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Reflections on the Trump Presidency by Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio, Chairman & Chief Investment Officer at Bridgewater Associates, L.P. wrote a compelling analysis of the Trump administration. The title of Dilio’s Linkedin article is “Reflections on the Trump Presidency, One Month after the Election.”

Please take the time to read it in full.


Reflections on the Trump Presidency, One Month after the Election

By Ray Dalio

Now that we’re a month past the election and most of the cabinet posts have been filled, it is increasingly obvious that we are about to experience a profound, president-led ideological shift that will have a big impact on both the US and the world. This will not just be a shift in government policy, but also a shift in how government policy is pursued. Trump is a deal maker who negotiates hard, and doesn’t mind getting banged around or banging others around. Similarly, the people he chose are bold and hell-bent on playing hardball to make big changes happen in economics and in foreign policy (as well as other areas such as education, environmental policies, etc.). They also have different temperaments and different views that will have to be resolved.

Regarding economics, if you haven’t read Ayn Rand lately, I suggest that you do as her books pretty well capture the mindset. This new administration hates weak, unproductive, socialist people and policies, and it admires strong, can-do, profit makers. It wants to, and probably will, shift the environment from one that makes profit makers villains with limited power to one that makes them heroes with significant power. The shift from the past administration to this administration will probably be even more significant than the 1979-82 shift from the socialists to the capitalists in the UK, US, and Germany when Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and Helmut Kohl came to power. To understand that ideological shift you also might read Thatcher’s “The Downing Street Years.” Or, you might reflect on China’s political/economic shift as marked by moving from “protecting the iron rice bowl” to believing that “it’s glorious to be rich.”

This particular shift by the Trump administration could have a much bigger impact on the US economy than one would calculate on the basis of changes in tax and spending policies alone because it could ignite animal spirits and attract productive capital. Regarding igniting animal spirits, if this administration can spark a virtuous cycle in which people can make money, the move out of cash (that pays them virtually nothing) to risk-on investments could be huge. Regarding attracting capital, Trump’s policies can also have a big impact because businessmen and investors move very quickly away from inhospitable environments to hospitable environments. Remember how quickly money left and came back to places like Spain and Argentina? A pro-business US with its rule of law, political stability, property rights protections, and (soon to be) favorable corporate taxes offers a uniquely attractive environment for those who make money and/or have money. These policies will also have shocking negative impacts on certain sectors.

Regarding foreign policy, we should expect the Trump administration to be comparably aggressive. Notably, even before assuming the presidency, Trump is questioning the one-China policy which is a shocking move. Policies pertaining to Iran, Mexico, and most other countries will probably also be aggressive.

The question is whether this administration will be a) aggressive and thoughtful or b) aggressive and reckless. The interactions between Trump, his heavy-weight advisors, and them with each other will likely determine the answer to this question. For example, on the foreign policy front, what Trump, Flynn, Tillerson, and Mattis (and others) are individually and collectively like will probably determine how much the new administration’s policies will be a) aggressive and thoughtful versus b) aggressive and reckless. We are pretty sure that it won’t take long to find out.

In the next section we look at some of the new appointees via some statistics to characterize what they’re like. Most notably, many of the people entering the new administration have held serious responsibilities that required pragmatism and sound judgment, with a notable skew toward businessmen.

Perspective on the Ideology and Experience of the New Trump Administration

We can get a rough sense of the experience of the new Trump administration by adding up the years major appointees have spent in relevant leadership positions. The table below compares the executive/government experience of the Trump administration’s top eight officials* to previous administrations, counting elected positions, government roles with major administrative responsibilities, or time as C-suite corporate executives or equivalent at mid-size or large companies. Trump’s administration stands out for having by far the most business experience and a bit lower than average government experience (lower compared to recent presidents, and in line with Carter and Reagan). But the cumulative years of executive/government experience of his appointees are second-highest. Obviously, this is a very simple, imprecise measure, and there will be gray zones in exactly how you classify people, but it is indicative.

Below we show some rough quantitative measures of the ideological shift to the right we’re likely to see under Trump and the Republican Congress. First, we look at the economic ideology of the incoming US Congress. Trump’s views may differ in some important ways from the Congressional Republicans, but he’ll need Congressional support for many of his policies and he’s picking many of his nominees from the heart of the Republican Party. As the chart below shows, the Republican members of Congress have shifted significantly to the right on economic issues since Reagan; Democratic congressmen have shifted a bit to the left. The measure below is one-dimensional and not precise, but it captures the flavor of the shift. The measure was commissioned by a National Science Foundation grant and is meant to capture economic views with a focus on government intervention on the economy. They looked at each congressman’s voting record, compared it to a measure of what an archetypical liberal or conservative congressman would have done, and rated each member of Congress on a scale of -1 to 1 (with -1 corresponding to an archetypical liberal and +1 corresponding to an archetypical conservative).

When we look more specifically at the ideology of Trump’s cabinet nominees, we see the same shift to the right on economic issues. Below we compare the ideology of Trump’s cabinet nominees to those of prior administrations using the same methodology as described above for the cabinet members who have been in the legislature. By this measure, Trump’s administration is the most conservative in recent American history, but only slightly more conservative than the average Republican congressman. Keep in mind that we are only including members of the new administration who have voting records (which is a very small group of people so far).

While the Trump administration appears very right-leaning by the measures above, it’s worth keeping in mind that Trump’s stated ideology differs from traditional Republicans in a number of ways, most notably on issues related to free trade and protectionism. In addition, a number of key members of his team—such as Steven Mnuchin, Rex Tillerson, and Wilbur Ross—don’t have voting records and may not subscribe to the same brand of conservatism as many Republican congressmen. There’s a degree of difference in ideology and a level of uncertainty that these measures don’t convey.

Comparing the Trump and Reagan Administrations

The above was a very rough quantitative look at Trump’s administration. To draw out some more nuances, below we zoom in on Trump’s particular appointees and compare them to those of the Reagan administration. Trump is still filling in his appointments, so the picture is still emerging and our observations are based on his key appointments so far.

Looking closer, a few observations are worth noting. First, the overall quality of government experience in the Trump administration looks to be a bit less than Reagan’s, while the Trump team’s strong business experience stands out (in particular, the amount of business experience among top cabinet nominees). Even though Reagan’s administration had somewhat fewer years of government experience, the typical quality of that experience was somewhat higher, with more people who had served in senior government positions. Reagan himself had more political experience than Trump does, having served as the governor of California for eight years prior to taking office, and he also had people with significant past government experience in top posts (such as his VP, George HW Bush). By contrast, Trump’s appointees bring lots of high quality business leadership experience from roles that required pragmatism and judgment. Rex Tillerson’s time as head of a global oil company is a good example of high-level international business experience with clear relevance to his role as Secretary of State (to some extent reminiscent of Reagan’s second Secretary of State, George Shultz, who had a mix of past government experience and international business experience as the president of the construction firm Bechtel). Steven Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross have serious business credentials as well, not to mention Trump’s own experience. It’s also of note that Trump has leaned heavily on appointees with military experience to compensate for his lack of foreign policy experience (appointing three generals for Defense, National Security Advisor, and Homeland Security), while Reagan compensated for his weakness in that area with appointees from both military and civilian government backgrounds (Bush had been CIA head and UN ambassador, and Reagan’s first Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces during the Cold War). Also, Trump has seemed less willing to make appointments from among his opponents than Reagan was (Reagan’s Chief of Staff had chaired opposing campaigns, and his Vice President had run against him).

