous on this, particularly with respect to appointments by the president,” said Richard W. Painter, a White House lawyer in the George W. Bush administration. “I am not sure I agree with Justice, but it is a reasonable interpretation. But what is important now is that Mr. Kushner complies with the conflict of interest and disclosure provisions, and I wish his father-in-law, the president, would do the same.”

Mr. Kushner intends to sell some assets to his brother and to put others into a trust overseen by his mother, said Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer who has worked on the plan. Ms. Gorelick, who was deputy attorney general in the Bill Clinton administration, said she had been consulting with federal ethics officials to try to minimize opposition to Mr. Kushner’s appointment.

Source:  MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC LIPTON @NYTimes.com

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Be Mediocre

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 2:23pm
Comedian and talk show host, Steve Harvey recently met with President Elect Donald Trump. The ensuing controversy shocked Mr. Harvey and elicited numerous personal attacks from the Left.

Harvey states, “I stepped from behind my microphone and I came and talked to the guy who is going to be the 45th president.”

Harvey’s rationale: “Change can only happen when we sit at the table. If we sit at the table, then we can have a say as to what’s to be eaten on the menu … I have an obligation to take a seat at the table when invited.

After the meeting, Harvey stated he planned to Partner with Housing and Urban Development nominee Dr. Ben Carson with a goal towards restoring America’s inner cities.

A Hollywood comedian with decades in the limelight meeting with the most powerful man in the free world to combat inner city destruction is a positive thing right?

Wrong.

Harvey indicated the backlash was fierce.

His most vocal critic, Marc Lamont Hill, an educator, CNN commentator, and self-proclaimed as ” . . . one of the leading intellectual voices in the country” referred to Harvey as a “mediocre negro” being manipulated by Trump.

Mr. Hill, what have you done to improve the inner city? The balance of power has shifted away from Democrats. If you are serious about inner city problems, why do you cling to failed politics instead of working with the new administration? True passion is not aligned with a political party. One does whatever needs to be done to achieve results.

As someone who’s research focuses on “the intersections between culture, politics, and education” where is calling another activist a “mediocre negro” validated in your research?

People like Mr. Hill, educated or not are fools in the biggest sense of the word. He serves up righteous indignation that Mr. Harvey is being “paraded about” by Trump. Harvey is an intelligent businessman with years of success, he does not need Hill’s advise to make a positive change for his community.

People like Mr. Hill feel that only people with fancy degrees hold the key to problems in the inner city. Where have liberal policies gotten inner cities thus far?

People like Hill need drama. He needs racial tension and inner city conflict. This is his product. “Activism” is how Hill pays his bills. Real solutions promoting harmony and unity would put Hill out of business. Who would buy his books? Tell us again Mr. Hill, who is exploiting minorities for personal gain?

As an educated man, Hill is participating in the worse kind of self-destructive behavior a community commit, fighting from within.

Hill had an opportunity to extend an invitation to Trump, instead, he attacked a fellow citizen who is trying to make a difference. Hill had an opportunity to present any concerns in a fair, logical, considerate manner. Instead, he resorted to name calling, and berating a fellow American based on . . . Race.

An educated fool is just a fool with more letters after his name. Maybe that should be the name of Hill’s next book. Until then, Mr. Hill, the American people invite you to do something more than sell your products of hate and division. The inner city is an excellent place to start. A “mediocre” comedian know this, why don’t you?

We need more people like Steve Harvey, people willing to take risks, to step out of their comfort zones to make a real difference in the lives of all Americans.

That is how culture, politics, and education should intersect.

If Steve Harvey is mediocre, then be mediocre.

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Ft. Lauderdale Proves It’s Time for Open Carry

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 2:15pm

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

As I sit here writing this article this, 11 days have passed since Estaban Santiago-Ruiz murdered five people at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. And as some of the media talking heads, the ‘so-called’ mental health experts, and the kumbaya touchy-feely sorts try to turn his murderous jihad inspired rampage into that of someone suffering from mental illness or PTSD instead of accepting the fact of what Santiago-Ruiz’s act was…as in a lone-wolf act of islamic terrorism (see proof of that in my article, A Bit Too Close to Home)…what must be remembered is that there is another component to this shooting…one that must shoulder at least some of the blame…and that component is that under existing U.S. law flying with a checked gun is perfectly legal.

Now dear reader do not get all bent out of shape thinking that I am favoring gun control for I am not…in fact quite the opposite…just bear with me and you will see that in a bit.

So while most people do not know that flying with a checked gun actually is legal, most do know that we cannot bring a firearm…a gun…loaded or otherwise…onto a plane. And last year alone, as per TSA data, 3,391 people tried to do just that…with four of the five guns confiscated being loaded. And that number is quite hard to believe what with the left’s cry for even more gun control after incidents like the Sandy Hook school massacre, the Charleston South Carolina church shooting, San Bernardino, and so many others.

