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  1. While Biden and his supporters are doing there victory laps for the targeted drone strike against al-Zawahiri, the Taliban leader responsible for orchestrating many deadly attacks on American and allied military personnel as well as civilians and the training and arming of terrorists, let's revisit Joe Biden's condemnation of then President Donald Trump's targeted drone strike against Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani who himself was also responsible for orchestrating many deadly attacks on American and allied military personnel as well as civilians and the training and arming of terrorists... So Biden condemns Trump for imposing a travel ban on people from Asia as the global Coronavirus pandemic is spreading across the world and Biden and the Democrats call Trump a xenophobe and racist - then Biden imposes his own travel ban on people from Africa as the Omicron variant is spreading across the globe and we're just supposed to ignore the hypocrisy? When president Trump sends a drone strike into Iraq, a foreign country to kill Soleimani a known terrorist and attack organizer, Joe Biden condemns that action as "having absolutely no benefit", saying Trump's strike on Soleimani could "start a war"... Of course Biden made these comments back in 2019 right before he became president and ordered a retaliatory attack on Iranian-backed Iraqi militia fighters in Syria, in in a response to a militia rocket attack on American troops in Iraqi Kurdistan earlier that month.... Then Biden orders an drone strike in Afghanistan to kill al-Zawahiri, a known terrorist and attack organizer and Biden and his supporters are trying to do a victory dance for the same kind of military action Biden and his supporters attempted to condemn Trump for just a few years previously... ABC: Drone strike on al-Qaeda leader renews hostility between US, Taliban https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/drone-strike-al-qaeda-leader-renews-hostility-us/story
  2. I suppose I could have posted this in the General Topics section, but to be honest I fully intend to turn this topic political by asking a simple straight forward question... WHY DON'T WE SEE FREQUENT OCCURANCES OF THIS KIND OF THING IN MORE CONSERVATIVE (RED) STATES? Democrat policies — defunding police, turning criminals out of prison, and refusing to prosecute shoplifters and vandals — have resulted in a wave of smash and grab thefts, primarily in the bluest urban areas of the bluest states. Retailers hit by these policies are now appealing to Congress for their assistance to end this trend. Last week, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, representing 20 major retailers, sent a letter to Congress asking legislators to deal with the growing theft, shoplifting, and “smash-and-grab” mob attacks on retail stores. The corporations represented include giants like Target, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Home Depot, and CVS. https://rila-web/rila.web/media/pdfs/letters to hill/2021/ceo-inform-consumers-act-final1.pdf According to OpenSecrets.org, after those same retailers donated heavily to Democrat candidates, the same political sphere primarily responsible for implementing policies that refuse to incrassate and prosecute criminals like those committing these crimes, the retailers are now begging those same politicians for mitigation from the crime spree the politicians policies appear to have emboldened. I wonder if any of those corporate donors are now experiencing 'buyer's remorse' as it were?
  3. FOX News: Democrats have released the text of their massive social spending bill, outlining many of the priorities of President Biden's "Build Back Better" plan. The 1684-page bill, released Thursday, comes just one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., signaled optimism that various factions of the Democratic caucus were close to reaching a deal on the legislation. https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20211025/BILLS-117HR5376RH-RCP117-17.pdf https://www.foxnews.com/politics/democrats-release-text-of-spending-bill-after-biden-makes-trip-to-capitol-hill
  4. Former president Clinton's Labor Secretary Alexis Herman told Fox news that the partisan bickering and elevation of "personalities" on both sides of the aisle is part of the reason for the economic distress in America today. Herman said the intraparty dialogue has collapsed to such an extent that she does not "recognize" that aspect of her political party anymore... AMEN sister, preach! FOX: Clinton labor secretary: I don't recognize Democrats' 'dialogue' President Clinton oversaw bipartisan negotiation in good faith, and it resulted in a US surplus, former secretary says "I think what I’m missing and what I want to see more of is less about the personalities, less about the finger-pointing and much more about the issues that are at stake and what is the overall good that we’re seeking together for the common good," Herman said. https://www.foxnews.com/media/clinton-labor-secretary-democrat-dialogue I've been saying for years whether the politicians are reflecting the attitude of the people or the people are reflecting the attitude of our politicians, the current social and political atmosphere is a far cry from the system that used to get along well enough to actually get things done and move our nation forward. Gone seem to be the days of good faith debate without all of the fingerpointing and personal attacks, absent is much of the spirit of compromise where both sides of the political divide were willing to come together and produce policy for the good of the nation and all of it's people instead of just one side - one group or another. Instead today we have a much more "my way or no way" ideological and political divide with a lot of grandiose political posturing and an abundance of finger pointing, name calling and what appears to be a preference to make the other side look bad instead of attempting to seek policy to effect positive change which addresses issues important to this nation. Yep, I'm not ashamed to admit I find myself in wholehearted agreement with a Democrat, but that shouldn't be a surprise because as an Independent, I've always been less about the party and more about the policy, more about the issues and less about the personalities. I've voted for Republican candidates and Democrat candidates (for president it's usually just what I consider the lesser of two evils) I've supported proposed policies from the legitimate left and opposed proposed policies from the legitimate right and vice versa. When I think about our current political climate and some of the political power figures who seem to be more about some way out personal agenda than a middle of the road solution to attempt to address and resolve some of the problems our nation and our people face, have no words.