By and large, deal-maker businessmen will be running the government. Their boldness will almost certainly make the next four years incredibly interesting and will keep us all on our toes.

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Why Poverty MUST Be About Racism, Not Marriage

Virtually every Trump voter, reluctant Trump voter or defender of any policy or appointment of Trump, is being hit with one or more of the following personal accusations: racist, misogynist, bigot, homophobe.

Or maybe you exist as the trifecta. In many people’s minds, the three-part combo of white and male and Christian has become the bane of all that is wrong with society — the real cause of the nation’s problems.

Like most things we tackle at The Revolutionary Act, this is not just wrong thinking. It is irrational, emotion-based and anecdote-reliant, driven by a cultural misinformation machine and ultimately dangerous to the people they claim to want to be helping.

For instance, a recent Facebook debate on poverty focused almost exclusively on racism in the United States. We interjected data definitively showing that the strongest links to poverty are single moms, not graduating from high school and not taking a job, according to the moderate Brookings Institute.

These factors apply to whites, blacks, Hispanics and surely all of the rest of humanity. So the solution is not blaming entrenched institutional racism — which has now become a tiny rump of what it once was — but to tackle the ultimate causes. The solution is connecting personal choices to outcomes.

Now, try posting that on Facebook. The responses are irrational, emotion-based and anecdote-reliant. A recent fad is to be labeled a “scold.” Anything except the actual merits of the point.

Irrational: “What about the men who get these single moms pregnant!?!?! This hatred of women is why Hill lost.”

Emotional: “I’m a single mom and the proud daughter of a single mom! Quit telling me I’m the problem!!!”

Anecdote-reliant: “Plenty of kids succeed coming from single-parent households. Look at Ben Carson.”

There you have it. Toss out the scientific data — actual facts — and fall back on irrational charges, emotional defenses and Ben Carson.

Sigh.

This is why we cannot make any headway against poverty despite our enormous wealth and mind-boggling wealth transfers.

The welfare failure

We’ve transferred $22 trillion to poorer Americans since launching the war on poverty in 1964, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. And yet official poverty numbers have hardly budged at all.

Robert Rector, one of the authors of the NCPA study, wrote: “If converted to cash, current means-tested spending is five times the amount needed to eliminate all official poverty in the U.S.” Got that? We could write a check to each poor person annually to get them out of poverty — five times over.

OK, so this just must to be excruciatingly clear: the 80 government welfare programs (which does not include Social Security and Medicare) are definitive failures in doing anything to affect poverty. There can be no argument about that. Doing more of what has failed for 50 years is doomed to further failure.

So why do we keep doing it?

The problem of marriage morals

Because to actually fix the problem we would have to declare certain things as true and proclaim the necessary ownership of personal choices.

First, out-of-wedlock births are first-line causes of poverty (as is divorce — and that is stepping on a lot of toes) and that leads to pre-marital sex being at the very least a risky step toward poverty. As that is often conducted unprotected and in the heat of passion, particularly with young people, it is better to not have sex outside of marriage.

Well that’s starting to sound an awful lot like some puritanical Bible-thumping — and the culture drivers in our country simply cannot abide by such a thing. In fact work and personal responsibility also have a bit of a biblical ring to them.

After spending much of the 20th century trying to break down Judeo-Christian moral sexual norms — and we are now all the way up to gay marriage and transvestite men using the women’s room — no one is willing to talk about the need for sexual self-control and fidelity. And certainly no one wants to talk about sex outside marriage being wrong. Watch any TV show or movie. The opposite is glorified, and the image painted is that everyone does it.

But if we did talk about sex only in marriage, and promoted it like we promote the ongoing sexual “revolution,” we would take a huge step toward defeating a lot of poverty. At least, that’s what the actual facts suggest.

But we won’t. Because we don’t want to. So we blame racism because it is cheap, easy and available and makes many feel morally superior.

And poverty remains as it has ever been. Transferring $22 trillion changed nothing. And another $22 trillion won’t, either.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Revolutionary Act.

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Marijuana causes psychotic behavior and violence — Trump to the rescue

In the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana was classified as a Schedule I drug because it was considered to have no “accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” Recently John Bolton, one of the candidates on Donald Trump’s short list for Secretary Of State, said on the Fox News program “Out Numbered” that all of the States laws that legalize marijuana are unconstitutional.

The drug treatment organization Caron website says this about marijuana:

The short term signs of marijuana use include impaired coordination; skewed sensory and time perception; difficulty thinking, concentrating and problem solving; shortened attention span and distractibility; decreased alertness; impaired learning and memory; and euphoria. Additionally, marijuana can cause disturbed thoughts and worsen psychotic symptoms in schizophrenics.

A long-term marijuana problem often results in lowered motivation and an impaired ability to function in daily life. Some also experience anxiety, panic attacks, respiratory illnesses and increased heart rate and risk of heart attack. Though research is not definitive, chronic marijuana use has been linked to mental illness such as anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. [Emphasis added]

Learn more about marijuana…

Accuracy in Media’s Cliff Kincaid writes:

Deranged potheads, some of them Islamists, are killing people in a series of violent and terrorist incidents on American soil.

In a recent case in Massachusetts, 15-year-old Mathew Borges has been charged with first-degree murder in the decapitation death of a classmate. But you have to read deep into the articles about the case to discover a motive. Police said he told them that he and his victim, Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, went away together to “smoke marijuana.”

[ … ]

Dr. Christine Miller, who has written about the relationship between marijuana and mental illness, says the documented links between the heavy use of marijuana and psychosis in some people may help explain the gruesome murder in Massachusetts.

Ironically, Massachusetts was one of those states that approved the legalization of “recreational” marijuana on November 8 [2016].

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Miller cites another case out of Oregon where a pothead decided out of the blue to drive his car over another person he feared and considered a threat. Moments before he struck and killed a man with his car, the suspect in the fatal hit-and-run incident had smoked marijuana in his car and then intentionally sped toward the victim, officials on the scene said.

On November 8th, Floridians approved Amendment 2, which legalizes use of marijuana for medical purposes in the Sunshine state’s constitution. The concern of many Floridians is that the amendment will lead inextricably to recreational use as “pot shops” spread across the state.

Kincaid adds the warning, “Don’t expect our liberal, pro-drug media to draw the obvious connections between marijuana, psychosis and violence.”

The Trump administration may change the trend toward legalizing marijuana. Federal law forbids the use of marijuana for recreational use. Kincaid reports:

In the states where legalization has occurred, Miller says, marijuana usage rates have gone up. She says that because marijuana is an intrinsically dangerous drug, the most serious results of increased use are chronic psychosis (increased five-fold in regular users) and suicide (risk for suicide increased seven-fold in regular users).

But Dr. Miller and other anti-drug advocates, such as Calvina Fay of the Drug Free America Foundation, are optimistic that President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), will turn things around.

The Soros-funded drug legalization lobby is now scared. “This is looking really bad,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said about Trump’s cabinet picks. “First Sessions for Attorney General, then [Rep. Tom] Price at HHS, and now yet another old-style drug war character for Homeland Security [General John Kelly]. It looks like Donald Trump is revving up to re-launch the failed drug war.”

Michael Collins, deputy director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s office of national affairs, denounced Kelly as “a big-time drug war zealot,” adding, “As head of Southern Command he demonstrated that he is a true believer in the drug war, and it’s incredibly worrying that he could now head up Homeland Security.”

President-elect Donald J. Trump has never used alcohol nor does he use drugs. He abhors the use of drugs and has repeatedly said that border security will help stop the flow of drugs, like marijuana, into the United States.