In fact, there have been similar shooting incidents like Ft. Lauderdale in the past few years but incidents somewhat buried by the media. In 2013, a security officer was killed and passengers were injured in a shooting spree at Los Angeles International Airport and in March 2016, a similar incident happened at the Brussels Airport…does anyone even remember those two incidents…I think very few do.

But the simple fact is that while it is a federal law not to be able to carry a firearm onto a plane or for a concealed weapon of any kind to be carried into an airport, the feds still leave it up to the airlines and local and/or state legislatures to set rules for the actual ‘so-called’ public areas of their respective airports…areas like baggage claim, restaurants, gift shops, and bathrooms for example…making these areas ripe ‘targets’ for those states or cities who allow guns to be carried in a public area or who allow pick-up of checked guns to go unhindered.

And not to be forgotten is that airlines are not required by law to check to see if a checked gun is even registered to the person traveling or even to the person checking the gun in, nor are they required to check to see if said person has a permit for said gun or if a permit is in place to use or even carry that gun once the passenger has reached their intended point of arrival.

And while Estaban Santiago-Ruiz did indeed have legal ownership and a permit to carry a gun in Alaska…a gun some believe is the same gun he used in the airport shooting…he still had to check his gun in as per existing TSA rules…rules that allowed him to freely pick up his checked bag that held the gun at the Delta baggage carousel upon his arrival in Ft. Lauderdale…rules that allowed him to go into the bathroom and open the case, take out the gun, load it, and then come out shooting…rules that allowed the end result being five innocent people lying dead and eight others being wounded, some quite seriously.

Remember, neither the feds nor airport security monitors how a checked firearm…a checked gun…is picked-up by the person who checks it in…meaning once that person picks up their luggage, bags, or case that holds their gun, they can now freely carrying it within the airport itself, albeit still in the required case, but there is nothing to prevent them from doing what Santiago-Ruiz did…as in take it into a bathroom and load it, especially since by TSA law the ammunition must be stored in the same case as the gun.

So what exactly are the current TSA rules regarding bringing firearms…bringing guns…onto a plane? First, a passenger may ‘transport’ (their word) unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided ‘container’ (again the TSA’s word) as checked baggage only but the hard case can then be placed inside a regular suitcase if so wanted. Second, said firearm and/or ammunition must be immediately declared to the airline when checking their bag at the ticket counter. Third, the ‘container’ case must completely secure the firearm from being accessed. Any locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted and only the passenger flying can retain possession of the key or combination to that lock. Fourth, all firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in said checked baggage. Fifth, all ‘so-called’ replica firearms, including toys, can be transported in checked baggage only. Sixth, rifle scopes alone are permitted in both carry-on and checked baggage. And lastly, ammunition of any kind is prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage… which is exactly what Santiago-Ruiz did.

And yet even with all these safety features in place there remains no addressing whatsoever of what happens when said case carrying the gun is picked-up. And herein lies the problem…so what is the solution?

First, it is important to remember that airport security as of now continues to remain focused only on the threat of armed hijackers who could take over an aircraft, which means that all actually flying are screened very carefully…as in the infamous TSA groping and searches many of us have gone through. But the people remaining behind or those doing drop-offs or pick-ups are not screened at all…a very common occurrence at most airports both here in the U.S. and worldwide with the exception most likely being Israel and for obvious reasons their security is much better than ours.

As for U.S. baggage pick-up areas, there is no screening at all for domestic flights thus allowing for anyone to pick-up anything unless the gate personnel take the time and effort involved to match the airline ticket with the baggage claim number. However, when someone gets off an international flight arriving in the U.S. they pick-up their baggage but must go through Customs which is a secure area and whose personnel not only checks numbers and such to make sure they match, but who can and do open bags at will, thus being able to confiscate numerous guns and weapons each year.

But when all is said and done the question remains will there be any viable and much needed changes made to airport security in light of the Ft. Lauderdale shooting?

And the answer to that is not really a simple yes or no for the liberal do-gooders amongst us will call for a time-out and a wait-and-see attitude until Santiago-Ruiz’s mental status and/or islamic ties…ties as in his islamic moniker ‘Aashiq Hammad’ which the media is so playing down…is finally determined. And why…because these sorts in their misguided wisdom hope this attack was just an isolated incident. Refusing to see the strong possibility of copycat incidents becoming reality in the very near future, as well as their refusing to see the Ft. Lauderdale shooting being the sad beginning of islamic terrorist airport attacks of all kinds on America’s airports…attacks with a much higher body count than Ft. Lauderdale I might add…our liberal do-gooders continue to bury their heads in the sand as to who and what the enemy really is.