  5. On November 19th, a 40-year-old woman was shoved onto the subway tracks in Manhattan's Union Square station just before a train pulled in. She escaped with minor injuries and a suspect was immediately arrested. Hours earlier on Wednesday night, a man was shoved onto the subway tracks by a panhandler after the man refused to give him money, the victim was able to get back on the platform and wasn't seriously hurt. A suspect was arrested. Also on Thursday Alex Weisman, a member of the original cast of Broadway's "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," was attacked at an Upper West Side station Tuesday afternoon. He suffered fractures around his eye that required surgery. Actor Rick Moranis was sucker-punched by a homeless man last month while walking near Central Park, according to police. The man accused in the attack is suspected in several others over the past several months. Citywide, shootings have nearly doubled -- from 698 last year to 1,359 this year as of Nov. 15, according to NYPD figures and Shooting victims have more than doubled, from 828 during all of 2019 to 1,667 this year through Nov. 15. There have been 405 homicide victims so far this year, compared to 295 last year. A 70-year-old woman was hit in the face by a stray bullet Tuesday afternoon while riding a bus in Brooklyn. Two suspects are being sought and earlier this month, a 64-year-old woman was robbed at knifepoint in Queens. The suspect violently grabbed her as she was walking and put a knife to her throat but appeared to flee empty-handed after a vehicle drove by. On November 18th city councilman Robert Holden posted a Tweet thanking a man for stopping an attempted kidnapping of a baby. Earlier this week a NYPD Detective was struck by a vehicle driven on the sidewalk by a parolee attempting to evade arrest... Brooklyn rapper surrendered to police after a viral video of him standing on a NYC public bus, blasting a flamethrower into the air. More than 300,000 New Yorkers have moved out of the city in the last eight months, the NY Post reported, citing data from the U.S. Postal Service. For more than four years we've been hearing how Republicans, conservatives, white supremacists and Donald Trump are going to destroy the country... yet when we hear and see news reports of unrest, crime and destruction it isn't any of the leftist condemned groups doing those things... With the policies and politics of New York State with a 'progressive' Democrat Governor and New York City with a 'progressive' Democrat Mayor I'm hoping most of the nation can avoid what's happening in New York from spreading to the rest of the country if the president and his policies become more 'progressive'.