Watch out drug users. Looks like there is a new sheriff in town.

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How Fraudulent Guardianship Commencies and Continues

“A large part of the victim’s money is spent on attorney’s fees and guardian’s fees.  As long as there is ample money in the victim’s guardianship account, the guardian and her attorney cohorts will file motion upon motion after motion to the courts,”

STEP ONE—“EMINENT DANGER”—THE INITIAL COURT PETITION

The professional guardian, with the assistance of her attorneys, commences the embezzlement process by filing an emergency petition in the probate courts to become the “emergency” “temporary” guardian

Florida guardianship statutes, like many states, (Chapter 744) require that there be an “eminent danger” in order for the petitioner to become the “emergency temporary guardian.”

The guardian oftentimes fabricates the “eminent danger” by , stating that there is a neighbor or relative or stranger who is taking advantage of the elderly person.  In some cases, this may be a somewhat true statement, albeit an exaggerated claim.  In most cases, upon further investigation, there has been no “eminent danger” whatsoever.

Step One takes away all of the victim’s civil rights and therefore gives the guardian and her attorneys full control over the victim and his or her assets.

STEP TWO—THE EXAMINING COMMITTEE  

Once the professional guardian has taken control of the victim on a temporary basis (the emergency temporary guardianship order expires in 60 days) an examining committee of three medical “professionals” steps in to verify the allegation of mental incapacity.  Oftentimes, the  victim is administered a cocktail of psychotropic drugs to enhance the claims that he or she is incompetent.

“Ward” Elizabeth Faye Arnold, for instance, stated, “They put me on drugs that made me feel very drunk.  I couldn’t even remember my name.  Now that they have all my money, they don’t medicate me that way anymore.”   One of the three medical professionals must be a psychiatrist and the victim is generally always found to be mentally incapacitated.  The guardian usually has her own set of medical professionals that she utilizes on a regular basis.

Back in the courtroom, soon after the three medical professionals file their reports, there is a capacity hearing.  The victim seldom is permitted to attend this hearing.  The judge quickly scans the medical examinations that “verify” that the victim is “mentally and/or physically incapacitated.”  The judge then signs an order that gives the professional guardian full and permanent legal authority over the victim’s person and property.

STEP THREE—THE “FEAST” BEGINS 

Property is sold for below market value and the deeds switch and switch several times. (kick backs are suspected)  Bank accounts, annuities, stocks, and CDs are liquidated into one big guardianship account.

Out of this large bank account, the guardian is expected to pay all the victim’s, but bills oftentimes go unpaid.

HOW THE VICTIM’S MONEY IS SPENT

1.  ATTORNEY’S FEES AND GUARDIANSHIP FEES FOR “SERVICES RENDERED TO ‘BENEFIT’ THE ‘WARD’”

A large part of the victim’s money is spent on attorney’s fees and guardian’s fees.  As long as there is ample money in the victim’s guardianship account, the guardian and her attorney cohorts will file motion upon motion after motion to the courts, such as:

–A motion to sell the ward’s furniture

–A motion to liquidate stocks and CDs

–A motion to transfer the ward to a different nursing home

–A motion to sell the ward’s homesteaded house

–A motion to open up a safety deposit box

Each motion can cost the “ward” in excess of $2,000.00 because the motion must be written, researched, filed, and then a hearing is scheduled.  Oftentimes, the motions cost more than what is being petitioned for.

2.  PUFFING THE MONTHLY BUDGET—The guardian frequently doubles the monthly expenses then keeps the remainder.

  1. 3.      SELLING THE “WARD’S” PERSONAL BELONGINGS FOR BELOW MARKET VALUE THEN POCKETING THE DIFFERENCE—The guardian underestimates the amount of the sale of personal items, such as jewelry, paintings, and antiques, for the purpose of the court record inventories, then is free to keep the difference.  There is little court oversight.
  2. 4.     BILLS ARE SIMPLY NOT PAID

Oftentimes, the bills of the “ward” are not even paid.  When the “ward” dies, the guardian simply places an ad in an obscure newspaper, if there is money left for an estate to be probated.  Assuming creditors do not see the ad and file a claim against the estate within 30 days, their claims are forever barred and so the guardian was able to fool creditors and abscond with the money and not have to pay any of the bills.  If she is caught, she simply pays the bills of the creditors who caught her.  This frequently includes Medicaid.

  1. 5.     ACCOUNTING IS NOT ACCURATE

The guardian can claim a much lower amount of liquid assets than what the victim is actually worth and then pocket the rest.

EXAMPLE:  Julie Sweeten–$400,000.00 estate with an alleged $80,000.00 remaining when Sweeten died.  More than $300,000.00 was spent in three years.

Louise A. Falvo started off with approximately $800,000.00.  Two months into the guardianship, Fierle filed an accounting with the court stating that Falvo was worth only $672,000.00.   Shortly thereafter, a bank statement from Bank of America stated that Falvo now had $449,000 after all accounts had been liquidated.  So, approximately $200,000 turned up missing.

  1. 6.      FAKE WILLS:  In this scenario, the guardian claimed that Julie Sweeten desired to leave her estate to her bank.   A forged will was entered into the record. Wachovia Bank trustee was then given $80,000.00 from the uncontested, probated estate.

STEP FOUR:  THE MYSTERIOUS DEATHS

Once the funds have been spent, the “ward” oftentimes suddenly dies.

-OR

The “ward” dies when there is still plenty of money — if a huge probate battle can commence, thereby further enriching the attorneys and guardian.

Examples:  Carlisle Bosworth died soon after his $250,000 had been spent.

James Deaton–$5 million, three years in probate–$3 million in attorney’s fees with a pittance finally paid out to his family members.

LOUISE A. FALVO—suspected morphine sulphate overdose as cause of death; huge probate battle to enrich attorneys ensued even though

LOUISE A. FALVO’s bank accounts were all POD/ITF to her daughter, so probate should have been completely unnecessary.

NASGA, National Association to Stop Guardianship Abuse, has adopted a three part theme to succinctly describe the legally sanctioned exploitative guardianship process:  “Isolate, Medicate, Take the Estate.”

END NOTE: *All court records are available for verification of the facts.

RELATED ARTICLES:

GUARDIANSHIPS: Cases of Financial Exploitation, Neglect, and Abuse of Seniors – GAO Report

Probe shows court-appointed guardians often not screened or monitored – CNN

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Illegal Alien Children eating up Health and Human Service’s agency budgets

You’ve probably all seen this news about the Department of Health and Services scrambling to re-direct money from other areas of the agency budget to take care of the largest number of ‘children’ (ever!) entering the U.S. illegally.

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Where the wall needs to be…

I’m posting this so that as we move ahead in the coming days with news on the budget for FY17 and the Continuing Resolution, you have some background understanding of the dilemma the refugee program is in during the waning days of the Obama Administration.  The ‘kids’ (who are NOT refugees) are gobbling up limited funds putting their needs in direct competition with the refugees entering the US from all over the world. (In addition to depriving US citizens of other needed programs.)

For new readers, the Office of Refugee Resettlement is an agency at HHS which has been given the duty of taking care of the illegal alien kids.

Here is Jessica Vaughan at the Center for Immigration Studies:

An average of 255 illegal alien youths were taken into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) every day this month, according to the latest figures the agency provided to Congress. This is the largest number of illegal alien children ever in the care of the federal government. To pay for it, the agency says it will need an additional one or two billion dollars for the next year – above and beyond the $1.2 billion spent in 2016 and proposed for 2017 – depending on how many more arrive. For now, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where ORR resides, is diverting $167 million from other programs to cover the cost of services for these new illegal arrivals through December 9, when the current continuing resolution expires.