So now in Ft. Lauderdale’s aftermath we are left with the question of what if anything can be done to at least stop others from following the bathroom modus-operendi of Estaban Santiago-Ruiz. Personally I think we will at least see an overall yet slight beefing-up of security at the baggage claim areas whether it be just a general heightening of police and/or security presence, or of security actually knowing who on each flight checked in a firearm and now waits to pick it up, coupled with a visual check to see whether that person leaves the airport, uses the rest room, or just hangs around. And maybe we will even see an armed guard posted in each bathroom to be on the lookout for anyone acting suspiciously.

But there is another solution…a solution ignored by many on the left while being heralded by many of us on the right…and that is simply allowing ‘open carry’ in all 50 states. And by ‘open carry’ I mean being able to openly carry a firearm in public, doing away with the in effect in all 50 states ‘concealed carry’ laws where firearms can be carried but cannot be seen by the casual observer. And the 34 states where ‘open carry’ is already in effect, those states have seen a 24% drop in the overall rate of violent crime…including murder…than states without ‘open carry.’ And know that implementation of ‘open carry’ in no way would stop or delay the much needed background checks done before a firearm could be purchased…those laws would and must remain in place.

And I do not want to hear that the ‘bad guys’ will now be able to ‘open carry’ too because guess what… they already do and always have.

Now just think about what even one lone person with an openly carried gun could have both done and prevented at Ft. Lauderdale…as in shoot Estaban Santiago-Ruiz dead before the body count started to rise, while also saving ‘We the People’…we taxpayers…the expense of keeping the bastard alive for years as he awaits trial even though he has already admitted he did what he is being accused of, as he goes through needless appeal after appeal, until whatever sentence he is handed is finally carried out. And ‘open carry’ also spares the victim’s loved ones left behind the heartache of knowing that justice in today’s America sadly still seems to favor the perp over the victim in most cases.

If ever there was a case for ‘open carry,’ the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport massacre is just that case. And I just hope that Florida lawmakers listen loud and clear to the will of the people…me included…now that Florida Senate Judiciary Chair Sen. Greg Steube, has filed an ‘open carry’ bill for our state Senate’s upcoming session. And while it will not bring those five murdered people back, it just might prevent even more innocents from being murdered by those out to kill us all.

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Trump Makes America Great Again – Why Wait

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 2:11pm

I know the snowflakes and their geriatric leaders are freaking out because they have lost the keys to the gravy train.  However, out here where Americans work every day to pay the bills our President, The Donald isn’t waiting to take the oath to fulfill his oath to us.

Just like the interminable hostage crisis that Jimmy Malaise Carter couldn’t solve solved itself when the Gipper took the oath of office.  As Ronaldus Magnus placed his hand on the bible and raised his hand the Ayatollahs deiced, “We don’t want to mess with him,” and sent them home.  So too as BHO’s death grip on the throat of American enterprise weakens people begin to see the light at the end of the collectivist tunnel. Just the promise of fewer regulations, tax relief, and the Commissars returning to their faculty lounges is enough to inspire entrepreneurs to hope again.  It is enough to ignite America’s Can-do class to once again plan and project growth instead of stagnation.

Just look at what has already been announced and imagine what will happen once the assault on American enterprise has finally ended.

As reported by Warner Todd Huston in Breitbart:

Ford: 700 Jobs to Start

As January began, Ford Motor Company went public to tell Donald Trump that they are ready to deal with the new administration and also noted that at least 700 new jobs were on the table with more to come as the year rolls onward.

SAP SE: 400 Jobs

German business-software maker SAP SE is adding nearly 400 jobs to its Pittsburgh and suburban Philadelphia facilities, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Amazon.com: 100,000 Jobs

Amazon is eyeing a huge expansion starting this year and recently announced it intended to add up to 100,000 workers to its retail staff in new facilities across the nation.

Many of these jobs will be in brand new fulfillment centers the online giant plans to begin building this year.

Lockheed Martin: 1,800 Jobs

Aeronautics leader Lockheed Martin told President-elect Trump that it intends to hire over 1,800 new workers in the coming months.

Indeed, Lockheed feels that its expansion will bring even more jobs indirectly. CEO Marillyn Hewson said of the new jobs, “when you think about the supply chain across 45 states in the U.S., it’s going to be thousands and thousands of jobs.”

GM: 1,500 Jobs and $1 Billion Investment

General Motors said this month that it is looking to re-invest in factories in the U.S.A. and will add some 1,500 or more jobs to its roster of workers. The plans will include a one-billion-dollar plan to build new manufacturing lines in the U.S.

Bayer AG: $8 Billion Investment

The Trump transition team is touting a commitment by German-based Bayer AG pharmaceutical company to invest an additional $8 billion in the U.S.A. in research and development in cooperation with Monsanto AG.