  6. For many months Democrats, Socialists and progressives as well as a few RINOS have been near giddy with the accurate claim that within the Republican party there has been dissension between Trump haters and Trump supporters, moderates and what some might call 'neoconservatives'. Well it seems this tendency is no longer singularly attributable to the Republican party, recently there has been a increased and for some troubling widening divide within the Democrat party between the Socialist/progressives and moderate, even liberal Democrats. NBC: House Democrats launch PAC to protect incumbents from attacks from within Progressive groups have been increasingly aggressive in targeting fellow Democrats. nbcnews.com/politics/congress/house-democrats-launch-pac-protect-incumbents-attacks-within
  7. This was the AP headline yesterday February 15th 2021 AP: (February 15, 2021) Officials: 2 dead in Texas as subfreezing cold sweeps US apnews.com/article/2-dead-texas-subfreezing-winter-weather Now officials in the state of Texas are saying there may be as many as 17 people who have died as a result of the cold weather in Texas... FOX: (February 16, 2021) Texas hit with massive power outages as winter freeze leaves more than 4 million in the dark foxbusiness.com/energy/texas-power-outages-cold-weather FOX: (February 16, 2021) Texas medical examiner’s office expects increase in cold weather-related deaths, requests refrigerated trucks The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office is requesting refrigerated trucks in anticipation of more fatalities from a brutally cold winter storm in Texas this week that has already claimed at least 10 lives and left millions without power. Officials say they are expected to receive a couple of dozen bodies of people who have died from the cold. The request for refrigerated trucks was made because funeral homes in Galveston County have lost electricity and cannot house the bodies. foxnews.com/weather/medical-examiners-office-request-refrigerated-trucks-increase-cold-weather-deaths Weather Channel: (February 16, 2021) Texas Officials Warn Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning; At Least 17 Deaths Tied to Winter Storm weather.com/news/news/2021-02-16-winter-storm-uri-impacts-power-outages-boil-water The next time we hear someone talking about how bad fossil fuel energy plants are and how much better green energy alternatives will be, remember this cold weather and the lessons we should be learning from it...
  8. 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson, is calling for a national "atonement" over the treatment of Native Americans. On Monday she vowed Monday take back medals of honor for those who fought against them and even take down President Andrew Jackson's portrait from the Oval Office if she's elected. Williamson who has gained a following in recent weeks for her memorable debate performances, called for a “new era of American history” with Native Americans during an appearance at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum. FOX News: "We can atone. We can make amends," Williamson said. "And if and when I'm president of the United States, we will. We will begin by taking that picture of Andrew Jackson off the wall of the Oval Office." Jackson’s presidency was notoriously marked by the signing of the Indian Removal Act, which resulted in violent conflicts between Native Americans and the U.S. government amid the relocation of thousands of Native Americans. Williamson called the portrait "one of the greatest insults." She then took aim at another symbol from that historic period, vowing to withdraw military medals of honor for those who fought against Native Americans. ... At Monday's forum, Williamson stopped short of calling for financial reparations, which she supports for slavery. She called Native American history a "more complicated situation" than one that can be fixed with such a measure. She suggested the U.S. look to how Germany reconciled with Jews in the aftermath of the Holocaust as "a template of our national repair" that could be used to make amends with Native Americans. The presidential hopeful stated that children must forever be educated about how the U.S. treated Native Americans and suggested a year-long reconciliation program between the two peoples. “It is time for us to do some very important, deep, and powerful repair work,” she concluded. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/williamson-vows-to-withdraw-military-honors-remove-andrew-jackson-oval-office-portrait-as-part-of-atonement-for-native-american-treatment Mass shootings, rising national debt, government healthcare in flux, trade and tariff concerns, gun access issues, failing infrastructure, rising tax concerns, energy concerns, environmental and climate issues, terrorism, immigration, Some Americans continue to struggle financially, some homeless, some still don't feel represented by Washington politicians... including Native Americans. But Marianne Williamson, who hopes to be the next United States president, wants the nation to make amends for a 200-year old historical injustice and she'll start with the meaningless gesture of taking down a portrait of a past American president from the Oval Office ~ Tear down the statues, remove portraits, erase the names from public buildings and edifices and denounce anyone who objects as "racist"... Pretend it didn't happen, offer no perspective, no honesty in a historical perspective and hope eventually everyone will either adopt their view - or perhaps just forget. They say is was wrong when those in the past did it - but now that progressives want to do the same thing, suddenly it's OK... Go figure ~ Your government tax dollars at work?