An email to congressional staff from Barbara Clark of the HHS legislative liaison office, dated November 28, 2016, stated:

Daily referrals of unaccompanied children averaged 247 over the last seven days, and 255 so far in November. For comparison, referrals averaged 185 per day in November of FY 2016 and 64 per day in November of FY 2015. As of November 27, 2016, the number of children in ORR care is approximately 11,200.

A separate email informed congressional offices of HHS Secretary Burwell’s intent to transfer money from other programs to ORR to pay for shelters, health care, schooling, recreation, and other services for the new illegal arrivals, who typically were brought to the border by smugglers paid by their parents, who often are living in the United States illegally.

Continue reading here and see which programs are being robbed to pay for the ‘kids.’

About the map: I was searching for a graph to show how many ‘kids’ (mostly Central American teenage boys, see here) had come in to the U.S. in the most recent years, but every graph I found only went to 2014. So what is up with that!  I figured the map would be a nice addition to the post instead.

By the way, this post is tagged ‘Unaccompanied minors’ because many years ago they were called that and that is how I first tagged the topic.

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America’s Success Story: From Hamilton to Trump

First two months of FY2017, 98% of Syrians entering the U.S. are Muslims

Refugee Industry lobbyists want to talk to Trump transition team

UK: 96% of Muslims do not believe al Qaeda was behind 9/11 jihad attacks

Video: Christine Williams on the ignoring of the genocide of Christians in the Middle East

If Continuing Budget Resolution (as is) extends to late March, ORR will run out of money

Fun to watch the Left eat its own: ACLU sues Catholic Charities

How many more Ohio States before House Republicans move Rep. Babin’s bill?

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Latino Coalition applauds Trump’s picks for Secretary of HHS and Transportation

WASHINGTON, D.C.  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, issued the following statement today regarding President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s appointments of Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary:

“The Latino Coalition applauds President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s appointments for Secretary of HHS and Transportation Secretary,” said Hector Barreto, The Latino Coalition Chairman and former U.S. Small Business Administrator.  “The appointments of these two outstanding individuals should give the American people the utmost assurance that the President-Elect is considering only the best for his Cabinet.”

“Chairman Tom Price has been a loyal advocate and remarkable partner of The Latino Coalition.  Price has made health care his life’s work, making him uniquely qualified for the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services.  As an orthopedic surgeon for most of his career, Price knows first-hand what true patient-centered health care should look like. He has been a fierce leader in the development of health policies and he will work arduously to reduce excessive regulatory burdens and repair this nation’s health care system. We urge Dr. Price’s swift confirmation,” Barreto added.

“President-Elect Trump’s nomination of Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary should be commended,” said Barreto. “Chao’s story is that of the American Dream.  As the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet in our nation’s history, Chao achieved great results as Secretary of Labor.  She is not only an exceptional choice with extensive experience in public service that will serve her well; she is a strong leader that will focus on the critical transportation issues needed to ensure U.S. economic growth and prosperity.  We congratulate Elaine and look forward to working with her to strengthen our nation’s infrastructure for years to come.”

ABOUT THE LATINO COALITION

The Latino Coalition (TLC) was founded in 1995 by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and develop policies solutions relevant to Latinos. TLC is a non-profit nationwide organization with offices in California, Washington, DC and Guadalajara, Mexico. Established to address and engage on key issues that that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States, TLC’s agenda is to create and promote initiatives and partnerships that will foster economic equivalency and enhance and empower overall business, economic and social development for Latinos. Visit www.thelatinocoalition.com.

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A Baby Was Born

Today as I pen this column, it is a Monday in every sense of the word.

Nothing says “Monday” like a return to work after a holiday.

They could have named it Mundane, but that would have been too nice of a word.

If any ordinary Monday could be aptly defined as mundane, then surely the Monday following a holiday must certainly be melancholy. Thus is the ebb and flow of life. No man can stay on the mountaintop forever. Reality seems to come around, you guessed it, on Monday.

Today as I pen this column, a mundane Monday would be bearable.

Today as I pen this column, a Monday that is melancholy would be tolerable, too. I’ve survived forty-three previous years of melancholy Mondays in my life and lived to tell about them–what little I remember as I emerged from a tryptophan stupor. Surely one more wouldn’t kill me, right?

But, this day, this mundane, melancholy Monday, is not satisfied with inflicting the general pain of running out of peanut butter balls and returning to work. Oh no. There is only one adjective that can describe today’s Monday for what it truly is. Mournful. Today is a mournful Monday.

I really cannot recall what I was doing on this date in years past, but somewhere in the world an event took place that has changed my life forever. A baby was born.

This little love came into the world and lived here on earth for exactly eighteen days before a social worker placed the six-pound bundle into my arms. He needed my love while Mama was away.

I can honestly say that I poured my heart into this child, making the good deposit daily. And nightly.

This went on in our household for some ninety days.

When I say that now, it sounds like so little time. I can assure you that ninety days of no sleep is an eternity.

Ninety days of falling in love, day and night, is an eternity.

Ninety days of taking a willing wound for Christ by making this kind of investment despite the knowledge of an impending reunification with his birth Mom is an eternity.

Ninety days with maximum effort and little earthly reward is an eternity.

I said yes anyway.

I said yes when forever “March The 7th” from here unto eternity should be memorialized as the day I died when the social worker pulled him from my arms for his reunification.

Unlike so many of the other foster Moms in my support system, I was blessed enough to see Baby Hopper again in one month’s time. The grief cut deeper still as I held him and realized he was no longer the same child.

I’ll say it. He had detached from my love and attached to his birth Mom. This was the goal all along, wasn’t it? I hated the goal. The goal wasn’t fair to my heart. I wanted my baby back.

Besides having made the good deposit in Hopper, I was also certain that I had given the birth Mom her dignity during the fight of her life. I vowed to God and myself that I would be a minister to not only Hopper, but to her as well. So for this reason, I had to white-knuckle it and tell my heart that though I may love this baby as my own…he is going home to the most important woman in his life. Because of this mindset, the birth Mom vowed that she would keep in touch. And she has.

The contact has not been ideal according to my standards. Originally, I had the skewed vision of becoming a surrogate Grandmother who would assist the birth Mom on a daily basis by picking him up at daycare and buying him new shoes when he needed them—or even when he didn’t. But that was not to be.

Today, I am very thankful of the way things worked out for all of us. I am back working full-time in my business as well as doing a lot more writing than ever before. My heart had a lot to say due to the lessons that could only be absorbed in the wake of an all-consuming agape love that may or may not have been returned.

Nowadays, I might see Hopper when he comes for a visit to my office. His wandering toddler hands grab a hold of my shiny gold loop earring and I cry to his Mama for help.  This time, it is she who rescues me.

Sometimes, I go for weeks and I never hear anything. Sometimes, a video shows up on my iPhone with no words, just moments. From this corner of the world, I witness his first steps. He has overcome his rocky entrance into the world and is now as well adjusted as any other child.  I feel rich, knowing I had a part in his journey to Christ yet to come.

In spite of all the sleepless nights would I do it all again? Yes.

Would I endure the hardship of grief no matter the cost? Yes I would.

When my friends and family ask me why, I know the answer has to be that I took a chance on Hopper’s eternity, the dividends of an investment which only time will tell.