The announcement came on the heels of a “very productive meeting” between the Trump team and Bayer CEO Werner Baumann and Monsanto chief Hugh Grant.

Walmart: 10,000 Retail Jobs, 24,000 Construction Jobs

Retail giant Walmart is eyeing an expansion plan to build new stores that will eventually amount to some 10,000 new jobs in outlets across the country. But it will also mean up to 24,000 jobs for construction workers needed to build the new stores.

Walmart intends to build at least 59 new stores in fiscal-year 2017, according to a statement by the company.

LKQ: 150 Jobs and New HQ in Tennessee

Publicly traded automotive company LKQ Corp is establishing a new headquarters in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. It is a sign that the company feels that the automotive industry in the U.S. is on track to grow in the age of Trump.

Add to that other announced industry expansions: Carrier 1,100; US Steel 10,000; IBM 25,000; Soft Bank 50,000; Dow Chemical 1,000; Tesla 1900; Sprint 5,000; One Web 3,000; Black & Decker 100; Chrysler 2,000; Toyota 5,000; and Apple 2,000 and it becomes apparent how much change some real hope can inspire.

During the tenure of our Regulator-in-Chief it is estimated that 107,000 jobs were created or saved per year.  Since the unexpected victory of Himself and even before the official beginning of the Trump Revolution by my estimation he has added 220,650.  Not bad for a prequel.  Just imagine the growth we will see in the coming years.

Remember the Democrat-controlled Creature from Jekyll Island will do its best to slow or sink the economy.  The rent-mob Progressive grass-roots simulation will do its best to agitate.  The nomenclature in Congress and the bureaucracy will do its best to malign, de-legitimize and possibly impeach The Donald.  However, I believe that they will not be able to get the lightening back in the bottle.  I believe that unlike the Reagan Revolution this re-birth of the American Spirit will not be betrayed and sold out by a thousand points of light and led into decades of darkness.

Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens [email protected]  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

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Trump issues executive order to ease ‘economic burden’ of ACA

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 1:48am

Trump’s order promises to “create a more free and open healthcare market.” President Donald Trump signs off on the confirmation for Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly in the Oval Office at the White House late Friday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Friday calling on his government agencies to “ease the burden” of the Affordable Care Act — his first effort to move along the repeal of former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

The order, one of Trump’s first official acts, is one the new president has been promising for months.

“It is the policy of my administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” the order states. “In the meantime … it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented [and] take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the act.”

Repealing the ACA began in Congress last week as an addendum to a budget bill passed by Republicans, but the executive order was Trump’s first effort against the law, known colloquially as Obamacare, as president.

Trump’s order also asked federal agencies to “prepare to afford the states more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.”

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer announced the order to reporters late Friday and said the president will give his first briefing next week.

Earlier Friday, Trump signed other executive orders — including one to suspend a reduction of mortgage insurance premiums ordered by Obama last week.

Trump also ordered a freeze on all new federal regulations across the board which have not yet been finalized, Spicer said.

Source   Doug G. Ware  @UPI.com

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ACA Realities

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 1:31am

It has begun. The hysterical posts on social media about the describing the devastation to Americans if Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed. The scare tactics are typical politics. All fear, no facts. Politics aside, here are two stories of real Americans and their experiences with ACA.

Mary is a 60-year-old woman in the Midwest who retired last year due to health issues. Affordable health care through her husband’s employer was unavailable, so she purchased an ACA plan. For a household making around $40K per year, Mary’s subsidized premium was still almost $800.00 per month, with a $10K deductible before covering any services or medications. This past fall she received notification that her premium increased to $948.00 per month. Mary must pay 21K per year (premium and deductible) before anything is covered. These exorbitant premiums and deductibles consume most of the family’s take home income. Even with ACA, Mary has not had a mammogram or other preventative care. She has since canceled her ACA and remains uninsured at this time.

Keith is a full-time employee with a company that until recently provided traditional insurance. Keith’s employer recently announced a switch to a to a plan costing employees double, with an $8K deductible per person per year. His gross yearly pay is 42K and he and his spouse must pay 18K per year before they can use any services.

The ACA, while covering a select few, has allowed insurance companies to shift all of the costs of healthcare to individuals, eliminated the need for companies to compete for benefits to attract and retain employees, and acts as a form of pseudo-insurance. People are “covered” but still have no health care.

People like Mary and Keith forgo cancer screenings, skip out on important medications for diabetes and heart disease and regular doctors visits due to the prohibitive costs of ACA.

Trump has an opportunity to make a real difference. There are provisions of the ACA that were useful. Pre-existing condition restrictions and lifetime caps were eliminated. Children can now be covered until 26 years old. These changes are positive, but high deductible plans fail to provide actual care.