  9. Could they be right? Apparently so... According to the Israeli government Tlaib didn't petition to meet with any Israeli government State or local official. She didn't petition to speak before any Israeli government body - but she wanted to: "speak the truth about the inhumane conditions" in Israel... With whom was she intending to speak about these conditions - perhaps a crowd of already disgruntled Palestinians with the intent and purpose of setting them off against the Israeli government? Just sayin'... if my grandmother was 90-years old and the only way I could see her possibly: "for the last time" was to stand buck naked in the middle of Times Square while being heckled by the public - I'd do it because nothing, not by sense of pride, considerations of injustice against me or even fear of public ridicule and forever being branded as the guy who stood naked in Times Square would stop me - if seeing my grandmother, possibly: "for the last time", was really what I wanted to do. I certainly wouldn't try to blame someone else if I thought my pride - my public reputation - was more important to me than family... I mean really, is anyone with more than one working brain cell going to believe that? https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/andrew-mccarthy-israel-tlaib-omar-trump
  10. CBS Local-Sacramento: Student Who Took Classmate’s MAGA Hat Says She Was Making Political Statement EL DORADO — A Union Mine High School student is facing battery charges after an altercation in her classroom over a Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” campaign hat. https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2018/08/27/maga-trump-hat-taken/ **So apparently this girl didn't consider a simple request: "Can you take that hat off? I find it offensive," or asking the teacher to have another student remove something she found offensive and distracting, as in her definition of "making a political statement"... Then again when the teacher intervened trying to stop her assault of a fellow student - what "political statement" did she figure she was making when she slapped the teacher? One of the lessons I learned in the old school civics classes was: "The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins" (attributed to Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr), which I always took as any person has a right to their legal and appropriate actions, so long as it does not interfere with someone else's rights. Certainly this girl had the right to be offended by what the other student was wearing, but her rights regarding that offense stopped when she made violent physical contact with the other student. Her rights should be no more, or less of a consideration than another person's rights, regardless of how offended she claims to be.
  11. CNN: A 28-year-old Democratic Socialist just ousted a powerful, 10-term congressman in New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley {according to mainstream media news; "the 4th most powerful Democrat" in the House} in New York's 14th congressional district on Tuesday, CNN projects, in the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season. An activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez won over voters in the minority-majority district with a ruthlessly efficient grassroots bid, even as Crowley -- the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House -- outraised her by a 10-to-1 margin. This was the first time in 14 years a member of his own party has attempted to unseat Crowley, who chairs the Queens County Democrats. His defeat marks a potential sea change in the broader sphere of liberal politics -- a result with implications for Democrats nationwide that would recall, as optimistic progressives routinely noted during the campaign, former GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor's loss to the insurgent, tea party-backed Dave Brat in June 2014. https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/26/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-joe-crowley-new-york-14-primary/index.html **Ocasio-Cortez ran a defiantly far left campaign as opposed to her opponent calling for universal health care, a federal jobs guarantee and the abolition of ICE headlining her political platform demands. CNN: 4 major lessons from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's titanic upset in New York The Democratic base is sick of the establishment Politics punishes people who get ahead of themselves House Democrats need some younger blood Women rule https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/26/politics/joe-crowley-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-new-york-upset/index.html **So sayeth CNN *But I personally think #1 applies to both political parties and was one of the reasons Trump was elected.
  12. Priceless... The Democrats held the American people and legal foreign residents of the United States "hostage" for three days after shutting down the government because the CR didn't include a DACA deal... Now they are trying to claim president Trump is trying to hold "DREAMER's hostage" over a compromise deal... They get their DACA protections for 90,000 DREAMER's - plus others currently in the U.S. illegally, will also benefit because president Trump is offering a deal where 1.8 million will eventually get a pathway to citizenship - and Trump gets funding for border security (yes, including some funding for "the wall") so there will have to be fewer DACA and amnesty talks in the future because the borders will be less porous - but the Democrats are trying to claim Trump is holding the "DREAMER's hostage"... Where was their concern and outrage when they were holding Americans and legal residents "hostage" over protections for illegal alien 'DREAMER's'? You can't make this stuff up --- CNN: Democrats slam White House immigration proposal Washington -- Democrats are responding to President Donald Trump's proposal to give 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship in exchange for $25 billion for his long-promised wall -- and they're not happy. "Dreamers should not be held hostage to President Trump's crusade to tear families apart and waste billions of American tax dollars on an ineffective wall," Sen. Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who has fought for protection for participants in the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, said in a statement. https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/25/politics/daca-democrats-reaction-white-house-donald-trump/index.html