Today as I pen this column, I know that tomorrow will be Tuesday. I reassure my heart that joy comes in the morning; instead, I hear the quiet whisper that says, “Child, remember, joy comes IN the mourning.”

Despite the difficulty of the call, I can trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord Himself, is the Rock eternal. Because of this, I can learn to be content, no matter the circumstances, turning even the most mournful Mondays into something magnificent both now and evermore.

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Latest on Scientist who Mainstreamed Pedophilia by Bob Unrah

Alfred Kinsey is known in the United States as the researcher who released the influential books on human sexual behavior in the 1940s and 1950s, regarded as catalysts for the sexual revolution.

The National Institutes of Health notes his studies as a college teacher on the gull wasp failed to earn him a desired promotion, so he jumped on a new academic pursuit of marriage and the family, titillating students with “the mechanics of intercourse” and teaching them that “nearly all so-called sexual perversions fall within the range of biological normality.”

Ultimately, he claimed that children, even infants, are sexual from birth and that the answer to what’s appropriate for human sexuality is just about anything. Even the left-leaning New York Times admitted author James Jones revealed Kinsey “had affairs with men, encouraged open marriages among his staff, stimulated himself with urethral insertion and ropes, and filmed sex in his attic.”

The truth about the man who has been called the “father of the sexual revolution” actually goes beyond that.

reisman-book-coverJudith Reisman, Ph.D., who long has researched Kinsey and his work, has announced that one of her books about Kinsey, “Stolen Honor Stolen Innocence,” is being published later this month in the French language.

It is being published by a pro-family organization in France that called out Kinsey’s work as “a weapon of mass destruction against the family.”

Her book, “Sexual Sabotage,” was published in Croatian in 2014, and another French group is planning to release that work in French in 2017.

Reisman is a scientific adviser to the California Protective Parents Association, former president of the Institute for Media Education and has consulted for four U.S. Department of Justice administrations. She also has worked with the U.S. Department of Education as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has seen her work translated into many languages.

Her conclusion is that Kinsey almost assuredly violated children sexually and based his writings on the testimony of criminals who sexually assaulted children.

How else, she wonders, would anyone come up with the data in his infamous Table 34?

There, Kinsey claimed that an 11-month-old child experienced 10 orgasms in one hour, another 11-month-old had 14 in 38 minutes, a 2-year-old child had 11 in 65 minutes, a 4-year-old had 26 in 24 hours. A 10-year-old had 14 in the same time, and a 12-year-old had three in three minutes. Because someone wasn’t sure of those results, the experiment was repeated on the 12-year-old, who then reportedly experienced nine in two hours.

According to David Kupelian, author of “The Marketing of Evil,” Reisman found Table 34 “purports to be a scientific record of ‘multiple orgasm in pre-adolescent males.’”

Wrote Kupelian: “Reisman wondered: How did Kinsey and his associates obtain this ‘research’ that infants as young as five months of age enjoyed sex? Child sexual abuse is a felony – how could such research be conducted legally? Why had nobody raised this issue before?”

Reisman herself explained: “Kinsey solicited and encouraged pedophiles, at home and abroad, to sexually violate from 317 to 2,035 infants and children for his alleged data on normal ‘child sexuality.’ Many of the crimes against children (oral and anal sodomy, genital intercourse and manual abuse) committed for Kinsey’s research are quantified in his own graphs and charts.”

In a commentary, Reisman and Mary McAlister wrote that the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University still is protecting Kinsey’s legacy, acting as a purveyor of his research, with the latest developments including reports the university was caught paying $200 for parts of aborted infants.

“This is the legacy of Alfred Kinsey,” they wrote. “While Kinsey’s work is lauded and quoted by the elites of American law and academia, other nations are beginning to understand Kinsey’s malevolent impact on the world’s people.”

Her work to expose Kinsey’s disturbing activities has included “Kinsey: Crimes & Consequences,” “Sexual Revolution” and “Stolen Honor, Stolen Innocence.”

And it’s making an impact. After she provided information in a trial, Croatia’s high court stunned sex-education experts by rejecting curriculum based on the work of Kinsey.

judithoneShe had pointed out that Kinsey’s two books, known as the “Kinsey Reports,” were “based on a nonrepresentative group of Americans – including hundreds of sex offenders, prostitutes, prison inmates and exhibitionists.”

Reisman documents how some of Kinsey’s conclusions were based on data from serial pedophiles.

“Prisoners, prostitutes, homosexuals ‘1,400 sex offenders,’ ‘feeble minded’ and other such World War II ‘stay-at-home’ persons, rounded out the men who were to represent the average American.”

Explained Reisman: “Planned Parenthood (Margaret Sanger was a colleague) and legal power elitists joined arms to, as the French organization said, destroy the family, to merchandize and objectify women and children as products.

“That merchandizing is now coming full circle as unborn babies are divided and sold to the highest bidder at illustrious universities. This moral abyss has devolved naturally into live babies increasingly being sexual victimized by peers and pedophiles.”

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She called on Congress to begin an investigation of Indiana University and its Kinsey Institute, and, if it is appropriate, to begin prosecutions.

“There still are victims, well over 80 years [old], willing to testify to their Kinsey-monitored child rapes, with cinema, to investigators. Such ‘scientific’ child sex abuse that reshaped law and public policy, should be at least as important as the sex abuse by Catholic clergy,” she wrote.

“The children of Table 34, and the millions of victims of the mantra, ‘children are sexual from birth’ finally deserve justice! We must at last know the truth of why and how we came to be a culture of adulterated adults, merchandisable children and exchangeable individuals. ”

Reisman has lectured at Princeton, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Pepperdine, Johns Hopkins, the FBI, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Jerusalem, the University of Haifa and Tel Aviv University. She has been cited by the London Times, Time, Newsweek, the New York Times and the Washington Post. She has appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Larry King Live,” “Donahue,” the “Today” show and “Crossfire.”

She’s been listed in “The World’s Who’s Who of Women.”

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on World Net Daily. See Judith Reisman’s research about Alfred Kinsey at the WND Superstore.

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VIDEO: President-elect Trump on First 100 Days

The President-elect shares an update on the Presidential Transition, an outline of some of his policy plans for the first 100 days, and his day one executive actions.

Watch and enjoy. You’ll be pinching yourself:

Here’s a list of the initiatives President-elect Trump says he wants to pursue starting on day one:

  • U.S. trade — issue a notice of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • U.S. energy — cancel what Trump described as “job-killing” restrictions on American energy production.
  • Regulations — the incoming president says he will seek to formulate a simple rule: for every one new regulation, two old regulations would be eliminated.
  • National security — Trump says he will ask the Department of Defense to develop policies that protect US infrastructure from cyber attacks and “all other forms of attacks.”
  • Immigration — ask the Department of Labor to investigate abuses of visa programs that “undercut the American worker.”
  • Ethics reform — a 5- year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the administration and a lifetime ban on the same officials lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.

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La Caravane Passe et les Chiens Aboient [The Caravan Passes and the Dogs Bark]

By Wallace Bruschweiler and William Palumbo

It’s been less than two weeks since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton for the sought after presidency, but already the courtesan media, the paid-off Democrat party, and their militant activists are aggressively attacking President-Elect Donald J. Trump, Mike Pence his V.P.-Elect, and their Cabinet picks. So much for the advertised “honeymoon” period. The snakes and jackals already want warm blood.

Our modest advice to President-Elect Trump is simple and direct: Ignore them!