People making middle-class wages can not afford the ACA as it currently exists. Trump thus far as alluded to a high-deductible plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA). These plans are still pseudo healthcare for those with chronic conditions. Heart disease and diabetes affect millions of Americans. Medications and supplies for these conditions can be thousands of dollars a month. Compound this with complications and hospitalizations due to lack of access to care and the ACA is not saving money. HSA will not benefit these people in middle class American other than some minor tax benefits.

Trump should recognize the need for all Americans, not just the healthier in the group. There should be multiple types of plans available, at various cost options and a system that promotes competition and lower prices. Companies need financial incentives to contribute to the expenses of their employees on both the premiums and HSAs. Without incentives, companies will happily shift all the expenses to their employees. Above all, any plans Trump sells to the public should be the mandatory coverage for members of Congress.

President Trump, Americans are counting on you. Big Government says people grossing 40K a year must pay most of their income for health care. After taxes, these plans literally leave no money for anything else. We are counting on a practical, high-quality plan that not only meets but exceeds expectations. In the interim, mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons are going without crucial health care services, cancer screenings, and medications under the guise of being “covered.”

The ACA as it currently exists promises much but delivers little. This fallacy is unacceptable in America. We demand and deserve better.

Mr. President, do not let us down.

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White Conservatives Bail Out Black Colleges

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 12:53am

Holy Mother of Frederick Douglass, I thought all white conservatives were racist homophobes!

Liberals expect every conservative rich white guy to be a racist with ulterior motives. Even when these same rich white guys donate millions to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), they are criminalized.

Can white guys do anything right?

HBCUs are struggling with funding and maintaining student body population. 

Enter the Koch brothers. The Koch foundation donated over $25 million to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to launch, “…research education, criminal justice, and entrepreneurship in communities plagued by high crime and other social ills.” The Kochs have made multiple donations on this scale, including to the United Negro College Fund in 2014. 

However, leave it to a liberal to find a way to criticize generosity. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished.

Ralph Wilson of UnKoch My Campus, states, “the trade-off is academic freedom” wherever Koch money goes.

If by a lack of academic freedom Wilson means the college stays open and students will research issues critical to crime-ridden communities, then so be it.

While donations helping impoverished American citizens are demonized, liberals ignore massive donations from countries with anti-LGBT, anti-Christian, and anti-American agendas.

Last year Campus Watch noted multiple high-dollar donations from questionable sources to various Universities. The lack of controversy reeks of liberal hypocrisy and ignorance.  Many donations were from Saudi Arabia, a country with open policies against Christianity, or from Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has been identified by the FBI as the US channel of Hamas, a terrorist group.

Donations included: Yale Law School…a $10 million gift from Saudi banking and real estate magnate Abdallah Kamel, will create a center “for the study of Islamic Law and Civilization.”

Georgetown received 40 million dollars from the Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal and the Qatar Foundation in 2005.

Harvard leads the acceptance of donations, including $30 million dollars…$20 million in 2005 alone.

And the list goes on …

The moral of the story, a rich, radical Islamist, may influence American colleges without question. A conservative white guy trying to improve the lives of impoverished citizens in crime-ridden areas, time to polish up the protest signs and march!

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Donald Trump Inauguration: Climate Change Removed From White House Website

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:30pm

■ President Trump’s era on the government web began almost immediately with the wiping out of Obama-era initiatives and a new brand of policy pronouncement. But two sides can play that game.

■ As Mr. Trump dined with dignitaries and members of Congress in the Capitol, the police skirmished with protesters, hurling flash-bang grenades to drive them from the inauguration parade route.

■ Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote by nearly three million but lost the presidency, was on hand for her former rival’s swearing-in at the Capitol.

The Trump era begins on the web

It didn’t take long.

The Department of Labor’s report on lesbians, bisexuals, gays and transgender people in the workplace? Gone.

The White House’s exposition on the threat of climate change and efforts to combat it? Gone.

In its place, An America First Energy Plan:

“For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.”

And “America First Foreign Policy.”

“Peace through strength will be at the center of that foreign policy. This principle will make possible a stable, more peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground.”

There was a bit of a mix-up with the transition to power on the web. Mr. Trump’s initial cover photo on the official @POTUS handle used an image from Mr. Obama’s 2009 inauguration. It was quickly taken down.

For some of Mr. Trump’s aides, hope for that @POTUS handle is high. They want him to stop using the handle he’s had since he joined Twitter, @realDonaldTrump, and accept staff management of the official account.

But Mr. Trump relishes the freedom and direct-contact he has over Twitter, and he has continued using his personal account, with a staff member tweeting from it even as he was signing the official nominations of his Cabinet appointees after the swearing-in.