  13. First a little background information about the main character here... Alan Dershowitz (born September 1, 1938) is an American lawyer and author. He is a scholar of United States constitutional law and criminal law,[1][2] and a leading defender of civil liberties. He spent most of his career at Harvard Law School where in 1967, at the age of 28, he became the youngest full professor of law in its history. He held the Felix Frankfurter professorship there from 1993 until his retirement in December 2013. He is now a regular CNN and Fox News contributor and political analyst. A political liberal, he is the author of a number of books about politics and law, including Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow Case (1985), the basis of the 1990 film; Chutzpah (1991); Reasonable Doubts: The Criminal Justice System and the O.J. Simpson Case (1996). Now the meat of the topic - Interestingly enough, once again I find myself in complete agreement with a staunch "political liberal"... who said he is no fan of president Trump and "proudly voted for Hillary Clinton". The important thing from the investigation isn't whether or not president Trump "obstructed justice", which Dershowitz says is not possible because it is within his presidential authority to not only fire investigators and members of the DOJ, but the president has also has the authority according to the Constitution, Dershowitz says, to tell investigative authorities not to investigate something... akin to president Obama suggesting during his administration, that the DOJ not to strongly investigate or prosecute people, businesses or banks who are engaged in the marijuana trade, or directing immigration authorities not to seek to strongly investigate or deport illegal aliens when they are found, unless they are criminals or a suspected threat to national security. But the real and important thing that should be investigated is if the Muller investigation can show where the intelligence community and the DOJ violated civil liberties, illegally spying on American citizens by the means of (pardon the pun) trumped up or bogus information given to the FISA courts. Anyway as I said, I just found it interesting that it doesn't appear to be just Republicans, conservatives, or Trump supporters that think this whole Russia investigation thing is little more than a political fishing expedition that appears to be asking all the wrong questions.
  14. https://www.facebook.com/Democrats-News-Now-339997909779874/?hc_ref=ARRoRmrru1ToFokv2ZqGERNopD7yxH84X-0M5eJZguaPcJy4eFE8aeAv1Ifqpw20LDU&fref=nf
  15. CNN: CNN poll: DACA not worth a shutdown, except to Democrats Washington -- With hours to go before a midnight deadline for Congress to fund the government or shut it down, most Americans say avoiding a shutdown is more important than passing a bill to maintain the program allowing people brought to the US illegally as children to stay, according to a new CNN pollconducted by SSRS. But Democrats taking a hard line on legislation connecting government funding to the popular program known as DACA appear to have the backing of their constituents, and more overall say President Donald Trump or the Republicans in Congress would be responsible for a shutdown if one happens. Overall, about half of Americans say they would blame either Trump (21%) or his Republican counterparts in Congress (26%) should Congress fail to fund the government by the midnight Friday deadline. About a third, 31%, say they would hold the Democrats in Congress responsible, and another 10% say they'd blame all three groups. Among Republicans, 62% would blame the Democrats in Congress, while 43% of Democrats would blame Republicans on Capitol Hill and 29% would blame Trump. Still, 56% overall say approving a budget agreement to avoid a shutdown is more important than continuing the DACA program, while just 34% choose DACA over a shutdown. Democrats break narrowly in favor of DACA -- 49% say it's more important vs. 42% who say avoiding a shutdown is the priority -- while majorities of both Republicans (75%) and independents (57%) say avoiding a shutdown is more important. Who holds responsibility for a government shutdown? Democrats in Congress-31% GOP in Congress-26% President Trump -21% All of them-10% http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/19/politics/cnn-poll-shutdown-trump-immigration-daca/index.html