A Man of the People at Large

You, Donald J. Trump, were elected by the people of this nation (not by the media and pundits!) for one mission and one mission only: to restore the United States’ grandeur (“Make America Great Again”) after eight devastating years under the corrupt rule of a community organizer, aka Barack Hussein Obama, and his party of hardcore leftist minions. The leftovers of the Democrat Party, which all but officially includes various media outlets, pundits, and the rest of the no-brainers are truly dogs (les chiens); don’t let their barking interrupt your righteous, unstoppable American caravan (i.e., the Trump Train).

As a result of destructive policies and so-called “globalized” leadership, America’s institutions were left on terminal life support. Despite a fifth column media, George Soros-organized protests, and a guaranteed attempt to sabotage your agenda, Mr. Trump, we implore you from the depths of our souls to fulfill the following:

  • Rebuild our military might and take care of our brave veterans;
  • Directly confront radical Islamic global jihad and all its state sponsors;
  • Reestablish goodwill and solid relationships among our allies and reassure them of our dedication to peace and justice;
  • Get the economy working for everybody by repealing the artificial handicaps imposed by unnecessary, and frequently idiotic, regulations;
  • Reduce, and plan to pay back the remainder of, the astronomical debt by reigning in the size and scope of the federal government (e.g., costs related to subsidize and support unvetted refugees, welfare for the able-bodied, etc.);
  • Replace Obamacare with healthcare legislation that doesn’t punish those who pay into the system, and finally authorizes health insurance companies to offer plans across state lines;
  • Reform the education system for future generations, so as not to indoctrinate them – including a complete overhaul of the personnel at all levels of academia;
  • Secure the Supreme Court and confirm it as a protector of our core Constitutional values;
  • And finally, restore the rule of law by applying unconditionally all laws on the book, especially Constitutional checks over the Federal government.

A Guaranteed Campaign against Trump and the United States (“Les Chiens Aboient” – The Barking Dogs)

While you work to Make America Great Again, Mr. Trump, let there be no doubt that the same powers, who so unfairly characterized and smeared you during the campaign, will not relent once you are sitting in the Oval Office and fully in charge.

It’s very unfortunate, but you and your family will be subject to:

  • Attacks by the globalists and their media under the undeclared direction of George Soros and his acolytes, nationally and internationally;
  • Name calling by so-called elites, e.g. “crude,” “vulgar,” “uneducated,” “populist,” “demagogue,” etc. These self-proclaimed elites of the establishment merely project their true natures while pursuing their destructive goals;
  • Lies and denigration daily by all parties opposing American sovereignty;
  • Cheap and unfounded accusations of under-the-table deals with other heads of state, e.g. Vladimir Putin.

The enemy(ies) will prove relentless, precisely because your presidency is a threat their power and their pockets, and their designs for an interlocking and so-called unescapable global government. Be prepared for the worst, for certainly they will not give up without a fight to the bitter end.

Your Allies, Mr. President-Elect Trump

Despite the alignment of the loudest voices to destroy your administration and mission, you have the backing of the people! – millions of hardworking, tax paying, decent, educated, respectful, creative, and patriotic Americans.

In our capacities as private citizens, we will fight alongside you and the administration each step of the way, for the stakes are too high to observe silently from the sidelines. Rest assured that all of your strong supporters are willing to step up to the plate and serve in whatever capacity needed.

Mr. Trump, soon to be President Trump: you are on a mission of the people, for the people, and by the people… it is to fix this incredible mess! This mess was created by two parties, both now practically obsolete. Your candidacy and the election cycle demonstrated conclusively that the two major parties do not exist in the forms known previously. The near future will show where the chips will fall politically for the country’s two storied parties, and if they survive at all.

As the leader of the caravan, let the dogs bark and good luck! (And you need it!)

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Association of American Physicians and Surgeons: Get Rid of Obamacare! Now!

TUCSON, Ariz. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promise was to get rid of Obamacare, officially misnamed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Soaring premiums under ObamaCare are harming individuals and families and depressing our economy. The sooner ObamaCare is repealed, the better, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

President-elect Trump need not wait for Congress, AAPS points out. On his first day in office, Trump can order the IRS not to impose or enforce any penalties against individuals for not purchasing insurance.

“President-elect Trump would not want anyone to be forced to stay in a particular hotel, and Trump rightly opposes forcing Americans to purchase health insurance,” observes Jane M. Orient, M.D., executive director of AAPS. “He should end the individual mandate on the first day of his presidency.”

“Insurance is by definition voluntary,” she continued, “and it is not voluntary if people are forced to buy it at prices far higher than justified by their own risk.” She also notes that compelling people to purchase an inferior product they do not want causes prices to increase.

“The fundamental laws of economics cannot be violated for long,” states AAPS president Michael J. A. Robb, M.D.

In addition, President-elect Trump should immediately end the taxpayer-funded subsidies on the health care exchanges, which Congress never authorized and the federal district court for D.C. held to be unlawful. Stopping the illegal flow of those subsidies to big insurers would enable free-market and charitable solutions to emerge.

“ObamaCare is already so costly that most people might well be better off uninsured,” observes Dr. Orient. “Most of the care they need costs less than their deductible, and they don’t have the money because they spent it on premiums.”

“You might have coverage, but the insurer might deny you care, or it might not be available in network,” she adds.

Vanishing competition in the insurance market, as the biggest insurers continue to merge with each other, is contributing to the runaway cost of insurance, she states. Trump should indicate that he is going to investigate and stop the anti-competitive conduct of insurance companies in order to ensure that their restraint of trade ceases.

As for the issue of pre-existing conditions, it is best for young adults to buy a guaranteed-renewable policy that they will own, before developing a pre-existing condition, rather than prolonging their period of dependency on their parents, Dr. Orient suggests.

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS

The  (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in virtually all specialties and every state. Founded in 1943, AAPS has the motto “omnia pro aegroto,” which means “all for the patient.”

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Hail to the New Commander-in-Chief, President Donald J. Trump!

What have we learned over the past 16 months in the presidential campaign that pitted billionaire business mogul Donald J. Trump against career-grifter Hillary Rodham Clinton? We’ve learned that:

  • George Soros––the billionaire puppet-master and sugar daddy behind Trojan Horse Barack Obama and money prostitute Hillary––is now irrelevant. The moneybags hedge-funder, who once boasted that his days as a young man in Hungary collaborating with the Nazis to identify his fellow Jews and send them to their grisly deaths were among the best of his life. But President-elect Trump trumped Soros into oblivion!
  • The polls are always wrong, manipulated and skewed as they are by leftists.
  • The media are comprised largely of leftwing shills, including the narcissistic scribes, broadcasters and legislators who spent eight years touting Obama’s incentive-killing, socialist-promoting, and utterly failed ideas, among them Obamacare and Common Core, just two examples of the disastrous programs that will be scrubbed in a Trump presidency, resulting in genuine help for people in matters of health and education for their children.
  • The pop-up, Soros-financed leftist groups like Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, even the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel––all based on the left’s hatred and prejudice––will vanish as Americans under President Trump go back to work and come to realize that the psychotic jealousy that fuels these groups has hurt and not helped either themselves or our country.
  • The IRS, FBI, Justice Department, even a Supreme Court justice, et al, can be had for a price or a threat.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood, now seeded throughout every department and in the highest reaches of our government, were determined to implement Sharia law in the U.S.––throwing gays off roofs, murdering women for dating infidels, et al––will be abolished under President Trump after he takes the biggest broom in history to sweep them out of our constitutional republic and into the trash bin of American history.
  • The Republicans in Name Only (RINOS) who were oh-so-cozy with the Democrats they pretended to fight were exposed as generally execrable weaklings and traitors to conservatism, and they too will be history as President Trump accomplishes more in eight months than all of them accomplished in eight years.
  • The temper-tantrum conservative set––Wm. Kristol of The Weekly Standard, Jonathan Tobin of Commentary, Rich Lowry of NRO, at least half of the “fair and balanced” panelists on Fox News, the sellout list is too long to enumerate here––will never regain their credibility. And that is not to omit preening broadcasters like Norah O’Donnell of CBS, Chuck Todd of NBC, George Stephanopoulos of ABC, Andrea Mitchell and Rachel Maddow at MSNBC, and the entire staff of the Clinton News Network (CNN).