Source: By YAMICHE ALCINDOR, NICK CORASANITI and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS @ NYTimes.com

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Donald Trump Inauguration Full Speech – President Donald Trump Inauguration Speech 2017 (FULL)

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 9:56pm

Donald J. Trump Swearing In Oath of Office Inauguration – President Donald Trump Inauguration Speech 2017 (FULL)

Source: Amazing Videos@YouTube.com

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Biker group vowing ‘wall of meat’ to block protesters hopes for ‘peaceful transition’

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 9:10pm

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The leader of a pro-Trump motorcycle group that recently vowed to form a “wall of meat” to keep inauguration protesters at bay said Monday they’re anticipating a smooth transition.

“We are anticipating a peaceful transition of power,” Bikers for Trump founder and leader Chris Cox said Monday on “Fox & Friends.” “We don’t have any reason to believe that we’re going to have any problems.”

Cox said that Bikers for Trump is a “patriotic” group ready to protect all Americans during inauguration weekend and that its roughly 200,000 members trust that law enforcement can do the job.

However, he told Fox News a day earlier: “In the event that we are needed, we will certainly form a wall of meat. We’ll be shoulder-to-shoulder with our brothers. And we’ll be toe-to-toe with anyone who’s going to break through police barricades.”

The group is one of about two dozen that applied for a federal permit for Inauguration Day on Friday. It has been granted space at John Marshall Park, along with the Inaugural Parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The group formed about 15 months ago and became a familiar sight on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, particularly during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, when members went toe-to-toe with anti-Trump protesters.

Cox suggested that “times have changed” since Cleveland and the other angry protests of last year, particularly those in Arizona and Chicago.

Source FoxNews.com

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El Chapo claims he’s harassed by prison guard who ‘squeezes’ him

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 8:27pm

Stop touching my cajones!

Notorious Mexican drug lord El Chapo claims he’s being sexually harassed by a prison guard who “squeezes and bothers” him, and constantly wakes him at night, according to his lawyer.

El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, is “embarrassed” by the way he’s being treated at the maximum-security prison in Mexico, his attorney Silvia Delgado said.

“There is a security guard that handles me instead of only touching me,” Guzman told her, the Daily Mail reported. He also said the unwanted groping is “more than abuse. They are handling me.”

The leader of the Sinaloa cartel also complained that he can’t get a full night’s sleep because the guard wakes him up every four hours as part of security measures at the prison.

Delgado didn’t reveal the name of the guard but it’s believed he’s on leave from the Ciudad Juarez prison, located on the US-Mexico border south of El Paso, Texas, according to the Mail.

Guzman’s other lawyer, Refugio Rodriguez, told Mexican news website Zocalo that he hadn’t discussed the sexual harassment with his client and couldn’t refute Delgado’s claims, the Mail reported.

“I cannot deny Silvia because Joaquin is not obliged to tell me all of the details of his conversations with her,” Rodriguez said. “With me he did not complain of a sexual touch.”

Rodriguez has previously claimed Guzman is been the victim of torture and “cruel and unusual treatment” while behind bars and that his health is deteriorating because of the stress.

Guzman is facing a laundry list of drug-trafficking and murder charges in multiple US jurisdictions. His appeals to prevent his extradition are pending.

He first escaped prison in 2001 and spent years on the lam before his recapture in 2014. But a year after that, he escaped prison yet again through a mile-long tunnel in his cell before being recaptured last year.

Source: Lia Eustachewich@NewYorkPost.com

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An insidious new Gmail phishing attack is tricking even the most careful of users

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:53pm

A new phishing technique is fooling internet users into giving hackers access to their Gmail accounts. According to WordPress security plugin creator Wordfence, the way that the attack works is that hackers send emails to the contacts of compromised accounts containing a seemingly innocuous attachment. When the user clicks the attachment, a new tab opens in the browser that looks nearly identical to the Google sign-in page. If the user inputs their log-in information, it goes straight to the attacker.

On Hacker News, a commenter describes an incident that occurred at his school last year in which several employees and students were tricked into handing over their account information to attackers after receiving compromised emails and opening the attachments, thus perpetuating the cycle:

“It’s the most sophisticated attack I’ve seen. The attackers log in to your account immediately once they get the credentials, and they use one of your actual attachments, along with one of your actual subject lines, and send it to people in your contact list.

For example, they went into one student’s account, pulled an attachment with an athletic team practice schedule, generated the screenshot, and then paired that with a subject line that was tangentially related, and emailed it to the other members of the athletic team.”

While the idea of having your Gmail account serve as a host for the chain of hacks to continue is frightening enough, the hackers will also have the ability to download and read through all of your private emails, as well as gain access to other information connected to your Google account (or whichever service is hacked).