  16. CBS: (Live Now) Senate leaders reach deal to reopen government The Senate is now voting on final passage on a three-week spending bill Monday afternoon that would reopen the government. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said ahead of the vote that he had reached a deal with Republican leaders and that Democrats would vote in favor of the bill. Senators voted earlier in the afternoon 81-18 to end debate and move to a vote on final passage, which only requires a simple majority: 51 votes. Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Rand Paul voted against ending debate, as did Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Cory Booker, Catherine Cortez Masto, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Mazie Hirono, Patrick Leahy, Ed Markey, Bob Menendez, Jeff Merkley, Chris Murphy, Jon Tester, Elizabeth Warren, and Ron Wyden. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats, also voted against ending debate. If final passage is approved in the Senate, the House will have to vote on the proposal. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy anticipated a House vote around 4:30 p.m. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, signaled Sunday on "Face the Nation" that the House would pass the bill. "We have agreed that we would accept that in the House, and so we will see sometime today whether or not they have the votes for that," Ryan said. "And that's really where we are right now." It is unclear, however, if many Democrats will vote in the House for passage. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, is expected to vote "no." Schumer said ahead of the procedural vote at noon that "we will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating" a global agreement with the commitment from GOP leaders that if there isn't a deal by the Feb. 8 deadline, the Senate will immediately proceed to legislation dealing with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Schumer said it will be "neutral and fair to all sides" that will get an up or down vote on the floor. "We will keep at this until Democrats end their extraordinary filibuster of government funding and children's healthcare, and allow a bipartisan majority of Senators to reopen the federal government for all Americans and get Congress back on track," McConnell said Saturday on the Senate floor. Senate Democrats say they will not support a funding resolution that does not include protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. as children under the DACA program and spending for disaster relief. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/government-shutdown-live-coverage-senate-vote-today-agreement-end-shutdown-latest-news-updates-2018-01-22-live-updates/
  17. the Hill: House Dems intensify opposition to stopgap bill, blame Trump for shutdown House Democrats are digging in on Day One of the government shutdown, blaming President Trump for scuttling the talks and vowing to oppose any new spending bill that lacks a host of their priorities, including protections for young undocumented immigrants. After huddling with her troops in the Capitol basement Saturday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said it’s meaningless to support another short-term spending patch, known as a continuing resolution (CR), until the parties have agreed on the contours of a broader fiscal 2018 funding package that meets several of the Democrats’ demands. That list includes parity between defense and non-defense spending increases, a lifeline for troubled pensions, disaster relief for victims of hurricanes and wildfires {on top of the $136 billion on disaster relief funds already spent since 2011}, a boost in health-care funding and a path to a deal for protecting the young undocumented immigrants benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. http://thehill.com/homenews/house/369926-house-dems-intensify-opposition-to-stopgap-bill-blame-trump-for-shutdown https://www.fema.gov/pdf/about/budget/11f_fema_disaster_relief_fund_dhs_fy13_cj.pdf
  18. *One person's informed opinion (reference links in the article) USA Today: While Trump's critics keep talking, our president is fulfilling his promises President Trump promised in his first inaugural address that his administration would be guided by one “crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.” He went on to say that “every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.” His first year in office has been the story of promises kept. By every measure of personal and national prosperity, the nation is better off than it was one year ago. The Trump administration has overseen a renewed respect for citizenship. Gone is the lofty sounding rhetoric of globalism that led to unwinnable foreign wars and open borders. Back is talk of what we can do together as Americans. So what did Trump accomplish? For one thing, he appointed an all-star Cabinet that has been quietly and dutifully implementing the president’s agenda even as their boss runs interference for them, taking the slings and arrows of a hostile media. He has appointed more judges to the federal bench in his first year than any president ever, including Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. And they are constitutionalists. This alone will represents a signal triumph that will resound for the next few generations. There’s more. Under Trump, construction has begun on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines even as the United States will soon achieve oil production of 10 million barrels per day, will become a net exporter of oil sometime in the next decade, and is set to rival Russia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2019. Add to that low unemployment, rising wages, a booming stock market and a tax cutthat will put more money in middle-class pockets starting next month and you have the makings of a very successful presidency. Did I mention that Obamacare’s noxious individual mandate has been consigned to history’s dustbin as well? At the border, illegal crossings are down as much as 60%, showing that a willingness to enforce the law and end incentives to enter the country illegally will change behavior. Likewise, Trump has overseen a change in national security policy from the globalist moral imperialism