All of them were WRONG––100 percent wrong in predicting a Hillary victory!

WHAT THE LEFT HAS FOUGHT FOR BUT THANK GOD LOST

Ask yourself, what were all these media leftists fighting for? Why did they support the most dishonest, manipulative, corrupt, money-obsessed, and––most important––unaccomplished un-feminist in U.S. history? Clearly their bosses, from the six organizations now responsible for 90 percent of all the “news” we read, watch and listen to, had a vested interest in supporting Hillary because they colluded with her in both her embrace of globalism and in her vast pay-to-play schemes. These delusional one-world-order people have invested their millions and billions with the conviction that:

  • American strength is a bad thing because––oh, horrors!––America has more wealth, military strength, and freedoms than other countries, and that is plain “not fair,” ala the Communist doctrine the left embraces. According to that historically failed doctrine, everyone should suffer equally, except for the oligarchs who live lavishly and take decadent vacations on the money their slavish subjects pay them in taxes. Sound familiar?
  • Sharing wealth is a good thing. But, of course, it’s totally phony, given that poor people never see the benefits. See the records of the Clinton Foundation’s slush fund where billions of dollars were raked in but less than six percent given to charity, while other billions were raised for Haiti, but Haitians are still sleeping in the streets! Now we learn that the immoral chip doesn’t fall far from the old blocks; Chelsea Clinton used Clinton Foundation money to pay for her wedding and afford herself an $11-million-dollar apartment in NY City, and her husband used Foundation money to help finance his hedge-fund business.
  • Supporting tin-pot dictators, communist strongmen, and theocratic regimes is a good thing, and that includes sending billions to the terrorist state of Iran to bolster its nuclear program, a program that the murderous mullahs admit every day is designed to “obliterate Israel.”
  • Electing a half-black president is a good thing because it “empowered” the 14-percent of black people in our country to feel good about themselves. The net result? Sky-high unemployment and more crime, imprisonment, food stamps, broken families, misery and dependency in the black community than in the past 40 years! But, in fairness, a few rocking moments when Jay Z, police-hater Beyoncé, and other performers went on stage in Ohio the other day and out of respect for Hillary proceeded to spew the words nigga and f.ck and sh.t dozens of times. This is what we’ve come to!

Luckily, happily, blessedly, America is so much stronger than the toxic invasion we’ve experienced over the past eight years––including a “president” who went around the world bad-mouthing our country. But neither he, nor his wife. nor the skewed polls, nor the embrace by the show business lefties, nor the almost-uniform lack of endorsement or support Donald Trump received from Republicans in his amazingly energetic and inspiring campaign could stop the AMERICAN PEOPLE from electing this brave man.

Brave because he went up against an almost impenetrable wall of resistance, lies, slurs, and over-reactions from both left and right know-it-alls and a vicious but ultimately impotent media.

Yet, in the end, President-elect Trump prevailed, again thanks to the AMERICAN PEOPLE!

At the very beginning of his campaign, when he spoke about building a wall to keep out drug dealers and rapists, and having Mexico pay for it, a CNN reporter took exception to his use of the words “illegal aliens.” Like a school marm, she lectured the candidate: “they are now referred to as undocumented citizens.” Mr. Trump looked at her and said, “Well, I call them illegal aliens.”

That exchange, in my opinion, was the moment that most Americans––the Americans who made him the President tonight––connected to this immensely wealthy but plain-spoken man who told it like it is, who rejected outright the politically correct phrasing that has turned grown men into 97-pound weaklings, grown women into tongue-tied children, and politicians into spineless wusses.

ON BOARD FROM DAY ONE

Personally, I was on board from day one. On June 16, 2015, I was watching TV with my husband Steve when we witnessed an unprecedented event––a fabulously successful billionaire real-estate magnate, philanthropist, and TV personality announcing that he was running to be President of the United States.

I immediately hit my computer and three days later my article appeared on multiple conservative sites, de facto endorsing Donald Trump, the only candidate––out of a field of 16––to offer credible solutions to the overwhelming problems now plaguing our country, problems created with malice aforethought by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and their Marxist ilk.

While several of the other candidates suggested some pretty good solutions, the quality they all lacked––which Donald Trump had in spades––was an actual track record. Each candidate talked a good game, but after eight years of Barack Obama trampling on our Constitution, circumventing the political process with his dictatorial Executive Orders, and spitting on our Bill of Rights, the candidates running against Trump had nothing to show for all their fancy words. They had either joined the opposition, caved to bribes and threats, or simply exhibited their own endemic character weaknesses.

In stark contrast, candidate Trump was all about accomplishment. Say you’re going to rebuild an ice-skating rink in NY City from decades of decay and leadership that never got it done, and he presented a show-stopping new rink in a matter of months and remarkably under budget––and he paid for it himself!

Say you’re going to restore the landmark 1899 Old Post Office and Clock Tower on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. that incompetent people wanted to tear down, and President-elect Trump once again, just a week or so ago, came in in record time and under budget and completed the magnificent luxury hotel right in time for his 2017 presidential inaugural parade!

Mr. Trump was like no presidential candidate Americans had ever seen. He didn’t parse his words to conform to the preposterous and destructive political correctness and multiculturalism that has plagued our country since liberals entered their radical Alinsky years  in the 1960s. And when Mr. Trump enumerated the sky-high mountain of Barack Obama’s failures, Americans believed that the master builder himself was more than capable of both fixing the problems and draining the D.C. swamp. Here is a partial list of the challenges before him:

  • An annihilating national debt––$20 billion and climbing daily.
  • Crippling unemployment with 94-million people unemployed––nearly a third of our population––out of work.
  • Porous borders over which millions of illegal aliens––many of them career criminals––pour every day.
  • Sanctuary cities that spend taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars to support illegals, again often criminals, but most often deadbeats who bleed our social-welfare systems dry.
  • Obamacare, doomed to fail from its inception, is now leaving millions without any coverage, forget about “affordable” healthcare.
  • Race relations that were at an all-time high until a racist president, two racist attorneys general, and a racist secretary of state created and fanned their racist agendas throughout our country.
  • A so-called foreign policy that bowed to America’s enemies and alienated our faithful allies, resulting in a terrorist state (Iran) with nukes, North Korea detonating nukes, Russia taking over the Middle East, the military of our enemies more equipped to combat attacks on our homeland than we are, on and on.

But the good news is that America’s allies are more eager than ever to have a President Trump on their side, and that our strongest ally Israel is now being embraced by former enemies Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, thanks to the mortal threat B. Obama created by his seemingly erotic attraction to our enemies.

HALLELUJAH!

Break out the champagne, let loose the balloons and confetti, give praise to our Founding Fathers for creating an America of freedom and opportunity that still, 240 years later, resonates with the American people.