Here’s what you need to look out for in your address bar to avoid this attack:

As you can see, not only is the beginning of the string odd, but there is a script hidden behind a long wall of whitespace. You won’t be able to see the script in your address bar without tapping on it and scrolling to the right, but there are several other signs to watch out for that are even more obvious.

For example, here’s what my address bar looks like when I navigate to Gmail in Chrome:

See the green text and the “Secure” label in front of the address? That indicates that I’ve reached a safe, secure website, as opposed to the black text up above. Not every site is going to be certifiably secure like that, but if you are visiting a Google log-in page specifically and don’t see it, alarms should go off in your head. Google might fix this eventually, but for now, just pay attention and look for green text.

Furthermore, if you don’t have two-factor authentication on your Google account (or any other account which contains sensitive information), treat this as a wake up call and set it up immediately.

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GM INVESTING $1B IN US MANUFACTURING, ADDING NEARLY 7,000 JOBS

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:28pm

General Motors is investing another $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing operations, the automaker announced on Tuesday.

The investment covers “multiple new vehicles, advanced technology, and component projects” and includes 1,500 new and retained jobs, GM said in a press release. Details about those jobs, however, won’t be revealed until later in the year.

The company said it will also create an additional 450 U.S. jobs as it begins insourcing axle production for its pickup trucks in Michigan, including work that had been previously done in Mexico.

“As the U.S. manufacturing base increases its competitiveness, we are able to further increase our investment, resulting in more jobs for America and better results for our owners,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “The U.S. is our home market and we are committed to growth that is good for our employees, dealers, and suppliers and supports our continued effort to drive shareholder value.”

Barra added that insourcing IT jobs and streamlining engineering operations will add even more jobs in the U.S. over the next few years.

“We will continue our commitment to driving a more efficient business, as shown by our insourcing of more than 6,000 IT jobs that were formerly outside the U.S., streamlining our engineering operations from seven to three, with the core engineering center being in Warren, Michigan, and building on our momentum at GM Financial and in advanced technologies,” she said. “These moves and others are expected to result in more than 5,000 new jobs in the U.S. over the next few years.”

Source: KTICradio.com/abc_business

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Cults

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:24pm

cult
kəlt/
noun
1. a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.
“the cult of St. Olaf”
o a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
“a network of Satan-worshiping cults”
synonyms: sect, denomination, group, movement, church, persuasion, body, faction
“a religious cult”
o a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing.
“a cult of personality surrounding the leaders”
synonyms: obsession with, fixation on, mania for, passion for, idolization of, devotion to, worship of, veneration of
“the cult of eternal youth in Hollywood”

Theology is man’s feeble attempt to explain the unexplainable.

Everyone has a “God Hole” in their head. We are born with no information, and from breath one we seek to fill the unexplainable with explanations. Some find their own answers, but most of us rely on the ideas given to us by parents, friends, and of course some form of religion. Now religion is simply defined by whatever fills your God Hole. The major component of this is faith. At some point there are factors that simply can’t be proven out so there must be an element of faith simply because we feel this or that to be true and the gears simply won’t turn without acceptance of the basic premise.

Be it evolution, creationism or the flat earth theory, they all have some element of faith involved where the facts fall short of one hundred percent proof. Where there is rational understanding and new ideas entering this is healthy because once the God Hole is functional it generates a world view which guides us through our day, indeed, our life. Mostly facts, but a little faith goes a long way when it comes to direction. When this normal flow is taken over by an idea, person, or belief then the result is a cult.

People tend to think of a cult as being religious, and while that is true in most cases it doesn’t cover all incidents of blind obedience to one idea or one person. Many cults are political in nature and the effects on the members are exactly the same as belonging to the religious type. As the mix changes the cult/bread will bake. What starts out as a lot of fact with a dash of faith morphs into almost no facts and blind faith in the idea, or person replacing all reasoning ability for the adherents. The reason this is tolerated is that it is easier to follow than to lead, and once you follow long enough you become comfortable with letting someone else do the thinking because by that time you’re too busy keeping up with the rules, because the worse thing in the world is to end up with an empty God Hole, and have to start all over again!

Cults begin with open doors to gain members. Almost imperceptibly those doors close one by one. About this time a pecking order emerges. Those chosen to rise to prominence appear to have the authority delegated to them by “The One,” but this is an illustration. This polyester “royalty” is more likely to fall from grace faster than the rank and file. This is because while the ordinary members are allowed to pray, pay, and obey, the ruling class have been given the secrets of the kingdom, not power, just the secrets, and when they defect even the slightest, they must go!

In a cultish situation there may be priests, directors, or advisors, but when in full bloom all power flows from “The One.” You begin to see those who are “in house” and of course those in the “out house.” No one can bask in the wisdom of “The One” forever so then you see defections, lists of disgraced members and attacks on the credibility of the heretics, who will usually ban together to form a group that counters the original cult, or in particular, “The One.”