of his recent predecessors to the interests based in realism that he calls America First. His speeches in Warsaw, Poland, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were triumphs. They encouraged our friends and put our enemies on notice. And for all the talk of Russian conspiracies, Trump has taken a tough stance with Putin — willing to work with him where it advances U.S. interests but also arming Ukraine in its ongoing fight with Russia. In the Middle East, ISIS has gone from a burgeoning caliphate stretching from the Atlantic to the Levant to a failed pseudo-state, while Trump has revitalized our decades old alliance with Saudi Arabia and its new, reformist crown prince. Back in Washington, Trump’s appointees are quietly cutting regulations pursuant to one of his first executive orders, which instructs them to cut two regulations for every new one they put in place. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/18/while-trumps-critics-keep-talking-our-president-fulfilling-his-promises-christopher-buskirk-column/1041117001/
  19. FOX News: *Watch the video for the comment about taking $700,000 from autism research to determine if Neil Armstrong said: "One small step for a man - one giant leap for mankind" or "One small step for man - one giant leap for mankind" 'I'm Not Voting for $700 Billion Deficits Annually': Sen. Paul a 'No' Vote on Spending Bill He explained that passing another continuing resolution is just a temporary fix and it allows for more wasteful government spending. "No one takes the time to specifically look at the money spent. It's glommed together in trillion-dollar bills. And frankly, I've had enough of it. And I think the American people have had enough with it," Paul said. "And if that means we've got to close the place down and restart it under better management, I'm all for that." He added that it's not a partisan issue, and he's not troubled by joining his Democratic colleagues in voting against the spending bill. http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/01/18/rand-paul-why-he-voting-no-short-term-spending-bill
  20. NBC News: Rand Paul says it’s ‘unfair’ to call Trump racist Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that it is "unfair" to call President Donald Trump a racist but his recent reported controversial comments about immigrants from Haiti and African countries are unhelpful. "I don't think the comments were constructive at all, but I also think that, to be fair, we shouldn't draw conclusions that he didn't intend," the Kentucky Republican said on "Meet The Press." Paul defended the president as one of the financial backers of a medical trip Paul was part to offer eye care and surgeries to people in Haiti in 2015. "I think it's unfair to sort of paint him, 'oh well, he's a racist,' when I know for a fact that he cares very deeply about the people of Haiti because he helped finance a trip where they would get vision back for 200 people in Haiti," Paul said. https://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/rand-paul-says-it-s-unfair-call-trump-racist-n837601
  21. CBS News: {By Law} Women of Iceland are now required to earn equal pay to men Iceland has taken a big step in its attempt to close the gender pay gap by making illegal to pay women less than men for the same job. All companies and government agencies with more than 25 employees must now obtain an official certification to show that they give equal pay for work of equal value. Otherwise, they risk being fined. Iceland's parliament, which is about 50 percent female, announced the legislation in March 2017, on International Women's day. It went into effect on Jan. 1. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/women-of-iceland-are-now-required-to-earn-equal-pay-to-men/
  22. Nothing new here but a CNN commentator took the opportunity to mock president Trump as he jokingly Tweeted - "'cold' East Coast 'could use a little bit of' global warming"... First of all the Trump's Tweet to me appears to be joke, if at the expense of many climate alarmist. According to most definitions, the only difference between "weather" and "climate" is a "measure of time", with weather designated for the relatively recent weather patterns and climate designated for the relatively long term weather patterns... but both are measures of atmospheric weather conditions. First of all I have no doubts that the Earth is going through climate changes and that some of those changes are probably exacerbated by the human factor... but what no one seems to be able to answer is to what degree? I also agree that whatever possible should be at least attempted to lessen humankind's negative impact on the environment, but lets tend to effect alternatives based on fact and evidence, rather than the conjecture and hyperbole that seems to be so popular among some, particularly armature, climate alarmists. But by using the standard recognized definition of climate change, how long of a time period are we supposed to consider? Literally the Earth has been undergoing "global warming" since the Ice Age. How much and how fast seems to have been dependent on several naturally occurring factors, even before the industrialized age of humanity, it has never been a constant. Some alarmists have been warning us about modern global weather changes causing rising sea levels, but what about Port Royal, Jamaica, The Pyramids of Yonaguni-Jima, Japan, Dwarka, Gulf of Cambay, India, Lion City of Quiandao Lake, China, Cleopatra's Palace, Alexandria, Egypt... all once human occupied land masses that are now underwater, and again all before the modern industrial age of mankind. Are we to believe that global warming and the rising of sea and ocean levels have been around for hundreds and thousands of years before the modern age - what then does that do to claims that it is solely or even majorly because of mankind's pollution that the climate is changing? Is Climate Change Cyclical? NASA Study Suggests Yes http://www.americaspace.com/2012/06/25/is-climate-change-cyclical-nasa-study-suggests-yes/ Study Finds Ancient Warming Greened Antarctica https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2012-179#3