As everyone wakes up to a President Trump on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, they can thank God to finally be rid of George Soros and his employees Barack Obama, Bill & Hillary Clinton, and their vast retinues, as well as the thoroughly discredited and corrupt media, the hundreds if not thousands of writers and commentators who will never again be taken seriously.

They can also be thankful, as blogger Jeff Dunetz spells out, that a President Trump will bring about significant changes in the following areas (this is the short list):

  • A conservative Supreme Court.
  • Improving the American gene pool by supporting the threats of far-leftists like Al Sharpton, Barbra Streisand, Stephen King, Alec Baldwin, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Cher, et al, to leave the country in the event of a Trump victory.
  • Restoring America as leader of the free world.
  • Ripping up the Iran deal to protect Israel, and declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Quite a difference from Hillary and her virulently anti-Semitic advisors Sidney Blumenthal and his rabid son Max.
  • Lowering taxes across the board.
  • Directing all departments of government to cut the strangulating regulations.
  • Mandating that America win again in any conflict our country engages in, and absolutely supporting our military to crush ISIS!

This is what the American people heard loud and clear from candidate Trump, and supported and applauded and came out in record numbers to let the skeptics and naysayers and haters know that they believed he was capable of leading the charge to Make America Great Again.

What last night’s victory means is that for the next four and hopefully eight years, we’ll have someone in the White House who actually loves America, and that it is not the self-appointed political so-called experts who choose the American President, but rather We the People!

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Florida: Top 10 Reason to Vote NO on Amendment 2

This list explains why Floridians must vote NO of Florida Amendment 2:

  1. It’s Permanent – Amendment 2 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment, that means it could never be changed, limited or altered by law enforcement, local governments or the state legislature. And while some Constitutional Amendments allow for a local option, Amendment 2 specifically does not.
  2. Florida Doctors Oppose It – The Florida Medical Association unanimously passed a resolution in opposition to Amendment 2. They said quite frankly: “There is nothing medical about this proposal.” You also have the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Epilepsy Society who have all come out against state medical marijuana programs like Amendment 2.
  3. Budtenders NOT Pharmacists – “Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers” are not legitimate pharmacies. In fact, you won’t find a single licensed pharmacist behind the counter of any Amendment 2-style Pot Shop. Instead, you’ll find a so-called Budtender with no medical training, but lots of first-hand experience smoking pot.
  4. It’s De Facto Legalization – The authors of Amendment 2 tried to hide their gaping Pot Legalization Loophole behind a long list of conditions, but if you read the fine print you’ll find this clause: “… or any other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated …” Just like in California, anyone with anxiety, migraines, trouble sleeping or a sore throat will be able to legally purchase pot.
  5. Kid-Friendly Pot Candy – Amendment 2 specifically authorizes edibles and the pot industry manufactures them to look just like the junk foods your children know and love. In states like California, where medical marijuana is legally sold, children as young as 21 months are being rushed to the emergency room as a result.
  6. It’s Not Your Father’s Mary Jane – Today’s pot is 10X more potent; which means this is not the marijuana of Woodstock. The average THC content has soared from less than 1% in 1972 to nearly 13% and higher today.
  7. No Local Option – Because there’s no local option to allow communities to ban, limit or restrict the location of pot shops, if Amendment 2 passes you can expect the seedy elements of the pot industry to move in right next door to your neighborhood, your church, your business and even your child’s school.
  8. 2,000 Pot Shops – The Florida Department of Health estimates that under Amendment 2 Florida will have 1,993 pot shops. That means Florida will be home to more pot shops than McDonalds, Starbucks and 7-Elevens combined.
  9. No Prescription – Amendment 2 does NOT require a doctor’s prescription in order to obtain pot because a prescription would violate federal law. Instead “patients” are given a flimsy certification which has no medical standing and is not recognized by the medical community as legitimate.
  10. They Didn’t Fix It – While the original amendment limited caregivers to just 5 “patients,” the supposedly “new and improved” amendment gives caregivers license to acquire, possess, administer, transfer and deliver pot to AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF USERS. So basically caregivers are no more than legitimized drug dealers. This isn’t the plan that someone would write if they were only concerned about providing medicine to the sick.
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‘Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine…promote intrinsically evil acts’ by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill (ChurchMilitant.com) – Bishop Thomas Paprocki is doing something almost no other bishop has done: he is publicly calling out political candidates by name.

In a video Sunday, October 30, the bishop of Springfield, Illinois spoke the plain truth in simple fashion. “Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidates for president and vice president, respectively, both hold stridently aggressive positions that promote intrinsically evil acts such as legal abortion and redefining marriage in a way that denies its essential meaning,” he declared.

Recent polls show half of all Catholics are voting for Clinton and Kaine. Bishop Paprocki admonishes such Catholics about their sinful participation with candidates who promote evil. “People who vote for pro-abortion candidates are cooperators in evil,” he flatly stated.

His Excellency also brings up Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, citing talk show host Eric Metaxas, who wrote an op ed in the Wall Street Journal:

It’s a fact that if Hillary Clinton is elected, the country’s chance to have a Supreme Court that values the Constitution — and the genuine liberty and self-government for which millions have died — is gone. Not for four years, or eight, but forever. Many say Mr. Trump can’t be trusted to deliver on this score, but Mrs. Clinton certainly can be trusted in the opposite direction.

Remarkable is the fact that almost no other bishop has dared to call out the Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates explicitly by name. One prelate who did so was Abp. Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas. In his talk on October 18, Abp. Nauman mentioned self-professed Catholic Sen. Tim Kaine 11 times.

Calling out Kaine’s hypocrisy, Abp. Naumann remarked,

It is ironic that Senator Kaine expressed such profound concern about imposing his religious beliefs on others, while supporting efforts:

  1. to coerce the Little Sisters of the Poor and other faith-based ministries to violate their conscience by including abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations in their employee health plans;
  2. to put small business owners (e.g., florists, bakers, photographers, etc.) out of business with crippling fines if they decline to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies;
  3. to force every American taxpayer to help fund abortion.

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island has also called out Kaine by name — the first bishop to do so.

Bishop Paprocki finished his talk with the affirmation that a Catholic must form his conscience according to the mind of the Church and that to act contrary to Catholic teaching is sinful.

Catholics who are unsure of the moral implications of their election choices, especially with regard to abortion — the defining moral issue of our time — should discuss these matters with a priest in the sacrament of penance in order to form their consciences properly as faithful citizens, or to be absolved of their sins, as the case may be.

EDITORS NOTE: The column originally appeared on ChurchMilitant.com

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“Yes on 2” Caught Red-Handed Stuffing the Ballot Box

According to a report by Patricia Mazzei in today’s Miami Herald, a woman working for the “Yes on 2” campaign was caught red-handed “unlawfully filling out voter-registration forms on behalf of United for Care, the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.”

Florida State Senator Jack Latvala (R-St. Petersburg), former chair of the Ethics and Elections Committee and incoming Chair of the Appropriations Committee, is calling on all counties to be on high alert.

“… I’m absolutely disgusted by Yes on 2’s blatant attempt to betray the legitimacy of our democratic process,” says Senator Jack Latvala.

The “No on 2” campaign is extremely concerned about this and is urging all counties to be proactive in order to ensure a legitimate election.

Christina Johnson, spokeswoman for the Vote No on 2 campaign, stated:

“We are urging the state attorney’s offices across Florida to investigate every voter registration form that was handed in by anyone working on behalf of the ‘Yes on 2’ campaign. And we are appalled that ‘Yes on 2’ would be so disrespectful to the democratic process.

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