This causes the master baker to crank the oven up a bit, and you begin to see major flaws. Those on the outside will smell the smoke, however those on the inside of the oven, with a full God Hole will continue to follow the party line, and if things get a bit too hot then Fearless Leader will just throw a few more heretics on the fire, and add more faith to the mix until all you have is burned bread with no yeast what so ever.

From within, in spite of all the misgivings, all the turmoil, and all the empirical evidence, at this point the survival of the cult i.e. Fearless Leader becomes job one. And the noose tightens the leader becomes more rash, adding even more legions to the opposition and top the scales until the house of cards, which is by now built on total falsehood, comes tumbling down, leaving Fearless Leader defrocked, and the adherents thereof stumbling around with their God Holes blown out, looking for new direction. Can I have an “Amen?”

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Way to piss off Leftists, tell them MLK, Jr Day is National Tea Party Day.

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:03pm

Here’s a way to piss off Leftists, tell them MLK, Jr Day is National Tea Party Day. MLK, Jr was the original Tea Party member, fighting an oppressive Leftist government. He was for non-violence, unlike the black racist terrorists known as Black Lives Matter. TeaPartyCommunity.com is where we put Leftist on notice

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How Inauguration Fashion Sets the Tone for a First Lady’s Term

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:48am

We still don’t have a female president — which means that come Jan. 20, the most significant woman in the White House will be the first lady.
The fashion choices of the first lady — a role that, during Donald Trump’s administration, will reportedly be shared by his wife, former model Melania Trump, and daughter, outgoing VP of the Trump Organization Ivanka Trump — have the power to set the tone for her tenure in the White House. They often convey to the American public the general goals and sentiment of her husband’s administration as well.

Incoming first lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump attend the presidential debate in October.

And when we talk about first ladies’ inaugural fashion, this most often means talking about what she wears to the inaugural balls.

Outgoing first lady Michelle Obama waves at her husband’s first inaugural ball, in 2009. (Photo: Getty Images)

The ritual and glamour of a presidential inauguration are rife with symbolism, some heavy-handed and some subtle. What the first lady wears is a critical part of the cues that an incoming administration, and new president especially, sends the American people about what he is seeking to do for the country. Which is why, when it comes to what the first lady wears, a dress is hardly just a dress.

“The inauguration has a symbolic quality — it is the beginning of a new phase of government and thus bears the weight of expectations,” Hazel Clark, a professor of design and fashion studies and the research chair of fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York, tells Yahoo Style. “For some, hopes. And for others, fears.”

Which is why, Clark says, many first ladies — including Michelle Obama, at the start of her husband’s first term, in 2009, and Nancy Reagan, for both of her husband’s inaugurations, in 1981 and 1985, and Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961 — have opted to wear white, a color that “in a Western context bears a relationship to birth, virginity, the wedding dress — significant rites of passage.”

Ronald and Nancy Reagan wave to guests at the inaugural ball in 1981. (Photo: Getty Images)

A first lady’s inaugural look also sets the tone of her own agenda, Virginia B. Johnson, a costume designer for film; small business owner in Cambridge, Mass.; and former lecturer in fashion history at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., tells Yahoo Style.

“It’s in that one look that the first lady can set the tone of her agenda,” Johnson says of the significance of a new first lady’s inauguration dress. “Does she choose to mix ready-to-wear with a high-end fashion designer — which is often a reflection of a historical-geographical moment, like Michelle Obama did when she wore Jason Wu, a Taiwanese immigrant to Canada [now living in the U.S.]? Or is it custom all the way, like the iconic Jackie Onassis, who worked with Oleg Cassini to create elegant, high-fashion looks made in the United States?”

Says Johnson on the impact of Kennedy’s Inauguration Day look: “Cassini’s design for her coat and dress emphasized her status as a fashion icon, very contemporary and young. Jackie was just 32 when JFK was inaugurated, and Cassini worked with her to make sure she didn’t look like she was ‘dressing the part’ but actually owning her role.”

And Johnson adds that outgoing first lady Michelle Obama and the iconic Jackie Kennedy share a critical quality. They understood that the first lady’s inauguration look, in terms of its critical tone-setting, can sustain four to eight years’ worth of messaging and sentiments. She says, “Both of these first ladies — in just what they chose to wear to the Inauguration ceremony — began defining in that ‘costume’ where they saw themselves in the greater conversation of the presidency. For me, Michelle Obama’s choices to wear J.Crew places her in context of being ‘one of us.’ Jackie Onassis’s choice to work with a designer to create something that was exclusively hers set the stage for ‘Camelot.’”

John and Jacqueline Kennedy on their way to the inaugural ball in 1961. (Photo: Getty Images)

Read More: Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy @YahooNews.com

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