  23. Its the same old story, politics and political races too often go the the highest bidder... or in this case, spender. In articles from NBC and AOL news (not your average conservative leaning political news sources) NBC News: Mysterious Democratic-funded ‘Highway 31’ super PAC spent $4M to defeat Moore in Alabama A mysterious super PAC poured millions into the special Alabama Senate race between Doug Jones and Roy Moore, and that group was reportedly funded heavily by the Democratic Senate Majority PAC. According to Senate Majority PAC spokesman Chris Hayden, the Democratic Senate Majority PAC spent $4 million and "predominantly funded" super PAC Highway 31 -- a group that sent out mailings and ran advertisements against Republican candidate Roy Moore. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/mysterious-democratic-funded-highway-31-super-pac-spent-4m-defeat-n832871 https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/12/27/mystery-dem-backed-super-pac-highway-31-spent-millions-in-alabama-race/23318036/ Of course there is political spending on both sides of the political spectrum and in my opinion the cumulative effect is not only damaging but dishonest regardless of whether that spending is coming from Republican or Democrat supporting sources... Former president Obama and I didn't agree on a lot of things, but I was in agreement with Obama on our opposition to to the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United citing Corporations (and unions) have the same political rights as individual people - but not the same limitations - when it comes to their financial political support. But I guess we should expect this to become the new normal with elections and yes, politicians even more going to the highest bidder and deepest pockets rather than their fiduciary constituencies... at least until someone makes a successful effort to remove outside influence finances, like those from PACs, unions and corporations, from the political and electoral process. Something that it appears neither the Republican or Democrat parties are that interested in apparently.
  24. For days now Democrats and the liberal media have been trying to make a big deal about president Trump's "offensive comment" during a recognition ceremony for Navajo Native American code talkers from WWII... Well as it turns out not everyone was offended, specifically Thomas Begay, one of the Navajo code talkers saying: "‘The Marines made us yell ‘Geronimo’ when we jumped out of planes - that didn't offend me either,’" Yahoo News: Navajo Code Talker Responds to Trump's 'Pocahontas' Quip A Navajo code talker and U.S Marine Corps veteran said on Tuesday that he was not offended by President Donald Trump's "Pocahontas" remarks about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), but he was "puzzled" by them. CNN political analyst Joshua Green tweeted he had spoken to Thomas Begay and talked to him about the Monday meeting at the White House where the president mentioned his "Pocahontas" nickname for the Democratic senator, taking a swing at her unsubstantiated claim of Native American ancestry. "Just met Thomas Begay who was ‘puzzled’ but not offended by Trump's Pocahontas quip: ‘The Marines made us yell ‘Geronimo’ when we jumped out of planes + that didn't offend me either,’" Green tweeted. http://freebeacon.com/culture/navajo-code-talker-veteran-puzzled-not-offended-trumps-pocahontas-remarks/ I wonder which perspective we should take to heart the one some Democrats and the liberal media have been trying to feed us, or the one from a member of the Native American nation who no doubt would have taken offense if he though the president was intentionally trying to insult him, or his Native American ancestry?
  25. CBS News: Poll: 71 percent of millennials want a third political party Nearly three-quarters of millennials say that a third political party is needed, according to an NBC News/GenForward survey released Wednesday. The poll found that 80 percent of white Millennial men think that a third party is needed, as do 71 percent of Asian millennial men, 67 percent of Hispanic millennial men and 65 percent of black millennial men. Seventy-three percent of black millennial women, 70 percent of white millennial women, 67 percent of Asian American women and 61 percent of Hispanic millennial women. Fifty-nine percent said that they view the Republican Party unfavorably and 42 percent view the Democratic Party unfavorably, the poll found. Sixty percent said that they disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-71-percent-of-millennials-want-a-third-political-party/ It is kind of what I was hoping for and no doubt kind of what the two major political parties were dreading, an apparent hit to both the Republican and Democrat establishment control mechanism. With the GOP nomination of a political outsider and the Democrats consideration of a politician not from the Democrat mainstream I think supported the notion that a candidate need not be from one of the two political mainstream parties to stand a chance to influence the direction of the nation... Perhaps eventually we can even consider what people believe to be the best person for the job as President of the United States instead of the usual "lesser of two evils".
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